* Posts by RockBurner

167 posts • joined 26 Aug 2010


UK mapping agency the Ordnance Survey is heading into gaming territory with £6m tender for dev team


"The idea of using real-world mapping data in gaming is not new. In 2018, Google opened up its Maps platform to gives game developers to access real-world geographic information"

I just wish they'd kept the PacMan overlay for GoogleMaps active - great fun!

(yes there's an app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bandainamcoent.pacmangeo, but not quite the same)

OnePlus 8T review: Solid performance and a great screen make this 5G sub-flagship a delight


Oh - I'm a big fan of Sony's 'compact' phones, however even those are growing beyond 5 inches now.


You can never have too much RAM.

I certainly don't need so much screen-space though - any chance of something that will actually fit in the average trouser pocket, or, come that, the average hand?

We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser


I was more concerned with the atmospheric re-entry shielding.


Re: descend under parachutes, it is hoped


I was wondering (not having read up on the project), if it might be tasked with docking at the ISS to offload it's cargo so it can be pre-analysed before entering the atmosphere. Would have saved carrying the necessary stronger shielding and chassis all the way there and back.

FYI: NASA appears to have scooped dirt from an asteroid 200 million miles away and plans to bring it back home


Re: To boldly go where Japan has been ten years ago?

> "two NASA scientists completing analysis of the sample, and one turns to the other and just says "yup, it's dirt.""

Isn't that a Far Side, (Gary Larson) cartoon?

Lift us up where we belong: UK's Network Rail puts elevators online



California outlaws wording, webpage buttons designed to hoodwink people into handing over their personal data


To be frank, any site that has more than 3 clicks to opt-out of the data gathering/cookie storing options simply doesn't get looked at.

The old 'rule of thumb' for any website was 'no more than 3 clicks to fine the information the user wants', it seems that has fallen completely by the wayside now that users are the product.

Someone not only created a comment-spewing Reddit bot powered by OpenAI's GPT-3, it offered bizarre life advice


I thought it already was.

Big IQ play from IT outsourcer: Can't create batch files if you can't save files. Of any kind


Re: Idiocy


Once worked at a (nameless) design agency, who were asked to build a 'market-offerings-comparison' type site for their main market by several different clients. (mainly because the incumbent offering was utterly pants).

3 years later and the system is the premier system of it's type in that market, we've got millions of rows of market-specific data and the IT and WebDev side of the agency is still the 'also-ran' department when budgets and resources were handed out.


UK privacy watchdog confirms probe into NHS England COVID-19 app after complaints of spammy emails, texts


Is that what those messages were??

I think I ignored them.

Lenovo sheds lockdown pounds with lightweight ThinkPad, reveals price tag for world's first bendy-screen PC


Re: Lenovo X1 Fold

It's a 13" screen - so, the latter.

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!


Oki used to produce a very nice small laserjet printer which had the footprint of a piece of A4 (I forget the model name, if anyone remembers it, please enlighten us!)

Most reliable printer I ever had experience of. "It just worked". Wasn't fast, but ideal for home use.

Annoyingly I have no idea what happened to it, but I think I simply ran out of use for it and it got 'lost' in a house move or similar.

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide


Re: However

"Humans cannot maintain a high level of concentration for long periods when not actually doing anything."

But we can perfectly easily sit and be enraptured by a 2 hour film..... odd that.

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport


Re: Totally agree

linky broken.

'Get out of my office, you're being a pest!' Yes, son. Toymaker releases work-from-home-themed play sets


Scottish Road trips......

Hope there's not too many people with the same idea.... I went to the trouble of hiring a fun car for mine! (Ford Mustang, had a similar trip planned for the Pacific North West in May, obviously still awaiting the refunds)

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!


Re: Inappropriate garb? Me? Probably daily ...

I've done several interviews having turned up on the bike.

Normally I manage to arrive with enough time to slip into a cubicle and change, but once the bike actually broke down on the way (throttle cable snapped in the fast lane of the M40).

I had to explain this to the interviewer (the company boss) when he commented on the filthy state of my hands. I had arrived bang on time and didn't even have time to wash them. Silver lining was that the tale of diving through traffic with no power, stripping off the tank on the hard-shoulder and re-cabling the bike with the return cable got me the job. He seemed impressed with the ability to react quickly and work under pressure.

Funnily enough - those same 'alpha-male' (his words, not mine) abilities got me 'let go' about a year later.

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault


Re: Ahh yes the

Not to mention the stand to (hopefully) prevent users leaning it against (inappropriately be-buttoned) things.

Greatest crossover of all time: Microsoft, Samsung preview Android on Windows via Your Phone app


Second screen is new??

"briefly shown at Unpacked, is the ability to use the forthcoming Galaxy Tab S7 as a second screen for a Windows 10 PC."

Funny that - I'm currently doing exactly that, using spaceDesk, on a Sony tablet (Xperia Z4 and have used it on my Z5C phone too).

Its a bit slow over wi-fi, but perfectly usable when USB-Tethered.

Hate it when large manufacturers try to sell something already around as 'theirs' or 'new'.

What a good eye-dea: Battery-less, grain-of-sand-sized 2.4GHz transmitter to help save your eyesight


It's just not 'required'



I'm still waiting for my Neuromancer* style 'augmented reality' contact lenses....

* IIRC, it's been a while since I read any Gibson.

Google reveals washable phone case, plus the new midrange Pixel 4a that goes inside it


Why not a washable phone?

Sony phones are nigh-on washable. (at least when they come off the production line anyway - a few years use and no, not necessarily, but that's to be expected).

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader


Maybe he has a sweet nature?

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release


Colour inheritance?

I'm assuming the yellow folders have nothing to do with yellow snow??

Stinker, emailer, trawler, spy: How an engineer stole top US chip designs, smuggled them to China to set up a rival fab


Re: Trolled?


Its funny how written english is changing to suit the verbalisation and assumed speling of wurds especially when dumb spel chekers are involved.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth


Re: Cats and cables

I've had keyboard and mouse (trackball actually - a Microsoft Trackball Explorer iirc*) cables chewed by inquisitive felines before hand. Normally not 'that' deep - but in one or two instances deep enough that the cable had to be 'folded and pinched' to restore connectivity.

* Fabulous bit of kit, Microsofts peripheral hardware was always far far better produced than it's software.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


Intelligence (smarts) has nothing to do with taught knowledge or learnt experience (although they are complimentary).

I'm not at all surprised that young people brought up almost exclusively on Peppa Pig and other similar 'entertain the children but hide the reality' media in their early years; and educated in a stripped to the marrow formalised system that focuses on box-ticking; have no idea what the natural world is actually like and what sort of behaviour to expect from real wild animals. (Despite the preponderance of nature documentaries).

Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars


Re: Why

My first thought too.

I can only assume (without any other knowledge of the Perseverence mission) that the top of the lander is covered with other instrumentation: cameras, solar panels etc, that are of higher priority to the mission overall than an experimental minor element.

As such they've had to come up with an inventive alternative solution (aka a bodge) in order to add the drone to the mission.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy


Re: 32mp selfie camera

'Cos marketing needs to have bigger numbers than the last time around to show 'progress'.

It looks like you want to browse the internet with Chrome. Would you like help? Maybe try Edge? Please?


The Fox and Penguin

Sounds like a Home counties gastro pub.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook



I can see that going down well in southern Europe.... It's not like there's a history there of feeling 'left out' and not represented or anything....

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes


Ever had to resort to words of two syllables or less to get the message through to a user?

Every single time I talk to upper management about how what they want me to create will take 6 months, not 6 days.

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses


I'm going to hold off for the contact-lens version.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?


Re: problems getting started

I'm surprised none of the usual culprits has created a rotating logo

(oriented for devoted user when lid is closed, oriented for adoring public when open).

Google says it'll pick up the tab – and stick it in a lovely colour-coded Chrome group


Currently it's a useless add on.

Yes - in an extant session you can collate your tabs into groups, and even move the group from one window to another.

However - that's it.

No long term saving of the group (eg as a bookmark folder?) or ability to close all the tabs in a group (IIRC), or save them in any way.

4/10 google - a nice start but without further development why even bother?

US govt can talk about the end of lockdown, but Silicon Valley says 'as long as it takes' – and Twitter says 'WFH forever'


Looks like my place is seriously considering downsizing the (rented) office space on the back of the (relatively) successful (enforced) wfh trials this year.

Not a moment too soon I say.

Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff


Re: Most bands are in it for the money

Not to mention news

From attacked engineers to a crypto-loving preacher with a questionable CV: Yep, it's still very much 5G silly season


Re: "The frequency that they're using is just below the classification of a weapon"

What about Operation Overlord?


Planet wide coups come not in single events, but in battalions of minor changes. Or not.

"And while Gates is undoubtedly a genius, we're not sure the man behind Windows Vista is capable of pulling off a planet-wide coup.".

I thought that WAS a planet-wide coup.... (well - attempted at least)

Welcome to life in the Fossa lane: Ubuntu 20.04 let out of cage and Shuttleworth claims Canonical now 'commercially self sustaining'


Re: I still don't see the purpose of WSL

I don't particularly worry about all that - I'm just glad it's there tbh.

For me it means I only have to remember 1 set of command line behaviours.

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet


Re: Golden Retriever Measurement

You mean 9.434 (7.8919) linguine.

C'mon - we have standards for a reason, lets stick to them.

Speaking of - why is the Reg Standards Soviet not working on an improvement to the mundane chronological standards still clinging on despite their irrelevancy to the modern world?

We all know about the NewYorkSecond, or, more relevantly, the SupportCallNanoMoment (The time taken between a simple mistake inadvertently going live and the phone call about it from Head Office), but there must be more?


Re: Retrievers?

Isn't spherical the natural state of retrievers? (AKA self-mobile permanently hungry stomachs)

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much


Re: During my time in front line IT support I've seen things

Couldn't help a little embellishment....

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Erect members fired up off the shoulder of Orion. I watched Cum-beams glitter in the dark near Tannhäuser's Rear Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42


I remember starting out with the books at school, aged about 12 or 13. 2 friends were pissing themselves with laughter in the library and I asked them to share the joke, never forgotten that. I think, oddly, H2G2 is what got me into science fiction and science in general, it sparked the interest where genuine facts couldn't.

Hey, fatso. If you're standing desk-curious, the VariDesk Pro Plus won't break the bank


Re: Ikea do a full standing desk...

Yup - got one (two actually) a couple of years ago.

Paired with a Henriksdal bar-stool you can leave it 'up' and switch between sitting and standing without having the hassle of winding the mechanism each time.

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash


Re: Selective attention

I have the same thing.

Drove my (now-ex) wife up the wall until she wrapped me in an envelope marked "asbergers" and suddenly it was an explainable phenomenon. Of course that meant that EVERYTHING I did had to pass through that filter.....

The fact that she was higher than me on that particular scale had nothing to do with it, naturally.

Outlook more like 'look out!' as Microsoft email decides everything is spam today


Outgoing or Incoming?

I've been having issue with MS marking EVERY SODDING EMAIL I RECEIVE as spam for the past few months, and much, much worse in the past few weeks.

Luckily I only use outlook for personal stuff - but I seriously hope I'm not missing out on that Lottery win notification!

As per usual - the help-staff are utterly useless.

What a terrible result from this year's Super Bowl. Can you believe it? Awful. Yes, we're talking about the tech ads


Re: did not watch

Watched it on BBC catchup - fast forward the punditry and enjoyed the entire game in about 2 and half hours. :)

Ah, night shift in the 1970s. Ciggies, hipflasks, ADVENT... and fault-prone disk drives the size of washing machines


Re: Sacrificing systems for gameplay

The growls from DOOM still make me jump if I hear them.....

Windows takes a tumble in the land of the Big Mac and Bacon Double Cheeseburger


Re: Testify!

How about longpig?



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