* Posts by RockBurner

149 posts • joined 26 Aug 2010


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?

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'


Re: Just as soon as you release a stable alternative...


I suspect the blame for a lot of your issues lie with poorly implemented CSS framework plugins like Bootstrap, which (to my mind) push the developers (especially those in a hurry, aren't we all) into writing utterly cockeyed HTML page which (once the CSS is removed) betray their utterly shit layout that renders the content in a manner that makes no sense whatsoever.

Any decent development practise writes the HTML first, then wrangles the CSS to make it look right, not the other way around.

My coat?

It's the one over there..... ta.

Fly me to the M(O2)n: Euro scientists extract oxygen from 'lunar dust' by cooking it with molten salt electrolysis


The confusion is coming from the way the paragraph has been written :

Quote: " The oxygen in the regolith is released and travels through the molten salt mixture to be collected at the anode – the positively charged electrode – as gas. The various metals in the lunar soil are extracted too and pile up at the cathode – the positively charged anode."

If you can make sense of that, bully for you... I can't.

There's something fishy going down in the computer lab


Re: As man tunefs says:

Not even with percussive maintenance?

LG announces bold new plan for financial salvation: Trying to actually make phones people want to buy


Re: Here is a phone I want to buy

re usb drive and powering - how come no-one has yet sold a USB drive with a 'pass-through' socket for power (or does such a thing already exist?). I can see that chaining USB sticks would overload the power supply from the original socket (eventually), but if you can push power in at the other end of the chain that might mitigate the issue.

Edit - something akin to this? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ex-Pro%C2%AE-Host-Dual-Power-through/dp/B00GRWW3WS

Obviously the other choice is a power-lead micro-usb charger lead with a socket on the back of the plug for the (micro)USB drive/stick/object.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing


Re: So many flaws

"What is a keg if not a small barrel?"

In my experience - the smaller 'kegs' sold contained within a carboard box are generally plastic* bags akin to the bags in 'wine-box' offerings, albeit without the metallic coating.

* not sure of exact polymer.

Doogee Wowser: The S40's a terrible smartphone, but a passable projectile


Re: There was a time....

At our prep-school they didn't waste energy throwing the chalk-board eraser, they walked up to you and pounded you over the head with it.

Instant old-age: white hair, coughing fits and a pounding headache.


Re: It has been rumored...

We'll know about it when it comes back as V'Ger.

Close the windows, it's coming through the walls: Copper Cthulu invades Dabbsy's living room


The house is very likely a pre-faraday cage already - just connect every wire to every other wire and bingo.... a nice quiet life. :)

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light


Re: If DAB is faster than FM

It's affected differently by different devices too.

I have a VQ Christie in the lounge, and a Pure Bug (anyone remember them?? * ) in the kitchen (the rooms are abutting). The Pure Bug outputs it's audio about 3 or 4 seconds later than the Christie. NOt sure if it's purely because the Bug is > 10 years older, or it has more error processing. The sound quality appears to be comparable.

* It was a gift, that's my defense, and I'm sticking to it.

I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu


Re: 767

interestingly, i just upvoted it back to 42.

Even tech giants find themselves telling folk not to use default passwords on Internet of S**t kit


Re: Strontium Dog

Wot, no Gronk?

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames


Re: I prefer PEBMAC

"Problem Exists Between Mouse And Chair"

More relevant these days anyway.

If the thing you were doing earlier is 'drop table' commands, ctrl-c, ctrl-v is not your friend


So what happened to Sid? Fired, quit, censured, or did he hide in the server room for 3 years living off condensation and the flesh of junior techies who wandered haplessly to their deaths?

A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and a cleaner in tears


Re: Never Turn up Early!?

<quote>Be aware, no one ever seems to notice or acknowledge when you turn up early, however early. Everyone will notice if you leave earlier to make up, even a tiny bit earlier.</quote>

Sometimes, however I used to turn up about an hour early (always first in) and leave after the due 8 hours, which caused a few, only partially hushed, comments behind my back. Until one day I arrived (quite by chance) about 2 hours earlier than usual (I woke up early, it was a beautiful morning and I had a much faster than usual ride in due to far lower traffic levels), only to encounter my boss sitting at his desk. So - at about 7am we both uttered the immortal words : "What the f*** are you doing here?". No more comments after that....

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer


Re: "While you're here, could you just..."

I once took the (broken) coffee machine home, repaired it, realised I'd never actually use at home, so brought it back and reinstalled it in the kItchen. Everyone was happy the machine was working again but did I get any thanks?

Need a 1TB microSD for your smartmobe? Come April, you can free up storage space in your wallet and buy one


Interesting idea..... I like it. But why does it have to be SSD sized? You could conceivably make it the size of a USB stick. (give or take)

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X


Re: and here's me wondering why there are so few smaller phones..

The Sony 'Compact' Xperias are nice and pocket sized, even with a protective casing. Perfectly usable screen size unless you've got hands like a gorilla. My Z5C is still perfectly capable.

I just hope that Sony keep offering the Compact line in the future.

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...


Re: ... and the other extreme

Nice to see another biker still about.

I once passed an interview with flying colours, including the tale of how I was still perfectly on time despite the throttle cable on my bike unexpectedly snapping en route, whilst in the fast lane on the M40. Good knowledge of the machine and the ability to work fast to resolve unexpected issues got me the job.



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