* Posts by Raphael

129 posts • joined 8 Jun 2011


Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it


Swiftkey is still my default Android keyboard. I can't recall exactly when I bought it, but If I recall correctly I started using it on my original Galaxy S.

Is it decadent that I use four different computers each day, at different times?


Re: Love it!

I'm also on my third one (left the first on a plane, and then a couple of years later did the same with it's replacement). My kindle goes with me everywhere.


Re: No headphone jack?

I have an older pair of bluetooth headphones connected to my kindle for audio books.

Even the cheapest model of Kindle now has it.

From the studio that brought you 'Mortal Wombat' comes 'Pernicious Possum'


It's a pet named Mrs Scoby Lunchbox


I have a mate who used to practice his target shooting (was on the NZ air rifle team) by shooting the possums at the local golf course. He used make a fair bit of the fur (about NZ$100/kg)

Northrop Grumman throws hat in the ring to design NASA's next-gen Lunar Terrain Vehicle


don't they have a good one

There was a Top Gear while the trio were still hosting where James May test drove a lunar rover


It started at Pixar. Now it's the Apple-backed 3D file format viewed as HTML of metaverse


Re: The metaverse can kiss my balls*

Wasn't there an episode of Sliders where they ended up in a dystopic reality where everyone was plugged into their VR thinking things were great, but in reality were slaves living in squalor.

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate


I do similar for audio cables with the Church sound setup.

Microsoft customers locked out of Teams, Office, Xbox, Dynamics – and Azure Active Directory breakdown blamed


Re: I Hope El Reg Stays on This

yes, it has caused minor panic when we suddenly could not find any of our resources

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon


Adolf Hitler killed himself in 1945 having been responsible for the death of millions as the leader of Germany's Nazi party. He had a small rectangular mustache.

What a bizarre way to start the article. you make it sound like the reason he killed himself was because he was "responsible for the death of millions". I think the reason he killed himself is he was petrified at what the Russians would do to him if caught alive.

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


I'm on my second MX Ergo, the first lasted me just over two years.


I have a dodgy wrist (TFCC tear and 3 surgeries) and it, along with a MS Ergonomic keyboard, means I can use a PC for more than an hour without needing lots of painkillers.

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over


Re: The elevator did it

In about '99 I used to own an old Mini, and when I used to drive to visit my girlfriend (now wife) out at her folks farm, they could tell when I was about half a kilometre away because a short in the distributor cap would cause interference on their TV.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music


Re: Moderately aggravating

Plex account and a home media server.

That's the approach I am taking.

The show Musk go on: Tesla defies Silicon Valley coronavirus lockdown order, keeps Fremont factory open


I'm not a huge fan of Musk, but he's right, the panic over Covid-19 is dumb.

I'm not saying we shouldn't be cautious or that we shouldn't be following the restrictions, but the complete plonkers cleaning out the shops and generally behaving like morons is dumb.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit


Re: That $11,000 valve story

Except the story comes out of Italy and the litigious maker of the valve is based in Luxembourg.

So nothing to do with the US and their medical costs.

(and I'm a Kiwi, living in Middle Earth, so no dog in that fight)

Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on


won't someone think about Canon :P

I also read yesterday that Canon has stated that if the Xerox/HP merger were to happen, they would end their 35 year relationship with the company. That would remove about 14% of HP's sales.

Source: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-deals/Canon-to-cut-ties-with-HP-if-Xerox-takes-over

Dead or alive, you're camming with me, says RoboPup: Bomb squad hires Boston Dynamics Spot to snoop on suspects, packages


This one was begging for a link to the new Bosstown Dynamics video.


BOFH: Trying to go after IT's budget again?


Many moons ago I worked for a South African forestry company, Sappi, shortly before I left, they inked a deal with Volvo where people buying a Volvo would have their carbon offset by Volvo paying Sappi some money for a tree they were already going to plant....

IBM stands for I Block Money, says sales rep: Big Blue sued yet again by its own staff over 'missing' commissions


Re: IBM ....

Have an upvote for the Schlock Mercenary ref.

IIRC Howard Taylor used to work for IBM

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'


Many moons ago

back when I was a junior dev in South Africa I worked for a large forestry company. This company had a lot of research staff who liked to fiddle.

One several occasions we would have this scenario: there would an MS Access db application that one of the researchers had cobbled together to help him in his day to day work. He would then share this with his colleagues. And in some cases the researcher would have moved on to a new job, shuffled off from this mortal coil, or simply forgot what was happening in the back ground of the app

Then suddenly IT would get a support ticket as something had gone wrong, and as the whole department was now using this Access App it was mission critical.

Ok, where is the documentation? What's that.

Ok, what does it do in the background? Not sure (often some very complicated modelling).

Do you really need it? Yes!

And so a rewrite of the MS Access App into Oracle and .NET1.1 would start.

My boss eventually banned all users from having MS Access.

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry


The HP Toner I bought this week has a shipping label for recycling in the box....BUT it's only good in the USA, so pretty useless here in New Zealand

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps


Re: Groundhog Day for Apple...

My dad is a little upset his 20 year old copy of Corel Wordperfect 8 seems to have stopped working on Win10 1903.

(the save throws a missing dll error)

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


back in South Africa

When Technikon Natal merged with ML Sultan, they had a submission process for the new name. The Dean of Engineering (a Sea Captain) suggested Southern Hemisphere Institute of Technology.

His suggestion made it almost to the final round of decisions before someone on the Council noticed the acronym....

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields


Methinks Simon has been having to listen to the numpties who live up the Coromandel who recently, successfully, protested against the construction of a new cell phone tower (regular 4G, not even 5G).

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune


Re: Bah!

But it will confuse the hell out of the Beetle Overlords whilst they try figure out how we achieved it all.

now to go dig up that dinosaur fossil holding the "End Nuclear Testing Now" placard....

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal


Re: Skype for Business

and my personal bugbear. In a group chat especially, no indication of which team members have (a) recieved the message and (b) read the message.

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers


Re: Mozilla are only partly right

Brave has a Tor mode for it's Privacy mode.

Fellow AI nerds, beware: Google Cloud glitch leaves Nvidia T4 GPUs off estimated bills for some virtual machines


"If you can keep a straight face when claiming you didn't know you had to pay for high-end processors." The article does point out that there are some scenarios where you legitimately don't have to pay for them. (Just not the scenario they setup)

Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door


Re: flights of stairs

looking at the building on street view, seems to be about 5 floors. But I would not expect an elderly person (or someone with groceries or young children) to be only using the stairs.


Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin successfully lobs another capsule beyond the edge of space


Re: Vertical landing rockets

While the sci-fi fan in me loves the idea of flying cars and longs for them, I look at the other idiots on the road and feel very happy they're not also in the air.

Eggheads confirm it's not a bug – the universe really is expanding 9% faster than expected


Re: Saying God did it, with extra steps

Galileo was condemned because he called the Pope (who up until that time) a simpleton for not accepting Galileo's (unproven at the time) theories as fact.Up until that incident there is plenty of evidence that the Church was fine with his teaching about his models, he just wasn't allowed to refer to them as facts because they were not proven yet (and the scientific conses of the day was that he was wrong.

The pope over reacted to being called a simpleton, and condemned Galileo's teaching as heresy.

(and Galileo's models were wrong, and had even more complicated epicycles with circular orbits than the Ptolemaic models used. Kepler's models with parabolic orbits and no complicated epicycles were right)

Google Fiber experiment ends with Choc Factory paying Louisville $3.8m to clean up its mess


Re: Scorched Earth

"6) Sky mapping - plenty of applications already available before (I was using one on a 286)."

Skyglobe? (I had fun playing with that)

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?


Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

In South Africa we always called them stiffies.

Much like South Africans call traffic lights Robots.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!


Re: El Reg follows common sense!

Personally I'm in favour of giving this scum a cell made out of container to live in on White Island..... as close to the biggest active vent as possible.

Azure Kinect: All-seeing 3D camera shenanigans for everyone ... except consumers


Re: It already did

The new Cat S61 phone, in addition to the FLIR camera that was introduced with the S60, had a laser for measuring distance. And an indoor air quality monitor.

They're targeting the tradie market.


Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up


Re: Pour encourager les autres ?

Rule of Acquisition #34.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Re: Lightening strike ?

When I lived in South Africa I went through 3 cordless phones in a month before giving up and buying the cheapest corded phone I could from the local Shoprite (which lasted for a loooong time).

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?


I see tablets generally falling into to main niche markets: School kids and the Elderly.

(Disclaimer, I have a Galaxy Tab A 10'1 2016. I'm not a school kid, nor am I elderly, I do have primary school aged kids)

The kids will generally either be using Chromebooks (not a tablet) or their school will insist on an iPad, so that market is split.

For the elderly, take my neighbour. She is not very tech aware. She has facebook etc on her phone (a cheap android) installed and setup by her grandkids. She battles with the screen size. She doesn't want a computer or a laptop, she does like my Galaxy Tab with the bluetooth keyboard. The screen is bigger, and it does everything she could want it to do.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart


Re: My wishlist

The only one the S9 is missing is the user replaceable battery. But personally I consider that a fair tradeoff for the water-proofing.

(My S9's battery generally lasts all day)

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds


Re: Seems to me

New Zealand also now has a fledgling space program.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened


Re: Anyone dumb enough

Never had Siri (don't like iPhones) and prior to my S9 Google was set to only listen when I pushed a button telling it that it was allowed to listen.

On my S9 Bixby is also set to only listen when I push the Bixby button, but it's so freaking useless I never do.

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years


Re: Deleting emails

I hoard emails. It's saved us several times when we have been able to bring an email proving to a client that a certain action was taken on their instruction (sometimes years latter)

La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans


Re: MacGuyver solution in the wild

My Jaybird X3's came with some of them (Comply Tips). They work really well, and are comfortable, but I've found they don't last for very long (so gonna have to buy some replacements).

I've used them whilst mowing the lawn (petrol mower) and I would say the comply tips are as good as the class 5 earmuffs I normally use


Re: Going for the customers who previously purchased gold-plated ethernet cables?

Perhaps they're chasing after the customers of the Sennheiser HE160.

They cost AU$75,000


BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook


Re: Seems to me

Have you ever read David Brin's book Earth?

In it he is this prediction of what the internet would become like (written in 1990)

<blockquote>Holospere: The problem usually wasn't getting access to information, it was to stave off being drowned in it. People bought personalised filter programs to skim a few droplets from that sea and keep the rest out. For some, subjective reality became the selected entertainments and special interest zines passed through by those tailored shells...

...Here, a man watches nothing but detective films... Next door, a woman reads and hears only opinions that match her own, because other points of view are culled by her loyal guardian software.</blockquote>

It is remarkably close to what those algorithms are now doing.

Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf


Re: Oh do fuck off.

he broke the Law by skipping out on his bail. Regardless of whether or not he is innocent of the crime he was originally being charged with, skipping on bail is illegal.

Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious


coils and spiking

"It turned out that this forklift had some sort of fault that caused its ignition coil to radiate excessive RF noise. The problem was corrected on the forklift and the crashes stopped."

My old Mini had a slight short or something in it's distributor cap (can't remember the exact fault, over 20 years ago). And my girlfriend's family would know exactly when I was coming to visit as it would cause some static on their TV from about half a km out.

Uber says 2.7 MEEELLION(ish) UK users affected by hack


Re: Investment opporunity?

Dewey, Cheetum and Howe?

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere


Re: "It has a mass of about eight Earths and radius of about two so it's no golf ball."

I'm sure the newspapers are already printing stories of it being our new ideal home among the stars.

Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?


Re: Martin JetPack already exists...

Except Martin Jetpacks is in desperate need of funding and is possibly closing down.


The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like


Re: Everything old is new again

"Now, with the iPod Nano going defunct, all we need is some 2000-era stand alone MP3 player for joggers who aren't interested in taking a 6" phone slab with them when they exercise..."

I think smart watches are trying to full that niche. (Garmin, Samsung Gear S3 and the new FitBit Ionic all have space for you to upload mp3's)



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