* Posts by BrownishMonstr

509 posts • joined 22 May 2011


Is the Apple car real? These patents suggest yes


Re: Apple car

> Rounded corners: check

**Checks date** Yep, it isn't 2008 anymore.

> Recharge twice a day: check

My iPhone 8 plus only needed charging twice a day after 3 years, at which point I replaced the battery, so a nightly charge was all that was required.

>Osolete within 2 years: check

I had my 8 plus for four years, and it was still receiving updates every few months. Could have kept it longer, but wanted to upgrade to a fancier, new phone. My Samsung tabbie stopped receiving updates after 2 years.

>Very expensive: check

Yep, they are. But I also don't have the time, nor can I be arsed, to fiddle with my phone or tech anymore. No more going into the settings like an excited teenager. I just want the stuff to work.


Re: I like Apple stuff

It would be nice for Apple to make a car.

I wouldn't be able to afford it, but it's good for companies to break into the field with clever ideas, it might encourage competition.

Apple Pay bags Cupertino another antitrust lawsuit


Re: Don't get your hopes up.

Aye, but don't forget Google are also more interested in selling data, so it might have some other benefit to them.

One of the arguments I read in the Verge's article is that Apple "also don't allow the fees to be passed onto the customers". So, if Apple was okay with companies passing the fees onto the customer, this lawsuit wouldn't have even been brought up in the US.

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok


Re: Dead Cat

Are you sure he wasn't sharing it via Infrared?

Software engineer jailed for 2 years after using RATs and crypters to steal underage victims' intimate pics


Re: "had been recently diagnosed with autism"

I have an honest question. In a previous job, a colleague, who after the event I learnt was on the Autism spectrum, asked me what my favourite thing was. After thinking for a few seconds, I said watching TV.

When I asked him what his was, his response was "Sex". I told him "I was going to say that, but I thought it's a bit inappropriate in the workplace" and his response was "I don't find many things to be inappropriate".

Is his behaviour normal for someone with ASD? I know it is a spectrum and not all on it will suffer the same, I

Not looking forward to a greyscale 2022? Then look back to the past in 64 colours


Re: Angel Delight

Strawberry Angel delight with pieces of Chocolate Log is quite nice, especially when the cake is moist from the pudding.

The inevitability of the Windows 11 UI: New Notepad enters the beta channel


Because it's one higher.

Apple wins Epic court ruling: Devs will pay up for now as legal case churns on


Re: The difference between Apple and 3rd party payment options

I don't think anyone would give a toss, really, if Apple allowed users to install other App Stores. But they don't, so it's either pay that 30%, or don't have access to iOS users.

In my opinion, it is wrong and Apple should be forced to allow users to add other App Stores. I am happy using the App Store, but the option should be there.


Re: Epically wrong.

I, sir, am a proud iPhone user and awaiting delivery of my new shiny-shiny iPhone 13 Pro Max , since I felt like upgrading after four years of using my 8 Plus.

But, fuck me, does he chat shit.

If you find yourself on a cesspool called "Reddit", which I am now a frequent user, you'll find a lot of people defending Apple and their recent win of "Not allowing other App stores" on iOS. The small number who argue this is bad, get downvoted to oblivion.

Which makes me think, I wonder how much Apple Inc have donated recently, they're getting a lot of wins.

Foreign Office IT chaos: Shocking testimony reveals poor tech support hindered Afghan evac attempts


Re: It boils down to your way of running things

Give it some time, the Tories will insist the FCO needs to be outsourced to their pals.


Re: Disgraceful ...

This is the Tory way. They do not care, except when there's a chance to load their pockets.

Another example is Ms. Patel, whose family came over to seek refuge, but due to their big, big pockets, they're one of the good types, so are in no way refugees.

Computers cost money. We only make them more expensive by trying to manage them ourselves


Re: Apparently there is no middle ground in this debate

I can see renting and the cloud being good for startups, who need to deploy websites but don't want to spend a lot of money up-front.

Project Union: Microsoft releases Windows App SDK 1.0, developers try to puzzle it out


"If they wanted it to look pretty, they'd hire someone to make it pretty. You don't get the engineer to design the car, do you*?"

*The sexy design, not designing for manufacturing, assembly, and aerodynamics.

UK Space Agency wants primary school kids to design a logo for first Brit launches


Re: You can guarantee

Don't forget, lasers shooting from the front. Or maybe something else, that will fall off to the side, due to gravity, like milk.

Desktop bust and custom iPhone 13 Pro made from melted-down Tesla car for the Elon Musk dork in your life


Re: Caviar aren’t *that* unknown

How much bigger does this make the phone?

Does one then have to buy custom phone cases, at a cost of 100k?


I imagine they report how many times you raise your middle finger, pick your nose, or sing Winny the Pooh.

India backs away from digital services tax after US pressure


Sanctions, you say? It would be sad if we were to block your companies from trading in our country.

Apple sues 'amoral 21st century mercenaries' NSO for infecting iPhones with Pegasus spyware


Re: There are other options.....

Apple and I agree, that's why I get a brand-new spanking iPhone every year.

Chap who campaigned to oust Nominet's CEO and chairman and reform the .UK registry is elected as non-exec director


Sounds like not everyone was on the same Page--those that weren't left.

Microsoft slows Windows 10 release cadence to yearly. If they're all as dull as the November Update, this is fine


Re: Windows 10 / Windows 11 should transition to the Red Hat / Fedora model of releases.

W11 is installed on my personal laptop, which is only used for gaming these days. I've yet to install it on my work laptop for various reasons, mostly I think it will affect my productivity.

That said, I like the new context menu when you right-click on files, the Copy, Paste, Rename buttons are all on the first row, shown vertically. Unfortunately, the hot-keys no longer work and I don't think it shows any extra menus from other stuff installed.

The UI of W11 is starting to look less "Windows-ey". It reminds me of using Linux Mint for the first time.

Zuck didn't invent the metaverse, but he's started a fight to control it


Do we need passports? What's the rules on immigration, and asylum seekers from other metaverse?

More importantly, will our passports be blue and produced in France?

Reg scribe spends 80 hours in actual metaverse … and plans to keep visiting


Re: Second Life

I would upvote you, but I like how your upvote has hit 18.

New year, new OS: OneDrive support axed for old versions of Windows from 1 Jan 2022


I still preferred when it was called "Sky Drive"


Windows 10 came out 6 years ago, so another 2 years at least, maybe 6.

Microsoft introduces Azure Container Apps with scale to zero


Re: This is what scares me

I'm 30.

I've no idea what TF is going on any more.

Multimillionaire Activision Blizzard CEO cuts annual pay to $62,000 amid sexual harassment probes


Re: Jeez, not much.

The key is to not buy the games---once enough people stop, they'll either make it worse, or another competitor will come out with something better.

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done


Re: "If this is the future you want to see..."

I for one think it's an amazing idea, one which Mr Zuckerberg should bet all of his and Facebook's money on. Just invest all that money into this idea.

Hopefully, then, Meta/Facebook will become bankrupt

Apple's Safari browser runs the risk of becoming the new Internet Explorer – holding the web back for everyone


Ahem, 13 shades of blue, green, yellow, and read.

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office


Don't know the long term consequences of getting jabbed

This is a sane argument and is one I personally express too, as have a few of my colleagues. Learning how talcum powder may have caused cancer, and hearing about the side effects of other products decades later means that there very well could be side-effects of the vaccine. Side effects we won't find out until later life.

But it's either a known risk of death now, or an unknown risk of side-effects in the future. We can only see what happens, but I really hope there's none.

Microsoft unveils Android apps for Windows 11 (for US users only)


Re: Use cases?

I'm sure they've had their run-ins with Google.

On Windows Phone 7, the chocolate factory didn't release a YouTube App and sent a cease and desist to MS to stop them from releasing their own version of it.

I thought it was petty, but the lack of apps on Windows Phone certainly caused it to die.

There were also rumours of Microsoft wanting to port Android apps over to WP, but that went dead in the water, for some reason.

Windows 11 Paint: Oh look – rounded corners. And it is prettier... but slightly worse


How dare you say Windows 7 was peak MS Paint, Sir.

Certainly, the non-ribbon one had features its successors did not have, such as selecting a tertiary colour. I'm pretty sure there were other features lost, but alas I cannot remember what they were.

Give us your biometric data to get your lunch in 5 seconds, UK schools tell children


Re: Really odd...

When I was in high school, secondary school for you non-Lancashire fellows, about 14 years ago, we used a plastic magnetic stripe card to pay for lunch. We'd top that up with coins, or by giving a cheque to the canteen staff in the morning. They moved to that because it was faster.

I think after I left, they moved to a finger print reader, instead of the card.

Judge in UK rules Amazon Ring doorbell audio recordings breach data protection laws


Re: Obviously guilty

Keyword: could

But I know what they are trying to do.

Microsoft .NET updates include C and C++ code in Blazor WebAssembly, release date for Visual Studio 2022


> you can quickly get up and running and get something useful running

I've heard people say the same thing about WinForms, but I much prefer WPF with its databinding. I miss WPF, prefer it over Web Development.

Microsoft shows off Office 2021 for consumers ahead of the coming of Windows 11


Re: artsy UI updates

I was in about 15/16 when the Ribbon came out and, for some reason, enjoyed the changes back then. At the time I quickly got used to it, but it would be frustrating for me now. I thought it was frustrating for MS Paint to use the Ribbon, that seemed to have got rid of some features.

That said, the ribbon wasn't a bad idea in MS Office, it made some things more visible. I remember at school the teaching assistant, who was doing the GCSE course as well, was putting textboxes all over their document because they didn't know how to use superscript. That wasn't the easiest to do on the old UI, you had to go to the format text window via tools. With the Ribbon it was on the first tab right next to the font dropdown. I suppose they could have put the super/sub-script button on the toolbar on the old UI, but adunno.

Revealed: How to steal money from victims' contactless Apple Pay wallets


Re: No Problem

Last year I rang Halifax and told them someone's taken hundreds of pounds from my account, and I have my card right with me, I got a refund for each payment. I suspect that would be Visa's zero-liability policy, as opposed to my bank.

Take a look, and you'll see... Windows XP? Bit of Dairy Milk, Fruit and Bork at Cadbury World


Re: XP vs 10

I remember it taking 10-15m before it was usable.

Then again, the crap I installed at 13 versus the crap I install now, and the hardware, as you stated, may play a part in it.

iFixit prises open the iPhone 13 Pro, claims 'any display replacement knocks out Face ID'


They are supposedly bringing touch id back, perhaps under the screen. I've had my 8 plus for about 4 years now, and won't mind waiting for another year or two for that feature.

If you're Intel, self-driving cars look an awful lot like PCs


Re: Trickle-down effect?

Which would shorten the life of the car, in terms of actual years of whether it's used or not, not the total years of use. So if there was only 5 years of updates, it might work as the car might not even last that long.

5 years is too short for cars these days, but when you're not buying them it may not matter as much if most of it can be recycled.


Re: Trickle-down effect?

Unless we all, except from those who can afford not to, move to subscription-based cars and using them like taxis, instead of being something personal.

Microsoft slaps on some new Paint and previews Windows 11 on Azure


Re: Looks like every other paint app

Can't you do that with the Win+S shortcut in Windows 10?

Record-breaking Kuwaiti heatwave triggers inadvisable TikTok expletive outburst


Re: No women, not even top-of-the-line engineers

I don't think Islam strictly forbids women from working, however I do believe Kuwaitis' sexual repression may play a part in it.

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page


Re: How to tell if you're stupid.

I have images of my wife during pregnancy. Very unflattering, but neither of us would want the photos to be exposed. I also have photos of my 3yo daughter.

If some stranger goes snooping and looking at the photos, I would have a strong urgency to punch the twat, no matter how likely it is they will win the fight. I'm not the type of person to fight, but I'd do it in that scenario.

The only reason to look at photos is to maybe test the camera. No other fucking reason exists.

All phones should come with a repair mode to restrict the OS to extremely basic functions, sandboxing apps like the camera and photos.

Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access


Yes, used to.

My phone has a much better entertainment capabilities than my outdated 6yo car.


Perhaps it's time for auto makers to further modularise parts of their cars. The entertainment shit can be upgraded much quicker than the actual car.

Oh wait, fuck it. It'll just be 100x more expensive than it should be.


What do you mean?

Touch screen is great, except from all those damn times you need to keep your eyes on the damn road.

My fuckingg car's heating controls are touch screen (2014 insignia), I do not understand how anyone thought it was a good idea. If I wasn't lazy or cheap I'd buy a crappy screen protector and stick cutouts, so I can feel my way round.

Fucking idiots.

Iran bans cryptocurrency mining for four months as the weather – and election campaigns – start to heat up


If the US was smart, they would have wanted to give Rouhani more leeway, to appease the Iranian population. That way they would keep voting for moderates instead of another jimmy jab for president. Perhaps one day the Supreme Leader role would no longer have existed.

Perhaps the US are smart and don't want Iran to progress.

Water's wet, the Pope's Catholic, and iOS is designed to stop folk switching to Android, Epic trial judge told


Re: What about others....

I recall a few years ago I checked the Spotify sub on ios and it was more expensive than online. Turns out they added the 20% or whatever it was on top.


Re: Actually the Pope isn't Catholic.....

Wasn't QI abused by The Register for its inaccuracies. It ultimately led me to stop watching it. The comedy was funny, but not as much when I had to question whether the answers and info were correct.

Day 3 of the Apple vs Epic trial: What actually is an iPhone anyway?


Perhaps Apple should sell the iPhone and iPads at a loss and they can then justify a 30% cut.

Sorry, silly joke.



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