* Posts by CraigW

52 posts • joined 17 Nov 2011


Jock and Awe: Scottish schools' sixty-mil 'slab splurge



What's the bets, once the figures are totted-up, that the same kit could have been bought for full retail from Amazon or suchlike for less than 50% of the final tally?

Three punters' data use doubles


Mmmm, data

On my old Hero I used around 250Mb a month, mostly because the device was too slow to hit anything hard.

Now I have a Galaxy S3 and use around 500Mb a week, purely because everything works well.

Now if only Three would admit that the still need the 2g piggyback in some places, I could get data in the office and try and break 1Gb a week :)

Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months


Fair recompense

If MS were file sharers, they would probably be fined about $20,000 per PC.


I wonder if that will be the case?


Euro cellcos hoard nano Sims ahead of iPhone 5 launch



Why do we need yet smaller sims? As long as they are smaller than the phone, they will be fine.

'Extreme' solar storm speeding straight towards Earth



Well, if it had been dark at around 4pm yesterday (sunday) we might have seen it. As it was, nada.



Well at least this summer might heat up a bit at last.

UK's web super-snoop powers could be extended to councils


Another nutter

And we thought 'Whacky' Jacqui Smith was bad.

O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters



Given the way the issues are distributed, it sounds more data-related than anything. Database screwup maybe?

Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android


Re: Why is battery life not a desirable feature anymore?

Root and underclock.

I recently ran my old HTC Hero for 13 days on a charge, as it can underclock to 19MHz.

Web stat WTF: iOS beats Android 3 to 1, iOS and Android tied


Reverse usability

Usability for me includes form factor, with smaller being MORE useful. I can use my SGS3 all day at work to stream music, etc, but I wouldn't bring in something like an iPad and have it doing the same thing as it's bloody massive and I'd look like a spanner.

Just sayin'.

ITC denies Apple an emergency ban on ALL HTC PHONES


Not a good look

When will apple finally understand that pulling this sort of crap is not going to force everyone to go out and buy yet more iphones? A great number of android phone users simply DO NOT WANT AN IPHONE.

This shit is getting real old, real fast, and does NOBODY any favours other than the patent lawyers.

Techies evac'd as raging wildfire menaces $100m Colorado data centre


Re: don't they pay people to check things first

Yes, but then they say 'Okay, it's stupid, but it's cheaper here, so let's do it anyway'.

And then you end up with nuclear power stations on geological fault lines (Japan, USA).

Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE


US-only contest


El Reg does remember which side of the Atlantic it's on, right?

Microsoft Surface: Join the Windows 8 teardown



Is the 'keyboard' thing actually usable or is it like typing on one of those god-awful rubber rollup things?

Not that a really care at that suggested price as it's waaaayyyy too expensive for something which I can't customise to the nth degree.

Samsung to probe Galaxy S III blaze claim



That's what qualifies as a 'blaze' now is it? Done much writing for the Sun recently?

Samsung 830 SSD: Competition


Re: Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but....

Does that mean we're stuck with those wanky samsung adverts on here until October?

Kogan 'taxes' IE7 users


Re: IE7 isn't so bad

As long as they don't use too much jquery of course, or IE7 will start running like sludge and die.

Skype launches in-call ads


Re: We interrupt this conversation...

Why isn't Google Talk popular yet? Maybe because it only works in one country?

You can break EU cookie rules ... if your site breaks without cookies



Who are these idiots? And who said they could make this crap up and people would have to listen to it?

Oz has to go nuclear, says Adelaide U scientist


@JDX not enough water for cooling?


Re: Build More Nukes

"We just need to stop moderating/cooling reactors with water at any pressure is all."

I couldn't agree more. It's utter nonsense that we split the atom and use it to power a giant kettle. It's like something from the 1800s.

Is anyone researching a better way to extract the energy than 'heat something and turn a wheel'?

Oz sysadmin says Windows 8 not ready for business


Re: Did better than I did

You're (un?)lucky. I didn't manage to get it to install yet. Not in VirtualBox anyway. Gives a hard stop before it says more than Windows.

Megaupload founder gets uncuffed


Re: Dotcom

I know! I don't know why there isn't a '(yes, that's really his name)' every time it's mentioned.

Samsung snafu grounds blue Galaxy S III


I didn't yet, but probably because they f*cked up my order yet again.

Top Facebook exec begs students: 'Click on an ad or two'



Facebook can now only grow at about the rate of growth of the population as a whole. Other countries are not interested in it / have their own equivalents.

The time for an IPO was two or three years ago.

Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

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Re: As much as I like the Windows 8 Metro concept....

This is the correct answer.

Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast


good but

does it still completely fuck VS 2010 and VS 2008 if installed on the same machine?

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

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I'll take five

Well okay, one. Pre-ordered on tuesday after 3 phoned me to say it was in. Supposed to be delivered on the 30th itself.

They only have the 16Gb model for now but I don't care as it has a microSD slot :)

Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management



...are generally the root cause.

Sony denies Netflix app to older Bravia smart TVs


taking it back

My parental units bought such a telly from a Sony shop last month. What are the chances that it is actually a '2012' model? Are they going to have to take this one back too? (The first one broke after three weeks).

Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June



I wish. I bet the bloated hog is on at least 2 DVDs.

HTC One S Android smartphone


Re: No SD card slot?

Actually, the internal storage is NOT ample. You can only put 2Gb of apps on there.

Android really needs to sort that shit out and make ALL INTERNAL PHONE STORAGE AVAILABLE FOR INSTALLING APPS. It's one thing apple has got right.

Brits get red PlayStation 3 next month


six years old

The PS3 came out in 2006. Surely everyone who wants one has bought it by now?

Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats


imperia blades

But does the Imperia have plastic blades?? They are pish compared to the good old steel ones that they used to use.

Samsung S III to enter Galaxy next month

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if it bends

I may wet myself a little bit.

If it doesn't, I'll probably still get it. HTC have lost their crown to sammy.

Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield


Named after the streets?

I don't remember any called 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'E'.. Wtf Springfield, Oregon?

Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11


Re: The story of a beta install.

And re-installing BIDS didn't fix it either. Oh, and it also broke the Entity Framework design tools in VS 2010!

It's a complete f***ing disaster of a product.


The story of a beta install.

1). Install VS 11 trial to see what the fuss is about.

2). Laugh.

3). Realise they were serious. Cry.

4). Uninstall.

5). Realise the VS 2010 icons are now horrible, monochrome VS 11 icons. Cry again.

6). Realise BIDS (2008) will no longer open SSIS packages. Begin to plot revenge.

SharePoint 2010 now supports Chrome, Firefox


Re: "64-bit browsers are still a no-no"

@David. Have you actually seen shitepoint? It and 'standards' are at vastly different ends of any spectrum that you care to mention.

Fans fly to forums to signal iPad 3 Wi-Fi woes



That is all.

Runtastic Push Up


Err, not for about 2 years

See title.

Sitting down all day is killing you


but I just sat down

aw man, I only just got sat down as well.

Asus: We are NOT killing off Transformer Prime


Lovely device

My wife has one. Bloody wonderful piece of kit. Add the keyboard and the battery life is astounding. Streams HD netflix content to the TV very nicely indeed.

STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!


25 days too soon

For April 1st.

Not that far off the mark though.

Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime moniker


GE / Mitsubishi

Are they also going to sue the big electricity hardware suppliers? I'm sure they make a Transformer or two.

Martians lived underground, say Oz boffins


hypothermophilic chemolithotrophs

Try saying that five times quickly whilst drunk.

Or once, entirely sober.

World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots



YouTube is so ad- and spam-infested now, not to mention hideously ugly, that I it could easily be killed-off by the end of the year. It's a market ripe for the picking if anyone was to come up with something half-decent. Why doesn't Spotify or others do the videos?

Printed-out dissolving bones, teeth work well in rats



Growing them in the right shape over a scaffold is one thing, but do they have the same internal structure as the original?

Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight


Idioacy abounds.

Do they have any idea of how many android tablets there are and how many there will be very quickly, and they have removed the only way to use their service on them?

When the film industry lobby is so powerful that it can effectively KILL a legitimate business through bullying tactics, AND result in a service that is worse for the consumer, then something is very wrong.

Set Levinson loose on them once he's done with the press.

Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman


Teacups ahoy

Perhaps an 'of' in that page title and this story wouldn't exist. Afterall, the only deletion for was the page that was created. I have the same problem setting my own home town on my profile, and it is home to well over 5,000 people and has been around for 150 years.



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