* Posts by ZanzibarRastapopulous

850 posts • joined 30 Mar 2012


Chinese mobile giant OPPO claims new 125W fast-charging spec will fully fuel your phone in 20 minutes



We're gonna need a bigger cable...

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


Re: The Modern UI/UX

I agree, there was a time when accessibility was an important thing, these days, it's "Disabled people? - Meh".

These things weren't beautiful but they did actually deliver.

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you



Have they started naming it after Flu variants?

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support



It'd be nice if some other phone manufacturers offered a heavyweight version with proper battery capacity.

There must be a right bunch of pussies that can't cope with 300g for the duration of a phone call, and they could use the exercise.

Open-source, cross-platform and people seem to like it: PowerShell 7 has landed



I did use PS for some things a while back, but the syntax was really clunky. Have they fixed that?

Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10


Re: Yay!

How do you actually kill the bastard thing? I've tried everything from registry hacks to deleting bits of it and it just reappears.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


> Just like the word translated as 'morning' literally means "starting" and "evening" is "ending".Just like the word translated as 'morning' literally means "starting" and "evening" is "ending".

No it doesn't. Morning comes from one of several possible germanic sources meaning morning possibly related to the Greek to sparkle, but that sounds a bit of a stretch.

Unsurprisingly "morning" is an old word and the root is unclear.

Similarly evening isn't from "ending" of any source either.



It's worth noting that the German "morgen" also means "tomorrow" in a similar way to Spanish.




> "There are LOTS of people who think the earth is 6,000 years old and the flood was a real thing."

You mean the Beeb is lying about Shrewsbury?!?

SpaceX Falcon 9 meets watery end, and NASA needs someone to go to Mars and whack its mole



It's clearly stuck on the roof of the Martian's subterranean city.

There are already Chinese components in your pocket – so why fret about 5G gear?


Re: "It is perfectly possible for the West [..] to decide on a coherent policy"

> Why do you think the US is threatening Germany and trying to stop Nordstream 2

Because the US is concerned that a key ally, and one that it spent many thousands of lives creating, may become dependent on a rabid dictator.

This is not unreasonable.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


It's still shit.


I suppose Galileo isn't actually considered to be complete yet, which is why the bar is so low?

It sort of highlights how much of a vanity project it is when it can disappear for a week with no-one noticing.

We won't CU later: New Ofcom broadband proposals mull killing off old copper network


Here in Spain....

I actually have fibre and it's a good connection, I'm also about 3 miles from the nearest shop, so you can do this in rural areas after all.


Re: No,no, thrice times no!

It comes from it being an anglicised word for anti-aircraft fire. It's still flack if it comes from Iran.

European Space Agency launches planet-hunting Cheops while Rocket Lab starts on a third launchpad


Re: McNimby

Why does it have to be in Scotland?

JavaScript survey: Devs love a bit of React, but Angular and Cordova declining. And you're not alone... a chunk of pros also feel JS is 'overly complex'



C never needed all this gubbins tacked on. Is Javascript really fit for purpose?

Cool 'joke', bro, you could have killed someone: Epilepsy Foundation sics cops on sick flashing-light Twitter trolls


Yes, no worse than some of the ads.

Brewing in spaaaaace: SpaceX sends a malting kit to the International Space Station



Is that the paedo guy's company?


> "Boeing chose the paperwork."

I think we've seen that story before....

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit


Re: courts and justice in the US, it's a (medieval) joke *spilling hot coffee*

Yeah, no one should get hot coffee.


Re: in musk's mind

No Musk is an abusive little child, who insulted a good man in a very defamatory way.


Re: Musk told reporters, "My faith in humanity is restored."

At the very least we can call him a paedo with impunity.

We strained our eyes with Lenovo's monster monitor: 43.4 inches for price of five 24" screens


32" Flatscreen

This used to be the definition of - supposedly - overly generous benefits by right-wing old farts, is this the new benchmark?

Register Lecture: Can portable atomic clocks end UK dependence on GNSS?


Re: The European Commission and Galileo

The whole point of Galileo is that it's an EU system, it exists for political reasons rather than technical ones. As such it's completely unnecessary.

I'm no fan of Brexit, but this particular concern is just stupid.


Re: Not gonna happen. Other countries have satellites, the UK must have satellites...

...or even WAAS & LAAS for GPS I suppose.

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway



There is nothing there.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


That's bollocks, for most of the country speeds are determined by whatever technology BT decides to give them. The competition pretty much decides who send you bills and who you shout at when it doesn't work.

This simply isn't true, unbundled providers exist pretty much everwhere in the country and have their own equipment in the cabinet. Sure, open reach provides the back haul, which is why that's crap, and open reach provide the wire, which is why that's not been replaced since the early 1900s.

Corbyn's plan is to take out the one bit that open reach haven't fucked up.

If you have a bad line, then get your arse together and pull the bloody thing down so they run a fresh one. That's how you used to get stuff done in the state monopoly days, because none of the employess gave a toss.

TalkTalk says it's yet to close deal on FibreNation as UK telecoms industry reels over Labour's nationalisation plans


Re: Overly Excited

What on earth is wrong with being "mumsy"? She's a woman about the age where she'd have kids, of course she's f'ing mumsy. Just like Corbyn is grandadsy and Boris is stupid.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


The heat goes into the fuel - evaporating liquid or expanding hydrogen and gets dumped out the back.

I think the idea is for a first stage launching a piggy back rocket from high altitude rather than straight to orbit.

Everyone remembers their first time: ESA satellite dodges 'mega constellation'


Re: Telecom Companies Rule


...Oh, we did that one...

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French



If space was closed by junk then ICBMs wouldn't work.

.EU wot m8? Brexit smacks fresh registrations of bloc's top-level domain


Business opportunity...

Maybe there's a big market for a .xenophobictwat TLD?

Three planets and two stars adds up to one research team made very happy by Kepler's unique discovery



Really, who cares?

Too much money is wasted on this distant bollocks. You don't see Musk dicking about with telescopes.

Google readies Pixel for the masses, but are the masses ready for Pixel?


Google just aren't good at hardware, they adopt a prototyping approach to it which just isn't acceptable on very expensive kit. I had a Nexus tablet that had shockingly poor support, not least the lack of a decent charger that could keep pace with the power consumption.


Re: Google has since declined to send us any more samples

> You don't agree to Google services on your phone, it doesn't send anything to Google.

Whether it does or doesn't part of the selling point of the hardware is the software bundled with it.

Let 15 July forever be known as P-Day: When UK's smut fans started being asked for their age


Re: ElGov Fails again, headline shocker! :P

No, they've just demanded that all school children should learn how to evade government internet blockades from an early age and to teach them with a strong practical element. It's a great idea.

From Firefox to fired cocks: Look who's out to save you being shafted by insecure Internet of Dingalings – it's Mozilla!


Bag O'Shite

Really, who gives a shit?

I only read this article because the f'ing headline was so hard to parse. I think the Reg has gone too far on it's "funny" summaries.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'



Having read the cyclist comments, I'm not convinced that a few deaths is a bad outcome for them.

It seems they broadly expect to die and yet carry on, so presumably they're happy with that.

As for the remoteness of the human fallback, where else would they be?

You aren't seriously going to prefer the guy in the back of the "autonomous" car are you?

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure



Also dusty, also no sea, and less atmosphere.

Still nowt there.

EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business


What are they building in there?

What's it for?

Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs


PDF is the work of the devil...

So a natural fit for the civil service.

Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars


There is nowt there.

Deal with it.

What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave



Woof woof woof woof woof. Woof woof.


Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog


The problem will solve itself.

The poor people will have starved soon, problem solved.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Re: Speaking of which,

> "Anybody got any hot tips on how to clean mousewheels?"

Dishwasher, if it doesn't survive get a new mouse.

Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out


Re: Thrown out? Or she should be jailed?

> "Ummm ...., you seem to have lost sight of the fact that if you are not found guilty you haven't broken the law."

You seem to be confused about the idea of being treated as innocent until proven guilty and actually being innocent until proven guilty, they are quite different things.

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


Beeping, flashing and semi-naked women...

Are the core reasons for adblock to be honest.

If the online press had insisted on a straight image with nothing dodgy for ads then we'd still see them.

Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by


The Green path...

1. Set up company.

2. Get cash from suckers.

3. Pay salary.

4. Repeat 3 until cash runs out.

5. Fold company.

The Philip Green path....

I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go


Re: Receiving the signal

If we're going to get picky on naming then the generic term is GNSS.

There's also the Chinese one as well of course.

It'd be pretty unlikely that all of them would be disabled simultaneously, and if jammed the encrypted signal would be jammed too, so it's really not that big a deal.

Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick


Re: Self proclaimed...

I think they were out walking.



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