* Posts by Duffy Moon

359 posts • joined 8 Oct 2012


Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: $$$

£1595 in 1995 is the equivalent to just over £3000 now.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Re: Huh?

"And how many don't know about the Petrol pump symbol on the fuel gauge which tells you the side the filler cap is on?"

My Honda Civic doesn't have this. I'm not sure about a bracket for holding the fuel cap - I just plonk it on the car roof.

Android 11 Developer Preview 3 allows your mobe to become a router via USB Ethernet – if you can get a decent signal

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My first smartphone was a Samsung S4. I bought a dock for it, which had an HDMI and USB sockets. I connected it to a mouse, keyboard and monitor which worked very nicely. Then the next Android version came out and the dock no longer worked. I was not best pleased.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds: They're good – though for close to £300, they really should be

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"HD-600’s are open back if i recall correctly, which leak sound,"

I keep my HD600s at home. For out and about use (which won't be happening much in the next few months!) I take my HD25-IIs - they're closed back, sound great and are almost indestructible.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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"But the TV series was terrible"

The amazing Rod Lord animations however, did bring a new dimension to the story.

Personally, I can't bring myself to watch the film. To me, it's an abomination and should never have been made (if it hadn't, maybe Douglas would still be with us).

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Re: Time travel

Adjusted for inflation, those prices would be (in 2019):

£1.37 (13p in 1974)

98p (17p in 1978)

£1.21 (21p in 1978)

£1.50 (26p in 1978)

£1.62 (28p in 1978)

so, far from rising meteorically, the prices were lower in real terms.

A few weeks ago, I actually paid £8 for a pint of (admittedly very nice Beavertown Lupuloid IPA) beer!

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Re: May the towel be with you!

"Actually I do still have my original Hitch Hiker towel"

I remember seeing one of those in the window of the old Forbidden Planet shop in Denmark Street. I couldn't afford it at the time (I bought the theme tune single instead), so I am quite jealous. I wonder if someone makes a reproduction...

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband

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"a brexiter who likes football and despises cyclists"

That fits the usual profile (why do so many of them have a football club emblem as a profile pic?!).

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Re: Drying

"The research (commissioned by a major paper towel manufacturer) showed that bacteria would form on the floor"

Strange that hospitals have paper towels rather than driers then (at least for clinical staff).

Anyway, Dyson Blades blow upwards - so bacteria/viruses right into your face (exactly where you don't want them!).

Ever dream of being an astronaut? Now’s your chance. NASA wants new people for the Moon and Mars

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Three years too old and haven't got the correct passport. Their loss.

Worried about future planet-cleansing superbugs? But distrust AI? Guess you're not interested in these antibiotics

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Re: Overuse

"ask doc to provide/prescribe some probiotics to repopulate after"

You can get probiotics on prescription?! I've never heard of this.

Flipping heck: Footage leaks of Samsung's upcoming bendy smartphone in action

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Re: For some reason...

I'm reminded of Lady Penelope's powder compact phone...but squarer.

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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Re: Good start

"boy does that makes us popular on country roads with oncoming traffic that think we are driving with main beam on, with a intensity on that would rival some trucks."

I've been driving for thirty years (no, not continuously) and used to enjoy driving at night. Now I avoid it whenever possible, as headlights are mostly far too bright. Half the time, I can barely see the road markings, as my eyes are constantly adjusting to mild flash blindness. I have the brightest halogen bulbs I can get, but even at full beam they are half as bright as new car lights.

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Re: Your toothbrush is broken

I got one of the non-rechargeable Oral B ones. Seven quid. I put Eneloop batteries in, so it'll last as long as the motor does.

'Earworn Wearables' will save the day (wireless earbuds, but cool name for your D&D halfling)

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I just refer to them as "idiot earplugs"

Computer says no: An expression-analysing AI has been picking out job candidates for Unilever

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Computerised interviews

All the interviews I've had, might as well have been performed by a computer - they were all the same. I understand the need for standardisation, accountability and all that stuff, but the human element seems to have fallen by the wayside somewhat.

If you're good at making up stories about what you did in particular situations that saved the day (they don't have to be true of course - who's going to check?!), what your strengths, weaknesses and transferable skills are etc. In short, today's standardised interview is a measure of precisely one thing: how good/well-practised you are at interviews. I expect psychopaths are pretty good at them, since they don't tend to be anxious...

£250m fund for NHS artificial intelligence laboratory slammed as tech for tech's sake

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Re: it's worth a go.

"Couldn't you just get a loan for that?"

I don't know. That's a lot of money to owe. I'm 49 now and I wouldn't qualify until I was about 56. You don't get well-paid until you've been in the job for a while. I don't think I have enough years left, unfortunately.

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Re: it's worth a go.

"£250M is loose change compared to the overall NHS budget"

True, nut how many doctors could they train for that?

I had all the necessary qualifications and experience, but tried three or four times to get a place at medical school, to no avail (due to the insane amount of competition for so few places). Then they put the fees up to £9000 per year, killing all my hopes.

The top three attributes for getting injured on e-scooters? Having no helmet, being drunk or drugged, oddly enough

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Aren't they illegal to ride on pavements or public roads though?

Gov flings £10m to help businesses get Brexit-ready with, um... information packs

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I think I'll apply

I wonder if I can get some funding to produce an accurate information pack, containing all the currently-available information. So that's a blank sheet of paper. Got to be worth a least a few thousand, surely?

Y'know how everyone hated it when tuition fees went up? Cutting them now could harm science, say UK Lords

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Re: Meh

"The idea that everyone in the 50% of the school-leaver population who were encouraged to go to university would actually benefit from it is crazy."

This policy was based upon the ideological fallacy that creating more graduates would magically create more graduate-level jobs, instead of what it has done - create more unemployed/low-paid graduates in debt and turned universities into profit-led institutions.

Xbox daddy bakes bread with 4,000-year-old Egyptian yeast

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Re: Its all in the temperature

Also "Lipton Yellow" is not fit to be called tea.

British ISPs throw in the towel, give up sending out toothless copyright infringement warnings

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Re: value of genuine content

All4 has a lot of good content, but none of it is in HD. It's 2019!

Gonna be so cool when we finally get into space, float among the stars, work out every day, inject testosterone...

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"needles are bad news because it requires very precise manipulation"

Testosterone is injected intramuscularly, which is about as precise as throwing a dart at yourself. Still, the possibility of drops of blood/testosterone floating around and getting into the equipment is probably something they'd want to avoid.

Oblivious 'influencers' work on 3.6-roentgen tans in Chernobyl after realising TV show based on real nuclear TITSUP

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Re: iPhone?

"Q. How do you know if somebody is a vegan.

A. They tell everyone.

Better, I think:

A. Don't worry, they'll tell you."

I heard the same joke, but applied to people who've been to Oxbridge.

Cocaine, psychedelics, DMT? They sure knew how to party 1,000 years ago: Archaeologists make startling discovery

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"Maybe our ancestors understood that hallucinogens don't actually connect you with anything, they just bring out your inner wanker."

Hallucinogens don't do that, but cocaine certainly will.

Cali Right-to-Repair law dropped, cracks screen, has to be taken to authorized repair shop

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"I would just put them in the recycling box"

My council recycling service does not accept hard plastics. I assume this is the same for most (all?) others.

Buying a second-hand hard drive on eBay? You've got a 'one in two' chance of finding personal info still on it

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"My normal procedure for disposing of drives is much easier - it just requires a power drill"

I prefer the more fun, and less power-hungry method - a BGH (Bloody Great Hammer).

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Re: Uh??

Magnets, bitch!

And in current affairs... Apple recalls three-prong AC adapters after some shocking behavior

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Re: But...

"in both cases it was the plastic earth pin that broke"

I think there should be a special section of Hell (one without any of the cool people) reserved for those who produce plugs/wall-warts with plastic earth pins.

Gather round, friends. Listen close. It's time to list the five biggest lies about 5G

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Re: New and shiny but practically pointless

"Off Topic, but does it bug anybody else that it's millipede and not megapede? "

Not really. That would mean 'big legs' or 'million legs'. OK, they don't actually have one thousand legs, but 'millipede' still seems more appropriate.

Prince Harry takes a stand against poverty, injustice, inequality? Er, no, Fortnite

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Re: Thanks Harry

Of course it was not only the royals, but all their Norman mates who stole all our land and still haven't given it back after a thousand years.

It's funny really, the idea of claiming land ownership by way of brutish thuggery would be frowned upon these days, but we have done nothing to reverse those claims.

Perhaps a land tax would be a good step?

Finally, after years of dunking on Magic Leap, El Reg's Kieren tries out the techno hype goggles. And the verdict...

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"I was able to get a prescription using a machine that looked into my eyes and dynamically adjusted focus a number of times and then printed out the result in a few seconds"

I've experienced that machine for several years at Boots, but they still also use the old-fashioned methods as well - presumably they use both as a comparison.

I buy good frames (acetate) online, then send them off to a 'reglazing' service. It's still expensive as I'm very myopic and prefer thin lenses, but still cheaper than the outrageous high street prices.

Biker sues Google Fiber: I broke my leg, borked my ankle in trench dug to lay ad giant's pipe

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Re: Bork

"Interestingly, the original meaning of the word (in the mid 20th century) did mean to obstruct, after an American Judge by the name of Bork."

Thank you. I'm glad that someone else actually bothered to look it up in a dictionary!

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Out of curiosity, when did 'bork' transition from meaning obstruct to broke?

Perhaps one for Michael Rosen.

FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road

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Tesla fanbois

Tesla seems to attract the same blind devotion as Apple. I see so many people on Twitter praising them like they're a quantum leap in people-moving technology, when they're unaffordable by most and, from what I have heard, the least reliable cars on the road (which is bizarre considering how few moving parts they have compared to ICE cars).

Netflix wants to choose its own adventure where Bandersnatch trademark case magically vanishes

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Re: Scott Adams not a precedent??

"The first solo adventure for the rules was published in 1976"

That takes me back. I used to buy those, as I didn't know anyone else who played RPGs!

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'

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Re: Wireless?

I think what you're missing is that as a car driver, being hit from behind isn't as likely to result in your untimely exit from this plane of existence. As a cyclist, your ears are a useful safety feature. Actually, the same applies to pedestrians. I don't feel safe walking down the street with headphones on, as I am unable to hear approaching muggers or out-of-control vehicles (or people shouting at me to get out of the way of such hazards).

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Beanie?

"As a lad they were either bobble hats, if with bobble, or ski hats if without bobble"

When I were a lad (70s), they were either bobble hats or just woolie hats. I'd never heard of a beanie until I saw Bob Clampett's Beany & Cecil cartoon. Beany wore a beanie (obviously) and it had a propellor and no peak.

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?

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"(How many Reg readers are Schlock fans?)"

The John Landis film?

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"A Tesla going past at 30mph seems as loud as a petrol car."

That's just the sound of it falling apart.

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Re: Missed Option

"I'm looking forward to a future of (relatively) quiet towns."

Me too. I think it's one of the many benefits of EVs. The road I live on isn't particularly busy, but the road noise is still annoying and causes me stress - especially the low-frequency engine noises which cause my house to resonate. I'm sure stress levels are higher in people who live on very busy roads.

If they must make a noise, perhaps it could be the clip-clopping of horses' hooves for a nostalgic hit.

The first ZX Spectrum prototype laid bare... (What? It was acceptable in the '80s)

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Re: So it got delivered...

Mine took so long that my dad cancelled the order. It would be another 14 years before I had a computer of my own.

Boffins put the FUN into fungus by rigging yeast to squirt out the active ingredients in cannabis

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"What is scary is imagining the day when an off the shelf tabletop machine lets a mediocre and ill intentioned individual take the genes from a high mortality virus and put them into a highly contagious air born virus."

My understanding is that once a virus mutates to become more virulent, it also becomes less contagious.

Given the current state of climate breakdown and the ongoing mass extinction event, I think we'll have wiped ourselves out before such easy virus weaponising becomes an issue.

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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Saving Customer Money

The only way that smart meters could save the customer's money, is if they had a built-in AI which automagically switched energy supplier every year in order to get the cheapest rate.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Hmmm...

I agree with Ledswinger here. Record prices were over-inflated for many years. Record companies refused to change when the internet came along and then moaned when they weren't raking in quite so many billions. I'm particularly irritated when I have to pay the same price for albums released fourty or fifty years ago as for new music. The costs must have been recouped many times over by now and most of the artists I listen to are dead.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: Congestion is about work not transport

" By making travel difficult and expensive at these times there is an incentive to switch your work habits "

A shame that most do not have much choice - other than not to take a 9 to 5 job. Then you have to explain to the lovely folks at the Jobcentre why you didn't take it - "well I didn't want to add to the congestion".

Under Armour and Virgin Galactic team up so tourists can stay on-trend throughout white-knuckle ride into space

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Re: Comfort is important

It has another problem: the tiny fibres which are washed off and ultimately end up in the sea.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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I'm not that interested in my ancestry

Rather than give money to these dubious companies, I'd rather donate to the British Gut project and find out what kind of microbiome I have. At least that may have some practical value.

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Depends...

"I kept my last phone (Samsung S7) for two years, and the LG V30 which replaced it has been going strong for around a year"

Funnily enough, I've just upgraded to an LG V30+ (which was an eBay bargain at £360 NIB) after my Samsungs S5 and S7 eventually died (S5 wouldn't boot and S7 display took about 30 power button presses to turn on). I'm very happy with it (especially the excellent DAC) and don't regret moving from Samsung. The only thing I miss is the replaceable battery, but the V30+ does last me the whole day - then I stick it on the wireless charger by my bed.



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