* Posts by Monkeyman

20 posts • joined 12 Aug 2013

Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick


Re: Kodi/XMBC

A major reason why these are flying off the shelves is because they are now the Kodi device of choice... i find it a little strange that a tech review didn't even mention this.

Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Spot on, you are now officially The Voice of Reason, use your powers wisely..

New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking


Re: "Adobe’s PDF reader is better..."

I thought the trolling was supposed to happen in the comments section. It’s a bad sign when the author is the troll king... "Adobe’s PDF reader is better..." aye carumba!

Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

Big Brother

I'm glad someone pointed that out, well said Mr Brown

'The last four major European "incidents" were all carried out by people who were supposedly "on the radar" of the relevant security service.'

Yes each awful killing is followed up with a loud demand for more powers to monitor the local population and a very quiet admission that the perpetrators were already known to the authorities...

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse


I started on Mort and it held me in good stead. Mind you Interesting Times is so funny that you might be better just stating there... really it doesn't matter, the important thing is that you start.

A big part of me hopes that Terry is sitting in the Mended Drum having a pint right now.

El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic



Maybe this says more about me and my alcohol consumption than the author.... but the only recipe that would even remotely fit the bill after a session (or more likely in the closing stages of one) is the Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie.

All others are far too complex and dangerous to make while buckled...

Samsung: Our TVs? Spying on you? Ha Ha! Just a joke of course

Big Brother

Re: same sh*t, different company

nope, you can't put them all in the same boat, follow the money.

Amazon - makes money from selling you stuff and services and a cut from providing a sales platform for 3rd parties

Apple - makes money from selling you kit and services and takes a cut from sales of software

Samsung - makes money from selling you kit (and presumably takes a cut from potential services)

Google - makes money from selling advertising based on information gathered about you.

Spot the one that you wouldn't want listening to you....

Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team


The worst thing about Adam Sandler is that he can actually really act! Watch Punch Drunk Love, cracking film, brilliant performance.

Somebody just needs to sit him down and break the news to him that he just isn't funny. At all.

Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun


Re: Can anyone recommend a starter gamer for 9yr old?

Thanks folks!

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Can anyone recommend a starter gamer for 9yr old?

i need a good hook, anyone got one?

Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee


Re: Coding

PPE seems to be the standard route to being an MP these days. You really should be able to think (and more importantly think critically) to complete a PPE degree... the trouble is that knowing how to perform any technical or intellectual skill doesn't actually make you more compassionate, empathetic or humane.

A big splodge of humility would probably be the best lesson we could give MPs rather than teaching them a bit about computers and stuff.

Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it



Edit - OK CaptainHook got in first but still worth saying...

Reading the comments.... are we really engaged in the shared delusion of believing any of this? Who, other than the revenue collectors of every country where Amazon sells stuff and services, believes that Amazon is a failing business?

I would fall off my chair in amazement if i clicked on Amazon UK and it wasn't there any more.... and so would you I would guess. How would that reaction tally with a company that is apparently haemorrhaging money?

Maybe we should just give Jeff Bezos a knighthood (or whatever floats his boat) and ask him nicely to fix the global tax system.

Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER


Re: Not like it used to be

Agreed, I always loved the bleeding edge but a 2 year rolling cycle on servers? Whose bright idea was that....?

IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman


Re: This is why people treat IT like a bunch of kids.

@Erik - "Something tells me physicians' conferences or scientific symposia don't have nearly the same problems."

I take it you don't hang out with any Doctors then....

What lies beneath Microsoft's Cloud OS?


Re: A Chain is only as Strong as it's Weakest Link

A wonderful combination of pomposity and ignorance. I applaud a fine example of the art but you forgot to use the troll icon... so here you go.

UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites


Re: J. S. Mill time!

Trust me, they've all read it.... it’s basically the first book studied on a PPE course.

That, of course, doesn't mean that they understood it. If they did understand it then the chances are that they've managed to convince themselves that it’s no longer relevant because it doesn't suit their purposes once in power.

One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?


Euro and Scotland

The key here is that José Manuel Barroso has officially reponded to a Scottish MEP on the question of an Idependant Scotland automatically joining the European union. (The URL is too long, use your search engine of choice and look up "José Manuel Barroso response scotland")

He basically said NO, and in follow up interviews he added that Scotland would have to, as a new member, join the Euro (i'm paraphrasing here...)

This puts paid to the claims that Scotland could remain linked to the pound and casts a different light on the whole situation.

I'll let you put your own interpreation on the icon.

Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback


"My dad cheaped out and got me the 1.6 GTi when I was a lad, stupid thing caught light on my drive, wasn't even turned on!"

He bought you a car and you have a temerity to call him cheap? Take a good hard look at yourself... no wonder you went AC.


Re: Huh...

They get to play about in a free car for a week in return for a thousand words.... that's why!

Not a bad deal, shame about the car...

Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated


Re: I agree...

"I remember warning people of the Rasberry Pi hypes and how it wasn't really powerful enough for a HTPC and all I got was downvotes...

Turns out a year later I was right. I never owned one."

Just cause your mates can't do it....you should borrow one off your mates and try yourself. RPI with Openelec works just fine for me. it struggles with 10+GB MKV files but if you're trying to stream something a little less extreme it's the dogs.


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