* Posts by death&taxes

51 posts • joined 19 Sep 2013


Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back


Re: the emotional distress of dealing with Windows 10.

Pics or it didn't happen.

29 MEEELLION iPhone Xs flogged... only to be end-of-life'd by summer?


Re: Marketing genius.

"$600 profit per phone"

Naive nonsense.

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'


Re: Forbidden Excitement

Well done - totally contrived, not at all funny and just silly - all in one comment.

Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...


Re: Numbers

Err, 10,000,000 x $1,000 x 40% = a slightly bigger hole than the one you suggest...

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months


Re: personalised relationship with the customer

So don't agree to it, it's a choice. And don't shout - it makes you look rabid.

Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell


Re: Why Does This Matter?

Droid troll alert!!!

30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'



To pass plod's initial and renewal inspection for a rifle/section 1 you would definitely need an approved gun cabinet fixed to a solid masonry wall. For a single shotgun some forces accept a gun clamp, ideally in the loft as burglars generally avoid entering them for the risk of being trapped.

It is of course total nonsense to suggest that a metal filing cabinet would be acceptable.

BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call


Re: Seems you can't sign up

Yes you can, provided you are a BT customer.

'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows


Re: Sometimes I can't use a long password

Perhaps you mean Ctrl-V?

EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin



Mmmm... that didn't really work did it.

Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses


Dear Old Timer,

As one dedicated fanboi to another I think you might have been a mite over-sensitive there. I don't mind too much personally but it does make us all look a bit silly, and you know how much the droidboys enjoy that.

All the best,

Your iBuddy.

USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard


Re: Consumers..



Re: I wonder how does electrocution through your ears feel like

Tut tut.




Doesn't your browser nag you, or are you just a free spirit?


Re: To the USB implementers forum, I say...

Pissed when posting?

HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way



15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'


I'm surprised people appear to have accepted the research at face value.

The questionnaire used was full of questions including (invented) expressions like 'went web-free' 'hooked, very hooked or completely hooked to my device' 'digital detox holiday'.

It was clearly written to lead respondents with the objective of creating impactful 'results' that could be turned into media headlines. And of course the media bought it.

Fine for selling beans, perhaps, but masquerading as serious lifestyle research from the government-funded national communications regulator - appalling.

London's contactless ticket payment system for sale in £15m deal


Re: Testing similar with Safety Cameras?

Have to be a pretty clever camera to recognise you from a very quick glimpse of you from your rear view mirror...

Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition


Re: Referendum - stupid idea

Yes, it's exactly like that.

European Union set to release anti-competition hounds on Google


They managed pretty well with their handsets before they became correctly perceived as old-fashioned bricks when the market flew past them.


US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression


Re: Just a point of clarification...


Not a typo I assume.

That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there


Re: What ?

...'My Secret Files' then?

Nest: It's no longer all about you. Now it can recognize your kids, too


Re: What is the obsession

Duh! Obviously not, which is what this is about (for the people who find it useful).

And anyway maybe we'd not be totally happy rummaging around in the boiler cupboard every time we have a schedule change, leave alone forgetting to change the settings (yet again) before we leave.


Re: What is the obsession

@hplasm So we know one more thing about you: smug but meaningless.


Re: What is the obsession

@Martin an gof

It appears you really do have a simple life. Congratulations, and good on you for coming up with the 'wear a jumper because the house is cold' trick.

Apart from faffing around in the boiler cupboard changing settings on a crappy little timer unit, try changing a 'holiday' setting when your trip suddenly gets extended.


Re: What is the obsession


Well I guess we all now know that you write patronising twaddle, but are only really being ironic.

Of course there are many people with slightly more complicated lives who welcome the opportunity to take more control of how much energy they waste heating empty houses, weekday flats, holiday homes etc etc.

But what really gets me are those people who refuse to build a fire to make a cup of tea and lazily boil a kettle.

EE recalls all 'Power Bar' USB batteries due to 'fire safety risk'


Re: To my down voters.

"Not being on that side of The Pond & unaware of how the device was marketed, I naturally assumed..."

... that a massively exaggerated over-the-top reaction on a topic of which you clearly had no knowledge, and which had zero impact on your life, was appropriate.

And now you want to blame the article, and winge about (totally justified) downvotes.

On the up-side at least you'll think twice next time.

It's a shame you don't have the balls to leave your original comment up - it would serve well as a salutary lesson to others.


Re: Money back?

Which was exactly zero of your english pounds.

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Re: Screw that. Cough up the refund.

Just imagine if you'd spent just 10 seconds of your valuable time doing some basic research on the story instead of creating an invective stream you could have saved yourself getting so worked up.

They were given away free.

Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT


Re: Pressure sensitive?


Mostly teenagers...

Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband


Re: Isn't this in David Cameron's neck of the woods?

Really, how long would it have taken for you to check whether these areas are 'around Chipping Norton' (they're not).

Silly cliched blather.

Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse chap in 'desperate' cash shortage


Thanks Vince, have an upvote for making me nasally evacuate my coffee - priceless!

TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users


Re: OEM encryption

Dear hapticz, you've outshone yourself - that is bonkers on so many levels.

Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'


Re: It's unfortunate

All for free speech and all that but I'd prefer he/she didn't...

Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!


Re: But... Google is a monopoly

"If you want to search the internet, you have to use Google"

Utter, complete and ignorant tosh.

Duck Duck Go ain't too bad, but if you really want google results without the google slurp then just use Startpage.



Re: But Has Anyone Found something To Do With Them?

Fundamentally disgree about a clear divide between tablet/non-tablet demographics - tablets are a hardware adjunct for many people precisely because they fill usage gaps. It's not either/or.

They facilitate on-line access and use of media/software away from the immovable suitcase-sized brick which is either in the office/study, or is dominating some other shared space; or the bulk and the surface-requiring mode of use of a laptop.

And in response to the original question, a few suggestions: reading your daily paper in bed (without the dirty fingers), checking recipes in the kitchen, gaming on the sofa, sharing photos around the table on a decent sized screen, providing alternative means for other household members to consume their preferred visual media, not having to drop by the desktop or make space somewhere for the laptop when you are expecting to hear from friends or family, amongst thousands...

You may not want one yourself, but if you can't see what roles they could usefully play then you really do have no imagination.

But for work - the desktop in the office and the laptop on the road - of course.

Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened



Surely 'Batik Died'?

Sad news though I didn't know him/her myself.

Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2


Re: What about the VAT?

Sorry but you really have got the wrong end of the stick.

Value added tax is -precisely- a tax on the value added at each stage of a vatable sale or service.

Each supplier charges 20% extra on their price to the next stage. These tax receipts are then netted off against the VAT the supplier has paid to their own suppliers and any excess is passed on to, or deficit is claimed back from, the government through their VAT return.

Actually quite an elegant way of ensuring a tax chunk out of every stage in a given economic activity, reflecting where the margins are being generated.


Does it (incorrectly) mention Apple 'raking in' the diffference between retail price and cost?

Oh, yes it does.

Try harder, trollboi.

Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo


Re: "generally inappropriate use of matrix signs"

Even better are those on the Basingstoke ring road. Not only are they incredibly distractingly bright and often sited across roundabout sightlines, they are on continously and 99.9% of the time they say 'NO CURRENT INCIDENTS REPORTED'.

Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops


Re: Here comes the science bit

But 95% of the wee is H2O, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine] which would be indistinguishable from the other 143,850,000 litres already there.

So isn't that 0.15 parts per billion, or 150 parts per (Leftpondian) trillion?

A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge


If warm soapy water doesn't work it usually means you have an oil soluble glue to contend with.

Scratch the label all over, rubbing off the top surface as much as poss then rub some cooking oil into it. After a few minutes rubbing, hey presto, the label slides off in slippery bits which you can then wash off with warm soapy water.

Still bloody annoying, although malaria probably pips it.

Keep up the good work, Mr H.

So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?


Re: But why are we translating it literally?

...surely 'attempted to dress the cat'?


In japanese "Inu no kintama" is the correct translation of 'dog's testicles' but literally means 'dog's golden balls'.

The winner shurely...

Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze


Not any kind of herbs actually.

For Chinese the rabbit is pounding the elixir of life for the Moon goddess Chang'e. In Japan and Korea it is said to be pounding rice to make 'mochii' or 'chapssalddeok' ricecakes.




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