* Posts by fatbuddha

21 posts • joined 26 Jun 2015

Bordeaux-no! Wine guzzling at UK.gov events rises 20%


nice to see Chapel Down Bacchus as one of the Reception wines. serioulsy good plonk from one of my local vineyards that have somecracking wines in their range. if you can get hold of some of their Flint Dry, then do so - lush! they also have an excellent restaurant at their vineyard.

Swiss cheesed off after Apple store iPhone does Samsung Galaxy Note 7 impersonation


Re: No one else picked up on this?

this was in Switzerland - home of efficiency in most things, so no doubt a major store’s fire security would be covering all likely bases.

Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?


TRONC wtf?

sod the phone - could someone explain that TRONC video to me in words I can understand? I'm still trying to fathom whether it was real or parody

Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea



My wife and I have 4 Pebbles (2x Original, 1x Steel, 1x Round) and bought them for their alert functions and interchangeable faces. For exercise we have TomToms for GPS tracking, timing, and data uploads for training tracking as they are simple to use and do that job well (we have refurbed models bought for £60 each)

To us, Pebble's move towards the health market was a mistake - leave that to the likes of Garmin, TomTom etc - the usage ecosystems are different. Yes, there are crossovers but to me I want a watch to do specific things, not be a jack of all trades.

Love the Pebbles for what they did - we'll keep using them as long as the cloud service is supported

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal


What a pity if this happens. I was an original backer on Kickstarter and on subsequent ones like Time Steel and Round, so me and the missus have 4 pebbles between us. They recently replaced my wife's Round after it went uptits in the rain - customer service was very good.

But I think the move to them becoming more health oriented has lost the differentiation between Pebble and other smart watches and frankly they should have stuck with the original simplicity of the offering. But tech is a fickle market and when the big boys get stuck into an emerging sector then the small innovators are too often the losers.

One can hope that the originals become collectors items in due course!

International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire


Re: 3 more years

As the 1st stages of ISS were launched from Russia i would suggest it can go to the pub today - legal drinking age in Russia is 18 (like most civilised countries ;-) )

China's LeEco eyes up US, takes on, er, Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Tesla


LeEco bike

As a biker I just googled for some images of it. My dog it's FUGLY. Looks like a hybrid rather than a pure road bike and on looks alone I doubt it will sell well even with all the inbuilt technology.

What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp


Re: I'm so anon...

...with Winkypop written on it I presume. not that anon eh? :-)

Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky


Re: I have just read this

the Kefahuchi Tract series that starts with Light was good but tough going imho. but perhaps on a 2nd read it might be more understandable and enjoyable

Citrix's GoTo goes to LogMeIn in $2bn merger


Re: LastPass and LogMeIn

likewise. beyond a new logo exercise, not much has changed at LastPass since LogMeIn bought them - let's hope it stays that way

Lester Haines: RIP


One of the reasons I signed up for El Reg

au revoir Lester


How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today


Re: What will be their selling point?

dog. that Pyra is fugly, non?

Home Ebola testing with a Tricorder? There's an app for that


the idea behind using an iPhone to do pathology testing isn't new - it's been around for a few years for things like diabetes testing, so diabetics use the phone as their home monitor. so this Biomeme machine is just an (expensive) extension of the principle

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide


Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

"It would be really great to have an alternate OS that can run existing programs"


Love reading all the comments about Windoze but for many of us biz users there is no alternative OS that can run the production software we use so we have to suck it up and live with it and the various OS upgrades, updates and security issues. All we can do is to keep abreast of the security battle and get users to be savvy.

I can turn Yahoo! around claims hedge fund manager


Re: Good stuff in there

ah - FriendsReunited. that had some good traction until the founders sold out to ITV which to me at the time seemed an odd company to be buying it. and then - death. in the hands of someone else, FRU could have gone places

Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences


"and allows music to be streamed directly to the speakers.". so you'll get a load of dumbasses buying this and then wondering how you plug into it their old (unpowered) speakers. be good if their marketing mentioned that you might need an amp for this purpose.

Brit school claims highest paper plane launch crown


Fantastic stuff but for a school project badly let down by the poor grammar in the credits - " we couldn't OF done this without you". aaaaaggghhhh... that really is dreadful.

W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over


Re: Return

"doing stuff nobody wants"?? I think the revenue streams of Google etc do show that people want their products. whether they need them is a different matter.

Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free


it would be interesting to know how many of the 75 million free Spotify subscribers actually use the service. I have a free Spotify account but can't remember the last time I used it. many would have signed up after Spotify launched, perhaps tried it once or twice never to go there again. you can do anything with numbers for free services - the key is the paying subscribers. Apple are the newcomers here - let's see what their paid numbers are like in a year's time.

PS - note to self - remember to unsubscribe from Apple Music after 3 months. :-)

PPS - I have a paid Tidal account.

Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth



With the proceeds of a premium bond win I bought a Playbulb (Sengled lookalike) back last year just to see what it was like. http://www.playbulb.com/en/playbulb-original.html The results were much as described in the article - the sound is poor quality and can be annoying, and it's a pain having to pair the bloody thing every time someone turns the light switch off! It was "OK" in the setting I had it but then we moved house - it's still in a box somewhere and I have no great desire to go looking for it.

If they could improve the quality of sound it might have a place in a home but I'd avoid spending money on one if you don't need it.

'Backronym' crowdfunds itself into Oxford English Dictionary


twerk - where Yorkshire people go between 9 & 5 on weekdays.. :-)


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