* Posts by snowpages

61 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Sep 2015


COVID-19 infection surge detected in wastewater, signals potential new wave


Re: "the only figure that really matters is hospitalisations"

Two Aunts and one Uncle for sure. Plus another "possible" from early in the pandemic before testing was widespread enough.

They were all old.

England's village green hydrogen dream in tatters


Re: Hydrogen is absolute SHIT for energy storage or transfer


NASA engineers scratch heads as Voyager 1 starts spouting cosmic gibberish


Re: Have they tried

From the article: "This past weekend the team tried to restart the FDS and return it to the state it was in before the issue began", so YES.

Post-Brexit tariffs on EU-UK electric vehicle imports staved off for three years





"UK tech businesses are projected to secure $12.7bn (£10bn) in venture capital this year, the highest in Europe once again despite losing ground to the rest of the continent.

France raised the second-most VC funding at $8bn, followed by Germany at $7.8bn."

8 + 7.8 = 15.8 so MORE than 12.7

(from https://www.uktech.news/news/investment-news/uk-tech-funding-2023-vc-europe-atomico-20231128

Tesla, Musk likely aware of Autopilot deficiencies behind Florida fatality, says judge


Re: Stating the obvious

They can't be confused - they're dead.

Washington plans overhaul of wireless spectrum allocation



Arm grabs a slice of Raspberry Pi to sweeten relationship with IoT devs


Re: Raspberry Pi Foundation has lost its way

The Foundation https://www.raspberrypi.org/ still focuses on education but the commercial company https://www.raspberrypi.com/ is there to be a business (and thus fund the Foundation).see https://www.raspberrypi.com/about/ for easy to read summary.

One entity is a commercial organisation (with all the good and bad things that suggests), the other is a charitable foundation that tries to do good things.

World checks it's not April 1 as Apple signals support for full US right-to-repair rule


Re: "They use third-party parts"

The original ones can swell too, not just the copies.

Millions of smart meters will brick it when 2G and 3G turns off


Re: No corruption here.

...and "voluntary" load shedding by switching you off remotely. Check the small print.

Sony, Honda tease EV that aims to be a lounge on wheels


I know finding new brand names is difficult but..

.. isn't this some sort of sexual predator??

Musk, Yaccarino contradict each other on status of X's election integrity team


Recurring, not reOccurring please


Techie labelled 'disgusting filth merchant' by disgusting hypocrite


That would be an ecumenical matter..

Arm's lawyers want to check assembly expert's book for trademark missteps


I suspect that htese decisions are being made nowhere near the Cambridge HQ of this Japanese-owned company..

The Anti Defamation League is Musk's latest excuse for Twitter's tanking ad revenue


Re: Lesseee here.

So in each case he will need tightening???

I think you mean "loses". Common mistake

You're not seeing double – yet another UK copshop is confessing to a data leak


Re: Isn't it seeing triple now?

The official EU Region included Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire as well.

I guess we can now define it however we like.

Taking back control (TM)!

One person's trash is another's 'trashware' – the art of refurbing old computers


Re: What about

Raspbian should work - still does 32 bits.

Musk decides to bury dead Twitter accounts, warns users follower counts could sink


Re: A racket?

or perhaps "lose your account" unless he is planning a paid-for tightening service :)

I've seen things you wouldn't believe, like an atom about to photosynthesize


From the article

"Scientists could potentially reproduce the chemical reaction to create new fuels that use sunlight to make clean energy. "

Central UK govt awards £12M+ contract to leave Google Workspace for Microsoft 365



"allowing the IT infrastructure teams to focus on high-value high-complexity tasks, instead of commodity services such as patching"

They were patching Google?

When Google cost cutting goes molecular: Staples, sticky tape, and PC sweating


Re: Ha ha, Chromebooks

Control-C has worked as expected on any Chromebook I have used.

There is a two-key shortcut for Caps Lock, but it is not intuitive so I just had to look it up..

EU mandated messaging platform love-in is easier said than done: Cambridge boffins


Re: Someone...

As one of the boffins was female, I would think that they deliberately chose that word (twice).

UNIX co-creator Ken Thompson is a… what user now?


Re: Joshing or not - I couldn't tell

.. and can often run well on that old 32-bit hardware that you can't bring yourself to throw away!

AI may finally cure us of our data fetish


Re: Prosthetic imagination

Like the ability to choose between loose and lose?? :)

Nice smart device – how long does it get software updates?


Re: Smart fridge


Larry Ellison mea culpa as traffic cop stops Big Red boss on own island


Pet hate


That is all


NTT claims it can stop the noise leaking from annoying people's headphones



"which does somewhat more than optimizing holes in a speaker enclosure. It also pits normal phase and reverse phase sound waves against each other to cancel out at distances."

I suspect that the correct way to describe this is "BY optimizing holes in a speaker enclosure it pits normal phase and reverse phase sound waves against each other to cancel out at distances." No "also".

Loathsome eighties ladder-climber levelled by a custom DOS prompt


Re: point of order

Would that be "Petty Pedantry"?

Tetchy trainee turned the lights down low to teach turgid lecturer a lesson


Re: Maxwell

I think I had that lecturer too...

Post-Brexit 'science superpower' UK still hasn't appointed a science minister


Wot - China?

Consolidation looms for UK broadband providers


Fibre Fibre Fibre Fibre FIBRE!!

At least we can still us the appropriate spelling (UK for an UK story) in the comments!

Anyone else finding that it spoils the reading flow when you crash up against a US-ian spelling in a piece about the UK?

(Definitely getting grumpy in my old age..)

Goodbye, humans: Call centers 'could save $80b' switching to AI


Re: Virtual Assistant at National Savings (NS&i)

Having gone through similar experiences twice over the last 2 years, I found that the keyword you need is "bereavement". If you search for that on most organisations' websites you *usually* find a dedicated phone line and downloadable forms etc. These phone lines seem to be staffed by real, caring, humans!!!! Made a difficult process slightly easier.

Sony responds to inflation with $3,700 gold-plated 'Walkman'


Re: I wish


Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables


Re: Not unexpectedly..

Read it again: he did say specifically "a crappy PC and speaker combination" and not "digital in general".


Re: That vinyl sound

The Neve DSP fully digital mixing desk came out in 1981 but was VERY expensive.

Dell unveils new XPS 13 devices with Alder Lake CPUs


Can someone explain what "1.8x smaller" actually means? Does it mean just over half the size (ie not quite 2x smaller) or something else?

xx% is generally more useful

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests


Re: So technology works as intended...



US Army may be about to 'waste' up to $22b on Microsoft HoloLens



BSOD becomes horribly appropriate...

US-China chip cold war? It's only helping the Middle Kingdom, silicon makers warn

Big Brother

Re: Once Upon a Time, in the Lands of the Eternal Optimist and Pragmatic Ethereal Realist ....

I think you will find that is still the case (if you mean a human)..

Snap continues to make a spectacle of itself as it tries to trademark the word spectacles


Re: Is it in the dictionary?

Like "windows" perhaps and "apple"... I think that horse has bolted.

Who you gonna call? Premium numbers, but a not-so-premium service


Re: Wrong number

I recently successfully dialled an 0208 xxx xxxx number just using the xxx xxxx - which is what you could do in the 01 xxx xxxx days and is one reason why people still format the last 7 digits the old way.

Chinese paper runs interview with Alibaba staffer who claims she was fired after exec rape claim


Re: A Chinese company, trampling over the rights of it's victims...

A company trampling over the rights of its employees.


BT's Plusnet shows Google how it's done as email woes enter their third day


Not just email

They seem to have been having problems with their internal systems too...

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future


Re: The future is behind you ....


Reg scribe spends week being watched by government Bluetooth wristband, emerges to more surveillance


Re: I'll be tracked almost everywhere I go...

A few minutes of search suggests that your "no correlation" "and there never has been" might be difficult to support:





... and don't forget time lags, population density, cultural differences have an effect too.


Re: I'll be tracked almost everywhere I go...

France, with compulsory masks and vaccination passports, ~5k infections/day. UK with neither, ~50k infections/day.

Just got back from France. Oh No! I had to briefly wear my mask and wave my phone on entering a premises... hardly a major inconvenience and made me feel MORE confident to go out and enjoy the cafes, bars and restaurants.

Back in the UK now with its rampant infections, empty shelves, fuel queues grumble grumble.....

Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait


Re: Have to agree coming at it from the other way.

Just a thought - you don't have to give them your REAL dob (as long as you remember which one you used for any later security questions).

Thanks, Sir Clive Sinclair, from Reg readers whose careers you created and lives you shaped


Mine too..

The Project 80 amp I got did the same - turned out to be a solder spike that shorted the mains when the power switch was pressed.... obviously never tested. Easy to fix for those of us with a soldering iron, maybe not for the average buyer But it was cheap.

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already

Thumb Up

Re: Palm glyphs

Sony CLIÉ PEG-TJ37 - Colour screen, WiFi, lovely.

Still have two in the drawer, can't bring myself to get rid of them.

How to stop a content filter becoming a career-shortening network component


Re: "That would not be... convenient"

The pedant in me has to point out that the Swedes don't use "ø" - that is the Norwegians and Danes. The Swedish equivalent is an "ö"

(disclaimer: wife is Swedish so I had the differences pointed out to me very early on..)

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way


Re: Inverse square law

If they are using low frequency magnetic fields rather than RF then it is worse - more like inverse cube law...

Yes, just plug the phone in. Simple, Efficient.