* Posts by thomas k.

589 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Aug 2007


Sorry we called you a fatty, say Kiwi spies to Kim 'Slim Jim' Dotcom

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C'mon, Reg

Sure, Kim is a dick. He's also grossly, if not morbidly, obese and while it's ok to acknowledge that fact, making snarky comments on his size really makes you no better than the SIS. Grow up.

Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

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new slogan

A slight update to El Reg's slogan: "Biting the hand that feeds shIT."

Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

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hard worker

Won't be working quite so frenetically once he's off the meth, I'd wager.

Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Haha

Well, cats *are* beyond our comprehension - mysterious, unexplainable and unfathomable, just like gods.

Sony sees the cold light of optical archives, buys ex-Facebooker's upstart

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Re: Robotics

"Rather than have to retrieve a disk and return it to a drive, it would make sense to have a drive shaft and optics on the arm that would otherwise retrieve the disk in the first place."

I was thinking the same thing. The one immediate drawback of this approach I could see was that the arm mechanism would be much larger than a simple grappling arm (to retrieve/return discs) so the discs would have to be spaced much further apart, thus limiting the number you could cram in the box.

Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

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Re: App Clap

Argh! Ninja'd by Caustic.

WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

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no need to renew it

when we've now got our running dog lackeys, Australia, Canada and Britain, to do it for us.

Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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Hire a proper photographer, please

While I enjoy the car reviews, I'm constantly disappointed by the terrible pictures that accompany them.

For example: Show us the whole back end, not just a taillight, and not a close-up, either, step back so we can see how it integrates with the whole. Same with the front end.

Just sayin'.

Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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I want that hat!

Where can I order one?

Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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"... finds cheeky exploit a bitter taste"

Kind of like their coffee then.

Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we're going all-FTTP

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I'm confused

I thought Verizon had stopped it's fiber build out years ago in order to push people into using more expensive cellular wireless. Are they now saying they're going to start building again, that once they've sold off their copper (as they've announced) they'll replace it with fiber?

Every Verizon employee I've badgered over the years has maintained that Verizon will never bring fiber to my city.

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

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What a co-incidence

Just bought the 1st Witcher from GoGamer for $3. Only played for a couple of hours so far but seems interesting and sure looks pretty. Glad to see the new one's good.

Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

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re: traced partially to China

By saying, "I think it might be China"?

GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

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white hat hackers ...

That would make them 'whackers'?

Verizon in SUDDEN $4.4bn AOL GOBBLE, aims to make fourplay more exciting

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Well, guess this means my Verizon bill will be going up.

Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: Where's a frackin...

I, too, enjoy seeing pictures of "heavy equipment". Oh, wait, you meant ...

SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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half humans fault

You mean, like, halflings? Damn those hobbits!

Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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better get that video service up

Then the money will start rolling in, just ask Google.

Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: Honestly, what is wrong with an ordinary coffee pot?

If you don't want a whole, big pot, Mr Coffee (and others, probably) makes a little 4 cup model.

You can also use it to make tea, just throw a couple of tea bags in the basket. Might want to get a second basket for that, though.

Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

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Just curious ...

What does the LG G Watch (pictured) have to do with the iPhone 6?

Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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"Error loading YouTube: video ID is invalid"

I want to see that cat video, dammit!

Too much Appley WRISTJOBBERY could be BAD for your HealthKit

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That headline made me think of the scene with the radar gun in Super Troopers.

Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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new beta testers

So, home users will be beta testing the patches for enterprise users now?

Android tool catches apps silently pumping hundreds of ad, tracking servers red-handed

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Ghostery browser

Ghostery, the browser add-on people, have released their own Android browser. It's available thru the Play Store.


OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Is there ...

an emoji for "because"?

Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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@ James

Come on, that's stereotyping - not *all* Bronies are gay.

Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

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Might want to add 'Jr.' to the DA's name

So as not to be confused with his father, the former Secretary of State under Carter.

(Tried to use corrections but don't have an email account on work computer, sorry.)

EU Commish is rather pleased German BND and NSA thought it worth spying on

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"it’s good that people are interested in us"

Well, you know what Wilde used to say ...

Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

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"recreational terror[-ism, -ist]"

AHAHAHAHAHAHA. Thank you for that wonderful euphemism.

Employing a botnet is just a modern twist on an age-old phenomenon (ask anyone employed in the service industry).

And I thought Canadians were supposed to be nice, eh?

You can now play thousands of classic DOS games on Twitter. Goodbye, productivity

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Finally, a reason to join Twitter!


Rand Paul is trying to murder net neutrality. Is there a US presidential election, or something?

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This just in: Rand Paul an ass

Well, d'uh.

Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Won't Work [on] Hipster[s]

OMG! That's like half the potential buyers!

Still, likely proof the watch itself has discerning tastes.

Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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I'd had a Steam account since shortly after they launched it but had never used it. Recently, though, I bought Goat RPG Simulator; when I realized Steam ran in the background even when playing a single player game, I uninstalled it (along with the Goat game). I buy games through GOG now.

The Apple Watch: Throbbing strap-on with a knurled knob

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couldn't work in lace curtains?

Tsk, tsk. Disappointed.

ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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Nice change of pace

Nice to see someone suing Verizon for a change. Turn about and all that.

Microsoft's cash-leaking Nokia phones rip off patents, face import ban

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Only 12 cent per phone loss?

Not very much really and easily made up in commissions on app sales Oh, wait.

Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

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Re: And therein lies the problem ...

And, after a little eugoogling, I learned that the app downloads in the Play Store info *are* compressed and expand on installation, sometimes as much as 80% from the size shown on the Store description.

Now it all makes sense.

Would certainly be helpful if Google listed both the download and actual installation size in the descriptions

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Re: And therein lies the problem ...

As a new owner of an LG Tribute, I'm certainly tempted to root this thing.

Of the 4GB internal memory, ~1.3GB is available to me. Fair enough, except that just updating all the Google apps drops that to ~750MB, which I can't figure out as the updates themselves - 5MB here, 10 there, 35 here - don't add up to 500+ MB. Even skipping those Google updates, I'm down to 1.15 just from the Virgin Mobile update and installing 7 apps. Grrrr.

Other than that, I like the Tribute.

Comcast 'flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable'

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Now that they're not going to be spending time and effort trying to get the merger approved, they'll direct those energies into improving their customer service?


Yeah, right.

Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Looks like even Apple didn't think these things would sell

Otherwise they'd have warehouses full of them and the people who placed those million+ orders wouldn't be waiting 'til June too get them. Probably just made enough to fill all the display cases in all the stores.

Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

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pay to play

Nice ads you're serving there, be a shame if no one could see them.

AssangeTM ♥s dictator Kim Jong-un say Sony Pictures' lawyers

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Re: Remember SCO?

Yes, almost embarrassed that this guy helped to get the ball rolling on marriage equality.

iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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iPhone vs Galaxy fight hospitalizes two

Now, *that's* fanboi-ism.

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Re: who won?

We did.

Verizon FLICKS FINGER at Netflix with skinny à la carte-style TV package for fibre munchers

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How can this be competing with Netflix?

Netflix shows movies, some episodic shows it produces itself, and back seasons of some TV shows, not current TV shows. It would seem Verizon's plan would put them more in competition with Hulu.

And since it's only aimed at FIOS users, it's going to have a very limited market, indeed.

Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Back to rigging elections the old-fashioned way, I guess.

What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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thanks for that link

I clicked, I lol'd, I came back to up-vote you

Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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Re: Apple bans IT posers

No, they only banned the narcissis-sticks, not the narcissists.

Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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What the heck is a "fully reversible" UI?

Looks pretty sweet, otherwise.

Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Too funny.