* Posts by BackToTheFuture

19 posts • joined 6 May 2020

Typical. Crap weather halts work on subsea fibre-optic cable between UK and France


Re: Already we have moved that far from Europe?

According to Submarine Cable Networks' site, the cable will eventually connect Paris and Slough (home of the Mars Bar - 2.5m bars per day produced apparently).

Wonder if they plan to send Mars Bars down the cable tunnel direct to Paris using a pneumatic tube delivery system?

Could be a game-changer.

Perseverance rover drilled a rock on Mars and probably snaffled a core sample


Holy Rock, Batman!

"In these images, the lighting is poor, and internal portions of the sample tube are not visible," NASA warned. More snaps will be taken in due course so that NASA can feel sure the process worked.

Hmmm - a few seconds in Photoshop lightening the shadows reveals what appears to be quite a lotta rock sample in there, and in good resolution. Now, how to let those NASA rocket scientists know about the existence of photo editing software............

NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles


Re: Room for 3 vehicles?

Get them all up there and move it out past the Lagrange point. Job done! :) :) :)

Get them up there and move it out past the Language point - even better job done. Can't hear you - lalalala......

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile


Presumably any survivors will be taken to Guantanamollusc.

Followed by an enthusiastic yet unsuccessful waterboarding session, although with the Pentagon already stating "We have this mindset that we want to fail early and often ...." the outcome will be reported as exceeding all expectations and another few billion dollars tossed in Project Thermadore's begging bowl.


Another platform on which Java will not run – platform 1 of Newcastle's Central Station


What is Geordie for bork?

I do believe it's Borwak, old chap.

(sips Newcastle Brown and adjusts peak of cap made from Stotty cake)

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all: El Reg takes Twitter's anti-mean algorithm for a spin


I just knew that bathroom-cam was a mistake.

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar


Re: Corby

* Persistently reappearing at the top of the "deaths by Covid" charts in the UK

Deep-fried face-masks?

Samsung thinks about giving the Galaxy Note refresh a miss this year as semiconductor supplies run dry


"However, the idea that removing the headphone socket on Brand X phones causes the user to buy Brand X Bluetooth headphones is flimsy at best."

No, but they'll have to use someone's brand of wireless buds, and many will go for the manufacturers' own brand first - looking at you, Apple fans, with those weird white stick things poking out of your ears. And look at the growth market that's been created by removing the headphone socket: (source Statista - "Sales of true wireless hearables (i.e. non-wired headphones) were forecast to increase by 110 million units (in 2019) and stand at 230 million units worldwide by 2020."

The Samsung Xcover Pro looks like a great option although in a different and cheaper spec range to the Note series - the original post related to what Samsung might do differently in a future Note to separate it out from its currently similarly specced high end phones.


Hear what you're saying, Sampler.

I remember at the time that one of the manufacturers' explanations for non-replaceable batteries was better water resistance - but we all know the real reason is profit maximisation for the manufacturers because when the battery dies, most people will ditch the phone and replace it, especially when Apple and Samsung make it very difficult to replace the battery in the first place without damaging it. And with many millions of phones out there this does represent a mammoth negative impact on the planet.

Ditching the headphone jack - all sorts of pathetic rationales were made too for this (interfering with haptic feedback? hoho - more space for a bigger battery - oh, purlese) - but seeing how many billions Apple made from their wireless earbuds, Samsung decided they'd join that lucrative bandwagon too. There's nothing good about wireless earbuds for me - heavy and uncomfortable, easy to lose, expensive to replace, worse sound quality than cheaper wired headphones, plus they look ridiculous on a lot of people (me included). And I have some expensive wired earbuds which I'm not going to ditch and which are quite capable of distinguishing between inferior bluetooth v wired sound. And bluetooth buds in use further drain the phone battery and become non-functional when their own tiny battery charge expires. That ain't progress.

Having a couple of cheap spare batteries for my Note 4 available meant I never had to worry about long commute times (I vaguely remember those (!)), flight delays (ditto) or trailing charger wires for people to trip up over at work, and I've seen people almost come to blows arguing over who's using a charging point on a train. It's just so easy and hassle free reaching for a new battery from my shirt pocket. Similarly out hiking in the wilds. Now I have to carry a power bank that's as big as the phone, heavier and remember to charge that too. That ain't progress either.

Incidentally, my Note 4, for which few claims of water resistance were made at the time, has survived years of being used for GPS tracking on the hills in all sorts of wet weather, as well as emerging unscathed from a number of major trauma office events involving every beverage known to man, and is still going strong. If it had a sealed battery I would have had to ditch it years ago. The technology has moved on, and I simply don't accept the notion that it's not possible to have a fully waterproof phone with a replaceable battery or headphone socket.

It would be good to have a choice again, so both you and I could be happy.


But also, what would they do?

Simple really - bring back the removable battery, last seen in my venerable Note 4, and a headphone socket, last seen in my current Note 9.

Although that might require a radical shift by Samsung in the direction of giving the customer what they actually want.

Actually, there are reports that the European Commission is contemplating a plan to force manufacturers of electronic goods to make their batteries replaceable, including phones, tablets and wireless headphones, largely on environmental concerns. Not holding my breath on that one emerging into the light though.

Gummy bears as a unit of measure? The Reg Standards Soviet will not stand for this sort of silliness


Re: Football Fields

Well, assuming we're talking about a British soccer field (anything else is likely to be just a wannabee imitation), which according to Wiki can be between 90m and 120m long to meet the regs, so let's say 100m, and the length of a gummy bear (source Wiki again) is around 2cm, give or take a suck or two, this means a football field will be approx 5,000 gummy bears in length.

Nice round number. Much tastier than"The Size of Wales".

No gummy bears were harmed during the completion of this calculation.

Afterwards though - Mmmmmmmm......chomp.....

Samsung supremo suggests Note phablet will be scattered throughout the Galaxy... though not black-holed


Intergrated user experience

“We’ve also been paying attention to people’s favorite aspects of the Galaxy Note experience and are excited to add some of its most well-loved features to other devices in our lineup.”

Great - looking forward to the return of the headphone jack and a non-curved edge display. WooHoo.

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself


Re: Whatabout...

And to preserve the dish shape, why not extend the wall around the whole of the USA?

The Canadians would be jolly pleased.

ISS? More like HISS, am I right? Space station air leakage narrowed down to Russia's Zvezda module


Followed by Janoferry and Febtoohairy?

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport


Sincalir Spectrum's.....

Jet Pack Bob. Obs.

Floating COVID incubation tank becomes data-leaking ransomware rustbucket: Carnival admits crims made off with personal data booty


"Kudos to Carnival for releasing this information almost immediately..."

Although the bad new was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Wonder if any of the affected customers have been informed yet?

At time of posting there's nothing on the front page of Carnival's website, where the first headline states: "Extraordinary Experiences, Lifelong Memories Ahead".

Like having your bank account and credit cards emptied from stolen data perhaps?

Facebook to take board seat at Linux Foundation after signing as Platinum member


There goes the neighbourhood.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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