* Posts by miknik

268 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Sep 2007


The future's so bright, Google Glass now comes with shades



I don't think Glass is expensive to try and turn a profit, after all it's not like they need the money. I think Google only want people who *really* want it to buy a pair, so price it accordingly.

It's a long way from being a consumer ready device, you can't even fold the arms and put it in your pocket. Also, the cost of the components is only one aspect of pricing strategy. The R&D and man hours going into the project must be costing a pretty penny. Glass updates are fairly frequent and the level of interactivity with the community from Google is high, and all that comes with a cost attached.

Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens


DVLA translation

One of the best number plates I ever saw was K90 RBS, only it was spaced as K9 0RBS and had "The dogs bollocks"written underneath

Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly


Re: Question...

Probably not, but I guess they probably don't lose sleep over it.

Once you are a 30 something billionaire you can pretty much do what you want, and surely it's better they stay in the tech field than start buying sports teams and the like?

Snapchat: In 'theory' you could hack... Oh CRAP is that 4.6 MILLION users' details?


Seems legit

Enter your details, hit submit and then the server spits you out at haveibeenpwned.com/youhavenow

Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES


Is 4k the resolution...?

Or the cost (in bitcoin) of a display which supports it?

Gaming co ESEA hit by $1m fine for hidden Bitcoin mining enslaver


Optimised code?

So he enslaved 14,000 PCs and made $3,700 worth of bitcoin? That's about 6 of them.

He'll probably get hired by Microsoft.

RIP Frederick Sanger: Brit bio-boffin who pioneered DNA sequencing dies



Brilliant yet humble, if only we had more brits like this and less like Joey Essex...

'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all


Re: Let us know how that works out

"drug dealing in real time works pretty much the same way – you could probably get away with it once, but make it your day job and sooner or later the g-men will get a hold of you"

Except they don't get hold of the real dealers do they? They got the guy who accepted a delivery of 1KG of coke to pass on, any idiot could do that. They didn't get the guy who has kilos of coke waiting to drop off to people.

There is no shortage of people willing to step up because they can buy in bulk at a price substantially below the end user value of their product, so it seems like quick, easy money. Big distributors keep it this way because it removes them from the majority of the risk of getting caught.

How many actual SR dealers have they caught?

Vietnam jails man for Facebook freedom campaign


Democracy FTW!

This wouldn't happen in a democratic country, unless you posted something clearly tongue in cheek to vent your frustration about an airport closure that is.

Instead the covert mass surveillance would bring you to the attention of the authorities sooner so you could be held without trial on some overblown terrorism charges instead.

Freedom, isn't it wonderful?

Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling


Re: Ordered!

"I hope the rumour about the 32GB version having a bigger battery is true"

According to the specs page on Google Play it isn't


Re: Nice

Just ordered one, Google Play says 8th November dispatch date.

Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014


"I think that no one has a set of skills like this"

Acquired over a long career, right?

Samsung better give him back his daughter before someone gets hurt...

Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes


Enter Amazon, stage right

Should Amazon's oft rumoured foray into mobile ever emerge from vapourware I can envisage them shaking up this market somewhat.

They already have agreements with many telcos in order to offer Whispernet to Kindle users for content delivery, I can only imagine they would extend this for other smartphone friendly media like HD video.

For a real game changer they might even offer a worldwide data allowance to Amazon mobile users instead of this £8/MB when roaming nonsense you get now... With enough global telco agreements already in place I'm sure it's not beyond the realms of possibility.

Twitter IPO: We want $17 to $20 per share for all our - sorry, your - witterings


89% of revenue from advertising

Where did the rest come from?? Selling little blue bird window stickers to coffee shops?

Give it a wrist, fellas: Sony's back with $200 Android Smartwatch 2


Article fail

It's a 3rd gen device, the last one came out a year or two ago.The reg article you link to even contains this information.

David Brent's office to host VMware's hybrid cloud


Wernham Hogg

The name I used to win a holiday to New York in a "rename our pub" competition in Slough

Cheers Ricky!

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Bezos dives into tech-support MONEY PIT


Love em or hate em, Kindle support is top drawer

I've owned and pwned a couple of Kindles over the years. I had one fail on me which they replaced next day and I broke the other two through my own sheer stupidity.

I knelt on one which I had left on my bed, heard a nasty crack and when I tried to refresh the screen it all went etch a sketch on me. It was 23:30 on a Saturday night. I looked on Amazon to see if perhaps I could get it fixed, found a relevant page and it had a call me button so I clicked it and entered my number.

Within 30 seconds my phone rang, I was connected to someone immediately and told them what I had done. It was a Kindle Keyboard 3G which at the time were £149. They said they couldn't repair mine but could replace it for £49 as a goodwill gesture to an existing owner. I gratefully accepted and on Monday morning my new one arrived. Two years later when I broke it again I had a similar experience.

You can bemoan their DRM, their tax "efficiency" or whatever but you can't fault the Kindle support. It's the best I've ever had from a big company by a long way.

EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff


Was he flying from....

..........Robin Hood Airport?

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling


Curved Smartwatch please

The idea is a bit meh for a phone, but would vastly improve the aesthetics of a smart watch. That "flat panel on a strap" look kills it for me, a curvy screen with a wrist hugging profile would greatly improve the appeal.

Office 365 goes to work on an Android


the digital equivalent of three miles to the gallon

Three miles to the gallon generally equates to 32DDs with endless legs on the fun stakes, your notebook analogy is flawed

China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE


Re: Why does plastic make it 'cheaper'?

"The advertising worked on you then?"

No, I own a vehicle repair company and have spent 20 years in the automotive repair industry..

I've stripped enough auto gearboxes and differentials to appreciate the differences between the ones fitted to a 250Nm torque engined car and a 700Nm engined one and I can appreciate that a brake setup involving eight piston calipers and fully floating drilled and vented brake discs (rotors) is more expensive than a solid disc set up with a single piston sliding caliper, no matter who you buy it from. Don't get me started on hydraulic active suspension components and the like...

My company specialise in Mercedes-Benz, current engine variants were introduced between 2005 and 2008. No European manufacturers use 80s engine tech.


Re: Why does plastic make it 'cheaper'?

Does the size of the engine make much difference to the cost?


The reasons are two fold: you need to uprate the whole drive train, as well as the brake and suspension components; this adds a big chunk to the cost which means fewer people will buy the car with the bigger engine, the R+D costs are still the same as for the smaller engined car though so the manufacturer has to recoup a greater amount per unit sold to cover them, adding another chunk to the price.

Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior


Re: I know nothing much about patents, but...

For ten years plus Mercedes have had this functionality. The device which stores your settings? The key.

You set your settings for your key, your partner sets theirs for theirs. Put your key in and eveerything moves to your set position and vice versa. I admit this idea would be cool for Apple users who use many hire cars, but for me I change cars less than I change phones, so not so cool for me.

No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android


How is the tablet block implemented?

Is it just the standard "device not supported" thing in Google Play or something more sophisticated?

What happens if you download it from Google Play on your phone, then extract the .apk with Titanium or whatever and try to install that .apk directly on to your tablet?

Google kicks off Android 4.3 updates for Nexus devices


New stuff

I grabbed the OTA zip from xda developers, if you have a custom recovery installed head over and download it for a smooth update with no data loss.

Anyway, biggest perks for me are new camera app interface which now has countdown timer, volume buttons operate the shutter and redesigned menu. The dialler now does T9 suggestions from your contacts (if you turn the option on) and the updated Bluetooth means my car stereo now shows track names and stuff.

It's nothing ground breaking, but nice touches and impressive to go from Google announcement last night to on my phone this morning.

Hubble spots ALIEN NAVY world – and it's pelted with GLASS RAIN


Re: An atmosphere?

I thought you needed a thin atmosphere to get high speed winds, and once it gets too dense the turbulence slows everything down?

Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site


Re: "clear blue bathroom sealant" WTF?!

You are confused, clear does not mean colourless.

The glass in my car is clear and blue.

Squillions of bytes in one cup of DNA


a cupful of DNA would hold “a hundred million hours of high-definition video”

Provided I can select the content of the high definition video then from a hundred million hours worth I could supply many cupfuls of DNA.

Have I just created a perpetual motion machine?

Brit mastermind of Anonymous PayPal attack gets 18 months' porridge


Not so anonymous then...

Bet he is regretting verifying his paypal address now!

Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS


Mugging deterrent more like

Once the nasty man on the tube sees you shooting laser beams out of your eyes he is going to run a mile. Pretty sure Clark Kent could do this and that boy kicked ass.

Kryptonite equipped muggers may be an issue, but if you hang in those circles then you will need to find your own solution, or wait for Specsavers to start doing second pair free.

Wireless performance will collapse, prices rise: Deloitte


The irony

of hearing I will struggle to receive the data speed I expect to from a company who I associate solely with receivership is not wasted upon me.



His real secret

1) Get in early while everyone has shitty 33.6k modems ,or 56k if they are lucky, or 128k ADSL if they work somewhere cool.

2) Create a search engine which isn't Yahoo and loads absolutely nothing but company name and a search box , rather than the page Yahoo has which will sap 2 days of your bandwidth to load.



Obviously point 3 was actually sell advertising, but you all knew that anyway. This isn't a criticism, I'm fine with what Google do and applaud the fact they give most of their services away for free*, but the fact is they got rich by nailing search at the right time. Everything else they have done is a consequence of that. The end result is to retain that initial revenue stream they created, not because they love you.

*In exchange for your data, so they can sell more ads. (You knew that too though, right?)

Mega launches with mega FAIL


Mega FAIL is the new tech launch protocol

Haven't you heard?

If your product launch isn't FUBARed in some way then nobody notices it. Fuck things up and get column inches from everywhere. Google Nexus 4 and Apple Maps are recent examples, it just shows you Kim has his finger on the pulse.

Although I have no real opinion of the guy I'll be cooking up the popcorn for this one. Having the cash to rent a huge mansion and live the lifestyle he does might be enough for some people to quit once they get raided by gun toting law enforcement officers but I'm pleased to see Kim's balls are in proportion to the rest of his body when it comes to dealing with government agencies and mega corps.

For reference, my attempt to register via my Virgin connection is currently greeted with an egg timer set for hard boiled ostrich.

Cash-ravenous Sony will flog Manhattan HQ for $1.1 BEELLION


Re: Good plan

I'm hoping Kim Dotcom is the buyer, and he is going to turn Manhattan into some sort of Tracy Island from which he can sit beneath this building in front of a wall of video screens, stroking his cat and running his evil empire.

Somehow he can escape capture from the US government at the end of each episode so we can all enjoy "moar lulz" at their expense. Perhaps John McAfee and Julian Assange can rock up there at some point too.

Time has already run out for smart watches


Funny how these things go full circle

The wrist watch became popular because it was seen as more convenient to have your watch on your wrist, rather than carrying a pocket watch.

Nowadays many people don't bother with a watch. Instead they rely on their phone, which they keep in their pocket....

Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump


I've already got an A tube

it leads to my A hole. It might not be hip and modern but it works. Call me old fashioned but I think I'll keep doing it my way.

Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?


I send it back to them

I've got my own domain, so when I have to sign up in this way the email address I use is company-name@mydomain.com

If I start getting a load of spam then I just create a mail forwarding rule on my domain and point that address back at the contact email address for the relevant company.

Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth


Re: "...damped by gravity..." ???

You all thought the process through much more than I did. I just read the gravity damping statement and wondered if it was followed up with the recommendation of a Monster HDMI cable or some oxygen free silver interconnects for my HiFi.

Sky watchers prep for early 2013 asteroid fly-bys


Re: Rather humbling

Until I hear of the sad passing of one Bruce Willis then surely I don't need to concern myself with such things?

Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY


Re: I want to remain anonymous when I travel

You had better leave your mobile phone at home then

Black Helicopters

Pretty sure only the Plod could get that CCTV

Nope. CCTV footage is covered under the Data Protection Act so for the relevant admin fee (£10 I think) you can request a copy and the CCTV operator has a legal obligation to supply it to you.

Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits


I can't be the only person...

...who actually just wants a dumb tv?

Spend the money on a good panel and making the hardware performance top notch. I don't want it to overlay my twitter feed on to what I am watching or any of that nonsense. I certainly don't want that coupled with countless gaping vulnerabilities.

While I'm on the subject I don't even want speakers. Audio and smart features are better handled by connected devices so I would rather not pay for duplicated functionality which is not only inferior but that I will also never use.

Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto


When I see phones without it I think its a scam to force people into expensive models/replacements.

Its a £239/£279 phone which is better specced than many costing double. I felt like a scammer buying one!

Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers


It is just like every other platform. There are far more Joe Bloggs developers than there are Microsofts and Adobes, but the big bucks go to the big boys.

It also seems that once you come out with a decent (popular?) app like instagram or draw something then the big boys come and buy you out anyway.

Astronomers find biggest black hole, 17 BILLION times the size of Sun


"Time for a rethink" suggests Dr. Karl

Was that quote regarding his thoughts on black holes, or something they picked up at his hairdressers?

TVShack O’Dwyer strikes deal to avoid US extradition


Re: Touch down

The simple solution would be to post on Twitter before you fly out about how you are going to tear up the USA on your rampaging holiday. The TSA will ensure you never make it out of the airport.

Does Robin Hood airport have flights to the USA?

Japan firm offers mums-to-be 3D printed unborn infants


Good value

An MRI scan costs about £800, so this is like buy the MRI, get a free print out.

Google mingles Drive and Gmail for 10GB attachments


Re: But will

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess it will just include a link to the file on your Google drive account, as the article says you need to update the sharing permissions for any files you " email" in this fashion.

Google starts rolling out Android 4.2 to select devices


My sadness over Nexus 4 is appeased

Flashing the trusty Galaxy Nexus with 4.2 as I type!

Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi only tablet review


Re: I'm impressed

"more nuanced and well-grounded than Charles Arthur manages at the Guardian (a good journalist and a well-informed man, but manages to sound like a fanboy even when he's trying not to be)"

Charles Arthur is a rabid fanboi, in his iPad mini review he tried to justify the letterboxing on video content viewed on the 4:3 mini by including a screenshot of a Nexus 7 playing a 2.35:1 video and saying "look, it has big black borders too!" A tech editor who doesn't understand aspect ratios? C'mon....