* Posts by Chris G

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

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ARrrggh!

I think I might find some kind of AR device that gives me a Robocop type view of the world quite interesting at times. Zoom vision, targeting, range, enhanced audio but real time, real world stuff ( and in a device that doesn't make me look like a complete twonk). the trouble with a lot of so called AR hitting the markets is the designers don't seem to have much idea of what reality actually is, rather than augmenting the world around us they seem to be trying to create a surreal world that has nothing to do with reality.

Swampdog can you tell me how to remove the muesli your post made me eject all over my keyboard?

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Who runs this world? Sony Pictures CEO jokes about getting UK culture minister fired

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No smoke without fire

Many a political truth has been said to have been said in jest!

Of Course it was a jolly jest between mates......wasn't it?

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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IOTPah!

Interesting thing as I have noted before, El Reg reports IT and tech, is read by an overwhelmingly tech savvy crowd who, to a man/woman reject the notion of an IoT connected house.

It's a shame the rest of the world who are less savvy will probably buy this crap so inflicting it on to the rest of us.

If it can be made, it will! (Pity)

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Borgleswarm

"allocating tasks to a plurality of robotic devices"

Anyone remember in the eighties and nineties the crimes of 'steaming' and 'home invasion' when a large crowd of little bad lads would get together and go through a railway carriage mugging everyone or invading a home and stealing anything portable ( I think home invasion started in California and I know trains into London have been 'steamed' in the past) and presenting just too many miscreants/targets to do anything about it.

Now a swarm of robots will be able to target sections of the public and hit them with a barrage of advertising (or worse).

Time to invest in a significantly powerful cattle prod I think.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Perhaps he should shoot only un armoured dillos, or buy a bigger gun with armouredillo piercing rounds.

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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Freedom at a price

(As an aside, if everything were illegal unless allowed, you would get freer over time. Especially with 650 idiots who do nothing but pass laws all day.)

As a general rule, in Spain if there is no law permitting something it is basically illegal.

The bummer is that once a law has been passed to make something legal (an increase in freedom?); you normally have to have a certificate of competence for whatever it is and then pay the government for a licence subect to a bevy of further rules.

Failure to conform (unless you are somebody's cousin) results in fines that range from ridiculous to 'suicide is the only way out'.

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Daddy Dyson keeps it in the family and hoovers up son’s energy biz

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Re: Yeah but only a mug buys brand new dysons

The best vacuum cleaner in the world in my opinion is British made Kerstar http://www.mwcleaningsupplies.co.uk/Products/VacuumCleaners/KV45%252F1W%252FD

One will cost you over £350 but will literally last a lifetime and is designed to be repairable. I have used them on site, wet or dry and they are almost unstoppable. A mate of mine used to sell and repair them.

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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

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Don't piss off Ireland

There are more Irish people in America than in Ireland, last time I saw a Paddy's day there, a conservative guess would be about 200.000.000 of them.

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El Reg offers you the chance to become a Master Investor – for free

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Re: Fail to see the link

Try reading a little history; Simon Weston was not a sailor on board the Sir Galahad, he was a Welsh Guardsman in transit to fight on the Falklands. Having been burnt as badly as he was and overcoming so much he is an inspiration to overcoming difficulties to anyone with a modicum of sense.

Unlike you who writes utter and poorly informed garbage!

Though you are more or less correct about the organisation that led to the ship being attacked .

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Re: Yet another misleading headline from the vulture

"Aliens are NOT COMING."

They might be.

Some of them could have girlfriends!

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

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Drone Vs Ram

Occasionally a ram will make a bit of a stand against a single dog if he's out with the girls but usually not for long, two dogs which many shepherds use are normally too much for any ram unless it's been on too many psilocybins, on the other hand floating your expensive drone a foot away from a recalcitrant ram will provide you with many spares for the next one you (have to) buy.

Those things can get to be quite snotty.

The above based on a little experience on a friend's farm in Wales.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Something entirely different

Wood flour would help; many years ago I worked on an old Edwardian house in Islington, doing a restoration from bedsits back to a single house.

Part of the job was to sand all the painted floors and then treat them with Danish oil.

A 4 story house has a lot of floor area and that produced a lot of wood flour mixed with the paint dust from the paint that was on the floors; my mate decide to get rid of the large black bag of wood flour from the drum sander by chucking it onto the bonfire we had going in the back garden, as he threw the bag on to the fire it split and the ensuing cloud of dust literally went up in a mushroom cloud. My mate? No eyebrows, moustache, half his hair gone, the hair on his arms and a singed teeshirt. Me? looking out of the upstairs window laughing fit to bust.

I know! I'm a bastard !

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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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I might be cynical but

Presidents in the final part of their second term are at their most dangerous, they don't have a future electorate to answer to, so they can impose sanctions, invade countries or whatever else screws up someone, somewhere in the world to to the benefit of America and the future board sitting ( or other signs of gratitude) possibilities for the soon to be ex president.

Expect this to take shape in a way that is good for business for someone.

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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Bank Transfer

He probably needed to get some funds into the right place for when his sentence is finished.

An even safer account.

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LOOK OUT, Brits – is that a Facebook LASER-GUN drone above us?

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What about remote pacific islands

Perhaps Farcebook could fit the lasers to something suitable for an autonomous role in a marine environment.Maybe a large fish.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Another nail in the coffin...

Little mouse, I am assuming you are referring to your wife or mother in law!:

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

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Re: £1.4m doesn't sound a lot...

Airbus adds: "This contract will help us study how British forces can stay ahead of the curve."

Could buy £1.4m worth of decent boots for a start.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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I wonder

How well they go down stairs?

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Virtual Boss

I have worked for a few of those over the years!

IMHO it will lead to resentment if the boss can't,, be arsed to put in an actual appearance.

I wonder how well it will react to a large accidental discharge of static?

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

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Privacy

Here is an interesting view of smart meters: http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/11/06/smart-meter-privacy-invasions-are-unjustifiable-in-a-democratic-society/

In Holland the government abandoned a directive to install smart meters after deciding they would contravene article 8 of the ECHR by intruding too much on the privacy of the family in the home.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Bloody big rock

I bet that annoyed the turtles, it could have unbalanced them.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Tundra Colder?

" mammoths may have kept the tundra colder."

I can find references to people citing this study but not the study, how can Mammoths help to keep the tundra colder? I know they would probably have produced a lot of methane a greenhouse gas that would have meant whatever else they did would have to offset it's effects; did they use it as a refrigerant, bloody clever if they did.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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But

I really did teach....oh, I can see a lawyer coming this way!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chana masala

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Re: Tinned chickpeas

To this day I have to 'skin' my broad beans to eat them, although nowadays I actually like them as opposed to being forced to eat 'what's good for me'.

The best value for money chick peas are those sold in (at least in Spain) Lidl, cheap, tasty and precooked, a jar of them goes into most of my stews and chilis.

I also always buy the kidney and pinto beans that Lidl do in a jar as the dried beans sold in Spain never lose that plastic skin quality no matter how much you cook them, it's not possible to make good refried beans with the dried item as the skins ruin it.

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Not clear

"Until now, a key question was whether the new soot- and sand-like dust particles would survive the subsequent inward “rebound” shock wave generated when the first, outward-moving shock wave collides with surrounding interstellar gas and dust."

What is not clear, is if the dust etc does not survive the shock wave what would it become?

I can't imagine even a supernova shock wave being able to annihilate matter and if it did then there would be a corresponding release of extra radiation produced.

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

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Re: Straw-chewing yokels say...

Anyone who has a qualification from an agricultural college or a degree in agriculture is probably more able and qualified in more subjects than you can shake a stick at.

I know a few farmers and they all use a PC for most of the day to day running of the farm like any business and most crop growers use sattelite crop management; it's the Agile crap that doesn't work and that is being foisted on them that they don't like.

I wonder if Mike Bracken ever spoke to a real farmer as opposed to representatives from some of the big corporates like Co-op farming or Blade?

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Boffins bothered by EU prez's proposed science funding cut

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Re: Politics and Science

Junckers looks more and more like a stooge who is not actually in favour of Europe going anywhere.

Ukraine is not Europe or European, if he wants to help a poor country to the East there are plenty of EU members that need the money, I get the feeling he has his own agenda and it's not favourable to Europe.

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More than 260 suspects charged in UK child abuse crackdown

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Aftercare

If the cops are going after and catching so many alleged paedophiles and rescuing large numbers of children, what is in place to deal with the trauma these kids will be facing of not only the abuse they have suffered but that of the probable/possible(depending on who the abuser is) break up of their families?

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Dog Roll

They sell 'em here in Spain too one printing on the wrapper for dogs and the other as a 'pate' for children's sarnies, visibly there is no difference to the contents.

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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

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Re: My, my ...

If he had a country full of oil it would be a different story!

He would be a guilty terrorist.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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I'm amazed at the level of support for this woman, I dislike the constantly lowering common denominator for TV programs but as far as Ms K is concerned; if you can't take the public shame, don't shame yourself in public, nobody I am sure made you drink until you were drunk so the consequences of your actions are yours (and your elevated partner).

As for these programs 'being for the middle classes to watch the proles', anybody who watches this crap and is entertained by it, has no class.

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British Judo in deep shido after cyber attack

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So the Putin pic is there because he is a BJA member and has had his credit card details stolen, or he stole them?

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Not in the Budget: Spooks beg UK.gov for £111m brown envelope

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Nice to see some balance

So good to see the Security Bonanza of 1.9 billion balanced out by investing 40 million in the IoT only another 1860million to go.

The extra 111 million should help to keep Q branch adding goodies to Aston Martins and death dealing Rolex watches.

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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Bum

I'm not sure how the US government views the internet ( yeah I know; with a laptop or PC)

but under FCC rules it is considered obscene to depict any excretory or sexual organ, which is how The Daughters of The American Revolution or one of the other blue rinse biddy clubs were able to ban the nipples in Fantasia so that Disney had to go back through the whole film eliminating nipples and assorted bits which made it several years later getting to release.

He didn't get it all but did get to release it.

Americans, or at least a few who wield the power while living in the country with the largest porn industry don't actually like to admit that people go to the toilet or have sex.

God knows what they thought of Bill Clinton?

If people are complaining about the pic at the head of the article, we must be regressing back to the fifties, you see worse than that on the beach in Spain in summer.

I must be out of touch!

The Reg should try to get to the bottom of this and give everyone what they really want to see.

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

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Headline

Bug Bothering Boffins Beetle Beneath Buggered Buildings!

It's a sign of the times that commenters on a tech site should be concerned about how bugs in an experiment feel.

Not such a bad thing either. Although I vacuum up the webs in my house I try to let the spiders getbaway as they help to catch flies and mosquitos, plus even a spider has a right to live.

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

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Alien

Paperwork

The long wait was for the paperwork to go through for renewal of the Interplanetary Roadside Assistance policy.

Quicker than the last time i renewed my RAC membership.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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Here is the News

For today March 15th 2041;

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency announced they have lost steering control of one of their PPFFFZZZSST!!!!

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Studying humans for science? Wrap your eyeballs around our fine print, says Apple

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Control

Apple appears to be taking health monitoring seriously, suggesting that they see revenue as a result.

As I mentioned in a comment on Dabbsy's article; they could be thinking of real time monitoring and analyisis on the iCloud so maximum control would be in their interests.

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Facebook shops for ads tech – snaps up product search engine TheFind

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The Find is utter rubbish so it will go well with Farcebook, fairly often when searching for a specific product, The Find has popped up in the results and to date it only looks for similar words in your search and NEVER any relevance, a smart search engine it is not.

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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Re: I've already got all of the monitoring of my body I need.

company called Valencell http://www.meddeviceonline.com/doc/earbuds-for-medical-monitoring-unconventional-design-yields-unique-benefits-0001 may be the way forward with there earbud bio-monitoring stuff.

Apparently Apple is looking at earbud monitoring as part of their wearables line so you can exercise, get monitored and listen to Mp3 at the same time.

In theory it is possible to measure pulse, blood pressure, blood oxygenation and temperature from the one earbud, or split the functions into a pair of buds.

So you can pay for the iTunes and I can see realtime iCloud monitoring and analysis (for a price) coming to a watch connected to earbuds near you.

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Re: Not even a cool cycle...?

For these people being first to market (or in the first 1000) is more important than having a functional product.

They will worry about a good washability if it gets enough interest.

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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??

The Wiki article actually explains zero about the physics in question, written by a relatively non-technical bod I should think.

Looks like my task for today is a bit of light(?) reading on magnetic disconnection and reconnection.

And there I was thinking of opening a bottle of Ribera del Duero and cooking Pasta con rucola and Parmigiano Reggiano for lunch since the wife is away, now I'll have to leave the Ribera 'til later.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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If they live in Brighton

I know a couple of handy blokes who would be willing to call round and have a word in their shell like....

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Re: Not my writing, but quite appropriate

@ Uncle Slacky; For some reason that made me even sadder but I can imagine it having gone something like that.

The World is a truly better place for Terry Pratchett having lived and a much sadder place for his having passed but he will not be forgotten as long as there are books.

RIP Terry and condolences to your family.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re: Damn!

Why not? I often think Farcebook was sponsored by one of the alpha betties.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Caveat emptor

In my experience with 13 years here in Spain, it is generally considered good business to get as much money as possible for the lowest quality product you can get away with.

I hope that is not the case here.

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Galaxy, Ripple. Milky Way

Mmm chocolatey!

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Teen sex pic swap shop SnapChat seeks Saudi cash to keep selfies flowing

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This selfie is shaky and out of focus

Well I was being flogged at the time!

Nothing wrong with publicising the price for breaking Saudi laws.

Is there?

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BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

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The current Conservative Government

Must be beyond Blair's wildest dreams as worthy successors to his work.

I'm just waiting to see where they slip in ID cards before they go.

Or maybe a chip under the skin but hopefully they will stop short of tatooing one's National Insurance number on the wrist.

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Ex-cops dumped on never-hire blacklist for data misdeeds

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Butt

He head butted the cell door twice, my knee once and threw himself down the stairs three times yer honour! Look, it says so in my day book.

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