* Posts by Steve Crook

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

Steve Crook

Leaping Cow

Had one in the garden a few years back. It had done a bunk from a herd moving along the road. I was working from home at the time, and looked up to see cow legging it down the garden pursued by three blokes. Took a few seconds to wonder if there was something in the water and decided the sight was real so kept watching.

The blokes thought they'd got the bovine cornered, but it made a dash for it and hurdled a 3 foot fence+ditch to make it into the field next door. Very impressive.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

Steve Crook

Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

I can't work out if the concept is flawed or the implementation. After all, it looks like a neat idea. It's one where I see the adverts, and think yes, possibly. Then I read the reviews and mmmm, possibly not. Then I look at the price and think, nope, not a chance.

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

Steve Crook

Re: Neonicotinoids

No, please, lets.

The ban on neonics is probably going to be responsible for the deaths of more bees this year than neonics ever were. My local beekeeping association has already warned that we should expect more of our bees to be at risk because farmers will have to resort to legal but far more noxious insecticides and have to use them more often because they can't use neonics.

It's more likely that the problems we've seen in recent years are the effects of imported diseases and habitat loss. In the US commercial keeping involves moving thousands of colonies around the country to follow the pollination season. It's ideal for spreading nasties around at super high speed.

Just wait until the asian hornet turns up. They'll have to fight it out with resistant varroa and small hive beetle.

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

Steve Crook

Re: manufacturers are to blame 100%

It's not just the computer. It's the TV, printer, that streaming box you purchased a couple of years ago and a bunch of other network connected kit that appears to be running Android or BusyBox.

The manufacturers customise the software, do a couple of updates during the first 18 months to fix the most shocking bugs and, perhaps, introduce a few new features. Then that's it. Support is finished and the world rolls on.

I'm not sure what the answer is, I did wonder if manufacturers should be forced to open source their code/build environment for each device as it gets to the end of its support life...

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

Steve Crook

House of Fail

Take a Raspi, some of the available commercial components and distributions, create a few more to fill gaps if needed. Mix the lot together with a series of TV/WEB programmes that provide the detail on how to write the code that interfaces w, x, y to get a working z.

FFS they could have gone to the Raspi foundation and handed them £10m to produce packaged kits. But no, like any monopoly, the BBC only sees good in things it has complete control over.

It's about time they stopped looking back at the BBC micro. It was a different world with different rules.

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Nest seeks audio talent to delight … someone

Steve Crook

Who is Taylor Swift?

I'm too busy being Shpongled to find out.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

Steve Crook

Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure'

Hated smart meters certain to be 'a costly failure'

There, fixed it for you.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

Steve Crook

Who trained the Japanese to torpedo bomb?

I did read somewhere that it was the RAF...

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

Steve Crook

Re: QTE's

"When PC gamers are willing to pay the amount of money it costs to fund a high quality modern AAA title"

Perhaps it's the other way round. Some ports from console are rubbish, reviewers tell us they're rubbish, so the publishers know they can't charge £50.

But sometimes I think it's just too much like hard work to provide the textures and frame rates that can make a game look good on PC. Sometimes I think it's might be done deliberately. If console gamers could see just what could be done with a PC they might be inclined to walk away from consoles. Which upsets Sony and Microsoft who have hardware to sell...

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

Steve Crook
Coat

Re: Mega Tsunami?

Is it the worst thing the BBC has done? No it's not. But clearly there's a slide down hill. Perhaps this will eventually lead to a tsunami that'll engulf the BBC license fee leaving a smaller subscription service that's easier to ignore and much less dominant in the market.

It's depressing that the trust don't seem to see the problems with this particular programme and the appallingly low bitrate of most BBC science and technology programming.

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

Steve Crook
Coat

Re: @Dave126

By that time Astley will have been recognised for the cultural deity that he truly is and and the discovery will be celebrated around the globe with barbecues and drinking vintage Brawndo...

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

Steve Crook
Coat

Change of venue

"The company's presentation of the blueprints to industry analysts and press this morning in San Francisco"

I know there are good reasons for doing this sort of thing in SanFran, but if they're a Brit company it would be nice for once to have them make the announcement from somewhere else. For instance...

"The company's presentation of the blueprints to industry analysts and press this morning in Budleigh Salterton"

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Samsung gets KINKY with new Galaxy in 50 SHADES OF GREY

Steve Crook

That makes more sense

I'm reminded of those photographs they used to show on "Ask The Family" and then pull back and back and back and back...

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Citrix: Hmmm, profit down 30%? Right. 900 HEADS WILL ROLL

Steve Crook

Re: I find business finance so unintuitive

Dunno. If at the end of it, their costs are lower and they're doing the same stuff with fewer bods, just with better organisation, that's gotta be a good thing for the business if not the people they fire. Right?

Better to do it when you've got the time and space to make sure things are done properly, than to be forced into some sort of 'operation firefight' on the back of continuing bad results. Been there for the latter, and the results are *always* ugly.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

Steve Crook

Re: And the price will be?

Depends on how long you're likely to want to keep it.

I'm still using my HTC Desire, the version of android is too old and the CPU struggles with my satnav program. So I'm going to buy a new phone this year. I'd not expect to change it unless it breaks because the tech has reached a point where it's likely to be able to cope with everything I need for the foreseeable. So I'd be prepared to spend more for something I really like and that's going to last.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

Steve Crook

Anal probes all round then?

This post is disembodied.

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Steve Crook

Re: I'd rather see another Chris Carter series

I'd vote for that too. The one condition for an X-Files reboot would be new cast and a proper story rather than the shaggy dog nonsense we were stuck with first time round.

Perhaps they could get together with David Lynch and merge with Twin Peaks?

But really, I'm still waiting for a new series of Blakes 7...

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

Steve Crook

Re: Halftruth?

If you've not got the latest version it's still a whole truth.

When I read the code I was wondering if I'd fallen into a wormhole and it was 1980. Again. Anyone seen a groundhog recently?

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

Steve Crook

Re: one film edit

Hmmm. Could be we have a directors cut DVD is actually shorter than the version released to ciinemas? My friend Guy (or Mark depending on where he is) told me once that the directors cut of "Bloodshack" also had this honour...

Hated the Jackson LOTR version, won't bother to watch any of this, I'll stick with faint memories of David Davis (*NOT* the M.P.) reading "The Hobbit" on BBC R4 and the book itself.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

Steve Crook

Otto who?

The whole point of the copyright levy is to protect poor wittle European monopolies from those ghastly predatory American monopolies.

So I'd say it was working exactly as Herr Oettinger wanted it to.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

Steve Crook

You are not alone

It's not that uncommon. There will be a significant number of people who will be denied access to a buggy, insecure and 'out of date on install' smart meter that will save them almost no money at all. But they'll still have to pay for it through their bills. That's progress for you.

See: http://www.nickhunn.com/uk-smart-meters-delayed-again/#more-1585 for a completely depressing view of the whole UK smart meter fiasco.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

Steve Crook

Re: IT angle? Who cares?

"Can we now hope for some valve electronics hackery?"

Man in France makes thermionic values from scratch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzyXMEpq4qw&feature=player_detailpage

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Steve Crook

Re: weighing the options...

Approved by the PKD estate as most likely to make money?

Hated the original film, and while the directors final, final, absolutely final, never going to be a better version (sorry, did we mention 4k?) cut was an improvement, I still didn't like it that much. I keep watching Blade Runner in its various incarnations expecting (hoping?) to like it, and always being disappointed.

Don't hold out much hope if the Alien 'prequel' was anything to go by.

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

Steve Crook

Re: Well Done...

My first reaction was that it was all very unlike an American. More British. Not exactly Heath-Robinson or Eddie the eagle, more Cavor. Then I thought that it's probably killed any ambitions Vulture Special Projects might have had in the same direction.

Impressive none the less.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

Steve Crook

Re: Something more intertesting

I'm sure if we look harder we'll be able to see the tongue marks. That rock is probably a chocolate chip.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

Steve Crook

It's not the character

It's the people who write the stories and those who play the part. All we've done is switch actor, they all play the same character rushing around in the same old story fighting the same old enemies using the same old sonic screwdriver all the while grimacing at the camera and ultimately using the same deus ex to complete the story.

It might have been more interesting if the current doctor *did* have the hots for his assistant at least it'd add *something* new. At the moment it's hard to tell the last three apart if you squint. The doctor has become invincible like Superman, and, like Superman the stories are equally uninteresting. A bit more Batman Dark Knight might be appropriate.

Moffat has turned out to be a one trick pony, ok if you really like the trick, but dull and repetitive if you don't.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

Steve Crook
Mushroom

Cancelled...

Half way through season 2 despite fan protests and a big seller on DVD rivalling Firefly, leaving everyone to wonder why on earth it was cancelled. Especially as NCIS had just been renewed. Again.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

Steve Crook

Daleks

Leaving aside their utter inability to cope with stairs, they're continually thwarted by some bloke with a screwdriver and a phone box. Nowhere near hard enough for #8.

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

Steve Crook

Re: Want to see the film version?

"The idea of a film version is just too horrible to contemplate."

We all know that film versions are never as good as the book.

Also, consider the possibility of being able to buy the film of "The Gods Of War" and "Battlefield Earth" as a DVD double bill.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

Steve Crook

Slough - Paradise on Earth

Well, it wasn't bad when I lived there during the late 50's early 60's. It went downhill rapidly after my family took me away to Bristol.

But that's probably a coincidence....

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Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

Steve Crook

Re: I don't even know anymore

This is probably the best laugh I'm going to have all day.

All I could see was some massive compound 'if' statement and an 'if' that really ought to have had braces.

Brave of him to own up to it. At least he didn't try to claim that the NSA had hacked his repository...

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

Steve Crook

Re: Enery is the secret

"cheap, abundant clean energy would be utterly awesome"

Not to those who believe we are a plague upon the Earth despoiling the once beautiful face of Gaia.

The deferential way the Ehrlich's prognostications are received reminds me of the treatment of sports 'heroes' who do something utterly brilliant once, then live off that one event for decades afterwards. People seem unwilling to believe that someone who did a wonderful thing is incapable of similar brilliance afterwards.

Oddly, in the music business they're called one hit wonders, and everyone is happy to forget about them until the next pop quiz comes around. Hohum.

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California blue whale numbers soar to historical levels, say boffins

Steve Crook

It's a success story with an important lesson...

Life is more resilient than we are inclined to think and that given half a chance, recovery from what appears to be a dire situation is possible.

Not implying that we don't have to make an effort, but just that the glass is half full not half empty..

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NASA finds ancient films that extend Arctic ice record by 15 years

Steve Crook

Ancient?

"An ancient and now public trove"

From 1964? Ancient? Thanks ever so much, I'm ancient too!

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Steve Crook

Re: citóg

Gave up using a mouse left handed about 25 ago when workstations with mice were rare, and I always had to change the system config to get them to work for lefties and was shouted at by righties when I left them that way...

It took me about a week to get used to the idea, and I've never gone back, mainly because I found it more useful to be able to type with my left while using the mouse in my right....

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

Steve Crook

Re: Recent news on Page 2

With increasingly automatic cameras it might be difficult to justify copyright on grounds of creative input, but you can always argue intention.

In this case the photographer did have the idea to give the simian the camera to get it to take a selfie, switched the camera on and presumably had to direct the simian's finger to the shutter release to get it to take a picture of it's face and not its genitals...

So I think he has a claim.

As for the last remark. Pooh.

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Jarvis versus Jarvis: Don't DISRUPT the DISRUPTION GURU!

Steve Crook

I wish to remain in blissful ignorance

I know this sort of bollocks goes on and that there are pompous dickheads more intent on self promotion or protecting their reputation than doing anything useful. But I'd rather not read about them.

A bit like necrophilia or men with their knobs stuck in picnic tables...

Could you please start the article header with Contains Thrill Suckers or something. Then at least I'd know only to read it when I'm feeling strong...

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

Steve Crook

Re: bull...

@Mike Bell

You complete swine. I'd never heard of Rado, went to the site and looked at their watches and found one that's just what I've been looking for, elegant and incredibly understated. As far as the price goes, *ouch* is an understatement, and I'd be afraid to wear it in case I lost it.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

Steve Crook

Re: not illegal

@Kristian

Yes to most of what you say, but you're not saying it's illegal.

Some aspects of Google manipulating its search results could be anticompetitive where the removed or demoted items concern competing services (think the recent Springer complaint). But after that, I'm not sure Google have any *legal* obligation w.r.t free speech, censorship or telling the truth than the BBC, Daily Mirror or any other media organisation.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

Steve Crook
Coat

Fail.

"The cover for the game also features a woman holding a mobile that could arguably be said to look like Lohan"

It's going to fail. The mobile looks nothing like Lohan.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

Steve Crook

Re: Mathematician vs. a "Real" Scientist...

Absolutely right, a mathematician can know nothing detailed about climate change and can only be an amateur. After all, it's not like he's had a paper published in Nature Climate Change or other reputable climate change journal is it? Ohhh, hang on...

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

Steve Crook

Re: Niven has this one covered

It sort of worked in East Germany.

You only need enough commitment from a few to get the ball rolling, once everyone else thinks there's no escape and that any transgression will be discovered and punished they'll be more compliant. Even to the extent of becoming part of the system.

The message from the wall was, in essence, "no-one gets out of here alive". It works for the Norks and would in the UK too given the right resources.

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

Steve Crook

Re: Verification

Agreed. However, we're talking about the degree of the effect, not if it exists. The paper isn't news because they've found geothermal heating, but because they've tried to quantify it, and according to their calculations, it's significant.

As an earlier commenter pointed out, it would be good to see these effects accounted for in GCMs.

So, the more we know, the more we know we don't know. That's science.

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot becoming mere pimple

Steve Crook

Damn, you shot my fox.

The post is required, and must contain letters. Obviously.

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

Steve Crook

Re: 'Pocari Sweat' - whaa?

The Pocari is a small gazelle found in Southen Africa. Originally the sweat was scraped from its sides after herding and drunk by thirsty herders. The Japanese found a way to synthesise it during the 1960's and the rest is history.

There's no truth in the rumour that the great Pocari Sweat shortage of 2011-2012 was related in any way, shape or form to the failure of the nuclear reactors at Fukishima.

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

Steve Crook

Stop gap

At the rate mobile processors are improving, it won't be long before virtualisation is preferable. Given the fruity firms aversion to cross compilers, I doubt this'll ever escape from academia...

The main result will be IP/copyright lawyers everywhere wondering if they can afford another beach front property...

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

Steve Crook

Re: A shame

Try building one based on a Mini ITX board. You'll be able to get all of those goodies into a small ish case, run an I7 with a decent mid range graphics card and keep it relatively small and quiet. Nowhere near as small as a Brix, but the Node 304 case I'm using is tiny when compared to a full sized system.

Of course you'll probably end up paying slightly more, but not much. The system I'm building will come in at under £800 including SSD, HDD, OS and 16gb RAM.

It's still early days for Steam OS and Valve have been clear about it. Games are going to be developed with Steam OS support from the start. At some point I'm expecting to have a box that boots into SteamOS and runs Windows in a VM.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

Steve Crook

Re: Disappointed

Trouble is, the article didn't contain scientific observations, it was a review of a paper and it didn't include the vital information on the projected time it will probably take for the glaciers to completely slide into the ocean, or how long it would be before we saw ANY noticeable effect from their slide.

If anything the article bore more resemblance to the breathless and overheated Suzanne Goldenberg review in the Graun. For a more grounded alternative, try reading Andy Revkin in the NYT.

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Steve Crook

Re: Hard to cope with?

According to what I've read the paper says that they're not expecting this four foot (metre?) rise for several hundred years, possibly a thousand. The Graun also said the report tells us that the decay of these glaciers *cannot* be stopped even if we take drastic action to curb emissions.

We have no alternative but to do something about it. In fact, in the face of a 4m rise, we'd probably be better off going hell for leather on developing the under developed world to make sure that as much of the globe has the opportunity to adapt.

Unless the authors of this paper are wrong. I know it's been peer reviewed and all, but it's just one paper. It might never happen or be faster, slower. It might be that the glaciers *would* slow if we dropped global temps, or that other changes in climate will cause more ice to form elsewhere in the Antarctic.

More research please...

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Samsung will ... sigh ... appeal $119m Apple patent verdict

Steve Crook

Charles Dickens would be proud

It's not often that life imitates art so brilliantly...

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