* Posts by Richard Ball

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

Richard Ball

Sony

Interesting about the Sony modular thing. Two problems with it -

No product or product line exists for long enough that you would ever get to reconfigure or upgrade it to be different from how it was when you bought it.

Sony disappeared down the bog long ago. Today's eevblog video # 719 briefly tells the sad story. (Sorry no direct link - I'm working on a device that is making it impossible)

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

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And I had a cold last week. It made me all snivelly, it was awful.

Is this piece news, or interesting somehow?

An item on LinkedIn constantly, desperately trying to trick us into giving them our email account details would have been briefly interesting. Or something about their latest attempt to get us to log in for some small, false reason.

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Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

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Re: Emote-words Bingo

I think he's pretty much been using it as a way of publishing his life-story.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

Richard Ball

Re: mongo

Candygram

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: So wait

What they're rightly concluding is that he was a crap pilot, and that that's presumably why he crashed.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Solution

Or F flat

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: The English Patient

The trouble with The English Patient was the hype. I was taken by girlfriend and I had never heard of it so had no expectations and I quite enjoyed it. In a bored and confused sort of way.

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Spawn. Only film I've ever walked out of.

Scream 2. Where I learnt what it is to knowingly not care who did it or what's supposed to be happening.

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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POS

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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only question is...

Will it be Google, Amazon or < insert other evil... > that eventually hollows it out and uses it as their evil headquarters?

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Richard Ball

"to keep the cost down, the stylus will be an extra."

Yes, this way it is cheaper and people give you less money.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Re: Sky surveys

It's cold outside...

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Let's be fair here

If a welded steel railway track can survive being bolted straight to the ground, so can a pipe. Sounds a lot like a conventional pipeline construction most of the way.

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Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks

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or...

Hand him to the Americans. That'll be a laugh a minute for him.

Soap on a rope?

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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Whoosh

Click

"Moo?"

Thud

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Re: the equivalent of 14,500 London buses"

They're bendy and one half is full and the other half is empty.

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Re: Article is incomplete

And the larger one might carry a gigatin of beans.

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Note the guy didn't use the terms brick or bsod.

Obviously chooses his words carefully.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: Competition and choice

@Nail Barnes

Ouch.

Glad you were put back together and it worked out OK.

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Richard Ball

Re: Competition and choice

Every time I hear of Choice in the NHS I just hear Blair in Monkey Dust talking about "Education, Education, Education".

It is tribal short-term politics and nothing more.

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Kodak fires a Bullitt at oldsters with 3G mobe launch

Richard Ball

When Ilford come out with a smartphone I'll get one.

Mine's the one containing a couple of feet of FP4 and a good slosh of ID11.

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Badgers

They must have (quite reasonably) taken the view that the departure of Badgerline bus services signalled a descent for the west country into a hellish, corrupt and godless state that can only be put right with a bit of scribbling.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: Hell hath no fury......

Well really I was alluding to the fact that the annoyed person named is not a chap.

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Richard Ball

Hell hath no fury...

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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Re: Big bang

It's like smarties - the only one that tastes any different is the orange.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Re: Now we KNOW where the Sony hackers got "G.O.P" from

Such shameful accusation belches daily from the corrupt western tongue of the whining liberal.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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She wouldn't have learnt the right lesson.

He would have proven his point, but only to himself.

"Yay happy xmas me, I was right."

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Re: S/390

AC,

People who go on about downvotes get downvotes.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: Does it follow

@Michael Thibault

Yes, and the lack of hairs on your scalp causes the hearing to undergo a a loss of sensitivity to high frequencies. And this brings about a reduction of interest in Radio 1 and thereto death. Early death.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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Re: Re. floater - LED

A blue one for those who are easily pleased by lighty-up things...

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: I'll wait thanks

d) woodgrain on chipboard cabinet. That'll seal the deal for me.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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monkey dust

Monkey dust is indeed superb. I bought a DVD on eBay containing slightly dodgy quality files of series 2 and 3. Even though it represented £4.50 of free money for whoever sold it to me, it felt like £5 well spent.

(I know it must all be downloadable somewhere - I just couldn't be arsed to find out where and how.)

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IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

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smoke

Hope the new systems will come with a fire extinguisher. Old vehicle batteries are more given to this kind of duty.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Re: The fridge-sized, plucky probot

Yes, I heard The News Quiz too.

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Re: No propulsion?

Fair enough Chris

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Richard Ball

Re: No propulsion?

I haven't sailed a boat, but I do know its keel is about as important as its sail. If you can come up with a space-keel, like a knife that slips through the butter of space, then yes it's like sailing a boat.

Boats work by exploiting the interface between two fluids that are flowing relative to one another. They have a 'foil' that interacts with each fluid and the resultant force pushes them where they want to go.

In the absence of that keel it is more like being a plastic bag carried along with no control in the current under the surface of the water. Where the currenty water is the solar wind.

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: L stands for ?

Lollipop

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Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

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Re: ROTM

Sounds to me like that bird might have had a problem landing after the fight. He didn't throttle it down until after the strike, and there was a prop jolt at that point. Ouch.

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Sophos gulps down hot Mojave, will puff out more secure clouds

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Re: Just to clarify....

It will quietly do its job whilst not hogging system resources, keeping telling you to get your wallet or getting in your way all the time?

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

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Re: Timing

The near side is denser, which means the centre of mass is towards the near side, which means the mountains on the far side are 'higher' to something that is orbiting the centre of (lumpy) mass.

Could be very wrong - just an idea.

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

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teaching in the uk

Your perceived* success in teaching has litle to do with your subject knowledge, even in an area where there is a teacher skills gap.

If you have never seriously considered being a science teacher before, don't do it now.

'Good'* teachers are those who are good at the difficult job of wrangling a room full of kids. If you think you can teach existing teachers how to do this then fine - they might one day consider you an expert teacher.

*in the wisdom of the uk system

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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Re: 10 days late

They were going to put the chicken straight in the freezer, but now it'll just have to go out for the council.

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

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A good opportunity to sell stock at cost and look big'n'caring

If their stuff weren't so damn expensive this problem wouldn't exist.

So I wonder when the day will come on which I can take in my cheap Android - that just could be somehow dangerous - that I chose to buy because i-things are overpriced - and swap it for The Real Thing for £100?

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

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Re: " ... 300GB-worth of CGI wizardry ..."

We'll all be lucky if there's 4k of good acting etc to be found in among whatever gets released in this format.

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

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Re: Heat-sinks

They both heat up their environs and (ignoring the oven's thermostat) reach an equilibrium internal temperature due to heat transfer.

Only one of them has a space inside big enough for a chicken though - that's the giveaway.

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Heat-sinks

Heat-sinks do function in enclosed boxes.

The role of a heat-sink is to (1) spread the heat from the small heat-generating devices over a larger area, in order that those devices and the things near them don't cook. And to (2) encourage that heat to go away somewhere and not build up to a damaging temperature.

It's nice if the heat all transfers straight into air that then flows out of the box through vents, not warming up the surface of the box itself, but that never happens. In many cases the surface of the plastic box gets pretty warm, very little air circulates through the vents and most of the heat generated is transferred out of the box due to conduction through the plastic skin of the box. In the case of e.g. a laptop PSU, all the heat goes through the plastic skin and none goes out through vents. But it still makes effective use of heat-sinking.

In the case of this google thing the metal can is there for two reasons: EM shielding, and also to spread the heat generated by the chips within the can over the entire area of the dongle. Chances are the SoC gets hotter than anything else in there, and without the can it would make a hot-spot on the plastic surface. In segregating the convection into an 'inside-the-can' loop and an 'outside the can' loop, the can might reduce the overall cooling effectiveness and probably result in slightly hotter chippery overall. But by spreading the heat over the dongle's entire area it will minimise the existence of hot-spots on the outer skin that seek to set fire to your curtains and of cold-spots on the outer skin that aren't pulling their weight in the tast of getting rid of all the waste heat.

But still: heat-sinks in closed boxes do work.

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

Richard Ball

Someone probably left their rounded-cornered device plugged in and charging at their bed.

We all know how those things like to go up in flames.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

Richard Ball

film vs tv

There is a big difference between watching stuff that was made in a TV studio on a TV, and watching a movie, shot at 24fps on a TV. In the case of TV-studio material, it is footage that was truly created at 50 pictures per second, but with each picture having a lower vertical resolution than the display device. I'm not saying that when you stick them on the screen everything is magic and perfect, but it means that the motion experience for the viewer is very different, and it is much, much less bad than when you're watching a film-movie on TV.

The TV interlacing system was an engineering compromise - and I think a useful one at the time - not a con. TV wasn't originally created to show cinema movies.

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