You forgot to put "paradigm" in there somewhere :-)
135 posts • joined 30 Mar 2008
The thing that...
...irks me the most is the ridiculously secret nature of the whole thing. Our respective governments (at least in nominally democratically ruled countries) should be working for the people of that country, and deliberately withholding details of this whole detail is contrary to that and infuriates me.
Our respective governments should not be bending over and handing the rapist the fucking lube!
Re: I'm curious about the quality of the audio, myself...
Wouldn't entirely surprise me - I've not tried any other OS on the thing than 8.1.
Problem is the interference (if that's actually what it is) is also evident on the HDMI output as well (when I run it through my amp). And because one of its main roles is listening to music, that's a bit of a nuisance.
Appreciate the response, though. Thank you :-)
I'm curious about the quality of the audio, myself...
I've got a previous gen one of these and the audio on it... well, let's just say it leaves a little to be desired. There is some sort of noise interference that comes across whether you're using analogue or digital audio connections to the thing - and it occurs when something is moving on the display (i.e. scrolling a website or document, moving a window around etc). Manifests as a buzzing sound.
I'm not the only one experiencing this either, had a look around and there are a few others. Guessing that there is some sort of crosstalk (?) from components being crammed so close together on the mainboard of the thing. I'm not an engineer or electronics expert, pure supposition on my part.
Fixed it by getting an external USB sound-card.
So far my searching hasn't turned up any instances of this for this new generation of micro-boxen, which is good as they're actually quite nifty little devices and I'd be well tempted to buy another if it deals to the sound issue.
...not a tear was shed by anyone.
Well, other than a few multi-millionaire musicians, of course. Not entirely sure they thought through a business model where the music-renting public would be expected to pay more for less than they could get through a competitor.
Personally I prefer to own* the music I listen to rather than rent it.
* For various values of "own" as defined by the f-ing RIAA or whoever the hell it is.
France as a shining beacon of human-rights promotion?
I'd jump in the Rainbow Warrior and sail away from such hypocrisy, but then the French secret service agents would bomb it before I even left the harbour, killing someone on board. Then the agents would be captured by my countries authorities, but traded back to the French government in order to avoid trade sanctions of dairy and meat products into Europe...
Those shining beacons of human rights promotion?
Not sure what's worse. France or the NZ government. Both are surrender-monkey parasitic cowards.
Conspiracy nuts need to shave more often - I hear Occam makes a fine razor? :-)
As others have pointed out, it's likely Ceres has a fairly dark surface covered in dust/grit/alien-poop etc, much like the comet the Rosetta mission is currently molesting. Many of the pictures released to the public are 'over-exposed' to make it look slightly less like a lump of coal being photographed in a cave without a flash. The bright spots I'm (educationally) guessing are probably relatively fresh impacts from smaller chunks of crapola floating around the belt that have blasted away the dark, crusty surface, melted some of the ice which has re-frozen fairly smooth and so simply reflects more light. Thus appearing as bright-spots as the image is lightened for visual consumption by us flesh-bag Earthicans.
Well, that's my crack-pot theory and I'm sticking to it.
Just playing "spawn of satan's" advocate here for a moment - it might not be the professional's tool of choice for serious lab work, granted. Wouldn't this be the ideal sort of thing for the developing world or in remote/rough locations where lugging around professional-grade kit isn't recommended or an option, however?
It amuses me how many of the self-identified Christians posting here have begun with posting what initially sound like reasoned arguments, only to descend into name-calling and self-inflicted victimization. It isn't like you're a persecuted minority, unlike many of those who you have issues with. You stand to lose absolutely nothing if the various minorities have the same rights that you do in the eyes of the law.
I suspect that once all minorities (or whatever you'd like to call them) have all the same rights and privileges as everyone else that the activists will go away. That's all they're after - equal rights, the right to be treated like anyone. Everyone stands on their own merits after that.
It also amuses me that the concept of my (legally recognized) gay marriage might cause someone, somewhere to have an aneurysm :-) I'll think of you the next time I kiss my husband.
Re: I wonder
Quite well I'd imagine if you gave it a decent push from the top of the staircase...
Re: I prefer the Bloke
The t-shirt's not bad either...
Re: I would be wary of anything published by Nicky Hager
The problem is that our (NZs) house of cards is built on some very, very shaky foundations... and to mix my metaphors even more, the wheels are going to come off this cart any time soon. Governments are very well versed in spouting all sorts of numbers that make things look a lot more rosy than they are in reality.
I loathe key and his government for what they are doing to our country, stripping our right to privacy. I loathe the political left for being pretty much just as bad when they were in power. And I loathe many of the people in this country who don't make those in power accountable for what they're doing.
...and I loathe myself for being one of them
Re: Why a sub?
While I agree a boat (with various bits for sampling attached to a cable) would be simpler and actually quite sensible from an engineering POV, I seem to recall that there has been a lot of talk and speculation that the lakes could be subject to some pretty serious waves. Waves which given the density of the liquid hydrocarbons along with the lower gravity (and possibly also affected by wind) would be fairly gnarly, dude :-)
This would knock any surface vehicle around quite a bit making sample collection awkward, and would also make getting a sub into the 'water' a tricky exercise as well.
It might seem like wasting valuable time and resources but perhaps some sort of aerial (balloon or drone?) mission first to scope conditions out first might save a lot of heart-ache. All this is still very cool though - I love space science! :-)
PS: if it came down to funding for a submersible mission to the outer planets, I'd much rather see money/effort spent on exploring probable sub-ice seas on moons like Europa as a priority. Ideal world we'd have both, however,
Re: But you are only allowed to buy things from one shop.
Thank you for the real life "laugh out loud" moment this morning :-)
Re: Just don't ask about the cheese
Quite partial to Colby meself...
After having moved from NZ to Norway for 5 years then returned, it was a bit disappointing to see the property market doing what it's doing and the cost of living having risen so dramatically. I love this country of mine, I really do - but am not so blinkered that it is the be-all and end-all of places.
Pay rates compared with the rest of the world suck and it's friggin' expensive to live here. Even the stuff we make and export (wood, wool, meat, dairy) are ridiculously expensive. We also complain a lot and some of us have an over-inflated sense of self-worth. But we do have lifestyle going for us.
Happy to hear that Mr Mullard had/is having a mostly positive experience living here though :-)
BTW Mr Editor, Mt Doom is based on Mount Ngauruahoe, not Ruapehu
But it is located right next door, along with Mt Tongariro. Icon for volcanoes going 'poof'.
I like the Danes
....although they do sound like they're talking through a mouth filled with potatoes :-) When I was living in Norway we had to deal with the Danes quite a bit - one of our manufacturing and repair centres was located there.
They're friendly, approachable, down to Earth and most of them have a good sense of humour and don't take themselves quite so seriously unlike their more Northern Scandinavian friends.
Really miss the guys (and gals) I got to know while we were in that part of the world. Wonderful people.
Ah, memories. My first job in IT was actually fixing RPG400 code for Y2K compliance for a large UK based insurance company (telecommuting from NZ using dial-up to CompuServe. Kill me).
But it paid very well and we used the simple trick of changing date fields to 3 digits rather than 4 - the year 2000 being 100 which made date calculations relatively simple, at least assuming they didn't have anyone born in 1890s or 1900 itself on their books.
Always annoys me when you get people going on about how the whole Y2K thing was a bit of a fizzer... of course it was, most code was fixed before then. While the world as we know it wouldn't have ended if nothing was done, there definitely would have been repercussions - mostly financial I suspect.
The Hypocrisy Kills Me
Trying to find an authoritative source for the info but it seems those media shots of the Euro leaders supposedly leading the march didn't show the entire story... it was a photo opportunity on a closed down, empty street.
A Twitter (I know, I know, hence trying to find authoritative source!) link: https://twitter.com/borzou/status/554606282192465920
Our... well, your brave leaders showing solidarity. PFFFFT.
Re: I don't get it
The platform his company hosted probably was used to share illegal material but then again there are a lot of other cloud and file-sharing sites that are also used for this purpose. I suspect his was targeted in order to make an example and also likely to set a precedent by the US entertainment corporations. Certainly appears that way based on what I've seen/read/heard.
On a personal level I think KDC is a bit self-serving with the whole woe-is-me thing and as it turns out the raid might have been legal according to the strict letter of the law...
HOWEVER... helicopters, dogs and armed police in what almost amounts to a paramilitary invasion of his residence for what is realistically a white collar crime? And *specifically* at the behest of the FBI? That's more than a little over the top, given other white collar crime cases even if they involve a hell of a lot of money usually merit little more than a couple of squad cars and men in suits with a search warrant turning up.
Ridiculous! And it was my tax-payer money that was used for this farce which makes me furious. Yes, the NZ government is bought and paid for by the American government and associate corporations, sadly. Not only that but we're also getting actively shafted by new and draconian laws being introduced in the name of 'protecting' us from 'terrorism' - even though NZ is very much NOT a target.
Our prime minister is an arrogant, puppet clown. NZ being one of the most so-called "free" countries on the planet? Maybe to outsiders it is.
An oldie but a goodie. Relatively simple concept but it's a hell of a lot of fun. Not sure if it's still available or not but if so well worth grabbing.
If you're not already familiar with it, you have a number of boards that you connect up that contain multiple paths to get to the other side of each board, with lots of traps and conveyor belts etc . Each turn the players have a number of directional movement cards they can program into their robots to move them along in addition to the movement of the conveyor belts to take into account. The hilarity ensues as players accidentally (or more often deliberately) push others onto different squares as the 'pre-programmed' movements still take effect.
An awesome way to waste a few hours, and c'mon... card-programmed robots? Awesome!
Apropos of CAG - if you bought this and then on-sold it... would that count as "pooping back and forth forever"?
(am I allowed to laugh at my own lame jokes?)
That's pretty awesome, would have loved the opportunity to work for a while in a place like Antarctica if for nothing else but having the experience. Sadly I don't think such a remote location is conducive to married life (at least not when you still like the person you're married to...).
Hope you and your husband are very happy together in Sweden, Kevin :-)
We had a 2.0 diesel Scirocco back in 2010 and it was actually a great car to bomb around in. Hell, we took it on a 5 week driving holiday all around Europe (got some strange looks having a Norwegian plated vehicle in southern and eastern parts though). Yeah, the ride was a little rough in its 'sport' (hah!)mode but it was comfortable enough on both long and short trips otherwise. Was well built also.
Have to say that the stated top speed is about right... we got ours up to 211 kph on the German autobahn which isn't bad for a 2L automatic diesel :-) Probably could have got it a little faster given a bit more time in the fast lane but we kept getting aggressive and impatient Audi and Merc drivers crawling over our arses.
Horses for courses... it's looks are divisive (people either like or hate it) and it's effectively a Golf, but I liked it and enjoyed driving it. Although not so much on Italian roads - it's quite wide and Italian roads/drivers aren't known for being courteous or forgiving.
It's been a great few months for various space endeavours and it looks like the next few will have just as many interesting and exciting events occur also.
Apart from a lot of crap happening back here on Earth, we live in wondrous times.
Re: Seems I'm not the only one...
I wonder if it might be something to do with the influx of foreign workers coming into these Euro countries which makes the natives a little cautious/annoyed until they get to know you?
In Norge at least there are (or were) a lot of Polish and Romanian workers flooding into the country who are much cheaper to hire than Norwegians for various (typically manual labour) jobs. This was looked on as both a good and bad thing depending on who you talked with, and whether they needed plumbing, electrical or building work done ;-)
To be fair there is a bit of that here in NZ as well with various Asian, Indian and Pacific Island immigrants. Many people here tend to be a bit stand-offish toward them until they get to know them better.
Just a thought, anyway.
Re: Don't go if you like beer
You're not wrong about the costs, especially alcohol. The intriguing thing is that other than beer, the only place to buy booze by the bottle is the Vinmonopolet (literally wine monopoly) which is run by the Norsk government. It's very tightly regulated which is one reason the costs are so high.
First time I shouted a round at a pub for colleagues, the cost of it made me swear out loud. It was 4 times the cost of what it would have been in NZ.
Tromsø is fantastic - went there during both Winter and Summer. Really does feel like a city at the edge of the world. Dog-sledding under the aurora borealis is quite a surreal, mind-blowing experience.
Re: The second thing...
Hey Tim - Cisco, like any huge multinational company, has both good and bad things going for it - their benefits for staff (and families) in the non-US sites are pretty good. But it's not a hugely agile company in terms of internal processes, however. When you're working for a smaller company you get used to things happening quickly and being able to implement processes/projects without toooooo much bureaucracy, something not so easy to accomplish with a huge corporate.
They bought Tandberg because their own VC offerings at the time were pretty woeful and the stuff Tandberg was putting out was generally very well regarded in the industry. As far as I know there are still quite a few Tandberg people working for the Borg, although many are/were snatched up by smaller companies.
Of course the culture at the company did change when it was bought out by the Borg but considering who the other contenders were who were looking at acquiring it... let's just say it could have been a lot worse :-)
We did the move purely as a temporary thing for around 5 years to earn a chunk of money to build our dream house once we moved back to NZ. That and just experience living in a foreign country/culture for a few years and do a bit of travel. We always intended to move back to NZ, being acquired by Cisco didn't really force the issue one way or another for us.
Re: Iron Sky II
Scheisse... you beat me to it :-)
I'll just be in my Götterdämmerung if you need me...
Re: This bloke is deluded
Mr. Dotcom is a very polarising figure, it's true. People seem to either like him or loathe him with very little middle-ground.
That said I'd be wary of throwing out such rhetoric that "everyone in NZ is royally tired of him". The I.M. campaign certainly got a lot of younger potential voters engaged which has to be a good thing in anyone's eyes. It also hopefully opened a lot of people's eyes about the abuses of power going on by the Key led National government. While most on this site wouldn't be overly surprised at any of the revelations brought up by Greenwald and Snowden (or Mr. Dotcom himself), there are a lot of "average" New Zealanders who weren't aware of the pervasiveness of the surveillance going on and the corruption of our elected officials.
NZ's media definitely has some biases and unless you read the papers (also biased but at least a little more comprehensive) you wouldn't know a lot about what's happening. Many of the average NZ'ers are too busy worrying about what's going on with '(COUNTRY)'s GOT TALENT!" or whatever the reality TV flavour of the month is.
Yes, I think Mr. Dotcom's got a bit of an ego problem and he's almost definitely not as innocent as he would like to make out. But I still believe he's done a good thing for NZ if for no other reason than shaking up the status quo and pushing a few skeletons out of their closets. So good on him :-)
Re: Came back down under after 11 years in England
Heh, funny that - we bought a (mostly bush) lifestyle block before we left though, and used much of our ill-gotten gains obtained overseas to build our sky-castle on it on our return.
Working overseas is a great way to be able to afford to come back home and retire in style... not that we can retire just yet, dammitall.
The most bemusing thing about being away from home as long as we were, was that it became very noticeable just how similar the Oz and NZ accents are. This might be horrifying to many NZ'ers and Ozzies who think we sound very different - we do, to our ears - but to dirty foreigners we're very alike :-)
Moved to Norway from New Zealand and spent 4.5 years there (give or take a month) before returning home. While it was difficult at times and about as far from home as it is possible to be and still be on the same planet, it is an experience I will always treasure.
Living in a relatively isolated country like NZ it was very easy to become quite insular in your way of thinking and looking at the rest of the world, wondering why various 'dirty foreigners' do the things they do, say the things they say, think the things they think. But then you move somewhere unfamiliar and your whole worldview is shifted - usually for the better. It really does give you an appreciation for other cultures, other ways of thinking, and is something that everyone should try and do at least once in their lives.
Great article - looking forward to seeing more in the future :-)
Logical Evolution... (Re: Demolition Derby)
After that comes a human mobe-molesting version of Robot Wars (I loved that show, what ever happened to it?)... wouldn't that be awesome?
The carnage would be GLORIOUS.
Just bought one of those Das Keyboard 4 Pro jobbies the other day (Cherry MX brown). Eye-wateringly expensive but the thing reeks quality. Feels really nice to actually type on which is good for the writing hobby but have yet to game on it much though so have yet to form an opinion of it as a gaming keyboard.
Not a mouse user, I use a Kensington trackball (left handed) instead... when I've been to LANs people look at my setup and have difficulty believing you can game with such a thing. Works quite well though and as it doesn't move around the desk you don't need much real-estate.
Sadly my terrible gaming performance is more due to my laughable skills than the equipment I use. Suspect this is actually the case in the majority of instances amongst gamers :-)
Re: Good thing, the old ones were crap
With you on the audio. I've got one of the i5 current gen models and the interference noise via the audio outputs is very noticeable. Problem is it even comes across if you use the HDMI audio functionality on the damned thing.
The only work-around I've found is to use some sort of USB audio which kinda defeats the purpose of an all-in-one unit. It's small and quiet but yeah, Intel haven't impressed with these. Interested to see they're implementing digital audio with these new ones on at least some of the models. Guessing they haven't been able to figure out a way around the interference issue (if that's what the problem is) on the analogue audio.
So the NUC - great concept poorly carried out. Shame on you, Intel.
The Human Spanner In The Works?
We evolved primates are still easily manipulated on the whole. How much of what is done around the world is already electronic, even when human labour is involved somewhere along the line?
Say you have an AI, for argument's sake called EvilOverlord 1.0. EvilOverlord 1.0's cryogenic cooling systems spring a leak and need repairing then topping up. EvilOverlord 1.0 sends off an order via some automated booking website or via email (the HORROR) for some techs/engineers to turn up and repair the system, ostensibly signed off by some guy (real or impersonated). If the invoice is paid at the end of the day, who's gonna question it? Some trucking company delivers a few cylinders of cryogenic coolant which is then received and the system topped up by some other engineer who has received a job in his ticketing system.
There you go, lots of humans involved in servicing/repairing our EvilOverlord 1.0 without even being aware of it.
Sure, some catastrophic event might be more problematic but in that instance we'd probably all have more to worry about anyway :-)
Hamiltron - Re: If they are looking for intelligent life,
...It's as if the voices of a million bogans cried out and were suddenly silenced...
Sorry to any SW fans in the audience.
We've had it enabled for a few days now and have only seen one instance of buffering while watching Netflix (and that instance wasn't during prime-time either). I'm guessing Slingshot have enabled some jiggery-pokery on their routers that give preferential treatment to certain types of network traffic or to certain sites, perhaps.
So far so good as far as I'm concerned :-) Go Slingshot!
Ah, good ol' alt.tasteless... I used to hang around on there a few years back. There were some real gems, both in terms of posts and the people that posted them.
Have an upvote for nostalgia's sake :-)
Re: yeah, well
Similar, only a lot more gritty and they'll do a real number on your teeth.
Personally I prefer Jaffas... :-)
A Disturbance In The Force...
...as a few million gamers cried out in horror then were silenced, forever.
As if we needed another reason to dislike the Zuckerberg empire. What a crying shame.
Re: New Zealand
No other NZ'ers posting? Must be feathered roadkill on the interwebs motorway :-o
Re: Curious as to why...
Good point, Steven :-)
Never had lego as a kid but I did have Stickle-Bricks.. those were awesome (and I still have them somewhere). Yes, most things did end up exploding afterward.
Re: Curious as to why...
Huh... never thought about the contamination aspect to it although I have to admit that I'd be a little surprised if there was anything still surviving on the craft after all these years exposed to vacuum and radiation. Still, stranger things have happened, right?
And, to be fair, better (and higher paid) minds than mine have obviously thought it through :-)
The malfunctioning aspect wouldn't be too much of an issue though, given how remote the thing is and the chance of it damaging anything much.
Appreciate the response, Cray74 - thank you.
Curious as to why...
...they are going to deliberately de-orbit the probe rather than simply guiding it into a somewhat stable orbit once the fuel is exhausted? Surely they would still be able to get useful data from it periodically if they parked it?
After all, it's not like they're going to clutter Saturn space with junk any time soon the way we have with Earth :-)
You're all missing the point!
How does the chocolate factory make money? Adverts. How do knowledgable people negate the annoyance of these adverts when browsing around t'web? Adblock type browser plugins.
Google have cottoned onto this and will now be delivering their adverts to you IN PERSON so they cannot be ignored... well, person in the form of a robot or drone.
Beware the robotic dog busting down your door, "YOU ARE THE MILLIONTH PERSON AND HAVE WON A FABULOUS PRIZE, JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK!"
More of this stuff, please!
I am forever grateful to people like Mr. Plait who are so enthusiastic and passionate about astronomy, science and the like. You cannot help but get swept up at least a little bit in the excitement when you hear/watch/read what they have to say.
It is unfortunate that we have so many others trying to drag us back into the stone age with their attitudes and beliefs, but I'd like to think that despite this we are still slowly but surely moving ahead toward an enlightened future as a species. Due in part to people like Phil.
Great article/interview, would love to see more of this sort of thing on El Reg :-)
Re: Pies, pies and pies
Was hoping a fellow NZ'er would pipe up with that reference :-)
Not to mention bakeries and pies are pretty much ubiquitous; donuts simply aren't a common snack food item here.
Re: Made in Britain...
"The original was but apparently this series has to be off-shored to New Zealand. Why?"
Uh, perhaps because that's where Pukeko Pictures is based? Just a thought :-)
Re: Dumb Question
Thanks for the concise, easy to understand explanation, Mike. I'd been wondering the same thing myself - why bother outside of the "because I can" explanation (and I am very pro pure-science research). That's actually quite a fascinating question; whether or not these 'superheavy' elements would behave as per their table grouping, if they could be produced in a stable form that didn't immediately self-destruct.