Feeds

* Posts by LINCARD1000

95 posts • joined 30 Mar 2008

Page:

Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

LINCARD1000

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.

22
0

New Zealand

LINCARD1000

Re: New Zealand

No other NZ'ers posting? Must be feathered roadkill on the interwebs motorway :-o

0
0

Cassini spots MEGA-METHANE SEAS on the north pole of Titan

LINCARD1000

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.

0
0
LINCARD1000

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.

0
0
LINCARD1000
Boffin

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 :-)

1
0

Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

LINCARD1000
Big Brother

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!"

5
0

An afternoon with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer

LINCARD1000

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 :-)

1
0

Kiwi cops to buy 6,500 iPhones, 3,900 iPads

LINCARD1000
Thumb Up

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.

0
0

Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

LINCARD1000
Trollface

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 :-)

0
0

Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

LINCARD1000
Thumb Up

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.

0
0

Recommendations to replace an iPod Touch

LINCARD1000
Boffin

Recommendations to replace an iPod Touch

Greetings all, I would like, if I may, to pick your collective delicious, juicy brain-meats...

I've got an aging 64GB iPod touch that I'd like to look at replacing sometime, ideally replacing it with something other than an Apple product (call me disillusioned). I've got a fairly sizable collection of music including stuff purchased through iTunes, so a device capable of playing those AAC files as well would be a plus if such a thing exists... otherwise I can just convert to MP3 but that would take a while and I'm lazy...

So, what would you recommend? The device *needs* to have:

- at least 64 GB storage

- be able to fit in a pocket

- preferably not be reliant on iTunes or another specialist software suite to transfer files (but can be flexible on this point)

- quality!

- NOT Apple

I'm not in the market for a replacement mobile phone, however if the 'perfect' device happens to be one, so be it. What would you lovely people recommend and more importantly WHY would you recommend it?

Thanks :-)

LINC

0
0

JELLYFISH bio-bot built with rat cells to mend broken hearts

LINCARD1000
Alert

Idle Speculation

...on my part, but what would stop your hyper-intelligent jellyfish-rat heart from getting bored one day, ripping free from where it was implanted inside your chest, and swimming around your delicious, juicy, oozing internal organs and stinging you to death from the inside...?

THE HORROR...

0
0

Apple adds gay and lesbian icons to iOS 6 messaging

LINCARD1000
Devil

Re: My only question for the idiots against gay marriage is ...

"...is that the language is pretty well defined and has established usage."

Your rather inflexible viewpoint and the fact that I am annoyed I have to accept a 'second-rate' legal agreement instead of a proper marriage to my male partner aside, I downvoted you because of that one statement. Languages are a naturally evolving thing and the usage, definition, pronounciation etc. of words does change over time.

Unlike, it seems, your point of view.

11
9

SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully

LINCARD1000
Trollface

Friday's Headline - Can See It Now

Drunk Spiders Arrested after Orbital Hit & Run Incident

AP - Several hundred underaged orb-web spiderlings well over the legal alcohol limit were taken into custody today after their vehicle was involved in a hit and run incident in low Earth orbit. According to eye-witness accounts from those onboard the ISS, the spiderlings had gorged themselves on wine and trout caviar onlty to leg it after the capsule they had space-jacked collided with the station. For further developments, please click this web link...

10
0

Microsoft details Halo 4 release

LINCARD1000
Windows

Re: oh no not again.

Agreed - although IANAP (I am not a programmer) I wouldn't have thought the cost to port from the XBox to the PC would be that expensive. And while the PC version wouldn't necessarily sell as well as the console version, there would still be *some* profit there, surely?

1
0

Apple's iPod: ten years old

LINCARD1000
Big Brother

What would you recommend as an alternative?

Not being snarky, but a genuine question? I have a touch but when I need to move onto something else, I'd like to go something non-Apple. What other reasonably high capacity but pocketable players are out there that are actually any good?

3
1

Stuxnet-derived malware found infecting SCADA makers

LINCARD1000
Black Helicopters

Israel...

...is probably the most likely suspect, donning my tin-foil hat for a moment. They have been caught red-handed operating intelligence operatives in many ostensibly "friendly" countries - ref the passport scandal a few months or a year or so ago whenever it was.

Then there was the Israeli intelligence interference that only came to light in NZ recently.

As for US involvement? Possibly, who knows. The US is so closely involved with Israel that they share the same bloody intestinal flora.

1
3

Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Kapsalon v quesadillas

LINCARD1000
Alert

Pies

An antipodean (NZ, but possibly also Asstralian) delight after a night on the sauce is a dried up horror of a pie from a petrol-station pie-warmer.

Crusty and a sensible temperature on the outside, full of 1000 degree meat-something on the inside. Even better if it is a steak & cheese, or mince & cheese pie of the Big Ben brand - in that case there is a brown smear of something that might have once possibly *seen* meat in passing, and the cheese is hotter than molten Aluminium.

What you would compare this to, however, is beyond me.

I wont even mention what happens to a sausage roll after being in a petrol-station pie-warmer all day...

0
0

Obama+world pays tribute to Steve Jobs

LINCARD1000
Coffee/keyboard

Oh...

Well played that, Sir :-D

0
0

Goodyear blimps to be replaced by German Zeppelins

LINCARD1000
Pint

Given...

...the novelty value and the rarity of such a beast, I would imagine tickets for passenger airship cruises similar to those in the golden-age of airship travel would be sold out in a heart-beat. And with new technologies available now even the speed would not be so much of an issue. Sure, faster by regular fixed-wing aircraft, but when the biggest part of the attraction is in the getting there itself, you wouldn't actually want speed.

7
0

DIY crimekit brings advanced malware to Mac OSX

LINCARD1000
Jobs Horns

Maybe

Manual installation may be required, but your average, not hugely IT literate Mac user is likely to realize how to uninstall it or even realize that the "anti-malware" software is actually responsible...?

I suspect not.

3
2

Seagate to buy Samsung's disk drive biz?

LINCARD1000
Pint

A mixed bag

Had serious issues with both WD & Seagate, but zero problems with the various Samsung Spinpoint drives I've bought. That's not to say that others who have are exaggerating, more just a comment that no one brand seems to be "king of the hill" in terms of reliability - there will always be horror stories no matter what brand you talk about.

Online storage of files is all well and good but requires internet access wherever you go. And you are then totally reliant on another organisation for backup and access of important files. Not to mention a matter of trust...

Local storage and local backups for me, with online ("cloud") services being a handy tool to move files between different machines without requiring physical media to do so.

2
0

Windows 7 gets the Star Wars treatment

LINCARD1000
Stop

Wow, so impressed

Your comment is by far the most thoughtless and insulting shit I have ever seen, and I live across the pond from the USA.

Hey, it's seriously that thoughtless and insulting, I give you 2 FINGERs!

2
0

Energy crisis over - for 250 years?

LINCARD1000
Boffin

Gas =/= Petrol

...aka petroleum distillate. Being a UK-centric site it is natural to assume they are referring to natural gas as opposed to petrol. The term "gas" is very much a North American thing from what I can gather.

Besides, petrol does not occur naturally, oil and gas do. You do not "drill for petrol" - it is distilled from crude.

Kill me, I've become a pedant.

1
0

Pac Fibre invites tenders for Au-NZ-US cable

LINCARD1000
Unhappy

Hmm...

Wonder if it means the internet users in NZ will stop being raped quite so much by the incumbents who charge the Earth and provide a service that is next to nothing.

I suspect not.

But more bandwidth to bring things up to at least a 3rd world level will be good.

0
0

Chilean clock-cooking could cause computer chaos

LINCARD1000
Thumb Up

Thank you, KissingTheCarpet

As someone who fixed a lot of old RPG400 code for a UK based insurance company to ensure it was compliant, the results would certainly not have been the utter catastrophe that the fear-mongers would have you believe. However, it would have produced a bit of a mess financially with many of the automated systems for large corps producing some entertainingly hairy results.

Y2K - overblown? Yes. Still an issue? Yes.

0
0

Airship 'Sky Tugs' ordered from Lockheed for Canadian oilfields

LINCARD1000
Go

Never thought...

...I would get the opportunity in my lifetime to see large dirigibles flying over-head... they might not be the impressive rigid beasties of yesteryear, but I will take what I can get. Small advertising/passenger blimps might be all well and good, but they do not instill the sense of wonder of the LTA monsters they are talking about now.

Looking forward to this.

4
0

Lindsay Lohan ditches her surname

LINCARD1000
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Fire up NAOMI

You, Sir... had me choking with laughter. How very cynical of you :-D

2
0

China rejects Google snoop claims

LINCARD1000
Badgers

You're all poops & I'm leaving China forever...

...BRB.

Love,

Google.

0
0

Apple 'gay-cure' app severely slapped

LINCARD1000
Thumb Down

No...

...you cant. Sod off.

3
0
LINCARD1000
Troll

Interesting...

In various other stories that relate to matters of homosexuality, this pawn3d guy shows up with monotonous regularity, if my memory serves me correctly. Vested interest in the subject, much? (him, that is, not you) ;-)

Haters gonna hate, closet-cases gonna... uh, do whatever closet-cases do.

2
0

EA coughs to Dragon Age II user ban 'mistake'

LINCARD1000
Terminator

Problem Being...

...that more and more games (on the PC at least) require internet activation, at least to begin with. Then there are the games that tie into Steam, even if you buy them on disk (HL2, Just Cause 2, Fallout NV etc). Then there are companies like Ubisoft who introduced a scheme where you couldn't save progress at all if you were not connected online (Assassins Creed 2). Although I believe Ubisoft later relented a bit on that one, I think...

Welcome to a brave new world :-(

0
0

Analyst says white iPhone 4 out next month

LINCARD1000
Jobs Horns

No snark, merely a serious question...

What is different about the proposed white iPhone compared with the regular (black?) one? And if there is nothing form/fit/function different, why is this such a big deal to some people? Is it just because of the colour difference?

Not that I would ever buy one as my older (work provided) one still works okay, I am just curious as to why this is such a big deal.

0
0

Dentist cuffed for using lost credit card to pay for pizza

LINCARD1000
FAIL

Eat The Rich

That's all they're good for (majority of them, anyway).

2
0

Norway gov mulls blocking online gambling

LINCARD1000
Stop

This from the country...

Whose TV channels are so filled with online gambling adverts (and various programs "sponsored by"...) that it makes you long for a good old car advert or someone trying to shill some stupid cosmetics.

Curb online gambling? Have a look at the deluge of advertising on some Norsk channels FIRST.

1
0

Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising

LINCARD1000
Coffee/keyboard

Quotable

"If Americans actually reproduce by eating their own weight in hamburgers and then divide like amoebas then they would find the whole sexual reproduction business strange and disgusting."

I busted out laughing at this - witty, intelligent and highly amusing. Thank you, Y.A.A.C. It also explains a lot ;-)

0
0

New spaceplane proposed for NASA station crew contract

LINCARD1000
Alien

Dynosaur?

Cannot remember the exact spelling. But growing up in the 70's we had a set of science oriented encyclopedias that had a section on future space-craft, including something very reminiscent of this thing, stacked on top of a regular, throw-away booster stack. It was a Nasa project I believe, called Dynosaur or something similar.

What is old is new again it seems :-)

As far as getting to and from space goes, I think the Russians have the right idea. Cheap, relatively reliable and single-use (which helps keep the cost down). With re-usability you are getting straight back into "shuttle" territory with all the complexity and cost associated with it. Until technology advances to a point where a *reliable* reusable craft is feasible, KISS I reckon.

Aliens, because you never know who's watching :-)

1
0

Zuckerberg beats Assange to claim Person of the Year™

LINCARD1000
Badgers

Pfffft

Facespace or Mybook (whatever) has had bugger-all impact on my life. Not likely to change at any foreseeable time in the future, either.

BADGERS PAWS, I say.

18
1

US politician: 'homosexual agenda' behind TSA groin grope

LINCARD1000
Thumb Down

Ugh

Do. Not. Want.

0
1
LINCARD1000
Big Brother

Self-hate is a very unattractive look

Aide? No, more likely a male prostitute - someone like this guy would have to PAY for someone to be with them, I cannot imagine there would be any willing volunteers.

But yes, foregone conclusion that this guy is no different than the majority of other 'phobes and has more than an unhealthy interest in what gay men get up to in the privacy of their own bedrooms.

3
0

Global warming is actually good for rainforests, say boffins

LINCARD1000
Thumb Up

Hear hear, Sir

Exactly... the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the extremes of opinion. However there are more pressing thing that worrying about CO2. Rainforests, preserving more biodiversity and actual pollution are a little more important I would have thought.

4
0

Nasty IE 0day exploit hosted on Amnesty International site

LINCARD1000
Black Helicopters

Just out of curiosity

...which group would be the most likely to target the site of an organisation that does so much good in the world? Generic hackers? Possibly if they were complete bastards. Or perhaps governments that have come under criticism for various human rights violations...?

Dammit, the man in the black helicopter stole my tin-foil hat.

2
0

Windows 7 'I'm a PC' man quits Microsoft

LINCARD1000
Pint

I really wish...

...I could buy you a beer, Sir and/or Madam.

Pure magic.

0
0

BOFH: Join the club

LINCARD1000
Coffee/keyboard

Oh nicely done...

Looks like you're onto a winner here, Simon. Had me laughing like a loon... thanks for the cheering up :-)

0
0

Intrepid Vulture 1 spaceplane pilot arrives at PARIS project

LINCARD1000
Coffee/keyboard

I'm getting fired...

...or at least growled at by our IT for spitting all over the monitor.

Superb, gents. Absolutely superb :-D

0
0

PARIS furnished with engorgement

LINCARD1000
Coffee/keyboard

There are models, then there are models...

Good on Rui for having a sense of humour about it (hope the payout was worth it, mate!). And much better looking than the skanky celebutard the project shares a name with :-)

Very much looking forward to seeing a successful result to this whole project, it is quite exciting really. Takes me back to building custom-made balsa gliders when I was young.

0
0

BOFH: Lock shock

LINCARD1000
Heart

Delicious...

...that is all.

The sobering thing is that in many large organisations you probably could do something like this relatively easily.

1
0

Nvidia CEO outs GPU roadmap

LINCARD1000
Troll

Aww man...

Don't care about all this gigawotsits and HPC stuff... just tell me how many more frames per second I'm gonna get in my favorite games already!

0
0

'Rock star' spewed guts after emitting vast pearl necklace

LINCARD1000
Boffin

Grow a sense of humour

The Reg doesn't take itself too seriously, if you haven't realized this by now then you are probably on the wrong bloody site, mate.

Boffin icon, just to annoy twats like you.

2
0

Organ banks on horizon as boffins prep tissue-freeze tech

LINCARD1000
Boffin

Defrosted Critters

The Weta, an insect native to NZ is able to survive being frozen solid and quite happily resumes it's crittering when thawed. Bit more advanced than an ice-worm so surprised they aren't investigating this sort of creature as it's a little higher on the food-chain.

0
0

Page: