* Posts by Toastan Buttar

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

Toastan Buttar

Rating the Dinosaurs (Not my work)

Brontosaurus

Huge beast. Ate only plants, but could crush a '93 Cabriolet with a single step of its titanic brontosaurus feet. Name means "Thunder Lizard" which is about as cool as you can get. Its only real drawback is that it didn't really exist. B+

Apatosaurus

This is what they're calling brontosauruses these days. Apparently they had some problem with the wrong skull on the wrong body--duh--and once they figured it out they had to change the name to "apatosaurus," which means "Deceptive Lizard." Personally I think they should have looked up the Latin for "Stupid Scientist." D

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: vinyl vs CD

Jesus, not this tripe again. All multi-track recordings are done in the digital domain these days. If you want to go crazy batshit insane, you can even do it in floating-point 32-bit 192kHz format.

The mixdown to the stereo master is again done in the digital domain.

If you want to hear the resultant sound at its most accurate, listen to the raw digital stereo master through a high quality DAC. The amplifier choice is pretty much inconsequential at the mid-to-top end of the range. Speakers have to be pretty good, though.

Why then, would you take that 'perfect' product and scratch it onto the surface of a spinning plastic disc in analogue form? Even worse, why would you expect such distortions (EASILY reproduced digitally), combined with crap like dust and static electricity discharges, to sound 'better'?

Bog standard 44.1kHz / 16-bit CD quality is as good as it gets, and it costs pennies to get it right.

Even Ivor Tiefenbrun of Linn Products had to admit defeat:

http://www.bostonaudiosociety.org/bas_speaker/abx_testing2.htm

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Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record

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Thumb Up

Re: "15-20 kilowatts per hour"

Precisely what I logged in to comment upon. Have an upvote from me...

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Broadmoor: My Journey Into Hell, The Chimes and Cowboys and Indies

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Shoe-in.

"Shoo-in", as discussed on Radcliffe & Maconie, just this week. As in, shooing a goose into a pen.

(And it was a new one to me - I'm not just being a grammar Nazi for the sake of it).

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

Toastan Buttar

Re: WELL DONE

You used the word "parameters" when you should have used "perimeters". That is an unforgivable insult to me. You should die for this, you unholy infidel!

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Devil

Blasphemy...

The only truly victimless crime.

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UK.gov: Sod SIGINT, let's turn GCHQ into a TECH CRECHE

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Headmaster

Re: I don't see why not.

Ex GCHQ people will know how to keep a national secret, which means they'll also know how to keep a commercial secret.

Code reviews will mitigate the injection of backdoors. In my current workplace, no change gets committed to the working codebase until it has been peer-reviewed by someone competent. (And believe me, most of them DELIGHT in being pedantic bastards and pulling you up on the slightest deviation from coding standards, never mind overlooking any 'undocumented' behaviour.)

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

Toastan Buttar

Re: 4.5V electric lego

My big brother's mate borrowed my motor so he could build a bubble-blowing machine for a school disco. He managed to knacker it with a simple 9V PP3.

I had quite a substantial layout of Lego railway, too.

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Still got a 75-in-1 in a cupboard at my dad's house

It still mostly works, though the LED is blown, IMSC. My own kids were fascinated when I built up a crystal set radio and it made a sound without batteries!

Best Xmas present EVAR, though, had to be my first real computer - a 1K ZX81.

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

Toastan Buttar

Re: Irregardless

Don't. Just don't.

It's "Regardless" or "Irrespective". Never the bastard child of the two.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Stop

Zed Ex

I've got 3D Monster Maze running on my Android using Zed Ex from the Play Store.

I feel like I have been posthumously awarded 500 points.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: If you arew going to teach coding

"this doesn't work at least once a fortnight"

I'd have thought it worked (i.e. evaluates to 'true') ALL the time.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: Anywhere in the world within 60 minutes?

"You can have more than one launcher."

I could deploy an army of thermonuclear snails at 10 feet intervals throughout the world and reach anywhere within an hour by the same logic.

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Toastan Buttar

Anywhere in the world within 60 minutes?

OK, so top flight speed is Mach 6 which is ~3600 mph.

Radius of the Earth is ~4000 miles.

That means that even flat out, it could only reach under one radian of the Earth's surface from launch point within an hour (60 minutes in the old money). That leaves over 2/3rds of the Earth's surface unreachable within 60 minutes, doesn't it?

Unless you know different?

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Re: A trig calc pun

What is the volume of a pizza of depth 'a' and radius 'z'?

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Call it "Jack Into Cyberspace"

Relive the futurist dreams of your youth.

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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Re: Flash

It all depends on the firmware in the Flash controller. I suspect that any faulty areas will be marked as unreadable, but would doubt that it'd go much beyond that. For example, performing an erase on a bad area WOULD wipe any stored info permanently, but I don't think any but the most paranoid, security-specific FW would go that extra yard.

If you run a zeroing utility on a spinning rust HDD, will it attempt to overwrite excluded bad blocks as well as the 'good' data / directories?

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Love that noise

@Phil O'Sophical:

Almost identical story to yours, except I was returning the hire car when Concorde was just coming in to land. It was like the Space Shuttle or something! Nearly wrote off the hire car as a result of staring in awe at the big bird.

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Toastan Buttar

Re: Love that noise

@Chicken Marengo:

Precisely what I came to the comments section to say - AND I was also going to say about the only exception being the Vulcan.

(Though I'm sure a Saturn 5 rocket would be something to behold).

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: You must be joking

Radio 6 is something to be proud of.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: @MS software going downhill

No, I've seen a shedload of non-MS software which is 100 times flakier than Office. Interoperability of Office is also stronger than it has ever been. And MSE is the best free (as in beer) AV tool I've ever used on Windows.

Not an MS shill, nor an open-source hater (used Open / Libre Office for yeeeears). I've been a Windows user since the late '80s, PC/DOS user since the mid-80s. I've been through the hell of Windows 9x, where you HAD to install third-party AV and firewall to protect yourself from the simplest of script attacks. Then I switched to XP, where you could get by with running without protection as a Limited User Account.

Oh yes, you could!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/aaron_margosis/archive/2004/06/17/157866.aspx

Now, Windows 7 offers all the benefits of active LUA and Firewall by default. And MSE is just a free download away.

Nope sorry, I don't buy your assertions on any level.

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Toastan Buttar

Re: Well it should be obvious

"AV companies started their products in the 1990s, back when nobody was good at programming, at least not the people who programmed for Windows."

Oh, give over.

Mac programmers were crap back in the day, too. "Hey, pointers are 32-bit, but we can only access 24 bits of memory space. Let's employ that top byte for something useful, like flags."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_memory_management#32-bit_clean

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Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

Toastan Buttar

In Soviet Russia

Tor crack YOU.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Re: Profit wouldn't slip if they wrote better games

"Might as well be Sailor Moon wiping the floor with Barney the Dinosaur."

Now, THAT's what I want to be playing in 2019.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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@Wzrd1

YAAC was merely pointing out that 'news' is so called because it is the plural of 'new'. Something that happened 45 years ago without current relevance has no place on a 'news' show.

Wait for the half-century anniversary. The news outlets will be pulling out all the stops due to the fact that we have 10 digits on our hands, and landing on the moon was the coolest fucking thing a man (or mankind) has ever done.

BTW, thanks for playing your part in making Iraq and Afghanistan safer places for everyone.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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There was the recent case of a man in Bristol.

"who had photographed kids vandalising his garden as evidence for the police."

I wanted to believe that this was some kind of exaggeration or urban legend. Not so:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10409326/Man-accused-of-being-paedophile-and-murdered-for-photographing-garden-vandals.html

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

Toastan Buttar

Re: Still waiting on a grand unified theory

"Since 1975 we knew what we know today...."

Pish. They didn't KNOW that the Higgs existed in 1975.

Or 1985.

Or 1995.

Or 2005.

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Can nothing trip up the runaway cash monster that is Intel? Well...

Toastan Buttar

Horses for courses

Got a mains connection or a dirty great laptop battery? Use Intel.

Relying on keeping energy use to an absolute minimum? Use ARM.

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Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'

Toastan Buttar

> I like this Elon bloke.

Me too. A great philanthropical gesture.

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Hey, remember the iPod Touch? Apple just did

Toastan Buttar

Re: Wow, they released a new product that's 3 years old

"The primary market for the ipod touch is gaming, and they keep killing themselves with a product no one wants."

Kids want iPod Touches. Parents want iPod Touches. Parents of kids want to give their precious little darlings iPod Touches instead of Nintendo portables. Why? TCO. You can download a brazilian free cool games from iTunes that are totally worth playing. Get a DS->onwards Nintendo machine and you will find yourself and your offspring paying mightily for cartridges, etc. Some of which might not have lasting appeal (no names mentioned to protect the guilty).

Plus, you don't need to take out any sort of PAYG or contract for an iPod Touch.

In short: Not obsolete by any measure.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Alternative viewpoint

Taken the cat for a walk??? Seriously? Open the door...'walkies' taken care of. Not much danger of them mauling neighbours because they're hot and thirsty. The worst that can happen is they 'adopt' some other family for extra rations and pats whilst not at their 'real home'.

Dogs, OTOH. Yep, they need walked by a responsible human.

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

Toastan Buttar

Best Gameboy

Gameboy Pocket. Lasted for 10 hours on a couple of AAAs.

Or GBA SP. Rechargeable out-of-the-box, backwards compatible with every Gameboy title to date.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

Toastan Buttar

The user experience is worse for me.

I used m.theregister.co.uk for years on my crappy, underpowered Android phone. The user experience is now worse than it ever was for me.

Congratulations on spending many man-hours of work making your product /worse/ than it was before.

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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" Besides, where would the Science Museum put it?"

Probably inside a glass case, like the perfectly-functioning rebuild of the Difference Engine?

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Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

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Macintosh is dead

At least, the Macintosh as envisaged by the original team, is dead.

A lot has happened to the home computer market since 1984 such that a 'Mac' really doesn't have much to offer the average consumer to differentiate it from the unwashed hordes of other Intel-based laptops and desktops. NOTHING like the difference between an original IBM PC and the Beige Toaster.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

Toastan Buttar
Coat

Grab your coat...

...you've pulled a derogatory comment.

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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Cool

You don't have to explain what's cool about a 'Pygmy T-Rex'.

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

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The sound of eyeballs getting really big

Just hide some pr0n and tell them it's impossible to find:

http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Eyeballs

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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Can it be true?

That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

Toastan Buttar
Big Brother

Re: Interesting choice of words

I kept waiting to see SMERSH, SPECTRE and IPCRESS.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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Use mobile-tuned websites, not apps.

I have a fairly old and memory-limited Android phone. I use the browser 100% of the time to access things like El Reg, BBC News and Facebook. I've tried the Android app for FB, and it's pretty good, but it just uses too much of my on-board memory. Instead, when I use FB on my phone, I go to m.facebook.com and it's good enough for reading and posting comments until I get home and use the full-fat experience on a real browser (on a PC with a mouse, keyboard shortcuts and cursor keys).

The same rule applies when visiting El Reg, the BBC, newspapers, etc.

Take out the "www." , slot in the "m.". Job done, 90% of the time.

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

Toastan Buttar

Re: Self-powering?

Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

Toastan Buttar

Re: Wow this new monitor is the coolest

"Somebody sticky taped some c+ syntax on it".

Like an extra "+" symbol, perhaps?

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

Toastan Buttar

Been there, done that.

Peter Ustinov's identical twin orbitted a black hole for a while in the 1970s.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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You're not the first naked engineer to use that story.

Obligatory Dilbert classic:

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1990-08-27/

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Guitar amp

Tandy sold a tiny 'guitar amp' during the '80s. It was quite sought-after as a distortion unit. Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics loved it.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Unhappy

Re: Good lad!

> Lighten up dude, it was a joke (I'm not aware that any child in the US of A has

> ever had the chair for anything).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stinney

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

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Good for two-player Battleships

but not much else. Maybe previewing selfies on the rear-facing camera?

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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

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Re: "I think PCs will be effected by those changes and react to the extent that they can."

Why did you put a grocer's apostrophe in PCs?

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

Toastan Buttar

The chances of anything hitting the Earth

Are ten-million to one they said.

But still they come!

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