* Posts by M Gale

3536 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Scientists demo light-controlled semiconductor

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Re: Had it been the *other* way around I could forsee at least one immediate use for this.

The thing is, how quick does the switch happen? If it's somewhere in the multi-gigahertz or higher range, you have a 10nm electronic switch that's rather speedy, no?

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

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Re: Party balloons?

I've noticed foil balloons can stay up for a good while, myself.

I'm wondering how the probes managing to get up there without the not-too-stretchy balloons bursting though. Left the neck open so that excess pressure can leak out, perhaps?

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

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Re: Pushrods!

I'm pretty sure an off the shelf Yagi is already available to connect directly to the transmitter.

I've heard there are some excellent parts for this available on the potato snack shelf of your nearest food emporium. I'm also told that it's impossible to stop, once you've popped.

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Re: Pushrods!

Also: If the Rx or your version of the APM has removable components

They're using a 2.4ghz setup. These things tend to hop around the band hunting for empty frequencies, which removes one of the other killers of 35Mhz gear: Interference on your chosen frequency (you also remove the loose-crystal risk for free).

Though personally I prefer Spektrum over Futaba for that stuff. Something about using two frequencies and having dual linked redundant receivers appeals to the geek in me.

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Re: Reprogramming

Then maybe you'll realize this isn't a toy and you are building a prototype cruise missile weapon.

And it should be banned, am I right?

Congratulations. Now law abiding people can't make automated toys. The sort of people interested in building explosive UAVs on the other hand, can continue to do so as they have been able to for years.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: re OTG

all I had to do was root it and install Stickmount

Tell that to my mum. After she's finished slapping you for having such a dirty mouth, she'll still not have a clue what you just said.

If it requires breaking (or breaking into) the device, then it's not supported. Any more than installing Slackware on Surface RT is supported.

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Re: On-The-Go?

If "enabling" means rooting the thing, that pretty much means "unsupported".

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Assange fails in bid for election to Australian Senate

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Re: A small miracle.

His motivations were impure and selfish, this is not the grounds for public life...

Publically impure and selfish, shurely?

What, me? Cynical?

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Confirmed by cockup: New iPhones will be named 5S and 5C

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Article?

Now you have me paraphrasing that Fight Club scene in my head.

"9 times out of 10 it's an electric razor. But, every once in a while..."

*whisper* "...it's an iPhone!"

"Of course in the event of an iPhone we have to use the indefinite article an iPhone, and never your iPhone..."

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

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Farkin' obvious

SSL is as secure as the certificate authority. "Secured by Verisign" might as well mean "reamed by NSA". Self-cert isn't much better, since the certificate has to travel in plaintext to start with.

When has this ever been different?

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Re: What's that you say?

:What's xorg.conf?

An anachronism.

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Re: What's that you say?

Yeah, pretty much. When was the last time the author cracked a Linux distro open and had a look?

Haven't touched that file in years either.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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4k revolution? Bring it on!

So that 1080p and 1200 screens drop to a sane price.

Who knows? Maybe when this old 19" CRT from 1999 finally gives up the ghost, I might actually buy one. So possibly in a decade or two, when it becomes impossible to get an SVGA adapter or the tube fades to unreadability.

What, using something until it wears out? I know, how unfashionable!

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: control freaks..

once given the chance to really test the UI. had options between: "Works as good as W7" to "great".

I know this is only anecdotal, but the only person I've found who liked the Metro thing, was someone who had never, ever had a computer before. This was their first PC. A laptop if you must know. He asked me what I could possibly dislike about the phone interface that comes up when you hit the TIFKAM Windows button. No, no I hadn't walked in the room, saw the godawful squares and had a Pavlovian reaction, before you start on that. Just like yes, yes I really do pay for my software, despite having various Linux partitions dotted around the place and an extreme dislike of shitty DRM like Steam or WGA.

After bringing my own, six year old, crusty old AMD64 laptop around one time, and after a few "but can you do thi... oh, yes you can" comments, he had to concede that there is absolutely nothing he wants to do with his machine that I can't do better.

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Assuming you find a Fosstard willing to pay for software

Change the record. It's getting so old it's stststststarting to skiskiskiskip.

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VMware's latest trick: Virtual gyroscopes and compasses

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The utility has also been tweaked so Windows 8.1 can run as a VM in the happiest possible way, as can some recent Linuxes.

So what happens now, when you hit the Metro button while running in Unity mode? Still a godawful hack?

(Not that I blame VMware for Microsoft's piss-poor UI)

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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

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Re: cut and paste text or files between VMs.

Pretty much. Like JDX above, I ain't no sysadmin. However, I've been CTRL+Cing and CTRL+Ving between Virtualbox instances and various guest/host combinations for a while now. So long as the guest extensions are installed, what's the problem?

(And Windows 8 is still a shitty guest)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

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Re: Ticks a lot of my boxes

1920x1080 at 5" not enough for you? All I can say to that screen is "holy fucking shitballs", personally.

Though if it has the exact same CPU and RAM, I gotta wonder why the slightly slower benchmark results, unless it's just within the margin of error?

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Could be worse

Could have been the unicode bug in all versions of NT4/IIS up to service pack 6a.

I remember a friend telling me how awesome the BackOffice server he'd set up for his boss was. I told him to get that shit off the Internet now. He refused.

An hour later I came back to him with a printed directory listing of the server's hard drive and pointed out that I could execute a "format c: /y" just as easily.

Within an hour, the server had been firewalled.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Wow, really?

So club DJs are going to have to watch the order that they spin their wheels in?

Fail. Or, hopefully it'll fail anyway.

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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Re: What! Is! This! Yahoo! Of! Which! You! Speak?!

Speaking of which, has the last one turned off the lights over there?

Oh, it's still going. But, at $1000 set-up fee and $300 a month to own a region, I don't know how long for.

You would think Linden Labs would FOSS the server software and have a certification process. Run your own damn sim on your own damn server, link it into the grid, the grid server can ping all the sims/regions and tag them with a quality level, and LL can cream the top off the Lindencash like they usually do. Turn that old PC on your DSL connection into a 16-person region, for example. Or pay Rackspace to run a full size affair. Unfortunately, it seems that sense is a rare commodity amongst Linden Labs.

That and new updates breaking deformations. Everything's going a bit Pete Tong, and people are looking at OpenSimulator, scratching their chins and thinking "hm, perhaps it's good enough".

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LOHAN slowly strips lens caps off hi-def imaging arsenal

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Re: Product Placement

Of all the words I could think of to describe this project, I'm hoping that "groundbreaking" doesn't end up being one of them.

And yay! Lots of cameras. How many are going in the box and how many in the craft, though?

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Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users

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Re: BYOS

so the only secure system in the world would be in the possession of someone nobody would ever want to listen in on.

Sounds like the perfect plan!

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Re: Anonymity

I've no idea whether what I'm actually helping is the distribution of child porn and people pirating movies. So I don't.

Don't ever run an ISP. You'll never be able to sleep at night.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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Re: Good phones and good OS

that's the web and metro influence.

I only see this in a few places, and I regard this as either fawning fanboyism (what, Microsoft has fanboys? Stranger things have happened!) or a complete lack of ideas. Or possibly both.

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Re: RIP Nokia

Nokia will still exist, Microsoft is just buying the phone division.

So basically, they bought the only thing about Nokia that has any brand awareness whatsoever. That is, unless you're seriously contemplating buying a pair of Nokia wellies instead of your next smartphone. Whatever of Nokia is left might as well shut up shop now. Last person to leave, please turn out the lights.

Everybody saw this coming a mile off, apart from the Nokia execs it seems.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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All I remember about Myst is that they used a whole bunch of pre-rendered video to make a game that could have otherwise fit onto a single floppy disk take up an entire CD ROM. Other than the FMV, it wasn't really much more advanced than Monkey Island, Sam & Max or Day of the Tentacle. It was a classic example of the "let's make it look good but play like on-rails shit" games that started coming out when CD ROMs were a new thing (well, new to the consumer market), beaten out for pure crapness only by the Simple Simon-type games such as Road Avenger.

The later games in the series, I'm not so sure about. They might have been better.

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Sage 50 activation blackout: Shops sent back to paper age

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Re: Don't You Just Love DRM

Pretty much.

People wonder why I refuse a Steam or Origin account and like to get rid of WGA at any and every opportunity.

This is why, and in this case it's a lot worse than just being unable to play with a few toys, too.

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Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

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I prefer to be an individual and not a borg!

And you have a Microsoft phone?

That would be some irony, right there. Or hypocrisy. Or perhaps both.

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Re: .

You failed to mention that S3 has only 16GB right?

You're right, I did.

However, thankyou for further solidifying my case against the "duh iPhones have better resale value" argument.

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£165.09 for a Galaxy S3 on Envirofone. That's $255.81 at current exchange rates.

To get the exact same amount for an iPhone, it needs to be a 4S with 32GB. Apparently the 64GB model will not net you any extra money.

What was that you were saying?

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China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year

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A new space race?

Watch how quickly those abandoned NASA projects get un-abandoned now.

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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From frying pan to fire?

Or wok to burner, whatever.

Going from the NSA to the PRC and expecting privacy. Really now?

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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How to feel old in one easy step.

That'll be when one of your younger relatives, cousins, nephews or somesuch finds an old c90 at the bottom of a drawer, picks it out, holds it up and asks you with a confused look, "what's this?"

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Re: anybody remember VHS HiFi?

Don't forget ADAT machines. 8 track digital audio recording on a super-VHS cassette. A whole bunch cheaper than the specialist cassettes used for RDAT machines, and with more capability too.

Awesome stuff.

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Re: FM radio tuner cassette

You mean the cassette adapters that you can still buy for plugging iThings and MP3 players into old car stereos? They work quite simply, by having a play/record head pressed up against the device's play/record head and transferring the headphone signal to the amplifier in much the same way as a transformer works.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Never give Facebook your real name

If your friends insist on you having a Facebook account, are they really friends?

Whatever happened to knocking on the door and saying hi? Or, you know, a phone call? Email even. IRC if you really want to be hardcore geeky, and USENET if you don't give a shit about the entire world seeing what you just posted.

I keep hoping that at some point, non-geeks will start to realise their options, and the walled garden of zuck can die a well deserved death.

(yes, I have an 8 digit ICQ number.. not as leet as the guy I know with a 4 digit one)

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Incorrect. I have never and will never give Google my phone number. If they haven't already inferred it from the Android phone, they can fuck right off.

And yet I can still upload some quite lengthy videos, should I so choose. They emailed me about it ages ago. Possibly I've just been there for a while and don't have any strikes against the account.

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Screw 0871, 09xx is where it's at.

Depending on the profitability of an 09xx number, that might tempt me to sign up myself (under a John Doe name and photograph, of course).

Then leave it on a tape recorded loop of "fuck you, pay me."

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THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

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Re: Why...

Just remember that "analysis" is a portmanteau of "anal" and "lysis".

So think of them as exploding arseholes and you'll never be short of a giggle or two.

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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All the filtering in the world doesn't help when the grow op keeps popping the fuse of a local distrribution transformer.

If you're dragging that much juice out of the grid, you're either doing it on an industrial scale, or doing it wrong.

There's people out there running grow tents for their own personal, on less than 150 watts. Why have a 400w or 1000w High Pressure Sodium bulb + ballast combo (and associated heat) when a 100w or 200w cluster of CFL grow-lamps does the job? You can even switch between high-K veg lamps and low-K bud lamps, if you're not just using feminized autos. Even the ventilation fan you'll typically run through an £80-£90 variac at 80-100 volts or so (assuming a 230v supply) to keep the noise level down. All it needs to do is slowly cycle the air out of your tent and through the filter, and you use negative pressure to keep the stink where it belongs.

Google "autoflowering" versus "photoperiod" if you're wondering what I mean by "feminized autos". If you're on this site and don't know what a variac is... oh just google it. Also known as a variable transformer. Think Steampunk Dimmer Switch, only minus the awful hum that dimmers induce in a circuit.

Me? Well, I'm quite legally clean, otherwise I wouldn't dare make comments like these on a web site. I just happen to know a thing or two.

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

"Probably why they're doing it. Legalize on a trial basis and watch people go mad. Ban it again as dangerous because it was unregulated."

Legalize on a trial basis, watch the plan backfire as people fail to go mad and violent crime drops due to people being far too content to sit on the sofa munching pizza and cookies than go out, get leathered on cheap lager and start a riot.

The awesome thing about weed is it's not like you're going to accidentally brew methanol if you get it wrong. If it does get legalized more widely though, the thing to do is challenge the convention that "getting high on weed" == "smoking weed". The "smoking" part is the only dangerous bit, and it's entirely unnecessary.

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

High enough temperature? No. High temperatures ruin THC, breaking it down into CBN, CBD and other cannibinoids that may or may not have a medicinal use, but are pretty useless if you just want to get stoned. That's why you very gently heat your butter+bud concoction, rather than frying it.

So I've heard.

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

"If I wanted to produce enough opium for personal consumption i'd need acres and acres of poppies, not four or five plants in a loft/shed/garage."

You would be surprised.

The people growing acres, are the ones in Afghanistan going for industrial production. A patch of poppies in your garden would make enough opium to get you very, very high for quite a while. Or dead. Opium's a bit more dangerous than marijuana's 1:40,000 high-to-dead ratio. Rather more addictive, too.

(Alcohol is something like 1:6 to 1:10 for high-to-alcohol-poisoning depending on your constitution)

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

Opium is an opiate derived from a plant.

A plant that is perfectly legal to grow in the UK, no less.

No, not the red ones. The blue ones. Yes really. Perfectly legal. Maybe the plant doesn't have quite the same amount of industrial uses and wasn't a threat to the US paper industry way back when?

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"You need to filter for rhinos? Damn. Can you get a spray or something if it turns out you've got rhinos?"

I set myself up for that one, didn't I?

Ahem, just in case you don't know, Rhino-brand carbon filters (along with RVK-brand inline ventilation fans and ONA-brand smell-gel air freshening) are, erm, quite highly recommended by people who might wish to remove certain powerful odours from the immediate atmosphere.

So I hear, anyway. One moment, there's a police van outside and it looks like they're about to knock on the door. Excuse me!

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Re: misreporting?

What about "Apple" ?

Would that be the Apple Corps trademark owned by the Beatles, or Apple Inc (previously Apple Computer), owned by the eponymous fruity device purveyor?

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Didn't Microsoft end up paying a nice dollop of money to make the whole "Lindows" thing go away?

Now calling your product "Microsoft Windows" would probably be asking for it. However, an innovative new social networking mumbo-jumbo-buzzword something-or-other called "Windows on the World" or similar.. that might just work.

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