* Posts by M Gale

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Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows

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Re: Massive facepalm

That's correct. De facto.

They are a charity, and their "officers" are civilians who have zero extra rights or legal powers than you or I. They do like to pretend otherwise though, and nobody wants to point this out because the RSPCA is all about the cute fluffy animals, ain't it?

tl;dr: Animal abuse is bad, but so is pretending to be a police officer.

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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

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Re: Yeh Exploding petrol (gasoline for US readers) Stations

It uses ducted fans, not a turbine engine. It's about as likely to blow a service station up as a car is. Possibly less so.

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Re: Do not want.

You think that panel (a) would be visible inside of a cloud...

Yes. Especially with nice beefy backlights.

Clouds are not quite as opaque as you think. You know when you wake up on a cold morning, look out of the window and see fog? That's a ground-level cloud, that is. You'll still see a couple of feet in front of you to the instrument panel.

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Re: Do not want.

As a pilot, you'll know there's enough "aircraft" out there already that become something more akin to a brick should there ever be a loss of power. Granted, most of 'em are military.

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But mythbusters sez it can't be dun!!!1

Sorry. A little fed up of a couple of people I know coming out with stuff like that on just about everything. They seem to think that Stephen Fry is God as well.

Thumbs up for the hover pack though.

(and where did all the icons go?)

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: The article is not entirely accurate

Thing is, we aren't on about trying to do massive math on bazillions of data points using nothing but Javascript here. We're on about firing up a hardware-accelerated canvas and playing some hardware-accelerated video with it, using frameworks that do the majority of the hard work for you. I've been playing with Three.js (for example), and I could probably wrap a video texture around a rotating mesh and fire disco lights at it if you wanted.

HTML5 is perfectly adequate for making a video player app with.

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Re: Not sure what MS's problem is

You can make a case for anything. Doesn't mean the judge will listen.

See also Vimeo.

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Re: There are others

MS DOS or DR DOS though?

Up until Microsoft made Windows not run on DR DOS, I don't think anybody would really have cared.

So say what you like, Microsoft did little to nothing to get a PC in every home, but did ride the coat tails of a new industry that was going to put a PC in every home with or without them.

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Re: Bunch of Whingers

>"Did you miss the part where the article stated (twice) that Google's own apps do not use HTML5, but rather use an internal, proprietary API?"

>>"When I first starting reading and there was mention of access to API's I thought well about time Microsoft got a taste of its own medicine"

I think he did.

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Re: The article is not entirely accurate

"If I were in charge at Microsoft I would seriously consider releasing an update with the next round of patches for desktop Windows that blocks all Google apps."

Google apps? What Google apps? Or do you mean "block communication with every Google-owned IP address"? I think if this happened, the results would be hilarious for everyone except Microsoft.

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Re: There are others

This.

I remember starting out the degree course. There's one of the profs, up there in front of 400 or so people in the school of mathematics and computer science. He delivers a very similar quote, "say what you like about Microsoft, they did more than anybody else to put a PC in everyone's home."

So I just had to put my hand up and respond with something like "wasn't that Compaq, who first reverse-engineered IBM's proprietary BIOS code, thus spawning an entire industry out of what was previously a mere product?"

He smirked, and said "we don't mention the war."

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If Google were stiffing their competitors...

...Apple would be the first in the queue, not some platform that's barely made a dent in the mobile industry.

And yeah, people who say that Google are evil, haven't been around much for the last 30 years. Microsoft are far worse.

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iPhone 5S: 64-bit A7, 128GB storage, flashy ƒ/2.0 camera, and...

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Re: 64 bit

Assuming by "address directly" you mean "address like RAM", 264 bits.

According to my calculator, that's 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 bits, 2,305,843,009,213,693,952 bytes, or 2,147,483,648GiB, 2,097,152TiB, or 2048PiB.

I think it'll last a while, at least for home users.

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Re: LPDDR3 + 64-bit

...compensate for the slower 64-bit access?

What?

It takes the same number of clock cycles, but a CPU with a 64 bit data bus can drag a 64 bit number in all at once, rather than having to drag it in piecemeal. A CPU with 64 bit ALUs and FPUs can crunch on 64 bit accuracy numbers all at once, rather than having to bit-mash two 32 bit chunks of a 64 bit number.

Slower? Really, what?

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And that's why the first thing you do is APP2SD as much as you can, and always store your media on the SD card.

Imagine if those S4 owners had a 16GB iThing and zero storage upgrade options? I'd rather have a split huge memory than a contiguous tiny one.

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Re: 64-bit, why?

Why 64 bit on a phone?

These are smartphones. Smartphones play games. If you think games (and pretty much anything else with large 3D scenes) won't benefit from 64 bit accuracy, where have you been for the last 20 years?

I know it's not a phone game, but Kerbal Space Program is one example of how limited float accuracy can cause all kinds of wierdness, like watching your aerobraking apoapsis vary between "completely miss the atmosphere" and "make a huge crater in a lithobraking manouver" until you get closer to the target planet.

Being able to grab huge numbers in and crunch on them in the minimum number of clock cycles is always going to be an advantage.

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Re: 64-bit, why?

Don't forget that you can process 64 bit values a hell of a lot quicker on a 64 bit system than a 32 bit system. On a 32 bit system, there's a speed penalty for using doubles and long ints (or however else you want to describe a 64 bit float/integer). Less so on a 64 bit system.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

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Re: Just plug it in

If you're spending £43k on a car, why can't you afford a house with a driveway?

I imagine once hybrid cars are more common, you'll see more public charge points. Yes, including motels.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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This would be the Reg putting its rather contentious spin on things as usual. The blog post is simply saying, in a very tl;dr way, that once XP goes out of support, vulnerabilities won't be fixed (duh). Since 7, 8 and XP apparently share enough code for the vulnerabilities to be a problem on all systems, this means that vulnerabilities fixed on 7 or 8 won't be fixed on XP.

Personally I'd be amused if the XP cling-ons all upgraded to Ubuntu or Fedora come the due date. You might not be able to get Photoshop or Illustrator on Linux (yet), but for someone who just needs to write letters and/or talk to work-related web apps, I don't see the problem here. Hell, there's a few people I know who basically just do that.

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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Skywings 3D?

Never heard of it, but I have heard of Pilotwings. It wasn't really a "simulation", but it did implement a sprite-stretched Mode 7 floor and flying vehicles like a biplane, glider, jet pack and yes, parachutes.

Also released as Pilotwings 64 for the N64. As far as I'm aware, neither version used any kind of cartridge-based coprocessing.

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Re: the MegaCD, FAIL all the way through

The Mega CD started out with some shit games that used all the storage of the CD but didn't advance playability beyond a flashy version of Simple Simon. Unfortunately this seemed to tar its reputation for the rest of its existance.

Those of us who actually bought one, know about games like Battlecorps and Thunderhawk. These are two games that showed off the sprite-warping ASICs in the Mega CD, and the advantages of having what was basically a two-system cluster working together to calculate and render the different bits of a game. Even Silpheed, relying heavily on FMV for background graphics, was still a good Galaxians clone. As for Snatcher, that's a damned huge adventure-type title along the lines of Mass Effect, that ended up with me and a friend spending 36 hours straight just beating the shit out of the game.

What Sega did wrong was have shit FMV games as the vast majority of launch games, and charging what they did (£260 IIRC) for something that then needed a £100 console to work, with no bundle offers for getting the two together.

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I always thought that Starfox was renamed in europe...

Yep. To Starwing.

Me and mates used to play Starfox anyway, via one of the wierd adapters where you shoved a UK game (or a game where the region lock matched the console) on one slot, and the game you want to play in another slot. Seems I can still get to the Black Hole pretty reliably on the emulators, and Out Of This World is as painful a secret level as it's always been!

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Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

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Nybble!

Because it's half a byte, see?

Oh those witty early IT types.

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Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Re: Nice idea, could do with tweaking

To be precise, they are there to represent "resource unavailable" errors, and the 4xy part tells you why it's unavailable.

So yeah, adding a 51 to the 4xy bit seems like a damn good idea.

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

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Re: Google Now

That's fine for you, but all Google Now is for me is a fucking annoying swipe action on the home key that gets hit accidentally far too many times.

Fortunately, as I found out here, there's apps to stop that from happening, even if they are a bit hacky and just override the home-key-swipe action with a null.

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Re: It's not so difficult at all..

"The problem with your list that I can see is that if you follow it, and take other similar actions to avoid interception of your internet use, you risk inviting greater scrutiny, as your behaviour could be profiled as terrorist / paedo / naughty."

Unless lots of people are doing it.

And honestly, if various three-letter agencies want to waste their resources spying on little old me... good. The more resources they waste, the better.

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Re: Not an issue for moi.

Between you, Microsoft, and any one of their numerous "advertising partners", amongst other gotchas. Don't dare swallow the Microsoft bullshit. They're the equivalent of the snotty little brat looking all innocent while they tell on the next kid who got caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Never mind that they filched the entire contents last week.

You should really read the Bing privacy policy. It's as bad as any of them.

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Re: And Picassa (if it's still around).

Picasa is still around, but you need to create a profile, with all the real names bullshit rules and the unwanted Plus account that comes with it.

I'll just use photobucket, imgur or imageshack, thanks.

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Card-cloning crooks use 3D printers to make ever-better skimmers

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Within the next few years...

3D printers need a license to use! Which means the rest of us need to pay extra money and be subject to all kinds of data-rape in order to print a few cogs, whereas the sort of people who would print card skimmers.. will carry on doing so anyway. Possibly with stolen printers. Or maybe with your printer courtesy of a (metal) gun to the head.

A few more headlines like that, and I can see it happening.

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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data

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Re: I am truly in exalted company

I would say that the larger-than-average number of programmers, administrators and other IT-types on this site means that there are a quite high proportion of people here who will be accessing sensitive data as part of their job, and may not want state sponsored industrial espionage ruining their day.

Just because it's the IT equivalent of Seal Team Six, doesn't mean you don't put boobytraps on all the doors and a few hundred kilos of anfo buried in the yard. Don't make it easy for 'em.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Re: Pointless

So if you have no bank account, then no Facebonk for you? Blessing in disguise perhaps.

Or maybe that bloody big loophole called "UKash" could be used. Or prepaid debit cards. I'm sure the Zuckerbergs wouldn't complain at all about charging money. Give it a few years, I can see that happening anyway.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: Size Matters

Still using an AOC 9GlrA here. It's TCO '99 compliant!

1600x1200 (and 2048x1536 at an extreme push) is probably more "high def" than "standard" though.

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Some apps (that require a multicore CPU and 1GB RAM) won't run on some phones (that have a single core ARM11 and 256MB). Phone apps generally look the same on tablets but bigger. Whether that's "shit" is really in the eye of the beholder. There's usually a tablet version of the app if you want the buttons scaling down in size.

Funnily enough, there's plenty of iOS apps that won't support iOS5 or earlier.

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Re: Nice phone

"Then it would only need half the memory / CPU power for similar performance...."[citation needed]

...have a crap app store (including the crap substandard Youtube app), no way of sideloading, no way of getting rid of the shit UI overlay, be more expensive to pay for that lovely license, get dumped the moment the next Windows Phone comes out, be unable to do something as simple as lock screen rotation...

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

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Re: Uhm...

Still, if a child can think of the idea, there must be somebody else out there who had played with a TV screen and a lenticular poster.

Just seems to be a really crappy thing to get a patent for. But then, that's patents for you these days I suppose.

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Uhm...

...so you take the lenticular overlays that have been on posters and DVD/video cases for decades, stick it on a screen, and it's patent-worthy?

I wish I'd been old enough to file a patent back in the late 80s when I thought of the idea myself.

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Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

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Re: ADFS Servers

Wow, still rockin' with the BBC Micro. Hats off to you, sir.

(I know, I know..)

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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Re: Melanie Sykes

By 'eck! You smell gorgeous tonight, Petal!

Classic.

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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Re: Anyone know of the Fire Brigade issue ?

All approved domestic grid-tied solar installations have "anti-islanding" circuitry which isolates them from the house wiring in the case of a mains failure.

All? Just what would be the point of setting up your own generation capacity if it falls over as soon as the grid goes down?

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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They didn't take your stuff, Larry.

They copied Sun's API, which Sun didn't seem to have a problem with.

Then you bought Sun and started pretending in some drunk delirium that you invented Java and that EVERYONE OWES YOU ROYALTIES, ESPECIALLY GOOGLE RAARGH.

Fuck off you troll.

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Re: Correction:

Oops.

Well I guess if the differences are like going from a certain robot OS' 2.1 to 2.2 or 2.3 then he's not missing a great deal.

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You're stuck on 7.5 because of Microsoft. No WP7 phones were ever, nor will ever, be officially updated to WP8. This after telling everyone how Windows Phone will have smooth reliable updates, unlike that Google thing. It's a rather huge "compatibility glitch" that the author seems to have glossed over.

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100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

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Re: The first question to ask before making any move

Or take a few Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis strains up there and make your own Martian F1 hybrid where the laws are a little.. uhm, less problematic.

Space Weed? It'd be rude not to.

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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Fire up a 100W FM rig with a nice antenna, say somewhere between 97-99Mhz. Give it about half an hour and then tell me OFCOM are toothless.

Of course they will do what their "political masters" tell them to. They're a govt watchdog. They enforce the govt's rules.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Re: Works for me

Two replies, and now three?

Not that unsuccessful.

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Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

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I think the whole "ablating the surface of your eyeball with a high wattage pulse laser" thing probably turns a few people off.

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Re: no way

How interesting. I'm sure some people baulked at the idea of carrying a phone with them all the time too.

I don't think that was ever the case, or maybe for some vanishingly small value of "some".

Baulked at some of the people waffling obnoxiously into those early bricks perhaps, but then that's still the case.

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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

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Awesome

So if I know you, I'll be able to hack into your phone with some cyanoacrylate vapour on something you've handled, a copy of Photoshop or GIMP, a PCB etching kit and a packet of gummy bears.

You sure you wouldn't rather use a password or a pattern?

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Werner Herzog's latest film warns drivers not to text while driving

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Re: Best 'pay attention when driving advert' should be....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PMDZjOW2KM

Borrow that one from Ireland, perhaps.

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