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* Posts by M Gale

3505 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Re: PG Tips

Furthermore I suggest thet anyone who puts forward any of those fruit / spice flavoured or night-time / relax abominations, earl grey or anything to do with liptons should be banned from commenting for a very long time.

Never had a good cup of Turkish tea (basically, bits of bush swirled around in a cup) or Chai, then.

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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Re: I Understand Why.. but am disappointed

Then what went wrong with World of Goo?

A rate of unauthorised copying of around 80%. However, you neglect to include the creator's own opinion on the matter:

“by the way, just in case it’s not 100% clear, we’re not angry about piracy, we still think that DRM is a waste of time and money, we don’t think that we’re losing sales due to piracy, and we have no intention of trying to fight it.”

That's 2D Boy, telling you that you are wrong.The same 2D Boy that found that a DRM'd game in the same study had a 92% piracy rate, though not sure how they determined that.

Now, consider how many games with odious DRM get cracked. Don't you think that the first thing to do once the DRM is cracked is to remove any and all phone-home ability?

How many unauthorised copies of the latest DRM-encrusted Sim City are floating around? You know, that awful "you must be online all the time" shit that was broken within the first week? Foisted upon everyone except the people getting the game from the torrents? Do we even know?

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Re: I Understand Why.. but am disappointed

The DRM model IS still the only sustainable model for game development now and into the future

I think you should tell that to Squad. They seem to be sustaining Kerbal Space Program sales quite nicely without any DRM whatsoever. Or perhaps Positech's Gratuitous Space Battles?

Don't forget gog.com as well.

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Re: All games, Programs, Apps are digital

Last I checked, game discs are made of plastic with a bit of metal in them.

Last I checked, hard disks were a spinning substrate with a bit of metal on them.

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Re: Crazy DRM

Oh, the pirates will be playing the games sans-restrictions regardless of what kind of bullshit and spyware you infect the paying customers with. Don't ever buy the piracy excuse, not even for an attosecond.

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New super maxed out on first day of operations

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But can it run Crysis?

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Pirate Bay founder Warg jailed for two years for hacking and fraud

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Anonymous Sadistic Bell End

Because hitting someone twice for the same thing is such a wonderful thing to do eh?

You should work for government.

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

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Re: Cunning plan

Tracing the connection back to a compromised wifi point on the far side of town?

Awesome.

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Microsoft breaks bug-bounty virginity in $100,000 contest

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Re: Ah I see you have a virus installed

you're a locked in MS customer.

Well, I'm not personally, but many are and that's what you have to deal with.

Steam for Linux

That would be jumping straight out of the frying pan and into the fire, there.

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Re: Ah I see you have a virus installed

I like Linux.

I also dislike Microsoft as much as anybody except perhaps Eadon.

However kindly explain how I'm going to run the Adobe or Autodesk creative suites, or Microsoft Office, in a nice straightforward manner, in Linux?

No, "use LibreOffice, The GIMP and Blender" is not an answer. Neither is the "will it, won't it" WINE.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

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Re: Once again.....

And so long as I can rip Windows out and get a refund for it, that'll be just sweet.

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and with the proper OS

Linux?

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The title is too long.

I'm wondering if it has GLONASS as well?

Nice to get quick satellite fixes by using the first available satellite network, instead of standing around scratching your arse while the tower location method tries to tell you you're somewhere in a mile-or-more-wide ginormous blue circle centred on a phone mast.

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Stylus, gimmick?

If it's a proper pressure sensitive graphics-tablet type pen, it's far from a gimmick. Those things are damned useful for doing anything more complex than the Windows 8 finger-painting advert.

Now if Adobe's Android apps will recognise that stylus and act accordingly, that could be a winner for the arty crowd that would normally go for more fruity devices.

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Oracle: We WON grey market software and Solaris support case

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Turn that bloody autoplaying HP advert off right now before I put Adblock Plus on again.

That is all.

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Swedish watchdog: Google's chocolate cloud? Nej, not private

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LM provided the system for the 2001 census as well, don't you know?

So it's been going on a while.

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Top500: Supercomputing sea change incomplete, unpredictable

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So I wonder..

What are the seti@home or rosetta clusters capable of in terms of raw flops?

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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I also went on to do a Computer Graphics module which was extremely maths intensive.

I'll second that. The graphics module we were on was more about the math and less about the tools used to to it. Case in point, we were asked to sketch out the algorithms in Matlab.

And Matlab can go love a duck. I don't care if it can keep satellites oriented the right way. It's an obtuse piece of shit that makes the Obfuscated C Contest look easy, and probably only holds its niche market (and niche market prices) because nobody has bothered making anything better. My opinion, of course.

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Re: I know this will be blocked by the swear filter.

What fucking swear filter?

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Finally got there.

And as a recent graduate of a Computer Games Technology degree (LJMU, 2:2 with honours, I reckon I could do better), I've managed to get quite conversant with C and C++. Dabbled in C# a bit, but as I didn't take the Console Programming module and go for the Xbox, it wasn't a major part of the degree. I've been playing with scripting languages for years, but C and C++ always seemed a bit scary, at least until I started using it properly and going "holy shit, that's fast." Never looked back since!

I'll say it's not a course for the faint-hearted (or mathematically ill-disposed). The "Advanced Computer Graphics" core module is a good example as it's a long slog through the underlying mathematics that make 3D worlds possible. You'll learn about shaders, be given a good start on the Autodesk Creative Suite, and be expected to write long essays on the difference between fixed and programmable pipelines. Add Computer Vision and AI for a major (filter matrices, recognition and search algorithms, oh joy) and Mainframe Computing (I can do JCL, I can) for a minor and you can't accuse me of picking stuff because it looks easy.

The first year was an "intro to" course on a wide range of computer science-related subjects. One module went into boolean logic and gate-level stuff, and culminated in making a logic simulator spit your student ID digits out in sequence on a 7 segment display, for example. There were sections on computer security and forensics, databases, and of course computer graphics. The idea being you could switch to any of the computer science-related subjects before the end of the first year, because everyone was being taught the same stuff up to that point.

As for drop-outs? Well, one of the first things everyone was told by one of the more droll professors is that he expected to see half the students in the school of mathematics and computer science to not make it to the final year. I'd say he was about right.

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

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Re: holy war fire flinger

Absolutely.

Back when I was doing the "Access to Business IT" course, where we got to see if we were good enough to even start a compsci-related degree, the programming module was split up into two groups. Both groups studied VB and C (plain, vanilla C), but they did it in reverse to each other. I was in the group that did C first. The other group did VB first.

By the time it came to switch languages, my group jumped into VB like a duck jumps in water. The VB group moving onto C took one look at constructs like "int variablename" (what.. you have to tell it what you want to store!? WTF is an int anyway!?), and collectively shat themselves.

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Re: What flannel about VM languages etc.

We don't need C++ for most sophisticated applications now; it's mainly better for lower level "direct metal" service and platform code e.g. OS kernel, device drivers, and some services.

And computer games, graphics engines, simulations, and anything else that needs the speed more than it needs to be developed in 5 minutes.

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Re: @Tom 7 (Any programming language is a tool)

You think a scalpel is the only weapon in a surgeon's arsenal?

Do you think a CBP pump can be used by any plonker who can hit a red button?

Does your most complex program go something like std::cout << "Hello, World" << std::endl;?

If so, then yes, C++ is probably not the language for you.

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Re: Any programming language is a tool

Unfortunately when the tool in question can perform a bewilderingly huge array of different tasks, it can end up requiring an expert to wield it properly. C and C++ are systems languages, meant for doing all that low level nitty-gritty at tremendous speed while abstracting the need to use an even more bewildering set of Assembler routines behind a language that is at least understandable, even if it doesn't hold your hand for you.

CNC milling machines are tools, but you ain't going to be good at using one if your only experience is a Black & Decker hammer-action.

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Seagate reveals a NASty side, tears wraps off WD Red copycat disk

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£487.99 inc. VAT

That's a lot less than a grand.

Granted, a lot more than £60, too.

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Where's my 1Tb SSD?

In the bin after a couple of years of write operations.

Now where's my replaceable SSD cache for the spinning rust?

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Julian Assange: Google's just an arm of US government

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China: A tool of the US govt?

I'm sure the US govt would like to think so.

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It's not a conspiracy

That would require secrecy, whereas anybody who's had a look knows that Google was started off by a seed fund given by "venture capitalists" owned by US.gov that were looking for ways in which the private sector could be co-opted to help with information gathering.

And this is news because AssangeTM said it? Well, I guess people could do with a reminder.

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Supercomputer vid proves NASA black-hole ring sniffers were RIGHT

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I guess if there was an event horizon around the planet, within which we basically don't care about what happens because no information is going to leak out of it, then that might make the maths a bit easier than working with a planet full of geological and biological features.

Of course if our planet had an event horizon around it, we'd probably not be in a condition to care about how black holes work.

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Shy? Socially inadequate? Fiddling with your phone could help

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Re: Life coach

You know I think Eadon is a lot more intelligent than people think.

He/She/It joked that the MACH software might help shy people who are using Windows 8. Nowhere in his post did he mention that WIndows 8 is associated with shy people or social awkwardness, and yet he just trolled two people into posting by reflex.

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Nearly-transparent screen adds solar charge to phones

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Already done.

I'm pretty sure there's other models out there which work with every phone including Apple's, too.

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

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Re: Buy the kid a phone!

"We still primarily use 1860's methods of teaching."

Uniforms with so much starch you can cut yourself on the creases, lessons taught through the use of the cane, and lefties getting their hands tied behind their back to teach them to "write properly"?

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Oh, and.

(iv) The availability of free applications software is a threat to commercial

software producers, such as MicrosoftTM.

Explain two ways in which commercial software producers can

respond to this threat.(p21)

Har.

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Re: I'm assuming it's related to previous statements like this

*(e) Some people claim that playing video games is beneficial.

Make a reasoned argument to support this point of view.(p19)

Bit of a wierd question.

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I guess he'd like to see kids taught something a bit deeper than an Excel formula, which is commendable enough I guess. Throw the kids Scratch to play with, and gcc or MSVS if the budget stretches that far, at the ones that show an interest.

But really I'm making up my own bullshit in an attempt to get sense out of a statement that is quite bizarre.

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: Bad idea

"you will put a kill switch in this phone or we will make it impossible for you to live."

Just remember that every diktat from government comes with a "or we will make it impossible for you to live" attached to it, and you'll see that dictating this over a fucking phone is perhaps a little bit psychotic.

But then this is a government we're on about. They are good at using sledgehammers on nuts.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Re: Not Gorilla Glassed

"Gorilla" glass is just a brand name, like Triplex or any of the other manufacturers of toughened glass. Bit like turning down a borosilicate baking dish because it doesn't have a "Pyrex" brand.

So long as it's comparitively tough, I guess it doesn't matter too much.

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Back pocket?

You never put anything like technology in a back pocket. Back pockets break things!

As a one-time owner of the old Galaxy tab though, yep, they make nice phones. Bizarre that SIM-equipped 7 inch tablets (or any SIM-equipped tablet) doesn't have a phone dialler as a "just in case" feature anyway.

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Google to punish sloppy mobile webmasters

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Silly idea

Can't various sites forget the "mobile" and "desktop" distinction and have a "low bandwidth" option instead?

It might actually be useful. Half a meg or more of "rich media" shit just to view 2kb of text? Yes please.. not.

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Re: Butt hurt android?

Flash works on your iPhone?

News to me, and the rest of the world. No, streaming shit from someone else's servers doesn't count, unless you want me to bring OnLive out.

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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

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Re: NSA have no sense of humor

Here as well as numerous other news sites.

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Google inflates BigQuery AaaS

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Re: AAAS FFS

Could launch an Acronyms As A Service... service?

Big text file, modified chargen server, shouldn't be too difficult no?

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Re: Does anybody call it 'Big AaaS Query?

Dammit, you beat me. Have an upvote instead.

Suggest Google use that as a service name. It's awesome.

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AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

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I can see inefficiencies creeping in, but is there any reason distant components can't take the latency into account? I'm pretty sure supercomputer manufacturers have to deal with latency between nodes. This is a very similar thing but on a smaller scale, no?

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Re: Chipzilla....

Still, Intel all the way for me... From the mmx166 to my current i7

I didn't think CPU fanbois existed. Seriously, if it's cheaper, better, faster than an Intel chip.. why get the Intel option unless the motherboard is so expensive it makes up the difference?

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They do this every now and then. The AMD K6/III and AMD64 kinda caught Intel with their pants down. AMD then decided to do an Intel and hike the prices, Intel released the Core series and stomped AMD back into second place again.

If this is another AMD blinder being pulled, I'd suggest grab it now before they hike the prices and give Intel some wiggle room to stomp on them again.

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Re: "Max Turbo" modes

Oh, I have an old Asus motherboard+AMD quad core combo here, which has "unleashed" mode.. which you can trigger by pressing the power button.

Okay so it only adds about 1% or so to the speed, but I still have a Turbo button, and this time around it actually does something (as in, makes the computer sound like it's about to go VTOL).

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Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'

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Re: @Cliff In the meantime

Oh god, that site.

You have to wonder what the cops are doing all day, or howcomes Plumpy hasn't found out about his increasingly infamous online art gallery yet.

Really though, all of these anti theft measures are doing nothing about the phone chop shops that'll just rip the device apart and sell the screen, case, sensor glass, battery and any other saleable spare parts on Fleabay.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Yeah because W8 isn't more resource-efficient than W7, which was better than Vista. Oh wait, it is.

Yes because half the guts of IE aren't part of the OS and already running in the background, and Microsoft don't have a bunch of hidden API calls that other browser manufacturers can't reliably use.

Oh wait, they do.

And yet they can still only manage such slim margins over the browser with the renowned weight problem, Firefox? This... is not impressive.

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Re: Might offset some of the Energy wasted trying to get things to work in IE

To be honest, there's a lot of sites now that are made to give up and gracefully degrade as best they can while warning you that you're using a POS* browser.

Granted, IE still has its, erm, ways.

*Particularly Obsolete Software

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