* Posts by M Gale

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LOHAN slips into tight rubber outfit

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How feasible to make a low-pressure wind tunnel for testing this? Doesn't need to be quite on the scale of the full hypobaric chamber.

Something like a tube of metal with a glass or polycarbonate window in it, in a circuit with a fan somewhere in it? Have a bulge in the viewing section large enough to put LOHAN. I hear RVK do some pretty neat inline ventilation fans with a quite formidable throughput. The 5" one I've played with creates a veritable hurricane at normal atmospheric pressures. Failing that, see if any model flyers have ducted fans you can borrow?

Add a variac (or if you're cheap, a dimmer switch) for adjustability in the case of the RVK. Standard speed controller if it's the model aeroplane ducted fan. Use stress sensors on the model mounts to see if there's any lift/control when the surfaces are moved? Perhaps use a smaller section made to be shaped like a part of LOHAN, if you can't fit it all in the tube at once.

But mostly, use a variac for the steampunk factor.

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Nice beefy DC-DC converter

Or some other variety of voltage-stepping jiggery pokery to allow more current to penetrate the resistance of the circuit and get that heater up to more of a toasty temperature. Maybe just two battery packs in series if you want to KISS.

If you're using a thermocouple and an onboard computer anyway, you could possibly make a slightly more intelligent thermostat than just "on, off". Call one of the computer's analogue IO pins "heater out", feed it into a couple of MOSFETS (maybe via a cheapo signal transistor), and you're laughing.

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Osborne slashes growth forecast by half in bleak economy statement

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Re: It could have been worse

Don't know why you've been downvoted. The vast majority that Labour enjoyed is probably half the reason we're in this shit.

No opposition. At all.

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Re: Make voting compulsory.

No.

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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

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Re: Paypal

Ah yes, before I forget, Paypal's integration is quite fully featured even before the recent upgrade plans I've heard about. Last time I set up merchant accounts, they had the facility to integrate them as merely a payment gateway, with your own systems managing the transactions, records and CRM stuff. You need an SSL cert and a server that will respond to PayPal's requests in, if I recall, two seconds.

So you can get customers to create accounts with you, rather than Google, Valve or Paypal.. and you get all of that juicy data to yourself.

Or, alternatively, you can give it to an app store along with 30% of the game price. Your call.

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Re: App Store

"- there is no central store where people can go look for your apps"

You mean the Internet? Or one of the walled gardens where your app is buried under 400,000 others? A "central store" is not an advantage here.

"- users must have a PayPal account or go through all the pain of entering credit card details, their address, phone number etc..."

No more of a bind than creating a Play Store, Apple, or Steam account? I already mentioned Steam by the way.. that's the water-vapour based malware from the previous post. And what about people who don't want to create an account and for whom tapping in a card number is sufficient?

Some people do not want one-click wallet depletion thankyou.

"- there's no way to push out updates"

You're going to put all of that effort into a game and not build in a patching mechanism? Plenty of others do.

"I don't think it's any surprise that the Apple and Android AppStores have been so successful for developers and customers "

So has the PC.

"and I just don't get why MS hasn't followed suit"

Because there's no need for it, unless you're turning a PC into a locked-down games console, which Microsoft seem to be trying hard to do with Windows 8.

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Re: App Store

"Why didn't they add an App Store?! So us independent devs could easily sell stuff for the first time ever on Windows."

Erm, web host and a paypal merchant account? I hear Valve have this distribution thingumijigger too, something about water vapour, if you don't mind requiring a malware installation in order to use the games.

Or maybe you want something like this?

Though I still don't see what the problem is with a web host and a paypal account.

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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

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Re: Prior art

I take your Usenet and raise you a Massively Multiplayer Notepad.. ahem, IRC.

Complete with #hashtags.

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Is UK web speech regulated? No.10: Er. We’ll get back to you

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Re: Having to publish corrections.

I'd suggest doing so in a manner just on the legal side of facetiousness.

"The Rt Hon. Gentleman has submitted a court order compelling us to publish the following...:" (insert bullhit here)

"...end court-ordered publication. Normal service resumed."

Or "we said this.." "...the court order has compelled us to correct it to this..."

I'm sure the Reg hacks have plenty of imagination. As do most of the press.

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Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags

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Re: Bangtags?

Also used as a "not" when doing boolean logic. I guess you could use bangtags as the reverse of hashtags?

"just won the lottery today. !FML"

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Re: Shift-3?

"it's not a special character. it's just option-3 instead of shift-3"

That means it's a special character. Just like the Euro symbol currently is on most UK keyboards. If you need to perform some arcane sequence of tapping on the magic glyphs, it's a special character.

"it's not windows having to type a whole series of numbers to get a Euro symbol"

You mean ctrl+alt+4? See above about arcane sequences. They're easy... if you know them.

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"i shall internationalise the second deck nonetheless"

The hash symbol is reached without even touching the shift key on a standard UK keyboard (that isn't a Macbook). It's the one next to the carriage return key (that is curiously still labelled 'enter' on this example). Holding shift+# results in a ~.

Well, I just had to.

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Re: Shift-3?

A friend of mine has a Macbook with a similar US-style keyboard layout. He wanted me to do a quick web page for him. Then I start trying to put #rrggbb colour codes in.

Hash key? What hash key?

Apparently that's a "special character" on a Macbook. Grr.

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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

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Meh, DRM

Bunch of suckers got sucker-punched.

Wake me up when something interesting happens. I've given up trying to explain the badness. I'll just laugh when it goes wrong.

...and then probably get downvoted for it. People really don't like "I told you so", do they?

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4K video may wow vidiots, but content creators see pitfalls

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Re: CPU

GPU, shirley?

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

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Re: Why do people care about the cell handset OS? They can't do much about it

"who really cares?"

The people who already have many, many apps for operating system X, and don't fancy buying them all over again (if they are available) for operating system Y. Don't underestimate the power of inertia. It's the only thing keeping Microsoft alive.

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Re: He sounded quite plausible...

"It's got about as much future as Ubuntu-mobile and that Mozilla Javascript abomination."

Oh I don't know. If it offers something better than Android, like a permissions system that works, then it might take off. Samsung ain't no two-bit player, and they can play the same "long game" as Microsoft, too.

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Re: If it ain't broke, don't...

"Google could turn around at any point and say "sorry, we're not doing OEMs now".

Google don't have a choice as to whether you use Android or not. They agreed to that much when they released it under the GPL.

If Google suddenly did an Apple, I think you'd find a very well-stocked alternative to the Play store springing up practically overnight.

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Reg readers reveal MIGHTY DOMESTIC DATA CENTRES

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Re: Bad photos

A single modern PC can't reliably give you a testbed upon which to develop datacentre-scale applications.

Well. It could, but I think after the first few VM instances things would start resembling treacle flowing uphill in Winter.

Sometimes, to test how a highly-parallel application will work on a lot of nodes, you need.. a lot of nodes. Preferably nodes that you own, that can't be sniffed out by Amazon and your next big idea ripped off and rolled into an Amazon service.

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Nelson Mandela's island prison hell to become game

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You sir, win one (1) free Internets.

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Re: Games are never realistic

"Again, a "realistic" FPS would be so damn boring nobody would buy it."

The Arma (previously Operation Flashpoint before some kind of kerfuffle over naming rights) series? Your character gets shot, he's probably dead. If he's not dead, he's rolling around on the floor screaming for help. If your medic gets shot on the way over, or if you both get shot while he tries to manhandle you to a safe spot.. well, too bad. Yeah, the medic isn't a miracle worker either. You'll never get fully healed by magic, though you might be able to stand up and sort-of-maybe aim the gun. Which in the case of an arm injury will wobble all over the place and cause all kinds of flashing red "this hurt like hell" warnings when you pull the trigger and it recoils practically straight up.

Oh, and plinking tanks with small arms fire will not steadily reduce their health to popping level. You need a sodding big rocket launcher for that, and even then you need a really good aim.

I wouldn't call it boring. Nintendo-Hard perhaps.

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Re: Stupid

I'm sure WW2 veterans are united in their anger at the Medal of Honour franchise.

Or not.

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Don't buy a Google car: They might stop it while you're driving

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Re: Google what?

Google+. You know, that thing that Google are so desperate to get people onto that you now need to have a Google+ account to leave Play Store reviews/ratings? Yeah, the one with the "Real Names" policy. That one.

Sorry, developers who like to nag for ratings.. go nag Google to remove the + requirement. No ratings from me, otherwise.

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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Re: Fandroids or... Freetards?

What about the developers of Early Bird, that turned the paid version into a "free" adware version, and "updated" all of the paying users to get hit with adverts?

Or maybe Rovio, who are the masters of permissions creep?

Sorry, but if somebody is blocking adverts then that is an indication that they are never going to buy what is advertised. Suck it up, and make a paid version. Do not assume that people will not do exactly what they wish with what is on their devices.

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Re: fixed it

"Take away their income and you'll end up pushing them back towards only releasing on IOS."

You mean income from the adverts I will never click on, which will never send any cost-per-click money to Google or their Adwords partners? That income?

Advert blocking is a quite blunt but necessary demonstration of the end-user's likelihood to ever purchase what is being advertised. Personally I think the developers of apps that are on my devices, have gotten more money from me via paid-for apps than they will ever get via advertising. Especially the ones with permission-creep that get uninstalled the moment they start asking for all that bullshit (yes Rovio, I'm looking at you).

Now what was that about iOS, now with iAds?

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Medicos hack iPhone into lab 'scope

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Done this before

Using various lenses out of eyepieces, old microscopes and the likes. Some of them are useless for attaching to the phone. Others give an awesome macro ability, very comparable to a low-magnification microscope.

You'll never see your fingernails in the same way again. Ew.

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Self-healing chips survive repeated LASER BLASTS

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Re: "Quite a lot of states."

True. However those same 10 million transistors can probably be replicated several times over onto a suitable sheet of silicon these days. If "sensors" can be replaced by "testing units", maybe you can have a 32-core CPU with instructions replicated N times for redundancy and an automatic failover amongst various CPU cores and sub-components of cores, all in one package?

Now that could be useful on Earth, let alone Mars.

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

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Disco lights are expensive anyway.

A RasPi and a DMX controller could do awesome things to a nightclub ceiling.

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Writing this article...

...on the day I have a coursework full of JCL, C and Cobol due in.

I'll be sure to let the professor know he's a criminal. I'm sure he knows that already though.

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Ass kickings will be encouraged.

Threats against random people like this can be described perfectly thus:

Playing Russian Roulette with a 7 billion chamber revolver.

Good luck.

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Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Re: @ MGale Billy Bob Gates and Microsoft

Something tells me the EU fine isn't all that big, relatively speaking.

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"What on earth are we coming to when a court flat out says it doesn't trust a large (supposedly responsible) corporation."

I and plenty of others have mentioned this already but it bears repeating:

A public limited company (or corporation if you like American-speak) is legally bound to be a psychopath, placing money above all other priorities including human decency. The original idea of a corporation may not have been like this. The original "incorporated company" was limited in what it could do and what other companies it could buy, and stakeholders (not shareholders) were partly responsible for what the company did in their name.

After a couple of centuries of lawyering in order to get more power than the original laws dictated, the modern corporation is far removed from the original.

What amazes me is that they were ever trusted to begin with.

Also the movie "The Corporation" is a good intro for people who don't know the history. It makes for depressing viewing. Nice if you're in a "fuck the world" mood.

(El Reg editors: The movie makers don't care if people copy and paste the movie around, though you can buy it for £2.49 if you like. Please don't delete me.)

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Re: Billy Bob Gates and Microsoft

Oh I don't know. Both of them seem to be doing quite spiffingly well at the moment, assuming that the suicidal plunge towards everything-is-a-phone is arrested at some point.

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Something I have noticed.

The people who don't like the New Bullshit have varied and many reasons why. They will go into great detail about how and why Windows 8 is a step backwards from Windows 7, and how Metro really is an awful interface for a desktop, or even laptop machine. These are not people who are going on a knee jerk reaction. These are people who have tried Windows 8 and found it severely lacking. I'm not going to go into detail about it in this post myself, because I and everyone else have done it to death already.

These people then get set upon by a crowd of deranged fanboys who call them retarded, luddite, "MS Hater" (as if that's a bad thing) and various other personal insults, with a sneering, nasty and superior-minded attitude.

About the most convincing argument I've seen for Windows 8.. that is, an argument that doesn't involve telling me to enjoy anal sex with myself or comparing me to early French loom operators, is "it's okay once you 3rd-party-hack it all the way back to Windows 7".

You know, alternatively, I could just stick with Windows 7.

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Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes

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Using an engine to start the engine that starts the engines?

The phrase I'm looking for here starts with the words "Yo dawg..."

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Re: NiMH

LiPo batteries are still very much a fire risk, and require charging and use via a kid-gloves treatment.

That said, I notice that LiPo batteries do tend to be used in heavy-current-draw situations. They are usually rated between 15C and 30C discharge rate.

Wouldn't want to short one, though.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Re: Get a games company to do an enterprise system...

Indeed. I'm sure the game devs will be too busy trying to manage scenegraphs, build shader materials, figure out where to squeeze that extra few FPS out of a massively complex scene and worrying about how to optimise collision routines to be spending effort on moving account details around a server.

Something tells me the OP is slighting game developers without a damned clue about what games development involves.

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Re: Maybe a friendly prirate has come up with a "Fix" for it.

"But sometimes a 3rd party software update is the only way to get the software working properly."

Too damned right.

Especially when the DVD case mentions absolutely nothing about requiring a not-necessarily-existant Internet connection in order to work.

I'm looking at you, BI Studios. I've been playing Arma and Arma 2 since it was called Operation Flashpoint. I have the full X Anniversary edition now, on top of two copies of the original, all paid for. You have multiple purchases out of me. I thought you'd managed to resist the tendency of game dev firms to infect peoples' computers with malware, hence the £30 purchase of Carrier Command. Ironically, the DRM remover was virus free and works very well.

You won't be getting any more money though. In fact you're lucky I didn't get a refund AND keep the cracked game copy. Shop says no refunds on PC games? I say Trade Descriptions Act.

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Re: a rock and a hard place

Query: What difference does it make if your player is called "Ryan Giggs", or "Ronnie Biggs"?

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Valve, EA, Ubisoft... and now BI Studios.

You can all kiss my winnets. By the way, the crack to make Carrier Command work without "Activation" is quite readily available if you know where to look.

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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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Re: With every move Microsoft makes...

"But, then I recall reading not so long ago how KDE 3.0 was just as shitie as Gnome was or is."

Mandriva chose to go to KDE4, when KDE4 was an awful pre-beta bug-fest. The interface isn't bad, it didn't try to rip everything up and start again like Metro or Unity. It's not an attempt to turn a desktop computer into a phone. It was just adopted way too early by Mandriva SA and caused a bunch of people (me included) to run screaming toward something that actually worked.

These days, KDE4 is quite stable.

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Re: Soo...

I wouldn't say they were heroes.

They just had some actual competition from Digital Research, which they soon killed off by rather more foul means than fair.

Not a lot has changed since then.

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Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE

I also have to wonder how well these start-menu replacements will work when Microsoft change something and the whole lot needs to be reprogrammed again?

You don't have that issue with Linux. A program wants one desktop environment but you're running another? No problem, it'll just drag in the libraries it needs and work nicely. The OS and UI are separated.

Windows just doesn't work like that. That a 3rd party hack might kludge its way around the problem (for now) is immaterial. Windows is a bloody expensive piece of software, and the people who make it can't even be bothered to keep the start menu from Windows 7, maybe even improve it to Gmome/KDE levels of excellence (yes, KDE's start menu categories are better than Windows 7's dump-it-all-in-an-alphabetical-list approach, even if 7's automatic quicklist is quite nice), despite ever-mounting evidence that People Want It Back.

All to try and make 2013 the Year of Windows on the Fondle Toy.

Sorry to go a little Eadonesque here, but: FAIL. FAIL. And a thousand times, FAIL!

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Re: Soo...

Oh no they weren't. They were the ones accepting the IBM shilling to buy someone else's OS for Big Blue's new "personal computer" project.

Try looking to the people who reverse engineered the IBM PC BIOS, to see who broke up IBM's stranglehold.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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So, uhm...

...about the transvestite friend of mine who is making a pretty penny from adult cam sites. Going to remove that source of income, eh?

Charming.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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Re: I reckon the other source had it spot on

Personal experience, even. And too late to use the edit button too.

Damn my fat fingers.

(Maybe that's what someone said shortly after the start of the RBS outage?)

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Re: I reckon the other source had it spot on

"So all, technicians are incredibly overworked but still infallible, whilst all managers are lazy and incompetent. Procedures are completely unnecessary. Just get rid of all managers and procedures and everything will be fantastic."

And irate operators really do poison their bosses with halon. Oh come on, that has got to be the best rant I've seen in a while. Possibly it might have come from person experience, as far as you know.

Wherever it came from, I think Mike Smith needs to be hired as Simon Travaglia's ghost writer for when he's off sick and a new BOFH episode needs writing up. That was awesome.

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