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* Posts by melt

131 posts • joined 14 Nov 2008

UPDATE: GAGA team hunts down grass-smoking ROBOT

melt
Pint

lasers

Two lasers mounted on a simple servo platform, one each in the bottom two corners of the garden.

A sensor on the bot.

First laser starts a sweep, bot reports when it sees a laser flash. This gives you tangent from one laser scanner.

Second laser does the same. This lets you triangulate the bot's position.

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melt
Happy

Run a grid of wire under the lawn.

Have a low-powered transmitter on the bot.

You can then sense where the bot is by seeing which horizontal and which vertical wires have the strongest signal on them.

You could reverse it and have slightly different frequencies transmitted down each horizontal and vertical wire... might get a bit noisy though!

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Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

melt

Re: Re: reticulating splines

Strange, the app never did that on mine until the most recent update.

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Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

melt

Re: Aesthetics not part of the review?

It's a printer. Shove it in the attic or pantry and you'll only see it to retrieve prints.

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melt

Re: Well, we'll see...

I've got a HL-2250DN, it's been really solid so far. The web interface lets you chuff about with a lot of settings too - on mine you can tell it to ignore the built-in "toner low" counter.

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We're! not! a! social! network! yells! Yahoo!

melt

So they're not a search engine and they're not a social network. Tell you what Yahoo!, call us back when you've decided what you *are*.

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FTC urged to probe Google's Safari-tracking gaffe

melt
Pint

Re: Excuse me?

...you'll have fun trying to replace Safari with IE9 on a Mac too.

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Europeans turn backs on Ultrabooks

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Re: Re: extra 10%

Bingo.

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melt

extra 10%

I guess it's because at the price the PC Ultrabooks are going for, I might as well spend the extra 10% and get the Mac. The PCs just aren't cheap enough.

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

melt

Colin - it was a joke.

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melt
Pint

You need a satnav on a track? Who are you, James May?

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Comet sheds 450 jobs in biz survival struggle

melt

I had pretty much the same experience.

The point of the high street is that it satisfies an instant need. If I was willing to wait a few weeks for a delivery I would've ordered something from the internet!

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AON: Give us cash, we'll emit 10TB holographic cube

melt
WTF?

oi!

&deg; not <sup>0</sup>!

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Samsung Series 7 Chonos 15.6in Core i7 notebook

melt

It shouldn't be up to the user to care about where the internals are hinged; it's a sign of poor design that it's more difficult to press down in some areas.

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HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI

melt

I found out what's going on:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1300656

:)

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melt

It's because this attitude is pervasive throughout the OS. It's not just the WM baby they threw out with the bathwater, it's now the menu system they're tinkering with.

Every time they touch something, they throw out n*10 years of work and bugfixes and smoothed rough edges.

The last improvement I found was that init scripts have been moved to Upstart, a dependency-based bootup system. It's done nothing for usability, it's now not immediately obvious what will start up on a system and it's different to everything else for zero gain (I mean, who /cares/ about bootup times any more?).

Maybe i'm getting old, but I find myself agreeing with jwz a lot of the time.

"But that's what happens when there is no incentive for people to do the parts of programming that aren't fun. Fixing bugs isn't fun; going through the bug list isn't fun; but rewriting everything from scratch is fun (because "this time it will be done right", ha ha) and so that's what happens, over and over again. "

http://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html

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melt

What "how to make a link" code?

The comment box says "plain text only", we've all been posting plain-text links for years...

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Microsoft Win Server to get pushed off OpenStack Linux cloud?

melt

The only people who have something together and vaguely ready for production are VMware, XEN, and MS.

Everything else that sits on top is a jumbled mass of buzzwords and loose ends.

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Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment

melt
IT Angle

(o/t)

Aaaa! How did you do that link?

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Russia and NASA plan to COLONISE the Moon

melt
WTF?

the moon is *not* infinite!

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Kodak's moment: Camera biz files for bankruptcy

melt
Meh

The glaringly obvious point you've missed is that it shouldn't be /law/.

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Australia, US agree to space junk talks

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Yes.

"ALMOST 30 years after fining NASA for littering the local area with debris from abandoned space station Skylab, the Shire of Esperance has received a $US400 cheque.

American radio station Highway Radio paid the fine on NASA’s behalf, raising the funds on variety breakfast program Barker and Barley in the Morning. "

http://www.esperanceexpress.com.au/news/local/news/general/littering-fine-paid/1488319.aspx?storypage=1

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Bookies set odds on Apple NYC launch

melt

If so, it'll be the ePad

Like the eMac. Remember them?

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Microsoft revives flight sim by giving it away free

melt
Go

Neeeeeeeeeyowwww....

Try xplane.

http://www.x-plane.com/desktop

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Moog goes boom with itty-bitty bass synth

melt
Pint

Moog Instrumentation

I know the place - it's Moog Instrumentation. Founded by two cousins of Robert Moog, the synth guy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moog_Inc :)

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Windows Defender Offline: For PCs too hosed to go online

melt
FAIL

You write like Cory Doctorow.

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Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

melt
FAIL

Fix. The bloomin'. Superhub.

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Orange revisits San Francisco with another budget blower

melt

Still not bad for what it is

...has it got a resistive or capacitive screen?

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

melt

You are not Google's customer.

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El Reg in SHOCK email address BLUNDER

melt

ouch.

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Retailer intros cut-price 10in Android tablet

melt

Hmm...

Does it have the Android Marketplace?

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Apple iPhone 4S

melt

> You wouldn't accept that level of inaccuracy on the touch interface;

> imagine clearly pressing the icon for Weather and getting Angry

> Birds instead because the interface made a 'mistake'. People would

> be up in arms!

Sounds like my Nexus' back/menu/home keys...

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melt

I couldn't see anything in the site FAQ that said The Register needs to have an editorial preference towards one type of smartphone?

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And they're off! Day one at the solar races

melt
Happy

That '.....feeeeeeeeeEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee.....' sound wasn't an electric car overhead.

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Appro notches up another Los Alamos super deal

melt

Ah, spaghetti. How times haven't changed :)

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Obama+world pays tribute to Steve Jobs

melt

*golf clap*

did you think that one up all by yourself?

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Hunt for long-lost Apollo 10 moon lander adrift in space

melt

Security by obscurity is false protection :)

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Google plan to kill Javascript with Dart, fight off Apple

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Pint

There are not "at least 20 different frameworks for Javascript". There is One, and it is called "jquery".

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Virgin Media finally offers network options on SuperHub

melt
Devil

stop

I've had a load of problems with mine, and i've just about managed to make it stable by turning everything other than the basic NAT off (stateful firewall and wireless spring to mind) and hooking up an AP to a network port.

I don't want to be another post-beta tester; is there any way to stop VM from pushing this latest update?

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Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter

melt

str_to_lulz()

Does it also cover 'p3t3r'?

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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

melt
Windows

That's great

Let me know when you can have custom POIs again.

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UCAS website collapses - on results day

melt

Re: 8olloux

I think if the internet connection between you and "duh internet" was down, you'd have problems accessing UCAS's normal website as well...

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melt
Angel

cloud

Need to serve simple database content to very bursty levels of users? Sorry for the buzzword, but this should've been a prime candidate for hosting "in the cloud".

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Museum gets free NFC phone-tap exhibit cards from Nokia

melt

QR

I recently went to an exhibition put on the the University of Sheffield's engineering department.

Each exhibit's card had a QR code in the corner that took you to a web page with video and further URLs to departments or companies involved, journals talking about the work etc.

It was quite useful, and more relevantly, it was open to any smartphone with a camera and probably didn't cost much to do.

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

melt
Facepalm

bah

Such a shame; the BBC's coverage over the last two years at least has been absolutely fantastic.

It's going to be very difficult to keep that going. I'm certain that Sky Sports won't be able to generate the same feeling.

I'll be watching on BBC, and I guess i'll have to find a motorsports-friendly pub somewhere that my friends and I can adopt on Sky-only weekends.

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So what can't you do with VMware's VSA?

melt
Happy

Yes.

Yes, here you have it.

To me, as someone who has used a lot of NFS on NetAPPs as the store for VMs, this announcement from VMware was quite clear.

The product doesn't quite stack up against other NFSy solutions, but the intent was clear enough.

Store the VMs on here instead of faffing with local (on-vmhost) storage or iSCSI; let the VMs keep believing that they are real machines that keep all their own data on their own virtual hard drive. Fantastic for virtualising entire Functional Test environments at once.

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