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178 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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SPACE RACE auction: $130k raised for spacesuits, Apollo 11 kit

PhilW

Ideally all of these items should be displayed in a museum as a group and not sold to individuals.

This was the most significant event in human history (in my opinion) and in the centuries to come people will be staggered that a proper record wasn't assembled.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

PhilW

I saw demos of a curved HD TV and a 65" flat 4K TV yesterday.

The curved screen had no merit but the 4K flat screen almost made me sign a credit agreement there and then. Like DVD to Blu-Ray x 2. And it was only running a fairly mediocre downloaded shop demo too! Seriously effective tech.

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Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

PhilW

"What's that Skip? ... Sarah Connor is trapped inside a mental asylum and I have to send you back in time to free her? ... STREWTH!"

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

PhilW

Just buy an AV amp and 5 speakers from a leading highstreet discount retailer of HiFi equipment (you'll be ever the richer thereafter) and do the job (semi) properly for FAR less money.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

PhilW

I've had great difficulty finding more than a handful of worthy dx11 games so this news is somewhat academic!

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

PhilW

Echelon?

What amazes me about this whole Snowden revelation scenario is that it's been presumed for decades that the US has been routinely data gathering covertly so why is Prism etc a surprise to anyone. Just do a Google search for the Echelon project. Echelon was a reference to a supposed system that allegedly did exactly what Prism has been proven to do but for many years before. It was a badly kept secret (or deliberate leak) that Echelon existed and that many USA partners (the UK in particular) were cooperating with its operation. I've presumed for at least 15 years that every phone call and digital communication was being processed by the Echelon system, it just turns out to be called Prism these days.

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

PhilW

Is this why woman all appear to lust after Sarah Jessica Parker?

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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

PhilW

Didn't the so called God gift humanity before?

Some kind of apple wasn't it?

How did that turn out again?

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

PhilW

Re: 2K intermediate

I'd rather like to see the various video clips that I've recently recorded using the 4K video recording mode of my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 thank you very much. Now who's the idiot?

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

PhilW

End of the sensible world ...

Lets see you edit and transcode HD video with any degree of success outside of a PC environment.

DX11 PC games continue to exceed the graphical quality of event he latest consoles.

Windows is required for Photoshop.

Try running a full on music production app (eg REASON) on a tablet. Yeah, right.

PCs continue to be the real deal. Everything else is a compromise or conformance to lesser requirements.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

PhilW

For all you people who clearly would have been happy to remain with VHS and mono sound then I respectfully wave and inwardly sigh but also announce that I want a 4K (preferably 8K) display and an associated disc player and I'm more than happy to pay the price. I want to see films as they were intended, at film resolution!

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

PhilW

I know a modified SHADO Mobile when I see one!

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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

PhilW

I'd check for unexpected Sandra Bullocks in the airlock area ...

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

PhilW

If it's under human control then it's a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) not a robot.

I had the same issue with the BBC TV series 'ROV Wars' ...

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

PhilW

Re: Title is too long.

Nah ... Superman or Lex Luther always notice eventually.

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Space tourist Dennis Tito begs US to BANKROLL HIS manned Mars flyby

PhilW

Even as a life long devotee of manned spaceflight who spent a Saturday in 1969 watching a BBC transmission of Apollo 11's Saturn V on the pad and one of who's first books was 'The Observer Book of Manned Spaceflight' (still got it - 50p) and who has a variety of NASA provided signed photos of astronauts and will talk the hind wheels off a Zabriskan Fontema about the subject I have to nonetheless state that this idea is LUDICROUS!

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

PhilW

Nothing to challenge a Note 3 I'm pleased to report. I'm still loving my 4K video mode thanks.

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Flying 360° panoramic camera poised for lift-off

PhilW

Re: Ha, ha.

Truly I deserved that ... dammit. :-)

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PhilW

Hmmm ... you are expected to throw it aloft but if it hits the ground it might/probably-will break ...

Nice.

(Still want one though)

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

PhilW

Re: Cassini Lensmen?

My thought' exactly!

Gharlane of Eddore would be a satisfactory explanation for Simon Cowell of course ...

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Oz Army red-faced after ready ... aim ... FIRE burns suburbs

PhilW

B-Ark ...

“Since we decided a few weeks ago to adopt the leaf as legal tender, we have, of course, all become immensely rich.

"But we have also," continued the management consultant, "run into a small inflation problem on account of the high level of leaf availability, which means that, I gather, the current going rate has something like three deciduous forests buying on ship's peanut."

"So in order to obviate this problem," he continued, "and effectively revalue the leaf, we are about to embark on a massive defoliation campaign, and...er, burn down all the forests. I think you'll all agree that's a sensible move under the circumstances.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Restaurant)

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Amateur image-wrangler reveals stitched snap of Saturn's splendour

PhilW

That's very clearly a mexican riding a bicycle!

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

PhilW

It's very fast, runs at that speed for 3+ days on one charge, looks beautiful in my and everyone else who has seen it's opinion and you don't have one ...

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PhilW

Re: The sad thing is..

The Note-3 has a very useful and totally configurable notification light. I've missed the one on my Nokia N900 until last week when my Note-3 arrived. My Note-1 didn't have a light.

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PhilW

If you want one now I have an example that also includes a handy s-pen, 4K video and the words 'Samsung' and 'Note-3' written on it.

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Samsung DENIES benchmark CHEATING, despite evidence

PhilW

Re: as a geek

As someone who owns a Note-3 (32Gb) I can promise that you won't be disappointed.

Despite the test 'cheating' it's still VERY quick.

The 4K video is worth the price of entry alone!

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

PhilW

Finally the ISS has generated a useful product!

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PhilW

Re: Beware of reapers ...

Indeed I do.

I've clearly been playing too much Mass Effect recently and it's addled and confused my brain!

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PhilW

Beware of reapers ...

The last space-faring toy dinosaur owner of my experience ended badly whilst claiming to be 'a leaf on the wind'. A cautionary tale ...

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E-book him! Entire Judge Dredd back catalogue gets iDevice treatment

PhilW

Android eh?

I'm a speciality on Androids because I'm one and my 'brother' is one ...

That's because 'I am the Lore'.

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

PhilW

Re: Old who

Unlikely as the reason for tape recycling was reusage due to cost!

Correct me if I'm wrong.

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PhilW

Re: Big earner

"we have a tradition of good TV sci-if" ...

OK, let's make a list:

Quatermass.

Stingray/Thunderbirds/Captain Scarlet/UFO (presuming by 'us' you mean Britain).

About 3 episodes of 'The Tomorrow People'.

The Flipside of Dominick Hide.

VERY early Dr Who (Hartnell era, some later but very rare after that).

A couple of Star-Cops episodes.

Cold Lazarus.

Some of the Hitch-Hiker's Guide.

ermmm ...

I'm specifically excluding:

Blake's bloody 7.

(and everything else).

The British are as likely to win the world cup as make a decent stab at a science fiction story on TV!

Whereas the Americans know exactly how to do it and make us look VERY stupid.

99% of Dr Who (badly written childish fantasy)

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

PhilW

Re: "Oatmeal Beige," and "Rose Gold"

They're trying to appeal to the women who's wrist it's too big to fit on ...

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

PhilW

Re: My heart bleeds

Excuse me for not feeling sorry for an insensitive fool like you. The evolution gives brain cells and the lack of education gets in the way.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

PhilW
Mushroom

Re: Seems Irrelevant

I want 4K video and I ditest MP3.

Next.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

PhilW

Re: It's not what you see that counts

My favourite is gold plated TOS (optical) connectors.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

PhilW
Mushroom

That'll be 'alleged' psychic.

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

PhilW
FAIL

Tedium.

I made the mistake of enrolling on a Computer Studies degree course at LJMU in 1989 having spent the previous few years mixing a love of microcomputer basic/assembler with some formal Pascal (Open Uni). I chose Computer Studies because I loved programming and wasn't (at the time) overly fond of anything that stank of teamwork (that's changed). Imagine my utter horror when the 3 year (plus one year industrial training) course turned out to be 40% programming and 60% business studies and bloody systems analysis! I spent as much time learning about the economics of banana production (seriously) and fucking double entry book-keeping as I did hands on with the university VAX system! As a result I lost all focus and interest by the final year and got a crap degree when I'd have possibly got a 1st if it was pure (ish) coding!

QED: Be sure that the course you sign up for is what you actually desire.

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Albert Einstein brings cheese and clean pyjamas to space station

PhilW
Facepalm

The plural of spacecraft is spacecraft, not spacecrafts ... right?

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Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

PhilW

The BBC presenter Raymond Baxter was one such pilot.

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PhilW
Mushroom

Werner Von Braun's autobiography was called 'I Aim For The Stars'.

Swiftly subtitled 'But Usually Hit London'.

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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

PhilW

PC sales crashing has more to do with factors like smartphones and tablets than a troublesome O/S.

Your average tech purchaser is going the way of those who eschewed SACD and DVD-A in favour of 96Khz mp3 because you could cram more dubious bits of noise into a small box despite the resulting headache.

I purchased a new PC 2 months ago and the vendor who built it (PCSPECIALIST) offered Windows-8 AND all flavours of Windows-7 as the O/S. Naturally we chose 7.

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Mystery Sony big-screen ereader to sport E Ink bender

PhilW
Joke

Didn't you read the article?!

It already has chips in it and is somewhat fishy ...

I'll get my coat.

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NASA on alert: International Space Station springs a leak

PhilW
Alert

"Baikonur, we've had a problem."

There. Fixed it.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

PhilW

Nah ... the Osprey is a twin prop tilting fixed wing. It doesn't melt anything except on the unfortunate occasions when one plummets from the sky. You're thinking of the F35.

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PhilW
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It only took the US Airforce / Army AirCorps 20 odd years to get a safe Osprey tilt-rotor after billions of $ investment. I'm sure a cheap flying car will be just fine then ...

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

PhilW
Coat

Or you could let someone else do the heavy lifting and like me use watches radio-controlled by the caesium clocks in Rugby and Frankfurt. Not anywhere near as accurate but significantly more accessible.

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AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware

PhilW
Thumb Down

As soon as I see the word 'family' I think rubbish product.

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

PhilW
WTF?

'New' and 'Exciting' and 'Delighted' ...

I'm increasingly convinced that all managerial bullshit output is generated by the same computer program.

It's always 'exciting' (when it's clearly not!) and a delight.

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

PhilW
WTF?

Vidiots?!

Please stop insulting me.

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