* Posts by PhilW

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

PhilW

Do it PROPERLY!

PLEASE just go and get some real speakers and a real amplifier.

There's a reason why speaker cabinets are quite larger, they have to enclose a driver that pushes air!!!

This dumbing down of every aspect of our lives is driving me mad. Soundbars sound CRAP.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

PhilW

Re: Why a heat shield?

Launch additional.fuel into a dockable trajectory (complete with retro booster).and use that to decelerate.

Of course if the relative trajectories are off and the docking doesn't happen then the day will end poorly ...

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

PhilW

YE GODS!!!

That's my only comment.

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Mozilla makeover to boost Tor torque, capacity

PhilW

Want to draw attention to your online activities?

Visit the tor download page and click on install!

You might as well raise a flag over your location marked 'Monitor Me'.

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

PhilW

Resolution!

It's all down to resolution.

For example, there are people crying out for a RIFT version of IL2-Battle of Stalingrad and the developers have suggested that they want to produce one; they have a dev kit 2 RIFT for testing. They also have made it very clear that at the current resolution there's no feasible way to succeed because a virtual pilot would not be able to discern another aircraft at any distance. The delay in the retail rift is probably as much about awaiting small oled displays that can handle a lot more pixels than today as it is ironing out the software. There's very little point in releasing a product if the software doesn't work properly on it and the primary use for most purchasers WILL be gaming (whether you like it or not).

Similarly the Swedish army tested a RIFT as a virtual world viewer for their tank crews and gave up because they couldn't see any targets at distance. Kind of important going forward.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

PhilW

I have every sympathy for all concerned but fatalities during the flight testing of experimental.aircraft used to be almost routine in the first few decades of powered flight. If 4 people died in a car crash because a tyre blew then it might make the local news. The glamorous nature of the vehicle is what makes this incident so prominent not the single, highly unfortunate, death.

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Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard

PhilW

Also ...

Announcing the release date of your flagship handset and then changing that date 3 times (and counting) is bound to eliminate customer confidence.

(Note 4)

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

PhilW

It's worth remembering that the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programmes were a military project (disguised as a national science project) that had almost literally unlimited resource and a federal political imperative to fully succeed on the basis of defeating a cold war enemy. This was an existential struggle. even then things occasionally went very pear-shaped! oh, and they also had Werner Von-Braun and his team.

Modern rocketry is done to the lowest cost and doesn't have a sound political commitment, that's why commerical vendors are in the game with their cheap and cheerful devices. It's not really the same game at all.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

PhilW

aka the monkey discovery theme from 2001

Most definitely apes ... that's rather important to the plot!

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

PhilW

Disc is better in nearly all respects. Streaming is just the uneducated masses being exploited well into the future. The same people who saw the future of music as mp3 (ie tone deaf).now see the future of home cinema as Netflix et al.

You get the civilisation that you deserve. Good luck to you all.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

PhilW

Sorry, I saw panicked when I read 'Fi Glover' and had to stop reading...

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

PhilW

Somebody shut those bloody vikings up!

Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam ...

Which is all I'll get if I enter!

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

PhilW

Re: Looks like...

Fuck Yeah!

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

PhilW

Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

So do I ... I have 1500 flac encoded music tracks.

This leads on to my disappointment that there is zero increase in storage within the just announced Note-4. Fail.

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

PhilW
Joke

A chicken and a cow are waiting at the side of a road.

The cow starts to cross and says to the chicken, "Are you coming?"

The chicken replies, "Well I would but people will never stop talking about it."

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

PhilW

I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed ...

Share & Enjoy!

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

PhilW

A 35mm film frame is approximately the same resolution as a 4K monitor therefore unless we adopt 4K we aren't yet seeing films/movies as they were projected in the cinema. I for one WANT to see my films as they were projected in the cinema (minus 30 minutes of godawful adverts and popcorn munching. phone using, chatting fools) and therefore, when a suitable disc player is available, I WILL be heading towards the TV shop!

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

PhilW

Likewise ...

53 plate Titanium Grey RX-8 6-speed with leather / sat-nav and other bits.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

PhilW

I'll be running my games on the fastest and most graphically capable tech available as always. Today that is my pc, by 2019 it'll still be a pc with a vr augment.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

PhilW
Black Helicopters

Hmmmm ...

Let's say that you're a small island based economy, once a great power but now a shadow of that, and your government has quite a lot of scrutiny of it's spending by the voracious local media. Now presume that you want to keep up with the military joneses and develop some 'interesting' state of the art (ish) and intentionally secret weaponry and related systems. How would you hide the spending on the secret projects ... how about a long and ridiculously predictable (suspiciously so) sequence of failed government IT projects. Your populous wouldn't bat an eyelid because it's just another failed government IT project and yet millions of pounds (ooops, giveaway there) flow freely ...

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

PhilW

What REALLY matters when using an audio reproduction system is does it engage your emotions. If it doesn't then no matter what it cost it has failed!

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PhilW

Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

Me too. Gibson R9 & MESA Mark V with MESA 2x 12 vert slant. Square waves a mundo!

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

PhilW

Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Actually, if you define television as the ability to see a moving image at a distance on a screen then there is one because the car has a rear view video option. Just sayin ...

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

PhilW

Re: A man can't even... was The contemporary King James Bible

Back in 1980 I (very briefly, we didn't get on) worked for the UK government. The toilets provided exceptionally thin and shiny toilet paper and every single sheet had the words 'Government Property' stamped on it. I kid you not.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

PhilW

Why does every marketing announcement these days and especially those of TV companies have to inevitably include the (supremely irritating) word 'thrilled'?!

It'll usually include 'excited' too.

Do they just push a button on a 'missive generator' and await the crap that spews forth?

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

PhilW

Ah, so I'm struggling to cope with the fact that modern yoof prefers dumbed down console games to the more engaging PC equivalent and now I'm told that they are finding consoles too challenging and would prefer to chase fruit on a 5 inch monitor. No class.

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Japanese finally produce a ROBOT which isn't DEAD INSIDE

PhilW

Share & Enjoy!

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

PhilW

I have a 128Gb (Sandisk gigabytes so actually not) micro-sd card in my Samsung phone that allows me to store most of my music collection in FLAC quality (some 24 bit eg The Beatles), listen via bluetooth headphones and interface with my car via bluetooth so I can play many hundreds of hours of content without interruption (in theory).

And I need an Apple watch why?

What we need are revolutionary, probably noisy, bands to enthuse a generation and get them acrtually thinking and passionate about something, not more devices to distribute badly encoded R&B garbage.

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PhilW
Facepalm

That'll be the iWatch with the foldout 6" display will it?

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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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