* Posts by PhilW

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

PhilW

As a contributer to the total I am delighted that was accomplished so rapidly.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Re: The Amiga ushered in a new age of special effects for TV

Only the Vorlon supported species and ships were created using the Amiga.

all Shadow related activity was generated by the Atari ST.

This is a rubbish in-joke ...

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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

PhilW

Errrr ...

If there's a 'driver' controlling all the devices functions then this an exoskeleton/vehicle hybrid and in no way a robot.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Suffer the children ...

Back in the 60s and 70s when I was a tiddler there were 3 (eventually) channels.

That meant that all tv broadcasting to all demographics had to be on those channels. Combine that with a lack of other entertainment beyond tree houses and books and that meant that the yoof was exposed to not only programmes aimed at them but also adult themes. Likewise, programmes aimed at, how can I put this, a lesser informed demographic, were side by side with full on intellectual documentaries. As a result, children and poorly educated people had their horizons expanded because they saw programmes outside of their experience and expectations (I lump myself in with this0. That was a GOOD thing. Now that one can spend 24 hours glued to a channel aimed totally at dim fools that is not happening anymore and as a result our 'culture' (such as it is/was) is dissolving!

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Facebook prepares to STRAFE the developing world with FRICKIN' internet LASERS

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Re: The important question is...

They ARE frickin sharks ... Haven't you visited Facebook?

(plus you beat me too it)

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Only Doctor Hans Zarkhov, formerly at NASA, has provided any explanation ...

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

PhilW

Union Flag.

I object to the display of the British union flag on the grounds that it represents colonial oppression and was also used in the context of civilian death atrocities (Dresden for example) in WWII and the Boer War. It is a disgrace that it continues to be flown on public buildings.

I also object to the Stars & Stripes because of its association with the oppression of and war crimes against the Vietnamese people.

I also object to the flag of the Soviet Union (hammer & sickle) because it represents the wholesale murder of European people by Stalin.

I also object to the Chinese flag because of Tibet.

I also object to the flag of FIFA for very obvious reasons and any display of the Union Carbide logo because of the Bhopal atrocity.

Shall I go on or should the world get a life!

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

PhilW

But ...

They'd be wise to focus their attention on the inaccuracy of reviews BECAUSE of their own system first.

For example, any Blu-Ray disc of a film that has previously had multiple DVD and VHS releases will include reviews for those previous releases on its page. Even if the blu-ray is a spot on Criterion release, a 15 year old VHS review can drag its score down. Amazon has been aware of this issue for years and refuses to correct it.

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Interplanetary Internet about as useful as flying pigs says Vint Cerf

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A flying pig helped to make Roger Waters quite wealthy, so some have a use.

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

PhilW

Alan Michael Sugar Trading sold me the world's worst stereo system back in 1991.

He is the tabloid newspaper of business men. A jumped up barrow boy (literally).

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Re: Ha....

Food banks are counter-productive and a positive feedback loop.

Anyone running a food bank that supplies people genuinely in need of food because their benefits do not supply enough money to purchase that food are letting the government off the hook. If the welfare state isn't up to the job then exert political pressure to adjust it DON'T remove the symptom.

They are a positive feedback loop because if you offer free food to those in need you'll quickly notice the total number of those in need rising fast. Why make your benefit last the week when a quick adjustment is available from the local handout? Or to put it more succinctly: humans will take advantage of a good thing.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Re: Radio communications

Good buddy ...

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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F-Off Samsung!

Three days ago I had to charge my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at least twice a day.

Two days ago I replaced the battery in my 1.5 year old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and charged it.

Two days later I have not recharged the battery, have hammered the phone usage and I still have 45% charge left!

I also have a 128Gb Sandisk card in place that contains a significant percentage of my music collection encoded as flac files. The 128Gb Samsung S6 is available in the UK for £699 whereas a Note 3 plus card cost me £680 so not much in it by price but I can't swap the card and my Note 3 has an additional 32Gb of internal storage.

Both of these factors mean that I won't be touching an S6, OR the Note 5 if it has the same limitations, with a bargepole.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

PhilW

My VM connection worked perfectly all evening as it does nearly all evenings ...

I also get a fast connection (106Mbps down / 6.3Mbps up) on a 100Mbps contract and the Superhub gives me powerful WIFI.

I'm not making this up and I don't work for VM or have any financial interest in them.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

PhilW

Re: Crazy!

'Tony' Stark, staring mad in this case.

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Re: "her doll"

Yeah ... errr, am I the only heterosexual adult male who has a tiny interest in owning one of these just for the tech? Quite possibly. ;-)

Nonetheless the remote server could end up with more than just the usual 'Do I look cool in this headband Barbie?' type speech.

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Re: So....

There's a contextual difference. SIRI answers questions and doesn't engage in 'conversations' that would lead the child to reveal explicit and private personal data (mostly, not 100%) whereas the Barbie doll is primarily geared up to achieve that very thing!

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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Re: 200Gb in a MicroSd.

I'd hate to go fishing for those chips! I'd be battered!

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Re: Sounds great..

Our family Westie when I was but a boy could strip peas out of mashed potato and leave them behind with ease. It hated peas.

However ... it WAS stupid enough to assume that if given a smartie then the next smartie sized item would be another smartie. This way dog pills were administered ...

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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