Feeds

* Posts by Sorry that handle is already taken.

1248 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Page:

Marty McFly wannabes face disappointment with the Hendo Hoverboard

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Earthquake Proofing?

The idea is that when there's a whole lot of shaking going on, a building can levitate a few inches and escape a quake's shakes

Are they forgetting that earthquakes shake up and down as well as side to side?

So you've levitated your building a few inches off the ground, and then a vertical wave comes along and slams the surface of the earth into the underside of your levitated building. It may be overly simplistic but it seems to me that this would be far more destructive to the building than having it perched atop a damper, or even leaving it sitting directly on a solid foundation. A bit like the difference between being pushed and being punched with the same expenditure of energy, I would imagine.

0
0

Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Oil heat exchangers

My modern car with its fancy tech gets its engine coolant up to operating temperature within about a kilometre, and no more than two in the dead of winter. The oil takes 5-10km to achieve the same. You'd expect getting every part and fluid up to optimum or operating temperature as soon as possible (within reason) to be beneficial for both efficiency and longevity.

Some high performance cars even come with recommendations not to drive them too hard until the oil is up to temperature, and rightly so.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge
Windows

Interesting cars

The article says that cars are a good way to meet people. I've spent time around car clubs and the only thing anyone has in common is their ownership of a particular car. My experience otherwise hasn't been amazing, but they were "modified car" clubs so that's probably the reason.

I drive an unmodified, current model mid-range Japanese sports car that I didn't think was amazingly interesting and people come up and tell me they like it in car parks, but neither ask nor say anything further. I wish they'd stop.

3
0

Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: special place in Hell reserved for this guy - NOT!

Burmese is a short-hair breed. The cat in the video looks like a Balinese, which probably would behave much like a Siamese since it's just a long-hair mutation of that breed.

I've found Burmese to be gregarious and sociable to the point of being absolutely atypical of what non-cat people seem to think cats are like.

0
0

iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Swimming against the tide

Laptops? It's an iMac!

1
0

Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Curious

And there we go, the official specs have been announced and it's a fairly standard 2048x1536.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: @AC I suspect Google will fail

Blimey! It was just an observation that margin alone != profit.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: @AC I suspect Google will fail

Margin's all well and good, but you still need to shift units!

4
6
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Intel CPU

An Intel CPU with an Nvidia GPU?

A lot of these rumoured features and specifications are pretty suspect. I suppose we'll see soon enough.

1
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Curious

A screen dimension of 2048x1440 pixels is very strange.

1
0

Apple's new 'iPad Air 2' sliced open, revealing (possible) A8X core

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: I suspect

I suspect the event will be to announce a new Mac Mini, or even a new design of iMac - neither of which have really changed for several years.

That would certainly explain "it's been far too long". Because another ipad doesn't.

2
0

Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Almost did to me...

In neighbouring Sweden, there were a couple of deaths from mixing vodka and RB.

That's not correct. Some people, who died, were thought to have consumed vodka mixed with Red Bull some time beforehand. Meanwhile, a causal link between the events wasn't established, and the drink remains on sale in Sweden.

That was 13 years ago. If it was truly a danger, given the sheer amount of the stuff that has been consumed since then, we'd know by now.

1
0

ePassport to Transnistria: NEXTIFYING the Nation State with BONG

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Hibernetic

Is that like when Arnold Schwarzenegger sleeps?

0
0

Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: What's weird is...

Considering what's inside them and where MS has positioned them in the market I don't think the price is unreasonable. That said, I'm not paying that much for one either.

This article however has me cautiously optimistic of the Pro 3's price coming down, if they really are still having trouble shifting them. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one.

1
0

Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Congratulations to the protesters

I would like to echo your sentiment, however when protests turn violent it is not always at the instigation of the protestors.

18
1

Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: I don't get it

How do you know not mentioning PCIe drives means there's an "anti-PCIe bias"? And why would The Register have an "anti-PCIe bias" in the first place?

If I had to guess the reason, it's because high-end PCIe drives aren't significantly faster than high-end SATA drives in real-world applications, and generally cost a lot more.

6
0

Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge
Coat

Combining the best parts of Windows 7 and Windows 8

So, it's a relaunch of Windows 7 then?

8
0

What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge
Meh

Re: sigh

Well I guess the moral of that story is "don't ask questions".

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: sigh

Out of interest, what do you intend to do with 240Hz?

1
4
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Well

That's it for thunderbolt then.

1
1

SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

I imagine they might have tested it upside-down on Earth...

If it works at ±1G, it probably works at 0G!

0
0

Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge
Joke

Re: buy physical gold, bitchez...

Buy bitcoins!

0
0

Moto 360 wristputer batt boob, elderly internals revealed in teardown

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Is it just me?

Blimey, the PCB layout team earned its money.

4
0

Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Bah humbug

And just last week 4 inches and 326 pixels/inch was perfect.

4
0

Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Shitty image compression you are using there...

I remember when you could get cheap digital cameras that used nearest neighbour sampling if you set their output size to less than the native resolution. I've a feeling you still can, though.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Homer's car

In his defence, I'm not sure he had much time for designing cars between writing the Iliad and the Odyssey

5
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Zagato

Is there a car Zagato hasn't ruined?

0
0

Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Feature, not bug...

The "old" image search now offers no link to the image itself, only the page that google thinks the image is on.

While the "current" google image search has a nightmarish interface, at least it works...

1
0

NBN predicts a million premises next year

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Not all of the rest of Canberra gets to choose TransACT.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Major failure

Please tell me you're not misinterpreting those average consumption figures.

0
0

Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: But in the end you can modify PDF's...

I cannot believe they didn't do that

I can!

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

And the same AFP that seriously botched the Colin Winchester murder case

Whether or not David Eastman is guilty, his conviction has just been quashed, 19 years later, as a result of the ridiculous way the investigation and prosecution were handled.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

“one phone number and an address could, under certain circumstances, be accessed”

I absolutely love police-speak. "Under certain circumstances" speak translates to "the select text tool".

I remember when the FIA made the same mistake a few years back, accidentally publishing the salaries of some key engineers in F1 during their investigation of some "spying." That was funny though, it's a lot more scary when the AFP does it.

8
0

NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Yes.

A spherical pirated TV show in a vacuum? (This is Australia.)

We have a privately operated FTTN network covering parts of Canberra, using VDSL2. It reaches 100 Mb/s down and 60 Mb/s up for subscribers who live inside the "supernode" cabinets. They market it as a 60Mb/s service*, which works out to a radius of about 500 m on good quality copper. Which will deteriorate.

The problem with FTTN is the same as that of ADSL2+. Your connection speed is already chosen for you, and you'll pay the same whether you're getting 100, 50 or 25 Mb/s. One side of politics disagrees with this continuing inequity.

* So we have a curious situation in which, unlike ADSL2+ for which the maximum speed is advertised, some VDSL2 subscribers will get much higher speeds than those advertised. They quote "up to 60Mb/s" for the upload speed too, when asked, but at 500 m this is about 10Mb/s.

1
0

The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

That could also be an issue!

3
0

Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

a team led by University of Michigan computer scientist Alex Halderman has found that traffic signals and their controllers can be hijacked in minutes.

This needs to be qualified by a statement that they've taken over a particular system used in a particular location. As it's written it implies that what they've done can be used on any traffic signal site, anywhere in the world. There are many different traffic signal control systems used the world over. While they are all potentially just as insecure, the outcomes of this exercise are relevant only to the system that was tested.

7
7

'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge
Coat

Torque

570 nanomoles?!

1
0

Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: GIF's?

Who is posting GIF's in this day and age?

All of the soccer GIFs I've seen are of international level players falling over like they're made of porcelain and throwing tantrums. It's really quite hilarious to see how undignified an overpaid adult human can be.

And that's understandably embarrassing for the sport. They could stamp it out... or I guess they could do this.

7
0

Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Fluffy Bunny

You mean we don't need an expensive light rail line to duplicate an existing bus corridor, or an expensive small stadium with no parking to duplicate an existing one?

Bah!

We definitely needed that $800k giant fibreglass penisowl though. Melbourne already had one.

0
0

Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Uber banned in Berlin

Is that Berlin the city vs Berlin the seat of national government?

Awkward situation to be in.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Rent Seekers

If I were a taxi driver, owing hundreds of thousands of dollars for my taxi licence (or paying most of my earnings to a licence/vehicle owner), competing against people who paid nothing for the same privilege, I'd be pretty upset too.

But markets change, while incumbents resist in vain. It was ever thus.

The idea that ridesharing services allows users to give feedback on drivers (and, presumably, vice versa?) appeals to me. Traditional taxi services are a bit of a joke by comparison.

Anyway, bring on the fleets of self-driving cars for hire.

0
0
Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Germany

I like your list, a lot (not all) of what's in it seems eminently sensible.

From the outside (i.e. massive generalisations ahead), I think I prefer the way the Germans do it to, say, the way the Americans do it.

In Germany (and Japan, and many other countries) they seem to have a much better understanding of where minor "personal liberties" should be reasonably expected to make way the public good. In the USA every little regulation seems to be seen as a personal violation/communism/both, no matter how insignificant.

4
1

The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

At what temperature and pressure does an engineer sublimate? (or melt, for that matter?)

I'd have thought they just pyrolyse.

0
0

On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Am I missing something here

The RAID1 is presumably reading as if it's a striped set, but writes are still mirrored. I seem to remember that this is how a number of RAID controllers work.

This makes sense in my mind, but I'm not sure whether there are any particular data security implications of doing so.

0
0

Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Joke, right...?

The combination of Apple and Samsung in one item.

So, most iDevices then?

1
0

PEAK APPLE: One MILLION fewer iPads sold this quarter

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Invested?

I would hazard at a guess that an Apple Toy (viz iPad) will be worth more after 2 years than the equivalen Android or Surface devices in terms of % value retention.

And yet, it's still not an investment.

2
0

Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

If Labor's NBN is the most reckless

What does that make the LNP's "MTM" NBN, which may or may not cost less, may or may not take less time to build, and then once it's done requires upgrade and/or rebuilding anyway if it's to match the original plan for speed and versatility?

I wonder what Turnbull's mates might have said about the Snowy Mountains Scheme, had they been asked to audit that?

8
2

Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: If they are looking for intelligent life,

Maybe you guys can use it to beam a clue into our government?

0
0

Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: "Lack of hit games"

That would probably help too, at least in the short term, but I would argue that relying on the repeated rehashing of a relatively small number of franchises is a large part of the problem. Who asked for another Mario Kart?

0
0

Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

Sorry that handle is already taken.
Silver badge

Re: Aaargh 2.0

Did the "2.0" come from NASA?

2
0

Page: