469 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Re: "that’s a serious amount of money"
I got the Lacie one last week for my imac 27.
I copied the OS over from the 1gb HD (just the OS/user libraries, not my pictures, movies, etc).
I'm getting in the high 300s read/write. which is massively better than the HD, and about 50% quicker than the SSD on my macbook pro 15 retina.
I just put soft links into the the movies, documents, downloads directories on the SSD to my imac HD.
Though I keep my current FCPX project library on their too (so it's fast, but also so it's portable to my MBP).
It now screams along - it's like a totally new machine - FCPX was taking minutes to load, and now loads in a few seconds. Highly recommend it.
Re: "Punch & Judy"?
Scotch and Water, and Richard
"Basically, we thought if we could do an Amiga for under £200 with decent graphics there’d be a big market"
So... the defining characteristic of the Amiga was its amazing graphics.... so what is being said here ? The only way I can translate it to make sense is:
"Basically, we thought if we could do a piece of crap for under £200 with amiga like graphics but none of the rest of the good stuff, there’d be a big market"
We did it first
Parajet did this a few years ago. Exactly the same pretty much.
Easier than the old way
You still see a lot of there hanging on the walls of spanish pubs in central spain:
Basically a 2 feet long leather tube/bull condom.
You'd have to pull it's nob out the cow, slip it into the sheath instead and let it thrust its way to completion.
technology seems to have made it a bit easier.
If your business is on FCP/Motion/Compressor for example, then your compressor render farm is gonna have to be on osx too.
The real Jim Westwood
that's him behind Jimmy Saville is it ?
My second computer - after upgading from a spectrum - it really felt like a massive step.
disk drive, real colour, great keyboard, etc.
And I remember using the full 128k to digitise a few seconds of 'walk like an egyptian' and playing it back - I thought that was amazing.
I admit that on demoing this to family and friends they maintained all they could here was white noise and hiss, but it was there! It was the future!!
Re: Final Cut Pro X
spot on I think.
I spent 700 quid on FC Studio 3 (FCP7, motion, color, etc) . It was/is great, but 32 bit, not very multicore friendly, etc...
I was looking forward to the X upgrade.
Oh... so.. you want another 200 quid off me.. and there IS NO upgrade.
10 versions on (10.01-10.1) and we still don't have basic shit like motion integration (motion is awesome, and a bargain price now for anyone, but without integration into FCP timetime there is no round tripping at all for titles, etc... i
And still, clicking on things works maybe 50% of the time, the interface wanks for the world, and it takes >2 minutes to load now as it insists on loading every single fucking event I have on every hard drive i have connected (apple solution: rename/move the ones you don't want it to read..!!!!!)
But the 2 factors : multthreading speed, and editing speed (when it does work) means FCP7 is never opened anymore.
But FFS, it could have been sooooo much better. What a bunch of arrogant arseholes.
Have they learned ? Have they fuck. 10.1 forces you to have to have all your events/footage in libraries rather than just the horrible 'only in this directory' of previous versions.. .so again, forcing me to have to make massive monolythic 500gb libraries of all my previous footage. utter wankers.
ok.. so I just installed it...
is the burd supposed to disappear when you tap, then you have to wait for it to reappear to know where it is ?
after 10 minutes my best score is 2.
man that is one shit game.
Re: What does sapphire have to do with this stupid headline?
Sapphire IS transparent aluminium
Re: Nice idea...
Stubilizer stabilizes across +-45 degrees on each axis.
The best sensor stabilizing systems in the world are +-1-2 degrees tops.
it can work well in combination with a stabilized camera, but is in camera stabilization is a completely different (and pretty much useless) technology for action use.
Nothing is 'wrong' with PID controllers. Stubilizer uses them. But they are setup and configured at the factory for the Gopro camera - the user does not have to fanny around trying to set them up themselves.
Re: Good work..
As it mount to a regular GoPro mount, it's just a matter of you mounting your sticky gopro base pad via any weak link you feel is acceptable for your sport.
Rather than having to design 100 different fitments for 100 different applications, using the standard mount, leave you to sort it out.
Re: Design question
Initially - no, sorry.
It may be possible in the future, but for now it's very much for dry action sport use only.
You may get away with using it in light rain, etc - but it is not designed to be splash proof, water resistant or water proof initially.
It's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pentagon_Wars all over again thought isn't ?
What problem is this thing trying to solve ?
make em cheap, and who care if they are shot down sometimes for fucksake - you just send in more of the buggers - surely the main benefit of not having a water bag in there!
Christ by the time this is active visual technology will probably be good enough that the fact it can't be detected on radar will be about as relevant as Prince.
utter fecking mince.
George Zimmerman must be beating them off with a stick (sic)
Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again
"The biggest joke is FPS games with their quick-save keys. What that really comes down to is a manual god mode. You can't lose, your death is inconsequential. Developers need to stop handing players such things that the players incorrectly think they want."
so what ?
I was under the impression playing games was something you do for fun.
If I happen to enjoy saving all the time and using that as a way of progressing what the hell harm is it doing anyone else ?
I cannot stand games that make me replay anything - it is an immediate turn off. I don't want to be 'educated' about why I should 'get better' or put up with it - it ain't the olympics - we all don't need to play games the same way for some sort of 'global fairness' FFS.
HL was one of my favourite games. If I couldn't have saved games and tried again and again to get more health, etc I'd have never bought the game after the demo.
"Lost in the bowels of his website:"
It conforms to my 'mentalists put it all on one page' theory.
You see it on quack websites claiming the latest diet with bogus references (e.g. GM diet which was NEVER done by GM), conspiracy theorists like David Ike's (who sadly has went more commercial and regular in his website design now), people complaining about a company for some reason (which reading confirms is that basically they didn't know how to treat someone who is clearly mental), etc
It's weird how they all conform to the 'I NEED to stuff everything on one single massive page' web design.
But it does mean, when I'm looking for info on something it's a great way of immediately realising what I'm looking at is the work of a mentalist, so saves time.,
There's been a samsung experience section in both the heathrow t5 dixon stores at least for the last 4 months or so.
Re: fish museum - @ukgnome
they should have called it 'The Fish Museum'. sounds much better.
Re: Surely it can be changed ?
>I agree that he doesn't seem to have a very good idea of how to run Bletchley Park. However, his bio >actually says the complete opposite to what you say - he's ex-Signals, working in intelligence and >signals, which is a direct descendant of the wartime work of Bletchley Park. He's also, since he left >the Army, worked in battlefield history and tours, so he also apparently has an interest in history and >communicating it to others.
I know what you are saying - but being in the same sector is hardly the most important pre-req for a CEO - it's senior management experience, previous CEO experience, experience on other boards, etc.
His bio says he was an officer in the army, and then a tour guide... not someone I'd have employed to run a company.
Surely it can be changed ?
As a trust and a registered charity, the power to change this lies with the trustees does it not ?
The list is here:
It would be interesting to hear what some of them have to say about all this (El Reg....)
The CEO should only be implementing their wishes. So, Standen being an arsehole* aside, what he is doing is surely what the trustees have asked him to do.
*how did he get to CEO ? Even his bio on the site seems to suggest he was in the army, then here - totally unqualified for a role like this.
Is there ANY scientific evidence for any of this ? Or is it basically an extension of chiropractics generally (and therefore utter quack mince).
And evidence = triple blind scientifically peer reviewed trials.
NOT 'i did this and it worked'
Well, one way to handle direct video link would be to leave that old school analogue.
a 5.8ghz 600mw transmitter with a helical antenna facing directly down should be good for over 20 miles range straight down at least. And they only cost about 50 quid.
20 quid receiver (use another helical here for even great range or a cloverleaf) and a screen and you can watch in real time.
Re: Weighty matters
You might wanna look at 'fag' batteries Lester.
these newish small lipos are readily available now as they are used in the vapor fag things.
tons of different sizes, but for example a 14500 is AA sized. It can come with short circuit protection circuitry built in and has a capacity of around 800mah.
And since it's at 3.7v nominal will typically power arduino stuff, etc without the need for a booster. However even if you still use a booster - you get a lot more capacity that ultimate lithiums.
The other benefit is, being AA sized you can stick em in a regular AA battery holder - pair em up, etc.
it's still cool
I reckon there is an international media conspiracy to keep El Reg's fame out of the other press... probably by the lizard people.
it's the only explanation.
Re: So easy to make....
Yeh, I ordered one when they came oot, then had second thoughts about the construction involved.
In the end, I cancelled and got a Flashforge makebot clone - 2 extruders all built and ready to go with 2kg of filament for 730 quid.
And I've not looked back since - it's been enough of a learning curve learning to use the printer, learning to model in 3d, etc, etc so I'm really glad I've spent my time on that, rather than trying to put the thing together in the first place.
My main achievement so far has been almost filling a box now with 3d printing crap that didn't work - but it has all been my fault in design - not the printer which has been rock solid reliable, and that is using dual extrusion a lot too (with dissolving HIPS filament as support).
I've been learning SolidWorks for the past month with an eval version and it's fecking amazing building a really complex inventions and then a few hours later holding it in your hands.... god knows what I'm gonna do with my eval runs out.
You're right - it's not for printing out clothes pegs, but for prototyping stuff it is awesome.
I'm using mine for my new invention/product:
Re: "it needed to be sufficiently innocuous for in-flight use"
yeh I just watched that last night...
it's 'how stupid people think clever people think' tv isn't it.
the remote detonation thought no mobile signal... the LED countdown, the off switch...
you sort of wonder how the folk writing the script for this kind of stuff have grown to adult size, without natural selection mowing them down crossing a road, sticking their fingers in a power socket or falling off a cliff ('oh...THATs what gravity does).
I seen to remember the last series not being quite as fuckwitted, but I might just be a year more grumpy.
Anyone who gets laser surgery for the usual reason (so they don't need to wear glasses or contact lenses) is an utter fuckwit imho.
You have one set of eyes.
I've wore contacts every day since I was 14. They take 10 seconds to put in in the morning.
Also of note, is that the 'success rate' of laser surgery is utter bollocks. they count success generally as 'an improvement in eyesight). note: not the CORRECTION of eye sight to at least the norm 20:20.
I have around 20:10 eyesight when wearing contacts. (i.e. better than 20:20).
My contacts are -2.75 diopters.
If the surgery reduced this to -1 diopter it would be deemed successful.
how they get away with that is beyond me.
Even if they corrected it to 20:20 they'd have made my eyesight worse than it was - but hey - they 'improved it from what it was, uncorrected, so it's a 'success'.
Don't believe me - walk into eye express or 'fuckyoureyesup.com' and ask them for their details success rate stats with breakdown by complications, what counts as success, etc, etc and see how far you get.
When I go into hospital for an operation these facts and stats are readily available.
In the laser eye burning field, they ain't.
utter fucking madness.
I host my business on there too - I know I'm mental.
I spent the weekend wondering WTF was happening - I'd edit my website -adding new images, CSS pages, etc and it would look great for about an hour.. then I'd go back and check it and all the images had disappeared... checking the source - they no longer existed on the server.
I thought I'd done something wrong - spend another hour updating everything - same thing.
After the 3rd time this happened I gave up and decided to wait till monday to call support.
At no point did any part of the control panel tell me 'hey - all our systems are f&cked - best not waste your time making updates just now'.
Oh ... and don't get me started on the other quality decision I made - to use their built in website designer... I was taken in by the simplicity. I managed to put the whole site together in a few hours.
Until I realised cutting and pasting txt doesn't pick up the right fonts, there is no spell checking, etc.. so the only way of checking it all is now to copy and paste everything into an editor, and then when you find something to change - manually working through the changes on the website editor.
Also - no undo - so screw something up and yer f$cked.
No export html... and they html it creates is of course, utter crap.
sigh. u get what you pay for I suppose.
If anyone can recommend a friendly online editor plugin supported by fasthosts (im on linux just now) with themes, etc so I can use it quickly, then please do - I'd much rather be using open source stuff on my server than their in house mince.
weird design decision
can anyone shed light on why they'd design the LED to be programmable like that ?
I mean, sure the basic way you'd engineer a power LED, is to connect it in line with the power (in this case to the webcam). webcam gets power, led on. job done.
why on earth would you both to design electronics to make the two independent of each other UNLESS you wanted to be able to do such a thing ?
it's out - and fuck me!!!
Has to be done... custom config - up specced to the max...
12 core, 64gb memory, yada yada...
3 guesses how much the top config is ?
holy mother of god.
"One notable thing missing from the connectors on this new model is DisplayPort or its Apple equivalent. That means any displays over standard 1080HD will need a Thunderbolt adaptor of some kind to run it"
thunderbolt in compatible with displayport. you just plug it in surely ?
As you point out, there's only the 2.5k one at present, but that is higher than 1080HD and plugs in via the displayport/thunderbolt just fine.
I imagine the limit of 3 displays is due to the displayport bandwidth shared across thunderbolt ?
" With all that power, you’ll be able to do things like seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background — and still have enough power to connect up to three high-resolution 4K displays."
er.. not with FCPX you won't - since it stops all background processing the minute you do anything in the interface... which does sort of make one wonder if the bloke who came up with that gem was still using FCP7 (which could do that fine)
Why is he not sending the spongmonkey to the moon!!!
The poor wee bastard is sitting there hoping to finally get to the place he loves.
John - you are my hero - I have the t-shirt, the toy, use it as my ring tone, and make it my purpose in life to spread the spongmonkeys to everyone I meet.
WE LIKE THE MOON!!!!
Schools and Libraries
And am I wrong to think that the one place to expect absolutely no censorship would be in places of learning, like schools and libraries - exactly the sort of place that should be encouraging people ( who may not get a chance otherwise) to find out about stuff that their government deems should be censored.
And yet, that was the first thing to be censored.
All they are doing now is closing the last remaining doors.
Say what you like about America (I do usually...) but if a senator tried this shit over there, they'd be branded a communist freedom destroying pinko in a heartbeat.
where's my 'theresa may' filter ?
there is the true evil I'd want to protect my kids from.
Probably the fx-451 (he says holding one in his hand [the one I had for school work, some 30-odd years ago]).
yup, I've got mine still too! and it still works fine.
Which reminds me of the various early 80s scanned argos catalogues...
As a tween, many an hour spent reading through an argos catalogue marking things I'd buy if I was a millionaire.
I had one rich kid friend who had a bigtrak.
back then we still had a black and white tv. I don't think I had any electrical toys - so I remember it really being space age.
We finally got a colour tv in about 1982. I remember we occasionally hire a VCR and a movie or once, even an atari console for the weekend which was pretty special.
It's easy to forget how much more dispostable income people have generally these days. I think it's taken the 'awesome' out of xmas for kids a bit - seeing the £1000+ amount of crap my neices get these days for example.
Saying that, of course I'm still using xmas as an opportunity to induldge myself in buying as much uncessary expensive gadgety tat that I can possibly get away with.... it's what christmas is all about :-0
yup, plays everything you can throw at it format wise (xbmc). Plus you get all the xbmc plugins to get access to the more seedy side of the net like ice films if that is your bag.
and netflix, etc all works fine too.
More like a list you'd see in 'stuff' that....
here's my techie xmas list:
- 3d printer (e.g. FlashForge Replicator 2)
- electric self balancing unicycle (e.g. airwheel X3)
- android tv stick (e.g. mk808)
- FPV micro quadcopter (e.g. Hubsan H107D)
- fully programmable HUD display (e.g. MOD Jet)
(disclaimer - I may have actually already bought all these already since Santa told me to FO and be happy with my orange and hoop & stick)
Re: What would eBay know about it?
"They don't post anything to anyone, that's kind of the entire basis of their business."
unfortunately it's becoming Amazons too... they have now opened the doors to any seller under the sun.. you have no way of knowing whether they are even UK based, no way of filtering non- UK sellers, etc.
Also nothing in the listings from these chinese (99% of em) sellers saying folk will get stung for import duty.
I'm surprised they've got away with it for a year or so now.
It's made trying to order from Amazon a right pain in the arse - it's easier to filter on ebay, and I get the same chinese sellers, so why go through Amazon.
"@Stu, you need to read up on partial pressure. The partial pressure of CO2 that will kill you is not high enough for CO2 to freeze at that temperature. Here's CO2's phase diagram:-
damn! another evil plan to kill james bond in a long and drawn out pointless way foiled.
then again, as Stewart Lee said 'you can prove anything with Facts'
So... if I was in an enclosed box down there, I could breath the air continuously for much longer, what with the accumulating CO2 freezing into a solid (and falling on the ground I assume).
Something to bear in mind... should you ever be kidnapped and placed in an air tight box there.
just my handy tip for the day.
Re: 3d printers are the mutts
jeez, thats jsut an example. I didn't buy it to print out things that exist...
I bought it to print out a whole load of prototypes for other designs I'm working on.
At around £30 for a part to be printed by a 3rd party, vs 3p to do it myself, I only need to print about 20 prototypes to have reached my ROI.
And no decade wait required.
3d printers are the mutts
Got one at the weekend there - it really is quite special seeing a part sort of appear in front of your face:
I'd been in the 'meh' camp with 3d printers till now, but once you get one, you find there are so many projects you can use it for.
Re: A casual Observation
yup, our one sat next to Currys (same owners). This year it got merged into Currys, and pcworld is no more.
Windows 8.1 - you shouldn't have
no really, you shouldn't have....
what poor bastard is going to open his exciting gift wrapped present this xmas morning to find a windows 8.1 DVD.
If he manages to look pleased and thank his gift giver he deserves an oscar.
Hydro in scotland
"Some while back I did wonder whether lifting up big weights is a useful energy storage mechanism - for example, use solar/wind while its there to lift a bloody great bit block of concrete, then use the potential energy during the night. But the weight you need to lift to get any decent storage is much too large to make it useful."
Several hydro powers in scotland do exactly that - Cruachan for example as covered by El Reg:
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