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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Jonski
Boffin

Re: Cuing the obligatory audiophile discussion regarding sample rates...

But! But! But a violinist playing C8 (4186 kHz) and swaying back and forwards across the stage will be pushing that phase all over the place! That's why I always use a three-legged pinewood milking stool (imported via fairtrade and sourced secondhand from goatherding Albanian peasants, a snip at only £1799) in my anechoic room, so that I don't get antiphase reflections from the chair's back support destructively interfering with the incoming wavefront. For what antiphase I do get, I find the pinewood gives softer reflections and a warmer decoherence, allowing me to achieve that finest audio quality that Nickleback always intended to produce.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

Jonski
Mushroom

Reboot and crossover

Aliens vs. Ewoks.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

Jonski

Re: More cash than sense.

Longdrops contaminate groundwater. The problem exists, and this device is a good solution. It sterilises the waste and turns it into something useful. If nothing else, this device will slow the spread of waterborne diseases.

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Jonski

A great example of great design

Having travelled overland thru Africa for three months, visiting most places starting with "Z", and many others, all I can say is I came to really appreciate a freshly dug longdrop.

There were flush toilets (squat) with no running water that people still used, that I had to use.

There were long drops with wicker lids, writhing with maggots in the full sun.

There were outhouses that reeked of ammonia so strongly, you literally couldn't breath. Literally.

There were times we dug our own shallow holes in a farmer's field and did our business there.

In the Serengeti, you don't even go behind a bush. Lions lurk behind bushes. You do it on open ground.

I was just a visitor. I only began to understand the issues faced by the locals every day for their whole lives.

So I applaud initiatives like this. Anything that makes life better for rural Africans. Anything that "just works", requires minimal and simple maintenance, and costs very little, can only be a good thing.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

Jonski

Re: Golden ear set again

"I was inspired to build it after seeing the stack of Class A amps being used by Pink Floyd on their 'Tour 72' tour where they debuted Dark side."

Upvoted for a) getting The Floyd into an audiophilia thread and b) Just Being There, in '72. I have to content myself with watching Live At Pompeii. I was only old enough to see them in '87, but it is still the best concert I've ever attended, with RW's recent The Wall a close second.

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Boston court confirms Peeping Tom's right to upskirt

Jonski

Re: If it is illegal to 'upskirt'

There is a legal concept called "expectation of privacy". Wearing a bikini, you have little expectation of privacy. Wearing street clothes, like a skirt, you have much more. Wearing a burka you have the most.

Also, the range the photo is taken from is probably importan. You're not a peeping tom if you glance into a window from the street. If you press your nose up against it though, you probably are. Taking a photo from eye level or waist level is OK. Taking it from knee level, pointing up and at close range and you've got bigger problems than focal length.

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Jonski

Suggestions

IANAL, but it seems to me there are too many laws criminalising specifc acts that are perfectly well covered under broader laws.

Could they not have prosecuted under a public order crime law, or perhaps offensive behaviour instead? Very few people would disagree that upskirting is offensive, both to the victim, to women and to the public in general.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

Jonski

Re: Reminds of a day I had in Spain

Back in the 1950s, my mother worked as a lab tech at an animal research facility in NZ. Her colleague was pipetting bull semen when she caught an air bubble, and got a mouthful.

Rule 34 probably applies here, but this happened even before ARPANET.

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Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

Jonski
Pint

I knew I'd seen this before...

[The members of "The People's Front of Judea" are sitting in the amphitheatre. Stan has just announced that he wants to be a woman and wants to be called "Loretta," and is explaining why.]

Stan: I want to have babies.

Reg: You want to have babies?!?!

Stan: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.

Reg: But ... you can't HAVE babies!

Stan: Don't you oppress me!

Reg: I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb! Where's the foetus gonna gestate? You gonna keep it in a box?

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Jonski

Re: Still working

@ Graham Marsden: My FX-82 died that way too, until I cleaned the switch contacts with a bit of isopropyl alcohol. That worked fine for a while longer, and upon its ensuing re-death, a judicious application of emery paper to the metal contacts worked a treat.

YMMV.

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Vatican shrugs off apocalypse, fiddles with accounts dept

Jonski
FAIL

Re: as it almost always is

Sorry, tonysmith, you're mistaken. While Stalin and Mao were atheists, they didn't commit their atrocities BECAUSE of their atheism. Hitler was a Catholic. He didn't commit his atrocities because of his Catholicism, although he was aided and abetted by the Catholic church. The common denominator here is that these people were leaders of totalitarian regimes. They committed the atrocities because of this.

On the other hand, atrocities like the crusades and suicide bombing ARE committed because of religion.

Consider that none of Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Napoleon, Cortes etc. believed in pixies. Christianity does not believe in pixies. This clearly shows the moral deficiency of non-pixie religions like Christianity.

I suggest you have a read of something like http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=20th_century_atrocities to get a better understanding of what you are alleging.

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Faulty network switched closed Melbourne tunnels

Jonski
Mushroom

Re: Planning for failure

Fail yourself. If you read the article, you'll see: "The hardware failure at 4.30 am shut down the company’s safety systems, and at 5.30 am, the company decided to close the tunnels. The affected safety systems include emergency response, radio transmission systems, signage, smoke exhaust and water deluge."

Running a tunnel without safety systems like these would be gross negligence. Even if running traffic through in escorted convoy, there could be a nose-to-tail causing a fire. Without smoke exhaust and water deluge, let alone emergency response, that could be catastrophic. Need I explain it more?

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Steve Jobs' Apple-powered yacht makes belated first trip

Jonski
WTF?

Re: Further to this

Thanks, el Reg, for borking my Ascii Art!

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Jonski

Further to this

I really do wonder what he might have got if he had built his own private jet? I am starting to imagine that it could be accurately represented in ASCII Art.

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^| |^

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"Aesthetics and technology were closed books to him and, had he had his way, burnt and buried books as well." - Douglas Adams

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Jonski
FAIL

Re: Perfect embodiment of everything Apple.

Form over function, possibly. Style over substance, not so much. It would have to have style.

Even if I was a gazillionaire, this is not a boat that would remotely interest me. The only redeeming feature is the destroyer bow, a design I might incorporate into my (imaginary) mega-yacht as a nod to my RN forbears.

FWIW, Shenandoah is much more to my taste.

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Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

Jonski
Big Brother

OK I admit it, I use FB.

Although everyone loves to dump on FB, it does have its uses*. There are friends and companies I genuinely want to get updates from. There are hobbies and interests I have that I want to learn more about. FB used to be good for this.

However I now notice that I don't get all the updates from everything that I have tagged- if I go to that feed's FB page, I am starting to see that only some of their posts have made it through to me. FB is starting to lose its attraction, but what's the alternative? G+ is a ghost town as far as I'm concerned.

* And I'm aware that I am grist for the mill. I don't post anything I don't mind being in the public domain.

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Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

Jonski
Unhappy

Come back Douglas

We miss you.

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

Jonski

Ours is an essentially infinite universe

And in such a universe, it's almost certain that these entities have already arisen by chance. One may just have to look very hard to find them- I can imagine a cloud of these somewhere in interstellar or intergalactic space.

If they emit no energy, so as to not break the laws of thermodynamics*, how does one use them as a crystal? Currently crystals are used by energising them and allowing them to oscillate, but they do emit energy.

* The Laws Of Thermodynamics, to wit:

Law 1: You can't win, you can only break even.

Law 2: You can only break even at absolute zero.

Law 3: You can't reach absolute zero.

Law 0: You must play the game at all times.

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Ig Nobels 2012: Physics of ponytails, chimp arse-cognition and more

Jonski
Coat

Anatomical Ig Nobel

I sincerely hope the images presented to the chimps weren't in Smell-o-vision.

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Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer

Jonski
Megaphone

AYBABTU

The actual first broadcast was:

All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time.

(The fact of the broadcast happening has been suppressed by the Zero Wing conspiracy)

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Drilling into Amazon's tape-killing Glacier cloud archive

Jonski
Mushroom

Re: Clarfication?

99.999999999% annual data durability - in other words, in a year you should expect to lose about 1kilobyte of data for every terabyte stored, if you haven't annoyed the BOFH. (YMMV, E&OE, IANAL)

Oh, and megathrust earthquake followed by tsunami followed by diesel generator inundation followed by nuclear meltdown at more than two sites simultaneously notwithstanding.

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China's bullet trains to get face-invading cameras

Jonski
Big Brother

Re: Quite simply really

Can I expect Dazzle makeup to become de rigeur in the PRC now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage#Modern_use

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Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

Jonski
WTF?

This ruling gives carte blanche to pervert cops to oogle anybody they want, on any trumped-up charge they can think of. I can't wait to see what lawsuits are spawned from this one, and what payouts people get when the decision is finally overturned.

A spot of fishing, anybody?

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Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

Jonski
Devil

Re: Eh?

" on the basis of the evidence available, no crime had been committed "

I'm surprised I'm the first to point this out, but even when a crime *has* been committed (and there are many, many examples of this), *still* nothing gets done except move the perp to another diocese.

Catholic bashing? Nope. Immoral, hypocritical, vindictive, evil organisation bashing? You betcha.

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ANZ bid for super telescope down to the wire

Jonski
Joke

I can understand NZ...

... but Western Australia?!?

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Virtual Australia & New Zealand Initiative launches

Jonski
Facepalm

And if the 3D model is incorrect, or out of date, and you still manage to dig through your neighbour's Internet connection, who is liable? I think I can guess the answer.

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

Jonski
Joke

Re: Re: Pre-Order

"some soldering flux and capacitors... don't ask"

Did you say flux capacitor? Then I must ask! How many jiggawatts is it??

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Enterprise flash: The good, the bad and the cloudy

Jonski
Joke

Cloud Flash?

I believe the correct term is "lightning". Or is that something else?!?

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CERN: 'New physics starts now'

Jonski
Boffin

I can't begin to imagine the possibilities

Being able to manipulate mass in the way we do electricity or light- I wonder if the BOFH would feel the need to replace his magnetic pinch with a bosonic pinch? Mind you, fitting the LHC into a suitcase may be problematic.

I'm just doubtful we'll see much domestic use out of this research in our lifetimes...

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Japan, Russia in plan for elephant to birth CLONE MAMMOTH

Jonski
Go

Another resurrection request

10. Haast Eagle. (World's largest raptor ever)

11. Moa, for the eagle to eat.

On another note, once this mammoth project runs out of funds and public interest, is it possible for a species to go extinct for a second time?

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Steve Jobs had 'personal moral failures', was no role model

Jonski
FAIL

Religious tract FAIL

When someone uses their holy book to moralise, and that holy book contains genocide, gang rape, infanticide, genital mutilation and a host of other nasties and portrays this as morally just, then they can fuck off and take their god with them.

Just sayin'.

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NZ ISP piracy law kicks in

Jonski
Trollface

Guilty of bad taste, at least.

Look, if you're gonna download Rihanna or Lady Gaga you're gonna get what's coming to you.

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Blogger freaks after airport lackey fondles checked-in vibrator

Jonski
FAIL

Re: Confused

>Why is leaving a note any more of an invasion of privacy than normal "screening"?

It's not, except that we believe our own lie that our privacy is not invaded. Having a hand-written note of a sexual nature placed in your bag is not just a reminder of this lie, it is a flagrant breach of trust and etiquette.

Similarly, you can admire the cute derrière of someone walking ahead of you in the street, but if you call out and tell the owner of the aforementioned derrière what you'd like to do with it, you could be arrested for offensive behaviour.

Simple, really.

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Google report reveals YouTube takedown requests... by country

Jonski
WTF?

Ironically,

This page from El Reg is blocked at work. I have never had any other Reg page blocked here. Hmmm...

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Pumped-up radio telescope seeks new moniker

Jonski
Coat

Eddie Izzard would name it

the Fuck Off Big Array.

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Can general relativity explain the OPERA neutrino result?

Jonski
Mushroom

Science. It works, bitches.

http://xkcd.com/54/

And it works because scientists are always ready to accept they could be wrong.

Religious creotards have no appreciation of this, and any attempt made to fit their ideology to fact is inherently doomed to fail- because they can't accept that the rules they use to prove science for their purpose are the same rules that negate their purpose out of hand.

Oh, and by definition, nothing in this universe is "supernatural" and *everything* is a suitable candidate for scrutiny by the scientific method.

</rant>

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Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

Jonski
Trollface

On second thoughts...

Bring back XTree Gold.

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Jonski
Windows

Quelle surprise

"According to that data, copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files are "far and away the most heavily used features within Windows Explorer" and account for half of all commands."

It's a file manager, FFS.

In other news, getting in and out of a car, driving to destinations and carrying passengers and loads are far and away the most heavily used features of a private motor vehicle.*

*Except in certain chav locations, where the main activities are listening to crap music, standing around in crap clothes drinking crap booze and dealing crap drugs.

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Seven Dwarfs password gag declared Fringe's best

Jonski
Joke

Not a patch on Dylan Moran

Who I went to see a couple of nights ago. I ran out of air I was laughing so hard.

The jokes about would be funnier if... they were funny.

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Martian water slides caught on camera (maybe)

Jonski
Mushroom

No facehuggers?

Even so we should nuke it from orbit- it's the only way to be sure.

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Nuclear Mars tank to roam imposing crater

Jonski
Go

Please check location, NASA.

It's red, it's sandy and it's shaped like Australia...

It *IS* Australia!

PS Could also make comparisons with intelligent life, sophisticated culture, lack of water...

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Putting the Square Kilometre Array on a Cloud

Jonski
Mushroom

@AC 14:31

"God versus Evolution will never be settled while there are academics and bible bashers"

Not true. It is settled, and creationists are marginalised by anybody with a half-decent education.

"How many billions do we nee to spend to see where we came from"

So missing the point. This kind of pure research will answer some questions and throw up new ones we would never otherwise think of. Plus, there could be spinoff technology that will drive domestic technology further and one day make life at home that little bit nicer.

"about 1 person per 100,000 really gives a shit"

And the rest read News Of the World.

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Hack attack kills thousands of Aussie websites

Jonski
FAIL

Here's some Fail for you, and Fail for you, and you and you.

From another report of this mess... "I think I'm in shock ... I have lost everything .... I couldnt possibly replicate all those years of work again ... my whole lifes work is gone down the drain," wrote one.

How does someone entrust another party with their life’s work, with no copies of it themselves?

Epic, epic FAIL.

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Francis Maude goes back 110 years for cybersecurity strategy

Jonski
Big Brother

I want my Identity Assurance

And I want my Tor. And ne'er the twain shall meet.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

Jonski
Go

Citizen Of The Galaxy

Robert Heinlein.

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Australians can’t read or count

Jonski
Boffin

In other news, half of all people are below average.

Wake me when the Industry Skills Council can clearly differentiate between mean, median and average without becoming all mealy-mouthed.

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The Register and Australia-New Zealand

Jonski
Heart

More, more

See title.

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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

Jonski
FAIL

Meh

"I'm not naive. I know why men watch pornography. But I think greater availability on the internet is worrying, the way porn is seeping into the mainstream."

1) Yes she is.

2) For the same reason that women watch it?

3) It was always mainstream, just not publically admitted. Pron has been around as long as civilisation has, or longer.

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NASA dusts off X15-successor rocket hyperplanes

Jonski
WTF?

@ Mr Smith XIX

Are you referring to Ithacus? A "plug-nozzle semi-single-stage-orbit launch vehicle [used] as a 1,200 soldier intercontinental troop transport"?? I really don't feel like being smeared across the rear bulkhead of somebody's rocket-powered meatbag-thrower.

6 hours is fine. A scramjet is perfectly acceptable, thanks.

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