290 posts • joined 11 May 2007
Re: DVD-Audio ?? try VHS-HI FI...
Same thing happened to my brother back in the very early days of CD. The burglar left his spanking new Philips CD player, the Quad 44/404 combo, the Celestions with the fronts off and the very expensive linear tracking turntable, but he made off with the Binatone radio cassette player from the kitchen and his wife's fake Gucci bag.
Re: Cuing the obligatory audiophile discussion regarding sample rates...
"....being designed with 99.9% negative feedback."
Ah yes. I still remember the day I posted THAT comment!
Re: the last hardware bane of desktop hardware support
It's the old 'balance war' issue again. You invent a better foolproof device, nature responds with a better fool.
Re: Designed to sell screens
I get the impression many US homes are larger than UK houses.
True enough. Apparently 2,000 square feet is pretty average for a US house. That's around 180 sqm, which is bugger all compared to Australian houses. Our pretty average 4 bed suburban, single level mind, comes out at 268 sqm, sitting on a 1,500 sqm plot. Aussies really are not impressed by size.
Means we have 2x40 inch monitors in the study, 55s in the bedrooms and a 65 in the 'media room'.
Bloody ridiculous for two people but there you go.
Even so I can't imagine we'd find a use for a bendy telly, although with the screens getting bigger it might be useful for getting em through doors or round corners!
Re: Law in Australia
Hell, right to free speech? A few years ago when one of GWB's cronies was isiting Sydney, I discovered we don't even have the right to drive to the bloody airport! Of course, that's nowhere near the poor sod who discovered that trying to excercise your right to cross the bloody road earns you the right to receive a damn good kicking from Aussie cops.
Welcome to Australia. Free speech? We've heard of it.
@FluffyB Re: Background
Read it again. He said 'create a family', not 'make a baby'. Reproduction is not a qualifying condition for being a family.
Re: So the internet does some good
Cat videos and porn ought to be enough good for any reasonable enterprise
Re: Luxury item
I'm not 'morbidly obese' but on those occasions I buy fazt food I'll have acouple of sausages, a medium chips and a DIET coke, simply because I like the flavour and can't abide the taste of full fat coke or the abysmal Coke Zero. Should I be buying sugar drinks so I don't upset your preconceptions?
Re: And so to Shadow Square wire!
Fine as cobwebs I meant to say.
And so to Shadow Square wire!
Invisible unless the sun catches it, fine as wire and will cut through anything! Time for casualty departments to practice sewing fingers back on methinks.
Re: No screwdriver?
Well he *did* say in the article that he likes to travel carryon only. A lot of us do. A couple of days in Brissy for a business trip or a conference, you can get an overnight change in your cabin luggage no problem. It means you don't have to hang around at the carousel while your hold luggage makes its way to Singapore and you can get to the taxis before the queue builds up.
And our security monkeys can get very soggy and difficult to light if they find a screwdriver in your carryon bag, trust me, I've seen it happen.
What's the betting the feds will come up with a defence along the lines of "Well, we didn't want that many BitCoins cluttering up the place and putting temptation in our underpaid operatives' way, and there was this nice chap in Japan running a sort of secure online locker who had a storage special on that week, so we thought, you know, why not let his MtGox thingie look after it for us until after the trial, and......."
I know *I* would.
", the hottest 12-month period ever recorded was from June 2009 to May 2010."
As is always stated when someone points out the coldest winter in 30 years or the wettets summer since records began: That's weather. Weather != climate
Re: @Numptyscrub. You were lucky...
Hah! Old enough here to remember gutting a 128mb machine and getting £1400 for the two 32mb SIMMs I 'liberated'.
Now THAT's old!
Re: A non-representative sample of one.
Easy to buy the music you want, yes. But in a lossless format? Or in a version that hasn't had the dynamic range squeezed to within an inch of it's life? Until record companies can offer something that hasn't been compressed down to telephone call quality and remastered by a deaf engineer, then it's Ahoy Maties for me!
Yabbut, an audio extension cord would still need to be plugged into theheadphone socket, cutting off output to the TV speakers. Or are you saying he should always listen on phones and everyone else should learn ti lipread?
The point of a headphone socket is to give the owner the option of listening on headphones OR speakers, so putting a headphone socket somewhere inaccessible is what we in the engineering trade call 'bloody stupid', however sodding sleek the bezel looks.
You don't get hi fi buffs complaining that their Denon amps look 'so untidy' with a headphone socket on the front panel and asking for it to be moved round the back next to the speaker outlets.
And while I'm foaming at the mouth here, remember whensockets for portable kit (stuff which was only periodically run through the TV, like cameras) were on the front of the set where they could be easily plugged and removed?
re:90% just want a tv to watch programmes
Agreed, but these days who doesn't have at least one 'set top box' (have you ever SEEN an STB on top of a tv? And how would you even start getting one to balance on top of a plasma set?) to look after the actual content delivery. Many of my friends don't even have an aerial anymore. It doesn't take much topersuade people that all they need is a decent quality flat panel and a cable to their stereo (trust me, I even persuaded my 76 year old neighbour and he's happy as larry about it.
No the TV as a discrete unit is in it's death throes. Expect legislation designed to protect those TV manufacturers who can't see the writing on the wall any day now. Maybe something along the lines of 'You know what sort of people don't own a onsole TV? Terrywrists! You wouldn't want your neighbours to think you're one of those, would you?'
Re: Floppy drives
nor was the 1.2MB drive that the reviewer got in his machine ever offered by IBM
Are you sure about that? I know it was a long time ago, but I remember having an IBM PC-AT back in the day. It had a 5.25 DSDD drive at 360k plus a 5.25 DSHD drive at 1.2 Mb. It also had an EGA monitor offering a staggering 16 colours, a vast improvement on the old CGA XT. Remember how CGA offered any four colourz from a palette of not too many, and every single colourset was shitty?
Oh dear. I've just remembered the burning babies game. Wonder if it works on W7 64 bit!
On a slightly related note
Anyone notice that Tasmania's premier (or as he apparently prefers to thi k of himself 'Premier Elect') is practically wetting himself in anticipation of the talks with the logging industry to 'get our logging i dustry back on track' as he now feels that the repeal of Green Protection legislation gives him carte blanche to cut down every fucking tree in Tassie?
Australia, you voted for these bastards, so you deserve everything they have in store for you.
A resounding NO from the Aussie corner
So what 'level' do you get to be when your job consists of trying to get the poorly defined, constantly changing 'app' that the senior level sixes and sevens have sold the clueless customer to actually fucking work?
At least a 97.6 I'd have thought.
Re: This isn't doing Apple any favours
Obviously I haven't read the WHOLE Apple licensing agreement, but I always assumed that, on the death of a licensee, all Apple owned kit, including content was to be buried with the deceased to prevent it falling into the hands of terrywrists or, worse, discount resellers
How many times have I been halfway through a development project when some sales droid (sorry, relationship manager) comes back from a pissed up progress meeting with a list of new features that s/he has told the client "Oh I'm sure the boys can add those, at the same cost, inthe same timeframe, no problem. I mean it's just zeroes and ones isn't it?"
Cue the raised voices at the next review meeting when MY team is pilloried for not meetin THEIR new requirements.
Re: an excuse
Excuse me, but that's MY adopted crowded traffic clogged hecklhole you''re insulting there. I''ll have you know that it's only actual Sydneysiders who're traditionally allowed to admit what a stinky, brown sky, horribly humid rathole it really is. To the rest of the world we present a united "best city in the world" front.
As for the pissup, sorry, quiet get together, I'm happy to travel Business Class only. Please have your people arrange the ticket and limo
Re: I'm excited! No, not really!
Seriously, you don't need to be 'paid by MS' to suggest that Office (of the MicroSnot variety) would be the killer app for this to be taken up.
Regardless of how 'inferior' it might be to the many alternatives out there, the point is that MS Office accounts for the vast majority of WP/SS/presentation software packages used in business, and it's what probably 90%+ of people use at work every day, so the suggestion that it would encourage people to move to the platform is not entirely left field, is it?
@ John Lilburne RE: CD Format is crap
Actually, the CD/Red Book format is very good indeed. The bandwidth is well beyond anything anyone can hear (unless you're half bat), there's none (ok, very very little) of the harmonic distortion that makes vinyl sound 'warmer' (on that subject, why are audiophiles so keen on valve amps? Adding distortion might subjectively 'improve' the sound, but you can add it with filters instead of buying an amp where it's already built in), and the dynamic range is colossal (~100db).
The main problem with CDs, and pretty much all digital recordings, is that most are mastered with the dynamic range squeezed down to practically nothing. That is, the softest cymbal brush is compressed up to where it's as loud as the unmuted trumpet. To test this, check out any recently remastered old album against a CD from 20 years ago (or a good vinyl copy of the original release). You'll find a total lack of variation between passages - everything in the music is at the same volume, making for a very tiring listening experience.
Talk to any sound engineer and they'll tell you that the music industry isn't designed for audiophiles. Its output is intended to sound REALLY LOUD on cheap equipment, and compression of the dynamic range does that. Google 'loudness wars' if you want to get seriously depressed.
This has been going on since the introduction of the CD and the processing technology that came with them. http://www.dynamicrange.de/en/how-did-loudness-war-start has a graphic showing how dynamic range on commercial recordings has been systematically reduced in post processing since 1986
Re: Cost analysis not feasable
Cost benefit analysis wasn't done on original research. So your point is? Original research is undertaken to increase general understanding. Often, useful or even revolutionary inventions and concepts come out of that research, but the invention of WiFi, for example, was not why the CSIRO was doing astronomical research, it was a by product of that reseach (or at least of the research process and methods)
The NBN is not original research. It's the implementation of existing technology by a company (NBN Co) and its partners with the intention of making money. In that case, wouldn't it be a good idea to find out whether you can make money out of it BEFORE you start digging the trenches?
Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.
"3 people who don't get/like that their liberalist values are viewed by many in the world as weakness"
And several more who don't like the idea that their kneejerk reaction of 'I can't be bothered to consider the ramifications, let's just kill someone' is generally regarded outside the US as a sign of morally deficient dickheadedness.
Takes all sorts I suppose.
Interesting that it's the people (esp merkins) who were entirely untouched by this event who are calling for blood and disembowelling, while the Norwegians are calling for the rule of law.
Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.
"Which is another way of saying you wouldn't have the balls to take revenge against your murdered child. That says a lot about your sort."
If anything sums up the cultural divide, it's that one sentence. To a merkin, there HAS to be 'revenge'. If you are not prepared to kill SOMEONE because you have been hurt, then you have 'no balls'.
So a coward seeks to preserve his or her hard won standards when dealing with a hideous crime. And in the case of Norway, demonstrated that justice can be done without resorting to mob violence.
A REAL man (one assumes the merkins have no desire for their women to grow testicles at this point) grabs his gun, yells "America! Fuck Yeah!" and immediately guns down the nearest convenient (and if possible, defenceless) target, apparently in the hope that killing someone will bring their lost ones back.
Life's not much fun when your 'World policeman' is a gun toting psychopath with an 'Eye for an eye' T shirt.
Re: Okay not on the bezel
See yours and raise, etc.
I had an early Technics or Teac 4:3 flatscreen (tft I think, but could be wrong - bloody awful quality by today's standards anyway) TV with a row of soft touch controls on the bezel of the screen.
It would have been made some time in the 90s. Oh, and with a screen size of around 20" it was most deffo a 'mobile device" (as long as you had a good length of aerial cable to hand!)
Maybe King (Oh, ROYAL GAMES, sorry) need the money for the expensive lawyers they'll need to keep Ransom tied up in court until he's bankrupt.
That's the usual course of action when a Big Guy is called out by the little Guy, isn't it?
"We have more money than you, so we can buy the court while you mortgage your house to try and stop us"
Re: Are we assuming a new car?
Ah, you're making the classic mistake there. Ownership? VW will, on delivery of 'your' new vehicle, provide you with all the details of your EULA. This will include the obvious fact that what you have bought is a personal, non transferable licence to USE their car for the life of the licence.
Once you decide to upgrade to a licence on use of a bigger or better car, it is your responsibility to return the car to the owner (VW), who can choose to issue a new licence or disable the vehicle.
Result? Everybody trades in their old cars when they buy a new licence, no second hand car market, since any unlicensed car can be shut down from home base.
I remember reading an SF short story once where roads were resurfaced every two years with a rubberised pattern which matched the tyre tread on new cars. If you didn't trade up, your car would literally shake itself to bits as its tyres wouldn't match the pattern on the roads. Please don't suggest this to Call me Dave.
Re: How is this even a debate?
"And what about the actual driver? Don't they get a say in the matter?"
Thank you. Best laugh I've had in ages.
No, not familiar at all
This is the 2014's, people do get by of what you hate"
OK, I've run this one through me logic circuits forwards and backwards. I'm sure it's originally derived from English (or possibly another Germanic language, or something that shares similar roots), but even after careful scanning, I still have no fscking idea what it says.
Is this the new Shoreditch language 2.0 paradigm thing we've been told about?
"Oh, and Linux on the desktop, obviously"
You know, we've been saying that since the 90s. One year, simply by the law of averages, it HAS to be true.
Please tell me it will happen
Re: C64's SID is legendary
The Oric-1 would give the C64 a run for it's money anyday. Plus, having commands in Oric Basic that directly addresses the sound chip ("zap" anyone?) made creating your own noisy games that little bit easier.
Of course, having to produce your own games because there was bloody near nothing available for it was a bit of a downer.
Re: It can be a grey area ...
Don't know what it's like wherever you are, but here most (if not all) car manufacturers will honour the warranty on a car however many owners it's had. And that includes their 5 year Roadside Assistance warranties.
Although when I bought my last new car, I did ask the salesman, if they were that confident of the quality and reliability of the car, why did they need to offer roadside assistance. At least he laughed.
Re: Toyota Update?
It's quite amazing what can be done through a firmware update these days. At it's first service, I complained of a flat spot on the throttle a t 1800 revs, just about at the point the turbo kicks in (it's a diesel). The guy waved that away with 'oh yes, that issue was identified and the fix is in the firmware update. You'll also see some fuel consumption improvements, especially in cold starting and towing.'
And he was right - no actual mechanical fixes, just different software.
For an old skooler, that's just WRONG.
"...To be honest, Nokia have been doomed since the release of the N97..."
Now just hold on there. I'll have you know that I myself had a Nokia N97 and it . . .
Ah, yeah. I see what you mean.
The Real Elephant in the Room
One has to assume that the Renault engineers have never driven in Mumbai. In a city where you have to deal with suicidal cyclists, scooters, random changes of direction from 25 vehicles at the same time, usually in at least 25 different directions, drivers making their own overtaking lanes on the pavements or in peoples' gardens, people running across 6 lane highways to try to sell something to you, mad bloody mobile phone users and the general Indian driver technique of 'point it towards home, foot down, eyes closed, adding quadcopter drones is simply adding a new technological method of dieing horribly in a blazing wreck.
Honestly, even 10 years later the memory makes me shudder.
Re: Can I get a refund...
Not sure about that. According to the music industry, none of us have 'bought' our CDs, MP3s, vinyl albums or cassette tapes. All we've bought is an exclusive, non transferable licence to LISTEN to the music on whichever media it has been encoded onto.
Therefore, if changing technology decrees that he can no longer get hold of the technology he needs to exercise his limited rights under that licence, isn't it the responsibility of the music industry which granted that licence to provide him with a medium he *can* listen to?
of course, it would mean he has no right to sell the 'obsolete' media without ensuring that someone else doesn't inadvertently listen to music under his personal licence, but it also means that the music industry cannot continue to charge him again and again for the same piece of music just because it's been poured into a different container.
Re: I think he's lost it
If you think JMJ should produce MORE content, then you've obviously never spent a weekend in the company of 2 rabid JMJ fans.
"..and this is the version he did in 1986. You'll notice that the bass line is a lot more pronounced than the '84 Monserrat version, but still less fluid than the version he played at the Destination Docklands concert. Hold on, there's another 17 different revordings here. Some of them are quite distinct. Where are you..? oh really? that tired? OK, night night. hope the daylight doesn't keep you awake"
Re: The Oxygene of publicity...
Personally, forget about the oxygen of publicity. JMJ should be denied the oxygen of oxygen
Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR
Dropped my old Dell Streak many times more than once. It ended up with a single crack in the corner of the screen that was visible if you looked at it edge on because it broke up the screen image.
I've also dropped my current Note more than once - no indication of damage issues as yet. Oh, and neither one had a case because in the case (ha!) of the Dell, there weren't any, not in Oz anyway, and in the case of the Note, it turned a slim, neat looking mobile into a leather half brick that wouldn't fit in my pocket.
It did NOT end up with a shatter pattern that looked like a bullethole in laminated glass after being dropped, once, onto carpet as a frlend's iPhone 4s did.
Re: seems an odd thing to do
"most Android phones cannot run the latest version of Android"
You have something to back that up, I assume?
My first Android device was a Dell Streak 5 (ok, I know). It came with Android 1.5(Cupcake) and upgraded in its time as far as Gingerbread (2.3.7) with no issues whatsoever. My current phone came with ICS and is currently running on KitKat, again with no visible slowing.
Please don't just repeat allegations without some grain of investigation first. Leave that sort of thing to the Met.
"..your investment can go down as well as .."
El Reg a TABLOID?
Sorry, but that is a vicious calumny. I believe The Reg (or 'that old rag' as my SO calls it) has always prided itself as being a prime example of the new breed of gutter press, since I understand that's where most of their hacks end up sleeping after their Friday night drinkies.
Red Top and proud of it say I!
Well, if 3.5mm jacks should be on there, surely we have to include the 6mm jack?
And after several hundred comments, I'm appalled, yes appalled that nobody has yet spoken up for the humble GPO A jack plug.
I cut my teeth on these little beauties using patch bays in mahogany cabinets, courtesy of the BBC - 3 distinct modes of operation on the same jack - unplugged means a closed (or sometimes open, but usually closed) circuit, linking studio signal to the desk, full push in to break the circuit and direct it elsewhere, partial to 'listen in', allowing you to patch a studio output to another channel without disturbing the original feed.
And they were BRITISH dammit!
Re: Learn something new every day
The Indian lashup reminded me of a trip to Koh Samui last year. Once you get out of the main tourist strip, the mains is all overhead cables, and the way you hook up your house is that two johnnies come along with cable, big crocodile clips and a LOT of wide insulating tape. Also thick gloves.
They wire to the house, carefully avoiding letting the cable hang too low by pulling it taut, then scurry up a ladder with their gloves on and jam the crocodile clips into the live overheads. Then it's just a matter of seeing how many rolls of insulating tape they can wrap around the junction.
Apparently this saves the inconvenience of switching off power to customers while splicing in new cables.
Yes, we did have a remarkable number of power cuts while we were there. Why do you ask?
Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?
My Favourite was 'It's the thin end of a very long and complicated wedge'
Re: compel the donation of organs without opt out
"..expanded to include compulsory pre-death organ donation by people that aren't considered worth having around.."
Funnily enough, that was close to the subject of a discussion on ethics at Uni.
Suppose transplant techniques have improved to the point where the success rate is approaching 100%.
A doctor has three patients; one, a gifted scientist, will die without a heart and lung transplant, another, a highly qualified neurosurgeon, will die without a liver transplant. The third, an ex footballer, is confined to a wheelchair and is under treatment for depression.
So in terms of A) quality of life and B) benefit to society, is it ethically acceptable for the doctor to cannibalise the third patient, who is in no immediate danger of death, in order to save the lives of the first two?
Leads to many a late night argument, especially when you start switching the patients' conditions around a bit.
Of course, if this ever happened in the real world, it would be the one with the most money who was saved.
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