* Posts by OrientalHero

41 posts • joined 22 Jul 2009

BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

OrientalHero

Re: I wonder ...

China is set on the Moon, India seems to be set on Mars.

Prior to those objectives, the US was doing long term biomes and the Russians were investigating year long zero g both of which could have been focused on the roughly 9 month trip to Mars.

But how come no-one's tried Venus?

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

OrientalHero

See thru Haynes Manual Overlay

Wow, this has been done in the game Hydrophobia where the main character unfurls from a stick a tablet sized see thru screen. She lines it up with some spaceship engine and gets working schematics that allow her to more quickly determine the parts that need repairing.

If this comes out as a finished product, would it kill the nascent Augmented Reality tech companies using smart phones over your eyes? I suspect hands free would only survive in specific niches.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

OrientalHero

Super Hexagon - die in milliseconds on your first attempt

BUT - there is a learning curve and you do get to last longer!

I think my record now is 45 seconds.

Then there's the next level Super Hexagoner.

Oh and did I mention Super Hexagonest?

it's actually quite a nice brief game to while away some seconds on twitch reactions.

Indecision kills every time.

You've been warned!

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Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

OrientalHero

interactive movies... the best option today is?

Heh, I remember playing DL and when finished (didn't take long as I wasn't particularly good) I turned round to see an audience watching me! I think it was in a department store or something...

Back to the topic, about interactive movies, the more recent Metal Gear Solid Snake games on the PS3 have had lots of cinematic exposition but great gameplay. I find that interactive movie/game quite fun as it keeps the two parts separate. Of course you miss out on the branching play from your game choices, but if that was the most important thing to me, I'd be still playing pen 'n paper RPGs with a human referee.

Ooooh, wouldn't that be great to have a competition where the prize is a award winning script writer referees an RPG? Shall we say Joss Whedon? Bags I play River!

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

OrientalHero
FAIL

Re: So...

Have u not seen all of 2001 Space Oddessey???!

Whilst seemingly cool and geeky to have Hal respond "Good Morning Dave, what can I do for you today?"

deep inside you'll be fearing for the response

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

OrientalHero
Go

Re: The sleek, black 64-bit system carries an eight-core x86 processor...

Ooooh! Score for AMD then!

Does anyone know if AMD's stock rose at all on that news?

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Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity

OrientalHero

Heh, noticed in the credits at the end that the music was recorded before he went up.

But still, I'd love to have those problems of how to play in zero/micro G.

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OrientalHero
Happy

Re: It looks awesome

Heh, the most eye opening bit for me was watching the lights go by on the surface of the Earth.

Didn't realise it was all so visible. I mean I've seen piccies before of Earth from space but usually it's the blue and white gem. There are also the "night" shots of Earth showing lit continents but I always thought it was some kind of infrared shot thru the clouds or some photoshop effort....

So to see the lit up continents is as you said "awesome".

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OrientalHero
Alien

That's some tin can!

Gee, in terms of making the grade whilst we can all dream of being Astronauts, what's the actual number of people that have been in space?

I mean that's one select club and correct me if I'm wrong, don't most of them have military backgrounds with air force being the primary? Strangely enough in Sci Fi it's usually the Navy as the term is "space ship" and not "space plane". Sounds horribly wrong doesn't it and with no atmosphere, they definitely aren't planes. But there's no sea either so space ship is just as much an oxymoron.

Space capsules it is then!

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Which petite model likes a fondle and GETTING WET? Sony's Xperia ZR

OrientalHero
Happy

Re: Why aren't all phone water ressistant?

I have the Xperia Active.

That's waterproof to IP67. Look it up on Wikipedia!

The problem I have with it is when immersed in water, the speaker which is covered by a fine mesh that prevents the water penetrating becomes almost impermeable to sound. So it's difficult to hear people after your swim.

Hmmm... Maybe I'll remove the outside cover having gotten a safe distance from said water so I can use it as a phone again (usually for photos whilst swimming).

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US Army engineer wins Air Assault wings after repairing hi-tech leg twice

OrientalHero
Big Brother

Re: Didn´t get the message

Actually, you forgot to mention marathons or was that deliberate...?

Please don't confuse criticism of the policy for being anti troop. I have a healthy respect for those who are willing to lay their lives down in service of their country.

Unfortunately the average Politician has to be seen to be doing something. Even if it's all smoke and mirrors. Afghanistan and Iraq were that something. Did they find any of those underground bunker complexes that Dick Cheney showed on TV in Afghanistan? Did anyone find WMDs in Iraq?

The ends don't justify the means. Our wars in Afghanistan/Iraq and the prison camp at Guantanomo Bay have become perceived injustices and it doesn't make peace, it makes more willing martyrs.

Big Brother because we've got about as much control over the policy makers as in 1984.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

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Mushroom

Modern Update - multiplayer!

Artemis is an updated version per se. Each player with their own PC is assigned a station from Science officer to Engineering to Weapons and Comms. Yes there is a Captain's station too. But they don't actually have anything to do!

I managed to get a bunch of friends together to play this and it played out like the game scenarios people have been describing!

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Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

OrientalHero
IT Angle

real deal

For a real deal amongst the US Spec Ops, you might want to check out the Richard Marcinko novels. Whilst the first book is an autobiography (and takes a while to get to the interesting stuff), the rest have to be "fiction". However fictional though, Mr Marcinko adds a realistic amount of detail which one assumes comes from having been there and done it. Also trodden on lots of toes so he's seen as a either a loose cannon or a maverick by the toe owners.

Yeah, and he's about as IT relevant as Bond :)

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Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

OrientalHero
Headmaster

I think it's IP67 compliance that gives the dustproof/waterproofness, not IP57.

I'm the owner of a Sony Xperia Active which is also IP67 compliant. Very useful to go swimming with the kids. Not to mention the food and drink spillages that occur. The wet finger tracking is pretty good but listening and speaking are rather muted until the waterproof membrane bit dries out. However, the panasonic seems to have my Active beat on screen size and processor speed.

The Ruggedization nich seems to be spreading...

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Motorola Defy Mini rugged Android smartphone

OrientalHero
Go

Re: Question?

The original Defy and Defy+ on which this Defy mini is based are both described on the Motorola website as "Water and scratch resistant and dustproof". They are both actually IP67 compliant which means can be immersed in water up to 1m for 30 minutes. Lots of videos online showing just that!

So if the Defy mini is the same level, I think it will survive British weather (which given the current drought doesn't look even close to giving us floods).

Funnily enough, I bought the Xperia Active which was Sony Ericsson's take on the same rugged niche. Took me a while to find out that was IP67 compliant too.

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Syndicate

OrientalHero
Megaphone

Re: Haters gonna hate...

heh, if I was you, I'd find the free mod Dystopia.

As I said above, the hacking side of Syndicate is militaristically simplified (honestly don't think Military Command would keep it very complex at all!). Breach most things (grenades, turrets etc) and some side skills like Heal, Damage Amp and Shield. All select and press L1 to apply.

Dystopia is more like Ghost in the Shell in that you drop into a cyberverse with cyber specific skills to hack the system (opening doors, shutting down turrets etc) whilst the nme team counter hacks with offensive and defensive cyber skills. The objectives for one mission for instance involve physically assaulting a firewall node, that then allows your Crackers to compromise the physical security of a nme fortress, to then lowering the reactor shields which are then physically destroyed to allow cyber access to the turrets which protect the data stores. Whilst there are no Tachikomas (the AI mini tanks) the armour and weapons plus the switches between defending cyberverse and physical is pretty evocative of GITS. Oh, and getting defeated in Cyberspace is no fun but sure beats being outflanked in meatspace when a devious nme makes it to the cyber nodes and takes out the entire cyber team...

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OrientalHero
Thumb Up

I'm a fan of the original so I downloaded the PS3 multiplayer demo of Syndicate.

In the original Syndicate, you watch as a bystander is snatched off the street and efficiently converted into little more than a corporate cyber enhanced meat puppet. Who were these dastardly fiends I thought to myself and as the view point changed to the controller of the 4 man team of agents I thought "who's going to stop this creep" only to have my viewpoint become the controller!

Well the controller has been lost but in multi player you do get 4 autonomous agents with customised cyber augmentation. The missions are supposedly remakes of the original Syndicate missions (u only get the one in the demo) but of course, you don't get the airship view but a much more personal and up close take. It is helped by a "see the enemy" view point courtesy of your advanced hardware. The enemy is various corp soldiers with officer types more proficiently equipped. They take cover and throw grenades enough to give you a run for the money. The mini bosses (turrets, officers etc) tend to have shielding or some armour that requires some by passing requiring breaching. The boss in the demo mission is reinforced with waves of underlings that need to be "managed" whilst other objectives are cleared to allow the boss to be finally taken down.

I'd say it does it's job of giving a dystopian corporate future with teams of agents doing wetwork with lots of "hacking" in a very much script kiddy "Breach" (but to be honest, would the military allow field hacking in any other way?) . The free ones like Dystopia or NeoTokyo take different avenues to applied Miltech/cybertech but I think the new Syndicate borrows enough from it's namesake to be a justified FPS variant.

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The Darkness II

OrientalHero
Childcatcher

Re: Horrible horrible game

lol, IIRC in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, sacrifices are dropped into lava pits and their hearts are ripped out to the calls of Kali Maa!

So no, it's doesn't sound particularly gruesome or horrible.

Now Manhunt on the PS2... that was disturbing.

Whilst an involuntary participant in a "Snuff Movie" (having been secretly rescued from a death row execution), you get the director (excellently played by Brian Cox) whispering in your ear (if you had the PS2 headset mic) about what excellent material you were providing him with in your quest to escape. Utilising things like plastic bags, crowbars, baseball bats etc it was quite a cinematic experience.

All 18 rated of course!

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Whistleblower: Decade-long Nortel hack 'traced to China'

OrientalHero
Joke

"biometric solutions can be broken with a glass of water"

Most intriguing! Is the biometric scanner susceptible to a tipple of the old h2o?

After 5 glasses does the scanner tell you "you're my beshtest friend, go on in...!"

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Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

OrientalHero
Headmaster

Actually, whilst the Two Towers and Return of the King were 12 rated, the Fellowship of the Ring was PG rated!

So I let my kids watch that (currently 4 and 7).

And yes, they'll probably be 10 and 7 when they watch the rest.

Hmmm.... I wonder if Lego LOTR the game will be out soon....

FYI That's how the kids got into Star Wars/Indiana Jones via the Lego games on the Wii / PS3

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Hong Kong operators fudge unlimited tariff conundrum

OrientalHero
Pirate

Heh, to put things in perspective, most HK ppl are on the free 10MB broadband package. All my friends there pay for 100MB broadband connections and that was about 4 years ago.

So a 5GB cap would be quite detrimental given their upload/download speeds.

And the logo because HK is Pirate Central!

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Brit CompSci student faces extradition to US over link site

OrientalHero
Pirate

hyperlinks to dodgy stuff are themselves illegal?

Hmmm.... I was wondering the subject so I checked online. Check this chilling effects brief FAQ about hyper links.

http://www.chillingeffects.org/linking/faq.cgi

It would seem that it depends on the context of whether you were contributing to the dissemination of illegal stuff.

Whether he made money off of it may or may not be relevant as it may have been an ad banner that meant every page on his website similarly "generated revenue". The question is whether he is culpable of profiting from the end product (the dodgy stuff he was linking to). An entry in the footnotes of an article about copyright piracy I expect would not be culpable, whereas a prominent webite "frontage" would be a whole lot more culpable to me!

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Nintendo takes control with next-gen games console

OrientalHero
FAIL

not kid or screen friendly

Remember the first thing Nintendo had to do with the original WiiMote? Issue a great big plastic cushion/cover.

People were throwing them left right and centre (albeit it accidentally) and busting their screens or their relatives/friend's heads. At least the WiiMote always survived.

Now you are gonna have to replace two screens!

And I'm not sure how long they'd survive with the kids, and yes, the old controllers are compatible but then why bother with the new one then?

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Gamers demand CoD: Black Ops money back

OrientalHero
Boffin

Playstation 2 was similar in that the memory pipe was huge...

As you correctly stated, you have to design to suit the hardware, and a large pipe means you grab it when you need it. With the HDD option in every PS3, a game can reliably pull data off a drive faster( than it could off the removable media) every so often and probably do the rolling texture update so there is no loading screen for levels. The Xbox 360 sounds like it has to use a slower media (the dvd disk) to read from. Yes, it can be all stored in video memory up front as it has more room, but that sounds like there will be lengthy loading screens.

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Attachmate gobbles up Novell for $2.2bn

OrientalHero
FAIL

Moderated??

So how does one meet the criteria??

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Shell's London office UNDER WATER and besieged by GIANT EELS

OrientalHero
Megaphone

consider it beaten!

Rumour has it that Chessingtons World of Adventure had a server room located under the log flume ride!

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Raptor over Blighty: Watch the stealth fighter in infrared

OrientalHero
Joke

Russian Radar Control Tower

<russian sigint operator>Sir, we have a track!

<russian sigint leader>vhat is it!

<russian sigint operator>it appears to be an airborne steel marble!

<russian sigint leader>have you not read the latest El Reg Article by zat US loving writer Lewis Carrol? It's obviously an F22!

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Ten Essential... Travel Speakers

OrientalHero
Happy

Saitek A200?

expandable subwoofer. 3 AAA batteries. piccie/review here http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1872261,00.asp

I got one years ago in HK and never saw it marketed over here, which is a shame as I quite like it for the functionality as well as the form! Gets used every night in the kids room for the discman to lull them to sleep.

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NASA: Civilization will end in 2013 (possibly)

OrientalHero
Paris Hilton

list of fucked things

Actually the bees that someone wanted added might welcome any increase in solar activity that decreases mobile phone usage.

There was a post somewhere about a study that linked Mobile Phone signals to Colony Collapse Disorder.

So the bees are probably trying to make like butterflies and get something stirred up in the atmosphere so we don't manage to make contingencies for any surge in solar activity!

Oh and Paris because I'm sure she's clever enough to mention it was all because of sunspots, and because there was an 11 year low of her in the threads previous and I had to make up for it....

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Robothopter in biomimetic butterfly boffinry breakthrough

OrientalHero
Joke

Ornithoptors today, Giant Sand Worms tomorrow!!

We're all doomed. Mini Ornithoptors today, Giant Sand Worms tomorrow!

Of course the elite will have the Spice and become prescient and will easily predict the winner of X Factor!

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The commercial cuckoo hiding in the BBC's global mission

OrientalHero

@TeeCee Viewing figures like sat tests. A measure not a target!

Heh, imagine if we didn't have to measure how successful the BBC was. It would be like British Rail!

The issue is the viewing figures are supposed to be a measure not a target for the BBC.

I'll not elucidate as the concept is quite succinct!

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The iPad: Unsubsidised, unaffordable, unloved?

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Debenhams wows shoppers with free delivery offer

OrientalHero
Thumb Up

John Lewis too!

I found this feature useful as I was able to drop into a John Lewis store on the way home to save the postage/packaging charge. And also it was quicker than waiting for the 3-5 days delivery!

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Twitter bomb joker found guilty

OrientalHero
Joke

Stick with the Sci Fi refs

Perhaps he should have threatened to build a Death Star and blow up the entire planet along with the airport. Oh and signed off as Lord Vader of Cheam or Saddam "I have WMDs" Hussein.

Joke alert in case CPS think I'm advising Terrorism in any shape or form...

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Password reset questions dead easy to guess

OrientalHero
Paris Hilton

Bzzzzt! Copycat!

well not exactly

....but in the film Twilight's Last Gleaming the main man is trying to gain entry into an ICBM nuclear missile silo. He is challenged for an extra character to the code but he only has what he has. He has to repeat to the operator a couple of times that there are no more letters before he is let in.

Now that was for a 1977 ICBM nuclear missile silo.

So what are you trying to protect?!!??

Perhaps some naughty pictures of Paris with some other scantily clad ....oh that's already on google.

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Aerial laser gunboat 'burns hole in fender' of moving car

OrientalHero
Happy

OMG Lewis Page does read the comments!

I would have thought that the effective range of the laser would have been classified. That or the figure they've given is a bluff. The tricky bit here is working out which way they are bluffing!

As an aside, the main issue I can see with this is like the helicoptors we had that didn't work in stormy weather. Admittedly, with the current targets being SCUDS which are a favourite of various middle eastern opposing forces, this might not be an issue!

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Ford says new Taurus 'is fitted with stealth fighter radar'

OrientalHero
Happy

Target Rich Environment

> However, one can be sure that it will track or "lock into" (normally the same thing) a hell of a lot more than 64 or even 100 targets

Hmmm.... I don't think over 100 discrete radar blips neccessarily translate into 100 targets. An armoured convoy might easily come into that number particularly if it were traversing an urban area!

But as the author said it's only just gotten that ground capability. So I think you'd be right in 100 targets being high for an aerial environment.

Heh, but I think it's a bit worse than the 640KB limit if you were to hit it as a pilot.

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PS3 Slim unscrewed

OrientalHero
Boffin

HD Audio Bitstreaming in PS3 Slim?

What Hifi was the first I noticed that pointed out that the PS3 Slim should do bitstreaming of the HD Audio from a Blu Ray disk.

http://whathifi.com/News/UPDATE-PlayStation-3-Slim-249-and-bitstream-HD-audio/

So another real world additonal functionality? Hopefully as currently I've read that the PS3 does the audio decoding itself and then you take it's analogue output on 3 cables to your amp/tv.

Having a nice home cinema amp it would be nice to utilise the decoding there as opposed to onboard.

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Chinese youth beaten to death at net addiction bootcamp

OrientalHero
Joke

As Rowan Atkinson put it...

Perhaps if his parents had administered a fatal beating to him before, this wouldn't have happened!

Slightly more on topic, China is weird in that they have 1 billion population. Think about the normal bell shaped distribution curve. With that many people, the tail end would almost always be populated.

Tallest Man? China.

Shortest Man? Taiwan (China says it owns this...).

...so the wackiest internet tales will almost all have a related China story!

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Small biz warns on contractor law

OrientalHero
FAIL

Blinkered IT view...

It's quite strange seeing all the comments about IT contractors. Does anyone have experience with NHS contracted nurses? Elevated pay and all that for the lack of perm perks, but the managers (whom I blame for the current NHS mess) seem to give them less work as they aren't as familiar as the perms!

Can you imagine paying top dollar for an IT contractor and then expecting them to do less work than a perm?

I know there are differences in the scenario such as the specialist role of IT contractors as well as the "human" relations aspect of nursing, but it really gets me riled up thinking about the NHS nursing contractors and now they wanna give em full benefits too!

Hopefully, the expected drop in contractor salaries will put the "minimum work" attitude nurses off contracting!

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PC repair shop caught trying bank fraud

OrientalHero
Joke

Oooohhhhherrrrhhh!

Come on then!

Where's the link to the bikin clad Sky lady on the beach?

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