341 posts • joined 14 Dec 2009
We don't need no steenkin' PonoPlayers
You can already store music files in lossless formats on smartphones. All the tracks on my iPhone are AIFFs ripped from CDs. Android audio players can use WAV, FLAC and AIFF
All that Neil needs to do is to persuade music download sites and app stores to supply uncompressed audio. We don't need another gizmo to carry around.
Beer for Neil, because his heart is in the right place as far as music quality is concerned, but he needs to get out on tour more often and do what's important.
@Ironpaunch Re:What do you mean we Tonto?
"Tonto"?? I think you mean "paleface" or "ke-mo sah-bee."/"kemo sabe".
Beer for the Ojibwa
Re: Speak for yourself...
Are you sure they're not ageing stripers?
Healthier for longer?
The new (expensive) drugs may prolong our lives, but we won't be any healthier. We'll be sick, but just postponing death. Big Pharma isn't interested in making us healthy - that requires prevention - they just want to milk our wallets while we take longer to die.
@Grease Monkey Re: mobile parking "enforcement" cameras
I have seen such signs, but I think you're pissing in the wind. If agencies enforcing laws had a backbone, then they would already be fining the mobile parking "enforcement" cameras for parking illegally.
Three cheers for not breaking the article up into multiple pages. I've got a scroll bar and I want to use it!
The beers are on me.
Stop hectoring us Robert. Also note that the 'Western World' was cultured long before there were Christians and continues to be so in spite of Christians. The 'Orient' also did fine without Christians. Disclaimer: other parts of the world are also cultured and may or may not contain satellite production and launch facilities.
Re: Old hat
By "modern", do you mean the 1930s? How old is Ron Champion's book?
Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car was one of the first spaceframe vehicles. Lotus was using spaceframes in the 50s and by the 70s even Ford was using them. IIRC Hannu Mikkola's Escort had a space frame hidden under the bodywork - unlike the Ford Marketing Department's design sold as the "Escort Mexico".
Re: Massachusetts when it's late at night?
I had the radio on. <> <> Radio On!
Why do journalists fawn over CES? CeBIT is where it's at.
Wrong kind of Artichoke?
When I saw the headline, my thoughts went to Jerusalem Artichokes - eat too many and the result is internally and painfully explosive.
However the article mentions "leaves", implying that these were Globe Artichokes. This begs the question - how were fresh artichokes available in winter* (I know that in the USA and UK, they'd be flown in from the Southern Hemisphere, but Italy respects its food.)
*or have El Reg hacks pulled a very old story off the spike?
Re: Can't see it catching on. (Snow Crash?)
> The point about snowboarding is that with both feet strapped together...
Why do snowboarders do that? If you don't need straps on a surfboard why do you need them on a snowboard?
> Snapshots and backups still need to take place.
Precisely! So when is Synolgy going to introduce NDMP (or roll their own equivalent?).
Downvoted for not realising that Duracells and rechargeable Eneloops have an impressive shelf life.
The Chinese don't have to make excellent copies. They just make excellent torches. Where do Cree LEDs come from in the first place?
Re: Welcome to the pretty countryside
> It's the name of the nearest village.
Blimey, I would have thought that the nearest village called Drax would be in the Pyrenees! An evil organisation seems much more plausible.
I sincerely hope that this name rhymes with Billly-O!
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Ahem, "dental-floss like filaments'
<youth of today>does nobody remember "string"?</youth of today> Some people need a clew.
Cool for cats
20 years ago, back when the Shamen were webcasting, the cat-scan people put up a website for people who put their cats on scanners. Keeping cats may be cruel, but their owners were internet pioneers.
Nowadays, you'd think it was for Computer Aided Tomography. To the barricades, cat lovers! Where's the nostalgia icon?
Errm, Frankenstein* was the builder, not the product. Easily fixed:
For the price of a new laptop, fiddlefucked around, wasted time trying to be a 'Frankenstein'. Awesome.
Agreed, splendid article!
* Read the book, see the films, get the T-shirts - it's always Frankenstein's monster.
Re: re: meta studies
No! You cannot improve levels of confidence by pooling data from different trials. 'Different' trials' are different! Both the experimental conditions and the controls will differ subtly. If you need results from a large sample, then you must do a new trial with a large sample size.
At best a meta study may suggest that it's worth doing a larger trial.
The meta-study approach is for lazy thinkers who can't be bothered to say or write "Analysis of Variance".
Mine's the one with a dog eared "Design of Experiments" in the pocket.
Re: 4,000,000 Motorcycles and counting - and many drivers are ambidextrous ...
Hey, Buon Ma Tout - home of great coffee beans! I've still got some green Buon Ma Thout beans in my freezer. Have you still got that tank on a roundabout that I cycled past 20 years ago?
I could make voice calls via the microphone and speakers in my helmet, but I like to concentrate on the road, so I've detached the microphone and only listen to Digital Doris (GPS). I don't want to die yet. A little 'darn' of silver thread on the finger tips of gloves makes it possible to interact with a capacitive screen, but I still don't send txts while riding. Refrain: I don't want to die yet!
English pedant sez: you ride or pilot a motorbike. Drivers drive cars, cows, geese, etc.
When are we going to get a biker icon? Ogri FTW!
Re: People minding your own business.
Never forget: "We are the people our parents warned us against."
AE van Vogt got this right.
Why have a throat tatoo, when you can just have the circuit sprayed through your skull?
Re: A sad day
ObUsenet: Why was an Ambridge policeman writing about whales?
ObArchers: Bring back Dave Barry and put some passion back into Cathy's life.
How come wol, roo, kanga, etc aren't also in the top 100?
Re: Never send a computer guy to do a material scientists job
Is it possible to create vitreous aluminium oxide in suitable sizes? That could solve the problem if it's properties are like those of thin films of glass. (0.1mm glass is supposed to be amazingly flexible and very hard to break*. I'm still waiting for helmet visors with 0.1 mm glass glued to the outer surface:(
*New Scientist, nineteen ninety mumble IIRC
Re: Bees are a bad example
> a project in the 50's for homing pigeons to used for ballistic missile guidance
See B. F. Skinner the 'operant conditioning' psychologist.
I'll get me coat, 'coz that's what I'm conditioned for when I've finished a post.
That time has passed.
We should have waved them goodbye soon after 1945.
Instead they've continued to occupy bases all over Europe.
That's why we can't look them squarely in the eye.
We are still client states or 'satellites' of the USA.
Some ex-Soviet satellites may now be more free than we are.
Re: Not totally convinced @ Alan Brown
> That only works until some twat types "rm -rf /" on a replicated system
Yes, but that sort of twit doesn't usually know how to remove the snapshots and probably doesn't know they exist. Snapshots will save you from the twits and data corruption, but not fire, flood or anything that trashes your hardware, so I agree wholeheartedly with:
> There is NO substiute for offline backups when it comes to disaster recovery.
ZFS + LTO FTW
The phrase "Over The Top" just doesn't seem to parse correctly in this article.
Re: What about those of us already wearing glasses?
Errm, why wouldn't you put lenses ground to your prescription in the castAR frames?
Well perhaps because there is simply no need for three 'releases' since 2007! The change from .doc to .docx is the version change we notice. Most of us would be quite happy if Microsoft just fixed all the bugs in, say, version 4.1 and let people continue to use that.
At the end of the day 'catdoc' makes all Word documents easy to read, easy to search and easy to compare.
Far from nominally
"The spacecraft is currently operating nominally and all systems are fully functional."
I hope you mean normally! It was operating nominally (in name alone) as a spacecraft.
Now it's a fully functional spacecraft again - I think that counts as normal for a space probe.
Does anybody else use middle-endian numbers for anything?
In mitigation it's good to know that the US military uses little endian dates. It's not often that you can see some sanity in military decisions, even though they should of course be using big-endian dates!
Back in the late '50s the Daily Express had a competition in which I remember an interesting (prizewinning?) idea. A pair of gizmos allowed your car to swing sideways into a parking space. The gizmos were pivoting rubberised cones. When pressed against the driven tyres they would raise the tyres off the road and rotate to move the car sideways. This could be modernised, using compact electric motors and small retractable wheels to achieve the same effect but using modern sensors and electronics to choose and move a car sideways into a parking space.
Ah, it seems that someone down under had a similar idea in 1937: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19370209&id=6OVaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DZIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1627,1301272
Icon, for the contemporary moustache.
Re: So all one needs.......
but, I haven't got a "good to go save the universe".
A fine article,
apart from the spurious introduction of "gun pr0n". Do you, by any chance, aspire to be a Hollywood movie director?
ObTape: If the areal density of tape is so ridiculously low and we have the technology to write discs at very high density, what's stopping us from having PetaByte tapes today rather than in 10 years time?
Re: 1996 data storage on video cassette
Back in 1996 I remember using an awful device called a Metrum that stored prodigious volumes of data on VHS cartridges. However, they made Exabyte tapes look reliable, if puny. For reliable, high volume data storage we used a Sony D1 (119 GB on a 6 lb 3/4 inch tape cartridge!)
In the analogue domain, there was a nifty Pulse Code Modulator from Sony that would record audio in high fidelity, digitally, on VHS tape. The PCM unit was about the same size as a VHS VCR! By 1996 DAT recorders has made it obsolete.
I still keep a TEAC X000R reel-to-reel recoreder that I bought secondhand in 1996 for those occasions when I want to listen to 1980s and '90s Peel programmes.
Re: Where will the test flights happen?
Eh? Why is a Ukranian company doing its first flight tests in the USA? Do they have money to burn?
This wonderful screen
Every review praises the increased pixel density. However I'm underwhelmed by the
brightdarkness of my Nexus 7Mk 1. Is the New Nexus 7 any brighter? Has anybody actually compared the two? Please let us know.
Where's the Peter Mandelson icon when you need one?
Re: "If it requires you to pull up a huge telescopic aerial, all the better."
Too right Alistair. This is not the technology we are looking for.
I don't need a better watch when the one I have works fine. My 'phone/pocket computer works fine without a watchlike extension.
Perhaps I could be tempted by a wearable nanofactory (with a huge pull out aerial, of course:).
Actually the hitech gizmo that I'd really heap spondulics on would be autofocusing spectacles. How hard would that be Panasonic/Sony/Apple/Google/etc?
I'm also still waiting for the micro gas turbine powered alternator so that I can run my <insert gizmo of choice> for days with a squirt of methanol, instead of hours spent tethered to chargers.
Re: This is new?
> Marmite and vegemite in the fridge? WHY?
Errm, presumably to make it so viscous that it's unspreadable. This is even more pointless than keeping butter in a 'fridge!
Re: Errm, how hot?
> key part of the sentence: at 1400psi
That's a trivial pressure increase. Even if it was 1400 'Atmospheres/Bar' I doubt that it would double the melting point. I suspect that there's a journalists' conversion error involved.
Errm, how hot?
> "So far, NASA says, the 3D-printed part seems to have worked "flawlessly," despite being subjected to 1,400 pounds per square inch of pressure at nearly 6,000° Fahrenheit (3,316° C)
Just which Nickel/Chromium alloy has a melting point over 2,000 C? The rocket exhaust may reach 3,316 C, but it isn't in contact with the injectors or the cooled walls of the combustion chamber. Where did you get these figures from?
NaW, stop it now!
Virty - Not a Word. It's a crappy contraction of 'virtual' and doesn't have the least hint of 'dirty' about it. Now, virtual sex - that's virty! If it ain't NSFW, it's not virty at all. Heed Rupert Bear and STOP IT!*
*Those who remember the far end of the Kings Road in the late 1960s may understand the reference:-)
Re: Did we miss the Cloud?
I and my friends spotted plenty of bright meteors from the Norfolk coast on Saturday night. It wasn't entirely cloudless, but there was enough clear sky around midnight.
BTW I'm always intrigued by the estimates of the numbers that will be seen. In my experience you'll see at least one meteor per minute if you lie on your back anywhere and on any date as long as you have a clear night sky without light pollution.
There's "useless and ugly" and there's "USELESS AND UGLY!!"
> Your correspondent has fond memories of using blink in Front Page 95 ... ... Few that didn't mess with HTML in 1995 will miss blink, which was widely panned for being useless and ugly.
s/Few that didn't mess with HTML in 1995 will miss blink/Almost nobody will miss Front Page/
Surely you remember the obscenely malformed and bloated HTML that it produced?
Re: "Everyone on a budget"
> It's not about budgets. People will happily spend 500 quid on a smartphone, and yet ignore a far more powerful PC at less than half that price.
Errm, but 500 quid buys you something that's nice to look at. That PC is hideous and too big to hide easily.
Re: super-heavy Bakelite
Actually, Bakelite is a lightweight thermosetting plastic. It's tough, so it's suitable for "clubbing to death" use. If you want a really heavy handset, then I recall seeing a Scandinavian* cast iron handset in a 'phone exhibition at the London Design Museum a couple of decades ago.
*That's a geographical area, not some relative of Scandium.
Are there still people living in Moscow Transit?
It's 20 years since I was in transit at Moscow. (Due to the limitations of the otherwise splendid Iluyshin-86, the flight was in 4 legs, London - Moscow - Tashkent - Delhi - Hanoi. The onward plane was delayed. My ticket was exchanged for a piece of scissor cut cardboard with some Cyrillic pencil writing on it. I was sent off to a passenger boat/floating hotel on a frozen lake for the night. Only having clothes suitable for my destination made queueing for the coach on the frozen street 'interesting'. At least the meal and the cabin were both hot and the piece of cardboard did allow me back into Transit the next morning retrieve my ticket.) I can't remember which Moscow Airport this was, but I do remember that there appeared to be several African men living there, one of whom had an very large placard on display. The English account on the placard, above his bedding, asked for help for someone who wasn't allowed to leave the airport, because no country was prepared to accept him. IIRC he'd been there for several months and had run out of funds. I didn't have time to find out more, since the delayed Il-86 was ready to depart.
Maybe Ed Snowden will find himself in the same position. At least he'd have more space to exercise, but little privacy, compared with Julian Assange.
Coat, because Ed might need one.
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