* Posts by Trollslayer

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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

Trollslayer

Good article

Unlike that sensationalist crap on Panorama, this is good, well tempered journalism.

I hope this helps to promote a good good discussion about the area.

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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Shell be OK

Oops, no she won't.

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Devil

Best

in years!

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Couldn't put it better myself

"Awesome, just bloody awesome."

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Without those willing to take risks we wouldn't have antibiotics, cars, aircraft and so much more. Those involved in the project are aware of risks and minimise the risks as much as they reasonably can. RIP and commiserations.

Richard Branson has always been there for his people and this is no exception.

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

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Just did it

Cool as Steve McQueen.

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Are we safe commenting on this?

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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I have to agree

Characters were weak and it was fluffy in the previous series.

This time they do anything to the script to be clever with the characters.

Get back to drama.

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

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Illegal firearms?

So the resources to deal with illegal firearms will be diverted?

Which is the greater risk?

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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Flame

I get it

This would mean following due process instead of hacking in whenever they want without oversight.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

Trollslayer

Ah.

Named after the response from customers.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Trollslayer

Lossless

MP3s? OK for some stuff but try good rock music.

Complex with wide dynamic range, guitar prices are much better from CD (or ripped from a CD).

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Trollslayer

It depends on the content

I listen to Planet Rock with a 112kp/sec MP3 feed and sometimes I will switch to a CD track to hear the detail.

For some music it may not be audible but I enjoy the complexity and dynamic range of rock.

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Boffins' better blues beat battery blues

Trollslayer

Simple concept

but a lot of work to achieve it.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Going postal?

Remember this happened when Reagan allowed massive asset stripping and someone snapped.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Land of the free?

In the US there is a thing called 'civil forfeiture' where goods - including dwellings with contents - can be seized and sold on the basis of suspicion of crime, no proof.

Philadelphia (a city BTW) seizes about 250 houses a year, police simply turn up and force people out of their home. That's it. Then everything is sold.

Small town police size the car and contents of people travelling through and sell them.

It's usually poorer people who can't afford to fight back and the Attorney General refuses to do anything about it because it would cost the police too much money.

Same mentality.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Genius?

It doesn't take one to despise Apple's attitude.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

You drop rocks from orbit, the gravity well on the moon is too high.

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Iron Sky II

Just saying.

Oh, and Palin for president.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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They get my vote

From someone with trollslayer.org.

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Ericsson follows Broadcom to modem Mordor

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Re: Nvidia and Intel

Intel was Picochip in Bath actually, acquired via Macom.

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Trollslayer

Nvidia and Intel

Both modem business units are British start-ups that were acquired.

Add ARM and others, the UK does pretty well.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Hmm... the country with one third out population but ordering three times as many F-35s (if they ever work).

The country which alcohol fuelled violence getting out of control.

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It's official: LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm is PANTS

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Angel

The whole thing

is gloriously, wonderfully daft!

It makes life worth living!

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Re: Bom bom bomb!

That only works if the probabilities are dependant in some way which they weren't.

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NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies

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Devil

Easy

Satellite phone with a data plan.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

Trollslayer

THat episode wasn't about the plot

But about the characters and this bit was to knock people out of their groove which it did.

Also if you watched the bit after that the important part about the veil came out. A bit metaphysical but nicely done.

If you missed it then tough.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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The keyboard is mightier than the idiot

Shows them up for what they are - rabid.

Good to see satire is alive and well.

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Renegade NSA, GCHQ spies help fix Tor vulns, claims project boss

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Not so much NCIS

as Abbot and Costello.

These places are nothing like they are portrayed on TV.

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FCC not quite sold on Comcast TWC gobble

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Comcast literally abuse their customers - and CS staff.

Now who is spending money lobbying politicians so they can do it to more people?

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Not where I would expect a book review

but very enjoyable, particularly because of the the involvement by readers here.

Many thanks El Reg!

I have ordered Ancillary Justice - if you don't try you never know if you like it.

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Buzzwords

I've read books where someone keeps throwing things in to sound knowledgeable then put the book down.The Coriolis effect is always there so why would people be thinking about it like that?

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Unhappy

I must be getting old

I can remember when football was about sport

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Spooks, cops, say Oz metadata push is for consistency, not data grab

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Mushroom

Out of their depth

The PM demands an answer, doesn't care if it is right or what it will cost someone else.

Add people given the job who are completely out of their depth plus I have to wonder about how Irvine got that job - a good intelligence officer wouldn't spout crap like that.

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

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Shocked

OK, I'm not.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Devil

Aliens?

They have better sense than bother with the kind of people who think aliens would bother.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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A nice piece of op ed

But frankly rubbish.

You are going on about one demographic and using that to push a point of view.

It is mostly listing equipment which is pointless.

There will always be different market segments yet you are trying to ram one down everyone's throat.

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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

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So, the Swiss police

Are at the beck and call of anyone?

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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The right stuff

Then and now.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

Trollslayer

What ARE you on?

This is a rant about MP3s on one hand and idiotic audiophiles on the other.

In fact you mix them up in the same sentence.

Good audio is lossless - either PCM or with lossless compression.

As for "10 per cent of a CD" do you mean 1.6 bits/sample or are you discussing frequency? Is this with dithering?

"carpenters don’t know how to do that" is just patronising. I suggest you visit Kef and find out what happens in the real world.

"Only IT will break the sound barrier"? IT look after PCs, server and networks. To lump all the specialities involved in creating sound systems under that is just plain insulting.

Err.. materials science for example?

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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This is why I opt out every time.

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Apple wheels out sueball cannon, again

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Apple a legal company?

Yes but not a moral one.

Well, it saves dealing with things like innovation.

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Devil

A standard port you say...

So a standard port with a standard protocol.

I see a market for an in-line item that 'corrects' the data going to the spy box.

That can be removed if needed of course.

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Titsup Russian rocket EXPLODES, destroys $275m telly satellite

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SpaceX

They are choosing a good path - build up business with a reputation for reliability.

Keep on with long term projects of course but I don't think they need to overreach.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: A fool and his money are easily parted.

This reminds me of a competition between myself and another engineer to find the worst spoof audiophile product.

The problem is that we found spoofs then people wanted to buy them!

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Trollslayer

Delicately put

"Their expertise in porcine aerodynamics is unparalleled"

I remember when I was first traumatised by directional speaker cable. Fortunately for others there wasn't a chainsaw to hand.

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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

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Joke

In Russia...

Rabies catches Putin.

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Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

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Pot

Kettle.

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Gathering dust

That's the image I have Apple now.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

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Phew

Glad I'm on Vodafone.

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