* Posts by stucs201

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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I'd not exactly call a TIE fighter sleek and shiny. Even less sleek for the TIE bomber.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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2 Buttons? Luxury! First remote used had a single 'next channel' button.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Re: A series of tubes?

..you mean Transport Control Protocol/ In Pipes?

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Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

I'm not sure he cares about the money. We're getting awesome stuff, which is surely of more real value than numbers on a bank balance.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Watch as a car key?

So how's that going to work when the car is left at a garage for a service or is left in airport parking while going on holiday? I'd much rather leave behind a single-purpose piece of metal than a fancy watch I might want for something else.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Can't buy hollandaise in the shops?

Yes you can. Comes in jars. Obviously not 100% the same as freshly made (since they have to stabilise it so it lasts long enough to sell), but a much easier option when hung-over.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Fair point.

Can we leave them under the exhaust nozzles too?

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Or better yet placed under the exhaust nozzles of the first stage.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: Smash

As in "yellow, foamy, comes in cans" I assume, not the mashed potato stuff.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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I really hope this is all he's come along and meddled with.

Don't want to end up with this:

http://www.dailymobile.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Apple-death-star.jpg

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

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Re: 576

Doh! I'd like a 16K screen then please - that'll sort it out :)

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8K screens are actually nice for low res content too

4320 is an integer multiple of each of 480, 720, 1080 and 2160. This makes an 8K screen the only one that you can use to display content created for all of the common lower resolutions (of the same aspect ratio) with pixel-perfect scaling.

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Microsoft loves Surface pen maker N-trig so much it bought it – report

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Re: Wacom has a far better technology, wasted money

Reducing the number of layers in the screen isn't just about device thickness. It's about reducing parallax differences between where the pen is and where the detecting layer registers it.

Also the bluetooth pairing is only for the onenote button. Its completely unrelated to the main pen technology.

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W3C turns BROWSERS into VIBRATORS

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I'll give it about 2 weeks...

...before everyone terms it of because of overuse by adverts,

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FACEBOOK even from BEYOND the GRAVE: CHOOSE your Legacy

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write your Facebook password on a piece of paper and seal it with any other documents

No, no, no.

Boring admin type documents probably need to family.

Facebook however knows too much. That first needs to go to a close and trusted friend for sanitization. Someone who already knows everything because they were there when it happened.

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Re: @big_D

Yes that does need addressing. Probably sensible to ensure that robot cars are tested to higher standards if we're going to ask more of them (and if we're not then why bother with them?). Perhaps program this into the controlling software: no recent safety check and it refuses to join the high speed road train.

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Re: good distances between cars is just good for overall traffic flow

With human driver who have to respond to each other then yes it is. With robot cars that can accelerate as one, brake as one and negotiate upcomming manouvers in advance then the best traffic flow comes from not wasting road space and only opening up a gap when it is needed to let another car join the group or let another group through at a junction. Saying robot cars should leave the same gaps as humans need for traffic flow reasons is like claiming a train would be better with more space between the carriages.

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Re: Roller coasters

Of course the safe distance should get a lot lower for groups of autonomous cars. At motorway speeds recommended distances are more to do with reaction time than actual stopping distance. Since computers react faster than people that distance should come down, especially if the cars were in communication with each other and in a dedicated lane.

It sounds like human nervousness could limit this benefit though.

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Re: cough

Productive as a passenger? Not for everyone. I don't get travel sick except under one condition: if I try to read or do other things that mostly involve not being able to spend most of the journey looking out of the window.

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Well this could kill some of the major advantages.

I'd really been hoping that self-driving cars could improve motorway congestion and travel times by having closely packed (determined by computer, not human, reaction times) groups of cars travelling at high speed (perhaps about 90mph?). Sounds like nervous passengers might break that idea :(

Similarly for the idea of getting more cars through green lights at junctions by having the entire queue start moving at the same time when the lights change, instead of the delay between each car that you get with human drivers.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Nice Recipe

This is a Dave Lister recipe. You really think anything except pre-sliced white bread is authentic?

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Re: Its a planet.

Dear IAU,

Your Mom thought I was big enough.

Yours sincerely, Pluto.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: huge background of all the crap spewing out of that big fusion reactor close by

In the range of radio frequencies we use for broadcast it isn't a huge background - the Earth actually outshines the sun in that range, so a should produce a nice big spike on any alien's spectrograph.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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How to easily get more people to vote:

Put a "none of the above" option on the ballot paper. Many of those not voting will be not voting because they refuse to vote for someone they don't want.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

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All these worlds

are yours except

Europa

Attempt no

landing there

That said a proper investigation of Europa's ocean is one thing I'd definately like to see.

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Samsung gets KINKY with new Galaxy in 50 SHADES OF GREY

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Re: A phone comforming to the curve of your head

"a shape that angles up at one end, kind of like how some calculators angle up the display portion of the case. That fits well with the photo but I don't see why you would want that shape in a phone."

You mean like the HTC Hero? I seem to remember that doing reasonably well at the time.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Anyone remember Courier (no not the font!)

Let's hope this doesn't get cancelled before it gets beyond a promo video too.

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'We will SNORT UP CRYSTAL DUST and then do a MAJOR software update'

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What happened? Nothing. Sounds like business as usual.

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Re: They don't have starbucks

Indeed. They have bars, not overpriced coffee.

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

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So either...

1) It's going to be really cloudy this weekend.

or

2) I need to go and buy lots of weedkiller and salt ready to deal with the triffids.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Unfortunately ISIS would probably quite like that, since they don't seem to like shrines of any type.

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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Re: Thanks Jediben

Ah, that helps. I must admit I've not investigated what is and isn't possible in detail. As long as they can't turn up with a fleet of Anacondas and buy an entire planet's stock of it's main export then things perhaps won't be so bad.

I have to say that the possibility of the in-game economy being affected by other people's actions in solo mode is one of the main things putting me off buying it - I don't want to have a rubbish time getting started because the starter trade routes are already milked dry.

I know Diablo 3 improved massively once they killed the auction house and made getting loot for yourself realistic. Trying to keep up with inflated auction prices driven by people with more time to play than me was no fun at all.

That lack of time to play is why I worry about the influence of other players on the solo game. I don't want to feel like I'm standing still or even going backwards just because I have other stuff I need to do. Which is unfortunate, because as a teenager playing Elite for the first time (PC, CGA version) I always thought that an online version with enough players could be the best game ever. In a way I still do, it's just I don't have time for it anymore and would therefore prefer something that pauses when I have to deal with the real world instead.

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Re: Just like real life then?

Fineable stuff would be relatively easy to deal with - fines as a percentage of wealth is easier to implement in a game than real life.

I'd be more concerned about non-finable stuff. For example is there anything to stop a disproportionatly wealthy player single-handedly unbalencing trade routes? Not the sort of nonsense I'd want screwing me over if I was playing the suposedly single-player solo mode.

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SpaceX ROCKET HOVER-SHIP space station mission now on Friday

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Re: Flying milk cow ?

Who needs a rocket if you've got a cow? We all know the cow is capable of jumping over the moon!

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

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Perfect second phone for music festivals and similar

Enough battery to get through the weekend (note 29 *days* standby, not hours).

Cheap enough to not care if its lost or stolen (and the latter seems unlikely)

Enough internet to gloat about where you are to mates who couldn't make it.

Camera bad enough you shouldn't be tempted to make the people behind you watch the bands through your screen.

You'll still probably have trouble finding your tent in the dark while drunk though, even with the torch.

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Mirror, mirror: Seagate shows off 1TB data shiny at HDD beauty contest

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Going to cause even more confusion between BOFHs and management.

Now management will think they know what 'mirrored' drives are, but won't be thinking of the technical term.

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Key to Windows mobe app sales? Er, LOW MEMORY, of course

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Re: "And, if you are reading this on your Lumia, you can get the Register app here."

SP3 = Surface Pro 3. I'm guessing its basically the same windows store app as for the phone, at the very least its just as buggy.

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Re: "And, if you are reading this on your Lumia, you can get the Register app here."

Had it installed on my SP3 for 2 minutes, had a dozen crashes (opening both articles and comments), uninstalled it.

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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@Cipher

I'm guessing you're American. This is a British site and our usage of the terms Oriental and Asian is different to yours - typically referring to different parts of Asia, rather than being derisive vs politically correct terms.

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Microsoft patch mashes Office forms and macros

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Re: Users TO the testing for MS because they CAN bothered to do it themselves.

Is that like how you CAN'T be bothered to DO your proof-reading of your posts. If you're going to complain about people not checking stuff then check your own stuff.

Or perhaps in both cases it was checked, but by humans who are fallible and miss stuff despite their best intentions?

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: What will Rory do now...

Well his latest article is on Microsoft's skype translation thing and shows him using a Surface...

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

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Re: ".. you could also just hit them with a car."

Anvil!

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It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars

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Composite of multiple images, using the parts which don't have a robot arm holding the camera in the way.

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Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

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WTF?

Does Robin Williams not count as a person?

If he's at the top of the overall list, surely he should be at the top of the people list too?

Did they exclude him on the grounds of being dead?

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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

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Re: Anyone else having trouble with the latest batch of Office updates?

Cheers, I'll give that a try later.

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Anyone else having trouble with the latest batch of Office updates?

Buttons in Excel spreadsheets are completely FUBAR - can't click the buttons since the updates.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: only useful reason for a sensor to have a higher dynamic range

Until we also get screens with higher dynamic range (which is what the article was about). Yes you'll still have to map it back down if for printing, but that's not what we're discussing here.

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Re: get older non-HDR imagery to display nicely 100% of the time on a HDR panel.

Simple - just display it at the same brightness as it would be on a non-HDR screen. No need for any fancy attempts to stretch it to the full range, just use the subset of the HDR range that the content is encoded for.

It might not look as natural as HDR content woyld, but its going to be no more strange than displaying B&W content on a colour tele using only the greys and ignoring all the reds, blues, etc.

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