* Posts by stucs201

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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I was hoping Dave would sign them up, but I don't think that was ever a realistic hope.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: Blakes 7

I've got a full set of physical (and still digital) DVDs on the shelf.

I do have one analogue Blakes 7 disk though : the theme tune on a 7" vinyl record.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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Not quite an AMA

It seems he's specifically wanting to talk about AI.

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SPECTRE-tacular: New trailer out for Bond 24. But where's the pussy?

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Re: No cat...

No cat is so wrong for a Bond film. We used to get Pussy Galore.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: what would fit through rail tunnels

The Space Shuttle and the Horse's Rear End

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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So they lost an unmanned rocket, but gained a safety feature for the manned version...

...ie upgrading the software to deploy the capsule parachute under similar circumstances. Overall I'd call that a win.

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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re: turn on the Caffrey's tap

So the owl finally loses that bet about squirrels drinking carling black label.

(this may not make sense to those who don't remember UK TV ads from the 80s)

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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re: 2015-June-02 is pretty unambiguous

It's also not a "number-only date format".

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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

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To quote Tony P.

"Disk is not dead! Disk is LIFE! "

Ah, wait, that was disco. As you were.

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Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

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My own recollections are rather less nostalgic

Admittedly I never played more than a demo, but that was because that was enough to illustrate just how bad a console title lazily converted to the PC could be. I seem to recall my main gripes were:

1) Badly scaled console resolution backgrounds instead of re-doing the for the PC. Net result being that the real-time 3D models looked better than the pre-rendered backgrounds since they were at least at full pixel resolution.

2) Terrible user-interface, which may have been necessary on a console, but not on a PC with a mouse available.

Maybe I'll give it a second chance this time around, if they make a better job of it.

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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What if you mount it upside down?

Will it report speedbumps instead?

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Re: Signal to noise ratio

Maybe, maybe not. It'll probably have to suffer that indignity for a while, but even range-rovers sometimes get to enjoy themselves when they reach retirement age. I've seen plenty of old ones on off-road courses.

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Signal to noise ratio

They could get rather a lot of 'pot hole' reports if it's taken where vehicles with a Landrover badge are supposed to be driven...

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

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Re: So what you mean...

With regard to that thing that got pushed out of orbit. That thing which for many years we thought was the moon...

"That's no moon, that's a space-station".

(Yes, the brown robe with the lightsaber in the pocket)

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Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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Re: Let's use the right terms, eh?

Obligatory XKCD:

https://xkcd.com/1322/

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Chips can kill: Official

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Re: Rubbish

Be fair, no-one every burned their house down washing lettuce.

Surely when done properly(*) the biggest risk in chips is the cooking method, provided you're careful about that you'll be fine.

* Properly means a proper pan, filled with proper fat (beef dripping).

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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Wolfenstein wasn't bad, but it was Doom where people really seemed to take notice. As a PC game player since CGA 8086 machines I remember Doom as the game where people stopped laughing at the PC as a games platform.

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re: way more impact then Doom

Um, nope. Doom had multiple significant things which even if not unique or first were definitely unusual at the time, but became much more common subsequently:

1) User created content.

2) LAN multi-player

3) The PC no longer being a second-rate games machine compared to a much cheaper Amiga/ST/console - this was a game which benefited from raw processor speed and not assistance from 2D graphics acceleration.

Combine that lot and you've got something pretty significant, Doom was a definite milestone and turning point.

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: Being picky...

As long as a human has control over a vehicle they'll be able to crash it by operating the controls wrong.

Presumably in this case the chances of the pilot operating this control at the wrong time were judged to be sufficiently low, perhaps less than the chances of a lock-out failing to disengage (which would also cause a crash).

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: The USB

1394.

I still have a port on my PC's front panel. I'm less sure if it's actually connected to the motherboard or not. I'm not opening the machine to check and have never owned either a device or cable to connect to it.

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Not just scart

Also RS232. Just because the cable fitted that really didn't mean it was going to work. Seems like they've re-invented some of the same problems, just at a smaller size.

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

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Re: If anything, any chicken mods would be to make them have bigger breasts.

Silicone implants? I think that may be taking artificial additives in food too far...

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New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

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Not really a direct Minecraft competitor.

Having downloaded it last night it's not the same game at all.

Yes they're both procedurally generated worlds with block based building. but they've as many differences as similarities. Whether they compete or not depends on what it is you like (or dislike) doing in Minecraft.

For MC players building purely cosmetic structures in creative mode this is definate alternative, especially for those who also use MCEdit in conjunction with the game itself.

For those more interested in the survival aspects of MC then LW doesn't (at least currently) seem to offer much. Although there are occasional mini-figs that you can punch there isn't really the same level of threat as in MC.Likewise there aren't really limits to resources - have as many basic bricks as you want. More complex models (flowers, oil wells, vehicles) you can have as many as you want too once you've found one (provided you have enough 'studs' to buy the first one - they're hardly in short supply).

For explorers LW might offer more. Rather than crafting things you need to find them in the world first (the exact thing, not a few multi-purpose general components), which means lots of travelling around. Time will tell if I'm right on this, it depends on how many things there are to find and how common they are.

For the more technical MC players who like redstone they're not going to find much of interest here. Building is (at least currently) limited to non-functional lego parts. Functional stuff like vehicles is found pre-built. I can see scope for this changing if the start including Technical Lego (aka Lego Technic) parts, but even that I'd expect to feel more like building contraptions in Besiege than MC.

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Welp, PEAK GIF is upon us! Facebook now supports animated images

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I think what you mean is...

..."all your face are belong to us".

(sorry, I'll get it now - yes the one with the book about ancient internet memes in the pocket)

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

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Re: “What Mac should I buy?”

Or a coat to keep you dry in the rain. Of course if you eat a lot of burgers that may also need to be a big mac..

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NASA hands Boeing first commercial crew contract for SPAAAACE

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Space weird thing

I know this is tenuous at best and realistically completely off topic, but since Bowie was indirectly mentioned in the article I thought I'd take the chance to post this version of one of his songs, but done with the same limitations as XKCD's Up-goer five:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygrdAvmr-MA

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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re: Now your computer can literally rot away.

I wooden be happy if that happened.

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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I wonder...

...does this work if sent as a flash (class 0) SMS? Could cause even more confusion that way.

(flash as in the auto-displaying text messages (sometimes displayed anonymously too for even more fun))

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Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet

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Re: We need a scale of uselessness

Even on that scale some things will manage to score at least 11.

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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Want a bacon, avocado and cucumber salad?

Yes please, but leave out the avocado and cucumber and salad.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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There will still be one option for people wanting a new one.

Build one by hand entirely from spare parts - it wouldn't even be the first time it's been done.

This also hints at why they've done so well. They aren't the most reliable option , however they're relatively easy to take apart and put back together. In places where any vehicle is going to break eventually and there is a lack of breakdown services and dealers repairability can be more important than reliability.

It's unfortunate they're being retired because of requirements for driving round on nice smooth tarmac roads when that really isn't what they're intended for at all.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: something I doubt we'd see today

Are you sure about that? The last people who didn't expect it got their arses kicked.

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Re: All these misty eyed posts

The Harrier was very impressive. However while I've seen many different aircraft impress the crowds at air-shows the Vulcan is only one I've ever seen leave the crowd truly awed.

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Re: What a shame

Not just a roar, although that is very impressive. The really distinctive thing is the howl.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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IDQDQ and IDKFA are easy to remember. IDSPISPOPD is slightly trickier, but is still probably going to occupy some of my brain cells forever.

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Re: This sums up the problem:

I always get confused when people use MW to refer to Modern Warfare. MW is MechWarrior.

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This sums up the problem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4yIxUOWrtw

or the Quake version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ZtBCpo0eU

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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If they're going to make light fittings too...

...then put the extra functionality in the fitting, and carry on using a bulb that just does light and is cheap to replace when necessary.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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Re: Amazing

11 pixels? Luxury! We used to dream of actual pixels and had to make do with ASCII art.

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ROBOT telescope discovers ENORMOUS planetary neighbours

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Statistically they probably have found you a G&T

Something like 85% of all known worlds in the galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx, or gee-N'N-T'N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any one of a thousand variations on the same phonetic theme. The drinks themselves are not the same(*), and vary between the Sivolvian 'cginanto/mnigs' which is ordinary water served at slightly above room temperature, and the Gargrakackan 'tzjin-anthony-ks' which kills cows at a hundred paces.

(*) for that repeating phenomenon you of course want Swedish meatballs.

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Back in my day...

I assume you mean Archimedes? The BBC micro was an Acorn.

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Re: Cloud?

Or a micro-SD card if you'd rather save the USB port for something else

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: @stucs201: Standards?

Well the internet would be pretty screwed if it's underlying standards didn't interoperate. I'll stay away from those though in case you get confused between configuration issues you may have had and the standard not working.

Redbook CD audio.

Doesn't matter who which pressing plant the CD came out of, what make of CD player or drive I use or in the case of computer playback who's playback software (provided it runs on the computer in question). Even discs produced decades after the player work. The only time I've ever known anyone have a problem is faulty discs or discs which have varied from the standard in the name of copy protection.

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Re: You'll never get a job in marketing

That is excellent news! I wouldn't want one,

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This is why I miss the pre-web internet.

It used to be that if a new type of service was introduced then a standard would be specified and those who wanted to provide that service implemented it. Sure it could take a while to agree the standard, but once done it'd be around for a very long time and work with whatever combination of client software+hardware and service provider the user wanted.

These days we might get new stuff introduced faster, but it goes away faster too. Innovation might be a good thing, but so are stability and interoperability.

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

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re: And that this would be extortion

Selling advertising space in the first place is extortion.

Once upon a time speculatively telling people about things they might want served a purpose. In an age of search engines people can find what they want without having it shoved in their faces by advertisers.

Yes advertising when your competitor doesn't might make some difference, but the chances are your competitors are doing the same. Market share is likely the same as if neither you or your competitor had an ad campaign, except now costs are higher which in turn means higher prices for your customers - so much for 'free' stuff funded by ads, the only winners are those selling advertising space.

Unfortunately even though I suspect many companies buying advertising space understand this they can't stop easily, since they need their competitors to stop too. So loads of money, time and energy gets wasted on achieving nothing except lining the pockets of the people selling ad space.

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Re: 10K for a watch

10K for a smartwatch as an accessory for a phone is probably not so bad for the sort of person who spends a similar amount on the phone. Unfortunately these watches don't seem to be compatible with the Vertu phones that segment of the market buys.

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Comet 67P found to be COMPLETELY UNATTRACTIVE

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Re: on a moving comet.

Well there seems to be a shortage of stationary comets to practice on...

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Has anyone actually done a cost/benefit analysis of this

Yes.

Some bloke called Elon Musk probably has.

I don't think he's doing this *just* because it's cool (though it is).

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Re: Please stop insulting lawyers by....

How would you prefer we insult them?

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