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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

xeroks

Re: Reg unit acronym

Or perhaps give the unit a name that celebrates a significant point in the series (without giving anything away of course)

1GoT = 1MoD = 0.345 RW

There are other obvious choices, say around the 0.9GoT mark, or the 3.2GoT point, but the names would be serious spoilers.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

xeroks

water pistol

I'd envisaged something more sophisticated involving a water pistol and targeting computer. But the only off-the-shelf targeting computers I could find were only keyed to hit womp rats. :(

This is great use of home brew tech though - simple but working does the trick every time.

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

xeroks

Isn't it a bit late in the day for this bloke - no matter how good he is - to have any impact on the design of the thing?

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

xeroks

google dns

You do remember that GCHQ can legally (according to them) track all calls to overseas servers, like facebook, twitter and ... google.

I don't think they mentioned any exclusions for DNS servers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27887639

and, of course, the NSA are able to collect that data legally too.

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

xeroks

Original Sin?

The whole thrust of the move seems odd, given that Google beat its contemporary search engines to profitability by targeting small advertisers.

Or is this tack a replication of previous success? That is: provide the small guy the ability to advertise, but give the big boys big discounts?

Anyone able to state what rates big advertisers have compared to "indie" Adsense users?

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Boffins build billion-synapse, three-watt 'brain'

xeroks

Re: “you have to know how the brain works to program one of these”.

presumably they actually mean

“you have to know how WE THINK the brain works to program one of these”.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

xeroks

perspective?

By my calculations $330,000 divided by 7548 players comes out at an average $43.72 per person. Come on guys, call that warfare?

Anyone know how much the missed payment was for? In real dollars?

Let's face it, it's exactly the kind of thing people have been spending all that time building BFO spaceships for.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

xeroks

fx7000 fail

I splashed out £50 (a load of money for me at the time) on an fx7000a, at the start of my first open university course. It'll be worth it, I thought, as I'll make a lot of use of it over next 6 years.

It was really good, and quite fun to play with too. I knew someone - a non-programmer - who wrote a game on it.

However, when I started my next course I discovered that I couldn't take it into any further OU exams because it was programmable. Thanks for that.

I ended up buying the cheapest scientific calculator I could find, for about £3. It did me fine, and was also far cheaper for batteries than the 7000.

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

xeroks

additional suggestion..

If they're going to allow emailing or smsing, I strongly suggest that keybeeps should be banned. Some people just don't realise how annoying their constant keypresses are to other folks.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Logo OG

Watched the 3d version on iplayer, complete with one-eyed logo.

It WAS a bit annoying, but I was able to tune it out after a while. More annoying was the flicker - there was a lot more than I'm used to with blu-rays. Don't know if the refresh rate was lower or something.

I struggled to actually watch the thing in 3D, despite having all the required tech. I was out at the weekend. I eventually found an obscure blog posted on the Friday suggesting how to record from Sky using the red button channel. Not useful to me as was away by then.

For some reason my (not as smart as they'd like to think) TV wasn't able to work out that it's own built in iPlayer app was trying to display some 3D content. Luckily my Blu-ray player also can talk to the internet, and I'd got iPlayer fired up on that I was able to get properly cross-eyed.

Perhaps all these things might suggest why few people have been watching BBC in 3D?

Oh yes, and the whole helicopter over London sequence. That was a bit pointless. I've since watched the episode in 2D, and can confirm that the helicopter shots looked better in 3D. But it didn't add anything to the plot, and wasn't really all that funny.

The paintings worked much better in 3D than 2D, and they were intrinsic to the plot, so thumbs up for them. As did the battle scenes, despite the non-movie-budget FX.

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Three Men in a Tardis

xeroks

wonderful derogatory term

"Morlock-botherer".

all we need are some real time travellers to use it on in a disparaging manner.

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Ten top stories from New Who

xeroks

Midnight

should really be on this list.

A wee cracker it was, especially if you ever had a younger sibling realise how annoying it is to repeat everything you say.

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Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

xeroks

Huffety Puffety

Yes, I can remember the Ringstone Round song, even now.

I'll need to see if I can find this series on some internet thing...

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Amazon's profit-eating machine revs into overdrive

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bit of a coincidence really

I find it amazing that with that HUGE revenue, their expenditures match to within a couple of percent. It could have gone a billion either way... I guess it must be pure luck.

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xeroks

re:They're avoiding double taxation

Except no company pays VAT - it's always the customer.

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Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks

xeroks

Entirely appropriate memorial

Beats the hell out of a wee blue plaque.

Seems the asteroid is probably big enough too. I'm not sure you could hide a GCU in there. Maybe some ROUs.

I propose the next steps are:

2. send robot spacecraft

3. hollow out a nice big cylinder

4. get it spinning to simulate gravity

5. err did I miss out the bit about inventing a way of sourcing free energy from the vacuum?

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

xeroks

" As Rob himself says, I may enjoy beer, but I don't want to drink it twenty-one times a week"

between this and the untested frying status of this gloop, it's clear their research team need to come to Scotland for a couple of months.

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

xeroks

audio mixing

Really like the idea of being able to set levels of music, fx and dialogue. The standard mix is not suitable for all circumstances. For instance turning the volume down so neighbours are not awoken by explosions can mean that dialog is inaudible.

But having seen how surprisingly complicated it is to mix surround sound properly, it may not be as easy as turning the fx down a bit.

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xeroks

browser compatiblity

Vaguely interesting idea, but we've seen from the world of web development the difficulties involved in getting of content to work across multiple browser - especially where high quality presentation is expected.

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Graphene QUILT: A good trampoline for elephants in stiletto heels

xeroks

What's the problem? Simply use the previously tried and tested method.

Here's the development process:

1. Take a normal graphite pencil, and a roll of sellotape.

2. Apply the sellotape to the pencil "lead".

3. Remove the sellotape.

Voila! A perfect sheet of graphene.

4. scale up the above process to pachydermic scales, and repeat.

NB

This methodology may result in the devastation of the worlds remaining Sequoia forests as we attempt to make pencils large enough. It may be prudent to decide up-front whether this is a wise thing to do.

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Quantum boffins send data ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

xeroks

look ma, no hidden variables

I never totally understood why these spooky action at a distance interactions couldn't be explained by simple hidden variables. I've always just gone with the flow on it. If Einstein couldn't prove it was wrong, what chance have I got.

However, this experiment does show - without possibility of confusion - that something weird is going on, and that time is not a one way-trip.

It also gives me a few ideas... now where's my "Hong Kong Book of Patent Applications for Things I Know Nothing About?"

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

xeroks
Coffee/keyboard

Theraputic purposes

I'm sure one of the many-cited reasons for using cannabis was that it eases the symptoms of M.S.

I'm sure I can get a strangulated witticism out of that if I really try hard. Hang on a couple of minutes...

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

xeroks
Boffin

re Veering off topic a bit

I have the same thing re SF/SciFi.

It was probably a foreword by someone like Harlan Ellison to a book of (SF!) short stories that did it.

Probably the one that's missing from the list for me (and hasn't been mentioned) is "Never Let Me Go." And not a special effect in sight.

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BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish

xeroks

Maintenance scheduled for this morning

Don't know if it's related or not, but Plusnet were "performing some software upgrades on one of our RADIUS authentication servers." this morning, according to their customer service site. It was expected to be a 5 minute task.

Given that other ISPs were affected, I'd guess it's unlikely to have been the cause of today's problem.

They post warnings about future work like this all the time, and rarely are there any probs.

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xeroks

Plusnet are owned by BT?

@ac

I've been with Plusnet long before they were bought over. I have been surprised - and pleased - that their customer service has remained as good as it always was.

Also their product still has all the stuff BT users don't care about, like fixed IP addresses, php webspace etc.

Having said that, my wife is at home without no internets this morning.

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

xeroks

Steamy Windows?

nah, that wouldn't get past the TM police.

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

xeroks
Happy

Re: “Click here for additional assets”

What about some simplification : "Click for more"

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LucasArts' Dark Forces

xeroks

Re: It was a great game

Boba was one of the bosses, I don't think you could avoid him.

He was the flying one who attacked you with rockets, like the mark 2 robots but without a plasma gun.

I'm sure you kill him, which since the story takes place before TESB is a bit wrong. But it's possible he was just having a kip or something..

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xeroks

Imperial Officer

Being unable to save games mid level really upped the ante on this game.

The last one was particularly nasty, as you'd expect.. The adrenalin was really pumping as you got locked in the hangar with a bucketload of robo death and only a couple of lives left. You knew if you died, you'd have to go all the way back to the start, to face all those rocket-wielding, plasma-blasting goons again.

The very end was a bit of a revelation - never thought I'd feel sorry for an inattentive imperial officer, but there you go.

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Gamer fails STAM roll, dies after 40-hour Diablo III stretch

xeroks

he could have been working

Perhaps this poor bloke wasn't addicted to gaming and didn't "play" himself to death.

Maybe he was just trying to earn some money via the real money auctions in Diabo III.

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Devolo dLAN 500Mb/s powerline network adaptor review

xeroks

futureproof?

I've got a couple of the 500 AV plus and a 500 AVtriple.

They work well: a pc previously connected via wifi now has a solid, reliable connection, while another which had previous been directly connected to the modem/router hasn't had any degradation at all.

I got the 500mbps version for futureproofing: our exchange is due to get fibre broadband this year.

OK it won't use all the bandwidth available to the 200mbps kit, but stick in a NAS, and a bit of interference* as neighbours start using the same kind of kit, and you might be hitting your head on that ceiling.

*I have no idea if your neighbours powerline network really will affect yours. I'd just be very surprised if it didn't, at least slightly.

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HBO wants royal price for Iron Throne

xeroks

upgrade option

a nice, comfy cushion.

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Life on Mars found – in 1976

xeroks

Enhance!

Is this how the handy "Enhance" feature applied to digital photos in detective tv series works? I always wondered.

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

xeroks

The Wraith

What a rubbish film the Wraith was. A total waste of an evening. Neither the topless girl nor the single funny line made up for how bad it was.

The most annoying thing was that the excellent "Bad Taste" was in the next screen, a film which i didn't see until years later.

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The seven types of commentard

xeroks
Gimp

Re: First

Don't suppose that was the guy who used to rant for pages about psychosis -inducing "Acoustic Bullets", mind reading government agents and stuff?

I started to read one of his posts, but managed to stop before it was too late.

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SUPERCOMPUTER vs your computer in bang-for-buck battle

xeroks

Cool

Interesting article ( though no mention of either a ZX Spectrum, or computers used for Moon landings.)

I think your homebrew hardware is showing where some of the price differentials are coming in: cooling and infrastructure.

I'll bet supercomputers being used today need a bit more cooling that a couple of noisy fans, and more infrastructure than a domestic power socket.

Scale up that Generic PC to even Roadrunner speeds, via an imaginary beowulf array, and you will have a shed full of quarter of a million grey boxes. Going to be hot in there, and you'll need a few 4-way adapters too.

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41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

xeroks

other advantages

If you're using this to record video, that big sensor might help with anti-shake, as well as post-production cropping.

It does do video, doesn't it?

That 3fps for low res doesn't bode well, i suppose...

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Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet

xeroks

no problems

all they'll see is 3 different signals (or is there another one for B&W).

they can translate that into whichever frequencies they want.

We'll do the same, It'll be interesting how many different signals they'll send - will they be like dogs and see with fewer receptors? Or squid with far, far more?

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xeroks
Alien

ITV 4

The good news is that they'll have been watching our TV for the last 40-50 years.

Currently such delights as Bergerac and the Crystal Maze will be hitting their screens, as well as, conincidentally, Red Dwarf. Lucky them.

Presumably they've not been sending us their telly? How selfish! I reckon they could do a good line in "Dark Humour".

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ENORMOUS BACKSIDE FILMED FROM SPACE in moon flypast

xeroks
Alien

Clanger

Are you sure this isn't a picture of the clanger's home world?

Looks far more like it than our side, which suggests Oliver Postgate was either prescient or a space traveller.

Actually the latter might explain a lot.

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LG 3D TV ads misled buyers, judges watchdog

xeroks

Passive HD

They could get round this by including a view mode which uses the same flicker technique as active screens use:

1 picture for red filter, next for cyan.

It'll probably be unwatchable because of the flicker, but it would be full hd.

(Should I be patenting this idea? or is it too late now it's in the public domain? d'oh, i always do this.)

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Boffins make graphene micro-distillery

xeroks
Go

Future graphene research projects.

There are several significant inventions we're still waiting for - could graphene be the missing piece in the jigsaw?

1) try firing a beam of neutrinos at some of the stuff. Who knows? You might invent a time machine. Or a Warp drive. It's worth a try.

2) Or what about concentrated light? There's got to be a way to turn a handful of laser pointers into a lightsabre, and graphene might just be it. Since the lightsabre sound is v. important, try firing laser and sound at graphene at the same time.

3) Maybe it reflects gravity. We already know you can write upside down using a graphite pencil. A hoverboard would be cool.

4) But not as useful as a teleporter. Not one of those boring quantum teleporters. A real one. Maybe a pair of entangled sheets of graphene would to the trick

Come on! This isn't about namby-pamby double-bluffed testing. It's about throwing science at the wall and seeing what sticks.

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Sony HMZ-T1 3D head mounted display

xeroks

iVue

So how does this compare to the less geeky (ok slightly) looking offerings from vuzix?

Are those oleds better?

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Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

xeroks

solution to pipeline problem

To get round planning difficulties for building piplines, pipe the gas out to sea, and link with existing infrastructure.

Simples.

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xeroks

err..

all that infrastructure on the west coast of England...

:-/

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BBC website ditches modules in facelift

xeroks

Ugh

like several others here, I only use the news landing page.

Out of curiosity I just had a look at the new "official" home page. I liked the 80's style clock.

That's about it.

Their main problem is that there are so many competing realms within the Beeb, and they all want a link from the home page.

I think they'd be better chucking it all away, and leave a google style interface (with menus if you really must). I'll have that by next week please.

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

xeroks

lovefilm

I reckon Lovefilm/Amazon must be attempting the same end - meltdown - using different tactics.

Their online selection has been pathetic for a while now, but it seems that their selection of DVDs is not being updated as you'd expect. Instead of seeing options to "pre-order" a title, you're offered the option to buy on Amazon.

I don't want to buy! I'm happy waiting a REASONABLE amount of time, then renting.

Why would I want to buy more films? I've already got a bunch sitting on a shelf gathering dust, not being watched. That's why I rent.

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NASA: Beam me up some power, Scotty

xeroks

space based laser

Yes, Mr Bond, I have taken control of the vastly over-specified 190GW space laser and will target North and South Korea, Jerusalem, Mecca and Dallas, thus igniting World War 3...

Unless the British Government pay my ransom!

That'll be ONE MEELLEEON DOLLARS! Bwah hah hah!!

etc

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Microsoft bans all plugins from touchable IE10

xeroks

drm - iPlayer

Hmm wonder how like of iPlayer will handle it's DRM freeness. Did iplayer ever make it to the iphone?

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LOHAN deluged with Reg readers' interjections in REHAB

xeroks

base plate & support

If the motor base plate and support were a standalone structure, like this:

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You could use pre-made piping for the cylinders, and wouldn't need to worry about welding / gluing anything to the inside of the inner one.

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