* Posts by m0rt

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Re: Tired of the whole analogue thing

Probably right. By that same logic any electric guitar is the same after you have stuck it through an effects processor and so why have all these variations and everyone should just use a Telecaster.

Analogues, for me at least, they are just immense fun to play. The more you play around, the more you discover things that you can then use. It isn't *just* about the sound, it is about the entire creativity for the person doing the creating.

If you don't like it, that is great. I wouldn't knock you for processing everything via a DAW and a few controllers and a library of awesome plugins.

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Re: I love this stuff

Seriously, consider a Monotribe instead. They are so much fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkvpSkzcYWU

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Re: But I'm skint!

True...but then you can do a lot with a Waldorf Rocket/Monotribe (Or Dark Energey if you are flusher) and the new SQ-1 (Or Dark time if you are flusher) which don't take up a lot of space and you just really can't beat twiddly knobs.

For those that don't know, the Monotribe has CV./Gate in with no mods with V2.11 of the OS. WHich you load with a sound file...:D

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Cor!

How nicely surprised was I to see this on El Reg.

Anyhow - you didn't mention the MS-20m kit release, which is pretty ground breaking beacuse it isn't just a clone(well, as much as possible) like the mini or kit, it actually has improvements and extra features.

Or the SQ-1 which I have on pre-order...finally a CV sequencer other that the Doepfer Dark Time (Which is still looks fantastic btw), and it also handles V/HZ as standard. Well, obviously, it is a Korg. But the BEST thing is it is only £89!

The scary thing is, I was only wishing Korg would re-make the SQ-10 the other week...I must have powers.

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Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?'

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Re: Past Form

As a newly returned O2 subscriber because Three didn't really work too well whilst I was at home, I can say that their network doesn't seem to be. Dropped calls, dud calls are a regular occurance around this area. At least with Three it was a poor signal issue but you knew what to expect. Here, O2 is up and down like a yo-yo. Plus, the voice quality on Three is noticably better, even when O2 is on 4G!

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Friends, Canadians, countrymen: Would you buy a GOLD PLATED BlackBerry Passport?

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So, Andrew...

... when are you owning up to it being yours?

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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"The internet will disappear..." already does...

...when the power is turned off.

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

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OFCOM/Government shouldn't be thinking of the mobile spectrum as a cash cow.

"...bad for the UK government which wants to maximise revenue from selling the spectrum."

Whereas I am always in favour of a deal for the tax payer, didn't really help when we sold the 3g spectrum.

Plus, the providers want to profit. So whatever they pay the government, we therefore end up paying anyway, so there is no real benefit to us. If they don't think down that line then what we are really showing is that they are just screwing us twice. Once by saying "Look what we for for you" before throwing it down the drain in Civil Service costs or whatever, then again when we end up paying more anyway so the providers turn a profit.

If my reasoning is flawed, please can you point it out? I am not an economist by any stretch of anyone's imagination.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

TBH - I suspect that price rises are inevitable. From what I can gather, we seem to enjoy some of the cheapest rates out of Europe and the US. Personally I don't mind paying for a reliable, decent service, even it it means more. But I suspect that I will still get the same bitty crap for more money.

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Re: partially unfurled

12 YEARS!

Man. Where did my life go? I could swear it was about 6, if not 5.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Boris?

Goldeneye.

He beat 'Scar-Jo' (really? We doing this?) to the two keyboards at a time on screen.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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Re: Big Three?

Xenomorphs/Tribbles being one of them.

Possibly.

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OS X search tool Spotlight runs roughshod over Mail privacy settings

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Re: A rock and a hard place

New features? Desk top search? Not exactly new, in fact spotlight (or locate) has been around for a long time.

This is a fundamental thing, searching emails but FOLLOWING THE LINKS in the emails? I mean come on! This is just stupid! What you have hear is someone treating desktop search the same way they approach the internet where they feel it is GREAT to show a titbit from that link (Ever used Slack?) It adds sod all to usability, just more of this silly self inflated expectation of interconnectedness.

It is like moving into a brand new home, all the mod cons and shiny shiny and coming with your mailing address already sent out to all the marketing companies 'so you don't have to worry about sending them your change of address!'.*

It is just a complete lack of embedding security and privacy into the mindset of those coming up with ideas. There is no alternative, not now, not ever.

*actually, this isn't quite right, but I quite liked the imagery :)

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Wonder what would happen if I legally changed my name to :

Kind regards,

M0rt Wuthers This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited .....The third OBE

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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Re: By a strange coincidence...

If space is an issue, get a Monotribe. Best fun you can have with an analogue synth. Awesome piece of kit. Just don't forget to update it to OS2.11.

The filter is meant to be similar to the MS-20.

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By a strange coincidence...

...I took delivery of an MS-20 mini today.

Mines the one with the patch cable hanging out the pocket.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: Weasle Wording?

I did, but I didn't want to spoil your fun.

Selfless: me.

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Fark me. Upvoted for sensible comment.

Though last time did any RPG/ILE it was called an ISeries. Dunno what it is now.

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Re: Weasle Wording?

I noted this. Then I suspect that there needs to be a license for the user to * enter * their expense claim. The civil service IT overlords are getting to/are at a criminally negligent situation regarding taxpayers money.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Is this any worse than, say, EA?

The amount of issues that occur with EA on Battlefield 4 on the PS4 for multiplayer is horrendous. And they are far, far more resourced.

This isn't even including the PSN issues.

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

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He did.

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Really quiet in here.

Anyone would think you all had something better to do.

EDIT: Aha - moderators have something better to do instead. :)

Anyway, on topic, I would be tempted if it had a removable battery. I like the form factor. Reminds me of the Palm Pixi, which I still miss. Wonder how BB will cope when the ART runtime gradually replaces Dalvik. Anyone have an idea?

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

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Biggest problem is the quality of the Apps. I do not mind paying for a decent price (For example, Spirit FM price) for an app if:

It does what I want.

It works well.

It doesn't require my complete history, including all generations back to m0rt the terrible in the dark ages.

However, a new Winpho I do have (735 - it really is a nice bit of kit and a a phone camera that has some Bokeh AND manual focus is damned useful) and:

Netflix - Really? New app and it has been faulty on the majority of Window phones for 2 weeks since this latest release in the sense that you CAN'T PLAY ANYTHING. Look at your own feedback.

FLAC support. SO there is, now, native FLAC support buried in the Windows API but there is still no way of playing them in one single Music application. Though this will be addressed in the next OS release.

Still no all encompassing decent email app that rivals the likes of K-9. And Microsoft, since WHEN did compressing images automatically become allowable if I want to send via email? With NO WAY to turn it off? Are you crazy?

Windows Phone 8.1 seems sandboxed to hell, which is good in some ways from the securty aspect, but bad in the sense that certain apps that I realllllly want from Android, such as Fing and Wifi Analyser, you can't really get on the WIndows Phone platform because access to those aspects of the OS are just completely isolated.

So if Windows (Phone) 10 addresses these issues, then I can see it taking off. At the moment, it is just going to be more of the same cruft.

Apart from that, Cortana is hilarious and useful. Battery life is stonking, and I do think the Tile screen is still one of the best UIs for a phone.

I don't actually know where I was going with this accept that I like the phone, the eco system sucks and decent apps that the techs want will draw in more development. So that sandboxing needs addressing.

Sorry for the capitals.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: So

Only if playing by Guerilla Warefare rules. If using the standard El Reg Forum variant, you can only get to MC after both amanfromMars AND Ledswinger have both commented.

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

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Re: coffee in the UK

Upvoted as anyone recommending coffee beans of calibre deserves it...but at those prices I think I will carry on 'slumming' it with ravecoffee....

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Seriously, this story was the best gift ever to the editorial team...

Admit it.

"Firm tells women to take them off immediately" Oh the Glee and Chortles must have been legenday.

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Bitcoin exec gets two years over illegal Silk Road funny money trading

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Re: @AMFM Charlie Shrem gets jailed for helping criminals launder money

I am so glad you told me. That was a real conundrum.

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@AMFM Re: Charlie Shrem gets jailed for helping criminals launder money

Can you explain 'IT' ? I am interested and I can interpret your meaning in a few ways - especially when taking into account other posts.

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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You will need to...

...poach a new news reader from somewhere. Shame really, Regina was cracking.

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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What will Rory do now...

...that he will be in such hallowed company as yourselves, and be forced to extort Apple information from other sources, and left off all the invite lists? :)

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: Thank God for the NSA's Internet surveillance program

"IT's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and why do y'all meekly accept it so and allow earnest arrogant fools to be the useless blunt ignorant tools that you perceive to lead and provide future guidance with chaos into CHAOS"

But isn't that just *society* as a whole? There is an argument that societies are just mass delusions that people buy into to live in a certain manner with a certain amount of prediction.

Pratchett was incredibly accurate. We choose not to see.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Timestamps

I can take the changes, will certainly take some getting used to, but one aspect which I really would *love* to see reverted is Article timestamps, as opposed to '19mins ago, 12 hours ago' etc....

Am I the only one? You could display in the browser TZ as opposed to just BST unless you are already doing that...

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Microsoft says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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Sysdamins

"Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins"

If they build in the ability to electric shock the user at the sysadmin's will I reckon that would have them taking it up in droves.

"Sorry, you say your 'computer won't work' when you mean you have forgotton your password? *Bzzzzt* Remember it yet? Yes? Shame."

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Will tech titans SWALLOW upstart where Apple guru Steve Wozniak works?

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I miss days when increasing storage...

...meant buying a c90 as opposed to a c60.

Bah, humbug.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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@ Ribblethrop Re: Talking of plain English

Re: 4x4 spare wheel crown.

I feel that you should be introduced to the Oris Big Crown Commander. Originally developed to allow easy adjustment whilst wearing flying gloves.

Flying gloves, iWatch, sounds like a match made in Hipster Heaven. Or Portland/Shoreditch*

*depending on your POO.**

**Ha Poo! I meant to abr. Point of Origin.

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Re: Talking of plain English

Weird, init? People say 'I don't need a watch because my phone tells the time...' but few say, I don't need a mobile phone because I have a watch, it is lighter, has better battery life and is more convenient* AND it means I don't have to worry about anyone contacting me, shit news, facebook updates and dropping it.

*I appreciate certain skin irritations aside - my wife also suffers and has to change watches on a regular basis, phone is out because of job.

Oh yeah - shout outs to J...

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Re: Crown is correct

"...but Ive's reference to it is the first I have seen for many years."

Why would you if don't use watches or attend Horology meetings?

I was telling my cousin about the announced fork of Debian the other day and why systemd vs system V. He is a plumber. I used lots of terms that, for him, are not common parlance. He wasn't interested but I bored him with it anyway*. Personally, I thought of it as paying him back for laughing at my terms for various things he has contact with day to day, including my use of the term 'butterfly valve' every time I man a 3-way valve.

True story.

*Just like I am boring you, now...

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Crown is correct

As much as I disagree a lot with Ive, his use of the term 'digital crown' is correct. A crown is the winder or adjuster on a watch and is in common parlance. So, because it is an input device for the electronics, I don't see why digital crown was deemed cringeworthy.

Won't stop me mercilessly mocking anyone who gets one, though.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Nerd carriage?

Yeah, but they should be forced to answer in Klingon.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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@JulieM Re: Cygwin

...and what happened?

Your computer's cpu utlisation disappeared into a recursive black hole?

Enquiring minds, and all that...

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Re: Cygwin

This is true. And Vmware is also used. But I use Cygwin mainly to manipulate things on windows because I know bash better than powershell, cmd etc.

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Re: Cygwin

+ 1 for Cygwin. I use Cygwin, but on that list Classic shell, VLC are definite. I usually recommened Malwarebytes to those friends and family who use Windows based stuff.

On my Win8.1 laptop, obviously.

However, I use Clementine for Music, because it is the same interface on my *nix based stuff as well as the Latop, then.

However, I bet a fair proportion of Reg readers use the Putty toolset! That and VLC are probably the most commonly first installed things I have placed on a windows machine in the last 12 years.

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Re: The first rule of software development...

If you extrapolate that theory:

The first rule of war is to have a more power than your enemy.

The first rule of football is to have moer power than your opponents.

The first rule of racing is to have a more powerful car than your competitors.

Yeah, seems to work. :)

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Army of Darkness

s'on Netflix, too, I am fairly certain.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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Re: Ecuadoran Embassy

I reckon you could get crowd funding to start producing that....

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Or at least a comic strip in the vein of "Everyone Loves Eric Raymond"...

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Five-eyes partners dilute UN resolution criticising metadata collection

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Re: How ironic.....

Careful.

Use of 'Irony' could end up with you on a 'watch list' these days.

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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HA! More fool them!

' “GERONTIC” (Vodafone) delivered up a huge amount of communications to GCHQ and NSA spooks.'

All that money they wasted when all they had to do was ask and they would get the whole bloody lot, apparently.

For once, and I do mean once, I agree with Jimmy Wales.

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