* Posts by Dave 126

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

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Or so that toys and other Ep VIII merchandise can be sold in the run to Christmas!

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Re: Whatever happened to John McTiernan?

He's fighting bankruptcy after spending ten months in prison for wire-tapping.

However, the cinematographer from Predator (and Patriot Games, Die Hard with a Vengeance) Don McAlpine is still working.

EDIT: MP3 of McAlpine being interviewed by Philip Adams. Theyhave history, since they were cinematographer and producer respectively of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/don-mcalpine2c-cinematographer/4514790

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>Or is the "Episode VIII" in that sentence a rogue one?

It's a rogue one. Rogue One will tell the story of how the Death Star plans that were the McGuffin from Episode IV came to be stolen from the Empire. Whilst Episode VII can be criticised for following E IV's aesthetic too slavishly, Rogue One can be a full homage without complaint.

It will be directed by Gareth Edwards, who made his name by making Monsters, a relationship drama set against the backdrop of an alien monster-infested quarantine zone in Central America. The monsters were rendered on his laptop, and many of the cast were just people he met in-situ.

Edwards was then given a massive budget to make Godzilla, which received "generally favourable reviews". Edwards' direction was praised.

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It hasn't been released on Blu-Ray or DVD yet. There are no pirated copies of any screener DVDs (destined for critics and award judges) because SWTFA is not chasing any awards, and Disney know that any screener DVD would be quickly ripped and put online (as has happened with many recent films, such as the Hateful Eight and Room).

There is a case for downloading Star Wars films - if you already own E IV or V, then it isn't wrong to download the De-specialised Editions, because Lucas never released the original films in HD format without any added CGI rubbish. Instead, some fans camaigned for such a release took the project into their own hands.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: If Pluto is taken.

>I want a t-shirt with 6 sleeves, and 'I was abducted and taken to an ant-world, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt' on the front.

Pop over to Etsy.com and make a request! :)

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Call it Glenda, after the mascot for Plan[et] 9 From Bell Labs.

But seriously, Planet names are weird. They are all Roman, except Earth, and strangely Uranus which is Greek. Many of the Solar System's moons are Roman or Greek, or else named after mythological figures from many cultures, Inuit, Gallic, Hawaiian, and so on. There are so many of them that we can assume the best names are already taken.

There might be worse ideas than to look to a synthetic mythology for a new planet name. Given Tolkein's day job, some character's from Middle Earth would at least sound right: Girion, Durin, Hirgon, Amrothos

http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Planets

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Middle-earth_characters

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: No Support Stnadard there?

Easy fix: Kit the admins out with a Dvorak keyboard and they'll no longer use "t5r4e3w2q1". Easy!

[Alt text: Why was a type of keyboard that was designed to allow faster accurate typing marketed with a name that looks like a typographical error? Would it have been too much to ask of Dr. Dvorak that he change his name to Dr. Fast-Type?]

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>"It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password"

Or

It's 2016 and smart people still haven't found a way to make authentication easy to use.

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Re: Nothing wrong with insecure passwords

And just to prove my above point about insecure passwords on irrelevant sites, this is me, richard?, posting as Dave 126, because that idiot set his password to the obvious phrase 'horse pencils'. Clearly he doesn't consider TheRegister to be that important!

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Re: When is a phone not a phone...

>- since when has a phone been more about productivity than communication?

It's just by historical contingency that we now call our pocket computers 'phones'. In an slightly different alternate reality they might have been called 'connected PDAs' or somesuch. Even before smartphones and 'feature-phones', people would use commonly use their phone as alarm clocks, calculators and torches.

You'll note also that we tend to drop the 'tele' from 'telephone' (dumb phone, smart phone, mobile phone, cell phone etc), so a mere MP3 player could correctly be called a 'phone', since there is no 'tele' (at a distance) involved. Heck, some people just call them 'mobiles'.

If I browse TheRegister or retreive my email on my 'phone', then the 'tele' part is present, but not the 'phone' (sound or voice).

(Icon: Not a grammer Nazi, but an armchair etymologist)

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Re: Standards

> Something which can stand against Messenger or WhatsApp in functionality and ease of use. SMTP for messaging, if you like.

I don't know too much about it, but RCS - Rich Communication Services - might be a candidate. It's been in development for years by the GSMA, but nobody uses it. Google have recently bought into it, since they are competing with Facebook and Apple's iMessage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Communication_Services

http://9to5google.com/2015/09/30/google-commits-to-rcs-the-sms-successor-and-acquires-jibe-to-prove-it/

https://bloggeek.me/android-rcs/

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>I will boycott them, just like I have been boycotting MySpace, and look at them now.

@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

So you're the person responsible for the collapse of Friends Reunited! :)

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

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Re: I know how they got there

>Yes, mine is the white lab coat, the one used during cavity searches...

Sir, we can't conduct this cavity search until you take your coat off.

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Dell drops next network OS on the waiting world

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Re: Not another-

> [X is] this decade's 'Turbo'.

Haha, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo was called Super Street Fighter 2 X in Japan in the 90's... showing yet again Japan was a decade ahead of us when it comes to technology!

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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>Unfortunately their staff are probably too NDA'ed to tell us.

Specific details yeah, but not completely NDA'd... BBC Radio 4 had a 15 minute documentary last year about the ancient code that banks run.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Re: One uses the software

@Walter Bishop

I said that Linux wasn't an option for everyone at this time. I did not deny that Linux can be good idea for many people today.

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>Interestingly, one of the reasons why Windows has done so well is because of the ecosystem it spawned. So whilst it might seem like a good idea for MS to do more, in fact it will only serve to destroy another part of the Windows ecosystem...

Yes, Windows has done well because it has spawned an ecosystem of productivity applications.

However, the idea that people choose Windows because it has a wider selection of anti-virus software than other OSs seems a bit of a stretch.

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Re: Boom!

>Microsoft just thunder around like a monopoly: in their minds there is no need for trust because noone has a choice but to use them

So according to you, raising questions for discussion = thundering around like a monopoly. Oh well.

Ok Dougal, one more time...

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Re: @Dave 126 - People who are thus tied to Windows

>People who are thus tied to Windows deserve to suffer ever increasing pain.

Eh?

The whole fucking point is that they, the users, have no fucking say-so in the OS they use; they are tied to their industry standard applications. What part of you fails to grok that, you pathetic misanthrope?

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Re: Boom!

Eh?

Microsoft have raised a possible future tactic for the public to weigh its pros and cons.

They haven't enacted it, so how is it shooting themselves in the foot?

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Re: Products become Services

Eh?

We're living in an age where a £30 PC can run a GUI desktop and traditional office applications, as well as playing HD video.

Phones, likewise. I'm seeing more 'bought outright' phones amongst Joe Public, like the One+ and Cubot, and also people keeping their 2-4 year-old phone and switching to a 'SIM only tariff'. At the moment, to tide me over 'til I can afford a new screen for my 'proper' phone, I'm using an Android 4 phone purchased unlocked from Sainsbury's for £25*.

For sure, there are parts of the world where £25 is still a hefty investment, but not in the markets that have bought IT gear to date.

*It makes phones calls clearly. Android instates my contacts without fuss. Battery is pretty good. It lets me text and email. All in all, a handy spare to keep around. Alacatel Pixi 3.

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C'mon 'coder, you know that is not an option for everyone at this time.

Many industries, their software suites and workflows don't have Linux/BSD/OSX/Whatnot alternatives. One uses the software that one's clients and partners use.

People who are thus tied to Windows are right to express their concerns and criticisms.

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Hey, Intel and Micron: XPoint is phase-change memory, right? Or is it? Yes. No. Yes

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Re: But, but, but, ...

You use the 'joke' icon, but your point is sensible:

It really doesn't matter if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck, or eats like a duck. The diner only cares if it tastes like a duck.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

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Re: Vulturebot Futures Enterprises, can with a Will, stand and deliver Crazy Horse Salons

No more mugwump jism for that man!

It's Dry January, after all.

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Re: Got a point there...

>Would an electromagnet count as an electric/electronic disabler?

And the enemy team unsportingly uses plate aluminium or austenitic stainless steel, the bounders!

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Re: Bring it On

I've gone through the rules, and I can't see anything that precludes Sonic Resonance Weapons - the damage wouldn't be invisible (see the rules) is one can see the target robot being shaken apart!

Maud'Dib!

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Re: I hope a lot of old favourites are back

All the expensive and long build robots were retired as the losers did not fancy getting theirs written off.

Indeed. In this day and age, teams could their robots built by the production company to their own (CAD) design, so that each team selected for competition has a couple of spare robots. Something like that.

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Re: Close range but powerful...

The rules state that projectiles must be tethered, and that the tether is capable of stopping the projectile at full speed within 2.5 meters... so yeah, a captive bolt gun of the sort used for killing cows would be allowed, but not the one from No Country.

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Re: Jihad bot

Prohibbited by rule 12.7.3

"Explosives

Explosives or flammable solids such as DOT Class C devices, Gunpowder, Cartridge Primers or Military"

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Re: Take advantage of modern sensor accuracy

>Or just have a photo-diode on the top of the flipper at a point where if it's not in the shade, it won't activate the flipper.

Enemy robot is fitted with LEDs on its undercarriage.

NEXT!

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Re: Web of Death

>Dual-wielded Super Soakers, anyone...?

That's so easy to defend against:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/conformal-coatings/0494714/

And also, the water-weapon approach might fall foul of rule 12.3 "Stopping Combat"

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The Player of Games

>+1 for the sneaky IMB reference

Thank you, but it was Hope Spirals who started it!

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Re: Got a point there...

>What about one of those water slug firing shotguns the army have on their bomb disposal robots to disable electronics packages?

It seems the accepted jargon for that is "Projected Water Disruptor"

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_disposal#Projected_water_disruptors

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Re: Well what worked best before?

Ah, that explains it! 'FIRST Design' is a design for the FIRST Robotics Competition... my brain read it as 'First Design' (as in v.0.1 or whatever) and so I was trying to read it as a commentary about actually making the very first you sketch on the back of a beermat.

Thank you richardcox13 :)

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Re: Well what worked best before?

That's one of the very few XKCD strips that confuses me... viewing it again in the context of a 'Robot Wars' style competition, it makes a little bit more sense - but I still feel that I'm missing something. Was it drawn in reference to some US TV Robot Soccer event?

So, the robot uses the sprinkler system to disable those things that look like cherry-picker platforms, and then it is pushing two footballs? I can't tell!

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Re: Deadline

> it's too late to get something together from scratch.

What would B. A. Baracus think of that defeatist attitude? He could construct a winning robot in a single afternoon, whilst trapped in cave with nothing but a oxy-acetylene torch and some junk. For shame....

:)

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Re: Deadline

Perhaps they are just using the first series of this new run to raise awareness of it to would-be competitors.

If so, one can expect more competitors and variety in Robot Wars Reboot Series 2.

What do we know? From BBC Media Centre:

- More robots and teams than original series

- Use of new technology - Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, 3D printing, cheap sensors, small cameras etc

- Educational

- Still includes "crushing, sawing and scorching"

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/robot-wars-returns

One can assume that the use of new technologies (one can order quickly order custom parts by emailing a CAD file, schools and 'maker groups' have 3D printers) lowers the bar of entry, thus allowing more teams to compete.

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Re: hmmm idea's idea's

I've emailed the contact details for entry to Lester Haines, hopefully he'll report back to us here if he hears back from them.

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Re: Web of Death

It sounds like you too have used a small RC helicopter to remove cobwebs from a high ceiling!

But yeah, get some diamond dust abrasive wire around your enemies axles, and let them damage themselves using their own motors and batteries.

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Against a Dark Background

Or indeed, are the floors painted black?

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Surface Detail

meaning, are the floors ferrous?

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Are they sure to have security flaws?

I'd have thought that existing competitive RC leagues ( cars, planes etc) would have ironed out those kind of issues.

The production company is likely to fit Go-Pro cameras to competing robots (to make things more 'immersive' for the viewer at home), and will take a dim view of anyone messing with them.

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>would that be cheating though?

That attack method would be easy to defend against... just pot the PCBs in epoxy or silicone conform spray.

The thing about an arms is race... etc etc

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The production company are boasting of a "purpose built, literally bullet-proof arena" in Glasgow, so maybe the new rules won't be quite so constrained by safety concerns.

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Re: Deadline

>Our assumption is that they must have already contacted existing teams. It is very short notice otherwise.

@Lester Haines

I've emailed you a link to the production company's website that has an email address and telephone number for more information.

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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Re: Get rid of the legs..

Begone! This site is Playmobil territory!

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Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

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Thank you.

You concisely expressed what I was trying to say in my vague and meandering post below. Cheers!

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Ah well.

So, what jobs are necessary for our comfort and well-being? Primarily, those in food production, shelter construction, and healthcare. Then there are the jobs that can support the above, so tractor manufacturers, and teachers as examples.

However, people seem to have a knack for creating jobs for themselves that seem inefficient. Indeed, owning objects that have been made in inefficiently labour-intensive ways is one way very rich people display their status. They are nopt the only ones, though.

Less affluent people will also make a point of using local goods and services, even if carries a cost premium, since they have a desire of keeping money in their area, supporting the livelihoods of people who might in turn be their own customers or clients.

We don't just go to work for the money. We go to work so we have experience of cock-ups and triumphs to talk about when we get to the pub in the evening. And yeah, that is a relatively privileged position.

So, how can we rejig this global system so everybody has enough (but not too much) to do, and no one is fearfully close to the breadline?

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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Re: A Barge is not stable enough...

Object supported by fluid [rocket on fast jet of gasses] landing on object supported by fluid [barge on slow moving water].

I'd assume that any control systems that deal with landing the rocket can additionally deal with and small movement of the barge without much extra effort.

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