* Posts by Imsimil Berati-Lahn

177 posts • joined 27 Oct 2010

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: @Martin Budden: One of these things is not the same as the other...

"Assume the sheep is a sphere..."

... with zero rest mass, neutral charge and a spin of 1/2.

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'Sterile neutrinos' re-ignite 'we found dark-stuff' debate

Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Coat

Thank goodness for that.

For a moment there I thought we were seeing more of those mutant neutrinos responsible for super-heating the Earth's core causing all that apocalyptic seismic activity we saw a couple of years ago.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Gosh durn turnado...

Gunna build me a big ol' wall, keep them pesky durn turnados outta my back yard. Git! gwaan outtahere! Pesky durn turnado. <mumble, grimble>

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Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: A billion people? Compelling use case

two letters:

E:D

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Manx telecom SIM for use as backup.

Get a PAYG SIM from Manx telecom. Isle of Man based network, roams all of the mainland UK networks. Same cost* as a mainland PAYG calls and texts.

*except folks phoning you on that number probably won't get to use their inclusive minutes, but you're only using it for outgoing calls anyway.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: FUD

Okay, stop it now.

It's turning into a Two Ronnies sketch.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: @AC101 @stu4

"Learning Latin teaches you Latin. that's it."

Learning Latin instills linguistic reasoning, induction and deduction. It teaches the phonetic, grammatical and syntactical building blocks of five other majority languages spoken worldwide. It develops ones ability to communicate and understand by using language.

Some of those for whom it seems important believe that everyone should be made to learn it.

However, it is not everybody's forte.

It should be available to learn, but not compulsory.

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Facial recognition tech convicts man in Chicago robbery case

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Bad headlines

You're damn right: Clickbait headline, plain wrong both in terms of information and morality, (like journos worry about either of those things eh?)

Thankfully the article detail is a little more honest.

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Still watching DVDs? You're a PLANET-KILLING CARBON HOG!

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Worth checking the source

Thanks for the working link.

My opinion is that the study has some flawed assumptions.

1) People will exclusively use EITHER physical media, OR streamed media.

2) Physical media will only be watched once.

3) Physical media devices use more energy than streaming ones.

Generally, none of these assumptions will be true.

And also the study is incomplete for not including the retained downloaded electronic media model.

Also those kind of figures are like a fart in a hurricane compared with food production energy usage.

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Headmaster

Re: Spelling and Grammer

according to WHOM...

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: "45 MPH isn't really very fast "

The mileage will depend upon the wind direction since that maximum 45mph is air speed.

You're absolutely right though. For that kind of money I could get an ultralight, a Hayabusa and a Landrover with plenty of change left over for various types of mind-altering chemicals if I ever got bored the previous three things.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Turn them off?

We all (most of us) remeber the paperclip atrocities.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifleu0VVAc0

Lest we forget.

I expect Mr Martin has been subject to similar annoyances and has decided: Never again.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Vinly is all well and good, but...

... you simply can't beat the warm and wholesome sound of two rocks being bashed together roughly in time with the strange rythmns pulsating inside my otherwise empty skull.

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Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Dual track is nothing new

I remember the "Ride a Reindeer" christmas novelty record. A 4 groove 45, each track lasting approximately 40 seconds and each with a different winning reindeer. Place your bets...

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Choice of burial site and reasons for exhuming

I thought they chose the New Mexico desert in the misguided hope that nuclear weapon testing would vaporise their stockpile of toxic waste. Unfortunately they were ill-informed about the chosen test sites subsequent to completion of the Manhattan project. So now the offending articles are being exhumed and shipped to North Korea with the promise of molecular-level annihilation some time soon.

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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Is there a rocket scientist in the house?

I wondered about this.

If they're going for a geosynchronous SV, just have the one with a footprint pointing at Japan. Ahh, but then it's not at the zenith from Japan and you don't get cen-ti-meee-terr accuracy, (cos that's soooo important for your average user). I would hazard a guess that they'd need to use inclined elliptical orbits so the SV is wafting North and South of the equator on a daily basis, hence the need for 4 of them each with the inclination axis offset by 90° longitude to ensure there is an aggregated link overhead all the time. That's why they call it "Quasi-Zenith" I suppose.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: "...in one unnamed country..."

I wonder what it's like being a citizen of <NUL>.

If you forget when your doctors appointment is, can you get the NSA to text you a reminder?

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Good Idea

This sort of talk always reminds me of "Capstick comes home"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2AcJSkUw6M&feature=kp

circa 2:23 from this recording but worth listening to the whole thing, I think.

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Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.

"€9.99 is less than £9.99."...

...at time of posting.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: The Internet!

Soon only the Google certified version of history will be studied.

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Projector on a smartphone? There's a chip for that

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: asteroids... et al.

EEEEH! Battlezone!!!

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Oh Emperor! Your new clothes do look wonderful!

Zero / minimal phase >distortion< perhaps? That'd be a Finite Impulse Response filter then...

Oh, but they don't want to be using such a negative word as "distortion" in marketing bumf.

Maybe try "maximum phase fidelity" instead of just avoiding the "D" word + sack their marketing dept + pay me a F.O. huge commission. (yeah, right).

Nothing to see here I'd venture, however a definite whiff of snake oil / BS. Oh, the smell of it.

Here's interesting though.

Found this from the annals of the Salzburg Konservatorium, circa 1800

Regard: the new UberKlingen.

Guarranteed to be nicer than your current StuckSheize in a manner that is not clearly defined or objectively measurable in any way.

Endorsed by Ludwig Van-Beethoven.

Only 5x the price of equivalent apparatus not carrying said endorsement.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Just a quick question?

Are hipster women also suffering from beard envy?

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Fist full of travellers cheques

It has been mentioned, but I'll always remember him as the unhinged cafe owner in this Comic Strip classic.

Keep calm, Marie.

That's an awfully big bus. There could be six people in there.

Jesus! If they only buy coffee, it'll be enough to pay the ground rent.

Condolences.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: The BBC never really recovered...

"...Why don't we just sell the entire country for scrap..."

Thatcher already did that.

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Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: People of Walmart

Thank you for the warning.

I still require eye bleach but it is my own stupid, STUPID fault.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Simple solution.

Legislate that it is prohibited for anyone under the age of 25 to learn about computers or to write and implement computational algorithms.

Suddenly, the topic acquires a mysitque and subversive caché.

Teenagers throughout the land will be clamouring to learn and understand the forbidden knowledge.

It can't be worse than the current, ham-handed deployment of besuited politicos endeavouring to be "down wiv da kids" which is naff at best and seems to be quite counterproductive from what I have heard. Buuut, maybe that is their ultimate intention.

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

How fast can these things fly??!!

My nearest Amazon "fulfilment centre" (sounds more like a fancy name for a brothel if you asked me, but anyway...) is Swansea, a full 80 miles away as the multi-rotor-crow flies, assuming it can make it over the Brecons. Even if the pick, pack and pre-flight process is >instant<, that thing will still have to pull an average 160mph to get my Chinese-crapola to me in 30 minutes. I would not want to get in its way.

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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Champagne socialists.

Every generation has their crop of these. I have very little time for them. Many a true word spoken in jest (vid circa 2:03) He is in the employ of the ruling elite, massaging away potential revolutionary ideas. The buffoon is made the most earnest face and voice of ideas which have gained traction recently amonst disenfranchised erstwhile capitalists, thereby eroding the credibility of such ideas for the wider populace. A most elegantly deployed weapon, (if in a somewhat inelegant guise this time round).

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Japanese boffins unveil INVINCIBLE robot rock, paper, scissors 'bot

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Slow news day / year? See 28/06/2012

Are we going to get a re-telling of this same story every year now?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/28/janken_robot/

Could have saved a bit of server space by just posting a link to the article published last year.

Thought there would have been new information.

Turns out there wasn't.

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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Probably Ubisoft and Thales marketing bods had a pow-pow

They got together over cocktails and prozzies to decide that it would be in both their interests if certain inane media bleatings were made.

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Students prep for battle of wits, MIPs and watts: It's student cluster-wrestling time

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Just a quick question...

The maximum supply current stipulation, (26A industrial, 15A commercial grade): What supply voltage is that? Is it the standard single-live 120VRMS, the large appliance twin-live 240VRMS or some other "standard".

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Pint

Oh yeah, and by the way...

Symmetricom just came back with a quote for their CSAC:

$2000 each, (MOQ of 10).

A rough calculation for the remaining parts:

machining that fugly f'ckin case: $500

That fugly f'ckin dial and hands: $100

Clock mechanics: $10

The electronics to mount CSAC and interface its 1PPS to mechanics: $10

Total BOM cost: $2620.

Down the pub with the remaining $10,000 then?

Woo-hoo, party on!

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Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Meh

Chip Scale Atomic Clock.

I expect they're using Symmetricom's heart-of-gold for this fugly timepiece:

http://www.symmetricom.com/products/frequency-references/chip-scale-atomic-clock-csac/SA.45s-CSAC/

module size approx 40.5x35x12mm

No mention of battery life for this chronometer.

All very well to have a watch that keeps time to +/- 1 second every thousand years, but if it only runs for 15 minutes at a time...

In a syllable: MEH.

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Reg readers! You've got 100 MILLION QUID - what would you BLOW it on?

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

£100 million?

I'd buy 20 billion Mojos

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

XBMC support?

Will SteamOS support XBMC, d'yreckon? Or will Valve be locking you in to their media provision ecosystem and try to make it as difficult as they can for you to run 3rd party media software. Well, I suppose we can always dual-boot, ne?

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Who TF is David Attenborough? @Shagbag

Spectacular piece of trollery there, old chap.

Hats off to you, indeed.

Not that I wish to encourage such stuff, but some people really should learn to

NOT FEED THE TROLL!

I'd venture there's enough troll food here to sustain your average Ringlefinch for about a year.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Fair play to the kid for speaking out... and good luck with that.

I guess the rest of us developed this kind of cynical insight on society around the same time as we learned to keep our f'ckin gobs shut cos otherwise you get shat on, big time.

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Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

...but Holmes!... Yes, Dr Watson. What is it?

It's quite perplexing. I can't find any excrement, at all!

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Thumb Up

Re: About bloody time!

I'm with you on this one dajames.

Ubiquitous electronics, such as mobile phones have become, should be like wristwatches insofar as you shouldn't have to worry about them if you get caught out in a downpour without a brolly. They should be as impervious to the elements as the human body. A quick towelling off and happy happy once more, not like my poor old 3110 which caught a fatal cold and died a week later. I have been more careful with my mobes since.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Huge flaw in article

Actual dialogue:

"Spook: So i'm going to spend the day out of the office destroying computer equipment? Oh well, if I get to claim expenses..."

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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Pint

Re: Do not want.

I'm inclined to agree.

My first thoughts were (cue 8 year old's voice) wow! cool!

But then I imagined if everyone had one...

Pub closing time would look like a mid-summer ants nest with lots of bizzare creatures wafting skywards uncontrollably, colliding, falling. Eeek.

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Coat

Pierre Josef Proudhon will not be participating.

Because "Proper-tea is theft!"

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Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Re: Point of order:

Then probably we need to formalise and release Netiquette 2.0, deprecate all that crap about plain text etc and make it a relevant and applicable standard.

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Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Headmaster

Point of order:

"proper etitquette to online behaviour" = netiquette.

This one has been with us for quite some time now, certainly longer than 5 years.

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Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

An enormous pair of pliers has appeared...

Seen something similar before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMEPnKYX5C0

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

AirChive

Note the camel-case

other detritus from the bottom of my tea mug

Datasphere

Cumulus

CosmoDisk

Anoxia

VapourPlatter

EtherLib

okay, bored now.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

Imsimil Berati-Lahn
Coat

Matter transporter

I have a matter transporter in my shed.

Most people call it a bicycle though.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

Imsimil Berati-Lahn

Rural UK accident rates scientific survey.

The following documentary is FACT.

There is absolutely no evidence to support it but it is a fact.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0GyRz_lOQA

So based on the scientific study thereby conducted, if you so much as clap eyes on a farm in the UK, you >will< die one of the horrible, grizzly deaths detailed therin.

My scienceings are now concluded.

Give me my PhD immediately.

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