* Posts by lglethal

1441 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

lglethal
Silver badge
Boffin

Re: I'm surprised that in 2014...

You COULD send up a brand spanking new camera, but it would be unlikely to last even the trip to the Moon because of the lack of radiation hardening. A single stray Cosmic Ray or charged particle can completely lock up/permanently disable any piece of electronics that isnt suitably radiation hardened and shielded. It takes a lot of time and effort to develop a radiation hardened peice of electronics, which is why you will always find older camera tech on these missions. The quality might be lower, but you are at least guaranteed to get your pictures back.

Low quality visual data is better then none after all...

2
0

No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

lglethal
Silver badge
Go

Re: The purpose of Steam machines is to attract console players @ Valeyard

And thats the thing with the Steambox. There will not be a problem with backwards compatability. The games you buy today, will still play on your Steambox (upgraded or not) in 10 years. There's no need for you to pull an old machine out of the closet, in order to play your old games.

You also wont need to buy a whole new machine when the latest games come out. No more throwing away a perfectly good device, just because the console maker wants to sell you a new piece of equipment.

It's true you will probably have to upgrade parts of your steambox over time as games progress (just like on a PC), but adding some memory, and more hard drive space is a doddle in a PC. Additionally, the pace of PC upgrading to meet high spec games has slowed down massively since the 90's. My laptop is 4 years old, and I still havent seen a PC of software I cant run on it. The fact is that (provided I dont drop and break the thing), I expect my laptop to last me another 5-6 years and still run pretty much everything being released. A Steambox should have the same effect which is why they are being looked at so eagerly by many people...

2
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Thumb Down

Re: The purpose of Steam machines is to attract console players @ Valeyard

Consoles dont need to be upgraded? So I take it your still using your old Playstation 1, and are quite happy with the selection of games you can play on it? I'm sure the new Call of Duty is available, right?

Of course Consoles need to be upgraded, they do every 5 years or so, and whilst you may not need to upgradeyour PS3 yet to a PS4, within 2 years you wont be able to get games for PS3 anymore, and PS4 games wont work on PS3's.

With the Steam boxes, you dont need to buy a new machine every 5 years, you might choose to upgrade certain parts (to get better graphics, more hard drive space, faster processing), but at least that can be done without requiring a whole new machine...

3
2
lglethal
Silver badge
Go

Re: 65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

I can see a lot of PC users also getting one of these. Lets face it, how many people do you know who own a PC and a console? Or even more then 1 type of console? Replacing a console with a Steam Box would certainly not be out of the question for a lot of people.

Also keep in mind that if only 1% of the Steam user base also bought a Steam Box, thats 650,000 people, which is already 20% of the claimed Xbox One sales....

3
0

Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

lglethal
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: A question for the astronomers

Thanks everyone for the comments.

This is why I come to El Reg - for my daily dose of education! ;)

1
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Boffin

A question for the astronomers

Out of curiosity, what stops all that new founded dust coalescing into another Star on the same spot? Stars are formed from large quantites of matter coalescing together under gravity until they get so large they can ignite fusion reactions in there core. If 2/3 of a Red Giant Star is sitting around as dust after the Supernova, I would have thought that would be a fair amount of matter to get the Star formation process going again, maybe it would only create a dwarf star, but still.

What am I missing here?

0
0

Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges

lglethal
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: "corrections and clarifications"

I've never understood how the current system was allowed to stand anyway. If a newspaper has spent all of Page 1, and a substantial part of page 3 (minus the Page 3 girl of course) defaming someone, they should always have had to spend the exact same amount of space (i.e. Page 1, plus a substantial part of page 3 (but naturally, not getting in the way of the Page 3 girl!)) apologising for that defamation.

It might just encourage some more honesty in reporting, or at the very least some additional fact checking!

9
0

Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Anyone got a map?

Anyone got a map where these 20 supervolcanoes are?

I swear I'm just looking for where I dont want to build my house, I am not looking for where I should build my evil lairs with which I can hold the entire world hostage. Honest...

1
0

Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

lglethal
Silver badge

Re: An interesting fact

@Dramoth, actually I am Australian (from Syd), although I'll admit that I dont live in Aus anymore.

If what you say about there being only 3 patrolled beaches in WA, then surely THAT is where the money being spent on helicopters, baiting, and shark killing should be being spent! Lifesavers are damn good at there job and not normally that expensive (considering how much a helicopter costs to run per hour, you get a damn site more lifesavers for the same cost!). And they'll save a hell of a lot more lives then killing a few sharks which may or may not be tempted by a swimmer...

2
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Thumb Down

Re: An interesting fact

Oh come on. Basically every swimming beach in the country is shark netted anyway, so as a swimmer the figures of attacks is even lower then that said in the article. The attacks that happen tend to happen to surfers because they're outside of the shark nets or at beachs where the water is too rough/not suitable for swimmers and so arent netted.

Simpler and more humane solution, spend some f%&king money educating Aussies and tourists that the only safe place to swim is at patrolled beaches, and on those beaches to swim between the flags. Guess what, then there would be no frigging shark attacks and a whole bucket load less drownings and near drownings as well!

6
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Most dangerous animal in Aus?

Shhh AC. If people knew the real figure about Drop Bears they'd be too frightened to come and the tourist industry would collapse.

We just write Drop Bear deaths off as "camping/hiking accidents"....

12
0

Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

lglethal
Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: Compressed timescale

The US is always planning another major war...

Gotta have something to shoot those million dollar Patriot missiles at after all...

0
1

Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

lglethal
Silver badge
Go

Re: A number of years ago....

"It doesn't exist in any of my contacts lists or history."

How do you know it gets lots of spam then? You have to login and check it periodically, or you have it forwarded to your account. Either way, news of that account is on your computer, so if you end up comprised, it would be as well...

0
7

Hypnotic wind map captures Earth's heavenly currents

lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Re: now I see!

I thought it was just that everyone was happy to be getting away from the US without being declared a terrorist, such that they put on a little extra burst of speed. Well you learn something new everyday...

2
0

James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

lglethal
Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: Do I sense

If you read the report on the Beeb, they make it quite clear for the rabid Daily Mail crowd (which you appear to be a part of based on your comment) that the Doctors did this report as a laugh in their spare time. They did not do it in their work time, so quit your belly aching about them doing more productive things. They were off work, and managed to come up with a study that might just convince a few people to slow down on the booze over Xmas.

What have you done to try to make the world better in your spare time?

7
1

No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

lglethal
Silver badge
Big Brother

Censorship is alive and well in Britian

Scope creep is already occuring and it's only just been turned on. It was only supposed to block p0rn, but now it also blocks links to proxies. What will be blocked next?

80
1

Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

lglethal
Silver badge
Go

Re: Fair play to them.

Yes, bt they pay below the rates that are standard for Warehouse staff.

So it comes down to your definition are the Amazon workers logistics staff or wrehouse staff? Personally as someone with absolutely no connection to either industry I dont have a clue what the difference is, and I cant really imagine why there's a difference, but hell if I worked in a warehouse I would probably want the higher wages of being a warehouse worker as well!

6
0

US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

lglethal
Silver badge
Go

Re: “We turn it into a rock, basically.”

Yes, in ancient warfare catapults killed lots of people, but that tended to be because of the unit formations that were used. A 1000 men standing in a tight formation gives a pretty good target. The modern militaries use far more distibuted deployments. So a rock falling out of the sky might if it was super lucky hit 1 man (unlucky if your that man though), but it will not hit more then 1, unlike in the old days where 1 rock landing in a compressed group could kill a dozen...

5
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Go

Re: The Americans must love asymmetric warfare

If an enemy is in position to see your laser system is in the "park" position. I would say you are in far more danger than from just a few random mortar rounds...

6
0

OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

lglethal
Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Nobody complained...

Is that a surprise? No one actually uses G+ after all...

5
0

Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

lglethal
Silver badge
Go

People reading books can become equally engrossed. I used to get into a lot of trouble as a kid for tuning out when reading an enjoyable novel, to the point where my Dad would have to throw something at me after shouting at me for 2 minutes.

So dont think that only video games can engross someone, people have the ability to become absorbed in almost anything if they choose to...

7
1

MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

lglethal
Silver badge
WTF?

Re: private property doesn't exist up there in space.

Private Property is a natural right? I think you will find that in almost every country, the government/crown/party or whatever owns the land. They might lease it out on long term contracts, so long that you can buy and sell it on happily without worrying about the end of the lease, but if the government wants your land back, they are more then entitled to take it back off you. Here in the west, we believe that when that happens the people getting kicked off their land should get some fair and reasonable compensation. Other countries, you're lucky if you get to keep the shirt on your back.

Private Property a natural right? Not bleedin likely...

1
1
lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Consumers? You forgot the lawyers

Better yet, lets send up all the lawyers and let them fight it out ON the Asteroid. We can probably sell the TV rights which would pay for the cost of getting them up there in the first place. Not sure we need to worry about replacement oxygen tanks though.

What do you think?

4
0

Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Ahhh... I'm just doing some research, boss. Honest...

1
0

MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

lglethal
Silver badge
Go

Agree with most comments here...

I agree with most comments here about the need for the politicians to close the loopholes rather then whinging about the situation, but I gotta admit £2,4 million tax paid on £4,3 billion in sales is taking the biscuit just a bit...

4
4

Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

lglethal
Silver badge

And a patent that is bloody obvious is obviously not worthy of becoming a bloody patent - but that doesnt seem to stop the US patent office.

So whats your point?

8
1

XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

lglethal
Silver badge
WTF?

Have a thumbs up

How can anyone in a business environment, even a sweaty, basement living, alpha geek, believe that the user name Studbucket is an acceptable username to represent corporate interests?

My boss would give me a right kicking if I tried something like that. (And he'd be fully in the right to give the kicking to me in my opinion!)

3
0

Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

lglethal
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: I want a Technicolor dreamcoat for X-mas !

It might solve it for a while. But only until the next day when the hangover hits...

3
0

Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

lglethal
Silver badge
Alert

Re: Datacentre Question

Belarus - Dictatorship, allied to Russia, known for human rights abuses, internet criminals, pumping spam and being Europe's last old school Toatlitarian regime.

Iceland - Democracy, member of NATO, not overly friendly with the US (offered asylum to Snowden), friendly with the EU (but not part of it), not so friendly with the UK (Cod wars and the collapse of Iclandic banks). Not known for internet criminals and pumping spam. Known for being an awesome looking place that you would love to visit if it wasnt so damn far away.

Not really seeing any group that would likely be friendly with both of those countries...

4
1

SCADA flaws put world leaders at risk of TERRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM

lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Re: The Australian Job?

Not Yutes, Utes. A Yute is a fibre used to make Hessian bags (according to Wikipedia), whilst a Ute is the traditional mode of transport for the Australian Yobbo.

1
0

XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

lglethal
Silver badge
Pint

Finally a sensible review

This is why I come to El reg. A sensible review that isnt full of waffle.

Cheers. Have a pint on me!

4
0

Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

lglethal
Silver badge

Corrected...

Is part of the induction training for being a stock trader to play poker BADLY?

Corrected that for you...

8
0

Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

lglethal
Silver badge

Re: Quality? Really?

Not sure what was wrong with the pair you set up Scott, but my Play 3 has the best sound I've had in anything even remotely resembling the same size. My old 6 foot stacks had nothing on the Play 3 which is barely 10cm tall.

I could not be happier with my Play 3. Only thing that I do find annoying is that there's no easy way to get PC Audio to play through the system (at least not without a particularly annoying delay). Although my neighbours are probably happy about this as the sound of my gaming coming from the Play 3 rather then my PC speakers might be a bit more substantial...

1
1

MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Douglas Adams had it right

Every true manual should start with the following words in large, friendly letters on the cover:

DON'T PANIC

2
0

Netscape daddy's VC firm dumps $60m of Facebook stock

lglethal
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: Conflict of Interest anyone?

I dont have a problem with him buying and selling his personal shares in Facebook because he is a director there. My objection is that he has another company of which he is also a board member (founding member actually), and which is buying shares (or selling in this case) shares in his first company.

Do not tell me there is not a conflict of interest there. If he's doing his job properly at Facebook he knows when they are about to release good results in advance and also when they are releasing bad results. If his other company is then buying and selling stock in Facebook, they are taking advantage of the insider information and that is a conflict of interest.

And whilst people might claim that there's no advantage being taken, maybe he's not involved in the sales personally or whatever, the fact remains that if he is doing his job properly for his second company, then all it would take is a mention of something strategically important over a business lunch (of which there's of course no record) then his second company will be able to gain an unfair advantage. The only way to avoid this would be for his second company NOT to invest in Facebook in the first place.

Too much of this dodgy stuff is happening these days and the authorities just dont seem to care in the slightest.

0
0
lglethal
Silver badge

Conflict of Interest anyone?

Isnt it just a teensy weensy bit of a conflict of interest for someone, lets call him Marc for examples sake, to be a director at a company, lets call that company facebook, just for example, and then for Marc to start an investment company, lets call it Andreesen Horowitz, and to then buy Shares in the first company, with which he's still a director?

That doesnt come across as just slightly inappropriate boardering on illegal conflict of interest? Anyone?

The fact that he's now offloaded the shares at a substantial profit just adds the icing to the cake of inappropriateness. No?

0
0

Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

lglethal
Silver badge
Go

If they are actually registered in China...

If they are actually registered in China, wouldnt names of those behind the company be available? So prosecuting this as just a regular case of fraud shouldnt be impossible.

If any of the investors were Chinese there would probably be a case to answer. Then again if it's only foreigners, it's probably safe to say nothing will happen....

0
0

Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

lglethal
Silver badge
Boffin

Re: Recycling - More bits of crud in orbit

At 80km altitude, anything in orbit will quickly lose velocity due to drag (Air resistance), and hence will lose altitude and de-orbit pretty quickly.

Everything up in orbit around Earth is slowly degrading its Orbit (except in a few key gravitational spots), but until you hit the top of the atmosphere (basically where there is actually enough Air molecules that collisions are likely) that degradation in Orbit is slow. But as soon as you hit the Atmosphere, degredation happens quite quickly, and nothing stays up beyond that point...

0
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Sad to see the end of it

That was easily the coollest looking Satellite aloft. Shame to see it come down.

Still thanks for the great science GOCE!

0
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Boffin

Re: When does recycling get to space ?

I'm afraid the amount of fuel that the satellite would need to carry just to move to the parking orbit at the end of its life would probably so shorten the amount of life that the satellite has that it would no longer be worth sending the thing up in the first place.

Additionally, the more things up there, the more likely of a collision between 2 spacecraft. Whilst the movie Gravity is obviously hollywood, (please ignore the sensationalist bollocks), and the speed of the "chain reaction" is frankly ridiculous, but the risk of space debris expanding and making the risk to future space missions unacceptable is actually a high risk. So the requirement to deorbit spacecraft now is basically an attempt to safeguard our ability to get off this planet in the future.

2
0

If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

lglethal
Silver badge

Re: no news

You would be surprised how many young 'uns entering industry don't appear to know or understand this.

Thankfully when I was a young 'un, the old hands quickly gave me the run down on how sh*t always rolls downhill. I try and pass on that hard earned knowledge where I can to the next generation...

2
0

Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

lglethal
Silver badge
Happy

Re: This is Disney

The kid in "Up" only has a Dad if I remember correctly. Or at the least film implies that because it basically says he was raised by the maid who kept telling him to stop bothering his father.

0
0
lglethal
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: This is Disney

I was going to totally dispute this with you, until I sat down and started going through all of the Disney kids films I've seen. I was kinda shocked to realise you're right! I cant think of a single main character in a any Disney film I've seen who has both a mother and father (or doesnt at least end up having one of them knocked off in the first half of the film - aka Lion King).

Freaky!

1
0

Another DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought

lglethal
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: The Chelyabinsk meteorite briefly outshone the Sun

Yes because the entire world was on a winter morning at 3:20 UTC when it hit. *Rolleyes*

The fact that it hit over central russia (i.e. UTC +6) means it hit at about 9:20 in the morning. I think the sun was up then, dont you?

Muppet...

12
0

Ten top stories from Classic Doctor Who

lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Are you sure it was Dr McCoy and not Doctor McGayver?

0
1

How the W3C met its Waterloo at the Do Not Track vote showdown

lglethal
Silver badge
WTF?

A quick question

Firefox has a DNT function? Where do I find that and how the heck do I turn it on?

Perhaps the reason only 20% of the customers have it enabled is that the rest of us didnt even know it was available!

0
0

Assange anounces candidacy for possible WA Senate by-election

lglethal
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?

Either I'm reading things wrong or I've been out of Aus for too long...

Things have certainly changed if the Nationals are now socialists. Agrarian - Yes. Conservative - You bloody bet ya! Socialist - What the F%&k?

4
0

Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

lglethal
Silver badge
WTF?

How can...

How can, in this day and age, a multinational company only purchase the rights to use a patent it needs for its entire product line that applies in only one country (I'm looking at you Qualcomm)?

And how can, in this day and age, a multinational company purchase parts from another multinational company without checking that the company has all of the necessary patents for the entire world?

Surely this is what those expensive legal departments are for??

6
0

Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

lglethal
Silver badge
Joke

Fox News/Daily Mail version headline

Massive Experiment Fails to Find Anything, Wastes Millions of Tax Payer Money

Queue outraged comments talking about homeless people, high taxes, and the wasteful nature of Scientific funding...

And in America probably add something about God having created the universe, science is evil, and isnt this kitten cute?

Thankfully we have the Reg to provide an intelligent review of the Boffins hard work...

9
4

Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

lglethal
Silver badge
Devil

Re: It's an option

Right up until the IPO when it will not be able to be switched off as that would upset the admen and consequently the stock holders.

1
0

Forums