* Posts by Brandon 2

79 posts • joined 25 Jun 2011

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

Brandon 2

Re: Too bad

If only the world could be so easily broken down into one simple dichotomy: criminal or citizen. Surely google cares what you do online. It only took me 10 seconds to come up with one example to prove your null hypothesis. Is my sample size of 1 too small? Would you like me to come up with 15 or 30 more entities that give a rats arse what you do online? If i remember from college stats, n=30 is usually capable of producing statistically significant correlations...

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Evolve: A shoot-em-up full of scary monsters and super creeps

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After being burned by Titan Fall, I will not pay $60 for this title... let alone the DLC. I put 40 hours into the recent Dying Light, and it was $60... well worth the money, but not this. I like the $2 per hour benchmark; anything that exceeds that was well worth it.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

Brandon 2
Mushroom

Re: Sadly

by nuclear cars you mean electric where the electricity was generated by a nuclear reactor? because I'm all for it!!! As soon as batteries make a large leap forward in their ability to store energy and be charged faster... 150 miles isn't going to cut it, especially on this (the American) side of the pond.

thermonuclear icon for the batteries, not nuke plants :)

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: glad i managed to watch

I have not watched this one yet, but the internal fuel tank shots, especially during the stage 1 MECO, are jaw dropping as well. Such brilliant marketing!

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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Coat

Re: The concensus so far is that it's not very good...

From another well known film starring a Jewish actor / comedian, "Everyone in the room is now dumber for having [read that]." Pardon the paraphrasing. I'll get my coat.

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Flame

so climate change...

... equals religion.

I'll follow the money and derive my own conclusion, thank you very much, even if I don't like the results.

EDIT: Flames, for various reasons.

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Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

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I'm just a lay-astrophotographer. I have a degree in psychology and mathematics, for whatever that's worth (not much if you ask my paycheck). I'd just like to point out that there are some pretty huge margins of error in Astronomy. Margins unacceptable in even the world of "soft science". For example, if we attempt to use parallax to measure the distance to Betelgeuse, the distance is 643 ± 146 ly. That's ± 25% (approximately but who cares)!!! Perhaps I should have gotten a degree in astronomy, but, I am at a loss for how we can, in any reasonable or scientific way, measure the distance to stars and galaxies 100's of millions of ly away, when we can't even reasonably measure the distance to ones in our own back yard... let alone understand the beginning of the universe. Blah, blah, red shift, blah blah, Hubble was a genius, blah blah, but what is the base measurement used to derive distance based on red-shift? For me, it takes as much faith to believe much of the astronomy jargon as it does to simply believe a cosmic Jewish zombie's father spoke and, POOF... we're all here a couple thousand years ago.

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Intel brings Broadwell to businesses with 5th-gen Core chips with vPro

Brandon 2
Pint

Re: Decisions, decisions...

Asking advice from elReg commenters? You're a braver man than I.

For what it's worth, I OC'd my 2500k from 3.6 to 4.2 Ghz... didn't really see a benefit... went back to stock. If the mainstay of my time at the computer was waiting for photoshop or premier pro to process something, then I'd probably OC it... but as it's spent watching cat videos and now playing Dying Light, the difference isn't enough to warrant the time spent troubleshooting inevitably related to OC-crashes.

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Undead nights: Zombie FPS Dying Light shines bright

Brandon 2

most people

Where can I get the stats on most people? Works for me and 5 mates from work. One had a bit of stuttering on his AMD based system... turning down the fancy effects (depth of field and over-blurring) fixed it.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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I still shudder...

... at the thought of having to learn a new operating system... after nearly throwing several win 8 equipped laptops through the window. Can I just keep "7" forever?

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4K off, Google Fiber: Comcast, Broadcom tout 2Gbps cable

Brandon 2

Re: "Depends on where you live."

I get a lovely phone call from Comcast every month informing me that I have exceeded 300 GB and that they will be charging me $1/GB until the end of the month. No torrents, just a healthy steam library, Netflix, YouTube... how can they even talk about 4k streaming with DL caps at 300GB?

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Brandon 2

Re: resting? you're sure about that?

I wonder if "they" welcome their robot overlords...

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

Brandon 2

Re: Interesting

Nothing brings people together like a common enemy.

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

Brandon 2

You say propulsion, I say weapon... potato, po-tah-toe...

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

Brandon 2

Re: "right to freedom of expression"

I get your point, and agree with you. At the risk of being a pedant, a government cannot grant rights. They can only help protect them, or trample all over them, as is the case in Saudi Arabia. A right, granted by the government, can be taken away by the government, and it is thus, not a right, it is a privilege.

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

Brandon 2
Alien

it's all a nice theory...

Too bad we'll never see them... diffraction limits and all...

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

Brandon 2

slow news cycle?

The servers had a bit of a hiccup for a couple hours during a holiday. I experienced it first hand. I lost 3 hours worth of work when my cargo disappeared. I logged off, submitted a ticket, and before they could respond, I logged on a couple hours later, and all was restored and right with the milky way. I'd hardly say this is news worthy, especially when you consider the horrible launches of almost every other online game.

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

Brandon 2

camera driving aides are used in racing...

Aside from this being a quite entertaining video for racing nuts like me, it's relevant to this discussion in that the display showing the rear view also includes additional information to aide the driver. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf0hSVL6y9A

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

Brandon 2

planned?

Healthcare is not something that should be planned by the state. It's a service, just like any other, and should be appropriately regulated, but left alone. Some people have Ferraris; I don't; it's not fair; but that doesn't mean the government should step in. Some people can afford the best care in the world; I can't; it's not fair... well... you get my libertarian drift...

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

Brandon 2

ahem... has been done ONCE before... in 2003

"This is likely to be a tricky endeavour because humanity has never before attempted to land on a huge rock as it speeds through space at 60,000kmph."

Just google Hyabusa lands on asteroid...

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CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

Brandon 2

Re: It is an amazing sunspot, and some massive flares going on

yes and no. The sensor could have just been oriented at a different angle. The images could be rotated in processing to line up if you so wanted them.

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

Brandon 2

Re: Heh

Was reluctant to read (long) but glad i did! One of the best comments I've read in a long time!

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

Brandon 2

have you seen US grade school math homework? It's utterly atrocious how they're teaching math now, which is the gateway to all scientific study.

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

Brandon 2

Isn't this like suing Henkel because someone used a knife they manufactured to murder someone?

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

Brandon 2

Re: Laboratory Street

I still own mine. 10 years, 225,000 km and counting... will probably last another 100,000. <shrug> I often worry about having a phone in my pocket and leaning up against something causing the screen to crack or bend or whatever... ah well. I hate iOS, so note 4 here I come. Lots of fanboi downvotes in the comments on this article :)

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

Brandon 2

Re: That just might be...

"if every experiment succeeded,..." If by this you mean that failure is part of success and learning, then you have my upvote.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

Brandon 2
Mushroom

Re: Removal

Wouldn't we?

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Brandon 2

Re: Not Just 4K, but HDR Video

Let's hope HDR sets are not the "Beats" equivalent of headphones like the "240hz", fill-in-the-gaps-between-frames "super smooth" panels were. I hated that feature. The 240hz thing was so imperfect and distracting it just broke the immersion for me. I'd rather a panel accurately depict the directors vision, rather than "enhance" it.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

Brandon 2
Pint

Re: @banjomike safety standards as high as those set for the space shuttle...

If 1 out of very 67.5 airplanes crashed would you get on one? I wouldn't. Astronauts may be smart, and talented, but they are a bit crazy, and I don't think this generation gives them the credit the deserve for their bravery (or stupidity?)... thin line between the two.

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California blue whale numbers soar to historical levels, say boffins

Brandon 2

Re: TOO MANY HUMAN BEINGS?

That problem is solving itself. With fertility rates dropping below 2 births per woman in the UK, US, China, Japan, S. Korea (really low), and many other countries, the exponential growth predicted and portrayed in dystopian sci-fi movies, may not come to fruition. Japan, for example, could see a population decline of 30% in the next 30 years... and even more so for South Korea.

Source: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.TFRT.IN?order=wbapi_data_value_2012+wbapi_data_value+wbapi_data_value-last&sort=asc

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

Brandon 2

Re: Interesting times

In science, you can't prove a theory to be true. You can only prove it false.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

Brandon 2
Mushroom

a near miss

If something nearly misses, isn't that a hit?

/pedant

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

Brandon 2

probability...

"It's highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone,"

Show me the maths. Just because you want to believe something, doesn't mean it's probably true. Don't you need at least 15 or 16 samples to make a statistically significant statement? So far, we have 1. It's been a long time since college stats class, so I could be wrong.

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

Brandon 2

"[Google] is effectively republishing the same information over and over again."

This is a fundamental misrepresentation of what Google is. If you don't want people finding your dirty laundry, don't soil yourself. It's pretty simple.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

Brandon 2

Re: This seperates the "science" from the real science...

Real science has little to do with "facts". Science is simply experimenting in an attempt to prove your theory wrong.

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China blocks Flickr and OneDrive

Brandon 2

Re: Let them eat cake

The cake is a lie

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

Brandon 2

Re: Past of future history

I could not agree more. I know it's comic book cannon, but the name is still awful.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

Brandon 2

someone tell the NSA...

Someone tell the NSA about the unlimited snooping potential of everything being connected to the internet, and we (the USA) will mandate IPv6 adoption in 2 years. Then there's no rush for our brothers across the pond, as that should free up quite a few IPv4 addresses for the taking...

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

Brandon 2

i'm so lazy...

If only they could use this technology to allow me to remotely change channels on my TV... er... wait.. I don't have a TV.

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

Brandon 2

Re: I think Bitcoin will die a death very soon

"Gold and silver are -in my opinion- a shitty way of guaranteeing currency. They have no practical uses except for jewellery and (in small amounts) for making some electronic components."

Gold, for thousands of years, has had value. Bitcoin has had value for what... the last 2? ... and really had value in the last year of its existence. Gold is useful in its own right. And if the whole world economy collapses, aliens invade, or zombie apolypse... etc., gold will have value. If the proverbial shit hits the fan, no one will care about bit coin. You may dismiss the value of gold, now, in our civilized society, but it's its resilience in trying times that makes gold such a good hedge. I don't own any, but I would buy gold long before I invest in bitcoin, even though amazon doesn't take gold... the guy down the street that sells honda gas generators would, if the world was coming to an end....

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

Brandon 2

looks like a comet to me... must be ALIENS.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

Brandon 2

Re: There's science and then there's wild guesswork

"We have this data, but don't really know what it means," is not really a very good story. And boring stores don't get you research grants. Truth be told, the margin of error for distance, mass, brightness and other measures is massive, in comparison to terrestrial measurements. This research is an amalgam of theoretical physics and bit of statistical "looking the other way" on the part of scientists. Don't take my word for it. Just do a bit of research on how we calculate the distance to relatively close stars, betelgeuse, for example, paying close attention to the margin of error. Then apply that same procedure to a galaxy or star cluster that is 100 million times farther away. The statistical error grows massively. But, that's a bit boring.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

Brandon 2

situational awareness

The bottom line is, fighter jocks don't want to lose their jobs. Also, where are we gonna get airline pilots if we don't man jets in the military anymore? Oh wait, we don't need pilots in those either.

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'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

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the other day

A friend of mine came to work the other day saying his fiance was freaking out about having to pay $300 to avoid being prosecuted for downloading child pornography. Granted, she is hardly the most computer savvy person on the planet. My friend reassured her she won't have to pay anything, but in the process, she grilled her son, who vehemently denied watching anything "he shouldn't" on the web... but after an hour of tears and yelling, finally admitted to frequenting a couple of sites for which the internet was invented. Poor kid. Two days later, our IT guy came back from holiday and rid them of their locked computer.

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

Brandon 2
Flame

Re: Are you telling me...

We, americans like a boring sport, if you can call it that, where you sit down half the game... but at least they're not lying on the grass faking injuries for half the game... to each their own.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

Brandon 2
Facepalm

Re: Optimism yes, but restrained, restrained...

.... because all salts are the same, corrosive substances that turns your muffler into dust...

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

Brandon 2
Facepalm

call me a science denier

... or a skeptic, but correlation does not imply causation. I wish I could ram this into the brain of every human alive. They'd be a lot less gullible when politicians or anyone else with an ulterior motive speaks about statistics, safety, security, global warming, etc.

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Study: Megaupload closure boosted Hollywood sales 10%

Brandon 2

statistics 101

Correlation does not imply causation.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Brandon 2
Coat

If you want to blame anyone, blame the freetards that steal software. They're the only reason EA has done this. Sure it's a terrible implementation of DRM, and I own the game, well sort of, if you count not being able to play it owning it... but the real culprit, which no one wants to talk about are the idiots that think they can get something for free, and the other idiots that don't care, but still show up to vote and complain on forums, amazon, etc.

flame away... mine's the downvote proof coat...

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

Brandon 2
Linux

Re: Wrong...

"but for some reason manned space travel never followed that same path"

I think that has a lot to do with the fact that just getting into space is way, way more dangerous than sea exploration, flight, computing, etc. On average, 1 out of every 67 space shuttles blew up. Would you get on an airplane if 1 in 70 ended in a fireball? Not to mention we find incredibly useful things via terrestrial exploration. Until we haul a million ton, platinum asteroid into orbit, I fail to see any benefit from going into space. Granted, technologies that are developed trying to get there can be valuable.

The penguin will never make it higher than 20m AGL, without a rocket attached to its back, either...

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