* Posts by Wilseus

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

Wilseus

Re: Why's this a story?

"This reads like nothing more than a promo brochure for the nuclear industry."

Maybe so, but it makes a refreshing change from the usual anti-nuclear nonsense being proliferated virtually everywhere else on the net, such as the latest "mutant daisies caused by Fukushima" nonsense!

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

Wilseus

Re: I vaguely remember reading somewhere...

"But it's completely wrong..."

Perhaps I am wrong, I often am. But I'd rather be wrong sometimes than be a smug twat who hides behind the "Anonymous Coward" handle.

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Wilseus

Re: It's and it's

"your grammar teacher should also have explained that apostrophes are also used to indicate possession"

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that using an apostrophe for possession is in fact a contraction of a construct that is no longer used:

Pluto's moon is a contraction of Pluto its moon.

Similarly, Tom's car is a contraction of Tom his car.

I'm not sure how this would have worked for women though, e.g. Alison's car != Alison her car, perhaps it's a throwback to times when everything belonged to the man of the household!

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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

Wilseus

Re: These are the real Deathstars!

Haha as soon as I saw the headline of this article I thought "Seagate?"

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

Wilseus

Re: du -sh

"No, my theory is that little bobby tables has finally signed up for a bank account."

Excellent reference there. Have an up-vote!

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

Wilseus

Re: So Download Festival are trying to go bankrupt?

"What the sweet buggering fuckwank does this subject have to do with the general election?"

Nothing. Nothing at all. But that doesn't usually stop your typical Labour shill from bringing up the subject at every opportunity.

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Wilseus

Re: they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark

And also, 666 isn't the correct "number of the beast" anyway. It's 616.

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Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

Wilseus

Re: Security?? Wot's that?

"It was just my (occasionally) evil mind thinking I'd LOVE to see a field of these beasts revving up towards 1500 rpm. From a very safe distance of course."

A bit like this you mean? Click.

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

Wilseus

Re: out of interest...

Mindful of the fail that is "Sky HD" and their crappy compression.

I've always found Sky HD's quality to be pretty good actually, bearing in mind it's 1080i and not 1080p. It's not as good as Blu-ray, no, but it's a damn sight better than any "HD" stream I have ever watched.

Yes, a lot of the "ten quid TV" SD channels are look rubbish, but they have nothing to do with Sky, and who watches them anyway?

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Wilseus

future disks will be able to handle 3840x2160

But at what frame rate?

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

Wilseus

Re: Those keys...

Ironically, most games on the BBC and Electron used ZX"/ as left, right, up and down.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

Wilseus

Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

"Buddha isn't a god."

Not only that, Buddhism doesn't even _have_ a god.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Wilseus

On looks alone...

...I'll take the Huawei or the Moto 360 over this any day!

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

Wilseus

Re: Inspiring Entrepreneurs

And don't forget deadly dihydrogen monoxide, which is found in cancerous tumours, is often used to cool nuclear reactors, can cause vehicle brakes to fail, can be deadly if inhaled and causes severe burns when in gaseous form and so on.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

Wilseus

What's a cold spot not?

A hot spot!

Seriously though, I was reading in other articles that the distance to this void is approximately 3 billion light years, yet as this article states, it's 1.8 billion light years across. With this in mind, I can't understand why it appears so small in the 360 degree image, I'd expect it to take up about half the sky!

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

Wilseus

"any modern AV receiver supports dynamic range compression, you don't need DTS:X for that"

That statement is true, but the OP is talking about something different: increasing the volume of the dialogue without affecting the rest of the soundtrack in any way.

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

Wilseus

I find this rather comforting

"The latest findings claim that the universe is not expanding faster and faster as textbooks on the topic currently suggest."

...because I certainly wouldn't want to be around when the theorised "big rip" happens!

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Wilseus

Re: Analogy

"Why is it so difficult to buy high-wattage CFLs in the UK?"

Who cares? You can get 7000+ lumen LED bulbs for a few quid now, that look more attractive, to my eyes emit a nicer light and use even less juice than CCFLs. The newest "filament" type closely resemble an incandescent bulb.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

Wilseus
Alien

It's a garbage pod!

It's a smegging garbage pod!

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

Wilseus

This is why I am not a fan of Samsung's high-end phones

Clicky: Moto E edges the Samsung Galaxy S5 in speed test video

I'm not saying for one minute that the Moto E is "better" mind you, and I realise this article is talking about the S5 not the S6, but when you consider the price difference it puts things into perspective a little bit.

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Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

Wilseus

Re: MeToo

It's got a cleaner 32 bit instruction set too, AFAIK.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

Wilseus

Re: Pi in the, er, print

'Why would BCD help you "represent billions of dollars to the nearest cent without rounding errors for simple addition and subtraction"?'

I'm not sure that it does. But it does make it a damn sight easier to print out the resulting numbers on a display because many CPUs of the time didn't have a divide instruction. It's trivial to divide by 10 in BCD.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

Wilseus

Re: content is king

"Anyone can tell the difference between looking through a window and looking at a TV displaying the same scene. This should tell you that there is clearly room for improvement, especially in the area of dynamic range.

Most people couldn't tell the difference between a reasonably good stereo system and a stupidly expensive one with cables made from the fleece that Jason and the Argonauts retrieved."

I think you're being a little unfair there. I could equally say,

"Anyone can tell the difference between sitting in an auditorium listening to a concert and listening to the same concert on their home stereo. This should tell you that there is clearly room for improvement, especially in the area of dynamic range.

Most people couldn't tell the difference between a reasonably good TV and a stupidly expensive one with cables made from the fleece that Jason and the Argonauts retrieved."

Why's it always audio that gets the bashing?

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ALIEN LIFE drenched in HOT FLUID on Jupiter's Ganymede – is that so?

Wilseus

Re: With apologies to The Police

i love that song :)

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Wilseus

Re: Watery solar system

That's what I was going to say. It's actually looking fairly commonplace! Liquid water is also hypothesised to exist underneath Charon's crust as well (but not Pluto for some reason I can't remember.)

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

Wilseus

Re: Sod the encryption.

She's saucy! :D

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

Wilseus

Re: When I was a kid

I remember quite a few years ago having some problems with funny colours on a widescreen CRT I owned. The (independent) TV repair man who came round to have a look at it brought a degaussing wand with him. This, he decided, wasn't powerful enough so he went back to his van and brought out a big black toroidal thing which appeared to be wrapped in insulation tape, about the diameter of a frisbee.

He told me that it was a more powerful one which he'd made himself, and yes, it plugged directly into the mains. He had me man the switch on the mains socket while he waved it in front of the TV because it got rather hot rather quickly when in use! I remember that it visibly affected the screen from about six feet away, and when brought closer you could hear it rattling the shadow mask!

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Wilseus

Re: Two for joy

"When I joined [the BBC], the enrollment paperwork included a long section: "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? How about your parents? Your grandparents?"

That's a prerequisite for working for the BBC, isn't it?

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

Wilseus

The only dating website/app I would consider is Plenty of Fish, not to be confused with Plenty More Fish.

It's completely free, although there is a small optional monthly fee which gives you some extra goodies, you don't need to pay it. It has the look and feel of NOT being run by some big corporation.

Having said that, I know someone close to my own (middle) age who has met a very nice lady on Tinder, so it can work.

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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

Wilseus

Re: The Big Bang Blackhole?

"If the big bang was a fast ejection of matter from a black hole that was many trillions the size of this one, and the rate of ejection is in some way proportional to its size, isn't it feasible that this black hole would still exist today, and just be a hell of a lot smaller?"

Nice idea, but no. In actual fact, the energy radiated by a black hole is inversely proportional to its size. While a black hole of the mass of, say, a mountain would probably shine brightly (if such primordial black holes even exist,) a huge one such as the one in this article would hardly emit any energy at all. I haven't done the sums (and the maths is probably beyond me) but I'm pretty sure that even a stellar-mass black hole that has existed for the entire age of the universe would not have shrunk appreciably. In fact it'll have grown due to swallowing up various particles that have come its way.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

Wilseus

Re: I admit, I am Word Processor inept.

[WordGrinder] runs on Windows, OSX (but you'll have to build it yourself), and Linux (it's in Debian).

FYI it's in the Ubuntu repositories as well.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

Wilseus

Re: says:

"the cheese reserves turned out not to be there"

It certainly didn't taste like Wensleydale.

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Wilseus
Mushroom

Re: LOOSE != LOSE

"Maybe because it rankles a bit to be doing for free what the editors are paid to (supposedly) do?"

The correct phrase here is "doing for nothing." The term "for free" is grammatically incorrect rubbish. The AC should probably make sure he's correct himself before pulling up other people on their mistakes!

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

Wilseus

"Is any Windows PC safe to buy or are they all riddled with poorly written bloatware?"

Since a Windows PC is, by definition, running Windows, the answer to your second question is of course yes.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

Wilseus

"I notice El Reg has remembered the comments from the other day about a red star shining white light on a planet"

I don't know to which comment this is referring, so forgive me if I am preaching to the converted, but this is a common misconception. There is no such thing as a red star. Even the coolest stars have a colour temperature of nearly 3000K or so. This is still whiter than a halogen light bulb, and so while most of its output is in the infra red it would still illuminate any nearby planets with a whitish light.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

Wilseus

Re: The Size of My Package...

Serious question: does the current train WiFi come over the mobile phone network or do the train companies have their own radio spectrum for it?

I believe they have their own infrastructure, it's the same one with which the drivers can keep in contact with the controllers I think.

Don't quote me on this though.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

Wilseus

Re: from the blog ....

Only if newer technology is better. DAB is newer than FM but much, much worse.

While that's true as things stand now, DAB sounds bad only because there's too many stations crammed into the available bandwidth.

I suppose it's analogous to the fact that most FM stations sound poor themselves because of the aggressive dynamic range compression the broadcasters apply to their transmissions. This issue could have easily been addressed with DAB in such a way that everyone would have been happy, but no...

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Wilseus

Re: HiFi Power cords

Switched-mode power supplies in audio equipment? Never!

Actually, Linn use switch mode power supplies in some of their amps, that's how they can make them so small. They've apparently solved the problems that have previously made such power supplies unsuitable for audio.

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

Wilseus

Re: Its a planet.

[Pluto is] exactly where it should be according to the titus-bodes law.

No it isn't, and neither is Neptune.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

Wilseus

Re: The difference

I still haven't found a decent replacement for Impression Publisher on Linux.

Or !Draw for that matter.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

Wilseus

"Bulldyke." Such an infamous and hateful word, I'd never even heard of it until I read this article!

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

Wilseus

Me too

Ah yes, my T-Mobile 3G service (I don't own a new-fangled 4G phone) was conspicuous by its absence in the Northampton/MK area this morning. It wasn't just a lack of an Internet connection though: the 3G signal itself was down, there was simply no service.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

Wilseus

To be honest, ~20Mb is more than enough for nearly everyone. Yes I could get fibre but at a cost of about 4 times I am paying now, I'm not even remotely tempted, although I guess I'm one of the lucky ones because I'm paying for 20Mb and that's pretty much what I get.

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

Wilseus

Re: What do you expect

Riiiiggght. Because insurance companies give us lower prices out of the goodness of their hearts... ;)

Not anymore they don't, the EU banned that a couple of years back. Apparently it's sexist.

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

Wilseus

Re: 'just' 470 light years away

In the scheme of things, 1100 light years is still in our close neighbourhood. Our galaxy is over 100,000 light years across. The closest proper galaxy to our own is over 2,000,000 light years away. The most distant are thousands of times further than that! Such phrases used in this article and others like it are, in my opinion, fine.

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Wilseus

...470 light years ago, the planet existed...

You mean 470 YEARS ago the planet existed. The year is a unit of time, the light year is a unit of distance.

But as the previous poster said, planets are pretty permanent and it's not very likely anything so catastrophic as to destroy it would happen to one in the space of a few hundred years!

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

Wilseus

Re: If at first you don't succeed....skip sky diving.

why, e.g., would flying insects need larger wingspans in a more dense atmosphere?

They wouldn't, and anyway I'm not aware that the Earth did have a denser atmosphere then. Arthropods (and not just flying insects) back then did grow much larger than today but this was because the atmosphere contained a much larger proportion of oxygen.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

Wilseus

Re: I've been thinking about playing.... @P.Lee

What company made them?

"Do your mother in law a favour, buy a Lance and Ferman military laser!"

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

Wilseus

Re: They could just use jammers

Why do the guards need cellphones whilst on duty?

It's a moot point because it's illegal for anyone to take a mobile phone onto prison property, not just for prisoners.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

Wilseus

Re: LED Bulb price

You can't have a CCFL that looks like this:

http://www.tagra-lighting.co.uk/led-filament-bulbs/6w-led-filament-gls-bulb-e27-b22.html*

That's what persuaded me to order a couple to see how they perform!

*Other online retailers are available :)

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