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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

Wilseus

1967...

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Cuing the obligatory audiophile discussion regarding sample rates...

"Modern music (well, for about the last 15-20 years) sounds absolutely dreadful - not because of sample rates or MP3 compression, but because of the utterly abysmal mastering."

Dave K, your entire post is *exactly* what I have been saying for years now. This is one of the main reasons that practically all of the music I listen to these days is 70s and 80s progressive rock. They're generally not remasters either; I scour eBay and Amazon for second-hand original CD pressings.

It's rather telling that the titles in the picture accompanying this article are mostly titles from that era.

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Wilseus

Re: Not forgetting, of course

"Not to mention the ears to appreciate it."

Presumably then, that means you're unable to tell the difference between a performance in a concert hall and the the same thing played through the stereo in your living room?

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

Wilseus
Headmaster

Re: Green electrons

Haha yes, and this is further complicated by the fact that electrons do not travel down the wires instantaneously or even at the speed of light. The electron drift velocity is actually quite small in comparison, I remember calculating it in A level physics and it was in the order of a few cm per second from what I remember, so you'd need to factor the considerable time delay from power station to your house as well!

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

Wilseus

It's comforting to know that dickheads like these "protesters" aren't confined to the UK.

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Wilseus

Re: i don't know about the protesters

"I walk by Youtube every day on my walk to work"

I didn't think anyone walked anywhere in the 'States :)

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

Wilseus
Headmaster

Re: re: Is this an average? as I thought the Earth's orbit was elliptical?

Yes, it's the mean of aphelion and perihelion.

The technical term for which is the semi-major axis.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

Wilseus

Re: Wordwise Plus

Not that it's entirely relevant to this article, but I read somewhere that Wordwise was the first WP ever to have a scripting/macro language built in.

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Wilseus

Yes but Z80 was better than 6502

Was it? Not much evidence for that...

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

Wilseus

Re: A Travesty

Tyrion, I was 100% with you until your last sentence, which was the usual left-wing, populist drivel I read so much of on the Internet these days.

It's funny that most of the people that moan to me about being screwed over by the Government and having to resort to food banks still seem to find the money for Sky TV subscriptions, high end mobile phones and tobacco/cannabis.

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Surf's up near Saturn as boffins spot waves on Titan

Wilseus

Re: Announcing the bleeding obvious

And now, WingCo, go and read Ian's comment properly this time!

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Wilseus

Re: Announcing the bleeding obvious

Care to explain what you mean by that, or are you just trolling?

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Wilseus

Re: Public competition

Use its proper title, "Lisa Simpson Going Down on a Dwarf," please!

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Wilseus

Public competition?

Let's just hope that the design that wins isn't as dreadful as the recent copper and silver coins.

When those were announced a few years ago I thought they were an April fool.

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

Wilseus

Re: What gets in my craw...

"I also think that Microsoft is now a different company, but it still leaves a bad taste that the very thing that Microsoft blocked for others is what it is relying on now."

They are still behaving like this. UEFI anyone?

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

Wilseus

I'm not sure they're barking up the right tree here

Lossless audio is all very well, and it's well worth having these days given how cheap storage has become. However the limiting factor in most setups these days isn't the bit depth, sample rate or amount of lossy compression. It's the appalling mastering of many modern albums of the last 20 years. I've found myself responding to that by mostly buying albums that were made in the 1970s and 1980s. Sadly, many of these originally good recordings have been "remastered" and in the process been ruined by dynamic compression and hard limiting which simply robs music of its soul.

There did appear to be a campaign group (http://turnmeup.org/) highlighting this but it doesn't seem to have had much activity over the last few years and besides I had to blacklist their emails ever since they appeared to have turned over my email address to spammers.

The bottom line is, for all MP3's faults I'd rather listen to a decent recording, properly mastered, as a 128Kbps MP3 than a 24/96 FLAC if the latter recording is a distorted wall of mush with absolutely no dynamics.

Neil Young and co. should use their influence to target this first, IMO.

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Wilseus

Re: Buy NAIM

'Buy NAIM equipment and then you'll be constantly told -

"Oh it won't sound right until you buy the £700 xyz power supply to go with it!"'

Rubbish.

I read a post on a Naim forum quite recently stating that if a system did not sound right using their cheapest amplifier, moving up to a dearer one would not fix it.

And no, I don't own any Naim kit.

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X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

Wilseus

Re: 1.49597871 × 10^15m

I was at a meeting of our local astronomical society last night, and one of our esteemed members (who holds a PhD, no less) gave us a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Galaxy's."

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Wilseus
Headmaster

Re: I never knew...

It's not, it's an ice giant.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

Wilseus

"That's what I was thinking, but then didn't MS accidentally remove that for 18 months and nobody noticed."

Accidentally? I like that :)

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

Wilseus

Despite it being a criminal offence to take a mobile phone into a prison (even an officer can be sacked for doing so) the prison authorities are surprisingly lax with enforcing this. I know this because my ex who was a prison officer, used a mobile phone detector (yes, they exist) to scan the landings one night when she was bored. She found several cells that night with mobile phones being used, yet they didn't have a member of staff doing this as a matter of course.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

Wilseus

"I did walk into Curry's and buy one on a humax freesat box a couple of months ago and I like it. Bit peeved if they muck it up now."

That's extremely unlikely. With a couple of exceptions such as Channel 5, Freesat boxes receive exactly the same FTA transmissions from exactly the same satellites as Sky Digital does.

Remember that all the BBC, ITV, "4" channels, "5" channels and many others are free to air on Sky too.

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Think British weather is bad? It's nothing to this WOBBLY ALIEN planet

Wilseus

Re: 2300 light years distance.. just 4 years to change anything from here?

What on earth are you talking about?

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

Wilseus

Re: Why?

I agree 100%. I was going to ask that question on here but you beat me to it.

If the EU really want to enforce this kind of antitrust thing, why don't they look at stopping things like MS "forcing" PC manufacturers to install Windows on every machine they sell? Surely this is much more anti-competitive than Google's behaviour, not to mention the browser controversy.

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Samsung appoints first-ever British head of UK ops

Wilseus

What do they actually do in the UK division?

R&D.

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

Wilseus

"Personally, I'd have nominated Eadon for his enthusiasm alone..."

Hmm, I doubt Eadon could have done a better job at sabotaging the company than Ballmer appears to have done!

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

Wilseus

Re: Audiophile and Sonos mentioned in the same article?

"Making a fashion statement is the most important part of being an audiophile."

Is it? I'd be very surprised if the average joe on the street has even heard of the companies that made my hifi equipment.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

Wilseus

Re: Rare pragmatic response

"I doubt it was really cheaper. More than likely, they designed their new site without proper thought and then realised "oh shit, it doesn't work on IE7 and all our customers use it". And now it's cheaper to do this than rework it all."

Says a person who fairly obviously has never coded even a simple HTML page in his life.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Thumb Up

Re: Erm, no

verbing weirds syntaxing

Have an upvote, just for the Calvin and Hobbes reference.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

Wilseus

Re: Promise the world

"Steve Wilcox (owns elite) still owes me about £6k"

I feel for you, Elite/Steve still owe me a four figure redundancy payout, which I don't suppose I will ever see. I always found him to be a very pleasant guy though, when I worked for them they seemed to be suffering from a chronic lack of cash, culminating with their bank saying "no more!" Pretty much the same as nearly every other independent games studio as far as I can see.

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

Wilseus

Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...

Wow Jemma, 62 downvotes (as of 14.22 on the 27/1/14) must be a record on here, surely. A well deserved record too!

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Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

Wilseus

Re: Stand well back

"Anybody here know how far away a supernova like this would have to be for the human race to survive it?"

Anything closer than about 10 pc (about 33 ly) would cause problems for us.

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

Wilseus

Not had Hersheys, then?

No, I've managed to avoid that particular pleasure!

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Wilseus
Mushroom

Re: Milky Way

Ugh. Galaxy, probably the worst "chocolate" I have ever tasted, with a flavour that's a cross between wet cardboard and cheap coffee whitener.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

Wilseus

Re: When any C/C++ code includes "goto" you know it sucks...

Back in the late 1990s when I worked in the games industry, I helped develop the renderer code for a PlayStation game we were working on. Above all, it needed to be as fast as possible in order to squeeze as much performance as possible out of the console. I optimised the C routine using amongst other things a couple of gotos, which as well as speeding things up greatly, also made the code a lot more readable.

That didn't stop the idiot of a project manager telling me off for "bad programming" though. He didn't even have a background in programming, whereas I grew up in the 1980s and remember first hand all the goto debates in the magazines of the time! Of course in those days the main problem was that the BASIC implementations on many of the 8-bit micros of the time didn't have a line renumber facility, making gotos a necessary evil if you ran out of line numbers to insert!

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Speaking in Tech: When will I buy a 4K TV? When they make one that LOOKS COOL

Wilseus

Re: British houses...

The trouble with that is, in a larger room you're sat further from the larger screen, so you're effectively back where you started!

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

Wilseus

[i]Ever since Tony "quick - make up a reason to bomb Iraq" Blair took power, they have become a pettier and more small minded version of the conservatives.[/i]

Well quite. I'm glad that at least one other person other than me has figured this out!

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I want virtualisation on my iPhone, and I want it NOW

Wilseus

your Android phone has Microsoft DRM in it

And Ballmer had the gall to call GNU/Linux "a cancer that infects everything it touches."

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Saturn's moon Titan had swamps, say astroboffins

Wilseus
Alien

Re: Uh....

Titan maybe could harbour some kind of life, but it would have to be life Jim, but not as we know it.

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HUBBLE turns TIME MACHINE: Sees GLINT in the Milk(yway)man's EYE

Wilseus

Recheck your numbers. It'll go red giant far sooner. Fade to black about the same time.

The Sun is very slowly increasing in brightness over the very long term (but far too slowly to be responsible for global warming that we are supposedly seeing) and will indeed make the Earth more and more inhospitable for life over the next billion years or so. It will be far from being a red giant then though, from memory 4 or 5 billion years is a realistic estimate for that.

As for the resulting white dwarf fading to black, that will take much, much longer than a few billion years. There are thought to be no black dwarfs in existence yet, simply because the universe is not old enough for any white dwarfs to have cooled enough to no longer emit any light.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

Wilseus

Poor Linus

He always did get a bit tetchy without his security blanket.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

Wilseus

Re: People have no self respect

If a manager yelled at me I would quit on the spot.

I wouldn't quit. But what I would do is have a quiet little word with him to tell him that under no circumstances will I tolerate being spoken to like that by anyone, and if it happens again I'll be having a little chat with his manager!

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

Wilseus

Re: It is even worse than fragmentation

Well, that's fine if you want to be stuck with OpenOffice

You do realise that OpenOffice was deprecated several years ago?

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Run for your (private) lives! Facebook's creepy Graph Search is upon us

Wilseus
FAIL

No, you're quite wrong. The BNP's policies are primarily left wing. Their policies on housing, protectionism, health etc are considerably to the left of both Labour and the Lib Dems. Yes, they are authoritarian, but that has nothing to do with left/right. Most of their voters are also disaffected ex Labour voters.

By voting me down you've simply shown that you know little about politics.

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Wilseus
Headmaster

For example, they can ask "people who like BNP [British National Party] and The Police" and discover that fewer than 100 Facebookers are fans of extreme right wing politics and Sting's band.

Not that it's massively relevant to the article, but the BNP is a party of the far LEFT, not the right.

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

Wilseus

Re: Fuck them.

all of those who pushed for this braindead, greedy scheme should have been punished by economic failure and bankruptcy. That would send a pretty strong message to anyone even trying to pull this off that its just not worth it.

I agree with everything you have said, except for this last bit. Having worked in the games industry in the past for a number of years, it's the devs and independent studios that would suffer here, not the directors in EA's boardroom.

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Not even Comet crashing into Earth can keep Dixons out of the red

Wilseus

Re: Sit back and let the comments roll in

I distinctly remember a few years ago going into the massive Dixons in the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham (so we're not talking about a tiddly little store here) enquiring about KVM switches. The assistant showed me the product they had, which didn't come with leads. I asked him about those and he said that they didn't stock them! I pointed out that the product was completely useless without the leads and he was completely disinterested. I've never gone into a Dixons/Currys or whatever they're calling themselves this week, since.

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Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

Wilseus
Headmaster

They were called podules on the original Archimedes machines, but Acorn deprecated the term in favour of "expansion cards" long before the Risc PC and A7000 came out.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

Wilseus
Go

Re: Bill Nighy gets the William Hartnell vote

I agree. In fact I suggested him on the Reg ages ago :)

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