* Posts by Wilseus

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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...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'

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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

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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

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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

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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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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

Wilseus

Re: It could be worse

The other, rather more exciting reason, was that they decided to test the idea of using the residual steam to power the pumps during a simulated failure, and they ran out of water...or that's how I think I understand the film that was made.

Yes, I think that's right. But if the reactor had had a negative void coefficient, the lack of coolant would have caused the nuclear reactions to cease, not spiral out of control - in such a design the presence of coolant actually *increases* the nuclear reactions, and similarly its absence causes the reactions to slow down which is obviously is a lot safer. With the Chernobyl design, the opposite is true.

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Re: It could be worse

Possibly just as well that the Germans have decided to close down their nuclear power plants if they can't keep critical control systems safe from hackers. Although I would hope that things would at least fail safely, even if not cheaply.

As I understand it, and I am *not* a nuclear scientist, most sensible nuclear reactors are supposed to fail safely. One of the reasons Chernobyl went wrong so spectacularly is that it had a positive void coefficient, e.g. it needed constant intervention to stop it going out of control, rather than negative void coefficient where it'll just shut down under the same conditions.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Sigh

I'm not sure why I've been down voted for sharing a link to an article stating that one of the founders of Greenpeace is now strongly pro-nuclear. It's simply a fact.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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Re: "Dialogue can be a little sharp, but the soundstage is expansive"

It means the mid range is too loud, and they've screwed around with the audio signal phase to make it seem like the TV is wider than it really is.

I do wish people wouldn't come on forums like this one and take the piss out of things they clearly don't understand.

Some stereo speakers driven from a bog-standard CD player and stereo amplifier will sound "wider" than others due to the dispersion characteristics of the drivers used amongst many other factors. The sound from the stereo speakers in my living room appears considerably wider than the distance between them, without any "screwing around with the phase" as you put it. I'm not saying that sound bar manufacturers don't use techniques such as this, often they do, but it's not necessarily the case here.

Pretty much the same goes for the dialogue sounding "sharp." Many cheaper tweeters have this characteristic, metal and ceramic domes are particularly prone to it. It has nothing to do with anything being too loud and it does not necessarily mean that anyone has equalised the signal to boost the midrange.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: BBC 3 or BBC 7

TBH this would be something for the government to ban - on screen channel logos.

There was a "Campaign for Logo Free TV" that I was involved with some years ago which actually persuaded Channel 5 at the time to remove their original DOG. It's back now, but the channel was logo-free for quite a few years.

I think the guy who ran it didn't help himself though, I recall that he could be difficult and he alienated many of the TV execs who were otherwise sympathetic to the cause.

He also had health problems and I believe he subsequently passed away and as far as I can tell, no-one carried on the campaign.

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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YouTube never worked properly for me when I had VM broadband. It's quite shocking to read that they are still having these problems nearly a decade later.

After dumping them and going to Sky, I've never had any Internet problems since.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: I know 10 is a small number, but

Remmina is indeed useful, I use it myself, but it loses a star for being chock-full of bugs!

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Re: Hmm. Geany could be worth a look...

FWIW I use Geany every day as my main editor at work. I haven't found a text editor I like better, with the possible exception of !Zap on RISC OS, but that's another story :)

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: ...

who on earth still has a telly handy that will work on then?

I haven't seen a TV for long time that doesn't have a composite video input!

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Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

That's fighting talk, Oakley!

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

Wilseus

Re: reducing energy consumption

If you can do simple arithmetic you can see that nuclear is the only safe, green power source. Sadly, greenies can't.

Encouragingly, there's a growing minority who can, such as Patrick Moore (the environmentalist, not the late astronomer)

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

Wilseus

Re: Twisted and skewed

What's more, most ariel filters that have currently been fitted and are being sold right now, reject anything over 800mhz. So essentially we will all need new filters too!

Most *aerials*, even many wideband types, reject everything much above 800 MHz, never mind any filters you may have fitted.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Wilseus

Re: I want it

as a Linux user I held off from taking part. Getting E:D to run under Linux was probably going to be a bit of a job, so I was going to wait until it was released and then see if it was possible to get Wine to get it to run.

Same here.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Wilseus

I used to own a Citroen BX and many body panels on that were plastic, including the bonnet. I think the whole car weighed only about 800 Kg. Mine was a 60 bhp diesel, was very good on MPG and was quite nippy. I never drove one of the 160 bhp 16v ones but they must have gone like stink!

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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It's pants now, but didn't used to be

I've been commuting on the train between Northampton and Watford for several years now. I own a non-4G Moto G, and while my T-Mobile/EE 3G signal was patchy in places such as Tring*, up until the last few months it was usable for most of the journey. However now it's almost completely useless and as a consequence I've given up browsing and I now read a newspaper instead. Even at a major station such as Milton Keynes, I get nothing. I presume that this deterioration in 3G reception coincided with their 4G rollout.

I've tried to phone up EE to complain on more than one occasion but surprise surprise, I've never been able to get through to speak to someone.

*Oddly enough, Tring station, the one place that there was never any signal at all, is now one of the few places on my journey where I can, briefly as the train passes by, actually download a web page.

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

Wilseus

Re: But what about the flip side?

It'd look pretty much the same, because it's a completely uniform sphere.

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maybe Webb or the one that follows us will be able to produce images like that.

Sadly not, it's much too far away for that, and even then there would very likely be dust clouds in the way. We can't even see into the centre of our own galaxy at visual wavelengths because of those.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Wilseus

Re: Wonder why Japan first

And believe it or not, they'll pay through the nose for anything with a Union Jack on it.

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Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64

Wilseus

Re: RISC, not IRONIC

"And ARM's predicated instructions (dropped in the 64bit, rather unavoidably, too much state to carry around)"

Yes, I deliberately didn't mention those because I'm not sure they actually help with code density.

I haven't investigated CoreMark, no. I'll have a look.

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Re: Is this the same MIPS...

It was both. The N64 and PlayStations 1 and 2 all had CPUs based on the MIPS family.

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Wilseus

Re: RISC, not IRONIC

Coming from a background in ARM, MIPS and i386, I think that while the code size is not much of an issue in some ways, it's very much an issue when you take instruction cache into account. If the MIPS code size is twice the size of i386 then compared to the Intel chip, the instruction cache size is effectively halved.

I realise this is veering wildly off topic, but I'd be interested to see how 32-bit ARM compares to MIPS in this respect, given its implicit shift instructions and multiple load and stores.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

Wilseus
Headmaster

Re: Bollock, Bollocks

"Sloppy javascript at it's finest."

Sloppy punctuation at its finest :)

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

Wilseus

Re: Interesting times

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

You can prove a theory to be true by showing that it being false would lead to a contradiction.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Wilseus

Re: This article's about the minority

"Imagine if you were to try and make a TV show about how catholic priests were all misogynistic drunken perverts."

You mean like this one?

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

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Re: "That instruction set has been traditionally profitable but still a curse around Intel's neck"

"ARM is doing a good job of replacing x86, but it'll be a long, brutal battle."

I remember saying similar in 1987... :(

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

Wilseus

Re: Recognise the voice?

the rest of their miserable pathetic lives in jail.

IMO prison is too good for them.

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'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'

Wilseus

I want to see "fondleslab" in there!

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Wilseus

Re: I've seen a couple of films with Atmos

"My Onkyo must be ooo 4 years old now, it wouldn't break me to replace it. But here's a thing.. the speakers I use are well over (and I mean WELL over) 20 years old."

Same here, except mine's a Yamaha. I'm not usually into these new gimmicks, 3D for example doesn't interest me at all, but I'm going to be watching Dolby Atmos with interest. It'll not be expensive, you'll be seeing it in entry level amps eventually.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

Wilseus

Re: Bring on the Mandelbrots

"These are float intensive tasks"

You can calculate Mandelbrots using fixed point/integer arithmetic easily enough.

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

Wilseus
Headmaster

Re: Mine is great

The Nexus 5 also has 90 degree polarization, so the screen also can't be used in landscape with sunglasses on :-/

You could get round that by taking advantage of quantum weirdness and placing a polarising filter, rotated by 45 degrees, in front of the screen :)

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

Wilseus

"HiFi is purposefully designed to have a flat response so that it plays back exactly the source material"

Some HiFi is. But some manufacturers, notably Linn, consider the pace, rhythm and timing of music more important than a completely flat frequency response. Consequently, many of their speakers aren't exactly the last word in HiFi but what they do have is the "boogie factor" and surely that's what's most important. Their Keilidh model was a good example of this.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

Wilseus

Re: I'd love to know...

I was thinking this too, I guess they must be comparing the white dwarf's surface temperature to the temperature of the Sun's core, but that's kind of reasonable: a white dwarf IS essentially the core of a Sun-like star, after it's turned into a red giant and gradually lost its atmosphere, so the very youngest and therefore hottest white dwarfs would presumably have a temperature in the order of megaKelvins.

Also, 15 million K for the Sun's core is not exactly speculation, we have very good reasons to know it's roughly that value: amongst other things, the nature of the neutrinos that we detect coming from the Sun's core tell us a lot about its temperature. (In fact, a while back, scientists were confused because the neutrinos seemed to tell us that the core was cooler at around 10 million K, and yet we knew for other reasons it should be higher, but this mystery was solved when we discovered that neutrinos can "oscillate" by changing their "flavour" as they travel to Earth.)

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

Wilseus

Re: The question is...

Will it be DRM-free?

Will it work with open source software?

Hahaha that's a good one!

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

Wilseus

>Top: "Complains that only 21% of programmers are female" - Bottom: "Majored in gender studies and English literature"

Any chance of a link to this?

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

Wilseus

Re: WTF?

>[Apple] moved from Intel to Power PC and back in their Mac/MacBook line

From Intel to Power PC? That's news to me.

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

Wilseus

Re: Misc Musings

> A friend worked at Apple back in the day, and his group produced a IIGS followon that was ARM based. Ran all existing (6502-based) IIGS code. Snappier GUI than the then-current Macs, cheaper, oops! So it was "gassed".

That doesn't surprise me one bit. Their early familiarity with ARM also makes it even more interesting that after the Power Mac was released, their marketing department "forgot" that it wasn't the first RISC home computer.

> If you-all think that "just re-compile" is so easy

I certainly didn't think that! In fact I am working on this sort of thing right now, porting a large amount of x86/ARM targeted C code to another CPU. Setting up a cross-compile environment is far from easy, even if the tools you are using actually support your target CPU properly (In my experience, "experimental" invariably means "unusable.") and it never "just works" even when you eventually get the damn thing building!

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Re: ARM vs. x86

Just to add to what I said earlier - and apologies for taking this a little off-topic - but this link will help illustrate just how much of a cluster**** x86 really is. Be warned, it's not pretty!

In contrast, you can summarise the entire instruction format of a typical RISC processor in just one page.

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Wilseus

Does this mean I can run iTunes on my Archimedes?

Why would you want to? Ugh!

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