* Posts by Rusty 1

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Giant sea scorpion which prowled ancient oceans revealed

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We're going to need...

a bigger barbecue!

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VMware unleashes vCAOS on the world

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Re: seems pretty weak

Don't forget that the quoted "9"s availability should include planned and unplanned maintenance. With reasonable expectations of throughput and latency, you just cannot achieve 6 nines across the internet starting from CPE. Where do you draw the line of what is the client's responsibility and what is the providers? Does the client need to have access to multiple independent POPs, with redundant power supplies?

A telco might aim to achieve 5 nines end-to-end across their system (and report to the regulators when that fails). Do you really think an internet-based system is going go get close to that?

High nines is astoundingly expensive. Most don't need it.

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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

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Trollface

But but but, the corners will surely be more refined, and superior. Obvious to any true follower of the one true Apple. This will be a source of riducule for those who have corners from 2015 Q1 or before, and THEY WILL BE CAST OUT, for they will not have followed the true path, not honoured the one.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Android, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your corners and your icons, they comfort me"

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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

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Two types of security

Air gap - for the electronic side of things.

Gap filled with steel - for the the physical side of things.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Obvious, really

Certainly the transportation and storage of hydrogen poses problems. Now that these fine chaps have done the hydrogen -> power side of things, what we need is a better source of hydrogen.

Surely we just need to transport two things: sodium and water. Let them react in a robust "hydrogen generator" unit (probably a few kilos of something strong), and you have hydrogen for the car, and a spot of drain cleaner for when you get home.

Back of the net!

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Self-scan FTW

Almost every time I go shopping, I find I can be finished off using self-service far faster than if a member of staff has to give me a hand (benchmarked against a similar customers' loads I spy on)

Ahem, yes, it's just being efficient: pick, scan, pack, repeat. Nothing complicated about it. Unless there is a stupid staff verification required because you are buying eggs on October 31st. FFS Sainsbury's!

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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WTF?

Nobody in their right mind

"Nobody in their right mind wears earbuds for the duration of a long-haul flight"

Find a good set of in-ear phones (for the audio), find good buds for them (foam, rubber, whatever), get used to them, and you'll be fine with them for many hours on end. Very small, generally cheap, and easy to manage on a flight, at your destination, and for the entire trip.

Certainly, from my point of view, having some thermal insulation hanging by my ears would be an unbearable thing for more than a few hours. But then you do say "Hot I can deal with, as one of the reasons I like to wear headphones in the air is to stay warm". Seriously, WTF? Would you uprate headphones because they had rockwool over the ears? I have never been on any flight where being cold has been a problem.

Couldn't you just wear a hat? You could write "Beats" on it to make sure everyone knew you were cool.

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Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders

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Re: Has nobody heard of Synergy?

Indeed, this simple software solution that is cross platform is really very useful. Doesn't need USB 3 ports or anything more fancy than a bunch of computers on a network (proper network mind you, Ethernet for example, not USB directly connected tat).

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LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

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Meh

Resilience

Lost complete power (i.e. grid supplies (all of them), batteries, and generators all failed) and possibly other critical services in one site.

OK, that's into disaster recovery mode. That's something that is practised a few times year, surely, for such a professional outfit. They've surely switched to (one of) their secondary data centre(s), and resumed service with hardly a blip. Perhaps a 50ms impact. Hardly a noticeable.

Oh, sorry, this is the cloud, not telcos who generally know what they are doing, and know what an SLA is, and what the regulatory impact of failing to meet 5+ 9s availability means.

Oh, you didn't pay for 5 9s availability? Well shout and scream at the hand, because the face is targeting the profitable part of the client base.

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Bruce Schneier: 'We're in early years of a cyber arms race'

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Re: We have met the enemy...

You may have met your enemy, but I'm still waiting to meet the dingbat(s) who pretended Java was realtime, performant, secure, or indeed "write once, run anywhere." When said parties are met (and dealt with), we may rest briefly, safe in the knowledge of what has been done, before resuming with the advancement of mankind.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: Register, please stick with what you are good at...

The obvious issue is that Worstall is playing the game of being an *observational* "economist", commenting on past events - pretty straight forward, much like predicting the winner of the 17:20 at Pontefract two weeks ago.

Perhaps Worstall might be better just removing the bee that appears to be in his bonnet.

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Re: is it a slow content day?

Indeed it is the weekend, and that means I'm working. You see that leaves Tuesdays and Wednesdays free for celebrating the great noodliness of the FSM. Your point?

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Re: Register, please stick with what you are good at...

Well said.

Would anyone want to read a review of the latest Intel chippery investigated and written by Corbyn? How about a Corbyn comparison of 10G PHYs?

So Worstall has googled/wikied some economics stuff. Good for you! Why bother us with it, or is it a slow content day?

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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Re: Yawn, another cloud camera

Another vote for Axis IP cameras. Yes, they are a bit on the expensive side, but with the use of standard protocols and ease of integration with pretty much any infrastructure, they are very capable.

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Terms of endearment

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Terms of endearment

Recently, indeed only today, I have become aware of the cockwomble. I feel that the precision of the appreciation I have of the worth of humans has increased - there are some that are, and others that are not.

But how does a cockwomble relate to a twat-dangle? Indeed, are hyphens missing or unnecessary?

There must surely be some cross over, unless one outranks the other? Which is it?

Where does el Reg and the community stand on insults? Are there official units?

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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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Re: Good on them....

If you really use the handbrake (whatever process that really describes - chucking an anchor out of the car, retarding the speed of the rear wheels, jettisoning the front wheels) as an auxiliary steering device, I do hope you never use the same roads as me.

OK, sure, I've have a bit of fun in icy car parks applying the handbrake, but it really doesn't form part of the typical driving style. And nor should it. You just can't understand the handling characteristics unless you know the location and its condition intimately (i.e. you are racing on a circuit).

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

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Re: Manufacturers : Repeat After Me

No sound?

Sir, do you require mankind to regress back to the era of "silent" movies? I for one don't have the space or catering supplies for an orchestra in my gaff. And I'll be jiggered if the subtleties of anything more cerebral than The Benny Hill Show can be conveyed by sound. How about those episodes of Pingu I have queued up? With lip sync please.

Other than that, I entirely agree that the visual device should be as dumb as possible. A couple of DisplayPort connectors and everyone should be happy.

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HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

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Re: Why is this news?

Don't be such a cockwomble (learned that here today!)

This is all cool stuff. Chap in ordinary place with simple kit contacts chap in extraordinary place speeding around planet with simple kit despite massive closing speed. Timing is everything.

I'm sure you did it a while ago, but every time there is a vulnerability with Flash, Exchange, etc. it is reported enthusiastically. Why aren't we happy with the first one?

This stuff is exciting, it's cool, it is to be applauded. The low budget of entry is interesting.

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Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

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Happy

This is why

I have monkeys to type for me.

Bob the baboon is currently at the keyboard, but he has a sneaky look about him, and I think an encounter with the physics delivery package of a crossbow is in his immediate future. George the gibbon is looking strong in reserve, so I'm happy.

R.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Stop

"Unlike crispy bacon, Soylent 2.0 is available on a subscription basis"

That sounds like it is the very essence of the problem, and the thing that should be addressed. Surely once the masses have some streaky or a bit of back turning up at their door in time for breakfast, the world cannot help but be a better place.

A little more effort into growing bacon and distributing it would probably even right Greece's ailing economy.

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

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Happy

Sounds like the sort of hardware you need AVPIN to start!

Must be quite a bit of high frequency vibration going on there - are there expected to be any problems with mechanical/magnetic hard drives?

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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w3m lives!

I am still using "fixed", AKA "6x13" - bitmaps all the way! And, surely, all of you are too?

Hello?

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Re: Where have you been for the last 20 years?

"Files run in the kernel in Windows" - with such an incomprehensively vague and bizarre comment, I do wonder if you might bow out of further discussions. You'll only irritate those who understand stuff, and confuse those who don't.

How about "Flies run in the wake of the mature banana." Perhaps you could pick that up as your mantra and run about the woods at night. That'll keep you nicely out of the way of ordinary, decent everyday folk.

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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Stop

Doughnut all the way thanks, fresh from the local bakery

The nasty homogenised crap that is sold as donuts is offensive. Try a fresh (and warm) doughnut from your local bakery (they'll be next to the cornerstones of proper sweet bakery, the Chelsea buns and rock cakes). Jam dripping out onto your fingers. Irregular shapes as they are hand made. Tangible texture, taste, and quality. Such a world apart from the vile products that are invading our lives from distant shores.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

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Flame

Re: Going to state the bleeding obvious here..

And you'll probably want the app to support reporting poor parking, avoidance of train fares, putting feet on the seats, chewing gum in an antisocial manner, not smiling at other citizens, wearing double denim, not supporting the government in power, generally being an arse, and not using the Oxford comma.

You seriously suggest that this whole issue could be resolved with an "app"? I don't know you, but I think you don't really understand how things work. Today you can call 999, 112, 911 depending on your location (which generally doesn't change without your consent - but you're stuffed then anyway). "Apps" have nothing to do with this. Do you really want to be in a situation where you are trying to report a fire in your building, that will result in the death of you and your family, with a request to download the new app that enables you to describe the personal impact from a scale of 1 to 7: it's a new version, with a new protocol, sorry, you have to upgrade.

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FAIL

Asynchronous and unacknowledged

The elephant in the room with all of this is that these alternative communication mechanisms are inherently asynchronous and there is no acknowledgment of receipt, or any other feedback.

Your text about someone having a heart attack may well be queued in the mobile network behind Mavis letting Doris from number 34 know that Ethel's cat has died.

If something bad has happened, I want to know that someone is on the motherfucker, that I can chill, and the Wolf will be here directly.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Ohm y, that must hurt!

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Unhappy

Same story as with 4k video displays

The existing resolution/quality is perfectly adequate.

The quality of the content, not its reproduction, is so much more of an issue - it also cannot be solved by technical evolution. It is the creative, artistic aspect of the work. It requires different (i.e. artistic) skills, and ability. It also doesn't sell new hardware based on new technology - equipment from the last couple of decades is perfectly good enough.

If you are really looking at supposedly higher quality reproduction, you'll likely want a completely acoustically isolated and perfect listening room. You'll probably have to treat it as a clean room as any dust particles will play merry hell with the whole affair. And you'll spend your energy trying to discern whether it was a Northern or Central line tube that you think you could hear for 1.34 seconds after the 3 cymbal crash, rather than whether it was a jolly fine piece of music or spoken word or whatever.

Good original content, produced well, is what the consumers want. Not fancy technology.

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

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Otherwise seen as...

Apple begrudgingly complying with consumer law.

You sell products with fault components, you have responsibility for the whole. This isn't a generous corporate gesture - this is a basic consumer right.

That this has taken 2 years to be effected shows just how much Apple values its' customers (stupidity/brand following)

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The world .sucks at a minute past midnight on Sunday

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lac?

Blatantly thieving the idea from YPLAC, I think we need a .lac TLD.

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Flame

Re: Ok, so what's the difference....

Smilies - pretty straightforward and nicely understood plain ASCII composite glyphs.

Emoticons - message board graphical representations of smilies. Quite neat in their day.

Emojis - a cancer, a virulent cancer. Should be about as popular as an STI in a whore house. Nuke from orbit, yes that's probably about right.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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Re: Our IT support does this sort of thing daily.

But your IT support is probably not for safety critical systems and probably does and should have the authority to implement changes as necessary after appropriate sign off. A spreadsheet not opening as expected generally isn't too bad. A virus/"generic nasty" being received and being propagated could be more important.

There are many formal processes around that attempt to address the probability of an event occurring and the consequential events, e.g. FMECA.

Don't for one moment believe that your "IT support" has *any* similarity to safety critical/hard real time systems.

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Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

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Happy

Re: Yep

You'll be needing the dClapApp in due course.

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LOHAN's final test flight set to honour PRATCHETT

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Re: GNU Terry Pratchett

"goes to show how popular Sir Terry was to us tech fans."

I hate to pick up on a typo, but you seem to have accidentally written "was" where "is" was probably better suited.

While his name is still spoken.

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Ricoh rolls out electrifyingly exciting RUBBER!

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Happy

Pants

Well, now I know what my 2015 pair of pants will be made of. To be honest, the 2014 pair has lasted rather well, although the monthly scraping and pressure washing is getting a bit tedious.

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Sorry for the Cash ‘n’ Carrion competition drought

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Other offerings

Are you considering offering more exciting El Reg branded items? As an example, IBM offer a flavour of the LSI SAS controllers - I'm sure you chaps could drive the price right down with your wide industry readership and forge the way forward in local storage. Even providing nice stickers for the case/keyboard/coffee mug.

Yep, I'll take three please!

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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One?

How about one version, known as, perhaps Windows 10.

Maybe there could be a number of diverse profiles - small laptop, typical desktop, honking big server, and many custom variants between and beyond.

Microsoft, don't do a Cisco/Oracle and charge per individual feature/function. Surely your customer base will get loads more out of the platform if they can play with all of the features they think relevant. Certainly the typically laptop user won't be too bothered about firing up iSCSI initiators, but how about hooking some of those experimental types who might just give it a go in their home lab?

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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Re: "I can't at all see what the thieves can do with them."

I love rare monkeys, especially those elusive lion tamarins. Much like golden eagles and giant pandas, they go so jolly well with a really nice fresh mustard.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Unhappy

Skynet

Rupekins, since Skynet became active in August 1997, they are most interested in this action.

1. Skynet is not pronounced Skinet. It is, has always been, and always will be Skynet, with a nice long I vowel sound.

2. There is no similarity between the provision of service between Skynet and Sky. Oh cock. Yes there is. It is a one way stream leading to the death of the human race.

Bugger. Sorry. Move along.

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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

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I thought Word 2 was pretty good back in the early 90s. Almost good enough to write my thesis with; I deviated and used troff instead - not much in it for the final comparison as both tools were competent.

A few years later, with more documents to publish, FrameMaker was the absolute mutt's nuts - capable of authoring huge documents, with inserted material, consistent layout, and straightforward to use. Even available as a beta on Linux at the time.

What is there now? Whenever I do something other than write plain text in Word, like inserting a diagram with text to flow around it, I find I have to save the document first, so I can revert back to that version the 15 or 16 times it takes Word and me to agree on what I attempted to do.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Everyday is patch day: http://xkcd.com/1514/

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Flay Otters

We have things called steering wheels to accommodate the awkwardness of unstraight roads.

John Cleese made the point very finely a good 35 years ago in his brush with a Waldorf salad.

Besides, isn't driving around our fabulous network of squiggly roads one of life's great pleasures?

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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WTF?

Re: Really, there were no other massive photos?

One day you're growing a moustache, the next you're invading Poland.

Why start?

Really, why start down this road, knowing that others will only go "a little bit fuhrer", and it won't hurt?

If *you* don't stop this behaviour at the beginning, at the low level, how on earth can you criticise others? You fuel the fires of those who go further.

I presume you reported the cases of women being excluded and inappropriate touching (to the police)? What was the response?

diodesign, grow a pair, and don't support this.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Similarly "near miss", as in "yes, he nearly missed me."

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Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

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"bring back some of the injured"?

The overwhelming number of injured, homeless people are local. Just where do you propose to "bring them back to"? Last week? And tell them to jump when it happens?

Sure, there are many foreign nationals in the country at the moment - they are risk takers, and have insurance. They don't really matter at the moment. So many locals have lost so much (family, homes, businesses)

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Re: Not Risk Free Fun

To focus on the climbers who implicitly accept the danger of their deliberate actions rather than on the residents of the numerous villages, towns, and cities affected by this awful disaster is utter sensationalism.

I presume a Google exec will have had appropriate life insurance. Move on. No story.

Many Nepalese who have suffered loss or injury are not in such a happy place. *That* is the terrible tragedy. That is why I cry today.

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

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So true.

2.0 system installations are frequently sub-optimal, let alone anything with more jiggly bits. Corners, angles of speakers to walls, proximity of speakers to walls/obstacles, height of the speakers (for higher frequencies) all colour the perceived sound. If you have curtains in the room, the experience will be different when they are drawn. If your mother-in-law is sitting in the corner, the experience will be affected, although that's probably not physics.

Just enjoy the story of the film/show/programme. Oh bugger, that's where they've skimped.

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I'm still using the same 2 speaker setup I've had for over 25 years.

It provides a wonderful stereo experience - you see, there is one speaker to the left, and the other to the right. Just like my ears!

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

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Meh

Never understood the combination of headphones and microphone.

With a good set of headphones, such as Grado 125 (or 80), you will have all the fidelity you can possibly desire (e.g. hearing the 3rd harmonic of a rat farting at 200 Linguine), and truly epic dynamic range.

Why not get a cheapo USB mike? All you'll be doing is calling the kid who whooped your arse a jerk anyway.

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'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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Coat

They could use rot13?

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