* Posts by Rusty 1

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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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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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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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Thumb Up

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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Happy

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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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Stop

Re: Classic

Ideas? Yes. Just don't depend on the alias rm='rm -i'. If you can't use rm safely, you should probably step away from the keyboard altogether.

What happens when you run rm as a different user or on a different system, that doesn't have the alias crutch?

I'll bet you even do "yes | rm *" to remove lots of files without having to ack each one, don't you?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Egyptian Hieroglyphic tablets

They got it right.

Nice high density content.

No nasty white borders.

No dynamic mouse-over events (they probably had too many cats to know about mice)

3-5 millennia later we, sorry, you, are behaving like potential members of the B Ark.

Why? Just why?

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WTF?

Re: Fucking shit

Yep, right down to the "menu" entries in fecking caps.

Going back a few years, one Margaret Calvert was employed to make our road signs easily readable. Through the clever use of both upper and lower cases letters, with ascenders and descenders, most words were immediately visually recognisable by their shape, quite often without having to read the words themselves.

Now, 50 odd years on, in the next millennium, this CAPS LOCK SHITE returns.

Mankind is doomed.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Stop

Re: Pi is a maths symbol (Pendant Alert!)

No, π is a letter in the Greek alphabet. It just happens to be used in maths.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Secret mode?

And for drilling, that is merely the deployment of an SDS drill. I'm sure they could have budgeted for a kilo or two of proper drill. OK, the 230/110v supply might be troublesome, but that's a just a practicality for the engineers.

Could have branded the comet with "Makita Inside" logos too. Must be worth a bob or two of advertising revenue :-)

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Re: What is the pull of gravity of that rock?

"hot fudge sundae" - that sir, is where you are wrong.

This is an interstellar baked Alaska. Totally different coefficients of mass, density, magic, coolness, and boffinnry.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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Apples are not the only fruit

Perhaps with a walk on part for Peter Capaldi, to ensure utterly and sustained fruity language.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Re: A ministerial equivalent to the wunch

Did you perhaps mistype bunch-o-cunts?

Can't be sure, I didn't imagine it.

But surely, one way or another, they but not their chits must go. The chits must forever be bound to their necks.

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Coat

Re: Internet of toilets

Sounds like a time and motion study.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Otters

To visualise such a large number of things you need to start smaller. Perhaps with otters. Say 100, on a plane?

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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

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Re: Suspicious

It surely cannot be the gypsies - they would've laid a thin layer of tarmac and scarpered.

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Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

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Coat

Cloud futures?

What, you mean weather forecasting?

Well, yes, I'll have £1 per dB of lightning over Slough during May, and £1.45 per cubic km of cumulonimbus over Bridlington during June.

Ta

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University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

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Trollface

Re: Where is the app for the iPhone

Why don't you get yourself a proper phone? You know, one that runs this app?

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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

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Trollface

What? An inflexible overpriced media distribution system?

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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49 factorial?

Isn't the magic number 69? Well it was for the 2 digit exponent Casio-toting people. There was a Sharp around at the time that had 3 digit exponents. Oh the numbers that beauty could factorialise :-)

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Saturn's moon Titan had swamps, say astroboffins

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Were there any mattresses there, flolloping around?

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

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Re: Edit & Continue

"When a recompile takes 20 minutes" - that, right there, is your problem.

If a trivial, localised, code change is taking even a small fraction of that time to be compiled, deployed, and running in your target environment, you need to fix what is causing the time to be lost. Whether it is the architecture (code, deployment, or execution), the tool chain, the build system, or whatever else, do yourself a favour and fix it.

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Tolkien 'almost became WWII code-breaker alongside Alan Turing'

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Re: Epic Pooh

The Silmarillion is perhaps the best evidence that Tolkien wasn't so much a code breaker as a code *maker*. That darned thing is a code book, and I suspect it hasn't been broken yet.

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

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FAIL

Re: Quite misleading.

So your nice open source system doesn't have one jot of binary/proprietary software/technology? You have an open source BIOS, your CPU doesn't use microcode, and your HDD/SDDs don't have any firmware whatsoever. You probably also have the full logic of all ASICs and FPGAs on your motherboard and peripherals pinned up on your wank wall, don't you?

Does your nose resent being bitten off to spite your face?

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

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Font

For an organisation looking at usability they sure picked a nasty font. It's one of the very few that I'd rank as worse than Comic Sans. At least Comic Sans is readable.

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4K-friendly Thunderbolt 2 WILL ship this year, Chipzilla pledges

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Exactly right - "active" cables that cost a lot. It is a huge mess.

Now, USB 3 isn't the greatest, but it is already a commodity interface. However, what is needed is a protocol over common structured cabling. Perhaps 10/40 Gbps ethernet would be a nice transport layer.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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WTF?

First knives and liquids, now grenades.

Next it'll be fully automatic assault rifles with bayonets. Where will this madness end?

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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You have to "service" a vacuum cleaner?

One might have thought that some clever soul would have come up with a design that doesn't need servicing.

Oh, yes, right you are, someone has: over 40 years ago, some clever dudes started Numatic. Change a bag, and you're cleaning again. No waiting for a "service", or a filter to dry.

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Re: I really dislike dyson @skelband

Dyson's rotorless fan must be one of the noisiest devices known to man for the work it does. Much like the hand driers.

He should probably get a patent for the noise/work ratio.

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Re: Anecdotal evidence, but...

Aye, any Numatic beats the pants off any Dyson.

Cheap, reliable, effective, robust, fantastic customer support. Made in the UK, too.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet

There's no need for language like that.

Belgium yourself!

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