* Posts by Kaltern

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

Kaltern

Re: I have to say,

Wow... did I hit a trigger there my little snowflake?

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Kaltern

I have to say,

Who gives a fuck.

I'm so sick of reading about why quad-dyke transgender homeopathic paraplegics are not in this or that job.

I'm White, male and British. Therefore, by the way the precious snowflakes of the SJW brigade harp on, I should be King.

It just doesn't work like that. Get a fucking grip. If someone wants to hire mostly men who happen to be white and straight, let them - if you don't like it, go find a job elsewhere - it has fuck all to do with you, or anyone else who hires who.

I suppose there should be exceptions to that rule, but I imagine that 'Facebook' is not exactly going to be a 'better place' if rainbow farting unicorns start working there.

I'm sorry, but this SJW crap is just going too far. If you're in a minority, you're in a minority. Deal with it, just don't try and persecute those who are NOT in a minority for being, you know, not a minority.

Downvote me all you want, I'm just utterly sick of reading about crap like 'too many whites', 'not enough transgender snowflakes', and other stuff that makes out minority groups are getting a raw deal, just because they can't get that job they wanted. Hell, maybe it's because, you know, you're not very good?

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

Kaltern

http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-clears-confusion-reaffirms-free-windows-10-insiders

Microsoft has reaffirmed that Windows Insiders who clean installed the Windows 10 Preview can upgrade and activate the Windows 10 RTM for free, regardless of whether they have a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license. This announcement was made on Friday, and on Saturday was silently changed to remove any mention of being activated unless you upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This caused confusion, but Gabe Aul has again reaffirmed that Insiders who clean installed the Windows 10 Preview will receive Windows 10 for free, and activated.

Now you may be wondering why Microsoft went ahead and confused the situation by changing the way the announcement was worded in the first place. Well, in short, they did it to cover their backside. Soon after the original announcement, a number of media outlets began posting stories such as "How to get Windows 10 for free". This is not what Microsoft wants, and continues to advertise Windows 10 as being free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users only.

It does appear that upgrading from the preview builds to RTM doesn't get you a valid license however. You will remain activated (and can clean install if you wish once upgrading), but you will not have a valid license. This isn't something normal users need to worry about though.

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

Kaltern

SKy FTTC,Unlimited Pro. Started off at the maximum 80mbps, for about 4 months. Then inexplicably it dropped to 65mbps. Did the usual checks, but no dice. OR engineer came out, after many phonecalls it was determined my router was not sending data for 4 hours a day, causing the DLM to think it was a shifty line and decreasing my profile accordingly. Except I can't see where this mysterious 4 hour dropout is occurring, logs don't show anything.

So got replacement router, and speed dropped to 62mbps. I'm awaiting another engineer, but it would seem my own equipment is not to blame.

I'll take bets on the next excuse BTO give for the speed decrease...

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

Kaltern

I would direct you to Apple, it works fine for them...

And don't forget Microsoft are on board now, which is very odd since their development of

Halo - unless they decided it wasn't worth it.

The Rift is just another example of good tech gone bad with the promise of wealth.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

Kaltern

Wait, I can see what appears to be vegetation...those darker areas are clearly oceans of some kind.

I look forward to greeting the Plutonians.....

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Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

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Alert

Re: Rugby Balls

Football.

Not Soccer.

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

Kaltern

I have it it too, it sent an SMS full of encrypted data to a US number, and didn't delete the SMS afterwards. It's an EE M9.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

Kaltern

This is a very odd comments page.

He designed, run, and profited from a website specifically for selling illegal drugs. He didn't just do it for fun, he certainly didn't do it for free - he made money from the sale of drugs - not just the odd spliff either.

It doesn't matter how you justify it - in fact it doesn't matter of he run it via TOR, or via a small shed behind Tesco's - the fact is, he did it, and he did it willingly, as a business, and in full knowledge of his actions.

From my limited understanding, he was a prominent figure in the drug world. He most likely enjoyed the notoriety, and power that came with his standing in the underworld. He is just as much to blame as any other cartel leader, in that he supplied and profited from the sale of illegal substances, in such a way that it was way above what would possibly have been classed as a small operation.

The fact it was run via TOR means he was deliberately using means to hide his tracks and to remain anonymous from those authorities that would seek to punish him. His ultimate motives and possible remorse or guilt are utterly irrelevant. The negative impact he had on people's lives, either directly due to the purchase of drugs, or the immediate family (which WILL have been affected in many cases), is bad enough to probably warrant a small stint in jail.

The fact this happened on a daily basis, to many, many customers, is abhorrent to more people than not, and is entirely unjustifiable on here, or any mainstream news forum.

Oh, and the fact I've never taken any illegal drugs, ever, nor the fact many of you here do, it 100% irrelevant to the outcome of this story. It's illegal, it has been for a very long time, and until it isn't, no matter how must you lot try to justify it away, you are totally wrong.

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Twitch.tv: Clean your streams of titillating titty titles off our screens

Kaltern
Unhappy

Social Justice Arseholes win again.

Official statement: "Our goal at Twitch is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun. From time to time, we update our Rules of Conduct (RoC) in pursuit of this goal and to match emerging issues in the video game industry."

It's the last bit that tells us where this has come from. Thanks to GamerGate and the wonderful army of SJW's, adult stuff is becoming off-limits because of feminism/sexism/sex/drugs/anything else they can campaign against.

This is the start of a wonderful start to the voluntary censorship of the net, without politicians having to lift a finger.

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

Kaltern

We've had 802.11ac so I'm waiting for 802.11dc so we can power our gear at the same time.

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

Kaltern
Mushroom

Cube swarms in space...

Sent out to explore the solar system, how could they know they would encounter an unknown alien probe. How could they anticipate being upgraded with AI. How could they have forseen the creation of a species...

... and thus the Borg were born.

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

Kaltern

I imagine that when it comes to retail OculusBook could license the API out to those deemed worthy. You can do whatever you want, as long as you pay us and we think it'll sell.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Kaltern
Unhappy

Google stealing other people's work, releasing it as their own.

http://chirpy.io

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KFC's new secret ingredient is a bluetooth keyboard on your tray

Kaltern

I like KFC... I don't have it very often, but when I do, I think it's delicious.

I also like a nice piece of fresh sirloin steak made at home. Also I quite like fresh pasta.

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

Kaltern

Wow.. such anti-Scottish vitriol...

And yet if there was a surprise English Independence Referendum tomorrow, I wonder how many English would vote Yes for that?

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

Kaltern

"Sell Openreach and my huge bonuses and profits may stop, shrieks BT CEO"

FTFY.

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

Kaltern

Later on, NASA deny reports of a weather balloon being found, but was in fact, a UFO which had crash landed. Reports of a super secret spy drone have been largely ignored, stating 'Aliens would't need to use such technology'.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

Kaltern

Re: Thinkfluence in action

All they need to do now is add a SKERS system (Steering Kinetic Energy Recovery System - my invention, already patented in Albania), and a PKERS (Pedal... you get the idea), combined with a standard KERS system, and I bet you I could put more energy into the motor than is being used.

Now I've solved the world energy crisis (because there is one), I've some free time. Anti-Electro-gravity generator powered by Dark Energy, anyone?

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

Kaltern
Joke

"1Kbps bandwidth for data transmission."

So BT Openreach have been maintaining the connection. Maybe they should try rebooting the onboard transmitter...

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Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

Kaltern

Nuke them from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

Kaltern

The more the public discover about UFO sightings and all the other alien-related stories, the less cover ups will be effective.

This is just a precursor to the announcement that we knew all along.

Nerve centre for

Asylum

Seeking

Aliens.

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

Kaltern

G930's are excellent but the sound quality is lacking - it might SOUND good, but when you stick on another set of cans, the difference is quite outstanding.

In my case, I happened to have a set of Xbox One headphones laying around. Coupled with my aging X-Fi XtremeGamer soundcard, the difference in mid and high range frequencies was quite impressive.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

Kaltern

I find it fascinating how 'fizzysists' decide that something isn't possible, because it isn't part of the Standard Model.

Quite apart from the fact that black holes shove the Standard Model up their infinite cavity, it's just ridiculous and very.. well, human, to think that if WE don't know how it's done - then it can't be done.

Space flight was deemed impossible because humans could not possibly withstand the rigors of space.

The Horseless Carriage was deemed impossible because noone could think of how to make something move without oats.

If only these men of science would just try to figure out HOW to do something, rather than spend time telling us why it CAN'T be done, we'd be living on Mars by now...

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

Kaltern

We do these things not because they are easy...

...but because they are hard.

Hmm, doesn't really work here does it.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

Kaltern
FAIL

Downvoting

Someone seems to have a serious Anti-Pratchett problem, and is downvoting almost every post.

To you I say;

Ook.

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

Kaltern

Re: Headline

Unlike wasps. They should die in fire.

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Boffins say Mars had ocean covering 20 per cent of planet

Kaltern

Re: Where did it go?

Earth, most likely.

Either due to some form of natural transportation, or possibly artificial - after all, those Martians obviously needed water, and as Earth, at the time, might not have had any, they needed to move it over there.

Maybe a cosmic version of Pickfords.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

Kaltern

Re: You bastards, the purple ones are gone!

I have a blue one, yours for, shall we say a round £50?

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Kaltern

An elegant keyring for a more civilized age

The Force is strong with these.

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

Kaltern
Trollface

Antivirus software doing something useful?

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

Kaltern

Re: But does it support WPA2?

I think that's a crucial thing - the answers that are given to a kids question is going to stay with them, and forcing any form of bias implicit in the answer is obviously unacceptable.

What DO you get Barbie to reply to the question 'Where did I come from' or 'Is there a God'? The smart thing is to say 'Oh you should ask Mummy or Daddy for that'... but then it depends on the developer who writes the software ... 'The only true god is Allah - Praise him'.....

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

Kaltern

Truman

I have this evil idea of extending the Truman Show and combining it with Space Cadets.... so you take these 'moronauts', put them through a year or 2 of vigourous 'training', involving stupid team games and a diary room.

Then after that's finished, pick the first 10 to go to Mars... put them in a 'special capsule' that will eliminate all problems of interstellar travel, including 'artificial gravity', I dunno, spinning the capsule or something. Anyway, there's another 9 months of quality TV, except the diary room would be remote conferencing..

Then after the 9 months, they strap in, let the hydraulics do their thing, bump them around a bit and Congratulations, Welcome to Mars. And then transfer them to a huge Mars Dome, like the Truman Show, only more red.

Dear God, what have I done?

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

Kaltern
Go

Alternative

Google buys out Amazon, starts fleet of autonomous delivery vans complete with automated robotic delivery system.

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

Kaltern

LHC

The place where theories just keep going round and round in circles...

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

Kaltern

Re: Refreshing

No no, even that would imply bias. Imagine every photo of Inner London being taken with Ludwig.. Bright and crisp? Clean?? See the problem?

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Kaltern
Trollface

Refreshing

I dunno, news being reported by unbiased robo-reporters, recorded accurately and with no personal bias or spin kinda appeals.

Then of course the editors get their hands on the story and spin it right round baby.

Maybe we can have robo-ed's. Maybe El Reg should have a trial with that, after all, editors are just meat-based censorship devices, right?

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WHERE'S WALLY? He's in this algorithm, says developer

Kaltern

To write (poorly crafted) sarcasm on here you mean?

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Undead nights: Zombie FPS Dying Light shines bright

Kaltern

Re: most people

AMD users have been royally screwed with this game, many benchmarks are showing NV/Intel combos are almost double the FPS, which is pretty much unacceptable - there is nothing in the game that is considered system challenging, so it's either a deliberate crippling of AMD hardware, or a bad case of consolitis.

Given that the vast majority of games work fine on AMD hardware, but the most recent of releases are suddenly 'Made for nVidia', and seem to run piss poor on AMD... one has to wonder what's going on.

And no, the AMD CPU's are not THAT crap. If I can play other, demanding games on an AMD 8320/R9 280X with no bother, then this current crop of games should be fine.

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

Kaltern

Re: Good! Can I expect

PRESTEL for the win :D

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

Kaltern

The image of the comet locations - they're obviously a dog, a tortoise, and an old man about to take a dump.

Space, huh.

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

Kaltern

Re: They should...

I bid £1. Hopefully I met the reserve.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Kaltern

Linux.

I said it once before. Give those less fortunate than ourselves a mostly terminal-free environment and software much easier to install than current tar files, and I would imagine the uptake would be immense.

It's all very well spouting off about how Windows Sucks and why Linux Rocks, but you forget that we are all slightly more intelligent than the vast majority of Minesweeper players, and unless a Linux distro is developed with the same user experience as Windows 7, it'll always be a desktop just for 'geeks and IT Admins' (as someone explained to me recently).

Mint is close, but it isn't quite there yet.

Dare I say, there needs to be a unified 'app store' - much like iOS has (ughh), not repo's spread around everywhere, and linux devs who actually WANT to use it.

Hey, don't look at me like that.... :|

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

Kaltern

If this was ever implemented in the EU/UK, BT's bosses would all have simultaneous heart failure.

But yes, I 100% agree with this - there should be something like Wideband and Broadband.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Kaltern

As much depth as TOWIE.

It wouldn't be so bad if the game has some sort of content.

I bought the early Beta access edition, and I'm not playing it any more.

I LOVED the original Elite, I lived in Frontier, but this... this is just boring. Hell I get 100% more enjoyment out of Euro Truck than this, and that literally is going from one place to another.

I think one of the main issues is the idea that players should have to manually do EVERYTHING. I mean, sure docking is fine, it's old school and you have the option of a docking computer.

But no autopilot when going from one station to another? Why? It's not as if you can click 'A' and then go make a coffee, cos you could be interdicted at any moment, but it sure as hell beats having to make sure you leave SuperCruise at precisely the right moment. It's a manual mechanic that wasn't even going to be IN the final game (it was added after alpha design discussions), so I don't know what was going to be in it's place.

Combat is clunky and slow, the deliberate crippling of yaw movement sounded like a good idea at first, but in practice, it's a forced mechanic that just doesn't make the slightest bit of sense in space. Even with it's many many issues, SC's combat is so much better.

Even the landing procedure is just odd... Ok, I get the reasoning behind there being no keybind for 'Request Docking Permission' - it will make macro-trading a lot more difficult - but it's not hard to overcome, and in the end is just an awkward way of yet again making manual control more prominent.

Mining is pointless.

This game is literally a timesink of the worst kind. If there was a bit more automation for travelling, then it might not be quite so bad. The laughable idea that your ship's navigation computer has absolutely no data on any other system except your starting one, and a couple of others (which I don't understand how or why), unless you purchase them from the map screen (not from Cartography, like you USED to be able to - another convoluted design change), makes no sense to me.

And WHY you get money for 'discovering' stars and planets is beyond me, considering that data for this already exists to buy! Naturally, if you visit a truly unexplored system (which mathematically, you will, if you travel far enough), you SHOULD get paid oodles of credits, and would make exploring worthwhile - but exploring a system WHEN THERE ARE PLAYER SHIPS IN THE SAME AREA is utterly stupid.

Elite is like an egg without a yolk, a sandwich without filling, beer without alcohol.

And it's boring as hell.

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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

Kaltern

Re: Sigh.

Yes to a black guy, no to a female character, because it just so happens that the game - indeed the world - doesn't revolve around a woman. Which is probably the main issue here.

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Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

Kaltern

Re: Dear Mr Reviewer.

30fps is NOT smooth ffs, why do people always say that?? Just because game compaines would have you believe it is, 60fps should be the minimum that is accepted as 'smooth', seeing as this is what the human eye is most comfortable with.

Honestly, we're not in the 90's any more, we can do a bit better than Doom.

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Kaltern

Dear Mr Reviewer.

Are you on crack?

Glitches aside, the one thing that is universally abhorred by the gaming community on all platforms is the awful framerate - it barely scratches 30fps, and is usually hovering between 20-30. This makes any game utterly unplayable, so how can such a game get what might be considered a fairly good score?

It's no wonder companies such as Ubi continue to get away with atrocious releases year after year, when reviewers simply can't bring themselves to give them the slating they deserve.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

Kaltern

Re: All the same

There will never be a revolution, because those who rise up will be called terrorists. And then shot.

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Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

Kaltern

woooo

Let's all jump on the latest bandwagon... last season it was MOBA's, before that it was MMORPG's... this season's fashion is MMOFPS.... my god, dare there be any originality within the top publishers imagination... no, just make more of what already exists, in the hope it'll make more money than the others.

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