* Posts by Professor Clifton Shallot

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

Professor Clifton Shallot

Priorities

" Is it more important to slash power consumption than push further increases in data rate?"

Yes. Yes, it is.

Better battery life is more important than:

- Increased data rates compared with 4G

- Thinner phones

- Screen resolution

- Loud speakers

- Pinkness, glitter, gold, or rhinestones

Ta.

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

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Re: What about France ?

"What about France ?

"It is already 75 percent Nuclearified for its leccy. And no one seems to mind it or object . Been that way for many years."

France has an admirable dedication to energy self-sufficiency as a matter of national security and nuclear is a huge part of that but to suggest that no one objects when they build nuclear plants is way off the mark.

Apart from anything this is France and people object to almost everything almost all the time.

Nuclear gets the same sort of objections as it does anywhere,it just has greater government support and so a) there are better incentives (/bribes if you are that way inclined) for areas that accept the plants and b) it will happen anyway whatever anyone says

Sarkozy flat out refused to discuss the matter - the UK gives more of an ear to the NIMBYs and Green activists / nutters. Cameron did sign up for cooperation with France on nuclear power though so that may change.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: missing the point,@Sweep

you may find this interesting:

Yes, indeed. Thank you very much.

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Re: 40%

"No, the reason they "stuck" at 40 is because anything less than 40 can't be called whisky."

That rather begs the question though.

If whisky was better more diluted then the legal minimum ABV would be lower - or at least there would be pressure from the industry for it to be so as who wouldn't want to sell more water and less expensive distillate, particularly if it tasted nicer to the customer?

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Re: missing the point @Velv

'In an ideal world all whisky would be sold "Cask Condition"'

Cask strength do you mean?

It is mandatory for Scotch and Irish whisk(e)y to spend time in casks prior to bottling.

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Re: missing the point

"Apparently it releases some of the flavouring compounds, thus accenting the nose (smell), and allows the more complex compounds to dissolve, bringing out the more subtle edges of the taste."

Yes, but by what process? Any chemists care to comment?

"The reason they stuck at 40 is because the flavour of the drink falls away fairly rapidly if you dilute past that point."

So should we only be adding water to the whisky that has not already been diluted to this point?

And should we be adding water to our brandy, calvados, gin, and rum if they are above this strength?

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Re: missing the point

"whisky ... usually benefits from a small amount of water

I hear this a lot.

Can anyone explain what is actually going on?

If it benefits from a small amount of water why is it not just diluted more in the first place?

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Purely anecdotal I realise but my Pebble goes longer than a week between charges (about nine days in fact).

The UI is obviously not very slick and (because) the screen resolution is low but that's a result of the focus on battery life which is the correct compromise IMO - it certainly made the difference between me stumping up on Kickstarter and writing it off as a silly gadget.

Personally I think they've done very well - initial production and distribution delays aside - largely through setting themselves achievable goals that were in line with what people would find useful rather than aiming for a wow factor with insufficient utility backing it up.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: The glaring philosophical issues of time travel

"when a couple of Star Trek characters travel in time ... it's as if they say "well, we just had an adventure that ... throws into doubt all our concepts of self, consciousness ,.. Let's never speak of this again.""

Well they are all already used to teleporting which raises pretty much all the same issues so I guess they have dealt with any cognitive dissonance.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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The Moore's Law question result ...

... is for me the most interesting thing about this. As the article points out complete ignorance ought to lead to a 50-50 split so to have more than two-thirds of answers wrong is significant.

I'd love to know if people thought they knew what Moore's law was but were wrong, if they just thought transistors had nothing to do with computers (because they are in old radios?), or what.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: You what?

"About time the ethicists were told to bugger off"

Not a fan of The Only Way Is Ethics?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: I can't be...

My local Spar sells a range of scotch eggs including one that is made with a pickled egg and coated with salt and vinegar crisps instead of breadcrumbs.

I wouldn't say I prefer the egg pickled but it's certainly a good variation to have available.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: I don't know about the T&C's

What are your stretch goals?

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

Professor Clifton Shallot

So should we have good design or not?

If people are not allowed to copy good design then there will be more badly designed things around to offend him.

If he cares about the design more than the money why would he mind being copied?

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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I think it might be the case that these particular tablets are also being released running Windows on the same or only very slightly different (more RAM?) hardware.

So Linux ought to be no problem in terms of the capabilities of the device.

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It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

Professor Clifton Shallot

Excellent article. Thanks for the link.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Re: Sainsbury's, £25, job job

"Title says it all."

Some of it twice.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium.

"we don't have a hope in hell of filling anything larger"

She sold the place out for 22 nights in 15 minutes (and tickets were not cheap).

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Already on tablets

Yes, Nook HD+ support multiple profiles - it's much more a parents-and-kids thing than anything that would have an impact for BYOD and I suspect that the google development will be much the same (and frankly I can't see anything on the device ever being sufficient for a properly secure BYOD setup anyway).

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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

Professor Clifton Shallot

I don't understand

Why didn't CW just wait for Dixon's to die and then cherry pick what they wanted from it?

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Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

Professor Clifton Shallot

How does it make money?

Or at least how does it claim it will one day make money?

I don't get it.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Professor Clifton Shallot

"My dentist has got a Panamera, which makes me think I am in the wrong business."

I know a dentist couple who only work six months a year and then go sailing for the rest of the time.

Looking down in the mouth? I don't think so etc.

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£90k seems like an awful lot - I'd be interested in a quick straw poll of commentards to see what percentage of that sum people have paid for their most expensive car.

I'd be around 1% but that was many years ago and I really am not much of a driver.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Professor Clifton Shallot

Given NASA's motto, how about "For the benefit of ale." ?

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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

Professor Clifton Shallot

We need London black cab drivers

Their brains are very important for study.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

Professor Clifton Shallot

It's probably not relevant but just might be - the 'threat' may look obvious but is still subject to interpretation; if threats and bullying were established to be staples of his m.o. then that might help seal the status of that part of the email.

Put it this way, if the expensive defence lawyers could somehow spin it that it couldn't be a threat because Jobs just wasn't that sort of person they'd certainly give that a go.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Video

For these projects LegoTM is a four letter word.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

Professor Clifton Shallot

This might make Samsung very happy

Either people won't pay that much in which case Apple suffers, or they will, in which case Samsung has some headroom to expand into - it does like a phone at every price point and if there's a new price point there's a new opportunity; even if it is still the case that people won't pay as much for Samsung as they do for Apple, a new phone that is fifty dollars cheaper but still more profitable than the old top-of-the-range model is going to have them rubbing their hands in glee.

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Hi-Tech Heliograph.

"though the data rate obtained is good, I am slightly underwhelmed."

Particularly given the short distance that rate is available over.

There's something attractive about a robust, solar-powered data transfer mechanism - that sounds like it could be cheap and simple, and therefore useful - but if you have to have a node every 10m or so that all breaks down quite quickly.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Free?

I guess a thorough answer to this would include the word 'ecosystem'. I assume they take a cut of apps sold through their app store for example.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Luxury item

"On the contrary, I would expect people who care enough to buy organic would smoke less than average, excercise more than average etc and that this meta-difference would show up in the results... but even this seems not to be the case."

So I guess you will now be considering revising your assumption seeing as the alternative would be to believe that the products used in non-organic farming somehow counteract the effects of smoking and taking insufficient exercise.

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Re: Luxury item

Not only is it a red herring (is that GM gone too far?) it seems from reading the Reg article that the science could have been more rigorous.

Given the relatively large sample size I guess we can allow for smoking, exercise, and other very relevant factors to average out across the groups but using "reported eating habits" to group these women seems a bit too vague - are people who report that they "always" eat organic being honest or trying to give what they think is the "better" answer? Are they eating mainly processed food? Do they eat a lot of (organic) meat?

With the caveat that I haven't read the original publication I'd say that it looks every bit as flimsy as the straw man it seems to be aimed at.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: No, it's not.

"There is no sport named "soccer". It's called FOOTBALL."

'Soccer' is a perfectly acceptable contraction of 'Association Football' which is the sort of football that it is.

I'm all for poking fun at the septics but it's an English word created in England by English people so it's a bit harsh to go off on one when they use it.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

Professor Clifton Shallot

Critical hit

"Critics of homeopathy argue its remedies are just placebos."

Critical? Surely that's the only thing that can be said in favour of them, is it not?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

Professor Clifton Shallot

"And will your Note 3 fit comfortably into my trouser pocket?"

If it helps my Galaxy Note is fine in a pair of Levi's 501s but slightly uncomfortable (more from a vague sense of apprehension about its survivability than any actual nutcracking) in a pair of 511s.

Other trousers are available.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Sold their souls?

"I'm possible in the minority in this respect, but I'd rather retain control of my business and settle merely to become a multi-millionaire"

I am with you there - it wasn't as though they were looking at poverty if they didn't take this offer.

However they may just not see it as a bad thing - if what they care about is getting the product right then this should give them the stability and security to achieve that.

Or some such bullshot will be how they justify it.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Waterproof kindle?

I don't understand why they or one of their competitors has not done this already* - I think it would be a really strong selling-point.

*At least to my knowledge no one has - if any commentards know better I'd be interested to read more.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

Professor Clifton Shallot

Which government is that? Are you sure it isn't equally absurd but less well monitored and reported upon?

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Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Doesn't the GWPF take

"The reason you are madly scrambling around for motives is because you do not want to look at the science."

It is you making the assumptions, I am afraid. Specifically you are making the assumption that just because I did not post something 100% supporting and welcoming these findings I am therefore dismissing them due to having a position on the whole global warming issue.

I would love to look at and fully understand the science but that is not possible in all cases as any of the science that is of any real use is of necessity beyond my meagre intellect given the time I do not have available to devote to it.

So like the majority of people, even the commentards of the Register, I am to a large extent reliant on the presentation of the science and part of the presentation as far as I am concerned includes the source.

When a political body starts out with a stated aim and then funds or publishes science that supports or can be plausibly presented as supporting that aim then I find myself unable to avoid questioning if the science does in fact support that aim quite so strongly and fully as it appears.

This, as has been pointed out above, applies to both sides of this tediously polarised "debate".

Each side presents their own science as exhaustive and definitive, each rubbishes the science of the other as insufficient or flawed.

Normally one might rely on the scientific consensus but for this topic "consensus" appears to be a dirty word, hotly debated in itself.

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Doesn't the GWPF take

An a priori view that there is an overreaction to human driven climate change?

And if so how surprised should we be that they publish some science that appears to demonstrate precisely that? And how much credence should we give it?

It's so tiresome not knowing what motives if any prompt a given bit of research and analysis.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

Professor Clifton Shallot

"This year might not be the year of the Linux desktop, but it is certainly the year of the Linux gaming machine"

For me that will probably amount to the same thing.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Uninstalled

And what guarantee do you have that WhatsApp has actually deleted all the data it stole from you?

None, of course. Unlike you I have absolutely nothing of any real importance to worry about and I'll be honest that I am not too fussed about the whole data slurping thing on a personal level, I just wanted to do whatever is the equivalent in this scenario of voting with my feet.

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Professor Clifton Shallot

Uninstalled

Removed WhatsApp this morning following the news.

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As far as medical records go I suppose there's a possible universal benefit in having the data open to examination which does not obviously apply to address books.

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KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs

Professor Clifton Shallot

Fun

This sort of thing is as likely as anything to get a kid into programming - I know I would have gone for it a few decades ago.

Good for them for doing something they didn't have to do with only a very sketchy idea of what might result - hope this sparks a trend for making such data sets available.

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Samsung reveals prices, availability dates of 'Pro' tablets

Professor Clifton Shallot

" if the form factor fails maybe they'll be selling them off cheaply (like HP and Blackberry had to - both were bargains at the time if you could get one)"

In case anyone is interested you can still get the 64GB Blackberry Playbook for under ninety quid from Morgan Computers.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

Professor Clifton Shallot

"For FaecesBook read any website they go to regularly, including their bank or credit card providers website."

As long as Google can be trusted to return good results this might be safer than risking a typo or using a shortcut that may no longer be valid, I suppose.

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Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

I stand by my "pedantism" pedantism.

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Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

Top work! This sort of pedantism is certain to win the commentards round.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?

"If they understood what is really going on then the clock would only be 15 seconds before midnight."

Is that a threat?

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

Professor Clifton Shallot

Re: Well yeah

"the proprietary charging cables are flimsy and you can only buy them from B&N"

The Nook Simple Touch that I have uses a standard USB cable.

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