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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

jonathan keith

Preying of the foolish

Hurrah for marketing.

"I know - everyone's shouting about sample rates and bit depth and other technical stuff that they don't really understand. Well, let's sell them old material in a new 'high-def' format that they won't be able to actually physically gain any benefit from and actually just tinker with the music so it sounds a bit different."

Worth reading:

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

jonathan keith

"USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan"

Well they would, wouldn't they?

I have a whole "Yes Minister" Sir Humphrey speech going on in my head about this.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

jonathan keith

Is it that time already?

I suppose I'll just have to post to this again then.

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

jonathan keith

*sigh*

An article about scramjets and no mention of lighting matches in hurricanes? I tell you, the quality of reporting here is going downhill rapidly. I may have to cancel my subscription.

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

jonathan keith

Doctor X

So is John Hurt going to build a creature whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh?

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Giant human-powered quadricopter wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

jonathan keith

Bloody Hipsters

...with their bloody fixie bikes.

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

jonathan keith
Happy

Twinings Assam

No contest.

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

jonathan keith
Black Helicopters

Re: GCHQ

That would be the UKUSA Agreement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA_Agreement

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Move over Radeon, GeForce – Intel has a new graphics brand: Iris

jonathan keith

Yeah, right

Have they hired some new coders to replace the bunch who write their legendarily awful drivers?

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

jonathan keith
Mushroom

Replace Zardoz...

with Logan's Run and you're nearly there.

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YouTube and Netflix take on AirPlay, DIAL up the big-screen goodness

jonathan keith
FAIL

Er, no

So what about my media library on my home server? DNLA will quite happily handle any and all content I have locally. Doesn't sound like DIAL will.

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Swedish teens GO BERSERK in Instagram sex pic slut riot

jonathan keith
Headmaster

Headline

Berserk.

That is all.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

jonathan keith
Alien

Looks like Pete Cooke

I was wandering around on the surface of Tau Ceti III in 1985. Admittedly, I was doing this on a ZX Spectrum.

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

jonathan keith

Er, did I miss something?

"Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed."

Indeed. In fact, as I recall, the problem wasn't that Instagram were trying to claim ownership of one's photos, it was that they wanted to claim a license to monetise those photos without having to make any payment to the owner.

I don't see that the PR fluff from Systrom does anything to change that particular point of contention.

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Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

jonathan keith
Flame

Here's a mad, crazy idea.

How about the government use the 15 years worth of breathing space - and some of the revenues - that fracking offers to develop and build a sensible and effective renewables infrastructure, so that the lights won't once again go out when another of our limited resources is all used up?

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America planned to NUKE THE MOON

jonathan keith
Mushroom

Nuke the moon... from orbit?

After all, it's the only way to be sure.

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Ex-Nokians fish MeeGo out of bin, launch Sailfish OS

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Lovely

Can't find the answer to this - does anyone know if it's going to work on a Nokia N900?

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SpaceX satellite burns up on re-entry after Falcon FAIL

jonathan keith
Alien

Re: Merlin engines?

But they do, if you're watching Doctor Who...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

jonathan keith
Big Brother

Tizen

Put this out running Tizen and I'll have one as soon as I can get to the shop.

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Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

jonathan keith
FAIL

MS and Windows gaming

Microsoft have managed to fuck up every aspect of gaming on windows machines that they are able to. For example;

Closing their MS Flight Simulator studio and killing Flight Sim, putting out a pitiful free-to-play microtransaction-driven "game with aeroplanes in it", wondering why no-one used it and then killing that too.

"Games For Windows Live". A cataclysmic fuck up that still, after years, is an abomination. The conspiracy theory is that MS wanted to make PC gaming such an unpleasant experience that everyone would end up buying Xboxes.

Having the rights to magnificent titles such as the MechWarrior series that they just sat on for years and didn't use.

And a million and one other bits of PC games-related fuckwittery. The people who make their strategic decisions are just clueless, which is tragic because there have been some genuine masterpieces released from their studios.

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

jonathan keith
Mushroom

The only way to be sure...

Can't we just nuke Apple from orbit?

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

jonathan keith
Alert

Balls.

"It's an expensive mistake for VM, which spent a whopping £52.6m on marketing costs in its first quarter."

It would have been an expensive mistake if they'd been fined that much money for running a 'misleading' ad (i.e. lying through their teeth) but they weren't.

If, however, they had been, perhaps these lying liars and all their lying friends would stop lying to us.

Looking forward to the future of advertising: "buy our cake, it's cake".

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Paris!

She's working at CERN too now? Is there no end to her talents?

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Crazy Geckos: Nitot on Mozilla's post-Firefox mobile crusade

jonathan keith

And what about...?

Maemo? Excellent, and killed by Nokia. Meego? Equally excellent and ...killed by Nokia.

Good luck to the Mozilla boys and girls, but in the meantime I'm looking forward to the first bach of Tizen phones from Samsung. If they will fully support a properly open-source OS with a great range of handsets then android and all of google's "right up to the creepy line" nonsense will have some proper competiton, never mind the Jobs' mob walled-garden control-freakery.

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

jonathan keith

Totally unbelievable

An Apple flack talking to The Reg? Come on, what do you take us for?

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Disappearing bees mystery: Boffins finger regicide pesticides

jonathan keith
Holmes

Shocking news

Insecticides harm insects. Who could possibly have forseen such a thing?

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MICRORAPTOR dino-pigeon lured mates with glowing feathers

jonathan keith
Boffin

Just to say...

... I love science. Go, boffins.

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It's game over for pinball pioneer

jonathan keith
Happy

Pinball

Still the best way to teach shoolboys about Newtonian physics.

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Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Reg Special Projects Bureau

I suggest that the El Reg Gentlemen Amateurs solve this over tea and pipe tobacco in their shed following LOHAN's glorious success.

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Airbrushed Rachel Weisz gets watchdog hot under the collar

jonathan keith

"I'd still hit it"

That is such a grotesquely ugly phrase. In fact, I can't think of another phrase that's more demeaning to a woman.

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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

jonathan keith

Who?

I'm waiting for Samsung's new phones that run Tizen (Meego's successor) to appear. Then I'll replace my N900.

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Tiny frog claimed as smallest vertebrate ever

jonathan keith
Flame

Paedophryne amauensis

I expect there are mobs of angry, thick tabloid readers heading to the rainforest right now.

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Ford unwraps '2013 Mondeo'

jonathan keith

Does that mean that the new car that Aston are unveiling this year to replace the DB9 will look like a Ford?

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Not so fast: Italian boffins say neutrinos not faster than light

jonathan keith
Pint

Or...

I think it's because they've just been reminded by the other particles that it's their round.

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The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 1)

jonathan keith
Big Brother

Hosts blocking

If you're comfortable editing your hosts file, there are several good lists available for download that block huge numbers of URLs, including advertisers and tracking servers.

Very, very useful. There's one here:

http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/

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Royal rugby star bar snog CCTV upload - bouncer in court

jonathan keith

Tossbag Australian?

Not these days. He's been a naturalised American citizen since the mid 80s. Otherwise he wouldn't have been able to own all those US TV channels and newspapers.

Can't think why we don't have such rules over here. Bueller? Anybody?

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Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter

jonathan keith

Book?

That's like a Kindle, yeah?

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Poster presents evolution of game controllers

jonathan keith
Mushroom

Game Controller fail

No Kempston Competiton Pro? No (as mentioned upthread) Quickshot?

No HOTAS flightstick?

And no mouse and keyboard?

Consoles. Toys for Children. Real gamers use a system that requires a keyboard.

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LOHAN spaceplane project starting to shape up nicely

jonathan keith

Rocket

Can the solid fuel rocket motor be detachable, like the Shuttle boosters? Then you can have LOHAN sitting on (or hanging under) the motor which drops away when spent, leaving LOHAN lighter and better able to glide?

Possibly also avoids the issues of bits of LOHAN exposed to the rocket exhaust too.

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Apple unveils 'World's First Thunderbolt Display'

jonathan keith
Mushroom

Diddums

"They have to connect magsafe, ethernet, USB, and Firewire 800 (for external hard drives)."

Poor them. That must take at least the morning, and then there's the difficult question of where to go for lunch. It's amazing they get through the week at all.

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Dinner Spinner

jonathan keith
Happy

I'm as sober as a judge, and furthermore I'm a magistrate.

Just here to say well done for the splendid Henry Rawlinson quote.

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Cowon D3 Plenue Android media player

jonathan keith
FAIL

Still no gapless playback?

Sort it OUT, Cowon! How hard can it be?

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'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON

jonathan keith
Alien

Count me out

I'm not knowingly going anywhere near one of those things. I've seen "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers". I know what happens when someone notices something new on a plant and says "Ooh, that's an interesting flower"...

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Microsoft finally says adios to Autorun

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Win98

I've got a Win 98 box still running, for my old games. It's going nowhere until X-Wing or Tie Fighter get remade properly.

Paris, because she's good for old games too, allegedly.

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North Africa will need more revolution before it attracts IT tourists

jonathan keith
Stop

Money

I've got no objection to Egyptians making a better living for themselves. But that's the point. For themselves, as opposed to ridding themselves of one lot of venal bastards just so they can work 18 hours a day for pennies on behalf of another bunch of venal bastards.

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jonathan keith
Grenade

Marvellous

No, really, it's wonderful that an attempt by a people to free themselves from oppression is viewed simply as an opportunity to exploit them instead. Well done! You must feel so proud.

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Panorama stalks alleged stalker's twin brother

jonathan keith
Paris Hilton

Panorama

When did Panorama turn in to the Daily fucking Mail on television? I remember when they actually used to do some proper investigative reporting instead of this tabloid shitfest.

Paris, because she's a bloody disgrace too.

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Razer StarCraft II peripherals set

jonathan keith
Flame

I can has lazor?

LASER!

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iPhone 4 gets slide-out keyboard

jonathan keith
FAIL

Or, you know...

You could get a Nokia N900. And it comes with flash.

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F1 2010

jonathan keith

Hmmm...

BRAKES, FFS. I certainly wouldn't want to be driving a car that breaks.

Also, as previously mentioned: Crammond's GP4. Still hasn't been bettered.

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