284 posts • joined 15 Feb 2007
Seriously, El Reg, sort it the fuck out and hire a proof reader. If you have one, fire them.
I am going to have to start referring to you as The Regsitter.
All he had to say was that "He got up for a piss in the night, noticed his phone was low on juice and plugged it in".
Then how come he did not notice his wife was missing?
Seems to me that if the guy was stupid enough to take his phone with him, he would not have switched it off.
Was he not more incriminated by which cells he connected to while it was off charge?
That Su guy has been busy!
The Russians seem to like him as well, they have been naming planes after him for years!
Demand for resources in orbit
I think a lot of you miss the point when you are thinking about metals and such.
There is plenty of demand for resources in orbit. Currently we ship them up from the surface at a huge cost per kilo - way in excess of what that resource is worth on earth.
If someone were to start mining in space and selling fuel, oxygen and water in orbit - there would be buyers.
Correct me if I am wrong, but does splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen require anything else except power?
You probably wouldn't even need to bring it all the way back to earth. Fuel stations at strategic points in the solar system would probably be of value already.
What are they gonna do if it has no juice?
Will they hold the device until you get back?
What if it is a one-way ticket?
Would you be offered a refund on your flight?
Seems pretty unworkable to me.
Get rid of it? No.
Provide an alternative? Yes.
I don't see the problem with Fractional Banking
The problem is surely with the fraction used?
What fraction would it have to go to in order to remain profitable and be able to provide loans etc?
If you wrote the code, you could surely set up multiple banks (or just multiple account types) where the customer chooses the fraction, and thus balanced the risk / reward levels themselves?
Want a 100% account? You may have to pay some monthly charges, you would have to pay for all card issues, no overdraft facility, etc etc.
90% account? No fees, free card issues, does overdrafts.
Can we maybe not slap them with an FOI request or something that would force them to acknowledge this statement as inaccurate?
Something like requesting a breakdown of the 90%?
Simpler way to fix DOCX files...
Open it in Open Office and save.
I feel like I am in a Turing Test....
... pretty much any time I join an online game.
Re: Marketing rubbish
The fact that future soldier failed has NOTHING to do with the viability of a remote view gunsight - the goals for that were way higher.
This is not a hard problem to solve. All the tech needed has already been developed by to the extreme sports / home security camera industry.
We now have ruggedized, high framerate, high resolution cameras with IRNV capability readily available - surely all you need to do is place one of these behind a conventional sight and you have a remote sight?
If you used something like a reflex sight that was relatively unaffected by eye position, then you have a ton of tolerance, so could probably just attach a wireless barrel cam with pipe clips and it would be fine.
If you did it in this form-factor, it would be simple to retro-fit to existing weapons and also mean the camera would serve other uses apart from a remote sight:
General purpose periscope
Combine it with a collapsible pole (like a quickpod) to be able to easily look over walls, under cars etc.
Repurpose the "capture on motion" functionality of the action cam to also send an audio alert to the operator. Camera could be left watching the squads back, and they get an alert if anything moves and they can watch the recording of what moved.
If you could get a cam within earshot of enemy troops, you may be able to gather valuable intel.
A lot of security cams provide two-way audio, there would probably be many ways of re-purposing this. For example, you could trick the enemy into thinking you were one place by sending audio to a remote cam.
Yeah the military generally ruggedizes stuff more than commercial gear, but action cams are widely in use by troops already (as personal items) so they are clearly close enough - by the very nature of their use you would want them to be plentiful (Each soldier would probably want 2 or 3), so I fail to really see what the problem is. I guess it is more a case that the military would rather not have loads of cameras floating around on the battlefield, for PR / Security reasons.
Re: I'm lost...
Although it had significant upvotes, I downvoted this comment, and this is my reasoning why:
Whilst I agree with your sentiment, your examples suck.
If "TheOpenPatchRepository.Com" was hosting copyrighted content (Let us say cracked EXEs or even patches for normal EXEs that cracked copyrighted software) then yes, they would be liable for facilitating copyright infringement.
Facebook does require user accounts.
Facebook does facilitate sharing of copyrighted content, but not without the owner's consent.
I am pretty sure it complies with any DMCA requests etc, so I fail to see your point.
TheRegister does not let you share files.
If "WeTheGoverned.org" existed and facilitated sharing of files, then yes, it may be liable if it does not adhere to the laws on such things.
Please, if you are going to fight in the corner of people who believe that copyright laws and enforcement methods need reform, at least try and present an argument that holds some water.
Patent troll's wet dream?
There's got to be something in that device that pisses off just about anybody!
And just about EVERYTHING in it pisses off Apple.
Re: Avoid for now
I don't play FPS with a controller. Period. Especially in multi player games.
I had a guy invade me who was obviously using a controller. I circle strafed around him and LOLed.
There's nothing inherently stopping mouse from working fine in the game, it is just sloppy coding - which from an AAA title is unforgivable.
Avoid for now
As usual, the PC version feels like it was added as an afterthought, with no decent QA and no thought to the control scheme.
UI almost unusable with mouse.
This game features just about the worst implementation of a "rose" menu ever seen for the weapon select wheel.
If you wish to select the down-left item, and move the mouse down left (thus highlighting the item you want), but then move the mouse *ever so slightly* left, you will select the left item not the down left one.
It also uses the same method for a grid select menu - and there is no indication of how far you need to move the mouse up/down/left/right to select items. Imagine trying to select from a grid of buttons with a hidden mouse pointer and only a highlight on the current item.
Terrible drops in framerate - for me car driving is impossible, the game freezes every time you turn a corner (i7-930 @ 4Ghz, 6GB, GTX 660Ti)
Do not buy yet - wait for it to stabilize and come down in price.
Wrong move IMO
I'm sorry, but much as I like the sound of what they are trying to achieve with their controller, I am not convinced it will be ideal.
There are no physical ABXY type buttons on one side of the controller - I presume either the left or right pad can function in this way?
Whatever, you would not get decent haptic feedback like you would for a physical button. They might be able to emulate *some* feedback, but it will not be comparable to a real button I would imagine.
They should just do what console controller manufacturers have been too scared / stupid to do: Make a modular controller.
Take 1 xbox controller design.
Replace the following parts with a socket:
D-Pad, L / R analog sticks, ABXY button block.
Make said D-Pad, Analog sticks and ABXY button blocks plug-in modules that go into the sockets.
Also make a trackball plug-in module.
Voila - the ultimate controller. Left or right-handed, analog stick and/or trackball, configure the layout any way you want, user is happy as they do not have to replace an entire controller if a button or stick wears out.
Go watch Austin Powers.
Re: I divide recycling into three types
I agree - recycling for recycling's sake (especially giving incentives to make it financially viable, when it isn't) seems stupid to me.
Landfill is not a long-term problem surely, mining rights are already being sold for landfill sites, and as technology progresses this will probably only become more widespread.
Re: Not a good review
Also, you spent £800 odd on GPUs and then ALSO paid £200 so you could do CPU encoding?
A grand, and you didn't even research a better way of getting hardware encoding?
The mind boggles.
Re: Not a good review
AFAIK there is an equivalent to ShadowPlay available for AMD devices. Google for "RadeonPro". The author recently joined Raptr, so functionality is going to be folded into "Gaming Evolved" I guess?
As for the FPS hit...
It depends on where the bottleneck is.
If your GPU is the bottleneck, you may see some loss of performance, but seeing as it is dedicated chippery that does the encode (Which is not used for normal gameplay) then probably not much.
Also, losing a little GPU performance is easy - you can just turn down the detail a little, I never want full detail anyway, stuff like bloom and motion blur make the game harder and so are the first to go. All I care about is draw distance and FPS.
In the main game I play at the moment, I the bottleneck is CPU (Engine is CryEngine) and I notice zero difference in shadowplay mode or manual mode.
You would certainly see a significant amount less CPU usage between a GPU encode and a lossless encode - even simple Run Length Encoding is going to be more CPU intensive than any of the hardware based solutions. Not to mention your disk I/O being hammered by all those writes.
If you had an Intel chip (>= haswell?) then there is also Intel QuickSync. If you have a GPU limited game, then you can switch from the hardware GPU encoding to hardware CPU encoding if using a capture app that supports it (Such as Mirillis Action).
So yeah, that 500GB HDD was a pretty pointless buy also.
Re: Not a good review
I realised what I wrote above is maybe not clear in point (1)
What I mean is that these devices can stop your main display from functioning to it's full abilities.
If you use one of:
Resolution != 1080p (eg higher res such as 1920x1200, 2K/4K, non 16:9 res such as 1680x1050)
Refresh rate > 60hz (100/120hz display, 3D shutter glasses etc, or you simply demand 60FPS as a minimum not a maximum)
Then you are stuffed. You will simply get 1080p 60FPS on your main display.
Even if you are willing to put up with this for recording, it means re-wiring your PC each time you want to record. Compare that to ShadowPlay where I can decide to record something AFTER it happened and it is just no contest.
Interesting idea for an article / BOFH epsiode?
"Privacy implications of ShadowPlay"
Is ShadowPlay the ultimate "Anti-Boss-Key"?
If your sysadmin could walk up to your computer and dump the last 20mins of desktop activity as a video, how do you feel about that?
Not a good review
This review is a fail for a number of reasons:
1) You are capped at 1080p, and probably also limted to 16:9 aspect ratios.
The last Roxio box I checked out did not support:
Any refresh rate > 60FPS
Audio support unless you piped your audio via HDMI (I do not). If you use a DVI port for your main display - no audio.
I dunno about you, but for me, 60FPS is a MINIMUM, not a MAXIMUM!
And 1080i for the Rocket? Please, don't make me laugh. You even need to "export" to get an H264 file???
2) Again, the last roxio box I checked out did not play well with multi monitor.
3) Inaccurate information / Bias
"The reason why these boxes are so great is that there’s no lag – unlike if you were to run Fraps". What the fuck are you smoking? How does a video capture utility cause "lag"?
Input lag? Apart from potentially lowering FPS, nope, not interfering here.
Network lag? Not doing anything on network, so no.
The plain fact of the matter is that this is obsolete tech for PC gamers.
Why the hell am I going to pay money and re-wire my PC, when all I need to do is enable ShadowPlay in Geforce Experience?
Shadowplay gives me, for FREE:
ANY resolution or aspect ratio recording.
No noticeable FPS hit.
"Record from the past" functionality so I can decide to capture AFTER the event.
Video files dumped as an H264 MP4 right to your hard disk. Do you really want to be bothering to transfer Gigs of files via USB??
The added bonus that with an Nvidia card it will also enable game streaming, so I can use a thin client steam box in the front room to play full-fat games from my main PC.
For under £130 you can get an nVidia GPU that will do all this - these boxes are utterly useless for a PC Gamer and only any use for console peeps.
Worth a mention - AHK scripts
One other scripting tool I have found useful is AutoHotKey.
Ostensibly a scripting language for macros, it can actually do so much more and can be extremely useful for automation.
Last time I used it in business was where we wanted custom per-desk phone backgrounds - desk number etc (And ideally to be able to change them on a regular basis - ie hotdesk status) but the only software we had capable of changing the backgrounds was clunky at best and other solutions were not cheap.
AHK provided a number of features that allowed me (~3 hrs) to code a simple GUI app that could operate the clunky phone software (At a speed way quicker than any human could do it) and perform all the batch upload etc functionality we required - simply click browse and point it to a data source...
If you can get past the occasionally quirky syntax - it's two languages merged, so sometimes its like "command, parm, parm" and sometimes its like "command(parm, parm)", and variables associated with GUI items are always global - then this can be an incredibly useful trick to have in your box. You get a lot of the functionality you would with a more full-fat solution like C# (you can even call DLLs and stuff) in a shell-script type format, so most scripts should be understandable by anyone who has any coding knowledge.
Also indispensable for gamers ;)
Ah right. I was pretty sure on the "No hailing" rule, but wasn't quite so sure on the "No meter" rule.
Thanks for setting me straight.
AFAIK, A taxi with a meter is a "Hackney Carriage", no matter where in the UK it is.
Only hackney carriages are legally allowed to be flagged down on the street for business. Other cabs (Mini cabs) MUST be pre-booked (eg via the phone).
Hence the meter - a pre-booked cab is a pre-arranged price with base. In a hackney carriage, the price is determined by the meter. The other giveaway is the light. If it has a "for hire" light that indicates availability, it will be a Hackney Carriage.
Next time you get in a taxi with a meter, even if it is not an LTI taxi (The classic london taxi design), check the license and it should say "Hackney Carriage".
This is probably why they are pissed - they know that their monopoly is going to be gone soon.
All Uber need to do is put a QR code on the side of it's minicabs and suddenly you can legally "Hail" a minicab. Scanning the QR code will pre-book a SPECIFIC minicab and legally allow him to pick up someone he passed.
Re: you're having a tin mate...
So the minicab driver working for Uber will not be paying UK fuel levies?
He will not be spending his earnings in the country he lives?
Your arguments are no different for the competition, so you make no point at all...
Someone needs to patent a "method by which money can be extracted from business whereby a document is issued that purports to give a company sole rights to an existing product or process"
The USPTO might learn the meaning of "Prior Art" when taken to court for infringing on a patent that they issued...
So the tank driver has to put on a headset mid-engagement?
Seems to induce motion sickness - quite possibly due to the lag and the lack of proper 6DoF tracking in the OR.
Lack of resolution a problem at distances.
All problems that would be sorted by using an optical head tracker instead?
They already wear head-gear, no problem adding tracking dots or IR sources to their helmets.
Would give full 6DoF with much lower latency.
Could use whatever screen you wanted, resolution would not be a problem.
But fine, go ahead and use the tech owned by a US megacorp who are probably not in bed with the NSA, I am sure that is way smarter than just using a couple of IR LEDs, an IR camera, a bit of open source software and a screen of your choosing.
Can both connectors be used simultaneously?
If you plug the micro end into a phone and the A end into a PC, can both the phone and the PC see the storage at the same time?
Is that USB plus HDMI I see?
That shot of the waterproof cover over the USB looks like there are two connectors, can anyone confirm?
Cos separate HDMI and USB connectors would be nice... Most phones cannot connect USB Host and HDMI devices at the same time, and certainly can't do USB2Go + HDMI + Charge.
Swapping of @ and "
That would be a US / UK keyboard thing.
Shift-2 on UK keyboard = "
Shift-2 on US keyboard = @
You missed an important development
ShadowPlay now has two important new features:
You are no longer limited to recording full-screen games.
Full res recording.
You can now record in the original resolution.
Pretty much all that is missing now are the Audio Capture options (ie game on one audio track, VOIP on another)
Has anyone considered the security or social implications of this?
For example, would "shadow" desktop recording not be an *anti* boss-key?
ie your boss walks up, wonders what you were just doing, hits ALT-F10 and voila, shadowplay dumps your last 20mins of desktop activity to a video...
Best use would be gaming
The NEC / Alienware CRVD was a good idea, but way too bulky done with DLP.
Make it more curved and OLED and you would have a winner.
Would not need to have a silly vertical res, 1080 or 1200 would be plenty.
The future of personal computing?
This has so many uses beyond phones.
Home computing (word processing, browsing etc) - Being able to assemble a low-spec PC from either new modules or cast-off modules you do not need any more could decimate the consumer desktop market.
Home entertainment (IPTV / XBMC etc) - Though I think some of the maturity of some of these apps is there yet, this is definitely an emerging market. Also it makes it very easy for TV makers to include optional (and upgradeable) Android functionality in TVs.
Gaming (Console / Casual / Mobile) - It would be very easy to make a gaming machine by shaping the endo like a game controller.
It could also be a way to get a slice of the console market without actually releasing a console.
It's also good for small businesses - they can bring modules to market without having to design a whole device.
Possibly a very shrewd move by Google with regards to Apple.
It distances them design-wise from Apple, with a feature that if Apple implemented, would hurt their business model badly.
So many potential wins for Google, they would be mad not to pursue it.
Re: It looks super cool…
Laptop screens do not tend to break anything like as much as phones.
About the only easily replaceable part (For your average user) would be the battery or maybe the hard disk. Replacement hard disks are the only one universal in size and they are stocked in every hardware store.
If you could easily slide out the processor, ram, gpu etc it would be a different story.
What I really do not get...
If homeopathists really believed it, there would be no point in selling it.
If it gets more powerful the more you dilute it, then surely by definition any sample of it you are selling is more powerful than your "stock", thus making the bottle that it came in more valuable than the contents of it that they sold you.
Furthermore, it would be impossible to use anything for the container, as it would be "contaminated".
Washing it would only make it worse.
IMHO the way to get rid of these snake oil salesmen would be to sue them.
Surely if you sued them for contamination of products (ie contaminated with a different homeopathic cure than the one you bought), then it would be impossible for them to disprove the case without arguing that homeothapy is bunk?
If the display is 3D, then it does. In fact, that is the whole point - What happens to your OR when you get a brand new mega-sized TV with 3D, a curved screen, 4K resolution and all the latest bells and whistles?
If you have a head tracker, it will enhance your experience.
If you have an OR, it will mean nothing but sitting in front of your new monster TV (which you cannot see), trying in vain to find the bowl of peanuts on the coffee table whilst all your mates laugh at the idiot with the headgear on.
Maybe this will cause people to STFU about OR for a bit.
I fail to see what new IP they are bringing to the table, and they are taking away spotlight from already available solutions that IMHO fill the gap better (ie Head tracking).
Too many games promised support for TIR5 / Freetrack, then as soon as OR comes along they forget all about it - totally missing the point that existing head trackers provide superior motion tracking (OR is accelerometer based tracking - ie relative, not absolute) for a fraction of the cost, and still work with your big-screen TV, plus allow you to see the controls.
TV News articles need to start pronouncing the name correctly.
Referring to them as "Mount Gox" is only giving them a shred of credibility. If they used the correct name of "Magic: the Gathering Online eXchange", then the viewer reaction changes very rapidly to uncontrollable laughter and ridicule.
Re: One very important thing...
It actually is already.
Partitioning by the user is not supported by default, it uses the whole drive and partitions it as it sees fit.
To select your own partitioning scheme, you need to use something like YeOldeSteamOSe.
Re: Try game streaming now
If the game is not being run on the same PC, you only need hardware powerful enough to stream a video over a network and route input instructions to the main PC.
People are doing it with Raspberry Pis for god's sake. If that is powerful enough, any PC that still works will be.
Unfortunately I was not aware of YeOldeSteamOSe at the time, so it does indeed seem that any old hardware will do.
Try game streaming now
The one downside to SteamOS that I have come across so far is that it requires a UEFI BIOS, thus limiting the amount of old hardware that can be re-purposed to Steamboxes.
This is slightly mitigated though by the fact that cheap UEFI motherboards can be picked up on ebay for about £25.
Also, the game streaming is not implemented yet, but there is a way to get a taste of it now, via the open source project Limelight.
Someone reverse engineered nVidia SHIELD and the Steam streaming tech, and have released a client for Windows/Android/IOS.
It's rather nice to be able to play games on your front room TV using any old PC/Laptop as a thin client.
As time goes by, I can see a large proportion of PC gamers migrating their old hardware to Steamboxes - thus filling that front room niche and reducing the demand for consoles.
I see a rosy future for HTPC / SFF case manufacturers, not so much for MS and Sony.
You sir, are either a troll or a retard.
The shop analogy presented before is watertight. From the parent's perspective, they are authorizing ONE payment of a known value. Unless there is an option to say "No, I do not want a 15 minute window", or even something on-screen to let them know there IS a 15-minute window, then the problem lies with Apple.
If you paid for a magazine for your child with your card at a checkout, and while you were bagging up, the child picked up some sweets and placed them on the counter - the clerk charging those sweets to your card without your authorization would clearly be wrong.
Stupid that people are still getting caught out on this one.
Why oh why do these morons not use a hidden volume? Just put some mildly interesting files (porn being the obvious choice, or naked pics of the wife) inside the outer volume, and all the really naughty stuff inside the inner hidden volume.
Voila, instant plausible deniability.
Do terrorist training schools have an equivalent to OFSTED? Anyone got the address of the complaints dept?
Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......
The laws on revealing passwords when requested by the police waive your right to silence in that matter, that is the whole point of them.
IANAL, but AFAIK it is the only law where you are legally required to incriminate yourself.
Password != Pass Phrase
Curiously the password "turned out to be the same phrase from the Koran that Hussain had used before on other devices”
"Why didn't authorities try the same password on the 3rd USB device, which NTAC had found for first 2 USB devices?"
Clearly he used the same phrase, but transcribed differently (eg Sur4ht4ub4h8 instead of $ur4ht4ub4h8)
Re: Was it placed there by
Hold It Down, mate.
If you want to make things go faster...
... you want ComeOnEileen.
Unfortunately its only good for one use, and will leave you with a strange desire to wear dungarees.
My counter prediction
By 2017 (maybe a little longer, certainly by 2020 IMHO), consoles as we know them will have crashed and burned.
Consumers will become sick and tired of game pricing, being told what they can and cannot do on their consoles (eg removal of features available on previous generations such as DLNA), being forced to pay a monthly subscription to play online, and the lack of backwards compatibility.
This may not totally revive the fortunes of the PC market, but it will help considerably. Traditional PC makers such as Dell may not see much of a resurgence, but makers of SteamOS consoles (Which are just PCs in SFF cases) will, as obviously will the likes of nVidia, AMD and Intel.
Yes, PC hardware is more expensive (Due to subsidies on consoles), but over the life of the product will end up cheaper due to the lower cost of games, and not having to shell out a monthly fee to play online. With an expected generation life of 10 years, to play online for that period would cost you about £400 with XBOne for example. Factor that in and suddenly the TCO of a Steam box is way, way lower.
As time goes by, this will become more and more true until the point where PC hardware will have reduced in price whilst gaining in power to the point that building a superior specced PC/SteamBox will be cheaper than buying a console. In fact, if you factor in a 10 year lifespan, plus the cost of playing online for that time with a console, it is already cheaper to buy a PC than an XBone (£429 for console, plus £400 for 10 years subscription) to play the latest games online. Comparisons are already showing up on youtube of BF4 gameplay on a $500 PC compared to a next-gen console, and the PC more than holds its own.
Death of the PC? Nope, this is the beginning. Death of Windows maybe - but not PC hardware.
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