* Posts by Clive Galway

334 posts • joined 15 Feb 2007

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

Clive Galway

Re: re: creationism makes perfect sense. As long as you ignore all of creation?

"Ultimately one uses Occam's razor, but the simplicity of one explanation or the other is once again a value judgement that differs acording to personal perspective. I find the idea of a Big Bang simple,. and it has excellent explanatory power. The Creationists found it incomprehensible, whereas the thought of a Divine Being who waved a magic wand and brought a complete world into existence was a lot easier to grasp..."

As long as you don't ask "Where did the creator come from?". Then you realize that the creationist explanation is way more complicated.

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Silicon Valley sides with Samsung in anti-Apple patent war

Clive Galway

"Samsung's phones really were blatant rip-offs of Apple's, down to the grid of icons and the 'dock' at the bottom of the screen"

You mean like just about every OS in the GUI age ? Even Windows Mobile, which pre-dated iOS, worked in this way.

"Even the number of icons in each row was the same"

Four icons in a row is just common sense. You want a power of 2, so that the available number of pixels can be neatly divided up. 8 is too many, 2 is too few.

So no, nothing about what you said is either innovative or non-obvious - there is significant prior art for both of these concepts, and any suggestion that Apple can lay claim to them is ridiculous.

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

Clive Galway

Re: However

Have faith, brother, it's there.

Wotan told me so in a dream.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

Clive Galway

Re: £££s

The mind truly boggles. Either you are a complete moron or you are trolling. Probably you are American and you expect everyone to know where every road is because back home they are all numbered.

Go look at the A-Z of London, and then ask yourself "If I memorized the entire lot, how long would it take me and how much would I expect to earn per hour for driving people around".

> It seems the Knowledge only extends to main roads beyond the North Circular and this individual had to resort to his A to Z to find the place.

Go look at what the knowledge is: http://www.the-london-taxi.com/london_taxi_knowledge

It's about ROUTES from one area to another - ie how to get around london, not about memorizing the entire map of london. It is also about MAJOR landmarks (Embassies, restaurants, hotels etc) not some poxy B&B in a back street.

> If you are a visitor who doesn't know the area, you are not going to be much help, are you? Which is why you engage a supposed professional guide

Did he get you there?

Presumably he got you from the airport to the general area by memory alone, then had to look up exactly where the side street was.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

Clive Galway

WiFi.

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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

Clive Galway

If you give the junk a nudge, the spacecraft that nudged it would also be in the same orbit as the junk.

To nudge the junk without following it, you would need some way to "fire" it away, but every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so you would still need to expend the same amount of delta-V to correct the orbit of the cleaner ship.

I always wondered if you could use a long cable of something (carbon nanotube?) and attach that to the space junk, then fire the other end of the cable into the earth's atmo, thus aerobraking the junk into the atmo. Maybe some kind of parachute type structure on the end to increase the friction? If the coil and chute were light, you would then minimize the amount of dV required to fire it into the atmo, and also the amount of dV required to correct the orbit of the cleaner ship. Hell, if you attached a little rocket to the chute end of the cable, and didn't fire it until you released the junk, it would mean that the cleaner ship's orbit was not affected at all.

I suppose though, that anything in a lower orbit could get clothes-lined by the cable ;)

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DDoSers call 1988 and want its routing protocol hacked

Clive Galway

How very last century!

What next? Smurf attacks?

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20-yr-old Brazilian births 100 banking trojans

Clive Galway
FAIL

Big wad of cash spelling VIP.

Baseball cap no doubt representin' yo homies or team.

All on a flowery sheet and apparently posted on facebook ?!?

Smooth.

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

Clive Galway
Stop

Do you guys even proofread?

Two typos in the first two sentences.

"guilty guilty", "Mx Gox"

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

Clive Galway

Re: What are the advantages of Oculus Rift?

Apart from the visual differences, the head tracking is optical as opposed to gyro based.

Gyro based does not come close to the fidelity of optical - for a start gyros only give relative, not absolute tracking.

TL;DR: You are much less likely to vomit over your PC with optical tracking.

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It's curtains for you, copper: IBM boffins push the LIGHT FANTASTIC

Clive Galway

That's fine, but...

Will it run Crysis?

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Bundestag hack origin still a mystery as DE.gov techies pull out their hair

Clive Galway

"Some MPs are concerned about this and are worried that metadata retention of all websites they visit will become a permanent state of affairs."

Now that's an idea - An un-erasable, public browser history for all politicians :)

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NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars

Clive Galway

Re: "See video below"

Me too.

I think they probably mean the video on this page, but I don't think you can stream those, maybe that's why it got omitted.

http://insight.jpl.nasa.gov/videos.cfm?Vid_ID=4

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

Clive Galway

Re: At the end of the day...

Agreed.

Also, as this is a mobile platform, there is some merit in the technique used, as it would chew very little in the way of CPU cycles (And thus battery life).

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Clive Galway

Re: Turning the company's soiled reputation around 360 degrees!

XOR takes two inputs and has one output.

You cannot use it twice and end up with the input.

For an output of 1, it would be impossible to know which of the following inputs were used:

0 1

1 0

So you would have a 50/50 chance of "guessing" the inputs.

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Clive Galway

XOR != "Exclusive Operator" ?

AFAIK, Calling XOR the "Exclusive Operator" is technically incorrect and ambiguous. For example, Exclusive NOR is an "Exclusive Operator", but is not XOR (In fact, it is the exact opposite of XOR).

Operator = The operation (OR, AND, NOT etc)

Exclusive = "If both inputs meet the criteria, invert the result".

Certainly, the sentence "and said it used only XOR (exclusive operator) to safeguard files" implies that XOR is THE "exclusive operator", when it is not, it is ONE OF the exclusive operators.

If you said to an engineer "Use an exclusive operator" when meaning "Use a XOR", then the statement would be ambiguous.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in this field, so I could be wrong about accepted terminology.

</pedant>

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

Clive Galway

Multi-Monitor taskbars?

So does Win10 finally add a taskbar for each monitor?

It beggars belief that such a basic usability feature was not included in Win7. Thank god for 7+TT

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

Clive Galway

Re: What kind of free is this?

Except that the windows license is included in the price of the device, so they are not getting it for free at all.

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Clive Galway

They sort of do?

As in heroin addicts getting methadone?

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Nvidia waves 4King big Android Shield at games console warzone

Clive Galway

I am quite surprised they didn't go with SteamOS.

Could you maybe put SteamOS on there instead? I doubt nVidia care that much about the OS to lock it down?

A desktop-class machine in a console form-factor for $200 that runs SteamOS would be a very different proposition methinks.

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

Clive Galway

The whole idea is fundamentally flawed

It in no way guarantees that the object will be printed only one time.

All it does is cost you extra, as you have to print a copy to send (instead of just squirting the schematics down the wire), introduces a margin of error, then it destroys YOUR copy? What use is that for people wanting to sell one-time prints?

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ROBOT-ON-DRAGON GRABHAND ACTION: SpaceX supply podule arrives at ISS

Clive Galway

If you can attach it to something. Good luck getting it stable unless your camera has RCS.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

Clive Galway

That's a "Revert to VAB" moment if ever I saw one.

Hats off once again Mr Musk - many companies would see this as negative publicity, but he knows all the geeks just see it as porn.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

Clive Galway

Re: Most of my clients

You need to specify where a device that plugs into your video output is located?

Take a wild guess.

And if the mac only has a displayport adapter, just use a DP -> HDMI converter dongle.

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Clive Galway

Not Undetectable

There are systems out there that can detect a machine requesting lots of files over the network and flag it as suspicious.

Also, running in a non-1920x1080p resolution would cause big problems for this hack - most of these game capture boxes pretend to be a 1920x1080p monitor, so you could just check for device change of the monitor, or watch for resolution change.

Also, you would not need a game capture card for many nvidia GPU machines - just record the desktop with Shadowplay.

Which raises more of a security risk IMHO.

Just make ShadowPlay is enabled in "Shadow Mode", wait for the CEO to leave his PC unlocked, then hit the record button and have his last half hour of screen activity dumped to a video.

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Dead Steve Jobs to give iPod MP3 evidence from beyond the grave

Clive Galway

Re: "Thousands of iPod owners re-bought their existing collections..."

See the original article for your citation.

Why do you think the class action suit was brought? For exactly this reason.

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Clive Galway

Re: You seem to have forgotten

You seem to forget that it was Apple who were about the only ones enforcing DRM on their hardware up until that point.

The creative players, for example, did not enforce DRM - you could load any old MP3 on there and it would play.

Thousands of iPod owners re-bought their existing collections on iTunes just so they could play the music they already legally owned.

IIRC the first person to make a regular MP3 playable on the iPod was not Apple, but DVD Jon.

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

Clive Galway

Re: "Gigabit Ethernet is also a very welcome edition"

"Feel like shit"?

A bit strong.

More like a bit of shaming.

El Reg's proof-reading is very sloppy, pretty much every article has typos or grammatical errors of some kind.

From a publication that would not hesitate to rip the piss out of other organizations for similar transgressions, I call this fair game - how could any self-respecting journalist justify anything less than perfect command of the language they write in on a daily basis?

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Clive Galway

"Gigabit Ethernet is also a very welcome edition"

Edition?

Surely you mean Addition?

English FAIL.

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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

Clive Galway

Re: Not even close

"The rootkit was in fact a commercial product".

Which illegally used open source code written by Jon Johansen, AKA "DVD Jon", whom they sued for reverse-engineering DeCSS.

But let's not let that get in the way of a good shilling, eh?

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

Clive Galway

Re: Hmmmm Chicken and Egg

Two printers.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Clive Galway

Re: 7+ Taskbar tweaker

+1 for 7+TT

I also turn "Combine Icons" the hell off.

Plus if you have multi-monitor, add to that "Dual Monitor Taskbar" to add a taskbar to your second monitor.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dualmonitortb/

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Pitchfork-wielding villagers hunt hairy shapeshifters in One Night Ultimate Werewolf

Clive Galway

BSG boardgame

On a similar note, check out the Battlestar Galactica boardgame.

The game has a very good mechanic that lets the bad guys sabotage the game, whilst giving the good guys a way to work out who the bad guy(s) are.

Also, it can get to the point where you know exactly who the bad guys are, but doing something about it becomes a race against time.

Highly recommended.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

Clive Galway

I meant exactly the opposite.

eg for example, the use of proprietary software (Flash / Air) over open equivalents such as HTML5.

BBC DID take that attitude over iPlayer on mobile devices - for a while, the ONLY mobile device you could run it on was an iDevice.

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Clive Galway

Isn't there something in the BBC charter that says all programmes must be viewable on non-proprietary equipment?

I know the BBC treat this with contempt anyway (eg when the only mobile devices you could use were iDevices back in 2008, iPlayer 1.0 which used Adobe AIR only ... ) but can we not slap them with a complaint or something?

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

Clive Galway

ISIS TLD?

With ISIS setting up a caliphate, maybe they should apply for their own TLD?

Better still, someone should set one up and squat it just to wind them up.

Anyone fancy being the WHOIS contact for mohammed-school-for-girls.co.isis?

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

Clive Galway

Where on earth did she get the idea that the internet is "Entirely produced by men".?

This statement belittles the contribution of every woman working in the industry.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

Clive Galway

A real shame - I don't like the product, but I have a great deal of respect for what the company does with it's advertising dollars. They put out a hell of a lot of amazing content and the branding in the videos is not in your face - in fact you often have to look quite hard to see someone consuming their product in their videos.

Plenty of the world's top extreme sport athletes have been helped to get the exposure they deserve by RB, including our very own and insanely talented Danny Macaskill.

TL:DR - If ever there were a company whose advertising I approve of, it is RB.

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

Clive Galway

Lemmings / Psygnosis

Psygnosis only published Lemmings, it was not an in-house project.

Same with most of the decent stuff they released - unfortunately they purchased lots of Silicon Graphics workstations early on and so were fixated with justifying that purchase by churning out lots of FMV / pre-rendered games, which were universally awful and often got canned or had very limited releases.

It wasn't until they were bought out by Sony and so got involved in PSX dev that they started to work on modern realtime 3D games such as Wipeout.

Interesting factoid:

Carmageddon was pitched as a proposed internal project for the Camden studio, but management turned it down. Thankfully Adrian Curry then quit and took the idea elsewhere.

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

Clive Galway
Thumb Up

Input device?

They should merge this product with those projection keyboards.

Display output on the back of your hand, and type / mouse with your other hand.

Viola! the perfect display / input method for wearables.

Failing that, sell them in pairs - project half of the keyboard onto each palm and type letters with the relevant thumb.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

Clive Galway
FAIL

"our intentions were good"

Good for the car manufacturer.

It was not, in any way shape or form, good for the user - some poor guy was trying to choke the chicken and he had bloody pop-ups covering the porn browser.

How are you meant to close the pop-up pre ad-blockers without getting the mouse icky?

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SynoLocker Trojan crime gang: We QUIT this gig

Clive Galway

Scam?

What motivation is there for them to hand over the keys (if they exist)?

If they are "going out of business" then failure to honor the agreement is not going to affect any reputation they care about.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

Clive Galway
Stop

OK, So I am no fan of Apple, but that was clickbait if ever I saw it.

Nothing specifically to do with apple whatsoever that would justify that strapline.

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LulzSec supergrass Sabu led attacks against Turkey – report

Clive Galway
WTF?

FUBAR

That is all there is to say really.

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

Clive Galway

Re: We're gonna need a bigger hard drive...

The Matrix bullet time effect of appearing to pause time while a pan occurs is not dependent on frame rate, it utilizes multiple cameras all taking a frame at the same time and can be done with a stills camera.

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

Clive Galway

Re: Can master electronics / robotics...

You spend all that time developing something new and interesting, and when the time comes to show it off to the world, you omit to do something which takes you an extra 10 seconds.

OK, so they may not know what deinterlacing is, or why they would need it, but surely one look at the video would tell you something was wrong, and a quick google would tell you what the problem is and how to fix it.

Seriously, would you let what was quite possibly the culmination of your life's work be represented in that way?

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Clive Galway
Trollface

Can master electronics / robotics...

But deinterlacing the video is clearly a bit beyond them!

Why does anyone even record in anything but progressive these days? What did they use? MiniDV??

So '90s!

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

Clive Galway

Re: Boffin?

Not just for R/C hobbyists.

His USB controllers are awesome for custom built PC joysticks, or for retro-fitting an existing joystick with upgraded Hall Effect sensors / better resolution.

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CIA infosec guru: US govt must buy all zero-days and set them free

Clive Galway

If you start a policy of buying all zero days and making them public...

... the price would go up. Probably exponentially. Supply and Demand and all that.

If the person who discovers it can now only charge once, he's gonna make damned sure to get the most out of it.

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