* Posts by LaeMing

2276 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Re: VR audiences...

Yes, I don't consider this sort of thing 'Virtual Reality' at all, but 'Immersive Video' which is a potentially fine thing in itself but definitely not 'VR', which - to me at least - implies a good deal more interactivity than sitting on a moving track and turning one's head about.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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"Off I trot to the stationary cupboard, select a black ball point pen"

"It would have been trickier if the cupboard had been moving."

I once had to move our stationary cupboard. It caused a local paradox.

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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I think its purpose, like all prior iterations of DRM, is to remove money from dumb companies.

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Re: Flubber

OMG! One of the few movies in my life I couldn't get even half way through watching, even for free!

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Re: Solid DRM

The pirates have the advantage of competitive pricing vs their piracy rivals. I believe it is called something like a 'free market' in some places. :-)

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Of course,

THAT is what they WANT you to believe! :-P

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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Nope, we aren't, on the whole.

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Meditation Room.

It is where you store all the crashed Commodore Amigas?

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TBF, if the room wasn't being used for its intended purpose and no-one was likely to do so for the time, why not use it for meditation. The guy is a DB to be sure, but I think this is just slow-news-day material.

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Nothing but cheap TITilaton for the already-howling*-readers, really.

* And rightly so, though for better reasons than this.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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But... But... Butt!

High Sierra makes windows!

http://www.highsierraglass.com/

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: Thought Police

It is their university, so they get to choose who gets in. If you had invited someone to a party at your house then found out they were an openly and extremely offensive person to the point that your association with them would make your other friends and associates less amiable towards you, would you still want that person to come?

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Re: Bah!

Actually, Free Speech (TM) is extremely easy and well supported on the internet.

It is just that being held accountable for what you freely speak is also well supported.

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: The usual baloney

"Worse is a chemist with a stutter! All those long names..."

How do you think we invented long-chain polymers!

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Did you prefer on top or on the bottom?

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Re: 18+ years old

Oh yeah baby. Put that paper into me again. All the way like that! Yeah Yeah, you dirty stud you.

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Re: "serial port monogamist"

I hope one isn't firewire and the other USB!

-> Irreconcilable differences!

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'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

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Re: trading under the name iChromatography ?

Brown-I-Chromatography?

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

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Metric Army

I see from the first photo that the Imperial Army used metric screws.

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Nvidia: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

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Re: mutations will adapt to look like real crops

And eventually the weeds will be so indistinguishable from the crops that we can just eat them instead and not notice. Then we will need crop-killer chemicals/robots so stop them competing with the weeds!

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Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

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Re: Will not take my job, as will be dead

I can never my head around this"takin' owr jerbs" meme. It implies that somehow people in other places are inherently less entitled to employment than the ones complaining.

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Re: Natural barrier to runaway

I'd dispute that silicon lasts longer. A consumer-grade chip has about a 10-12 year lifespan before the micro circuitry wears out from electron-flow stresses. You can get, maybe, 50 years out of military/space spec. stuff at the expense (literally AND figuratively) of special materials and processes as well as a lot of trade-offs in efficiency. Even mushy human brains kept in reasonably good environmental conditions outdo that.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Re: My CPU is a neural net processor

ASL = Accumulator Shift Left

If someone on the internet asks you ASL?, you should reply with their last post, with every ASCII value multiplied by 2!

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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

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Re: next-gen port standard

USB-plaid?

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Well I like it,

And I cannot lie!

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Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

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Re: Unlawful Dental Acts

"Hoverboard dentist" sounds lame by comparison.

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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Re: Deathly silence

@LaeMing - "Also, I haven't heard any Mac user claim "Macs don't get viruses" since the '90s."

@ Andy Prough - "You must be only speaking to the reasonable and knowledgeable Mac users..."

Apparently so :-/

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Re: Lost ?

"Only wimps use [...] backup: real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it" - Linus Torvalds

Since this code was on a [non-public, in this case] GIT server, I assume it was backed up somewhere.

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Re: Deathly silence

Technically, it was a Trojan Horse. Entirely different attack vector. (Which doesn't mean MacOS doesn't have virus vulnerabilities, but this case wasn't exploiting one.)

Also, I haven't heard any Mac user claim "Macs don't get viruses" since the '90s. That decade might call and want you back.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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Re: Ding Dong Dell

Ding Dong Dell

BIOS patch from Hell.

Who put it in?

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Re: So to get zero stars

Zero stars is when the Dell Tech (not their cat, even*) uses the keyboard as a litter box.

* cat litter box still gets 1 star.

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HP Inc wireless mouse can be spoofed

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Reminds me somewhat of the ghost-typist call-out.

Two people in adjoining offices had the same brand of wireless keyboards that just happened to have the same 8-bit ID code (this was many years ago, bluetooth is a little more capable than those old proprietary systems).

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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Re: (unsurprising)

Um... The 'Internet'* is not 'owned' by any one organization or country. That is sort of the whole point of the internet.

*As the name suggests, it is an INTERconnection of discrete NETworks, each independently owned but cooperating to work together for their common good. (Bunch of socialists!)

The US defence department developed many of the protocols that allow this to happen, on top of a lot of, I believe, British technology, with Australia contributing a good chunk of the technology allowing the wireless bits.

The US is, of course, entitled to do what they like with the pieces they do own, just as the rest of the world is entitled to rout their own pieces around the damage as best as they are able.

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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Re: And in other news,

And any people who is less likely to travel is less likely to notice how shitty their own country is compared to others. It is a big win for many Governments and their corporate sponsors.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: I don't understand how it 'died'

Didn't you hear? Now when a patent expires, the IP doesn't become public domain, it is banned for eternity so corporations can milk the Next Big Thing (TM).

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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I prefer to "websearch"

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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"The safety of our customers ... is our top priority"

Unless we have overbooked and want your seat back.

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Plutus Payroll finally pays up ... but pays people TOO MUCH!

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Re: Yeah but no but

"Ahh,but sometimes the machines do manage to somehow make mistakes."

I am pretty confident, if you dug deeper, you would find it was caused by an edge case that a human programmer had not accounted for, and yes, the computer was still doing what it was instructed to do.

About the only 'computer mistake' I will accept is the outside chance of a cosmic ray flipping a bit in memory, but even that could be blamed a designer not putting in enough redundancy, especially in a critical system such as used in finance.

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Re: Yeah but no but

My mum (bless her) gets absolutely livid when people (especially bank staff) try to tell her that 'the computer' made a mistake. It is usually the operator (or occasionally the programmer) that makes the mistake, and the computer does what it is told, as she is happy to tell them!

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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@Number6

It's the civilized way to live!

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Re: Papering over the crack

Error: Excess Rotation. ... Did you just get a new kitten?

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Does it account for which way the janitorial staff put the roll on (which seems random here)? Will it report me as a pedant for always turning the 'backward' rolls the 'right' way around?

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Linus Torvalds stops personally signing Linux kernel RC tarballs

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He is also married to a mother.

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Strap yourself in, fasten your helmet, and try out FreeNAS 11.0-RC

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Re: Crash test dummies. Off topic..

Ironically, most actual children, given the option, would probably insist on it. As part of their funeral.

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Re: Get me of this f'in planet...

Of course we can (and do) make such things. You just won't find them in the regular retail channels. Some assembly may also be required.

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Re: "OK, you can scream now..."

I'm pretty confident the average paramedic has seen far worse!

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Re: Why Do They Persist....

Adverwhats?

Even without an add-blocker, I just don't see them without explicitly looking for them.

Advertising as it is generally presented to the masses generally just doesn't work on me. Presumably the demographic I am part of just isn't important enough to tailor advertising for (it would have to be ads with a lot of easily-parsed technical detail about why a product is genuinely useful to me - there are products like that out there: I generally find them via a combination of hard searching, accident and reading datasheets).

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Bot you see is what you get: The cold reality of Microsoft's chat 'AI'

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Re: ymmv

"Command lines have to be learnt and there isn't an AI behind the scenes trying to figure out what not only did people type but also what they meant."

/Yours/ might not!

But the modern one on my Debian box is moving well in that direction, especially with intelligent tab suggestion/completion!

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Re: "Headless apps"

"Headless" does imply "Brainless"

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Re: Take home message

I got 365 problems, but LibreOffice ain't one!

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nbn™ trials 10 Gbps fibre tech most of you will never see

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The article picture is great! I'm still chuckling at it.

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