* Posts by Morat

31 posts • joined 6 Dec 2010

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures


Re: Good for Charlemont!

Good for you! BT are cynical in their treatment of rural areas. Their favorite tactic is to keep communities dangling while they wait for government subsidy to pay for the investment. This helps BT freeze out locally organised internet access until the money tree is given a good shake above BT's coffers.

The fastest way to get your exchange upgraded is to install a wireless alternative, BT _really_ hate it when customers start turning away from Line Rental aka BT's Internet Tax

Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle


Where will it end?

Note 9 Sim Free - £899

S9 Sim Free - £620

iPhone 7 - £540

iPhone X - £800

For something that lives in your pocket. Has at least one side made completely of glass. Is replace every two years?

Forget plastic bags!

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption


IPv6? Sorry - better things to do.

and NAT still works even if you don't like it.

Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed


I understood every word of that.

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like


Re: it's too big

Cargo Trousers are coming back - official!

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?


Re: Techies will continue to sneer.

Was a couple of rounds of drinks enough to secure him from identity theft? :)

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges


Re: Bullit County

You need to distinguish between firing up in the air at a drone and firing direcly at a person's chest at 10 yards (which is what the article you linked to is talking about).

Shotguns are specifically designed to take out airborne targets without causing damage on the ground to beaters, pickers up, gamekeepers etc who may well be "downrange" of the gun line but safe because the guns shoot upwards. I've been hit by falling shot many times, it just patters off your coat like rain.

Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper


Re: 4k vs VR

I play Elite Dangerous in 4k and it's beautiful. I don't have an Oculus Rift, so I tried lashing together a VR headset using Trinus Gyre and a Samsung Note3 in a colorcross headset/phone holder.

OK, so this may not be a fair comparison for VR due to the homebrew but since the screen is the same as the one used in the OR DK2 - I think it's completely fair to say that the resolution needs to be much much better before VR is truly worthwhile.

Don't get me wrong, the immersion was great. The 3D was extremely convincing and the headtracking meant that the flying experience felt very natural, but the detail just was not good enough on a 1080p screen for the scene to be convincing enough for me to forgoe the beauty of 4k. I'll give it a go with a Note4 or 5 soon and see if a 2k screen makes enough of a difference.

As to the article - you don't need a machine like the one you blagged from OC to play games in 4k. Get a 980 and you'll be set, even if you can't play everything in max settings. Get two 980s and you're sorted. My "rig" runs a 4790k at 4Ghz and cost less than £2k from Dino PC. It certainly didn't arrive on a pallet!

Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode


Re: The past is a different country....

"Or, maybe they already live in a dynamically altering universe, 24 hours a day, and they play games as a form of entertainment, like reading a book or going to the cinema. In both of those experiences, people talking to you is annoying. I am not socially retarded, but if I am playing a game, I don't want a 13-year old calling me a n00b gay fag cunt, or whatever they call each other, because I occasionally play games to relax and haven't spent ten hours this week in their universe knowing everything about it."

You do realise that you can still play in solo mode, don't you? In SOLO mode you won't see anyone at all. But even solo mode is an over-reaction to a non existent problem. IF you are insulted by one of the other players, which is highly unlikely since there are 400bn star systems and 50k players and the chat system is unbelievably primitive you can put them on block.

As for the dynamic updates - what you're asking for is the ability to farm the same trade route over and over again. offline. For pretend cash. Do you really call that living?


The past is a different country....

Storm in a teacup. The game is fantastic, the only problem with it is the ridiculously reactionary community on the forums. I do realise that a lot of the backers will be middle aged gamers who played the original Elite as kids. I'm one of them. I'm just saddened that so many of my generation seem to be socially retarded and scared rigid at the prospect of having people actually talk to them.

ED needs to be released as soon as possible so that the community can expand and the original backers can understand that gaming is now a mainstream activity whether they like it or not. There has been far too much emphasis on the wishes of the basement dwellers.

Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!


Re: From the other side of the fence...

Entirely Correct - and well put.

For a replacement to Exchange/Outlook to gain traction it has to be better. Cheaper would help, but not as much as better.

Better to a user does not mean "standards compliant" or "plays nicely with stuff I've never heard of". It means in this case.

1. Does 100% of what Outlook does

2. Some whizzy features that demo well (but will probably never get used)

3. Prettier than Outlook

4. Faster than Outlook.

It's only the beancounters and people holding the IT budget that care how much it costs.

Note that Exchange isn't on the list - users don't know what Exchange is. All information comes from Outlook in the same way that milk comes from a supermarket.

PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point


Re: Sensors

Cool, thanks!

Sony Z1/Z1C and Samsung Note2 have ANT+ (not an exhaustive list)



Does it have either BTLE or ANT+ ?

iPhone has BTLE and Various Androids have one or both - very useful for the gym, cycling etc.

US cyber-army's cyber-warriors 'cyber-humiliated by cyber-civvies in cyber-games'


Cyber Ninjas are born, not made

Seriously, the army is recruiting from a totally different talent pool.

F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track



Did anyone else get a throwback to Wipeout 2097?

Time to look up "Atom Bomb" by Fluke.. it's in the folder somewhere :)

The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0


How many youtube hits?

I want to see the video of people learning to use a 60s record player!

Revealed: GCHQ's beyond top secret Middle Eastern internet spy base



Clearly a GCHQ employee - how else did he get First Post?

Project Tango: Google's all-ringing, all-dancing 3D-sensing smartphone


I want this on a drone

All this power on something as small and portable as a handset is incredible. Imagine being able to 3D map a building on the inside/outside and superimposing services and cable runs. Or repaint it in a different colour, or try different lighting plans. Fantastic!


Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...


16:10 please!!!

Widescreen yes - but not the stupid 16:9 1080p sized screens. Sadly people just seem to tick the "widescreen" box without knowing the difference. 16:10 screens are really hard to get hold of now. I'm keeping hold of my old gen Dell Precision laptop because the new ones are all 16:9 :(

Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?


DIY is the only way for notspots.

I feel your pain - or I used to until I organised a 100Mb leased line to share between work and a local WISP. After two years, we're getting used to nice stable broadband and speeds up to 20Mb. Mobile coverage still sucks, of course.

Scotland considers dishing out more iPads to schoolkids


Clearly Scotland has too much money

It is time to cut the umbilical which provides them with cash from south of the soon to be international border.

Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight



I used LoveFilm on a Samsung smart TV and the quality was absolutely awful. Really no great loss.

MPs: This plan for proper navy carriers and jets is crazy!


Supersonic sorties? Tornado? Please....

There's no way that a Tornado can carry enough fuel to use its top speed to reduce its overall sortie duration. On a bomb truck like the Tornado the amount of fuel available for full throttle can be measured in seconds, a few minutes at most - and that is used for running away in an emergency not getting home in time for another trip.


Good Luck getting a Tornado into Iran

If you're going to send something that fat, slow and low into Iran you're going to need a lot more than good luck to get it to the target. The amount of effort required to kill the Iranian nuclear program requires the USA, there's no way the UK could do it alone. If it ever does happen I suspect we'll be there flying more flags than sorties.

BT, EE's mobe broadband trial jump-starts Cornish village


Someone should propose this as part of the Gov's spending splurge on infrastructure

Personally I'd rather see this than the HS2 rail line or a couple of hundred Eurofighters in a shed. How deep into the countryside are they looking to push this? How will coverage compare with 3G? The really tricky parts of the country don't get decent ADSL OR 3G.

Samsung shifts 10 millionth Galaxy SII


I have one and I gotta say... its EPIC

Great phone. Great OS. I really can't see Apple coming back from this one - although that has been said before :)

Then again, why does it matter? Competition between gadget makers is GOOD news. Apple DID move the game on, but no one gets to stay in the lead forever. I for one, welcome our Android overlords.

David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes


You missed the point

The problem is not getting people from 8Mb to 100Mb it is getting people from dial up or a flakey 0.5Mb on ADSL up to something worthwhile (like 2Mb or 8Mb). Your example of a remote croft is valid, but far from representative. There are many people in rural areas - but those rural areas are market towns, large villages or even suburbs or industrial parks on the outside of major cities who do not have access to reliable internet connections.

More services are going online, and websites are becoming more bandwidth hungry. People wihtout good connections are getting left behind.

You may not be aware of the £400m that the gov has pledged to helping with rural broadband throught BDUK. I would support any initiative that allows us to get more network for this money by employing low skilled people to do the shovel work which will be required to get fibre around the country.

BT confirms broadband upgrades for rotten boroughs


Just get off your arses

Forget about all this BT publicity BS, just get off your arses and do it yourselves. All it takes is a bit of wifi knowlege and a decent connection to the internet somewhere else.

Diary of a Not-spot: One man's heroic struggle for broadband


Jesus Christ, read the specs

Those Solwise boxes have TWO antennas. One is the omni sitting on top that you are all preaching about and the other is the 16Db panel which is internal and VERY directional. Those boxes will EASILY cover 5km without any pratting around with old satellite dishes, cantennas or other relics.

The problem here is the Fresnel zone, he needs more height not more gain.


No need.

He's doing it right, those units have a 16Db panel antenna inside them. The little omni on the top is used for a local signal when you're using 11a band C for backhaul and 11g for local stations. Assuming he has the correct antenna enabled in the setup, that gear is good for at least 5Km. I've used them with great success.

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