* Posts by casinowilhelm

47 posts • joined 6 Mar 2011

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all


Re: Interesting postscript to this long running tale.

David fincher would be the obvious choice.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid


Re: "Thin&Light" means Piece Of Shit.

Have a look at clevo laptops. You can access everything with just a small screwdriver. Well you can on the big one I've got anyway. However it's most definitely not thin and light. The power brick alone weighs more than a surface tablet.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks


You're talking about catholic priests yeah? They aren't a race, mate


Re: Great Britain encapsulates itself not only against the EU, but blah blah

Hey ho. At least our police force isn't a thinly disguised paramilitary death squad free to gun down innocent people at will, unlike certain other large western democracies I could mention, and neither do we execute children or the mentally ill. So it could be worse.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


More annoying is Windows 10 stealing vram

It reserves a whole wodge of vram on your video card that you can't do anything with - even if there is no monitor connected. Win 7 and Linux don't do it. It's an issue for those of us doing things like 3d rendering on gpu or machine learning stuff. Plenty of people have tried getting them to change it and they have admitted they aren't going to bother any time soon.


Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Re: Ethical behaviour

I have a 14 year old dell laptop that has been dropped several times and yet still works. It's too slow to actually do anything useful but that's beside the point being made here. It was built like a tank.

National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe


"The electro-mechanical computers were used to read military messages sent between high-ranking German commanders"

The enigma was more for general communication. The really high ranking officers used the lorenz machine, a completely different system (see colosssus, etc)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay


Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

Wonder what he'd think of the apple pencil then?

Btw. I'm a designer and I love the stylus on the note phones. It's genuinely useful, works as well as a wacom, and it's really convenient for sketching ideas out anywhere you are and painting them up a bit.

Just because YOU don't need it doesn't mean it's useless.

Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard


Re: A fully spec'd 15'' macbook pro is now £6209.

I use my £2.5k pc laptop for 4k video editing, in a professional capacity, for money. 2 years old -and it's a monster desktop replacement with 4 hdd slots (including 2 NVME), 4k screen with a fair crack at adobe srgb, 64Gb Ram, proper desktop i7, desktop level gtx1080. basically STILLL better than this new macbook. It's a bit heavy and hot but at least I had the option to buy this as a tradeoff!

Nearly every diehard motion graphics artist/editor/3d designer I know still using a mac who haven't already switched (not many, any more) have finally started asking me discreet questions about moving to pc. I've even got a stock document written for them. It's dated 2016. I've sent it to 15 people so far. They are all happy with their switch.

Apple do not care about professionals. That is the message that's been going out for years, and it has been received by professionals, loud and clear.

It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers




Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off


about £33 once you account for VAT. Also US people will have to add their local sales tax on top, which for some reason is never included in any marked prices anywhere there.


"my effusive 15-year-old never expressed any interest in returning to the virtual world."

This was my feeling exactly. We got hold of a couple of oculus DK2 devkits a while ago, and my first experience playing alien isolation was just that it was quite simply the best thing since sliced bread (or sliced space trucker). This is the future, it's amazing, so immersive, I thought. Fast forward about 2 weeks and it was on my shelf, never to be touched again for over a year apart from as a party novelty to show to visitors (and work never asked for it back - they lost interest too). I have no idea why the initial compelling nature of it faded so rapidly. Maybe it was the multiple cable faff every time I used it or maybe because it's so inherently antisocial.

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister


So that's what May and Rudd have been up to - moving some british citizens to the caribbean in advance of the main party?

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...


Re: No issues here

Well, since AMD finally got their arses in gear last year and challenged the lazy/greedy intel gits by releasing ryzen/threadripper, we finally got a decent jump in performance again provided you are running multithreaded apps. For an average punter who isn't 3d rendering etc, these advances aren't that noticeable as single cores haven't got all that much faster since about 2012 (at least not in line with the old pentium days).

FWIW my new threadripper is about 2x faster at rendering than my old intel 8 core 5960x for a bit less money, but it took >2.5 years rather than 18 months for it to come along. That 8 core was about twice as fast as the sandy bridge quad core it replaced, but there was 3 years in it again and it cost more than double the amount (and is actually slower at single threads). So moores law had definitely broken at that point.

Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members


Re: awwww, poor precious snowflakes can't stand the heat

And how much would all that cost?

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user


Re: Hmmmm

Another thumbs up for the note 8 here. Absolutely love it, the stylus is better than ever, screen amazing, battery life better than the old note 4 (even with a new battery) and NO NOTCH. That notch makes my OCD twitch. I can't believe that abomination popped out of such a supposedly design-focused company.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg


Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

yes that's pretty much what the article said, but thanks anyway.

Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover


AMD's Ryzen&Threadripper has at last shaken things up a bit on the CPU front at least.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+


Re: Mathematical notation?

All the best third party paint apps support the stylus very well, including pressure sensitiviy and palm rejection and things like using your finger as the eyedropper tool. I don't use it for anything other than that though.


Since they have the monopoly on having a tightly integrated stylus that works brilliantly, I decided to suck it up and buy one because my note 4 is finally packing in and I absolutely love having a stylus (I do bits of sketches, drawings and idea concepts every day with it) and on the note 8 it works better than ever. It's pretty much a wacom cintiq in my pocket. Could do without the pricetag and the bixby nonsense but I'm very happy so far.

Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts


Sandy Bridging

There's a ton of those old sandy bridge dual xeon blades knocking around for mega cheap on ebay. Bought a bunch of them for a 3d rendering project - £350 each and they are nearly as fast at rendering as the 8 core i7 PCs which cost nearly 2 grand each. A bit apples and oranges as they can't be used as workstations (no GPU) but for CPU number crunching, which is what we bought them for, they are great.

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology



pro beta and domestic beta were two different things, as pointed out elsewhere on here.

Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates


Re: @everyone

Used to back up to dvd, until we discovered at least half of them had self destructed within 2 years. Never again.

Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister


Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go? @ Codejunky

Doesn't make much sense. Hong Kong uses the same plugs as the UK, so I should think the Chinese (or specifically all the cheap manufacturers in HK) were already tooled up for making them anyway.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


I've freelanced at two different motion graphics companies over the last year who finally got fed up and dumped all their mac pros for better spec windows pcs (and this despite them all being apple fans in general, they just couldn't deal with the limited spec hardware/lack of upgradeability any more). That's the way it's going to go in more creative companies, especially ones that do video and animation, unless Apple pull their finger out soon...

Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike


Re: All according to plan

We export a lot of drugs and weapons...

FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password


Re: @Voland ...You are missing the point

Just out of interest, what is the old joke/story about the engineer?

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast


Re: Oh, yeah...

Presumably he meant media server, which are very much targeted toward running lots of large displays/projectors etc, and a lot of them run on some version of windows. Eg Hippotizer, Avolites ai, d3 etc. However the windows they run is usually pretty locked/stripped down and you'd like to think they'd have this covered.

We do the odd live event using cheaper desktop machines and back in the day I was caught out by a random windows update which rebooted the machine while I wasn't there, which showed the whole reboot to desktop cycle on the big projectors. That was embarrassing. But it's a good way to learn for the future...

Toshiba rolls out PC-busting monster: 1 terabyte TLC flash SSD


Re: Why SATA?

It's not just Apple..Pcspecialist, for one, sell laptops with nvme options (plus much better graphics cards). The higher range Surface pro also has one. Etc.

Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney


By "the world" you often are really talking about "someone's front door/personal property". The entitlement of some people who think it's OK to just piss anywhere is astonishing.

How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year


Worse than viruses

Windows automatic updates have lost me way more precious work over the years than any virus has ever done. Usually because I've wandered off and left a file open in an application that doesn't autosave, and then windows has decided to reset itself automatically to apply some update or other. Which by default forces everything to close in the process. Whereas the only viruses I ever got just put some annoying pop up ads everywhere. Oh, wait, that sounds familiar...

Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley


Re: If $39 Million Isn't Enough to Last Several Lifetimes...

"I spent 90% of my money on women, drink and fast cars. The rest I wasted"

- George Best


Sadly right now London is full of exactly the kind on venal developers who would be all over kicking these people out in a heartbeat for a few extra quid. They have already wrecked a lot of places I enjoyed going to only 10 years ago. It's definitely not just an American thing.

What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display


Re: Why put DOS on a mac?



Seems like you missed out quite a few big hitters there I'm afraid. Besides that, there's not a single significant piece of *OSX-only* 3d software in either of those lists.

BTW Max is still one of the most used 3d software, especially in visualisation. And AutoCAD is at least a version behind on mac, not to mention all the other missing autodesk stuff.

Mac still has the edge for web and music people as far as I know though, so you are welcome to that lot if you like :)


Re: Why put DOS on a mac?

Besides, a lot of software(*) actually runs quicker on windows with equivalent hardware, so you are actually cripppling your pc by running OSX.

* source: assorted googling


Re: Why put DOS on a mac?

Plenty of 3d/creative design (ie the imac target market) software actually doesn't have a mac version, for a start.

Although strictly speaking 3ds max doesn't run on DOS either, but I suppose you were trying to be funny or something.

END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE


"Also you may like it or not, but most of the photo/design/etc. business workflow is built upon Macs."

Not if you are a 3d artist or CAD designer. Windows is where all the major pro packages have traditionally lived (apart from a few on linux) - some are still not available for the mac or get released a version behind.

Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus


Re: Probably intended for graphic artists

I'm a graphic artist (with a Wacom tablet I use most days for work). The odds of me wanting to fiddle about all day changing an easily-lost pen tip every time I want to change brush types is precisely zero.

It makes about as much sense as plugging in a different keyboard every time you want to change fonts.

EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display


Re: Does it seem to anyone else...

Try pcspecialist.co.uk, they sell rebranded clevo laptops with very muted styling that you can customise to your heart's content (I think there are even some with upgradeable graphics cards)

Very happy with mine, and it was incredible value. (I don't work for them or anything BTW)

Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you


Re: I'm sure there were two girls on my degree course

Ha, and me! What is it with goths and IT? In fact my biggest achievement at Leeds uni (93-96) while doing comp sci was running the goth society, rather than my lazy Desmond degree result. Which came about due to putting too much focus on goth related leisure activities, and drawing pictures instead of studying. Still, I ended up as a 3d artist in games after that and was one of the few artists who could actually communicate with the coders and write bits of code etc, so it worked out OK in the end.

RE The maths: It was quite a shock coming to uni with my A in a-level maths thinking I was good at it, and then being whacked hard in the brain with discrete maths. Never quite got the hang of it. Do they still teach that?

British designer builds $15m iPhone for Hong Kong mogul


Re: I made the mistake of working for this guy

I agree with you about the contracts - normally I'd do that too, but this was a quick 1-2 day job and he was introduced to me by a friend so I foolishly didn't do a contract. The email trail was enough for the court to rule in my favour anyway. But winning court cases doesn't even guarantee you'll get paid, as I found out.

As for demanding they take them down yes I could, but then it's another unpaid bunch of hours (at least) sitting on the net writing emails and getting bitter.

I guess it's a useful learning experience which I suspect quite a few freelancers have to go through at least once!


I made the mistake of working for this guy

He employed me to do a 3d render of a gold plated retro cellphone (for what he said was "visualisation" purposes). Stupidly I didn't do much background research on him, because it doesn't take much more than a cursory google to uncover the kind of things he gets up to (which begs the question - why can't journos be bothered to do this?)

Meanwhile I did the images and then never got paid. I had to take him to small claims court, but despite being awarded the judgment against him, he never responded to any communication or paid me. Bailiffs didn't seem to be an option as it seemed his company was registered under a false address.

The various media outlets he spammed duly published the pics as real items. A quick search reveals they are even on this very site (bottom pic)....http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/24/stuart_hughes_luxury_items/)

In theory I could try to get all the pictures I did taken down from the various media organisations he'd spammed his press release with. But life's too short, it was 3 years ago, and I'm still not entirely sure how that works in the UK. (no DMCA?)

So - I'd be 100% certain that some hapless unpaid photoshop/3d lackey mocked these pictures up, and the whole story is total nonsense.

The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'


Re: Right!

Some of that amiga stuff is still worth a surprisingly decent amount, you should stick it on ebay or to amiga groups. I got 100 quid recently for a dusty old amiga 1200 accelerator board.

Ultra-high resolution laptop, tablet screens to revive display biz

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Re: Party like it's 1999

yup, i'm still using a lacie electron blue iv crt @ 2046 x 1536, with the added bonus of proper 24bit colour too (no banding on gradients), and talking of cheap, I picked up 3 of them for 60 quid on ebay because nobody wants crts any more. I find that strange because I genuinely think these things are great. And crucially,they are still operational, which is more than I can say for the 4 lcd monitors we've had in 5 years (out of 7) that have self destructed.

The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects


you will steal your trainers off pirate bay and print them

it's like some kind of incredibly slow motion london riot

Apple’s Siri gets sweary with British child

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great, that's another level to add to my new iphone game "compo hunter". So far I just got the "trip over pavement cracks and sue the council" and "spill coffee on yourself in mcdonalds" levels done, this would make an ideal bonus round. Might leave it running on phones in tesco.

Sony readies official PS Move support for PCs


fact check

Some fanboyisms getting in the way of facts here. Actually the PS3eye runs at 640x480@75fps, or 320x240@125fps. These high frame rates make it very handy for smooth blob tracking and various live performance applications (keeping up with a fast-moving object or person). Before the kinect came out it was the preferred bit of homebrew tracking kit - once you open it up and remove the IR blocking filter, and stick a proper board lens on there, it becomes an incredibly good camera for the price, (and I tried pro firewire machine vision cameras that cost 5x the price that had worse specs).

I have both kinect and ps3 for experimenting with live performance (live tracking and projection stuff) and the ps3 cam still has its uses because that frame rate means you can keep up with someone moving quickly, provided you can light the scene adequately with IR light. The kinect with its lovely depth sensor is sexier and can do more stuff but is also relatively laggy at 30fps and can't keep up with things moving as fast. So they both have their place in the homebrew/hacking word. If you want to make a multitouch table for example, the kinect is definitely not the best solution.

As for the Move part, I dunno, I haven't tried it. If it has a proper gyroscope in it I might be tempted to use it for something.

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