* Posts by Wilseus

313 posts • joined 8 Sep 2011

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

Wilseus

Re: But but but...

Could a football entirely made of hexagons exist in hyperbolic space?

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Wilseus

A national embarassment

Rather like our national football team then.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

Wilseus

Re: You miserablists

"Confirmed by a trip to the tip (sorry, Community Recycling Centre) where Dysons seem to be disproportionately-well represented."

Dyson are the best selling vacuums in the country so of course there will be more of them at the tip.

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Wilseus

Re: You miserablists

"[Dyson] seems to me to be primarily an egotistical businessman like Branson (and Edison) who produces overpriced goods heavy on style and light on durability."

Rubbish.

I have owned an early Dyson for nearly 20 years, which from memory cost me about £170. In that time it's never given me any trouble, save for an internal hose which split (and they sold me a new one for about £4) and the cyclone unit broke which cost about £40 to replace. That's pretty much all it's cost me for 20 years of service.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

Wilseus

Re: Like fingerprints

"Yet marketing each is if Apple were first."

They've been doing that kind of thing for decades, such as when they proudly proclaimed that their new Power Mac was the first RISC home computer.

No it fucking wasn't.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

Wilseus
Trollface

Re: Just remember...

"oh my god. are we going to necropost about ST vs Amiga?? just for you kids...the whole fanboi thing is not new. Amiga vs ST arguments were loud and abusive all over the playground in 1985 onwards i think. the ST had better sound. but the Amiga was the better machine."

LOL. It's a moot point 'cos the Archimedes was better than either of them ;)

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

Wilseus

Re: Thoughts on tax avoidance

"tax avoidance is immoral"

I'm not sure I'd agree with that. As Peter Hitchens wrote a few years ago,

"A greedy, slovenly state forces you to hand over roughly half your money every year, by threatening to send you to prison if you don’t.

Then it shovels that money carelessly down a huge hole. The Government is bad at almost everything it does. If you sent it out to buy you a loaf of bread, it would come back a week later with stale cake, and pretend it had lost the change."

Who here wouldn't pay less income tax if they had the opportunity to do so?

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

Wilseus

Re: Snowy

"Just watching B5 again after the death of Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi)."

I watched all of B5 for the first time a couple of years back when they repeated them all on one of those "Ten Quid TV" channels. Might have been Watch, I can't remember. The whole story arc over series 1-4 was awesome, much better in many respects than Star Trek.

I never got into it at the time, I think because I was a student and didn't watch much TV.

I really hope that someday, someone re-renders all the CGI in high def and releases them on Blu ray.

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Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday

Wilseus
FAIL

Re: are they still around?

Although I find them pretty good on the whole, I had a similar but more serious issue with them a few years ago when I was unemployed and my mortgage insurance came through a day too late one month. The mortgage payment didn't go out but I didn't notice because it was Christmas time.

In fact I only found out I was in arrears nearly a month later when I received a letter telling me so along with a £20 "fine." I phoned them up to complain for not telling me earlier and they said "we don't send out a letter for bounced mortgage payments because if we did you'd have been charged £20!"

So I ended up being charged £20 anyway, and got a huge black mark on my otherwise perfect credit file, which ended up with my credit card company reducing my credit limit to 1/10th of what it was and doubling my interest rate.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

Wilseus

Re: News to me

"Funny. I watch it on FreeSat and I don't have a licence. I live in the RoI, and I guess that many Europeans can pick up the same signal without paying anything. Same with C4, which also gets some of the licence fee, AIUI."

Not any longer, sadly. You used to be able to pick up the BBC, ITV etc even in the south of Italy with a modestly sized dish, but you can't pick up any channels worth watching very far outside the UK/RoI any more.

Anywhere outside Iceland, the north of France, Belgium and the Netherlands and you're out of luck now: Click for coverage map

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Wilseus

I'd never even heard of the service

Perhaps what was part of the problem?

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

Wilseus

Re: Not like you'd do it yourself

Has El Reg ever gone after The Enquirer I wonder?

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

Wilseus

"With the money I've saved by piracy streaming, I can actually afford to go to the odd game. Think on football clubs."

I doubt the clubs care. I believe they only make about 5% of their money on ticket sales.

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

Wilseus

"Considering I see complaints of bias on the BBC from both left and right wings I'd say that's proof of impartiality, wouldn't you?"

Not really, no, because the bias that the BBC allegedly has is not one that can properly be defined in terms of Left or Right. In fact those two terms have very little meaning in mainstream UK politics these days. Much as they would both bitterly deny it, the Tories and the majority of Labour MPs have far, far more in common than the things they disagree on.

The BBC's true bias is more of a cultural-liberal establishment one. That is why it is hostile to both Corbyn and to Nuttall: they are both a threat to the establishment. In the same vein, it's also far from impartial on things like Brexit, I've read loads of articles with the headline "such and such doing well, despite Brexit."

And I'm speaking as someone who is firmly in favour of keeping the licence fee.

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Wilseus

Re: Good going cobber

"Speed cameras are not there as revenue generation but to stop bad drivers speeding"

The fact that speed cameras raise money proves that they don't actually stop drivers speeding, does it not?

I would also add that I still have little sympathy for those who do get caught, simply because each and every camera is clearly signposted. If you do get caught by a camera, it's because you aren't paying enough attention to the road signs.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

Wilseus

I'm certainly not anti-Google

But if that's justice, then I'm a banana.

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

Wilseus

"The sockets had tin plated contacts - not gold. The chips were drawing a low current - which apparently allowed the build up of oxide between the chip pins and the socket."

My old Acorn A3000 had a tin plated header for the RAM expansion (in those days Acorn machines either has sockets for discrete chips or as in this case used their own design of memory modules) and was notorious for the pins oxidising, requiring the module to be removed and reseated every so often, although mine never suffered from that problem.

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

Wilseus

Re: re: Unless it's the patients using google translate to understand the foreign staff?

Or this one.

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

Wilseus

Re: Its possible

"I did wonder if ammonia could also have been the culprit as this killed a fair few people back when it was used in refigeration until replaced by CFC then HFC."

There was an accident involving ammonia at the brewery near to my house recently. A number of people were hospitalised and one tragically died. Refrigeration you say? I'd been wondering what they used it for.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

Wilseus

Re: Blame the EU?

"you could tell [Patrick Stewart] and Peter Firth were class acts"

Stewart's performances in I Claudius and Dune were none to shabby either.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

Wilseus

Re: Free as part of Line Rental? Thought not.

"Some people are never happy, and I suspect that you might be one of them."

I think that many such people can be happy, but only when they are having a really good moan.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

Wilseus
Linux

Re: Winter is coming.

"Who the f*ck downvotes things like this?!? Have an upvote just to balance the tally."

Probably people who are appalled by the bad layout of that C code!

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Wilseus

A trace?

To me, the term "trace" implies that the substance is not needed but just happens to be there for some reason. It's an impurity, if you will.

The sort of outrage I'm seeing over this seems completely illogical to me, it's a bit like kicking off because a knife was used to prepare vegetarian food that had previously been used to cut a meat product. So what? It doesn't make any difference as to whether an animal was killed or not. It doesn't make any difference to anything.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

Wilseus

We have a few of these electronic bogs at my work. Everything is written in English, but still I always actively avoid them even to use as a normal toilet? Why? Because of the seat heater. Unless it's your own toilet, there's nothing worse than sitting down on a warm toilet seat!

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

Wilseus

"If we continue down this route in 10 years time you will need to have a license or video proof that you have a garden in order to buy some fertiliser."

You already can't buy a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide from Boots. Apparently it's because some people "abuse" it.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

Wilseus

Nationwide

Parts of Nationwide's Internet banking website have been down since at least yesterday, I wonder if there's a connection?

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

Wilseus

Re: Well,

"How about jamming all mobile phone signals in the prison except for some guard areas?" asks Captain Obvious.

The guard areas are a moot point because it's a criminal offence for anyone to take a mobile phone into any part of a prison.

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MacBook headphone hell

Wilseus

Re: There is zero need for a 3.5mm to Lightning converter

"Yeah and, in my experience, the manufacturer of that "decent pair of high end headphones" will be happy to sell you a replacement for that 50 cent cord for about $15 plus shipping.

At least for the next 2 years or so until they've run out of stock and their new models use a different and incompatible connector for the 50 cent cords.

They're all as bad as each other."

No, not really. My old £50 Sennheisers had a detachable lead which had a perfectly standard jack plug on both ends. A quick look on Amazon shows that I can buy a replacement for £2.69 with free UK delivery.

So, as is usual for a hifi-basher on here, you're talking rubbish.

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

Wilseus

"How do you dial in exactly 1 minute, 20 seconds on a dial?"

On mine, you turn the knob clockwise one click, then push it in and turn it clockwise for 20 clicks. Easy.

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Wilseus

I have a microwave oven with most of the features you are talking about. It must be getting on for 40 years old: my granddad bought it when I was a very small child. My grandmother gave it to me many years ago when she replaced it with a newer (inferior) model. It has two knobs, one to set the time and one to set the power level, and has an electromechanical countdown timer like the ones you used to see on tape recorders. It's only 650W though, as was the norm back then.

The thing weighs an absolute ton and needless to say it's still going strong today.

It's very similar but not identical to this:

http://img.class.posot.es/en_gb/2015/12/02/microwave-oven-20151202174321.jpg

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20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

Wilseus

Re: Vampire 2

I've just been looking on the Vampire website. It says fitting is very simple, but how so, when the A600's 68000 chip appears to be surface mounted?

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Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

Wilseus
Headmaster

"How can you get the job done when someone has robbed all your tools?

How exactly do you rob tools? Tools don't have any belongings to steal from.

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‘Alan Turing law’ to give posthumous pardons to 59,000 men for 'gross indecency'

Wilseus

Re: So in a future distopean world

"Children still can't give consent and paedophilia will never be acceptable enough to legalise."

How do you define what is a child though? What would be considered paedophilia in this country is perfectly legal in many jurisdictions, including many EU countries.

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

Wilseus

Re: very confused

"Perhaps there is different levels of business\pub sky card price based on the size of the pub."

Yes I think that is how it works. A local private members' club near to me has about 200 members and the chairman told me Sky wanted over £1000 per year for a place that size.

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

Wilseus

Re: I *wanted* an Acorn Archimedes when I was at school...

"If ARM hadn't been spun off as a seperate company Acorn could have used some of its profits to develop and showcase a proper rival to the PC. They might only have ended up with a single digit percentage of the market but thats all Apple ever attained and look at it now."

Yes I concur completely. The whole rise and fall of Acorn is a very sad story really, and one that to this day still tugs on my heartstrings a little, but for better or worse, we are where we are and we have to make the best of it.

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Wilseus

Re: I *wanted* an Acorn Archimedes when I was at school...

"(only the Commodore series attempted a serious effort at making certain system calls portable across their range via their 0xFFxx kernel jump table, but the C128 used a Z80 to boot the system!)"

I think the same is true for all Acorn's pre-Archimedes BBC machines, including those with 16 and 32-bit second processors.

In fact it's the case on the Arc as well: in BASIC type A%=65: CALL &FFEE. It won't try to execute ARM code at 0xFFEE, it'll emulate the BBC's OSWRCH call and print the letter 'A' on the screen.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Wilseus

Re: Is there so much radioactive material in the detector?

"Nuclear boy scout. He got most of the way to making a breeder reactor in his garden shed. Used thorium from lamp mantles as a starting material and the smoke alarms as a neutron source to breed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hahn"

Hmm, according to the Wikipedia article, Hahn very recently died (presumably from radiation poisoning) but I can find nothing on any news sites about it. On the other hand there does seem to be an obituary for someone of the correct name and age.

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

Wilseus

"Look at the charges of anti-Semitism. A lot of this seems to me to be attempts to stifle criticism of the state of Israel"

A lot of it might be, but certainly not all of it.

Regardless, I agree with your post in general.

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Redback sinks fangs into Aussie's todger AGAIN... second time in five months

Wilseus

Re: Black Widow?

"I don't think the image is a red back."

Looks like one to me.

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'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

Wilseus

The word "pedagogical" always makes me smile nowadays

http://everything2.com/title/Pedagogical

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Shopkeeper installs forecourt khazi to counter mystery Dublin dung dumper

Wilseus

I had a similar problem a few years back with a phantom shitter leaving his doings outside my garage door. I suspect the culprit in both these cases might be a taxi driver. I put a stop to his little game in the end by installing gates at the end of my service road.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Wilseus
Headmaster

Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

"Now, bear with me on this one Wilsus.

Up North we use 'Could've had', but if i lived at Downton Abbey, then a case could be put forward for 'Could of had'. Its a question of grammatical context! If i was a posh twat, i could definitely use ' Could of had' in a sentence.......just try it now in a posh accent, go on..........you see? Now try this sentence, 'He could of had a brand new Rolls Royce, but instead plumped for the Bentley instead'. You see, it works doesn't it?

Now lets try up North: (so with a northern accent in your head)

'He could of have had a plate of fish n chips, but instead he had a plate of black puddings'.

Now try: 'He could've had a plate of fish n chips, but instead he had a plate of black puddings'.

Hope thats cleared up things.....or is that, cleared things up?"

Sorry, I can't say I agree. Surely that's just poor pronunciation? Downton Abbey isn't real, so can hardly be used as evidence in this regard.

P.S. When you say something like, "if I was a posh twat" you should really use the subjunctive, "if I were a posh twat." :)

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Wilseus

Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

'I think you'll find the accepted modern usage (in the UK at least, not sure about elsewhere) is:

"could of had"'

Oh dear. That usage is certainly not accepted by me.

"Could've" is a contraction of "could have."

"Could of" simply is not valid grammar.

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Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Wilseus

Re: Sky received the fewest complaints compared to our peers

"I thought the biggest complaint about Sky was that they made it very difficult to actually talk/complain to them..."

So people keep telling me. However I've been with them for a number of years for TV, and until very recently phone and broadband. In all that time their customer service has been nothing short of excellent, not that I've had too much to complain to them about because I have had virtually no problems with any of their services.

I can't help thinking that because people don't like the Murdoch empire, they just make any old shit up to make them look bad.

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WhatsApp, Apple and a hidden source code F-bomb: THE TRUTH

Wilseus

Re: Debug logging

In C, something like this has always been my approach:

#if DEBUG==true

# define DB printf

#else

# define DB

#endif

The use of which generates no code at all unless DEBUG is turned on. It's not rocket science.

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

Wilseus

Re: Promise everything ....

"Between him and Smith they have promised the world in the past few weeks, and I bet none of it ever gets delivered if they get elected."

That's a bit of a moot point, really...

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'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

Wilseus

Re: Is it just me...

OK, so as I think someone else said, you deal with it in the compiler or at the ASM level by having branch "hints", e.g. flags saying how likely the branch is, and you use the transistors saved on implementing an extra core or two.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

Wilseus

Re: Green? Blue? Brown?

Quite so, but why is it so red on the snaps, then?

Because, like many such astronomical pictures, it uses false or enhanced colour. This picture is more indicative of its actual appearance: Hubble Image of Proxima Centauri

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Wilseus

Re: Green? Blue? Brown?

"Proxima Centauri really only produces red light"

No. I keep hearing this and it is totally incorrect. The light from Proxima has a colour temperature of about 3000K which is rather whiter than a halogen light bulb. The last time I checked, plants in my living room, at night with the light on, still looked green and my white ceiling still looked white. Sure, the light is redder than sunlight, but it's certainly not red light.

On the other hand, a cool brown dwarf with a temperature of a few hundred degrees probably would have these properties, but Proxima is far from being one of those.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Wilseus

Re: Stop whining...

"They do it better in Europe, with electronic signage over the seats that the more selfish passengers can't tamper with."

I'm puzzled by this because I'm sure that Virgin Pendolino trains do have such electronic signs instead of the little cards. Are the Voyagers different?

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