* Posts by Troy Peterson

65 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


Tumblr and 4chan knock each other out

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Crips vs Bloods

It's just a classic gang turf-war for geeks. These are kids that want to belong somwhere, but would get their asses kicked in a real street gang... These memes that they claim ownership of are their gang colours and signs.. At least for now. Soon enough it will escalate. It's just a matter of time until innocent bystanders just tying to read their emails or get their daily fix of lolcats will be caught in the crossfire. Pretty soon no place will be safe from these hooligans. Organized cime will follow... They will get into the dealing of penis pills to minors and soon no subnet will be safe.

Benoit Mandelbrot, father of fractals, dies at 85

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One badass f*cking fractal

Jo Co said it best...


Mandelbrot Set you’re a Rorschach Test on fire

You’re a day-glo pterodactyl

You’re a heart-shaped box of springs and wire

You’re one badass f*cking fractal

And you’re just in time to save the day

Sweeping all our fears away

You can change the world in a tiny way

Mandelbrot’s in heaven, at least he will be when he’s dead

Right now he’s still alive and teaching math at Yale

He gave us order out of chaos, he gave us hope where there was none

And his geometry succeeds where others fail

If you ever lose your way, a butterfly will flap its wings

From a million miles away, a little miracle will come to take you home

Fujifilm readies revamped 'true' 3D camera

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Can't wait to hear more

I love my Real 3D W1. It's just too damn chunky. The thing really feels a lot like the very first digital camera I ever owned - a 1.3 megapixel beast that was coincidentally also a Fuji FinePix camera. I picked up the W1 and got great pictures in Egypt with it - the Sphynx looks amazing in 3d. I also found that the ColorCode 3d Blue/Amber analygraphic method is great for viewing....

I want this new version - it looks like it's much more evolved than the original... Perhaps not too much smaller overall, but it does appear to be slimmer and hopefully lighter. I think I'll need to trade up if it is in fact smaller.

Western Digital goes cartoon crazy

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'green' - quite, silent, and utterly useless

I put a pair of Green 1Tb drives in my home Linux fileserver based the "silent" selling point. That was a mistake. The drives are not configured in Raid, but instead I have a crontab job that makes incremental backups from one drive up to the other at hourly intervals.. The backup system works GREAT... the drives don't. If I try to do anything that run the drives steady at full spin for more than 30 seconds or so without stopping the entire system crashes... I cannot copy files over 500mb... Every time it happens I have to unplug the sata cable, turn the system on so the bios detects no drives... turn it off... plug the drives in again... boot from a Linux CD... fsck... and finally re-install grub...

I have gotten pretty good at the process though!

Paramount prepares to scale Dune

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Paris Hilton


Actually, I'd much rather see an adaptation of "Heretics of Dune"... I've always wanted to see the Honored Matres in action... hmmm.... Might have to give that one an X rating....

(Icon: Paris Hilton... Or Murbella?)

Acer Aspire 5738DZG 3D 15.6in notebook

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Wasn't there a laptop a while back that used a lenticular screen to produce 3d? I imagine that would have been crap as lenticular usually is. Mind you, I've seen some pretty nice lenticular pictures on DVD covers lately... But my point is, this hardly qualifies as the first 3D laptop.

I used to have a pair of eDimensional's 3d shutter glasses, they worked surprisingly well. I loved Doom 3 and Far Cry (original) in 3d. I've been waiting for polarized 3d technology to hit LCDs for quite some time... I've always found that polarized 3d produces the clearest and most convincing effect and it _should_ be relatively simple to implement on LCD.

As someone else pointed out though, stereoscopic images are just half of the battle. What you really need to complete it is head tracking. Real-Time head tracking alone is amazingly immersive . The most amazing artificial 3d effect I ever experienced was when I combined the above eDimensional glasses with simple DIY head tracking using a wii remote (http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/21/diy-head-tracker-takes-wiimote-hacking-to-dizzying-new-heights/). That was a mind-blowing experience...

Ubuntu's Karmic Koala bares fangs at Windows 7

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-(most importantly for newbies) you can change settings without having to type stuff into terminal. This is how most help advice comes as of writing

You're right, the terminal is the most important feature for newbies. I don't know what I would do without it. Quite frankly the terminal is the best newbie tool ever concieved of. Here's why... When something breaks on Windows, have you ever looked on the internet for a solution? Or tried to walk someone through how to fix it? It goes like this: "Open the start menu, click run, no, R-U-N... yeah... now type in regedit.. click on that little boxy thing beside _MASSIVLY LONG KEY NAME_... click plus, plus, plus, pus... find the thing that say X... no, the other thing that says X... change it to Y... Make sure you change the right thing to the right thing otherwise your computer won't boot... Then close... now open control panel... find Z.... blah blah blah... and reboot.." It doesn't work? Did you miss something?

On Linux:. Type the problem you are having in to Google.... First hit is usually your answer: Open up terminal, and copy and paste "xxxxxxx" into it. There, fixed in one step with no chance for error... And you didn't even have to re-boot.

Microsoft's about turn: Windows 7 tech testers will get free copy of OS

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Woohoo fee Windows

I wish Canonical would give me a free copy of Ubuntu now.

oh, wait....

Firm threatens action against CCTV whistleblower

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Oh no! No More Pirate CCTV Images?!?!?

So that's how El Reg gets their hands on all that wonderful CCTV footage of major stories. Is this the end of the quality insider reporting on such important issues? And I was really hoping to see some of that famous cctv footage of pirates today on International Talk Like a Pirate day, with Optimus Prime making an appearnace of course.

Please, Please, Please dedicate your top Hacker-Reporter-Boffins to finding us a new source for these quality images.

London store brews £50-a-poop cat-crap coffee

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Slightly used

If you like this, I've got some corn for sale... Slightly used, but it's in great condition!

The internet's up sh*t creek, but at least we have aliens

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Fibre in the sewers

Hmm.. Somehow I missed this story when it ran. Had I seen it I would have pointed out that Google has already beaten everyone to it.. They introduced a similar system last year, on the 1st of April:


Sounds like a great service to me.

Boffins slashed in big-science budget blunder bloodbath

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In Soviet Britain....

Doughnuts eat boffins...

Mum sends stripper to teenage son's school

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Thats some good shit

Somebody must have been on some seriously potent butthash (ttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/06/jenkem_warning/) to mistake a stripper for a gorilla .

Jack Thompson sets about Halo 3

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We should be compasionate with ole' Jack

Clearly he never got that Pong game from Santa that he asked for.... Now he's scarred for life. If he can't have it, then no one can.

Congress chops economy-class nuke programme

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Dangerous materials.

"avoiding the use of dangerous materials such as beryllium"

And while we're at it, lets replace the Plutonium with cotton balls....


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