* Posts by Kaltern

309 posts • joined 2 Jan 2013

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

Kaltern

Only £250 for a purple one.. damn... my birthday is coming up... :P

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Why the thumbs down? I got this from El Reg's Twitter post, which mentioned nothing about Leia... "Where the £$%^ is my lightsaber? 40 years"

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Great piece, but sadly nothing to do with lightsabers... which is what I was expecting. Clickbait... *grumble*

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Re: Wow ! BBC "Horizon" managed to inform ...

If it was a complete Dyson's Sphere.. then I guess there would be no light to see as it would be more or less completely surrounded...

... thats a lot of planets used up for resources.

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Wow, someone managed to make money on Fitbit stock – oh, 'fraudulently'

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Fitbti stock? I'm sure there's a witty sarcastic joke in there somewhere.. but I'm working and therefore my usual ability to come up with something has been nullified.

I throw it out to the floor...

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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This is pretty much the future of computing. The Nintendo Switch does it, and this phone now does it. In fact, I would be very interested to see a new phone-with-dock, that, like the Switch, has extra processing 'oomph' in the dock, so when you have your phone and dock connected, you get a powerful desktop PC, capable of running all the apps you already do on your <chosen OS here> computer.

In fact, I would go as far to say that, with the current trend from Microsoft to, well, be completely , that this might just be a opening for mobile software and hardware developers, to seize the moment. Assuming they can drop some of thedata slurping, and start advertising these things as private, safe, secure and all the rest of the things serious users would like to actually hear, I forsee a future without desktop machines.

Let's face it, desktop GPU's and CPU's are great, but expensive. They cannot fit into a phone - it just can't happen. But stick them in a dock, and suddenly you have a platform of update-ability, where the dock could be upgraded separately from the phone itself. So you still get upgrades, and it'll still work with the dock of choice. The Switch proves this does actually work.

I like this idea. I like desktop machines too, but I wonder how long it'll be before mobile phones have the same processing power than your desktop does. I'd wager it isn't all that far away.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Kaltern

Saying this wasn't an organised attack is a little naive, considering the number of continents involved, simultaneously, and differing companies.

If it was just 'someone opening an attachment', that would hardly be enough to encrypt half the NHS and Telefonica etc... not unless a system admin did it on a PC with write access to the central NHS systems, for example - and that still wouldn't explain the other infections.

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

Kaltern

Advertisers. Ruining people's fun one product at a time :(

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TalkTalk full-year profits rise but shares slump after raid on dividends

Kaltern

I wonder if there is really any telco right now in Blighty that are any more trustworthy, reliable and good value than TalkTalk? In fact, I don't even see a great deal of point in moving around providers, as they all use the same Openreach network anyway, and television programming is basically Sky or Freeview.

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

Kaltern

Still waiting for the black hole.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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If only there was a way to simply use a PC to receive all the channels from your chosen provider, over the Internet, in 4K HDR quality, and only requiring a steady 8Mb connection. And then if it were only possible to output this to an existing screen, preferably 4k HDR compatible. And, if only it was also possible to record/pause/schedule programming like you can do on those Sky box things.

(I often wonder how interesting it would be to couple a (legal) IPTV service with cloud storage. And then my optimism dies. It works with Plex... I just wonder why something like this doesn't exist. Afterall, it works well for Netflix, Amazon etc.. Imagine Sky getting in on the action.. although with their ideology, we'd be stuck with 15fps 720p streams with stereo sound, and that's yer lot. A bit.. no, EXACTLY like Sky Q on tablets right now.. (oh how that winds me up no end))

Edit: I see I'm a bit behind the times. (http://www.digitaltveurope.net/653081/sky-moves-beyond-the-dish-with-iptv-plans/)

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

Kaltern

It's hard to make something work when you're constantly having to update decades old code. Windows 10 is the worst kind of stitching together of old bits of 7 and 8, without bothering to really do much with the redundant stuff. I mean, simple stuff like having 2 distinct UI's which are totally different is amateur-ish at bast - and that's just on the absolute surface(sic).

I'm no code expert, but I can only imagine the horrendous mess that is the OS source code. I can almost see the infinite lists of programmer notes, giving details about bodges, don't-do-this, and other such useful pointers.

Windows 10 is as much a 'new' OS as Windows ME was. Windows 7 was the last, true new version of Windows, which is why is still works to this day.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Kaltern

Can I just say, I made the brain-shinkingly bad mistake of reading some of the BBC HYS comments. After being slightly ill for a few hours, I came to read the comments here.

It's refreshing to know that, while some are misplaced ( :D ), the opinions here on the whole appear to have been written by adults with far less blue cabbage between their ears.

Can El Reg just start a sideline for politics? Perhaps call it 'The Reality Check'.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

Kaltern

Still can't understand how people are so dense when it comes to batteries.

Where does the power come from to put the power into batteries in the first place?

Reliance on fossil fuels time and time again comes down to convenience and cost. And both are a terrible reason to ignore the downsides to these fuels.

I always read comments like these on sites all over the place, and it always comes down to one simple fact.

Anything else is perceived to be more expensive than fossil fuels, so therefore they're not important.

Such a closed-minded attitude is going to affect your children's children, or suchlike. Personally, quite apart from being some sort of green vegan freak (which I am not), I simply want the human race to progress. And right now, the energy ceiling being enforced by the big energy companies, and the attitudes of those who don't see the point - or dismiss other possible options due to cost - is stifling our own development.

I will get downvoted to hell for this, not that I give a shit. But I look at how things have 'progressed' over the last 60 years, and apart from refining the energy we already have, I don't see much improvement since the combustion engine was developed.

I can only hope that somehow, the EM Drive's physics is a real thing, and open the eyes of the closed-minded who can make things happen.

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iCloud extortion racket nowhere near as epic as we thought it might be

Kaltern

I suspect this threat will not be full of eastern promise.

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Assange™ keeps his couch as Ecuador's president wins election

Kaltern

Remind me, why do the common folk hate Assange again?

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

Kaltern

What about my 80Mb line? Is 80Mb too fast for the same reduction?

Not that, as stated above, I'll see any actual reduction...

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

Kaltern

The blood of 100 virgins.

But seriously, this has got to stop. It's a new weekly gameshow... Guess The Activists!

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

Kaltern

Letter to Google.

Dear Google.

We, the Government, have decided that, while the Internet is a very useful Thing, it is sadly being misused by a certain group of people.

Therefore, we must insist you remove all pages involving Terrorism. Anything that could be linked to Terrorism. And anything Pornographic, as that's probably linked to Terrorism.

We expect all these pages to be removed next week.

Thank you.

UK Government.

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Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

Kaltern

I don't understand particles. I understand RAM, CPU, GPU and what a BUS is. I don't undrstand how those little blue sparks travel from one place to another, and when this happens a lot you get Pacman. Or Excel.

In seriousness, I honestly don't understand how H2O makes wet stuff, while H2O2 makes bleach. I wish I did, I've read and watched a lot of particle physics 'stuff', which talk about atoms, particles, gluons and electrons... but my primitive human brain just can't accept that these little bits of energy makes the majority of a cup of tea.

Is there SOMETHING I can watch/read that would somehow make the world of little things make sense?

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The future of storage is ATOMIC: IBM boffins stash 1 bit on 1 atom

Kaltern

This will take decades of research, and grants from the guvermint to develop into something that more people can make money from, once the patent has been signed, sealed and delivered.

Progress huh.

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Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

Kaltern

Nintendo in not-enough-consoles-sold-at-launch-so-will-delay-until-they-do scandal.

I applaud their continual attempts to innovate and provide family friendly fun. However missplaced that may be.

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Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

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Re: Why VR is doomed to be nothing more than a Niche within a Niche

So off topic, I don't understand why it's still allowed here.

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Roses are red, you're feeling blue, 'cos no one wants to watch VR telly with you

Kaltern
Meh

Kieren, your subliminal anti-VR message is coming through loud and clear.

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Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

Kaltern

Trump and Putin. Devolving the world, one beating at a time.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Kaltern

I'd like to simply not know until he actually regenerates. It's a bit stupid to announce the actor prior to the scene we now now is going to happen. I don't even understand why the BBC feel the need to release the information that an actor is leaving and a new one is coming.. probably so we can WATCH IT. Please. Watch it, we need the viewing figures...

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

Kaltern

I always found the attitude to 'BASIC' was simply down to the actual name. I find BASIC to be more or less adequate for anything I need, afterall, calling a dll fundtion is almost identical in use as in C(squiggle of choice), you just use slightly different syntax to do it.

Honestly, I imagine with enough effort, anything written in C@ can be replicated in BASIC. Besides, I think it should be rebranded as APSIC, which sounds much nicer IMO, and loosed that highly outdated Beginners moniker.

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Oculus gift: VR biz to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off software copyright

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Re: @Klatern

"I grew up with an 18 inch b&w <SD TV til I was about 8 - programmes were immersive. ZX81 games were immersive. Books are immersive. Immersion is a state of mind - so long as VR requires a headset and 3DTV glasses they will fail to capture mass market."

Oddly, so did I - although my weapons of choice were a Mattel Aquarius, C64 and Amiga 500/1200.

I think I even read books.

In fact, I'd wager my understanding of English language is probably as good as yours is. (my ability to type is questionable)

Oh, and it's Kaltern. Not Klatern. Makes me sound like some horny teenager. Which I sadly am no longer. A teenager.

The odd analogy of glasses/headsets as a barrier to immersion is as ludicrous as saying the same thing about a monitor. Or paper.

Immersion, like life, doesn't require a cessation of evolution to remain relevant - it NEEDS to evolve. I bet you're one of those who don't see the point of 4K, or that 30 frames a second is perfectly adequate for gaming immersion.

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Re: Bit Steep

Another shortsighted view from someone who obviously doesn't think this new fangled VR thing is worth the bother.

VR is not going the same way as 3DTV, because VR is still improving and developing. It offers a far greater sense of immersion than 3DTV ever could, and while the 1st generation of these new headsets are still not perfect, they have already built upon the prototype versions that came before, and will continue to improve.

IT's only a matter of a year or 2 before we see 2k and 4k screens that will allow VR to really shine. GPU's are catching up fast, and should allow the resolutions needed which are the only key problem right now.

Even 3DTV has a chance to make a comeback, once glasses-free tech is perfected.

People like you are the reason we are slow to improve, and move on.

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Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

Kaltern

Soon... the burden of owning any software will soon be a thing of the past. Imagine a future, where you no longer 'load Windows', now you just 'log on to the cloud' and there is your virtual PC, ready and waiting, wit the latest hardware - as long as you can afford to pay the monthly fee. (no root/admin access - you don't need that any more).

Upgrade online or downgrade (with a phonecall to a country 7000 miles from where you are) your package to suit your needs. Marvel at the absolute lack of any need to manage your new cloud based system, ready when you are.

Until the system goes down. Or a security issue stops the entire cloud system from working. Or a patch breaks everything.

Welcome to the future.

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

Kaltern

Batman.

We just need Batman to remove the bad guy.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

Kaltern

El Reg comments pro-Trump, and somehow see him as the Messiah.

Science suddenly ousted as unimportant, by the same man you are all rabidly supporting.

The Doomsday Clock, which has been viewed as a method of caution for decades, suddenly described as a Meme.

You lot are fucked up.

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Kaltern

I quite like Allo... the interactive quiz things are quite clever.

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I wouldn't worry about Assistant anyway - it literally doesn't work properly.

I have a Pixel (not the XL, I'm not the King), and while it is a very good phone, the assistant is shit.

One of it's many issues is the infuriating way it doesn't connect to ANY other calendar except the main Gmail account - AND it only connects to the MAIN calendar. Not any others that you import from say, a scheduling website. Oh no. Oh and you can't actually ADD any entries via Assistant. You have to go do that manually.

Not a great start really.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

Kaltern

Re: Happy Days

'Most of the country and world is willing to see how he does, and will give him the chance.' [citation needed]

See how easy it is to spread unprovable information? You cannot possibly know this; there are definitely no data sources for this seemingly innocuous statement, yet you make it as if it is common knowledge.

Please don't speak for 'Most of [the] world' - we'll make our own minds up about willingness or not.

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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

Kaltern

I really don't know who to change to or who to even trust these days.

Sky, BT, TT, they're absolutely not to be trusted for the usual reasons.

The trouble is, any other smaller fibre provider charges insane money for what I need (80mb line, unlimited data), and so I am pretty much forced to stay where I am (BT).

And being in Scotland, we're not deemed worthy of Virgin's attention for whatever reason.

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Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

Kaltern

If I may elaborate on my dramatic point :P

Facebook is more that just a Jeremy Kyle interview room. There are thousands of websites that use it's services for ID, advertising and viral communication.

Many mobile games use FB as their means of making their cash, by getting their name out there, by 'encouraging' players to post on their pages, in turn spreading their name to other people.

These companies would fold overnight.

Social media is as much a part of the internet as a webpage now. I moderate FB pages for the biggest brands in the world, and I can tell you the loss of FB would hurt these companies greatly.

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Kaltern

It's quite simple really. Zick literally owns most of the world's social data, and is incredibly rich due to his dubious business practices.

Throw in some highly paid 'Yes' men, who reassure Zock that he is absolutely right on anything he says, add a pinch of ultra-highlife, stir well, and bake in an environment devoid of anything that could be considered 'common', and you get the reason he acts the way he does.

Imagine if Facebook were to collapse overnight, and the servers were turned off. I don't think it would be much of an exaggeration to state that the Western World would fall to pieces. It would most likely recover of course, but because of the huge number of slender, slightly spindly fingers Zeck has in pretty much every form of media pie? It's quite scary just how much power that company actually has.

Believe me, this whole Oculus thing will go away soon, with or without a huge payoff, and the world will continue to turn on baseless 'Like' clicks just as before.

I'm half expecting Zerk to try and buyout Wikipedia. Somehow, that's a terrifying thought....

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Kaltern

I could get to the last level, but fuck me was it frustrating - the fire bridge a VERY close second!! *screams with hatred..and inserts yet another coin*

My claim to fame is that in my early teens I could complete 'Shinobi' on a single life. Including the ironman-last level. I got a free bag of chips that day (my local chippy had machines in, back when that was allowed...he rewarded me for completing each game he brought in. Clever marketing if you ask me. (one could also say exploitation... but I was 12 and I didn't really care!)

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AI shoves all in: DeepStack, Libratus poker bots battle Texas Hold 'em pros heads up

Kaltern

I think the developers of Deepstack kinda missed the point of Poker.

Poker is as much about reading your opponents as it is mathematically calculating the outs you have on a particular hand. Did Deepstack successfully pull a check/raise, or force a player into a fold by misrepresenting it's hand? I highly doubt it.

Poker is not a game of 100% skill - it simply cannot be so, as you don't have enough information about each hand to confidently know you're going to win or lose. Of course, people would argue that the point of exercises such as these, is to prove an AI can take all possible bit of information into consideration, and calculate the missing variables, and apply them to a real world, split decision situation.

But then they should be doing that, in a scenario that matters. Say.. oh I dunno, driving a car?

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

Kaltern

You know what? I just tried the small sample pack, and I'm strangely impressed.

I'm not a huge fan mixing it with water, but I tried that first. Taste and texture is certainly something to work on, perhaps using milk, or even baking with it into biscuits and pancakes are possibilities.

What I'm most impressed with tho, is the feeling of fullness after just 50g of the stuff (about 270kcal), which I totally didn't expect. I have.. issues with food, and I often find myself feeling hungry after eating. I'm not getting that with this stuff, and that's just an odd feeling.

Not sure if I'm totally convinced to go full Matrix yet, but I AM trying to lose weight, and I DON'T eat enough (see: none) veg, and this IS cost effective... I dunno. We'll see.

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Kaltern

I fail to see why people are so worked up about this... it doesn't affect YOUR life, so why belittle the product, and the people who use it (I did it too Gorman...)?

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The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies

Kaltern

Anyone who uses Facebook has already waived their right to privacy.

And anyone who says, acts and lives like Zuck, can also waive their right to privacy.

I wonder if I could save enough to buy a small island...

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Kaltern

Now now, he might have read 25 variations of a Holy Book. I hear the Mahabharata is a cracking read.

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Kaltern

Fuck me, if Trump can do it... (shudders)

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

Kaltern

It's stories like this that genuinely make me wonder just how many people would swap their firstborn for their equivalent weight in gold.

Abolish money. Save the world. (something like that...)

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

Kaltern

AI, like everything else so far this decade, is simply about making money than improving the world.

Nothing that utilises AI works, it's as simple as that. AI doesn't even exist.

Until the world stops looking at ways to just make more money, and start working on ways to fix/improve the world, we're just going to get more Alexa devices, touted as the Next Big Thing®.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

Kaltern

I imagine Google's similar device will also not be recording every murder committed in home either.

In fact, it won't be long before these devices are suddenly to be used in every possible terrorism threat the authorities can make up.

Kind of reminds me of CtOS...

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

Kaltern

Well, lets hope we have Carrie Fisher around for the next movie. :(

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