* Posts by AbelSoul

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

AbelSoul

Re: Well, at least he has good taste in music

Plans that either come to nought....

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Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

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Impressive

That is a huge difference in perceived quality.

Hopefully this sees production and helps lead to overall improvements in VR/AR.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: you do notice the difference.

Dae ye, aye?

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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Headmaster

Re: Minnehaha

From the article:

.. a resting place that sounds more pleasant than it probably is..

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

AbelSoul

Re: Best traps

It might not surprise you (given my posting name) that I've never lived in a house with a mouse problem. Or a rat problem.

I never had a mouse problem or a rat problem until I got my cat. He was already about a year and a half old and has a habit of catching various creatures and bringing them home, usually (although by no means always) in pretty rude health. Everything from mice, voles and shrews, through frogs and newts, to rats and birds, but mostly mice.

Last summer he was sometimes bringing in three or four critters a night. This makes for some "hilarious" late night escapades, trying to catch and release the wee beasties.

I live in the city centre, about half a mile from the nearest water course and had no idea there was so much wildlife outside my back door.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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Re: It's 90 miles closer to Donegal than it is to Britain

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Scotland (the nearest permanently inhabited place is North Uist) is still part of Britain.

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Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake

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Dirt bags

Perhaps it's the scale that has me fooled but, if you zoom out until you're POV is from the top of the crater, the abseiling gear appears to be anchored by two sleeping bag sized sacks of soil.

YIKES!

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NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

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Re: as too are plans for a lander on Europa

Pah!

This was the mission I was most excited about. (2010's "ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE" notwithstanding.)

Now it looks like I'll be long gone before anything lands there. SAD! (aherm)

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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Re: Dyson sphere in my pocket.

Or you're just REALLY pleased to see me...

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Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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Re: 'seeded' from the same extrasolar source

@Hans 1:

Upvoted purely for "yumans" - brought a nostalgic smile to my face.

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Low-key Samsung: Psst. We've got new Galaxy tablets and new Gear VR

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Gear VR

Apart from the addition of a controller, are there any improvements to the Gear VR?

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

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RE: memories of hibs gone bad (1st para)

Yeah, they were relegated a few seasons ago but appear to be on their way back.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

AbelSoul

Re: Even email delivery costs money

Yes. I have grudgingly paid £2.50 to TicketBastard on more than one occasion for the "privilege" of printing out my own ticket.

Come the revolution, first order of business:

Ticket prices will be all-inclusive by law.

If a gig is advertised at twenty squids, then all you should pay is twenty squids, including standard delivery.

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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Korolev Cross

Excellent footage and a sight to behold. Cheers.

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Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

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Re: difficulty pulling it off

I see what you did there.

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Now that you've gone..

All that's left is a band of gold,

All that's left of the dreams I ho-old....

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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Mushroom

Re: ....considered a P or NP problem?

P or NP?

Aaaaarrrgggghhhh.......... </runs screaming from the room>

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Put Firefox DE and Chromium in blender. Devs... Is it pure Blisk?

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Cheers for the head's up...

I'd never heard of Blisk but am downloading now for a nosey.

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

AbelSoul

Re: Atari is better because it has MIDI

Ah, that takes me back. I got a 1200 in 1993 and started mucking around with OctaMED and 8-bit samples. Pretty soon I wanted MIDI but it was too late/expensive to switch to Atari by then.

So.... I started acquiring more and more Amiga audio and MIDI accessories as my music hobby refused to die. Still have loads of this, now redundant, Amiga audio gear, gathering dust.

Alas, for the last decade or so, I have pursued this hobby without having to switch on an Amiga.

Nonetheless, I still own two A1200s, an Amiga1 and a Pegasos1 (PPC Amiga clone).

One day, when I have time, etc, etc........

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Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: what Freud was doing while wearing a slip...

Apparently he was just checking himself out.

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

AbelSoul
Paris Hilton

Re: I've scored 3 times in 10 months; so who's laughing now!

Scored three times...... in ten months, you say?

Bravo.... or something.... I guess?

(Paris because..... she knows the score.... or something.... I guess.)

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

AbelSoul

Re: It's just too far away to visit...

I see people saying about terraforming the bloody thing. Quite how you do that with a DEAD planet with no molten core and no magnetosphere.

Terraforming is not dependent upon either of those things.

A magnetoshpere only becomes relevant once you have the desired atmosphere as it would slow the depletion of it.

However, even without a magnetosphere, atmospheric depletion would be so slow that it would make little difference and if you have the capability to generate an atmosphere, you should be able to top any losses up.

Not that terraforming is likely for the foreseeable either way.

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

AbelSoul

Re: Is there a story here?

Would a competent human in the Lexus have seen the van jumping the red and been able to take action to avoid the collision?

Perhaps, although my own experience suggests not. I was recently involved in a similar type of collision - drove through the junction and noticed too late someone flying through the red light.

The other car hit me square on the driver-side door and knocked me unconscious before I had a chance to even attempt evasive action. The damage to the car I was driving was a bit worse than that pictured (other chap was going faster than the allowed 30mph) but close enough that I imagine the circumstances were also relatively similar.

Having said all of that, I can't really claim to be a competent human.

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

AbelSoul
Headmaster

Re: What size?

If you can gain access to such a rare machine, formatting the USB sticks in a non-web-facing Amiga/Pegasos is pretty safe.

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Rosetta probe's final death dive planned for just after last call next Friday night

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Spectacular end...

... to a fantastic mission.

I saw Matt Taylor give a talk on Rosetta at the Blue Dot festival.

Truly inspiring work by a truly inspiring human being (and, of course, the rest of the team).

Cyber pints all round.

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Phoney bling ring pinged by Tolkien's kin

AbelSoul
Pint

Re: Tolkein Ring Network

Bravo, sir!

Bravo.

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

AbelSoul
Trollface

Rutherglen

As someone who grew up nearby, I can confirm that "Ruggie" is teeming with spooky buggers.

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Lowland Scots plunged into panic by marauding ostrich family

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: it will definitely be the fault of "they English"

Well, I'm guessing "they English" are responsible for your spectacularly witty repartee so, if that's anything to go by, perhaps they're onto something.

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AbelSoul

Re: Really??

The usual media response, sadly lacking this time, to such unfortunate / unforseen / unusual events is to invoke the SNPBaaad meme - el-reg really will have to try better

They sort of did - last paragraph:

"Whatever the reason for the ostrich rampage, we presume it'll be Westminster's fault."

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Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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Excellent news

Other than the computer itself, Stack Overflow is probably my most used development aid.

If they pull this off with a similar level of accomplishment it'll be good news all round.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Bugger

A bit of a shock reading this.

R.I.P. Lester.

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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

AbelSoul

Re: Oddly he was using Samsung VR device

Nothing odd about that. Carmack was (and still is, I think) heavily involved with GearVR development.

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Twitter: Don't know where hackers got those logins but it wasn't from us

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Holmes

Re: 9-11-1961

Same auto-generated password for 10,000+ bot accounts, perhaps?

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: too much Buckie the day they chose the Unicorn

Upvoted for the beauty of that phrase.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: I'm lichen the puns

because you're a fun guy?

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Virtual reality will take over the world by 2020, reckons analyst haus

AbelSoul

Re: Is that a virtual bridge they're selling?

All an estate agent has to learn to do is shoot a 360 video of a tour of the property they are punting and it's already orders of magnitude more informative than some 2D photos. Stick a GearVR or some such on your barnet and it's a reasonable substitute for actually travelling to view a property.

It's actually one area where I think the tech will catch on pretty fast.

OTOH, 52m HMDs in the US by 2020? Seems like a bit of a stretch.

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Computex 2016: Full of people in cold sweats, retching after VR demos

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Trollface

Re: USB 2.0 Typo A connector.

Now *that's* a Typo!

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

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Coat

Re: 360° badger sett simulator

Looks a bit like those little binoculars you might use during A Night At The Opera.

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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

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Re: I am sorry...

Did you just register on The Register to post that kiech?

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

AbelSoul
Trollface

"For the next 400 miles.."

"Keep to the right."

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Exercise apps track you after you stop exercising

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: Brill!!!!

Brilliant!

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

AbelSoul
Headmaster

Who knew?

Wanking Spanner isn't just a euphemism for hand but literally an actual spanner?

Every day's a school day, etc....

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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Viz a Viz

cacophonous multiple orgasm of Finbar Saunderesque digital ejaculation

Brave, sir, bravo!

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Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

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Re: Samsung partnered with Oculus in 2014 to create the £96 Gear VR

Ninety six quid in 2014?

Bargain.

By the time I got mine off the Samsung website in summer 2015 it was £179.99.

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Laser-zapping scientists will save the Earth from meteorite destruction

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Re: ..and accelerate forwards

And don't forget the ability to *Hyperspace* jump to a random location.

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Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?

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Re: Lionel Richie's World of Biscuits

Hello....is it tea you're lookin' for?

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Plank Floyd

Members of the iconic band are filmed lying prone in exotic locations across the globe. Surviving members, of course, the others being already prone.

Oh, and smell my cheese, etc...

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

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Trollface

Agile means making it up...

If my programming career so far is any kind of indicator, it isn't just at the BBC.....

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Newest Microsoftie Xamarin releases cross-platform mobile SDK as open source

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Looks like good news all round to me.

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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Knife missile

Particularly as sleekit a one as that used in Matter.

+1 for the Culture reference.

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