* Posts by TopCat62

20 posts • joined 7 Dec 2014

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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Bring back Richard Feynman.

If you hear podcasting star Joe Rogan say something dumb, it may not be his fault – an AI has cloned his voice

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And not just audio...

It's not just audio... it's going to be video as well.

https://www.ted.com/talks/doug_roble_digital_humans_that_look_just_like_us

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Boeing have obviously learned nothing from the Challenger disaster investigation all those years ago.

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'

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The anti-vaxxers and flat-earthers will be along shortly...

... to tell us that we're all going to get cancer from wireless earphones, so who cares about recycling anyway.

Microsoft's .NET Core 3 is almost here, which means time to move on from .NET Framework

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OMG This ^^. So much this.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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My S5 died, after four years. So I got an S9. Looking forward to the S13 in 2022.

Ironically, S5 now fixed. If I'd been less impatient, I could have saved almost 500 quid. My 83 year old dad is about to get his first smartphone....

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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The first BA Concorde passenger flight after the Paris crash was on September 11, 2001. I saw it on the approach to land, about 4 miles from touchdown around lunchtime.

The reason I remember is I was out with the dog, and my brother phoned me, saying "Have you seen what's happening?" I replied, "Yes, it's fantastic to see Concorde back in the air again". He said "Er, no... go home and put the TV on...."

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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A happy April 1st to you too!

Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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I'd feel a lot less worried about collisions if they'd painted it pink....

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

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I started .NET with C# during the v1 beta. But the auto-complete and precompiler were much inferior to VB.NET's.

So we went with VB.NET (Option Strict and Explicit On!). Over a quarter of million lines of code later, with a commercial application that's still being intensively enhanced with new features and the deadlines that come with them, taking time out for a C# rewrite isn't practical. So we stuck with VB.NET and still find it far more readable. Auto-complete and intellisense make verbosity simply a non-issue.

I'm sure C# is intrinsically a superior language, though - tell me again how in the 21st century a language should still be using semi-colons as statement delimiters and nested blocks of curly braces that the IDE often can't even indent right...

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Yep. Pretty much hate everything they do to Skype. It used to be great. Now it's dreadful. The new "designed for Windows 10, would you like to try it" version was the worst ever. Thank god it let you roll it back. When I'm forced to use it, I'm out.

Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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It's the B Ark for the designers, and the buyers.

If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

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Re: Throw i(o)t in the trash? - There's an app for that

I wonder if their product is any better than their typo-ridden web site.

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

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Re: A wedding ring...

53mm?

That's circumference, right?

What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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How about "It used to be bloody cold here"

Actually I also like "Name of vessel", as in the pic.

Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

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As a PPL with approaching 1000 hours in light singles, I have a mate who flies A320s for BA, and he invited me to join him for a sim session (a proper sim, not on a PC). I flew a few visual approaches, initially using the ILS and the PAPIs for orientation, and did Ok - although smacking it down pretty hard the first couple of times, I would have failed to kill anyone.

But don't underestimate the difficulty. I already knew what to do in principle, and I've done it over 1000 times in small aeroplanes, but it was still hard not to over control. A big jet has a lot of momentum, and if it gets away from you, you just have to go around and try again.

The aircraft may have been entirely simulated, but the adrenaline was entirely real.

Tor Project: Anonymity ain't free, folks. Pony up

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Re: old fashioned check

No, Muphry's Law is a thing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law

Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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Excellent. Just in time for the Chinese to buy Micron.

Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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Re: Guessing email addresses is trivial for spammers

Well I've been getting spam for the last couple of months sent to plusnet@mypersonaldomain.com

Guess how I know I haven't given it to anyone but Plusnet?

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