* Posts by Clive Galway

447 posts • joined 15 Feb 2007


Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property

Clive Galway

Still does not seem like enough

You should not have to request that they don't incite people to trespass on your private property, it should be opt-in, not opt-out.

What if there were millions of these games - do you really expect property owners to know all the sites they have to go to in order to opt out?

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

Clive Galway

The problem is not that the highest tax bracket is too low

The problem is that too many of the highest earners do not pay tax.

Make the top tax rate 50% (The state getting more than you is frankly ridiculous), but make penalties for avoidance really harsh and start enforcing it - no exceptions, no loopholes and prosecute any accountants who facilitate avoidance.

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

Clive Galway

Re: Knee jerk reaction

> And an industrial drone with a net has been shown to be an effective way to catch and disable a drone

Good luck trying to catch an FPV racing drone with an industrial drone and a net

Hell, TinyWhoops are so small and fast, no form of physical interception is likely to be effective - my Mobula7 is about 26g and will do in excess of 50km/h

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

Clive Galway

Utterly pointless

Razer would not be doing it if both them AND their partner did not make a profit from it.

So the customer would be crazy to use this software, as two other parties get a cut of their mining operations

Clive Galway

Re: Not sure I agree...but...

They could get more if they mined themselves, so this brings nothing new

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

Clive Galway

Fun anecdote

OK, so this was for Quake, not Doom, but whatevs.

At the time, I was working for a games company, and we had just "headhunted" a new games producer (From Disney).

So after-hours, we are all playing LAN Quake and she wanders up behind me...

Her: "So what's this?"

Me (Giving her the "What rock have you been living under?" look): "Quake"

Her: "So What's the objective?"

Me: "You shoot each other"

Her: "So once you have shot someone once, what's the motivation for shooting them again?"

Me: *Blam* "That was my boss that I just blasted with a shotgun - I could do this all day"

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

Clive Galway

Spoof Galileo in the English Channel

Send them all into the rocks along the Cornish coast ;)

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years

Clive Galway

Re: Close but no cigar

No, the slider was the whole point.

Keep it closed and it's a regular touchscreen device. Open it up and it's a QWERTY.

I don't want to be opening a clamshell just to tell who is calling.

Clive Galway

Re: Close but no cigar

See HTC Touch Pro (2008) - slider horizontal QWERTY with full size screen.

I just want a modern phone in this form-factor.

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

Clive Galway

Re: Blimey!

I just saw a dog and a cat walking together down the street paw in paw, I think so!

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

Clive Galway

Re: It all seems a bit far fetched, to me

>1. As far as I'm aware, applying a force to an obect in orbit, merely changes the orbit of that object. It does not "knock it out of orbit" A satellite launch comprises two burns, The first to get it to the right height, and the second to impart the required velocity that it has to have to orbit at that height.

So, by your own words, taking velocity back out must surely preclude it from orbiting at that height.

Bear in mind that taking velocity out of a circular orbit (One which is equal in altitude at all points) does not result in a circular orbit, it lowers the point on the opposite side of the current position.

>3. The de-orbiter is essentially linked to the object, and without extra expenditure of fuel and mass will simply follow the object down to a matching fate

It is in no way linked to the object being de-orbited, how did you get that idea?

It imparts deceleration to the object, so it lowers one side of it's orbit until it intersects the atmo.

The craft doing the imparting has beams firing both ways, so it does not alter it's own orbit.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

Clive Galway
Thumb Up

Doubly effective contraception!

If Nigel Farage's face doesn't bring you off the boil, you can always open the packet!

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

Clive Galway

Could be a Celebrity Big Brother worth watching

If eviction meant airlock...

How do I vote for Justin Beiber?

Silence! Cybercrime's Pinky and the Brain have nicked $800k off banks

Clive Galway

Re: How could they know what kind of keybord was used?

Lack of accents? Using English equivalent characters? Extended Scan Codes?

Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware

Clive Galway

The problem is amplified by the game devs making it too easy to cheat

Previously all the skiddies seem to like CS:GO, cos CS:GO pays attention to the mouse cursor, so no-recoil cheats are trivial to write (A simple AHK MouseMove command will do it, no need for WinAPI calls to fake RawInput)

Now the flavor of the month seems to be Fortnite. Initially, this too was trivial to cheat in. It supports mouse and console controller, but when you fired with a controller, you got an aim assist.

So of course what they did was rig it up so that when they pressed fire on the mouse, it pressed a console controller trigger instead, so you got mouse aiming plus aim assist.

We have real problems on the AutoHotkey forum with douchebags consistently rocking up, no interest in learning to code, they just want hax handed to them on a plate, and they will download and run ANYTHING that they find that purports to be a cheat.

Then game devs get lazy, and make it so their game won't run if AHK is installed, screwing over legitimate users.

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

Clive Galway

Re: Olds

New Shepard is a space tourism vehicle.

Blue Origin is NOT a space tourism company.

New Armstrong is going to be orbital, and it is slated to be comparable or better than Falcon Heavy.

He's just using space tourism as a stepping stone, whereas SpaceX are using cargo transfer as their first stepping stone.

High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper's Charter lawful

Clive Galway
Thumb Up

So Plan B then?

Drag heels until we are out of EU, then as you were.

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST

Clive Galway

"the aircraft’s autopilot system will trim against the control column force"

"if a force is applied to control column while the autopilot is engaged, then the aircraft’s autopilot system will trim against the control column force"


What possible use could that serve?

If it is not feeding through your actual input, WHY SHOULD IT TRIM TO COUNTERACT THAT INPUT???

So basically if you pull up, it ignores the pull up and issues a nose down. ie, when in autopilot mode, any pitch input is inverted. MENTAL !

Sounds bonkers to me, and only likely to lead to disaster.

IMHO, if the manufacturer failed to mention this completely un-intuitive behaviour in it's documentation, this accident is basically their fault.

Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

Clive Galway

"We might pick up the one that's out there and bring it back"

Bringing things back is SpaceX's forte, dumbass.

It's baaack – WannaCry nasty soars through Boeing's computers

Clive Galway

RE: What if aircraft used Windows?

Death by Modal Dialog

F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

Clive Galway

27% of the value for a software upgrade?

Did I get my maths wrong?

£345m on 15 airframes = £23m per aircraft.

Current value is £85m, so 27% of the value of the aircraft to upgrade it to fighting capability?

For all we know, aliens could be as careless with space junk as us

Clive Galway

Space Elevator in a crowded environment

Please forgive my ignorance, but is the feasibility of a space elevator not inversely proportional to the amount of junk you have in orbit?

Would a space elevator not basically mean that a certain point above the surface of the earth is always occupied, and so nothing else lower than or equal to geosynchonous (ie pretty much everything) can ever pass through that column?

Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

Clive Galway

"Dear Symantec, attached is a copy of my receipt to McAfee"

Having been a Symantec customer and then going with McAfee as your next choice makes your opinion instantly worthless, end of story.

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

Clive Galway

Don't forget the notch!

Oh sh-itcoin! Crypto-dosh swap-shop Coinbase empties punters' bank accounts

Clive Galway

Re: Sounds about bloody right

Let me translate that for you.

"Serves them right for not having enough money in their bank account to cover them in the case their bank account got drained"

Clive Galway

Re: Sounds about bloody right

You are making the assumption that they put all their money into BC. Is the whole issue not that due to a banking error, their BANK accounts were drained? Are these two statements not fundamentally incompatible?

ie, if they took all the money from their bank and put it into BC, then how did they lose anything in the banking error?

Clive Galway

Re: Bottom line: don't "dabble" in what you don't understand.

Kindly explain to me how the "bottom line" in a scenario where a banking error draining people's accounts of money is IN ANY WAY RELATED to virtual currencies being a good investment.

Hell, this whole scenario could just have easily happened with Tesco online grocery shopping.

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Clive Galway

Re: "App on their smartphones"

I said nothing about the phone stopping working, but there is ZERO reason for them to need to fingerprint someone while not carrying out their duties, and PLENTY of capacity for misuse of the system if they have 24/7 unfettered access to it.

Do firearms officers take their guns home? Do traffic cops take their pursuit car home? Do mounted policemen take their horses home?

Clive Galway

"App on their smartphones"

What, work smartphones? And these stop working when they clock off?

Elon Musk offered no salary, $55bn bonus to run Tesla for a decade

Clive Galway

It makes sense, but not *perfect* sense.

A little clearer would have been something like "up from its current $65bn, then stepping up in $50bn increments up to $650bn"

As it was, it seemed to be saying that 65+50 = 650

Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

Clive Galway

Re: Foveated rendering is not a magic bullet

"So they can output to 1080p fine for the whole scene, then add the extra 4k/8k render for just the one foveated render spot"

A Vive is 1920x1200, so the 1080p render could not be used for the non-foveated parts.

The foveated part is not suitable for focusing on, it's only designed for peripheral vision.

Besides, the whole point of foveated rendering is to not have to render all parts of the screen to a decent quality, so by rendering that part of the screen at full quality for the streamers, you negate the whole point of foveated rendering.

Clive Galway

Foveated rendering is not a magic bullet

It's not gonna be popular with the live streamers if all their viewers only get a decent view of where the player's eyes are

OK, OK, MIRA-I DID IT: Botnet-building compsci kid comes clean

Clive Galway

Wired article

There is a very interesting article about this on the Wired Site, suggesting that initially Mirai was a tool for DDoSing MineCraft servers.

Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

Clive Galway

Re: Can anyone explain

Dunno about for audio, but it would be useful for mouse, especially if you want to allow modifier keys (eg Fn+Click does something special).

Looking at the screenshot, it mentions "stick" and "SuppressAfterKeypress" - I am thinking this is maybe to do with "nipple" mice?

I think what it maybe does is suppress movement of the mouse while you are typing - maybe without it, the vibrations from keypresses wobble the mouse pointer around.

Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

Clive Galway

"was not intended nor has in fact created a tax benefit for the firm"

Very slippery language.

No, it did not result in them paying less tax than they were CURRENTLY paying (Fuck All), it just meant that they could carry on paying fuck all.

So whilst it did not result in them paying less tax, it DID result in them NOT paying more tax.

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Clive Galway

Re: Aga-doo

Hold a chicken in the air

Stick a deckchair up your nose

Buy a jumbo jet

And then bury all your clothes

Paint your left knee green

Then extract your wisdom teeth

Form a string quartet

And pretend your name is Keith

Skin yourself alive

Learn to speak Arapahoe

Climb inside a dog

And behead an eskimo

Eat a Renault Four with salami in your ears

Casserole your gran

Disembowel yourself with spears

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Clive Galway

Nothing like C.

With C, the rule is that if the conditional has no braces, then the first line after the condition is in the block and nothing else.

Whitespace in this case is utterly irrelevant

Clive Galway

I meant what is inside the code block, not what is part of the condition.

numbers = [2, 4, 6, 8]

product = 1

for number in numbers:

....product = product * number

product = product * number is only part of the loop because of it's indenting. This is what I was referring to.

Trying to post some Python code somewhere that does not allow indenting (I cannot figure out how to do it on this site, even pre blocks strip out leading whitespace) and you simply cannot post valid code.

What happens if somehow you end up with source that contains spaces and tabs? The code could then surely APPEAR to mean one thing, but in fact means something completely different.

Clive Galway

Any language where whitespace dictates what is inside a conditional and what isn't (eg Python) needs to die a slow and painful death IMHO.

UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Clive Galway

Re: Organised crime

They voted in feb of this year to regulate growing, so that is likely coming to an end.

Whatever way you slice it, it would still bring in hundreds of million of pounds a year in taxes, and by some estimates, over a billion a year.

Clive Galway

Re: No vaping in the workplace please

Honestly, you make a comment like "The main trigger is damp in houses for me, so god knows what it was pumping out" indicating that there is some link between your ailment is water vapor, and wondering why an e-cig is triggering it, and I pointed out that e-cigs pump out a LOT of water vapor and then you make a dumb comment like "I don't collapse unable to breath every time I brew up".

Well duh, e-cig vapor is not steam. Steam is above the boiling point of water and is a gas. e-cig vapor is not above boiling point of water, it is still a liquid.

Clive Galway

You mean like Holland, Canada or many US states? Because we are so close to winning the War On Drugs, and the government does not need all that pesky tax, it's much smarter to put that money in the hands of criminal gangs where it can do some good.

Clive Galway

Re: No vaping in the workplace please

Because maybe the majority of the "Smoke" from an e-cig is water vapor?

His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

Clive Galway

The Grauniad

Pot, kettle, black?

Get your own house in order before throwing that insult around.

Nokia touts future of virtual reality ads... but who's the audience?

Clive Galway

Re: Almost there

"Your physical movement space is limited to about 1m^2"

For what? Vive is 25x larger than that.

Clive Galway

Purchases in VR

"Please enter your credit card number..."

By definition (For VR, not AR), you can either see the virtual keyboard, or the card, but not both.

NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

Clive Galway

Re: "Windows XP used on 4.7% of systems"

I worked in NHS IT for a number of years. You would be amazed.

Clive Galway

"Windows XP used on 4.7% of systems"

Yes, but I am betting that that figure would rise DRAMATICALLY if you were to only include servers.

A large part of the problem is not keeping workstations up-to-date, it is keeping the servers up-to-date.

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Clive Galway

"endpoint lockdown specialists Tanium"

Unless of course you are customer of Tanium, in which case your endpoints are used to demo their product.

Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

Clive Galway

Re: I'm baffled

Of course it was completely obvious in 2004 - it existed as a product.

I had tracking software on all my Windows Mobile devices, certainly before 2004


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019