* Posts by Arnold Lieberman

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

Arnold Lieberman

Re: German Law?

Something like that...


Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

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So what differentiates a "technology" from a service?

To my ears, the "T" word seems to be overused these days. Transistors are a technology. High K dielectric transistors are another technology. Ad-blocking is not a technology. Possibly a set of techniques applied in a novel manner.

Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Confused

Notwithstanding the ZX81's lack of support for ASCII.

UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

Arnold Lieberman

Re: And here we go with anti-cyclist bingo...

Have you been round my area then? Edge of town location with a lot of unlit twisty country roads. Beautiful for driving/cycling on during warm summer days but lethal at night when the only way to locate some cyclists is by the reflection of their (no doubt fruity) white headphone cables. More than once have the boy-racers and Mamils come together

Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

Arnold Lieberman

Re: I use this

Same here... actually

1. (DVBViewer) Recording Service on an old netbook with a couple of USB TV tuners, on 24/7 for file serving/torrent and tv duties.

2. OpenELEC running on an AMD Semron 140 for the main TV/projector, with DVBViewer addin.

3. Various PCs with DVBViewer front end

4. Serviio on netbook to take care of local media (could use DVBViewer but serviio understands smart TVs better).

Generally we've found Windows on the front end sucks compared to OpenELEC as it';s far more intrusive and sensitive to change.

Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Not just planes

Happens on C2C line quite regularly... train is at a station, lights go off then on and the scrolling display shows "Electrostar" for a minute.

I was told by a neighbour some years ago when the new rolling stock was commissioned that the onboard computers were running on Windows 95. Maybe they've upgraded to ME by now...

Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

Arnold Lieberman

Re: If a political party could choose a programming language...

Green - PROLOG. No-one understands what goes on inside and the results can be unpredictable. Best way to increase productivity is with green cuts.

Android mobe biz OnePlus goes to the dogs - or maybe cats

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@ therebel

Not all, some. Zopo ZP999 covers all EU bands and others:

1, 3*, 7*, 17, 20*, 38, 39, 40, 41.

* = EU.

Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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Re: eh?

@Chris 17. There are a few reasons:

1. I got a 5Gb/month mobile broadband SIM from Three on a half price deal, so that's £8.50/month. I mostly use it for tethering, and use about 4Gb as it is shared between my phone/laptop and the kids (when we're in the car). If I cancelled that I wouldn't get such a good deal again.

2. I have had various voice/text SIMs as needs have arisen - Virgin, Ovivo, GiffGaff. So I can port the number everyone knows to whichever company gives the best deal for me. I hardly use any minutes, and what I do use tends to be done via VOIP over 4G (which EE block). Monthly spend on voice/text is around £0.20.

3. As hinted above, some companies block ports or NAT internet access (Virgin, EE). Three appears to be completely open so is great for VOIP as well as VPN and the usual web surfing. The signal has improved massively in the past few years on the routes that I take, so I am reluctant to move. O2 (GiffGaff) sucks for data esp. 4G around my area.

So the only limitation I have is that I can't use Three for both SIMs, for the reasons mentioned in my previous post.

BTW, thanks to the keyboard warrior for the downvote, care to share why?

Arnold Lieberman

Re: eh?

@Danbo: this is known as "dual SIM dual standby"... which most dual SIM phones operate under. The alternative is dual SIM dual Active, where both radios can be communicating simultaneously e.g. data on one SIM whilst talking on the other. My phone (Zopo ZP999) disables data as soon as a call comes through and then re-enables it afterwards. Not ideal but no big problem. Also, most dual SIM phones support 3g/4g on one SIM but only 2G on the other, so in my case I use a Three mobile broadband SIM in the 4G slot and GiffGaff in the 2G slot.

PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

Arnold Lieberman
Black Helicopters

Re: Science is self-correcting

@Mad Chaz - you've not been following climate change "science" then? It's been settled for years...

BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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No, silly!

Clarkson brings in stacks of money to the BBC, so getting rid of him and making these will be two costs. Same reason for keeping Her Majesty in the public purse...

3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Excellent pricing

Thank you for asking :)

Teclast X98 Air II. Cheekily named, basically a shell the same size as an iPad Air 1 with the same screen but with an Atom 3736F processor. Can run Windows and Android, even has a dual boot option.

So far it seems to do the job more than adequately and once the correct drivers were installed battery drain on connected standby was down to 70mAh (this was an issue until recently). There's a large XDA thread on it and the 3G-equipped version.

Arnold Lieberman

Excellent pricing

Looks like they are doing for phones what they have recently done with tablets - with those prices they're giving the Chinese brands a run for their money - dual SIM LTE for £200 is what I paid for a Zopo ZP999 (which admittedly has a faster processor). If only they weren't running Windows... unlike the tablet I picked up for £140 which runs Windows 8.1 pro on a 2048x1536 screen and fits iPad Air accessories.

Until people actually want Windows on a phone it's going to be a tough sell.

Israeli gov & boffins targeted by pr0ntastic malware from Gaza

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Attacks Egypt?

You do realise not all Egyptians are the same?

Random Google hit: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/egypt-cairo-morsi-yom-kippur

Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

Arnold Lieberman

Coming to a phone near you...

Usual disclaimer about having no connection with anything in the link, I came across this after the last article on Yotaphone...


Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

Arnold Lieberman

Teclast x98

I picked up one of these for £130 recently and have the best of both worlds as it will boot either to Windows or Android natively. Comes with 2Gb RAM and an iPad retina screen. Is the same size as an ipad so can take advantage of accessories such as cases.

Boffins' quantum USB stick trumps fibre optic reliability

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Photographs of Boffins

Is there some unwritten rule that says people in white coats should always be lit as if on the set of a Frankenstein movie?

Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

Arnold Lieberman

Was the Denon picture a happy accident?

Or have you the AK-DL1 in mind? Perhaps your next server farm should be linked up with them ;)

BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

Arnold Lieberman

You're shitting me, right?


WAM, bam, thank you QAM

Arnold Lieberman

Re: IF this is real


My understanding of the article suggests there is no requirement to change the amplifier type to something other than linear, but that the demodulator (hardware + algorithm) is the bit that needs updating. The implication is that there is less need for perfect linearity across the transceiver.

Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Arnold Lieberman

Re: And for the rest of us

I'm sure no-one is going to see this comment, but a while after this article was published I came across this item: http://www.gearbest.com/cases-covers/pp_116850.html ($66 with code GBINKCASE)

Exactly what I was asking about on the first page. Shame it's after xmas and I'm skint.

Arnold Lieberman

And for the rest of us

Not sure what the kernel/hardware implications are, but it would be nice to be able to replace the back cover of an existing phone for one with one of these displays in it. I'd happily sacrifice 3mm (or whatever) thickness for a 2nd display.

There could be options such as replacement covers for the popular phones and stick-on screens for everyone else.

Communication would have to be via BT, USB (if phone supports host).

Soon everyone will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Star Kingelon K2

Had mine for a few months. Build quality is pants (first the camera died, then the speaker) but it does just what I need and no more. I did install iplayer on it for a laugh but in reality I need something that will just vibrate when a call/sms/whatsapp comes in, allows me to read said message and (remote) control music on the phone.

BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Markets! Competition! Prices driven down! The customer wins!

Of course socialists just looooove private companies competing for customers. All that duplication of effort etc. etc.

Did you hear, production is up in the tractor factory this year comrade!

Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Maybe you could just...

"Or you just buy software and say "I'm buying this from you, if it's got security holes in it, fix them, don't come back asking me for more money", "oh, and we're an NHS trust by the way; the support period for healthcare for your staff was only until the age of twelve years, after that we expect you to pay" .... ;-)


I'm sure on the day the IT industry cures all (computer) viruses software the healthcare industry will have cured all known (human) viruses. Might as well sell those Big Pharma shares now...

DeathRing: Cheapo Androids pre-pwned with mobile malware

Arnold Lieberman

Root then delete apk

Not something the average Jo is going to know about but easy to fix for the slightly more knowledgeable user or with any number of anti-malware apps.

'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

Arnold Lieberman

Re: WHy no RTG?

Don't want to say "told you so", and I apologise for labouring the issue. The only people who must be happy about this are Greenpeace (no nukes in space). A power source that isn't dependent on environmental variables (such as not being stuck in shadow) must surely have merit.

Arnold Lieberman

WHy no RTG?

Seems strange to me that all that time, money and effort was expended to get there but the lander was limited to 64 hours work. There must be some good reasons why another power source could not have been used. Any ideas?

Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Not sure Andriod tablets have the same appeal?

There you go, Windows and Android at the same time in a tablet:


What could go wrong?!

Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Aaaahhhh River Song

Something for the dads...

Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Arnold Lieberman

Re: VB

I think you mean, you can pick up any imperative language quickly. Try writing SQL in an imperative style (cursors etc.) and you'll end up with a painfully slow process. As for Prolog...

Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

Arnold Lieberman

Was that an Oric 1 on the table?

In the lab?

Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to hefty bills

Arnold Lieberman

The real issue here

Do the Scottish people hate being in the same country as the English, Welsh (and Northern Irish) enough to sacrifice their economic well-being for the next umpteen decades? If the answer is yes then they must go it alone, and strive for the socialist utopia most of the Yes campaign appear to hunger for.

Anyone who looks at the figures can see that the SNPs proposals are built on a litany of assumptions and wishful thinking, and I get the impression Salmond will say anything to secure the vote.

The only issue I have with the No campaign is being on the same side as Gorgeous George, another one in the Salmond mould (tureen?).

NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Let's all cheer and applaud this one.

@ Arnaut the less

Seems like a good opportunity to reassess your preconceptions/political affiliations/expectations, no?

Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

Arnold Lieberman

Hipsters shmipsters

Got my oversized phone last April, despite it's idiosyncrasies (well it is no-name Chinese), the form factor has been mostly brilliant. So much easier to read web pages than the 4.5" one I had previously, to the extent that a tablet is unnecessary. Stuck in a queue? Get out the phone and do a bit of reading. Stuck on a bus / train? iPlayer helps to pass the time.

Of course the hipsters laughed at it back then but I'm sure as soon as the iShiny is revealed they'll forget that phablets have been around for years.

And yes, it used to be embarrassing to take a call on it but the answer was simple. Silent mode.

Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

@Tom Welsh

Apologies, I meant this one: http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2014/08/the-inconvenient-wog-settlement-in-a-land-devoid-of-people-origin.html

"Submit" pressed just a bit too late.

At least we can have a semi-reasoned debate, rather than sink to the level of the "Juden Raus" AC fruitcake above. :)

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

This is so mad, I have to answer line by line...

"'Hamas' do not fire missiles."

They would beg to differ! Have you seen the videos or do you only watch the BBC?

"How can they, when the government of Palestine is not allowed an army ?"

ISIS is doing pretty well on the weapons front without being an "army" in the formal sense.

"So what you have on one side, is a group of nutters, backed into a corner like a dog - don't be expected if it bites."

Yes, nutters. For once you are correct. Elected nutters. Just like Hitler, elected by popular vote. And ever since then they've done exactly as Hitler did and removed any opposition within their electorate.

"But they are not 'Hamas'. they are not the government of Palestine carrying out the wishing of the population. They are a bunch of nutters."

Hamas IS the governing party. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4650788.stm

"On the other side, we have a GOVERNMENT sanctioned army, killing civilians."

Please name one war where no civilian was killed.

Apologies if this causes a bout of cognitive dissonance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM0fTss0UX4

"The equivalent would be Britain sending airstrikes on Dublin because the IRA bombed Manchester. It would be utterly moronic, immoral and pathetic."

So what should Britain do in that situation, oh enlightened one?

"And it's what Israel does every time. That, sir, is the difference."

Go on then, what's the alternative, assuming a government's first priority s the protection of its citizens.

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

That mad rambling is proof of what exactly?

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality @Chris W

'cos no-one has heard of Gaza.

The IRA gave up blowing up bits of the UK - look where that got them!

The ANC gave up their armed struggle - look where that got them!

Even ETA eventually put down arms - look where that got them!

Your point?

It's the senseless waste of life caused by the recklessness of Hamas and their ilk that is so depressing. If they had wanted to protect their civilian population they would have a) not chosen civilian areas to fire rockets from, b) spent some of the billions of aid money they have received building bomb shelters. But that doesn't generate suitable PR that gullible idiots and racists in the West lap up.

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Western morality

Well you won't see this on the BBC.


It never ceases to amaze me how many rabid apologists surface when these psychopaths and their comrades do their thing, all from the comfort of their living rooms/offices in the "evil" west. By all means, if they hate the west so much, they should do as the wannabe IS butchers do and go out there, not forgetting to leave their passports on the way out though.

Face it, even opportunists like Galloway are in for the chop if these IS types make it to Europe. Just as, according to him, all Israelis must be evil (even the socialist/peacenik ones!), so all kuffar are to face the same fate a the hands of the Calliphate. Events in Iraq certainly put to bed the lie that peace will break out if only Israel and the Jews were to disappear into the sea. Christian, Yadsik, wrong sort of Muslim, all going the same way.

Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Arnold Lieberman

Re: About time

Of course not!

My missus is happy to watch just about anything with sound from the TV speakers but also enjoys the home cinema at full blast.

My in-laws never clean their cars but like it when I do (as payment for borrowing them).

My cat doesn't use quilted toilet paper.

However, with this it is possible for manufacturers to set up presets that would work best for the device in question rather than one mix fits all. Just as dynamic range compression allows people to use "night time" mode without worrying about what it does to how it works, devices could remove individual singers from the mix or maybe someone learning an instrument could replace the bass player in their favourite group. Think of the benefits of listening to a 1D song without any of the singers, or instruments...

Arnold Lieberman

About time

For some time I've thought it strange that we are forced to take the mix that a sound engineer deems appropriate. With the flexibility of file formats it should be possible to deliver sounds as discrete lumps, using as many voices as necessary and combined with metadata to describe where that sound emanates from.

If you've got the master tapes then pretty much any recording could be re-encoded accordingly.

Imagine listening to a pop group, but you'd rather Ringo sounded like he was playing in the toilet down the hall - entirely possible if each master mix channel was delivered separately. Want to auto-tune Paul's latest efforts? No problem. Fancy Debbie H on your lap? Sorry, I digress too much...

As soon as XBMC can decode Atmos I'm in (as long as I can hide the extra speakers behind the sofa).

Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

Arnold Lieberman

Re: We are all going to love...

Every electric Golf will end up with a collection of five-ring dents on the boot.

UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Always look on the bright side of stuff

Depends if you've cracked one off whilst viewing them, I guess.

Google pulls Gaza games from Play store

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Religion... and the rest

People will ALWAYS find an excuse to kill each other, whether it is religion, politics, culture, tribalism, football etc. etc.

Take one away and something else will fill the void.

METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

Arnold Lieberman

No shit


Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Trellis Quantisation


Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

Arnold Lieberman

@John Devoy

Not sure where you're going with this line of thought. Please explain, would you rather the Jews jumped in the sea, vacating all the land to whoever wants to fill the gap? Or perhaps Hamas should be allowed to honour its charter and kill them before they jump?

My point, if I need to make it again is that it seems to be perfectly acceptable for Gazans to ethnically cleanse their land of Jews and others, which has happened yet Israel is attacked for being an apartheid state. I know it's not deemed appropriate to quote Wikipedia round these parts, but this snippet may give you a clue:


"Most of the Arabs living in East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed, were offered Israeli citizenship, but most have refused, not wanting to recognize Israel's claim to sovereignty. They became permanent residents instead.[12] They have the right to apply for citizenship, are entitled to municipal services, and have municipal voting rights.[13]"

Do you think Hamas would reciprocate should they have been in the same position?

How about this, from further down:

Israel Defense Forces: Arab Generals in the IDF include Major General Hussain Fares, commander of Israel's border police, and Major General Yosef Mishlav, head of the Home Front Command and current Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.[citation needed] Both are members of the Druze community. Other high-ranking officers in the IDF include Lieutenant Colonel Amos Yarkoni (born Abd el-Majid Hidr/ عبد الماجد حيدر) from the Bedouin community, a legendary officer in the Israel Defense Forces and one of six Israeli Arabs to have received the IDF's third highest decoration, the Medal of Distinguished Service.

Arnold Lieberman

Re: Uggly

Brave coward, you didn't answer the very serious question, because you know the answer.

16% of the population of Israel are muslim. Again, I will ask what percentage of the population of Gaza is Jewish? What percentage Christian/Druze etc.?

Time to wake up from your simplistic stupor where the goodies (Arabs) fight the baddies (Israelis) - it's a lot more complex.

Try not deal with your cognitive dissonance once you've watched this video: