* Posts by Ye Cats

11 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Sep 2008

Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

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A Belt around the ear

No point in shaving the μs until you have decked your listening room with an array of these products:


I particularly recommend slathering your body with Peter Belt's Cream Electret (£20 for 15ml) before settling down to an evening of audiophilia, and, if you are old school and still play those spinny disc thingies, his Rainbow Electret Foil stickers are a must-have. Make sure these are correctly placed or the won't have any audible effect:

"These small, prismatic stickers are meant to be cut into smaller strips and placed directly over the '33 1/3' on an LP label, or over the Compact Disc logo on the label side of a CD."

(Not sure where they go on your 45s.)

You may also discern problems with parasitic resonances. Either take worming tablets (Mebendazole may work) or invest in a pair of Totem Acoustic Beaks (note that these are not intended for anal insertion, but there's nothing wrong with a bit of experimentation—if you have any Cream Electret left over it may come in handy here).

Paper PCs design rolled out

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At last! HP have something they can use their excess packaging for rather than inflicting it on their hapless customers.

(A pointer, in case you have no idea what I am talking about :



Reg reader applauds World's Crappiest phish

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O can your senses be stupidious And see your selves abused thus perfidious!

It's already in the language, or was:

Stupid, grossly unintelligent, dull. [OED]

Seems to have been out of use for about 400 years. Welcome back!

Rom-coms, period dramas are rubbish: Mathematical proof

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Books next, please

I wonder if this applies to literature too. I await vindication for my preference of genre fiction, such as science fiction and crime, and my aversion to anything that might get on to a Booker Prize list (except the odd good book that gets on there by accident). "Booker" fiction: life with the interesting bits taken out (to paraphrase somebody or other).

The year in tech lunacy - an El Reg guide

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Serving suggestion

I can see this thread is going to be full of "what about...?" and "aren't you forgetting...?".

So, what about asking us first next year? (Well, not me, specifically, as I have the memory capacity of a politician, but...) Then pick the best out of that lot. After all, you Regsters are few, and we are legion and many hands spoil the... oh well, you know what I mean.

World Wii sales slump by 43%

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Rapidly lost

Richard 102, the word they actually used, 失速 (shissoku), literally means "rapidly lose" (e.g. power, height, or in this case, presumably, sales). Like "stall", also used in reference to an aeroplane or engine, but the Japanese version is somewhat more literal, not too far from "plummet", really.

Hindus take divine mace to Sony Playstation

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But, but...

..the game was developed in India, presumably by Indians, and, I'm guessing, Hindus.

From what I can see the Indian gaming community have no problem with the religious aspect, just that it's a bit, er, shite. As one commenter says, it looks more like an N64 game; in fact, some might say a _C_64 game. The Japanese, of course, are thoroughly comfortable with their religious characters being embedded in games, anime, etc,, so I can imagine they wouldn't see the problem, either. I would have thought it glorifies Hanuman, if anything.

Gut instinct no protection against net scams

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So, er...

Isn't "unduly open to persuasion by others" another way of saying "gullible"? So gullible people are more likely to fall for scams. Who knew? I suppose the points we are supposed to be amazed at are that such people "might well be successful in business" and that "gut instinct" (although I'm not sure precisely what that is: the only "instinct" my gut has is to produce shit) is poor defence against scams. What was the name of the leader of this research team? Dr. Obvious?

Short bursts of The Reg at work increase your productivity

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Re: Re: @ 'Bollocks'

"...you might want to book a short camping break on a remote Scottish island."

So what you're saying is, Sarah, that we need breaks from our breaks? Sounds good to me. Oh, well, time to take a break from my break: on that remote Scottish island called "The Isle of Work".

Hollywood retrofits MacGyver into feature flick

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Pomeroy is a cabbage short of a crate

Pomeroy old chap, you're speaking bollocks. The quotations cited by Wackypedia are from our very own Oxford English Dictionary. "Jury-mast" (a temporary mast fitted in place of a damaged one) first appears in A Description of New England by Capt. John Smith. Note Capt. Smith came up with the name New England, but he wasn't from it. He was an Englishman. "Jury-rigged" first appears in a book from 1788, by another Englishman, and he was writing about England and Scotland. [Source: OED]

Reg readers rage at comment icon outrage

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Andy icon

How about an "OMFG I can comment on an Andrew Orlowski article" icon? Won't be able to use it much, but it will be gratifying when you can.

Oh yea, and bring back the dead vulch.