* Posts by DiViDeD

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Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables

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Re: Obergränsad

A Gram-O-Phone?

No Gram-O-Phones in 'ere, grandad!

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Re: play both sides sequentially without having to pause and turn the record over

I have a couple of linear tracking decks, as well as a Zero 100 with it's 'revolutionary' tangential arm (the headshell angle adjusts as it moves towards the centre, keeping it in line with the record groove), but I never trusted Sharp to get the pressure right for an upside down cartridge that needed spring loading to keep it in contact with my precious vinyl!

A couple of years ago I looked at the ELP Laser turntable as a way to reduce wear damage, but got a bit worried when I looked at the extensive cleaning process and careful handling and storage needed because the laser would just as happily track a speck of dust or fluff as it would a groove!

Truth be told, everything I'm likely to want to listen to (as well as a lot of stuff I hope to never hear again) has been transferred, first to tape then to digital, but some occasions call out for the unsleeving and careful placement of 12 inches of plastic with a hole in the middle.

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Re: We are in the wrong business...

I haven’t yet seem any audio grade routers!

May I present for your amusement This:

The Fidelizer Audiophile Wireless Router?

If you can think it up, an audiophile will pay big bucks for it.

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skip diving.

In Australia we have what are affectionately known as 'Council pickups', when estranged children, wives, etc take all the old fella's favourite tech junk and bung it on the pavement for thge council to ..erm.. pick up.

Over the years, I have recovered a Nakamichi 700 & 600, an Akai 4000 & a GX7, my first Accutrac TT (a 4000), as well as numerous cassette decks, CD players, amps, tuners and more speakers than you can shake an audiophile's finger at.

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Re: It gets more fun...

Ah, but you haven't seen fully automatic until you check out my Accutrac +6.

Stacks up to 6 albums on its centre stick, lowers each one gently, spinning it so it hits the TT at the right speed, and ludicrously programmable, as in "Play disc 1 track 3, followed by disc 3 track 2, then let's have disc 2 track 6 and finish with disc 1 track 4"

Truly an OCD joy!

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Re: Digital transmission?

I know that a lot of early stereo mixes - especially pop, rock and what the hell is that rubbish you're listening to? albums would squash all the instruments into one channel, leaving the other for disconnected and somewhat reedy sounding vocals. Even the more 'artistic' mixes tended to have instruments pushed way out to the side, with an oddly empty middle.

And of course, the late 60s brought us the old wandering lead guitar which raced from side to side like the guitarist was bouncing off the walls.

Facebook deliberately took down Australian government pages during pay-for-news negotiations: report

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I'm a little ambivalent on this

As I understand it, if this legislation gets abandoned, Zuckerberg wins. If it doesn't, Murdoch & Fairfax Media win.

Either way, the ABC, regional press and Australian people lose out big time, as usual.

First Light says it's hit nuclear fusion breakthrough with no fancy lasers, magnets

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Is it Funding Application time already?

and did the report include the phrase This puts us within 30 years of cheap, sustainable fusion power - again?

Wozniak startup to share orbital space junk data

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A Golden Opportunity

Could Privateer start by deorbiting all those bloody Starlink boxen?

Nvidia releases $1,999, 8K-capable GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GPU

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Re: quite minor improvements.

3-4% improvements in performance at the cost of pretty substantial power & cooling requirement hikes just sounds like someone in marketing just said "But what if we hook it up direct to the mains and turn everything up to 11? Will it catch fire, or can we just pump more water around it?"

Food for thought on the return to the office

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Re: The Great DeResignation

I worked for Coca Cola Amatil (Australian distributor for Coca Cola) for a while. There were fridges full of free soft drinks everywhere, but, as one of the few Coca Cola franchises that also sold alcohol (TCCC were and still are, as far as I know, run by a teetotal family), each floor also had the special fridges, filled with Peroni, James Boag, Jack Daniels and such goodies, which were unlocked at 4:00 pm on a Friday.

We always worked late on a Friday - often well into Saturday to be honest.

That's how keen we were to make sure there was no unfinished work waiting for us on Monday morning!

Canalys: Foldable shipments could 'exceed 30 million by 2024'

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Re: Rollable

Don't we all?

That said, the first 3 months with my Z-Fold 3 have been, as I believe the young people say these days, awesome.

The folded profile really only gets used for phone calls and selecting tracks on the 'music' player (currently rocking out to the Lovecraft Mysteries series from Auntie Beeb), while for everything else (videos, games, reading El Reg, and especially navigation while tunnelling up the New England Highway in search of the Alfa's next speeding fine) there's the full unfolded glory.

Samsung, though it pains me to admit, have to be congratulated both for their clever method of upsizing 3rd Party apps, and the thought they've put into making their own native apps utilise the screen real estate, especially the camera app, which gives a wide selection of shooting information and onscreen access to all the tools that are useful for a tog reduced to using a smartphone.

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok

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Re: Dead Cat

At my school he was a lanky kid called Antony and his speciality was Pron

At my school all our pr0n requirements were met by a lad named Bosse, who was the son of some bigwig Swedish diplomat and went home for the summer holidays to stay in Malmo with his uncle. A couple of trips to Copenhagen on the ferry meant we were well supplied with everything from "OMG! pubic hair!" to "Hang on, what's he doing with that?"

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Re: Dead Cat

As in Sir Humphrey's famous line:

"The government must be seen to be doing something

This is something"

BOFH: The Geek's Countergambit – outwitted at an electronics store

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Re: Electronics shop

Here in Australia we still have JayCar Electronics - anything from a 3D printer to a single resistor and everything in between.

I use them online a lot, but when I'm working in town, their dingy basement shops are a must for lunchtime inspiration.

I mean, who doesn't need a 10mm tapped spacer, electrolytic capacitor, tub of solder flux or bluetooth dancing santa speaker from time to time?

Smart things are so dumb because they take after their makers. Let's fix that

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Re: What are error messages for?

Microsoft, since Win 8.1 have perfected the art of the simple, easy to understand while simultaneously 100% impenetrable error message with their classic:

Oh dear, something went wrong. Hold on while we try to fix it for you

It started at Pixar. Now it's the Apple-backed 3D file format viewed as HTML of metaverse

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Re: The metaverse can kiss my balls*

Don't know about Sliders, but there was The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem, where the wondrous opulent world became grimmer and grimmer as one illusory layer after another was stripped away.

Why was everyone in the express elevator breathing so hard and turning red?

Reg scribe spends 80 hours in actual metaverse … and plans to keep visiting

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Ah, Nostalgia - not what it used to be

This article prompted me to download the Second Life client and go take my first look in something like 15 years.

Apart from my sudden untold Linden Dollar wealth, which I hadn't expected, the old place is pretty much the same - lots of avatars standing still, choppy graphics and fsck all going on.

Although the half naked women avatars appear to have way bigger tits than they did back in the day.

Uninstalled and proceeded on my way, but still a salutory reminder of the old adage "You can never go back, but even if you can, it hasn't got any better"

Amazon aims to launch prototype broadband internet satellites by Q4 2022 – without Bezos' Blue Origin

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Satellite Map

If you eant to get even more disconcerted, try Stuff In Space, which doesn't restrict itself to satellites.

There is, as they say in the engineering trades, a metric shit ton more than just satellites out there

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home

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Re: He said, she said, literally

But then again, the UK has laws against running someone over in your car and fleeing the scene, but I don't see any sign of the US authorities falling over themselves to extradite Anne Sacoolas

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Re: Concerning

You're a bit late on banning China's access to US technology - the days are long long gone, if they ever existed, when US technology was coveted by the rest of the world.

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Re: Concerning

Oddly enough, international politics is not quite as similar to a primary school gang fight as a stupid person might imagine.

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Re: They won't get any traction

Tip for the future: don’t use USD

I believe OPEC is with you on that one.

Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait

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Re: Have to agree coming at it from the other way.

Maybe things are different in Australia (I somehow doubt it), but I have used the same throwaway non google email address since my first Android phone (anyone remember the Dell Streak?), and Google do have a date of birth on record, but I'm not sure if it's anyone's actual date of birth as such.

And yes, they keep asking me if I'd like them to have my credit card details, but I keep hitting Skip.

And yes, I've been living at 18 Letsby Avenue for some years now.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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Re: Apple don't like it?

iPhones have kept with the slow (USB 2 speed) but robust lighting connector

Yes, but the latest iPhone now has 4k (sorry - 'ProRes' - even standard terms need to be 'Appletized' these days) video capability, so a 480Mbps max data connection makes no sense. And with talk of them dropping the port altogether in favour of wireless (oops! I meant 'MagSafe' of course) charging and AirDrop, transferring your video files for editing is going to become an even bigger exercise in patience.

It's just lucky that today's content creators are renowned for their enduring patience.

Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit

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Re: If they take an editorial role

Wasn't it Demon Internet or someone - the mind gets a bit woolly, many years ago, who were warned that, if they continued to act as 'editors' to block certain content (hardcore & child porn, almost anything from 4Chan), that they would be considered to be the publishers of anything they let through, and their response was to dump their filtering altogether and just let anything get posted, without interference in an entirely predictable example of unintended consequences?

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Re: Censorship

social media sites would become spam-infested sewers that nobody wants to visit.

You mean they're not already?

Did I miss a staff meeting?

Apple debuts iPhone 13 with 1TB option, two iPad models, Series 7 Watch

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As a cynic of the old order, I can attest (admit?) that I'm actually happy with my Z Fold 3. For phone calls it's slim, discreet and fits happily in a pocket. For reading articles and books, watching video or playing games, it's a big rectangle of loveliness.

But yes - the only innovation in 10 years or so to have any practical usefulness.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we should feel fine

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Re: Does it work though? @Dan 55

TBH, that's truer than you suspect. I have several fanboi (and gurrl) friends and colleagues who have never missed a Jesus Phone model. Whether this is because, often they describe their new acquisition as 'fixing all the shitty things in the previous model', simply 'way better that the old model', or just regard it as an opportunity to sneer at those not sufficiently hip or wealthy to own the absolute latest shiney shiney, I leave as an exercise for the user.

That said, I just exchanged my Note 10+ 5G for a Z Fold 3, so glass houses, etc.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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RIP Sir Clive

When the ZX80 kit first showed up, I was using a Cado Cat minicomputer (twin 8" floppies - no hard disk, hideously expensive) and fatasizing about one day owning a Superbrain or a Commodore PET.

Suddenly, there was an admittedly underpowered computer I could own at home. And you couldn't really break it by experimenting!

The ZX81, with various 'novel' attachments to deal with RAMPack wobble, and an original ZX Spectrum soon followed. playing with the Save output on the ZX80 to generate music (pretty piss poor, but it was mine!), stealing other peoples' code to try to produce pixels on a character based screen, designing 'sprites' with user defined characters and graph paper - all the experimentation, trial and error and exploration that Sir Clive opened up for us.

The 80s would have been so much duller without him.

BOFH: Pass the sugar, Asmodeus, and let the meeting of the Fellowship of Bastards … commence

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Re: The weedy bloke

Ah, Sharepoint! It's incessant "yes, I know I said it was on your C:\ drive, but now I come to think about it, it was somewhere else and I didn't bother locking the file, so now I don't know whether someone else might have updated it in the meantime. Tell you what - how about you pick a local folder and put it there for now, then next time I can open it for you, let you work on it for an hour or so, then tell you I opened it read only because I mistook your local drive for a network drive, and could you please save it under a different name in a different folder."

Sharepoint has been responsible for so many "Ohh look! You know all those files you worked on and saved? I've managed to recover them from versions that were interim saved 6 months ago - would you like me to open them now?" messages when starting up, well, anything.

But at least I'm not bitter.

Quantum Key Distribution: Is it as secure as claimed and what can it offer the enterprise?

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The Adult Entertainment Industry

A few years ago (OK, quite a few decades ago now - where does it go?) I was in a meeting discussing the possibility of selling product online. It had been decided that we would need to employ a consultancy firm for much dosh to guide us through the process.

In my youthful innocence (All right - many decades!), I asked why we didn't just get in touch with the webmaster of a porn site because those guys had been doing online payments for years.

My suggestion wasn't met with the kind of reaction I'd hoped for.

How to stop a content filter becoming a career-shortening network component

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Re: Some learn, some don't

A net nanny would have been less embarassing than using SpamHaus' blocklists back in the day. While at <<major oil company>> (think: the one with the Flora Margarine logo), I was using a totally innocent text editor that I'd originally obtained from some freeware site or other that ended up in the middle of one of their notorious blocked IP ranges.

This mattered not a jot until the night the software decided to phone home to check for updates.

Next morning, the head of IT security came into my office armed with a pretty substantial printout carried by an underling.

"I wouldn't normally come in on one of these, but I just wanted to see the idiot who tried to access a blocked site over 1200 times last night."

A few moments' contemplation persuaded him that even an IT whizz like me couldn't have typed the URL in quickly enough to attempt access several times a second, and I was able to show him on my own personal device that the URL was innocent enough, but the look on my colleagues' faces when he arrived was classic.

Trial of Theranos boss Elizabeth Holmes begins: She plans to say her boyfriend and COO Balwani abused her

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Re: I just don't buy it.

What I found particularly interesting were the video clips of her working on her deep, constipated voice and expressionless stare.

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers

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Re: Haynes Manuals

I stopped buying Haynes when I discovered this truly amazing universal tool that seems to fix all problems with almost any car.

It doesn't look much, just an embossed plastic card about 9 x 5.5 cm, but it's amazing.

You hand both it and the car over to your mechanic, and he returns them to you when the car starts working.

Or when the card stops working.

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Re: Haynes Manuals

... the sucking of teeth done by a professional mechanic as he surveys your even less functional machine since you bought the manual

Not always the case though. My brother, many many years ago now, completely stripped and replaced the rear transaxle (is that what they're called? My lack of knowledge of the more ... mechanical ... world is surpassed only by my brother's) of his ancient Triumph Herald using just a Haynes Manual and his mechanic mate's tools and workshop

People who understood the difficulty of such a job, even for experienced mechanics, were horrified - in fact, several of them refused to ride in that car for the next 5 years he owned and drove it.

His mate professed a belief (and may still do so to this day) he'd just bought another Herald and spent the weekend scuffing it up to look like the old one!

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Re: Haynes Manuals

My dad always said that refitting is the reverse of removal, but with additional swearing.

Real world not giving you enough anxiety? Try being hunted down by the perfect organism in Alien: Isolation

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Re: That reminds me...

... the new headphones should help pick out the slightest of sounds now

You say that like it's a GOOD thing?

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Re: Spectrum game

One of my all time favourites from the Good Old Days(tm), certainly in terms of atmosphere and rising sense of dread, was the Aliens total conversion Doom mod. Spent many a happy hour scared out of my wits as the team commander nervously warned me to "stay on target".

Hmmm.. might be time to dig out the USB stick and fire up DosBox.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

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Re: What about the Workers?

This is a perennial issue with Microsoft. I still remember the retraining exercise I had to put together when the accursed Office Ribbon reared it's slightly confused & annoying head.

Secretaries and office bods who could no longer find simple indents in Word, or couldn't see why named ranges suddenly came under Formula, or couldn't set a print range with a straightforward select & single click.

Not to mention the developers whose custom menus that had to be rebuilt and called with entire new procedures across multiple workbooks.

All in the name of making it easier for Sales Managers to 'share' and find that one file out of the 400 or so they'd saved on the desktop.

And don't even get me started on the "you've chosen to close this file without saving, so we'll take up some disc space to hold on to a copy - just in case you're being terminally stupid"

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

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Re: Mars Bar

I have never in my life eaten a deep fried Mars Bar

I'm sure there must be a 'no true scotsman' joke in there somewhere, but for the life of me I can't find it.

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Re: Castling

Wasn't it perfectly legal for an Englishman to shoot Scots with a bow and arrow?

You mean it isn't anymore? Excuse me - I have a hunting trip to cancel.

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Re: Some form of Covid denialism, I expect.

Nah, I can't see such a thing happening. Nobody would be THAT stupid.

Oh, wait ...

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons

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Re: Quoting error

There is a corrections link to every article, you know.

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Pint

Re: I guessing ...

they are about 20 years away

Yes, just as they were in the 1970s.

So they're consistent, at least.

And a pint of Witheringtoad's best for you, sirrah!

UK's Newport Wafer Fab now under Chinese ownership

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Re: A fortune for pennies

And why would the PRC start a conflict with the UK?

well, you know, it's the sort of thing "they" are always plotting because ... reasons.

China warns game devs not to mess with history

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Re: Whales

Wow! I do that - bought Resident Evil: Village because I saw a shot of Lady Dimitrescu, Red Dead Redemption just to see how the horses were animated. So I'm a whale.

That would explain the waistline I suppose, and the fact i can't grow a beard.

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Re: Good work for game devs, if they don't vanish

The games will need a software update every time the Chinese Government changes the official record historical events.

Actually, the Chinese government doesn't chop & change history to suit the zeitgeist, 1984 style. They decide on the history and stick to it, come what may.

Now, whether it bears any relation to what actually happened is a whole other question.

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Re: It never existed

According to the CCP, the Tiananmen Square Massacre wasn't even that. According to them, nothing happened in that place on that day.

And Google in China agrees with them, so that must be true.

Internet Explorer 3.0 turns 25. One of its devs recalls how it ended marriages – and launched amazing careers

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MS Not paying well?

I did 3rd level support for Microsoft over Christmas one year back in the day (early to mid 90s as I remember). All the junk food (mostly pizza) you could stomach, 18 hour on call shift with video games, ping pong, sleeping/washing facilities provided by Microsoft. It meant I missed Christmas and New Year, but 9 days work netted me around £12,000 at a time when I regarded myself as hideously overpaid at a rate of £2,500 a week before tax!

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