* Posts by OrientalHero

78 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jul 2009


Scientists trace tiny moonquakes to Apollo 17 lander – left over from 1972


Re: El Reg comparators for temperature?

I think the last one is also called the "gom jabbar"

This episode of Black Mirror sucks: London cops boast that facial-recog creepycams will be on the streets this year


Needs to be deployed in Parliament Square to stop all the terrorists

So we've had quite a few high profile terrorist attacks in or around Parliament.

And we do need to protect that bastion of Democracy.

So deploy it there.

Allow the MPs to bask in the luxurious safety net feel of facial recognition security and that any one flagged up is most definitely a terrorist/criminal.

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


Re: Just the start

Take footgun and shoot themselves in the foot...

Wouldn't this be the purpose of a footgun, so that would be things working as they should....

Xiaomi the way to go phone: That would be with a 108MP camera by the looks of things


but unless you're carrying it, the SLR will be moot... The phone wins unless you're in the habit of going out on a photo shoot...

Hence my preference for compact like the Sony RX100 (although the latter models are too expensive for me!).

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting


Re: Never Heard of...

Actually, don't most ppl get courtesy cars (and bicycles - when your main mode is a bike obvs!) in their road side assistance service or insurance?

Same thing goes for building insurance in that they will house you if there is a flood etc.

I guess the point is that some ppl don't consider the possibility so don't arrange any cover for it.

600 armed German cops storm Cyberbunker hosting biz on illegal darknet market claims


Re: they'd just have high levels of knife crime

It's not just the societal guard rails, it's also having none of the monetary pitfalls/spears pushing ppl over the edge. I just read an article in the Economist about Electronic Tagging and I'm a bit flabbergasted about the way it works in the US.

So this lady has spent 3 weeks in jail because she got into an argument whilst on probation and the other party called the cops. 3 weeks cos she can't afford the 500USD bail.

A charity pays the bail at that point, and she has to wear electronic tagging.

She's charged 13USD per day and 50USD initial.

After several weeks and no-shows by the claimant, the charges are dismissed and the lady is released as innocent as she was when she went in, but now in debt for X hundreds of USD...


The tagging costs the authorities far less than keeping someone locked up, so I'm not sure why they don't foot the bill.

Apple's looking at you, kid: Fanbois froth over AR patent docs for gaze tracking headset


I thought some monitors already had eye tracking software. I definitely remember the option on some of my games. Ah having googled it, it's provided by Tobii and built into some monitors.

I guess the main difference is that it will track you outside in the real world and see what your anatomical preference is.

No way that can happen on a monitor at home... Hmmm. Yes, only look at people in long coats.

Your ugly mug may be scanned yet again – but at least you'll be able to board faster at Gatwick


Re: Of course they'd like to implement this

"in this case by smiling nicely for the cameras"

I thought one of the guidelines of an eligible passport photo is that you're not supposed to smile.

(looked it up - "have a plain expression and your mouth closed")

So you must be advocating the "public disobedience" option ;)

Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism



Heh, I always ask my daughter which party icon is the prettiest on the ballot sheet in the voting booth in a loud voice.

And just because you're asking doesn't mean it's influencing your choice.

Cloud vendors can't resist the lucrative smell of gaming dollars – and they're all in it to win it


funnily enough, I bought a Switch for my kids because it's very much about the co-op play...!

But rather than do the gut feel about games losing that couch playability, do a search here...


It's all in the wrist: Your fitness tracker could be as much about data warfare as your welfare


Re: "data warfare"

As an aside to the OP, you might think the exercise and diet algorithms simplify into calories out and calories in.

But the whole point of the HIIT regime is to change the underlying metabolism so that even out of the active exercise period, the increased metabolism at rest has a higher calories out effect.

And then you get the whole sprint vs marathon calorie output........

ALIS through the looking glass: F-35 fighter jet's slurpware nearly made buyers pull out – report


Re: America : the #1 hypocrite

NATO countries with the F35 will be using them in many non NATO operations.

Historically, we've had operations in Bosnia, Falklands and Suez to pick differing examples of where Jolly NATO isn't involved. In fact Suez illustrates where the US is actively against the action. Yes it was a while back, but the joint efforts of WWII were much fresher then, but of no import.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'


Re: Missing the obvious

Humans have to pass a country's driving test before they are allowed on the roads of that country.

Has either the human safety or even the AI passed that test?

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI


Re: Proof of ownership?

I think everyone is leery of being on an automated suspect list.

Is it a bit like being at a party with a policeman, but they're actually not off duty/there to party... They're looking for a suspect?

Or is it the thought of being on the Occam's Razor of well, you were at the crime scene, you are a suspect. If your's is the only DNA and you don't have a water tight alibi, does that make you Prime Suspect?

Even if you do have nothing to hide, the more investigations you are in, the more suspicious it will seem. Or a mistake in processing will be made, resulting in a miscarriage of justice (which is only a miscarriage once it's discovered/acted upon).

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'


This should have been trialed at Parliament.

It's such an important security enhancing tech, that the trial should have been inflicted, I mean tested there to highlight the numerous crooks and fraudsters entering the bastion of British democracy.

I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea


cheap Persian knock offs

perhaps the Antikythera Mechanism was much more popular than we know as the very widespread adoption of the larger cheap wooden Persian knock offs didn't last. The Persian Wars were likely started because the Xerxes model was being forcibly marketed to the Greeks and the introduction of either trade tariffs or an Intellectual Property Rights dispute over the rounded shape of the device being derivative of the Athenian Brass model...

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war


Great book about this

Neal Stephenson wrote a great book about the period (amongst another story set in modern times), in the Cryptonomicon.

Made that point precisely about having to not get 100% but also to give the Axis forces enough clues to think other means were the reason the Axis losses occurred.

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids


Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

IIRC, Ignition is the one where eager rocket scientists keep blowing fingers off in mad experiments...

This surf-and-turf robot swims using ribbon-like fins. And it's floated for US Navy approval


Re: They remind me of...


I've seen one in in the Red Sea too! Only in the day time.

Our dive master pointed out two little shrimps wandering over it.

Hmmm, should they ape nature to that extent by having generic maintenance bots wandering over it?

Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ


Re: All this just to avoid using ad-blu

I think some people forget we all live on the same planet.....

Perhaps that should be a selling point - Not the cheapest, but better for all our lungs....

Weird/Obscure Factoid: A quote from Nemesis (1992) when an android is questioned about her eco terrorist actions she replies "I live here too..."

US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!


Re: yep

Didn't the Harrier not do VTO when fully armed/loaded? They used the "ski ramp" to "boost lift" and presumably once finished with a mission were able to VTL as there was less weight.

But I haven't seen any mention of ramps on F35 aircraft carriers... It's all catapults.

Master of Dredd: Judge inker John Higgins speaks to The Reg


Re: Started at Prog 13...

I got it.

Turning into a fly is proof of mutant powers. Mutants were illegal in Megacity One.

Although if he co-operated, he'd probably just get exiled to the Cursed Earth.

NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself


Re: Not again...

Surely it was Lunacy they were heading towards...

Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores


Hmmm, maybe LG only reserved the HDMI ports for the higher end TVs. The OLED55E6V does have 4 x 2.0a HDMI ports (http://www.lg.com/uk/tvs/lg-OLED55E6V).

Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good


Re: Make something new

Yeah, I'd love a Lensman movie. Perhaps it's been done already in Anime! I keep seeing animes about Arisia and Lensman but never had the chance to explore. (seems it was really bad).

India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch


Re: I'm no rocket scientist

Yes, well the breed that actually does the propulsion chemicals research usually have missing fingers!

Europe's Earth-watching sat rides Soyuz to orbit


Nice to see the video using the official Register units of mass.

22 buses (presumably Red Routemaster London ones!) of payload.

And yes, wonderful to see international collaboration even if it is on a free market basis.

China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation


Woah, that's quite skewed. Also indefensible with the "only what is most popularly searched on" arguement...

I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture


Re: "In time you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love..."

Looks like you've picked up on some or Hari Seldon's Psychohistory from Foundation (funnily enough from Issac Asimov!).

Yes, religion is the first step, but what is the second? And the ones after?

IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week


Re: talent upgrade

so the "redundancies" aren't. Isn't there any recourse to litigation for the employees if that's the reason given? I'm sure you can do that in the UK if they hire someone for the same role/purpose having made the original employee "redundant".

Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not


Perhaps they bought the thing explainer....

Perhaps they were waiting for the right documentation to be published - thing explainer with it's "city burning fire machine"!! It might be coincidence that not long after it was published NK "succeed" in their fusion test.

I guess if they make an "up goer" next (https://xkcd.com/1133/) and land people on the moon, we'll be a bit surer...

You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt


Re: I've seen...


Heckling protester at a Labour political party conference in Brighton arrested under Terrorism act.

They mention other instances in the article.

Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science


Re: Simply fascinating...

I thought there were thought experiments which didn't mention any numbers at all.... Indeed, wasn't that the whole point to conceptually work things out?

Perhaps I'm thinking too hard :)

ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute


Re: Repeat after me:

heh, I thought Microsoft got there first with those....

Call girl gets six years for Googler's drug death


Re: Dumb and dumber

The more and more I read about the deaths of the rich and famous the more I realise that if I win the lottery (not likely to get there via the day job!), I will

1) Never do illegal pharmaceuticals.

You can get physical highs from parachuting, extreme bungee jumping/rock climbing etc

Or if I do succumb, realise that much like parachuting, best to rig your own gear.

Also if I take a break, when returning, you need much much smaller doses...

2) Never fly my own air vehicle. You're rich. Pay someone else to do it. Leave it to the professionals.

3) Get lots of therapy. With all the rich and famous stuff comes lots of baggage. You're not the first, so learn from other's mistakes and prevent it rather than kill yourself.

ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!


Re: I read about this a few days ago.

I just went to KevinSpacey.sucks and he's done nothing with it! It's just a blank page...

I thought he was a "creative" ;)

Price slashed on Reg-branded Swiss Army Knife


Re: Leatherman

I too carry the leatherman micra (since discontinued) instead of the much bulkier Swiss Army knife. Maybe it's because I did go for the camping version which had a wood saw and metal file/hacksaw (which I probably used as much as the corkscrew).

NB: it does have the phillips screwdriver (albeit singleblade version).

Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years


Re: I always thought...

Heh, there's a lost white walled city in Syria called Al Resafa.

It looks red in the pictures (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resafa) but 1500 years of sand blasting by the desert will do that to white walls.

Blast-off! Boat free launch at last. Orion heads for space


Re: I wonder ...

China is set on the Moon, India seems to be set on Mars.

Prior to those objectives, the US was doing long term biomes and the Russians were investigating year long zero g both of which could have been focused on the roughly 9 month trip to Mars.

But how come no-one's tried Venus?

LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display


See thru Haynes Manual Overlay

Wow, this has been done in the game Hydrophobia where the main character unfurls from a stick a tablet sized see thru screen. She lines it up with some spaceship engine and gets working schematics that allow her to more quickly determine the parts that need repairing.

If this comes out as a finished product, would it kill the nascent Augmented Reality tech companies using smart phones over your eyes? I suspect hands free would only survive in specific niches.

HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT


Super Hexagon - die in milliseconds on your first attempt

BUT - there is a learning curve and you do get to last longer!

I think my record now is 45 seconds.

Then there's the next level Super Hexagoner.

Oh and did I mention Super Hexagonest?

it's actually quite a nice brief game to while away some seconds on twitch reactions.

Indecision kills every time.

You've been warned!

Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster


interactive movies... the best option today is?

Heh, I remember playing DL and when finished (didn't take long as I wasn't particularly good) I turned round to see an audience watching me! I think it was in a department store or something...

Back to the topic, about interactive movies, the more recent Metal Gear Solid Snake games on the PS3 have had lots of cinematic exposition but great gameplay. I find that interactive movie/game quite fun as it keeps the two parts separate. Of course you miss out on the branching play from your game choices, but if that was the most important thing to me, I'd be still playing pen 'n paper RPGs with a human referee.

Ooooh, wouldn't that be great to have a competition where the prize is a award winning script writer referees an RPG? Shall we say Joss Whedon? Bags I play River!

YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading


Re: So...

Have u not seen all of 2001 Space Oddessey???!

Whilst seemingly cool and geeky to have Hal respond "Good Morning Dave, what can I do for you today?"

deep inside you'll be fearing for the response

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat


Re: The sleek, black 64-bit system carries an eight-core x86 processor...

Ooooh! Score for AMD then!

Does anyone know if AMD's stock rose at all on that news?

Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity


Heh, noticed in the credits at the end that the music was recorded before he went up.

But still, I'd love to have those problems of how to play in zero/micro G.


Re: It looks awesome

Heh, the most eye opening bit for me was watching the lights go by on the surface of the Earth.

Didn't realise it was all so visible. I mean I've seen piccies before of Earth from space but usually it's the blue and white gem. There are also the "night" shots of Earth showing lit continents but I always thought it was some kind of infrared shot thru the clouds or some photoshop effort....

So to see the lit up continents is as you said "awesome".


That's some tin can!

Gee, in terms of making the grade whilst we can all dream of being Astronauts, what's the actual number of people that have been in space?

I mean that's one select club and correct me if I'm wrong, don't most of them have military backgrounds with air force being the primary? Strangely enough in Sci Fi it's usually the Navy as the term is "space ship" and not "space plane". Sounds horribly wrong doesn't it and with no atmosphere, they definitely aren't planes. But there's no sea either so space ship is just as much an oxymoron.

Space capsules it is then!

Which petite model likes a fondle and GETTING WET? Sony's Xperia ZR


Re: Why aren't all phone water ressistant?

I have the Xperia Active.

That's waterproof to IP67. Look it up on Wikipedia!

The problem I have with it is when immersed in water, the speaker which is covered by a fine mesh that prevents the water penetrating becomes almost impermeable to sound. So it's difficult to hear people after your swim.

Hmmm... Maybe I'll remove the outside cover having gotten a safe distance from said water so I can use it as a phone again (usually for photos whilst swimming).

US Army engineer wins Air Assault wings after repairing hi-tech leg twice

Big Brother

Re: Didn´t get the message

Actually, you forgot to mention marathons or was that deliberate...?

Please don't confuse criticism of the policy for being anti troop. I have a healthy respect for those who are willing to lay their lives down in service of their country.

Unfortunately the average Politician has to be seen to be doing something. Even if it's all smoke and mirrors. Afghanistan and Iraq were that something. Did they find any of those underground bunker complexes that Dick Cheney showed on TV in Afghanistan? Did anyone find WMDs in Iraq?

The ends don't justify the means. Our wars in Afghanistan/Iraq and the prison camp at Guantanomo Bay have become perceived injustices and it doesn't make peace, it makes more willing martyrs.

Big Brother because we've got about as much control over the policy makers as in 1984.

Star Trek: The original computer game


Modern Update - multiplayer!

Artemis is an updated version per se. Each player with their own PC is assigned a station from Science officer to Engineering to Weapons and Comms. Yes there is a Captain's station too. But they don't actually have anything to do!

I managed to get a bunch of friends together to play this and it played out like the game scenarios people have been describing!