* Posts by MegC

20 posts • joined 3 Jun 2010

Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe


Would it be quicker if:

I see alot of talk about compression and that's gonna be needed don't get me wrong but wouldn't a quicker way to do this also be:

Have a number of "default" human templates, match the subject to the nearest one then just transmit what is different to that template? Yeah there maybe alot different but even if you said that 30% of the subject was the same it'd say you about the universes age in time; a nice head-start for the compression people.

For example if the machine was for transporting cars you would have 1 of every type of car loaded in then just transfer information like:

-Subject is red, not black like the default.

-Theres a dint on the drivers side door

-The rear passenger side indicator light has a loose wire that in about 20 days will lose connection.

Hell you could even say to the owner: "Give us £50 and I'll knock the dint out and fix your indicator you don't know is going to break yet enroute".

Women shun careers in IT security


Right so...

We (as a society, in general) tell girls to play with dolls from a young age and boys to play with computers and gadgets like that...

Is it any wonder why a greater percentage of women grow up to be Hairdressers, Nurses, Make Up Artists and boys are generally more likely to be Mechanics, Electricians and I.T. Professionals?

I don't think its a physical "wiring" of the brain because of hormones issue, its a "society" issue.

But hey, as a women in I.T. surrounded by guys that's just my tuppence.

Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE


I would assume it would have some little light that popped on or something so people knew it was recording?

I still don't see the difference between it and a Smartphone tbh, if anything its more invasive to the person wearing it, but they obviously are OK with that since they bought it presumably.

If a person wearing it films me walking into a shop it isn't going to inherently know who I am, my google account info etc... so that it can fling ads at me, it'll know who the person filming it is but it wouldn't know who I am without some sort of facial recognition and if it that is available it would also work on phones / tablets recording too one would assume.

Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge


People need to take a leaf out the ye olde student handbook.

Tesco light choices baked beans, 1 can is 27p


Tesco value bread: 80p


Use the bread again for a sandwich etc every day and thats a good way to start off your cheap spending (not saying it'll be nice like...)

Google cofounder Brin sighted in Tesla batmobile



I wonder if this is a foreshadowing PR stunt to Tesla and Google teaming up to mass produce google style driverless cars that are tesla style electric and return to charge themselves while your at work.

Valve hauls down The War Z, offers refunds


Re: Is this linked to World War Z?

Nope not related, it was in my opinion just a really fast and impressive grab for money cashing in on the success of DayZ which seems to be being properly developed (albeit slowly) and with some word association to the film coming out soon like you mention.

The thing is with this, its not just that the software was released prematurely, which it definitely was... it's also that it was such a blatant money grab with pay to win but also pay then die to some invisible guy 'cos the game "forgets" to render him and lose all that cash bought loot.

From what I've seen even if you dismiss the "It's clearly an alpha product not release state", "pay to win and pay to play", "obvious plagiarism of what looks to be a good game when finished", "blatant lies on the steam store page with screenshots that are all but impossible to come across in game and 'features' that don't exist touted", etc... its still a terrible terrible product.

It frankly scares me a little bit that people buy things like this without any research into if the games any good and if the developer is just some guy in a balaclava waiting down a dark alley.

Good work by Valve refunding the cost etc... I hope it costs them some wedge to be honest, the consumer might well get some protection from them in the future if they think it'll be a dent in their pocket every time something like this slips through.

(Btw people blaming Green-light, this skipped Green-light because they had previously released something on Steam, lovely loop hole there really when you consider that this is nothing like their other games which have been poor, small games... This was a much more ambitious idea).

Baby got .BAT: Old-school malware terrifies Iran with del *.*



Next dispersal method is a CD with autorun.ini set to run the batchfile I guess.

Or another batchfile that sets all your file attrib's to hidden.

This is of course if they follow my learning curve as a kid writing things to terrorise my friends / school pc's.

END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK


Orange :'(

After being with Orange for 6 months and actually being reduced to the point of phoning them every day for 2 months trying to get my problem fixed (Basically borked ADSL), I eventually decided enough was enough and told them I was terminating the contract as they weren't fulfilling their end.

I was told "You haven't rang us often enough for that to be true", I stated I'd rang everyday for 2 months and their answer was "The calls aren't on our system", I eventually got out of the contract 2 weeks later after I sent them a copy of my telephone bill showing them every call to them and how its not my fault their incompetent staff can't log a call. After that I went with Sky until I moved house and was then in a FTTC area; chose XILO for my ISP and haven't looked back since.

'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands


Jobs for the English!

I like this initiative by the Americans, they will of course need plenty of English accents around the Death Star once it's complete to give it that authentic feel.

Now, assuming the size of the Death Star is relatively (thats no) moon sized it should create jobs for everyone in the UK.

Virtual and real worlds collide in gamers' minds


42 gamers

Come back when you have a real study group, I'd suggest at least 10,000 gamers and a control set of another 10,000 none gamers.

You could most likely find a group of 42 people where they have solved real world problems by praying to a magical turnip.

Xbox 360 sales reach Sony-smashing milestone


RE: Duplicates

Yeh... as a PS3 owner on her 4th PS3 because of YLOD's I totally agree... oh, wait... no; no I don't.

It's well ventilated and mainly used to play BluRay's, if had been an Xbox MS would have replaced / repaired it for free... Sony want close to £100 and they won't even give me an original model in replacement as I actually use the additional functionality like backwards compatability.

Winfrasoft touts pattern-based password alternative


Not a bad idea...

Personally I find patterns easier to remember than most things, I remember phone numbers as patterns on a telephone keypad instead of the actual numbers.

Maybe having it as an alternative to standard AD logins would be a nice thing to do.

Only thing to watch is if its on a touch screen, you'd leave marks on the screen and it'd be easy to grab ur pattern (had this with my android device by a colleague for a prank once).

Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who


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Personally I thought the statues (angels?) were the scariest episodes of the new dr who's so far... Blink and its follow up were generally quite freaky.

Luckless Lush hammered in hack



I was one of the effected customers fromt he UK site, quite annoying as I definately didnt tick any "Please remember my card details" box.

Apparently they knew before christmas about the problem on the UK site but held out on letting anyone know because it might scare off the christmas punters, the police should be bloody investigating them as well as the hacker that did it. When I rang the bank to cancel my cards etc... they said they'd had tonnes of people ringing to cancel because of emails from Lush.

Masked Santas disarm Swedish royal guard


@Marcus Aurelius

Erm.. yeh he invented Dynamite and Gelignite for mining purposes and was devistated when they were used to harm humans instead of blow up big chunks of rock, he invented the peace prize because he didn't like war and thought peace was worth celebrating.

The Bofors was extremely effective... in World War2 when we used to use such things and Airplanes didn't rule the sea and sky. The latest model of the Gripen is "alright" and the Visby is nothing to write home about (most modern countries employ a ship with the same role - Check out the U.S. Sea Shadow)... all of which wouldn't help vs a maurading Santa surely?

US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot




Mach 7 is 2382.03 metres a second according to google.

For a bullet at Mach 7 it would take something like 67seconds to go 100 miles... I'm pretty sure planes (even ye olde time sub sonic planes) move fast enough to "not be there" over a minute after you fired?

Now I'm assuming Mach 7 is the speed it arrives at and that it is most likely fired off at at least twice that? If you cut that time in half to 34 seconds even a mere human could react in time?

Am I missing something?

S African rhino rustlers tackled using satellite horn implants


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Haha I watched that episode last night, I wonder if they would tell the difference if we just cut our finger nails into a bag and sold that. It's essentially the same stuff.

Apple sued over hot iPad shutdowns



I'm waiting for the lawyer to ask them if they feel they should be able to use it in the middle of a monsoon and if not why they feel other weather conditions should be exempt from such common sensical ideals.

That said, buy a parasol ¬¬

Ballmer says Windows will shame iPad



Windows 7 for the home PC - great OS...

Android for the phone - another great OS...

Both do what their designed for brilliantly.

What I don't understand is Apples insistancy that multitasking is a bad thing; seriously, my Amiga 1200 could do it back in the day, I wouldnt expect any OS I own these days to not multitask. If / when Apple get their heads out of their arses and fix the multitasking issue they will then be a serious long term competitor in my opinion, the only thing keeping the Ipad / Iphone up "there" in my opinion is the App Store and Apple seem determined to kill that with fire lately.

At the moment MS are doing well for me on the PC but if / when Google bring out a fully fledged decent OS that runs 90% of games and is stable enough I'll be there like a shot.

Steve Jobs beheads iPad apps for acting like desktops


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I never thought I'd say this... but I'm feeling a bit sorry for MicroSoft lol

If this was them they'd be brought up on monopoly'esq charges.


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