* Posts by casinowilhelm

68 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Mar 2011


US Air Force reveals B-21 Raider stealth bomber that'll fly the unfriendly skies


Re: Eye-watering

"work every time without fail"

Plenty of examples where that hasn't happened, but the taxpayer had to pay for it anyway PLUS the extra cost of fixing the problem

Feds find Silk Road thief's $1b+ Bitcoin stash in popcorn tin, hidden safe


Re: No honour among thieves?

Or you could say that it was safer for people than buying drugs off the streets; there was a review system and therefore an incentive not to sell tooth powder cut with rat poison (for example).

USB-C iPhone, anyone? EU finalizes charging standard rule


What about laptops with chunky GPUs and CPUs that need more power than USB C can supply?

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist


I used to work in video games - the company I worked for in late 90s/early 2000 had some very expensive and secretive playstation 2 (or xbox, I forget which) devkits. Thieves broke in and stole them, ignoring all the fairly valuable pc workstations nearby. Almost like somebody put them up to it...because these were not useful things to flog to your average man in a pub carpark, as they are fairly useless unless you knew what you wanted them for. Very fishy business!

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


People working in graphics (eg rendering using redshift or octane, or doing unreal engine stuff) don't need the latest CUDA compute cores or ECC ram. The 3090 is the sweet spot for this kind of thing.


Re: Don't all rush at once...

There's a small but significant crowd of people like me using them for content creation (3d rendering, non-game unreal engine visuals, live shows, etc). We don't need quadros, because they aren't really faster and cost a lot more, but we can justify this price for having the extra vram which is actually useful. But yeah it's a niche admittedly.

Instant NeRF turns 2D photos into 3D scenes in seconds


There are quite a few phone apps that do photogrammetry on the cloud, or you can see what web based services are out there. Current techniques (ie not fancy nvidia research) will need you to take a lot more than just a couple of pictures but the results will still be decent.

Russian court deems Instagram and Facebook as 'extremist', WhatsApp spared


Re: Perhaps

They are working on their own great firewall right now, and whatsapp is used by political opponents of dodgy regimes everywhere to communicate as it's encrypted, so I don't think that would be much benefit to anyone.

Cryptocurrency ATMs illegal right now in UK


crypto isn't traceable if you get it from an ATM though...which is kind of the point. And a lot easier to buy certain things off the internet with it than cash...

Dutch nuclear authority bans anti-5G pendants that could hurt their owners via – you guessed it – radiation


Re: Ha Ha Ha

The Guardian isn't generally into peddling woo (they gave Ben Goldacre a long running column). For anti-science, anti-reason nonsense look no further than the Express or Daily Mail

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store


Re: I'm pissed off...

Also - "search everything" by void tools. Instant (and I mean INSTANT) search any file on your pc, with loads of regex and wildcards. I have no idea why the built in windows one can't be this good. Such a basic function.

'Incorrect software parameter' sends Formula E's Edoardo Mortara to hospital: Brakes' fail-safe system failed


Re: scary about the car not braking and the missile interception

Since when did Saudi rulers care about popularity polls?

Chipzilla or Chipzooky? If Intel's server CPU sales keep on shrinking, El Reg will have to update the branding


Re: Chipzooky

One for the children of the 70s/80s. Hanna Barbera made a cartoon godzilla show but the execs presumably thought an aloof city-destroying atomic monster was too much darkness for the kiddies, so they gave him a comedy sidekick called godzooky. Needless to say, they were wrong, and everyone despised godzooky. He even ruins the title sequence :


See also : Scrappy Doo

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick


Re: Reduce, re-used, recycle

Well. You might remember games from 8 years looking not that much worse but if you do a direct A/B comparison on a 4k monitor you'll see that there has actually been quite a jump especially in texture fidelity and the general standard of human models and faces. Plus, there's Ray tracing. Have a look at Control on RTX - 10 years ago this was what architectural (non realtime) renders looked like. I personally think it's pretty incredible.

How much cheese does one person need to grate? Mac Pro pricing unveiled


Re: Use

But for 3d they are unappealing due to the lack of nvidia support by apple.

And you can do very well with a threadripper pc, I'm willing to put money on the newest 64 core one coming soon being faster for 3d than any of these xeon options and for a lot less money.

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still



MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps


Urgh, quicktime. I still have to use that player on pc to view work files using an esoteric codec that isn't supported by any other player. I will never understand why it takes 4-5 seconds to start, and has always been this way for 20 years, no matter how fast cpus/hdds get. Almost like they deliberately gimped it for Windows by adding a timer to delay it starting up. They wouldn't do that, would they? Hmmmmmm

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search


Re: It seems to me

+1 for Everything Search. It's amazing and it's one of the first things I install on any new pc. Boggles the mind that Microsoft can't produce something as good on its own platform.

Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free


I worked in games in the late 90s and the crunch on the last game I worked on went on for nearly a year, so tbh it sounds like things have massively improved! /s

British ISPs throw in the towel, give up sending out toothless copyright infringement warnings


Re: Follow the money

Don't you think people should be paid for their work occasionally? Or are you one of those entitled brats who thinks everything should be free just for you?


"next to impossible"

get over yourself

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all


Re: Interesting postscript to this long running tale.

David fincher would be the obvious choice.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid


Re: "Thin&Light" means Piece Of Shit.

Have a look at clevo laptops. You can access everything with just a small screwdriver. Well you can on the big one I've got anyway. However it's most definitely not thin and light. The power brick alone weighs more than a surface tablet.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks


You're talking about catholic priests yeah? They aren't a race, mate


Re: Great Britain encapsulates itself not only against the EU, but blah blah

Hey ho. At least our police force isn't a thinly disguised paramilitary death squad free to gun down innocent people at will, unlike certain other large western democracies I could mention, and neither do we execute children or the mentally ill. So it could be worse.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


More annoying is Windows 10 stealing vram

It reserves a whole wodge of vram on your video card that you can't do anything with - even if there is no monitor connected. Win 7 and Linux don't do it. It's an issue for those of us doing things like 3d rendering on gpu or machine learning stuff. Plenty of people have tried getting them to change it and they have admitted they aren't going to bother any time soon.


Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Re: Ethical behaviour

I have a 14 year old dell laptop that has been dropped several times and yet still works. It's too slow to actually do anything useful but that's beside the point being made here. It was built like a tank.

National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe


"The electro-mechanical computers were used to read military messages sent between high-ranking German commanders"

The enigma was more for general communication. The really high ranking officers used the lorenz machine, a completely different system (see colosssus, etc)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay


Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

Wonder what he'd think of the apple pencil then?

Btw. I'm a designer and I love the stylus on the note phones. It's genuinely useful, works as well as a wacom, and it's really convenient for sketching ideas out anywhere you are and painting them up a bit.

Just because YOU don't need it doesn't mean it's useless.

Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard


Re: A fully spec'd 15'' macbook pro is now £6209.

I use my £2.5k pc laptop for 4k video editing, in a professional capacity, for money. 2 years old -and it's a monster desktop replacement with 4 hdd slots (including 2 NVME), 4k screen with a fair crack at adobe srgb, 64Gb Ram, proper desktop i7, desktop level gtx1080. basically STILLL better than this new macbook. It's a bit heavy and hot but at least I had the option to buy this as a tradeoff!

Nearly every diehard motion graphics artist/editor/3d designer I know still using a mac who haven't already switched (not many, any more) have finally started asking me discreet questions about moving to pc. I've even got a stock document written for them. It's dated 2016. I've sent it to 15 people so far. They are all happy with their switch.

Apple do not care about professionals. That is the message that's been going out for years, and it has been received by professionals, loud and clear.

It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers




Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off


about £33 once you account for VAT. Also US people will have to add their local sales tax on top, which for some reason is never included in any marked prices anywhere there.


"my effusive 15-year-old never expressed any interest in returning to the virtual world."

This was my feeling exactly. We got hold of a couple of oculus DK2 devkits a while ago, and my first experience playing alien isolation was just that it was quite simply the best thing since sliced bread (or sliced space trucker). This is the future, it's amazing, so immersive, I thought. Fast forward about 2 weeks and it was on my shelf, never to be touched again for over a year apart from as a party novelty to show to visitors (and work never asked for it back - they lost interest too). I have no idea why the initial compelling nature of it faded so rapidly. Maybe it was the multiple cable faff every time I used it or maybe because it's so inherently antisocial.

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister


So that's what May and Rudd have been up to - moving some british citizens to the caribbean in advance of the main party?

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...


Re: No issues here

Well, since AMD finally got their arses in gear last year and challenged the lazy/greedy intel gits by releasing ryzen/threadripper, we finally got a decent jump in performance again provided you are running multithreaded apps. For an average punter who isn't 3d rendering etc, these advances aren't that noticeable as single cores haven't got all that much faster since about 2012 (at least not in line with the old pentium days).

FWIW my new threadripper is about 2x faster at rendering than my old intel 8 core 5960x for a bit less money, but it took >2.5 years rather than 18 months for it to come along. That 8 core was about twice as fast as the sandy bridge quad core it replaced, but there was 3 years in it again and it cost more than double the amount (and is actually slower at single threads). So moores law had definitely broken at that point.

Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members


Re: awwww, poor precious snowflakes can't stand the heat

And how much would all that cost?

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user


Re: Hmmmm

Another thumbs up for the note 8 here. Absolutely love it, the stylus is better than ever, screen amazing, battery life better than the old note 4 (even with a new battery) and NO NOTCH. That notch makes my OCD twitch. I can't believe that abomination popped out of such a supposedly design-focused company.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg


Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

yes that's pretty much what the article said, but thanks anyway.

Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover


AMD's Ryzen&Threadripper has at last shaken things up a bit on the CPU front at least.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+


Re: Mathematical notation?

All the best third party paint apps support the stylus very well, including pressure sensitiviy and palm rejection and things like using your finger as the eyedropper tool. I don't use it for anything other than that though.


Since they have the monopoly on having a tightly integrated stylus that works brilliantly, I decided to suck it up and buy one because my note 4 is finally packing in and I absolutely love having a stylus (I do bits of sketches, drawings and idea concepts every day with it) and on the note 8 it works better than ever. It's pretty much a wacom cintiq in my pocket. Could do without the pricetag and the bixby nonsense but I'm very happy so far.

Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts


Sandy Bridging

There's a ton of those old sandy bridge dual xeon blades knocking around for mega cheap on ebay. Bought a bunch of them for a 3d rendering project - £350 each and they are nearly as fast at rendering as the 8 core i7 PCs which cost nearly 2 grand each. A bit apples and oranges as they can't be used as workstations (no GPU) but for CPU number crunching, which is what we bought them for, they are great.

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology



pro beta and domestic beta were two different things, as pointed out elsewhere on here.

Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates


Re: @everyone

Used to back up to dvd, until we discovered at least half of them had self destructed within 2 years. Never again.

Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister


Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go? @ Codejunky

Doesn't make much sense. Hong Kong uses the same plugs as the UK, so I should think the Chinese (or specifically all the cheap manufacturers in HK) were already tooled up for making them anyway.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


I've freelanced at two different motion graphics companies over the last year who finally got fed up and dumped all their mac pros for better spec windows pcs (and this despite them all being apple fans in general, they just couldn't deal with the limited spec hardware/lack of upgradeability any more). That's the way it's going to go in more creative companies, especially ones that do video and animation, unless Apple pull their finger out soon...

Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike


Re: All according to plan

We export a lot of drugs and weapons...

FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password


Re: @Voland ...You are missing the point

Just out of interest, what is the old joke/story about the engineer?

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast


Re: Oh, yeah...

Presumably he meant media server, which are very much targeted toward running lots of large displays/projectors etc, and a lot of them run on some version of windows. Eg Hippotizer, Avolites ai, d3 etc. However the windows they run is usually pretty locked/stripped down and you'd like to think they'd have this covered.

We do the odd live event using cheaper desktop machines and back in the day I was caught out by a random windows update which rebooted the machine while I wasn't there, which showed the whole reboot to desktop cycle on the big projectors. That was embarrassing. But it's a good way to learn for the future...

Toshiba rolls out PC-busting monster: 1 terabyte TLC flash SSD


Re: Why SATA?

It's not just Apple..Pcspecialist, for one, sell laptops with nvme options (plus much better graphics cards). The higher range Surface pro also has one. Etc.