* Posts by Spook

18 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Sep 2011

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Go the full distance

While we're at it, bring back Black Arrow Mk 2 to launch it.

The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots



The embedded video is 3 years old. You want this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ca6x4QbpoM

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.



Sometimes I know the story and just want to read the comments. You show the number of comments on the main page but it doesn't link directly to them, only the story.

One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins


Don't forget the PC Engine version of GnG which was pretty bloody amazing for a hybrid 8/16 bit machine.

Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin


Re: ISIS Security

Apparently she's only got another two days until the meeting with the Grim Reaper:


How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000


1,200 facebook friends? Who is she, the Queen of fucking England?

Payday loan firms are the WORST. Ugh, my mobe's FILLED with filthy SPAM


Re: Payday loan and betting, eh ?


Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands



Assuming the LOS distance is roughly 10km, at ~6GHz you would expect to see about 1dB of loss due to rain fade. Added to that other losses and multipath effects, and your link could go down completely in weather which is probably not untypical where you live.

HP techies reject latest pay offer, closer to industrial action


The mind boggles why people bend over and take this crap. Grow a pair and walk. If you have the right skills there's a market for you elsewhere.

Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail


Flight path

I don't see why the plane doesn't just fly in a straight line across the Atlantic, thus avoiding US airspace.

Obama faces off China's prez: We can't be pals with all this cyber-theft


In other news...

Pot calls kettle black

LOHAN fans drawn to magnetic coupling



Always with the magnets....

Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro


Re: Apple, it's your move

I-can't stand the mispelling of iPad

Shh! Proxima Centauri can hear us!


Isn't this very old news?

IIRC they were doing "moon bounce" tests back in the 50s to a provide satellite communications relay path.

Basic instinct: how we used to code

Thumb Up

Ah, this takes me back to the days of programming on an Amstrad CPC464. I remember a program listing in a mag which was quasi-machine code in the form DATA "12,12,133,332,244 etc etc" line after line after line. It was a feckin nightmare to type in but luckily it had built-in parity checking.

The result? Random music in the form/structure of Mozart, it was amazing at the time. Anyone have a copy of this code?

Rainbow Islands


Don't forget the best arcade conversion...

....that being the PC Engine version (Super CD ROM only)

Sonos Play:3 network music player


Or for a better and cheaper solution....

1. Buy a O2 Joggler - about £50

2. Put Squeezebox on it

3. Plug into any stereo / amp with phono inputs. You can even plug in a USB sound card to give you optical out.

4. Enjoy IPlayer, your own music, Internet radio streams, and all wireless.

Far better value than Sonos kit IMO.