* Posts by Kaltern

498 posts • joined 2 Jan 2013


Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car


Re: Give it up, I'm not buying fuel any more

What a very odd argument.

Fossil fuel needs to go. Like, go. It's as old as the industrial age, and we're way past that. Oil companies don't like alternative power. It's a direct challenge to their obscene profits.

Hydrogen fuel is 100% the future of power. It's been proven to work. Drones are now using hydrogen fuel cells to get around for longer. They produce no pollutants as emissions.

It doesn't matter how difficult it is to produce or store, oil isn't exactly always easy to get at, but oil companies have no problem grinding up more bits of the crust to get to it. Solar power / mains power is still created by fossil fuel at it's source, apart from nuclear, which has problems of it's own.

Why people think that faster is better I'll never understand. The combustion engine is really past it's day and needs to go the same way as the waterwheel and steam engine.

Petrol heads are as arrogant and stubborn about their V8's as the NRA are about... well you know.

Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR



It's not £500. It's £700.

Go No! Google cyber-brain bests top-ranked human in ancient game


I suspect a lot of readers are missing the point here. It isn't just that a computer program beat a meatbag at Go, but that it was given something like:

'This is Go. You need to own more territory than the other player. You do this by placing stones on a 19x19 grid.

Off you go.'

And it did. And it played against itself, making mistakes, but eventually understanding the most efficient ways of winning. Pretty much like how we all learn.

And then it beat someone who was rather very good at it.

I would be most interested to see how the base program actually works - does it have anything other than the basic rules, or have the developers chucked in some other code that might possibly take away some of the 'thinking' from the program?

Oh and somoene said Poker? That's been going on for decades. Remember, poker is about learning how your opponents react to given situations. It wouldn't be much of a problem for a computer to use sensors such as IR cameras and moisture detection to determine how an opponent is 'feeling'. Or to play a few loose hands, to judge how others react.

It's obvious computers are beginning to show signs of being able to learn information, and act upon it. We should start to embrace this, not fight it - contrary to popular belief, Skynet isn't really going to happen - it's probably safer in a computer's 'hands' than it is in world leaders, in today's political climate.

Boffins give amputee the finger – a bionic touch-sensitive fingertip


Gotta hand it to them, they know how to take the rough with the smooth.

Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin


I've said it before, until such time that: a) Linux becomes as easy to use for the average PC user as Windows, and b) DirectX is 100% available within a Linux environment, the vast majority of Windows users will remain so.

The new API's are as much use as frozen cheese without a steady supply of top games publishers using them on a daily basis. Steam is the best hope for this change over, but only if they make it worthwhile to the developers and publishers.

I hate what Windows has turned into as much as most, but being an avid gamer who refuses to buy a console due to the depreciation of technology before every release, I will have to remain on it.

WINE is useful, but it takes far too much work for the average person to get something running, that it is only of use for the curious.

MAME goes fully FOSS


Re: Really good news

Ironic, as they probably find they sell a lot of these games, in comparison to the garbage being released today.

Fallout 4 or Mr Do!

I know what I'd rather be playing. Take THAT, 'X'!

Institute of Directors: Make broadband speeds 1000x faster than today's puny 2020 target


I say forget about all this cabling nonsense. I want to get my internet by DroneFi - or possibly BalloonFi, and just worry about keeping them up there.

After all, didn't those clever folks in Japan come up with a really good wireless speed?

Then OpenReach would be OutofReach.

BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin to appeal website blocking ruling


Joe public hasn't. And that's really what this is all about - stopping Joe (or Jean, must be gender indifferent musn't we) public from getting free stuff that they would have paid for had it not been available for free - don't forget, every copy is a lost sale. (I'm sure Picasso would be having some words by now if he were alive)...

Us clever people know what VPN's are, but you mention it to Doris on the highstreet who likes to listen to Welsh Folk music on Spotify, that her 15yr old darling grandson set up for her, she'd look at you with a blank stare, much as if it were an answer on Pointless.

NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails


They'd turn the lasers off...

Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes


Re: Bah!

I'm glad we have people like you, making sure we look after other people's money and well being, keeping us firmly grounded.

I imagine you do a lot of thinking about the children too?

Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet


Re: Concerned woman.

I wonder if I got a downvote from the Concerned woman in question?

Or just someone who automatically dislikes my posts?


Concerned woman.

Get a fucking life.

That is all.

Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current


I wonder if these reduce heat waste dramatically, and if so, will that mean they can eventually be made to go very fast compared to today's silicon?

Physics uses warp theory to look beyond relativity


Re: thicko amused by ftl boffins

I assume your ability to read must cloud your openmindedness.

I said powered flight. As in humans powering their own flight. I think you'll find Pterodactyls and it's ilk were flying before birds. Not very well, but they got the job done.

Flight for humans required knowledge of physics. And engineering. And determination. And a belief that it could be done.

It's no wonder we're stuck where we are right now with people like you and your 'It's impossible because we know it to be so' attitude.


Powered flight was impossible 163 years ago.

Space flight was impossible 58 years ago.

The Higgs Boson wasn't proven 3 years ago.

We can't travel FTL, or use any form of spacetime compression drive.


How about we stop saying it isn't possible, and make it so it is? It worked for the last few thousand years.

After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens


I think you have to look at this movie from a viewer's point of view.

Most people will have seen at least the first 3 movies, a lot will have watched all 6. While this movie is set 100 years from TPM, it isn't set THAT much further on from ROTJ, and as such, it's only logical that there will be remnants of the Imperial army hanging around, wanting a go at the whole 'I wanna run the galaxy' thing.

Plus, there will be oodles of Imperial ships and tech still working perfectly. Given that these ships will be fine since ROTJ, there's no reason to assume they'll all rot and die just cos the emperor snuffed it.

I would also imagine that, even the 20 or so years after ROTJ, it's still going to take time for economics and trade to become like they were pre-war, and so new droid and weapon designs will probably take a back seat.

As for the Force sensitive people, I understand a huge majority were destroyed after Anakin did his youngling slaughtering thing. The emperor ensured that all lightsabre crystals were heavily controlled, and I would imagine all force sensitives were killed off.

I don't know anything about the movie (deliberately of course) so I don't know if Luke set up a Skywalker School of Jedi (only 50 credits per session), as he is supposed to be the last surviving Jedi. If he did, then new sabres must be developed, so that must mean good news for the crystal economy ;P

How to build a real lightsabre


To build a lightsabre IMO takes a few basic things: Energy, Stability, Control.

In SW lore, the original lightsabre was connected to a power-belt worn by the wielder, as the amount of power required was too much for anything small enough to put in a hilt. Some of the more advanced sabre techniques were therefore not applicable - no spinning the blade about your person... getting tangled would be a surefire way to lose!

So given that we're not even close to making some Fusion based Duracells, it would be prudent to focus on the actual blade itself and forget the hilt for the time being.

The blade must be contained within some form of magnetic field, strong enough to repel other fields (so we get that lovely CLASH! (probably minus any sound effects), and of course enough to contain the plasma which creates the blade - lasers are useless here, you'd never generate one powerful and wide enough to cut through anything fast enough.

The plasma is generated as part of a circuit. In the lore, it's all done with focusing crystals, which Is possible now, given the right form of crystal and grinding tools. But my understanding of energy/plasma generation is non-existent, so I can only speculate how you would produce plasma and somehow focus it into a upwards beam. I do understand the concept of the confinement field, and that the plasma must be made to come back down to the hilt again, to complete the power circuit - the plasma itself is used to power the energy/plasma conversion, thus ensuring power is continuous. A small amount of energy is used while the plasma is visible, lost with light and heat, and when striking an opponent, but the majority would find itself back within the circuit.

My idea for a fake sabre in the real world would just be either a powerful laser diffused into a wide beam, or a REALLY powerful bulb, again, focused to travel upwards as much as possible, with a telescopic central core, like automated car aerials, with the mirror on the top - this should be sufficient to produce a nice looking beam.



Re: Wired?

The Internet.

No, the EU is not going to make hyperlinks illegal



'This would affect commercial sites that rely on bringing together data from various sources and re-packaging them for a different audiences. '

What a fucking shame. Does that mean that :

a) We'll not be inundated with companies such as Taboola and Outbrain shoving their pay-2-click shite on websites?

b) Web content editor will actually have to y'know, edit their own content?

Unless I'm missing something, I don't see this as a huge problem - anything that slows down the income-generating crap on Web 2.0 is fine in my book.

Oh and I notice back in June that 'Daily Mail Invests $3 Million in Native Partner Taboola' - I DO hope this fucks them over too.

(I'm REALLY grumpy this morning...)

TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500


Oddly enough, just a few days ago, I had a dodgy transaction for Orange Home (whom I've never been a customer of) for something like 90 quid, using a debit card that was destroyed many years ago - but definitely the same card I used for TT. Even my bank fraud team were like 'yes, bit of a coincidence isn't it...'

Not sure how the perp used it tho, seeing as it wasn't even on the bank's system any more...

TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details


Just found an unauthorised transaction for Orange Home on my account (£93), on a debit card that was destroyed a long time ago. Oddly enough , this card was used when I had a TalkTalk Business account.


Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot


New Amazon delivery system just announced.

No, seriously, NASA will fly a probe through Saturn's moon plumes


I wonder what this will mean if they discover loads of life, bacterial or otherwise.

Of course, mainstream media won't care unless these organisms have tits, but wouldn't this be the most defining moment in human history since we discovered social media?*

* that really is a joke. Although it's a sad fact that it was a 'defining' moment...

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


After following Apple's advice, the Wifi signal was still too weak.

Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp


Well it's been a long weight, but on balance the results should measure up perfectly.

NASA boffins on Pluto: We see skies of BLUE and... RED water ice


So obviously Pluto has an atmosphere we didn't realise was there. And of course, it's actually really thick, but due to lack of Human habitation, the skies are so clear that the planet is easily visible.

It's so thick that it's able to maintain the substantial heat generated from the planet's core, which, in turn, powers the abundant life, just under the surface.

Plutonians will be considering what the thing was in the sky earlier their week. But, because they are peaceful beings, with none of the 'attributes' of us Humans, they won't really care and will carry on bathing in their vast seas of crude oil.

Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences


If a HDMI cable was included, people would just complain about the added cost, pointlessness of it and that it may possibly act as a transdimensional gateway to the Google Overlords of Data.

(that last may possibly be true,)

NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS


No, because they've not actually proved it yet... only that rocks show possible signs. Possibly.


No, it'll be a pube. They get everywhere, always where you least expect them..

WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA


Scientists have conclusively proven that water might be on Mars. But, they don't actually know as they have yet to see it. But it's there. Oh yes, it's there, and this new $5million grant will it...

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


@TheRealJesus - Dad finally got online! #PraiseTheLord

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


...and the Reg Vulture goes here.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


Reptilian overlords home in on last remaining Human intelligence...


Razer team up with El Reg to offer one lucky reader their latest must-have accessory.


New Reg Moderator remembers there is an serious snakebite antidote shortage...

Citrix reveals 'USB redirection to cloud' plans to vaporise desktop peripherals



Arrgh there goes my anti-Citrix acne again.

Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England



What odd arguments I see against e-cigs.

* They stink. They might have an aroma, possibly, but seriously, compared to a real cigarette??

* They're unsafe. While there is not enough medical data to give concise facts, a REAL fact is cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease and generally are not very good for you at all.

* Passive smoking. Cigarette smokers puff out smoke, and whole again, the whole passive smoking thing is somewhat exaggerated, all e-cig users puff out is vapour. Not smoke. No vaper is going to set off a smoke alarm.

If anti-smoker types want to continue to bang on about smoking, go for it - I agree (to a point). But to say e-cigs are in any way comparable to the real thing is utterly stupid, and I seriously hope you never breed.

Why IS it that factual data is ignored in favour of tabloid research??

Is this the most puzzling DEF CON attendee badge yet on record?


we are the music makers

Ode is a poem written by the English poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy and first published in 1873

Possibly a reference to Edward Elgar's Dorabella Cipher, although that remains uncracked.

But it's early and my tea has yet to affect my brain...

Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon


And all the while, the UK is left in the virtual dust. Fucking capitalists.

Lettuce in SPAAACE: Captive ISS 'nauts insist orbital veg is 'awesome'


I think the logical next step is space farming.

I mean, you can grow food for the cows now, and if you were to just use those pygmy ones, you could have a little herd floating about up there.

And as they wouldn't need to use any muscles, even the rump steak would be awesome.

I'm sure it'll be sold in M&S for 100 times the price, so those with too much money can spend it.

'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus


Face of Mars? Yes, definitely interesting.

Woman of Mars? No. Not even close.

I'm waiting for the picture of Jesus on Mars. Although the Face of Mars might indeed be him, seeing as it's been discovered that Jesus had no beard...

It's happened, folks: An actual exhibition about cats and the internet


Probably exists in Korea. Or China.

Cat-San Ran into my Pan.

Boffins have made optical transistors that can reach 4 TERAHERTZ


Another day, another 'breakthrough' of no practical interest.

Now, about that funding...

Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

Big Brother

This is some scary shit.

I can't imagine this is going to end well, as mentioned above, I can only see this as the beginning of the end of what little privacy we have left.

Cynical? What do you expect from the last 10 years?

UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really


So, what about girls? Does Cameron realise that girls watch porn too? Or does he think that they play with Barbie until 16?

The whole argument he has about sex is purely male orientated, showing a hideously sexist attitude. Very 'Good old boys club' attitude, in fact. Of course, I already understood this, but this whole 'porn is bad', is very much a strawman argument - by stating porn is bad, he gets to control the internet - there is no citation that confirms watching porn is inherently damaging to young kids.

This is nothing more than a way of ensuring that a UK firewall is introduced, as Porn and that over scourge of UK citizens, Piracy, is threatening the very fabric of Britishness - or something like that.

Just keep in mind, the only reason there are citizens, is to pay taxes - they are otherwise ignored.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond


Welcome to New Windows.


(not my work, slightly sensationalised, but from what I can tell, utterly accurate :| )

Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30



My first foray into the fun of game programming - and the frustrations of not quite being able to do what I wanted to do.

I jumped up and down on my 13th birthday when I got a properly awesome copy of AMOS Professional as a pressie from my aunt/uncle - who had no idea about computers. I think I read that HUGE reference manual from top to bottom a dozen times weekly. Good times.


Re: ST was better

I was going to downvote you, but then I remember the Miggy vs ST wars back in the day. Made Win v MacOS seem tame.

Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC


I'd like to know why there is a need for so many antique/house sale shows.

Antiques Roadshow is a must of course, it is almost a Sunday evening tradition of 'guess the value of the plant pot', and as such, informs and entertains.

I can't quite say the same for Bargain Hunt, Homes under the Hammer, and other such useless crap. All these programs do is let other people know how rich/poor those on the show are, compared to the host.

Give me more Science. In fact, rename BBC4 to BBC Science.

What happened to good, funny, enlightening Saturday evening viewing? I know it wouldn't quite fit in these days, but House Party was just great TV. Not to everyone's taste of course, but then there's BBC2 for that.

It seems to me, that the only 'new' programming allowed on BBC1 now is totally PC, LGBT friendly, non-trigger TV.

The UK can do better. There are bound to be people out there who could be the next big presenter, if only they were allowed the time to actually get known.

Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build


You'll also note that if you updated to 10240, that it is now a fully activated version of Windows 10 Pro, without any Insider moniker, and appears to be what was being discussed previously, about not having to buy a key. Presumably, if reinstalled, you will then need a key.



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