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Graphene and Quantum Hall Effect Could Help Redefine Metrics

Alpha Whisky Re:So Metric will change..again. (92 comments)

1963 when the UK parliament adopted the international definition (from 1959) of the pound as 0.45359237 kilogrammes. Ironically for you, it will change again if the definition of the kilogramme changes as per the article.

more than 3 years ago

66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

Alpha Whisky Re:There's no "THE" reason (931 comments)

Sounds like you want logmein free, works great on Windows 7 and XP. You might want to disable the mirror driver in Windows 7 or Vista if it causes you to lose Aero effects.

If I recall correctly one of the optional updates for XP is the updated client for the more recent RDP server in Windows 7.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese 'Apple Peel' Turns iPods Into iPhones

Alpha Whisky It's not what this ipod touch user wants (178 comments)

I have an ipod touch and this is definitely not what I want. I didn't buy an iphone because all it is is a thicker, heavier ipod touch with worse battery life and a mediocre phone and camera built in. I have a nice, small, light mobile phone with an acceptable camera and it doesn't make me look like a tit holding a metal brick up to my ear to make a call.

No, what this ipod touch user wants is iOS support (or at a pinch an app) to allow me to do what the ipod touch hardware is perfectly capable of, I want to be able to bond my ipod touch through bluetooth to my cheap but very capable phone for mobile internet access on the ipod. That would be the best of both worlds, a phone which works great and a mobile entertainment device which works great. As a bonus you could also still use the ipod while talking on the phone, can the iphone do that?

more than 4 years ago

Skype For Linux To Be Open-Sourced "In the Nearest Future"

Alpha Whisky Re:GUI Code Only (175 comments)

Most SIP clients I've seen support STUN, which allows two NAT'd clients to talk to each other. The basic way that it works is for both clients to send a UDP packet to the STUN server. Their stateful NATs then set up a mapping from the public port to the private port. The server then forwards the address and port to each of the parties and then they can communicate with each other on that port. This needs a server set up on the public Internet, but so does Skype (so you can find the peer to peer network).

You just made fearlezz's point for him, I've highlighted the points where you did it. Yes, Skype needs servers, but the whole point is that Skype provides servers, some penniless foss project isn't going to provide servers which can cope with 18,989,413 clients at the same time (number plucked from Skype right now, the peak is probably higher).

more than 5 years ago

The Hard Upgrade Path From XP To Vista To Win 7

Alpha Whisky Re:But should it be that way? (496 comments)

100Mb!? Really? I don't know what anti-virus you use but I've never seen one use over 10-20Mb.

Right now windows task manager is reporting:
McShield.exe 91,764K
EngineServer.exe 83,660K

And the best of it is, it's the SonicWALL Enforced Client. If this bloated piece of shit doesn't have a little chat with the company firewall to say that everything is tickety boo, all requests for port 80 outside the LAN get redirected to a "you need to install the bloated crap" page. Nice.

more than 5 years ago

Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

Alpha Whisky Re:File access (1127 comments)

Also, I've been running Windows 7 since it was released to beta now and I haven't noticed any problem with the sound quality even whilst running multiple applications - including media player. Are you sure that you don't just have a crappy soundcard/speaker connections?

Did you read the summary? Have you tried a sound recording while playing back? Disclaimer, I haven't tried it either, but then I'm only running the beta in virtualbox.

more than 5 years ago

1,234,567,890 Seconds Since Unix Time Began

Alpha Whisky Re:Screen grab. (187 comments)

Someone mod the parent insightful.

That is the biggie, I'll be retired by then, but that's when all the embedded equipment and old computer systems which store the date as a signed 32bit integer will go kablooey, it will make the millennium bug look like a picnic.

more than 5 years ago

MSI Wind U100, Overclocked With Liquid Nitrogen

Alpha Whisky Cold transfer? (95 comments)

Should have been heat transfer from the CPU to the pot (or put if you prefer) of liquid Nitrogen.

Obligatory <Homer> "In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics."</Homer>

more than 6 years ago

Most of Woolly Mammoth Genome Reconstructed

Alpha Whisky Re:Not quite there yet (245 comments)

Your post advocates a

(x) technical ( ) religious ( ) time travel

approach to resurrecting extinct species. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws.)

( ) Possibility of creating mutant monsters
( ) We are defenceless against brute force attacks
(x) People will not put up with giant stampy animals roaming about
(x) The police will not put up with giant stampy animals roaming about
( ) Requires too much cooperation from organised religion
(x) Requires immediate total cooperation from government regulators
( ) Time travel isn't possible
( ) Time travel into the past isn't possible without a wormhole which was (is) in the past already

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

(x) Laws expressly prohibiting it
(x) Lack of centrally controlling authority for mad scientists
(x) We haven't even sequenced the whole genome
(x) Being sued by Michael Crichton's estate
( ) Asshats
( ) Jurisdictional problems
( ) Unpopularity of weird old animals
( ) Public reluctance to accept weird old animals
( ) Huge existing animals occupying the evolutionary niche of the old ones
(x) Susceptibility of DNA to damage
(x) We don't even know how many chromosomes it should have
( ) Unavailability of any living relatives to carry the foetus to term

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(x) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever
been shown practical
(x) Religions will argue about playing god
(x) Pointlessness of an animal adapted for an ice age during a period of global warming
( ) What's dead should stay dead
(x) There are better things to spend the money on

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

(x) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
( ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your
house down!

more than 6 years ago

The Real Story On WPA's Flaw

Alpha Whisky Re:Big breaks start from small holes (67 comments)

I only know enough about networks to be dangerous but, experts correct me if I'm wrong, this has the potential to allow DNS query responses to be spoofed sending the victim to either a hostile website or through a hostile proxy? Also, I guess, by injecting fake ARP packets you could deny someone access to their own wireless network?

more than 6 years ago

Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

Alpha Whisky Re:Some possible problems, here? (410 comments)

Well, I don't know about Vista, but in XP one opens a command window and types "ftp" which opens up Microsoft's command line ftp client (presumably more or less the BSD client compiled for Win32).

more than 6 years ago

How To Cloak Objects At a Distance

Alpha Whisky Re:Shoot (136 comments)

We've had a hands free version for years, it's called a blindfold. It does kinda require the co-operation of whoever you're trying to cloak things from though.

more than 6 years ago

Frozen Mice Cloned

Alpha Whisky Re:The biggest question (272 comments)

I saved it in case I started getting sick from the bite.

After a while of not getting sick I was tempted for a while to see what it tasted like, never did. But meat is meat.

You do know that once you start getting symptoms from Rabies you have one choice, kill yourself now or suffer an agonising death later.

more than 6 years ago

Bones Found Near Crash Site Confirmed Fossett's

Alpha Whisky Re:Risky business? Depends. Medical probs? Unlikel (129 comments)

All an aviation medical proves is that you were probably alive at the time of the medical. I knew a fellow pilot who died of a heart attack the day after getting his aviation medical renewed!

more than 6 years ago

Saving Geek Lore and Other Wikipedia Castoffs

Alpha Whisky Re:Binary armageddon (281 comments)

Or 32 bit signed. Come on, let's not discriminate.

Epic binary fail.

more than 6 years ago


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