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Plate Readers Abound in DC Area, With Little Regard For Privacy

Chelmet Get used to it boys... (268 comments)

...and welcome to the UK.

more than 3 years ago

Engineers Create World's Lightest Material

Chelmet But how cheap can they get it? (177 comments)

I understand it'll be horribly expensive right now and that production prices will drop, but cheap enough for the likes of insulation? Or are we talking space station stuff here?

more than 3 years ago

UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet

Chelmet Re:Propaganda or Bad reporting? (898 comments)

Believe it or not, its slightly different in Scotland.

There is no "It may harm your defence if you fail to mention...". Up here, you're perfectly within your rights to, and cannot be punished for, remaining completely silent till your lawyer arrives.

more than 3 years ago

Hurt Locker Lawsuits May Reach Canadians, Too

Chelmet Re:They likely made a deal with those ISPs (159 comments)

Wait; in the US, if you sue someone and lose, you don't have to pay their legal fees? Is that right?

more than 3 years ago

Want Your Own Bunker Like WikiLeaks Or Pirate Bay?

Chelmet Cultybraggan is party central (54 comments)

I've spent numerous weeks training at Cultybraggan with the OTC, though never got to see inside the bomb shelter. That would have made for some amazing piss-ups.

about 4 years ago

Playstation Phone "Zeus" Revealed

Chelmet Awesome games! (154 comments)

That game looks awesome! Did you see the open/close manoeuver? I can just imagine the *snick* as it hits full extension.

Finally, a game I can play on my N900

more than 4 years ago

Mazda Claims 70 mpg For New Engine, No Hybrid Needed

Chelmet Re:Diesels already do this. (576 comments)

Sorry to be a party pooper, but those numbers all stack up.

A US gallon is 83% of a UK gallon, so the the MPG figures are going to vary.

50 MPG (US) is roughly the same as 59 MPG (UK).

When using US gallons, its hardly surprising that you reach the US figure, rather than the UK figure.

Not everybody does things your way.

more than 4 years ago

Benoit Mandelbrot Dies At 85

Chelmet Re:From his February 2010 TED visit (131 comments)

I'm surprised.

I listened to that TED podcast a few weeks ago, I found it really interesting, but I was driving at the time, and once getting home it had completely slipped my mind to read more in to it.

His presentation was excellent, and it didn't occur to me that he was nearly that old.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

Chelmet Re:Wikileaks puts lives at risk (725 comments)

Treason? Isn't treason an act against your own government, as apposed to someone else'? It winds me up no end that foreign governments have the power to effectively close the bank accounts of foreign companies, I think it is ridiculous, in fact, and that the big bad old U S of A should fuck off and deal with the problem at home, such as not letting this Asange fellow enter. Either the country in which he is hosted should shut him down, because they agree with America, or there shouldn't be anything done, because they don't, and are their own country and do what the fuck they want.

Puts democracy at risk, what nonsense you write

more than 4 years ago

Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

Chelmet Re:Gut reaction.. (139 comments)

But.. A password, then face verification? Facebook et al. I'd be happy with face only, ditto with emails, but for the banking stuff it'd be great to have both. As you enter the password, the face recognition does it's business. I'd even love this on the unlocking screen (when the phone goes into keylock due to idleness). My N900 is great, but when someone says "what can it do that my phone can't?", I'm usually at a loss to demonstrate. I know its capable of lots of cool stuff, but currently its shining glory is the FM transmitter, and that's not blow-your-socks-of wow.

more than 4 years ago

The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel

Chelmet Re:Nonsense. (228 comments)

Ah. It being a Scottish beer, brewed not far from me in fact, I was using the British notation - I didn't realise there were any others.

If you read on where the 'proof' system came from, you'll quickly see that the american one is, in fact, nonsense, but I suppose that that's a debate for another day.

more than 4 years ago

The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel

Chelmet Nonsense. (228 comments)

Of course there could. But it would have to be 62.9% alcohol. The beer in the article, at 55% alcohol, is 96.25% proof, not the 110 quoted.

more than 4 years ago

Valve Releases Updated Alien Swarm For Free With Code Base

Chelmet Great - spread the word (164 comments)

So that those who are already downloading 2Gb at 30kb/s get it even later.

Nah I'm just trolling, there must be a lot of interest as nobody's getting a decent speed - well, a few have it completed, but its just a case of changing your settings and finding a location that's not suspended.

Anyway, good job Valve on a free open source game that might actually be half decent :O)

more than 4 years ago

Jolicloud 1.0 Has an HTML5 UI

Chelmet Re:Cloud? (99 comments)

Somebody clearly hasn't RTFA

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Mobile 1.1 Released

Chelmet Better than the default browser (57 comments)

I got a new N900 yesterday. I like it.

I didn't, however, like the browser. The inability to open new taps was the killer for me, for all its rendering speed.

I used Opera Mini on my 5800, and was pleased that it did tabbed browsing, but it just wasn't that good for form filling. I get a lot of trains, and cannot always be sure of my connections before setting off, so a phone that allows me to search for onwards trains as I'm nearing a stop is what I need. Opera mini did not allow that. With all their stuff being pre-rendered, it was fast, but hitting up thetrainline.com or scotrail.co.uk was useless, as once I'd filled in a form I was unlikely to get any meaningful result.

So I've been using firefox 1.1 since yesterday, and its everything I need. Not blisteringly fast, but it is intuitive, tabbed, and compatible with modern websites with javascript et al. The only challenge was finding out how to make it my default browser, but, as they say in apple parlance, "there's an app for that", so it was righted in short order.

Also, while opera mini looked good on the 5800, on the N900 it looks terrible - the border menus are ungainly and look poor.

more than 4 years ago

HDBaseT Supporters Hope To Kiss HDMI Goodbye

Chelmet Exactly (336 comments)

That's what this game is all about. Normal tv replaced by HD TV replaced by 3D TV. They're shortening the upgrade time with each cycle, and people are happy to pay it. I'm currently still using a CRT with a scart cable - and while I would be upgrading in the near future, I suppose I'll have to wait until I see how this pans out.

I would at least have expected them to wait until 3D TVs have been slurped up - this connector change will disrupt the cydle and hurt sales.

On the other hand, I truly wish that this was all genuine. LAN sockets in the walls to pass my AV anywhere in the house is, in my opinion, about the perfect future situation, but something tells me that it'll not work here. And what an opportunity to drop drm - except that, with Sony on board, that'll never happen.

It'd be so easy for them to do this right and have it settled for the next 50 years, as all equipment could be made backwards compatible, but I seriously doubt this'll break the 3 year mark. Everyone's locked into HDMI with their AV receivers.

more than 4 years ago

UK Gov't To Review Hundreds of Websites, Axe Many of Them

Chelmet Re:I'm always bewildered... government contracts (92 comments)

they didn't know what they wanted or needed, and it certainly wasn't our job to figure it out.

Erm, as far as I'm concerned, that's exactly your job. Its what a requirements capture is for. I feel quite offended by this attitude of yours - you're the expert. If I went to an architect and asked for a floating house, it would be his job to tell me that that's not what I really want, and to work with me on something more appropriate, rather taking the money and running away before my wife gets home.

I hope you enjoyed the coke you snorted off hooker's cracks with my tax money.

more than 4 years ago

MorphOS 2.5 Released, Supports More Old Macs

Chelmet Is this an ad? (177 comments)

This is quite clearly a sales pitch - am I the only reader left thinking, 'well so what'?

Its all well and good keeping old computers running (providing the OS is secure enough), but I for one feel that this is neither news for nerds, nor stuff that matters.

And I'm not even clicking the link to vindicate the posting, click-through-wise.

more than 4 years ago

STIX Project Releases v1.0 of Its Scientific Fonts Set

Chelmet Re:What a peek (100 comments)

Agreed - if nothing else, I was actually expecting images of the fonts - isn't that the most sensible approach? Loading the page and being auto redirected to the download page is a terrible way for the submitter to give us a 'peek'.

more than 4 years ago


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