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Comment: I quite like his videos (Score 1) 49

by goldcd (#47790169) Attached to: Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit
but that's not a particularly great one - have a look at the rest of the stuff on his channel.

Oh, and for the people pointing out a conductive suit might not be the best type of protection - it's entirely likely you're right. He's not really into 'safety' -

Comment: I thought they were different tech (Score 1) 127

by goldcd (#47609943) Attached to: T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models
AT&T & T-mobile were GSM in the states, and the rest were CDMA... but could be wrong. You're at least partially right about the bands though. As a visitor to the US, I pretty much stick to AT&T as they use the same bands as most of the world (i.e. ones my phone can do). T-Mobile I think uses one regular band, but also a rare non-standardish one.

Comment: No (Score 3, Interesting) 502

I was once horrifically stung (what I realize was a very long time ago) with an Abit "audiomax" soundcard that came with my motherboard. Quite horrific interference amongst the many problems. In a fit of pique I bought an Asus Xonar that solved all my problems immediately.

Since then, I've been through a few motherboards, but plugged that Xonar in, and it's definitely 'better'

Now if I didn't have that Xonar, then I'd be as happy as the proverbial Larry with my on-board sound I can get today. On-board sound is quite definitely 'good enough' now, but seems a shame for people not to realize (if they care) they can make it a great deal better for a pretty low price.

And, I've carried this card with me for quite a while as my GPUs have come and gone. The price I've paid for my slightly better sound is now practically nothing per year.

I think people still care about sound, but it's just another check-box on your slightly more pimped mobo - in much the same way as a I got a deluxe board with an Intel network adaptor in addition to the Realtek.

It doesn't really matter that much, I don't expect most people to care, but to say that on-board is good enough for all simply isn't true.

My current on-board is wired to my desk speakers for the day to day stuff I want to listen to, and the Xonar is connected to my silly-number-of-speakers gaming headset.

Comment: Indeed (Score 1) 261

by goldcd (#47123803) Attached to: Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick
All we have now is stereoscopic TV.

What's going to be nice, is when we can eye-track and overlay this on the source to shift focus (like what we do when we use our eyes normally). Probably not too hard to bolt onto games, but suspect it'll be a while until devices like the Lytro are providing video.

Comment: *that* (Score 1) 355

by goldcd (#46997025) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?
Is what will get me back on a laptop. I have a 'gaming rig'. There used to be all manner of reasons why laptops were worse - screens, speed etc. Now there's just GPU.
I'd love to be able to have a laptop I could lug around, get home and dock with a proper mouse, a proper keyboard and a GPU plugged into a great big monitor.

Comment: Oh I dunno (Score 3, Informative) 227

by goldcd (#46992719) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect
In this context "peddle" seems pretty appropriate.
We tried to peddle something, nobody wanted.
We reversed our unpopular stance by back-pedalling, and now we're back peddling.

Just whilst I'm on the topic, I'm most narked (and I accept alone), in actually *liking* the original "always-on-in-the-cloud" original XBone pitch.
The kinect can just wither and die though - voice was great. Camera...oh I'm sure it looked great in the pitch.
Media stuff looked pretty damn good when I was convinced they were going to sell it as a cable/ADSL streaming trojan Tivo+ box. I've now no idea wtf they were thinking.
Sell an XBone+ with 1080 games and you can refurb the millions you've sold as leased cable boxes.

Comment: Yep (Score 1) 146

by goldcd (#46694835) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500
I was running a pair of 6990s (previous gen dual-GPU AMD cards).
Bought the first one when I realized that Bitcoin app I'd accidentally installed a few months earlier on my server had produced something I could flog for 10 bucks and I'd earnt myself a free card. Then used that one to cover the cost of the second one.
Quit mining when difficulty meant I was pulling in less than a BTC a day.. Looking back..

Comment: Maybe I missed something (Score 1) 417

by goldcd (#46439205) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
but are they actually using this root certificate to "transcrypt" (or whatever the term is for decrypting your traffic and then re-encrypting it with the desired external certificate) - or are they just adding a new certificate to your machine.
I can see plenty of reasons they'd want to do this - for example just allowing you to connect securely to your internal school webmail without them having to pay somebody else for a cert or getting your browser to bleat about how it can't validate the certificate every time you connect.

Comment: and more to the point (Score 1) 205

by goldcd (#46431691) Attached to: Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat
yesterday's hardware does what 99% of end users want.
I'm as guilty as the last review-fixated whore in obsessing over the specs of my current and potential future phones - but with the last gen I've hit a realization.
A 1080 screen is more than enough. My CPU and GPU are absolutely fine to run anything I need. Personally (HTC One) I'd *like* to know I could crunch a benchmark faster for my geek pride - but I can't for the life of me see how any phone upgrade costing me £500+ (less ebaying of my old handset) could potentially be worth the money for what I use my phone for.
Even stepping back to my last purchase - the Nexus was by far better value and I was swayed by pretty design (not that I see anything wrong with that). Just in the next gen I've seen so far I can't see anything more than mere incremental spec increase and entirely subjective design improvements.

Comment: 60? Pah, come back when you're in triple digits. (Score 1, Interesting) 717

by goldcd (#46256117) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
If this is the norm, then as the OP suggests, something is very very wrong.
Occasionally though, ridiculous hours are required - and I don't have a problem with gritting my teeth and taking it. Moreover I (in retrospect normally) am quite proud of those moments when we "made it happen"
What's more interesting to me is how your employer handles these exceptions. Whilst chatting to future employers, I was quite dismayed by the number that point-blank refused to accept these scenarios every occurred, and therefore saw no reason for a policy on their handling.

Comment: You pay a brickie to come out to build you a wall (Score 1) 716

by goldcd (#46224053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
He comes out and looks at the foundations another builder left for him to build on, and notices they're already collapsing.
Your brickie tells you that the foundations are duff and any wall he builds is going to fall down whatever he does.
You tell him to shut-up and just build the wall he's paying you to build.
The wall falls down. Whose fault is this?

Comment: erm, that was my point (Score 1) 125

by goldcd (#46165369) Attached to: Asus Announces Small Form Factor 'Chromebox' PCs
I've got a TV that I use as a big dumb display, with the items providing my media, hanging out the back of it on wires.
There's a big chunk of manufacturer bullet points in their sales pitch completely ignored - as I'm much happier bypassing them all.
Would be much better if they'd actually built something I wanted into the TV initially.
Better still, if they'd all build something in that was standardized. I get a new phone, I sign in, my profile/apps/etc all magically get pulled down from the cloud. I'd quite like to be able to do this with all TVs I bump into.

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