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Reg tours submarine cable survey ship
'Geo Resolution'

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Interesting - Thank You

That was great Simon. At first I was expecting video but a sequence of still pictures gives better quality images and better resolution. I hope El Reg can do some more of this type of article in the future.

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Agree wholeheartedly. It's also nice to know that a perfectly serviceable vessel is serving a useful purpose after the role for which it was built came to an end.

It's also nice to be reminded that behind all the hype of the internet there are people doing real work in conditions that from time to time will be rather unpleasant and even hostile. It's a pity that more people don't appreciate that as they consume more and more cat videos and post ever more mindless crap on social media.

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But would be even better as an actual sequence of photos, rather than a video slideshow.

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And if they wrote the text down instead of recording it on a Youtube video soundtrack, you could just read it without having to put your headphones on. Quicker, easier, and looks more like you're working.

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Noted. I use a thing called "Sounslides" to do these. It can do captions. Now I need to learn how to make them work ...

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In principle, this is a good idea, but not useful for the hearing-impaired - whilst I may be able to hear the commentary with earbuds (no Cyberman-style headphones connected to my phone!), it would still mean taking my hearing-aids out (which I don't like doing). Glad to read that you are looking at how to add text, Simon - thanks for that.

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Very interesting - slight "but"

Very interesting article, but I presume it's El Reg's publishing format that prevented this from being comments + large batch of good picture?

The ever present issue with video is that it forces you to watch for the full duration. Granted, 4'19" isn't that much, but most of us are as a consequence of our job usually very good at quick scanning information, and I'm sure I would have "read" this article in 10..50% of the time it takes to go through the video with the added benefit of controlling the pace myself so I can focus or defocus depending on content.

That said, it *was* informative, just curious about the motivation behind using video :)

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I just wish they'd stop using that crappy video player to embed YouTube videos. It's much more convenient to be able to just click the YouTube logo to switch to YouTube proper and view videos at a sensible size.

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Blocking jwpcdn.com gets you a link you can simply click.Their javascript or whatever made my browser crash 50% of the time I clicked it.

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Re: Very interesting - slight "but"

Motivation? Twofold.

IMHO telling the story with images and sound makes it more interesting. Reg writers get the opportunity to see some cool stuff. I think (hope?) it serves readers well to share those experiences in the most visceral way we can muster.

Second, we like to play with new storytelling ideas and techniques. And it's probably important we do so to keep the team and site evolving.

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at 3:51 is the quote:

"...also to help us to learn how to lay good cables"...

Not the first time I've heard that euphemism !!

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Bah!

I've said it before and I'll say it again; connecting submarines to ships by cable so they can get internet is a foolish thing. The ship is a dead giveaway, negating all that taxpayer-funded stealth-tech in the quest for cat videos and tweets.

Why can't these submariners make do with books, films and cold showers like they did in Ice Station Zebra?

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Ice Station Zebra party game: pick a bit of the movie where the sub is diving or surfacing. Everyone tries to guess what angle Patrick McGoohan will be standing at in the next shot. Match Patrick's declination and win a prize.

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Anyone who's had there fancy tickled by this track down a book called Tubes by Andrew Blum.

It all starts from a squirrel munching his connection onto exploring the real places of t'internet..

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Dammit. Now I'm going to "hear" every El Reg article in Simon's rather distinctive accent. (not that that's a bad thing, he's got a good speaking voice. Far better than my horrible mouse squeak.)

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Accent? It's the rest of you doing it wrong ...

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Every time I hear an Australian say data it reminds me of the ribbing Adam Hills gets on The Last Leg from Alex and Josh.

Anyway, very interesting article Simon. Personally I always enjoy the more nuts and bolts articles, E.g. The Geeks Guide to Britain series.

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Well, that was cool.

More occasional pieces of geekery like this, please.

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The rack mountings.

Just a heads up - there's nothing "novel" about the equipment mountings. Those "coiled wire rope" things are standard naval shock mountings. Example supplier here

I recall <cough> decades ago as a young apprentice seeing videos on what they do when a submarine (which is what we were building back then) is depth charged. All I'll say is that they take on shapes that you'd not imagine them capable of - and then (more or less) return to normal !

Of course, you have to make sure there's enough free length in the cables to allow that movement between vessel and equipment. If not, then the equipment survives but is no longer connected to anything which rather defeats the object.

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Just out of interest

Where exactly do they store those suitcases full of ink?

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surprised they lay on the bottom

the depths are incredible .. miles deep

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