50 posts • joined Wednesday 19th September 2007 13:19 GMT
that might be a problem, as Mr. Kneale unfortunately passed away in 2006...
Re: 1,000 O2 staff chose redundancy ?
if NTL, IBM and Manpower (among others) are anything to go by, they'll be using it as an excuse to get rid of the intelligent staff who see all the middle manager bulls**t for what it is - but who also actually are the ones best capable at the job.
leaving the dregs there who don't have the temeritry to question management edicts, but who are also quite incapable of tying there own shoelaces without help. the same managers will then be, as has been said, lamenting the fact they have no decent staff.
a plague upon all their houses.
what do we know?
we still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
six pints, please. and four packets of peanuts. keep the change.
Re: Sorry Kobo, I would like a Kindle version please
especially with the drm-removal plugin installed.
@ graham marsden
do you really think Stabby McChav is reading this, and would spend his hard-earned giro on one? they'll stick with the £5 jobbies from the local tat shop.
had some interesting choices for Bond's sidearms - the HK VP-70 and the ASP 9mm among others - the latter specifically made with the idea of being a concealable, but uncompromised performance handgun.
@ dr strangelug
an equally big question is 'how could six space launches all go off within minutes of each other and no-one whatsoever on the ground notice?'
pffft - Moore carried off the
'perfect english gent' type cool as shown by John Steed and Captan Picard (technically a frenchman, but he's played as English as they come by patrick stewart) - never blows his cool, always perfectly mannered - even when someone's trying to kill him (seen in The Spy Who Loved Me, when Caroline Munro's helicopter pilot is doing her best to machine gun him.) plus he could show a hard edge when he needed to (such as when he gave Locque's car a helping hand - or foot - off the cliff in For Your Eyes Only.)
Dalton second as he really did play the part as it was written - I read a good piece (I forget where unfortunately) on a 007 website a while ago where the case was made for his performance in Licence To Kill being the template for Craig's portrayal.
Brosnan a very close third - although his last outing broke any last bounds of believability.
Re: Bondnote 3
the PPK was given to him by Q to replace his previous weapon of choice, a .25 Beretta automatic, which he dismissed as a 'lady's gun'.
first we have 'bath salts' turning people into flesh eating zombies
now this...I'm off to find a nice cosy bunker somewhere and wait it out...there's a storm coming in...quite literally, if the weather is anything to go by.
@ shelluser - this is the best you've ever seen them. I've had at least 2 copies on both vhs and dvd of the first two films, and with both of them I was notincing colours and textures I'd never seen previously. for the prices you can pick up the 'full' box set with all the extras it's worth every penny IMHO if you're at all a fan.
@ c hill
Alien, grainy how? the BR release is crystal clear. Aliens yes, but I was under the impression that Cameron had to go with a grainy stock because the vast majority of the film is very dimly lit. and yes to everyone else, when the full BR set of all 4 is less than twenty quid, why bother getting this? I bought it for my brother for his birthday the other month and got it for £12 posted new, still shrinkwrapped.
K- for a compact with a superzoom lens
have you considered a Panasonic? the Lumix TZ range will give you an excellent sensor, Leica optics and superb build quality. and the older models in the range still perform perfectly well while being excellent VFM.
'Ebuyer confirmed that traffic for the £1 deals was what sent their site into a tailspin and said that customers were able to start making orders now if they kept refreshing the page.'
er, how about 'no you cant - it still isnt working.' idiots.
yes, the soundblaster recon 3d
is on its way, thats cross platform - pcs and consoles apparently. I treated myself to a pair of the Alphas for christams and I've got to say I'm pretty happy with them.
details here -
@AC - as for the 'health and safety nuts'
if they really had hogtied it, then perhaps the Challenger and Columbia would still be flying now, without any loss of crews. I recall a commentator some time ago remarking that the three X-15's made almost two hundred flights between them, but were never regarded as more than experimental and quite dangerous aerospacecraft to operate - however with the Shuttle, a far more complicated and higher-performing piece of equipment, they made four test flights and declared it fully operational.
That;'s even before you get to the design compromises forced upon NASA in the 70s when they were having the thing approved by the US administration, making it the 'DC-1 1/2' of space rather than the DC-3 it was meant to be. And what are NASA replacing it with? essentially, the same concept as Apollo - disposable one-shot craft.
paris, because you have to wonder if there's any point to her at all as well.
the flat-panel screens Bowman and Poole are watching during dinner in 2001?
* looks at 360 he's had for two and a half years *
* looks at disc library *
* fails to see any scratched ones *
* wonders why *
oh, yeah, thats because I dont pick my 360 up and shake the bloody thing when it's reading a disc. Same with my cd player, my pc, and my br player. it's very simple.
completely agree, and you can see how Canon (off the top of my head) have responded to this with the G11 - however, would you not think at this level though, the kind of customer these will be aimed at is just going to think 'more MP = better pictures'?
and Pat 3 - let's face it, anyone who wants really good results from a compact is going to do a bit more research than just striding into the high street Currys and asking the spotty herbert behind the counter for his recommendation. the fact that Curry's are still in business show that there will always be a sector of the market for that type of buyer, imo.
that doesnt explain
why most modern films suck.
what would you rather watch? the first two Alien films or the waste of celluloid that were the AVP films?
the first three Star Wars films or the most recent three?
the original Rollerball or the remake?
and as for these endless 'reboots'... get some original ideas you hollywood c**ts, and stop just looking at how much money you can make. if you make good films, people will want to watch them. it should be very simple.
Jobs, because he knows all about sucking and producing overpriced twaddle.
in a lot of respects, the best phone I've had up to now was my Motorola Graphite from 1997 - built like a tank, made calls when I wanted to, and had a ringer that sounded like a phone and not some silly bloody tune or something (are you listening Nokia??) and the menu's and choices made absolute sense.
I'[d definitely have one of these as a spare if they flogged them in the UK.
an £800 premium over the G1 for hd video?
I paid less for my D90 a year ago. The G1 is a lovely piece of kit, but why almost a triple hike in price on the GH1 just for adding the ability to take movies?
Paris, because she knows all about being overpriced and pointless.
@ AC re the M16
Slipping a rubber johnnie over the rifle muzzle is a common enough practice with any weapon to keep dirt and water out of the mechanism.
the *real* problems with the M16 were due to the fact that it was issued with no cleaning kit and an unannounced change in the type of gunpowder used in the ammunition caused excessive fouling - exacerbated by the direct - impingement gas system's sensitivity to dirt.
@ kaiser b
I dont think he does - he was moaning a while back about Joycey getting them all after losing his court case against him and andy rourke a while back ( I believe he went into some depth about it on the True To You website then).
however, I cant help but think if him and johnny marr have just played it straight with them in the first place, and then in the subsequent court case (where if memory serves, the judge described him as a 'deeply unreliable witness' or some such) he wouldnt be in this position now.
paris, 'cause I bet she knows a thing or two about uncomfortable positions...
what about the study I recall some time ago
by MIT (or some such body ) that proved a satistical correlation in the amount of mp3's of your band being downloaded to your record sales - ie, the more popular you were in terms of downloads, the more records you sold as more people became fans, and fans tend to prefer to own original copies of the music in question.
lars (and the rest of the band, and not just for the napster thing either) are indeed complete cocks.
last word to dave gahan - 'if you aint being bootlegged, you aint happening.'
@ tony smith
'It's getting to the point where, for some people, the *way* something is presented is more important than *what* is presented. That's the wrong way to view, IHMO.'
absolutely - it's like the records What Hi Fi use for reviewing stereo gear - almost always turgid bollox that no bugger in their right mind would actually *want* to listen to.
however, for the films I like, a good BR presentation is well worth the money IMO - 2001 for example, is simply jaw-dropping in terms of the way it looks - I noticed colours and details and even sounds I never had before, between vhs and dvd copies of it. also John Carpenter's The Thing is a stunning example of what BR can be like.
what I do object to, though, as people have said, are the high street prices of the discs and that on a lot of occasions, the transfer is taken from a crappy source that doesnt really improve any on the dvd presentation - thus negating the point of it being a BR disc in the first place. and when will the studios pull their collective fingers out and release the genuine classics held in their archives on dvd rather than the rehashed remade crap that passes for 'new' releases these days?
every time I see this camera
it's price is quoted as the same as the D90 - so I cant really see why it's being described as an 'entry level' model. the only thing you get over the D90 is the tilting screen, and you lose the higher resolution LCD screen and the AF motor. so whats the point?
Paris, because I cant see the point of her either.
'I'd be surprised if the EU said anything about this. Nikon have had a similar thing in their cameras since the D200 (about 4 years?)...'
er, dont think so. bought a D90 in december last year and a Jessops spare battery at the same time. only the +, - and ground terminals on each.
*dons tinfoil bowler*
unless thats what they WANT us to think...
fail, because I was looking at a Lumix as a new compact when I dont want to carry a DSLR around... I dont think I will now. cheeky twunts.
'drm and other such nonsense put me off them a long time ago.'
and Itunes works flawlessly, I suppose.
I have a Sony mp3 walkman here as I say - it doesnt give a f**k where I got my mp3's from, how many pc's I hold them on, and doesnt decide to delete my entire mp3 collection on a whim.
keep drinking the apple kool-aid - I'll stick with my Sony thank you.
'apple has the app store.'
with such gems as 'need to work out the tip in a restaurant? we have an app for that.'
erm, I've had an app for that on my phone for some time now - it's a thing called a CALCULATOR. and then only if you're so thick you cant do the mental arithmetic. but then if you are thick, I suppose that would be the explanation for paying for crap like this.
over 5000 signatures
in less than 24 hours - blimey. here's hoping he pays more attention to this than the warnings of the IMF,eh? still, if you dont ask you dont get.
black helicopters, because I wouldnt put it past them to send a few over to all the addresses on the list.
theres another few quid in the kitty
anyone know how much theyve got now?
thumbs down for the current shower of w**kers in power - £500 billion down the crapper propping up banks, another few million to come on a case they'll lose (ie trying to take away fred's payoff) but nothing for this? ffs.
I think you're being a bit harsh - this is a very good piece of kit indeed. When I was looking a camera for myself around christmas, I narrowed it down to this and the D90 ( I went for the Nikon in the end.) overpriced? very possibly, as Panasonic themselves launched it with £50 cashback straightaway, but as Jared points out, Panasonic are making (and have here IMO) incredible cameras on any terms. several review sites have said this has better performance than quite a few 'normal' slr's.
but why have you taken so long to review it?
... what a twat.
even Paris isnt that thick.
I cant believe
you havent mentioned any of the lines from Alien - maybe not as quotable as the second, but still worthy -
'We aint out of in here in ten minutes, we wont need no rocket to fly through space!'
'We'll move in pairs. We'll go step by step and cut off every bulkhead and every vent until we have it cornered. And then we'll blow it the fuck out into space. Is that acceptable to you?'
'There is an explanation for this, you know.'
'I think it's safe to assume it isn't a zombie.'
'I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience...remorse...or delusions of morality.'
@ Tim - 'Quality was always secondary'
er, what? the difference in quality was precisely what spurred me to change to dvd - *and* duplicate my existing vhs collection on dvd. if quality wasnt the issue, then why have people bought dvd titles they already have on tape?
for only £280, I can have an iphone. and £35 a month for 18 months. so thats £910. for which I get 200 texts and 200 minutes.
now, I'm already with o2, and I've just gotten an N95 off them for free, at £30/month which gets me 600 minutes and 1000 texts, plus what they call 'long weekends' which gives me free calls midnight friday through to midnight monday. I signed up for 24 months, granted, but with at the very bare minimum three times (and realistically a lot more) the call and text allowances. thats before we even get to the phone spec. so for £200 less, I'm getting arguably a better phone with a far better tariff.
and before all the fanboys start explaining what I'm missing out on by refusing to line Jobs' pocket any further, ( something which Maddox has already done far better than I - (possibly NSFW btw - http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=iphone ) can I just raise a question about this particular blurb about the iphone - 'iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply tapping a name or number in your address book, a favourites list or a call log.'
so that would be just like every other mobile phone I've had for the past ten years then, wether made by Motorola, Ericsson, Nokia or SE then?
I'm truly intrigued as to who will end up buying this, I really am.
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