466 posts • joined Thursday 20th September 2007 14:48 GMT
Re: Doctor Who stopped with Sylvester Mccoy
With lot of running down corridors to pad the time ;)
What you mean is a good 4 parter like Day of the Daleks, The Dadly Assassin or Robots of Death
Much love to Delia, excellent article - that original theme music still gives me the shivers!
Re: Such scientific discussion ..
The important part wasn't the leaked emails it was the leaked software code and supporting documents. Analysis of that - which was NEVER covered properly by the meedja - showed what a complete fuck up "Climate Science" was. Software that had undocumented fudge factors in place, no proper documentation, no proper data integrity (raw data had been overwritten by processed data and no backup copies of the raw data made) and generally what I would call totally amateur software engineering. Then again this is what you get when you allow scientists to write software. I've got plenty of experience of this, having been employed in the past to take code written by scientists and turning it into "properly" engineered software, with proper documenation, source code control, data control etc etc...
Scientists by and large are not good software engineers...
Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy
The age of consent in the UK is 16 but you'll still get done for child porn if you (as a 17 yr old husband) take a photo of your 17 yr old wife in her birthday suit as the law says you are a "child" until 18.
Re: Biomass != fossil fuel
So what - its still releasing CO2 and thats supposed to be evil!!! Or is it only evil when idiot greens say its evil?
Solar output has dropped since 1950? References please...
Re: As an English Taxpayer
Only a portion of North Sea oil is in what would become Scottish Territorial waters. You don't just draw a straight line east-west on the map, you follow the border as it intersects with the coastline and the border at Berwick is essentially North East
Re: wasn't there a dystopian film
Lol guess which game I'm currently playing :)
Still annoys the **** out of me when an Etheriel takes over one of my team and proceeds to blow the rest away!!
Re: I'm sure that there'l be a variety of amusing commentary here ...
Do I need to say this again? Science isn't a democracy or a popularity contest! Science is about understanding reality and if reality doesn't match your theories, it doesn't matter HOW many say black is white, black will still be black!
Its not over when millions of people are still using old versions of IE and MS will only release the latest versions on Win 8. We have clients who are locked into using IE6 FFS (major telephone company from Britian, I'm looking at you!) so we STILL have to support that red-headed bastard child of complete and utter morons over a decade later than we should be!
Re: So no-one else is wondering
Black Market Halon doesn't come cheap... ahem so I've been told!
Does it work?
At least with Meccano you can build machines that actually WORK:
Meccano Difference Engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6i9Ckm2Z5E
Re: BBC PR = news
News isn't news anymore... an old drunk who used to be a good footballer arriving at the court for hit trial for assault isn't "news" but Sky News this morning had a "Breaking News - News Alert: Paul Gascoigne arrives at court" headline interrupting their "normal" "news" coverage...
Science is NOT a democracy.
It doesn't matter how many people BELIEVE something that doesn't make it true. For hundreds of years people believed the Sun orbited the Earth, but that wasn't true and eventually a minority of Scientists fought for better understanding, suffering persecution until their view was accepted as "the truth".
The problem is Science does not give TRUTH it gives "the best answer we have so far to fit the evidence we have available". So the science can NEVER be "settled".
I remember back in the mid 90s when I was working as tech support for a defence contractor (based in new Malden) that was a Mac shop being asked why I had a set of biro pen lids in the toolkit. I then showed that person how to clean the accumulated crap off the mouse rollers in his mouse using the pen top as a scraper...
Re: I was strongly reminded of World of Warcraft
Which just goes to show that there is next to nothing original in WoW
Re: But, but, but....
Well you obviously aren't thinking of the children unless you want them to grow up in a mediaeval-likeage where power is so expensive it has to be rationed!
I say again, using this gas won't INCREASE our CO2 output, it will just REPLACE the very expensive gas supplies that we currently export. Why don't you people ever seem to understand that?
Re: Pass the pack ice mother ...
You think this will increase our CO2 output? Think again! This is a REPLACEMENT STRATEGY!!! We will still burn this amount of fuel if we don't exploit these deposits but we'll just be paying for it through the nose from importers...
Re: Falling for the old "bait and switch"
Sadly that really is what this sounds like
Re: Have to agree with them
Then don't pay 10 times - nobody is FORCING you to keep buying the same album on different formats - you are choosing to do that because it is convenient for you.
If I were Starbucks shareholders I'd now be looking into a class action against them for giving money away rather than funnelling it back into shareholder profit!
Larry wants to be Tony Stark, hence the cringworthy Oracle product placements in the Iron Man movies... "We searched the Oracle Cloud and found this..." <silence>
Re: So whos going to do business in England?
point 4 is irrelevant because the UK is a large enough market that they would hurt their own business by pulling out. This excuse has been used before by the City to try to justify leaving their enormous bonuses untapped, but its a straw horse as there are plenty of other reasons why the companies and people CHOOSE to stay in the UK even if they have to pay more tax.
Re: Agree on pre-degree IT exams
> proving that one can write Fortran in any language
My 30 year career in IT contains an element of proof for this assertion!
Re: Time warp ..
John Hurt isn't the "next" Doctor - he's a previous one who "broke the promise". Current speculation is that he's actually the 9th Doctor between Paul McGann and Chris Ecclestone and was the one who "did" the Time War stuff,
RIP indeed - spent many years working on VAX/VMS systems of all flavours in many jobs from the early 80s onwards. Anyone else remember VaxNotes - a bulletin board system that ran on the VAX? Any ex-BPers out there? :)
Re: Taxes strangling the high street
THis makes absolute sense to me and I might add a 3rd:
3. Cap greedy landlords rent increases
You constantly hear of shops closing because their lease comes up for renewal and the landlord hikes the rent by 30% or more.
Oh and another:
4. Enforce planning rules to stop the giant retail businesses (Tesco etc) swamping the town with their shops, driving up prices and driving out local small competitors who can't subsidize loss-making pricing models.
Please include Theresa May, Ed Milliband and Boris Johnson oh hell and most of the other parasitical politicians who also jumped on the bandwagon taking "advantage of moments of fear and terror to spread hatred and animosity"' by promoting the snoopers charter in response...
Re: Corporate tax is not a moral issue
Total bollocks - a company has a legal obligation to maximise its profits for the benefit of shareholders. This means a company is obliged to game the tax system because if they didn't the shareholders could sue them for not providing the best shareholder value!
If the tax laws allow gaming, its a the tax authoritiy's responsibility to FIX the tax laws, not the company's duty to pay more than they legally need to.
Re: Fracking needs to be fully controlled
"Not without the specialized equipment and trained experts that went WITH THE OIL COMPANIES they won't."
Who are usually subcontractors employed by the oil companies. Most Oil companies no longer "own" the expertise they used to have because lawyers and accountants reckon its cheaper to just stuff the ranks of oil companies with MBA trained middle management and leave the REAL work to subcontractors - one reason why BP fucked up in the Gulf of Mexico!
Re: Just wait for Space 1999...
There is talk of a Hollywoodised Space 2099 in development hell as well as an updated UFO... don't hold your breath!
Re: Help my vague memory
You are referring to the series "Changes" whereby a magical rick caused humanity to turn against technology in an effort to bring back the "Old Religion".
If memory serves it was Merlin stuck in the rock that was doing it and it fell to one English schoolgirl to have lots of adventures before persuade him to stop being a prat.
There are adverts on Facebook?
I never realised there were ads on facebook, just thought there were blocks of whitespace... [innocent face]
Excellent thumbnail photo
I would like to compliment El Reg on the excellent choice of thumbnail photo to illustrate this massive debate!
Stand by for action!
So were they tapping the phone calls of Troy Tempest to Marina? I bet that was a bit of a one-sided conversation...
Re: I rather liked it.
Somehow I read that as rogue sturgeon... hmmm something fishy going on...
Re: Karma's a bitch
But they already acknowledge they own TPB and have aleady been taken to court over it so whats your point?
... and your point is?
Just because it is "sport" means we don't have to care about the accuracy judgements of the officials? That we don't want to spoil a match by allowing stupid mistakes to stand when there are ways of assisting the officials to make the correct decision?
I that case they don't need more complex and expensive technology, then need extra linesman standing next to the goal to see what happens in those situations.
That example will ALWAYS be difficult to judge no matter what tech is used - whose to say that the studs in the keepers boots don't have a clever piece of magnetic field manipulation jiggery pokery? What this will stop is those ridiculous decisions when the ball was clearly over the line and the goal wasn't awarded.
What sort of racing? Horse, car, muse, cockroach?
Re: Missing the point
Try finding a Maiden in that town though... more like Chavhead...
Re: i HAVE YEARS OF PENT UP gw SPLEEN TO VENT
TSR were notorious bullies before they were owned by White Wolf. In the early days of the internet there were numerous cease and desist notices sent out by their lawyer to any site that mentioned Advanced (R) Dungeons(R) & Dragons(R). How do I know? I got one for a site I built for my gaming group to document our shared campaign. I had to remove all reference to AD&D(tm) and other phrases. I tried to point out to them that my site was in fact providing them with free advertising, but they didn't get it... and they they got bought out and everything changed! Don't forget, this was the company that had reg trade mark on the word "Dragon"!!
Re: Harry Potter's <actor>
She also did most of the dubbed female voice in The Water Margin!
Re: Excel < 1-2-3? Features!!?!
Did it handle UTF-8 csv files properly? Excel still can't do that after all these years!
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