146 posts • joined 1 Oct 2007
There's an interesting podcast about the HeLa cells mentioned in the article here
Well at least it was completely new information and interesting to me.
Re: Follow what money?
"Ministers benefit from the current system because they get to hold the BBC's leash and ensure the right propaganda reaches the masses."
These would be the same ministers (of whatever government right or left) that complain about the BBC?
"If as Elstein posits, 20 per cent gave up paying altogether, 40 per cent paid double and 10 per cent paid treble, then it would have over £5.1bn a year."
Do they really believe that if 30% were to pay the same as the current licence fee (simple arithmetic on the above) that 50% of people would voluntarily and happily pay more3?
I really can't see that happening.
But given the disdain with which Mr Gove regards teachers ("bunch of lefty whining do-gooder with too long holidays who think their experience means they know more than me") what sensible IT professional will be lured?
Re: But will there ever be anything worth watching?
Running up to Christmas that was a perfume ad, black and white, male with a chiselled jaw driving and open topped sports care and so on. It was so utterly full of cliches I was waiting for the end of the ad for the punchline seriously believing it to be one of those spoof ads that appears glamorous but is actually for soap powder.
The those sneaky ad men fooled me - it was actually an ad for perfume!
Re: Not quite the first thing to take out...
If wasn't (only) the viability of the technology that opponents of the "Star Wares project" objected to. It was to a greater extent about what it would do to the stability of the global political climate.
The Russians saw the project a a means whereby the USA could stage a first strike without having to worry about the retaliation and resulting "Mutual Assured Destruction" (Don't forget Regan had already called them an evil empire. If the "shield" even *looked* as if it was getting close to being viable it would have put the pressure on the Soviet hawks to lobby for their own first while that was still a possibility. It would have made the world a much less stable place, Perestroika would probably never got off the ground.
Of course in these days of asymmetric warfare you don't need ICBMs to totally change a countries culture.
Re: Not Difficult and
I heard her interviewed on the Today program on Radio 4 and as usual it seems a nice headline opportunity has obscured what she's actually doing. It is all related to combinations sounds, what type follows what and so on and it's aimed at look how ideas get vocalised, what can interfere with it and has applications for rehabilitation of stroke suffers and other speech problems.
Re: I never saw the point of this concept.
"Hell, most people if you play their won speech back at the with a few milliseconds delay will find it near impossible to talk."
This is true, sometimes when Skype-ing if the user at the other end is using speakers rather a headset you hear your own voice coming back delayed. When that happens I can only get half way through sentences..
"So, based on anyone's real knowledge of the systems in place, which bank(s) are least likely to have serious IT problems? Serious question, because I want to change and this is one of my important criteria."
From a purely customer service point of view I'd recommend First Direct. Always been very helpful and have sorted out things for me that weren't actually their problem. The phone even gets answered really quickly.
I can't answer about their IT systems, but they're a part of HSBC so there is probably some reliance on that".
No, I don't work for them or have any connection, just been with them since soon after they opened and found their service good.
Re: A good weapon
"A bit massy to carry though."
Just avoid turning it upside down.
Re: A good weapon
But a lazy gun would be so much more fun.
Re: That "quadcopter decapitation"
"That "quadcopter decapitation" story would appear to be an amalgamation of two different stories:"
I'd just done my own research on that having wondered how big a quad copter must be to have rotors that could decapitate. And I'd come to the same conclusion - that it hadn't happened. Tsk tsk Reg, I don't expect urban legends from you.
Re: At that moment Skizz realised he was never going home . . .
+1 for the Skizz reference
First I'll declare that I currently own an Original Wii, an XBox 360, a PSP and a PS3.
The Wii hasn't been turned on for months and was mostly used for Zelda games.
The Xbox360 also hasn't been turned on recently and that's mainly used for platform exclusives.
I can't remember the last time the PSP was turned on, that's really been superseded by smartphones and tablets.
The PS3 (original fat model with hardware PS2 compatibility) is my main gaming machine (primarily because I "know" more people on PSN than XBox live) and is currently getting used for GTAV. It also gets used as the BluRay player so since I've had a 3-D TV for about 9 months I was rather startled the hear the PS4 doesn't support 3D BluRays. I never really used the PS3 for media as Sony never provided .MKV support.
Currently neither the XBox One or the PS4 have me thinking "I want one". If the PS4 was backwards compatible I *probably* would have gone for it after Christmas, just to have the new shiny. But with a backlog of games and several new ones due that I fancy playing I'm happy with the PS3. And I don't want to run a PS3 and 4 - there are enough wires and plugboards round the back of the tell as it is.
So.... until the next Uncharted gets released as a PS4 exclusive I'll probably be sitting on my hands; I can't see the sales being massive.
Re: There can be only one
Mr Baker is the one for me, Saturday tea times at university the TV room in hall (we didn't have computers or even TVs in our rooms in those does youngsters) were a fun communal time (and of course there was Leela!)
In answer to "which would you have liked to have seen more?" I'd would have like Christopher Eccelston to have done more, he brought a darker, angry tone which I liked and I thought he was just hitting his stride when he left.
Re: A little more back ground (What no anti-fox protests?)
"more likely to get information instead of bombast"
...... on Fox???????? Really? On Fox?!
Re: Whoever devised quick time events
Ahhh Skies of Arcadia on Dreamcast, my first real JRPG. Loved that game.
Re: More a TV remote simulator than a game
I don't know much about this game yet but I have played Heavy Rain and that had multiple different outcomes possible. It was also a "game" that some family members wanted to watch be "played". I had to wait until they were available before I could continue.
That second picture reminded me a lot of Flow
Re: About bloody time!
"the de-funding of all faith schools"
I'd give you more up votes if I could. I'm for banning all religious "education" for under 16s. I know you couldn't do anything about in the home, but Sunday schools etc. could go and school RE lessons could stay as comparative theology at the secondary school level.
IF she did step down it wouldn't be her grandson who took over, but her son. You don't seem to have grasped one of the fundamental principles of monarchy: the subjects don't get to decide who the monarch is.
Re: It's a good start.
"Atheism IS a belief - in the Standard Model of physics."
In the cheesy words of Mr Cleese "Explain pray the logic underlying that statement"
Re: It's a good start.
"Capitalism isn't ideal but being told what you can or cannot believe or say in a public arena is a very slippery slope and this is slowly happening :("
I don't get where this Christian sense of persecution is coming from (yes I realise I'm making an assumption it was written from that point of view). It seems to be coming more and more commonly voiced and I'm not sure if this is some organised tactic or believers are getting upset that they no longer have the same influence when telling other believer or non-believers that they're wrong.
Re: Hey Kids! This App's approved by Joe 90's Dad (*)
And that "call me Dave" looks like Henry from Thomas the Tank Engine
Re: Hey Kids! This App's approved by Joe 90's Dad (*)
I thought everybody knew he looks like Pob
Re: I didn't understand a word of that
Don't worry too much, I have a physics degree (from many years ago now) and I don't really "get it" either.
Re: I cant wait to see the price of a Monster HDMI 2.0 cable
This site is also good for a giggle.
Re: Cult of Personality
When I first read that I thought you were actually posting from Gorky Park; they do have free public Wi-Fi in the park. Just on the other side of the main road from the park is the Fallen Monument sculpture parke
That contains a lot of the old Soviet era statutes, Stalin with his nose broken off for example, very very interesting place.
Stalin seems to have been removed from public places but Lenin is still pretty popular.
(Yes I know this is getting well off the original topic)
"I have no affinity with any of the three major parties - I would not dream of voting for any of them."
So I assume you support a "minority party" then? If you don't vote at all, you don't get to complain.
Re: Keeping the beaurocracy alive... @AC 8:13
The first thing to note is that since April 2012 the Post Office and Royal Mail have been separate entities. and the Post Office just has a ten year contract to issue stamps and handle letters and parcels for Royal Mail. The Post Office is effectively now just a commercial business; probably why you have to put up with all those video ads when you're queuing.
What ever it's faults the big plus with Royal Mail is that it is a universal service. I will cost me the same to send a letter to my next door neighbour as it does to send a letter to eccentric Uncle Hamish on his remote Hebridian island. If the Royal Mail is privatised I wonder how long that will last? I can't see DHL, UPS et al clamouring to provide a rural service.
I know RM is making profits (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22605734) but think how much bigger board bonus would be if they didn't have to send a van out into the snow covered dales with one Christmas card for a remote farm.
And I thought that throwing resulted in a no ball. So bowlers have had to change this natural throwing ability.
Re: Cold reading - And that's not just there website!
I went to a talk a little while ago by a guy who was a professional magician. He had been on a show on local radio where three "psychics" did reading on various volunteers and the listeners voted on who was the best/most accurate. He (as a self confessed fake) beat the two "genuine" psychics.
Apparent their response to that was "But you ARE really psychic, it's just that you don't realise it.
Surly there must be some old un-replealed witchcraft laws floating around we could use.
(devil obviously appropriate)
Re: Technology changes ..
"If you're going to pay £1800 for a laptop then perhaps you shouldn't baulk at £20 to make it compatible with older hardware."
As I've written in these comments before (to many down votes) at that price and mark up the £20 adaptor should be included! It won't cost the manufacturer £20 probably something closer to the fancy folded packaging.
Thumbs up for a "As any fule kno" and also for "the enticing prospect of paper-thin trampolines for elephants wearing spike heels".
Lewis obviously had a good weekend.
Sorry - can some one point me to The Register? I seem to have stumbled into the Daily Mail pages.
Re: Can we check one thing? @Tim Worstal
But the tax is not really a tax on the dead person, it is effectively a tax on the people benefiting from the estate. By your logic any salary paid to you by your employer should be exempt from tax because your employer has already paid corporation tax.
And as you do mention in the last paragraph it's 40% on sums above £325K so if a house valued at £330K (let's call it a third of a million pound) is inherited your inheritance tax liability is actually £200 pounds? Are you really going to sell a third of a million pound house to pay a £2000 pound bill? I think you might be able to get a new mortgage to cover that bill even these days.
Blake's Seven Returns
Surprised that there seems to have been no mention of the following on El Reg
As some one with cats named after Blake's seven characters I'm not sure what I feel about this...
The fact that it's bound for the SyFy channel and that one of the Heroes writer is on board doesn't exactly fill me with confidence.
On the other hand Freemantle seems to be a British company so maybe it won't be a feel good, buddies against the bad guys that it could be with an American company in charge.
Re: Water levels...
"Is it sad that as I was reading this comment, my head was playing the dunda dunda dunda dunda "
If you're sad then so am I - I was hearing the same sound
Can't see how they'll be able to justify a surcharge per person, per direction when the payment is all on one card (i.e. 8 charges for a return trip for a family of 4).
But I'm sure they'll try!
Re: why xp is ubiquitous
Have an up vote for a Tom Lehrer reference
Re: More adverts, everywhere.
Ad revenues must be down
Is the distance back you have to stand a software or hardware limitation? I know there is a wide angle accessory you can get but I've heard bad reviews.
never hosted anything with GoDaddy but have registered domains and they're certainly persistent in trying to get "extras" added on to your order before you reach the checkout page.
Re: Nexus 10 Accessories
Yep - the only available POGO pin connectors are unofficial ones on eBay
I can't remember how old I was when I first read Flowers for Algernon in a library book but I'm sure it made me cry. It still has an impact,
Re: OK, I want to add
Arrggh no .. not A.I. I think a kubrick solo project would have been much better, the heavy hand of Spielberg saccharine schmaltz ruined it for me.
Re: and a few outliers...
Not sure what sort of author you'd classify Christopher Priest as. Trying to compare "The Affirmation" with "The Prestige" and with "The Inverted World" shows quite a range.
Had to give you an upvote for those two. how did they slip my memory?
Veering off topic a bit
In my youth (which is too fat ago now) I remember reading something that said a book labels Sci-Fi was likely to be a Cowboys & Indians in space type space opera but if you wanted something a bit more intellectually challenging you needed to look for the label SF. At the time I found this to be a very good guide which is why I still wince a bit at the term SciFi (we'll say nothing about SyFy).
having said that -
Dark Star should be there, as stated I think it was the first "non-shiny" SF film I'd seen, and it's funnay as well.
And Primer, still makes my brain hurt, still no idea of exactly what happened but is a brilliant example of the principle of taking one "let's assume this is possible" idea and seeing where that leads to. (I like Bob Shaw's exploration of Slow Glass over many stories as a literary example of this.)
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