3558 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
Calling beautiful people
You too could have the onscreen charisma to be the next Natalie Portman and Hayden Christiansen.
Is one of the 404 methods a gas bill?
Because nothing is a more authoritative identity document than a recent utility bill.
Ark in Space
As an 8 year old kid when this aired, I can say that I didn't notice the bubble wrap, it was just horrible green goo consuming Noah. And by god it was scary, then a few weeks later it was Davros - AND HE HAD NO EYES, JUST SOCKETS! Not long after that it was the Zygons and a killer Harry Sullivan. A couple of years later giant robot mummies and the utter horror feast that was Brain of Morbius. Followed by the gorgeous, creepy robots in Robots of Death, a walking ventriloquist dummy in Weng Chiang and that bloody skull in Image of the Fendahl. God it was good to be a kid in the 70s.
We even had Spangles.
I really wish someone at the BBC had the courage to commission equally scary stuff these days.
Re: PLSV? What rocket is this?
What's seriously impressive is that the Indian Space Agency originally intended MOM to fly on the GSLV rocket, but when that suffered a series of launch failures, they switched to the PLSV.
The GSLV should fly again soon and they'd better get it debugged because it is need to carry the Chandrayaan-2 lunar orbiter, lander and rover in 2017.
Someone get SciFi Channel on the phone!
I think I've found a replacement for when shark movies jump the - erm - shark.
A sad day
This story circulated for years on bulletin boards and Usenet before it became a video sensation. All we had to go on was the original Dave Barry column, which begins:
'I am absolutely not making this incident up; in fact I have it all on videotape. The tape is from a local TV news show in Oregon, which sent a reporter out to cover the removal of a 45-foot, eight-ton dead whale that washed up on the beach. The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed upon the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.
'So anyway, the highway engineers hit upon the plan — remember, I am not making this up — of blowing up the whale with dynamite. The thinking here was that the whale would be blown into small pieces, which would be eaten by sea gulls, and that would be that. A textbook whale removal.
Tragically Elon didn't pick up the phone to El Reg
Because I reckon we could have come up with much better names for the company. Who wouldn't want to see CHER* straddling California for the next couple of centuries?
*California Hyperloop Eliminates Railroad
'Google has also eschewed Apple and Motorola Mobility's fruity color schemes'
Somewhere Nokia sobs in the corner.
Uncle Scrotes should share his jawbone information with the rest of us. Quite a lot of people can't wait for him to stop moving.
Re: Rulers obsolete
And a delightful rocking chair for hamsters.
Re: A little confusion here - not as bad as it initially seems
Open an existing 2009 document in the new iWork suite and it immediately saves the document in the new format - using the same filename. Your old file is gone and won't open in 2009. You can't go back without resorting to a Time Machine backup, and exporting from 2013 to 2009 is very hit and miss if you have anything more than a basic project.
And I'm sorry, saying we had to downgrade the software to give the other versions a chance to catch up is a pretty poor one for one of the world's largest IT companies.
Re: Ribboned for your pleasure
'My daughter who is at Uni, is using the new Pages and much prefers it because of the convenience of the iCloud data storage giving her access via mobile. Essay writing is probably a pretty typical style of use case for iWorks and for such non-demanding work '
I think the key phrase there is 'non-demanding'. Pages is a toy, albeit a pretty one. But as soon as you need proper editing features or handling references and bibliographies it is completely out of its depth.
Somehow Apple just managed to make it worse.
After the technicolor dog's breakfast that is the new iOS7 GUI it's hard to see if Apple is even bothering to test stuff before shipping.
Re: The legislation has the word "protection" in it.
Don't mince your words, let us know what you really think about the odious little cockwomble.
Re: No war
I don't remember a huge backlash against the intelligence agencies after previous attacks in the UK.
Huge hatred for the people who did it, but no normal people (obviously the likes of Blair, Straw and Blunkett don't count) were demanding our rights be thrown into the Moulinex on the spurious grounds it would make us safer. If anyone was saying the intelligence services had failed it was the politicians who promptly proceeded to shower them with more money and power.
Freshly caffeinated, so here goes.
Eucalyptus trees concentrate gold in their leaves. This has been proven by experimentation and fieldwork. However, all the cool kids have been wanting to perform literal data mining on GA's amazing dataset in the hope that there's gold in them thar bytes.
But it might be cheaper to go into a Eucalyptus forest, snip some leaves and analyse them for gold. Or just follow a koala with a mass spec.
I wish *we* could hear that conversation - an angry German on line one. Unmissable.
I remember the hype
And the delays, and the name changes - and despite it I still wanted one.
Then a year later the Amiga arrived and left pretty much everything else in the dust.
Re: Good news!
'(Except that the Daily Mail won't have any Superbug of Death stories to 'report' on)'
S'okay all the people surviving bacterial infections means the Mail can run HOSPITAL OVERCROWDING horror stories.
And thanks for confirming this sounded awfully familiar from 'Horizon' - must have been a long time ago because it was a good BBC* 'Horizon'.
* Before Bloody Cox.
You have to admire the Chinese
And they way they manage to hide their contempt for people like Osborne and Johnson who are so willing to kow-tow to them.
Course he's not dodging taxes
He's welcoming taxpayers' money to keep Virgin Trains going.
I'd almost forgotten that former Number 10 spindoctor and flame-haired editoratrix (your favourite person in the whole wide world) were on trial for corruption whilst working for your company.
I do hope there will be lots and lots of coverage in the media.
All of the media.
Including your bit - if you can squeeze it in between the tits.
Perhaps as a follow-up one on how data is restored from degraded tape? With Patrick Troughton DW in the news I'd love to know how they make old telly sparkle.
On a similar note
How did that BBC Micro initiative work out again?
To quote Mandy Rice-Davies
'He would, wouldn't he?'
If the head of GCHQ said Snowden's revelation of the scale of their unsupervised interceptions had no consequences whatsoever, he'd be hard pressed to explain why it is necessary to continue.
Could 3D printing be a replacement for the plastic or wax model used to form the mould in the lost wax process? It doesn't have to be durable as it is going to be melted or evaporated before the mould is filled with metal.
Not the first cometary material recovered on Earth either
High-flying U2 sample flights have regularly brought back pieces of cometary dust (it's kind of fluffy) from the stratosphere where it can be found amongst meteroids, volcanic ash and the occasional fragment of solid rocket booster exhaust (LOHAN's will be added soon)
I'd just like a headphone socket that was easy to get to rather than hidden somewhere in the acres of brushed aluminium round the back.
The one upside of losing the optical drive is that there's no longer a DVD slot for me to idly push an SD card into and spend the next few minutes swearing.
Re: Register Red of course!
And Thunderbird 3 was red.
At least it wasn't a Pinto
The US government says there were an average of 152,300 car fires each year between 2006 2010. Each year they caused an average of 209 deaths, 764 injuries, and $536 million in direct property damage.
Apparently Tesla has the car in their labs and they'll have to respond because the one thing America is even better at than high tech is litigation.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
'In films yes. You should remember that the Hindenburg, the poster ship of the "IT BURNS" camp, wasn't destroyed by a hydrogen fire - the hydrogen only went up AFTER the rocket fuel coated outer canvas cover set on fire and the fire then burned through the gas bags.'
No it didn't. If you watch the film of the disaster there is a closeup view of the bow as it comes crashing to earth. You can see the airship is burning inside before the outside skin catches light.
It was a hydrogen fire that destroyed the Hindenburg.
Never really trusted them
After they insisted on customers sending copies of their passports when making an order.
'and there's no marine engineer I've found who thinks that anyone has looked seriously at the problem of maintenance of metallic structures in the salt water of the North Sea.'
Aren't oil rigs kind of made of metal? And in the North Sea.
Settings -> General
IOS has kept a lot of apparent simplicity by hiding its complexity further down. A huge amount of stuff has been bundled together in the dreaded General settings which is a real mish mash of unrelated stuff which makes it harder to remember where things can be found.
Having said that, IOS settings are a joy compared to trying to do basic things like change time and date on my mum's Galaxy Europa.
Re: Samsung processor
'If they were feeling frustrated at all of apples patent trolling and attempting to screw then over at every turn, they could have such fun with the chip fab.'
Has anyone with an electron microscope to hand looked for any rude messages about Apple on the silicon?
Screw *his* protection - what about us?
Do we really want Lester re-enacting The Quatermass Experiment?
We'll have to plunge the Playmonaut into 100% alcohol on his return - it's the only way to be sure.
I suspect he won't protest too much.
Re: Life imitates art
CoD was blamed by that bastion of journalistic standards, the Mirror, for the Washington Naval Dockyard shootings. It looks like the largely discredited link between video games and violence is still going strong in the tabloids.
23 year old estate agent
Hasn't he got an overpriced house to sell someone?
Or they could turn round and look at the printed timetable.
Re: Goin' downtown
It might not be subducted because of its thickness. The plate might refuse to buckle and subduct in which case the Tamu Massif will either be accreted on to the edge of the Eurasian plate as an exotic terrane (such as has happened with a similarly thickened section of oceanic crust in Colombia), or it will be obducted on to the continental plate as an ophiolite (Troodos in Cyprus, much of Oman and the UK's very own Lizard).
With Jeremy Hunt in charge we'll have to assume copies of everyone's medical records are going to News International.
Re: Fascinating article
Or if you had a Commodore 64, 15 minutes to try and load a game, followed by a crash and much fiddling with the alignment.
bleeping, groaning and wheezing
Enough about my love life...
Re: Be a yes man instead.
Oh I like that. I hope you did get to say 'Your call is very important to us. All of our operators are busy right now, but please continue to hold.' Because everyone likes that.
You'd think it wouldn't be beyond the wit of BT to notice the vast number of calls coming from a relatively small number of offshore numbers and block them. But oh no, if you get bombarded with these foreign PPI calls or the dreaded silent calls, BT insist there is nothing they can do because it is 'an international call'.
Quick question, do BT make money from connecting an international call?
Re: It's not agressive atheist - it is an agresive theocracy
All of those countries have or had a personality cult indistinguishable from religion - supreme leader - check; one true way - check; unquestioning obedience - check; us and them - check; persecution complex - checkity check.
Just an idea
A similar policy might work on 'The Voice'.
If the Aura is the same one shipped in the late spring then it's a damn good reader. The screen is lovely, slightly bigger than most eBook readers and the front light is excellent - it's slightly blue, but it is bright, even and there's no flicker. It handles ePub (open and Adobe DRMed) and PDF documents. You can *just* about squeeze an A4 page onto the screen, but it's not particularly pleasant.
The downside of the Aura (as with all Kobos) is that the operating system does seem to need to go for nice lie downs every now and again. Mine freezes for no apparent reason on some books (even those from the Kobo store) and the review options where you can annotate the book often freezes.
But the battery life is excellent, it's nicely put together (if a bit of an odd shape round the back) and I'm very happy.
I hope this isn't the end of dedicated readers, I like something that is just there for one thing and does it well for ages between charges.
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