3561 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
'They are taking on yet another web2 service that has a broken business model and will loose them money left right and centre.'
I think you might have hit on something there. If Google buy enough loss making services they might be able to say they aren't a monopoly - because if they were they'd be rich like Microsoft.
In which case I'd like to talk to the Mountain View boffins about my virtual 'notes to the milkman' Web 2.0 synergetic holistic mashup enterprise. People pay nothing to write notes to a non-existent milkman in 140 characters or fewer, they can follow their favourite milkman and share favourite notes with other milk drinkers. It makes no money, is completely pointless, will be forgotten in six months time; so by Twitter reckoning, must be worth at least a billion. Two billion if we can make it an iPhone app and get Stephen Fry onboard.
It's DIVX all over again
When are they going to realise it won't bloody well work? It'll last just long enough for someone to rip the content:
Either by breaking the encryption (which must be compromised as it's clear what sort of structure the key will have - if it has a phone number and a credit card number in it then we can exclude other characters), or;
By intercepting the content as it streams from the player to the display. HDCP isn't mandatory yet and most pirated content users would be perfectly happy with a slightly degraded copy.
Let's do it
For every proven oil well that's drilled, there are several that will never produce a drop of petroleum. A good number of these end up in brine reservoirs which have been sitting there for millions of years. Pump CO2 down into those then fill the well with concrete and it should remain there for ages. Not only because CO2 dissolves into water, but also because CO2 under high pressure is a liquid at normal temperatures.
I blame it all on...
...the change in logo.
SGI used to have a fabulous 'cube' logo:
then they went all swoopy, touchy-feely and family friendly and the business imploded. Don't blame the hardware, don't blame the software - blame the strategy-oriented synergetic experts.
...how do you know what the guy in the hair dryer is thinking?
Man looks constipated.
Robot shuffles right.
Press droid: clearly human subject was thinking about moving right. A triumphant success for Honda, Japan and the Emperor!
Man thinks 'hold on, I was hoping they wouldn't take photos of me in this ridiculous contraption.'
Like to know more about the duplicates
Are they identical DNA records from people who have used more than one name, or are they different DNA records because the Home Office has changed DNA measuring guidelines in the past?
@ Toastan Buttar
"I hope they get the same little lady who announced the nuclear test blast to come on our TV's again. I like her."
Me too - isn't she fabulous? Not many people could pull off that particular shade of peach, but she manages it brilliantly:
And she's MUCH more entertaining than Robert Peston.
'Fish-flavoured beef? Not sure I fancy that.'
S'okay, it'll taste just like delicious whale - the ultimate free-range organic meat.
If you give a cow fish oil
Does it become smarter?
@ g e
The North Koreans should have to give details of any object they put into orbit.
In 1998, they even went so far as to tell the world the elements for Kwangmyongsong which was apparently circling the Earth broadcasting toe-tapping melodies such as "Song of General Kim Il Sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong Il" at 27MHz. They insisted it was up there, even though the US couldn't ever track it on radar and listeners on 27MHz were disappointed not to be able to listen in.
It looks like the 1998 launch was one for a space vehicle which went wrong at the last minute and either tipped the satellite into the North Pacific or into a very low orbit from which it decayed within hours.
Pulitzer winning journalism here
The Telegraph has deployed its formidable resources to determine that Virgin were satisfying the Home Secretary's husband with "Raw Meat 3" and "By Special Request".
Any of the Reg's readers able to tell us more about these epic titles - especially "Raw Meat 3"? Does it achieve the tricky task of being a good third movie in the series - which is hard to pull off [snigger] - Jaws 3D, Rocky 3 and Return of the Jedi all failed to keep the high standards of their predecessors.
Can we work out the titles?
The BBC tantalises us with the news that Virgin's porno pipes delivered the movies on 6 and 8 April 2008 at £5 a time. Is there any hope of narrowing down what sort of filth gets Mr. Home Secretary going?
And surely a Playmobil reconstruction of salient plot points for those of us who don't subscribe to Beardie muck is in order?
'Cylons should be big, clunky and metal '
Including the one in the little red dress?
Me? It grew on me for the first season, I loved season 2, after that it was clear they'd blown the budget on the first couple of episodes of season 3 and it became LA Law in Spaaaace.
Got bored. Which was a shame as it did appear to be willing to flirt with much darker SF than is normal for TV. Fortunately, it looks like 'Dollhouse' is starting to get in its stride and that seems to be going into very dark places indeed.
Be worried about your neighbours
If you're planning on doing a bit of DIY, decorating or fixing up the garden; you'd best hope your neighbours are all trained chemists and can recognise the legitimate uses for household chemicals.
Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' had the perfect slogan for The Home Office:
'Be Safe, Be Suspicious'
One model makes sense
Because Apple just have to brand 'iPhone'. Their latest campaign is about the number of apps:
'only on iPhone'
Adding new models implies that some apps won't work on some models or won't offer the full range of functionality - and that's a way of pissing people off.
Sony Ericsson, whilst they're still with us, constantly has to struggle to tell customers the differences between its nigh on indistinguishable and bafflingly named phones. They've already lost the marketing war.
Should go back to the 1950s
I'm a little disappointed in DARPA. This project isn't nearly as bat-shit crazy as we've been led to expect - no cyborgs, no artificial intelligence and precious little danger - where's the fun in that. My benchmark in looney-tunes missiles is Project Pluto from the 1950s which even had a cool acronym - it was to build the SLAM (Supersonic Low-Altitude Missile)
Instead of boring old kerosene, SLAM would have had a NUCLEAR jet - essentially a completely unshielded nuclear reactor that heated and expanded incoming air to generate thrust. It's pure brilliance for anyone with a Strangelovian streak in their personality - it's a sort of Chernobyl with wings!
A SLAM could have remained airborne for months just waiting for Jonny Soviet to get all uppity, whereupon it would have screamed towards the Motherland at supersonic speeds before turning Moscow into hot slag - and it wouldn't even have needed a warhead to be a radiological disaster to remember.
They even built a couple of stationary prototypes, but before this Armageddon to Go was given the green light, the US decided to be slightly less mental and switch to ICBMs.
Come on DARPA, give us something Pluto mad so we can fall in love with you again.
'the main potential beneficiaries of an Identity Cards scheme, such as police, DVLA, Passport Agency, IND, DWP, Inland Revenue and the financial sector'
New Labour told me that WE were going to be the main potential beneficiaries of an Identity Cards scheme.
Could they have been lying?
Hold on. Lips moving, making a noise - yep they were lying.
'Wtf is titanium doing in my donuts?'
It's an inert whitener used in everything from paint to toothpaste by way of doughnut sugar.
On the bright side
The next time this atrocity can be realistically introduced is in the next Parliamentary session beginning in November. However, that session is going to be curtailed because an election has to be called by May - meaning Parliament is peroged no later than mid April. So the government won't have much of an opportunity to introduce contentious legislation which could ping-pong between Commons and the Lords. Any legislation that isn't completed before the dissolution of Parliament, automatically falls.
But we have to vote these fuckers out of power for a generation.
Doesn't matter if he tw*tted after the verdict
He has violated one of the rules of the jury system - all of the discussions of the jury and how they come to their verdict are supposed to be secret. Doing this causes grave problems when it comes to any appeal.
Hopefully the court will consider this a contempt and the little tw*tter can be sent to somewhere where Big Earl wants to become his very special friend.
'Predictors of Beaconocity'
I mean - wow!
Someone actually used that and their vestigial sense of irony never even kicked in. Hold on, who's in charge of the Department for Communities and Local Government? [clickity]
Aha. Explains everything:
The simpering ginger android herself.
Oh crap = we're going to see more of this
Marketing companies are having a tough time now that advertising revenues are falling. But hello! Perhaps they have a new victim - all they have to do is persuade a vulnerable company that falling sales aren't down to a global economy in the toilet, but rather to out-of-date branding. In exchange for a couple of million, everything will be all right thanks to the Columbian nose candy brigade and the liberal application of swooshes and lower-case sans serif to everything.
It's going to be terrifying.
SyFy as Stef mentioned above is like applying a cheesegrater to the eyeball - but the strapline 'Think Greater' is somehow even worse.
The corrections in the comments:
'The elections were the same as such events everywhere with voters turning out in their hundreds, but there were no opposition candidates: in fact there was only one person standing for each seat which is why all the candidates were elected with 100 approval; and there was a 99 turn out because the compulsory voting was strictly enforced.'
New Labour's postal voting wouldn't be satisfied with a mere 100% approval.
A truly radical machine
The biggest breakthrough on the Adamo appears to be that it doesn't have any 'Intel Inside', 'Core 2 Duo' or 'Designed for Windows Vista' stickers.
And to go with the consensus so far - the Air is a far more handsome beastie.
Britain's like Iceland...
Two countries, with appalling weather in the North Atlantic. English is spoken in both - although arguably better in Iceland. The economy in each country has been frankly buggered. But Iceland's more appealing because at least they can keep the lights on.
And you can buy delicious free-range organic whale.
Borderline bonkers - it's DARPA
Airborne gravity surveys are pretty routine in the oil and gas industry, so it is possible to build gravimeters that can survey being buffeted in a plane and compensate for any movements relative to the terrain.
BUT the differences they're looking to identify here are insanely small - in the tenths or even thousands of a milliGal (i.e. not-a-lot). This sounds only borderline doable, so they'd better turn their beanie-caps up to 11.
@ Peter R
'Lord Adonis ???
'You jest, surely ?'
Setting aside the fact that with Lord Adonis *someone* is having a joke even if I can't see the funny side. It's all too true: 'Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis is a United Kingdom Minister of State in the Department for Transport, a role he has held since 3 October 2008.' (Wikipedia)
As the author Robert Harris once said about this leading New Labour intellectual (sorry, I can't keep a straight face) he's 'more Andrew than Adonis'
Many trains don't seem to have them these days; and I suspect one or indeed both of the following reasons:
1: trains are so grotesquely overcrowded on many routes, the inspector can't physically get through the train, or;
2: they get so much grief from passengers that they daren't go into the cars - telling people who've spent £x thousand on a season ticket that they shouldn't stand in an exit, or telling others that they should find somewhere to put their luggage other than the tables or aisles when there is no luggage space* - can't do much for morale.
* no, I have to say it - don't stop me now. What TWAT developed the interior layout of Virgin Pendolinos and put luggage racks in the middle of the cars? Meaning you have to walk half the length of the car down a narrow aisle to stow your luggage, THEN turn around to fight your way through the rest of the crowd trying to do the same???
Must have had legal advice
The show will have to have been cleared with the BBC lawyers before broadcast (and if they were sensible, they will have got legal advice BEFORE production even started), so it will be fascinating to know what 'Click' was told.
The law appears to be clear, but I wonder if the Beeb's lawyers thought they could rely on a 'public interest' defence - and if they did, where they got that reading of the law.
Still I feel sorry for 'Click''s half-dozen regular viewers if Spencer and co. are sent to chokey.
Read Jobs' words
'We don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk'
That leaves two possibilities:
1: Apple could be putting a lot of effort into trying to design a half decent n**book for $500, or:
2: they could release a machine with the general n**book format, add some special Apple sauce and use that to justify a higher price. The 12" Powerbook still commands high prices on eBay, so there is a demand for a small Apple laptop.
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