Re: re: Photos
Playmobil reconstructions are never a disappointment!
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Playmobil reconstructions are never a disappointment!
... as she had no visible means of support.
"... has taped out a 1024-core chip"
That must have used a lot of tape!
I remember when people such as Bill Mensch really would tape out microprocessor designs by hand.
"Weird screen resolution"
4500x3000 - ok, so it's not an exact multiple of HD, but the aspect ratio matches 35mm film, and hence DSLR sensors - maybe they figure there will be a big market to photographers.
"Obviously never heard of Plenty Of Fish. It's free as well."
That's where I found my partner of 4 1/2 years.
Sadly, I did have to weed out the scammers while I was looking. Apart from the obvious suggestions to immediately start messaging off-site, or ignorance of the places they claimed to be from, one of the best ways to detect scams was to drop their profile pictures into Google image search - quite often they'd just rip off models' photos, or grab them from someone's Facebook account. I don't know if they still are, but PoF used to be quite prompt at taking down scammers' profiles when they were reported.
Have we reached peak geek?
Mine's the one with the crampons in the pocket.
"Despite it being rather pinkish, I'm pretty sure Mars was never part of the British Empire. Not for want of trying, I'm sure."
Robert Rankin's books are accurate historical records, and I would have to disagree with you there.
The Guardian has been insisting that Schiaparelli is the size of a paddling pool.
If Schiaparelli really has been using non-standard El Reg units, it's not surprising it crashed.
Jake will be replying soon, just waiting for the transmission lag.
Didn't you know, he's already on Mars, planting American flags and farming potatoes.
Did he get the Mexicans to pay for it?
That's what happens when you launch a joint mission with Blue Peter.
There isn't a Blue Peter flag in the icons, so I'll have to make do with a Jolly Roger ----------->
"I still have the Leventhal Z80 Assembly language Programming manual on my shelf!"
I'll see your Leventhal and raise you a Rodney Zaks.
I used all three - 6502, Z80 and 6809 (and the 6800 before that).
The 6502 was in the first computer I owned, and the basis of a few homebuilt computers too - dead easy to knock up a simple system around it. I must have used it from about 1980 until 1988 (upgraded to a 286 machine then). A bit lacking on registers and 8-bit index registers seemed a bit feeble after I'd first cut my teeth on the school's 6800 machine (16 bit index register, but only one of them), but zero page memory access was quite fast and indirect addresssing made up for the lack somewhat.
The 6809 was lovely to program - 2 8 bit accumulators (which could be paired to make a 16 bit one for some operations), 2 index registers, 2 stack pointers, and reasonably orthogonal for an 8-bit machine. It seemed to be everything I liked from the 6800 and the 6502 put together with extras. But if I remember correctly some instructions seemed to take a lot of cycles. Never got to build any hardware around it though. In terms of 8 bit CPUs (I think it was the last 8 bit CPU design to be released) it probably turned up a bit late to have a huge dent on consumer PCs, had it appeared a couple of years earlier, it might have stolen more thunder from the 6502/Z80.
I only ever used a Z80 for one big project - easy to knock up hardware around it, but I never really liked assembly code on it - when you looked at what it generated all the opcode prefixes seemed like a kludge to squeeze extra stuff into the 8080 instruction set, and for all its complexity (about 8500 transistors vs the 6502's 3500 or so) it didn't actually seem particularly faster.
Maybe he thought it was for checking out the lower ranks.
Can I have one of those please?
Saves me the trouble of having to go and look for the stuff myself.
Not because I have anything against him, but at least then there would be a Mars Bar.
The more I read of these Mars mass-colonisation ships, the more I am reminded of John Wyndham's short story Survival (printed in The Seeds of Time).
All those radio buttons should be check boxes.
Only if you can crash it into a rock half a billion miles away.
Thanks for introducing me to Kenken.
Now no work will get done between now and pub time!
Not only did a stranger want to talk to me once on the tube, but he wanted to help me with my Sudoku.
Great! The one thing I had to distract me from the awfulness of the journey and he went and ruined it!
To enhance the 'retro' feel of the Vega+, will they will also be emulating the Sinclair QL's rather elastic delivery schedule?
Would a £1.05 coin be known as a New Guinea?
and quite strangely, all the Romanians I know celebrate Christmas on 24/25 December, but Easter on the Orthodox (Julian based) calendar.
That short-measure of beer is worth about 60p (sorry, 12 bob) at current prices!
Seeing the illustration to go with the "Brain Plague or Estate Agents" article reminded me...
It's better to get your ass to Mars than to get it out in Australia.
They've had the power to punish streakers and mooners before, but by explicitly defining separate legislation you're now not so likely to end up on the sex offenders' register for a bit of mooning.
"brunneis oculus coruscans"
IT Angle: Does that make your arse-crack an Oculus Rift?
Would it be renamed "The Great British Brake Off"?
(joke unashamedly pinched from another forum)
+1 on that sentiment.
It was on a Puma that I first learned how to program a robot arm.
No doubt with black buttons on a black background labelled in black.
I suspect that deal will run into teething problems.
MacLaren make prams and pushchairs.
The 8271 was probably not one of Acorn's best decisions for the BBC, since it was already pretty obsolete by the time it came out. However, I can understand their choice since it was the controller already used in the Atom disc drive module and in the System 3 before that, so they could just port hardware and software straight across.
The 8271 got to be as rare as hens' teeth, and you could get a daughterboard that plugged into the BBC B's 8271 socket that contained a 1770, which was much more available at the time.
"I could conceivably turn off my wifi at night - but the only way to do that for me means my phones stop working. Arguable whether I need them, I suppose, but I don't think I'd use more than 1-2 kW in the whole night on those appliances."
Sorry, but downvoted for confusing power with energy.
Assuming you actually mean 1-2kWh, (120-240W assuming you have an 8-hour night), are you sure you're not providing wifi for the whole town?
For comparison, the current highest speed Virgin hub requires a 12V 1.5A power supply, so allowing for inefficiencies in the converter, probably about 20-25W at the wall (that's 0.2kWh over night).
I thought bowls were pretty much, by definition, concave, or the soup would fall out.
"I feel compelled to upgrade to an iPhone 7 simply to prevent myself from plugging my earphones into it in the first place."
IMDB estimates a production budget of $35 million.
Just out of interest I made a time-line of some of the major series (or what turned out to be) and a few other notable movies to see how their budgets varied - inflation adjusted to 2016 in brackets:
2001 $12m 1968 ($83m)
Star Wars IV $11m 1977 ($44m)
Close Encounters $19.4m 1977 ($77m)
Star Trek TMP $35m 1979 ($116m)
Alien $11m 1979 ($36m)
Star Wars V $18m 1980 ($53m)
Star Trek II $11m 1982 ($27m)
Bladerunner $28m 1982 ($70m)
Star Wars VI $32.5m 1983 ($79m)
2010 $28m 1984 ($65m)
Terminator $6.4m 1984 ($15m)
Star Trek III $17m 1984 ($39m)
Aliens $18.5m 1986 ($41m)
Star Trek IV $25m 1986 ($55m)
Star Trek V $27.8m 1989 ($54m)
Star Trek VI $30m 1991 ($53m)
Terminator 2 $102m 1991 ($180m)
Alien3 $50m 1992 ($86m)
Star Trek VII $35m 1994 ($56m)
Star Trek VIII $45m 1996 ($69m)
Alien 4 $75m 1997 ($112m)
Star Trek IX $58m 1998 ($86m)
Star Wars I $115m 1999 ($166m)
Star Wars II $115m 2002 ($154m)
Star Trek X $60m 2002 ($80m)
Terminator 3 $200m 2003 ($262m)
SW III $113m 2005 ($139m)
Terminator 4 $200m 2009 ($224m)
Star Trek XI $150m 2009 ($168m)
Star Trek XII $190m 2013 ($196m)
Star Wars VII $245m 2015 ($249m)
Terminator 5 $115m 2015 ($117m)
Star Trek XIII $185m 2016 ($185m)
Star Trek The Motion Picture may well have been the most expensive film dollar wise at the time. However, mostly since then they seem to have had tighter budgets than their most contemporary Star Wars film. Having said that there are almost twice as many of them - adjusted for inflation Star Wars total budget $884m at 2016 prices, Star Trek total budget $1184m.
Most notable perhaps is the budget jump from The Terminator ($6.4m) to Terminator 2 ($102m). Also quite noticeable is the amount pumped into Terminators 3 to 5 and Alien 3 and 4 ($801m in total at 2016 prices) and they were all a bit pants.
I see what you did there, changing the emphasis with the omission of "staff at former".
Stop complaining, or they might put a big picture of Theresa May on the front page!
What's that? They have? Please El Reg, make the nasty woman go away!
"This is exactly an hour out for at least a week following the change to or from BST, or until some IT bod notices (whichever is the longer)"
With hospital waiting times being a government target, it's actually a cunning plan by the hospital to make it harder to work out whether or not you've actually been waiting too long.
I did once get moved to a better seat on an aeroplane when I discovered my in-flight entertainment display was frozen.
I pointed out to the flight assistant that since that was where the flight safety video was shown, to fly without allowing me to watch it posed a health and safety risk.
Lift! Don't talk to me about lift.
As Marvin almost said.
"after "the car" had emerged from the printer, somebody got in and drove away."
3D printed petrol - that could solve the world's fuel problems!
See, it's natural to leave crap just floating around.
Off to tell SWMBO that it goes against nature to tidy things up - wish me luck!
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Some of that information is here
Although much of the time you're at the mercy of what the conference AV department tell you to use (most of the ones I've presented at, the presentations need to work in PowerPoint), and if you do use your own laptop you usually have to suffer the undignified wait while they try to reroute the video source, find the resolution doesn't match the projector, and then discover all the video clips just appear as a black box or somehow play upside down (I don't know how that even happens, but I saw it at a recent conference- probably configured for the Australians in the audience).
I wonder if we could sue Microsoft for slander for insinuating that we've installed knock-off copies of Windows when they're perfectly legit.
I get that on one of my Windows 7 work machines that's non networked.
If Windows can't call home for a long time it thinks it's not a genuine copy.
Grrr.. Mice on the ISS...
How did autocorrect manage to screw that up so well?... And how didn't I notice for a whole day!