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Re: "First doesn't enter into it"
So on those grounds, America isn't the first nation to land on the moon until the Indians or Chinese get around to it? Let's not mention Eric the Viking's wait for glory until 1492.
Peculiar, this is.
Re: What are you doing tonight Emanuel Loertscher?
... stroking his persian cat ...
No, what worried me most about his probable evil plotting is that it was called a "nantechnology center" in the text. That made my mind boggle, and required a stiff drink to unboggle.
Which meant that I started to worry his concrete air spring would spring a leak, so to say; just outside of the warranty period, leaving them sitting on solid bedrock. Not sure how they'd send it in during warranty cover either.
All in all, more questions than answers.
Re: those graphs are pointless if you don't label your axes properly!
That doesn't matter for comparison or analysis --- 20% more expensive stays 20% more expensive.
For acquisition, looking at any specific online offer (vendor/RAM/cost) as you would anyway if interested, that would let you pinpoint the scaling since the graph wouldn't overlap (from 60x scaling between minute and hour, down to 7x between day and week) with such a ballpark figure.
Two years is a long time in computing.
It's not like there's no rash of historical articles --- there's old computer hard & software almost weekly, there's the recent 2-part article on running a porn site through the ages, etc etc.
But we should be told if he was writing the Estonian article in 2011 El Reg style, or anachronistically in 2013 style. That should be the difference between a 1 or 2:1.
Re: £500 is optimistic
There's a bureau across the pond, there's spatial shenanigans in Spain, and there's Vulture South. Only on postage you're going to spend that much, let alone medium-class drinks.
If you think the loo isn't sufficiently complicated or open-to-malicious-hacking, install a japanese toilet.
ITU is always on topic & on target.
Their big promise a decade ago was to get all our mobe chargers to be the same --- no more "Oh, I've got 2 types of Nokia charger, a Motorola and an LG here at hand, but I can't help you with that Sony Ericson there"...
At the beginning I thought all gizmo makers would standardize to the old-type Nokia charger --- so ubiquitous, on no trip whatsoever I took one as a colleague, host or receptionist would always have one at hand --- but no. So the ITU started designing one, with good specifications e.g. efficiency, and I hear it (from my beauf) was finished over 2years ago --- just in time to have about every gizmo charge from varieties of mini-USB.
Re: Mr. Musk's attitude
"If these fail, he goes out of business"
Yes, his pride and self-confidence may be scorched a bit, but the point made was that he set up business with other people's money -- if he fails, it's mostly govt money that's burned, not his own.
Re: "periodically back up any important data stored on the device"
Eh, given that you can reset about every single password to websites by clicking an email link, the browser suffices to give all your precious data (and money) away. And there's not that much point to having a smartphone if the browser isn't configured -- so only doable if you have a dumbphone (and then the data -- texts, call history and phone book) isn't remotely wipeable.
Re: "where did they find an advertising..."
They call it viral guerilla social marketing.
It's not like they work in a highly-skilled branch of engineering; they're barely evolved from estate agents.
Re: Prove him wrong once and for all.
Nice try, but I'm not going to fund his retirement in exchange for a second-hand shipping container filled with odds and ends. It's not like this is the one-and-only looney that can be finally shut up, so it makes zero (=0.0001% minus entropy) difference to society at large.
Why the scepticism?!
Why would they refuse to actually sell a unit? What other scam has the operator saying "nah, I'm not really going to take the punters' money because then I'll be found out"? So why would this one?
Re: Wow, Microsoft just cant get
Monopoly is the right word --- yesterday's dominant but infuriatingly badly designed board game.
It's like their "scroogled" campaign. They make these actually funny mugs with "keep calm while we steal your data" and a Chrome logo, then ruin their own joke by cluttering the reverse side with their campaign logo and slogan. I'd have [tried to have --- sold out!] bought one otherwise, even with the delicious pot/kettle irony.
Humor is not their thing.
Holding the "shotgun"
Why hold it, and not just wedge it in a specific place, turn on, and go to the most beneficial place for your plan?
As a device for threathening people it doesn't work, as before operation nobody believes it will hurt, and after demonstration it doesn't (look like it can) work anymore (and the threathener has lost his eyebrows and hands probably)...
Twin Peaks is possibly an old reference, but definitely not very old, and far far from very very old.
Now, the owls' three chief silent-flight attributes are: Tough leading feathers, soft trailing feathers, down at the top end, and an almost fanatical devotion to the pope. Hence the surprise.
Re: Or ..
The newsflash is that people with new computers/slabs install more things than people with old ones. Yeah, who woulda thought it?
For me, I installed 50-80 apps on my phone the first week, then deleted all but maybe 10 as well as deleting 10-20 pre-installed ones, and since then only one has been added over say a year at somebody's suggestion.
If I had a new phone, I'd probably have another wander around the app store and/or check friends' phones for suggestions; until then, not really bothered.
Or: Why 5%?
Is it because the other 95% is in NSA hands?
Re: Proof that the GreatUnwashed sheeple ...
Eh... sorry Jake, where do the Sheeple enter into the story? I don't get it.
1/ Man programs bot to play nonsense songs to the extent that they reach the bottom of the charts; this goes on due to lack of automatic detection (some get manually reported and removed);
Ah, it's on russian state TV. That makes it clearly legit.
... Coming to think of it, if asked to name who would construct a clunky wifi bot so heavy that you notice it in an iron, "Russia" would spring to mind much much earlier than "China". They'd probably do it with leftover Mig or tank parts.
Re: They're going to do it!
The binary counting scheme suggests B&L will never own more than 15 (=2^4 -1), as they started with 0001, then 0010 and 0011.
Re: Grasshopper? Surely.....
Chuck Norris?! You seem to have never heard of David Carradine, if that were possible?
" If that is our destiny, you cannot change it. But do not go with fear, Grasshopper; fear is eternal darkness. Go instead with inner strength, for it is like a deep river into which all streams flow. It increases, always moving forward; and soon, there is nothing that can stand in it's way. " -- Master Po
Re: verry nice
I think you're trying to re-invent Flickr. Why would "RegReader" be a significant category in photography, out of thousands and thousands of groups?
"Going forward, we ask that people who share graphic content for the purpose of condemning it do so in a responsible manner, carefully selecting their audience and warning them about the nature of the content so they can make an informed choice about it."
Wait... Now just about anything is allowed. Put on any naughty video, add a condemning voiceover "What a baaaaad boy this is! Naughty naughty! He should be spanked shouldn't he!" etc etc, sorted.
Re: Ariadne Ariadne Ariadne
Reluctantly my vote goes there too.
I'd been trying to coach my 3y old this morning to come with a competing design, but sadly his "pirates" period of last month is over, now it's all "steam locs" 24/7 -- wholly inappropriate here.
Re: Blame the originator
"That would depend on what you're trying to achieve": NO.
If you want to share info with a lot of people and get their input: REPLY, with the list as said in BCC.
If you want the above, but share the input with all the others: GET A WIKI/FACEBOOK/FORUM/whatever. You can even stick in a poll. It's like the future, you know.
Re: Flavour, texture, visual appeal.
If in doubt, add chili. The british way.
Re: confused, moi?
It may come as a surprise, but philosophy is an actual field of research... After reading a one-page writeup on Fermat's last theorem and the proof thereof, do you expect to understand how elliptic functions tie to diophantine equations? No. You cannot hope to get more from a sketch like this than an idea of what direction the researcher is digging in.
This holds for most fundamental research (stamp collecting needs no such depth), although sometimes the difficult bits are easy to gloss over in a writeup.
Keep calm and carry on.
Moving on from fossil fuels? Whatever next!
What this article needs, instead, is Lewis Page who says it's all nonsense; it's all panicky nimbyism; like radioactivity it's harmless and like global warming it's not there at all.
Re: Rome city council is too busy to answer your call right now
To be fair, breakfast is the only thing fast in Italy (that, and the time between buying a Ducati and having to return to the garage): an espresso with a pasty, standing up at a bar, between home and work.
Seems more a lack of linguistic skill in the seller, to me. If an italian says 'Roma', there's a better than 50-50 chance he means AS Roma. The city in a political sense is both the capital community (with clear tourism-advertising interests) and the political capital; just like "Brussels" more often means "The EU council" than "the local government".
So why switch from a clear name to an ambiguous one, except if you'd already have happened to build up a large following? The length of the name doesn't matter, there's nobody that's typing it out.
Re: Separate CV's into 2 piles arbitrarily
Given that with almost certainty, the 'cute girls' vastly outnumbered the 'rest' (male & female), if you spent more time with them they were either a bunch of incredibly troublesome employees, or you didn't have enough work to do by far.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
To make them viable: condensing water from your fuel will slow down the problem, but not solve it --- a lot of other mass is lost from the fuel to the other, not-captured, gases.
So I'd think they'd condense free-floating moist air from /outside/ the airship?
As anybody whose ever been in debt knows, the less money you have the more everything costs. This increases the risk of defaulting (it *is* defaulting) so the credit rating goes down so the borrowing cost increases, plus you let the whole government machinery run while not deciding anything, meaning lots of overtime down the line plus a few last-minute badly-negotiated deals (with procurers or between parties). So this whole deadlock thing is an incredible waste of money, which the USA can only afford because it's still a rich country. Another few decades and this won't happen anymore.
It's like having an important high-speed road full of potholes: instead of paying cheap basic stuff like asphalt to repair it, you are wearing out lots of higher/costlier tech like tires and shockbreakers, plus the occasional bit of fender/fairing -- and motorbike(r) -- that hits the ground unluckily.
Actually, I accidentally read the subtitle as "97% of NSA sent home", as if agreeing that they have nothing to do with defending the States.
Re: "bling blong! Expensive"
You completely miss the point, this is an incredibly cheap thing.
Look at the picture, and even better the wider-angle one on http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/02/apple_wins_patent_for_entrance_to_retail_store/ --- the whole store is basically a hole in the ground, invisible. But with this tower, including the Apple logo floating some 10meters above the ground, the entire square is Apple-dominated, and visible from afar; say you are standing above the HSBC branch, then you look straight/up to the Apple logo while the shops at the HSBC level invisible or indistinct...
This turns the situation upside down, where the least-visible underground shop is visually dominant. Like most Apple successes, a well-engineered leveraging of essentially simple visual sleight-of-hand which requires an uncanny understanding of how humans work as social individuals. Whether you like it or feel manipulated --- it's great manipulation.
But this newfangled 'door' thing sounds great.
You won't believe the drafts we have here along the 'tall rectangular entrance holes to the house'. This 'door' would surely improve our lives; I'll see if I can produce a knockoff with some wood.
Now to think of something for the 'light entrance points' we have at most rooms, the drafts are just as bad: They're not as tall as the 'entrance holes' but wider. That 'glass' thing might also be an inspiration there.
Re: Who at Microsoft....
The surface pro has its uses. It has pressure sensitivity, so for cartoonists it's a very definite upgrade from an ipad (also as it runs Illustrator natively)... The next step is a Wacom pressure sensitive monitor for a few thousand quid, so it's clear that for most the Pro is the only game in town. (Drawing on a tablet with the result seen on a screen is so much less responsive than drawing on the screen.)
That's a world market of at least a few hundred.
And "What if Richard Dawkins had been bumped off the zoology course"?
The world would be in a slightly better place.
Scientifically it would be in the same place; atheism would need a different figurehead (and statistically, it would be better one); and that's about it.
Re: It's not a doll...
This will make my voodoo-curse business explode! More precise dolls = more precise control...
But the obvious market is new parents... Every few months another slightly larger model of their rugrat = captured market ('we already have one every six months for three years, can't stop now!').
As poster said above, salt consumption is much down since the proliferation of fridges. Stomach cancers are about the only class that have gone down significantly over the last decades, mostly due to less salt intake AFAIK.
Yes, diet is much better. Not only measured in calories, also measured in the disappearance of malnutrition and related conditions (Ricketts, e.g.), and average adult height, etc.
Just think of the prevalence of fruit: you'd have apples (fresh one month a year, and progressively less so over the next ten, to then run out) and that's about it to a city dweller. Even the poor can afford to buy bananas now (at about half the price per kg of apples -- apples that grow locally and can store almost endlessly, as opposed to bananas that are fragile and grow on the other side of the world and have to be transported under controlled atmosphere to stop them ripening).
only 'invisible' from one side at a rather shallow angle. With the flightpath ('downwind leg') on the other side there is no issue.
Re: Where the hell do you find a beaver...?
There's one living in the West Country; a batch of three escaped and only two were caught, a few years ago. The remaining one was recently spotted near Nuneaton.
I don't remember if it was a male or not, so you have a 50-50 chance.
Re: Personally ...
Depends on your international travelling.
There's a ridiculous array of different sockets at 100, 110, 220 or 240 volts, with different numbers of pins and so forth. 'Universal' plugs cover about 180 out of 200 countries... So if airports can standardize to the One True Port (USB at 5V DC) then that's a win.
If you think that's noisy you haven't tried to sleep in a residential Madrid neighbourhood. If you think that's stinky then you haven't tried Paris. And so forth.
I'm a bit amazed by the stupidity of predicting pizza-delivered-by-drone. Flying cars have been predicted since the fifties and it's not really happening; this kind of thing is just as probable. I cannot even leave a £50 bike unsupervised in Hackney, so even a £50 drone is not gonna make it.
Indeed, 2023 is not so different from 2013. In 2003 you saw the odd *anker walk around talking to a brick in his hand and not minding traffic, now you see the odd one without; the growth of the coffee shops (not in amsterdam sense) was taking off and now it's stopped; there's a few more cyclists ; and traffic was just as slow. Ow, and buses are un-bendy again.
Re: Opinions may differ
I saw a similar video to yours, but without any therapist session. I definitely saw a different video from ElReg:
In the past, I saw black-clad developers that have to report to Mr. Jobs (seen from the back of the head only). In the present, dress code has slipped to 'casual' as in 'haphazard', and the same idea-less developers are speaking to Mr. Cook (also only seen from the back; for explicitness' sake, he's even addressed at one point as "T.").
@MrXavia: Don't forget we get the iPlayer & Radio included in that fee...
No, do forget that.
I do not have a licence, as I do not watch any TV as it is broadcast; but I do have the legal right to watch iPlayer (and 4OD, but that's now so unusable that I gave up).
Re: Simple solution --- 16,777,216 GMail logins needed.
So to be safe, set up your own mail server: if your computer tries to login even a fraction of that many times, it goes titsup, informing you there may be a breakin attempt?
Hm. There might be a flaw in this plan. Or it may rather be a large flaw with a little plan in it.
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