I don't remember gold-surfing dwarfs and a giant statue of Thorin's ego in the book...
1764 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
Re: Apple TV
Neither of them offered any particular points I was interested in disagreeing with, so I went and downvoted UKIP instead.
Re: Star Trek
Oh come on, I already erased the third and fourth, what more do you want from me?
Re: Static addresses
Sure, let them have this slice of the salami. There's still loads of sausage left. Just one more slice is fine...
And yet every citroën I have seen on the road has, without fail, had an entirely non-functional left brake light. Every single one. They may be great cars to drive, but the electrics seem to be universally shite.
Then again I drive an old cherokee so what do I know?
Re: Is Facebook still around?
The influx of obnoxious teens is the reason tumblr has gone to shit over the last year or so.
Re: shock absorbers for landing
That's what my general trajectory always looked like when I was playing Lander as well...
When it comes to design, there is nothing truly original, which is why it's so easy to classify architectural and design periods through history - because they tend to trend. Say "Georgian" to someone in the UK and they'll immediately think of tall, elegant frontages, palisters, porticos, delicate sash windows with a dozen or so little panes and panelled doors. Say Victorian and they'll think stovepipe hats, dowdy black dresses, iron frameworks and lots of tall collars.
Ive thinks he led one. He just happened to be prominent and bring together several elements of something that was already occurring, as can be seen by other similar design ideas that accompanied or even preceded his work in various fields.
You could say the same about people who insist on making tea in a strainer rather than just using a bag. Some people insist that the old way is obviously superior and take great pleasure in the ritual of making their drink. Whether such things are pantomime or comfortable, pleasurable experience is entirely in the eye of the beholder.
Re: Well, I hope they work things out and can sample the comet!
Don't knock it, those harpoons held him pretty firm to the side of the whale as I recall, at least in the film.
Easy. Shoot them.
Re: The child
The sort of sick fuck who would murder someone for internet fame, perhaps.
Re: Homo i-phones?????????
Deflating an inflatable is "terrorism" now?
Oh brave new world...
Re: Aspergers etc
That's pretty much what spectrum means these days, in contexts outside the measurement of light. One of its definitions is "a range; a continuous, infinite, one-dimensional set, possibly bounded by extremes." presumably taken from the near-infinite gradation of the electromagnetic spectrum. Words tend to get used for similar but distinct ideas and over time, and in differing contexts, change meaning in quite fundamental ways.
Since we're getting picky about words, however, I must stress that it's not Aspergers/autism. Aspergers is one expression of the condition and is more properly labelled as higher-functioning autism to distinguish it from more severe expressions of the condition. It's also not a disease.
Re: Making a false statement?
Nope, it's much closer to an arbitration service. It administers various intellectual property treaties.
Oh don't get me started on the video "tutorials" for every damn thing. They're worming into some pretty technical areas that are far better served by a page or two of text. Video and images as accompanying illustrations to highlight particular elements of the process are fine, but if you only provide a video it's not going to be much use to a lot of people. A piece of text I can skim back and forth to see and understand the processes involved. A video? Follow it by rote. Can't search it if something doesn't quite go right and I need to double-check. Can't skip ahead to the part I need without faffing around dragging the time bar thing back and forth until I get it just so. Can't skip my attention between the information and the project. Can't move at my pace, have to wait for the video to get to the point... the list goes on and on and on.
Re: through the looking glass
I guess that means we're all terrorists.
Blithering idiot. We had a well-organised, well-funded terrorist organisation just a hop across the Irish Sea from us for most of the latter half of the 20th century but they were mostly kept at bay without all of these powers the police and "security" services are demanding now. The ones that got through were almost entirely because reports of potential activity were ignored by the same kind of people now demanding all these extra powers.
Laboratory conditions strike again!
The problem with this test is that it doesn't appear to replicate the real-world conditions involved. The "bendgate" video showed uneven pressure being applied across a corner, which - unintentionally, I'm sure - is a more realistic representation of what would happen. A phone jammed in a front pocket, as reported at the start of the controversy, would be subjected to unequal pressure on one corner as its owner bent their leg to sit down and stand, or walk around. The problem is magnified if that corner is also the one with the controls, which present a significant weak spot.
The full cross-section of the phone is a great deal stronger than a partial section across the corner. Testing the full cross-section doesn't address the demonstrated failure.
The smaller phone is more robust due to the relative strength of the case material in cross-section. The larger phone is weaker. It's rare, but this bending issue obviously does happen, and it's a case of Apple apparently not realising that scaling the phone up without accounting for the square/cube law is asking for trouble.
Re: Free software solves all problems ever
You realise those embedded devices will use busybox, yes? And that busybox isn't vulnerable to this?
Re: Liverpool underground nightclubs!
Those are the nightclubs.
@Fibbles Re: False Flag
And no correction from the Reg either despite the fact that the site is now forwarded to rantic media's own site.
Come on Reg, I always thought the redtop image was a bit of clever satire.
Re: How much?
So you say android is bad, but then spend all your time complaining about the crapware Samsung slung on top of it?
Re: Battery Life
Why is it some people are so insanely angry about the idea of a telephone just being a telephone?
Re: Mirrors, Reflectors
Depends if you want to beat them with intellect (something they have no experience of) or pull a Buzz Aldrin and just beat them senseless.
The latter is far more satisfying.
Re: The Russians are still the best evidence...
In fact the best evidence against the hoax is the recording technology available at the time. It was physically impossible to do what the hoaxers claim was done.
Good outline of the technological issues involved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_loUDS4c3Cs
I've always liked alternate history tales and parallel worlds. My current favourite is the Long Earth series by Pratchett and Baxter, though that's a rather different take on the topic to this.
Re: First iPhone late
Did you happen to be flying over Siberia on any of those times? It'd explain a few of the holes.
Re: Which wrist do you put it on?
So it'd come in a headband as well? I'd live with the end of the world in exchange for the sight of people headbutting the barriers on the tube to get in.
Wouldn't be possible. The plans are all in metric.
It's like a foreign language I tells ya...
Re: Geological Sources
Geological sources of hydrocarbons are generally thought to be produced that way, but methane is known to be produced without any biological origins in the upper mantle, and likely anywhere else you have carbon and hydrogen in close proximity.
Schneier's reasoning is flawed, though. His criticism starts from a false premise.
Re: Robin Hood mis-characterized
Well, no, the government were the rich. It's a subtle distinction but worth making.
And some things apparently have not changed in the meantime. There are just more of the buggers now.
My american friends tell me a shotgun is a far superior weapon for home defence.
Not that we're allowed to defend our homes or anything. That would be cruel to the poor burglar.
Re: No, nothing like Youm
No, the filing date for this patent was this year. There are related documents filed in 2011, but they aren't for this concept. Sorry. Samsung got there first.
Re: Flat, 3 core, single insulated, vs round, 3 core, double insulated?
With the sensitivity of modern RCDs, a fused plug isn't really necessary these days. Still, you can never have too much protection when it comes to electricity. Belt and braces and all that.
Re: Meanwhile, laser light appears
Oh gawd, retina-searing xenon lights were bad enough, the last thing we need is a BMW with lasers mounted on the front.
Re: MSN at the Opera
And I can confirm by proximity to my lovely wife that he sounds like a Swede. Well, he sounds like he's from Skåne, which is only Swedish because the Danes didn't want it any more.
Re: Daft Government
Try burning it inside a sealed container.
So how is this different from BMW incorporating a HUD in their latest models?
All right, you know what? I'm getting tired of this. Dictionaries record the language as it is spoken. They are not a set of rules. If a word gains traction and becomes part of the language, it will be put in the dictionary.
How many of the words you all use every day were once considered vulgar, silly or impertinent? 150 years ago there were complaints about new words entering the language - words like curry and thug, and constructions like "slice of life". Prior to that, practically the entire modern English language was invented from whole cloth by Shakespeare, and the complaints and mockery his words generated as they entered the language were legion.
Language changes. Get over it.
Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?
Some form of economy would still exist, though. People would exchange value for value in some form or other, even if it's just uptwinkles on facetwat.
Ignoring the consideration of value is the failure of all central planning. The value I place on some old toys I still have hanging around is immense. Some people wouldn't pay pennies for them. Someone else might value them enough to offer me a lot of money (or something else that I value), which I might consider a worthwhile exchange.
That's all an economy is, in the end. Exchange of value for value. Money is simply one means of measuring value but it is not the only means of measuring it. In a post-scarcity society we may not need a medium of exchange for commodities that can be manufactured on demand, but there will still be items that are valued by people and they will still want to exchange other things of value for them. A painting by a great artist. He may give it away for free. He might not. He could be induced to part with it for something of sufficient value. Or someone helps their friend move a couch around their living room, and in exchange they get a few beers. Exchange of value for value. That's an economy in action.
The claim that the notion of economy would be absurd in some far-off post-scarcity society is itself absurd, because it ignores that central element of what forms an economy in the first place. Forget "utility" and grand theories of things. Economies form from the bottom up, through transactions between entities. They emerge from the value those entities place on things.
That's why central planning fails in the end. It has no notion of value outside of what the planners consider to have value, and what they consider to have value has no relation to what you or I or anyone else considers to have value.
@Fibbles Re: Noooooooooooooooooooooooo
There are no remedies in law holding the owner of a cat responsible for the actions of their pet. Cats are exempt from the laws governing animal trespass. They can also look at the king.
Speaking as the owner of two cats, your best solution is a good soaking with a hose. One of those spray fittings works best.
I'd also suggest putting a cover on the bike. It's a reasonable thing to do anyway. Keeps the bird shit off.
Re: John Q. needs to realize that...
I know Cameron's a bit paranoid on the matter, but is it really such a terrible thing to say Boris?
Re: John Q. needs to realize that...
It's a well-attested fact that if you hand the state a power, it will use it. Governments don't legislate new means to intrude in the personal lives of their citizens unless they intend to make those intrusions. It doesn't matter how much oversight might be placed on those intrusions: the fact is, once they exist, they will inevitably be abused.
RIPA in the UK is a good example. It was legislated to give the police, the security services and government the means to secure evidence against suspected terrorists without going through the usual process of getting warrants and such. In the years since it was passed it has been used to spy on what people put in their bins, find out whether they live in the right catchment area for a school and to gather evidence against people who let their dogs crap on the pavement.
As for the last point, let me ask you something: do you have covers on your windows? Curtains, blinds, some sort of concealment? Do you wear clothes? If you answer yes, then why? After all, you have nothing to hide...
Re: Defeat of slavery
Maybe, but it ignores a few issues. We were quite late to the slavery game, and there was always an undercurrent against it in England. The abolition movement began before the US war of independence and had its first major victory in 1772, when a court rules that no man who stood on English soil could be a slave. At that point the Americans were still arguing about whether they should establish a local parliament and send representatives to British parliament.
Also worth noting that the United States banned the atlantic slave trade entirely from 1775 to 1783 and the first abolitionist movement in the US sprang up one year before they declared independence.
Abolition was entirely coincidental to the american revolution, and in fact became one of the forces that brought the USA and Britain toward more friendly relations in the aftermath of America's independence.
Re: > This is science and not chidren playing
there was only one matrix movie what are you talking about
Re: A glimmer of hope
The sheer volume of assumptions, logical fallacies and strawmen in your post is staggering, anon.
Re: A glimmer of hope
Standard. Any norm, convention or requirement
Technical standard, an established norm or requirement about technical systems
International standard, standards suitable for worldwide use
Standards organization, an entity primarily concerned with maintaining standards
Standardization, the process of establishing technical standards