196 posts • joined 29 Oct 2007
"a robot that can fold itself into arbitrary shapes"
"Arbitrary"? The folding patterns look to be very pre-defined (and in this specific case, actually a singular pattern) to me.
That struck me as a poor bit of reviewing; re. IR it simply says "But really it is something that must have just seemed to be good idea at the time. It isn't."
So why isn't it a good idea? Doesn't work at all? Limited range of devices covered? Lousy UI? Reviewer just feels daft pointing a phone at the TV?
Without a few more specifics we're really not being given enough to go on.
codejunky: "They make win8 unusable by GUI design. Then they made win8 incapable of update after a restore.
I can accept that MS couldnt have foreseen this"
But the thing is that they didn't need to foresee it; from the instant early versions were made accessible to the wider world there were howls about the Metro/Modern system, coy menus and vanished Start Menu.
All of which MS chose to ignore, as they were convinced they knew better and everyone would grow to love (or at least accept) the changes if they were forced down their throats. Sadly mistaken, as it turned out.
Re: Maybe I'm missing something here...
Seriously? You've never seen anyone on El Reg or elsewhere explain (often at great, frustrated length) why they don't like Win8?
Do a quick search and I'm sure you'll find lots of posts covering exactly what you're looking for...and I have a feeling that now you've pushed the button there'll be a few along in this thread too. :)
Icon because, well, one suspects...
Got to admit...
...given the choice between continuing to use Windows 7 and upgrading to 8 (or 8.1) for free, I'd rather stay where I am.
Offer to pay me to upgrade, *then* I might just consider it.
All those lonely sheep in the Outback?
Re: Radio 4
The real danger with R4 is that the alarm goes off when they're in the middle of a "here's the latest on the euro-finance bill"-type piece. That sort of thing would have you struggling to maintain consciousness at the best of times; first thing when you're barely awake to start with it's a guaranteed lapse into coma.
Re: Bad workmen.
Stross has had well over a dozen novels published commercially - recent works making #1 in the US and UK Amazon sales rankings in their category - and won several Locus and Hugo awards.
Wish I was as bad a workman as that.
Then you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it *right*.
Which will console you enormously as you retype all that data (or retype your CV ahead of the impending job hunt).
Well, it obviously shares a title and basic plot with a seventies series so I don't think anyone's trying to sneak some sort of reboot past us on the quiet.
As far as it being a reboot of Heroes goes...not really. In Heroes the characters generally had one signature power (c.f. X-Men, and a lot of other superheroic things), in Tomorrow People - or the classic one, at least - it's very much a standard power set all of them get.
Both programs have the "people with special powers existing in secret" angle, but as a basic plot idea that one stretches back to ancient mythology and the "scion of Gods raised as a mortal" thing.
So...hardly original, but no more a knock-off of Heroes than Heroes was a knock-off of the original TP.
transcription of spoken messages "wicked-fast" [sic]
Yeah, these weird tech kid-types and their crazy speak, eh?
Without the "[sic]" I would have taken that as a typo for sure.
Re: A Lannister always pays his debts
The might pay their debts, but Lannisters also aren't entirely against taking what they desire by intrigue or force of arms if circumstances demand.
I'm guessing that if they had BitTorrent available they wouldn't be too shy about using that either.
"Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China"
Of course, that could just mean that the Chinese state-backed cyber-spies are particularly inept and leave obvious trails back home.
The states that are really behind 96% of cyber-spying have spies that don't get spotted at all.
Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"
@Kubla - Yeah, I did consider that...but as there didn't seem to be much to choose between "really not knowing who Neil Gaiman is" and "knowing who Neil Gaiman is but also thinking he's obscure" I when for the first option.
Still, if the OP wants to flaunt feigned ignorance rather and actual ignorance that's their call.
Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"
If only there was some sort of "engine for searching" out there. Better still, one freely accessible to all, maybe on the internet or somewhere like that.
A ridiculous idea, I know, but one can always dream...
"The ruse is an extenuation of earlier scams..."
I do not think that word means what you think it means.
"You'd have to be very a sheltered adult, an immature adult or just plain ignorant not to see that."
It must give you a nice warm feeling to have the delusion that people could only disagree with you because they're retarded, ignorant, or both.
A pretty feeble effort: 2/10
Would not respond again.
"I have a medical condition called nystagmus, basically me eyes don't ever stay still. So would this leave me unable to watch video, and with the screen auto-scrolling around like a flea on speed?"
I suspect the quick answer to that question's "Yes".
I suspect the longer answer's "Yes, unless you turn that feature off".
Re: Target Acquired?
Shurely Timmay meant "bringing a business to its knee's". :)
"shit, I've just lost my entire book collection"
Alternatively, long live backups.
'First commercial space fleet'
Technically, don't you need more than zero craft to have a fleet?
There is no spoon.
I guess you could set up an induction loop arrangement where wireless power was broadcast to a set of these PaperTab thingies from under the desk, and use something along the lines of Bluetooth to handle their content updates. Then you'd only need a fairly tiny set of chippery on the PaperTab themselves, which might give you something like the system manufacturers are selling it as.
Of course, unless you had a mobile charger pad you could put a PaperTab on to walk around the room with (turning it into a Kindle, more or less) you'd only be able to work with the tabs at the desk.
"You may have heard that Lehman has had issues but clearing up the mess is a good gig."
Erm, I may be completely missing a joke here, but isn't the most significant issue in getting an IT job with Lehman Brothers the fact that it went bust in 2008? And in doing so started the ball rolling on the economic slump we've had ever since?
I'll grant you that that does leave a lot of opportunities for clearing up the mess, if you can find someone to pay you for the job.
"...it's hard to push 20th-century products into [..] (god forbid) Lexx"
Not that hard; the final series was set on 20th-century Earth.
I'll get my browncoat.
About that picture caption: "Super-Earth HD40307g alongside its host star"
It's a very nice picture, with oceans and continents and fluffy clouds and everything. Which in the circumstances makes me suspect there really should be an "artist's impression" in that caption somewhere.
"Virgin has a working app that it’s currently mak[ing] small cosmetic tweaks to."
FFS, that's near enough what they had before they even started; the original, working, TiVo app that just needed a bit of tweaking to get the Virgin Media colour scheme on it.
What the hell have they been doing all this time?
Re: Bankrupt Stock Sale
>>what's being flogged off on the cheap
>Things that people have demonstably not wanted to buy already.
...at their original price.
As I believe the hip young types put it these days...
Re: the culprits could have just dropped a bunch of apple gear off
Not if they'd been locating the office with Apple Maps.
Re: Article a little behind the times?
@Adam McC: You know, I was so sure the update was to Jelly Beans, but just checked the About info and you're quite right; still on 4.0.4. C'est la vie. :(
@Owen: If you haven't got it already, download Kies from here to do the update. When you plug your phone in it should automatically detect and offer to install ICS as soon as it's available (which it wasn't 5 minutes ago when I tried). Also, it looks like your phone needs to have any lock screen unlocked as you plug it in for Kies to detect it properly.
@The 3 people that downvoted me: Thhhhhhhhppppt! :p
Article a little behind the times?
UK-based, operator "3", and Sammy's own Kies thingy cheerfully updated my Galaxy III to Jelly Beans on the 15th of this month.
[Hangs coat up...]
[...sits down and gets the popcorn ready]
This'll be good!
That's probably why they're starting with Promethius
Who'd want to pirate that in the first place?
Re: "with 8 people towing the line"
My work here is done.
"with 8 people towing the line"
Actually, "toeing the line". They're all metaphorically lining up with the same position, not pulling something on a rope.
"However David Harley, a senior research fellow at antivirus vendor Eset"
Can you really be a "senior research fellow" just because your commercial employer calls you one?
If you believe the online dictionaries, it's a position that's either academic or at the very least granted by a learned society...
Not sure that...
...this camouflage system is particularly tied to squidgy robots.
There's an element of synergy, as the flexy nature of the ink tubes allow the robots' core squidgyness to be preserved, but you could just as well put a flexy skin full of camouflage tubes over the top/around a lot of olde-type rigid robots.
Then put the ink tanks/power source/sensors/control systems inside the rigid core, something that seems far closer to doable than making the 100% squidgy setup autonomous.
Re: Syria is responsible for use of the tool, just like any tool it can be used for good or bad
Only to a degree; if you make lots of knives and casually leave some lying about wherever you go (in the street, outside schools, in pubs, etc...) it's hard to deny any sort of responsibility if someone picks one up and uses it to harm others.
"More pixels means more light, which means more power, and that sucks battery life."
*Do* more pixels mean more light? Shurely the light comes from the panel's back illumination, and for a given size of panel the same back illumination will do the job equally well irrespective of resolution?
Re: Thanks for the summary
If you actually want an answer to that question have you considered following El Reg's link to the report, then reading the "Open Access to Data" paged referenced at the bottom of it?
If not, why not?
For their presumption they get to pay the iron price...
Demand is mainly driven by [...] a surge in PC sales on the back of the launch of Windows 8
Good luck with that one.
Re: Peter Duncan in Flash Gordon...
@TRT: That was the one where the report showed a woman on a rack, wasn't it? IIRC they were swamped by pervy phone calls for some time after.
At this point I feel I have to...
...mention rootkits. Solely to wind up Sony Fanbois, you understand.
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