1425 posts • joined 28 Nov 2007
Re: It's all good....
I'd like to see Toby Frost's "Chronicles of Space Captain Smith"
Steampunk comedy. A sort of eclectic mix of "Hitch-hiker's Guide", "Red Dwarf" and "Carry on up the Khyber".
Personally thought Ender's Game was atrocious. Bordering on "Battlefield Earth" bad. It came across as Harry Potter meets Starship Troopers and dawdled along through 95% of the film before rushing through the final battle which then flolloped into to a clichéd ending.
One of the best books I have read in a long time, Weir's Mark Watney is anything but one-dimensional.
" In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl".
“I guess you could call it a "failure", but I prefer the term "learning experience"
“My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.”
“Problem is (follow me closely here, the science is pretty complicated), if I cut a hole in the Hab, the air won't stay inside anymore.”
I just hope Ridley Scott doesn't turn it into another Prometheus.....
either of them.
As different from a dinosaur as a modern croc is from an ostrich.
Re: AKA Tecevo S100
Or one badged "Aukey" for £17.
Interestingly, the Tecevo S100 claims NFC connectivity, too.
Re: Have lots of ideas, try them out
Well, there's Linux, and then there's Linux. Canonical , pretty much did a "Windows 8" with Unity.
Yes, I know you can use a different WM, but that is beside the point. They still blindly push ahead with a default user experience that is generally disliked by users.
I think its a general dislike of numpties who set themselves up as tech authorities / gurus.
Fry always comes across as a likeable enough chap, but he sure does spout some unmitigated bollocks.
An article poking fun at Fry that puts comments into pre-moderation?
Could Mr Pie be a nom de plume for a certain Mr Orlowski?
Re: Proof of the gateway theory
Could have been worse.
It could have been One Direction or Justin Bieber. .....
Re: Ads as Articles
I don't mind the ads and, though I disagree with most of the stuff that Orlowski writes, I don't view them as ads either (I think the bloke truly believes that Big Media raping its customers is A-OK.)
What truly pisses me off are the obvious "advatorials". You know, "We show you how to use and love Microsoft's latest cloudy offering", etc.
Masquerading ads as articles is a big no-no and instills distrust in your readership regarding the veracity of other articles.
Re: Contrived. Probably by Endomondo.
"I'm not miserable by any stretch of the imagination"
Personally I always imagine you as a cross between Victor Meldrew and Yosemite Sam.....
Re: To say nothing of the addiction factor ...
"My Wife's brother's child" (female)
Commonly called a "niece", I believe.....
Re: Thorne, you raise several excellent points.
You should know by now never to use irony on The Register. Too many Merkins and commentards with Aspergers.
Re: IRA bombs
Yeah, imagine how quickly "The Troubles" would have been resolved if the UK had bombed the shit out of IRA safe houses in the Irish Republic as a response to an IRA attack.
Re:If you can't beat them, don't provoke them.
Do you seriously think Hamas gives a flying fuck about the civilian casualties in Gaza? To them it is all good publicity (Look, the evil Israelis are killing our children). For them, the more women and children the IDF kill, the better.
And even if we ignore the civilian carnage in Gaza, how the hell does getting 60+ of your soldiers killed, turning world opinion against your country, creating martyrs and garnering 1000's of new recruits for Hamas make any sense as a response to 5 civilian deaths? (the 3 murdered and the 2 Israeli civilians killed in the conflict).
Double edged sword...........
"Salmond insisted that Scotland would be better off ruling itself than being subject to the whims of politicians in Westminster whom Scots themselves hadn’t voted for."
That works both ways. A number of laws were passed during the Blair/Brown years that affected only English citizens but were passed because of the support of Scottish Labour MPs whose constituents were not affected.
Re: Erroneous Cowherd Erroneous Cowherd Contempt
Let us dissect your latest diatribe, shall we, Matty?
"If you lived in a sewage farm you would think swimming in shit was the norm."
People may work on a sewage farm, but they certainly wouldn't live on one (hint: It's not a real "farm"), and I image the last thing a sewage worker would think as "normal" would be taking a swim in a settling pond. As an analogy that is pretty ineffective.
"I suggest you try getting out and meeting a few people that do not hold the same POV as the challenge will either only make your preconceptions stronger or make you question what you have been told is The Truth."
I rather think you should take your own advice. How long did you spend writing all of those ill tempered replies? You need to get out more if that is the best use you can make of your time.
"The vast majority of the British electorate do not even know The Register exists, let alone express themselves here, so it is simply foolish to think the sheeple that have started flocking here constitute a true reflection of public opinion."
So why bother trying to convince us "sheeple" that we are wrong. We are all, obviously, hopeless unreformable reprobates not fit to share this space with you.
If I were you, I'd piss off to a forum where the participants are more sensible and open to new ideas.
Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt
"I [Matt Bryant] am a British voter that was quite content to see the bill passed, if you think I am in some tiny minority then it seems the majority of MPs from all three parties did not."
Then, prey tell, Matt, why are you the one collecting the downvotes? In just about every forum I have seen, or discussion I have heard, the supporters of this action are, by a large margin, in the minority.
You are the one in error if you think yourself and a bunch of lilly livered yes men constitute a concensus of opinion.
“The Government has shown contempt for both the rule of law and Parliamentary Sovereignty"
Not to mention a level of arrogant contempt for the people they are supposed to serve that beggars belief.
Sounds like a stitch-up to me.......
"That’s why we’ve [BT] worked very hard with rights-holders and other leading ISPs to develop a voluntary programme based on consumer education and awareness which promotes the use of legal online content."
I always fine this use of the term "education" rather insulting.
There is absolutely no point in "educating" us to use "legal" content if that legal content is not available by "legal" means. Trying to "educate" people into not pirating stuff they cannot obtain legally is really trying to brainwash them into accepting the absurd notion of artificial borders and boundaries on the Internet.
Quite happy to pay for stuff as long as I can get it and I can get it for the same price as (for example) those in the US. For example, I am not going to, (and nor should I have to) pay £stupid for a DVD box set in the UK when that same show is available on Netflix in the US.
Re: @Forget It
What is undemocratic is that insufficient time has been given to organise opposition and lobby our MPs.
MPs are elected to represent their constituents interests, not allowing them time to determine how their constituents feel about an issue before they are required to vote is grossly undemocratic.
that is all
No shit Sherlock
That is all.
Ow, clump, OW clump, OUCH, clump....
That is the sound of the boot being on the other foot.
Google's deliberate intention?
You have to wonder if it isn't Google's deliberate intention to bring attention to deleted articles in order to create a "Streisand effect" for each.
This is certainly the case for the Peston article. I imagine that whoever asked to be "forgotten" is ruing the day he made that request of Google.
Certainly a most effective way for Google to demonstrate to the ECJ that their ruling is actually having the opposite effect to that intended. Far from being "forgotten", these people are being brought fully into the glare of very powerful spotlights.
Will the next move of the ECJ be to abandon this ruliing, or to ban search providers from telling authors that their article(s) have been excluded from search results?
It would be interesting to see how many hits that 2007 article is getting now, courtesy of the Streisand effect.
Wonder if this was Peston's intention when he wrote that article?
It was an old backwater blog page.Its now linked from a front page news article. I imagine its getting more hits per hour, now, than it's got in the whole of the last year.
And then there's UKIP who want to rescue us from the EU and ECJ "interference" that is the only thing actually protecting us from the "Snooper's charter".
"Senior IT decision makers"?
Kind of like inviting NHS managers to a symposium on the latest techniques in heart surgery.
Leaving aside the fact that Adam and Eve are fantasy characters, it really all depends on whether you prefer freedom to make your own way and make your own mistakes, or live forever in a pretty garden and have everything done for you as long as you obey the rules.
Re: Feed Abrams to the crocodiles!
I have always thought Star Wars was more like a fantasy tale set in space than a space western. Has all the usual fantasy elements, the Wizard, the boy apprentice, the rogue, the feisty princess, the evil Lord, the faithful servants, the quest, the climactic battle where good triumphs over evil, etc.
Let us not forget Abrams' "Fringe"
Sort of like a less believable rip off of "The X Files" with his trade mark make-it-up-as-you-go convoluted subplots and unpleasant lead characters.
I have concerns about a news site being a "media partner" of an organisation it should be reporting on.
And miss out on all of those lens flare effect?
If it is another Episode 1 he'll be known as....
Jar Jar Abrams.
Glad I switched
I switched from Vodafone to Three about a year ago, after 10 years with Vodafone.
Don't regret it one bit. I was lucky if I got any signal at all with Vodafone, and when I did it was usually 2G. I also had a poxy 500Mb data limit.
With Three, for the same amount I was paying Vodafone, I get a signal in most places, It is always at least 3G, and usually HSDPA, 4G at no extra cost, and "all you can eat" data.
So, why did I stick with Vodafone for so long?
Well, every two years, at upgrade time, Vodafone would offer me something decent for the same tariff, or a modest increase. Last year they only offered a Windows phone (not at all interested) and some "landfill" Android devices to replace my HTC Sensation unless I either upped my tariff by something like 30%, of forked out a huge (£150) upfront charge for something I was interested in (a Note 2)
Went to Three and got the Note 2 for no upfront charge and £3 more a month. Goodbye Vodafone.
Actually they are Lords.
Oh, yeah, right. I see what you mean.....
Even Sir Tim hates them......
From This BBC Article
"He describes a recent experience where he had to jump through hoops set up by BT - "do you want to set up parental controls? No. Do you want BT's added features? No." before finally getting onto the web, only to be greeted with a BT advert. "If you want me to look at an advert, I will charge an administration fee," he says, to chuckles from the audience."
The original Wii had a genuinely new and innovative feature (the controllers) and was cheap enough for people to give it a go without worrying about it (£170. iirc).
The "U" introduces nothing really standout different and is over that magic "hey, why not!" price point.
Another telco gets another serious gumming by the toothless ASA over misleading claims.
Not exactly new
Tasers disguised as phones have been reported for years, including ones disguised as iPhones.
Oh shit!!! I'm beginning to sound like jake!!!
Re: Relatively cheap, was Flash in the pan
The Parrot AR drone is certainly a toy, but a very capable one, and very hackable (which is where my interest lies, rather than taking "dronies").
Having said that, there is a market for drone photography / video (looked into it). Inspection of high structures (bridges, buildings, masts) and more domestic stuff ( panning aerial shots of guests at wedding receptions / parties, etc) and people will pay good money for this.
The difficulty comes when you switch from flying a drone as a hobby (where it is classed as an RC aircraft) and using it as a business, where the pilot must be qualified and certified by the CAA (in the UK). To set yourself up in business with a suitable rig + getting the required training and certification , you are looking at £10k+.
Re: @Eponymous Cowherd (was: Boring.)
Oddly, I can SSH to my AR Drone and command it that way, but I largely use QGroundControl / Mavlink.
Re: @Eponymous Cowherd (was: Boring.)
If you read what was posted, jake, you will note that I said "aerial photography that can be created by anyone". In other words, by people who cannot put these things together for themselves. Today you can buy an off-the-shelf kit to do this for well under £1k that can produce quite stunning results.
Impressed that your 1980's kit could do everything that a modern quad can do. (maintain a stable hover and frame a shot by itself), though.
No, aerial photography is nothing new. But aerial photography that can be created by anyone for a modest outlay is new.
Hint: As a silver commentard, you can use the HTML anchor tag in your posts.
Re: Flash in the pan
You are looking at the wrong end of the scale. Cheapo toy drones are tricky to fly, but move up to even the relatively cheap (£300) Parrot AR Drone 2, and its more sophisticated avionics make it a doddle to pilot.
Done quite a few "dronies" of friends and family with it. Position it, release controls, and it hovers in place to take your pics. Simples.
Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile for the Samsung Note range of phones is pretty good and makes good use of the pen.
Re: Doesn't matter who "invented" it
"Yes it does, he was British.......... our Tim"
Kind of ashamed that a Reg commentard doesn't know the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Re: We flicked through his uploads
The problem with BitTorrent, however, is that you are obliged to make the files available for upload at the same time as you are downloading.
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