437 posts • joined 8 Dec 2007
Re: The advert
As someone rarely subject to the indignity of televisual advertising*, thanks for the heads up. They must have hired the same polo-necked pricksters as Mazda.
It takes a lot less to destroy asteroid mining ships than it does to make them, so this could get rather interesting.
Watching the watchers?
What worries me about all this retention, black boxes, meta-data mining and whatnot isn't so much the potential for individual abuse, suppression of democracy and invasion of privacy as much as we seem to be heading to a situation where the regime could prosecute (or at least publicly ruin, that does the job) someone purely on the basis of "computer says jihadi/paedo/boogeyman du jour".
My thoughts exactly! Also, if a "user" suddenly goes postal on their own data, maybe have something set up to pretend to delete it while alerting the AWS meat sacks to call their client meat sacks on Ye Olde PSTN?
Re: Driving is not actually that difficult
For about 99.9% of the time, yeah. The tricky bit is the 0.1% you have to react to bloody quickly, as in quicker than someone whose attention is elsewhere.
@wolfetone: Feed in tariff
Which is roughly half (per MWh) what the government recently promised to EDF (IIRC) for a new nuke plant. Add to that up to 20% grid losses (overall about 7%) and the advantages of a fault tolerant distributed local generation begin to stack up. The only hurdle is the fact that it empowers ordinary people rather than the hydrocarbon dealing swine, which runs counter to the deliberate policy of poverty infliction and enforcement, also known as "austerity", "big society", "benefits reform", etc.
The problem with Auntie is the frankly embarrassing political news blackouts it engages in all too often at the behest of those who hold the purse strings. A recent example being the Green Party all but ignored in favour of the establishment's fringe nutters UKIP and trampagne crusaders britain first. Thanks to an episode of Derek I heard the C word more than the G word from the beeb that week.
I still have my old Sega Saturn, cost at the time: £250. What a crock of shit that was, sega too. Then they faceplanted with the Dreamcast and good bloody riddance!
It's got a CD lid override switch for playing shady CDRs and the AV lead SCART plug has a stereo 1/4in TRS socket hanging out of it. We've kept the old CRT TV/VCR around for it so we can play light gun games and Wipeout 2097.
It's not hoarding, it's preemptive stocking!
Ah Dabbsy mate, always enjoy your pieces. I'm just like you (even our meatspace forename), but also have an ebay-tat-from-china habit. Currently pi/arduino bits as I'm preparing an electrical workshop.
Unlike you I'll never get married or cause any kids, and my best BOFH mate is my housemate, so think of The IT Crowd's lair and you're not far off. Living the dream!
Madoff stole from the rich, not the poor. Key difference.
Re: I'd be perfectly happy...
Indeed, ISTR running Unreal on a mere 64MB of RAM.
Frankly I'm surprised the smartphone isn't the core of the modern digital life, with a tablet style dock for bigger screen stuff, additional keyboard serious typing on the move, and a fully featured dock at home featuring NAS, lots of connectivity, maybe some enhanced grunt for games (i.e. have them launched from the phone's OS and the home screens you've tweaked to your liking, but the heavy lifting delegated to the desktop hardware) with full desktop K/V/M.
Good for ummm... Stealthily putting the bins out?
<governator>I see everything.</governator>
The parking is undoubtedly outsourced, so its not their department!
Re: Useful for photo sharing.
Yes it's been buggered about with for exactly that, meaning activist and non-profits have been royally shafted as they have virtually zero "organic reach". They have done this slowly though, to avoid spooking the herd, a few pages at a time over several months.
Still borderline usable for non serious stuff with the FB Purity add-on and VERY diligent use of the privacy settings.
Re: The Red Planet
Radiative flux is a measure of power, typically in this context it would be watts per square metre. The wavelength would be similar to voltage in a wire, with the amount of photons being equivalent to amperage: Volts X Amps = Watts = Power. With less energy things will just grow slower.
The vegetation on Kepler-186f would be quite different from what you see outside your local B&Q, unlikely to be using the lovely green chlorophyll we know. Earth vegetation can sometimes survive on much less than you think, too. Extremophile microbes aside, very slow bent-over trees and hardy shrubs extend quite far north in Canada, for example.
Re: Simply Electronics - don't buy from them!!!
Good luck mate!
Like yourself I just ordered (on the 7th) without paying attention and then cancelled a seemingly good deal on a Samsung from one of these shady little outfits. Thankfully the firm refunded without hassle, but now the refund has passed through Paypal it's decided to take a long weekend in fucknowswhere on the way to my NatWest account.
Joke: "in lieu of food" comment.
Re: When my CRT finally dies...
I've got a CRT going spare, nice metallic silver model with a built in thingy that makes ~320p YouTube quality video appear out of rusty sellotape.
£30 collection West London.
Re: Good idea
What about telling MS a big NOPE at the EULA and asking for a refund?
Re: Tail wagging the dog. @WonkoTheSane
Or "Absolute Power" either...
Rehabilitation my arse.
Just look at the for-profit system in the USA. When prisoners make you money then it becomes a wise investment to lobby for harsher sentencing while doing bugger all to rehabilitate, ensuring the highest rate of incarceration and reoffending i.e. repeat business.
*ker-ching!* Thank you, come again!
Compare to Norway.
A thought just occurred to me
Might this be related to the upcoming Linux based SteamOS?
Re: Growing like Topsy
There's no need for the Chinese to p\/\//\/ our MIs, they have the world by the bollocks financially so they have control of governments as a result.
Still better than Initial Citylink, those useless tossbags tried two "attempts" at delivering a door lock to me, only leaving a card on the second, having buggered off back to their Heathrow depot with my package. Having emailed the seller to let them know I wanted to cancel the sale (I'd bought it for a better price online to collect from a local company) they then had shittylink "attempt" to deliver, this time 2 more no-shows and not even a card.
Contrast this with the service from DPD: Text message notifications of delivery day and estimated time slot, with the option to reschedule or have it left with a neighbour, along with a cheerful driver who actually showed up.
Protocol flaw? OK, it happens.
It's not the fact that there was a flaw in the Bitcoin protocol that pisses me off the most, as I was always mindful of that possibility even before this tanker of manure crashed right in to the HVAC showroom, but the fact that it was known to the developers!!
Still, at least I'm only down about a tenner at the moment.
Re: Aren't transactions rather slow?
good point about the pub, I wondered that myself.
the transaction confirmations can be sped up by offering a sightly higher fee to those doing the mining, though still far below the ransom demanded by the traditional processor cartel. in the real world even with "default" settings there would be at least one or two confirmations by the time you finished your pint.
the pub or their 3rd party BTC handler could also set up a deal with trusted wallet provider like localbitcoins, or you could pre pay your piss up before you even leave the house.
instant it ain't, but where theres a will and a few quid to be saved, there's a way!
Re: The Register, TripAdvisor for the planets.
"don't expect to ever leave."
"Although you can check out any time you like"
A bit like facebook then...
But where's the money in that?
Admittedly, I'd happily pay a few bob for a non shit facebook. It's a background thing and good for keeping in touch, and if I have anything important to talk about I'll be using Zfone/ToR/meatspace etc.
The thing that pissed myself and many others off is how they recently rejigged the options of what gets shown in the newsfeed to exclude pretty much anything that wasn't paid for, such as interest pages and friend's posts. Users who clocked this have to go to each and every page they actually want to see and make sure the convoluted options are set to show all their posts. They are milking the cow so hard its udders are nearly falling off.
Anyway, I made a new account last week and messaged New Me links to all the pages I still wanted to see, suggested some of Old Me's friends, and made sure my ad blockers and redirect strippers are up to par. They're really not gonna make much money from New Me.
It's a disinfectant, they were using it as intended.
Re: A.k.a. IPO to intensionally disregard an act of parliament?
The headlines and us plebs.
Under human control
Nothing to hide
Just doing my civic duty to irritate and burden the regime's onerous surveillance machinery.
Tea, coffee, coco, cuppasoup, sausage rolls, £3 each
Harry could have made a good few bob there!
Re: Fake accounts set up by scammer?
A couple of links for your viewing displeasure:
Re: You can bet
"...they see frames freeze or judder. Others report oddly-hued backgrounds"
Because of a DRM snafu over HDMI? I would have thought that would simply kill the link/playback altogether. The symptoms reported sound like a copy protection "issue" from the days of analogue cable telly.
I've still got a (probably still) working Sega Saturn and copy of the original TR kicking about in the garage. Complete with hacked audio output hanging off the SCART and a drive lid microswitch override for playing "backups"...
Nice one Trevor!
As just a home tinkerer (and a bit of a rusty one at that) it was a very interesting article about the sort of thing I will never afford and probably shouldn't be let near.
Re: off topic
expand his horizons - introduce him to tubgirl
I have ToR
But there's no need for that when google loads so much quicker.
My most recent pirating: Blackfish, but I dropped a tenner in bornfree.org.uk 's guitar case instead :)
Re: A modest proposal for correction
When I was but a lad fresh out of a shitty secondary skool I did a stint at a local supermarket. One of my bosses had to spend Christmas Day emptying the freezers in to a hastily hired freezer truck because the compressors conked out. Again.
Hence why the company was known to us lowly grunts as "Scummerfield".
Some things can't be rushed.
If I take too long on the crapper, will I start seeing laxative ads?
Re: I am sorry anonymous .....
Your knowledge of Anonymous can't be that great. It's a movement, a banner, an idea, an identity, a principle, many other things.
But it sure as hell isn't a club, a society, or a supermarket loyalty scheme. There is no membership, though there are groups that use the name.
I'm glad they aren't so bitchy about that sort of stuff here in the UK. Me mum has a plate with her initials and WTF, and it's the car's original!
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Noticed how you often have to click to see even just the first one or two comments on something? Blatant bit of interest tracking right there. Still, Zuck's sucked this titty almost dry and the young'uns are wising up to his shenanigans, as indicated by the slowing of signups.
Personally, I'd like to see TOR become the in thing for the kids. Wishful thinking I know.
Close enough Frankee
They're hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who commissioned the construction of Earth.
The last time he used that colloquialism was http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/12/20_injured_at_lg_smartphone_giveaway_as_pr_stunt_turns_sour/
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