58 posts • joined 20 Dec 2007
To paraphrase a well known curly-haired motoring journalist..
Bacon: the only known cure for vegetarianism.
Re: Just a News Operation @janimal
"While you're at it grab the bastard who decided every show needs to give you a preview of what is about to happen, and then every five minutes remind you of what just happened and then at the end show you what will happen next week. Whoever you are please, please stop!"
You are aware that this is a method of turning 1 hours programming on the BBC into 1 hours programming on a commercial repeats channel by editing out the "coming up", "next week" and "previously" segments and replacing with 15 minutes advertising space, thus increasing resale revenue.
Likewise, when did you ever see the "news" section in a repeat of Top Gear on Dave?
"...the targeting of Apple rose from just 25 cases in 2002 to more than 8,000 last year."
ZOMG, that's terrible! Oh, hang on, remind me: when were the iPod or iPhone released?*
*October 2001 and June 2007 respectively.
End of George Road
Should be renamed as The Bell House?
Re: During the meanwhile ...
by my maths, if I buy a £2 lottery ticket then I am infinitely more likely to win the lottery than if I didn't...
Re: american accents
Seeing as though North American English accents outnumber British English accents globally by about 5:1 it's hardly surprising is it?
Re: Don't forget Matt Berry
Almost. At. The. Station!
Re: Another thought...
and dwarfed also, according to the article, by the electricity cost of running such a program.
I had the snip...
... can't say it made a vas deferens to my life.
Hanslope Park, once the scene of notorious murder and suicide
I did initially wonder if the murder / suicide involved the giant razer blade visible in the middle of the grounds as shown in the aerial picture..
The only time I saw an MSX was in publicity shots for atrocious post punk band Sigue Sigue Sputnik in the early 80s. IIRC each member had an item of new technology including a Sony Watchman, a Keytar and an MSX.
If one can visibly see a woofer cone vibrating at reasonable volume levels, wouldn't this be a bit of a blurry drawback for screen-as-speaker applications?
Re: I bought a burger in a Tesco's cafe yesterday...
Put my Tesco burgers in the fridge yesterday. Checked them today... aaaaaand they're off!
Crumbs Crunchy Delights.
An entire alien invasion thwarted by a man called Derek.
If I can type through these misty eyes...
Anyone else remember having basic code dictated to them from the manual / magazine and then taking it in turns with your brother to be typist, often with your mum proofreading?
Brother: 10 FOR I = 1 TO 20
Me [typing]: 10 4I=1220
Brother: no, 10 eff oh arr space eye = 1 tee oh 20
Brother: 1040 RETURN
Brother: no, 1040 space arr ee tee you arr en
Re: Write-up schmite-up
My D50 died recently (all appears to work, but black photos*). I've been tossing up the cost/benefits of repair, replace with 2nd hand D50 or replace with new.
There seems to be a lot of love for the D50, and as little more than a happy snapper i'm not sure I need the pixel count / video / effects / tea maker that new bodies offer. A few more ISOs may be nice.
Off to eBay, I think.
*yes, I have tried removing the lens cap
Re: Ad-supported is not "free", please don't pretend otherwise
Indeed, just turn off data and wi-fi and, hey presto! No pesky ads.
aDosBox and Civilization has got me gaming like it's 1992.
At the risk of getting into a pissing match...
@NoneSuch: Let's check your evidence.
- CE3K took $303m box office (you forgot to add that in)
- Raiders of the lost ark was released in 1981 (and "we are talking about only the 70's" )
So I make the running total for the 5 other influential directors $1142.1m + $303m = $1445.1m. Almost double what Lucas did alone,
Granted, Lucas had the highest grossing film of those mentioned, and granted, ILM changed the game in movie special effects, however the figures you used to back up your argument were presented wrongly.
Don't get me wrong, I like Star Wars. I just don't agree that George Lucas single handedly resurrected the US movie industry in 1977. He has helped elevate sci-fi from B movie material, and that, to a lot of people around here, really seems to matter.
Go on, i'll bite
>> can take single credit for resurrecting the US film industry in the late 70's
So: Scorsese, Ford-Coppola, Friedkin, De Palma and Spielberg were doing fuck all then?
You seem pretty certain that all vehicles will approach you in your 160 degree field of vision. Good luck.
>> Telly buyers are keener on Smart TV tech than they are on 3D, but both features are going to be taken up more enthusiastically than televisions in general over the next three years."
This is shipment forecasts, so I would infer "forced upon" rather than "taken up"
I still can't see any attraction to 3D tv. iPlayer / 4OD / ITV player is a reasonable bonus if making an upgrade.
Is it just me, or does Azarenka sound like a synth-tom?
Not for me...
mobile broadband question
perhaps you needed to ask about cellular broadband. two nations divided by a common language and all that.
Emmanuel Goldstein is dead
who is going to feature on the two minutes hate now?
My mate Al got the book "300 Beers to try before you die" and we have challenged each other to do as many as possible this year. I've currently done 80, and 70 of those I had never drunk before. Approximately 10 of these are now firm favourites. Thanks to this article I can now justify to my wife that I am helping the economy.
>> BTW, who TF is Davina McCall?
She's like marmite. Personally, I would - but my mate Al would rather poke his eyes out with spoons.
I hope that clears it up for you.
has he messed with the fret intervals? Surely this will put off "proper" guitarists who will need to re-learn left hand positions.
Got a flyer from Talk Talk on Wednesday about their current deal. I was a Tiscali customer and well aware of the take over. The flyer offered the same benefits as my current Tiscali account but for £10 less a month (line rental included). No mention of existing customer exemption on the flyer. Phoned up expecting to be laughed at, got switched and they even waived the £30 connection fee. Now poised to save £10 a month for the same service from the same company... Anyone want a cheap wireless router?
Surely the response should have been along the lines of:
Certainly the wording of Mr Schwartzenegger's veto could be deemed as an
unique and unfortunate coincidence. Strict and thorough proof reading of all
notes passed between politicians should be undertaken in prevention of
this occurring again any time in future.
@John Smith 19
And a special hello to you too! Do I know you?
wipe the disk, flash the bios, re-install the OS?
@ open sauce
Bought the phillips £20 "noise cancelling" headphones. Shite. The noise cancelling box adds a bass boost and hiss, but doesn't remove anything. Also the rather large box hoding an AAA battery is in the middle of the headphone cord, so would hang at about mid way down to your jeans pocket where your generic MP3 player would be. Fairly useless design - the box (which doesn't hold a microphone as far as I could tell) should be at the jack end to be stowed in the same pocket as your player.
Swapped for £20 sony MDR-EX32s which are isolating instead, and sound just great with my crappy generic MP3 player.
...whats the ui like? Does it support playlists? Will it do gapless playback? There appears to be a remote control, does it work well? Come on Reg, you've told us all about its features, but did you actually use it?
It seems from the marketing snaps that it either induces palsy or a stroke in the wearer...
Maybe they should change the *probably* to a *definitely* in order to bait $religious_group into court. Then the defence can ask $religious_group to prove the existence of $deity. Job done for the atheists.
The Jon (secular humanist)
is it really called a "lavvy"? chortle.
9 grand for a butt fugly, 2 seat no luggage electric rolller skate. Hmm look at that classy dashboard... fail.
@Martin Yirrell 29th September 2008 18:01 GMT
Sorry to piss on your chips old boy, but MRSA is a bacterium. Unlike a virus, bacteria are considered to be living.
Evolution = Scientific Theory = Science Class
Creationism = Religious Theory = RE / Theology Class
until I saw the price. Samsung can make excellent value laptops (like the superb R700), why do they and so may others fail at the SCC brief?
... you just fire 2 missiles now: one to take out the drone, one to take out the airliner?
Trinity gorgeous? You must already be in another dimension.
Paris, cos I bet she's got plenty of strange particles floating around her doughnut shaped device.
i've fotr won of tghese...
...and irt's bloofuy byrilloianr. My typingf jas bever beem vetter and quicker. How fif i ever ger by before?
How do you register a trademark?
I agree look at the following approximate timeline:
1950s Black and White TV
1970s Colour TV
1990s Satellite / Nicam Stereo / Plasma
2000s LCD / HD / Freeview / Freesat / Sky+
See how the rate of change is increasing exponentially? Maybe the UK public have finally realised that a turd timeshifted in Digital HD on a 50" wallmounted flatscreen is still a turd.
"If you want statistics, try this: without food imports, 1.6 billion Chinese people must subsist on their own arable land, 1 square foot of which must sustain 7 adults. If half of the Chinese population have a child, this would raise their population from 1.6 billion to 2.0 billion. That same square foot of arable land (nine months later) must sustain *9 adults*. "
Ok, lets look at the maths: 1 square foot must sustain 7 adults, so to sustain 1.6billion adults requires 228571428.6 square feet. There are 27878400 square feet in a square mile, so to feed the entire population of china (not all adults, but we'll let that pass) we need approx 8.2 square miles of arable land. But wait, the population of china will suddenly be 2billion, pushing this requirement to 10.25 square miles of arable land. Hmm seems a bit small. Lets look up the geography of China just to be sure...
China has a land area of 9.5million square km = 3.6million square miles, of which a third is grassland (we'll assume that the grassland is available to be turned into arable land) = 1.2 million sq miles [source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_China]. So just 1/100000 of this is required to feed the entire population.
Excellent, problem solved - according to your maths china could support up to 200 trillion people at 9 adults per square foot arable land, that gives us plenty of headroom.
Did you really mean square feet?
do my eyes deceive me?
Is that the michelin man making a shadow puppet dog in the corner of the picture?
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON