744 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
Orgel's Second Rule
Evolution is smarter than you are.
Hear hear. Surely most books these days effectively start life as e-books and then get printed. How can it possibly be that a new book can be OCR'd? But it happens. A recent book about the fall of Bear Stearns had multiple references on the Kindle version to Bear Steams.
In C-style languages, should braces line up or not?
Some strong opinions here in both directions.
But let me just point out that Kernighan and Richie put the first brace on the same line as the if/while/for statements, not underneath it.
There are times - all too frequently, recently - when I am thoroughly ashamed of my sex....
Re: Slight confusion here
On the other hand the evidence for our origins was famously described as a collection of bones that would barely fill a room, or a closet, if you count only the important ones.
Citation please. That may have been the case fifty years ago. It's a sight more than that now.
The sheer amount of data and some of the contradictory evidence means that there is plenty of controversy about exactly who evolved from whom and when it happened - but the evidence for evolution of humans from an ape-like ancestor is now overwhelming.
Not so much with android...
...a human who takes on an android as his partner (or companion) and treats him / her nearly equal?
Not sure I've ever seen it with android, but I know a few people who've done this with their iPhone...
Watched the first game, and realized that I could hardly see the far court. For some reason, the 3D cameras at Wimbledon were at the opposite end to the normal cameras, and it seems they can't get them quite so high.
So I had a choice between watching the final in 3D at a poor camera angle with glasses on over my normal glasses, or watching it in 2D at a perfect camera angle without wearing two pairs of glasses. Not a difficult decision, really.
I'm completely unconvinced that 3D will ever be worth it. But it's more-or-less thrown in with high-end tellys nowadays.
Re: @Martin (was: ...or words to that EFFECT...)
I'll always accept a beer!
As egregious errors go, I admit that effect/affect doesn't bother me half as much as, say, loose/lose or there/their/they're. I can see effect/affect becoming interchangeable in the future - but loose and lose will never be, so long as I have breath to moan about it.
...or words to that EFFECT...
Affect - the verb - this will affect you.
Effect - the noun - this will have an effect on you.
(Does that make me a geek, a nerd, or just a pedantic git?)
@system11 - cogs and springs?
Cogs, yes. But the springs were used to (a) give the energy required to drive the watch for a day or so and (b) give the energy to drive the simple harmonic motion oscillator that made it tick. The first, on modern watches, is a battery, and the second is a quartz oscillator. No springs required. Which is why modern watches are so much more reliable - the spring was the item which was most likely to break.
Or are you still wearing a watch that you wind up once a day?
"miaow" is a perfectly good spelling in the US as well.
Paul Gallico wrote a book about cats called "The Silent Miaow" - not "The Silent Meow".
Re: So the ones doing jewelry stores in 2010
You're in the wrong place. This is The Register forum, not the Daily Mail comments page.
(Though to be fair, I get the impression that a lot of the commenters here presumably read and believe said rag..."
I've heard that argument before.
"That man and apes evolved from a common ancestor is settled."
Only in your mind and the minds of other believers in evolution.
"That smoking causes lung cancer is settled".
Only in your mind and the minds of other anti-tobacco evangelists.
I very strongly suspect that in fifty years time, there truly WILL be no doubt in the minds of all reasonable people that man caused climate change. Unfortunately, by then, it might well be too late.
Well, I'm quite interested in the Acer...
...partiularly now it has an SSD.
I have the Samsung already - well, I used to, but these days I can't prise it out of my fifteen year old daughter's sticky mitts. She likes the size and the speed of startup - it does pretty well everything she needs. She even does her homework essays using Google Drive.
Re: re: Shwinnggg!
She may well have good legs. I agree, she probably was hired for exactly that.
And the fact that people in technology consider that, in this day and age, it is still acceptable to hire good looking women purely for decorative purposes pretty well proves my point.
And I don't think the fact that I consider it unacceptable (and I also consider Mr Shwinngg's comment pretty unacceptable) makes me a moron, either.
And people wonder why it is that women are not keen to go into technology....
"... in the student common room at COLLEGE..."
Collage is art with cutout paper and materials.
College is where you learn things. Or not.
Why would anyone want to go?
There's rockall there.
It's now discontinued, but the old Logitech Squeezebox stuff is what I use, and it's just beautiful - and fairly cheap second hand. There may be a build for your NAS (depends on which one it is) or you can use a Raspberry Pi as the server - see http://squeezeplug.de for a downloadable image and full instructions. (Disclaimer - I just use squeezeplug software and I'm very happy with it - I don't have any association with this guy.)
I've got two Squeezebox 3's, and a Squeezebox Radio and my daughter uses a Raspberry Pi running the SqueezeLite software as a player into my old hi-fi - and impresses her friends no end when she controls her music from her phone.
Re: Unacceptable decision
Nonsense. Just as before, you can say more or less what you like at, say, a private dinner party. (Well, even at a dinner party, you should be a bit careful - there is also a law of slander). But you can't publish it to several thousand people in a newspaper or pamphlet - or in the form of a tweet.
""Where does that leave the police announcing the name of someone being arrested/charged (and the nature of the alleged offence of course) or papers reporting on the same?"
At that point, the news media is reporting that the police have arrested someone for a crime, and they have been charged. You can state that, because it's true.
The point is, that (a) no-one had arrested or charged McAlpine - it was all based on rumour and hearsay and (b) the rumours were completely false.
...and claim it as THEIR own.
"MacRumors spotted an article in the Japanese Apple-news site Macotakara that reported (Google translation) on two tidbits published by Taiwan's Economic Times discussing the long-rumored iWatch..."
And now we have the Register reporting on MacRumors who spotted an article.....
...never seen them win or LOSE.
loose = not tight.
lose = not win.
All sequels are shit?
Counterexample 1 - Toy Story 2
Counterexample 2 - Toy Story 3
Counterexample 3 - A Shot in the Dark (the followup to the original Pink Panther)
Counterexample 4 - The Return of the Pink Panther
But yes, I accept that nearly all sequels are shit.
Re: Surprise!!!! - Windows is the LEAST reliable...
"I wonder what^H^H^H^H whether Eadon thinks?"
Re: Seriously? People think this is all going to be OK?
By all means, document your own life. Go ahead and "lifelog".
Me, I'd rather just live mine.
...without let or hindrance...
Re: Knowing little about these things
I've heard that if you use Calibre and some DRM-removing software, you can very easily convert Kindle books to work on other e-readers.
Not that I'd know anything about such a thing, of course...
"You didn't. It has. Its in trouble."
IT'S in trouble. Sigh.
In any case, it was designed to last for three months. It's still running nine years later. So, yes they did, and it was. If it's now in trouble, it's probably because it's physically worn out.
When did you last design and build ANYTHING that lasted thirty six times longer than it was intended to?
Re: There are indeed ARM versions.
I have an ARM one as well - the fairly recent Samsung jobby.
Annoyingly, it means that one of the most useful items (RealVNC client for Chromebook) doesn't yet work - it only works for Intel Chromebooks.
If you're reading this, RealVNC - I'm waiting patiently....
Why not useful?
The normal ones for students? Cheap perhaps, but useful, really?
Why ever not?
The vast majority of students will need them for basic word processing, plus internet surfing and mail. For that, they are perfect.
Geek students will buy one to hack on to see what they can do with them, as they are nice and cheap.
And they are useful for the utterly-IT-incompetents too. But actually, these days, there aren't that many - students grew up with technology, and are used to things that just work, and expect them to continue doing so. Hence, a chromebook - you open it and start using it.
Re: I must live a sheltered life
I occasionally watch a movie on a tablet during my commute, and I find it a bit embarrassing when a sex scene appears on the screen - knowing someone might be looking over my shoulder tends to remove all the erotic interest, and I'm quite pleased when the scene switches to something else.
I can't imagine wanting to watch porn in public.
This, and their ilk....
...are great, but currently far too expensive. When Seagate had their previous version on special offer (500G - available from Amazon US for $99) that was a good price - and I grabbed one.
But given that a 1T disk is only about £75, a hundred quid more for the wireless access and battery is too much.
Re: Good to see a UK IT success story
1500 jobs at Sophos.
40,000 jobs lost in Sheffield in the steel industry in the 1980s.
Tens of thousands of jobs lost in the coal industry, with unemployment in some places reaching 50%.
Yes, wonderful opportunity.
Re: Only quoting the bits where Steig agrees with you?
Proponents do it as much as denialists; it's pretty standard rhetoric.
It's done most often, though, by people who are more interested in winning their arguments than the truth - you know, people like creationists. And I for one would be pretty damn embarrassed if I were caught using the same tactics as them.
It's pretty shabby, no matter who does it.
Re: How to sort patents and trolls out easily
A possible alternative:-
Do you have a patent that isn't used in a product? You have one year to either produce a working product using it, or to sell it to someone who WILL use it in a product. Otherwise, it becomes public ownership.
Gets rid of patent trolls, and encourages use of new ideas. Is there a downside?
Re: Is it snowing in hell?
"... but in the present case ... the parties' obstreperous and cantankerous conduct ... makes it plain that the parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute."
Wonderful. That's about as rude and insulting as you can get in a written document. What he's really saying is "You two have demonstrated that you have no fucking intention of sorting this out like sensible human beings".
Hopefully, the senior management of Motorola and Apple will feel so embarrassed by this that they'll actually go and knock a few heads together to do something about it. But it that happens, I really WILL start to believe we're living in a parallel universe.
Re: Just goes to show, if you have enough money..
A fine rant, and worthy of several upvotes.
Here is one from me.
Apple already have that SEWN up.
You sew with needle and thread.
You sow seeds.
Nonetheless, I've upvoted you for the sentiment.
That's like alcohol-free beer.
You're being downvoted by me for assuming I have the intelligence of a peanut and need these things spelt out.
Re: I'm happy too!
Only every 10-12 minutes?
I was in the US a few years ago, and happened to catch "Tommy" on the TV. I don't remember exactly how often the ads were - though they were frequent, and seemed to get more frequent as the film went on. What I DO remember is the final "See Me, Feel Me" song which goes on for about five minutes was actually interrupted TWICE by adverts.
10-12 minutes? You wer looky!
Yes- the twelve quid a month I pay for the TV licensing is worth every penny. If for no other reason than to prevent the ads getting more and more frequent on Sky and the others.
I'm definitely getting old....
"That's fun for Reg readers at a conference, or crowds at concerts or sporting events, because it makes it easy to see who else tweeted about the event and what they said."
Why the fuck do I want to tell everyone I'm at a concert? Why the fuck do I want to see who else was tweeting that they were at the concert, and what they saying? You may be sure that all they are saying is "OMG at #xxxxx concert brill!"
There was a time when people went to concerts or sporting events to, y'know, actually watch what's on stage or on the pitch.
Not even a PC is needed....
The first one I saw was a "mate in one" - that could have been done on most chess programs running on a palm pilot or similar ten years ago.
It's just for fun - if they were to use something like this on TicketMaster, it would be hacked in no time.
Not if you're an AC Milan fan...
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
Evidently we DID have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again.
But at least I now know a good joke I'd not heard before.
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
OK - I'll mention emacs.
Can we leave it there please? Do we REALLY have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again?
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