A friend of mine....
...saw someone wearing these at a conference last week. He watched with glee as the wearer walked straight into a pillar.
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...saw someone wearing these at a conference last week. He watched with glee as the wearer walked straight into a pillar.
Time started on Jan 1 1970 as stated above.
Therefore Peter Gabriel.
...and a summary of the story. This, unfortunately, is a bit too much of the latter - and it also seems to me to have rather too many spoilers in it.
To be fair, last week's article about the self-service tills was laugh-out-loud funny (or at least I found it so) - and he'd have to do remarkably well to come close to that one.
Yep - my first plasma was a Samsung which got "red speckled" after 18months. They wouldn't consider repairing it for a reasonable price, so I bought a new one - a Panny. Which is excellent.
"Ruled out the Panasonics straight away. Heavy, use loads of power..."
"...And I've got a bunch of old PCs loaded up with hard drives which contain various media files...."
Anyone else feel this is a little inconsistent?
...but no doubt there will still be Tom Clancy novels released.
I'm old enough to remember when the death of an author meant that there were no more books by said author. Nowadays, it just seems to mean a short hiatus before someone is employed to churn out a book in a similar style with the original author's name on it.
And yes, sixty-six is FAR too young.
A prat? That's a description of someone who did something stupid, or doesn't get something most of us feel is obvious. We're all prats occasionally.
There are several words I could use to describe this guy. Prat doesn't even begin to describe him.
I've never quite understood the rationale of people who will spend six hundred quid on a phone then jiib at spending fifteen quid on an official cable.
...you DESERVE to get rubbish pictures.
I'm getting sick to death of people at public events, be it concerts, sports events, or even at the bloody cinema, who feel that the event didn't actually happen unless they took a photo of it - or preferably, a long video of it.
If you're watching it through a phone, you're NOT actually watching it. If you then play it back, all you're doing is playing back a reminder of you watching the event through the phone.
Oh, yes, of course, once you've taken the photo you've got to tweet the damn thing to everyone.
You're at a concert, or a sports event - a once-off event which will never happen again exactly like that. EXPERIENCE IT! Don't record it. There are TV cameras and official videos which will record it a fuck of a sight better than your stupid little phone.
Oh, and contempt multplied by ten for anyone taking photos at these events with an iPad. (It's always an iPad - never any other sort of tablet...)
"...They are too accurate."
No. They are too precise. You want a watch to be accurate, so that it shows the time accurately, without drift. But you don't need it to display the time precisely.
"Not sure why you think 1080p content is worth concentrating on - not everything is a movie. We have multiple screens now and cope quite well."
Precisely. So we don't need super-mega-hi-def for multiple screens.
"Have you never watched picture in picture on a normal TV?"
Hardly ever. I find it damn irritating on the TIVO when I'm trying to program something and some rubbish I don't want to watch is twittering away in the top-right of the screen, and I can't switch it off. - and taking up space which could be better used by the menu app.
If a program is worth watching in 1080p, it's worth concentrating on.
If you've got four programs on at the same time, you're not concentrating on any of them. If you're not concentrating on any of them, you don't really need it in 1080p.
Unless all you want to do is impress your friends.
So now, I'll not only be able to watch the footy with crap commentary, I'll also be able to see tweets from people at the match (or watching it on TV) saying "OMG - I'm at the match!", "That was never a penalty!","Clear penalty!","He should never have been sent off", "Blatant red card!" etc etc etc etc. That'll REALLY add to my enjoyment.
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.
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....
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.
...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.
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.
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?)
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".
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.
...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.
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....
Collage is art with cutout paper and materials.
College is where you learn things. Or not.
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.
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.
"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.....
loose = not tight.
lose = not win.
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.
"I wonder what^H^H^H^H whether Eadon thinks?"
By all means, document your own life. Go ahead and "lifelog".
Me, I'd rather just live mine.
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?
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....
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.
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.
...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.