re: Does Tom Bombadil finally show up?
I bloody hope not....
He's the Jar-Jar Binks of LOTR. I was delighted when they decided to drop him from the story.
807 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
I bloody hope not....
He's the Jar-Jar Binks of LOTR. I was delighted when they decided to drop him from the story.
" if you exceed the speed limit by 1 mph..."
Don't be silly - you won't be able to - the car is driving, not you, remember?
There was a time, not all that long ago, when you had to wind your watch every day. It's basically the same thing.
(Kids these days, I dunno...)
When they first came out, they were about £200-£250.
Here we are, about four years later. And what is the price? About £200-£250 for machines with basically the same spec. Why would you pay £250 for a netbook when you can get a perfectly good basic laptop with DVD, 15.1" screen and change from £300?
If they were being sold for £100-£150, you'd still see them fly off the shelves.
But then Dixons wouldn't be able to persuade people that they need these just under £300 lappys to do their facebook and email.
I had an Acer Aspire One till it died, and a Packard Bell machine. Both ran Ubuntu (the Packard Bell runs 12.10 perfectly well) and I still use it most days.
RIP the netbook. I for one will miss it.
Yep - what I got from that article is just more evidence that Twitter is all about self-aggrandisement..
Loads of people have donated money to charity. And most of them don't boast about doing so, or show off about how much they've donated.
I don't know which is more rib-tickling hilarious, the joke about the Clegg or the massively witty pun CamMoron.
Oh, actually, yes I do. Neither of them.
I don't think it needs self-knowledge. Over the generations, it just creates random patterns, keeps the ones that work well and works from those - and unsurprisingly it happens that the one pattern that works well looks like a large spider. It's a nice example of evolution in the general sense.
If we were buying hardware add-ons as well, it could be a Pi and Chips shop.
Imagine a balloon, with lots of dots drawn on it. Imagine the balloon is inflated. The dots move apart from each other - it's not that one moves away from another.
The galaxy is a bit like this.
But don't take the analogy too far - putting a pin into the balloon causes a big bang, but that's not the same at all.
It's not a matter of "Who signed off on the Big Bang Theory". It's a matter of evidence.
As I understand it (IANAA) there were basically two major theories - Big Bang and Steady State (ie - it's always been there). But the more evidence we get from what happened billions of years ago (which is basically what we're looking at when we look billions of light-years away), the more we realize that the Big Bang is vastly more likely.
Compare the tectonic plates theory - it wasn't signed off when it was first suggested - it was actually pretty universally scoffed at. So people tried to prove it was nonsense - and to their astonishment, discovered that in fact, it wasn't nonsense. Now the evidence is overwheming - the continents do move and are moving.
...you can use the Nexus Media Importer. It just works beautifully, without having to root the phone.
Disclaimer 1 - I haven't tested it with the phone, because mine hasn't arrived yet. But it works with the Nexus 7.
Disclaimer 2 - I'm just a happy customer of Nexus Media Importer - I have no other connection with them.
Indeed. Which is why the Nexus 4 hasn't got a score - it's not been formally reviewed yet by El Reg.
Presumably they are still waiting for delivery, like the rest of us. (1-2 weeks, I was promised - it'll be two weeks on Tuesday, and I've seen nothing...)
The "Button A/Button B" phones were four old pence. You put the 4d in, and dailed your call. If they answered, you'd press button A to be connected. If they didn't, you pressed button B and got your money back.
Decimalization and new phones came in together, with coin boxes which took 2p and 10p coins. You'd make the call, the other side would answer and you'd nearly break your thumb trying to shove the coin into the box before the "bip-bip-bip-bip-bip" stopped...
I wouldn't consider navigating Australia's outback - especially just using a satnav.
But if I were the sort of person who wanted to do that, I wouldn't just go out with a map and hope I'd be all right. I'd make damn sure that (a) I was prepared for the journey and (b) the map was a trusted map and (c) my satnav was working and (d) that the satnav maps cross-checked with my real map and...
You get the drift. It's easier to die in the outback, so you make damn sure you're prepared in ALL POSSIBLE WAYS. And one way to be prepared is not to just trust a satnav.
I still maintain that a map with an error is not enough to actually kill someone. You also have to do something stupid. In the case of the Australian Outback, the stupid thing is making the assumption that the map is accurate without doing any cross-checking.
I'm trying to imagine what sort of error on a paper map could actually lead to someone's death, without significant help from a stupid map reader.
I've seen maps with footpaths marked which lead straight over sheer drops. But people walking along them generally stop when they see the sheer drop in front of them. And anyone who was injured walking over the cliff and tried to sue the map-maker would be laughed out of court.
There is no such thing as a map (or satnav system) which is "dangerously incorrect". There are just stupid people who trust maps and satnav, rather than the evidence in front of their own eyes.
...Stephen Fry and his minions would all rush out and buy it, saying how wonderful and innovative it was, and how it changed their lives.
And they'd probably make a profit on it.
And it's pretty cheap - and even more so at the moment with the £50 cashback.
...why can't football take a lesson from tennis?
All it needs is two officials (let's call them line-judges), stationed permanently at the corners, whose ONLY job is to wave a flag when the ball crosses the line. Perhaps four - one at each corner.
Be a sight more useful than those two "fifth officials" which UEFA have imposed upon us for European matches, who, as far as I can see, seem to have NO influence or effect on the game at all.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 - 10.1" screen for £258 (and a fifty quid cashback, so only £208 eventually).
(Used to be £238 when I bought it two weeks ago from John Lewis.)
Don't entirely agree with you.
My Kobo lives in my inside coat pocket, which means I always have it with me. (The Kindle 4 is exactly the same size, so works as well).
The Nexus 7 is too heavy to carry in a coat pocket, and imho still a bit too heavy to use regularly as an e-reader.
With the Kobo/Kindle, I only have to charge it twice a MONTH. Rather better than every other day.
But as mentioned in the article - they are now cheap enough to have BOTH, and make your own mind up.
...my confirmation email (at 17:11) said 1-2 weeks. (16G).
So, given luck and a following wind, I should have it by Christmas.
"I have, many times, been approached by 11 to 14 yo girls wanting to have sex with me..."
I have never, not once in my life, been approached by any 11 to 14 yo girls wanting to have sex with me. I cannot think of anywhere I would visit where I would be likely to be approached by 11 to 14 yo girls wanting to have sex with me.
Where the hell do you go to get these approaches?
As has been pointed out, you can't "deny" jury duty.
But why would you want to? It's an important role, which should be taken very seriously.
And you should NOT "feel obliged" to seek more information. That would not be your job,
It's the job of the prosecution to find sufficient evidence to prove the case. It is the job of the defence to try to convince you, the jury, that the case is not proven. It is your job, based on the evidence provided, and NOTHING ELSE, to decide whether the case has been proven or not,.
It astounds me that people think that they'll find out something important about the case by doing a quick surf on the internet. If it is important, you may be sure that the prosecution or defence will have already picked it over. You are much more likely to find out something which has been deemed prejudicial to a fair trial - and the most likely scenario if you find this information is a mistrial and a massive waste of public money.
I found a 12" disc made of black vinyl with a hole in the middle. Is this a record?
1) She was nine years old. She probably just googled the song, saw a link and tried to download it. She may not even have realized it was wrong.
2) It was ONE FUCKING TRACK. Which she didn't even succeed in downloading.
3) The original amount asked for was ridiculously excessive. The father probably didn't take it seriously.
3) So, as a result, the police arrive in force, armed with and confiscate a nine-year-old girl's laptop.
And you don't see anything wrong with that??
This is on a par with a nine-year-old kid being arrested for stealing a few sweets from the Pic-and-Mix at Wilkinsons.
"...you don't need additional software or root as long as the device supports USB host."
Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 (and almost certainly the Nexus 10) do NOT support it. Hence the need for Nexus Media Importer or StickMount (if you're happy to root your machine).
(What did I do to get the downvotes above?)
Whereas you have your beautiful house, beautiful car and lovely spouse. The fact that the house costs a fortune to heat, the car costs a fortune to run and the lovely spouse has the brains of a peanut (and costs a fortune to run) doesn't matter - so long as everything looks good.
God help us when that becomes the world that most people aspire to.
...that building a mission-critical app in Excel and VB is like building the Forth Bridge in Lego.
As I don't like it....
IT? as it's the nearest we have to a questionmark...
In which universe do Trade Unions get supported by tax?
...just don't get it.
As far as I can see, it seems to be used mainly so that when someone dies, a celebrity can say "OMG so sad xxxxx has died loved her stuff RIP", and the news media can fill space with this drivel.
Apologies, but it's one of my pet peeves....
Another one here who likes the 10 .... type reviews. I've bought a b&w laser printer and a pair of headphones based on recommendations here from those, and been delighted with both.
Please - try to avoid too much waffle in reviews. The recent review of the iPad 4 was three pages - the first page and a bit was actually about how the reviewer did not get the point of tablets when they first came out, but now is an avid enthusiast. Nothing about the new iPad was mentioned until mid-way down the second page. Not really what we need.
And yes - I'm with the people who really think that the review of the iPhone 5 was so astonishingly sycophantic, I had to check whether I was reading the Guardian technology pages.
Well, no - it hasn't lured me away from using my own storage - nor will it ever do so.
I keep my music on my local server, and it's backed up on another local machine - it's now up in the cloud as well for free.
No-one in their right mind expects the cloud to "look after" anything. But it's a reasonable backup facility, and an excellent and easy to use off-site backup.
(Still use Dropbox for everything else, though.)
Either of those would work. But I take your point - it would be nice to be able to share just the music part of your Google account on a permanent basis with, say, up to three other people.
(I think the neatest solution is to have a single account which you share used only for music.)
It's got a linux upload client, which is something neither Amazon nor iTunes can supply.
It uploaded about 15,000 tracks in a day or so. It converted all my .flacs to 320K mp3 (bar four, for some reason). I have a few albums which are a single .flac + a cue list - that just appeared as a single track. Would like to see that work better.
It skipped over all the .wma (but I only have a few of those).
It found a few tagging errors which caused tracks in a single album to appear split across two identically named albums - but you can fix those easily.
And I can now stream ALL my music to my phone wherever I am - and it's now backed up on the cloud.
...of an HP person accusing someone else's software of being kludgy.
HP printers are excellent, but the Windows drivers are 90% bloatware, which take ages to install and complain loudly and bitterly about the slightest problem.
(To be fair, though, the Linux drivers just work beautifully...)
What sanctimonious garbage from both of you.
Men exaggerate - women understate.
'Twas ever thus.
The Cornwall one (or in my case, Devon) was OK, but the sun was covered by cloud.
The Turkey one in 2006 was much more impressive - watching from the harbour of Antalya, with a beer in my hand....