168 posts • joined 13 Feb 2008
Point & click paedo hunt
taking a photo at a school play <click>
used to be on childrens tv <click>
dog collar <click>
gold shell suit <click>
Daily Mail Reader blood pressure survival game
Guide a reactionary Middle Englander through a town centre full of imigrants on benefits, gay weddings, modern art, skateboarders, yoghurt bars, young people not looking where they are going while texting, young people playing loud music in Vauxhall Corsas, young people loitering in the park, young people wearing hoodies, young people pushing prams and so on, without their blood pressure rising to head-exploding levels. Collect beta-blockers and Franklin Mint china power-ups.
So what is going on?
A vanished plane is the kind of story I look to The Register for to inform me about the arcane details of air traffic control transponders, black boxes, space & submarine monitoring capabilities etc.
How does one infer from the transmission that the satellite picked up that the search corridor is an arc stretching both north and south (geometry pedants you know what I mean) from the last known position?
Why is there a need to have the functionality to allow an identification beacon on a civil aircraft be switched off in flight?
Given that there is one known received transmission, can its timestamp be used to identify likely blips in backround static that other radio-frequency sensitive systems on the planet might have recorded, to enable even approximate triangulation?
Would a 777 crashing into the sea make a noise that could be recorded by submarine listening arrays like SOSUS? If so would the owner of the array consider it to be revealing too much information about their capabilities to mention it?
Re: Hybrid helium - hydrogen?
How about helium-hot air, using the engine exhaust?
Triumph of the WiLL
The notion of an iCar reminds me of early 2000s' Japanese hipster omnibranding exercise WiLL:
Perusing the WiLL portfolio, perhaps we can also look forward to an iDrink and iSmell; perhaps even holidays in iBiza...
Re: Whilst I want Bletchley to keep going
Hi, I'm Troy McClure; You may remember me from interactive exhibits such as "Electric Eeels - The Shocking Truth" and "Codfather - The Captain Birdseye Story"...
What's a fork bomb?
Sounsd like something Q would make.
Looking at the picture I thought it was supposed to be a row of smileys.
Re: Such a funeral pyre demands a soundtrack
Hier kommt die Sonne
Hier kommt die Sonne
Sie ist der hellste Stern von allen
Hier kommt die Sonne
Hier kommt die Sonne
Hier kommt die Sonne
Sie ist der hellste Stern von allen
Hier kommt die Sonne
Die Sonne scheint mir aus den Händen
kann verbrennen kann dich blenden
wenn sie aus den Fäusten bricht
legt sich heiss auf dein Gesicht
legt sich schmerzend auf die Brust
das Gleichgewicht wird zum Verlust
lässt dich hart zu Boden gehen
und die Welt zählt laut bis zehn
I'd not heard of KSP - looks like a great game! Thanks for the heads up.
- a little plastic bag
made of highly enriched weapons-grade terrorthene, as opposed to chemically identical Patriot Polymer, which coincidentally you didnt pay the gangsters who run Luton Airport £1 for.
Re: it doesn't look like a camel toe :(
Maybe French wrapper Christo could provide a lycra cover create that effect...
Re: Sub standard
That sparks a very faint glimmer of recognition in my mind - recognition of a term I had absolutely no idea the meaning of back then and am none the wiser now; though as a grown up would hazard a guess is an abbreviation for "define procedure" or "process". I'm probably wrong. Perhaps it is "cool public relations orange county". The problem was IT teaching back then fell to the maths teacher and basically (no pun intended) consisted of typing out code in a book. Or maybe the problem was just me. Either way, I rarely understood a line of it ; and being a slow and bad typer, the computer rarely understood me. To me it seemed unintuitive abbreviations of unintuitive words, and if the computer could understand weird obtuse stuff, why didnt they just make it understand words that were easy to understand? It really did seem that they had been deliberately designed to be as incomprehensible as possible. I think most of the class was the same, but a couple of kids just "got it" and raced a couple of books ahead of everyone else. Needless to say, I dont have anything to do with code as a grown-up. They are probably .com millionaires. I kind of like the idea of Raspberry Pis and similar as I love gadgets and Making, but unfortunately the memory of programming misery the first time around is still enough to keep me put off dipping a toe in the water at this stage. I'd like to think that the education system has had a lot more time to get to grips with teaching programming effectively; but to be honest I still think it is far far more important & useful to teach kids how to use web browsers & Office than how to code. There will always be a couple of adept kids honing their skillz in their bedrooms & after-school classes who will become the programmers of the future; but for the majority, knowing how to use software is more important to their career prospects than knowing how to make software. Probably the wrong place to air a view like that - but I come here mostly for EMP weapons, molten salt reactors and Playmobile reconstructions...
In other news, Highbrow publisher to give away burgers:
The Emperor Penguin was quoted "Many of our readers are insufferable middle-class foodies. We are inviting them to challenge their preconceptions about dining and nutrition by offering an authentic taste of Urban Realism with vouchers for free Big Mac Meals".
The promotion has created a positive response on the publisher's website with one reader posting:
"I'd heard of McDonald's before but assumed it was Scottish food, and that a Big Mac would be an enormous pile of haggis and deep-fried Mars bars; so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a kind of American-style beef burger. I did ask for mine to be cooked "Saignant" which the chef apparently did not understand, but the service was remarkably fast. Some great calamity in the kitchen had resulted in a total lack of cutlery, but I noticed a rude-looking fellow so hungry that he was simply eating with his hands, and do you know what I gave it a go too, and I liked it so help me. And maybe I was just caught up in the sheer visceral authenticity of the moment, really living like some character in an Irvine Welsh novel, but the burger somehow seemed wholly more satisfying than my usual lunch of tofu & mixed leaves salad, so I felt compelled to leave a generous tip!"
Re: A can of worms..
F*ck your hairy pussy!
Sorry, couldn't help myself.
Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on
I shot the last Stallman's Gnu in Rhodesia
There's my khaki jacket; I'm taking the pith helmet too.
It was probably just some kid
with a 3d printer. He was acting out the violence in video games. If only the government had a censorship ministry to block that sort of depravity, what a safe, happy, peaceful place Iran would be.
An entire legion of my best troops...
What could really get the ball rolling is if Disney release the inevitable full cast of figures in Episodes 7, 8 & 9 as 3D models to print & paint. Possibly a "droid foundry" styled printer to make them with too. Because if they dont, it is a certainty that someone will scan the figures and upload to child-unsafe filesharing sites - better to experiment with nurturing a potentially huge new area of the toy market than inevitably fail to supress illegal downloads that cannot be ignored but would never fulfil their true potential.
Integrate with Google Glass and...
Re: bad bad bad design!
You raise not only a good point, but also a startpoint for a nice hardware hack project for anyone with an old laptop and a solar panel, perhaps this £15 one http://www.maplin.co.uk/12v-4w-solar-briefcase-348061 from Maplin. To the Shed!
Black Hat 2013 or Black Suit 1982
OK this isnt a fair comparison as deliberately writing spiked firmware is an entirely different kind of game, but the end result is the same:
Episode 7: The Triumph of Hope over Experience
a working title?
Best to double-check - could be an Eastern twist on the classic Jerry trick...
Look out Sanjay! A flight of Charlies diving at us out of Venus! TAKATAKATAKATAKATAKATAKATAKA Aiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee!
Given the way governments profit from other far more fatal dirty habits, how come they aren't working out how to tax porn rather than how to censor it?
A smashing idea
One of the many things that distress me about public transport is discovering that some unwashed prole has slouched their greasy locks against the window, leaving an unhygenic patch of soft focus in my view. If messages are to be pumped into the glass then let it be a drill sergeant bellowing "GET YOUR FILTHY HEAD OFF MY WINDOW YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE OIK!"
Someone who can do action and philosophie...
- He's not speaking with a French accent - its a tenure-long glitch with the Tardis's translation maguffin
More kettles that dont look very much like people
Time to get back to work...
An amature effort
Google image search "Chephren Belzoni graffiti" to see how the pros do it.
When I visited Abu Simbel I found that somebody, presumably Victorian judging by the serif "typeface" they used, had already carved my initials!
How the fuck do they work?
I'm so 4 years ago.
Looks like those painstakingly modelled 3D buildings are about to be made obsolete!
Despite absolutely not following that link Ignition seems to have fallen into my computer, and I see it has a foreword by some chap called Isaac Asimov!
Re: A Chinese fork?
The best amature high-altitude footage I have seen yet!
Re: That's a first
and has had a large knob near her frontal cortex!
I'm guessing he's funding it with Japanese war gold
what with the laying cables to Pacific islands & the encrypted data hosting, Mr Dotcom seems to have stepped out of the pages of Cryptonomicon (Googling the two I'm not suprised to see I'm far from the first to see a similarity here).
A big gap between '82 & '92
I offer you Mercenary by Novagen Software, circa 1985, which I remember on the C64 & Spectrum, and was on other systems too. 3d wireframe graphics, not too much shooting but there were underground bunkers that I spent hours trying to map, and flight above the planet to a space station, sometimes in a giant cheese, to deliver "Vital 12939 Supplies" (use a mirror on that)! I really enjoyed this game, despite never figuring out how to save my progress.
Another that springs to mind was Driller, which used a 3d engine called Freescape, from 1987. I never played this because I found using the Spectrum to be such a hateful and rage-inducing experience that I gave up gaming at home till my parents bought us an Acon A3000 (I wanted an Amiga).
Re: We can only hope
The thinking chav - putting the moron into oxymoron!
Paris because her icon looks like a thinking chavette.
LCD arc-welding mask
The tech that makes welding masks instantly darken on striking an arc could presumably be worn by the pilots as goggles or built into the windshield. I would guess that the light from a welding arc at point blank range is a lot more intense than that from a laser pointer pointed at a flying aircraft.
Lasers arent the only dangerous lights, according to Tom Clancey in Debt of Honour, where as far as I can remember Clarke & Chavez down Japanese AWACSes with a mercury discharge flashgun.
Air travel regs on lithium battery capacity
Last time i flew i saw a sign specifying the maximum capacity of battery you are allowed to carry on - worth considering before buying a massive external battery pack. 100Wh is the limit if I've understood it correctly, so out of the listed products, only the first one is knocking against this limit (20,000mAh x 5V).
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13556_3-9839984-61.html - these are US regulations.
by Heather Pringle contains good information about the Nazi expeditions to Tibet.
Looks like we've found the inmates...
for the next season (God help this country) of Big Brother, not to mention the opportunity for a sponsorship deal leveraging brand synergies...
Thin is out
This screen tech sounds excellent and will allow more space for other technogubbins, but the persuit of over-all thinness has gone too far in my humble opinion. Half of today's anorexic phones end up in protective armour that makes them 1990's thick. The other half end up broken. It's time to bulk up again for the sake of robustness and battery life.
by giving the free money direct to the customers?
Re: There's only one thing for it...
Given "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", "Zombie FDR: Martian Repeller" doesnt sound an unreasonable pitch!
Does anyone know of any footage of this descent contraption being tested on Earth, if indeed it has been tested with a physical prototype dropped from an aircraft? I realise that Martian gravity is weaker and atmosphere thinner than at home, but adjusting the size of the chute and strength of the retros shouldnt be too much trouble for rocket scientists, and would presumably be a worthwhile piece of validation.
What difference does it make?
Everyone sends their dwgs to China for manufacturing anyway!
9 billion phones
On a planet with a population of 7 billion, 1 billion of whom live on less than $1 per day?
Disco Stu extrapolating the sales of disco records based on 1976 sales figures struts to mind.
Let me get my jacket - it's the white one with pink flames.
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