936 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008
Re: Central London?
You want a crappy train set, try the one that comes down in this direction.... 62 miles by rail to good old 3 miles east of Portsmouth... takes 1hr 22 mins by 'express' service.
Anyways... back to the virtual beer
thats the bit on my map that says "here be dragons and monster most diverse"
And besides... my doc does'nt let me drink ... so I'll have to raise a virtual one
whats f***ed my heart up
All I really need then is a beautiful stress free day without any cares in the world, and to imagine a clear blue lake, reflecting the clouds in sky as they drift past, and I look down into the lake and watch the annoying little f***er drown who blew up one of my robots at 3.35pm resulting in me having to do an emergency rebuild that takes 90 mins while the boss screams about line downtime.!!!!!
Re: Cognitive dissonance
Actually , for most of us, it was one of those court cases where we wish both sides could lose
Hollywood.... if you can make a film out of minecraft , at least give us Team Fortress 2 : The movie
What could be better? its got a bunch of demented morons dressed in silly outfits beating the crap outa one another.....
Where my 10% cut of the profits?
rich people's money, nor was it a sum of money large enough to destabilize a small country's economy, therefore the bit coins are gone
Now if 1 of the 2 conditions above were met... we'd all be paying an extra 10% income tax to help bail them out while being told it was for our own good and yes, we are part of a capitalist economy.....
Re: @ Anonymous Bullard (was: Developer's introduction)
Machine code????? you were spoiled... all we had were rows upon rows of switches for programming, and magnets for memory... still got us to the mun though
you put an extra s in your statement there
No one worried about Bing user?
There corrected it for you
I hope he
For him , he could have sat back and enjoyed his paypal millions and just sunk the lot into shares and investment schemes like nearly every other muilti-millionaire on the planet (which explains why the stock/property markets keep booming even when the rest of us are skint)
Instead , he's sunk money and time and money and more money into making a cheaper space launch system, even if it does'nt work, at least he has tried.
Either that or he hates the same phrase I despise "Thats the way we've always done it"........
The way a cold winter will be laughed off by warmers as "natural variability" and "weather has nothing to do with climate"..... in the following breath they'll say "Hot temperatures in somewhere or other is PROOF of global warming"
And the septics for saying much the same in reverse
And while these 2 groups fight it out, CO2 levels rise because both side oppose spending money on nuclear power generation that could seriously reduce CO2 output by anything upto 25%....
IF CO2 is driving the warmer temperatures of course.........
just silly willy waving to please some sections of the electorate going " we dont need no stinkin NSA spies"
Yeah with our EU only internet, you'll need special permission to connect outside the EU..... and guess which companies would like that... yupp all those US media companies with their region locking, and you'll be able to block access to pirate bay et al.... finally of course, you'll get spied on anyway since the French, Germans, Italians, Swiss, russians, chinese all admit or have been found doing it anyway.
I'm in engineering , well robot controlled manufacturing using a variety of machines to achieve the company aims....
There is one phrase I use over and over whenever the twits in charge go on about 'networking' the machines or 'having them on the internet' and that is "Air gap"
The machines either run a custom OS in the case of Fanuc controls, something called HerOS running on top of a linux OS in the case of the Heidenhain controls, or a custom OS running in Windows CE in the case of the Citizen machines.
All are stable and about the only ever failures are the occasional HDD failures due to vibration.
All of the machines have no firewalls, or A/V software and in the case of the Heidenhain machines, there is a specific phrase saying "We will not pay out any damages if unauthorised software is installed in this machine".
This is especially important because with the right malware, you could bypass the safety lockouts when we have the doors open, and start moving the tables/tools around..... not good if you're a tech stuck down the back of the machine tracing an electrical fault on a limit switch...
So they never get connected and the guy who did install mobile phone software and turn on the wireless networking on the company PC we use for the CAM system had his arse slapped.
Wheres the f***ing idiot icon?
Get him a
organ doners card.....
Re: It's all fun and games until...
Perhaps fitting a mega watt range CO2 laser on the aircraft would be better, and vapourising the idiot with the pointer.
Or the more cynical
amongst us will think the venders object to the kill switch because every mobile/tablet stolen is ANOTHER SALE to replace said stolen item.......
Re: A happy customer?
I'm a sorta happy NTL/VM/Liberty/whoever the fuck has bought them out this year
The superfail hub works because like everyone else... putting it in cable modem mode stops it f***ing up most of the time.
And the only real outage we've had with them was when some twat let a 16 yr old trainee drive a JCB on the northern bridge project here in Portsmouth......
"err boss, whats all these black stringy bits coming up with the bucket?"
Re: I like Virgin(s)
Same here, my one has been perfect for the last 6 months, and it works brilliantly.
Just plug a router into the yellow port, log in and set the hub to cable modem , and hey presto, no problems.
Rest of it is shit
Re: Early Access
And squad is about 10 guys working out of mexico city......including their new interns
And they've been open and honest about , yes its a alpha stage game and unfinished, but everytime it goes through a version, the price goes up .
So us lucky early adopters who played when the world consisted of Kerbin, the mun and bugger all else paid a tenner.... for another years work you're paying another tenner on top.
<<<off to go blow up another contraption
put in a gun mount containing a couple of M2 machine guns, and load the suitable software into the drone to aim and control them.
Stir in a couple of reaper drones for overwatch and wheres your problem?
The supplies get from A to B and eliminate anyone silly enough to attack said convoy.
Then we can add extra AI to them so they can respond to a blocked road/ambush/car crash correctly
And all die horribly when the AI becomes self-aware at 2.37 am 2037 and infects every computer on the planet..........
Re: Kerbal Space Program
And suffers CPU meltdown as it tries to calculate the trajectory of the 1000 pieces of debris as your ship falls apart at 25.54 km up.
And there is nothing more frustrating than your first Jool probe thats taken ages to get there and is going for an aero braking manuver to get into orbit getting too close to a moon which tweaks the trajectory from close encounter to death dive and you have'nt got the fuel for a course correction......
Large explosion.... because us KSP'ers are used to those
this actually means is that the bigwigs in charge of BT have figured out a way of shoving 5 times as much data down a fibre optic cable.
This research has cost BT umpteen millions... which is still cheaper than digging up the cables and laying 5 next to each other......therefore , fat bonuses all round to the senior managers, P45s all round for the research team as they're not needed any more and .1 of a second downloading before I hit my allowance for the day.
Should impose a refund on the customers that all those who signed up for the deal to get the line rental at 7.50 month or the cash from VM
Then tell all ISPs "When you quote a price on your sales blurbs, it must include line rental/other charges that apply, so that a 8 quid a month BB deal with 15 quid line rental must be published as 23 quid a month"
But then I've always been a bit of a dreamer.....
my all time classic password
"I am not telling you".... and demand lie detector tests/truth drugs , 5 hrs of waterboarding and all the other tricks the authorities use with RIPA to find people who let their dogs shit on the pavement .. sorry locate evil peodos and terrorists.
Guess with posting this, I'll be accused of giving out info to help terrorists and get a 3am knock at the door followed by a black bag over me head and a trip to a 'secure location'....
of course assuming the 2 actors with nuclear weapons are making sound rational decisions
Which is why the cold war worked for so long, because both sides knew they'd lose in the event of a nuclear attack by 1 upon the other.
There was no way to win. Like North Korea does now, it makes all the noises, refuses all diplomacy, but it knows if it attacks South Korea, then its life as a state will be over.
But what if 1 state has no desire to win, it does'nt care about losing, heck 90% of its population could be vapourised in retaliation , but it does'nt care about it, because the leaders are right and have the blessings of their religion behind them, after all if they did'nt have the blessings then their god would'nt let them be in charge.
If someone like bin laden had a nuke, he'd have used it quicker than you could say 'jihad' and without caring about what happened afterwards
He got it made
as the plan fails, and the government of the day looks for a scapegoat....
Then he'll get 'early retirement' with a full pension of say 50 k a yr to keep quiet and a tidy lump sum, and all the time before the plan fails he gets 200k a year.
6 months after failure , because he's chums with the new minister for(whatever) hes drafted in to run another failing government IT scheme and gets an even bigger payoff when it finally goes tits up.
the government would be better off starting with campaign aimed at the civil service first.... you know something simple like "DO NOT LEAVE YOUR UNSECURED LAPTOP ON THE F***ING BUS AGAIN!"
due to the effects of err ... erm wotsit on my heart, I'm not allowed to partake in drinking thingy, er yeah thats it, what was I saying? nice weather today, shame I have to goto work. I think.
Its a recruitment drive
but not by the alphabet soup government agencies, or by a commecial contractor
Its for the latest Evil overlord project.
If you can crack the puzzle, then you'll offered a job for life* implementing the evil overlord's plan for world domination, after which you'll be offered part of the world to live in and rule.**
* unless you screw up in which case, the sharks are used to large regular solid meals or the plucky secret agent succedes in stopping your boss in which case , you'll burn to death when the volcano explodes
** except scotland.... because theres nothing worth ruling there :)
as a game
Ok the GFX and sound are good, but theres no plotline, theres no guide, and no save points/respawns
It is a nice sandbox world though.. but then if you want to live /visit the nicer parts you have to do this pointless boring activity called 'work' for 8 hrs a day, sometimes even more.
gimme a team fortress 2 match anyday, best hat wins!
they spend the companies profits on special bonuses for the workers... that money belong to us shareholders and the managers who take all the risks.
is not climate change/globalwarming/whatever the heck the rise in CO2 levels is being called this week
Its the response to it.
Lets all build windfarms, great for the weather here recently, lots of power no CO2 emitted, but a couple of years ago we had an extended period in late winter when we had bugger all wind.
So it was back to gas/coal
But then we have nuclear technology that allows us to generate a shedload of power without CO2 emission*, but thats hated even by the green fanatics than CO2 emission.
Stir in an astounding level of ignorance in the general population coupled by a veneral media more interested in selling papers/getting viewers than peddling the truth.
And then lastly we have the politicians, who listen to focus groups, and tailoring their policies/message to those groups because they know that a few voters in 40 marginal seats make the difference between who governs and who does'nt and that 40-50% of the people wont vote anyway.
*Since footnotes are the order of the day here..
Yes I know about the CO2 emissions made when you refine nuclear fuel and when you build the power stations themselves, but hey you think a wind turbine springs into existance without some carbon fibre/Aluminium blades, a few miles of copper wire, some rare earth magnets and a couple of 1000 tons of concrete.. all of which emit CO2 during manufacturing?... not withstanding all the fuel used to haul the things to the top of a mountain or 10 miles out to sea
Of the Casio FX-6000G ? :(
I got that as a 18th birthday present to help out wiff ma edukashun.
And its had a long and varied career , mostly consisting of sitting in my toolbox at work and doing various amounts of trig/rotational geometery for which is was programmed in some cases.
It had 7 yrs of torment in a graphite foundry, where it had to be cleaned nearly every week or the dust would short everything out.
But now, its reached a happy retirement sitting on my deck at home after the battery box no longer holds the batteries in tight enough to mantain a decent contact with the result the memory goes screwy.
Still good enough though to help out with Kerbal Space Program calculations.
But thats when stuff was built to last..... can anyone see an iPhone lasting 30 odd years?
the dark ages
Where almost nothing is written down, and any pictures can (and will) be deleted at will.
Still will give history teachers in 3475 something to say
"Ah yes the period 2000-2145, we know very very little about this time due to the almost complete absense of any artifact or any books or pictures created. All we have is fragments of things belived to have been called iGoogles or googlepads, sadly we have no idea how these things worked, we think they ran on a lithium based chemicals and used silca in the contruction."
Re: I've so got to get me one of those
Best get one specially shaped to go around the fat belly you'll grow
"Maggie Thatcher, the Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post-Office mobes"
I'll think I'd prefer a drab post office mobe over and above what else that woman did
Ding dong the witch is dead
Ding dong the witch is dead
Tramp... because thats what that woman did to a lot of people
Can read this .. actually I doubt they'd bother
"The NSA can install various nasties on computers due to them being intercepted while being delivered to the customer"
So that means that your laptop that you got from Dell last week is stuffed full of NSA spying stuff....... maybe .. maybe not.... If you're J.Smith, 2nd line hell desk and part time sys op for a small company not, if you're B.Jones known business partner to a 'bad guy' then yes.
In any case the reason your brand new laptop starts so slowly is because of all the crapware Dell put on it, not because you are on the NSA watch list.
have thought the biggest hurdle was making sure the phone could still run after loading all the companies (and carriers) crapware on it
Like having memory occupied by games I cant use because I wont buy them, yet cant delete to save some memory space... Its a phone I use to store MY crapware engineering stuff , not someone else's
|Quote|Me personally I can't wait to see what other dirty little secrets will be revealed in the hope 'Murricah will stop playing World Police and let the right parties intermediate in international conflicts and affairs.
You mean like the EU/UN did in Bosnia for 3 years until the US led bombing of the country in the aftermath of Srebrenica
Or perhaps like Rwanda where everyone did nothing until the bodies starting floating down the rivers into Lake Victoria?
But after WW2, we collectively said "never again" where what should have been said is "never again unless a UN veto holding power is supporting the country in question"
Re: only ~30% of the voting population realise that to be bullshit
3% is all you need to swing a bunch of marginal seats and win an election....
Who care what damage is done to society when you can have another 5 years of Power !!!!
that scope looks just like the one I used to use while being naughty for HM government all those years ago
ahh the happy memories of time gone past where we go do what we liked with little fear of it being leaked, and just remember to look under your car for surprise packages from Belfast
They were great days.. working 47 hrs a day and we had 'ole in ground to live in... gotta go on a waiting list to get 'ole in t'ground now
Boris.... lost in the misty memories of the time before he was 'Boris'
the screen grab....
How long until compulsion sets in with the filters set so that your internet is delivered with all blocks active and you can only unblock sites manually.
Then you have to give a reason
Then the government adds in the list of non-approved sites for which you'll have to be approved to visit such sites.
And explain why you wish to see www.what_politicians_really_are_upto.com
And then we'll be in North Korea praising the dear leader every day on pain of 5 years "re-education"
And then remember
that the next sicko to be had up for child abuse will have this little titbit of info added
"Mr Sicko asked to have his internet filter turned off just so he could download his sick perverted filth"
Of course that labels everyone who asks for no filtering a child abusing sicko, give the police reason to raid anyone's computers/tablets/phones even if all they were nicked for was speeding "hes a serial speeder, and he asked for no filtering on his internet inspector" "Right , raid his house and nick all his computer gear"
And finally gives the twats in government more ammunition for their compulsary filtering and no option to turn it off "Mr Sicko got his sick stuff because he turned his filtering off..... so nobody can turn it off now to stop people like Mr Sicko getting his filth"
And as a postscript to the trial of Mr Sicko, it turns out he used IRC channels to contact other abusers and FTP to get the images......
a big irony is that a lot of the prudish attitudes were introduced by victorian middle class people who thought they were aping the royal family by encouraging modest and restrained behaviours
Completely unaware that Prince Albert had a bunch of piercing in a personal place and Queen Victoria loved banging him anywhere she could.
on a plane is bad.
wait until you're in hospital after getting the news you have a 100% chance of dying by new year unless you have emergency heart surgery.. and its already december.......
And while you're trying to sleep and stay calm, the deaf old git in the bed next to you has a phone that shouts out the number being dialed, has the speaker set to max, and the ringtone set to something like the resus code the hospital uses when the patients start dying......
Mind you, gave me a laugh when I was talking to the doc the next day about me having to sleep at the nurses station because of noisy old git, the git's phone went off and the doc thought it was the resus alarm.. git lost his phone about 10 seconds afterwards
Shouty... for all those people who cant put their phones down or set them to silent .. ever
as MP3 files
Or is it disgusied as MP3 files by a shit OS that cant tell the difference between malware.exe and malware.mp3.exe
Re: NEED MUCH More Severe Penalties!!!
No I'm not... yet
Actually those bastard cable theives deserve to be hung from the nearest rail bridge and have trains drive into their bodies.
Because although I dont really care one way or the other, but since the scrap we make now has to be routed through the company accounts, all the money recieved by the company from the scrappies and passed onto us employees has to be taxed!!! costing everyone who works there about £100 per year in lost money.
Ps... a nice thick copper bar at every electricity substation wired up to 11Kv should sort out scrap theives very quickly.....
a case of a JCB driver digging the wrong hole
Or in the case of the Portsmouth/south coast outage a few months ago, a 16 yr old untrained JCB driver was told to back fill a trench and he pushed the wrong lever and dropped the bucket through VM's main feed....
Beer .. because that what you need while waiting 2 days for your tv/internets to come back
And heres an amusing
The MoD budget is actually bigger than NASA's .... heck the foreign aid budget is almost as big as NASA's
And dont even dream of 'big space mission to mars' because it wont happen
Because our politicians are quite happy to chop down any project that wont pay off before the next election
You only have to look at whats going to happen to our power generation system in the next 2-3 years to see that.
Agree with the statement about "no degree, not a chance of an interview"
Had it when applying to a local college for a "CNC training instructor" to teach fresh faced bored young 18-21 yr olds in the joys of getting a robot to go on a killing rampage.. oops getting a robot to make a widget.
Was rudely told that I was not qualified in the business of CNC stuff since I did not have a degree.
Rudely explained back that with 20 yrs plus experience in making aerospace and nuclear widgets on multiple axis machines, training apprentices/machine operators, plus writing the DNC software we use to link the machines to the PC I guess she was right.
Oh and for Wattsy, dont tell people you're doing an OU degree because your parents could not afford to send you to a university based drinking course for 3 years.... In my experience that always annoys
And the worst answer I got when mentioning the OU "Well... you wont stay here long once you've qualified"
Re: Question ?
Aye nothing turns a wooly thinking liberal in to a conservative reactionary faster than having his car stolen/house broken into
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