88 posts • joined Sunday 30th March 2008 11:34 GMT
Re: Made in Britain...
"The original was but apparently this series has to be off-shored to New Zealand. Why?"
Uh, perhaps because that's where Pukeko Pictures is based? Just a thought :-)
Re: Dumb Question
Thanks for the concise, easy to understand explanation, Mike. I'd been wondering the same thing myself - why bother outside of the "because I can" explanation (and I am very pro pure-science research). That's actually quite a fascinating question; whether or not these 'superheavy' elements would behave as per their table grouping, if they could be produced in a stable form that didn't immediately self-destruct.
Recommendations to replace an iPod Touch
Greetings all, I would like, if I may, to pick your collective delicious, juicy brain-meats...
I've got an aging 64GB iPod touch that I'd like to look at replacing sometime, ideally replacing it with something other than an Apple product (call me disillusioned). I've got a fairly sizable collection of music including stuff purchased through iTunes, so a device capable of playing those AAC files as well would be a plus if such a thing exists... otherwise I can just convert to MP3 but that would take a while and I'm lazy...
So, what would you recommend? The device *needs* to have:
- at least 64 GB storage
- be able to fit in a pocket
- preferably not be reliant on iTunes or another specialist software suite to transfer files (but can be flexible on this point)
- NOT Apple
I'm not in the market for a replacement mobile phone, however if the 'perfect' device happens to be one, so be it. What would you lovely people recommend and more importantly WHY would you recommend it?
...on my part, but what would stop your hyper-intelligent jellyfish-rat heart from getting bored one day, ripping free from where it was implanted inside your chest, and swimming around your delicious, juicy, oozing internal organs and stinging you to death from the inside...?
Re: My only question for the idiots against gay marriage is ...
"...is that the language is pretty well defined and has established usage."
Your rather inflexible viewpoint and the fact that I am annoyed I have to accept a 'second-rate' legal agreement instead of a proper marriage to my male partner aside, I downvoted you because of that one statement. Languages are a naturally evolving thing and the usage, definition, pronounciation etc. of words does change over time.
Unlike, it seems, your point of view.
Friday's Headline - Can See It Now
Drunk Spiders Arrested after Orbital Hit & Run Incident
AP - Several hundred underaged orb-web spiderlings well over the legal alcohol limit were taken into custody today after their vehicle was involved in a hit and run incident in low Earth orbit. According to eye-witness accounts from those onboard the ISS, the spiderlings had gorged themselves on wine and trout caviar onlty to leg it after the capsule they had space-jacked collided with the station. For further developments, please click this web link...
Re: oh no not again.
Agreed - although IANAP (I am not a programmer) I wouldn't have thought the cost to port from the XBox to the PC would be that expensive. And while the PC version wouldn't necessarily sell as well as the console version, there would still be *some* profit there, surely?
What would you recommend as an alternative?
Not being snarky, but a genuine question? I have a touch but when I need to move onto something else, I'd like to go something non-Apple. What other reasonably high capacity but pocketable players are out there that are actually any good?
...is probably the most likely suspect, donning my tin-foil hat for a moment. They have been caught red-handed operating intelligence operatives in many ostensibly "friendly" countries - ref the passport scandal a few months or a year or so ago whenever it was.
Then there was the Israeli intelligence interference that only came to light in NZ recently.
As for US involvement? Possibly, who knows. The US is so closely involved with Israel that they share the same bloody intestinal flora.
An antipodean (NZ, but possibly also Asstralian) delight after a night on the sauce is a dried up horror of a pie from a petrol-station pie-warmer.
Crusty and a sensible temperature on the outside, full of 1000 degree meat-something on the inside. Even better if it is a steak & cheese, or mince & cheese pie of the Big Ben brand - in that case there is a brown smear of something that might have once possibly *seen* meat in passing, and the cheese is hotter than molten Aluminium.
What you would compare this to, however, is beyond me.
I wont even mention what happens to a sausage roll after being in a petrol-station pie-warmer all day...
...the novelty value and the rarity of such a beast, I would imagine tickets for passenger airship cruises similar to those in the golden-age of airship travel would be sold out in a heart-beat. And with new technologies available now even the speed would not be so much of an issue. Sure, faster by regular fixed-wing aircraft, but when the biggest part of the attraction is in the getting there itself, you wouldn't actually want speed.
Manual installation may be required, but your average, not hugely IT literate Mac user is likely to realize how to uninstall it or even realize that the "anti-malware" software is actually responsible...?
I suspect not.
A mixed bag
Had serious issues with both WD & Seagate, but zero problems with the various Samsung Spinpoint drives I've bought. That's not to say that others who have are exaggerating, more just a comment that no one brand seems to be "king of the hill" in terms of reliability - there will always be horror stories no matter what brand you talk about.
Online storage of files is all well and good but requires internet access wherever you go. And you are then totally reliant on another organisation for backup and access of important files. Not to mention a matter of trust...
Local storage and local backups for me, with online ("cloud") services being a handy tool to move files between different machines without requiring physical media to do so.
Wow, so impressed
Your comment is by far the most thoughtless and insulting shit I have ever seen, and I live across the pond from the USA.
Hey, it's seriously that thoughtless and insulting, I give you 2 FINGERs!
Gas =/= Petrol
...aka petroleum distillate. Being a UK-centric site it is natural to assume they are referring to natural gas as opposed to petrol. The term "gas" is very much a North American thing from what I can gather.
Besides, petrol does not occur naturally, oil and gas do. You do not "drill for petrol" - it is distilled from crude.
Kill me, I've become a pedant.
Wonder if it means the internet users in NZ will stop being raped quite so much by the incumbents who charge the Earth and provide a service that is next to nothing.
I suspect not.
But more bandwidth to bring things up to at least a 3rd world level will be good.
Thank you, KissingTheCarpet
As someone who fixed a lot of old RPG400 code for a UK based insurance company to ensure it was compliant, the results would certainly not have been the utter catastrophe that the fear-mongers would have you believe. However, it would have produced a bit of a mess financially with many of the automated systems for large corps producing some entertainingly hairy results.
Y2K - overblown? Yes. Still an issue? Yes.
...I would get the opportunity in my lifetime to see large dirigibles flying over-head... they might not be the impressive rigid beasties of yesteryear, but I will take what I can get. Small advertising/passenger blimps might be all well and good, but they do not instill the sense of wonder of the LTA monsters they are talking about now.
Looking forward to this.
In various other stories that relate to matters of homosexuality, this pawn3d guy shows up with monotonous regularity, if my memory serves me correctly. Vested interest in the subject, much? (him, that is, not you) ;-)
Haters gonna hate, closet-cases gonna... uh, do whatever closet-cases do.
...that more and more games (on the PC at least) require internet activation, at least to begin with. Then there are the games that tie into Steam, even if you buy them on disk (HL2, Just Cause 2, Fallout NV etc). Then there are companies like Ubisoft who introduced a scheme where you couldn't save progress at all if you were not connected online (Assassins Creed 2). Although I believe Ubisoft later relented a bit on that one, I think...
Welcome to a brave new world :-(
No snark, merely a serious question...
What is different about the proposed white iPhone compared with the regular (black?) one? And if there is nothing form/fit/function different, why is this such a big deal to some people? Is it just because of the colour difference?
Not that I would ever buy one as my older (work provided) one still works okay, I am just curious as to why this is such a big deal.
Eat The Rich
That's all they're good for (majority of them, anyway).
This from the country...
Whose TV channels are so filled with online gambling adverts (and various programs "sponsored by"...) that it makes you long for a good old car advert or someone trying to shill some stupid cosmetics.
Curb online gambling? Have a look at the deluge of advertising on some Norsk channels FIRST.
"If Americans actually reproduce by eating their own weight in hamburgers and then divide like amoebas then they would find the whole sexual reproduction business strange and disgusting."
I busted out laughing at this - witty, intelligent and highly amusing. Thank you, Y.A.A.C. It also explains a lot ;-)
Cannot remember the exact spelling. But growing up in the 70's we had a set of science oriented encyclopedias that had a section on future space-craft, including something very reminiscent of this thing, stacked on top of a regular, throw-away booster stack. It was a Nasa project I believe, called Dynosaur or something similar.
What is old is new again it seems :-)
As far as getting to and from space goes, I think the Russians have the right idea. Cheap, relatively reliable and single-use (which helps keep the cost down). With re-usability you are getting straight back into "shuttle" territory with all the complexity and cost associated with it. Until technology advances to a point where a *reliable* reusable craft is feasible, KISS I reckon.
Aliens, because you never know who's watching :-)
Facespace or Mybook (whatever) has had bugger-all impact on my life. Not likely to change at any foreseeable time in the future, either.
BADGERS PAWS, I say.
Do. Not. Want.
Self-hate is a very unattractive look
Aide? No, more likely a male prostitute - someone like this guy would have to PAY for someone to be with them, I cannot imagine there would be any willing volunteers.
But yes, foregone conclusion that this guy is no different than the majority of other 'phobes and has more than an unhealthy interest in what gay men get up to in the privacy of their own bedrooms.
Hear hear, Sir
Exactly... the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the extremes of opinion. However there are more pressing thing that worrying about CO2. Rainforests, preserving more biodiversity and actual pollution are a little more important I would have thought.
Just out of curiosity
...which group would be the most likely to target the site of an organisation that does so much good in the world? Generic hackers? Possibly if they were complete bastards. Or perhaps governments that have come under criticism for various human rights violations...?
Dammit, the man in the black helicopter stole my tin-foil hat.
I'm getting fired...
...or at least growled at by our IT for spitting all over the monitor.
Superb, gents. Absolutely superb :-D
There are models, then there are models...
Good on Rui for having a sense of humour about it (hope the payout was worth it, mate!). And much better looking than the skanky celebutard the project shares a name with :-)
Very much looking forward to seeing a successful result to this whole project, it is quite exciting really. Takes me back to building custom-made balsa gliders when I was young.
Grow a sense of humour
The Reg doesn't take itself too seriously, if you haven't realized this by now then you are probably on the wrong bloody site, mate.
Boffin icon, just to annoy twats like you.
The Weta, an insect native to NZ is able to survive being frozen solid and quite happily resumes it's crittering when thawed. Bit more advanced than an ice-worm so surprised they aren't investigating this sort of creature as it's a little higher on the food-chain.
@Ban powerful graphics cards?!
Please, wont someone think of the CRYSIS2!
@People who answered me & Andy Gibson
To those who answered my question, thank you :-) Always been good with the physical sciences and less so with the head-space pure mathematical ones. So, nothing particularly useful at the moment, but a bit further down the road it has implications for things like cryptography and the like... works for me.
Mr. Gibson - thank you for the laugh this afternoon... I'm with you, mate.
Not being a number boffin, I have difficulty in understanding the importance of finding solutions to some of these more abstract mathematical concepts... Aside from the ones that have tie-ins to physics as I understand that solving some of these can lead to all sorts of new developments or understanding of the physical universe.
But what, prey tell, is the real world benefit to solving some of these strange questions? Other than "because it was there" kind of mindset, what practical benefit to humanity is there if these pure-mathematical questions are proved/disproved?
Not trying to flame or cast aspersions, I am genuinely curious.
What worries me...
Never signed up for it, but get occasional nagging emails from it ostensibly from people "inviting me to join"... but the fucking thing seems to know all about me anyway, including my full, real name and email address, even though the people inviting me don't have that information.
Bloody 'ell, guvnor! If I actually went ahead and created an account* it would probably just tell me "don't bother, we already HAVE all of your info.
* I am a luddite when it comes to Web2.0. Bog off, FaceSpace, MyBook, Twaddle etc.
So the church will hang this guy out to dry for stealing money, but carefully protects the priests who ruined the lives of so many children around the world (at a cost that cannot be reasonably comprehended using a dollar amount)?
No sympathy for the priest, BTW - he's a douche-bag. Just the double-standards being shown by the church hierarchy grate against my sensibilities.
Keyword "doughnuts"... nice :-D
@AC - Dunno
Heh, I guess my questions were more rhetorical than anything. People who generally pirate would typically not have paid anyway - you are quite right. I was going to ask another question of what would happen if suddenly people stopped pirating material... would the studios etc remove the DRM or lower prices? No, I suspect not - self-answering question, really :-)
And yes - there are much worse things happening that deserve more attention than poor little rich-boys only making 50 billion instead of 51 billion bucks.
Now if you will excuse me, I shall go back to quietly sobbing into my keyboard at the usual corporations getting away with murder as they not only rape the consumer, but the environment as well :-(