Politicians want adult voters' literacy to be only enough to be able to read the instruction manuals to operate the assembly lines that produce the robots that will eventually replace their jobs
249 posts • joined 11 Apr 2008
... upon reading this, will take their shiny shiny with them in the swimming pool, to see how accurate the depth sensor actually is.
Amiga for work and study
I started with a 500+, upon which I spent £200 upgrading from 1mb to 2mb of Chip RAM, then got a 1200. Probably spent as much on that thing as I have on all my PC's since. Upgraded it with a 420mb hard drive (for £300!) that required cutting the RF shield with tin snips, and an external 2x/2x CDR. Then came a 68030+68882 accelerator card, courtesy of Phase 5, with 4mb of EDO Ram. Then came a tower PC case with AT PSU, rewired and heavily modified by moi in the college workshops to mount the A1200 motherboard, with an adapter from Power Computing allowing me to use PC keyboards and mouse, along with a sparkly new 6x/2x/2x CDRW. Followed that with a 4 gig HD for another £500, and a 68060 accelerator. A few months later, I had a 68060 50mhz + PowerPC 603e 240mhz, 16 mb of EDO Ram, a 4mb Permedia 2 gfx card and a 19" "truly" flat CRT monitor (I forget the brand, it was still running serviceably until just a couple of years ago at a rellies house - it was spectacular), running at 1280 * 1024, which must've weighed 30kgs.
When I told my mate how much I'd spent he absolutely pissed himself. "Can it play Quake?" he managed to utter between guffaws. It did - and played it faster and at a higher resolution than his early-adopter Pentium with 3DFX, which stopped him laughing cold.
On a serious note, all my uni assignments were prepared using Wordworth (better and faster than MS Word, at the time) and I used Public Domain SPICE to simulate electronic networks - my mate couldn't get PD SPICE tools to run on his PC, couldn't afford the cost of buying them, and unusually, didn't know anyone hawking a hooky copy, so he had to use his allotted 60 minutes of computing lab time a week efficiently. I just didn't bother - my Amiga was faster and had a better monitor than anything the Uni had. I even invested in Storm C++ to learn programming so I had a half-decent IDE. I forget the publisher.
Alas, the Accelerator managed to blow a fuse (or a resistor, or a capacitor) just short of starting my final year at Uni. Phase 5 had gone out of business and I couldn't find anyone willing to attempt a repair on exotic, unknown microelectronics, so I broke her for spares and with a heavy heart, built my furst PC - an AMD K5 with NVidia TNT gfx. One of the saddest days of my life, I still miss her now. My current Ivy Bridge i7 with 16gb, SSD and 6gig 970 might blow it out of the water computationally, but it still is not as responsive and fast-loading as my old Amiga. Sigh..... raise a pint for the old girl...
Re: Oi, reg! Show us some love.
More upvotes please. A blind wife with a frozen shoulder, an autistic son, a guide dog that's allergic to trees, a cat with a propensity for random violence if I take too long getting his tea ready, a neighbour whose kid needs a lift to cubs or taekwondo every other night, being on stand by to go out looking for a senile father-in-law who insists he can walk to Bridlington (from Nottingham), and awaiting an autism diagnosis for myself, all mean I barely ever get to stray from the confines of the Midlands. Jeez, even if you did a lecture in my local pub it'd be touch and go whether I'd be able to turn up, but I'd certainly make sure dad-in-law was lightly dosed for the night, at the very least.
Re: Request line
Or a cheesy italian salad at Carluccio's
Re: Welcome Back
Have you looked in the bin, to see if there are any, erm, testing kits that your missus has recently used?
News website deserves a slap for its hate-filled commentards
Hands up everyone who thought this article was going to be about the Daily Mail
Re: Online buying is sometimes not much better...
They need your address because they need to deliver the groceries to your home.
They need your name because they need to know who to ask for when they deliver.
They need your credit card because they need paying before dispatching your groceries.
You are vaguely aware of how internet shopping works, aren't you?
Disclaimer - I have never, and unlikely to ever, use the t'interwebs to order groceries.
It has the same problem as every other hybrid / pure electric vehicle
It looks absolutely shit.
Re: Blocked by default
You can just turn off the block in the user portal without having to talk to a CSR. That's what I
Utility companies? This scheme would make perfect business sense for them...
Re: I think its a name problem
We need a Tidal eqv. to TL;DR - Maybe TS;DL - Too Shit, Didn't Listen?
Is it just me, or are Ford's attempts to make their cars look like Aston Martin's only slightly better than Wesley Snipes attempts to make his Beetle look like a Rolls Royce?
Re: We already pay
"Landfill should be seen as temporary storage and not final resting place.
Councils could sell the potential future value of piles of stuff for money today which would pay towards its collection and storage today."
I thought when they were full the councils just dropped a few inches of topsoil on them then sold them to builders as "potentially lucrative greenfield opportunities".
Could be worse.
The robot could be controlled by Amazon Mechanical Turk. You could actually be being operated on by several dozen housewives in Iowa making a few dollars performing Surgical Human Interface Tasks between episodes of Oprah.
When this bill fails to pass...
.. then all those who signed it, their families, their employees, their business contacts and everyone they went to school with, are going to be placed on a very special watch list. The existence of which will be forever denied.
Re: Butt ugly from all sides!
My neighbours father drives a Lexus and regularly parks across two parking places. I wouldn't mind if it were down the supermarket, but in this case he parks straddling the line that seperates my neighbours drive from mine. He knows I think he's a wanker, but he still does it whenever he visits and I'm out.
Maybe it was an Atomic transaction. Did you buy anything else or did you order it in Isolation? The packaging should be be Durable at least, and customer service at the El Reg grotto is nothing if not Consistent.
Short walks on the beach.
Why do you think IDS's Universal Credits system was a £700m write-off?
Re: What is a market anyway?
"Money isn't everything, despite what TW seems to want to think."
But in virtually every column, TW states that doing more of what you want - if you want Facebitch and gain more time to spend doing Facebitch, one his favourite examples - then you're better off. So why do you state that TW thinks money is everything?
Re: see icon
Maybe we need an Alanis Morisette icon. To be doubly ironic.
If leaks are real, Apple is in trouble?
Nah, the average punter aint that clever / stupid*
* Delete as applicable.
...who wants to use SharePoint or office 365 as a document management system
... who the fuck wants to use SharePoint or office 365 as a document management system?
Re: The best urban transport
@Stretch, are you a bus or taxi driver? This is the wrong forum, I think you were looking for the Daily Mail
Nintendo are strangely silent....
... maybe they orchestrated the attacks to prop up boxing day sales of the Wii U.
Is the Charlie Runkle ass crack tattoo obligatory?
“The ability to test driverless cars at scale, when married to the UK’s unique strengths in transport technologies and urban planning...." - WTF... Seriously?
Re: No longer allowed to travel by helicopter
He's got a transport problem, he's too broke too eat......
...is the local Domino's hiring?
Re: Jail time or the highlands would have been better
Now be honest - if there ever was an inmate that all the other cons would avoid whilst he was picking up the soap.....
Icon is Kim after six hours of prison food
Re: How Widespread?
My (very) old core i3 laptop (Win 7, 64 bit) - with a duff battery - lasts for nearly three hours using Firefox, and well under two using Chrome.
If I let my son stay up all evening watching Minecraft videos or playing Roblox (browser based game) on my i7 desktop PC (Win 8 Pro, 64 bit), the fans max out (and the bedroom turns into a sauna) using Chrome but remains relatively cool'n'quiet using Firefox.
Two different machines, two different configs, two different OS's two different browsers. The only component causing trouble is Chrome.
Re: Can't trust the survey
Any survey that says either EE, Vodafone, Three or o2 are #1 at anything can't be trusted
Near where I live the verges are full of these already. The local tramps must be steeped in cat-repulsion knowledge.
Re: Should it not say?
I'd go with "You've paid hundreds over the odds for a bit of bling. Don't quibble over a few quid now, you tight bastard" - but it doesn't quite fit on the button.
Re: Excuse me while I revel in this a rich vein of irony
Hell, yeah - ever since the last major version came out, I have to figure out, every time I open it, how to transfer mp3's from my pc to my ipod. Not even muscle memory is enough to get me through.
If he's so offended by bad design..
..what excuse has he got for turning iOS into the biggest fucking bag of wank the world has ever seen?
MS is trying hard to make VS look more awful with each release - It only makes sense to take on Java if VS degrades into Eclipse, too.
...the differences in code quality between languages are pretty small...
Even between PHP and C# ?
[Lights touchpaper, stands well back]
Re: Apple NEVER pays for product placement...
I can't work out if you're being sarky or not. Of course every spy agency is going have stacks of Dells. What else are they going to use? Samsung chromebooks? Acer laptops? A 16 year-old kid might think Jack Bauer would look cool toting a twelve-pound Alienware gaming laptop, but a 13" Dell is more his style. The stacks of Dell hardware are probably the only realistic thing portrayed in programmes like 24.
Re: And EE data is/was unreliable
I was driving back through Nottingham at the weekend. My son, using an iPad 3 with a Three 3G sim, was watching his favourite Minecraft videos on Youtube in HD - no stuttering.
Meanwhile, I had my HTC One on EE 4G, paired with the car stereo, trying - and failing miserably - to stream internet radio. When EE is working properly, it's great, but it's far, far too spotty.
The second my contract is up finishing with them.
It's a rectangle...
rounded filed-off corners. You talk in one end. You listen at t'other. You poke the bit in the middle. Apart from prettying it up, there's really fuck-all you can do with it, design wise.
At last, all my services are secure
"Me typing password into google"
"Me typing password at work"
"Me typing password into online banking"
"Me typing password into amazon"
There, that ought to do it
Re: NEVER buy a Fiat
You do know what FIAT is an acronym, don't you?
Fixed It Again, Then?
"I've caught you red handed coming out from behind the bike sheds! Hand over that iPad immediately and go and stand in the Naughty Corner until your Surface reboots"
"But Dad - I was only smoking!"
"Oh, OK. Sorry son, I thought you were doing something bad"
You imply that you spend a lot of time staring at peoples bottoms. Is it really "your campus", or do you get chased away a lot?
Apple must be REALLY worried about this problem
if they've swallowed their pride and agreed to speak to el reg about it.
Fuck me, that's a yawn just waiting to happen. I'll be in the pub, ta
Re: Heat Shrink Tubinng
That doesn't work. I find that my wife gets extremely sticky some time after I've used the bondage tape on her.
Vitra Workbays. known to those that have to use them...
...as office cubicles with rounded corners. Patent