1025 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
>If it's located in Mt Snowden, there's probably a leak somewhere!
Or a leek.
Re: Apple Sucks
Buried in their walled garden.
Sounds quite pleasant, apart from the grieving relatives left outside.
> Perhaps they could charge you £16 in order to ship you the actual goods that you ordered, rather than randomly substituting it with other crap from their inventory.
That reminds me of Sony's approach on laptop OS installation: You are allowed to choose a "clean start" install - which excludes all their standard bundled trial/bloatware - for "free" - but only if you also choose W8.1pro instead of standard W8.1. So, in other words, you have to pay an extra £40 to not have your HD filled with shit.
I'm steering clear of bitcoin, which has every appearance of being a pyramid scheme, but I just know I'll probably lose most of my pension fund when the bright young things who manage it decide that bitcoin is where they should be investing.
> positive effect on the trade in value
Low mileage. Buyer collects.
The Alan Parsons Project
Google are obviously planning to launch a massive Eye in the Sky. Looking at you. Able to read your mind.
No amount of tin foil will save us now.
@I ain't Spartacus Re: You lost me there
Thanks for the clear explanation, Non-Spartacus.
(And thanks a lot to all the commentards who downvoted my question. Obviously my search for enlightenment deserved to be punished, FFS.)
Re: What the...
The ZX Spectrum's dead-flesh keyboard was rubbish in comparison with the full-movement mechanical keyboards common in those days. Now we've become used to the short-movement rubber-dome-based keyboards on laptops and Apple desktops, and no-movement virtual keyboards on our smartphones and tablets, then maybe the Spectrum's rubber keyboard won't feel so rubbish any more.
Re: Sorry, but tough
> My son fell for a site he thought was the DVLA which charged him £50 to apply for his provisional driving license.
Erm. It looks like it's £50 to apply through the official website too.
Or have I fallen for the same trick as your son?
Or were you being "ironic"? (I'm getting old, and it's so hard to keep up with the humorous young people nowadays.)
You don't suppose Oracle are planning to capture all the open-source Elvises (Elvii?) and then slowly suffocate them all?
(Fork 'em, I say!)
I came to say the same thing. There certainly is (or was) a nursery on the Microsoft campus in Reading. Google Maps lists it too, albeit at a slightly different location.
So, it's hardly a "howler", unless you are referring to the toddlers themselves.
@NumptyScrub Re: Wait a minute...
> this belief that Apple invented the concept is simply because they have a really good marketing department.
I think you'll have to admit they did a fair job on the implementation, as well as the marketing.
Re: Not a good citizen
The GPL requires that sources be made available for all binaries released. This Amazon do - for example for GPL components in Kindle Fire OS. However, the majority of Fire OS (from Android) is under the Apache license that does not have the source code release requirements of the GPL. So Amazon don't.
You could maybe argue that the Apache license is a Bad Thing, but you can hardly blame Amazon for not handing out its commercial secrets to any competitor.
Or you could take part in the development of a completely GPL mobile OS. If Amazon started using that and didn't release their changes and/or extensions, then you'd be right to complain.
Decline of Monkey
> "monkey", interestingly enough, slipped all the way from the sixth spot last year down to number 17 overall.
The effects of Ballmer's retirement are being seen already.
Real 4D would involve growth over time. Make these babies out of rubber and put a bicycle pump adapter on the end of the umbilical and you could be on to something.
> You should assume every government in the world is spying on SMS messages that pass through their borders
I think we can also safely assume that all iCloud / Google Drive / Amazon Web Services etc. data is being stored by and/or is accessible to search by the NSA.
That being the case, it's a pity they can't just rebrand their project as "Dishfire Backup", or somesuch, and let everyone in the world enjoy free, limitless, secure* cloud backup of all their data, in exchange for giving the NSA free reign to poke around in it.
I don't think people would mind the spying so much, if they could recover (or share) their data, emails, photos, etc. Imagine a global, unlimited DropBox / Flickr combined with permanent revision control**.
The NSA clearly have this infrastructure already, or are using commercial offerings, so all they have to do is do the decent thing and give people access to their own data!
*Secure from access by 3rd parties, naturally, not the NSA.
**You'd never be able to delete anything, ever.
Re: Don't be evil!
The "Don't Be Evil" motto is anyway not directed at Google themselves. It is rather a message to their users - as in "Don't Be Evil Because We Will Tell The Authorities All About It."
Oh, come, it must have been hard on him.
Small Game Hunter
I dunno. A reckless billionaire hunts an endangered virus to near extinction and nobody says a word against it. Will no one think of the parasitic RNA strands?
Back in the day when I bought Dells, back when Dell were successful, I never spoke to a salesman. I just called up the website, configured the PC, paid the money and waited for it to be delivered.
Do they really need so many sales people? Don't they rather need better products, that people want to buy, at a price that they can afford, with better-than-average support. All through a website.
Who needs a salesman? Unless your products are so bad you need to pay someone to lie about them?
Wake Me Up
Wake me up when they make a 3D printer that can print a 3D printer.
You may be on to something, Mr Coward, but I would suggest calling it Windows 7.1, to reflect a) the amount of progress that has been made; and b) the desire to wipe 8.x from the collective memory.
Massive Scholastic Overkill
Primary school cake sales, in my experience, are usually organised to raise some money for a trip or equipment. If you need to buy a $10,000 3D printer first, then it's rather a case of using a steamroller to crack a nut. Or putting the cart before the horse. Or somesuch.
Now, if you were talking about printing edible lingerie, then you might have a market, but also not at the primary school, please.
Who Else Won't It Be?
I just want to make it clear to the World that I won't be the next Microsoft CEO either. If others could rule themselves out of contention here, then I think The Register will have provided a valuable service to tech journalism.
Re: Probability and Mathematics
Never mind the probability, exactly how long do we think it would take to get 7billion people off the planet. (And to where exactly?)
Still I suppose we might just be able to change "We're all doomed!" to "We're almost entirely all doomed!"
Re: Waiting for Multiplayer...
I'm waiting for multi-monitor.
GT5 supports 1, 3 or 5 screens (given 1, 3 or 5 networked PS3s). I have 3 and the added feeling of wrap-around immersion it gives is well worth it.
Unfortunately, GT6 doesn't support the same multi-monitor functionality ... yet. :-(
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