1114 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
Re: Turmeric's not a root ...
Learnings: Reg commentards approximately equally appreciate punning to pedantry. Who knew?
Re: Turmeric's not a root ...
Yeah, and "rhizome" is derived from the Greek "rhiza" which is a "root."
So, the root which is not a root is also a root.
Re: In spaaace ...
I was thinking somewhat along those lines too: "Colei canis in aere" or "The dog's bollocks in the air".
But "Colei canis in vacuo" could work too.
That transparent display, set spinning at a fairly high speed on a turntable, could make an effective real-3D display technology.
(Although you might get a whack on the nose if you lean in too far.)
"Mr MKBHD writes that he is "pumped" for the release of the iPhone 6, which we're hoping means he will be more ambitious in his choice of weaponry for the next video."
I immediately misread that as hoping he wasn't getting too enthusiastic* about the prospect of getting one.
I think this sort of thing is more what The Reg was suggesting.
Re: The next step...
Maybe the house hasn't been blurred by Google at all. Maybe it's just the crowds of ghosts of Iraqi children floating outside the house that gives that impression. I think they should probably try driving the Street View car by another time when Blair is not at home to be sure.
Re: But, but, but...
He can keep his blurry house, but I'm very interested in having the BMW 7-Series that transforms into a Ferrari 599 GTB as the StreetView car goes by.
Pruniaux would probably be the marketing genius behind the innovative TAG-Heuer advertising based on the magic formula of a sports- or film-star portrait next to or holding a watch in an intriguing fashion.
Reading notes for the sarcasm-blind:
- for "genius" read "idiot";
- for "innovative" read "clichéd";
- for "magic" read "trite";
- for "intriguing" read "awkward".
Fuck All on Rockall
I'm thinking the Register's Special Projects Bureau should start an emergeny sandwich delivery service via GPS-steered paper aeroplanes launched from helium balloon, or similar.
Or just provide the guy with a seagull trap and/or fishing rod.
OK, so, Bigfoot is a human/wolf/dog/deer/horse/bear crossbreed. That could happen. It gets really cold up there.
Re: 60 days of learning the harmonica
> Rockall is surely the best place to send trainee harmonica players?
Thank you, hplasm, for taking the trouble to strip the sarcasm from my original message, for the benefit of our American cousins.
60 days of learning the harmonica
Such a shame there's no live audio stream available.
Re: Why did it take them so long to start
My preferred conspiracy theory is that a Stuxnet2 virus accidentally escaped into the wild
Here's another conspiracy theory to put out there: What if the downing of MH370 was a demonstation of capability by Chinese betting syndicates wanting match-fixing compliance from various teams taking part in the World Cup? As in: "Give us the result we want or you won't be arriving home from Brazil."
Re: What about those black-box locator pings?
The pings detected were of the wrong frequency. And with a frequency offset that makes it likely it was coming from the detection equipment itself (possibly echoing off the seafloor)
An interesting theory were it not for the fact that the towed pinger locator carries a passive listening device for detecting pingers. (My emphasis.)
If the detection equipment was not generating the false pings then who or what was?
(And thanks for the downvotes.)
What about those black-box locator pings?
Did we ever find out who or what produced those alledged black-box locator pings heard in the previous search area? (If they were faked, then the faker must presumably know something about what really happened to MH370.)
Cute, but ...
Why does the navigation on these 3D things always have to be so shitty? One slightest touch of a direction key or mouse and you're suddenly outside the underside of the object, upside-down and pointing in the wrong direction. And it's gonna take a good 10 minutes of work to get a normal-ish view back again.
Re: Is there a season for drones?
So commercial Drones not allowed for delivery..
That's Hedwig stuffed then,
Hedwig is an owl, not a bee!
Re: His facebook page is still up...
Re: It is what it is ...
Two (vaguely) relevant jokes:
Q. How can you tell when a politician is lying?
A. His lips move.
Q. What's the difference between a computer salesman and a car salesman?
A. The car salesman knows when he is lying.
Some Contradiction, Surely?
In the title: "'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go". In the article body: "It's impressive stuff, capable of 10-20 minutes of flight". (My emphases.)
Well, I guess the title is true, for a certain value of "everywhere".
Missed Subheader Opportunity
Spam fills grave site ... ?
But I'm told he's currently very good at being uninformed uniformed. Or: I'm informed he's in-form uninformed uniformed
Surviving the cold, vacuum and radiation of (near) space is one thing. Surviving a dishwasher cycle (or two) at 70degC is quite another.
I bought (and wear) a t-shirt to get the message over for this sort of thing.
The next-door neighbour was one of the worst offenders, and so, over some months, I pursuaded her to swap her old Windows PC for a shiney new Mac and was then able to claim complete ignorance of MacOS and point her at Apple Support instead. It's worked rather well. (Not sure Apple Support would agree though.)
Re: Sandwich board-bearers: they missed a trick
> If they carried logo-tattooed scantilty clad models on their shoulders, the organisers would have a queue of volunteers to choose from.
Why? Because having the back of your neck between a scantilty clad model's legs is somehow the same as having your penis there? Nah. It isn't. Carrying people on your shoulders leads to backache. And backache is bad. Trust me on this.
So I guess i'll be waiting to cross when i have a green light - it's a better solution than cracking down on running-red-lighters, right?
So, I assume you're also waiting for the police to remove all the bad drivers from the road, rather than wear a safety belt?
Down with this sort of thing
The human race will die out ... with a whimper, rather than a bang.
Re: Just nuke it from orbit
This can help too ...
Re: Can we define that is standard units
One Earth is 24,570 Waleses (by area) so this plasma cloud would be 859,954 Waleses.
HTH. HAND, boyo.
My Three Cents
1. Colour eInk display (for the new Psion 5, new Kindle, and/or new mobile phone)
2. Unlimited flat-rate mobile data at £10/month
3. An ad-hoc wireless-network/video-streaming broadcast app, so that people at the front of a concert can record and stream the performance to all those behind them who want to share the view. (Could also be used for "citizen news" coverage.)
Re: Battery, battery, battery.
Ideally you'd use a series of batteries in the links of the watchstrap. This would give a pretty good capacity, perhaps allowing the watch to also serve as a tethered gsm-wifi provider for other devices.
Re: Thanks for the hint
Where I am in Europe, Uber doesn't seem to be any cheaper than a normal taxi for a couple of test routes I tried. Since I hear the Uber drivers are effectively uninsured (they are using private rather than commercial insurance) I wonder where the savings are going ... ?
[Does some googling]
But they're still not cheaper than a normal taxi, so why would I want to use them?
@diodesign Re: A Million Plays
So Spotify doesn't compare too badly, after all. (And, it turns out, even Pandora wasn't as bad as it was painted.)
A Million Plays
> A million plays in the old days could earn a performer a modest amount of money.
Erm, which "old days" are we talking about here? Are we talking about radio? When a song was broadcast to a million listeners of a pop station, how much did the artist get then?
Re: "Nobody invented the screwdriver hammer"
You're forgetting the 3 Rules of Engineering:
1. Always use the correct tool for the job.
2. The correct tool is always a hammer.
3. Any tool can be used as a hammer.
This explains everything.
@Evil Auditior Re: Norkovations
"(Non-)natural selection" would be just "selection", right? It would be the thing that Darwin was referring to when he coined "natural selection". So, no, I'm not calling Darwin. I'm calling the thing that Darwin was calling, i.e. "selection".
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great