1148 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
A theoretical problem
Given the average drone's 20 minute maximum flight time limit, putting a number of them in a holding pattern over a busy location is hardly going to be workable plan, is it?
Now that the Find-My-iPhone location/disabling tech has started to reduce iPhone thefts, I can see the next target-of-choice for muggers is going to be that big, shiny & expensive Apple Watch.
So, I won't be buying one. :-)
Re: objectivifies potential sexual partners
Humans can have sex without "objectifying" each other. There's nothing wrong with an app that allows consenting adults to find sexual partners. I think the assumption that it requires objectification says more about you than it does about other people.
Well, since the Apple version of the Tinder app would have been written in Objective C, the company has certainly been "objectivying" the data of the potential sexual partners, at the very least. I think the assumption that I, as a Register commentard, might have been using the term "objectivying" in any other than a programming sense, says more about you than it does about me.
So, it looks like the developer of an app that objectivifies potential sexual partners has been objectivifying his business partner. Who'd've thunk it?
And the celebrity nudes angle? It's unverified. And likely a way to get you clicking on stories.
But El Reg caught me with it again. Curse 'em!
Re: Year Zero
I guess I'm getting downvotes because, on first impression, my post might look a bit spammy. It wasn't meant to be. I have no commercial connection with Rob Reid or his publisher. I just finished reading the book and rather enjoyed it. The "out-of-this-world" bit was not exagerated praise, it was just a reference to the non-terrestial influence on the development of MS Windows which is suggested in the epilogue of the book.
"We've all done these things"
"We've all done these things ... in front of cameras" said the CNN "technology analyst".
Have we? Really? Am I really alone in never having taken a nude selfie?
I think you've all gone mad.
Re: Art or Design?
OK, 2nd idea: I wonder if it is not more likely that the Neanderthaler was just DBAN-ing a nude selfie cave painting that was causing embarrassment in his social network.
Art or Design?
repeatedly passing a robust cutting tip over the rock in the same direction
I wonder if it is not more likely that the Neanderthaler was just sharpening his cutting tool, rather than (intentionally) creating art.
They really should not have forgotten the umlaut in "Über".
Re: Lots of stats, but...
It could indicate either the prevalent ethnicity of the thieves, or the prevalent ethnicity of the thieves targetted by the police. I'm not sure how these could be disintangled.
I may be an innocent, but why is "finian" on the list? It might sound a bit like "fenian" but that isn't on the list.
Why is "pedofilia" listed but not "pedophilia" or ""paedophilia"? Are Virgin Media just wanting to block illiterate perverts?
Banning "cnut" is a bit rough on students of Norse history, but I can understand why they might have done so. Similarly "flange" for DIY fans. I understand (from Urban Dictionary) that it's occasionally used as a euphemism for lady's parts, but by that argument "ladysparts" (and a thousand other euphemisms) should also be on the list, and it isn't.
My Compliments to Mr. Pauli
A story about an ice-cream chain that included the phrases "chilling news", "initial waffle", "details were milky", "cool sales" and "sweet news". Well played, sir! Very well played!
Why don't they just stick a 2nd battery on the other arm? It would double the battery life and fix the aesthetic (and physical) imbalance in one go.
But since they say "We're keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence" I guess they won't have to suffer the conditions of Stalag Amazon. And Amazon have lots of examples to support the promises on independence - Audible, IMDB, DPReview, etc. etc.
@BongoJoe: Word isn't the best tool for job
That rather suggests that you think there is some other software that is the best tool for the job. So, what is it? Alastair Reynolds' point seemed to be although Word is awful, there is nothing else that supports the functions required in the publishing business. But if you know better then please let us (and Mr Reynolds) know what it is.
We know Microsoft make a substandard hammer, but does anyone else make a better one?
Are the mug-logos dish-washer proof?
Is the T-shirt logo tumble-dryer proof?
Re: Looking good
Will the XXXL T-shirts also use the "stretched" logo, so that it appears circular when worn by their fuller-figured owners?
Too Late Now
But I'm betting that David Slater now wishes he hadn't told the story about how the macaque took the photo. If he'd kept quiet about it, the copyright would now be his.
Of course, this decision also means that a load of fine photographs of animals in the wild, triggered via movement detection, will now also suddenly be Public Domain.
So, I guess we won't be seeing so many of those in the pages of the National Geographic in future.
Actually, Kate should record all her own concerts and sell CDs / DVDs / memory sticks / download codes of the concert to the audience as they exit.
You bet there WILL be an "Emergency Vehicle Coming Through! Move Over!" message in this new V2V protocol. And, you bet, it WILL be misused by politicos-in-a-hurry, and hackers in general.
That should be "rippled sand" surely? Or was it actually in motion?
Aiding and Abetting?
> Evidence was also tendered to the effect that the answers to Bravo's query included suggestions about swamps and reservoirs being fine places to hide a roommate.
Sounds as if Siri (or its human keepers) should also be arrested for aiding and abetting in this crime.
Re: Other Similarity
> I think by "Tridge on the other end" they mean looking over the shoulder of Linus at Tridge in the Skype window.
Ah, yes, I guess that would explain the similarity.
Linus in Spain and Tridge in Australia also appear to employ the same interior designer and/or decorator.
I came here to say that. (Well, your first comment, at least. After that it started getting a little misogynistic.)
However, to be accurate, the target for Mr Cook - in order of priority to correct the mismatch with the US figures - should be "less asians, more blacks, more hispanics, more whites."
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.)
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