Re: As one of my fellow commentards noted a while back,
Mythbusters successfully polished a turd...
1041 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007
Already have it on DVD :)
Along with other such gems as: Waxwork, Waxwork 2, Troll, Troll 2, The Wraith, The Gate, The Stuff, The Wizard, Crash & Burn, Robot Jox, both Ewoks movies, Tomboy, School Spirit, Back to the Beach and a shedload more.
Especially old ones, and old sci-fi. I still have an extensive VHS collection and some laserdiscs of films that never made it to DVD, such as:
Slipstream (1989,Japanese widescreen laserdisc)
Deep Red (1994,laserdisc)
Out on a Limb (1992,laserdisc)
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986,laserdisc)
Dream Machine (1991,laserdisc)
Off and Running (1991,VHS)
Crazy Legs aka Off The Mark (1987,VHS)
The Dirt Bike Kid (1985,laserdisc)
I was, well, not 'happy' but 'comfortable enough' and familiar with XP having used it for so many many years, hated Vista whenever I had to use it on other people's machines, I'm still getting to grips with all the nuances of 7, barely had the opportunity to use 8, and now 10 is on the horizon after they scrapped 9!
Where did all that time (and M$ R&D budget) go?
P.S. I remember when all this was just fields, now get off my lawn!
B-b-but laptops aren't trendy anymore...
Or a service that strips the unique identifier and replaces it with
Take your pick from the many many sites that offer this service:
So I can get a decent, very fast pixel refresh rate 1080p screen for peanuts, because sadly with my eyesight, 4k & 8k screens would be wasted on me :(
And when your provider throttles your connection because you ate too much internet:
Exactly, I have two 7" Android tablets and an Android phone, I do not want or need another battery powered mouth to feed.
This seems like the sort of gadget a hidden camera show would use to wow or freak people out with, especially if you could conceal it in your hands in such a way to pretend to sneeze fireballs after eating one of those ridiculously high scoville peppers.
Who else remembers back when CRT's ruled the world and you got a big 21 inch TV only to discover the viewing area was actually 20 inches?
Advertisers were forced to disclose the actual viewing area so they got away with this by selling you a TV with the tube size described in inches in big bold letters whilst disclosing the actual viewing area in cm, which because of the numerical relationship between inch & cm it appeared to be a big number, when in reality when converted to inches was smaller than the tube size.
I think this page is a bit outdated now: http://www.metric.org.uk/screen-sizes
They're all despicable because they'll try any tactic available to make you think you're getting something better than what you actually get, for example I bought some rechargable AA's recently that are called the 2400 series, ther're really good and I am pleased with them but the actual capacity is 2300mAh.
He should go make love to himself.
Number of episodes in a show could be a factor.
It's not uncommon for a well funded UK show to have only 6 (or 8 if you're lucky) epsiodes per series, whereas in the US it's not uncommon to have 13 or 26 episodes per series.
CBS went all-out on the remastering of this show in high-def; the original visual effects were only created in standard-def yet everything else was shot on 35mm, so they went and re-created all the visual effects in high-def CGI to match the scanned in 35mm footage.
During Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Rockstar turned on the snow in GTA Online, I had a good few hours of play under my belt on Christmas Eve and was with friends most of the next day, the Liberator monster truck & Sandking XL were my favourite 'snowmobiles'.
Quite a few gamers are quite understandably pissed off at the network attacks because it prevented them from enjoying the (very) short duration of snow.
IMHO 2 days of snow was not enough, especially as most people would've had obligations to be with friends/family. A week would've sufficed, enough to really enjoy it and start wishing things got back to normal.
"Well - we are looking to do something about pics."
Here's a couple of suggestions I think a lot of regular visitors can get behind:
NO PICTURE ON THE FRONT PAGE AT ALL!
DON'T PUT A PICTURE IN THE ARTICLE IF IT HAS NO ACTUAL RELEVANCE TO THE SUBJECT BEING DISCUSSED!
You're splashing stock pictures around like clueless people used to do with excess amounts of clip art in the early days of desktop publishing. It's not wanted, we're already here to read the articles, you don't need to try and lure us in with stupid, irrelevant pictures that hog most of the screen.
If you're referring to the beta layout of Slashdot, that really is fucking hideous, it has almost none of the long standing graphic idioms of the original layout.
Thankfully you can (for now) avoid the beta version and go back to the original, but if/when they ever force everyone to use the beta layout then I'm done with that site.
There's a worrying trend that the owners/maintainers of tech based websites just don't understand their userbase, that they like the stability and familiarity of the UI staying the same for years and that's one of the major factors of them keeping on coming back time and time again.
Completely changing the layout of a website 'to keep up with the UI trends on the web' is MONUMENTALLY DUMB, if they're doing it because they want to attract a new range of visitors then that just shows disdain for their original visitors that got them to their popularity in the first place.
If El Reg decided to go back to their previous layout then it would show they're willing to listen, and I don't doubt that commentators would be the first to congratulate El Reg for doing the right thing.
P.S. How many of you are old enough to remember New Coke?
Using varying shades of grey as an indication of something is IMHO a poor UI practice, namely because you can't be sure wether the end user has their screen's brightness/contrast set up properly, and when you factor in LCD viewing angles and daylight etc. it just makes it worse.
I hate the fact that the WIFI icons on Android devices I've used use two differing shades of grey on the icon to indicate signal strength, when two different colours are much much easier for your eyes/brain to spot than two differing shdes of grey.
It was like someone at that place redesigned the website to look good just for them on their favourite web browsing device, so so many people had issues with the completely absurd changes to the layout which made no sense at all, but they changed very little in response to the (quite often vitriol levels of) feedback given.
I loved that site.
I really did.
I visited it multiple times daily.
Yet since they made it a complete pain in the arse to navigate and read I visit perhaps once a week. I'm dead serious about that, despite loving the content it contains.
El Reg has been one of a few other favourite websites I've been regularly visiting (often multiple times a day) for almost a decade, I registered on these forums over 7.5 years ago, look at my user number, it's only 2016 and now there are over 73 thousand registered forum users.
IMHO this is a smack in the face to the regular, devoted visitors who never requested these sort of changes to the layout, the previous one worked fine.
Almost everyone was comfortable with how things were, but now almost everyone is spitting blood at the monumentally absurd redesign of the layout.
Can we please have the previous design layout back.
It seems the forums are taking a beating too, post edits don't show up immediately like they used to.
I bloody hate it when companies pull this web upgrade shit on its users on a Friday because by the time most people have started using the new interface, the people behind the upgrade have pissed off home for the weekend :(
I don't hate it - I don't like it. But I suppose I'll have to live with it.
Can I just ask, why is the prominant news article link taking up so much fucking space on the front page and in the article itself?!
I don't come here for pictures, I come here for NEWS!!
I once crashed the automated checkout at a Tesco trying to buy some reduced items that were on a BOGOF offer.
The till deducted the original price of the free item not the heavily reduced price, so the final balance I owed was a negative number and the software had a mental breakdown, indicated by the touchscreen not responding anymore... :D
I'm still regularly using my 10 year old iRiver iHP-140 (which they had to re-brand as the H140 apparently due to HP complaining or something), replaced the battery once and earlier this year I swapped out the (heavily used and nearing the end of it's useful life) 40gb HD for an 80GB one.
Sure my Android phone has the ability to play mp3s and is significantly smaller, but the iRiver player's main function is playing/recording audio and it has physical buttons for control of the device, including a full-function wired remote control with screen, which rules superior when you want to control it without having to look at a screen.
"Then I guess you have no problem with Comcast charging you $8.00 a month rental for the privilege of hosting the hotspot."
HAS EVERYONE (well, a lot of commentators) BEEN TAKING EXCESS AMOUNTS OF STUPID PILLS RECENTLY?!
The hotspot can be turned off, users of it can't get access to your own LAN, and as an Xfinity user you have the ability to use other people's Xfinity hotspots, just like BTWIFI.
"If it's anything like the BTWifi-with-Fon hot spots on BT customer routers in the uk then the "public" side of it will have a very restricted bandwidth (1mbps here IIRC) which depending on your package and line sync speed will have no effect on your own connection speed regardless of how well used it is."
I actually did some tests on this with my own BT Infinity 2 connection regarding bandwidth available to BTWIFI hotspot users, see this previous El Reg post of mine for the results:
You can go into a hotel, look in the bedside cabinet and see the Good Book of GTA with a little note saying "This bible was placed here by an Epsilon"
P.S. Kifflom! Brother brother.
A quick search revealed the availability of stainless steel ice cubes, which some people say are better than soapstone due to a higher thermal conductivity,
Personally I have no idea which is better, so this might have to be investigated first hand, with many 'experiments' :D
Hang on a mo, if they're selling pot pies without putting "pot" in the name, that's false advertising not consumer stupidity.
Talking about pi(e) on a tech oriented site and no mention of raspberry even in jest?
I saw a sample switch module about 5 years ago, it wasn't wired to any wireless circuitry at the time, but the piezo inside did generate enough power to blink an LED when you pressed the switch down and then blinked another one when you let go.
"I'd much rather chance being zapped with a laser once on my way home than face the dozens of morons with their faulty headlights I pass every evening."
I'm with you on the hatred for the ever-increasing brightness of vehicle headlights, but I don't think you comprehend the permanent damage a Spyder III laser can easily do to your retinas.
Well unfortunately it does sometimes, when nobody cares enough to create a backup or archive of it somehow and the website owner loses interest in the site so stops paying for hosting.
Two sites that I may want to gain information from in the future but have disappeared 'into the ether' and don't appear to have copies on archive.org are the forums on misticriver.net which dealt with iRiver products in their heyday (I still regularly use my H140 with 80gb HD) and forum.eeeuser.com which used to contain an absolute goldmine of information for the Asus Eee devices.
Yup, I can't agree more on having that option.
One time we came home to discover our drystone wall that's adjacent to the road had been almost completely knocked down, a neighbour told us that a 5-axle lorry had caused it and didn't even stop.
Over the years numerous chunks of stone have been chipped away from that wall by large lorries squeezing past because they blindly followed their satnav to get to a destination that 's more accessable if they got to our road from the other end.
Move the wall you say? Not possible, part of it is attached to our and our neighbours house. And unfortunately it's never going to stop because that section is perhaps the narrowest along the road.
I'm also reminded of a joke I once read that went along the lines of:
Kid in back of car with mum driving: "Mummy, why don't you see any fucking bastards and bloody whores on the roads like daddy does?"
Two weeks? Count yourself very lucky, some years ago it took 5 months of pestering to get my Barclaycard cancelled and my money returned when fraudulent charges started appearing. This was back when they had Stephen Fry (I think) doing their adverts saying it was ok to use online.
Then the very week I managed to finally cancel the card, the other two household members received Barclaycard pens in the post along with offers to join...
I think some people are just trying to avoid paying microtransactions, which are anything but micro for a lot of the freemium stuff.
No, they have transistors.
Ben Heck's DIY Cell Phone Part 1 (YouTube)
Mobile phone technology is so prevailant that you can now buy modules to roll your own.Though getting it to do more than initiate/receive phone calls needs a whole new level of tech know-how.
At the first hint of trouble they turn totally black to prevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you.