Re: Helium inside and nobody made a turbo boost joke yet?
So I should only make jokes that the majority of society will get?
That's not a world I would like to inhabit.
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So I should only make jokes that the majority of society will get?
That's not a world I would like to inhabit.
/disappointed Knight Rider fan
Yes I certainly expect to see small portable projectors with full 1080p today.
Because I have some Sony Glasstron PLM-S700E video glasses which have tiny 0.7 inch LCD screens in them that have a native resolution of 832 x 624, and those video glasses were made back in 1998, 17 years ago!
For the longest time (nearly a decade) a TS-150 thermometer watch
Then I got a TSR-100 infra-red thermo-scanner watch
After that a CMD-40-1ZT infra-red remote control watch
Now I got a smartphone for my time telling needs... but I still have those watches (and many more with built-in games)
"just expect it to work"
You're not wrong there, if it looks like a lightbulb people will expect it to behave like a lightbulb - give it power and it lights up, but with new fangled wireless control technology embedded inside them they may not behave as expected by looking at the exterior.
Perhaps a new, standardised name is needed for them to distinguish them from ordinary bulbs, dare I suggest iLites? Because everyone knows when you put a small i in front of a word it somehow indicates it's special in a technological way... well, except when used for place name like iNverness or iSle of Man.
Does this mean I'm now going to be called upon for more free tech-help from friends/family when they start buying device-controlled lights?
Yeah, good luck trying to sell those to people who live in places me - they don't call my area "The Five Valleys" for nothing!
The price has certainly doubled since their introduction, I seem to recall paying about £6 each for my pair somewhere in the region of 15 years ago:
A shame because I'd definitely buy a couple of normal sized ones now if they were £5 each, at £10.99 my wallet is staying put.
If hot-swapping isn't a requirement, take a look at the Fractal Node 304 case. Holds up to 6 drives (7 if you get a 2.5" PCI backplane mount), Mini-ITX form factor, utilises a standard ATX PSU, 3 whisper-quiet fans with 3-speed setting, looks sleek and is solidly built.
Instead of a key slot in the car door they could put a USB socket to charge your watch up, so you can then wirelessly unlock the car...
I also have a couple of traser glowrings from about 15 or so years ago, still glowing but not as bright as they once did.
They're stuck either side of a light switch now, very handy when you're coming in at night.
Ah yes, the new Pintabyte range which comes with a side order of chips.
I do like a 'dumb' screen, one that happily shows footage from whatever box you plug into it, however, it has come to my attention from using various friends/family TVs & DVRs etc. that most menu systems suck balls, wether the TV is 'smart' or not.
And not only are most menus terrible to navigate, most associated remote controls for the devices are just as badly designed, it's like they got a generic button layout and shoehorned their functions into that layout, rather than starting from scratch and realising certain functions are going to be used a lot and require a larger, easier accessable button for your thumb.
I'd write 'them' a letter but I doubt they'd even read it, something along the lines of:
"Dear manufacturers, please spend more than 5 minutes designing your menu systems and remote controls, perhaps get some average people to try and use them to give feedback before you decide it's finished and sell it.
Yours sincerely, everyone."
Such as Megaupload etc., with Rapidshare being the most recent to throw the towel in real soon now.
They look like the bastard love child of 1950's cat eye glasses and some swimming goggles.
I now have a headache from an appropriate force facepalm after reading this article.
They'll probably have a standby mode, and an irreplacable fuel source that needs recharging every 24 hours.
It's probably an electric car with non-replaceable batteries.
Indeed, I have a small Kyocera solar panel that's over 30 years old which is still sucking up rays with only minimal drop in output power, its condition and build quality make it look like it was only manufactured last year.
By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!
VYVYAN: Michael and I are going to indulge in an all night orgy of sex and violence!
RICK: What, in the drawing room?
VYVYAN: Yeah. First we're going to have sex with the Headless Corpse and the Virgin Astronaut.
RICK: Ugh!. Won't the carpet get awfully sticky?
VYVYAN: It's a video nasty!!!
Hey if you want to watch fluffy / interesting stuff without worrying it'll warp someone's fragile little mind, www.wimp.com is the place for you, except you might want an adblocker to be completely sure everything's good. It is SFW but you might spend too long watching stuff there.
I must spend more time viewing Oatmeal's witty scrawls, for the few I've seen are great, I've spent a good time viewing XKCD's and I like plenty of those.
Oh and that 2nd link reminds me, I must check out this "Game of Thrones" thing everyone on the internet seems to praise...or take the piss out of.
Yes, and especially since in Norway the amount of under 30's pirating music has dropped from 70% in 2009 to 4% now.
I mean it has to be true, nobody lies in surveys do they?
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?
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