Re: life is risky
Life is a terminal disease. The survival rate is 0.
I'd rather go through this Valley of Tears with a beer in hand than without it.
282 posts • joined 29 May 2008
Life is a terminal disease. The survival rate is 0.
I'd rather go through this Valley of Tears with a beer in hand than without it.
are this page -and this site- safe?
Thanks to the [insert expletive here] logic of TI where I work, I can only use Internet Exploder to browse the net, so I am in a constant state of panic.
Should I run away from El Reg forever?
But... if you went outside to take pictures, and didn't immediately posted them in facebook.... did you really take them?
And in any case, it doesn't *lose* the atmosphere, does it?... it is still there, just in solid form, once the eclipse ends, the frozen SO2 becomes, erm... atmosphere-y again
As in "Carlsberg"?
Going by that advertisement, I'll pass, thanks.
There is but one God... and its name is Arceus.
Your horoscope for today.
Aries: If you dare enjoying videogames, bad things are gonna happen to you in every aspect of your life. Stay at home, be bitter and yell kids to be off your law. Avoiding fun will make you live longer. Your lucky numbers are...
According to the BBC: "the UK will not leave immediately. The UK is still a member of the EU and will probably remain so for several years"
What prevents the UK to hold this very same referendum again in a year or so? (when the kids that narrowly lost the chance to vote are of legal age)
I ask because, In the wake of this decision, the idea of a new referendum for Scottish independence is being mused again or so I read in the BBC. I don't get how many "tries" are allowed...
Honest question, basically El Reg and the BBC are my only sources of knowledge about the UK. I am looking at the game from way out.
He won so hard he was whisked away to a different plane.
Came to say *exactly* that
Have an upvote und ein Bier instead
That name would be ham-fisted even for Lionel Hutz's law firm...
I think mr Gonzalez won't get much more than exemplifying all that is wrong with USA's legal-happy mentality.
"It's the same with phones though. They need a daily charge, and you just get used to it."
That, Mr Ain't Spartacus, is exactly the problem. Phones and smartwaches *should* be a solution to a problem, not a new source of problems.
Granted, plugging the phone to charge every other night and the smartwacht every night is a minor annoyance but instead of making my life easier they are introducing a new tasks. I am working for them instead of they working for me. And what is the trade-off? what new functionality do they bring to the table, what problem do they solve?
"Solution looking for a problem" is an understatement
I'm sorry. I can't... I'm trying as hard as possible , but that's just too alien a concept for me. Can't wrap my mind around it.
(That obviously is NOT related to the fact that I'm reading this article on business hours)
NOT THE BEES!
BLARGH BLARGH ARRRRGGHHHH!!!
My apologies to all....
It depends on the jurisdiction, I guess.
In my country *that's* how the law works. I'm not saying that it is good, or fair, but it relies on the people's good faith to return money given by that sort of mistakes. There is no legal way to force them.
Yeah, the stupid thing was inherently unsafe and, as some commentards mention, there was no sign of food or water in in the pod, but if the guy wanted to kill himself un the most protracted and absurd way imaginable -and bag a Darwin Award along the way-, why was he stopped?
It's not like the plastic bubble was a danger to anyone else, despite the Coast Guards' comments...
So, video on pages is averaging 200KB per page on average?
The Ministry of Redundancy Ministry will be informed because I'll inform them
Sick and tired of your imperial measurements... cricket pitches? NONSENSE!
The SI lenght unit is the football (soccer) field
So these Vikings were the first Europeans to map the coasts of 'Newfoundland'
Any news of clashes with 'the complex and diverse societies of indigenous people/s' during their 'occupation'?
The more el Reg denies any connections to these daring playmobil heists, the less I am inclined to believe it.
I don't know how these plastic figures play out in a nefarious global domination scheme, but rest assured, they do!
I can't believe this worked!
This article is like that old joke of the lazy virus, that was nothing more than an email asking you to delete all your system files and forward the message to your contacts.
So Dabbs politely asked his readers to bork their displays themselves, and people did it (me included!!). Awesome
 usually related to some nationality stereotypically portrayed as lazy or dumb.
What's up with the Nutella jar images?
I saw one in an VMware article, now this one has one for Google... any idea of the meaning?
So, the word "aborigines" should not be used, and to make it clear they immediately use it in the description of Uluru's English name...
Nope, no problem there at all
Given that one of the leaders of the Cult in The Call of Cthulhu was a very old half-blood called Castro, I think the Hispanics are also well covered in Lovecraft's rainbow of xenophobia.
 I haven't read The Call of Cthulhu in its original language, only a Spanish translation. I am not completely sure what was the original word that was translated as "mestizo".
The only beasts I've had to deal with are more akin to the Kwijibo than anything else.
Nothing as exciting as bears, nor as funny (if disgusting) as mice, but these Kwijibos have an astonishing ability to bork any system imaginable and act as if they had nothing to do with it...
And yet Known Hero uses the "Where's the IT angle?" icon... An icon that has been available to us commentards for years. An icon that was created by the site administrator as a handy way to address the fact the people have been complaining about the lack of IT angle in bootnote articles for *ages*
You know, as if the lack if IT angle here was the whole idea of the Bootnotes section since the beginning...
Irony if I have ever seen it!
Glad to see El Reg's new year resolutions didn't affect their capacity for tomfoolery!
And it makes me *very* happy that HP(E) knows how to take a joke with a good sense of humor! I was an HP-er for almost a decade, and left shortly before the split up... despite all the problems that company have had, it will always have a place in my heart of hearts.
What a nice way to start the week
By sheer chance I stumbled upon the Church of Saint Metodious and Cyril in Prague, the day after the anniversary of Operation Anthropoid. The whole street was littered with flowers and ribbons from military services from all over the world.
I have never felt so overwhelmed, as when I entered the crypt where the soldiers holed up after attacking Heydrich, and was face to face with their busts. I was moved to tears, I must say.
I've never traveled in one of them, but seeing them is awe inspiring! It makes one wonder if they work with Black Magic
The international airport where I live has to basically paralyze all operations when an A340 lands, so anything bigger than that is out of the question.
The first time I saw an A380 was when I visited London, last year. They fly ridiculously low over the City*! I think half the pictures I took there were of an A380 flying behind the Shard, or over the Tower Bridge, or seen from the Tower of London, or trying to get one in frame with the HMS Belfast...
Absolutely beautiful beast!
*Or are they so big they just *seem* to be flying low? I dunno
You know Atacama is *not* in Mexico, right?
I'm not sure about the legal status of rockets in Chile, but it is a peaceful enough country (barring the odd earthquake)... no army escort required
Whatever the weapons installed, I'd love to see El Reg killer bot with a paint scheme based on this magnificent beast: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/king-vulture/
"Sarcoramphus Papa" is a cool sounding name too
Is the Pastafarian movement morphing into a "real" religion?
A few friends started the local "chapter" of the FSM church where I live. In the beginning it was great fun. Their main objective, as mockers of established religions and absurd laws was to challenge a local law that make the Government help funding the Catholic church. If successful their idea was to get part of the Church budget for themselves and use it to give free beer in the streets. Awesome stuff.
Weird thing, a couple of them withdrew from the movement because there was a faction that was taking thing way too seriously. Their gatherings morphed from informal parties with friends, beer and pasta to something more serious, with rites and activities that *had to* be followed.
The mockery of religion is all well and good, but... is it worth the effort some people seems to be putting into it? I don't think it is really necessary the FSM church can perform marriages.
I wonder if it is getting out of hand, maybe in a few decades will be a "real" FSM church with actual believers and dogmas... if enough delusional people gather together around what in principle was a neat idea, and form a critical mass of... self righteousness, so to speak. That would be a defeat for mankind as a whole.
Hey, don't look at me like that! it happened with a sub-par science fiction book, not 70 years ago! And only G-d knows what happened in the Middle East some 2000 years ago.
Even my 8 year-old self knew Optimus is a stock RED Freightliner, not that "Pimp my Ride" monstrosity.
May this franchise die in a Michael Bay-grade explosion.
In my local newspaper: "Alan Rickman, famous for his role of Severus Snape, dies..."
Fsck off!! He is and always will be Hans Gruber in my heart!
Is this... Is this a thing that happens?
I can't... I mean how is that even legal? I'm at a loss for words. Sometimes living in a backwater country has its upsides
My burner phone -and until not so long my proud main phone- is the lovely Nokia 700. The last of the Symbians, it is (or rather, could have been) a great little piece of kit.
Last year, it wowed a long time Android user by having.. *grasp*.. offline maps and navigation!
It really annoys me how market droids, and by extension buyers, get head over heels with the newest smartphone model because it is 1 Angstrom slimmer than last year's model and then encase it in a huge, fugly plastic and plexiglass suit of armor that negates any size reduction and then some... My 700 showed it glorious nakedness for years without fear and once got to swim in an urinal (long story...) only to come out of it reeking but unscathed.
Why the fsck do one get sentimental over a goddammned phone?
That's very, VERY far from the "user experience" I've got from Blizzard games.
StarCraft 2 needed a hefty 25gb "patch" download that rendered it unusable for the first weekend I got it, and since then have run several (I can't remember the number) ~5gb patches.
My favorite patch so far was one for Hearthstone, that ran at the beginning of December and ground it for over an hour. It installed Christmas themes and decorations, themes that weren't activated in-game until 2 weeks later and that I of course didn't wanted NOR needed...
I think the best way to deal with sexism (real or sarcastic) is tracking Sarah Bee back, and unleashing her on commentards and writers alike. Sheer fear will sort the problem.
Other than that, I don't really know what to make of this announcement. It is vaguely worrisome, I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully El Reg won't lose the teeth needed to actually bite the hand that feeds IT.
I know El Reg is no prudish, so if a moderator removed a comment is for a good reason, but...
Am I the only sicko who wants to know what the hell happened up there?
I still remember the Dreadful Year With Only 5 (or so) BOfH... I hope Dabbsy is not going down the same road
Wow, amanfromMars replied to one of my posts. I feel honored!*
Stuxnet was most definitely a government effort, and it ran rampant over the world doing its nasty deeds for years... we still don't really know who did it, do we? but it was the work of talented programmers.
They probably were mercenaries... when I said "right people" I didn't mean "good people", but the people who can make the things happen. There is a fortune to be made out of the pork barrel, if one has the correct skills and contacts, just not in the "visible" part of the government.
*And no, I'm not being sarcastic
When it's a matter of dick measuring contests... erm, I mean, of "National Security" governments can and often do put the right people in the right positions.
A National Healthcare database? pfffft! who cares, it's not like somebody will die.
Spying on foreign "threats"? Oh Em Gee! Man all stations, PRONTO!
... And it's the same all over the damned world...
It kinda bothers me reading messages where people referrers to an application inside a phone as "she"
It's unsettling, somehow.
The only Apple kit I've ever owned is a 30Gb iPod (the first with video playback). Bought back in 2007, it's still going strong, I use it on a regular basis . Battery life has degraded to around 6 hours but that's better than expected for a 8+ years device.
So from the negligible experience I have, yes Apple devices are bulletproof... what irks me, and is the reason I never bought any other fruity kit, is the amount of artificial limitations they put in the device, for their own sake and against what's better for the customer: no FM radio, has to be synchronized with the pc using the crime against humanity that is iTunes (I luckily can use Winamp instead, but why is it necessary to use *any* software to sync a damn usb disk?) laughably short list of supported audio formats, ONE single choice of supported video format, proprietary connector, the supplied earphones were garbage, it strips the audio files form its metadata on upload and did I mention iTunes? (I hate it with the burning passion of a thousand Suns)
Looking back I wonder if it has worth the while... it's impressive that a device that uses spinning rust has survived so long the hostile environment that is my front pocket (narf narf!) but the amount of time I lost fighting iTunes, converting files back and forth, reloading the whole library because the table used to match audio files with metadata got corrupted, getting patches for Winamp... I wonder if I had been better with a Zen Vision, which was my other option back then...
I came directly to the comments to complain about the shameless clickbait in the byline."What the fsck does it matter if he was an Apple employee?" I thought, incensed. "Damn you Reg" -I ranted on- "we all hate Apple, but that doesn't mean you have to smear it (tehe!) in this business"
And then I got to the last line, and was hit in the head by that demolishing joke.
Well played, mr. Fay, well played.
yeah, "being paid for"... I'm not clever enough to make a economic joke, much less one so subtle.
To be frank, I don't know why I chose such PC way to say that he doesn't work for el Reg anymore
I do miss Worstall's articles but never liked the decision of publishing them (and Dabbsy's) on Saturdays, given that most readers access the site Mon - Fri during working hours... *ahem*
And it's true: Worstall's services are no longer needed by El Reg. The man himself confirmed that on a forum post a while ago.
Given that the "weekend" section disappeared mysteriously and quietly a couple of week ago (a passing away that *nobody* seems to mourn), I have high hopes that Dabbs and the BOfH will finally be back to their rightful place: Friday Morning* where they can help us jumpstart the dreadful day.
*Morning in the left-hand side of the Pond, at least.
So, the delays with LOHAN, the problems with the Spanish bureaucracy, the issues in SpacePort... it all was an alibi for this formidable heist, and now we commentards are all accomplices of it...
... It makes perfect sense: the original Playmonaut is the mastermind behind it all, its supposed disappearing over the English Channel was coldly calculated so he can continue pulling the strings from the shadows!!
How can we even be sure that this "Lester Heines" is a real person and not an avatar of the evil Playmonaut??
What medication? I don't need no stinkin' medication!