Re: Someone set us up the bomb!
Er, it was "someone set up us the bomb".
In AD 2015, AYB was continuing. :-) (Old memes never die, they just smell that way.)
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Er, it was "someone set up us the bomb".
In AD 2015, AYB was continuing. :-) (Old memes never die, they just smell that way.)
"...a distance of about 80kms from San Francisco"
80 kilometre-seconds? WTF is a kilometre-second when it's at home?
Presumably El Reg meant "80km", just as batteries are commonly (mis-)rated as "2000mAh" instead of 2Ah.
"Am I the only person who thinks this is a crass waste of time, effort and bandwidth by people who usually consider themselves more intelligent than average?"
Very likely; look at the number of downvotes your post has gathered. One of the few times recently that downvotes here have actually made sense.
This sub-thread is reminiscent of the way misinformed people accuse J K Rowling of "plagiarism" for various reasons, in particular that Hogwarts is supposedly "ripped-off" from Greyfriars because both are fictional boarding-schools; not realising that by the same "logic" the Billy Bunter stories are themselves "ripped-off" from Storky & Co. (or whatever the exact title is), which in turn was "ripped-off" from Tom Brown's Schooldays. (In reality, of course, the only thing all four have in common are that they are boarding-school stories.)
What the JKR detractors fail to realise is that the art of story-telling does not consist of devising a new story, but of devising a new way to tell one of the half-dozen or so stories which are all there are, or are ever likely to be. Isaac Asimov freely admitted that the classic Foundation series was heavily based on Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, but I've never heard of anyone thinking any less of it, or of Asimov, because of this.
tl;dr: There's a world of difference between "inspired by" and "stolen from".
"In 1980, he moved into PR and became the press officer for three nuclear power plants run by the UK's Central Electricity Generating Board."
"A computer enthusiast since the early days (his first machine was a Sinclair ZX81), [...]"
Well, of course.
Maybe he was in charge of the ZX81s which controlled the power plants. :-)
To my mind, the votes here have become meaningless due to abuse; for instance, why downvote a joke post?
Pike…? Pun not intended, eh…?
I wondered how long it would take this thread to descend into fish puns. Please, let's have no more of such pollocks — there's no plaice for it these dace.
There's perfectly innocent web sites out there serving superfish.js and superfish.css. I'm sure no-one will think those are anything to do with spyware...
But the resemblance is superfishal.
Surely that idea has been known for centuries — it's called a "bolt".
Considering the 10cm light source to component, I'd strongly suspect no significant effect in strong sunlight.
Indeed; in the latter case, the distance to the light source is 150*10^9 metres.
Winter is when we get most sunny days, even with the shorter days there's probably more hours when it is sunny. It's summer when it tends to be grey and overcast.
Surely it's summer when the rain is warm.
' *Everybody* has something to hide '
...except John Lennon and his monkey.
(They say the old ones are the best...)
Can it translate that idiomatically, without descending into "we now put on our homosexual clothing" or "yuletide carols are for trolls"?
...that Mary Whitehouse was no longer around by the time of GTA. If she had been, they could have had the complete set of condemnation.
Imagine how that would have boosted sales.
You forgot "6031769" — THE classic text cheat code surely, up there with the Konami Kode in legendary status.
Ayatollah Khomeini is Shia Muslim, you ignorant oink.
I always did think he was talking Shi'ite.
I have fond memories of two Q*Bert clones for the Speccy — Pi-Balled (by Automata of course, as you probably gathered from the title) and Pogo which IIRC was by Ocean. The Spectrum's low colour resolution meant that a 100% faithful conversion wasn't possible (Slick and Sam couldn't be rendered green, for a start), but those two were pretty close; Pogo in particular was the only Speccy version I saw which had Ugg and Wrong-Way.
Talking of Pogo, I think Ocean was a label of Electronic Arts, either from the start or by acquisition; I wonder if that game gave its name to EA's Pogo online games service?
Was it led by forces from Thames Television?
What a pity that food PC means that Scotch Eggs/Pies can no longer be made with real Scotch.
I only hope that a change in the law, or in perceived "good" practice, never causes all e-commerce sites to start adding those stupid 'onpaste="return false"' parameters to their input fields, making it impossible to paste in such things as my debit-card number (it's 16 digits long for gods' sake, even if it were memorable it would be a pain to type every time) or (even worse) my password (if a password is even feasible to remember or to type, much less easy, it's nowhere near strong enough). As I explained this morning in a reply to an email from one such shite wondering why I never completed the order I was trying to place with them, if I encounter this or any other dumb and pointless obstacles to my ordering, I take my business to another site whose webmasters aren't so stupid.
The day all e-commerce entails jumping through such hoops will be the day e-commerce is dead as far as I'm concerned.
Isn't drinking American "beer" said to be like shagging in a boat? :-)
If you do, just make sure you copy it right. :-)
Are you sure about the "oxy"? :-)
"The Register's message boards are thankfully free of [the] pettiness [you exhibited]..."
How ironic that this remark got 8 downvotes.
Whoever downvoted that post is clearly not a diabetic. Although they may be an NHS dietitian, most of which still peddle the discredited line that "starchy carbs are very healthy" — somewhere in the last 100 years or so, the "un-" got dropped from that phrase.
"Nope, it was cigars, and gin and tonic. The tonic was quinnine and it kept the tropical fevers away; the cigar smoke kept the mosquitos away in the evening."
That's why the French, Spanish and Italians don't have a vampire problem; the garlic keeps those away.
That also explains why the Queen doesn't like garlic; she is after all related by descent to all the other European royal families, including the Transylvanian one. :-)
Actually, if you subtract the sliced spuds and the toast (and possibly the baked beans; they often have plenty of sugar), what's on that plate is quite healthy — ask on any diabetes forum. The article text is sensible as well.
Just because an article happens to have a 1 April dateline, it doesn't automatically follow that it's a joke.
"Oh great - now the Bible types are here with their arguments that something is bad because it is "unnatural".
Hint: humanity has created a lot of artificial structures that are good for society."
Divide by cucumber error: reinstall universe and reboot.
The problem here is that Wikimedia just don't give a monkeys.
And once again, the dumb downvotes begin. This is a variation of the "appeal to popularity" fallacy; voting against an unpleasant truth won't nullify it, it will just show that you're an idiot and a wishful-thinking one at that.
This reminds me of the time that a website for the Sinclair Spectrum computer, called "Hackers' Hangout" or the like, was blocked on the grounds of being a "hacking" site. Er yes, it was — in the original and correct sense of "hacking" (programming), not the tabloid "sense" which was the "logic" behind the block.
"And of course that copyright is a civil offence, so I don't think it is illegal as breaking it is not a criminal offence."
Oh please, not that nonsense again; am I the only poster on these forums who has heard of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, or the DMCA? Copyright violation has been a crime in the UK since 1 January 1989, and in the US since sometime in 2000...
I just wish that battery capacities were stated correctly; this one (for instance) is 3.1Ah, not "3100mAh". The numeric bit (unless of course it's zero) is supposed to be greater than or equal to 1, but less than 1000; that's what multipliers are for, not to be abused to make measurements look at first glance to be 1000 times greater than they actually are.
On June 21 I tried to buy a computer workstation and chair from Staples. All went well until I tried to sign up for an account to complete the purchase, at which point I found that they prevent Paste into fields, using a method that can't be blocked using NoScript (which is what I usually do to work around this problem should it arise). In other words, they were trying to force me to use a password weak enough to remember, and to type manually.
I contacted them pointing out exactly how and why this is a dumb idea (I didn't put it like that, of course), and to this day have had no reply, so they have lost me as a customer.
When demanded an email address on what I regard as a don't-need-to-know basis, I usually use "firstname.lastname@example.org". The clueless website's own abuse address is another good one.
"I have been offered - though, to be fair, some years ago - a completely incorrect IC as a substitute for the out-of-stock one I wanted... on the grounds that it had the same package and number of legs."
Sadly, that's far from unique. Back in the days of the Civil Service Store in the Strand, London, I popped into the DIY department in the basement to buy a pair of crimping pliers. The idiot in charge told me "how about these, they've got a crimping action". Well, duh -- all pliers have *a* crimping action, but of course the reason I was asking for crimping pliers specifically was that only those have *the* specific crimping action required to fasten solderless terminals without mangling them.
And in any case, what the pillock was trying to foist on me wasn't a pair of pliers, it was a crescent wrench. I don't know whether he was stupid, or reckoned I was (most likely both), but needless to say, I never shopped there again.
"A little John Cage goes with anything though"
His 4'33" reproduces perfectly on any equipment. :-) It doesn't even need to be switched on...
"We don't serve their kind in here. Your 'droids - they'll have to wait outside!"
You mean "blanks" surely? :-)
This thread reminds me of one idiot I knew at school; a self-proclaimed "audiophile" who to my mind would more accurately be called a "cacophonophile", since his idea was the same as that of those other idiots who buy Beats-me-why-anyone-falls-for-this-rubbish headphones; namely, louder+more bass=higher fidelity. For my part, even back then I failed to see how marginalising three-quarters of the musical spectrum (and the three-quarters which, in most real music (e.g. not (c)rap), contains the most important parts) constitutes any kind of "fidelity".
At one point, the idiot sought to "improve" a pair of good little all-round speakers by removing the vented backs and replacing them with solid ones. The result, as per his intention, was to greatly increase the bass response; unfortunately this destroyed the balance of the speakers, as the other three registers were barely audible. Also, the increase in the quantity of the bass was at the expense of a vast reduction in quality; instead of being crisp and clean as before, the newly augumented bass was muffled and boomy. Did I mention that another of his beliefs was that you can get something for nothing?
I've (fortunately) lost contact with him in the intervening 40 years. No doubt he went on to own a system using solid-gold, directional, oxygen-free speaker cables which must be installed running due north/south and by the light of the full moon — and then spoiled any "improvement" thus gained by having too many woofers and not enough tweeters. He probably also fell for the bollards about coating the edges of his CDs with a special expensive green marker pen (which is probably a cheap marker pen with a fancy label stuck on it), and never mind the fact that even if the "problem" this is supposed to "solve" actually existed, the infrared lasers used to read CDs are no more likely to be absorbed efficiently by green dye than by any other colour.
...it's amazingly naff.
"Apple uses oxygen free copper for their headphones, don't they?"
Remind me never to use them to listen to Jean-Michel Jarre.
Did you use actual MP3 encoding, or did you perchance use Nero's MP3Pro (or "MP3Poo" as I prefer to call it)? The latter (which is limited to 22Khz sample rate) is supposed to deliver equivalent quality to standard MP3, with only half the file size — but the catch is, you have to be using an MP3Poo-compatible player (which no player I've tried is; certainly not Winamp or the iPod), otherwise the dreadful loss of quality from that half (arsed/witted) sample rate is all too painfully evident, even if playing over "old tin boxes" as Mike Oldfield put it (to wit, the tinny little speakers of my old netbook).
My Android tablet (although the instruction manual says "microSDHC cards up to 32Gb") supports microSDXC cards, including the 128Gb ones launched by Sandisk in February — provided only that they are formatted as NTFS, not the default exFAT.
"Make no money for 3 days because no one in Glasgow is stupid enough to own Bitcoins."
No CeX please, we're Scottish? :-)
Wetwang, Les Arses, Nether Wallop, Pratts Bottom (those three could be twinned)... the list goes ever on and on.
"until you get locked in/out during a powercut."
For that reason, nobody with any sense installs a domestic front-door locking system that needs a key to open it from the inside — I suspect that doing so may even be a breach of fire regulations.
It's certainly a breach of common sense, particularly for anyone who saw Westworld.
Surely it's "one ring to control them all". :-)
My current laptop came (in August 2013) with Windows 8.0, but by February I had to upgrade it to Windows 7.
1) Within two weeks of getting it, a Microsoft Upgrade went wrong and trashed the OS — and only then did I discover that the stupid Secure Boot (which "solves" a "problem" which hasn't existed in years, that of boot-sector viruses), along with UEFI, was preventing my system-rescue USB stick from booting (or, indeed, boot from CD or DVD). Fortunately the problem resolved itself, but Secure Boot was disabled shortly afterwards.
2) I couldn't get the legacy Help system from the MS site to install; even the version labelled as "Win8, 64-bit" came up as "this is not compatible with your OS".
3) I tried "upgrading" to Win8.1 in the hope that it would fix this, but it didn't — and introduced a far worse problem, namely that workgroup access under Win8.1 carries the stupid and unenforceable requirement that all system clocks in the workgroup be perfectly in sync; so the main effect of the "upgrade" was that I could no longer access my network.
So, having backed-up my hard drive, I then formatted it, switched the boot mode to CBR, and installed Win7; once I got the right drivers, there were no further problems. The upgrade also cured the other major problem I'd had, of Win8 burning up far too much Internet transfer allowance (5Gb, an entire month's allowance, in sometimes only two days).
If/when Win7 is no longer supported, I'm going to migrate to Linux.
"['Genghis Khan' i]s presumably a transcription to the Latin alphabet of a Chinese transcription of a pair of Mongol words, so you could probably spell it any way you like."
I doubt many people would agree with one spelling it "Adolf Hitler", even though that would probably be true to life. :-)