884 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Looks so simple...
But I bet it ain't. And doesn't the payload look like a mini Hubble telescope in the pic, or is that getting too nerdy?
Anyway top marks to him, and an obligatory pint of the good stuff (without the "benefit" of having been sent aloft itself).
Ad Astra Tabernamque - as they say in Spain.
What could possibly go wrong?
Nothing that would be their fault, or at least that they'd take the blame for rather than passing that on too.
Important rule to remember in this type of case - no good deed (or personal initiative) ever goes unpunished.
Revenge is a dish best served...
...hot in a metal drawer, or failing that a waste paper basket.
It's my fault for surprising the Reg subs...
I dunno - first airplanes in the form of PARIS and LOHAN and now subs!
We'll have to set up Vulture Pacific soon, in its own volcano lair hideaway...
I will need to say communicate with her and customer-facing staff in London do not speak English.
Are you sure it's her English you need to be worried about?
Or couldn't you decide whether to say or communicate?
Re: Just to make it interesting
And a suitably large forest to land in... ;-)
Nor any race or creed of small plastic pilot...
I mean, where's the fun in that?
Re: The simple answer is usually the obvious one
I thought that was loose lego bricks and dropped drawing pins (which of course always land pointy-side up as well)?
Re: Acronym wanted: must be inscrutable
Federal Evidence Collection and Knowledge Overriding Foreign Freedoms
Re: All that money...
Nah, obviously a Brikk employee in the future has sent this thing back to before the iPhone 6 is released, so that once it is they can sue Apple, make billions for the company and then relax by bashing out their brains with Gargleblasters (lemon optional) before they get taken over by Megadodo Publications who know a good marketting idea when they see one.
If you're that damn rich...
you don't touch a phone at all, that's what you have a PA and other sycophantic hangers-on for.
Still I guess you can buy one of these abominations for them I guess, to really rub it in.
Similar experience to the above with Hudl's - got a pair for my daughters and both storm along (certainly quicker than my old 2012 Nexus 7). The only problem we had with them was one ended up with a dodgy micro-USB connector (due to the kids inexperience with plugging/unplugging the cable I think and generally insisting on using them with cables plugged in but forgetting they've done so). And even then one call to the support line had them immediately replaced under warranty, after a quick back-up/restore via ADB onto my laptop they were back up and running almost immediately.
The other thing I was extremely pleasantly surprised at is that the Hudl supports dual-band wifi (not sure if it's at 802.11n or 802.11ac speed offhand, I suspect the former). Both the kids ones are happily connected to the 5GHz network on my Netgear 6200 along with my HTC 8X phone, whereas both my N7-2012 and the boss's MotoG are still stuck on the 2.4GHz network.
Overall rather happy with them, albeit with the same caveat as above about the micro-USB port positioning when the device is used in a stand-case.
Re: Serious answer
I would expect it's probably a motto most easily pronounced after it's applied, ie after launch, retirement to pub and imbibing of several pints of non-stratospheric ale...
Or at least doing so would suitably increase the merriment of your audience when you did attempt it.
Microsoft reckons it's a good buy
Meanwhile everyone else just reckons it's a good-bye...
It does sound almost like they're looking to unload old Surface stock by uncasing them and selling the bits bare-boned.
Cheres big man. Bloody work proxy server, trying to get us to do work on a Friday! I ask you...
Can't see it that way via IE, but via the back-door wifi network and Android, all fine and voted.
And as I just missed out on the shortlist, you can stick a mission patch in the tree where LOHAN finally lands instead ;)
OK, I know it's Friday afternoon and I've just seen my name and submission in an el Reg article and all that, but where do we vote? Am I missing something here, or is the actual poll to come later and elsewhere?
At least you didn't get the gem that according to a friend who works at Gatwick security some of his colleagues like to throw in occasionally - "Has anyone put anything in your luggage without your knowledge?". Apparently the number of people who automatically just answer "no" is depressingly large.
Oh and enquiring minds want to know - did you get the steely stare from his eyes or his mouth?
Make it so...
Getting Google Glass to fit comfortably on existing spectacles can be a challenge
And even more challenging may be not to look like Geordie La Forge with an NHS visor...
Re: Any non-Latin in with a shout?
But only on Tuesdays, unless you're a penguin
You and me both.
And I'm not sure if I should be happy or sad that my own entry (in Latin - a subject I never studied at all being just a poor plebian) didn't get a mention or argument either.
Talk about making you feel old - I have problems with that one reasonably often (in part due to having at least two devices where the port is inverted compared to all the others) and I'm only 42!
I know I'm starting (ok, continuing) to go grey, but I think I'm a little too young to be a Age UK client, aren't I?
So it's basically a patent for the offspring of an iPod nano and an electronic tag so beloved of our judicial system?
Oh and "a "printed circuit substrate" (mysterious!)" is probably patentese for "interconnection wiring".
Per Ardua Ad Arbor
See, even in simulations some things are inescapable and universal truths, or at least universal trees...
Re: Storage cost
@HMB - and I bet you didn't expect to be able to get that sort of capacity in something the size of a fag packet...
It still strikes me as mad that today I have more storage capacity on my keyring than the whole department had back in my university PhD days...
Come on, we really need a Reg-standard unit for such storage capacities?
How about measuring them by the number of copies of Paris' (or your personal favourite indiscrete z-list celeb) home movie or torrented box set of Game of Thrones it can store?
Re: "No if only I could use that just once in our call logging system!"
You mean you've never used the reply of "sorry, you've mistaken me for someone who gives a fuck?"
Only if we have a Bulgarian Playmonaut(ess)
Re: How about....
Or given certain balloon propensities, more like
Per Ardua Ad Arbor
("through adversity to the tree")
Re: Not a customised Start screen
So it's basically like the existing WP "Kid's Corner" *, except locked down even more, so they obviously think minions and drones are less capable of organising things (or more capable of disorganising them) than kids?
* Their positioning of the apostrophe rather than mine, as for me it is incorrect but YMMV
so the best fanbois with see-through mobes can hope for is a glimpse of
a processor or motherboard glue
Re: Also perfect for the offfice environment
I think most bosses do need them on a fairly regular basis - mine certainly have a bad habit of throwing their toys out of the pram at the slightest opportunity (usually about inconsequential things when most of the bigger storms are their fault anyway and so get glossed over).
Such an alarm to know when their temperature is up and/or they're wandering away from their safe cubbie-hole would be most welcome.
Re: I should think that would be the Ti-D-Bowl man
Or some 70's bio-horror based in the Netherlands perhaps ;)
Re: It is no different that following people around with Video Cameras
This brings to mind a favourite low-cut T-Shirt that a well-endowed female friend likes to wear. It has a square of very small text somewhere just below the neckline in the cleavage area saying:
"Stop staring at my tits"
Quite - in my experience people like those referred to in the article would have trouble recognising themselves in a mirror, let alone in an anonymised tale.
Re: Ahh, bless 'em
So at least we now know what became of all those bloody irritating Tamagotchi things from a couple of decades back...
Re: The internet of fridges
Hang on, Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg were supposed to be satirists, not visionaries.
Somewhere in heaven they'll be having a good laugh at all this nonsense methinks...
Re: Electronic Nose
You'd probably find if you opened the door it would walk/crawl/ooze out quite happily on its own and go lurk in a dark corner and scare the spiders...
I wonder if it's coincidence that the BBC website today had quite a fun article on Heath Robinson (the UK equivalent of Rube Goldberg, for our colonial cousins)?
If there was ever a modern-day equivalent of one of his contraptions, the IoT Fridge is certainly a prime candidate...
Re: Devil's advocate says...
Judging by the interior of our fridge after Herself has emptied our local Tescos, having weighing shelves wouldn't work. It tends to get so much stuff in there, often stacked up, that it looks like a chilled but edible variant of Tetris.
Plus if you can only put stuff on allocated spaces inside the thing, then it'll also need standardisation of packaging shapes/materials (for uniform weight from brand to brand) which is a whole other ballgame.
There is of course the slightly easier options of a "to buy" list stuck on the door of the thing that gets filled in as things are used up (or getting close to being used up) which then becomes part of the shopping list, or of course just looking in the damn thing and quickly inventorying it before going shopping.
But of course neither of them are innovative, sexy or high-tech (unless you stick a tablet onto the door to act as the list), they just quietly work (most of the time)...
Re: What's a hood?
@MJI - be careful, you'll get strung-up for letting out secrets like that ;-)
Re: Attention getter
Looks like something out of the Disneyworld electric parade...
Re: Actually, this may have a use.
It could be a good use for the device/concept, but it doesn't need an internet connection to do that does it? OK so you may need to plug it into a PC initially to set it up (so it knows what to try and detect), but aside from that no further need for talking to anyone except whoever is holding it.
OK there may be an argument for an alert system too, but that's probably overkill (no pun intended). Isn't the only person who really needs to know the one who's actually holding the thing, as it's them that would be affected (presuming we don't go mug-sharing).
Re: Are you..
I thought the sprog possessed a rather scary resemblance to Saville himself, which would probably also mean that various incarnations of Dr Who around that time may also have had some explaining to do...
Re: All rejoice!
And on the day of BofH outpourings too - we are doubly blessed...
What is it about Star Wars and doors?
Not only too fast but also not high enough, leading to the infamous stormtrooper headbanger.
Probably explains all the armour when inside their own space-station (or is it a small moon?). I'm sure the Emporer's evil elf n safety minions would be right on it too...
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