666 posts • joined Friday 25th July 2008 07:33 GMT
Re: There's another reason for unusual......
Reminds me of a story I heard once about a Mr & Mrs Peacock who had a lovely baby boy whom they named Drew. It was only a little while later when they did a Google search for his name and it gave one of its "did you mean..." suggestions that they apparently facepalmed.
Re: This is a piffle
So with all the Kings, Princes and Princesses (not to mention the current events over there), does it indicate that they might be regretting the revolution and want to go back to being a monarchy?
Re: Let's think of the kids
And of course in many cases going through life (or at least until you're old enough to deed-poll the thing away) with a name that suggests your parents were either dyslexic or just crap at spelling.
That's Ryanair - iirc easyJet will quite happily check you in at the airport (or one of their machines will, at various airports around Europe like Geneva). At least I don't recall ever getting charged for that priviledge (I fly with them about 4x a month).
Indeed when things go tits-up, from experience they out-perform BA by a long way. Had 3 times when things seriously went wrong (and 2 of those were beyond easyJet's control, things like air traffic control in Munich going down) and flights cancelled or punted until the following day. In all cases put up overnight in quite decent hotels and got back to the UK on the next available flight (in all cases the next day).
In contrast to BA, who once just left everyone in the airport to fend for themselves, and in another case routed a 3/4 full plane from somewhere else to "pick us up", which would have worked except we were also about 3/4 of a plane-load, and so most people got bumped and dumped anyway...
Re: Driver mode
But flight mode ain't just for use on airplanes...
It could be worse - you could end up having Greensleeves played at you even before you've been connected, told your call is important to them and then put on hold (with Greensleeves continuing on for your "enjoyment", if such aural torture can be called that).
Re: But... but...
Or it could just be to balance the Windows habit of trying to make you rename a file/folder if you try and double-click open it but are a fraction too slow?
And some things never change. I took a Kia out for a test drive a couple of years ago, and at the beginning of it the saledroid said "if you indicate with the wipers more than 3 times, you have to buy the car". I thought he was joking, but turns out the design idiots had swapped the position of the indicator and wiper stalks compared to every other car in creation (with the possible exception of Dabbsy's Citroen).
Shame as the car itself wasn't bad, but it was just niggling enough that I'd not consider buying one.
And does it include any that got modified into skateboards or other useful devices?
Re: Waitrose FTW
Our local Tesco has just introduced this, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. Not used it yet, but have done when away in France and it worked quite well (at least once I'd translated the blurb on the display so i could work it right).
Given how much the shop often comes to (in # of items and in total outlay) it could be a very good thing unless it ends up needing to be done twice. Quite how the coupons etc will work for it may be interesting though (given their normal tills seem to spit back about 20% of the valid ones anyway and need to be "forced" by the cashier or supervisor).
You'll probably find they weren't 26 schoolkids, they were 26 ex-employees who have lost their part-time jobs to the damn things and are now reduced to hanging around them and gloating at their failure.
Re: Register Red of course!
Luminous yellow and green stripes, so you can easily find the thing again when it lands (to cover all attractants like trees, rocks, pylons etc - at least one colour should stand out). Plus you can send the minion for a tin of striped paint and enjoy the attempt).
Or failing that just a nice silver with flaming red decals to make it look like a real re-entry?
Re: I don't usually descend to obscenity...
Having driven quite regularly on the German autobahns on business, I must admit even there it's usually (at least 50% of the time) an Audi (or more usually a remaining fraction of one) that causes the long tailbacks when they lose it and end up in pieces across the carriageway or verge. Less so the BMW's, and only occasionally Mercs these days.
Anyway perhaps we should implement a simple mass general-public solution that the first response to one of these trying to park in your boot with lights-a-flashing is just to slow down by 5-10mph or so and be equally bloody-minded about it?
Re: That last sentence says it all.
My thoughts exactly, although of course they also want the same looks, feel and operation across the whole eco-system from PCs to phones via tablets, consoles and whatever else they can put a Windows logo onto.
But of course whilst RIM/Blackberry are well known for security etc, the same cant be said for Microsoft more generally. Hence they'd either have to throw out their much vaunted cross-platform equality (which in the real world may not be such a bad thing, but that's just what reality seems to be showing) or bite the bullet on Windows security. And neither of those are going to happen without a major shift in policy.
Re: quick sale, quick review
Amazon's DRM gets in the way there. I use Calibre, and know of a few plug-ins for it that are supposed to "assist" with getting round the DRM to convert protected books, but I've never found one that actually does. I would agree though that aside from that slightly dodgy issue it's a superb bit of software for the job.
It may just be me doing something wrong there or my Google-Fu failing at last, but that's the mileage I got. Anyway rooting the Nook was easy and painless, and with the Amazon app you get all the synching and cross-device updating to any other Kindle hardware or software installs (like I have on my PC too, plus the wife's Kindle) as well (whether this is good or not I leave to your individual judgement).
Re: quick sale, quick review
To fill in the blank - after rooting and adding Kindle app the Nook synch's fine with Amazon (it appears on the "deliver to:" list on the Amazon website as "<account name>'s Android").
The only slight glitch is the hardware fwd/back buttons don't work with the Kindle App (at least the version I side-loaded, which I think is the current one). That said the touchscreen swipe works fine for page turning etc, so it's a fairly minor issue. Maybe a different APK available, but not had time to go hunting around (and not sure it's worth the effort anyway).
Re: Presumably, "GDR" here stands for
Groundhog Day Rerun?
I don't think it's got any kind of audio support in it (hardware-wise, no speaker or 'phones port). At least my £29 simple touch hasn't, and I don't think the Glowlight has either. Presumably there'd be too much cost and/or redesign hassle to add them in to make the additional capability worthwhile.
But like the others above, have to say very chuffed with my Nook, alongside my netbook and Nexus 7. Easily rooted and added a couple of other reader apps, so it can now happily support almost all formats (especially when paired with Calibre on the PC). Does everything it needs to, and in the worst case scenario it's almost at a disposable price. The extra £20 makes the Glowlight a little less so, but it's still cracking value.
Campaign for real English words...
Are things getting so bad that they have to make up stupid buzzwords now to try and shift them or to excuse how awfully they are doing? Or is it some kind of scoring system - crap products attracting them like flies?
So Microsoft's solution to the confusion people were having between the "Surface RT" and the "Surface Pro" is to call the updated RT one the "Surface 2"? Somehow that makes things clearer?
I love the way they already had the signs printed and waiting
Indeed, plus the way they say they're sold out "today" when their next shipment will be in October (according to the article anyway).
And the scientists claim they managed to photograph one of the extraterrestrial blighters from a balloon.
OK, so who's going to talk to our intrepid Playmonaut about his covert second job?
App of the Day
The exception could also be people who use the various "app of the day" promotion apps or features (like the one in the Amazon Appstore). Can sometimes throw up stuff which is unknown but potentially useful or diverting (along with a lot of dross, irrelevant stuff and replica games too).
I've discovered a few apps that way, plus had a few free upgrades of apps I already used to the "pro" version (or a version that's essentially pro, or at least more fully featured or ad-less) so I'd say in my case I'm more 1-2 apps downloaded per week than 3-4 per year.
Click and drag
It is missing, or rather it's replaced by the highlight with movable tabs (clicking on the word to copy for a second bringing up the endstop tabs which can then be dragged to cover the text block you want to highlight for copy or whatever). It's different, but it's no less usable, and can be a little more accurate sometimes depending on the size of block you want to deal with and how good your rodent skills are.
Indeed I was a little surprised at how much is supported. With a quick test on my Nexus 7 with a MS Intellimouse, it supported the thumb and pinky buttons too (thumb button for page back for example) and also the wheel-driven scrolling. Yes no right-click menu, but as the previous comment said that's down to design.
Plus pair the device with a keyboard (bluetooth or USB - full-sized or a keyboard cover as you see fit) and you're good to go for any kind of text input.
Also is the appearance of this article on the very day that Google throw Quickoffice into the ring a co-incidence or karmic timing (or editorial balance that other apps may exist, although if so Kingsoft Office may feel left out too) ?
The missing competition
One thing that struck me on my journey to work this morning (must look where I'm going more) is that whilst we've had commentard competitions for naming almost all of the components for LOHAN (and indeed PARIS before it), there's one element that surely deserves a name more than anything - our heroic playmonaut?
Come on, with all the sterling service that he (or indeed she, given many of Hollywood's plastic people are of the lady persuasion) has given in the air, on Spanish mountainsides and of course in the English Channel (RIP Playmonaut Snr) isn't it about time they were given a suitably heroic (or cheesy) name themselves?
Well that's my new word of the day sorted out - thanks :)
Not sure what that Pod thing reminds me of more, an aquarium or an oversized shower. Certainly not somewhere I'd want to have a meeting in either way. We have "normal" meeting rooms with that kind of large glass area in some of our offices, and they're awful to use (a pain to temperature regulate and very high distraction level of people walking past).
The Niche chairs however do look interesting in a more informal but private discussion style, albeit for smaller discussions rather than groups.
An extension of part 2 is when you end up travelling and either at a customer site with little, no or abjectly slow internet access, or at a hotel on the business trip with either that or an exhorbitantly expensive access.
It is indeed only as good as your access to it, and there are times when £100 worth of portable hard drive are worth any number of multi-petabyte cloud repositories.
(From a road warrior whose been there, done that and expanded his daily backed-up hard drive).
Conditions are looking ideal for a flight which doesn't involve either the English Channel or a Spanish mountainside, so wish us luck.
I'd be quite impressed if you managed to ditch in the channel again from all the way down there.
Anyway good fortune m'hearties and here's to raising a tot of grog later to a (hopefully) successful raid. By the way, will the intrepid Cap'n Playmonaut be kitted out in suitable eyepatch and tricorn for the voyage?
Brings to mind the story/quote from the late Alan Whicker about when he flew into the old airport. He confessed to the Captain that for the last few miles of approach and landing he always closed his eyes. To which the Captain replied "as a matter of fact old chap, so do I..."
@Neil - still doesn't stop them looking nice though, even if somewhat artificial :)
But nice effort all round to the whole team (present and absent)
Those are beautiful images, both the near-to-ground ones and especially the altitude ones of the Earth curvature (even at "only" 23,000ft). Looking forward to tomorrow's fun, although if work's p(r)oxy servers act as they did last time it'll be commentard-feed only as the images went as AWOL as a swimming Playmonaut.
Spot the difference?
owns various important bits of UK real estate including the seabed round the British isles - and Regent Street
Given how wet it was last night, I'm surprised they could tell the difference...
Re: NASA spies
And I suppose when you think about it, given quite how much NSA data probably does come from satellite observations and suchlike, it could arguably be getting at the underlying source.
Or is that just the NRO (who maybe the next target, as they sound similar too) and Google Maps (no comparison between big G and the NSA needed)?
Check your firewall!
He'll be after your NAS drives next...
Re: Information Dominance Center
I guess it could have been worse - he could have asked to borrow Cheyenne Mountain or somewhere similar and installed a white fluffy cat, a pool with a few sharks (laser beams under R&D) and an overlarge plot device (spaceship, missile/rocket, weapon of mass destruction of your choice etc).
But then again I guess that's too 20th century perhaps for the modern cyber-era.
Seemingly doesn't apply to the VIPs who arrive at the accidents slightly later though...
There was also an old link to the story you reference (Tabasco getting confiscated at Glasgow Airport), but the link is dead.
Re: And dont try bringing grenadine onboard either!!
Not to mention Pomegranates, especially French ones...
That's a full house on my acronym bingo card...
I was more wondering if this was a more sedate remake/reboot/sequel to Con-Air?
Re: Is anyone keeping track of how many U-turns Microsoft has done?
If they do many more u-turns and about-faces people will begin to wonder if they're giving up on the IT business and are practicing to run for political office...
Re: My first hard drive..
Yup. I still find it quite amazing that today I have more storage capacity about my person (flash drives on keyring and flash/SD in my phone and tablet) than the entire Physics Dept that I studied for my degrees at ~25 years ago had at that time. And I can remember when the first GB hard drive arrived there.
Suddenly I feel so old...
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