745 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Re: "there was no spam"
I had the sobering thought the other day that I have more storage capacity on my keyring (and separately in both my phone and tablet) today than there was in the whole college where I did my Comp-Sci A-Level.
Advancement in just over a couple of decades. But then I'm a middle-aged dinosaur who can remember the world prior to the Internet...
Also a lover of the old SR-71, from an aesthetic but also an engineering viewpoint.
It's the little things, like the story I heard once from one of their pilots at an airshow that they tended to leak fuel when on the ground due to the requirements of tolerance to allow for thermal expansion when they were going supersonic.
A trait (the expansion, not the leakage) it shared with that other supersonic icon, Concorde.
Caveat alienus too?
Or perhaps caveat peregrínus (depending if you believe the Choccie Factory or the rest of the 'net).
Having been reading Science of Discworld IV last night, my very thoughts on reading the article.
So have an upvote, and a Friday beer...
Addictive stuff isn't it?
Lego that is...
They expect a customs barrier?
They make it sound like they're expecting the craft to come across a big fence with a border crossing checkpoint on it, with a little green man in a flying saucer waiting to check its passport. Plus probably a big sign saying "the Universe welcomes careful fliers" or something.
And by extension Cumbria now extends at least to the south coast.
From a quick poll around here, no-one knew who the guy was or had even heard of him. At least two people thought he was a book publisher...
If they Americanise it too much, at best it'll end up being along the same lines as Firefly. Which was of course excellent, but also sadly was binned despite its decent cast and crew. OK so it spawned the Serenity film as well to close things off, but it still didn't last long overall.
It's arguably not sanitised and feel-good enough to make it past a season or so in the current market.
Re: R4Extra - Blake's 7: The Early Years
@Elmer Phud (and other Jacqueline Pearce fans) - may I recommend the film "White Mischief"?
@Tom260 - that was my thought as well, although I'd also add the Dutch to the list too as they usually (at least the several Dutch colleagues I have, and most of the populous I met whilst working over there) speak at least English, French and German fluently and in many cases a few other languages besides.
Make up for the disappointment?
...but those who preordered the console will get a free game to make up for the disappointment
So they'll be less disappointed at not having the console by being given a shiny new game that they can't play because they haven't got the console?
Can anyone think of anything Microsoft have actually done right recently?
Re: Not if, but when.
After all, it's long been clear that Governments don't like competition.
Oh I dunno, given how some of the various semi-overlapping departments seem to interact, they seem to love internal competition and bickering.
Maybe it's more the IRS and similar agencies don't like the thought of not being able to skim off their percentage in tax to throw into the debt hole?
Re: Arirang advertising
My thoughts exactly, but as you've already aired them have an upvote instead.
Well done that man...
handset as possessing the following features:
•”An application program in Korean style which provides the best convenience to the users while strictly guaranteeing security”
•”Convenient for its user when that part of the phone is sensitive”
•”Their camera function has high pixels”
In other words, it can automagically censor you, monitor you and spy on you when you use it...
Re: Monitors data from user’s movement through the accelerometer?
I was more wondering how they were holding it at all, or indeed where it had been shoved to be hands-free still.
Pass the brain bleach please...
Re: never understood those shareholder lawsuits
Almost makes it sound like a Ponzi scheme...
Re: Investors fault?
So it's basically greed and $ signs flashing before the eyes versus Caveat Emptor and "the value of stocks may go down as well as up" and similar quotes that always get brought out in such cases?
As noted above, due diligence and a little market research would have done wonders here, rather than just rushing headlong into throwing dollars around.
Isn't it more simply that the frequency of new products should be inversely proportional to how far ahead of the pack those products and their features put you (ie how many years it takes the rest to catch up)?
Revolutions are by definition larger steps down the road than evolutions are.
Suddenly all the renovation and restoration work at Bletchley Park makes sense... :)
Re: I can see multiple packages of the XBox One available
You forgot one:
Professional (most expensive) edition - doesn't include either a Surface RT or a Kinect
Why hack when the NSA and Microsoft can supply it as a built-in and pre-installed feature?
Re: "You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings,"
Or the best selling XBox One accessory would possibly end up being a little bit of cloth to elegantly drape over the Kinect camera when you're not actively using it?
No sh*t Sherlock...
"The console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in, although you won't be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor".
And the award for stating the bleedin' obvious goes to...
They'll be telling us next that we can't play games on it when it's not plugged in at the mains.
Re: might pause and think again.
It's quite sad how responsibility for (and consequences of) your own actions seems to be an alien concept in modern times...
Re: WTF has sport got to do with bandwidth?
Both it and Spotify are good ways to break the data limit cap so that they can charge you more or push you to buy the higher limit package at extra cost...
Personally I'd wonder about heat generation and dissipation, especially if they are talking 3D stacking.
Nice one :)
Is there nothing Lego cannot do or replicate? Except Playmobil reconstructions of course...
Nice one, great homage to a truly great bit of original kit, and an inspirational engineer.
Have a beer, as there's no mug of tea icon...
Re: Route Optimiser?
Have they started doing those again (the meatballs that is)? I recall they were taken off-sale when horse was found in some in one of the Continental stores (forget where offhand).
Must admit they were one of the main reasons for going to Ikea in the past.
3D movable instructions next?
Now if they could expand it to give you better (3D zoomable and rotate-able and possibly animated) instructions on how to build the things it would be useful. Whilst some of their stickman instructions are OK, others seem to require defiance of a few laws of physics to get the item together.
Or would there be too much risk of your phone/tablet ending up being used as an impromptu hammer?
Re: Am I missing something?
Personally I'm still trying to work out how 8 x 240GB = 2TB?
There's either some serious rounding error involved, or someone is screwing us out of 100GB or so (even before other losses due to formatting and block sizes etc).
Re: Now I can get the BBC* again
Crucial memories there Winston, crucial :)
Did Anyone Bother?
Inside or outside?
Ah but then there's the case where you open a few tabs at once (for example when looking at a site like el Reg or similar news places, a tab per story of interest) only to have one or more auto-play video/audio files and it's then a race to hunt down exactly which one is doing it.
Made even more fun when multiple tabs decide to play ball, and you get a complete audio-mess coming out.
May just be the reason when at my desk the Lync headphones are generally always plugged into audio out and mic (and fairly often being used to stream 'net radio to drown out the office noise), and when travelling the laptop is usually on mute by default...
Can someone please tell CNN Europe? They were on about it all morning today - was almost a relief to turn it off and come to work (on a foreign business trip, so about the only English language TV is CNN and hotel wifi is too crap for streaming either TV or radio).
I like huge boobs..
Except when we elect them to parliament...
Tory MP Claire Perry, who is Cameron's adviser on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood
Shouldn't there be a "prevention of" or other such negation in there somewhere? As read it makes her sound like exactly the kind of person they're trying to protect kids from.
So it's at least in part the "do not track" box ticked by default argument all over again?
Although I guess explaining to the significant other why you don't want to be tracked may be easier than the reasoning for opting out of the smut-filter.
Why not have friendly good daleks for a change? :)
Been there, done that already - serving tea in WW2. At least for a while anyway.
OK it was a ploy, but somehow it just didn't sit right. The better idea was the different and inter-fighting Dalek factions, but even the old version of the show covered that one (Davros' daleks vs the Emporer's daleks) if I remember correctly.
I think the fact that we've had as many "last of their kind" Daleks as Doctor regenerations recently hasn't helped. It was OK as a one-off plot idea, but even in the rebooted series it was reused at least 3 times I think.
It's the Doctor who's supposed to regenerate, not the script plot devices...
Well it could then go for an iTune-up :-)
stating there is a "sociological problem" because "talking to one's car is unacceptable to many".
Although on a cold and/or wet morning when the damn thing won't start, shouting at it (and/or giving it a damn good thrashing with a branch) is perfectly acceptable British behaviour.
Re: What took them so long?
You can also almost image the shocked look on his face when someone tells him that it's actually possible to buy keyboard cases/covers for iPads, in a fairly similar style to that on the Surface...
So there goes another reason to buy a Surface over anything else (given Android has similar cases too, and the damn things are mainly Bluetooth anyway so almost any wireless keyboard will do in practice), and given some of the reports about the quality of the MS covers and their wearing out very quickly they might even be a longer-lasting option for the Surface than the MS wrapper.
Re: 18 Months behind?
And these are presumably Microsoft months, from the same timepiece as the Microsoft seconds and minutes you see when transferring files or downloading stuff. You know, the ones that are 3-10x as long as those on anyone elses watch.
Re: "nobbles DNS lookups" - correction
You have to remember that this is stuff drawn up by politicians for application to adults. Hence whilst it may bamboozle Joe and Jane Public, their kids will of course just side-step it as kids always do in new and imaginative ways.
It sounds more like the internet equivalent of child-proof medicine bottle lids. You know, the ones that only kids are dexterous enough to open...
Re: Cameron's looking pretty stupid on this one. But he wants all Britains to feel like this->
And then no doubt next it will be blocking anything that could be branded as "terrorism" or supporting suchlike, with the usual nebulous and flexible definition of exactly what and who the govt of the time doesn't like (or is told not to like) that should be included.
It's almost a shame we don't have something more up to date than the Magna Carta as a parallel to the American Declaration of Indepdendence to use as a cornerstone and rallying point towards freedoms of speech and the like.
Having said that if it's done by screwing around with DNS, presumably underground (or not so underground, or possibly just overseas) alternate DNS servers may spring up offering a work-around for those who may want it, for legitimate reasons or otherwise.
And more importantly, whilst it gets mentioned in this column occasionally and it won the gold award a while back, unless i missed something you still haven't actually done an article on Elite?
With the ongoing development of E:D it's surely time for it, or are you waiting for that to come out before you compare and contrast?
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