745 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Re: I got a new watch for my birthday
A watch used primarily to tell the time?
Come on, you'll be telling us next of a phone used primarily to talk to people who are in another place ;)
So they think a 1.5" touchscreen may be a workable idea?
I wonder precisely how many live tiles they would try to fit into that area? And will it come with a sharpener or file to make the wearer's fingers pointed enough to be able to tap them? It's bad enough on an 7" screen sometimes unless you partake of a stylus or similar prodder.
Re: Clue up
Problem is Microsoft made such a song and dance about cross-platform compatibility of the different flavours of Win8 across desktops, laptops/notebooks/ultrabooks, tablets and phones etc, but forgot to (or in any case didn't) explicitly, specifically and loudly exclude Win8RT from that.
Apple have always distinctly kept OSX and iOS separate, ditto Google for Android and Linux. This may be changing in the future as things converge and devices get more powerful (and possibly someone figures out the good way to univerally get user input on smaller devices), but for the moment the only platform that has the indistinct separation is Windows.
Had MS called Win8RT something more distinct (and made it a more stand-alone item) then things may be less muddled and Joe and Jane Public could make a more clear choice.
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has just about recovered from the celebrations in the pub after last Saturday's successful test flight of the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board
You missed a few words out? But certainly well earned success, and celebrations. A pint to you each and all, and especially our intrepid Playmonaut jr.
And stratodangle now has to enter the English language, or at least the project management language for when important projects which have risen to visibility at high altitudes in the management tree suddenly look to be going pear-shaped. Unfortunately I think it may apply to one I'm currently working on :(
OK, so the test looked good, and LOHAN/SPEARS is on the money to do great things on proper launch day?
So what next, the el Reg cubesat project? An airplane launched into "deep space"?
If so, baggsy calling it ELTON ;)
I was wondering something similar, given the size of dishes etc that probes which have gone before seem to need, plus the apparatus and thrusters needed to align it back toward mother Earth to send a signal back.
But then again I suppose it could be a proof-of-concept test bed for the plasma engine etc, but I thought that was basically proven technology at this point anyway?
Or is this a solution looking for a problem again, or just something to use up NASA funding, with the definition of "deep space" being slightly beyond Earth's magnetosphere (or any distance further than you could get out and walk home).
Re: If a horse was that lame...
It's more camel than horse, at least in design ethic.
Re: Art? ART?
Just what I was going to reference, so have an upvote instead. His machines have a very natural aesthetic grace, whilst this thing looks like an oversized baby crib made by Tonka.
I wonder if it was designed by committee, in the camel sense?
Or possibly "Ulla", before aiming their heat ray back towards the source.
And there's me off on a business trip to southern climes for this and next week, and wondering how to fill my time over the weekend. Based on how much fun it was last time (at least until the Playmonaut went swimming and the watching masses ended up with a frozen pic of the yacht club when the relaying phone was taken away from the camera) that's Saturday filled up nicely :)
Best of British luck chaps (and associated plastic figurines) and here's to rushing around Southern England like loons. Mine'll be the Sicilian pint raised beside the pool whilst watching via aforementioned Interweb.
Re: A great writer
Indeed, although given it's science and space it should probably be called IainMBanks?
Re: I have a 7 button mouse...
Personally I still like the Microsoft Intellimice - 4 button plus trackwheel, and with the correct driver software the button actions are configurable on a per-application basis. The two side buttons (fairly naturally within easy reach of your thumb and little finger when the mouse is held) I find quite useful in general work. For example my thumb button is set up under IE (all we have at work) for back and under Outlook (ditto) it's new mail.
When I go home or on-site and have to use standard 2-button + wheel mice I often end up trying to click on a button that isn't there and generally having my workflow disrupted.
Carry on Computing?
Is there any point?
They probably already know what our side are going to say anyway...
Re: Where's the magazine rack
You know what? A pot plant would really spruce that place up a bit.
Doesn't that result in you getting banned from the place though, from recent events?
Re: Always be suspicious...
NSA - no shed alert?
I'd still love to see the SPB's boffinry shed decloaked for us all to see in its radiant tech-geek glory.
We've had the boat, so perhaps next year the plane/rocket version (or would a rocketry shed generally just be roof'd with sky, at least once the smoke has cleared?).
I'm sure there's a lot more ingredients in the melting pot than that, courtesy of our now-faded colonial and imperial past. Definitely inputs from the Indian sub-continent and all the countries thereabouts.
Still it could be worse, it could be Esperanto.
Proof of the pervasive nature of the English language comes with the news that "shitstorm" has been named Germany's "Anglicism of the Year".
Or is proof simply that they have a "contest" (for want of a better way of putting it) on the subject?
That said they still have a long way to go to catch up with the French on the subject (especially their dislike of it).
And also there's a certain irony that whilst they are complaining about the Anglicism (Anglicanisation?) of their languages, our own is being overcome by Americanisms, text-speak (or whatever the trendy name for it is) and other lingo jingo.
Maybe they should just cut out the middle-man and call it Americanism of the German language?
Re: Can you show me where the baked beans are?
Many beans, one can ;)
Hmm, that sounded more like Yoda
Based on the standard performance of their trolleys, can we also assume that it will always tend to steer somewhat to the left when trying to move forwards?
Re: Can you show me where the baked beans are?
All your beans are belong to us
These are not the beans you're looking for...
Re: Is it hoodie proof?
Forget that - I wonder if it can deal with:
* The hassles mums trying to shop with a hoard of whining kids.
* The shoppers who merrily abandon their trollies in the middle of the aisles in everyones way whilst they wander off to select the items they want from the other end of the row.
* The cages of new stock left by staff in the busiest of the aisles just to get in everyones way.
* The business type who just popped in for a few things, but hasn't the time to wrench the mobile away from his ear and so is trying to pick things off the shelf with the same hand that's holding their overflowing basket.
If it can please let me know the secret, 'cos I'm damn sure I can't deal with them most days.
Re: completely black slides made by photographing dark bits of sky.
It depends if they were taken before or after the repair mission, which was actually where the astronaut went back to take the lens-cap off ;)
Cut out the middle woman?
Once Campo del Cielo has had its run in front of an amazed public in Margate, Paterson plans to have it - or part of it - shot into space courtesy of the ESA. The space agency says it is seriously considering sending some or all of the melted meteorite lump up on on the next Automated Transfer Vehicle supply podule, Georges Lemaître, due to head up to the International Space Station in 2014.
Can't we just cut out the middle (wo)man and just send her instead?
The ATV is the one that at the end gets filled up with rubbish and then burns up the atmosphere isn't it? Would be more fitting.
Re: Large. Stupid.
*Maybe that was a different "Falco". Not really sure.
One would hope so, the Austrian musical one died in a car crash in 1998.
Then again given what happened to Bebo after the AOL purchase maybe the mix-up is understandable.
Makes it sound like a website for voyeurs...
(Or possibly govt/American agencies)
Nominet, however, is keen to bring in a new second level domains policy to "keep the namespace competitive alongside the introduction of over 1,000 new top level domains from 2014."
Or to put it another way:
Nominet, however, is keen to bring in a new second level domains policy to make sure that they get their cut from all the extra domains that companies will then have to buy up to stop cyber-squatting, click-jacking and deliberately placed brand confusion and phishing.
Re: And it's taken how long to notice this?
Sane people work to pay off the mortgage and to eat; earning more than you can possibly ever spend is not a sane goal even if there are a handful of examples of people who have done it.
The trick isn't earning more than you can spend, it's the much more difficult goal of earning more than your spouse and children can spend too...
Re: It's TV
Just stop calling it (and associated crap like Big Brother) "reality" TV. Or at least insert the words "nightmare alternate" in front.
Reality TV should be reserved for shows about real people doing real jobs, in the fly-on-the-wall reporting style, and where they're doing jobs that are at least vaguely interesting. Things like Ice Road Truckers, that Eddie Stobart show on C5 and the few there have been lately on BBC2 about the railways and underground. All quite watchable (if not exactly mentally taxing) but none (or few) of the made-up primadonnas that the TOWIE-style drivel seem to excel at.
But then I guess in this modern-day celebrity-obsessed, look-at-me social media culture, having stuff to watch that maybe needs a bit of an attention span could be too much to ask.
Re: The dog in the nightime
Would anyone else know who he is?
His profile isn't exactly that high.
Re: Not News
You got the wrong book - the one you want is "Spying on Dummies".
"We are no longer in the Cold War."
Should we be worried here that Merkel implies that it would have been acceptable back then? Or did no-one tell her that Germany re-unified?
And of course there'd be no need to bug the UK anyway, as we seem to do as we're told by them and believe everything they tell us. Or at least our lords and masters do.
Re: So wait
And does it work the other way around?
Can we object to dodgy ads being placed beside regular facebook updates too?
How long ago?
Umm, hasn't Skydrive been around for a few years now? Why has it taken Murdoch's mob so long to get their faces out from other peoples voicemail boxes long enough to notice? It's hardly a small and unadvertised service.
This is one of those fights that you don't know who to back though, isn't it.
Re: An idea for the new name
Works for me.
Sounds better than TSFKAS anyway (the storage formerly known as Skydrive) anyway.
Re: Fraud against Mitt Romney?
Quite - after all he could have just said to go ahead and publish 'em, that he'd nothing to hide...
Forget the Death Star, I'm sure that'd be a Kickstarter project that Obama would have pledged a few dollars towards funding.
Re: "There they are, on the first base line," Chitwood said.
All your base are belong to us.
And in this case, you're welcome to them...
Re: Brain bleach required
Or at least just give us the Playmobil version...
Hmm, we need a "Playmobil or it didn't happen" icon here. Then again perhaps it would be better if it hadn't.
Re: ...or words to that EFFECT...
Nah, a frustrated English teacher, which is a whole different Venn diagram ;)
Re: Good article
Indeed. Anything that helps the remarkable work of Flowers et al properly recognised gets a thumbs up from me to.
Re: Terminator *5*??
Why do I keep reading this as Terminal 5?
That said given what a mess Heathrow made of that (as anyone who's flown through it can attest) perhaps it's appropriate after all.
Reboot reboot sequel reboot
How about something new and original like, well, a new and original idea, script and story?
It's all getting tiresome, especially when the original movie was designed as a one-off with a complete story sequence and ending, but is then a surprise hit and so the whole lot gets mangled to get a series out of it (looking at you here PotC). And how the hell can there be Independence Day 2?
And Arnie as a rebooted Terminator? From those photos, it's more a complete overhaul that'd be needed.
Indeed, although then in fairness we'd need one for Opportunity and Spirit as well.
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