239 posts • joined Monday 23rd April 2007 16:13 GMT
Reminds me of another company...
This "handling" of their suppliers.... Are Dell the Tesco of IT?
Re: Seems a bit pointless
I see some "jaggies" on my Nexus 7's much smaller 1920*1080 display, even though my eyesight is past its peak. The main offender is Google Earth and it could probably be addressed via antialiasing, however it could be addressed even better by upping the physical resolution. I bet the average user would benefit from increased text clarity, even though they might not conciously notice the difference. So yes, 4k on a relatively massive 12" tablet makes sense.
Thanks for that. I really enjoyed the Ghost In the Shell tv series a decade ago and I've just watched that offending advert. I don't think I've ever seen anything miss the point so badly before.
Oh, and cheers for the heads-ups about the new GITS...
I just downvoted you for complaining about downvotes.
Re: The Master
I thought portraying The Master as Tony Blair (the whole "Harold Saxon" thing) was quite inspired.
(Certainly better than the "General Belgrano" allusion in one of the Christmas specials.)
Re: “self-healing” bottom
The spice isn't the problem, the squid-and-spring-onion pancakes can be though.
If your employer considers you a resource...
... then they can't reasonably demand you don't.
X hours per week, Y days notice when resigning, and don't do anything to the IT that they can come after you for.
Re: Cockroaches have a long and proud history...
This isn't scientific experimentation though. At best it's a demonstration of a biological process but that seems pretty tenuous to me. It looks like an attempted commercialisation of some of the experiments towards insect-based surveillance that were reported a few years back, but really it's a new expensive way of being a dick with a smartphone.
Who is going to perform the operation?
A kid? Probably not given the need for some money, a smart phone, a steady hand and a concentration span.
A teacher? I doubt this would pass muster from an ethics perspective for school teaching in the UK.
An adult outside of the teaching system? Well anyone who might be interested in this is probably already slow-poisoning their family and neighbours.
Perhaps some researchers somewhere would benefit from this ready-made kit?
"I don't think the rest of us should have to Google words..."
Yeah, save us from ever having to learn anything..
"Also Jesus Christ was an Allien"
This is a common misunderstanding arising from a fifteenth century mistranslation. Jesus Christ was actually Alan.
For pity's sake, don't buy a phone on HP
Well done to Ofcom for this action, but IMPO entering into a two year phone contract is a pretty silly thing to do anyway - anyone who falls for the free-smartphone-on-the-fifty-quid-a-month-deal shouldn't be allowed out on their own.
I've use a thirty day rolling deal for a while now and every six months or so the service provider phones me up and tries to trick me into entering into a longer term contract. I don't mind these nuisance calls because they correlate with the deals on offer being rejigged, so I know it's time to check their website then call them back and ask to be moved to the new better deal.
Of course I'll look pretty silly when we enter a hyperinflation phase.
Do you see what Oracle is doing?
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Re: Slipped place
I make a 450mm diameter circle to be ((0.45m/2)^2)*3.141 = about 0.16 square metres in area.
A nano-Rhode island is, going from wikipedia, 3.14 square metres.
A wafer is therefore 0.16/3.14 = about 0.05 nano-Rhode Islands, or 50 pico-Rhode-Islands.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
"Exactly. And you could add a few thousand bogus watermarks for kicks"
Now somebody's suggested that I expect the watermark itself will be cryptographically secured...
... oh, and the technology licence to secure it will put another $5 on the cost of everyone's player.
Will there still be anonymously purchasable and playable physical 4K media as at present, or will everything be delivered online to named subscribers / UV account holders?
Re: We do what we must, because we can.
For the good of all of us (except the ones who are dead).
Re: How much an Ultrabook costs?
" If you're so sure about it's failure, what do you have to worry about?"
We're not worried. We're laughing.
I would have a lot more respect for Tesco today if they had called this thing the Tesco Value Tablet.
The technology needs to be demonstrated on a shed first.
Re: Simple solution
The massive plane will probably need JATO to get off the ground.
"YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A CAR..."
Finest and most deserved parody ever.
Re: Natural Selection vs. Evolution
"There is a downside to all this choice; some of us choose not to breed."
That's a self-limiting problem (if it's even a problem at all).
Re: How long til the "deep fried mars bar" build?
It will the one after the "Curly Wurly" release.
“Stephen will go from external [candidate] to internal”
Did Elop ever actually leave?
I remember seeing a big plasma widescreen for the first time back in the mid nineties. I think the asking price was about six thousand pounds, so these new-technology screens are nominally a comparable price, but taking inflation into account much cheaper. I won't be remotely surprised if they are available for a few hundred quid ten or fifteen years from now.
Re: After getting rid of curved TVs they reappear
Not at all, the screens are simply becoming more concave with time. Give it another couple of decades and we'll all have a cylindrical screen to sit inside (and shoot pretend bad guys from).
I was treated to a very quick go in a 360 degree Immersive Combat Environment chamber a while back - it was cool, very holodeck.
Re: You know what the data is don't you
Given the NSA's resources 400,000 CPU hours is probably under a minute in real time.
But what about...
Never mind the tarnished brand name, wouldn't this be "passing off"? As I understand it the guy has tried and failed to gain control of whatever's left of Comet-the-electrical-retailers but intends to use the Comet name anyway.
(The wiki "passing off" page refers to goodwill, so this might not apply in Comet's case.)
Re: The killer feature would be x86 emulation@ Byz
That's the entirety of the Reg readship isn't it?
Re: What's a phone book?
It's something Geoff Capes used to tear in two back in the eighties. Their IT uses are (1) an obscure measure of data quantity (2) adhoc monitor stands.
Can anyone work out the traditional "Micro Live" metric : how many phone books could be stored on one of these disks?
Could be worse
It's Samsung, we're lucky this app didn't come preloaded.
I once tried to retrieve another beer from the far side of the room using the gravity gun - before remembering that I don't have a gravity gun and my name isn't Gordon Freeman.
That list of retired things reminded me of the scene in "Life's Too Short" where Keith Chegwin, Les Dennis and Barry from Eastenders are sitting around discussing the best way to commit suicide.
Do the math
Give each terminator film to date a score.
Plot these scores against the films' release dates.
Extrapolate the curve to the predicted release date for the next one.
Doesn't look promising, does it?
Re: Terminal 5
A T2 spin-off novel ("Infiltrator" IIRC) does indeed feature a terminator going through airport security, with all the fallout that implies...
"...that this app won't show"
Assuming the app isn't hiding anything the makers could always open-source it.
@ " I am amazed that there are people so lazy..."
I know someone who is in his fifties and runs his own business successfully (and therefore presumably isn't a total fool). He exists almost exclusively on low-preparation processed crud: crisps, value brand pasties and nasty microwave meals. He is hugely averse to cooking. I was present the first time he chopped up an onion a couple of years ago and last week he successfully cooked some rice under my instruction, but it's unlikely he'll ever get into the cooking habit and I could see him downing gloop instead and paying handsomely for the "convenience".
Yes, it's pathetic, hence the icon.
"Hmm, maybe the blocking could be turned on if the household regularly watches teletubbies through iPlayer?"
Why should undergraduates be blocked from viewing porn?
Re: Pull the plug
I wouldn't take any notice of that, it's a rare year indeed when nobody threatens to resurrect Blake's 7.
And the garments cost less.
Re: Very easily
For what it's worth my card doesn't have a blatant hole, it's a barely-visible nick. Besides, the vendor doesn't handle the card for Chip & Pin payments.
I nobbled the contactless elements in my credit cards using a craft knife a few months back. Chip and PIN payments were not affected. The NFC-capable phone came in handy to confirm an element was present and to confirm afterwards that it was dead.
Based on my playing with them I'd say the Pi is broadly comparable to a mid-to-late nineties workstation. That makes this perspex box-of-stuff surprisingly similar to the lab-full of Sun sparcs we used for distributed computing experiments back in college.
Are they still going?
Re: Oh puhleeze.
"you need to be very, very good to be able to rely on a single bullet alone"
This design is an early version. Who's to say future designs won't incorporate a magazine?
(Okay, having the gun survive multiple shots will be a challenge.)
Going on recent form...
... the new console will be called the "XBox London Underground" at launch. Untold millions of dollars will be spent building brand awareness and generally pumelling the name into the heads of teenagers everywhere.
Shortly before actual shipping the name will change to "XBox splendid" and Microsoft will claim "London Underground" was only ever a development codename.
This is great, it reminds me of when I was 12.
I quite like the idea...
... that somewhere in Wisconsin or Arkansas or wherever a server is holding a painstakingly indexed collection of twenty-odd recordings of me saying "Merry Hill Shopping Centre" from last weekend.
(In the end I gave up and kept driving to West Quay in Southampton.)
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