147 posts • joined 15 Sep 2008
Thank you, El Reg
I love this show but knew almost nothing about its production. Thanks for actually going out and talking to people and finding out. I shall watch this again tonight.
PS. Sinclair on his electric invalid carriage being overtaken by HP, Dell, Microsoft et al at the end is a scene of pure genius.
PPS. Only criticism for me is the knowing lines in the script, eg.
Hermann Hauser: “We all want to go with the 6502 processor.”
Nick Toop: “Of course. It’s the only choice.”
Roger/Sophie Wilson: “For the moment...”
Being free-to-air doesn't make the advertising-funded ITV a Public Service Broadcaster, shurely?
Prefer Wilf Gasmask Grimshaw, myself.
Whatever happened to the Grumbleweeds?
Re: If a battery fails when there is no-one to see it ...
Now *that's* a fanboy admission if there ever was one, changing the battery in your gimmick record sleeve. That micturates from a mighty height on anyone buying the latest iPhone/'droid every year. Top marks.
Re: Where's the incentive @John Bailey
So pay the man his 90% and damn his eyes. This isn't an investment, it's an advance order by another name.
Re: Review or plug for intel?
What would you like? 'We hooked it up to some LEDs and sensors and it worked.'? I'm sure they did that. 'We hooked it up to something really esoteric 99.9% of you will never use'? I'm sure they didn't do that, an there probably would not be much point if they did.
Re: Those who knew Sinclair avoided QL
> Flattish keyboard
Yet, ironically, that's what we're all typing on these days, whether on laptops or (glances around the office) desktops.
In this sense the QL really was ahead of its time.
Yeah, like the man says, nothing worth watching.
Bet you stand up when they play the music too, you patriotic goon
The official Dragon Data assembler/disassembler cartridge was called Alldream. Dream = DRagon Editor AsseMbler, IIRC
RTFA! It mentions the ZX80 in the previous paragraph.
Re: In short
Been reading El Reg for longer than that, and I don't recall any particular PS3 bashing. More from commentards grumbling about missing Linux support.
Ah, but then you're 'barry shitpeas', aren't you? Wondered when you'd pop up.
Re: "Tax" - really?
iPlayer is free and doesn't require a tax payment if you promise not to watch live streams.
I only pay the licence fee because I have to. If it goes, I'll buy Doctor Who on disc - I do anyway. I've given up on Radio 4 and will only go back if they promise to consult a dictionary and learn what the word 'comedy' actually means.
Re: A solution looking for a problem
Based on the size of Powerline Ethernet adaptors, I'm not sure it would be a good alternative to something like this for IoT applications.
FWIW, Imp seems a good idea spoiled by the proprietary IDE and web server tech - if Electric Imp dies, all that kit will be useless. Still, it's nice having someone to manage the server security for you, so I'd give it a whirl rather than be truly DIY.
Hmmm. Never had a robot that shat on the living room carpet, or yielded belches straight from the devil's rear end. Not sure I want a robot mutt, but a real one you can keep.
Re: Robots of renown
Blimey, this thread is turning into Twikipedia
No, still doesn't work, even under Mavericks and iOS 7 - just tried it.
Does Mac-to-iDevice AirDrop work now? Last time I tried it - pre Mavericks - it didn't.
Dropbox doesn't sync on iOS, it just lists what you have stored in the cloud and provides access to it. So it only pulls down files when you need them. Download speeds aside, it's a good way to get files onto an iDevice. But you're right 32GB should be the baseline.
Re: A send-off just like Darth Vader’s?
The missing 'W' word
849 words of reasonable analysis - BUT not one of them was 'waste'.
Re: Great Nostalgia
A lot of those other machines have been covered - you can find them here:
Even allowing for inflation for the past 35-odd years, I don't think the £56 Scrumpi could ever be described as "scarily expensive".
Re: A Blast from the Past
Nascom? You'll be wanting to take a look at this, then: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/21/unsung_heroes_dr_chris_shelton/
El Reg interviews the bloke who designed it.
Re: Really really basic computers
If we can do real-time voice recognition, we can certainly make compilers that can understand and cope with syntax errors in code and such. The Python interpreter on my Pi still gets regularly baffled by indentation levels.
Re: However ... "Logopolis"
Ah, Bidmead's got a new pseudonym, I see
Re: Worst infographic EVER
If I can figure out what's going on here without a key, I'm sure you can, FH
Re: Ticks a lot of my boxes
It's the BBC's English, actually - or would be if the Corporation hadn't embraced regional accents, moi durr
Re: Mostly true
It's irrelevant whether they're paid less (or more) than a Western living wage. What matters is whether their standard of living, however much they are paid, matches ours (which is pretty good, all told). Chinese folks' desire for consumer goods and their ability to satisfy that desire implies many are not badly off at all, even on wages we consider tiny.
Mind you, that's urban China. It's a very different matter out in China's sticks, of course.
Indeed. I rather not take my phone out at all. Stop me being seen as one of the herd, all wandering about, mobiles in hand on the off-chance it might ring or beep. Smartwatch is a nicely discreet way of picking up incoming email and SMSes.
Re: This article would have been...
You'll be wanting the 'print this article' view, then...
Even more fugly than previous Xboxes and full of extra crap I don't want or need.
More to the point, Destiny, the only game I'm looking forward to playing, will run on my 360 anyway.
I'll pass, I think.
Re: Research fail
No, it's LCD. Described as "e-paper", yes, but not E Ink. I know, I have one in front of me now.
Re: It takes a scammer to see another scammer
I dunno. I like old computers - I love El Reg's line in retro tech - and I have nearly bought various old Speccys, Beebs and such... and then realised I'd have a quick play and never touch them again. If it's games you want, you can do that in emulation, and are really going to sit there and hack out code in Basic? Especially with no internet and all the modern stuff we all take for granted? I think I'd rather code on a Pi, and actually be able to do interesting and possibly useful things.
No she isn't, she got fired earlier this year, according to her own Tweet.
Same here, but I use an old MP3 player I had at the back of a drawer. Don't need an app for this.
Re: Never played it but I got a flashback to "4K computing on passive LCDs" .... urrrrhhh!
Lets start a campaign to BRING BACK LINE NUMBERS
Re: As ever ...
As ever... you haven't noticed that the word 'sales' isn't even used.
May I suggest you try - radical notion, I know - reading through to the end before commenting?
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
Or... er... their Kobo breaks and they want to replace it with a Kindle.
Kindle DRM is at least - cough, cough - easy to remove - cough.
Re: bad example
Yes, stuff still needs to be typed, but none of it's done in rooms full of rows and rows of desks, each with a PC and a lady behind it typing away.
That's what the old typing pool was like. You wanted something typed, it went to the pool and came back when they got to it, not before.
Cute... but not so very different from a thousand and one other mini-towers.
Re: Is there any reason ...?
Eh? You reckon that's the case even though all Macs ship with Python pre-installed and Apple's (good) IDE, Xcode, is a free download? You have to cough up if you want to distribute applications through the App Store, but it's easy enough to distribute through other channels for nowt. Plenty of other options/languages out there too.
Re: SF is not just about "big ideas", it only looks that way...
If Star Wars is the "penultimate science fiction" movie, what's the ultimate science fiction movie?
Please next time ask a bit more sentient fan to write this stuff, someone whose knows what words mean :-)
Re: Name Change
Or vaguely like Swiss confectionery?
Re: Consumer Credit Act 1974
PayPal and Google don't (yet) need to be. It's the card they're acting as a proxy for that's covered by the Act, leaving you with the opportunity to sue the card issuer - or, better, get them to sort it all out - if neither the seller nor PayPal/Google can address your complaint.
Location, location, location.
I mostly read in my local, which is not known for its bright lighting (thank god), so a backlit screen is essential. Nexus 7s and pints of ale all round.
PS. Bought Nexus before Amazon Paperwhite came out. No desire to swap.
Re: Don't have a Tv Licence... Love Netflix
>> anonymous because I dont want the TV licence people thinking I watch broadcast tv.
Ahem. Still supposed to have one, but I won't tell.
Damn right - mine's going into a deposit on a house. I have any left, THEN I'll decide whether I buy a TV to put in it (probably not given the current broadcast output).
Yeah, but Bluetooth 1.0 and 2.0 will do that. So what's 4.0 got to do with keyboards and such?
Re: Tablets v e-readers
There is. A lot of 7in tablet owners I know - and me too - use one pretty much solely for reading.
Can't remote-wipe a tree-book unless they burn down your house. But at least with an e-book you don't have to insure your library in case of fire - if you e-reader goes up in smoke, by a new one and just re-download.
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