1009 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008
Interesting comments in PhysicsWorld about Biomass being a major source of aerosols. If the rest of the theory proves sound then it looks quite bad for a lot of "carbon-neutral" energy schemes.
Although it doesn't really need another study and more pointless arguing from both sides of the APGW debate. Whatever your beliefs, pumping crap into the atmosphere isn't a good thing.
Re: I don't get i
Me neither. Thought the Tim Vine one was funny though I preferred his;
I was at my boss's house having dinner when his wife asked me how many potatoes I would like. "Just the one, thanks". "You don't need to be polite" she replied. "Okay, just the one thanks you ugly cow".
Okay, so which is the most powerful? The big tractor thingy that tows (towed) the shuttle to the launch pad or a Bugatti Veyron? The Veyron is the fastest but it isn't the most powerful by a long shot. I'm just pointing out there is more to power than simply being the fastest.
I'm not sure Motorola were actually in the wrong here. Why does "most powerful" have to mean "fastest"? Why can't "Most Powerful" mean "capable of more" which, given the various docking options and desktop browser, you could argue DOES apply to the Matrix?
Not that I give a shit either way and, as always with the ASA, the punishment is simply "don't run that advert you stopped running ages ago".
"With WISE, we may even find a brown dwarf closer to us than our closest known star"
What, closer than the Sun?
It's a Blackberry
“beauty, approachability and style at its heart”
Weird. It looks like a Blackberry to me. Nothing wrong with that. Just not something I would ever describe as beautiful or stylish.
You can actually get it over here in Home-brew-kit form from an importer in Norfolk (good link!). Don't have the details to hand but got my Dad the kit 18 months ago for his birthday and he has produced some excellent stuff from it. Still not sure I'd rate it above a decent pint of Bushy's but a good save none the less.
What is the power output of the USB port?
Jesus wept. I got a tablet AND a keyboard/case for £80 off Amazon.
Re: No Brand Loyalty
"Not such a problem for your average el reg reader, who could apply a ROM from the net, a problem however for the average mobile phone user who expects their phone to work, with no AV running, and with updates"
I'm not sure I agree with this. I know half a dozen people who have bought Android phones in the last couple of weeks and none of them would "expect" updates. They wouldn't even know what an update is. Consider how many Windows users get pissed off when they turn their PC on and it takes five minutes to boot up because windows is installing "yet more updates". Yeah, I know, those are "patches" but users don't understand the difference. They buy the phone that is in front of them in the shop. They don't give a damn if it contains v2.3.3 or v2.3.4.
Only we care about shit like that and we're freaks.
Re: Quite Logical
There is also a question of what works. I've been to see new bands/artists and, frankly, I tend to feel disappointed. They only have one or two albums with a couple of hits - the rest is filler or covers. The artists themselves haven't got the background or experience to carry off a live gig. You can easily pay £35-50 to watch a new band going through the motions and they might only be on stage for an hour.
On the other hand, £50-70 can get you good tickets to a major star with 10+ albums, 20+ well known hits, decades of experience, real music talent and a fantastic band playing for 3 hours or more. Much as I like supporting new music I usually come away from such gigs feeling like I've been had. I've never failed to be impressed by the major names - even if I'm not a fan of their music. There is just something about the guys (and gals) who have been making a living playing live for 30-40 years that impresses the hell out of me.
Just as an example, I am NO fan of Elton John but I can assure you seeing him play for 3 hours, just him at a piano, with no band, is an amazing experience. Same goes for seeing Clapton, The Who and others. In straightened times, when money is tight, people want to spend their hard earned on someone they know will deliver.
Re: Double meh
> Is it just me?
> It's just me, isn't it?
Yep. Just you.
An aquaintance of mine got 4 weeks for drink driving - a second offence! Although, when he came out, he admitted it put the shits right up him, he sorted himself out and, six years later, is still on the straight and narrow. But still, 4 weeks for operating a potential killing machine whilst pissed. 6 weeks for a paper plate with foam. Rediculous.
Not quite true
"once again showed...the tactical nous of his McLaren pit crew"
Erm, didn't Jenson state in the post-race interview that his team actually called him into the Pits to Queue behind Lewis and get intermediate tyres when it started raining? It was Jenson's "tactical nous" that made him decide to discretely ignore the team instructions, sail past the pits, into the lead and win the race.
Are they signing up for the Air Miles scheme? You could get quite a few on a return trip to the ISS.
Like many others I have been a huge F1 fan for many years (since the very early eighties). It is one of the highlights of every-other weekend and my kids are both great fans now too. One of my big concerns with this move is the damage it will do to the UKs leadership in F1. Bar Ferrari, all the teams are based in the UK. All the drivers have homes here (albeit domiciled in Monaco for Tax purposes!) and the Universities around Silverstone and Brands Hatch dominate motorsport research across the world.
By removing F1 from the public conciousness there will be few younger people wishing to get into the sport and we will lose another or the increasingly few things we are good at.
As for my interests in F1. That is now at an end. Perhaps, if a significant number of people refuse to watch, they will get the idea but I doubt it. Bernie is only interested in selling the rights for the maximum he can get and UK based sponsorship of teams is virtually zero so I doubt it will bother them as they chase the asian and middle eastern viewers.
Everyone seems to be missing a rather pertinent point here;
The guy stole the identity of ANOTHER member of Lulzsec. So, even if they don't have "the official spokesman" of the group, they still have another member of the group - albeit a junior one.
Obviously this (as with all comments above) works on the basis the story actually has any truth to it.
From the headline I thought I could now get a smartphone contract for the cost of just three prunes.
Re: What would be useful
"If I could use sliding controls on a configurator screen, to adjust the quantities, and the cost adjusted accordingly"
There was a telco (probably virtual) called Cloud9 that were due to launch with exactly that 3 years ago. I remember playing with the sliders and figuring out what I would need. I assume they ran out of funds before they ever launched as I never heard of them after the initial announcements.
Re; Wow multitasking
"Welcome to 2009..."
Ahh, so you read "The History of Smartphones" by St Jobs - the one where smartphones were invented only a couple of years ago and then, in a moment of inspiration, he decided to (sort of) add multi-tasking to them?
2009 my arse. Smartphones have had multitasking for a decade - and that includes Microsoft.
Re: No it doesn't
You can also use iTunes cards - available all over the place (WH Smiths, HMV etc). It does seem a strange point Reg. I'm very far from being a "Yoof" but the ones I know get all their music through iTunes (shudder) and none of them have credit cards.
Re: Minor point on the pie chart..
"it asks "Are you planning to buy one this year" and **all** the answers are variations on "Yes".
The original version of the pie-chart has a little disclaimer at the bottom indicating that they have only used the "Yes" answers. If you go to the source you can see the original chart but the survey was "Of people who want a tablet this year, who will buy what".
Re: Not all the story
"An organisational structure that puts the keys to the cash register in a man's pocket and then turns away is at least as much to blame as the man who fails to withstand the temptation."
If I leave my front door unlocked am I "at least as much to blame" as the burglar that nicks my stuff? For the love of Newton, what kind of a fucked up prick thinks you are as guilty as a criminal for trusting someone who then steals from you? Presumably the same sticking piles of shite who think women are "at least as much to blame" for being raped if they wear a short skirt?
Re: cyberbullying a cyberbullying critic
"my nephew (not quite 2 years old yet) could have thought that one up. "I don't like them... hit them""
I agree with what you're saying but....
"mushroom cloud because these types of idiots need to be nuked from orbit"
...you kind of pissed all over your own point there, didn't you?
So which is it? 1250mAh or 1520mAh? The box-out says 1250 but the text says 1520. Don't suppose it matters much but enquiring minds and all that.
SQL Server Management Studio
"the query and design tools should mean that developers rarely need to switch to SQL Server Management Studio"
Thank god for that! However, will the Visual Studio Tools continue to randomly corrupt my databases forcing me to re-build them from script at least once a week?
Nokia's big problem seemed to be that they both made the hardware and the software - or rather, that they had invested hugely in the software and to turn their back on it would have been unthinkable. When Apple introduced iOS it became obvious new software was going to be needed. For the other manufacturers that was relatively easy. All they did was make the hardware. What OS was running on it was irellevant. So, for most, they produced the same model with 2 or 3 OSs and let the market decide which they wanted - turned out it was Android but Smasung, HTC etc didn't give a damn as long as the phones sold.
Nokia, on the other hand, just couldn't switch from Symbian. It was only when things had become utterly retched that the unthinkable actually became thinkable. Things NEEDED to get that bad.
The thing is, Nokia aren't in that position now. Okay, they have committed their future to WinPhone7 and there are contracts in place but I'm sure, in reality, they could switch to Android in a year or two. Or, more likely, they could switch to whatever the hot new OS turns out to be in a few years time when the market suddenly changes again. In fact, there is only one phone manufacturer that couldn't do that now. Only one manufacturer is in the position Nokia were in 5-6 years ago in having the whole house invested in the hardware, the OS, the software development, marketplace etc....
Are Apple the new Nokia?
Now I get the other two - they are great films and quite a lot happens. I'm not so enamoured with them to regard them as "landmark" and, already having the original trilogy on DVD for less than a tenner, I have no intention to re-buy them but they are good films.
But the fellowship? 30 minutes extra? Nothing happens in the original 72-hour cut. The plot is "Small village, wizard arrives. Group sets off with a ring". That is it. Litterally NOTHING else happens. It could have been shown as a five minute short before the second film.
Re: Methan in the water supply
Are you guys talking about that sham in the gaslands film? That has been proven to be complete bollocks. I'm not saying Shale Gas extraction is safe or otherwise but the Gaslands film was a farce and that whole "setting fire to the water" thing was nonsense - and they have admitted so.
There is no TV signal where I live.
In the past I had no TV but the TV licensing authority still treated me like a criminal. I sent them a cease and decist order but was basically told "Fuck off. Those laws don't apply to us. We'll harass you as musch as you wish".
So, I eventually bought a TV and DVD player and got myself a TV license. But I could only watch DVDs.
Then TVCatchup started and I was finally able to get the service I am forced to pay for - though there is really nothing on worth watching. I probably watch less than an hour a week but I HAVE to watch it through catchup because the BBC refuse to provide the service they insist I have to pay for.
Now they are prosecuting a company who, in return for watching a 15s advert once in a while, provide a service FOR FREE that the BBC refuse POINT BLANK to provide but still take £145 a year for. I am utterly, utterly speechless. They are utter cunts.
Re: Guinness is Good for you
Too right. My Nanna used to get Guinness on the NHS! Ahh, the good old days.
Re: Lost in Space
The UK maybe but the Isle of Man has gone from zero to fifth in the international space leagues inside a decade and is currently looking good for a major role in the future. All it takes is some imagination and forward thinking. Dr Brian Cox was over here a couple of weeks ago to see what the Island is doing right and reporting back to Cameron with recommendations as to how the UK can leverage its relationshio with the IOM to get back in the game.
And I tell you something, there is NOTHING like a sucessful (ish) space industry to get the kids excited about Science. The kids over here are getting massively excited about the space industry. Just since June we have had three major events for the kids. First an open day at a hanger storing some old Russian space stations and a re-usable module (being renovated to be used as a space hotel). You could barely move around the hanger at 10am it was so busy. Then the visit from Prof Cox with an audience of nearly a thousand kids. Finally four of the astronauts on February's shuttle mission (Nicole Stott married a Manx Man) did a tour of several of the Schools. And all of those things have been hugely busy and the number of kids choosing A Level Sciences is up and rising.
The stagnation in the US (and beyond) is putting space out of the news meaning fewer kids will get excited about it so there will be fewer well-qualified scientists to get things going again in 10-20 years time.
What's the point? What have we gained by "discovering" this "lost" species? Presumably the toad knew where it was and that's what's important. Unless it is really tasty and nutritional leave the damn thing alone and concentrate on some of the real problems.
Something seems wrong
I wonder why the media in general (and TV in particular - and the BBC even moreso) make such a big deal about Twitter then? 3% of Social Media traffic seems tiny. I mean, Microsoft has a bigger proportion than that of the smartphone market and yet it has been written off as a disaster.
Re: No "affordable" options?
Yeah, I'm with Tim here. Even a bit in the box at the top of the first page indicating the price range would have been handy. As it is, I had to click through five pages of kit and read all the summary boxes to find out there wasn't a single model that I could even begin to afford.
I mean, it's only a wireless speaker. I have a San Francisco Smartphone and a no-name chinese Android tablet that, combined, cost less than the cheapest of these speakers. And I guarantee I'll get a lot more use from the phone and tablet.
"you had no way of knowing it wouldn't be a Google Experience Device, and that you'd be update starved. -1 for Motorola."
That's not true. You could simply have looked at Motorola's previous behaviour with every single Android device they have released. If you buy a Motorola Android device expecting a software update you WILL be disappointed.
Re: Other than the BBC
You're joking, right? The BBC spend a huge amount of time advertising. They advertise BBC programmes, BBC websites, BBC iPlayer, the full range of BBC magazines, other BBC channels, BBC Radio, BBC DVDs, text services, competitions, Glastonbury, T in the Park etc. etc. etc.
Re: I wish.....
"a healthier composition, such a less starch and more protein"
Eh? Since when was starch unhealthy? Potatoes are one of the healthiest foods around. It's the process of deep-frying them in fat that makes them unhealthy. Unless the boffins can find a way of genetically modifying the spud to taste like a chip straight out of the ground there isn't a lot they can do about that.
Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator
Re: How Long
It's not standard (as the review makes clear) but Blu-Ray players do take a while to load discs. Nobody seems to know why. However, having had a Sony BR player for about 18 months, I can genuinely say it has never bothered me. I don't know how long it takes to load BR discs - I'm not sad enough to time them. DVDs start near-enough instantly. Knowng BR discs take a little while I normally put the disc in first, then turn on the telly, close the curtains, turn down the lights etc and by the time I actually sit down the disc is up and the animated menus are on with the (always too loud) background music.
If you remember that most discs come with about 5 minutes of ads before you get to the damned film anyway (yes YOU Disney!) the few seconds waiting for the disc to load is immaterial.
I do wish I knew why, though.
The gravy goes on last. It is Chips, cheese and gravy. Not chips, gravy and cheese.
Re: Low Res & Too Short, Too Fat
Whilst I absolutely agree 100% about the verticle resolution thing there are things you can do to make it less painful. I've taken to sticking the Windows toolbar up along the right-hand edge of the screen so that, at the very least, I have the full verticle resolution available to me. A verticle toolbar can also display a lot more apps before they start disappearing. I also then set the toolbar to auto-hide but I know this drives most others mad :)
What a great game
I played this for, literally, years. The O and P keys on the (rubbish) keyboard eventually died and we had to re-map them to U and I - until they, too, died and we worked our way back down the keyboard. It was probably a year before I was able to complete it (I was only 6 or 7!) and there was no save game. If you wanted to complete it you had to do it in one setting.
We had Jet Set Willy, the follow-up, but it never caputred the joy of those original 20 caverns. My opinions are obviously coloured by nostalgia but I would still rate it as one of the greatest games with Half-Life and Geof Crammond's F1.
My understanding is that News International have basically admitted the hackings took place and have handed over emails, invoices etc corroborating the facts (not suggesting they would have done this without the Guardian investigation. Just that they HAVE done this). So the police investigation is not to determine whether anything untoward has happened. All parties have already admitted this. The investigation is purely about how much was going on and who knew about it and when did they find out.
All of which is irrelavant to the question of actual guilt. So why the delaying tactics? Same, incidentally, goes for Tesco who say they want to see the results of the police investigation before taking any decisions. Why? Who knew what when is irrelevant to the decision they have been askeed to make.
"Why in hell does a navigation application need permission to make phone calls"
As pervious poster explained, that is one of its new features
"read my contacts list"
Because you navigate to contacts (have you ever used a SatNav, by the way?)
"read my phone state"
All phone SatNavs need to know if a call is in progress in order to decide what to do with the voice instructions, figure out what is on the screen etc. It's a vital part of the system.
Re: I don't get it
"All modern TVs can function perfectly well as a computer monitor"
Exactly. So what is the point of this?
I've never had to pay for a cable no matter where I bought it from. No sales-rep worth his salt is going to turn down the sale of a new telly if you start walking away over a £1 (cost to them) cable.
Lots of people saying "he risked his life. Nasa should let him keep it". That seems like a bizare reposnse. It looks like NASA were perfectly happy for him to keep it. He had it for 40 years. It is his attempts to sell it to the highest bidder that have raised a few eyebrows! If his space memorobilia is of such personal importance to him, great. The guy is a feckin' hero after all. But selling a piece of national and personal history with no regard to who's hands it might end up in.....
Re: Please do this for the footy
It's been done and available for many years. Red button on the BBC offers it and certainly Sky used to have different audio options. BBC offer TV, Radio or "no commentary" options with the crowd noise and pitch mics still active.
As for the women's tennis I haven't watched a match in years. During the 90s when Sampras, Kraicjek and Ivanisevic ruined men's tennis as a spectacle women's tennis was fabulous. Since Seles, the Williams sisters, Kournikova et al started the grunting I just vote with the off switch.
Tennis is a professional sport which means it has to be entertaining enough for people to pay to watch it. If everyone refuses to watch grunters then the tournaments will have no option but to rule against grunting or risk losing sponsors.
Re: Junk Mail?
> I've abandoned several customers who have taken to third-party "marketing" techniques
Quite right. At a company I worked for a marketing bod came to ask what she could do about the fact that the marketing emails she was sending out kept getting blocked by the recipients' spam filters. We suggested she contact them and ask for them to put an exception in place.
"Oh, but we don't know them. We're just sending out marketing emails to them"
We argued with them until we were blue in the face but they were never going to aknowledge that they were sending spam.
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