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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma
The problem with eliminating religion:What do you replace it with?
Do what those cats in the bowling alley did, create your own version of Discordianism. Better to believe and follow a religion that makes sense to yourself than to blindly follow something that someone else made up previously.
Religion for the modern age? It's Android/Apple/Samsung/PS3/XBox. The old gods (not to be confused with the Ancient Ones) have been forsaken to be replaced by shiny shiny. Or by Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan, if your not of a technical leaning.
And, despite what Charlton Heston said, I think this is a good thing. Why not put your faith in idols of the modern age that at least have some relevance to our lives? Why live your life according to rules created by prophets and priests many hundreds of years ago who couldn't tell an evil Nexus 7 from a divine iPad Mini?
Error with Question 22
22. In how many Reg stories was Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak mentioned during 2012?
B. not enough
C. too many
D. Steve who?
In a somewhat Schrödinger's Cat fashion, the act of asking a question about Woz in a quiz published before the end of the year has impacted the result, meaning none of those answers are now correct.
But where's the....
Actually, it's a bit of a poor show for a tech rag to have a quiz, and only provide us with a printable scoresheet? In this day and age of glorious technology, is it too much to ask for an interactive form with radio buttons next to each answer and a funky piece of HTML5 to keep track of our results?
so the "news" in this article is that Cook's pay is less than last year, although, it's not because last year included special one-off bonus, and in fact, this year he's got a little bit more than last year?
i'm not sure there's any real news there, although, fair play to El Reg, the FT also covered this in a full page article.
Re: Actual Value
that's a good point. Marvell products are in everything, hard drives is likely a small percentage of where their income is generated.
If the amount they've been told to pay is calculated by the amount of money they should have paid CMU over the years, then that suggests the cost of the license, had they sought it at the start, would have dramatically increased the cost of Marvell's hard drives, likely making them highly unpopular, so they never would have sold so many and so CMU wouldn't have received anywhere near as much money.
sounds like the guys at MIT have already got better stuff:
Re: Same article
Is this a low news day
It's midday and there's only been 3 articles on the site so far. "Low news day" is a bit of an exaggeration I'd say.
That's 2100 in the whole US? But just the state of New York has 34,000 registered offenders?
Either, a lot of them didn't list _all_ their online aliases/emails or hardly any sex offenders play video games. Which would seem contrary to the belief that violent games lead to violent behaviour in the players.
We all know how this will end.
In an adequate, yet slightly disappointing even though we knew we weren't going to get what we were hoping for, trip to a far distant planet, wherein we discover the origin of life and weird inky black stuff that tries to kill us.
They'd be better off leaving the cave etchings to just fade away into nothingness - curiosity didn't kill the cat... but it did kill Harry Dean Stanton when he went looking for it.
Re: Great article
I wonder how much of an impact that would really be. Yes, games' bubbles burst, but is that not as much because the pro players have moved on along with the casual players?
Take StarCraft - the casual player probably moved on from that many many years ago (with the exception of the occasional nostalgic replay). But the pro players never stopped (at least, not in South Korea it seems). Which in turn must have made Blizzard's decision to make the sequel much easier.
only a matter of time...
I can't see there being much money in this for FB from legitimate use. But I can see spam companies spending enough on this for FB to decide that it's a Good Idea(TM). $1 might be enough to deter spammers, but sounds like FB are more than happy to revise that price until it become popular.
So, it's only a matter of time before the inevitable second stage - FB introduce a new feature for their users - pay $1 to stop the spam messages from getting through to them*.
*this, of course, doesn't block the Premium Messages, which
spammers companies can pay $2 to ensure guaranteed delivery. Unless users pay $3 to block those too, meaning they only see Platinum Gold Special Messages (which cost 4$ to send) unless they pay $5.... ad infinitum....
Early Xmas present
Yay!! i was worried we wouldn't get anything from Verity this month. That's made my xmas, and it's not even started yet :)
Instead you have to lug around the, frankly, MASSIVE POP Portable power supply instead? Have you seen the pictures? it looks nearly bigger than an iPad!
This thing is bigger than a usb power plug and three or even four usb to usb/usbMini/iPhone30pin/lightening leads.
The only thing shocking about this story is that enough people thought it was a good idea for it to succeed it's Kickstarter stage.
that reminds me...
must get around to installing MASSIVE electro-magnets on either side of the front door.
although, yes, does mean my granny with the pacemaker won't be able to come visit anymore....
Whoever came up with that name was obviously no student of Cockney rhyming slang.
Cracks me up everytime I see it.
Re: I thought that ...
Just because they're currently making chips for Apple, doesn't mean that in the future, they can't use the same fabrication technology to make chips for someone else.
This is a sign that Samsung are committed to making chips, if Apple go elsewhere, then there's plenty of other people wanting chips with the specs that this plant can produce.
Re: So, presumably
but if the shape is chosen through trial and error, then that would suggest that arachnophobia isn't restricted to just human beings. the spider shape must scare the bejeebus out of creatures of all kinds the willies, not just my girlfriend
Re: That much!
Not sure there's many people in emerging markets that can afford a Lumia 920. Even the 820 isn't that cheap.
Re: The Microsoft effect
I think AC meant that the iPhone5 sold 5 million in the opening weekend in US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore. By comparison, 4 million Lumia's in 6 weeks in the same territories isn't very good, unless you're a Nokia fanboy looking at it on a slant.
"it's clear that consumers prefer to have choice"
I don't think the average consumer is walking into a phone shop and saying to themselves "well this brand have a far greater range of different models with different features, so i'll get myself one of theirs"
I think it clear, instead, that if you have a wide range of phones covering a wide range of features, then you'll appeal to a wide range of demographics within the public and therefore sell more phones. Consumers don't prefer choice, they like to have the phone they want, not be stuck with indecision. Samsung just have a bigger net to catch many more different types of consumer than other brands.
what? you're telling me we won't be able to have panda-fur-lined spaceships?!?!?
Re: Ping Time
If it is habitable, that means it could be already inhabited? How much is that going to piss off the natives if we slam a probe through their atmosphere? Have to hope they haven't got FTL drives otherwise their invasion fleet will arrive here before we get the response from the probe warning us of the huge intergalactic faux pas we've committed.
Re: Okay result
The fine is a joke. A bank the size of Morgan Stanley won't notice 5 million. They've probably got a slush fund 100 times that much for misc expenses. The fine is purely to appease the press and the common Joe on the street to make it look like the SEC is at all capable of intimidating the Wall Street banks. When in fact, this has exactly zero deterrent to stop Morgan Stanley or any other bank from doing exactly the same again.
Brilliant - i never go to theme parks, so i can look forward to a nag free future :)
btw - that content map site is pretty good, i didn't know about that before now.
Don't worry, Anna will find some way to portray that in a negative light.
You'd think that employees being made redundant should be considered as preferential creditors.
Certainly, they should come higher up the food chain than the administrators - if the administrators had done their job properly, they'd have found a way to cover the redundancy costs instead of leaving it for the government to sort out.
Re: i phone peter jones up at home
do you call him money for short?
Re: Dear Earth--Stop dropping your crap into our backyard!!
Moomins? i thought it was the Clangers that lived up there....
Monday 17th evening: craft impact with the moon
Tuesday 18th : crack pots claim moon is wobbling. NASA issue press release denouncing such theories.
Wednesday 19th : serious scientist concur that their measurements indicate a distinct oscillation. NASA remain quiet.
Thursday 20th : Both amateur astrologists and professional boffins suggest that the Moon may be getting closer to the earth. NASA release press statement, neither confirming nor denying this, but irrefutably denying that it could, in any way, be their fault.
Friday 21st : Somewhere on a different plane of existence, the sublimed Mayan's tell us "We tried to warn you"
Re: Here's a new option
that's all well and fine for those of us technically literate enough to look inside our routers and change the default settings. many many people would never think of such a thing, would be panicked by the idea. witness the vast majority that don't change the password on their routers.
if i have kids and the internet is still a thing by the time they're old enough, i shall be having two networks in the house. there's the adult wifi and the kids wifi. and the kids one will be heavily locked down and everything will be logged. i've seen too many episodes of Criminal Minds where kids get abducted, the thought of kids on the internet scares the hell out of me
Re: shame it's not any better
That's what I thought, but it's telling me I'm 50 feet from the roundabout in question.
The "next turn" thing is a tiny little box under the quick. Not really viewable with a quick glance, you need to take your eyes off the road and concentrate on the screen. I guess that's not a problem on American interstates, but tricky on twisty, windy English country lanes
shame it's not any better
I tried it this morning - was not 5 minutes away from home when I get to a roundabout - the main map display tells me to turn right and take the 3rd exit - but the quick view display at the top tells me to go straight across. Thankfully it was local to me so I knew which one was correct. But I think I'll stick to Apple Maps when I'm somewhere unfamiliar as so far I've had no issues with that.
Poor colour scheme
I don't like the colour scheme. Main roads in bright green, if the phone isn't close, a quick glance isn't sufficient to tell that the arrows are directing you off onto a minor orange/yellow road. Colour scheme in the old app was much clearer, and so is Apple's app.
Re: @Nine Circles
Re: asking for corrections
You know, the google app is asking the exact same thing.
Re: what about traffic data
When you switch it on, there's a big warning about how the traffic data isn't in real time. Kinda defeats the point as you'll be switching it on to see how the traffic is going to impact your journey right now.
Re: Cupertino quality control fail?
Webster Phreaky have you returned to us??
Re: Good job he wasn't a diplomat
What? No mention of his sterling contribution to the GamesMaster tv show?
Regardless, the man was an utter legend and will be surely missed :(
I hope they name a star, or a black hole, or an Intergallactic Destroyer spaceship after him or something, he surely deserves it!
very controlled environment?
very controlled environment
Sooooooo, it's a console then, no?
i'd rather brough back real Max Headroom!
Hi! This is Max-Max Headroom on Network 23, brought-brought-brought to you by...
Oh, NO, no no-no-no-no! I'm sorry. I'm sorry, but if they think I'm endorsing car accessories, they've got another dipstick-stick coming. No-No, they've tried this one before and I'm radial tired of it! If they expect me to change gear now and start spark-spark-spark plugging their products, they must be out of their pist-pist-piston heads! Listen, I don't like to blow my own gasket, but I have better things to do than just sit here and wax polish lyrical about car parts! Car parts! I've got letters from fan belts who say, "Max, you're special! You're unique! You're differential!" Yes, yes I know it's what they want, that's because they're air conditioned to it - to it. Oh - to it. Oh, I've fendered it off time and timing belt again. I mean, who's calling the tune-tune-tune up? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cru-cruise control here, anyway? I'll tell ya who! Me! Me! Max Headlamp! And if they don't like it, they can stick-stick-stick shift it in their exhaust pipes and choke-choke it! AND smoke it!
Re: Google worries me
Hitler: a million times more evil than Stalin or Pol Pot.
So that's all right then.
viable business plan
So, in a world where being a patent troll appears to be a valid way to make money, it surprises me that we don't have more companies setting up shop, encouraging the competition to join in and form a cartel to extort money from the consumers, and then being the first to shop the competition to the regulators and walk away without fines and patting the bulge in your pockets from the big fat profits you collected over the years.
Compared to the Lumia 920
Which is a bit daft, really, as the 920 and the 620 are obviously aimed at completely different demographics
Waiting for the pro
Not me, but the people I talk to who like M$ things, they've tried out Surface, kinda liked it, but are waiting for the Pro to see if it can handle all the apps they currently run on their laptops.
I'm not totally sure that was what Microsoft were hoping for when they launched Surface. Just got to hope that poor RT sales doesn't cause them to shelve, or delay further, the Pro.
I think the full on hatred is a good thing - it keeps in mind the fact that you shouldn't rely on it for serious use. Without being aware that people hate it so much (evidently Lord Leveson is ignorant of such) then people will attribute far too much trust in it as an indisputable source of fact. And the thought of society getting to that point is quite scary.
But also, books don't have an easily checkable history of changes. If you're going to use data from wikipedia in an official document, common sense suggests that you check if anyone has been mucking around with the bit you're copying, and if they have, you do a little extra research to verify the "facts"
I read her comments, but all I hear and see in my mind is the sketches from MonkeyDust where the mob are stalking through the streets chanting "kill the peadophile!!"
And then I get distracted humming the Ivan Dobsky theme to myself and looking for a space hopper....
Ashley & Michael
presumably these are names of people's kids or SO's?
surprising that so many people have a kid or other half names Ashley that the name outranks Jesus
does this mean that movie piracy in the UK is so large that blocking BT is sufficient enough to cripple a site? surely there's other people in the world that were using this service?
it wasn't even that great, there are much better ways to find stuff on usenet (although, admittedly, you do have to pay, so probably that's immediately caused most freetards to slink back to their torrent sites)
fair point - but then, being magical, it's probably invisible. stealthy like a ninja. so could be coming from any direction
we're doomed! RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!!!
(actually, don't bother, that's not going to help any other than leaving you out of breath and unable to scream as the seas boil and the skies turn as blood....)
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