2219 posts • joined 8 May 2007
Re: The point of this is?
it's filed under the Business / Media section of the website.
Not under the Computer section. Not under the Tech section. Not under the Software section, nor even under the Hardware section. I'm confused by your confusion that you thought it was part of one or all of those sections of the site.
and as others have said, it's friday ffs, lighten up and get down the pub!
Re: Coming to a wallet near you...
But how would that work? you'd have to get the money from the users somehow, you wouldn't just give them infinite credit.
And if they're going to give the PayPal credit card access to their bank account details, then they can already give PayPal as it is access to their bank account so completely avoid any credit card processing charges anyway.
Also, a company can't just issue credit cards, can it? Aside from American Express, aren't all other credit cards linked to either Visa or to Mastercard in one way or another?
Re: What is this OP's comment supposed to be?
Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.
There, fixed it for you. You didn't really come to El Reg to read in depth technical discussions on the technology world, did you? Is this your first time here?
...no one ever makes these kinds of mistakes the other way round, do they?
You never hear about someone miscalculating and suddenly discovering they've made 21 million more than they thought.
is that just Murphy's Law in action? or skulduggery afoot because the bean counters were hoping the numbers would come right before they had to fess up to their error?
they probably do, but assume it's the bank that's at fault and not themselves
so it's the Syrian's that are to blame for the snow coming down outside the window this morning? damn their eyes!!!
someone's been reading the Cryptonomicon from the sounds of it
Re: Pix or it didn't happen.
here you go:
Re: Ooo matron
welcome to El Reg, you're new here are you?
it's not a special character. it's just option-3 instead of shift-3
it's not windows having to type a whole series of numbers to get a Euro symbol
Re: Square Syndrome
an why can't i get her to do the probably-physically-impossible handstand move when pulling herself up a ledge anymore?
Here's another suggestion
Big ideas? Exploring the human condition?
Then may I suggest the original, Carradine, Death Race 2000
If that's not a commentary on the human condition, in a (then) futuristic setting then....
A shame they copped out with the remakes
Re: No love for Dune?
you know it was also a mini-series recently:
Children of Dune (2003):
Re: Blade Runner
I sadly know almost by heart having seen BR more times than my wife cares to remember!
and soon, all those memories, will be gone, like tears
Re: Good choice..
i'm a big sci-fi fan, but not a fan of horror
somehow, i only saw sci-fi in the trailers for Event Horizon and figured any film with Sam Neil has to be good right?
so completely came as a surprise when the horror begins in the movie.
still, damn good film, despite the lack of sleep i endured afterwards. wish i could bring myself to watch it again
Thirteenth Floor is great. like all great sci-fi films, you should get to the end and go "oh? what?"
I liked Chronicles because it didn't try to imitate Pitch Black. They're both very enjoyable in different ways, so neither detracts from the other, in my opinion.
use the ComiXology app
the Marvel app is basically the ComiXology app, but only showing Marvel content. The DC app is the same, but with DC content. Get the original ComiXology app and you get all the content from both, with all the features.
and digital comics in these apps are great to read. switch on the guided view mode, it just shows one panel at once, and moves you from panel to panel when you tap. makes for an almost animated experience when reading, plus avoids accidentally reading ahead when there's a big panel on the right page that grabs your attention.
now, if i could just get the original Death's Head comics on there....
Re: Stob - never one to let facts get in the way of a good rant...
how do you know that isn't the icon that offends her? perhaps she liked the old when she used to use it?
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
i use a text editor as a tool, to make life easier. i could just concat all my code onto the end of a file, i guess, but using a text editor makes it easier to spot mistakes and type in lots of text.
having to type in the commands to control the app as well as type in the text i'm typing doesn't make life easier at all.
the one thing a Monday morning needs...
...to make it bearable:
an article from Stob to get me through to the end of the day.
Re: Why is bacon "processed"?
the report states that even traditional curing methods produced the negative effects and so its included as processed meat. it seems that any effort to prolong the shelf life of meat has a negative effect on your when you eat it.
Re: I doubt it
i was once told an anecdote. the major investment bank they worked for failed in it's overnight payment processing repeatedly, every night. Eventually they determined it was happening at exactly the same time each night. so they upgraded the ram/disks. patched the software. replaced the whole server. nothing helped.
Finally, head of IT decides enough is enough, takes a chair and a book to the data centre, sits in front of the server all night long to see what it's doing.
and at the time when the batch failed every night previously, the door to the server room opens, the janitor comes in with a hoover, looks for a spare power socket, finds none, so unplugs the nearest and plugs in the hoover. yes, you guessed it, plug that was unplugged was the power lead for the server in question.
just because you're a big firm, doesn't mean you don't get taken out by the simplest and stupidest of things
to add some detail, if it's the same one, that would suggest that no one did any due diligence, or lessons learned, or root cause analysis or any of a dozen other service delivery buzzwords that all basically mean, "wtf happened and how do we make sure it doesn't happen again?"
you'll always get new issues that break things. such is the way of IT. no system is 100% perfect. you just have to put in as much monitoring/alerting and backup systems as you can afford to ensure any impact from outage to your business critical systems is as minimal as possible.
New South Wales For Work?
What about stairs?
I dunno about you, but sometimes I'm outa breath after using the stairs at work because it's "healthier"
But apparently I'm killing the planet .
For that matter they ought to tax people who can't leave their homes on time in the morning and so have to run down the road and over the train station bridges to catch their trains.
And that's not to mention the CO2 produced by people having sex.....
Or perhaps their own advertising for the PS3 - they're entering the Third Place....
Thing is, you'd expect the sales to have been much better from all those in "the BB way"
But that doesn't seem to be happening, so even the old BB devotees aren't flocking to the new device.
Perhaps they're all waiting for their current 2 year contracts to end, but can Blackberry really wait the, perhaps up to, 18 months for all their old customers to come back to them?
Re: Are you kidding?
@OP - the point is that there is a single port on the iDevice, which is used for multiple functions, not just video out. one port, multiple adapters. not multiple ports, each with a separate adapter each.
you're obviously content to have a device with multiple ports, which you may or may not need. iDevices have a single port, which you at least need for charging and possibly for syncing. if you want to do anything else with it, then you buy an adapter, but not everyone needs video out. not everyone needs a GPIB interface. So the few that want a video out via cable have to pay a bit extra. the rest of us stream to our AppleTVs to get video on the telly, without having to pay even the $5 for the hdmi adapter you mention.
i know it's not what the experiment was, but when i saw the headline on the news this morning i assumed they'd just observed that when rat A thinks of cheese, so does rat B!
boffins with brains the size of planets
and they can't come up with imaginative names for their telescopes.
Still, I guess there's no time to waste on daft names when there's planets being created. I mean, 10 years will go past in a flash! if they're not careful.
Weird, it had never occurred to be that Bathroom wasn't a British word!
You learn something new everyday! And also, to everyone complaining about Apple stories on ElReg, this goes to prove they do have a use. Not only has this furthered by understanding of my own language, but also earlier contain a very useful discussion about depression and public message on caring for those so afflicted.
What prevents a black hole from spinning faster than light?
Matt Bellamy at the centre, shredding on his guitar
can it tell the difference between different fingers?
i.e. can it tell the difference between when i'm using my index finger to scroll a webpage or move icons around, and when an app crashes and i flip my middle finger at the computer, will it be able to recognise that and issue a End Process command to the hanging app?
Take two devices into the shower?
No, I just take one HUGE one that's too big to fit into the shower anyway!
i know people who have their ATM pin written down inside their purse/wallet. how do you explain to them that each time they use it, the numbers of the code are going to be different?
and sure only the simplest of patterns are going to be used. anything remotely complex is still too hard for the average person to remember (can you recall without looking the patten used in the example?)
Re: A somewhat harsh editorial...
I think the point was that, given that both iOS and Android have made progress and improvements since they were launched, it's strange to see FirefoxOS come out with so much progress and improvements yet to be made. Surely they've looked at a recent example from the competition and so should have made an effort to compete.
At least, that's how I read it.
We can't stop here
lol reads like Fear and Loathing in Barcelona :)
Andrew's post at the end of the event will just read
"This is bat country"
Re: Kerberos ...
the vote was organised by SETI, who did that thing where everyone screen-savers formed a massive parallel processing to decode the radio messages from space, didn't they?
Re: why ?
Instead of the "I'll get me coat" icon we need a "I've got my towel" one!
"Also, you'll need to be comfortable using the command line"
but, i can't imagine there is anyone that would be thinking of putting an Ubuntu or similar linux-y OS on a smartphone that isn't a fully paid up penguin-fiddler and so already dreams in command line scripts rather than a visual medium.
Re: Mos Eisley
the thing about Mos Eisley, is that "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy". And a hive of scum and villainy shouldn't be spartan and empty. It's s'posed to be a hustly bustly spaceport, oozing with ne'erdowells and skullduggery occurring at every corner. That's why Han Solo is there. That's why Luke and Obi Wan go there to try and book passage off Tattooine without the Imperials noticing.
Yes, photographically, the original looks better, desert cities should be soulful and bleak, but story-wise this is the kind of place where gun flights and someone getting their arm cut off in a bar go unnoticed as long as you tip the barkeep. That kind of place shouldn't have soulful ambiance, they should be seething with... with... well, with scum and villainy.
Re: ha ha....ha ha ha
I've never understood how analysts stay in business. its seems they never make mistakes, they just "revise their figures"
If my coding was consistently completely wrong I'd get the sack. I wouldn't get the chance to "revise my methods"..... ohhh and now i think i understand what Agile programming is all about and why Agile developers keep getting employed without ever delivering a finished product. :)
lol i can't remember the last time i even took a cassette out of a case, let alone played or recorded on it.
so by that standard, seems the "is killing music" campaign worked well and put a stop to it!
Re: Didn't Nokia have a video of something like this
Is that not prior art?
it seems like nearly every patent application that gets reported here gets a comment about there being prior art.
and yet still the patents continue
seems to me that the US Patents Office dont really care about prior art. is it really an important part of patents, or is it just a urban legend that prior art is a consideration?
Re: 'Click to view the map'
Do you really expect me to click to download a 320GB jpeg over my puny broadband?
Do you really expect that they'd be able to afford the bandwidth costs of sending out the whole image file to everyone that clicks?
It's like google maps, it only loads the bit you need to see at one time. each time you pan or zoom it loads the next bit of view for you.
So bad fiction automatically equals an absence of Truth
the clue is in the word "fiction"
or do you lot have your own bloody dictionary too now?
and then a spaceship lands and John Travolta and a bunch of Psychlos run out and kill everyone?
Well it seems Game.co.uk are taking pre-orders already.
Or rather, they want a £20 deposit from you, and then i guess they'll charge the rest of the price on the release date.
Trouble is, not sure I trust the Game brand, weren't they teetering on the brink of oblivion recently along with HMV and the like?
Think I'll wait until Amazon have it up for pre-order instead.
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