Re: This SO reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey...
"...when HAL9000 "detected" a fault in the AR-35 module,"
Standards are slipping.
281 posts • joined 6 Mar 2009
"...when HAL9000 "detected" a fault in the AR-35 module,"
Standards are slipping.
"Just come in from comet watching using a 10x42 monocular. Fuzzy monochrome ball"
Yup, that's what I saw with 7 x 50 binoculars on the edge of a town (hence not a dark sky). Still, my first comet.
Parky out though, -1 deg C with the wind chill according to my Met Office app.
"How does it taste? Not good, if the current standards of what Hershey euphemistically calls chocolate here in the US. The firm describes it as "edible," which doesn't inspire confidence."
To be fair, 'edible' would be an improvement on over-the-counter Hershey's.
If you're going to quote Article 8 of the ECHR, quote the whole thing, not just the bits you agree with. Here's the part you omitted:
"2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others."
Looks like the IPT decided GCHQ was working within the limits of that paragraph. Whilst your US and Canadian examples aren't relevant to the UK I see they don't offer unlimited privacy either, and nor does the UN UDHR article 12.
Followed by a trip to A&E to remove said handle. "Oh, I was just getting ready for bed when I spotted some dust but unfortunately tripped when cleaning it up."
If you're in A&E and need to borrow a pen check if it's come from the "removed items" drawer.
From the article:
"Presumably the anxiety caused by all these "you vill report zer koncernz to us or else!" orders from the police should now be reported for their consideration?"
If someone can't cope with the responsibility of looking after firearms properly then they shouldn't keep firearms.
... looks as though it's supported on a Wing and a prayer.
"Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN
Check IMEI number? Bloke said not to open box until he leaves"
Yup, it's stolen. No need to faff around with a website.
Cash only, no credit cards? Well, strike me down with a feather.
"*Disclaimer - Im not even sure what a Transit price is."
Is it just me who was expecting to read about the cost of Ford vans?
That would be the season lasting from January to December presumably.
" I have an "internet birthday"
Yup. Unless I have a real-life legal relationship with an organisation (e.g. financial) I'm as young as the Unix epoch.
"Ebuyer are you listening? Do not ever again "upgrade" me from paid for next day delivery that works, to "free, next day" delivery "
Ebuyer? "Free, next day" delivery?
Well, I certainly got that impression from the sales page (next morning, even) but on arriving at the checkout page it was 'free' OR 'next day' delivery. Free was 5 days. 5 working days, that is, so actually 7 days. (I was threatened with 9 days for my last order, placed on a Friday afternoon, but it did turn up in 7 days.)
"SanDisk's Connect Wireless Media Drive is a neat alternative and can stream to eight devices and has an 8-hour battery life. "
To my mind the 'festival season' is in 6 months time but for people who do want to shell out several hundred quid to sit in a mudbath and listen to live pop music isn't it rather defeating the point to take your own music with you?
Apparently "javadevguy" wishes:
that NESTA would bung me £200k to build my website. I am to do something socially useful. #somethingelse
I'm glad he's planning to do something useful with our money.
Er, no. 133 lb.ft or, more usually in the UK, ft.lb but not lb/ft.
(Strictly, its lbf.ft or ft.lbf.)
"According to widikepia it's a a single-transistor oscillator with a distributed RC feedback. Shame that I don't have any use for that ;)"
You mean it's not a ... 7400!?!
"I would ignore complaints about slow servivce when made by an american reviewer, since americans expect to have all three courses thrown at them in 20 minutes,"
Looking for restaurants in a mostly harmless suburb of Amsterdam I found one American reviewer state that "of course, you couldn't expect any service in Europe".
Perhaps she should have stayed at home and stuck with the sort of 'restaurant' where the staff follow up any interaction with an enquiry as to whether you would like fries with that?
"Hipster bars seem to be the ones banning glass."
"Glass" buyers are hardly going to be found in any other type of bar, are they?
"I started school in the 1950s and I was never taught about poles – inches, feet, yards and miles were all we needed. "
They were listed on the back of your log tables.
"And why did no one notice or care about all this code erasing?"
Lost code? If only they had access to a software revision control system.
"This is something that's not just a home run, but a grand slam," said Marc Kamionkowski"
Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Really, it would be handy if alien tongues were translated into proper English. I'm left not knowing if this discovery is the dog's danglies, or his dinner.
Now that el Reg is working on on a New York - Paris - Peckham basis it would be handy to have some indication, e.g. a national flag, of which office was filing a story rather than having to memorise where each Reg correspondent is based or wading through an article trying to find out whether or not it is relevant. For example in this article I need to read down to the third paragraph to discover that this story relates to the other side of the world.
I note the earlier unwillingness to let us commentards display goatse avatars but it would also be handy if we could opt in to display national flags which would help even out cross-cultural surprises.
"Am I alone..."
No, but you're not likely to find many South Park sceptics in the middle of a South Park game review thread.
"I thought I was on GMT. What the heck is UTC?"
UTC is what we are currently on in the UK. The BBC persists in incorrectly calling it GMT.
UTC is derived from atomic clocks. GMT is derived from astronomical observations. These days atomic clocks are more stable than the rotation of the Earth so UTC is tweaked to keep it close to GMT, by adding or subtracting leap-seconds.
"Which is a shame really because I genuinely don't know if I've missed it or not (I'm in the UK)."
Yes and No.
The live broadcast was last night (2 am UK time overnight between 17 and 18th Feb) so you missed that.
However the telescope that was supposed to be used was frozen and the programme was strung together from recordings of earlier events and computer simulations. So, no, you didn't miss a live event 'cause it didn't happen. The video on the article page is a recording of the 2am broadcast so you can check what you didn't miss.
"puts through a 'Right to Arm Bears' act..."
Hunting would be a lot more sporting if the bears could shoot back.
Grizzly? Well, pretty ticked off, and its got an M16.
""I deleted the Windows directory, because Windows was already installed and now the PC won't boot. What do I do?." is the email leader."
So you schedule a network re-image of their PC and cackle evilly as the data they weren't supposed to store on their C: drive gets zapped.
"What recent Christian festival have we just been through"
Still going through, if you don't mind. The 12 days of Christmas end on 6th Jan. (At least for Western Christians. Orthodox ones start on 7th Jan.)
I think someone already did."
I trust they had their penis beaker for afterwards.
(What do you mean you haven't heard of it. It's an IT site, use Google.)
Why should we be in a rush to move off XP?
Some of us only moved to XP in summer 2010, when extended support for Win 2000 ended. That's not even 4 years use out of XP.
"The point of this article is..."
Thanks for the summary and the link to the actual announcement.
The Reg article seems to be too full of sark to get round to telling us what the story is.
"never mind the pressurised mantle lamps"
Oh, you definitely should mind the pressurised mantle lamps. You need to turn them on at arm's length with your head tipped back.
Why? Because if you didn't get the pre-heating just right the little b*gg*rs will shoot out burning paraffin to, ooh, arms length. So a LED light you can turn on without barbequing your head is a handy thing to have.
"a surprisingly large number of Macbooks"
Long battery life and small size (for 11" screen versions) = handy for train.
"Early installations were somewhat 'ad hoc' being made before any standards had really been laid down. Often house drops were simply spaded in under lawn turf."
Early installations, eh? I think you'll find that's still how VerminMedia does drops.
"I thought Britain was in Europe. I am moving soon to London..."
Hmm, your move to London is going to be a bit of an extended learning experience.
The founding fathers had the idea in a London department store?
"there is a split infinitive on line 33 of your posting"
The fact that the posting extends to (at least) 33 lines is a bigger problem.
"denying us all the opportunity to see it shine brightly in the night sky"
Night sky? At the end of last year we were being told that we could watch it in the daytime sky. 15 times brighter than the moon, we were told. Stock up on weedkiller and all that.
The reality turns out to be the Sky at Night showing us an unimpressive smudge shot with a 14" reflector. Clearly the sunglasses can stay packed away until next summer.
"this took the form of never troubling to explain the rules of any game "taught" to us pupils."
To pick up one of AC's earlier points.
"as a general rule physical well-being is a pre-condition for mental and intellectual well-being"
Great as a general principle. Unfortunately school PE/Games was completely unable to deliver on this.
"those of us who actually a) use Google+ ... actually like the integration"
Speak for yourself. I have a Google+ account but don't need to be automatically signed in to Youtube.
Google also seem to have altered Chrome (e.g. on Windows and ios) recently to make it harder to sign out of your Google account.
> Canonical ... describe the new version as "a milestone in computing history."
As it's the last release before a LTS release wouldn't it be more accurate to describe it as a collection of dodgy betas squeezed in to make the cut-off for the subsequent release?
"I can see Miley Cyrus's tits"
No doubt, but that's no good as an authentication scheme.
Everybody can see Miley Cyrus's tits.
"Burberry under Ahrendts has gone from strength to strength and developed a brand - most specifically in the far East and other developing markets"
So, far enough away that the buyers aren't aware that Burberry = Chav Central back in their home market? Any of these overseas buyers are going to look pretty daft if they wear any Burberry check items on visits to the UK.
Around here every chav seems to have an iphone so now they'll be able to have co-ordinating clothes and mobe.
"you know, if you say Rome without "capital" people may think you are speaking about Rome in Georgia or Minnesota..."
People? Americans, perhaps.
Interesting how the swap to decade-average temperatures neatly hides the lack of warming since 1998.
It doesn't inspire confidence in the rest of the report's conclusions.
" I was just thinking that that building would make a great Secret Lair from where I could RULE THE WORLD!!!!!"
I'd be too worried that there was some AvP action about to break out in the basement. A mile down, after all.
> Gartner and their ilk are constantly stirring up the hype machine with breathless reports like this,
A handy idea for an article would be to trawl through some 5 year-old Gartner reports and see whether their predictions bear any relation to current reality. (Or possibly having a Friday afternoon laugh at how off mark they were.)
(Won't be written by me though; I can't stand reading the current reports, never mind their old ones.)