271 posts • joined 6 Mar 2009
"an annual silly season of iPhone rumors and speculation"
That would be the season lasting from January to December presumably.
Re: I lie to them
" 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.
180Nm of torque – that translates to 65bhp and 133 lb/ft in old 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?
Re: Techies and Everyone Else?
"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?
Re: Who are these clods?
"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.
Re: Today? Today where?
"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.
Re: Today? Today where?
"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.
Re: Even if it were effective...
"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.
Re: Thirsty! @ Gordon 10
"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.)
Re: Surely this is endangering children?
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.
Re: You're missing the point.
"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.
Re: Nice idea
"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.
Re: Talking about leaky house drop cables ...
"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.
a new nation, conceived in Liberty...
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.
Re: Couple of points
"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.
'milestone in computing history'
> 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?
Re: @Gray Ham
"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.
Re: The UK is not representative of the world
"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.
Re: The city calls itself "Roma capitale" now... wihout stating it people wouldn't know...
"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.
Re: Never mind the physics
" 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.
Re: For the low low price of $1295!
> 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.)
Indeed. I wasn't able to visualise the devices from the text descriptions given, especially as the second device is described with reference to another el Reg review which is also pictureless. Still, Google finds plenty of reviews with pictures and comments from reviewers who seem to have actually handled the devices.
So, Reg, did your esteemed correspondent actually make it to the launch event or is this article just written from the Acer press releases, or even just other site's reviews?
""Lifetime ban" from Amazon "If" they find out then you "think" that they "could" ban you. - lots of ifs and maybes in there."
Amazon are very thorough; I hear they're looking in every Nook and cranny...
...bands (singing cat-themed songs)
I can't get no catisfaction
Sittin' on the tail of the cat
Feline Groovy (by Simon & Catfunkel)
Re: This is why I visit The Reg!
"Really? A story from August 2012?"
Well, indeed. It's a great video, but it was a great video when it turned up in my social media 5 months ago.
Where is el Reg getting its stories from? Are you trawling through ancient copies of broadsheets' technology pages in dentists' waiting rooms? Have you considered getting a twitter feed and doing a bit of web-surfing yourselves? I hear it's quite the coming thing.
"the global watch market is worth $US56bn"
Though $US55.9bn of that will be made selling useless insultancy reports to gullible watch manufacturers.
Movie oldsters FAIL at internet
As the voting constituency is known in advance to be older this is a case of the user design failing, not the users failing.
"people who think there every move is of interest to the rest of us when in fact they spout inane, useless, meaningless, miserable, boring, brain destroying drivel"
Seems to be of enough interest to you to read the article and comment on it.
I don''t subscribe to feeds I'm not interested in. Seems simple enough.
- Asteroid's SHOCK DINO MURDER SPREE just bad luck - boffins
- BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
- Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
- Review You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great