258 posts • joined 6 Mar 2009
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.
Re: Its a fair bet its off to pick up whatever North Korea launched yesterday
"Beautiful display of the vast, vast capability gap that the US has over everyone else on earth in space."
That would be why the US has to send its astronauts to Russia.
Re: Let's see if I've got this right...
"Try getting, say, the IPv6 standard approved by a bunch who can argue the toss for a week over whether a footnote should be a footnote or a text inclusion."
There's no need to wait a few 4-year study periods. If you need a replacement for an under-planned IPv4 suite there's a set of ISO network standards on the shelf (perfect condition, never used) all ready to go.
Re: hang on a minute ..
"This is public data held by publicly-funded bodies?"
It doesn't publish itself for free. Some of the data may be commercially valuable. The interests of the taxpayer might be better served by selling the data, e.g. OS maps.
"Why isn't it all in public domain already, and why aren't the officials who have failed to make it available before now either personally funding this from their own pockets/pensios, or merely sacked with loss of all pension and access to state benefits?"
Why don't we let everyone in the country trawl through your working life until we find someone with a different opinion to you about how your work should have been done and use it to justify stripping you of all your income and assets, leaving you destitute under the nearest railway arch?
Re: Look! Over There! A pedophile!
"*North American spelling, as the "ae/ea" combinations make our heads hurt."
I do wonder about those peadophiles who are too much in love with their garden vegetables.
"In the US, for example, phone companies have a literally captive market and charges are among the highest in the world, with a 15 minute call costing as much as $17, according recent reports."
I'm sure that's fascinating but as the prisoner in question has been, according to the linked article, sent to Castle Huntly prison near Dundee wouldn't it be more relevant to mention the call rates in Scottish prisons?
"Students need the lanyard ... for toilet breaks, and it allows the school to track their every movement throughout the day."
Yup, that does sound rather over-detailed.
If their pee is strong enough to power a generator I suggest they probably ought to be drinking more water.
Re: @the spectacularly refined chap
"Other than the inbuilt desire of a Civil "Servant" to be in total control of the affairs of individuals, WHY does he "need" to link the two cases?"
Assuming you're a UK taxpayer are you going to be happy paying people multiple sets of benefits and/or state pensions because they have, either accidentally or deliberately, managed to get multiple entries in the benefits system?
Re: "must consider using"
"And after due consideration (10 seconds), it was decided that using open standards and open source software would be incompatible with maintaining good ongoing relationships with our existing systems suppliers ..."
After due consideration (10 seconds) it was decided that funding your project would be incompatible with Government policy.
lots of love,
Re: 14 days?
"I hate to break this, but it's worth far more to Apple for them to have no statement on their site for 14 days than it costs to pay a lawyer to sit in jail for that amount of time. They'd have been delighted at being offered such an option."
Ah, by Apple rep I meant whichever Apple staffer got sent along for the day. I'm sure m'learned friends know how to keep themselves out of the cells.
If Apple are planning to turn up to the next hearing with an excuse rather than a compliant web page and a fulsome apology it would be refreshing for the court to require it to be presented in person by the senior Apple UK exec. Who should pack a toothbrush.
Re: 14 days?
> If I were the judge I'd have been tempted to hold them and their lawyer in contempt right there.
Quite. They should have thrown the Apple rep into a cell for contempt and left him there until Apple changed their notice. I expect Apple would have found that they could edit a webpage in 14 minutes, rather than 14 days.