48 posts • joined 29 May 2009
Don't think marko is a username... WiFi SSID, Shirly?
They've been using this to create short video loops on the Bing home page.
Yes, I'm one of the few people who use Bing (well, every now and then anyway, for specific purposes).
...being ignored by state and federal police “despite multiple entreaties by rights holders”
I expect the usual has happened, the various MAFIAA type organizations have come wading in too strong, demanding this and that, thereby pissing off the national and local plod, who then feel there's no need to be hasty about an "issue" that's not actually risking anyone's life or limb.
Where's the Europa-shattering kaboom?
Shooting up Europa? Won't that annoy the monoliths?
Re: Proper El Reg unit of data - Over-The-Pond conversions
So the North American "Bell" would be the equivalent of 1 UK "TalkTalk", then?
Re: Short Sharp Shock (In meat space)
There is no dark side of the moon really - as a matter of fact, it's all dark...
That's today's playlist sorted then.
Re: So, given that my cards are in my wallet
According to the tfl website, that's exactly what you'll have to do:
"If you keep your contactless payment card and Oyster card together (for instance in a wallet) and touch them on the yellow card reader together, the reader will normally reject them both. This is because we can't be sure which card you want to use. If you have more than one contactless card (Oyster card, payment card or building pass), please choose the card that you intend to pay with, and touch it on its own on the yellow card reader."
While not exactly what you'd call a tourist destination, I have to say it's very pretty when you drive past it at night with all the mining infrastructure lit up like a Christmas tree.
Re: Homo informaticus?
Could be. I spend most of the time I'm awake in front of a computer screen of some sort. I find that it's when I try to use the "correct" posture that my back, shoulders and neck start to ache. A sort of semi-slouch, leaning slightly to each side alternately, seems to be my most comfortable position.
Would be nice to think I'm evolving into something, but I suspect it's more likely I've crippled myself from a life of sedentary jobs and dedicated laziness when it comes to exercise.
Bloody rubbish iOS - can't even crash properly. Where's the proper BSOD, huh?
Self checkout machines
Always feel like smashing those things. Every time I've tried to use one in Sainsburys or B&Q, they've gone wrong. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Sorry. I feel better now. :)
Looks to me like their 1337 skillz may be somewhat out of date, if the "copyright 2005" at the bottom of the page is anything to go by...
Maybe it's Obelix' gravitational field?
Apparently it was someone's "pet" they'd trained to box.
Have they talked to Adobe? Seems to me that most "activity" running on a page is Flash animations. Don't know if there's already some kind of "visibility" detection in Flash to allow it to "take a break" when no-ones looking?
As Farsi (IIRC) is read right-to-left, surely it'd be more like Ozni or perhaps Ozzi?
Funny enough Ozni is also of Hebrew origins... Bingo! Another conspiracy is born. :)
Ah, that makes more sense now - and sounds much more useful.
Thanks for that.
Think I'm missing something
So the device absorbs a laser beam by using another laser to convert it to heat?
Pretty sure I could absorb a laser beam and convert it to heat using say, a house brick?
Are you sure?
Glad I left Australia
Trouble is I came to the UK...
Because he doesn't get everyone to "black up" to make himself feel better, perhaps?
They're not mocking his physical characteristics, They're mocking his mental problems. So much more acceptable nowadays...
"mini fusion reactor"
re: That capsule...
Reminded me of something else.
"Get your money for nothing and your chicks for free..."
Re: Social Engineering
So what you're saying is that Microsoft make stupid software, but Apple have stupid users?
The hide button is your friend - click it and choose to hide Mafia Wars posts: <meerkat annoyingness="high" />
That would be "Squirrel"...
I for one welcome our new chicken overlords...
Where's Magnum PI when you need him?
Thought the image was a fake soon as I saw it, just from the shadows under her breasts. Wouldn't have thought x-ray backscatter could create shadows in that way.
My wife was looking for a digital camera in one Dixons and trying to get some info on the various models. She left PDQ when the PFY "assisting" her asked "what's a pixel?".
Alice? WTF is Alice?
I'd be interested to know why the video is horizontally flipped. Are they behind the looking glass?
Perhaps the webcam does the opposite in the real world?
IIRC it's both 100% alive and 100% dead until you open the case. Of course I could be anywhere up to 100% wrong on that...
*** OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ***
RE: assault and battery (groan)
Should have used copper tops. Maybe it was a glitch in the Matrix...
Nice article as usual, Lewis; just one thing - is it possible to have footnotes on the actual page they're referenced from?
By the time I read them, my (rather terrible) memory means the context gets a bit hazy :)
It's nearly beer o'clock...
I've seen a few - how people can talk on the phone for what seems like for ever escapes me...
Megaphone for what some people think they're using; HELLO! I'M ON THE TRAIN, etc
"I'm only telling the truth. You have got a very big nose..."
I don't exactly mask my signature - just change it every time I use it - no one's noticed yet.
Could be a form of mutating encryption, maybe...
Unless she's an Amazon...
... has WAY too much time on his hands.
My step daughter tried drawing out cash to go shopping for herdaughter's prom dress. Screen went blank just before dispensing cash. Result: no cash but debited from account.
Took her ages to get through, but they restored the balance straight away; so must have been a few with the same thing.
Not particularly robust software if a disk array going down causes that.
I'm with Jimbo on this one
Windows 7 actually seems slightly faster than Kubuntu 9.04 on my ancient P4 512MB machine. Had to manually find a driver for my old Freecom DVB stick, but apart from that everything installed perfectly, running two different browsers with 3-4 tabs each and watching telly in Media Centre on a second monitor was fine.
Only thing I wasn't keen on was the amount of disk space Windows took up, but hey, disk space is cheap.
Liked her on the Kevin Bishop show - that bikini was quite flattering ;)
Bring back Leela, I say! Or Ace - remember Ace?
Linux v Windows
Recently started playing with Linux (would have been sooner but the sometimes rather rabid fanboyism tended to put me off).
Actually got interested in OS's again, so thought I'd create a couple of partitions on my aging machine with 512MB RAM, whacked Windows 7 RC on one, tried a couple of flavours of ubuntu on the other.
Wanted something to watch tv, browse a bit of 'net, p2p - nothing too taxing.
Windows 7 ran surprisingly well with IE8 and FF3 running several tabs each and Freeview in Media Centre coming from an old Freecom USB stick (once I'd found drivers for it; Win7 didn't find them automatically) - although that was obviously it's limit as I'd get a pause or two occasionally.
Seeing comments on the good ol' Reg repeatedly telling me Linux is so much less demanding on older machines than Windows, I gave Ubuntu a go.
Tried "standard" Ubuntu - damn that default brown theme is ugly ;), tried Mythbuntu for the TV - failed to install properly; probably my fault for not being clued up enough on Linux.
Then had a look at Kubuntu - now we're talking, I thought. Really liked it with the gadgets an' all - excellent idea to have your UI gadget based I reckon. Took some time to get it to work on both my screens, mostly because of X server config file permissions not letting me save the changed settings.
Running Firefox and Opera with the same tabs as I had in Windows 7 and Kaffiene for TV seemed to work slightly less well than Windows 7, more pauses and telly quality not as good.
Now, I don't know if I could improve Kubuntu performance with the right configuration and optimisation settings, but right now I'm still leaning towards Windows, with Linux an interesting "hobby" OS for when I can afford either a new computer or at least some more RAM.
Windows just seems "to work" a little bit more than the distros of Linux I tried. Perhaps I'm more biased because I'm used to the way Windows works - but that could also apply to the majority of computer users out there, too.
s'alright I guess... but it's Vegemite makes the taste buds go round!
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