3618 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
@Russell Hancock Re: correction needed
The MoT has a (government mandated) maximum cost of about £50 for an 'average' car and many test centres will do it for less than this. That is cheap for what they do and the government doesn't get a penny of this money, so it's not a tax. Insurance .... meh.
Simple diagrams illustrating the differences in structures would be very helpful here, or links to them.
When indulging in criminal activity ...
... make sure to keep lots of evidence and associated literature in your own home. You know it makes sense.
Given the 'importance' of the music and other entertainment industries in this modern world, perhaps everyone should be able to compose music and screenwrite/act/direct a film?
"... vowed to investigate if Google refused ..."
That would have me trembling in fear.
I wish more people could be this creative.
Re: Relativistic Bus
" ... would anything happen?"
Only if there was anyone outside the bus to observe it happening.
Does the locally stored/cached video have DRM?
I would assume it does. The article doesn't say.
Re: Holland, Tulips, early/mid 1600s ...
Did you get burned?
I think it's 'quartarius'
I tell them I'm a Systems Engineer
If they ask me what that means, I tell them about a massive, commercial, computer monitored, site-wide HVAC system I worked on for testing/verification many years ago; in great detail since I did find it fascinating at the time. I'm sure I'll be dead before anybody in the UK gets a domestic HVAC system that needs looking at.
Virtual home decor
Many years ago (I can't remember where or when) there was a paint supplier website where you uploaded a picture of your room and it would let you try out different colours on the walls. It probably used a mixture of colour replacement and shape/vertex/edge detection. Virtual furniture would be much more difficult but an interesting application.
Sandwich board-bearers: they missed a trick
If they carried logo-tattooed scantilty clad models on their shoulders, the organisers would have a queue of volunteers to choose from.
Are there any guarantees that you won't be stabbed, face down in the dirt after trying to rob an old beggarwoman? It could get nasty in a nasty way. I'd need assurances of a brave and noble death after a very hot sex scene and a big dinner. I'd also need $20K to spare .... ah well.
"...banking details and classified data was not compromised."
Maybe they should have stored the other data to the same level of security/isolation? Maybe that would be too inconvenient?
There must be a way of allowing a civilian/admin worker to generate an enquiry about my job application and print out an envelope addressed to me without allowing them to do a data dump of everybody else on the system.
Re: OK, let me get this straight.
Coffee ...too much .....too little .... a delicate balance.
Re: OMG Mirrors!
If a newspaper is copied in the forest and there's nobody there to read it, does ....er ......
Re: "US Marshals raiding Florida police"
They were protecting them from themselves. It was an act of caring firmness.
"... tracking the position of each of the user's eyes and projecting the appropriate image into each."
Is it a phone with frickin lasers?
"...it's dangerous to the police responding to the people inside the house,"
What?! It's dangerous to the victims inside the house. The police do risk sprained ankles with all than crouched running, maybe.
Meanwhile, at a secret location ...
... a specialist team have been assembled to analyse the comments on The Register. It's a dangerous job and specialist counselling is not only available but is compulsory.
I suppose ...
... that if the appropriate document is displayed on the screen then it's a legally valid oath.
"The desk itself is unremarkable:" ?
It's remarkably ugly. Or is this 'gamer chic', in which case I'd have expected a bigger monitor?
I remember the old leather footballs
You pushed a new bladder in through the opening and laced it up then inflated it to what you thought was a good pressure. On damp grass the ball got heavier as the game went on. When you headed the ball, you hoped that the lacing wasn't in the 'right' place to leave an impression or even a cut on your forehead. Footballers nowadays .......
I wonder if all the drop in power was due to 'zombie' equipment not being replaced or if the replacement (and more modern) items were simply less power hungry.
This is a very good example of why money spent on dull and dreary audits can save money for a company. Perhaps they didn't do audits before because of 'cost saving' measures. As every good executive knows, it's important to improve the bottom line quickly, soon after you start and before you move on.
@Oliver Jones Re: Open source was supposed to be secure
I've upvoted you because I like your sarcastic cynicism (or is is cynical sarcasm?). After a year of running Linux at home I'm now a fan, but I'm not blindly in love with it.
Open source wasn't 'supposed' to fix any and all security problems, it was intended to give people choice, enable them to make informed decisions and give freedom of action in their use of software. It does all that very well. As with all software products, unless you're a software wizard with lots of free time, your informed decisions are dependent on other people being wizards and there aren't enough of those to go around.
"... I deeply apologize to those who were offended by the sight of artificial human penises."
... how they'd feel if they saw a real one.
Re: Oh, yes!
And thanks to Google Images, you can refesh your hard disk with happy memories.
Re: App Revenue?
" ...operators want in on the app shop cash."
The water company want to sell me high priced multicoloured perfumed toilet paper, but they're just plumbing infrastructure people and ought to settle down and get used to it.
Re: Going off the rails
"But what happens once you stray off the path?"
You download the binaries and do your own private installs and make appropriate symbolic links and check the specialist forums for consensus advice about which library is needed. You kludge the application default choices and MAKE it do what you want it to do. GRAAAAAH! You beat your own path through the jungle and become your own systems admin. Sometimes you wonder if it would be a good idea to write a record of what you've done. That self doubt soon passes. Great fun!
I'll try it in a dual-boot setup ...
... then wait quite a few months before I commit to an upgrade from Mint 13. I'll test the heck out of the MATE panels because they were behaving strangely in Mint 16 (Petra) in a VM. I'll also check the forums for the inevitable confusion, pain and anguish.
.. it's about 1.7 GBags (Giga Bulgarian airbags).
You forget about Ronnie Soak (Kaos). Everybody forgets about Ronnie.
Re: Now listen here sonny...
As I understand it, Einstein was one of the original group of physicists whose work predicted quantum teleportation and he didn't feel comfortable with the prediction. He wasn't 'wrong'.
It's actually a little router, so it's entire purpose is to talk to other devices.
Re: Is this an iDagger I see before me?
Out, damn Siri!
Is this an iDagger I see before me?
Ok, I'm going.
What happens if you squeeze it and lick its 'eyebrows'?
Such an interesting shade of blue.
Re: Just wondering
I hereby relinquish all rights and claims to the random number generator method known as the 'Frank Ly Generator' and gift it to the world. (I retain the right to bask in any reflected glory.)
Note: I had to press a 'Sumbit' button to get the post published. Vulture lawyers might have a say in this.
" ... the right number of photons needed to balance getting the maximum quantum uncertainty, while not saturating the detectors."
That indicated they were using a bright 'scene', if they were worried about saturating the CMOS detectors. I'd have thought that quantum effects wouyld be more noticable at very low levels of illumination.
Has anyone tried generating a 'random' number my performing a checksum on all the pixels of a photo of a natural scene (flower beds in a park, woodland glade, etc)?
L'Etat, c'est moi!
Let them eat freedom fries.
In my world ....
... I dream of having a bigger/better car than my neighbour.
Re: Alternative explanation
So, that's not your name, it's your pet's name :)
"... developers can access the data and leverage it to create entirely new applications.”
How much will they pay me to let them view and use data from my body?
"... the inkjet printer's annoying habit of skipping pixels ..."
Is that true for all inkjet printers, or just this one?
Re: I really can't see a point...
I think that's their point.
The 'porthole' front cover
I hope that could be removed because that does not go well with how I like to hold a phone, or cameraphone, or anything.
If 'instant messages' are carried over the telcos' networks, why would the telcos care who sends and receives them?
“When we negotiate with suppliers, we are doing so on behalf of customers. ..."
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