2844 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
call it the FaceFone from now on
Just an idea; it's easier to remember than TIFKAM and others.
Up to a point
I used to develop my own colour slides, because it was an interesting techie thing to do (stereoscopic views using two small viewers stuck together; try it, it works). Once you start printing, that's a big step up. You're right in that it's not 'rocket science', but I'd suggest that it's beyond the immediate capabilities and interest of the majority of people.
Re: Pay attention to the axis of time...
They are not saying that life started on the asteroids. They are saying that a stable planetary/asteroid system is required and that the stability is linked to the history of how asteroid quantity and distribution was affected by the planets in a system.
Re: Yes and No
In that case, I'd suggest:
"As the last remaining members of the order Proboscidea ... the elephantidae can use their sizeable larynx ..."
Is it Hadoop?
First thing I thought of.
It's a long time since I had one of Mr Brain's Faggots in my mouth. (I'd better stop now.)
From Virgin Media T&Cs
"For customers on the Big Data & Texts tariff excessive use over 10GB of data per calendar month will result in their maximum bandwidth being restricted to 3G speeds (384kbit/s) on our network between midday and midnight."
That's not bad actually. Tethering not allowed, as to be expected.
I'm wondering, if I tether my Asus Transformer (running Android) will they notice the difference from my Android phone?
'Check In' on Facebook, .....
.... open up new browser tab, surf for free?
" .. but it lacks Jelly Bean ..."
Can anyone tell me what improvements would be noticeable if an Android phone was upgraded to Jelly Bean from ICS?
When my HTC Incredible went from Gingerbread to ICS, all I noticed was some changes in the UI and definite sluggishness in some operations. I'm very wary of updating the software on working systems that I'm used to.
Re: Simply becuase
I've got an Asus Transformer and I have it docked all the time, using the keyboard and a USB mouse. The tablet thing is fine for e-books and videos but a bit heavy for long term use in the hand/s.
Reaching over the keyboard to touch the screen feels weird and awkward when I can use the mouse from my hand's 'natural rest position'.
Re: Bit harsh
Possibly. He certainly ain't Spartacus.
Re: Far enough the USA were Tards
"He was also moving money about in an attempt to not pay taxes."
Google, Vodaphone, Starbucks, .......etc. It's what legitimate organisations do :)
" ... it wasn't the network packet flow itself that was encouraging sexual behaviour in the youngsters, but rather that the phone acted as a tool to enable the behaviour."
What an incredible insight.
Is it waterproof?
And is there an ornamental pond nearby with some large Koi in it? Start small and work your way up.
Many years ago, I got a fax from the USA delivered to the fax machine where I worked in the UK. I wonder how that happened?
I'm sure 'lessons have been learned' so that this will never happen again.
Re: Motion analyser?
There is a high-tech Japanese toilet that does medical analysis on the 'motion'. They are becoming more and more capable as time goes by. I for one welcome ....etc.
Re: +1 for Random Penguin
It would be a great name for an Ubuntu release, even if it's not the standard structure; but they can't use it now :(
" ..the (odourless) gas ethylene."
According to Wikipedia, it has a faint sweet and musky odour. Maybe that is at normal earth temperatures though and it has no odour at 220 K. Has this been tested on a human subject?
@Andrew and Alan Re: More details needed
I got a Kobo Glo this lunchtime. I have about 75% mobi and 25% epub on my existing (badly organised) collection, usually read using a laptop based reader. So, I'll be organising my collection and converting mobi to epub using Calibre. I've found that some of my epub books cannot have the line spacing/fonts/margins adjusted and will freeze the device if you play around with the adjustment controls.
The way to deal with this is to reconvert them in Calibre with the Look and Feel -> Filter Style Information -> Fonts/Margins checkboxes ticked. This gives you a 'fresh' epub file that can have adjustments made to it, no problem. I'm sure there are all sorts of other practical details that I have yet to learn.
In general, the review sites, even the 'technical' ones, are useless for practical details of real life use of e-book readers; which is why the El Reg commentard community is so useful :)
Re: More details needed
More research is what I did .....
"Amazon restricts you to only reading books that you download via its own shop. You can squeeze .pdf or Word files onto the Kindle by email, but the popular .epub file format used by many websites and public libraries is not supported."
Looks like the Kobo Glo then.
More details needed
At £109, the basic model is £9 more than the Kobo Glo (from WH Smith), but the Glo has WiFi .......the Glo doesn't support mobi ........ you can't turn the Paperwhite illumination off ....... Christmas is coming..... need to do more research ......etc.
Re: Petticoat 5 - Got it!
BBC TV: Look Around You - Series 2 - Episode 5 - 'Computers'. Yes, it's funny as was the entire series.
"At the moment, there's only one program available for it, and that's a lipstick colour chart."
I have all the episodes on my media library. Well worth obtaining.
Old women are useful
A theory I read, many years ago, is that the purpose of the menopause is to protect older women becoming pregnant because it is dangerous for them. Leading on from this, from the point of view of success of an organised society, it is vital to have a store of community knowledge - when to plant crops, what herbs are poisonous and which ones have antiseptic properties, etc.
Older, non child bearing women were the ideal repository for this knowledge and the mechanism for sharing it and passing it on; since they don't have the tendency (as old men did) to get killed while out hunting and fighting. The other advantage of older non child bearing women is that they do not represent a threat to younger women since the menfolk can't get them pregnant, hence they can move around a community freely, dispensing advice and useful gossip (or discussion if you prefer). Old men who try to wander round visiting young women for a chat are viewed with suspicion by everybody of course.
This is all old and ancient history and we modern humans are far more advanced and rational nowadays.
Re: I have to ask
I'm sure there's a joke about a Trojan in there.
Have you thought about patenting that novel and inventive process? (Drop the pneumatic tubes and say 'information pathway'). Give it a few years and you could clean up by patent trolling the social networks.
What happened here?
How can Facebook 'seize' money and then decide to 'donate' it to someone? If I know my neighbour is a drug dealer, can I break into his house, 'seize' any cash I find and then donate it to a drug abuse charity?
I thought that legal authorities have to become involved.
Re: I followed that link to the past excuses.
The roof of the car is a convenient place to put small things when you're sorting out your possessions in preparation for a journey. I once lost a packet of cigarettes and a lighter that way.
@Michael re. 1.
The cow sat down and some idiot had dropped their mobile phone at that exact place in the field.
Shouldn't be difficult to block
About a year ago, my router logs showed a spate of 'sniffing' on the ports of my domestic FTP server; coming from IP addresses listed as being in China. The FTP server username and password are _not_ the equipment default values.
After a couple of days, the sniffing stopped - nothing to see here, move along; I suppose.
@Phil Re: This should never have been a problem
The patent is part of the evidence of the case brought against the defendant. The defendant surely has the right to question and attempt to disprove the truth or validity of any evidence against them? No?
In a criminal case (notionally far more serious than commercial actions) the defendant can have evidence rejected if it was obtained using faulty procedures (e.g statements made to police officers in the back of a police car with no legal representative present).
So in a commercial case, why shouldn't the defendant be able to question the validity of a patent?
Just wondering .....
"The doc and colleagues from California uni and the US Navy's marine-mammal units (which are mainly staffed by dolphins) have published a paper ..."
Was it the humans or the dolphins who were the main contributors?
"The Vu doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot ..."
I used to feel that this was a deal-breaker for me. However, for the past year I haven't removed the microSD card from my phone because WiFi transfer is fast enough for pictures and music files. With my Asus Transformer, I only remove the SD card if I want to quickly load up an 800MB video file.
Top image: Learned scholars devise means of reading ancient Ubaid tablets by light from 76 candles placed in different positions.
Bottom image: Bag of flour, packet of nuts, small jar of milk.
How 'bad' is 4?
If I have a phone number with lots of '4' in it, will people be wary of calling me and not invite me to events? Does it turn into a social disgrace or is it just regarded as unlucky but amusing?
I'd be tempted to get a number with as many 4s as possible, because of my macabre sense of humour, to give to 'special' people when asked for my number.
"the originals have been expunged"
We have always been in favour of computer games. From tomorrow, the daily ration of Telegraph articles will be increased to four.
Re: What, in the age of cloudiness, is
But, the cloud was transparent; the researchers saw through it to the CPU.
Re: The other first
Some of us have compacted straw and horsehair. I can recommend it, especially in winter.
@Phil Re: Ha ha ha
I'd have thought 'Temporary Staff', for various reasons :)
Using an amazing device called a 'USB hub' (as found at the bottom of my 'cables and stuff' crate), I can have a mouse, a 'proper' keyboard and a USB memory stick connected to my Android tablet. Since it already has a micro-SDcard slot and an SD card slot, being able to connect a USB memory stick isn't all that useful to me, but it's nice to have.
@Everybody (so far)
Personally, I prefer a well written report with good diagrams, but, but ....
If you reject and belittle this, then you reject a novel form of communication and expression. The history of communication/computing technology is a history of experimentation by people who decided not to do things in the standard way. You should admire their experimentation and imagination and consider that this is probably why they are PhD candidates, whereas most of you (as well as me) are not.
They didn't cut the corners. They filed them to a rounded shape, which may cause problems.
Re: How wireless are we talking?
According to Karen Sandler's talk (see above), a medical technician can read your heart rate as soon as you walk into the room. That's how wireless.
Re: See Karen Sandler's talk
Fascinating and frightening. Thanks for the link.
A planet by any other name ....
If you state that it's in orbit around Alpha Centauri B, then why do you need to call it an 'exoplanet'? It's a planet and it's in orbit around Alpha Centauri B.
And the officer concerned?
According to a newspaper report I read this morning, the officer concerned has been subjected to 'internal discipline'. I'm sure this does not involve a lot of USB sticks and a jar of lubricant, sadly.
Re: Quite Exciting
Try an Asus Transformer (among others). There's a shed load of free and cheap apps for it.
Then again, if you want a proper Windows experience........
Re: Unless there is a large segment with phones and no internet?
If they have phones that can scan QR codes and order items, then surely they have a mobile internet data connection?
The article doesn't give technical details so I suppose it's possible that the phone uses bluetooth to finally communicate with some kind of payment kiosk at the exit of the shop..........who knows?
Given that Cinderella spent most of her life cleaning, cooking and hauling coal/wood; she may have weighed more than 50kg.
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