What, Australia? They got the US...where the money comes from :-)
1423 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Dumb question...
Perhaps, but certainly the laws of common sense, which seems to be alarmingly absent in today's yoof.
// agree, they should have dumped the water anyway...drones be damned.
Re: Pity it wasn't a French tank
"What idiot would sit around trading fire without moving?"
AKA: shoot & scoot
The grass is always greener...
Re: I wouldn't normally do this but...
Bonus points are awarded for using all three (or four) in the same article.
Long March, surely?
Saleswoman missed the obvious
She should have taken the whole tray, wrapped them up and handed them to the immature pop star, and asked her to pay for the now unsaleable merchandise. If she refused, call the cops.
// behave like a child if you want, but don't expect grown-ups to tolerate it.
Pop singer behaving badly?
It's a job requirement, isn't it?
// have no idea who she is
Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'
Re: From a proud Bible thumper
Stone all of them!
// obligatory Python reference.
Re: Good God !!
I liket The Random Capitalization in his Posts.
// I find it to be a fairly reliable indicator of lunacy
I believe their CEO is aware of the attitude of people like you.
So, in a bid to demonstrate how well his offering worked, he publicised his own social security number.
...and his identity was promptly stolen.
Re: Chatroulette without the dick pics?
I thought we'd all agreed that dick pics are appreciated by *no one*?
// especially, women
// maybe the word hasn't got out?
Re: Refreshing to read ... TRUTH
It's nice to be above average, then. I have never watched Fox "news", and even CNN has shifted over to more talking heads than hard news. I get mine from BBC.
We're not all idiots over here in the colonies, but you could be forgiven for thinking so, if all you go by is our "news" media.
Re: Rule #1
Perhaps it's Rule #1 on page 42?
// now, where did I put that book of rules?
"Simple" changes...often aren't.
// that's why we don't do them on Friday afternoons.
// simple...if you don't understand the details, that is.
Re: Old rant...
THIS. So much, this!
Microsoft: Do One Thing Well.
You are, or can be, good at building software. Stop adding frills, and build the best g*ddamn word, spreadsheet and presentation software in the world. Build software that people *want* to buy, not software that's rigged with incompatible file formats, so they *have* to buy it.
Forget, please, about competing in the phone marketplace. Apple and Android own it and you don't have the experience or the products. You (sort of) still have a chance in the gaming market...only because Sony is as clumsy as they are. But please, just forget about hardware and concentrate on building the best software in the world.
Re: How about a swap?
Let me know how it goes when the Scots are told that their new national language is Spanish.
// I see blue bottoms...
Re: Argies are too late
Perhaps the Falklands domain could be changed from .fk to .fku?
To emphasise to the Argentinians the fact that they're part of the UK, of course...
Re: One big problem
1. How long will your mobile work without being recharged. Mine lasts 2 days. And, as it's an iPhone, I can't "do" a spare battery.
2. How long do you think a mobile tower can operate without mains power? Depends on the size of the tank for the generator, but 24-48 hrs is what I have heard. Then someone had to drive up there and refuel it.
3. Cell site overload. The numbers have improved with digital, but still an issue, especially since all those with nothing to do will immediately get on the mobile to their friends, to discuss the fact that neither of them have anything to do. Tough luck if you have an emergency.
Yeah, it's better than nothing, but cellular can't hold a candle to POTS in robustness or reliability.
// have an old Western Electric phone...ever since the power went off and my cordless didn't work...duh?!.
One big problem
Internet doesn't work for long if mains power goes out. POTS is powered by batteries at the central office. Designed that way so that the parts likely to fail are all in one place, and easy to fix.
I understand the economics and the reasons for this, but I have a soft spot for the old copper system, which, if it were allowed to, would outlive me, because it's so damn well designed and built. I have much respect for The Telephone Company, their engineers and craftspeople, may they all rest in peace.
In My World, you'd have a single fiber connection for fun, and a POTS connection for when you really need it, like when you need an ambulance and the power's out (and the little dinky made-in-China backup battery in your fiber interface has long since departed)
// don't forget who Tommy Flowers worked for...
Re: TLDR - Urgent
And I'd prefer not to think about the edges of the boards and their little glass fibers that stick into the skin, oh, so easily, and itch for a week!
"...I am fighting for the work of the Lord.." --
...said every leader, ever.
Re: Really? The WERE Brazillian Wandering Spiders were they??
If you'll check the linked article:
You'll notice the spiders were identified by none other than the distinguished entomologist Chris Tosney, in reply to the frantic mum's Facebook post.
I couldn't help but notice
The photos in the linked article showed a white fuzzy patch (presumably the former home of the offending arachnid) which looked remarkably un-stepped-on.
Bananas usually look a lot more worse-for-wear than the example in the photos after being stepped on.
Ask me for a phone number, you're getting my work number.
Ask me for my email, you're getting my "for orders only" email
Ask me for my ZIP code when I'm purchasing something at a shop, you're getting my work ZIP (or a random one).
Any more questions?
// yes, I actively try to pollute databases...
Funny how little has changed
First photo: Respected boffin and guy-who-does-the-real-work pose in front of impressive hardware
Second photo: Suits pose in front of impressive hardware (guys*-who-do-the-real-work noticeably absent)
* intended to include female "guys" as well
You know how I know the Springdale plods have too much money and not enough to do?
On the brighter side, there's obviously no real crime in Springdale.
I happened to be at home for the last tech support call my wife received. She said nothing, smiled, and handed me the phone. Which I promptly took over to my Linux Mint machine, and played along (the menu items are similar enough), strung the poor sod along for a good 15 minutes, until he gave up and told me to call Microsoft.
It was at that point that I, still playing the unfortunate computer user, asked him if I should tell them I was using Linux. His response had us giggling for another 15 minutes.
// since 1993
Other than XBOX, mice and keyboards...
...with what hardware has Microsoft ever made money?
Kinect, I guess.
Remember the Microsoft KIN Social Communicators? Died a month after introduction, and you can bet the development costs weren't insignificant.
Microsoft does software (passably) well. They should stick to it, build the best software they can and support it well. The term "best" does not at this time, encompass Office, Visio or Project. They all have flaws, some of which have existed for years. However, they all also have shiny new UI's. This says something about MS's priorities. (Hint: they're concentrating on form over function)
Stop releasing every year, stop changing the UI, go back to building quality....
Ahhh...why do I even bother?
Re: quaternary, quinary, senary....
NO! NO! NO!
There'll be no singing!
Get back to work!
Oh, it was *brand new* :-) And, they had "tested" it...by pushing the TEST button. Genset cranked over and started right up, just like it was supposed to.
They hadn't wired the powerfail start-up circuits correctly. The test switch worked fine, but when it came to the Real Thing...five minutes of UPS, then crickets...
For those of you counting on the UPS to hold up your systems while the genset cranks over and starts up...make sure to test regularly.
A friend in the broadcast biz had a nasty surprise when his genset didn't crank over.
Looks like you had great weather for it!
And very successful, too. Being in sight of the touchdown is proof of that.
// No LOHAN tankards visible?
// Just checked Google - Springs EAST Airport is comfortingly located EAST of Colorado Springs, not west.
Hire some competent architects, stop letting the marketeers run your company!
Executives: start listening to the architects and stop ruling by fiat!
And, please, if there's ONE thing you do...stop changing the UI!
If you want your OS to be taken seriously, pick a UI and stick with it. Users see your OS as a necessary evil, required to get their work done. You're not helping them get their work done by having them spend all their time looking for where the "whatever" button has moved to, this week.
Honestly, if I had a hammer...I'd use it to pound the above idea into Microsoft execs' brains...if I could find them, that is.
Re: Modern Applications
// RPN 4 LIFE!!`1!
Well, we USAians *did* rush in to Vietnam as they were leaving. So perhaps there's a lower rung on the ladder...
// seems to be the correct icon
"It may speak volumes that Mr. Peters considers cows to be sentient."
You're claiming they're not?
Gary Larson would argue otherwise.
// no cow icon?
Re: 2 million lines of FORTRAN code
Real Programmers use FORTRAN to write weather models!
Tip of the hat to those men (and women) who write code nobody else does. Interstellar navigation, weather models, power grid models...now, that's a challenge!
// COBOL programmers also in high demand, I understand
TLE - in case someone wants to try a real photo
1 40661U 15025L 15159.06218063 .02648498 00000-0 67226-1 0 94
2 40661 55.0136 260.3261 0243391 227.2228 135.1229 15.14087982 04
or, on heavens-above.com
// of course, overcast at my location today and tomorrow night...
They were trying to spot Obama's invading Jade Helm force...
Re: Chances of claiming?
Given that most have already PAID to dispose of their lead-containing CRTs, the judge would have shown extreme perception if he had mandated that all unclaimed funds be used to recycle CRTs, not revert to the lawyers...
Re: Two things
Ahhh. Wet wipes.
Amazing how useful they were, and yet, there was one company that didn't "get it".
My favourites were J&J in the rectangular blue container, with the flip up lid. Easy to open one-handed, take a wipe off the top of the stack, utilize and discard. Nice and stable, so it didn't get knocked over.
Then, there was the "yellow tube" company. My lovely wife, deciding to try something new (or because the J&J brand was out of stock), brought these home one day. It was the standard cylindrical container, with a small flip up lid, and the wet wipe protruding through a small hole. Seemed OK. Until, I tried to extract a wet wipe one-handed. Couldn't be done. Pull on the wet wipe, the container, not heavy enough to hold itself down against the friction in the dispensing hole. Other hand occupied, holding two legs and a poopy bottom suspended off the table. Finally managed to extract a wet wipe, by waving the container/wet wipe until the container went flying across the room.
Bottom cleaned, new diaper installed, wet wipe container recovered, and words were had with the wife, explaining that the remainder of the container would not be used. Sometimes, the packaging is important.
That thought, had it occurred to the gentleman subject of the original article, would have resolved the "problem", more or less immediately, I am positive.
Won't someone please hand that man an ice pack?
It's the per aspera part he doesn't get, I think...
Re: Last Refuge of the Scoundrel
There's a tradition over here of cute names for legislation that are the exact opposite of their effect.
For example, a bill which doubles or triples the number of H-1B visas would be called something like "Getting America Back to Work Act", while legislation allowing industry to pump more pollutants into the environment would be the "Increasing American Competitiveness Bill"
The PATRIOT Act needs to die. Now.
// We're not the only ones who do this, BTW. See: "Peoples' Democratic Republic of..."
Ubuntu's too complicated now
I used it for years -- until Unity. Around the same time, Shuttleworth started raising his media profile. Ubuntu got too complicated for me, seemed like they had some kind of agenda, but damned if I could figure out what it was -- I just knew they were taking Ubuntu in directions that didn't appeal.
I'm using Mint now.
Re: In good company
And he'd be a good right-hand man for the current Governor of Florida...
Ham's an ex-science teacher from Queensland, which is often referred to as the "Florida of Australia".
// EX-science teacher...I think I can see why
Re: "Seriously? You think people who disagree with you should be murdered?"
Aw...let's go to the stoning.