712 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I remember being a kid in Melbourne in the 60's while Donald Cambell was tearing up Lake Eyre with Bluebird.
Great fun, and beating the Americans (at least for a while) makes it even more fun!
Forgot the last one....
doesn't move and isn't supposed to: paint it!
//good job, those men!
A better question
Does it have a subwoofer?
Steal 100K and you're a criminal
Steal 100 million and you"re "too big to fail"
//sad thing is that in the end, it's always you and me what pays
I use Hotmail
As my throwaway email address; used for orders, given when asked for an email, etc.
It's fit enough for the purpose.
Mine are getting a fruit basket (although they deserve a trip to the pub and the rest of the day off)
LART - Luser Attitude Readjustment Tool
//any similarity to a cricket bat is purely coincidental
How ridiculously sexist!
You must be a "glass half empty" kinda guy.
//RIP, Dr. Ride
Re: Paris Culture
Well, at least he can be glad he wasn't treated the same way she was...
Re: I don't understand
- function has plateaued, so MS can only change form
- market is almost saturated, so MS need to sell something "new" to maintain profit numbers
- people won't upgrade voluntarily, so MS makes a new, incompatible file format the default and forces them to
Three signs of a company whose time is running out.
Re: Where is it then?
Small gains in productivity in the office
Such as those created by changing your entire UI (learned by your entire customer base over many years) for something completely different?
Then claiming your new "ribbon" is somehow better?
Perhaps you could explain to those of us still trying to find functions on the ribbon how it makes us more efficient compared to using the old menu system we knew and loved. At least tell us how to say "no, thanks" and continue using the old menu system...
Can someone please explain...
...why a robot would "like" an account?
The obvious answer would be "because it was paid to", but this doesn't seem to be the case (at least the article doesn't mention payment, only spam advertising).
So who gains? Or are these robots just programmed to scan their inboxes and "like" every Facebook account they can identify.
Or is something else going on here?
Re: Having not seen this, the poster has made me curious...
check the cover text carefuly...it says "DRAMA"...she must be it.
Next week's headline
Reg hack nabbed by Customs for trying to import illegal DVD
(best rip it and upload it to your Dropbox now)
Starting to act like a company whose time has come...
$DEITY, I hate that ribbon...
There's a Telstar High School
In Bethel, Maine.
I went on a field trip to the Telstar ground station in Andover, Maine as a kid. Last year, on a hike in the hills nearby, I saw clearly why the site had been chosen. The station itself (yes, it's still there) is in the center of a natural bowl, a valley, surrounded by woodland and a ring of hills.
Why isn't Lucy working for the Special Projects Bureau?
She'd have LOHAN sorted in a few minutes...or be able to phone someone who could!
Anyway, thanks for a great story, Lucy. Some kids have more interesting childhoods than others, I guess!
Re: Sort of...
Getting rid of staff who have a vested interest in getting it right, and replacing them with outsourced staff in a foreign country, who have no proprietary interest in the organization to which they are contracted *might* be part of the problem here.
Re: Not calculate!!!
Well, they tried doing it with a simple stick, but Zog kept knocking it over, so they decided to use some stones big enough not to be knocked over by even the most clumsy villager...
Re: No digital tech?
Elwood: Man, I haven't been pulled over in six months. I bet those cops have got "SCMODS".
Elwood: "State County Municipal Offender Data System."
Re: I always thought they would like the Nazis in it
I *hate* Illinois nazis!
I made my digital transition in January of this year.
Returned my cable box and cancelled the service. Apple TV, online video rental and High Speed Internet service give more value for money. There was nothing on cable anymore that justified $70/month (same price as internet?)
Porsche is just a tarted-up VW Beetle anyways...buy a Karmann Ghia and save!
"...help moving some unclaimed funds in a Massachusetts bank account..."
No help needed, the Commonwealth is quite capable of moving your funds themselves.
On the news this morning they are saying the concrete paving (estimated lifetime: 30 years) in the Big Dig is now failing and will need to be re-done. This translates to much excitement in the tunnels leading to the airport for the next 2 years...
(They're really quite rigorous about publishing lists and holding funds until you or your heirs claim them...apparently there's no time limit)
//MA resident, didn't/won't vote for Romney
Re: Sonoma, CA reporting in ... No need for tech when it comes to this kind of thing.
"I wonder if I can convince her to allow me to grind a 20" mirror ..."
Only one way to find out, mate!
I recently built a D=102mm F=1525mm refractor from a surplus objective achromat I bought online. When I got it finished, I called my wife out to see Saturn and its rings. She later said to me, "I can't believe you built a telescope that let me see Saturn's rings!"
Sometimes being a nerd is fun.
IrDA failed because
it was slow as molasses.
Worked with some guys who had tried this (data network over LED) in the early 90s. The worked at it for a good while but never managed to get it working. reliably or at speed. It's that pesky box in the diagram labeled "Signal Processing"...too much multipath, too many nanoseconds and picofarads to get a decent data rate. Not to mention all the optical interference.
Re: Very proud
"Made in the USA"
By Real Engineers. Designed to last a month or two, and still going strong. Now, *that* is good design, no matter what nationality.
...do they have a wire with lights on it going through their heads? Is this some new kind of Facebook thing?
Re: So this means...
Probably. Except during that extremely tricky phase of the flight, where the pilot is trying to avoid other planes, line up with the glideslope while fighting the up-, down- and side-drafts and gently ease the aircraft onto the runway, thereby saving you all from a nasty death.
I'll be turning all my stuff off as requested. No sense in tempting fate.
I was recently on a plane that still had those seat-back phones with the credit card slot. IIRC, the cost was in the high units of dollars ($5<cost<$10) per minute. Pretty much like international roaming rates. I never (well, maybe once) saw them being used either.
I wonder if the company that installed all those handets on all those planes even broke even? My guess would be "no".
Re: his engineers have found batteries that could power a flight for 100km (62 miles).
Attached to a Mr. Fusion...
Re: Parking on a skyscraper
You just push a button and it folds up into an attache case.
"The jury found Google to be unequivocally guilty of copyright infringement on the major charge, copying the "overall structure, sequence and organization" of Java for its mobile operating system Android. "
That's a true statement. However, the judge instructed the jury to assume that the APIs were copyrightable. The judge is going to rule on whether or not this is actually the case at a later time.
So, Google is guilty of copying the API, they never denied that. And the EU courts just decided that APIs are not copyrightable. So, the judge has yet to drop that other shoe...whether APIs are copyrightable in the US.
I read somewhere that it's a sign all is not well in the head department.
How long will he last?
Before he "Leaves to pursue other business interests" and SteveB "Wishes him success in his future endeavours"?
Real computers have switches and lights.
Our Motor Vehicle Dept changed my gender
I went to renew my driver's license. When I got home, I noticed that they'd changed me to an "F". Mustache and all. It's one of those data fields you wouldn't think would be changeable...but you'd be wrong. When I next renewed the license, I said nothing, to see if the would notice. Nope.
The third time, I mentioned it. I was a bit nervous that I might (as advised in the renewal notice) be required to show proof before they would make the change. Thankfully for all concerned, that wasn't required.
I should mention, that I had several encounters with the police during the years I was driving with an "F" license (during at least one of these encounters, the license was "run" through the computer). Nothing was said about it, and I didn't get ticketed, either!
Still have the license in a drawer somewhere...
BASIC...we could only DREAM of BASIC!
*I* learned FOCAL.
Digital's language for beginners: (C)FOCAL-1968
Teletype, paper tape, time-shared PDP-8 (or so I was told at the time).
And we were grateful for it.
I gave Alibaba a try
Figured I should give it a chance. I was looking for a cheap power transformer, the kind you find as part of a small DC power supply, 24 watts or so. In my query, I provided fairly detailed electrical and mechanical specifications.
What I got back was basically junk. Lots of spam from Alibaba itself, spam from freight forwarders, a couple of replies offering power transformers of the kind you find on concrete pads outside manufacturing plants...and one or two legitimate replies.
My conclusion? Far too much filtering required to find anything I need. And the communication barrier, of course. Bare minimum (and sometimes, not even that!) product information. Formulaic responses, repeated verbatim in response to my follow-up emails. English comprehension minimal (well, it *is* China, after all), but you'd expect better given that they were advertising their product in English.
Re: You've nailed it!
My objections (aside from lack of granular control over who gets to see which of my posts) are the "just for you" ads that appear on the right side, for things I would not, in my wildest dreams, be interested in.
//most annoying is "Free Pictures of Girls!"
//always there, can't get rid of it
Apple already does this
My daughter left her iPhone 3 in a cab. Of course, the driver didn't bother to turn it in. She tracked it, sent a couple of texts to it with her work phone # and a request to call and arrange a return, then it was switched off.
So, she went to the Apple store, they happily wiped and locked it. Next day she gets a call about returning it. She ended up getting it back (with a new bumper case on it) and took it to the Apple store again, where they happily un-bricked it for her. She then restored her backed-up content and was on her way...until one of the buttons dies and she needed to get a new phone!
technical difference: liner vs cruise ship
At the end of it all, you're still drowned, though.
All are good choices if you can find one used. The 95 and 100 add video. I have the 90 and paid US$400 for it. You can probably find it for half that now, and it would be a very good choice. Takes excellent low light shots and has good resolution. Very flexible settings including all-manual and will automatically take a 3-shot HDR sequence at user set exposure increments.
//not water/shock/bite proof, I'm afraid
Aren't the Norks international pariahs? As in, nobody in the Free World is supposed to be dealing with them? They ignore all international standards of behavior, so what on earth makes the WIPO folks think that they will respect others' intellectual property?
//of course, the patents on missiles and spacecraft will probably come in handy
Re: It's not about milking the parents of disabled kids.
"someone has infringed on the patent of someone else here."
In a fair world, "someone else" should have their patent invalidated for obviousness. I mean, honestly, a keyboard of symbols that get strung together to form a spoken sentence?
Low pressure only until ignintion, right?
As the motor fires, the pressure in the (formerly) evacuated vessel will rapidly rise (from the gasses produced). So you're just testing that the motor will ignite in a low pressure environment.
Or do you plan to continue sucking the hot discharge?
"Then there arrives a point where a product is mature, and the R&D runs out of new features it can add because all features that are useful to 95% of users have already been added. MS Office reached this state probably around Office 2007, Open Office would have caught up with that around 2010* and from then on it's a no-brainer to get the free version instead of the paid one."
Completely agree. Very annoying, however, to be "upgraded" to Office 2010 at work (due to that old bugaboo, incompatible file formats), and to discover that the R&D team at Microsoft, while looking hard for something to justify their continued existence, has decided it would be a Good Idea to completely change the UI. This does not make my life easier, and does not endear the R&D team to me. They are now First Against the Wall When the Revolution Comes.
PDF X-Change works well for me under XP. It's reported to also run under WINE, and that's on my list of experiments to try. I haven't found anything as good which is native Linux, though.
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