90 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 10:28 GMT
...and so's my wife!
Basic computer games, the book
I still have my copy of the first edition of David Ahl's book. It's how I learned to program back in the 70s. Which probably accounts for my er... peculiar coding style to this day :-)
CDC Cyber 6600?
The console looked amazing - two circular oscillosope thingies.
Impressed me loads at the time. But then I was only a nipper.
Programmer's File Editor
Can't believe no-one's mentioned PFE.
Re: IBM's arrogance was that they could make standards ..
Clearly you've never heard of lenses.
"iOS is a lot less configurable. That's the price you pay for flexibility."
Not configurable = inflexible.
Surely those big web firms already make huge profits. Maybe they should think about paying some tax for a change.
"We believe that any changes to the UK’s copyright framework should be industry-led"
That's like saying changes to MP's pay and conditions should be MP-led.
...thin end of the wedge.
And another thing
"...suggested that dominant market players could not make "unilateral and nonessential" changes to contractual terms if consumers have "no option other than to accept the change or abandon an online resource in which they have invested significant time"
IE6 / 7
Surely no-one uses Internet Explorer 6 or 7 these days. Surely!
Ah... except the company which *I* work for still does.
Impressive but not unique
Armadillo aerospace have been doing rocket VTOL for years.
"operating profit of £32m on turnover of £16.3m"
Now that is impressive!
Total dollar amount
I love the widths of the lines for "Total dollar amount that Apple/Samsung is entitled to receive from Samsung/Apple" - you could get a LOT of digits in there.
"We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social"
Deeply Social? Deeply dippy more like.
Security is a pain in the a**
The Reg is a BRITISH site FFS. It should be "Security is a pain in the a***".
Voluntary? Er... no.
"...whether this additional requirement is really worthwhile given that individuals' personal data are so widely and voluntarily made available on the net."
Your data "widely availabale" - yes,
"voluntarily available" - you must be joking.
It's almost impossible to use the internet these days without having to "agree" to endless web sites endless T&Cs. All of which can be changed at a later date and it's your responsibility to check if T&Cs have subsequently changed.
Common sense at last
I lost confidence in the review when I read...
"the vast majority of non-technical people have always used a webmail service as their primary personal e-mail account. And Facebook or LinkedIn are considered the natural upgrade to e-mail. "
What utter nonsense.
I may be showing my ignorance here.
How would the Credit Card companies know what I've bought? Surely they only know who I've bought from and how much I've paid. that's hardly going to lead to advertising that's very "targetted".
"Smart" metering will mean that in the future when we are short of electricity (and we will be) tarrifs can be adjusted many times during the day so that the price you pay for the electricity you use at any given time of the day (or how windy/sunny it is outside) reflects the amount of electricyty available. Simple supply & demand economics.
The reason we WILL run short of electricity (and personally I can't wait for that to happen) is that no-one is prepared to pay the real cost of power generation, whether that's nuclear, fossil or renewable. The end user will have to pay a lot more for energy in the future if new power generation and transmission infrastructure is going to be built.
The act that no-ne wants to pay for it is perfectly illustrated by today's furore over OFGEM's claim that (once again) energy companies are charging us too much.
You can't have your cake and eat it as they say.
Why are the Toshiba tablets being displayed on a toilet seat?
I'd be a Pastafarian too.
If I wasn't already a Jedi.
It's going to be a terrible NASA PR own-goal if they pursue Mitchell for a 40 year old camera...
Changing "fair use" limits just *after* you've signed up to a 24 month contract...
...what's fair about that?
"If bees can't do the job, the harvesting machines which drive among the trees can surely be adapted to puff each one with pollen."
Oh dear. It's good to see an obvious expert, like Mike Shepherd, commenting on this.
Tell me Mike. When harvesting - what are the machines supposed to "puff" pollen onto?
Cameron concluded: "This is a wake-up call that bumblebee species are declining not only in Europe, not only in Asia, but also in North America."
A wake-up call that's a bit late! Colony Collapse Disorder has been common knowledge for the last four years (to my layman's knowledge) and Verroa mite is endemic in Europe.
I feel a similar wake-up call will be given about man-made global warming when the polar ice caps are the size of ice cubes.
Remember to type a title here
"Angela Eagle suggested such uses for the cameras "might make people understand there is a point to [them]" she told The Daily Telegraph."
I thought you were supposed to have a point *before* spending millions on them. Not trying to invent a point for them sometime afterwards.
Making it look easy
But launching rockets and getting something successfully into orbit is as far from easy as it's possible to be.
Title? We don't need no stinkin' titles
Both Gemini and Apollo capsules were steerable during re-entry because their centre of mass had been offset in otrder to provide some the blunt-ended cone with some aerodynamic lift. By firing thrusters the astronaut was able to adjust the 'lift vector' and fly the capsule left and right to steer but also fly longer or shorter.
This is how later missions ended so close to the recovery ships that the splashdown could be filmed.
Fit for which purpose?
"What's needed is a fundamental re-appraisal of internet architectures, building a more secure system that fit for purpose" said the ex-government advisor.
I wonder what purpose he has in mind?
Can of worms?
"Google said suggestions were based on other people's searches"
Surely this means people can influence the suggestions Google volunteers.
Can everyone spend the rest of the day typing "Titus Aduxass kisses gerbil's bottoms" into Google please. Then I can sue Google for defamation too :-D