1491 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 12:46 GMT
Re: On course for UK - Oz in 30 minutes
Just out of curiosity, wouldn't the G-forces involved with hypersonic stuff end up laminating the pilot/passengers to the rear wall of the plane?
Not a troll, just a genuine question. =)
Nicely done Lester
I know you've probably had a lot of folks deriding your effort as being a sham and that it isn't a "real" view of what it's like to live below the breadline.
But they're missing the point.
The phrase "there's people worse off than you" is a really shit way to gain insight and empathy - it's like saying "unless you are this depressed/discriminated/disabled, your views don't mean jack and are therefore irrelevant". It doesn't help. All it does is breed resentment. If it has changed *your* view on the world and your view on others, that's all the matters.
Besides, even the most snarky person would have to agree that raising over a grand for charity can only be a good thing.
Re: Screw the iWatch
@AC - I fear you are missing the point. The point is that when someone comes up to you and says "Hello peasant, I have an iWatch" you are in a position to retort "Well, that's pretty cool but inside my watch, right now, a high power laser is firing at a radioactive isotope, keeping time accurate to a nanosecond. But yeah, I guess an iWatch is pretty cool as well."
Screw the iWatch
I want one of these babies. Oo
Re: What about all the large UK tech companies?
Probably because of all the money they have made from other people's images.
"chans of communication"
Slip of the tongue there? =p
Coffee is fine but there might be a little bit of haggling involved with the antidote.
"Tuition fee rises...
"...won't happen while Lib Dems are in government."
Given the choice
I'd probably splash out on the tour of Space X. I think provided no-one mentioned electric cars or journalists it'd be pretty cool. Sounds a hell of a lot more fun than listening to Piers Morgan prattle on about himself or Tim Cook sitting in icy silence when you ask him about future Apple products.
Who'd have thought there would be more than one individual in the world with the initials "RVP"?
...but sadly unlikely. No-one has ever put an entire lynch mob on trial before, which is a shame because it really needs to be done sometimes. =/
The main problem with Apple's recent releases?
Think about it. When the iPod first became mainstream it had interesting new ideas for menu navigation plus a crapton of storage. Then they released iPod Minis then iPod Touches and then introduced the Great Unwashed to the concept of a touch screen smart phone. Then they brought out an iPad and world+dog wanted one.
All they've done in the past few years is tread water. The Macbook Air is just a slightly slimmer Macbook, there's no glaring changes between the iPhone 2 and iPhone 5, aside from screen and processor upgrades. They need someone that's prepared to make *changes* and venture on risky products.
Show us something *new* and I might show you some of my money again, Apple.
Re: My Z10
"...and the first thing the sales assistant said about it was that it was a difficult interface..."
The sales assistant isn't a freaking mind reader. They don't know whether you've had 10 billion years experience and can tell the difference between a 9320 and 9360 by smell or whether you're someone that has trouble finding the "call" button.
It *is* a big change going from the old OS to the new one and it is better for the assistant to assume a lack of knowledge and issue a warning than mindlessly flog a Z10, only to put up with a barrage of abuse and questions later.
Re: I like it !
I actually wrote an article about something similar for All About Symbian a few years back. I'd bought a second hand Panasonic phone off ebay and when i received it it had someone's bank account details on it. I called one of the numbers on the phone and it turned out it had been stolen in Manchester a few weeks back. Contacted eBay - they didn't want anything to do with it. Contacted Paypal - they didn't want anything to do with it. Went to the police station with a complete record of all emails between me, the seller, ebay, the works - nothing came of it. I returned the phone to the young lady it had been stolen from but wasn't able to get a refund from either Paypal or eBay.
I feel that if Microsoft allowed its hardware developers a little more flexibility when it comes to designing the phones, they'd be a lot more successful. A WP8 with a good, solid keyboard would be delightful - think 9300 or 9210 with WP8.
As for Eadon, everyone knows he has his own unique keyboard that he uses for posting on here. It comprises of two very large keys - one saying "Microsoft", the other saying "Fail" and he repeatedly slams his face onto it before clicking the "Submit" button.
Hell has officially frozen over
A Government IT project......*that wasn't a complete fuck up*.
Re: Domain names
Weird. I'd have thought they'd have used .kim instead.
Schmidt: "Officer, I wish to make a complaint. Someone was flying a drone around my house this afternoon. It is a shameless violation of my privacy!"
Officer: "Sir, how do you know this? Wouldn't you have been at work?"
Schmidt: "I saw it on a Streetview photo."
Kinda 50/50 I think. My morbid side can see the amusement in some of the phrases used but my more human side feels sorry for the guy. Doesn't help that some of the later comments are pointing stuff I wasn't even aware of, like the bends.
...that's a really shitty way to go. Poor bastard. =/
Now be fair...
It's very difficult to freeze salaries while ensuring the same or a greater amount of work from your employees. The small bonus just helps to offset the insurance rise when the tyres on your Bentley are repeatedly slashed by hacked off plebeians.
Re: It IS rocket science...
Probably the biggest place at risk is South Korea. A missile could easily be intercepted if they tried to hit somewhere like Guam, Japan or the US but if the got them close enough to the border and let rip, they might actually have a chance of hitting something.
Also, even if they can't do a full nuke, what about the potential for a dirty warhead? Is that a possibility?
Re: Missile fuels and testing
I agree. Even the most rabid dictator is aware that rocket scientists don't grow on trees and I imagine that successful ones are treated like royalty. If for no other reason, KJ knows that without decent scientists, he is royally boned.
....but then again, Western Civilsations are royally boned without decent scientists and we don't exactly pay ours well.
Also, can we get a "royally boned" icon please?
Re: Topic? What's a topic?
We don't need peasants like you in The Silver Badge Club. You're also not allowed in our treehouse. Nyer-nyer.
Re: yes, but
The Twitter Toaster!
North Korea playing games...
I think it's some kind of Hacker bingo. All they need is Gary McKinnon and they'll have a full house.
Re: "Middle managers suffer more stress than anyone else"
Middle managers believed to suffer more stress. Also noted - monkeys shit in the woods.
The protestors are doing it wrong
Oritz et al were legally entitled to threaten Aaron Swartz, which makes it Okay.
Last time I saw them at the Farnborough Air Show, the resolution on the fourth plane was off and had a couple of dead pixels next to it.
Re: Are you sure it's Photoshop?
If this doesn't happen I will be bitterly disappointed.
Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives
So purely from an academic angle, what *would* you need to cut through a major submarine cable? Does it vary from country to country (i.e. American ones being hardened more than Middle Eastern ones)?
Re: There sure as hell is a need for press regulation
I've re-read it and I have been hasty in my initial post, for which I apologise.
That said, with your example about the PR wanting to get an article taken down, what if it had been an individual that has been the victim of unfair press? The PCC is a remarkably toothless organisation and the only other option is legal action, which for an individual going up against a national newspaper, must seem like a futile task. A newspaper can hire an army of lawyers, an individual can't. Plus someone that's had their life intruded into by the press is already under a colossal amount of stress and pressure; to go through expensive legal action with a highly doubtful outcome...
There does need to be a way for individual people to be able to call newspapers to account but allowing them to do so in a way that cannot be abused by more powerful people...that's beyond me.
Re: There sure as hell is a need for press regulation
I only first became aware of it on FreeThoughtsBlog; someone had managed to cache the page before it was taken down. It didn't do any favours for my blood pressure.
There sure as hell is a need for press regulation
For those of you that move in LGBT circles, the name Lucy Meadows has been making headlines this week. For those unfamiliar with the story, about 3 months ago, Richard Littlejohn of the Daily Mail wrote an extremely degrading "expose" of a transwoman in Manchester, describing her as being in the wrong job and that her transitioning was "having a devestating influence" on the children in her class.
She killed herself last week after three months of press harassment.
To date, no official action has been taken against Richard Littlejohn. The PCC refuses to get involved despite literally thousands of third party complaints. Do I want journalists to have completely free reign? Not if they can destroy lives and get away with it.
Re: Shark Fin
It doesn't matter whether they eat the rest of the damn shark or not. Sharks have an extremely low reproductive cycle when compared to other fish species, so it's little wonder that a large number of sharks are critically endangered. Shark fishing simply isn't sustainable, regardless of how much of the shark is eaten.
Re: Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?
Just did a Google Image Search on David Hockney and if he drew all those on an iPad it completely blows my argument out of the water. They're pretty amazing - which program did he use?
Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?
With any kind of drawing, you need a high degree of accuracy, which you're unlikely to get with fingertips. Even when you have a slab more suited to it, like the Galaxy Note 10.1, there's still limits to what you can reasonably do.
I'd be really interested in hearing from the artsy or graphic designs section of El Reg on this - does anyone use a fondleslab as their main artwork tool? (Please note I'm not referring to the Wacom and its ilk, which I know from first hand experience to be delightfully useful gadgets. =)
Umm, I'm not sure how cool I am with this
One person's "affectionate teasing" is another person's "bullying bastard". I was on the receiving end of an awful lot of "affectionate teasing" in school and it made my life a misery. Mr Fry has said he isn't cool with it, so maybe knock it off?
He is also, by and large, a fairly harmless individual and Christ knows there's more deserving targets out there for a verbal shoeing. You should also bear in mind that it's other people that have described him as a "national treasure" and all that crap - not Mr Fry himself.
Does no-one else see the irony in this?
A "free" operating system being used by one of the most oppressive and brutal governments on the planet?
Be nice, folks =)
Mr Osborne is doing the best he can to save the economy with his Courageous Outspoken Capitalist Knowledge.
Re: I see no need for this.
Speak for yourself. I want a Hollyphone.
EDIT: That's a Norman Lovett Hollyphone, for preference but a Hatty Hayridge one would be cool too.
...they'd be far less eager to raid saver's bank accounts to prop up European bankers.
Medal of Honour fans are united in their anger at the Medal of Honour franchise, at least as far as Warfighter goes.
That's the name of the condition Ms Croft is afflicted with. It's something that crops up again and again in Final Fantasy games. The female lead flits indecisively between spunky and petite little flower mode, often within the space of a few minutes. Say what you will about Ms Croft being an object of titillation but one thing she has always been is strong and independant. Turning her into Dagger, Rinoa or Aeris was always going to jarringly out of character.
I know, right? I'm rather fond of my Lumia and would happily splash out on a Windows Phone 8 10 inch slab but the fact that even Microsoft's hardware partners are refusing to touch RT with the proverbial pole speaks volumes.
Re: BE CAREFUL. Someday it WILL happen to you...
The article also fails to take into account people's innate stupidity when given a modicum of freedom. A half pint quickly becomes a pint, then a pint becomes two points and then next thing you know you've put some poor bastard in a wheelchair for life.
My driving instructor was a vicious little sod but one thing he said still sticks in my mind. "A car is a weapon. Like any other weapon, if you're careless or irresponsible with it, you will kill someone."
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