1046 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
It truly was a geek paradise
I first visited in 83 and came back with so many goodies that just didn't exist in the Tottenham Court Road. I still have some gold plated phono plugs in a box here somewhere.
Best of all was an Akai open reel cassette pack. It was a cassette shell that opened up and contained tiny removable metal reels of 1/8th inch tape. The idea was that you only needed to carry one cassette for your Walkman but still have access to 10 albums. The reels came in a soft gold-coloured tubular belt pack that apparently enhanced your roller skating experience. Daft, tacky, impractical but too funny to not buy.
This could get messy...
...as Lewis Page's head implodes.
Re: The Lewis Page Paradox
Excellent, two downvotes. Proof, if it was needed, that Page's disciples don't actually read his "articles".
The Lewis Page Paradox
1. Nuclear power is better because it creates no climate-changing effects.
2. There is no such thing as climate change.
Not just Tesco
Australian online retailer Fishpond sends out plaintext replacement passwords. Five characters, too. Class act.
NBN will make things worse?
Williams warned that the deployment of Australia's National Broadband Network and the quadrupling of internet traffic by 2016 will make matters even worse, undermining the business case of cultural production to a greater extent than ever before.
This is obviously bollocks. Who has to time to consume more than they do now? Example, if you currently download one film per night and watch it that's about two hours of your life gone. Add that to all your other daily time usage such as sleeping, eating, shagging, gaming, gardening, working, commuting, etc, and you don't have many, if any, hours left. Having a faster connection doesn't magically create a 26 hour day.
And as I'm sure others have said above, the Australian content industry doesn't make anything worth watching, let alone stealing
Lots of criticsm of WordPress...
...no suggestion of an alternative platform that is completely secure out of the box and thereafter.
One thing that puzzles me...
...is that why so many UK-based copyfighters, freedom of speech advocates and anti-surveillance campaigners make strange choices: They use Google and Apple closed source and privacy-invasive products. WTF is that all about?
Not sent from my iPhone or my Android phone...any any other phone.
When ever I see the name Beck...
...I always get a little excited but these days it's never Jeff, the guitar god, it's always that Scientrollogist instead. Bummer.
It's worse in QLD
At the last local election many of our candidates didn't even distribute fliers, let alone have a simple site or social media presence. In a country with compulsory voting you'd think compulsory manifesto publication would be the norm but no, it's democracy by guesswork.
Others have done it before
Newt Gingrich and Kevin Rudd both have form in this.
Re: Eastenders and Corrie
You are spot on there. Many years ago I did some work for the CEGB and this was part of the discussions. They used the Radio Times as a planning tool for load calculations. The spikes are enormous but they cope.
It's a combination of sources for me
Music radio isn't that great in Aus (apart from the ABC's classical station) so I tend to find interesting new music via the dead tree media, in this case it's Mojo mag.
Once something takes my eye I check it out via the artist's site or YouTube. If it's any good I'll buy the CD.
It was that combo that led me to this song. As someone else said, it's folk music played by Black Sabbath.
Re: Damn you sir, I say, damn you!
If I didn't say then someone else would have :-)
Re: broken link :/
Works fine here too.
While I agree that Liggett is a very good commentator he does suck up to the man with the cheque book. He was working for the Olympic broadcaster in Aus (I can't even bear to type their name) and in GB vs Aus cycling events he said things like "Let's hope it's a gold for Aus".
The best neutral commentary money can buy.
I should have gone for the VPN option...
...but I figured many others around the world would do the same and cripple the servers. From comments I've seen in various places the service held up well.
The biggest bonus from non-Brits using VPNs to access the BBC is that a lot more people around the world now know what a decent TV service is like. Even the BBC's 80 minute nightly roundup programme seemed to squeeze in more events than our local broadcaster's 12 hour overnight marathon.
No adverts and quality output is the polar opposite of what many countries get.
Tory trolls people still have the nerve to complain about the world's best broadcaster.
The mobile infrastructure is very well hidden
Someone was smart enough to hide it all next to those massive towers. We can sleep easily tonight.
Er, that gesture graphic...
...it looks like a guide to entertaining ladies.
Is there a lawyer in the house?
Q1. If someone tweeted 140 characters of a copyrighted piece of literature would they fall foul of the law?
Q2. If someone said Kevin Pietersen is a wanker would that require the tweeter to prove that KP had indulged in solo pleasures or would KP have to prove he hasn't?
Advertising is evil?
You learn something new every day.
How many for the entire Chinese population?
It sounds like a lot of balls to me.
Re: You miss the point of this forum
I don't own an Android phone and I still dislike Apple and their patent wars.
Re: No one expects the copyright police!
"One of the most important signs of the existence of a democracy is that when there is a knock at the door at 5 in the morning, one is completely certain that it is the milkman." - Winston Churchill
Hours of legal entertainment
I can recommend Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women - a classic of the craptastic b&w genre - and also Sex Madness - an STD propaganda work - which is so bad that it doesn't need a parody version.
Want to avoid child labour?
Then you probably need to stop buying anything made in China and the other far east manufacturing areas. I can't see that happening any time soon.
One other thought. When these kids in Asia are grown up they'll possibly be buying stuff made by our kids in the west.
“unwieldy, uneconomic and ultimately ineffective”
If only someone had told them this in advance.
Iran's very own Charlie Sheen
Shades of Dr Strangelove
You can't wank in here. This is the War Room.
Huawei looking into critical router
backdoor flaw claims.
Of course it's only a flaw.
Re: Those are wave power
Maybe I should have made myself clearer. These are definitely tidal power. You have these floaty things, that bob about on the surface and slide up and down a vertical pole (for want of a better word) with the tide. There was a prototype being tested in a location with a large tidal range (off the Scottish coast?) a couple of years ago and it featured in a TV doco.
The point of this thing is that it's tidal and not reliant on the vagaries of wind.
Re: renewables in Australia
the economics for renewables in Australia are probably very different than for most of the EU.
My in-laws installed solar photovoltaic last year and expect payback within five years. You can sell your excess back to the grid for 22c per Kw (although the scumbags that recently got elected have reduced that to 8c.).
If anyone wants to see what people are getting from the PV systems just have a wander around here.
Re: Tidal power
Predictability does not solve intermittency.
When was the last time the tide failed to turn up for work?
that takes up vast ears
Prince Charles will approve.
and if only the sun shone at night when we need the light
If only we had some kind of device to store electricity. Still, nukes, eh?
Re: Tidal barrages
I wasn't thinking of tidal barrages but rather those floaty things that bob up and down in the sea. They surely can't screw the oceans up any more than they are already.
Re: Exchange agreements
I believe Denmark (lots of windpower) and Norway (lots of hydro) have an exchange agreement.
The UK has similar arrangements with France and Russia. They give the UK nuke power and oil and the UK gives them vast piles of money.
and you've got all that sun
I wonder what we could do with that. If only there was some kind of panel available that converted sunlight into usable power. Still, nukes, eh?
Poor old Heron of Alexandria
When he invented the first windmill I wonder if he had to deal with the NIMBYs. And did the Dutch, the people of Norfolk and Kent all whinge when windmills arrived in their areas?
I hope that tidal power generation gets going in a realistic way. Cloud cover and still air aren't a problem and tides are predictable to the minute for centuries ahead.
Re: Worst of all is the Australian coverage
If no one is winning a medal, they cut back to past Olympics of the same event, where they did win a medal, and start jacking it all over again
I couldn't agree more. It's soul-destroying to watch and I regret not coughing up for a UK-exit VPN. Anyone who complains about the Beeb should be forced to sit and watch ultra parochial Nine's coverage.
Example: the canoe slalom (introduced as "slaylom") just showed the Aussie competitor and no one else. It's pretty much all like that. They didn't even show the end of the women's road race last night cos some Aussie was 97th in the men's 750 metre knitting relay and that was deemed more important.
I'm not going to bother watching anymore of the first week. The Aussies have all gone home by then and the real sport begins.
...the world's biggest SodaStream. Anyone for plankton-flavoured pop?
Doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin
I bought my first Double
Crossed Play Blu-ray film today (The Inbetweeners, if you must know). The label proclaims that you get a second disc with a "digital" copy (who knew Blu-ray was analogue?). It says you can use this on any device you want but all is not what it seems.
The second disc (DVD) says it contains versions compatible with iTunes and Windows so the first thing I did was to slot it into a drive on a Linux machine just for laughs.
That quite obviously didn't work so it was then placed in a Windows machine. There was the usual autorun crap that wanted to run a programme called digitalcopy.exe, which I'm guessing is some kind of DRM infection. The "digital" copies were .wmv and an Apple format file of some kind, both around 1.3GB in size. Neither would play in any software player at hand. Even Microsoft's own Windows Media Player didn't want to know.
Searching hasn't really given any clues other so I wondered if the collective genius of El Reg had managed to solve this problem.
Re: "it provided military options without the need to endanger human life"
this is a remarkably ignorant comment
Did someone piss on your cornflakes this morning? Funnily enough I'm neither a malware expert or nuclear facilities engineer but I think I'm allowed to voice my worries here.
And if I was considering the likelihood of some country making a nuke and using it I think I'd be looking at the countries that have built one and tested it first although no one seems too bothered about those countries.
"it provided military options without the need to endanger human life"
Until someone fucks up and a nuke plant goes bang. It seems hard enough to securely operate a nuke plant (Fukushima, etc) without some morons from elsewhere deliberately screwing around with control systems. Jesus H.
<-- Too obvious?
< a href="URL goes here" >Link text goes here< /a >
And lose the spaces between the a's and the < >
That about 50 badly designed pages these days.
That's all right then
"just two files were accessed"
It doesn't matter if it was two or 2,000. If it was just one file that had all the data they'd still be screwed.
Re: There's a (Google) patent for that
See my earlier post. Mozilla have been doing address bar search for years. This could be fun.