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Re: @Mahat And his biggest writing influence is...
Downvoted for not checking your facts - he broke with them years ago.
Sense of humour failure?
Re: Van Diemen’s Land writ large
focused on making diminutives rather than abbreviating
It's an abbreviation. A tinnie doesn't mean a small tin.
The -ie and -o suffixes originated in Blighty but Australia seems to have claimed them now. The difference is that in the UK they are used to shorten words. This is not always the case in Aus: Tinnie is longer than tin.
Here we go
Pass me a bucket.
Have an upvote.
Plane phone usage
A mate of mine is IFE manager for a medium sized airline. A couple of decades ago he explained to me the reasoning behind the costs of in-flight phone services. They charged passengers $10 per minute but the service cost about $12 per minute from the supplier. It was a loss leader service for the airline.
He once showed me a chart of call durations. There was a peak between 57s and 1m 03s (half the people didn't hang up quickly enough to limit the call to $10). There was another peak around 20-25m. Apart from those peaks usage was pretty flat and around zero. His analysis was that the first peak was caused by idiots who just wanted to show off to their friends and the second was made up of business people for who a $250 phone call was peanuts if it concluded a profitable deal.
Turnbull Reason Number Five
"Despite inventing the Interwebs I have no idea what it is. Besides, I only do what Tony tells me and he has less of a clue than I do."
Mandatory downvote for using the word 'sheeple', regardless of the topic.
Mandatory downvote for denying reality.
Re: Viking porn
Viking porn. Even their hats have the horn.
A long way from here
I'd be more than happy to help out but Willowra is about 2200 km from me.
Willowra is a prime candidate for some decent connectivity but I'm guessing NBN satellite is the best they can hope for. I'm less than 1km from the Bruce Highway and wireless is all I'm going to get.
Re: What's the difference between love and herpes?
you run the risk of embarrassing yourself. Just sayin'.
Embarrassing myself? Yo do realise this is the comments section of The Register? I only come here to read and make embarrassing comments.
Re: What's the difference between love and herpes?
it's poor form to steal your comment directly from the article. :)
You're making the assumption that I read beyond the headline in the article. I often head straight for the comments as they are more entertaining.
What's the difference between love and herpes?
Herpes lasts forever.
Well done, Mexico...
...for kicking up a fuss. That's a darn sight more than the poor excuses for elected representatives in the Five Eyes group are doing.
The spooks must have so much dirt on the pollies in the so-called civilised west. It's the only thing that explains the current reactions.
How to ruin a great idea
Prediction: It will all turn to shit.
You'd have thought Wilkie would have shown some interest, him being a former spook...or maybe not, him being a former spook.
Rain, my arse
BVI rainfall: 1,150 mm (45.3 in) per year
London rainfall: 601.7mm (23.69 in) per year
I'll get Beardy a raincoat. He'll need one. ---->
I was going to say the same, but decided to make sure someone else hadn't first.
Same here. I did a text search for "F2" to confirm I wasn't duplicating info.
- Have an up-vote.
F2 is useful for renaming many things. Was this not one of them?
May I invite you to fuck right off and leave censorship to those legally entrusted to do so?
"one cynic has suggested."
One realist, surely.
Re: News from the trenches
Never mind, when you become independant (sic), you will no longer need BRITISH telecom or rely on London....
When Scotland becomes Salmond's personal
thiefdom feifdom do you really think he'll start to give an actual fuck about the Highlands?
Re: Five percent is enough.
I couldn't agree more. If from one million units sold we get a single Berners Lee, Stallman, Torvalds, etc, then it will have been worth it.
Mogens Jallberg was correct
"In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your Count that votes."
"Does it run Linux?"
I wonder how many commentards will have read this far before posting "Does it run Linux?", but I digress.
Pesky Linuxtards don't have to "read this far" as we know too well that any mention of "does it run Linux" are reserved for the last page of a review.
Re: "optimum gathering angle according to time of day and direction of travel"
Isn't the direction of travel due south for 3,000 km?
The sun will rise on the left of the car and set on the right.
Re: Please excuse this OT comment...
Whenever there is an article with comments disabled, post any comments on the closest previous article with comments enabled...
Comments are enabled on Orlowsky's
polemic based on falsehoods carefully researched piece. My comment was censored "rejected".
1. The CBA will show that the fibre model is better in the medium/long term.
2. Turnbull will use the CBA as a reason to keep the fibre model.
3. His business mates will make a few bucks out of this, somehow.
It's not a phone...
...it's a religious experience.
And they call Scientologists gullible.
But then again, why should ANY plugin or extension be able to crash the entire browser?
Why should anything be able to crash an entire OS? It happens.
Surely there are catch statements to prevent that sort of thing?
Firefox plugins have been run in a sandbox since early 2010 and Adobe added their own plugin sandbox a year or so ago.
Give the current version a try. You won't be disappointed.
a browser that crashes all the time, eats all my memory, and just generally plain sucks (Firefox)
Have you tried disabling all your extensions and plugins in Firefox and noting how crashy it is then? Badly written extensions are often the culprits. If it's stable then add the extensions back in one at a time to see which is/are causing issues. I've seen installations that have 50+ extensions installed. To be frank, that's just asking for problems.
Firefox never crashes here on any platform.
Re: Sounds about right.
This is a typical megacorp.
You'd think this particular megacorp would buy some insurance for their cars. If only there was some kind of online service where they could type "car insurance" into a little box in their browser and get back a list of car insurers. I think it may prove popular.
Democracy by Mumsnet
I know it wasn't Mumsnet that kicked off the current batch of whinging but you know what I mean. There's nothing quite as awful as someone who knows what you shouldn't be reading.
If this lot blocks any of the sites I manage I shall be mightily pissed off. I tried for months to get one site unblocked by Orange. No luck.
Two downvotes for a well documented fact. You wacky downvoting Registerians, always good for a laugh.
With over 200 million speakers French
French, as we know it today, wasn't even widespread in France until relatively recently. There were many other languages and dialects until they were stamped out by Paris.
Re: iPhone and iPad?
@ Robert Long 1
To be fair, a two-year-old is pretty unlikely to swallow an iPad.
But highly likely to stand on it or throw it at a sibling in a spoilt brat tantrum.
Re: iPhone and iPad?
Didn't get Lego till you were 6, gosh you must have been deprived.
I grew up in a very poor family. I humbly apologise if my family's poverty offends your middle class values.
Re: iPhone and iPad?
@ Andy Prough
Audio CDs were not commercially released until 1982 in Germany, and not until March, 1983 in most of the rest of the European market and in North America. The first CD to sell 1 million copies was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits in 1985. It took until 1988 before the majority of American retail music was finally being produced on CD.
I worked on the Philips' announcement to the UK trade in the summer of 79. June, IIRC.
And as you say, they were widely available during the 80s so my point still stands.
iPhone and iPad?
Who buys an iPhone and iPad for a two year old? I didn't even get Lego until I was six.
And why no CDs? CDs are are 70s development.
"Now if I want to know, say, the capital of Nigeria,"
If I want to know the capital of Nigeria I just check my spam folder.
Re: Enough is enough
Why would you cancel an order for the most technically advanced and awesome device on the planet at the moment?
What makes your friend think I was seriously ordering one? I'm not a multi squillionaire, I'm a Reg reader.
Enough is enough
I'm cancelling my order.
Nice to have some choices
Option1: "the most secure in the world."
Option 2: "ship with Windows 8"
Re: Not that daft
When you put it like that the Graun suddenly seems far more shrewd...
I'd like to think the spooks will use a data centre full of Crays to crack the solitary encrypted file on the laptop only to find it's contains nothing more than the goatse.cx image and an mp3 of someone blowing a raspberry.
Not that daft
You have to wonder why the Brazilian was being used as a data mule
I very much doubt he was a data mule. A canary in a coal mine, maybe, but not a mule.
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