672 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 14:36 GMT
Not telling us what popular tripe the kindle-kiddies are into then. I suspect it's Dan Brown and teen vampire fluff all round.
No love for Android
I'm becoming increasingly annoyed at the lack of app development for Android from companies like this, and the likes of National Rail. Perhaps more annoying is when an app exists for Android but you have to pay for it, whereas the iPhone app is free.
LASERs on the head of anything you want
I good example of the short sightedness of cutting funding that doesn't have immediate commercial potential is the LASER. They were just tools for physicists for ages, and no one had much of a clue what to do with them. Now they're one of the fundamental technologies of our economy.
So good on 'em.
Also, anecdote time: My dad worked in a research laboratory in Hinxton until it was shut down. They showed the local MP around the labs one day, with demos of their tunnelling electron microscopes etc. At one point the man turned around and said, "So, remind me. What's an atom?"
I was just thinking, "I wonder when Mr Page is going to have another good old go at the navy, it's been a while."
Woo, the guy works two floors down from here. I've seen him being interviewed on the benches inside the quad at least once, which means I might have inadvertently ended up on TV at some point.
"focussing the full weight of the law on the most abhorrent practices, such as trafficking or child abuse."
Which according to the twisted minds of our former government, represents the majority of the sex industry. Everyone remember those trafficking figures they magically pulled out of their arses?
Always a positive for the consumer.
It may be considered prudish but breasts are regarded as erotic by the majority of people, and their display might offend those who don't want to see them in public.* From the sounds of the case, the girl knows this. The fact that they are erotic was the reason she was flashing passing cars for thrills, to the enjoyment of some and disgust of others. There's also the fact that it'd be a distraction to drivers, but that's something else to worry about.
*Not by me, I hasten to add.
Anyone else read it as "Indiana Jones dismiss girl's nipple exposure appeal"?
I did think "ah crap" when I saw it, thinking I'd allowed my machine to get infected with scareware. This was followed by confusion and suspicion when I saw ZoneAlarm in the title bar. I happened to be using the Mrs' laptop when it popped up on that too, so managed to diffuse that one as well.
"...attempt to win Middle Eastern hearts and minds by pumping out a weekly celebtastic show featuring the antics of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears"
That'll go down well with the clerics. I can't imagine many things that'll have a more polarizing effect on Islamic cultures.
In my experience, flights are a strange (very un-English) microcosm, where people who're annoying tend to be dealt with as a collective. If it's 4 in the morning and everyone's trying to sleep, and someone starts yacking, everyone will glare them into silence pretty sharpish.
Of course I've never been on a flight with drunken men or women (sorry ladies but I hear you're the worst), going to a stag or hen do. I can only imagine what special kind of hell that must be.
You wouldn't happen to work for Microsoft, would you?
Didn't work anyway
The live feed didn't work anyway. Apparently they had 'technical difficulties', plus the trailer isn't ESRB rated yet, but is pretty naughty (as you'd expect).
People have always been interested in getting OSX to work on PCs, but Windows only on a Mac? Why on earth would you want to do that?!? You could've bought a comparable PC laptop much cheaper than it cost for your MacBook.
Also, you should send me your MacBook. You've been abusing it and clearly can't be trusted.
Mythbusters = bad science.
Guns don't kill people
...but they clearly make it a hell of a lot easier.
Not the blanks would be much better. They have a tendency to break up a bit and spit shrapnel everywhere. It killed the guy in The Crow and is the reason the army uses 'crap catchers' when shooting blanks.
Speaking as a boffin
...albeit a chemistry related one, I have no problem with the term.
It's pretty old fashioned.
"On the EU, for example, the Foreign Office posted a lengthy defence of Britain's role in Europe in response to dozens of furious calls for total withdrawal.
Public demands for a complete ban on immigration were similarly rejected by the Home Office."
Good. Just because a few thousand BNP and UKIP supporters care enough to shout at the government, doesn't mean they should make it policy.
I'm sure they'll ignore plenty of sensible suggestions, but these to nationalist examples are best brushed aside.
I use Windows machines exclusively at the moment, simply because that's what they have at work and my iMac is way to old to use on anything. I'm hardly an Apple apostate though, as I'll get me a new Mac as soon as I can afford one (so send money).
Aren't Mac hating Windows users, or everyone hating Linux users, just the same as the elitist Mac users? It's tribalism. You either love Marmite or you hate it.
I'd imagine the majority of normal don't really care though.
I think Marmite is a bit odd tasting. It's OK but I'd go for something else, given the choice.
Oh, it's nice on Twiglets.
That story is certainly a mess. Why exactly did she send him a laptop? Why the hell did she decline to sign the form that would get her money back?
Wow there's some serious harrumphing going on here.
Do you not think the scale of this at all news worthy?
OK, so they've basically just automated a process that could be done manually. Except that they've then used it to mine data from 100 million people.
Also, having not heard of this through the mainstream media, this seemed to be a well written, un-biased, informative piece on something that is certainly IT related.
Well done El Reg.
Boo angry people.
My little grey cells.
It all points to one culprit...
Who had access when the last government was in power and now, holding a grudge against the new government, might need to seek a source of extra money?
Who is known for their love of perfume and handbags?
Who could it possibly be, but...
(Joke joke joke, please don't sue me, joke)
Precisely why I declined their offer.
There are people who aren't smart enough to say no, when they should though. Yes, you could argue that these people should have access to credit, but then why does the bank offer it?
The buck ultimately stops with the customer, but banks should be more inclined to sage advice rather than a drive towards sales.
As a little aside, I knew someone who worked in NatWest little while ago. Only once they'd taking the job, were they told that if they didn't make a certain number of sales in a month e.g. sell enough credit cards, new accounts etc. they'd get a reprimand. If that happened three times they got fired.
Bunch of bastards
This doesn't surprise me much.
In this supposed age of posterity, NatWest will happily tell customers £1000 into a £1250 overdraft that they're allowed to extend it to £1500, no problem. Also, they keep asking if I want another credit card.
Anyone read Monstrous Regiment?
I can't help but be reminded of the increasingly psychotic decrees of the god Nuggan (only deity worshipped in Borogravia, but elsewhere known as the God of Paperclips, Correct Things in the Right Place in Small Desk Stationery Sets, and Unnecessary Paperwork).
According to the Book of Nuggan, cats, the colour blue, Dwarfs, oysters, mushrooms, chocolate, garlic, babies, cheese, the smell of beets, ears, jigsaw puzzles, crop rotation, shirts with six buttons, and rocks were all Abominations unto Nuggan.
I'm a student (PhD.) and not in the military. The Mrs is an ACF instructor and has an army ID card though, hence my interest.
As it happens, as a fully funded PhD. researcher, I probably have less claim to discounts than anyone in the military. I'm paid, but I don't pay taxes.
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