677 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
Re: In case you missed the adverts
I got copies of the CDs of the radio series (which cost 42 pounds incidentally), and I keep exposing new generations of students to the original and best incarnation...
And not a lot of people know this, but in the 2nd series, Zaphod apparently has has 4 arms? "Hey Ford, put it there....and there...and there....and there.... (Although this is probably the result of Mark Wing-Davey ad-libbing)
I've got a minisuit case for my Nexus 7, and, after a few days adjusting to the small keyboard, it works wonderfully a pocket computer, and very adaptable - when I use it for mapping cycle rides, I can leave the keyboard behind, so it's lighter (though the saving in weight is approximately the same as the extra mars bar I take with me...) - definitely my favourite tech acquisition in the last few years. Battery life - okay, not as good as the Psions, but I can get 2-3 days use out of it (and I haven't charged the keyboard in over a week)
EDIT - the minisuit also works with my mobile phone, which is nice...
Re: Bluetooth 3.5mm adapter
iPods weren't made until 2001. Just sayin'...
I wear a GoPro on my helmet when I'm cycling, and I already look like a tube.
Adding the Stubilizer will only increase my tubeness.
Why don't we just get a chicken to hold it for us?
Re: Inspired by the classics
He's holding it wrong
Inspired by the classics
It's a Herma.
Beyond 18% ABV...
It is unlikely, but possible, with the right yeast, and the a lot of luck. When I did my degree in Brewing (at Heriot-Watt), we experimented, and occasionally got 17ish, 16% was not uncommon though, normally by adding extra sugar after the initial ferment, but then very sparingly, and with one eye glued to the hygrometer.
There are yeasts that claim 24% ABV yields, but I'd recommend that the product made from these are used for engine cleaning or similar tasks, because subtle, they ain't.
Stuck in the doldrums...
On Mango - the hardware of my Lumia 800 (by Nokia) is holding up magnificently, as they always do. The software though (by Microsoft) is outdated and creaking - but I'm not going to trash a perfectly usable machine - I've got an Android tablet for apps, and that will be updated for years - the phone will continue to be a phone - and a darn good one, that's vastly tougher than my office mate's Nexus machines (he's gone through a 4 and a 5 in 6 months) - for probably the same amount of time.
Re: Big meh here...
Why not? They show surface features, paths and tracks as well - or at least, the ones I have do. I use them when I go fossiling. I wish I could attach a screeny.
And as has been pointed out elsewhere, Google don't use standard colouring for their maps - I can read them, but it's far, far easier to use another source that has stuck to conventions and has a history of being definitive.
But it's not really at any expense to them - they make a profit from the adverts (4bn in the last quarter), which we pay for as part of the cost of all products we buy, so we aren't freeloading.
Big meh here...
Bing has O/S maps, 1:50000, 1:25000, which I was brought up to read and understand, so I tend to only use google if I need street level views in an area that hasn't had StreetSlide.
I wish it was possible on Bing's overhead views to switch off the Road line layer, it's very distracting.
"who on earth would play the game 200 times and still remain in the “zone of colossal failure”?
Me. I suck at games.
Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?
It saw the number of new subscribers fall from 62700 to 39000 in comparable financial quarters.
Maybe running out of folk in it's cabled areas, and folk on ADSL broadband can get cheaper services, uncapped.
Plants make CO2 as part of the cellular respiration, during the day the photosynthesis producing oxygen overwhelms this, but when it's dark they are net producers of CO2, and many plants require light cycling to mature.
That's a bit simplistic, but it's been 30 odd years since I studied the Calvin cycle, and I hated it back then.
Re: Crombie coats...
Aye, I was going to say that's why the name-checked them, to get them free...but my boss came in and I had to suddenly look like I was working...
...are very expensive. I think the one he's got is about £800.
My Hero HD 3+ Black is a 4k camera you can hold in one hand (between two fingers in fact) so thhpppt! And it only cost 350 notes.
Okay, it may not have all the bells and whistles, but it works underwater...
Thank you, thank you...
Monday is normally a gloomy time, but the comments on that link, genuine or not, have had me in stitches.
When I recover, I'll try reading a few more...and maybe do a little work...or maybe not
The Triganic Pu
Was wieldable. It was the Ningis you needed to get your Pu that had the problems, being a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles per side...and no-one ever collected enough of them to own a Pu, and the galactic banks refused to deal in fiddling small change...
Re: re: Random tours
Because it was an 9kg road bike with no braze ons for panniers, and no rack, and I had 30ish kg of luggage...hence Eurostar, and not flying...and the bike had been dismantled for travelling...
re: Random tours
I got one of those many years ago, being a young English man in Edinburgh (Waverley to Bruntsfield via Holyrood...say what???) - although having cycled here for 2 years I was able to point out his errors, and phone the company.
Nowadays, whereever I go in the world, I have my trusty GPS with me (i.e. my phone) which can point out when the taxi is taking the scenic route.
When I was last in Paris I found out that booking a taxi on a Monday morning was virtually impossible, so I had to run across the city, towing my suitcase, and my bike in a case to a very posh hôtel, and grab one of the taxis there to get me to the Gare du Nord - there had been a fire in the EuroTunnel the day before, and it was first come, first served even for those who had a ticket. Aye - a bit of competition would be nice.
Scrubbed for today...
I agree totally.
Whilst not having the functionality of a Kinect, it's a darn sight cheaper and simpler.
And for those worried about dropping it - a wee bit of elastic glued to it will work wonders....
Re: It's a weebil
Aye, you're right - but it was a long time ago...that's my normal excuse...
It's a weebil
It wobbles, and probably crashes.
Re: Can anyone tell the difference?
Aye, you're right...
All the best
Re: Can anyone tell the difference?
Re: Why cant I buy
Exactly - a very high quality, but dumb, monitor, and a discrete box which can be updated elsewhere - we can use displays wirelessly, and upgrade a cheap box as often as necessary as that side of the technology is developing rapidly, and the monitor every decade or so when there's a step change in the display technology.
But that wouldn't make as much money for the vendors which rely on in-built obsolescence to pump their bottom lines.
Better than one carrier
I don't mind John Lewis having the exclusive deal, I like them, they're a workers co-operative with strict rules on pay scaling and profit sharing, and they're pretty much ubiquitous - and if you're not near a shop, they're online.
It could be far worse if Vodaphone/O2/EE/whatever had the deal, because I presume you can bung in a SIM of your choice?
I may be tempted. I just sold my soul to the machine, and got a Nexus 7, which I love, big time, but I may bite the bullet and get one of these too - I like Nokia products, my Lumia 700 is getting a bit long in the tooth but has worked well, and a second tablet doesn't take up much room
Killjoy was here...
Enke's tail was ripped off, but re-appeared later...
I'm looking forward to sitting freezing my nads off in the cold, but long Scottish night, seeing something glorious..
...only slightly worse...
Share and Enjoy
Share and Enjoy
Journey through life
With a plastic boy
Or Girl by your side
Let your pal be your guide
And when it breaks down
Or starts to annoy
Or grinds when it moves
And gives you no joy
Cos it's eaten your hat
Or had sex with your cat
Bled oil on your floor
Or ripped off your door
You get to the point
You can't stand any more
Bring it to us, we won't give a fig
We'll tell you, 'Go stick your head in a pig'.
Looks like a Surface Pro
I wonder if they knew someone who had a lot of spare ones going cheap
More seriously, I'm glad to see this - Nokia's mapping/gps contributions have always been extremely good, and I look forward to seeing the results of this - serious competition for streetview (Although Microsoft's Street isn't bad, even if they haven't obscured the numberplate on my car very well)
The chihuahua will rise up and seek revenge for the indignities heaped on the noble wolf...and on themselves by her over there ------------->
Has your chap who does the Headlines started their poets day celebrations early - because that is one fine title!
If not, they should have one on me for that!
None are a match for the power of Ecky Thump.
Re: And for a lighter look at hypergolic compounds..
I just liked name FOOF - so onomatopoeic :)
And for a lighter look at hypergolic compounds..
Well said - reminded me of Mitch Benn and the good Dr Lehrer - both of whom use somewhat fractured phrasing to make the lyrics fit the tune (this is aimed at folk down the way who criticise her scansion).
Emma, you made me chuckle (and I've copied the vid, just wish I had the talent to play it)
Aye, they do.
As did my 1978 Casio calculator.
Re: Talks eh ...?
These days he could be Jabba the Hut's stunt double, alas.
Dr Who fans
I don't think that they're really gamers - my brother who has lived and breathed Dr Who since William Hartnell has never played a game in his life, his older daughter, addicted to the new Who, doesn't touch games either.
And besides, you'd have to have a genius of a designer to make something worthy of the Time Lord - as your reviewer has said, no game has ever been worth the name Dr Who, in the last 30 years or so.
Maybe one will come along, but I won't hold my breath.
Bill beat them to it...
When you visit the Gates' residence, you're given a badge. Music, lighting, temperature and all manner of things follow you round according to your preference.
Not my driving license...
Being good-twoshoes and having not had the money to move house for many years, my driving license is just a large (and now somewhat foxed, badgered, and possibly beared) piece of paper, no photo, nada... I do have a rather impressive array of vehicles I'm allowed to drive compared to more recent passers as well. This was a bit of a problem when my car was in for an insurance repair, as the garage refused to accept it for a courtesy car. I told them to get my car ready for when I needed it. I also doubt if the major airlines would accept it, or my staff card - I'm not sure a University counts as a "nationally recognised company".
Susan Calman relates a touching tale when she tried to check into a hotel in London - they insisted that she show a passport as she was a "foreigner".
I can't wait for a Glaswegian hotelier to return the compliment.
That's a good list
I can't fault you - I wouldn't choose the same one myself, but there are some real goodies there.
As you say, there are howlers - but in a 50 year history, Dr Who has less than most things that have hit their half century.
Keep the articles coming - I'm a market you can't glut, as the other good Doctor said...
What about the 3 or so hours Peter Cushing was the Doctor :)
Good ol' Tom
Was the second incarnation of the Dr that I really remember - I remember the final episode with Troughton, cast into the time vortex in Monochrome, and then I saw Pertwee fall out of the Tardis in colour, for the first time, and I watched avidly till the almost end of the Tom Baker era - by which time my Saturday evenings were taken up with my first girlfriend...
There's a grand interview with Tom on the BBC today:-
Amazing that the series has lasted so long - I think it's the constant evolution that has made it a success, even if I'm not too fond of the recent series, many, many millions of viewers can't be wrong :)
I didn't see a problem with the graphic, once I'd looked at it for a few seconds.
"The tech seems to be maturing," he added. "I remember old laptops, which used to break every year, so you needed to buy a new one."
I don't remember that time at all - I've still got a late 90s vintage Macbook G3 and a couple of iBooks, a few ancient Latitudes - all of which got very heavy usage as we couldn't afford to buy many back then...
In fact it's only of late that the annual upgrades have started, because someone seems to have started making machines that cannot be user serviced, or upgraded at all, so they go obselete very quickly, quickly enough in fact that it looks like a marketting strategy, but no-one would do that, would they?
I've found them in the Pyrenees and across Mallorca - yummy!
Shaggy Ink caps - fried in butter with garlic...
Young puffballs..slice, to ensure it's not a young something else...delicious with eggs
Also tonnes of wild rosemary, thyme, occasionally marjoram..
Dang - I'm in scotland, and our 'shrooms have been a hurried lover - came and went...
Re: The promise of automation
Not if the companies are going to make the
obscene enhanced profits they currently do - why should they employ someone on another salary, when we're prepared to give overtime for free?
I like that.
Let's hope that Nokia manage to keep this one going.
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