221 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd June 2009 07:50 GMT
It's El Reg code
Boffin = proper scientist who does important things like explode stuff or look at stars.
Trick-cyclist = The kind of person who calls themselves a scientist and then produces reports like this one.
Give them some credit
They've learnt new skills in prison. That's a pretty rough hack, but clearly it works. That's the kind of skill which is transferable when they get back out.
On the one hand it's bad because they've broken the rules and they're meant to be being rehabilitated, on the other hand MacGuyver would be proud of them.
Surely Tsingtao Black if you're going to drink a Chinese beer, or maybe Harbin.
Anyway, real ale is also very nice, but different. Personally I'm hankering for some fursty ferret right now.
Bud is that bad though, it's like Fosters or Carling, carbonated battery acid.
This is true
Last time I went to the US I was questioned at length about the fact I had teabags with me.
Everyone, aside from US customs, knows that you can't get a decent cuppa there so I took my own. They had a hell of a time understanding it.
That said I was guilty of being suspiciously brown without due care and attention.
According to my H2G2...
We need the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional tense so:
He wioll haven met his daughter and he willan on-take her to be his lawful wedded wife.
Much easier when you have the language for it.
... Pretty damn cool.
Well done her! I'd love to discover a supernova.
Yes, every night.
Never had an issue.
It's a plug that only goes in one way and you can only really get it wrong once before you flip it over and realise that the other way is the right way. Less than 3 seconds to try it twice and the same charger works on my kindle and Nokia phone.
FYI I'm extremely short sighted, but that doesn't matter since I can plug/unplug my phone in pitch darkness because it's not exactly the greatest test of manual dexterity. For what it's worth the very narrow old pin style Nokia chargers were a bugger because they were so small and slipped off the case when you were trying to find the socket.
OK, what's your draw distance?
Because if you think Deepholme is a dark hole, you might be missing the massive glowing pillars of crystal which explode and then implode every now and then. I swear I mashed my screen shot button more in that zone than I have in thelast 6 years put together.
Hell, it's my wall paper.
(And Vashj'ir, women seem to love it but I don't know a man who can stand the place. I got my seahorse and left. Don't understand the appeal, only so many times I can see kelp and care.)
Also I had replaced all my t10 by 85, dungeon grinding, a healthy stack of JPs to spend on new gear at 85 and my inability to use new gems in old gear meant I was pretty quick to replace them. Still have them in the bank of course, but I wasn't wearing them. I mean you can't wear them to instance in, you need the right ilvl for the dungeon finder and they are far too low for that.
Actually given the changes to set bonuses, even breaking these doesn't add that much longevity to the tier items. If your guildies are wearing T10 at 85, I have to tell you that they're doing it wrong, they won't have anything like the hp needed for dungeons, especially not the tanks.
Though the expansion has reignited my passion, dungeons are actually fun now, heroics are hard and raids are more than an AoE fest. The questing might be fun, but I've not had time for it yet. Too busy dunegon running.
No one said this was the finished product mate.
Scale it up by building it into a mountain by the equator, use high temp super conducting coils, bit of the old liquid nitrogen, and a 3km long shaft, slap a nuclear power station at the bottom (you'll probably need a lake or sea too, for cooling and whatnot).
Then you've got something which you can use to give a bloody good boost to your payload, even that might not be enough to get it into orbit however, but you can certainly get it a damn good way up, at which point you'll need less chemical fuel to get it over the edge of the well.
Point it upwards
Point the barrel straight up, ramp up the power a little and voila! Instant orbital insertion for small sats. Assuming you can shield them against the actual launcher, job's a good 'un.
Now Germany can make these great toys too, but for peaceful means. Then, should you need to sink a battleship or destroy a nearby coastline, a simple reorientation of the barrel and there you go!
Mind you, I suppose you could make a bigger and better launcher by building it into a mountain or something...
Because you had to have your 104.2% avoidance cap on your tank, stack FR for MC and BWL and getting anyone to go near BRD or LBRS for your Ony attunement on an alt was nigh on impossible. Raiding was UBRS, Strat and Scholo if you weren't hardcore, but it was still a bloody important part of the game. Pre-nerf Scholo required some good gear and better luck.
Lower level dungeoning stopped about the same time as most people got their first 60, not to mention that these days the RDF basically means you can level only in instances (and use tabards for rep in them now too).
Vanilla gets a lot of nostaligia but really, my god, things are much better now.
It's simple when you know how
I had 9 80s going into cata.
I booked Tues-Thurs off work.
I geeked out and did what I always do which is level to cap on my main and then back to work today. Priorities are key here, I've 7 80s languishing in the doldroms while my Paladin gloriously hits things with the wildhammer. I've a level 81 warrior I'm levelling just for mining too.
But yes, organise your gaming and holiday time and you can have anything in the world... of warcraft.
Well I'm level 85 already.
It's my GOTY, but I was ready to hate it when I heard the Worgen voices. "Get gabbin' or get goin'" ? Really?
It made me realise how happy I am to be Horde.
(The weekend will be levelling a Gobin Warlock... or getting geared for Heroics on my pala. Oh the agony of indecision!)
Troll, because dey is Horde mon!
I resent that!
As an astrophysicist I have to point out that you're only telling half the story there.
We also have a constant that isn't and quite happily will accept as accurate any answer which seems feasible, or at least interesting.
Seriously, best science ever for people like me who don't quibble over little niggling details like a parsec here or a billion years there.
And that's where it belongs
There's only one type of weather we should allow in glorious Blighty and that's rain.
These vulgar, coarse things like sunshine and snow should be relegated to the colonies where they lack our refined appreciation of the glories of that gentle watery kiss from heaven to earth that we call rain.
I was hoping for more Roald Dahl
Where the woman brains her husband with a frozen lamb leg, then roasts it and calls the police. When they arrive she serves them the roasted meat so as not to let it go to waste.
Dahl was a great author.
Stone dweller reporting for Duty
Someone in the office had to take me aside and explain who "Usher" was the other day.
Oh and apparently I need to listen to "Dizzy Rascal", I've plateaued gently into middle age before 30. I'm quite proud of that for some reason.
All numbers in the US
Start with 555, I've seen it in every movie with US phone numbers in.
Surely it'd be more efficient to drop those three numbers if they're on every phone number?
213 indeed, you can't fool me!
That's just asking for the inevitable
Sooner or later someone will put noughts and crosses into the machines and then bam! No more wars.
Depends on the medium
Everything that's not a vacuum makes like travel more slowly, so you can be faster than the standard speed of light within a material while still remaining firmly below the speed of light in a vacuum.
It's this slowing down that makes things like glasses lenses and magnifying glasses work.
I don't think that it's actually anti-green
I'm pretty sure most people here are very much in favour of reducing energy consumption, pollution and so on. They just don't believe that the current crop of PR based advances actually offer any real advantages.
"Green" energy is a nice idea, but shockingly hard to implement efficiently. The wind doesn't blow on a schedule, the sun only shines when it feels like it (especially round here), tidal energy seems to be bad for the wildlife, wave power is wind energy by another name and requires transmission over long distances and so on.
That's not to say that these technologies don't have their place, far from it. I still feel that the solar powered street furniture like the LED lights that illuminate road signs are very cool and exactly how these technologies should be implemented.
The day there's a story about a commercially viable fusion power station on this site, I'm sure you'll see a lot of love. Tech people love fusion .
Meh, I'll still be carrying my TI83+
Excel is all well and good, but a decent graphical calculator has a lot more actual mathematical functionality a lot closer to your fingers, metaphorically speaking.
If only I could get my TI to make calls too, then I wouldn't need a phone!
A let down?
No dear friend, they merely recognise the supremacy of the 80s and early 90s in all matters, be it cinematographical, sartorial or musical.
Best decade ever.
They use retard-speak as encryption and it IS!
Yeah a minder...
...It's a sodding phone survey.
Ever been to China? I've lived there, it's amazing how often I wasn't arrested you know. Also in the cities, where this kind of survey is likely to take place (I can't see it happening in a farming village), it's not like the people are uninformed as to the views of the world.
Also I'd say it's a large enough sample of the market for mobile phone apps in China, if not the entire population.
Sorry to disagree
But pretty much everyone I know who's a regular computer user is a touch typist. Hell my keyboard's lost a fair chunk of the letters on the keys, but I don't notice because I can't remember the last time I looked at it.
While I don't really use google's home page any more (there's a reason they put a search box in most browsers), I can see that it might be useful. Of course the search box itself has had a suggestion feature for years now too.
Even my mother, who's not exactly a tech-expert, graduated to touch typing a few years ago. Thinking about it so did my grandfather. I don't think I know any hunt and peck typists anymore.
Penang's probably more moderate
But then it's a lot more Chinese than the rest of Malaysia. And say what you like, I quite like Tiger. (Yes I know it's Singaporean, but they hopped in and out of Malaya so I still call it a native beer. Plus everyone drinks it.)
I don't think Back to the Future counts as obscure.
Required viewing maybe.
Thailand had two coasts the last time I was there
And yes, one faces on the Indian ocean.
So unless someone's been moving the oceans, the coast line on the western side of Thailand, just north of Malaysia and east of Myanmar, does indeed front on to the same ocean that Sri-Lanka does.
The tenner you wouldn't have had otherwise?
Even if people steal your recycling, you're not worse off
That's the thing that's getting me here, people are whining about the possibility of someone stealing their possible chance to get something they wouldn't otherwise have or need.
It's basically whining about the possibility of a possibility of an idea's possible downsides. I fully expect people to complain about the possibility of people stealing their farts while they sleep when someone works out how to convert them into electricity which could be sold to the grid (fuel cell undies).
Sweet furry jesus
Could you lot whine more?
I mean if your neighbour moves your rubbish from your bin to his and you miss out on the amazing tenner a month because of this (at the absolute upper limit nearly), I can see that it's both a travesty against natural justice and a massive, gaping hole in your finances. Clearly this is the first step in the barcoding of all people and their posessions. Probably RFID us too.
It's a pilot scheme in one area, if there are flaws in the scheme, this is where they'll be found out. Possibly it might even work. Who knows? As it stands it only affects people who want to give it a go. Look at it like a scientific experiment to test a hypothesis, if it doesn't work, the hypothesis will be shown to be false.
It's not like green tea is caffeine free
I mean some of the ones I brew really will pick you up in the mornings.
I don't drink coffee, but I do have a caffeine addiction just fine without it.
I think I'm the only person who ever initiates video calls
I've got 30 minutes of them each month in my package and I'm damned if I'm not going to use them.
Also the forward camera makes an excellent mirror. Not that I'll buy an iPhone, just that someone out there does make video calls. And it's me.
You can put the live CD in before you shut down
It's not like you have to stand by the PC waiting for post and then open, put in the cd and then shut it again.
I normally just burn a distro (or more recently make a bootable USB stick), leave the disk in the drive and hit reboot.