150 posts • joined Wednesday 24th June 2009 19:07 GMT
Shatner for Who
I still maintain that Bill Shatner would be great as Doctor Who. No more fanciful than some of the suggestions, and way better than some. Miranda Hart for frigs sake? Let's just have McCoy back then
Can't beleive noone else has suggested...
About as likely as most of the other nominations, but it'd be a wild ride!
Being serious, I would like to see a well trained more mature actor to take the francise away from the twilight set. Someone who could do for Doctor Who, what Patrick Stewart did for the Captain of the Enterprise
very interesting and enjoyable.
for the next one can I suggest that someone takes you up the OXO tower
someone had to!
If Nokia had any guts...
They would release an Android phone AND one based on Jolla (nee Meego)
Also need a slidey keyboard one, as well as a slate. The N9/N950 combo would have sold well had the last little wrinkles been ironed out. Nokia had great R&D and great ideas, what it needed was great management of that R&D not chucking it out in favour of Microsoft.
Re: I predict
when that brown dog's ready for a walk it's gonna scratch at the door fairly hard
I had a +D!
Was a better deal at the time the Microdrive as I got it half price in Boots cos the box was damaged.
Moved on from that to a +3 and then to a QL.
We still have some microdrive cartridges in a data safe at work. Keep meaning to rescue them in case anyone has a mad idea to tidy it. It still has 1/2" reels and manuals for an ICL series 39 that we decommissioned in 1991!
The day the Earth caught fire - serious, scary apocalyptic climate change movie. Excellent stuff
Journey to the far side of the sun - Actually even for the Gerry Anderson haters an excellent film
Don't want to give the plots away, but worth worth digging out and watching if you like decent sci-fi. I also really like Colossus: The Forbin Project but not sure it's good enough for here
cycles and tax
The annual vehicle tax in the UK is based on pollution - there are plenty of cars that pay a zero rate, petrol/diesel as well as leccy.
If you are angry/jealous of the fact that you pay a few quid a year for your car and a person on a bike doesn't, then either buy a bike, or buy a zero-rated car and stop whinging like a bitch.
Bicycles just make for more effiicient pedestrians - should we create a pavement tax for shoes? Morons.
Bicycles in the UK at least are rated for VAT so we pay a purchase tax. Most roads paths etc are funded out of local taxation anyway so again I pay my way there.
Bikes take up a lot less space and do a lot less damage than cars. In the UK billions are spent trying to cure people who's mouths are bigger than their arseholes and do little more than move from the sofa to the driving seat and as a result are suffering heart disease, diabetes and all sorts of other nasty stuff. If more people rode and walked then that would reduce saving the whole country money, and possibly cutting your tax bill.
Most adult cyclists in the UK have passed a test to use the road - called a driving test, cos surprise fecking surprise most of them also drive. Not two seperate species.From the standard of most drivers I see they need to pass a fr1gging test.
At night most of the people riding bikes that I see are teenagers on mountain bikes& bmx - parental responsibility anyone? Cos most of their parents are probably drivers bitching about cyclists without lights!
Most cyclists ARE responsible. The ones that aren't are generally neerdowells or idiots, and if they were in a car would be driving whilst drunk/drugged out of their skin without a licence. mot or insurance, so you are better off with them on a bike!
considering this is a tech/sciencey type site and the comments threads normally have sensible commenters, I am wondering where all the idiots have come in from.
Spawn of the devil cos as a cyclist I obviously am! Although unlike most of the nutters and trolls I am willing to put my name to my comments
Hopeful and excited
If they can get the stories right and not make it americanised patronising nonsense like the film, then this has great potential.
I would love to see the run time increased to about 45 minutes though, which equates to an hour with adverts.
Wasn't Rick Champagne the guy that signed those fake cheques that the Reader's Digest used to send out every year?
I always slightly distrust people with names like Rick champagne or Bob Diamond for example.
Re: The Tribute Joke (pretend to be ten again before reading)
Pass the mindbleach....
Was going so well until the last line
Re: But does the door
This is so cool, and I also thought of it.
I would be so tempted, but dont have a garage, but do have a wife that would at the very least divorce me if I did something so geeky.
Re: Ah damn...
Took years after first test riding a Moulton AM at York Rally in '85, to finding a 60's Moulton for riding in '98 and then a further 3 years until I could afford to buy a Moulton APB.
The best and most versatile bike I have ever owned, and out of a shedful the only one I ever ride. Love them to bits. Utterly utterly brilliant bikes.
Dr Moulton was a genius. Simple as.
I always thought the point of the Rpi
was not as a general purpose computer for schools (There are loads of them, and linux could be chucked on most of them and run the same as the Rpi faster),
but as an easily intefaceable computer that does not cost shedloads to replace when something gets shorted and blows one of the things up.
The GPIO and the camera I/F makes it superb for that kind of tinkering-about-learning for kids and adults alike. Also as it's cheap you can get several and dedicate them for different projects.
The one thing it cannot provide is enthusiastic teaching staff though...
Pint of beer for the guys (and gals) that thought of the Pi and pushed it though to reality
Prefer to refer to it as mumble - concatenation of Mummy Grumble.
It's a weird thing - Cant imaging ASDA or Tescos been stacked with copies of Fanny Hill somehow, but porn for birds is OK
Better be bloody well fixed by the 21st - that's when they are "upgrading" mine to 60Mb here in Shields...
Got the collection
770, N800, N810, and N900.
All great devices, and very capable in their day, and actually much more converged and focussed than Android is. The community developed media player on the N900 (which uses the UI of the stock player) for example is one if not the best media players available. Plays everything, and everything plays though it, where Android is a mishmash of different apps. Same with the IM and messaging.
Nokia really dropped the ball with Maemo, and never really seemed to give it the commitment for it to make the leap from a skunkworks-feel geek device to mainstream.
They should have licenced it for almost nothing to get the market share
I want some of these stickers
To put on the bloody neighbours doors to stop us being bothered!
We get several deliveries left with us a week. Either the drivers lie about leaving a note, or the neighbours ignore it, and my money's on the former!
Constantly have to keep an eye out, especially for the one who works odd hours in IT and often doesnt come home until really late. once came home to find the wife had accepted a 12U wall mount rack for him...
Yes, I know Im a grumpy fucker! Also need local shop drop off for my deliveries I dont want the missus to know about.
Re: Spend it on paint instead
You do realise that electric cars done pay any vehicle tax either you fucking retard!
Stop having a trollish dig at cyclists and moan about leccy cars not paying tax...
Why the frig should I pay twice
My ISP (virgin) already provides filtering and monitoring software as part of the package, which I pay for.
Why the frig should I pay, either to my ISP though higher bills, or to the government in higher taxes for another system to be installed so lazy and stupid parents can absolve themselves of any parental responsibility.
If you dont want to parent properly, then don't sodding well have kids!
pains me to say it.
but the real winner in all of this could be Microsoft with WP8.
If it has just enough features to keep the punters happy, then people scared about their fave phone company being sued into the ground by their hated phone company.
There are winners in Thermonuclear war - It's the fucking cockroachs!
of course it's a copy
It's a rectangle with rounded corners - what else but an apple could it possibly be?
I would love 'em to sue the arse of Apple if the iphone5 does look like that (and win of course).
I wouldnt want one as I would not want anyone thinking I was an Apple sort of guy...
Way to piss off the Martians/Mysterons
Gerry Anderson and H.G Wells never guessed that the war between Mars and Earth would be started because of some nobhead rapper who can't spell his name correctly broadcasting shite from a car on mars!
Shame on you NASA for bringing space exploration and the engineering marvel that is Curiosity down to this. If you wanted to blast out some tunes on Mars, then it could at least be Wyld Stallions, or Jeff Wayne's Eve of the War
Lots of people may want to turn their washer on and off when they are out so they know it will be finished for when they get in without the clean washing sitting festering for most of a day..
Also being able for the thing to be automatically turned off when you leave the house may appeal to some people.
And for me, getting an alert (SMS, email, tweet whatever) when the cycle has finished would be really useful
Not happy about it needing to go though a cloud service though - that bit is daft - give it an IP and have a web based control panel, like you get for routers, and networked printers
quite amused by Reg readers commenting on how much innuendo is on the telly, given how much filth one can read into this site! Not complaining btw - I'm a Viz reader so this is quite tame.
For innuendo, Corrie often does a nice job before the watershed - often hear snippits shile the wife is watching (honest!). Fave recently was when scary Mary apologised to Roy Cropper for getting piccalillie on his Bishop whilst eating sandwiches over a chess game.
The writers often drop stuff in for the filthy minded of us to spot. there was once a blackboard on Emmerdale with a list on it which spelt arse biscuits!. hilarious if you spotted it.
It's the only way I can cope with soaps short of a divorce. More please
Tesco are masters at the art of ignoring questions they don't like and basic answer avoidance whilst appearing to offer service.
I have contacted Customer services, by email and twitter for several issues in the past, and all you ever get are empty replies. Emailed them recently about an issue with my local store, and all they have done is periodically send email replies saying they have tried to ring and have not been able to reach me - that may be because I didnt give them my number!
The only way they will do anything is if they are threatened with a bloody large stick, and I welcome this. Not sure they will act though!
Nokia tablets (770, N800, N810, N900) in their day were great and unique devices.
Nokia failed to turn any of them from skunkworks geek toys to proper consumer devices, and I have always felt that was down to lack of leadership, bottle and commitment at the Executive level.
Not sure HP is gonna do any better though, as they seem to go though strategies like a fat bloke though pies!
Although I would love to see a wide base of phones and tablets running Meego or some other fully fledged unix, as an alternative to Android.
Re: Deliver to office/workplace?
Not allowed where I work.
The Post room, and Goods In will turn anything away without an official order reference, and will not sign for or take responsibility for anything else.
If deliveries are made straight to the office, they often get "lost" and misdelivered - We have lost officially ordered equipment like filing cabinets etc which have been signed for with a squiggle and the driver cannot remember where he delivered too!
We take loads in for the neighbours and you end up keeping a lookout as the lazy arsed couriers lie just about all the time about leaving cards! Wish the missus got paid for the service.
Delivery to the corner shop is a good option for some of the stuff I order that I dont want the missus to know about though! Or that I want/need to claim is half the price it actually was!
Hopefully apple will incorporate this, and then Sugar and the rest of the Youview crowd, along with beardy Branson and his Tivo mates will sue the arse of Apple for doing what they have already done.
although Apple will probably manage to patent it, and sue them for timetravellig in to the future, stealing Apple's idea and then going back to the past to incorporate said ideas.
I've had arguments with the missus which has made me want to go down to the garden shed and build a big feck off Laser myself.
Dont have the engineering or scientific nouse to pull it off though, which is why she's still here!
Nice advert for his services!
This Oleg guys obviously talented, If he does unfortunately feel the cold of a sharp steel blade on the back of his neck in the future I hope this work helps him find gainful employer who appreciates it's engineers etc, cos God knows Nokia doesn't seem to anymore!
Thanks Oleg - will be trying this out soon
Tried to screw me over recently offering a retention deal. Quoted a 250MB/month data deal as "unlimited internet" when in actual fact once you hit the limit the only thing they dont choke is web and email.
Hit the limit with one decent trip with Google navigation on Satellite view the next day - rang straight back up and cancelled and jumped to GiffGaff.
Bastards, the lot of them!
I hate windows
I hate windows as a desktop OS - I am a linux user at home, and
easier these days to install stuff
easier to diagnose and fix when something does fail
more immune against viruses and malware
faster on old scabby hardware
plays a wider variety of media easier without complaining about codecs and file formats
Oh and cheap, very cheap!
Dont want a windows phone as I would need to sideload music and stuff though a windows app, which thinks it knows better than I do - dont want an iphone for similar reasons.
There are a lot of other reasons why I would not want a Windows phone, especially a Nokia btw.
And I support and manage several hundred Windows servers for my day job. Windows, SQL Server, Exchange, Sharepoint & Active Directory and group policy all rock in a corporate environment btw!
Kudos to Elop for sticking to his plan, regardless of the fact that just about everyone else in the world thinks it is utter stupidity.
Before anyone accuses me, I USED to be a nokia user, with alll the tablets from 770 to N900 and serveral symbian handsets. Now jumped to android as I hate Windows.
Elopolypse - obviously
What makes a great bacon sandwich tremendous is a few slices of fried black pudding on top of the bacon...
None of this red/brown sauce crap.
Everytime I play with my Raspberry Pi, I cannot help but wonder of the mechanics of a Psion style case with keyboard for it.
Any clever people out there who fancy a weekend job - The Pi runs linux or android now so a real choice of OS.
Although tinged with a lot of nostalgia, the psions were brilliant little machines..
I still have some OPD microdrive cartridges in one of the fire safes at work. There was a small handful of OPDs when I started in 91. Keep hoping one might turn up one day. I will be bound to get the call if one does, if only for my colleagues to take the piss out of how long I have worked there!
Never had a Dragon. Was a Sinclair fan myself, but absolutely love these articles. fasinating reading
Re: MORE TH>N password policy
OT here, but I am sorely tempted to get one of those new Barclay personalised debit cards just to see how inappropriate an image I can get one it
A big cock and a hand, or just the words "Barclays are thieving cheating bastards" would do
Mackems have beaten the aussies
Some nutter Mackem from Sunderland did this several years ago - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/6132140.stm with a Black Cat Thunderbolt....
dont think I would ever be that pissed...
10 years now for Broadband & happy
And 5-6 years for TV. The service has been rock solid with only a handful of short outages during the whole time.Still running a motorola surfboard hooked into my own router. Generally when I run a speedtest I am getting near as damn it the maximum speed - the couple of times it has dropped right off has been due to external issues. TV box is a Tivo. cheaper than Sky, and Virgin maintain the box unlike Sky. Yea, I know the box is not really mine, but not gonna bugger about with it.
Biggest gripe I have is with Tivo, and that is that VM have blocked network control, that there is no decent Android app, and that I cannot play my media from my upnp server on the Tivo. If they sorted that then I would order more actually.
Energy prices should be investigated
Energy costs going up is not the issue. It's the retail price increases compared to the fluctuations in the base price which is the concern, and the way the big companies are fleecing us dry making massive profits.
A fair profit is one thing, the profit increases we have seen from the likes of Centrica (British Gas) over the last few years is verging on scam or criminality, certainly immoral!
I think there are only 5 or 6 companies supplying virtually the whole UK market so competition is about as fierce as a dead sheep.
They're all robbing greedy bastards!