385 posts • joined 11 May 2007
Re: BBC produces quality TV that the market can't...
"So if I want more science in my viewing diet I *have* to look elsewhere."
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but don't try looking in the direction od Discovery Science Channel. It seems the term 'science' only applies to weapons, gadgets and 'did you ever wonder how they make baseball bats?'
Of course when science content is determined by admen and arts graduates we're stuffed before we start.
Re: The BBC's commercial success
Direct funding by the government might be considdred fair. However, here in Oz we have the dear old ABC, either a hotbed of right wing neanderthals, or a den of thinly disguised communist sympathisers, depending on what colour of government is currently cutting its funding and demanding job cuts, better programmes and a better press for our current gov.
ABC homegrown programmes are generally dire (with a few surprising exceptions), and the only way they can fill the schedules every night is BBC programmes supplied at reduced rates by Auntie.
Having seen how government funding can stifle a tv channel, I have to give my vote to the Beeb.
The BBC deserve the licence fee.
Just imagine the alternative. If produced by a commercial channel, a high quality show like Doctor Who would rapidly descend into abandoning quality, well thought out scripts in favour of OTT special effects, lots of explosions and sexual innuendo.
Oh wait . . .
Re: Watches are for driving
Sorry to sound like a Samsung fanboi, but Gear Navigator is brilliant for navigation in the car. The map is right there in your line of sight, with enough detail to point out which way next.
Samsung, Nokia, whatever, I can't help feeling Apple have come to the party VERY late and brought nothing new or distinctive. Apart from the usual "Ah, but Apple has done it RIGHT" we'll be hearing from the fanbois
Re: Pebble's nearly there
".. the only innovation I saw (other than measuring heartbeat optically)"
You mean, the same optically that my Gear 2 has been doing for the past 6 months or so, or a special Apple meaning of optically?
Aaaaargh! Godwin already. And just when I was about to post a worthy and pithy comment that would easily win me comment of the week.
Re: BBC Worldwide @AC
"..to stop and search every black man with baggy clothes."
Or as was the case for a neighbour of mine, pull over a young black barrister 134 times in 18 months when he was driving his 7 series BMW, yet strangely, not once when he was driving his wife's 5 year old Honda Civic.
The authorities are already happy to profile people as criminals when they want to, let's not give them another excuse.
Oh, and the harrassment of my neighbour only stopped when he refused to speak to the officer and was hauled before the beak for 'obstructing the police in the pursuance of their duty'. It helped that, as a barrister, he had access to records of the previous tugs.
Re: not a Delivery?
Someone said something nice about Apple?
In the Reg?
Somebody call Guinness!
Re: Oh crap.
My eldest boy was around 3 when he discovered he could 'share' his big sister's fruit pastilles with daddy's (very expensive!) motorised load cassette deck. Place it in the tray, press down, and the deck 'ate' it and opened it's gob for another.
Wll the thing about leccytronics in those days was they got hot. And the thing about fruit pastilles when they get hot is ... the tray comes back empty. He was delighted that he managed tp get it to eat a whole tube before the screaming started.
Re: The author of this book is an internet cartoonist,
"What if... ebooks with almost zero storage and distribution costs were cheaper that the hard cover edition?"
I regret to inform you that I've already had this conversation:
'Yabbut with an ebook, you can take it anywhere. You can be reading it on your phone and then you can fire up your tablet and you're on the same page you were last time, even if you were reading it on a different device, and......'
Even after I'd picked my jaw up off the floor I couldn't think of a response which didn't include the word twunt
Re: A VERY EXPENSIVE FIREWORK.
It won't go BANG. In the finest tradition of SPB spacegoing vehicles it will majestically plummet
Re: He's just as guilty
"..system needs to change from this knee jerk mob mentality and offer help to these people before they can do any harm."
Too right. It's accepted that an overwhelming majority of actual paedophiles (ie not those simply moving on to the next bit of depravity because they haven't tried it yet) were abused as children. We have enormous sympathy for the abused child right up to the time when that child becomes an adultpaedophile, at which point our attitude changes from 'poor dear' to 'sick fuck'.
Nobody could advocate that child abuse is right, but as the AC says, it isn't something they can talk to their GP about, nor is it, generally, something for which a judge would recommend treatment (or at least any treatment beyond 'a damn good kicking in the showers while the guards look the other way').
And the current legislation which means you can go to prison for being in possession of a cartoon or a photograph of a grown woman who looks a bit like she might be under 18 takes away any possibility of release for paedophiles other than actually abusing a child.
Re: Do not adjust your set
I understand that, these days, the video quality can be quite reasonable, given the improvement in low light capability of the cameras. Often they are shot from the projection booth, avoiding the problems of people getting up and down, large hats and other such hindrances to free enterprise.
I also understand, from .. somewhere.. that a large number of bootlegs these days use the FM or induction sound transmission being broadcast for wearers of hearing aids, or even a direct jack into the cinema's sound system (suggesting there are a lot of differently principled projectionists out there)
Although for most people, the DVD screener, where available, is the preferable course for both video and audio quality.
or so I'm told
"...thief.. blah blah .. stolen .. blah .. stolen goods. How much would you ask if someone robbed you?"
Actually, more like, how would you feel if you were selling photos of your house, and he came along, took his own photo and started selling that.
Theft involves depriving somebody of something. He didn't nick the cinema screen, he just took pictures of it.
What he did was not right, but it isn't something we should be wasting the court's time with, ffs.
I'll have a beer glass, ta
OK, I'm in. Good luck on getting the funding. Should be easy, I mean if every committed commentard gave a quid, that'd be a tenner to get started.
And come October, it'll be fun popping into the Lord Nelson in The Rocks and saying 'There you go son - fill that'
Re: If the invite arrives...
Should be OK for reporting on the screens of the odd dropped iPhone then
Re: re that ASBO
Sorry, just had this image of a turd in an envelope with the marking 'Property of NASA - Please return' on it.
No, I don't get out much - why do you ask?
Actually, imprisonment is inevitable for ANYONE leaking information at the level of Secret or above. That's how the law stands in the US. I was amused to hear John Kerry suggesting that Snowden should 'man up' and come back to the US to defend his actions when, in reality, there is NO DEFENCE. If you reveal priviliged information about National Security (and bot does that cover a wide range these days!), you are automatically guilty and subject to the full penalty. it really doen't matter whether that leak exposed traitors or corruption at the highest level, or that providing the information was in the public interest. The very admission that you were responsible for the leak allows for no defence and no extenuating circumstances, it's simply an automatic 'Go Directly to jail' card.
In law, there's actually no defence you can offer at all.
"country where he has an arrest warrant out in his name "
No he doesn't!!
There is no arrest warrant issued in Sweden because he HASN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING THERE.
The EAW that was issued is an EU legal instrument issued by one EU country requiring any and all other EU countries to hold a suspect on their behalf. It was originally intended as a method of dealing with serious criminals and terrorists, not as an excuse when the state prosecutor has a change of heart, but there you go - it's legally binding. It's also the only warrant issued outside of the UK. There certainly has never been a warrant issued in respect of the rape of two women. Anyone who believes that 'we were having consensual sex when the condom broke, and although we continued to have sex, some three days later it was suggested to me that he might have allowed the condom to break on purpose' is the same thing as actual rape needs to take a serious rethink.
I don't hold much respect for Assange, but I can't subscribe to the current medimob driven exaggerations and outright lies about the case.
Re: Logic fail
"I'm pretty sure that you _can_ be locked up for rape in Sweden."
Yes, you can. But nobody is talking 'rape' here (except the UK tabloids and certain commentards).
You cannot be locked up for sex by surprise in Sweden, and this is the offence with which he MAY be charged after any interview with the Swedish authorities. Unfortunately, sex by surprise (fairly literal translation) is not a crime anywhere else in the EU (or the world as far as I know), and as such has no direct counterpart in UK law. because of this, the media, at the start of this affair, went through a whole spectrum of euphemisms, from 'indecent behaviour' through 'a sexually related offence' and 'sexual assault' until finally settling on the term 'rape' as being both acceptably understandable to viewers and listeners, while maintaining the correct air of shocked melodrama to attract eyes to screens and bums to seats.
to my mind, the description of what, even in Sweden, is considered a minor offence, punishable by a maximum fine of ~7,500kr, as 'rape' is both misleading and an insult to the victims of real rape.
.. and breathe
Re: Texas? California?
"what are they making in California?"
Erm.. . massive profits, I think
Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary
"it only applies to spherical engineers"
Well there's plenty of us around (around. aROUND. Oh, please yourselves)
Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary
You know, I've never actually tried pouring an engineer over a packet dump, but if you think it'll help, I'll give it a go.
Ummm, I guess I have to melt my engineer first, right?
Re: Wonderful. Brilliant. Absolutely fabulous.
"Rear 2 - wouldn't bother again. Hardly ever find material that makes effective use of them"
Might I respectfully guide you in the direction of Peter Gabriel's Secret World BD, with special attention to 'Shaking the Tree'?
Actually, another one, which surprised me greatly, is Antiques Road Show, where you can often hear people having an unrelated discussion behind you.
"Where would I put the crap that lives on top of the speakers?"
Oh I am so glad I'm not the only one. My woman sees a horizontal surface and immediately thinks "Hmm, I know what would look nice on there". Me being a bit of a vinyl junkie, this means I have to find a home for the lamp/ candle holder/ stuffed warthog she's decided to adorn my turntable with before I can use it. Same goes for me 'classic' (read: old) Naim CD32. Speakers are adorned with flowers, digital photo frames, amusing terracotta stuff - anything that will rattle nicely when they're running.
Best so far was the active sub with the bowl of scented floating candles that exploded during a showing of 'The Dish' causing smoke fuelled electronic merriment for all. After that incident she vowed never to put anything on top of a device with a hinged lid or that plugged into something else.
And true to her word, she didn't. At least, not for the 10 minutes it took her to find another bowl to put the floating candles into.
I so hope she never starts reading the Reg.
Eldsters are getting more tech savvy. REALLY?
"In the last three years we have seen that change and we think that's down to tablets"
Leaving out the obvious 'Can I get these tech savvy tablets on the NHS?', did Mr Obvious of Blindingly not consider the fact that the demgraphic has changed its profile, with a lot of the older ones popping their clogs and being replaced by people who were 62 when they did the last survey?
It's like the twit on TV a couple of weeks ago saying 'In the last 10-15 years we've noticed that over 50s have become far more willing to understand and embrace the technology'
What she meant, of cours, was 'Over the past 10-15 years, we've seen a lot of over people who understand and embrace the technology become over 50s.
Defeats me why we pay these pontificators
Re: Papers Please!
Credit card? Oh no, cash only here.
If you can't scratch a window with it, I don't accept it
apologies to DA
Love it Fred. "Don't point out what's wrong with OUR country because YOURS isn't perfect"
I guess, like the political argument, that makes Australia the best in the same way Abbot is a champion because there are people in that other party who are just as bad as him. Thanks, but I'll settle for the "<<Insert name of politician here>> is a lying thieving weasel, and just because other people are too is no excuse to do nothing about it."
And it's a similar argument "I may be living in a stinky pothole, but I feel no need to climb out because I can point to other people whose potholes are just as deep and stinky as mine"
Just because you regard him as a 'higher level' lying thieving fuckwit weasel than some other lying thieving fuckwit weasels doesn't make him admirable.
I just love the attitude of 'My fuckwit politician can do no wrong because for all his lying, thieving behaviour, he's no more self serving, cheating or outright lying through his bloody teeth than YOUR fuckwit politician'
And they seriously believe we wouldn't elect <in the name of not invoking Godwin, please insert your own murdering bastard world leader here> as long as he was wearing the right colour rosette?
Please god not another 'Me too' post
That is all
it's getting like the bloody Inquisition now.
Well I certainly didn't expect THAT.
Edit: Blast you Vic = beat me to it!
To actually look at a user's data will require a warrant
..or a slow Friday afternoon fishing expedition. I can see it now:
'Hey, I have a list of websites here. Let's run through the 'metadata' and see who we can catch. All it takes is for Abbot or one of his creeps to make some bogus statement about how this crime or that murder could have been prevented if only our brave boys in blue could have got to the data quicker.
Cue the announcement of a centralised mirror where every ISP can send the data.
Only accessible to properly authorised people of course, like bored operatives or people showing off to their mates, or a cop looking for something to teach the bastard who bought the last doughnut in the shop a bloody good lesson.
Don't know about you, but I feel safer already.
Re: Ahh I see....
"I must be careful not to get DEfingered for digital piracy in Nigeria."
"Not all app stores have all music, films, etc."
True enuff. But at least, between them, the torrentz seem to have just about everything that was ever published.
Maybe it's time kickass produced the hardware and we could all buy in to THEIR ecosystem.
It's not just Big Media here. The TPP, from what little we've been able to look at, is a Robber Baron's Charter, designed to allow US companies to shit on any Pacific nation government whose internal regulations make it hard for them to peddle their crap in that nation, and intended to give US corporations the godlike powers over dirty foreigners that they've always lusted after.
And our government can't wait to implement it! And with the current opposition from other parties (Japan not wanting shitty, hormone laced US beef force fed to its citizens, several 'partner' nations beginning to question why the 'Partnership' seems to involve being handcuffed to a table with their trousers round their ankles), that nice Mr Abbot wants to assure our merkin friends that Australia, at least, is ready, nay eager to comply. And the 'determination' of the givernment has more to do with getting the thing in place before the Australian people discover exactly what they've signed us up for.
And we've even brought our own handcuffs.
Re: There's a legit place where I can download stuff?
Well you know, the copyright owners (and just what percentage of copyright holders are the people who actually created the content?) are constantly reminding us that we don't OWN our movies, songs, books - we have simply bought a licence to watch/hear/read the content. So by that token, people should be getting little packages from Big Media every time technology changes.
Dear Mr D iViDeD,
We notice that you baught a licence to watch Bambi in 1983. The copy on which your licenced film was recorded was, I believe, a VHS tape. Please find enclosed a replacement Blu Ray disc.
I mean, the alternative would be to force us to buy a new copy of what we already have every time the format changed.
And that would be ridiculous.
Re: Well, this will be a smashing success...
"The reality is that piracy is going down all by itself"
I wonder whether the initial 'piracy' boom was due to all us old farts downloading our 'classic', no longer available, old albums, past radio and TV shows (I can recommend Undone and Doomwatch)?
For most of us, our collections are complete down to the 'demotape Florian Schneider did in his bathroom when he was 8' and 'discontinued local TV drama - lasted 4 episodes but had Billie Piper in it' level, and there's just nothing left for us to download (or we've realised we need to live to 187 just to watch/listen to what we've go already!)?
So maybe TPB is now catering to the tiny group of people who, for whatever reason, want their own copy of Iron Man 3, or Transformers 4, or who missed last week's X Factor and regard it as a bad thing?
Re: Does anyone know exactly what's being pirated?
"Was it terrible of me to get it from Pirate Bay?"
Yes it was, and your children will be forced to sniff the nether regions of Satan unto the seventh generation as punishment for your sin.
Or the Chairman of Sony BMG should Satan not be available.
I'm reminded of the Good Old Days(patent pending) when, if you happened to be out for Space Force, or Emergency Ward 10, or the Moon Landings, that was it. No video recorder to preserve it, no +2 to give you another chance to miss it later on, in many cases, no expectation of a repeat broadcast, ever.
On Demand viewing and listening is something relatively new, but something we got used to very quickly. It slipped in quietly and established itself in most of our lives, making it mind numbingly obvious, to al but the content owners, that it's how we want it.
So if the Beeb, or Sony or 20th Century Farts, or anybody else tells people "I'm sorry, you can't have this because you're in the wrong region, or we can't get your local broadcaster to pay over the odds for a copy, or we simply don't believe that making it availabe would be profitable', then they shouldn't be surprised that people go elsewhere to get it.
Hell, if they bunged all of their content on a big(gish) server and charged people a tenner a month to access anything they wanted, you'd see copyright infringement drop dramatically. And the only thing stopping them from doing so is that they used to make obscene amounts of money and are in denial over the fact that the world no longer works that way.
Re: an old message that still carries resonance
A bit off topic, I know, but I still have my Dead Kennedys In God We Trust cassette with a message on side B as follows:
'Home taping is killing record industry profits
We've left this side blank so you can help'
Re: Hard Time Make Them Envious of Hard Disks?
"the radio gives me traffic and roads status reports, a CD does no"
Ah, you gots the wrong CD player there. Over 10 years ago my (then) state of the art VW Golf would be continually pausing my CD to switch me to a station warning me of a traffic jam 100 miles away, or broken traffic lights in a town I'd never heard of, before seamlessly returning me to the wrong track of the CD I was trying to listen to.
Oh, and if you had the temerity to override the RDS pings, it would bloody record all the bulletins and play them back to you as soon as you parked the car and took the key out.
"people would pay via check or bank debit just like they pay their credit cards"
I kinda assume 'check' is the same thing as 'cheque', and it got me thinking. How many commentards have even *seen* a cheque in, say, the last 10-15 years?
My reason for asking is not entirely frivolous. Last week the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sent me a cheque for $108.00, and it was the first cheque I'd seen, certainly since I arrived in Australia (in 2004), and for some time before that. I kind of assumed nobody 'did' cheques anymore, not even the very very old, so I was interested to hear that at least one person (Doug) uses a cheque to pay their credit card bill.
I can't believe that Australia is at the cutting edge here (although we've been using NFC Payment for quite a while at supermarkets, coffee shops, railway stations and car parks to name a few.
So tell me, are you guys all busily writing out cheques in huge numbers and I just never noticed?
Serious (well, semi serious, well..) enquiry here
Re: A Mockery of Justice outs the Law in a Banana Republic as a Fat Assed Fool and Idiots' Tool
"making yourself look like a prime douchbag."
Now hold on a minute! amanfrommars MAY be a douchebag. Then again, he may not - reading his posts has always been an infallible cure for common sense.
But the point is, even if he is, as you suggest, a 'douchebag', he is OUR douchebag, and in the annals of El Reg is probably a protected National Trasure by now.
So leave orf!
Re: This is what happens when it's time to vote
Someone with more nonce than me once said that Australian elections are not won by anyone. They're simply lost by governments.
There does seem to be a general sense of 'It's time for a change, so let's give the other lot a go, regardless of how far they fucked things up the last time they were in power'
"Conroy (Labor) tried to do it first and failed"
You know, it doesn't matter what colour rosette the weasels are wearing, they're still weasels.
The Liberal opposition of ISP level blocking and their cries about starving CSIRO of the funds needed to keep Australia at the forefront of something or other were simply examples of our supremely polarised political system. 'If it's your idea, then it must be shit, regardless of whether it's something I actually want'
Voters in Australia, when they can be dragged away from The Voice, or The Block, or 'I'm vaguely related to someone famous, get me on TV', approach politics with the same polarised attitude. Any conversation questioning a government policy gets immediately mired in 'Ah, yo forget that it was YOUR lot that did A, so you cannot criticise MY lot for doing B', together with an accusation that, if you are criticising Labour, you are obviously a right Wing religious nut, while if you are criticising the Liberals, then you are a leftie communist child molester who needs to go and live in Cuba, if you like it so much.
Australians should stand back and look objectively at our political 'leaders', whatever their professed political stance. It shouldn't take any reasonable person too long to reach the conclusion that they're ALL chiselling weasels whose only interest is themselves and who are happily selling the Australian people down the river for personal gain.
Oh, and they'd also like Australia to become another US state, please.
Re: Targeted ads be Buggered!
My Facebook News Feed gives me the oddest ads - I've had dressmaking patterns, m&m special offers, 'Why don't you buy a Hyundai?' (do they REALLY want to know?) loads of Harvey Norman ads (a particularly sleazy Aussie Home Appliances store I wouldn't enter with a gun to my head).Ads for our TV companies, most popular Hollywood bollockbusters, music by people I've never heard of, and so on. And for some reason, I get a lot of 'Did you know you *might* qualify for a Green Card?' stuff. I think the Green Card ads (sorry - suggested posts) are a fallback for when they have no information on me (which is always).
But to my certain knowledge, I have never clicked on a single offering. I suppose that makes me a freetard.
"That's what the ablative case is for"
I thought the ablative case was for reentry
I'll get my.. Oh, you got it for me, thanks.
Yes, I can SEE the door, thankyou
Re: People of the world?
"Couldn't they have done something useful like polled people on what they believe the mass of the Higgs boson to be? "
We tried that, but with answers ranging from 'Abaht 'arf a kilo, mate' to 'A WHOSE WHAT?', we were no closer than when we started.
"Phones tend to get upgraded every 2 years because they seem to loose battery "
I dunno about that. My old Dell Streak is still going strong (as a backup PAYG) and as far as I can see, the battery is no looser than it was when it was new - still fits snugly into its little receptacle and shows no tendency to rattle around when the device is in motion.
Maybe I just got lucky and happened to get one of those new, 'non loose' batteries.
Hope I never lose it.
Re: I have argued for many years
So Freedom Fighters only engage in *authorised* intimidation and violence, to achieve the overthrow of their government (which could hardly be further from a 'political aim', huh?)
BTW, since Freedom Fighters only attack military targets, and it's only terrorists who attack civilians, how do we read the Palestinian bloodbath at the moment?
Palestinians have killed 13 soldiers and killed or injured 6 civilians
Israelis have killed >600 civilians, mostly women and children.
I could be reading this wrong, but that makes Israel terrorists and Hamas Freedom Fighters who are a little bit terrywristed.
2While I'm o another rant, and while the IRA were bombing and shooting civilians in NI and the rest of the UK in the 70s, merkins regarded them as 'freedom fighters'.
Is that because they were using the wrong dictionery?
So what will you be playing in 2019?
I dunno really. What do you think Gabe? Any chance of an early beta, pre release demo of HL3 by then?
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