132 posts • joined 30 Sep 2009
@bert_fe " a bunch of morons" Indeed - led by a scientific illiterate who denies any possible link between rising atmospheric CO2 and global warming.
Paypal are a law unto themselves. I have tried repeatedly to contact a"representative" to assist me with my account to no avail.
FUCK you paypal
or you could use....
.....a service like price usa based in Australia. Their agents in USA purchase and then re-ship to Oz at the cheapest rate they can find. Yes of course you pay a fee but I like the personal contact with the company and their agents. (I suspect that AustPost will not be quite so personal). No, I don't work for them - I'm a very happy customer who lives in the Sunshine State.
There are some excellent mirrorless cameras out there that fit this need. Some have good optical and digital zoom.
A couple of classic quotes that I enjoyed in the article:
"My most important photographic accessory is a bullshit filter."
"To get better pictures requires some knowledge of photography, which you don’t get by buying a DSLR, any more than buying a sports bag makes you an athlete."
I'm an old film man - yes I admit to having a canon SLR back in the day (darkroom enlarger, stinky chemicals etc etc) , and have relatively recently returned to photography as a hobby and purchased a canon DSLR. I've quickly re-learned that the camera does not make the photographer.
But what I really like with digital - my passion is bird photography - is that I can take lots (read several hundred in a morning) and keep only a few because the others range from crap to not good enough to keep.
Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...
sea ice- land ice
Sea ice and land ice (glaciers mainly in Antarctica) are not the same. In fact they seem to me to be as related as weather and climate.
Perhaps this provides a more reasoned view?
and there are dozens of other resources out there if you don't like this one
Re: Because the flaws were very different
downvote was from someone who either didn't understand the explanation, or is clearly so smart that he didn't need the explanation, or knows better and is too busy to write his own explanation.....
They'll really be in the shit if they don't
surely the lesson here is...
don't use the cloud.
For the life of me I cannot understand people who entrust their "secrets" to people (a company) they don't know in a country the don't live in (and quite possible in a language they don't speak) ,and expect those secrets to be looked after. It's really simple - trust nobody!
Colour me paranoid, but in this day and age a little paranoia may go a long way.
nobody has said yet ....
Fuck you FBI , and
Fuck you USA
although it has been implied in many of the comments above
Yes, something similar has afflicted several gadgets or plastic boxes for gadgets that I have bought or been given. Fortunately the ones I have, have a nice plastic "skeleton" and the gunk can be rubbed off with alcohol. Still very irritating though.
always knew ...
... them slimy little fuckers were up to something. All that wriggling around in the mud and coming up to gulp MY air.
Fucking Nora .....
just goes to show
Stupidity is alive and well .....
Re: Shitty image compression you are using there...
Thanks! That's one of the funniest comments I've read on El-Reg for a while.
Re: Apple fanbois will buy anything with an Apple logo on it
people - sheeple
Geeze louise, what a bunch of idiots
Google are no angels ..
... but in this instance justice has been served. Patent trolls who produce nothing should be expunged from the patent system.
In Oz ..
his influence on the media is known as the "murdocracy". At the risk of being rude my comment to him is FUCK OFF MURDOCH. The world does not revolve around you, and 5 years after you're gone no-one will give a flying fuck about you. You need adjust your business practices to suit the new order, not the other way around.
ebay - I use as little as I can
Sorry but ebay has lost the plot here in oz. I wanted to sell some furniture for my sister in law and posted it to ebay. in my description I said that it would be cash only on pickup - This was not good enough for flea-bay. No, they wanted an online alternative for purchasers, and cancelled my ad. Well Fuck you ebay and Fuck you paypal! If I want to sell furniture from my garage the people who come to buy will pay cash!
Turnbull is a first order luddite
no other comment from me
eg Game of Thrones
My students come to class telling me about the latest edition of GoT that they have downloaded. If I ask them why they don't buy it the answer is almost invariably because they can't, and won't be able to get it on DVD for another year.
So it seems bleeding obvious to me that if it was available in OZ at the same time as other places, there are people who would purchase it rather than downloading it "for free". Of course there will always be the freeloaders, but at least the producers would get some rather than no return.
Any media.company that is too thick to realise that a small sale is better than no sale gets what they deserve.
Another fuckup it seems?
Fuck you Rupert!
Rupert, you are a class dick. Here in oz - have you actually lived here recently? - your media influence is known as the "murdocracy".
You want all the laws and rules to favour you ..... well, they don't and I for one don't give a flying fuck about what laws you want that give you more influence over what I use/see/watch on the internet. I am responsible for that, not you or my ISP.
Thank God iinet had the balls to take you to the High Court who royally fucked you over.
Fuck you Rupert, and fuck you News Corp (and I apologise to those more sensitive El-Reg readers who don't like the f-word)
I'll bite .....
Why exactly would you want the various words for genitalia, gender orientation, sexual activity etc. engraved on your phone. Sorry I just don't get it ..... a phone is a phone, or am I missing something here? Anyone who knows and cares about me already knows my orientation and which words I will and won't use.
Re: @Ross K
" Why does there always seem to be some half-wit atheist who grasps the flimsiest excuse for taking his half-wit out for an airing?"
Thanks Ross, I see you have taken your religious half wit out for an airing too. Did he enjoy his walk?
Can your half witted religious nutter come up with any evidence :
a) for the existence of God other than "something must have made it"
b) for the theory of evolution to be false. Come on, it won't take much ... just a verified human footprint - or fossil - with dinosaur fossils for example.
c) that the earth is the only place in the universe where life exists. Admittedly we don't have any evidence that other life does exist, but as many above have stated, that is not proof that we are alone.
d) that God did it in a week.
Atheist nuttery is not that much different to religious nuttery, but with some things at least atheists have the preponderance of scientific evidence to support them, rather than the belief in book that has been translated and mis-translated so many times that it is likely to be nothing like the original(s).
still waiting ....
paypaly restricted my accout 6 months ago - i'm still waiting for a reply to three email requests for help. So much for customer service. paypal really sucks unless you have plenty of money or influence.
I have no opinion on this project, but
If my memory serves me correctly there was a case of someone who lived under HT power lines who "harvested" the radiated field to power his house. A fairly simple technique of running wire around his property several times to create a transformer that gave him electricity at the right voltage. His argument was that it was "waste" energy, the energy company and the wigs decided that it wasn't, so he copped the consequences.
Mind you this would have been at least a couple of decades ago so my memory may indeed be faulty.
Oh my god why did you buy that?
The last comment from my good wife when I bought a binary watch. Why would I do that? Well I love my maths and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Smart watch? No don't think so! My watch is on my wrist primarily for me to see what time it is. No I don't need to know who has "liked" me or my post, and I have never had an email that I must respond to immediately or the known universe will disappear. So hell no, I am not and will not ever be in the market for any smartwatch.
Re: For those who have never seen it...
Nice if you live in the UK. Sadly - actually happily for most things - some of us live in the anitpodes, so DVDS's are somewhat more useful than BBC4. Anyway enjoy the re-run!
as is usually the case ...
Yes the original was a masterpiece. It is, or at least was 2 years ago, possible to get the series on DVD from the BBC shop. Now it seems a bit dated but still an enjoyable series for those of us that liked it the first time around. No I didn't watch the movie version. In my experience most movie versions of good series are a steaming pile of crap in comparison
As far as I'm aware, and I'd be happy to be corrected, there has never been a virus that has affected macs. Trojans are quite another thing, and there have been a few of these.
Back on topic, I use Mackeeper. It has some nice features, and in my opinion is worth the money. I have read that one should beware of similar sounding names such as Mac Protector, Mac Security, Mac Guard, and Mac Shield.
To set the record straight I do not work for Zeobit or sell Mackeeper, and it has been rightly criticised for heavy handed marketing and "misleading advertising"
Here's a recent review (Jan 2014)which is quite positive
I can just hear the GW deniers ....
The article does not mention GW. It talks about OTHER heating factors that are affecting the glacier. So before you GW deniers say anything, RTFA. And, read beyond what is posted here at El Reg. Yes it's a good place to start, but there are plenty of sites that actually look at the data in a calm scientific way. Can science be wrong? Of course, that is one of the strengths of the Scientific Method.
Sadly in Madagascar....
My experience suggests that there is not the infrastructure to combat threats like this. Firstly it requires education, ie what do they look like?, what's the problem?, how do I catch them?, what do I do when I catch one? Secondly I requires political will, and enormous resources.
These two are hard enough here in Oz, but having been to Madagascar I believe they have even less chance of solving the problem. When every day is a battle for survival - in some of the places we visited, one meal a day was the norm - then it's unlikely that a toad invasion will be high on your list of priorities.
Madagascar has another feature not seen in Oz, and that is the area covered by rice paddies - read water = good breeding grounds for toads.
@bsquared. Yes indeed, crows do turn the toads upside down and disembowel them. It is quite a sight to see!
If you really want to help Madagascar, go there and spend your money. It is a stunningly beautiful country, and the Malagasy people are very friendly - just don't take photos of police/army buildings or people.
obligatory mony python quote
"I thought you said bacon"
Yes, if you don't agree with the decision of the highest court in the land, that's just tough luck. It was indeed a sensible decision in my opinion.
Telstra - Smelstra
Frankly the only surprise is that they are still in business - mind you, they have "the name" so can do what they effing well like. I have not used Smelstra for over a decade, mainly because their customer service was crap, and am very happy.
I am happy to pay more for service as long as I get it. Westnet is streets ahead of Telstra, so that is who I stay with. For example my father who I eventually got off Telstra and onto Westnet, phoned Westnet because he had an issue with his internet connection. Once they had solved the problem, they phoned me, yes ME, to tell me about what they had done.
Now in anybody's language that is service! Yes I was the contact person, but that kind of care for their customers is a hallmark of Westnet, and non-existent in Telstra.
Up yours Telstra!!!
interesting fragmentation of the balloon
IIRC the fragmentation of the balloon seen in the video does not happen where we mere mortals and El-Reg stalkers live. Regardless, an amazing clip from the LOHAN team. Well done!
Perhaps someone with more experience than me (nil at this point in time) can tell me if those balloons disintegrate like that here on mother earth. My limited experience with party balloons suggests no, but I'll be be very happy to be proven wrong.
The US has been the economic bully boy of the world for a long time, and has forced unfair trade agreements on countries that cannot afford to say no. Now comes the time when another country has at least as much power as they have and are willing to exert it. Tough on you USA, but I'm not surprised nor particularly upset by it.
If you can, do...
if you can't, sue
mistakes stubbies for females....
"stubbies" in some parts of OZ also means work shorts ie " I'll wear my stubbies today". I can't remember any of my stubbies - glass or cloth - looking like females, but after a couple of the beer-filled glass ones I certainly like looking AT females.
Paris cos I'll be she'd look good in (or with) a pair of stubbies.
sounds fair to me
Without and real detail to go on, this could well be a "you reap what you sow" moment for the US.
Basically mate you are a wanker - where's your home made phone? .... Thought not - you may well have the capacity to make one but before you spout off about how useful/useless the project is, show us yours. Oh yes, you could have made one but were on more important stuff - again, you effing wanker!
This is the way technology progresses - someone takes bits from other people and makes something - not necessarily new - that other people can build on.
Why is it that the idiots of the world cannot just be happy that someone has done something? No, they have to big-note themselves because they "could" have done (and mostly didn't do) better.
(and I have no comment on his guilt or innocence) that he is guilty by social media. Just like other high profile people who may not - or may - have done something wrong. The noise may well hide the truth.
That warm fuzzy feeling that I'll get if I ever buy an iphone ......Gee, I'm starting to feel all tingly right now, just thinking about how good for the environment my new toy will be.
Get your facts sorted!
If you are going to quote a reputable source, which you did, then please use it correctly!
You say this " Although average surface and atmospheric temperatures have stabilized in recent years after peaking in 1998 ...."
Sceptical Science says this "A look at the Earth's total heat content clearly shows global warming has continued past 1998."
Sounds a bit like a couple of bob both ways by El Reg.
nice business model though
AirBNB has a very nice business model. Charge the "tenant" to make and pay for the booking, and charge the owner to handle the booking - and then the keep the money until a day after the person moves in. Not that I'm complaining - the system works very well imho. So, I can see that the business is probably worth a lot, even if billions is way too much.
The added advantage of course is that you get to meet lots of very nice people, both as an owner and as a tenant.
I just hope that raising capital doesn't mean that the site will be plastered with ads.
I've not voted Green ....
and probably never will - at least my primary vote anyway. The coalition NBN is an effing disaster. Yes the alternative was expensive (and as time went on more expensive in the short term) but at least it looked to the future, and not to some half-arsed present dealing with snot boxes and old copper. Welcome to the 20th Century broadband network Australia!
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