405 posts • joined 4 Aug 2009
Re: I wrote to him once...
Likewise! I wrote to him after reading his autobiography "80 Not Out" to not only say how much I had enjoyed it but to also point out a bunch of typos and mistakes. He replied saying he knew all about the mistakes and had sent a list of them to the printers who had then lost the corrections and printed it as is anyway! He sounded quite annoyed!
Re: Two Jobs films
But eveyone forgets the best one:
Terry Pratchett was right
(from 'The Last Continent')
'Why did he have to go to prison?'
'We put all our politicians in prison as soon as they're elected. Don't you?'
'It saves time.'
Re: Nasties from beyond
Yeah, I never update Ubuntu servers any more. Have been bitten once too many times (i.e. twice). Far safer to install a new version from scratch!
Not quite! Goes upstairs, pulls out 20th Anniversary May 1998 edition of PCW (RIP). Page count (including covers) = 750 - and all for £1.99 (special price, normally £2.95). I've also got a copy of the first edition from 1978, slightly smaller at 68 pages and cost 50p. Those were the days!
But don't buy an iPad 4 to run it until they bring out a model of the foosball with a lightning connector!
Re: "has been observed 420 million years after the Big Bang"
By you and the rest of us looking at the photo?
In the 1980s I worked as a Pascal/C programmer in a company that was using the Burroughs/Unisys B20 series of computers (designed by Convergent Technologies, a company that Unisys eventually bought). The B25 was powered by that rare beast, the 80186. Most PC makers skipped that one completely.
Could you just...
Ah, that brings back memories of when I worked in this small crap-selling shop in the 1980s fixing electronics for a living. One of the salesmen was notorious for coming upstairs to our workshop and asking us if we could 'just' solder this or that (usually headphone plugs or sockets for crap walkman substitutes they and other shops sold at the time) for a customer waiting in the shop downstairs. We didn't have a magic >KZERT< but after a while we learned to put the fire extinguishers to good use on said salesman. The people who serviced the fire extinguishers always seemed to be surprised that it was often the ones in our workshop that needed refilling the most...
Blimey! 7 paragraphs and a total of 9 sentences. Several gramatical errors. Did anyone actually proofread that article?
I chucked it through the readability test at:
which scored the readability as very low at 36.11.
Re: Quelle surprise...
Yes but with the American patent system you'd spend all the time sifting through tons of "obvious-should-never-have-been-awarded-patents" instead of actually developing anything!
Ha ha, love the sarcasm
Er, you were actually being sarcastic, weren't you? Oh right...
I'll take em off their hands...
Code of the Lifemaker
A good SF romp!
"Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"
Can I have some of what you're smoking?
"important opportunities to set a new standard"
Well, that will make a change from important opportunities to screw up some existing standards...
Re: Please excuse the rant...
Excellent rant - upvoted!
Re: with that rendered photo
No, you would definitely not have survived. Not only that but back then the atmosphere (if any) was not breathable - also it was early closing day and umbrellas were in short supply.
Re: This is evidently evil
Hopefully, unless someone manages to patent walls!
Re: But wait
You are Loverock Davidson and I claim my prize!
Patent system has a large injection of common sense - sales of popcorn nose dive!
My Psion 5MX is still sitting in a drawer, damn good machine in its time. Keyboard has never been beaten, sigh...
"iPad 1 not getting iOS 6 - effectively EOL'd"
or, put another way "iPad 1 owners ecstatic that they can still use Google Maps"
"Like ... Vista?"
No, they never got that right!
Of course his face was straight...
...thanks to botox!
Re: "horrendously complex bondage'n'discipline language of no-one's choice"
Brainfuck - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainfuck
Read Only Memory Memory?
Hmm, do I detect some redundancy!
Re: Ooooppps NSIS
Well spotted sir!
Re: My Plan
Excellent! I still refer to Virgin Media as NTL.
Use colourised clips of William Hartnell's face from the classic series CGI'd onto another actor of the same stature and build a story around that! The fun part would be trying to find clips where:
* they had a reasonable shot of Hartnell's face while he spoke
* there was not too much background noise
* the line/scene is relevant to the storyline
* Hartnell didn't actually fluff his lines :)
Actually it was Remembrance of the Daleks (damn, my geekiness is showing now).
Re: Whilst one can of course have various opinions about both the new os and............
Totally agree. I've experienced the "pleasure" of having to deal with the crap they nail into computer cases before. Just the once mind, it arrived faulty, it was sent back with a note with the fault fully described. It came back with the same fault, money was (eventually) refunded.
Microsoft follows its own 'standards'. Often those standards are there to completely bork anything else that's non-MS.
Re: This is obviously a spoof or parody
It probably is until the "wrong" (i.e. rich, powerful, self-important or close friends with someone in gubberment) people get spoofed. One rule for us, one... etc.
"producer on the first three releases of Windows"
What? Windows 1.01, 1.02 and 1.03? He must be proud!
Re: Is it just me...
Yes, the sky is falling! PANIC!
(or maybe just carry on using local/personal storage like most people with sense)
No, it will have Mountain Leopard installed instead, just to confuse you!
G4S? Blue towel?
Probably not... With G4S' lack of staff she would have to drive the prisoner van herself!
"Redmond has, of late, been much more interested in standards and has even made sure its own applications can be enjoyed using third-party browsers."
Is this a new meaning of the word "enjoy" with which I have yet to become acquainted?
...a Microsoft for the 2010s!
"I think the batteries have to be internal."
You have EAT the batteries now? Jeez!
Re: Happens a lot.
Though you'd have to be pretty desperate to be a peeping tom here: http://www.interestingengineering.com/2012/03/terrifying-glass-skywalk-on-side-of.html
Re: Puma redux
I'm wating for "Cheezburger"
If you look at the version number that Windows 8 puts in the IE10 User Agent string then you will find that it's 6.2, not 7 or 8! I have never come across Windows 7 with an internal version number of 7 - where did you find that? I suspect Windows 9 will have an internal number of 6.3 - looks like MS are adding the digits together to get the 'public' number!
Duh! Spel chekcer, wheer are yuo wen u are nedeed most?
<-- that's a self fail!!!
if you happened to be asleep that day in your astrophysics class
Yes, I was! So please explain this in simple measurements I can understand such as standard London double decker bus or bronotosaurus lengths!