"we LET IT GO for a SONG"
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Brilliant, made my day!
And, double yuck, you need to jump through several hoops to get the damn thing to display its non-aliased blocky mess! Having done so, I assure you it's not worth the effort!
Maybe you should learn to use the "Tips and Corrections" link under the article, instead! Anyway, that typo is in a quote from another source over which the Register has no control.
They did try to ring them but couldn't get through as, apparently, their phone bill hasn't been paid since 2009.
He did model a cat brain - as soon as it was turned on it did what cats normally do, and went to sleep.
Agreed! It's even worse than the redecoration of a video rental room at a place I once worked. The room was redone in bright red and orange colours - the 2 lads running it had headaches after a couple of hours.
Yeah, but suppose you don't like it and want to change your mind?
Regarding number 1 - you are Homer Simpson!
Homer: Oh... and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home wine-making course and I forgot how to drive?
I'm now waiting for Jodrell Bank to come up for offer on Freecycle!
Well, they're certainly experts at that - been doing it for years!
Name and shame!
"creating a fucking file"
Er yes, Java - millions of ways of creating and accessing files, not one of which does exactly what you need it to do!
Speak fer yerself!
My personal code library (used on the web sites I build) has been refined many times over the years to cut unnecessary code, and to make it faster and more efficient!
Maybe I'm just weird!
"What is really happening is that the government has identified a "thing" that the general public believe in and that they believe it is a bad thing -- one that should be stopped."
I have identified a "thing". It is called the government and, over recent studies, I have determined that it is definitely a bad thing. Question is - can it be stopped?
Off with the goolies!
Sounds a bit like a guy I once worked with in a piano repair workshop. Any tool (screwdriver, pliers etc.) he used would be covered in something resembling rust within a few days!
Of Cameron and his cronies?
Not a damn jot!
"We hinder people when they're trying to get stuff done."
At one place I worked we (the programmers) instigated the use of fault sheets where other members of staff could report problems with the programs we were writing. The fault sheets contained boxes to specify which program it was, which screen/page of that program and a large box to describe what the fault was. I remember one coming in with neither of the first 2 filled in and, in the third large box, was written "Funny on screen" - magic!
Yes, and I still possess the copies that I managed to buy! Not quite the full run as I'm missing the Feb 1984 edition and anything that appeared after the March 84 edition.
Didn't you write it down on a post-it note? Yeah, it's probably that one stuck to the side of the monitor with your other passwords and bank details. You know, the one in plain sight from the window.
Must buy popcorn and get a good ringside seat for the fight!
Or chuck it through an anagram generator and get:
Ok, so maybe not!
Ofcom = gutless, roll-over-and-die weed
It's interesting how things have changed.
Maybe I was just in the right place at the right time.
"Cloud computing is shite. It takes over everything you’ve got, then farts in your face and runs away giggling."
Couldn't have put it better! I wouldn't trust any of them with my data. I am paranoid when it comes to backups (having been bitten in the past). The irreplaceable stuff is backed up in 6 different places, one of which is not under my roof!
Still got some 5.25" floppies around somewhere along with some PetSoft Commodore PET programs on CASSETTE - Lunar Lander, Star Trek 3D amongst others! Not got any punched cards, though...
Dunno about DRM, but back in the 70s I almost convinced a (hard of thinking) work colleague that if you looked extremely closely at the grooves you could see the lyrics. Well, how else would the singer know which words to sing?
That is all
...for the ifixit.com breakdown for a comparison!
Some tricks for shop computers I used to employ were:
1) A POKE to the VIC-20 video chip to change the screen width from 22 columns to 23 or 21. This would cause anything on the subsequent lines to be offset left or right by one extra character each line. Really annoying for the shop assistants who couldn't figure out why their program listings were going diagonally down the screen.
2) Running a simple loop to copy the CBM-64 ROM into the underlying RAM, a POKE or two to keep it there, then a few more POKEs to change the SYNTAX ERROR text (now in RAM) to something far less pleasant. Then I'd stand back to watch kids (usually) cause an error and ask their unsuspecting parent what that meant!
3) Enter a short program into a Spectrum that changed the screen to 2 shades of blue, print "COMMODORE 64 BASIC V2", "64K RAM SYSTEM 38911 BYTES FREE" and "READY" with a loop to flash a cursor. That got lots of people confused! I once even convinced someone that a Spectrum had had a CBM-64 ROM installed in it by mistake!
They've also re-run the algorithm that fuzzes out car number plates and faces. It's managed to completely obscure my number plate on the 2008 photo (originally one letter could just be made out), several bricks on the wall beside my front door (nowhere near the house number) and a bit of the tree in the neighbour across the road's garden! It HASN'T however, fuzzed out the face of one my cats sitting on the doorstep - maybe it decided the cat's face was fuzzy enough!
I'd rather not!
Nurse, the tablets, QUICKLY!
Yeah, but if it had been £ or $ then el Reg would have spelt it BEEELLION!
There, there Matt
You go and have a nice lie down and leave the rest of us to read the article properly and come to more logical conclusions.
Hmm, many of my gadgets - e.g. printer, screens, electric drill, multimeter, kettle - don't play music. As they are now almost completely worthless, I'd better throw them away. Thanks for the advice, JMJ!
Yeah, I bet they bloody do!
Indeed, and it's why many programmers like me were shitting themselves in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" system was proposed. That's the one that was going to require millions of lines of computer code that had to work properly the first time an invading missile was detected coming over the horizon (and not go bananas when a pigeon shat on a detector).
Agreed. I deliberately haven't bought anything Sony-related since then. Yes, they should learn that customers have long memories.
Less often nowadays. I think the WWF has put them on the endangered list.
Yeah, but, remember, this is Michael Gove you are talking about. Most teachers hate him and the crap he normally spits out. He just got lucky this time around when pulling random ideas out of a hat (though I'm sure he'll find some way of cocking the whole thing up before too long).
They also mislabelled Windows 8 as an operating system...
I knew I'd been right to avoid their crap for years!
See any Road Runner cartoon where Wile E Coyote orders something from the Acme company and has it delivered within 10 seconds.