142 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
"New rule: if you're going to constantly compare X government action to 1984 in the usual tiring Daily Mail way, you have to have read it first."
What, every time??!!
or you could go even more downmarket...
The Tesco round the corner has a cafe offering free wifi with your clubcard, adequate coffee and a selection of cakey things sourced from their in-store bakery.
I also have to confess an sneaky liking for MacDonald's coffee (also their free wifi). I wouldn't eat any of their "cakes" though. (and like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Millhone I am guiltily fond of a Quarter pounder with cheese - a Royale, if you prefer...)
Re: Self service checkouts
"... If you're buying a basket full of booze, knives and glue "
Duct tape! You forgot the duct tape!!.
Good for you @buzzword. Buried in the bowels of a concrete hospital as I am, I have NO mobile coverage.
Also, in a hospital environment like ours, the majority of people who need roaming contact carry bleeps and have to find a phone when they go off. It would be a lot more useful to carry a proper communicator. If only we got a signal!!
...You mean "Hey, jimmy!!"
"wouldn't you want to stream straight into the back of a TV, rather than an 8" screen"
I suppose that depends on whether you're fighting your family for the TV (just like the old ZX81 days...)
Re: I DON'T GIVE A FLYING F***K
"FWIW: ladies, I now insist my dates bring birth certificate and passport and prefer to rely on that rather than any alternative information they may choose to offer."
Once you've actually clapped eyes on them (or even talked to them!) and they passed muster, why does their documentation matter?
Time travel!!! It'll be able to go back and save itself....
I thought that said Brolly... now there's a good idea for a flexible screen, the ability to work in the rain.
Where's my car keys, I'm off down the patent office.
Re: Do we need
Maybe a tee-shirt with a myriad of embedded infrared LEDs...
+500 for the Bladerunner references
me going to a party as Deckard-------->
Damn! failed the Voight-Kampff test again
Re: In this case
Scottish joke -
"Return the Elgin Marbles to Elgin"
Not everyone works in an office
I have 40 users working at 15 shared machines switching from a terminal emulator, running a LIMS, to various specialised laboratory applications running in the browser (IE8 on Win XP) to software interfacing with analysers (some of which hasn't been updated by the manufacturer since Windows 95). Oh and we're a Microbiology lab, no touching the screen (keyboards are a necessary evil that are cheap enough to be replaced). And we're only one of the labs here, and we're not a particularly big one.
Voice and touch tiles just won't do the job in this environment, neither will obscure methods of switching applications. And hiding running apps away is definitely out of the question, what happens then is people fire up more instances until the processor runs out of grunt and the system fan is whining like concorde.
I'll get my coat, it's the Howie one with gram stain down the front.
You've been to our lab then? Are you a CPA inspector?
That's NOT Lindsay Lohan? I'm not buying it then. What a gyp!!
Does this mean....
Does this mean that we don't have to invade Earth and steal the water, we actually flew past gallons on the way in!!
Somebody find me the keys for the saucer, I'm off home.
Re: Missed some
"...An airhorn doesn't shift some numpties who utterly ignore bells. Trust me, I've tried!..."
Doesn't the old sail-before-steam adage apply here? As a pedestrian (often pushing a wheelchair, but not always), I know that I don't have the reaction time to hear a bell, think "oh, that was a bike bell", turn round to see where it came from and attempt to leap to safety before I'm run down by some speed king on a bike.
Surely it's up to the cyclists to watch out for pedestrians in a mixed bike/pedestrian environment?
"A healthy dose of syphilis..."
I don't really think the biological sciences throw up boffins as such. In my neck of the woods, we tend to be worker drones or medics.
Because exceptions prove the rule, I have to give kudos to the Doctor in our lab (in the early 70's) who designed and built (with the aid of a local blacksmith) a laminar flow cabinet that could be used as a portable operating theatre. Sadly he died before more than a prototype was demonstrated.
Also the pioneer in using maggots to clean wounds (that sort of ickiness kind of screams "boffin") who went on holiday, forgetting that he had left an incubator full of maggots. He returned to an incubator full of greenbottles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_bottle_fly) (well, it was full until he opened it....) We still see the occasional greenbottle bumbling past 15 years later.
White coats (was Re: Before acquiescing to his demand...)
The lab block in the large UK teaching hospital where I work has a complex hierarchy of white coats. like so:
University employees: don't wear coats, just latex gloves (which they proceed to use to grasp doorhandles etc)
NHS employees have a sub hierarchy.
Blood sciences (a largely automated discipline) : Pristine white coats, single breasted, but buttoned for safety reasons.
Microbiology : Double breasted Howie coats (mad scientist specials) usually spattered with Gram stain and peppered with holes where acid is spilled. (it is a point of pride NOT to have "biological" material on your coat!)
Histopathology : as Micro, but with much more staining, especially towards the rear (the most convenient place to wipe stain off your hands...) and added paraffin wax and plaster and various toxic substances (usually with benzene rings in them).
Medics of various ilks tend to wear unbuttoned standard coats when they leave their room, but not down to the wards (Infection control issue)
Hope this helps....
Re: Humans > robots?
Hands up anyone that thinks that we might need the expertise to live in a less-than-human-friendly environment one day (possibly soon).
You at the back! Is your hand up or what?
Re: Fingers crossed...
The booklet was written by Famed british SF author (sadly no longer with us), Rob Holdstock.
Re: Single player is onanism
Re: I guess it's official
"people in positions of trust, power and influence"
So, like teachers and scoutmasters then?
Re: Keeping Windows XP alive is not good for anyone
"That's so your industry's fault for tolerating proprietary drivers. Everything should have been open, so you could drive it with whatever operating system exists in 20 years. Do you expect a PC platform to last for 20 years? That's insane."
Meanwhile, out here in the real world....
@king of foo "Sometimes you need a flood. A flood with piranha's. And an open sewer main."
Sharks, surely! (ref: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/?ref_=nv_sr_1)
"Instead, they'll use WiGi, WiFi or maybe even UWB "
or psychic powers? Superheroes shouldn't be left out! (or they go off....)
Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.
Mr Average took home £9.75 a week in 1953. I got less than £20 a week at my first job in 1971.
Aren't Nikon cameras and lenses made in China anyway?
Oh THAT kind of Dram. Worried there for a minute!!
Two words (and an ellipsis)
Re: Central London?
"And besides... my doc does'nt let me drink ... so I'll have to raise a virtual one
Switch to OpenOffice, the odt doesn't care whether you drink or not. And it's free (as in beer)...
?Slippery when wet?
...but they're just so tasty...
Re: Don't leave me hanging
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Re: "$ur4ht4ub4h8", a play on words relating to a chapter of the Koran
I think there are 2 "R" in sporran.
This chip design is obviously based on Level 5 of that Amstrad CPC classic, "Oh Mummy"
>I also note that the car appears to move itself during the day under the canopy
Could you steal it with a judiciously applied umbrella?
"It followed me home, can I keep it?"
Re: bad things happen when solar vehicles run out of juice
>bad things happen when solar vehicles run out of juice
>Anyone seen the Vin Diesel movie Pitch Black?
>I for one don't want to get stranded in a solar power vehicle at night!
Especially not in Aberdeen (or Birmingham)...
The figures speak for themselves
1 in 292,525 chance of being killed by a shark
1,193 people died on Australia's roads in 2013
Maybe it would be better to tag cars so that they can tweet when they're about to knock you down (LOL)
That last picture...
That last picture has an erroneous caption. The Aircraft is a Sea Fury, hence flown by the Royal Navy. Tcha.
(pedantic aircraft spotter alert icon required)
hop over to...
(does 64-bit too)
Nobody's arguing about the need for sex education, I think the objections were about how sensual the ad was. To protect our children we need to make sex sound as boring as possible....
Re: A thorough gumming
Mmmmmm..... a thorough gumming......
Re: imperfect design
"I can't see a re-charging socket or a battery compartment! I mean, how can you supply energy to the baby?!"
Chocolate raisins, also exercises the output port...
Re: what resources did he use?
What! There's more than one per Continent!! Whatever next!!!
Re: Surely it needn't eat his data plan
I'm sure he would have thought of that if he hadn't been having his cognitive faculties eaten by the flu at the time...
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Just press the bellpush on my Siemens cordless doorbell. Bloody thing hunts across the radiowaves so badly that all my neighbours doorbells ring before mine, so jamming the drones signal would be child's play.
Somebody's used it to jumpstart their dune buggy
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