162 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
"but a mainstream audience may prove difficult to convince."
Don't faff about. If you mean "the wife" just say it!!
Re: Can you change it? And does it really matter?
"I couldn't see from the Apple documentation (or from El Reg's info either) whether you can actually swap the software configurable SIM card for an ordinary one."
Surely there won't be a physical SIM therefore no slot to stick an ordinary one in.
Re: Utopian drivel
By and large I agree with you're sentiment, but I think in the real world if you don't vote, then you fall into the category of those who just can't be arsed. Much better to trawl along to the polling station and stuff your unmarked ballot paper into the box. (I once wrote "I don't want to vote for any of these people" on my ballot paper) The fact that you turned out to vote gets counted and none of the pillocks you didn't want to vote for gets the benefit. Oh wait, there's someone at the doo
CTRL-C in Healthcare computing
In Certain Places in our Lab system, pressing CTRL-C will reliably dump you at a : prompt, whereby a variety of keys can be pressed (the only useful one to most of our users being M to take them back to a menu). Of course, users being users, most of them do Ctrl-Alt-Del and end the terminal task and start again...
Re: There is only one way.
"Healthcare IS NOT free ..
I pay for it out of my tax ."
Sorry, I meant free at point of access (as well you knew - but you had to moan, didn't you)
Re: There is only one way.
I see you have a rosy view of humanity and their common sense. My view is that as folk become accustomed to the web, they become less, rather than more careful and the problem will creep back up.
I don't normally draw parallels, but in this case it illustrates my point nicely. The AIDS epidemic gave people a certain amount of pause when it came to high-risk activities (you know what they are...) because AIDS was scary and fatal. As time went on, the initial infected died off, and treatments improved to the stage where surviving an infection is certain (at least in the UK, where healthcare is free) as long as you keep taking the drugs. People gradually stopped being careful and now we have a syphilis epidemic amongst teenagers in Scotland.
Moral: as long as people send you links and/or offer "safe" sex people will forget the lessons of the past and will indulge in unsafe practises.
PS: taking anti-retrovirals to survive is NOT nice. And the other STDs, GC and syph, are becoming more drug resistant daily. BE CAREFUL!!
"...people pick up the mouse to click "Go", "Search" or whatever after typing a query..."
Tell me about it! Watching people type in their Active Directory Username/passwords is a dismal experience.
Move mouse -> click in username box (it already has the cursor in it)
Move mouse -> click in password box (hit Tab - the one above capslock, fool)
Type password (watching screen after every letter to make sure they go in - it's a row of dots!)
Move mouse -> click OK (just hit return for goodness sake!!)
Re: Do the quotes have limits?
"...Off topic, but somehow related. How come audiobooks are available on YouTube? Obviously for me this is a good thing (I have recently really enjoyed Red Mars and am now on Childhood's End), but why don't they get pulled by Audible, etc?..."
Well now you've gone and spoiled it for everyone...
Re: YOU CAN HAVE MY 'FIRST BORN'
I agree, although I think I might hold out for fast broadband as well.
Re: ".. I can't be the only one who's seen the prices of the new iPhones..........."
"Yes you can compare a £500 iPhone to a Moto G - it's not that the Moto G is a bad phone (it's not) but it's like comparing (and pardon the car analogy) a Vauxhall Astra to a Mercedes."
Which one is which again?
Re: Prejudice and reasonable people
You're absolutely right, I consider myself chastised (curse this damn shoulder-chip!!)
I think most people see Salmond's job as the achievement (or at least, the promotion) of the SNP ideal of Scottish independence. I don't think many foresee him lasting long in post-referendum government....
What I find fascinating
What I find fascinating, is not all that political bullshit (after all, it's in no-ones best interest for part of the British Isles to go down the pan) but that nobody South of the border seems to understand why perfectly reasonable people (yes we are, if you disagree, then I call prejudice) would want to take such a huge step into the unknown.
If the Scots truly felt like valued members of the community, and if they didn't feel like a test bed for trying out policies that might be unpopular (Poll Tax, anyone?) then they might not feel that separation is a solution. The idea of gaining independence and having to make our way by ourselves, knowing that our Southern neighbours are just waiting for a misstep, is such a scary thing that no-one would undertake it unless they felt the alternative was untenable.
But what do I know, I'm just a naive IT guy.
Re: Burning man
...but the wicker man in the (classic - Edward Woodward) film was a makey-up* religious practise invented by some upper-class nutter to ensure a good harvest.
*A bit like the scottish accent affected by Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee (and most of the rest of the cast...)
(NB I have also heard the the Roman writers bigged-up these Human Sacrifce stories to justify their mass subjugation of the barbarians. Although why they felt they had to, I don't know)
"I hope someday The Register will grow up,"
I hope it won't!!
Re: Even free isn't cheap enough
@ThomH "What Would Stallman Do?"
Stallman would probably
a) not be locked in with a Kindle
b) use a Kindle for its portability, battery life and readability in bright sunlight and make backups of his books in a format that's not locked in by DRM...
Sadly, you're right. I chose a lightweight distro to put on my chromebook based on two things - does the trackpad work and does it look good (LXLE in the end if anybody's wondering)
@Mr Common Sense
I don't think that comic means what you think it means....
(NB: you did check out the hovertext, didn't you?)
John Sheridan? (who went to Z'ha'dum anyway -- AND CAME BACK!)
"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?
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