Re: EVERYTHING* can be bought in a can
I QUITE LIKE SPAM...
(Do I have to say "bloody vikings!"?)
195 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
I QUITE LIKE SPAM...
(Do I have to say "bloody vikings!"?)
"it doesn't nag or try to trick you into upgrading to a paid version like most of the other "free" ones,"
Ooh, Avast just popped up a nag screen as I read that comment... spooky
It is, of course the GN A callsign painted on the side which is unique to the Flight Lieutenant. As seen here http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1146229/
"Use a quality OS that doesn't need that silly three letter thing to to know what type of file something is."
What, like AmigaOS?
There'll be details in the PDF linked to the article....wait a minute...
In the NHS all Lab coats and nurses uniforms have the names on them. For the ladies it's on the chestal area. You spend your day trying to remember names and eventually being forced to try and read what on their left... well I'm sure you get the picture...
Why the obsession with using smartphones as remotes? If I use my phone for stuff like that there's a good chance the battery will run out before I run out of waketime. I suppose I could always go and get the phone off the charger, and while I'm up anyway, I can turn the light on/off digitally (using a digit...)
"handle the verbal abuse they will get in the Commons"
I think you'll find that Scots are perfectly capable of handling verbal abuse...
@ J J Carter
"FPTP flattered the YeSNP last week. They got about 35% of those eligble to vote, same as in the indyref. So yes about a third of Scots are malcontents who think Braveheart is a documentary, but that'll never be enough to swing it for secession."
I think I see why Scots might be discontented...
malcontents implies that they might not have anything to be discontented about...
That's no moon.....
@ Camilla Smythe
That is all...
"The armadillo probably needs an improved stealth field and a minigun."
Like this http://www.cdandlp.com/en/emerson-lake-and-palmer/tarkus/lp/r115483994/
I won't be upgrading my coverdisk copy of Delphi 7 anytime soon then. Thank goodness for Lazarus.
The main aim is not to give you the wrong (ie someone else's) result. So the basic data would be (as I said above) to enough to uniquely identify an individual.
The secondary consideration is to use any details supplied by the clinician to inform the result (in the case of a tissue biopsy, the clinician might tell us "wobbly lump on bottom" and we'd have to give consideration to the observed changes based on that. If in addition they tell us "has a habit of lying face down on a sunbed for hours" then we would take that into consideration when the result is interpreted.
Something to bear in mind is that with the current systems where I work, the images are stored on one server, referenced by a unique identifier (Lab number) and the patient data and the results, including the interpretation are stored on the Lab system on a server under our control. So in my world, the patient information would not be "cloudy" even though the raw image data might be. Insurance companies would then have to breach the firewalls to grab patient identifying information and data. Or the evil government of your choice could sell it to them, I suppose.
As a NHS Biomedical Scientist, I can state that we need as much (or little) data as is necessary to uniquely identify the patient. Currently where I work, the minimum would be a 10-digit number which includes the date of birth, but we actually like the Patient's name as well (because patients are people, not numbers). As the NHS has yet to standardize on a patient identifier across the UK, we would probably want the actual date of birth and current address as well, especially if the stored info is to be shared across regional borders. If you are using this stuff for diagnostic purposes, we would probably like some clinical details as well so that we can decide what to test for and interpret the results to your GP/Consultant when we get them.
Why? Just how little (or how much) do you think is important?
When my son did a photography course at college some years back (2007), he needed a 35mm film camera with manual controls. My old Practika was too automated so we hunted for a Pentax K1000 (gold standard apparently) That's when we discovered that a Vivitar v3800N was A) a Pentax clone and B) only £60 new. Another £10 added a Pentax 50mm lens, and there you go.
These are still availabe on ebay bytheway
Mine too, at least it would if my stupid smartphone bluetooth app would pop up the passcode box so that I could pair the phone to the car.
(feel free to go off-topic to help...)
"Why would anyone put up with a constant wedgie from a T-shirt, just to avoid a wee bit of wrinkling?"
Old person alert!!!
I don't wear a watch, how am I going to start my car?
"like giving a loaded gun to a child …"
Just a normal day in the USA then...
Automated stalking!! The future is here!!! Where's my flying car!!!!
The update frequency was probably fine when the road didn't change for 100 years or so and the main difference was that Little Effingham had been wiped out by the plague (making it a good fixer-upper opportunity)
Absolutely fine if it works for you and you have all the outlets to hand. I like shopping in our local Tesco. It's in walking distance, I know the staff and the fruit and veg come from round here.
Lidl is just a nasty shopping experience in comparison. Their stuff might be cheap, but I have to drive there, negotiate TOH's wheelchair through a cramped shop full of bargain hunters and pack my bags at the speed of light. But of course YMMV
Nice choice of icon there Joey.
I don't actually mind ads per se, I consume internet content that has to be paid for some way, and ads seem as good a way as any (better than taking money directly from my bank account).
BUT I hate flashing or moving ads, I am told by her indoors that I have Attention Deficit Disorder and flashing ads are just too damn eyecatching, I get distracted easily. Leave the ads as static, (and probably breastless - what can I say - millions of years of evolution) and I'll leave them displayed.
Oh, and I'm not too worried about the tracking thing as I believe that THEY are tracking me anyway, and if I make it too hard for them, then they'll just bag me up...
"...who on earth still has a telly handy that will work on then?..."
It has to plug into the telly so you can fight with your mum over whether she gets to watch Corrie or you get to play Elite...
...got a bad feeling about this...
"Wearable used as court evidence, can of worms opened"
...and the movement required duly logged...
There's an awful lot of talk here about hardware's capabilities (not that that's not important, I'm currently multitasking 5 programs on my desktop), but not a lot's been said about the ergonomics.
Where I work, we have to do periodic VDU risk assessments and the safety officer shakes her head sadly at those people risking embolisms, bad backs and RSI when we're using our desktops on a proper desktop. I shudder to think how she would react to the sight of folk peering at a 6inch screen and attempting to do proper work using a squishy bluetooth keyboard, and as for slouching about with a laptop on your lap...
My feeling is that if your tied to a desk in your daily work, get a proper desktop PC. You (and your lower back) know it makes sense...
Can I get one that sounds like Majel Barrett?
Can I take it that that means my Fisher-Price-like phone it still going to be usable in 30 years time. I've passed my kids' Fisher-Price toys on to my grandkids (yes I am a cheapskate).
Personally, I think that when the aliens come to see why the Earth went dark, all they'll find is cockroaches playing with Fisher-Price...
"...He had some hair raising,..."
Still had hair then, couldn't have been too bad...
"but a mainstream audience may prove difficult to convince."
Don't faff about. If you mean "the wife" just say it!!
"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.
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
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...
"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)
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!!)
"...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...
I agree, although I think I might hold out for fast broadband as well.
"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?
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, 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.
...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!!
@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...