94 posts • joined Monday 10th August 2009 15:29 GMT
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
There is always...
...the Aldrin Cycler (http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/moon-mars/2076326) Earth to Mars in 5 months. Sounds OK, I'll have two...
...the only one who doesn't care what shape the tabs are as long as I can tell the one I'm using from the ones I'm not.
Oh and PaleMoon is determined to avoid all this nonsense like the plague...
Surely (...don't call me...)
4 minutes in a mug is truly excessive (and the tea would be cold by then). Brew tea in a teapot (properly seasoned, of course) for 4 minutes, (retains it's heat and still burns yer tongue when you drink) and adjust the number of bags/1.7 litre to fine tune the strength. That gives enough water to dilute out the taste of the bag... (paper, yeeuch...tiggers don't like paper) and enough tea to store some for later.
Mine are all...
I have a variety of tablets (what?. I like gadgets!) and they are all PADDs. I was a Star Trek fan before I'd even heard of an iPad, and believe that the Roddenberry family should sue Apple for trademark infringement.
Obligatory ST reference
Is there not a danger of inadvertent time travel with all this slingshotting?
Re: Boom boom?
> > Boom boom
>I am guessing this is the obligatory Generation Kill reference; the bit where Q-Tip (mis)quotes the lyrics >NWA's Gangsta, Gangsta.
>Seriously; CoD and BF are full of nods, homages and downright plagiarisms of that show...
Not Basil Brush then?
Re: Tesco, stock your shelves
But my Clubcard points gives me money off the very items that I buy anyway. I only wish they would pay more attention to the stuff I buy, so that they would keep it in stock (shortie biscuits, I'm talking to you...).
Targeted advertising means I don't have to wade through all that info aimed at youf culture to be informed of new breakthroughs in comfy slippers. Hard to see a downside.
This is useful
It explains neatly why just slapping my forehead and saying "see you people..." has made me a tad unpopular...
I beg to differ...
"Not a single browser vendor offers ad blocking, instead relying on optional third-party plugins"
Opera used to, before it went all chromium. Ghod knows what it does now...
Re: One question...
You have to takeoff and nuke them from orbit, it's the only way to be sure...
"The advantage of phages that they co-evolve with the viruses they eat ..."
Phages don't eat viruses.
(Also note the correct use of an apostrophe...)
Re: No Alternatives?
I think if you read the original blog, Mr Stross is NOT complaining about the lack of alternatives to Word, but that his publishers won't accept any of the alternatives.
Oh and, while I use LibreOffice in preference to Word, the experience of "track changes" with documents that fly between Word and LO is an awful one that I wouldn't wish on an enemy. (Well, maybe big Bill...)
"allowing the pair to get jiggy at their next available convenience. "
Should that be "...in their next available [public] convenience"?
I'll take my coat off first, shall I?
First step to making a Mars rocket in orbit?
title. what title
Hard-light holography. What do you think Mr Rimmer?
"At least they didn't offer him the waterboarding option; with Easyet, you never know."
Aye but it's an "extra"...
Lot of interesting comments there
It seems to me that a lot of the anti-scot commentards up there have missed the point that if Scots felt like valued and equal partners in the "United" Kingdom, then we wouldn't want independence. After all, it's a big step into the unknown, and only history will tell us whether it was off a cliff or into the promised land.
Oh and I agree with the guy up there that pointed out that power for our data centres will be the least of our worries. Scottish generating capacity will give us plenty electricity with lots left over for Hadrian's electrified fence...
Re: A downside?
"So post-separation, there could be a 40% redundancies in those centres if all that English-related workload moves south of the border?"
And a corresponding shortfall in staff in an already overworked service down South.
Re: marketing over design
"... the lower unit is too big so that you can not get it under a radiator, fucking etc..."
Re: How many lives
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
Good idea. Hope you never need a transplant.
Re: 12 seconds!!!!
"How often does any driver have to accelerate from a standing start to 60mph on any normal british road? Not very often. In my experience, most times when joining a road with a 60mph speed limit, you're doing so from a filter junction and already travelling between 30-40mph anyway."
See my earlier comment about Dull, Perthshire, where you'll be doing this all the time...
Re: It also isn't ugly!
Have you ever been to Dull, Perthshire? It's really nice in the summer.
Fine as long...
Fine as long as your Connected shotgun hasn't been hacked...
Re: Not much use and not actually very convenient and you _can _ get rid of it BUT:
I think they think it's their stuff. They just let you use it...
Tinfoil hat alert
I'm constantly amazed that people (especially people here!) didn't think that they (sorry, that should be THEY) were doing this sort of thing routinely anyway. (maybe I've watched too much Spooks and 24)
Not posted anonymously, 'cause what's the point.....
Re: Fear? Paranoia? - just common sense
@ PeeDee 10:24
"the same reason I put my name and phone number on the front of my notebook - so I can easily get it back again when I misplace it."
So you're suggesting that you should put your name and address on the kids? That's counterproductive, when someone finds them in the deep, dark woods, they'll just send them back...
Does it come with a catheter? Oh wait Barbie doesn't need one...
"Share and Enjoy"
That is all.
Re: If Occam was alive today ...
Have a downvote for being whiny.
And being the only person on the planet who doesn't refer to any brown sweet fizzy drink as "Coke"
The ST:TNG episode where there was a malfunction and they ended up with two Rikers shows quite clearly that the Federation are lying about how the transporters work.
The sending station sends basic info about you which allows the receiver to rebuild you using replicator technology (NOT mechanical bugs, that's Stargate) in the same way as Picard get a "tea, earl grey, hot" on demand. Then it kills you and hides the body (renders it down for rebuilding into the next guy to arrive, presumably)
At the receiving end, a new you is replicated from the left over bits of the last guy to leave.
So they store (as somebody up there suggested) a template then send that along with the mental state at the time of transport.
This also explains why they can use transport technology to replace bits of you that have been gnawed off by aliens (we reconstituted him from the transport buffer, Captain)
"failed to deliver power because the ingrates were on strike."
I think you'll find they were working to rule. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work-to-rule - what that link doesn't say is that working to rule causes slow-downs because corners have to be cut before the workers can meet quotas)
My dad, who worked in a generating plant in the 70s, always said that their plant never dropped energy production, and that the power reductions were artificially imposed by management to discredit the workforce.
I could also point out that these "ingrates" were campaigning for a living wage, but that'll cut no ice with someone like you.
We keep the beer in them, we like it cold up here...
NOT a netbook, not at that price. (f'r goodness sake!! tcha!)
Re: "We have neither asked nor forced our 12.x users to upgrade to Opera 15"
It's 12.16 released in response to http://my.opera.com/securitygroup/blog/2013/06/26/opera-infrastructure-attack whether you worry about it or not is up to you...
Re: Is it April 1st?
"If nothing else, it is another sky fairy myth-dispelling tool, proving that 'souls', which many religions die when the head is removed, are non-existent."
That's Highlander you're thinking of...
Re: I'm guessing the software is not the point to this device.
You do realize that not all "fatness" is about eating, right?
Maybe we should legislate against ignorant people, then dicks like you won't be able to feel so smug.
Re: Opera's adherance to standards broke sites...
"Oh well, given the pile of featureless crap Chrome is, once Opera 12.x is no longer being supported, seems like I'll be a Firefox user."
I know exactly what you mean. Currently using Pale Moon on 64bit windows 7 with only a couple of addons to give the functionality from Opera that I miss the most. (Note: Opera out of the box versus a tweaked build of Firefox with some addons. Not really what I wanted, but better than Opera 15)
Specially formulated for Scottish water, apparently. And it makes a serious number of cups from one bag. (Fill a teapot containing one bag. Give it 5 minutes, then pour 5 mugs. Microwave as required throughout the day)
<-- MIGHT be tea in an inadequately rinsed glass...
Re: The Good and The Bad....
Like the Sarah Connor Chronicles? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0851851/
"To then say that the OO project has a nerve on the issue of OOXML just makes people wince and walk away."
I think I said that the guys on the forum had this view, I'm not sure that the whole project feels that way. And, don't get me wrong, that forum is THE place to go with other problems.
The guys at forum.openoffice.org are NOT devs (and continually have to remind people who want new thngs of this). They are incredibly useful if you are a LibreOffice/OpenOffice user with a problem UNLESS that problem involves Office Open XML (OOXML - Microsoft's *x file formats). Then you hit the nerve/blind spot of the forum. The party-line can be summarized as follows:
OOXML was developed by Microsoft to tick the boxes that large organisation want ticked when investing in Software that generates documents that they might actually want to read again 3 versions down the line.
ODF (Open Document Format - Open/LibreOffice and various other packages (mainly Linux)) ticks the same boxes.
OOXML is a badly documented "standard" that not even Microsoft use for their documents, so why should we struggle to support it.
The answer to that question is, of course, that in the real world, people save their stuff in the package's default format and send it to you regardless of whether or not you can read/write it back. You have to cope, because educating other people in other workplaces is completely impossible (see below). Personally, I save their docx documents as doc before I send it back. No-one's complained (noticed?)
(Aside: the organisation I work for changed briefly to openoffice.org for new PCs when they hit Microsoft Licensing problems. So the folk at the coal face had to adapt to OOo (never updated). Management "need" advanced tools like Excel so they updated to the latest versions of Microsoft office and gaily spray unreadable documents at their minions. Luckily they are generally not worth reading.)
Re: May well be time to jump to Firefox
It's a beta. it's not finished (i hope)
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