203 posts • joined Tuesday 18th August 2009 13:02 GMT
Re: NASA computers...
oh the meagre budget that pales next to defence spending which they use to PUT ROBOTS ON ANOTHER PLANET? I have an idea, they could have custom made NASA staplers and other random pointless shit not necessary for being fucking awesome.
Although it could be that green screen and type-writer animation has been so engrained in the public conciousness as the look of spaaaace that they now perpetuate that because it simply looks right to them.
without reading all the comments I'm just gonna weigh in and say fuck you Alister because Senheiser and Beyer Dynamics have been selling quality headphones for cheaps since fucking forever, the only difference with beats is they're fucking sparkly. (n.b. senheiser seem to be going downhill these days, meaning they charge more for lower quality but it's fashionable with people who think they're cool cos they didn't fall for beats)
Appcessories? What's wrong with app-liances?
If you need a meaningless and unrelated buzzword is the thing your selling bull shit?
Why do I need an internet fridge anyway?
What happens if it can't connect?
Is now a good time to buy stocks in NaturalNano/BAE and other wi-fi blocking wall covering vendors?
Re: pressure switch
I'm with this guy.
But I expect you only want the fail safe to go off if/after the first one doesn't or with some delay so it'd need to not fire when you first reach burst altitude, although there may be some delay for the igniter to.. uh.. ignite anyway so that'd take care of that?
Perhaps you'd be better off using a pressure switch as primary and GPS as backup as you can more easily but some delay or hysteresis into the GPS trigger?
I was going to get all steam-out-of-ears about this but then I checked when the article was posted.
Still, schoolboy error.
Re: Data mining
The black box does not know where you are.
Your phone however does know where you are, it knows who you are and what kind of phone you have. It knows who your friends are, it knows what kind of porn you like, what time you wake up every morning, what music you like, how fast you're going, how hard you're accelerating or braking or cornering and whether you drive faster when listening to drum and bass.
All the local pubs/restaurants etc then know that another sap (sorry customer) is coming into.. oh no.. no they don't.
Yours, a realist.
"all that data"
As far as I can tell the only extra data is not being collected from the driver or other individuals, it's data from the infrastructure (smart meters) and who gives a fuck if some big database knows whether or not a parking meter is in use? Surely that's a *good* thing? It's not as if it needs to know who is parked at the meter.
Provided this is done properly, designed only to be useful for its intended purpose not some insidious requirements creeping spying I see no problem.
Things like monitoring the driver's attention, there's no reason for the data to be stored, although it could be and honestly I think it'd potentially be a good thing when investigating an accident to know that the driver had been busy fondling his iThing.
Cars currently log certain things on a "blackbox", I don't remember what exactly, I guess it includes speed.
Again there is the potential for requirements creep and maybe they will start logging driver heart rate or other measures of excitement level and whether or not it would be fair to blame someone for a crash because they were driving in a more excited manner I don't know.
I would love for this to happen.
XKCD 695 put a lump in my throat.
One day we will have a museum on Mars, chronicling our efforts to explore it.
School children will be in awe of the antiquated technology.
'Why didn't they simply use fusion drive rockets?' they will inquire of Alfred the venerable tour guide.
Re: The first photo from Mars
I don't see any rabbit?
Perhaps the retro rocket was not vewy quiet?
Re: UK leads the way...
I think Windscale was actually considerably smaller than Chernobyl, Fukushima or Kyshtym. Depends how you rate the severity.
As far as I know there were no direct fatalities unlike SL-1 meltdown and there have been at least two nuclear stuff related fatalities at Los-Alamos (both in the US) so it's more on par with 3-mile (also US).
So no, the radioactive woopsy club is not an exclusive Anglo-Russo monopoly.
Boffin icon because you must wear goggles, the goggles will save you.
I'm still not seeing whether the aircraft can actually be controlled *remotely* by a phone, this is not at any point stated, is this like the old academia trick of omitting some piece of information so that uneducated readers will assume you have made some huge breakthrough?
Like "OMG CLOAKING" (of a single molecule at microwave frequencies)
or "QUANTUM TELEPORTING!!11" (only not really)
So.. does it actually need to be plugged into the aircraft in some way? Because if so, less scary, if not, scary.
I can't log in. (Trying to report a post which is obviously spam from a crank/vapour ware pedlar, I'll let you guess who) and I'm told I have to be logged in. I also, on the right side little log-in box get "Welcome, since when?. (Not you? Log in here.)" I've always had the Welcome, (with no name).
Anyway I try to log in and it don't work. No wrong password message, just keeps refreshing the same screen.
ur website is broked.
*just (you're welcome)
I think perhaps "in this context it should probably be 'branes" makes more sense :)
Who's this Jim Branes anyway?
Now there will be big green thin steel sheet boxes just plonked wherever. The cheap paint will be easily scratched and they'll be full of dents.
So was there any attempt to make them more in keeping with surroundings? Maybe give them a thick coat of red paint and a little crown logo? Maybe even a curved top (not only aesthetically pleasing but will stop the oiks from sitting on it)
No SD card??
I've got the One V (It's smaller than a One X though so.. er.. idk..if it's the same but lower specs or entirely different.. they're both called 'One'?) anyway it has a micro SD slot. It's got that funny.. pointy bit at the bottom (which I quite like actually)
"Google's Lego-like building"??
Just looks like a regular building with some hideous cladding to me.
I just rub my phone with my sleeve.
Re: Games are never realistic
I don't think it's supposed to be fun, I think it's a gimmick ;)
It was el-reg that got the tip-off not NIST, so no one was "grassed up", as far as I can tell from this story NIST found it themselves (clappity) and dealt with it appropriately (gold star for them).
It seems that these days malware happens and generally speaking it just continues to happen until it is exploited, in this case they may have shut the gate on the horse as it was attempting to bolt and for this they should be commended.
It's still funny though :3
I can see how these driverless delivery vans will emulate braking far too late for a light that's been red for five minutes and not indicating when changing lanes and being incapable of reading the 3ft letters informing them which lane goes where but will they be able to talk on the phone while driving?
Re: The little things that annoy
Better yet record a macro of that keystroke and assign your preferred keystroke to that macro.
Alternatively use Settings > shortcut mapper.
srs tho, y u no leik ctrl+u?
Re: The little things that annoy
4. ah sorry I misunderstood, to be honest I've never used that function of ++
If you don't like the keystroke why don't you do it with regex?
Re: The little things that annoy
1. Right click tab > move to other view gives you at least 2 tabs at once.
You could add tabs 1 and 9 to the second view so only those 2 tabs are on the second view.
3. It also has a "replace in all open documents button" Try not to hit that by mistake.
4. In case you ate your caps lock?
Good stuff, as usual. The truth thinly veiled as humour, not that it didn't raise a smile, perhaps thickly veiled?
I prefer ++ and never noticed or gave a toss about the icon. It ticks the same boxes, just handled a large er.. zip file just fine. I think the regex is a bit fussy in it too.
"Sublime" is forever ruled out for its use of the word expresso. Espresso would be nauseatingly pretentious enough but spelling it the idiots way too.. ouch. Or was that the one you made up?
Well I at least have no trouble accessing stack overflow. Believe works interwebs in VM too and never had trobule with SO there either. Still a bit of a strange cockup and not being broken doesn't make up for shit mobile data stuff.
Is that the yellow one?
Have just got some as my stock of Jackson's has run out (sniff) and since moving haven't been arsed to find a shop that sells it. Gotta say it's not bad.
I'm dubious on brewing time, I find a good stir and short brew is usually right, mainly because I'm impatient, it's inconsistent though, sometimes turns out really milky and gets the bag left in but I seem to have a personal temporal distortion field so who knows how long it's really been brewing.
I guess this explains why loading some pages is very hit and miss and streaming even just audio is completely out of the question?
I'm a bit new to all this smartphone business so I don't know what I should expect as a consumer but I know it's possible to stream movies on netflix with other networks so unless Virgin is the budget brand of mobile interwebs (akin to TalkTalk for the proper variety) they should be able to manage it to.
It appears over the icons for me (the icons are also "greyed" out except for the AC one. Firefox 19.
But I posted this once and when I read it back it wasn't clear so I withdrew my post then clicked the "back to forum" link and got into an endless refresh loop with this URL:
Coat because I should leave before I break anything else.
Re: Best keyboard?
ah yes, the IBM keyboard to end all keyboards. Do they still make them?
I use a lappy day-to-day and the wafer thin scissor keys are ok but I do seem to get more typos than with big tall and clunky keys but that could be due to the flatness of the keys maybe.. or is it the fact they don't go straight down but lean slightly as you type? Easier to hit two keys too. It being in a laptop complete with massive flat bit in front of keyboard doesn't help. I'm sure some will say that's good for you or some such bollocks but it fucks up my typing.
But then I often have to go and sit in a meeting room to get some respite from my noisily typing colleagues.
Old coffee stained keyboard because their the best. That faint smell of fresh roast on your fingertips after a hefty session.
What confuses me is that with groupon the punter gets a discount, so the restaurant/salon/life style club gets less money, then groupon take a cut so the restaurant/salon/lifestyle club gets even less money. Perhaps the restaurant/salon/lifestyle club would be better off offering their food/beautification/life style at a lower cost to start with???
Pint because we need some no-nonsense bloke-down-the-pub logic.
I like how you can tell a amfm post without looking at the name :)
If they cannot grasp this simple bit of notation (^2) they should not be allowed a Reg commenting license.
blue light kills acne bacteria (supposedly) but idk if a phone screen will output the right frequency (405–425 nanometer) and I highly doubt it's of sufficient intensity.
Lots of stuff on fleabay designed for this purpose, made in china, dubious claims etc.
Probably why purple LEDs are rare as.
On a more serious note, I don't want a fucking tablet for a playstation controller!
Expanding bubble of doom? Milla Jovovich will save us.
Re: Who is going to do...
We just need to persuade the bacteria to produce, for example, the green fluorescent protein of "glo in dark kitteh iz r glo in dark" fame.
shit = patient.shit(optional name location?)
If shit.luminance > ambient.luminance
patient.cancer = true
Jackson's tea bags make a fantastic cuppa, whereas Tetley, PG and the ilk are either milky or stewed, Jackson's make a strong cuppa with out going tart. One sugar (white for tea), full fat milk. This is a proper bloke's cuppa. Drunk from a large mug with a handle you can fit four fat fingers through, not some tiddly little bone china thing. Pouring from a height makes little difference and leaving it to brew never works for me, I find a good thorough stirring is what's needed. Bergamot and tea do not mix.
It's also good if the glaze inside your cup has been eroded by years of spoon collisions, exposing the porous core of the ceramic. Like the patina on an old frying pan, it adds to the flavour.
While we're on coffee I think some of you are confusing "American" with the modern American interpretation of Espresso style coffee which is sometimes.. well, often, complete swill, although I had a coffee from a Krispy Kreme in the Bullring (Birmingham) a few weeks back and surprisingly it did taste of coffee!
It was still bitter though. A far cry from the fine smooth blend from the sadly now defunct Deliziosa of Nottingham but anyway.. er.. Americans have not always drunk espresso style, not too long ago they favoured filter/drip coffee and even further back.. idk they made it in saucepans and stuff (I read it in a book :3)
Believe it or not there are smartphone parental control apps.
Furthermore, what fuckwit of a parent:
a) gives a 5 year old a smartphone?
b) gives any child a smartphone and lets them use GSM data?
I mean.. are these kids on unlimited data plans or what?
Surely 90% of smartphone data goes through Wi-Fi anyway?
Which I suppose raises the question, should free wi-fis have restricted access? I can imagine some might find it frustrating if they could no longer get porn on hotel wi-fi but what about Mc Donalds? Who watches porn in Mc Donalds? Should anyone be allowed to watch porn in Mc Donalds? Probably not. If the PFY in the drive through is going to jack off into my burger I'd rather not make it any easier for him.