241 posts • joined Tuesday 15th May 2007 11:29 GMT
Re: Flat Earth
There are some statues from Roman times where the Emperor is clearly standing with one foot on a globe representing the Earth. So yes, it has been known for a very long time.
Although the true position is of course that the Earth is flat and it's elephants all the way down...
Except that wasn't for the UK market, it was supposed to kickstart a US series which the BBC would then buy back for the UK market (hence why it was set in Los Angeles and not Cardiff). The project was then cancelled when US reaction was fairly negative (hey who knew, they actually preferred the low budget UK version with dodgy script writing).
Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS
Only once the keys have been put in the ignition and the engine turned on. Until that point it's just a stationary hunk of metal and plastic, much like the wheelbarrow. I know which one I'd prefer to put the grass clippings and manure in though :p
"It couldn't have formed in place because you can't form a planet inside a star. It couldn't have formed further out and migrated inward, because it would have migrated all the way into the star. This planet is an enigma," splutters Latham's colleague Dimitar Sasselov.
A slight lack of foresight there. Yes it could very well have formed further out and migrated. They just happened to look at it prior to falling into its sun. It's a big universe, look for long enough and you'll see lots of weird stuff, from black holes being formed, stars exploding, stars being born, it's all out there.
Re: So....without reading to much into this...
Why enslave the human race? You do such a good job of it yourselves :)
I have an LCD TV like that...
It's a choice between hitting it or waiting the 5 minutes for it to warm up enough that it corrects itself anyway...
Re: Who says it's got to be x86 ?
A few years ago maybe, but even my old 80Gb (okay, it WAS 80Gb, it's now 500 Gb) PS3 can no longer be used as a Linux box due to the updates to the machine. Remember they removed the ability to install another OS after someone found the master security. Unless there's a way to hack it back to a previous bios?
Re: It's all about who you employ
Quite famously as I recall, attempting to bomb a US warship while pretending to be Arabs. Right up until the point they got captured and revealed who they actually were...
If it's anything like the 3rd party covers it'll close keyboard to screen with an auto-off feature so while the cover's closed the iPad is in sleep mode.
Re: Quick question:
I have one for the iPad, works a treat (useful for editing documents on the fly as well as blog posts).
This is really where it works best, iPad with a 3G connection, sat with a coffee in a cafe (or via wifi if in a slightly better establishment) or even in the bar with a pint. Prop up the iPad in it's stand, pull out the keyboard and as soon as it's turned on it's away you go and comments are posted on El Reg shortly after (minus the typos from using the onscreen keyboard).
Re: Well yes... I guess
Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing the Coldplay concert with Cradle Of Filth as support...
For most people they tend to like a particular genre (be it viking metal, black metal, hard rock or whatever) and then throw a few Iron Maiden albums in for good measure. My personal collection is exceptionally large due to actually liking an extremely wide range of music. I have everything from medieval folk music through to black metal. When you have that range you need to know your genres and sub-genres...
I used to design them (in my defense I designed the cashier operated tills, not self service).
My guess is that after a while the testing guys get so utterly bored of running the same tests for hours each day that they become immune to the error messages and just go "sod it, good enough". And yes, they do get tested, by real humans. Maybe what is needed is to hire a mixture of the brightest and dumbest people to do the testing as it always seems to be designed for one or the other...
Re: And bears are catholics. Or something like that...
Difference there is while the original pressing is obviously a rare and unique piece JMJ himself did grant universal permission for anyone who can get hold of a copy of the original to make a copy (albeit at only as good as "taped off the radio" quality). You have to admit, clever marketing to an extent. The real question is does the album state that resales of the original should include an "original artist tax" to enable JMJ to profit each time it sell?
Re: Wrong assumption
From what I've seen it falls into several areas. Some are a bit greyer than others but all as far as the law is concerned are wrong.
1. Files shared between friends. Not actually any different than any time since the 1970's where friends would swap tapes, then CDs.
2. Files downloaded for interest. "That band has an interesting name, I wonder what they sound like".
3. Files downloaded because you simply cannot find them any other way. Poe and Aimee Allen come to mind here, both had their music leaked AFTER the record company stitched them up and refused to release their music (Poe was famously unable to even perform her own music for 7 years after her label refused to re-release her albums despite a large fanbase requesting it).
4. Files downloaded that you already own. This tends to be the older generation who still has an extensive collection of vinyl, cassettes and CDs but in the case of vinyl and cassette no way to convert to mp3/flac.
5. Files downloaded to try. Done this one myself, downloaded an album from a friend, liked it so much I bought the CD 2 months later when it was released in the UK along with the limited edition CD singles.
6. Then you have the music downloaded because you can.
Interestingly most of the above have the potential to either increase sales (1, 2, 5), or were a result of a sale in the past (4). The clearest piracy case is 6, which would never have resulted in a sale. However this is also the group that is closest to the argument of piracy is theft as the nearest pre-digital case would be walking into a store and walking out without paying with a bag full of stolen CDs. Number 3 is my personal bugbear where the music industry is concerned. It's quite simply industry bullying of artists, taking their creative work and then preventing the artist from actually being able to sell what they've created. Often in the mistaken belief that if they promote a small heavy metal band it might mean less money available in the market for sales of their star hip-hop artist. At a certain level in larger labels they lose sight that the people who are interested in band A simply aren't interested in band B and by not promoting one it actually does not help the other.
For some record companies those are important (and underpaid) people. What is needed is not a cull of the people, but of the big labels. It's the concentration of a small handful of big labels strangling creative content that is the biggest problem in music. These are the companies that tell musicians to take single digit percentages knowing in most cases they'll have to accept or see their music held from radio play as the labels carpet bomb the airways with their formulated tripe. What is needed is more labels like Nuclear Blast that are using social media, digital distribution and allowing their artists to do what they actually want, which is to create.
Re: Is that really true?
Main problem I've found is that the PC I have at home now runs like a total dog on Win7. It's also completely messed up my screen resolution. On XP it would output 1920x1080 without any problems, but now if I try to output 1920x1080 it seems to spread out and and I only see a quarter of the screen. Hopefully a new graphics card at a later date with HDMI output will fix this. (P4 3GHz Win 32 with 2Gb of RAM)
Then again with all the photo editing I'm now doing I'll be building a new pc anyway... got my sights set on a new i7 3.5GHz Haswell setup (will be doubling up as my new MMO machine ready for ESO)
Re: Extra Support
I don't remember anyone else working in the IT dept at my last company... were you my replacement?
(If so, you have my deepest sympathies)
Re: Only official cables
So much this. I used to love the Sony Ericsson phones until the Xperia range came out. I now refuse to use a SE phone with a micro USB slot as they're prone to breaking and SE refuse to admit there's a design flaw. Not had any issues with the charging sockets on any other phone.
Socket on my old iphone 3 survived several years before being given to my daughter as part of an upgrade. So far her track record is 3 laptop chargers, a portable dvd charger and one iphone charger and the socket on the iphone. I have since banned her from using anything electrical that requires anything other than a bog standard kettle lead or smaller 2 pin lead (which I have loads of).
Re: BT has "senior managers responsible for ‘customer experience’"?
I remember one interview I had in London years ago.
First question: "Are you married?"
As soon as I answered "Yes" I was told I wouldn't be getting the job due to the fact it involved international travel to areas of the world with a very high chance of being shot at. They were very open about the fact that some of their employees have literally driven through the security fences at airports to race for a plane about to leave with bullets being fired at them. Still sounds safer than dealing with the bosses at my last place...
(The job involved installing satellite uplink services for media outlets in 3rd world countries. Think Rwanda)
Re: Listen to them...
Testing kit at a previous job was like that. All devices being tested would start failing approximately 20 seconds prior to anyone with an Orange mobile receiving a call. Phones were banned from within the actual clean room facilities themselves for this reason and the testing rig had a 1m space painted around it with "do not enter if you have a pace-maker fitted" painted on the side of the rig.
I recall when I was an engineer being told of an inspection of the faraday cage at one supplier's factory. The operators were working away merrily within the cage while listening to the radio. Which was also inside the cage with them.
So so true, even in the UK. Last time my uncle came home he was strip searched (complete with cavity search). Reason? He had been sent to Iraq to inspect the oil wells there and they detected traces of "explosives" on his passport when he came back through customs.
He's a health and safety manager for a large oil company, trained in emergency first aid (the hard way, on the Uganda in the Falklands) and with handling explosives. It would be more suspicious if there weren't traces of explosives on him.
Re: iPhone and iPad?
My daughter has all her coursework loaded onto an ipad due to the library running out of copies of the fixed texts they're using this year. Made more annoying as the school has decided to close it's library so has no copies of it's own to hand out either.
Having owned the 2.0 Sierra (Same engine as the Cosworth, just without the Cosworth tuning) you can keep the Cosworth. Those cars are lethal, most dangerous car I've ever driven :( Must have nearly killed me at least 3 times in the wet, too much power and not enough weight. Great fun in the dry however...
Re: Truth or consequences
In my case it was a lucky punch to the nuts, resulting in bully rolling on the floor for 5 minutes in pain, 6 other bullies walking off, every teacher turning their back ("nothing to see here") and the bully never daring to come near me again. That was the bog standard comp. Private school however was sheer hell, the rule tended to be the richer your parents the more you could get away with, so it was always the poor kids fault.
Re: So how come...
My understanding is it's to do with magma chambers. 1 chamber per volcano. So this volcano just has one huge magma chamber.
What hasn't been determined is whether the volcano is extinct or dormant, which would be determined by whether there was still any magma in the chamber (the suggestion here would be that it's actually dormant, but so dormant as to be pretty much permanently comatose)
Re: here's an idea...
If only it was that simple. I have plenty of experience but many companies out there won't even look at my CV without a bit of paper.
I remember when I switched departments in a previous job and the IT director's response was "oh well, we'll find something for you to do" when I told him my highest qualification was an A level. This was despite having developed the company's entire manufacturing platform, reporting tools and the engineering department's intranet solution for distributing those reporting tools. While at other companies I've been tasked with building solutions for Pepsico, the US State Dept and done technical support for some of the world's largest publishing houses. The common denominator in all those jobs is the size of the company I was working for, small enough that they'd rather have the experience but also small enough that they won't pay for the training.
Re: Not so much
I used to have a lovely surround sound system with enough inputs on the back for 2 consoles, Sky box and DVD player. Until a power cut surged the main board on it and resulted in full surround sound white noise ever after :(
To make it worse they no longer make those models and I've never found another manufacturer that does...
I'd be more interested if they had a dual display option. Set it to twin display to mimic 2 monitors for work and then switch to overlay for 3d gaming. And without the need for those pesky filters to stop people checking what you're reading when they walk past
Re: Security is not just confidentiality, people!
I use to dream of staff ratios like that. My last place was closer to 1:250 with me being the 1. So glad I don't work there anymore as the Finance Director decided he knew more about IT than anyone else on the planet and moved all the services to the cheapest cloud provider he could find. I understand my replacement spends more time off sick than he does in the office due to the stress of dealing with a boss who has zero people skills, an ego with its own gravitational field and a pretty serious sociopathic disorder.
Re: no host
But how can you spy on someone without them knowing you're spying if you have to ask for the password?
The point here was Lavabit it would seem were told to build in a backdoor that would allow the NSA full access. We'll never know if this was the actual demand made but it seems most likely given what we currently know.
Re: Pre-emptive Denial of Receipt of Gag Order
"I've never been issued any investigatory letters"
Pretty sure the point has been the fact that our govts have simply bypassed issuing any of these under the grounds of "but it's the War on Terror, that means it's all legal since we passed that law that bypassed all your privacy"
Re: ECC Patents
Sensible and reasoned debate on El Reg?
Nope, not April...
Re: 99 of those visits turn out to be nothing
Just rename the east coast Mega City One while they're at it?
That's us cooked then....
It's cheap an effective. Not everything floating in space is made with an infinite budget*
* Actually we tend to use the secret slave labour camps in China for those things, we've been outsourcing all our alien space tech to Foxconn for years, it's cheaper than running a factory on Alpha Centauri...
Re: There are more things in our heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies
The Goldilocks Zone is more to do with "Intelligent Life" though. Given a planet with a similar gravity, atmosphere and temperature and a star producing the right light for the creation of photosynthesis it's a good bet that intelligent life could form on another planet given that it's almost happened on Earth.
For all other forms of life, it's open season. I have high hopes of creatures living in the seas of Europa.
Never know, give it a few more million years and humanity may evolve into an intelligent species ready to take it's place with it's Galactic Lizard Overlords.
Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?
You did read my reply didn't you? Pretty sure it says "almost". In fact here it is:
"Almost every fossil known to man is a result of the fossilisation of skeletons".
Yes, there are fossils of skeletonless creatures, but they are a lot rarer as skeletons are much more likely to survive long enough to be fossilised. It's basic biology, anything else is likely to be another creature's dinner. Bone, being primarily calcium, is not really that appetising.
There are pre-Cambrian fossils galore, but the Cambrian era sees the fossil record explode with quantity and variety as a direct result of the evolution of a skeleton.
Or do you believe that the first T-Rexes suddenly appeared like a dinosaur Adam and Eve with no parents in some sort of Dinosaur Genesis? Maybe created by a Dinosaur God?
Re: Most people can't spot fakes
"Even top tech companies have been fooled to the tune of millions. What chance does the avg punter stand?"
Not to mention several governments going by the sales figures for golf ball cleaning bomb detectors...
Re: Even Science doesn't support the widely held views of evolution
Actually I think you'll find that even as creatures are constantly evolving so does the theory of evolution. It's called science, amending the theory to best fit the latest evidence. It does not invalidate the original theory, but instead compliments it and makes it fitter for purpose.
Hybridisation has been known about for centuries. It's how most of our domesticated animals and plants came into being. Want a faster dog? Breed your dog with your neighbour's faster dog. Repeat until you get a greyhound.
Re: @ g e - As an atheist...
The one I use is "where is Satan?"
At this point the truly religious will state "in Hell" and thus showing that they really don't understand the Bible at all. 3 points to blow a religious person's mind (this is based on what the Bible actually says, not how it's "interpreted"):
1. Hell is not a place any being (human, demon, devil or angelic) can "visit" and return from. It clearly states that Hell is a one way trip to non-existence, no "eternity of torture".
2. The Bible clearly says Satan chats to God in Heaven on a regular basis. In fact he's described as one of God's senior angels at one point. It also states that nothing he does is without God's consent. Read Job.
3. The casting out of Satan from Heaven is detailed in Revelations. This is a book of prophecy and therefore a description of future events. As the fall of Satan is described as a future event he must, logically, still be in Heaven and furthermore this means he's still an angel. As God cannot have sin or evil in Heaven this also means Satan is good.
The above must be true if you actually believe the Bible, it's written in the Bible and therefore must be correct. If you genuinely believe the Earth is a few thousand years old then you must also believe Satan is good, everything evil that happens is by God's will and God and Satan are best buddies who like nothing better than to sit and have long chats about how to screw up people's lives. :)
Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?
You obviously don't know much about paleontology. There's a reason there are so few fossils pre-Cambrian. Almost every fossil known to man is a result of the fossilisation of skeletons. Pre-Cambrian creatures were by and large skeletonless. It's also the reason why we have no ancient fossils of sharks, despite knowing they existed due to their teeth being discovered, due to the fact a shark's body is made almost entirely of cartilage. If you're going to post about a subject at least do some basic research first.
She does, and her name is Eris!
We have to return the ones that our pet Zarlaxian Lizards find unappetising. Unfortunately as they feed on the brainwaves of intelligent beings they find Americans to be particularly lacking in nourishment.
Re: Oh it gets better
I dispute the claim that a UFO crashed at Roswell. It was all the fault of a flying cow and absolutely nothing to do with several pints of Betelgeusian ale at the Emperor's Tentacles. I had several light years no claims discount at the time as well. As for the body, I always wondered what happened to my pet Zarlaxian lizard...
"I hope this is a bit of misdirection and Snowden has slipped quietly away."
In his sleep perchance?
Re: Would the Floyd gentlemen then also consider...
It's actually just shows how disjointed copyright law is in this country. While it's illegal to format shift your music collection it's not illegal to sell the hardware to do it. And it's one of the few laws that has been recognised as completely unenforceable as it would mean prosecuting pretty much anyone who has ever owned vinyl, cassette, CD or an MP3 player. It's an archaic law that dates back to the invention of tapes and back then the music industry tried very hard to make cassette players illegal if they had the ability to record.
3 motions with my finger and that's photo taken on my iPhone. Press top button, swipe on the camera icon, click the volume button on the side and photo taken, saved and shared with my PC at home and my iPad for editing.
As opposed to my old Xperia, find the icon for the camera (seemed to move every other week). Select the camera app. Remove the battery to reset the phone as it's crashed for nth time that week. Repeat until it takes a photo. Then upload it using the USB cable. Throw the phone away as the USB port on the phone breaks and leaves you with an unchargable brick.
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