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I think the point is that this device category is in transition from science-fiction nonsense to just a normal thing - granted, a normal thing that you're currently not allowed to use in a car or in a restaurant. And the price still isn't normal either, and I don't know how well it works with real spectacles. But we can see from here the time when a gadget like this is just something that you buy in a computer store if you want it, if there are still computer stores. Maybe all you have to do is watch a TV ad for it and nod. (Now -there's- a bad idea, one that Douglas Adams already had in his novel [Life, The Universe, And Everything].
Peter Skellern and Richard Stilgoe
Performing as a comedy piano song duo.
Richard Stilgoe - I think it was this way around - launches into a parody of a big hit of Skellern's.
"This is the Ladies' - I'm a man,
Where am I - supposed to stand"
Skellern, judging by the sound, slams the piano lid on Stilgoe's fingers.
Re: Better Idea
I think the economy would work pretty well if shares could only be bought and sold once a week. Any faster than that is just gambling, and either burning money or else giving it to people who haven't done any work to earn it.
I'm not sure if that also gets rid of the sort of trading where you make money by driving a stock down and a perfectly good company out of business.
Standing on a Segway flying drone...
That's the way to do it - get up there yourself, give chase, and pot the bugger from astern. Although technically this may fall outside the definition of "drone".
Also there's the risk of being shot oneself by another drone hunter, preferably by mistake.
Now, where's my flying Segway? ...oh, -not- a first... no surprise, I suppose.
They could probably patch that hole
as long as it doesn't hit somebody's vital organ.
"Each day, gravity pulls the International Space Station, or ISS, a little closer to Earth."
Er - I suppose yes, but really that's atmospheric drag. So, stuff in that orbit doesn't -stay- in that orbit.
The Kessler thing happens in the film [Gravity], so is that for real? I thought it was not credible.
Er... "download our virus" is a good advertisement tactic?
For downloading a virus, you probably will indeed be excused attendance at the office for an indefinite period of time.
Re: supporting our troops
I think I understand from snopes.com that patriots, such as cafe and restaurant owners, are expected to support the troops by letting them use services without charging, and are liable to be abused by those troops or by their own neighbours for behaving any different, in a series of incidents. Or, if you really want to send somebody to hell, spread a rumour that they once refused a serviceman service.
Also, cops, donuts.
Re: all the packs look the same
In the UK, I gather that fake label rolling tobacco exists but the untaxed cigarettes are usually the legitimate manufacturer's product, shipped overseas (at least the paperwork says so) to a market where it isn't taxed, then falling instead into the hands of British smokers who can't believe their good luck.
Maybe not every legitimate manufacturer - I think there are several, not as many as there are brands. It is kind of Left Twix, Right Twix.
So, anyway, Australian cigarette pirates are ripping off the customer, in comparison.
I thought the usual method was
you allege that your enemy was caught using pornography, whether they were or not. Easier.
With the tools of the NSA, you can also -put- porn on your enemy's computer, or buy It using a credit card in their name.
And of course you can do this stuff to domestic politicians or social activists as well. Animal welfare investigators, etc.
Re: How is this a tablet?
It's a touchscreen and as far as I can see, out of the box it's just a touchscreen - and Google speech recognition, probably. You can put on a keyboard and mouse but they aren't included. Hence, apparently, it's an "Enormo-Slab". Or, if you use it for telephony, a "Phlablet".
Can you put GPS on it with a USB GPS accessory? Just speculating. Probably not.
I don't think that the EU has ruled against any proposed UK regulation yet. A BBC web site report in February says "E-cigarettes are currently classed as a general consumer product and regulated by trading standards. It means they cannot contain hazardous chemicals, for example, and that the battery in them must meet EU standards."
I exhale water vapour without the assistance of any such device, as is apparent on cold days. Vapour exhaled from the mouth that's visible indoors presumably is the Vaseline or whatever it is that you mix your flavour in.
Presumably the device could be miniaturised and worn inside the mouth or nose for more discreet drug-taking.
Nicotine is an addictive drug, has undesirable side effects, and is a poison, being used as such in some Agatha Christine stories, so making you get a limited quantity for personal use from the chemist sounds like a good idea to me. Apart from limited medical applications, and some neurological effects for which getting a good night's sleep would probably be just as good, I'm not sure what the good of it is.
According to sci-fi author Joe Haldeman, but Dallas Barr never actually advertised the product. Come to think, he didn't mention using it either... mind you, his girlfriend had had a hysterectomy, and they had both been cleaned up at the Stileman hospital. She was a Mafia nun... in my opinion, more people should read Haldeman...
Re: I'd like to see...
In [The Sarah Jane Adventures], K-9 - once retrieved from the black hole of being separately licensed for his own cartoon show - has some interesting mutually disrespectful conversations with "Mr. Smith", the super-computer brain, scanner, and analyser installed in the attic, and voiced by Alexander Armstrong.
"Mr. Smith" is normally concealed, but opens out with a musical fanfare and, probably, a couple of brawny stage hands behind the scenes pulling big levers. Viewers are left uncertain whether the fanfare is audible to characters in the show or is just background music. In fact, it is audible to characters in the show.
Oh, and "Mr. Smith" turned out to be evil at the end of season one, but was reprogrammed.
Re: re. @Number10gov
According to these stories,
the, er, meat of the story is that until 2009 - at which time Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, so settling that point as well - "@Number10gov automatically followed anyone who followed the account", and, for that reason, until now was still following 370,000 accounts.
I think it was in Metro and a bit early in the morning for correct interpretation of the news that I thought I saw a garbled version of this story which just implied that Gordon Brown subscribed to the friendly ladies.
I think someone else said that the friendly ladies don't do any tweeting and so presumably they just have an account in order to keep track of potential clients, which makes subscribing to No 10 a bit cheeky, if that's what happeneed.
As a thought experiment - would you go out with me for £100?
I'm assuming that you're not a woman, but the calculation that you make should be the same, regardless.
By the way, I've been meaning to comment for a while on the practice of describing one or another demeaning task being performed by "an out of work actor". If the demeaning task is the sort of thing that Julian and Sandy used to get up to on [Round the Horne] - they ran a different fly-by-night business every week, such as law - "We have a criminal practice that takes up most of our time" - then yes, but if the demeaning task is in fact acting, then that isn't an out of work actor, because this is them working.
Re: Security and Ethics
I don't fully understand the technicalities, but it seems to me that the key that he was compelled to surrender might not itself allow him to read his users' e-mail, but if he intended to crack that, using NSA-type resources, it would help, a lot.
How is it anything but creepy that they photograph every envelope that they deliver to anyone in the country? Including presumably lawyers and police and such.
I don't think it means a double blind test or anything.
Probably just that some patients were treated with the anti venom and some were not, and he thinks that it didn't make much difference.
That isn't the highest standard of test because we don't know why some people got the stuff and not others. Maybe some hospitals don't have it. Or maybe they only give it to you if they can't find somebody to suck the poison out of the wound. But if they give it to you when you start turning yellow (I'm totally speculating), and not everyone does that, then maybe it is the difference between turning yellow, or turning yellow and dying. Nobody dies whether they got the stuff or not, since anyone who needed it got it, and this doctor decides it has no effect.
Awkward if you're Chinese but we won't go into that..
is the title of Woody Allen's film of 1971 that featured an "Execusisor" executive exercise workstation.
This is called LifeSpan? Really?
I think I like TrekDesk a lot better, for completely wrong reasons. That could be an order, Mr. Spock.
Harold Saxon and a strange anti-Doctor conspiracy had already appeared in present-day Britain by the time we saw Derek Jacobi. Regenerating into John Simm was the surprise reveal.
In a behind-the-scenes programme, Derek Jacobi said, without mentioning alternative commitments, that he'd have relished spending more time being evil as The Master. But the plan was to Simm him.
And it wouldn't be a surprise if we could see it was him all along. I suppose he could have teamed up with the Slitheen this time and got a human skin costume of his own - but the Slitheen had already had one go (actually successful, briefly) at taking over the British government. And there's, er, the gas problem.
I hesitate to say to that,
There was the phrase but I don't think it is public property - "Splendid chap - all of them."
Five rounds rapid in honour of the dear memory of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Apparently the gearbox lady's problem wasn't that she was not waiting for reverse gear - she could have done that. The problem was that the diagnosis was wrong and the advice was wrong, she just had a rubbish gearbox. Presumably she was happy with the replacement she eventually got.
It's not a backdoor. It's a door.
If every Linux server running SSH has this vulnerability, THAT'S a backdoor - an alternative access mechanism that bypasses the authentication on the front door.
This is a botnet. Of one machine.
She married The Doctor as well, is there a box for that?
I think Liz Shaw already existed in a parallel universe
But does that count as duplication?
She got mind-controlled in the 3-D EastEnders crossover "Dimensions In Time".
I'm not a lawyer or an expert but,
If it's compulsory to use government-approved data encryption, that doesn't say that you can't use a reliably secret encryption of your own as well. I assume that the compulsory encryption requirement is to keep customers' data private; this way, it will.
Re: So Bored...
Even if you aren't interested, surely it is not as tedious as the succession of "Climate change is a fraud" articles, that aren't what we are here for - sitting oddly beside enthusiastic electric car reviews: but on principle I don't read any of either sort here. I sort of wish that the Reg would come out against vaccines or homosexuality or both, just to add variety.
Re: Ok, but....
I don't like when the Doctor tells the monsters "Apparently you haven't heard of me or you'd already be running". The Library and the Pandorica have that.
And I don't like "The Alliance" of monsters in the Pandorica story. These people just can't get along, and there isn't a compelling reason other than fan love to put them together... well... except that it probably surprises the Doctor, too, and it justifies the next paragraph.
I like that the Pandorica is a prison to keep the scariest monster in the universe in, and what that turns out to be.
I don't like, generally, the image of the TARDIS as a bomb to destroy the entire universe, although it does support a point of view that time travel is a rare and dangerous privilege. Still, destroying the universe is an overused threat especially the "even the past never existed" version. Even killing the Doctor in a certain way will now destroy the universe by preventing him from preventing it from being destroyed. And we know our sofas are safe and the universe hasn't been destroyed... as of...the time now, 5:02pm, 22nd April, 2011. That's right, isn't it?
"Be a Creator"
I don't think the Creationists will like that! Maybe they'll join our "Axis of Free-vil"?
"Hallo, ich bin eine Amerikan Mathematik-Professor!"
Were you recently exposed to,
(which possibly I have given away)
Re: Who's Doc Who ?
The quality of science fiction drama isn't in the special effects, it's in the speculation. Apparently you don't think much of "Star Treck" either.
For instance: putting human brains in machine bodies and programming them to believe that this is an "upgrade" is a terrible idea. Mind you, so is making them shout "Delete! Delete!" as they, um, delete anybody who refuses their upgrade.
Dunno about six
Melody Pond went back in time as a little girl to grow up alongside her parents, probably making sure that they got together, then she murdered her future husband, twice, and... well, yes, but it's not -exactly- the same as [Back to the Future], is it? Also, two of them were ectoplasmic duplicates for part of the time, the other was an Auton, and the Doctor who was shot at Lake Silencio had come there from the future with... ah, that's a spoiler.
But will you let me claim "Let's Kill Hitler" as original?
Re: Shocking - up-to-date software avoids the problem
These versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office are supported versions. Therefore they are up-to-date and ought to be safe, as we were told when we bought them.
I expect to get more than a couple of years' use out of a computer before it is given over to international hackers to abuse as they please.
Bear in mind, too, that new products have new features that are uniquely exploitable. There are special ways to get you written into HTML 5, for instance.
Re: Fraud, and the only punishment is paying court costs for the defendants?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24876145 : A Texas state prosecutor got an innocent man jailed for life for murder. The prisoner was let out after 25 years. The prosecutor has now been sentenced to 10 days in jail plus community service.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24877081 : For the first time, a British soldier has actually been convicted of murdering one of our prisoners of war. It seems to me likely that he wouldn't have been if he had not been video recorded doing it and then saying "I just broke the Geneva Convention." Everyone's very sorry for him. It seems likely to be a life sentence for murder, which is the same as if I did it.
Re: BTW there was other stuff, too
I don't remember which comedy show it was that abused a version of the BBC globe and had it topple over and catch fire, but the design of the CGI one was borrowed to produce a see-through globe that turned until the continental patterns formed the faces of... that was Mel Smith and Gryff Rhys Jones, wasn't it? But Google Images doesn't seem to have that, so maybe I dreamed it.
Last night (Tuesday) on Radio 3 at 10pm there was a talk and debate led by a chap with original ideas about education, including giving children goals and the Internet (probably censored a bit) and letting them get on with it.
In one case he set a class of 9 year olds (?) to investigate what was the British Raj and was it a good thing.
After they worked out that an certain Indian restaurant of that name wasn't the correct answer, they firstly couldn't decide the second question, and when pressed, decided that it wasn't a good thing: British governance had done some good things in India but they had not asked for the people's permission to do things.
Re: O Canada
Canada got to borrow The New Avengers from the U.K., apparently by co-producing and co-funding their show. Mmm... Joanna Yumley.
Re: Team Leader
Well, your Team Leader isn't a type of problem boss, except for himself. What to do in that situation... stop? Explain that "Team Leader" is a rotating post and someone else should take their turn now?
Re: Think a little
"Something I find amazing here is the number of people who appear to think that all of Africa and India have access to a means of supplying energy to whatever devices they are going to connect with."
Yeah, they do. Solar, wind, muscle power. The basic device is a cellphone. You just need a charging system.
It's -our- money that Bill Gates is giving away. Big of him, but he got it from us, and sometimes by abusing his industry monopolies.
Could they distribute vaccines by putting them on the Google balloons and dropping them off at appropriate locations? Such as the places where you go to get your phone charged?
Wikipedia passes on reports that lions turn to attacking humans when they have bad teeth and their usual killing and feeding process can't be done any more, although there are doubts about this. Nevertheless, with this information, I suppose it's worth smacking the lion in the mouth to make its toothache worse. With the phone that you used to look it up.
Since apparently the exercise includes (rarely) NSA staff reading the personal data of people they are considering sleeping with, which technically could be everyone, either that isn't counted as "abuse" or they pick people who aren't "innocent", probably because honest-to-god blackmail works quicker than flowers and chocolates. And presumably we're only hearing about that particular use, and only when it's successful. No comment on NSA spooks checking out what they've got on the real reputation of sellers on eBay.
On the plus side, when there is evidence of crimes besides terrorism (such as non-terroristic murder, which happens a lot, and drug dealing) the publicly known agents of law and order are allowed to use NSA evidence in trials, by lying about it, such as denying that it was, in their terms, obtained illegally, and therefore is invalid.
Just how sensitive is the weighing machine at the self-service checkout?
Having said that - I'd expect electrical goods to be security tagged. I suppose you could still use the self service whatsit though.
Anyway, thus they'd be weighed and the discrepancy detected - or not. I think most shops would just curse the self service thing manufacturer and pass it.
Once you've found that some of he shipment of kettles contain a Gooseberry Qi spam machine weighing say 3 grammes, you can weigh 100 standard-manufactured kettles and tell which ones weight 3 grammes more. You can even weigh them in tens and without taking them out of the carton. Martin Gardner used to explain this sort of thing in a column in Scientific American.
Then again, I'm sceptical too. Is there really enough unsecured wi-fi around that they can do that?
I'm an Opera user
(um... not the last Opera user... I hope)
Long, long time Opera user, since modem dial up on Windows 3.1 or something.
Writing this in Opera 17 point something. Yes, it's chromium-flavoured now. I've chosen not to install Flash in it.
Google web sties telling me to upgrade my work browser to Chrome instead of its own newer version was, in my opinion, rude.
Re: Dead vendor squatting?
There was something about a $4,000 yearly membership fee.
0xABCD looks a bit suspicious, doesn't it? PetCam... I suppose it might be a camera that your pet wears at it gads about and you can see later what it's been up to, but the USB cord would be a bit awkward.
A bit like the kitten with the magnetic collar to open the cat flap, sitting mewing where it's stuck itself to the refrigerator...
Re: Its time...
Superglue seems worth trying, or very strong adhesive like "Gorilla Tape", but that doesn't come double-sided. And widely available "rape alarm" hardware. Then again, I think Poundland sells a plastic game-card case that would pass for a phone if the attacker doesn't have time to look closely.
If this is how you like to spend your time...
Re: @Colin Miller
Direct debit fraud happens. Described here at the BBC, it sounds like I'd use your bank details to buy something on direct debit. It can be done electronically with no validation.
or search for ("Moneybox", "direct debit") - Moneybox is the BBC radio show about personal finance. Listen and worry.
You can stop bad direct debits if you identify them on your bank statement. Apparently you can't stop them from being set up.
I thought there was a workaround built in to the Java plugin...
...you can set it up so that any specific app that requires an older edition of the Java virtual machine, can be given it? I don't know the details that would apply, though.
It is so a planet
And I think they always were ecologically concerned, precisely because their little world is ecologically fragile. Anything that lands on them from space could be an environmental disaster, including space probes.
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- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
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