249 posts • joined 27 Oct 2009
Re: And where did this ruse come from?
At the peak, there was no more than a few thousand Brits running the entire sub-continent.
IThe only way to stay in charge is to make the system Byzantinely unworkable.
Re: Hey! Don't knock Japan !
It's no coincidence that Carl Orff's Carmina Burana starts off with "Oh, for tuna!"
(looking for the fish icon)
Too much drama
The 6 or so weeks for delivery hasn't changed much since a few days after it became available to order back in December.
An order put in in early January should arrive late February / early March.
It's now on the cusp of March, so orders put in today plus 6 weeks is going to push delivery to April.
How much of this is so difficult to understand?
The part that is interesting is Apple's ramp up plans. If we assume some constant level of demand (after the initial madness), either there are no plans to ramp up production, or, they have ongoing production problems (supplier, QC, whatever).
Beer (brown MacPro) o'clock.
That's a laugh,
at the time I submitted this, the world has had (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/) >260,000 births today .
Devil's spawn indeed.
Did they check
that the observations were simply wonky at a subset of the stars, that are then imputed to have multiple planets?
I do so much want not to be disappointed!
I need to set up a factory to manufacture gob
more boffins need smacking.
Re: Ballmet is effing brilliant.
Or maybe it's damage control:
Knowing that Nokia is headed, at least in part, towards Android, and will bring unwelcome comparison and competition to WP, Microsoft had to buy Nokia to control the future, to kill Android on the Nokia platform.
Just my jaundiced view of the whole saga.
Coming off the Olympics,
I'd like to see a robot do the grand slalom, or the halfpipe.
But does it come with Greatwall enabled?
Doesn't anyone else see the alliterative possibilities?
After major trim, ex-RIM nabs Sims to run its sans-SIM* services (PIM**, FIM***, OIM****, CIM*****), in a mim race, but with vim, against Tim & co.. Not a whim: RIM cash is lim., not brim. Sadly, it's like UIM****** on KIM-1, or moving to QIM*******, ex-RIM's prospects are dim, even grim.
* Personal Information Manager
** Subscriber Identification Module
*** Federated Identity Management
**** Online Identity Management
***** Customer Interaction Management
****** Universal Input Method
******* Quartier international de Montréal
Sorry to all; too much stim (caffeine) today.
Ask JC Penny how well they made out
Tell me when they make that nanotube a laser...
Re: Reinvented cuckoo clock
My thoughts exactly.
I wonder why they went for the descending weight method, versus a coiled spring that you crank to tighten up, like the old fashion wound-up clocks (& toys). With a mechanical regulator, the dynamo could be spun at a reasonably constant speed to generate juice.
Micorsoft does need a good goosing up the rear end to stay relevant.
Unless an isolated (air gapped, light and EM tight) room has its own fuel dump & generator, there is that electrical cable leading out of it.
Ethernet over powerline?
But does it blend?
Call me old-fashioned, but the up close and personal blending, even sans slo-mo, is more appealing to me.
A high velocity bullet is just not cricket.
C the ruby-hroated hummingbird get eaten by the python
That's because of accessibility limitations
They had to trademark "Live Listen", since they can't be sure that zombies are coordinated enough to use a phone. Otherwise they would have simply used "Listen", or, if they wanted to target that consumer subset, "Zombie Listen".
Re: Remember when
"Can you honestly say that you never wore anything absurd, offensive or impractical?"
Re: I still dont get it though
It does makes some sense from an evolutionary point of view.
It's like the peacock's tail, it hinders his ability to get away from danger, but the fact that he does have that ludicrous tail and yet is still alive and strutting in front of a peahen demonstrates his obvious higher fitness.
In the same way, saggy pants need one hand to keep them from sagging the rest of the way (a hand that is not available for offense/defense), and running away is, at best, a fast waddle. It demonstrates higher fitness!
Re: - a fool
I must disagree, from what I know about Tang dynasty rhyming guides for poetry.
Some of the rhymes no longer make sense in Mandarin.
Cantonese preserves many of the rhymes. Mandarin makes a mess of it.
Somewhere I encountered a poem that makes this point. It's a nonsense poem about about some chickens on a knitting machine, or something like that.
In Mandarin, every character in the entire poem is pronounced in exactly the same way. So the poem is nothing but a string of undifferentiated "chi, chi, chi, chi...".
It makes perfect sense (other than the nonsense story in the poem) when recited in Cantonese.
The story I've ben told is that the "civilized' folks moved South during the Sung dynasty, because of the invasion by "barbarians" from the North. As a consequence, the Southerners preserved the spoken language much better than the Northerners.
Not that language bastardization is a bad thing, look at the glory that is English!
a podule of poltroons, Polish or not.
For the text, it looks like if we wait long enough, the whole asteroid will fall into our laps anyway.
I'd propose a mission that waits until it does so, and then spend the hopefully well-invested mission funding scooping up whatever bits that survives Earth entry. (Oh yes, and help pay for whatever damages it causes)
Have a well-deserved one, tomorrow!
Ignore the nabobs of neg. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.
btw, it's a large genus, and on this side of the pond, it's the American robin.
Re: What will they do with the overseas assets?
They have a huge amount of cash overseas, accrued profit from their operations there (generated from working cash flow: pay for expenses, collect revenue from sales).
Maybe they will use a big chunk of that cash to buy back their own stock, a move that was announced in parallel with the increased dividend payouts. One can envision Apple UK owning a piece of Apple USA, etc..
Re: Just how many do you need to register?
also, what's with the definite article? Did the Reg pull a Gambia gambit (not just any old Gambia, but THE Gambia)?
Re: Just how many do you need to register?
Out of curiosity (I know, it killed the cat), does anyone know why "The Register" is named the way it is?
For example, www.register.co.uk is clearly not www.theregister.co.uk.
I can't imagine that The Register came late to the game when registering domain names, but then, the vulture being a scavenger...
Re: queueing for half an hour to speak to a 17-year-old fuckwit who can’t spell or use a mouse
Nice rant, Sir, nice rant, and so very nicely just that little bit off topic.
Have a beer on me.
Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"
I believe the issue is'nt not knowing how to find out,
it's not wanting to know at all, as in:
"I'd be ashamed to know that".
If you had to work close to her fat highness
you too would gravitate to the relative freedom of the outsides.
Did they measure the disgruntlement index of the nurses versus the cleaners and foragers?
(icon has some remote semblance to an ant...)
Is it really wise to add one more Sativa to the Bong, when it is already stuffed full with the other sativa (Cannabis)?
And, what happened to your Thai stick, มาลัย?
(light it up)
Avoid the problem in the first place
Granted, there has to be wires for setting off the rocket, but I'm not so convinced of the elegance of wrapping LOHAN's motor in a heating blanket + its trailing wires, and somehow contriving to have the blanket+wire not get in the way of launch.
Think outside the box for a moment. Actually, within the box:
Put LOHAN and her rail within a styrofoam box, just like the electronics. Keep the interior nicely warm with a heater blanket glued to the walls of the box: no worries about wire and such. A side benefit is that it should protect LOHAN somewhat from the wind buffeting.
The tricky part is: how does LOHAN get out of the box come launch time?
Perhaps put a hinged door at the exit end of the box , with a motor that opens it a minute or so before the ignition signal is sent to get LOHAN on her way.
Alternately, have the door hinged on the bottom side, and a solenoid that releases a latch, to allow the door to swing down by gravity.
One could also include crafty, purely mechanical capture latches to ensure that the door stays open once it is opened.
Another possible advantage of an insulated box is that LOHAN can now ride on top of her rail, instead of hanging her there. Further, the rail need not be so protected from icing, etc..
Nice April Fools article.
Could have asserted that the original social media, Usenet, especially its alt.sex groups, were some of the first to trigger the nsfw daemon.
Then again, maybe copyright claims that were violated & left un-protested for so many years may be deemed abandoned, much like spam, kleenex and xeroxing had entered the lexicon, to the chagrin (or tacit approval in the case of spam) of the respective owners.
At the risk of being too pedantic,,
Beyond just being tired, what does the pilot do about food and water, and what about going to the bathroom?
In comparison, pity the poor Germans come WW3
Q: How far apart are German towns?
A: 1 kiloton.
As the surfers say
Re: 'How to avoid huge ships'
I'd imagine it's about avoiding more than the ship itself, but the inevitable wake. Depending on your relative position to the huge ship (same/opposite heading, larboard/starboard side), once you've avoided actual collision, you'd still need to change course to ride over the wake, else potentially turning turtle.
Re: There is a simple explanation
There's a simple explanation for that as well:
That's how they force people to but new versions.
All it takes is some idiot to adopt the new version, and all of a sudden, incompatibility problems rile up the entire organization. To restore peace, everyone is forced to upgrade to the new version. M$ is not mis-named.
Even this is almost forgivable, after all, they have to make a profit to deliver us new and better software (right!).
The madness is when they move commands and options hither and yon, some in the ribbon, others in the toolbar, the formatting palette, a dozen special option windows, toolbars, galleries, menus, (am I forgetting any other?).
More than that, the commands that work on a particular object are frequently split up & dumped in various places, that makes it like a game of treasure hunt.
If Office was a horse, it would have been humanely put down a long time ago.
Now I need a beer to calm down.
Re: Galactic scale canival (sic) ride
Perhaps a galactic hamster ride?
A hangar for LOHAN?
Perhaps it's time to rethink the whole setup, what with all these appuratances anticipated to be wrapping around her, hanging off of her, sticking up her rear end, and such, potentially hindering her free deployment.
How about an insulated box / hangar, where she can be protected and warm, with some cunning exit portal that she can easily pass through on her way out. Maybe one of those millions-of-bristls type.
of course, the hangar must have a name: The commentards can be find a good backcronym for JAIL. Oh, and the portal might be called COURT?
I smell collusion
And the bot master make money, how?
I presume that advertisers pay the web sites where the ads are displayed, how does the money get to the bot masters? Kickback? Fake web sites just for harvesting ad revenue?
I am of the same sentiment.
Perhaps the SPB is limited by the miserly budget el Reg provides?
Here's a comic to help give a lift to LOHAN:
& another (caution: the other comics at the site are highly NSFW!):
Microfiber cleaning cloth
Finger grease is surprisingly present, even soon after a good hand wash with soap and water.
It is also surprisingly tenacious on these supposedly oleophobic screens.
The solution: microfiber cleaning cloths. I bought a package of 20 10"x10" disposable ones from a hardware store, and they work great! No cleaning fluid needed. Two or three good swipes & the screen looks new (much too shiny).
The only caution is to make sure the cloths do not pick up abrasive grit (which is hazard regardless of cloth type).
Re: Correlation != Causation
Russian humor, or someone making fun of them?
Did you see the names of the registrants of some of the C&C domains?
Denis Ustuygov (used-to-gov?)
Re: Accidental operation...
Guinness Book of Records: The biggest batch of popcorn, EVER!
Re: A bit ironic, really.
What about the other user-interface, the part that gets wet...?
Maybe when they get their current production under control...
Economics 101: Why would they bother with a cheap phone (lower profit margins) when they can't keep up production rates for the regular (higher profit margin) version?
If and when they get production capacity up to levels to meet the demand, they might look to the cheaper market segment and see if they can make some extra money there.
In the meantime, they are likely designing and testing a cheap version now, just in case they need to go to market when the time is ripe.
Re: re. Bootnotes
and if you hang around that bar long enough, you will get a laugh when someone simply mentions the XKCD number.
iPhone 7.2, iOS 7.3
Please check your web logs.
You should see an 'iPhone 7.2' running 'iOS 7.3' as the user agent.
You too can boast of visits by shiny new devices & software!
You are welcome.
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