214 posts • joined Thursday 12th November 2009 19:58 GMT
"But city officials in any city in the world tend to be stupid."
I'd like to take the liberty of adding a few adjectives; greedy, self-serving, corrupt, detached from reality, smug, arrogant...
"Sticky" customer base?
Are they covered in jam? Or maybe Applesauce?
I wish I could upvote this more than once.
Excellent - you can add a scientific experiment to the end of this social experiment - stress-testing rural Iberian plumbing.
Re: Is it just me or...
Ah wait - it's 6 feet tall including its solar panels, which are not installed in that picture. And that is a laptop.
Re: Is it just me or...
It's not just you. If GROVER is 6 feet tall, and if that is a laptop, then that laptop must be gargantuan.
To paraphrase Tommy Lee Jones...
...from Men in Black:
"A person is smart. People are stupid, panicky idiots and you know it."
Re: Could he have survived the flight?
"The wheels [...] are still spinning on retraction."
It's a minor point given all the other factors, but on most aircraft that isn't necessarily true. For example it's SOP on the 757 and 767 to lightly dab the brakes once you're in positive rate of climb, to avoid cabin vibration and gyroscopic effects while the gear is retracted.
Re: Modern Media Management
"I gather Stephen Fry is on stand-by."
I look forward to the lead-up media slots where he tells us how a fusion bomb works.
"So you see, there's all these little particles called electrons whizzing around, jostling all the big fat Uranium atoms. And after a while the Uranium atoms get annoyed with all this shoving and they start eating these terribly rude electrons. But then the Uranium gets fat and explodes like that chap Mr. Creosote from The Meaning of Life..."
I think ketlan is under the mistaken impression that she was walking around with porwigle in her mouth, (like some sort of brooding cichlid), and that the bottle contained just water.
It might be that this phrase...
"the airline's strict no-flying-with-baby-frogs-in-your-mouth policy",
...is the cause of his confusion.
...and then sat there waiting for training that would never come. And then wondered why your self-taught colleagues who have home labs were getting all the primo overtime. And then posted a stupid snark on a tech site.
For what it's worth, I have signed letters from a director authorising the removal from the building of the donated kit I have.
The letters - which I wrote for him - include the model and serial numbers. There's also a clause that says if they ever want them back, (very unlikely) they're welcome to them.
I've got 1U servers which are useful, being easy to carry around, but again they aren't quiet.
As I understand it, it's because of the fan sizes. Lots of little ones are far noiser than a few large ones shifting the same volume of air.
A DL360 is way louder than a DL580, even if both are idling.
Re: Easy to defeat.
I don't know whether he knows what he's talking about or not in general, but for what it's worth this bit of his post makes perfect sense to me;
" a little training should enable someone to distinguish the random motion of the fake cursors from the more-directed motion of the real one."
I haven't seen the system in action to be fair, but even if they've programmed it to hesitate, move at varying speeds and make occasional "mistakes", I think it's likely that an observant watcher could figure out which was the human-controlled cursor. But only because it's so difficult to convincingly simulate randomness.
Re: The land of the free...
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Re: Time for copypasta
I was trained in that to a silverback level by Diane Fossey. I still have the banana scars.
Or did you (or whoever you quoted that from) mean guerrilla?
Re: I can hear the strains of the theme from...
I could be wrong, but I thought that was a Red Dwarf reference?
Mine's all Enterprise-class boxes (DL580s and such) but pretty dated.
All I care about is I can sim stuff that would require change requests to do at work - even in test and dev, believe it or not.
So I agree that at least some sort of lab is pretty much necessary if you want to keep up, but it's also vital [i]just to do your job[/i] in some circumstances.
Sounds like the good people of Okuizumo could do with watching the Simpsons episode, "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"
Re: They're as real as you want them to be.
This has absolutely made my morning. Thank you!
Re: Holy crap - The body is like a warehosue
I once saw a .JPG that suggested that this is not always necessarily true.
Hang on - I'll see if I can dig it out for you. I think the filename started with an 'H'...
@ David W.
Thank you, that was epic! Had to stifle a mid-office LOL
"To some, the idea of enterprise data centres still being around in ten years’ time is anathema. By then, they assert, all enterprise IT will be running in public clouds."
It appears from the tone of the first paragraph that you think such people are as silly as the box-huggers that they themselves are deriding. If so, I agree.
There is absolutely no way that the enterprise data centre as we know it is going to vanish entirely; far too many industries have either regulatory or self-imposed rules in place that mean cloud storage or applications simply would not be appropriate.
Re: "easier to just grow enough food "
Good to hear from someone who has been there and experienced it themselves.
"smoke the internet!!!"
I'm thinking we're going to need much bigger Rizlas...
Re: Voyage, voyage...
Oh no! What have you done?!
It's in my head! It's in my HEAD!!!
Seems the Playmonaut's history is following the Stig's. A change of uniform colour, being launched into the sea...
"Working at our company [...] calls for someone who can take the pain and suffering."
Yeah, you're really selling it to me. Where do I sign?
Re: Organic != Produced only by organisms
...not something to sneeze at.
Though if you did, whatever bacteria you're carrying around might find they have something to eat. Unchallenged by any other organism, they would multiply explosively.
Next thing you know, you've got an entire gelatinous civilization pulsating away, all born from your nosegold.
Most aircraft run a cabin altitude (i.e., the equivalent air pressure) of between 6000 and 8000ft. The boiling temperature of water at those altitudes are 93.6 and 91.6 deg C respectively.
Doesn't sound like much, but since tea on aircraft always tastes awful, you could have a point.
This is the sort of lunacy that was probably thought up by some jingoistic psychopath as he sat on his mother's severed and mummified head, masturbating with a fistful of his own faeces and giggling at a lampshade.
You would hope that at some point down the line, someone looked up from their slide rule and notebooks and went, "Wait - what? Why are we even...? This is completely insane. Im going out for a beer."
Ah, thank you!
I was racking my brain trying to think who he looked like.
Re: It was a big old mess
He's referring to the song by Tone Loc, which in turn references a mythical drink with aphrodisiac effects. In the song, indescriminate use of the drink leads to hijinks which at one point involve a dog.
What I believe the poster above you was referring to in particular, is the verse that includes the line;
"But when she got undressed it was a big old mess; Sheena was a man."
It's not clear from the context whether Sheena was a transvestite or a pre-op transexual, but either way Mr Loc made his excuses and left. And I quote; "This is the 80s and I'm down wit da ladies!"
He later goes on to explain that the episode taught him a valuable lesson about not dosing his dates with what amounts to a sophisticated date-rape drug, while nevertheless remaining a blissfully unreconstructed 1980s stereotype.
I hope this helps.
(From the linked site) "You can access a full list of your parking transactions in the attached file."
"[...]so the scam messages are more plausible than is normal for malware ruses, especially in cases where recipients of the dodgy messages happen to live in London or have driven there lately."
Someone who had parked in London recently may or may not bother, depending on whether they're the sort to keep meticulous records.
The bigger target is people who have never parked in London, since the fact they allegedly had a history of parking there would be something of a surprise and maybe worth investigating.
I have to say I strongly admire the man's apparent coolness and mental fortitude. If I had endured the events he described, I'm really not sure I could discuss them in such a rational way.
I also imagine that the thought of revenge would occupy my every waking thought until it consumed and destroyed me...and yet...he goes on a motorcycle roadtrip around the US.
Good on him.
Re: Up the homeland security ...
It's nothing new, you know. It's just that tech makes it cheaper and easier.
When I was in elementary school in Ft. Lauderdale, the police came in one day to give one of their "community talks" or whatever they were called back in the 70s. As a special treat, we were allowed to be fingerprinted! On official cards, with our names on them! What fun we had!
When we were done, the cards were put in a police officer's bag. I'm sure that he was taking them back to the station to be securely destroyed of course. No way were they kept on record.
"Unless you are operating in the enterprise class..." "To help with such endeavours, here are ten Linux applications..."
I work in an Enterprise environment, but was certainly Endeavouring to find a Linux Challenger to my brother's existing software stack . He's just started a degree at Columbia university and, as a student, doesn't want to have to pay for software licenses since to him they may as well be as expensive as the lost treasures of Atlantis. The Discovery of this article was therefore especially timely.
"Huh. Good thing I didn't tell her about the dirty fork!"
Re: Poo facts
"The Japanese have toilets which can wash and..."
Really? All of them? Or do some of them still shit in ceramic pots as well? Because if so, your vaguely racist point about "civilisation" is kind of moot, don't you think?
I don't know if I'm the only one who thinks this, but Self_Evidently! looks a lot like a parody of El Reg poster Obviously!
"[...]a routine support mission to the ISS."
I love the idea that you would even think of describing any Shuttle mission as "routine".
"But I have to keep going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."
I can't help but think that if he had admitted to himself just how ill he was - i.e. beyond the help of mere positive thinking - he might still be here today to enjoy his little boat. Sad, really.
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