Re: 300 newly-spotted galaxies
they went from spotted to plaid.
663 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009
because if you just say "Senator Dickhead," no one is quite certain WHICH Senator Dickhead you mean...
The senators have got it both right and wrong.
On the one hand, the "lock in" is a bit of a red herring. Alternatives exist and, for some like Roku or Chromecast, they aren't particularly expensive. I've already stated that Tivos have a significant up front cost and that is an obstacle to some folks - I get that. I also get that many consumers don't understand about non-traditional options like Roku/Chromecast/AppleTV/etc, but to say that you are "locked in" to only getting a rental box from the provider is disingenuous. Facts never got in the way of a blathering politician before, so nothing new I suppose.
On the OTHER hand, going after the providers for shady or outright illegal billing practices (charging for equipment after its return or without having first DELIVERED it, etc) is definitely welcome news and I wish them much success with that.
Cox cable charges me $3/month rent for each of my two cable cards. Granted that's much better for me and worse for them than $10-$20/month for their DVR box, but it's still revenue.
I've owned Tivos for many years. Tivos are the gold standard of "bring your own" set top boxes. The interface and menu system are far superior to any other box I've personally seen. The drawback is the comparatively high up front cost ($400-$800, depending upon model and options), but you only pay that once. By my maths, at current Cox rental rates I "paid off" my Tivos about five years ago and just have the cable card rental fee.
Ignoring, for the moment, that Cruz is probably (accidentally?) correct on this: It has been said* "people get the government they deserve." Given the front runners in both main political parties, I wonder what horrific sins we as a nation** have done to deserve this group of... Oh, wait. Erm, never mind. Carry on.
* variously attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, Joseph de Maistre, H.L. Mencken, Thomas Jefferson, etc.
** as a nation. As a collective of individuals, we definitely do NOT deserve this shit.
quite literally giving some folks a leg up. Well done.
for the optional faux volcano covering? After all, when one is transitioning to a new lair, one must still maintain expected standards of appearance with respect to "natural and/or geological detail"...
And thank you for starting the work week on an amusing note.
I somehow missed hearing about Automata and Ghost in the Shell. Will have to check these out.
<guffaws> Go on, then. Pull the other one! </guffaws>
Seriously (gasping for air), that's pretty funny. I remember privacy. Seem to recall having it once, myself, long ago. Truth is, that which calls itself my government has amply demonstrated a complete and total disregard for privacy AND the rule of law. This "legislation" will change nothing. I'm also betting that you lot on The Old World won't fall for it any more than we do...
"The only difference in the US being that baseline channels, for historical reasons, are sent in analog in the clear, meaning cable-ready analog TVs didn't need the box at all."
In my area, that changes next month. To free up bandwidth, Cox is removing the analog channels (2-70) AND encrypting/scrambling them - not just xmitting digitally - so that even new digital TVs must have a small box from them (or your own plus their cable card) to receive anything. They graciously provide the mini-box free for the first year of course. After that it's $4/month/box. Since I have Tivos with cable cards, it doesn't affect me but for my elderly mother who just watches "basic" cable, it will be a $12/month increase next year when the "free" boxes are no longer free...
I've owned my own Tivos for many years. Cox Communications in my area allows the use of "alternative" boxes and rents the multi-stream decoder card required to decrypt/descramble the channels for $3/month. The downside of Tivo is a high up-front cost (about USD$700 including lifetime activation) but I own it. Yes, to some, the box from the cable company SEEMS cheaper at about $15/month, but consider that my Tivos are NINE YEARS OLD (and still functioning very well, thank you). Do that math and I came out ahead a long time back.
I'll be upgrading to newer models soon but have certainly gotten my money's worth out of the existing boxes. The only thing I don't like about the newer Tivos is that you must CHOOSE between OTA or cable - they are different models now. My old Series3 Tivos can do both simultaneously.
to be able to easily get my Amazon apps loaded onto my Android phone without having to check/uncheck the "allow from unknown sources" box. Amazon regularly gives away pay apps, a few of which are actually worth having. I understand why this doesn't happen but with the recent addition of app permission management, it would be pretty easy to allow the user to designate "known sources" to trust for installs.
whilst enjoying a post-lunch coffee. Please advise where I should send the bill for replacement monitor, keyboard, shirt, and a nearby co-worker.
Props for the clever solution to a problem but, one is forced to wonder if the device is indeed cellular, modular, AND interactivodular.
That which our "old country" cousins call bacon more closely resembles what we former colonials would call ham and comes from a completely different porcine region*. Both are quite delectable, but distinctly different. Personally, I disagree with your assertion that "if you can chew it, it isn't done yet." My wife likes her bacon that way - WELL done bordering on charred. I leave mine a bit chewy with just a little bit of "crispy." All a matter of preference, really.
* shoulder, if memory serves, whereas American bacon is from the pork belly.
I can think of a few folks (myself included) who could probably be charged with "felony NOT wearing a mask in public," thereby endangering the visual acuity of the general populace.
well, sure. They are first NOW... And they don't even have an autonomous ballocket.
Thanks, FAA. [/sarcasm]
such as a 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Custom Coupe, 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback and, perhaps the most beautiful of them all, a 1961 Jaguar XKE. Any of these would be infinitely more preferable (to me, at least) than a giant truck/tractor/whatthefuckever or something with Michael Bay's autograph...
my BLIND cousin. Who is NOT a Comcrap customer. Having previously done telephone sales, he takes great delight in leading telemarketers of all stripes merrily down any of several meandering paths. IIRC, his personal best is 27 minutes with one of the "Microsoft support" scammers.
fiancee responds: And I whisper, "Ooh, Merlin. Show me your magic wand..."
Alternatively: "Is that a magic wand in your robe or are you just happy to see me?"
so one may presume these were pre-Register days, therefore no handy and creative suggestions via Tales of the BOFH...
(nuke because we have no cattle-prod-induced electrocution icon)
Musk is secretly preparing his submersible AND movable volcanic lair. The barges are "proof of concept" for future plans involving a largish Persian cat and maniacal laughter.
indeed. Someone is vastly underestimating the capabilities of idiots.
get_iPlayer seems to be pretty specific to the BBC. Any suggestions for those of us on the left side of the pond?
I've looked at some of these "computing sticks" and darn near bought one several times. These do a couple things my Roku can't, but not enough extra to justify even the cost of a cheap Android version.
That was every bit as cool as I thought it would be - had no idea about the "moaning" of the sands. Now we just need to politely ask Sir David to narrate a similar NASA vid of the Martian dunes.
of a time-lapse video of that dune action? I bet it's fascinating to watch.
all three segments of a Falcon 9 Heavy land in formation. Now THAT would be cool!
then why not use a Gamma Ray Burst? GRBs still have planet killing power many light years away.
For movie purposes, the CGI effect would be less spectacular than blasting a planet into zillions of small pieces but could still be very dramatic and considerably more realistic
because it's easier to pronounce and rolls from the tongue better than Slartibartfastium
Betty expresses delight at her new cordless monitor's ability to painlessly remove unwanted underarm hair.
You are, of course, correct.
Withdrawn and submitted appropriately.
so the bowl of Petunias was a transformation of sodium? Fascinating theory. What then, according to this theory, became the whale?
"But it would need serious trickery to create a strong, shaped magnetic field from something the size and shape of a light-sabre handle."
A(n equally hypothetical) magnetic monopole, perhaps?
pay no attention to - hey, look over there!
glad you made it back safely
the worst part is that many of us on here don't even need to click the link. We can recite the lyrics [quite painfully] by heart...
Have an upvote, while I make a mental note to add Deep Purple to this afternoon's rotation
'Shouldn't "Venusian" be something else, such as "Veneran" or "Venerean" or even "Venereal"?'
No, because Venereal Lemonade tastes completely different...
or "sorry I'm late, you wouldn't BELIEVE what I had to go through just to get here"
Actually, I think it does matter a bit. For example, prior to this article, I was blissfully unaware that "apogee/perigee" was specific only to Earth. I knew that "helion" was for solar orbits but thought "gee" was for all others. I am now corrected and even more educated on the terminology thanks to your further detail.
This, plus the clever and patient boffinry to turn the lemons into Venusian lemonade? Much win.
Why are we STILL having this conversation? I mean, really... Can't someone just put it out of our misery once and for all?
I live in an area prone to hurricanes and other power-interrupting weather events. On two occasions, I happened to be been near an ATM when the power came back on. One of those was a "through the wall at a bank" device and the other a "freestanding in a convenience store/chemist's" type. The bank device gave no clue as to operating system but the freestanding one very briefly showed the familiar XP logo.
I don't know what the rules are on your side of the pond but, here in Yankville, freestanding ATMs often charge exhorbitant fees on top of any transaction fees imposed by your bank. My personal policy is to never trust these since A) you never know who's been able to poke around the device and B) I'm too cheap to pay the extra fee unless I'm in absolute dire straits for cash. Given that I've never seen a USB port or hatch leading to one on a "through the wall" bank ATM, I believe these less likely to be compromised or even ABLE to be compromised in any manner that could be described as easy. I could, of course, be very wrong...
Sapporos and/or Asahis all round