Orion and/or Daedalus?
Time to dust off the plans?
1259 posts • joined 20 Feb 2010
Time to dust off the plans?
That's no aurora. That's a lawnmower.
The one that slightly surprised me was on a two-sided advertising screen. One side had a BSOD, which in itself wasn't too surprising. However the other side of the same display was running fine. I can just about understand using a PC to run something which is just a display screen (easier to update content than with a simple TV), but 2 in one box? Surely it would be more sensible to run both screens from the same PC?
Also shouldn't it be "make a bee-line for", not "head straight back to"?
Do they announce their arrival with "Honey, I'm home!"?
...just ask them to buzz off.
I don't see it meaning fewer cars on the road. People not owning their own cars may mean less cars in total, but more of them actually on the road. Not having your own car parked and waiting at the start of your journey will mean a shared car having to drive to you, for however long that takes that's an extra car on the road (rather than parked).
...but even I know milk in the pot is wrong.
You'll just have to make do with Phantom Slayer if you want a first person shooter.
I think things probably varied a lot by school. Overall numbers of computers in that era were low enough that the relatively small sample within a school wasn't certain to follow the national trend.
Ours was mostly Speccys, with the Dragon comming in second place (but at least there were enough of us to be able to "own" more games than we'd bought). I only remember one BBC (yes it belonged to the swottiest kid in the school) and one C64 (some of the Speccy owners were fond of calling it a "Commode").
If they really do produce an autonomous car and it's designed by their usual designer then I propose that everyone should refer to them as Jony Cabs...
Unless I was setting timers for multiple programs at once I generally used to set the time manually to record an extra half hour or more to allow for overruns.
You mean this bit?
"A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wave bands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program. "
Flash, I Love You! But We Only Have Fourteen Hours Left to Save the Earth!
Sorry, wrong Flash...
It seems the phone in this case is just being used to display a code. So there's actually nothing about this system that needs the customer to have anything electronic - it seems it would work just as well with the QR code printed on a plastic card.
I'm assuming here that the code is constant for a given account. Others seem to think it's a generated unique code for the transaction. The latter would be more secure, but the description in the article doesn't really make it clear which is actually the case.
I can see lots of people using this line when their ride arrives.
(Icon? Wrong film, but still Arnie)
There was a time I used to set protocol bindings to configure local file and printer sharing to use IPX/SPX or NetBEUI only, leaving TCP/IP only for things that needed to connect to the internet.
There's nothing wrong with having to turn your head on it's side to read an emoticon/smiley/emoji :-)
Surely the existing ≈ is close enough?
That would be the 'ruler' referred to in the article.
The best ones though are not the standard brannock device, but ones with a tape measure for the width. The standard brannock device (like the automated floor-standing machine) doesn't account for the height of the instep.
Having relatively short (but wide) feet there was a time I used to save quite a bit on shoes by having the 'kids' option (no VAT), from a retailer with width fittings and half sizes. That was back when there was much less of a styling difference between adult and kids shoes than is typical now - it's not something I can often get away with any more.
I did have several pairs of the exact same style in a row (the best fitting shoes I ever had). Then one year they discontinued them. I still wish I'd stockpiled a supply of spare pairs.
Since I've got a relatively high instep the automatic machine which only measures width was useless at getting the correct fitting. The ruler does much better since the attached tape measure measures circumference (at least in shops that do 'width' fittings).
So basically this was somewhere between a real space shuttle and Top-Gear's Reliant Robin?
No, not the wrong side. Lever on the left is correct. On a real typewriter you need to get the left of the page back to the typing position to start a new line, which means pushing from the left.
On a side note these levers are why the use of CR-LF as a line separator bugs me. On every mechanical typewriter I've used the lever does the Line Feed before the Carriage Return.
I could also be tempted by:
Floaty McBoatFace for the ship
Sinky McBoatFace for the sub.
Boaty McBoatface for the ship.
Boaty Junior for the sub.
"Wait until Amazon adds Mars to their "Prime" free shipping list"
Well they'll already ship mars to you in bar form...
No, it should be Moony McMoonFace...
Ah, but is it a match for Mega-maid?
Surely you mean vacuum cleaner? This is space...
The worst thing is Avatar 5 will probably be released on blu-ray before The Abyss is.
I'd recommend an impact driver to accompany the drill. Not only are they useful, but it adds a percussion section for those considering the accoustic merits of their purchases.
Or perhaps you can. Evolution arguably involves that sort of thing, hence selecting organisms which have some sort of innate instinct (fear) of doing such things. The minecraft bots are just combining the evolution and individual organism learning.
Noone will ever need more than 640TB...
But anyone who has seen Rocky Horror knows that Brad is an asshole, and therefore a perfect source of shit.
A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wave bands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program
Take, for example, suspected evidence locked in a safe. Would the safe manufacturer be required to assist in opening it without destroying the contents? Surely safes are old enough that this might have occurred in the past, surely the same rules should apply here to breaking electronic rather than physical security (and I'll admit to ignorance as to what those rules would be).
I think it was just called 'gorilla'.
Specs are wrong on that Amstrad. It wasn't an 8088 and didn't run at 4.75MHz. It was 8MHz and actually an NEC V30 (80186 clone).
For me it's not asking me to select a state, but does want me select a city from a list. There is no entry in that list which is a valid part of my address. Not sure if I can be bothered contacting them to get the cable another way or if I should just dig in my boxes of spare bits - there's bound to be a figure-8 power cable in there somewhere (which is the part being replaced, not anything Surface specific).
True, but the surface cables are a little more prone to damage than most. Having seen pictures of the replacement cable (I've not got mine yet due to issues with address verification) the replacement cable is the one between the wall socket and the power brick. On the original cable the figure-8 plug is hard plastic, with the wire able to be bent sharply against that plastic plug. The replacement looks to be a more typical (and least in the UK, can't speak for the rest of the world) figure-8 lead where there is a semi-flexible rubber section covering the first inch or so of cable - making such bending less likely.
It's probably possible to damage both types (or to avoid damaging both types), but the original surface cable does seem more likely to be accidentally damaged.
Waved hand and said "I do need to see your identification"?
If you're taking it where rolling is likely then you fit a roll cage. Problem solved. Bolting on extras is something Land Rovers are very good for.
That's a Disco in that crash test. We're discussing the Defender and it's predecessors here.
Different mileage again in Kenya. Lots of Japanese vehicles in Nairobi, nearly everything on the road (I think I saw one VW). However out on the reserves (Samburo and Masai Mara) almost everything was a Land Rover of some sort (each camp customised them differently). Only one camp seemed to be using Toyotas - at the very least they were outnumbered by the mini-buses of the budget safaris (which had to be careful where they went, our land rover on the other hand the guide would happily park in rivers to watch hippos).
Neither of these things matter if it's being driven where it's supposed to be driven. Places where any vehicle is going to have a degree of discomfort, particularly if you try and do anything as daft as go fast.