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re: people wanting to work
More likely people quite happy to have a break, but wanting it to be known they have a good excuse for slacking off.
Re: "Tea....Earl Grey, hot"
Well this explains the multi-coloured food cube things in the original series. Much easier than a cup of tea.
Re: Surely there were more appropriate films to use?
Pitch Black? First part is the brightest film I've ever seen.
Re: BIDDY BIDDY BIDDY...
Twiki, a proper positronic brained Asimov robot (at least according to the series which also had Crichton (who wouldn't make this list being TV only, and not in the feature length film pilot - I guess this is also the reason for the ommision of the similarly named Kryton).
My first thought too when I first heard of the C5 - why would anyone name their car after Clive's electric buggy?
Re: fat vs terrorism
I think you've found the problem: A significant fraction of terrorists disaprove of bacon sandwiches (*)
(*) Note: not the same as saying that disliking bacon sandwiches makes you a terrorist.
Re: Rockstar boffin Brian Cox?
Indeed. You have to go for the other musical Brian (May) to find a rock star astrophysicist .
Re: a needle in a needle stack
A specific needle in a needle stack. Just finding a needle is easy. It's getting the right one that's tricky.
Re: The box
And then they collect the box and give it to someone else who does not know you.
Re: My first thought
If it is a games console it better have Snake.
Re: Ah well
More than that. I was probably going to get a graphics card upgrade and buy a joystick too.
Really wanted this, but not with an online requirement (I went against my better judgement for Diablo3 and regretted it).
Re: Should have included some buttered toast on the feet
If you really want it to stick then forget butter - try marmite.
Re: Better hot
Cold is a lot safer after the pub than messing around deep frying though.
Re: What's a female BOFH?
Bitch Operatrix From Hell
Just like Kerbal
I've had a few bouncy landings of my own. In both cases landed and functional is all that counts.
Re: "land on comet and return science"
I just always thought of the goo as green. Green seems like the best colour for goo.
Either that or its a sign it's too long since I played it.
Re: "land on comet and return science"
So when do they start observing the green goo?
Re: ooh, it all sounds lovely...
Actually I think the phone is an electronic swiss army knife. However as with the knives some of their features work better than others. The primary purpose (phone calls/folding pocket knife) are unsurprisingly fine to use as a primary device. Some of the extras are fine too - my swiss army knife makes a fine bottle opener, just as a phone works well enough for many people as an mp3 player. Trying to use a phone as a replacement for a full PC though seems more like the equivalent of using the saw or chisel on a swiss army knife - possibly workable for small jobs if you have nothing else availble, but not something I'd want to do all the time if I had larger, better tools available.
re: some headerless server somewhere
Some headerless server which is probably actually just PC hardware in a different box and location. I'm not seeing the point where I can't buy such hardware and assemble it in a case under my desk arriving any time soon.
Besides isn't the x86 PC supposed to already be dead? Killed off by Itanium? Or was it by PowerPC? No wait, it was Alpha. Etc. There have been so many predicted deaths for the PC that it's difficult to take another one seriously.
Footfall. Which had the alien ship be an unusual hybrid of generation ship and sleeper ship, with the crew therefore comprised of a mixture of sleepers and space-born.
Re: in the past they have had a a upgrade unit
Not always. I've just finished watching Tomb of the Cybermen (Dr 2). The end shot is of a partially converted (one arm) person, who 2 minutes earlier was apparently flesh and blood (but had been briefly under cyber control and had his fear disabled). That to me looks more like an infection or nanotech conversion than it does a putting in a conversion unit and physically adding armour upgrade.
Re: Saving the child
How much power did it have? Yes enough for one person, but does that have to mean a small amount? With bigger on the inside tech it could be a huge amount - enough to apply E=mc2.
Re: I agree with everything in the review
*The* review? Which one? There were three, which varied rather a lot in their opinion. I'm guessing from the rest of your post you didn't get beyond the first of the three, since that was the most negative.
Yes and no
I thought the colour coding was to indicate she was shot by the Brigadier rather than the Dr.
I think you're right about the teleport though, killed just by getting shot doesn't really seem to fit with the whole regenerating timelord thing.
Re: So "about to" is actually a few million years, right?
On the timescale of a star's lifetime - yes a few million years is "about to". Just as "next month" would be a long time for a mayfly.
Although they seem to like their iPads...
...I bet they miss the slide out cup-holders their old desktop PCs had.
Re: where did I put that Raspberry Pi
Wrong fruit. It's warm apple pie for that...
Re: We know Danny survives
Unless Clara is already up the duff...
Re: "Moffatt has set the precedent for Timelords switching gender"
Or in Moffat's first Dr Who script.
No, not Blink - this one:
Re: Strange thing is...
You've just not found it yet - remember Rule 34...
Re: There are much better alternatives to iPod
That would be a viable alternative, if I had a USB socket on my car's stereo. However I don't, neither did my previous car. In both cases the car has a fairly basic unit, which isn't designed to have anything connected to it except a CD changer - the iPod is connected via a 3rd party box (hidden behind the dash) which makes the iPod look like a CD changer to the stereo.
Obviously I could replace the stereo with something actually designed to handle MP3s or an external player, but I'd rather have something standard looking in their than something lit up like a christmas tree (which most aftermarket units seem to be).
Re: There are much better alternatives to iPod
Great as that sounds it doesn't help if the key feature I want is easy connection to my car's stereo, including control of the player from the stalk by the steering wheel. I'm far from a fan of Apple. but the widespread 3rd party support for the classic's 30 pin dock connector made it a useful thing.
Re: Apple killed the competition then deliberately dumped the market...
Lack of capacity increases also didn't help, so no upgrade sales - meaning existing owners would only buy another when their current one broke.
Re: Plenty of 2.5" HDD available.
The iPod classic used 1.8" drives...
Re: Battery life-weight trade-off
Once upon a time some manufacturers did do this, e.g. the ancient Samsung A300 flip phone:
I thought those only broke when used as a timer for a bomb?
A daily charge is fine IF...
...it only takes the same few seconds that winding a mechanical watch does.
Overnight charging is OK for a phone. However when I wake up I generally want to know the time (to answer the important question of "Do I need to get up or can I turn over and go back to sleep?"). I don't want to have to hunt around on the bedside table to answer that question - I can find my wrist a lot easier.
Depends on the model. You need *power* for water. Marty's didn't work, Griff's did.
Re: Hover? Possibly. Controlable? Probably not.
They already have some reasonably convincing video of a remote control steerable hovering thing. Certainly looks good enough control for the RC toy market.
Well it might have limitations...
...but this is still unusually on-time for the arrival of the future. Even with the limitations BTTF2 is looking like it might be more accurate than much of Tommorow's World ever was.
"Unlocking a door can require additional time that it lengthens a total commute duration"
If your journey is so short that the time to unlock the car door is at all a consideration in how long it takes then why are you using the car at all? If a second or two is significant then the journey is so short (a few metres?) that it'd be as quick to walk.
Re: I wouldn't teach Java either.
Java does have one merit when it comes to teaching kids:
Kids love Minecraft.
Since that and mods for it are written in Java then Java at least has merits from the motivation side, which is also important if you want the kids to actually be interested and take any notice.
re: Never got enough time with the turtle
Any would have been an improvement. I'm fairly sure the school had one, but it was one of many bits of hardware than hardly saw the light of day and spent much of their time locked away.
The turtle was hardly alone in being kept away from most (or even all) of the kids though. The ST in the music dept. was pretty much exclusively for the use of the small handful of kids who played multiple instruments (most of whom had zero interest in computers). I think I saw it once (and then only because a friend who did go on to be a professional musician let me into the closest where it was kept). The ST wasn't the worst though - as far as I'm aware the Z88 and the PPC640 were personal toys for the computer teacher and were never allowed into pupil's hands.
Re: Lucky me
Lack of current payment info will do the trick. For some reason if all they have on file is an expired card they won't let you have the "free" thing.
Does it actually do anything
Or is it's "secret, but not totally secret" nature just intended to distract from something else and waste the resources of other countries trying to work out what it's up to?
Re: You do know what LSD is the acronym for ?
Hmmm, that's a bit of an Enigma. Love, Sensuality, Devotion?
Getting harder to transition from mouse to keyboard
I find that the switch from drop-down menus to ribbons in Windows software doesn't help. With the menus you tended to have the shortcut displayed alongside the text in the menu, so common ones would eventually start to register without actively trying to learn them. Other operations I'd find myself navigating the menu via the keyboard, for example I couldn't tell you if Word has a keyboard shortcut to Insert a Picture from a File, but I know Alt+IPF will do the trick.
With the ribbon I don't find it nearly as natural to pick up shortcuts this way, I actively have to look to see what they are.
Re: Keyboard commands for select, copy, paste and find
My favourite is when a (Windows) program opens a window in the wrong place, so that it is (or at least its title bar) is off-screen. There are times I think I'm the only person who knows about Alt-Space M to move a window using the keyboard. Surprisingly Alt-Space is fundamental enough it even works for TIFKAM (though M is Maximize there, since there is no Move).
I even remember baffling people when the last remaining computer in a lab at university had a broken mouse, but was running Windows. I'd not even sat down at it when someone told me not to bother, I told them I didn't need it and got on with what I needed to do via the keyboard.
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