115 posts • joined 20 May 2010
Re: Obligatory XKCD reference
Damn ... I now /really/ hope we find whales on there. :)
Because this is The Register. If you want serious, non-sensational journalism I suggest you check out The Sun, The People or The Mirror.
You sure that's not just some close-up of a random intern's tie-dyed t-shirt?
What? You only ride at 70 MPH?
Of course ... it's an article by Jasper. He doesn't do news....
"You could drag a body wrapped in an awkwardly rolled carpet across the foyer inside a minute," I say. "I know that for a fact!"
Re: I'm not convinced
If you look at the images, the screw holes referred to are internal - for pcb mounting I would guess, so this makes it entirely plausible [note that they may not even be screw holes, but simple locating posts instead...
Re: It can't be any worse than...
or can it?
Daikatana : The Movie ????
Re: A tabloid journalist for El Reg with Fluency in English eh
... and of course, the more accurate description for todays Daily Mail would be 'vindictive, bile-filled hate rag'.
Where's the 'B' Ark when you need it?
Nuke 'em from orbit ....
.... it's the only way to be sure.
Made my Friday that has.
Stop that it's silly
Re: They Were Tired
No, that just happens when you join the army...
Re: “US sales tax”
Joseph of Cupertino is recognised variously as the patron saint of air travellers, pilots, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and poor students.
Re: The arrogance
You certainly shouldn't. Base them on the Grauniad instead. A much better class of sensationalist claptrap.
Re: The arrogance
AceRimmer wrote: You'll also notice that what you quoted is a quote from the original article, not a quote from the scientist.
Aww, c'mon, this is the Reg. Never let logic and fact get in the way of a good sensationalist whinge...
but just how many Bothans will die to get them?
Marks & Spencer Extra Strong teabags for me. Steeped in boiling water for between 1min30 and 2mins with a splash of skimmed milk.
I wonder what sort of knock-on effect granting this patent would have for the likes of Steam for example - especially in light of the current German court case pending regarding the resale of digital copies of games on the Steam platform...?
"Betelgeuse's outer arc will crash into it in just five thousand years and the red star itself will follow, around 12,500 years later"
... so not worth staying up late to watch then ...
“Apple’s continual improvement is thanks to both the iPhone 5 and older models attracting various customer groups," said Parlato, "from repeat Apple buyers, first time smartphone buyers and those coming from other smartphone brands”.
... so pretty much every group that bought a smartphone then?
My money is on them revealing mobile apps for Facebook that actually work...
Re: Whatever the product, this will not entice me
"That's no pub. It's a wine bar"
(with apologies to the late Alec Guiness)
Whether or not it works better than Siri is irrelevant. Until voice activation can work with 100% accuracy 100% of the time for 100% of its users it will remain nothing more than a curiosity and a toy ... on any device or platform.
It's obvious ...
Until someone actually went out and bought a Surface tablet they didn't have to worry. Now that they've actually *sold* one they're taking a much firmer line ...
"answering one researcher's query with the less-than-scientific term "bullshit.""
... so it passed the Turing test then
Re: Annual remake?
Sure that shouldn't be iMax?
From reading the review, it seems that there are many more negative points being raised than positive ones, so how on earth is this worth an 80% score?
From the review I'd have expected no more than 65%
Re: Would it be entered...
You owe me a new keyboard. Where do I send the invoice?
Re: Magic Beans you say
Yep ... definitely am. Why, do you want a toke?
Re: iFail using LOOSER
@Self-evidently: *ahem* G.W.Bush *cough*
... people in glass houses and all that ...
Jim Booth wrote: "Is the US Patent Office ran by people who decide simply by rolling one of those yes no balls?"
Well, they're certainly rolling (and smoking by the looks of it) something ...
... can I have some?
And we pay our license fee because?
Fucking hell BBC ... get a grip!
Maybe they should leave well alone.
Whilst I find it a very capable tool, it's purpose is, and has always been, to create small blocks of code that perform a single, simple function - not to develop a huge, full-on application consisting of thousands of lines of code. Surely we have much better languages already to achieve this, and as BlueGreen stated above, all this will do is further bloat the language and lead to more abuse of what it's original intended use.
... if you're going to go all that way to design a custom aircraft to act as a first stage lifter, why not just go the whole hog and design an orbital vehicle along similar lines...???
... or as many collisions seen in precicely 24 hours of traffic around L'Arc de Triomphe.
"No, I'm Sparticle"
"I'm Sparticle, and so is my wife!"
... ok, ok ... I'm going...
Try here: http://www.idquantique.com/true-random-number-generator/products-overview.html
IIRC the RNG for ERNIE (the premium bond computer) is a physical RNG. The old version I saw used two drilled spinning disks that were at a large potential difference. The time between electrons jumping from one disc to the other (visible as arcing) was used to generate the random digits.
Damn, I can only upvote your most insightful and humorous post once. Many beers for you instead sirrah.
You forgot to factor in R&D, software development, etc. etc. They're where the lions share of the cost comes into play.
Indeed. The truncheon-fondlers should instead, just beat the living shit out of the little foul mouthed scrotes with aforementioned truncheons to teach them some manners.
Obvious troll is obvious.
that is all.
Raphael Bousso, from the University of California Berkeley, told the Catholic News Service that what should be a generally hostile universe might "appear rather carefully tuned to us at first sight".
"Naively it looks like somebody was playing with a lot of dials and turning them exactly to the right places to end up with this large, complex-rich set of phenomena that we see when we look out the window and that, from a scientist's point of view, is a very bizarre situation to be faced with," he said.
... or, you know, perhaps, just maybe ... the fact that the Universe has been around for many billions of years before us and we evolved within it's confines means that rather than it being tuned just especially for US more that we're especially attuned to IT. After all, if our environment were completely hostile to us, we wouldn't have even got out of the starting blocks.
One of the best in a long, long time...
"You mean you don't like the ribbon? It's new!"
"I don't care if it's new – I can't find anything!"
"Sure you can, it's all in the ribbon – somewhere. It's a game software designers like to play with people."
How so very true...
So funny I think a little wee even came out.
... yes, it's the one with the depends in the pocket.
And we all know ...
That million to one chances occur nine times out of ten...
Surely you'd use the leaf to cover your beaver?
Cats are, and always have been, anti-social little buggers...
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