How would you have done it?
2870 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
How would you have done it?
...welcome our environmentally friendly renewable Dalek overlords
The new Doctor will Huff, and Puff, and blow the straw dalek away.
I recall watching An Unearthly Child and suspect that an older, creepy, irrascible Doctor is long overdue. Remember William Hartnell!
I also don't like this cyberpunk Tardis. Since it can rebuild itself when the Doctor is in trouble, I'd welcome a return to the old style console.
Welcome Mr Capaldi, anyroad.
Are they throwing in the trucks to convert them to something useful?
...packed with thermonuclear warheads, on fire, heading for the sun, perhaps
Can I just say Jar sodding Jar sodding Binks?
Ignoring the well-deserved 3D dig, I'd find it hilarious if all 3 were to bomb. Ha ha ha.
Oh you think so, do you?
I have written elsewhere, even on here, about how Britain's problem is not immigration but birth rate: that the number we can feed and clothe from our own land area was passed some time between the 1450s and the 1750s (depending how you choose to measure it)
But I would not like to deprive you of your simplistic assumptions, so just carry on feeling good about yourself, please.
>In short, Your Honour, society, and climate change, made him do it.
To be fair, the recent really hot days have left me feeling stupid and slow. My Learned Friend may have a point.
The biggest problem is uncontrolled population growth.
That may, or may not, have a climate side effect. Either way the population increase will cause food shortages & wars over water, food, land & energy.
No, there will be a market soon for a continuous microwave source, so that battery-less devices can be powered parasitically.
Pubs and hotels will display a special logo (I was going to say "black power", but that;s been used. "dark energy"? nope - also spoken for). "Stray energy" perhaps?
Then the foil-hatters can sell allyhats to thousands of people to wear in their own rooms.
Do they really expect me to believe there is a place called Wallop's Island?
Now we need a star-trek(kirk) style mesh flip-up to protect the external screen and I will get my wallet out!
Should be adapted to the home, and the most frequently asked question of all time: "where are my glasses?"
A couple of years ago the head of a medium size retail operation told me "It's ridiculous: we would have to change all our terminals". When I told them that everyone in Europe had already done so he didn't believe me!
So the USA is going to go from mag stripe to NFC and skip chip-n-pin?
>It's so slow and buggy, in fact, that editors have
>voted not to use it.
Even worse, it has huge chunks missing. The editing of citation templates etc. is missing, and most wikinazi editors get apoplectic if you do them even slightly wrong.
I know one editor who spends his whole life taking out spaces before | delimiters. He must be going Vesuvius by now.
$MEGACORP gives us O2 phones. Complete disaster, but they have not been dumped. The number of dropped calls, particularly on the continent, is astonishing.
No imagination, any of them. Nodlon, Deels, Fradbord?
Just imagine the publicity if they had chosen Narwich, Tynesideside, and Aberdeeeen. And probably the same customer demand.
@ Should b Working
I fly once or twice a week, and regularly sleep right through the Humberside-Schiphol hop And quite often the Schiphol - Hong Kong or -beijing long haul. I have never been woken up before landing, so long as my seat back is upright and my tray table stowed.
>the full undivided attention of everyone on the plane is
>required in case of an emergency exit.
So why is it that they are keen to get people to take the earphones out, but they never ever wake up someone who is fast asleep and ask them to pay attention during the landing?
There is, indeed, nothing new under the sun!
But I challenge the assertion 'not using antennas at all'. The aluminium foil is an antenna. It's even a resonant antenna.
Any resonant antenna will give improved selectivity in a high-noise environment. It is the band-selectivity of the antenna that rejects the ambient noise. And mechanical resonances have been used for narrow-band selectivity before - like in SAW filters.
That does not mean I am not deeply impressed by the idea of making an antenna sensitive enough to generate significant mechanical movement from the incident wave - to actually take mechanical energy out of the radiation. I will also cheerfully admit that the fact it gives higher than normal sensitivity is entirely contrary to what I would have naturally assumed. Fantastic effort, lads! Have a gold star.
All new developments in Radio are proper advances in technology. This is far more like science than e.g. dreaming up sliding unlock controls on a touch screen. Look, patent trolls - this is a proper advance!
>From the BBC it is often half arsed, heavily biased and without linking any sources
Yes. But without it we would be looking at CNN or Faux news which is far far worse.
I do have to scatter my reading about, particularly using Al Jazeerah and The Moscow news to get another viewpoint, and the Inde for a different view again. That doesn't mean there is anything uniquely wrong with the BEEB, I'd expect to do that anyway.
Oh, and the daily mail web site has really impressive photo stories. Shame it is associated with the bile duct.
USSB? then USSSB, U4SB...
>intent on the delicious kebab
That will be why they don't make that sort any more?
Can I quote again Mitch Benn from the now show:
"Downloading isn't destorying music. Simon Cowell is destroying music."
>If that happens, Michael Dell will be out of a job – but with $12bn in assets in his equity
>firm, there are worse things that could happen to him
Plan B: buy Nokia and Nokia-Siemens Networks
People have got houses full of devices that work well enough.
And no money.
You can't keep selling them tiny variations on what they already have. It's not like the 1980s, when new was very much better than old.
You want people's money? Think up something they need rather than just want!
People seem to have missed the other lesson.
According to the Reg story figures Microsoft spent over a thousand dollars in advertising to earn each $600 sale.
Just remember that next time an ad agency is making a pitch for their attempt to sell your product, and ask them how come they can be so clever when they weren't even clever enough to get the Surface RT account.
Advertising pays? pah! No such thing as bad publicity? Pshaw!
>So if people are buying them, they're not using them in public as far as I can see.
Yeah, I'd be afraid of being laughed at too.
I'd have thought that a successful teleport would require the position, energy, and velocity of every subatomic particle. Something the uncertainty principle says we can never know.
I thought it was self-evident that he had been 'aiding the enemy'.
Does not the US government regard most of its own people as 'the enemy'?
Puts me right off.
They sent me a brochure. No technical info, no channel listings, no service level targets. Just a load of drivel about futba'
So that went in the tub.
Coo. I'd heard that a few of us were Tetrachromic, but I had no idea we were evolving out-of-band receptors too!
Oh, OK -->
You can probably see through my invisibility cloak anyway, with vision like that!
This too. And not just old. Brand new as well.
Rockwell, Siemens, etc. only supply their PLC programming environments on windows (they started with DOS). You can't set up a data acquisition unit from National Instruments or a temperature sensor from Neoptix without windows. Try talking to an ABB motor drive without anything but windows. The only way to get data out a Tektronix 'scope or a Fluke OTDR... well, that's the thing.
You'd think that engineering companies would be capable of making portable applications. But they can't be bothered.
Probably not. But that is no reason for having no market because "we are not allowed to sell computers without windows".
They will continue to have a desktop monopoly as long as manufactures like Dell and HP; and retailers like PC World/Currys, are too cowardly to stand up to them.
I applaud the handful of retailers like Novatech who will sell you a laptop with no OS.
>Maybe if programme output was done by the DJ's and not a commitee,
Abso bluddy lutely. Ban playlists, say I.
Reuters say that Mr Mansfield postponed retirement last year, and is going to be on the Special Projects team.
Are they going to deliver my talking computer soon, then?
I thought Lady Hamilton was regularly responsible for... oh, you mean the one in Trafalgar square. As you were, then.
There's a coat here with only one...
everything has to be somewhere.
Very nearly an arm full?
Oh yes. I remember proper printers.
And pen plotters. They were amazing.
Page Definition Languages as well. Printers with a brain, not parasitic growths off yer desktop CPU that stop everything working when you have the temerity to want a paper copy.
Gah!. It's time for a beer instead of getting all agitated.
I remember the final Quatermass as more powerful than it seems now, even though we are rapidly heading toward a world not unlike the one he portrayed. I think the Planet People seem less likely than they did, but that's about it. But there is no doubting the complexity of the vision and the depth of detail that went into creating the world in which the story took place, far more than in the earlier stories where it was somehow not necessary: they had a contemporary setting, this last one was near-future.
Ringstone Round is a thoroughly clever British invention. It sounds right. It sounds like it really exists, and there are some people who claim the children's chant is traditional.
OK, there is something of 'Midwich cuckoos' in the denouement, and some of the acting is a little perfunctory. But the story remains tight, faithful to the Genre, and has that same sort of 'that would explain a lot' quality of the The Pit . I thought in that the Hobs Lane and medieval mythology was handled with a light enough touch to be realistic, or at least not break the disbelief, and the idea of finding a rational explanation for stone circles in the last story has that same deftness of touch.
Yes. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed them all, and this was part of the set. The whole series had some of the qualities of Britishness that makes doctor Who interesting, while still being proper, serious, story telling. I'd put them up there with Day of the Triffids and War of the Worlds, as fine quality SF on our own turf.
Out of interest, who is writing SF with a British background now? Is there a hole in the market?
... lots of opportunites for rapid touching there.
no, but not unrelated either.
Mine's got a steel collar for attaching the helmet...