75 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010
Here's the choice I made:
Win 8.1 on my laptop, It's faster and more power efficient which are both plus points for a mobile machine even if it doesn't have a touchscreen.
Win 7 on my desktop, because I want to get work done on multiple monitors without things constantly full screening at me.
Wireless not the only way to dump your landline
Virgin Media will happily sell you broadband over their own cables without a landline.
Of course, since the greenhouse gases are still building up, pine forests must release more and more aerosols each year. Thus solving the problem once and for all.
ONCE AND FOR ALL!
I knew I should have shorted my month of GPU activity's worth of bitcoins earlier, I guess I'll just have to wait until the next bubble cycle in a year or two.
Re: "It's not remotely possible...
The cheapest lifetime deal they had was $100. Compared to my own hosting that should have given them around 5 years worth of revenue, so if they'd played it right they should have been able to last until at least 2017...
Re: I'm calling it now...
It worked for Channel 4 (see Space Cadets TV Series)
Re: 600,000 people supposedly have already visited or live on Mars
> Interestingly, there are several different people today who confirm seeing Obama on Mars as a teenager, who were also in the same CIA program. Take it or leave it, I don't care.
We should demand Obama's earth certificate to prove he's not a martian!
Re: In a heart beat
> but ultimately the crew are going to be permanently on a planet with only 38% of Earth's gravity there must be means to simulate 1G in order to maintain normal body function
There apparently hasn't been any research on the effect of low (such as Mars') gravity on the human body, so we have no idea how it affects the body vs microgravity (weightlessness). For all we know the human body may be able to sustain itself indefinitely at 0.4g with little or no ill effect.
Re: Surely most of these are Trolls
IIRC it cost money to apply, you'd have to be a rather dedicated troll to pony up real money...
Certain-death? I'd say there's an almost zero chance of anyone dying...
... because it's never going to leave the ground! It's either a blatant scam to separate gullible dreamers from their ~$40 application fee, or an even bigger, more elaborate reality TV hoax than Channel 4's Space Cadets.
Actually imagine that, contestants spend 6 months on their "space voyage" (on a ship that conveniently has "gravity generators" or 1g constant acceleration or some other excuse to why they aren't weightless), open the hatch and get ready to step out on to the martian surface only to instead step out in front of a live TV studio audience and find they've been the butt of the world's biggest reality-TV joke!
Re: Here since the ice age
How about 150 years of direct measurements coupled with estimates based on multiple climate proxies going back thousands of years?
So it's still receding
Just not as quickly as it was a few years ago?
> The rover also has a couple solar panels to power its control circuitry and some of its basic equipment
I'm pretty sure it doesn't have any solar panels (where are they on the rover? and why waste the extra weight when you have an RTG?). You might be thinking of the cruise stage, which was solar powered...
If only they'd had a Jeff Bezos style CEO who'd go round their data centre unplugging cables at random and shouting at any team who had downtime on their systems....
Re: The Skylons are coming!
For the love of gods get your fracking pop-culture references right!
Bro, do you even run?
There's some serious heal striking going on in that video!
Re: Why on earth didn't the review cost up silos?
But if you take such a negative prediction of the future then surely the only way to be safe would be a massive nuclear arsenal on par with Russia or the US' current stockpile, after all at some point soon the technology to intercept ballistic missiles will be practical (especially if there is another cold war style arms race) so a sub or two's worth of missiles won't be any guarantee of a strike.
Also I don't care who the report was chaired by, skimming through it it just felt like it was discounting silos with out doing a full cost benefit analysis - if the cost saving was marginal or non-existent then obviously subs would be the better option, if the cost saving was very large then it would be worth considering further in my opinion.
Why on earth didn't the review cost up silos?
Given the nature of the threat that the UK faces (limited size attack from a rogue country rather than an all-out cold-war style nuclear war) having several hardened silos would seem like a sensible enough solution, and after all any nuclear attack on the UK large enough to knock out all silo sites would have a large impact on the rest of Europe from fallout etc. so they're likely to want to get involved. Not to mention the fact that NATO membership guarantees mutual defence.
All in all it seems to me the report has been created simply to "prove" that we should keep Trident rather than actually look at all alternatives.
If they followed the Steam model I wouldn't mind so much (30 days offline play, mega discounted AA titles etc.) but pay full price for phyiscal games that can't be sold and can't be played after just one day of being off-line??
Sidorov , Y U NO HTML5?
Gif? What's wrong with the canvas tag?
> requires a mere two kilograms of food to produce one kilogram of what it charmingly refers to as "insect meat", a far better feed-to-food ratio than, for example, a fatted calf, which requires eight kilograms of feed to produce one kilogram of beef
Here's a crazy idea, how about everyone just eats their damn vegetables and we get 2kg from 2kg of food instead of 1kg from 2kg of food?
Re: A few theories
> not triggering bombs in the hold or contacting an outside party to do so.
Surely if you were able to trigger a bomb on a plane remotely via a mobile you'd want to be safely on the ground when you did so??
Re: Sure, with a cheap home printer...
Actually the team that made and successfully test-fired the gun used a large (2nd hand) commercial 3D printer. I haven't seen any successful firings made from a cheap home 3D printer yet.
Without a commercial grade 3D printer the only people they're likely to injure is themselves, from bits of flying plastic.
"State" can mean country, government or nation as well as a sub-entity as in "US State"
Why not just simplify that to "Metalworking Lathe + CNC Milling Machine = Fully Working Gun"? What part of a gun can you make with a 3D printer and not a CNC Milling Machine?
Follow this simple yes-no rule
Windows 98 - Yes
Windows ME - No
Windowx XP - Yes
Windows Vista - No
Windows 7 - Yes
Windows 8 - No
Windows ??? - Yes
(ignoring 2000 for being "biz" oriented)
10 million quid? That's a whole Thatcher's funeral!
It's really very simple, all berating-related CO2 is CARBON NEUTRAL. **CARBON NEUTRAL**. ZERO NET GAIN IN ATMOSPHERIC CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS.
Every single atom of CO2 exhaled CAME FROM THE ATMOSPHERE. Plants take CO2 and turn it into sugars, animals eat those and turn them back into CO2.
The reason fossil fuels are bad is that you're taking CO2 that has been accumulating for millions and millions of years and releasing it all in one go, thus it's a **POSITIVE NET GAIN** ATMOSPHERIC CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS.
Anyone trying to equate someone's breath with fossil fuels is a LYING HACK FOR THE OIL INDUSTRY.
The only possible link to any greenhouse gas emissions is if you eat slightly more, but again that's only because our food industry uses so much fossil fuel.
Why on earth would you want the PS/2 version instead of USB? So you can enjoy the "convenience" of not being able to chain it to a hub or using it on anything other than a desktop pc?
So just like Opera Mini then?
This is exactly what Opera Mini does, not really avoidable if you want a half-decent browsing experience on ultra-low end "smartphones"
Surely terraformed Mars rather than past Mars
Surely this is what Terraformed Mars would look like, not past Mars as if you had surface water you wouldn't have all those crisp uneroded impact craters all over the place.
"That the agency has recreated the shot with the earth-bound test version of Curiosity could be a sign it is keen to prove the shots are easily achievable"
Or people could just download the bloody raw images that Nasa VERY KINDLY provide us all
"but Transport For London also has to hand over a proportion of every top-up to the companies running the scheme and would prefer to keep the dosh in-house."
Em, I seem to remember credit card companies charge processing fees themselves.
Talking about junk patents
"An audio/video (A/V) device having a volume control function for external audio reproduction units by using volume control buttons of a remote controller is provided"
You have got to be fucking kidding me, a combination of the Windows 95 volume control panel and an infra-red remote control is patentable? Seriously Apple AND Samsung can both sod off.
Are you trying to suggest it would be a good use of radio telescope time to do this? Sounds more like the Beeb were fobbing him off with excuses because it would be a bloody waste of license fee payers money, but didn't want to hurt his feelings too much.
I gave the latest version of RiscOS a whirl on my Pi last week, I was initially very impressed with how responsive it was compared to Linux, until I tried to do something CPU heavy (like installing software from their package manager apparently) and was reminded how terrible cooperative multitasking is...
I had to install Windows 8 in a VM to look at a reported IE10 issue with our webapp, and I couldn't believe how annoying the interface was -
First off returning to Metro, I I jammed my mouse into the bottom left corner to get the Metro button, then moved it to the centre of the button to get a good click on it (because that's how I roll), and it just bloody disappeared! It was hard to get used to keeping the mouse in the exact lower left, and how the hell are you supposed to do that with a touchscreen?
Then there was MetroIE, I literally couldn't work out how to get the address bar, I tried doing the usual phone scrolling to the top or bottom, nada! It was only after my co-worker was trying random things that they found it, you have to press RMB on an empty part of the page (as RMB is STILL the the context menu on links), who the hell decided that trash and again how does that even work if you're using touch??
Finally it came time to turn the VM off, where's the shutdown button? Is it in that symbol on the charms menu that looks a bit like a power symbol? Nope. Is it in settings? Nope. Oh, wait, what about power settings? Yes that's it, Settings > Power isn't the power options, it's the shut down menu (Where the actual power settings are I don't know or care).
All in all Windows 8 feels like it's been thrown together by idiots who didn't even bother testing the UI themselves, and needless to say I won't be using it on any computers I own ever.
Yeah they should carry on offering a comprehensive free service, even if it means they go out of business because the licensing costs are prohibitive!
Xbox Music compatibility
Last I heard Xbox Music requires Windows 8 on the desktop, surely not working on anything other than that damned Metro interface is a pretty big disadvantage?
Oh good, so this means we can do whatever we like during our lifetimes because the mess we make will only affect future generations, right?
> The original ban on advertising between 2am and 6am
FYI that should be "8pm to 6am" (It was 20:00 not 02:00)
A l33t hax0r can also view password hits by entering an incorrect password on said PC.
A solution looking for a problem
And this is better than a Bluetooth keyboard, how?
Re: But, but...
> Still wondering how to permanently disable NFC, whether it'll be as simple as cutting a track. I really hope so because it's getting difficult to find a smartphone without it these days.
You do know (with Android at least) you can completely disable NFC in the settings, right?
Hey Reg, what's a laptopis? :)
> According to the scientists' new paper, published in hefty climate journal Nature Climate Change, the cooling effect of orbital shifting on the climate has been up to four times as powerful as anthropogenic (human-caused) warming pressures
This is the thing, we're currently experience a short warming snap despite an overall cooling trend, and the only variable that accounts for this is atmospheric CO2. Models say we should be currently getting cooler, not warmer, if not for an increase in CO2 levels.
Right so because elevated CO2 levels are good for /some/ plants that means climate change on a whole is good?
Just because savanna trees may grow better doesn't mean that slightly elevated temperatures won't wreck, say, rainforests. I suppose El Reg would be happy to see tropical ecosystems completely disappear with biodiversity loss that would take millions of years to recover from just so savanna trees will grow a little better and we can continue using fossil fuels that will catastrophically run out soon if we don't switch to alternatives anyway?
The Football Bit
Oh and he's managed to squeeze it in! And he got it in from an impossible angle.
This is a design patent and not a technology patent right? Right??
- Asteroid's SHOCK DINO MURDER SPREE just bad luck - boffins
- BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
- Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
- Review You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great