39 posts • joined 1 Jul 2010
Those Magnificent Plastic Figurines in Their Flying Machines
Now what we need is a German paper plane with a playmonaut reading from a teeny tiny manual during takeoff ...
In Australia, these problems are simply resolved by selling naming rights to buildings, landmarks, etc.
However, Telstra Queen Elizabeth II may be going a bit too far...
Re: fair enough
... or alternatively Jim Trott out of the Vicar of Dibley: "No, no, no, no, yes"
Mission PCM4000 CD player (1987) (this cost me GBP399 as a first year Uni student and I am determined to get my money's worth)
Denon DRM-10 tape deck (1990)
Creek 4040S2 amp (1994)
Mordaunt-Short MS10 speakers (1999)
"Birdnest" including Telstra T-Box, Pioneer Blu Ray, Digitech A/v transmitter which also has 2(!!) HDMI inputs
Sony SMNICBR* TV 42" (2012)
Small Palsonic SMNICBR* TV in bedroom (A/v receiver attached)
*stupid model number I can't begin to remember
All in glorious STEREO thanks to RCA analogue connections as needed.
Sadly, the CD player may have to be retired in a year or so (Blu-Ray player doing double duty thereafter) as L channel getting a bit iffy. However, this would mean entering the 'bird nest'.
Also getting harder to find chrome/metal tapes for the Denon...
Re: "Sometimes wish I never gone up at all"
Please ignore the 'Little Englanders' on spellings (and on most other things).
While it pains me to say it, the US spellings without the Frenchification are correct - Noah Webster (your original dictionary guy) stuck firmly to the basics.
Meanwhile, Dr Samuel Johnson (our original dictionary guy), great brainbox though he was, was a glutton for Frenchification and stuck in many of the surplus letters that we now see (e.g. 'color' was quite acceptable in British English until Johnson messed it up, 'ax' without the silent 'e' was also fine, etc., etc., etc.).
Also, while I think of it, the US has 'pants' correct - as an abbreviation of 'pantaloons', the reference is properly to outer leggings. The current British usage of 'pants' for undergarments (derived wholly improperly in this context from 'underpants') is a vile neologism to be roundly and robustly deprecated at all times.
Re: "That won't happen until it passes the last of the comets influenced by Sol's gravity. "
But can it check in any time it likes?
As Dame Shirley Bassey once put it...
All just a little bit of history repeating.
Personally, I like to socially network with the aid of "beer" in a "pub" - anyone fancy a pint?
"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the global public"
After H L Mencken
As Professor Hubert J Farnsworth would say...
That is all.
Re: Bony fish
Boner fish, surely?
Re: Website policy stupidity
Tokens seem like a good idea until you get the new HSBC calculator-style one for Australia.
Step 1) Turn on device with (stupid finger breaking) key press combination
Step 2) Enter PIN to activate device (!!!)
Step 3) Enter last eight digits of your account number (!!!)
If suitably annoyed, add:
Step 4) Run over device repeatedly with car before closing account.
Re: Bit of a whimp
@Salts, agreed - the kid's chicken, bawk, bawk, bawk, chicken.
There are ways of discharging these things, you know.
Now back to repairing with that Mac SE/30...
Re: Not correct!
But only in relation to rhythm sticks
Re: Meanwhile in Redmondland...
Too true, Steve Davies 3. I used MS-DOS from v2 onwards, Windows from v3.00 onwards. By the need of it all, had set up everybody who wanted help from me with "all-MS" solutions. Then trialled Windows 8 and pretty promptly switched to OS X for desktop use (also allowing easier connection to iThings) and FreeBSD server-side. I will suggest the same to the others as Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 walk towards the Elephant's Graveyard. I am not likely to be coming back to Redmond for an OS any time soon (though I do still use MS Office on Mac so they got me there).
Re: Potty time dilema
Funny how the mind plays tricks - I read "pop science" as "poop science" there for a split second.
Re: The new Doctor
Bonnie Langford? Are you 'avin' a laugh??
Paris - because she would be a more credible Doctor than Bonnie Langford.
The last time they tried this, people got fused to deck plates.
Same old, same old
All the Apple OS vs Windows vs Android OS arguments above.
Roll back the clock to c. 1983. Heard by me in school at break ad nauseam:
"My Spectrum is better than your C64'
"Your Spectrum doesn't have a proper keyboard"
"Your C64 is too expensive"
When will the notion of "horses for courses" sink in, I wonder?
Imagine a tank of opaque fluid fronted by glass (surrounded by gilt frame perhaps).
The Tank has a reading light over it, aimed at the glass, which you switch on.
You start to hit the control rods and an image forms on the Tank wall in front of you.
Thousands of tiny rods pushed through the fluid by lever action, tipped by black rubber, are pushing up against the screen to form an image of a kitten and the mysterious message 'LOL'.
That is all.
Facebook? What Facebook? The website advantage
For the small but growing number of us that do not use Facebook or have a Facebook account, a website (no matter how humble) is a nice gesture.
Indeed, websites may come back into their own again - the mean average age of Facebook users is now well over forty and rising. Why? Because the younger teens just don't want to know: see comments on the uncoolness of Facebook at http://mashable.com/2013/08/11/teens-facebook/.
As wrong as it gets
Suppliers should be running a mile from giving or purporting to give anything remotely connected to legal advice - risks of negligent misstatement, holding out as giving legal advice, etc.
Surely the idea would be to ensure client understands that client is solely responsible for obtaining independent legal advice that what it is doing/planning to do complies with data protection law, etc., etc.?
I am not a lawyer and this is not (and is not offered or provided) as legal advice: seek independent third party legal advice on any issue raised here...
Skins for Google Glass
Terminator HUD, anybody?
Relive Win 3.0/3.1/3.11/WfW 'Good Old Days' with VM Ware or Similar...
1) Dig out DOS and Win floppies (they might still read - mine did)
2) Dig out USB floppy drive (I prefer Sony but any will do)
3) Fiddle with VMWare (or similar) configuration
4) Patch VM with stuff from Electrical Interweb (e.g. tweaked SVGA drivers from Zamba's excellent VMWare Page -http://www.scampers.org/steve/vmware/)
5) Play suitable music (e.g. http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/1990-05-26/)
Nom, nom, nom...
On a bush block in Southern NSW...
ADSL 2+ went in a couple of months ago - fairly consistent 18.5 Mbps since then.
But we do have other problems - a 10 day outage when mice gnawed through the wires in the pillar at the end of the road and an 8 day outage when a neighbour ploughed through the cable run ...
Not just ugly, fugly
Looks like somebody scooped out a '75 AMC Pacer.
Using the Ladder of Abstractions for Safer Headlines
PLAGUE OF SEX CRAZED MONSTER INSECTS TO HIT EAST COAST
There, fixed it. All the cicada/grasshopper/locust stuff can drop down the chute now.
Re: Two sides to the orphan issue?
1) It's "capital", not "capitol".
2) You are assuming that people who work and those who hold capital are two distinct groups - even when Karl Marx was alive, this wasn't true and it certainly isn't today.
Having once got flamed to cinders as a youth for referring to an embossed surface as 2.5D, I think it is only fair that Eadon writes out the following 1,000 times:
"If it has height and width, it's 2D: if it has height, width and depth, it's 3D"
Either that, or we lock him in a room with nothing but a Win RT tablet for company over the weekend...
If people think patents are worth persisting with...
An answer may lie in the (periodic) renewals process.
Put in a requirement that, at renewal, the owner proves to the USPTO use in manufacture of the invention by (a) the owner or, if not using, (b) a licensee. Make the proof requirement subject to an anti-falsifiction rule and attach heavy penalties for false submissions.
No, I'm going for a beer.
Re: "Competitors are nipping at the heels of the once unassailable Apple"
"No company other than Apple & Samsung make any profits on their handsets."
EFSAP (Evidence for Sweeping Assertion, Please) as my Economics 101 lecturer used to scrawl on my essays...
I'm older and married but...
just the mere thought of spending 500 days in a tin can with my missus is enough for me to think about ending it all.
Larry's three favourite words...
Nom nom nom
Climate change fatigue
Please, for the love of God/Dawkins (delete as preferred), no more.
Just leave this POS to 'Nature', 'New Scientist', ' Country Gentleman's Pig Fertilizer Gazette', whatever.
Ermmm ... aren't exoplanets the ones outside our solar system??
This phrase indicates a degree of sophistication which Sinclair would never pay for - "edge connector" is a better description...
Peter Vogel is back in the game.
So is Dave Smith (Sequential Circuits - Prophet).
In the US, a trademark is applied for in respect of a list of goods and service mark in respect of services.
One important question for an Examiner looking at the relevant application to consider (by no means the only one) is whether the mark is descriptive of the goods/services for which registration is being sought (and *not*, NB, whether it is descriptive of anything at all).
So, BLACKBERRY was OK when applied for.
WINDOWS was borderline (it was originally registered for "... computer programs and manuals sold as a unit; namely, graphical operating environment programs for microcomputers" but there are newer registrations) and required some pretty complicated arguments and a bucket load of evidence in support.
And APP STORE? Well...
Does this help?
Some reading for Mr Schmidt
Frankfurt, Harry. "On Bullsh*t", Princeton University Press, 2005
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