64 posts • joined Thursday 31st May 2007 16:01 GMT
A few years back
I was demo'ing my newly installed media machine (running on older h/w) to a couple of friends to show off full screen films, but the little sod would not boot. After a few tries I'd had enough (a few beers helped) so I took a good run across the room and kicked it as hard as I could. Side caved in and it fell over. Righted it and it booted first time and never caused me another problem
Of course, I was in a heightened and slightly inebriated state at the time so it wasn't until the next morning I realised I'd taken my shoes off prior to the percussive maintenance. I swear I could hear it laughing as I hopped around with a broken toe
Anyone fancy starting a Kickstarter for a really big swatter?
That's the way
the bookie crumbles
Re: I have one
Congratulations on your well reasoned and argued response the OP's very salient point and not at all attempting to push your comment to the top of the thread regardless of its relevance
All hail society!
Re: Deliberate typo to prevent extraditions..
Possibly the best response I could have hoped for. I retract my complaint ;)
Did I just read the word 'enormo' in this article? The time saving must have been worth it or El Reg employs 12 year old Twitter followers?
Normally I ignore people saying the Reg has dropped to the 'standards' of The Sun but this is a bridge too far
Re: Escape from the Isle of Man
"Once snuggly in place"
It likes to snuggle?
You have been fined one half credit for a violation of...
I was playing with voice recognition and it got a phrase reliably so I tried another. Here's how it went:
'Actually, that's quite impressive'
'Backstreet breeder of dresses'
Also to get Assistant to call me 'Dan' not 'Down' I had to use a faux American accent
Hmm, interesting. I can't help wondering what tactic is at play here: I hear so many teenagers (etc.) walking round with shite like this blasting out of a crappy little speaker to the annoyance of everyone else all the time. So, is this a tactic to confuse them into not answering their phones because they just assume they're being their normal, irritating selves?
'Is your phone ringing?'
'How do I tell?'
"Recently met a friend that I knew online at her place. For safety I texted the address to a coworker and let him know where I was going (as it was away from home) just in case it went sour. Thankfully nothing happened (and it was a very good time!) but safety ahead prevented things from going sideways."
I'm not sure how you have arrived at this conclusion. Using the story as a template, you have given your co-worker the address of an empty building at which no trace of you will be found, you having been overpowered and kidnapped
Also, this is a failure only scenario: you won't know if it's safe until something 'goes sideways' and your plan is called upon to prove itself. It's like with backups, except testing them (in most cases) won't get you potentially killed
Taking someone with you, while not the perfect safety option, is at least proven. In this case it would have evened the odds and maybe even prevented it as the kidnappers were expecting a single person
I've always seen it as:
1) Disc: The actual word disc. Describes a round flat object (ref: accretion disc, LI styling) like an optical disc
2) Disk: Foreshortening of the word diskette: describes floppy disk(ette), magneto-optical disk(ette) etc.
Words are fun!
This may sound ridiculous, but
What about taking the batteries out?
Doesn't bother me
I couldn't find a bank that accepts peanuts so I get paid directly
Especially when used with Dropbox. Also both have Android apps (probably for other platforms too but I don't have the money to buy the handsets to check)
Does this make Japan
a "no Fry zone"?
This is childish but...
I read your title and thought DARPA had happened upon a bright new idea
I've just upgraded my phone with O2. Initially the sales bod said the handset would cost me £60, my tariff period would extend from 18 to 24 months and I would have to pay £45 instead of £35p/m for the same contract level. So I asked to be put through to retentions (also had to explain what 'retentions' meant) and managed to retain my £35p/m contract of 18 months *and* got the handset for free.
But it doesn't stop there, oh no. I ordered on Friday and received a text on Sunday saying my phone would be with me the next day. Some screen protectors turned up. Confused, I called O2 back and they told me the handset was out of stock for another 9 days. So I had me a bit of a rant and convinced them to save me a handset at the local store. That didn't go too well and the store offered me the same deal as was first offered. I went home and had to elevate to speak to a manager who got me the phone from the store and honoured the 'retention' contract
So on the plus side the managers are competent and the call centres were UK based
On the negative side I shouldn't have needed to jump through all those hoops
Anyway, I got my handset and now to take it back because the battery is goosed
We had a PC in that was reported as non-functioning so we cracked it open. The insides were covered in a kind of green fungus and parts of the board had corroded quite heavily. Words can't describe the aroma emanating from this thing
Turns out the family dog had decided it was his territory and was routinely 'marking' it...
-+-+-+-+ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR +-+-+-+- REDO FROM START +-+-+-
A planet-busting missile or accidentally ending up on an alien equivalent of a friends page?
## Receiving: BEAM - OMG! Just had the biggest poo eva!
Really? I've never used the site at all, ever and have a very good social life, thanks. I can't walk 5 yards down the street before I bump into someone I know. Every drinking establishment I frequent I always know at least 1/3 of the patrons
I think I'm doing myself a favour by not being on it but I never got into the whole Web2.0 socialising thing so no standard FB put-downs from me, it just entertains me that people *need* FB to have a life
The only good bug is a dead bug
Would you like to know more?
Without filming it, I presume?
What is it with battery life on phones over the past few years... I remember having an SE K750i that used to last more than 7 days with usage... It even got trodden on one New Year's Eve and soldiered on until not being able to read text messages rendered it useless
Already doing this
On my WinMo phone... Got a little app that turns it into a Wifi router... I've only used it once or twice but it's come in very handy when I'm at my parents and both my gf and I need internet access (GPRS is faster than my dad's broadband and he refuses to buy a wireless router just so I can have access the cheapskate ;) )
Having said that I can only use it in half hour blocks before the phone either needs resetting or the battery dies...