154 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
> Nor will you have other cats when you click on a Hypercat link
I think my dominatrix senior female cat (name is Kelda.. and she lives up to that name every day!) might have something to say about unapproved minions^Wcats coming into the house..
Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!
>President Obama has made it clear that the greatest nation on earth
I didn't know he had the authority to talk on behalf of China..
Ok, OK, mine's the red overcoat with the copy of Long March in the pocket..
Re: Ian M
> EE Smith's Lensman books, which are available as free ebooks.
> Dated, especially the romance
And the casual racism, the overt sexism etc etc.
Not noticeable to an 8-year old child back in the 70s but all too jarring now.
Re: @Steve Crook - DVD double bill
> I'd go for it. Films only have to be entertaining
I present the evidence: Dark Star.
Re: Neat list they've got there...
>...I think the only thing missing from it is a certain book
> written by one Abdul Alhazred...
I get confused - is that the one about Hastur, the one that Hastur is in or the one that doesn't mention Has^&)76* <Carrier lost>
Re: The numbers don't add up
"It processes more than 500 complex messages a second."
Is that all? In the late 80s/early 90s I worked for an airline CRS processing 20K entries/second of a *roughly* equivalent complexity.
Mind you, we had a nice big S/370 (actually two - one for comms and one for agent entries) to play with and as much DASD space as you could fit in a football (UK edition) field-sized room. And a nice dark room to trap newbie tape monkeys in.
Kids today eh? They think they invented it all...
Re: Crude scrawl?
>Milton Keynes *is* an alien spreadsheet.
Aaand we're back in the world of The Laundry..
A species confined to Autralasia is responsible for the Arabian stories about Rocs?
Tell me - did you do geography at school?
"All the downsides of mainframes without the benefits"
Re: Irrelevant observation number 1:
>Surely every car already has built in call handling (i.e. bluetooth)?
I'd love to know how to do that in my wifes 1966 Morris Minor 1000..
In which variety of the English language is that a word? I shall be cancelling my subscription forthwith!
Re: Carbs are the killers
>Rice is very starchy - you simply don't need carbs.
Different rice types have different starch types. Basmati rice (for example) has a slow-release starch (compared to normal long-grain rice anyway) - which is why it's better for t2 diabetcs..
Re: Am I the only one.....
>Who keeps reading it as Cortina?
No - and I suspect it's be as reliable as my old, much hacked-around(*) Cortina Mk 3.
(*) 2 litre-block fitted but still using the 1.6 carbs/manifolds. Nuts replaced at random with metric or Whitworth almost-fits. Split pins replaced by nails hammered through and then bent round. Fuel tank 'fixed' with bathroom sealant. Floor with some additional ventilation holes that made driving in the wet a soggy experience (and contributed to the interesting aroma inside). A coolant pump that regularly fell off, even when using araldite or locktite on the bolt threads. Finally sold for scrap for more money than I paid for it. Icon because that's mostly what it did - except when my Dad was towing me and had to brake sharply when a moron pulled out in front of him. His disk-brakes worked superbly. My (non-vacuum-assisted-because-no-engine-power) brakes didn't. Opps.
Re: Good luck enforcing those rules, Vladimir
> try taking a haggis, even tinned haggis, into those united states of america.
I shudder what their reaction to Andouillette would be..
Re: Perfect use
>There aren't very many other companies that can keep their users
>marching to such an aggressive upgrade pace
Except maybe a small Korean company you may have heard of.. Oh - and a Seattle-based software and devices company.
And HP/Dell/Lenovo - new models every 3 months.
Re: I got told off my the police once.
>Took my lens out, cleaned it, waited 2 minutes for my eye to open
>properly again and put the lens back in
I did something similar (on the M25) but got a copper with a clue(TM). He was happy that I'd stopped rather than trying to carry on with less than 50% vision..
He was a bike cop. I've yet to meet one of those that didn't have a clue.
>These 'DIFFERENT COUNTRIES' may have completely different road rules
Like the US guys I worked with who wondered why they kept being pulled over after turning left at red lights..
The concept of "our traffic laws are different" hadn't occurred to them! I think our local plod used to haunt the lights near our office as an easy way of making their quota.
Re: Paper shortages
>I would suggest checking out Pathfinder.
Seconded, thirded and fourthed. Been playing D&D (and Traveller, Call of Cthulu, GURPS etc etc) since the mid-80's and Pathfinder is one of the better ones I've played).
My other favourite was Rolemaster but it kind of lost its way.
Re: building "productivity" software for all
>Dogs and cats frolicking together in the streets!
I'll have you know that my cats and dogs frolic on regular occasions. For 'look at me wrong and I'm going to punch you on the nose with all my claws out' values of frolic anyway..
Re: why not take it all the way in.
>Most high density urban areas have conduits in place to large buildings
Oh really? In which universe?
Maybe in a nice new-build area but certainly not in most bits of the civilised world* that I'm familiar with..
*Europe. Y'know, that place where towns and cities are usually more than 200 years old..
Re: why not take it all the way in.
>slit the ground and run the cable 6-inches deep and have it to the house in 20 minutes
The phrase 'wayleave' springs to mind.
Re: Exact Change
Re: Islay Malt
"</You Poured it On a Fish?>"
Well - back in the good old days of British Neo-Prog quite a lot of it was poured *into* a Fish..
Especially when using software from a vendor who insists they know about security and controllability better than you do and specialises in insecure point 'n drool setups..
Re: Swirling JDs??
>I'm often of the opinion that if you've tried Scotch and not liked it, you simply
>haven't found the right one for you, the variety is extensive.
I discovered the English Whisky Company recently. They have an array of really quite nice whiskies (slightly elevated prices though!).
Chapter 7 whisky from EWC. True manna in a glass. Main issue is that it seems to evaporate from the glass really, really quickly!
Re: The next big thing
Oi! Don't diss the beard! We unixy/linuxy/techonerds have owned the facial hair for much longer than those media luuvies who think that, because they can install an app on their iThing, they are technical gurus!
<Retires behind fortress made of 1990s-era tech manuals>
>it would place dinosaurs in a small category: among living creatures
>the best-known animal with a similar metabolic profile is the Great White Shark
Aha! Dinosaurs died out because the lasers attached to their heads kept mis-firing! None of that asteroid strike nonsense - it's those Frikken Lasers(TM)!
Re: All wrong ...
>>a boffin is the guy who will go a day (and night) without food because
>>he encountered an interesting problem.
>And get irritated if you interrupt him, in order to give him a sandwich.
If those were the criteria then I would be a boffin. Being degreeless and working in IT I really, really don't qualify!
Mind you, give me a nice knotty problem (preferrably involving the interaction of several poorly-understood systems behaving in a chaotic manner) and the outside world goes away. It's only the pesky requirement of my bodys desire to.. err.. eliminate that tends to drag me away. Just as well I have sufficient adipose tissue to keep me powered for a while!
When supping with the devil..
.. make sure you use a long spoon. Advice formerly given to Microsoft 'partners' that I suspect is also aposite for Samsung partners..
Re: "NEVER to purchase ANYTHING I see advertised before a youtube video."
>If only there was a meatworld version of Adblock so that checkout assistants
>wouldn't ask if I had a Nectar card/Clubcard...you've been asking that for 20
>years plus and the answer is still no.
And in the same wonderful world they also wouldn't look a me (almost 50, male) and say pityingly "do you need help with your packing?"
Strangly enough, they never seem to ask my wife the same question.
The other one that bugs me is them giving me the "please enter your PIN" prompt. The same prompt that I can SEE ON THE SCREEN OF THE CARD READER!
I can read y'know. Despite the handicap of being male and 50-ish (see above)
Re: Why didn't they...
>have left behind some quantum signature in those copper atoms !
Aha - the homeopathy argument of data management :-)
Re: Blast from the past
Arrrgh! My eyes!
Re: well if you're all naming your favourites.....
xedit running on an IBM s/370 with VM/CMS..
Tried the PC version recently and it made me realise how limited it was.
Re: Real men run WordStar
>uploaded it by bicycle
Luxury! I had to hand-assemble the metal atoms into viable form then persuade 500 cats to carry them to El Reg!
How many I'll get back after the Vultures have finished with them is anybodies guess. Or how many less vultures El Reg will have after meeting the cats..
Presumably they used the World Tree to get to Oz?
> The surgery I use has a website where you can login and do these things
Which is all very well if you:
a) Have an internet connection
b) are not terrified by the InterWebNetThingy
c) Have a computer.
There are a *lot* of people that come into one of those 3 categories and any system needs to take them into account too.
>as would your chosen default pharmacy automatically fulfilling your prescription.
Maybe for some people, but not for me. The only item on my prescription that could be described as regular is the diabetes stuff - but even that is subject to variation depending on need.
The other stuff I get on prescription I order when needed. A regular order would either lead to me ending up with a stockpile of unused and out-of-date drugs (bad) or running out (worse!).
A million neurons?
So - about the same as the average politician then!
>Guard pages around individual sensitive allocations, causing this memcpy() to trigger a fault?
Or something akin to what IBM S/370 mainframes do (S/360 maybe too but I've only experience of writing assembler on an S/370 running TPF) - the first byte of each core block (4k - yay!) has a block owner ID and any attempt to read or write to that byte by something that isn't the process owner triggers a fatal error..
Of course, all that means that your corewalker just has to avoid the first byte and it's safe but the principle can be extended.
That word doesn't mean what you think it means..
And I'm referring to 'Ultimate'. Does this mean that the chipset cannot ever be beaten? No mobile processor from now on will be better?
Of course it doesn't.
Marketing - first up against the wall when the revolution comes!
Re: XP Needs to Die
>Win 7 even introduced useful tweeks such as when you press F2 to
>change a file name the extension isn't selected.
You mean the same as the default for MacOS? Nice to see MS 'innovating'..
Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?
>day my grandmother came back home, my hippie cousin gave her a homeopathic drink of dandelion >leaves and some other things. Two hours later,
Don't confuse herbalism with homeopathy... a large proportion of our pharmacopea is derived from compounds found in plants (asprin being a good example - it's a safer form of the compound found in willow bark).
Of course, the problems with herbalism are:
1. You don't have to be licensed to practice
2. The dosage in the mix will vary according to several factors (freshness, time in the lifecycle the plant was picked, how it was processed, the particular strain of the plant used etc etc)
And the combination of the two means it's pretty dangerous. Add in interactions between the drugs in the herbs and the drugs in the medicine and you have a recipe for bad things to happen
Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?
My mother was in a wheelchair caused by psoriatic arthritis. She was told after 20 years of failed treatments that she would never walk again, and she was literally left to waste away in a wheelchair and die. She turned to homeopathy, and now 10 years later, and double the weight she was in the wheelchair, walks several miles per day and is quite energetic and well known on the car-boot scene.
Speaking as someone who has PSA (and it's not much fun) it varies immensely depending on your mental state. Since the placebo effect is a mental effect, it's entirely possible that her belief that the medication works did leave to an improvement - not because the homeopathy worked, but because she believed it would.
Me - I'll stick to my sulphasalazine and leflunomide - they have proper tested double-blind clinical trials that show they work. But then I'm the offspring of an industrial pharmacist and a nurse so (as far as the homeopaths are concerned) I'm already in the camp of evil (or science, as I'd prefer to call it).
Re: Like El Reg readers have never had that experience before.
>Sugar Free Gummi Bears
.. have the opposite effect on me. Like most sugar-free stuff :-(
Which is unfortunate with my newly-aquired sugar intolerance.
Punch and Judy?
Does that mean there is a Fish involved? Inquiring mind etc etc
Re: A translation
"When they kill innocent civilians it's abhorrent terrorism. When we kill innocent civilians it's entirely acceptable and justifiable collateral damage."
In a song I wrote many, many years ago:
Bombs in cars or bombs from the sky,
What's the difference when innocents die?
Re: but side-cutters are STILL pliers
Burn the heretic!
Re: Mission creep ?
>Meaning you get to play with parcel tape guns and staple guns
Hmm.. staple guns..
<Drifts off into memory, winces..>
"MS Reader was a pioneering effort but it was released years ahead of suitable hardware. By the time some good device were appearing Microsoft had lost interest and failed to form the right partnerships to push the LIT format."
Pioneering? Hardly. fbreader was around a good bit before MS Reader and could also be used as an offline web-reader..
I remember it well on my Nokia 770 tablet.
Re: Sysadmins - the new buggy whip manufacturers
"Please, opensourceland, make a mail server that the boss can use with Outlook and not tell the difference, that I can get running without 10 years of linux and development experience, and I will happily put the time in to learn how to drive it."
They do - it's call Zimbra. OK - so not open-source any more but it doesn't involve the use of the Windows Spawn of Satan..
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