30 posts • joined Wednesday 10th November 2010 19:19 GMT
Re: @AC @ 02:10
If it is indeed a closed system, where do you extract it to, pray tell?
Re: Just the other day
Thank you. I hadn't thought about uniselectors and step-by-step switches in years.
Re: "...the numbers were arranged clockwise on the dial"
Yes. And that explains why they were the other way around in New Zealand (see above post).*
*Yes, yes, I'm aware that Australia, for one, had it the same way around as British phones. I worked** for Australia's overseas telecommunications entity long ago. They had to add special stuff in their exchanges to handle NZ phone numbers.
** if that's the word, of course.
Re: Whittering Lesbians Groucho Sheep
My wife's car has one of those Onstar thingys that supposedly includes a phone. The thing point-blank refuses to understand me (although, to be fair, I _am_ an Australian living in Massachusetts). Sometimes I've been reduced to flat-out screaming at the thing, to no avail. Lucky I wasn't driving at the time.
The silly part is that all it has to do is recognise numbers from zero to nine, and it can't even do that reliably.
Re: There was a redback on the toilet seat
Ah, Slim Newton's best.
I've been told that the original words were "There were footprints on the ceiling when I got home last night"..
(use your imagination from there on)
Pirate icon, 'cause it's almost TLAP day.
"this whole business of News of the World is a serious blot on my reputation".
That reputation was already so tattered that it would have been hard to find anywhere to put the blot in the first place.
Re: @Norfolk 'n' Goode
"Call it vengence, call it revenge, its a primal human emotion"
- much like the "primal human emotion" that caused the perpetrator to commit the crime in the first place. Face it, you're no better than they are.
I like to think that humanity should be above that kind of thing. Put the perp away where he/she can't hurt anybody else and leave it at that. The right to live is the most basic human right of all, and nobody -- nobody -- has the right to take it from you.
If you want revenge, you're perfectly welcome to take it out on the perpetrator. As long as you're willing to face a murder charge yourself, of course.
They never were ...
Remember, it was "Truth, Justice AND the American Way". Three separate items there.
Loss of height
I've read that some of that is due to some (FAA?) requirement that stall recovery should involve a specified maximum loss of height -- to the point where some pilots undergoing checks got reluctant to push the stick too far forward, lest they exceed that maximum. True, stall recovery should involve losing as little height as possible, but specifying a maximum height loss gets counter-productive.
"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that."
(I can't enter the compo- I'm clueless, though I look forward to finding out what the plane with the asymmetrically-placed hole on its nose is.)
It's an English Electric Canberra, if I'm not very much mistaken. Stuffed if I know any of the others, though.
More to the point ..
Why do they have code names at all? Is it to impress us poor members of the public? Or is the average cop too stupid to remember what he's supposed to be doing when he rolls in to work unless he's got a code name to look up?
... but only if you take your bloody queen back.
Like a lot of pithy sayings, it's just a little *too* pat. How can the speaker presume to know whether the person he's talking to knows such a little girl?
(Note that I'm not suggesting that such a thing would be good, especially for the girl: I just don't like presumptuous twits).
But if, as you suggest, women are coerced into prostitution because of their economic situation (and I'm not sure that that's always true), what do you propose they do instead? Starve?
Would it not be better to help them find better ways to cope?
In the unlikely event that those turkeys have actually heard of Jodrell Bank, they're probably planning to rob it.
I don't think it's photoshopped; if it is, someone's put a *lot* of thought into it. If you look very carefully, you can see the propellor-tip vortices.
Deja vu all over again ...
Does anyone remember the last time Microsoft came out with a free antivirus system? I think it was back in the DOS 6 days (give or take some), and was quickly found to be pretty vulnerable (word was that you could disable it with a couple of assembly-code instructions).
Even if this one isn't badly-designed and/or badly-implemented (which would be a first for Microsoft on a V1.0 product), the danger is that, being from Microsoft (and therefore good in the eyes of the Great Unwashed), it could become the de facto standard. And that's dangerous.
I believe that, bad as the malware-on-Windows situation is, it would be worse if everybody ran the same AV program. Microsoft's AV team misses a 0-day attack? Great, the whole world catches it. An update crashes the system? Everybody crashes.
There's a certain hybrid vigour to having lots of different AV programs. If one of them misses something, the odds are that at least some of the others don't, and some of us will still be safe.
Now, I don't know if the other AV vendors are arguing along these lines, or are just bitching because they see the gravy train departing at high speed (I wouldn't trust Trend Micro as far as I could throw them, for a start, after the Barracuda debacle). This time, though, I agree with them.
You do know that you can turn Avast's voice announcements off, don't you?
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