42 posts • joined 17 Dec 2010
When I watch re-runs of the Jason Bourne films, I assume I am suspending disbelief at the CIA's ability to tap into a phone with the quick tap of a keyboard. Now, I wonder if that stuff is not so unrealistic after all.
I don't know how hard TIFKAM is to learn because I haven't even tried. I just installed Class Shell and ignored it.
I buy organic for the environment and wildlife. Mind you, HMG once warned about excessive pesticide levels in root veg so I won't buy them if there's no organic available.
Joys of Capitalism
It amuses me that people consistently vote for "business friendly" governments and then are shocked when businesses turn around and screw them.
Re: @ TrishaD
I always call it the "Gay BLT".
Re: A time machine helps, too.
ls *.x | sed 's/\(.*\).x/mv & \1.y/' | sh -s
(Assuming El Reg doesn't mash my backslashes and ampersands).
I sort of hoped OpenStack was a way to prevent lock-in and to open the market to competition. Instead we get three proprietary solutions.
I once left my phone on (accidently) on a flight from Heathrow to Belfast. When I landed I found a text welcoming me to Guernsey. How does that work?
I fly between Heathrow and Belfast City often. At City they always call flights with "have your boarding pass and photo id ready". BMI (now, BA) never actually ask for id at the gate but Aer Lingus insist. When I asked why, I was told it was a "legal requirement".
I've been paying for a Flickr Pro a/c for 8 years and have built up a shed-load of contacts. They're fscking the UI up so much I'm using the API to download all my photos with a view to starting over on another site.
"Two words: Grover's algorithm"
Wikipedia: "When applications of Grover's algorithm are considered, it should be emphasized that the database is not represented explicitly. Instead, an oracle is invoked to evaluate an item by its index. Reading a full data-base item by item and converting it into such a representation may take a lot longer than Grover's search. "
So it's still all to do with i/o unless someones working on a quantum database. Hey, your data's probably in here somewhere.
Are these hypothetical devices only useful for number crunching? Most computing is actually data storage, retrieval, filtering and transforming. The clever stuff is still in the design of algorithms to acheive new things with the data. Obviously you can run an algorithm more times but the time-consuming part is usually all in the i/o. I don't see how quanta help with that.
I only see a dystopian future of a workless underclass controlled by robocops and drones. There will be a continuing erosion of human work while politicos bang on about "hard working families". Too many people and not enough jobs will push wages down so the plebs can't afford the bounty the robots produce.
The masses used to be useful as workers and consumers. They will be failing on both counts soon.
Shouldn't that be "Echarnos una mano"?
"Useful" for languages depends on context. I've found French very useful in north and west Africa. My Japanese isn't much use outside Japan (and wasn't much use in it). And I think the "Chinese" people in UK speak Cantonese anyway so I can't even order a take-away in Mandarin.
Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.
You mean there's even worse milk chocolate than the British 'vegelate' rubbish? You live and learn.
Would you care to name these safer Euro services that you've chosen? (Just curious, not being sarky).
Believe it when I see it
We once had to miss a domestic flight. BMI (as was) were obliged to refund the £40 air passenger duty and they deducted £25 "admin fee". Money grubbing bastards. Will this really be the end that sort of abuse?
Re: Tested a drivers skill...
"are they going to make talking to passengers illegal too?"
With a passenger you can break off briefly in mid sentence to do some driving stuff and they can see why you've stopped talking. A phone call has different etiquette.
I'd prefer a noise blocker equivalent to a popup blocker. This site wants to use audio ... [x]
Or is a that just feature creep?
If email is declining as it's only because IM partially replaces it between colleagues and close business partners. But FB and Twitter? You cannot be serious.
Re: Hardly catastrophic
A new mechanism so you can see that a stupid post is not from some drive-by idiot but from an idiot with an el reg comment addiction.
It's not clear to me why MS should even bother to spend money developing free software to run on alien OS's - Android, Linux or Mac. And why upset their WLM user base? But I guess if you pay £5.3bn for something you sort of feel obliged to promote it.
Re: Seriously, though,
Been done before: this list http://listverse.com/2011/11/20/10-successful-island-eradication-projects/ includes several rat clearances (including ones where they had to temporarily capture endangered mammals).
Can I just thank you for telling us that Mexico is in North America. I feel much better informed now.
I've used Ubuntu on various boxes since about 7.x and it always puzzled me that they didn't beg for any donations. They just gave the impression of being funded by the largesse of Canonical.
I use lots of free software and do make donations for stuff I like and use frequently.
This is similar to the "unprecedented" Greenland melt story a few weeks back that was headlined as evidence of climate change but the ice cores indicated that the top layer melt happened every 150 years or so.
Re: Shitty thing to have happen
Abroad I always keep passport, some cash and a spare credit card in one of the those over the shoulder money belt thingies tucked well away under my clothes. Leaving your passport out of sight is negligent.
But anyway, we shouldn't be mocking another's misfortune.
Re: @JetSetJim, was Before anyone says "here comes big brother"...
If someone is tail-gating really close, I usually turn on the hazard lights and gently ease off the accelerator. Farting around with tapping the brakes is just making an already risky situation worse.
Re: Aim higher
I guess this was bound to head off topic immediately. But I must say that last year I tried to get several "modern distros" to work on my mainstream laptop and they all let me down. Should've stuck with Windows - at least it just works.
SatNav speed cameras?
I don't know how the SatNav makers get away with their "safety feature" of telling drivers where the speed cameras are. Seem obvious they're encouraging speeding between cameras.
Sulphurous smell of desperation
I always feel that Google, despite their billions, are flapping around desperate to catch up with everybody else who's much cooler than them.
I smell BS
250 gigabytes worth of personal info? How much is that per "friend"? Sounds like they had access to a lot of cat photos.
I'm not upgrading my laptops unless they fix the greatly reduced battery life in 11.x.
I have an arcane security scheme for my online life and I doubt if any of my grieving rellies would be able to understand it. Maybe there's a future job market for cyber-executors.
Usual style ahead of function
I've tried scores of linux and then ubuntu releases over the years and they always find some way to disappoint. Every installation manages to have some gotcha which makes me stick with windows. The 11.04 looked down its nose at the graphics hardware on three older boxen I tried it on. The one that Unity deigned to run on froze when I plugged in a projector. Fail.
I don't like the sagging fashion but you have to love the justification of "his genitals were almost showing." Almost = not actually, so what's the fuss about?
People in Islamic countries usually want democracy so they can vote in a theocratic dictatorship of the faithful. The trouble in Egypt has been that the government has been using repressive measures to prevent that process.
Country's favourite illegal activity
Every time speed camera come up, it generates more heat than light. I can only suppose that the angry folk disagree with the very idea of speed limits and that they should be allowed to whizz around as fast as they like. How come the Daily Mail never gets worked up about drug laws, for example, other than to say they're too lax?
Original del.icio.us they're now owned by yahoo and hosted at delicious.com
I used to use it but it was too slow.
I'm just hoping they're not going to mess up Flickr ...
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