Er, you should probably look up the word 'tangible'...
410 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011
Re: A World's first: an Audi that aborts a lane change.
They'd have less dislike for you if you weren't driving a Prius.
Re: All of our updates are on a Friday
"we can spend all weekend fixing it"
And there's the kicker. And the reason all of our changes are done prior to Friday. As soon as my (and almost everyone else's) clock hits 6pm, the office ceases to exist, and doesn't reappear again until 09:30 Monday morning.
Just one of the reasons I'm a coder now and no longer a PFY :-)
Re: Hanlon's razor
"So it is not necessarily a jammer. A mummy with a toddler driving a Toyota is equally possible."
Indeed it is. But the Fort is in the shithole that is Cheetham Hill, so a hopeful but ultimately incompetent thief is the most likely culprit.
Nah, ebay is on its deathbed. And as an ex ebay seller, I say good riddance.
Re: Chaotic California roads ?
"I also wonder how these cars are at passing. Getting behind some tourist who is scared *hitless and driving in the middle of the road at 30mph can get pretty tedious after 10 miles, and I do think that it takes a real person to figure out how to deal with that in a safe manner."
The safest thing to do in that situation is to sit behind them until they pull over or turn off somewhere. Passing them, especially if they are driving down the middle of the road, is certainly NOT the safest way to deal with the situation. Computers don't acknowledge tedium or frustration, so in this case the self-driving car would get its occupant(s) to their destination with much less risk than a meatbag driver would, albeit a fair bit slower.
"I suspect that in practice that would cause the driver to be less attentive."
Indeed. This is just what America needs, a further downgrade in the standard of driving. Why not remove the safeguards on the big ass touchscreen in the centre console and allow video playback whilst driving while they're at it?
I just hope the UK doesn't catch the Tesla bug if this is the way the cars are going.
In case you still don't get it AC, the clue is here: Windows.
Must try harder.
And how many people...
.. are going to rat out their new employer? You usually get these done on the commencement of a new position. If a company (which has just offered you a job) asks you to do an SA request as opposed to doing a full CRB check themselves (which costs 5 times as much and takes longer), it puts you in a very difficult position.
Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)
"What is wrong with specialist dating sites in principle?"
Nothing, I suppose. Each to their own, and all that. Putting aside the comments of the girl in the picture and taking the view of the airheads who frequent such a site, she isn't all that hot. Sure, caked in makeup and with the professional (or decent amateur) shot plus possible retouching she looks moderately attractive in the photo, but take all that away and she's just plain. I imagine she's no beauty first thing in the morning.
But she talks of herself as though she's a stunner, and has completely set herself up for scrutiny. That's what I take issue with.
I had no idea there was an alternate spelling of "judgement" without the "e" until today.
I'd rather not burst into fits of rage/ uncontrollable laughter/ tears of frustration at the ridiculousness of this ruling so close to beer time, so will refrain from further commenting on the article.
Re: It aint just fakes.
It's aimed at wholesalers/ retailers, not consumers.
Although there are those on there who will sell singles, just depends on the product.
... Not this again. And still using DISCS IN THE POST to send sensitive info? The ICO should issue the maximum fine for a data breach for that act alone, plus a fine for each case.
I really hope the discs were encrypted, but gov agencies have form for not doing so. And if not, then another maximum fine should be issued for each disk that failed to have this in place.
Wouldn't having all that in place block the actual video, too? Or would you need to add every video to the whitelist?
"Nah, the 18 rated was not official, that was a games industry self regulation recommendation."
Wrong. It WAS official. While most games of the time didn't require a BBFC games rating as they were under the equivalent of today's PEGI (I think it was called ELSPA), certain games which featured "gross violence" and other extreme content were referred to the BBFC for a rating. All GTA and Resident Evil games had a BBFC rating until a few years ago, when it was decided PEGI would be the universal games rating authority for the UK.
I was 12 when GTA came out and couldn't buy it in good old Electronics Boutique as I got asked for ID. When the next one came out and the same happened again, I did as another poster said and bought it from an indie shop. Good times
"The amount of water estimated to have been drunk by all humans that have existed is a tiny fraction of all the world's water"
Indeed, but surely some bodies of water get recycled more often than others? For example, some bottled mineral water (such as that in Buxton) is estimated to have been sat underground for 10 000 years or more before bottling. Whereas I imagine shallow lakes, man-made reservoirs and the like will end up in the loop more often as rain will fall in the mountains and refill said shallow lakes etc.
I could be wrong about this, of course. Much sleep has been had and much beer has been consumed and subsequently returned to the planet since my Geography lessons of 20 years ago...
All water we drink has probably been consumed many times by people and/ or animals at various points over the last couple of hundred thousand years. But as for actually watching the process and drinking the results? Pretty brave, Bill, pretty brave.
If he was part of it then I hope he gets the book thrown at him, the [alleged] little shit.
Mainly because I was unable to play my newly-received copy of Destiny on Crimbo day until Sunday.
Re: No need to move away from VB
"I think the article author could have made a better job of pointing out that he was referring to VB.NET, not "proper" VB/VBScript/VBA."
If we're being pedantic, the '.NET' suffix hasn't officially been in use with VB since 2005. So the author was right in simply referring to it as 'VB'.
People in the wild still use Blackberrys?
Re: Even worse
Ah, that would be one of those fancy "deconstructed" pies.
I've never understood how a flatpack pie costs more than a built one, but that's the world we live in I suppose.
Re: What I want to know is...
"...what damfool, braindead, script-kiddie program allowed both these vehicles onto a single-lane mountain road going in opposite directions at the same time?"
That's a stupid argument. Is every driverless car supposed to know the whereabouts of every other driverless car in the world, at all times? If that was true then yes, they could avoid driving down a single track road if they knew there were vehicles coming the opposite way. But in reality, how would it know a vehicle had driven onto the opposite end of the road, 30 miles away?
Re: collision detection systems can't currently see around corners
" it just needs things like sensors and cameras placed strategically along the the road transmitting data about conditions further along and other cars similarly passing data along."
What, along every single track road? Do you have any idea of the cost of such an operation? There are miles and miles of single track, national speed limit roads in the Highlands of Scotland alone. Roads which don't see a lot of traffic, but have the potential to cause very serious accidents. They would all need a network of cameras/ sensors, which would need fitting and maintaining, and would need power etc. Then there's the proprietary standards system that all car makers would need to interface with.
I'm not saying it isn't possible or worth doing, but it's certainly not "easy", and I seriously doubt it'll be in place by the time driverless cars are let loose on such public highways.
Re: I don't buy the premise
Yes, but collision detection systems can't currently see around corners. Imagine a single track mountain road with a 50 MPH speed limit, with steep hills and tight bends. No car has right of way, so there's a plausible scenario where collision detection systems wouldn't have enough time to stop the cars fully before impact, thereby forcing them to decide on either evasive action or simply allowing the accident to happen.
GPS could help with this of course, but as well as the need for military-grade GPS tech being fitted to each and every car, you'd have to have a global standard with the agreement of all vehicle manufacturers sending customer tracking data to a central source for it to work.
Re: Secretaries hate network printers!
Public sector workers are the same. I used to work in a large hospital. At the time, it had around 2000 PCs and over 1000 printers. There were many rooms dotted about the place with more printers than PCs in them; a networked printer in the corner and a personal inkjet for every user. The IT dept had an entire room dedicated to the storage of HP cartridges and toners, which would be delivered a few times per week.
They didn't even have the prospect of impending job cuts to worry about. It was always under the guise of "oh, my work is important/ time critical/ confidential" (unlike every other department in a HOSPITAL, of course). But in reality it was purely because they couldn't be arsed getting off their lazy backsides to walk over to the shared printer, which was more often than not in the same room as them.
My first thought
After PC was 'games console', maybe an Android-based one (or a VERY long shot; a Symbian OS one).
But the weed vaporizer would probably be more successful.
Re: Dear Reg....
What, loan him the talking candlestick from Beauty and the Beast?
Many people who have kept fish
... have known that fish aren't as stupid as is commonly believed. The 7 second memory thing in goldfish is bollocks, too.
When I kept them in the past, at first they'd always be timid and hide behind the ornaments whenever I disturbed the water. But as time went on, they'd recognize the blue tub of goldfish flakes and go crazy whenever I picked it up and held it near the tank. I even had a few that would eat the food from my hand when I held it at the top of the water.
"of the £400 retail price about £67 are VAT, which Apple sends straight to the government"
No, it bloody doesn't. Is your memory unable to retain Apple's registration in Ireland, deals with the government and creative accounting? All of these are well publicized. Apple (not unlike other megacorps, I might add) certainly does NOT pay its fair share of tax.
However, your comments about marketing are correct.
I've always found WD drives to be the most robust, generally speaking. Of course some do fail, but from my experience (and others I've spoken to) the failure rate tends to be lower.
The article doesn't list any possible reasons why WD is doing badly but Seagate is doing well...?
"...Xiaomi, which Apple regards a bit of a dodgy Del Boy kind of firm, fond of drawing inspiration from its competitors."
Completely unlike Apple, of course.
Re: Federal law from late 1800's applies
"there was a federal law from the late 1800's that declared all navigable waterways were the property of the citizens of the US and therefore access could not be denied by anyone to these waterways."
He wasn't blocking access, he was stopping people accessing by crossing his land, which happens to be the only land side entrance. There was nothing he could do to stop people accessing it by boat. But that was obviously more than a little inconvenient.
Re: It's not a fault...
"Jobs would have gone thermonuclear on his own senior staffers had he survived to witness this."
I doubt it. Jobs would more likely have blamed the sheeple stumping up stupid amounts of cash for his company's inferior product, for misusing it in some way.
And then he'd probably try to sue them for slander.
Sorry. Didn't want to miss out on Pirate Day and I didn't have an actual response to this seriously creepy story.
Re: They are making profits of over £100m...
"There is something rather fishy about this statement. If they were making that much profit then it may be true that they are being forced into an orderly winding-up of the business but being forced into administration means they've made a loss and there are creditors looming"
I suspect it's more to do with hurting their former partners' businesses publicly and as much as possible. There's nothing for them to gain in simply bending over and quietly taking a rodgering. If it's happening anyway, may as well burn those bridges and try to lose EE and Voda some customers in the process.
That's how I'd play it at this juncture, anyway.
Re: Double Entendres
Re: 400 charging stations?
"I'm wondering how many Chinese could really afford one."
It's a rapidly expanding market. There's a new middle class emerging in China, consisting of people who traditionally haven't been able to afford luxuries. If things continue as they are, there will be a HUGE demand for new cars there in the near future. It's a gamble for Tesla, but if the government subsidizes electric cars as expected, it's one which could really pay off.
Also, having a network of well-placed charging stations is an attractive prospect for people. I was in the Trafford Centre over the weekend, where there's an electric car charging station. I was surprised to see it quite full, mostly consisting of shoppers' Nissan Leafs (leaves?), just getting a top up while they went shopping/ eating for a few hours. I think it's safe to assume they'll all have charging facilities at home.
Re: China United Network Communications
Maybe they'd consider a name change to Telecommunications if Musk stumped up the cash...?
Not necessarily. It's entirely possible pictures aren't actually deleted from "cloud services" when a user marks them for deletion.
Re: Andrew Orlowski @Joseph Haig:
Well things have changed considerably in the decades since you were in school. I left school in 2001 and I can assure you I didn't write a single line of code or have a single lesson on any kind of computer science until I went to college. The "curriculum" in the late 90s consisted of typing pages of text in Word and doing ask/yahoo searches (remember the days when Google was unheard of?)
I have a friend who works in the IT dept of a secondary school, who assures me things haven't changed since then. The kids admit to knowing "nothing about computers."
I had never heard of Sandvik before this, but I applaud her for what she tried to achieve and for standing up for herself.
...to more of El Reg, and a bit of a shake up in the content. I actually do browse the site quite frequently at the weekend, and have to look through some of the older articles I missed during the week as there's nothing new.
Also, I personally would like some more articles on cars. I know there was a link to send an email with suggestions, but in my defence I am far too lazy to go back and send one.
It pretty much does. They've added a giant frowning emoji thing to ease the pain, too. Although it certainly didn't ease mine for the 3 hours I couldn't use my PC...
"and however annoying Baby is it’s not worth trying to kill him for"
I'm not so sure about that.
I'm not sure ebay is doing the right thing here. This guy sounds like an incredibly awful bastard and I'd never buy any of his records on the basis of his views. But works of art such as recorded albums should be judged on their individual merit and content, and a blanket ban should not be placed on an artist based on anything else they may have said, written or otherwise published. If indeed his records are all about fantasy and escapism and do not violate the "offensive materials" policy as individual works, they should be allowed through. Especially if it's a case of one rule for one, another for the rest.
But at the end of the day, it's ebay's "house", so to speak, and therefore its rules. Its policy has always been to only give a shit when someone complains. Ebay makes money from every sale, so even ignores copyright infringement etc. until someone kicks off about it.
... classed as athletes? I mean yes, you have to do some walking (unless you're in an expensive club which has karts), but it's hardly a triathlon.
Re: Use a Brick
Some cars (mine, for instance) have a "dead lock" on them. Once it's been activated the doors can't be opened, even by pulling the handle from the inside. I found out how well this worked when I locked my sister in law in there for 10 or 20 seconds.
Yes you could still climb in through the window, but is a coded head unit and pair of sunglasses really worth all that risk of injury and effort of climbing through shattered glass?
Re: <shakes head>
"I have become able to read while walking down the street"
No, no, no. This is BAD. Pedestrians need to pay attention to their surroundings when walking around. You may think you're safe walking around and reading because you haven't died yet, but you are a danger to everyone around you.
Re: My god it's ugly
"In over 30 years of driving I've never needed 4WD"
So because you don't need it, no one else does? Have you ever been north of Manchester during heavy snow? In just over 12 years of driving, I really have needed 4WD.
I visit my parents in the highlands of Scotland, who live in a little village off a main route. It's nowhere near as remote as some places, as it actually has around 50 houses and a tarmac road going through it, but it gets gritted and/ or ploughed in winter when the council can "fit it in." In bouts of heavy snow, when they have to keep re-doing the main routes before the minor ones, this can take days. The Top Gear team may have driven 2WD cars across Africa, but try driving one down a 3 mile road in a foot or more of snow. You won't get far.
So no, for most of the year lots of people won't need a true 4WD vehicle. But for those who live a little off the beaten track (and there are plenty of them in Scotland, Lancashire and the lakes, many of them not farmers), there are times during winter when they REALLY need 4WD. Running a Land Rover or a Range all year is too costly on fuel, so something like this could do well.
"For PCs: Kaspersky Lab is detecting 315,000 new malicious files EVERY DAY."
You may wish to stop downloading torrents/ cracks/ porn/ "video codecs" then.
Just a thought.