90 posts • joined 28 Feb 2011
Re: Debate worthy of a playground
Worry no more. Only once since the present electoral system was introduced (1948) have Scottish votes altered what would have been a Conservative government into a Labour one. A couple of times they've given Labour a majority or denied the Conservatives one, but in both cases coalitions were entered into anyway which would negate this. (Source)
Thus, the rest of the UK is quite capable of electing a Labour government when they choose to and, indeed, pretty much have to if the UK as a whole is to get one.
Re: “don’t shoot”
This is why ICAO (i.e. aviation) English uses "affirm" and "negative".
"just as F1 gave the world disk brakes"
No, sports car racing gave us modern disk brakes. Specifically, the Jaguar C-Type, although the idea had been used on Lanchesters half a century earlier.
So now you know.
Stop, because that's what disk brakes are for.
Catalunya no és Espanya.
Re: Is it me
Get a tech writer: our tame ones seem to actually like doing it: http://www.techaddiction.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/techwriting_presentation.pdf
Is your wife's name B*** by any chance?
Gosh. Your in-laws have some unconventional attitudes to naming.
Paris, because they named a hotel after her.
Re: a lack of understanding of the Internet
Although equally, if it isn't a crime to send it by letter, it shouldn't be a crime to send it by Twitter.
Re: So by "active choice" call-me-Dave meant *his* choice to opt everyone *in* by default.
The people of Britain do not have a choice. We will only get to decide whether we want red or blue Tories. The people of Scotland, thankfully, do have a choice. Vote Yes in 2014!
The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament
Since El Reg can't be arsed to start a topic on this themselves, here is one.
Re: Tumblr is a website, right?
I suspect they're mainly doing it because some marketing drone has heard that it's the "in" thing to have an app.
Inevitable XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1174/
On Sea Harriers, they had to, at least if it was a warm day. They didn't have enough engine power to hover with more than a light weapon load. Search Lewis' other articles for "running jump jet" if you want the full details.
But you use wget on the command line! Command line == hacking. Have you learned nothing from Hollywood movies?
"Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.'" - Ian Hislop
As the standard response to someone worried about flying in an old aircraft goes: "How do you think it got to be so old?"
Joined up thinking at its best
The RAF's pilots who don't fly will be a perfect match for the Royal Navy's carriers without any aircraft.
Re: Not Related?
*Ahem* Did you not read the bit about them coming from completely different directions?
Who had the patent?
So that's another Apple thing that Samsung are actually just as good at?
I think you mean "England and Wales' contempt law reform push begins".
Where's the FTFY icon?
Re: Rebekah Wade / Brooks is about 45, isn't she?
Brooks is 44, more's the pity. On the bright side, she has already been arrested by Operations Weeting and Elveden.
Re: Why bother?
For reasons best known to themselves US operators don't use the IMEI blacklist, so your nicked iPhone is fully-functional in the 'States. Except for the Maps, of course.
To be fair, I believe they are just about to start enforcing the blacklist, like operators in most of the world have been doing for years.
Re: Next step...
Apple will countersue with their design patent on parallel lines.
Do the SBB set new clocks by looking at the timetable?
I love the way the second hand *doesn't* move continuously. Or at least, it does move continuously for fifty-eight and a half seconds, then it *stops*, and clicks up to the twelve o'clock position as the minute hand moves from one minute to another. If I had found a replica that duplicated that feature when I was in Switzerland, I'd have got it. As others have noted, you can buy souvenir SBB clocks all over the place, but they're usually just a cheap (by Swiss standards) movement with a ticking second hand.
Re: Probably not such a great idea
The other advantage of the taxed bag system no-one seems to have picked up on is that it neatly sidesteps the whole creepiness of having to present ID to throw stuff out. I don't know how the Dutch do it, but if UK.gov implemented this, you can bet they'd want everything logged and made available to the authorities for fishing trips.
Re: There used to be a time
A rapid and dynamic entry that took thirteen minutes to find the guy?
Re: There is a trust option,...
bcsthecharteredinstituteforit is not a union. Prospect, on the other hand, is. Not sure why you think all IT people couldn't join it.
This bit isn't required, though
I was going to suggest what Apple's response (at least to El Reg) would be, but the forum software said "The post is required, and must contain letters".
Re: Knowing humanity's rotten luck...
I think it's more likely that the message would be notification that the plans for the new hyperspace bypass are available for viewing at our local library.
Mine's the one with the towel.
Two Arthur C. Clarke quotes for the price of one
"We cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets and set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish."
"If man survives for as long as the least successful of the dinosaurs - those creatures whom we often deride as nature's failures - then we may be certain of this: for all but a vanishingly brief instant near the dawn of history, the word 'ship' will mean - 'spaceship.'"
This title fell down and died, too
"This will actually fall down and you will fall and probably die"
Such a shame that this ringing endorsement of the flying car's safety credentials arrives just too late for Quote of the Week...
Re: As a paraglider pilot...
Is being called Neil mandatory?
No, but you can bet your ISP will behave as if it does. Just like the newspapers did with superinjunctions. <troll>I wonder if this could be a USP for a purely Scottish ISP?</troll> Anyone else remember Scotland Online?
Re: What kind of...
*ahem* The M3 Lee/Grant.
Re: Got to be a fishing site
Maybe that's what they mean by "drainage ditch".
Re: It's a trap!
Re: I wondered why ?
No, no, no. You're just holding it wrong.
Re: Which "crim" would this be?
Isn't it obvious: being poor. Soon to be outlawed so there's one less thing in Cameron's Britain to offend the Chipping Norton Set.
It's quite simple
Facts have a well-known liberal bias.
Haven't read a paper all day...
Aww. You got my hopes up there.
Not to worry, though. That nice Mr Cameron is busy generating votes for the "yes" campaign, mainly by opening his mouth.
You must be new round here
All you need to do is mention something tangentially related to certain 8-bit micros, and an entire generation go squee.
To boldly go where no injection-moulded plastic has gone before...
I hope this doesn't mark the beginning of a small plastic figurine space race. I fear I will be torn between my loyalty to Lego and the Playmobile-using Reg.
Christmas trees: now in aluminium
Would a nuclear-powered laser beam do instead?
Presumably Clarkson would manage to offend the Martians
Well it did travel 320 million miles in about seven months (~65,000 mph) to get there, so I think it's due a rest.
EIGHT, SIX, FIFTEEN TARGET that... PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER at... THREE... O'Clock. FAR
"the video game footage ... wasn't properly checked as it should have been"
By "properly checked as it should have been", I take it you mean "watched at least once".
Hopefully you'd get more than 20p back
Ginger bottles... IN SPACE.
In defence of PIPA
I hear it has a lovely bum.
If you can get any tckts that weren't issued to sponsors, that is...
Yes, Consonants are an Official Primary Tier One Platinum Sponsorship Funding Main Partner, so it is illegal to make use of vowels with respect to London 2012 tckts.
If your cake was IP you could both have it and eat it
Proof yet again that the physical property analogy for "intellectual property" only holds when it suits the content industries. Rhetoric treating copyright violation as theft, one illegal download equals one lost sale, etc., but no re-selling something that you legitimately bought? Stop trying to have it both ways.
We should research why people still make up titles now they're optional
"algorithmic elimination of chromatic aberration in smartphone cameras that are saddled with cheap-ass plastic smartphone lenses"
Please, please, please let that be the actual title of the research proposal.