89 posts • joined 27 May 2011
I love this paragraph from the blog:
When you hold the book in your hands to read a story, the opposite book is upside down, facing out. So the final insult to this entire literary disaster is that when you read “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer,” it appears that you are so fucking dumb, you’re reading “Barbie: I Can Be an Actress” upside down.
You managed to get a ride on the Flying Banana....
I'm so jealous. Thanks for this great article!
"Moreover, XP's decline has flattened: cheapskates, ignoramuses and the brave clearly feel little incentive to move to another version of Windows."
Add into that people who spent £50k+ on a scientific/engineering/electronic/mechanical instrument where Windows XP was the only option from numerous vendors whose corporate structures saw it as "industry standard". Perhaps you should add "The locked in" into this category....
Wow, 185.0642 pieces of Linguine, or 2.8104 Double Decker busses weighing in at 15.5 kJubs
But only 0.1874 times the length of a Brontosaurus according to the Register's automated online standards conversion calculator, which puts a single Brontosaurus at 15 Double Decker busses (just under 140 Metres). I know that the Brontosaurus is a misclasification of Dinosaur, but the Wikipedia redirect puts this species (Apatosaurus) as averaging 23 Metres in Length. Could there be a reference I'm missing here, or is there a fundemental problem with the Register SI measurement system. Such a glaring error would surely throw the commentard community into chaos!
Re: When will we take mental health seriously?
I've spoken quite a bit to a couple of relatives who are professors of mental health at a university. They both say that bipolar disorders and depressions are impossible to treat without drugs. The chemical inbalances are insurmountable by any amount of support and motivation for the sufferer. This will be the 10% of cases you're talking about.
The bottom line is that society really needs to remove the stigma attached to mental health disorders.
False sense of security
"Only 39 individuals were on the Registered Sex Offenders' list, said the NCA."
A CRB only shows that you haven't been caught. We're sleepwalking into a witch hunt of guilty unless proven innocent.
Re: The BBC is biased
I hope that their move up to Media City in Salford will start to give them a more balanced perspective in this regard...
Alien icon because I just feel like one today...
What we need is another standard. I guess 1 more standard is better than 100 more...
A fool and his drone are soon parted...
We all make mistaykes, but I just like to highlight the ones that end up being unintentionally funny with the Grammar Nazi icon....
"WD has _bought_ out a Thunderbolted My Passport Pro external drive with power delivered over the speedy data cable."
So they acquired some other company that were doing this and re-branded their technology? Or is that a typo?
A new Register unit of measurement?
To put that figure into perspective, there are nearly six times as many people living on Easter Island (or Rapa Nui, if you prefer) than were actively testing the Windows 8 version of Firefox.
"Entrants also need to be careful that the logo is one that can be pronounced in other European languages, not just in English."
Probably why they didn't choose a Glaswegian:
"Jimmy in Flight", or JIF for short...
I used to love it in the early days, when they put religious programming under the "Factual" category!
DRM has done a lot of damage to purchasing digital music.
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BBC2 and BBC4 “spread too little money over too much,” and one of the two spectrum-hogging channels could go.
BBC4 is one of the best channels that came out on freeview. Especially when you compare it to the trash that's on BBC3...
One for all and all for one!
Fact is, it should be an all or nothing implementation. Who will hold you at knife-point and decide whether to steal your phone, or not, based on whether it can be remotely bricked? They might realise it's not worth stealing a NZ$24 phone, but a shiney touchy black mirror; they'll take it and flog it for whatever it's worth. Make them all lock-down-able ; or else don't bother at all.
YOU MEAN THE VALUE OF BITCOIN CAN FALL?
Re: Just wondering?
You think it's bad with the number of cars taking up road space with only 1 person in them... Wait until the fleets of empty driverless cars being sent to free parking take over!
Personally, I'd have nominated Eadon for his enthusiasm alone...
Is it just me, or do those crocodile clips look like heavy duty jump leads?
Don't know about you guys, but I'm still hopelessly stuck in the caves level in Dear Esther. Now that's a hardcore game...
"You don't want to be left with all the cards at the end of the game."
Interesting that this article doesn't bring up the thorny issue of advertising. I never took out a Sky subscription after sharing one in a student flat. You're paying extortionate fees for advert-riddled television. Many parents will only put BBC children's TV on for their kids, because they're all too aware of the power that adverts wield over young impressionable kids. Whatever the BBC decides to do; please, for goodness sake, don't introduce adverts and kill the golden goose.
Thanks for that. I was just pointing out that the coulomb would make a better base unit than the ampere. It's interesting that they're striving to define the kilogram by counting standard isotope silicone atoms much in the same way counting electrons could give a better definition of the coulomb...
I always thought it odd that the Ampere is a base SI unit. It's considered a flow rate of one coulomb per second. Surely, the coulomb should be considered the base unit here?
Any explanation would be greatly appreciated...
Christmas shopping in town? See the icon... Fighting your way through crowds of people trying to find presents based on what's on offer in meatspace. I also increasingly find that staff in shops know bugger all about what they're selling. I bought all my stuff online with zero hastle.
Re: Splendid, I am delighted to hear it.
Agreed. There is a definite distinction between "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" and directly threatening individuals with rape and murder because you do not agree with their views.
Working out how much this will cost in electricity per hour, and factoring the cost of the hardware is easy enough. Unfortunately, the value of bitcoin is so volatile, and the algorithms to mine new coins gets increasingly difficult (though I believe the latter is reactionary to the evolution of technology, and the number of people employed in mining, so it's not possible to predict). Therefore, there's no way of estimating, or guaranteeing when, or indeed if you'll ever get your money back.
I could see bitcoin mining installed in place of electrical heating (radiators, swimming pools, etc), then you could argue that the energy is being put to better use than heating a resistive element....
A great article. I can only dream as I was at the beginning of IT becoming an MS word subject. There are 2 points you make that I would argue with however:
"pointless subject like French"
Modern languages are considered one of the hardest humanities subjects to learn, and are probably one of the more useful "soft" skills to someone pursuing an unrelated career. The few British employees that speak fluent foreign languages as a side skill are generally well respected for this in companies, especially those dealing with international trade. Modern languages are probably the only formal training kids get in grammar these days as my English was entirely dominated by poetry and Shakespeare.
"The current ICT syllabus is designed on the basis of inclusiveness, dumbed down so that any child can learn it and so that ICT can be taught by someone with no qualification in the subject."
All school subjects seem to teach to mediocrity, and I've been taught many other subjects by teachers that hadn't studied that subject past gcse, but they were bright people and could pick up what they needed to know to teach. I feel that kids are streamed into abilites to late, and should be allowed to specialise into subjects that interest them more at an earlier age. I think they should bring back the 11+ system to bring back vocational schools and subjects. There may even be an argument for permanently. The amount of teaching time I had wasted on disruptive kids because the lessons were too easy/hard/not interesting to a 14 year old was pretty shocking.
Again, other than that, thanks for a great article!
There was one terrible puzzle in Alone in the Dark which I can't believe was left in. Spoiler alert...
You have to remove the wedge from some beer barrels in the cellar to uncover a secret passage to the caves under the mansion. If you go into this passage from the cellar, you get eaten by a zombie worm. However, when escaping the caves at the very end of the game, you have to do it through this passageway. If you didn't clear the barrels half way through the game, you get stuck on the final "run" out of the mansion and have to play half the game again to put it right.
That aside, what an epic game. Tres bien fait!
I know you're in Spain for Lohan
But what's the IT angle on this?
Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc
I paid £90 for a Das Keyboard. But then, I spend eight hours per day, 5 days a week using it, and hope it will last for quite some time. I don't want this to come across as preachy, but it's so much nicer to use than a £5 budget keyboard, and I feel the amount of (ab)use it gets more than justifies the cost.
Just because it's not as popular as a £15 mouse doesn't mean that there isn't a market for it (I spent £25 on a laser gaming mouse, but £265 seems a bit of a stretch for my needs).
Well thank god the Register's forums are here to take up the slack!
car PC gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it
Your car automatically avoids that plastic bag that just blew in from your peripheral vision and steers into a concrete bollard instead....
My major fear
Is that very small quantities of our GDP are being put into science and engineering research to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. I fear the social disorder from sky high energy prices (gas, electricity, diesel, petrol) than I do any of the environmental concerns of fracking.
Fracking, tax cuts, drilling the arctic: it's only postponing the shortages, not addressing the root cause.
Re: XP? Pah!
I have a hammer and chisel
Hmm, looks like an alien seedship to me. Good job they got it out of that field before it spawned more experiments! Great story.
This is where I think the Wii U got it wrong: a massive screen on one controller only. By putting a small cheap(ish) screen on each controller, you can have a private window for sociable strategy games played competitively around one big screen. I can see this being a real plus for bringing many popular board games to the television where you don't spend forever faffing about with little pieces.
Regarding the trackpads, I suspect Valve has put a lot of testing, polish and thought into this, and dismissed many other possibilities that they were researching in favour of them. Finally, regarding cost, because this is all open source hardware, you can bring your own controller round to a mate's for a gaming session on a PC, or any number of steam consoles that will be released next year.
He made such a long lasting cultural impact.
aka Micky Mouse edition...
What happens if the premises floods or burns down taking all your data with it?
Re: Frakking Skylons
More affordable delivery systems makes launching systems to de-orbit junk more affordable. We just need to work out the space law as to who pays for this service...
Why isn't there a $DOLLAR icon?
Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier
Instead of bailing out banks and the financial ponzi moneylenders. Here's a way to leave a lasting impact on science, engineering and technology.
God, I feel like a BBC commentard sometimes!
Re: Genuine question...
Do you suffer from a sado-masochistic split personality disorder?
Fortunately, these muppets are too impulsive to consider any need to cover their tracks. A pint for the police for acting on this & taking it seriously.
Re: A little off topic, but...
Wow, thanks for clearing me up on that. Only on the Register can you get comments from people with so much knowledge in tech subjects.
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