Re: Identity Crisis
It needs to emit the smell of bacon butties and coffee and dispense beer on Fridays too.
754 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
It needs to emit the smell of bacon butties and coffee and dispense beer on Fridays too.
Barely any city in the UK has a nice logical system (though Milton Keynes springs to mind) as most layouts go back centuries.
Most US highway junctions are nice sprawling affairs with pretty logical lane markings. The UK equivalent are often, shall we say, at best 'space constrained' and at worst confusing/dangerous. This is combined with lane widths that aren't generally as wide as the equivalent US roads, putting cars in closer proximity. The density of traffic in the UK is very high (it is a surprisingly small island, in case you hadn't noticed).
All this is not a good recipe for automatic, self drive robo-cars.
Oh, and trust me, UK drivers are in no way better than anywhere else (many should probably be using a white stick and a guide dog, while others will never go shopping for indicator bulbs).
The first Google-buggies with post traumatic stress disorder, shuddering in a lay-by near you soon!
I've yet to be convinced by mobile workstations this size. There are plenty of 15" devices with graphic boards that can output to large screens without weighing a tonne. 17" isn't that great an increase in real estate and in this case, any benefit is wiped out by the mediocre resolution.
Better off with a lighter 15" affair and a desktop 24" or so screen (or two) of a better resolution.
Fortunately, no. My daughter has on old Nokia on WinPho 7.x and we both hate Zune. With WinPho 8.x, you can do pretty much everything through a file browser if you want, though the newer Windows phone software is OK (The Windows 7/8 software will talk to iTunes if you want to enter that level of hell).
Actually (not wanting to sound pedantic, but it's Friday, I'm still at work and have had no beer), the Boeing 720 was a shortened 707 (by about 9ft), with shorter legs. The 720B was the turbofan variant of the 720.
The first 720 was heavily used in the 70's by Led Zeppelin as a private jet. Very rock'n'roll.
If they made this mandatory I'd purposely listen to Black Lace every time I post. Just for the hell of it...
More RAM affects power consumption - if you don't need it, why have it? On a budget phone, we aren't exactly talking about running Oracle databases...
While I sympathize, such words are heresy to the fandroid faithful.
I note the down arrow inquisition has begun...
According to their website, pontoons are an option. It also states that it can run for 1.25 hours - but I doubt you'll get that with pontoons, so don't go too far out to sea!
Would that be before or after *insert country* Marines land, in force, to 'liberate' the local population?
"Gerroff arrr land!" (waving laser around like a farmer's shotgun)
"Solar is a great idea, most roofs are empty with nothing on them, and could easily be built from solar materials, cover every roof in the UK and you would generate all the power we need..."
Lets take this an item at a time:
"Most roofs are empty" - For most roofs, this is a good thing. Most roof structures weren't designed to take the weight of the roof, plus solar panels - let alone the occasional high winds that hit.
"Could easily be built from solar materials" - Given the high price of housing already, unless you can make these "solar materials" as cheap as existing roof materials, not likely. On the flip side, better than putting a roof on a new property then lobbing panels on top. Subsidy is a bad idea in any context - using tax payers money to hide the sins of a questionable idea....
"Cover every roof in the UK and you would generate all the power we need" - except we wouldn't due to the number of south facing roof tops (as you rightly point out), and that UK weather isn't constantly good enough to generate that much juice all the time - particularly in the winter when it's needed most.
Sadly, more likely to get help from Dr Evil's Sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams...
Might get messy if it shoots it's load.
"Who is mr Putin trying to fool?"
I read that line and Dad's Army sprung to mind.
"Who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Putin..."
"Well nuclear powered subs exist, as do nuclear powered air craft carriers......."
And the list of sunken nuclear powered aircraft carriers? Oh, that's right, there isn't one. Not to mention, there's only submarine to have a sinking related to the reactor - and that was scuttled against after the event, against the advice of the IAEA. All of these incidents (including the Kursk) relate to cold war era hardware too - somewhat less mature technology than today.
I'd have thought the second one gave you something of a shock too. Was it a Logitech or Microsoft one?
Is this any help?
..now we've had Titanfall, when can we have a new, up to date MechWarrior again?
How MS will make money:
1 - Who owns Nokia?
2 - Appstore proceeds (if WinPhone gains traction).
Funnily enough, I wouldn't buy an Android phone if it were coated in gold etc. I don't like the idea of paying for the privilege of being an unwilling participant in Google's attempt at world domination.
I'd just seen that on Auntie's news page - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26773702
Given the bulky size of the thing, they'll need to drag the shuttles out of the museums
Excuse my naïveté, but where would she keep her change?
Ah, yes, with her mobile phone - how silly of me.
"You're a 102 63 103, I'll 98 your 478, you 725 673."
Well, at my local Chinese, you'd have ordered Fried onion in hot chilli sauce, special fried rice, egg fried rice and mixed veg in black bean sauce. Unfortunately, they don't have the latter numbers...
Of course, Jubular makes an excellent word. Would this lead to Jubular Bells? A prog-rock Mike Oldfield album with a suitable endowed cover?
Mines the one with the Jubular Bells CD cover insert in the pocket. Grrrr....
Less rounded when they're cold though?
And wasn't there an El-Reg article recently about iPhone 6 being heat sensitive too?
Am I seeing a pattern?
The only things I can come up with aren't suitable for publication. For example smuggling phones into prison via bodily orifices might trigger an unanticipated response. Ew!
Actually, they do own a calendar, otherwise the union members wouldn't know what day to go out on strike.
Unfortunately, what they often do have is an unholy combination of abundant red tape, the worst project managers money can buy and an institutionalised mind-set that is highly insular with little appreciation of the real world and the options that are out there.
Does this mean it's been printed in very small characters?
Or, in this context...
What is your reaction to our corrupt elected/unelected bottom-feeders browsing for porn in their place of work?
Only for everyone else on the day your bottled up rage explodes and you go all D Fens (Gratuitous Falling Down reference).
"most sensible people don't trade in their old TV just because there is a newer one with better features"
Really? You're on the wrong website for comments like that. There isn't anyone that sensible here. 3D TV anyone....?
'Win7 support is ending'
Regular support for an OS that is already five years old moves to extended support next year, through to 2020. That's not too bad. I'm sure you'll manage.
Calm down, dear, support isn't even nearly over.
I know Rupert is a little old and possibly senile, but surely his staff aren't fool enough to go through the enduring hell of corporate Gmail?
Down that road lies pain and suffering.
Bring on the Suppository PC. Pop it where the sun doesn't shine and it'll check your diet, seating position and buzz you when you get an email....
Or come too London and work in bars, as many Aussies did when the going was good.
"Spy-wise, Google Glass doesn't offer anything that's not already out there, and not already in a billion people's pockets.."
Difference is that cameras in a billion pockets will sit there taking photos of keys, loose change and snot rags. Millions of cameras on peoples heads? Now that's a surveillance solution to make any secret policeman swoon.
The HUD? Well, the Gestapo/KGB/SMERSH etc won't care about that - it's secondary to them.
If the boffins at SpaceX even come close on this next mission, the next obvious step is possibly a sea based platform, then try for land. Either way, even last mission's attempt was a great step forward.
Master the landing and we're looking at re-usable launch vehicles - and all this done with considerably less budget that the big aerospace outfits or ESA.
Ambitious, yes, but without a bit of guts, there's no glory.
Is putting such content on the Reg appropriate? After all, its a tech site frequented by various techies and, as we all know, some of these folk exhibit odd behaviour and may consider this piece as an attempt at fetish porn.
Do we want to encourage such unwholesome thoughts?
It's Friday, so mine's a Guinness...
I've always liked Proliants, going back to the days when they were beige and wore Compaq badges. They were reasonably priced and well designed and built.
Trouble with this is that many customers won't tolerate this model and will go elsewhere. Dell kit is vastly better than it user to be and the combination of low price and the lack of a contractual lock-in like this is bound to drive people into there (and other) hands.
The fall of HP continues one nail at a time...
Or, whoops, apocalypse!
Of course, these lawyers, like all of their ambulance chasing brethren, are just scoping out new, novel ways of charging legal fees.
I've been running lab exercises on my laptop (or single desktop) using workstation for years. It works reasonably well, so long as you accept it won't run as well as a physical set up. As it's not production, this isn't a problem.
Thinking of the battery as a UPS is something that hadn't struck me before. Quite amusing.
"Except compared to Symbian it's anything else but pleasing or intuitive"
Rubbish. Symbian drove me away from Nokia. I came back with WinMo.
Is it me or does Nokisoft sound slightly rude...?
Tell all of your users to dump everything into PST files and hope for the best!
Which is why I'm dieting now....
And that sheep will still swallow the Google Koolaid, especially if it's cheaper.
Then you need to step out of the garden shed.
I wonder how this will fit into Horizon Workspace - this has some mobile functionality, but not nearly so evolved.