1280 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007
I understand he tried to file a complaint over the delayed delivery, but they told him that he hadn't a leg to stand on.
"Wow! All this hatred for MumsNet...
Don't you know? If you're not uncritically, unabashedly, and constantly praising them, You obviously must hate them!
Fools only feed on flattery.
Re: Images per meter
"There is a street named for Steve Wozniak in San Jose. (Woz Way.)"
A one way street, I take it?
These puns are starting to tick me off.
Re: going, going....
"What is going on?
Too many executives with dellusions of grandeur?"
I'd say they're delusions of competency.
Re: What's the big deal?
Nothing to fear, nothing to hide?
That worked so well for Richard Jewell*, didn't it?
a police officer, working part time as a security guard, He saved lives by evacuating people after finding a terrorist bomb.
Since they had no suspects at the time, authorities kept leaking hints to the press that he did it, wrecked his life and career for years.
You don't have to be guilty, they just need enough info on you to tar you with suspicion, the press'll do the rest.
*Just the first one to come to mind, he's not an isolated example.
One hungry fox. Excellent at guarding hen houses.
I know... Do they really expect me to stay up that late to watch!?
Re: Time to change the metaphor
And the 'desk' is really a luncheon tray, with built in compartments, to guarantee that you keep everything where they want it.
Re: Where do I get an analyst job?
"I take it he's purchased a ton of Apple stock"
You've got the wrong end of the stick there. he's probably holding a lot of Quanta stock, and ready to unload it as soon as his analysis pushes up its price.
Oooo... pretty TV!
“Our curved TVs aren’t just beautiful, they’re works of art!”
And who cares? People don't buy a TV to to look at the TV itself, they buy it for the pretty pictures it shows and ease of use.
Maybe people cared back when it was a big box that filled a chunk of real estate in the room, but now that it's just a screen and bezel that fits on the wall, who cares?
Ah, I see the problem he's trying to solve here! All the TVs now look alike, and This is the attempt to make theirs stand out, even if it downgrades ease of use, like those @&#$% smart TVs.
Re: "As of now, if a new vulnerability is written"
It's all there in the EULA:
"We are never at fault, software is provided 'as is' with no guarantee of usability.
Any problems you encounter are your own damn fault!
But... we retain full control over the software and will hit you with lawyer-geddeon if you so much as try to sniff around the code without onerous and expensive payments to us.
Summation: Any problems you encounter are your own damn fault, but we'll happily swap them out for others at exorbitant expense to you."
Now mind you, that's paraphrased a bit as I've condensed it down from the 200+ pages it occupies as full text.
It's just standard diversion, and poorly done!
World: "Why are you behaving so illegally and hurting everybody's business?"
NSA: "Hey, the guy that told you the truth about us is a lousy rat, so there!"
Cloud storage? More like fog storage.
"My data's out there somewhere, I just can't see it."
"Just wait til the fog lifts, then it'll be a cloud again!"
Must be this one: https://www.philcrump.co.uk/POPEYE
To be honest, you could waste an afternoon listing the EO rules that Microsoft ignores, like number 61:
61. If my advisors ask "Why are you risking everything on such a mad scheme?", I will not proceed until I have a response that satisfies them.
Evil Overlord rule number 12: One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.
Apparently MS fails as Evil Overlord.
Where the hell is my ROBOT butler?
Captain DaFt's laws of robotics:
A robot capable of doing human labor would have to be human sized to use devices designed for a human.
It will have to strong enough to perform tasks a human could perform. Eg: lift at least 50 pounds, have manipulators (hands) that can hold and handle items without crushing or dropping them.
It must be robust enough to do the above without damaging itself, and agile enough to do it without overbalancing and falling over.
It will have to be intelligent enough to carry out complex* tasks, recognize its owner, its owner's family members and friends, strangers**, and be able to recognize and respond to emergencies***. Not to mention recognize whether that item on the floor needs to either be fed, placed in the dishwasher, or the clothes washer, or the trash, or back on the shelf, or hidden discretely.
It will have to have a battery life of at least 16 hours, and recharge in at least 8, and still be available for emergencies during recharge cycle.
*Complex in this case means things like being able to fetch a beer for dad or mom, a soda for the kids, and not bring a bottle of catsup instead.
** In other words, recognize a burglar, and contact the police, instead of offering it a bottle of catsup.
*** No fetching a bottle of catsup in response to a heart attack, and no calling 911 because its owner is out of toilet paper.
It seems obvious now why I don't have a robot butler yet.
Robot pets are a different story. Remove the cleaning part of a roomba, BOOM! Instant robot cat!
Re: Agenda here?
"If I were to say "I always drive my car into work", nobody would ask me to justify it,"
You've not been paying much attention for the past 50 years, have you?
"remember that studies are funded BEFORE the results are in. For all you know the study may have been carried out by Mr. OrganicMcOrganicfarmsareace in the expectation of different results."
"The headline result showed that eating organic food was not associated with overall cancer incidence one way or another (in fact there was a tiny increased overall risk of about 3 per cent, but it’s the sort of noisy result one can ignore)."
What do you want to bet that if the increase in cancer wasn't on the organic side that it would have been announced from the rooftops instead of ignored?
Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!
Rare, but it does happen, all it takes is High temps, high humidity and very little dust in the air.
Then when the temp drops, the air becomes supersaturated.
Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!
"30C is horrible for 2 days and then you get used to it - if you dont use aircon."
PFFT! 30C? That's what my AC is set on in the Spring and Summer!
Around here, 35C-38C is the Summer norm, though it can hit 40C+ for a couple of weeks at a time, with humidity at 80 to 120%.
Re: Don't use fly spray
Reminds me of this:
Re: Serious point
It's the personal little touches that the common man cares about: http://www.angryflower.com/survei.html
In all seriousness
Could this get someone updating classics like these:
Or this?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_O%27_Magic#cite_note-1
Or this?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boggit
(Yes, I have odd tastes in video games.)
Re: You have got it all wrong....
"Why would you even have wheels fitted to your bog?"
Well, when you gotta go, you gotta go!
A company named after the company that produced terminators makes a device called HAL that turns people into Cybermen... I haven't seen this much meme mangling since this: http://i.imgur.com/hqFCN.jpg
Re: Fahrenheit .... in space?
"Is there anyone with a clue what -432 Fahrenheit is without converting it to Kelvin (or possibly Centigrade) first?"
Damned freakin' cold!
Re: Mostly prior art
"Although it frankly is good business for me since I help fight them for a living."
Please, please, pleeeaaassse tell me you use louisville sluggers and napalm!
We're worth Beellions!
"Why? We have the latest fad! Act now and invest heavily before the fickle masses move on to the next hot thing!"
Somehow, that just never seems to be a good idea, except to the one holding the fad, or people with more money than brains.
Re: To summarise the posts so far...
"If you actually like Windows 8 or 8.1, you're a bit odd"...
Guilty! Now, I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole, but it's existence has provided me with more laughs online than anything recently. Mind you, in these days of NSA revelations, that's a rare treat!
Re: There is nothing "social" ...
Remember that episode of Futurama where they used VR to log into the Internet and Frye was nearly abducted by pop-up ads? THAT's Zuckerberg's vision of the future.
Re: I know its necessary and all...
"But I can't think of less of a turn-on than having to use these damn things..."
Then you're doing it wrong! Let your partner slip it on you, as a part of foreplay.
First thing I thought of when I read this
This adorably creepy kid's costume: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mChi1byyV3c
Re: Any votes for Cylon style sweeping red leds?
"His car didn't try to take over the world and enslave all humans. Or at least I don't remember that particular episode..."
Well, Kitt's prototype Karr was a bit nasty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCY1pmBxg90
Re: fluorocarbon mouse
"(plus I'm not sure viscosity even of fluorocarbons wouldn't be a problem for bigger critters)."
It's actually being used as in liquid-assisted ventilation strategy for respiratory distress. A real life saver for people that've nearly drowned in nasty water, or are suffering from acute pneumonia.
commercially available jetpacks.
Here ya go: http://www.jetlev-flyer.com/ have fun!
Good luck keeping it on the ground if they get it inside one
04/27/2011 - An F5 rated tornado hit Smithville, AL.
Among the other havoc, a ford explorer that was parked a half mile away from the town's water tower was picked up by the tornado and thrown into the top (That's right, the top!) of the water tower. The vehicle was then thrown an additional few hundred feet.
More details here: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hun/?n=franklintoral
Picture of truck (it's the red lump in the foreground), and the water tower it hit (waay in the background). BTW, the flat blue and gray thing in the picture under that was a tractor trailer that got tossed a quarter to half a mile in the storm.
So, um, good luck with that van fellows, you're gonna need it!
Re: A limerick by definition
A lady was swimming quite nude
When her clothes by the wind were all strewed
Then a man came along
And unless I am wrong
You expected this line to be lewd
“female hygiene accessory”
Whoever signed off on banning that must've been a real douche.
Re: Interested eh?
"I'm surprised anyone would be interested."
For some reason, most people are fascinated by train wrecks.
Re: AI is advancing!
Well, I saw;
A. Guy writing down GPS coords on a paper pad.
Hell, You never even see him verify a method of payment for the beer!
B. Then guy sets down box of beer outside, attaches drone.
You never see him program the drone... did it get a glimpse of the pad as it was carried out, or was he using a new-fangled bluetooth pencil when he wrote it down?
C. Drone flies to a group of ice-fishing huts, sets down,then pauses a second until someone approaches, takes off leaving beer. No verification of any sort.
How did the droid verify that the proper recipient received the beer? Or was it actually just leaving it there for anyone to come along and take?
So, Advertising land fantasy, or a method of dropping off free beer for whoever's in the vicinity?
AI is advancing!
I was impressed by how the drone was apparently able to read hand written coordinates.
Not to mention recognize the proper recipient visually, despite never having seen her.
Amazing what they can do with modern advertising these days.
"It's an aonomatopœia it's sound it makes when you slap one."
That's apocryphal, slightly less so is that it came from the classifications:
Zeppelin Type A. Rigid
Zeppelin Type B. Limp
Re: Know what day to go out on strike
"Aside from the fact that this is the police here, and they cannot go out on strike"
No, but they can get 'sick'. >hack, cough<
Re: Since when ...
"Meanwhile, what the hell is "scientifical method"? Scientific is already an adjective, so what does the extra "al" add?"
A rare mistake for OED. It's supposed to be "Scientific Al method", similar to the American "Redneck Engineering".
Defined as any attempt to influence a situation that's preceded by the statement, "Hold my beer a sec, I'm going to try something."
See also: "Darwin Award"
"We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere"
"We just pretended they weren't here while they were tapping everything, since we're not allowed to talk about it."
Re: One slight niggle
"how common are African odd-job-men who can hadle fibre optics?"
Unfortunately, quite a few it appears: http://www.oafrica.com/broadband/cable-theft/
- Updated Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders