77 posts • joined 19 Jan 2012
Another dumb question from a layman
In what ways might a large structure such as, oh lets say a four billion light-year wide group of quasars, look different to another observer?
Re: Why do Reg Hacks live on the edge of society?
The SPB are planning to fly a paper plane from one mountain-top to the other.
Re: Rich Communications
Now that IBM know the answer I expect Watson is already designing the computer that will determine what the question is and the Magratheans are preparing their tender for the contract to build it.
Re: Monopoly Money
My parents UK set (1960s vintage?) was:
£1 = yellow
£5 = blue
£10 = light grey
£20 = green
£50 = pink
£100 = orange
£500 = red
I'm surprised how widespread the 'fines go in the middle, pick them up if you land on Free Parking' house rule is. IIRC it was introduced to our house by a Finn.
Are you sure about that? I thought the politicians were the front men having their strings pulled.
Re: from a lifelong arachnophobe
They're coming from under the God-damn bath!
Good business to be in.
Unfortunately the accountancy firms are incentivised (unintentionally, I'm sure) by fees such as these to wind up companies rather than save them from administration/bankruptcy. As covered in the back of Private Eye ad nauseum.
"...flip-flop gracelessly on the gibbet of political hubris."
Have a pint and/or an upvote for that delicious turn of phrase.
I have to say that Phoenix Jones' costume looks a lot better than I imagined from the previous report. I'd expected him to look like the Human Bolt.
Wot, no shoggoth icon?
All this horsing around.
Indeed. Altitude is measured in feet and height is measured in hands.
The latest research indicates that the safest attire for exploring alien worlds is some combination of cricket whites, a long scarf, leather jacket, bow tie and curly wig. If that's all too much effort, dressing gown and slippers have also performed well.
Re: A very bad cheap movie..all marketing hype ..no product value.
I do wish people would stop spouting studio conspiracy nonsense. Produced by DNA, shot in Jo'burg and distributed by Reliance. This film is not a product of the Hollywood machine.
Have you seen the film Joerg?
Have thrill-suckers infested the vulture?
I'm another long-term 2000ad reader and 3D cynic who enjoyed this film. Twice.
If you want to see mopads, sky surfers, bat gliders, simps, the alien zoo and face change parlours you'll be disappointed. If you want to see a day in Dredd's life where he's typically grim, resolute, laconic, terse and badass you'll be very happy. If it helps at all try dialling back your mental timeline to the late 21st century, shortly after the Atomic War and before Dredd's debut in prog 2. I can accept some trimming of the more extravagent elements of 22nd century life for the sake of making a hard-edged film on $45 million that doesn't alternately make me want to laugh (not at Rob Scheider's jokes) and cringe.
Both Dredd and Anderson are portrayed superbly. The production crew's intention from the start was to make a realistic/believeable Judge Dredd film that was consistent with the character we know. I believe they succeeded.
Also the 3D is actually pretty good, not the multiple flat layers of certain other attempts.
Re: Election year
You can always tell it's election year when somebody will find a donkeys vs elephants angle in anything.
Paris because, well, insert your own 'angle comparison' joke here.
Re: Browser hogging
This was discussed in an earlier comment: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1533845
Re: Thumbs up & thumbs down buttons
John, you can't include images in the body of the post. You can click on one image and it will appear on the left under your name, but that's it. Unless you post anonymously, in which case you just get the Guy Fawkes mask.
Re: Hogan's Law...?
"That's not a patent, this is a patent."
Mine's the one with the VHS tape of Crocodile Dundee in the pocket.
When describing large sums of money use apples. One apple being equal to the combined GDP of Hong Kong, Israel, and Singapore.
Re: Next stage of phishing attacks...
You are Geoff Noon and I claim my five pounds.
Re: Apple's patent on comparing things
With a little luck they'll go after those meerkats next.
"Flash! I love you! But we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!"
That's my favourite line from any film, even above "We're going to need a bigger boat".
Those three rows of icons remind me of the panel Ming used to select disasters. What shall I inflict on the readers of this post: Nuclear blast? Wildfire? Chemical hazard? Plague of trolls?
Re: Obligatory grumpy old man post
madra, either you're reading a different comic from me or we have vastly differing tastes. Although I will happily concede that Pat Mills does little more than churn out repetitive tripe these days.
I queried the availability of back issues with Rebellion's PR droid. Although there are no plans to include back issues in the i-thing newstand, five years' worth of digital back issues are available in the online shop at the 2000ad website. I doubt that the entire archive will ever be digitised (except maybe as a fan-project for personal use) but all the classics you cite are part of Rebellion's excellent line of collected volumes.
Re: It's spiders with mine!
"snatch bats out of the sky at night."
My sister's cat was rather good at that. Bats and frogs she would bring in alive, and once she came over the garden fence with a dead seagull as big as she was.
Well that's just typical.
You work your arse off to get the new hardware to the production environment on time, and the very next day the boss comes by and tells you the software it's running is out of date.
Re: The crime is life
Is that you Sssstanley?
Re: I've always thought....
It should be easier to launder the ill-gotten gains too, as it won't be hot.
Re: Senior Management
Even better than that, you can report on next week's progress and tell them to stop flapping.
Re: So what are their plans should a wave of zombies start infecting the UK?
Offer them jobs them in the emergency contact centre.
Re: The US patents procedure is braindead.
@TMWFTE, I can't tell if you're being satirical or not.
The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
Re: Mirror universe particles...
I have a little goatee beard. Now I understand why everything here is backwards!
Re: Warning....logic fail!
"which clearly aren't scaring everyone into forking over the cash."
This says that not everyone is being scared into paying.
The statement is true, it just doesn't tell us anything useful about how many people have been successfully conned. Nor does it exclude the possibility that someone paid up _and_ went to the police, but I think that's an unlikely scenario.
Did you take Logic 101 Mr Brooks? ;-)
Haven't you discovered Space Pirates and Zombies yet?
Re: Darwin alarmed?
I think it's a pun on the name of a certain antipodean city...
Re: Its and it's
Its' = belonging to its. I'm not sure when that would ever be used, its is an unusual name.
Re: What does Google plan to do with 50 new top-level domains?
Maybe they're thinking of something like this?
Re: "She couldn't have just changed..."
Other reports have mentioned allegations that the unidentified perp(s) created a fake account in Ms Brooks' name. I'm not sure why El Reg omitted that.
RE "...I wonder if all the accounts that upvote nomnomnom miraculously share the same ip address?"
No, we just thought the joke was amusing.
Re: Have I missed something?
I think you have. IIRC Google's stated motive for gathering MAC addresses and SSIDs was to tie those identifiers to geographic locations. Then, when you turn on wi-fi, the device checks nearby wireless networks against the database of known network locations and tells you where you are.
Re: Look at history (geological that is)
"What we're seeing here has all happened before and will happen again in the future."
Are you saying the Cylons are causing climate change?
I'm loving these spoofs. Another hit from the Bong!
Re: "the good old days"
The printing press is killing conversation!
"...were afraid that the new "normal" price for any book would become $9.99, the common Amazon price, and that both ebook and paper book sales would suffer because of it."
If the "normal" cost to the consumer comes down, people won't buy as many?
Am I the only one reminded of Tintin - Explorers on the Moon?
Icon = Captain Haddock
Re: Urine Bandit?
There a several theories as to the origin.
Re: 2000AD -anyone with a good memory
I think it did. There's a new series of Flesh running in the prog right now.
Re: I'm an atheist.
Allied Atheist Allegiance? Splitters!
Re: NOT ZARDOZ
Sean Connery in furry pants?
Note that they don't say the unnamed "4G network" is globally available, just that its status as 4G is accepted around the world. A clever bit of semantic obfuscation there.
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