92 posts • joined 16 Jun 2012
Re: The floating hand...
Do you not voice the h in homage (there is an english-language pronunciation, not the same as the french from which it was adopted, see restaurant for another example) or are you just a little dim?
I noticed a major London paper yesterday had 'an UN ...', unbelievable, are we supposed to be pronouncing UN as un-?
Re: Good guy stormtrooper
If you like comics, some of those *were* great, at one stage they had many 2000 AD masters working on Star Wars comics, I didn't notice until that time was almost over, but have a lovely Cam Kennedy job about Jabba and an Ian Gibson about droid adventures. Writers and inkers were also from golden-period 2000 AD.
Check at times, hoping to find another title from that time, they all look like crap now.
Re: El Reg... Really?
No, you are commenting on a meta-phenomenon, feel no guilt!
Re: El Reg... Really?
Harrison Ford breaking his ankle (sounds more like a bad sprain, break one of your own and see), has no tech connection.
Some gossip site has no tech connection, except they have an Internet site.
They have been selected to run a little pre-publicity or they are just making it up.
It is sure to be a pile that trundles along and gets a few points from the protagonists from the original three.
Speaking of which, I enjoyed parts of all of the prequels, child actor playing young Vader was perfectly precocious, proud, and pouty, that got the next most criticism to Jar Jar, who played pretty much the same as when he was the same actor in the Fifth Element, but I cannot recall the same mass hysteria against that, quite the opposite.
I would love anyone to watch Return of the Jedi and say with a straight face that it is not the most cloying of all.
Fans and those older than about 25 will recall that Lucas spoke of a nine-part series, for which he'd written the outline.
Threw his toys out of the pram after herd-like media reviews from Menace to Sith, I really do not believe he did not have at least a sketch of the nine-part matinee series he claimed.
As if Disney will do anything but flog the horse until it is dead, and as if Lucas needed more money.
Re: a list of *smaller* phones
You are asking for an impractical thing.
Your ideal is closest to a good clamshell or small brick plus a very small touchscreen device, two things to carry, and charge, but keep the phone handy. Get the other out when needed. Not often.
Know a few friends doing that. Recent shift to android, because of broken usb in a good brick, with this, much I like, much I dislike, as a phone, I don't like it.
Off-topic, also don't like how any link for downloading any program takes me to the goorglon, is that depending on provider and place?
Re: We have Thirtyfive Dollar Androids here ...
That is interesting, I guess the same ones are sold for about thrice the price here, but only the tablets. I just wonder where things go after people buy them, well I know, they throw them out, recycling is essential!
Certainly, lithium is abundant thanks to hybrid cars and batteries in portable devices, but it is still rare, I see no care in recycling.
I want it back
I want my smart-dumbphone back, only thing this does better is Internet.
Provider services were also more fun. Still keeping it charged, nice macro-lens, low-fi video, broken USB socket,too much money to fix (induction charger).
New models on offer are not so good, maybe I should get a serious estimate for repairing the socket.
Clearly a tragedy. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones.
I will not speak of the question of blame, except to say it is not in one place, may well be other than where it is being imposed, recall nerve-gas attacks on Syrian population that are now known to have come from a Libyan stock via Turkey, to be used by Syrian rebels? That was the reality, as well as those of us not there can know.
My favourite hyperbole in this incident was the numerous major outlets speaking of a hundred AIDs researchers being aboard.
It is what articles in major papers were saying.
My instant thought was 'liars', knowing that these conferences are junkets for a mix of activists, health bureaucrats (referred to as health workers in this context, not that any have done any primary care lately), and researchers, as the underclass.
So it turns out that the touted hundred came down to six, two bureaucrats, two researchers (I don't know whether they were real researchers or trick cyclists), and two activists.
Sure, a terrible incident, am just saying that on those points alone (the widely reported hundred AIDs researchers vs. the reality), take care not to suspend your critical faculties.
Treat constructed narratives in general with great caution.
Mushi mushi passes at times, some like wordplay, sure not our majority, also pronunciation is just about never mooshi-mooshi as you imply.
I have been to that country, router has the same pronunciation, 'ou' as in who. Route is still a word, route is still not pronounced in the same way as the word meaning a great defeat.
Your pupils were just joking and perhaps a little ignorant.
Why do Americans pronounce 'route' correctly, but switch it in router? Do they all say 'rout' 66 and so on now? 'I get my kicks on rout 66' just sounds silly.
A better example is US 'root for' your team, hilarious to Australians. Saw an example.
Parlay, not parley (me, checked and missed, withdrawing and reposting is too much trouble).
Also, OPs mentioning the female counterpart of the phallic reps, posts were not there when making mine, but A for observation to you.
This post is worth an article ...
but not begrudging the Reg, been enjoying it for some years.
Firstly, agree with OPs who enjoy this work. I find it quite amusing, it also has a nice tie with the nation's creation myth (see Amaterasu Omikami).
Also, OP mentioning phallic cults and festivals, they sometimes carry the giant organs to, for example, indy rock shows where trad. festival style dance-and-music groups appear, and there are also vulva-centred festivals, featuring similarly giant-scale reproductions.
Some will recall the Akihabara knife maniac several years ago. As a consequence, the 'heaven for pedestrians' (road closed to traffic in business hours on Sundays) was suspended for a few years.
What was never reported in press overseas was that his murderous rampage was mainly because he came to hate the many 'idol' events and fan groups. Not that he wasn't one of the fans, but it all just made him feel even more socially excluded and inadequate.
One Akihabara 'idol' who became a minor celebrity called herself Asuka Sawamoto. Her speciality was panty-flashing (quite modest), and she was arrested *three times* for that between spring and summer of the same year. She'd been banned from there (or was locked up, I've forgotten) at the time of the knife attack.
The real reason for the street being reopened to traffic and closed to pedestrians was more Sawamoto than the knife maniac.
She also got immense publicity on two-channel, when trolls here went nuts on discovering that she had been lying about her age (by numerous years, at least eight) and using a false name.
She later parleyed this into a hard-core career. Not interested, so do not know if it is still going. Before that, she had a band, saw them once, lunchtime show, not great, but fun and funny, band was pretty good, also modest, tape-on-nipples at most (though I presume the private photo sessions on offer went further).
Another band I knew of at the time had a keen panty-flasher as a main performer, she was ordered to stop by the band leader after the serial Sawamoto arrests.
At the same time, more than a few male music performers like to take everything off, a few places don't allow it (you can tell, because said performers keep their undies on).
Occasionally, drunken male students or other early-twenties will do things like pulling their pants down, set fire to their pubes while yelling 'Japanese fire', zero police interest.
Could continue, stopping there.
Re: Amercan voters in sth Krrea
vt. If the USA pulled all it's armed forces, Nth Korea would march straight in.
Neither Sth Korea nor the USA want that, bu
You must be joking, the South Koreans want peace (with their ethnic racial brethren), the US govt. wants to make trouble, mainly to piss in China's nose.
Also a double-standard at play here, Sth. Korea has, like Japan, a population collapse in progress, but liKe Japan-accepts almost no non-natives, sure isn't interested in imposing arseholes from the worst places they can flnd on the less well-off portions of the local populations, unlike western countries.
Before leaving for now, even more off-topic, an Irish friend asked me why Blair had converted to Catholicism, l half-passed in my attempted replies.
Friend's explanation was sweet and to the point, the Catholic church offers absolution, and Blair had made a major war criminal of himself, so was desperate to be absolved.
Personally, I doubt that Blair has the human quality my friend credited him with, but it's a theory worth spreading.
Off the topic but not the thread, mayhaps food for thought.
Re: In case anyone really cares about why this happened
Climate change? bush? wtf?
Mad plans ... but nice and polite
Meant to reply to the OP who referred to the probabilty that the US spying programs might also shuffle info. back to their national champ companies, I have no doubt they do, but is there a case where it's been proven?
One might hope that Mr. Snowden's files include such an example, but it seems to have been out of his scope ... or if not, out of the scope of things the Grauniad is willing to publish.
As I said in an earlier post, all of lt does sweet FA for the many talented americans being thrown onto the scrapheap. it's all about stock values for the holders, most of whom have not done a day of productive work in their lives.
Current pres. case in point, also a massive real-estate swindle, quetly shovelled under the carpet by an obedient media machne.
Beer ... the usual reason.
Re: Typical American behaviour
Hey, let's not let it get in the way of your juggernaut.
Amercan voters in sth Krrea
Last time I checked, there were still several tens of thousands of US soldiers in Sth. Korea, they don't appear to have announced a sudden massive withdrawal of late.
Re: Typical American behaviour
Truly a joke, the US national champion companies vigorously ask the state for handouts and importation of cheap labour, while throwing talented programmers in regional states onto the scrapheap of crap jobs at fast-food places and, at best, crap jobs in shopping malls.
Not from there, but have enough 'net friends (and enough nous to judge) to know.
Re: Typical American behaviour
Yankee lawyer = liar.
Ridiculous indeed, but the key questions are which player installed, maintains, and extends limits in the system as it corruptly stands?
Hint, it's not Sth. Korea.
I would like to vote anything above my own post down, but it takes too long.
... also would vote many lower posts up.
To lower-posting people whose comments I like, consider just replying to a top post, relevant or not, seems to be the favoured method of the system-gaming Norde Americano propaganda crowd, who, lord knows why, flood the place with crap on any contentious point (I like the Reg, been reading it for years before even one post).
How does one obtain a 'badge' so that one can edit one's own posts?
I omitted two words in my last, as an obsessive I can't stand it!
Bear with me, pls.
This is just another example of the USA bullying US competitors with their ｀champion companies'.
A long history is behind it （attack on Japan's DRAM production and the very good TRON OS, visits from Gates and the Googleoids to the White House where they always get exactly what they want, while not creating work for their fellow countrymen).
Most recently (before the attack on Samsung), the massive propaganda attack on the Airbus superjumbn in contrast with just about no critical comment about the much greater lateness and tendency to catch fire for no reason stated in the manual (like the Xbox and several Apple i-devices) of the 'Dreamliner' was a pretty startling example.
... and all are dedicated to inflated stock value, no interest in decent jobs for US workers (alright, admit that doesn't entirely to contract-bloated Boeing, but lovely how their lies dominate the media, innit?）
Re: UK has history for this to...
Following enjoyable deviation from topic
An Irish friend posed to me the rhetorical question 'Why did Blair convert to Catholicism?'
After all of my attempted replies missed the mark, my friend delivered the true answer.
In paraphrase, the evil bastard wanted absolution for his evil acts,
and the Catholic church was the only one nearby that might deliver it to him.
I believe my friend is correct.
Beer, 'cos half soaked.
Re: A$$nut trying to grab the limelight again.
Calm down, Julian is like Saint Steve of Jobs in terms of personal hygiene and attitude to women.
Thank you for the down-vote, will check the links you posted, why a Wikipedia moron like you turns up here is a mystery to all.
Manning looked extremely handsome in his dress uniform, I hope and pray that he is free at least soon enough to enjoy living, sure suffered enough already.
Viva Ed Snowden!
Sad but ...
What the hell was Manning thinking?
He was in uniform, under the strictest type of NDA, and very junior. Looked rather fetching in his uniform at the trial.
AFAIK, wikileaks hasn't finished publishing the material Manning passed to them. We have the presumably Assange-titled Collateral Murder and a load of minor tales of undiplomatic diplomacy.
Still, I hope that he (Manning) gets a pardon before too long.
As an aside, I was idly wondering if the Ecuadorean Embassy would cater to Julian's driving force by smuggling in the occasional groupie.
With his urge to poke his prong into groupies, the lack must be the biggest hardship for Jules.
Still, hope he manages to leave for the place that has granted him asylum.
Viva Ed Snowden!
Lets get some thing straight shall we.
OIC, an authority.
Alright, you are spelling-challenged.
Is that Old Scots? What does it mean?
Can't work that out either.
Lots of apostrophe fuckups, many others too.
If you want to write long and lecturing posts, I suggest a spell of remedial language study.
The horse learnt to do that through long viewing and careful study of an ancient television documentary called Mister Ed.
Re: Forget H&S, policies, road laws, etc
Agree, she was most impolite, one may suspect an overdose of entitlement, booze, or both.
That said, who are you to refer to the noble horse as a 'shit machine'? Unless you're from an evil (and impossibly energy-guzzling) future and on a hunt for Sarah Connor, how are you any less of a shit machine than a horse?
Re: Horselover Fat?
Can't see a VALIS connection, but re. the Damn Horses thread, the part (and scene in the great movie) of A Scanner Darkly where Barris feeds Arctor worse than usual substance D (because cut with something else nasty), after having sabotaged Arctor's car is relevant.
Arctor opens the bonnet and smells dogshit.
Lord, I hate dog owners who leave the crap from their pets all over the place, evidently sniggering at the thought of someone later stepping in it, they so closely resemble the arseholes who plant chewed chewing gum on public transport seats.
Catshit also has a seriously horrid stench, but the patterns of the 'domestic' cat are such that one only has to suffer that stench when visitlng one of the many cat lovers who appear to enjoy livlng in a miasma of cat excreta.
Horses are quite tolerable on those terms, being in a stable or even mucking out are not stomach-churning experiences.
Re: Damn horses
Understand, the point, but you must be joking. Dogshit, while less noisome than that of some humans (presumably living on rancid fat, meat, and sugar, thus leaving a toilet smelling like they dropped a dead rat from the arse) has a revolting stench and, unlike humans, many have moronic bipedal owners who get their jollies from encouraging their pet to crap anywhere and sniggering at the thought of the poor bastard who'll later step in it.
Cat is revolting, too, although many cat owners appear to love it, but that is only a problem if you visit one of the many cat lovers who enjoy the stench of catshit.
Horse is quite tolerable.
Nice and informative article from Mr. Page.
These private-sector space ventures are anything but, Musk's efforts and ambititions are admirable and all, but the reality is massive handouts from the state.
X prize was the precedent, the winning entry was from a massively US defense-subsidised company, and was reliant on tech derived from that. I enjoyed the video at the time, also love the pilot, and the shuttlecock concept, but their team should have been disqualified as totally reliant on the govt.
Re: I had the snip...
Lovely line from you.
... but more than a little shocked by the number of commentards who've had the procedure and want to post abt it, oh well, replacement will ensue, nature abhors a vacuum and far less responsible folk rush to fill it right now.
Re: Sadly, a decade to late
In another decade or two, your progeny will be all the more harshly confronted by those more determined to breed like rabbits; and no, I am not of the school that pretends Erlich's long ago writing had no validity, though overstated for the time, his conclusions will in the end come to pass.
Those who have irresponsibly been breeding like rabbits will breifly inherit control until all becomes unsustainable, or at least irreparably broken.
Don't think it will be in my lifetime, but certainly well before the middle of the next century.
Meanwhile, we have a stream of commentards being displaced by the rabbit-like breeding people centering the discussion on the extent to which self-emasculation (and purely for sex free of responsibilty)hurt.
Re: First political dissident
Sorry, I am extremely well read, history to philosopy and lit. to tech.. my major I suppose,& c.
Sure a little too sauced to write at length right now, but you may well do worse than to broaden the horizons you so clearly showed to be so narrow in your earlier posts by *doing just a little reading*.
Perhaps the set here doesn't translate to the wider world. Off topic, but a screenshot might be fun.
Re: First political dissident
`us who admire the best of it would not stoop to such an ignorant stance.'
Suppose I'd better not post from the phone when overly sauced, preview takes too long.
Delish , u must eat it!
First political dissident
Wow. another who needs more than a little remedial reading.
*So on this basis Snowden is the US of A's first political dissident*
Those of who admire the best of it would not stoop to such an ignorant, try reading a few books if you have the patience.
Re: Come on you lot...
Whoops, missed a wordor two there.
`not such yet are forcibly accepted as such.'
Re: Come on you lot...
What rubbish, Titus Technophobe, although I wouldn't wish you living in an area dominated by fake `asylum seekers' who just turn up, spout any bullshit, and get free legal aid at the taxpayer's expense, and for greatly self-righteous and self-enriching lawyers. Every English-speaking nation, and most western Europe nations, have similar systems. The US and UK go a little further, automatically offering residence to enemies of places they want to piss off, or just be terrorized by.
A precise list is easy to make.
Like you it seems, the lawyers don't have to live with the situations they create, expense accounts and the ability to ride taxis or limos everywhere keeps them away from the pain they inflict on the hoi polloi.
Snowden is now a genuine political refugee, interesting how much shakier his situation of those who are patently not yet are accepted as such.
Anyone paying attention already knew there was a reliably rumoured deal between Google and the NSA, albeit not the scope of the whole programme.
I've found Edward's other revelations more hilarious and revelatory.
After decades of whining about having to tear down and rebuild the Moscow embassy because of Soviet bugs, turns out that they treat their *allies* even worse.
Re: AC 'The US would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies'
I enjoy a lot of your posts, disagree with some but love free speech.
Said, are you not aware that the main facilator (and encourager) of the Greek govt's profligacy and money shuffling is a major New York City `investment bank' with a large degree of responsibiliy for the GFC *and* a big-time Obama campaign donor?
How odd that they've not, and never will be, called to account for any of it.
Re: The London connection again.
You may benefit from a slightly more expansive reading of history.
BTW, the term you want is `populist' not `popularist', and it doesn't apply to even one of the historical villains you name.
Do you know the title?
I am an idiot.
Some of the several driving scenes feature back projection or the digital equivalent.
Forgot because Cinefex didn't mention it.
The nuclear explosions sequence in T3 is matte painting.
One reason I thought it rather great was the relatively low reliance on CG.
The crew used *all* of the old techniques (with the possible exception of back projection) to great effect.
On that score, prolly not to be repeated any time soon.
Consider the Starship Troopers sequel, largely shot in the dark to SAVE MONEY.
Re: you people really need to give arnold some credit!
Nothlng worng with my spelling.
The icon should start with `very arcane' for this.
Seriously, negative opinions on T3 seem to be based on concensus reality rather than tne movie itself.
T1 was an lnstant cult ciassic, 2 and 3 were both enjoyable exploitations of that.
Hell, 3 even has a lovely tribute to the original Django, may well have been the real inspiration for the recent crappy remake.
Re: "how the hell can there be Independence Day 2"
Best, at least only interesting thing about lIndependence Day was the gay (as ln sexual preferece) walking style of Messrs Goldblum and Smith.
If you didn't catch it the first time, watch it again and see.
Re: Hollywood is lazy
Don't you thlnk that is the plan?
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