612 posts • joined 10 Feb 2012
I must live a sheltered life
"The PM wants to get skin flicks banned from wireless networks in spaces such as coffee shops, libraries and railway stations."
Is there really a problem with people cracking one off in Starbucks, or on Platform 11 at Euston Station?
So, in summary...
...what could possibly go wrong?
Re: Can we check one thing?
Bit right-wing and screamy, but the facts seem sound:
Margaret Hodge is a bit of a rent-a-gob. Pops up left, right and centre with media friendly quotes but no real solutions to the "problems" she's highlighting. She's a politician, in other words.
Re: Slippery rings
Without a picture, that makes almost no sense at all (to me). But it sound very convincing!
15 million gigabytes
15 petabytes sounds a lot cooler :)
Re: Eric, fixed that for you:
Yes. We got that implication. First sentence of article:
hypocrite honcho at Google Eric Schmidt
See what they did there?
Re: Betteridge's Law says 'No'
I don't think any country should ban the swastika (even if you put aside its use in Hinduism and Buddhism).
If people want to identify themselves as racist, antisemitic, cro-magnon morons, that's entirely up to them.
Re: Smartphones are for yesterday's cool kids.
I've never seen 'intriguing' used as a synonym for 'moronic' before. Still, I dare say they'll not be as bad as those miniscule bluetooth earpieces which make you look like a sherry-swilling tramp (merkin-speak: hobo).
Re: Sorry Kobo, I would like a Kindle version please
Calibre (with the Kindle plugin) is your friend.
Even if you haven't got a non-Kindle reader I'd highly recommend it. Who knows what future DRM debacle will render your lovely ebook collection unreadable otherwise.
Re: Could he have survived the flight?
The wheels are also very heavy (unless it was the nose gear they contain brakes powerful enough to slow down several hundred tonnes of aircraft - that ain't light), and are still spinning on retraction.
Given the take-off speed of a long-haul jet is around 200 mph, that's going to be a very messy - and mercifully short - meeting of man and rubber.
That is all.
Re: We need a relay
Surely the easiest way is just to move the orbit of the Earth (or Mars, if you're lazy) so it's perpendicular to the current orbital plane. Blackouts will still occur, but much less often.
While we're at it, we could re-spin the Earth putting the North Pole closer to Alaska, and thus moving blighty to warmer climes. It's been snowing all f*cking day. In f*cking April, for f*cking f*cks sake!
Waste of time and money
Water going down a plughole = Stars around a black hole. Ta-da!
I'm still waiting for my Nobel.
Google vs Microsoft
I don't mind Google sharing the browser market*, or the email client market*, or the productivity suite market* with Microsoft. Competition is a great thing for the end user. It was a lack of competition that resulted in the execrable IE6, or Windows ME.
What I really would mind was Google displacing MS at the top of the heap. That "do no evil" plaque is already looking tarnished, and a market dominance in areas other than ads would hasten its demise, I'm sure.
* Yes, I am aware that other products exist, but you know what I mean.
Oh dear. Here we go again.
Remember those anti-terror laws? The ones intended for terrorist? You know, the ones your local council used to check you were putting your bins out on time? Yes, those ones.
When you hear a politician say "Oh, don't worry. Maybe the language could have been a little clearer, but I promise this won't be abused" you can safely assume that either:
a) they are stupid
b) they think you are stupid
c) they are lying through their teeth
d) any combination of the above
Because as sure a shit stinks a blogger is going to end up in a court sometime soon.
Re: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow ...
Re: Silent Running
FWIW, I always found Silent Running a bit mawkish. I do like the fact that the robots were so small they to use amputees to operate them, though.
Plan 9 From Outer Space. A masterpiece of futurology.
Re: Zoolander comes true!
Downvoted for making me look at that tw*t, and thus disrupting the harmony of my morning coffee.
The US constitution enshrines the right to arm bears.
I find this is heavily dependent on the type of tea bag. Basically the posher the tea bag the more time it takes.
Tetley can be made in under a minute with a bit of judicious stirring and squeezing (what was consensus on squeezing the bag?!?), whereas Whole Earth Organic Earl Grey takes a good 5 minutes for a proper flavour to develop.
Complex business, eh.
Heh! Judging by the downvotes sprinkled on the good wishes, there's a lot of butt-hurt iFans out there.
Shame. I'll miss the troll-bait :)
Still, It's been a blast. Have fun at the WSJ.
Bestest Game Evar!
I suspect the 'best' coin-ops were the popular ones when you were 12-16 years old, however old you are.
(unless you're under 20, in which case you can just f*ck off back to your console)
Galaxians? Pfff. We don't need your steenking Galaxians.
Galaga, though, is a whole other story.
The definitive list will never be agreed on, but here are my faves from the era:
Bubble Bobble (I mean, come on! 100 levels, hidden portals, easter eggs galore)
Wonder Boy (I can still hum the music)
All enemy comms readable by dawn each day
it took an average of four hours each night to work out the day’s settings on each German military network, most of which were changed at midnight
That is very, very cool.
While it's widely recognised that this won (or at least shortened) the war, it must have been harrowing to have to ignore most of communications with the loss of thousands of lives. All to make sure the Germans kept believing their system was secure.
Re: Easy now,
Oh, he's got a spine. He just doesn't give a shit about the little man. In ten year's time, this may well be very appropriate;
And on the pedestal these words appear --
"My name is
Ozymandias Apple, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
It's the Vogons!
Flee! Must find lager and a towel. I'll start with the lager.
Ooo you're so clever!
"It’s all about something called the refractive index, which is essentially how well (or poorly) light passes through a material."
For a site which deals with crypto and quantum mechanics on a regular basis (and sometime both together), that was rather patronizing. Plus it's basically wrong, in that the transparency of a material is a measure of 'how well light passes through'. In this context the refractive index is a proxy for the local value of c.
Re: NO! It doesn't make sense. It would ruin Apple!
*lights joss stick, starts whalesong*
Apple has been firmly positioned as an aspirational brand for well over a decade. It differentiates itself by only selling the finest, most polished, most slickly designed shiny-shiny in the business. Owning an iProduct shows you can afford an iProduct, and a lot of people like that.
Producing a cheapo iPhone might provide a profit bump in the short-term, but would harm the brand by eroding prestige and undermining the whole reason that Apple is, well, Apple. I think that would translate into a loss in the long-term, and transform Apple into just another manufacturer of consumer electronics.
As a parallel, look how Burberry screwed its brand by selling cut-price tat to chavs - rolling in cash for a few years, then they bombed out and nearly folded after the fickle chavs moved on to other things.
[Yeah, I get that some people - and perhaps the majority of reg readers - don't but into this schtick, but millions of
bozos others do. A visit to any Apple Store shows you that.]
Re: Size matters
Not a big deal at Uni: engineers always have nice big textbooks.
Guess an iPad does the job these days. iToke.
What is this 'analog'?
Hmph. If you're talking about tech from way back then (and you're in the UK), then it's analogue, not analog.
That's as close to a grumpy-old-sod icon as I can find.
Re: In Redmond Microsoft fire the photo copiers up.
And yet, at the same time, no style at all.
"Rouge Squadron II"
How does wearing blusher help defeat the empire?
s'funny, I thought 'to brick' was transitive verb meaning 'to be very afraid'.
Peter was bricking it when he found out his boss had access to his internet history.
Re: I've been trying it.
@Chris007 - not sure what your beef is here.
So here's a fail back at ya!
Re: But does it work for local PDFs?
Just associate the extension with Firefox, no?
Or am I missing something fundamental.
Re: I've been trying it.
Yep, since the Foxit issue I've been opening PDF's in Acrobat. Nice to have a light viewer back in the browser, and (naive as this may seem) I trust Mozilla's approach to security much more than Adobe or the maker of a third party reader.
Also, no speed issues at this end (so far).
Re: I'm skeptical
Watching the vid it seems as though it's halfway between a capacitor and a battery. Super-quick recharge (capacitor) and then longish discharge (battery).
Super capacitor is a lot more media-friendly than "cattery" or - heaven forbid - "battacitor".
Re: Spider Robinson covered this a few years ago
Or Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder. Course in that case the new universe was expanding at 0.5c, so you could zip along in front of the boundary and poke it from a suitably equipped ship.
Re: Alternative title
Ahem. Actually: Apple's appliance advertising area atrophied after astounding attack.
Able assistance for amateur author's apostrophe angst.
....just put a police 4x4 in front of him, and use it's not-inconsiderable braking power to slow down both cars. No way a Laguna could push a Land Cruiser (or similar) with brakes applied, unless their whole police force drives Renault 12s with comical sirens.
Re: Cooking on gas^H^H^H leccy?
I don't care how smart or swanky they make electric hobs, they'll have to prize my gas range from my cold, dead hands.
(c) Charlton Heston. Who is dead. And cold.
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