160 posts • joined 29 May 2012
Slot screws and flat screw drivers have an evil pact
It's more subtle than the time travel and teleporting that has been observed above.
They agree, well in advance of comming into contact, years some time, that as soon as they touch, one, or both, will slightly change dimension or angle of attack, so that the attempt of transferring torque by the user will be rendered useless. So no screwing takes place.
A self sacrificial part of the pact is that the screw agrees to shed just enough material so that each subsequent attempt of torque-transfer will be increasingly futile.
At the advent of mechanised screw drivers the rate of material shedding was upped to instant from the screw community. So the first attempt is also the last.
Re: Will your car kill you to save another?
It's funny how we get obsessed, "I Robot" style, with edge cases of car scenarios where morality enters the picture.
In reality, meanwhile, meatsacks kill each other on the roads at a very steady rate through stupidity/tiredness/distraction, none of which driverless cars suffer from.
Planes land themselves all the time, at least some times, and we seem to be fine with that. I think the difference is pretty much everyone drives, and couldn't possibly imagine a robot doing it better. Pilots, OTOH, are a bit smarter than that.
Re: Stupid headline
Do please tell what a "yet" belonging to cyclist nazi is. Is it missing an "i", as in yeti? That would be quite a sight incidentally, an abominable snowman running after a militant bicycle rider needing to be overtaken, in the middle of a sweltering London.
(I know the apostrophy is the curse of native English speakers. But it's still amusing.)
Re: @AceRimmer - Will these night time trucking lorries
"It's worse them that"? You cannot use the Pedantic icon and then spew that. That's worse than a bad thing. Please pray you have not invented a new "would of...".
"I must triple check my posts" [repeat]
I disagree. Sitting down to watch a film and getting that cinema feeling really does matter. I struggle with the Samsung 8000 full 1080p from bluray. It's just looks so plastic. I've fiddled with everything [ahem] on that screen, but it just doesn't look right.
In fact the 720p Pioneer kuro on standard DVD is way more pleasurable.
So it's not the number of pixels, it's what you do with them, as the vicar said.
Re: New batteries...
Awesome. You fill your bike tyres with electricity! Why didn't I think of that? Oh wait...
The plucky little robots...
Random, but it makes my daughter's eyes mist up every time I tell her about the robots on Mars, especially Spirit...
Damn you Pixar and your Wall-e for imbuing robots with way too much personality.
Although, maybe if all boffins actually cared about their robots they wouldn't screw up their metrics and imperials.
Just prevent el reg commentards from going near a Tesla commercial or charging station.
The rest of us can then charge our Teslas [or whatever] in peace.
The commentards can then keep using petrol stations. Simples.
Never trusted cabs. Black or otherwise. In any country.
It's the perfect example of an asymmetric market. Cabbie knows everything locally. You may or may not know route or short cuts.
The idea that Black Cabs in London are somehow "special" is ridiculous. They all have GPSs anyway, just like other cabs.
Get used to it.
Broken Troll is broken. Nice try, but no biscuit.
W. Anderson is a c@ck
So you want a demeaning way to describe stupid people. Hmmm. I know, dyslexics. They can't read well so they must be stupid. As it happens, their spoken language is often good.
But don't let that stop you. Let's have focus groups, spoken forums, of people who can't read well - stupidity squared.
Next time your willy waving misses your scr@tum because it doesn't reach, think before you write. Tu capisci?
Hard for hardware manufacturers - not so for the rest of us
Sure, like cars, the replacement cycle is getting longer. Also like cars, there's no longer status value in a PC, possibly the opposite bar gaming rigs. And indeed PCs are "competing" with more devices. Further, a senior bloke at work has tried to switch to tablet working.
However, for some things a tappy keyboard is a necessary thing. I'd like to see my kids complete their projects on a tablet. Also, though it chews time, Candycrush and iPlayer is not killing the PC. And for the tablet bloke, I giggle every time his iPad falls over in a meeting, And his presentations are even more sh*t than the standard ppt stuff.
As it happens, amongst other things we run a 10-year old XP laptop that the wifey prefers because of the proper (not wide) 15" screen and 1440x900 res. Stripping everything has made it boot fast. The much newer Windows 7 (widescreen) laptop reluctantly does Skype duties only.
I don't love M$, but the PC death is over-rated. At least in my western eyes.
The rights market is broken...
Sorry, no cheers here. But this deal just illustrates how screwed the international rights market is.
From abroad, this now looks properly crazy. Like insane. Weird on a stick-like.
I predict that over time we will see a more individual subscription model, as someone mentioned the US works already. By over time I mean decades btw.
Spotify for TV anyone?
Re: Well Well
Your comment reeks of "they should feed the poor first" as well as the obvious racism.
A society needs to lift all levels of achievement, including space if you're the size of India, to develop. Rocket scientists want to be, well, rocket scientists whatever their nationality. So you either export them all, or have some rocketry of your own.
Go India. Even it it fails you have succeeded.
Business is not charity
I'll get flamed, but if a company is not fit for purpose, something has to give.
Unite in particular seem hell bent on even destroying companies in their pursuit of influence. Just look at Grangemouth. (though a last ditch concession from Union seems just to have emerged)
Yes, capital has to be reined in, but that is the role of governments and, increasingly, supra-governmental bodies. Not irrelevant unions.
WTF? Did she not read past the synopsis in the MBA handbook?
1) Select a target market 2) Make a product 3) Hire and/or fire people
The problem with her eBay experience is that eBay had first mover advantage with a new and attractive concept. Quite the opposite of the HP problem. Also, she correctly puts engineering centre stage, but appears clueless about what building stuff actually entails.
Surprised she has made it past the two-year marker.
Your trolling is broken. And so is your writing. Please reset both and then come back.
Also, who is this "your youth" I beg? Do you and I have different sets of young people around us? You can't be foreign as they write better than that.
Finally, the low point of your post gets pretty close to scum. How long before we see your posts on Have I Got News For You?
Dear Deity - this has fuster cluck written all over it
Funnily enough I'm currently waist deep in a situation with, I think, the exact same intended outcome. Except we have realised there absolutely no turn-key solution.
Instead we are building small and learning as we go. And boy, these systems (web analytics, CRM, ad servers, affiliate platforms, CMSs etc) seem designed to avoid talking to each other.
The sheer hubris of Auntie believing they can SOLVE this with one RFP is quite something.
And WTF is big data anyway in this context?? I bet some dick consultant will proclaim "a data warehouse we need, and big it must be". "Big data" makes me reach for the oxygen mask every time...
Re: Yahoo are not even themselves now
OK - Yahoo was certainly the dominant internet directory early on, say 90s to about 2001. So not a search engine per se, but the dominant way for people to find stuff on the webs.
The idea of internet librarians, editors Yahoo called them, actually reviewing each site and writing a description seems quaint, but that's how it started.
Google was built by Yahoo starting to use their algorithmic search to supplement their directory - they put "powered by Google" on each and every search results page. So people went straight to the source. How to, Howitzer style, blow your own foot, calf and leg off.
Yahoo has never since found its mojo again. They stumble around, drunk on their heritage, in search for a purpose.
Nightmare to do business with too
We were at the time a, ahem, supplier for one of the annoying ancillary products on their website. In retrospect we shouldn't have touched it with the proverbial barge pole.
The attitude was astonishing and just as you'd imagine little MOL clones to behave. Total dicks. One expensive court case later we were shot of thing, The next RA supplier for the same space also ended acrimoniously.
What's sad is the model doesn't have to be delivered this way, as Southwest in the US have shown.
As with politicians, maybe we get the airlines we deserve...
Re: Even less reasion to buy
Is that you or have you been reincarnated? Different subject, but the tone is familiar. Maybe there are many Eadons...
Re: Learn the lessons lumpheads
And worse, I find myself preferring an up scaled DVD (Toshiba player) on a first gen Kuro to a bluray on a Samsung D8000.
Fiddling ad infinitum doesn't fix it, it's just too plasticky. 4K will make it worse.
Lumpheads won't learn.
Re: IP over pigeon, or a station wagon full of tapes
Don't jest - plenty of stories where the pigeons win...
Re: The real moral of the story is...
Much as I don't get the 'plicit picture sending - you would worry about your other half?? Really??
Trust is a shortage commodity as it is, no need to be paranoid. Just treat your other half decently.
Anyway, a printed picture is better how exactly?
Re: so presumably..
Pen + Paper anyone? Or do they use Star Trek-style EMHs all over the place?
Exactly my first thought - the, ahem, rear aspect is particularly poor, sort of retro looking in a bad way.
(disclosure: I drive a latest gen (FN2) Civic Type-R GT)
Re: Only now?
And today's prize for the most useless comment (apart from this one) goes to...
Enjoy your short lived fame in these halls of mostly intelligent debate.
Failure seems to be black/white + SEO
We tried using google translate in a commercial context for user reviews - a lot of them in fact. The problem was using human translation was too expensive.
At the time google was about 85% "good". The problem was the 15% "terrible". You can't put content in front of users that has a 1/7 chance of making them laugh out loud for the wrong reasons.
Second point is speculative - will google apply a discount or penalty for sites that use google translate to pretend they have original content in more languages, like user reviews?
Ewe spin me right round...
,,,baaaeeby right round like a record baby
Paris because she can't sing either.
For the cargo version Josh Weadon's excellent Firefly TV series springs to mind, minus the space faring of course.
Rugged, land anywhere, carry anything craft. Tough crew, or at least odd looking at the photograph. They might even have a detachable mini dirigible for the, ahem, companion.
Just watch out for the Reavers...
Re: it will probably be an expensive @ Jess
Sorry, off topic but WTF? Two down votes for what? Has the geography knowledge of elreg commentards suddenly dropped?
Actually, they're probably down voting because they wish England wasn't so physically close to France. Or they're angry at Putin for the small island comment...
Or you wondered off the internets by mistake.
Either way, go in this direction ---------------------->
Re: old logo better
The new logo looks utterly lost, especially on Yahoo UK. More scared than proud. Very mediocre.
Unwittingly, I think she's helping erase what little collective goodwill was left for Yahoo internally or externally.
And so it continues to sink into the ocean of oblivion.
Re: @ Shannon Jacobs Cult of Personality
Agree. And the spell was only broken by the limited freedom of the press at the beginning of perestrojka. Suddenly the mirror the party had used for decades to confirm their beliefs and actions was showing something completely different. And the system imploded from within.
Foreign media is a bitch, eh Kim?
Re: There cannot be an exponential that doesn't end," he said. "You can't have it."
@John G Imrie Off topic but I have to bite. Where on earth did you read that monetary and fiscal policy is based on infinite growth? Stop reading that publication pronto.
You seem to prefer the previous crop of economists, like the ones who advised monetary restraint in the great depression? That worked out well.
Or maybe you prefer no one studied the subject at all, so we could have some "real", but truly clueless, people giving advice?
Frank Doberman character on Armstrong...
Was I the only one thinking of Harry Enfield's angry character?
"...I would say, Oi, Armstrong, no. That is not a space suit. If you want the toilet you raise your hand..."
I was the only one. Oh well, getting my coat.
Re: The most certain are the least likely to be correct.
Like many on the deity side you assume, in passing, religion a necessary precondition to morals: "Religious and moral norms...". This is not true. Read the God Delusion chapter on morals. Morals in and of themselves are useful for understanding many things. Also, morals seem to be universal to all humans, and to some extent animals. Religion not so much.
Also, you use religion and the religious narrative in the singular. Do Norse Religion and Buddhism count? Or are they just silly sideshows to "real" religion. Please specify.
Further, funny how deitists seem threatened as soon as more light is shed on prehistory by science.
Your argument is invalid or at best incomplete.
Uhm... slow day?
Even the beeb has this back in November, with the exact same graph. We do pay attention.
Re: Dead! Horse! Being! Flogged!
Your sense of irony has gone missing. Oh wait, you just used it in the title of your post. Carry on.
Damn you interwebs. Battle lines are too blurred..
Americans, or us Europeans, were never politically wired for this opaqueness... Bring us an enemy and the hords will unite..
Aliens, we need you! Just a teeny plasma shot at Buenos Aires will do, as in the film. Nothing really bad you understand. Please.
Re: If I sold 150 Mio. gadgets…
My company, a relatively big one in its space, rewards people with iPhone 4s on fully paid tarifs (what's the plural of 4s anyway). It's not working anymore. Not working in the sence that people go meh.
Maybe, as some have suggested, it's because smart phones are old hat. However, i think it's also an iPhone issue. Sure, they're not 5, but you'd expect a modicum of excitedness.
Re: @ Goldmember => I pronounce you...
The Eadon of pedestrians.
Re: For this to work in the UK...
That's not even clever trolling. Most people who drive also walk, no?
Daily Fail board is that way --------------------------->
Re: Curvy screen... why?
The problem is even bigger as tellies have been good for almost a decade. Well, at least higher end screens have been decent. So not only are people happy with their current main TV, the second telly is also plenty good enough. The effect is a shrinking early adopter crowd and increasingly desperate manufacturers.
Re: No matter what MS call it
Glad you got some upvotes for that. Have another one.
For all the "are you still using [crap]mail??" below, an old personal email adress actually has value. Yes, maybe I should have started reading the Reg a long time ago and learned to use multiple emails, but I didn't. So it sucks a bit.
But I love the fact MS has to pander to us oldies and provide a "transfer" programme. I will type in "www.hotmail.com" till I pop. Screw their brand transfer.
Re: It's all in the name
Just like when science nerd Stephen Fry marries Dawn French and she becomes Dawn French-Fry...
Completely off topic, I know.
Glad to see (sort of)...
That other commentards are also running out of arms.
In other news, the PADI dive chart is ridiculously small print. So do these things stay on under water? Expensive to lose. (I know you don't need to read it there, but just asking)
Oh look, the anti progress brigade turned up in the forum
As usual you think it's all about you. My taxes etc. I get that articles like this hurt your feelings. Even when they're sarcastically written by Rick. However, there's a teeny weeny chance Apple is doing this for internal as well as external reasons.
If you ran a company full of of progressive west-coast types (opposite of most commentards above), chances are you'd pander to their desires and go green. Sorry Rick.
The windmill fighting class is over there, by the rotting tyres.
They've struggled since Google overtook them in search market share circa 2002. Search has always been, still is, their biggest revenue source. However, they're so desperate to be a "portal". What they fail to understand is that the whole internet is a portal. Skipping between a separate chat and email provider is a, oh, a click away. Also, Europeans would never trust all their stuff with one provider. Americans otoh, seem happy to do so, hence Yahoo has clung on to market share there.
It's funny how Yahoo has been desperate to get away from Mail/Messenger, to be "more", a strategy which has led to their internet presence becoming decidedly less.
Incidentally (I), Google was offered for sale late 1990s, which Yahoo turned down (doh). Not only that, Yahoo then built Google by showing "powered by Google" on every single search results page.
Incidentally (II), it was Jeff Weiner, now with LinkedIn, who helped trash Yahoo Search when he was in charge.
Re: In memory of Eadon
Huh. Seems my wish of a "hide Eadon button" from a few days ago was granted. Permanently. So there is a deity after all. Or at least an editor or two.
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great