Re: Attractive girls don't make me buy stuff
A/B testing supports this subject line. One example: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/13/booth-babes-dont-convert/
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A/B testing supports this subject line. One example: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/13/booth-babes-dont-convert/
One of the most essential game bars I recall was the chain of identical bars in the Bard's Tale games, where the only way to recharge your bard was to take them to the local bar and get them a drink.
*Federal* copyright law does not cover sound recordings pre-1972. However, those sound recordings are still subject to *state* copyright laws, which vary hugely (part of the reason sound recordings were brought under federal law). Some of those state copyrights are actually more stringent than the current federal ones.
Another couple: "All About the Pentiums" and "Virus Alert" by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
The Silicon Forest has your startup culture without the insane rents, decent mass transit for the US, PLUS the ability to handle rain, thanks to a climate every bit as drizzly as the UK.
"For what it’s worth, I think it is that all true hackers (no matter how that trait manifests itself) love problem solving. Whether those problems are manifest in code or engineering is essentially immaterial."
Or science, or any human technology or process. I loved reading this, and I don't even drive.
Yes, France may beat us on exploding whales, but Oregon has long since set its explosive sights on much larger beach debris. Put "New Carissa" in your favorite search engine for all the details.
As a fan of MST3K and Thog's Masterclass, the feature I'm looking for is a way to nominate especially entertaining bits of bad prose for the delectation of my fellow readers.
I believe it's BBC America that actually cuts it up and inserts ads.
Either way, I for one would also welcome a way to watch it just as it appeared in the UK. Maybe even, dare I hope, just after it airs, instead of waiting for some arbitrary period for the news to get stale?
Same here! Never mind what planet we should be on, I can't even manage to be on the right continent on this one...
I really liked this trilogy, even though I haven't been able to enjoy any of Robinson's subsequent books that I've tried. Done properly, it would be a genuine epic. Done badly... eugh.
"But as a rough guide, a UK yearly household gas and 'leccy bill is some £1,400. So, if anyone comes along with a piece of kit that works for 10 years and costs, say, £5,000, then people will buy and install it."
Having learned a fair amount of situational psychology, I feel confident asserting that far fewer people than you expect will rush out and buy it. The slow adoption of more-efficient light bulbs may be instructive here.
Thumbs-up anyway because I'm always happy to hear about new advances in cheap energy.
It is obligatory at this point to mention Duane Elms's song "The Terrific Centrifugal Still".
I want The App That Says "Ni".
"Does anyone know if Oregon is at least suing Oracle?"
Nothing's been filed yet, but various officials have been dropping hints that it will.
Isaac Asimov said it best: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"
Proposing a rail link across the Bering Strait gives me two knee-jerk reactions:
1) The person who thinks this would ever actually get built is insane.
2) THAT WOULD BE SO COOL
It sounds a lot like their early stages of the English-language version of Alteil, which I enjoyed a great deal. Later on Alteil underwent adjustments that made it basically impossible to play for free.
The deck-building mechanism for the Arena, relying on random cards rather than the ones you've collected, sounds very promising for keeping things balanced for non-paying players. Which is why I'm suspicious that it won't stay that way forever.
Anyway, this sounds like something I'll probably check out regardless.
I've seen a lot of assertions about what should or shouldn't be allowed, but this, the one commentary I've seen referencing actual California employment law, hasn't gotten nearly enough attention:
"This basically pulls the rug from under the feet of the 'think of the childrenz' game-censoring crusaders, which is a good thing."
Nah, it only says they're choosing the wrong reason for censoring games.
Next up, a usability rating system! Sorry kids, you can't play this one, it's labeled AO for Awful Organization...
This makes me think of the Goon Show, with the characters' habit of paying each other in pictures of money.
"If there is a genuine claim of sexual harassment and intimidation, then the employee presumably has the avenue of an industrial tribunal, or whatever the US equivalent is [...]"
Do you mean something like this?
There's no US equivalent. If a court gets involved, it has to be through a plain old lawsuit.
Yes, it's currently Heisei 26.
Exactly what I was thinking: it's what Bill Gates has always wanted!
Or alien death ray strike, if I remember _The Lathe of Heaven_ correctly...
That panic button sounds like a useful gadget. May have to get myself one of those.
I'd expect an El-Reg-branded one to take me to the BOFH archive, of course.
I'd love to have a T-shirt featuring this "geek" comment icon, with size and placement similar to the large logo in the survey. Because people around me could use the warning...
Great article, but I have a nit to pick with: "When I was first involved in this sort of thing, it didn’t have a name."
I recently read a book from 1934* which makes reference to "the special vehicle for exploiting patent monopolies", which seems to be about the same thing as a patent troll. Only briefly, though, apparently expecting the contemporary reader to be fully aware of the issues involved.
The same book also bewails what's now called a patent thicket (they don't seem to have had a specific term for it at the time), mentioning for instance a mechanical loom which had to license 80 different patents.
*Technics and Civilization, by Lewis Mumford
...here's a report that HMRC is blocked:
I'd've thought he'd fit right in in Toronto.
Wow. Thanks for the link.
The only way this could have been even cooler is if the TV adaptation of "The Canal" had had the same cast as the radio episode it was based on-- which included guest star Valentine Dyall, the future Black Guardian!
Is the massed mainstream media all incorrect in reporting that the program bracketing Who's initial slot along with Grandstand was something called Juke Box Jury?
The idea of Doctor Who scheduled right next to Telegoons is too wonderful for my mind to comprehend.
"Genes don't record who raped who."
...unless they're in mitochondria or Y chromosomes.
Argh, I mean "...headed EAST for new lands across Beringia...". Muphry's Law [sic] strikes again.
...at the time. Keep in mind that the ancestors of most of today's Indo-European-speaking European inhabitants didn't actually arrive in Europe until at most 3-4000 years ago. What we're talking about here is a population where one part headed west for new lands across Beringia, and another part just kept bouncing around inner Asia for the next several thousand years.
"No robot in TV history has enjoyed such renown as K-9"
I dunno, if you can remember K-9's heyday then you can also remember KITT, and there were way more people watching Knight Rider back in the day.
K-9 is probably more recognizable to today's young 'uns, though...
The episode count was typically 4 episodes in the Tom Baker and later eras, but typically 6 before that.
I do remember watching movie-style edits of some Baker stories, with opening credits only at the beginning, and closing credits only at the end, on my local PBS station-- they'd run individual episodes on weekdays and then the movie versions Friday or Saturday nights. IIRC, when BBC America first came into being, part of their programming was a seemingly random rotation of the movie edits.
Simply because it contains my favorite Delgado bit ever: Having finally schemed his way into capturing the Doctor's TARDIS for his own use, the Master looks over the decrepit equipment and the state of the Doctor's haphazard attempts to get it working again, and finally mutters, "Might as well try flying a secondhand gas stove!"
Indeed, there's no way to reconcile those movies with the series...
OTOH, when I say I like "all the classic Doctors", I do include Richard Hurndall and Michael Jayston.
Yeah, you're always going to have a special place in your heart for whichever Doctor got you to keep watching.
I was 5 when the local PBS station started airing it, and the very first episode I saw was the start of "Robot". I didn't fully understand what was going on, but it looked like fun...
Least favorite classic doctor: I don't like the McCoy era as much as the rest, but I don't have any problems with McCoy's portrayal, more with the writing during that time.
I can't tell if the "nascent" fandom is supposed to mean DW fandom specifically or Australian science fiction fandom in general. If the latter, Australia had hosted its first World Science Fiction Convention, which requires a well-established and organized local fan community, in 1975.
It hadn't occurred to me that Tegan would be one of the top scorers, especially, in comparison to the much less stressful lives of her contemporaries! No wonder she eventually ran off saying "I've had enough!"
"Technology is supposed to be destroying the traditional media, but tech gurus can't seem to keep their mitts off the sector."
I for one am willing to believe that this is much more likely to be the death of traditional media than any other mechanism yet proposed.
"[T]he other time lords aren't enemies except that the Doctor stole the Tardis"
...well, other than the Rani... and the War Chief... and Omega... and Borusa that one time...
(Unless this all got retconned in the new series, which i've never watched.)
Isn't it the approach in most college subjects to start from the beginning, as though the kids have learned nothing in their previous decade-plus of schooling? (Bitter comment about the quality of schooling in your home country left as an exercise for the reader.)
Anyway, assuming that no programming had been learned beforehand was certainly reasonable with most of my college classmates (US, late '90s).
IIRC, Sarah Jane's remarks in that scene made it pretty clear at the time that it wasn't Croydon. (Though the information about exactly where it was did come much later.)
The reporter on the scene later wrote his autobiography and gave the whale top billing:
And if you think the state of Oregon learned its lesson about trying to get rid of large beach debris by blowing it up, look up the tale of the New Carissa.
Totally with you on "Inferno"; that's the first thing I thought of when reading the introduction. It's also got one of the best commentaries of any of the classic Who DVD releases.
But some days I'd say "Warriors' Gate" is the best Doctor Who story ever. (Other days, I think it isn't possible to pick one.) The depiction of the slavers, some of whom might even be decent guys in other contexts but who have completely lost all sight of the fact that their cargo consists of sentient beings... the chief villain done in entirely by his own actions... the glimpse of the Tharil empire and the turnabout it's suffered. And sure, you can tell the effects were done on a '70s TV budget but IMHO they still hold up surprisingly well.
I think I'd put that in place of "The Pyramids of Mars" or "Robots of Death" and replace the other with "Mawdryn Undead". Partly that's because I'm a sucker for any story where they bring back an old favorite like the Brigadier, but partly also the sleight-of-hand involved in setting up the mystery of how two groups of people can be in the same place but can't find each other.
Indeed! The strongest of all human emotions is the urge to *not make a fuss*. It's a useful one-- human civilization couldn't exist without it-- but it can be used against you. One of the basics of resisting any form of social control is being able to be the jerk sometimes.
I mean, in "The Edge of Destruction", a stuck switch has it hurtling back to the Big Bang to be obliterated, and the only way it's able to communicate this error condition is to show cryptic images on the video screen and induce psychosis in the passengers. What Gallifreyan BOFH came up with that interface??