51 posts • joined Thursday 15th November 2012 10:05 GMT
> hell a decent sized branch, some string, a paperclip and a worm might catch you something.
One for the worm, the other one to say "Hey, it looks like you're trying to catch some fish, ...."
(there's your IT angle)
The bit that depresses me in this
Is that he's telling companies they advertise in print too much and not enough on the web.
As if I want even more adverts thrust in my face.
Re: stock goes down?
I'm no fan of Apple at all, but the second you write "crapple" in your post, your damage your own (reasonable) case and your credibility drops like a stone.
Re: The blog
"To be fair, every bike off the road is an accident prevented"
So all the stats that show it's more often than not car driver's hitting us are wrong then?
I know you're trolling, but I can't help biting on that one.
You know your way to work after a few months?
Is the Crystal Maze on your route or something?
For me at least yes Accept were immensely loud (and immensely good as well). Perhaps I've seen more raw power output elsewhere, but Belfast's Ulster Hall is a pretty compact venue and the accoustics always seem to make things a bit louder in there.
Their sound was also brilliantly clear (the best I've ever heard by a distance) which meant it was pretty peircing as opposed to some loud bands' distorted muffle.
You didn't see Accept at the Ulster Hall in 1985 then :)
"If any alien species with a modicum of intellect saw those things on our world, they would turn around shaking their heads while they did so."
There always seems to be an assumption that advanced alien life would see as as peurile or stupid or whatever because of the television we watch, the wars we fight, the damage we do to our surroundings, or similar.
I would think it highly unlikely they would assume any such thing - I imagine they would be well used to it:
I think it's a pretty safe bet that even the most advanced civilizations would have their fair share of numpties both watching and appearing on their Jeremy Kyle equivalents.
Re: Easy to defeat.
I think you'd have to try it to know how easy it is to defeat or otherwise. I doubt anyone here has done so.
As for real-world practicality? I reckon it would make a good game on "The Cube"
"I spend 95% of my commute on a freeway"
And you're stuck behind a bicycle?
1. No you don't. I certainly don't anyway. When I'm stuck behind 1000 cars, people are walking past me. I'm completely stationary for long periods. Clearly I'm using more fuel, for parts of that I'm doing zero miles per gallon. And that's not counting the other 999 cars also spewing stuff out.
2. Are pavements constructed specifically for the purpose of walking? Perhaps they are constructed for the purpose of not driving upon. Who knows!
3. My nanny government permits me to cycle wearing nothing but a thong if I so wish. Luckily - for me but moreso for everyone else - I don't own a thong
Re: On this logic
Aye but when you dig a little deeper:
What about the extra CO2 produced by the poor buggers that have to sweat under the weight of them as they carry them behind the hearse?
The gravediggers having to shift an extra one or two hundred kilos of soil?
And even after that, surely they need a lot more worms working a lot harder?
Ok Troll, I shall with some reluctance feed you:
I don't doubt for a second that your car uses more fuel per km when following a cyclist. What about when you're in a jam caused by too many cars for the road? I suggest the rise in fuel usage you get when stuck behind a cyclist pales into insignificance in comparison with the fuel usage you get when stuck behind a thousand cars (mostly with one person in them) all trying to go to the same place at the same time.
Walkers also produce CO2 whilst travelling along the pavement. Perhaps we should tax them too. And as for them causing the lights to change at pedestrian crossings when briefly our fuel usage rises to infinite per km, well my word, maybe we should actually ban walking.
You don't *have* to pay that extra 25 odd per cent you know - you could always try cycling instead.
Re: @AC 04:40 @Lusty Mixed blessing
Lusty, I had to give certificates to a load of kids at an event. Their little faces all lit up when they got them handed to them. I got them in a pdf (from the internet)
I also had to get a thousand fliers printed out, to go through doors. I'm not bad at designing them, but don't have the print capability. So I sent them to the printer in a pdf. Using, as you say, the internet.
What's your non-printing solution to these then?
Re: 70's Maths question of the day
This is excellent news my presumably small friend.
From this I can work out how many olympic swimming pools fit on the boat, and thereafter I'll clearly always be able to work out how much of any damn thing I can transport on this boat at any point as long as it's sizeable enough to be measurable in swimming pools. Or if it's the same size as a bean.
As long as whatever it is is no longer tinned of course.
Vimes said: "Also it's not always entirely clear what a reply is actually replying to. Would it be possible to add a 'in reply to post xxx posted by yyy' or something to that effect together with a link in the header of each reply?"
Herein lies an issue: There were a number of posts I could have quoted here, and would have liked to have done. But without getting out notepad or something, I can't.
Personally I think the whole thing should be properly threaded, with an ability to expand or contract each individual branch of the conversation "tree". And I think a proper quote (and multiquote) system would be a big benefit.
The fact that I can't quote more than one person at a time - and they way the system works I can't even see the other posts in order to cut-and-paste and do some kind of pseudo quoting - does I suggest lead to the kind of topics where no-one knows who's replying to whom.
I also think there's probably more than a few commentards who Reply to one of the first posts rather than post their own new comment simply in order to get their comment on the first page. A proper collapsible threaded system would help alleviate that.
If I have the time and inclination, I try to "sell" something back to them.
e.g. "Hello, yes I'm the householder. It's snowy here, is there snow there too? Oh right, there is snow? Is it cold? Yes? It's not cold here at all, I'm using a new type of insulation. I can do you a quote for insulation, I supply and fit and I've an exclusive deal with the Norwegian distributor for the UK here. If you just give me the building address there I can send round a team of engineers to assess your requirements. Sorry? You can't talk to me about your insulation requirements? Ah, so you're not a budget-holder. Ok, put your manager on, I'll talk to them."
Suprirising how far you can take some of them before the final point of victory, which is of course getting them to hang up on you
Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?
I fail to see what's difficult about it
I fail to see what was wrong with menus.
Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?
Anyone who still finds it difficult after 5 years shouldn't be calling themselves an IT pro.
Anything that takes 5 years to become less difficult shouldn't have been released in the first place.
Re: I suppose we should be happy big corp wants our data
And to answer your question, apparently quite a bit to people who want to sell things.
Re: I suppose we should be happy big corp wants our data
So you'd rather be one of the ones whose data they don't want? i.e. someone with absolutely nothing? Don't think so.
I think you misunderstand me. I said we should be happy big corp wants our data.
I never for a second said they should actually get it.
I suppose we should be happy big corp wants our data
Because if nothing else, it means we have some wealth.
There are people who they're not interested in at all, and I'm glad I'm not one of them.
I had TT for a few years in Norn Iron. Dear help their remaining customers if a fault's made it even slower than it was.
There were times it would've been quicker to get a relative in Scotland to print out the interwebs and send them on the overnight boat.
Re: the digital era
"better yet rather than paying extra for filler songs nobody lieks you can buy the individual tracks you want"
Therein lies something that saddens me - one of the problems of being able to pick and choose your download tracks.
Very often (in fact, more often than not), I grow tired of the "individual tracks I want" pretty quickly, and grow to develop a long-term love for some of those "extra filler songs nobody likes"
Added to that, a decent band with a good producer can get "flow" into an album that simply doesn't exist when tracks are ommitted (or it's on shuffle)
I'm sure I can't be alone in this.
Off on a tangent I know, so to add something on HMV - not that sad to see them go really. Overpriced and destroyed my local record shops. Biter bit, although I empathise with the staff right now.
1.2 billion light years was the upper limit for the size of a structure
I refuse to believe that there *is* an upper limit for the size of a structure.
Give it to me in Jack Russells
How many ergs does it take to make a cup of tea? How many joules to beat three eggs for an omelette? I have no clue.
Jack Russells is better - that's a unit of energy that is large enough to understand just how much energy it is, small enough to comprehend, and - most crucially of all - it would be a unit of energy understood by the layman and average joe.
Tell me what it is in Jack Russells. Then I and everyone else will understand.
One of the good things about this is...
... being Lego, you're only limited by your imagination as to what you fly - next week you could be the proud flyer of a petrol station, for example. Or more likely to cause fun, a cigar-shaped object or mysterious disc.
It also occurs that flying it up the side of a block of flats or a hotel could result in some interesting camera footage.
Re: Ping Time
> A female one?
No, a male. He's very good at Taekwondo too, so I can't even tell him to shut up.
I wonder if
they're just trying it out to see if it works?
Re: Mass 5 times that of earth
I can hear the missus already : "You B*s£$%%, take me home now, I don't care what it's like, you've dragged me all the way here and made me put on 36 stone"
It does make sense
Try reading it again.
The 'four other planets' aren't in the habitable zone.
Re: Ping Time
> 24 years latency makes for interesting communication.
"Hello, this is Earth. It's getting a bit crowded. Is there any room in your particular inn?"
....1 year, 2 years, 3 years, .... 24 years
"Sorry, could you repeat that? I've the kettle on and didn't quite catch it"
> Just talk and don't worry about a two way conversation
I've a workmate that does that. It's worse than no communication at all.
Re: Now all we need is...
and back again, I presume.
Re: Thanks for not mis-calling it the 'dark' side of the Moon...
Not only that, but cows that stand up, and only go onto all fours when they notice a satellite coming. And bears picturing themselves fixing up broken down cars.
(my favourite two that I can remember)
Do other beings have catalogs?
Every now and then, we discover life on our own planet in places we thought it close to impossible.
So, whilst I wonder how many catalogs we are in, more to the point I wonder how many catalogs we were considered for, but rejected as being unsuitable for supporting life?
Re: I'm torn, I really am
@bill 36. Scholes excellent, but can't agree he was better than Fat Frank. But you're bang on the money about Frank Senior though, though he had some serious competition in the "great player" rankings in those days, with the likes of Stan Bowles, Charlie George, Eddie Gray etc.
@AC. linesman standards, I don't doubt it. I carry the flag on our side of the pitch and the number of opposition players that scream for a throw-in when the ball's on the line is riduculous, so I assume they've never been told. Then again, some coaches seem to think it's all about winning, whereas my own and my club's view is that it's all about teaching kids to play football so that when it comes to the future, they'll win through ability and teamwork and not because they've a biased linesman (or ref!)
I'm torn, I really am
As a youth football coach, I could do with it making offside decisions as well, some of the decisions we get are shocking.
And as a Chelsea fan of 43 years, who firmly believes Fat Frank is the finest midfielder that the permiership has ever seen, it would have been nice to see Frank get the credit for what was a pretty decent and dead cert goal.
But then, as a Northern Irishman as well, who went multi-orgasmic when Sir David Healy scored a blinder against England seeing us win 1-0 in front of the world's finest crowd at Belfast's Windsor Park, I would seriously miss the commentator, pundit, and media whinging were goal-line tech to ensure that England couldn't fall foul of such a goal-line incident again.
England feeling unjust is a highlight of football - perhaps even a highlight of life itself, for example the time I was chased fully half a mile down the road from a pub in Richmond by a bunch of neanderthals throwing glasses, ashtrays, bottles etc at me, simply 'cos I had the cheek to stand up and roar my approval after the legend that is Gianfranco Zola scored the only goal as Italy beat England 1-0 at Wembley leaving the home side sweating on qualification for the 1998 world cup.
A tricky decision for the noodle-man, but on balance, yes, I hope either system gets adopted. Let it be brilliant, except for one high profile mistake that sees England dumped out of a world cup, so I can enjoy all the crying one more time.
Harsh? I don't think so : It's the fact that England fully expects - nay, thinks it has a divine right - to win everything that makes it so much more enjoyable when they win nothing
(and here endeth "I like noodles" chances of getting another upvote ever again)
Re: Buy yourself out??
@Gene - didn't see your question. JDX answered it more concisely than I ever would have.
I see I've a downvote - who knew my manager read the register!
Buy yourself out
I stated to my manager that I was buying myself out of the process.
He said that wasn't an option, that there was no process for buying out of the process, that it was the only way to get a raise, etc.
I told him the annual raise that I wasn't going to get would be what I'd use to buy myself out.
Got him, and the HR department, in a right old tiz.
Thoroughly enjoyable experience, that was.
Wouldn't it be great if they've found ...
... some kind of rectangle with rounded corners?
Not a fan of Brian Johnson.
Bon Scott sang with that kinda sneer in his voice (like he has on the cover of Highway To Hell). I don't think Brian Johnson is able to do justice to lots of that older material, songs like The Jack need that kinda sneering.
Re: Really? Seriously?
No, it most certainly has been sold on CD. I assume they really meant "sold as digital downloads" before.
£150? A touch too much
@Disgruntled of TW
You beat me to it, although you started after me :(
I think though, as mine is more complete, it helps prove our take on his analogy anyway, no? :)
Skeete's car race.
Hey Skeete - As an experiment in our work, we tried out your analogy for real.
We actually had 6 teams, teams 1 to 5 were the quick-and-dirty teams.
At the first corner, sadly team 1 hadn't thought of a steering system. They went straight on, over a cliff, and they all died.
The rest made it round and got to a level crossing, where team 2 realised they hadn't thought of brakes. Sadly they ploughed under a train and all of them died horribly. Team 3 carried on past the wreckage, laughing heartily, but - due mainly to not actually finding out what was required - discovered too late there was a ford they had to cross. Their car could handle rain, even a small stream, but the volume of water was way more than they'd realised and their little car couldn't cope. They all drowned.
Team 4 almost made it, but they got a puncture. That wouldn't be so bad, but they tried to change it as they were going, which resulted in another puncture which they also tried to change at the same time. Each time they got a puncture, their fix seemed to cause another two or three punctures. Eventually they had so many punctures, none of them were sure what they were trying to fix any more, until eventually in a mass of compressed air and rubber it all blew up completely, and they all died.
To everyone's amazement though, team 5 actually made it, they just scrambled across the line as team 6 came storming up from the rear in their pretty performant and robust looking motor. Boy did team 5 look stressed!
At first, management were going to fund team 5 for next year. But they eventually decided that team 5's approach had led to four right royal fuckups already, and one fluke, so they gave Team 6 the funding. I think team 6 probably swung it when they pointed out to management that for next year they already had a pretty good car - probably decent enough to last the next few years at least - that might just need a little maintenance.
Re: Yeah.... and what then?
>I mean it's great that this is being done, but I watched the first 6 videos on the scale of the universe,
>in the Khan Academy and it just fucked my brain.....
>I am not saying that you should not see it, and I am not saying it's bad, but your getting fed great
>information in a very mentally digestable form - and that is the problem.......
>I mean it's GOOD to see, but it's just too much to take in.
I've never seen that Khan Academy stuff before. I know things are utterly huge, I know times and distances are too vast to really contemplate properly, but this stuff is very good for giving a numpty like me some sort of understanding of the scales involved.
You're right, it's far too fucking much, but brilliant all the same.
You sit in work thinking "I'll never meet this deadline, the customers will go nuts, my boss will go into meltdown, I'm fucked" and then you look at this and realise how completely and totally irrelevant your own miniscule problem is. Even if my work-related fuckup somehow resulted in the earth flying into the sun, it wouldn't even be a noticable event.
People fighting in the middle east and stuff should be sat down in front of things like this, and then asked at the end "what the fuck are you bothering for?"
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