35 posts • joined 20 Nov 2012
Re: "Microsoft Office 1002014 cannot read this file"
Then why oh why don't future civilisations use LibraOffice 9538485.3 on Ubuntu 58486324.1 instead, thereby "sticking it to the M$ man"? It's free, stable and and they've finally got the Desktop UI and printer drivers nailed, (remaining printer, UI and network issues TBA in release 58486324.2 and later).
Jingle bells, batman smells...
...Robin flew away / The bat mobile lost its wheels / On the M1 motor way
That is how I recall this historic 70s playground verse.
Birmingham 1978 (ish).
Re: Resistance is futile
"The only way to get charge out of a capacitor is to run it down to 0 volts."
I didn't think that "zero volts" were absolutely required, whatever you mean by that.
"... but then you're really making a perpetual motion machine"
No you are not "really" making anything of the sort; in fact you are not even trying. You are just trying to make a more efficient machine. I don't know how you got to perpetual motion machines.
Stick a Post-It note (or some other sticking thing) over the D.O.G. Post-It will appear in both eyes. Problem solved.
Re: SQL 2014
"Pretty much. Except maybe in freetarded companies.."
Erm... What about "Oracled" companies?
Yes, I too was expecting an article about the SQL language "standard" being updated, not SQL Server. I think it's very bad that "SQL" is becoming synonymous with a single database product (if this is true).
I remember drooling
I went to a computer fair at Earls Court (1985?) with my father and brother and remember getting lots of leaflets about the Elan Enterprise and thinking "wow, this has everything and it looks pretty". As a 15-year-old I didn't realise at the time that this wasn't the future but instead the present (which already had one foot in the 8-bit grave). I remember going home to our BBC Micro, not realising how lucky I was to have got one of the best machines of this magnificent era.
Proof that looks are everything (if you're an adolescent)...
Re: If you don't like it, overwrite it
Agreed. This is a very good first step which is relatively simple. It doesn't conclusively prove anything but if TC keeps working then it raises suspicion a little higher.
Alternative logo design - Marissa!
I'm a big fan of MM you understand. Instead of the silly lettering how about a Andy Warhol style picture of Marissa as the logo? She's the best thing about Yahoo right now (or should I say the best thing about any Yahoo story which shows a picture of her ).
Re: long lost art of efficient programming
I concur with all this. Back in those days programs weren't "written", they were crafted. Another example that springs to mind is ZX81 Chess (1K).
It has to be Marissa
I'm a big fan. Not sure how she'd get on. Hair tossing not chair tossing. The DEVELOPERS won't know what's hit them.
And use real stopmotion special FX, while you're at it
CGI has never IMO come close to the models and painstaking animated composite action scenes of the original episodes. Yes, yes, yes.
But it's cheaper. And it's out now. And it doesn't look like an 80s VCR. And the games are cheaper.
Re: First mover advantage??
"Since when did the iPad or iPhone enjoy a first mover advantage in the tablet computer/smartphone markets?!"
Apple have occasionally set the scene for other manufactures:
...Retina Display? It was damn cool at the time, admit it.
...iTunes & Apps Store? Love'em or hate'em, it's set the landscape for Android and Windows.
...Round Corners? Ermm, there's another one.
BTW I have switch to Android in the last 6 months (not a fanboi)
One of a number early PC classics (yes, I know started on non-PC hardware)
Yes, very fond memories of playing this classic game on my Amstrad PC. Other classic games I enjoyed around that time:
.....Gods - A platform glassic.
.....Xenon 2 - Vertical scroll space shoot em up.
These games were polished; Pure quality.
Captain Rum to Lord Blackadder: "You have a WOMAN's PHONE, me'lord."
Re: Here's a playthrough
OK, here's a US receipt for 1981:
So the answer is between about $20 to $30 which would have been (guessing) £15 to £25. A retail price index calculator (http://www.hl.co.uk/news/inflation-calculator) tells me that in today's money that would have been £52 to £87.
That's not good value. No wonder only my "rich kid" friends had A2600. The rest of us had ping pong selector consoles playing on our Grundigs.
Yes, they'll be next to the Facebook phones.
Re: Here's a playthrough
Ok, it not actually as bad as I thought I would be (if you can ignore the negative commentary). How much were A2600 games in those days? I'm guessing too much to justify this level of 8-bit bleepware.
I guess you have to remember the A2600 was no arcade board.
A welcome announcement. In other news the stock price continues to bomb. It's a daily ritual for me: Look at the price and shake head slowly, occasional facepalm.
Re: I don't understand people who want removable batteries
...But you still have to pre-charge the other battery, which *is* hassle. Just saying that "I always have a battery pre-charged" kind of hides the extra hassle of managing more that one battery, I think.
Also I'm guessing that it's actually more that 10 second to change a phone battery if you include power-down/power-up/relaunch. More like 30 seconds on a good day.
You don't have to pre-charge a charger.
I don't understant people who want removable batteries
Why? I know lots of people with Samsungs and they never swap the battery. Why? Because you have to:
1. pre-charging the spare battery
2. powering the phone down,
3. swapping the battery,
4. booting it up again and
5. relaunching the app you were using...
...which is far more hassle that carrying a wall charger or car charger. Unless you are going on an expedition to the dark ages, you will always find a power-socket.
The SD card slot - May be. But the battery? After a 2 year contract you get a new phone anyway.
I wonder if *this* story will now kick-start to FB stock price. Something's gotta work.
"It's the size of a PC"
Does it actually need to be? I've started a Raspberry PI project for this already.
Re: Why should there be life on Mars?
"Mars dried out a billions of years ago...What an earth makes these scientists think that life will have survived".
Which scientists think that life will have survived????
"Actually finding no evidence of life is as interesting as finding evidence of life"
Ermmm... I don't think so. OK, maybe if you are devoid of any emotions whatsoever.
The CPU is mounted diagonally?
The RPi cannot possibly compete with this. I'm getting 3.
...and how many times the size of Wales?
Please can we have all future measurements in "Wales", please. Use of the imperial "bus" measure is non-standard and frankly insulting to anyone under the age of 40. I was a child of the 70s and by then the "wales" was already established in geography classes when measuring rainforests. Anyone knows these days that 1 hectare = 5 nanoWales.
Re: "Wouldn't it be self winding"
Paris, a woman with the potential to keep thousands of iWatches wound.
In our house you would be summarily executed for such a crime. OUTRAGEOUS!!
It's a kg!
Can't they just agree that 1 Kg is exactly 1000 grams? A gram is too small to worry about, so problem solved! Now the boffins can concentrate on more pressing things like the time travel, x-ray glasses, invisibility and teleportation.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000 ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad