987 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
the sound of WTF in the morning.
Re: James Van Allen had similar issues
This being El Reg I suspect vodka and orange might be more appropriate.
I misread it as "quibble"
But maybe that only applies to the solicitor type.
Re: The joys of capitalism
I'm sorry sir, you can't have any water for drinking. Yes I know we said unlimited water, you have unlimited water, as long as you want to use it for bathing and washing things? Why? because some people might drink too much.
To be fair, it's more like having unlimited water provided you don't try to fill any swimming pools. That's said the network operators have to get used to the fact that people now have swimming pools and figure the required usage into their network provision and hence into the plans they offer.
I need three hands here
Because on one hand I think this sort of crap should be shovelled into a deep dark cesspit and on the other I don't trust any government to do it - even without the possibility of corruption the law is a very blunt instrument. But on the third hand - sexually rating minors? They crossed a line there and they got a slap on the wrist. I won't be shedding any tears for them or for the future of freedom and democracy in Australia.
and Big Dog could have been be knocked up by anyone with enough Lego.
It's science. The product is knowledge not shiny toys (though those do tend to come later on).
he's the result of a misguided experiment to clone Jamie Hyneman.
Fools. There is only one Hyneman.
Lester just forgot whether he was coming or going. Travelling back to the paleolithic and back (forward?) in a tardis made entirely of rolled paper tubes will do that.
This article completely fails to be about robo-sharks (laser-equipped or otherwise).
Turing, Shockley, Berners-Lee
They were all wasting their time since they couldn't possibly have predicted 4chan.
Reduction, folks. Not a dirty word, just how science works.
Re: Moving in Cycles?
Exactly. He's saying the process is iterative rather than incremental. I know we're all geeks here, and literalism is our weak point, but it's a simple metaphor.
On the up side
Hollywood won't have to give up its addiction to exploding cars.
Come back Douglas
You are so needed.
and be damned.
Re: Go home Bohmians!
No, it's a property of the model. And the kicker is that in something like a hundred years nobody has been able to demonstrate that there is any more to reality than the model describes. Or to put it another way, the hidden variables that "common sense" demands have become increasing conspicuous by their absence.
Re: Looks like an iPad
I too like the fact that it isn't just a minimalist black slab*. On the other hand I support the right of everyone to manufacture or own black slabs if that's what turns them on.
*Not that there's anything wrong with black slabs per se. They have their place which is in the opening sequence of Kubrick films.
Why do I have the strange feeling someone dug this up
from under Stonehenge?
then went on to determine that men look at porn.
Re: @ Fitz
Protip: If you ever find yourself wondering how your opponents can be so stupid it's probably not your opponents who are stupid.
Nah, It's just big Dumb Guy in a tutu.
Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"
"You actually believe Apple gave ANYTHING away for free?"
Yeah, and that was Jeff Goldblum's personal Mac in Independence Day.
Dunning Kruger has nothing to do with skill
Well very little. It's the tendency of the less competent to overate their abilities (or conversely the more competent to underrate them) but competency isn't the same thing as skill. A lack of skill can frequently be remedied by training and practice, incompetence almost never.
"May this year"
Dammit, I was looking forward to finding out how the Googleplane did against a salvo of Starstreaks. At this stage it's about the only thing that's likely to make the Olympics interesting to me.
You may call them "vampire stars"
I call them "Robin Hood stars" - robbing from the (mass) rich and giving to the (mass) poor. Well not so much of the latter but anything that strikes a blow against the bloated fat-cats* of the star world is fine by me.
*Can I get one for Tom Cruise, please.
It's a pity
el Reg doesn't allow commentators to change the font size - then you really could have gotten your point across.
Re: Proprietary Technology
That and a script knocked up in about twenty minutes in Mumbai - you don't expect a "social media entrepreneur" to sit front of a PC clicking buttons do you.
that's the pig. (Actually more like a retarded dodo.)
If you're going to have separate ID numbers for multiple devices it probably time to give up the expectation taht they be something that the end users has to deal with more than once. Either move to a DNS like system or issue numbers to persons not devices.
Since the idiots
who think wireless can replace fibre have yet to show up here I think your annoyance is a little premature. As for the "mind numbingly obvious "stats"" , well statistics tend to be like that - they tell you what you already know but with numbers.
He writes a competent but unexciting article, some sub drops in a piece of el Reg's trademark sarcasm*, and suddenly he's guilty of sloppy reporting.
*I suspect he Register's in-house style guide is just 20 pages of examples of how to do sarcasm.
Dammit! I was going to do the Douglas Adams reference
Missed it by this much - Don Adams will have to do instead.
Actually it's Vulture East
so I suspect the relevant units are furlongs per fortnight, Olympic swimming pools, donkeys, and the size of Portugal.
Probably explains the player crashes
I know I felt like crashing (my head into something hard) after watching Armageddon just once.
She was probably an early Mavica model.
Re: Legalise Love
Seriously ! I had the idea that adultery was illegal - when I was all of five. When are you going to grow up?
My memory's a little hazy
but didn't the whole affair start with NASA announcing an "important" (as in hint, hint, we've found life on Mars) only to follow it up with this piece of mostly speculation. In the circumstances the media can be forgiven for trying to make the best out of the very little they were given.
The really kinky ones
with only one nipple piercing.
Stockbroking, investment banking, telecommunication and seafood investments
Pick the odd one out.
Telecommunications - all the others inevitably end up on the nose.
I've never seen an actual little green man in SF. (And I've seen and watched a lot.) Now Rutans on the other hand. (Even if what they did was less floating and more been dragged along by an invisible string.)
Exactly. Point of article:If you're a producer you rely on your suppliers - if the product they supply is not fungible you have a problem. So the Amazon thing is exactly not a relevant example.
Re: @Big Dumb Guy 555 -- -What???? ...But the US didn't
According to the episode of QI I watched last night the US has the solid support* of Palau on the Cuba thing so it's not like it's an international pariah or anything. . .
*At least until the aid money runs out and the way things are going it'll probably run out soon. Twenty years ago the US thought it had won the Cold War. Twenty years on it's becoming clear that it was just that the USSR lost it first.
Re: i must have missed the IT angle
Interred Trove - theres always an IT angle.
Re: Surely any coin
Well obviously, since their were no Christians around at the time they used BCE instead.
Beware the Intel fanbois - they may not be many but they are keen.
I hate to say it but this story crosses the line from good fun and harmless innuendo into outright sexism. It's the 21st century folks, the mere presence of women anywhere, no matter how attractive, should neither be a surprise nor cause of schoolboy sniggers.
Might work with the end sequence of 2001. Otherwise, I can't see much use for it.
Re: Meanwhile on Branson's island..
The thing about islands is that the bigger they get the less islandy they become. I mean I live on an island but since it's an entire continent you'd never know.
Dammit, I see where this is going. Ellison's ego won't be satisfied until he buys a
Well I changed my name to
Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrela Stand Jasper Wednesday (pops mouth twice) Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable (whinnying) Arthur Norman Michael (blows squeaker) Featherstone Smith (whistle) Northgot Edwards Harris (fires pistol, then 'whoop') Mason (chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff) Frampton Jones Fruitbat (squeaker) Gilbert (sings) 'We'll keep a welcome in the' (three shots) Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin (squeaker) Tiger-drawers Pratt Thompson (sings) 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter (horn) Pussycat (sings) 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mainwaring (hoot, 'whoop') Smith.
But I misspelled 'umbrella' so I should be right.