80 posts • joined Friday 24th August 2007 12:26 GMT
Made Me Smile
"from stage to stream without a hitch"
From my 20-odd years sitting back of house in live event production it's not so much "without a hitch" as "without a hitch the audience notices" - the two are very different as many a pair of boxer shorts can attest :)
RE: remind me not to buy one of your old cars
"Leaving your foot on the clutch at traffic lights - doesn't do the clutch any favours and is probably to be considered dangerous."
It is, it's a driving test failure for the very reasons you mention, or at least was when I did mine.
True, I've always thought Bitrex and Campari tasted exactly the same so I doubt it would put of a desperate alcoholic.
Slap a bit of orange juice in it and it'd just be an Aqium Gel Sunrise :)
"20 per cent of perpetrators were of Asian origin"
That's remarkably high considering in England/Wales the Asian/Asian British population is around 6% (in 2009 at any rate). Makes me curious as to what's influencing this.
In Other News...
Steve Jobs wears black turtlenecks. All other sweaters now obsolete.
Oh Lewis, what have you done?
Normally I think Lewis' articles aren't too bad, some lean a little towards Brit bashing this is true, but there are usually some very good points in there.
This one goes over the edge though. As many fellow commentistas have pointed out the ONLY source of outside info for this article is the PAF pilots quote. And he quite clearly says:
"NATO pilots are not that proficient in close-in air-to-air combat. They are trained for BVR [Beyond Visual Range] engagements and their tactics are based on BVR engagements."
He then spins this into a two page article about how shit the Typhoon is, and laughably titles one page "Analysis" when it's clearly nothing of the kind.
Lewis, El Reg may be a 'red top' but there really is no need for this.
He got off lightly...
It wasn't so long ago that in the eyes of the plod his multiple phones would've flagged him as a terrorist.
Re: Psion Series 3
I can remember the first time I saw one of these. Some years ago I was doing some work at Intergraph in Swindon, time dragged on and food was needed. The chap I was working with pulled out his Psion, pressed a couple of buttons, held it next to the phone and suddenly we were ordering pizza.
Nothing at all now of course, but at the time it had me picking my chin up of the desk.
Forget Smartness For Now
No need for smart projectiles if you can get the guns to recycle ready to fire quickly and for a decent number of firings before needing service.
Get a few railguns that can sustain a good rate of fire and do so for more than a few rounds and instead of one projectile (possibly) hitting the target at Mach 5, you can populate the general area of the target ship with lots of projectiles travelling at Mach 5 and (possibly) rip the thing to shreds.
Or in the case of hostile aircraift/missiles significantly cut down or eliminate the number of options they have to course correct away from the threat. I think this was what Tool of Lucifer was saying in the first part of his rant.
Personally I like the idea of railguns, they make me happy. But I can't help wondering what happens to the projectiles that miss as 200 miles is a long way to travel... Potentially into civilian coastal settlements.
Maybe smartness is needed after all.
RE: Bold claim...
Yep, I do! Back in the day myself and a mate used to connect up two PC's with a serial lead and go mental at lunchtimes. I've played plenty of F1 games since and none have managed to entertain quite so well or for so long. There used to be a patcher called something like F1GP-ED that allowed you to customise the cars etc. so that they reflected the current season.
Perhaps more likely
Is they're using parts they know well and have solid supply contracts in place for? Simplfies the engineering and coding required to make the thing work and deliver it at a competitive price point I would've thought.
Apple may be a lot of things but they're not stupid. If they were I don't think they'd be where they are now.
Not a fanboi, just an observer (current Apple products = 0).
Re: Looks like too much work
"Is it really likely that anyone wants to organize tabs into little groups and share them around with people?"
First person I mentioned it to could think of several real world situations in which he and his colleagues could make genuine productive use of this. He got quite excited about it too.
Not having a go, just saying.
RE: what about VHS ?
I still use my VHS for recording.
OK the quality isn't as good as a digital alternative and the functionality isn't as good either but it just sits there under the telly solidly doing its job and costs me nothing. Until it breaks, the quality dips below an acceptable level, or my tapes wear out (which I see happening first) I see no reason to chuck out a perfectly functioning device.
Pint - because if I could I'd buy it one.
"Breed a supersonic fighter with a passenger jet. It was neither the first supersonic aircraft, nor was it the first passenger jet, it just combined the two."
So we didn't have gliders or big fuck off rockets before the Shuttle then? Or did they simply combine the two...
Sorry mate, couldn't resist :)
Last MOT I needed I did a little early seeing as I needed to get the front tyres replaced anyway. The mechanic said "We'll do the MOT first just in case, it doesn't make much difference as the re-test is free". Sure enough it failed on the front tyres which I knew about all along.
Knock up one failure which bears no relation to the reliability of the car or the diligence of the owner. If there's one like that then I'd imagine there'll be others.
Actually PB has a point, all the Moto phones I've had in the past have been pretty poor too. Although in my experience it was usually build quality and battery life that were the main offenders.
Pray tell, what was it about his well written post that made you assume he was 12?
(It's "you're" and "you" by the way)
Oh God Not This Again
First, Anonymous Coward (22:10)
"MMS I believe was left out on purpose. The only people that I know of using MMS regularly are the "Well my Windows Mobile/Nokia does…) crowd that try and belittle the iPhone. I'd not used it before owning an iPhone, and sure as hell didn't miss it after buying it! You see, the iPhone has a technology called "electronic mail". Marvellous really."
Yes, my last few phones (multiple vendors & platforms) have had it too. They've also had MMS. Which is great when I need to send a pic to the contractor out on site somewhere whose phone choice I can't dictate, then I could use whichever method is best suited to convey the information. Now that's marvellous. Tell me, before your phone got MMS how would you have done that? Drive several hundred miles with a sketch? Carrier pigeon perhaps?
Second, Mr. Joe Ragosta:
"It's funny that the anit-Apple crowd accuses Apple of being a cult and Mac users to be mindless fanatics -- yet it is the anti-Apple crowd who seems to base their diatribes on irrational concepts."
No mate, look at the comments and you'll find it's all sides on this one. Why? No idea, reminds me of chimps throwing shit to be honest.
BB1 vs. VLV
So 67 years down the road and they've managed to make their electric city car monumentally ugly and increased the range by a meagre 25 miles? Truly an achievement worthy of laudation.
Re: Ah, Alabama
"The state where 41% of the population voted to keep miscegenation illegal ... in 2000"
I'll 'fess up an say I'd no idea what "miscegenation" even existed as a word let alone knew what it meant until I read this and had to go look it up.
But... WTF? In 2000? Really? Frightening...
@Kev Conroy & Nobby
Kev Conroy drooled: "Anyone over the age of ten would find mechwarrior dull".
So because *you* didn't like it then it's only suitable for under tens? Mr. Conroy you should really take a deep breath, we live in a modern diverse culture and I'm sure you'll find (hold on to your hat for this one) that there are people out there with interests and ideas DIFFERENT TO YOURS!!! I know! It's madness! They even let black people ride the buses now!
Nobby lamented: "it didn't work. i think its safe to say that my abiding loathing of microsoft stemmed from attempting to get this game running."
Sorry to hear that, all of the MW games ran fine out of the box for me. The only problem I ever had was when my mech packs disappeared and that turned out to be the fault of 3D Studio MAX installing a different version of CDilla (great that, two legit programs and their licensing screws one over).
"When was the last time you saw an album with sleeve notes?"
All the Porcupine Tree reissues/remasters have copious sleeve notes, something I'd have totally missed had I chosen to download instead. Mind you they are prog so what do you expect?
Your point's mostly valid, but still a pretty big generalisation :)
"Why are people so willing to put up with this infringement on our rights when the IRA did a heck of a lot more damage on the mainland than Al Q ever has?"
I've asked myself the same question. The only answer I can come up with was that the threat from the IRA was very real and very deadly. Real people got injured and killed, I know some. This time round it's neither and is being used as a tool to instil fear and suspicion while at the same time removing some of those inconvenient 'rights' that people seem to have gained. Win win for the oppressors.
It's just a shame the 21st century has so far been by and large apathetic. Otherwise we might have had a revolution by now :)
RE: There is no doubting that Tiscali cocked up but...
"If you've changed your name, changed your address, not passed on your details to anyone you don't trust and have visually changed dramatically over 20 years then I don't think you have a significant amount to worry about."
You assume here that the individuals that might want to do her ill are unaware of the previous details, where in fact they might well have some of it and are piecing it together. Following the breadcrumbs so to speak. You also assume that those same individuals don't have significant personal or financial incentives to discover her whereabouts. Given that neither of which you can possibly know, your risk assessment is somewhat flawed.
We all knew someone at primary school...
...Who had a very powerful magnet.
Seems some people never grow up :)
(one for the PBR watchers)
Reminds me of...
One of the first interweb stories that made me feel severely uncomfortable about a chap who did something very similar and then wrote up a thorough description.
Ah, a quick Googling has turned it up:
Re: The last paragraph on the first page should have told me I did not need to read further...
"I have asked friends who have had Nokia N95 and 96, Blackberrys etc. "Do you ever use the internet on your phone?" and a common answer is "I tried it once.""
To be honest I think that says more about your friends than the capability or user experience of internet on the 95/96. It's great, maybe not iPhone great, but nonetheless very nice.
re: "wandered around various venues" by AC
"Venues like the NEC, the NEC and the NEC? Wouldn't want to mention Birmingham, would we?"
Spot on mate, I noticed the avoidance of the dreaded B word too - shame on you El Reg.
On the plus side this isn't going to affect Brummie jobs like it would've a few years ago. Cheers ExCel!
And when will...
...my employer not block websites "related to computer security"? Surely allowing people to educate themselves and therefore help protect their network is a good thing?
Cat, meet pidgeons
I was always under the impression that agnostics were the ones on the fence, no current belief in God but open to change should the situation or evidence that they were wrong arise - burning bushes, quests for grails, that kind of thing.
Whereas atheists fundamentally (ouch) disbelieve in the existence of God and would not change from that position even if the Big Guy* appeared in front of them with all his little wizards.
I think what most people commenting here really are, are humanists: "a rationalistic system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters" (source: OED)
No idea what I am, although I do believe in the healing powers of beer and pizza if that helps.
*Or Gal, or Evil Alien Overlord - whatever.
@Jerry - About MMS
"MMS? If you are over 12 years old you're big enough to use email like the big boys."
Jerry, please don't assume because it's like that for you that it's like that for everyone. Many people I work with don't have/use email on their phones but they do have MMS. In the field I know I can send an image to someone and they'll be able to view it if they're away from their desks. Because of this I use it frequently and I'm considerably older than 12.
Mind you I use an n95 so I get to use both and it costs me much less to own than an iPhone :)
Oh God, another one.
Not everyone has unlimited data. These people will probably not have email set up on their handset or have a particularly 'high-end' device, and if they do may well have their client set to not download attachments because of the cost. It's not free for everyone just because it is for you.
Of course email is better, only a complete loon would argue otherwise. But with it comes cost. Their handset needs to be better to use it effectively and the call plans are usually more expensive. Many people just don't feel these extra costs are justified. In these trying times I don't have the option to just ignore these people and only do business with those who aren't 'clinging on to technologies'.
Flexibility is the key.
All these comments and not one person thought that this was worth mentioning?
Whatever the weather the big fella's* always there, I'd never dream of doing something so barbaric to my bald headed buddy.
* Represents my opinion only.
"new boss Vittorio Colao has been talking about squeezing more money from existing customers rather than increasing market share"
Hmm... Which is presumably why after a quick phone call in which I never once mentioned leaving Vodafone I now pay less per month, have unlimited internet (I know, I know) where before I had none, have more minutes and more texts? Oh, and I dropped from an 18 month contract to a 12 month one, how retro.
Someone needs to have a sit down with their call centre staff.
Where was the error?
Just a thought. - if the error wasn't just in the deposit to your account, but was also in your computer generated letter of severance which you agreed to (like you had a choice) and returned to HR, which was processed and payment was made to your account and THEN they ask for their money back...
Doesn't that nullify the agreement? Making you still employed and entitled to backpay and any benefits? Plus possibly a little comp for your "pain and suffering"?
A possible Location
The link I've seen that looks most promising is:
The odd rectangle in the middle of the other greenery... Certainly looks like something's being concealed.
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