141 posts • joined Thursday 13th September 2007 20:25 GMT
Re: Who to truly believe
'Scientist haven't even physically seen an atom'
Oh yes they have.
OMG Steven Hawking has become a creationist!
Printers are bad enough but the prize for the worst IT product I've ever had the misfortune to own goes to the Belkin Wireless G All-In-One Print Server F1UP0002UK. Couldn't get it to work reliably via wireless so had to keep it connected to my router. The software that came with it was windows only so had to use bootcamp to print from my mac. No 64bit drivers, although managed to find a compatible driver elsewhere. Propriety software that basically took ownership of the printer then released it after an idle time only if you checked a setting in the preferences that always unchecked itself on my wife's laptop. If she shut down her laptop without disconnecting, you'd have to reboot the device to release it, otherwise no-one could print at all. I'd punt it on ebay, but I don't think I'd sleep at night!
What I'd like to know is where are areas 1 to 50?
Re: Excellent News
Was that a Monkey Island reference? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-9my0tsutw
The internet is where religions come to die!
His holiness can't have seen this then:
Fond memories, I started coding on a zx81 back in the eighties, and after that had a spectrum. This article doesn't surprise me. As I was getting into computing, my sister was getting into CB radio. She couldn't use the CB when the Spectrum was on due to interference.
I've lost count..
... of how many end of the worlds I've lived through. I supsect this one will be no different.
Re: I don't know what else is wrong with this??
I'm concerned with the attempt to force the parents to sign a non disclosure agreement. The organisation in question know they're acting like a bunch of c*nts but carry on anyway and try and cover things up.
Re: On the other hand...
Sadly, yes. The debt will just be sold on to another bank.
What do Windows 8 and a revolver have in common?
They're harmless when they're not loaded.
Re: I just don't get religion
This guy says it best; Matt Dillahunty.
Re: Was it an apple?
"I'm sure someone will take Comfort in that comment. :)"
Maybe that someone is this guy: Ray Comfort AKA Banana man.
D'oh icon because, well, watch the video and you'll see why.
Re: Cat's are great judges of character!
"That's what I get for listening to the wrong pussy"
I'm glad my drink was on the table and not in my mouth when I read that!
Re: Advertisement is the cancer of capitalism
Advertisers must think that we're stupid. I can tell that my behaviour is being tracked because I'm being shown ads for stuff that I've recently bought online. What makes the ad men think that 'personalised' ads for stuff I already own and therefore have zero interest in buying is going to work? Manufacturers should stop wasting money on these clowns, there must be a better way!
Re: How much does anyone really want?
I went to an all you can eat Seafood Restaurant in Dalian, China, where the drinks were also included in the price! Didn't go over the score though, being drunk in public is a no no in China.
OK, free starter Chinese lesson:
In my post I'd written 好极了! (pronounced hao ji le) meaning 'very good'.
Wheaty73 replied 谢谢你！(pronounced xie xie ni) which you correctly identified as 'thank you'.
I've replied with the traditional response, 不客气 (pronounced bu ke qi) roughly translates as 'no need to be polite'.
You'll be fluent in no time!
Re: >> the day English has officially lost it's grip on the world
I think that mongo was actually referring to the incorrect usage of the apostrophe in the word its changing its meaning from possessive form of it (the intended meaning) to 'it is' or 'it has' (the usage of an apostrophe to show possession is incorrect for personal pronouns). For a fuller explanation see: http://www.eng-lang.co.uk/apostrophe_rules.htm. Personally I think that's a bit pedantic even for this site!
I'm quite impressed by the number of posts where the submitter has been able to read / write enough 汉字 to be able to include some in their posts. Judging by their English, the posts above do not appear to be written by native Chinese speakers. Well done chaps, 好极了!
Re: smaller portions for years
A lot of 'portions' now seem to be half a fish whereas in the past you'd have got a whole fish.
More than half of these aren't bacon sandwiches!
I've said it before and I'll say it again; There's nothing wrong with putting an egg or black pudding on a sandwich with bacon, but once you do they are no longer bacon sandwiches, they are bacon and egg / black pudding sandwiches. All of the entries with other ingredients should be disqualified.
Fast Food Franchises
I don't see the attraction with these places. Cheep supermarket burgers taste better than McDonalds. If I didn't have kids I'd never go anywhere near these place. Where do they get that awful cheese? It tastes like it's made from melted down carrier bags.
I did once have a really nice KFC though, in Beihai park in Beijing which is no longer there. They had altered their menu to suit Chinese tastes though.
They were right about Norton killing performance.
I uninstalled Norton Antivirus after finding that after a fresh windows install, installing Norton doubled the boot up time of the machine that I had installed it on. Switched to MacAfee which was better at the time but has gone the same way.
One further thought; would I want to by security related software from a company that couldn't keep their own systems secure?
Re: atheist 'sense'
"For a bunch of people who do not even have a basis for good or bad, right or wrong, atheist appear to love to talk alot about how bad others are. They do not appear to realise that atheism gives one no way to determine either.
For a bunch of people that claim to 'think for themselves', atheists display a singular lack of ability in that respect."
I am an atheist. My parents are Christians. I arrived at the the conclusion that there was no God by questioning the teachings of the religion of my parents. All atheists would have religious ancestors, so at some point the've chosen to abandon religion by thinking for themselves. Unless you've converted to Islam, it's likely that your belief has been bestowed upon you by your parents, so the thinking for yourself argument hardly stands.
I am an atheist. I believe that there is no God. No God means probably no afterlife. No afterlife means you only get one shot at life. Therefore murder destroys the potential that a person had for the rest of their life. Therefore murder is bad. Not able to determine good or bad without religion - give me a break?
Re: Counting to 12 on 2 hands?
Challenge accepted. The Sumerians had a counting system that could be used to count to sixty on two hands with no extra digits required. The thumb on the left had was used as a pointer to the bones of the other fingers, thus you can count to twelve on one hand. The right hand counted the number of twelves. Thus with five fingers on the right hand, 5 x 12 = 60. Incidentally, thats why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour.
Re: Waste of my time
@AC 11th Sept 2012 19:50
You've obviously not had to deliver IT training to staff!
Re: the issue disappears as you learn new ways of working
@TimeMaster Just up-voted your post to counteract the idiots who downvoted it because you switched to a different OS and they didn't like your choice. I thought Windows 8 was terrible and jumped ship too, and had the same down vote experience as yourself (although my OS choice was not the same).
Re: Mac OS X
or Spotlight, or Alfred or Launchpad..
Re: I don't think I've ever seen someone with an Android tablet
I'm not really sure what the point you're trying to make here is?
Yes, the e-paper kindle is going to provide a better reading experience because that's what it's designed to do. I'm not so sure about the iPad being any better than an android tablet in that respect; I'm sure that it will suffer just as much from glare outdoors as any other tablet screen android or otherwise.
I don't know what you qualify as 'ages' for battery life, but I managed to drive from Edinburgh to Birmingham using my motorola xoom and google maps as a sat nav; not at all shabby.
As for Android tablets not fully replacing a kindle, they're completely different products so of course not. The iPad is a more comparable product thought, and could be argued to be more functional than an iPad, for one they can run flash, which won't run on the iPad.
Finally, you're rant on 'IT people', if your so clever why post that on this site; your not exactly going to get a sympathetic audience?
Re: Google play is rubbish.
I agree, google play is rubbish.
On my tablet (Motorola xoom, ICS) when you open it it displays a blank screen. close it and open it again and it works. WTF!?
Most apps on any platform either work or don't work or might have the occasional intermittent problem, but work only on every second launch, what's going on?
Re: I own an android tablet and it's just average.
Much as I loathe the Windows 8 preview on the desktop, I think that it will be pretty good on a tablet, and being a M$ product I'm sure that the apps will come.
As an earlier poster noted, it can be the apps that make the difference between the success and failure of a tablet OS. iOS and Android have stacks of apps. Blackberry is struggling as a tablet platform due to the lack of apps. I actually like the Playbook as a tablet otherwise (My wife has one).
My outlook is not as straiight-forward as yours, as I've just switched from Windows to Apple on the desktop OS front partly due to my loathing of Windows 8 on the desktop and getting fed up of the slowdown that comes with windows after a few updates. Wouldn't touch an ipad though due to Apple's policies towards developers on that platform and the patent nonsense that's going on, so have an Android tablet (motorola xoom). Might end up with a windows phone though.
Re: Isnt this a sign
I think that you're missing the point that heynownow is trying to make; that in his opinion Open WebOS is a decent OS that might be more popular if more companies shipped products that ran it.
Re: This is for several reasons
When is an SD card slot no as SD card slot? When its on a motorola xoom.
Let me explain. The motorola xoom comes with an sd card slot which doesn't work with android 3.0, the version of android that it is shipped with. It does work after updating to android 3.1, but stops working after updating to ICS.
Having no SD card slot might actually be better; at least you know that it's never going to work!?
I do use my tablet daily and find it really useful, but the above, combined with the lack of usb changing, and motorola's insane update release schedule (Europe gets ICS 6 months after the US) makes me almost wish I'd spent the extra few quid and got the iPad.
I did the same survey and found that 100% of them have a Motorola Xoom, a Macbook pro with windows 7 installed on bootcamp and Amiga OS 3.1 running in e-uae, a Windows XP desktop thats so old it barely runs and doesn't get used much that also dual boots into Fedora linux when the mood takes me, a Windows 7 media centre PC that gets used even less as it's just as old as the desktop pc, no mobile phone so that the wife doesn't phone me every time a thought crosses her mind, a Toshiba laptop that the kids have inherited. Loads of ancient kit piling up in a cupboard, but not enough to build a working pc of any description.
This would suggest that 200% of the EL Reg readership own a Macbook pro!
Re: Teideal ar bith
Proof that Irish only makes 60% sense here's the English translation:
as they say "Better broken Irish virus the English virus smart!"
[I have my coat]
Re: Warning - even more national stereotyping ahead
Now, I'm not one for racial stereotyping, but sometimes, on occasion you find that some people are not doing their fellow countrymen any favours by perpetuating these myths. Take for example this gem:
Sports coverage at it's finest, not.
Re: Clearly a fake
I don't think the Irish Government is alone in that respect.
I was fully expecting you to be one of these folks that inexplicably down vote a fairly innocuous post for no apparent reason. Kudos to you for replying, I retract my 'absolute cock' statement, although you obviously don't have enough conviction in your beliefs not to post as ac, otherwise I would have upvoted your post.
Re: Business is king.
"As the 800lb gorilla/market leader starts to use obscure marketing techniques"
I detest with a passion the obscure marketing technique of not putting f*king prices on their websites, so you have to contact them, then constantly nagging you to buy their products once they've got your contact details.
Almost as bad as the recruitment company that keeps on contacting me asking if I'm looking for staff, even although I don't bloody work in HR.
Pint, because I need to cool down, these people make my blood boil.
Re: How ugly can it be?
The words 'rectangle' and 'rounded corners' in a comment on el reg without mentioning 'Apple' and 'patent'. You sir deserve a pint!