Re: Ring ring...
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Don't trust anything?
"Consider how nice it would be if, when you're learning a language, you heard your own voice, as you hear yourself, speaking with a native accent in the new language."
I suspect what you'd hear is some horrible version of (for example) franglaise.
"The use-case mentioned about having an audiobook read with the same voice as a child's mother deserves to be filed under 'C' for 'Creepy'!"
How about a robot-sex-doll with the same voice as your wife? File under 'S' for 'Stepford Wives' (original version, of course).
Could have been worse... Yodel.
"We tried to deliver your chicken, but you were out. So we tossed it over your neighbour's fence, and the foxes ate it."
I could do with a bit of tartan RF screening mesh.
I'd have hit the Interstellar Overdrive button and let it keep on going.
Coffee mugs are hot when filled with fresh coffee - maybe hot enough to melt the surface of the polish.
Coffee mugs are known for containing a brown liquid which is not unknown to slosh over the rim leaving a dirty deposit around the base of the mug.
Neither of these are characteristics one would expect of a glorified loud speaker.
Oops - there goes my coffee again--->
The Apple TV appears to be deficient in the I department too - I can imagine a certain broadcasting company getting annoyed if they had called it the iTV.
The solution would be for Apple to produce its own home furnishings range to be compatible with its devices.
In common with other Apple products that have an 'i' prefix, maybe they could use a name such as iKea for the range.
Keeping his accounts active while he's being fired - that might be considered a single slip.
But letting them stay active afterwards for at least 2 days - that has to be a double slip.
I didn't have the animal stories, but I did have a set of Johnny Morris reading Thomas the Tank Engine on vinyl in the early 70s.
I just checked - Amazon has them as MP3s now.
My dad picked up one of my TKD AD90s once and asked in all seriousness...
"AD90 - is that another band like UB40?"
The beer I'll be buying my dad for that recollection --------->
"Unfortunately they stored it all in the Cloud."
The Oort Cloud...
"We put the records up there, but it may be a couple of hundred years before they dip back into the inner solar system - can you hang on a while?"
"(quite a few in or about Mars)."
I suspect the deep space network doesn't have to spend too much time communicating with the satellites that are *in* Mars.
"James May of Top Gear"
He should start a TV series that reviews such devices as these and call it "Bottom Gear"
One feature of the researcher's work was his comparison of internet connected dildos for ladies and various prostate tickling devices for men. He found the men's devices to be much more secure- in fact there was a vas deferens between the two groups.
I've spent a few years of my life sticking things up mens' willies (robotic prostate surgery projects).
At one point I was interviewed for a Danish newspaper - when I saw the proofs the only three words I recognised were my name, 'robot' and 'penis'.
Even got a spot on Tomorrow's World with that project
"A comparative study of pudendal stimulation devices with the aim of establishing secure control and telemetry links"
Nothing awkward about that... at least until you have to explain it in detail.
Presumably the latter is for the butt plug version.
I doubt that a buffoon in a helium balloon at 1800 feet would get as many pay-per-view TV hits as a buffoon in his home-made rocket.
Jumping out of a helium balloon at 120000 feet might be a different matter!
Flat-earther to flat-liner in 60 seconds.
However, the story does obviously contain a buffoon.
"Investments may go down as well as up..."
They might want to consider blocking credit card purchases of investments based on the Dow Jones right now!
I would expect if the credit card companies become aware of significant illegal online purchases then the businesses involved would be placed on the 'Terminated Merchant Account' credit card blacklist.
Unbound Moon sized planets...
I wonder if they were still bound until the nuclear waste stored on the far side exploded.
"couple of Grid laptops, though not the ones that actually flew on the Shuttle."
They might have been the ones that flew on the Sulaco.
"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit..." ------>
First ISEE-3 was reawoken, now this one.
Maybe NASA should stand for Need Another Satellite Archaeologist.
I thought any Justin Bieber song already caused the listener to self-destruct.
El Reg - can we have a 'Scanners' icon please ---------->
"of much more concern is the revelation that people have been poking around the wreck"
I suspect that if it is 'of concern', then the people involved are not trained ordnance disposal personnel.
'Better Off With Map And Nokia'.
At least back then you could go more than 1/2 a day before the battery ran out!
"small inverted triangles as individual place holders... It would seem likely that someone somewhere would be unable to find that symbol on their keyboard."
Unless you're unlucky enough to find someone with an APL keyboard.
Hal and Dave... are you sure it's not Eddie and Zaphod?
"There is a high demand in your area, Flush is not available right now"
Are Virgin Media going for the Cape Town supply contract?
Now wash your hands.
Has she forgotten the TSA lock debacle already?
The locks with a 'backdoor' skeleton key so the authorities can examine your luggage, but thieves can't get into it. Except someone published pictures of the skeleton keys and now anyone can make copies, rendering them useless.
How does she think backdoor decryption keys will be different?
Competitions between dogs actually doing something clever, I can appreciate - after all there's some skill gone into the training.
Competitions between dogs just looking nice - that's probably something that other dogs should judge - ok, so it would probably just come down to a 'whose bottom smells nicest' competition.
"And if so, how did they get the monks there?"
If only they'd used Vincent Ward's original script for Alien 3 we might have found out.
I suppose it depends when the accident happened and whether the car-share status of the lane was time limited to peak-hours.
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"The Mersenne prime?" - assuming that was his intention.
Or he might have future-proofed his ink better if instead of having 2147483647 tattooed on his arm, he'd had MAXINT (or the appropriate symbolic representation in his favorite language) tattooed instead.
When 64-bit ints become ubiquitous, I don't fancy his tattooist having to rub that out and replace it with 9223372036854775807.
I can implement bressigham lines and circles from memory in pretty much any language.
Anyone with that boast should also be able to spell Bresenham from memory.
The idea is mooted in an apparently straight-faced blogpost on Conservative Home by Leon Emirali, a "media entrepreneur"
On reading that my mind immediately jumped to PR guru Stewart Pearson.
"I've never had any motion sickness from the Oculus while in the driving sim"
We got an Oculus at work and one day I spent way too much time playing with one of the flying demos - no motion sickness in the sim itself, but I felt pretty nauseous all the way home on the bus.
Normally I never get motion sick on real-world transport.
It does appear he is the very same Michael Abrash.
"Since cranes are generally 'up in the air' should they have some kind of licence from the CAA?"
Maybe if bits are likely to fall off them then the time it takes before they hit the ground could be described as 'flying'.
But they were The Wong Trousers.
I'm using this as a precedent to considering decimal points optional next time I make an expenses claim.
"a proposed language for minicomputers which used normal, italic, bold as part of the language syntax"
How about this one then...
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