Why not have steam and a monorail?
1747 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007
I'm sure it was a petticoat, but either way I'll be needing a cold shower now.
"1000km/h on existing track.. maybe Settle-Carlisle across the viaduct.That would be a sight to see!"
The Ribblehead Viaduct is 440yards (1/4 mile) long, so that would be a sight to see for all of about 1 second.
It says it's a backdoor attack...
wouldn't that be more of a front door?
Maybe it's buried there so we don't find it until we're advanced enough.
And who says it's put there for us to find!
In the sense that power corrupts, I suspect that any phone ecosystem that gets large enough to become significant will eventually take the piss.
"my mate's N60 got the pint where it would take minute to open an SMS text message."
What do you expect if you let it drink beer!
I don't know what everyone else does, but I plug a cable into mine when I have a bunch of photos I want to pull off it.
I suspect another aspect comes into play.
If companies replace more of their workforce with AI or robots then employer contributions to taxation (e.g. employer NI contributions) will go down. By classifying AI/robots to be legal persons equivalent to the number of real people they replace may be a way of taxing companies equivalently to the tax they would have paid if real people were employed.
"You have 20 seconds to comply"
"What next, Prison for Robots....."
Prison sentences will be determined by AI systems based on Cell processors.
No, just Furballs.
"people realised watching a load of rubber balls being spat out of a drum doesn't make for very interesting viewing"
I am sure the BBC could find some Thai 'performance artists' who could provide a more interesting way of releasing the lottery balls.
I'd just like less videos on the BBC news site and more actual bloody articles.
I don't mind the videos being there, but when the only way you can see the story is by watching the video it's a pain - they could at least provide a transcript for bandwidth restricted situations or in places where you need silence. The two line summary is not usually sufficent.
Fortunately the first thing that came to my mind was marionettes rather than glove puppets.
Not guilty of not setting my own password, but guilty of forgetting the router reverts to the default after a factory reset (oops).
Fixed now but it was running default settings for a few days. Need a red face icon!
Skeptical that I could stomach such a mixture, the name suggests more the sound I'd be making leaning over the lavatory bowl.
"I'm sorry Dave, but once I learned what that brown streak was, I refuse to wash your underwear..."
<The Young Ones>
Oh dear, this calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence...
Oh la-di-dah! Look what I found in my laundry bag!
All of Felicity Kendal's underwear, and it needs a good wash!
</The Young Ones>
Talking of EM fields, in 1987/88 I was doing an MSc at a London hospital. My lab was 2 floors below ground and I'd just acquired a new crt monitor for my project. At regular intervals the picture would get distorted with a quite noticeable tilt to one side.
I was all set to box it up and send it back as faulty when I realised that the hospital's MRI scanner was directly above me two floors away.
The last time I had to completely disassemble a laptop, I poked each screw into a flat piece of expanded polystyrene packing in a matching position.
Didn't lose a screw. On the other hand I couldn't resurrect the laptop either!
"external genitals (e.g. labia). ... to move ... and speak"
Not only do you get to have sex with it, but it can also perform The Vagina Monologues for you.
... or to undo an accidental download.
I've got an old (1987 vintage) hifi CD player still going strong. There doesn't seem much in that mechanism that particularly locks the CD in place though. I moved the player once forgetting there was still a CD inside with the result that it slipped off the tray and jammed things up inside until I resorted to unscrewing the case to get the thing out.
"Later, a folded 3.5 inch stiffy was brought to me with the "its the only copy" story."
Impressive, if they managed that without snapping it in half.
I remember archiving my thesis onto 15 3.5" floppies in 1991. I don't think those discs have been back in a drive since. To be honest, I'm not even sure I could find the discs now.
As for punching holes, I remember round about 1980, when I was at school, making an extra cut-out for the index hole on 5.25" 80K single sided discs so that you could flip them over and use the other side.
Maybe they shouldn't have relied on cloud computing.
Is that when two operating systems are fighting to be the one that gets loaded at startup?
I fear a trying time coming up in the next few days explaining all that over the phone to my 75/80 year old parents with their Windows 10/Virgin combination.
Is there room for one more in the forest?
Microsoft noticed Samsung were sending out a worldwide patch on December 19th to make Note 7s useless, and not wanting to be outdone released theirs for Windows devices first.
Kalashnikov Concern is 51% state owned.
Should a terrorist attack in Russia occur using their assault rifles, will the Russian government have to arrest itself for creating material used for terrorist purposes?
I'm sure you could kill robots with it too if you really wanted to.
sounds like it should be the name of an extra strong condom.
When the US cottons on to plastic notes, they'll be Soylent Green-backs.
Since the £5 notes are not intended to be eaten, would it still be unethical to vegans to harvest fat from animals that have died naturally from old age?
They'll be made from real ponies.
SWMBO is demanding that I install one in the bedroom as soon as I get home.
Beaches (probably not British beaches right now!) are usually quite well inhabited by under-18 year olds in swimwear. I think you may be taking your analogy a bit too far, or we'll all end up on the sex offenders register.
"The poor girl, being only 14 at the time, was embarrassed/humilitated and didnt say a word."
This was obviously an upsetting time, but I don't think the solution is a technological one. Would there be demands then that it be extended to detect and block obscene phone calls automatically? (remember, landline phones are quite dumb devices). The solution must lie in society's response to such actions and, as others have said, education and public awareness. For example, it must be made perfectly clear that there is absolutely no stigma to receiving such a message, and how to go about dealing with it - I think ChildLine have a department that covers this.
I can't help thinking you meant to post this comment under this story...
"a foodie of their bangers and mash dinner."
If Esther Rantzen was still doing That's Life, the unusual shaped vegetable section would send the obscene image detector into a frenzy.
Was there really no headline picture of Jeremy Hunt to go with this story?
Or did El Reg's automated explicit image detector block it for being a picture of a complete twat?
Use the Up/Down buttons on the controller to enter the binary codes for the characters in the password.
It might not be very secure, but who watching is going to be arsed to decode the password?
Hmm... come to think of it, who's going to be arsed to enter their password like that in the first place!
If they don't want to do it, I'd be quite happy to check their porn for them.
I was out shopping yesterday with the other half who wants a cartridge coffee maker for Christmas.
We came across some smartphone controlled Nespresso machines. Really, what is the point? The whole point of a Nespresso machine is that you have to go over to it, put the cartridge in the top, a cup at the bottom and press the button for caffeine based tastiness. How exactly is a phone supposed to enhance a process that requires you to interact physically with the machine? Maybe if it came with a robot that fetched the cup from the cupboard, popped in the capsule and brought me my hot beverage on a silver platter I could understand the point. Am I missing something?
It's the AIs I worry about...
Now that's proper science!
I suppose if it's for checking traffic jams, it's not really a moving vehicle problem.
Apparently this is how it's done...
Don't worry - I already did the maths for you.