Re: It's just a IT joke...
If you have to explain it...
(This is El Reg; you actually don't...)
235 posts • joined 29 Oct 2007
If you have to explain it...
(This is El Reg; you actually don't...)
An honourable mention for that goes to the film Runaway (1984) - they wanted their characters to use portable flat screens, but as you say that simply wasn't an option at the time. So they used "loose" CRTs filmed at angles where only the front of the screen was visible, and positioned as if they were being cradled in arms, resting on table tops, etc...
For the most part if worked reasonably well.
"It's also one of those things which is like "why take that away" - like when they took offline maps away (I use that every now and then)"
Offline maps vanished for a while, but came back some time ago - drop down the LHS menu on the app version and it's now called "Offline Areas".
Photons having momentum is first level undergrad stuff - I'd hope the NASA people would have discounted that when considering possible causes of observations.
Plus, at very best photons emitted back in the direction of incident light would replicate the behaviour of a reflective solar sail - as the engine allegedly gives twice as much thrust as that, presumably something else has to be a factor.
While I was vehemently opposed to the mandatory ID card the last lot tried to bring in, I wouldn't automatically reject a voluntary system.
A lot would depend on just what information they wanted, and what they could do with it, but if it was limited to a simple "confirm identity, in similar situations as you already need to now, and nothing else" function I could see that being useful and not overly intrusive.
"Apple gets to decide what's reasonable"
Not really; Apple can certainly say what it thinks is reasonable, as can the consumer.
If it goes to the [small claims] court, though, it's the judge that gets to decide what's really reasonable and Apple/the consumer have to go with that.
This wasn't political censorship, it was abusive fuckwit censorship. Applied by a private company, and only to their own messaging system.
Most people don't have a problem that.
"It is also likely to remain so for the foreseeable future, file sizes and storage density having all but stagnated in the past decade."
File sizes I couldn't comment on, but HDD storage density has increased by roughly an order of magnitude over the last 10 years; that's hardly stagnation!
...would be affected.
"There is considerable risk here and all payments should be made with the expectation that crims will take the money and run."
Surely if the expectation is the scammers will take the money and run you shouldn't pay?
If you don't think you'll get the data back in any event then write it off as lost, and don't give your money away for no benefit.
Yeah, waste it on trivial little things like data storage and we'll have nothing left for party balloons.
"It's still called the red shift effect, regardless of which way it's going though."
It's called the Doppler effect, and results in red shift or blue shift depending on the relative direction of motion.
Erm, Marshmallow (v6) is the latest release of Android, released by Google last October.
Do you actually mean it's still using Lollipop?
For me the most important change is that they've added SD card expansion back in.
That's not enough to guarantee a purchase when my phone contract's next up for renewal, but at least they're back on the list of possibles.
"Exactly. The Russians replaced AK47 with AK74 for some very good reasons."
"Take my love, take my land. Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care, I'm still free. You can't take the sky from me."
 Unless you're the FAA, in which case you'll at least give it a go.
This CPU goes up to 11!
"When you hear consensus remember that this means that it is an opinion that cannot be backed up by an experiment i.e. it is a hypothesis rather than a theory."
I do not think that word means what you think it means.
"Consensus" means there's general agreement over some issue, no more and no less. Why there's agreement is a different issue - it might be because people have just assumed things without actually investigating, it might be a working hypothesis, but it might also be because the investigations have been done and everyone got the same result.
To extend one of your examples, the consensus is now that heavy and light objects fall at the same speed [in a vacuum]. And that is very much not an opinion that cannot be backed up by experiment.
So, your subject is correct; consensus is not science, but at the same time it's also not a indication that something's only a hypothesis.
"Someone else had complete control over all of our cars for well over half an hour."
The owners were at liberty to drive the cars away, enter them, leave them, and do anything apart from actually lock them. Some little way short of the other's control being actually "complete", IMHO.
11 pixels wide? Apply the image enhancement algorithms from CSI and you'll easily get a full 4k image out of that.
Press the "enhance" button a second time and you should be able to get it in 3D too.
"The point is that respected media organisations have become so in awe of Wikipedia that they’re prepared to flush age old journalistic principles – such as requiring two sources, or asking for hard evidence of an allegation – down the toilet."
TBH the principle of two sources or hard evidence is something most tabloids are happy to ignore whenever there's a nice headline to be had.
Get them in full blown election mode and they're not fussed about having even one source, or any sort of evidence, if they think they can get out a smear against "the other lot".
"Publishing rigidly conservative articles that border on misinformation AND censoring dissenting comments on them raises questions on how "unconventional" El Reg really is."
Yeah, on a related note I've had comments pointing out factual inaccuracies in Lewis's articles blocked. Combine that with the blocking of posts that were deeming to be too uncomplimentary to Andrew (for a guy that's not shy about dishing insults out, he does seem to have a rather thin skin) and I've pretty much stopped even trying to comment on articles. Too likely to be a wasted effort.
"Their house, their rules", of course, but for me it's started feeling a bit too much like the sort of house where you get glared at if you don't immediately take your shoes off on the doormat, or you get a snippy comment if you leave a towel crooked in the bathroom.
Thanks to all who responded on this - XMBC/Kodi, here I come!
Hmmm - this is interesting. The article mentions the box being used to play videos via VLC...I wonder if it's got enough grunt and connectivity to manage XBMC, with ripped DVDs on a NAS box....
 Or whatever the hell they've decided to call it this week.
Agreed - this is also contrary to the usual Reg stance when overzealous laws are proposed on the security front. There they'll quite rightly refuse to accept arguments like "this law could be used in bad ways, but it's OK - if we bring it in you can trust us to only use it when we should".
Here they're saying "this is a bad law, that can only be used in bad ways, but no need to fuss or repeal it because they haven't used it yet".
It's more a "might start looking ropey" rather than a "will stop working after" thing; tritium has an half life of a bit over 12 years, so after that long the glowring will only be (at best) half as bright as it was originally. Dropping to a quarter as bright as it started after another 12 years, etc...
(That's assuming the phosphor doesn't degrade, or any other factors creep in to nobble it...)
"Given that computers are an embodiment of mathematics then giving up learning the higher tongue is likely to create at the very least miscommunication as well as limiting your competence to technician grade rather than professional."
Misquoting is creeping in again; Trevor didn't express a dislike of mathematics - he expressed a dislike of calculus, a specific branch of mathematics which is primarily related to continuous changes. And continuous changes are things computers, networks, etc.. aren't actually much of an embodiment of, what with them being digital and all.
Calculus can be useful to know if your work involves developing various types of simulations, but Trevor said he disliked being a developer before he even mentioned calculus, so it's not as though he's shutting any doors he'd particularly want to be open there.
If you're going to present something in quotes in a response to an article it's generally best be quoting something that was actually said. And what Trevor actually said was he "hated calculus", not (as a badge of honour or otherwise) that he was no good at it.
Which is fair enough - everyone likes different things, and it'd pretty damn masochistic to steer yourself into a job involving something you actively hate. Or that you're not good at, but it's not remotely clear that that's the case here, other than in your easily offended imagination.
But are there enough people frequently short of one component to keep a bricks-and-mortar retailer going? Much less an entire retail chain.
Well, I'd thought it might be, but TBH it didn't really seem to be funny enough to be that.
<Chandler Bing>Could that *be* any more non-committal?</Chandler Bing>
OK, and thanks for posting the one above, which - clearly - I wasn't expecting.
Will see what can be done in future. I'm seriously not trying to sneak things past the radar here, but at the same time when you're commenting that you think a writer's going full guns with personal jibes himself it's hard to say so in a way that isn't itself personally critical.
Not expecting or wanting dull, bland objectivity, but once the articles pass a certain amount of repeated biased knocking of the same targets mental filters start kicking in, and they become counter-productive as far as getting the writer's actual argument across is concerned.
@The Mods, re. my non-appearing post regarding this being far better than Orlowski's typical hobby horse articles.
I get it - given this, and other similar experiences, anything remotely critical of the great Andrew O doesn't get shown. Will try to avoid wasting all of our times by posting more of the same in future.
Must be a bugger having to reconcile Orlowski's eagerness to lay into all sorts of targets at the drop of a hat and with his refusal to take anything at all in return.
From the piccy on the Android site, and reviews elsewhere, it looks very like it's a single removable 1,700mAh battery. Shame.
If that's the best they can do for battery life then what's also needed is wireless charging plus a family of chargers that are built into everyday items you tend to have your watch hand next to. Mouse mats, steering wheels, that sort of thing.
Of course, Apple's probably patented that idea already...
"Arbitrary"? The folding patterns look to be very pre-defined (and in this specific case, actually a singular pattern) to me.
That struck me as a poor bit of reviewing; re. IR it simply says "But really it is something that must have just seemed to be good idea at the time. It isn't."
So why isn't it a good idea? Doesn't work at all? Limited range of devices covered? Lousy UI? Reviewer just feels daft pointing a phone at the TV?
Without a few more specifics we're really not being given enough to go on.
codejunky: "They make win8 unusable by GUI design. Then they made win8 incapable of update after a restore.
I can accept that MS couldnt have foreseen this"
But the thing is that they didn't need to foresee it; from the instant early versions were made accessible to the wider world there were howls about the Metro/Modern system, coy menus and vanished Start Menu.
All of which MS chose to ignore, as they were convinced they knew better and everyone would grow to love (or at least accept) the changes if they were forced down their throats. Sadly mistaken, as it turned out.
Seriously? You've never seen anyone on El Reg or elsewhere explain (often at great, frustrated length) why they don't like Win8?
Do a quick search and I'm sure you'll find lots of posts covering exactly what you're looking for...and I have a feeling that now you've pushed the button there'll be a few along in this thread too. :)
Icon because, well, one suspects...
...given the choice between continuing to use Windows 7 and upgrading to 8 (or 8.1) for free, I'd rather stay where I am.
Offer to pay me to upgrade, *then* I might just consider it.
All those lonely sheep in the Outback?
The real danger with R4 is that the alarm goes off when they're in the middle of a "here's the latest on the euro-finance bill"-type piece. That sort of thing would have you struggling to maintain consciousness at the best of times; first thing when you're barely awake to start with it's a guaranteed lapse into coma.
Stross has had well over a dozen novels published commercially - recent works making #1 in the US and UK Amazon sales rankings in their category - and won several Locus and Hugo awards.
Wish I was as bad a workman as that.
Then you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it *right*.
Which will console you enormously as you retype all that data (or retype your CV ahead of the impending job hunt).
Well, it obviously shares a title and basic plot with a seventies series so I don't think anyone's trying to sneak some sort of reboot past us on the quiet.
As far as it being a reboot of Heroes goes...not really. In Heroes the characters generally had one signature power (c.f. X-Men, and a lot of other superheroic things), in Tomorrow People - or the classic one, at least - it's very much a standard power set all of them get.
Both programs have the "people with special powers existing in secret" angle, but as a basic plot idea that one stretches back to ancient mythology and the "scion of Gods raised as a mortal" thing.
So...hardly original, but no more a knock-off of Heroes than Heroes was a knock-off of the original TP.
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