Typo alert... or is it?
"...stand in line to prey at the altar of dreams..."
Hmm, perhaps I prefer the original
100 posts • joined 16 Apr 2009
"...stand in line to prey at the altar of dreams..."
Hmm, perhaps I prefer the original
SNCF kindly reserved us coach 12, seats 11 and 13, on the intercity train to Boulogne (don't ask). Unfortunately, the numbering in coach 12 started at 21 and went upwards, as the first compartment (presumably with seats numbered 11 upwards) had had all the seats removed to be converted to a bike compartment.
As my other half suffers from saddle soreness at the slightest mention of a bike ride, we picked some random empty seats in the next coach, expecting an interesting conversation with the inspector.
Neither sight nor sound of the inspector for the 1h30 journey, and we could have had a free ride in first class.
We picked the print-at-home option, with two A4 sheets giving a nice large barcode, rather than the app.
The actual Hull-based range of OMG! products here:
Minor correction: We already have grammar checkers built in to stuff like Word.
of coarse I did
"At the moment, it can only deal with commas and full stops, the most common and easiest of English's punctuation marks."
If they were that easy how come so many people do without them writing enormous walls of text without so much as a pause as if their taking one deep breath and just letting out a single massive belch of their stream of consciousness ooh look a cat video ?
There are about half a dozen people absolutely ecstatic that
"Intonation marks for Lithuanian dialectology"
have finally been implemented, and they no longer have to take a biro to printouts and re-scan the results from a photo taken on a wooden table.
Saracen and Roland - not surprised at the blank faces, too obscure even for me, and I had a grammar school education with real O-levels AND I remember white dog turds, jumpers for goal posts blah blah
The litmus paper gag made me literally laugh out loud. Thanks.
We had a "burster" machine, with two rotating knives to slice the tractor-feed sides off, and a device to rip off the perforated sheets and stack them neatly. Made a hell of a racket when it worked, and despite hiding it in a soundproof cupboard, we were all tuned in to the remaining noise, so that any change in tone had us running to the rescue for the frequent hiccups, slips and general paper mangling/automated origami.
My other half swears I've got magic eyebrows - walk over, frown at the problem and it goes away.
From their website tech specs:
"Removable Li-Ion 4220mAh battery"
but with one caveat
"We are working hard to achieve the above technical specifications for Gemini"
Or to put it more kindly, "wow, he had a good innings"
Cut them some slack - PIN number is common enough. And in spoken language it might conceivably eradicate some ambiguity (PIN the number versus pin the pointy thing). Admittedly the context usually gives it away.
And we're using natural language, not a programming language, so it doesn't have to be complete:
- my car's passed its MOT --> MOT test
and it can be redundant:
- 5am in the morning --> 5 in the morning / 5am
- it's got an LCD display --> it's got an LCD
Same here, home-based user using it for daily partial backups of current work to local removable drive, no cloud involved.
Bit annoying, as I only migrated to it a month ago.
Never mind all that - can we have an AI that converts emojis into proper text? There's just too many now and I don't really want to have to learn yet another language at my age.
What's brown and comes out of Cowes backwards?
The Isle of Wight ferry.
And, showing my age a bit,
If Isla St Clair married Barry White, then divorced and remarried Brian Ferry, would she be called Isla White-Ferry?
It seems to be correctly "braking" on the Tesla original article. Unless they corrected it since Reg copy+pasted it?
I think I can hear Bow Locks.
Still more pivot pranks - pivot the screen itself to 45° and move all the desktop icons to a heap in what is now the bottom corner.
Excel, yes a similar problem, non-joined Arabic letters. As well as all the other problems with text in Excel not behaving like text in Word (double-clicks also select trailing punctuation etc.).
What did they use instead? There were specialist Hebrew/Arabic word processors, Mellel was/still is one.
I was sent to Estonia in order to fix a font-related problem. Failed to fix it on the spot, but had a lightbulb moment that resulted in days of rework.
We're on bog-standard broadband, and for the last few days, we have had web pages loading half way, then stopping, only to load instantly the second or third time you try.
Intermittent problem though - just loaded The Register instantly first time, but clicking to get to the comments section took two reloads.
Smart TVs - all we need now are some smart programmes to watch on them.
- surely we need a phrase in the other language which means "something really good", and which is also slightly rude in that language. A literal translation won't carry the positive meaning of the English.
And anyway, how come a description of a dog's gentleman's parts means "something really good"?
Is it by analogy with the "bee's knees"? Which doesn't make literal sense either.
And while we're there, is it a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner to describe something that's a bit of a mess?
I'm confused. And I'm a translator.
How many translators does it take to change a lightbulb? - Depends on the context.
I'd guess any thickening in the lower half of the head wouldn't be as serious, as it's not compressing the brain.
Looking at the Unicode listing given in the link above:
1F638;GRINNING CAT FACE WITH SMILING EYES
1F639;CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY
1F63A;SMILING CAT FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH
1F63B;SMILING CAT FACE WITH HEART-SHAPED EYES
1F63C;CAT FACE WITH WRY SMILE
1F63D;KISSING CAT FACE WITH CLOSED EYES
1F63E;POUTING CAT FACE
1F63F;CRYING CAT FACE
1F640;WEARY CAT FACE
Base model £2,499.00 on UK Apple store
Base model $2,999.00 on US Apple store
Google says "2999 US Dollar equals 1833.69 British Pound Sterling"
US sales taxes can't account for all that difference can they?
"Also if you get one of those 'new customer' flyers through the letterbox addressed to the Home owner with a great deal in it, they'll match that, even if you are in the middle of a contract"
IF... what do you mean "if"? We get those flyers twice a month at least*. I'm collecting a year's worth just to be able to go up to their caravan sales thing in town, dump them on the table and say "Still no, thanks"
*26 of them since 1 Jan
Is this the bunch that advertise themselves as the network "run by you"? I'd prefer a network run by people qualified and/or experienced at running a network.
"We do have a treaty which is called the Treaty of Lisbon and in this treaty – and maybe not everyone has understood this – there are no more pillars as there were before, where [for instance] you had a pillar for security and that was completely in the hands of the national states and where the rules of the protecting of the individual, which had to be adapted to this pillar, were a little flexible.
There's none of this anymore since December 2009. Now the rules are horizontal."
That was described as an insight?
Pillars? horizontal rules?
...but I've drunk so much tea I need to visit the euphemism.
Handy to have drives powered by the firewire connection, saves yet another cable and power sockets are in short supply in my "office" (2-bed Victorian terrace). Any ideas which of these might be?
"Up to about double" - is that like "unlimited" broadband?
I meant comparing between the models listed
For a comparative round-up, why no comparison of MPG figures (at least for the hybrids)?
yes, for 4 repeats, but what about only 2 repeats, abbc, acbb etc. That's a far bigger pool of PINs potentially eliminated. Perhaps the original article was referring to all 4 the same rather than just 2 repeats within a PIN, but I didn't read it like that.
The article mentions "repeated digits" as part of the "not-so-random" codes. Why? Surely random codes would occasionally* lead to repeated digits, and forbidding them would reduce still further the available pool of numbers.
*someone with better stats than me can work out the frequency of occasionally.
Pretty sure that the signals fail safe, i.e. default to red, like a lot of other things on the railway are designed to.
But yes, the disruption is enormous, and "something must be done"
To be honest, I'm not sure it does.
As a Reg-reading bloke, my reaction was a bit meh.
after the stable door was bolted in mid-stream, to mangle a few metaphors
A footnote at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/media-centre/news-releases/2011/identity-fraud-continues-to-rise-with-4-million-victims-in-uk-alone-65446565446
says "For this report, quantitative research was carried out with 2002 Great British adults aged 18+ as part of an online consumer omnibus survey"
and it was weighted for sampling deficiencies.
Still don't know what it actually asked though
how do you adjust for the probability that it's the more gullible/susceptible to fraud who will fill in surveys and the paranoid who won't?
or whatever you call the page you get to after logging in?
Surely better to remind people when they log in, as my bank repeatedly does (we haven't got a mobile number for you...).
puts space travel into perspective against other kinds of travel when "quite reliable" is used to describe a rate of ~1-3% catastrophic failures.
(using the figures from earlier posters in these comments)
it asks "Are you planning to buy one this year" and **all** the answers are variations on "Yes".
"bit like reading a book in a language you don't speak by looking up every single word in a dictionary.
It works, and with a good enough dictionary, you can understand it – this is how online translators like Google Translate work"
I beg to differ. You can look up every single word in a dictionary and still be none the wiser.
Yes, did consider some kind of exposé, but too much effort. Ended up just reporting the job offer to the site admins.
And to clarify, no, I don't write reviews for payment. The job alert just came through under a much wider category that I subscribe to.
I subscribe to a freelance job marketplace site which has had jobs posted to write reviews. Best one was for "experience days out" - hot air ballooning, drive round Brands Hatch etc.
You didn't have to go on the day to write the review.
... or make the shops smaller?
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