Dweezil doesn't seem to be a particularly unhappy bloke. Sad, yes, but not unhappy.
537 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
I think the correct word is obstreperous
I'd like a Klingon version
That automatically dispatches a Battle Cruiser every time some daft website makes ads pop up on my screen, or some idiot sends spam.
Get your priorities straight
The damage Kathleen Van Brempt and her ilk have inflicted on society and the environment by moving the Euro's up and down to Strasbourg every two weeks far exceeds any damage Volkswagen can ever do by fiddling their Nox numbers
Because that is exactly what it is supposed to look like. Considering Floyd's history though, especially starting with The Wall and later, I'm not too sure about the anti-authoritarian bit;
Unbelievable he's still revisiting this after 35 odd years.
Someone should tell these morons the Helium is required for serious matters such as research and developement and medicine. Teh amount of he available on this planet is finite, and should NOT be wasted on such trivialities as video clips or funny voices on TV.
Because about 2 minutes after it launched the collective US consumer base woud throw a colossal class action sueball at Apple wanting to purchase the new iPhone for 6$ 'as mentioned in the ad'.
I watched the conference (on an iPad, no less) for the first time ever yesterday. It took me a while to go through the 'what the hell-> is he serious -> surely he can't be serious -> what the hell is this man smoking, i want some' cycle I generally go through when watching TV evangelists (I DO NOT endulge often). But when they finally came to the 'custom 7000 series aerospace grade aluminum' bit, I first cleaned up the stuff that had squirted out of my nose because I was drinking at the time and switched it off.
However, I DO insist on getting some of the stuff these people were smoking.
Someone later told me the band was shite too, bit I didn't see so I will refrain from commenting.
International law is simply not equipped to handle this kind of situation. IS is -last time I looked- not a recognised state. They can therefor not have a 'regular' army. Things like the Geneva or The Hague conventions can not be applied to it. These people ar either 'regular combattants' nor 'civilians' of the IS state.
Since they can not be tried as soldiers, it would mean that -in this case- they would have to be tried as British civilians. This would require issuing an international arrest warrant for them to be detained, followed by an extradition warrant for them to be brought back to the UK (that is IF they hold UK passports, and don't have some sort of dual nationality, which complicates matter somewhat).
But WHO would execute the arrest warrant in the IS overrun territories ? Who would you appeal to for an extradition request ? Not to put to fine a point on it, these people operate with inpunity as long as they are within IS held territory. There is simply no way to effectively bring them to justice and stop them misbehaving withing the existing legal frameworks.
That said, why do we insist offering these criminals the protection of the law when they themselves formally denounce the laws of the country from which they carry a passport and insist only their own law is valid and to be obeyed ? They made their bed. Lat them sleep in it. Preferably forever;
Can't get used to the 3rd person thingy
I've tried many 3rd person perspective games in the past, including the prequel to this one, but the 3rd person stuff just doesn't work for me. I simply find the perspective too awkward. Shame, because it looks like a lot of effort went into making this one.
As for the über-soldier bit...there can be only one...and that is Herr William Joseph Blaskowicz.
No I did not take of the anti-shatter foil, because :
1. I don't like shattered glass very much, and
2. I was told this would void the warranty.
But, since it'll be OUT of warranty next month, I'll give it a go.
However technically accomplished it is, it will, just like my Z1, be loaded with the most eclectic collection of useless crapware known to man. If the glass is anything like mine, it will scratch from looking at it.
I decided to give Sony another shot when I bought this one, but I'm totally off them now. I'm quite happy too put up with a lower spec phone if it's vanilla droid.
Of course, 'landfill' droids today are the high end of two years ago.
Re: A 'whopping' 100GB
And you better pray to your deity of choice you don't need access to any of that information while abroad with no free wifi available, because the roaming invoice will be quite spectacular.
In other news...
Intelligence listening posts around the world are reporting a sharp increase in legal pencil sharpening noises.
So people bought a few hundred (add favourite currency) worth of phone, jailbroke it, and then proceeded to install software of origin unknown promising them they could download software from an official source without paying for it, subsequently finding themselves hoisted by their own petards ?
Don't know about you folks, but my empathy gauge is staying firmly pegged at zero.
No problems in Belgiumshire
it is listed on the website of Bellgian/Dutch electronics mail order house C**lBl** as in stock, 349 Euro's, and ready for next day delivery
Re: Nobody make offroaders any more
Yes, they do still make 'real' offroaders. Toyota still does the 70 (but unfortunately they don't bring it to Europe oficially), Foers Ibex will make you one based on LR running gear, Jeep has the Rubicon, and the US manufacturers make some fine pick-ups that will do nicely with a bit of tweaking.
I know, I drive them, own and have owned several different ones, and am currently researching the next one.
It takes a bit more effort than walking into the nearest showroom, but you CAN have a 'real' offroader if you really want one and are prepared to pay for the privilege.
What would happen with subscrtibers to AM that live in states or countries where adultery is illegal ?
Please go directly to jail, do not collect 200$ ?
Re: I'm calling bovine excrement on this thing
That sounds like acapital plan to me, with only one minor flaw...unfortunately, I'm allergic to cats, and since the KB I am using is from MS (SANS the obviously EULA'd software that comes with it), I sincerely doubt it will survive a 110 pound Rottweiler walkover.
I'm calling bovine excrement on this thing
I have thought long and hard about this (at least, insofar this is possible given my limited possibilities), and have unequivocally determined the whole Microsoft argument is based on a fallacy, namely that EULA's exist for the benefit of the customer/consumer AND the issuer of the agreement.
It is also my contention that ANYONE who reads a MS EULA and agrees to it is either :
- A danger to themselves and their environment and should be locked in a padded cell
- Lying though their teeth
- Being forced against their will, possibly involving firearms or mediëval torture apparatuses.
Any half sane person, having a say in the matter, would tear up the EULA and refuse to have anything to do with the product attached to it.
I've been wondering about this for a while.
We get a lot of US and UK television series over here. Where the UK actor generally portray people with families and day to day issues everyone seems to have to cope with, US persona are quite often brilliant, well educated, succesful, good looking and work 48 hour shifts without even showing the slightest wrinkle, easily finding solutions to even the most confounding problems.
I wonder if US companies are starting to believe this version of 'reality'.
One shudders to think...
How expensive this one is actually going to be. And, if other recent Samsung attempts are an indication, how utterly crapware ridden...
Re: Time for a major rethink
I respectfully put it to you that it is -in general- not the programmers, technicians, testers or QC people who are negligent or unaware of potential issues, but the bean counters that refuse to approve the necessary budget and the upper management insisting on silly deadlines often inspired by imaginary 'market forces'.
How utterly surprising !
It never ceases to amaze me how, in all these wonderfull plans thought up by all manner of well meaning folk trying to better the world, the 'human factor' is always ignored.. if money can be made there will always be someone somewhere prepared to do anything to get their hands on some of it, bugger the consequences.
It works a bit like this : legislation is issued by the governments of the world to be able to ensure that resources gathered around the world by major players are 'clean'. The method for this is inevitably a lot of paperwork and government stamps. No one is actually going to send out an armed force to a foreign country to verify if everyone is playing by the rules;
Subsequently, it becomes more difficult -at least administratively- for more or less ethically sound legitimate players to import said resources. They will therefore try and source their needs from alternative origins. This leads, especially in regions already considered to be 'offenders', to a sharp drop in legitimate demand.
At this point, all manner of of more err...mercantile oriented smaller, less visible and often decidly dodgy smaller 'intermediates' smell blood in the water, and set up elaborate sytems to 'clean up' traceability of the objectionable origins. Unfortunately, the locals will have to sell even cheaper (because they can not export legitimately) and the difference will be pocketed by the people providing the 'whitening' service.
There have been many such examples in the past, and there will be many more in the future. Issuing a law and associated form is not going to work. Never has, never will.
My sense of humour is quite well, thanksverymuch.. Thank you for trying to explain, but I still think it wasn't much of a joke to begin with, more an effort at general oafishness, quite incompetently executed..
Could anyone please explain to me how installing Finnish software on a German automobile (which, incidentally, could come out of a US, South African, Brazilian or indeed German factory) would produce a star somewhere on the vehicle (I assume the NAV system) and make it point, of all directions, to the LEFT ?
I have can only speculate on what the FacePlant comedian was trying to express, but I have no idea on how this could be accomplished with the given 'joke' information.
Kudos to Motorola
This one is a really big contender for my next Phone. I'm just going to wait a bit longer to see what Google comes up with for the next iteration for their Nexus phones, but this one looks like a winner.
Re: Using words too lightly
I bet some of the users of the service are quite terrified, though.
So it's not really a phone ?
But more like a music player you can also make a phone call with ? 600+ USD sounds like a lot of money for an Android music player...especially one with 16GB of memory, which seems decidedly poor for a player meant to carry FLAC.
It was probably a good idea in the pub after the fourth pint.
Is this really strange ?
EVERY end-customer in the chemical, petrochemical and petroleum industry I've ever worked for in the last 30 years reserves the right to check anyone leaving the plant. Spot checks are carried out on a regular basis during the day, and every so-often someone is stupid enough to nock some nuts and bolts, tools, electrical equipment and other odds and ends. It is a fact of life.
This requirement is communicated to anyone entering the facility, and it is also advertised on signs when you enter. If you disagree with this policy you have the choice of remaining outside.
I have never heard of anyone sueing on this basis. Am I missing something ?
I must however admit that being searched several hours a day for 15 or 20 minutes sounds quite disturbing. Or were they just waiting for their turn to be searched ? Which sounds equally bizarre.
Firstly, in a market ruled by one or a few giant competitors, for a small competitor to be succesful, they need to have the better product by a significant margin.
Secondly, they have to make the consumer want to pay the price for such significant benefits.
Pagani does not make sub compacts. Any sub compact they could make would be so expensive that people in the market for a subcompact would not be able to afford them. Making them affordable would dilute their brand to the extent it would infect their top tier product. People buying that top tier product would not pay the price of that product if it was identical but had a Vauxhall badge on it.
I think diversification is the wrong path for them at this point. They need to re-establish their brand and build from there.
Stands to reason...
There's no money to be made from freedom of speech.
This opens up a whole new can of worms. How is the 'alternative' product 'similar'. Does it look like it ? Does it look different but is it made of the same components ? Does it have similar functionality ?
I think you'd be back to square one.
Is it any wonder ?
That time of the year is creeping in where my smartphone will be replaced, so I started looking around.
To my amazement I found that an S6 can be even more expensive than the Fruity stuff, and what does over 1K Euro get you ? Another droid Phone, virtually indistinguishable in form and certainly function from designs costing less than half the price, loaded with bloatware that will never be used (video editing on a Phone, really ?) and proudly displaying 'Samsung' on te hood.
Was Samsung really hoping this thing was going to lure punters away from the iPhone ?
I just finished 'The Circle' by Dave Eggers and I've caught a real scare about these things...
Re: Being Belgian, plucky and all...
Your git comment aside, what they actually did was declare war on the English (with the help of the Dutch and the Spanish, of course) . They did it because the wanted revenge for getting the rear of their anatomy badly battered in the seven year war. They ended up with a giant financial hangover, which indirectly caused the French revolution, git wise. And, of course, we're not mentioning the French losses that ran into the thousends. A cause for celebration by the French even today, I'm sure.
Of course Franklin was already talking to the English behind the French's back, and so they got very little if aything out of the peace settlement.
But, as you correctly remarked, the word 'with'as in 'with the Americans' is sadly missing from my writings.
Being Belgian, plucky and all...
I would like to add the comment that barely a few weeks after the French climbed on their high chevaux and protested about our coin, they starded off in ze general direction of the US in a replica sailboat to commemorate their involvement in fighting the plucky Americans wanting independence.
And, of course, getting their derrieres duly kicked as they always do.
Have you noticed...
...That websites, even when 'having problems' or 'being updated' always display the ads perfectly. And they're always loading first ?
...that whatever problems you have when buying a game, the credit card transfer always works flawlessly ? Sometimes even twice ?
...that when purchasing online, and experiencing problems, the guys that sold it to you are always 'just the distributor' and not responsible ?
...that when you want a refund there are always 'exceptional circumstances' due to 'extraordinary demands' being made on the system ? And that these circumstances never seem to occur when YOU need to pay ?
I could go on. Bottom line ? If they can rip you off they will.
I see...it's all god's fault. Or is it god's fault I am not gay ? I'm confused. Does this mean I'm in denial ?
In other news...
The Register releases a 312 point guide to installing cyanogenmod on your Android device. Steps include at least 41 resets (depending on model) and running to the store to buy a new phone after bricking yours.
Re: Australia's Federal Police
So would you propose to put them on the 'overgrown infant' or the 'incurable tyrant' ward ?
How wonderful !
But er...who owns the patent on hugely overpriced hype built from inferior components ? It seems to me Bose has a headstart of a few decades at least in this market segment, but wit Apple you never know !
Now this is funny...
Or very sad, depending your appreciation of the absurd.
The new president of the EU is a certain mr. Junker. Can you guess what mr. Junker's job was for many years before he got this job ? Go on, take a wild guess.
He was prime minister of...exactly : Luxemburg.
Re: I doubt...
Of course not. Even Apple has fans
I think it's approvals
I suspect there are a great number of versions certified for the many, many different mil-spec, gov-spec, intel-spec and other spec organisations of the world.
The chip wil be basically the same, but the validation process will be different.
Re: BBC Worldwide
Someone is not 'free' to accuse anyone else of whatever they like. In general, 'defamation of character' laws are quite well defined in our part of the world.
I have this watch.
I tells me time and - lo and behold - the date (although it thinks every month has 31 dags and I need to help it along every so-often). It doesn't need recharging. All I have to do is wear it. It has a built in energy accumulation device (commonly known as a spring) so it keeps running for a day or two if I take it off.
Every 7 years I have to take it down to the watch shop, where it is sent along to the manufacturer to be relubed and cleaned up. It comes back after 3 days looking brand new, and I'm set for the next 7 years.
When I get a phone call my phone rings and vibrates, wherupon I decide to take the call or not.
Where exactly does this newfangled gizmo I have to hook up to a charger every day fit in ?
So that's it ?
Wasn't this announced by the Cookster as 'the most exciting product launch ever' or 'most exciting product line ever' or something to that effect ?
And the grand total is 2 phones and a watch ? And this is 'the most innovative company on the planet' ?
Cook should be genuinly ashamed.
I spend most of my professional time in countries other than my own. Mobile Broadband roaming prices are still quite extortionate in Europe. Especially if you forget to switch roaming off again after checking your email.
I use gmail because it gives me access to my emails wherever I am. I spend a lot of time on client locations and systems, and very few offer me the option to use my own laptop on their network. I am mostly forced to use the systems available. This isn't generally problematic, because they all have some sort of browser and an internet connection.
However, i have no control whatsoever over the browser or version installed on those systems, I just use whatever is available to me.
As long as I get off with some sort of warning that I'm using old hat I don't really care, but if Google insist I use the latest and greatest to access my email and do searches I will quickly be forced to use services from another supplier.
Maybe it's just an opportunity in disguise.