Re: Whatever next?
You know that's not funny, right?
386 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
You know that's not funny, right?
"... soon it will ban burps..."
And so they bloody should! Global warming!! Greenhouse gases!!!
"...instead of letting the free market solve it..."
Because the free market isn't solving it, perhaps?
If you go to vivaldi.net there's a wee link to webmail at the top. Once you've registered, you can use your client of choice with IMAP or POP to access the mail.
Or is that not what you mean? Are you looking for a (proper) Opera-like built in client?
"/me wonders where the IT angle is on this one..."
They had a light, and a plug! of course they were IT equipment!!
Not drives, but lab centrifuges. - We were taught to "balance" these by adding a tube opposite the one we were spinning containing a carefully measured (by eye) level of water. One day somebody (else) forgot... The centrifuge walked off the bench and was wandering across the floor when somebody had the presence of mind to turn it off at the wall.
And don't talk to me about ultra-centrifuges...
You've got windows!! Bastard!!!
....for something like Max Headroom :(
We need a Max Headroom icon!
"Maybe millions of housepersons watch porn whilst doing the ironing?"
I wouldn't, not near a hot iron...
They still talk as much, but the actual information content drops the longer they talk...
I think you'll find that "heid" is a perfectly good word north of the Tweed.
Usage : "awa an bile yir heid"
You're probably right about 'mangled malapropisms' unless the OP's family were trying to point out hilarious stuff that other people texted them with and inadvertently auto-corrected it to something legible...
I live a cashless life as well, but not in a good way...
@Ledswinger -- "And sweat, it needs to exude gallons of salty, dirty, malodorous juice."
I NEVER want to sit in your car...Never!!
We switched from a Citroen to a Ford. On the first long trip we made (over Cairn o' Mount) we hit dense fog on the way back down. I confidently reached down to the right to switch on the fog lights... and the dashboard lights went out... By the time I'd actually found the fogs, we had descended out of the cloud layer.
We have a new car (Motability) every three years, and when you have certain requirements (need room in the boot for a wheelchair and room in the back for kids) you tend to stick to the newer model of what you have. Except that the buggers keep changing the control layout! At one point Ford switched the controls on the steering wheel (volume up/down, trip computer etc) over. All that carefully trained muscle memory rendered useless!
"The vast majority of replies here made fun of the article."
I don't think most of the replies are actually making fun of the article.
This is the Register.
We read and comment on articles highlighting all sorts of horrendous catastrophes (and this one is terrible), it's only our sense of humour that keeps us going.
It's easy to laugh at mouse stories, but I remember the "Computing in Medical Laboratories" thing that we hosted in the 80's where guys who were at the cutting edge of Labsystem development (from Norfolk if I remember correctly) were harumphing about those new-fangled mouse things.
"I would turn them over and use them as a trackball" they said...
As an aside, our current labsystem is completely mouse-free once you've clicked on it's icon to fire it up...
When I was the technician in a medical teaching lab one of the (many) things I had to do was look after 90 microscopes. You don't want to know what atrocities students can perpetrate on microscopes. Amongst other things, we had to call in the Leitz engineer to lock the lenses in place (he actually tightened them up supertight with a pair of rubber-coated pliers) to stop the students nicking them. And these were medical students - supposedly the creme de la creme.
Ah the 70's I miss them sometimes.
ooh, you got a downvote, Teflon suit man must have read your post. Have a balancing upvote.
"I couldn’t help but wonder if we’ll still be patching Windows security issues in the year 802,701 A.D."
Of course we will, it might not be Windows, but every operating system needs patched and will do into infinity (and beyond)
Because it doesn't matter how often you tell people that it's a work laptop, they still think it's theirs, just like my work desktop is "mine".
Generally though, people think that they're going to have time to clear it down before they have to hand it back.
They're not always right...
Can I vote for Consider Phlebus (Iain Banks)?
"CPC was crap when it came out"
My CPC with its two ROM boxes was a brilliant wee Word processor and development environment. OK, the games suffered a bit what with being mostly direct ports from the Spectrum, but Elite played fine (what else did you need...)
Just issue them all with tinfoil hats, that'll shield 'em.
What are you? Some kind of idiot? If TfL had banned buses to make sure GMB members had more passengers, then you might have a point. But instead they banned a company with an abysmal track record who refused to adhere to regulations. Dick.
"because it should have been sorcery not sourcery"
"sourcerers are born the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son"
Yeah, I've got a pair of them boots that I inherited from a grandson that they didn't fit. They're dead comfy.
What were we talking about? Oh yes, Verity you're describing my wotsit...life... yeah.
"Hey, you make sure your BIOS is up to date anyway, don't you?"
Not if everything is still working, I don't...
I think you guys are assuming distinguishing between systems with banners is even possible.
I've been involved in the implementation of three LIMS and two electronic request systems, all of them have literally *no way* to splash "TEST" over every dialog box.
The Test (or Demo) systems are essentially different instances of the same database, running on the same server. In the case of the LIMS the version you get depends on your username.
So there is no way to tell visually which system you are in apart from a four letter code on the menu page, up in the corner.
Welcome to the wonderful world of low volume high throughput software.
As it happens, I agree with you that Pournelle wasn't a Nazi. A bit more right-wing than my Scottish sensibilities would like, but definitely no Nazi.
But Nazis weren't Socialists by any stretch of the imagination.
Oh, and while I'm at it, Socialist isn't a dirty word...
Ah, so people ARE still falling for that one...
That's a 404, John 110
Yeah the forum software is truncating the url, but if you go to http://www.slate.com/ and search for Len Deighton, it's the first or second hit.
For those who can't be bothered, it was IBM’s MTST (Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter), an early word processor.
I think that Jerry got "Real soon now" to describe vapourware from SF fandom, where it was commonly used in the 60's and 70's as an answer to the perennial question "when are you going to pub your ish?"
So popularised, but not coined.
what a fan from the 70's looks like now...-------------------->
"but he was not Nazi (a socialist? FFS!)"
Nazi <> socialist
(are people still falling for that one?)
"...have run out of loo roll, anyone a copy of the Daily Express..."
I wouldn't, the ink comes off something dreadful.
Ah, you're the one that falls for knee-jerk "SNP-bad" press propaganda!
(What sort of a word is Natzionalism anyway, you should be ashamed of yourself)
That's all very well, but scumbags don't think that they're the scumbags, they think everybody else is.
These videos reinforce and validate the poster's actions in the eyes of those they see as peers.
Where once they would boast and threaten in front of their mates and 10 people would agree and egg them on, now they can post Youtube videos that are viewed 300,000 times. That's a hell of an egg on and can only serve to amplify a problem that we should be trying to scale down.
My experience was with my wonderful new 19inch CRT monitor that flickered like buggery. But only when the plate pouring crew were next door (Google it for goodness sake, add Bacteriology and Agar to the query). I nipped next door and turned off the waterbath on the other side of the shared wall, flickering stopped.
The head of media prep was too bloody minded to care, so I moved the waterbath when everybody had gone home and problem solved.
Yeah, but I'm not living in a different country (with different costs-of-living etc) from overpaid football players.
I don't believe Mr Anon up there was complaining that he didn't earn enough, I suspect he was commenting on the fact that society appears to value a bloke who can kick a ball goodish over someone who assists in saving lives for a living.
I knew they were overpaid, I just didn't appreciate by how much. Surely a weekly wage that's 3 times my yearly wage is just an obscenity.
I'm going to throw up now.
I haven't fallen for any of that stuff since I pre-ordered my Spectrum...
and Wagon Wheels the size of your head
In Scotland at least, NHS consultants are employed by the Health Board, but they "opted out" of Agenda for Change when everybody else had this foisted on them.
Certain (most?) Managers are also paid outwith the Agenda for Change structure.
Consultants and managers are expensive.
IT staff on the other hand are dead cheap... Wait, I think I see where your IT problem comes from...
There's evidence to suggest that humans are attracted to things that smell like themselves, so spraying their crap on your body might be a great way to attract a woman.
Might be quite specific though.
And there is the problem of the VERY niche demographic mentioned elsewhere
Oi!! You kids get off my lawn!!!
"Its offensive to me that I must treat people who claim to believe in a sky fairy with respect and not ridicule."
I think you'll find that you're the one that mentioned "sky fairy".
Unless believers are either helping or harming you, you're under no obligation to either respect or ridicule them.
Respect is a basic human right, and should only be withheld for good reason.
That you feel you are allowed to ridicule folk who don't subscribe to your worldview is probably reason enough to allow me to withhold my respect.
But I wouldn't dream of ridiculing you (without checking out all your posts first)
Thanks for the lucid explanations of how business works, guys.
(did I forget the :joke alert: icon...)
...when sales of Surface flagged, Microsoft cut the price. I don't understand business...
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