Re: Built in Timer
Err, doesn't virtually every BIOS in existence have the ability to wake a PC (or laptop) at a set time...???
34 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010
Err, doesn't virtually every BIOS in existence have the ability to wake a PC (or laptop) at a set time...???
Yep, back in the mid 90s I had a temp job at British Gas in Cardiff. One of the old server rooms was being used as a file store for old customer records and I had the incredibly exciting job of spending my days looking for microfiche records in there.
Three words: Opera Turbo Mode.
That is all.
Who are these people, devs or script kiddies??
I need a bit of tempo to code to: Offspring, Green Day or the like. Occassionally a bit of electronica for variety.
Plus, it blocks out any distracting conversations nearby.
Help, some goons in black are supressing me!
People - it's people! Arggggh....!
That't be the scenario if we really want to "remove material that governments and police forces disapprove of."
SAD - as President Drumpf would say...
Err, I can actually feel when a phone is transmitting on GSM or Edge - I get a horrible tingly sensation on that side of my head above my ear. For that reason, I do use the phone on speaker so nothing unusual for me there.
Thankfully, now we're mostly on 3G or better I can happily irradiate my brain without being aware of the effects...
Icon because speakerphones avoid discomfort.
There'll be some kind of ranking system in effect, so results will be returned in order of social meeja standings....
1. Sebastian Vettel (F1 driver)
2. Philip J Fry (Futurama)
Personally, I think Seb is Fry's German accented, racecar driving alter ego, but I can't prove it yet!
Icon because Bender.
Climb up with the router & mains extenstion cable to lay a vertical network, then do a follow-up test on the tensile strength of CAT6 and if metal jacket RJ45 connectors are strong enough to abseil on - enquiring minds want to know!
PS. I'm not liable for the mountain rescue/coastguard helicopter/hospital bills if it turns out the answer is no...
Heli icon cause you may need an airlift home.
+1 I was effing and blinding too - good thing no one paid me any attention or I'd have been pulled over!
PS. Thankfully, El Reg covered this - I was going to have to start cross posting in another article if it wasn't!
PPS. Actually, I'd be DELIGHTED if all communications were tapped 100% of the time if the penalty for the slightest misuse of that information no matter how minor was slow, painful public execution Pour Encourager Les Autres...
£249.99 for a battery powered 1080P camera!! Did they price this back in 2012 when IP was ££££? Seems an absolute ripoff to me based on the specs and design.
How exactly do you adjust the pan and tilt so you can mount anywhere other than directly infront of what you want to view? At a bare minimum a camera should allow 3 axis of movement so it can be positioned where it can see the whole required area - this only appears to have 2 axis adjustment. The shape also makes it really easy to push out of line with a stick, which you can't do with a dome camera (or decent box camera housing).
Save your money and buy a 4 camera Hikvision kit (other makes are available) with NVR thrown in for half the price. It's pretty much plug and play.
You just need to run the CAT5 - granted this can be the real reason why people buy these toys.
Paris - cause she's just a good at making money from nothing too...
Frozen turkeys @ x velocity to the face?
My vote is via Singapore:
1) Take a flight arriving Singapore in the morning & freshen up at the airport bathrooms
2) Spend the day sightseeing
3) Enjoy the food
4) Take the overnight flight to NZ after enjoying the airport facilities again - have a swim if you want
5) Arrive NZ in morning, no jet lag - sorted...
Pretty sure Breaking Bad wasn't written as documentary but there can't only be one dodgy lawyer out there. Same goes for 'Security Consultants'.
they can keep all their profits, but only in the form of burning tobacco, inhaled by the Executive Board in a sealed chamber (don't want to pollute the atmosphere after all). They can leave once the last flake burns out. The addition of Oxygen to the chamber is optional, their choice.
Bird vs military trainer - so not a flimsy civilian craft either!
Icon for what was left of the jet...
Same here, no issue at office in Southwark or DR site in Maidenhead. Both on FTTC.
No issues with their service so far either. A better service status page would help more technical folks but the average consumer would say meh....
Nah, they've just been staring at the London Olympics logo and decided that while they couldn't copy the Lisa Simpson idea directly, they could just go with a blocky, one-colour mess...
My thoughts exactly - FFS GET YOUR BONY HANDS OFF MY FAVOURITE WRITERS! ;-((
If William Gibson suddenly croaks it, I'll know there's a supernatural conspiracy against me.
Like all here, my deepest condolences to his family - I'll raise a glass (or two) in your memory tonight.
I second putting his ashes on LOHAN, it is the only suitable send-off, but they'd need to go into orbit, not return to this vale of tears...
Slightly off topic - am I the only person who can feel (as in a distinct sensation in the side of my head) when my phone has dropped to 2G? It's quite unpleasant, therefore I tend to use a bluetooth or wired headset if it's not 3G. If it's a long call on 3G I tend to use a headset anyway as I can't be bothered to hold the phone up till the blood drains out of my arm.
FYI - I get a sensation on the side of my scalp above the ears on the side I'm holding the phone after a few seconds exposure. Maybe I'm just sensitive to my nerve endings being microwaved...
Tinfoil sweatband time?
On topic - my commute from Wimbledon Common to Waterloo (train from Putney) has several distinct areas of no signal, for no obvious reasons such as obstructions. Rubbish networks the lot of them. I'm on Vodafone at the mo.
Hang on, back in the 90's I'm sure Silicon Graphics did some even bigger VR headsets for their fantastically expensive kit. In fact, I almost had the chance to try one for a student project at uni, only to find it was broken by the time I got my turn. ;-(
It was an experiment on how people navigated in VR environments and after too many hours of Doom in our computing lab, I was happily strafing round corners which was a shame as there were no weapons in the VR model...
We need a BFG icon!
Err, we already did that; re-read the sentence, I said we upgraded it. Normal auto-fire rates were waaay slower, hence the mod. It basically maxed out the input and there were no gaps in the stream of fire at all!
Ah, you could, with a little soldering (see my post below)... All you had to do then was steer.
I can still hear the soundtrack in my head, awesome for a game back then!
Reminds me that my brother did a mod on one of our joysticks to upgrade the auto-fire to 255 shots per second. You ended up with a hose-like continuous stream of shots up the screen and gave you awesome firepower. It did make it rather easier to finish the game and saved yet another busted joystick fire button - happy days!
Think it involved changing the resistor the auto-fire used and we'd seen it in one of the gaming mags IIRC.
There was a PC port of Xenon II I downloaded awhile back too - only 320x240 though. Could do with a full HD resolution version & multi-channel sound to bring it up to date..!
You've had explosive belts, bikes, cars, buses, vans, trucks and planes - bring on the era of the suicide balloonist*
Stick a man in a basket with a load of helium balloons, a large fan and a one way ticket to paradise and they'll be floating up to an elevated launch platform to shoot at the big floating infidel in the sky. A couple of RPGs and they have air-to-air missiles!
* I didn't say this would be likely to work - it would be total luck if they got within a 10K of an airship, even if they knew where it was first.
Tried enabling CLI on our office Asterisk, but just ended up borking the system with each mod.
As I understand, the UK uses a wierd CLI setup compared to most others, so you need to set specific settings in the config files.
Tried the various suggestions, but no joy yet. Got a 3 port TDM card for our BT lines and all works OK, apart from the CLI...
Actually, | recall at the time several articles pointing out it was bloody stupid to announce to the World + dog the UK was about to flog half its gold reserve.
Other nations sold some of theirs at around the same time, but had the good sense not to announce it first and drip fed it into the market.
Brown's stupidity was to dump it in one go, thereby getting the worst possible price - same as happens when there's a surplus of oil on the market > price goes down, simple economics of supply & demand. Doesn't take a genius to work that out, and as I recall GB went against the direct advice of the Treasury...
The biological warfare method was suggested in the press years ago, and I thought at the time we should have just gone ahead and done it. Looks like they finally got the green light - any crop-dusting drones out there?
It's a naturally occuring infection of poppies and far more targetted than an agent orange type mess so you don't end up with mutated wildlife...
For health use, they just need to quarantine a region and pay the farmers the going pharmaceutical rate for it. The rest can be guided towards growing something more beneficial to all.
... my microbiology is a bit rusty but unlikely the same fungal strain as infectious organsisms tend to be quite species specific. I haven't checked what species the fungus was, so I could be wrong.
It's why 'flu strains don't generally infect all animals, just the one species.
Ignorant? Or just a different point of view? ;-)
Right or wrong depends on your frame of reference. And the world's a pretty varied place...
There's a saying, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" and depending on your cultural and religious upbringing, some UK norms could be considered obscene, bizarre or disgusting. And who the hell are the IWF to judge?! I don't remember voting them into government - did the rest of you?
Until they subject themselves to full public scrutiny and respond to the public will, they aren't anything but another special interests group regardless of what good they are trying to do.
In an environment as diverse as the internet, to accept the blinkers of one organisation looking from a specific point of view strikes me as short-sighted at best, bloody stupid at worst.
Like the great firewall of Oz, stupidity knows no bounds. We're heading for a society where you can't look at naked pictures of yourself as a baby cause they're now 'child porn' - idiots!
Context, context, context people, that's what determines what is 'child porn' and what are merely embarrasing photos of your childhood.
And until they put thoughtcrimes into UK law, they can kiss my ass if they think I'll change they way I tell good from bad.
The producers of actual child porn make very good candidates for castration by wooden spoon though...
Also, is there an app for that?
You could have a hot-key on the dash - "Extreme Parking!"
Quake II of course. Had a fantasic 3d engine with solid explosions (no overlays) and was a railgun frag fest online back in the late-90s...
Would have loved to see the super-nailgun from Q1 in all the other versions though! Mind you, the grapple-gun from QII was ace for sniping from ceilings.
...that's how I'm going to picture him!
Available from your nearest Dr Evil retail outlet this summer...
I've had a Tosh M200 Tablet for the last 5 years and it has now travelled the world with me. Originally bought as a high-end laptop/tablet with hi-res screen (12" 1400*1050 - can't get that any more!) it's spent more time with me than my other half, much to her annoyance...
In my experience there are a few things they will have to ace if this is to work:
1) Hi-res display: The major failings of most current laptops/tablets are the low dpi of their screens. It's the reason I can't replace mine, the current crop of widescreen TFTs are a poor 1200*800 max, which frankly has pixels the size of my teenage spots. The whole point of a tablet is that when you write with the stylus, you can't SEE the individual pixels - it's supposed to emulate paper, not an etch-a-sketch!
2) Usable outdoors, in daylight: Mine is great indoors, but useless in sunlight as the backlight ain't nearly bright enough too, so needs to be transflective or something.
3) Bloody good Voice Recognition: Handwriting recognition in XP amazed me with it's accuracy when I got mine, even though I can barely read my scribbles, so that's good to go already. Voice recognition is way harder, and a pain to train as well. Needs to be highly context sensitive to work well e.g. read, red, Redd, etc. The M200 has 3 mics on the screen to do noise cancelling, so an apple tablet would need a similar setup to work well. Unfortunately MS in their stupidity broke the VR in Office 2007 and said F&$k off and buy Vista if you want to use it again...
4) Weight: Mine is <2kg but still starts to strain the arm when writing for awhile. Theirs will need to be ~1kg for comfort. Optional Bluetooth keyboard option to save weight anyone?
5) Battery life: As a pen & paper replacement, it'll need to last long enough to get a day's work out of it - either very smart power management or amazing batteries are required.
/My two cents
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