Re: But but but...
Could a football entirely made of hexagons exist in hyperbolic space?
313 posts • joined 8 Sep 2011
Could a football entirely made of hexagons exist in hyperbolic space?
Rather like our national football team then.
"Confirmed by a trip to the tip (sorry, Community Recycling Centre) where Dysons seem to be disproportionately-well represented."
Dyson are the best selling vacuums in the country so of course there will be more of them at the tip.
"[Dyson] seems to me to be primarily an egotistical businessman like Branson (and Edison) who produces overpriced goods heavy on style and light on durability."
I have owned an early Dyson for nearly 20 years, which from memory cost me about £170. In that time it's never given me any trouble, save for an internal hose which split (and they sold me a new one for about £4) and the cyclone unit broke which cost about £40 to replace. That's pretty much all it's cost me for 20 years of service.
"Yet marketing each is if Apple were first."
They've been doing that kind of thing for decades, such as when they proudly proclaimed that their new Power Mac was the first RISC home computer.
No it fucking wasn't.
"oh my god. are we going to necropost about ST vs Amiga?? just for you kids...the whole fanboi thing is not new. Amiga vs ST arguments were loud and abusive all over the playground in 1985 onwards i think. the ST had better sound. but the Amiga was the better machine."
LOL. It's a moot point 'cos the Archimedes was better than either of them ;)
"tax avoidance is immoral"
I'm not sure I'd agree with that. As Peter Hitchens wrote a few years ago,
"A greedy, slovenly state forces you to hand over roughly half your money every year, by threatening to send you to prison if you don’t.
Then it shovels that money carelessly down a huge hole. The Government is bad at almost everything it does. If you sent it out to buy you a loaf of bread, it would come back a week later with stale cake, and pretend it had lost the change."
Who here wouldn't pay less income tax if they had the opportunity to do so?
"Just watching B5 again after the death of Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi)."
I watched all of B5 for the first time a couple of years back when they repeated them all on one of those "Ten Quid TV" channels. Might have been Watch, I can't remember. The whole story arc over series 1-4 was awesome, much better in many respects than Star Trek.
I never got into it at the time, I think because I was a student and didn't watch much TV.
I really hope that someday, someone re-renders all the CGI in high def and releases them on Blu ray.
Although I find them pretty good on the whole, I had a similar but more serious issue with them a few years ago when I was unemployed and my mortgage insurance came through a day too late one month. The mortgage payment didn't go out but I didn't notice because it was Christmas time.
In fact I only found out I was in arrears nearly a month later when I received a letter telling me so along with a £20 "fine." I phoned them up to complain for not telling me earlier and they said "we don't send out a letter for bounced mortgage payments because if we did you'd have been charged £20!"
So I ended up being charged £20 anyway, and got a huge black mark on my otherwise perfect credit file, which ended up with my credit card company reducing my credit limit to 1/10th of what it was and doubling my interest rate.
"Funny. I watch it on FreeSat and I don't have a licence. I live in the RoI, and I guess that many Europeans can pick up the same signal without paying anything. Same with C4, which also gets some of the licence fee, AIUI."
Not any longer, sadly. You used to be able to pick up the BBC, ITV etc even in the south of Italy with a modestly sized dish, but you can't pick up any channels worth watching very far outside the UK/RoI any more.
Anywhere outside Iceland, the north of France, Belgium and the Netherlands and you're out of luck now: Click for coverage map
Perhaps what was part of the problem?
Has El Reg ever gone after The Enquirer I wonder?
"With the money I've saved by piracy streaming, I can actually afford to go to the odd game. Think on football clubs."
I doubt the clubs care. I believe they only make about 5% of their money on ticket sales.
"Considering I see complaints of bias on the BBC from both left and right wings I'd say that's proof of impartiality, wouldn't you?"
Not really, no, because the bias that the BBC allegedly has is not one that can properly be defined in terms of Left or Right. In fact those two terms have very little meaning in mainstream UK politics these days. Much as they would both bitterly deny it, the Tories and the majority of Labour MPs have far, far more in common than the things they disagree on.
The BBC's true bias is more of a cultural-liberal establishment one. That is why it is hostile to both Corbyn and to Nuttall: they are both a threat to the establishment. In the same vein, it's also far from impartial on things like Brexit, I've read loads of articles with the headline "such and such doing well, despite Brexit."
And I'm speaking as someone who is firmly in favour of keeping the licence fee.
"Speed cameras are not there as revenue generation but to stop bad drivers speeding"
The fact that speed cameras raise money proves that they don't actually stop drivers speeding, does it not?
I would also add that I still have little sympathy for those who do get caught, simply because each and every camera is clearly signposted. If you do get caught by a camera, it's because you aren't paying enough attention to the road signs.
But if that's justice, then I'm a banana.
"The sockets had tin plated contacts - not gold. The chips were drawing a low current - which apparently allowed the build up of oxide between the chip pins and the socket."
My old Acorn A3000 had a tin plated header for the RAM expansion (in those days Acorn machines either has sockets for discrete chips or as in this case used their own design of memory modules) and was notorious for the pins oxidising, requiring the module to be removed and reseated every so often, although mine never suffered from that problem.
"I did wonder if ammonia could also have been the culprit as this killed a fair few people back when it was used in refigeration until replaced by CFC then HFC."
There was an accident involving ammonia at the brewery near to my house recently. A number of people were hospitalised and one tragically died. Refrigeration you say? I'd been wondering what they used it for.
"you could tell [Patrick Stewart] and Peter Firth were class acts"
Stewart's performances in I Claudius and Dune were none to shabby either.
"Some people are never happy, and I suspect that you might be one of them."
I think that many such people can be happy, but only when they are having a really good moan.
"Who the f*ck downvotes things like this?!? Have an upvote just to balance the tally."
Probably people who are appalled by the bad layout of that C code!
To me, the term "trace" implies that the substance is not needed but just happens to be there for some reason. It's an impurity, if you will.
The sort of outrage I'm seeing over this seems completely illogical to me, it's a bit like kicking off because a knife was used to prepare vegetarian food that had previously been used to cut a meat product. So what? It doesn't make any difference as to whether an animal was killed or not. It doesn't make any difference to anything.
We have a few of these electronic bogs at my work. Everything is written in English, but still I always actively avoid them even to use as a normal toilet? Why? Because of the seat heater. Unless it's your own toilet, there's nothing worse than sitting down on a warm toilet seat!
"If we continue down this route in 10 years time you will need to have a license or video proof that you have a garden in order to buy some fertiliser."
You already can't buy a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide from Boots. Apparently it's because some people "abuse" it.
Parts of Nationwide's Internet banking website have been down since at least yesterday, I wonder if there's a connection?
"How about jamming all mobile phone signals in the prison except for some guard areas?" asks Captain Obvious.
The guard areas are a moot point because it's a criminal offence for anyone to take a mobile phone into any part of a prison.
"Yeah and, in my experience, the manufacturer of that "decent pair of high end headphones" will be happy to sell you a replacement for that 50 cent cord for about $15 plus shipping.
At least for the next 2 years or so until they've run out of stock and their new models use a different and incompatible connector for the 50 cent cords.
They're all as bad as each other."
No, not really. My old £50 Sennheisers had a detachable lead which had a perfectly standard jack plug on both ends. A quick look on Amazon shows that I can buy a replacement for £2.69 with free UK delivery.
So, as is usual for a hifi-basher on here, you're talking rubbish.
"How do you dial in exactly 1 minute, 20 seconds on a dial?"
On mine, you turn the knob clockwise one click, then push it in and turn it clockwise for 20 clicks. Easy.
I have a microwave oven with most of the features you are talking about. It must be getting on for 40 years old: my granddad bought it when I was a very small child. My grandmother gave it to me many years ago when she replaced it with a newer (inferior) model. It has two knobs, one to set the time and one to set the power level, and has an electromechanical countdown timer like the ones you used to see on tape recorders. It's only 650W though, as was the norm back then.
The thing weighs an absolute ton and needless to say it's still going strong today.
It's very similar but not identical to this:
I've just been looking on the Vampire website. It says fitting is very simple, but how so, when the A600's 68000 chip appears to be surface mounted?
"How can you get the job done when someone has robbed all your tools?
How exactly do you rob tools? Tools don't have any belongings to steal from.
"Children still can't give consent and paedophilia will never be acceptable enough to legalise."
How do you define what is a child though? What would be considered paedophilia in this country is perfectly legal in many jurisdictions, including many EU countries.
"Perhaps there is different levels of business\pub sky card price based on the size of the pub."
Yes I think that is how it works. A local private members' club near to me has about 200 members and the chairman told me Sky wanted over £1000 per year for a place that size.
"If ARM hadn't been spun off as a seperate company Acorn could have used some of its profits to develop and showcase a proper rival to the PC. They might only have ended up with a single digit percentage of the market but thats all Apple ever attained and look at it now."
Yes I concur completely. The whole rise and fall of Acorn is a very sad story really, and one that to this day still tugs on my heartstrings a little, but for better or worse, we are where we are and we have to make the best of it.
"(only the Commodore series attempted a serious effort at making certain system calls portable across their range via their 0xFFxx kernel jump table, but the C128 used a Z80 to boot the system!)"
I think the same is true for all Acorn's pre-Archimedes BBC machines, including those with 16 and 32-bit second processors.
In fact it's the case on the Arc as well: in BASIC type A%=65: CALL &FFEE. It won't try to execute ARM code at 0xFFEE, it'll emulate the BBC's OSWRCH call and print the letter 'A' on the screen.
"Nuclear boy scout. He got most of the way to making a breeder reactor in his garden shed. Used thorium from lamp mantles as a starting material and the smoke alarms as a neutron source to breed.
Hmm, according to the Wikipedia article, Hahn very recently died (presumably from radiation poisoning) but I can find nothing on any news sites about it. On the other hand there does seem to be an obituary for someone of the correct name and age.
"Look at the charges of anti-Semitism. A lot of this seems to me to be attempts to stifle criticism of the state of Israel"
A lot of it might be, but certainly not all of it.
Regardless, I agree with your post in general.
"I don't think the image is a red back."
Looks like one to me.
I had a similar problem a few years back with a phantom shitter leaving his doings outside my garage door. I suspect the culprit in both these cases might be a taxi driver. I put a stop to his little game in the end by installing gates at the end of my service road.
"Now, bear with me on this one Wilsus.
Up North we use 'Could've had', but if i lived at Downton Abbey, then a case could be put forward for 'Could of had'. Its a question of grammatical context! If i was a posh twat, i could definitely use ' Could of had' in a sentence.......just try it now in a posh accent, go on..........you see? Now try this sentence, 'He could of had a brand new Rolls Royce, but instead plumped for the Bentley instead'. You see, it works doesn't it?
Now lets try up North: (so with a northern accent in your head)
'He could of have had a plate of fish n chips, but instead he had a plate of black puddings'.
Now try: 'He could've had a plate of fish n chips, but instead he had a plate of black puddings'.
Hope thats cleared up things.....or is that, cleared things up?"
Sorry, I can't say I agree. Surely that's just poor pronunciation? Downton Abbey isn't real, so can hardly be used as evidence in this regard.
P.S. When you say something like, "if I was a posh twat" you should really use the subjunctive, "if I were a posh twat." :)
'I think you'll find the accepted modern usage (in the UK at least, not sure about elsewhere) is:
"could of had"'
Oh dear. That usage is certainly not accepted by me.
"Could've" is a contraction of "could have."
"Could of" simply is not valid grammar.
"I thought the biggest complaint about Sky was that they made it very difficult to actually talk/complain to them..."
So people keep telling me. However I've been with them for a number of years for TV, and until very recently phone and broadband. In all that time their customer service has been nothing short of excellent, not that I've had too much to complain to them about because I have had virtually no problems with any of their services.
I can't help thinking that because people don't like the Murdoch empire, they just make any old shit up to make them look bad.
In C, something like this has always been my approach:
# define DB printf
# define DB
The use of which generates no code at all unless DEBUG is turned on. It's not rocket science.
"Between him and Smith they have promised the world in the past few weeks, and I bet none of it ever gets delivered if they get elected."
That's a bit of a moot point, really...
OK, so as I think someone else said, you deal with it in the compiler or at the ASM level by having branch "hints", e.g. flags saying how likely the branch is, and you use the transistors saved on implementing an extra core or two.
"Proxima Centauri really only produces red light"
No. I keep hearing this and it is totally incorrect. The light from Proxima has a colour temperature of about 3000K which is rather whiter than a halogen light bulb. The last time I checked, plants in my living room, at night with the light on, still looked green and my white ceiling still looked white. Sure, the light is redder than sunlight, but it's certainly not red light.
On the other hand, a cool brown dwarf with a temperature of a few hundred degrees probably would have these properties, but Proxima is far from being one of those.
"They do it better in Europe, with electronic signage over the seats that the more selfish passengers can't tamper with."
I'm puzzled by this because I'm sure that Virgin Pendolino trains do have such electronic signs instead of the little cards. Are the Voyagers different?
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