1740 posts • joined 21 May 2010
Re: ok, but seriously...
"Her entry into the world of the rich and famous was riding on her late fathers coat tails AND a porn tape."
Ooooohhhhh, I see. This is really about Paris Hilton.
Re: She's already released a sex tape.
"a sex tape"
What? Is that a bondage accessory or was this back in 1990's?
Re: @Matt Bryant - What a complete load of cobblers.
"just assume that *everyone* is guilty and investigate to your heart's content."
Having known a few police officers socially over the years, they all have expressed the sentiment that the longer one is a police officer, the harder it is to not see everyone else as a criminal of some sort and to be able to "switch off" when not on duty or in social situations.
Assuming that to be true, it can only be worse for those who make it up to command levels, ie the ones who make and set policy etc.
"20 mice. TWENTY? What ever do you need that many mice for?"
You've got it all wrong. The mice aren't being "taken". They are evacuating. Next thing you know there'll be dolphins doing strange back-flips and somersaults before disappearing.
<Caution - Construction Zone>
"browsing handsets etc, but why do so many people still buy there?!"
I think you just answered your own question there. Unless there is a significant cost saving in buying online, most people would just buy at the store they are currently in once they've made the decision which handset to buy. Being able to touch/feel the object is an important part of buying a handset unless you've already decided and have friends who own one.
It's also easier to return to a physical shop for help/advice/repair/replacement.
The swinger for most people is probably the instant gratification in the purchase or the face to face if there's a problem with the item.
I think the total is only updated every 10 minutes or so.
Re: Open source FTW
"A common example is obesity. While many have come to terms with the idea that they eat and drink too much, many more are absolutely shocked at the suggestion that these are related factors."
In that particular example, I think people are more shocked at being called obese by a doctor for being a little overweight as the "common" usage of non-medical people of the word obese is to mean someone who is humongously fat and can barely walk without waddling.
footfall trends by time, gender, and age
Wait...what? How do they get that information? Tracking where a mobile phone is one thing, but that level of data scraping is making a lot of assumptions about who is actually carrying it. Even the telco doesn't know who is carrying the phone or even if the actual user is the same person who bought or registered it.
"Do you go and buy big rubber bumpers for your car so that you don't write it off when you clip the gatepost?"
Maybe he drives a Volvo 740 estate?
"What did Tesla use to control the remote controlled wireless demo model boat around 1897?"
Not sure about Tesla, but I remember seeing a working re-creation of the first(ish?) radio control on, (I think) the BBCs Reeth Christmas lectures many years ago. The transmitter was a spark gap generator and the receiver was a line of iron filings in a tube on a floating model airship. When the spark gap generator was triggered the receiver aerial picked up the EM which made the circuit by (I assume, It was a long time ago now!) routing the EM through a coil to make a small electromagnet thus operating a more powerful circuit which triggered the airship rudder.
After a few seconds on Google...
According the wikipedia entry on radio control "In 1898 at an exhibition at Madison Square Garden Nikola Tesla demonstrated a small boat which could apparently obey commands from the audience but was in fact controlled by Tesla interpreting the verbal requests and sending appropriate frequencies to tuned circuits in the boat."
The wikipedia entry on radio controlled aircraft has this to say "The earliest examples of electronically guided model aircraft were hydrogen-filled model airships of the late 19th century. They were flown as a music hall act around theater auditoriums using a basic form of spark-emitted radio signal."
Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.
"Moral of the story is that where England lays its hand in "ownership" it destroys that country."
Well, apart from the fact a Scottish king inherited the English crown, became king of both countries so in effect Scotland took over England. Then there was 13 years of Scottish Prime Ministers running the whole UK until they fucked over the economy so badly we ended up with Cameron and Clegg.
Less than £1000 to target...
...it's been years in the planning and R&D, and now we've put real money in too! It's getting exciting!
Re: He Got Too Much
Yes, it's strange how many people can't spell should've, could've etc. and can't even manage to get the mis-spelling phonetically correct.
"Why would 'pirates' risk sending their books via Amazon."
Upvoted for that as it was my first reaction too.
On the other hand, maybe the teenaged and twenty-somethings who display their every waking moment on Twatter and Farcebook have no concept of privacy, even for their "illegal" acts?
Tandy, in the UK
Died years ago. From at least one shop in most towns and cities, even expanding their computer departments into a separate business with separate shops they are now reduced, after a management buy-out to this.
I got my first real interest in electronic thanks to one of those wooden box experimenter kits with components connected via spring terminals and wires. 65-in-1 electronics kit with a big book showing how to wire up the example circuits and how they worked.
4 billion year old zircons?
But every fool knows the Earth (and the Universe) is only 6000 years old ;-)
Those who are not fools, on the other hand....
Good stuff this science thingy and I too had never heard of the Hadean era.
Re: Yup, back to normal soon methink. Although...
"Jag-wire, don't forget jag-wire"
I thought left-pondians pronounced it shag-wah!
Re: America - Home of Free Enterprise?
"At one time enterprise, unfettered, brought us so many good things"
That depends on which bit of USA free market capitalistic history you look at. The days of Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and pals weren't so great for their competitors.
Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.
"You seem to forget the Act of Union was between Scotland and England. The United Kingdom is not the UK without Scotland,"
I don't recall wee Alex claiming that an independent Scotland would be a republic. The "crowns" will still be united unless you know something the rest of us don't.
Re: Sapphire TV screen?
Nahhh, you only need a Steel TV for that.
Re: TV / Panel / VDU
"that can be sorted by the use of an advanced programmable Remote Control."
That seems to depend on what kit you have. My LG TV will switch on from stand-by if I switch on the LG BluRay player. Likewise the Raspberry PI running RaspBMC turns on the telly or, if it's already on, switches to the the correct HDMI input if I press any of the nav buttons on the XBMC app on my tablet or phone or the wireless mini keyboard. The VM Tivo cable box doesn't do that but the remote for the Tivo can turn the telly on. Normal press turns on/off Tivo, long press turns on/off telly.
Re: He looks old enough to have been there
"and telly was pants in the 1970s"
I'm quite shocked. I'd have thought the minimalist TVs of the 70's with just a few controls was an Apple ideal.
Re: Only last night ..
"their scotch pies are horrifically bland."
That seems to be government "guidance" on reducing fat,salt and sugar in processed foods. Much of it is tasteless now. Well,I say "now". I really mean more so than previously.
The tankards have proved particularly popular,
Maybe place a few more on order to get that last 3 grand?
EDIT. Correction, only 2 grand to go now, well done!!! Looking forward to supping a pint from my tankard on launch day!
Re: Kim Kardashian’s arse
"Another great article Alistair but I got sidetracked from the off."
Arrgggg!!!! You made me google. I need mind bleach. That is one fat, fugly arse. She looks pear shaped. and unnatural.
Mind you, despite never having seen the TV show, when it first appeared on my radar I assumed it was another Star Trek spin off. Fortunately, I found out what it was before I was tempted to watch. Those photos appear to be showing the location of the shuttle bay.
Re: I just wanted to thank you
"Seriously though, nightly charging will prevent one use case for wearables - 24/7 namely heart monitoring for medical purposes."
Apple will have a solution for that. Wireless charging. Up to 3 metres. Just place the wireless charging plate on the ceiling over the bed and allow your iWatch to automatically and safely re-charge while you sleep. Bathing you in high frequency, high intensity, high power RF "radiation".
Did you mention medical purposes?
Coat thanks. Yes, the white one with the stethoscope in the pocket.
Re: I'm not in opposition to Apple's fee.
...and for the larger stores, paying for the security van to collect the daily takings and/or deliver any required coins. Agreed it's probably not as much as plastic payments overheads, but I'm sure it mounts up. Smaller retailers don't have the power the larger ones do and so pay per transaction on the business bank accounts too.
Re: More Wheels
Yeah, why do vehicles need more wheel and seem caterpillar like? No good reason. And "Deca-Trac"? Surely that should be Deka-Trac since deci- is 1/10th and deka is x10
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Re: It wasn't supposed to be this way
"all the city bus transportation rides i've ever taken charge one flat fee "
That sounds like the sort of thing pinko commie socialists might do. Proper capitalists will charge by the journey length otherwise those only doing short trips are subsidising the ones doing longer trips. I guess we'll have to assume that you live in some socialist Yuropeen country and not the Good 'ole USofA.
Re: Not fair !
Vote Yes on Thursday. I'm sure wee Alex has promised better Scottish weather instead of that crappy Westminster weather you are currently saddled with. Bloody Torys, eh?
The more complex ones are "stickers" according the article, so yes, a vinyl to be more accurate than the articles author, who did mention in passing that they are not all painted on, you know, with words and stuff.
"The committee said it was particularly worried about the impact on low-income households that were using prepaid meters, since there was no requirement on suppliers to give them prepaid smart meters in the rollout."
WTF? If the meter is so smart, why can't anyone with a smart meter have it as prepay if they want? By definition, it has a GUID so all you need is to pass the number to the PayPoint terminal and load up your account. It ought to be simple and no more need for special prepay meters.
"Do we get a cut of the merchandising sales of books, magazines, DVD's, toys etc etc etc?"
Yes. Without the profits from BBC Worldwide, the licence fee would be 10-20% higher so "we" get a share of those profits by them being re-invested back into the BBC.
I'm not saying I agree with the licence fee, but it's nice to work with facts rather than wild speculation implying that "someone else" is getting dividends from BBC Worldwide "profits".
"Black and white license here."
How does that work? IIRC you need a colour licence if you can receive or record colour broadcasts. Since going digital,even if you have managed to keep an ancient BW telly going, it's still working via a digital adaptor box which works in colour. Doubly so if you record any of the shows.
"Hawkins isn't a stargazer."
You're right. He's the cabin boy. Arrrrr Jim lad.
Hawking, isn't a stargazer either, of course.
Mmmm....you forgot to take into account the expansion of the universe so although the effect is moving at the speed of light, the expanding affected zone itself is moving away from us by whatever the universe expansion rate is. By my estimates, that will be next Tuesday rather than tomorrow.
Re: George Osborne is the saviour of the Universe
Best Flash icon available --->
A good start. But for those of us who remember 2D hand scanners, first monochrome and later colour and dreamed of being able to justify buying a "proper" flat-bed scanner will probably give this a miss until the technology matures a bit.
Maybe the next version will be attached to a robotic arm so the images can be taken with high accuracy not just in one plane but also angled up and down from different heights to get "hidden" details and take away a lot of the required post processing needed to cope with meatsacks manually moving the camera.
Re: Denarius Enery is the secret
"but there is still quite rapid growth in Secondary and Tertiary economies, especially those with religious restrictions on birth control."
That probably is a factor but I suspect it pales into insignificance against the "children are my pension" attitude in many low economy countries with little to no welfare or pension provision. Likewise, until relatively recently, infant mortality was very high, so more babies means more survivors (still is in some places) so when you get old you have a few grown-up off-spring to keep you in your dotage. As people and countries get richer, there is a lag between the big family and nuclear family.
According to a census from just over 100 years ago, 12 people lived in my house here in the UK and that was fairly common. I'd be surprised if a house this size had more than 3 or 4, 5 at a push most places in the UK.
Re: Doing More With Less
"ride horses instead of driving cars"
Acre upon acre of fields growing oats and grass just to feed millions of horses, stables on every street corner, and every city street a foot deep in horse shit. We've already been there and moved on.
Re: Meh @goldcd
"No way he can get identical parts today,"
First, he needs to find some lead based solder...
Re: Must be nice to not pay taxes
Ah good, so it's not just me then.
"Hi, I'm Mr Rich B'stard and I'm going to build a factory to make widgets to make me an even richer bastard. Trouble is, all my money is invested off-shore and I'd really like it if some state or country would build it for me so a local politician can win an election on the back of my
wealth job creation scheme. Ok, let's start the bidding now, do a hear a billion?"
Re: >"including most of its neck"
Yes, that was my thought too. Likewise, the colour coding of the leg bones in the image doesn't match with "recovered...all four limbs." no matter whether you assume white or grey is recovered bones.
Re: I'm sorry
“I would not have minded but it was really wearing my rug out”.
Class! I thought it was only blokes who did things with vacuum cleaners. Or so my mate in A&E tells me.
"Wakes up at 6am every day, trundles around a carpeted room for 2 hours"
How long? Really? So that would be six or eight hours for a normal house? Would it need to go off and re-charge for half a day between doing each room?
Re: sounds neato
"Actually this has made me a more tidy person than I was before - it has trained me!"
That's just the beginning. You forgot the icon ---------------->
Re: sounds neato
Neato...*will* do under most tables and sofas"
I've seen a few people mentioning that. Every sofa I've ever owned and the vast majority of the ones I've seen have an inch or two clearance above floor level. Unless a lot of people have 1930's wooden legged sofas or modernistic chrome tube things then I'm not sure how Neato or Roomba manage to clean underneath them
Personally, I prefer nice big soft sofas I can slouch properly on without it reminding me of the doctors couch ;-). Also handy for when you need small change in a hurry. If there's none down the back of the cushions, there's sure to be some on the floor underneath where no vacuum cleaner dares to suck!
Anyway, I do like the look of the Dyson robot, even though I know it could never cope in our house.
"Remember the Greeks developed the Antikythera..."
What? A whole island? Unless you meant to say the Greeks developed the Antikythera mechanism :-)
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