430 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008
A better passenger...
...would be "Mad" Mike Hughes, the Flat-Earther - just to shut him up once and for all...
Re: "As far away from Trumpton as possible."
I loved the reference anyway - it would go so far over the heads of certain people...
re: HE IS STILL PRESIDENT
...and (probably) insanely jealous that Bezos has far more money (thus showing how crap Trump is/was as a businessman...)
What they really need...
...is a new "get the bastards to pay what they're supposed to" department...
...as opposed to the "special treatment for the rich and famous" section they're running at the moment (which could be classified as being an accessory to tax fraud, but that's a whole different can of worms).
(see https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1015402/HMRC-tax-financial-crimes-prosecution and others)
Re: That is going to be one hell of an expensive failure
"will balloon to £15 billion"
...and the rest! ESA or NASA (or the Russians) will have us by the proverbials for a launch system
We might just about manage to pay for it if we scrap HS2 ... but even then I doubt it
You have been able to backup most things via adb since android 4.0.
"Most" being the operative word - given that there is a flag that apps can set which will block the ADB backup process from happening (for that app)
That said - there are apps out there that will (without root being needed) perform ADB backups on a per-app basis (rather than a monolithic single file) - Helium by Clockworkmod being the first one that comes to mind (it was the one that informed me about the no-backup flag too, as it happens)
I take it there'll be a month renaming decree by then also...
They'd save a bloody fortune
If they stopped sending me "sign up" junk mail every few days.
(They recently cabled the flats where I live, getting the feeling not everyone has signed up, hence the constant badgering)
Be a damn sight cheaper if it were...
Re: @Steve K
I had a C-16 as well, now I think of it (got it cheap somewhere - couldn't justify the cost of a C-64)
Given Google's dessert fetish
Re: Eggs out of pancakes
"Don't worry, only TSA approved staff have access to the key."
...or anyone who read the Washington Post article that one time - and "forgot" to remove the picture of them...
"Amazon, go HOME but pay your TAXES First. We can exist without you. You are NOT wanted."
That's the real reason for claiming there'll be civil unrest... they're trying to avoid the UK being able to (finally) put a stop to their Triple-Irish-Dutch-IsleOfMan-Sandwich (or whatever their tax scam is called these days)
Not used the desktop app for ages...
...my occasional use these days is via the browser version (and that's getting ever less frequent)
(Meanwhile, at work, S4B is just a pain in the proverbial...)
Is that why Azure went down?
The admin lost the dongle to for it start up?
Thanks for the clarification - all who mentioned it.
I didn't even consider "undec" = 11 (or spot the 1-in-10 meaning of decimate as used by Harold Saxon in "The Sound of Drums" when I (re)watched it the other day...).
So they're taking on lots of staff...?????
Re: PETA... yeah... right...
"People for the Eventual Termination of Animals"
fixed that for you...
£5bn... and the rest!
Stick a 1 on the front to get it developed (Galileo being 3x its original budget or thereabouts)
Then turn the 1 into a 2 (or 3... 4... more...) to develop some kind of platform to launch it from, given that NASA, ESA, and the Russians will have us by the proverbial short & curlies...
What if you ride a bike?
Isn't that what "Flashy Dan" is after...?
"Consumers were more price-sensitive than he had assumed"
Also more hype-sensitive I'll wager...
"I really wish mobile networks would finish the job properly..."
Oh no... can't be having that... how else will HMGov get its fix of easy cash every couple of years (when there aren't any public services to sell off on the cheap)?
I'll wager though that after the £23 billion they got for 3G, the mobile operators have gotten wise to this...
Most of my student friends (back in the day) invested their grant money in British Gas et al...
...sold the shares as soon as they were allowed... and (mostly) bought some half-decent audio gear with the proceeds.
Admittedly, that was a lot more likely to be a guaranteed win than the likes of Bitcoin today.
"Not only should El Reg bring back "mobe", but also "lappy". And maybe also introduce "desky" to denote the other main PC type..."
Not forgetting (and showing my age here) luggables - which I always called Louise (but out of earshot of said young lady...)
"We also encourage people to talk about things that have worked for them, in lightning talks or blog posts. When we share information we can show how easy it is to do something and show what people can gain from it."
Until you're flooded with notifications saying that XYZ has responded to ABC's post - and promptly tune them all out... even the useful ones
"should be completely separate"
Meaning it won't be...
"the equation theoretically spits out a number"
It does spit out a number - that's the point of an equation - no "theoretical" about it!
It's the the interpretation of the result that's in question here...
Re: Patient data is a national asset
They have form after all... the DVLA comes to mind
"The Atari ST was a total non-entity"
You obviously didn't know any musicians...
Re: Ten minutes??
Last time I was over there I couldn't help but marvel at the epics that were the drug adverts...
10 seconds of "do you have these symptoms? Our new drug might be able to help"
30 seconds of "oh... by the way... it might cause this, that, the other ... or even kill you"
10 seconds of "ask your doctor about it" (presuming that the previous 30 seconds hasn't put you off)
10 seconds of "oh... if you can't afford it we might be able to help with that too..."
That was pretty much the template for every single one...
Yes, bandwidth etc do cost money...
...but are you putting in the effort to host the adverts yourself...?
... or are you just plugging a script into a page somewhere, and letting A.N.Other host the adverts for you (and whatever other junk that happens to come with them)?
If the former - then fine, I'll unblock your site... if the latter, then forget it!
Meaning: "greater bungs from our mates who'll sell on the pleb's data to anyone"
Case in point - the DVLA - they'll sell your reg number to pretty much anyone as it is (especially those lovely sharks claiming to be car park enforcement agencies) ... I dread to think what they'd do with more freedom.
Where can I get some...?
Re: "These iBoots Are Made for Walking" by Dolly Parton
I prefer the Megadeth version...
Re: Please take your socialism away...
"In all seriousness, rolling out fibre across the countryside will cost buckets of cash. "
Fine... if you're happy to pay your own way - get your wallet out and pay us taxpayers back for everything we have paid for that you have used over the years...
Re: FYI: you're thinking of Rubik, not Rubrik
I (mis)read the headline as "Rubik swallows Davros"...
"There are EV "evangelists" who get quite animated"
In which case we'll just hook them up to a giant hamster wheel and generate the power that way...
Re: Moving house
Some things don't change it seems (I had the same thing almost 10 years back)
Do they still charge £125 for the privilege of this "service"?
TicketMaster and GetMeIn being one example (of many, I presume)
First thing they could do is stop this "Pre Sale" nonsense, so tickets go on sale when they are supposed to, not several days earlier (if you happen to be in the know...)
Re: "the first new computer form-factor since the iPad"
re: "Microsoft's Tablet PC in 2002"
I think I can go back further even than that - my first "proper" job was at a research lab at the QE/University of Birmingham, where (by the time I left in 1996) we were looking into using kit like this to hook into the Renal Unit pathology system we had developed - the medics would then have access to blood test results and proposed tests to be performed (automatically generated, via a rulebase).
As you'd imagine back then - battery life and connectivity were as issue as I recall, but as a proof-of-concept it worked rather well...
Re: Silly Idea...
It's only not cost effective if each local install is costed individually.
Economies of scale apply - cover the whole country, and the high cost of some (rural) areas is more than compensated for by those for city centres and the like.
Putting my idealistic hat on - this should have been done from day one, but (at the risk of doing my broken record impression yet again) governments don't think beyond what will get them reelected.
Re: Other than 'grudgingly',
I'll wager the last one...
"not economically feasible"
And spending £100+ billion (and counting) saving a few minutes on a train journey from London to Birmingham is...?
Re: New Shiny Sparkley
Don't get me started on HS2 - I totally agree with you on that score...
(and this isn't an anti-Birmingham thing either - I spent 15 years there in one form or another, and would go back if the chance arose)
Re: "The market will provide"
I'd say that the investment rules are as such because successive governments have stuck to the "market" mantra and so have neglected the opportunity to get some decent management in who'll get the job done at a sensible price (from the taxpayer's perspective), instead appointing the same old nonentities whose turn it is for a nudge up the ladder (Sir Humphrey would be so proud...)
An example (admittedly from a different arena) - when they took the East Coast Mainline back into public hands, because National Express (or whoever it was) chose to walk away, they managed to get a decent team in place and it made money for the taxpayer. Fast forward to today... and Virgin/Stagecoach have been given the heave-ho after yet another bailout (and their shareholders are laughing all the way as the stock price rises as a result)
It can, therefore, be done - it just take a government with some balls to actually do it.
"The market will provide"
The sooner that HMG sees through this fiction - the better...
It's very simple - and I've lost count of the number of times I've said this... they should invest in the infrastructure at a National level, and not leave it to the beancounters at BT et al to decide who gets decent connectivity on the result of a "how profitable is it" calculation.
" I won't be paying extra form BT Sport and extra on top of that for BT Sport HD"
...of course you will...
A leak is a leak is a leak - who cares what level it originates from?
"I have to say Excel is one thing Microsoft got right."
Improvements are still due
This may be a case of my misusing it...
...but have you ever tried applied a formula to tens (or hundreds) of thousands of rows...
...then waited an age for it to figure out what it's doing? (Even on a modern 8 core "business" laptop)?
That bit I can live with... just about...
...but what boils my piss is the fact that if you then try to interact at all with it... it starts the whole bloody calculation again (or so it appears)!
This has happened in versions I've used over the last decade or more ... sort it out MS!