1297 posts • joined 20 Feb 2010
Re: UI elements that make it obvious what they do?
*Coloured* rectangles? That's going too far. Make them the same colour, its going to be far to confusing if the user can tell where one control ends and another starts.
Re: duplicate booster video
I think this was a simple mistake on what camera feeds they showed live. They've since posted an updated video with the correct feed from the second booster.
Re: Fidget spinners?
Of course fidget spinners. Rule 34...
Re: I don't like them
The low hanging fruit is getting higher since it got filled with helium.
Can I buy Tulips with Bitcoin?
Oh, not the Project Daedalus I was thinking of
Isn't that supposed to head to Barnard's Star, not clean up space-junk?
This re-using of names for space-stuff get's confusing. I also get confused every time Orion is mentioned, my first thought is the nuclear bomb propelled version, not the more recent project.
Re: ...cloudy in the UK that night
Comets don't always mean it's cloudy in the UK. Sometimes they're only visible from the southern hemisphere, we sometimes get clear nights for those ones.
Re: Lucozade vs chicken soup
Why choose only? When dying of man-flu any and all potential cures should be applied...
Re: If thats a duck
A Star Goose? I remember that game...
Re: 8 million pounds thrust
I feel the "untied balloon" would be a suitable reg unit for thrust. I suspect the numbers would be rather large when using it to measure rockets though.
Re: I do not remember that from any of the 3 Indiana Jones films
Obligatory XKCD : https://xkcd.com/566/
Re: Do the spinner things actually exist?
Yes they exist. Even according to rule 34...
Although they say the stolen stuff was changed and concepts have changed I'm hoping that at least the visual look hasn't changed much from the trailer. That was really rather nice looking, though I don't quite understand what Alt Cunningham was doing on a poster.
Re: Oh thanks, now I'll have bloody Bomb the Bass stuck in my head all day!
For me it was a different cheat that let me see the whole thing. I found where the prices of upgrades were stored and set them to zero. Now I originally thought this would just make sure I could buy whatever was available at each shop. However it seems that what was available at each shop was based on price, so by zeroing the prices I'd enabled myself to get a fully armed ship from the first shop.
I suspect "Send Mail To People" may have started as a joke by those who actually know that isn't the real meaning. I've heard "Plastic Tape For Engineers" used for PTFE tape by those who do know it's real meaning.
Re: Enemy Territory
440ml is not a pint!
A proper pint is 568 and a bit ml
Re: Bad people winning the world.
Between his various projects Musk appears to be genuinely trying to save the world single-handed (or at least ensure some of the human race survives it's end if it all goes wrong). How much more of a good guy do you want?
(Either that or he's not joking about the white cat, and super-villain volcano lair)
Five things they absolutely need to get right with this:
2) Compatibility/Standards - This needs to be a one-time install, without constant upgrades and/or getting stuck with something unsupported.
4) Avoiding obsolescence - See point 2.
5) Did I mention security yet?
Does it include the types of clouds normal people recognise?
Clouds that give nice sunsets.
Clouds that look like a <insert animal here>
Clouds that are black over Bill's mother's
Clouds that piss it down with rain when you have a BBQ
Clouds that guarantee any interesting astronomical event isn't visible from the UK
Re: as too are plans for a lander on Europa
Well of course that one is cancelled. Someone told Trump they might find alien life there, of course Trump then assumed illegal aliens and we know how he feels about those...
Re: " chance of hitting each other"
Surely it's more about speed relative to a given frame of reference, rather than relative size.
If someone is daft enough to stand on a railway track it's likely they'll get hit by a train. Even though the train is much larger it's the one doing the hitting, since it's the one moving relative to the likely frame of reference (the ground).
If we take the frame of reference as Mars then both Maven and the moon will both be moving and at similar speeds, so hitting each other is the appropriate description.
I was hoping for more from the 3310
Other than some nostalgic styling I see nothing interesting about the new 3310. As the article says it's basically the exact same entry-level feature phone that Nokia have never stopped making.
I'd actually been hoping (but really not expecting) that they'd take the opportunity to actually make a good feature phone again. For years they've been inferior to older models (3G and >2mp cameras used to exist on feature phones, but not anymore). If they'd instead done a phone with modern capabilities (4G, Wifi, decent camera, high DPI (but still small) screen, etc) but with buttons and an S40 style interface I may have actually been interested (though I'll accept I'm probably in a minority).
I know this doesn't need an IT angle...
..but there is one.
The dislike for Wesley spawned not one, but two usenet groups:
alt.ensign.wesley.die.die.die and alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die
This is a triumph...
...I'm making a note here, huge success.
The rebel squadron commanders weren't CGI. That was unused footage from the original film.
Re: Be careful what you wish for...
Daleks aren't emotionless. They have exactly one emotion: hate.
Re: "IT skillset of a potato"
Be careful if the potato is GLaDOS...
I'd rather have the Q designed one with the nifty gadgets from the Bond film.
Re: Algorithms created by AI
You don't need to understand how something works for it to be useful. All that matters is that for a given input it consistently produces a desirable result. For example although we've now got a pretty decent understanding of bovine biology the human race was successfully exploiting that biology as a means of turning grass into milk for a long time before we understood how it worked.
Re: It's all bullshit
Just needs a few Thorsen memory tubes to work then.
Re: I don't remember this weekend
But I'm hoping the explanation is beer, not age.
Re: Musk seems to be losing it
Well count me as a loon then.
How do these differ from toothbrushes for normal whiteish teeth? Are there really enough people with blue teeth needing cleaning to justify such a specialist device? I'd expect the market to be limited to children who've eaten strangely coloured sweets.
Surely the correct base unit for thrust is the "untied balloon". You're going to need very large numbers to apply that to rockets though.
re:... shiny, red helmet
At least they chose red, not purple.
Re: But does the BIOS and DOS see it as a floppy?
I used to have a non-standard format utility which would create (for example) an 800K floppy by formatting with an extra sector (*). On some PCs these discs were fine as standard, others needed a small TSR to read them.
Later versions of MS-DOS actually allowed the creation of these discs without a special utility, if command line arguments were used to specify the sector count.
(*) more than one extra sector or additional tracks were also possible, but reliability went down as sectors went up. Extra tracks was dependent on the drive being able to move the heads far enough.
Snake on a phone?
Yes, I had had that on my Nokia 3310.
Orion and/or Daedalus?
Time to dust off the plans?
That's no aurora. That's a lawnmower.
The one that slightly surprised me was on a two-sided advertising screen. One side had a BSOD, which in itself wasn't too surprising. However the other side of the same display was running fine. I can just about understand using a PC to run something which is just a display screen (easier to update content than with a simple TV), but 2 in one box? Surely it would be more sensible to run both screens from the same PC?
Re: re: and head straight back to where they came from
Also shouldn't it be "make a bee-line for", not "head straight back to"?
re: and head straight back to where they came from
Do they announce their arrival with "Honey, I'm home!"?
Surely getting rid of bees is simple...
...just ask them to buzz off.
Re: fewer cars on the road
I don't see it meaning fewer cars on the road. People not owning their own cars may mean less cars in total, but more of them actually on the road. Not having your own car parked and waiting at the start of your journey will mean a shared car having to drive to you, for however long that takes that's an extra car on the road (rather than parked).
I don't even like tea...
...but even I know milk in the pot is wrong.
Re: Yes, yes...
You'll just have to make do with Phantom Slayer if you want a first person shooter.
I think things probably varied a lot by school. Overall numbers of computers in that era were low enough that the relatively small sample within a school wasn't certain to follow the national trend.
Ours was mostly Speccys, with the Dragon comming in second place (but at least there were enough of us to be able to "own" more games than we'd bought). I only remember one BBC (yes it belonged to the swottiest kid in the school) and one C64 (some of the Speccy owners were fond of calling it a "Commode").
Will they be using their usual designer?
If they really do produce an autonomous car and it's designed by their usual designer then I propose that everyone should refer to them as Jony Cabs...
Unless I was setting timers for multiple programs at once I generally used to set the time manually to record an extra half hour or more to allow for overruns.