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EvoMouse Turns Your Digits Digital

ThomsonsPier Re:No thanks! (110 comments)

I agree with the typing thing, and was thus very pleased when I acquired my most recent laptop; it has a button placed just above the trackpad that toggles it on and off, just below the spacebar. This is disproportionately useful.

more than 3 years ago

How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

ThomsonsPier Re:More than 20 is too many? (559 comments)


Some things do not need processors. I voted "too many" mostly on the basis of my washing machine, which has a lovely shiny interface with buttons to press and complex functionality, timing and customisation options, and a tendency to crash.

A washing machine should not be able to crash.

I had a fine machine once. It was entirely mechanical and did what it was told. I want another one like that, please.

about 4 years ago

A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

ThomsonsPier Re:No. (973 comments)

He created that post.

more than 4 years ago

Escalating Gmail/Spamming Attacks

ThomsonsPier Re:GMail's Security is Crap (139 comments)

That is rather crap

I am, however, delighted to learn that none of my friends would possibly fall for such a scam were my account to be hacked. This is thanks to my past email communications with them; henceforth, I shall cite my ridiculous pedantry as a security measure.

more than 4 years ago

I mailed / filed my tax return form ...

ThomsonsPier Re:how quaint (432 comments)

PAYE is great for convenience and simplicity, but I do wonder how much more I could be doing with the money were I to retain it over the year and pay the tax bill at the end. It's practically impossible to opt out of the system if you're in full-time employment.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Defect Turning 2.2GHz CPU Into 100MHz CPU?

ThomsonsPier Re:Oh for the love of god ... Throttlegate? (314 comments)

So, if we ever find a real Stargate, and there's an alien scandal of some sort, will that be Stargategate?

more than 5 years ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

ThomsonsPier Re:When crossing the road (1095 comments)

I have to disregard those, as they're written at the edge of the kerb. I don't usually stare at my feet before crossing the road, so the one on the opposite side is closer to my eyeline. As I can read perfectly well upside-down when the print is that large, they appear to be telling me to look in the wrong direction (unless it's a one-way street). Bah, say I. Bah.

more than 5 years ago

Is That Sushi Hazardous To Your Health?

ThomsonsPier Re:Fire goooooood. (554 comments)

It fell down the back of the sofa with the punctuation you lost.

more than 5 years ago

Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

ThomsonsPier Re:Been watching my Firefly DVDs (708 comments)

I think you're right with regard to the cowboys in space feel to the show, but that's not where I saw the science fiction aspect; that lay in the main plot thread (which never got started in the series) of the results of experimentation on River and the origin of the Reavers. Both of these were looked at in Serenity but neither were really afforded the screen time they would have received during a full series. That's one reason I'd like to have seen the series continue; a full exploration of those stories would have been fun to see develop over the course of the show. It's still just using a science fiction backdrop to show a frontier adventure, but shifting political concerns to an invented universe to better examine them has been a widespread use of (good?) SF since it started.

The other reason I wanted to watch more of the show is that I liked the characters, something I find increasingly rare in any fiction these days. I felt that Star Trek (TOS) had become more about the characters than the science as of the second film, which is why I enjoyed the newest movie; I thought they captured enough of the old character work to make it enjoyable.

more than 5 years ago

Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

ThomsonsPier Re:feign ignorance... (606 comments)

The same happened to me (and probably half the rest of the folk on this site). I was asked at least twice a day to move photos from a camera to a PC and, on one memorable occasion, rename a desktop folder.

This did have the advantage that I could stay in the nice, warm office rather than going out in to the cold, muddy field with the chemicals. I ended up administrating pretty much everything to do site IT except that which was already outsourced. It's amazing how knowing a few keyboard shortcuts leads people to think you're some kind of computer deity.

Friends and family get help for easy fixes, which are generally all that come up; they're all too fearful of breaking something to really do anything which might cause real damage. I'll leave the obligatory xkcd to someone else.

more than 5 years ago

The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

ThomsonsPier Re:computer generation gap (939 comments)

The poll starts "The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is..."

I never use it, hence I voted for it.

more than 5 years ago

Communicator Clothing

ThomsonsPier Re:picture (134 comments)

They did. Their communicators were pin-on badges, as demonstrated by the way they removed them in some episodes. We can make those now, for goodness' sake.

more than 5 years ago

New Phoenix BIOS Starts Windows 7 Boot in 1 Second

ThomsonsPier Re:moderation goof (437 comments)

I believe you have misinterpreted the meaning of the previous post.

more than 5 years ago

BBC Wants DRM On HD Broadcasts

ThomsonsPier Re:You're obliged to pay for it (267 comments)

I'm sure there are many people who do think it's OK to download TV shows via iplayer without actually owning a TV license.

Like the BBC?

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo Working On Football Controller

ThomsonsPier Re:What's funny here... (123 comments)

As it transpires, it's not actually a football, but for some twisted reason, it's still called that.

I was operating on the understanding that it's because the ball is a foot long.

more than 5 years ago

Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

ThomsonsPier Re:At the Risk of Sounding Like an Apologist (832 comments)

The other main advantage, of course, is that you don't have the pay the actors as much if you can't see their faces.

more than 5 years ago


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