1548 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
Re: Fit inside double glazing windows
Not necessarily. All sorts of magic can be worked with polarising filters and the like. Arrange things right and the people outside would only see a white screen.
Re: Some of those redditors...
Didn't you hear? The moon's fake!
And I wish I was joking. google "holographic moon" and weep for the sheer idiocy on display as people try to prove that the moon blew up in 2009.
Re: Paid apps tied to specific devices?
I think the issue is a little less than that. I believe the app is encrypted to the device that downloads it when the download takes place in order to prevent someone downloading and redistributing the apk. You can download it to all your devices from the store without issue, but you can't sideload it from one device to another.
The problem here seems to be that this is exactly what the Wear devices are doing. The phone sends the apk to the Wear device over bluetooth rather than the Wear device downloading the app directly. The apk is encrypted to the phone's device ID, the Wear device has a different ID, the install fails. If the Wear device could download the app directly it wouldn't be a problem, but unless I'm seriously mistaken, it can't do that.
Generally jokes have to be funny.
Evidently the mod isn't one of them.
Re: Different brand for ISIS?
Oh you gotta be real, man. They've got to pick something that would maintain continuity.
Re: Fan Bingbing?
Whatever her parents were thinking, it would have been in Chinese.
Because that's a chinese name.
And she's chinese.
Re: school days
They also speak like that in Essex, Herman.
Re: school days
It is grammatically incorrect, but not illiterate. Illiterate implies a lack of ability to read or write. Since he's apparently capable of both, he's not illiterate. Just wrong.
Re: Why did it take them so long to start
They expend those millions looking for the craft so that they can determine what exactly brought the plane down. You can say pilot error was "most likely" but you can't know that's what brought it down.
There are plenty of instances in which pilot error was assumed to be the cause of a plan crash, only for the subsequent investigation to discover extremely dangerous flaws in the aircraft design, or in operating procedures, or flight operation manuals, or any number of other things.
The possibility that there are planes flying around with potentially fatal design flaws is why they keep looking until all options are exhausted.
Even if it turns out to be pilot error, the money wasn't wasted. They can then understand why the pilots made their mistakes and mitigate that in future with improved training.
This is going to birth more copycats than any of you can conceive.
Ok, late as it is, I'm going to explain this to my downvoter because apparently they don't understand money.
There is a pool of tax money extracted from the general population, corporations and so on, from which a small amount is taken to pay for this service. That money is taken and paid no matter what.
Assume Google don't offer to pay directly. The tax money - which includes taxes that Google paid already - is used to pay for the costs of this excursion. Google theoretically pays indirectly for the outcome.
Now we take the reality: google offer to pay directly. Their money pays directly for the whole thing. Lets assume they then write it off at 100%. In this scenario the amount of money sloshing around hasn't changed. All that has changed is that google directly pays the emergency services rather than paying that money into the general tax pool, from which the services are subsequently paid.
Either way, google pays.
The only way to see this as a net loss is to assume that the government deserves the tax money that google hypothetically wrote off, which is such a bloody stupid assumption that I don't even know where to begin.
Google. Google are paying for it.
Re: Simply wonderful
There are dozens already.
Re: Pound sign
In Unicode it's referred to as the Number Sign.
Just thought that worth mentioning.
Re: Oxford’s destruction of English continues unabashed
Quite so. English is a living and evolving language, and as long as it remains free of that awful urge to artificial limitation, it shall remain a living language. Oh Homer is probably the sort that would be complaining about Thug, Curry and Doolally entering the language in the late 19th century.
And a thousand elephants!
Why bluetooth? Surely this would be the ideal use-case for NFC?
Re: Gentlemen NEVER discuss a lady's age
That's just the thing, there are almost never any creationists arguing their side on these articles, just lots and lots of whining about creationists.
For the love of...
Every time an article like this comes up all the comments go right for the same tired old clichés about creationists. I get it. You don't like them. Well done. Now go and have an original thought for once instead of just rehashing the same boring rubbish and crap "jokes". Or better yet, talk about the thing in the article. You know, the science? The actual interesting stuff?
All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old.
Re: will ignore the do-not-track mechanism in browsers including Internet Explorer
How is that anti-MS? If anything the phrasing of the sentence implies sympathy with Microsoft against facebook's blatant ignoring of the do-not-track feature.
Re: Doesn't hide the major problems with Uber, though...
All their drivers are licensed. They just hook punters up with cab companies.
Re: Niven has this one covered
Not comedy; satire. The very best satire is nearly indistinguishable from the thing it is satirising.
@Ledswinger Re: Thoughts
I have plenty of negative things to say about electric cars. Their silence, however, is not something I would complain about.
Besides, an IC car travelling under 30 is virtually silent from the front until it gets quite close. You'll hear the road noise before the engine. Maybe all cars should have some sort of artificial noise-maker fitted to them? Perhaps something that can be activated by the driver...
@dogged Re: What?
That's because the new Mini countryman shares a platform with the BMW X1, which is indeed bigger than most jeeps.
Obviously he just put the wrong spin on it.
Re: The man is correct
Of course learning Latin in particular sets a pretty good foundation for learning most of the Romance languages. My wife studied Latin to the Swedish equivalent of sixth-form level, and now she tells me that her perception of the Romance languages is as essentially dialects of Latin, which makes it pretty easy for her to switch between them in conversations. It's quite scary when she does.
It also sets a very solid foundation for general language skills, even if does sometimes lead to needless pedantry about the splitting of infinitives...
Or, to look at it another way, your objection to learning programming to GCSE level could also easily apply to the other core subjects. Not everyone needs to learn French. Not everyone needs to learn chemistry. Not everyone needs to learn physics. They do anyway, because it's a general education. Specialisation happens afterwards.
So you pay a fortune to enjoy the same fate as nearly every single character in his books? At the rate he's killing them off, there won't be anyone left to kill the winner.
Given the average is about 1 to 2 times a week, 4 times would be loads, yes.
Re: Article correction
Or maybe No, Stop Asking.
Re: Does Uber use journey GPS data to determine fares?
The wording of that is a little spongy. Are they calculating the fare based on the predicted distance at the start of the journey, or are they calculating it based on how far the car travels?
The latter would be a taximeter. The former wouldn't.
Based on what I've read, Uber drivers do the former.
As long as he buys shares in more than one basket maker it's all fine.
Android tablets are all over the place in "computer shops" now. And what does Android run on? Oh, is it something Finnish and open-saucy?
Well that isn't going to happen. If they want to be bought out they should develop a simple messenger app backed on to, I don't know, a website where you can make playmobil reconstructions, and market it as the next big thing to 15 year-olds wanting to send pictures of their naughty bits to one another.
They'll never get there experimenting with novel technologies. It just gets in the way, you know?
Re: Cloud Wars!
Shortly afterwards they dived through the ceiling of a marketroid meeting and were nearly crushed under the weight of complete and utter advertising.
Re: Some one else needs to be charged ...
More to the point, isn't chlorine a poison? And there's far, far more of that in the water than of this chap's pizzle.
It's all a communist plot I tell you, Mandrake!
Re: Terry Pratchett gets the patent though...
There's a lot of fascinating stuff in those books. I shouldn't be surprised really - Bringing two of writing's greatest minds and smashing them together between a single hardcover was bound to produce something spectacular.
Ah but the thing is, when you're writing you don't want to be distracted by petty things like spelling and grammar. That's something you worry about when you're editing afterwards (before you send it to the editor for ritual dismemberment).
Writing and editing are fundamentally different modes of thought. When you're writing you don't want to be interrupted, and the squiggly red lines and things are all distractions that interrupt the flow of your thoughts.
Re: I wonder if...
In four years SpaceX will be well into the general commercial market anyway. They're using the ISS trips to test Dragon for eventual use in their own plans for Mars - the government money is just gravy.
Re: Copyrights protection for real code vs patents of trivial ideas - what is more evil?
The difference there was that Microsoft licensed the java trademarks and IP to create their own VM with the Java name attached to it. They were contractually obliged to implement the full spec. When they didn't implement the spec properly and left it broken, they were in breach of that contract, and Sun sued over improper use of trademarks and copyrights for the actual substance of the machine.
Not the API.
Google didn't enter a license agreement with Sun/Oracle. Instead they created their own Virtual Machine called Dalvik, which implements a subset of the Java API. They don't use the Java trademarks.
In Microsoft's case, they breached contract. In Google's case there was no contract to breach. The situation isn't even remotely comparable.
Re: Probably the death knell of the "industry"
They did, and in the end the settled out of court, presumably because Spotify realised it couldn't afford to match MoS's legal budget.
Re: Probably the death knell of the "industry"
What subtleties? An API is a list of function names. It's a set of ingredients for making application soup.
Lists aren't granted copyright protection.
Re: @ h4rm0ny GOOD.
That's Muphry's Law: if you correct someone else's spelling or comment on it in any way, you will make a typo yourself.
Watch it while listening to the Thunderbirds theme.
In fact here's a convenient mashup! http://youtubedoubler.com/ckCG
I rarely listen to the radio these days - since Wogan quit the morning show I've really not had much interest (which says plenty about me, I suppose) but sometimes, just sometimes, I end up listening to the Jeremy Vine show and I always regret it. You can usually work out what the BBC's editorial line is on a subject by which of his guests he decides to argue with.
Re: Yo, Jason!
Ok, so all these cars with built-in mobile telephony for their nav and streaming media and whatnot, all those people using properly secure phones or tablets as GPS, or hands-free, or passengers using their devices, or all those GPS devices that use the same frequencies to provide live updates for traffic information...
These are all just collateral damage, I suppose.
Firefox has had one-click bookmarking (through a star no less) for ages. I realise there's a lot of chrome-like things going on here, but try not to get over-excited.
Re: something tells me..
UK billion vs US billion (which is a milliard, or short billion).
We even speak mathematics differently...
The lb, the kilo, and all such things are measures of mass first and foremost. Weight is the meadurement of the force gravity applies to mass.
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