38 posts • joined Friday 2nd November 2007 11:03 GMT
Re: Not really a U turn, more a wiggle in the road.
I've not heard one person complain if the Start button DOES include the Start Menu, because you can just ignore it. The rest of us may be set in our ways, but it is the way we work, and we use it daily. By all. means include better options, and I'll use them if they are better.
No Start Menu?
Still no Start Menu? Then no Windows 8.1. I can't believe that a company can be so arrogant as to exclude something that is used by clients. If they have something better, then I'll use it, in my own time.
And how many hacks have retrieved nothing?
And how many email accounts have they hacked that have revealed nothing because the victims are completely innocent? Is there a public interest to hack Sky's own email, or only of it proves fruitful?
If anyone has suspicions of wrong-doing, then they should get a warrant. This is how the law works, and Sky should be fined.
Outdated aerial imagery
I've found that much UK Google aerial imagery is over 5 years old, which is a great shame as there are many missing roads and developments, but on the other hand, it is completely free.
I'm surprised that Google doesn't create its own aerial imagery, and sell some of it to commercial interests.
One license for two devices
I'd let people run one copy of Windows 8 on two devices, a desktop and a mobile device, which lets them use the Windows they are use to (with Start button etc), and lets them try it on their mobiles, so they get use to it.
No more AP
I used to print the occasional news headline on my own site. I also thought that a headline was a permissible extract "for the reporting of current events", and that I was doing them a favour in driving traffic to their site.
At least it will save me visiting their site, and I'll send the traffic elsewhere.
Where there are no residual fees to pay performers per broadcast, programmes should be free to licence holders. The costs should be more than covered by non-license fee holders (ie, overseas viewers).
Where there are fees to be paid, lets estimate costs could be up to £10,000 (over estimate) for broadcasting to 100,000 viewers (under-estimate), which I calculate is no more than 10p per person per broadcast. I'd be happy to pay that, rather than the estimated £1-£5.
The cost is very important. 10p per programme is only about a £1 for an entire series, where as £2.95 per program is nearly £30 which is very unaffordable.
The Big Bang is supposed to have begun as a 1-dimensional singularity. This does not imply a point, only that it is undefined, with no-where for anything to go. As soon as the Big Bang begun, we have three dimensions, with some particles free to move unconstrained. I'm not aware of any evidence for a fourth Cartesian dimension.
Cheaper bulk purchasing
A single supplier should be able to offer cheaper prices than anyone else, due to bulk purchasing. At the very least, they should offer to refund the difference, if items can be found cheaper elsewhere, or double the difference, if they need an incentive to do so.
If they can't offer this simple and obvious guarantee, they contract should be given to a company who can, and I am sure there are many who would like to be given the opportunity to do so.
This is not just about phone hacking, but a culture of muck-raking, muck-spreading, and pretending that invasion of privacy is in the public interest. Suggesting that all celebrities and politicians were fair game, is like shot-gunning a crowd of people, and justifying that you hit one bad person.
Let's hope that the rest of media doors-steps those responsible.
Most software patents are "too obvious". Can you think of any software features that were new and innovative?
If it costs the public nothing to scan, and nothing to access the scans, then it looks like a good deal. Google will offer the option to produce on-demand books, and if you don't like, print your own, or look at the originals. Looks good all round.
No privacy issue
There is no privacy issue, cookies are stored on the users own machine, and usually contains no private information anyway.
I would be more concerned about the megabytes of HTML and scripts that a website runs on a user's machine, and are stored in the user's cache.
Multiple heads per arm
I've always wondered why you can't have multiple heads per arm that read the data in parallel. Ideally you'd want a fixed solid-state "arm" bridged across the platter with one pick-up per track.
100 years is too long anyway. In the USA, the length is 70 years, which seems fair, and a huge help to genealogists.
Of course all the other censuses that are released online, are sent off for scanning before the statutory time has expired.
Very poorly thought out
This is the worst Website law I have seen in a long while, based on a complete misunderstand of cookies and privacy.
My websites store NO personal information about visitors. On the other hand, a visitor's Browser may store some information in cookies, on their Browser, but it is not personal information, and no private information is involved.
I checked through the 3000+ cookies stored by my Browser and found the number that contain personal information, such as my postcode: none. Or contain my telephone number: none. Or my name: 6 sites where I had provided my screen name.
In other words, there is no privacy issue. And anyone with a modern Browser can block cookies if they wish.
Ditch the touch boards
Ditch the 2-inch thick touch boards, and replace with zero-thickness infra-red beam sensors, or resistivity-sensitive mesh painted on the ends. This looks like a trivial problem with a trivial solution.
MS should be prosecuted
MS should be prosecuted for this "scam". I ordered my son's XBOX live account on our credit card, and did not give permission for any other purchases (regardless of terms and conditions) . Yet my son has "accidentally" made several purchases. I get no warning, no option, and no receipt. This is wrong.
While MS have been helpful in refunding the money, this is too little too late. A minor is not legally able to use a credit card, regardless of how the account is set up.
I recommend that people contact Financial Services Authority, to ensure that MS fix this problem.
Kids NOT to blame
The child is NOT to blame. It is the fault of MS whose system set-up is inadequate. This can EASILY be circumvented if the system worked correctly. It doesn't. MS are liable in allowed a child to make a credit card purchase.
Water vapour is far worse
Water vapour is at least twice as bad a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Great product, but no steering wheel
Drupal is great, and it can be made to do anything. But out of the box, you can't upload a couple of images, give them a caption, and place them where you want. That's the problem.
Sexual fundamentalists promote a Victorian attitude to sex, where it is not talked about, and all sex is dirty. Remember when masturbation was self-abuse? Certain religions all but criminalise condoms, and enslave women as the property of men.
In the real world, all kids are sexualised as they hit puberty, but training bras do not turn them into sex objects. Men and women all have impure thoughts and fantasies, but it doesn't make them rapists or child abusers.
Today, your old naked toddler photos make you a pedophile, as does spam containing images you never asked for. And cartoons of imaginary characters having sex with imaginary animals make you a pervert and **actual** abuser.
It is the sexual fundamentalists who see abuse where non exists, and pretend that sexualization is a bad word.
Freedom (Great Repeal) Bill |
A great example of legislation that needs to be repealed, so that it is completely unambiguous as to what is legal. See:
The Freedom Bill
The Great Repeal Bill
It costs Brightsolid a fair bit of cash to digitize several million newspaper pages. Is there anyone else stepping forward with a better offer? The library told me that:
"When our 10-year contract with brightsolid expires the British Library will retain the digitised copies and be free to make them freely available online through the British Library website."
Not ideal, but you'll get free access in a decade, and it won't have cost the taxpayer a penny.
That's not for Paypal to decide, it's up to a court.
Scanned but not available?
I didn't think that Google made scanned copyright book freely available, but just searchable and findable? People still have to buy the book to read it.
The solution is simple. Remove such publications from Google Books, and potential customers will never know that they exist.
With Intel's new Light Peak optical fiber promising 10Gb/s, scaleable to 100Gb/s, fibre to the premises should be a no brainer. See: Intel Light Peak Technology at http://techresearch.intel.com/articles/None/1813.htm
Free upgrade costs £15 + VAT
Just called Mesh Computers, who say they will be offering Vista purchasers a "free" Windows 7 upgrade (presumably full install) for £15 + VAT.
A bit steep for a couple of CDs/DVDs and postage.
Big Bang balloney
While the experiment is impressive, it will say nothing about the Big Bang. The large hadron collider produces a collision between "light-weight" subatomic particles. The Big Bang was an explosion of ultradense material.
It's like two cars colliding, and claiming you figure you the origins of civilization from the wreckage.
No gas, but plasma
There is no gas around a black hole, it is a plasma. As a plasma move, the differential movement of its positive and negative charged particles generate electric fields which in turn generates radial magnetic fields that produces filamentation.
Filamentation is defining characteristic of astrophysical plasmas that have been well-described by people like Nobel-prize winning physicist, Hannes Alfvén. Peer reviewed papers going back decades can be found at http://www.plasma-universe.com/index.php/Filamentation
Potential conflict of interest is not an actual conflict of interest
There is no policy against editing articles in which their is a potential conflict of interest. However, an editor should not make edits which promotes themselves or their business at the expense of other Wikipedia policies such as Neutral Point of View, and Reliable Sources.
What tends to happen is that one editor will claim a POTENTIAL Conflict of Interest in order to have another editor barred from contributing... because they have an unpopular point of view. This presupposes that the cited editor will act improperly.
Of course many experts in a subject have a potential conflict of interest, as they seek the best viewpoint for their subject, often have written their own books on the subjects.
More IEEE information
Comets may have up to three tails, such as the well-known three tails of Comet Hale-Bopp. These are (1) the neutral sodium tail, (2) the blueish ion tail (sometimes called the plasma tail), and (3) dust tail.
The interaction of the ions with the interplanetary magnetic fields will produce electric currents and magnetic fields within the tails.W.-H. Ip and D. A. Mendis writing in Icarus (vol. 29, Sept. 1976, p. 147-151) estimated that "cross-tail currents as large as 1 billion A may result".
The contents of the August 2007 IEEE 7th Special Issue on Space and Cosmic Plasma (mentioned in the article) can be seen on their Web site at:
Predicted by the Plasma Universe?
25 years ago in his book Cosmic Plasma, Hannes Alfvén modelled a star as a "unipolar inductor" because it is a spinning plasma. In describing the Heliospheric current circuit, Alfvén wrote:
"The central body [ie. star] acts as a unipolar inductor and the e.m.f. is produced in region A. The mechanical force on the solar atmosphere dF = I ds x B tends to decelerate the rotation of the central body. The current transfers angular momentum from the central body to the surrounding plasma. Hence, we have a decelerating force applied to the solar atmosphere in the polar region."
Such a polar current would indeed produce a helical magnetic field as a plasma (consisting of charged particles) flows axially.
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