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* Posts by Curtis Crowson

15 posts • joined 8 Jan 2008

Bond's Walther PPK goes digital: A civilized gun updated

Curtis Crowson
Holmes

Original Gun

I heard an interview with Ian Fleming when I was young. He said the point of the original gun was to show that Bond never really needed it. Bond's real weapon was his quick wits, charm, and unfailing intuition, rendering the gun a paper weight to be carried only because it was required. So Bond wanted to carry the most useless hint of a gun he could get away with, which the 0.25 Barretta fit to a tee.

Ian realized that he wasn't getting this point across after being assailed by readers about how awful the .25 Baretta was (Ian's actual point) and that no-one in their right mind would carry a .25 Barretta for field work.

Ian still maintained that Bond really only needed a gun as a last resort, since Bond, himself, was really his best weapon.

Getting a better gun was tacit to Bond saying he wasn't good enough to save the day on is own.

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'That's a FUBAR train wreck waiting to happen'

Curtis Crowson
FAIL

Its FOOBAR

Please don't use FUBAR. I know it stands for F*** Upped Beyond All Recognition. The great thing is that the FOOBAR acronym is recursive like GNU (Gnu's Not Unix), but in a better way. The acronym itself is F*** Upped Beyond all recognition. So, if it wasn't FOOBARed then it would be FUBAR, but it is FOOBARed so it is FOOBAR.

Thank You

Sincerely the FOOBAR preservation society.

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Ten... ADF-based inkjet all-in-one printers

Curtis Crowson
FAIL

Since these are all in ones...

How is the scanner? Did I miss details on the resolutions of the scanners?

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Apple iPhone 5 to sport CRT-style screen

Curtis Crowson

that makes sense because a convex display

would be impossible to protect with a case because the screen would stick out from the sides. Of course, a concave display would be stronger and less likely to get dinged in the middle where it wouldn't touch if dropped on its face.

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Pr0n stars to demo against .xxx

Curtis Crowson

What! There's Porn on the internet?

Wow, I just can't believe it.

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The World's best World Cup Calendar (maybe)

Curtis Crowson
Happy

Yeah, but timezone would allow more people to use it.

Thus increasing traffic, thus increasing ad revenue. Plus I am sure there are some Spaniards living in other timezones.

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Curtis Crowson
Happy

This is just about perfect, but how do you change the time zone?

What if you want to see the times in your current country and not when the matches are happening in Africa? I didn't see how to do that. I of course could have missed it, then I would suggest it could be made easier to figure out.

If they left this off it would be simple to allow you to choose your time zone reference on the side like the full screen button.

This is such a good way to represent the data that it seems a shame to leave off a little thing like Timezone conversion.

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Ballmer says Windows will shame iPad

Curtis Crowson
Grenade

I believe Jobs and Gates were both drop outs.

Gates was a great CEO. And Jobs is still a great CEO.

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Ballmer will not appear at Apple conference

Curtis Crowson
Happy

I completely agree

look what having Balmer on stage has done for Microsoft. So wait maybe Jobs is going for contrast, show the dumbest CEO on earth (Balmer) and Jobs will look even more intelligent and thoughtful.

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Curtis Crowson
Happy

gritting lorries

Translate to US English: Snow Plows/sand salt trucks (Freezing in Hell). I know it says co.uk at the end. So I am not complaining that I don't always understand the references. I just Google this stuff.

Of course thinking that "Piggly Wiggly" was a fake US grocery chain was comic payback (Relatively big supermarket chain based of course in Alabama, their convenience stores were called Hoggly Woggly. I swear, you can't make this stuff up.)

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Snow Leopard kisses ZFS bye-bye

Curtis Crowson
Unhappy

The obvious thing

They are behind on the project and are jettisoning anything that will save them significant time that they can do without. Since they already support several file systems, ZFS, although great and I am disappointed that they aren't using it, can be put off until a later date. I think Larry "Oracle" Ellison and Steve "Apple" Jobs are still friends, so they aren't dropping it because of an old feud, now that Oracle has bought Sun.

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Boffins build self-replicating replicating machine

Curtis Crowson

You can by the parts from a UK company.

If you go to the rep rap home website (use google). They list suppliers. One of the suppliers makes basically complete hardware kits.

I think they are over stressing the self replicating part because it can't print the chips, capacitors, metal bars, and etc. the only thing it really can replicate of itself is the plastic parts.

One of the first things that they recommend after building the rep rap is to print spare parts (all of the little plastic parts that hold the thing together).

What this thing really is a cheap, reasonably large scale 3D printer. If you are an Industrially Designer you may have one that cost you 5 to 6 figures. This printer can be done for under 4 figures easily.

This would be great for modelers or designers. It is nice to see your product in real 3D.

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Customers give Dell the finger over keyboard screw-up

Curtis Crowson
Alert

It isn't the shift at all

It isn't the left shift key being to big. It is the" |/" key which is over the enter key on my keyboard and all of the keyboards that I can think of but on this keyboard the enter key is so big that there isn't room for it. So they shifted it down to the next row shifting all of the other keys over.

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Intel fires up 45nm laptop chip assault

Curtis Crowson
Gates Horns

Works for me.

Vista-toad

;-P

LOL

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Curtis Crowson
Gates Horns

They will get lazy as soon as AMD is killed

It happens with every company. No competition then they can coast and make excessive profits. As soon as Intel kills AMD we should expect to see a Microsoft like level of innovation. I can't wait to use the Vista of processors. I just couldn't help myself I had to include MS and Vista in my post. Hopefully someone will then bash Apple fans and we will have fulfilled the reg comment requirements. ;-)

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