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well, for one thing....
...that 'orrible keyboard taking up all that space?
This truly was innovative....
I remember going to see a customer who had a problem with an embedded system we had supplied. I was able to see the problem demonstrated, bring up the software on the Osbourne, implement a fix, recompile (more precisely, reassemble, I think!) and link the software, burn a new ROM, install it into his machine, and leave a very happy customer working again.
So you don't believe any of the other climate change stuff...
...but, as this supports your agenda, it's clearly entirely correct and should be listened to and taken seriously.
What a surprise.
It's very interesting news, nevertheless.
@James Hughes 1
Did you see the :P in @opague's title?
It means "tongue in cheek" - i.e. it was a slightly sarky response.
It certainly didn't require the venom of your answer.
I ask again - why is it that people feel that language that would get them bopped on the nose in a pub is reasonable on the internet?
24x80 - fixed font
Green screens rule. Any other size just doesn't count as a screenful.
So let me think about this...
...I go to someone's house, and they have a sword hanging on the wall.
"That's interesting", says I. "What is it?"
"Ah, that's a replica of Aragorn's sword from Lord of the Rings"
"So it's a replica of an imaginary sword owned by an imaginary hero from an imaginary place, right?"
"Er - yes. But it's really cool."
Riiiight. I'm with the original poster. Never mind the legality or the safety. Massively, massively uncool works for me.
Well, legally, maybe, it ain't theft....
...but I can assure you that there have been several occasions when people have just cut'n'pasted the words from one of my websites and published it as their own. When you find that, it damn well FEELS like someone's stolen something from you.
A written down password?
And that's a GOOD thing?
What damn use is that little doohicky that slides out when the first thing most sensible people will do is change the name and password of the wireless connection?
Just somene else to say....
...why are you reviewing a car?
Electric cars and hybrids - yes. It's the future and definitely techy.
But a normal car? God knows there are plenty of sites out there to get reviews. We don't need to know the Reg's take on it, really we don't.
Yes, it's expensive....
..and no, I'm not going to buy one....
But I'm impressed by the scanning facility. It's at least an attempt at trying something new. Let's be fair, the "bar-along-the-glass-plate" solution has been around for years, and is inherently slow. Yes, it works well, but so did the telephone dial for a long time - but who'd want to use that now?
We poor atheists?
"those poor atheists who haven't even cottoned on to the fact that God is there yet, and haven't a clue what they're missing out on..."
Yep. No idea at all. Poor me. Never mind, I'll cope.
But there are plenty of atheists who are ex-religion. They presumably DO have a clue what they are missing out on...and have come to the conclusion they are better off without it.
But that app is going to sell extremely well. Hope he's giving his tithe to the Church.
My first real computer was a PDP10...
...not literally, but at my school in 1970ish, we had a 30baud connection to the timesharing PDP10 at Hatfield Polytechnic. Working in Basic and Fortran, I wrote my first real programs there, on a teletype. My favourite was a horse-racing simulator, with betting accounts and everything - the memory of the teletype printing out a horse-race commentary and me and five or six of my friends cheering on our horses will never leave me!
I lost interest when I went to Uni in 1973 and discovered I was expected to use batch-processing. Once you've sat at a "READY" prompt, typed in your program and watched it run, waiting for 24 hours for your output to return seemed pretty tedious. Then I found a PDP-8 hidden away in a physics lab. Happiness returned....
Don't entirely agree...
I'd rather be patronised than treated as an idiot, which is what happens with most TV documentaries today.
I agree it focussed on the visual arts and on Western civilization almost exclusively. But I still found it thoroughly fascinating, and it'll be interesting to see it again.
But no arguments about The Ascent of Man - that was landmark TV.
OK, so it's not exactly scientific....
...but I travel on the tube every day. On each journey, I see maybe two or three people using a kindle - to the extent that I hardly notice them now. I have seen - in total, since they came out - three iPads in use on the tube.
iPads may be outselling Kindles (though I doubt it), but it seems pretty clear that Kindles are actually being used more.
Everyone seems to be saying that tablets are the way to go. But I don't see anyone actually using them.
I wonder if this is something where "the market" is actually being driven by the manufacturers and the critics, rather than the consumers? Clearly, there are fewer moving parts in a tablet, so they can be made cheaper, hence giving the manufacturers more profit. So if netbooks are replaced by tablets - ka-ching!
But damn - people aren't buying tablets - they are still buying netbooks. OK then - we'll stop making netbooks. That'll do it !
I know loads of people who have netbooks and use them frequently. I know only a few people who have iPads or similar, and they pretty well all reckon the novelty soon wears off.
...but SEVEN YEARS worth of data? Is this machine seven years old? If not, then presumably the data must have been copied from somewhere else - so does that somewhere else no longer exist?
And also - a 13in netbook - and it's someone's main machine?
I dunno - I suspect this isn't the full story here....
"...but come march or april I suppose I'll have to fold and get an iPad 2, since I don't think anyone will have anything decent available ."
You could decide, like me and many other people, that an iPad is just a toy and you can manage without one - and spend five hundred notes or so on something useful?
I played with Unity. Wanted to launch a terminal for a command line. Click the button - it worked. OK, great. Wanted a second one - often useful. Click the button - it brought the first one to the front.
In fifteen minutes of searching, I could not work out how to launch a second terminal.
Moreover, on a netbook you're short of screen space. So what sort of system is it that takes up about ten percent on a taskbar on the left-hand side - which you can't get rid of??
I've heard good things about Mint...
I'll be damned - never even thought to investigate.
Not quite as straightforward as you said - when I plugged in the phone, it just gave me a buttone to share my files. But then go to Settings/Network & Wireless, and there is an option called "Tethering". Click on that - and I'm typing this using my tethered phone on my old AA1 using Ubuntu. (Not NBR - I hate it - but that's a different story.)
Thanks a lot! I can get rid of my separate wireless dongle now.
And yes - anything over £250 is silly money for a so-called netbook.
Speaking as someone who still has an old Thomson TIVO...
...this is brilliant news.
The TIVO software knocks spots off anything that either Sky+ or Virgin Media has done. The search facility is miles better, it automatically checkes for repeats of a program if you want to record something that clashes with a series you are recording, it records programs you might be interested in based on what you've previously recorded (and deletes them automatically to make space) - and you can tell it when it gets it wrong, too! - it can record programs based on the subject matter (record anything to do with chess, for example - you get some odd things turning up, but hey!)...
the trick is...
..to ONLY use the Harmony remote. It remembers the state that everything is in. Put the old remote controls in a drawer or something.
I've got a 555 controlling six items and it almost always gets it right. And if it doesn't, press Help and it'll sort itself out.
Of course, the downside is when you lose the remote, you're completely screwed.
That's how it worked in Jurassic Park....
I considered a Sheevaplug...
...but in the end, I went for a Dockstar. It's a Western Digital jobby and it cost me £35 new. It runs my Squeezebox server beautifully - cheaper than the old Dell that I used to use!
This is the guy who did the real work - I just followed his instructions.
...I don't think ANYTHING could make twitter more dull and pointless than it is.
One advantage of upgrading to a modern PC is power - or lack of it.
I'm in the middle of replacing all my five-year-old machines at home (already running Linux) with low-power jobbies and SANs - I'll get the capital cost back in less than three years in lower electricity costs. And they'll be faster and quieter than the ones I already have.
Talk about a load of nonsensical generalizations.....
Look, just read "The Myth of Mars and Venus", by Deborah Cameron.
On second thoughts, don't bother. It was written by a woman, and I imagine you believe that all women have a political agenda to show that they are better than they really are.
How thoroughly depressing seeing that post so upvoted.
Exclusively men, I imagine.
Women with the same skills and experience nevertheless end up getting rather less pay for the same job - especially in places where the salaries are not transparent. Because their bosses are the sorts of dinosaurs (like the poster above) who reckon they aren't worth paying so much because they are going to go off and have children.
And while those attitudes continue to exist, women will be paid less.
Why, oh why...
...do you find it necessary to use statements like "Are you a bit thick?" simply because you disagree with the previous poster?
Do you use phrases like this when you are chatting to people down the pub? If so, how often have you been punched in the nose for it?
Why do people have to be so bloody rude on the Internet?
I know - it's off topic, and it won't change a thing. It's just that every so often, this sort of thing gets my goat.
That IS depressing....
In the private sector, at least he'd have been more likely to be moved out, not sideways.
£1300 for a 32" telly?
Seems a lot for pretty flashing lights to me....
There is also the argument that if you pay that much for a telly, it should not need to have the picture tweaked to get it "just right". I don't go to the cinema and demand to be able to adjust the colour balance - I expect it to be right. Same should apply to a decent telly.
I can't help feeling that people who mess around with the picture to get it "just right" are more interested in looking at the picture, rather than the movie. Bit like hi-fi buffs who listen to the sound, rather than the music.
call me old-fashioned....
...but I'll never have that problem with my car.
Yes, he should be punished. He knew what he was doing is against the law.
But he made no money out of it. It's quite likely that the film company lost no money out of it. A few sad people watched a fuzzy copy of the movie, and would almost certainly have not bothered to see it at all if it had not been free on the internet.
But six months in prison? Seems over the top to me.
(Unless, of course, it's not his first offence...)
I was beginning to wonder where the "everything that happens in this country is Brown and Blair's fault" brigade had got to. I was quite missing them.
Score +1 for the "Plunkett" - that's a new one, but -2 for no reference to NuLabour or Liebour.
The primary purpose of any Apple kit is to perform adequately and look good for a premium price. They are the Bang and Olufsen of the IT industry.
Prices have never been lower???
The lowest price on here is £249; some reach £350.
I paid £175 for my AA1 two years ago, and you could also get the eee for around £200.
By now, I was expecting prices to have dropped to the £100-£150 mark. Instead, bucking the trend everywhere else, the prices have gone UP.
Actually, no he's not...
I entirely agree with him.
Of course it objectifies women. By definition, the women employed by this team are being selected PURELY on the basis of their looks - they have to stand around and look good in bikinis. That's objectification, pure and simple.
And yes - I frankly find it embarrassing to see women like this at trade shows - or anywhere else except at the beach or hotel swimming pool, in all honesty.
I thought this sort of thing went out in the seventies.
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