Is there actual evidence for this?
Or is it just conspiracy-theory panic?
814 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
Or is it just conspiracy-theory panic?
So, now that a scientific paper actually agrees with Lewis, the scientists know what they are talking about after all?
"The netbook market has slumped over the past couple of years, in no small part thanks to the arrival of sleek, slim tablets."
No - the netbook market has slumped due to the fact that the prices and specs are still more-or-less the same as they were two years ago. Drop the price of netbooks (currently £199-£329) to, say, £129-£229 and watch them shift.
One click, reboot your superhub and bob's your uncle - you have a high-speed modem.
Works a treat.
...but otherwise, shiny colour pages are just a distraction.
Words are best read in monochrome. That's why books work so well, and why the ebook readers work so well.
...why is it on the internet that people are so damn RUDE?
If you didn't agree with someone down the pub, would you call them a "moron" and "dim boy"? No, I suspected not. Then why on earth do you do it on the internet?
It's perfectly possible to disagree with someone - even to tell them they are wrong - without resorting to abuse.
It's a water pump for a water system. The water pump and everything it needs to be connected to should be on a completely separate, unconnected to the internet, network.
...it should be possible to insult it without actually getting death threats.
No surprise a stupid statement like that was made by an AC...
"Jesus, here comes that stupid arse who thinks he's God's gift to women, and tries to chat up anything in a skirt. I know - I'll pretend to be on the phone."
Just repeating for emphasis.
If Ubuntu had got everything else right, that is still a complete show-stopper for me.
There are some applications which just do not work any more. FFS, why should the developer suddenly have to dig into his window handling just to check what subtle mistake he's made which means the app no longer works? Or perhaps he's strictly right, but just using something a bit unusual, and it's actually the stupid vanishing scrollbar that's wrong.
Scroll-bars have worked for twenty years or more. Why change them?
So, when was the last time that a child was savaged to death by a cat?
Look, if you don't like cats in your garden, use a hose. It's fun, and they learn quickly not to return.
...suppose I DID have a stolen moon rock to sell. Would I really consider contacting NASA to try and find a buyer?
...is that to try to stop them being sued by Apple for being too rectangular?
...surely no-one who is PAID for his work would have produced the piece of shit known as Unity.
...and I've heard it said that you can read Kindle books on it, with a bit of work. Not that I'd know anything about that.
However, at this price, I think I'd be inclined to own both. And if the Sony Reader drops in price to compete, that will become a possibility for a lot of people.
And as for the comment that an extra 2G and sound and the keyboard is a lot for £20 extra - true, but it's still three items I don't need - I'd rather have the £20, thanks.
Beer, because that's what I'd spend the extra £20 on.
I've just downloaded "Pride and Prejudice" on my Android phone.
Opened the book.
The first line was...
"Elizabeth, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation."
Eh?? - what about that "truth universally acknowledged" line?
Turns out that this is Volume III of the original three-volume book. No sign of Volume 1 or 2 anywhere....
You mean it'll be round? I guess even Apple won't complain it looks the same then...
....they know that there WILL be end users who are dumb enough to buy at these prices, so they'll grab some and sell them on.
I don't approve - I just know it's the way of the world.
Why on earth do you think 60% of iPad purchasers are doing anything more than surfing the net and consuming media?
The target audience for the iPad is people who consume, not create - and I reckon that 90% of iPad purchasers (in fact, ALL tablet purchaser) are just consuming media and surfing the net.
BTW - I'm including "playing games" under "consuming media". I'm NOT including "posting to Facebook" or "sending the odd email" as creating. I'm assuming you are too.
The reason drink/drive legislation was originally brought in was because alcohol causes all the things you mention. However, under the current legislation, if you drink enough that your BAC is above the limit, you have committed a crime - end of story. It doesn't matter if the alcohol has had no effect on you due to this drug - you'll lose your license.
...not comparing apples with apples.
This is the non-advertising version - it's $109 in the US, so £89 isn't bad.
...and my original question has also been downvoted.
To the moderators - could you please investigate? It seems a bit odd...
...why has EVERY post on this thread (including all replies) been downvoted at least once?
...so that's a "no", then?
Nothing in science is ever proved.
But the evidence for evolution is overwhelming - to the extent that it might as well be called a fact.
The main theory for the MECHANISM for evolution is modified descent by natural selection, as proposed by Darwin, modified by our knowledge of genetics, and supported by DNA and fossils. It's a good theory, and makes predictions which can be tested - google Tiktaalik for one excellent example.
The alternative theory for the mechanism is Intelligent Design, as proposed by Behe, supported by handwaving and the argument from incredulity (I don't understand how this can happen, so goddidit). It's a bad theory, which makes no testable predictions.
Well, that music sharing system of a few years ago might have looked good on paper, and with a few test users - but, if their current Backup and Storage system is anything to go by, as soon as any reasonable number of people got onto it, it would have collapsed and died.
There's more to engineering than just producing a good system - it needs to be robust and resilient too.
...but that would not hurt Assange (who has had half a million pounds in royalty advances), it would hurt Canongate (who are currently half-a-million out of pocket).
Just a couple of points.
"What fool decided that more CO2 in the atmosphere is dangerous (hint - CO2 is vital to the existance of plants - and without plants life itself doesnt exist - therefore CO2 is not a pollutant)? What is all that based on?"
Google Greenhouse Effect. Then, bear in mind that we (yes, the human race) are decreasing the number of plants (Google deforestation), which is only going to increase the amount of C02 in the atmosphere. That's what it's all based on.
You are entitled to disagree with the science (or even the "science", if you prefer). But if you don't even understand why the increase in CO2 might well be a bad thing, then you have shown no evidence that you even understand the science - which is really pretty important to be able to refute it.
Your assessment of the IPCC as "a huge bureaucracy of non scientists designed to keep 10's of 1000's of people in fancy hotels and nice holidays" is also a little wide of the mark.
"The IPCC is not, as many people seem to think, a large organization. In fact, it has only 10 full-time staff in its secretariat at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, plus a few staff in four technical support units that help the chairs of the three IPCC working groups and the national greenhouse gas inventories group. The actual work of the IPCC is done by unpaid volunteers – thousands of scientists at universities and research institutes around the world who contribute as authors or reviewers to the completion of the IPCC reports. A large fraction of the relevant scientific community is thus involved in the effort."
Finally - you won't convince anyone that your view is correct by telling them that they are "a complete moron" or that they are "so dumb you must struggle to stand and breathe".
...the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago....
So fifteen million years isn't long enough for a bit of broken up asteroid to reach the earth?
Obviously, it's a bit more complicated than that - but I'd like a bit more explanation myself.
...make another joke like that, and you'll be told to buck off.
I'll pick up your coat too, shall I?
...just make stupid generalizations.
I learnt to program at school, because we had a maths teacher who taught us Algol. Had to prepare our programs on paper tape and take a minibus to the local polytechnic to run them once a fortnight. Still remember the hilarity when someone wrote the following.
IF A<10 THEN GOTO HELL ;
Make it fun, and you'll remember it !
No skin off my nose - doesn't bother me
Missed by the skin of my teeth - damn close.
"You don't want to find the defendant guilty...."
"We don't want to find the defendant guilty."
...she has two days to realize that she has better things to do with her life than live it with someone whose idea of something good to do on a Saturday is watch all six Star Wars movies back to back?
I mean, OCR? Surely no modern book does not already exist at the publishers in some form of electronic format?
I think the worst example of that particular issue I came about was a book about the demise of Bear Stearns - throughout the book, it was called Bear Steams.
7.2? SEVEN speakers around your room, and TWO subwoofers?
God help us.
Why would you want two subwoofers?
Interesting that in the hi-fi world, even at the absolute top end, people are satisfied with two speakers. But put people in front of a screen, and suddenly you've got to have surround sound from all possible directions.
I'm going to patent my 18.104.22.168 system, with seven speakers around the room, three on the ceiling, two subwoofers and one extra subwoofer under the sofa.
"...useful for sole traders who are out on the road most of the time with no family..."
What if both spouses work?
Why is it daft? It works like a dream for me.
But I think Amazon's idea is excellent.
For me, the major annoyance introduced at 11.04 wasn't Unity (I tried it, didn't like it and switched back to Classic). It was those damn invisible scroll bars. To scroll a window up and down, you hover over where you think a scroll bar should be and it appears. Sometimes. And on at least two applications I know, you try to click on it to scroll down - and it promptly vanished.
And they are there in XFCE, Gnome or Unity.
Yes, I found out how to revert to normal ones. You have to do a command line hack.
FFS. Scroll bars have worked for twenty years or more. Why change them just for the sake of it?
I don't know before I leave the house exactly what I may want to listen to. Especially when going away for a few days.
For about the same price as one of these nasty plastic toys? Where, exactly?
iPad 1 second-hand is normally not less than three hundred quid - a bit higher than the £100-£230 this lot go for. I saw an iPad 1 with a broken screen shift for £200 on eBay.
(To be fair - that is one good reason to pay the extra - the second-hand market in iPads is pretty good.)
HTC Desire S - over 18 months.
Cost on contract for more-or-less unlimited everything - £25 - total cost is £450
Cost for phone £335 plus £7.50 per month over 18 months - £335 + £135 = £470.
So, I reckon I'm paying a premium of - er - minus twenty quid for the benefit.
And I don't have to find £335 up front.
...witness the speed with which the £89 HP Touchpad sold out !
...there are none left at the sub-bargain price. Most of them are now on eBay and seem to be selling for about £200.
...and if they must, they use the command line.