690 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
Why the hell not?
If the political will was there, and the finance was available, it would be perfectly possible.
If we could start more-or-less from scratch in 1961 and get a moon landing by 1969, then with our additional technical knowledge, and our massively more powerful and efficient computers, I can see no good technical reason why we couldn't have a base on the moon by 2020.
I agree with you, of course. It'll never happen.
"Of course the internet is full of lies. But so are most lawyers and a large number of witnesses."
Witnesses do lie, without a doubt. But, in court, lawyers don't. If they did, and it was discovered that they had lied, they would have the proverbial book thrown at them - not forgetting the cost to the public purse of a possible retrial.
And the suggestion that you go out and trawl the internet to find out what you can about the case is just stupid. If the information is pertinent, it will be used as evidence, either by the defence or the prosecution. If it is not, it won't. And if it's not been discovered by either the prosecution or the defence, why on earth do you think that a quick trawl on the internet by a juror will turn it up? Must more likely it'll turn up some information which makes it impossible to give the defendant a fair trial.
(By the way - if the prosecution has some evidence which will help the defence's case, they MUST disclose it to the defence. The defence has no such obligation. It's the job of the prosecution to PROVE the case.)
It is the job of the police to find the evidence. It is the job of the opposing counsels to put each side's case. It is the jury's job to listen to both sides, evaluate the evidence and to make the judgment.
There could be several reasons...
IANAL - but I'm married to one...so I know a BIT about this.
1) He may have been accused of rape and found not guilty. If that's the case, it's certainly true that the previous case should have nothing to do with it.
2) In general a previous conviction has nothing to do with the current one. You've got to PROVE the case - and saying "well, look, it must have been him, he's done it all those other times" isn't proof that he did it this time. Having said that, a prosecutor CAN apply to get "previous bad character" in as supporting evidence - but there has to be a good justification.
Previous convictions ARE taken into account when sentencing, of course.
Or, even easier...
Old PC, two network cards and install Endian community.
Well, it costs so much to go to college in the US...
...the extra price of an Apple PC is trivial in comparison.
And students, like most young people, tend to like to go with the herd.
Why would you carry your textbooks round with you???
When I was at uni, I carried a bag which contained the notebooks I needed to take notes at lectures, and the stuff I needed for tutorials. My textbooks stayed in my room, where I needed them on the rare occasions I actually did some work.
I saw literally no-one carry actual books except to and from the library or bookshop.
Yes - I install Linux because it's easy.
I can take a disk, plug it in, boot it - and it works. Then, once it's up, I can mess around to my heart's content. It automatically sets up a dual-boot on a Windows box,. too.
If I have to somehow mess about with BIOS settings (which might also stop my Windows working) then it's one extra bit I frankly don't want to have to do.
Linux IS user friendly these days. Anyone with half a brain can install it.
Of course they do!
Most people are technophobes in the sense he means. They want to pick up a gadget and it should work, and if it doesn't, they don't want to spend time investigating.
@Ian Stephenson - it's actually a shame...
...we didn't get "saddled with the 2018 World Cup" - we would have done it well, and probably made a decent profit out of it, without having to build very much in the way of infrastructure.
The Olympics? Meh. I've already booked two weeks holiday abroad.
What has the picture...
...of the bottom half of a woman got to do with this story?
That's just as dishonest as "stealing".
If I produce some music, and I don't give people permission to copy it without payment, then anyone who DOES copy it is not bloody SHARING it.
If I write a book, and someone decides to copy it without paying for it, it is not SHARED.
It's been nicked. End of. And I can damn well tell you (because it's happened to me) that it FEELS like it's been nicked.
It may not be legally stolen. It may not be possible to do anything about it. But someone has acquired something of mine, which I didn't want them to have without payment. They have not SHARED it, and they have no right to "share" it with anyone else.
And anyone who tries to come up with some spurious moral high ground about "it's not really theft, and I'm only sharing it" is just lying through their teeth.
So called, because it's not ultra and isn't a book.
OK - now I'm confused...
(a) it's formatting fine
(b) I can't withdraw it.
(c) I seem to be able to post without the moderators checking it...!
What have you done, El Reg?
Yes, I'd noticed that too.
Funny thing is that the preview looks fine.
[new line starts here]Paragraphs are useful.
[new line starts here]So why can't we can't use them?
Then search on Twitter if that's what you want.But keep it away from Google.
Well, who wants Twitter in Google searches anyway?If I search Google, I'm searching for information. I'm not searching for trivia. Example - last year, I was watching the Proms on TV, and a singer came onto stage. I'd not heard of her, so I searched for her name on Google - and the first two results were people tweeting that she'd just come onto stage. Sigh.
What a bozo?
He was paid $5.7 million for doing a crap job.
You are probably paid 1-2% of that for doing a good job.
You're calling HIM a bozo?
It's not just counter-intuitive....
...it's also stupid.
Once you know where something is in a menu, there it is. Two or three mouse-clicks and it's open.
But searching needs at least three or four keys on the keyboard.
Menus lasted a long time, because they work well.
(And don't get me started on those ridiculous vanishing scroll-bars...)
@Scientologyisacult: I entirely agree with your general point...
...but you weakened your argument severely when you referred to Top Gear as a quality program.
Problem is that...
...the likely gravitational pull on something bigger than Jupiter would make it impossible to even walk...
How about ePub? You know, the original standard for ebooks?
I'd love to see something where if you bought a book - perhaps only the hardback - you got the ebook for free. That would be truly excellent, and would almost certainly increase the sales of hardback books. People who think "I want to buy that book but I'll wait for the paperback becuase it's (a) cheaper and (b) lighter" might well think "but (a) I get two copies and (b) ebooks are very light - so I'll buy the hardback after all."
Spot on, I call that !
"...calling the London Eye a Ferris Wheel..."
I refer you to the picture.
Is there actual evidence for this?
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.
It;s not allegedly...
One click, reboot your superhub and bob's your uncle - you have a high-speed modem.
Works a treat.
Fine for magazines and coffee table books....
...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.
Every tenth time this happens, I waste my time wondering...
...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.
But a firewall is still a vulnerability....
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 shouldn't matter whose religion it is....
...it should be possible to insult it without actually getting death threats.
Come back, Sarah Bee - we miss you...!
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."
Who in god's name thought that stupid floating scrollbar was ever a good idea?
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?
Dogs roam free in the interests of equality, eh?
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.
So let me think...
...suppose I DID have a stolen moon rock to sell. Would I really consider contacting NASA to try and find a buyer?
"Corners have been cut...."
...is that to try to stop them being sued by Apple for being too rectangular?
There must be....
...surely no-one who is PAID for his work would have produced the piece of shit known as Unity.
I have a Sony Reader...
...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.
It needs a bit of work....
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...
The vendors aren't mugs....
....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.
estimate based on what, exactly?
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.
yet another person...
...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...
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