17 posts • joined Thursday 14th February 2008 00:00 GMT
Re: "cats are likely killing more than four billion animals per year..."
It certainly seems impressive when compared to the relatively measly 10 billion animals that humans kill for food every year in the USA. Although I suppose the human food animals are much bigger. If only the cats could learn to cooperate and hunt in packs, they might be able to bring down a cow - if we say one cow equates to a thousand mice, then cats would be able to cut their kill count to 4 million. If they were killing for food, which they aren't.
Yum, cow - mmm.
Re: @Thorfkin and others
You're right about the ease of use and overall user experience of the iphone being key to its success (also fantastic marketing) - but this is not why Apple is suing Samsung. Apple are claiming that Samsung imitated the look and feel of their phone.
Apple was so successful with their take on the touchscreen phone, for the reasons you mention, that people forgot what came before - even if it was poorly implemented by comparison. In the years before iphones, people would look at my HP H6340 and say, "what the hell is that?" After the iphone was released people would look at it and say, "Is that an iphone?" It was silver, black and had a green telephone icon too, after all.
"required a stylus to tap buttons on the screen"
No they didn't. My first touchscreen phone (released 2004) had a stylus, which I would get out occasionally when precision was required. Usually I would use my finger. OK, so resistive screens will not work with the feather-light touch of capacitive screens, but capacitive screens do actually 'require' a fleshy (or at least conductive) pointer. A resistive screen can be operated with a stylus, finger (with or without gloves), corner of coffee table, ball-point pen, camel's hoof - whatever.
Apparently, the first capacitive touchscreen phone was made by LG.
Re: To Infinity and...
Yes, 367 would guarantee two the same, accounting for leap years, and as long as we are ignoring year of birth - infinity was obviously a daft thing to say, innit. However, the size of the room (and people) does matter if we are talking about 'filling a room' with people.
Re: The chance of being killed by a shark...
Birthday problem: You didn't say how big the room was. We would need to know this to figure out how many people are in the room. Obviously, you would need an infinite number of people to be certain two had the same birthday. The interesting bit (to ignorant, non-degree toting people with an interest in mathematics, or even statistics - like me) is that you only need 23 people to reach a more than 50% probability that any two people have the same birthday.
Monty Hall: Best to change (providing Monty knew what was behind the curtains), I believe.
Re: How would you save mankind.
There is only on real way to save mankind in the long run. We must colonise other planets. Other solar systems. Other galaxies.
Nevermind all this renewable/nuclear/fluffy panda stuff - we need to find a way out of here.
We will, at some point, get hit by some massive piece of cosmic debris. We will all get frazzled as the oceans boil off when the sun expands - admittedly not for a long time, but not that far off in terms of earth-having-existed timescales.
Most people I say this to take it as some sort of strange Trekky nutjob fantasy, and probably drug induced. But it's true (the world eventually ending bit).
Bearded Camel Arabs
@RedRichie - "A country run by bearded religious lunatics that are trying to build a nuclear bomb"
Sounds a lot like the good ol' US of A to me. Except they already have thousands of nuclear weapons. And beards are not so popular these days.
@sam bo - "quite sure all they pilot are camels and carpets"
You must be a troll. No one is that much of an ignorant twat, surely.
@Anon-engy - "they are like all arabs"
Iran is Persian, not Arab.
2+2=4 therefore my Mama's a shoe.
It's a bit like saying the world can't possibly be spherical and must be flat, 'cause when I put my marbles down they don't roll off.
Or possibly, "It can't have been my Jimmy what done it your honour, honest - because, well, he's not like that..."
Or a bit like trying to apply Japanese grammatical rules to Catalan, or something.
Basically, they're saying that this completely unexpected and not understood thing cannot be happening because it is not behaving as expected and in a manner we understand.
I know two people who were hurt by falling firework remnants - the girl who it (metal casing - big rocket) fell on, causing a bit of bruising to her back, and her brother who burnt his hand picking it up, wondering what on earth it was.
Not so painless
I was breathalysed on Friday night, plod was using one of these new-fangled devices. There wasn't "any" reason to take any additional information from me, so only age, ethnicity and gender was recorded. It took a good five minutes of frustrated button pushing amid comments of, "bloody thing" and, "the old system was much quicker" to actually enter these three items, however. They were taking pictures of everything as well.
Disservice to other people named Klaus
Must be something to do with my upbringing, but I always held the romantic notion that people named Klaus spend their days making dodgy porno films. As in, "Oh Klaus, geben me den grossen sticken, ja!"
In addition to criticising Mr Lai before checking his calculations, you refer to centigrade, rather than Celsius. The centigrade scale was abandoned in 1954 - you may not have been aware there was a difference.
Look up centigrade Celsius in google.
As I seem to remember, the majority of the money raised from the congestion charge is spent on running the whole congestion charging setup. As JonB said, what's left is spent on "improving" public transport in London.
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