86 posts • joined 22 Feb 2008
Loved it but
The one thing this show didnt mention was the long term effect on the end users and the population at large.
I think the biggest achievement to come out of the British home computer boom of the 80's is the number of developers this country currently has. I can think of entire development teams that wouldn't exists if you wiped the ZX Spectrum out of history.
It might help 'mobile markets' performance if their mobile app didnt slow the phone down some much and require so many privileges.
Any movement so far in migration has been to Windows 7 rather than 8 or 8.1
Including my new laptop, which is going back to 7.
The classic quote still applies
"The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around the problem."
Hated hated hated
Bought a new laptop recently and it came with 8 installed on it. A very quick instlall to 8.1 yet still it's rubbish.
All those shortcuts like Alt+F4 no longer work, I actually paid £££ for a 3rd party app to get a proper start menu, and it looks and feels just slightly worse that windows 7.
It's on borrowed time - one big screwup and it goes straight to linux.
I just threw up a little in my mouth.
As in hunting for storage, and finding that you can't actually add a microSD to an apple device.
I'm betting that you'll see Hurt's War Doctor regenerate into the ninth (Eccleston) at the end of the special. He can be seen right at the start of Rose checking his reflection as if he's just regenerated.
If you love someone...
..then you have to accept their faults along with their talents.
Dr Who is the same. Its never perfect, but we love it.
(Same with Star Trek , for each 'City on the edge of forever' you get a couple of 'Spock's brain's);
Re: There's a difference
To clarify this , in the UK TV programs go into public domain on January 1st following the 50th year since first broadcast.
This means that the first Dalek serial episodes 1 and 2 falls into public domain but the rest of it wont for another year.
There's a difference
It's only illegal for another 6 1/2 weeks. On jan 1st 2014 this episode (and early Dalek ones too!) fall into the public domain.
There's a difference
Never understood that.
Yeah, he can't go back to New York without blowing up the planet. So why not nip back to , say , Boston, a couple of days before they arrive and send them a telegram. A telegram that states something like "TARDIS IN BOSTON STOP GET THERE NOW STOP" .
Honestly I have never
Configured a netware print server to add a header page with the printing user on it, then weeks later add an "auto-print on inbox rule" before signing the user up to wife-swapping mailing list.
Won't somebody think of the children?
Do you really think we'll get anywhere near a reasonable debate in this country?
The day we get anywhere near that some terrorist activity will occur and news media will spend days days pandering to it demanding that more be done to stop them. I didn't think it a coincidence that that army drummer died just after the communications bill was shelved.
If the worse comes to the worse
You can always find solace in the arms of SpotFlux.
There's a difference
You can't sacrifice utility and ease-of-use on the holy altar of efficiency.
Other than another radio spectrum auction, exactly what does scrapping FM radio get us?
No, this guys is right on the money. We shouldn't teach people to code.
(Go with me on this guys, restriction of supply leads to increased demand . Less programmers higher wages)
Clearly they used mechjeb. Cheats!
We're not sufferer's , we're the future.
I think we need to help those suffering from Technical Ability Disorder (TAD).
TAD sufferers can be the fairly mild type, who need to call help when the printer jams or routinely double click everything. But there are so many serious sufferer's, the one who can't use series links on satellite boxes, or send every email in capslock with no full-stops. These are the full Untechincals. As the world moves on they must either have constant help or retreat to Amish like homes where technology rises no higher than the electric oven.
Be free soon
With the 50th anniversary coming up the first epsiodes will be coming into the public domain.
I've not even looked at the single player yet.
I waited to long to buy it and it's sold out.
Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, the android powered Lumia 940 is taking market share away from the Samsung Galaxy.
It'll be the..
It works just like a tablet but you have this pair of external input devices , one with a lot of buttons for typing and another analog input device you move around a flat surface.
Specially designed for people to use while at a desk.
Do we really want a good CEO at MSFT?
I'd rather he had stayed for twenty years.
Given their track record I do not want to see Microsoft rising to dominance in ANY tech sector ever again. People accuse Google of doing evil but compared to 1990's Microsoft they're saints.
Found a good 3D film
I'm totally against 3D films and whenever I take the wife to a film we always pick the 2D version .
I've seen about 6 films in 3D, largely because we used to live in a small town with only a 2 screen cinema and if you didnt grab some films in 3D then you had to wait and risk not seeing it until you got it on DVD.
Then we saw Dredd and , frankly it worked. The 3D actually added to the film, due to what they were trying to show. But even that was 3D or nothing, we couldnt find a 2D showing that weekend.
Training your replacement.
Replacement : "So how do you configure the database backup script?"
Original Employee : "Well first you DELETE FROM USERS WHERE ROLE LIKE '%MANAGER%'; ...."
The late great Nigel Kneale, truly a man that can put the scare young children without flooding the set in false blood.
The easy solution
Someone write an mobile phone app that can be use to read the license plate and identify police cars (marked and unmarked) and report their position online in real time.
See how quickly laws restricting the use of ANPR get rushed in then.....
Is it a national blocklist ?
Whats on the list - do we get to see what we're opting in/out of?
What if my commercial site is wrongly put on the list, how does my company appeal this ?
Slap in the face
Could they put him up in a soyuz and de-orbit it over Cuba?
Ah, good old BOFH, a role model for modern IT professionals everywhere.
Whenever I get those stupid "Would you like to us your opinion of our site?" crap I always sign of with my nom de plume, DROP TABLE SURVEYS; .
Not the original liberator.
"Nobody serious has used single-shot firearms in combat for well over a century."
The French Resistance used them. the (AFAIK) first Liberator Gun. It was a cheap one shot metal pistol designed to be small and easily manufactured in bulk, so it could be dropped to resistance members in occupied countries.
It wasn't even designed to be easily re-loadable, the idea being you would use this easily concealed pistol to kill a German and take their better gun.
Please won't somebody think of the children?
Because over 99% children will spend the majority of their lives as adults.
Think about whether you want them to spend their adult lives with the government watching everything they do online.
Hiding the money and not declaring it is what got them, not avoidance like amazon, google , starbuck , and every other multinational.
If they'd created a GoldLogic in Ireland or somewhere with low tax and rented the company name back to the UK branch they'd have gotten away with it.
I thought the mothership had picked her up long ago.
Windows 8 suffers from one big problem - MS wanted in on phone and tablet sales.
I was being shown windows 8 laptop by a salesdroid over xmas and I was stroking the screen trying to get it to respond .
"It's not a touch screen" the droid said
"It's a touch screen user interface" I replied
Did these people boot this laptop?
Does the Windows license cover use by a third party without permission of the license holder ?
Part of me is thinking this is one of those blue (or muddy pink) sky scenarios that wont get anywhere.
But where would we be without the dreamers?
What about moonraker?
Any mathematical estimates on the probability of launching 6 shuttles within an hour and all of them working as intended ?
The logical extension
Would be to outlaw VPN connections without a permit. Otherwise this law is useless.
And probably violates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
There's a difference
Between a villain and a henchman (goons? hired goons!).
Put up two seperate poll's one for the main baddie (Blofield, Drax, Goldfinger, etc) and another for the henchmen (Jaws, NickNack, RandomTask, etc).
Leave them alone
As long as they're wanking away they're not starting uncalled for wars.
We could have had this years ago
If we had lost WW2.
Using a feeding tube for the pull in
To avoid the fail-safe line tangling , couldn't you fit a hollow tube through the swivel fitting and feed the line through that ?
By the way , isn't there a break the balloon where helium is to be fed through ? I'm imagining it's tied into a knot like a childs balloon. Couldnt you tie it around some simple pressure drop detector instead? Unlike like the air during lift the balloons internal pressure will suddenly change upon bursting.
Have we reached saturation?
Perhaps people have realized that they dont need a more powerful or a better user experience when all they do is turn it on and double click the browser.
When all your computing needs are prefixed with "http:" why would you need to upgrade before it breaks ?
All up for grabs
The judgment references the 1988 copyright designs and patent act.
Section 52 of that acts reads that any use under license of an artistic design through an industrial process renders the design applicable for public use 25 years after the end of the calendar year it was first marketed, so long as it was marketed in the UK.
Unless all those toys in the late 70s were hand made then most of the prime star-wars designs now go to public domain in the UK.
Deckchairs on the Titanic
While selling news in tomorrows chip wrappers is a business heading for obsolescence, the business of gathering news and distributing it to the public is not going to go away. IMHO PCC really needs to look at reforming itself into a standards body for all news business, not just those who press ink down onto mashed up trees.
Cycle it back into plants
Could you take this "pure" co2 and put it into sealed greenhouses to grow plants? They would have to be large, agreed, but the best method of carbon sequestration is surely photosynthesis ?
Dont break it in two!
Seriously, stop halfway through until the Autumn?
"Oh look, battlestar stopped for half a season every year, that must be why they won all those awards!"
Should have been android
Seriously, is it some mark of status in the IT world to regard Google as your competitor ?
I think Nokia hardware is great, let down by their OS. An android N97 would be fantastic. But no, "Google is our competitor." says Nokia. Rubbish. HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony - they're the competition.
This will turn into a coalition of losers.
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