2938 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
A lack of content?
WTF? They have the whole Interwibble for content FFS.
Exactly. Hershey's <<< Cadbury's <<< Chocolate.
...why do I want this when the in-flight entertainment is just fine? Oh wait, they'll cut that off and force you to buy this DRM infected shit. Sod that, I'll bring my own.
Does this mean that a person could be sued in the USA if they have a natural mutation that just happens to be the same as a patented gene?
Genes should be like software (and business processes) unpatentable as genes are nothing more than meat-space programs.
I amazed they got that many, this is the first I heard of it.
A basic summary of all Dell products:
Desktops: Terrible. Components bought from the lowest bidder. Often proprietary. Prone to breakage. PSUs suck balls.
Laptops: Pathetic. Screens are prone to dying, components as above.
Printers: Appalling. Stab yourself in the eye with a rusty fork, it'll be better.
Peripherals (keyboards, mice etc): a big bucket of "meh".
Monitors: Decent. For some reason.
Later this month?
It was already the 20th when you posted! Rather than use some marketeer's future-possibly-not-true price, why not simply quote the actual price that of the thing at the time of writing? Or, at the very least, make it clear that the quoted price is in some way proposed/fictional.
It almost smacks of false-advertising and makes me wonder what else in the review was based on PR-puffery rather than actuality.
And if you look, you can clearly see clouds near the horizon. Clouds? On the moon?
If you zoom in and look at the second hill on the right, you can see clear evidence of a wind blowing the clouds over the hill.
In the bottom right you can also see what looks like fog in a crater.
This was clearly taken before they'd agreed the protocol for creating the fake moon pictures.
Time NASA 'fessed up to their New World Order conspiracy and admitted the truth.
The Earth is the centre of the Universe, it is flat in all directions and we were made in the Perfect Image of the One True God! Throw down the Copernican Conspiracy and the Evolution Falsehood.
Set yourself FREE into the glory of GOD!
It could all be artefacts of processing/compression of course. There's less stars than one can see with the naked eye on Earth, so perhaps this was near the Lunar dawn and that not much reflected light. But really; which explanations are more likely?
I don't use my real name on the net, and I try my best to keep my fizzog off it too (unless hidden by a hat or something). I've got nothing to hide, I just don't want some random freak on the street recognising me from something (or my employer finding out what I get up to when not on their time).
As much as I like the Internet, the uses (and potential abuses of it) are slowly shifting the cost/benefit. All it takes is one person to post a picture of you, tag you and blammo; you're privacy is gone. If that doesn't worry you, then you are brain-dead.
...but now you do the funky chicken...err...pigeon.
^ See title
So you mean from here?
Don't worry, not many people know you can link a specific time in a YouTube video.
Why let science get in the way?
The evidence on drugs safety/harm has been ignored.
Evidence on road safety is ignored
What make anyone think the science will be listened to?
About the most that will be listened to is the big PubCos and drinks makers who stand to profit. Money trumps evidence. Always.
Wrong, I get it. I just don't see why *my* social network should be the business of some company.
I think it's you who does not get the point. The "share with your buddies" is just a ruse to get more information on you to sell for advertising. That's it.
Also, because of my views, if my G+ account got connected to my meat-self I could well be fired. So the social network now becomes a forum for employers to impose a certain world-view on their employees.
So again, my real name? Never.
No feckin' way, tossers. I am not directly linking my cyber-self to my meat-self.
If G+ enforce this, then I won't be using G+, just like I don't use FB.
Anonymity and privacy are precious, I won't be giving mine away if I can possibly avoid it.
Not even close.
If you are going to be a grammar Nazi, it is helpful to at least be correct. The contraction of "because" sounds exactly like "cause" ("be-caws" and "caws"; your accent may vary).
Quite why you feel the need to attack someone for a simple typographical error beats me. None of us are perfect and fingers slip on the keys. Also, did you consider that the OP may have dyslexia and such an error may be a result of that condition? I guess you didn't.
Or has someone made you The Last True Guardian of English and not let the rest of us know?
One final point, do keep your xenophobia to yourself.
Bloody obvious (from keystrokes to mouse events; it's all been done before), and IIRC the old Palm could do that too.
How hard can it be to do little more that replay an IR signal?
Heck, my old PalmPilot could record IR signals and play them back. Great for annoying people. :-)
...an opportunity. The "iChute" case. A bit bulky, but if the phone detect free-fall it deploys the chute and comes down safely, also sending SMS updates to a designated phone of its current position.
As has been reported on the Beeb etc, she cannot not give evidence to MPs as that may prejudice an active police investigation.
...now the Brooks has been arrested, she can't give evidence to MPs. Are the two connected?
...I've asked this before, but is this a story about China or the USA? Y'know, shutting down sites (even foreign ones) on a whim and without legal recourse?
It must be China! They're not demanding the extradition of foreign nationals for running a web site.
And that is something else to be concerned about. It may not be long before physical geography is irrelevant and it's the chain of ownership that determines governance.
...you'd need an education system that works. Unfortunately we are now ramping up to exclude people on cost grounds and allow private companies to provide education. For all the ills of the previous system, at least the main focus was in getting the little buggers to learn and not profits.
Those companies will be "tax efficient" so not only will be be churning out sub-par graduates, but we'll be losing tax revenue to boot.
PS I wish my data were a stollen, I could keep it safely secure in my belly and a data-dump would take on a whole new meaning. :)
Government IT functions? Are they nuckin' futs? At best this will be profits for cronies, done on PFI (thus more expensive, but off-book and a future cost).
We'll see headlines like "We saved £40 million in off-shoring this-and-that!" Which, of course, is total bullshit when one considers the actual total cost.
but we have form for this, we outsourced our Customs buildings to a company that runs from a tax haven. Only in Britain. MPs here are more concerned about their next expenses claim or corporate event than they are about doing their job.
I agree. Most of the problems are caused by the restricted/tainted supply.
The drugs should just be graded on risk/cost and if found to be lower then or equal to booze/baccy, legalised. Some forms should, however, still remain illegal/controlled. Just like when one needs some meths, one can't just pop into the local corner shop and buy it.
Hell, if the Afghanis could sell their opium openly, they might be able to yank themselves out of the state they are in.
And that's what needs changed. Legalising it means legalising the supply chain as well. You won't get rid of every single problem (heck, we still have child-labour sweatshops) but I put it to you that the situation will be "less bad".
It's not as if prohibition is working, is it?
Give it up
Legalise it, grade/certify it, tax it.
Base any restrictions/advice on medical evidence (e.g. booze, baccy) and not on reactionary propaganda.
Benefits? Vast amounts of tax revenue, reductions in crime, reductions in police workload, reductions medical admissions due to tainted drugs etc.
Will the number of users go up? Almost certainly.
Will the price go down? Almost certainly.
Will problems go up? Maybe, but still won't be as bad as alcohol IMHO.
Legalise everything? Don't be daft. Cannabis I don't see any issue with (I can't smoke, so this isn't a personal desire) but something like crack is just too damaging to ever be legal I think.
I am sure it's not pleasant at all...
...but I am equally sure that being cyber-stalked does not compare to being raped or caught in a war zone. As I have not been in any of the three situations, however, I guess I am not qualified to comment.
A bit like these researchers probably.
I think you'll find that the upgrade costs £20, the full version costs circa £800 (comes with a free computer tho').
...the phone/tablet need the juice? That would kill the battery. Have a grunt GPU set-up do the rendering and an efficient way to squirt the rendered images down (plus responses up). A bit like modern networks FPS games, but with a server doing the rendering too.
Otherwise you'll need a forklift to follow you around to hold the batteries!
In all honesty...
...I take the pragmatic view. F/OSS scratches that itch? Use it. Proprietary is the answer? Use it.
Just one caveat; you will interoperate and you will not block/change your APIs to ensure lock-in. Data will be stored/moved in a format that is fully and publicly documented and can be implemented without worrying about patents or license fees.
So in 15 years time when I need open an old file, even if the code does not exist I can yank the spec and pay someone to build me a module to read it; that's why.
Summary: F/OSS code? As needed. Open Standards? Without question.
And Test Man...so you are in charge of the NHS then and know for a fact that MS is better? Wow.
As good as LibreOffice is (I use it an like it) the front-end is just the beginning. All the macros, plugins, full text indexers and whatever else will need updated to cope with the new software/formats. That cost will far outweigh any savings on the license fees. MS could just drop their license fee to zero too and load-up on the services. As that's probably a different budget (and a rolling future cost) this would still allow the government to crow about how much they are saving when, in fact, there is no overall change.
Aslo, MS -deals can probably get done on a PFI so are off-book anyway. I wish it were otherwise.
...so much for using more Open Source to reduce costs. As MS does not support standards*, it will be impossible (or very expensive) to get other systems to integrate that are not from MS (or from MS gold-partners).
This is a real shame as there was some interesting grassroots FOSS stuff going on in the NHS (e.g. OpenMolar).
Your tax being spunked on over-priced, sub-par shit. Sounds like a typical government spend to me. Still, so long as a few MPs and civil servants get invited to nice dinners it's all OK.
*Do NOT start me on the who docx/ISO BS.
I have regularly found acceptable flights for far cheaper than the corporate services can, not allowed to book them as it is against policy. Idiots.
You'll find the Linux kernel in many, many OSs. Certainly way more than Darwin or NT.
What was your point?
He'll get a few years...
...and released early. Then probably re-appear in a new role after a short time.
Assuming a case can even be built (I don't mean legally, I mean politically). We have a very poor record of pursuing the well-connected.
...that hacking and other tactics* were par for the course on Fleet Street. The NotW was just unlucky to be caught.
*Which include tax evasion.
BUt you ISP does not one this
Most live in fear of being a dumb-pipe, they need to up-sell the add-on services as that is where the margins are. If you have a decent line (e.g. 20mb+) then you have no need of TV or phone subscriptions - do it all over IP.
And that is exactly what the gutter ISPs fear.
So five years ago. Just finish the Linux client, kthxgby!
Aye, the V+ drives me nuts at times as well. Why it won't play nice on my network (i.e. stream content I have shared out) is a mystery. Shame it can't be hacked (unlike my xBox which is simply awesome with XBMC).
It will run on a TiVo?
Does that mean it's subscriber only, or are they actually going to finish the Linux version?
(For those that don't know, TiVo runs on a Linux OS.)
...MythTV could already do this? Or does it only work in the USA?
Must say that ads are one reason that I rearely watch live TV any more. Record and then 32x FF when the dross shows up.
All channels do this
Whether it's because the tone of the ads is different or something, but they always sound louder.
"...let her go now, she has passed on to the other side. Her spirit shall drift in eternal bliss with the cosmos. She is finally at peace.
MOVIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY WONDER BANG! WONDER BANG! FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS! BUY WONDER BANG! NOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
If you pre-record and only watch time-shifted you can simply skip the ads. Or use something like MythTV.
In that case I recommend you change your parameters.
And therein lies the problem...
...the stats are not public. And where they are public (bloody hard to find) they are not often comparable.
I like the measure "per billion passenger kilometres" for events like this, but we don't pay by distance, we pay by time. Men drive more, so may still pose a higher risk (even if the X per billion passenger km is lower). Dunno, the stats are not public (well, they're bloody hard to find if they are).
We could get into a discussion over what constitutes "safer" and to whom (occupants, other road users or society).
One thing I will guarantee you though, the ins.cos have not been charging women less out of the goodness of their hearts!
But put the "base" insurance onto fuel, not road fund. Drive more? Drive faster? Pay more. Let your own actions determine your own premium (if you follow me).
Want more than just third-party/liability? Go buy a top-up from someone.
No uninsured drivers (how we deal with drivers who fuelled abroad is a good question).
And this is why...
...we have no claims discounts and discounts extra security, extra training (e.g. RoSPA) etc.
I think (I may be wrong) that the stats say women have more accidents, but men have BIG ones; so end up costing more.
Either way, if the impartial facts show women are less risk, then I see no problem with them paying less (I am male, BTW). I pay less than a 21 year old as the stats say I am safer/more experienced. I don't see why gender is any different.
Stop giving the good deals only to new customers and we'll stop leaving.
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