22 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008
Re: Infinite Monkey Cage
... and a mention for The Life Scientific too: more about scientists than science but a good complement.
Re: More travelogue than science
But this is how television is made. With a political story a news program will fairly needlessly send a reporter to stand outside a building where something happened: nothing that couldn't be conveyed by same reporting in studio. It's the background that matters, in that it's an attempt to make it interesting visually.
With Wonders... and now Human Planet same thing applies. Could you everything with a blackboard and chalk but it's television first, education second.
And, to be fair, to an extent the science literate aren't really the audience. This is, trying to, popularise science. It's trying to make "Cosmo" now, and that means with today's TV techniques.
That's not to suggest I think they're beyond criticism: I'd like more detail and an equation or two...
Early versions only - this was fixed. It's possible to complete Repton 2 - being able to save machine state makes it achievable (and much less frustrating).
"... zippy performance, something the original BBC Micro was not entirely famous for."
A 8-bit computer with a 2 MHz CPU from 30 years ago wouldn't really compare to a Cray from the same time but slow, really? Elite, Revs, Aviator, Firetrack (etc.) were fast enough for the time and anything written by Gary Partis was usually too fast to be playable (Psycastria is quite enjoyable under emulation - when slowed down!)
Slap in a 16k ROM and there was real-time spell checking available years (a decade?) before this appeared in Word.
... because some of it it actually quite good: Latitude D630 here: solid machine, never had an issue despite some on the road abuse (being dropped , flooded with coffee, etc.) Daily use for 7-8 years and will only be replaced when absolutely necessary. (Experience of Inspiron laptop for a client quite the reverse; caveat emptor, etc.)
Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?
Three words: "The Day Today" (or if a Radio 4 purist, "On The Hour"). (Same for origin of "speak your brains", also a favourite around here).
And from this we know that 'Fact' times 'Importance' equals... NEWS.
Re: I wonder
"Typical fascist BBC PR, no one is allowed to criticise the mighty BBC!"
WTF? Have you actually seen any BBC news coverage of its own mistakes? The self-criticism is so thorough it's annoying to watch. The recent DG resignation was partly/largely a consequence of a grilling he got on The Today Programme (on BBC radio 4 if you're not keeping up).
Can't imagine Sky or Fox, etc. behaving similarly: just how self-critical was the Murdoch controlled press of itself when reporting phone-hacking.
Re: The reason is.....
"it is returned to _its_ incorrect state"
Kisses on the bottom...
"... I'll be glad I got 'em."
It's a line from "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter". Ppft.
> Come-on Amazon, putting a regional lock on books?
Not necessarily their fault. Some publishers/rights-owners may request this. It's not unusual for different publishers to publish the same book in different places: digital-rights may be local too.
enormity != enourmous
Enormity means "significantly evil" not "very large".
If Pac-Man had affected us as kids...
"If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music." - Marcus Brigstocke
Atheism is not faith
To AC @14th July 2011 12:48 GM
Throw crumbs to troll... Okay: I don't collect stamps. I am not a non-stamp collector.
Start with nothing and add faith. Or start with nothing and don't need to make up stuff.
Either way, semantics aside, your interpretation of atheism doesn't suggest the existance of a god more than anything else.
Do you explicitly not believe in Russell's teapot orbiting the earth? Prove what you think is true or ascribe it to faith. Don't assume I think about your position to have any faith about it.
He waited two years?
Well, in for a penne...
Another vote for FoxIt. And another down for Adobe Reader. Not only does it need constant attention but the updater needs to get in its place as it throws out the odd "please check your internet connection" message.
Unfortunately, this is only a dialogue with "OK" with no space to enter "I'm on a f-ing train on f-ing laptop without an f-ing internet f-ing connection".
It Adobe didn't put bugs/security holes in it'd up to date and there'd be no issue.
[snip ... unusually intelligent question about benefit of religion ... snip]
> Why is it ok for you to take that away from people?
It's a progression of understanding. If someone wants to believe that thunder is a result of something being upset with them then an understanding of weather might serve to improve their lives.
But, as you're inferring, this type of belief needn't do anyone else harm. However, organised religion can be seen to be divisive and dangerous. E.g. views on homosexuality and contraception.
As an atheist I'm happy for those with belief to believe what they want. However, if it's dogmatic and at some level serves to screw up (and historically organised religion has had a steam-roller elemenet to it with respect to contrary belief) the world then I have a problem with it and reserve the right to point out bigotry, incosistency and irrationality where I see it.
I don't think you're an idiot if you have faith: I think you're wrong. And in some cases that wrongness can impinge on other people's wellbeing in quite devastating ways. (Which is a broad generalisation - your post I read as an intelligent one and this reply isn't ad-hominen ranting in anyway.)
@Ivor 1, 13:38
> "I believe there is no God" - a statement of faith.
Only because you choose to interpret it that way based on how you've phrased it and conflate belief (as spiritual) and belief (as conclusion of thought).
Personally, I _think_ there is no God. No faith needed.
I don't believe (and or think) there's a teapot in orbit with Betrand Russell's name on it either.
... and a helpful chap too
Whilst appearing not to suffer fools gladly he's also a nice chap. A few years ago Newsnight dropped the brief today-in-the-market-summary and introduced a similarly brief weather forecast. JP did this in an expectedly terse fashion (e.g. it'll rain tomorrow - take an umbrella, etc.).
A friend of mine on a round the world trip at the time didn't believe this. I emailed JP and he emailed my friend to back me up.
I, for one, salute this particular reference that's probably flying high over the heads of at least some others.
What's Govey going to do, eh Govey? Etc.
If your UAC "screen mode" change is the screen flashing and you've an Nvidia g/c card it's a known issue. A quick Google for "vista UAC flash" should sort you out. HTH, Andrew
Big deal? Possibly because it might get a bit "clerical" and there might be "errors".
As an example - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5001624.stm. Not a big deal if you're not in the 0.03%, then.
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