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1958 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

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MMMmmhhh

Outside of the fantasy styles, the office "workstations" do not look to be very conducive for anything productive : small, cramped and dingy......like working in your toilet but without the luxuy of being able to flush.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: High time

You're starting to think like Mr Jobs, please take a pill and lie down before your hand starts reaching for the patent pad.

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Re: Motoart

In my last company, managing private aircraft, our offices had a lot of this "furniture", it was extremely aesthetic, well made, obviously rock solid and was always a subject of conversation with our clients.

Just wish I could have afforded some of it for home, it would have been great to have a couple of pieces in the garage.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Microsoft Prediction

The difference being that Scotland's existing OS was developed by the English for the English, so thereby the yes vote can only lead them to a better system as it will be their system, developed by them for them..

Kinda like moving away from Windows 8 to Linux. The learning curve is steep but worth it in the end.

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Re: If i had a vote

>The world is too small for Nationalism and small countries to stand apart.

Tell that to the Swiss or the Norwegians ( there are other but they are limit Albania, Croatia, Macedonia etc or principautés Monaco, Montenegro etc)

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

>lies and promises Alex Salmond is telling the Scottish people

No different to the lies and false promises told by David Cameron and his cronies to the entire UK.

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I wouldn't bet on that

Microsoft also thought that TIFKAM would be a game changer.

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

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Re: Change the name...

Agreed, if they want to succeed then the first step should be changing their name. It's just one of those words that just doesn't cut the mustard.

There is no appeal, sexyness or serious-sounding-ness behind that name.

Does anyone know what Huawei means, can someone translate it or is it just a name.

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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Not expecting much from W9 then

For a company the size of MS to lay of 18000 people is by no means a simple choice. Obviously something is going on behind the scenes that we are probably not aware of. First and foremost there will be the obvious financial reasons, secondly the workforce has probably become bloated and needs trimming like the OSs and third, Gates and Balmer are increasingly becoming historical figures, their influence must be waning.

If it means that new teams will arise and new ideas, then why not, it would probably be a good thing. They appear to be struggling on many fronts; innovation has become a waning moon. Xbox , meehhhh, (PS4 suffers the same though), W8 + W9, well they are basically revamps and fat cutting of W7. Office 365, no thanks. W2012, Ok and that’s about it.... Bing, let’s not even get into the subject.

C’mon MS, do us all a favour, renew your teams, push Nadella out into early retirement and bring in some fresh ideas and sparkle. ( Apple could probably do with a bit of the same)....

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Re: Good for them.

I agree with what you are saying but I don't think that it gets at the point of why people are in the position that they are in.

The catch 22 situation lies in the fact that the "military prowess" of the Israeli army is what has allowed these young Intelligience Officers to live in Israel. Should that same fighting machine step down or reduce it's tactics then it would likely result in the complete loss of the lands/state.

Yes, I agree that it takes a hell of a lot of courage but they are fighting against the machine that put them there.

These officers don't agree with the dirty tactics of Unit 8200 but at the same time there are no clean tactics in a war situation. What would they suggest to do otherwise ? There appears to be no solutions at this level.

This is one of these lose/lose situation where there are no winners. The odds are stacked against everyone. If the Israelis want to remain they have to continue to defend themselves. If they don't they will have to leave.. It's a position that I am glad that i don't have to deal with.

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Re: Good for them.

H4rm0ny, as much as I agree with the sentiment of what you state I think that the current state of affairs in Israel is so "complicated" that is is impossible to determine "what is right" or "what is wrong".

I lived and worked there for several years, as a "goy", but was introduced headlong into the culture of both sides , Israelis and Palestinians.. albeit more so the Israeli side.

It's a catch 22 situation, there are no "right" or "wrong" ways to do things, there is always a contra-partie that upsets one or the other sides. Neither party wants to see their children die, the people that live there are normal people with the same desires as you and I. The difference lies in those that govern them.

The Jews and the Arabs lived on that piece of land for many without problems, it was only when other nations decided to occupy the lands that the problems started. The Ottomans, the British, the Jordanians, the Americans all helped create the instability that exists today..

The Americans are probably more to blame for the current situation than any one else today, the do after all, supply Israel with several Billion dollars each year for "defence" purposes, so in effect they are the ones footing the bill for Unit 8200.

The fire of hatred that exists within that small piece of land is continually being doused with petrol, from the upper echelons of both sides. In order to resolve many of the problems it would be necessary to remove the politicians and war mongerers who have vested interests in continuing this pseudo war.

I met many good people from both cultures unfortunately we only ever here about the tainted ones...

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Network rights, the time it takes to change, having to set up multiple accounts for the same thing, etc etc etc etc I can easilly presume that you are also not on corporate network

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: duh

>The whole thing has been an absolute disaster in terms of actual intelligence.

Do you mean politics in general or just the Scots Independance referendum.

I have always taken it as a given that most politicians don't actually know where they are going or how they are going to get there. This is why someone invented "rhetoric", it is a means by which one can actually answer questions theoretically rather than realistically.

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Chinese city creates footpath for smartphone addicts

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Re: on my sm

Whoosh, yes that was definately the sound that went over my head. ( must admit that I didn't pick up on the subtelty)

Cough Lumia cough - you don't actually bring that out in public do you ?

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Re: Humans right?

>People who want to take other peoples rights away should be pushed into fast moving traffic! Don' t you all agree

Please define "people's rights"... I am conviced that you will quickly fall into a quagmire of confusion and Pot calling Kettle Blackness.

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Re: Humans right?

Since we live in a Society it is necassary to apply certain principals/rules/laws. The first of which is known as common decency.

Common decency = I respect you, you respect me.

If I walk down the street, head hung low not bothering my arse about who or what I bump into then I should fully expect that I will eventually bump into something that is bigger, stronger, smarter than I am. At such times I should also expect to feel a sharp pain from said object kicking, slapping, punching me for lacking common decency.

By walking down the street, completely oblivious to everyone else with that "couIdn't give a fuck attitude because I have to update FB" then you automatically portray that your EGO is bigger and more important than all around you. In such cicumstances

There is a HUGE difference between exercising ones right to do as one pleases when in "private" as there is to exercising ones right to do as one pleases when in "public".

Public = that which we "share" collectively.

Private = that which we choose to do outside of the public sphere.

Common decency is becoming a lost art.. humans rights appear to be slowly becoming synonymous with "everyman for himself ".

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Re: on my sm

sm = smobe = smart mobe = smart phone.........maybe

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Re: Alternative Suggestion

>I wonder if there's an app for that?

Dare I suggest "Hangman".

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Alternative Suggestion

The smartphone users should be given express lanes "just on the side of the highway/motorway/autoroute/autobahn".

If people really need to escape from this world so much that they keep their attention glued to a smartphone rather than their surroundings then I suggest we offer them a rope with a noose on the end.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

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Re: "Minifies"

I believe that Dr Evil might have been the precursor of that particulaire process.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: Steve Jobs pet hate

>I suppose you were marked down for your last paragraph. I don't think Apple are playing catch up.

Playing catch-uo might not effectively be the correct term, alternatively I could have used "late to market".

I definately think that Apple are moving moving away from innovation and relying more heavily on their brand name. With Steve it was everything, the product, the look, the uniqueness, the presentation etc, with Tim it's just another apple.

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Steve Jobs pet hate

I think that if there was anything that Steve Jobs didn't like it was probably Tim Cook's sycophantic approach..

I honestly can't imagine that Steve Jobs would have been happy to appear on the stage for the 6th time selling yet another version of the iPhone. The iWatch as much as I can appreciate the technology and it's finesse is just another [Apple] Product......which I don't imagine that Steve Jobs would have been overthrilled about either, it's just to normal....

I do not know if it was Steve himself who was the innovator or if it was his team, ie Johnny Ive et al but I am convinced that Tim Cook can't get his team motivated/angry/inovative as Steve was capable of doing. Steve had personality and that counts, whereas Tim is just Tim...

Apple are moving into a catch up phase now and will struggle hard with what they now have to offer, would Steve have been pleased with this position, I doubt it.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Yes. Your point was?

Agreed, but Apple have the facetious tendency to market things as though they did actually invent the [item] from scratch.

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Even better than the iThing: Apple's Cook is strictly pro Bono

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How appropriate

U2 have brought out nothing original for quite some time either.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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Re: Couple of words about the Swiss

It is very important how holy they are as corruption knows no boundaries. If I were Snowden I would be asking myself what are the odds that the Swiss haven't already struck a behind the doors deal with the yanks about "exporting Snowden quietly" once he has testified in return for some other financial favour...

Would you trust someone with your life when you can't even trust them with your bank account? Ask the Americans how they feel about their banking details being handed over.

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Couple of words about the Swiss

Before they go playing the "saving humanity and rights for all men" card, let's spin it round the other way. Let's imagine that Snowden was actually releasing Swiss banking details about drug money laundering thru Swiss accounts, illegal tax avoidance schemes etc etc.. I wonder if they would be so "welcoming".

I seem to remember a few cases recently whereby the Swiss got slightly pissed off about people spilling the beans on Swiss banking methods, the names Mr Lapour and Mr Falciani might ring some bells.

The Swiss are as corrupt as any other 1st world nation so I don't see why they should be anymore trustworthy than the Americans.

Swiss meaning Bankers, Businessmen and Politcians, ie those that are actually in power.

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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>Prepare we must! To the pub, people!!!

For the end of the world I couldn't think of a better place to be. Ford Prefect was obviously very up to date on these matters

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: How low the BBC has sunk

>Let's hope so. But I'm afraid it's being replaced by Facebook. Still a little early to tell though.

Unfortunately yes, one evil being replaced by another.

Both the television and the Internet have some very positive concepts, unfortunately they are quickly overburdened and outweighed by the negative ones ( marketing, publicity, politics).

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Re: How low the BBC has sunk

There was a time when a Website would have been thrilled to have been mentioned on a BBC show.

Nowadays we are moving into the realm of the TV shows being thrilled to having being mentioned on a Blog,VLog, Youtube channel.

The world has moved on, Television as a medium is on the border of outplaying it usage/requirement.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: siri et al

You obviously dont suffer from the same problems as these two

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As a Scotman myself I have gone through the evils of trying to configure/train DragonSeaking to my accent many moons ago.... It was a very frustrating affair. And I consider myself as having a very easy to understand accent due to the fact that I have lived outside of Scotland for almost 30 years and was obliged to improve my diction in order to become understood ....

I don't like speaking to Google as I have no idea what twisted usage they might eventually make out of my recorded voice... ( Tinfoil hat for me please)

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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Cough, how much ?, cough

I am not known for being very delicate so this would be just perfect but not at that price..

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

@Sabroni

AFAIK there is no such thing as a windows portable. Windows is an operating system not a piece of hardware.

Unless of course you mean a Microsoft Monopoly Sponsored portable.

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Re: Just change the UI

As a suggestion, why not use "Oracle Forms" for the UI. Admittedly it's not quite TIFKAM or Unity but tab works great, all the device would really need is a tab key.

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Something smells PHISHY: It's the celeb nudie iCloud PERV trap...

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Re: "fappening"?

Ono, ono, onomatopiea

Can't get the bloody tune out of my head now....

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Sy Borg

Dyson should have spoken to Frank Zappa about Sy Borgs, the ones that look like Telefunken U-47, and their sexual appendages, the patents would have been a whole lot different.

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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Re: Apple don't like sex

And hers doesn't have a very special button in the middle to which all kinds of reactions are possible ?

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Re: 3 minute orgasm

>Think of the chafing...

18 days worth of chafing.....oh la la ...

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3 minute orgasm

18 days of looking like a fool, 1 minute to unbox , 1 minute to configure, 1 quick call to another fool, et voila, the orgasm is gone.

Fapping oneself for 18 days for a 3 minute orgasm just doesn't seem worth it.

Andy Warhol's 15 minutes will seem very short lived once world + dog has finished laughing at this short manifestation of patheticness.

(Definition : Patheticness - The incredible lengths that one will go through, to do something completely worthless and twee).

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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"asking them to work with you to stop search results sending people to illegal sites"

Search engines don't send you anywhere at all.. You actually have to click on the link yourself, it is a conscience act on the part of the user.

>despite fully knowing that they’re criminal operations.

Google et al are not the law, the decision is not theirs to make. What's acceptable one day might change the next.

Sajid Javid is free to host/publish a website which lists, names all these illegal companies and send the URL to the UK public of necassary in order that they can then make an informed decision about whether to use them or not.

Please leave the search engines alone..

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Picasso's ancestors

Since I am not an art aficionado and have very little understanding of the "conceptual-ism" behind some of todays ideas, I would hazard to state, in judging this modest cave conception, that the Neanderthals were equally as intelligent as we are today.

Fortunately for them they probably didn't have to suffer 2 hours of queueing to get into the cave to see the aforementioned chef d'oeuvre.

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NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

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Snake bites own tail

Would this be an appropriate moment to remind politicians about why people are reclaiming the right to their privacy.....

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Just to clear up an inaccuracy or two

Just out of interest I googled HCHQ and Cheltenham ( The error was not intentional)

I then tried GCHQ +Address

Have a look at that URL, it actually contains my last research details as well.....merci for the privacy Google.

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Apple reportedly inks deal with American Express for its iPhone payments system

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Yoda sighs deeply

The rumour mill is strong in this one Obi.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Fairy dust doesn't come cheap you know.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Re: Human Nature

>Who gets to decide what is right thinking and what is wrong thinking?

The answer has always been the same : Those with the most power and the desire to retain it... ( Driving force = Greed = a very powerfull motivator).

>Which ideology is allowed and promoted to the exclusion of all others?

The ideology that will be allowed is related to the above response as the idealogies are "controlled" by the same people. ( Churches and Government work hand in hand when necessary but will work single handedly when they have enough turf, most often it is they who nurture the ideologies, until such times as a Ghandi, MalcomX, Mao, Hitler arrives which usually results in the changing, be it temporary or constant, of idealogies.).

>Does a free and tolerant society ban certain viewpoints in the name of the common good?

A "free society",it is an oxymoron. Free can only ever been taken into consideration on an individual basis. Societies require "laws" and law in general *control/restrict" freedom . Freedom is potentialy a huge risk for Society. We can only live in a society when we limit our freedom. ( Otherwise I would use my freedom to kill my neighbour for drinking too much, firing his gun after watching the world cup and seeing his team win, having a potentially dangerous dog, rude children and a car that insults good taste. )

>Is said society then really free and tolerant, or is it just as repressive as the evil it claims to be saving us from?

Definately, hence the catch 22 situation of the serpent biting it's own tail.

>Are some animals destined to be more equal than other animals?

Yes, this resolves down to the basic law of nature "Kill or be Killled".

The result of all this - BAU....

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Re: Human Nature

>Maybe, but it's not a true reflection. It contains more than a fair share of the views of people who are extreme in one form or another, because they're motivated enough to spend the time putting their views out there.

But isnt that exactly how our society/government function today.. The extremist views are put intot the limelight and everything else ignored. When we look at the other forms of media, television, Radio, Newspapers,Cinema etc this is exactly the picture we are presented with.

>Easy communication favours the nutter, whether of the cold fusion type or the Nazi type. The danger is that communication is the carrier for culture and if we continue to leave these views unopposed - and I mean strongly unopposed, not just a bit of tutting and saying "well, it's the modern world" - then they will get to shape the future. Mostly in the form of the mediaeval past.

Agreed, it gives the nutters a vector by which they can vent their spleen but they require an audience first and that audience must be receptive... Today there appears to be a lot of receptive people....in a multitude of sectors adn this I find is reflectd in the Web.

As an example : Even El Reg uses some of the same techniques as the mainstream media in order to obtain clicks.... they have a recepive audience, so it works.

>So, the question is: should tolerant society tolerate intolerance? The answer is, I think, not if it wishes to continue.

Question : define "tolerance" and/or "intolerance".

Society's definition of what is tolerable is a cyclic variable not a constant. The fine line between the two is used by both the Extremists and the Moderates in order to gain ground.

If the web is showing signs of going to hell then I think that that is very reflective of where we are heading ourselves.

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Human Nature

The web is simply a reflection of contemporary society.

The downside that we see is a mirror of what man desires most, Wealth, Estate and Power.

The updside is that we have a marvellous communication tool that can help us to advance as a race ( the human race)

Unfortunately the upside often leads to an abuse by which someone can achieve the downside.

Inversely, the downside is a motivation for invention pushing the barrieres increasingly, thereby improving the tools.....

Catch 22 - One needs the other, it's Yan and Yang of contemporary life.

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Re: CAD/CAM for for Linux&*BSD

Yes, I tried Freecad for about 10 days as it was listed as being one of the most complete/best rated. It is a parametric modelling tool so is similaire in approach to Rhino3D. Unfortunately it was far from being stable or complete enough to allow me to replace Rhino.

I also briefly tried QCad but it just didn't appeal to me. (Solidworks doesn't appeal to me either in comparison - too heavy for simple projects.)

I also tried another program but I cant remember it's name and it's not on the list, but it obviously in the Beta stage....looked promising but I don't want promising.

I know that there are other paid-for solutions but that is what I want to get away from and CAD/CAM tends to be very expensive.

I also had a look at Draftsight by Dassault but it is a 2D drafting rather a 3D modelling program which is unfortunate as it is free.

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Re: CAD/CAM for for Linux&*BSD

>However, this is still some special software most people don't use.

Cad/Cam is a huge multi Million Dollar industry, and its only one of multiple domains for professional software is sorely lacking.

The point of my comment was/is that there is not enough "professional" software, regardless of the industry. What you mentioned might be suitable for the home but definately not for industry.

Hence the Chinese prefer windows because pirated versions of industry software is available whereas it is not for Linux. Try get a version of Photoshop, Lightroom , Solidworks for Linux and you will see what I mean.

I agree that it also becoming more difficult to find pirated version of Windows software as well.

And before anyone knocks me down as hitting below the belt, I do want to find good software on Linux but sometimes I can't. I love Rhino3D but it just doesn't have an equivalant, same goes for Lightroom.

So I have to run both systems....which is a pain. ( and no Wine is not a solution)

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Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

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Google pwns your web, google pwns your apps, Google pwns you

It's becoming harder to love pieces tech world when you learn that Google are behind the scenes.

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