1985 posts • joined 4 May 2008
Re: TOM CRUISE ?
Yes, I agree with the majority of your reply but the point that I wished to relay was the following.
In it's simplest form if you believe in the existence of a Entity then the only relevant point for any argument is the fact that you believe in the existence of a Entity. The interpretation or the related dogma might change between the religions but essentially they share the fact in the belief that an entity exists. What they all commonly call "faith".
The objectivity being based on this shared idea of an entity existances rather than of the particular details.
* Man's ignorance of the universe gave rise to the existance of entities as we couldn't explain various phenomena. ( there were far more in the earlier years - strange the all just disappeared - we did keep their names for days of the week though etc).
* Man's susceptibility gave rise to religion, as it was easy to accept a ready made solution and reasoning. And it just so happens that it is much easier to control a population through these means- it made the churches very very rich . Although religion is not the only user of this kind functionality it does prey on one of man's weakness'.
All religions, that I know of, seem to share these points. Therefore, in my reasoning, if your beleive in one religion you should objectively believe in them all. Although as Dan states correctly it certainely doesn't work out quite so smoothly....
Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?
>No, teaching children to be religious is wrong. Teaching them about religion should be mandatory.
Shouldn't it therefore simply be included in a Philisophy or historical lesson. It might be interesting to learn that people were once indoctrinated to believe in some kind of mythical super being...... but it should end there.
Religion is not a skill set upon which we can rely as we move through this mortal coil, there are far better tools available than that. If kids were not taught about Religion it would simply disappear from contemporary society and I certainely do not believe that it would become a handicap for them, quite the contrary
Religion today is just another marketing tool..
Re: One Mistake
Evolution does not rely on "time" as a factor... it relies merely on the continual and infinite change that naturally occurs. We are simply "les fruits d'hazard" and let's not forget that we continue to evolve, it just happens a lot slower than we imagine.
Man does not like to believe that has no purpose and that he serves no purpose.. Nature on the other does not have this problem. Evolution will continue long after mankind, and all the imaginary deitys have long since left this moment in the universe.
Re: TOM CRUISE ?
Scientology is not really any different to the other religions. If you believe in one religion then objectively you should believe in them all.
L Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer, need I say more.
Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?
Teaching religion to children is wrong, full stop.
Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?
Philosophically speaking : Religion is a means by which some find a rationality to their lifes, and for others a means by which they can escape their fear of death.
Religion is not a thing, it is an untangible mental process.
Science, which is nature, a tangible thing, provides the platform, man's mind, upon which Religion or God can temporarily exist. Man is after all temporary.
Religion is nature's reminder that we are still very, very ignorant about the universe.
Re: I hear a rumour
We should ask Eadon about that.
Which is worse ?
a : The arseholes that steal and flog the pics.
b : The silly wanker that is paying for the pics and therefore encourages those in answer a:
Re: Name not important
Windows 8 did matter, there were Billions spent on it preparing for the future. We might laugh about every second version being the good version but I am sure that MS did not on this occasion.
If you were a MS Shareholder how would you feel. Short term outlook, pretty damned misreable.
You are correct that Business is not looking at W8 and effectively most have just finished their migration to W7, myself included. But W9 is coming out sooner than expected and W10 is still a wet dream..
Personally I would not like to be responsable for the W9 strategy, can you imagine how hot some of the boardroom meetings must have been recently. Especially when MS have put a HUGE effort into the "W8 - one system to rule them all project".. Let's not even mention RT huh....
We have about 3 to 5 years before business will move again and meanwhile MS Shareholders are going to become very impatient. What is going to be sold in the next 3 to 5 years, pipedreams and a renewed TIFKAM or a rehashed W7.... That''s not what I call a very bright looking mid term.
I truly regret that MS don't have a real competitor in this market because I would have bet my house on their competitor gaining huge ground after these recent fiascos.
Name not important
They are in such a shithole that the name alone is certainely not going to be the game changer.
The might as well call it Windows Last Attempt or the Final Edition..
How about a €20 reduction for those that promise not to use their phone.
I wonder how long it will take before we see the first picture of a pilot on the phone whilst taking of or landing... Hi darling you'll never guess what I am doing single handedly.
Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
1 : The Illuminati - It's obviously a conspiracy anyway.
2 : The Vatican - Being God's right hand man he must be able to protect us ( just not the condom kind of protection).
3 : The Mafia ( Same house as N°2 , just on different levels - although they have a no women AND a no children policy ).
4 : The White House - Thinking Obama with an loaded 100 round AK47 here - he'll show the way.
5 : Bono - A mixture of Jesus Christ and Chuck Norris, the difference being that Chuck knows it's only cinema.
Simply excellent competition, I thoroughly envy not being in a position to participate in these kinds of events. Huge learning opportunity, lots of nice gadgets to "play" with and to top it off an excellent choice of missions requiring some good logic, quick thinking and all that mixed in with a nice dose of utility.
Kudos to all concerned.
Maids a milking
Seems like both MS and Apple are having some V8 problems. Just wait ill they get to 13.
Re: Thrown the book at them
>"pubic hanging"? That seems a particularly nasty punishment.
And quite appropriate considering the heinous nature of the crime..... see comment above
Re: They made a public threat over the internet.
@AC They made a public threat over the internet.
Calm down dear, Yes, they did, but we are not talking "murder" here, they threated to publish a "presumed" nude selfie, which we don't even know exists... not quite the end of the world...
Thrown the book at them
And bring back pubic hanging, scribbling and thirding and all the other sorts of terrible things. Or alternatively force them to use Windows 8 with an imprecise low battery bluetooth mouse. Make them eat English breakfasts 3 times a day whilst drinking cold Italien ristrettos.
Publicity stunts can be fun whilst retaining a sense of humour but this one went just a little too far. (and now they are trying desperately to wriggle out of their shitty situation).
I wonder if 4chan will also sue them. ( I presume that dear Emma's lawyers are already writing up the initial draft)
Re: I've been tempted to do my own PARIS project
I once saw a flying pig in a Pink Floyd concert so technically something must be possible.
What happens when
Madame heads of into London for brunch with Marie-Joelle Smithers, jumps into the Range and throws her new shiny shiny Apple 6 thingy onto the dashboard.. Driving down a rather bumpy A road, the shiny shiny slides along the dashboard, tilts a little and the aforementioned lasers take a new route directly into Madame's rather sensitive eyes..........
Shirley Apple actually invented physics, was God not actually Jobs' right hand man...
Re: Time flies
Without TIFKAM, Win8 should have been called "Win7 SP2".
I am not convinced that Microsoft will be able to being themselves out of the shitstorm that they are currently in quite that easilly.
W8 has been a commercial catastrophy, W8.1 hasn't really changed anything and yet there is nothing really fundamentally wrong with it. OK the majority hated TIFKAM, Metro is just pants, the stupid bloody sidebar thing drives you crazy on anything but a tablet, but the system in itself actually works.
From what we have seen last week W9 will have no real changes, I feel it will continue to be hated. The flat interface, the half arsed attempt at bringing back the start menu, those bloody apps will remain etc...
This whole new paradigm has resulted in a very disturbed OS. It's trying to answer a problem that doesn't exist and is failing hopelessly to make any headway.
Microsoft are struggling and it's beginning to show.
(MS : Ils ont les pieds dans la merde et l'odeur commence d'être très désagréable.)
Re: Wait a sec, that's Geneva
Since no-one at the NGO's or other large "organisations" pays any tax, aren't they not on a sort of No-Mans-Land. They should therefore have the right to demonstrate without fearing the intervention of Geneva's finest ( no, not the coke dealers, the police)..
Only one one the list
Aston Martin, definately, especially the DB9, all the others are just consumerisms. Even Rolex can be had for as little as 5000Chf which puts it into the realm of affordables.
Anyone that thinks Apple is cool, obviously isn't. Something that sells by the multi millions can never be on a hip-list. Hip and Cool are what makes you different from others......definateyll not that which makes you the same.
( Hip-list, sounds like something a geriatric surgeon's secretary might keep in a filing cabinet).
Re: Return journey
Surprising that the Richard Bransons, Elon Musks et al have not found a valid business case. I'ts difficult to imagine the some of the world's billionaires have never wanted to go just for the hell of it.
Honest question : Why have we never returned ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
I wouldn't bet on that
Microsoft also thought that TIFKAM would be a game changer.
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.
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)....
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.
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...
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
>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.
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 ?
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.
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 ".
Re: on my sm
sm = smobe = smart mobe = smart phone.........maybe
Re: Alternative Suggestion
>I wonder if there's an app for that?
Dare I suggest "Hangman".
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.
I believe that Dr Evil might have been the precursor of that particulaire process.
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.
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.
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.
- SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
- BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports
- NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
- WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
- Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9