136 posts • joined Thursday 12th June 2008 15:17 GMT
Re: simple solution
Watch it twice, once with each eye.
Re: Unfortunate but the satellite is still safe and ready for re-launch
Exactly. Success, in launching circles, is defined as "we didn't blow up". All the mechanisms and procedures designed to prevent the destruction of the vehicle worked perfectly.
On the pad without having blown up is a success. In the correct orbit without blowing up is a great success.
A possible solution...
... would be to re-develop the surrounding area on a Cerne Abbas Giant streetplan.
So that'll be why they used a contemporary photo on the front of the Radio Times then?
Yep, Linux on a £300 eBay ThinkPad corporate refurb. Comes apart with one screwdriver, Lenovo handily give you a free Haynes-style manual with it and the bits are easily available and relatively cheap. I had to change the screen on my last one after a teenager left a couple of thumb bruises in the original. It took me about half an hour including tea-making time.
These days I shall be spending the close-to-a-grand saved on heating and food. The only downside is that people in coffee bars assume that I'm an accountant.
Never mind Tesla, is there any interest from Durex?
Re: Finally an electric car I may want...
"Until the cost of electric cars rivals the price of diesel they will not be as viable an alternative."
You have to remember that the i3 is designed specifically to fleece Shoreditch hipsters. The technology'll go into the Mini version for the masses.
Re: Third Price Rise in 12 Months
"you clearly don't have a large family sucking your broadband dry like a crack pipe."
Mine sit on the sofa next to each other watching the same show on iPlayer three minutes out of sync.
Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer
Currently exploring the circulation of the South Atlantic.
As G+ is blocked as part of my workplace's Social Media policy I can no longer log in to Feedly at work. Time to go round the RSS reader audition loop again.
'Granddaddy of the World Wide Web' might have been more accurate.
Re: Motorcycle Helmets
No need for helmets/burkhas/tights over the head. All you probably need to do is wear a t-shirt with something like this printed nice and life-sized on the front. Tesco's data will then show a high number of short grey-bearded pensioners visiting the pumps and put the pile ointment/viagra ads on heavy rotation.
Re: Mixed bag
Being able to read any iBooks at all on a Mac is at least progress. You can always upload all of your DRM-free stuff to a Kindle account of course...
Since it was a slow afternoon I've downloaded the bean counter's PDF and had a read. They base their definition of a 'tech job' on just five Standard Industry Classifications (SICs), namely
■ Software publishing (SIC 582).
■ Computer programming, consultancy and related activities (SIC 620).
■ Data processing, hosting and related activities; web portals (SIC 631).
■ Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products (SIC 26).
■ Manufacture of electrical equipment (SIC 27).
I'm fairly sure that this would exclude a lot of the consultancy and R & D outfits in, say, the Cambridge area for a start.
Electronics and computing are just so 20th century anyway - what about biotech?
Left-hand side of the globe is dimly illuminated by reflection from the rings, presumably.
Re: Go on, then.
Even the fact that they're still using terms like 'first screen' and 'second screen' show that they've missed the point. TV (and other content) now just bounces between whatever display device is handy and convenient at the time.
Chromecast and Apple TV have a few faults as a devices but the fundamental concept of TV now being just another stream on the network is a sound one.
Status symbol or not at £548-£709 with a 64-bit processor they're definitely at the 'Porsche' end of the market. The fact that half of the people that you see on the street are carrying one means that something must be distorting the market. It's like half the car park at Tescos's being full of 911s.
"I think it's rather like the Porsche Cayman vs. the 911. No one wants to be looked at as slightly too poor to buy the 'proper' product."
The real story is that Apple has managed to convince a huge number of people to buy the equivalent of a Porsche when all the majority of them need is a Fiat 500 to pop down to the shops in. You really have to admire their ability to turn a luxury product into a commodity.
True. If the answer to the question "Where are your files?" is "They're all in that white box over there", it's not really cloud storage.
Re: Pringle, surely?
A better comparison might be the round teabag, which also had absolutely no practical benefit but was the pivot around which a marketing campaign could be built. It's the sort of stunt which happens when markets reach saturation.
Order of magnitude problem
"We all made do with lesser machines, among them Sinclair’s genuinely low-cost ZX81, which is perhaps a more appropriate role-model for the Pi: cheap enough for a “what the heck, why not” purchase that might not get used after all."
The ZX81 launched in 1981 at £49 in kit form, which in 2013 money is about £160. To hit the Pi's current £33 it would have had to have sold for less than a tenner in 1981.
An assembled 1981 ZX81 would set you back £70 (or £230 today).
"From the get-go, we have only made communications with each other through TOR so we all remain completely anonymous, even to each other."
Or, put another way
"I can't really tell whether any one or more of the people I'm talking to is an undercover FBI agent."
Re: English Independence
As Wales isn't mentioned in the Act of Union we'll be left with 'The United Kingdom of Northern Ireland' then.
Re: Lot of interesting comments there
" ...only history will tell us whether it was off a cliff or into the promised land."
So instead of "Should Scotland be an independent country?" the question should be "Do you feel lucky?"
At the moment despite hours of debate and acres of text and advertising nobody really knows anything and, should there be a yes vote, probably won't until about 2020 at the earliest.
Crucial bit from the linked article
"... since Linux is open source, vulnerabilities are patched relatively quickly by the community of users. Backing this up is the fact that there aren’t significant exploit packs targeting the platform. In fact, in a conversation with the malware’s sales agent, he himself suggested using email and social engineering as the infection vector."
So conventional sanitary practise should apply.
It's 'the Gray Lady' that side of the pond isn't it?
Re: If it specifically need Chrome, I'll propably be stuffed
I should ask for your money back.
As I recall 24fps was settled on by Warner Bros/Vitafone as an economic compromise between running the film strip fast enough to get acceptable optical sound response but not so fast as to increase their print and distribution costs too dramatically (higher fps means more celluloid transported round the country and thicker stock to minimise breakages).
They set it at literally the slowest fps that they could get away with and, like the apocryphal Roman chariot that set rail gauges, it stuck.
Re: Ugh, more nonsense
Cambridge to Stratford is only 35 minutes on the Liverpool Street line, and there'll be a Cambridge Science Park station in 2015. Google will be at Kings Cross at the end of the other Cambridge line and may begin to form a sort of 'tech triangle'.
Might encourage Greater Anglia to upgrade their derelict rolling stock as well.
Meanwhile over at Apple...
But [Sinofsky's] problem - which ultimately became Microsoft and Windows 8's problem, was that he emphasised process over people. He built a version of Windows based on data and theory without actually understanding how people used Windows. It was no wonder people got confused and we have arrived at where we are today.
Meanwhile over at Apple hardware designer Jonny Ive has been given god-like control over software UI design.
What'll be the results of that decision, I wonder?
Have a gorilla...
Neddie: "Thank you."
FX: 'Roaring and screaming'
Neddie: "My, these gorillas are strong!"
Re: not really
Exactly. With BitCoin there's no safe failure mode. The classic example is the escalator - if it fails it becomes... a set of stairs. The value of gold may fall but you're still left with a shiny brick suitable for making non-tarnishing jewellery or conducting electricity with. If BitCoin fails you're just left with a vacuum in the information-space.
Put another way the value in a BC is similar to the value of something like, say, a Pixar movie. Pixar's product is really just an extremely long binary number (frequently stamped onto a plastic disk), but it's a number that's the result of an intensive computational process that would be almost impossible to reproduce exactly starting from scratch. The problem with a BC is that there's no corresponding utilitarian value - Pixar movies (like gold) are nice to look at. BitCoins, at the end of the day, are just bits.
Not a currency
Bitcoins are more of a commodity and should be treated, like the Winklevosses are doing, as gold bullion. They're about as much use in Sainsbury's as Krugerrands.
They're a very easily tradeable commodity though.
Le Corbusier? Really?
First I've heard of it. Influenced by, perhaps.
Re: Start Menu?
Or create a taskbar shortcut to
(Google it if you're worried)
Mitigates the pain a little with no 3rd party add-ons required.
So this is two non-overlapping windows sharing the screen like er... Windows 1 in 1983?
Some progress, I suppose.
"The guide writer's research for this seems to have extended no further than the boozer from My Fair Lady."
As their local is 'The Flying Pig' he might not be too wide of the mark.
Slightly OT but...
...anybody have a feel for how much more information you can get into 140 characters using pictograms rather than letters? You might be able to fit a reasonable chunk of a manifesto in.
Re: Access to the internet
I recently had to apply online for a benefit on behalf of a disabled family member and it was the worst designed system that I've ever come across. Fiddly text boxes that the allowed text size overflowed, illogical controls for adding records, it would forget your previous three screens if you pressed the wrong button on the fourth - I could go on.
I could have done better on my own using virtually any PHP framework and I'm not a professional in that area. I shudder to think how the people that the system was actually 'designed' for get on.
Was it Intel that took out the "I'm not going to stream this movie until there are a few less people in the room" patent the other week?
But what are their eBook sales?
While a 20% market share is on the face of it good news it should be remembered that it's in the sale of books rather than readers that Kobo are going to make their money. As it suports Adobe DRM there's nothing to stop buyers shopping around rather than being locked to Amazon a la Kindle. Kobo have conspicuously failed to mention the share of the ebook market that their 20% slice of the reader cake is bringing them.
Don't forget that ereader device price is dictated by the price of the Kindle - you can't be notably more expensive than the market leader and still hope to sell readers. Amazon famously sell Kindles at cost so Kobo, with smaller volumes, are probably losing money with each reader sold. Unless their book sales are going up proportionately reporting a 20% share in ereader sales is just like announcing 'hey look, we're losing even more money than we were last year'.
That .sh domain should be good for something
To be fair you don't actually own the information in a copyrighted tree-book either, just the ink and cellulose. In practise it's fairly difficult to separate the two of course.
Now that the e-reader market is getting mature you can pick up a reading device on eBay for £15-20 or so. Load it up with as many of your books as you like, slap on a hard password to lock down the OS and you can lend somebody your entire library. If they don't give it back (and I've lost count of the books that I've got on 'permanent loan' with somebody or other) you can deregister it from the bookseller's system and you're only down the price of a hardback. And you can still read the books yourself.
If only there was some sort of reality augmentation device that could correct spelling and grammar between the screen and my eyes.
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