18 posts • joined Monday 28th July 2008 05:06 GMT
Open platform, no lock in
Santa bought me a Kobo Mini at Xmas. I'm very pleased with it - simple interface, not locked onto a particular store, light and good build quality, excellent battery life. It will surf the net at a push.
being a dinosaur that doesn't own a smartphone (or moroniser, as I prefer to call them) then it is a much better deal than a tablet costing at least twice as much.
They are also easily hackable, the source is available if you really want to get into programming it, but being linux/busybox, there are many features waiting to be turned on for the interested user.
Executive summary: too much gubbermint regulation
is stifling growth from new technologies.
Which explains perfectly why Somalia is the most technologically
advanced nation on Earth.
If big pharma is so keen and confident about developing gene-based
therapies, why aren't they stumping up the £100m to build the database?
After all, they will be the ones cashing up the profits.
Firstly, there is no guarantee that the DNA database will
offer any relief/cure to cancer - that's just marketing spiel
to get us to accept the idea. (In the same way as massive
internet activity databases are promoted as a way to keep us
safe from terrorists/paedophiles/drug dealers).
Secondly, anybody can get cancer e.g. from exposure to
radiation. No amount of 'good' genes will help you.
IQ is an indicator of being good at IQ tests.
Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.
From da book
' Eventually, Assange capitulated. Late at night, after a two-hour
debate, he started the process on one of his little netbooks that would
enable Leigh to download the entire tranche of cables. The Guardian
journalist had to set up the PGP encryption system on his laptop at home
across the other side of London. Then he could feed in a password.
Assange wrote down on a scrap of paper:
ACollectionOfHistorySince_1966_ToThe_PresentDay#. “That’s the
password,” he said. “But you have to add one extra word when you type it
in. Y have to put in the word ‘Diplomatic’ before the word ‘History’. Can
you remember that?”
“I can remember that.”
Leigh set off home, and successfully installed the PGP software. He
typed in the lengthy password, and was gratified to be able to download a
huge file from Assange’s temporary website. Then he realized it was
zipped up – compressed using a format called 7z which he had never
heard of, and couldn’t understand. He got back in his car and drove
through the deserted London streets in the small hours, to Assange’s
headquarters in Southwick Mews. Assange smiled a little pityingly, and
unzipped it for him.'
Same problem as downed the Hindenburg.
Diesel fuel fire ignites fabric skin ->
airship now rapidly-heading-to-ground-ship
What part of gravity don't you understand?
Had they been on the ball, they could have seized the pizzas and then eaten the contents for free
Frogmarched into the cashless society
With a little help from 'free' enterprise. Clearly Boris must owe Barclays an awful lot for something.
Don't expect that these contactless transactions won't provide a source of future rents for our cash-strapped banks.
Mussolini would be proud.
Big effing yawn
Hate piss on your two minutes of hate, but the UK baby boom peak (1964) and the US baby boom peak (1956?)are not in the same time frame. Hateful crap written to create intergenerational conflict in the US just doesn't map across.
These are primarily the tactics of divide and rule designed to keep us fighting and distracted whilst the uber rich steal all the money.
Additionally, my parents chose the time and country of my birth, and politicians in power during my childhood determined the kind of society I grew up in - nobody asked me what I wanted.
And another thing, only 15% of folks went to uni in the 80's - you actually had to work hard and have some brains to make it there. These days 50% go, and it's basically an alternative to actually getting a proper job for a few years.
My generation suffered crippling inflation and interest rates as well as higher taxation rates than now - please explain what part of the ladder got pulled up behind me.
Plus ensuites, inside bogs, cell phones, self-contained university accommodation, multiple parent funded cars to taxi me from one party to the next - never happened in my day.
Perhaps the higher suicide rate might reflect the disappointment at the ingratitude of the pampered 20 and 30 somethings of today - selfish little shits.
And twenty to thirty years later when said ship is beached in a third world country to be broken by hand by illiterates working for less than a dollar a day, there will be no problem at all tracking and controlling the spent nuclear fuels - none at all.
And who will pay for all this infrastructure?
Of course, if the Mandybill goes through, there will
be strong a incentive to hack the connection,
aggressively surf for pr0n, and get the meter disconnected.
Font not the problem
Inkjet inks are mostly water, a little electrolyte and some dye or pigment, thus making it some of the most lucrative clooured water on the planet,
Added to which the printer makers have gone down the route of high-tech, expensive self-destructing cartridges in a wilful and wasteful attempt to garner profit over hardware sales.
I think legislation to make cartridges non-disposable and refillable, coupled with bulk availability of vendors ink would save a hell of a lot more cash and resources than any amount of tinkering with fonts.
Chances of it happening - close to zero.
Vive la corpocracie.
Is it just me?
but the real problem here is patio heaters.
The whole concept defies logic - a fossil fuel powered device for heating up the outdoors.
I mean here we are hand wringing about the cost of energy, global warming and making our homes energy efficient, thne we trot outside on a warm summer's evening and fire up the bloody patio heater. A decade ago, we just put on a jumper.
If doctors want to campaign for something, it should be for a ban on the sale and use of patio heaters, on the grounds that the environmental impact is as much as having another child.
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