123 posts • joined Friday 20th April 2007 07:43 GMT
SHE HAS GONE!!!
She is being fired on Monday morning - sorry 'has entered into an agreement with the PM' ROFLMAO
This calls for a National Holiday!
Samsung have priced it out of the netbook range and I would always opt for a fully featured laptop given the price difference. get it <£250 and I would seriously reconsider.
Can't you linux zealots just keep away from ONE linux unrelated article? This is about the hardware not the OS so it isn't the place for your OS evangelism. We really don't give a flying f*** about your preferred choice of OS, stop trying to shove it down peoples throats. If it really is all that good, why does it need people like you hijacking every thread on every forum trying to make people believe linux is the saviour of I.T.? Your personal preference is not necessarily the same as someone else.
Sorry, with MS on this one
They give you the license to run XP. They do not say anything about reconfiguring a machine for free that has already been pre-configured with Vista. If you have the ability you can install XP by yourself at a cost of £0. If you need help to do that then you need to pay a suitably able person to do it for you.
Its no different than buying some flat pack shelves from B&Q then complaining that they didn't fit them for you. As MS already stated, they don't earn anything from any charge relating to installing XP, that charge is at the discretion of the person or company doing the work.
Did people watch the same show?
I saw Clarkson eating humble pie. After many years of shouting how electric cars will never be as good as petrol and laughing at earlier attempts that struggled to get up hills, he seemed very impressed. Especially with the comment about it snowing in hell. As other people have pointed the mileage was comparable to other supercars but I don't know where the 16 hours charge time came from. I was watching batteries not included and they had John Cleese test it with one of the owners of the company and the owner said it was a 4 hour charge time. But James May piece on the Honda was right. To go to a system other than being to refuel quickly while anywhere was spot on and for that reason, the fuel cell has already made battery technology obsolete. I am sure it wouldn't take tesla to long to adapt their cars to fuel cell technology and once you lose the 1/2 ton weight from the batteries, just think how much the performance would improve.
DO NOT BUY THESE!
You will only be disappointed and wanting your money back. The quality is dreadful but by far the most annoying thing is that if you don't have them in exactly the right place on your nose to get exactly the right angle you can't see anything at all. they are uncomfortable, feel heavy after wearing them a few minutes and if you aren't careful how you move your head they slip down your nose and you can't see anything. It's a shame because they are a good idea but let down by poor quality screens and really bad design. If I had the opportunity to test them before buying mine I wouldn't have stumped up £30 never mind £130. Sent them back after 2 days for a full refund.
RE: good stuff
I was going to pull you down on your figures and the naivety that leads you to believe ID cards are a good thing, but it would be a waste of time as you obviously don't have an IQ high enough to understand the ramifications.
Either that or you are a home office shill. On second thought it's probably the low IQ that got you a job at the home office.
Sorry for the use of some words with more than two syllables, I know it's hard on you.
Really don't want to side with Sky, but what about all the games that Setanta have exclusive rights to? I really am not willing to pay yet another subscription to a tv company and so I have lost out on a lot of games since ITV and Setanta went in with the stupidly high tv rights bid to steal it from Sky.
'No, Evolution isn't a fact, it's never been observed and no one can demonstrate it. It is an idea, beloved of those who dislike the though of a God, which doesn't actually work when you test it'
It has been tested and proven many many times. It does work although I wouldn't expect someone like you to actually look at the research and give the results the due credit they deserve as they would fly in the face of your beliefs and you obviously couldn't cope with that.
'using the discredited concept of dinosaurs being birds.'
Discredited how? Where is your evidence to back that statement up? I can point you at evidence that proves that statement false. Archaeopteryx and Cryptovolans are prime examples as has been stated above, but they don't fit into your world view and can safely be ignored.
And yes there are gaps in the fossil record, but given the geological movement and the powerful destructive force that is nature, combined with the incredibly long periods of time involved it's amazing that any fossils have survived at all. There is no doubt that there are countless species who have long since disappeared that we will never find out about as all evidence they existed has long since been destroyed.
Please note that this comment is not trying to question the existence of God, merely that the evidence really does not support the bible version of events. Feel free to insert any religious text about the creation of man you choose as none of them fit with the evidence.
Can't be bothered
To reiterate everything that has been said before (including by myself) So I point you at the comments section regarding the Turkish courts idiotic censorship of free speech. Richard Dawkins comments aside, the argument as to why creationism is NOT science is pretty well covered
Just a test
Wondering if this comment will appear within the next 5 hours. Honestly El Reg, since your makeover your times for getting comments posted are appalling. How are you supposed to have a good old fashioned argument with an annoying commentator if you don't know that your responses will be posted in a timely fashion?
RE Lots of nonsensical bashing going on
'why don't you just analyse what Adnan Oktar says and put in some thoughtful counter arguments'
Everything the creationists/ID mob have said HAS been carefully analysed, evidence to the contrary has been documented and presented in a rational way. Debate has been encouraged and has led to further evidence being discovered pointing towards the how and why. The massive holes in creationist theory have been pointed out, as have the holes in the evolutionary theory. The difference being all the available evidence for evolution points towards the the theory being correct, we just have gaps in our knowledge. On the creationist side of the argument, you have a group of people who will not/cannot accept that their 'holy' truth could be wrong. As an example, If you were to take them outside, point at the sky and say 'the sky is blue, look for yourself you can see it with your own eyes' which contradicted their holy book which declared the sky was green they would immediately shut their eyes and hide behind their book as it could never be wrong and anyone who thinks otherwise is a heretic who should be killed so they can burn in hell for all eternity (A place of unimaginable torment and suffering for the sinners created by a god that loves us! I recommend watching George Carlins stand-up on the same topic as he brilliantly points out that god is incompetent and doesn't give a shit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeSSwKffj9o)
Most rational people would agree that creationist theory should be discussed in theology lessons. But that means EVERY creationist theory - they are so varied and they can't all be right can they. By doing so, you reveal to people why these theory's do not stand up to scientific scrutiny because they ARE NOT scientific, therefore should be kept out of science classes. What is getting most people annoyed at the minute is they way this vocal group of people are demanding it should be taught as science.
'what I have seen the evolutionists are too scared to discuss the theory and instead try to shout down and insult those who have opposing views'
It has nothing to do with being scared of discussing the theory, like I said it's about keeping SCIENCE and THEOLOGY separate. What people then choose to believe is then entirely up to them. If someone was to present a valid theory that can stand up to scientific principles, it would be accepted as an alternative to evolutionary theory. As of yet that has not happened and so evolution is the current accepted theory for our being here. Science, unlike religion never turns round saying 'we don't know why, so god did it' it looks for answers. If there are no answers yet, scientists look for them. Once answers are found, they are continualy tested to see if those answers still stand up to scrutiny based on new evidence (a concept that religious followers seem to think doesn't matter) then the theory is considered sound. If the theory is proved wrong by new evidence it is discarded. All scientific theories are continually tested as new evidence comes to light, religious dogma is not as it is the word of god and the source of all truth. Anything that appears to contradict it can be ignored as it cannot possibly be true.
For anyone who still doesn't understand evolutionary theory and wishes to look at it objectively with some hard science and a little light humour to make it a little easier (our current understanding of it is very heavy going for some people) I would recommend reading Terry Pratchetts Science of the Discworld - Darwin's Watch. Excellent reading, very funny in places and a good place to start without getting overwhelmed by it.
Remember, you can't pick and choose the bits of science you like, and discard the bits you don't. Science isn't about belief, it's about the truth. Its about the way things are whether or not you agree with it and requires evidence in order to be counted as science. Science doesn't try to upset anyone, people choose to be upset by it when it delivers answers they don't like.
Well done that man. I have no problem with people of faith, it's when they try and ram it down other peoples throats or can blindly follow scripture despite evidence to the contrary.
At school, I was taught religious education by a Catholic priest. I didn't attend a religious school, but we had a priest as a teacher which I thought (and still do) was a good idea. He had no problems whatsoever with the theory of evolution, he just accepted it into his faith.
His argument was that the all knowing god could see everything that was to follow after creating the means for life to exist. God created the universe and placed the right chemical elements into the universe to enable life to take hold. He knew that over billions of years it would end up creating us. It is all part of his plan.
He also had no problem in believing that life exists on other planets in some form, whether that be bacteria or full complex organisms that may or may not be anything like us. He thought it was very arrogant to think that in a universe the size of ours god would only focus on one tiny planet. To him it made no sense that god would allow life here and yet make the universe billions of light years across in size - what a waste of effort.
Why is it someone who can easily accept a notion that:
god has always existed without being created
god created himself
god vomited out the world
god masturbated life into existence
or any other unbelievable story have such a hard time accepting the theory that given the right chemical elements under the right conditions life can spontaneously begin? I know which story I find most believable
It's also funny how most of these religious zealots have no problem accepting the parts of science that they like, such as generated power, polymers, medicine and refuse to accept anything that conflicts with their world view.
Careful everyone, if these people get their way we will soon be heading towards the dark ages - part 2
re:Yapping of Hyenas
You seem to have missed many of the comments who do not support the action by anonymous. However as a person that may wield considerable power if elected in one of the most powerful nations on Earth, her background and beliefs are indeed suitable for scrutiny.
Palin is a Fundamental Christian, not the majority demographic you claim, as commented above by more than one person. This group of people are no better than the scientologists or the Islamic fundamentalists. They are scary, convinced they are in the right and their beliefs can drive them to do things that no sane person would contemplate.
Regarding 'How does she govern? Pretty much against the traditional grain with respect to corruption and such', I suggest you research what has been mentioned above - troopergate, politically motivated sackings and refusal to co-operate with investigators. Showing her true colours as being as corrupt as most politicians when it suits her.
As for 'Study and understanding have been replaced by "knowledge" on teh intertubez'. It is true that more information than ever before is available, and much of it is rubbish and downright lies. That said, the methods Scientology uses to protect its 'secrets', persecute people who try to expose them or leave the cult and extort money from people are well documented by very credible sources. As such, the whole cult should be exposed for what it is - a cult and the world should be free to know this. Maybe in the mid-80's it was easier to hide in ignorance about their tactics, but that is the case no longer and all their dirty secrets are being exposed.
No Obama as 'a committed Marxist' isn't scary. It's actually a good start on bringing the American government back in line with the core ideals that it was formed from. That all people are equal and their opinion matters instead of fawning all over big business. I would rather live in a marxist society than the republican way of doing things. Pandering to big business, making the rich richer on the backs of the poor etc. Communism is actually a good idea in principle - everyone is equal, no one is better than another and everyone has enough to live comfortably. Unfortunately human nature lets it down, as some will always be more equal than others as the leaders of every communist party prove time after time. Marx's and Engles dream of the true communist society has never been realised anywhere in the world.
As for all the bull about how the British people have gone downhill in terms of civility - you mean like how the Americans have turned away from the all absorbing me,me,me I deserve everything and I want it now culture, thrown away their guns in favour of debate, have a society were the poor can receive the same care and support as the rich and gang warfare on the streets has all but disappeared? Even given our societies problems of late, we are still more civilised than a large part of the good ol' USofA
That is of course an assumption on my part that you are American (you may well not be) but given your glowing report on Scientology, I would put money on you being a Scientology shill.
AC, as given the topic it seems fitting
Do my research? Well I have, long before this article and as far as I can see the worst thing microsoft do is throw lots of money at a problem until it goes away. Underhanded and dirty tactics yes, but far from the worst things they could do.
Apple: Knowingly utilise child labour in China
Coca-cola: Purchase and deny access to the local water supply in India causing famine, disease and many deaths AND funding Columbian militias to torture and kill and worker and their families if they even think about joining a union.
Nestle: Refuse to do anything about the child labour being used in their plantations in the Ivory Coast
Dow Chemicals: Dumping of illegal toxic chemicals into populated areas
Pfizer pharmaceuticals: Knowingly terminate promising lines of research into killer diseases as it is more profitable to focus on products that relieve syptoms and keep people alive instead of curing them altogether
Wal-Mart: Do I really need to say anything?
And I can think of many more examples
Yet are you frothing at the mouth decrying nestle when you buy a chocolate bar or coffee? Do you protest that Coca-cola are still allowed to sell their product despite their record? How about Exxon deliberately making areas uninhabitable when you fill up your car? Demand Pfizer finish the cures they have almost completed instead of focusing on the more profitable drugs.
If you answer no to any of those, you are a hypocrite. Microsoft may not be a champion of our rights, but they have a long way to go before they deserve the spiteful bile that is regularly poured out in these comments pages. I personally do try and make a stand and wherever possible do not buy from 'evil' corporations. That isn't always possible as they have their claws in so many products you don't even realise, but at least I make the effort. Which is why until Apple stop using child labour in China and using the excuse 'the local laws say it's ok' and use their buying power to enforce some changes that evil shit Jobs won't knowingly get a penny from me.
If you think Microsoft rapes us in the ass - try working abroad under less stringent employee regulations for one of the big companies and then you might actually have something to complain about, only you won't be able to or else you and your family will be silenced. At least with microsoft, if I do decide to give them my money I can do it in the knowledge that some unfortunate isn't suffering just so I can have a more comfortable lifestyle or the latest shiny toy.
So while you may think 'there is plenty of information out there that more than justifies the hatred Microsoft gets.' do YOUR research and overall for a major international corporation, they really aren't that bad.
You did make one good point though 'you don't see so many people ranting as much about other companies'. But you should and people should be ranting much louder to get these companies to change their policies.
In addition to the figures above, lets not forget that if the Americans had not been involved in supplying the Nazis with weapons and funding, we wouldn't have needed you at all, the war would have been over far sooner and the death toll would be nowhere near as high. I suggest you look at the history of your current presidents family - in particular his grandfather Prescott Bush. Many American companies benefited enormously by supporting the war in Europe and siding with Hitler.
Hitler did believe in God and convinced many that the cause they were fighting for was holy.
I quote from Mein Kampf
'I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord'
If you want more evidence just google it or look at http://www.nobeliefs.com/Hitler1.htm
Do they even teach you your own history in your schools? I bet the fact that you only won the war of independence because you got the french to bail you out of a war you were losing is also something that is 'forgotten'
Now sod off back to church, fire them guns and praise the sky fairy.
Isn't the apple way all about conformity, everybody is the same and you're not allowed to do anything but what the Lord God Jobs says you are allowed to do?
The whole M$ thing is soooo childish. It's a business, it's supposed to make money. The methods they employ may not make you happy, but they are designed to make shareholders happy. You might as well write Appl£, $ony, Ni$$an, A$u$, $am$ung, P£p$i etc, and that is just using GBP and USD. I'm sure we can come up with loads of others for corporations once we start using JPY, THB and ZAR symbols.
Oh the hilarity
Evolution should be taught in SCIENCE classes
Creationism should be taught in RELIGIOUS EDUCATION classes
Both arguments are heard and then left to the individual to believe what they like.
Why the creationists are kicking up such a stink recently about their beliefs being taught as science I have no idea when the methods leading to their conclusions blatantly have no basis in science whatsoever.
Alien, cos while we're at it why not also teach what the scientologists believe in science too?
In the words of Harry Hill
There's only one way to settle this...
My money's on Hawking
I tried but his page at the UCL has had the email address removed. Guess (Ges, Gess, Guez? All valid with an accent) his idea is none too popular and he doesn't want any more mail explaining why he is an overpaid fuckwit.
No way am I ever paying to receive a call. I will quite happily chuck my mobile in the bin before agreeing to pay for something I haven't initiated.
All the hippies are dead set against genetically modified crops because of worries about mutation\unexpected interaction with other species\damage to the eco system etc but they're all for the idea of genetically modified meat.
RE AC How?
and follow the instructions. It will cost you 300 stars per 100 points. They only release a certain amount every day so if there are none left you will have to try again tomorrow.
You can convert the stars you get in nintendo games to Wii points. I didn't know what else to do with them so I got my 500 points and got the browser for free. (OK, maybe not free, I had to spend a fair whack on games first, but I was going to buy them anyway)
I have an N82 and while I am very happy with the phone I cannot use 3G AT ALL. This is despite my postcode being listed on O2 as having a strong signal and according to the ofcom sitefinder (http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/) I am less then a few hundred yards away from a transmitter. WTF?
We get the bog standard letter every year asking if they can come and peek at our licenses. Every year they get told the same thing - sod off. They have no legal rights to demand anything, they cannot even get a court order to carry out the inspection unless there is a named witness who will verify in writing to the courts that you are using unlicensed software
Another misguided iFool
'The MAC is the future; without innovation as Mac has show they can do and do well we would still be driving a Model T car. Apple comes out with an advanced phone that works and does more for the average user than any other phone and guess what, the other manufacturers are racing to come out with their own version. Take a look at the patents that Apple is applying for and you will see the future standing still while the Mac morphs into the computer we only dreamed of.'
OK, just to pull this apart a bit
The MAC is the future - how many years old and what % market share?
without innovation as Mac has show they can do and do well we would still be driving a Model T car - what innovation would that be - the ability to make crap look shiny? The iPod? I think you will find they stole an awful lot from creative and ended up paying 100mil to say sorry. Please name for me the last thing that Apple did that was truly innovative
Apple comes out with an advanced phone that works and does more for the average user than any other phone
Advanced how? it's missing a shedload of features that others have had for 5+ years - and that 'innovative' interface? Check out fingerworks - I think you will find it is them who did all the legwork, Apple merely bought them when they had developed enough to be interesting. Doing exactly the same thing that you no doubt slag MS for when they do the same thing - but it's OK when it's Apple right?
Take a look at the patents that Apple is applying for and you will see the future standing still while the Mac morphs into the computer we only dreamed of
Most of the patents they are applying for a crap with prior art invalidating them They even tried to patent an extra-wide mouse touchpad. How can you patent something merely because you have made it bigger? That ever so nice patent of theirs showing a macbook docking into the monitor - already been done. Who says these patents will actually make it into products? More likely only a couple will, the rest will sit there until somebody else makes a product that slightly infringes it, then they will jump on that company like patent trolls.
Right place this time
Meant to post this here, put it under the article about the hd-dvd group dissolving instead!
Optical media will always be my choice while it is available
Personally, I don't want to have to be reliant on my ISP working as it should, every route between me and hollywoods servers being super efficient and not being cut off should a ship accidentally cut the transatlantic cable so I will never go download only. I would take a flash based system for rental only, but I like having a disk that will still be the same in 10 years time without worrying about having to back it up, transfer it to a new faster memory type as my old one gets made obsolete, doesn't require me to delete things from it because it ran out of space, will never suddenly die on me with no warning, does not have a limited lifespan of read/writes as it will never be written to, I can drop it in a big pool of water without damaging it, will still play with some scratches even though it may stutter in places. Try dropping flash memory in water and see how robust it is or put a big scratch on the contact pins and watch as it is never recognised as a device again. If I buy a film it is because I want a physical product, mine to keep and watch whenever I like, take to a friends, give to someone else if I choose, not to restrict the number of times I can watch it, how long I can keep it, what brand device I can watch it on. Somebody above said about HMV allowing you to put the film back on if you lose it, what if they go out of business, who do I get my legitmately purchased film from then? What if I cannot prove I bought it unless you are happy with retailers keeping your personal shopping list for your entire life. Flash takes away far more than it gives
optical media for me
Personally, I don't want to have to be reliant on my ISP working as it should, every route between me and hollywoods servers being super efficient and not being cut off should a ship accidentally cut the transatlantic cable so I will never go download only. I would take a flash based system for rental only, but I like having a disk that will still be the same in 10 years time without worrying about having to back it up, transfer it to a new faster memory type as my old one gets made obsolete, doesn't require me to delete things from it because it ran out of space, will never suddenly die on me with no warning, does not have a limited lifespan of read/writes as it will never be written to, I can drop it in a big pool of water without damaging it, will still play with some scratches even though it may stutter in places. Try dropping flash memory in water and see how robust it is or put a big scratch on the contact pins and watch as it is never recognised as a device again. If I buy a film it is because I want a physical product, mine to keep and watch whenever I like, take to a friends, give to someone else if I choose, not to restrict the number of times I can watch it, how long I can keep it, what brand device I can watch it on. Somebody above said about HMV allowing you to put the film back on if you lose it, what if they go out of business, who do I get my legitmately purchased film from then? What if I cannot prove I bought it unless you are happy with retailers keeping your personal shopping list for your entire life. Flash takes away far more than it gives.
It installed this morning for me and FF has been trouble ever since. I am getting about 10 minutes of browsing then suddenly it fails to resolve anything until I close it and relaunch. It isn't a DNS issue as IE has no problems when FF is failing to find anything. Anybody else having a similar problem?
I bloody hate Steve Jobs
His god complex has gone too far now. Installing new software from an update that belongs to another application is just out of order. If I wanted safari, I would have installed it myself not slipstreaming alongside something else. Even if I was an ignorant user wanting to move away from IE, I could type in 'browser' into a search engine and find firefox,opera and safari very easily, I don't need 'the almighty jobs' to decide I 'need' his awful POS
@ the last AC
'who is to say that Alzheimers should be seen as more important to treat?'
That would be because alzheimers is a life destroying illness for the person afflicted and the families of said person. Gender reassignment is just to make somebody feel better about themselves because according to them nature got it wrong and they should have been the opposite sex - not exactly life destroying
Out of the woodwork
It's interesting to see that more and more people are happy to come forward with good experiences of Vista. When it was first launched, I seemed to be the only person who had no problems and was willing to say I quite liked it. As time has gone on, those that have bothered to re-train themselves from XP are generally being quite positive so it's obviously not quite the dog that the media and anti-ms lot would have you believe.