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"Yeah, one of them's successful on the desktop."
The best part is you're saying that entirely without irony.
Most people I know who run Macs are either:
Arty pretentious types, for whom even an Ubuntu laptop with an AMD64 is a "crappy wintel box".
People who hate Microsoft, don't know what Linux is, and like to jump from frying pans to fires.
People who spend stupid money on toys, like Bang and Olufsen hifis, because they are "stylish".
And lastly, iToy developers, who have no choice.
Believe me, it's not many people.
Privileges there for a reason
"Enable the administrator account and logon as adminstrator.."
Oh god, please no. The one singular thing that Microsoft did right in Vista/7 (by, err, ripping unixland off blatantly) was limiting the amount of time that users are logged in as root, and making their own version of sudo.
And you're suggesting a measure that would turn 7 into a pretty version of XP, with all programs given permission to write to any file anywhere?
..you get a high-definition 720p image of someone's head wandering past the screen, and 48khz professional quality hollering and cheering from the dumb fucks who just have to go to a cinema on the first day of a new release and pretend it's a football match?
Reminds me of the Computing In Practice tutor.
"Java is dead."
So I stick my hand up.
"Isn't Android outselling the iPhone right now?"
So for my usability analysis assignment, he's given me Google. Lesson learned: Never make a Phd look bad in front of his class.
I was going to post something cynical..
..but I've already been well beaten to it. Instead I'll nitpick at Lewis for using the assignation operator rather than the equivalence operator.
Mind you, given outsourcing trends and PFI initiatives maybe he's right.
...if their release mechanism featured low-temperature lubricants and an old bit of oxygen hose?
More renting of your own property to you?
Subs for a radio service? Sure.
But what happens to the collection of tracks on your computer when you stop paying the sub?
Yeah, thanks but I'll stick with going to a shop and buying a CD. Call me old fashioned if you like, my music collection is not dependant on some untrusted 3rd party's servers not going pop or deciding to make my (yes, MY) tracks disappear down the memory hole.
Also known as sodium acetate or, to potato snack companies, "salt and vinegar flavour".
Shouldn't be too hard to get hold of, or just buy the hand warmers pre-made. I don't know if they'd last 45 minutes though.
You do know that you have to pass Google's "Compatibility Police" before they'll license the proprietary Marketplace app to you, right? It's how they stop this mysterious "fragmentation" thing that you speak of, but which Android seems to not suffer from.
Now you can hack your own Linux/Dalvik VM into a phone if you like. It just won't be called Android, nor have the Android Marketplace. At least, not unless you want a few legal love letters from Google's sharks.
If he was that good a programmer..
..he'd have known that a system like that would have been locked down, backed up, and with audit trails everywhere. How he thought he wouldn't get caught is probably more amazing than what he did.
Of course, he could have been the victim of a keylogger-based framing...
I want a mil-spec Android phone.
Problem is, it'd probably be twice the price of an iToy. Still, it would be hard as nails.
..though I prefer the awesome chunkiness of this thing, Android or not:
Yeah I know, I'm not normal. I don't need no steenking protective case though.
"The question is whether people want Windows on their phone, and whether companies really want to give Microsoft any more money than they have to already."
Notice use of the word "companies", and stop jumping to conclusions. It doesn't suit you.
Have you downloaded half of the free Apple apps?
Enjoy your iAds, and I can't see Microsoft resisting the lure of an entire ecosystem of users and developers to wring licensing fees out. You think Microsoft haven't seen the money that Apple and Google get from their respective Marketplaces?
As you'll see they're a little more friendly than Apple's stance on advertising, but don't think that Windows Mobile 7 will be anything other than "Me Too" with .NET. In fact, I imagine it'll tie up quite nicely with Bing. The question is whether people want Windows on their phone, and whether companies really want to give Microsoft any more money than they have to already.
Google has Schmidt, also known as 1 of 7. Apple is a personality cult where it is Our Way Or The Highway, and you can go anywhere you want to with Windows today, as long as you're willing to empty your pockets whenever Microsoft feel like holding their users up by the legs and shaking. All of those companies want your search results, your favourite tracks, your purchase history and any other data they can get their hands on because the profiles of a billion users together are worth quite a really large amount of money.
So who do you choose? Borg Drone, Jesus or Chair-botherer?
Little bit of computing history.
The term "Bug" was coined by a Grace Murray Hopper, after locating a problem within one of the large, relay-powered mainframes of the day. A moth had become stuck in the system and was preventing a relay from working correctly. This was recorded in her log book, along with the offending moth, as the first computer bug.
So now you know.
You get +1
Mostly for describing an earth-shaking kaboom as "like slapping a soggy pudding".
What this guy said.
Android is pretty pointless without the Marketplace, unless you think people (by this I mean normal people, not computer geeks) are going to do the "adb install some_package_v323.34.456.apk" fandango.
If you want a new Droidpad, make sure it's 2.x
You might get most things working in 1.6, but as of right now there are several apps that won't work in 1.5 (like for instance, the Angry Birds beta). Take a quick look at this page:
As you can see, 1.6 is slowly being squeezed out. 2.x has near-as-dammit 75% of the market. It won't be that long before developer look at the figures, and find themselves unable to resist using API toys that are only available from 2.x onward.
The Higgs Boson and all such related particles must be referred to with this moniker from now on.
This is the company...
..who by default sets their censorware to "North Korea" until you turn it off. Don't you need to be 18 in order to enter a contract to get a 3G dongle?
I'm on a borrowed dongle right now, and can't even look at the UK National Lottery without getting a "fuck off, we think you're a child." And yet, I can be corrupted by elReg and numerous other less work-friendly sites with ease!
God I'm glad I didn't buy this... and never will.
Those two words alone can be made to sound like anything you like. Just be creative with what Apple are not commenting on.
Sly, vindictive? Absolutely. Deal with it.
Sent from my HP Pavilion.
Microsoft throwing FUD.
Who could have guessed?
Cue a million commentards...
...telling us how the Russian protesters would be better off telling Microsoft to get stuffed and go Toy Unix.
Which doesn't make said commentards wrong.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't?
They could have done nothing and just left the adverts for child prostitutes there.
But then they'd be summoned to a hearing because they hadn't censored them.
Sandwich several layers of paper and glue together in a vice, then chop more traditional rib shapes out of them? That's probably stretching the definition of "paper", but you'd effectively have something with the hardness of wood. It might bend less!
http://p-38.corpcomp.com/Glueing%20wing%20spars.jpg <- bit like that.
Of course, to comply with the GPL..
..would mean making the source code available. How much does it cost for a server these days? At least, one with enough bandwidth for a few thousand people to be snarfing source code every month?
Even clubbing together with a few of your mates and using their cablemodems to seed the source via torrent could end up being a pointlessly complex exercise, once word gets around that you're selling software that is available for free.
Been doing something much more spectacular for years, with model aircraft turbine engines and a folding Buzz Lightyear wing. Unlike this thing, it actually works, and well enough to be able to cross the English Channel in about 8 minutes.
Also contains a parachute just in case of a "whoops" moment. Unlike, it seems, this thing.
See title. I'm sure it'll be sorted by the time it's ready for "proper" release. If it's not, you can lay the blame at the feet of the developers, not the OS. And are you saying that the iToy, iToy2, iToy3, iToy3gs, iToy4 and iToy Super Large Edition are not disparate devices with wildly differing specs?
Just think. If it was still in development for the Jobsian touchtoys, nobody would be playing it yet.
And no, no downvote from me. Takes a little more than simple ignorance for me to make with the little red 1.
But he does take his helmet off in the comic.
At least, in the comic adaptation of the film. Bit difficult to keep your uniform on when you've been dishonourably discharged and thrown in the clinker, eh?
Also yes, lots of interesting characters from 2000AD that need films making of them, and don't forget Starlord!
Ever tried to pierce a compressed gas canister? You might need DU cannon rounds...
"3)Hydrogen cars? What a joke. Not only does it take electricity to produce hydrogen, it is wayyyy more flammable than gasoline. If it does catch on fire, you cant see the flame. That's why firefighters were trained to wave broomsticks in front of them in a suspected hydrogen fire. If you are too stupid to even learn this, well you will burn in an event your hydrogen car catches on fire(if you don't die in the explosion)No thanks"
Hang on, what? So you have a choice, in the event of a tank breach, of dying by hydrogen flame or dying by petroleum BLEVE. Well, what a choice that is.
Do you know how armoured the average compressed gas canister is? How about "enough that you can slam into a brick wall fast enough to reduce yourself to a stain on the crumpled bodywork"? By then I don't think the manner of your conflagration is going to matter.
Yes, hydrogen requires electricity to produce by electrolysis. It can also be produced anywhere, say in sunny countries where solar is feasible. Or by a nuclear power source. Petrol, on the other hand, can only feasibly be produced by the fractional distillation of rock juice. There are other ways of making usable liquid fuel, such as methanol, however they also tend to use boatloads of electricity. By the way, methanol also burns with a near-invisible flame (I've nearly burned myself playing about with the stuff on a nice summer day), so you're about as fucked with that as you are hydrogen. What I would suggest for both types of fire is "if it feels all burny hot, get away from it quickly".
Hydrogen and fuel cells are probably about the best way you're going to get kilowatts of instant-on 'leccy into your car in an easily rechargable form. At least, until someone invents batteries that have the charge cycle of a capacitor, and all fuelling stations have their own miniature power stations (possibly powered by a gas pipeline) to deal with the demand.
HeNe laser tube starter circuit
Works a bit like a CRT HV coil. About 15 kilovolts starting voltage, creating sparks long enough to reach from inside the laserdisk player to my hand. I tell you what: that shit hurts!
Though perhaps not as impressive as the 100KV or so that you might get touching a car door on a cold dry morning.
Hm, maybe I'm in the wrong line of employment. Maybe I should dress up in funky robes and persuade girls to have sex with me to cure their "spiritual ills". Yeah, that'll do it.
Is that the thing that throws popups in front of full-screen apps and slows my computer to a crawl, while routinely forgetting which applications I've allowed access to the Internet?
Gets in my way all the damned time.
I'm sure Apple are checking for offensive content...
...just like they thoroughly check every app in their store. No chance of a flashlight app sneakily hiding a tethering app or something more nefarious under Apple's watchful gaze, oh no!
One half of a transformer goes into a mat, and the other half goes into your phone?
Be nice if it worked anywhere in the room, but somehow I can't see that happening. Now inductive cooking stoves.. they look quite funky.
Do the shirts come with built-in air bags?
Got to wonder..
..how far up the pipe the signal travels. Can a neighbour on the same phase snarf your packets? Everyone attached to the same line coming from the substation? What happens if your neighbour also has power line ethernet?
Wonder how long it'll be before WPA for power lines?
If you read my post...
...you'll see that I said the only thing wrong the electric vehicles is the batteries. I know they are bulky and limited, but fuel cells are vastly less so.
Still, not taking range into account, even with the bulk of a battery the electric motor puts out much better power:weight. You can see this on a small scale with the more recent RC aeroplanes out there. Sure, you can get a .40 methanol engine with an 8oz tank and it'll keep you flying at a sedate pace for maybe 15-20 minutes. Or you can put an electric motor in the same airframe and get 5 minutes of truly insane performance, even with that chunky 3-cell LiPo taking up weight. Think about it.. aircraft, especially little model aircraft, are somewhat sensitive to weight. In the last few years, brushless motors and lipo technology have made them not only the equal to methanol engines, but actually surpass them in power and responsiveness. Only disadvantage is.. as already mentioned.. the batteries, in this case taking an hour and a half to charge between 5 minute flights. Or maybe, for more ground-level endeavours, you can search youtube for the RC model car that, using a similar-sized motor and battery pack, gets over 140MPH. No, not a typo or "scale speed". One hundred and forty miles per hour. That little toy goes faster than some peoples' full sized sports cars!
Fuel cells will be the electric motor's saviour, and could transform personal transportation. There are already pipe networks travelling across many countries, and I'm sure some of them could be co-opted for hydrogen use. Even if not, building an infrastructure like that is an investment that should pay for itself once the government starts taxing the bejeesus out of electrolyzed water.
When it hits non-beta...
...will it be opt-in or automatically enabled as a "cool new feature" that I have to hunt around deep in the options to be able to turn off, if I can turn it off?
Only schools, libraries and serious bookworms buy the full OED anyway.
And I imagine they'll continue to do so, what with being schools, libraries and serious bookworms. I can't see the print edition disappearing any time soon.
Suggested price £59?
It does look like a pretty device and I can see the point of having a laptop-style track pad on a busy desk. Apple seem to have broken with tradition and allowed a "secondary click" function as well it seems, so plus points for that.
But £59? £14.99 or £19.99 is the sort of range I'll pay for that type of functionality in that sort of size. I've seen larger-than-A4 graphics tablets from Tevion being sold for £25. Not a multi-touch track-pad maybe, but a pretty snappy way of using a GUI with the mouse and pressure-sensitive pen.
Of course, if it came with bundled fully-functional (ie: plug it into your MIDI network) Chaos Pad-style software, it could be a bargain.
Or discharged too deeply/too quickly.
Can you say "exothermic"?
I think the rule of thumb for most li* batteries is 1000 charge/discharge cycles. Much less if you're putting them under a high load. Either they need to get very cheap, or a hydrogen infrastructure needs to be built. As I mentioned above, electric vehicles can be incredibly high performance, but while battery tech has improved massively in the last few years it's still not going to get you 500 miles on one five-minute charge.
Fuel cells, however, can.
PS3 is a toy, not a tool...
...and Sony are determined to keep it that way. If you don't want to be treated like children and get your wrists slapped any time you use your own device in a way that Sony doesn't like, then buy a tool and not a toy.
Not to say that I agree with this. Just that maybe when the only people using Playstations are children, and Sony's market begins to resemble Sega and Nintendo's circa 20 years ago (ie: nowhere near as big and powered by pocket money), they'll STFU.
Very, very interesting theory..
..however, wouldn't both chunks be spinning like ricocheted bullets after an impact like that? Phobos' day is little longer than that of earth's.
Still, very very interesting theory.
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