29 posts • joined Tuesday 14th October 2008 09:49 GMT
The first rule of driving: Everyone else on the road is an idiot.
So expect the worst possible behaviour from them and drive to give yourself the chance to react when they inevitably do something stupid or unexpected. You will rarely be disappointed.
Warranty void if broken
The seal on the side states "Warranty void if broken"
I wonder what the warranty has to say about dropping it from 113,000 feet?
I can also picture the following scenario:
Lester: Hey, I want a new one because this one is not working!
Sales Droid: Sorry, you obviously didn't read the label. "Warranty void if broken."... Next!
Someone really should let Steven Hawking have a go with this!
It would provide a huge profile boost to the project if the good professor could be seen with an ear to ear grin while piloting this thing, making it do what his muscles can no longer do.
How things have changed!
I read this article shortly after having finished reading the document mentioned below.
It covers the development of rocket propellants in the early parts of the 20th century.
It is rather heavy on the chemistry, but the author (Yes, he is an actual rocket scientist (or chemist at least)) manages to cover a great deal of the same sort of tomfoolery that was demonstrated by Ms Wilmot, and does so in a very readable way that kept me entertained for the length of the book.
The difference is that when things went awry in their experiments, it was more than a plastic bottle that went pop-fizz. The other difference was that back then, the government and armed forces actively encouraged such experimentation.
It's well worth the read.
On the expulsion and criminal charges issue, I agree that it is a way out of proportion knee jerk reaction by a rather paranoid establishment. Disciplinary action to reinforce the need to think harder on the possible consequences of her actions before she commits them would be a more appropriate response.
Based on those rules, I would have been expelled from primary school, but that was back in the 60's where common sense (and the feel of a leather strap across the back of the legs for more serious infractions) was the norm.
Damn religious extremism and terrorism for making common sense a casualty of war.
Variation of the tethered pin.
Swap the payload swivel with a hollow one, an inward flanged tube sitting inside an outward flanged tube with ball bearings sandwiched between the flanges.
That way you can pass the safety tether through the middle of the swivel.
(A ball retaining plate like used to support the platter in a microwave oven can be used to reduce the number of ball bearings needed without having the all bunch up at one location.)
Use a length of line for your tether in a "Y" configuration between opposing shroud lines of the chute and place a small fishing line type swivel at the junction of the Y. That way, as the chute opens, the "Y" becomes a "T", pulling the safety pin.
Re: If only australia was a country
Forget the Kangaroo, an Echidna suppository would be far more appropriate.
(Flame? Post suppository side effects of course.)
6502 / Z80? Hah!
Doesn't anyone else remember the fun to be had hand-keying the PDP 8 bootstrap sequence on the front panel switches?
The 6502 was simple, but the Z80 had so many more registers to play with.
Ah the memories!
EU Browser ballot screen?
I wonder if Microsoft have learned their lesson, or are all Windows 8 users going to be limbered with IE as the default browser again? Will they offer a ballot screen in the tablet/mobile editions?
How much will it cost them this time?
Strong Bad would be totally unimpressed!
For proof, see http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html
Trogdor! (The Burninator!)
(Flame icon? Obvious.)
Re: "young adults?" pffft....
Or lawsuit for trademark infringement.
The Paradox of Modern Iran
"Paradox" HA!. "Oxymoron" is closer to the mark.
Religion and Government should never be mixed together.
Re: Of course...
It's absolutely ridiculous!
I have a desktop calculator at work, the design of which is a rectangle with rounded corners, with the buttons being squares and rectangles, once again with rounded corners. It's other innovative feature is that the icons (read "Buttons") are below the screen!
It uses mechanical buttons rather than a touch screen, but in terms of basic design appearance, the iPhone is nothing more than an expensive knockoff of a calculator that I have had for over a decade.
Apple's use of "Design Patents" is an example of patent abuse at it's worst. It should never have been granted in the first place, and the granting examiner should be fitted out for a white cane immediately!
Re: Light in the dark.
Fuzzy, you are not quite right. Patents were designed with a specific purpose. The idea was that an inventor was given a limited time monopoly on an invention in exchange for making the design and methods available to the public. It was intended to provide an alternative to "trade secrets" and encourage dissemination of knowledge.
Examples of trade secrets still in use are KFC's 11 herbs and spices, Coca Cola's formulation etc.
They don't dare patent their secret because it would entail full disclosure.
I'm not for one second defending software patents, though I can reluctantly accept that pharmaceutical patents due to the R&D required to develop the product though testing, clinical trials, FDA approval, with the implicit risk that the development investment may never make it to market due to dead ends at any point along the process.
Software and design patents (like Apple's rounded corners on icons) are not being used to disseminate information, but instead as a corporate version of "Keepings off" that kids used to play in the schoolyard before political correctness tried to outlaw it. They are using them as landmines for any who tread close enough to their turf, and bury the actual working knowledge beneath vague patent speak with a strong peppering of pluralities and jargon to allow the patent holder to blur the meaning to cover as many surrounding ideas as possible.
Instead of a pixel sized dot, they are more like a bottle of ink on blotting paper. They are now used as weapons of corporate warfare.
I would love to see corporate bodies who try to pull this sort of stunt with dubious patent claims and unwarranted lawsuits hit with huge fines as a disincentive against bring their corporate squabbles into the courts. The current tendency to "sue and see what sticks" mentality needs to be stomped on hard.
Judge Posner receives my heartfelt appreciation for his stance.
It represents Apple's corporate philosophy.
Just like their iPad, iPhone and other hardware. Rounded corners enclosing a walled garden.
(The mushroom cloud because Steve Jobs did declare thermonuclear war on Android.)
Re: I suppose
The TomTom does indeed run linux.
Unfortunately, that doesn't extend to the management utility "TomTom Home" which is available for Windows and Mac only. Hows that for a kick in the teeth?
Take the benefits of the linux code, then exclude that very community from being able to update their maps etc. if they happen to be using Linux as their preferred desktop environment.
Try and raise the issue with them and you get a response along the lines:
"At TomTom we take all customer comments, feedback and suggestions seriously and therefore we have passed your comments on to our 2nd Line team, Product Management and Marketing Team."
End quote. And later when I replied: "Ouch! Not the mythical 2nd Line team, Product Management and Marketing Team. That part of the phrase has been offered up verbatim on several prior requests, and in each case, nothing further ever eventuated." they came back with:
"I am glad to see your concern into this issue. Please be assured that I have really spoken to the Senior Department regarding the feedback you had given in the previous email. I have explained them as to what really the query is. Hopefully in the future updates w get see some development on this subject."
Needless to say, TomTom has provided no further feedback, and there is still no news of any linux client.
And I'm still waiting on a linux equivalent to their TomTom Home software!
You can't buy online map updates without it, but the damn thing only runs under Microsoft Windows.
Online support staff keep telling me that they have passed it to to the second level support and marketing teams, but invariable that is the last you hear of it. Now they are firing exactly the people that are needed to create such software. Figures!
Plus of course the fact that there are those of us that point blank refuse to live in Apple's walled garden, and therefore will never purchase any Apple product.
So it becomes impossible to harm Apple sales to me, as they would still only get 100% of nothing.
Place the injunction on both the iPad and the Galaxy Tab.
Then neither can be sold until the case has run its course.
That would both make the conflicting parties think very hard before starting these stupid lawsuits.
At the same time it would prevent the plaintif from gaining an unfair sales head start over their competition by employing the courts as an anticompetitive weapon.
Pom bootnote clarification
Actually, the term Pom is a phonetic abbreviation of POHM. (The H being silent)
Going back to Australia's convict past, the acronym expanded to "Prisoner Of His/Her Majesty".
The whingeing part was probably because such transportees weren't too happy about the idea.
These days, Australians by and large do pretty much as we please, so now the acronym instead refers to those stuck back in old blighty, under the thumb of Her Majesty's government.
It is indeed.
The opal miners in Coober Pedy quickly found out that it was a great deal more comfortable living underground than above. The walls you see are the natural rock colours.
(Coober Pedy is from the Aboriginal term Kupa-Piti, which translates to "White man's hole". I will leave it to the imagination of the reader to interpret their meaning :-))
Samsung should plead to the court that Apple are merely using the judicial system as an anticompetitive tool to block sales of any competitive product. The relief they should seek is for the Apple iPad to be barred from sale as well until the court can resolve the entire matter on way or the other. That would ensure (a) prevent Apple from taking unfair advantage of the blocked sales of competitive products, and (b) ensure that both sides have a good incentive to sort out the whole mess.
Is it only me?
That misread the line "The bullish "KT"" aqnd moved the "i" two characters to the right and added a "t"?
And I'm sure I'm not the only one that hates the "Ribbon" interface on office 2010, and would have been quite happy to stay with the Office 97 interface (though with the spreadsheet size limitations removed). The older versions did the tasks I required of them, so it's annoying to have Microsoft "fix" what ain't broken.
Fluorescent lights contain mercury vapour! Whack enough power through the vapour to create a plasma state, then wrap the lot in a suitable fluorescent powder to react to the UV from the plasma and there's your light! (Or do without the powder if you want a nasty tan.)
(Don't you just love the vagaries of the English language?)
The other item to note is that they have opted to go the Tivo route and only allow signed linux kernels to boot. This means that like the Tivo, you can download and compile the kernel source, which meets the word, if not the spirit of the GPL version 2, but the phone will never let it run.
Unfortunately, the linux kernel is still released under GPL v2, as GPL v3 specifically prohibits such actions.
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