41 posts • joined 25 Nov 2008
Re: Italian railways
You should try Romanian trains sometime. I do believe there is nothing worse than those. Besides the filth and the hateful staff, they even refused to sell me a ticket at the station, directing me to effectively bribe the conductor... (it was a local train, but still...)
Re: Win 2000 is still out there
Does it support old Canon scanners too? If not, then there is no use to bother...
Re: @ElReg!comments!Pierre - Japanese
About politeness, in linguistics this refers to being polite, as in showing deference (and not only, this is called 'positive face), as well as being impolite or rude, or just critical of someone (this is 'negative face"). Of course, you can be polite or impolite towards your superiors as well as inferiors, and you can do that (intentionally or not) by using an inappropriate level of politeness. Imagine,for instance, someone of superior status being excessively polite towards someone of inferior status. The lower status person will be properly insulted, because he or she will interpret excessive politeness as unwarranted irony.
I think you are correct in saying that Japanese is syntactically regular and therefore easy to memorise, but the difficulty of the language lies in things like the politeness aspect, and other aspects outside syntax as such.
For me personally, another difficulty was learning the kanji, because, unlike in Chinese, most of them have more than one reading, so they each have to be learned together with as many contexts as you can remember.
With regard to counters, there are perhaps hundreds of them, but most of them are obscure linguistic curiosities, and in everyday life you can get away with twenty or so.
Re: @ElReg!comments!Pierre - Japanese
@I don't think there are that many
The forms you mentioned (-ru forms and -masu forms) exist for all verbs. However, polite conversation makes extensive use of humble and exalting variants of a few verbs (become, do, go, come, give and a few others) and combines these in idioms that are capable of expressing the six degrees of politeness another poster was mentioning. One never ever speaks in the same way to the Emperor, to one's parent, to one's friend, to one's company president, to one's direct boss, to one's assistant, to one's younger/newer colleague, to one's female colleague, to one's child, or indeed to someone else's child, and so on. If you do use an inappropriate level of politeness people feel offended, because if you are overly polite it is perceived as irony, and if you are insufficiently polite you are being rude. Foreigners get away with some inappropriateness, but past a certain limit you will lose goodwill and business. You will always be treated politely though, and even overly politely, if they want to have a laugh behind your back.
Well, at least that was what I learned while I was there, part of it 'the hard way'.
Just maybe we should humour him for once?
Re: Battery lasts a day?!
@ apples and pears
True, but then I don't do facebook and whatnot, but I do want to see what time it is. Also, this was in response to the automatic watch recharging remark, trying to show that you do not need to actually do anything to recharge this watch...
Re: Battery lasts a day?!
@ automatic watches
I've had a Seiko Kinetic Autorelay for close to ten years now, and I've never felt the need to "charge" it. It will continue to show time for two days if you leave it perfectly still, and it will keep time, but not move the hands, for two more years. When you move it after more than two days, the hands will move automatically to the correct hour. My model does not keep the day of month synchronised, but I hear that newer models do. These watches do cost as much as this new Samsung one, and you can find even more expensive models if you have cash to burn. All in all, I like mine very much.
Re: Intimidation Prepare for rambling
One little correction: you are not a socialist state, and you are nowhere near being one. You do not know what that means, trust me. You are, however, a police state, which is bad enough on its own...
How expensive is it?
Can it be mate into a 1PB HDD? or even 10 TB? How big would one of these be? And how much? And how many times can you rewrite this memory?
Re: Oh shit
Indeed we are, but not for the reasons you might imagine.
Rather, all state contracts are given to cronies of the government or MPs, or one has to grease the palms of the said slimeballs with massive sums to get the contract.
I don't know which has happened here, but from where I stand, it doesn't make much of a difference...
Re: Actually, LibreOffice sucks too.
I"m really curious, honest: What do real writers use? I'd like to be a real writer, too _grin_
Well, someone in the comments to that article said something about 1 F capacitance for that single foil, I thought that was quite a big deal. I don't know much about electronic devices, though, so it may be you are right and this is not very interesting after all.
@Supercapacitors generally have very high power density...
Yes, I know that is so with usual capacitors, but in the video in the artcle I linked they powered a led for 10 minutes out of a single small foil of those capacitors, so the energy density is there, I am sure. Moreover, discharge intensity can be controlled with clever electronics, so that you can control how fast you use the energy reserve.
I would very much like to see batteries made of these things:
Stuff windmill pylons full of these and you have grid load balancing and energy when it is not windy. Make car batteries with these things and they will go hundreds of kms on a single charge (anyone willing to do the quick and dirty calculations?). Put these in smartphone batteries and they will go on for weeks with bluetooth and wifi on all the time...
@"nations that are run by sexually repressed religious nut bags."
What, like Iran? I, for one, don't remember when I las saw a photo of a freshly shaven Iranian...
Re: best file manager
@ Nate Amsden: The best explorer replacement is Q-dir. It can have up to four file panes and a folder tree pane, and tabs in each folder pane, remembers the last opened folders in each tab, and many other features. It is also free of charge and updated frequently.
Re: What happens when a pigeon flies through the beam of a 10kW laser?
Re: And yet, and yet ...
@could I run a business on purely Linux kit?
If your business is a translation agency, then no. All (well, almost all) computer aided translation tools are on windows, sadly...
Re: Pulse is Infrare, So Silver Paint Probable Won't Make A Difference
That may be the case with paint, but how about the 'cat's eyes' type of microprism reflectors found in traffic sigs and such? It should also work at varuous wavelengths, since it is based on total reflection in highly refractive materials...
Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?
Well, look at what happened to Kingdoms of Amalur. Eric lost his own money as well as other people's, so using only other people's money appears quite sensible, no? Even if it comes across as a little selfish, or whatever...
it's not traditional
I believe there are certain temples/shrines that enshrine giant wooden penises in Japan, so I really don't understand the good burghers... Perhaps those temples are only for the girls? (I could look up some pictures, but I am at work...)
Actually, I was going to make some lame pun alluding to invisible pink unicorns and failed to delete 'pink', but your explanation works better. BTW, what do you call a mixture of red and black (as in Communist and Evil, as it were)? I'm not a native English speaker, you see.
Let me be the first to welcome our pink invisible Chinese overlords.
Well, maybe the stars of these planets are somewhat cooler than the Sun, no?
@Does every half arsed media utterance...
Yes, if only to piss off the Americans/MPAA... :)
Re: Why do they care?
"Why should they be allowed to get away with it?"
Because it is more trouble than it is worth? Because it inconveniences those who would pay to watch?
@kill off IM - check
If they do that, I and many others will go elsewhere, (and there will be something, even if there isn't now) because many people, my boss included, will be unwilling to pay for it. After all, if you have to pay for it you may as well use the phone. It's not like phone fees haven't been getting cheaper, after all.
It must not be long now before we see some country invaded over copyright infringement of mass destruction...
I use it exclusively, with three panes and lots of tabs in each pane.
It remembers the last used folder in eache tab, and has lots of other neat features, too.
Synkron for folder mirroring and backup
Notepad2 for notepad
Daum PotPlayer for mediaplayer (it is a Korean free soft, but it is localised in English, lots of options)
SumatraPDF for pdf reader
Re: Not getting it
The Japanese were doing the same, with very similar looking kit, in 2009, when I went there.
Daum PotPlayer. http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=148745
Plays anything and everything out of the box and is highly configurable. And is being actively developed.
Why would anyone want to dress up their baby as a phone? This is what I cannot understand. Apple are dicks, so at least they are not doing something new, but dressing up babies as a phone??
"One might even imagine a company deliberately including a disabled feature, ensuring that enabling it was trivial while avoiding having to pay the patent owners, in the same way that DVD players are sold locked to one region (as required by the DVD standard) but most can be unlocked with minimal effort."
So will we get to the point of buying a phone or other gadget that does nothing out of the box, but cand do all manner of patented crap (like this autocomplete function or maybe one tap to buy) after a bit of tweaking, or applying a patch from the internet?
Actually, that would promote innovation, wouldn't it?
Well, it gives you the option to select the addons to enable when you install it, so I don't see what's the fuss. EN_GB version here.
And it runs smoothly on this old junk of a computer, a dell from 2004, with 1 gb of ram.
Alternative file manager
I know this is not strictlyrelevant to the discussion, but...
There is a very good file manager and it is free, too.
Multi-pane, menu/shortcut control, file preview option if you want it...
@ AC 11:10 gmt
except for point 1) the prs 650, sold in Japan does all that, and has the same display as this unit. It does not have color, but sony also sells a nice cover with LED reading light. It does not have wifi though.
The value of pi
...is 1.41 she'll have you know. The band in the background was banging like that every time she spewed some more silliness.
The bimbo is as stupid as her excuse.
I wonder what Paris thinks about the value of pi.
The explosion was caused by hydrogen accumulated outside the reactor shield but inside the outer building. How this hydrogen came to be there is as yet unknown.
Now they are pumping seawater inside the shield to cool down the core. The general impression is that the situation is being brought under control.
it is now 2.27 am here in Japan.
@ Mr Phud, I think you have no idea how powerful this earthquake was. Even so, if the emergency generators had not been damaged, none of this would have been news. So, when building the next plant it will be built with even more redundancy than this one.
good old pencils
So, terabyte storage in a pencil?
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