149 posts • joined Wednesday 26th November 2008 23:48 GMT
Re: Outrunning a human?
The noise associated of its current operation should be sufficient to disorient people, after which the thing can simply aim itself at the nearest human... Hit 'em in waves. Weaponisation problem solved.
Re: Interface (Verb)
I wonder if they've considered that when push comes to kablooey, it might make some sense to take advantage of the kit's inclination to reach for the stars, as using an ejection seat will be much, much more fun--and way, way cooler--from altitude.
>a meeting without coffee
Always serious business, that.
Re: Can't create documents on iPad ..
"This [chart] works best on a wide screen, but if you have to scroll horizontally, the left column with the app names will stay hovered on screen. Hover over an app’s title in the table to see additional features which might not be part of the main chart, and click to scroll to its full data block. Holding down command while hovering over the body of the chart will highlight the current row. Clicking a row will outline it. Clicking a feature header at the top will dim apps which don’t have that feature."
Smacked my gob, that did! But I then realised "Oh! Well, of course! The author 'get's it'".
Re: Curious to know...
There's itchy, and there's ticklish.
Curious to know...
At what point does a beard become ticklish? Just askin'?
Re: On a NeXT machine
That would have been System 7, had you been downloading (viewing) something very near 'the big bang'.
Re: Believe what I say not as I do
If what you say is even half-true, I'm inclined to wonder whether or not they're about to re-jig the whole space i.e. re-define all that is shiny...
Re: AAPL maintains 50B p.a. cash surplus rate
>I think AAPLs demise was prematurely announced
Who is it who keeps DOING that? Must be the umpteeninth time AAPL've been having their going-out-of-business sale.
Anyway, a point related to the overall chatter here: if there's a bubble, it's in the artificial world of investors, analysts, stockholders, 'players', etc.. They're NOT connected to reality.
of course, those articles aren't to be found: 'ya can't make no money from them'. Besides, it's widely known, and accepted, that Ms jumped the shark YEARS ago. If any company deserves encouragement in its earthward spiral, it's Ms. Don't see much of that, though--most everyone loves a free ride, I guess.
Re: 'Obvious' is an interesting term
Books--an admittedly much, much older technology than tablets or smart-phones--might also benefit (and might also have benefitted) from such radial thinking, but I haven't seen any books sporting such rounded corners. Why didn't someone think of rounding those corners--oh, I don't know--centuries ago? Shirley Ann Obviosity?
Re: It all boils down to!
Loaded+rhetorical question. Do you mind if I call "Bullshit!"on that?
What was the plaintiff after in this instance i.e. what, for her, did 'justice' mean? Compensation? Formal recognition by, and in, the court that harassment had occurred? Both simultaneously? That the company made an offer part-way through proceedings could be taken by many, if not most, that they'd acknowledged that she had some basis for bringing the suit. Those a little closer to legal matters would recognize that the offer did not necessarily carry with it an admission of guilt or culpability. That she continued beyond that offer--which, if I read things correctly, brought her up level with respect to her costs to that point in time--suggests strongly that she wanted above all the court's official word on whether or not harassment had occured. She got that.
However, there's no free lunch, and the rules of the game are known, or knowable. The particular filip here is one she could, and should, have seen coming. It seems the plaintiff got what she wanted; her own actions suggest that that is so. Should she be entitled to more? Apparently no(ugh)t.
Re: Lawyeres and solicitors
Uhm... If you do not trust judges (to, presumably, arrive at a determination of the facts e.g. that harassment did actually occur), then who do you trust to make such determinations?
After the say-so of the justice system is dismissed, what is there but one or another variation on roving gangs of sweaty, unwashed individuals driving technicals around the countryside and forcing the unarmed civilians to conform to arbitrary interpretations of an ad-hoc accumulation of 'rules' or 'laws' without much in the way of supporting precedent or avenues of appeal? If, as seems likely, this is so, then by changing the basis of law-giving to might (as in "Might makes right'), you are necessarily allowing for the possibility that more/smarter/bigger guns could fairly supplant the current crop ('mightier makes rightier'). In other words, discounting the say-so of the justice system is to suggesst that the 'law of the jungle' should prevail--but in such circumstances you'd have to accept as fair whatever happens to you if it happens to you because someone with more power, sharper teeth, or longer claws decided you looked like a worhtwhile snack.
Every six months turn off Siri, wait x minutes, then turn it back on... what happens?
Why would anyone ask a machine for information relative to some questionable, unethical, immoral, and/or illegal activity--past, current, or planned--of their own? Is there anyone that stupid? If so, and you're one of those people, here's a tip: Do shut up!
Re: Gosh Batman
Big stars go BANG much moreso than small stars go BANG--but both really do go BANG.
Re: missing a big anomaly
>a cube 21m on each sid... all of the gold we've dug out of the ground
IIRC, that's the low end of estimates (recently read somewhere on the BBC). But, either way, rarity's relative. So what are you relating it to?
Re: 1 billion miles?
And what's a beeelion miles in a universe this size, anyway?
Re: Birth control is simple
I gave you a finger... er, thumb. Do with it what you will.
"To not have kids". Hmmm, yes, very easy to do, but very difficult to undo. Most will err on the side of having kids, as not having them and later discovering that things didn't go down/come up the drain--as had been suggested would happen--while not having any grey hair attributable to the raising of children would be a major downer. Better to err on the side of caution and drop a couple than be left with only one pair of hands to hold. Or wring.
Birth control is simple, yes, but runs up hard *cough* against some rather deeply-entrenched dogmas on what though shalt and thou shalt not do. And there's the sticky *cough* problem of "Who's first? Anyone? Anyone?"
Ultimately, though, if humans are on their penultimate (or near-ultimate) legs, the problem will solve itself, and, if that's the case, its all about the race to arrange for front-row seats to watch it all go down. If only the reel had a shuttle - we could speed things up, slow it down, go backwards...
>most people in the world want porn...
A telling fact! (I'm neither an IOSer nor a Porndroid user).
Re: Hey El Reg
Actually, "Hey, Prognosticator!". Analysts, forecasters, seers, etc. should be required to provide an exhaustive list of links to their own history of bone-rolling as a preface to their current one.
Re: PCs are being SNUFFED by crass pre-installed operating systems
>If OEM's were to supply PC's with Linux with a nice Window Manager then more people would buy a PC.
2024 - world still waiting on the "nice window manager" for linux
Re: Rare earth magnets, not so rare
Re: Buying magnets
Shocking, simply shocking! Yoofs!
In some drives, there are one or two small magnets (never more than 4-5mm on any edge, and down to 2-3mm on each edge of a cube) that might serve here. Unfortunately, when you heat a neodymium magnet, at some point it ceases to be a magnet, so using such magnets in circuit will require a bit of a careful thinking. On the flip side, the effect of high heat on the magnetic properties of neodymiums could actually be useful.
Err... umm... And who is going to enforce the rules, exactly?
"All's fair in love and war."
Or you could use these things...
to steal other people's tech! Yeah, that'll be the ticket!
Get yours soon before there's a talon-gap.
Was it clever to do that?
Makes me wonder whether Mr. Ho deliberately added/neglected to exclude the "8;20" business--to increase the chances he'll never be asked to do something so obviously calculated again. Strange, head-tilting quality to the Ho-le thing, really.
Anyway, if the powers that be are behind the curtain... devious, but incredibly amateurish puppetry.
Re: Macs are a rich man's toy
I have more than half-a-dozen Macs within spitting distance that still have years of useful life left in them. I've never purchased one new, and have spent $0 (zero) total acquiring these. None were stolen, btw. I can't use them all at once, but it's fun to have diversions and things to play with apart from the main machine (or two). For example, consistent with the subject of this thread, I've just been noodling the installation of the last/latestDebian for PPC on a machine that's a bit behind the curve, speedwise. I will likely do that shortly.
As for software on the Mac, there's an unending supply of it--literally and legally free. Software that is quite good. I was surprised to find, too, that LibreOffice is available for even the now long-obsoleted PPC machines. Have installed it, but haven't used it yet (really have little need of it, and I already have NeoOffice installed). Commercial offerings? Meh! There's a freeware alternative. So no need to pirate software.
So, " 'no' to the dogma; Macs are not a rich man's toy". As with anything, they can be; you can have everything you own made of titanium or carbon fibre, and it will cost you and might impress some, but you probably don't strictly need to go that route. If I were to spend money on a new computer, I wouldn't balk at Apple's prices--yes, I know what the margins are, I know what the alternatives are, and I know the value of my contentment in using any of them ...
> ... for the last 10 years you simply install a Linux onto a normal computer and it runs with full hardware support no drivers to install, no configuration to be done, the base system simply works and you even get a browser.
I call bullshit on that statement--complete and utter bullshit. This 'it's all good' juice really is the linux koolaid! Or is it the linux dogfood? Dogfood-flavoured koolaid? So many choices! It's all so confusing...
It's a long way down (if you're spiralling, that is)
Who, eh? Wow!
So long, Sony... liked some of your stuff (way back when...)
Throwing the dogs a bone, or what!?
I fully expect to be running Light(e)ning Linux within the year, but strictly for shits-n-giggles.
You don't bathe, either? Nor wash your clothes?
Re: Am I the only person...
>... to send a rocket 350,000,000 miles and land it's payload successfully ...
A feat that deserves a song of its own, I think.
Re: A world without browser Java and Flash would be great
> Perhaps Apple should block users from installing deadly software like Flash and Java
Perhaps Adobe and Oracle should be required to provide complete, current, cumulative, and detailed instructions, prominently displayed on their own sites, for how to go about definitively uninstalling software like Flash and Java--nuke-it-from-orbit-style.
bullshit on the part of chain-yanking, cage-rattling journos, methinks.
Re: Another example of why Linux fails to gain market share
>Ubuntu is the leader, so everyone please just promote that, even if it's not "best", to try to win some market share...
Good luck with that approach, as you'll be fighting the fact that linux distros tend to metastasize. Can't be arsed to find the obligatory xkcd strip to cover the situation, but the truth is out there.
Re: I'm sure I can beat 37 out of 37
How about creating a plug+socket that does the orientation automagically--you know, using magnets or something, so that all you have to do is get the damn cable near the relevant part/port on the computer and the two bits get all excited and jiggy and begin face-sucking and mating in the blink of an eye? Oh, wait...
Re: Well no wonder
>While a human would read this whole article and realize...
Your model of humans needs revisiting, apparently. I get your point, though.
Rumour has it...
Microsoft's clutch is slipping.
Mine's a mac.
And the Chinese, for example, will respond with... ?
"Oooooo-Kaaaaay! You asked for it!"?
Actual squeeeeeelions of dollars in a bidding war (on the off-chance that they can't already tap the top-tier talent with a flick of their collective elbow)?
Re: Those GoPro cameras are fantastic
They appear to be breeding, chez Lauren--or Dad has a bit of a tech fetish--but, alas, none have been seen anywhere near my place.
Let me correct that:
Re: Top work
"the amount of times"? "Times", being a count noun, rather than a non-count noun, strongly suggests the use of "the number of times" instead. (It's only grammar--hence the icon--, but) I'm concerned there may be analogues to this small error in the STEM fields.
Re: jobs was a seriously deranged nutjob
Idi Amin suffered from advanced general paresis, did he not? Might explain some of his more unusual behaviours.
You can't drill into an iceberg a few millenia old to get the good stuff?
> rain water.
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