481 posts • joined 31 Dec 2008
Wasn't there something about...
German feldmarschalls not surrendering?
By all accounts given he's apparently a pro homophobe in his spare time I doubt he'll be much mourned.. I'm certainly not going to grieve.
Interesting that there's laws in virtually every country against discrimination and yet people can openly ignore them and set the actual hiring and LGBT policies of companies, police forces & governments.
Human rights - your chances of survival may vary (not applicable in the Southern States)
Re: no surprise here
*three* rusted on weirdos?
Now what did I tell you about Eadon & cloning? Yes that's right, its a bad idea!
Microsoft aren't helping themselves - a dual boot device in the mobile space couldn't do anything but help their prospects - especially since office-esque apps are still playing catch up on Android. In some ways its like watching a US version of the BL death slide. I honestly can't see them pulling their way out of it - unless they kill 8.x on the desktop with fire & manage to pull a miracle combination of XP & 7 out of the hat... as has been previously stated a company like Mozilla pulling a product is bad enough but are they only the first? MS should be begging for dual boot everywhere - not trying to kill it.
Re: In (mostly) the words of the great Pterry..
The equipment...,so to speak, is retracted for the majority of the time so it stays nice and protected even when they find the most disgusting places to roll around.
The bit you see doing the dangle is the sheath - not the business end of things - that only shows up when needed.
As to the research - what do you think vetinarians do all day - its hardly rocket science - just compare the flora on the human body with that of a dog and you'll find that dogs are actually cleaner at both ends - less nasties if you kiss a dog than the average human.. and vice (squad) versa..
There are some zoonoses you need to watch - especially with cats - new research indicates infection with a particular cat parasite makes you more likely to have car accidents.. by slowing reflexes & altering risk perception.
In (mostly) the words of the great Pterry..
"He'd have given his right arm to be called two-*dogs*-fscking..."
And I wouldn't blame the Floridians too much - I've seen similar in Ohio & Ipswich UK (the redhead will remain nameless).
Inconsequential fact - a dogs wang is actually cleaner than the average humans mouth..
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
Last I looked in the article it was the father who signed the NDA - not the daughter so explain to me like I'm 5 how the hell HER actions constitute HIM breaking the NDA. God but God screwed the hell up when he created Americans..
Re: A few points
As 77 dead bodies attests even one person seeing him as a martyr is dangerous - and I don't think we know the entirety of the Nazi groups - there's a fair few in the US...
Did you forget the part with the bomb(s) in the capital? - aka a diversionary attack and a masterpiece of the genre. Those tactics.. part of the reason Breivik is so damn dangerous is he did single handed what entire armies failed to pull off, perfectly. Even if you loathe him to the point of hanging him by his balls over a Mamba tank - it was artistically done. Just one person copying his method (which has now been slathered through the press) means maybe 80+ dead - now try a whole group... Breivik has to die of natural causes in his natural time.. the results otherwise could be horrific.
The point is simple - you and I or Breivik kill 80 civilians - its a crime. US Army does it - its government policy & perfectly legal. As for less collateral damage - drone aircraft deliver the same munitions in the same way, same weapon same damage, only difference is its cheaper & no meatbags.
Re:re A few points
Both Erich Von Manstein & Allenbrooke used the same tactic as Breivik did and both were decorated. The difference - two were army commanders, and paid to kill - the other did it for admittedly whacked beliefs - but last I noticed the people they killed are collectively just as dead. Your point re 98ks & lee enfields is a little facetious - when on the one hand its Stens & MG42's and on the other a platoons worth of automatic weapons. More to the point is how the little sod got his hands on them in the first instance. The point should also be made that for all three the people they killed or died as a result of their orders were legitimate targets, the difference being Breiviks view is not shared by anyone else - whereas for the others its legitimate government policy, that is the sole difference - unless you count Zhukovs troops emptying sub machine guns into unarmed German teenage girls as somehow any more legitimate than what Breivik did?
You are right - so far as I know Norway isn't into crashing weddings with cluster bombs - but again just as dead & importantly just as civilian.
I hate to be blunt about it but the poor kids involved in this - many of them wanted a career in politics - one of the things politicians do? oh yes, that's right, wars and the prosecution of same. Killing people, at however many remove.
And I suggest you read your history - the British army were the ones who came up with concentration camps - and have you seen the mess a Lewis Gun can make of Indian women & children? As for Von Manstein - history is dubious there especially during 11th Army ops - although personally I'm on the side of giving him the benefit of the doubt.
I like your idea re forums but not giving him actual access - whatever else he is he's intelligent - and since Norwegian authorities seem to have yard of lard syndrome he might find a way to exploit it...
A few points
1: If they'd have just executed the guy they'd have created a martyr - that's politics 101 - to the point even David Cameron could grasp it...
2: Whether you care to admit it or not, credit where credit is due, Breivik has proven to be a tactician of the scale of a Von Manstein, Allenbrooke, or Blucher - if he'd have been in an army in wartime he'd be parading round the place with a Dannebrog, a GCMG and at the least a Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub & Schwerten... FOR DOING EXACTLY THE SAME DAMN THING.
3: Drone Strikes - aka bobbing for brides/whack a wedding... and don't you dare tell me they're legitimate targets if Russian partisans weren't. Oh silly me - if I'm a private citizen & kill 80 odd people that's a crime - if I'm a police officer, a soldier or a politician -they'll give me a goddamn medal..
4: Contrary to popular belief its in the authorities best interests to keep this unpleasant individual happy - happy sociopaths are quiet sociopaths - and having the world media barf out the whole situation and the embarrassing incompetence of the security forces is not helpful - nor does it help the victims survivors/families.
If your pet sociopath wants his games, especially if he's an anti-darling of the media, you'd best swallow your revulsion & pony up, if only to shut the guy up. In this case all publicity is bad publicity.
5: I find it pretty telling that in Europe when this sort of thing happens gun control is tightened up before they've found all the bodies - in the US they debate Uzi's for schoolkids.. god I love the American Dream..
Finally - for *insert deity here*'s sake - actually sit down and look at your society critically just for once. Do that and hopefully you'll begin to understand why people like Breivik pop up. Modern society in alot of senses makes life in the dark ages positively dreamy by comparison.
I don't condone what this individual did but then I'm sure I'm not the only one who's contemplated the improvement garnered by the British economy if someone had emptied a Sten into a certain Mr Osbourne a few years back. Its an unpleasant truth that should be stated - the only difference between Anders Breivik and the majority of the rest of humanity - he did what many of us contemplate daily..
Don't you just love civilized society?
Just called Essex Police...
and they say they don't have access - given that they've lied to me in the past I'll believe it when Satan goes to work on a snowmobile..
The problem with this is compounded because there are several conditions where it is ILLEGAL under UK law to inform anyone of a persons medical status without their permission and there would be precisely zero chance of me granting same especially not to the Police.
This has to be stopped - its going to end up costing lives. Example: Police know a protester has Diabetes - deny them food 'by accident' then claim they were 'drunk & violent' (hypogycaemic) as an excuse for tasering or shooting them "in self defense"...
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
"feel the hate flowing at me" - Emperor Palpatine, Coruscant War Crimes Tribunal.
Still at least one person got what I was trying to say.. or liked the quotes *sigh*
Re: When you consider...
That's true - and its always puzzled me how he's lasted so long when most people with his condition at best manage a few years. It might be interesting to sequence his genome & see if there's a reason there - although I don't know if there can be the same sort of genetic 'immunity/protection' in MND as there is with the AA32 gene in HIV/Y.Pestis immunity.
What he's managed to achieve is amazing but sometimes I wonder if slapping a new idea into a major cosmological theory like you are welding up a hole in a Lancia's subframe could be referred to as "good science". But then again I don't have 40+ years in astrophysics...
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
And you know exactly why Penrose & Ellis didn't get the same recognition - they've not got MND & don't spend their down time playing chase the nurse..
The name Penrose does actually ring a bell somewhere but I'm not sure where and in what context I heard it.
I guess I'm not all that happy with the idea of cut & paste science - its like the Robot Chicken Pi sketch...
Nameless Peon: "I wonder if future generations will believe I discovered Pi"
Pythagoras: "No, they won't. But they'll believe *I* discovered it..."
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
You didn't watch futurama I take it...
The clang you just heard was you missing my point..
Its entirely possible he & his colleagues are dead right - its also entirely possible that they've all been coming up with utter twaddle in order to sell impenetrable books to the facebookwits.. without being in the same business at the same level no one can tell...
black hole astrophysics & associated fields are wonderful academic areas of study for a simple reason - not only do you not need to prove anything conclusively - you can't.
Its kinda like the US Government & honesty - they tell you they're being honest but won't let you verify they're being honest because they're honest..
And has anyone else wondered about this peer review idea? A better description might be "agreeing that its possible & calculable because he's the leader in the field & I'm indirectly reliant on his ideas for my salary & position"? but of course that doesn't affect anyone's decision not to call another academic out..
To quote 'free will hunting'
"Philosophy is for them that don't have to work for a living..."
"I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
even after cashing the huge cheque I got for writing a book about them..."
comes to mind..
"So you called my theory a fat sack of barf & then you stole it?! !"
"Welcome to Academia..."
I've honestly never been sure if Hawking is one of the best scientific minds or the best "stand up philosopher"* the universe ever produced...
* bullshit artist.
So let me get this straight...
You are running a Nokia firmware update - known for years to be as flaky as a lepers crotch at the best of times - and running a screen grabber at the same time?
Seriously - you are actually putting fingers to keyboard to complain? If you do *anything* while a Nokia update is running - up to and including straightening it on the desk it will crash and burn faster than an Airbus at an Airshow.. this has been common knowledge since they started using Symbian 3rd.
Sorry - got zero sympathy for this - you were fairly lucky you didn't brick the thing...
50 Shades of Grey
And we want any of this why?
Great - put driver details on the web - when the DVLA won't accept email anything because, and I quote, we need a signature!
Its a shame they stopped treating treason as a capital crime because so far the 'universal credit' has been directly responsible for at least 2 suicides & one and I fully expect it to be two by tomorrow, murder/suicides. Government incompetence driving citizens to suicide? I'd say that counts as treasonous...
But that's OK Iain Dumb**** Smith - you haven't done anything wrong because you're above the law - despite the 1961 act on suicide in British law saying its a criminal act to cause a person by your actions to commit suicide. And mods - look it up, you'll find I'm telling the truth.
This government is a joke, the DVLA is incompetent enough as it is without further digital crapgasms ladled on top. Tell you what Francis - why don't you fix the roads we're paying you for? Instead of paying millions for a system that's got the same chance of working properly as a IPCC complaint has of getting an honest hearing.
Not to mention there are alot of cases of 'driver history' where that information being available breaches data protection so badly it'd sink faster than the HMS Hood.. that's even before the traditional 'laptop on a train' data protection disaster.
One person mentioned voting ... whats the point - the fact we're lumbered with Cameron's Wannabes show what we say doesn't matter in the least.
I'd vote BNP over the main parties for one reason - they may be mindlessly right wing bigoted sociopaths with the social skills of a constipated rhino - but at least they'll admit to it...
Re: Brokeback mountain version
Aka "Soreass Hill" - yikes, watched that film and all I could liken it to was a David Attenborough documentary on gay men - Troy has its lady of soundtrack sorrow - that had its twink of tremendous terrain.. and is it me or do they look far too related.. ?
Since its already been mentioned that for various reasons long term storage on digital media is going to be an issue, not least because of media degradation maybe we could go a slightly different route.
Since modern papers aren't much better than tapes & the like why not use metal storage? Something like a stainless steel cartridge vetsion of the old punch tapes or Jacquard cards & a high speed reader, after all most just sits there for years doing nowt.
The problem here is mirrored all over the world at the moment in all fields. Will there be anything left of 1990-onwards in 800 years? probably not, we are, bar buildings maybe producing so little that's tangible and what we do produce generally is designed to fail.. including the tape drives and other devices Kew needs to use..
We might be in a latter historians eye - the mysterious denizens of Dark Ages II: The Search for a .DOCX converter... kinda sad if so..
The whole thing is so flakey that data rates fluctuate virtually every day anyway.. I'd much rather they commit to protecting whats left of our privacy. I'd also love to see the profit breakdowns of peoples payments for service as opposed to what they get paid for selling data on us. If it was possible to function within society without any form of connection I'd seriously consider it.. They're all as bad as each other..
Overpriced, Overhyped & over here
For £60 I can get a phone that is perfect with a good IPS screen, GPS dual Sims & card slot.
This is more overpriced crap for the single syllable generation so please stop claiming its the second bloody coming..
its little more than a slightly faster HTC Touch Diamond running Android with (probably) even less storage free
Although to quote...
"Who's the bigger fool, the fool, or the fool that follows him...?"
In this case the jury is still trying to understand what deliberate means...
Neither do Garmin & they're selling sat navigation devices.
How many times do I have to bloody say it? If its an advertised function you paid for & it doesn't bloody work there is a legal case to answer if the manufacturer can't/won't fix it.. under British law..
all maps are inaccurate but there's inaccurate & theres telling you you've just arrived at Stonehenge when your sitting in a Vatican City McDonald's
"Do try to keep up, thinking is SO important.."
Re: I'm fairly sure...
I agree - traipsing round Chelmsford a satnav is not a critical system. It becomes alot more critical in places like desert areas of the US and Australia - simple mistakes or mechanical breakdowns there kill.
I also agree - not a US legal precedent but the fact its a Police Force that is advising avoiding the product carries weight with a judiciary wherever they hail from (bar possibly Iraq). A precedent in the legal sense is not set until a judgement is made - but a precedent in the non legal sense is anything that has happened previously that supports a point of view.. which the AU police advice fully fulfils.
Under UK law at least - if a product has a features or subset of features that are advertised to do something & don't - that's not fit for purpose.
It doesn't matter if its not the highline feature or purpose of the device. If that function doesn't work when the device is bought & it is an important feature that'd be used in a choice between devices - there is a legitimate case to answer.
If I spent £15k on a car with a 8 speed transmission and only 5 speeds will select in such a way to make the car undrivable then its unfit for purpose. If the manufacturer refuses to fix it, then its trading standards time. Ditto for suicidal bonnets (Clio) & death by E46 (BMW).
Similarly if I spend money on a phone with a GPS/navigation function - which swears blind I'm halfway round the Isle of Man TT course when I'm ass deep in MINIs somewhere in kent then it ain't much use for navigation - and is unfit for purpose.
People rely on these devices and for one to be so monumentally inaccurate is dangerous. Even when they're accurate you get people driving through deep rivers cos of lack of brain. 300 miles is not a trivial error - that, for most vehicles is almost a full tank of fuel - and in many places getting stuck in the middle of nowhere can be lethal.
Re: Have I read...
Since I've been reading this site for upwards of 15 years - yes I am fully aware.. I've not seen an article yet on here so virulent against a person who has a legitimate legal complaint - and is actually helping others who have the same legitimate 'fitness for purpose' complaint - which are dealt with on a daily basis in the UK under consumer protection.
In response to your second paragraph your attempt at whining in the style of an Austin gearbox (loudly with little effect or point, for those who haven't driven an A30) might be a little more pertinent if you weren't, assuming Andy isn't short for Andrea, one of the genetically endicked..
Re: So in the UK
I suggest you actually read what I wrote. Being mistakenly *directed to a bad area* is an easy way of getting shot. Here we have gun control - the only people likely to get shot are Brazilian electricians guilty of 'looking like a terrorist, with intent'. Given the fact that I have visited the US on several occasions and almost all the families I visited have an attitude to guns that reminds me of a certain scene in Mad Max - Thunderdome - the only reason one three year old didn't have her own personal B.A.R was she couldn't carry one..
Mind you - being black, a car accident victim, and knocking on a door to get help in the US is an easy way to get a bullet through your face..
Re: I'm fairly sure...
The is a legal difference between acceptable inaccuracies and Crapple maps telling me I'm in Cardiff just up the road from Torchwood when I'm sitting in Chelmsford!
Given that Australian police have told people flat out that using Apple maps is about as sensible & safe as using a baby taipan as a yoyo.. I think there is legal precedent.
The "might be slightly inaccurate" thing is more to do with GPS inaccuracies of ±20 meters - its not for as previous posters have mentioned - hospitals becoming a set for game of thrones or entire villages moving 600 miles overnight. That kind of navigational anomaly can cost people their lives (whether manually or technologically) and has (not switching on IFF while trundling up the Thames is also a baaad idea).
So in the UK
I can contact trading standards and say precisely the same and I am protected by law...
...and in the US she tries to do the same thing and you brand her some sort of idiot wasting peoples time?
She has every right to be pissed off - Apple products are expensive for what they are when they bloody work - let alone when they don't. Then there's the 'is there a alternative?' situation with Apple with their you will do it my way mentality. Alot of people use mapping functions on smartphones - and in the US ending up in a bad area because of wrong directions as a woman alone is an easy way to get shot.
The way this article is written is offensive not only in the way it brands someone looking for fair treatment as some sort of dribbling retard but in the implied subtext that its a woman doing this so its automatically a waste of everyone's time. God knows I'm no feminist but we can do without the Gizmodo-esque "she's a girl she must be gormless" genre here thank you.
The Tyrannosaurs are the little ones on the right - more to the bloody point did no one else notice the Seagulls?
"I don't think I want to live on this planet any more.. !" Farnsworth, Hubert J.
Those cute little greys are the strangest Tyrannosaurs - they look more like dromeosaurs or oviraptors.
I can't see a single recognisable tyrannosaurid feature, although they'd make good pets.
Merry does remember we're cousins right...
LoTR secret diaries...
This might be me..
But I've learned from experience - if its still functioning, don't try and fix it. Even a floating bus has a lower voltage limit and fiddling about might be just enough to push it into a hard short & kill the thing off completely - which would be sad.. because once its dead its dead.
Reminds me of my old Humber Sceptre - it might have been more rust than bodywork and more filler than either - and have an interior mostly built of vynide & cardboard but it was indestructible - even Volvo estates treated it with respect; crumple zones and pedestrian safety were for other people. Had world war three happened the radioactivity would have probably improved its fuel consumption and cold starting.
On the basis of that quote it does kind of make you wonder how he escaped working at a McDonalds.
I've been reading alot about NASA computing and something called STAR which was a fault tolerant system for space probes. basically the idea was to have 3 or more of all components - two of which were unpowered backups - thus increasing the mtbf which in probes that are a little out of AA or RAC jurisdiction is useful.
Why not adapt the STAR idea for data centres creating systems that have multiple multicore processors - the majority of which are only powered at high usage rates. If a current system uses say two 12 core processors at 65% but powers all its cores its wasting power compared to a system that uses say 6 x 4 core equivalents of which one or more is only prefetched and run when load requires. This would give the added advantage that if a processor starts to throw errors it can be demoted from a primary to a load dependent one.
It makes the software and the initial hardware outlay a little more complex/expensive - but means savings in downtime & cooling etc, not to mention power bills..
General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett.. in the chair..
Thanks for that quote... made my afternoon!
"Don't be disgusting Darling! I wouldn't lick a German if he was glazed in honey"
"Hmm.. you mean spy on our spy as he searches for their spy, might be fun. But we'll need a wound, a convincing wound" *ponders, shoots Darling in the foot* "yes that should do nicely.."
Re: Ahhh, the nostolgia.
Be happy - we got Quickbasic & Ada! The latter at university taught by the three musketeers - living proof that those who can't teach. They worked on the 3³ principle - ask the same question three times to all three off them separately - you'd get 9 different (wrong) answers.
I haven't run into the x80z series - a little before my time. The RM bane of my life was the BL Allegro skidmark tan 80186 - a truly horrible evolutionary dead end in x86 computing. Given how slow and awful that thing was its truly terrifying/amazing to think that NASA got to the moon using core rope or 'granny' memory - and a processor (that in comparison) couldnt have won tic-tac-toe against a brain damaged ant..
I've always wondered what would happen if someone ported Android to assembly - how much faster it would be & what specs would be needed. its no wonder programmers are lazy today when application cache files are often bigger than the memory in NASAs entire systems - combined! A whole fault tolerant failsafe custom OS (Skylab) - in under 16k - and the RM 186 looks positively wondrous - a terrifying thought..
Re: Fucking idiot
How many times has this happened before? Lehmans & all the rest of them - and Merriweather & Co before (LTCM - the C should stand for Crappy..). still the money monumentally untalented ex journalists make from selling books about it should balance out the net economic loss...
The problem is simple - and complicated. If we don't want these kind of problems have computers trading, but if we want the (pseudo) profitability we need the humans in the picture. Incidentally if this had all worked as planned there would probably have been a seat on the board waiting... as it is he'll get his leaving bonus (assuming no 'criminal activity/conviction clauses).
.. And, its gone.. ('it' being something best not thought about - I'm not talking about money.. )
Does my bum look vulnerable in this...?
Or, saying it with Futurama...
(they only sell to...) dumb bastards..
Oh and fixed the first line - you've got 'old' where you should have 'new'
Re: Ford Orion
I've driven both and I'd still buy a model To over a series 5 Orion any day of the week. once you learn the controls the T isn't that hard - just be careful if it acts up on starting -handle kickback on that engine *hurts*. The number of people broke fingers or even arms using handle starts was why the big old engines used a flywheel clutch starter - you turned the flywheel and then clutched it - start a Tiger II on a direct handle and get it wrong and your entire arm would end up somewhere in darkest Wales.
The latest Ford Escort/Orion was worse than a model T in oh so many ways. There was the steer by leaning function - the chassis flexed so bad it was like wing-warping without the wings. The seats had all the appeal of a damp kindergarten waiting room chair. And oh god the engines - CVH aka Clattery Vapid & Harsh or CVS aka Catatonic & Violently Smokey. The gearlever would have been more at home as the twist grip on an elephants colestomy bag. Then there's the body roll - akin to a greased up Hutt dropped off a skate ramp & the body panels that were a total loss if it rained hard. The only part of the bodywork that had any structural integrity whatsoever was the rear spoiler.
The Focus is better but many seem to have sourced their electronics from either Lucas prince of darkness or Renaults spare parts division - a bunch of people that make the coalition government look like Gods on earth.
Hmmm... 'Intelligence led' & the Police
Now there is a contradiction in terms worthy of a literary medal.
The police are entirely inept and care precisely zero for anyone/anything that isnt a fellow police officer or a member of their familes. Thats over and above lying to the victims of crime (which I can personally attest to) - abuse of minorities (which I can also personally attest to, twice) and other fun games they play..
I spent hours getting that police cryptolocker virus off my fathers machine - and those images look suspiciously like they've been pulled off the police websites - what do the Police do about it? bugger all, even though above and beyond the criminal damage they could get them for copyright infringement amongst other stuff (see Capone, totally psychotic murderous gangster - possibly caused by Syphilis - got convicted for tax evasion). I wonder what the hidden costs are of things like Cryptolocker - like the long term health damage it does to people, the lost productivity and information - not to mention if it was to hit scientific projects or charities like those set up for Cancer & HIV - so much important information lost...
The only difference between the criminals and the police in my experience is that the criminals dont get a pension plan and health benefits.
Alot of the inherant problem with the Police in general is also compounded by their lack of computer nous. They simply cannot get their head around the fact that if they dont know how to do something, then someone else *might* know how to do it. Which is why these cases when people have been done for stuff they had nothing to do with the Police are so amazed when the real culprit turns out to be the 14 year old next door neighbour or something of that ilk.
Incidentally - quick way to kill cryptolocker. Log on to computer using either recovery disk or your other backup admin account (you did set one up right?) - go to the windows/startup directory and delete the *.lnk file thats just a collection of alphanumerics - reboot normally and virus go bye bye. Thats what I ended up doing after 3 *days* of working on it. Then just delete any file with the same name as the alphanumeric string & you should be good to go..
Re: Ever increasing standards
An ex gf of mine was partial to her Labrador (in the biblical sense) - when you peer over the back of a chair and see a kid of 5 doing exactly the same thing - its pretty much a given that something somewhere is not entirely kosher.
I am not going to say any more since the details are somewhat cringeworthy (unless you are a member of PETA ironically)
Re: Ever increasing standards
please don't buy them a dog!!
went to Ohio, lovely friendly Staffordshire terrier, and two five year old girls. All of three foot nowt, and had no idea about dogs. parents similarly inept - the house was dogcrap alley!
I had to yell at the dog several times when it jumped on the girls - parents didn't see the problem, and the poor animal hated crapping in the house - against its training.. but no one would take him out.
Trigger did have one use, it was because of his behaviour to one of the girls I suspected abuse. Turned out she'd been raped by her dad for 4 years & has HPV now. That was bad enough, but if we hadn't have realised it could have gotten worlds worse...
Coruscant 90210?! please by all that is holy; No!
If its not bad enough that Disney of the one dimensional character got a hold of it - now were going to be subjected to a live action mash up of Aladdin & X Wings?
All the reboots and remakes were bad enough - then it was Jar Jar & Padme "alt. die.die.die." Amadala - ye gods but the girl was as dim as a 40w bulb. Not to mention "she's lost the will to live" - "but we're in a starship medical bay!" "shut up and maybe the rednecks won't notice" scene. I mean REALLY? Even Colchester NHS could manage better..
I think the song "past the point of no return" from Phantom is soulcrushingly apt here.
Re MJ & Karrde
Which would work if their first meeting hadn't already happened in canon. Not to mention MJ was hoicked away from home by good ole uncle Palpatine (think social services in Zeyd cloth) at somewhere round the age of 2 or 3 & spends the rest of her time on an Evil Willow kick..
And you both made & completely missed my point.
You & I know there are other options out there. Non technical users probably won't.
You & I can manage getting a Nokia E7 apart to replace its battery. 45 minutes it took me the first time! Non technical users - send it away or dump it.
My father is a non technical user & might be tempted into using the cloud apps without knowing it - as well as many others too - because they think its local - there goes their private info.
If I was well enough & had the money id be kicking gmail & the like to the kerb and setting up my own personal system. I have the knowledge to do it. Most people won't.
The issue I have is not where we are right now with 'privacy' , its where this could go so very easily. Pesky single mother & anti war campaigner, won't shut up? Just have those nice chappies at Google fill her account to the brim with pedo images - and sit back with the popcorn to watch the show (while betting whether she'll lose bladder control before or after her 8 year old daughter when the police spray them with bullets).
The more you give them the more they can use against you - for gods sake that's in Sun Tsu, its basic common bloody sense. yet it's out the window the minute a fanboi sees new shiney!
Re: Earbleedingly loud music on public transport..
What I need is my own documents under my own control. neither do I want to be reliant on remote servers if I want to listen to music. Neither do I want services barfing music in my direction that they think I want.. usually Katy "emotional depth of a paddling pool" Perry or Miley "couldn't hit a note with a 12 bore" Cyrus.
Three in the UK goes down or Google storage have a brainweeble - and I can't do a thing with streamed content. Not to mention the privacy implications.
What I want from a phone is simple. HDMI out, removable battery, SD of at least 32gb. My new phone does it perfectly. For 20% the price of an Ne5. Best phone I've owned and £400 cheaper than my previous Nokia.
My father just got the new Q10. He loves it bar the learning curve. Will he ever use 15% of its abilities - no. He got it because it was BB & secure & for the keyboard.
To paraphrase Leila Organa "the more you let Google tighten its grip, the more it'll hurt when they decide to squeeze..." its happened to Symbian owners - don't think they won't come for you. When it does, don't say I didn't warn you. Most of the reviews already mention tighter integration - but what the hell? its new shiney!
"And the final fanboi poured forth his firmware onto XDA and a voice entoned "lo, I am become kit-kat; the destroyer of even the illusion of privacy..""
Earbleedingly loud music on public transport..
Spock is never there when you need him...
As to the phone, its useless to me. No SD card slot, no interest.
When will manufacturers listen. NO fixed memories, no fixed batteries & you will sell handsets. Its hardly dragon science for heavens sake.
Also someone please explain why we need 8 core processors when I can write books, watch video, play games and run remote OBD monitoring on dual core without the slightest lag or complaint? Save the world - buy a google phone that does 600% more than you need. Is it me or is something wrong with that woodcut?
Re: windows phone is gaining market share faster than shit off a shovel
£60 for a dual core A9 4.5 ips screen android with SD & HDMI out which is compatible with SGS4 accessories - 8/2mpix Samsung camera set - or 5 times that for a WP8 handset that not only doesn't do what I need it to, it CANNOT do what I need.
A rough comparison gives a Nokia price of £250 handset only for more limited hardware & software. Apple at least £500, Samsung probably inbetween the two.
Give me one good reason why I should buy an RT or WP 8 device for silly amounts of money when a £60 vsun i5, kingsoft office & a £7 printing app give me everything I need?
I can't hear you...
Doesnt matter in the slightest
After the way I've been treated by Nokia & Microsoft hell will freeze over before I buy, recommend or suggest these devices to anyone. The lies over lies over half truths about Symbian - the crappy unreliable hardware - the abuse of customers repeatedly - the only people worse are Apple & Essex Police.
I have to say I would trust Amon Goeth with a creche of Jewish kids more than I would trust any of the above.
Microsoft you should be aware, you have alienated a whole range of different customers for many different reasons - and once you've done that they're lost for good. Give yourself a pat on the back - you'll never have to worry about being a monopoly again.. won't that be relaxing...
Apple learned that the sun shineth not from the ass of Apple but from the ass of Jobs and were much vexed..
...and the most prescient of them foresaw working from a lockup in Luton within five years and did jump off high buildings accordingly.
...lo, there was much fanboi wailing & gnashing of teeth, while in the real world life went on as normal and no person even registered the beginning of the Applopalypse..