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Re: blend o' skills...
"Am I the only one that thinks you can just "get" computing"
I've found it requires tremendous amounts of constructive cursing. If you didn't learn to swear like a good'un at school, you may be at a disadvantage.
I think the Japanese company is called Shimizu, not Shimzu. (Although they seem to be using 'Shimz' as their logo.)
50 years ago, I wasn't allowed to watch the first episode. (Something else on, Dr. Finlay's Casebook or some other crap, I don't remember but I'm sure some fellow abused child will inform me). And today, the family won't let me watch because X-Factor is on. Fuck, I've spent my whole life as a wimp.
Re: The numbers don't add up
Oops, a bit early in the week for mental arithmetic. Should be about $2,750,000 dollars.
Re: The numbers don't add up
Figures at the link below show exports in 2010 were worth 276,950,000 yen, which is approximately $275,000 (at today's rates). So yes, it looks like they may be making shit up, and then some.
Re: @Gives a whole new image
And would that image be a picture of George Clooney or Brad Pitt or whoever she's thinking of?
"love is a stative verb"
I'm not sure we can say that English grammar has the concept of stative verbs. The distinction between stative and dynamic verbs is just a matter of semantics and logic. They conjugate in the same way. This is probably why we have verbs that can have both a stative and dynamic sense. For example, "I have a plate." and "I'm having a plate of chips."
"I'm loving the discussion." seems more economic than "I'm enjoying the discussion so much that I have stained my underpants." McDonalds apparently came to the same conclusion.
Painting agnostics as wishy-washy
'Don't forget that agnosticism is honest because it says "we don't know if there is a God or if there isn't".'
That's a wishy-washy interpretation of agnosticism. A better interpretation of agnosticism would be, 'I see no solid evidence for a god so I don't believe in one.'
The 'don't know' part of agnosticism doesn't mean it's a 50-50 thing. I don't know for sure that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, but evidence and reason tells me it will.
Re: The "experience" experience
"It's results that count."
Except when they come in a Powerpoint presentation.
Re: Unicode needs to be taken out back and shot
"the full width "A" should not be U+FF21, it should be decimal 65 with the renderer deciding if it should be full width or not."
I'm not sure I agree. How does the renderer decide? For example, in the following (if it displays), where English and Japanese are mixed, and the second upper-case A is part of a Japanese name.
A great future at Ａテック.
Make 'em pay
Isn't utf-8 just a new form of the Flanders imperialism? One-byte characters for us chaps, and some other variable number for the funny writing people. It's just a plot to rule the world by keeping their bandwidth costs high.
Re: Clueless Analysts
Point taken about the status thing. But for the man with everything, assuming he has five mistresses too, a 5c in each colour might be appealing.
Is it really wasted energy?
"all from energy that would otherwise be wasted"
Genuine question. For example, does the leaked energy have no effect in heating the house, or curing acne, or whatever?
Boring you all to death (and you too El Reg)
It's all about the apps . Do you El Reg guys really fondle hardware. I thought you were jesting.
I don't understand the strong emotions displayed here. Most of us have been fortunate to live in times when companies were built on the passion of the founders for the products they delivered. HP, Bill Gates, SteveJobs, Larry Ellison, etc., even the Facebook guy. When they go, the company faces problems. What should drive the company now? This is nothing new - look at Ford, Sony, Panasonic, and many more. Hate Balmer if you want, but putting 'the blame' on him makes no sense. Just be thankful we got to witness these weird and wonderful companies in their beginnings.
This syllable thing doesn't really work in English. Japanese is a syllable-timed language with each syllable using more or less the same time. In contrast, English is a stress-timed language. A more interesting task would be to make haiku in English using only stressed syllables. Like this:
"This red rock place holds
Five more clues where free dogs roam
Round dark light space walks"
With luck, that should put a stop to this haiku craze.
Re: What's the problem?
I notice that part wasn't quoted (i.e. no quote marks) in the article. Any reason for that?
Re: It only applies to women - apparently
'The ridiculous "political correctness" approach of constantly using he/she...'
As opposed to some other form of correctness by using 'he' when gender is unspecified? I tend to use 'he/she' in more formal writing, not for its elegance or its political correctness, but because I find it more accurate. I use 'they' in less formal writing and probably in speech. Perhaps I should use it all the time. It was good enough for Shakespeare. And if it pisses off those who believe there are 'correct' and 'incorrect' forms of grammar, all the better.
We know who Apple are...
....but 'Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster'
Have you ever tried tracking the ownership of these publishing companies? Not today, but at the time of the 'incident' in question in 2010. Example: About Macmillan from Wikipedia:
"Pearson acquired the Macmillan name in America in 1998, following its purchase of the Simon & Schuster educational and professional group (which included various Macmillan properties). Holtzbrinck purchased it from them in 2001. McGraw-Hill continues to market its pre-kindergarten through elementary school titles under its Macmillan/McGraw-Hill brand. U.S. operations of Georg von Holtzbrinck are now known as Macmillan."
With so much attention to Japanese companies, why no mention of NEC and its 9801 models. From the early 80s, this series completely dominated the Japanese PC market, and probably accounts for Japan's later weakness in the global computer business. I guess I'm missing something. But I know who Matsuda Seiko is.
Re: climate an weather
"it was cold this winter..."
Isn't a whole season's weather some kind of indicator of climate? And of course everyone confuses climate and weather. It's confusing. If climate is a long term average of weather, climate can only change if the weather changes. So all those climate change scientists are really looking at things that change the weather. Perhaps they should be called "things that change the weather and therefore change the climate" scientists.
Re: Trivia @Stuart Longland, @Don Jefe
"Here in the States it is a light tan color: Like the color of a middle managers slacks :)"
Yeah, OK. But what color is khaki in the States?
More specs on the screens, please. You mention the IPS screen on the iMac but not for the others. I'd have thought that if buying an all-in-one, screen quality is important. I'm probably out of touch with recent screen technology, but I work with an old model Dell IPS monitor and a newer ViewSonic non-IPS monitor. While the ViewSonic does a pretty good job with video and flashy stuff, looking at it for more than a few minutes when working with text is horrible compared to the Dell.
I've probably read Excession and The Player of Games more times than is good for you. In some ways like Superman comics for adults without the red kryptonite. The comfort of a ship's mind is hard to beat.
Thanks Iain for making my life that bit more enjoyable.
Why are the elderly and disabled lumped together?
I'm often surprised by how many of the elderly people I meet use the internet a lot. And an older-than-me neighbour has a fairly incisive view that sums up what it's all about. (paraphrasing) " When you're having a discussion with friends about how old Cilla Black is, we can settle the argument in seconds."
But "the disabled" is a whole something else. I know one disabled person who has never used the internet. She has also never used a telephone, or shopped by herself in Tesco. The old argument doesn't change. Don't fret about what the disabled can't do. If you are really concerned, increase the number of things they can do.
Re: I'm all for it
"I'd rather die young and happy than old with dementia "
In the modern state, you will be able to do both.
"The community has long desired independence from Chinese rule."
Any kind of evidence to back that up?
"At the beginning of the last century you could still stand up to a government"
Great times indeed, unless you were a woman, or Irish, or poor, or a subject of Her Majesty's colonial administration.
The sounds like the voice of an ad agency. Clever, funny, cool, and so on. But I don't get the feeling this is a message from Samsung. It's disappointing. Say what you like about Apple, they're not slow to give an opinion or take action to support their 'beliefs'. (sorry, can't think of a better word right now) Apple says it's right to protect their designs and other IP. They persuade media companies to drop the drm on their products that are sold through the iTunes store because they say it helps everybody. Apple has an opinion. I haven't a clue about Samsung.
Some guys from Samsung in Korea saying what they think of Apple would have been much more powerful.
Yeah, I know. It's TV. It's the USA. But still...
Re: I sense a lawsuit
They are rounded corners, being quarter-circle shaped usually. It would take 5 slices of lorne sausage and four potato scones before encroaching into legal and medical danger.
Re: lets just modify a typical Fandroid commentard on an iPad article
"since newer releases of Android will still run on older phones. Not so with iPhones."
All right. Enough. That sounds like the comment I expect from a Dixon's employee.
I don't have an iPhone. (I have a nexus S) But my daughter just updated her 2-year old iPhone to iOS6 (or whatever the latest version is). She said it was easy.
The main advantage is that there is no alternative. (Pity. I eventually liked the chunky white ones from a few years ago.)
"citing the years between Steve Jobs' exit and return, when the company focused on simply improving products rather that creating anything new"
OK, I'm getting old and my memory is fuzzy, but in that period I recall things such as Open Doc, the Newton, Cyberdog, publish and subscribe (wasn't that cool?), taligent (whatever that was), and perhaps even a cure for cancer. I don't think there was a problem with creating. There was certainly a problem with delivering.
Sex at sixty
Nothing to do with morality. Having sex at sixty implies doping. He should have stuck to dressing up in women's clothing. No chemicals required for that.
"which makes one wonder how the rest think cellular phones work"
By holding them the right way, of course.
Re: @Eddy Ito (No 'coffee' shortage as long as we have Soy Beans)
"Strange that you don't know Saigon is and has been for decades..."
But not so strange perhaps that you don't know how it is referred to by its residents.
Re: Miseducation, misguidance and hearsay
Only these three things? The first thing that crossed my mind was that if the processing plant is so wonderful, why is the company not building it in Australia?
No privacy to protect
This is the Scottish Borders. Everyone knows everything about everyone else. I'm surprised GS needed to be given paper records in the first place. He or she could have just asked Mrs Kerr along the road, and she would revealed how much everyone earned and what they were last in hospital for.
Re: Not writing off mobile devices can't be the reason for flash
"Adobe doesn't support mobile devices anymore"
But it's possible to compile a Flex application as an AIR application as well as a browser-based Flash app. I think Adobe is still pushing AIR for mobile.
Lego and vi are for wimps. Real women build with Meccano and emacs.
they were there
"We now have the fossil evidence to prove that they were there long before we thought they were there."
Well, at least one of them.
Rock, my arse. It's clearly a Martian wedding venue. There will be hell to pay for this.
Re: Too much willy-waving all around
"Ahah! 'I see what you did there'; you reversed the protocol. No, you are plain wrong;"
It seems to me this is the key. As you say, Assange faces serious allegations in Sweden. I think he should face them. I hope the UK government does as well. So why can't they make a more committed statement? Surely all they need to do is promise that they will not give Sweden permission to extradite Assange to the USA, and that if he is cleared of charges, or after serving any sentence if found guilty, then he be free to leave Sweden. Perhaps there is some legal difficulty in imposing such requirements, but if so, why hasn't the government explained these.
It almost looks like the UK government don't want him to go to Sweden. (How's that more a conspiracy theory?)
If the findings of the Watts paper are found to be correct, I think this is of great significance. I'm not a big fan of WUWT, but I read this paper, and it makes its case clearly. I've seen his contributions dismissed in the past because he is a "mere weatherman". In this case, as the topic is weather measurement, he can't be dismissed that easily.
"The ONLY place that we are said to be "Citizens" is on a British Passport"
That and also the British Nationality Act of 1981. Like it or not, you're probably a British Citizen of some kind. (I think there is a small category of people that are still termed British Subjects.)
Re: fairly obvious but
And of course you can have piped water, it's not an exclusive rural resource. Just don't moan when it costs you two quid a liter.
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