43 posts • joined Wednesday 20th May 2009 17:58 GMT
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.
Renowned theoretical physicist
Shouldn't that be "theoretically renowned physicist"?
Perhaps he was expelled for presenting a sloppy argument.
"Is one fuck of those words fucking you can put anywhere fucking in fucking a sentence and it still makes fucking sense,"
Who do I sound like...
"I have yet to see one kid with an idevice using it for other than gaming or working on social media stardom."
I was 31 when I first caught myself sounding like my father. One day there will be pills for it.
Re: Crackpots and Fundies
Great stuff. Spoken like a true Scorpio
@JDX - Sanyo
"like a store-brand copy of Kindle to me, like Sanyo"
Sanyo might "look like" a store brand copy to some, but the company and brand name have been around since about 1950. Sanyo was recently acquired by Panasonic, aka Matsushita.
Where did that 1998 peak go?
Looking at the chart, I wondered where the 1998 peak had gone. I think this is a ten-year moving average version of the data. The BEST site shows both this and a 12-month moving average version. The 12-month version is probably less suggestive of temperatures continuing to rise. Might have been better to publish both, or at least indicate what was being displayed.
Man should abandon hopes of being like God...
...because no matter how hard we try, we'll never achieve his level of malevolence and ironic humour.
The problem with Piloti,,,
... is that he can post anything here.
Definitions of "country" abound, but one of them is a land ruled by a single king. Another that it is recognised as a single territory by foreign countries. By both those definitions, Wales was a country when the Normans (or did you mean Romans) invaded England.
In case you were wondering who this fellow is.
He is President of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization devoted to world peace and stuff. Stuart Rees is Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation. Daisaku Ikeda received his gold medal in 2009. Back in 1998, Stuart Rees received the Award of Highest Honour for Contributions to World Peace, conferred by Soka University which was founded by Daisaku Ikeda.
Stuart Rees is also a council member of the Toda Research Institute, an "independent body", founded by Daisaku Ikeda.
What facts do we need when doubting things?
Flash plugin plays Flash content
I don't quite get why this is Adobe's problem. A web server serves Flash content and the end user's browser uses the Flash plugin to run it. Isn't that how things should work? Shouldn't the solution lie with the website serving the content? After all, if I understand the issue, the problem only affects their site and its users.
... while all our resident Windows boys are getting ready to queue up outside their local PC World in their grotesque anoraks wondering whether to get Professional Full or Super Ultimate or Home Supreme.
I'm still fond of my 2007 all white iMac. Kinda fugly, but very cuddly. Not sure about these new sleek iMacs with the shiny screens.
The Mac Mini server option looks interesting. Almost the antithesis of the cloud. There could be a market in many small companies.
I'd poo-poo the aluminium remote, but i once poo-pooed the iPod and learned there are people with interests other than my own. Should I buy them up?
Read books, watch video, browse porn, check the stock prices, e-mail the missus to pick up some beer on the way home, and all from the sofa and sometimes the toilet. I just hope it doesn't include a phone. Don't need no interruptions. This may be the killer product of all time.
"Because alongside a basic anti virus package, I check for suspoious network connections every couple of weeks, check the packets that are coming in and out of my computer , scan with at least 2 different scans (online scans) each month and keep my system up to date with security patches.OH and i scan for spyware as well because at the moment that is more liekly to infect you it seems."
I guess the economy depends on sad bastards like you.
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