2967 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Shame, but inevitable
If you want funky looking patterns, do a Google Image search for "QR code art". I'm amazed and pleased that they seem to work fine.
"... users could drop into an ordinary service station for a top-up. "
Would it be legal to do that in NZ? Or other places?
Re: Eye predict
If Google were willing to reward me in some way, I'd be happy to spend my free time gazing at lingerie adverts. In fact, if they outlined the ads with a distinctive marker of some kind, I'd be happy to gaze at any advert. Can I patent that idea?
I always thought that Google Glass ....
would be in vogue one day.
@Kubla Cant re.
I assume it monitors keypresses, since that's what happens when you type.
Could it be ....
.... that Microsoft see Open Office as a competitor to one of their own products and are trying to stifle it? One interesting aspect of this is that Open Office is free, so there is no company has its sales and therefore its profits affected - so no damages can be claimed.
I can imagine
"The board and I had some differences about the direction of the company"
The board had noted her lack of interest in chasing squirrels or patrolling the perimeter of the premises, with no inclination to bark at strangers. She didn't even mark her office so how was anyone supposed to find her? It was felt that she was not a good fit with the company ethos.
Re: And is illegal in the UK
The near field of a transmitter contains stored energy that forms part of the operation of the transmitter and tapping into this certainly constitutes 'stealing'. When the radiated field has been 'launched' and you tap some power from it, you are not affecting the transmitter in any way. If you created a large enough signal shadow to affect people who wanted to receive the signal, I'm not sure what the legal situation would be.
Evernote on Linux
The Evernote Windows application runs ok within WINE on Linux (MINT 13), in my simple and limited useage experience. The fonts are a bit rough but I haven't made an effort to improve them.
Are you funded by the Ad industry?
Getting the entire story
It would be interesting to talk with the actual designers/developers for this product and ask them what their initial ideas were, what time and budget pressures they were working under and what management/marketing interference they were subjected to. However, I'm sure that Phillips would fight tooth and nail to prevent that and would quietly threaten dismissal to anyone who spoke to the press.
Would any ACs like to give information?
I watched "Oranges are not the only fruit"
Does this mean that I'm a closeted lesbian?
@Spoonsinger Re: It's like a bad movie with no review showing in advance
"... telestial TV ..."
Is that like a joint venture between terrestrial and celestial TV? Oh, the rapture!
It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole
" ...some disdain for the gateway distros .."
I've been snorting Mint for four months now but the thrill has worn off. I'm worried that I might move into trying Debian and then start installing from the CLI.
@Pete 3 Re: Excellent re. Titus Andronicus
I believe that sort of fiction is now illegal in the UK, or is it just pictorial representation (for the moment)? I'm a bit worried that I downloaded Oedipus Rex, but that's freaky anyway so I suppose I deserve to have the book thrown at me.
@Zola Re: Lackluster
If you want a weekend/party phone, there are lots of cheap unlocked ones to choose from on e-bay, especially if you're used to Android and don't want the hassle of learning how to use a new phone OS. I bought my first two Android phones on e-bay and they are both still working fine.
If wishes were fishes
"...capabilities that could be developed and none of which are workable right now."
I bet they were working hard to develop those capabilities and working out how best to 'monetise' them.
re. 5GHz and walls
I was thinking about putting a WiFi router or WiFi extender high up in the loft and using a directional antenna to spray the signal downwards. Is 5GHz easily stopped by plasterboard and cheap floorboards?
Not learning from history?
From what little I know (by reading about it), I understand that the senior figures in the Chinese government are 'technocrats' and so you'd think that they'd do their research and understand what is likely to happen when a 'free market, capitalist' economy is unleashed onto a previously 'socialist' society. They have the recent example of the USSR to consider. They also have access to a hundred years of records of what happens in the traditionally capitalist societies of the West when politicians pass laws to modify people's economic behaviour.
So, is it because becoming a politician makes people stupid and arrogant, or is it only stupid and arrogant people who want to become politicians?
"... plucked with golden tweezers ..."
The tweezers should be made of wood, from the root of an old tea bush. This reduces the stress on the young leaf when it is plucked. You really can taste the difference.
Google can afford to think big
"... such pricey projects as harnessing the cooling power of the North Sea, or in some cases redirecting entire rivers."
Have Google revealed their 'payback' period for the initial costs of these projects and the ongoing annual savings?
I've always said that large date centres should be built in cold costal areas to use the sea for cooling; or even better to sell the waste heat to nearby industrial, commercial, residential, whatever consumers.
The benefits of ageing
" ..everyone on Facebook aged between 18 and 54."
I'm just outside the demographic - woohoo! Oh, ... I don't use Facebook .. I forgot about that.
Re: Problem with this idea...
I downloaded a file called See-Nekid-Wimmin.deb and clicked on it and it seemed to install. It doesn't do anything when I run it so I suppose I need one of those obscure library packages to be installed as well.
Re: "... the cyclicality ..."
Oh ...... my .....god!
BT had an effective monopoly in many places and some areas of functionality. Apple are free to buy display panels from a variety of different suppliers. Samsung are free to quote whatever prices and lead times they like.
@swissrobin Re: re. photo of V-NAND package
"That's a development or presentation DIL (dual in line) package. The window allows you to "see" the die."
I was totally correct then (apart from exact terminology). I do remember UV EPROMs and sticking thick black tape on top after they'd been programmed, 'just in case'.
re. photo of V-NAND package
Why does it have a window on the top? I'm tempted to think that it's a 'prototype marketing' package to convince people that there really is some high-tech-stuff inside.
I wonder what the reaction would be if they played a recording of a long lost enemy's whistle. Then again, maybe dolphins are too intelligent and civilised to hold grudges.
@Phil Re: Hah something Science can't explain
You don't need proof if you have faith.
Re: It simply creeps me out
" ... that person ....will .."
I'm sure they already have. I can't know for sure because I don't have access to email/phone records of NSA staff.
Re: Well thats cleared that up
You're getting messages from THRUSH? That really is paranoid, and also nicely retro.
Looks like a very simple breech loader to me
Re: If you want to build a gun
@Tom 35 - It's not actually a tamping rod; more of a barrel clearing device.
If you want to break the law by owning an unlicensed weapon, you might as well buy one from a reliable criminal armourer, someone who has a reputation to uphold and might even give a limited period guarentee.
@Miniphis Re: Someone who has *no* failed to maintain his weapon.
Ha! You're obviously a real engineer.
Re: Remember if you cannot figure out what product the company provides..
If a 'simple' RSS reader started pushing adverts at me, I'd easily move to one that didn't. My subscriptions to The Independent, The Register, New Scientist, Dilbert, Girl Genius and xkcd won't cause me to become an international terrorist suspect (I'm making an assumtion here, of course) or any kind of 'person of interest'. If I did want to read 'dodgy' websites, I wouldn't do it via an RSS subscription.
@MyBackDoor Re: He who pays the piper....
It does say an 'external monitor', i.e. not an employee of Apple. As soon as I'd posted my comment, I thought about adding a line that said, "That's what I'd do if I were the DoJ and I'm assuming the DoJ will be sensible and think about this in the same way." Maybe I've overated the DoJ thinking and forward ability?
Re: He who pays the piper....
The monitor will be employed by the DoJ and Apple will pay the DoJ the costs of the monitor's salary plus any reasonable expenses. Even if Apple convince the DoJ that the monitor is the spawn of Satan and useless at monitoring, that person will still have a job with the DoJ and will be replaced by another DoJ appointed monitor.
What in the name of Smaug did they do to you?! Do you have any pics?
Re: I like XP apps, they run under wine just fine.
This old fellow has Linux Mint 13 MATE, personalised to look very similar to WinXP, pop out toolbars (LInux panels) and all (yes, it's a foolish and sentimental thing). MS Office 2000 and a couple of other things run fine under WINE, as you say. The great thing about MInt-MATE is that you can have genuinely separate workspaces, selectable on the system bar.
Re: Peter Capaldi
How about: "Piss off you overgrown pepperpot. If you mess with me, I'll rip that stupid sink plunger off you and shove it so far up your arse that you really will need a doctor!"
It's about time we had a sweary doctor.
As I struggle and start to drown ......
.... I shout out and grab at any little piece of floating thing that I think will help to keep me above water. I put some of them in my pocket, saying, "This could help save me later."
The head of SOCA resigned today. It was revealed that his wife (a senior former Whitehall official) is the head lawyer at a major global security/investigations company; and that together they had recently set up a private business. None of this had been declared to the 'authorities' who he was supposed to be working for.
I find it amazing that nobody in the police, the security services or the government knew about this .............. Oh, wait a minute ....... we're a third world country aren't we?
@mutatedwombat Re: I agree with you, Combat Wombat. Also,
Never mind the family reunion. The rest of us want to know if you have 'special powers'.
It's a sad world (in parts)
I'm not sure that many of these trolls are particularly driven by mysoginistic motives. If a young black man were to produce a similar fashion blog then I suspect that he'd get lots of racist insults and homophobic slurs from trolls; probably with some overlap from the trolls who posted to the Fat Aus woman.
The fact is that they are mainly sad pillocks who don't have anything approaching a 'life'. That raises the wider question of why they became like that and whether we can be bothered, as a society, to find the answers and correct the situation.
re. Redmond mouthpiece ...
Surely, you mean 'Microsoft spokesperson ...'
re. "fourths and all"
Thank you for that link. I regard myself as musically 'dyslexic' but I do enjoy reading about musical theory. Try as I might, I can never 'hear' the music in my head and can't understand most of what I read. That doesn't bother me though; I'm just glad that other people can do it.
Maybe, but Re: Think this is more cock up rather than conspiracy
Do any senior people actually check the results of their dictats/requests, or get someone who 'has a clue' to do a quick sanity test?
Silly question, I know - I'm on my way out.
Perhaps - 'Guns and Mammo'.
A small backwoods company?
"We have not received word of any sort of a restriction of sales so we are not in a position to respond to this question, ..."
Can someone send them a copy of the Australian Financial Review from last weekend?
It makes you wonder
" Emails that regularly hit your correspondent's mailbox often start out abusive, before softening into an apology at the end. "
You have to wonder if they are aware that an e-mail can be fully edited at any time before it is sent.
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