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As a matter of interest ....
What is the power consumption (probably only measurable by heat production) of an adult human brain?
Re: And if you don't have flash installed... re. ABC News 24
"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."
Ahh, the problems of an international readership. Is it worth watching, usually?
Anything that shows people (especially children) that this level of design/construction really can be done at home is a good thing.
Why is it warm?
What process keeps it at such a relatively high temperature?
@nexsphil Re: Nothing that innovative coming, then
Is that an American 'fanny' or a British fanny that you're thinking about?
Re: The $64K question...
Internal audits are controlled by internal managers who don't want to rock the boat and who want to 'get along'. An external audit by a company with experience in the field would be the best kind of audit.
“IBM loves Linux guerilla".
Is that Tux with ammo bandoliers and a Kalashnikov, or is it the 800lb one that's ready for the desktop? I always get confused about those two words.
Paramount has lots of prior art in Star Trek TNG.
... she couldn't afford a proper holster and forget that she was carrying it. Given enough time, you can get used to anything. (That doesn't let her off the stolen property rap of course).
KITT was voiced by William Daniels, an American actor and native of Brooklyn. He also played the role of Dr. Mark Craig on St. Elsewhere. If you watched St. Elsewhere then the similarity (or identicality) was apparent.
Re: Solid Design
Are any of your books available in libraries?
Re: Just wondering ..
I did check this out on Wikipedia (hmmm) and the difference seems subtle. What do you say is the difference?
Just wondering ..
... if you'll get a prize for spotting that it's a disc cutter?
Re: Utter crap
" ... the thiething scum in the banks."
I read that as ' ... tithing scum .." and smiled while nodding in agreement.
“extend our social skills and decrease our emotional labour”
This replaces your social skills and decreases your humanity.
@DougS Re: Dear Broadcasters. Fek Off.
Your prostitution analogy is incorrect. The situation is more like a dating agency. You have a busy life and don't have time to receive broadcast signals at a convenient time. Somewhere out there is a signal that would be just right for you. Aereo can help you to get together, at a time that's convenient for you.
@AC Re: Which flavor folks?
My suggestion: Buy a 32GB PATA SSD (I assume your old laptop uses a 2.5" PATA/IDE drive), you can get a Kingspec drive on e-bay from a chinese supplier for about £40. I did that for my 8-year old Acer Travelmate and installed Mint 13 LTS - works very nicely thank you. A Linux distribution with a big set of installed software will easily fit into 8GB leaving room for lots of personal data or multi-boot installations. Because it's PATA, there is a 100Mb/s limit to the possible data rate from the drive, but it's silent and robust. (If your laptop has a SATA drive, just buy a small SATA SSD.)
With an older and less powerful laptop, LXDE would be less sluggish than MATE (as I found) but there are other Linux distributiions and even lighter-weight DE possibilities out there.
With Linux, you can keep copies of any installed image on an external hard drive (use a Gparted live CD or similar to make partition copies) then you can recover from the inevitable foul-ups as you experiment. A Boot Repair Disk live CD is also a good thing to get and use. Good luck - have fun.
@Peter Gathercole Re: Menus in windows @Vic and frank ly
Ahhhh, yes I see. I prefer to have the name of the application (and its other info) on the top bar. That way I know what the heck it is.
Menus in windows
I think you may have the wrong picture for 'menus in windows'. That picture shows what every PC and OS I've used/owned has done for many years. I may have misunderstood .....?
re. four-or-five layer thick graphene flakes
Aren't those actually thin flakes of graphite? What is the accepted definition of 'graphene'?
Re: Which cliche works here....
Google will do whatever it thinks is best for it's own future interests.
Re: Creating jobs
There is a good chance that Microsoft are capable of building their datacentre in another place, outside the area of Des Moines and thus not paying any taxes at all to Des Moines in the future. This is the stick that Microsoft (and other large companies) wave at local authorities while showing a picture of a carrot (future tax revenues). Microsoft are not there and not paying taxes yet. Small struggling companies are there and they can't afford to move.
I thought it was the ex-fat file system, the one with longer names and more available characters?
@Rob Crawford Re: Village?
As a teetotal non-believer, I always get confused about the church/pub thing. As far as I can see, they are both places where people go to worship, take part in rituals and celebrate something. You're probably right.
"Spanish Village...", "... their small hamlet ..."
Is it a village or a hamlet? Note: If it doesn't have a pub/bar, it's only a hamlet.
They can clean a surface, yes. but what if they cause a dust storm instead?
@Ledswinger Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants
You forgot about seabed earthquakes. If it 'floated' a few hundred feet off the bottom, in deep water, that might work out well. The cables would have to be designed to snap under heavy strain, etc, but it could be done. As for 'the heaviest objects ever built being made to float', take a look at a large cruise liner.
"We've got all these bottles of wine, so when you said 'storage management' ........."
Re: @Big John Obligatory...
The meatballs are sticking to the noodly appendages, did you not see them with your own eyes? Mmmm, shrimp. As for uniqueness, each individual one is an aspect of the One. Oh, ye of little faith and understanding.
@Big John Re: Obligatory...
I notice that they have noodly appendages. There could be room for religious argument here.
If you want Poles of excellence ....
... you should go to Gdansk or Warsaw.
Can anyone explain for me ....
... the kind of service that Gnip provides to its clients, using practical examples? I have a feeling that it's "how many people in Colorado 'liked' cornflakes in the past 3 months?", but it may be more interesting than that.
@asdf Re: The desktop deadend.
The next Mint LTS release, which is 17, to be based on Ubuntu 14.04 and due in July, will be supported until April 2019. Now would be a good time for Windows-weary souls to think about migrating and having a better life at home.
I'm sure that will be very comfortable to wear
... lasers produce a collimated beam, they are not focused.
Ah, but their special secret source made their product taste better. Or, .... not....
Adverts on Gmail?
I don't see any adverts in the few emails to my gmail account. I think this is thanks to Adblock Plus, which is a plugin for Firefox and I have their app running on my Android phone and tablet. It's so long since I set everything up that I can't remember.
Re: "state sponsored"?
The "state sponsored" description is used to mean that the development effort, along with testing and insertion into the target would be so expensive as to require a very rich sponsor, i.e a state level backer.
I suppose that it's possible for a major banking trojan development group or a drugs cartel to finance this level of operation but it seems unlikely.
@AC 'may be naive' Re: "no other game-changing device this year"
Many diabetics control their condition with tablets, certainly in the initial stages of the disease. I know my father did. Effective control in the early stages can help to lessen the rate of progress and will also reduce bodily damage, or at least slow down the effects. Continuous non-invasive monitoring would be a fantastic tool for any diabetic because they could respond to any medication need more often than at present and without having to prick their finger and smear blood on a test-strip.
It's as if the 'tile' becomes a small 'window', in which an application runs and you can have more than one of them on the screen at the same time. It's a paradigm shift!
What percentage of eBay shares did Icahn buy?
It must have been significant to demand that two of his aides be given seats on the board?
Re: @ Scott L. Burson - "seizes design reigns"???
I see that the sub-headitor had second thoughts.
Re: @ Scott L. Burson - "seizes design reigns"???
It's a pun! Read it as ".... seizes design; reigns."
I'm sure the correct spelling is 'analist'.
Something to do with attention to detail and personality. I may have misunderstood.
I'd be surprised if that 5+5 was applicable to the deal that Microsoft struck with the Queensland government. For such a large sale to a specific customer, the terms are easily negotiable. If it is, then they would probably make sure that five employees and their mobile devices were covered by each 'allowance'.
@ITS Retired Re: Tablets do not replace PCs
Win 7 removed the pop-out toolbars that XP had. I'm just glad I tried Linux and MATE (etc).
Is there a technical blog, or even a formal article anywhere that I could read to learn how to set up one of these cloudy platform service things? I understand the principles but have never done it. I don't mind paying a few pounds (or dollars) for a learning experience. I find that the explanations on the websites of these companies is very high level, without the detail I need.
(Many years ago, I set up an Apache server on a non-standard port on my home PC and made a mini-website to show a photo album; so I do have some technical ability but I do need to be told the details.)
I smiled, in a sad way
"... BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations ..."
Maybe GCHQ will be interested in using them?
Uh Kev, on the back of my computer the USB connectors are vertical. So does the seam go to the left or the right? Also, is that the computer's right or my right - viewed from which position and orientation?
@janimal Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
You can install and then use any DE you like (selected on a button at the login screen). If you're used to Windows, I'd go for MATE, XFCE or LXDE in that order of decreasing 'power'. (They have pop-out toolbars, just like XP did, but which Win7 got rid of.) Try Cinnamon if you like; they are all free apart from the cost of your time and a bit of disk space. If you want a truly 'futuristic' experience, try KDE.
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