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Re: The plural of 'chaos'
Chaos is a state/condition and is not countable, hence it has no plural. Consider 'happiness', 'loneliness', etc.
Re: Cern LHC has become the Augean stables
After reading that, my mind is now in a Perpetual Harmonic Oscillatory state.
Re: There must be
I think the sheer amount of data would overload all the public ISP routes across Europe.
Here's a starter for you :)
Re: FOSS to the rescue?
"...you can make your software speak English like a butch German woman."
Whatever appeals to you AC :) For the child-user market, I'd think that the parents (and the children) would prefer a synthesised voice that sounded like a child. It may be possible to do this with clever signal processing or existing library modification. Otherwise you'll need some volunteer children to get speech samples from, to produce a 'better' sounding output from the speech library.
Re: The allure of luxury
You could have got it for £96 at ukmulberrybagssale.net. haven't you heard of shopping around?
FOSS to the rescue?
Apple are simply protecting themselves, as you'd expect them to do. I have sympathy for the developers of this marvellous application and cannot understand why the patent defense of 'obvious to anyone with a bit of knowledge and imagination' cannot be used. I would think that the target market is not very visible, well known or profitable; hence the dearth of affordable 'solutions'.
Enter FOSS..... A small group of developers should be able to turn out a very nice application along these lines, running on Android or Windows (for general accessibility) and make it available as a free download. (The only 'tricky' bit I can think of is the speech library - but that can be produced by volunteers if a free one isn't available.)
"... data-dredging ..."
...gives you lots of mud.
"..your Big Ben looks like you expect."
My Big Ben is bigger than four inches and It's not available on the internet.
Re: It's called a laptop!
Structurally, 'laptop' may have the same number of syllables as 'lappie', but the double consonant 'pt' is more difficult to say since it requires a more complex lip and tongue movement at the transition. For casual speech (and casual writing), this is the reason I prefer to use 'lappie', 'deskie', 'tabbie' and 'mobbie'.
(Note: 'mobbie' may have one more syllable than the 'mobe' alternative but the longer 'ie' sound at the end allows relaxed vocalisation as part of a more natural breath pattern.)
Language changes and we should take advantage of increased efficiencies and comfort afforded by these advances.
"here is your blood - it's a good idea to keep it inside"
In 'O'-level biology (early '70s), we used to prick our thumbs with lancets to get blood samples for microscopic examination and demonstrations of blood typing. I still have the scars at the base of my left thumbnail. As a result of this early exposure to blood and pain, I can perform minor operations on my own body when it gets penetrated by wood splinters and metal fragments, with no bother at all apart from the ocassional swearword.
Kids nowadays eh?
'AC 11:56 Re: Too much added, not enough removed
"The amount of times I've had to correct native English speakers ..."
That should be "The number of times ...", since you're referring to a set of events which are countable. You could say "The amount of time I've had to spend .....".
Re: what a load of nonsense
I suggest mud-wrestling matches (or knife fights) between the registered CEO's of the companies concerned. I'd pay to watch them.
@Curtis Crowson Re: Its FOOBAR
I can't see why FOOBAR is recursive like GNU (but in a better way??). If I've missed something obvious then do laugh at me by all means, but please try to explain it in a way that is clear.
(I'm aware of the use of Foo and Bar as nonce words in programming examples.)
((I'm also aware that I may have jumped into a hole.))
I've never seen anything like it in my life.
Quickly followed by a rousing rendition of 'Any Old Iron?'
Re: Remote access
Is it possible to create (spin up?) a Linux VM that doesn't have a root user? (Is this what you are referring to anyway?)
Re: Dumb move
"... some marketing people didn't get the point ..."
Bears, the Pope, .....
Re: So what?
Oh come on Anthony, you have to tell us what happened next. It's in the unwritten rules.
Re: Try that with mythology (aka Religion)
"... and have little to do with science, and in which science is powerless.. "
But 'science' never claimed to have 'power' in dealing with moral and existential questions; wheras religion claimed to have ultimate power to answer questions such as whether the sun revolved around the earth, or vice versa. The religious method of 'proving' assertions involved harassment, torture and execution of dissenters. While they were busy advancing these religious theories of astronomy (and the vitally important theory about eating meat on Fridays), did they consider the moral or existential aspects of what they were doing? Or, is it the case that morality has changed as far as religion is concerned and so the religious people have changed their methods?
I suggest that the 'religious method' changes the fundemental principles of its own beliefs in order to make itself appear valid within whatever society it exists. This would be the equivalent of scientists changing the speed of light, or the mass of the proton, to make science more relevant to society. As we know, this is impossible, because scientists don't create their own fairytale world.
Re: What will this be sued for?
I thought it was a serious (and amusingly put) title for a comment about accountability and responsibility.
The milk of human kindness does not flow in your veins.
The Pink'Un ....
...is what people expected to see on ChatRoulette. I suspect that little will change.
"It is a matter of frank surprise ... "
Surprise doesn't cover it. I was amazed by the stupidty and gobsmacked by the mendacity of all involved.
How is it that we live in a society where this can happen? What the F can we do to stop it?
Re: Similar/Related News ....
Second bit: No, I can guess the long term security of 'anonymised data' and I can predict 'mission creep' once the police get a toe-hold in the database. Once the first girl is pulled in for questioning, she'll tell all her friends, word will spread and they'll stop going to clinics.
First bit: Would it be that difficult to 'train' an experienced medical researcher, or even an ordinary GUM doctor, to detect and flag up unusual testing rates for individuals or groups in an area?
"The old economy, that is familiar to many of us, is disintegrating ..."
So, no more food growing and manufacture, no more clothes, no more houses and cars. no more civil infrastructure. No more bankers ... woo hoo! Takes my clothes off, turns on my laptop and awaits the rapture.
Re: Vidoe long on pretty, short on information.
I would have thought that most combinations of steel and modern ceramics would be good to beyond 500 C. for industrial processes, provided the temperature change rate was controlled...... ?
Similar/Related News ....
Police in Manchester are making attempts to get direct access to the NHS database of 'sexual-health' of teenage girls in the area:
I assume they want to do the job because they are so much better than quaified medical researchers at analysing medical data to establish patterns and predicting possible causes. I also assume they can effectively spread the word to young girls that these details will not be used against them in any way.
Re: hitsorical record
I was about to pour scorn on your source because of "... the Mericans and the men of Kent ...", then I realised that I wasn't reading it properly.
Re: I shall be following this project
Why hasn't anyone considered using goats? HiTech isn't always the best tech.
Re: Organisational infighting ?
" ...taking a cut from ISPs by levying these commercial beneficiaries ..."
How does Virgin Media benefit from me downloading music from somwhere or tapping into a streaming service. I pay them a fixed amount a month for the ability to slurp data, and if I do slurp data then that increases their costs by stressing their network. So they don't benefit from me taking part in 'music sharing'.
If you believe that they are a convenient place to tap into, since they are a known entity with money sloshing around, then why not levy a fee on the Post Office for every music CD that they deliver. After all, that would be logically equivalent to a levy on the ISPs.
Is Android 'worth much' in China?
".. its Android platform is in a market leading position there, .."
Android is open source and the phone makers and service providers stuff it and layer it with their own sauce and can even determine which apps market is used. The service providers control routing to external services and the government add internet restrictions on top of that. I don't see how a local variant of Android being popular in China has much benefit to Google; apart from kudos, but only among those Chinese who know and understand the situation.
Re: It's confirmed by the money as well - !!
I can understand the reasoning behind this idea, but what do you do if a coin of value greater than $1 is needed. Do you have one and do you have a native animal to match it?
Re: Galaxies in clusters
Space is big. If you think that going to the shops in Andromeda is a very long way, then you simply don't appreciate how big space really is.
@Longmeister - Re: why not stored in the cloud?
Do you have one of these 20MB/s upload connections? Do you know anyone who does? (If you do, please ignore my question and carry on living your wonderful life in data heaven.)
" ..dual interview with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs .."
Shouldn't that be a 'duel' interview?
I was worried when I read that, (dust and dirt ingress leading to noisy action). Then I saw the picture and realised that it was a volume rocker, phew.
P.S. Why do different manufacturers have different button layouts for Home, Menu, Back, Search? After two years of using HTC, I'd have lots of frustration trying to quickly operate the San Diego.
Why didn't they just say, "We have blocked access to The Pirate Bay in accordance with an order placed upon us by the High Court - (reference details)" ?
Did the court order specify the nature of any public announcement regarding this matter?
"The Office spokesperson said that this time things would be different."
They said that last time (and the time before that).
@David Hicks -Re: They don't have fundamental rights
"..works are not created in a vacuum.."
A very good point. Authors, of whatever kind, do not spring from the womb with an idea for a good book or a great script in their heads. They spend years living in society and observing us. They watch us as we struggle and work and laugh and love and despair and then die. If it wasn't for us ordinary people, they wouldn't have any ideas for stories. They are leeching off us!
Just wondering ...
"I can’t really say the same about the touch-sensitive buttons on the centre console though.
They apparently use less electrical power than standard switches .."
As far as I know, 'standard switches' use zero power and have done for many years. Perhaps Vauxhall didn't explain it properly.
"..monitoring all of the web sites registered in the city,"
Does this mean that in China, a "website" registered in a city has to be hosted on servers in that city and operated by people living in that city? Or, maybe, the chinese police don't really understand how the internet works? Or does it work differently in China?
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