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re. Gay Earthworms
I've noticed that if I stamp on my lawn, with a rythmic, high energy disco beat; then quite a few earthworms come out and start wriggling around in a sort of dance movement. Is this significant?
I assume that Viewsonic had to limit the Viewpad-10 to Android 1.6 as a condition of Microsoft selling them Win7 licences?
Its interesting to compare the differences between the viewpad-10.htm and the viewpad-7.htm web pages.
Mainly, the Viewpad-7 page states the battery capacity and claims a battery life of 4-6 hours of heavy, continuous use. The Viewpad-10 page does not mention the battery or the battery life.
Also, the Viewpad-10 has a multi-lingual user guide .pdf available. The viewpad-7 only has a spec sheet. Have fun noticing the other differences :)
The lad will go far
Let's hope it doesn't involve a rapid vertical journey.
"In a database of a million people, if you are searching for me you will get back hundreds, if not thousands of false matches."
Yes, but those thousands can then be passed over to an algorithm that is slower but more accurate, with fewer false positives. In cases where it is important/vital to identify a face, you could pass the final 50 (say) results to an experienced human analyst. It depends on the purpose, the perceived urgency and the budget.
I think it's very appropriate that Professor Sunshine is studying the effects of solar heating on comets.
"The definition of race is, according to google:.."
Is this from Google's 'Bumper Book of Fascinating Facts for Careless Commentards' ?
I've looked through it and I can't find it.
Careful What You Say
"Such failed stars ...."
That's a bit judgmental. It could be a successful and popular independent gas giant; well known and admired in the society of gas giants. Not every celestial body want to be a star.
A Small Question
I went to the Android Market to try out Opera Mini. The installer told me that it accesses various things (as expected) but also that it has the ability to make phone calls.
Is this a misunderstanding, in that it has the ability to access the mobile data link (as any internet app needs to do), or can the Opera Mini browser really make phone calls from my phone?
Big Drives Not Needed
For the _average_ home and even office user, a 16GB drive is all that's needed for a Windows OS and a shed load of installed applications. Maybe some people with lots of meaty apps will need a 32GB drive at the most. User data can be stored on the network or a physically small USB 3.0 drive.
What I'd like to see are small, fast, cheap SSDs in laptops and desktops. The problem may be that laptops and desktops would last longer if they used SSDs rather than spinning metal things.
If everybody trained to be a doctor, there would be no finance/support for people to train to become doctors, hence there would be no doctors. Ergo, training to become a doctor is ethically bad.
I could go on but you'll be pleased to hear that I won't.
It happens a lot
In the past, I've recommended cutting one main power feed to test a system that had two independent power feeds and dual redundant cross-linked battery backups. I was told that would not be acceptable since any problems would cause major inconvenience to ongoing systems integration work.
When that happens, you either scream and climb the walls or you nod your head with a funny little smile on your face.
I would think that the average (male) kid is all over that section of the local paper, wondering when he'll be able to afford a 'stress relief massage in discreet surroundings'.
Strong, thick and sweet.
No, not you, turkish coffee; it's what you need.
Yahoo webmail has disposable e-mail addresses that send mail to your main account. Easy to set up and delete.
I am amazed
"Elaborate precautions are taken to ensure that the kilogramme doesn't change mass - a complicated official cleaning procedure is carried out to remove atmospheric oxidants from the surface. "
This is ridiculous. All they need to do is give it two coats of epoxy varnish and the problem is solved.
Tongue in cheek
I'm sure Harry's comment was meant as a joke. It was, wasn't it Harry?
@ Simple Si
This article is about ordinary employees accessing the company network in an uncontrolled manner using Wi-Fi devices. Simple MAC address filtering with a formal procedure for registration and de-registration of devices is all you need to start having at least the beginnings of security.
Due to tiredness or whatever, I misread the article and saw "Hells Angels Jaquard Dress Box". I imagined a chapter member carefully lifting this out of his wardrobe and delicately opening the applique decorated lid to reveal his colours, stored between layers of protective paper; then lovingly taking them out to wear them. It may actually happen somewhere, you never know.
P.S. Does anyone else think that the Lace Knit Skull Wool Sweater Dress has elements of Aztec design?
I've noticed downvotes (usually single) on harmless/innocuous comments on many occasions. I think there's a downvoting troll in here. Think of it as seeing traces of a rare and strange life-form.
"Having the alternative - a touchscreen keyboard - would make the Kindle useless."
I've tried, but I do not understand how you can say this. Temporarily overlaying a QWERTY keyboard onto part of a reader screen, for notes or search string entry, does not affect the devices suitability for reading books.
If you mean that a touchscreen is not as good as a dedicated display only screen (contrast, clarity, brightness, etc), then that may be true in absolute terms. However, the latest Sony e-ink touchscreen displays are very good indeed and I suggest that you find a store display to check out the PRS-350/650
Yes, _if_ they have a right to know what goods residents have had shipped in, then the invoice value will obviously be held by Amazon as a separate field in their records. All they had to do was ask for name, address, shipping date and invoice value. Also perhaps the type of goods; book, DVD, electrical goods, etc.
But they didn't; they asked for the entire invoice, including details of which goods had been purchased. For some reason, the people of the US are very sensitive about their government knowing which books they have read (perhaps somebody can explain the story behind this?).
It seems that North Carolina's DOR is not staffed by people who know how to think things through.
I tried to find specs or reviews of the likely data transfer rate for this; no luck. Existing references to Dane-Elec products are for flash memory, USB sticks and external hard drives. Suddenly, they come up with a two bay NAS drive (and a one-bay unit also available, according to their own website). The Dane-Elec website is very light on technical details.
I'm wondering if they are a front or rebadging operation for an established NAS producer or a far-eastern maker of generic internals. Any tech detectives out there?
We are not amused
"...in our opinion," Jobs said in royal third-person locution."
'Our' is 1st person plural. (He/she/it/hey is third person) It's the use of the plural (in 1st and 2nd person) that is the marker for speech to and from 'royal' personages.
Fount of all knowledge
"Which tends to argue that some people in charge of setting up our transformative cyber security programme can't tell the difference between the Reg and the US Air Force's 333rd Training Squadron,.."
Maybe he wrote to the USAF 333rd and they told him that they learn all their stuff by reading El Reg?
Maybe. It all depends
If shed in sufficient quantity, on a very cold day, it could be a veil of tears. In that case, it would also be a vale of tears style experience. We need more data and some funding.
Home Brew Efforts
"There's no memory card slot on the PRS-350, but with 2GB of on board storage, you may not need one "
With my PRS-505, I can load up home made pdfs via the SD memory card slot (I use free PrimoPDF, there are many others). These can of course include maps (ripped from Google Maps) and whatever text you fancy that you can type or copy and paste. Hence, if you do want lots of documents like this, an external memory card is a good facility. Why would you want to do that? - If you're going on holiday in the wilds of Wherever, you can load up with maps, guides, lists of places to visit, etc and have them all on one lightweight, low power consumption reading device.
As Jules 1 indicated in the first comment, it looks like home brew efforts get the best out of these devices. I've never used the provided Sony software; it's a pain. Calibre is great.
"I'm planning a two-week cycling trip .."
Fit your bike with a dynamo and recharge your batteries from that. If you want, you can reach down and disengage it before you go uphill, or only engage it on the downhill stretches; but watch your fingers! (Do they still make them? I remember them from 'the old days' when I had a bike.)
I was thinking of a different kind of fertiliser; the back end of a bull stuff.
If I understand this correctly....
.... it's a NAS adapter with external storage (via multiple USB connectors) and a WiFi link (if wanted) to your router. It also has built in file serving/streaming utilities. Er,.... I've had one for six years now, except that mine (Plextor PX-EH 250) has built in storage of 250GB already, has only two USB connectors for external storage and can only run an FTP server, not file streaming.
If I wanted my own 'cloud' (i.e. local network file storage, accessible over LAN from my home network and with file transfer/streaming over the internet), I'd get a Synology DS110-J for £112, and fit it with a SATA hard drive. Then I'd have a big and fast network drive with much more than just file transfer/streaming.
They seem to be using the word 'cloud' as a modern, with it, cool, fairy-dust word, to sell a relatively cheap NAS adapter.
Retaliate! (Accidentally of course)
So, how about if the next update of WinPatrol identifies McAfee software as malware? If WinPatrol follows it's internal procedures correctly and ships it off to it's labs in Outer Mongolia for confirmation testing, McAfee can't really complain. (I'm not suggesting that WinParol would ever do this, but it's what I'd do.)
Besides which, the cynic in me sits up and takes notice when software claims that rival software is a problem.
"..was granted a five-year extenuation to its responsibilities last month. .."
extenuation: noun - 1.the act of extenuating. 2.the state of being extenuated.
extenuate: verb - 1.to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious.
2. to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
3.to underestimate, underrate, or make light of.
I don't get it.
Joined up thinking
If the biggest 'problem' with red sludge is the high concentration of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), then why not mix it with some acidic waste from somewhere else to neutralise it? Maybe that would need communication, cooperation and joined up thinking......ah, no chance.
"...it creates a reflected ray of coloured light which combines with literally millions of ambient light rays to produce a full-color display," the scientists say.
All this from a single coloured pigment? That doesn't sound like a scientific statement. It sounds like a marketing droid trying to explain the 'science' of something. Is the display claimed to be 'full-colour' at this stage?
....., organisations can be sure to be very good at protecting 'their own' data; e.g salary and bonus payments to senior managers, the home phone numbers of the directors, draft contracts with clients/suppliers, etc; so they should be able to apply protection and care to all data they hold and process. After all, it's about procedures and systems.
Oh, How I Laughed
"...manipulating the Excel spreadsheet reports that were providing the bank's management with trading updates..."
Much of 'management' seems to run on Excel spreadsheets that have no configuration control, no audit trail and no security. It's amazing how a well presented chart can affect people's minds.
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