2303 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 09:09 GMT
Re: Why the love for all the US aircraft?
You get a green card with every one.
Re: It's this bit that worries me the most:
It'll be more like a builders estimate: "Build bathroom with all fixtures and fittings: £5k" sounds reasonable so you sign. Turns out walls, ceiling floor, sink,toilet and plumbing weren't explicitly mentioned so extra £15k needed.
The poor sod at the MOD who signed for this was probably under the illusion that all the bits were included in the contract but not having thirty years writing contracts with invisible gaping holes in didn't know. If he had known he would have been paid to move to the other side of the contract. If his contract with the MOD states he cant work for the opposition for x years he will get gardening leave in Eden to get him out of the way.
This, to a large degree, is how government IT has worked since PFI etc has been around and I doubt its any different elsewhere.
Dell or MS?
I can now spend 3 times as much to get 1/4 the performance of my current android device.
And when I take it for repair...
Re: But seriously
But if your UI can use a clumsy finger and the device comes with a pen then all the better.
Nothing optional about it.
Re: Balloon burst - best evidence
for a deity yet!
Fibre is still a white elephant, unless you live right next to the cabinet.
I'm only a mile and a half away from the cabinet as the cable flies so I'm looking forward to getting maybe 8Mbps when FTC comes but I don't know what I'm going to do with it - well in terms of IT and not watching shit.
Re: Didn't someone already study flocking with sheep?
A sheep wants to be near the middle to avoid being eaten but also wants to be at the 'front' to get at the choicest grass before the others do.
Having said that there's a screensaver that's been doing flocking for a good 15 years or so.
whoops! not win8 - surface!
Tosh - if accountants needed to use Windows the accounts department wouldn't be the first with all the toys ... except W8 for some reason.
Re: Excel is typical Windows " jump in, get involved and mess things up"
I'd say that all places I've worked at where Excel ( and Access/IE6 apps) are used in any anger are seriously limited by them.They are all mission critical bits and pieces that were bodged together in such a way as to be almost completely unmaintainable.
They put you on the ladder to programming heaven but then you discover you cant get the ladder into the lift that even simple software management offers. They are almost physical barriers for turning an SOHO into SME and SME's into E's.
Windpower only costs so much because
the fuckwit government subsidised it far too generously.
I don't know if you lot have looked out of the window lately but my next door neighbour is laughing his tits of after putting up a couple of whoppers (27m high) last year. They've been running practically flat out for the last couple of months and are exceeding their production expectations by over 4* and that would be even higher if they'd put some bigger alternators on them.
Should these conditions continue for the expected life time of the windmills the real generation costs are going to be well less than 5p/kwh - and he's getting, what? 32p for them.
And he was ripped off over the installation and purchasing costs because the price he paid was the market price and not the 'build cost + a healthy profit', which as far as I can tell is about 1/4 of what he paid.
Re: A significant difference...
While the hardware for a Pi may be too complex you can still sit down and make an educational computer which will cover everything you need to know, and at a whole collection of educational levels all from more or less the same source (code).
Want to know how a cpu chip works on a 'physical' level and do some machine coding as well:http://www.visual6502.org/JSSim/
Want to analyse a computer from every aspect:http: //www.geda-project.org/
In fact I believe all the Pi design data is available for public consumption to you could actually simulate the Pi on a Pi and you would have probably the most amazing educational tool ever**10 and all the tools would be free and if the educators shared their contributions freely in 5 years we could be looking at something big.
Well MS wouldn't want you getting free code for free now would they?
Re: How many creatures
Are you telling me that that absolutely massive US beef industry that drains resources from across America and the rest of the world barely exceeds the production numbers that buffalo managed without intervention?
Re: I do hope...
has he ever not?
Using adblocks is something like piracy-light in my eyes.?????
Using the bandwidth that I paid for to try and sell me shit I dont want without my permission is what I call theft,
I did notice recently, while somewhere warm, that every tablet user seemed to have some form of case that left the item 'thicker' than a laptop. Even one thin iPad was wrapped up in a good amount of leather. So why Thin???
These were all being used on sun-loungers but I was surprised that 20% or so had keyboards attached which were being used furiously.
A full survey was not possible without risking a thump but on meeting in the bar of an evening, and not topless areas, most of the users were bluecollar workers so I wouldn't put the old keyboard out to grass yet.
How about a production standard for content.
If you could prevent producers making self referential programs* you could save 90% of bandwidth at a stroke!
*the ones that start by telling you what they're going to show you in the program, followed by a review of what you haven't seen in the program yet and then another announcement about what's coming up next followed by a longer review of what's not been seen and yet another announcement of what's to come .... with, if your lucky, some content from a program you saw earlier.
And don't get me started about discovery which seems to think a new commentator on old shit constitutes new content!
I'd say more like 100% - unless 'being an iPad' is a technical requirement and not a style mumble.
Re: "the writing is on the wall for desktop computing."
There was no forbidding. Just a review of your OEM licensing arrangements and then the signing of an NDA.
You don't really think they'd let us have access to the paper trail?
You cant even get that information for public bodies under the FOI act.
In fact MS wont even tell you how they can make it cheaper for you to run MS instead of Linux (see the Munich report - or don't) so you can imaging how quiet they might like to keep a few agreements that might, together, amount to illegal activity.
Re: @Alfred 2 - Argument for gun ownership
You missed Quantitative Easing off that list.
Re: Right to bear arms
Perhaps theres a typo in the constitution - perhaps it meant to read 'The right to beat arms'. Rhythmically - to whatever was being shown on the 72" at the time.
Re: 8 inch platters
While shrinking the hell out of disk drives may be good for portable devices I can see no purpose in having a marvel of miniaturisation in a basically empty pc chassis.
Even server units cpu's seem to get agoraphobia these days.
In fact I've just looked over the back of my monitor and there's room for several thousand platters even if it was pushed up against a wall.
Re: flame on
"There's a difference between 'taught' education and practical experience."
That should be "There's a difference between 'bought' education and practical experience."
There may be some good MBA's out there but the ones I've had experience of seemed to think they'd paid their ticket and they owned the right to manage.
It was the most profound advert for universal free education I've ever had.
What trick is required precisely?
That would be a deep low level understanding of your product so that you could re-write things like VB and some core Windows functions that are so heavily reliant on the intel architecture and so old that they really don’t understand it and so cant actually convert it to work reliably on ARM. They could use an ARM intel emulator but that would stick out like a sore thumb and people would point and laugh and then get seriously worried that MS have well and truly lost their way so for now we are fed Marketing excuses and hope and pray that no-one notices they cant keep up with 1995 technology.
Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices
it thought 46 were enough!
Sounds like its still eating its partner
It there's a lot of gas still circling around it from time to time a cloud of it will be pulled in and crash into the surface releasing xrays and at the same time blocking the radio emissions.
Re: I don't want two devices where one will work.
You could probably mass produce a roll-up e-reader screen that would connect to your tablet/phone/doc with bluetooth for less than a £10. Leave your device in your pocket/bedside table and read away. Simples.
The fundamental reason this will not be done is for economic reasons - they don't want you to save money.
I hope the efficiency is improved
or it somehow works out very very cheap cos currently you could beat 0.2% into a cocked hat with solar panels and brute force methods of today. But if it does work out cheap then we'll have to move all the factories into the countryside to get the room and then there'd be no room to park your range rover!
Re: I am just surprised...
When I used to visit my nan in Aberdeen I seem to remember the best thing to eat when the temperature was low - and I was there when the paper said "Aberdeen sizzles at sixty six" so any day really - was what she called a 'rowie' but is, I believe, also known as a buttery. Its like a croissant for someone who actually wants to eat at breakfast time.
They need somebody maybe..
"They need somebody maybe 35 to 40 years old, a younger person who understands the Facebook Inc generation and this mobile community"
Kinda says its all when the company that thinks its the technology leader doesn't know who to follow.
Re: He makes Chilli Jam !
Seeds do provide heat but they also provide an earthy dirty taste that means it will taste saucy not jamy.
There are plenty of recipes around - even Nigella has a decent one. Just replace the long chillis with some decent habaneros and you've got a lovely jam sandwich.
If your kids are having their lunches borrowed by future conservative mp's then bhut jolokia makes a reasonable replacement but for flavour and not drunken penis waving good habaneros are the best. I've had some allspice smoked habaneros that were the dogs (and looked like em) but never found any outside of Jamaica, and to be honest, they may require the user to be smoked too to appreciate them fully but I still think we could re-open the bacon sandwich competition with some jam made of that!
Well who'd have thought it
Lewis: step away from the Porche!
Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"
But the Vostok Ice sheet results suggest it was 6 degrees colder 120000 years ago.
But thats data for you.
Re: Politics Microsoft Style
Their profit is 1/2 the money MS threw at them and that makes you think they're doing well?
A company handing over 1/2 the revenue of 'sales' to the producer of the same! No wonder the music industry is shitting itself - that's over 5* the rate it returns money to the ones it hasn't conned^H^H^H^H^H^H talked out of rights!
I bet even the Columbian cartels are considering restructuring too!
Windows 7 stock?
W7 stock is generally pretty powerful. I personally cannot see why the so called glaringly simple interface of W8 requires such much more power to do... , well to do what?
Re: Windows 8 FAIL
Sliverburn - are you trying to become an ubertroll
flak not needed
just drone swarms - should be able to make some pretty impressive drone domes with mass produced drones that would detect anything passing through - or take them out if they hit.
Re: Alternate reality
Eadon - at the time of writing 7 have downvoted you. This means 1 shill is still in a meeting.
Re: GeoSats - not necessary to refuel
I would have thought solar sails were perfect for keeping GeoSats where they are needed
And as for getting fuel into space I'm sure a supergun would be the cheapest way of doing it so longs as its NIMBY
After Hillsborough et all I'm inclined to believe that Saville may be being stitched up.
Though the evidence seems to suggest he needed a bit of carving.
Re: "Windows Server is $750" - Word to the wise - a Linux server does the job better for $0
and there may be hidden charges for more than one core. Worth checking - I've seen what seems to be a £1500 'investment' in MS server rise to ten times that - that was a few years ago and the last time I used MS software.
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones