580 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 13:54 GMT
The chances of the UK wining the heavily politicized mess that is Eurovision is nil - I think that's why we've taken to wheeling out some aging artiste
All very true, but..
It's a first go, and it's a proof of concept.
You could easily design most of the parts for a 3D printer, and use a metal pipe for the barrel.
In the future, the materials used by a 3D printer will be developed, and there are plastics and composites that would be able to be used for a short lived firearm.
Nonetheless though, everything you say is bang on - Harlan Ellison style zip guns and numerous other improvised firearms already exist, and are better than this, but nothing, particularly not the truth, will stop the hysteria that can be drummed up by the media for this sort of thing.
Best to just chuckle gently, and wait for the reports of folks losing bits of their anatomy
Re: You can buy these today
I was going to say - this article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/15/review_viewsonic_vsd220_aio_smart_display/ from November on this very organ talked about them
If they're gambling on the Facebook phone reviving their fortunes, I've got some Enron and Northern Rock shares at a knockdown price they can have.
HTC were up there, just a couple of years ago. It shows how volatile the mobile market is - and possibly that the mobile market may end up like the Desktop market - one huge player, one less player, and a few niche players :( And that won't be good.
Re: Does the company know anything about BootCamp?
If you have to start mucking about with USB then it is no longer straightforward compared to "insert disk, press go".
And end up with a system with generic drivers..oh, you mean you have to install them? What hardware do you have? Which chipset, have you got the install disks, yada, yada...get them off the internet? Allow windows update to do it?
A bootcamped mac you have no worries about what your drivers are, you've got a nice neat bundle. By far the easiest installs I do.
Does the company know anything about BootCamp?
"The company also points out that Windows installs on Macs aren't straightforward" Erm, yes they are. Bootcamp assistant, save out support software to usb, insert dvd, answer a couple of questions, re-insert usb stick, run installer, voila, Windows. More straightforward than on most machines - no desparately trying to find which revision of which GPU driver you need and so on.
"and that Windows-on-Mac experience suffers from ... the lack of a Windows button on the keyboard" Except that the Apple key works as a Windows key on all the Macs I've bootcamped, and I'm definitely into triple figures on those installs.
As other folk have pointed out, their methodology is questionable, but so apparently is their experience with bootcamp.
Re: No Windows key?
Oddly, the apple key on my MacBook works just tickety-boo as a windows key.
I must be lucky.
It does seem that unless Apple has someone suitably dictatorial at the helm, projects don't run to schedule.
All the best mate
And may Saturday arrive as fast as possible (I doubt I could make do with only 30 teabags, so fair play).
Eggs and chickpeas - eek.
I think I'd be living alone if I had that diet.
"Amazon had not returned a request for comment at the time of publication"
This seems to be becoming a habit
Re: Hold on!
It wasn't designed to bootleg concerts anymore than the compact cassette was designed to pirate albums.
Bootlegging concerts is an unintended consequence, the microphone was designed to give good response in any environment with high ambient noise - e.g. city streets, factories
Slice by slice the companies pare away our protections, safe in the knowledge that when they breach the law, the fines that are imposed are not, by the size of the revenues of the company profits, in any way punitive.
I'll believe that when I see it - remember the promises about the 7.8 update which turned out to be false.
Also, it's been shown on the internet that the WiFi can be left going on lock - lumias in the Chinese market appear to have this, so it appears a marketing decision.
Nah - actions, or in this case, inactions, speak far louder than words
If Microsoft - or Nokia, I'm not sure - didn't keep lumbering developers with ridiculous limitations - the 920 has a perfectly functional FM subsystem, but it's disabled, which removes it from my potential upgrades - if the WiFi didn't switch off on lock (the expensive cellular data keeps going, I notice), if blocking could be enable, if the old Nokia idea of timed profiles could be implemented, and so on.
I look at Androids - hell, even iPhones, which are regarded as lacking innovation these days - and see so much more.
Ah well, I tried...
Makes this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/27/htc_bootloader_unlock/
look kind of suss...
When it comes time to change, I'll see what there is..
Apps are cheap enough to be disposable, so flipping ecosystems isn't hard - it's not like the massive investments we used to make in a software for a platform - a new copy of Angry Birds (or whatever is the current flavour of the month) is a few pennies, and there are enough free apps for most folk on any platform (including my WinPhone, and my office mate's blackberry).
Whatver looks nice will get the sale.
Re: Which is a real problem if some pillock has parked their car on the kerb as well.
Rule 244 - it's only illegal in London - the rest of the country has "should not park..." i.e. there is no law to prevent it.
Google isn't a search engine, it's an advert vector.
I suppose that shows their results are accurate
Another vote for Skype
We use it all the time - I connect the host machine to a 72 plasma screen, maximise the video window, I use a boundary mic connected to an Edirol sound interface, and everyone says that they rapidly forget that one user is not there.
The remote users can normally just use their own kit from home.
Being on a University LAN with gigabit ethernet to all ports helps enormously - though we can get issues when the person on the other end has a limited connection.
Total cost, minimal - just using standard equipment, but it has saved our department many, many thousands.
My contract is up in 4 months, and I'm not going back to Winphone, so phones like this are definitely tempting - and by July they'll be affordable...just...
Bought a gopro for this very reason
Just got a Hero3, mainly for cycling and diving, but I will try and clip it on to my big kite at some point. I would go the weather balloon route, but I know that if I got a cylinder of helium, I'd just waste it all on Donald Duck impressions.
Re: With a bit of CGI...copious amounts of coke
Not as hot as when she was in the Blues Brothers.
There's something about a cute girl with heavy weaponry I find frighteningly irresistable.
Ah - the passage of time
I knew - and loved - all the earlier games, but the later ones were a mystery. I think I discovered girls or something.
For me, Space Invaders - the first really huge game, Donkey Kong - the first platformer, Star Wars - incredible 3D, but I think BattleZone was first on the Vector 3D..., and Gauntlet - just damn good fun in the Union bar - I got the adaptor for my Atari ST so that we could play G2 4 up on the machine - but since you couldn't buy more healther, it wasn't as good.
All classics - and cheers for the memories (btw, no Lunar Lander? That was the first I played, in the mini Virgin Megastore in Nottingham...)
Re: 24 litres per second?
Remembering 30 years ago to school chemistry, the avogadro constant for gases is 22.4 dm^^3 at STP, 24 liters is a fraction over this, so ~2.1g of Hydrogen every second - seems reasonable.
I thought that they revised the weight up a tad...between 7 and 10 /thousand/ tonnes (at 17m diameter, that wouldn't be tricky)
Can that gunk be applied to laptops...
" Indeed most phone insurance policies specifically exclude water damage and phones are fitted with tell-tale sensors"
I think Macbook Pros have similar - we had one that had been issued returned to us with the oh so helpful comment "it just stopped working" - only 2 weeks old, so we returned it to Apple. About 20 minutes later we got a terse "it's been immersed in water - tough", and it was returned.
Hey-ho, I had one that had been drizzled with baby oil (I didn't ask) and one that had had what seemed like fish soup through out it's innards. Week old fish soup at that. Not a pleasant job, but I learned how to fix macbooks
Re: Focus on Apple ?
They have to shift the same goods to the USofA - the hardware is made in china, remember, so the delivery charge idea is specious.
Software - all done over the internet via iTunes isn't it? Paid for by the customer.
Calm down, it's just a willy...
I think that it's not the first time Big Dave has caused a controversy - often required to don a loincloth of fig leaves - or copper.
Riddle me this...
I get a lot of junk calls on my home phone. Which is very odd, because I'm TPS registered, and I only give this to friends - I always use my work number when asked by any organisation, and I never, ever, ever get any junk calls at work.
How does my work block all junk - or are some numbers just excluded from the junkers?
Re: Can't recommend Windows Phone even though I liked mine.
You've more or less voiced my feelings - I've got 5 months left on my contract, and I've got me a nice new Gmail account. Android certainly doesn't avoid the lack of updates though, unless you have a reference phone - I know a lot of people stuck on very old versions - older than Win7.5 - on their devices because their device maker/operator hasn't made the update available, and they're not technically literate or confident enough to mod it themselves.
Re: Balloon burst
Abso-bloody- lutely - I was trying to work out what it was...adn then I read the blurb.
Lester's haggis pakora recipe worked wonders up here, for an alternative Burns' supper
As has been pointed out that with Google, Facebook etc, we're the product, so the idea of taxing these companies for the work we do (i.e. increasing their data store and therefore the value of the companies) is very attractive.
No doubt the companies concerned though will pay for expensive lawyers to tie it up in the courts for ever and a day, and then weasel accountants to point out that the data is actually added in Ulan Bator therefore it doesn't count as work in France, and the companies will continue to export their profits and import losses.
Zut alors, or more likely, merde alors.
Re: Are they sure...
I think that that comment dates you - few people these days know the pain of finding a cinch mark in that roll of film you wound into the developing spiral :)
Shopping malls and the like are probably not going to last much longer in my opinion - I've been wandering round Princes Street and the environs today looking for shirts - grandad shirts to be precise, out of fashion, but I like them. Not one to be found in Frasers, Debenhams, Marks+Spencer, Jenners, John Lewis (and the rest of the St James Center), Harvey Nicks - and a bunch of smaller boutiques. On the internet, a quick search and a positive plethora. The bricks and mortar shops cannot offer the range that the internet offers - okay, conversely, I can't try things on on the Internet, but DSR makes returning things far easier, and less embarassing, than physical retail outlets.
They'll need to come up with a new models, new services and new ideas to really tempt folk back, this is Canute and the tide.
They're admitting overselling their capacity, unlike others who claim "unlimited" but put caps on your usage so the internet slows down to a crawl, just when you (and everyone else) wants to use it most :)
ISPs should stop playing the numbers game, set a "speed limit" which they can provide, and then work in background to improve infrastructure, and then, when it's ready for us greedy buggers (ISPspeak for folk who want what they pay for), upgrade the speed.
Re: Installer attempts to load ASK crapware
Use the Ninite installer instead, and keep it on your computer.
Each time you run it, it will install the latest version, and prevent installation of any toolbars. No browsing to find the latest file or anything.
Ah bollocks, to hard to alliterate.
Slightly quicker than Adobe - and they patch bugs faster too :)
He was honest once
One of his books was entitled "It's not about the bike", which was a fair assessment of his cycling.
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