I just finished 'The Circle' by Dave Eggers and I've caught a real scare about these things...
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Re: Being Belgian, plucky and all...
Your git comment aside, what they actually did was declare war on the English (with the help of the Dutch and the Spanish, of course) . They did it because the wanted revenge for getting the rear of their anatomy badly battered in the seven year war. They ended up with a giant financial hangover, which indirectly caused the French revolution, git wise. And, of course, we're not mentioning the French losses that ran into the thousends. A cause for celebration by the French even today, I'm sure.
Of course Franklin was already talking to the English behind the French's back, and so they got very little if aything out of the peace settlement.
But, as you correctly remarked, the word 'with'as in 'with the Americans' is sadly missing from my writings.
Being Belgian, plucky and all...
I would like to add the comment that barely a few weeks after the French climbed on their high chevaux and protested about our coin, they starded off in ze general direction of the US in a replica sailboat to commemorate their involvement in fighting the plucky Americans wanting independence.
And, of course, getting their derrieres duly kicked as they always do.
Have you noticed...
...That websites, even when 'having problems' or 'being updated' always display the ads perfectly. And they're always loading first ?
...that whatever problems you have when buying a game, the credit card transfer always works flawlessly ? Sometimes even twice ?
...that when purchasing online, and experiencing problems, the guys that sold it to you are always 'just the distributor' and not responsible ?
...that when you want a refund there are always 'exceptional circumstances' due to 'extraordinary demands' being made on the system ? And that these circumstances never seem to occur when YOU need to pay ?
I could go on. Bottom line ? If they can rip you off they will.
I see...it's all god's fault. Or is it god's fault I am not gay ? I'm confused. Does this mean I'm in denial ?
In other news...
The Register releases a 312 point guide to installing cyanogenmod on your Android device. Steps include at least 41 resets (depending on model) and running to the store to buy a new phone after bricking yours.
Re: Australia's Federal Police
So would you propose to put them on the 'overgrown infant' or the 'incurable tyrant' ward ?
How wonderful !
But er...who owns the patent on hugely overpriced hype built from inferior components ? It seems to me Bose has a headstart of a few decades at least in this market segment, but wit Apple you never know !
Now this is funny...
Or very sad, depending your appreciation of the absurd.
The new president of the EU is a certain mr. Junker. Can you guess what mr. Junker's job was for many years before he got this job ? Go on, take a wild guess.
He was prime minister of...exactly : Luxemburg.
Re: I doubt...
Of course not. Even Apple has fans
I think it's approvals
I suspect there are a great number of versions certified for the many, many different mil-spec, gov-spec, intel-spec and other spec organisations of the world.
The chip wil be basically the same, but the validation process will be different.
Re: BBC Worldwide
Someone is not 'free' to accuse anyone else of whatever they like. In general, 'defamation of character' laws are quite well defined in our part of the world.
I have this watch.
I tells me time and - lo and behold - the date (although it thinks every month has 31 dags and I need to help it along every so-often). It doesn't need recharging. All I have to do is wear it. It has a built in energy accumulation device (commonly known as a spring) so it keeps running for a day or two if I take it off.
Every 7 years I have to take it down to the watch shop, where it is sent along to the manufacturer to be relubed and cleaned up. It comes back after 3 days looking brand new, and I'm set for the next 7 years.
When I get a phone call my phone rings and vibrates, wherupon I decide to take the call or not.
Where exactly does this newfangled gizmo I have to hook up to a charger every day fit in ?
So that's it ?
Wasn't this announced by the Cookster as 'the most exciting product launch ever' or 'most exciting product line ever' or something to that effect ?
And the grand total is 2 phones and a watch ? And this is 'the most innovative company on the planet' ?
Cook should be genuinly ashamed.
I spend most of my professional time in countries other than my own. Mobile Broadband roaming prices are still quite extortionate in Europe. Especially if you forget to switch roaming off again after checking your email.
I use gmail because it gives me access to my emails wherever I am. I spend a lot of time on client locations and systems, and very few offer me the option to use my own laptop on their network. I am mostly forced to use the systems available. This isn't generally problematic, because they all have some sort of browser and an internet connection.
However, i have no control whatsoever over the browser or version installed on those systems, I just use whatever is available to me.
As long as I get off with some sort of warning that I'm using old hat I don't really care, but if Google insist I use the latest and greatest to access my email and do searches I will quickly be forced to use services from another supplier.
Maybe it's just an opportunity in disguise.
You may not want to read this
But, as far as I'm concerned, what is preventing serious growth of Linux is choice.
There is simply way too much of it. The endless distros that do not really offer anything better, but were created simply because someone didn't like something in all the other ones, the endless variations on packages that do not exist because the offer fundamental differences, but because a group of developers fond something principally wrong with the terms of the license (libre office anyone ?), the 36 mediaplayers that ALL have the same issues reading catalogues on network drives.
Anyone that wants to try and give Linux a go is first confronted with a hundred distro's, then 10 or more graphic environments (and don't you dare ask any obvious newbie questions on a linux board or you'll be greeted with disdain and arrogance, telling you to read 10000 pages of information readily available on the internet, you lazy fool), and then the fun really starts, searching for programs you want for specific stuff (try : I'd like an app to manage my CD collection).
If you finally get through all that, why don't you try to get your garmin GPS and maps working. You'll pretty soon find 1000 threads telling you to dual boot windoze or install wHine. Which is exactly what you were trying to get shot of in the first place.
But by this time the general public will have long given up and reverted to Windows. And even if they DO get to the point where they've made a choice on a distro, they pretty soon find themselves locked in again, because if a program is not supported by theid distro or MMI, they have to download sources and start compiling.
SO is there nothing worthwhile there ? Sure there is. But for your average consumer, there are simply too many choices to make, and way too much excrement to wade through to find a few hidden gems.
Oh, come off it.
Really ? They've built Intel chippery and AMD (or is it nVidia) into a thrash can package, locked it an threw away the key.
I'll give you the case design, but bar the presentation there is absolutely nothing groundbreaking about it.
And once again...
...the fines for allegedly 'duping' the consumer wil disappear without a trace in the gouvernment's bottemless coffers while the duped consumer will be left holding their matrimonial apparatus'.
...And Justice for All.
Is this teleportation per se ?
Being of the Star Trek generation, teleportation - to me - has always suggested 'disassembling' matter in one place and, after transporing it to another location by e.g. an energy beam, 'reassembling' it in it's proper form. This suggests some sort of 'freedom' in the location where the reassembling takes place, even if this requires two 'assembly-disassembly' units. One of the main problems doing this was postulated by a certain Mr. Heisenberg.
What this guys are doing may be teleportation in the literal sense, but it does have a drawback. Since the system relies on entangled pairs, you would first have to 'construct' an entangled pair, and then transport one to whatever location you wish to transport stuff to, whereupon you could proceed to 'teleport' to that location, and none other. Teleporting somewhere else would require you to either transport one 'unit' to a new location or construct another 'pair'. Since only the two entangled bits (I use the term loosely) can communicate with each other communication is very secure, however not very flexible.
I could see an application in instantaneous secure communications, but I don't think beaming an underwear change to the lads on moonbase Alpha is on the cards just yet.
Guys, this isn't difficult.
When Lucas made his first SW movie, he wanted to tell a story. He wrapped it up in a galactic bow tie, but it was good guys, bad guys. White hats and black hats. The whole 'a long time ago in a galaxy far away' premise was just a vehicle to smuggle in space ships, tractor beams and megalasers. But the story was there. And there was nothing whatsoever in it that did not contribute to the story.
It all turned to excrement when he decided he wanted to make a movie not to tell a story, but to sell theatre seats. He wanted to reach as many demographics and target audiences as possible. Jar Jar for the kiddies, Jedi for the slightly older kiddies, Pod Racers to sell video games. Special effects to show of the capabilities of ILM. Anything even remotely able to generate merchandising. If the story needed to be modified to sell lunch boxes, so be it. The later 3 films are merchandising commercials. Nothing more. I don't believe for one second he wanted to tell a story. In my - often not very humble opinion - the only thing that interested him was to increase the share price of his companies.
And a lot of people fell into the trap because of the rep of the first three. And Lucas laughed all the way to the bank. And Disney saw the money making protential and bough the franchise. And now THEY want to make as much money as possible from it. Not to tell a story, or ponder good and evil, or even pay hommage to the story. All they want is fill seats and sell the lunch boxes, the shampoo, the towels and so on and so forth.
I think he should be ashamed. But then, I'm not a billionaire, and will never be one.
Re: What did the Doge do?
This has got something to do with the pellet with the poison being in the vessel with the pestle, hasn't it ?
Anyone read the whole agreement ?
Does it say anywhere said software can only be installed on an Apple computer ?
Porno, Nigeria was already wiped of the map completely !
Re: Yep, it'll work.
Are you suggesting, sir, that everyone who owns one of the aformentioned brands is a wanker or that every wanker owns one of the aforementioned brands ?
Either way, would you not consider this perspective a bit narrow ?
When I visited the Pono website all I got was two paragraphs of blurb and a 'visit us on facebook' link. It was a piece of crap.
Seriously, for an outfit that claims it is dedicated to music reproduction without added bullcrap they sure seem to subscribe to a different philosophy where other forms information are concerned.
The Zerg are here !
Time to polish the power armour and grease the chaingun.
But, unfortunately, a waste of effort.
The fact that these 'oganisations' publish wiki articles WITHOUT disclosing their motive or origin is because they fear this will, in some way, detract from the message they are trying to get across.
If every Tea Party statement would need to carry an statutory warning along the lines of 'this message was in large part paid for by the Koch brothers' they would very soon loose their perceived 'grass roots' image. (This is just an example, of course).
So it will not be long before the writers of such articles will simply claim they have written them 'in their own name' and claim their right of freedom of expression, strenuously denying any financial (or other) encouragement.
Re: A fool and his money are easily parted...
Murdoch has made a career - and, may I add, a great fortune - out of pain and suffering. Right up his street, then.
Re: Somebody put it far better than I could...
A quote from someone even stupid people regard as a stupid person.
Fry may not be the most technologically savvy out there, but if he's half as amiable in real life as is his public persona, I will gladly suffer his sometimes ill informed tweets.
Which is more than I can say of Burchill.
If memory serves...
It is also untrue that Sir Bill of Gates licensed his OS to IBM. The licensing racket started a lot later. He sold - again, if memory serves - IBM the right to put the OS on their PC (or ship with it) for a lump sum which was relatively low, but indeed - and this was the master stroke IMO - to sell it to anyone else if he so chose.
Scandinavian model ?
So, are we going to apply this logic across the board to what can be broadly labeled as 'indespensible' services ? Is a bus fair going to be cheaper if you make less money ? Drinking water ? Electrical power ? Or does this logic apply to every form of spending by the general public ? A Bentley perhaps ? A family holiday to Ibiza ?
Granted, the two last examples seem silly. But is it not true higher incomes already pay more taxes ? And not only in absolute numbers, but higher tax brackets. Are people who spend more not only paying more taxes, but also more sales tax - in absolute numbers - because they by more and more expensive consumer goods ? Are we returning to 'there's one for you, nineteen for me' ?
It reeks of communism. And I thought we had generally come to the conclusion it doesn't work.
Bear in mind Scandinavian politicians are no different from the ones in Blighty, or Belgium for that matter : they keep trying to find new ways of extorting money from citizens and use a never ending supply of bovine excrement to sell it as 'fairness'.
Don't oversimplify. It tends to weaken the argument.
Indeed, there is little difference between plod err...plodding around asking questions when they suspect possible malfeasance and the NSA doing this by electronic means, except for the scale.
The analogy however breaks down in the face of what happens next.
Plod wil have to present their evidence - a lot of it possibly circumstantial - to a judge and ask for a mandate to officially open an inquiry and gather evidence on the suspect (s). In this case the judge also decides the scope of the mandate. Any broadening of said scope has to be equally sanctioned by the judge. This guarantees separation between the powers.
The NSA, however, broad as their mandate is, is not hampered by such trivialities. They qualify every fart as a threat to national security (much as Homeland does, apparently), have the resources and manpower to open an unlimited blanket investigation against which there is no legal protection, decide for themselves if the evidence supports their claim, and nick whoever they want. They can not hauled into a courtroom to explain themselves, and are not bothered by details such as habeas corpus.
This is wherein the problem lies : not the collection of the information, but the action which is taken upon it. And we all know absolute power corrupts absolutely.
You're not going to like this...
...but when such a large portion of people asked about their opinion on vehicles do not actually have the money to buy one, what's the actual value of the poll ?
They may very well claim their desire to want a 50K 0-emission vehicle, but I wonder what they will buy once they've managed to scrape together that money by hard graft.
And I'll bet they'll go for the 20K Golf diesel and spend the rest on their mortgage, putting their kids through school and a family holiday or two.
Alternatively, maybe those 25% are the smart ones.
Considering the 'improvements' Apple has made to, e.g., the book management (taken out of iTunes and into iBooks), the rather large security holes that needed patching, the fact we're already at 7.04, the fact that 7 has become even more of a walled system than 6.x was, may I respectfully suggest the 25% that held off 'updating' to 7 may indeed be the more savvy users ?
Not again !
I wish Apple put as much time, energy and talent into developing their new and existing product line than they do in wording their patent applications so they cover every device and application known to man.
Then they would actually conform to their marketing image. These days, they seem to be putting more energy into retooling themselves as patent trolls with a product lineup that is 10 years old.
Re: Your choice of degree is an example of lateral thinking
AC Wrote 'As a CS graduate, I guess I have to set your little a$$ on fire'
You lost me right there.
The problem with comp sci degrees....
Is that they are not producing computer scientists.
Right off the bat I must admit I do not know the specific state of Britisch Comp Sci curriculae. I DO however know something about technical degres this side of the pond.
And the truth is we are not producing scientists. What we ARE producing is circus monkeys. Graduates are tought specific skills tailored to specific markets. They are tought Java, XML, some C++ perhaps, or even SQL, and some general approaches to coding a solution.
They are however not ought to FIND a solution. They are not given a thorough mathematical and statisctical foundation that teaches them how to solve problems.
Turing was a maths graduate. Lovelace was taught maths by, amongst others, de Morgan. Hopper has both maths and physics degrees.
The graduates we are producing are equivalent to people mounting wheels in a Toyota factory. They'll do wheels in the Volvo factory no problem, but ask them to set valve timing and they're in trouble. OK, it's a silly hyperbole, but you get the point.
Knowing how to write an app does not a computer scientist make.
The flip side is that we never produced very many Turings. Neither did the UK.
To quote Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon...
...my money's on the mutt.
Ah ! This one's for me
Finally a phone that befits my failing eyesight. I will most certainly be giving it a try when the battery on my 4S finally dies, which I estimate to be in a month or three.
Very well done, Nokia, there is hope still.
It looks like the gates still left in the walled garden are being closed one by one.
I also wonder what this 'free OS' is going to do to the thriving enthusiasts corner known as the Hackintosh. In the past these users could argue that they 'bought' the licence and could use it the way they wanted. By giving OSX away for 'free' I imagine things are going to be changing there as well.
The good news is the pricepoint of the new Pro's : I would almost call it 'reasonable'. OTOH it's become an iMac without a screen. You configure it, you buy it, game over. Locked in.
I see a plan emerging here. And it's not for the better
Just to clarify...
He got a message in response to his tweet, asking him to expose Googles antics during the courtcase, effective using it as a soapbox.
Unfortunately, he screwed up the reply and tweeted it, partly exposing the defense strategy.
Just in case you wondered : he's not going to cop to it and do a mea culpa. But you knew this, of course.
Re: Well, I'm not having one.
Well, there is of course import duty, and 21% VAT (which is partly deductable).
II was, however, not complaining about the cost, but about the fact that Apple is charging me a premium for a product that is, quite frankly, no longer top of it's class.
When I got my 4S a few years ago, it was after a truly frustrating time with a 1st generation Galaxy S, and I found it to be an outstanding product. Thes days, however, the 5S offers me very little extra over the 4S bar a tiny increase in screen real estate and a fingerprint scanner.
I'm definitely with Mr. Not Sartacus here. There are much better products out there these days, and for a much more competitive price.
Re: Well, I'm not having one.
Yes. The 32GB S is 799 Euro's ( a little over 1000 USD), and the C is 699, a fraction under.
Well, I'm not having one.
The 4S I have has a slowly dying battery, and I don't think I'll shell out 1000+ USD for the exact same phone plus fingerprint scanner.
Apple has innovated itself clean out of my business.
Barmy Army ?
Like in the Exploited fanclub ? I'm going to watch THAT game ! :D
Just don't bring him back...there's nice lads !
It started out well...
But lately it has turned into a pervasive means for google to lob ads at everyone. The thing is bundled with every imaginable piece of software (even Java these days) and the default setting is 'install'.
And Google can try and convince me of their honorable intentions, but after countless incidents of snooping, rifling through peoples mailboxes, and statements by their crypto-fascist leader Schmitt I simply don't trust them anymore,