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That's what they're *telling us* they're building
It's actually 'The Machine', from Contact.
Re: A sad loss...
"We'll never know; if you're reading this he's long dead; had his appointment with the displacement drone and been zapped to the very livid heart of the system, corpse blasted to plasma in the vast erupting core of Chiark's sun, his sundered atoms rising and falling in the raging fluid thermals of the mighty star, each pulverised particle migrating over the millennia to that planet-swallowing surface of blinding, storm-swept fire, to boil off there, and so add their own little parcels of meaningless illumination to the encompassing night...Ah well, getting a bit flowery there."
'The Player Of Games'
Beer, cos I can't gland Crystal Fugue State.
I've had many PCs for the last 20 years, but I can count the number of ready-made systems on one hand.
Most of mine have been FrankenPCs, put together from parts. As bits get upgraded, bits are left over, and eventually there is a big enough pile of bits to make another machine </circleoflife>
If you add in motherboard sales, how many's that? I doubt my purchases would've been logged as PC shipments.
I had a Sharp PC3100, very similar to the Poqet, and it was brilliant. You could underclock the CPU down to 1mhz, to use it as an ebook reader, and the batteries would last for ages. The particular LCD technology used didn't need a backlight. People even managed to shoehorn Windows 3.0 onto it!
<misty eyed>Turbo C 2.0, LIST.COM, Borland Sidekick..
I guess the spiritual successor would be something like the Vaio P-Series, and as the trend for content consumers is PC->touch device, we may never see their like again, as the market for content producers is just too small.
A rep warp civilization?
So, the spacelanes will be full of FTL white van men. It's theorised that as objects accelerate past c, they lose mass. Hence, contents may be lost in Transit.
Re: possibly one of the dumbest things i've ever read
5th Gear did something like this in the UK. Not on a track, but at a training centre designed to simulate public roads, while being well away from public roads.
There was a drunk driver (illegal), a driver stoned on weed (illegal) and a sleep-deprived driver (legal). The metric of 'better' was quantity of accidents, near-misses, and general driving precision at normal road speeds.
It's been said
that the first *trillionaire* will be made, from space mining.
By the way, you've been woken early cos we need you to check out a distress signal.
Re: Fine, but does it have a large moon?
Yes, it does. Oh wait, that's no moon.
Where'd the planet go?
The white one. Er, guys, you're putting it on me back-to-front..guys?
That's asking for trouble.
On a less un-seriouser note, I know a fair few folks who have Windows phones, and the story is the same: great OS, needs more apps.
+1 for MS offering free SDK's and app store membership to IOS/Android devs, to woo them towards WinPho.
Re: On the subject of dubious images...
Oh, better than that, how about Richard Branson *as* a flight attendant.
Yes, it happened.
I believe the flight went over Paris.
Sounds like a great idea
What can go wrong?
As far as I can tell..
..he wasn't actually using the phone to make calls, he was taking photos and playing music. If he was using a digital camera or an MP3 player, would that've been OK? Most smartphones these days are sold as all-in-one devices, to save carrying around separate gizmos.
Does the airline training only go so far as 'phones are bad, mkay'? I've been on quite a few airlines, and they usually say something like 'switch your phone to flight mode now' midflight. If I was reading a work-related PDF, or playing Angry Birds, with no sound or radios active, how is that affecting anyone else?
Re: If we are no alone
The research has already been done.
We have Macbooks that can upload a virus to the mothership.
I think I use their brother
I bought my first Amiga there in 1988. They ran out of them at the Commodore Christmas show, and promised that I could get one from the shop at the same price. So I did. And carried it on the train back to Bristol. And a 1084S monitor.
+1. I recently needed to source a new 24" monitor, and the selection of those that can do 1920x1200 pix is pitiful.
Note to manufacturers: This isn't a telly, it's a monitor. To be connected to a PC*. To *do work on*. We need a massive desktop for many open windows at once, and playing videos is only a *tiny fraction* of how it'll be used.
*Other computers are available.
Re: Prior art ?
In another dimension?
With voyeuristic intention?
I always needed a docking computer meself
But they could spend it instead on an escape pod, or a fuel scoop
Cray XMP = Sub Zero.
Remind me again
How they're meant to use all these wonderful augmented reality/navigation/where's my nearest art gallery type apps, *for pedestrians*, without getting busted.
"This is a retrograde step", say El Goog, "How are we supposed to show our ads..I mean, make use of technology to improve our lives.."
But Chewbacca lives on Kashyyyk
I think he went to the Galleria.
(but we have a space station)
“The Culture craft was hiding in the surface layers of the system sun,” Xoralundra said bitterly, more to himself than to Horza.
'In the sun?' Horza was incredulous. He looked back at the cell door, as though somehow it was Balveda’s fault. “Those bastards are getting smarter all the time."
'Consider Phlebas', Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry
it's easy to find scroogle
blekko for it.
I am sirius
and don't call me Shirley.
This is clearly nonsense.
It never reaches 20 degrees in Bristol.
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