218 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd June 2009 07:50 GMT
Singaporeans have exceptional English already lah, but the country itself is duller than a weekend in Bognor Regis.
Still, it's definitely worth a visit if you didn't spend most of your formative years hopping around SE Asia. (Malaysia,Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia: jungles Mountains, ruined temples, orangutans! Singapore... Oh look an electronics store.)
Re: Silly Question...
Nothing, you don't lose experience, gold or even get repair costs (beyond those you'd get for being in any fight and not dying) when you PvP in WoW.
All you need to do is run from the graveyard, back to your body and you're good to go again.
How long? Not long.
I saw a guy do it in about 12 minutes last week.
He was using recruit a friend though (bonus levelling).
Just normally? A month, maybe 2, playing pretty casually, (no more than an hour at a go, perhaps 3 sessions in a weekend). It's nothing like a grind now. Which is good in some ways, but I did kinda like it the old way.
The word is
That someone found a way to get Martin Thunder ( http://www.wowwiki.com/Martin_Thunder ) on their character and used that to create the carnage.
They were epic, not legendary. Quite fun though.
@mark 63, not really, it's not like it's a long way to run from the graveyard. Death in WoW, especially in PvP has next to no drawbacks, aside from a couple of minutes running back to your body.
Re: challenge accepted
World Of Warcraft
you get the idea, Blizzard release everything on Mac and Windows. Which is great because on Mac it uses OpenGl rendering so it works a treat on Linux too.
Re: Sounds even worse than durian fruit
Durian is delicious, so delicious that I am actually scheduling my holiday next year to Malaysia to coincide with the Durian season.
God I love that fruit. The smell actually makes me hungry now.
Re: Bag Selection.
My Wenger bag has a chest strap but no waist strap.
It's not a great issue for me, though I appreciate the chest strap when I stop off to get some milk, beer, wine other heavy grocery on the way home.
My hiking rucksack has a waist strap, but it's a lot larger than my backpack.
I love my Wenger Backpack
It does indeed only have one padded pocket, but it easily has room in the same space at the back for a laptop/tablet in a padded sleeve, kindle goes in the front, phone slips in the top pocket (some kind of ipod holder thing, just right for a phone and the rest of the pocket space is great for pens, leatherman etc). then there's the main compartment which easily has the space for a change of clothes and lunch, and my cables for my chargers handily stashed in the net pocket at the top. then there's another compartment with yet another phone pocket, pen space etc which handily holds my bike lock. And on top of all that I fit a bottle of water in the side. I still have a pocket at the very front free and another side pocket.
Love this bag so much. Used it on three continents for 6 years and while the rubber in the little bungee things on the side is dead, the rest of the bag is still working well if a little scuffed. Cost me £15 in Morgan years back and I can't replace it. Not even with the Wenger messenger back I picked up this year.
Re: New Meaningful Register Units of Battery Capacity Needed
Oh it's a fine normal measurement, but we need some kind of reg measurement.
So standard light up santa hours, for example, or perhaps an equivalent such as "That's as much energy as eating X fruit pastilles per minute for Y hours" or the like.
Actually fruit pastilles per minute for so many hours sounds like an excellent unit of measurement.
Re: Don't care.
Yeah, those fools being born in a country like that!
We should completely ignore their rights because they chose to be born in an islamic country. Clearly everyone in said country is 100% behind such actions.
Yup, gotta be the case, right?
Re: "And relieve stress"
Ah I missed the alu bit.
Spend too long working with steel pipes and look where it gets you.
Re: "the chair is baked slowly at a low temperature to purify it"
And relieve stress in the heat affected zone too.
Re: Will every milk bottle
No, but the milk might well become wee.
It's not that you are lost, it's that the food you want to find is nowhere to be seen.
Sure you might think that the baking ingredients would be next to each other, but that would be foolish! Oh no, they'll move at least two or three of them to a completely different part of the store and hide them under a sign like "fish" when they are in fact hundreds and thousands (hyperbole comes as standard). Of course, simply working out where they now are is no guide to success, oh no. They move everything on a regular basis so you wander past as many "offers" as possible when you try and find anything.
And people ask me why I prefer to shop online.
*grumpy old man who dislikes super-markets*
Those signs mean nothing.
If I want to find oriental/indian food supplies in my local Tesco, I head to the aisle marked "Polish" ,"World foods" (can't remember the actual name, something on those lines) is only Fajitas and Mexican food.
If I want ingredients for a cake, flour is under "ingredients", caster sugar is under "Eggs" and baking powder is also under "Eggs", the flour is about 8 aisles from the sugar and baking powder.
If I want tapas, it's under "Sausages and Bacon"
The signs are not there to guide you, they're there to confuse. This is why people ignore them. They impart absolutely no useful information in the vast majority of cases.
I hate supermarket signs.
Re: Oh FFS
Yup, (ex)astrophysicist here and I never heard a physicist ever call it the god particle.
It doesn't even make sense as a name. Might as well call photons the Lucifer particle, it makes more sense.
Re: "Microsoft was always a much better hardware manufacturer than software developer."
Intellimouse Explorer 1.0, lasted through Diablo 2, World of Warcraft and still putting in solid service in Diablo 3.
One hell of a mouse.
Re: Solar ignition!
I have no idea if that would work (can't see why it wouldn't), but that was such a beautifully simple solution that I have to say: genius.
You'd be above most of the clouds, you're highly unlikely to be moving faster than the Earth is rotating and best of all, you'll enjoy an amazing sunrise from the camera.
Re: Who will buy them?
I was actually looking at one of them, packed to the gunwales with music, as a travel phone with a cheap PAYG SIM in.
My travel phone (nokia E65) is getting somewhat long in the tooth, and I expect the battery life to be better on a new phone with a lower spec.
Re: Darwin rules
As a cyclist, I quite agree that there's a lot of awful cyclists out there. Last Friday I had no fewer than three of them cut me up or pull out without warning when I was cycling home.
I tried to explain to my missus that the fine for pulling into traffic without looking should be a limb, but she thought that was harsh.
Re: I still don't know
Hmm, I'd probably just use my phone for that, (well I have Spotify premium).
At work so far the results have been "as a remote control" and "to read comics on."
Honestly, the comic book argument is the one I've found most compelling so far. I just need to work out how to hold one for more than 30 minutes without it hurting.
I still don't know
Exactly what it is that tablets are good for. I've had to use a few at work, because we support them, but they're just a bad compromise between phones and laptops as far as I can tell.
I personally find them uncomfortable to use, badly limited and generally just an annoyance.
I actually really want to want them. They're shiny and cool, but... when I have one in my hands, all I want to do is get back to my keyboard and mouse.
I assume I'm holding them all wrong because it either hurts my neck or my shoulders to use them. I also can't work out what I could do on one.
This is an honest question, because I would LOVE to have a reason to pick up that 13" Toshiba tablet, which looks all types of awesome. What is a tablet good for and how do you use it so it doesn't hurt?
That wandered off the point somewhat, but that's essentially why I've not got a tablet yet.
Re: How did they spot two worlds orbiting each other without a star?
If the planets pass between us and any star we're looking at, there's a chance we can see them. Doesn't necessarily have to be their own star, they could just pass in front of us like ET in front of the moon.
Re: Probably going to sound like a new age person here
True, computers make us dependant, which is why I said that the basics should remain in place.
But is the dependancy really any greater when it's to a computer than to a book?
I use google, wikipedia and the like extensively in my everyday life. I regard the knowledge of how to intelligently and accurately use these tools as a skill in and of itself. Yes, I grew up having to look in books to find out what I needed to know, did it make it stay in my head better? I honestly couldn't say.
What I can say is that I have a much broader knowledge of things I learnt since I left formal study and started just looking into things that interested me on the web. True, it mightn't be as detailed but largely I would say that's my fault rather than the medium from which I learn.
We have so much knowledge now, so much data in existence, that aside from your specialist area(s) a broad and shallow knowing is about all you can expect. With that I have to say that the internet has massively increased the scope and depth available to anyone connected to it (who reads the appropriate language)
By all means keep teaching arithmetic, literacy and the basic sciences as we've done for years, these methods work. But when it comes to humanities and to a lesser extent higher sciences (though I can see a tablet being extremely useful when learning physics, part of the reason I hated using a laptop in lectures was because I couldn't lob a quick diagram in), take advantage of the fact that we have much better technology and better resources available to us now.
I have a rose-tinted dream of history projects about the second world war being created with interviews from survivors, video of the events and the like interspersed between the text. Of lots of young children thinking of tablets and PCs the way I think about pens and paper. Your school work would be stored on the school servers, so the actual machine you used to access it would be nearly irrelevant. Though the kids could be encouraged to personalise their machines so they have a proper link to their achievements, a better link than covering a book in leftover wallpaper like I used to! Almost makes me wish I was back at school again now.
Re: Probably going to sound like a new age person here
Actually now I think about it, I was writing and playing Space Invaders on my ti-83 at 14, so technology misuse was already in force!
Didn't do me any harm etc.
Re: Probably going to sound like a new age person here
I would say year 9 (that's 14 right?) is a lot too late to get children to start using laptops in lessons, by about 9 years.
Probably at the wrong stage in development too, when I was 14 I regularly used my pens to doodle instead of write, or play battleships with the boy I sat next to. I don't think teenagers are generally much good at concentrating anyway.
Probably going to sound like a new age person here
but really I am not.
The point is that the world children are being born into today is not the world you and I grew up in. In large swathes of the world people are nearly constantly connected to the web, younger people especially. We have to learn different things and in different ways, than we did 30 years ago.
I think kids should be allowed laptops in exams, tablets too, but that the exams should take this into account. How often do you find yourself completely isolated from the raw computing power of the web and the masses of information it holds? If you are isolated from the web, how often is that without a computer of some kind (a laptop, a phone, a tablet, whatever) that has literally thousands of text books worth of storage on it?
If you're under 20, the answer's probably very rarely.
I'm pretty sure lots of commenters will disagree with me here, saying how they spend twelve hours a day in a mill, in a field making sprockets, uphill in the snow both ways. Or that they have many friends who never go online or the like.
Probably true for the older generations.
But for children, the web is the encyclopaedia, the television, the local social club and their penpal and their games console all in one. And it fits in their pocket.
So while laptops in the school seems like a bad idea when you think of a world like we grew up in, is it really so bad that they might not know who Harold defeated at the battle of Stamford Bridge?
I'm not saying they should rely on machines for everything, maths, basic language skills and the knowledge we all gathered as children is important. But how you gather it is really not as important. Sure I had the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but it was slow and it was hard to get the relevant detail out of the morass of information I was presented with. Then my school got Encarta and life became ever so slightly easier, now we have university sites, the dreaded wikipedia and whole hosts of specialist sites accessible at our fingertips.
Learning something from a web page is just as valuable as learning it from a book.
For subjects like history, I can see a strong case for multimedia, interviews with people and so on. Proper first hand evidence.
Oh no, computers in the classroom are definitely a strong part of how children should be taught, nostalgia to the contrary.
I did study astronomy,
Here I am, writing scripts.
So yeah, it's much of a muchness.
M Night Shylalllalalalalalalalaman's work about the forces of evil and how they relate to lift maintenance.
I couldn't stop watching because I had finally found a film worse than Highlander Source. If you have not seen this film, do not. you gain nothing by doing so.
At least the icon is appropriate.
Have you used cable?
Aside from throttling (A sin in and of itself), I've never had it not run at the stated speed, within a couple of hundred Kb/s and I've been on Virgin/Telewest since 1999 or so. Generally it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Full disclosure, I used to work for Virgin, in a call centre (which would make me hate them you'd think.)
It doesn't matter that they are uninhabitable at all.
What matters is that we have detected a planet of a size similar to our own, instead of the much larger ones we've been seeing until now. This means that we could start to detect planets of the right size and composition in the goldilocks zone of other stars.
That's when the fun begins.
Well now I'll be humming all day.
Duel of the Fates stuck in my head.
I assume he used the force to cause the taser to fail the first time. Wise is he in the ways of the force. Much anger there is in him.
I would guess it's from facebook coins and their gaming networks.
Facebook take a nice slice of every transaction in a game now (much to the chagrin of my dev friends), so there's a lot of money falling into their laps from games and apps. While I don't much like Facebook, I can happily admit that they know how to make a couple of quid.
Close but no cigar.
It was arsenical DNA where arsenic replaced (some of?) the phosphorus that is normally present. Carbon would still be needed.
If they don't use carbon to make their long chains, they would need to live on a world with a massively different chemistry, and temperature, to ours. We look for life like us because it's most likely that we would be able to understand, interact with and recognise such life. If there were life that was completely alien, how would we know it was alive?
If you can effectively answer that question a lot of people would be very interested to hear that answer.
Sod the nay sayers, if I win it, I am going sub-orbital!
Space damn it! Is this not why we sat in our rooms reading sci-fi stories whille the Speccy beeped and booped its little loading song?
Is this not why we sat agog as Kirk slept his way across the Alpha quadrant?
Is this not why we became nerds?
Seriously, I cannot say how much I'd rather be able to say "I went to space!" than "I paid off my mortgage!"