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Re: I estimate
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
that the global demand for these will be approximately 4
You'd have to be an "S" to buy one for someone else and an "M" to buy one for yourself .....
nobody at apple was available to comment
That sums Apple up very well!
Wang - reminds me of a limerick
A young fellow dining in Kew
found an elephants whang in his stew
said the waiter "don't shout"
"or wave it about"
"cos the others'll all want one too"
Ok Ok I have probably had a few too many but I couldn't resist........
Sadly, you are correct. The more common reasons are probably:
- is it new?
- is it shiny?
- have my friends got one?
- am I being told I need one?
- can I show it off at the pub?
- if I don't pay my leccy bill, can I afford one?
- do the kids need to eat next weeK?
and others I'm sure, but eco-friendly? not on your nelly!
Re: Sadly, a decade to late
mmmm I too am a couple of decades too late but had none of the effects you vividly describe. My sympathies old man!
Would I have it done for free while others watched? Probably not.
the sony case is interesting
I don't recall ever owning a Sony device, but the events mentioned came back to mind when I read the article. Yes, I probably have an anti-Sony bias as well, in all likelyhood driven by the backlash that I read on this and other similar sites/forums.
Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.
I'll wager that the US had a heavy hand in this, and my response is "Fuck You, USA". And for whoever in the various involved countries allowed this to happen, I'd suggest that there may well be an offshore bank account with a few extra dollars in it.
I hope that Bolivia does offer asylum just to shove it up the holier-than-thou fuckers. This stunt may have works decades ago but now the whole world knows within hours (minutes even).
I too was underwhelmed ......
.... but hey if the site is ordinary now, it can only get better .... yes? The trouble is I think, that when a website changes we all expect it to be "all singing and all dancing" when in fact weather is just plain boring and something to complain about - largely because it is an inexact science often based on observations that may be several tens (or hundreds) of km from your home.
How exactly do you snazz up a weather site? Don't know, but there has been some debate here in Qld about BOM using data from "hobby" sites, some of which are very sophisticated and lack only doppler radar observations. These people are fanatics who have something useful to say about the weather at their location, and in my opinion should not be dismissed as loonies which BOM appears to do.
Hey, how about the official BOM site and an unofficial "Aussie Weather" site running side by side. I'll wager that just as much useful information comes from the several hundreds of amateurs as from the several dozen "official" data collection sites.
climate an weather
Now we will hear from everyone who confuses climate with weather. " it was cold this winter so climate change is a scam" and other utter bullshit. Is what is happening in Greenland climate or weather? Not having the expertise I have no opinion, but the observations are interesting anyway.
slightly off topic
I remember as a senior high school student when my school was given a PDP 8 when the donor - The HydroElectric Commission (Tasmania) if my memory serves me, upgraded to a PDP 11. Ahhhh the heady days of nerds with rolls of paper tape in their pockets so that they could list the first 100 primes, calculate pi to several hundred decimal places and calculate f-stop for other camera parameters. I jest of course but they really were heady days. Scientific calculators cost several fortnights pay, people still knew what a slide rule was and knew how to use one ...........
If the tool still works there is no need to upgrade - just hope there are some ageing programmers from my old school to help out when/if the reactor fails.
Dear Doc, please tell at med school
did you learn of a rash of podule?
Or did pustulant pods
affect many bods?
I'm sorry I must seem a fool.
Whether Dotcom is guilty or innocent is quite irrelevant here. An illegal search was conducted, possessions were illegally taken in that search, and the agents of a foreign power were allowed to at least take part in that raid (or even to direct the raid/search if you believe some reports). In addition some reports have said that at least some of the aforementioned illegally taken possessions have already left NZ for "the land of the free".
It seems that the US government, FBI and other agencies see "land of the free" as meaning "land of the free to fuck over any other country or person in that country however and whenever we feel like it".
It's very easy to be critical, even dismissive of these relics and why they exist. Being born in 1957, clearly I will not be able to remember the days that prompted "constructions" such as this. They remain important historical sites and imho should be preserved as such. Hopefully this site and others like it will be preserved for our children and grandchildren to get some perspective on why we are as we are now.
Good call! Yes, some people have little to no idea of scale.
Re: OK lets try this
Nice! I was about to get out my calculator (do I use this opportunity to admit that I still own a slide rule) and do the same calcs but you beat me to it.
It's getting to be very apparent that ...
If you are big, powerful and a US company that you can no longer have your own way all the time. Suck it up Apple, China is bigger, stronger and more powerful than you, and they will have their way.
This project is a testament to what is possible. Mere mortals like me can only dream of having the balls/inellect to conceive, develop and create something like this. Well done! Mate, I salute you.
handwritten stuff requires one to actually concentrate:
1 - stuff appears letter by letter rather than sentence by sentence (or in the worst case scenario of many PP's page by page)
2- the slide (board) is not complete until it's ... well complete
3 - handwriting is much more difficult to interpret than typed text because most of us do not write in Times New Roman or similar
Powerpoints on the other hand are mostly in my opinion and experience a big yawn
Win 8? Well I have no opinion on that as I havent used it, but one thing I do know is that having touch as a "feature" does not interest me one scrap. I'm so used to using my keyboard and mouse on my PC that even if I purchased a touch compatible screen I very much doubt that I'd use it much. Having said that using touch on a tablet is logical and now, in 2013, somewhat obvious, but would I buy a in win 8 tablet? No, not if past experiences buying win os's is anything to go by - too much extra crap to get rid of before the os is bare enough to be of any use.
Real Aussie style staged or not. Also good for a few free beers at Keith pub (if there is one). Well done shaggers, I say!
Re: Assange.. Who is that again?
Yes it is certainly heading that way - such are the whims of the media and the attention span of most the populace. Perhaps he should shag someone in the embassy to give the story some more oomph.
rogering will be next
Because you breathe harder and faster when rogering (or being rogered), then it stands to reason that that should be taxed also.
Cycling, rogering, rowing, running, playing football (in all it's incarnations), skiing, hockey ........... Let's just tax everything. Oh wait, we already do.
Paris, because from what I've heard .......
Basically the US got what they deserved. If one man searching for evidence of UFO's can infiltrate a "high security" network, then the fault lies with the network administrators. Geez, even I know how to strengthen my passwords and access to my home wifi. McKinnon was not a criminal in any sense of the word. The fault lies with some idiot "administrator" trying to cover their own pathetic arse because he left the default password to "password" or "fido" or some such crap.
as a resident of Brisbane ...
in Jindalee that was hit quite hard by the floods a few years ago (although my house is well above any 100+years flood predictions), I think the maps for this years event were bloody hopeless. Is this a fault of the state government or local council? Well maybe but the last state government and local council were no better, admittedly because nothing like the floods then had been seen before - or predicted for that matter.
Seriously, no street search, maps covering huge areas, no mobile access - yes several hundred thousand houses were without power and around 100, 000 are still without power (29/01). In this day and age lots of people rely on mobile access, and several of my friends do not have any "landline" at all.
State governments need to provide information that is accessible to all, not just those like me that did not lose mains power supply.
been to outback australia?
Unless you have been to the real outback, you have no effing idea about remoteness. Anyone who relies on a phone/tablet/whatever for directions in such areas needs their head read. Unfortunately a good proportion of the population now believes that a phone is all they need.
A good quality GPS backed up by paper maps - or perhaps the other way around, and a satellite phone are mandatory .....Oh and dont forget your emergency beacon, it may well save your life.
Some guidelines for survival
- dont leave your vehicle
- take plenty of water
- dont leave your vehicle
- take more food than you think you'll need
- dont leave your vehicle
- use your satellite phone
- dont leave your vehicle
- activate your emergency beacon
- dont leave your vehicle
Think I'm joking or over-reacting? Again you have no effing idea.
This is why ....
I'll not buy another ipad - I have the initial version which is openable by mere mortals - or one of the new iphones/ipods/ i-what-the-fucks. If I cannot change the battery or change the RAM/HD on a computer, then sorry Apple you've lost a customer and I'll go to Android more than likely. My wife uses an imac and loves it but it will be the last one we own if Apple continue with this crap. I have G5 - thank Christ the bastards did not weld the access panels on. Shit .. What am I doing? Giving them ideas ...... AAARRRRGGGHHHH
I'm probably in the minority of glassy eyed fanbois, but dont expect too much more of my hard earned, Apple.
no sympathy for Apple
Be a bully and eventually you will be royally f*cked over by someone bigger than you.
apple user replies
Well, I've been an apple use (not fanboi) since the mac plus, and now own a Gen1 ipad, an "old" ipod and a 2.8GHz workhorse - and a very early version of an android tablet. I can tell you the following:
1) I will never buy another ipad because I have a philosophical objection to non-repairable and non-upgradeable hardware (this may well apply to the ipod)
2) the nexus 7 will do all that I need for mini-tablet uses, and the apps that I use are available for both units - so I will be buying one of them in the near future
3) I may consider another mac workhorse (when mine dies) for the shrapnel of life, but this is not a certainty given the increasing lock-in (walled garden) going on with Apple.
By the way for those who wonder if I've ever used Win PC's, yes I have a mini laptop used when we are travelling and a desktop that I use to drive my ham radio equipment. Why? Because the ham radio software for PC is in my opinion, better than that available for mac.
And, my workplace is is a Win7 environment.
Geez! have I committed heresy, admitting to sins against Apple?
All Hail King Jobs!! (or not)
let me be the first to say
F*ck the Yanks!
hypocrite too harsh a term? Live by it and die by it - whatever "it" may be.
at the risk of repeating myself,
and I'm doing just that. I'll wager a pound to a pinch of pigshit that if content is universally available at a reasonable price then piracy will plummet. Take "Game of Thrones" for example, Not available in OZ at any price - except free - when it screens in the US. As a teacher I have heard all the gory details of the series even though I have no interest in it myself. So where are my students getting it from - hey has anybody heard of the internet? Now I ask the idiots who restrict access to this popular series, do you want nothing (money) or do you want something for the downloads? Sure, not everyone will pay, but surely some income is better than none?
Oh sorry I forgot, It's better and more lucrative to sue (fuck you yanks for making that the only way) than to create a better business model.
Hey, I want to watch Game of Thrones - will I download for free or wait a year for the DVD set ....... lemme think about that for a couple of microseconds.
Jeez, its a fucking no brainer !
Some thoughts for Mr Williams
1) Give consumers access to the content they want at the time they want it - ie at the same time as our friends in the US and UK get it
2) Give consumers access to old content - ie old TV shows etc - that they still want to watch.
3) Make pricing of aforementioned content realistic
4) Make copies of aforementioned content legally transferrable to DVD so that consumers can look at it several times if they so desire.
5) Read some of the online forums about you and your practices - really, people hold you in contempt. You can change that by the way by actually listening to what people want rather than bitching and complaining that an old business model is not working.
I'll wager that if you and your media mates do this, not only will you sell lots - read here shitloads of money to you - but there will be a massive reduction in illegal downloads.
No, you will never achieve that nirvana that you dream of in which all content is paid for, but that has not existed since reel-to-reel tapes came on the market.
I hope he wins this one
Regardless of what his motives or morality were in Megaupload, the bully boy antics by the NZ police egged on by various US agencies beggars belief. The morons who planned and executed same have been shown to have acted illegally and with force hugely greater than that required.
His business practices may not be all rosy but hell, how about looking at Apple, Microsoft, Google, Shell, Pfizer, GSK etc etc. Why and how do they get away with it? Simple, they have politicians an other powerful people in their pockets.
Now there's a thought!
The Coalition - for those who don't know, the conservative party in oz and the usual champions of business - say the NBN is waste of money and now some big businesses are saying oz needs the NBN and that it is money well spent!
OK, so I wonder what will happen to the NBN when the current government loses power in the next election, as they almost certainly will?
Frankly you would expect him to be wrong. Despite that he was in favour of a national high speed network in the past, he is in opposition so "has" to deride, or be seen to deride an apparently viable high speed network already a good way to completion. This is politics. By the way , do I agree with the NBN in it's current form - YES!
Clive Palmer is like the spoiled brat who isn't getting his own way. The football team? Well who gives a flying f**k anyway. The mining tax? Well I give a flying f**k because leeches like Palmer are ripping our resources out to the detriment of my grandchildren and great grandchildren. Unfortunately just because CP has money the weasles of the government will listen to him and his poxy mates and f**k Australia for their short term gain. Go and cry in the corner Clive - maybe Mummy will come over and give you a kiss.
Kapitan, I agree with much of what you say. PC is stifling intelligent conversation and sensible, rational debate.
On this topic I wonder how PC's expect these soldiers to behave. They are put into situations where they are trained to hate/distrust - after all how can you kill someone if you do not hate or distrust him, and then they are expected to behave like normal rational people afterwards.
How many of the PC crowd have been shot at/ attacked/ threatened. I have, and I can tell you it is a deeply disturbing experience that quickly brings out the "worst" in you because you are put into a situation of "me or him". If you have not been there then frankly you have no effing idea.
As for sexist comments - well without tying to excuse or justify them, If you tell men - read soldiers here- that they are bigger/stronger/better than anyone else (the forces do this by the way) , then that is exactly how they will behave.
my 2c worth - PC's you can keep the change.
if*ck you Apple
For gods sake effing grow up Apple! You may well "make" good products (actually you make f-all, just market shit that someone else makes for you) - yes I have several of aforementioned products - but you are becoming the schoolyard bully who cries to mummy when he doesn't get his own way. Frankly If I did not believe that your products were the best for what I need, I'd drop you like the proverbial hot potato.
actually in Australia
" According to the researchers who caught the gruesome pics, the bamboo shark was around a METRE long, and the wobbegong around 1.25 METRES" - not meter(s)s which are instrument(s) that measure(s) something e.g current
it is the lunatic fringe of the Greens that gives the whole organisation a bad name. Who knows what Bob Brown actually believes about this matter, but the comment certainly implies complete ignorance combined with fear-mongering and a poorly thought through argument. I wonder how many "greens" have and use mobile phones?
grey imports in oz
In one of my interests, ham radio, there is an ongoing debate between sanctioned retailers and grey importers here in oz. As a consumer the questions that I ask are:
1) which is cheaper
2) will I risk the lack of a "real" guarantee to purchase a grey import
3) what is the guarantee worth to me
Having bought from both, I would say that above a threshold of say AU$1000, then it is worth paying more to get the "real" guarantee. Below that I look at reviews of the equipment with particular focus on reliability, and then make my decision on cost. This has not let me down yet as no grey imports have failed and the one radio I spent AU$2000+ (and bought from a legit shop) did fail but was fixed quickly. Yeah yeah I know, I know.
Same applies to cameras. I recently purchased a top-of-the-line consumer Canon DSLR, and should the body fail - really the digital end of the camera, I will not be behind if I purchase another one online compared with shopping locally for the initial purchase.
The arguments given by vendors usually end up with "small market share = increased transport costs. That may well have been the case years ago, but I call BS to it today.
of course they are going to start in small places! WTF else do you expect? Any sensible AU (read australian vs world) business/service is going to test its offerings on a small scale before heading out to the "big wide world". It's not as if the NBN is worldwide FTF sake!.
I've given smelstra the flick
Bundled all our comms services with Westnet and given smelstra the flick. At least now I know that I can get 24 hour service - no more than 1 minute wait for the last 4 calls, and if there is to be a long delay they always have called me back.
as a teacher ....
I could not have said it better myself. Thanks!
one of the greatest achievements of man
Hubble would have to be one of the greatest of human achievements ever. Never before seen images, never before imagined clarity ..... I could go on. There are not too many technological advances of the scope and significance of this bird. I for one feel fortunate indeed to have lived through the "hubble age", and look foreward to more breathtaking images.
- iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system
- Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job