Re: The sad thing is that no startup / corp has stepped up and seen a wonderful opportunity here…
233 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
@ Esme "Most recently a couple in their 60' s who installed Linux Mint without assistance"
Here, I'm in my 60's and I've got LXLE on my hacked Acer chromebook (scariest bit was stuffing tinfoil into a tiny socket on the mainboard so I could reflash the BIOS)!! That's just ageist, that is!!! Young people today...(wanders off muttering.....)
"has the UI improved over the last few years" is only a perfectly nice question if the reader agrees that it needs improved (I do for GIMP by the way)
Obviously some people feel strongly that it doesn't need improved...
Betamag? That's a bit old-school seeing as how VHS won that war!!
Think I'll just pop over and have a look.....bugger!!
"machine-to-machine communications network"
I think there's a big shiny power source already up there....
@destroy "Cross-contamination would seriously rock. I don't think it is really possible. It's more likely that a human gets tobacco virus."
So we're not going to wipe out all the BEMs with measles or the common cold then? We're doomed, doomed!!!
"Similarly, if we started contaminating celestial bodies with microbes from Earth, it could ruin our chances of ever finding alien life there."
Similarly, if we started contaminating Earth with microbes from celestial bodies, it could ruin our chances of ever surviving the alien life there.
There fixed that for you...
You don't have to listen to him if you don't want to.
His opinion is just as relevant as yours, except he's less likely to call you a pampered prick (even though it's perhaps a more apt description of you than him)
"I've pressed the button on the screen but the PC still isn't on"
"See the big silver DELL...."
"I've pressed that, nuthin happened"
"...there's a wee black button below that..."
"wait till I get my specs"
"Oh, that worked....what's the password?..."
After spending 2 days disinfecting a PC that had every malware in existence (and the only copies of the guys baby pictures (his babies, not someone else's) so just blowing away and reinstalling was not an option), the next week he presented me with the PC back, along with a new cargo of parasites...
See "Thanks for prompting me to find out more" above...
You have to remember that specialised medical equipment (especially those with robust technologies; autoclaves for instance) fall into the same category as fixed industrial plant: they're made to last by companies that disappear once they've been sold to everyone that wants one, they are integrated into the fabric and require demolition work to get out, and - most importantly - they still work! Unfortunately that usually means that controlling software HAS to be what the manufacturer supplied and has to run on the manufacturers choice of platform and will never be updated.
Oh, and it's easy to keep up to date when you have billions, it's the little bit of a couple of hundred (or less) software that's hard to get funding for.
"...But the GC is nice...."
Speaking from the perspective of a diagnostic microbiologist, I would NEVER describe the GC as nice...
Because it's the weekend edition where the crew get to let their hair down (even Tim) perhaps. Is Dabbsy any less fantasy than Dr Who?
I think the important thing to remember is that info shouldn't be strewn around that contains info that can uniquely identify the patient, so unless your groin has a readily identifiable (and unique) feature (a tattoo of your social security number, maybe -- or wait, maybe you're a pr0n star...) it's probably ok to send pictures across public channels...
PS please don't quote this out of context...
"... if the guy/gal is some kind of fundamentalist ..."
And here I was just thinking how refreshing it was for somebody to NOT be fundamentalist about their reasons for leaving a project.
My granny was called Lucy and she would have loved a Venus mission named after her.
Oh, and - Science
OOh another poll!!
B. Stupidly optimistic
You've got windows! Bastard!!
"...the wooden bath, this one crafted from yacht-varnished oak,..."
It's got tons of caffeine as well!! Brilliant! And colourings!!
What's "gairdahhz"? Surely you mean "girrdurrz".
@TheVogon "That's hardly starvation level when you look at incomes globally."
But we're not looking at incomes globally. If you feel that the problems don't start until people are scouring rubbish tips for food, then you are part of the problem.
Ooh, I see I got some thumbs down from people who think swearing IS big and clever. Well, well.
See, now that was much more creative and entertaining AND got your point across better than actually using the words you've substituted.
My granny was right, swearing isn't big and it isn't clever...
...before Firefox ditches Gecko for webkit everywhere and plunges the world into a browser monoculture. We're doomed, doomed I tell you!!!!
What, Microsoft have a browser?.....
"Don't publish the announcement."
So does that mean it's both true and not-true in a quantum superposition and we won't find out till we read the paper, at which point we destroy what we're observing? Or have I got the wrong end of the stick? Does it even have two ends?
The public accepted Windows 95 because what they saw on screen finally bore some relationship to where their programs actually were. If you were coming from AmigaDOS or Atari's GEM, windows 3.1 was a pile of pants.
The public didn't accept Windows 8 because Microsoft hid all the programs again.
People like to know where things are.
NOTE: People in this case are usually IT savvy, either professional or enthusiasts. The great unwashed couldn't care less about any of that stuff as long as they've got somebody from the first category to badger into doing hard stuff for them...
Who says I'm holding it wrong?
"Is that a BEKO or a Samsung fridge freezer being delivered?"
It's in Space, It's obviously a Smeg.
"...It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere..."
Everybody knows that mechanoids are sort of roundish and spout fire, at least they were before the Daleks exterminated them. Those are obviously replicators and they should be exterminated (where are the Daleks when you actually need them...) before they evolve into humanform and start replacing people... Wait they are suspiciously subservient to that fleshy human ordering them about, I think we might be too lat
@john sturdy (edited to say "you sod, you edited your original post - now I look stupid!!")
"I'd be more impressed with an arm that extends from inside the charging point, grabs a charging lead that it spots lying around, and plugs itself in that way."
If it was a USB lead, the tentacle would have to be capable of turning the plug over the requisite 3 times to find the right way up...
@ David Robinson 1
In this context, a smidgeon is obviously defined as "up to that mark ont' ruler where I caught it wi' me saw; the one not quite halfway between 3/10th and 4/10th of an inch on this here ruler in me pocket"
My dad measured things like that as well...
I concur with your subtly stated conclusion that perhaps the article should have mentioned OS X only somewhere near the top so uninterested parties could have stopped reading/started sarky comments efficiently.
I find it useful to direct drivers using pubs as a reference point. The street I live in is the one further down than the road with the similar name with a pub on the corner. They all know where the pubs are...
I QUITE LIKE SPAM...
(Do I have to say "bloody vikings!"?)
"it doesn't nag or try to trick you into upgrading to a paid version like most of the other "free" ones,"
Ooh, Avast just popped up a nag screen as I read that comment... spooky
It is, of course the GN A callsign painted on the side which is unique to the Flight Lieutenant. As seen here http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1146229/
"Use a quality OS that doesn't need that silly three letter thing to to know what type of file something is."
What, like AmigaOS?
There'll be details in the PDF linked to the article....wait a minute...
In the NHS all Lab coats and nurses uniforms have the names on them. For the ladies it's on the chestal area. You spend your day trying to remember names and eventually being forced to try and read what on their left... well I'm sure you get the picture...
Why the obsession with using smartphones as remotes? If I use my phone for stuff like that there's a good chance the battery will run out before I run out of waketime. I suppose I could always go and get the phone off the charger, and while I'm up anyway, I can turn the light on/off digitally (using a digit...)
"handle the verbal abuse they will get in the Commons"
I think you'll find that Scots are perfectly capable of handling verbal abuse...
@ J J Carter
"FPTP flattered the YeSNP last week. They got about 35% of those eligble to vote, same as in the indyref. So yes about a third of Scots are malcontents who think Braveheart is a documentary, but that'll never be enough to swing it for secession."
I think I see why Scots might be discontented...
malcontents implies that they might not have anything to be discontented about...
That's no moon.....
@ Camilla Smythe
That is all...
"The armadillo probably needs an improved stealth field and a minigun."
Like this http://www.cdandlp.com/en/emerson-lake-and-palmer/tarkus/lp/r115483994/