48 posts • joined 23 Jan 2010
I had an electron. Loved it. I was more into programming than playing games (although I played Eclipse *a lot*). It helped me with my computer science GCSE (I was in the first year of GCSE's, so it still meant being able to program a computer back then, in lovely BBC BASIC). It's still got the best keyboard I've ever used. In fact, I've still got it. Just waiting for it to become a valuable antique now.
Re: Where we have equipment is unimportant.
Egos? I don't see any egos here. This just seems to be normal academic debate with two competing theories.
I smell a dodgy study here.
So up votes tend to attract more up votes, and down votes tend to attract more...up votes! You would get the same result if it were simply the case that votes tend to attract more votes, and the majority of votes tend to be positive. It's not unlikely that votes attract more votes: I for one tend to scan comments and read only the ones that have more votes (up or down): I assume the low-voted ones aren't interesting. No evidence of herd mentality there.
Nothing to see here. Move on.
"we were not just anti-Macmillan; we were anti-industry, anti-capitalism, anti-advertising, anti-selling, anti-profit, anti-patriotism, anti-monarchy, anti-Empire, anti-police, anti-armed forces, anti-bomb, anti-authority. Almost anything that made the world a freer, safer and more prosperous place, you name it, we were anti it."
-Antony Jay talking about his time at the BBC
Now find me an equivalent quote from a BBC insider about right wing bias.
Unbiased = Impossible
What the comments on here show already is that it's impossible to be unbiased - even if every story is told in a 'balanced' way, there are questions of whether 'balance' itself introduces biases. News also necessarily has to simplify complex issues, if only for time reasons. How do you do that without introducing bias? Then there is the biggest problem - the simple selection of which stories to tell, and which to ignore; which to put first and which to put last. The second any human judgement is involved you introduce bias. It's a fantasy to think that you can be unbiased.
This begs for a plurality of sources, and makes the BBC's dominance unhealthy. The strength of the BBC (and state sponsored sources like Al Jazeerah and Russia Today) makes it difficult for commercial organisations to compete. The web has changed things as well - before that at least printed news was not from the BBC, helping plurality. Now the BBC competes against newspapers as well, and it's an unequal struggle.
Re: The news we need
No. Without the BBC you'd be looking at the Moscow Times, Al Jazeerah and the Indie - exactly as you are now.
From the not-particularly-wide-and-likely-to-all-agree-with-each-other range of sources that you look at, it's quite easy to infer your world view. That's probably why you regard the BBC as unbiased - it just happens to agree with you.
"Stop attack my country. Don't touch my country Bangladesh. Fuck BD Gay Hay UR lamer. A little dog Murkho Manob was using message slander. Bitch dog really. YOUR MOTHER FUCKER!
...your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries...
Re: Perhaps it's just me
I think the advantage is that each typewriter is unique, and so documents can be traced back to the machine they were written on, with no way to fake it.
The amazingly predictable 'yes, but we're just as guilty' answer. Otherwise known as 'two wrongs make a right'. If you think what they're (allegedly) doing is wrong, then backdooring is wrong, full stop. Ergo, Lenovo's (alleged) behaviour is wrong.
In fact, the story is a practical, not a moral one. The security services won't use their equipment because they think they're risky. That's their prerogative. They're not claiming the moral high ground. The Chinese are equally at liberty not to use Western stuff. You can put your moral outrage away now.
"Microsoft has largely run out of things to add to their productivity apps"
This is simply not true. The problem is that they only bother with changes that are in Microsoft's interests. There are lots of functions that haven't changed in generations. An example is mail merge, where I would love to have the ability to merge to separate automatically named documents, or create emails with body *and* attachment text.* They could also fix things that have been dodgy for generations, like the way that numbering occasionally seems to have a mind of its own.
*I never bothered with 2013, but I don't think these things have changed.
Re: Blaming the interwebs for society's ills and spills
In Turkey, politicians didn't like the truth coming out, and so called it "lies". During the riots, social networks were demonstrably being used to encourage and organise riots. The politicians simply said so. What else were they supposed to say? Not the same thing.
Ranty simplistic student politics might not sound so clever if your home had been invaded or your business destroyed.
I'm not calling for censorship or closing down networks - things are never so simple - and those same networks helped in the tidy-up. I'm just saying that what happened in Turkey and what happened in the UK are not the same thing, and try to imagine what it would be like reading your cheap point scoring if you were a victim.
Re: On some monuments
As you note, the graffiti goes up to the second world war, which ended over 60 years ago. These monuments now have significantly more visitors than the past, and could be rapidly destroyed if not protected. As a relative statement, I can't be sure what you mean by 'so bad' but, yes, it's pretty bad.
Re: Between The Unions and Thatcher @ andrueC
From the report you quote (www.cbr.cam.ac.uk/pdf/wp014.pdf) on page 22: notice the period when manufacturing output is falling (late 70's) and when it starts to rise again (around 1981 onwards, and solidly throughout the 80s). Now who was in power in those periods? Myth busted, as they say.
Americans, why do you have to keep pointlessly inventing new words, when there's an old word, understood by everybody, that means exactly the same thing? Metric? You mean 'measure' - MEASURE!
Honestly, it really doesn't make you sound more clever.
Oh Lord, another costly and doomed attempt to push 'technology' into the classroom, as if that'll somehow transform education (yes, I get the cynical bribe bit as well). If a technology is useful for education, it'll just get adopted. The most important technology for teachers and the one that transformed teaching is practically invisible (like all truly successful technologies): the photocopier.
I don't know if this is a trend, but phones I've bought recently just haven't proved to be as rugged as old phones (including, ahem, a 'Defy' that couldn't 'defy' normal use). So, like the previous poster, I keep an old phone around for when the inevitable happens.
Anyone else get that sinking feeling that within five years this whole project will quietly disappear?
Against our moral values = making it harder to isolate women so they don't talk to men. What a twisted place.
"...all provided by 35,000-odd folk...". Does that include Charles? He's pretty odd.
I work with Chinese all the time, and there is a cultural attitude that you don't pay for MP3s or films, for example. This attitude persists even amongst wealthy Chinese, who can afford to pay. The Government enjoys a large degree of trust amongst the people, and if the Chinese government truly wanted to tackle this issue, then they could change those attitudes.
Sadly, the fact that this label managed to get onto the display without anyone noticing says all you need to know about Comet.
Did he really say...
...'we're all *pushing down* these design principles'? Says it all, really.
Re: "but I soldiered on because the hardware was so pretty"
I have a feeling there might be lot more people like you soon. Another Vista moment on its way.
The right to free speech
...your right to say anything I agree with.
Surely the 'civil' reaction would have been to argue against the video and explain why it's wrong and offensive. Decent people would understand. That would be in the spirit of free speech. These people pretend to like free speech but, it seems, they only like it when it suits them.
an update 'soon'
This is Motorola! It will get one (very late) update, then get abandoned:
But, of course, it'll break before it has a chance to get a second upgrade anyway. Really, really do not buy a Motorola. I mean really.
Google don't help themselves
My first tablet was an android, but I pretty quickly went out and bought an iPad. Why? First of all, Google makes it b*st*rd hard to find tablet apps as, unlike Apple, it doesn't seem to put them in a separate category in their store (or at least it didn't). The fact that people couldn't find tablet apps (from a company that made its money in search!) probably didn't encourage developers. Secondly, Android is just fiddly and less intuitive to use. Despite being a touchscreen OS, Android isn't particularly gesture-based, and it isn't particularly intuitive. Try handing each tablet to a 70 year old. Oh, and I'm with Apple in thinking that 4:3 screens are better for tablets.
PS Not a fanboy - I bought the Android *first*.
The headlines calls Peter Hain a minister - he is not.
The headline says that Peter Hain likened Anonymous to fascists and racists. He did not. He merely said that he's suffered attacks from those people in the past in the same way that he's suffering attacks from Anonymous now.
The story says that the OAS condemned British 'threats'. It did not. It actually issued a rather bland statement about the inviolabiltiy of diplomatic premises and urged the UK and Ecuador to come to some agreement.
Are you proud of your journalism, Natalie?
As for Pinochet, there are some facts that seem to be forgotten here. The first is that he was arrested in the first place. This was unprecedented. The second was that he fought a 16-month legal battle against extradition. Who do you think he was fighting? Have a good think about those two facts. He was finally released on medical grounds. Admittedly that was a bit convenient, but it was done by a party and a minister that are not in power now, and was fully compliant with the law.
Re: Too much willy-waving all around
Excellent comment. If only there was any point in arguing against conspiracy theorists. Oh well, you do your best.
Re: Those who support Pussy Riot
Don't be so silly. Publishing stolen documents and protesting against your government by singing a song in a church are not the same activity. I believe strongly in the right to free speech, but it's never been a licence to do whatever you like. Free speech is and always has been limited by the rights of others not be harmed by your actions. There's always the difficult question of what 'harm' means, and ultimately your opinions depend on where you personally draw the line, but the idea that wherever you draw that line Pussy Riot and Wikileaks must necessarily be together on the same side of it is nonsensical
Re: "Raped" chicks
There's only one problem with this honey-trap conspiracy theory - there's was never any need for anyone to do it. If you the US wanted him, they could have just had him extradited anyway. Why would they have to go the indirect route through Sweden especially, as some people have noted, considering the highly advantageous extradition treaty they have with the UK? Still, we never let logic get in the way of a good conspiracy theory, do we?
Re: Been wrong before
100 watts for 4 hours a day is 0.4 kWh per day. I reckon a kWh costs me about 12p. That's £17.47 a year - pennies per week. I've no idea how you got to 70 Euros, unless the Euro's gone down more that I thought.
Social scentists confirm their own prejudices
This shows all that's wrong with the social sciences - research which is interpreted to confirm the prejudices of the researchers (or maybe journalists - hard to tell here). It's sometimes startling to see this at work. Back in Victorian times and before the war, for example, women were believed to be the more empathetic and caring gender. This was used to claim should stay at home and be housewives. Now exactly the same argument is used to show the superiority of women in some jobs. See what they did there?
I bet that I could come up with a bunch of questions that would show that stupid people are socialist. In the UK, for example, I could ask questions about entitlements to benefits, and how much rich people should be taxed. I plead with people to read such reports critically, even if they rather like the results.
Compare these salaries to a university professor's salary (which wouldn't even make that reporting limit). Discuss why they're worth so much more. Please. I'm baffled.
What the hell.
I'm quite looking forward to getting to the age where I can do anything I like, and it can't really knock much off my life expectancy. We're all going to die: might as well go out with a smile on your face. Cheers!
Will they do Death Star Canteen?
Just like all these companies
Their business model is to exploit the ignorant - overpriced cables, own brand crap, 'specials' from major manufacturers trying to use up a stock of old components. How long did they think that 'taking the piss out of the customers' was going to work as a business model?
My brother happens to work for a small well-regarded electronics retailer. They've kept a solid business going through a surprisingly old-fashioned method - knowledgeable staff, hire purchase finance with some rental (all of which they handle themselves - giving them a direct and ongoing relationship with customers), they do their own repairs, everyone knows everyone else, and everyone knows the customers. They might charge a bit more (although their prices are pretty fair), but people feel reassured that they're getting what they pay for, and they're getting the best advice. They'll even advise you not to buy something if it's not suitable. Sailed right through the recession.
Looking Forward to it
Look at what they did for the price of ebooks (although they took a few stabs at that to get it right). If they can do that again for tablets, this should really be something to look forward to. I just wish they weren't quite so late to market.
Same price as an iPad?
You've got to be kidding. Their competitors seemed determined to hand the market to Apple. HP are new entrants to the market with no obvious advantages up against a mind-blowingly strong competitor. It doesn't take a genius...
Go for it!
Please make this thing. I had Psions and Jornadas, and I'm still waiting for someone to make a successor. I could touch type on those things. They switched on in an instant. I could work on the way home on the train as a matter of routine. For God's sake, make them! I'd pay a premium for the utility.
The consumer side
I registered on Groupon maybe 6 months ago. It's like seems like a constant stream of pedicures, manicures, beauty treatments and hairdressing. Maybe I didn't tick the box saying I was a bloke? Maybe it didn't exist? Anyway, never once have they sent me an offer that I'm remotely interested in. Just my tuppence worth.
Well, if it's anything like the Isle of Dogs...
...don't hold you breath. It seems that here *all* housing built in the last 10 years (and a hell of a lot of it was - all built wired with copper, by the way) won't be wired up to FTTC, even though the exchange is enabled. The old council estates are being enabled. Funnily enough, Virgin Media isn't available in this area either.
This is an area of high density housing (my block's 17 storeys, and it's a small one round here) with prosperous demographic. Now why would this not be a main chance for one of the operators to make a pile of cash? I really don't know the answer to that question, but I suspect it's because BT are already getting our money, and Virgin are too skint to do the job. Barriers to entry for other operators are simply too high. Until BT have a *real* incentive to do the job properly, I suspect they won't.
How would you feel if a bunch of people from, say, Japan, turned up all over your country? They're impossibly rich by your standards, but they'd come to 'help'. They're young and idealistic, and more than willing to spread their ideals. Their ideals don't seem to involve giving you the lifestyle that they have, but rather a 'pure' and 'better' lifestyle that more suits 'your people'. And I thought colonialism was dead.
You, sensibly, prefer to do business with the Chinese.
If I want help from someone, I tell them what I want, and ask them do it. I wouldn't be happy if they decided I needed help, and then told me what I want doing, and then did it.
We'd be doing the poor many more favours if we treated them like adults. We should open our markets, help to educate their future generation if necessary (and not in a political way), invest in them (yes, and allow "corporations to be corporationy") and let them trade their way to wealth.
Judging by their mobiles...
...you won't ever get an update. It's the biggest issue with Android tablets, as far as I'm concerned. They haven't been around long enough to know how long and well they'll be supported by their manufacturers. I guess we can only look at their record in mobiles, and Acer don't do at all well in this department. In fact, only HTC of the current crop of tablet manufacturers have a pretty strong record, as far as I can tell (although I can't speak for Samsung).
At least with Apple you know you're going to keep getting updates until the hardware can't take it any more.
This is superb
A very imaginative idea. Despite my best efforts, my students still see producing the result (2,000 words on the page, or whatever) as more important than the process (research and critical thought). Although probably more suited to more descriptive assignments, this is a great idea to get the students to consider very carefully what they're writing, and to worry about issues like support, plagiarism, objectivity and misrepresentation. Good stuff. I might, ahem, "borrow" the idea!
@Chris 23, You're absolutely right...
"Which was the worst act of terrorism? 9/11 or the 'Shock and Awe' bombing of Bagdad followed by the invasion and near destruction of a country whose innocent people died in much greater numbers despite having had nothing to do with 9/11?" I'm not sure, but I know America's innocent, because they haven't been found guilty in a court (your logic).
Re: Want, want, want.....
You can do it sim-free for a little bit cheaper (over 24 months), and with a bit more flexibility. It's a little bit involved, but worth it. First of all sign up with Quidco (yes, they really work). Then buy the phone from Nokia, and get 20% cash back. That's £400. Then get a 12-month contract from Vodafone and get £100 cash back (for new customers). That works out at £380 over 24 months. Make sure you do all your purchases through Quidco. Cost per month with a free phone = £32.50. The internet limit is 500mb per month, but they don't meter browsing, so if you're only browsing, it's unlimited.
Actually, it'll probably work out cheaper. After 12-months you can probably get a better deal somewhere else on the contract.
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