329 posts • joined Tuesday 2nd February 2010 11:14 GMT
"and who popularized those over a decade ago?"
I doubt very much that any college student is going to settle for a mac that was made over a decade ago. And if you don't think that the way it looks is a major factor for most buyers of computers then you are very mistaken so this is a fairly major point rather than a niggle. Unfortunately (for Microsoft) the case is that Macs ARE more fashionable than PCs and complaining that you can't stand out by having a non white / silver machine isn't going to do much when fitting in with their peers is what young people WANT to do.
I've written to my MP on several occasions and not once has he taken any action. I've been fobbed off each time.
At least with the yourfreedom type sites the word is actually out in the open for others to read rather than in the MP's litter bin.
Stolen bike recovery means sending someone round, gaining evidence, filling in all that boring paperwork for a crime that the papers don't care about.
If a police force can say to the tabloid trash "look we stopped these deviants from corrupting your angelic little children" then they get some good publicity and are likely to have the press on their side when their funding is to be cut.
The trouble all stems from the press creating moral outrage over sex when it's really not that big of a deal.
Indeed that is next on the agenda.
Studies have shown that paedophiles utilize their own minds to create perverted thoughts known as "fantasies" in which they rape children! Therefore every man will soon be required to read a copy of the tabloid newspaper of their choice if engaging their carnal desires. This will ensure a block on all thought.
The difference is between decide and suggest.
The idea of these sites is to let the public directly vent their frustrations to the government without having to go through an MP or the press, who always change things for their own advantage.
Whether the government acts on the suggestions is up to them - they make the decisions and always will.
A side effect of these sites whether you like to admit it or not is that they've opened up debate on a very wide range of issues, which surely has to be better than debate being stifled.
What you do in your own stairwell is no one else's business but your own ;)
Seriously though I know what you mean - there are plenty areas in our city that could REALLY do with improving, anywhere near Frog Island for a start and maybe use the cash to paint that godawful blue tower. At least they are filling in the (scum shelter) underpass to the train station though so it's not all bad.
This isn't surprising at all. If you've ever tried to work with open street map you'll have seen how "flakey" it is as a service. Frankly if mapping is crucial to your business you want to minimize the risk of downtime and services like this just don't have the guarantees of uptime that are required.
Google is better for uptime and functionality but is INCREDIBLY expensive if you have a successful product. It gets to the point where it's more cost effective to buy the data from the ordnance survey folks and host it yourself. Plus you have to remember that a lot of companies have already bought said data so they are just reusing existing assets.
"New public website fails under heavy load", "New web site attracts silly people", "Unmoderated board gets trolled". Change record please, these stories are getting boring now.
The government are trying new things for a change. If they work then great, if they don't well at least they can learn not to bother in future. How about rather than rewriting Daily Mail articles or just making silly little snide remarks you suggest something useful.
So you would be perfectly happy to pay say £70 a year to provide everyone in the country with a free newspaper with no adverts? For example imagine that the Metro stopped advertising and went with a similar system to the BBC.
Saying it's the same as schools or hospitals is clearly rediculous because there are no real alternatives for WHEN (not if) they are needed where as TV and radio are luxuries. And there are alternatives.
And the quality of every single show on the BBC is atrocious. I don't know what planet the BBC fanbois here live on if they think that Little Britain is better comedy than American Dad (picked something of similar level). Once over the BBC was good when they had the likes of the Fast Show or Goodness Gracious Me and even things like the Brittas Empire but now all you get is garbage. Even their documentaries are now always incredibly biassed and seem to be trying to ram some message home constantly. Remember - what you see on the beeb is not always made by them, if it's good it's probably been aired in the USA or Australia already.
It's not about it making a personal difference. It's the principal.
Besides, why should I have to pay a hundred and fifty quid for something that I do not use?
(Though in fact I have recently told them to naff off seeing as I now have no TV receiving equipment so we'll see how that turns out)
(GO to the government about reducing the fee - preferably to £0)
It reminds me of those "BUILD YOUR PERSONAL WEB PAGE IN MINUTES" sites that you used to get years ago.
The only people that liked his new stuff are the Creative Commons fanbois who don't like it for the music. NIN is now douchebag trendy and it's a bloody shame (says it all that he also gives away Mac desktop backgrounds with his stuff).
OK so the performance is terrible but hopefully they can fix that soon enough.
The idea is a good one, even if most of the comments are ignored at least it allows real people to make a point directly, rather than through MPs who just ignore what their constituents tell them. This is surely exactly what many people here have been asking for so now that it's here how about actually using it rather than complaining.
(Big brother because it seems like everyone loves to whine about him but when they get a chance to actually make a point to anyone who matters they shut up. Typical English whine and no action mentality. This place is SO much like the DM sometimes that it's not even funny.)
HTML5 you say? Is that Web3.0 then?
I remember the good old days of Web1.0 (we called it the Information Super Highway back then you know). black text, white backgrounds, blue links and if you were fancy - embedded pictures! Sometimes even moving gifs! Those were the days :)
(Grave cause how much the web has changed makes me feel old)
Awesome, as we all know you can't be living in a dystopian future without airships floating around.
I'm no scientist but doesn't this only break things that are currently turned on? If so then I guess most stuff will just have to be turned off. I'm sure humanity will survive.
(Coat because I'm going to need some kind of protection against the triffids)
I went to Bletchley Park with a couple of friends this year. It was a really great day out and I advise anyone with an interest in IT to have a look. It's not expensive for entry and you can go back any time for a year after.
It's obvious that they need really cash though. So much of the site is in need of a major refurbishment.
Go icon because you should go and give them some money :)
I doubt if the new government could do much with this. I expect that it's all already been signed off. However is it not fair game for their great reform act if they are still doing the whole "we'll ask the public" thing?
People will always write news and people will always read news. Just like people will always make and watch movies and make or listen to music. If the big businesses who are currently in charge of these things die out because of piracy and whatnot then the worst that will happen is that we'll have to do without those luxuries for a little while and put up with slightly lower quality.
Notice that this hasn't been covered by the mainstream press. They really hate the fact that people have been drawing dirty things for as long as there's been something to draw on (loads of cave paintings depict bestiality).
The media really needs to point out that they are now being prevented from showing pieces of classical "art" because it really is no different from modern porn and therefore the whole thing is so stupid.
I know this study was conducted in America so the culture is different but ...
Generally I found that the kids in my primary school who had consoles were the smarter ones and would choose to read on their own or play constructive games. The ones without consoles were too busy playing futbol and smashing stuff and are now (as far as I know) on the dole or in prison.
It would be more accurate to say that people of my generation (who are apparently lazy) actually get stuff done without having to do overtime because they have better tools available and aren't too stupid to figure out how to use them (as pretty much everyone of "generation x" seem to be). This obviously makes the older crowd feel a little jealous.
However - there are A LOT of work shy wasters of my age here in the UK. They don't get jobs though they just sponge off the rest of us. Please don't lump me in with them.
Oh and narcissism is much better than pitiful modesty.
Normally I am opposed to this sort of stuff but I like this. It's easy to get rid of and it's not over the top. It's not like it's a government enforced censoring of the entire site. It's no different than preventing a kid from watching TV after the watershed, which is sensible and up to the discretion of the people involved.
Also it'll be useful when at work.
Can we have a filter that gets rid of anyone using "u" instead of "you" next?
News flash - sky is blue!!! Surely everyone already knew this. It's bad but it's not news.
To make matters worse people also write all of their log in details down and leave them helpfully by their computer (at work and at home). I'm willing to bet a fair number have their bank PIN written on a scrap of paper with their card too.