215 posts • joined Tuesday 2nd February 2010 16:46 GMT
Re: @Geoff Campbell (was: Computer games & drugs? Seriously?)
"My reality is my day-to-day life"
Of which entertainment has a 0% share and therefore you are superior to any of the plebs who would be involved.
"YMMV. Think about it."
Physician heal thyself.
Re: Real story
The climate *will* change. It was different in the past, it'll be different in the future. If nothing else the shifting continental plates will see to that.
If you want the planet to remain static you're fighting a losing battle.
Re: Such a waste of time and paper.
It's kind of a problem that solves itself in the long run.
As with all such problems. It's really only our way of life at risk. And I think it's probably hard to accept for most that it was probably never going to be realistically sustainable.
Unless you get some real heavy-duty terra-engineering technologies going.
Re: Commercial fusion may not be as far away as you think
"Apart from energy, the only significant waste product from the process is helium, handy for balloons and making your voice go all weird."
Or more usefully for MRI scanners.
Re: Slightly fruity comparison
The point is Mr NIMBY is that radiation is a fact of life and we shouldn't base public policy on emotional scaremongering from a position of ignorance.
That is the bigger picture that matters.
Re: Not Surprised
I don't think that anyone should be surprised that the Government's policy on digital copyright is pretty much written by Google lobbists.
Re: You lot really have issues.
"Some of us have actually been there & done that."
Could you name someone who has?
Dogs don't seem to be neurologically equipped for this sort of thing
They have no concept of abstraction so trying to get them to respond to a screen respresentation of anything is like expecting them to look at where you're pointing and not your finger. So WTF is really expected to come out of this?
Except separating the credulous from their monies of course.
Re: Honey someone's calling you
"people need to be excited about new tech."
No I don't.
Re: Ballmer shmallmer
Us throw-back twits like to use the command-line to automate parts of our jobs that you less productive GUI-tards will spend hours over thank-you-very-much.
Re: I don't even use twitter but...
In essence - it's ephemeral.
You'd barely even known our "digital society" existed if the power went out and our computers rusted and so forth but our carved monuments will go on for a few thousand years at least.
Re: Think Sony has dropped content management.
Are you being paid to manage this technophobe friend's iPod?
Then tell them to get over it or they can't listen to music on an iPod and they should go back to hauling a trailer with cassette tapes in it or whatever.
Re: What I just don't get is.....
Do you also get confused between potato varieties? Just stick to the big bag of white and leave the King Edwards, Maris Pipers, Charlotte, New and Baking varieties to people who can actually deal with a "marketplace" with, you know, an actual range of items.
Re: @ robert_raw -
Unlikely - they made a big song and dance (almost literally for generous definitions of "dance") out of the fact Angry Birds: Star Wars is on Windows 8.
I'm a self-facilitating media node.
Visit my website yeah? trashbat.co.ck
It's well weapon.
I believed you and now I have Malaria. :(
Re: Funny but wrong.
Actually the point of the thought experiment is that applying quantum mechanics to a cat leads to silly things like this so you shouldn't do it. Therefore I deem blink acceptable in this context.
Re: How ridiculously fast?
They've gone plaid!
Re: Hang on there Cheetah...
But people don't understand what tree structures are. They only understand the list structure. Where we're at the "top" of the list and everything else isn't.
Re: Creation less than 10,000 ya
You joined just to post this?
Re: What is one day for God?
The obvious answer for an infinite being is that time is meaningless.
But then so are a bunch of thin haired apes so why do some of them insist it must care about them so much?
Re: The most certain are the least likely to be correct.
<quote>but to have morals as an atheist is irrational. </quote>
<quote>Conveniently ignoring the fact that under atheism, there is no intrinsic curb on my hatred and greed.</quote>
<quote>Sure you can look after the poor and the homeless, but what is the reason? Surely that is going against evolution, the survival of the fittest - you are diluting the gene-pool with failed material.</quote>
Populations evolve. Not individuals. We're all in concurrent genetic experiments. Fittest is relative. We engineer our environment more than any other organism except microbes. Many people don't look after the poor and the homeless. It may or may not be beneficial to the overall population. Survival rates for populations with those traits over the changing environment will change that.
In short: we do *not* implement evolution according to some Malthusian definition. We implement genetic strategies which may or may not lead to their survival. They vary - that is enough. And with meme theory much the same war of strategies may well be playing out in our minds and now with temes in our machines.
Note: genetic strategies are not absolutes. Environments may vary. No guarantees are made as to whether your genetic transport system implements complex environmental feedback systems or not. Warranty void if dead. The value of your genome may fall as well as rise.
It's not whether or not they teach them it's whether or not they teach them as factual or not.
I learnt about Egyptian and Greek mythology in primary scool and did Latin in secondary.
I will never forget asking in a RE class in first year of secondary school to the teacher - can't have been too many lessons in since we're starting off with the Pentateuch - if he believed any of this and he said he thought it helped. Since I found this stuff boring and the Greek and Egyptian mythologies interesting I wasn't convinced.
Re: Unbiased != giving equal weight to all viewpoints
"Reality has a well known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert.
Re: Multiple view points
> I dunno - one's man trash is another man's treasure, and all that.
Given Murdoch's attitude towards news it is really hard to take any of his news output seriously. News International is not exactly a company that is shy about promoting an agenda if it wants to *cough* FoxNews *cough*.
Re: As a slight aside...
It's nothing new really. Hollywood actors are more than happy to appear in ads outside of the US. Just look for the Arnie ads he did in Japan for some whacked out craziness.
Taking the ad dollar domestically definitely gives a negative impression of how well they're doing.
But it does so here and the movie market is more international nowadays so...
In conclusion - no idea. Maybe Bruce Willis and Al Pacino owe Rupert Murdoch something?
Re: The purpose of Surface
Because the expectation was never setup.
OSX != iOS - Ok
Windows != Windows - WTF?
Re: In a word........ Why?
Yes, and this is why Enimem is at least original in this regard - there's even a skit on one of his albumns joking about it.
I would have to agree though that his early work is much better - not sure I'd bother beyond The Enimem Show.
The shock gun was a great example of how alternate fire modes could provide some new gameplay experiences. I don't remember when I first found I could detonate the alterante fire energy orb with the primary fire beam but when I did I used it all the time. It might have been in UT actually but there was nothign quite as satisfying as being able to send off a core, dodge and hit it to avoid enemy fire and gib the ever-loving out of your opponent - even if I did miss most of the time.
Re: Unreal Tournament & II for me
I preferred UT as well. Much preferred it to Quake 3. Very much enjoyed playing the level set on the rooftops in FFA and there was a CTF server I found 7 years or so ago that was playing a level with a massive rock feature splitting the map in half with various little routes through it. Does make me wonder if there are any servers out there still running as I feel a little nostalgic for it now.
SHUT UP CRIME!
In other words if you get a chance watch "Super" - it's funny with drama and just shows up that you must seriously be insane to do this for real.
Re: Mandatory Apple comment
"Patenting obvious is Apple's business"
They have a patent on it.
Re: Windows 7?
I'm sorry but Windows 8 to Windows 7 is not as a car is to a horse. You fail the IQ test.
Re: Green screen
"That way, I could (for example) superimpose Jeremy Clarkson over a background picture of a huge arse."
I believe that would be redundant.
Re: The first thing I'd want ..
".. would be to be able to turn off gratuitous background music, all pre-recorded trails and interference on the tv screen like "coming next", "press red", silly little logos and continuity announcers crashing credits."
This comes up on Points of View basically every week and the response is always the same,
"yeah, we know you don't want that shit but damn it you are going to know what is coming next, you have to know what the damn channel is without pressing your info button and you will use those damn red button services - or not, but fuck if we're going to listen to the mere people who watch TV on this".
Re: Why Kidz?
I believe you have your answer in your question:
"If you've got ground-breaking tech that performs a useful function, "
It's the useful part that's found wanting.
Have no idea why anyone would object to your comments but have an upvote on me.
The problem will be that even if you have a cure for cancers you'd have to be able to treat them on any vessel where you'd think it'd be likely - that'd mean detection and treatment equipment would need to be factored into the cost of the trip and it may not actually be reasonable to have that equipment available.
There are lots of medical problems - humans are just not built for space. Hell if we're going to speculate then why not start genetically engineering people to cope better in space?
Anon - this is enitrely correct and will be entirely ignored.
But then I'm on the far imaginary orthogonal plane of politics so I would sya that.
Those abortion clinic bombings - those guys presumably weren't true Christians?
"There is no more violent religion in the world"
Religions can't be violent - a religion is just a collection of abstract stuff with no vital force.
"Even at its worst Christianity never said that you'd get to Heaven by killing as many people as possible,"
A lot of people thought otherwise during the Crusades.
"So will someone please explain to me why a religion which long ago learned the error of its ways."
Look it's simple: allowing your thought processes to be dictated to you by someone else claiming to speak on the behalf of a divinity - because face reality, most people calling themselves Christian have for the most part of history not been aware of the scripture for one reason or another - is an idea that lets sociopaths dictate society.
Christianity's tennets are wholly irrelevant for the most part but the idea that X or Y is a worse or better religion because passage A subsection 7 can be said to be dictated by a slightly better kind of ignorant, illerate sociopath doesn't moral high-ground make.
So again: religions don't learn because they're not an agency. Plenty of people calling themselves Christian are doing some horrible shit around the world.
"but one which still has several significant branches killing as many people as possible in the name of their religion is heavily defended from anyone who would dare say it might be dangerous by the same people?"
Can someone please show me a statement along the lines of, "I'm not a Muslim but I believe it is their right if they wish to kill me in the name of Allah because to do otherwise would be to surpress their beliefs and I cannot in all good conscience so that as a liberal" or stop repeating this absolute nonsense? Thanks.
Misunderstanding Free Speech
"The problem with guaranteeing free speech is that you can't hold it up as the be all and end all while simultaneously saying that the EDL have the right to say anything they want but Anonymous don't have the right to say that person X is a member of the EDL."
Free speech doesn't mean I get to take your bank details and publish them for general use. It's commonly understood to mean, "being free to make a political statement no matter what that is". So I could say I believe I should have the undeniable right to publish your bank details but that doesn't mean I can do so and say it's my right because of "free speech". Unless I could argue your personally identifiable details are political but I don't see that as likely to be considered valid.
Anyone else labouring under the idea it's anything else needs to get aboard the clue train.
"Its the same way all the supposed "edgy" commentators, writers and comedians in the media love to stick the boot in to christianity but are too scared to do the same to islam"
Most comedians - like everyone else with any damn sense - write about what they know. When "sticking the boot in" really means, "I was raised CofE and here are the silly things that happened". Fear is irrelevant and plenty of jokes have been made on Islam but that doesn't fit in with your prefab Daily Mail built worldview so whatever eh?
"If you asked why they don't they'd just accuse you of being racist "
No. See above.
The MailOnline is more your pace - back there with you and leave the thinking to grown-ups.
Re: Applying this article to Operating Systems...
NOOOOooooo! Don't use logic! That doesn't drive the trolling!
> Even if it's true, consumers don't have a spare 100bn lying around, so what *don't* they buy to pay for e-mail?
No, I definitely have a couple of mill down the back of my sofa I just haven't been bothered to spend yet. I would definitely use it for FaceBook and GMail if only the Free Market would just give me the chance!
Of course there are old people who understand computers out there
But the ones who were familiar with them were more of an elite given that the ubiquitous nature of computers wasn't there. Most people weren't going to see computers so had no chance of being able to get to grips with them.
Nowadays it's assumed that yoof know computers (like the VHS recorded before) but of course just like anything else people are on the whole ignorant of how things work making a slack-jawed work experience lad no more helpful than a cardboard cutout when it comes to actually *doing* something with these beige - but increasingly coming in a range of delightful colours - boxes that might require a modicum of intelligence.
Digital natives - my arse. What's important and always has been is the aptitude of the individual - age is irrelevant to that.
Re: More than half?
I never asked them so I really don't know what caused them to be wary of Win8. Never really crossed my mind - first thing I thought was "well I was going to go for Win7 anyway on that assumption but I'm surprised that you'd even be thinking about it." They read The Sun (ugh) so I don't know if there's anything in there that has warned them off and I'm not aware of anyone of their friend's having a Win8 device.
Maybe those adverts for it really put them off. In which case <insert Eadon caps MS FAIL shouty text>.
Re: More than half?
> There are more Windows 8 users than Linux on desktop users combined. Deal with it.
All I know is that when I bought my parents a laptop for Christmas that they knew enough about Windows 8 to mention that they would prefer not to have it. These are not technical people. They have used Ubuntu on an old XP PC I upgraded and dealt with it fine but wanted Windows because that's easier for them (as far as they understand any of this) because that's what other people use. And they knew from a position of not really having the knowledge or experience to really form a view otherwise that Win 8 was not for them.
Is there anyone out there who isn't paid to do so singing the virtues of Win 8? Or are people just using what comes with their machines because if they had a choice even those with a small amount of knowledge will be avoiding Win 8? You know, like this survey is showing.
I hardly think market inertia is anything for an MS fanboy to be getting wet about. Win 8 is clearly not winning any friends.
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