183 posts • joined Sunday 7th February 2010 19:54 GMT
which class would that be then?
"The existing operators also argued that an underclass without smartphones will be unable to travel once every yellow cab is busy answering an electronic summons."
presumably the class of people who can't afford 30 quid a month on a smartphone contract, but can easily afford spend half of that on a 15 min journey getting from A to B?
Of course, they WILL lose out on those that choose not to have a smartphone but who have enough mollah to be driven around... i guess those poor souls will just have to take hackneys from then on... the very thought :(
I actually use my real foreign type name all the time when i phone for a taxi... and never had any problems... its short, easy to pronounce, and I don't have to get into fisticuffs with the other 3 'smiths' also waiting for a taxi.
Re: Samsung King of The Castle
"...While the rest of the tech world tries to invent new things by combining two existing things or varying."
what, like a phone that is also an mp3 player and a pocketpc?
(and the should be) = (and that they (the country) should be)
seeing as the president has bent over backwards to let the country know that she is (and the should be) accomodating his american ways, and seeing as the ones howling about being mortally offended by his lack of 'being exactly like us and respecting our culture' are probably the korean equivalent of the uk daily mail reader, I put to you that the uk and south korea has more in common than you would think :)
"hold jacket in one hand, put other hand in jacked pocket, shake bum at president" icon used for obvious reasons :)
of the smaller countries not mentioned...
I'm sure they decided to focus on only the main countries with orbital lift capabilities, but even just for its weird launch trajectories due to political reasons the israeli program centered around the Shavit rockets is quite interesting.
Re: Hint, kids (of any gender) ...
i agree with you that at a certain age boys would likely rarely refuse a chance of sex, and so i am not downvoting you, but this older boy/young man did say no, and his refusal was not accepted (from what the register is reporting and from the content of the huffington post article). This did not happen in the uk, and I don't know about the specific laws where this took place, but i would imagine that trying to force someone to have sex with you (after they have made it clear that they don't want to) is illegal in most juristictions.
Of course, you just pointed out that most boys of a certain age would not refuse sex with a girl or woman, which from my personal experience holds true. I am just adding to your statement the fact that in this case the individual did refuse, and that the fact that males of a certain age usually wouldn't refuse sex shouldn't take away from his right to decide when and who he wants to (or doesnt want to) have sex with.
I for one am glad to see that there is still justice in the world..
after all, when a person is subjected to attempted partner rape, domestic abuse and sexual assault you would definately want to charge the purpotrator with indecent exposure, simple assault, open lewdness, and harassment... at least two of which seems to have only came about because part of this ordeal took place in public...
came into the comments just to lament the lack of 'moon', and then saw it had already been lamented :) if anyone reading this has never seen it then do so; then wait a week and watch it again... its a different movie the second time around, and surprisingly just as enjoyable.
Re: One question I have always asked myself
"You make me laugh. Stop thinking that these people have anyone but their own best interests at heart. They are just normal people with all the failings of normal people. With shareholders that ensure that their primary concerns (and legally constrained concerns I might add) are the short and not the long term."
Having shareholders means some short term outlook and some long term. You get both kinds of investors. However, having shareholders mean that they are responsible to grow those investments, which means they wont invest in technology or projects that are unprofitable. Wind would be profitable if we didn't have lots of other technologies which are far superior in terms of CO2 emissions, cost and reliability... once oil is gone, if biodiesel (either algae or bio-ethanol from sugar-cane leftovers) doesn't come through, or photo voltaics don't go anywhere.. and we find that nuclear with its somewhat complicated economy (mining ore/reactor tech etc) actually turns out more expensive, then wind will be viable. it doesn't look like it will though, unless the various governments continue to subsidise the industry surrounding it (which isn't a problem in itself.. just means we aren't using the most economical/efficient way of producing power.. cheaper forms of energy like gas in effect subsidises the more expensive ones like wind)
"As for bio diesel made from Algae .... that's decades old tech and wasn't invented by big oil. So you've kind of stabbed yourself in the back by showing that big oil (or as you want to call them energy companies) have buried viable technology so they can continue making money from what they know and love best ... OIL."
Most of the renewable tech we have is decades old... photovoltaic, solarthermal, geothermal, hydroelectirc, biomass, wind/water/tidal generators... Energy Companies (Or big oil as you want to call them ;)) are very good at looking for new sources of energy.. it's what they do: find source of energy>find way to transport energy to market>profit. Which is why they are also the most likely organisations to be still delivering our energy once oil becomes too expensive to recover.
The reason why the worlds motor cars don't already run on renewable energy is because a) oil is still cheaper, and b) renewables are still more expensive. Sooner or later there will be a shift (actually later, as my original post mentioned.. now we have shale gas and oil.. postponing the enevitable move to renewables). Exxon is investing in algae based biodiesel. Shell is investing heavily in brazil, turning waste from sugar cane production into fuel (I don't remember if its biodiesel or needs blending. I am not sure what BP is doing but last I heard they were still into Wind energy but were getting out of Solar.
This doesn't make them loving caring charitable organisations that just what is best for the world.. and no, they didn't invent these technologies.. they are just the ones that are spending the most on research to improve them.. Which makes them the organisations most likely to provide the worlds energy mix also in the future.
Unless 'Clean Coal' finally comes through obviously (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130206093547.htm) and we end up with the coal companies becoming the de factor energy providers for the next 100 years.
Re: One question I have always asked myself
There are no oil companies anymore.. just energy companies.. and they are all investing into research on renewable energy... do you really think those massive companies will just run themselves into the ground as oil runs out and then finally file for bankrupcy?
If you want to see what energy generating (converting) technologies are viable, then look to see what these companies are pooling their resources into. Governments (actually politicians, which is not the same thing) need to look good in front of their people, and can't afford not to put up wind turbines (seeing as this was what this article was about)... large vertically integrated energy companies are responsible to their shareholders and need to provide return on investments.. Look to them if you want to see what is viable and what is going to be our energy future. (Although renewables are now decade or two further away since we figured out how to extract gas and oil from shale... once those get too expensive to extract you'll suddenly find Shell or Exxon biodiesel made from algae hitting the market)
The green revolution is coming, its just not led by the people you wanted it to be led by.
Context is everything...
I think maybe we are knee-jerking a bit too much on this one.. I don't see how it would be racist to do this with a number of races or nationalities (yellow hair and viking helmets for everyone?) but I believe the context here is that americans (probably) are complaining about an App which unfortunately stereotypes a certain kind of abusive racism prevalent in america during the last century, where they portrayed asians (particularly chinese) in movies as blundering idiots with straw hats, squinty eyes, L>R on the fly translation, funny clothes and somehow always wearing traditional chinese clothing and fortune cookies everywhere. To avoid stereotyping some of them also worked in laundry shops.
This negative stereotyping was reinforced by a movie industry which couldn't pick on blacks (too much), because, you know, slavery, but asians were fair game, as they had only really came over to the white man's land to steal white jobs on the railroad anyway.
It is most likely against this context of the over the top asian stereotypes that the complaints came in; not that the app gives you slightly slanty eyes, dark hair, etc, but that it contains these character traits (straw hats, fu-man-chu mustaches, etc.. ) that for so long helped to ridicule asian americans and lead to, yes, racism. It is perhaps not that well known outside the US.
For easy to understand context, imagine a make me black app (not racist in itself.. at least I wouldn't find it racist.. others might), but which had the added bonus of being able to put you in cotton fields, slave chains or similar, which would then, because of context, be racist.
and how do you think that the nuclear fusion reactor that is the sun got started in the first place (and contributes to keep it running)?
After seeing his performance in fear and loathing in las vegas I doubt anyone else could do justice to McAfee's hijinks.
I don't know if I could imagine any of the other actors in a scene wherein they blacked up, stock tampons up their nose and decided that this would definitely work before braving it out in their new disguise... apart from Johnny Depp.
please let there be a movie being planned
I don't know if its too early to hope for a movie, seeing as things could still turn out pretty bad for the man (and if they do it usually takes a while before it becomes acceptable to make entertainment out of it), but this sounds like the plot for a very very good movie... something sitting between the life of the mentioned mr.Thompson and mr.Mesrine...
Re: Just trying to protect their balliwick
"Yet another industry not wanting to move with the times. Gone are the days they can simply control all their media forever. People want to get their content in a convenient and simple way, through devices that they want. Companies like this are stuck in the past."
The funny thing is that when read this I couldn't make out if you were talking about Apple or Time Warner...
may I be the first to....
Can we please have a 'in my day....' icon? seems nearly half the comments to any given technology thread are by people complaining how difficult something was back in their day... or how hardware never broke back in the old days (in IT that would be what.. 4 years ago?)
I think it should have an icon with a hole-punch-card in it..
Re: Sounds sensible to me
not always... sometimes the wank-istas ask you if you would like some milk in it..... yes, milk... in your black coffee...
sometimes I also dream that after fucking with me over the namingconvention of the size of my beverage, the next person behind me in the queue specifies their entire order in italian.. obv this scenario only works if the fucker-ista behind the counter isn't italian too....
I think maybe I need to try decaff for a bit...
actually, while I don't mind ordering a cappuchino or an espresso, I object to having to specify my size of beverage in italian... if starbucks or whoever wants to call it a tall venti whatever then fine, but if they try to make me use italian just because they want to add that ambience of sipping italian coffee in an american franchise in britain then I usually reply to them in norwegian* since that is MY native language, and after all, its all about the fucking ambiance.
Actually, like any other person who has been in the uk for a while the entire scenario after 'I reply' actually only plays out in my head and what actually comes out of my mouth is 'thats fine'.
I'll still order my bloody fucking medium americano next time as well though.
"The antipodean nation has also recently tabled data retention proposals..."
To table something in the US means to put aside and pretend it doesn't exist... In the UK it means to take something up and actively discuss it.... to bring it to the table.
Anyone know where Simon is from so we can tell which one it is? (from the language it seems to be the latter)....
must be white
Although bacon sarnies _can_ be made with brown bread it _should_ be made with white. but not the kind you buy in the supermarket.
It needs to be a sweet white oval roll, preferably similar to those you get from KFC: It needs to be slightly (very slightly) buttered, and then gently toasted on the side that has butter (the insides of both buns).
The bacon must not be washed, a Bacon Sarnie needs to be salty as well as sweet, sour and delicious
The bacon can either be back or streaked, the key is to bake (not fry) it long enough that the meat and the fat both turn crispy (but not too crispy, there should still be the slightest of 'give' in it). To achieve this it is paramount that the slices of porcine mana be turned half way through.
This should then be covered in the highest quality ketchup (not too much, not too little, it must be just right), without which we are not talking about a bacon sarnie but bits burned flesh between pieces of bread.
Re: I do wonder
This is neither the first or the last 'database' of rating people on sex or relationships... as to if they should be shut down as being abusive or praised as helping to sort the wheat from the chaff... I don't know.. but I don't really like them myself.... as to your question as to how men would feel if there was a womens site giving ratings.. have a free one on the house :)
...people in the uk would be more likely to believe that David Cameron had suddenly decided to re-nationalise the railroads than ugandans believing that their president had a change of heart over manlove...
Re: Could you put ...
You mean glass stairs like the one in the Glasgow Apple Store?
Or were you thinking of something else? :S
how are any of these incidents darwin award worty?
as far as I can tell none of these in-duh-viduals removed themselves from the genepool? (you don't have to die to qualify for a darwin award, just loose your ability to further contaminate the genepool with your stupidity).
Re: Good for them
well, technically it's also what is killing us... there's plenty of all natural things that has been trying to off us since we got up on two legs.. predators, diseases, climate, natural disasters.. we're only here because we adapted and learned to fight it... the other side of the coin. The enviroment is like a set of really really abusive parents, we couldn't live without it but it's not like its really trying very hard to keep us alive either.
Re: The last remaining domain
I think you'll find we've been polluting the sea for quite some time already...
before deciding its ok if the level of suicides match that of the country as a whole...
check to see if the rate of suicides prior to these actions matched it as well.. they may or may not.
Suicide is not something that occours uniformily across a population.. there will be risk groups that stand out.. especially young males.. there are also other factors in play beside sex and age.
if the suicide rate at the company was way below average before the redundancies and then jumped up to 'average' level during, then there was still an issue to at least look into.
lies, damn lies and then statistics.
"Private equity firm 3i announced today that it had left Sulake's board and was ditching its 16 per cent stake in Habbo Hotel, stating that they felt that the only responsible action to take when discovering 13 year old kids surrounded by peadophiles was to run away as fast as they could."
There, fixed that for their press department.
..unless he believes, or claims to believe, that the charges against him are politically motivated and his extraction to sweden might lead to the US filing an extradition request with the swedish government and lead to him ultimately being extradited to the US to face charges of whatever they can think up against him seeing as he can't be done for treason (not being a us citizen)?
The man might be a bit on the weird side of the spectrum, but he has plenty of reason not to leave the UK and go to Sweden, even if he didn't have the pending charges there against him.
If he is actually guilty or not of his swedish charges is not a trivial matter, but that is not why he has been able to appeal his extradition (and aparently plans to take it to the european courts).
So yeah, I see your UNLESS and raise you a BUT.
And to be clear, I'm attacking your 'if you arent guilty you have nothing to fear arguement', not standing up for the guy.. I think he's weird even without the sex crime allegations.
Re: Sexist joke alert
Sexist jokes (that aren't even funny) aside, the problem is that there are people with axes to grind... like picking on a show that is made up entirely out of stereotypes, where everyone is ridiculous and inept in some way or another, and managing to take from that that its all about discouraging girls from doing computer sciences in school.
(Because as a male of the species after watching the IT crowd I became convinced that the only way forward was a career in IT and completely destroying any notion of a social life/emotional intelligence that I may have had up until that point... either that or become psycotic and join management.)
Torchwood, Bones, Firefly (ok, engineer more than computers), 24, Jurrasic Park, Hackers, The Net: Series and movies from the top of my head that have strong female characters who also happen to be the techy ones / computer experts.. although quite a few of them still include the old stereotype that computers steal your social life...
Maybe they should look at why so few girls pick the subject rather than making uneducated guesses.. or maybe they should ask the ones that do why they chose it.
Failing that we need to take off and nuke ourselves from orbit, it's the only way to make sure :(
(in case anyone missed my point above it was that portraying Jen as a blubbering idiot (but with the social skills so sorely lacked by the male members of the show) is unlikely to have a massive impact on the education choices of young girls (or boys).
Re: Ultrasonics and dogs
depends on the wall... I have still lots of random electronics in my house that I haven't placed properly yet.. (still putting together my 'media solution'... my receiver for instance is facing away from me when I sit on the couch, but a smooth door seems to be enough to reflect the IR signal to hit the sensor :)
tbf it is a bit annoying when someone has left the door open.. the plasterboard wall itself isn't smooth enough to reflect it :(
Re: dum dum dum
"What makes you think that there won't be trials of autonomous security systems?"
If you think making my whole plan sound like an episode of doctor who (specifically the one where amelia pond get trapped inside that timestream/purpose built fully automated city thing with automated security system (this is a kindness?)) is going to deter me then you are very very wrong my friend :D
Can we please have a doctor who icon before the next series start?
dum dum dum
I wonder if anyone would notice if I sneaked in one night and started living in one of the houses... would there be real internet (connected to the actual internet)? transport? where would I get food? would they notice a couple of fields of vegetables? would probably go well until they started testing radiation fallout in urban areas...
I would probably never do it, but am slightly excited at the idea of trying... anyone with me?
Re: I suppose ocean ecology isn't important
I reckon before any desalination plant would be built there would be a proper study of the enviromental factors carried out beforehand, but doing some off the top of my head logic:
5X amounts of water is taken from a river/ocean, whatever.
3X amounts of water with a increased salt content is pumped back into the source
2X of water without salt is used, abused and then put back into the source (londonians flushing their toilets/washingmachines/showers/baths back into the thames.
there would be some evaporation, and some absorbtion by lawns and such, but the majority of the water would get back into the thames and I can't see how it would increase the salinity notably.
(taking water out and adding it back in either through pumping the brine back or from household wastewater getting back into the thames would obviously not occour at the very same spots, so there would be localised increases in salinity)
Re: So ?
co2 IS life, along with water and the lovely radiation from the sun it's all thats keeping us from looking like mars.
Oxygen is obviously pretty good as well for the stupid animal things, but they're just parasites living off of other lifeforms and have been around a lot shorter timevise.
do you know just how many people die each year from dihydrogen monooxide related causes?
again.. reality imitates girlgenius :)
We blew it up, Hooray :D
there's always more to learn :)
Re: Workable form of mass electricity storage
actually, the hard bit is making it cheap enough to be affordable enough for most (as in not having to chose between a car or a house to live in), and to manufacture it without needing to pollute more than you supposedly 'save'.
Once it makes sense economically and enviromentally you will find it will be easier to get people to buy into it.
Re: Oily stuff available now!
The UK government has no say at all in the wholesale price of crude oil or distillates. Yes, they can tax it as high as they want and easily achieve the 500 USD per barrel equivalent of price at the pump, but oil is traded on an international market and guess what, if the UK (refineries/chemical plants/forecourts) stopped buying any oil at all tomorrow and kept it that way for a year we would hardly affect the international price of crude at all. We are not the navel of the world and the 60 mill or so living in the UK are a drop in the proverbial 7 billion of us that walk around on this planet today).
likewise, cutting all the oil that ultimately gets spent needlessly building wind turbines will have limited impact on the price of crude, but it will nevertheless mean we pullute less (what, you thought all that infrastructure, metals, construction, maintenance, landscaping and facilities for storing off-peak energy was made out of pixie dust and rainbows?)
Socialist governments are usually nothing of the sort, and don't have to pander to public opinion, so they can plan properly, and therefore don't have to build wind turbines. they tend to go all out nuclear if they can (or coal if they really really don't give a shit).
so we can only have nuclear powerplants if we agree to have them built in our own back yard?
I dont know who you are who can dictate where and when nuclear power plants are built at will, but I wouldn't mind living next to one as it happens... small sacrifices to be made in order to keep my house warm and my lights on and so on... I wouldn't mind a little bit cheaper leccy since I would live close by but I guess that is hoping for too much ;)
where do I send in the form?
The sarbaines oxley act (and im guessing with emphasis on sox 404 here) came into effect after the collapse of enron/worldcom and the fall of andersen, yes.
as someone who knows how expensive sox compliance can be im carefully optimistic about this... large multinationals trading on the nyse might not even notice the cost of introducing sox controls/audits, but for startups it can be a significant economic hurdle.
if you need an (inaccurate, as they always are) automobile based metaphor: its the difference of a large carcompany having to do all kinds of crash tests and trials before a car can be declared roadlegal/legally sold in a market, while a private person only needs to have a yearly MOT.
The startups wont be excempt from any and all auditing, they simply will not have to comply with the entire sox framework (which was in any case designed to stop giant screwups like enron/worldcom from happening again, not to make sure that new startup companies never took off).
Re: When contemplating the latest generation of high-end smart phones I feel myself..........
I had a blackberry die on me about a year and a half ago.. stone dead; black screen, no reaction when turned on, took it apart and checked all the connections to the mainboard etc. tried a replacement battery. dead as a doorknob (tbf, this was probably my fault more than RIM's, the phone had traveled with me half way across the world at this point, from muddy swamps to the indian ocean and back. Id replaced the trackball and dried saltwater out of it once as well).
Lost all my numbers that I had stored on it as well as some notes that had been saved to internal storage.
What I didn't lose was all my photos and videos that I had saved on the microSD card. Birthdays, nights out, holiday photos with the gf, stuff that would at least be annoying to lose.
I have an HTC now, but I would never consider getting a single point of failure phone like this.
Evernote for saving notes and an external card for storage FTW.
Re: STOP WASTING MONEY
I AM 12 AND WHAT IS THIS!?
both the way we vaccinate as well as the theory of evolution have changed over the years.. neither was born 'perfect' with no need to ever question or try to improve on. Creationists might take things a bit too far, but there still is not a complete concencus on evolution by science (not if the general theory holds, but some of the details).. there's still quite a few things we're trying to figure out :)
Homeopathy is different as it is based on an outright lie, that a lack of something in water can cure things which are unrelated (but, by all means, let is disprove it with science rather than just scoffing at it repeatedly :)
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