67 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010
Re: I don't get it
I'm about to do a clean reinstall on my main hobby system after trying out almost all of the various desktops from what was initally a lubuntu but now has open box, unity, gnome, mate, xfce on top.
I'm no expert at apt getting stuff, but I have access tp google and use it where I can although I always seem to invevitibly break something. They work for a while, but I ended up installing loads of duplicate applications as part of the process (the prefferred programs for each varient) and my updates then go a a bit a iffy along with system stability.
Prolly going to stick to Xubuntu as I dont have a problem with the classic XP style desktop interface.
I REALLY like the way the older style desktops keep all the internet, multimedia, graphics etc groups seperate. Privacy issues aside I'd stick with Vanilla ubuntu if I didnt get frustrated finding what I want to launch. Even after messing with Linux for 2 or 3 years I cant remember the names all of all the programs and find 'quick launch' very irrirating.
I might give van
Could it just be that everyone is just dusting off their old laptops, reformatting and reinstalling them to factory fresh states and flogging (or trying to flog) them off quick on e-bay before the average punter on the street finally understands what is happening?
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
For something that carries cargo measured in tonnes, I'm sure that there must be the potential to have something fairly hefty and/or a complex system for compressing and reusing the gas.
Surley it wouldnt need to compress it back into a liquid form or anything extreeme?
Perhaps come up with something that could dynamically alter the shape of the structure slightly from an efficient cylender shape to something more eleptical, just enough to keep the area of the envelope the same but reduce its overall volume to take the edge off of the bouyancy for loading and altitude control. You might be able to increase efficiency by doing that along side some of the other techniques that have been described.
Re: "the only vessel in the world allowing […] long-term missions of the open sea and the abyss"
I think that's what the pressured living quarters below decks are all about. Presumably divers can spend more time diving and less time pressuring and despressurising?
Will someone with some understanding of aerodynamics kindly explain to me what effect the big wind turbine will have on free floating vessel in deep water?
Will it help to propel it along in the direction of the wind or resist against it?
is it not a bit simpler..
Green house effect = an increased amount of energy in the system.
More heat energy to dissapate and transfer around the globe would logically result in increased winds and storms
Surely that then limits the debate to arguments about how much more energy is in the system and where on the planet it's effects are most likely to be felt, not is it happening or not?
Re: iCar GS
Will I also suddenly find that after 2 service updates, that although my pride and joy now has new seat covers that it can now only out accelerate snails and asthmatic tortoises?
Dont write them off yet.
If Sony and Microsoft want their existing consoles to be in the market place for 10 years, but havent produced something that can generate high quality 4K moving (not static) images. Ninty could still end up smelling of roses by treating the U as a stop gap and releasing something rather more potent in 2 or 3 years.
Wealth in comparison to the GDP of Wales please..
This looks like a good idea and I'm sure that there must be one, but could someone please tell me what's the advantage of this over existing wind up devices is?
Re: 50% of what?
dont worry it will take ages to get to 50% of all listeners.
10 + 10% is still only 11 people with a DAB set
Re: How about some cheapies?
..and that allow you install a distro of your choice with the minimum of fuss
Re: Typhoo! WTF?
like the adverts from the 80s said, you only get an oo with Typhoo
Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!
if isnt apple and it didnt have USB you would have a VERY hard time charging it up!!!!!
Re: Why all the pixels
Whats wrong with it is the aspect ratio which helps define its dimensions and those dimensions don't fit inside a coat pocket. If you shrank one so that it could fit, it would just end up the size of an odd shaped phablet.
Widescreen tab like the Nexus fit nicely in your pocket and have the added bonus of being easier to hold with one hand.
Why so many comments about batteries and water. Its a submarine and most submarines run on batteries.
Its no crazier than having a car that has petrol in it, petrol that can burn in air.
Re: It's great having ideals......... But we can't afford eat, heat or have a bath.
I'm pretty sure that the original fuel escalator and quite a few other environmental taxes and initiatives were actually brought in by Maggie and Major.
FWIW I still think they are good idea. We've known the framework for quite some time, surely someone worthy of their bonus can start to make plans based upon rather than around it.
and while you are all waiting
Go and download oolite from http://www.oolite.org/
I totally misread that opening line
Surely these statistics would only vailid if the 5S was available rather than sold out everywhere.
The difference might be down to a more limited supply of the 5S to Blighty and plenty of 5C availability and that a few dissapointed punters have temporarily settled for a 5C with an eye to selling it on at a later date rather than actual customer preference?
Ummmmm dont most new consoles only launch with a teeny weeny handful of decent titles?
10% of Steams current collection equates to a pretty hefty number of decent launch titles in my eyes.
More and more games are being added to the Linux section of Steam all of the time. I believe that Steam are helping by providing conversion tools to developers to help speed up the process too.
Is he going to go the whole hog and release the new films on laser disc too.
Actually it might be time for me to dig out my nice han shot first box set...
Re: Future Digital
....apart from the actual resolution that you can achieve is limited by grain in the film. If you were talking about a larger frame size you might have a point, but he's talking about using 35mm stock film
Have you noticed how the whole film vs digital debate died out in the photography press several years ago.
I'd rather be given one of Bill's mosquito nets than access to free wi fi for the afternoon.
And what's the point of knowing where the nearest clinic is if I cant afford to see the physician or buy any medicine.
As a bloke the best reason for me and my pebble so far....
Not missing text messages and calls from the wife, or on night out from one of the lads who is trying to find out where we are.
If my phone is in a jacket or sometimes even my jeans I cant always notice it, especially if I'm moving around a lot or somewhere noisey even when its on vibrate.
I can also discretely see the first bit of any message on my phone and tell if its worth rooting around to get out my phone which is especially useful when you are somewhere really busy and getting jostled around (think football, very busy trains, concerts or bars etc)
I expect it would be even more useful for the types of ladies who would have a phone in a handbag or a clutch bag.
As far charging issues, once a week is no hardship given I have to charge my connected smart phone at least every two days
Re: The questions remain ...
also forgot the ecological impact of the airforce bases, fighter jets, carriers etc stationed in the middle east to help insure supply..
I'm not so sure on the sound point.
When I went to Le mans a few years ago, at the speeds they go at for most of the race the petrol cars just make a lound piercing noise, the diesels on the other hand made an amazing and very cool Star Wars pod racer esk wub wub wub wub noise sounding nothing at all like my mrs's Focus diesel .
I'd be very interested to see what kind of sound the high speed leccy cars would make when thrown into the mix and are either over taking or being overtaken by the other types. I think it will really add to the overall spectacle next year.
I'm bracing myself for a thousand downvotes here, but is it just me that thinks that this actually sounds more flexible than Steam?
You know Steam which most people seem to love on their PC's why should it be any different on your console?
I know that Star Trek shield would be out of the question, and I expect that the answer to this next question is no but.....
If we are protected by the earths magnetic field, could a similar one be created by some form of electro magnet?
at roundabout the same time that they started packing higher specced screens and similar processing abilities to laptops from a couple of years ago.
all this with comms abilty and some miniaturisation chucked in for free!
I know it wasnt the first, but thinking back, I was pretty happy with Netscape 6/7 or whatever number it was where they introduced tabs and smaller navigation buttons (before firefox took over where they left off).
I've only ever upgraded my browsers to stop nag messages or for better (or hopefully better) security since then
These days I switch between Chrome, Firefox, and IE on a variety of different machines without fuss. Although I'm sure something very important happens in the back ground of every release, I cant think of any new feature that any web browser has introduced that I use on a daily basis since the days of Netscape.
The draw back of fossil fuels is that that they still generate power when there in no demand for them at say 3am. Although they can be turned down a little coal fired stations keep runnning at night because it takes ages for them to get up to temeprature and generate power ready for peak demand.
A hydro plant on the other hand can be stopped at night, you can even happily let the water level behind the dam start to build up and then turn them on almost at at the flick of switch at times of peak demand.
A lot of electrity that is currently generated at night is wasted. Cars being charged overnight would actually help minimise waste by evening out the demand for power!
I've always thought Pitch Black was underrated as a serious film and as a reflection on society. (Possibly because of it's lead actor)
I also like Starship Troopers and Robocop, even though they might be accused of visually catering for the lowest common denominators they have some clever themes and relections on the direction of society and the media too.
Am I on my own?
Golden age of racing games
Its all very well putting in chase HQ, but surely the golden age of racing games was the 90's when you could finally race your mates on two player with a bit of force feedback in the steering wheel. Sega rally for my money.
And how about bit of puzzle bobble in the students union anyone?
erm thats exactly what it does!!
I have very little O2 coverage in my house, but thanks to installing Tu Go over the weekend and linking my phone to my own wifi I can make and receive calls/text messages.
A stupid question....
Even if sound isn't heard up in space, given the lack of other vibration sources and that the movement of the speaker cant be transferred into any air.... I wonder would the microphone be able to pick up the vibrations created by the speaker as they go through the phone?
"If you've ever thought about abandoning Windows or Mac OS X for Linux, but stopped short because you weren't sure which variety of Linux to choose, this guide is for you."
Any guide like this needs to take more time explaining the relationship between the distro and the desktop. It took me an embarresing length of time to even figure out what Gnome or KDE were and why the different distros worked so differently when I first tried Linux a couple of years ago.
Although the article mentions many by name goes on to mention some of their features, it doesnt really say enough about what they are and how they seem different to a good guide to a beginner.
Apple and Windows users dont have a choice of desktop environment so it's a fairly alien concept to majority of casual users these days
Re: Big disappointment
There's also the issue of Oolite being open source. I'm assuming that David wants to make a few quid out of this..
Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one
does sticking it in modem mode mean that you don’t need a noisy power supply anymore?
no, don't get started on fuel cells.
Fuel cell devleopment schemes are just a way for rich and poor tax payers alike to support large industrial giants to produce limited runs of technically feasible but massively prohibitively expensive vehicles that can never be mass market..... which suits them rather well as in the mean time they can keep selling you normal cars and masses of spare parts.
Re: Not the first
and i think it also had 3 wheels not 4 which I also think makes it ineligible for the land speed title as its currently defined.
on a wall with reciepe widget on one side and with a tv widget and/or twitter/facebook/news feeds on the other side of the screen this could make up part of one very cool kitchen...
Re: I kinda liked...
I liked that Wing Commander film, if only because they resused the cockpits and bodys of my all time favourite jet fighter the BAC lightning as props!
I wonder if some of the key people in the Microsoft design team are actually undercover Apple staffers...
Mr Benz missed a right trick here.
How many metal boxes are there out there that have wheels on four corners with an extra one to help determine direction and have an engine to provide propulsion?
Re: No SD slot?
...apart from all the users that bought up all of the available stock that is
I could be utterly wrong here, but is lack of direct x going to be an issue?
Re: Nanny state...
...if you have a fancy BMW or similar which already contains all the cellular equipment
try ramming a low end car into a tree and see how quickly help comes.
Re: Smaller the income, larger the TV
Drive out of your area after dark and notice the glow coming from your neighbours windows.
Do the same in some poorer areas and get ready to put your sunglasses on.
It doesnt mean to say that all those tellys are top line though, many will be trading features for size and will bear the 'HD ready' tag that most Reg readers would shun
unless he was one of those kids that smelt of wee..
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