148 posts • joined 26 May 2007
Re: Some people regret the lost jobs of horse carriage maintenance.
Perhaps you can enlighten us as to what the benefit of this merger is, such that it compares to the introduction of the automobile?
I just want to thank the writer for clarifying that Yutu's owner Change'e is a *mythological* Moon goddess.
Don't want to get her confused with any of the real ones.
I certainly don't care to defend the original Apple mouse, but another example of revisionism is the idea that "journalists" of the time were aghast at how bad it was. This was 1984. Most "journalists" had never seen a mouse, let alone used enough to be critical of a specific implementation.
The introduction of the Mac caused everyone else to go out and start building mice, even if you couldn't really do anything with them. Fortunately, those other people learned from Apple's original design mistakes (sharp corners, ouch!).
Yes, the original MS mouse shipped about 6 months before the Mac 128K--remember that MS had Macs before the public did--but few sold as there wasn't much use for a mouse in command line MS-DOS. And the design was nearly as bad as Apple's.
(I'd claim that the original iMac "hockey puck" mouse was an even worse design. No sharp corners, but you couldn't figure out which way was "up" so were always mousing at a diagonal.)
If I crane my head a bit I can see the machine room with at least 5 U-Matic (3/4") VTRs, most of which are the SP flavor.
Of course, we also manage to keep a 2" Quad VTR working, alongside all the other formats that people still have tapes for. (1/2" EIAJ reels anyone?)
Not "launch control".
Re: Cool but not as cool as
Soon to be the US Navy that did this, at least if Hollywood has anything to say on the subject.
Re: $671 million?
I'm certainly not going to defend the US for our callous disregard for many of our citizens, but, seriously, walking and chewing gum at the same time is possible.
$671 million makes no dent in the problems of healthcare/food security/housing/etc. The US is an extremely wealthy country. If it wanted to address those problems then it would need to make hard choices about defense and subsidizing the already wealthy; that's where the money is.
The MAVEN mission actually accomplishes something useful in extending our knowledge. Another tax break so someone can buy another Lamborghini really doesn't.
Yes, but we didn't have cut/paste back then.
Re: Stop stating patently wrong facts as truth!
Late to tablets that anyone cared to use then.
Did you actually try to use the first gen tablets? We did a trial deployment with our app into a hospital. Leaving hardware reliability aside, doctors were literally (and I do mean literally) throwing them back at us because they were so frustrating to use. Hardware and UI were both a disaster. (I'm long gone, but as I understand it, the descendent of that medical software is now quite successful as an iPad app.)
If you want to do MS a favor, don't remind people about those early systems. Apple's real talent is knowing when to enter a market, which is after all the pioneers have died of arrows in their backs, and it's much clearer what the market wants. (I can mix that metaphor a bit more if you wish, sir.)
Re: unhelpful review
I can't comment on the "right mind" part, but I see people all the time using their iPads as cameras.
I suppose for video it gives more stability than a phone, but they don't usually seem the sort that would understand that.
Man in the Moon. Pfffft.
Everyone knows that it's a rabbit pounding rice for mochi.
Re: I suppose...
If someone came up to me and said they wished they could spend 5 hours reformatting a PowerPoint presentation, I'd be pretty sure they were being sarcastic.
Re: That kid...
If it's running iOS 7, hell, it walks on water!
Michael Foale's book, Dragonfly, about his time on Mir is quite an interesting read. While parts of it seem pretty defensive, his description of the docking incident and the fire (a separate incident) are quite harrowing.
His career came to a screeching halt after he revealed just how close, and how often, Mir came to disaster. Astronauts are supposed to just suck it up.
Anyway, a good read, although it has to be taken with a grain of salt, or at least balanced by the Russian side of things.
Re: At least the USAF is doing something with the X-37B
When Congress cuts your budget, you have to cut somewhere. So some projects get tossed in the waste bin.
You can argue NASA's priorities, but research projects with no immediate application tend to always get cut before the big splashy projects (Mars Opportunity, JWST, etc.).
Exaflop may be the current goal, but Intel's already produced two wottaflop processors: the iAPX32 and Itanium.
Re: There is middle ground too
Rationality based on material from the NSA, or rationality as in something you just pulled out of your ass?
The Greenwald piece is based on actual documents. The criticism is based on help-wanted ads and self-proclaimed "experts" who keep getting proven wrong as others confirm what has been in each Greenwald story.
Maybe the Reg can put Lewis Page on the case so we can once again be told that there's nothing to be concerned about as long as we trust our masters.
Re: RSX11M - Dave Cutler
Of course, that was several years after there was a protected, multi-user timesharing system running on the PDP-8, TSS/8. And it would run in 8K of memory, although you had to spring for 12K for decent performance. Swapped off a fixed-head 256K word disk.
You PDP-11 kids get off my lawn!
No, if you read the Adobe release, it only requires an internet connection once every 30 days. And if it can't get one, it switches into 30-day evaluation mode. So you can go 60 days without a connection without losing anything.
Re: Too much in too small a space
No problem: just use depleted livermorium.
(Just make sure you can get that round fired quickly!)
Can you please point me to a free SaaS which calculates sales tax for me that is both free and easy?
Oh, and make sure that it takes type of goods into account, since different items are often taxed differently.
The ones I know of are quite costly.
I'm sure you don't want to be bothered with facts, but you can select the search engine to use on your iPhone/iPad. Google, Yahoo, or Bing.
And you can install whatever mapping apps you want. As well as whatever other apps you might like.
You could use that PC of yours to find things like this out before posting
Ah yes, the famous "We've never had an undetected error" justification.
Re: how much use would you or I get from that?
Because what you or I get out of it is the sole measure of anything's usefulness.
Let me guess, you consider yourself a libertarian, right?
Clogged helium lines
Wait. We're not supposed to put the whole mylar balloon into the tank, just the helium?
Well what do you know.
Re: US Sales Tax - you think EU VAT is tricky?
There's no Federal sales tax in the US, so it's really rate = special district + city + county + state.
And that leaves out the special incentives offered by some states, like for "teleproduction equipment" (in California) which can reduce the state portion of the tax calculation by 50% if the buyer and seller fill out the right paperwork, or the exemption of all "pre-programmed (non-custom) software delivered electronically" from any sales tax (in California).
I'm all for making all net transactions (including interstate) subject to sales tax, but only if there are common rates established so I don't have to pay a fortune for some service to calculate the tax for me.
Wouldn't the intensity of the blue-shifted x-rays be proportional to the intensity of the visible light when at "rest?"
Space is pretty dark, without a whole lot of photons to start with. Even Doppler-shifted to x-rays, I'm not sure why they'd add so much to the "normal" radiation outside the Earth's magnetic field.
Re: Lack of Use (If Any) and Lack of Knowledge (If Any)
Windows 8 cannot fail, it can only be failed.
Still trying to unload that RIM stock, are we?
I think they need to bring Mrs. Butterworth in for questioning.
Not just Musk
If you do a bit of research you'll find that Boeing and Airbus have active research projects into electric commercial airliners. Use a conventional turbine running at a constant, efficient, speed to generate electricity to charge batteries. Call on the batteries for peak energy needs, i.e., when taking off.
The supersonic part I'm a bit fuzzy on, but I'm not sure I'd bet against Musk's record.
"Not unduly bias" does not mean the "data are unaffected."
It means that while the data are affected by UHI, it not a major enough effect to bias the temperature change estimates.
Try reading what was written instead of jumping to preconceived conclusions.
Hey, Have Some Respect
We all have our opinions, but calling Windows "fermented cat piss" is a bit over the top.
Re: Next week in the register: Apple to support colour monitors!
Sophos gets all it's Mac information from Lewis Page.
So I need a desk to set it on?
Rather missing the point of how people use tablets.
The intuitive touch interface is what set the iPad apart and made it a success, notwithstanding the whinging from people about wanting a "real" keyboard. So to set themselves apart, Microsoft adds an external flat keyboard which is likely to have no better "feel" than the on-screen iPad keys.
And "vents all around" (from the MS presentation) doesn't sound like something you want to boast about. It implies lots of heat and provides openings for crud and liquids.
I predict Bob-level success as I don't see this as being as good a product as the Zune.
As long as...
As long as the shutdown button is easy to find I'll be happy.
And it remains as lazy as it was the first time.
Complain about Apple's policies, products, and pricing as much as you like, but the fact that they use contract manufacturing for their designs doesn't really set them apart from any other high-tech company.
If the Reg really needs the clicks brought on by Apple-bashing, at least assign someone with some creativity to the job. Like maybe Lewis Page. He just makes up a lot of what he writes, so he's clearly a creative guy.
I do that sort of thing all the time
What? Why's everyone staring at me?
Near as I can tell, David Emm's qualifications as a "serious and skilled security professional" consist of being employed by Kapersky.
There will be security flaws in OS X that will get exploited. But the anti-virus salespeople have been screaming that the (Mac) sky is falling for a lot of years now with not much evidence that they *aren't* just hawking their software.
The most recent Mac event was (another) hole in Java. That doesn't make me all that upset, except at the people (still) touting Java as safe and secure.
Ah yes, TrueType scalable fonts, which they got from Apple in exchange for a printer architecture that Microsoft never delivered. (And according to one MS employee I talked to, never even started on.)
MS won because of sharp and illegal business practices. Looking at nostalgic screen shots of software won't give you any insight into that. At least until your NT retrospective, in which case some old DEC VMS screen shots might prove illuminating.
It's been awhile since I've seen episode 1, but nudity is common when bathing, as is sex in a brothel.
I'm certain the marketing value of bare boobs has not been lost on the producers, but it's more realistic in those contexts than the artfully arranged wisp of steam or locks of hair glued to the breasts. I think your sense of "gratuitous" has been warped by the normal prudishness we see on TV, particularly in the US.
On first viewing I did think the Daenerys Targaryen nude bath scene went on a bit, but it bookended perfectly with the final scene in series 1.
Re: I mean Really
You must fly in and out of a better class of airports. I want to use my iPad while waiting the hour between pulling away from the gate and getting to the end of the runway so we can take off.
Or the 2 hours spent waiting for a gate to be available after landing.
I'm not that worried about the plane crashing when we're already sitting on the ground.
Re: Oh come on, please.....
Oh, I dunno. I met this guy in the bar last night who is willing to sell me Poland for just $10,000 cash. And that includes all their bridges!
Re: VAULT 2 of 2
Or, they implemented things as you describe, did some usability testing, and found that people not only object strongly to having to click through repetitive security warnings (hello, Vista!), but after awhile the warning does no good as users stop reading them.
Apple should re-word the dialog text, but that's about all that's needed if they want to keep their phone usable. But they'll probably succumb to the "Oh noes!" of people who don't even own an iPhone but like to complain on the net.
So loose connectors make things go faster than light? Cool.
FTL starship drives here we come.
Re: Sanity Prevails (for a change)
You can't make changes to the way the current GPS system without changing the constellation of satellites and all the millions of receivers.
I'm not sure what you'd hope to gain with bidirectional GPS (an ACK/NACK response?) but there is no way to put a suitable transmitter in all GPS receiving devices. Everything would end up looking like--and having the cost and battery life--of a sat phone.
LightSquared just figured they could push the cost of adapting the GPS infrastructure to their presence onto everyone else. It's the conservative/Wall Street/City mentality: privatize profits and socialize costs.
Why the fuck do you feel the need to use Google+?
I love the way people complain about Google's policies, then meekly sign up because it's the trendy thing to do. Fucking sheep.
(No idea if you fall into that category, BTW.)
There's always next time
MS and Nokia may not have commissioned this report, but after such an excellent blowjob, don't you think they might be first in line when the next batch of "favorable report dollars" are dished out?
"Faster frequency" and "lower wavelength?" Seriously?
How about "higher frequency" and "shorter wavelength."
"He will have completed his task as a man..." according to Rick McCallum.
Does that mean that he's getting the operation?
Episodes 7-9 will be directed by Georgina Lucas?
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