Re: Hey, I stopped reading on the first line because of asshattery.
Looks like I touched a nerve.
6100 posts • joined 28 May 2010
Looks like I touched a nerve.
Normal person watching
"Hey Billy do you wanna shoot some hoops after school?"
Reg reader watching
"Hey Billy do you wanna come and re-compile Mint after school?"
Really? So that's why in an era where main music sellers are selling music in non-DRM MP3 format, people have stopped pirating music?
Pirates will not stop simply because the content will run on all their devices because most pirates don't care about DRM any more than most paying consumers do.
Stop trying to justify why you're crusading for what's right, rather than just stealing. If it was the former you would pirate an 'open' version and then give a fair price to the author/publisher, or even to charity. But you don't, because you're a thief looking to justify it.
In countries where hygiene is a problem, you want them to try washing condoms? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Another con is that it would have to be much more durable and therefore it's harder to make it as comfortable as current disposables.
A pro, you can make it more expensive so different materials are in reach.
Then men will either use the pill or lie about being on the pill rather than use a condom, and continue to spread diseases.
Are you sure Islam says it's wrong?
And Catholicism doesn't preach abstinence, it preaches procreation!
I like the way you point out a few valid points in general terms and then conclude in hand-waving generalisations that logically this means you must "find yourself blanketing an equivalent area in solar panels".
What about the billions of people who live in sunnier climates? We'll just kill the research because it might not be viable at all latitudes?
And even then we'd need proper figures. You say 1KW/m^2 is maximal (where - UK, equator, 1 mile above sea level?) but even at 10% of that with lousy weather, well doesn't the average house have 50-100m^2 of roof? If you could consistently generate only 100W, that negates a LOT of the stuff you leave turned on all day.
I think that's a dramatically easy bet to make. I suspect you'll see that this DECADE, or start to.
This seems like the kind of claim which ends up with declaring real photos and video are "clearly fake". When you know something is fake or are trying to find evidence, you can easily fake yourself into seeing fakery :)
That's right, they hire experts on this sort of thing. When you let a regular person - a manager running a startup project for instance - design the UI it ends up FAR worse. When you let programmers design the UI, you get 19 levels of menus, with options like "abstraction 4" and "go!!", or just a lot of key-codes you have to memorise.
Is it encourages people to make up any old interface rather than use the built-in components everyone understands. Buttons no longer have to press down, no consistent language of UX, etc.
How wonderfully, scarily fast things change.
It's better to just learn to drive properly. Why are you starting from 0mph on a sliproad to join a 70mph traffic flow? You're not, you are already moving as you enter the sliproad. Even if you were, sliproads are long enough to do this anyway. For instance, you might have noticed that lorries and buses have no problem.
Granted 0-60 in 13.5s doesn't allow you to accelerate to 85 and undertake traffic before slewing out straight to the fast lane, but see original point.
Are you actually retarded? A car is not a house. Even boats - which have FAR more longevity than cars - eventually wear out.
And your point still makes no sense because you still need new parts to replace the ones that wear out. You're still building new cars, just in bits. When your engine wears out, you can replace it with a new electric one.
a)If you buy a car based on how fast it is, you're not the target market
b)If you buy a car based on how fast it is, you're a tit
c)don't you read how he said it "felt faster"?! Presumably like how a 900cc car feels fast due to the thrashing you have to give the engine to get going?
You mean the few million 'niche users' who live in cities and drive only a few miles every day? How many people exactly do you think live in Greater London alone and drive to work?
It's good to see that just as Londoners are ignorant of everywhere else, bumpkins also assume everyone is just like them with their 50mile commute.
What a stupid argument. Lets all buy 2nd hand cars because clearly then we'll never need new ones.
The point is that the new cars being introduced as old ones wear out should be as clean as possible, not that everyone should ditch their car for a new e-car. It's a long game, there is no infrastructure for everyone to switch anyway.
Stop making ludicrous arguments. Drive your car until you would buy a new one anyway, then switch.
>>I suppose the pollution generated from power stations providing the electricity for this car would fall into that category
Please learn a little something before making stupid statements like this. It never crossed your mind that the pollution per unit of energy released might differ between burning petrol in your car and burning coal in a power station?
Just as we talk about CPU power per watt these days, we need to compare CO2 per KWh for petrol Vs electric to see which is actually cleaner... it's possible your point might actually be true once all factors are taken into account but only by coincidence.
Plus of course you totally miss the point that lack of exhaust in a city centre is a good thing.
Is this feasible for a car... built into parking spaces for instance so you simply stop and it charges?
That's like saying that depending on selling your brand of ketchup in major supermarkets, or relying on selling your beer in pubs, is too risky. It's how things work.
Granted, ONLY using eBay or ONLY using Amazon is a bad idea, but not relying on 3rd-party portals in general. You can of course still sell direct, but expecting that to give the same sales is silly. Nearly anyone who manufactures anything is dependent on their reseller - lose them and you have to find another pronto.
I wonder if Feynman got this kind of stick too, for being able to articulate his thoughts and have hobbies outside science.
I came to the comments specifically to pre-empt one of our regular anti-creationist trolls. But you beat me to it.
WGAS what a minority group think?
It's generally very dim people who can earn enough to spend £500 on a phone.
I saw this mentioned in the other review too, and found it surprising. Isn't insane best-of-class JS performance one of the things Chrome is known for?
Just because a phone lacks one feature you deem essential does not mean it can't objectively be deemed the better phone, if that feature is one few users want or use.
The fact storage support hasn't become the norm even now some people provide it, seems to show it's not a big deal to the majority.
Probably because W8 embedded/etc versions are more often going to be used in tough-based scenarios, and because they have kinect-functionality so you can interface without having to even touch the screen. I can see real uses for that.
Thanks for feeling the need to tell us which brands you're snobby about Ross.
Even if that were true (doubtful for many nerds) most are not smart at all. How can you not want the ability to select your coffee type from your phone/PC as you leave your desk and find it ready waiting for you by the time you arrive?! Just think how much time talking with colleagues about their stupid pets and boring families, or pretending to care about sport, could be saved¬
In general, I think these 3 comments show who knows science and who watched Big Bang Theory.
It takes a special kind of person to understand your joke.
Only 0.18% of c
c is pretty fast.
Are you being deliberately stupid or does it just come naturally?
How is your friend possibly equivalent to a stranger trying all the door handles to see which are open?
>>I've seen plenty of documentaries in which UK policepersons will sneak up on unsuspecting people in railway stations or similar places and take their bag (which they are not watching properly) and wait until the person notices it is missing (usually when then setting off) before advising them of the error of their ways.
It used to be common practice for police on foot patrol at night (OK, I know, I'm nostalgic) to rattle the doors/gates to commercial premises to check they were secure and if not, to pop in to check that all was well and if possible, later advise the owner to apply better security.
Both of the above are laudable, and done with the best of intent.
1)Both of those are done by POLICE not VIGILANTEs
2)It's not illegal for me to pick up your bag. I'm not going inside to rummage about and then handing it back. Entering your computer system uses cycles and you cannot guarantee his code is bug-free.
Your arguments are entirely bogus:
>> How is it unethical? The ethics are in the intent
Are they? So it's not unethical to secretly use eugenics with the intent of making the human race better?
>>He purposefully designed it to eat the fewest cycles possible.
Probably lots of malicious malware is written to be efficient too so it doesn't get noticed as easily, and can spread better.
If I joyride your car but stay under 30mph does that make it OK?
Ragarath's example is bad, a better analogy is if I don't lock my front door, it's still illegal for you to come in and lounge around on my sofa. You know you aren't allowed in, regardless how easy I make it.
If someone breaks into my car while I'm on holiday and drives around in it to do their shopping, then washes it and tops up the fuel and leaves a thankyou note, it does not stop it being a crime.
If they break into my house and live there but do no damage it's still a crime.
Please, buy a ticket to the real world. Just because it's the internet does not mean it's OK. It's cool and clever in the same way many crimes are cool and clever but it's still a crime.
Not taking action sends out a message plain and simple that this kind of thing is OK. What happens when 100 people do the same thing and all target the same devices?
Because of course designing your server to be shared and deployed without security issues is exactly the same as just dumping it on FTP and saying "here you go".
And of course everyone wants to run a mega server for local gameplay. Just install MySQL or Oracle or Amazon S3 locally...
There's a slight possibility that the backend of a FPS game and the backend of SC are rather different.
Why is it a rip-off to sell an add-on, people have been doing this for over ten years. Extra levels, new campaigns, etc.
I have that game - I play it often - and you do not need to buy add-ons to 'complete' the game. It's completed when you have unlocked all the races. The add-on packs are just that - additional content for people who want more (most will not and we'd all have to pay more for it if it were included).
And I don't know where you got £12 from, I looked last night as it happens and I'm sure it was more like £5.
Just buy the next game for £10 instead. Or look for a deluxe edition with it included.
Because most people have an online connection 24/7 these days. Simply "it requires internet connection" isn't actually a problem in itself, it's what that implies and most people aren't thinking that far ahead.
I don't really care about the DRM angle, and personally I am only going to play games at home.
But if you wanted to play on a laptop while on a train or whatever, that's a PITA.
I think the biggest legitimate (rather than hand-wringing "it's just bad because it is") concern is that you are reliant on their servers. Never mind the odd outage - many games have been released buggy - but what happens when they pull the plug? You can still buy and play SC4 as they are pointing out, but in 5 years will SC still be playable?
Yes I did rather glibly suggest removing speaker entirely and no I didn't think about the phone ringer :)
However let me modify... what if the only speaker was a crappy one used for alert tones only.
But why for the love of God would you not use headphones?
Just ban built-in speakers on mobile phones, for the benefit of the rest of us (on a serious note would that save much weight/volume?)
Developing on that project, let alone deploying updates. Knowing that if you stuff it up untold billions (trillions?) of dollars, millenia of man-work and unique scientific opportunity could become unreachable ever again.
No matter how many levels of safeguards in the code itself, and the level of paranoia in the testing and deployment of the software... can you imagine what it must feel like sitting there with the "are you sure you want to upload yes/no" prompt in front of you?
I'm not sure I could do it. Could you?
BBC have been selling their content on DVD and before that VHS for decades. Why does living in the digital age suddenly mean that just because you can download TV programs, they should be free?
How do you know the BBC budget doesn't rely on selling DVDs and stuff, rather than on the licnese fee which is merely a subsidy rather than the entire budget? i.e. if they made the content free, but put the fee up 50%, would you be happy?
I wonder why people on benefits don't get free TV license... all the "they should be getting a job" stuff aside, it would surely make sense not to pay them benefits which they then spend on a TV license... or more likely don't spend and watch illegally.
Ah yes. No pedophiles in the private sector. THINK OF THE CHILDREN
But the argument is if you only want to watch Sky channels you still have to have a license... owning a TV automatically puts you on a 'wanted list'. Shops demand your address when buying TV equipment so they can pass it on to the enforcers...
However it does seem to me there's an argument for removing the TV license and taking it from the tax pot instead, adjusting tax levels and so on accordingly.
>>Dream on with that belief. The only thing the "cloud' is, is that you are handing over hardware responsibilities for someone else to handle.
Someone with hardware and backup redundancy about 100X better than anything you can hope to build. And security the likes of which you can only dream about. In these big stories, I don't recall them talking about data actually being lost. Scale wins.