Yes, 115 is such a significant number. Wait, what?
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Yes, 115 is such a significant number. Wait, what?
Probably. Didn't someone already invent something that would make your eyes appear to be looking at the camera rather than always looking down at the screen?
How do human translators do it? If you fundamentally can't translate the sentence/clause until the last words resolve it, that's what algorithms will have to do too.
Or put another way, you're stuck in your old ways - you've been doing things so long you can't imagine there could be another way.
And what expertise precisely does 40 years writing _back-end_ code give you when it comes to evaluating modern content creation/aggregation ideas? The majority of your "expertise" pre-dates the internet (as a mass-market thing) for crying out loud.
As for common sense? It's not very common and it doesn't mean "whatever I think is obvious".
You rather sound like a dinosaur I'm afraid. No doubt you'll win many up-votes because the Reg readership are very conservative as a rule, and love tearing down anything new.
Really? What makes you an expert on such things? You are so sure that only "let's do what we did on paper, but on a computer" is the only approach?
Tools like Prezi have shown there's a big market for less conventional content creation/presentation approaches. I have no idea if Sway will be used, or useful (the two aren't always linked) but I have to commend MS for trying something new. As long as they don't replace Word with it!
Quantumness means you can have negative Kelvin, so really who knows any more?!
You can expect it but it won't happen. That's just wear and tear. If it lasts 10+ years by definition it's not serious defect!
OK you have a point there but it's not like they haven't told everyone when this was going to happen and since people buying server OS generally should know about such things, I don't think one can blame MS here.
How many other products come with a free 12 year warranty?
This sounds the exact reason Apple is able to do so well. Put the same functionality in a prettier box with an interface that just works and laugh to the bank.
Or he hacked another flat after telling them he was doing so, or with someone present. He's claiming he didn't _use_ the hack.
Some of these very cheap W8 "laplets" are really very nice if you don't need a big disk. Cheaper than an iPad and running full-fat Windows reasonably smoothly.
Cars get better every generation but that doesn't mean you're expected to buy a new one every year.
Even in the CRT days, they were always claiming improvements and breakthroughs. Suggesting anything is different these days is perhaps symptomatic of RTS disorder (rose tinted spectacle)
Maybe you should watch the proper version, not a dodgy online stream? BBC/Sky F1 for instance is gorgeous after they upgraded the filming to HD.
Though some channels are far worse and I guess maybe you're watching motor racing on ITV4 or something where it LOOKS like a dodgy pirate feed even though it isn't?
Is that like saying "if it's a good song, you soon forget you're listening to a 96Kbps MP3 rip of a heavily compressed version through your phone's loudspeaker"?
You have BC to spend?
What part of "reaches outside the middle classes" didn't you understand? Lots of people like this dross, it's the TV equivalent to reading The Sun. I think it's puerile and stupid but that doesn't mean it shouldn't exist, because I am not everyone.
You're the kind of person who a few decades ago would've said "the only safe copy is a paper copy".
Biological gender and gender identity are separate concepts (which overlap, of course). And then some countries have legally accepted "3rd gender" as a real thing.
Hence the whole existence of someone who has a female body but insists they are a man.
Personally I'm sort of with you, inasmuch that I'm not sure that how you perceive yourself should determine how everyone else has to perceive you. Is a man who claims to be a woman to be treated as one, or treated as ill? It's pretty difficult issue to debate objectively.
Most systems? I see it rarely enough it always catches my attention when you get more than just M/F options.
I never noticed it before until a LGBT (or LGBT* as it's meant to be these days) friend mentioned it as something that is a small slap in the face to such people every time they have to join some website.
Most users DON'T want choice. Power users shouldn't assume they are the norm.
We could've said the same when Win3.x was around. Or even DOS. The idea that we accidentally stumbled across GUI perfection in W7 is nonsense. Progress and change is inevitable. Sometimes we take steps back but that's probably inevitable. Lots of the stuff we love in W7 was introduced in Vista.
It's not about what it would prove so much as what it would disprove. If there is life that is not on Earth, then Earth isn't special, and the case for god or gods becomes much, much more difficult. If life exists (or existed) "out there", then it is a victory for rationalism and critical thinking and an important defeat for faith and Terracentrism.
Considering conventional teachings are that the whole universe is God's creation, the existence of other life doesn't make anything more difficult, except believing is specific religions whose teachings dispute this. God/gods either exist or not, regardless of the arguments we make (unless you follow Discworld theology!) Your arguments are very heavily biased by the outcome you already expect, just as religious people's arguments are typically coloured by what they believe.
If your evidence for god is nothing more than an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance then the small you can make that pocket of ignorance the fewer people will cling irrationally to faith. If nothing else is achieved from the Mars explorations except that, we will have nonetheless accomplished something mighty.
The "God of the Gaps" angle is not the basis of informed faith. It is an ignorant atheist who clings to this understanding of faith as the only way anyone could be genuinely religious.
I'm not aware of major religions who teach life only exists on one planet. Just as the bible/torah/koran don't explain quantum mechanics or _how_ life appeared (except when read in a very literal sense which already contradicts most of what science teaches), they simply don't discuss such matters because nobody had the concept there even WERE other worlds, or really knew what a world WAS.
The bible for one, clearly says the universe is part of creation, not just earth. It says God made the universe, and then God made life on Earth.
The existence of life itself doesn't challenge anything anyway. Only the existence of sentient life - the major religions focus on humanity and count other life as less important - cats don't have to accept Jesus, etc. The big question would, I think, be how intelligent life was folded into that. Some would probably argue only humans 'count' and other species are like animals - they live, they die, that's it. Others would have to figure out how a seemingly Earth-centric religion - why did Jesus come to our planet - applies to other species. The Speaker for the Dead books by Orson Scott Card tackle this to some degree.
And of course, other sentient species may well have their own religions. The notion that only humans have religion is falling into the same trap claiming humans are 'special'. The fact Earth has many contradictory religions hasn't caused us to say "well that's clearly crap" so finding other species have their own religions wouldn't either. Some atheist ideal that finding other life will cause the whole house of cards to collapse is just fanciful naivety which shows as little understanding of people as the crazy religious folk.
>>Last time I looked Windows Core included a GUI.
Which is optional, no? Server Core mode was one of the big changes in Windows Server 2012.
They did. They made one which works via command-line and can be installed without a GUI at all.
>>When you can add a constant offset to a temperature in Celsius to get one in Kelvin, I'll agree.
y = mx + c is hardly complex maths.
Celsius is just as unscientific really. Do you cook your dinner at 463K?
His job might easily only cover certain topics, therefore he's only paid to be interested in some bits and not others.
And in any other job, this would be entirely normal. People do it all the time and get caught and get snapped at but that's about all.
Pete, you never had to attend meetings where some parts had nothing to do with your work, and you were just waiting to get to the parts you were involved with? You never sat doodling or planning your dinner until it was your turn to present something?
Anyone who's ever had to sit through long meetings knows full well there are parts which you are not relevant to. Conference calls especially, but IRL meetings too.
>>Pedantry is a good thing in coders. My best coders are pedants
Yes but he didn't say Linux coders. He said Linux users.
Not that I want to be pedantic...
I imagine the proportion of signatories against the bible who have read it is probably about the same as the proportion of people decrying GTA who have played it.
...is to be able to reliably take off when planned?
It's going to pretty crap when our first Mars colony receives an email "sorry, no food for 3 months, it's a bit windy here".
>>In a world where everyone carries a camera phone, and "photoshop" has entered the dictionary, GIMP is hardly a niche app.
Everyone (thinks they) know what "photoshop" means/does but being able to use the thing is still niche.
The fact you seem to suggest Gimp/Photoshop are the right tools for the masses to use with their cameraphone photos only compounds the sense that either you don't know what you're talking about, or are an expert user totally out of touch with the majority of computer users.
GIMP is a high end tool for people who are prepared to put effort in to learning how the darn thing works.
It's hardly an everyday tool for the masses. You might as well clamour for Blender or Audacity to be in the list - all 3 are great but all are a bit niche.
Not so much the traditional laptops, but mini-laptops with touch screens and in some cases detachable screens. They start from really low prices (to me) as well - a full-blown Windows 8.1 Intel-based touch-screen laplet (is it a thing?) for £300 or less. Compared to an i5 or i7 they must be very underspecced but I was unexpectedly surprised how little you need to spend to get W8.1 running reasonably.
Couldn't they just have a permanent bottom-bar, similar to those used for cookie notifications or "site feedback" - it would be noticeable but not intrusive.
With a v1 product, 10% take-up would be a big success story.
Not really. Almost-always next-day delivery has rather changed my whole approx to buying stuff. If I am working (doing programming or on a DIY project) and find I need something, the fact I can just buy it and it turns up the next day is a massive boon. Compared to the old fashioned "wait and see when it will arrive" approach.
Given Amazon's normally excellent customer service, if lots of people start kicking up a fuss I wouldn't be surprised if they part-refunded subscription costs.
I bet if you want to courier a parcel using DPD or RM directly you can get it next day, just like you could last week.
That's the fault of the couriers operating in your area, or more specifically the individual drivers, not anything specific to Amazon.
I am only a member for free next-day delivery - joined before they rolled out video streaming and jacked up the price. I'm not sure we'd stay at the higher price but if it's not even next-day shipping, what exactly is the point?
That's going to be fun for their customer service staff then :)
I don't see the connection to BF either. Why would a massive 1-day sales spike mean they cannot do next-day delivery for the whole of December - surely the BF sales are the problem not their normal day-to-day stuff?
I do note Amazon are now offering two new delivery options:
No Rush: it takes longer but they GIVE YOU money
Scheduled: pick a specific time for it to arrive
You're confusing innovation with invention.
Most of the great technological and medical advancements weren't. Or at least, weren't funded for those reasons, even if the people doing the R&D were.
Since he said he left Nasa when his hobbies were bringing in more money, and that was several years ago when he was far less well known, I think we can assume he does OK.
Glad El Reg clarified this because I was about to say that if a 12" plate is standard, no wonder obesity is such a problem.
Yes that is what I generally do. But then you need a program ready to paste into... hence my question :)