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We have fundamental, foundation, needs in our society: wafer baking is one of them, as is the manufacture of machines with which to do that.
Seems a bit like farming, where the people who actually make things have had thier margins squeezed by all the other people sitting on thier shoulders, till it is barely worthwhile any more.
I think the concentration of silicon manufacture in fewer and fewer hands is not something I view with equinimity. A catastrophe could occur, for example, or an outbreak of megalomania. I would be far more sanguine if the fundamental trades were widely distributed.
Re: Point Missed: More work for Mr Jobsworth
My feeling is that the best people to report things to are people who will roll up their sleeves , put on big boots, and say "Ok, let's go get them!".
OK , having to report you have a broken fence may be embarrasing, but only if the broken fence register is posted on the outside of the town hall, and people who own fences go and look at it. If it just gets filed in the 'broken fence' drawer and never sees the light of day, all you have done is make extra work.
Perhaps companies should have to report such failures in thier annual reports, and on a case-by-case basis to shareholders?
But if officialdom wants reports, then officialdom should send a 'policeman' out to respond.
2560 by 1700
That's a bit more 21st century, if it's true. I can feel my credit card shivering in fear.
Burn, baby, burn. A year of commentators and journalists and tech writers telling them it would not fly, but they knew best.
Bwa hahahha snerk ha ha
That's what customers do, isn't it?
I've not forgotten what carp WM6 & 6.5 were, and the total lack of updates and bug fixes. And how WP7 users were so rapidly backwatered. There is no way they are getting any more of my money. Ever.
I telephoned Dell, and they tried to offer me this as a replacement for a netbook, at £600 without the keyboard.
I laughed at them. This really is a joke of a product.
Re: An idea: daft or not daft?
VNC might be a simple way of using a tablet as a screen...
I want a new netbook
I want to update my current 10 inch netbook to a better, less power hungry, processor and decent screen resolution. Nothing exists. In a recent conversation with Dell they tried to sell me a W8tablet with no keyboard for more than twice what I paid for my netbook. I laughed at them, but really the manufacturers have the laugh, not the consumer.
non-sequiter of the week.
The story is about Google. And the FCC. Which is about radio compatibility. not patents
Visicalc, 123, quattro, excel, stagnation
Excel is a bloody good spreadsheet, yes, and has good graphing capabilities.
But once it had 123 and quattro beat it has more or less stood still (Pivot tables? maybe, though they aren't what my maths tutor said pivot tables were)
Calc and Gnumeric are just clones, no-one is breaking new ground.
maths went matlab or Octrave or mathcad, and the proles were left in the 1980s.
@AC 13:24 Re: Bad Firmware!
I would expect Samsung to design an architecture where critical motherboard hardware could not be over-written by any software, be it installation or executed normally.
If some motherboard component needs a pattern to execute, that pattern should be booted from eprom afresh every boot, or there should be a simple way to restore it completely independent of OS or application code.
It should always be possible to boot the hardware into the on-board startup code, bios, uefi, or what have you. Once you can do that you can re-install a broken OS. If you can't it is the computer that is broken, not the OS.
Quadrature Amplitude Modulation
Someone is sending cat pictures to another galaxy
Re: Just curious
How not to do it?
IRTA 'dark staff hunt' and thought they were weeding out the sith infiltrators, or lizard people...
Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral
>Where does it say in the bible/quo'ran etc that paying taxes is a moral duty?
"Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser's"
USAnian priorities baffle me.
A gun in every hand is good, but catching sight of a pair of tits will cause the downfall of civilisation?
Sounds like the taliban to me.
in 2011 I didn't spend a thousand quid on an ultrabook with no bundled optical drive & 768 vertical pixels. In 2012 that was what they wanted me to buy, & I didn't buy it then either.
Yet tablets doubled in processing power, pixel resolution, & dropped in price.
I used to pay for Opera versions on the PC. Then they stopped wanting my money. So that was lost income.
Will there be one really special one that controls all the others?
Re: So, in every Cracker Jack box
oh, sorry, wrong one
Re: Dell marketed and sold linux
Sold, perhaps, if you were determined enough.
Marketed? no. It was a dirty secret, not offered with any enthusiasm.
I shall file this to show the TV licencing hitmen
Re: Android is Nokia only hope
That dockable ubuntu phone/pc might be a better bet
Re: Nokia Suite is great
Never thought I'd hear that - or agree with it. Apart from insisting on splitting my contact names into imaginary first & surnames, it's pretty solid.
1920 by 1080
1920 by 1080 is a telly, not a monitor.
Playing fast-and-loose with the definition of temperature with a few hundred potassium atoms balanced on individual laser beams is one thing. Making new and novel stable materials is a whole different bunch of subatomic phenomena.
If we are going to play that game
I vote for 'A for Andomeda'
I really admired the Babylon 5 thing. They managed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, rather like a novel, and still spawn stand-alone stories. OK, the silly-alien-hairstyle method of speciation must be something they came to regret very quickly, but the characters under those nightmare prostehtics were complex and layerd, and that was unusual in the land of goodies and badies.
Too much woo-woo
I really thought all that pseudo-religious crap about the guardians and the destiny of Sisko was uneccessary.
ST was supposed to be Science Fiction, not magic.
>the bulk of businesses just don't need 10x the bandwidth
>and aren't willing to pay 3x the cost
It has been a long time since hardware purchases have been anything other than a distress purchase!
I want one
I want one now!
for glod's sake!
I could stand still with my arms folded across my chest and undermine windows phone. It's automatic.
It's a recession
Look lads, that's what a recession is. When food and petrol start to cost a bigger chunk of a shrinking budget, people cut down on fripperies. Like computer games.
Re: Amazon recommendations
The recommendations do make an amusing parlour game - "what made them think I wanted that?"
The worst offender I know is spex4less. I have bought spectacles from them in the past, and may well do so again. Their prices, quality, and customer service are first-class. I've had them telephone me to confirm a prescription because it was so far different from the one I gave them the year before. Brilliant. But they do have the habit of trying to sell me another pair every day after I have bought one. They bombard with emails.
I want to continue to shop with a reliable, trustworthy, and cheap supplier. I don't want the drifts of emails that clog up my inbox. Telling them this does not change things.
This is what spam filters are for. I take them out of the blacklist when I place an order, and put them back after I have recieved it. They are clever enough not to send direct marketing while an order is open, so it works nicely.
Wogan built a career on it: 'Mulligan's Tyre', indeed.
His high water was Kenny Rogers:
"You picked a fine time to leave me Lou Seal,
with four hundred kids and a cop in the field"
Re: re. Bootnotes
Bar: where you find all the people who can explain beats and time signatures
Since we have so many pedants around, I am surprised tnat no-one has pointed out that Duck Tape is a brand of duct tape. In the Uk we call it 'Gaffer' tape, after the head electrician in theatres, renowned for using it to solve all problems!
Re: I wish to place a bet...
Oh, Merry Christmas, you grinch...
That's an end to company email whilst in China, then. More opportunity to break $MEGACORP rules by using gmail.
The thumb has evolved to get the highest possible ballroom hold marks from Craig Revell-Horwood.
(Guess what Mrs H has been doing on saturday evenings?)
They see no problem in potential engineers facing a lifetime's debt for their education.
When it comes to not-adding-up there is something olympic class about this mob.
And two opera houses that have a different production every night...
about 11 seconds
My old dad would have told them to cut the prices before cutting the orders
There are no robot helicopters
Move along please, nothing to see here
la sous-position de la semaine
Re: Good engineering
That's everything I was going to say, and said better!
Re: Maybe they should
>How many different kinds of morons do you have on offer?
I reckon there is roughly one per IP address, all different.
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