2833 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Re: vineyards and ice fairs
A few years ago I was in Slovakia, in temperatures of -20C with snow on the ground. They said it was a normal winter.
They have vinyards on the south-facing slopes, and make jolly nice wine. So the presence of Roman Vinyards says very little about the average temperature.
It may tell us something about average summer rainfall, though, grapes being very susceptible to mildew.
You ring them up and talk to them.
Re: "She estimates there will be as few as four alien civilisations sharing the universe ..."
Dunno. Bt if she;s right I hope we find all 4 ('cos I don't reckon we qualify.).
There is hardly a corner of this planet without perfectly-adapted life evolving into it. So how about above the clouds?
Back in the 50s & 60s there were reports of falls of a mysterious substance called Angel Hair, a phenomenon not recently reported. I've often wondered if diaphonous gas-bag creatures used to fill our skies, solar heated and so vast and light that the tiniest temperature difference would keep them afloat. And the era of jetliners ploughed through them and wiped them out before we knew they were there.
You say that like it is a bad thing!
Mine certainly was, by the time I'd specified extra ram, better cpu, etc. to match. Oh and in 2010 it had the 2008 version of 'buntu.
I had some blutwurst ravioli in Berlin.
How about something with Black pudding in?
It would have been nice to fix the decades old problems still in the bugzilla, mainly for the usenet filtering and blacklisting ideas.
@AdamWill Re: You would
>It can't have spaces in it.
Mine must be defective then, it has 3.
Just sayin. I don't think the rest of this argument is worthwhile. But facts is facts, and that one isn't.
@LDS Re: You would
>...extended warranties are bad, communist, stifle innovation...
There really is a shitstorm of stupid going on over there, isn't there?
I deeply regret buying Dell.
When I placed the order for this machine I ticked the box for a magic sim with 3 months unlimited free internet. It did not appear on the confirmation. When, after 2 days, I got through to someone on the phone they said I hadn't ordered it - because it wasn't on the confirmation. Nor would they add it, as it was only available with the internet ordering system, not on the phone.
I placed, then cancelled, another order with a dead card. the magic sim wasn't on that one either. I decided they didn't exist, and that bait-and-lie was a new version of bait-and-switch.
Be quite interesting to see what effect the likes of brokeBuy had. Last time I went in one of theirs, the only thing on offer were 900buck++ untra books
Is it a genuine trend if people are denied anything else?
I don't understand
I don't understand why the right thing to do in Europe is to create a single union, when apparantly the right thing to do in Britain is to break up the union.
Which of us is doing it wrong?
the USA is pushing toward becoming more European
My irony detector just committed suicide.
>It was the first the bureaucrats had heard of the problem, apparently,
>despite users posting comments exposing the issue directly on the site.
Well, if they aren't going to read the comments, what makes us think they are going to read the consulation?
>they wanted Windows.
I think that world has been changed since then by IOS and Android.
Will there be any branches of Dixons open by the time the shippments arrive?
Re: Three reasons to say 'No'
I agree. I had to authorise 'adult' services on my Virgin account in order to get to on-line clothing retailers selling 4XL Y-fronts.
@Horned Devil Re: Confusion of numbers
Ah yes. Fractional
Speaking as a mathematician, since no-one has 3 legs [*] and a few have only 1, the average number of legs must be <2.
Therefore nearly everyone on the planet has more than the average number of legs.
[*] yes, yes. That's either Rolf Harris, or it's not a proper leg.
Confusion of numbers
Well, maybe. Maybe tablets will outsell PCs. Thing is everton mints outsell Mercedes C-class saloons. Socks outsell underpants 2:1. You aren't comparing like with like.
in 0.5 billion office workers need a desktop PC this year, the fact that each of their children has an iThing, outnumbering the desktops by 2,5:1 does not mean that those 0.5 billion won't want a desktop to do their job next year. It's a class error.
M$ has become deluded into thinking the toys are an alternative, not an extra. If they concentrate all their efforts on the toys, the desktop will suffer.
Oh look. Already happening.
Re: New TVs
62 here & have owned 4:
A White painted wooden thing that Mrs H already had, VHF/UHF dual tuner, but colour
A Sony Trinitron that did Tellytext
A Phillips thing, CRT analogue/digital. OnDigital were supposed to write the code, but went bust first. After 4 years Phillips sent me a set-top box gratis, that my niece is still using.
A Samsung 32" LCD with LED backlight for the digital switchover. We had that 2 years early. 1080p, but not 3D, and I don't miss it.
I think we did all the mighty johnson jokes up there a bit.
IRTA "Penguinite", and wondered if it glowed green. And deprived Linux of its super-powers.
I really like *buntu. Shame my 10.04LTS to 12.04LTS upgrade has failed totally. And the bug report was closed with the suggestion I do a clean install.
That gives me the incentive to try something else. Suggestions?
which suggests it is going to fall flat on it's back?
Re: If you need a pad to do your job....
I need a botnet so I can upvote things like this lots and lots
I am surprised
No-one asked if it can boot Linux?
I'm beginning to get fed up with this sort of comparison of unlike with unlike.
What is the comparison between combined cpu/motherboard price, for example?
Aye. Recent cases have confirmed car companies can't discriminate against personal or grey imports, so why computers?
Didn't Tesco & superdrug get this overturned when they sold grey import perfumes?
Surely it can't be the case that the biggest company always wins? can it?
Re: a real shame
But to be fair, that is really elderly kit...
Damn shame about the blind users, but to be honest lads: you don't need the TV. It's full of witless girlies recapping the programme every 5 minutes. They are so damn annoying that not having a picture of them looking pretty will make them compeltely insuffereable.
Radio 3, 4, 5 & jazz FM. You know it makes sense!
Hear the silence?
That's the sound of a tidal wave of indifference!
x900? Whatis the point?
Wake me up when they have another 500
including Amazon's daft ideas on patenting things you click on screens, obviously!
outdated screens, not enough conenctors
1,600 x 900 is a little less insulting at the price point than x768, but it's still nowhere near good enough for the 2nd octile of the 21st century. We've been building typewriters with LCD screens for decades now, is this really still the best we can do?
of course not. It is still possible to buy a netbook for something like a quarter of the price, so why are these machines still so poor.? OK, posh CPU. Which of us stresses our CPU to the ultimate? Screens, connectivity, storage, are all inadequate. if they want to take a thousand currency units off me, it better be worth 1000. Why not stick a wireless DVD drive in the box with it at that price?
So, can you stick a bluetooth earpiece in and answer/initiate the phone using the watch and still talk via the headset?
If so, I can see the point of using this with a 7"tablet/phone in yer manbag while walking along. If not, not.
When is the 21st century going to start?
This week Stephen Hawking gets a brain tap. I had expected we'd all have them a decade ago!
Why are we still working with a typewriter? Dude, where is my talking computer?
Re: Finally, they get it
Yep. Charging nearly 1000 dollars/euros for something with no optical drive and half the correct number of pixels per inch was never going to work.
I've been looking for something to replace my Dell mini-10 more or less since the day I got it (600 vertical pixels. Huge buying mistake). Nothing has even half excited me since, except the iPud3. If it had a keyboard...
>Where do I buy USB thumb drive that pushes 115MB/s?
@ravenviz Re: The Sixties
I call Bollocks
Any attempt to interpret a few fragments dug from the ground as evidence of some sort of trade treaty sounds, in the absence of a written text, to be extrapolation beyond the data.
Archaeologists have form in this regard, and this sounds like an idea they had before they started looking.
Go read some of Frances Pryor's extraordinary writings about flag fen and Maxey henge, and you will find that even the most level headed and practical of trowel-wielders can get carried off on flights of fancy.
@Tom Maddox Re: Metro was designed by experts
Indeed. The nickname was a giveaway.
Re: As long as...
will alt-R, cmd, shutdown -s still work?
@hplasm Re: I like Aero
Green chocolate is WRONG!
I paid for the full half hour
Re: Where the system went wrong!
I was at school in Basildon in the 60s, and refused to eat every single meal they served me.
I was actually caned for it on several occasions.
Re: Council in cahoots?
>I was not aware that that was considered a difficult task.
One council round-by-ere gave itself planning permission on a chunk of land it owned, and then sold it off to a developer. part of the planning process is a purely nominal but legally required pass through the relevant Parish Council. After work started, it was pointed out that they hadn't passed it to the correct parish. Now no-one knows if the planning permission is legal or not.
I suggest they let the HP experience dictate their price, rather than the Apple experience. Or they will end up doing what HP did.
I'm actually all for this. Back in the dark days before the IBM PC manufacturers delivered the hardware and the software. That gave us things like the VAX. It seems natural and good to me.
It seems to work for Apple and for Vtech. perhaps this device will be somewhere between Apple and Vtech?
Good to finally see someone lean on the logjam
I just had an on-line chat with a 'droid at Dell, and they are still only offering 768 vertical pixels till you get to around 1800 dollars, then they grudingly admit a couple at 1080.
ps: the droid kept saying "1080p"
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