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"One in 20 Britons think Steve Jobs is a Division II footballer, six per cent think a virtual hard disk (VHD) is a sexually transmitted disease, and 10 per cent believe a wireless dongle to be a sex toy."
and 9 out of 10 like messing with people asking them daft questions.
I think this is a far comment of lowest-common-denominator Linux, and would be equally (more) applicable to Windoze.
As others have said there are real-time extensions or alternative kernels for Linux. For windows, there aren't.
That's the funniest thing I've seen for months. Microsoft taking the high ground of windows phone quality?
I've had 3 windows [mobile][phone] phones in 5 years. Every one of them needed at least one warm start a day and generally two cold starts a week. The HP ipaqw one cold started to factory conditions, and I had to retrieve the apps and addres book from the ipaq backup on the SD card. Twice a week.
/Linux/ will fail the quality test? Bwhhhaaa ha ha ha ha eh he ha ha ha. <dires eyes>. Oh deary me.
Paris. because she believes what she is told.
Ban photography, drawing, and painting?
or indeed stick to 2003. it puts words on a page, spell checks them, and does excel calculations. What more do you want?
The Carrot connection
Jasper once said he would not but a DVD until 'they promised never to invent anything else'. This is the second post-dvd idea, and Jasper 'Betamax man' Carrot was right.
3D? HD? not demanded by the public. Things they want to sell me, not things I want to buy.
Mastery of the problem.
I flew to the US on the 4th of Jan, held up by the panic at Newark. I was told to expect more searches and pat-downs, and someone did just that as we entered the gate before boarding.
No such extra security took place on the internal USA flights, or on the return flight to the UK.
Oh, and no-one took any interest in my underpants at all.
The Gillette model
You are suggesting that this is the shaver, not the blades, to be sold once at a loss and then subsidised by the repeat business?
But Gillette made the blades. As far as I know, PL is not a publisher, news operation, or collective of authors.
it's all about the software
It's not IPtv or tv-on-demand that is 'the end of tv as we know it'. It is 'tv as we know it' that is 'the end of tv as we know it'.
The orignal BBC-only service was obliged to give a variety of programming, to a minimum standard. Then came ITV, with regional obligations and local programming. Even adding BBC2 and ch.4 wasn't a problem: they produced good, varied, programming
Now we have a multiplicity of satellite channels - which are either endless repeats of programmes from before satellite multiplicity (The good life, To the manor born, Fools and sodding horses) or are endlessly and minutely repetitive (escape to the sun in the country cooking kitchen) - and then endlessly repeated.
For glod's sake, further opportunities to view drivel doesn't stop it being drivel. We have enough distribution channels already - arguably far too many. What we don't have is anything remotely worth distributing on those channels.
I'm going to buy a season ticket for live theatre. And renew my library ticket. and then take the dogs for a long walk and check the local wildlife.
Paris. 'cos she is not only who the programmes are aimed at, but who they are about!
3 years ago someone came up with the idea of selling off surplus bandwidth capacity for data. Then the marketing people realised it was a 'product' and started competing for the business with other networks.
Snag is, they forgot they were trying a bit of marginal revenue from a bit of underused capacity, and they have oversold it /without putting in any new infrastructure/.
Mobile suppliers really are the pits.
bit late for this year
I gave up years ago on royal mail's search.
But with a nearly accurate name and half an idea of an adress it's a doddle to find subscribers on bt.com. If they've got a landline phone. The displayed address includes a postecode
Capitalism red in tooth and claw
Bit by bit they are converting the iphone into what people thought it was all along.
Clever, though. Selling the victims a new one every year, when they are on 2 year contracts.
Needless to say, I don't have one.
I'd like the competition authorities to see that we have real alternatives of the OS supplied with the hardware. When Dell says "Dell recommends windows 7" and it really means "Dell enforces windows 7" something is wrong.
I do wish Apple would come down off the fence and sell OSX legitimately for generic installation.
They have these at Amsterdam airport. Every time I am scanned I ask to see my image, and every time I am refused "because of privacy".
Well, quite @AC
When I have finished with a book I lend it out, give it to Oxfam, leave it in a hotel library, or liberate them in public places (http://www.bookcrossing.com/)
I can put it in a box, bury it, and in 400 years someone can dig it up and read it.
When it goes out of copyright, people will still have access to it - they won't have to beg some lomg-dead company to unlock it.
ebooks? beyond the Gutenburg project, no thanks.
Oh, and as for the people who want to charge me 90% of the price of the physical object - just how gullible do you think I am?
They don't want me to watch their movies. I won't.
You can't put DRM on live theatre, thank $DEITY
Nexus, Bing etc.
it's obvious that we are running out of words, especially if large companies want to own more than one each (Windows, Word, etc).
What we need is to triple the number of glyphs in the alphabet. Similar phonics, just three different ways of drawing each of them. The existing ones would be pronounced in our normal voice, one of the new set in basso profundo, and the other in falsetto.
You see, in the present alphabet Bing sounds the same as Bing, even though the first one was squeaked in a barry gibbs manner.
Then companies could use the squeaky ones for trivial products appealing to mall bunnies and the deep, resonant ones for really serious things like mainframe app generators
Can I copyright this idea?
No outlook sync?
I am supremely indifferent.
What I actually /want/ is a markup language style standard for address books that phones, email systems, etc. can all share, and then to serve it from a server somewhere.
Oh wait, that's LDAP isn't it? Cache it locally in the phone except when on wifi and my desires would be met.
Why don't we paint all our roofs & tarmac roads gloss white?
So I'm standing outside a coffee shop in the Angel, Islingtron, and see a dot pattern.
I photograph it, send it to google, and it says "you are outside a coffee shop in the Angel, Islington"
If this is regarded as cool technology, then I give up. If this is the best we can use all this silicon for, after years of effort, then.. well I don't know what.
I'm sorry, but to me LGB will always be "Lehmann Gross Bahn" - see www.lgb.com .
The railway items are, in fact, the first 25 odd items returned by google
where is the steam engine icon?
Yes, they look both incompetent and like bullies.
And our government looks intransigent and uncaring.
There is only one icon suitable for this shameful and miserable excuse for a government.
McKinnon did something very stupid. But the punishment is out of all proportion, contrary to natural justice, and (given his mental condition) contrary to his human rights. Next time they lecture China, I am sure the chinese will have a ready repost.
why no pictures
"all going a bit Babylon 5" is absolute genius. I cannot promise not to nick it for use elsewhere
In 1969 I used to service a true-track radar system called a Decca Photoplot. It had a tiny PPI crt display (you stared down a microscope to focus it). The ppi was tracked across the tube by separate xy deflection plates, resolving the ship's log and compass. The moving image exposed a 35mm film. After 6 minutes the film moved on one frame, the ppi reset, and incredibly tiny metering pumps flooded the exposed frame with developer & fixer, then the image was projected upwards onto a huge plotting table.
Kelvin hughes had an even wierder system, with a temporily photosensitive glass plate servoed across an ultraviolet ppi crt . There was a TV camera pointing at the plate which was 'interrogated' with blue light and fluoresced where the crt had burned in the target tracks. A few analogue buffers & you could have as many displays as you wanted on raster TVs. The plate was periodically erased with light of a third wavelenght - a flash while the plate movement was re-centered.
I do hope someone kept some of them in a museum somewhere.
When I was a telephone engineer we har Strowger exchanges run off 80V batteries. A big diesel engine could run the batteries when the mains failed.
We had 2. genies at Grantham. We tested one on Tuesday & the other one on Friday.
You know what?
The most important thing about software is the functionality, not the pretty pictures.
When are we, as a culture going to grow up and get over this obsession with form rather than function.
There is an obvious way to illustrate my point.
all head, Mr Scott
I am amazed that none of the nutjobs who write about the LHC have suggested that it is really a warp drive intended to move the entire planet
I attach a photo of someone with experience of earth-moving
I've always paid
I used to pay for Opera when they charged, and I've given a fiver to Mozilla for each machine I've added Firefox to, and a tenner for Thunderbird.
I think we should pay for FLOS software when it is possible to pay the developers
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