2850 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Re: New rocket to be called the Ariane 6
> how long the naming committee took
12 lobster dinners in 12 different resorts around the planet, one imagines.
A nice solid bit of writing.
Oh, alright then.
Re: Short answer
You want the taxpayer to subsidise Murdoch as well?
I'd like to see the Virgin cable network in Lincolnshire.
Back in the 1950s the 'redifussion' system was part of the build when new towns were constructed.
Since the Millenium we have had estates added to Bourne and Spalding etc. that have doubled their population. Why was cable not compulsory for these builders if we are serious as a nation about competition?
I would strongly suggest that Sky are told to OffFuk, and that they aren't getting access on the cheap.
If they want cabinets, let them put their own up. Competition is not competition if it relies on the opposition doing all the work then waltzing in at the last minute.
>meaning the "big switch" would probably be trivial to implement.
I'd have thought so. Most survey-grade instruments allow you knock individual birds out of the solution, so you can limit yourself to one system, but not with a 'big switch'.
I thought, all along, the idea was to have a subscription-based service (even if it was a one-time cost rolled into the price of the reciever) to provide commerical resiliance over government fickleness. I'd even be quite happy to punch in a 20-digit number sent out each year to EU taxpayers. If I had to subscribe separately I'd pay a fiver a year.
I understand that lots of recievers have both glonass and navstar, but I have yet to see a reciever with a big switch saying "believe the yanks" or "believe the cossaks". when "believe the beethovenists" becomes available it will be interesting to see what happens.
not really ID
This doesn't sound as bad as people are making out - there seems to be no intention to identify a named individual, although there is always the possiblity that the security people will want access but it all sounds stand-alone to me.
That said, since I just walk past billboards 95% of the time, and the other 5% of the time I am staring in complete bewilderment as thought at an alien culture, I do think they have some software challenges ahead.
Why don't we all wear Bill Oddie masks like Clarkson driving across america?
Eduroam, and similar
I have always been impressed by the quality of Eduroam, and in an earlier life Janet, and all the other academic networks: look at the volumes of data that astronomers share, with apparent ease.
I suspect that the reason is management. The institutions are clearly in the hands of the academics, and the IT people are clearly expected to provide a working system.
Compare that to the commercial world, for example $MEGACORP type working, where IT has been outsourced to the likes of ATOS, and they have no understanding of who is the tail and who is the dog. Getting anything fixed or done is all but impossible.
Now look at government: government computing fails because the people who think they are in charge have not the faintest idea of what they want to do, and even less of how it may be done, so the people selling them systems can get away with murder.
Congratulations to the academic world for running things properly, I say!
Anyone taking bets who will bid?
Who will get the contracts?
And if anything gets delivered?
I would like to see a contempt-of-court type sanction where the judge can just fine one (or both) sides for being vexatious litigants and wasting everyone's time. Would have come in handy with SCO/IBM as well.
5 billion paid to the public defence system to help the impoverished get justice would go down rather nicely, I feel.
well, good luck to him
I applaud people working hard at a good idea.
I really like the idea that the fire brigade or coastguard could lob a few of these about and get a good idea what they are up against. With that in mind, perhaps he should be interleaving IR cameras with visual light ones?
That picture of the tabletette in a monstrous keyboard dock is one of the funniest things I have seen for a long time. No-one in their right mind is going to do that with it, surely?
sodding great camera and no removable storage?
who thought of that then?
>is it self-awareness or just a simulation of such?
does it matter? (That's the round two question for you!)
Would that affect how you treat them?
If so, how can you justify treating humans differently? You have no way of knowing if the people around you are real, simulated, or a figment of your imagination. You just need to act in the right way regardless.
Re: 'who wouldn't want the talky-toaster from Dwarf?'
It persuaded Holly to trade run-time for IQ.
re: 'once they look sufficiently human.'
I'm not too worried what they look like, but if they are individually sentient and intellectually capable, I would expect to treat them as equal.
I'm not going to treat an automatic vacuum cleaner as an equal, but an Artificial Intelligence would deserve respect.
" to power a craft from lift-off and back to landing"
...more than once
I should have added
"Hello to Jason Isaccs"
Re: Tennis in 3D yesterday
>The jitter wasn't too bad
That's a ringing endorsement, that!
> a good plot
Sorry? was there a different one I didn't see?
I saw one whose story line had been bent around the opportunities for special
deffects . Those effects were very good, and the world created fantastic. But Plot? meh.
@ElNumbre Re: Cinema
Hence the Wittertainment code of conduct. http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/films/code_of_conduct.jpg
If those sales figures for the XPS10 are right, they could double them by putting linux on them
And the headline reduction is in the connection fee. Who gives a stuff about the 1-off charges? it is the recurring cost & service level that matters.
i had no idea people thought the problem was to the right of the decimal place.
Re: The OEMs sort-of deserve it
>I would be interested to know what other "box" you think the OEM's should
>of been building,
They could have - and still could - offer exactly the same box with a working Linux installation. Nothing stopped them doing that.
Except bullying by Microsoft
I might experiment with my old idea of 'meshing' all my family internet feeds together between the houses
>not all of us have facial hair and aged over 80
I'm bearded and barely over 60
Listening to who?
They had a pre-release period of up to a year during which testers and pundits were telling them TIFKAM was broken: they didn't listen then. The system builders wanted to install start-menu (not button) patches and it was forbidden, instead of listened to. After the launch they were told it was wrong, and went on the offensive about education & practice.
The only people they have been listening to are their own sales force sying 'we can't shift this carp - do something'.
Missing the point.
Yes, end-to-end encryption is clever for pre-established links. But it's poor at widespread dissemination, which is (I imagine) the mode intended for this font.
I thought all transistors were quantum. Only, you know, just a little bit?
<-- That one might be mine
Re: strange when I walk around naked covered in paint
It is strange if you do it in January. Though you need less paint.
<- is it me, or is it cold in here?
trying to get the share price down?
I suspect he read Gerald Ratner's biography
<-- mines got the £1.99 bling hanging out the pockets
Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"
To be fair, it must be monotomous, when 80% of what you here is someone saying "jesus christ on a bike, what is it doing now?
Scientists reduce the amount of stuff needed to make people go "err, right..." to 4 photons
1366 x 768 ... stop reading at this point.
You know me so well.
What is the matter with these people?
Nextb week's news
HSBarclyTSB announce ATMs will not issue cash unless the NFC is working 'for added security'.
Don't understand the 'turd garden' reference. Ultimately /all/ gardens are turd gardens.
Places where interferrence is unlikely because of channel allocation plan suffers no interferrence!
So, that's the laws of physics confirmed again. Well done.
Re: 1366 x 768 screen ?????
That is the one thing putting me off this now.
Great Britain and Australia can successfully ban guns because they are island nations.
How did the IRA get theirs then? How do a few thousand people and industrial quantities of heroin get in every year?
am I strange?
I welcome a few hours without gadgets.
Re: The real reason they want them turned off
I find it odd that they make you take off headphones at the end of a flight 'so you can hear the announcements', but they don't wake up anyone slumbering at that point.
Why not treat the phone contract like hire-purchase. Once its paid off it's yours and you can do what you like with it.
And, while we (they) are enacting freedom, lets make it illegal to force you to buy widnoz with a 'puter. Then we will see you enacting from principle, not vested interest.
Re: A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu
Absolutely. Start running the company yourself, not letting foreign corporations run it for you. Take yer own decisions!
Tell you what, Ray
here's what you need to do:
1. use a decent screen resolution, worthy of the second octile of the 20th century. Not x768, not x1080. We don't all want wide screen TVs, some of us want a computer.
2. Either a minimum of 4 USB ports (all USB3, of course) or ship with a wireless mouse so we don't lose a USB all the time to a plug-in for a mouse. You could offer an optional wireless optical drive too, while you are at it. And 4 USB anyway.
3. Bluetooth. And Let us bung a SIM card in for connectivity if we want, too. My Dell mini-10 cost less than £200 and has bluetooth, sim slot, camera and microphone all built in. You could throw in a bluetooth earpiece too, that parks inside the case or wall-wart for storage and charging.
4. Use bog-standard memory and hard disk interfaces so we can upgrade when we want. It's our sodding computer. It doesn't have to be as thin as a sheet of cardboard. If it is, it will probably break. Oh, and a plug-in battery so I can change/upgrade it later when its knackered and the 'puter isn't.
5. SD card slot. Full-depth. So I can leave a card in all the time if I want. Better yet, two of them.
6. Firewire. Thunderbolt. HDMI. VGA adaptor cable in the box or as an option. Ethernet, or adaptor cable in the box.
7. Touchpad with buttons, not the-corners-are-the-buttons. Adjustable sensitivity for 'tapping', including OFF. (as in FRO?)
8. One of those wall-warts with plug adaptors based on a figure-8 mains adaptor, so we can swap them or use a longer cable if we want. Oh, and stick 1 or 2 USB headers on the wall-wart so I can also use it to charge some other stuff from the one socket in the hotel room.
9. Touch screen if you must but not as an excuse for charging a thousand quid. Meh.
10. As others have said, A CHOICE OF SODDING OPERATING SYSTEMS. Not one rammed down our throats like a randy Geordie lasses tongue on a saturday night, all fags and curry, leaving a nasty aftertaste.
the PR people need to go to the same place as all the lawyers.
The B ark ?
Re: Unfortunately for Microsoft...
Nor The Independent:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...
Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"
Tell you what, Honcho, ship 8.1 AND 7 and tell us which people buy.
The hunt for 'the god particle' is over. Now we are looking for 'merlin matter'?
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