Screw the legal aspect for a moment...
...and tell us what crazy battery technology he was using to keep a drone in the air for 45 minutes!
What was he using and where can I get some!
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...and tell us what crazy battery technology he was using to keep a drone in the air for 45 minutes!
What was he using and where can I get some!
>Interesting snippet - the plea ("guilty or not guilty?") is not taken under oath.
That is an interesting snippet. There isn't a penalty for perjury for pleading not guilty if you are then convicted, but in reality pleading guilty early will often result in a reduction of the eventual punishment.
Women wear such garments with jeans, and it keeps the top fairly taught thus accentuating their breasts and flat bellies.
Would that be the same Daily Mail that printed pictures of a 13 year-old Princess Beatrice in a bikini? Yes it would, and for extra hypocrisy points, said bikini pic was printed opposite a leading article attacking Chris Morris' excellent spoof documentary 'Brass Eye: Paedogeddon'.
>because she is an evil ginger.
Bizarrely, she is only a ginger in the back and 3/4 back shots. In the front pictures she is a tanned brunette.
>I don't know why but I always have a suspicion that I am being taken for a ride but am not bright enough to know what ride that is.
I'm sure you're bright enough, but perhaps you haven't spent too much time thinking about these things? If Mr Worstall inspires you to learn and think more about these topics more then he'll have done you a service, regardless of whether your eventual conclusion is different to his or in agreement.
Even if you think he is selling snake oil, then at least his articles will inoculate you against similar arguments from others.
>better methods of communication always have grown the economy as getting information passed around is pretty much a definition of how to increase economic efficiency.
Terry Pratchett wrote about the impact of Clacks Towers on the economy of the Discworld, in Going Postal.
>8 cores will not help the watch tell the time any more than a single core.
My portable Citizen/Tandy word-processor is just fine as it is. It doesn't need anything faster than its Zilog Z80 CPU or its 14 x 80-character monochrome display in order for me to write documents.
Your phone isn't a phone any more than a Thinkpad or Macbook is a portable word processor; your 'phone' is a connected pocket computer. Similarly, the device Samsung is making is not a watch, it's a wrist-mounted terminal.
From Iain M. Banks, Look To Windard:
"Sorry to disturb you, Ambassador. Hub here. You're closest; would you let Mr. Olsule know he is speaking to an ordinary brooch, not his terminal?"
>please Samsung try and get it right, its all about design, just alerts and great battery life. our phones will do the rest.
Casio (Edifice or G-Shock Bluetooth) and Citizen (Proximity) already make such watches. Conventional sports watch design, indefinite battery life, simple phone notifications.
>competitors... ...do not look like they should be used in public.
The Sony ones look like sports or workshop protective goggles. A workshop isn't a social place like a bar, and a street - where a cyclist might use them for navigation or recording a careless driver - isn't considered a private place.
It was the case that Japanese camera phones had a 'shutter' noise that couldn't be disabled - a response to fears that they would be used for taking photos without the subject's knowledge. This is the country where school girls can rent space on their thighs for advertising messages.
Sony recalled some camcorders quite a few years ago - the issue was a 'low light' mode that used infra-red, making clothes appear see-through. Sony fixed the 'issue', but people being people managed to undo the 'fix' to restore the functionality on subsequent models, and resold them over the internet.
I saw a sandwich board outside a motorway service station the other day: "Free pastry with each of our hand-crafted hot drinks". FFS.
Whoah, I remember playing the original. A sandbox car game in which you run over pedestrians, four years before GTA became 3D.
Of course just mowing down pedestrians was easy - big points come from smashing a lamppost down the street to splatter the civilians. Seem to recall that censors insisted on making all the blood green - so that the player was killing zombies (acceptable) instead of humans (moral panic) - though a Hex editor could be used to restore the proper content.
I don't think I ever won a race by beating the competing cars to the finish line... I just beat them into scrap.
Made me remember playing Quarantine (1994) - think 'Doom' in a taxi. It wasn't that good, though.
1. Spend 30 seconds with some PVC tape.
2. Wait awhile and spend five minutes configuring the LEDs through an app.
> The 100mbit is the problem, nothing will date these devices faster than this.
The review suggests that the device is only just capable of running 4K content, so it would seem that its 100mbit ethernet is matched to the capabilities of its GPU.
>>" living in smaller houses than their parents (and renting them) etc., etc."
>One would expect young adults to live in smaller houses than their parents (and renting them).
I think he meant " living in smaller houses than their parents did when they were of an equivalent age.
Re: The Cray.
That actual computation isn't directly affecting your quality of life - what you do with that computation might do. You might enjoy better weather forecasts today, or new pharmaceuticals, or a car that has made it market more quickly... but not by a factor of a squillion.
>they really should be saying "hey Apple, you pay so much less now, where the fucks our discount"...
In terms of economics, what it costs Apple to actually make the iPhone 6 is irrelevant, except with relation to how much it costs Apple's rivals to make competing products. The manufacturer will sell their products at a price that suits them (usually to improve margins, but one might discount products to gain market share. Apple have done their sums and determined that enough people will pay the asking price - and APPL's bottom line suggests that they have pitched it well.
Of course, it suits Apple to try and make sure there are no competing products; someone might instead buy a Samsung and it will still make phone calls and play YouTube videos, but it won't be a FaceTime terminal or iWatch companion. The user might have already invested (money and learning) in propriety iDevice-compatible kit, so a HTC handset won't be a swap-out alternative (, i.e level competition) for an iPhone.
This isn't the area of economics that is being discussed in the article. The argument being made is that a computer sold in the eighties for £1000 was a word processor and spreadsheet. It then, slowly, acquired the ability to be a photograph archive, drafting board and music player. Today, it is also a video editor, physical model simulator, and video-phone. (And my ageing Core2 Duo laptop also functions as a fan-heater)
>I'm having trouble seeing the IT angle in this story
India, a country that produces many very very bright mathematicians, physicists and coders, and hosts famed technical technical colleges... and this gentleman restores the balance.
>"Some of the curbs at the soccer club are quite high".
Actually, you only have to watch someone strap a toddler into a baby seat to see why some people prefer higher vehicles. Simply, the parent has to bend less when holding a heavy object (the toddler), and they stoop less when engaging the straps.
Well, that's showing some concern for your fellow citizens who aren't as strong as you are - our population is aging, y'know. Maybe the user has arthritis, and any weight saving saves them discomfort when they move their laptop around their house. Maybe the user has a load of other stuff - paper files, cameras, product samples, whatever - that they need to lug around as a part of their job. Maybe the user travels by air a lot, and the space saved in their carry-on luggage allows them to pack an extra shirt.
iFxit tend to be the go-to site for 'repairability' scores.
The Surface Pro used more glue and 52 screws, according to iFixit. I can't find any guides or teardowns of the Lenovo Yoga 2 or 3 on the iFixit site.
Instead of just researching how easy these things are to repair, you might also research how reliable different brands are, and what their extended warranties and service compare.
>Licking the hand that feeds IT ... Doesn't sound like a site I'd bother reading.
And yet the headline could have read "New Macbook Pro - a bugger to dismantle" and been both critical *and* accurate.
Criticising poor products and lauding good ones is in the interest of the consumer and user. Beyond that, not distorting what is said by a source is important.
iFixt merely expressed mild surprise that the Macbook Pro has a different design of trackpad to that in the new Macbook - that is all.
>As an example, combination of sliding parts, latches and rubber 'stoppers' wouldn't add weight nor thickness to these gadgets,
Yes it would... and it would add complexity, too - making the device both more expensive to manufacture and assemble, and more expensive to recycle. Using glue makes products easier to dismantle when they come to the end of their lives, since they can just be passed through an oven and then pulled apart. This much less labour intensive than unscrewing a dozen or so fasteners.
The manufacturer is responsible for the end-of-life disposal of products now in many territories - so ease of recycling is in their interests.
The total value of the pure 24kt. gold in this Rolex President is $963.27.
Case ring weights 18.5 grams. Contains 13.875 grams of pure gold. It has a value of $178.43.
Case back weighs 7.21 grams. Contains 5.41 grams of pure gold. It has a value of $69.57.
Bezel weighs 5.30 grams. Contains 3.98 grams of pure gold. It has a value of $51.18.
The bracelet weighs 68.85 grams. Contains 51.64 grams of pure gold. It has the most value at $664.09.
Fair enough, I didn't choose my examples well, except that they weren't 'functional' objects. Still, there are many examples of luxury goods in history that didn't last long - Cleopatra's baths of asses milk, rare foods and spices, gladiators and otherwise useful slaves killed for entertainment. The bottom line is that they were usually displays of wealth power over lesser mortals.
>Once upon a time the point of "luxury" goods was that they lasted
What d'ya mean? History is chockablock with examples of extravagent luxury goods. The eggs made by Faberge, the rare cloth dyes and gold thread for your clothing, gold statues of yourself.
In that context, the gold iWatch is not a sign of society's breaking point, it is just yet another drop in the rain storm of history.
Yeah, once upon a time it was expensive to make durable goods... but modern manufacturing techniques allow inexpensive objects to be functional and durable. The manufacturing tolerances on any cola can, for example, are just incredible. We all can now afford sharper knives, better shoes and more intricate toys than any king of old.
>Do you think Apple will provide that [TAG's] kind of service?
Apple hired TAG's VP of Sales last summer, and poached a couple of fashion and luxury CEOs in 2013.* At the least, Apple knew what they didn't know and set about learning.
As for service you describe, I would imagine it depends on the sales channel Apple uses for the gold version... an Apple concession within an existing luxury retailer doesn't seem implausible. The service level depends upon the dealer and their margin, and TAG do sell watches at many time the price of Apple's top offerings.... I dunno.
Steve Wozniak became rich because of Apple, and he wears an expensive, impractical watch because he wants to and because he can. It's huge. Why? Because it uses Nixie tubes to display the time. You have to like a company (actually a one-man band) that puts this testimonial on its homepage:
“If I wanted to buy a watch that guaranteed I would never get laid, I certainly wouldn't have to spend that much on it.”
—random Slashdot comment
“I would have loved to have invented that.”
—Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
Granddad's retirement Rolex might have sentimental value to you. That is a different kind of value to that discussed in the article.
The 'value' discussed in the article is that of showing off wealth by 'wasting' it. Y'know, like the people who like to show off by drinking a £500 magnum of champagne (though some inexpensive Cava might taste just as good to them)- it is not going to be passed on to the next generation. Cocaine and caviar, similarly.
>eventually they will go away.
I have a large stack of National Geographic magazines dating back decades that disagree with you. They almost always carry advertisements for Rolex watches, usually associated with an explorer. Rolex even sponsor various awards for young explorers - part of the cost of maintaining the brand that Mr Worstall talks about.
'Wildlife as Canon Sees It' has been another long-running National Geographic advertising campaign, usually featuring a red-ringed zoom lens that costs thousands of dollars. Again, the aim is to associate the product with professional use in the mind of the consumer.
Any biologist will tell you much the same as Mr Worstall. ' Wasted' resources are everywhere in nature, from peacocks tails and moose antlers, to time 'wasting' behavior like that of the bower-bird. Open a window and just listen to Spring.
The longevity of a Rolex compared to an iWatch is completely irrelevant for the very reasons the article discussed. Wasting resources proves that you have resources - Hence the old Rolls Royce in a swimming pool antics.
I have some sympathy for Bill Gates idea of a progressive tax on luxury goods - tax puts up the sticker price of a £300 handbag to £500 - so the buyer still shows off their disposable wealth but society benefits.
>"Cat, are you drilling?"
Cat, drilling in space, near Jupiter, Mining Corp... I so thought that was going to be a link to a Red Dwarf clip!
WAR is against war?
Did WFR not have a spokeswoman available for comment?
For some reason, this thing has reminded me of Tom Sharpe's farcical novels.
>if the reason for the extradition is retrospectively done away with, is the extradition itself is no longer valid (or considered never valid)?
If Hollywood movies have taught me anything, it is that if you jump bail for a crime you did not commit and then succeed in proving your innocence and killing the swine who framed you, you'll be left free to go home. Also, elevators don't fail safely, and cars explode if they crash above 20 MPH.
Actually, just the idea of this might prevent people from using USB sticks of unknown provenance. USB sticks are used (with software payloads) by blackhats.
That'd be a little harder to 'socially engineer', though!
I've done something similar -I plugged a 19v laptop power brick into a 12v external HDD. Oops.
I recovered the data by snipping off a TVS diode from the HDD's PCB, and was able to recover all the data.
The 19v adaptor got slung in the bin.
For anyone who has done the same: http://community.wd.com/t5/Desktop-Mobile-Drives/HDD-TVS-diode-FAQ/td-p/250274
The Discworld novels can be grouped into different story sequences, more or less - as helpfully illustrated by this diagram:
EDIT: Go with what Dave 132 (no relation) has said.
>I'm still sad though. I'm not normally one to feel this way when someone famous dies.
The same here - it's only been Terry Pratchett, Iain Banks and John Peel whose deaths have brought a lump to the throat... the common denominator seems to be humour. And beards.
Are you thinking of the NEC TurboExpress (1990)?
Could be very useful in some situations, and in environments were the drawbacks (looking goofy) don't matter - i.e workshops, construction sites, studios.
I've said it before - a 'smart workshop' would be lovely, where a physical work-piece becomes a CAD sketch plane, a virtual model taking its references from real pre-existing features.
>If we're going to be all personal anecdote about it...
All you've shown by your opposing anecdote is that some people require USB ports. All AC suggested is that some people don't.
Yet you presented your post as a contradiction of his. Oh well.
> is Apple expecting their cultists to automatically use USB hubs? What point in a laptop if so?
I suspect Apple is expecting their customers to mostly buy Macbook Airs and Pros. The average consumer will first look at the cheaper and faster Macbook Airs, and will only choose to spend the difference if the new Macbook really suits their needs.
>Yeah, bog standard users don't use printers, mice or memory sticks...
They do, but:
WiFi printers are cheap and common in the home, and have been the norm in business and academia for some time.
The laptop doesn't need a mous, it has a trackpad. Bluetooth mice are available.
Your argument is what, exactly?
It's not gold-plated, it's just goldie-coloured. However, the quantity of gold used in gold plating is tiny anyways.
The lack of a Phillips or PZ is the only major downside to this knife. Realistically, one would want it to have a hex socket to take replaceable driver heads, because no driver lasts forever.
Leatherman blades come out of the factory damned sharp and stay that way for a long time.
Victorinox blades come damned sharp, but can also be resharpened more easily than the steel Leatherman uses.
In Bolivia market stalls in 2008, I saw iPod Mini knock-offs sporting a SONY logo in addition to an Apple logo. A belt and braces approach to counterfeiting.