96 posts • joined Wednesday 10th November 2010 10:47 GMT
I don't understand
What's the purpose of having 145 billion dollars if you can't use them ? What good is there having 145 billion ins a bank account if you have to borrow money whenever you need 17 billions ?
Re: KDE 4
you think I can use Linux on a Mac and not know the difference between KDE and Linux ?
"tabbed Finder windows"
"different working area, which Apple calls Spaces, or a full-screen app on a second display"
holy crap !!! my KDE 4.5 does this since 3 years ago. Admittedly, it runs on a MacBook Pro 13, but did they catch up with Linux only now ? What's next ?
- right-click to create a folder here ? (shit, no right click on iMouse)
- drag'n-drop asking if I want to move or copy or link ?
- clickable and editable file path ?
- a button for "open terminal here" in the finder ?
Re: Let's see how this plays out.
Iceland has also plenty of free and easy energy, and therefore plenty of industries necessitating tremendous amounts of energy, like turning alumina into aluminium. Or forgeries, and this sort of stuff.
@Steve Evans : "(FYI, Somalian pirates have a habit of throwing all the AK47s over the side and claiming to be fishermen when intercepted)"
funny how things go: what I've heard is that the Somali where fishermen, but since the BIG Chinese and Japanese and European fisherboat-factories are fishing in their waters, they don't get to eat, and use their waters to intercept some boats.
In other words, if you want to get rid of Somali pirates, clear their waters from GIANT fisherboat-factories.
probably negative yield. Like shale-gas, solar-cells, electric-cars, and many other newly invented energy "sources".
Invest in bicycles, that's the future.
Re: Why not run the exhaust through a large greenhouse?
actually, that's what biomass is: make carbo-hydrates through photosynthesis by turning CO2 + H2O into O2 and CHx, and then burn that CHx with O2 into CO2 + H2O. It's a closed circle, no need to invent fancy words (although, admittedly, Flüssigmetallblasensäulenreaktor is pretty cool).
Re: Fortunately I live <2km away from a 100MW hydroelectric power plant
there might be more to Russian money than that: what if the Russian money in Cypruss was actually that of oligarch opposed to Putin ? In that case, the Eurozone is helping Putin (by getting rid of his opponents) and thus assuring the future gas supplies.
It wouldn't help "democracy" but since when does the EU care about such annoyances ?
Re: Not according to Beddington.
What I've read is that a global warming would cause the Gulf-stream to weaken, thus causing locally in Atlantic-Europe a cooling. Therefore, the cool winter in Europe is not at odds with global warming.
actually, the Libre-Office Draw program is bay far far far away superior to anything M$-Office. It does actually basic 2D scale drawing, when the 3D CAD is too long to launch.
@ The BigYin : "why wasn't the feckin' thing nuclear?"
yes, exactly my question. If it is acceptable to consider the French Rafale as an option (which is probably one of the best carrier-grade aircrafts flying today), why not consider the French nuclear drive of the Charles-de-Gaulle as an option, that would make long missions possible, and would also give steam catapults for free ?
I mean, Waterloo, Trafalgar and Austerlitz are forgiven today, aren't they ?
The best keyboard available on Android: has arrows, and good looking.
What, you don't have UltraKeyboard on iOS ? Tough !
Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!
@ Naughtyhorse : "I got about 2 sentences in before looking at the by line ... Matt Bryant"
yup. Interesting how predictable some writers are. It's the same with Tim Worstal or Lewis Page articles (although Lewis Page's are at least funny)
not to mention "abeeback" and "astalavistababy"
Re: Harbinger of Doom
in 2014, the USA will be even more broke than today, and even less capable of launching an attack on Iran.
in 2014, the petro-dollar empire will be history, and Iran will sell all it's oil for gold, to Turkey, India and China.
Re: What about the no-names?
Onda V712, Ainol Novo 7 Fire, are Chinese-made (but so are all the others) 7'' with 1280x800 IPS screen, 1Gb RAM, dual-core A9, HDMI-out ... for 125€ ... asked for one for Xmas, wondering if Santa-Klaus will have it for me.
"Is it wrong to penalize a person for the phone he/she is carrying?"
well, that depends *how* they carry it: since the recruiter knew right from the beginning that the guy had an iPhone, the bloke probably put his phone very ostensibly (and proudly) on the table looking like : "ha, there, see how cool I am !" ... and that's probably the *real* reason - looking like a fanboï - rather than the phone itself. Had he done the same with an SIII, the sentence would have been the same.
"if our theory of the universe relies on 73% of the universe being something we cannot observe or understand"
actually, no: in order to explain our observations with the theories we have, we need to introduce an arbitrary number that has the same dimension as "mass" (as in energy = mass, E=mc2) and represents 73% of the known mass (dark+normal). There can be many explanations to that, "dark energy" being only one of them. This more-or-less translates into: "we bloody don't understand what's going on, let's call it dark energy, it sounds much more professional than to justify this by some giant goat."
Another explanation is that the universe wasn't created at t=0, but was created already aged and we try to explain something that never was (anyone having programmed the game of life knows what I mean)
Another explanation is that speed of light has changed during the times, therefore the expansion of the universe is not accelerating at all.
"it's perhaps not a very good theory"
well, it works pretty well close to us, it only fails when looking far away. May-be the theory is good, but our observations are poor.
This race is rigged: the guy in the inner track has an awful lot of advantage.
stone house throw
Am I correct ?
"I'm unable to avoid the adverts everywhere"
There is a Firefox plug-in for that: ghostery. You'll be surprised by the number of trackers on all sites (2 on el Reg). And Big-Brother won't be watching you anymore.
My kid just got a Samsung Galaxy Y: 3'' QVGA screen, Android 2.3. Of course, it's too small for big hands, but for occasional SMS-ing, music and photos, and call the Mum when he gets home, it's the obvious choice.
Why the heck didn't Apple do with the iPhone what they did with the iPod: do a mini-iPhone (3''), an iPhone (4'') and an iNewton (5'' with stylus).
Re: Apple TV
yeah, makes more sense. Because aluminium ALSO conducts heat very well, and carbon doesn't, so it would be a very bad material for a laptop casing (my MacBook Pro 13'' (*) gets quite warm)
(*) running Linux, no worry.
Not sure if it has been written here by others, but if this study only limits to the consumer's health, it forgets about it's descendants. I've read (somewhere) that fertility has decreased very strongly in the past 50 years, especially male fertility, that the spermatozoa are fewer and weaker now, and that this could be caused by pesticides. Which, come to think of it, is very plausible since life extermination is the very objective of those pesticides.
Which, if true, means that people eating organic food will reproduce more than those eating industrial food. Darwinian selection.
Which, in turn, makes me think I shouldn't write this and let the idiots eat their crap; we're already too many on this planet.
Actually, I do care
because batteries loose 50% of their capacity after 2-3 years, you'll want to replace it. And you don't want to leave it for 2 weeks in a repair service, but you want to have it done in 10 minutes.
Intel based Macs can usually run a linux
Yup: Mepis 11.0 on my MacBook Pro 13 from 2010 (or 2009, don't remember). 8gb RAM, replaced the HDD with SSD (not Apple, but Linux doesn't care), and it flies like a charm. Could use a new battery though.
Re: Disappointing, but maybe that's good?
"The screen could have been higher res"
Re: Too much ?
My Dell Streak (a 5 incher) died also, kids complaining. I've though about a Samsung Player 5, but this one might actually take the business. I wonder though if I'll have to do all those Angry-Birds levels again, or if the Google account will have remembered it...
Great idea to drop the rear camera.
A military telescope is meant to look down at Earth, so it's focus is at some 100 km, varying according to the orbit but also the angle of observation, so it *needs* to be adjustable. An astronomical telescope is meant to look at stars, at infinity focus and fixed. The difference is non-zero, but adjusting the focus is by no means useful for an astronomical telescope.
Now, this being said ... why not take all this to the ISS and refurbish all the gear ? Wouldn't *that* be the primary raison-d'être of any space station ?
and did you try ghostery ? It makes these following ads non-following, removes all unwanted traces, to combat this:
"Say you've visited an airline company to book a trip to San Francisco and then you don't book it because you're just thinking about it. But then as you go to other websites like the BBC or USA Today the ads for that airline company follow you around from site to site, it's like a puppy dog following you home," Kim explained.
I'm amazed how much tracking stuff is on all web pages (only 1 her: "DoubleClick")
So, when are they going to fire Elop ?
Oh, and how much is he going to pocket for having destroyed Nokia ?
Re: I'm Impressed
Actually, I'm thinking the other way round, in a Darwinian way: they got the weakest, now the stronger remaining ones will be even more creative and secretive. Probably in territories outside the Empire.
Re: Am I the only one here that thinks this is not good?
"The problem is that if you break the law, you will eventually get caught and prosecuted."
... unless you're a banker, of course, you forgot to mention (where is the "money" icon ?)
Re: Very surprising.
unless it's all fake, made-up by the FBI, *pretending* to have arrested LulzSec to save face (like ... let's see ... who comes to mind ... darn, I forgot ! It was in may last year though).
printing a confidential document on an untrusted printer is/should not be an OS's decision to make. And I hardly think that's what Linus' daughter was about to be doing.
Mepis / Debian
I have a Mepis 11 (Debian Squeeze derivative) MacBook Pro laptop for work, with 2 kids having their own account. Flash-games and everything, VirtualBox and dual-screens. Actually, even my account is a standard account, and everything just works as it should.
WTF are SuSE doing ? I loved that distro until 9.3, before they where bought by Novell. Has been downhill ever since. Sad.
A normal lift-off for a rocket produces only vertical G-s, along the main axis of the rocket. Most rockets are built horizontally, and lifted very carefully to the vertical, where it can take massive amounts of G-s ... vertically.
On such a plane, the rocket would need to be re-inforced to handle the lateral forces that no normal rocket has to endure, reducing by as much the pay-load.
This won't work.
"Beast of Kandahar"
This thing is said to have flown for years in Afghanistan, in Kandahar. Iran's secret services have thus had years to collect and analyse (and crack) the radio signals that control this drone ... just thinking
"legal problems may ensue with some search terms"
what do you mean ? Some words are taboo, some searches must be forbidden ? If anything, *this* is the best part of it.
no, printing money would "solve" anyting
1) printing money wouldn't solve any problem: it would just push it down the road, because there is not only accumulated *debt* but also chronic *deficit*, and paying back the debt would only reset it, but you'd still have the chronic deficit. Actually, the USA and UK have done the Qauntitative Easing stuff, with absolutely zero effect. You'd want the BCE do the same fuck-off ?
This chronic deficit has mainly 2 reasons: petrol and free-trade. Unless these are solved, printing money has no benefit.
2) the real solution is to default on the debt, which lowers the value of the money of the concerned country, making imports pricier and exports more competitive, with a transitional 1-2 years of hardship. To rely on domestic industries and resources.This is the road Argentina and Iceland have taken, with very good results.
Of course, the US pension funds would go bust, but that should be *their* problems, not ours.
so please avoid doing that.
I have several online "profiles"
and none with my real names. And I signed them through OperaTor running from a virtual machine, go get their IP addresses. Sometimes I forget them, and then I create a new - fake - one again.
There's many reasons for dog-fight training...
Like: many aircraft against many others, and those surviving the first wave of BVR missiles do what ? They dog-fight.
Or: a lonely unidentified aircraft entering our airspace, do you shoot it at distance, or do you try to identify it ? Identifying means getting in visual range, and potentially dog-fight.
The hungarian air-force uses Saab Grippens. They sold their Mig 29s long ago, and they never had the Su-27s.