459 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007
Re: If they put this in the back of your boxer shorts
A true smartarse is born, not made.
They can't get the stock numbers up, because the people at the factory keep trying to empty them.
Re: Open Source Means Choice
"I'd rather have a format that works because there's a financial reason for it to succeed,"
So ODF it is then.
You do understand that the "financial reason" for using a MS format is going to be all Microsoft's, and not yours. So financial reasons like a new file format that needs a new word processor to do exactly the same stuff with, but saves by default in the new ultrashiny file format..
"than one that was being pulled from all directions from the "include my feature too!" crowd."
Ahh.. you are familiar with Microsoft’s internal politics problem then.
"I use word because it works, and I can export it to just about any other format that the 5% who don't use word need."
But we are talking about a file format, not a word processor. Do try to keep on topic.
"Not that it's going to matter soon anyway, who's going to bother creating a static document when all people want to consume it from their <insert name of favourite mobile device here>? A web/mobile delivery format will trump document standard formats before long."
Ohh.. People who sell <insert name of favourite mobile device> for example.
Banks, Mail/internet sellers. Supermarkets, schools, government departments, engineering firms, double glazing companies.. In other words, the same people as care today.
People will still be using computers for work in ten years from now. Because really, people do not just use computers for facebook and Youtube cat videos. They also do stuff that they get paid to do.
They create or organise information. And that sucks on a tablet.
Sorry mate.. Perhaps next year will be the year of Windows 8.1
Nah.. It's the new MS strategy..
Embrace, Extend, Isolate.
Re: "banning cheese next, followed closely by nuts."
"Has it though? Everything has a nut warning on it. Could have been a good idea but the warnings are so ubiquitious that they are just noise - like Website cookie warnings have become."
Which indicates how widespread peanut based products are used in food. Nothing wrong with peanuts.. High in protein.
Unless of course, you are allergic.
What were you expecting? after a few years, that peanut allergies would go away, and the warning could be dropped?
Possibly.. If you stick a kettle on top.
Re: Read all about it
CLARIFICATION - Some devices with large glass screens are MORE easily broken than others.
In other headlines,
RDF still in operation.
Fanboys still incapable of facing reality.
Apple still over priced techno jewellery.
Re: seems an odd thing to do
But would that not be fragmentation? Because apparently, no developers will develop software for fragmented OSs.
Bad enough they now have a landfill phone, but a fragmented landfill phone.. Oh my..
Re: Where's the incentive @John Bailey
Don't worry Hamish.. We get it. Well.. Most of us anyway.
Good luck with the board. Hope you reach your target.
Re: Where's the incentive @John Bailey
None of it. But I'm not the one whining about money off vouchers requiring payment to use.
Re: Where's the incentive @John Bailey
Nope.. I comprehend just fine.
You are the one who seems unsure of how a money off voucher works.
Perhaps I need to make it simpler.
Imagine you get a 10% off voucher through the letter box..
It's for a product you already buy.. yay..
So.. You go to the shop, and you pick out the product.
Then you go to the checkout,and you pay for the product, and present the voucher.
The cashier then charges you 10% less than they would without the voucher, but you still have to pay the remaining 90% for the product.
If this is too hard, then you have no chance with understanding kick starter.
Re: Where's the incentive @AC
Umm.. that is kind of exactly what you do with a money off token.
You pay the asking price, less the face value discount on the token.
Have you considered burying your money in the garden to see if a money tree grows? You don't seem to have quite mastered the concept of retail yet. Might be a bit early to start thinking of investing in stuff.
Wait til you see the tactical decoupage.
On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the eleventh, when no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a Question will be asked, a question that must never, ever be answered.
Am I holding it wrong?
Re: How about two sizes?
"Should Apple only ever sell one iPhones size at the time?"
According to the iFanboys who are prone to ridiculing anything not of the sacred fruit..
Because apparently the holy aspect ratio of magnificence is one handed down by the Steve himself. And it optimises the user experience in many shiny shiny ways..
And apparently, "Nobody wants a big phone"
"Some people have small hands…"
Then they need to get bigger ones..
Sorry, but this is Apple. Choice is not an option. I mean.. how are you going to know you have the best one, if there are choices.. Think of the market confusion.. think of the FRAGMENTATIION!!!!
What next.. You want colours other than the classic turtleneck black, or the virginal white?
Re: Did he mount his Glass on a tripod?
You should know better than to ask sensible questions here.
Damn.. Now you tell me..
"Darling.. Have you drunk that coffee yet.. "
Re: So easy to make....
Don't worry. They already have the idea.
3D systems Cube printer. Domestic level filament printer. needs cartridge packed filament. To make it "easy to use"..
Happily, most seem to be avoiding that trap, and are allowing standard off the shelf filament and a choice of open slicers and front ends. We shall have to see what the big names do when they come on the scene.
Re: Easy to defend against
Nah.. Answer is to replace washing line with electric fence.
My thinking too.
Imagine if the desktop was lost to Linux by programs that ran fine in WINE, but not in Win 7+..
Re: Wierd News
"In fairness, there's a world of difference between an 11-year old playing hide and seek, and a 20 yr old who should know better."
The 11 year old is more likely to be smart enough to realise how stupid the idea is before doing it.
Re: RE:WTF are toddlers doing using the internet unsupervised???
Cheers.. I'll smear it on the wall after I finish setting up this VPN.
Re: If I was making such a list...
And the Conservative website.
Who can forget the clip of a pubescent William Hague at a party conference..
RE:WTF are toddlers doing using the internet unsupervised???
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"If the children are so young that the parents do not want them to have access to sex-education sites, then why are they being allowed onto the internet unsupervised?"
Because they are not really "that young". But the god squad no doubt got this little modifier dropped in.
And yes.. WE BLOODY TOLD YOU SO..
Little kids do not go searching for sex information. Doesn't happen. And have you ever in your entire on-line life accidentally come across a sex eduction site?
By the time they hit puberty, when they DO go looking for information, they need to know it. And withholding this information is wrong.
Problem is.. the "must preserve their innocence" mob, get a bit carried away some times, and refuse to accept their little darlings are getting ready to rut. So knowing that taking a bath straight after is not actually a means of contraception, is a good thing. And yes.. One can get pregnant if one does it standing up.
Little kids however, DO go in search of sexual abuse information. Because when you don't know what is normal, how do you know daddy having a special cuddle, or the way Uncle Dave touches you is ok or not?
This is a bad thing. And it needs to be fought. The police will not put you on a perv list. So skip the paranoia. Say no to all filtering, if you have kids or not.
Otherwise, welcome to the white-list internet. Because function has already crept.. And will continue.
Because that worked so well last time..
"So why not call it DryPhone then?"
Or a DRIPhone.
or a DrIpHoNe.
Because the inventor called it Driphone, and Apple threw a hissy fit. And it seems.. lost the case. Perhaps Apple should have bought a more distinctive product name.
And are you sure there is not already a trademark for DryPhone.
Not that anybody will need one anyway.. Aren't iPhones waterproof now with a firmware upgrade?
"Most of the technology has been "borrowed" from the Americans."
Who "borrowed" it from the Germans.
Re: Not just beautiful, quiet too
Mine is the same. A few fans swapped out for the quiet ones, and a little thought when selecting components = a box that is not obtrusive, and if it wasn't for the power light, nobody would know it was on.
Knocking up a quiet PC is pretty easy unless you are looking for a big actively cooled game rig. Even stock CPU coolers are pretty quiet these days.
Re: Backlog ?
Unless the money is siphoned off into the general government kitty that is.
Actually.. It's for an engineering toy.. Not yet another plastic ink fluffy fashion programming monstrosity.
Re: The overwhelming message I get from these ads
"Just showed that either MS or their advertising agency really did not know what they were doing. I suspect that the animators probably felt a bit dirty to have done the ads, but only until the money hit the bank!"
Didn't Microsoft almost get vista advertised on Family guy?
PR department thinking fail is not exactly a rare occurrence.
In fairness though.. Is it any worse than Cybermen talking to each other.
Well.. Loose leaf tea in a pot.. 4 minutes is reasonable.
A tea bag in a mug.. Hell no. 4 minutes is way way too long.
As long as it takes to get the sugar stirred in, and fetch the milk from the fridge. A minute tops. Any longer becomes wood stain.
Well someone has to milk the unicorns too..
iJust come to wind up fanboys.
Seems everyone agrees..
I know a big Who anniversary is coming up, and it's gong to be in the "news" a bit. But isn't this stretching a point to fill a few column inches?
Doctor who plots not all 100% original.
What's next.. The surprising commonality between Eastenders and Coronation street? Oh.. I know.. The Oriental characters in 70s American cop shows that were inexplicably almost all ninjas...
Original plots stopped existing before Plato was a lad. Every book, every movie, even every kids TV series watched by a large number of adults is derivative. What changes is the storytelling, the scripting, the atmosphere.
Re: Why am I not supprised.....
"Ah so it's not about the science, just a pissing contest......"
But be fair. So was Americans going to the moon.
Re: I'm Bill Gates...
"But money isn't infinite, you have to pick one."
No we don't.
Umm.. Actually I think the concept he was trying to get across is that he has this thing called a life.
Re: Only 11 actors?
Or Richard E Grant. Who was quite good in some of the radio series.
Re: Many professions can complain...
"Back when I was a teenager, I referred to myself as a "Petroleum Transfer Engineer" when I worked as a pump jockey at a full serve station..."
I used to be a bovine effluent relocation engineer.
Re: What a bargin
Oh .. It's much worse than that.
The first group of beta testers (not sure if it is still happening) actually had to fly to a designated place and pay to be allowed to use them after "winning" some kind of competition.
Seriously though.. I can see many uses for these things. And I seem to be one of the few who realise that it is indeed possible to take them off your face at will.
Re: just out of curiosity...
"what do you call a female fanboi?"
Re: Apple PC buyers are more savvy
If you look properly.. These are not Geek goggles.
They are uni body aircraft grade precision milled anodised aluminium with gorilla glass lenses.
They are in fact Apple tinted DESIGNER iGlasses.
Or in other words.. Amazon is being Amazon.
Is here any place where they don't demand longer hours in poorer working conditions for less money than the local norm.
Amazon are not a "nice" company.
Escalating and unachievable quotas.
Borderline, if not actually illegal dismissal policy.
And too many more to bother mentioning.
Good on German workers hitting them when it hurts.
Sitting back with popcorn to wait for some twit to come on and explain how this is actually because Amazon are American, and as such, are being victimised. Not because they are a crap company to work for.
Re: "perhaps even with a money-off voucher to seal the deal"
Oh dear.. You really really underestimate just how sneaky they can be.
Re: Highway to heaven...
And did you update the information?
My home was marked as being a few hundred meters down the road, where a building with a similar name exists.
Got my first device with GPS last year, and saw the error.. Reported it, and the change went live a few days later.
Now I get noticeably fewer takeaway delivery people unable to find me.
Any GPS system is only as good as the maps it uses, so make them better. Be the change you want to be.
Re: Who is ready to pay
"Steam is not FOSS, have market studies shown that Linux users will actually be willing to pay for the games."
Have market studies shown Windows users will? Seem to remember quite a high level of piracy among Windows users.
"Steam is not a charity and unnecassary for many games, so why bother with it in the first place.. I don't remember many conversations where the OS was the major hurdle."
Then you have not been having the right conversations.
"Personally I don't see this as changing very much at all other than the fact that Steam are trying to capitalise in a niche market."
And the grapes are probably sour anyway..
Re: If you live in a lake, it takes longer to walk to the well
"The flaw in the birthrate dropping appears when you throw religion into the mix..."
Nope Also accounted for. The flaw in your argument is that you apply religion to a place with a high birth rate, and see what you want to. The theory of low birth rates linking with better standards of living is as close to water tight as can reasonably expected for a societal generalisation.
Affluence and education also counteract the worst excesses of religion. So double win. When you know where your next meal is coming from, you get the time to ask why?
Religion is not compatible with why.
Ireland is a very catholic country. Why is it not standing room only? Before I left, over 20 years ago, contraception was only available with a note from the priest. Yet the norm was not to have dozens of kids. Hasn't been for generations.
Only the few fools who took family planning advice from an officially celibate bloke in a frock have excessive amounts of kids.But even they figure out what causes it eventually.
Re: If you live in a lake, it takes longer to walk to the well
So in the most well off countries in the world where plenty is the norm.. How come the birth rate is in all cases, declining?
When did the average UK family number two adults and a dozen kids last?
I grew up in rural Ireland, and knew a few families with 7 or 8 kids, and one with an even dozen. But now.. It's so rare to have such a big family, it's positively freakish. But couples with no kids, and no intention of breeding.. Increasingly common.
Sorry mate.. You got it exactly wrong. Better access to facilities and education actually lowers birth rates, and affluence leads to smaller families when people do not need half a dozen kids to just survive.
So to reduce the global population, we don't need killer robots, we need better wealth distribution.
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