55 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007
Don't know why, but when I saw the video of it landing I just thought of Eugen Sänger's Silbervogel, (silverbird) a sub orbital bomber.
Not for me thank you
I switched to IWorks about 2 years ago. After a little learning curve, I find it easier and quicker to use than Office. I admit it does not have all the bells and whistles that MS Office has, but I and most people don't use most of them anyway. Having said that, the biggest crime I see in the business world regarding Office, is the abject lack of training given to people for Office. They are just expected to know, or pick up tips and tricks from a few people who have had proper training. They are willing to invest in new PC's and Projectors, Laptops, etc but as far as I've seen, training is usually forgotten. It may be OK for your tech savy/IT interested person as they will learn anyways. But for Julie and Doris, Jim in shipping, etc it is a tool they have never been shown how to use properly.
A question of leadership really
Steve Balmer? Interested mainly in the bottom line, nothing else. BA in Maths & Economics
Steve Jobs? High school drop out who was interested in engineering.
Any company that ends up run by bean counters will end.
Read each of their profiles and you will see why each company is so different.
Conventional Diesel/electric/AIr independant/fuel cell powered subs are usually used in costal or shallow waters, not the best environment for sonar whether passive or active. This robo target, would have to enter a countries territorial waters in peace time, which makes it a legitimate target for boarding or destruction as a hazard to navigation. In war time it will still have to close in to pick up any transiting subs, making it an easy target again. Besides in nearly every naval exercise that the Americans run, where a diesel electric sub is tasked with sinking the carrier, they always succeed. They have even hired Swedish subs to practice on. The big fear is that the sub will always get in torpedo range, whether it could evade and escape afterwards I don't know. The US fears the Iranian navies submarines, which are Russian Kilo class boats with a quite a good reputation for stealth. But as always it comes down to crew training. In the Falklands conflict the argies had a couple of post war german U-boats, type 209's which if it was not for dud German weapons would have caused major problems.
Robo ship silly idea, just can't wait for it to latch on to an American sub by mistake. "where is the off switch?" LOL.
New dawn fades eh
So the people of Manchester Passover the identity card, short of a Candidate or two for Browns Eternal quest for regimented people. I'm sure that for those that took it up, it will be nothing but a Novelty. Can't wait for these Leaders of Men to force us to use it, then we will see some Disorder. Eventually I expect other forces to come into play. It will be part of a Ceremony for new citizens, but that would take Decades to implement. How many have applied for these so that they can see how hard it will be to copy or forge, a Means to an End? Meg Hillier must feel that She's lost control, These Days, seeing how government have no Insight in what people really want. No love lost from the people of Manchester.
Whats the point? It is the content that is crap, not the picture quality. I'd buy an old 405 lines Black and white TV if it had anything worth watching on it. More useless game shows, reality? TV (in which reality/parallel universe I'd like to know), more American imports? pah, just an excuse to sell more hardware that no doubt will be at the recycling centre within 5 years, just like the VHS, Betamax, and current freeview boxes.
Interesting points here
I must admit that I find it infuriating that software vendors will not sell older copies of product. In my case it is Photoshop CS. I learnt how to use it on a legit work copy and it does all that I needed. I wasn't interested in the new features of later versions or the inflated prices. So I'm learning how to use Gimp (Free open source). Which means at the end of the day, Adobe don't get a sale do they? Stupid greedy people.
Ebay is and always has been awash with copies of software. I suppose when something is desirable and expensive, the market will fill that need regardless of legitimacy. If on the other hand Adobe sold old software at knockdown prices, who would buy knock off stuff? But I suppose that people would also not pay through the nose for the latest "useful" features of the latest product. It looks like Adobe distort their market to suit themselves. Lets give the customer new stuff that we think they want at a price that suits us? You argue that if people had old cheap software they might legitimately upgrade to the newer ones? or not as the upgrade is expensive too.
The guys gets three years in the slammer for Fraud/Piracy or whatever you Americans call it. Apart from Madoff who got 150 years, have many of the other Bankers in the US responsible for the "Crunch" have had prison sentences or did they just get wheelbarrows full of cash? One law for some, another for others? Mind you hang onto the wheelbarrows, they'll soon be worth more than the cash!
Anyone know of any other good equivalents to Photoshop for the Mac. The Gimp is OK, but I'm interested to know of others too.
Someone did not derate their caps, and certainly did not do any life time or reliability calculations. Or did they? and Apple expects you to buy another one?
So there has not been a good Sc-Fi classic since 1984? Yes I think so...
No need to include 1984, as its happening as we watch.
Lost the plot
I've thought that Microsoft lost the plot a long time ago. This just confirms it. Do they really think that people will ditch/change operating systems just because of a price difference between them? Microsoft where never really good at innovating, and now they just seem to react to the market or flounder. They seem to be peopled by non people, mindless grinning corporate stuffed shirts, led by that cretin Balmer. I won't call him an ape or Baboon, as its insulting to them. But a buffoon, yes. Windows 7 is there to correct the mistake that is Vista. But if you are happy with XP why change?
No surprises really
Make products that are original, easy to use and of good quality and people will buy them. No surprises.
Just like BT
I used to use Dabs a lot, before they got swallowed up by BT. Once BT had them, the bargains went, the prices rose. Now I'd never buy from them, as N2 states above, I'll not spend money with them because of BT practices, phorm, and the poor value for money post BT.
It is a crying shame that 20 low paid warehouse staff get the bullet. It is not their fault that the company is not doing well. If it where my company, I'd keep the warehouse staff and start looking at the performance of the sales and marketing staff! Not selling stuff? Sack the sales people, get better people in. But this is BT and no doubt there is a them and and us mentality.
He has no idea
"I have no idea why a software company would buy a hardware company"
He is right, he has no idea.
The longer Balmy stays at the top of MS the better for everyone, one more monopoly in the shit.
Good for all
I used to have two machines. A PC for games, and a Mac mini as a safe home for photos, web development and music. Now I have just got one machine. A Mac Pro that does everything I could ask for, a real 8 core whore! Got cheap RAM for OWC in the States, an 8800GT for windows games. So now I boot into Vista64 for my "fix" of Day of Defeat, Halflife or Crysis. Whist still enjoying the raw Mac power for video work, CAD and photo editing. A good review guys, why not stick a 4870 in there, boot into windows 7 and give us some benchmarks for games. I must admit I'm still amazed that some of the PC case makers have not cottoned onto the drive bay features that these cases use, or perhaps they have and I just don't know about it?
I no longer see my machine as a Mac, rather a machine where I can run any operating system, either natively or in virtualisation, or both...LOL
I seem to remember....
that the Germans had huge problems using the Argus engine on anything else than the V1. The vibrations caused whatever it was strapped on to, to shake to bits. Isn't a series of controlled explosions really just a rocket?
Werner von Braun.....We aimed for the stars, but somehow kept hitting London..LOL
There has never been a shortage of any skilled people in the UK. There is a shortage of skilled people willing to work for peanuts, in shitty companies with no benefits at all!
Been a dot mac account holder for years, and I don't get any spam at all. Feel a bit left out here.
Safari RE Fud
This is just so funny, Microsoft a wee bit worried ? btw the only Tigers you find in Africa would be in Zoos. Tigers come from the Asian Areas, you Know, India, Russia, over that corner of the globe?
Not quite right eh?
Don't forget to mention the 3.06Gz model with the 8800GS (512MB RAM) video. It's all there on Apple's website. Lazy man.......
Yes Safari blocks Phorm cookies
But you don't need a Mac to get it as there is Safari for windows too. But getting a Mac would be a good idea anyway.
I think you'll find that the Germans copied the British who first used it in the last stages of World War One, the first use of combined forces, tanks, artillery, ground troops and aircraft. The idea was then further refined by Basil Liddell Hart and JFC Fuller. Their work was much appreciated by Guderian, and Hitler. On 20 April 1939 Fuller was an honoured guest at Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday parade and watched as "for three hours a completely mechanised and motorised army roared past the Führer." Afterwards Hitler asked, "I hope you were pleased with your children?" Fuller replied, "Your Excellency, they have grown up so quickly that I no longer recognise them." So there, our American cousins never invented much really, just have bigger mouths.
How long before these vid's are on the net? lost cd's? etc.
You've been framed......In a nice wooden box with padded interior and brass handles.
And now ladies and gentlemen the last words of (insert chav/scally name), before the poolice popped a cap in his arse!
ho ho ho
I like the comment about dispatching the aircraft with a shot gun. Saw a fire power demonstration at Warcop in 1985. Two platoon of squaddies with rifles and 2 GPMG's tried to shoot down a radio controlled aircraft flying backwards and forwards along their trench, they never hit it once! The aircraft operator even did a victory roll to rub their faces in it!
There is a much easier method to bring chaos to this nation, which for some reason the IRA never tried? Target the infra structure, electricity generation and distribution, lots of lonely pylons out there, poison the water supply, interfere with supermarket food, so many ways to bring panic, or just vote for Gordon again....LOL
I guess they are going to ban radio controlled models next? there goes my sub.
I think you better read Magna Carta, It guarantees the rights of the barons, and has very little in it to protect the common yeoman/serf/commoner. That is why we don't really have a constitution or bill of right, the closest it came was during Oliver Cromwell's term, Long Live the Republic of Great Britain!
I for one welcome police violence on chav's!
When I was young, you where lucky to have a phone, a mobile phone of the stuff of sc-fi movies, star trek etc.
No other option really
I don't think that they had any choice really. The EU where after them for it's monopolistic and "competitive stifling" practices. And add to that, the fact government agencies across the EU are ditching Microsoft products in favour of open source, then what else could Microsoft do? In the past Microsoft said if you don't play our way, we'll take our ball back, now they find that people don't want their "ball" as there are a few alternatives. I for one look forward to more diversity!
How long before these creatures end up on French and Japanese dinner plates? Run, Hide, sea creatures!
A Penguin, as they are down there in that hemisphere too.
When it's over
So when your career is over as an artist, and the world has moved on, you have three choices to try and earn your crust, 1. write your autobiography/expose of the industry and hope someone is interested enough to buy it and even read it. 2. Flip burgers, get a regular job or 3. Sue everybody and anybody for Piracy?
The small purple one should join the village people and tour, I'd pay good money NOT to see them!
Joke alert, because that is what Prince and the Village people are these days.
The beast approaches?
Its coming, for your benefit, to protect you, for your security. You will be just a number, but by the time you wake up to the fact that your privacy and civil liberties have gone, it will be too late.
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or IN their foreheads, And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Oh dear, what can the matter be?
I often wonder, if in some of the ISP's offices that they wish the RIAA/BPI would just bugger off, or do they think that people want 10/20MB connections to view pictures of Paris and Kylie? Who honestly would need more than 1/2MB connections to surf/download patches? No threat to their revenue stream eh? Perhaps we would all want to watch TV over 50MB connections? (I don't think so). I must say it is fun to watch them squirming and fighting amongst themselves.
Paris? because with my fat pipe, I'd never have been able to see her get her fat pipe.
And they wonder why tourist numbers are down? Methinks that Americans have more to fear from their own government, than external threats. I wonder if they are installing rootkits, or some form of snooping software whilst they have the laptops? I bet they are looking up all the people in the address book too. Time you guys had a revolution, us too!
Active sonar-because they can't find them otherwise
The US navy is desperate for a reliable method of detecting modern non-nuclear boats, that time and time again in exercises have proven to be able to get in range of their expensive carriers and sink them. The next generation of fuel cell powered subs are an even bigger threat. The nuclear boats that are supposed to hang around to protect these carrier groups are inherently more nosier than the conventional boats as they have to keep their coolant pumps running all the time, so for a non-nuclear boat with good passive sonar, they can see the nuclear boat as just another target. The US recently "hired" the Swedish sub Gotland and her crew to practise finding the non-nuclear boat. They reported that they could track her, but what else could they say?
@Adam Williamson re grunts
If my memory serves me correctly this is what happened in the Falklands and the Balkans when the British Army radio's and its associated tech did not work as expected (memories of Arnhem?). The troops on the ground just used their mobile phones to talk to each other. Lets see the enemy try and decipher a broad geordie, yorkshire, Liverpudlian accent eh? Next generation of communications code is based upon "Chav speak" LOL
Oh really? I don't think so
I'm not a burden on the State, the State is a burden on me! They don't own me, although organ grabbing makes it look that way. These chumps are supposed to be in "power" to represent my interests, our interests. We pay huge amounts in tax and national insurance and then told we are a burden? The burden are the politicians, and people who produce this stuff. Let us put them all on an ark and send them off to look for new worlds!
Just how effective?
If this "gun" fires projectiles at such high velocities mach7? and the projectiles do not have explosive warheads, then I'd have thought that the damage they could do to other large surface vessels would be minimal. You need to punch an lot of holes in a ship to make it sink, as any U-boat commander knows (Deck gun action). Of course damage to smaller objects like aircraft would be critical. I also question the wisdom of having this as a primary weapons system, reliant upon the same source of energy for propulsion, all controlled by windows for warships.
They are waiting
They know we are here, they are just waiting until we reach a nice round figure, ripe for harvesting. With obesity levels the way they are, it won't be long.
I wonder if the Turkey's have this discussion before Christmas? "But these humans are so advanced in comparison to us, so much more intelligent, they must be serene friendly creatures?"
As we wait for an answer from space, minds immeasurabley bigger than ours are writing the "Human cookbook".
Look thin people! be the last turkey in the shop!
Very Happy to report
I too have had no problems with Wista (wista I'd never tried it :) ) That is because I now use Leopard.....
No surprises here
From a country where you have to prove your innocence if accused.
If there is no file sharing, then people will need those 10, or 20 Meg lines. In fact we'd all just go back to 512K/1M. I can really see the ISP's welcoming the loss of business! After all the Police have nothing else to do now, having ridden the country of all crime now...sigh
BBC? its no longer British
I used to trust the BBC when I was a small boy. But I noticed as I got older that they had their own agenda. Tomorrow's world was the first casualty when Philppa Forrester started mouthing her own opinions on the ethics and morality of some of the tech shown off. Then I noticed during Gulf war 2 the live coverage of the invasion when a pressman at the front asked the villagers what they thought of Bush and Saddam, 30 or so blew raspberries to Bush and cheered Saddam, whilst the demented village idiot gave a thumbs up to Bush. Guess what was show at prime time 1800hrs news 30 anti-Bush villagers or the village idiot? The idiot of course. Talk about blatant news manipulation.
The BBC is now more interested in making programs for export, get some cash in! so that they can make more programs for export. Meanwhile I as a license payer I see no benefit, no refund on my license. Jonathan Woss worth £6Million? I think not. The BEEB, when not directed by government has its own social agenda, firmly aimed at the 20 something bracket, because that is the average age of the people who work there. Ironically it is this age group that is least likely to be watching TV.
The BEEB really should shut down all its many and diverse little radio stations and digital TV failures and concentrate on 3-4 channels of good quality programs. I fear however that there is an agenda to allow the BBC to become so terrible that no one bats an eyelid or cares when it is sold off to men with too much money , who want even more money. The assets that I and many others have paid for with our license fees will just disappear in a swirl of government spin.
I've got Leopard installed on two machines, one a MacbookPro at work. I'll give it a run there too. Installation was a breeze. The best feature I found is quickview, IMHO Leopard is worth it just for that. My bad I didn't notice the 90% bit.
guess it does not effect everyone
I'm using Leopard 10.5.1. I ran the heise email check and tried to open the attachment, quickview showed nothing, so I clicked on the email attachment and got the standard security warning:-
“Heise.jpg” may be an application. It was attached to a mail message and will be opened by Terminal. Are you sure you want to open it?"
Wonder what version of Leopard he was using? A pre-final?
"Oh and just to get a different argument going, I played with a Mac yesterday and whats with that little scroll nipple on the mouse? It's rubbish, the wheel is far superior"
Try to learn new things and adapt to the world as it changes. I use both MS windows, and OSX. Each has its benefits. What I really have never understood is this us and them mentality. It is almost as if these people, zealots on both sides are socially inadequate, lack confidence and have to continually rant about their product of choice with others, almost because it gives them a sense of superiority over others "look I did right, I purchased the right thing....didn't I?" Superiority by proxy..LOL I do however notice it more amongst those who have never used a Mac for work, but are somehow inspired by their ignorance to make fools of themselves.
I'll never forget the party I went to in where one group of social inadequates was arguing with another group over the relative merits of 3½" disk drives vs 5¼ disk drives. Nothing ever changes does it?
The last machines
I believe that they keep the last machine and the fact that they had broken the codes secret until the 1970's, because various pro-Soviet states and various Soviet departments still used machines similar to the enigma long after the war ended. So we where still reading their codes during the cold war. Correct me if I'm wrong
It is murder, plain and simple.
A man was killed because some furniture got damaged. Life in North American (Canada) is so cheap these days. You must remember that the Police themselves are not above the law either. As a minimum a charge of manslaughter. Taser'ed 4 times! 4 times! for heavens sake. He is down on the ground, helpless and they continue to attack him? Justify that? The Police should have tried to calm the man down, get him to sit down, get an interrupter. And don't give me that bullshit about how dangerous he was, he was clearly unarmed. They made no effort to communicate with him, they just could not be bothered, could they? just taser him and cart him off, don't think at all.
@Sean Kennedy. I do know what it is like, ex-RMP. Its your duty to calm situations down! not start a war, an incident. The Police are there to maintain the LAW! and to act in a lawful manner themselves! These Policemen acted unlawfully in my view and showed a complete and utter lack of professionalism and knowledge of the WEAPON they where using. If these thugs cannot think for themselves they should not be Policemen.
A man was killed, it is murder plain and simple, there is no justification for it. NONE.
In my field there is a real shortage of experienced engineers too. However when you look into it, you will find that there is only a shortage of good engineers who will work for peanuts! Some employers just won't pay the salaries required, because they don't really see the value in their skills, (but can't do without them?) as the mind set is still of engineers with greasy rags or boffins in back rooms.
Yes John, I know. When I'm interviewing for Electronics engineers, that where most of them are too. However I'm not impressed with the level of teaching these people suffer, as I've had one applicant in 4 years who can tell me what happens in a circuit made up of a battery, switch, resistor and capacitor. None of them seem to have heard of a "time constant" or an exponential curve. Poor sods don't even know the basics. If they are not in a call centre then it's Northern Rock (God help em) or Subway sandwich bars. I've often found that the young one always expect to be working on some "NASA space program" type project and don't want to to do any of the mundane stuff that ensure a reliable design. So I find that the more mature candidate often has the right attitude and education. I've seen university educated people with Degrees and MSC's who can't write a report, can't even string a coherent sentence together, and are so dumb that they don't even bother to use the spell check. sigh.....
Why stop there?
Wy not include the Microsoft programmers and managers too?
"When encryption is used to cloak torrent traffic it tends to be to hide something, and attracts greater attention for that reason. If certain ISPs are experiencing disproportionately high volumes of encrypted torrent traffic we expect it is partly in response to a combination of effective ISP abuse teams the enforcement efforts of the police and industry."
What bollocks. I recently tried a little program called "transmission" that defaults to automatic encryption. I bet there are a heck of a lot of people using this and others that don't even know they are using encryption.
Greenpeace are helping us all
Any organisation that campaigns for the removal or reduction of hazardous substances are welcome in my book. Why? because they substances are hazardous to health. If they end up in landfills or whereever then the risk exists that chemicals can leach out into the water table. You'd soon complain, feel pretty miffed if YOU got cancer because some large company could not be arsed to clean its act up. But these things only happen to other people, don't they? To me you are "other people"
Congratulations on packing all the people on to mass transit systems (do these even exist in the cities mentioned?) so lots of lovely targets for any disgruntled groups. Not to worry though you are entirely expendable. Instead of televising the games, why not just televise the transport system in the chaos it will most likely descend into, far more entertaining, spot the pick pocket, place bets on the outcome of bus rage incidents...etc
They should keep this quiet
If the MOD gets wind of this, I can see it being grabbed by the cash strapped RAF to fly missions in (......) insert name of illegal labour government war here. Good luck to the restorers!
Why the Fire brigade?
Methinks the hospitals, doctors or whoever should just call a haulage company or commercial removals company. I really don't see the need to call the fire brigade. Setting fire to the obese persons premises might cause them to move of their own accord rather sharpess. And if the don't then the crem is saved a job..LOL or even care in the community. Limit their access to all those calorie packed goodies. And please don't mention that its in their genes or what ever, I yet to see the fat man in a Japanese prisoner of war camp or any concentration camp. It all comes down to the fact that their cakehole is bigger than their A$$hole. The fire brigade could of couse make the building safe by nailing their doors shut and installing a very small cat flap so that only small amounts of food could be delivered?