...but when I wear it I can't collect my thoughts, it's got to be some kind of mammary error.
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Is there an economist somewhere studying the opposite? Something like Technological Deficit, i.e. the extent to which technological advancement is now making things worse.
Take the example of the all year round availability of fruit and veg. This doesn't mean life is better if that fruit and veg is rubbish; rock hard nectarines, sour pineapples and strawberries that taste like cucumber water don't suggest a measurable improvement in my well being.
It could also be argued that we have now reached the point where cars are decreasing our quality of life rather than improving it. The increased journey times, serious injuries and pollution outweigh the
leather seats and Bose surround sound systems
Looking at the IT angle I wonder what percentage of the increased performance of computers goes into improving our lives, stuff like medical research, weather prediction, safety modelling etc and how much goes into frivolous/annoying/dangerous crap like casual gaming/spam/hacking.
Have we passed the optimum point at which technology enriches our lives and we're now on the down slope to where it spoils it ?
I'm off to the Great British Beer Festival for some fine ales.
Re: Solar engineering
Thanks A Non e-mouse.
So not even lighting up Jupiter would do the trick. Hmm, back to the imaginary drawing board.
Just hypothetically if we possessed the technology to create fusion reactions to form new stars could we postpone the heat death of the universe?
Or would the energy we need to create these reactions just drain it faster?
Slightly shorter term, could the same technology create a new sun in our solar system? What size object would be needed to create a similar sized sun a similar distance from Earth? E.g. if we sacrifice Pluto as 'kindling' for our new sun would it be bigger than Sol is now?
Yeah, slow day at work.
It's Halo on XBox with a joypad.
They're all 'low-skilled'.
Mouse and keyboard for teh win.
Hollywood to the rescue.
Visual camouflage and heat signature suppression?
Look no further than a thick coating of cold swamp mud, as ably demonstrated by Arnie in the first Predator movie.
Solution looking for a problem that isn't there
Of all the things that hold me up in queues for groceries/coffee/sundries it's not the 2 seconds it takes someone to get their wallet/purse out and wave a card at the reader.
When I can take goods off the shelf, wave my phone at them and enter my PIN/fingerprint, walk out of the shop (without triggering alarms and an armed response unit) and have it automatically billed to my bank then we're getting somewhere.
Conflict is not the answer.
All we are saying, is give peas a chance.
Re: Err... Worstall missed the plot (as usual)
Unless at some point Apple starts to make a loss. Difficult to imagine now, perhaps with that amount of cash lying around never going to happen but the same argument applies to other less financially well endowed companies.
In this case the cash in the bank may be used to offset the losses. Because the company is now making a loss the share price drops and the cash that should have been taxed starts to disappear.
Glass half full
I'm not usually an optimist but isn't the flip side of this study that drinking is no worse for you than not drinking?
Mine's a pint.
I think the reason people cry foul so often at Google and Facebook is the hidden Ts & Cs in the EULAs
"If I swap my apples for your pears then I must value those pears more than I do the apples"
but if I swap my apples for your pears on the understanding it's a straight swap
and the next day I'm bombarded by adverts for pear recipes, pear juice sellers and three tree surgeons
knock on my door insisting they have the best price on pruning my orchard I'm more likely
to think, actually, I'll keep my apples thanks.
I played it and loved it. The wife played it and also enjoyed it.
Might be time to try it on the kids.
Perhaps sooner for IT.
Those same companies who have outsourced to cheaper locations are now the ones bleating about a skills shortage in the UK
To some extent they are reaping the results of outsourcing. The move to offshore entry level coding tasks to cheaper locations reduces vacancies in the UK for the IT grads and others that will become the highly skilled engineers of the future.
With the tightening of visa regulations on temporary workers in the UK, perhaps the realisation will dawn that maintaining at least some development in the UK will provide skilled engineers further down the line.
Re: "wearable computing systems"
"shirts or jackets with gps"
So Venture Capitalists can find their arses with both hands?
Sounds like he took a videogame FPS plot and turned it into a novel.
Currently reading the Hyperion novels by Dan Simmons, if you want galaxy and time spanning sci-fi there's little better.
Re: And we're still...
I immediately thought of:
"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space."
Good thing about SMEs..
...is they're less likely to have the resources to dodge the corporation tax they should be paying (assuming they make any profit to pay tax on).
On the subject of growth isn't it really tied to population growth inexorably driving demand.
What happens when/if as predicted population growth stalls in the middle or end of this century?
Do we finally have a society where working 3 days per week is the norm? Or just a greater divide between those with jobs and those without?
Blakes 7 remake/recast = Firefly
"Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them."
and sadly even Joss Whedon couldn't get more than one series of that made.
How much explosive can you fit in a mobile?
vs how much explosive do you need to depressurise a plane?
Does anybody know how viable such a device would be?
And wouldn't sniffer dogs be a better bet for detecting this kind of thing?
Rejoice! - beer is just as good for you
Bah, venture capitalists.
More proof that Douglas Adams was right and our ancestral gene pool was polluted by
the contents of the Golgafrinchams B Ark.
+1 for Worms, Tekken and the Chaos Engine
Fond memories indeed. Still remember 5 of us sat round a mate's PC playing worms. First man to lose all his worms made the tea/fetched the beers and sat out the next round.
Which Tekken game had the bowling mini-game in it? Played that for hours.
Heard this interview on Moneybox
I actually heard this interview on the Radio 4 Moneybox programme.
Mr Grant said that previous versions of the OS would
allow you to reset the device when setting up as 'new device'
but the latest version doesn't (don't know the details, I'm not an
They weren't after their mum's content, just wanted to re-use the
Moneybox got in touch with Apple who refused to budge.
However potential happy ending is that solicitor handling the
will can provide a document (for no extra charge) that
shows that the mother intended for her estate go to her sons
and this will effectively act as a court order.
“High male fWHR has previously been associated with surviving in hand-to-hand combat, aggressiveness, self-perceived power, and CEO’s financial success,”
I say let's prove it and put all the CEOs we can find into a last-man-standing cage fight.
Re: Does anyone remember "Space 1999" ?
Weird, was just discussing this with a colleague today, remembering an episode where one of the flare clad pioneers was possessed by some alien entity that sucked power out of the moonbase.
Similarly commented on how it suffered from being made in the 70s, together with the original Tomorrow People series, where the jaunt belts were sadly overshadowed by the tank tops and massive collars.
Big upvote for the Reggie Perrin reference, made me
Ecclestone for me too
Grew up with John Pertwee and Tom Baker and enjoyed them both but for I'd give it to Eccleston for his successful re-potrayal.
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is still my favourite of all the 'new episodes'. One of the few that reminded me of the touch of fear the old programs used to conjur up.
'Are you my Mummy?'.
Credit C&VG magazine
Learned my early Basic skills from Computer and Video Games magazine, typing and debugging game listings into the school Commodore Pets and my Vic20 (which I badgered my parents into buying but was only allowed to use for about an hour a day on account of how we only had one telly).
had me reaching for the thesaurus. Word for today?
Sweep the leg
Methinks thou dost credit Bungie too much?
"In a novel move for an FPS, Destiny is a game that puts an emphasis on co-operation"
Hmm, I'd put a few other games ahead in that category, going all the way back to Team Fortress, Tribes, Borderlands etc
More recently this sounds a lot like Planetside 2.
Re: There is no problem
Would question the wisdom of two people with serious yeast infections getting jiggy with it.
Horses for courses
While I can see a bank putting it's web-site or mobile payments/banking front end in the cloud, I'd be very surprised to see them putting retail banking or credit/fraud risk applications and I'd be shocked if they put the core banking systems in the cloud.
The complexity of the systems and sensitivity of the data for a lot of the banks applications would seem to a big barrier to migrating.
Java Card not the only credit card OS
Java Card is mainly used by Visa.
Mastercard credit cards typically use Multos
Other OS are used for cheaper applications.
Re: Paying a lot for that light weight
@Dave 126 and Bodhi - thanks for the tip, I'll have to check the dusty nether regions of my telly tonight for a USB port.
Paying a lot for that light weight
No micro HDMI, inferior screen, inferior battery to Nexus 10 and £60 more expensive for the 32Gb version.
No Micro HDMI is the killer for me, google Play is a convenient way for me to rent movies but I want to be able watch them on my big telly with the family.
I want to like it but for those reasons I'd stick with the Nexus 10.
Optional PIN Authentication?
Can't believe PIN Authentication would be optional. That takes it from 2 factor to 1 factor; something you have.
If the punter turns this off and then loses his phone, whoever finds it can use the Zapp app to make free purchases.
Will there be additional authentication checks equivalent to Verified by Visa and whatever the M'card equivalent is?
How will PIN security be managed?
Devil's in the detail which that Zapp site seems a little light on.
Reading an article on how much energy cloud computing will save, because a cloud computing application is down?
I only ask as our Salesforce connection is unavailable or rather the "application scheduled downtime extended" for 2 hours this morning.
I'm going with....
More importantly the marketing must be a job for Steve Bong.
..to my untrained eyes. Very best of luck.
Re: A few comments
"In car terms both of them have (console / PC) have an engine which produces 500bhp. But the PC weighs in at 3 tonnes and only has rear wheel drive. The console weighs in at 1.7 tonnes and is 4 wheel drive. It's lighter and has more grip off the line (sorry I've been watching a lot of top gear lately)"
Ok, it's Friday and post lunch so I'll take that car analogy challenge and raise it some:
The PC can be fitted with superior cooling and then have the CPU and Graphics Card overclocked (Nitrous and Turbocharged), it can also be fitted with an SSD drive (slick tyres?) while the console has to be stock clocked or even underclocked in order to avoid overheating it's tiny box . So the PC is the drag racer, while the console is the production line machine. If you watched Top Gear a few weeks back when they drove around the U.S.A you'll know how that turned out.
Plus joypads suck, keyboards and mice for teh win.
+1 for Rollerball
I'd put Rollerball in there. Not just for it's depiction of escalating violence for entertainment but also it's vision of a future dominated by large corporations.
Logan's Run is another with a very big idea at it's core, a post-apocalyptic society
where euthanasia is enforced in order to preserve limited resources. Bleak, but certainly
makes you think.
...the game that launched dozens of '3d' beat-em-ups
Amidar - weird game where you play a paint roller
Jump Bug - a game I was so addicted to that on holiday in Spain once I used to play a broken cabinet version that had a small electric current running through the metal joystick with my hand wrapped in a t-shirt until the tingling became too intense.
How much to play Monopoly?
Come on Lenovo, £1058 for a table top computer and the best you can come up with is touch screen Monopoly and a virtual roulette wheel?
Could have least got a Worms or Civilization port up and running.
D- for imagination. Must try harder.
What he said
Have to agree with Avatar.
Halo just scraped a few bits from various PC shooters, stuck em together in a cliched sci-fi environment and marketed it at 10-year olds.
"Master Chief" come on give me a break.
Next stop James Bond renamed Agent Spy.
Minimum Legal Payout
Surely the real scandal is the Statutory Redundancy pay which is currently capped at £430 per year of service (roughly).
When first introduced in 1965 it was £40.
The current equivalent of which would be around £638.
Makes it much cheaper for international companies to lay-off employees in the UK compared to the rest of Europe.
Of course it also makes it attractive for companies to hire in the UK knowing they can divest themselves of staff at relatively low cost.
Not sure that really makes for a solid basis for a stable economy.
Had to know about the green hair
Apparently the hot water stripped copper from the pipes in new houses:
Everybody knows there are huge reactors under the surface of Mars just waiting to generate a breathable atmosphere.
I saw a rather disturbing documentary on it a while back.
Presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger I think.
I could be confused.
I also got tired of waiting and bought a Nexus 7.
Think Amazon have missed a trick. By the time they launch the Fire 2 here a large chunk of the market will already have a rival tablet, either Apple or Android.