1374 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007
Just goes to show...
How hazardous life on this little rock really is.
So far we've been veerry lucky, but when all your eggs are in one basket, sitting in the middle of a busy highway...
Well at least we have *TOP* people sitting there telling us:
"No no, really, everything's fine, nothing bad has happened to us so far!"
BBC, one of the biggest News (read: data about Earth)centers gets hit with an unexpected access that overloads the system.
According to the SF trope handbook, that can only mean that alien life has initiated First Contact!
Now, since we are still here and there's no Emissary Blarg addressing the UN, the reasonable supposition is that:
They said, "Uh, maybe we'll try again in 10 million years."
Re: @John Smith 19
"My point was, if we think that security researchers are just one slap in the face -- "free! T-shirt! Yay!" -- from becoming criminals"
No, it doesn't mean they instantly turn criminal*.
It just means that the next time a major flaw in $Megacorp's system is stumbled across that could embarrass $Megacorp, lose it millions or even destroy the company, they'll just ignore it and go on with their life without the grief of dealing with $Megacorp.
*And I thought I was cynical!
Re: Easier said than done
"What's the incentive for developers to go through the extra work to target Modern and produce a full sized GUI and a touchscreen GUI, versus simply producing a Win32 application that they already know how to build?"
Not much. If past actions are any indication, most developers/software companies will develop for their target system. (Phone, computer, or tablet)
Then tweak it just enough to run half-assed on the other systems to get Microsoft's seal of approval.
Re: Call Scooby and the gang!
"Crazy thing is they didn't even get Here maps."
Hmph! Looks like all they got out of it was then was massaging Ballmer's ego.
Quote: "if Microsoft would have lost Nokia, they would have lost Windows Phone, and Ballmer saw that as a mortal threat. "
Big surprise to me was this slide from COO Kevin Turner's keynote:
where he show's that Microsoft's share of the total device market is only 14%! (that's PCs, tablets, phones, etc.)
Call Scooby and the gang!
Are they sure he's not Ballmer in a mask?
A lot of talk about a sea change, but little points to a concrete direction, and his 'bold' move so far is straight out of Ballmer's playbook:
After 7.2 billion is plunked down for Nokia's phone division, he's shutting down the lines that make a profit, laying off the workers and shutting down the factories.
Uh, what the heck did they buy? just the name? Nope, they're not even keeping that!
HERE Maps? Apparently that and Nokia's Lumina case designs were worth all those billions.
Either that, or they *realllly* wanted Elop back.
(Maybe he's the only guy that can remember the master password to Live?)
Re: But sharks can't fly...
"So you do you get the sharks up in the air?"
You don't. This just enables them to communicate with Skynet.
"I vant your clothes and motorcycle. My finny friend here vants your liver."
You think Shatner's singing is bad?
Apparently you've never heard Nimoy sing!
Back on topic, it looks like he feels that Mentions and Pages each have part of what he's looking for in an app, and both have stuff he considers useless.
Plus it's telling that he used Tumblr instead of Facebook to tell the World.
"there is a real life"
Where do you think the pizza delivery place is?
Real life is that awkward interface that turns online goods into tangible things.
It's housed in that big room called 'outside' with the annoyingly bright lighting that's out half time.
No way I'm getting near that thing!
First thing it reminded of was 'The Gadget', the original nuclear bomb!
Check out the resemblance:
Re: Has nobody seen Pitch Black?
No, but I saw this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWYYkF6DOnk
Made in the 1950s, it was later rebooted in 2011 as Apollo 18.
So, feel free to explore the moon, just make sure Dad's on standby with a hook and ladder truck!
This part of the title confused me.
How else do you enjoy sex without the constant yammering?
Date a mute?
"As commenter points out, that is somewhat odd given the 'mobile first, cloud first' mantra."
Look at it as the typical antics of Dilbert's PHB.
Start with a mantra that is total nonsense, "Which goes first? Both! Seriously, in which direction should we focus the company's assets? BOTH!"
Then proceed directly to the Wall street idiots guide to corporate profits:
If it wasn't profitable for the company last quarter, read checklist, choose e.:
a. Cut back it's funding
b. Reduce it's workforce,
c. Outsource it
d. Sell it
e. Any combination of above, and give yourself a bonus!
"Jibo is basically the happiest robot on earth, capable of injecting some of that saccharine Disney charm into even the grumpiest of homes."
Sounds like somebot's gonna get a kickin'!
"Speaking in the sort of accent familiar to all Glee watchers,"
Ooh, somebot's definitely gettin' a kickin'!
Re: @Shane McCarrick
I'm thinking lack of air conditioning. Too hot inside for rumpy bumpy, so they just took it outside where it was cooler.
Re: Sad, but hardly surprising
"Microsoft tended to look at a new competitors product (often a smaller start up or a huge expensive rival) and fix the flaws, make it cheaper/easier to use and do well."
Actually, Microsoft has a long history of forming 'Strategic Partnerships', shafting their partners and kicking them to the curb.
These days, there's not many left that fall for that ruse, so Microsoft has to fall back on its own 'innovation', and we see how well that's working out for them.
"We’d like to apologise.."
"Somehow, I doubt it (unless followed by the words, "but we prefer not to")."
More likely followed with: "Because talk is cheap, and easier than actually fixing things."
So you're saying, Earth *is* the B-ark?
Looks like the perfect material for painting those fake tunnels on cliff faces! (Beep-beep)
"Is there a better way to keep a nonsense industry moving along than by opening up your secret data to the world..."
"Gentlemen, we are at an impasse, after billions spent on research, we are no closer to getting this bird in the air than we were five years ago. Therefore, we're posting the critical plans online so the Chinese can get them, then hopefully, our spies can find out how they fix it!"
Captain Eugene Cernan turned 80 this year, no closer to his dream of losing the title 'Last man on The Moon', While Congress babbles inanely about how their corporate overlords get to divide the riches of the solar system.
NASA has to beg for crumbs to study the mysteries of creation while the NSA and US military get billions to spread fear and mistrust of the US around the world.
Re: For extra bonus points...
"there are still iron mongers in Spain where you can buy just one screw."
Not to mention numerous bordello's as well.
Re: Retention rate
OK, You've got everyone looking at me funny now.
Best laugh I've had all week, especially since it brought to mind:
"How do you feel about sex on the telly?"
"Oh, I'm against it! I mean, I keep falling off!"
Can't have it both ways, can they?
He said, "Am not!"
They said, "Am too!"
Judge agreed with them.
Now he's saying, "Well, if you say I am, let's go that way."
They say, "NO FAIR!"
"He needs to have his head bashed on the table a few times."
All that'd accomplish is a dented table.
"No habla ingles, Mi nombre es Juan. Tal vez usted tiene un número equivocado?"
"Beedle beep! To insure your telephone experience, all calls to this number are monitored. Thank you for your co-operation."
"HAHAHAHAHA! <snerk> AHHHH-HAHAHA HA HA HAAAaaa... No."
"Dude, I already put those on Youtube."
Oh the irony!
Imagine the poor souls that shied away from Windows, eschewed all MS products and services, only to discover that Microsoft can still trash their computing experience!
Re: Some of those redditors...
"Because of Tetsuo Shima?"
No, Piccolo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7KWykbYNqs
Re: "Disney and Lucasfilm are, of course, saying nothing about the plot"
Um, I'm going out on a limb here and leaking the entire plot for the entire planned series of movies:
Epic space battles with space ships acting like fighter planes!
All *NEW* and exciting special effects attributed to 'The Force'
Epic Land battles with light sabers, Weird aliens, droids, fantastical and extremely unlikely war machines, ray blasts, and...
EXPLOSIONS EXPLOSIONS EXPLOSIONS!!!
arblegarblegarble <foams at mouth and head explodes>*
*Yes, that was actually in the transcript.
As parodied here: http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02464.htm
Right! that's enough!
Time for an intervention.
Someone get Matt Paxton over to the NSA, ASAP!
"If I was exchanging semi secret stuff in the clear, I'd use brainfuck just to mess with them"
Actually trying to use brainfuck to do anything useful is the one sure way to get off any watch list, since you'll be a harmless looney.
It's called 'Brainfuck' for a reason, y'know.
"Unlike the politicians, who drift in and out of the government at the whim of the voters -- along with their investigations and reforms."
Oh, if only! Presidents come and go, likewise Governors, but Federal and State Congress critters usually go on and on for decades, because the voters don't know who they are, and just vote red or blue.
Saddest part? Most Congress critters regularly swap party affiliation according to which is least on the shit-list, so when the voters "Vote out that @$#^ arsehole!", they're actually re-electing him!
Re: they're a spy agency
The way the spy game is supposed to be played is:
Step one: Find leads
Step two: Follow up leads to see if they merit interest.
Step three: Actively pursue hot leads.
Step four: Use intel gained in step three to thwart espionage and sabotage against country.
The way the NSA plays it
Step one: Throw out as wide a net as possible, collect and store all possible information, regardless of relevance.
Step four: Badger Congress for even more funding to gather and collate even more information.
Step five: Look like incompetent idiots everytime you're caught with your pants down because you have no steps two, three, or a working four.
Step six: use outcome of Step five as ammo for Step four.
Re: Go Japan Go
"You may hope, but where will the energy come from for electrolysis of water to hydrogen & oxygen?"
Obviously, once hydrogen production has increased consumption of oil and natural gas so much that they run out even more quickly than anticipated, we'll all be forced back to safe, non-nuclear coal!
Then wondering where all the smog is coming from since everything is using non-polluting hydrogen.
(of course, if they ever harness the power of sarcasm, people like me will power the future!)
Re: They're just sick and fed up of seeing terrorists use encryption to hide their plans!
I'm still waiting to hear who these terrorist groups are that jump onto the internet in hordes, swapping their nefarious plans willy-nilly across the internet.
So far, all the ones I've heard about on the news use runners that either deliver plans orally, written on paper, or loaded on USB sticks.
Of course they *could* be using Google+, no one ever looks there.
Today we see how sex and violence are destroying our permissive society
Tomorrow's outrage generating headline will show how rampant Political correctness is strangling society with censorship.
"Sesame Street, the world award winning Children's TV Educational show, has to put the warning 'Not suitable for children' on its first season DVDs."*
*Not making that up. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16314549
Re: New Category Needed
Changing the channel never works.
And as one wag put it: "There's a control labeled 'brightness' on my TV, but no matter how I set it, the shows are still dumb!"
Re: Picture caption of the week
Now I want the tee shirt!
Full speed train wreck!
It sounds even more condescending than the way it was before.
'Separate but equal' becomes 'You cute little thing, of course you can play with the fellas! But when you've tired of that, we have a special little clubhouse, just for you!'
No. If it's equal, it's equal. One field, everybody plays by the same rules.
Re: Well then-
I don't know... It is rather thin, and those wings do rather resemble spread legs.
You heard it here first!
"It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go."
So the service will be called iLube?
Re: You mean you don't know?
Meh. Human caused/natural causes, real or scaremonger generated, I found a quote that puts the whole furor in perspective:
"What happens if we clean up the environment and it not the cause of global warming? All we'd have then is no smog, non-polluting power and clean water."- Art Challenor
Re: If gravity bends light...
The speed of dark is obviously faster than the speed of light as you can demonstrate with a simple experiment:
Open your closet door. You can see light enter the closet, but dark moves so fast that you can't see it leave.
As for the heat question, Radiant heat is just another form of light, but shiftier, as it doesn't let us see it. Who knows what it's up to.
Conductive heat is just agitated matter. Some photons, usually from the shifty Radiant heat mentioned above, seek to keep matter agitated. Most respectable photons just move a little faster when they see agitated matter, they don't want to get involved.
Convective heat is just conductive heat trying to escape the gravity of the situation, therefore the same rules apply to it.
Sexual heat is the odd situation where intellect has shifted from between one set of limbs to between the other pair. This may cause passing photons to stop and stare, usually yelling "Get a Room!"
So, as you can see there is no easy answer to that question... Er, what was it again?
Re: Perhaps Predictable
"How do you get a Tiger to pee in a bottle?"
Simples, the tiger is a cat, ergo, you make it clear that it can urinate anywhere *except* in the bottle.
Well, I've never tried one myself, but an old New-Englander did once share the recipe:
Clean and dress seagull as you would any poultry.
Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
Place seagull in a pan, add one brick, place in oven.
Bake 3-5 days.
Throw away seagull, eat the brick.
Here's a link for anyone interested:
Re: Lovely. Not.
"More pretty but meaningless diagrams, based on arbitrary and unstated datasets extracted as meta-statistics from larger datasets from unknown and/or unchecked sources. If that's 'intelligence' then give me ignorance, please."
Hey! If it's good enough for the NSA...
So, because it's Apple phones, nobody considers it might simply be because they're not selling that well for Walmart?
I'm a bit disappointed in the LG model
Previously, they offered a wristwatch that was a cellphone;
and in my opinion, looked better than this one.
Unfortunately, they seem to have pulled that model in favor of this one.
/petulant "I wanted to look like Dick Tracy!" petulant/
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