42 posts • joined Tuesday 7th February 2012 20:22 GMT
Re: Skateboard requires 2 hands to operate
"I will never own a phone which requires 2 hands to operate."
No problem. There is lots of choice. Personally, I love my 5,5" Galaxy Note 2. I *can* handle the phone: I still have 2 hands and my eyes get some comfort with the big screen too...
Shouldn't they have a look at .e.g. BP too ?
Maybe they're not quite the tax spenders either....
Forgot to cancel
Sometime 18 months ago, an iPhony yelled during a board meeting that the iBeetle would be *it*. Being fanbois, the unanimous vote to set it in motion put the process on rails.
As time passed, they just forgot to see what happened in the outside world...
Re: our data
Ah, so that must be that $7 million Google had to cough up in the US ?
... coming from Microsoft ? What's new...
Re: pointless stupidity
"No, it's very easy to grasp. However he fact that the atmosphere is saturated with water vapour, but not with CO2 seeems very hard for some people to grasp."
Given its nonlinear behaviour as greenhouse gas, puffing more CO2 into the atmosphere won't do much anymore. We'll suffocate of its abundance before dying of heat IMHO...
"And the fact that there is NO TREND in solar flux changes is hard for some people to grasp."
There's more to solar flux than an IR component. Other EM radiation types as well as particle outputs can all attribute to our climate in different ways. It's not the solar flux itself, but primarily its composition (as well as other cosmic radiation).
Concerning the CO2 greenhouse issue, there are multiple reasons to have great suspicions towards it. But most other (80%) climate changing factors have not nearly been researched as good as the (modeled...) 20% CO2 factor. It's just not a clear cut issue. Dwelling on CO2 is easy to sell to the public, but we may miss other more important factors while riding the CO2 bandwagon all the time. Funding should be spread more to give all possible attributing factors a good chance to be researched. That's my 2 cents at least.
Re: pointless stupidity
> "Because it's contradicted by actual evidence. Eg:"
A model does not equal "actual evidence"... At all..
> ""We find that water vapor is the dominant substance — responsible for
> about 50% of the absorption, with clouds responsible for about 25% —
> and CO2 responsible for 20% of the effect. The remainder is made up
> with the other minor greenhouse gases, ozone and methane for
> instance, and a small amount from particles in the air (dust and other
> 20% isn't "tiny, tiny"
Okay, a well written article and fine piece of scientific research. But you only pick an issue that helps your view and discard everything else it seems.
1) Modeling finds a 20% attribution of CO2, so would it not be well worth to look into the other 80% ?
2) Modeling finds that the CO2 attribution behaves non linear: "the impact of removing the CO2 is approximately seven times as large as doubling it" or as gary27 stated: "greenhouse effect of co2 now mostly done - think saturation law of diminishing returns";
3) Every model makes assumptions of values of other variables. In this case, the model greatly simplifies the earth and weather. It can therefore by no means be seen as being "actual evidence". It is, at most, a very good piece of work to understand what the effects of CO2 could have been, given a certain basic environment. It helps getting an understanding of the issues at hand, no more.
4) The article describes a negative net greenhouse effect of clouds, which of course creates a negative feedback to heating. Cloud cover also increases as more cosmic radiation falls upon earth, so which percentage of our current heating can be attributed to less cosmic radiation than usual ?
I mean, it's not so simple. Any model can find suspects for both cooling and heating. The real world is way more complex than that. I think CO2 is much overhyped. Farting animals and vulcanism ? Good suspects too. But we really don't want to get rid of our cows and pigs or welcome big vulcanic eruptions. We *can* get a grip on CO2, so come on, create world peace and join together to fight it.
Re: pointless stupidity
gary27, you made my day.
No one ever seems to point out the differences of IR absorption between all gases/vapours that enrich our atmosphere. The tiny, tiny greenhouse effect of CO2 in relation to others, (most of all plain water vapour being very, very abundant) seems to difficult to grasp...
Even small amounts of radiation differences we receive of our Sun have vastly greater effects.
It's not easy to jump of a popular bandwagon it seems. CO2 it is. It *must* be. Yeah... :(
Striking difference ...
.. between Apples and Googles judicial fights: Apple only wants to prolong them and Google mostly wants to avoid or close them quickly. I wonder which method is cleverer. I *know* that I appreciate Googles method way more...
Re: Why have 12 cylinders when you can have just 1?
Well, 4 superfast cores solving the problem quickly, what results in a 95% mean idle time on a single low power core is very power efficient.
It seems counter intuitive, but more power and good power management can easily result in overall low power solutions. The battery will probably last much longer than the Galaxy SIII's...
Perfect for business use
as far as I can see, but Microsoft lost momentum. It will take a while to see which of the candidates eventually will get the professional business market share with tablets. At the moment, Android is still upcoming and Apple has a good footing in business. If Microsoft can catchup on this one, Android could easily become a marginal player with tablets for business use.
"I now run my own mail server, since about a year, that has not let me down yet."
... it will though, at some time ...
I run my own mailserver now for 17 years and hardware failures will always get to you. Just make sure you have a good fallback server.
Re: RIP Sir Patrick
I'm no Brit and I'm sure that his influence went far beyond my Dutch borders...
Re: Good job he wasn't a diplomat
"I was watching the Sky at Night on Sunday (00:30) and I thought that he had become quite frail looking compared to the previous months' program."
Correct, his years showed last Sunday, very much more than before. You could feel it coming, but it seems his mind, though slower, had not lost his clarity yet.
It'll be different without him, allthough I hope Chris will be his very worthy next in line for Sky at Night: it's a series I would miss very much if it were to go now...
- besides, the Nokia turn-by-turn navigation is unbelievably chatty and less intelligent towards the driver than Googles. I used both upto very recently and as a reasonable driver, the Nokia directions are just a pain in the *ss compared to Googles turn-by-turn solution. Google just takes the user seriously. Nokia not so much.
Re: Very strange stuff
"So is it possible that it's producing energy through very low-level fusion only happening deep in the core?"
Not necessary. It's even bigger than Jupiter and both Jupiter and Saturn produce more heat than they receive. The steady compression of all that mass + slow natural radioactive decay produce more than enough heat to reach a few hundred degrees.
Re: @Dana D
U need to *RTFP*: "have had" != "runs round with" ...
Re: Linus, Jobs, Ballmer
Hmm, if he'd arrive at the party in all his resurrected Shinyness, wouldn't it be a Dead Man's Party (tm) by definition ?
Re: This is new...
@Sean Timarco Baggaley "On styluses"
If you have a spare moment, I'd suggest to try a Samsung Galaxy Note II somewhere and put it through some handwriting recognition moves. I have a crappy handwriting at best and the Note II gets it still...
It's rather amazing to see how far this technique has come given that there are a lot less devices with styluses these days.
Re: I don't understand why ...
@shade82000: "But, if you want an ipad get an ipad. If you dont care about the ipad get an Android. Why buy somethinig that looks like an ipad?"
LOL, for *this* price, I'd buy it just to f***off my Apple loving colleagues.. :)
Having a couple of good laughs for a few tenners is like going to the theater: only afterwards you have a nice toy leftover to play with too...
Re: Dark Matter ..
TYVM for the food for thought.
I only just recently started taking more interest in the DM/DE physics and don't know all these facts yet, so your story helps. An amateur with a keen mind, no more. It needs a bit of time to sink all in though.. :) I am thinking about an astronomy study after my retirement: a.t.m., I'm just an IT guy and need another 15 years or so before I really get the time to do that.
Re: Dark Matter ..
@HolyFreakinGhost "The point of dark matter is that is *does* clump."
I'm not mathematically involved, but I beg to differ... :) If it really did clump, it would concentrate right in the core of stars, galaxy's etc. or in itself for that matter. It does not. It just floats in the vicinity of great lumps of matter (halo's of galaxies/clusters), "trying to get away" but grabbed by gravity. Gravity seems to win upto a point where the repulsion gets the upper hand, so it ends up in an awkward equilibrium.
This is for me the only way I can explain it for myself as far as I understand it, but, IANAM(athgeek)...
Re: Dark Matter ..
"Why doesn't dark matter clump ?"
Dark matter has a sort of repulsive trade, at least towards regular matter, but it seems to dark matter itself too.
It doesn't clump: it wants to distribute itself as evenly as possible in the available space and would have done so if it wasn't affected by gravity.
A sort of an energy field for which we have no means of detection rather that the gravity with which it interacts.
Very strange stuff indeed...
Re: That would be £40 rather than £50 cheaper, and the magic word is
@Steve Todd: "Software. There still isn't much that has been tablet optimised for the Nexus."
Huh ? Really ? Are you sure we're living on the same planet ?
A whiff of good news and then:
"Microsoft’s lead counsel in that case says Google will be added as a defendant in the case, based on a 1995 patent it says is infringed by the Chocolate Factory’s maps."
There once was a time when patents were about protecting the little men. This is clearly not the case anymore.
I'll start advocating getting rid of them altogether, just for myself and whoever wants to hear my reasons for it. I hope every sensible Registrar may follow suit. Just get the ball rolling. It will eventually hit some influential persons probably...
Enough choice already...
Got myself a whoooopppppping Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and all that real estate with easy to read pixels is a feast for my middle aged eyes.
Yeah, there's definately no market for big screens and less-than-retinal pixels per inch... duhuh...
Woz has a brain and uses it for more than just hypes. I applaud him for it.
Not the classy way to do it....
You should first deliver a crap app, and THEN say sorry. Not before....
About not selling to non-whities..
"That's a wee bit harsh!"
Euh, no, just a teeeny weeeny little bit.... :) Just google for it.
They probably forgot the Nokia N9 ...
...or things would have obviously looked different...
But, does it run Jelly Bean ?
... would be nice ... :)
Re: Grand Challenge
Not only that, but the rover:
- has limited energy to use per day
- has limited cpu power to steer itself safely around hazards
- crew needs to get accustomed with driving, so it won't go at top speed for sure
- may find science underway that may arouse the scientists
It's the first ride and there's no way to help the machine out of its pickles: it will take a lot longer than just a few hours to drive to Glenelg for sure...
Re: Data Protection -- Why UK, US etc. so consistently gung-ho slack?
"Is because they won the war thus never understood oppression?"
I think you're right. My country had its civil administration in fine working order (trying to evade a certain Internet Law here...) before a "particular 5 year period during the last century" and when it was overrun by soldiers, the victors were happy to find all necessary details readily present for their war purposes.
in the Netherlands' media. ACTA seems to be non-existant, except for the internet savvy folks here.
I know big media are probably very much pro-ACTA, but even our publicly owned radio/TV stations seem to keep it silent or are completely ignorant.
I applaud the Czechs and every other EU member that is able to vote this out ! I'm ashamed being Dutch in this regard...
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