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Re: SI nitpick
Nah that's just some small pocket firecrackers.
Re: NASA computers... space station uses Linux
Probably because they used NeXT Step and Open Step before that, that is before Linux even where around to play golf.
Re: NASA computers... space station uses Linux
yeah, while that light emitting fruit shines up the background... just an empirical fact...
That's not a lot considering that land is rising with up-to 1 cm / year in Scandinavia. Just during my 30 years I can see the difference.
35m is only 35 000 cm. So that is a average of 10 micro meters per year to accomplish that.
But as you say scientist ignores unfortunately a lot of factors, no different situation in this one.
Re: Ya think?
Any government can at anytime make-up any reason. If they want you caught for something, but cant find any reason to, but found that you have your moms pic on the computer, they just file a law for that. It could even just be a temporal law just to get to you.
It has happened before and can happen again in any society.
Re: This goes to show...
As the article already suggested there is AV for the mac.
Not that I've encountered any need to buy such software my self. And as u see from the article, ML users who has gatekeeper at middle setting is already safe.
So the real general need for an AV has yet to happen.
Re: All very true, but..
A bullet or a few are easily smuggled in and easily hidden into some other metal object. Custom made battery for a laptop, preferably an old Apple Ti Powerbook. The Ti part is very good for the x-ray scan.
Custom batteries are not so hard to get, just pay a small amount. Give it 25% of the original power, so the computer works, and fill rest with ammunition.
All that is needed is the will and a little knowledge combined with some imagination. After 9/11 the Powerbook Ti was prohibited from some air lines due to the Ti casing, and x-ray images where just black.
Re: @Intractable Potsherd (was: @Not That Andrew (was: @ AC Trouble is ...))
Your quite correct, even if your on the extreme side. As you are a pilot i do commend you.
Still some people condemn someone that takes 1-2 units (above that is of personal capability) of beer or wine and jumps on the throttle (i refer to cars here). To put things in perspective being a little tired, having your thoughts on other things than driving or just the kind of person who isn't so well coordinated. Is just as or even more dangerous than a couple of beers in traffic.
Perspective is usually lacked when discussing these matters. If you go for a enforce 0 tolerance, in return you also have to ban eating certain fruits before driving or flying, neither would a little bit aged fruit of any kind be suitable. Doing that is ridiculousness, and therefore so is a zero tolerance view.
However what we personally decide to do, is a different matter. And I commend you for this, that you said "I choose to". I guess I would be happy to be a passenger, that is if you would do some acrobatics. ;)
Re: @Neil Charles (was: Trouble is ...)
Is that Yokuts, Yana or some different tribe?
Re: Zaphod.Beeblebrox @ Neil Charles, Matthew 3, etc. Trouble is ...
I agree with you mostly, except on the point that we would be far from being able to build a craft that can handle it self at all times. We got mostly all the tech that is needed.
Profitability and bureaucracy is though a big challenge for making it happen. The same problems that almost stopped Orville and Wilbur, not to mention media.
Re: Yep, I agree
Maybe you should try OSX on the desktop.
It might just be what you're lacking in the others.
Re: What a huge fraud! Adobe worse than Electronic Arts (SimCity fraud)...
Well I have moved away from Adobe, mostly because I'm not in the industry professionally anymore.
On the otherhand, while doing that I have quit doing vector based graphics. Simply because there is no great alternative out there.
For tasks similar to PS I use Pixelmator. It feels fresh compared to the old hog PS, nothing for the really pro users (yet). They have added CMYK support, I have not tested it. Here is their marketing talk about it: http://www.pixelmator.com/blog/2012/11/08/color-perfect-pixelmator-2-1-3/
Step by step they step up the competition against PS. Some of the features are far better than in PS. On the other hand they lack some features, but they are getting fewer.
With CS5 and now CC Adobe has done some good improvements, for the professionals. So there is still a long way to go, for these app makers. But then, they have no need to compete with Adobe. There is the other market, the non professionals. And when targeting them slowly they might kill the old Macromedia dinosaur Adobe.
Re: Somebody PLEASE!!!!
GIMP cant even compare with the 80's Photoshop. I used Photoshop and Illustrator in the late 80's.
GIMP is far from that level of usability.
Re: Somebody PLEASE!!!!
And you do CMYK properly?
Just please don't ever mention GIMP, or Linux for that matter in these discussions. It's not fitting to discuss in a filthy manner with grownup's. Keep it in the boys room if you have to talk about it.
There is very little that can even get close to Photoshop's professional level. There are programs that do better than PS. But they are programs designed for specific tasks not general pixel manipulation software's.
The best PS competitor for home users and semi pro users I've seen is Pixelmator. Still it can't compete with PS for a number of reasons. Yet it performs better than PS on some tasks.
But when it comes to Adobe, it's all about their suit. The combination of Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design. Nothing outperforms that combination.
Unfortunately Adobe is not Adobe anymore, it became the new Macromedia after the acquisition of that company. The development of Adobe as a company is actually really saddening, for those who been in the business from the early days and can see the transformation.
Re: On course for UK - Oz in 30 minutes
Force is only applied with acceleration or deceleration. Speed it self is not making up any force.
A space shuttle accelerates with a force of around 3g. Some extreme fighter pilots needs to be able to maintain cautiousness for a short period in up to 12g. This is achieved with very aggressive turns, where you get the so called "centrifugal force".
In conclusion only when your speed is changing in any direction you deal with forces, with one exception, gravity.
It's because of this force you can stand on a scale and measure your weight. Force is measured in Newton Meters (Nm) or with a gravity constant g. 1 g is around 9.81 Nm. But the exact value of the gravitational force varies from location to location. So when doing exact calculations Nm is used.
Re: Windows FULLSTOP is not ready for the INTERNET
Attackers did concentrate on Apple computers before 1992. Macs did have more viruses than PC's back then. And no contrary to what many believe Apple did not have a larger market share back then.
If you don't believe me, believe in one of the spokesmen for F-Secure, who is my source. There are many factors that contribute to what platform is preferred by crackers. Market-share is one of them but just one of many. And history proves that it's not the primary motivator.
In fact history shows us that, the easier it is to make malware for a platform the more is made. No platform is immune, but it's only with more secure Windows as Win7 that other platforms have gotten more interest. Everyone want's go take the easy way our, also criminals.
Re: In news just in
Lock off all the cool features and settings...
Boy you have no clue do you. OSX is far from locked, you can do what ever you want to do. Fortunately enough the GUI will not allow novice users to mess up totally yes. But when it comes to customize your mac functionality it's all up to your own skills and knowledge of how the system works.
If you have experience from FreeBSD you're pretty good to go an do what you want. And to add to the pleasure you got tools as AppleScript and Automator to add to it.
Re: More Suggestion than Paul McKenna
Well Windows doesn't work well with Retina mac books. Which has been reported all over the internet.
So no surprise there, what is surprising is that one Acer and one Dell where so close to the Mac book. Just above 1 in score for all of them. I would say the norm for a PC would be a sore above 2. Just where the macbook with retina issues while running windows is.
This just confirms what I always experienced. Mac's are great computer, even when running Windows they outperform PC in reliability. I have had this experience even from the time of the old PPC macs. The Powermac 7100/7200 and 8100. The 7200 was not so reliable when it came to run MacOS, why I switched from that to a 8100.
The 7100 and 8100 had NuBus while the 7200 had PCI, and the system of the day did not like to cope with PCI. Still running Windows on them in a virtual PC was way more reliable than the experience I got from Wintel machines then. It wasn't fast but reliable.
For video go h.264 it's a standard alright, ISO/IEC 14496-10.
Re: Good Riddance
No we don't miss Macromedia, Adobe is the new Macromedia.
Adobe used to produce quality products, but when they bought Macromedia all that was hurled away. And Adobe started to produce same crap as Macromedia did.
Re: There is no balance or regulation
If you do not believe in a balance your neither a theist or a atheist. Because both believe in a balance, only difference they have int that part i whether the balance is preserved by evolutionary methods or by intelligent design.
If you're an atheist that believes in evolution, you surely have heard of natural selection. It's all about balance. In fact some evolutionists explain certain evolutionary events by symbiosis.
What is a symbiosis if not a balance, parasite?
Yet parasites exists in a balance. But I give you that, the planet does not care, as the planet it self is mindless. Still there is a great balance in every aspect.
Re: So in other words (warning, Heretical thinking within)
"Yet Nature is failing to regulate ever rising CO2 levels. And it earlier failed to regulate CFC levels. I think you have too much dogmatic faith in nature, as if it's been intelligently designed or something."
Yes and now you touch the key to why this is due to human activity, and not just variation of trends.
It's not about the earth not capable of regulating it's self. It does that perfectly, until we started to tamper with it (that's how we usually define it, it still regulates it perfectly as you'll see later in my comment).
It's not about how much CO2 we humans produce. We can produce as much as we want to without the earth being affected much at all.
The problem is we humans have to a large extent damaged our large CO2 consumers with other pollutants and industry. So it's not a direct CO2 problem, that's the effect of human exploitation of our earth. But yes the earth can heal it's self, as soon as we stop wounding it in every possible way we can. The Thames river is a perfect example of that, from declared biologically dead in the 50's to thrive again.
If noting happens, the earth will heal it self as soon as it has regulated us humans into fossil, so the earth still regulates it self perfectly, if you consider that as a perfect regulation.
If you do consider that as a perfect regulation, how far is that thought from an intelligent design with built in self regulating mechanisms exactly?
Well Dawkins have tried to prove imperfect design... but so much flawed that statement is against it's own purpose, i'm not gonna discuss that now, non the less how he tries to prove someone wrong in something they never claimed. Leave that for a other day.
Just a fast googling on the Thames subject gave me this: http://www.greenbang.com/once-dead-thames-now-a-winning-river_15391.html
Re: Don't open the bubbly yet Lewis
Yes for breathing ozone is hazardous. While in the right place shields us from certain type of radiation.
It's like fighting fire with fire. It does work very well when done properly.
Re: An excellent result
That's because they build the roof first before they have the foundation or the walls built.
They all go at it from the wrong position. They try to drill up to wether the eart cools down or up. Rather than drill down from the absolute base of the warming cooling trend. This trend can only be measured from space.
I assume the down votes was because of you shouting. Otherwise we have at least 3 morons here.
Re: Climate science newsflash
I do, and I can build a pretty secure way of how to measure it. Just give me the money to do it.
It does include a few trips to the moon to set up my lab equipment.
Ok, a budget-version would use man made satellites instead.
Well now when I said that I can tell you the rest of my method. Continuously measure the energy that the earth is radiated with, and then measure the energy the earth radiates out into space.
Then you know weather the earth is cooling or heating up. After that you may start to build hypotheses on where that energy will be stored in / removed from, air, water, landmass, magma iron core, etc and what the effects will be short term long term.
Now we try to do it the other way around making hypotheses based on weather measurements on weather the earth warms up or cool down.
Instead we could monitor the effects on the weather in comparison to the number of Watts won or lost. Build a AI based on fuzzy logic or neural network that learns to predict short term and long term effects. Feed it with actual mass data of the earth and properties of the mass, shape and material. Can be measured today with Muon detectors which is now used to measure mountains and their shape. Sophisticated enough it could be used to find large resources of e.g. gold, oil diamonds etc I guess.
Then we just feed that AI with our pollution data, and other weather data. In the end the AI figures out a reliable model, and then we can feed it with hypothetical future data and see what the long/short term effects will be.
Pay me and I do it. In a few decades I've built a system that can predict next weeks global weather trend. Local prediction would still take some more decades of data harvest. But eventually my grandchild's grandchild's grandchild would be able to do it perfectly. Except that I would need to get a child first, no plans for that though.
I wanted Paris, Face palm and the big boom next to the very fitting alien at same time. Why can't I.
Re: A good starting point for activists
Or well get that iphone :p
Re: 10 seconds???
Paris Naugthyhorse, Google Break reaction time!
Break Reaction Time != Reaction Time.
Reaction time will be at a average somewhere between 200-300 ms. Which is less than half a second just so you understand it.
Re: 10 seconds???
If all kept the 3-4 second rule, you won't even bother as they soon overtakes the one in front of you. Or are you thinking - Nobody should overtake me because I'm the king of the road?
Keeping a short distance is stupid driving for every reason, it prevents those who drive fast to make secure overtakes, causes traffic jams and more. Keep the distance and the traffic will flow well independent if you're one that overtakes a lot or if your the slow driver that never overtakes.
So many down votes here now, so I give you one of my sources. In adition to that I got the same information when I took my driving license, which is B, C.
And if you want to just Google: Brake Reaction Time
Re: 10 seconds???
Think about it it's not just a finger you need to move, you need to move one leg onto the clutch the other onto the breaks and press down at full power. If you do that under 2 seconds from that you notice a break light you where alert.
Test it out, data says you can get down to roughly 1 seconds, but then your alert and fast on it. If you aren't alert it easily goes to even above 3 seconds, just google it.
It's not just your brains reaction time here, your brains reaction time til a signal goes to any limb to move, may be as fast as 200 ms if your very fast some can get close to 100ms. But In a car where you have to do a synchronized movement involving two legs, that each have to do at least 2 different moves.
Your are fast if your under 2 seconds react and finished all the movements in a normal driving situation. It's not a computer game we are talking about. Where you click a button. Most people will not be able to perform much under 2 seconds. In everyday driving anything under 3 seconds is not to be considered safe, as people are not always alert.
One source states that 90% of the population will have a break reaction time within 2.5 seconds. Also states that some can get under one second, but other might need as much as 3.5 seconds.
You're totally misjudging your capabilities to react and get a car into full breaking power if you think you're faster than that in a everyday dull driving situation. I guarantee you, you're not.
Paris because you did not check the facts before ranting.
Re: So in your worldview, anyone with a nice car is an arse
I find those who drive Volvo, Toyota as ignorant drivers, often unaware of their surrounding thinking they are the best drivers in the world owning the road. I guess they have to compensate for their bad choice of car.
The better a car handles with sustained comfort the better it is. Few car's beats the Germans to this. Volvo is considered a secure car... but the way they handle they really need their airbags, just as, the Mercedes A class, which is utterly dangerous. And people really likes these dangerous cars, all the SUV's and those alike. Ignorant are what they are.
I drive a Ford Focus, and it's an ok car, not good though. The design is way to "SUV" like. The hight to the window is at least 5 cm too high. A way for car makers to make you feel more secure, the less you see of the road close to you the more secure you feel, you don't get the feeling of what speed you actually drive. The height to the roof is 5-10 cm too high.
The seat position in lowest point is at a moderate height the top height and you almost have a standing position in it.
Electric power steering, which removes the feel of your driving. The break the same and under powered. My Audi 90 from 1985 that i had which had been driven for more than 400 000 km had a better gearbox in it than the ford, and better brakes, way better 50-80 acceleration where it actually matters. Way better clutch that you actually felt and functioned properly. Not so on the Ford that i got when it was driven for 25 000 km.
Due to it's stupid height up to the windows, it has less visibility than the old Audi, though the Audi was much lower.
Most people who think they buy a good car, that is secure think it's because of the illusion the designs of the cars today give you. But they are mere illusions. And all ignorant drivers buy into this illusion. They want to feel like the king of the road, while they actually are the most dangerous driver out there, causing traffic jams etc.
Staying behind a slower car rather than overtake, at the same time not keeping enough distance so that those behind who want to overtake can't. This is the drivers who call other's ass'es in the traffic, when they got enough of the stupidity and cuts them due to the fact they where not given the space.
Driving is cooperation with the other drivers. If someone goes faster than you give him space, if someone goes slower than you, don't get stuck in his behind but overtake them, and by that give them space and all those who come behind you.
It's not they speed one drives that defines a good driver, what defines a good driver is how much consideration that one gives all the other drivers, independent of how those drive. Use signals correctly, give space.
Re: Audi drivers
Merc a nice car... well maybe in a garage that is securely looked up.
I used to like Audis, nowadays I'm not so sure, they sold their soul. My favorite that I never afforded is the RS2. After that Audi has gone bananas.
Ok the RS5 with it's torque vectoring maybe brings back a bit of that Audi philosophy that I so much miss with today's Audis. I can't just figure out why Quattro isn't standard on all Audis today. What's wrong with the management at Audi. Seems like they are not so much anymore interested in making great cars. But only great cars for the rich, to enrich them selves with. Ok I understand that, but where is the pride.
Some one build me a new car as the old Lancia Delta and reasonably priced, I will que for that one.
Re: 10 seconds???
And only an very alert driver manages to react under 2 seconds. Few are able to do this even when prepared.
What more it requires is as good breaking power as the one in front of you. If you go with 2 sec and you have worse breaks than the one panic breaking in front of you, you'll have a crash even though you are alert.
The thing is, you need time for the brain to realize that the one in front is breaking (prepared that takes average 215 ms), time to realize you need to act. Test here www.humanbenchmark.com/tests/reactiontime/.
Time to take your foot of the throttle, and put it on the break paddle, and time to press that break to it's maximum.
All of that average to above 2 seconds. 3-4 Seconds rule is much more realistic bet.
I'm Apple fan since the 80's but I fully agree with the above post. And yes that graph totally shows it.
It's not the first time such graphs have been published. And those who been following can with ease see the trend is downwards.
What's the problem you can sync songs easely between a work pc and a home pc if you want. The hassle you say you go trough, is not at all necessary.
Besides you can do it all wirelessly too fully automatically, well at least semi automatically. iTunes handles this nicely in the background, or then if you don't live in Scandinavia you get ur music synced trough iCloud.
Either way it's a non issue.
As i wrote earlier, those who are ok with leaving the old paradigm behind and move forward have no problem with the walled garden.
I sorry but I have to point out that you mentioned ftp...
So yes, for those who don't want to learn how you can get stuff done in new ways, often simpler ways, usually don't like the walled garden. For me I see more pros than coons with the walled garden. But then I'm not you.
Re: I Should Know Better
Yes, ok, I said dslr's as some of the dslr's actually do a poor job. Read the cheap stuff.
I do own a dslr, and it still does better even if it's an old one. I've seen what the 920 is capable of as my workmate next door has it and a 808. And it's pretty impressive. Sure the types of shoots you can do is restricted compared. In fact over all the 920 does a better job than the 808. But in good light nothing handheld I've ever seen does better than the 808. Mind you I got the iPhone 4S and many of my friends have the 5. We have done a few test's ourselves, to see what the reality is.
No phone maker beats the Nokia cameras. True though, they had some issues, software related that have been sorted out with software updates.
Still S3, Nokia 720, Nokia 880, iPhone 4, 4S and 5 are those we had a closer look at. And in over all performance, the type you expect from a phone camera, 720 beats them all. In good light conditions nothing is close to the Nokia 808, the kind of detail that phone can capture is amazing.
But then I don't buy my phone due to which one has the best camera. I get the phone that does about everything well. That's why I use iPhone, to that I count calendar, email and other features where the iPhone still beats all in a overall test.
Each phone can have a area where it's the best. Apple's iPhone have lost a few rounds lately. But with the camera they never been best. I think Nokia phones always have had the best cameras. Earlier much due to their large lenses that gave them good results. Today much of things they learned from making pureview on the 808, with it's whooping 41 Mpix sensor.
Re: What's on the market
Lol as predicted I got a thumbs down for a real life event.
Fandroids probably dislikes documentaries too, I like documentaries.
Re: undecided too....
I find "removable battery" overrated. I have switch my phone before the battery has gone bad. And no I don't want to carry two batteries with me. If I need that something is flawed from the beginning.
I do charge my phone each night though, but that is not a big problem. The charger is next to my bed. The last thing i do before i sleep is to plug in the phone.
If a phone does one day without hick-ups it's good enough from battery point of view.
Well it does. The OS is the same.
But then there may be differences in what the hardware support as with Siri. iPhone 4 without Siri and for good reasons I noticed. Different hardware in the SOC that handles the filtration of the signal. And makes a huge difference from the 4S.
While Maps is a software thing with virtual boundaries depending on phone u use, still just an bundled app.
So no the OS is not cut-down. But apps may be.
You are correct, but as you see most don't see this.
Because most still are into the old ways of doing things. It might be that they need a cable to plug it in, wireless is to complicated to understand. Or then something else. It's usually due to a paradigm switch. If the user is willing to make the paradigm switch. They be happy with Apples walled garden. If not, they will hate the wallen garden.
Most complaints are about playing their mkv material that they store on some NAS or similar. That is the old way of doing it. While the new way is just stream it, even multistream it.
And if people been smart enough to use standardized formats and containers in the past, wallen garden is no problem either. It's just up to them to take the shift or not.
Re: I Should Know Better
No, I'm a iPhone fanboy, but nothing beats the 920 camera. Except proper dslr's, some dslr's setups do even worse on some test.
Well that's not quite right, the Nokia 880 does better, at least in good light conditions, much better.
Re: What's on the market
Funny, a friend of mine a long time Android user just recently switched to Apple, the whole bunch his halfyear old PC he sold for 1000€ so no crappy shit, his android tablet and finally his android phone.
That switch in 16 days. Win 8 was the trigger for that switch. Anyway when having the iphone for a while he asks me. How come his iPhone 5 is so much faster than his former Android, though the iPhone have so much lesser cpu power, and less memory, what is the reason for that?
Unfortunately I have no really good answer to that, expect Android apps do JAVA, while iOS apps do native Obj-C, with a very nice optimized cocoa framework.
Yeah music lives in the cloud too if your happy with that crap...
I've tested out the sound quality from different sources, all streaming services like spotify have noticeable low sound quality even compared to iTunes Purchased songs. With other words you need not to compare the songs on a HiFi system to notice the difference. It's quite shocking how much better a song purchased from Apple is than compared too what you get from streaming services. I'ts huge.
Nope you did not give the password to Apple. Stop babbeling andy prough of things you don't understand.
Still dropbox exchange etc don't need to be set up again. Behold the magic of iPhone backups. Android doesn't have a proper backup system, nor does winphones. Nobody gives away the password of those services to anyone.
Funny how the anti-apple fanboys always seem to technically inadequate, while always boasting of how much smarter they are. So fun so fun.
More than that, they had backups.
Neither Winphone or Android have a native way of doing proper backups. Apple has two possible ways. Go figure.
So fun with the fandroids who vote people down, not even understanding one word of what they read.
Yes, and if you bothered to put your backup onto icloud, you need no itunes for that.
What exactly is restored?
Lol the down voters of your post, don't even know what you speak of.
12 votes 10 down, that is 10 ignorant fools.
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