15 posts • joined 19 Mar 2013
Re: I think the real issue here was the EULA thing
When I bought this computer it had Windows 7 installed. I decided to leave it in place just in case the machine ever needed to be returned for repairs. Unfortunately I made the mistake of turning the machine on before installing Linux and was promptly delivered to the EULA screen which does not have a "No" option - you are forced to power down the machine or accept the agreement. Powering down the machine results in the NTFS file system being left in a state that cannot be repartitioned - which makes installing Linux a bit tricky.
Re: Rupe's "The Australian"
Agreed. In the report I just read they want your IP address and the data volumes.
That only makes sense if they are after movie downloaders.
Collecting our IP addresses only makes sense if there is something else monitoring all the traffic. From what now know of the "5 Eyes" I think we can be fairly sure every packet is being logged somewhere.
How would the data be used?
What use is it for the authorities to know that on December 2, 2012, I was connecting to the internet via 18.104.22.168 ? How would they be able to use that information unless they were already monitoring the internet backbones and building a database of every packet that was going to any site they considered "interesting".
I suspect that what we are seeing is a side effect of more people using tablets and smart phones for their browsing. Thus the percentage size of the desktop market in the web logs is shrinking. Hence a constant number of users on XP is showing up as a percentage increase.
You are not alone.
For this to work it will also need some way of getting software updates FOR THE LIFE OF THE CAR. This does not mean I need to buy a new car every time a new version of the OS is released.
We need a broader survey of Mars
So far we have only landed 4 rovers and a couple of stationary probes. The rovers have only been able to explore a few kilometres.
What we need is hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of small, simple explorer rovers that cover much more of the planet. These can then be used to explore places that would normally be too dangerous, like the bottom of canyons.
10 touch points
I tried to place all my fingers and thumbs on a 4.3x2.5 inch area - its possible, but you can't do much in terms of moving them - piano playing doesn't seem likely.
How do you predict the benefits?
The problem with doing a cost-benefit analysis of major infrastructure projects is that their very existence transforms the environment around them. We have all seen entire towns spring up when a new freeway is built - which usually results in even more crowded roads that the freeway was designed to fix.
A project like the NBN has the potential to completely transform almost every aspect of daily life with enormous benefits for transport, housing, energy use, education, health etc, etc. Unfortunately for anyone attempting this analysis it would be impossible to put a value on those benefits, even if we could predict which ones will eventuate and what form they will take.
Re: This sort of makes sense
This needs Google to specify an interface standard for Android docks. Then these can be made in large numbers at low cost.
There is an implicit conflict of interests with Sony equipment - will it do what I want, or will it do what the media arm of Sony wants? Until that is resolved, by splitting the company, their products will remain at the bottom of my list.
What is the long term goal?
It might be nice to be able to pop up to space and fall back again, but I fail to see the long term advantages of this craft. Without attaining orbital velocities it will never be more than a really expensive roller-coaster ride.
It seems unlikely that the propulsion system being used could reach orbital velocities, and I am fairly sure the design would not survive re-entry at those speeds either.
A good result ?
So the consumer side went backwards and would have been much (22%) worse but for the Windows Pro contribution (which is probably mostly for business use anyway) and the commercial side increased revenues, but we have no idea if that was due to increased sales or increased prices for existing customers.
There is a suspicion that MS is surviving on its ability to gouge the business market. Long term that is not a winning strategy.
None of the above
They would get a lot fewer "informal" votes if there was an option to select none of the above.
The informal vote was much higher in the western Sydney region which is typically a Labor stronghold. My guess is that a lot of voters did not want to support Labor this time, but could not bring themselves to vote for the Libs either.
Competing in the wrong direction
The notebook PC designers should stop trying to compete with tablets - that battle has been lost. Trying to make a notebook as portable as a tablet just results in something that is too cumbersome compared to a tablet, yet not much good at being a powerful computer either.
We want notebooks that replace desktop PCs and are portable. They should have high power processors and high resolution screens, oh, and please keep the optical drive.
Re: Not the usual suspects!
The reason that this is expensive is because the parts are not yet being mass produced, and because its new the cost of financing is high (banks don't like experimental stuff). Since interest rate are at historic lows it is the best time for governments to subsidise infrastructure development.
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