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There are jobs you simply do not quit.
790 posts • joined 17 Jul 2007
There are jobs you simply do not quit.
Minor details! They can prolly teleport their subs to wherever they wish. Russians! Russians everywhere!
That's a little late for my taste.
Obligatory: Might be hard to even get Bruce Willis on the phone in that timeframe.
Wow, just wow. So you remove the humans from an area – and then animals proceed to thrive in the freed up space? Who would have thought!
On the other hand, during the five minutes of this very recent NYT video
about the wildlife in the hot zones of Chernobyl we learn that there is for example …
• Less biodiversity than expected
• More tumors
• More deformations
• Decline in populations of insects and spiders
• Some birds adapting to increased radiation levels
• Very "hot" mushrooms
• Dramatic color changes in the rings of cut trees starting in 1986
• Abnormal color patterns on bugs
Well, sounds dandy in my book. Therefore, I would suggest for Lewis to permanently relocate to the hot zone in order to prove his point. There are very little human-related distractions there too, so he would find much more time to produce even more flawless pieces of balanced reporting regarding his favorite topics. I would personally volunteer to finance a nice big stick for him to shake at the abundance of wolves that now roam the blooming landscapes of Chernobyl. Further, if Lewis manages to convince a fertile female companion to make the move with him, I will even pay for a second stick in a color of her choice. Be warned though, this pesky radiation thing has a tendency to muck with your offspring so you might want to have an eye on that.
Why a lousy driver in a Ferrari is worse than the same lousy driver in a Yugo, especially in an urban setting?
I happen to live in an area with a pretty high number of expensive cars around and the mere thought that folks are hurtling (in this case) nearly two tons of matter down the road aided by about 500 horses while dabbling with Apple Maps is … discomforting.
The driving skills exhibited by a great number of these motorists are bad enough as is, there is very little need to add more trouble in the form of buggy maps and apps, locked up or crashed phones and other items of distraction.
Exempt from this observation are, of course, all the gentlefolks with actual driving skills and an immunity to the idea that spending six figures or more on your ride somehow turns you into Batman.
Personally, whenever I find myself at the wheel, especially if it happens to be a high-powered car, I tend to ignore my phone during the ride. "Important" calls will be dealt with before I start, delayed to when I get there or handled by other passengers.
Call me old-fashioned but I would much rather live to see another day than be updated about some trivial detail Dick from the office added to the presentation or about how little Timmy was such a darling today while missing out on that lorry switching lanes. I am sometimes forced to share a ride with people who do not follow this philosophy and I find it rather disturbing that they deem their ability to yack away to be more important than the wellbeing of themselves, their passengers, fellow motorists and possibly pedestrians. It is not that you are making any great decisions during these calls anyhow – because your brain is busy driving a vehicle in traffic. If I want to make important decisions while on the road, I leave the driving to someone else.
Then again, I may not be rich and/or important enough to see the allure of it all.
Indeed it does and they could have put it into the whole lineup straight away. But no, that cow is to be milked another day. And then yet another day will come when they will magically rediscover the art of handwriting. "Wouldn't it be amazing if your iPad could read your handwriting and respond to pen gestures?" – yes, it would. Like a Newton from 20 years ago. Awesome!
So ... so they finally figure out how one could use their fondleslabs for actual work (*ugh*) via the miracle of THE PEN ... and then that $99 bugger only works with ONE model, the huge one? And it is good for ... doodeling, not a word about HWR? So they basically reinvented the Newton – but 50% dumber and much less mobile?
For Pete's sake, find the guy with the cluestick and beg him for your pummeling!
Sell me an iPad mini with pen support, including HRW or – heavens – an iPhone plus of the same nature. Is it really that hard? It's called a Newton. Look it up, you sold it 20 years ago. You own the patents. Samsung can do it, they just cannot get it right. But at least they're trying.
What is it with this company?!
AFAIK there is only a limited batch of tablets, so if you did not participarte in the crowdfunding you should not wait too long. I have my doubts about a Jolla 2 phone. They sure should make one as a showboat for the OS but they did announce they were getting out of hardware.
I agree, without some sort of celebratory act in the line of "Jolla enters a new stage and so do I" this seems like bad timing – with the tablet and Sailfish 2.0 finally ready to go. Dillon is a very likeable guy and Jolla should see to replace him with someone of similar charisma to keep the brand moving forward.
Anyway, whatever happens next: I gladly forked out for that tablet and am very much looking forward to getting my hands on it. I am also keen to see the OS on other makers' hardware.
From my perspective, Jolla and Sailfish are among the most interesting and significant things to happen in mobile since Jobs' death and Nokia leaving the building. They are a force of positive disruption desperately needed in a market saturated to death with samey uninspiredness.
Apparently not. I am flabbergasted by how tight the clutch of fear culture on peoples' minds seem to be these days. Scared to death by the unspeakable menace of a tiny RC-toy (stop calling these things drones for crivens sake).
Because hey, it's not simply a minor nuisance not worthy of further attention but most likely a terrorist delivering a tiny load of ultra-efficient explosive or maybe even enough VX wo wipe out the entire tennis court.
Get a grip!
That's surprising, as trains get delayed around here rather often because the aircon in their multi-million-€-trains was not designed to handle the insane heat of the notoriously hot German summer or because the whole railway-system is unable to cope with the sudden and unexpected arrival of that weird phenomenon they call "winter". Really looking forward to that being solved by 4G -> Die Bahn kommt.
Is there any good will for them left to burn? I don't know. People will keep buying phones though. Yet I cannot say that I would be much interested in a Nokia branded device running NSAndroid. I would be interested in a Nokia branded device running Sailfish and as we hear, Jolla is going the licensing way and ditching their hardware efforts – but as Jolla only exists because folks were being axed by Nokia, that idea is high up on the unlikelyhood-shelve.
Regardless: Do try! Come back and sell N- and E-Series style devices. Hire Fallon or a bunch of other mad folks to come up with an earthshaking campaign. Free us from the boredom that is Apple and Samsung.
The article says they would design the phone and license the brandname.
I don't know. Could be interesting if they came up with useful designs, not generic landfill phones. I guess it would be some Android crap but maybe one could put Sailfish on it. Sailfish on a Nokia design is something I would pay good money for. Especially if it had some buttons or – heavens – a real QWERTY. Because, honestly: Sailfish is the cool part about Jolla devices. Their phone all by itself is a bit lackluster.
As is, my E6-00 is doing a stellar job and the battery lasts for days at a time. Improve on that and we have a deal.
You forgot your irony tags there.
Why are they no longer able to keep a good thing going? HERE is the best in the game and widely beloved. Yeah let's sell that. It boggles the mind.
Just think of Chelsea. Stay safe.
I dusted off one of my MP2100s the other day, popped in some fresh AAs and FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER had to acutally do some maintenance – namely install a patch for the 2010 bug (Thank you Eckhart Köppen!). A process which I completed by downloading the pkg file to my phone and consequently pushing it to the Newton via Bluetooth (yes, indeed) as I had all but forgotten how to properly set up the WLAN. Not that it would not work without the patch but a working calendar is a good thing.
Onwards to the real point: I instantly remembered why I loved working with this device back in the day, with some very importand aspects being
• the interface: it is 100% pen-based
• you can write on the resistive touchscreen without worries about where to put your hand
So unless Apple changes the whole iPad interface the whole thing just smells of fail. A pen can never be an afterthought. Which is why you see so few people using one with their iPads for the task of actual writing. If it wasn't for the horror of Android, I would have picked up a Samsung Note of some sort by now.
But go ahead, Apple – surprise me. It's been a while!
So whenever you have a guest they will oogle it in disbelief while you close the door via remote control, then lean forward and whisper: "I'm Batman."
At least you will know how to operate it, contrary to that darn espresso-monstrosity that nearly cost as much and now only collects dust while you suffer the humiliation that is Nespresso.
Anyhow, this could do better. Why are the door designs not mirrored? Does it have a faint purple glow oozing out from inside? Do the doors make a cool decompression noise when opened? Can you program it to rumble, hiss and growl when certain people are nearby?
… while it works."
Seriously, I am delighted that there are places on this lump of space-dirt where internet and leccy are so reliable that you can make this stuff work. One must be really, really satisfied to add a slew of complications and sources of possible failure to one's daily grind. So if people want to pay good money for their own personal orwellian nightmare I won't stop them. Go ahead.
I think I once dropped my Newton MP2100 on some unsuspecting Palm unit and it was not pretty … made up story that is. Anyhow, the big green brick was way superior for my needs in about every aspect including size. Nevertheless, the small thingies were quite appealing to look at. I also remember how very keen I was on picking up a Pre 3 but then HP threw a hissy fit instead of just selling the darn thing. So why would I want it now?
… therefore I shall refrain from verbalizing any of the many negative thoughts that this causes to bubble up inside me.
I learned to drive on a 90s Spider 2.0. That car was full of surprises. There was a little open canal behind the seats, I think a little less than an inch deep, that cought the water leaking in on rainy days. You would never know what would stop working next. It was a wonderful little car and I loved it dearly.
Yet whenever I see the Gulietta I cannot help myself but think "boy, that thing is ugly". It is high time for them to reintroduce some decent designs and widen the range. The 4C is pretty nice but if I wanted an impractical racer I would much rather pick a Lotus. 156, 166, Spider and GTV are dearly missed.
And please stop making them look like fat, frightened little rodents, it is unbecoming.
So much white … I second the impression that there is too much whitespace (like… everywhere), too much scrolling and it is BURNING MY RETINAE as I type this. Looks generic, cluttered and made for tablet use. I guess we'll live but it will take a while to adapt. The old design was not broken.
What's the point? These things have been around forever – just search for whiskey stones.
I was also slightly taken aback by the sheer lack of … well the NOKIA factor. Bells. Whistles. A freakishly overpowered camera. Über-quality audio-recording. Inductive charging. Anything. Yes, the true fanboy inside my chest lusts for more, lusts for high end techno magic with a killer design, made 100% by freaky Finns in Finland, along with a bonkers ad campaign concocted by Britains finest creative minds.
On the other hand, this is a well specced effort at a rather low price and most likely just a first step. So I consider this a good sign.
I also saw a lot, and by that I mean a great many, very happy comments on the web today by people who just got "their" brand back. And that made me smile.
For some reason I doubt I would want to be seen with that. No the slightest clue why.
… for something that wide. This is the first interesting device I've seen since the Jolla Phone came out. Bold, seems very well thought out, with an eye for the real-world needs of the target. Big thumbs up.
Keep that little boat afloat :)
At €349 now, I might soon treat myself to that just for the fun of it. Damn Nokia N9 just refuses to get old. Yay for technolust.
Having had opportunity to fool around with the Wii U a couple of time I can say that it really is a fun system. But: The interface is a little sluggish, this makes browsing the store etc a little frustrating. There are some great titles but there is no abundance. The latter is especially true for the Virtual Console: There are true gems in there (like Pop'n Twinbee!) but there should be a lot more.
Why replace what still works just swell? A second gen Jolla might be tempting, as would be a new high end Nokia (made in Finland, please) – but the latter would most likely run Backdoor…uh, Android, and that's just not as attractive these days.
Usually you can find those batteries in the usual places. I will sure stock some for all those nice E-Series phones that just refuse to break no matter how often I drop them.
… as left, say, by a little boat… how do the Finns say? Ah, yes… "Jolla".
It's a humble Denon DVD-2900 ;) Was a steal when new and is even more of a steal today as you can pick it up for less then 200. Not the last word in terms of über-expensive audiophile technolust but excellent value for money and hard to beat in any of those dreaded "real world" environments.
Being among those who were actually willing to shell out "400 quid" (where did that number come from? It'll serve for illustration, yet I think we are really missing a digit here…) for a dedicated SACD player I feel compelled to comment. Oh wait, that dedicated SACD player is also a reference grade CD player, reference grade DVD player and also happens to happens to play the two DVD-Audio discs (QUEEN!) I managed to acquire before the format tanked. Let's just say it was quite the good investment.
But I digress. 99% of my considerable number of SACDs are hybrids with a DRM-free CDDA layer. They all feature DRM-protected high resolution stereo and the majority also comes with 5.1 content.
The point: The format is very versatile, can be played everywhere or serve to make rips at the desired quality. There is also much more content that I could ever consume in any sense, with only crappy current pop being underrepresented. Everything that is actually worth listening to in high resolution audio is there in ample supply.
So what exactly has HFPA on offer? It can only properly play on BR players, mind at a "mix" not "remaster" quality level, there is no CDDA layer in sight and instead, one will be forced to jump through whatever hoops the companies come up with in order to get one's hands on a ripped file of the content that may or may not come in the format or quality desired and may or may not be riddled with further DRM. Even thinking about it leaves me feeling exhausted.
In short: I feel not at all compelled.
I thought this had already passed. Anyway, it involves a creative element, therefore: MUCH BETTER than the avalanche of self-obsessed duck-faces, unpleasant, badly lit dishes, my-ugly-naked-trotters-in-front-of-whatever-random-vacation-locality, or – my personal pet peeve – the dreaded "jumping with joy" shot.
It's called "Cant haz Google request"
Does not work.
Only 4 because this particular episode is simply too short and rather on the easy side. Otherwise it is just as gripping and involving as it used to be, including several very well executed "geez, what have I done?!" moments. And yes, like it or not, the zombie apocalypse still comes with zombie violence.
Naa, I have ancient, heavily abused Fruitgear that still works like a charm and regularly see stuff of the same age happily chugging away. There is plenty of lasting kit. I just don't see myself paying with my own money for any of their new stuff, especially when portable. The whole unfolding security aspect might also lead to different shores in time.
The new Mac Pro sais "fuck you and buy new shit" to all those pros with formerly well expandable Mac Pro towers. That's about all in my book. It could have been the nice affordable yet powerful minitower people have been bitching and moaning for since the Cube's demise. A good companion to the big, expensive towers with lots of slots. Instead, you get a very expensive machine with no slots. Go buy thunderbolt boxes to slot your stuff in, bub. And good luck to those looking to put this in a rack or create a cluster of some sort. Ahhh, but it's so pretty… so shiny… and it creates its own boutique-industry of "move it anywhere"-bags, specialized rack-mounts and whatnot.
Good stuff from back when Apple still came up with insanely great products that actually deserved to be labeled as such, along with fantastic advertising (just wow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuJvwvome1o ) and did not peddle as much crap designed to last no longer than 24 months. Basically: back when Apple was still cool.
You want to pick up a copy of Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow" if you haven't read it already.
So you really just created an account here to share your lack of VISION?
A venture this bold deserves support.
Sure smells like one.
Don't feel dirty, it could be worse. Know any Michael Bay movie quotes?
Thank for making that point and making it so very clear. There is no doubt that NK is not a very nice place to be but the way some of the press here is reporting this "story" is way below any standards of decent journalism.
It's called The Venus Project.