61 posts • joined Wednesday 8th August 2007 21:33 GMT
Opening titles ...
There was no mention (unless I missed something) of those moving "clouds" in the opening titles. And that was just video feedback ... pointing a camera at a monitor that carried the camera output. Impressive improvisations!
And Tim Flannery, the chief of the commission, waned us that it was never going to rain again, that Melbourne would run out of water. Since then we've had major floods in Queensland. NSW and Victoria.
Oh ... Flannery also warned that teeth containing fillings should be removed from corpses before cremation to avoid a major pollution threat. Go figure!
One you missed ...
Richard Stallman To Launch His Own Fashion Line ... it appeared all over the place but a good example can be found at:
... is there anything it can't do?
It's not very good in pencils ...
Happened some time ago ...
This happened, at least for GMail, some five or six weeks ago.
A while before that I experimented to see if an account could be created with no ID whatsoever. It could.
I then needed to check again (to try to get a handle on some "strange" e-mails) and things had changed. You still did not need to give another e-mail address for contact. Indeed. Google told you that you did not have to. But then, after negotiating the captcha, Google required a contact 'phone number for a recorded message or SMS giving a verification code. The reason given for this was that there had been "suspicious activity on your account."
Ad it still works that way.
How odd that there's no "suspicious activity" if you DO give and alternative address.
Google wants that contact information but cannot even be honest about the reason.
They're missing the point!
The powers-that-be should be cracking down on the grunting instead of leaving it to people to reduce the annoyance factor.
Much of the grunting is designed to mask the sound of the ball hitting the racquet . The sound can give vital information to an opponent and masking it could be seen as a form of cheating!
Can we have ...
... and evil Google icon, please?
What's to stop somebody deliberately changing style? We could have a digital copy-and-paste return to those old blackmail notes that used cut-out newspaper headlines.
The anonymous writer could just copy a "suitable" phrase from one document and one from another and so on. Would that work?
Wildcards can be a problem ...
I'm not sure if what you're proposing is any different but I had a wildcard on xxx.com because so many people were using the US instead of the UK spelling for the domain.
Suddenly, I got hammered by several thousand messages a day. They were all "user not
known" messages from many and various networks. The spammers had used my domain in the From and Reply-to fields and was scattergunning with any and every username they could think of ... both to and from.
You had 9600?
You youngsters don't know you've been born ... I actually used (and still have somewhere) a 300 baud acoustic coupler ... now ... where's me zimmer ...
Somebody had to say this ...
It's also like the FORCE ... it has a dark side and a light side and it holds the universe (and iPhones) together ...
A good counter
All those "my 'phone has been doing that years" comments are a useful counter to the hype every time Apple adds something that's been around for years but gives it a new name so it will appear they invented it.
And it's not just with the iPhone.. Remember "spaces" ... a crippled version of virtual desktops that Linux had for years?
And then "there's firewire" and "airport" ...
BTW, a neighbour of mine has never used WiFi because, "I never go near an airport!"
Air/ground speed 101
"Fwiw, airspeed is *not* the same speed as you'd get from asking a GPS how fast you're moving, because airspeed factors in the influence of the wind as well. This is an important difference if you want the aircraft to stay in the air."
Errr ... no ... the figure derived from GPS is the groundspeed and THAT factors in the wind. The airspeed is the speed of the aircraft through the air ... it matters not if the air is moving.
Just a bit of pedantry ...
They've backed down!
The South Australian government has backed down on this. The law is in effect but will not be enforced (they promise) and will be repealed immediately after the election (they promise).
ISP don't have a clue, either
The ISP I use here in Australia enforces a strong password policy ... and then stores the passwords in plain text.
The database is available to all employees, including the out-sourced "help" desk!
They insist that there's no security problem.
Aha! What this means is that Apple want to USE the vulnerability for CONTROL!!
Gotta stop them adults!
"Grrrrrr. I'd like to be treated as an independant adult, instead I'm assumed to be little more than a child."
You miss the point, AC. They ARE treating you as an independent adult. Remember that independent adults who might actually THINK are the last people they want to be allowed to access any information they consider undesirable!
BTW, can we have an evil Conroy icon, please?
Who is going to be the first to welcome our new demonic soul-reaping, parallel globo-Nazi, hyperspherical juggernaut-dinosaur overlords?
Anyone remember the P900?
Oh yes ,,, and the P910i ... for both of them SE promised on-line upgrades but, for both of them, the "upgrade" site gave the message that the handset had the latest firmware. The problem is that it also did that with a colleague's handsets that had firmware with earlier version numbers.
I'm left with the feeling that upgrades were simply not available and am determined never to buy another SE 'phone.
Actually, given disastrous experiences with Sony's computer products in reliability terms ...
Isn't anybody going to welcome our new cross-dressing, cage-fighting Over ... err ... Thingies?
The conspiracy theorists can say what they will ... these are amazing pix.
Imagine having been on the Apollo 14 mission and being able to look at a photo taken from space of the "footpath" YOU made!!
KDE with xandros
It's worth remembering that getting KDE running on the Eee PC is somewhat trivial using the original Linux installation.
And you can switch between the so-called "full desktop" and the "easy" GUI without difficulty.
Everything works without any tweaking and I haven't felt tempted to bother trying different distros.
He doesn't get it, does he?
"He summed up his disdain for "the netbook space" by simply saying: "We think the products there are inferior."
Methinks he's missing the whole point of the netbook! I have three of them now and I wouldn't be without them. But I don't want to do graphics-intensive work on them ... I want to use them for the tasks they were designed to do well. And I want to be able to take them anywhere ... any time.
Mind you, in an emergency I did use an Eee PC 701SD to get a PowerPoint presentation on to a 30-foot video screen ... no other system would run it properly ... and it looked great.
Has anybody told Bill Gates?
But like so many others, Allen still questions whether web openness will succeed in the mobile world. "On the internet, there's no central party that controls the bandwidth," he said.
Lovely to hear that coming from a M$ person!
PC Tools? Not impressed!
Can we hope that PC Tools will now improve its security and accountability?
They keep credit-card details on-line and use them to renew a subscription even when you say you don't want to! They then ignore repeated e-mails.
And, despite the fact that they have my money, without my authorisation, Registry Mechanic STILL tries to get me to renew!
Anecdotal evidence from other users suggests that this was not an isolated incident.
Where's the picture of the Eee PC user, then?
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