82 posts • joined Friday 24th August 2007 23:10 GMT
Re: It's sad
"Many school systems lack the resources to hire quality teachers "
quality teachers - warning ! entering area of high cognitive dissonance. Proceed with caution. The teachers are the problem - simply put , very few of them can teach. Admittedly, teaching is not easy , but then that is why they are paid so well, work such short hours and have such long holidays.
My personal favourite is the "pupil-free day" sort of like army intelligence , only the results are sadder.
Re: Now we might have a comparison
Do you mean the difference between the Microsoft Windows Tax and the Microsoft Android tax ?
They get paid whichever way they roll.
Re: “advance the bold vision”
"Then once you can rely on people's ability to discern pictures more quickly than words, "
The trouble is , when you know your way around the menus - the words become pictures, in that you don't actually read them , you scan down to the symbol (word) that you recognise by its position in the menu. you don't really 'read' them at that level.
Re: What's all this rubbish?
" I mean, who the hell decided we needed a smaller unit of measure, which would be approximately 0.3937 inches? "
Yep. Why would anyone want to measure anything to an accuracy greater then a furlong, perch , rod, bushel, chain, acre ? I mean come on now, why would you ? What good would it be ? What could you use it for ?
It was good enough for Grandad. Irony, isn't that a measure of how much iron is in a comment ?
"..I know Freud was a bit of a cokehead, but I didn't think they went as far as crack teams"
Funny, how different people see this Freudian stuff, the crack I immediately pictured had nothing to do with drugs or fractured plaster . I was amused by the Freudian slip in the comment about psychoanalysts.
Re: Doesn't anybody watch '50s movies?
"duck-bill haircuts. Am I the only pensioner to read El Reg?"
No...this pensioner does remember duck-TAIL haircuts ;-)
Re: Is it really surprising....
Actually, going by their record, I'd put the U.S. at the top of that list.
Re: They may struggle with that one
"Can you say "prior art"?
since when has prior art counted in patent cases - can you say "rounded corners".
Re: Surely that's untrue?
"Measures we would reject as comically over-the-top might seem entirely reasonable."
Like the TSA ?
This is more likely just US propaganda - anyone sense us being prepared for another invasion ?
When it comes to paranoid in the extreme, us=nork . They have there gulags, US has Guantanamo.
"I have never seen this sentiment better expressed."
Well put ! The first time I read it as - sediment. it worked just as well, i.e expressed through a screen door -Yuk.
Re: Any distro recommendations for use on an old Thinkpad 365XD?
Definitely try a Slitaz install, 4 is the latest , but if that won't run - try 3 or 2. i'm like you , hate to throw out a working machine.
Re: not sure but
("foul play is not suspected" suggests accident, not suicide or homicide).
Actually, foul play is not suspected is standard newsreader code for suicide, as the suspected cause of death.
Respect for surviving family members feelings is the reason given for the reluctance to state the shameful truth.
Re: Not so fast
Compliments on the appropriateness of your handle. You would make an excellent corporate citizen.
"you can prove anything with statistics."
correction - you can justify anything with statistics. A subtle , but significant difference.
Re: Peer review the next big thing
" because my friends have a shitty taste."
Really ? Do you lick them or bite them ? Or did you mean, your friends do not have good taste ?
Re: Very cheap joke!
"And no. She couldn't be replaced by a rock. Lots of children would be very disappointed if she was."
And that explains it all - she's a kindergarten teacher and uses it for finger painting. Very productive indeed !
Re: One major difference
" Apple makes cheap ipods and unlike Samsung, Apple still own a very large chunk of the cheap mp3 player market."
Not where I live ! iPods are not cheap ~over $200. I have an android phone that cost $50, and makes an infinitely better valued device than an iPod, plays mp3's, use GPS, make phone calls, send texts, emails, apps, etc. etc.
From what I see, the only people that use standalone mp3 players, are kids whose parents don't want them to have a phone, for whatever reason.
maybe not the only ones.
"They make 2.5" portable hard disks with USB sockets soldered to the hard disk PCB instead of a SATA->USB convertor. "
I have a WD drive here with exactly the same set-up, I was appalled when I saw it, as it meant I couldn't swap drives in the enclosure if I wanted to. The upside was the drive including the enclosure was about the same cost as a stand-alone drive anyway.
Re: Bored of Blue LED now!
It's not "Bored of" it's "Bored WITH".
I hate "Bored of". It's horrible, it hurts my eyes, it's unnatural, it doesn't look nice, it's not trendy any more, PLEASE STOP IT, world!
That is all.
it is right up there with "try and do it" which to my eye reads as "you should try to do it AND do it "
what is wrong with " try TO do it " ?
Just hit the "Win" key,
I use an IBM model M keyboard, as do many others - where is this "Windows" key of which you speak ?
Re: Now I hate Win 8 as much as the next man
"Ah, I remember back in the day when keyboard manufacturers hadn't been forced to incorporate an additional OS-specific function key into their keyboards for no good reason. "
I still use an old IBM model M - what is this Windows key, of which you speak ?
"Frankly, I couldn't give a monkeys about the hardware - and not too much of a monkeys about the OS - as long as I can easily port my software from one platform (that means OS, newbies) to another."
So the fart apps are easy to port are they ?
Really balanced view of technology there - I am a developer, therefore software is EVERYTHING !
Grow up ! It is a symbiotic relationship software/hardware - either is useless without the other.
duchess (third-person singular simple present duchesses, present participle duchessing, simple past and past participle duchessed)
(UK, informal) to court or curry favour for political or business advantage; to flatter obsequiously. [quotations ▲]
1956, John Thomas Lang, I Remember, page 64,
On arrival in England he was “duchessed” in a manner that no Australian Prime Minister has ever been “duchessed” before or since. Northcliffe was looking for someone around whom he could build a campaign against Asquith. Hughes filled the bill nicely.
Actually, it's a term used in Australia to describe what the poms used to do to visiting Australian politicians.
You get them to do what YOU want, by wining, dining and generally impressing them with the the pomp and wealth of the mighty British Empire - then you knight them. Works like a charm with political hayseeds, and the poms are past masters of it.
Re: Oh dear...
Sorry, buddy, but you're not even on Obama's radar, let alone on his most-wanted list next to Assad and Merke... next to Assad.
it would be good if it was so, unfortunately, you are more likely to end up in gaol for life for copyright infringement than genocide with our present political leaders.
Re: Forget beer proof, is it Monsoon Proof
"I wrapped a laptop in two turkey basting bags, and two zip-lock monster bags and after a one-hour trip I had to dry everything and repack. Monsoons are hard taskmasters."
maybe you should have carried it in the car with you - instead of on the roofrack.
Re: I hate mobiles
" Everyone, for some reason, talks about whatever phone they have as if they're actually the guy who designed & built it. Maybe it's just me."
No it's not just you . It's the same with football ( We WON !! - no you didn't, you were just watching, they won !). Weird how spectators like to take credit for watching, buyers take credit for making. The Olympics will take it to a national level.
Re: Doubtful, I think
Speaking of carry: If someone else in that theater had been armed, there might not have been a dozen dead people on the deck, and fifty more wounded besides, when the smoke cleared.
Yep. Even better, imagine if everyone had been "carrying" - the death toll probably would have been in the hundreds !
Re: LG Optimus?
P690 these are a half price special at the supermarket here in Oz for $50 or 32 GB pounds. Absolute bargain and pulls in a signal in rural areas as well. makes the 200 GB pounds price tag on most of those reviewed seem poor value.
Re: File managers?
Total Commander PowerPack makes it even better. You quickly forget that it handles everything transparently - until you have to use a machine with just Explorer on it. Feels like working with both hands cut off . just copy the whole directory to a USB stick and you can run it from there.
Re: Marketing must love this
I especially love it when they use the phrase "..downoad speeds of UP TO xxx mb/s..." - bearing in mind that 'UP TO' does include the number 0.
I take your point, but I dont really think a download speed of 0 qualifies as a download, I call it waiting.
Re: 3G is not an alternative
4G modems on Telstra acheive downloads 40 to 60 mbps - cost is the major reason people dont download on mobile.
Re: Re: Re: And a more mundane consequence of non-jamming
Yes , local knowledge is a desirable attribute. For a real world example, my wife called a "Big White Taxi" after I passed out on the floor and vomited about a litre of blood.
Unfortunately, the government in there wisdom had decided to centralise the ambulance centre call-centres. So, instead of a local call-centre despatching a local ambulance the central despatcher 700klms away took the call and sent an ambulance to an address with the same street name but 120klms distant from me. After waiting an hour for the ambulance which did not arrive, she bundled me into the car and we drove to the hospital 20mins away in town.
Needless to say, I survived, no thanks to the ambulance.
"I've seen people text or IM and talk AT THE SAME TIME, at that point the texting/IM'ing is almost like a technological replacement for telepathy with your friends."
have you actually looked at the crap these cyborgs text. "gr8 lol" very intellectually challenging !
Yep. telepathy alright - communication between 2 mindless morons.
I'll gladly join Jake in the 20th century , if it means escape from these mobile twats.
I think he was right with the neo-luddite thing...the real luddites were just a tiny bit earlier than the 20th century.
Since when have they asked, and when have they needed a court order. Our arse-licking politicians would quite gladly give them access to anything they wanted - after all, they are our friends, so it would be in our interests surely ?
what's wrong with plastic ?
I don't understand the complaint about plastics in phones. Personally, I want something that is light and flexible enough to give a little if I sit on it, rather than tearing a hole in my pants. As long as the plastic is resilient enough to spring back and the circuit board and screen are not compromised, some flexibility should be a good thing - on the other hand , brittle plastic that cracks, rather than flexes - not so good. Now , making a phone that is sandwiched between 2 sheets of glass, doesn't seem like the smartest move to me, but I guess most folk never drop their phone - so no big deal.
quite sure all they pilot are camels and carpets.
Oh Dear, that is typical of the attitude of superiority that leads to very embarrassing consequences - Twin Towers anyone ? Never underestimate your enemy.
Hear, Hear !
I don't know who you are Jemma but I agree wholeheartedly with your comments - not so much about the phones (I have no need for a smartphone), but life in general.
Your not Verity Stobb by any chance are you, something about the style....
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