354 posts • joined Friday 31st August 2007 20:00 GMT
Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
I remember reading those same words about lasers. I didn't think I'd ever own a laser device and now I probably have more than I realise.
Why call it a "skin tattoo" when it is nothing like a skin tattoo?
I think a more accurate name would be an "iridescent submersible combine harvester flan".
It appears my Mac Pro with its Dual 3GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon chips and 4GB of RAM is too old for Mavericks (or Mountain Cat for that matter). I'll have to save up for one of those MacDyson upright cylinder things.
Re: Damage-limitation ensues.
Quite so and have the on-board computer manage the flow of electricity.
"Captain, that was a direct hit on our starboard capacitor, we're down to 75%. I've compensated but we canna take another hit like that."
"Switch all power to front capacitors. Scotty, I need that fuel cell back on line in 5 minutes or we'll be on the hard shoulder."
Re: New Mac Pro
It's just you.
But whatever people think of the new Mac Pro and Apple's reasons for abandoning the old cereal box shape, what's the betting that its release will prompt a new trend in wacky designs from other manufacturers?
You people make me sick!
Listen! St Ive said:
"...the interface is designed to be unobtrusive and deferential..."
And he's a designer (and a knight) - so stop moaning.
If you're feeling nauseated it's probably because you're still hungover from too much boozing the night before or maybe it's your subconscious objecting to the crappy portait you've set as a background image.
"...by leaping into the void from a breathtaking 39,000m. Stepping from his foam launch platform, Babbage took the plunge into the history books..."
Or was he pushed?
Ahh, the "warmth" of analogue.
“I’m not saying you can’t be real with digital. But with film, for me, there was such a familiarity and comfort to it, a real warmth. We wanted to avoid coldness and any unnatural sense of perfection."
So can't they shoot it in digital and then apply a "warmth" distortion filter?
"I find your lack of grain disturbing."
Mine's the one with the rose-tinted specs in the pocket.
The video has an obvious crossfade at about 1:20 so all that messing about with the plastic bag was a waste of time.
I never knew that my "liquid metal" SIM card extractor was supposed to be tougher than titanium. As a quick experiment I've just dug it out of my drawer, stuffed it in a plastic bag full of scrap metal bits and given the bag a good shake. Now I can't find it! Does any one remember what it looked like?
We had chopper bikes way back in the 70s.
Re: Featured image.
Neither, this isn't a 700 type phone. It was made by "Face Standard", which I believe was an Italian manufacturer.
Re: No correlation betwixt one and t'other
"No 999 is slow - deliberately.
Only the first two are actually required (hence 9 for an outside line on most PBX systems).
The third provides time for the network to connect you and an operator to be on the line..."
I don't know where you heard that but it isn't true. My city has an area code "998", which would lead to a lot of false alarms with that system.
Great, maybe now they'll stop with the adverts.
I sometimes have to access my BT e-mail through a web browser and suffer all of those annoying animated adverts flickering away in my peripheral vision while I'm trying to read. I pay for this e-mail so why bombard me with adverts?
Re: Ball mark?
I can see a small mysterious bright object on the red clay. It's probably a shred of plastic material, likely benign.
From the video:
"...allowed people to, get access to, CAD material that would allow people to print their own 3D gun."
Yeah, but imagine if people could print their own 2D gun, now that would be scary. Or a maybe a 4D gun that could shoot at you from another dimension.
Just turn the whole escapade into a compelling new drama series (or maybe an hilarious comedy) that can be sold for mi££ions by the company's commercial arm - BBC Worldwide.
We won't even be allowed to play snakes on a plane.
"...Given the tight financial strictures of the US government this is unlikely"
Just find a military application for this thing and watch the $$$ come rolling in.
Austrian v Australian
Call that a ring?
Now that's a ring!
File? What file? I don't remember saving any files!
I owned a Sinclair QL and its Microdrives were a real let down. The QL was very late in delivery and had a "dongle" attached to fix the issues that made it so late.
For me, saving files to a Microdrive was a fingers-crossed affair and I would always verify that the file had been saved and then save it again to a second cartridge... or even a third.
...kindly enlighten me as to the difference between "unlimited" and "truly unlimited"???
I'm guessing that "truly unlimited" will be almost the same as "unlimited" but be subject to slightly fewer limits.
Naked chick strutting about on rooftop garden!
Re: Holodecks appeared briefly in...
The animated series of Star Trek featured a holodeck in an episode called "The Practical Joker". This was aired in September 1974. The holodeck was then called the "Recreation Deck".
The concept of a holodeck was suggested to Gene Rodenberry by the holographer Gene Dolgoff in 1973. Mr Dologoff spent a lot of time in his lab mucking about with lasers and convinced Gene Rodenberry that interactive holograms would be a commonplace technology in the future.
"...have Apple pulled a blinder here ?"
They also took the opportunity to fire Scott Forstall.
That's no moon!
Can't be long now can it?
Most of the devices currently in and around my telly are very similar to items in and around my computer:- Hi-res display, UI, hard disc, CD/DVD, blu-ray, graphics card, tuner, media player, wifi, sound card, speakers, web cam, etc.
Shirley it can't be long before some manufacturer puts all these items together into a multi-media centre (with a fully weaned UI) designed for the lounges of coach potatoes such as myself.
There's obviously no technical reason why this couldn't be done. I don't understand the manufacturers' apparent reluctance to create such a device.
Maybe it just needs someone to take the first step - Apple Television anyone?
Re: Oh, I don't know
Attractive? She's probably a bit of a dog.
I heard you the first time.
How come Cairns was chosen to host the eclipse?
I'll bet their poxy video stream won't be as professional as the 1972 Audio Recording from Lord's Cricket ground.
A pity about the rain though.
Life on Mars?
"The new bright bits are smaller, there's [sic] more of them and they are located inside the hole that Curiosity dug, rather than laying on the surface.
What would they be laying on the surface? Eggs? Each other?
Now that's what I call falling...
Re: Bah humbug - simulated picture
"...have you ever looked out of the window of a plane as you pass over the airport parking lot on a bright sunny day?"
At night a person's pupils will have dilated up to 25 times the size they are on a sunny day. The retina will undergo a physical change to make it many thousand times more sensitive to light. This takes about 20 minutes to happen and is why the cabin lights are dimmed before a plane lands at night - to give passengers' eyes time to adjust in case of emergency. Returning from night vision takes about 5 minutes.
Pilots need to be able to see, especially while they're landing.
Just change the name
"All-you-can-eat" becomes "All-you-may-eat".
Not that big of a deal.
The reason for the 'attack' may never be known... unless somebody squeals.
A sow bit Garner last year when he accidentally stepped on one of her piglets. His brother, Michael Garner, said: “He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind."
Looks like a clear case of self defence to me.
Re: The coming of commercialisation
Yeah, the covers were crappy....but the sound was amazing! I remember being wowed by classical music on CDs. I could switch on my hi-fi, start a track and not know what volume I'd left my amp at until the music started. No matter how careful I was with vinyl, the snap, crackle and pop was always in the mix.
I'm getting old too but I am nostalgic about the dawn of the CD. I don't link the event to crap music at all. Of course these days it's all MP3, with it's inferior sound quality...or so I'm told. At my age I've lost sensitivity to a good portion of the audio spectrum.
The Total Perspective Vortex is allegedly the most horrible torture device to which a sentient being can be subjected.
When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here." - Douglas Adams
I still have mine
Or rather, my brother's. We rehoused it in a metal box with a new keyboard and installed it under the telly to manage our video tape library. It worked well unless it got unplugged and we had forgotten to back things up to tape. But that happened rarely...maybe once a week.
FTL travel must be possible...
...or how else was I repeatedly probed by aliens aboard their UFO?
The figures in this study might be rather skewed...
...because they don't include the opinions of an unknown number of people who, like me, refuse to take part in such studies and surveys**
**Please don't quote me on this.
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