I've been on an original iphone for about two years at 35 quid a month. I have recently been waiting to see what the third gen one would offer and cost, but it's £185.
69 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
"If there isn't enough atmosphere for a gliding landing, why would there be enough for a parachute?"
Because you could provide the shuttles with a much larger parachute than their wings. That way you get more drag from the same atmospheric density.
They might be better off keeping the shuttles in orbit and using Soyuz style entry modules to get the crew and supplies to the surface, though.
I've had one of these for a couple of months and overall, it's not bad.
I have one major gripe, which is the remote control's volume buttons don't affect the volume output by the TVonics box! Instead, you're supposed to set the remote control to output the correct IR codes to control your TV's volume, which doesn't work at all with my setup, which is a TVonics box, AV amp and projector. I have tried and failed to get any customer support from TVonics.
In the two months I've had it, it's completely crashed once. This left me with a blank screen and a high pitched tone, until I turned the box off at the mains. It recovered fine when I turned it back on, but I did fear it might corrupt the hard drives and lose recordings. It seemed to cope though.
I have also found it sometimes flat out refuses to set a timer via the guide. Normally, you hilight a programme and press record and it says "Setting timer for Name" for a couple of seconds, then underlines it in red. Sometimes, it says it's settign the timer, but then doesn't. This is rare, but when it does it you have to manually set it, by telling it to record channel x from a until b. Not a big deal, but a bit of a drag at times.
My final moan is that the remote doesn't seem very powerful. I have the box on a top shelf, behind my sofa and I always have to point the remote backwards, over my shoulder to use it. My older freeview box never had that problem.
Like the review says, it doesn't do upscaling, but if your display does it anyway this is not a problem.
Having said all that, I am actually quite happy with the product overall.
God, the auto-correction winds me up so much. For a start, it's the wrong way around. When it suggests a word, you should have to tap the word to accept it, not carry on typing to accept it. I particularly hate it when you type in something you would like to search for, the suggestion pops up without you noticing, and on hitting 'Search', it changes your search term. Bag of shiy.
Just let us turn it off.
'The rattled victim and her partner "met with Dick Smith Electronic's area and state manager late yesterday in a bid to reach a compensation settlement but the company referred the matter to its legal department". '
It sounds like she wasn't hurt by this at all, but rather was more concerned about what would have happened if a child was exposed to the images. So how does compensation come into it?
Why is it that whenever you guys write about DARPA you descend into this weird writing style? Is it just because all you're really doing is copying and pasting the report from somewhere else, so you feel you have to pad it out a bit first? Whatever, it's tedious having to read twice as much article to get the same amount of news.
I notice most commenters think the woman was a bitch for accusing the guy. Maybe she had good reason to because he's had affairs before and is generally a bit untrustworthy? Maybe she also knows he's stupid enough to make the kind of mistake that would result in them showing up on the clubcard.
It's hard to care either way, but how about a bit of balance?
It's almost as though the publishers had no knowledge of some of the most successful games of recent times or never even bothered to look at the game they were publishing.
It almost seems as though the developers had no knowledge of copyright law.
It's almost so ridiculous that they could try and claim it was a deliberate attempt to demonstrate the lack of respect people have for the hard work of others.
"No, the ultimate deterrent to hijacking a plane is armed passengers"
That sounds like a great way to destroy a plane by mistake if you ask me.
The best way to prevent hijacking is to not have a door between the cabin and the cockpit. The pilots could board the plane through a different door entirely.
Unfortunately, it'd be more expensive to retrofit planes, so instead they put guns on them and make them more dangerous than they were in the first place.
They should use the cetaceans' sonar to detect enemy vessels.
eg. multiple allied vessels listen to the sound emitted naturally by whales and dolphins and use the differences in what they hear to reconstruct the size and shape of objects blocking the passage of the sound through the water.
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