...watch it there buddy- I know it's a great headset but you're gonna spill that coffee!
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I think the KNO3 hypothesis could be right, you know. It's an oxidiser, and all you need is something for it to oxidise (e.g. fine tobacco- it wouldn't have to be carbon/sulphur) and it will go up quite fast. I agree with subsequent poster though that it would have to be confined for the rapid deflagration to become an explosion. I can see how a freak confinement by rolling particularly hard might cause it though.
"Inflation is caused by debt"
I was responding to a metaphor with a tongue-in-cheek extension of that metaphor. I'm sorry if this confused you. Are you also American?
"that chart is for computer OS's, not mobile devices"
Au contraire, if you look a little beyond the title, it lists iPhone, iPod Touch, Symbian, Blackberry, and Nintendo DS to name but a few.
"Apple care much more about profit share, mind share, and making great products, than market share"
This may well be true, but I was responding to the claim by Dru Richman that "the public has spoken, loudly, about which company it wants to buy it's electronics from". The previously noted fact contradicts his assertion.
" "95% of devices aren't by Apple" "
Please don't put quotation marks around words I haven't written. What I actually wrote was "nearly 95% of internet connected devices are NOT made by Apple". I know the meaning is similar, but if you're putting quotation marks round it, that implies a direct quote, not a paraphrasing. Moreover, I stand by this claim based on the original reference.
"the public has spoken, loudly, about which company it wants to buy it's electronics from"
Yes, that's why nearly 95% of internet connected devices are NOT made by Apple (http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=8)
"another opportunity for Apple to print money"
Really? I've heard that printing lots of money eventually leads to problems (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperinflation_in_Zimbabwe)
I don't think I'll be buying any Apple stock right now.
Do you really think anyone (apart from you) will actually want to look at them all? Isn't it better to break them down into "my baby's zeroth birthday" "my baby in the park" "my baby eating cake" or "me trekking in Borneo", "more of me trekking on Borneo", "did I mention I went trekking in Borneo?" etc. so that even the particularly caring friends/relatives can at least try to filter the wheat from the chaff.
I have 3,000 pictures of my OWN wedding (2½ years ago) which I haven't sorted yet (into a manageable 100 maximum) because even _I_ don't want to look through all of them- I guess you'd just upload them all huh? I'd check your hit counters and see whether you really need albums >1000 photos. Most people have an attention span closer to 1/10th of that- even if the event was (for you) "life changing". Oh, and- why the AC?
We're not arguing about "when a mythical event took place": whether you believe he was the son of God or not, the vast majority of historians agree that Jesus existed, and was therefore at some point born. Although I agree that arguing about when exactly it happened isn't very useful. We've set a start date and I think we just have to live with it.
As an aside, I believe all decades to run from the 5 to the 4. For example, the 80's ran from 1985 to 1994, and the 90's only finished in 2004. Just look at the fashion trends. People were wearing stuff in 1982 you wouldn't dare suggest was 80's fashion. The Spice Girls didn't make it big until 1996, and surely they are definitive of 90s music. The "Summer of Love" wasn't until 1967, and that's considered the epicentre of Hippie culture. So I say the decade will end in 2014.
...is the fact that it is now apparently impossible to hide your profile picture from public view. I am tempted to remove it altogether, as that seems to be the only way. I don't have any beef with the rest of the privacy re-vamp (except with maybe the "recommended" settings), just let me hide my face from the world if I want to!
The OS X roots are in BSD/Unix. Don't pretend that Apple had all the good security ideas for themselves.
But yes, Windows nagging basically compels users to click-click-click until things go away. So I disagree with the whole thrust of the guy's argument: in terms of UAC, Vista and 7 are about as secure as each other for the average user (who is perhaps surprisingly tech-illiterate). The main difference is there are fewer clicks in 7 to make the annoying boxes go away.
I'm guessing the accuracy of any one measurement is lower than 0.1mm, but when you take the average it does mean something. For example, maybe the accuracy is ±5mm for each measurement. You can calculate the error in the mean from the standard deviation divided by the square root of the number of samples. In this way, with a large enough sample size, you'd easily end up with a number like 13.97±0.01cm. Which, incidentally, still makes American penises significantly smaller than British ones.
@TimeMaster T - Thanks for the wikipedia link pointing out that not only does America have the highest firearm-related death rate in the world, it's heading for double the rate of its nearest competitor (which is bizarrely Finland- and before you mention NI in that list, the stats are from a time when there was effectively civil war, so that doesn't count as the UK). I think it can be argued without question that if they didn't have guns, they wouldn't be able to use them. And no, there is no other way of killing or being killed than with guns. Knives are safe, as are bolt guns, club hammers, and teaspoons.
@Heikki Härkönen - Heh heh. I got served. That wasn't the reference I meant to put in... I blame a copy/pase error... try this one:
or maybe this one:
Intentional homicides per 100,000 people per year:
Firearms-related deaths per 100,000 people per year:
Figure it out.
Isn't that what the pagefile is for? Oh wait, no- that's the other way around....
I have 6GB ram and no pagefile. Cue people telling me it's a bad idea, but my machine runs measurably faster than when I had 2GB ram and a 4GB pagefile. If I run out of memory, the application dies. I'm happy with that. Much better than the whole system grinding to a halt while it swaps to the disk so I have to reboot anyway.
Why won't they just admit that two (or three) buttons are better than one? The keyboard should not be involved in mouse operations. Just like The Independent, they're being different for the sake of it. It doesn't sound useful. The two-button-plus-scrollwheel model is ubiquitous because it's good. No matter how many extra buttons or functions they add to these things, they are a novelty that just gets in the way. I don't think we'll be seeing anyone copy this style in a hurry.
I forget which piece of MS-ware it was (probably an Office variant), but a few years ago I recall getting a CD that was sealed into the case with a sticker saying "By opening this case you agree to be bound by the enclosed license terms..." or something similar. How is that supposed to work? Surely that's not enforceable?
Hello again Laurel. I have just today noticed your essay about my posts regarding Pluto last year (http://laurele.livejournal.com/5823.html). I have to say I'm flattered that you devoted the time to respond to my comment so extensively.
I do however feel you may have taken my comments a little seriously. I understand that some of the readers of El Reg across the pond have trouble with it's dry, tongue in cheek, sometimes sarcastic reporting style. This theme tends to continue with the comments, and mine were no exception. As an aside, I think El Reg picking up the McDonald's story is probably quite tongue in cheek too. I'm sure the editors realise it was probably just a mistake on their part, but wanted a mildly amusing article from it.
Of course I didn't leave teaching because of a simple issue like that. The reasons were numerous and complex. The rigour and prescriptive nature of the teaching in some areas was just one factor. In that respect I agree with you- the curriculum shouldn't be so inflexible as to deduct marks from pupils that are understandably confused by the removal of Pluto's planet status.
I am a physicist by training, and my opinion of the matter of Pluto's classification is strongly in the "what difference does it make" camp; I don't really care either way. Your opinion appears in my view somewhat extreme. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but I am completely baffled as to why you care at all. It really makes no difference to anything. I'm quite familiar with the Orwellian power of language to influence thought, but I fail to see the relevance in this case. What has anyone lost if Pluto is regarded as a big rock like many others (including its closest "moon", which is more than half its size)? You may as well argue about whether my hair is blonde or light brown- it doesn't change anything. Except maybe for Hitler.
So, contrary to your suggestion, I do respect your "values", but I don't understand what they have to do with Pluto. If I was perhaps questioning your view on a moral, religious, or ethical point, that would be a question about values. The Pluto discussion is one of simple semantics- unless Pluto is some kind of religion for you? You certainly seem quite evangelical about it. You obviously have a lot of energy for this sort of thing, and I wonder what could be achieved if you directed it to a cause that actually helped humanity in some way.
At 94Ghz, the wavelength is around 3.2mm, meaning the chicken wire would have to be of significantly finer mesh than that for proper protection. Maybe 1mm holes might be okay, but a complete tinfoil suit is probably the best option.
On the other hand, most riots are probably too spontaneous for people to think "Hmm... I wonder if I'll be involved in a riot and targeted with a sinister directed-energy weapon today. Shall I put on my tinfoil suit? Nah, maybe tomorrow."
...that I'm glad I left Virgin Media for BE. Advertising isn't something I'm fond of. Life is so much more peaceful when you aren't being told what to want next. I don't watch live TV, I don't listen to commercial radio, I use ABP on Firefox (sorry Reg), and I don't take kindly to advertisements sneaking into my error messages.
Imagine... "Windows Media Player has stopped responding. Click here for fantastic Windows Media Player ringtones on your mobile. Interested in Windows Media Player? Everything you need to know is here. Enlarge your Windows Media Player and maker her squeal with delight!"
It's only one step away.
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