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Predictably, the list takes into account the influence of movies. Blade Runner fairly established the cult of dystopian megacities...
Among recent movies, I'd say Matrix would definitely have a place too. It will obviously become one of the greatest classics. The sequels will fade into oblivion, though.
I'm surprised anybody here suggested having sequels like Terminator 2, or even movies that evolved out of TV series like Star Trek. Being original, or at least more famous than previous works, is a necessary condition to be a classic, in my opinion.
Yes, it's Apple's product... They want to choose what devices work with it... They want to lock out competition... It is their right, apparently. Perhaps.
Apple might have the right to do all that. I still get royally pissed off that they restrict on purpose the usefulness of their products. It is hard enough to get computers to do what you want without having these people working against you. It reminds me of DVD region codes.
BTW, here is the description of the latest version of iTunes:
"iTunes 8.2.1 [...] addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices."
They would not say "will not synchronize with non-Apple devices any more". They know people would get pissed off. I cannot help feeling it would be more honest.
The point is to have a good reason to blame the texting driver after the accident.
Otherwise, the lawyer will counter the argument "driver was not paying attention
because he was texting" with such wonders as "it has never been proved that texting
diminishes the attention of a driver" and "if it was dangerous, it would be forbidden".
Disney barely got to the idea of having a BLACK HEROIN... Give them time!
(and critics are complaining that her counterpart is kinda light-skinned)
Joke aside, most of Disney's movies use old traditional fairy tales.
These stories are usually devoid of homosexual love.
In fact, the first gay main character in history to appear in a story for
children may well be Dumbledore, and that is at most hinted at in the books.
Taxes should be fair, but there is such a thing as going too much into details.
This is a good example.
The next thing they could do is to simplify how to pay tax over a nanny or
a babysitter. Currently, you need to register as a business in order to declare
your employee. No wonder few people do it...
Didn't they try to force companies to change to a new OS a couple of years ago?
Didn't that failed?
All right, Win7 is much better than Vista by any account, but you would think
they would try to make it easier on the companies this time, given how much
the strategy failed last time...
I wonder what they mean EXACTLY by this. As far as I know, there is no law in UK restricting people to have straight, plain vanilla sex in the missionary position (though there is such a law in Florida)
What is their criteria to call a sexual preference "deviant"? Anything they would not do?
Since I try to avoid looking at advertisements, which I consider as the first step to brainwashing and mind control.
When by chance I see an ad which does interest me, I google the product rather than clicking on the link. I do not want them to know their ad was effective :-P
Now that companies now they will be able to use their existing solutions, they need to be convinced that upgrading is worth the price of new, faster computers...
Because that's the main problem of Microsoft: companies have found they can actually survive fine with an older OS.
If they classified all gay stories as "adult", then the only books left about homosexuality are right wing anti gay propaganda, and "why Heather has two mommies" books for kids. They'd better fix it though. I understand the ire of the authors.
PH, she's apparently classified as "adult"
The lawyers? Stupid? If somebody told me I could get paid 1'000$ an hour for threatening legal action which would obviously fail, I'd do it. And if they'd say I have to dance in the courtroom in a tutu, I'd ask which color the tutu.
Of course, maybe they could have TOLD Goldman that they would lose, and spare them the expense... But that would have been integrity, and lawyer swear off integrity when they get their degree.
You mean the pics were stolen and burned on a CD in June 2006, and they did not appear on the web until Feb 2008?? I find that pretty incredible...
I can't imagine anybody sitting on all those pics for a year and a half. Maybe they tried to blackmail him in the meantime?
PH icon - HER pics are usually on the web after a day and a half at most...
Honestly, when that is the best union leaders can come up with...
It is a huge problem of society that it is possible for a small percentage
of fanatic zealots to take decisions with which the large majority disagrees,
but simply did not bother to show up. Yes, sometimes unions are useful;
but the leaders are too often self-important pricks who believe in ruling
the masses for their own good. Here is a typical example. /rant
Having a PalmOS emulator... I believe many people like these PalmOS applications, no matter how shitty the platform is to program on. Myself included.
My mind tells me that shorters are right, and the Pré is a really desperate effort. If Palm manages a comeback, it will be from the jaws of death.
But hey, people used to say the same about Apple ^^
I have nothing against palm (I have a treo), but they should have tried that years before. It's been clear for a while that their stupid palmOS was horrible to program for, and that they should change it...
Of course, this would have meant the apps painstakingly written for palmOS would have been so much garbage, but maybe they could have kept a few developers at the time. Now they are long gone.
There is an actual argument for using CFL bulbs and cranking up the heating.
Electricity is a "high-quality" energy, which is produced by burning coal far away,
producing steam, using turbines to produce electricity, which is brought all the way
to your house. You lose an appreciable portion of the power in the process. Using
that electricity to heat up the house via lamps is rather inefficient, with comparison
to using a gas heater.
But of course, the amount of energy saved is tiny.
Bernard Madoff was missing... Unfortunately, I couldn't put a negative score for "Trustworthy"
But really, I believe they will survive without getting sued their pants off. For instance, there's been a
"Rate my professor" for years, and some professors have complained, but the site still exists.
According to the NY Times, there are two different voiceovers, which
depend on whether you uploaded the song from a mac or a PC
If the song comes from a PC, it sounds synthetic and accented.
And a much nicer voice for a song from a mac...
(In other news, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world again. I'd bet he doesn't care)
Whatever the cost of an SMS is to the operator, it is not zero,
since too many SMS can overload the network.
Whoever invented the idea of SMSing all your friends on new years' eve should be shot...
Anyway, the point is moot, since operators do not charge the marginal cost,
but whatever people will accept to pay: In Canada, you pay $6 a month to
have caller ID, i.e. knowing who's calling you.
By default, it only transmitted over a few inches. So you first had to augment the range of the IR port (easy, like bypassing a resistor or something). And when people did this, HP 48 got banned during school tests, because you could transmit the answers to your pal three meters away...
By the way, my trusty HP 48 GX is on the table as I write this.
What a machine! 4Mhz cpu and 128 Kb RAM, AND a 32 Kb extension card!!
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