another apocalypse in making
I wonder what happens when we start pushing around these huge rocks (snooker balls) around the asteroid belt (snooker table) with our Earth being in the firing line!
47 posts • joined 2 Nov 2007
Having had the experience of owning two HTC phones I can tell you that the downfall of this brand its in using far too little RAM and system storage, causing the handset to misbehave less than there months of heavy app usage.
I have also seen a lot of other users with these issues. None of them will buy HTC again. They now use either Samsung or iPhone.
We had the technology for getting to Mars in 1960, it is called NERVA.
But what we still don't have is a clear benefit for going there. If there was a profit to be made from going to space, we would have done it long time ago. Without it, it is all FAR TOO EXPENSIVE.
"Unless there is a clear profit, human race is going nowhere in space."
A hard lesson that Mr. Zuppero (nuclear steam rocket scientist) had learned is still prettty valid.
So no surprise there.
Don't worry though, the third option Augustine commission proposed was going after asteroids and readying some refueling orbital stations for possible commercial haulage.
If there is any value beyond LEO for us at this stage, it's just asteroids.
"We are the wrong species for space."
Let's just have pint...
As a former 5mx owner, THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT YET!
Read it again, and again.
Sharp SL-C760 came close, but was let down by poor quality office software AND usability.
Nokia N810 fares a much better in usability with Abiword and Gnumeric, and of course the hardware.
(s)iPhone (that I don't and won't have) usability is awesome, but the software flexibility is still a let down compared to 5mx where all was included AND FREE OF CHARGE.
Nokia N900 is getting very close, as all high quality software is freely available - let's see about its not yet announced successor (give us smaller and more energy efficient device please!).
The biggest let down of all the contenders above is that my old 5MX lasted two weeks on a pair of AA batteries. TWO WEEKS and used daily and pretty heavily.
IMHO, the key to success is a sustained effort to develop a free high quality and heavily integrated software that works just as smoothly and effortlessly as 5mx.
Until that happens, we just going to have to bare witnessing fanbois squabbles with their 21st century equivalents of mirrors and trinkets.
Wonder when we'll start growing cauliflowers on our heads due to all the EM in the air. I don't think that day is too far off.
I think that there will be enough energy "in the air" to charge all my devices' batteries!!
I am sure someone somewhere has thought of this...
Because iPhones (in smartphone sense) are:
- not smart enough
- rubbish on battery - even worse if you need 3G on 24/7
- locked in to operators
- illegal to hack
- not enough decent software (I don't need it to calculate how to split the bill :-P)
- WAY too expensive
... etc, etc.
n810 can now be picked up for around £160, so there is no point having "netbook" or eBook reader for that matter.
Totally agree. I love books and read a lot. I use good old Zaurus for that, because paper books hurt my eyes as they are not back-lit.
I am more than happy to purchase books, but if they are not compatible with my readers that I can get hold of, what can I do?? Find it somewhere on the web?
I think that in the end it will all end up like any other media, torrented to oblivion. Why? Because of the apparent lack of compatibility and availability of legal sources.
Why Paris? Because she has to wear glasses too when reading paper books... ;-)
I remember reading some sci-fi, where all future wars were fought between military computers, reacting to one another's models. In the real world , there were no wars at all.
As for this article, I'm a big fan of DARPA. I think that unless humanity can make reasonably working models of itself, we'll be forever doomed in the chaos. It was A. C. Clarke that mentioned in one of his novels that in the future all political theories were first thoroughly tried and tested against their virtual models before anything got implemented.
That's where I think this is all going in the long run. There is far too much data out there for anyone to even attempt to make the sense of. We need working models.
@All hail Reason - the perfect weapon :-D
There was a report released lately about the most likely shape of the future warfare. Rings any bells?
I upgraded to 8.10 from 8.04 and due to multitude of bugs I did a clean install thinking it should work better. It didn't, it had the same issues - namely graphics vsync issues, gnome X issues, crashing applets... YUCK
I had to downgrade in the end. Jeez, this is the worst distro for me. I used to be a Mandrake fan, then PCOS when Mandriva started to ignore its bugs.
Ubuntu 8.04 is the only distro that recognises all my laptop's hardware out of the box and is very stable.
Bought Vostro 1400 laptop with 3GB of RAM and dedicated NVidia graphics. I thought, as an IT professional, I have to learn about mainstream OS. Yes it works but so do vacuum cleaners, but when you switch them off they do so as opposed to the mainstream OS - it starts installing patches and the process can't be interrupted.
This is just tip of the iceberg. SP1 broke my wifi catcher button functionality. Tried to setup net profiles? Ever renamed user and then found out that it didn't rename user directories, and you can't do it either without worrying you will break 50+ pieces of software you needed to install in order to have environment you are used to? Cooling fan blowing crazy most of the time? Etc, etc.
>>> It does what _it_ wants, not what _I_ want. <<<
Once I realised the the fact that I have no longer control over MY system, I knew I learned enough about the mainstream OS and installed guess Ubuntu 8.04 - all worked out of the box.
However, hats of to M$ campaign, that can be defined as "it just works", very clever. If linux community wasn't so diversified and fragmented, maybe we'd have a real alternative ready for an average industry office user and we'd also have software tools of equivalent or better than .Net.
Just one thing to say, those few hours to spare should have been used to proof reading. Especially for multi-million dollar deal. The amount of rows/cells is irrelevant, given Barclays' resources.
And to be honest, having used spreadsheets for years and being IT professional, I wasn't aware of such awful bug. PDF has always been presented as a digital print and that's what it should be.
Barclays with all their might should give a long thought to their deal making first and then choices of their software. It would be interesting if Barclays will do something about making sure that Macromedia will fix this bug.
1. FAR too expensive
This kind of device should be £50 at most. You can buy very decent laptop for that money these days.
2. No backlight (!)
I regularly read ebooks on my Zaurus SL-C3100. The main reason I love reading my books on it is because it doesn't hurt my eyes because of the backlight. I don't read paper books anymore for only this reason alone.
3. Too slow
Don't know what processor is in it, but it takes 1-2 seconds for a page to turn !!! Tried this in Sony shop.
Nuff said. Apparently you can't even backup this device - I read it somewhere on the net, so if your reader breaks, say goodbye to your books.
On the other hand I do understand the need for slow CPU and no backlight, keeps the battery going for very long time (in this case). But, and that is a big mama but(t), why sacrifice this for usability? Surely there must be a middle ground...?
I think there will be more devices like this to come in the near future. And I can't wait!
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