* Posts by Tim Roberts

22 posts • joined 31 May 2007

Taking a first bite out of Wolfram Alpha

Tim Roberts
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Good luck Wolfram!

The key sentence in the article is "For if any one thing is certain, the non-specialist press just love to tear apart new technologies the moment they fail to live up to claims they never made in the first place."

As far as I am aware Wolfram have never said that this the current release is the final version of the search engine. It's a great pity that Alpha will be commented on in the popular press, by people with significantly lower intellect than those working at Wolfram.

I for one hope that Wolfram is successful. I seem to remember that Mathematica was treated with some suspicion when it was released because many people simply did not understand it.

Judges rap police over raid on paedo expert

Tim Roberts
Paris Hilton


reminds me of a limerick

A dashing young fellow named bates

Danced the Fandango on skates

But a fall on his cutlass

rendered him nut-less

and practically useless on dates

Paris cos she's danced the fandango before I'm sure,

Pirate Bay guilty verdict: Now what?

Tim Roberts
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the fine?

Regardless of the guilty verdict, has anyone stopped to consider the fine? 32m ......even at Zimbabwe's exchange rates that is nothing short of insane, if for no other reason that it will be impossible to pay.

Billy cos he could afford the fine

US mums sue anti-sexting crusader

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The DA is obviously a fool or has never had children or both.

Anyone who has teenage children or works with them knows that part of the "fun" is reckless behaviour, pushing the boundaries, self exploration and making mistakes. After all how the hell do we learn? - by making mistakes!

The DA is a complete fool, and either does not have teenage children or knows F-all about them.

Show the idiot the door and tell him to find something serious to worry about, like adults who prey on children teens and others unable to defend themselves.

Better still join the "Intelligent Designers" and blame the devil.

Exclamation mark cos I just don't understand!

Microsoft promises IE web-standards love

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Paris Hilton

IE standards compliant?

I'll believe that when I see it. After years of doing what they like there is some way to go.

Paris because she is compliant

A grim day for browser security at hacker contest

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Paris Hilton

the question is...

...which browser has the highest number of exploitable flaws?

Tim R

Paris because she has had all her flaws exploited

Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft

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no need to spend lots of money on a "laptop"

I bought an eePC for my daughter - last year of high school - two weeks ago. It runs linux .... open office etc...and had no HD, but is quite adequate for what she needs for day to day stuff. She tells me that her friends thought she had brought a toy to school until she showed them what it can do. And the best thing is that it was AU$315 not AU$1200+ which is what the laptops that her friends have. To my way of thinking she can "lose" 4 of these little beauties before I'm out of pocket to the same extent as the parents of her friends. There is no good reson that I can think of to have anything else in a school bag. At home, well that's a different matter as you need whatever is appropriate for the software that you want to run. In my daughters case she uses Sibelius for her music. So, she runs that at home and not on her "laptop'

Tim R

Indulge your fecal fantasies with a doll that craps

Tim Roberts
Paris Hilton

Thank God...

that my daughters are too old to want to play with dolls any more - it was bad enough when my eldest wanted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ......

Paris cos she's full of crap

Apple update purges 21 security vulns from OS X

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@ AC

What? I'm not sure what prompted your vitriolic stream, but it has absolutely naff-all to do with the article. Jeez, you really do have a problem, and it's not just to do with macs.

Indian court urged to 'ban Google Earth'

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Paris Hilton

Yeah Right!

While you're at it ban GPS, mobile phones, maps, cars and any other tool the terrorists might have used. Better still ban more than two people in a group - schools, churches, business lunches, picnics.......

Paris 'cos ......

Microsoft preps IE 8 for the web-challenged

Tim Roberts
Gates Halo

Hmmm not surprised really

Given the popularity of alternatives that are standards compliant, this should come as no surprise. MS had only two ways to go - the old way and give even more people a reason to change or go with what the majority of other browsers do,

Not the death knell for IE or MS by any means, but is perhaps an indication that MS does not hold the power that it once did.

Hilton documentary reveals hidden side of Paris

Tim Roberts
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I suppose...

once you've shown the world the outside and the inside there is only the other side left to show.

Paris because its about ....... well, Paris

Dell hits all the wrong keys – again

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the obligatory lame limerick

oh my God! that new keyboard from Dell

has made all my type go to hell

now when I type @

I only get " that

no wonder I'm struggling to spell

Apple drags its heels on iPhone security patches

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@ Webster Phreaky

I wont bother to actually respond to your rant, but I would like to know why it would be necessary to patch a "whole".

I can only presume you meant to write:

" Apel dusn't no how 2 pach hols an bugs"

US woman sues over exploding thong

Tim Roberts
Paris Hilton

I wonder ...

if Paris has a V-string. She obviously has a "V" - half the world has seen it.

Deadly Oz snake bites tourist's todger

Tim Roberts
Paris Hilton

the outback

Paris, 'cos she's probably seen a cockatoo in the "out-back"

Windows XP bests OS X in RIA test on Intel

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@ Webster Phreaky

OK OK whats with the rash of ****tards? It must be the new way to pretend that you know something when actually you dont. So, which *tard are you mate? Wintard, PCtard, Linuxtard, F**ktard, mactard, appletard, Webster_Phreaky_tard? Or are you just a tard?


Anti-Scientology crusader vaporized from YouTube

Tim Roberts

Spare web address

I have a spare (free) web address that I'm willing to donate to the anti-scientology crew. Free as in beer.

French court says non to pre-loaded Windows on Acer laptop

Tim Roberts

What ???

WHAT ! quote " I think I might just go into a car dealership and ask to buy a car without the wheels because I might want to buy different ones, screw the engine (the bundled one isn't up to my liking) and I'll take it without paint please because I don't like the standard colours. Oh I also expect Peugeot to cover it under warranty if it starts to rust early or the engine doesn't work as well as I'd hoped"

This has nothing to do with essentials such as the car and its wheels. Windows OS is NOT vital to the running of the computer. Having wheels on a car is. Many (??most) car retailers offer different wheels and tyres when you buy. I would hazard a guess that if you really wanted to, you could take your favourite mag wheels to the dealer and tell them you'll have the car if they fit the wheels (especially if you have the cash).

Besides which, if you dont like the colour/wheels/engine/exhaust/seats don't buy the car ..... or is that a bit obvious for you. This is about being forced to buy crap softare with you computer, rather than having the choice about what is or is not installed.

Quote "Europe really is full of morons. Why cases like this even go to court and even worse get resolved in favour of the plaintiff I will never know."

I can only assume that you are from the US. If ever there was a F***** legal system they have it.

Sick to death of the bloody iPhone? Click here

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you can buy the iDust .....

.... on EBay of course


Paris Hilton dereassigned back to jail

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who cares?

well ... who cares?

Creationists open biblical history museum

Tim Roberts

some questions

I hope the museum will be able to answer some questions for me, and I'll focus only on the idea that man co-existed with dinosaurs :

1) if man co-existed with dinos, where is the evidence? I'm talking human bones in with dino bones, or the remains of dinos in old human settlements, dino bones with obvious human activity marks (cutting, scraping etc), artifacts made of dino bones. And, dont bother me with a single dubious "footprint" in sediments for which there are other credible explanations.

2) How did Noah fit all the dinos on the ark? It must have been massive by any standards, and it was supposed to have been built of wood.

3) What wiped out the dinos? If it was so catastrophic to them why not to humans? Perhaps it was because Noah didn't get them onto the ark at all, so the Bible is wrong?

4) What happened to the water dwelling dinos during the great flood? If other water dwelling animals survived, why did they not?

5)Why does none of the ancient rock art anywhere in the world feature dinosaurs? Some of it is easily old enough to have been done by Adam and Eve's close relatives.

6) How did humans cope with animals that the evidence suggests, were fast moving carnivores that lived and hunted in packs?

7) Why were none of the dinosaur species domesticated for food, protection, transport etc.

As soon as someone comes up with substantial credible evidence that humans co-existed with dinosaurs, I'll believe it.

You see, Science is about first collecting evidence, and then formulating theories that explain what the evidence means and how the pieces of evidence are connected. ( ever heard of alternative theories as to why giraffes have long necks? ) Then, when further evidence is collected, the theory is modified to accomodate it. The key here is the word THEORY. The THOERY of evolution fits the evdience best.

ID is not a science, it is much more as it is based on faith. ID starts with an assumption that the Bible is the absolute source of all truth. Then evidence is collected to support that belief. This is not the way the scientific method works.

So, I challenge ID'ers to answer my questions coherently and without referring to the Bible, God, Jesus or any other deity or religious tome.

There are probably plenty of further questions other posters will think of.


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