Very interesting. Thanks!
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...but all a laser would need to push to the moon is three astronauts, the command module and the lunar module. Not the squillion tonnes of rocket underneath.
Bundling a few thousand of those laser pointers should do the trick - there must be a mountain of them somewhere as they're now banned IIRC.
1998, early phones had a charge that lasted 4-5 days with minimal use outside of calls, teeny-weeny B&W screen, a clock and the capability to text message (stop right there, pedants, I know that's not 100% accurate but you get my drift).
2011 we have smartphones which last maybe 2 days between charges, but we get a fat and juicy full-colour screen, internet access, GPS, games, organiser, 1000's of music tracks, video capabliity (films and video calls), email, and apps to do a squillion and one other things. Hours per day in use has probably quadrupled at the very least.
The battery in my Galaxy S2 is no larger than the one in my Nokia 2110. I don't think that's bad going, really. Go back a few more years, and you needed an althetes build to hold the damn thing to your ear for more than 5 minutes (think back to Gordon Gecko talking on the beach).
With margins of 60%+ on the iPhone they'd be fools not to milk it as hard and for as long as they possibly can. Their only risk is being horribly crushed by a falling tower of cash.
And at the end of the day they are a business (yes, iFans, a for-profit enterprise) so of course they view customers as 'moneybags'.
PT Barnum said: "There's one born every minute". He wasn't referring to fanbois, but it's oh-so very apt....
I get the same effect by lying down on my desk and leaving my monitor as it is. I've had to sellotape my keyboard to the cubicle divider but it means I can catch a crafty 40 winks without attracting undue attention.
Still working on the mouse problem: something cobbled together from a metal tray and fridge magnets should do the trick
Microsoft bod 1: Say, it seems as though everybody is moving to a widescreen display.
Microsoft bod 2: Hmmm, it seems you're correct. I know, lets put a big ribbon at the top of all our applications.
MSB1: Erm, I'm not sure you understood what I said.
MSB2: It'll work especially well in Word, because of the aspect ratio of common paper sizes.
MSB1: Riiiight. Wouldn't it be better to put the ribbon at the side of the screen?
MSB1: How about as an option? That should be relatively easy to do, surely, and would help our core customer base hugely. We did it in the past, remember?
MSB2 (with hands over ears): La, la, la, la, la.
MSB1 (quietly): I really must update my CV.
A more Machiavellian way of looking at it is:
As this is just an exercise in *pretending* to listen, having a boat-load of duplicate petitions means less of them actually cross the 100k barrier. As this reduces the number times they have to get off their arses and pretend to listen in the HoC, don't expect to see the copies being culled any time soon.
"because that's all that matters"
Very true, and if/when the research is independently verified then I'll show a lot more interest.
However, tying yourself to a bunch of evangelical young-earth creationists does not, to my mind, give me confidence in Roy Spencer's critical faculties, or enhance his credibility as a rational, unbiased scientist. If the results had shown the opposite of what he claims to have measured, I very much doubt they'd have seen the light of day.
Fair point about the hive mind, that was a bit weird. If we start menstruating at the same time then I'll really start to worry.
He's a kook, and a signatory of the Cornwall Alliance. Here is the first article of their declaration:
"We believe Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence —are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory. Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history."
Hmm. Not saying he's wrong with this research, but for me that hits his credibility pretty f*cking hard. For those too lazy to google:
A cynic (e.g. me) might suggest that the beeb losing most of F1 to Murdoch, whilst still funding the utter crap that spews from BBC 3 (and often BBC 1) is steering public sentiment towards paying a larger license fee in the future.
As I said, only a world-weary, misanthropic cynic would think that could possibly be true. It would, however, explain the cheery reporting.
Had to share the brain-dribblings of this Amazon commentard:
"I've been waiting a long time to see the complete extended version of Lord Of the Rings on single discs, it was going to be the excuse for me to finally buy a flat screen HD tv and a blue-ray player. Now I'm not going to bother, I'll stick with the orginal version on video."
Yup, that's right, he's sticking with his VHS and fish-bowl CRT because one third of this trilogy comes on two discs. Tard indeed.