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Comment Re:AD 2200 (Score 2, Informative) 606

If flying cars were available tomorrow, they would not sell in any meaningful numbers.

Nobody, or near enough nobody has the means and inclination to fund the raft of licenses required to fly/drive one, and if they did they wouldn't be able to get insurance, or flight clearance in any way that would render it more useful than any other light aircraft.

James May of top gear fame went quite deeply into this in one of his many lucrative geek-out shows, I think it was 'James May's big ideas' S1E01 'Come fly with me'
There have been plenty of flying cars; the shortage is in flying-car ready consumers.
PlayStation (Games)

Gran Turismo 5 Delayed 122

RogueyWon writes "The Times is reporting that Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5, likely to prove a key title for the PlayStation 3, has been delayed indefinitely, despite an expectation that it would be released relatively early in 2010. The delay seems likely to impact Sony's plans to bundle the game with the PlayStation 3 console in time for the important spring sales period in Japan."

Comment Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 447

When someone else wants to use firefox start it as:

firefox -p

Give them a fresh profile, set it not to ask this again and it will default to theirs.
Run with the -p flag again to select your own profile when your guest is gone.
I do this regularly, it's easier than giving people their own userspace on my machine, and has the nice bonus that everyone gets their own awesomebar.

Comment Re:It's about goddamn time (Score 1) 640

I very much doubt there is a city, let alone a country in the world where the majority of smokes smoke two cigarettes a day.

You're comparing apples and oranges anyway.

Smoking one or two packs of joints in a day is probably impossible. You'd be asleep before the second pack ever happened.

If you disagree with this statement, you just aren't smoking the right strain.

Comment Re:It's about goddamn time (Score 1) 640

Cannabis is a wonderful plant, it should by all means be legal, but should not be left uncontrolled.

Under 18's that smoke are at risk of developing mental illnesses, I've seen it in friends and relatives.
As far as I'm aware, this risk isn't present with tobacco or alcohol.
If the developed world is to legalize cannabis, we need a way to stop it falling into the hands of our children (ie selling it prescription only, or to licensed individuals only.)
I'm thinking if we do this, street dealers will still have a market in u18's and individuals unable to get a license or prescription, so the cartel problem won't disappear overnight.

In the UK, where tobacco is heavily taxed, a similar, albeit smaller scale phenomena already exists.

Comment Re:Sorry, but the LAST book wasn't that funny, eit (Score 2, Interesting) 410

Mod parent up. I was about to post this observation myself.

The HHTG series got less funny as it progressed, as Adams grew more frustrated with writing.
He hated writing with a passion, and often had to be locked in his office to meet deadlines. Since the fourth and fifth books of the trilogy were new material rather than expanded radio scripts, they suffer from this far more obviously - it took him eight years to write Mostly Harmless, with the other books all being released within two years of each-other.

I must also note that Adams already started on a sequel, (prequel) called Young Zaphod Plays It Safe Wiki

Unfortunately he suffered a TEF at the gym before he could finish it; his final joke.

If you have genuine interest in his works you'd probably benefit from checking out the soon-to-be-released BBC remake of Last Chance To See Wiki - A short documentary series following some of the worlds most endangered animals, Due to start September 6th on BBC2

The entire radio miniseries is available on the BBC website linked above, and is drenched in Adam's usual style.


OnLive and Gaikai — How To Stop a Gaming Revolution 125

happierr writes "The gaming industry has been struggling in the last few months, and it is about to struggle even more when OnLive and Gaikai launch later this year. The new services are both a step in the right direction to counter piracy and provide easily-accessible gaming to people with low-end PCs. They might even do for PC gaming what the Wii did for casual gaming; greatly expand the market and draw interest from people who would not ordinarily play games. The services are a real threat for the Big Three video game companies (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo). How will they combat these revolutionary services? There are a few steps that the Big Three are taking to combat the New Two, such as an increased reliance on peripherals and vision cameras, exclusivity deals, and more online multiplayer features, which OnLive and Gaikai will have a hard time matching."

Comment And nothing of value was lost. (Score 1) 632

I fail to see why the targets of this move, the gangs of scum that hang around the outskirts of UK cities having their recruitment videos taken down is such a bad thing.
These videos show hooded/masked youths, bragging about their violent crimes, and showing off their hoards of stolen/black-market guns and knives.
Taking down the recruitment videos helps to stop the gangs growing, it's part of a wider tactic police here use to disrupt the social lives of the gangs, forcing them apart.
Of course, if you'd rather the scum of the British underclass were allowed to rob, stab shoot, and deal drugs freely, you're welcome to take them, and let them do so in your own country.
We're sick of it here, especially in Liverpool.

Submission + - Google Desktop for Linux released (blogspot.com)

FrankNFurter writes: "Today, Google released a native Linux version of their desktop search. Available are packages in the .rpm format (for RedHat/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva) and .deb format (for Debian/Ubuntu), both only for the x86 architecture. Google Desktop for Linux offers the same search features as the Windows version, a quick search box, integration of Gmail and the indexing of man and info pages. Not yet available for Linux are gadgets."

Journal Journal: AMD brings next-gen graphics card to Power MAC G5

AMD recently announced a next-generation graphics card, the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition . The card combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D game performance. "The device represents a high-performance PCIe graphics upgrade card for the Power Mac G5 Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual. Upgrading to the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac helps pro-application users maximize their creative potential with t

Feed Viagra for Women Turns Her On (wired.com)

One writer asks, why shouldn't modern sex medicine benefit women? Her boyfriend tries three erection enhancers to find out which is the best -- for her. In Sex Drive Daily.

The Courts

Submission + - Salvation Army sues website for parodic image

infoterror writes: "Apparently, the Salvation Army decided that a single GIF file was enough to sue over. What's creepy about it is that they decided to threaten the domain name registrar, not the site on which it was hosted. The press release from a known internet prank site gives more information, but what's most telling is The Salvation Army's legal filing. When corporations sue to protect icons, can total loss of free speech be far behind?"

Submission + - Firebird 2.0 final released

Samyem Tuladhar writes: After 2 years in development, the Firebird Project today officially releases the much-anticipated version 2.0 of its open source Firebird relational database software during the opening session of the fourth international Firebird Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

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