I noticed on the CPGB website they had a little clip from a Radio 4 interview with their national organiser Mark Fischer, who I met a couple of years back, I don't agree with everything he says, I think the Trotskyist remarks are somewhat unfounded. But its good for people wanting to get a overview of some of the insults (and adjectives) that are used on the revolutionary left, people do ask me whats the difference between a Stalinist and a Leninist quite often hopefully this will help answer. Download it here, 5MB.
I know I've posted the banana one up on Portal Forums, but I'd thought I'd cover it again here, as well as a new video. Simply because they're so dumb, you couldn't be any dumber if you tried. This is, frankly, in my opinion the finest work "creation science" has ever done, they moved into "creation comedy" so seamlessly. It is disappointing that some people have taken these seriously and have used them to re-enforce their beliefs, I look forward to a world where people, all people, will be educated and intelligent enough to laugh at how ridiculous these guys are.
There's one small problem with this argument. It assumes that god created the banana in its present form. Guess what? He didn't. We created the banana over the last ten thousand years. God's wild banana looks something like this:
In fact this proves evolution. We changed that thing into the bananas we eat today. Like almost everything else connected with agriculture, we produced the species we have today, crops of all kinds, cows, pigs, you name it we've changed it. We selected which varieties could reproduce and which could not.
The banana and all domesticated species are proof that evolution works.
There's one small problem with this argument too. It assumes the early Earth was a giant peanut butter jar. The early Earth was rich in hydrogen based gases, methane, ammonia, water vapour etc. A peanut butter jar is not the right conditions.
It also confuses evolution with spontaneous generation, nobody is saying you'll magically get something like an insect in there, it took the Earth four billion years to do that. Evolution explains why we have so many different species in the world, and how we get new species, evolution assumes you already have life. It doesn't deal with how life started, that's where abiogenesis comes in, and you don't start out with anything remotely resembling a modern single celled life form, something that took four billion years to evolve.
You start off with methane, hydrogen, ammonia, water vapour etc, a few sparks of lightning and you'll get amino acids, they self-assemble we've watched it happen in only a few hours. Amino acids go on to build proteins, nucleic acids form which can make copies of themselves and so on. Sure there is much more research to do, but all the bits are there and the number of gaps god has to hide in is progressively shrinking.
It shows the intellectual dishonesty of the creationists, they've made these points for decades and no matter how much evidence, no matter how many times they're told that evolution doesn't deal with the origin of life, or how many times they're told that a banana is a domesticated plant they just carry on parroting the same utterly nonsensical arguments because they need to keep the faithful inline.
"Evolution is a fact not a theory, it really happened" - Carl Sagan.
It seems Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars has a major issue with running as a standard user. Symptoms include standard users not being able to run the application, with the system reporting that it does not have permissions.
In my experience this is due to the update application not setting the proper permissions on files after modifying them, it basically removes the users group from the CNC3.exe and other files.
To resolve this issue navigate your way to the Electronic Arts folder. Right click on the Command & Conquer 3 folder and click Properties.
That will open up the Properties window, you'll want to click on the Security tab and then click on the Advanced button.
You'll then need to click on the Edit button near the bottom (you'll notice its got a little shield icon meaning you'll need to elevate at this step), you'll then be presented with this window, which at the bottom has a check box next to 'Replace all existing inheritable permissions on all descendants with inheritable permissions from this object' you'll need to check that box, and then OK your way back out.
It will then go and set the proper permissions on all the objects inside the Command & Conquer 3 folder. That should resolve the issue. However unless EA fix their update application it could well happen again when they next release a patch.
Other than this oversight the application otherwise runs fine as standard user, and installs fine from a standard users' desktop while elevating using UAC. So it is only a relatively minor fix for EA to apply at their end.
Katie Melua in her song Nine Million Bicycles had a bit of bad science in the second verse:
We are 12 billion light-years from the edge,
That's a guess, no one can ever say it's true,
But I know that I will always be with you
Anyway, after a tongue-in-cheek article appeared in the Guardian about this she did another cut with some more accurate lyrics:
We are 13.7 billion light-years from the edge of the observable universe,
That's a good estimate with well-defined error bars,
And with the available information, I predict that I will always be with you
Here's Michael Shermer featuring it in one of his talks.
Much better. :D
Yes, it runs Windows Vista, including Aero and it features a 7 inch touch screen. The specs are as follows:
VIA CPU (the one we tried had a 1.2GHz chip).
Windows Vista Business Edition.
7-inch sliding, tiling wide-touchscreen.
Tri-band UMTS / HSDPA, quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE .
WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0.
Biometric reader, front-facing camera.
Microsoft pushed the development of the Ultra Mobile PC devices over the last couple of years, as a sort of mini-Tablet PC. With a number of manufacturers releasing models. Its definitely good to see more manufacturers join in with such a wide array of devices to try and push the price point down, hopefully to the point at which I can afford one.
Engadget has more details.
This is in response to Robert Peston's whinge on his BBC blog. Mainly about how his iPAQ isn't supported on Windows Vista, and how Outlook XP makes him type his password in.
My HP iPAQ PocketPC will never be compatible with Vista, even though the software it runs is Microsoft software. Hey ho. That's an expensive and serviceable bit of kit written off prematurely.
That iPAQ would be running a very old version of Windows Mobile then. Windows Mobile Device Center (the actual software that interfaces with it, Windows Vista doesn't per-se) supports the last four versions of Windows Mobile.
Have you actually checked with HP to see if they have a ROM update that carries Windows Mobile 2003 or above? May be you should find out and if they don't, ask HP why they don't (let's be honest - they want you to buy a new one). A lot of Pocket PC manufacturers release updates. Perhaps you should shop around next time and find out which manufacturers have the best track record for doing this.
Your engineer has however held out the tantalising prospect that Olympus may produce new drivers such that I would eventually be able to transfer sound files from my digital voice recorder to my new Vista laptop. But so far, those drivers are proving a bit elusive and my digital recorder may also become redundant.
Right so this is an Olympus problem so why are you writing an open letter to Bill Gates? A guy who after all didn't handle the development of Windows Vista and a guy who doesn't and can't tell Olympus what to do without being dragged to court over being anti-competitive or abusing power of a near-monopoly.
I installed Office XP on my new laptop, and have been puzzled and irked that Outlook will not save sign-on passwords. It means I have to type in my passwords every time I check my e-mail accounts for new mail.
Right so it works other than that?
This is what AppCompat Guy says: "This was a difficult deliberate choice. During the development of Vista, it was discovered that the password storage algorithm used by Outlook was too weak to protect your data from future, potential attacks. Both the security and application compatibility teams decided that protecting your data outweighed the inconvenience of having to retype your passwords. As the appcompat representative, I can assure you this was not a decision we took lightly"
Right. So the password encryption used in Outlook XP (6 years old) could in theory within the next few years become retrievable using a realistic amount of CPU time on a compromised machine.
Between a rock and a hard place. What would you be saying if your e-mail password was compromised, yet Microsoft had the ability to prevent it? Well Microsoft have prevented it. What's worse you having to type your password in, or somebody potentially reading your e-mail?
So just to be clear, Microsoft has created a new operating system that isn't properly compatible with a best-selling, still perfectly useable version of its own software. Which of course provides quite a powerful incentive for me to spend up to £99.99 on upgrading to Microsoft Outlook 2007
You do not need the latest version of Outlook (2007). Even a four year old version of Outlook will do the job fine too.
The upgrade adviser (downloadable from Microsoft's website) would of told you your iPAQ wouldn't sync, it would of told you Outlook XP has some issues, and it probably would of said your Olympus voice recorder won't work or at the very least it doesn't have any information about it. May be you should just install Windows XP on the machine, and ask the supplier for a refund on Windows Vista?
And a quick word on all the comments on Robert's blog coming from the Apple-faithful, getting a Mac isn't the solution.
1) You'd have to spend well over one thousand pounds to get the thing doing nearly what the Windows machine did. You'd need new software, new hardware, new peripherals, etc. Instead of one or two things being incompatible virtually everything would be incompatible.
2) Apple have a horrible track record of compatibility. Just take the iChat application, if you're using an old (in Apple land old is just 2 years) version of Mac OS, say 10.3, you can no longer chat to people on 10.4, because Apple released an update for 10.4 which stopped people from being able to connect to the iChat application on 10.3, because they no longer supported 10.3. So that's a hundred pounds somebody would have to put down, just for a tiny incremental update so they could chat to somebody again. I won't even bother going into the whole Mac OS 9 -> Mac OS X thing, or the whole PowerPC -> x86 thing.
Get real, we're trying to ease the problems Robert Peston, and some other users are having, not make them twenty times worse.