98 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007
Form and Function
When Windows 95 came out, I was still using my Amiga 4000/040... and Windows was still trying to play catch-up to it... and failing.
Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare
Black Marks and Credit Ratings
Honest question: In the US, if you keep your credit record clean for 7 years after you've had a credit issue, that bad mark ages off making your record clean again. Does it work the same way in the UK, or are there different aspects that come into play?
I ask because his fight has gone on for 15 years, more than double what would be necessary in the US to right his credit rating by just letting the black mark age off.
Where's Teddy Roosevelt when we need him?
"[A] leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale."
Good Lord! I don't even know where to begin with that steaming pile! It's not even WRONG!! It's such a freakin' delusional statement. Time-Warner's customer service is a joke (putting it VERY kindly), while Comcast is Satan Incarnate. I really can't see anything good coming from this unholy union.
I'd never even heard of the game before all this brouhaha started. *shrug*
I must be one of the lucky ones, then. I have yet to experience any problems or anomalies in using Yahoo! Mail. I've had the account since the late 1990s, and I still use it every day. Go, as they say, fig.
Holy cow! A remote control to UNLOCK YOUR CAR DOORS?? What a horrible idea! It might be "convenient," but that technology is just rife to be abused! Hackers will be unlocking car doors left and right and thefts will skyrocket! What's next? Remotes that will START YOUR ENGINE WITHOUT KEYS?? Just hang a big ol' sign in your windscreen that says "STEAL ME PLEASE!" You'll get the same result!
In other words, any technology can be looked at as being a prime choice for abuse; some more obvious than others. But, just because it could be abused in its current (lack of) standard, doesn't mean it's not worth examining, and to find ways to lessen the chances of it being either accidentally or maliciously activated. In theory, remote bricking sounds like a good idea for what is essentially a computer in your pocket. Now, let's see if it can be done reasonably with proper safeguards.
Well, according to the US Inflation Calculator, if it cost $6,000,000 in 1973, it'll cost $31,480,675.68 today.
That'll be a rather unwieldy title for a TV show, though.
I'm considering myself lucky
During the time in question (late November through December 15th), I didn't visit a Target store or their website to buy anything.
No point to this post, really, just counting my blessings.
Re: I want Windows 7 back because I prefer to be slow!!!
I'm really happy for you that Windows 8 was a fantastic experience for you and your acquaintances. That being said, and judging from the responses not only at El Reg, but also on countless other forums, you and yours are the exception.
You could have the fastest OS in the world; lightning quick, open apps before you can tap the application icon, and all that fun stuff. But being quick is worth less than nothing if the interface gets in the way of the user. If the user has to page through screen after screen on a hide-and-seek mission to find the app he/she is looking for; if the interface isn't apparently intuitive to the user, then the experience falls flat and irritations rise. An application that would have taken the user two seconds to launch before on the old interface, now takes the user up to 10 seconds to locate and launch, the speed factor is effectively annulled.
TL;DR, The OS should never get in the way of the user trying to do the task at hand, and for most users, Windows 8 fails in that way.
My current MacBook is an iBook G4 running OSX 10.4.11. I don't care how much tweaking and twerking you do on it, I DO need a new MacBook.
No, silly, it's peanut butter.
Modular Phones and Modern Art
I hope all the bits and bobs are going to be available in different colours. I want to build a phone that Piet Mondrian would love.
Re: BOFFINS: BILLIONS OF EARTH-LIKE LIFE-FRIENDLY ALIEN WORLDS IN GALAXY
And I suppose the Proper British spelling for a certain precious metal is "platinium"?
aluminum / aluminium... let's call the whole thing off.
Re: BOFFINS: BILLIONS OF EARTH-LIKE LIFE-FRIENDLY ALIEN WORLDS IN GALAXY
@hplasm - "oddly, neither is Euphonium- the element all 'brass' instruments are made of..."
On that note, I can't seem to find Harmonium on the Periodic table, either.
...nor by the Occasional chair.
/mine's the one with sheet music in the pocket.
Still won't upgrade; even for free
I still use a iBook G4 with OSX 10.4.11 (Tiger) that I refuse to upgrade any further, mainly because of ONE solitaire game (that runs in the Classic environment only) that I am wholly, horribly addicted to: Beat The Dragon 2.5. I can't find a version that doesn't suck like a black hole -- I'm looking at you, BTD 3.0 -- on any other platform. And, since OSX took away the Classic environment in 10.5 and above, I'm not budging.
I know it's silly, but damn it, I love that game.
So... It's a glorified IR connection, then? That's so last millennium.
Everything old is new again.
Obscured upgrade path
Personally, I think one facet of the slow take-up of Win7 is that there's no clean/clear upgrade path from XP to 7 (aside from ponying up the dosh to get Win7 Professional Ultimate; even then, it's not very intuitive).
Create a utility/tool/program to help Joe Punter upgrade his perfectly capable XP machine to Win 7, or at least make it a more simple procedure to upgrade, and more people might be enticed to do it.
Only one way to disable TPM
> ...OEMs have the ability to turn off the TPM in x86 machines; thus, purchasers can purchase machines with TPMs disabled...
The thing is, I don't want the TPM chip to be "disabled," I want it REMOVED from the motherboard altogether. That's the only way I know I'll be able to trust my computer to run the OS and software I WANT it to, and not be beholden to some shadowy organization and/or find the chip possibly re-enabled because of a processor change, or BIOS battery replacement.
The tech reports I've heard mention two interesting "features" about the Arirang: it does not access the Internet /at all/, and it cannot make international calls.
Because, goodness knows, the average North Korean must not communicate beyond the borders of the DPRK. That road leads to madness.
*cues up "One Step Beyond"*
Re: It would be a better companion
What's japanese for "The Mile-High Club"?
On second thought, maybe we need a new name for orbital boinking.
This might be the only time when being a mug is a good thing.
No Cookies Please, We're British
A bit strong on the rhetoric, there. Blocking third party cookies will lead to an Internet Apocalypse? Small businesses will perish? Who cares if there's a whitelist? Blocking third-party cookies is BAD! DON'T DO IT!
*checks to make sure ABP and Ghostery are up-to-date*
You're wasting my oxygen, Mr. Rothenberg.
Light, not pigment
When referring to pigment, red, yellow, and blue are the primary colours.
However, when referring to light, red, green, and blue are the primary colours.
Well, I guess you'd have to think like an astronomer. Star colour is an indication of its overall temperature. A red star like Antares is cooler in temperature than a yellow star like good ol' Sol, which is cooler than a blue star like Rigel. The further away from red in the visible spectrum, the hotter the star.
I presume that's why the picture has the hot spots in blue and the cooler spots in red.
I've always loved astronomy. :D
SHHHH! Not so loud!
"Redmond assured users that the bug is not being actively exploitated by hackers."
...at the moment. I'm sure once word spreads, some hackers will be all over it like white on rice.
Awesome! I still have my Datasette, 1541-II, and Action Replay and SID Symphony cartridges. Look me up on Q-Link!
*sniff* God, how I miss those days.
You know what they say...
No honour among thieves, and all that.
As far as I'm concerned, as soon as the tens digit in the year changes, it becomes a new decade. I don't give a leaping G-d damn about the Year One/Year Zero people.
Happy New DECADE, El Reg!
Ceci n'est pas une Pope.
Carole Pope of Rough Trade should have something to say about that.
...not to mention Sinead O'Connor.
Where's St. Patrick when you need him?
It's a Good Thing (tm) that I live in New England. let's see one of those slithery tropical beasties last through a good New England winter.
Point and laugh, boys. Point and laugh.
Extra-Large Hadron Collider
Combining matter and antimatter... I don't see what the big deal is. Right now I'm combining pasta and antipasto in my stomach and I haven't blown up yet.
As Magnus Pyke would probably say, "SCIENCE!"
It's like a modern day C64 (Speccy, Amiga 500, Atari, *your favoured retro computing platform here*). It's cute, but I'll have to see how much it is before I think about giving up my hard-earned dosh for it.
Wasn't that the Plymouth equivalent to the Dodge Aspen back in the 1970s?
Hey, now! Whoa! Let's step back from this for a moment. I'm looking over the comments here, and I can't believe what I'm reading. You mean to tell me that this Trabant-based automobile looks _UGLIER_ than some of the other "futuristic," day-glo bubble-cars that many other automobile manufacturers have been saying are the Next Big Electric Thing?
Just compare some of the other electric car designs that have graced the pages of The Register's 'Leccy Tech, and you'll find the Trabant design isn't that bad at all. At least you can fit more than just the lead to charge it in the boot space. I'd like to see one of those when it's made (but living in the US, I have every doubt in the world it would even be seen on this side of the pond).
I beg to differ. KDE has been my desktop of choice for years. There hasn't been any difference in speed with KDE vs. Gnome, for instance. On that note, I've found the lack of personal configuration with Gnome to be maddening at best. I may be a Debian user, but I make sure it installs KDE rather than Gnome, and I couldn't be happier with it.
I'll stick with Google, thanks. Whenever I hear Bing, I think "cherries" or "Crosby," not "search engine."
Paris, because when it comes to cherries... oh snap, I went there!
I've used Opera for years (even paid for a license key back in the day). I found it worked best for me. And that's what a browser should be, a personal choice. You like IE? Use it! You like Firefox? Use it! You like Safari? Use it! You like Mosaic? Use it (if you can)! Just don't have the audacity to point at me and say my browser choice is wrong, because I'll tell you to piss off.
That being said, that blogger needs the WAAAAAMBULANCE desperately.
Paris... because even SHE doesn't want to be limited in her choices.
"Chavs & Scallys"... Why does that sound like a department store chain?
I got this great Burberry strap for my Rulex watch at Chavs & Scallys. It was a steal!
Not bad, really, but it looks nothing like a warthog. I'll wait and see what their Rocksteady concept looks like before I have a final opinion.
Mine's the one with the tortoise shell buttons.
I can't see you, I don't need you.
NICE Move reference! Full marks for that one.
Turn on the computer and it's ready to go... "instant-on" computing without boot-ups or hard disks... Wasn't this the norm years ago? I mean, my C64 did that.
Paris... beause everything old is new again.
I'll bet the petrol generator will be driven by a 5.3 liter double overhead cam V-12... just because they can.
Paris... because Jags aren't the only ones that are fast.
To the left, to the right...
AAAAA-GAAAAA-DOO DOO DOO! Push pineapple, shake the tree...
Geez, you people at The Reg are slipping. This was a perfect story to break out that old Black Lace song.
Paris... because she'd look pretty darn hot in black lace.
(What's a nice pineapple like you doing in a place like this?)
Small Cars, BIG Price
As a septic (I know how much you love us 'Merkins), it does my heart good to see such righteous indignation over specialty small car prices. The same shock and horror you feel for paying £15000 for a G-Wizz electric is pretty much the same as the shock and horror Americans feel paying $15000 for a Smart ForTwo. And don't convert the Dollars to Pounds. The Dollar isn't twice as easy to get in the US as the Pound is to Britain, nor do Americans make twice as much as UK citizens. Getting/making 15000 in either denomination is just as difficult no matter which side of the pond you're on. Just my 2¢ (or 1p).
A part of the whole
I think I have some cells on me that aren't doing anything special right now. Put me down for a kidney and a pancreas, please... hold the liver.
Paris...because even she'd want some replaceable parts.
No love for Tommy Flowers, then? ...just kidding.
I'm always amused that our friends across the pond call vacuum tubes "valves." It's an apt description for what they do, sure, but it sounds very steampunk-y to my ears.
"I bought an old valve radio at the boot sale!"
"Well, fire up the boiler and tune in Radio 2, then."
I'd really like to spend three months in Hong Kong if only to check out the examples of counterfeiting and knock-offs that are available there; that almost-Apple branded notebook, for example. Could you imagine what could be flying under the radar there that we'd never hear of? From the laughable to the ingenious, and all of it inexpensive.
Thomas Flowers' 1500 Valves
As an Anglophile American who has yet to visit the UK (I will someday, I vow), Bletchley Park is high on my list of "Places to Visit Before I Die," if only for its historical importance.
"Ford is heading in the direction America and our customers want us to go..."
Oh, NOW they're heading in that direction. It bloody well took them long enough.
I think Ford took a bit of a PR hit when, in the middle of ever-increasing fuel prices, word got out that they had a 65 mpg Fiesta in Europe that would never be brought into the US. They claimed the engines would be too expensive to build here and gave various other excuses. Mm-hmm...
Keep building those F-350s, Explorers and Excursions, Ford, you're right in tune with what the American people want. Goodness knows we don't want an inexpensive econo-box, or a car that gets over 25 mpg city driving. Oh! And make sure the cars you do build are all boring and feature the same cookie-cutter styling. You don't want to disappoint your American customers for yet another model year. [/sarcasm]
A long-range compact or sub-compact EV is a bit more tricky to produce than a mid-sized vehicle, mainly because of the batteries. You have more room in a mid-size vehicle to store all the batteries needed than you do in a sub-compact design. Well... you could have as many batteries, but you wouldn't have any usable boot/trunk space... and possibly no back seat... and maybe no passenger seat.
That being said, I, too, am waiting for a compact or sub-compact EV that has a decent range and able to do (US) highway speed without breaking into a sweat. I'll even go for an extended range vehicle (you know, the ones with the petrol-powered electric generator). I'm willing to give auto makers some slack on this. They've only seriously started to produce electric vehicles in the past couple of years, and they're still trying to get the technology right. (Yes, I know of the EV1, thank you.)
- Updated Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders