2647 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007
Re: Tupperware? What's that got to do with it?
Propene implies a double-carbon bond somewhere. Not the same as Propane.
The PC KEYBOARD power switch
Soooo.... Nobody here remembers the retarded keyboards from the mid-00's with the awful "shutdown" key? Especially the ones that had a row of "shutdown, suspend, sleep" keys right below the "insert, delete, hone/end" keys. So you could be trying to press End, but press the cursed shutdown key, which would send an unstoppable shutdown command to Windows! Weeeeee!!
I usually had an unsaved Notepad session somewhere, so that I could click Cancel on the save dialog to stop the process. Though if you took too long, all the other apps would have been killed by the OS anyway... :(
Expenses and strip clubs
Yeah, yeah, the wife tracks the bank statements. But really, she's not going to quiz you about a $500 lunchtime cash withdrawal?
Many years ago I went to a certain strip club and paid with my CC. The statement had it show that it was some generically-named "Regional Restaurant Operator". And during my last visit to Sin City, a cab driver noted that strip clubs in Vegas do the same thing, and that it's pretty common for those with corporate credit cards to charge such escapades as "food expenses". I doubt any of those guys has pulled a $17k bill though, that would raise red flags immediately. What would you eat for $17k? Diamonds?
Re: Its All About Getting Dev Support Early and In Numbers.
Right on one thing: Anyone betting mobile apps on html5 needs their head examined. It is stupid, even Apple tried that and failed (remember the original iPhone?). And burning previous SDKs is also stupid; the whole OSX transition in its time had Carbon released as a transparent transition route from Classic MacOS to OSX. And BlackBerry didn't even have the excuse of not knowing they were going down the wrong path: webOS had already crashed and burned by the time they started the BB10 transition!
Re: Now I'm Completely Confused
It's Nokias all the way down!
I've been fiddling with the idea of setting up an external RAID for my VM labs. USB would just not cut it, I already tried it and it is slower than simply using a big HDD, and there the advantage is lost. TB can handle the data rates for a decent ZFS pool and give me enough storage for it to be worth carrying an external box. Yes, they cost $700 so it's going to be a while before I buy one but at least I do see why I would choose a TB port, even if I don't do external SSDs.
Re: 4K is a temperature
ssssh .... pedantry with K and k means he'll soon come out with the kirbybytes and argue that 1 kB = 1000 and not 1024... that path leads to the daaark side!
Really, it is the lack of SCSI that made me start suffering from stuff I wasn't used to. I mostly used SCSI due to our heavy Mac usage back in the late 80's and early 90's, and it was far better than IDE/PATA. We could have 6 HDDs on a SCSI-toting Mac vs. 2 HDDs on a PC, especially in the "no secondary IDE" dark ages. No weird fumbling with jumpers, just set the SCSI ID on the HDDs and you're done.
Also, as others have mentioned, it was much more reliable, there's a reason high end stuff stayed on SCSI until SAS came out. Hell, the entire SAN concept was based on SCSI because it was robust enough to do that and iSCSI is the underlying protocol for most, if not all SANs.
BBM is good
It is AFAIK the only mobile IM service that can tell you if:
- Your message has been sent
- Your message has reached the destination
- Your message has been read by the recipient ***
Where the *** marks that one feature no other IM solution gives you. Ok, iMessage does that but you're confined to the iEcosystem. BBM is currently BB-only but opening up to iOS and Android gives all three platforms a worthy opponent. Also, WhatsApp requires you giving out your phone number, which is a concern if you value your privacy. BBM uses PINs, harkening back to the ICQ era and thus you can disassociate your PIN from a real phone number.
"I guess the best advice is: if you can't be bothered with a password then the fingerprint scanner is better than nothing."
If you can't be bothered with a password, you deserve to lose everything you had on your phone.. Nobody would leave their car unlocked on the street with the ignition key on, yet having a smartphone without password protection is the equivalent of doing just that. Of course, there are things that are worse than no protection at all, like 4-digit PINs and easily-hackable fingerprint scanners.
I'm surprised they didn't go for the Gummi Bear route, though...
I also like Blackberry (formerly known as RIM) and have stayed on the boat since 2008. In fact, I'm currently toting a brand new 9790, despite many asking me why haven't I migrated to Android or iOS. I haven't done so for security reasons (these are FIPS 140-2 and have real security built from the ground up) and privacy issues (I don't want Google slurping up my stuff). It is sad to see them slowly go down; I had previously seen Nokia as a possible jumpaway boat but Elop killed that option. I'm truly worried about MS circling BB, as I would definitely jump ship if they get their grubby hands on them. There's no way I'll ever use anything MS branded on my smartphone.
If only BB could release low-end BB10 handsets, they might get back some of the smartphone market. Not all of us are app hoarders.
It could be worse
They could've brought in the craptastic 'standing desks'! It's already horrible to spend 30-60 minutes standing on the subway during my daily commute (that's 30-60 minutes each way, not combined) and I'd be miffed if I had to stand 8+ hours as well during work!
Re: The Bravest Pickpocket In The Whole World!!!
He was packed chock full o' green&red herb mixtures, I s'pose...
The return is mostly because that stock raised.
Um, raised according to what? From the article:
By comparison, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, the man Elop replaced as chief exec, left Nokia with around $5.8m in severance pay and 100,000 Nokia shares – shares that are now worth 34 per cent less than when Elop took the corner office in 2010.
Anyone who invested under the assumption that stocks would raise under Elop were screwed over. Badly.
Re: Lets see a Windows version of ZFS which you can boot off, not just as an extension.
Indeed. I wish I could simply use ZFS as a standard between all my boxes instead of having to resort to FAT32 or weird VM skipping to stuff files on NTFS. Currently I can do so with ZFS with everything except Windows.
Linux kernel license
The fun thing is that everyone comments that the Linux kernel would never go for a more liberal license... when the kernel itself has kept itself in a more liberal license. Have y'all forgotten why the kernel didn't migrate to GPLv3?
Re: Which explains why it's so darned hard to swat a fly @Ledswinger
I use the cockroach variants of insecticide. Point it at fly, send a small spray. Fly will go down in seconds! And no need to make the entire room biohazard :)
Mr. Yamauchi, your princess is in another castle!
Someone has overlaid the Tacuba Station icon with tubes so that the station's logo looks like three SMB chomper plants. I now have the world 1-2 theme playing in my head every time I ride the subway! *dara dara dara*
It amazes me how people love bashing MS all the time. Those who say they'd rather install Linux then just install it and stop complaining
I have on most of my desktop stuff at home. The WinXP install broke sometime around 2010. Still haven't reinstalled it or upgraded. Though you're spot on with the commercial software for some cases, which brings me to your other troll point:
As for IOS, don't make me laugh. I've yet to meet an I.T professional who'd rather use that than Windows. IOS is for posers who like to sit there and look 'hip'. I like to actually *do* stuff with my PC other than watch YouTube or a few video's.
Apart from the awful grammar/spelling mistakes that would make a Grammar Nazi explode (and mistaking OSX for IOS), yes you can do most of the stuff you do on Windows in OSX. And you can also do UNIXy stuff as well, which on Windows means either installing Services For Unix or a Linux VM. And a lot of IT professionals will choose OSX as their main OS, or even Linux above Windows. You're just hanging around with the actual posers.
Hell, Windows 8 sucks so much I actually bit the bullet and switched (back) to Mac/OSX last year. And this is despite me hating the iZombie Fanboy effect, Apple's attitude under the last Jobs years and their patent trolling on round corners, iOS walled garden and such. But Microsoft's lame attempts at forcing themselves into their users is far more insulting than the Apple way. Far, far worse. Sure I could have simply bought a new laptop, wipe out W8 and install Linux but I would have been giving MS money for Win8, which I don't want to. Buying a Mac means I don't pay the MS tax.
Re: Una cerveza, por favor
Oh man. You just reminded me of an incident that some friends had when they went to Barcelona a couple of years ago. They arrive at a hotel at 3am and they're looking if they have rooms available. So they decide to ask if the hotel is "in Service". The dialog went like this:
Friend: Hay servicio?
Hotel Attendant: Si, en el último piso
(all of them start going upstairs)
H: ¡Oigan! ¡Pero sólo de uno en uno!
(cue puzzled look)
This is when they all found out that "servicio" in Spain usually means "bathroom", so the attendant didn't understand "are you in service" but "do you have bathrooms?"
> Shouldn't that be "Echarnos una mano"?
No. As someone else has pointed out, "echad" is the correct form for the 2nd person plural imperative of "echar", which is the infinitive.
Technically, it would be "Échenos una mano!" as yes "Echarnos una mano" sounds weird due to the infinitive. But in Spaniard Spanish, they still use the formal 2nd person (think of the Spanish version of "thee") so it is correct for El Reg to use "Echadnos una mano". :)
¡Qué buen español escriben en El Reg!
... because even with the overpriced hardware it does seem to fare quite better than some of the worst PC-side manufacturers (I'm looking at you, Acer!) and it's possible some of the user dissatisfaction has to do with Windows 8.
That said, Macs do have some issues, like my Poltergeist trackpad that every now and then gets possessed and starts jumping the pointer everywhere. A couple of hours of using an external mouse seems to bring it back to normal, though.
Indeed. Speed-writing on a Graffiti made me "type" faster than on a keyboard and write faster than on paper! However I do remember that the Graffiti used on the original PalmPilot and that on subsequent devices was different, IIRC because of a patent troll? Anyway, it was damn good, and much faster than actual handwriting!
Re: No PC Version...
You are living in the past. The Great PC Gaming Era is over. Get a PS3.
As much as I'd like to upvote you for promoting the PS3, I just can't because I still consider the PC a better gaming experience. Probably because of my golden gaming era being during the rise of the modding community with Quake1/2, I just can't consider the PC gaming era dead. Even less now that the new consoles are just going to be overpriced PCs (though I'm still probably going to get a PS4).
Re: Life imitates art
Wasn't there a stabbing incident as well during GTA4 release day? Seems that London has a knack on having real life imitating art...
Re: Same old same old
Indeed. GTA was a blast when it came out. The newer ones added new features ... but sometime after GTA3 it just seems like they're rehashing the same stuff over and over and over again. Which is probably why I'm now bored by the latest games.
And Rockstar seems to be wearing down the formula itself as well, with Red Dead Redemption (Grand Theft Horse!) and Bully (GTA with Bikes!). Still, the original game is still good... :)
Re: NTFS @eulampios
Indeed, ntfs-3g has the ability to recover data from FUBARd NTFS filesystems. I still don't know how, but some NTFS partitions will not be recognized by both OSX and Windows ... but ntfs-3g will mount it and extract any data w/o problem!
NTFS-3g and similar module support are still kinda iffy if you want to do regular writing on an NTFS filesystem. I remember trashing one of my Windows installs when trying to copy some files into the NTFS partition. Oops.
However, it is good for read-only ops. Apple seems to have kept NTFS support read-only as well, so maybe there's some secret MS sauce that breaks non-MS modules?
Re: Nice idea, but...
"The idea that rpm and dpkg are anything like as user-friendly as setup.exe is a joke."
Oh but it is, my dear shilltroll! In fact, the setup.exe option is so fucked up MS hasn't used it for years! Ever heard of MSI? Keep up with the times d00d! Any decent OS these days uses some kind of package manager, and that includes commercial OSen like Solaris, OSX *and* MS Windows. Interestingly, the advantage with the Linux ones are that you can download dependencies w/o having to go on a dependency hunt (unless your package is reeeeally odd). No dodgy sites here!
Ok, someone plugged an Xbox360 fanboy brain to the MS shill-o-matic machine.
Nope, most here aren't just "Linux lovers", but are IT people who suffer the most when vendors screw up. Win8 is one of these things!
Chav Phone hahahaha
This article had me laughing really loud at the office. The line about the 5S appealing to chavs, rappers & hoes had most of my coworkers laughing as well.
Praising form over factor will usually mark stupidity. I'm currently wearing a 1996 Timex DataLink watch. Back when I had it given to me (it was a gift) everyone would see it and think "meh, el cheapo digital watch." However it was worth something like $80? $100? because it could have your Outlook address book, calendar, To-Do list and reminders all downloaded to the clock, making it a watch-sized PDA. Much like the Casio Calculator/Phonebook watches (remember those?) which I also had previously, but this one was fed by the PC. Far more useful than $1000 bling-bling watches which only serve as mugger magnets.
Interestingly, this effect is also seen in phones, and isn't even something exclusively from the smartphone era. Anyone remember the $600 feature phones circa 2005? Some of them more expensive than even functional smartphones, but they were shiny!
Sorry, but if you actually use windows 8 on touch you'll find the old windows GUI so 1980's!
I found the MS shill! Where do I collect my prize!
Really, while there are few (veeery few!) people who actually like Windows 8's kiddy toy UI, someone saying they're in awe of that interface are surely paid to say that. I still remember when John Connor enters a store in Sarah Connor Chronicles and goes all "oooh awesome systems" when playing with Windows Vista. The consensus was "pleez Microsoft, tone down that product placement!".
Anyway ... Win7 is indeed good enough, but I'm pretty sure that the kiddy toy UI has more to do with lackluster Win8 sales than Win7 being good enough...
SD cards. It's one of those eternally-bitched-about things.
What is it about them that makes them so critical?
Either getting more storage for less $$$, or having upgreadability during the phone's lifetime. And no, cloud storage isn't going to be "fast enough" especially on smartphones; most of the time we're using 3G and it's either going to be slow or expensive. Or both. Lack of an SD card slot makes it a no-go; though lack of keyboard is also a no-go for me.
Seeing a company survive an Icahn takeover brings a huge smile to my face. Even if Dell isn't quite so great, it's good to see it go private.
They're talking about not carrying grenades, I'm OK with that. Yes, the TSA checklist does mention "no explosives" and stiff fines if you do try to sneak 'em aboard. (Though there's a good chance you'd be given the Menezes treatment if the grenade's on your carry-on!)
But replicas? Shouldn't those show up as plastic and definitely not carrying explosive material? Really?
Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24
In fact, if you have applied for even a B1/B2 visa, they will have ten-printed you as well. So even if you haven't yet visited the US, it's possible they already have your fingerprints.
Re: Can I just say @Tapeador
I use the "Windows 95" interface option in Windows 7's settings. As far as I am concerned Apple can fuck off and die.
Yet the Windows 95 interface was mostly a [MacOS] System 7 ripoff. In fact, it is probably what made it friendlier. Sure, there are things for which Apple has earned the hatedom of a lot of people, but the interface isn't one of them.
Re: Scared Chickens
RC4 has enough attacks against it that it is no longer considered "really secure" by cryptoanalysts. It is probably why FIPS 140-2 doesn't have it within its approved ciphers anymore. The best bet would be to use SSL with AES/GCM but the GCM part isn't quite supported by everyone yet ... still, AES is still a much better bet than RC4 anything or 3DES anything.
By 'suspects' one assumes you are talking about the misty-eyed Sons of Erin - the noble freedom fighters struggling valiantly against the evil forces of foreign imperialist occupation...
I'm guessing he was talking about the Guildford Four. Of course, the kind of conservatives who are blindly thinking everything is a liberal conspiracy are the same kind of people that will have both confirmation bias and selective memory on what really happened back then.
It is noticeable that people that are around your same age are basically saying you're full of shit, which speaks loads of how off the mark you are...
Re: It always starts at the low end.
"What year is this? XiaoMi is already worth almost twice Nokia."
Had you said this in the pre-Elopocalypse world, I would be shocked. Right now, I'm just meh.
Re: The bottom line *so* far.
Interesting. So it does seem that my views have been vindicated yet again with holding on to BlackBerry.
At least that's something I might actually fly in my lifetime ... assuming I win the lottery.
Re: the first iPhone was laughable by European (ie: Nokia) standards
You must be still affected by Jobs' RDF.
The first iPhone was a joke; it lacked so many standard smartphone features it wouldn't even be considered a smartphone by smartphone users!
No apps and Jobs saying that there would never be an SDK.
It was little more than an iPod that made calls and had PDA features.
Re: The way that Microsoft lost
"Legacy software" is not so legacy, maybe it's just "production software", the one they use to perform actual work and not just to look cats on YouTube or chat with their friends.
Ah yes ... its running on a Java EE 5 Application Server. You mean the production software, don't you? The one we use right now? Yes, there are some really old unsupported monstrosities built on the barftastic VB6, but those are being migrated to the aforementioned Java web platform.
Also when they connect to a remote server there's a good chance they connect to something running some Microsoft software.
It's either AIX or RHEL, though. Really, if you're pushing the MS domination card, server space is the least likely place you'll find MS dominating.
Re: Left Behind
Actually, you'll notice that Windows 8 stinks so bad even non-techies hate it. While previous releases may have had less noticeability in the changes between versions, Win8 managed to break stuff so bad even the techno-illiterates have noticed it. And the consensus is that it sucks donkey balls!
So yes, people are actually avoiding the Win8 gear, and even the few that are buying 'em are ripping out Win8 and reinstalling Win7. Those who don't know how to do that are asking their tech-savvy friends to do it for them. It probably surpasses even Vista as the most hated MS OS release in all of MS's history!
You'd think that by now, MS would have got the memo and "fixed" win8 (give the people a "disable kiddy toy UI" option) but they don't. It might be that it is only vendor lock-in that prevents people from mass migrating to another OS by now...
Re: Windows Phone was a fatal mistake
I'm not sure about the Android move. They were probably the only ones that actually had not one but three viable alternatives: Symbian (the Belle update), Meego and Harmattan. They had enough models to throw 'em out and see which one sticked, and I'm pretty sure at least one of 'em would've prevailed. They still were #1 in the market before the Elopocalypse.
But yes, the MS deal only served to kill Nokia worldwide. So sad.
There's one Quest software worth the money
The Virtual Directory Server thingy they bought from Symlabs. That's an awesome tool that needs a facelift, but it is pretty much unique in what it does. Unfortunately it seems to be put in the back burner since the Quest acquisition, and the Dell acquisition of Quest itself seems to be doubly screwing said product.
Interestingly, HyperCard was far better for interactive stuff than PowerPoint ever was. I remember passing a lot of stuff to HyperCard because of this, and the first iteration of e-books I ever saw (Jurassic Park!) in there. Sadly the tech didn't go much further.
Then again, the entire WWW is it's spiritual successor!
TBH, it wasn't the only game that did this. And games that relied on FMV's weren't necessarily bad, or even simple. Remember the Wing Commander series? The later installments (3 and 4) were a multi-disc thing mostly due to the FMVs (Look! Mark Hamill and the guy who plays Biff!) and that series still came out as an awesome franchise! (Let's forget Prophecy, please.)
So even the ones that were Interactive Movies would be pretty good, as long as they were mostly games and not the movie equivalent of "choose your own adventure".
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