1121 posts • joined 17 Oct 2007
Re: Alternate History
You're wasted on here...
Ask not how much Dell charge to install Firefox
Ask how much Microsoft penalises Dell for installing a competitor to IE
She should change her name...
Mine's the one with the cunning plan in the pocket.
No more traffic management?
when quizzed by El Reg, confirmed that it was ditching its downstream traffic management policy
Without the pr0n, there will be hardly any traffic to manage! No wonder they're offering a speed boost.
I think you've uncovered the causal link between a reduction in productivity and an increase in dieting and detoxing that occurs after the new year!
Re: OSX Mavericks
Hardware from 2007 is supported
My 1st Gen MacBook Air (core 2 duo, 2GB ram) is not supported by Mavericks, or Mountain Lion for that matter. The limitation is hard-coded in the OS, it's not that my hardware can't run it. Tim is so concerned I might have a poor user experience, he wont let me have any user experience at all!
There are tools available to get ML to install on unsupported hardware but I'll probably just migrate to linux instead.
Standard Business Practice
Keep up the appearance of normal trading, right up to the moment the administrators come hammering on the door. For example
To be fair, to do anything else would probably precipitate the kind of collapse a genuine business would be trying to avoid. But how is the punter supposed to tell the difference between a company trying to stay in business or a scam trying to fleece all it can?
Stop eating pasta!!!
Based on the assumptions that:
1. The Flying Spaghetti Monster exists
2. S/He has the power to destroy us all
3. S/He doesn't want us eating his brethren
we must immediately stop eating pasta or face the consequences! Unless (3) is incorrect in which case we must eat nothing but pasta!
Someone call a lawyer...
Re: To the next issue
How much is climate change affected by the concentration of gay people.
Are you saying that if the gays stop concentrating, global warming will increase? Someone better tell Peter Tatchell to stop tweeting!
Re: stuck in my head
Doo doooo d-doo-doo
Re: Why are we paying for this?
Where are the vendors supporting 13 year old Linux distros?
If you have the budget to support one million machines at $200/year each, you might be surprised how quickly a vendor will show up with a crack team of coders and the source code on disk...
As a UK taxpayer...
As I'm helping to pay for this, I'd like a copy of the patches for my XP box.
If neanderthal genes make up a sustainable 20% of human DNA, why are they described as extinct? There may not be any genetically "pure" neanderthals around but are there any genetically "pure" humans either? Even the most rabid white supremacist will have some surprises in their generic make-up.
ASA - still a waste of space
A slap on the wrist and don't do it again, while the perpetrator has long since moved on to the next scam. How about some proper enforcement like making companies provide what they advertise? In this case, half price line rental. But the ASA is a toothless, industry lapdog that allows broadband to be sold as "unlimited" when the opposite is true, with speeds of "up to" X mb that most punters get half way to achieving.
That special £50 feeling
Is that the feeling you get when the shop refuses to accept your £50 note?
I prefer that special £5 feeling I get when the cashier/bus driver thanks me for not using up their entire float to make change for a £20, as that's all that cash machines dish out these days.
Re: About time.....but
"A Matt Bryant post I agree with."
It's a Christmas miracle! God help us, every one…
Re: All hail Turing, but pass the sick bag for royal connection
"Hey get a room you guys"
Get a room, not a conviction followed by a pardon half a century later...
"There's an argument to be made that those companies are much worse than the NSA."
I can choose to use the services of Google et al, or their competitors, or none at all if I want. It's a free market and I decide if I want to exchange personal data in return for their services. There is no equivalent free market in espionage. I don't get to choose which government agencies snoop on me, what personal data they gather or who they share it with, and I certainly don't get anything in return.
Re: Definition required
"Well, what happened back in the old days when there was basically no expectation of privacy because everyone in the community kept up with you?"
You kept up with everyone else, so there was a balance. You also knew who could be trusted with sensitive information and who could be relied on to gossip to anyone who would listen. You had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Now the balance has been upset. Governments routinely snoop on their own and other nations' citizens, with no oversight - they "keep up with you" while ensuring you cannot do the same with them, all justified using the opaque and unassailable argument of "National Security"
"The percentage of toddlers being able to read/write and operate a keyboard is, at least by my rather empyrical experience, extremely low."
Are you a toddler then?
I'm sorry. I tried really hard to resist the pedantry...
Re: An unsolvable decision problem
When is the single best point of time to eat bacon?
That was too easy...
@Psyx - Doing what with pineapple rings?
The man from Del Monte says "Yes! Yes!! Ohhh God YES!!!"
"it would not be in the public interest to prosecute...having particular regard to the young age and personal circumstances of the suspect"
Don't we have youth courts to deal with young offenders? Why do "personal circumstances" allow you to avoid prosecution? Surely they only come into consideration during sentencing? Or were the accused youth's parents rich and/or well connected?
I would be more accepting of the decision if the CPS said there was no point prosecuting because the threat wasn't credible. But it might be little comfort to the victim.
he just looks a bit like Richard Whitley
They look even more alike today. What? Too soon?
The US *is still* at war.
With whom exactly? For what objective? By what measures will we be able to judge that the war has been won, or lost? Or will we always be at war with Eastasia?
"DAB radios emit a squawk so hideously painful to my ears"
I agree, those southern accents do grate on the nerves...
P.S. Am I on the naughty step or is Mr O personally moderating all the comments on this article?
Re: @Turtle @@ Stuart Longland: Wow.
A decade's worth?
It took a previous employer 5+ years to migrate from one version of windows (NT) to another (XP) on the desktop.
New spin on an old cliche
If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. So we're going to find out absolutely everything about you so you can watch X-factor in peace.
Kevin the work experience boy
Will GCHQ be giving him the standard "redundancy" package, i.e. a holdall just large enough for him to lock himself inside?
Re: Suggested reply.
Feel free to visit Castleford and tell the locals the correct way to pronounce the name of their town. I reckon you wouldn't get to to the third syllable...
Head slap, coz that's what you'll get.
@DainB Let me fix that for you
Seriously, does anyone really use Windows 8 for any productive (as in paid) work ? May I ask how ?
I can see how this works...
The plant is recharged by specially trained and certified personnel wearing a fat suit stuffed with AA batteries
Re: As a PS3 owner
DVDs are far from enough. If you can't see the huge quality difference between a BluRay and a DVD then you are blind or under drugs.
I tried doing a controlled test by watching the same film on DVD and BluRay on a 42" TV and I couldn't see the difference. Maybe my PS3 is too good at upscaling DVDs. Maybe my eyesight isn't sharp enough to resolve the increased resolution. Or maybe the quality difference isn't that huge? It's certainly not as big as the leap from VHS to DVD, both in terms of picture quality and functionality.
I've seen it. Sylvester McCoy deserves an oscar for his portrayal of your final stand against the lesbian space zombies…
What do you mean you haven't got to that bit of your life yet?
Re: The whole point?
Yes, once I've Googled a company, MY COMPUTER remembers the URL, not me.
I have the misfortune of using more than one computer and I can't necessarily transfer my bookmarks between them, but I still don't necessarily re-google my favourite sites. Unless there's a stupid hyphen in the URL that I can never remember where it goes. So there's a time and place for either method.
The whole point?
I thought the whole point of domain names was to be the memorable link to the unmemorable and potentially changeable IP number. DNS is the directory service. Once I've googled a company to discover its URL, I don't keep googling it.
And I used to know off by heart how to dial the phone numbers of the local take-aways and taxi firms, but I couldn't tell someone the number if they asked me, I'd have to dial it for them.
Can I have
I preferred the brevity of your previous post...
Probing, but not necessarily with any success
Reasons for Kennedy's gloomy prognosis are not hard to locate. Incredibly the Healthcare.gov website's search box helpfully suggests SQL injection attack strings in its autocomplete list - indicating someone at least has been probing the site.
If the autocomplete list contains "Bollock Cancer", it doesn't mean American men all have the disease, it just means it's a frequently submitted search term.
Similarly, if the list contains SQL injection strings, it doesn't mean the attempts were successful, it just means they were submitted frequently.
I think the author needs to try harder to locate
Reasons for Kennedy's gloomy prognosis
Re: Can we stop ...
It looks like the person who named it ISON has down-voted you!
WHO was it that TAMED the WOLVES?
Well this article was a disappointment. Or maybe I'm getting obsessed with these Dr Who @ 50 celebrations...
Re: Appraising the creatives.
Developers\Engineers hate this sort of crap. Partly because it's usually conducted by people (HR) incapable of understanding what we do and how we do it.
It's partly because we're just not that good at marketing ourselves. If we were good at marketing, we probably would have ended up in marketing, using hackneyed metaphors and twisted definitions to sell shite to our own grandmothers. What we deal in is solid answers to properly defined questions. Either the code works or it doesn't, you don't write it with half a mind on whatever the corporate values are this week.
Sadly, this leaves us at a disadvantage when competing for a share of the bonus pot with cretins who can portray abject failure as resounding success, often due to the long hours put in by the techie staff to save the company's neck after the creative types have dropped everyone in it.
Re: Once upon a time
Sorry if I didn't make it clear but the point I was trying to make was that my old employer DID assess salary and bonus independently, i.e. if you completely ignored your bonus objectives and concentrated on improving your skills and taking on extra responsibilities in your role, then you could still expect a pay rise, especially if the market rate for your skill set had increased. If you could demonstrate you had met all your bonus objectives (and performed satisfactorily in your role), you would get your full bonus, no normalisations or calibrations to bring things in line with a predetermined bell curve.
I suppose you could have concentrated on meeting all your bonus objectives while doing a shite job, but then you'd be on a disciplinary path and excluded from the bonus scheme anyway.
There was no culture of "If you're not over performing then you're under performing", and the company (and it's customers) benefited. Which was one of the reasons why it was such an attractive target for a hostile take-over from a bigger, less reputable competitor. Then the rot set in.
Once upon a time
My first employer had a novel system - you got paid to do do your job based on market rates for your skills and experience and your bonus was determined by meeting objectives above and beyond your role. Management made the assumption that all the IT staff would meet all their bonus objectives and budgeted accordingly. Turns out that not all staff did and actual attainment fitted a bell curve, but the system was transparent, the unused bonus money went back into the IT budget and everyone was happy.
Then my employer was bought out by a bigger but less liked rival and one of the first things they did was "harmonise" our bonus scheme so we would fit in with the rest of their demoralised staff. The link between salary and market rates was severed and pay reviews were lumped in with bonus objectives. Instead of being budgeted for at the start of the year, the size of the staff* bonus pot was decided at year end, based on company affordability. Performance reviews would go through a sausage machine of "calibrations" until everyone ended up with the same mediocre result. No bell curve, no over or under achievers, and no explanation of why. For the first time in over 20 years, industrial action was threatened...
*bonuses for the board came from a different budget, obviously.
Re: Well, Microsoft would say that, wouldn't it?
for every XP still in existence, it's a lost sale
And as the RIAA have taught us, a lost sale is exactly the same as theft, so come April 2014, Microsoft will be releasing one final XP patch that gives users a choice of buying and installing Windows 8 or being prosecuted.
A modern OS like Windows...
But not Windows. That would be some variant of Linux then?
Why don't government departments just deduct tax when paying these companies and hand it straight to HMRC? Then the corporations can try claiming it back...
"If I ran an FM station I'd campaign against DAB too"
As it states in the article, The largest commercial [FM] operator is pushing for the switch over. It's the smaller, more diverse operators that are campaigning against the move, partly because they can't afford the access fees charged by the multiplex owners, which skews the market in favour of the big boys, with their completely non-unique blend of adverts and turgid X-Factor 'hits'.
6Music is an interesting case - it has a similar audience share to Radio 3, even without being available on FM. Were it to broadcast on FM, there's a good chance it could push Radio 1 into third place and maybe challenge Radio 2 for the top spot.
Re: Two Questions
Bad El Reg. You were supposed to provide an update to the story, not replace it completely. Where has the original ESA quote about "extremely low orbit" gone?
I shall be contacting my solicitor/writing to my MP/cancelling my subscription/etc...