208 posts • joined 16 Nov 2007
Re: Funny that..
Here's a tip that worked for me.
Email their CEO, Tom Mockridge, firstname.lastname@example.org, telling him that you regard their constant unwanted communications as harassment under the terms of the Harassment Act 1997. And that if you receive any more communications you will take action under that act against him personally, as the person responsible for the company.
You'd be amazed how quickly they get their arses in gear to get it stopped and just how apologetic they get.
So you thought you'd hold of the inflammatory language this time then?
Shurely Shome Mishtake?
"Replacing one drive takes about 15 minutes of work. If we have 30,000 drives and 2 percent fail, it takes 150 hours to replace those. In other words, one employee for one month of 8 hour days. Getting the failure rate down to 1 percent means you save 2 weeks of employee salary - maybe $5,000 total? The 30,000 drives costs you $4m."
But what about the cost of any outage between the drive failing and your engineer getting it back and restoring the data?
Or the data you lose because they were written after the last backup?
Or the reputational damage if the failing drive takes out a customer-facing system?
Someone should donate some old issues of Private Eye to whoever actually handed them the contract.
Something else we need to know
Who is getting the contract to handle the database?
Bad enough if it's serial incompetents like Crapita, but if like the census it's being handed over to a Yank company, then that's a serious problem for privacy.
What grates for me...
... is the use of the word "fails" when "failures" would be so much more literate (and non-American).
Re: Radio 4 this morning
"they have no plans to sell it to private companies"
This is distinctly different from "they will NEVER sell it to private companies".
Weasel words, weasel words...
The US can NEVER be trusted
Anybody who thinks the US will actually respect any agreement it might claim to sign up to is a naive idiot.
Uncle Sam considers the rest of the world to be his property, to do with as he wishes. If it suits American business interests or imperialist aims, the US will spy on, murder or invade anywhere necessary. The only sane way is to work on the basis that America can be trusted about as much as Soviet Russia could.
It can be enlightening
Understanding the demented mind of a man like Hitler can be useful in countering the demented ideas of those who still idolise him.
And it's useful in other ways. Religious groups often try to portray atheists as monsters, "because Hitler was an atheist". Which is rather disproved by, "And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord."
"Personally I find a muslim appearance whilst wearing a racksack to be the most effective...."
Though potentially life-shortening if any of Cressida Dick's death-squads are on the tube.
English translation needed
I have no idea what "kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb" means.
This seems to have been written either by an illiterate or perhaps someone who only speaks 'Merkin English (which amounts to the same thing).
Checks URL bar... yes, thregister.co.uk
Re: At last
Better than it was. Though religious organisations are still allowed to work through their bigotry.
And while it's a lot less socially-acceptable to sound off about "poofs" or "fudgers", as a heterosexual man I still hear far too much of it.
The wording of the document confirms what I've always thought - Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is one hell of a pompous, self-important bitch.
Good reasons to move to AAISP
"The government wants us to offer filtering as an option, so we offer an active choice when you sign up, you choose one of two options:-
Unfiltered Internet access - no filtering of any content within the A&A network - you are responsible for any filtering in your own network, or
Censored Internet access - restricted access to unpublished government mandated filter list (plus Daily Mail web site) - but still cannot guarantee kids don't access porn.
If you choose censored you are advised: Sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP or move to North Korea. Our services are all unfiltered.
Is that a good enough active choice for you Mr Cameron?"
Re: Hopefully it'll block the Daily Mail and their noncebait sidebar of shame
I'm assuming that as well as a mechanism for telling them that they've wrongly blocked a site, there should be one for telling them there's one they've missed?
Maybe with enough complaints about the filth that the Mail Online publishes whilst hypocritically railing against much less pernicious stuff might get it blocked.
To be fair...
...if they'd accepted, then it would have deterred anybody who wasn't a pre-pubescent girl with an IQ in double figures from using a BlackBerry. So it may not have been such a bad decision after all.
...They're scared someone else will grab theirName.london so they need to get it first.
Not necessarily because they actually WANT it.
Re: How will it work in practice?
These are EXTENSIONS, not PLUGINS.
Summer? There's a simple explanation
During hot weather, the DAB signal becomes useless. That's why digital listening declined during the hot summer.
I live less than ten miles from the BBC's huge Manningtree DAB transmitter. I have an outside aerial pointing directly at the transmitter. But on hot days during the summer, the signal was forever dropping out, either for seconds or hours at a time.
So funnily enough, my digital listening declined a hell of a lot this summer, as I was forced back to FM
"the most abundant life form in the universe"
Phew! Some claim.
I'd love to see the evidence to back that one up.
Re: Bricked or somewhat confused.
For the average user I don't think that's a particularly relevant distinction.
For someone with enough (WIndows-specific) technical skills, recovering from something like this might be reasonably easy. But for the average person (ie someone un-technical enough to have been daft enough to buy one of these) it amounts to the same thing.
Come back when...
... you can use it to make beer as good as the monks at St Sixtus in Westvleteren do it.
Reliabilty is a big problem
Let's be clear, I LOVE my DAB tuner. I can plug it into a USB port of a computer and access every channel in whatever MUX it's tuned to simultaneously, so it's fantastic for a timeshifting application.
The trouble is, DAB just isn't as robust as FM. I live less than nine miles from a major DAB mast and I have an external aerial pointing at it. But when there's a high-pressure system (which there was quite a lot this summer) it drops out on a regular basis - sometimes for hours on end.
Even though my timeshifting was buggered up, at least I could listen to Radio Four on my FM tuner instead, something I won't be able to do if they switch them off.
I don't think it was a mistake at all
Had it been a single key it would have been all too easy to hit it by mistake and reboot your computer. The great thing about Ctrl-Alt-Del is that you have to REALLY mean to do it.
Very much in the same way that 999 was chosen as the emergency number - in the days of loop/disconnect dialling the chances of any random line conditions, even on a seriously faulty pair, accidentally generating three nines in succession was extremely low. Had it been 111 there would have been lots of false calls by accident.
The logic of this...
... is that there will have to be controls to stop people leaving London without the proper paperwork.
And if that keeps a few million Cockney Wankers from infesting the rest of the country, I'd vote for it!
A bargain as a kit
It was fifty quid if you bought the ready-made one. But you could buy a kit and build it yourself for £16, which as an apprentice telephone engineer at the time was the same as my weekly gross wage. And extra geek points (before we'd even HEARD of geek points) for having built it yourself.
Funny thing about its use of RPN was that although it was hard to get used to, once you did it was very hard to get used to "normal" calculator operations. Rather like the way I now instinctively find myself using vi key-sequences whatever I'm editing in.
It wasn't about putting the data beyond use
It was all about intimidation.
"We don't like the fact that you're exposing our dirty-works so we're going to show you how we can order you about".
That's how government works today. And in truth, has always worked. In its OWN interests, not those of the people it's supposed to serve.
What time was that then?
Since El Reg is a British site (well, I'm guessing .co.uk means that), why do you expect your readers to have the foggiest idea when "4:37pm Pacific Time" was?
Because it means bugger all to me. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Missing the (+) operator? use quotes instead. So instead of:
Totally bonkers, but that's the way they changed it.
Can't include it?
"* We would have loved to honour HTML syntax and surround the word "blink" with angle brackets, but doing so risked making the story unreadable in some browsers or causing El Reg's publishing apps to choke on tag we don't use."
Is El-Reg REALLY so bad at HTML? Does nobody there know the HTML entities < and > ?
No need for a Mac
Not sure why you appear to think you need a Mac to use Andrews & Arnold. They'll support you WHATEVER platform you use. And they'll support you extremely well, too.
(Very satisfied customer of many years standing).
"They're flying aircraft that cannot land with external ordnance aboard without probably killing everyone."
Well what wanker designed that then?
Re: splash or SPLASH
A bit bloody stupid taking bombs out if you're not going to be able to bring them back if you have to.
And just so they can practice murdering anybody who gets in Uncle Sam's way.
It needs to go beyond Turing
Turing's persecution was just one example of many thousands of men persecuted for being gay. Some of the men with similar convictions are still alive and in many cases they're still on the sex-offenders' register.
All of these men need to have their convictions rescinded (not pardoned) and their names properly cleared.
Carter's one of very few Americans for whom I have ANY respect
Not only the only post WW2 US president to never attack another country, but apparently still virtually the only US politician with even the slightest vestige of human decency and honesty.
Though somewhat deluded if he believes the US has ever had any "moral authority".
Re: There is nothing wrong with KDE
Having recently decided to give KDE another try, after dumping it fairly early in the KDE4 cycle, I have to say that there certainly IS plenty wrong with KDE.
Yes, it looks fantastic. But by default it still insists on running all kinds of un-wanted crap around the pointless Nepomuk (which still seems to me to be a solution in search of a problem) and takes a lot of digging to work out how to disable what you don't want. (My guess is they want to make it hard to get rid of in case people realise how little use it is).
But just try something as basic as adding an icon to launch one of your own programs or scripts into a panel! On XFCE it's just a couple of clicks and the job's done. As far as I could work out, this can only be achieved on KDE by editing the menus, then copying a menu entry to the panel. It may be that there IS an easier way, but if there is, they've hidden it well.
Obama leaning on other countries?
It'll be interesting when it eventually leaks out what sort of threats Obama is making to ensure nobody gives Snowden asylum.
"Take him and the bombers go in".
The Gingerbread 2.3 Android build is still the most used mobile OS and it lacks crucial protections.
Maybe because of crap supplier updates? It seems that most Huawei G300 users who've tried to install the Vodafone "upgrade" to ICS have found that it's totally buggered up their devices, so they've reverted (when they could).
I don't know the Android ecosystem well enough to know if this is typical, but it's certainly why my device is still on Gingerbread. And even though it's a cheap device, I'm not confident enough to risk any of the (probably very good) third-party ROMs.
"Where actions could benefit the interests of the United States"
Not just "defending the US if it's attacked". This means essentially they can (and no doubt will) use it to spy on non-US companies to benefit US big business.
And they call Iran a "rogue state"!
“The unauthorised disclosure of a top-secret US court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation,”
No bad thing, in my opinion.
The US is a threat to every other nation on the planet, so the less that terrorist state itself knows about those it wants to attack, the better.
Anybody who happily orders murderous attacks on civilians going about their lawful business, such as (shock horror!) having a wedding party, or simply tending goats in a field, is clearly a man of no decent principles whatsoever.
Can the Nobel committee rescind a prize? It's about bloody time they did.
Re: I'm going
Can I suggest Andrews & Arnold instead?
Slightly more expensive than some, but first-rate for speed, reliability and customer service. Recently came out in a big poll as the highest-rated ISP. I've been with them for years and never had anything about their service I wasn't happy with.
Startup time could be misleading
My Firefox is showing an average startup time of about 15 seconds. But this is because it's auto-started when I log into my Linux desktop, along with lots of other things that are triggered by me logging in, plus system services that are also starting up at the time.
Starting it manually later, it only takes about a second and a half. So any stats they get from me aren't going to tell them much that's useful.
'Microsoft says the vulnerability “exists in the way that Internet Explorer access an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated.”'
When I see English like that, I normally assume a scam from someone whose first language isn't English. Though I suppose, as Microsoft is a 'merkin company...
How strange that Clegg should suddenly rediscover Liberal principles a few days before County Council elections in which the LibDems are widely expected to get hammered, not least through pissing off former supporters by lurching so far to the right.
I'm sure it's coincidence (he lied).
Paying tax in any of them?
Re: Kicks to the what now?
This is "theregister.co.UK"
Beware of signing the petition
The bastards then take it as carte blanche to spam you about all kinds of things you have no interest in whatsoever.
Good job I always create a new email address whenever I sign up to anything new...
The whole extradition thing is just a red-herring
Considering the one-sided extradition treaty that Blunkett sneaked in without even putting it to Parliament, he's a far easier mark for extradition to the United States of Terrorism while he's in the UK than he'd ever be in Sweden.