662 posts • joined 3 Apr 2007
Corporate arse-covering in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...
Believe 'em? Neither do I ...
Is she sorry enough to step down?
Didn't think so ...
Re: Got root ?
They run Amazon's bastardised version of Android and the difficulty of rooting any of the Amazon slabs seems to vary between 'very' and 'not bloody likely'.
As far as I'm concerned, no root = no sale.
As soon as I discovered they'd taken the Amazon shilling (and others) I switched to uBlock - I'd recommend others do likewise. Other ad-blockers are, of course, available.
If you want to block stuff at the hosts file level, there's also a handy list at http://www.somewhocares.org/hosts/
Affects ChromeOS too
Tried it on the Chromebook, just for shits and giggles, and sure enough you Chrome faceplants with a black screen before restarting and complaining that it didn't shut down properly.
If someone can get Cyanogen or similar running on it then I might consider it - it's cheap enough that I can chuck it in my frame bag for cycling trips but not lose too much sleep if it gets damaged. Until then, I'll pass.
We're very, very sorry.
Dear Advertising Age editor Ken Wheaton
Go fuck yourself.
You steal my bandwidth, I'll steal your revenue - you can pry uBlock Origin out of my cold, dead hands.
Douglas Adams called it ....
Reading that, I was immediately reminded of this snippet from the HHGTTG radio series:
"This problem taxed the minds, first of the cloning engineers, then of the priests, then of the letters page of ’The Sidereal Record Straigtener’, and finally of the lawyers, who experimented vainly with ways of redefining murder, re-evaluating it, and in the end, even respelling it, in the hope that no one would notice."
It would appear that The Chocolate Factory has it's collective head wedged thoroughly up it's collective arse.
Doomed to failure ...
And not for the obvious reasons either - the biggest tits of all are on open display during PMQs
Go backdoor yourselves.
Re: Any bets whether supplies will fall short of promises?
At my comprehensive school were fortunate(?) enough to have 4 or 5 Model Bs, along with the usual RM380Zs and their ilk - surprising, given that we were consider the 'rough' school in town, and if you weren't doing O-level computer studies then your chances of getting anywhere near one were close to nil.
That said, given the way that the Beebs were typically used, at least by the lads in my class (myself included), it's a wonder that we didn't get O-levels in 'Playing Elite' rather than computer studies.
(most of my early coding was done on a Commodore 64)
Re: The Pi will eat it for breakfast.
I don't have the BBC article to hand, but I'm fairly certain that the stated aim is to complement the likes of *duinos and the Pi - whilst it might be a creditable alternative to the Atmega-based Arduino boards (although there are now ARM-based boards like the Due available) comparing to the Pi is like comparing raspberries with, well, something that isn't a raspberry.
I must admit, when this was first announced a while ago I was distinctly underwhelmed by it but having seen this final spec I'm thinking that there are a fair few uses I could put these to, both in conjunction with a 'larger' system (eg. Pi, Arduino etc.) and in isolation.
Whether or not the intended audience takes to it remains to be seen.
Only *probably* not inhabited ...
... not the same as 'definitely' not inhabited.
I, for one, welcome our comet-borne gelatinous overlords.
Re: Food processors...
No - last time I checked (admittedly a long while ago) I wouldn't have classified Domino's peculiar brand of cheese-topped styrofoam as 'food'. 'Building material' or 'garbage', perhaps, but definitely not food.
Re: Shoreditch again?
Frankly, if something like this keeps all the Hoxditch hipster twats in one place then I'm all for it - makes it easier to nuke 'em from orbit.
Nathan Barley was satire (and very good satire, at that) - now it's beginning to look more and more like a documentary.
Re: Daily Fail
Bloody foreign spiders, coming over here on our bananas etc.etc.
Re: Which as we all know is the only way to be sure
Clearly you've never been to Cleckheaton .... it's grim up north, don'tcherknow (and I ain't kidding - here in the Vale of York it's more like bloody November than June at the moment)
I, for one, welcome our venomous, bananaphilic arachnid overlords.
(fire, and lots of it ... it's the only thing that works)
"Yes it’s pretty pricey, and yes you have to add in your own memory and storage, but it’s been designed so you can do that in a heartbeat."
Presumably, this is the heartbeat that you'll have after you've been resuscitated after finding out how much the damned thing is.
I don't care if it does use Intel componentry - £325 for a bare-bones system is having a giraffe.
Re: Your wish is granted.
Hm. My previous comment seems to have disappeared, so ...
Chromebook + Crouton is the way to go if you want to run something close to a 'full fat' Linux in tandem with ChromeOS - installation is an absolute breeze and I've now got everything I need to do development on the move should I feel the need to - xfce4 on the full-HD screen really is rather nice, and the ability to switch between xfce and 'native' ChromeOS using the top row of the keyboard is an added bonus.
Storage-wise, I trust Google about as far as I could physically spit Scotland so I've bolstered my local storage with a 16Gb SD card (interim measure, a 64Gb card is on order) which does the job nicely - especially, as the review mentions, you aren't left with half the card sticking out of the slot. Of course, if you want to go down the USB flash-drive route there's nothing to stop you. That said, I don't have zillions of Chrome apps/extensions installed (apart from uBlock, Ghostery and all the usual suspects) meaning I've got the best part of 7Gb free on the internal SSD.
FWIW, I picked up the full-HD model for £219 at a certain high-street vendor who are never knowingly undersold - they were doing a £50 off deal at the time, although I don't know whether this offer is still running. Either way, I'd have happily paid full whack on the strength of the display alone. For a 'cheap' laptop it's an absolute belter.
If you haven't already done so, check out the book - well worth a read (I blew through it in a single sitting) and it illustrates beautifully what a hive of scum and villiany some bits of the Intertubes are, as well as how utterly fucked-up some people are (and we're not just talking about the usual right-wing loons and paedos here, either)
Re: Toshiba Chromebook 2
At the risk of indulging in some thread necromancy, I pulled the trigger on the full-HD version of the Chromebook 2 last week as a certain High Street vendor were doing it at £50 off (meaning it cost me £219)
I'd have happily paid full price on the strength of the screen alone - it really is rather nice. OK, so the build is a bit plasticky but at this price point I'm not going to argue about that. One thing I did like about it was the fact that it has a decent, ratcheting SD card slot - this means that the SD card goes all the way into the machine and engages (and disengages) with a satisfying click. As a result, the SD card is a) held securely and b) doesn't stick out half a mile.
Add crouton and you've got an extremely competent Linux-based development that'll even play Dwarf Fortress in a relatively pain-free manner.
Re: One for dad
I gave my father my old Acer C720 - once I'd set things up for him and gave him a brief rundown of how things work he's been extremely happy with it. Hell, even my mind-buggeringly technophobic mother has been known to use it on occasion.
It looks like this one may resolve the biggest issue I had with the C720 - the screen resolution.
Re: +1 for JVM, -1 for Java.
But the JVM really needs a new flagship language and Oracle isn't the company to make it happen.
It's what Java should have been from the beginning.
(personally, I'm a big fan of Jython)
"Four rings of no confidence"
I prefer the term "Olympic Rings Of Twattery"
Serious question - is that a typo?
I know that this isn't yer typical espresso machine (which seem to work at 15-20 bar) and could possibly understand it using 40 bar at a push, but 400?
And yeah, Lavazza isn't what I'd call good coffee either although I imagine that taking half a pound of Turkish-grind Mocha Djimmah into a microgravity environment isn't going end well.
NFC - No Fuckin' Chance.
Re: So... where's the spec?
If the pics on the Beeb's news website are any indication (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31834927) it *looks* like a gutted Arduino with added blinkenlights. The pics aren't clear, but that's definitely an Atmel chip on there.
Re: no sd slot, no removable battery, 550 quid
My thoughts precisely.
I like the concept, but the asking price is comfortably over the 'taking the piss' line and accelerating fast.
Re: A 6TB Helium-filled drive from HGST costs $120 more than a traditional 6TB drive from Seagate.
Beat me to it.
If I were still using spinning rust in anger I'd happily pay extra for something that, y'know, works.
Re: *Really* Open Source now ?
This. As long as Broadcom are involved, referring to the Pi as being 'open' is somewhat disingenous.
It looks nice and the spec is close to what it probably should have been in the first place, but given their track record with open-source the Broadcom angle is a dealbreaker for me. The Beaglebone Black and Cubieboard3 are both credible alternatives even if they do lack the Pi's media presence.
To each their own.
Mmmm .... I love the smell of cooking books in the morning.
Expect a miraculous outbreak of 'losses' amongst the usual suspects.
Re: wtf is a boilerplate response?
"You're transferring it wrong."
Cool - means that they can get the forecast wrong 13 times faster.
Re: Titis up?
g(.)(.)gle, surely ...
"It's not about the money"
I'll give it three months before he's doing a Monty Widenius and moaning endlessly about the people he sold out to fucking everything up.
Minecraft fanbois downvote away - I, personally, never saw the attraction (I prefer Dwarf Fortress anyway)
Veni, vidi, vermini - I came, I saw, I got ratarsed.
Remember kids ...
... you can't spell 'analyst' without 'anal'.
I think it was Andy Tannenbaum who said "The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from"
Time to dig out the Merzbow CDs, I reckon ...
Piped them through one of them --->
The Zuckerbeast can kiss my arse, bitch.
Say hello to the Tibetan blackbird for me ;-)
Re: is it just me...
More like 'Road to Nowhere'
I'll believe it when I see it.
OK, I live in a village about 6 miles from the centre of York and already have FTTC, which I have to say I'm more than happy with (probably helps that the nearest cab is only about half a mile away, mind)
However, I can see this either being stymied by York City Council, who couldn't find their collective arses with an atlas, or being restricted to the 'tens of thousands of new properties' that seem to be getting thrown up on any available piece of land bigger than a postage stamp.
If it happens, great, but I won't hold my breath.
I thought this too.
Then I actually spent an idle couple of hours trying to make sense of some of the OpenSSL code.
Now admittedly, my C is a bit rusty but I wouldn't wish the auditing of the clusterfuck of preprocessor directives and godawful coding style that is the OpenSSL codebase on my worst enemy.
If an audit of OpenSSL was 'crowdfunded' (gods, I hate that term) then you'd actually need *two* funds - one to actually pay the auditors to do their thing and another for an extensive course of therapy for the poor sods afterwards.
Glad it's not just me, then ...
And here I was thinking 'couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of people ...' ... glad I'm not alone.
Karma is, as they say, a bitch.
Re: Its mostly C ....
Have a look at some of the other OpenSSL code - whilst it undoubtedly does what it is meant to do, there's no way in hell that it'd pass any decent code review.
Admittedly, crypto is probably the sort of thing that's done by mathematicians rather than 'professional' developers but whoever is responsible for that monumental clusterfuck of preprocessor directives and eye-tearingly bad coding style needs taking aside, given a book on coding standards and a serious beating with a Clue Stick.
Given how difficult it can be to get anything done with OpenSSL, I'm amazed it has gained as much traction as it has.
If APIs could speak, OpenSSL would be screaming 'fuck you!'
Re: Risky, but..
Ever so much.
Re: Head to head
Is that you, Satya?
To borrow from Wikipedia, 
So do I - I love the Fable 'universe' - hell, I even bought a bloody 360 so I could play Fable 2.
Sadly, since the franchise is now owned by the Beast Of Redmond, the chances of PM focussing on them are somewhere on the far side of nil.
Mine's the one with the Crunchy Chicks in the pocket, ta.