NFC - No Fuckin' Chance.
636 posts • joined 3 Apr 2007
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.
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.
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.
I'm in a village about 6 miles from York - my 35Mbps connection (Sky Fibre, with the cabinet about half a mile away) begs to differ.
Given that 10 years ago I couldn't get ADSL in any shape of form in the same location, I'll take it.
Re: This just in
I reckon the Zuckerbeast is pissed because the NSA can spy on his users so much better than he can.
If you haven't already opted out of this clusterfuck-in-the-making ...
Run, don't walk, to optout.care-data.info, print out the form and hand it in to your GP's surgery (don't make an appointment specially, although if you happen to be seeing your doc at the time then hand them the form directly and let him/her know what you think)
Fuck 'em all, and the horse they rode in on.
Corporatese bullshit at its finest ...
"multidisciplinary SWAT team" - what the everloving fuck?!
They're supposed to be a tech company, not the bloody Seattle Police Department.
Re: What are we waiting for?
Ever so much.
My employers develop a product which can run on Macs, and the fact of the matter is that some of our larger customers are still running Snow Leopard on their production systems (for reasons best known to themselves, but there you are) with a few still running Tiger and Leopard on PPC hardware - end of life or not, we still have to support them - if you think that getting corporates to adopt newer versions of Windows is tough, convincing them that upgrading their Fruit Machines is a good idea is even harder and as such we still have to support them (and yes, we've got a metric shitload of legacy hardware running Snow Leopard, Leopard and Tiger so we can do that)
Calling it an "XP Moment" is probably over-egging things a bit, but it's still bloody inconvenient.
(can't comment on Mavericks, as I bailed out of Zombie Steve's Walled Garden before the Hillside Moggy was unleashed)
Indeed it does - and this is exactly what Caret is; a text editor which runs as a Chrome app. All of which makes me wonder why GitHub decided to replicate the functionality in an arse-backwards fashion. Indeed, given that Other Chrome-Based Text Editors Are Available[tm] it makes me wonder why they bothered at all.
(note that I have no vested interest in the development of said editor, but I do use it a fair bit on my Chromebook if I need to do some quick-and-dirty editing that doesn't warrant firing up a crouton chroot jail)
And this is different from Caret how, exactly? (which, according to the blurb, was motivated by the desire to have something like Sublime/TextMate which ran on a Chromebook)
(despite having used vi/vim in various incarnations since I was at university in the late 80s, Caret isn't actually too bad for a 'graphical' editor)
How would it handle 'Diabolus' ....?
That is all ...
I for one ...
... welcome our nano-scale, sonically-propelled overlords.
Given that most ecosystems are full of shit ...
... she'll likely be quite at home at YouTube.
Re: Needs moar bricks!
Ah, so it does ... bit slow on the uptake today.
Needs moar bricks!
Nice, although unless your graphics capability is up to snuff the user experience is akin to drowning in treacle (case in point: runs like a dog on my iMac at work, but is quite zippy on my ChromeBook)
Really needs a bigger/better selection of bricks though, as well as the ability to use different colours - as any fule no, building stuff with the same coloured bricks is boring.
I stopped reading when I read that it was 'research' by Toilette and Douche.
Re: The specs will come in four ranges called Bold, Curve, Thin and Split
Took a while for that one to sink in (its been a long day ...)
Have an upvote for making me snigger.
Re: Everything you need to know ...
I don't mind GPs having access to my data.
What I object to is that data ending up in the hands of advertisers. If you think this won't happen with care.data, you're naive, deluded or a combination of the two.
Everything you need to know ...
... from a GP, no less: www.care-data.info
If you're unsure as to why you'd want to opt-out, I'll give you one reason: ATOS - the above mentioned link will give you many, many others.
My GP received my opt-out form this morning - my medical records are not for sale.
... No Fuckin' Chance.
Doubly so if Apple are involved (in which case it'd be like eBay+PayPal ie. No Fuckin' Choice)
Re: Has potential ...
Shall take it for a spin in a VM to see if I can get on with it - in the meantime, have an upvote.
Has potential ...
... but I think I'll wait until someone succeeds in putting a 'proper' Linux distribution on it, since this could be an ideal 'chuck it in a bag'-style laptop.
I can live without the Chocolate Factory's spyware, though.
Re: The Soundtrack...
Ah, the soundtrack ...
Despite being utterly crap at Outrun, I absolutely loved the music - still do.
Back when I spent far too much time in the local arcades with my mates, the local recreation centre was notable by having one of the moving Ferrari-u-like 'sit in' versions of Outrun - my memory is a bit foggy, but it may well have broken other ground too by virtue of being 20p/credit rather than 10p.
"You’ll need to set up a Wink account,"
Instant fail, right there.
This alone means that there'll be figure skating championships in Hell before this device, cool as it seems, will cross my threshold.
When I can access the data using my own kit via an API, official or otherwise, then we'll talk.
"Supermodel Lily Cole has launched a new social network, dubbed Impossible, that relies on the good nature of strangers to exchange "gifts" on the site for free."
And how, exactly, is this different from something like, say, Freecycle?
Re: Windows yes, OSX no...
Various articles on the Interblag suggest not.
... I think the vagina comparison is perfectly valid.
After all, come the World Cup the field will be full of pricks.
Re: Excellent article.
As someone who creates electronic music for a hobby, Delia Derbyshire is one of my musical heroes (heroines, whatever) - for its time, the Dr Who theme was a work of absolute genius and it's a crying shame that she never got the recognition she truly deserved whilst she was at the BBC - a travesty right up there with them shuttering the Radiophonics Workshop.
"If you are running a real-life phone system, run it on a proper server operating system"
It doesn't appear to run under Linux ...