118 posts • joined Monday 4th February 2008 01:36 GMT
Fun I thought . . .
Re: "Perhaps" Sounds like an excellant idea.
@ Arctic Fox
I have many stories about the Lord High Executioner . . .
Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!
You wrote my post for me. Thanks. And with you there.
I think you have obviously encountered a particular type of suicidal person. They actually have different triggers, different reasons, different troughs.
You have the 'permanently depressed' the swings and those who can go most of their lives then suddenly start suffering. They're all very different and often have different origins. From your last rsponse I feel surprised at you declaration of experience, no offence.
And incidentally, does it make it right if the authorities heavy-handed him when he apparently had a history of suicidal tendencies? In my book that would make it a lot worse . . .
@ AC 01:32
Comment != subject
Re: Great idea!
I'm thinking the bastard child of Clippy and Siri . . .
"You appear to have been having an affair and your partner has found out. Would you like to:
- Look up florists
- Look up lawyers"
and tuts every two seconds if you don't answer.
@chad Re: Niche legacy hardware?
"Hey Mr Designer, here's my USB drive/Dropbox account/etc."
Try "Hey Mr Client, why don't you turn around, go back to the office, learn how to use the internet, join DropBox, upload your file there, come here, I'll then download it, and we can discuss what you want to do then . . . "
However you word it, that's what they'll hear. Especially if it delays their project.
Re: "IPO of the century" of the week
Re: Freedom of speech v the law
@ Steve 6
The problem is, all the naffy stuff drowns out the serious stuff.
On the other hand, the case you highlight is covered by many laws that have existed in <legal> perpetuity almost. Maybe the CPS should be going for 'old-fashioned', well precedented charges, rather than new sexy ones except for where it's really relevant (thus putting their efforts into investigating the real boundaries of the issue).
When it is genuinely a new situation, yes consider the facts. Not whether it's 'offensive', but whether it was harrassment, incitement, etc. Your example is a good one, but I wonder if those connected will be prosecuted for some language to offend kind of thing, rather than the incitement to harm it may be (I myself have not seen the page). If they are guilty of the latter, it is a travesty if they stand trial for the former. Lower sentence for a start.
See the harm in unnecessary 'sexy' laws . . . they have a way of being used inappropriately . . .
@Dogged Re: Pointless.
"Go ahead. Call it gay. You know you want to."
How very well dare you! Gay is cool.
And actually, the reason I dropped Windows was because I WANTED to do work, but Vista wouldn't let me. Now I've switched, no point switching back.
^^ Gay Penguin!
Exactly what I thought! Sounds like a database problem. I'm going for update to the database tho, the specific details of the loss seem too random . . . and the inability to restore it ("you last backed up the database WHEN!?").
Sems too random...
Re: It's about time @AC 22:08 26/06
errrm, you're not really getting the gist of this story, are you...? It's actually about those who might be wrongly accused. You know, innocent people?
AC eh!? Schill much . . . ?
Re: Epic Fail @vandenbudenmayer
"Who cares? You think that 3mm per year is a problem?"
Do the math... 100 <years> of those is a foot... and all the increments in between... how much of the world would be 'flooded' if the seas rose a foot...
Go on, tell me all about "you don't know how deep the sea is, you don't know nuffin, a foot is a tiny percentage of the depth . . . "
You sir win word prize of the day! That word has been repeating in my head as I read the background and think of the number of IT mates struggling for work.
Maybe this will be the tipping point that happened with off-shored call-centres, a change of attitude towards it. One can hope now that it's actually hurt a corporate so obviously.
Ooooo, the Terrorist/Political Speech/Freedom Fighter/et al discussion . . . I'm looking forward to this one . . .
Seeing as we seem to have gotten onto 'gay marriage'
As a gay man who has, admittedly just come out of, a 16 year relationship ("ooo, longer than your brother was married" observed my mother) I sort of don't understand the whole thing.
I am a gay vegetarian, and I have as much desire to the right of "marriage" as I do to eat my nutloaf in an abattoir. Give me legal rights (without withdrawing some from heterosexuals), who cares what it's called as long as it's equal to what's there already, it's easy.
Why sign up to something which essentially hates you!?*
* The church hates you, even if those worshipping beside you don't. It's in the bookz!!2!!111!
Re: Strange story
Can I have a quart of what you're on please... ;)
Maybe something more...?
I can't be bothered looking it up, and would positively be informed if someone disagrees, but I suspect there might be some Embrace-Extend parts of RedHat (as there are in i.e. Android etc) which are actually patented and owned by RH (Google for Android).
Maybe these would mean that MS are playing the game of "OK, we can't host your OS because of that little widget thingy you stuck on it we would have to pay royalties for, but look we can host these other Linux OS' OK . . . "
Good bargaining tool. As an MS-hating, Linux-using Android fan I'm not sure where that leaves me, but hey, I got popcorn . . .
If it is about patents etc, nice to see these companies have to tread eggshells on the things that 'built them up'. hehehehe. :)
uh-hu. I'm guessing you would probably begrudge the porsche because there's something newer / faster . . . ;)
I am the proud co-runner of an Austin Big 7. Guess they would probably go as 'too boring' for your liking. Fortunately some people drive classics for the history, not the ego.
One day you will enjoy driving, and the novelty of it will dissipate. Incidentally, I'm not that old, my d*ck just got bigger.
Re: So how much of my 16 GB tablet will I need to install Windows 8
Netbooks rinse-and-repeat... how long before MS insist on hard drives in tablets...?
Except this time they wont be able to destroy the market...
Re: As reported yesterday by other sites...
I think some people may need to read up on the whole l'Apple - el Reg relationship thing . . .
errr . . .
Too tired to look it up at mo, but didn't LTS always have 5-year supoport? It's the in-betweens that have/had three shurely...?
Ah, Lufbra and Purple Nasties! <sigh> I never vomited so much.
And if you were there in late 80s and in Rugby team, you do not have to drop your shorts every fourth round.
Every second would have been nice.
Icon wrong colour...
Life Imitates Humour
reminds me of the joke around the 'new' windows in '99.
They're gonna call it Windows Diana. It's superficially pretty and you just know it's going to end in a horrible crash.
Re: $10 business card holder @Mike
I know, there are so many businesses out there that sell things for less than $10 that don't make enough money to build a website, they're just for people who sell stuff at over $300 <strike and delete to value you think makes a profit>
Thank god there are no websites by Aldi, Tescos, Sainsburys, Maplin, Staples, Amazon . . . .
Never worked at the sharp end of retail, have you . . . ?
Re: @Irony Deficient
Well put, Trevor. You put it so much better than I did in my reply to a few posts before.
It's just not the product, but the attention you need. Even the amount of times I've gone to buy something and the closest shop hasn't had it in at that point (through finding them on the internet) and then thought (in your case) "oh, I didn't know there was an independent stationery shop there".
Easter's coming . . .
"They've kind of buggered themselves up there too"
What, the lesbians or the labradors...?
It stopped resizing the day I moved (10th), I presumed it was a weird (and welcome) glitch because I am temporarily using slow mobile internet.
Naughty ad ops team, good El Reg. :)
I am severely tempted to add El Reg to the ad-block list just purely for that bloody MS advert that resizes after it's finished, about 10 secs after you scrolled down to start reading the article! Is the point of the ad to remind us how horribly inconvenient and time-wasting Microsoft is?
a delay for every story + finite free time to read stories = less page impressions for El Reg.
That's all. nK
correct me if I'm wrong, but . . .
"Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property"
So you could read that as "Preventing Real Online Threats to . . . Theft of Intellectual Property" . . . surely that should be pro-piracy...?
Much as I hate to say it . . .
some MS market share might not be bad. It's not my cup of tea but if they implement it properly and try to avoid gratuitous patent-trolling, then there is room for competition. and maybe manufacturers will go back to one OS each<per segment?>. There's just more mature choice now (hopefully)
A manufacturer benefits from focussing on one OS, they only have to test the hardware on one OS. This is the reason for the increase in support calls, the multi-os manufacturers. Maybe Google and MS saw that coming, thus their capitalisation of Motorola/Nokia was not so short-sighted. you gotta compete with aPple somehow, and that may just be the way.
Personally, I just wish that HTC would give their whole attention to Android.
No, Steve . . .
brummies just play with angry birds a lot.
It's quite easy, FB has two options for your News Feed, the first is 'Top Stories' and the second is 'Latest news'.
If I want Top Stories, I click 'Top Stories'. Guess what I want if I click 'Latest News'...? yeah? listening...? I WANT LATEST NEWS not f^*^%&)ing TOP STORIES!
That's all, lesson over...
"iPhones made the already existing features easier to use. They didn't invent them, but ...."
I think you'll find that they DID!!!!!
@Apacolypse - -you forgot the troll icon
If, <as a non-alpha gay man> I have to fix one more <insert>>car/oven/electrical ring main/fuse/etc/etc> for an alpha-hetero mate I should be awarded a medal.
I even got called on holiday to be asked "the oven wont work, why?" "fuse?" "where's that?" "Fuse box, I don't know, I haven't been to your new house!!!!" :)
At one point I started answering my phone "hello, Heterosexual Support Services...".
@chr0m4t1c and b166er
the closest two posts I've seen to the way I think about it.
Patent claims have gone on for years, mostly without our knowledge, and there are probably monies transferring between companies that would raise the eyebrows of even those here for their audacity.
However, in the mobile market it's getting ridiculous, and some major firms are getting to the point of obvious anti-competitive patent practices, aimed at smaller corporates, and increasingly turning into into "you think you're bigger than me" playground battles..
So, as b166er says, Google are now saying "that's enough, pipe down". How far do the big companies want to take this battle? Also, it 'proves' Google's dedication to the Android sector, they will pass the patents on.
This one is going to be an interesting playout, and at the mo I'm on the side of the <no evil>, cos they have more to lose if they play it wrong, and they need their partners.
I think the "...signed by the President himself..." probably clarified that. ;)
wish they would roll it back...
Everything has gone FUBAR... chat buggering around, messages disappearing, wall posts being selective, online/offline switching back and forth... just roll the fucker back and leave the site alone for at least one week! Gah!
Ahhh, good old Staffs
Was just wondering what had become of the teaching there.
I did a Bus/IT mix in mid 90s, but remember the bewildering (to me as a non-programmer) array of languages the CS guys had to learn. Wasn't my forte at the time (tho did a load at A Level in the 80s), but those who studied CS relished it.
Now, having abandoned Bus & Marketing for IT, wish I'd maybe chosen some programming modules. tho my course did me no harm.
Have one for me at the bar. :)