3048 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
I've been trying...
...to call Mr. taxman about my new income, and I can't get through. ARGH!
I want to pay you Mr. HRMC. I have this misguided idea it might make a difference and I accept that I am too small to get cushy deals like Vodafone. I want to pay you - pick up the goddamned phone already!
No, no, no, no!
Going to let a private corporation own our legal identity? Feck that for a game of soldiers.
My on-line identities do not equate to my legal identity nor should they IMHO. Sure, my bank can match my login to my legal-self, but I trust my bank slightly more than I trust FB. Why would somewhere that I may post picture of kittens doing somersaults have any need to equate to my legal self?
Unless you are in the USA...
...where they are.
And buckets of it. After decades of using patents as a weapon to crush opposition and stifle innovation, MS have just got bitten on the ass by their own tactic. I can't say I am sorry.
The fact that they are trying to spin this into them being the wounded party and now a fighter for patent reform is laughable. These are the very same people who are blowing a gasket about the attempt to reverse-engineer the Skype protocol (to pick one example) and continue to use patent threats (Android, Linux, MPEG....).
Bend over and take your medicine, MS. You were part of making this problem, you are still part of this problem and you can never be part of the solution unless you walk the walk and much as you talk the talk.
...I think you mean "Taxpayers punished for civil servants' ineptitude", after all it's us who pay these fines to...err...ourselves in cases like this. Those who failed (if anyone) need to face the music, not our collective wallet.
Oh, wait, this is the civil service. I forgot.
No system is 100% secure. None. So a system will always starts out with, say W problems. Over time X more are found for any given time period t. So the total number of faults is W + Xt. This number grows with t.
Fixes, Y, for those problems are released. So the total number of faults is now W + t(X - Y).
Ah, but wait, those fixes may introduce some other issues, Z, so the total number of faults is W + t(X -Y +Z) where Z is some fraction of Y...say f, so Y is fY
W + t(X -Y + fY) which si W + t(X -Y(1-f))
So long as Y(1-f) > Z then a patched system actually gets more secure as time goes on rather than an un-patched one, because more are holes are getting plugged than are being discovered/created.
Just because Windows makes keeping a system up to date a raging pile of ball-ache does not make a highly patched system a bad thing. So long as those patches fix more problems than they cause.
I see no issue
Regular updates mean a secure system. The more the better.
Just let your package manager handle the updates for your OS and installed apps, authenticate once, all done. You don't even need to reboot unless the kernel changes.
The rules change depending on where one is. I think the rules in the article are for the USA and don't apply to the EU. Anyone know what the EU rules are? Can the article be updated with the EU rules?
If he did all this legally, I hope MS do respond and I hope they get told where to shove their complaint.
...Project Embrace is proceeding well.
We all know which two projects follow.
Aye, I am well aware that some herbs do have pharmaceutical properties. To quote Dara O'Brien:
"The good bits of herbal medicine became....MEDICINE!"
Although if the herb is potent enough for what ails you...may as well use that I guess.
Now where did I put those ginger pills.....?
What is it...
...with seemingly intelligent people buying into happy-clappy, unproven BS these days? Homeopathy, chiropracty, cults of all shapes and sizes, crystal healing, reiki, etc.
Depressing. I best take some St. John's Wort.....
Great marketing campaign
Tesco is all over the press, on the front page of the Beeb. A cheap way to get your name plastered all over.
...divided is an enemy defeated. Hopefully Apache can heal the rift between OpenOffice and LibreOffice. We need two competing versions like we need a hole in the head just now.
Yes, choice is good, freedom is great; but division of labour won't do anything to help O/L-Office take on MS.
"There is no viable competitor, we have the lock-in, we can charge what we want".
That about right? Intel - the MS of the chip world.
Benefit fraud is a joke
Just look at how our MPs/MEPs treat their benefits....
...are human too. Who'd a thunk it?
Give up the dogma, recant the hypocrisy and start enjoying life.
Are handset makers starting to see sense?
..."The Cuckoo's Egg" by Clifford Stoll.
They haven't learnt a thing!
Because I have never had satellite or cable, I needed fast broadband, I got a very good deal, I thought I'd give it a go. It's not worth it.
No, you cannot (and I did state you won't have certain channels). As I don't watch Sky Sports etc, they're of no interest to me.
I will be implementing pretty much what I stated when my contract ends.
Can it be networked? Can I stream any media (flac, ogg, mp4, whatever) from any location on my network to that box? If the answer is "No" then this is an epic fail. I did scan the article but didn't spot it.
For that money I'd go get a small-ish, quite PC (something like a Fit-PC2, but maybe with more oomph) drop XBMC/Myth on it and stream from a common source (e.g. a desktop with a Freesat card). No ties-in, no limitations, no continuing charges.
OK, so I won't have FX, Discovery etc, but I have those now and really (apart from Mythbusters) there isn't much worth watching. Take the savings and throw some at the broadband connections, yer still quids in.
When will these companies realise that they are now just another utility?
...you can create as many straw men as you like, but my worry was that we suck at major contracts (which is why I said "any major UK contract"). Almost without exception, every major contract any modern UK government has tried has gone massively over-budget and been a total shambles.
Individual components are all well and good, but when they are put together by monkeys you get garbage like our two new carriers (one to be moth-balled, one to barely carry and planes, budget through the roof and they're not even nuclear!). Or Failtrack. Or the Metro Line. Or....
To give you straw-man some actual body; at a consumer level, the last semi-decent UK product I can think of was the Dyson Vacuum cleaner - but that's now made in China.
Hovercraft was invented here - but not pursued. Taken up by the USA and other nations. Killed by the suits (who I am railing against)
EuroFighter - an Europe-wide project, over-priced and crap. We are spending billions on something that can't even do ground-attack without significant modifications (many will sit mothballed an unused). We would have been better off with a clutch of F16s and keeping Harrier going.
Jet Engine - yup, 60 odd years ago. But then that was one team, so a small project not a big contract managed by suits. And when the suits saw it, they wanted to cancel it.
Concord - glory of the 70s.
The UK does do some good engineering, but we are run buy morons. Nimrod, the new carriers, our trains, EuroFighter, Snatch Landrovers, various NHS projects. And thus we suck balls at big contracts.
What worries me...
...is that the UK reactors were built to UK specs and maintained in the UK by a (I guess) mostly UK workforce. That does not fill me with confidence. You only have to look at any major UK contract (aircraft carriers that can't really carry aircraft, anyone?) to know what a total pigs ear our supposed betters make of things like this.
That being said...it's probably still less bad than coal.
"Liberté, égalité, fraternité"? Really?
"Control, Restriction, Slavery"
He is is alive?
I thought the Maquis Seal Team got that guy?
Wasn't it all over Fox news? About Obama being killed.
Oh, such a confusing world.
Have the supposed "electrosensitives" been tested in double-blind trials? Surely that must be done first. If they fail the test (and I expect they will), send them off for counselling.
1) 3D costs more
2) The glasses are uncomfortable and slide off
3) The colours seem muted (might just be my imagination)
4) 3D gives some people headaches
5) It adds nothing !!!NOTHING!!! to the movie.
I thought (and I may be wrong) that publishing in UK terms of the web was interpreted as the act of seeing it in one's browser (the bits get jiggered around and "published" to the screen).
If that is true, does it mean that the mere act of viewing a foreign site that says "X bunga-bunga avec Y" when in the UK is a breach of the super-injunction?
Of course, there is an easier option to all this; keep yer snake in yer pants.
Maybe they would
Why don't we ask Andrew Marr?
...an HDTV that is as dumb as a dumb thing with maybe just a couple of HDMI/component connectors. That's all I need. I'll plug low-power PC into that and it can do all the network/fancy stuff. This also means I can control what content gets shown, how it gets shown and what codecs will work; not have to suffer some broken, OEM-only content restricted bull-crap. The orther connectors would just be for consoles.
Hmm...I could probably route them through the PC...
"If they are going to have backwards compatibility on an ARM chip then the ARM chip will have to emulate an x86 chip to run it."
Really? I'm no Comp.Sci. grad, but surely it would be up to the kernel to translate whatever calls were coming through into what the CPU can deal with and back again? Or if not the kernel, then the virtual machine that is translating the byte-code.
And if something like that is not going on - how the heck does Linux manage to support AMD and Intel at the exact same time?
Even then, emulation/virtualisation would allow you to isolate the executing code from the underlying hardware.
They're the ones still use in the Enterprise. Y'know, the folks who still use IE6 because they got systems coded to proprietary standards that can't be easily upgraded/migrated.
To be fair...
...MS has been pretty good at maintaining backwards compatibility. Have you seen the video going from Windows 1 to Windows 7? I thought it was pretty amazing to be honest.
I'm pretty sure that one could not do that with OS X and as for any given Linux distro I don't think it would work either (downloading source and re-compiling is cheating. :-P)
Give it a feckin' rest already.
"Hello, marketing? Can you turn your volume up?"
"Thanks, can you get every around you to be quiet please?"
"A WEBSITE IS NOT THE CLOUD YOU BLOODY NIMRODS!"
"Who's this? This in Engineering."
So a PS3 can't be used without a 'net connection? Glad I didn't go through with buying one a month or two ago! I was planning to use it as a Blu-Ray player, maybe to stream content off my home network and to maybe play games.
But it if needs an Internet connection to do that - forget it.
If the platform changes its model too much and breaks plugins too often then users will leave as its unstable and developers will quit it as there is too much re-work. If that happens, then the platform will die. Simple.
If what people are saying here is true, then Mozilla and Firefox should be dying. It does not seem like they are.
If one is using a piece of software that *IS* essential, then one should be paying for support. And if not then, to be blunt, one is also part of the problem.
From my experience, the only add-on to not work is TinyURL Creator. Hardly essential. But that is just my experience.
Have you asked the devs of the plug-ins to make them compatible?
Have you offered to sponsor the work?
I don't think its politics to be deeply concerned about the possibility of MS patent-bombs lurking in the Linux eco-sphere.
The question is, what itch is Mono trying to scratch, why were none of the existing technologies deemed viable and what can be done to improve them?
There's Banshee, the default music player in Ubuntu.
This is the 1980s, we'd like our HiFi designs back.
Buy bike armour. Well insulated, waterproof and you'll need it when some BMW/Volve driving ass-hat smashes into you. Cost to be fully suited and booted in something half-decent £500-£1,000.
...isn't that just a battery-powered C1 with 4 wheels? Think I'd rather have a C1 to be honest (and repeal the stupid helmet laws for such a machine).
I am sick and tired of El Reg only discussing Azure, when the likes of OpenStack, EC2 et al are tearing MS a new one.
Cloud is a bit like REST, it's an architectural idea and it probably won't scratch all your itches. But to ignore it is a bit naive.
Also, markteers should be taken into a small room by the techs and have the true meaning of "cloud" beaten into them.
If it was sold at the "true" price (which would have been about £213). Oh wait, tax. Make that about £256. Still pricey, but easier to swallow. But no, same deal as always. Rip-off the Brits.
There is a simple answer - don't buy.
I guess it's how it's used
If Google just uses it as some kind of index "Book X by Y, ISBN N contains what you are looking for" and maybe with a highlighted paragraph or something, then I totally fail to see the issue.
If, however, Google vomits up the entire book or sells/provides by any means a copy (or large portion) of the book for which the publisher receives no remuneration, then that is an issue.
And looking at Google Books it appears to be the former, so I am not sure what their problem is as Google Books just lets people find their book and then easily buy it. Surely that's of advantage to the publisher?
I know the units in question
With 4gb RAM and a HDD to match, they will even manage virtualisation. half-Life etc will also run (and that was also on Ubuntu 10.10). The only problem is these units have a reputation for blowing capacitors.
And looking at the site...
...only a £3 diff between Ubuntu and Windows? Really? Sod the PC, where can I get Windows 7 and Office for £3?
I did eventually find the Remploy Store on eBay, just a few crappy Dells really. That they're ones known to have dodgy capacitors.
So where can they be bought?
There's nothing about it on the Remploy site.
...to super injunctions. If you covet a public life and/or use your public profile to make a living (film/music stars, MPs etc) then avoid all the injunction hassle by not dipping your wick in someone else's wax, making false claims or otherwise being a total cock.
Personally I don't care if you like to be dressed as a baby and spanked by "mummy", but I do care when you try to cover up your actions and present yourself as something you are not.
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