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There's a talk I'd like to see
"Method for jodan-tsuki over TCP"
I still read b3ta...
...and I will agree to being offended at times. The question is, does the poster mean to cause offence or am I simply taking offence? Hell, I get offended by the cover of 'Private Eye' at times. Some of the most offensive posts are also the most thought provoking and the posts are not usually targeted *AT* the person or event, but at the media's reaction to said person or event.
Also, as Ian Ferguson says, none of this is being punted directly TO the McCanns (although I am bemused by the fact that you can't even be bothered to get their name right).
B3ta is also a very mixed community with its own rules and these rules are (surprisingly) rigidly enforced by the community. Just post a link to the main board, I dares yah. The most caustic exchanges are usually between the people who know each other best and are not to actually offend the recipient. If a third party chooses to take offence, that is entirely the problem of the third party,
Now, if you will excuse me, it's squirrels this week and I'd like to get my yiff on.
Trolling is bad?
Ooo, that nearly made it past me irony filter.
1) Great whites had been seen basking in the Med
2) They don't like human flesh as we are not fatty enough and attacks are down to mistaken identity (and lacking hands, they use their mouths to feel; a bit like a toddler, coochie-coochie-coo)
Hmm...I see a new frontier in martial arts
Many arts use joint manipulation to cause posture instability, throw, inflict pain, subdue or out-right break the joint. These methods evolved over centuries of study, practice and visits to the bone-saw to have limbs re-set.
I propose that in the immediate future we need to study the articulations our robot nemeses (or nemesi, if you prefer) and apply the same thinking. We need to ensure that our puny meat-power passes through the robo-killers' areas of greatest weakness and bring them down, should an EMP weapon not be readily to hand.
Suggestions of names of this future-art greatly appreciated.
Please excuse the swearies
What a load of fucking FUD. When documents are sent in an ISO standard (that'd be ODF) there is no issue.
This only good thing about this is that MS are obviously shitting bricks at the moment. If all you can do it attack your opponent, you clearly have no credible attributes of your own.
OOo/LibreOffice is not perfect by any means, but for the price it is hard to beat.
Enron is old hat
Just ask Lehman Brothers.
Expensive - yes.
Value for money - yes.
Personally I wouldn't buy one (I like to tinker and hack), but for the average person (who can afford the initial cost) Apple products are a better choice than just about any Windows based equivalent* and probably work out at the same price (if not cheaper) in the long run.
You may not agree with me and that's fine. We all have different needs, values and pockets. A company shifting that many units cannot be "crap" and it's certainly not "overpriced" as the market evidently accepts that price. If you don't like the price/ethos/whatever - simple don't buy one.
*There is no Linux equivalent as yet it's almost impossible to buy Linux boxes from a major OEM without sacrificing a goat to the great IT gods.
It's not how much...
...El Reg do or do not care, it's how much we as consumers care. We want low prices, and someone has to pay for that. Why do you think our t-shirts, trainers etc are so cheap? We're not paying the true price, some of the cost is absorbed by human misery.
If the price of a phone from company X rises dues to this and the equivalent from company Y stays the same because they go to a different manufacturer, then consumers will switch to Y and company X goes down the toilet. Consumer demand will force companies to move to the cheapest manufacturer, regardless of working conditions.
Even for consumers who do care, there is no way for them to be sure if it's company X or Y actually who have decent working conditions. For all they know, company X could be taking the piss or company Y may simply Actiobe more efficient. One can't exactly buy "FairTrade" mobile phones.
One could say that company X should take a small hit on profits to ensure decent conditions, but then dividends and share price drop, investors leave and one bitches about one's pension.
The only thing that can really be done is to keep exposing the exploitation until it becomes too risky for companies to even consider dealing with such manufacturers.
Did you, or anyone else reading this, avoid purchasing anything made by Foxconn because of worker conditions (e.g. Apple products, Nokia phones)? Did anyone write to the relevant CEOs and say why they were boycotting their products? Nope, me neither.
It's a sick, sad world; but it is so easy to ignore what goes on when it is "over there".
You want cheap goods?
This is the price others have to pay.
What does he expect?
The ConDems are happy to see children live in poverty and to deny those who are have the ability, but not the liquidity, a university education.
Maybe if we dropped the ridiculous target of 50% getting degrees, dropped some of the absurd degrees and removed the stigma of "only" being a tradesman (plus gave "engineer" protected status like "doctor") we'd get somewhere.
Oh yeah, and maybe if we (when I say "we", I mean the various political pirates, er, parties) stopped letting multi-billion pound multi-national corporations avoid paying their fair share of tax, we would not be in the state we are in.
Coupled to that, actually regulating the financial sharks that destroyed the economy in the first place. Quite why bankers are getting bonuses again beats me.
There's a couple of other articles on El Reg that are gushing about it.
You Register shill! :o)
The Windows phones I have had to endure needed hard boots at least once a day.
MS is nowhere in the mobiles space (and never has been). One must wonder why they are now making this sudden play, is it just to collect patents and make money of the sweat of others?
MS nearly lost the netbook market with their arrogance and only serious back-pedalling over XP (assisteed by the ineptitude/inexperience of the Linux distros) allowed them to regain their hold. The problem with the mobile market is that Linux et al are already entrenched, integrated and working very well; this is not how it was when netbooks started.
I seriously hope the various Linux groups can use the mobile space as a chink in MS's armour and then spread to other areas such as the desktop (i.e a share in double or near-double digits). Only time will tell.
This week is atcually...
...Meerkat week*. It's interesting that MS decided to push the PR drones into overdrive and launch this week; was this some attempt to over-shadow Canonical (which is a minnow in the OS market, but gets a fair bit of press) whilst at the same time launch their polished turd?
As for MS stopping a monopoly (mentioned in another Reg story), please; the mobile market is quite diverse already with some establish, rising and others fading (Blackberry, Meego, Symbian, iOs, Android). This market does not need the "help" of a known monopoly abuser to remian diverse, it's doing that very well already.
*Other weeks are available, your mileage may vary.
Let me translate
"MS to apply single-sided adhesive dressing to repair rupture of carotid arteries."
That about right?
If I give you my PayPal account details, will you send me the £200+ I'd need to upgrade? No? Thought not.
I'll use XP until it either goes out of support* or I no longer rely on a single PC for everything. Then it will be Linuxed. Personally I cannot afford the cost of Windows 7 and, after having to endure it in my day job, I wouldn't want it anyway.
And, more to the point, why should I upgrade something that does, pretty much, what I need? I could do a re-install and fix the whole C:\S: thing but then, as I said above, I'd just Linux the fecker.
*sp3 is still under support before anyone says anything
Oh, and one other thing, Windows 7 also suffers from the inability to easily more the "User" folder; so an upgrade wouldn't help.
Partitions serve a purpose
1) They can make upgrades, back-ups etc a bit easier
2) They can allow the use of different file systems for different tasks
3) They can allow one to move files on to a separate spindle for performance
I will agree that some of the above are not for the new user and not partitions in the strict sense but doing it is not necessarily a "Bad Thing"(tm); it all depends on one's needs and at least Linux will *let* one partition (and re-partition) easily.
I have recently almost lost the will to live trying to get XP to move "Documents and Settings" from "C:" to "S:" to make better use of the second drive. The fact that an "industry standard" OS cannot do this simple thing is, frankly, a sick joke.
I agree totally about you "disc failure" statement. Everyone should run back-ups. I was getting the bike MOT'd and the place I went to had had a crash - 2 years of records down the toilet, no back-up. It makes your mind boggle. Back-ups easy to do (including off-site as well) and only idiots don't.
...not letting a certain large mobile phone company avoid paying about £6billion*? How much research would that pay for?
The ConDems are happy enough to see children in poverty and the middle classes squeezed, but heave fore-fend that their pals in Big Business should ever have to pay their fair share. Hence all the cuts in benefits and the increase in tax investigation - but not against the biggest tax dodgers.
Labour would have been no better, mind you.
Those three parties in summary:
Labour - you will obey the machine.
Tory - do as you are told, peasant.
LibDem - er, well, yeah, but no, but yeah, but no, but...
Is a go!
Operation Extend is in the planning stages
Operation Extinguish has been proposed.
...from 89,000 is a large enough sample to have confidence in the result? Damn, wish I stayed awake in those stats lectures.
MS really does seem to be going down the toilet at the moment, can't say I am displeased about that.
Here's the thing...
...if there was nothing "sensitive" in the crypto file, most people would probably hand the password over just for the sake of convenience (but then why use crypto in the first place?)
My crypto files don't contain kiddy porn or anything, but they do contain account information, passwords, PINs and other sensitive information on my life. There is no bloody way I am handing my password over to plod. It would mean closing every account (current, savings, mortgage etc) and then opening new ones (activity in itself that might seem "suspicious").
So, by the simple act of trying to keep one's life in order and following good practice; one is effectively rendering oneself guilty. Thank you "Labour" and your destruction of liberty.
I can understand why plod might want to see into these files during an investigation (especially into something like kiddy porn) but damning an entire nation in order to to deal with the acts of a minority is NOT the way to do it!
All the majors are suing all the other majors. The total sum of money (payments made + payments made) is zero. The only people getting rich are the lawyers (the perfect definition of a parasite).
If there were less (no?) software patents, the energy and resources wasted funding these legal fiascos could be put into making better products/cutting costs etc.
MS to change tack?
You mean they will stop patenting the obvious?
Stop suing world+dog for writing software?
Stop trying to destroy open software?
Stop trying to destroy open standards?
Stop trying to break interoperability?
Stop producing software with proprietary extensions (IE, all versions)?
Stop producing software with gaping security holes?
Stop believing the sun shines out their collective fundament?
Beef TACO? Ghostery?
Beef TACO and Ghostery were new to me (just installed Ghostery). I also use Flashblock, NoScript, CookieCuller and GreaseMonkey. It's a shame that we have to go to so much trouble these days.
Google has ads?
Since when? AdBlock, CustomizeGoogle and NoScript are your friends.
What I really need to do is write a GreaseMonkey script (or something) to remove the crap results (like "ExpertsExchange", I am not a member, I will probably never be a member, I do not want those results).
...is not an offence in the UK either. Dangerous driving is and an office *may* decide that undertaking is dangerous.
The biker was a moron and deserves to lose their license (I say this as a fellow biker; although no doubt the usual suspects [e.g MCN] will use this as more "anti-motorcyclist" fodder). We need retards like that on the road like we need DVD-truckers.
The cop was totally unprofessional and deserves serious censure for his attitude and subsequent treatment of the biker. Good to see the judge sorting things out.
If any other bikers are reading this - wheelies are cool. So are stoppies/endos, standing on the seat etc. Really cool. I like a good stunt show, me. On a closed track. With barrier. And medical crew.
Save if for the appropriate place.
Seems to me...
...to be just one more reason to tear up most (all?) software patents. The only people who will suffer anything from this are the consumers. Either by being locked in to a single vendor, or having to pay higher prices to cover the legal bills.
"The best way to avoid being involved in a collision, or being caught by my officers"
Well, as "his officers" are going to do sod all when they do catch someone, why should anyone care? Grow a pair and take these morons to task! This driver should have been prevented from continuing, charged and his employer contacted to deal with the truck.
[Lack of] Enforcement of the rules in this manner is exactly why there are so many idiots on our roads.
If by "worst" you mean "works pretty much OOTB and does not require much CLI, although the user is somewhat abstracted from the guts and there are a few proprietary bits" then you are 100% correct. Or perhaps you expect everyone to use custom Arch builds?
You may not like Ubuntu (and there are things that annoy me about it too) but, for now, it's my penguin of choice and it still (IMnsHO) years ahead of Win7. And at least you are free to choose any distro you choose and they will quite happily play together to a very large degree (unlike certain other OSs I can think of, that refuse to play ball with anyone and can only deal with two file-systems).
I fixed it for you
"If the government loses the case, it faces fines of millions of pounds per day until it brings UK law in line with European law."
"If the government loses the case, the UK taxpayer faces fines of millions of pounds per day until it brings UK law in line with European law."
Obviously the bribes and back-hander BT handed out to the unelected and secretive EU-wonks wasn't enough. UK MPs must be much, much cheaper to buy. Hmm....haven't there been news stories about that fairly recerntly?
Was that directed at me?
Idiot I may be, but the theory of risk compensation (or risk homeostasis is you prefer) isn't.
It's where people try to keep the perceived risk at a level they are comfortable (excitement/arousal offset against fear). If you make things too safe, people try to up the risk factor. If you make them dangerous (or at least, seem dangerous) then people do what they can to lower the risk factor.
So, spikes on steering wheels? Yup, if they were on all cars then people would take more care.
The studies have been done, the evidence is there. Two launch points for you:
One factor less...
...is one factor less. In that vein, perhaps we should have metal spikes put on steering wheels. You can get people would pay attention then!
Just how bloody hard is it to NOT text and drive? How the hell did these morons ever get a licence? If they think they can use a mobile and drive at the same time, they are not fit to be on the roads. It is that bloody simple. Do not use a mobile and drive, dip-wads.
The bigger problem, of course, is enforcing the laws. If cars had black boxes it might be possible to check logs: "2010-09-30T10:08:30Z, Impact, 70mph" correlated with phone records "2010-09-30T10:08:20Z, Text sent, recipient 'Snuggles'" would be cast iron proof that the driver was texting (assuming they were only occupant). Life ban, jail time and a massive fine would seem to be in order.
I would not object to such a "black-box" type thing so long as it did not have some kind of up-link/continuous monitoring. Not only would it allow text-tards to be nailed to the wall (something I propose as a new national sport), it could also greatly reduce the hassle with insurance claims.
When you are driving, nothing is more important than driving safely. Nothing. Not that text, not your fag, not your cola. So put the phone the hell down and *IF* it 'bings' and you think it might be urgent, bloody well pull-over and deal with it safely. Whatever little thing has just happened is not worth my (or anyone else's) life.
A few of questions...
1) Does anyone know if carbon reinforced motorcycle gloves can penetrate car window glass in a single blow?
2) If so, and one does punch through said glass to remonstrate with the text-tard; can one use the defence of committing a minor crime in order to prevent a greater one?
3) Do I need to go back on the dried frog pills?
The "lag of fragmentation"? I meant "lack of fragmentation".
...but my understanding is that Linux does not fragment files as much as NTFS, so even if other limits are similar then the lag of fragmentation is a bonus surely?
I was having a mad thought at lunch...
...how much would be saved if we stopped using HTML for e-mail? No pictures, colours etc; just good ol' plain text and meaningful content. If pictures etc were important, they could simply be attached.
This might not only be green, but it would save me wanting to commit physical violence against the marketing-turd that sends out a hee-ooj mail, with masses of images/links that says...err...sweet f. a. when you get down to it.
We are not...
...surprised in the least. And you can be sure it happens elsewhere too.
As I said above
Initial purchase price. Why buy a FlibbertyGibbit for $500, when AppleTV is "only" $99? The fact that the FlibbertyGibbit has no subsequent costs (or very low costs) won't enter people's heads.
With lock-in you can give an artificially low purchase price and claw the loss back through other subsequent (e.g. mobile, printers...). The low initial price suckers people in and then they keep giving you money.
With more open solutions, the purchaser would have to pay a realistic price up-front for a device. This is why (say) a Droid phone is "free" on a contract but £400-ish to buy outright.
Companies like lock-in for the recurring revenue, and most users are too stupid to do the maths and figure out which option is better for them.
The big thing that pisses me off about lock-in is when a simple feature is missing and you can't add it (e.g. streaming movies from a PC to a Wii or old-xBox) without hacking into it.
I guess I would settle for lock-in that at least co-operated with open standards.
...makes some forms of piracy harder. But other than that, it's headache-inducing shit.
As they say "If you can't make a good movie, make it 3D".
Haven't people worked out that under Labour you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent (and even when you do that, you can't claim back the costs [and no, this is not a fiction])?
Labour also ensured our armed forces had inadequate kit and started a plethora of PFI/PPP schemes that will see the pretty decent training they get now, ruined by firms whose primary goal is money and not ensuring the safety of this nation (think what you like about military forces, but it's a crap job and the very least you can do is provide adequate kit [helicopters, ballistics vests etc] when you send people off to do a potentially lethal job. 'Elf 'n Safety, innit?)
Whilst the ConDems having ownership of "the British tradition of liberty" is worrying, Labour having ownership of it gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies.
No one did more to reduce our civil liberties and enact some of the most stringent interpretation of EU law than Labour. Even the Germans are willing to tell people where to get off over EU Arrest Warrants. But with our Labourised "British tradition of liberty" we allow people to be dragged off to countries with extremely dubious legal practices.
[note: I am not a Toffee-nosed nor a Fence-Sitter supporter]
And when will Palin...
...face the beak for use of Yahoo for Federal business?
No one should be above the law.
Info Comm to issue £500k fine?
Ha ha ha ha! Funniest thing ever. Just like the FSO, the ICO is all mouth and no trousers. These guys will get a small tap on the wrist and it'll be "lessons learned" all round.
"MS-Office is not going to be a cash-cow for much longer"
Dream on. I know I do....gawds do I despise MS Office. At least 2010 seems to e slightly less bad than 2007, but it is still worse than 2003.
I for one...
...welcome our Mecha-Cyber-Overlords.
Cool! Then again, it doesn't take long to read "A fatal exception has occured..." before switching it off and on again.
Shame about the rysnc/cygwin glitch. Might be worth punting a note to Cygnus.
Still, at least you have a solution.
Get a grip
I asked is "cygwin" had been considered, I did not say "Use cygwin! It's the wins! L0LZ!!11!" The author had looked at various tools and not mentioned "cygwin", so my question seems perfectly reasonable to me (others have asked the same question).
You seem to have taken umbrage at a few "cygwin" related posts, do you have an issue with this tool (I used it for some light-weight ssh and rsync work and really like it). If you do, have you filled bugs, got involved?
Or do you know something about "cygwin" and large jobs? "Oh, you can't use cygwin for that because it's job index will overflow, see bug-1234".
Or are you just some reactionary pillock who can't see through the Windows? "!Microsoft==Bad"
I know which conclusion I am drawing at the moment...
- Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1
- Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge
- Pics Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY
- Video Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA
- Hands on Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update