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Modular ship design is, well, modular. OK, it's not "Lego"(tm) brick modular, but it's still easier than building a new ship. Was it really beyond their with to have the deck built with the channels/room underneath (plated, obviously) so that at some future date the ship could be more easily retrofitted?
Also, why wasn't the feckin' thing nuclear? "Err, can we delay the war? We have to refuel the carrier. Again. And Italy is getting pissed off about having to refuel all our Typhoons while the carrier is at the petrol station."
Working as planned
Carbon-trading, ETS etc were only ever a scam to make money. They had nothing whatsoever to do with reducing emissions (except to allow for PR puffery claiming same), changing people's habits or protecting our environment.
Re: Obvious troll is obvious.
"Apple is a big-time [abuser] of open source"
Fixed that for you.
Just ask BSD.
How's that for quick?
Probably a blip caused by their GPL-violating Hyper-V code finally be considered fit for purpose.
And yes, MS do hate GNU/Linux (and freedom). Hence the continual patent threats, half-released reports and other underhand tactics.
Re: Microsoft using Git!
"MS have been pretty good about their open source use for quite some time."
Ah, no. They were caught violating the GPL with their hypervisor code. It was only the threat of legal action that got them to behave.
They have attacked LiMux with their half-released, headline-grabbing-but-no-one-is-allowed-to-read-it-fully report from "independent" HP. (What has been released is such a crock that it would be hilarious if the headlines hadn't already done damage)
Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. MS should never be trusted and I think the call to have the FSF monitor them closely is the correct one.
@Code Monkey - Re: Google Doing Good Things
Google pay the tax that is due (if you have evidence of evasion, I suggest you submit it).
If you don't like Google's tax structure, write to your MP and urge them to change it.
The scandalously low taxes being paid is the fault of MPs, no on else.
Death of Project Sputnik then?
MS will not tolerate any competition. I envisage Dell being instructed to desist in its penguin fondling.
And the enforced monopoly rolls on.
Two teir Internet
There is the Internet, where public is "public".
Then there is the Faceberk network which runs atop the Internet and is only visible to self-confessed Faceberkers.
Personally I think this is a good thing. The less normal people have to put up with the vacuous, self-absorbed Faceberkers the better.
Re: Questions Questions
Ah, spoken like a true xenophobe. Yes, let's eject all the foreigners. The Saxons and Angles can get stuffed for a start. Oh wait, they're white aren't they? Silly me.
I've looked at this test in the past and really, the questions are ludicrous. Three basic questions are all that's really needed:
1) Are you a prat?
2) Do you understand common manners (please, thank you etc)?
3) Are you a good neighbour (not leaving trash around etc)?
4) Does your culture have a celebration on a date we're not using and can we adopt it for a party?
Seriously...people are people and whilst there can be some cultural tensions, reasonable people will sit down and sort it out. Hence question 1).
Hydrogen is a sod to handle. Ethanol (for example) can be safely carried in a bottle.
...a wind turbine should be able to exceed 0.2% efficiency.
Could that be harnessed via this gizmo to produce methanol/ethanol/something?
Because then the turbine could be attached to a storage device and a generator of some description (or even pump the product to a different facility).
Thus wind over-production (when/if that ever happens) can be chemically stored in a means we are already familiar with.
Why do I have a nasty feeling the loses will be huge?
There is no such thing. You are free to not but Apple.
There is, however, a MS tax which applies to pretty much all-non Apple devices (even Android).
Re: @The BigYin
I know - I'm not sure what is up with lappy screens these days. I don't really care about "retina display". Just not-shit would be nice.
Other options are available.
I didn't clock the Surface's resolution. Thanks for pointing it out.
"With 1920 x 1080 resolution? Where where where?!"
Nowhere. And even 1920x1080 sucks donkey scrotum. 1920x1200 is what we want. At least, it's what I want.
Re: @The BigYin
I swear blind that one of the Ultranote's was coming in at £680 when I looked earlier on.
Maybe I took the pre-vat price or something by mistake. Can get them configured for about £720.
I can get a Core i7, 16GB, 128GB SSD ultrabook with Win8 for less that £700. Why do I want his Surface Pro bollocks?
That's MS's problem right there.
Re: I'm not one to post general abuse...
Well what I meant (as per my example) was a simple opinion. I thought Les Mes was poor. I don't really have to justify it beyond "I didn't like it". It's not defamatory at all, nor should I be prevented from stating it.
And yes, I am aware that the criteria for "hate speech" could be stretched to cover just about anything. But it's not like we are going to have to back-up every single little thing we say with verifiable facts; is it? And even facts can be open to interpretation.
For the avoidance of doubt: I don't like the proposal and I think the UK already has more than enough laws to cover defamation, libel etc. And the international tourism we are seeing in our courts is testament to that.
Re: I'm not one to post general abuse...
You don't need to prove anything if stating an opinion. So long as you don't stray into hate-speech or incitement of some.
"Les Miserables was a bad movie"
HALT CITIZEN! TO HOW MANY DECIMAL PLACES WAS LES MISERABLES A BAD MOVIE?
Not going to happen.
A united Europe is a good idea
The EU, however, is a cesspit of corruption and dubious accounting which lacks transparency, due process or any kind of public oversight at all.
Re: Surface heavily panned for dumbness
Commercially sponsored astroturfer is my guess.
AKA a shill.
$999 is £770-ish (including taxes; no keyboard) add the keyboard and the device weighs in at a smidge under £900 (again with taxes included).
The ASUS Transformer Infinity (with keyboard) is around £715, but the Surface Pro has more juice.
A similarly spec'd Clevo would come it at £750-ish; but it's hard to get a like-for-like match.
For comparison, a Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is £940 with 128GB SSD, but a lower res screen.
So all in all, whilst it might be towards the high-side, the price isn't too bad for a mid range, enterprise ultrabook (which is what this is).
The Surface Pro is coming!
And the entire planet struggles to give a fuck.
Although...it might be nice to install GNU/Linux on to it (assuming drivers can be found) as the design of the hardware (if not the specs) is pretty nice. Being x86 based, it must be possible by MS's diktat to disable SecureBoot/add keys.
In space, there is no tax
Company launches robot mining droids into space.
Mines an nice bit of iron.
Government demands tax on profit from selling iron.
Company points out that they can, at will, drop that iron from orbit on top of the capital city ("Project Thor" style).
Government whimpers and offers them knighthoods instead.
Can someone please enlighten me
Lance Armstrong was a drugs cheat. We know this now.
But wasn't almost every other top-flight racer in his time also a drugs cheat? Wasn't the problem actually systemic rather than just a few rouges?
Are drugs still rife in cycling? I assume they are, but I genuinely don't know.
Re: I remember my Java and Linux friends spouting that junk too.
No system can be 100% secure indefinitely as over time a "secure" system will become insecure due technology progressing. So let's take "secure" to mean "invulnerable to the best-effort attempt available at the moment".
Ben Tasker gets closer to what I meant. I wasn't talking about F/OSS as such, just that security by obscurity is useless. It's useless because the user (i.e. the customer) is unaware what vulnerabilities exist and is thus unable to mitigate them.
Let's take a more mundane example. Your front door probably has a Yale-style lock. It is "secure"? As in, is it anti-bump, anti-snap, anti-pick and anti-drill? How do you actually know? From the packaging? Or from details on how the lock works and its design?
The former is security by obscurity, the latter is full disclosure. For example, anti-snap can have the weakening cur from the top to the bottom, or the bottom to the top. One of these designs is almost certainly worthless, the other is better; which is which? How can you know unless the details of how ant-snap locks work is in the public domain?
Now let's come back to Thales. If we know all the details on how the Thales system works, based on our knowledge of good security design and procedures which should all be in the public domain we can maybe say "I know how this lock/system works, and I am satisfied that when it engages it will remain secure". It also allows us to take mitigating actions should a vulnerability exist. Or you just believe the hype (*cough*Medeco*cough*). Luckily you can find out all about this (at the moment). Imagine how things would be if only the bad guys knew? And only the bad guys would know because the good guys would be too scared to discuss it in case they ended up in jail.
Oh and something else to consider, if you are relying on the packaging of your locks, your insurance might be invalid (even if it claims to meet the correct standards); so that £15 lock you just got from the DIY store might end up costing you an awful lot more.
Now the UK can eat its way, horse free, to obesity, diabetes and an early grave.
I feel so safe!
Even though JSTOR had no interest in pursuing the matter?
Re: Buy local
"oh come on...*nobody* is proud to pay tax. Everyone resents it."
Newsflash - some people don't mind paying. I enjoy having roads, the NHS etc. Makes life that much easier. I am quite happy to pay my fair share (we can argue about "fair" if you like).
The thing I resent is our MPs spunking my cash into their pals' wallets through tax-avoiding PFI deals. All PFI deals need to stop. Now.
Re: Buy local
Protectionism? Who ever mentioned that?
If the system is secure...
...then even after all the details have been explained, once the locks engage it will remain secure.
If your system is relying on security by obscurity, then your system is insecure.
Re: Oh nos!
There was a curious BBC news item about how helicopters didn't have radar and the pilot had to rely n what they could see (hence why the fog was such a problem). Thing is, I didn't think any commercial aircraft had active radar these days - am I wrong in thinking that?
Maybe we need a campaign like "Patriots pay taxes", "Proud to pay my tax" or something.
Local traders could display it in their windows (or their websites) and the likes of Amazon, Google, Starbuck, Vodafone, Tesco etc wouldn't.
Of course, it would be better if MPs tightened up the tax laws to negate such chicanery in the first place.
Re: I could get rid of Java ...
Thanks! Dunno how I missed that. My excuse is that I'm laid up with the lurgy.
Re: Only on this site...
Anti-MS? El Reg is as pro-MS as they come.
Apart from the bits that aren't.
Summary: They get the balance about right.
Do I understand things correctly?
Now I can ask my friends without needing to ask my friends?
Is it just me, or is Facebook trying to drive a wedge into norma human interactions. A wedge it can then copyright, patent and monetise.
I knew there was a reason I didn't have a Facebook account. I have this quaint habit of talking to people.
Wassa matter JDX, get out of the wrong side of bed this morning?
Re: I could get rid of Java ...
Can you cite a source for that, please? I'm genuinely interested to know if OpenJDK/IcedTea is affected or not.
A bit of quick searching only yields me forums postings - nothing authoritative.
Re: Wrong legislation wording
The patent should go to the Open Innovation Network, thus protecting other organisations from future threats (e.g. from the successful defendant). Basically...you troll, you will be open sourced.
If the court finds a patent to be invalid (e.g. poorly written or whatever) then the patent office should face censure, up to and including the people responsible losing their jobs. And if they can't be identified, you go to the management level (gross incompetence). And if you can't identify the managers, go to the executive layer.
The rep's job is to place a nice veneer over everything whilst making as much money as possible for themselves and their cronies. To think anything else is naivety in the extreme.
Re: It was only a matter of time
"Retro Gamer magazine. "
Tesco. I see it in there all the time.
Ideally you should ask you local newsie to order it for you and buy it there. Support you local traders, they pay taxes (unlike the big boys).
Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid
>Oh my god!! We live in a nation of 40 million tax minimizers."
Of course we do, which is why we should lobby our MPs to change the tax laws.
Never happen though.
Re: PFI - Epic fail
"You cant ask the bats They are dead."
That was my point...