133 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
When I bought my sony eBook reader a few years back; It came with a bunch of preloaded ebooks, all public domain, out of copyright kinda stuff
All had a brand spanking new Sony copyright on em. From what I understand they altered the text just enough to allow them to legally put a new copyright on it. They splattered around a bunch of "th e", "hte" type change plus random punctuation changes.
If it's a crime to misuse other peoples copyrighted works, then it should a crime to re-copyright works that has matured into the public domain
Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong
"It's the weird color-scheme that freaks me. Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up in black to let you know you've done it!" -Zaphod/Mark Wing-Davey (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Ugly, but well hung
Re: Use a sword
> since to get in melee range, you have to MOVE into melee range -- by that point you'll have been raked several times over
Which is why the rule is; kill the Mage FIRST! Kill it now! Focus fire, kill it, kill it, kill it
Cheap, Fast, Reliable
Pick any two.
I was taught this many years ago, by a very smart & very grizzled SysAdmin/Mentor.
He was also the guy who pointed out that you can hire any cheap monkey to baby-sit multi million dollar systems; But when it hits the fan you really do need someone who knows his/her shit.
I've been in meetings with bosses & vendors, and calling the vendors out when they start to spin bullshit. "Yes we can move your entire estate in 6 weeks". <expletive deleted>. I was asked by my manglement no to turn up to any further meetings as I was too negative.
I get why companies want cloud/outsource/snakeoil vendors to white knight in and save them from IT. Tech is hard and most don't want to be tech companies, they want to focus on "core business"; problem is when IT goes away so does their core business. How many clerks, typists etc would it take to run even small businesses today?
Grumble, mutter, get off my damned lawn
US patent court? Shabby??
Umm Mr Pott please meet Mr Kettle
Re: A positivist pragamatic view on the epistemology of boffins.
No ... quacks are the anti-boffin
I want one
No, make that two; Yup Two dual socket machines stuffed to the gills with that sweet sweet DDR3/4
Would you like to upsize your future for only 50c more?
Hmmm, If were going to go large, then ...
Holodeck, Replicator, Cure for death & Antimatter energy pack
Cybernetically enhanced monkey butler
Personal Battle Mech
I'd much prefer the future to be Culture rather than Star Trek
Where's my cherry2000 damnit
Re: It is not russians which you need to be afraid of
"Well, I try to be a considerate-ish neighbour, plus there's the property value aspect to a house being surrounded by smoking craters"
No no no ... property value goes up ... house has multiple swimming pools :)
Underage twatter swatter mounted
Yeah ... I know ... I'll get my coat
Whats the bet
That lucky sod(s) that ran the unified batch system; will now get to run all 4 or 5.
Hope they updated the tick sheets these guys work from :)
Re: It cannot be the point of x86 to run Android
My x86 desktop will too .... SIMH for the win!
It would be funny to see
An extradition order for the Microsoft(US) board members to Ireland
The yanks like to extradite people; Turn about is fair play no?
Re: "From the country that gave you"...
Remember how we gave up the space race as a species so we could work on 3rd world poverty? That ended well didn't it. It was an argument I heard again and again as a kid. We shouldn't be going to the moon etc when people are starving down here on earth.
~40 years on we still have poverty, war disease and no damned Moon/Mars base.
Dammit where is my fly car and get off my lawn :)
Non-disruptive microcode upgrades are completed without affecting application quality of service
HDS have been do that for a while... back in 2000 HDS delivered a new array where I was working; I asked them to do a FW upgrade while we ran a test load on the data warehouse that it was backing.
Damn thing didn't miss a beat. I realise it's pretty much par for the course these days. But I do like the HDS kit; calm, steady, reliable is what you want in back-end storage
Just give me a ...
My wish list would be a mini/micro ATX board with
Power CPU say 8 core single socket would be fine but dual socket would be most sexy
Ummm .. say a max 64-128GiB Ram, standard allotment of PCI, USB, network and usual toys
But ... Please please please bring back a on board (not USB) serial port
I realise I'm a minority in that I run a Linux shop at home so I don't care one way or another WRT x86(-64). I'd love a 64bit ARM variant of the above too :)
Hmmm ... If they ever add New Zealand to their "feel at home"
Then it would in fact be cheaper to get Cell+Net access from them than from NZ providers
You'd get more data too
13GPB ~= 26NZD
Re: @ Belardi -- Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?
It was then known as Microsoft OS/2 V1 & V2
Then MS & IBM has a spat & went their different ways
NT 3 was next out the door in that OS line
So NT 1.x & 2.x were called OS/2 v1 & v2; I might be wrong but I believe OS/2 warp was OS/2 v3
Re: Sad episisode in this saga that's ruined it for me
>...re, but this just looks desperate and tacky.
Better desperate and tacky than desperate and sticky; no?
To be fair; the thought of Mr Kim.com facing off to our beloved prime minister across the floor of the house, fills me with a certain sense of delight.
And then there was three
We're breeding like Mogwai :)
I for one welcome the return of our ROTM article overlords
Explains why he was giving everyone "Jelly babies"
He truly was/is/will be an evil bastard :)
and have application working sets in the extended memory
So will that require EMM386 or HIMEM.SYS to work properly?
I remember a time, when dinosaurs ruled the earth
Was in a big data-centre and they were in the process of installing a new IBM mainframe. The IBM installation engineers had pipe wrenches in their tools kits; Close inspection revealed large pipes labelled "Chilled Water" running into the guts of the beast
The wheel turns eh
My 10 bits
I wonder if at least part of the problem is the slowdown in PC sales. Given that for a long time each year or two the available horsepower at a given price point doubled (At least in terms of MHZ)
Ever since they hit that blasted wall at ~2-3GHZ sales have slumped. Perhaps if they marketed PC in terms of say GIPS (Giga Instructions Per Second) then doubling the core count would give a number twice as big, thus encouraging people to upgrade.
IE: My current machine is 10 GIPS and this new one is 20 GIPS => Must be better
I suspect that part of the upgrade cycle was driven by
Home Machine breeds familiarity --> Adopted by Smaller companies --> rolled out by large companies
An most people just use whatever is installed on the machine they buy.
Rinse; repeat; profit
So not unlike a *nix server with NFS then
I'm assuming they are on about dragging the last mile connections into the 21st century. The back-haul infrastructure would already be packet based, no? IFAIK: SS7 can already do IP back-haul
Or is this just an excuse to ditch any requirements to provide POTS analogue service. Not that I care; I'm currently considering a "naked" DSL plan from one of the local providers. It appears that the local UFB rollout has fibre down the other side of my street, but not mine. Just need to tot up the costs of "naked" dsl + voip vs the plan I'm currently on; then again do I really need or want a "land line" number at all
HDMI overlay in 3D
Hmmm that might, just maybe finally be a valid use of 3D in TVs. Assuming it doesn't obscure the content "behind" it. Pretty sure I'm not going to stump up for a 3D set when the time comes to replace my ageing unit though.
Musta been one helluva place to live
In it's hey day
Am I right in thinking ...
Neutron star -- was blue giant?
Hot white dwarf -- Recently deceased G type/Red giant?
Cooler white dwarf -- Smaller g type
All in an orbit of about earth norm?
Sunsets there must have been epic!
I remember years ago I actually sat down an read the hardware "contract" that came with some very expensive kit from a vendor who shall remain nameless
The thing that made me laugh was a line in the small print, right at the bottom of the document it said something along the lines of (I can't remember the exact wording)
"This device(computer) is sold on the understanding that it may or may not function as a computing device"
The C language core is very small, very simple.
But it's the right kind of simple; Simple & powerful
The Libraries on the other hand are many, varied and ummm wondrous :)
I bought this via the Dangerous Prototypes guys
Although because it has an FPGA on it they wouldn't ship out of the US until I signed my life away & promise that I'm not a "Bad guy (tm)"
Had similar problems when I scored a Papillo FPGA kit .... Hmmm really need to dig that out &have another play :)
Re: We can't find a fault
The butane powered ones are better :)
we'd use far more energy getting there and back
Doesn't matter if we use 100 times the energy getting there and back, just as long as there are commercially viable quantities left in the tanks when you do get back.
IE: As long as it's cheaper to go to titan for your yummy hydrocarbon fix than it is to pump it out of the ground or squeeze it out of rocks, then it will happen :)
Ummm ... yes actually; For many years
Although I will admit; as my day job is Linux/Unix admin I don't spend a lot of time doing spiffy power-point presentations. Most people are happy if my e-mails contain less than ~10% spelling errors :)
I bet MS would change their mind if Mark Shuttleworth did a press piece saying
"Hey China, we will help you out!" Mass installfest in PRC everyone :)
GNU/Linux + Libre Office + Wine should cover 80-90% of most use cases no?
Re: My little pony
Finally a valid use for a 3d printer?
you could knock out a my little knackers yard or a happy fun time re-education camp in no time :)
An idea for google
Instead of plastering advertising all over the web
When you use their search engine, it mines for bitcoins or whatever
Could this finally be a business model for the likes of twatter?
Re: Reality check
For the most part I agree; "Most people neither want nor care about making their houses intelligent"
No .... most people don't give a shit one way or the other
What people care about is simpler & easier. I don't want to HAVE to program each and every bloody light bulb in the house, I want a smart system that can figure out for itself... when he walks in the door at night he normally turns on these lights, so the system would then start doing that automatically
What I don't want is a system where I have to talk to a thrice damned speech recognition system,
<me> Ok House turn on lights,
<house> Do you mean turn on living room lights? Yes to proceed, no to cancel
<Me> *sigh* YES,
<House> Ok cancelling selection,
<House> OK turning off heating.
Until you can improve on the UI of a simple light switch, these things are doomed to fail
Was pondering purchasing some kit from http://routerboard.com/; pity there doesn't seem to be many/any ADSL options for the miniPCI slots.
If they make this thing modular; say PCI-104 or some-such then I'd probably buy
It would be nice to be able to pick & choose say base + adsl + wifi or base + extra switch ports
Re: The nanny state minding people's own business again?
> likely to scare people into radical unnecessary treatment
Right, so who is going to carry out said radical unnecessary treatment?
It's not like you are going to get the test results; nip off into the kitchen for a quick DIY mastectomy
No you would visit a honest to dog sawbones & one would hope they would set you straight before anything tragic happens.
Now I'm going to have to setup a transparent outbound proxy to filter all outbound http(s) traffic
Yay; whackamole with all the devices I purchased that are trying to spy on me :(
Re: The post-stuff age
> However they will never be a 1-per-home item.
Can can very clearly remember when they said the same of computers :)
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
Last board I made I used the following
Laser print the layout to std paper
"Iron" layout to the PCB
Carefully in a sink "dissolve" away the paper, leaving the plastic behind
etch the copper board using a solution of
Hydrogen Peroxide (~5% stock from the store)
The etch is slow as hell; it took an hour or two, but other than the hydrogen peroxide ... no dangerous chemicals (and at 2-5% the peroxide ain't that dangerous)
That this will for the most part resolve itself
Currently if a young'un does something stupid, which then gets posted to FaceBork etc al then the biggest risk is a future employer harrumphing about bad behaviour of the young'un in question. Not that the old fogey did do that shit themselves, Just that FaceBork etc didn't exist in the stone ages
As the working population ages more and more managers will themselves been featured in the various social media websites doing stupid shit; Attitudes towards youthful indiscretions will I suspect ease.
Perhaps in the future a sparkly clean social profile will looked upon with suspicion
Then again, perhaps not; people in general are somewhat stupid
Re: So fix it!
But they kinda already do
+1 from a southaner.
What about a miniature version of this?
- NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED
- SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015
- BuzzGasm! Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS
- Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: Redmond must let feds into foreign servers
- Worstall on Wednesday YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS