1516 posts • joined Sunday 4th May 2008 07:29 GMT
Re: Always on culture
It is far too early to know the real reasons for the suicide, I presume that within the next few weeks we will learn about some stealing, cheating, sordid affairs etc etc .that he was involved in......
There have been a few high profile cases recently in Switzerland and I can't imagine that this will be any different.
William Hill should start taking bets on the real reason, it would be far more interesting than taking bets over a baby's name.
I wonder if he managed to snaffle any of the Russians secrets during his stint in the airport ?
Re: to see if the named fish responded?
For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.
But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.
The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the 'Star Spangled Banner', but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.
Douglas Adams knew a long time ago that Dolphins were very special.......
Re: Politician's 'perfect 'solution for a 'perfect world'
Looks like someone posted to the wrong forum......
Or was it the word "injection" that got you going.....
Re: Some daring
You must belong to that strange minority that doesn't try new gadgets with your gloves on............especially the sheepskin mitten variety......when they are wet and slightly frozen.......
My God lad, don't you do an UAT.
Our Corporate Policy requires password to be changed quite often and on a regular basis. I used an SSO for a few weeks and i found it to be more of a PITA than storing my passwords in Keepass.
I have been a heavy Keepass user for years and I think i will remain that way.
I wonder how far Symantec can be trusted these days, Passwords "backed up" in the cloud........the word trust does not spring to mind..
Don't forget Cisco + Linksys
I think it will be safe to assume that Cisco + Linksys have also been pwned by the NSA several years ago. This would give the PRISMERATI a nice direct access to your home equipment...
Technically Literate Children
Children have endless amounts of imagination and lots of time on their hands. They will persue the web endlesssly looking for ways to circumvent these kinds of restrictions, sloqwly but surely they will find the method/program/proxy etc etc . When they do find the circumvention method they will then spend hours circulating that information to other children.......
During this time dear old Mater and Pater are completely oblivious and feel quite smug that their children are apparently protected from the "horrors" of the web.
Never treat children like fools, they will show you up every time...... Imagination is far more powerfull that any lock will ever be...
One end is for the computer, the other is for the wall, if you mix them up your data will flow the wrong way.
Re: He's still a tool.
The chuch and the slaughterhouse are equal targets, the principal remains the same. Once you are throught the locked gates however what you do with the "swag" is very important.
There is no point in saying that Sputn1ck was wrong because it does not change the fact that the deed has been done. It is far more imoportant to discuss what can be done in order to prevent further replication or how to avoid making the swag worthwhile.
Ironic, you start of by calling everyone grumpy ol bastards then you proceed to demonstrate what's not good about SkyDrive.
By the way, did you actually read the article, SkyDrive will become the "default drive", in other words it's not a backup device at that moment, it becomes your "principal" and therefore "unique" copy of whatever file you are working on......
And pray tell, what solution is available to you when SkyDrive goes titsup..
That damned cloud again
If the wisdom of MS is pushing us towards the cloud, we would probably be far better of using ChromeOS, at least it was written intentionally for the cloud.
MS are treading on very thin ice, if it breaks they will sink......
Carefull don't go dumping all of your dead bodies in the same bag.
The English might have an obsesssion for the royalty, I am not so sure that any else really cares.
The Scottish : Well the queen owns some nice property but thats about it as far as the Scots are concerned.
The Irish ( Northern Irish), have a very split idea of things.......touchy subject depending on your faith ;-)
The Welsh - I dont have the foggiest idea what they think, although I can imagine that they don't benefit very much from the Royal Entourage either....
The term "British" is actually a very vague term.... It all depends on the subject whether or not it concerns everyone that lives on the island(s).
Re: Pffft, can anything on google maps these days :D
When you are tripping, geographical location has no relevance :-)))))
<---- Mines the Techni-Coloured Dream Coat....
Re: Pffft, can anything on google maps these days :D
The above link translates to approxiamtely 6.4 miles north of woodstock.... wonder if it was initially developed by some aging hippies trying to determine the maximum speed at which a joint could be successfully lit..
In memory of Steve Ballmer
To the tune of L. Cohen - Hallelujah)
Now I heard there was a secret code.
That a monkey typed and it pissed the Lord.
But you dont really care for good code do ya.
He typed and he flailed
Till the compiler failed
He smashed his screen and he threw his chair
and the stressed out Steve he cried out loud
I hate computers , I hate computers,
I hate computers , I hate computers.........
I am sure that the El Reg readership could come up with some interessting title for the scamware emails.
* Duchess of Cambridge bares her finest asset whilst giving birth.
* Is the baby bald or has the Duchess just had a brazilian.
* The Duchess of Cambridge in stirrups, as you have never seen her before.
No need to ban porn
Wouldn't it just be easier for Mr Cameron to ban "people" or ban wanking..
Porn is after all just another form of escapism, so I presume that instead of Porn people will start turning to other less welcome practices....
There are no real politics today, a lot of knee jerking but no thinking. No one seems to go behind the scenes in order to try and understand why Porn has such a following. Wasn't porn initially created for/by the Gentry....( Paedophilia might be a different cup of tea, I honestly don't know).
Think about the children : Doesn't that phrase just make you cringe..........
Re: Adventures in the Netherlands
I understand what you are getting at but the difference in this case is this it is not me that is doing the Piracy. It's a bit like listening to the radio in the morning, I have no idea if the Radio Station pays for the music it plays, I presume that it does but I honestly do not know. YT is exactly the same, I have no way to know whether the video was payed for, whether it is the artist themselves that put it online, whether it is pirated or not etc etc .. I can only presume that it was put there legally.
Google ( YT) provide a service , for ( almost) free.. Why should I not use it.
Re: Not if
Thank <deity> that I live on the continent..
Why is this such a big issue with the Brits anyway? Are there more peado bears in GB than anywhere else. Are the majority really that shocked about porn ?
Or is this just shit politics bearing down upon an ignorant public...
Adventures in the Netherlands
Just the title of the report gets the mind wondering about what you are about to read. ( don't worry it's SFW)...
I only perused a 10 or so pages, 26 pages of Spotify, MusicMetrics publicity is not for me .
What I did retain though was the fact that MusicMetrics did not include YouTube in their analysis which, in my opinion, severly sways the balance. In the last 2 years or so I have never before seen such a large quantity of music available on YT.
I am not an audiophile, so I don't really care about bitrate or codec quality, what this means is that Youtube is absolutely perfect for me and probably another couple of hundred millions other viewers/listeners.
I don't need to pirate anything, I don't need to pay Spotify, it's a freetards wet dream.....
Andy, let me adjust your phrase, just slightly
These days Steve IS doing all kinds of "unnovating" and "misdesigning" and "incompetence".
<quote> its faith that world+dog wants nothing more than a computer they can wave at </quote>
It would be interesting to learn just how many "world+dog" actually equals...
I can understand people that have 5 metre interactive screens, think Jeff Fahey + Lawnmower Man or Tom Cruise + Minority Report, might require this functionality but "world+dog" don't really have the need or the requirement.
However, I am sure that there must be other usages for example: a warehouse person guiding an industrial robot ( modern fork lift), a steel industry worker moving molten lava about the shop floor ( at a distance)etc .... I presume that the army already have some nefarious ideas as well..
This actually be the announcement of the official PRISM version. It's ths one in which you must first ask for clearance from our USA "friends" who then authorise or not your calls/application usage.....
On the other hand the article mentioned, Android has not been updated for at least 5 months... That really is an eternity to wait for "not a lot at all". From ICS to JB there was a severe lacking of "newness", "originality", "usefull"..
I think that the OS in itself can't really stretch out much further now, Android and IOS have come a long way, they are already very mature : what we need is seem cool hardware. It would be nice to see bendy phones, fold-out phones that can work at A7, A6, A5, A4 sizes, "long" battery lives, quick recharges ( 15 minutes from empty to full).
The OS revolution is mature we need to concentrate our efforts elsewhere. ( The last thing that we want is what has happened to Windows, Linux - TIFKAM, Unity etc are dying attempts at adding something new)..... To be fair various Linux distros let us choose alternatives....
Snowden is living proof that it is not worthwhile being honest.
The US are not honest with its people, they don't seem to be too worried.
The UK are not honest with its people, they don't seem to be too worried.
Snowden was honest, he is now "Extremely" worried......
I can easilly imagine though that he thought that he was doing the right thing at the time ........Sheremetyevo will never be the same again....
I think it is more important to know how much Spotify actually took in and then deduct what was paid out...
500 Million sounds like a lot but it depends entirely on
* how many different bands it was paid out to
* How the pay outs are calculated - Do young bands get the same pecentages as U2 for example
* Over what period were the monies paid out.
* How much did spotify earn... HOW MUCH !!!!!!!!
* Who else is paid outside of the bands. ( promoters, agents, publicity etc ).
Tha hard disks should be removed from the comptuers "before" the computers they leave the hospital.
These disks should then be handled by "validated" security firms that are capable of destroying/wiping the disks correctly.
This is a failure on behalf of the NHS management: in this day and age any manager above a certain level definately should have enough savvy to know the risks involved and the appropriate measures that should be taken. If he does not then he is obviously in the wrong position.
You do not have to be a IT expert to know that confidential data is confidential data.
Re: But who gets it in the neck?
Pete, I understand completely what you are saying, if a counterarguement is required it all boils down to "finance".
The accounting departments has requested that 1 Tb of data "must" be backed up every day ( theri choice no yours). Ok, no problem the price of Disks/Tapes/Hardware will be X per year.
My role as the IT Guy is to also say to them that maybe the alternative is to back up only a subset of that data. ( Everything else can be archived) In such a case only 20Gb of data will be backed up daily, ther cost will be Y per year. Will be be lower if you are carefull. You gain not only in in cost but also in backup time ( this is important when problems arise), in recovery time ( vital for the DRP scenarios- get them up and running quicker). BUT it "must" be the Accounts department which make the decision as to which data is vital and which it not.
The bean counters understand figures far better than technology.
Some extra points
* Ask yourself : How will I cope with vendor lock-in.
* What is backed up is the reponsability of the data owner not the IT Department. Are the other departments aware of the costs/time involved. Ask them to reconsider what they need compared to what they want.
* Add the time it take to bring the Offsite backup tapes "Onsite" into the restoration SLA.
* VERIFY YOUR LOGS......EVERYDAY
* Inform people when backups fail - it is after all their data..
* ALWAYS have more than one backup media ( hard disks + Tapes ) example - Hard disks Onsite + Tapes Offsite.
* Ensure that new Network Shares are added to the backup selection....
* Have you tested restoring your back up tapes on another Site / hardware / Server. If your building and your hardware are completely destroyed you will be glad that you can recover your data elsewhere.
High Fives no longer.- Whoop , Whoop
As you pass by the door just after purchasing the latest iGadget you wil no longer get a Whoop, Whoop with a high five.
Instead an iNurse will swipe with you a swab and an iDoctor will inject your some with some iRemedy to protect against Whooping Cough.
Difficult to believe
What kind of game lasts 13 years ?
Re: Look over there!
Let us not forget the immortal words :
"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose".
That all depends if you are bigger thatn the guy that is on shift. ( And hopefully he doesn't have axe wielding tendencies)
Re: Too late to market
@MMeir - Couple of points
W8 is a new product, and tablet PCs are not Tablets, they were not designed for the same market. The Tablet PC was designed for business, tablets were designed initially for the public at large.
The AppStore for MS is brand new, with few apps, compared to Apple or Google.
Handwriting is not the major reason that most people will buy a tablet. They want to surf the web, consume content, look at cat photos etc
If "all" it needs is a 10" Screen and a Wacom Pen then that is a major FAIL from the word go.
By the way I have been using a Note for the last 18 months and it fits nicely in a suit/jacket pocket.
Apple have the Wow factor.
Google have the Geek factor.
MS have ( well they don't actually have any factor for the moment.)
Too late to market
MS are coming into a very, very mature market with mediocre products and nothing new to offer.
It means yet another ecosystem for the end user. ( More accounts to create, yet another payment method to hand over etc etc) .
I can't see what MS have to offer that is better than what the existing market already has. Why would anyone be enticed to move over, there is no pride about owning a tablet or having the latest OS, that just doesn't cut mustard anymore..
The tablet Fad has come and is just about ready to board the "end of life train". Have a look on the train/bus in the morning and what do you see. One or two people with uncomfortable sized tablets. Everyone else is punching heartly away on the pocket sized smartphones.....
I think the market will remain in the 4,5,6 inch smartphone size. They fit in the pocket/handbag and are very capable devices. They are actualy useable...
It would be nice if someone would invent a folding smartphone that was ergonomique and seemless. ( Whatevwer happened to the bendy ones
Re: Why the Internet clusterfucks
<quote>Honestly, the best way to speed up web pages is to block advertisers and web bugs. Google is the problem, not the solution.</quote>
Google itself is not the problem, after all they only exist because people want to advertise their products.
Rather than say Google is the problem I would be more inclined to say that "Commercialisation" on a whole is the problem. Example: If Google were to collapse tommorrow would they be replaced by another advertising company, of course they would.
I for one would be quite happy to pay a small fee ( 5 Euros per month) for a non-commercial internet...
Re: Sex Slave Robots FTW!
Hopefully someone, not another robot, had taken the time to ensure that no "sharp" edges had be forgotten about.
Hence the golden rule :
Never buy today that which will be cheaper tommorrow.
(You can save yourself a fortune with that little proverb.)
Have you ever even considered for a moment that some of us are simply quite comfortable/happy/find it usefull/ mange quite well with the existing start menu.
TIFKAM wasn't made for the desktop and I don't have a touch screen on any of my computers, 2 at work and 4 at home, so it is not just a case of "getting over it".
W8 does offer other advantages but the change in the interface makes for a major pain .......
Choice would have been nice and no "Classic Start" is not choice, it is a workaround....
By the way, it is not the Start Button that is the problem it is the Start Menu or lack of.
I can't think of many things as bad as burnt Fanny..
Sorry, but that just had to to be said......
Looks like somone ran through the thread and downvoted nearly all the comments. I wonder if that is a jailing offense in Texas ?
8.1 or 8.0 same ol same
I have given 8.1 a few days testing on my secondary workstation and I personally don't feel that it is going to make the slightest difference. I just have to pray that W7 will have a long shelf life. The majority of our machines are still on XP and it looks like W7 is the winner for the upgraded machines.
The few changes that were made were so minor that they are irrelavant. Balmer described this as being more than an Service Pack !!!!!!!!. I would hardly consider it as anything more than ironing out some late bugs.
By the way Steve, that's not a start button, it's a shortcut to TIFKAM and for Deitys sake fix the damned "no network connection" icon when a proxy is being used.
It's a shame, I really wanted MS to make an effort an bring back that "Start Menu" as well as the Start button.
Couple of points
Who exactly are the "corporates" that have "apps. I know that mines doesn't .
In my book "apps" are what you find on a smartphone, they are not synonymous with programs. Apps are for un/pleasure/leisure. Programs are about "work" and corporations want you to work not play.
BYOD, pull the other one, it is and still remains a marketing wet dream... It is what is commonly known as a fad..... Would you care to provide some real world figures and I dont mean on the same level as MS with their W8 licences ( Sold against shipped).
I work in Geneva, and cutting edge gadgets are common to see on the streets but in business, in the offices on users desktops, ie the "real world", I am not convinced that BYOD is making any impact at all...... Corporate Email (Exchange, BES) does not count, we already had that for years.
It took longer than expected to deploy a new PRISM gateway but now that it is ready they have re-opened for business.....
What you mean like "Ronnie" Reagan and "Reggie" Obama........
The differennce being that the Kray twins were publically known as professional criminals whereas the aformentioned presidents are just amateurs....
Re: Google are no better
Existing patents are one thing , future patents and the ability to stop others creating patents is also a very powerfull tool, think prior art.......
Dont forget : Lawyers are like prositutes, they dont really care who or how they fuck people, just as long they get paid. for the job....
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