47 posts • joined Monday 9th June 2008 11:02 GMT
Re: Organise one in Russia or Beijing
I've applied for Chinese ones a few times, both for personal and business travel. Application process seemed fine to me, not much different from any other countries that require a visa.
Aren't we ignoring the elephant in the room?
Well, OK, "the keyboard and mouse in the living room"?
One of the great things about PC gaming is the superior controllers - the keyboard and mouse. These allow for more precise and complex interactions than console controllers.
But how do these comfortably fit into a living room environment?
Re: Equally tiresome...
I completely agree, it's not any different for phone tech.
But it is different for Apple products.
Apple products don't sell purely (or, it could be argued, even mainly) because of performance, features and functionality - they also sell based on hype. It gets harder and harder to create that hype, even amongst the hardcore fanbois, when there is less and less noticable difference between each new version.
"After that, Scotland would need to buy IT without the huge economies of scale that DWP and HMRC have used in setting up their existing contracts."
You mean we would no longer be able to purchase IT equipment for twice the price you can get it at PC World!?
"It also supports multi-touch, and although there aren't very many Windows 7 touch PCs out there, this might be useful for businesses using Windows 8 PCs..."
What, both of them?
How many businesses are running Windows 8?!
Re: Sounds more like 8.01
or indeed, glitter on a turd
Given there are, in reality, so few of them, I imagine that is a rather more difficult task...
..."the encrypted and salted versions of passwords"
Let me fix that for you:
"...the hashed and salted versions of passwords"
I don't think it's difficult at all. I think the real reason for most suicide 'failures' is that they never realy intended to kill themselves in the first place; just a 'cry for help' or an attempt to get attention.
The first time the lawyers reached out..
Did you just use the term 'reached out'?
Arrrgh, my eyes!!!!!
"Several of the applications offer a "touch mode" button above the menu bar"
Why the f**k would anyone want to use b*stard Office apps with a bloody touchscreen?!
Just for completeness it's xuěbào in Pinyin (Hanyu Pinyin, that is), and 雪豹 in Simplified Chinese
You've never tried recruiting anyone from India then?
At least 90% of the CVs that land on my desk - from organisations like Capgemini and InfoSys - are utter lies.
You read a CV that appears to be a perfect candidate, with 7 years experience working on .NET projects, but upon interviewing it very quickly becomes apparent that they haven't got a clue.
Is this a verbatim press release or something? Just asking, because there seems to be no technical content here, just an advertisement for STEC....
Re: Who writes this crap?
A fair point about my tone... just getting rather exasperated with El Reg lately. It's supposed to be a tech site, but it seems more and more these days the articles read like they were written by Daily Hate hacks :(
Who writes this crap?
"SHA-1 hashing is not the securest form of encryption; sensitive information should really be salted, a much stronger form of security."
Salting is not an alternative to hashing, it's something you do as part of the hashing process.
Seriously, WTF has happened to El Reg?
Re: Deep-fried pizza, anyone?
Gah, I hail from the North, and can confirm these abominations exist, and can be found in many a chipper!
As if it needed confirming, I can confirm that they really are as vile as the sound. They are normally the '10 for a £1' out of Iceland variety, and taste of cardboard made soggy with ungodly quantities of grease.
"Precise" Geographic Coordinates?
Does it have a built-in GPS, or is it just using cell tower info (in which case, it's not really precise at all)?
Did the FOI response include a breakdown of the costs, or just the total amount?
It would be very interesting to see how they could possibly spend so much on this...
Sounds like yet more 'red danger' FUD from the US government who have been putting out this kind of anti-Chinese stuff for a while now.
They used a host with an address in China? Yeah, cause they'd do that, wouldn't they?
@AC 17th June 2009 11:13 GMT
"Is there a route on which the taxes cost £20 to £30? Even one, let alone enough to justify the "usually" comment?"
Is there a route (within Europe) where the taxes cost less?!
The first one I checked, Aberdeen to Dublin, taxes are £30.16
Next up, Luton to Girona, taxes are £24.03
Next, Gatwick to Cork, taxes are £28.05
Actually, I've been on 10 flights in the past 3 weeks, and 12 before that this year! Last year, 43 flights!
Taxes tend to make up a large portion of any short flight, and with budget airlines they tend to be more than the fare itself - at least, that has been the case in my experience. Maybe I'm just flying to/from all the wrong places!
@AC, Thursday 9th Apr 2009 22:58
Having big numbers on their uniforms certainly sounds like a good idea to me
Whether or not this policeman was responsible for Tomlinson's death, at the very _least_ he should lose his job and be up on an assault charge. At the time, Tomlinson clearly posed no threat to anyone. Whatever Tomlinson had been up to, shoving him over from behind like that is bang out of order - they're supposed to be police offers, not a bunch of bloody thugs!
I don't know about anyone else, but any time I see footage of riot police involved in a 'crowd control' situation in the news their response always seems sickeningly brutal. You tend to see some guy lying on the deck, covering his head while 1-3 policemen stand round him smashing him over the head with batons. You never hear of any convictions over that sort of thing.
I have a cousin in the MET, and an uncle that used to be in the MET. I've heard both talking of how much they enjoy riot duty because they "enjoy a good ruck". Both are racists too. Last time I expressed my distaste at such comments they just laughed.
If you have nothing to fear...
A Good Start
This looks like it could eventually be quite a nice product... asuming that it sells well enough for Asus to come out with a 2nd generation version that addresses the shortcomings. £220 is also a bit steep, mefinks.
I used to work with a guy called Austin Martin
@what if he's guilty
That's what evidence can be used for.
And I don't mean the kind extracted through torture. If someone starts hacking at my sack, I'll tell them the moon is made of cheese if that's what they want to hear...
The _real_ terrorists here are the bloody security services. If the horrors that this bloke had to endure don't constitute terrorism, then I don't know what does.
Maybe he is guilty. Maybe he is not. I don't know. What I do know, is that this is very very wrong, and is categorically not the way that a 'modern', 'democratic', 'civilised' country should be conducting itself.
I gotta agree with you.
What could China _possibly_ have to gain from this?
There seems to be a lot of this nonsense being directed against China by the American press, politicians and agencies of late.
I can only imagine that there must be some political subtext, and the American public (and indeed the wider, western audience) are supposed to swallow this crap, just as they did the rubbish about Iraq having WMDs.
The unfortunate thing is that this stream of propaganda probably will have the desired effect of breeding (more) xenophobia and racism amongst many people :(
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