720 posts • joined 4 Jul 2008
Re: You must be joking
Radio 6 is something to be proud of.
Re: @MS software going downhill
No, I've seen a shedload of non-MS software which is 100 times flakier than Office. Interoperability of Office is also stronger than it has ever been. And MSE is the best free (as in beer) AV tool I've ever used on Windows.
Not an MS shill, nor an open-source hater (used Open / Libre Office for yeeeears). I've been a Windows user since the late '80s, PC/DOS user since the mid-80s. I've been through the hell of Windows 9x, where you HAD to install third-party AV and firewall to protect yourself from the simplest of script attacks. Then I switched to XP, where you could get by with running without protection as a Limited User Account.
Oh yes, you could!
Now, Windows 7 offers all the benefits of active LUA and Firewall by default. And MSE is just a free download away.
Nope sorry, I don't buy your assertions on any level.
Re: Well it should be obvious
"AV companies started their products in the 1990s, back when nobody was good at programming, at least not the people who programmed for Windows."
Oh, give over.
Mac programmers were crap back in the day, too. "Hey, pointers are 32-bit, but we can only access 24 bits of memory space. Let's employ that top byte for something useful, like flags."
In Soviet Russia
Tor crack YOU.
Re: Profit wouldn't slip if they wrote better games
"Might as well be Sailor Moon wiping the floor with Barney the Dinosaur."
Now, THAT's what I want to be playing in 2019.
YAAC was merely pointing out that 'news' is so called because it is the plural of 'new'. Something that happened 45 years ago without current relevance has no place on a 'news' show.
Wait for the half-century anniversary. The news outlets will be pulling out all the stops due to the fact that we have 10 digits on our hands, and landing on the moon was the coolest fucking thing a man (or mankind) has ever done.
BTW, thanks for playing your part in making Iraq and Afghanistan safer places for everyone.
There was the recent case of a man in Bristol.
"who had photographed kids vandalising his garden as evidence for the police."
I wanted to believe that this was some kind of exaggeration or urban legend. Not so:
Re: Still waiting on a grand unified theory
"Since 1975 we knew what we know today...."
Pish. They didn't KNOW that the Higgs existed in 1975.
Horses for courses
Got a mains connection or a dirty great laptop battery? Use Intel.
Relying on keeping energy use to an absolute minimum? Use ARM.
> I like this Elon bloke.
Me too. A great philanthropical gesture.
Re: Wow, they released a new product that's 3 years old
"The primary market for the ipod touch is gaming, and they keep killing themselves with a product no one wants."
Kids want iPod Touches. Parents want iPod Touches. Parents of kids want to give their precious little darlings iPod Touches instead of Nintendo portables. Why? TCO. You can download a brazilian free cool games from iTunes that are totally worth playing. Get a DS->onwards Nintendo machine and you will find yourself and your offspring paying mightily for cartridges, etc. Some of which might not have lasting appeal (no names mentioned to protect the guilty).
Plus, you don't need to take out any sort of PAYG or contract for an iPod Touch.
In short: Not obsolete by any measure.
Re: Alternative viewpoint
Taken the cat for a walk??? Seriously? Open the door...'walkies' taken care of. Not much danger of them mauling neighbours because they're hot and thirsty. The worst that can happen is they 'adopt' some other family for extra rations and pats whilst not at their 'real home'.
Dogs, OTOH. Yep, they need walked by a responsible human.
Gameboy Pocket. Lasted for 10 hours on a couple of AAAs.
Or GBA SP. Rechargeable out-of-the-box, backwards compatible with every Gameboy title to date.
The user experience is worse for me.
I used m.theregister.co.uk for years on my crappy, underpowered Android phone. The user experience is now worse than it ever was for me.
Congratulations on spending many man-hours of work making your product /worse/ than it was before.
" Besides, where would the Science Museum put it?"
Probably inside a glass case, like the perfectly-functioning rebuild of the Difference Engine?
Macintosh is dead
At least, the Macintosh as envisaged by the original team, is dead.
A lot has happened to the home computer market since 1984 such that a 'Mac' really doesn't have much to offer the average consumer to differentiate it from the unwashed hordes of other Intel-based laptops and desktops. NOTHING like the difference between an original IBM PC and the Beige Toaster.
Grab your coat...
...you've pulled a derogatory comment.
You don't have to explain what's cool about a 'Pygmy T-Rex'.
The sound of eyeballs getting really big
Just hide some pr0n and tell them it's impossible to find:
Can it be true?
That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?
Re: Interesting choice of words
I kept waiting to see SMERSH, SPECTRE and IPCRESS.
Use mobile-tuned websites, not apps.
I have a fairly old and memory-limited Android phone. I use the browser 100% of the time to access things like El Reg, BBC News and Facebook. I've tried the Android app for FB, and it's pretty good, but it just uses too much of my on-board memory. Instead, when I use FB on my phone, I go to m.facebook.com and it's good enough for reading and posting comments until I get home and use the full-fat experience on a real browser (on a PC with a mouse, keyboard shortcuts and cursor keys).
The same rule applies when visiting El Reg, the BBC, newspapers, etc.
Take out the "www." , slot in the "m.". Job done, 90% of the time.
Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?
Re: Wow this new monitor is the coolest
"Somebody sticky taped some c+ syntax on it".
Like an extra "+" symbol, perhaps?
Been there, done that.
Peter Ustinov's identical twin orbitted a black hole for a while in the 1970s.
You're not the first naked engineer to use that story.
Obligatory Dilbert classic:
Tandy sold a tiny 'guitar amp' during the '80s. It was quite sought-after as a distortion unit. Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics loved it.
Re: Good lad!
> Lighten up dude, it was a joke (I'm not aware that any child in the US of A has
> ever had the chair for anything).
Good for two-player Battleships
but not much else. Maybe previewing selfies on the rear-facing camera?
Re: "I think PCs will be effected by those changes and react to the extent that they can."
Why did you put a grocer's apostrophe in PCs?
The chances of anything hitting the Earth
Are ten-million to one they said.
But still they come!
"One of the existential threats to bitcoin."
You keep using that word but I don't think it means what you think it means.
I prefer to keep my money in the bank of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
Did Jobs 'give back' to BSD?
Nah, he just consumed the work of egalitarian programmers and built an industry on the back of it, in the same way as any other ruthless capitalist.
Before you downvote me, offer hard facts in response.
Re: A retailer, not an IT company
Thank you for so eloquently articulating my thoughts. Amazon's 'product' is the convenient and competitively-priced purchase and delivery of real-world 'stuff'. Yes, they use cutting-edge software to do that, but the most cost-effective way to utilise that is to reap the benefits of free (as in beer) open source, developed by egalitarian programmers, and then keeping your proprietary, internal enhancements to yourself.
Do you think the richest companies in the world got there by being "nice guys"? Dream on...
At least the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Gates of this world 'gave something back' to the world after years of ruthless business activity. Maybe Bezos will, too. Eventually. If I were in the FOSS world, I wouldn't hold my breath.
Re: Really really basic computers
Don't talk to me about indentation levels in Python. Especially when someone uses an editor with spaces to modify code originally indented with tabs.
A stupid, stupid, stupid design decision.
Like making the assignment operator in C '=' and equivalence '=='. AND making assignments within conditional statements valid syntax!
Like making fall-through the default in switch statements.
Utterly brain-dead decisions that have cost millions of man-hours of debugging time.
Make the C assignment operator ':=' like Pascal. Allow fall-through only if you add 'continue' at the end of the case block. And just fucking introduce braces to Python. It's FAR easier, and visually more obvious.
Re: So fix it!
"Leaving out people with actual mental damage of some sort or another, everyone's pretty well on a par at birth."
Not true. Just...not true. The evidence overwhelmingly supports the 'nature' over 'nurture' argument. It has done for the last 24 years.
"Being really good at something is mostly a matter of doing it, and that's mostly a matter of motivation. Which is why you can, in fact, teach it."
You state this like a truth, but it's bullshit. Do you think someone can wake up one morning and say, "I'm going to write a number one hit single, or paint a masterpiece." Do you think the only thing that stands in their way is 'motivation'? Did you major in Physical Education?
"Art" is the act of connecting "the sublime" with "the mundane" in an understandable format. Please present me with an infallible approach to this, and I will be a very happy man.
Re: Z80 vs 6502?
"How's your dead-flesh keyboard toy?"
1K ZX81 and 48K Speccy still functioning fine.
Re: So fix it!
"The next big waves - robotics, embedded systems, hacker biotech - haven't quite broken yet."
Robotics? The next big wave? Are you sure? Robotics == Motors + Feedback Sensors + Logic. I remember going through a few carwashes during the 1970s.
Embedded systems have been around for at least 35 years. That's my current avenue of employment, and all the 1337 optimisation skillz I learnt during the 8-bit revolution are still just as applicable today. When was the last time you programmed a system with 4KB (yes, KILO BYTES) of RAM? Do you reckon those skills can be offshored to Bangalore? We who came of age during the early '80s were truly blessed. Thank you, Dominic, for this article!
Biotech? I leave that to the Yilané.
Re: You've got to be kidding...
Once it's gone through webcam-quality resolution and frame-rate degradation, I wouldn't be so sure.
@Philip Clarke: FWIW, I got the reference.
"Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?"[
All aboard the Skylark!
Re: Should music be free? Industries work to protect their business model.
"Fortunately, as has almost always been the case, the best music is by unsigned musicians"
Well, the 'best' music is what you like the most, and the 'worst' is what you like the least. There is no objective definition of 'good' or 'bad' music.
In my case, the 'best' music came from those artists who could afford the studio time and a stress-free creative playground that wealth allows. Do you think an album like Dark Side Of The Moon or Abbey Road or Moving Pictures could be made by an unsigned band today? Do you think they could continue to produce such high-quality output by selling T-shirts at gigs where they played lesser 'live interpretations' of the (definitive) recorded article?
The same goes for movies. Could some novice 'unsigned' director create something like "2001: A Space Odyssey" or "A Few Good Men" in their 'spare time' with local amateur actors? Would file-sharing that film be in that director's (or the film industry's) best interests?
Maybe the managers at Pixar should get rid of the existing distribution method and pay all the animators and artists from the 10p contributions that file sharers 'would pay, if push came to shove'. In fact, who actually supports those creative workers in having a decent income while they make their latest 'product' the first time (before digital sharing/copying for free)?
Re: @a cynic writes... Power Cuts
Asda Smart Price value microwave. Two knobs: One is a pot for power (i.e. Mark:Space ratio) and one is a mechanical timer.
No LEDs, no clock, no microprocessor, no PIC, no MIPS SoC, no embedded software.
Re: Analog portabel music
Nope. A high-bitrate MP3 or FLAC derived from a raw PCM master is streets ahead of any crappy combination of lossy, distorted vinyl and cassette reproduction. Remember that.
My first experience of audio recording.
My brother saved a few weeks' of paper round money and bought a budget (might have been Alba) cassette recorder on a Saturday afternoon. We took it back home and set it to 'record' around about tea-time. I can still remember the sounds and conversations as if it was two months ago. It was /very/ weird hearing your own voice on tape (though everyone else sounded 'exactly like they do in real life'). Wish we still had that tape today - what a link to the past!
Re: TDK SA90...
TDK tapes were always my weapon of choice for audio cassette. Funnily enough, TDK video cassettes were crap. JVC tapes made great video recordings (and could be re-recorded many times) back in the day, and still play back with at least 90% fidelity today. Scotch videos were also a bit suspicious, despite their advertising propaganda:
I remember 'Makin Music' magazine and others championed That's audio tapes, but whilst on a par with TDK, they weren't anything special. My band's debut album was recorded on a Fostex X-26 with That's tape. All future recordings used TDK SA-90s (and were /slightly/ better for it). I preferred the Dolby-B of the Fostex to the DB-X of most other brands. A consistent (if slightly higher-level) noise floor suited our musical style better than the dynamic 'pumping' of DB-X.
Used a Denon cassette deck for stereo 'master' mixdown. Very nice machine, with variable bias, choice of Dolby B and C, etc. Gave it to a colleague for free when 100% digital recording at home became affordable (early '00s). No regrets.
Transferred the old cassette multitrack masters to digital in the late '90s and used some pretty impressive software to tart it up for remix and CD-quality release. Amazing results!
How ridiculously fast?
Ludicrous Speed !!!
"there is a major imbalance in this equality."
This is a tech site. It's not an equality if there's an imbalance.
(a == b) // Balanced
(a < b) // Unbalanced
(a > b) // Unbalanced
Perhaps you meant to say "equation" or "inequality".
Re: has your code evolved lately?
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