3520 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
Re: @James Hughes 1
The thing about expert systems, is you generally need experts on hand to train them. AI is generally done top-down, not bottom-up. The moment the latter happens to any extent where experts are no longer required, is the moment we start building our own (perhaps slightly perturbed) GSVs and other Minds. Or rather, it's the moment they start building themselves.
Then we're all out of a job!
Re: Plane or plain
Nope, you got the right one (plane, that is).
It just happens to also be a good excuse for a godawful pun.
Re: M Gale
Sounds to me like you just proved andreas koch's point big style!
Unless I'm completely misreading their post, Koch's point was about the UI. I'm pointing out that there was a lot more disliked about Win95 than the UI. Hell, the Win95 UI wasn't a radical break from Win3.11. You could still use Windows 95 without touching the Start menu, creating folders on the desktop just like you would with the old progman (which was still included in Windows 95, as already mentioned).
Windows 8 (and Unity) on the other hand, seem to be more about turning desktop computers into phones. No ta. I'd rather have something that works, without some OS X-alike unified menu bar, either. And, as mentioned, I'm wondering how well KDE, XFCE and other less phone-like UIs will work with Mir?
Re: 'if you're stuck using proprietary drivers'
And with the SteamOS announcement, this should become the norm rather than the exception.
So long as it doesn't come with Steam, I'll be happy.
Re: @ Pete 2 - Reversing Moore's Law
Windows 95 was a big change and a lot of people didn't like it at first, now there's a change away from that paradigm and most people want to stay with it.
I remember the most hate about WIndows 95 was the sheer amount of hard drive space it required, and it breaking compatibility with a crapton of stuff that came before. There were the lies about "your DOS programs now run faster than ever", the price, and the fact that up until Windows 95, at least you could buy alternative operating systems that worked with the vast majority of software (except Microsoft software, natch).
However, at least Windows 95 included progman if you still wanted to use it that way. Does Windows 8 have the start menu? No, it has a shitty phone UI and you will eat it up and say Thankyou Sir.
Speaking of which, will KDE, XFCE and other desktop environments more suited to the desktop environment continue to work in Mir?
Re: Google Fleas
Compared to iAds?
Oh god, just one letter-swap out.
Re: Certainly not the ones I know who would fail the piss test.
And if the company gives two hoots about what you do in your private time, is it really a company you want to work for?
Q1: Can they do the job?
Q2: Can they do it well?
If the above two questions are answered successfully, all else should not matter. Save the moralising for the Mary Whitehouse Appreciation Society.
Ghostbusters backpacks for real?
Just remember to not cross the streams.
Re: Just heat it up a bit?
The infrastructure for melting the Martian polar ice is already in place
Not unless we're in an old Arnie movie, it isn't.
Re: Are they splitting hairs?
A service that didn't sell user's data or advertise at them would have to be funded by subscription fees. Now, when was the last time something like that worked on the Internet?
Ask Blizzard or CCP?
Vimeo seem to have a paid service too, if you fancy an alternative to Youtube.
If the US can nab UK businessmen for offering online services which are legal in the UK then why can't France grab him if they get the chance?
There's a reason the film isn't called "Team France: World Police."
(Side issue is the rather small likelihood of being sent one of the those letters from your ISP)
Return the letter with a photograph of the physical media and a politely-worded "fuck off". Perhaps with some kind of implied legal threat of your own.
Re: Yeah right.
Or, the typical Reg commentard believes it is their right to be a complete prick to anyone
Criticising poor service is "being a prick"?
Or would that be the denying of access to anybody who criticises poor service?
And if I were the airline employee then I might have risked a quip about getting the cattleprod out, depending on the humour of the situation. That or just quietly smirked. Maybe even side with the customer whilst also admitting that there's little that I could do about it. Give them a complaints number perhaps. Really, giving someone the 3rd degree over "moo"?
Re: M Gale "It's called free speech"
And then starts publically slagging you & your company off ?
A few years ago, I was a PC World employee.
Try "suck it up and get on with it"? There is a marked difference between criticism and abuse. Actually, I kept my job there for so long despite not having the best sales figures because dammit, I had so few complaints. Customers liked me. Tended to come back more often because of that. Partly because I didn't respond to criticism with "right, fuck off, out of the shop, you." In fact, in many cases I would agree wholeheartedly with some of the stuff that customers came out with. Why act like a pissy jobsworth? Life's too short, and the company certainly isn't going to reward blind loyalty anyway. Yes sir, you are absolutely right, that is a terrible price for a USB 1.1-rated cable. Unfortunately there is little I can do about it, however my figures for today are not too bad. If you're buying a printer and ink, I can probably discount it for you.
Professionalism. Something an Easyjet employee or two might do well to learn about.
Re: "It's called free speech"
Typical, a lawyer trying to scare people to get what he wants.
Typical, a pissy employee of a substandard airline trying to play God because someone had the temerity to not worship the ground they walk on.
Take a look at what happened here. The guy might be a shark, but he's also incidentally happened to defend your rights as well as his own. Or, do you think that somehow a shit airline should not be criticised?
OH GOD I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET ON AN EASYJET FLIGHT NOW!!!!
Re: The Republican Dream@ecofeco
you must mean when they ended Slavery
That would be the British, who then used their naval power to lean on other nations, including the US. For less than pure reasons no doubt, but still, there you go.
site:theregister 2009 + IPv6
Might have something to do with Google getting rid of the "+" operator?
And all for a "social network" that only has such a high user count because they're trying every dirty trick in the book to pretend that all of its youtube, gmail and other users even want the damned thing.
Re: "Oops. Did hitting that mess something up for you?"
A Windows keyboard - smells less than pouring your beer into the fan but not as nice.
Power buttons on the keyboard is something Apple Macs had first. It's just as fucking annoying on them, too. Think different? Yeah, right.
Amusingly, the keyboard I'm using thankfully has no such retardedness on it. Model? Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800.
Security theatre aside, wouldn't a bit of yellow tape strung across the entrance kinda indicate that this is not an entrance for unauthorised personnel?
Really. Couple of $ worth of yellow gaffer tape to tide them over until the airport can afford a barrier. Emergency vehicles can still plough on through, and you'd have to be exceptionally, undeserving-of-a-driving-license thick in order to not notice it.
There. No need to thank me. Just get it done before some lost driver collapses some undercarriage and makes a few hundred people go splat.
Sega Vs Nintendo
Of course, now there's Sonic games on the Nintendo (3)DS. Never thought I'd see that happen.
I'm now waiting for the Marylin Manson & Cliff Richard concert to be announced. Think they'd make a nice duet?
First they insisted on Google+ to rate or comment on an Android app.
Sorry, Android devs, but you'll never get another rating or review out of me, and that's why.
And now they're integrating the shit into Youtube comments? Gee, I wonder what I'll be doing about that then? What I won't be doing, is having anything to do with Google+.
Note to the chocolate factory: If I wanted a Facebook, I'd have a Facebook. I don't, so I don't.
Re: same or similar on Windows Phone
What would anyone do with a Windows 8 license?
Inflict it upon an innocent victim with neither mercy nor remorse.
There's some sick fuckers out there.
Re: By the time kids today are old enough to be pilots
Not just that, but a catastrophic loss of remote control could possibly end up with the aircraft making a dead-reckoning (assuming GPS has been jammed) return to safety, all by itself. It only needs to be so accurate to get back to a friendly area, then either command can be restored, or the aircraft can self destruct upon depletion of fuel. Or, just maybe, the aircraft can crashland somewhere flat and open and at least be partly salvageable.
It's not like a few people with some garden shed engineering can't build a small-scale craft that can return to base under autonomous control. The current SPB project seems to be shaping up in exactly that direction.
Re: Nintendo are fucked.
It has a joystick? Control pad? Buttons? Mario Kart?
Not so fucked, then.
As I've already said...
...who cares if the phone can be unlocked? Who even cares if it can be switched off? One or two tools, and you've popped the case, ripped the battery out, and have the screen, sensor and any other salvageable spares either on Fleabay or winging their way across the seas to be sold in other territories.
Any phone "anti theft" measure is not so much anti theft, as preventing random bods from peering at your data.
Re: still waiting
Mogul base eh? 300W? High pressure sodium perchance?
Methinks you'd be more interested in clusters of PAR-matched red and blue LEDs, you naughty boy, you.
Re: @Duncan Macdonald I'd be happy with ...
Every colour scanner I've used (though granted my last one was a while ago) used RGB lights. They look white because all the lights are firing. Try doing a greyscale scan. The options will usually allow you to select all, or either the red, green, or blue light as the illumination source.
So long as that base has some kind of ZIF-type mechanism to keep the bits attached, that looks like it could be a truly awesome platform. And, actually innovative.
Re: Backed themselves in to a corner
because Android isn't anywhere near flexible enough support anything but the one form factor.
Sure seems like a single form-factor to me.
Calling Google "The Borg" while bigging up Microsoft? That would be some irony right there. Or cluelessness. Or perhaps both.
Really, you think Microsoft won't be ad-tracking you to within an inch of your life as well?
Although it must be said, roughly zero of those viruses are present on devices that haven't been rooted or have a bunch of dodgy APKs sideloaded from Pirate Jimbob's Warez Emporium.
Now, being able to re-lock a rooted build with your own damn key, that would be something.
I could say the same about anybody suggesting a Core i7 lap-scalder for doing letters and spreadsheets with. The Fujitsu Lifebook T731 is not exactly cheap either, unless you want a decrepit "refurbished" one.
So sure, if you have unlimited funds and the desire to throw unlimited amounts of them at some kind of shiny, then you might just barely, so long as you're not using it too hard, get 8 hours out of an x86 Windows tablet PC. Really, well done.
Now if you don't mind, I have a years-old TF201 here to play with. Cost £500 when it was brand spanking new. Goes all day. Like the Duracell Bunny of convertible tablets, it is.
Actually I think, now Microsoft have made the idiot decision to try and turn the desktop into a phone and get the general public used to "duh hooge squares and pretty pictures" phone interfaces, Android could go through just a few modifications to be mouse and multiple-window-friendly and stand a good chance at taking Microsoft on, on their home turf. Wouldn't that be something?
Duo 13, i7 variant. £1725, before you even go on about the prices Sony will charge for an extra battery, a car charger... well, it doesn't come with it. I also see no battery life figures.
So, we're probably talking somewhere north of two grand, all in. For a jumped up netbook. To write fucking Office documents.
Now what was that I said about extortionately priced? Not to mention that the huge PDAs that we now call "tablets" have a battery life that approaches or exceeds all-day heavy usage already, without any mucking about swapping batteries halfway through.
So a Windows XP Tablet PC with a ridiculous price tag and a battery life of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... not the massive PDAs that generally last all day, then?
Re: Speech recognition
int main (int argc, char *argv)
std::cout << "I can see speech recognition working really well here." << std::endl;
#define SORRY "I just had to"
Re: Related topic...
All of the above, plus keyboard construction. The chiclet thing on a Transformer TF201 is passably decent (even if not Bluetooth). The membrane keyboards straight out of Spectrum 16-land are most certainly not.
That's not passive aggressive. It's just aggressive.
Just take the thing apart and sell any salvageable bits. Unlock codes won't stop someone with a screwdriver.
I don't think these measures as so much anti-theft as anti-letting-some-scrote-perv-over-your-selfies.
Crikey, that thing's still going? Mind you, from what I remember it's an actual honest-to-goodness DTP program as opposed to Illustrator's "good for making glossy leaflets" approach.
The real reason for the laughing
Yeah, what are you gonna go to instead? The GIMP? Paint Shop Pro?
That's right. You'll pay per month to use the same old shit, and you'll thank us for it, you bitches. Now bend the fuck over and spread those cheeks.
Quickoffice files save into Google Drive
Ah. Never mind, then.
Re: Why do you want my personal details for this?
First name: Micheal
Second name: Mouse
Email address: linuxfoundation@someDisposableWildCardDomain.com
Company: Ha Ha No, Inc.
Job title: Other.
Re: at this rate
I figured the whole point, if you're in a position to be hugely bothered by the kernel size, is that you can turn off a shitload of options in the kernel headers and compile your own teeny-tiny version, with support just for the hardware you're running it on?
Or just download Ubuntu or some other preconfigured distro where about everything sensible has been switched on.
Would a microkernel end up any smaller after every single driver (sorry, Service) for every possible bit of hardware out there has been included in with the distribution? Don't forget, Windows is a hybrid kernel that does a ton of stuff the microkernel way. Hardly a size 0, is it?
I thought that was round corners?
This is like Web 8.1, surely? And about as welcome?
Hypertext! Is! Your!
Xperia Arc S here, from when it was "Sony Ericsson". Still working, though a bit long in the tooth now perhaps.
Not a perfect phone, but still damned fine. Dual GLONASS/GPS before the Applistas ever thought of the idea, and the ancient, replaceable battery still gets me all day if I don't hammer it. Camera's awesome for a 2011-vintage phone, pretty good even for a bleeding-edge new smartphone, and it can actually make calls while being held like a phone, unlike the iPhone 4 that it went up against.
I'll probably be getting a replacement in the next year or two, simply to take advantage of multiple cores and stupidly high-res screens (as if the current phone isn't high enough). However, this ol' Arc S still gets appreciative comments, mostly on the size and clarity of the screen. It really is eye-searingly bright and razor-sharp.
Oh, and it seems to play almost every video file I throw at it. All without being tied into some PC-based bloatware.
Re: Exactly - with a modern multitasking OS this would do really well
I think you're mistaking pre-emptive multitasking with cooperative multitasking. Coop multitasking was what Mac OS had all the way up to OS X, and Windows up to 3.11 (up to 9x for 16 bit apps). It is, to use the crap analogy, the equivalent of leaving a bucket of money out and asking people to only take from it fairly. The program hogs resources until it gives them back to the OS.
Pre-emptive multitasking on the other hand, is where the OS decides how much CPU time each process is having, and rations timeslices accordingly. Unix has always had it, right back to 1969. Linux has had it since its inception in 1991, and since Android is based on Linux, well, Android has had it since day 1, too.
Strangely, pre-emptive multitasking works, regardless of how much an individual process wants to hog things. The only remaining argument is the best type of rationing policy - round robin, least-used-first, priority-based or other?
Ignorance, eh? It's everywhere.
Re: Impossible sites?
No, but a whole bunch of people replacing their name with "Cockmeister McFuck", and their profile picture with dongcopters and other such loveliness might prompt the site owners to allow deletions. Even if not, it's a funny form of protest that leaves the offending site in an awesome state for future viewers.
Of course if it's a site where the owners are not likely to be offended by such imagery, you do a bit of research and find something that will offend the site owners.
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- 'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'