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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Ass kickings will be encouraged.

Threats against random people like this can be described perfectly thus:

Playing Russian Roulette with a 7 billion chamber revolver.

Good luck.

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Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Re: @ MGale Billy Bob Gates and Microsoft

Something tells me the EU fine isn't all that big, relatively speaking.

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"What on earth are we coming to when a court flat out says it doesn't trust a large (supposedly responsible) corporation."

I and plenty of others have mentioned this already but it bears repeating:

A public limited company (or corporation if you like American-speak) is legally bound to be a psychopath, placing money above all other priorities including human decency. The original idea of a corporation may not have been like this. The original "incorporated company" was limited in what it could do and what other companies it could buy, and stakeholders (not shareholders) were partly responsible for what the company did in their name.

After a couple of centuries of lawyering in order to get more power than the original laws dictated, the modern corporation is far removed from the original.

What amazes me is that they were ever trusted to begin with.

Also the movie "The Corporation" is a good intro for people who don't know the history. It makes for depressing viewing. Nice if you're in a "fuck the world" mood.

(El Reg editors: The movie makers don't care if people copy and paste the movie around, though you can buy it for £2.49 if you like. Please don't delete me.)

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Re: Billy Bob Gates and Microsoft

Oh I don't know. Both of them seem to be doing quite spiffingly well at the moment, assuming that the suicidal plunge towards everything-is-a-phone is arrested at some point.

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Something I have noticed.

The people who don't like the New Bullshit have varied and many reasons why. They will go into great detail about how and why Windows 8 is a step backwards from Windows 7, and how Metro really is an awful interface for a desktop, or even laptop machine. These are not people who are going on a knee jerk reaction. These are people who have tried Windows 8 and found it severely lacking. I'm not going to go into detail about it in this post myself, because I and everyone else have done it to death already.

These people then get set upon by a crowd of deranged fanboys who call them retarded, luddite, "MS Hater" (as if that's a bad thing) and various other personal insults, with a sneering, nasty and superior-minded attitude.

About the most convincing argument I've seen for Windows 8.. that is, an argument that doesn't involve telling me to enjoy anal sex with myself or comparing me to early French loom operators, is "it's okay once you 3rd-party-hack it all the way back to Windows 7".

You know, alternatively, I could just stick with Windows 7.

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Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes

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Using an engine to start the engine that starts the engines?

The phrase I'm looking for here starts with the words "Yo dawg..."

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Re: NiMH

LiPo batteries are still very much a fire risk, and require charging and use via a kid-gloves treatment.

That said, I notice that LiPo batteries do tend to be used in heavy-current-draw situations. They are usually rated between 15C and 30C discharge rate.

Wouldn't want to short one, though.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Re: Get a games company to do an enterprise system...

Indeed. I'm sure the game devs will be too busy trying to manage scenegraphs, build shader materials, figure out where to squeeze that extra few FPS out of a massively complex scene and worrying about how to optimise collision routines to be spending effort on moving account details around a server.

Something tells me the OP is slighting game developers without a damned clue about what games development involves.

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Re: Maybe a friendly prirate has come up with a "Fix" for it.

"But sometimes a 3rd party software update is the only way to get the software working properly."

Too damned right.

Especially when the DVD case mentions absolutely nothing about requiring a not-necessarily-existant Internet connection in order to work.

I'm looking at you, BI Studios. I've been playing Arma and Arma 2 since it was called Operation Flashpoint. I have the full X Anniversary edition now, on top of two copies of the original, all paid for. You have multiple purchases out of me. I thought you'd managed to resist the tendency of game dev firms to infect peoples' computers with malware, hence the £30 purchase of Carrier Command. Ironically, the DRM remover was virus free and works very well.

You won't be getting any more money though. In fact you're lucky I didn't get a refund AND keep the cracked game copy. Shop says no refunds on PC games? I say Trade Descriptions Act.

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Re: a rock and a hard place

Query: What difference does it make if your player is called "Ryan Giggs", or "Ronnie Biggs"?

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Valve, EA, Ubisoft... and now BI Studios.

You can all kiss my winnets. By the way, the crack to make Carrier Command work without "Activation" is quite readily available if you know where to look.

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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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Re: With every move Microsoft makes...

"But, then I recall reading not so long ago how KDE 3.0 was just as shitie as Gnome was or is."

Mandriva chose to go to KDE4, when KDE4 was an awful pre-beta bug-fest. The interface isn't bad, it didn't try to rip everything up and start again like Metro or Unity. It's not an attempt to turn a desktop computer into a phone. It was just adopted way too early by Mandriva SA and caused a bunch of people (me included) to run screaming toward something that actually worked.

These days, KDE4 is quite stable.

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Re: Soo...

I wouldn't say they were heroes.

They just had some actual competition from Digital Research, which they soon killed off by rather more foul means than fair.

Not a lot has changed since then.

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Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE

I also have to wonder how well these start-menu replacements will work when Microsoft change something and the whole lot needs to be reprogrammed again?

You don't have that issue with Linux. A program wants one desktop environment but you're running another? No problem, it'll just drag in the libraries it needs and work nicely. The OS and UI are separated.

Windows just doesn't work like that. That a 3rd party hack might kludge its way around the problem (for now) is immaterial. Windows is a bloody expensive piece of software, and the people who make it can't even be bothered to keep the start menu from Windows 7, maybe even improve it to Gmome/KDE levels of excellence (yes, KDE's start menu categories are better than Windows 7's dump-it-all-in-an-alphabetical-list approach, even if 7's automatic quicklist is quite nice), despite ever-mounting evidence that People Want It Back.

All to try and make 2013 the Year of Windows on the Fondle Toy.

Sorry to go a little Eadonesque here, but: FAIL. FAIL. And a thousand times, FAIL!

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Re: Soo...

Oh no they weren't. They were the ones accepting the IBM shilling to buy someone else's OS for Big Blue's new "personal computer" project.

Try looking to the people who reverse engineered the IBM PC BIOS, to see who broke up IBM's stranglehold.

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Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE

"You complain about a much faster system with tons of new features because of a simple UI issue that's fixed in 30 seconds by a free download?"

I complain about the dumb, stupid way by which I am forced to interact with this new, faster system?

Why yes, yes I do.

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Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE

Nobody is complaining about faster.

Everyone is complaining about the UI.

"Just install classic shell", as I have said before, is something you do on Linux when Canonical have fucked up the UI again. Linux distributions are largely designed for this sort of heterogenous layering between the UI and the OS. They are also free. Windows... isn't. On both counts.

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Re: Now if only...

It seems that the amount of Windows 8 machines running some 3rd party start menu is numbered in the millions. If the majority are using Metro, it's not that big a majority.

Will Microsoft pay attention to that for Windows 9 and give you the option to relegate TIFKAM to a thing used for running mobile apps on a desktop? I doubt it, but I can dream.

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"Quite. If this is the response they get then they may as well not have bothered with relaxing the agreement."

If they want to piss in their own well, I won't stop them.

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Re: Soo...

No, I think the "bastards" tag was earned several decades ago. This episode is just the latest in a long series of bastardry.

Fortunately it seems some people can still be bothered to kick up a stink about bastards.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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So, uhm...

...about the transvestite friend of mine who is making a pretty penny from adult cam sites. Going to remove that source of income, eh?

Charming.

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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Re: I reckon the other source had it spot on

Personal experience, even. And too late to use the edit button too.

Damn my fat fingers.

(Maybe that's what someone said shortly after the start of the RBS outage?)

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Re: I reckon the other source had it spot on

"So all, technicians are incredibly overworked but still infallible, whilst all managers are lazy and incompetent. Procedures are completely unnecessary. Just get rid of all managers and procedures and everything will be fantastic."

And irate operators really do poison their bosses with halon. Oh come on, that has got to be the best rant I've seen in a while. Possibly it might have come from person experience, as far as you know.

Wherever it came from, I think Mike Smith needs to be hired as Simon Travaglia's ghost writer for when he's off sick and a new BOFH episode needs writing up. That was awesome.

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I thought one of the features of a mainframe...

...was umpteen levels of redundancy? One CPU "cartridge" goes pop? Fine. Rip it out of the backplane and stuff another one in, when you've got one to stuff in there.

Dual (or more) PSUs, RAID arrays.. and yet this happens. Oh well. Wonder what RBS's SLAs say about this?

They do have SLAs for those likely-hired-from-someone-probably-IBM machines, don't they?

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LIVE BLOG: Facebook News Feed revamp press conference

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Re: Welcome to our tobacco free campus?

Yeah, I saw that one. That's why you click the button five times to turn it off before stowing it in your suitcase.

Though to have made enough smoke to billow out of the coach, with nobody sucking through it.. that must have been one hell of a vape. Possibly more like the Volcano herbal vapes than an e-liquid vape, especially since the e-cigs and vapes by the likes of VIP and Halo have a 7-10 second safety cut-off. "Health aid for smokers" indeed.. naughty boy.

Did the passengers all stop off at the nearest pizza shop afterwards?

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Welcome to our tobacco free campus?

I recommend Halo's "Ultra Tank" portable vape. Forty quid for a kit including two batteries and three refillable cartomisers. Add in some 24mg/ml nicotine fluid and you're done.

It's also neither tobacco, nor smoking.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Re: Lock and load

"Hirsch" vs "Jude".

I can see how there might have been a problem.

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Re: MUNTJAC

ew.

<--- Oh god, not again.

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Re: Contraceptive dart guns?

Depends on your priorities.

Kill Bambi now, and watch the population bounce right back in a few years.

Or stop Bambi reproducing for life, watch the population naturally dwindle and take quite a while longer to recover.

As a fairly committed rabbit-food-eater, I'll at least mention population control methods that don't involve blowing big holes in things. In the absence of a cervine-targetted Combine suppression field, darts are probably the best option there.

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Re: Just Like Horse

<--- See that?

You bastard. Now I have to find a cloth or something, before some professor walks past and wonders why this lab machine looks pebbledashed.

(El Reg: Better than Facebook, which is what everyone else seems to be looking at)

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Contraceptive dart guns?

It's been done before.

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News Corp challenges iPad with $299 education tablet

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Meanwhile, in Tesco...

Android based, though for some reason they put "Monarch OS" on the front page of the site. Looks suitable though, mostly because of the thick rubber casing. Bounce proof? Essential.

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Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

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Re: MS shills make Eadon sound right

Know what's even better?

That datacentre-edition license only covers two processors. A four-CPU machine needs two datacentre licenses. Really?

How many datacentres does anybody know that have two CPUs? Or does Microsoft count "A PC with a whacking big HDD attached to it" as "a datacentre"?

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: The thing is, he is right

"Easy fix for devs (assuming you're not on some seldom used mirror), just add a # of times downloaded, and give the option to sort by popular. Leverage the crowd."

What would also be nice would be two flags on each package. One for "program", one for "library", and packages can be one, the other or both. Right now, searching (for instance) for games in Linux brings up a whole load of supporting libraries as well. It's a little like doing a search in the Windows 8 store and coming up with stuff like direct3d.dll all mixed up with the games themselves. If I'm developing something I might be interested in downloading lib-something-whatever-devel, but otherwise, let the end-products decide which dependencies to download and hide them from the user unless requested.

Oh my word, did I just criticize the Holy PenguinOS? How unlike me (according to some).

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Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

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Not often I accuse someone of being a shill, but there are an awful lot of ACs with a nasty dismissive attitude toward anybody who fails to love the new bullshit, and a completely brainwashed attitude toward Microsoft. They don't even try to say how I'm wrong.. just throw insults out like "it's easy, you're retarded, stop complaining, get a life" and all the rest.

I guess Metro really is doubleplusgood.

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There is nothing difficult about using metro.

Asides the massive information overload once you install more than a few applications, of course.

Asides trying to find out which TIFKAM apps are running and which ones aren't. Oh, yeah I forgot, Metro magically manages that by deciding for you what stays in memory and what has a few seconds to save its shit before being rather unceremoniously terminated regardless of your wishes. Because that's completely failproof.

Yeesh. I know I can be a sarky bastard at times, but the snark is so thick here you could cut it with a knife. Not that Microsoft Window doesn't deserve it.

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Japanese password protector floods screen with hoax cursors

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Genius.

And like many genius ideas, it leaves me slapping my forehead and going "that's just so simple, WHY didn't I think of it?"

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Penguins, only YOU can turn desktop disk IO into legacy tech

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Re: I've mentioned this before.

Well. A bunch of logic gates certainly doesn't understand anything asides its current state.

That said, you could say that a complex neural network in fact DOES understand what it has been trained to recognise, even if only in a protozoan sense of the word.

So while a computer might not "understand", software well might do. Your brain doesn't understand a damned thing either, but I'm sure your mind does.

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Hm.

Y'know, we already have flash-cached spinning disks.

What about DRAM-cached flash cache on a spinning disk? Add in a few 1-farad capacitors to provide emergency "dump to flash" functionality in the event of a power failure (yes, they can be made smaller than the giant tin cans you get in car audio systems).. this is either a really perverse idea or a really good one.

Or perhaps both.

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Re: Prior art

Yep, and so did the BBC Micro that preceded RISC machines.. and as mentioned above, so did earlier Acorn machines that the BBC evolved from. In fact many early micros relied on a ROM to contain their OS code.

Difference is, these are ROM chips. Okay, maybe some of them might have been EEPROM or UVPROM, but it's not like the machine you plugged them into had write access. The software was also vastly smaller than today's wares.

Whether a modern machine can be made with one big flat non-volatile memory space that holds everything, without being a potentially unbootable nightmare in the event of a crash, or a potential security risk... well, I think that's what the article is asking Penguinistas to have a go at finding out.

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Re: I've mentioned this before.

"The CPU doesn’t understand anything other than memory. It has no idea of the concept of the character 'A'."

You'll find I know more about the internal architecture of a CPU, whether scalar, superscalar, stream/vector or whatever, than you think. If I could really be bothered and had the cash I could probably design a simple CPU out of logic chips, transistors, or relay switches if you like. Maybe have a go at making a hardware Brainfuck/Turing machine. Slow as hell with ripple-adders, but it'd work.

There is still a concept of "memory" and "storage", regardless of what the CPU is doing at the gate level.

Whatever happens with regards stuffing running programs into nonvolatile memory, I just hope I retain the option to say "KILL EVERYTHING AND RESTART YOUR SHIT."

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Re: Palm Pilots

Also how more ancient cart based games consoles worked, where the cart essentially became part of the memory map.

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I've mentioned this before.

Making a computer where there is no concept of "storage" and everything is just "memory"?

No fucking thankyou. That might be nirvana to some people, but to someone who wants "yank the plug" to mean "forget everything and start again", it's awful.

That said, maybe there's some use for having a flash card in there, and having the option in the OS to have a program "run in RAM" or "run in flash". Just so long as turning it off and on again means a reboot and not just coming back up in the same broken state.

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Again?

I've just recently been attending a lecture as part of the Mainframe Computing module, courtesy of a guy who I won't name here, but was actually quite good at giving presentations. He went into a little detail about the last RBS cock-up and how it happened.

Wonder if it's the same "let's outsource the work to someone on the other side of the world who'll do it for 50p/hour" reason as the last time? Apparently RBS started looking for more local talent after that.. how far have they gotten with that?

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Honk if the car in front is connected

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Re: "check the status"?

"how about... tire pressure, engine and transmission oil levels, coolant levels, belt life remaining, etc... it would be nice to know my tires are outside optimal inflation range when i'm making my daily plan, so i can alot time to fix the issue and maybe diagnose why the status changed."

I'm sure that kind of tech could be hacked into a car right now with a bit of engineering skill and an Arduino or something. I don't know how it requires a complete drive-by-wire system to work properly though.

Bunch of sensors and a transmitter, surely?

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Re: Like Marvin

Don't tease me, bro?

Okay, I'm going.

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Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

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I'm wondering what happens after an accident. Veins tend to re "draw" themselves, but not necessarily in the same way.

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Virgin Mobile coughs to choking its customers

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Re: unlimited anything is a guaranteed fail...

The difference is that there is no finite reservoir of bits that's about to run out if everyone uses them up. This isn't like dragging a few kilowatts out of the mains grid and expecting the power station to stay fuelled forever.

The problem is, too many people seem to think that there is some kind of bit reservoir. There isn't. The only limit is the amount of data that can be transferred in any given time period. With sensible traffic management and by not oversubscribing your networks with endpoint connections that are way too high for the core network to cope with, then yes, unlimited usage of a mobile network connection is very possible. Three are managing it right now.

2mbit is a bit low, though.

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