832 posts • joined Wednesday 15th October 2008 11:36 GMT
Re: Well now
"(I think it's madness)"
Its even madder than people think - the FM band is only 20 Mhz wide - ie sod all use for any serious digital services other than audio. So what exactly they're planning on doing with it is anyones guess. The phone/internet companies will hardly be lining up to buy it.
It seems to me the only reason for the push to DAB is that its digital and therefor the arts degree morons in charge think that anything digital is automatically better than anything analogue regardless of evidence to the contrary and they must be seen to be doing something wrt broadcasting, DAB is something , so lets do it.
"Do the people who post this stuff not realise that"
No. Most of them are the sort of people who have to wear googles when using cultery in case they poke themselves in the eye. Utter fuckwits, the lot of them. Twitter should require an IQ test to be completed before an account can be opened and then every week or so.
Re: Visual Studio
"vi and make - are the weapon of a Jedi, an elegant weapon of a more civilized age"
Agreed, though I'd include gdb and strace too. If a coder needs an IDE as bloated as VS or Eclipse before they can do their job then either they're a shit coder or the APIs they're working with are poorly designed rubbish.
I wonder, does VS still require the coder to select what type of app he is developing - cmd line, service, GUI etc - before he can write a line of code or has Microsoft made it into the 80s yet? I don't know if its a limitation of the compiler or the shit OS its running on but it made me crack up when I first saw it.
Re: Edit & Continue
"When a recompile takes 20 minutes,"
I'm sorry? You have heard of modular code haven't you, or is your entire system in one massive source file?
"Cry me a river. Just go and buy a copy of Windows 7 from Amazon and stop your whining."
And that will come with all the correct drivers will it? Err , no.
And the laptop manufacturer will provide drivers on their websites for its new laptops for Win 7 will they? Err, no.
Go get a clue you moron.
"The Windows 8 bashing is getting old.
If you suffer so much please use Windows 7, Linux, OS X or if you are near death ChromeOS."
Guess what - I'd like to buy a decent laptop with Windows 7 installed.
Guess what? I can't.
W7 is probably the best OS microsoft ever produced - a low bar admittedly - so what do they do? They toss it in the trash after 3 years and replace it with something that has a GUI apparently designed in 1975. The fuckwittedness of that decision is just off the bloody scale.
Re: can Windows fork() processes yet?
"Not entirely sure why you would want to "fork" a process under NT. Yes you can execute out to one, (with all the overhead that uses), but generally a thread or two inside the same process will suffice."
If you don't understand the pros and cons of mult process vs multi threaded programming then I suggest you go and read up about it. And executing out to one - ie starting up a brand new process from scratch - is NOT the same as doing a fork(). But then if you had a clue you'd have known that.
"NT has always been a multi-user multi-threaded OS since day 1, unlike, say, Linux which had such things bolted on later in life)."
Err, what? Linux was multi user and multi process from day 1. Threads came along later but then when you have multi process multi threading is a nice to have rather than an essential. Remind me - can Windows fork() processes yet? No, didn't think so.
As for NT multi user - sure , so long as you don't want more than 1 user logged on at the same time it was "multi" user. ie - fucking useless.
There'll be some interesting plot contortions in that case
To explain why Tom Bakers doctor now looks like a grandpa. Don't get me wrong , Baker looks good for his age especially given his fondness for the booze in his earlier years, but he ain't no 30-something anymore and I suspect just dying his hair would look ridiculous. This should be interesting!
Re: Someone update me ...
"Sync/replication with automatic backup, pretty much"
So a fancy version of rsync then. BFD.
"It's a convenience, although $8Bn suggests someone's been at the Meth."
There's always a sucker willing to part with their money I guess.
Someone update me ...
... whats exactly is the difference between dropbox and a web account with ftp server access other than a fancy front end?
Re: Why on earth did he even try to use it?
"In his shoes, I'd have left it sealed in the box and sold it for multiples of what I'd paid. There are plenty of idiots who'd happily have given him silly money, just to get one early."
Sadly, reading his tweets and listening to his youtube video he comes across as a bit of an idiot himself which isn't helped by his typical american teenager/kidult trait of Over Emphasising Everything With AWESOME Hyperbole - BAM! - And Dozens Of Wicked - BAM! - Nonsense Words And Exclamation Marks At Every Opportunity!!!!!!!!!!!!! About something that at the end of the day is just an expensive toy.
Re: Coverage is more important
"@boltar : Glass half empty today?"
Err no. Just stating some facts that the Ooh Shiny! crowd who think it all works by magic might not be aware of.
Re: Coverage is more important
" can understand having little to no coverage in very remote locations but I should at least be able to sustain a decent 3G level of speed (not necessarily delivered by 3G tech) when travelling along major arterial routes."
I take it you don't realise how technically difficult this is to actually achieve? A few dropped packets in a voice call doesn't matter , a few dropped packets in a data connection does as it nicely stall TCP especially if it keeps on occuring at random intervals. And the best way to do this is move at high speed and have the device constantly try to connect to base stations and deal with interference at the same time.
Just think yourself lucky you can get ANY sort of data connection on the move. 20 years ago it would have been science fiction. People are spoilt today.
Personally I'd just settle ...
... for them selling a 4G mifi device with a bloody RJ45 jack so I can plug it into a wired network where it can substitute for a broadband mdoem. Is this too much to ask?
Re: If MS can't get it to work properly, how the fuck is anyone else supposed to?..
"design it to work, not just to sell."
Thats MS screwed then.
Re: Cloud hype
"We were pretty earlier adopters of Azure. Sadly the application we developed for it was brought back into our datacentre after Msfts European datacentres' suffered several failures that left us looking like idiots."
Frankly if you were earlier adopters and bet your business on an a offsite datacentre - sorry , I mean "cloud" - "solution" by MS before it had least reached the equivalent of V2.0 then you ARE bloody idiots.
Re: Already seen this
"Anti virus software is not enough."
Neither is running Windows. Seriously , this security swiss cheese of an operating system really has had its day. Its time for it to be booted out of the corporate world for good and leave it to muppets at home to update their facebook status with or vomit up some more banalities on twitter because frankly thats all its good for.
Re: Really.... ?
"Because they annoying, it's as simple as that."
Quite. I think the phrase should have been:
"the popularity of custom RBTs inside South America is unfathomable"
Re: Let me be the first to say...
""Those are no clouds.""
They might not be clouds as we know them. At that temp they could well be some sort of condensing metal vapour.
Re: re: Why would we have known about it?
"Rule by the thugs that were tourturing suspects in Northen Island would not have been welcome"
These "suspects" being the sort of scum that would happily blow up a bus of kids, I don't think anyone other than bleeding heart liberal idiots like you gives a flying fuck if the IRA scum got their fingernails ripped out.
Re: The tape is dead,
"Tape was a distinct improvement back in the day. It was not nearly as bad as some people are trying to say it was. It's just that better and newer stuff came along after it. Tech improves and old stuff gets discarded."
Its also still al lot easier for some things. If I want to record something off the radio I can either:
A) Fire up the old radio cassette, stick in a blank and press record.
B) Wait for PC to boot. Attempt to connect radio to it then persuade recalcitrant audio program to record the input. Which half the time it won't do because some bloody input flag is set wrong etc etc.
C) Attempt to record off a streaming radio service full of DRM. Yeah, good luck with that digitally. Though you can record from the analogue output port onto .... hmm, now what could I use ....
Re: DCC (What technology.)
"And the heads had to be perfectly clean. For example, if I listened to analogue tapes (the advertised backward-compatibility feature), it usually refused to play DCC tapes until I cleaned the heads, because the lower-quality analogue tape left crud on them."
Yup, I've got a DCC deck with the exact same issues. Sometimes after playing analogue it'll sort of half play a DCC tape with occasional snatches of sound but usually it won't bother. Another problem is that the firmware is very much first (and last) generation and the occasional complete lockup requiring a power cycle isn't unheard of.
Re: If I don't need ...
"It's not a tower if it's front-wheel drive"
Really? So the only cars that can tow a van are BMWs , mercs and some supercars?
Clue - this isn't the 1970s. FWD tows quite nicely in 2013.
"No: Chrome doesn't run as root on LInux in any shape or form - it can't."
Sorry? Do you even have a clue what setuid root means?
"I know this because I compile my OS from source and I've taken the trouble to find out how it works and conducted a fairly thorough but non exhaustive review of it over the years - have you?"
Are you on drugs? Do you even understand what you're writing?
"my personal use case."
Oh look , a buzzphrase.
You're an idiot.
... would be the browser that insists on its sandbox process running as root on linux. And people actually use it?? Wonders never cease.
Re: Make a hole in the air
"That depends upon who your neighbour is.
What if you live in a block of flats?
Or of your office is near to that of a competing company?"
And what can they do other than mess up settings for a laugh? These are printers , they just print. This isn't a security issue, just an annoyance issue.
Avoid Chrome at all costs anyway
I installed it on Linux only to find it requires the chrome-sandbox process to be sutuid root and it won't run without it. Well sorry, but no browser on my system is running with root privs so it was deleted ASAP and I won't be going back anytime soon.
Re: Dr Who is lame crud
"You do get that there's room for more than 1 genre in Sci-Fi dont you? "
You're confusing differing genre with differing quality. The storyline s of Dr Who are extremely poor and the execution appalling.
"If it wasnt for the current interpretation - whether you like it or not - it probably wouldnt be running again."
And I should care , why? If the BBC didn't waste money on this they could spend it on other more deserving Sci Fi dramas instead.
"I would also argue that since Moffat - the man responsible for 2 of the BBC's biggest hits in recent years - and whose worked with half of Hollywood - knows more about what works for a Global audience than you do."
You could say the same about the producers of Big Brother. So what?
"Oh and BTW the fact that you cant come up with anyone but Iain M Banks and his lesser sweary clone doesnt give your post much credibility."
Says the man who mentions Stephen Donaldson - a poor fantasy hack who churns out tedious Tolkein knock-offs - in the same breath as Banks. I mean seriously??
Dr Who is lame crud
No amount of gravitas from a serious actor like Capaldi is going to rescue what is nothing more than poorly written child oriented sci fi with the occasional politically correct agenda thrown in. The laughably portentious storylines frequently have a habit of wrting cheques they can't cash - Quick , daleks are taking over the universe! Will the doctor round up a space fleet and attack them!? Err no , he'll talk loudly too them for 5 mins and they'll all go home. As Tucker would say , Oh give me a f*cking break!
And they spend far too much time based around Earth - presumably for budget reasons. Plus the effects are generally rubbish and there's no excuse for that in 2013 when a decent desktop PC can do better effects than the whole of Lucasfilm could manage back in the 1980s.
To anyone who reads serious sci fi - Ian M Banks, Neil Asher, for example - Dr Who is a sad joke. It should be on CBBC,
Thats not the only misleading comment.
"was so good it also changed the direction of computing"
Sure, as long as you'd never used anything other than DOS and your idea of "computing" is a desktop PC. Solaris blew it out of the water GUI wise and TBH still does on the server side even today. Along with most unixes frankly.
Its not just in Royston
Go around the A406 north circular in london and you'll see the damn things - 3 or 4 in a row on a pole - every half mile or so. No idea what they're used for but I'm sure its not to spot Santa on christmas day.
Incidentaly the ANPR records from the whole of england (perhaps even the whole UK , I'm not sure on that point) are kept on a database at Hendon for 2 YEARS. I'm really struggling to see how plod can justify that though no doubt if asked they use a phrase involving the word "terrorism". Or these days perhaps they could even manage some logical contortion to link the data to monitoring peadophiles. Nothing matters compared to Thinking Of The Children, right?
Lets not get carried away
Yes earth is beneath insignificance in the scheme of things, but its significant to us and thats what matters so its a bit dishonest just look at a picture of the earth from a long way off and say the usual hippie "human affairs are irrelevant - lets all just give each other a big hug" guff. No their not and I'd rather not thanks.
However from a technical point of view these photos are an amazing achievement. Such a pity Nasa is being starved of funds by pig ignorant politicians. But then at least the USA has a space agency , which is more than we do in the UK (aside from a few satellite manufacturers) after the utter morons in the 60s governments flushed all our efforts down the toilet.
Re: Gesture politics at its worst
The current crop of politicians in Westminster on both sides of the house only do gesture politics. Any important real politics - building new nuclear power stations for example - are kicked into the long grass faster than you can say "vote loser".
As for the search engine filter - I wonder if Camera-on and Kludge realise that English isn't the only language in the world. Or do they expect search engines to scan for dodgy terminology in say Cantonese, Uzbek or Malay? I can see googles translate service becoming very popular.
There was technology max maximise hardware usage before virtualisation
It was called an operating system - you know, where you had multiple processes all being timeshared for the CPU and given their own memory slice etc.
But then came along Windows with its DLL and registry hell, its piss poor seperation of user/account data and its insistence that anything that wants to do anything useful must have admin privs at some point. Which makes it virtually impossible to run more than 1 major application on the OS at the same time (or windows admins who don't know how to manage them - take your pick). And what did the genuises come up with as a solution? Improve the OS? Err , no. Have multiple instances of the same OS running at the same time!
So instead of having 1 process management layer you have 2 - the OS kernel AND the hypervisor so it actually ends up less efficient. But of course thats not what the snake oil salesman want you to believe.
And yes - I am aware of VMs on IBM mainframes donkeys years ago but that was also down to their piss poor OS not being able to do any sophisticated process management and quota seperation.
If something is "art" people don't need to be told that its art - they can see it immediately. "Modern art" is the label slapped on talent free rubbish that normal people might mistake for something the binmen will be coming to collect if they weren't informed otherwise. Unfortunatelty people in the art world seem to think that you can call any old rubbish "art" and voila - art it is! Umm , no , it isn't. A turd is still a turd no matter how many pretty bows you tie around it.
Though I do feel rather sorry for this guy - if he'd been around in the 1970s he could probably have secured a top job at British Leylands tractor design studio.
"Err, wrong - modern X servers have extensions that allow the use of shared memory."
Yes, ok , Mr Nitpick , that is the case but extensions are part of the X server so whats your point? And show me any modern X server that doesn't use them. The fact that X is so modular and hence so flexible is one of its major strong points IMO, one that competing groups would conveniently like to ignore.
"Whatever comes out of this, I keep being impressed with Ubuntu's and more importantly Shuttleworth's vision and striving to do SOMETHING about the moribund state of Linux on the desktop."
Since when did the state of Linux on the desktop have ANYTHING to do with the low level graphics layer?
Re: The decline is underway
"SBS is only good if you have expertise in managing it, and that expertise is going to get more scarce. Which graduate wants a career in something as boring as that,"
I don't think many graduates go into sys admin anyway. Its more the BTEC crowd who fill those jobs. Graduates become coders/designers.
"Sounds like an opportunity for some Linux disty to put together an 'easy to install/configure' equivilent package."
Unfortunately while unix/linux always had made a far superior back end server to any of the supposed "server" operating systems (I need to reboot a 24/7 server just because I've installed a new driver - seriously??) , they still haven't got to the point where they can be managed by the clueless click monkeys that firms hire as Windows "admins". Unix & linux still need people who have a vague clue about what they're doing and a lot of firms arn't willing to pay for that.
Tablet manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank
How to make a tablet:
1) Take cheap netbook/laptop
2) Remove keyboard, dvd drive, most useful standard connectors
3) Add touch screen layer
4) Increase price.
And mugs still buy them. Unbelievable.
"What makes too many?"
The fact that you hardly get blue skies over London any more - its always a white smear of vapour trails - and in a damn aircraft goes over at low level about once a minute either taking off or landing.
"I think there are far too few aircraft over SE england caused by the paralysis of our political and planning system that makes it impossiblw to sensibly increase capacity."
Too few?? Are you a troll or just a fool?
"This is damaging the UK economy and therefore jobs etc."
Utter bollocks. Air travel is a minor part of the UK economy - its only the vested interests in the air transport sector who are clamouring for more capacity and gullible politicians who believe them.
For the record London has more runway capacity than ANY other capital in europe. Don't believe me?
Ok then , try Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, City, Stansted, Southend, Biggin Hill.
There are far too many aircraft in the sky over the SE already. Long may this fault continue.
Re: Where's the ASA?
"Why can't panel makers just make displays without 'Motion Blur' and 'Judder'? ARE YOU LISTENING? IS IT TOO DIFFICULT FOR YOU?"
I'm afraid those 2 issues are the result of too much compression. Haven't you noticed how most HD TV displays in shops involve slooooowww moving content - a woman smiling serenely while some grass moves gently in the background , or some small waves breaking on a beach? There's a reason for that. As soon as someone puts the HD set on footie you notice the problem - the moving ball looks like so much snot moving across the screen and the run players legs are smeared out cartoon style.
Analogue TV (before all the studio and camera side was digitized) might have had worse resolution but its ability to capture motion was far superior to digital.
"On the contrary, it confirms that playground name calling isn't always well received. "
Pretty accurate though in this scenario. People don't buy phones because they need them but because other people have them and they're a fashion item. They're the male equivalent of a handbag frankly and its a bit pathetic.
Re: Purely personally...
"A major shocker. Matt Wootton has been an integral part of the Green Party here in Lancaster, UK. "
Looks like he found out the hard way that just because you care about nature doesn't mean nature will care about you.
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