Must be running Linux then.
91 posts • joined 29 Oct 2008
Re: It's a good joke, but.....
My mileage differs. I worked on seismic crews in Africa in the 80's, and we drove Toyota Land Cruisers (the old upright type with running boards) without problems. Then one client insisted we use Land Rovers, so they were shipped in but the corrugated desert roads shook them so much that the aluminium panels cracked and fell away. They couldn't be welded back on so they were riveted and screwed on to keep them together. Then the rainy season came and the Lucas electrics failed. Within a year they were all scrapped and we went back to our faithful (and reliable) steel-bodied Toyotas.
On a trip to west Africa last year, I only saw two Land Rovers, and they were both ancient. All the other 4x4s were Japanese.
"Yeah, because the GPO was such a proactive bastion of forward thinking and cutting edge tech. Oh, wait..."
It was a while ago, but Colossus was built by the GPO. Without that, this discussion might be moot.
Le livre des visages
Une haut-vote pour vous!
Have une bonne evening.
“I think full separation would be an enormous undertaking...."
No more than when BT was separated from the GPO and privatised, surely?
"...incredibly time consuming..."
So what? Is OFCOM really so busy with other stuff?
"... [and have] lots of potential to backfire,....”
That's never deterred the government in the past.
Just my two penn'orth
I cut my teeth with a BBC micro and Amiga 1200, then bought a PC when Win95 came out. Liked it. Liked Win98 even better. Looked at NT4, pretty awful for a home user (drivers etc), Win2000 better, but happy with XP - the best in terms of GUI, IMHO.
Win7: OK but not really a great improvement on XP. Stuck with it until this W10 lunacy.
Win8: awful, didn't bother.
I'd played with various Linux distros in the past, and despite learning lots I always went back to Windows because of issues with some hardware or other (I once spent a week trying to get sound working). Applications weren't great then, either, and there was always some CLI hacking to do to get things running. But after trying the horrible interface that is Win10, and then the slurping, and then the upgrade nagging, I'd had enough, and after some experimentation plumped for Mint Cinnamon with the Numix theme. It works well, looks great, and the available applications are now as good as I need for general office, internet and photo editing. I also like that updates are all in one place (night night, Ninite), and I don't need anti-spyware (yet) or AV (yet - although I scan attachments with ClamAV so as not to pass viruses to MS users).
I think that just as MS have decided to stop providing a standalone OS, Mint has come good. This time I'm not going back to Windows, and now I've also switched my family's computers to Mint I don't get any more calls for help from them.
PS Not a Linux fanboi, just a happy user.
"Remember, the value of retail investments can go down, or down a lot, it's only the big boys that get the gains."
Great username BTW.
@AC Re: Disappointed.
Offset feed dish.
That is all.
Made my day
What an awesomely bad article written by an idiot, in a newspaper run by nasty idiots. I'm glad I don't pay to read such rubbish, as I'd hate to think I was contributing to her fee. The comments below the article in the DT are surprising in their reasoned condemnation, because usually they consist of rants blaming muslims / immigrants / paedophiles / Jeremy Corbyn for everything that's wrong with the world.
Best of all is that I have now discovered Techdirt. Thanks El Reg!
Re: Does anyone else wince when they see this phrase?
Yes indeed, because we all know what it really means:
We do not take the protection of personal data at all seriously. A superficial review of our procedures has been launched and no measures will be put in place to make sure this does not happen again.
Re: Error during Transmogrification. Insert despair to continue.
The Task: Convert some PPTX presentations to PDFs, as slides + notes.
1. On work XP machine with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. File opened OK, but when printing to AdobePDF 'printer' some of the notes came out as square blocks instead of text. Fiddled with installed fonts to no avail.
2. Saved file as PPT. Same result.
3. On my own PC with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. Same result.
4. On my own PC with Open Office (can't recall which version). PPTX opened and printed to AdobePDF just fine.
I've used Open Office ever since. Now jumping to Linux as well, due to W10 & W7 'telemetry' issue.
Re: Remember when
Valves or transistors?
Re: Cruel and unusual punishment
Door card in same pocket as phone usually equals unreadable card. Also, hotel door cards are actually quantum devices, as they have three states:
1. Doesn't open the door
2. Turned over and doesn't open the door
3. Turned over again and does open the door.
USB plugs are another example.
Re: Here's a plan!
Maybe, but you would be driving a Ferrari one minute, then it's all change with the drivers and you're in a Skoda the next. The elderly gent who drives super-slowly would get the same drives, so it would average out in the end.
Here's a plan!
Do testing four times a year, and tell every manufacturer to provide every model at every test, otherwise they can't have them on the road. Test every vehicle on the same roads at the same time, making them take pole position in turn, like cyclists in a team time trial. Select drivers randomly, like with jury service, and swap drivers around during the test. Result: every vehicle gets tested in identical conditions.
I'm being flippant but actually I am pretty pissed off about this.
Re: HDR is more important than UHD, right?
Yes indeedy, to my aging eyes HDR is far more of an improvement than more pixels. I'd much rather go HDR with the same screen size than add pixels and have to buy a bigger screen to see them on. Mrs Dibnah indoors would have summat to say on t'matter as well.
Re: Are they surprised?
When a judge is pronouncing on something happening to EU citizens living in the EU, then yes, I'd rather he/she is European, no matter what the decision.
So if a phone gets nicked, it's worthy of a harsher sentence because the owner hasn't backed up their stuff? Huh? Anyway, copies of messages are held by the telco and/or mail servers and/or websites, so they can be recovered, but how can an accused person disprove that the only copy of a photo was on the phone? IANAL but even I can see gaping holes in this.
Re: I always thought
Yes he was, but he also put in an occasional appearance as Ralph E. Wolf:
Re: Lies, damned lies and...
ran some sort of pubelicity campaign
Are we talking about face beards here, or something else?
Re: Looking at it wrong
No Hot Fuzz? Well, they can piss off then.
Re: Electric cars are better?
Thank you, no, I'll stick to my petroleum engine.
Blimey, where I can I get one of these crude-oil-burning engines? And what are the emissions like?
Upvote for your post tho'
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This is only for the converted iThingers and the pwned W10ers, then. Doesn't sound to me like a great marketing strategy.
Re: The # key adjacent to the 1
Then you've never seen a Blackberry. Go take a look and you'll see.
If you think the BBC's new website is bad, take a look at New Statesman's which is even worse. It seems that giant sans-serif fonts in white boxes with massive line spacing is this year's fashion. Six feet back from the monitor I can still read everything comfortably. Mad.
Re: No block through windows
"....bing maps (which really hurts as they have the Ordnance map)...."
Try Streetmap, as they also have OS mapping.
Sorry but I hate hate hate the word.
Usually it's some business hack referring to 'corporates', meaning (I assume) corporations. But here we have "Corporates can understand and manage these settings", implying that a corporate can be a person as well. Or is it a new name for someone who is self employed?
Rant over, I'm off to the pub.
A record shop.
In a high street somewhere near you.
Or maybe not.
Re: It's funny...
It's funny how quickly and easily the department gets the Quicky Mart security video or the dash cam out to the news stations when they think it proves their case, but it gets misplaced when there's a chance that Office Meathead is shown pistol-whipping some person who is already on the ground and restrained.
Or how the CCTV just happens to not be working when armed Met men follow an innocent Brazilian into Stockwell tube station and shoot him dead.
Unless plod have their plodcams on all the time, they will protect plods more than the public.
Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?
CPC, Farnell, RS, Maplin, Ebuyer for computery-tech stuff
Blackwells, Foyles, Alibris, Biblio, Awesome, usedbooksearch.co.uk for books (ignoring results from amazon and abebooks which is owned by them)
Indiebooks (via local indie bookshop so they get paid) for e-books
find-cd.co.uk for CDs (ignoring Amazon)
find-dvd.co.uk for DVDs (ditto)
Anything else: anywhere but Amazon. Has worked for me since I closed my Amazon account.
Re: Nothing new here
Wouldn't a nicer way to tell your neighbour be to knock on their door, say hello, and explain why their network is insecure and offer to show them a way to better secure it? Just wonderin'.
Re: BBC radio
Er, what iplayer is that? People on the Sonos forums have been asking for iPlayer for years, to no avail.
Agreed though that Sonos need to sort out live BBC radio, it's been broken for months with no indication of when they will support the HLS streams. Naim have just announced a fix for their system, now Sonos need to catch up. There are a lot of unhappy listeners on their forum:
Eddie Hitler might be able to oblige:
Re: Rewriting history yet again
Agreed, but now that it's moved, how about we rename St.Pancras to St.Helena?
That only gives MS one month 60 days to sort out the abortion that is the start menu, put all the settings back in one location, make windows all behave the same etc. etc. etc..
Re: 802.11 ay?
Farmers can also use 802.11or.
Almost fell for it
Saw this on the Torygraph site this morning (oh the shame) and considered giving it a try with a photo from my PC - but then I took a look at the T&Cs and decided not to:
"Microsoft does not claim ownership of any materials you provide to Microsoft (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input, or submit to any Website Services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Website Services."
That reminds me
Great article! LOL, literally.
About ten years ago a local school celebrated its many-hundredth anniversary with a series of talks. One evening was mainly Microsoft, with an EMEA-titled MS chappie demonstrating the wonders of PDAs. Unforch he didn't get the resolution right so the projector display was horribly aliased, provoking much negative commenting by the mainly retired audience who couldn't see what the fuss was about when you couldn't read what was on the screen. The follow-up was a MS-sponsored professor talking about e-books, but after he put up his Powerpoint title slide with two spelling mistakes and a mis-used apostrophe, he never really had the audience's attention either.
Later in the week another chap gave a talk on Bletchley Park, and his tech worked perfectly, including the real-life Enigma machine he let us have a go on. Ace.
Re: @ Graham Marsden
Well said, sir. I almost considered creating several account just to give you several upvotes.
I have no beef with the idea of the BBC helping to teach kids about computers, but they are such an influential organisation that whoever they support is going to benefit at the expense of others. If they were going to throw their brand behind one device, IMO it should have been the Pi. After all, Pi's suppliers have done the donkey work of getting them into schools already, and the BBC giving free devices away is going to kill the Pi's educational market dead almost overnight.
Back in the day, Sinclair suffered and Acorn prospered, largely because of the BBC choosing Acorn.
Whenever I see the D-Link name, I am reminded of how they screwed their NTP settings then tried to strong-arm the Danish chap who told them about it.
Tried that once, and in the downpour the water got under the plastic and all the ink ran. It's OS's plastic coated maps for me now, every time.
And is it only me who thinks that faint lines and pastel shades make a rubbish colour scheme for viewing maps on shiny screens in daylight? I want contrast, and lots of it, in a map, so's I can read it easily. Bah.
Re: Many years ago... @Haro
Not frequently enough, nor significant enough, IMHO.
Poughkeepsie..... great name!
Re: First rule
Have an upvote for the Spike Milligna reference :-)
Re: Not the first
Similarly, every time I changed gear in my ancient Mini, my hand would rub against my g/f's thigh. That *was* rewarding.
I notice from the last picture that Ford have now put the engine start/stop button right next to the air vent adjuster, and it's still adjacent to the PRNDL buttons. Have their people actually driven the thing, on real roads rather than test tracks?
Apple = Magrathea?
"The Magratheans went into hibernation, awaiting an economic recovery that could afford their services once more. Magrathea itself disappeared and its memory soon passed into the obscurity of legend."
(from the Hitchhiker Wiki)