1993 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Re: Humble Pie
> To be fair, I actually do find new mobile phone technology more interesting
Except it's not "new technology". It's just another iteration of something that has been around for awhile now.
> If you don't constantly improve yourself, you lose value. I wouldn't hire someone who wasn't self motivated to keep their skills above and beyond.
...and exactly how am I going to gain practical useful experience and expertise with something that requires a 6 figure storage array or a multi-million dollar piece of kit? Certs and classes and even self-study is pretty worthless. They're worth about as much as the paper they're printed on.
You might be able to BS through an interview with rubes but that's about it. Anyone with half a clue will see that you have no real experience.
Re: Top marks, IBM, top marks . . .
> I wonder how many of the 15,000 cut jobs are expected to be a result of pissed-off 'under-performing' workers walking out?
You think that IBM is actually that sensible? No. It will not be the under performers that get sacked. This is all about the money. The people that are actually worth having around are considered "expensive". The guys with experience with IBM, experience with the client, and a proven track record will be the ones shown the door.
I have personally witnessed this myself.
Also, salary/hour reductions for the outside contractors is nothing new.
It Unix, not just Linux.
> Multiple workspaces was a firmly established feature in Red Hat 7. That's Red Hat Linux, not RHEL, released way back in 2000. That was the first distro I used.
This feature predates Linux entirely.
Re: And does anyone actually use this in Linux? Especially in these days of multiple flatscreens?
The existence of a useful usable virtual workstation feature has made me far less interested in setting up multiple monitors. While I like the idea of grouping Windows by task, I rarely find that I need more than on set of them visible at any one time.
So for me, adding another monitor would just be something to stave off boredom and to see what all the fuss is about ( the feature, the trolling surrounding the feature...).
Re: Windows has had multiple desktops for bloody years
> I would suggest that anyone who *hasn't* found that probably hasn't been looking very hard.
...or they have higher expectations and aren't satisfied with that crap.
The fact that Windows has had less than half-assed clones of this feature for a number of years is nothing to brag about.
Re: Case Sensitive File Systems...
> not for some bad written applications that can't understand what human means.
Second guessing the user?
That's a deep dark rabbit hole where you won't stop falling EVER.
Also, it's deeply ironic to see someone arguing against a simplified layered programming approach on the Internet.
Something slightly else.
My big annoyance with Windows is not being able to READ a locked file and having a long running file copy BAIL because of that. It takes a trivial operation that could easily be the simple poor mans backup and makes it useless for that purpose. The result is the addition of unnecessary arcana and complication.
Almost but not quite
I found the method for changing between virtual desktops with Apple's version of this feature to be disruptive and clunky. It was not a all a proper replacement for any of the Linux window managers.
I remember a number of those attempts to bolt on added features to Windows. They tend to be a disaster. Windows isn't exactly designed with that in mind.
Trying to compare those things to a proper window manager is a sad joke.
The earliest Window managers had virtual workspaces and a pager to make switching between them pretty seamless. A 1994 style pager seems to be the big thing missing in a lot of these MS/Apple attempts at recreating 20+ year old Unix ideas.
Re: Try searching on an ATV
> And cutting out all of those useless buttons that make remotes look more complicated than the starship enterprise was well overdue.
Except then you have to "chord" those few remaining buttons just to emulate the basic stuff you left off of a real one.
Re: Try searching on an ATV
> If it can then you type using the keyboard in the app.
Not exactly an improvement.
Not enough paranoids...
> I wonder why most cameras don't support dual mirrored card slots.
It's simply not a big problem. There aren't enough people being burned by this and an insufficient number of paranoids to bridge the difference. Plus these devices are generally not archival storage anyways. They're very temporary. This stuff gets quickly dumped somewhere else.
Multiple card slots might make sense for increasing total storage.
Don't see a lot of people calling for RAID on consumer appliances though.
Re: Apple Watch ... a solution looking for a problem
> Couldn't the same be said for the iPad? Many of us thought so.
What? That it would turn out to be just a media consumption terminal? Like the Archos 5 or Archos 9 but with a better advertising and marketing budget?
Although I am still waiting for a tablet that can displace my Archos 5.
Re: Nailed it
If you aren't already a member of the cult, you may find MacOS quirky. It may seem to you that it's going out of it's way to be different just enough to be annoying to anyone used to something else.
Re: Surprisingly disappointing (because of a lack of awareness)
> The Apple Watch’s uniqueness and strength, like other Apple products, is its “usability" and "user experience”. Sadly, these terms are meaningless to people who use products that don’t excel in these areas
No. They're just meaningless marketspeak. While those terms might have some meaning if you back them up with something, the way that you are employing them makes them meaningless. You just take it as an article of faith that whatever Apple is doing is "better".
Re: Short warranty for Archive drive?
The creeping storage capacity also seems peculiar. There should be some predictability and consistency with regards to parts, especially if you are going to be swapping out parts as they fail or become obsolete.
The .1 TB capacity improvement is nowhere near as valuable as having consistent replaceable components.
Re: Meh. Call me when the 10Tb SSD ships in consumer bulk.
This reminds me of that recent SSD review where I got downvoted for pointing out that bad sequential write performance undermines the point of buying an SSD.
It doesn't matter if the SSD is big and cheap if it can't keep up with my spinning rust.
That SSD from the review wasn't any faster than my current spinning rust.
The rest of us will be taking advantage of what is available while you're over there getting blue trying to holdout.
Re: Fighter Aircraft Simulator
> with all the real Avionics 56Kb of Ram, 200KHz CPU and 2.4Mb of HDD in 1975.
> Have we really made that much progress?
Ask a fighter pilot. I am sure he would be very enthusiastic about the progress that's been made since 1975.
Re: Easily done by mistake
I once thought a London cabbie was asking me if I had "faulty pee".
Two nations separated by a common language...
A colleague is someone that I may or may not currently work with that practices in the same field I do.
A co-worker may or may not work in the same field I do but they work at the same company I do.
They aren't the same thing.
Rape most certainly a matter of consent. That is the key element that determines rather a mundane and perfectly legal activity is actually a crime.
However, this distracts from the fact that this particular situation includes a 3rd party that was tasked with being responsible. It doesn't matter if the starlet was drunk. She had a body guard and that body guard failed to do his job. Regardless of the existence of the criminal, the security professional is equally responsible for his malpractice.
Except holding Apple responsible would violate the media narrative that so called journalists have decreed will be propagated about Apple.
Re: Windows 9
> I went over to Apple devices (iPad Air, iPhone 5s and mac Mini) when I couldn't find any compelling Windows devices
If you couldn't find something more compelling than a Mac Mini they you clearly were not looking.
Even an honest Apple fanboy could find something in the Windows "ecosystem" more compelling than a Mini.
The time should fit the crime.
This kind of thing should not get someone more than what a first time shoplifter would end up with.
You want to equate it with theft? There's a good benchmark for you.
Re: 30 mins of ads
Nah. The ads are probably the theater trying to take some money because the studios take all of it. The cut that a theater gets for a prime first run movie in the early weeks of release is peanuts. They have always had to survive on stuff other than the movie or the experience inside the theater.
Take away all of the extra annoying crap and all of those places would go out of business.
The studios are only indirectly responsible here. They squeeze the theaters and push them out on the thin ice.
Re: Shame it was so short...
> Why not enter just before the film starts?
You will probably not be able to find more than one empty seat and what's left will likely all be at odd angles and in the back or all the way in the front. You might as well just stay home.
That's what I do. My first negative experience after I got my projector caused me to swear off the cinema entirely.
...don't need to put up with that crap no more.
>> civil crime
> What, like belching loudly?
Does that fall under the heading of "anti-social activity" in Britain now?
> Or do you imply that industrial espionage in not "stealing"?
You have a pathalogical need to distort language and the law in order to make a point.
To an objective observer, that makes your point seem much less valid. If you feel compelled to lie and commit fraud to make your argument then your position must not be very sound.
> Posting someone's private photos online is not stealing, but has potential to break number of other laws depending on the exact case.
This tangent highlights an entirely different problem. We have a public discourse on this subject that is dominated by the crass interests of publishing corporations. The idea of a "personal paper" is completely overlooked. The law and most public perspective treats every worthless scrap of paper as some masterpiece that needs to be protected from harm lest someone publish it without permission.
The issue of "personal papers being stolen" really does not fit into the current framework at all.
Stealing is not something that can be done with a camera.
Words have particular meanings. When you LIE about them you abdicate any moral authority you might have. Just as in programming, the law requires precision and even a misplaced single character can gravely alter the meaning or even functionality of something.
> But not one of them killed the 1754 people who died on UK roads in 2012, killed entirely by motorists.
Not directly at least. You can still cause plenty of havoc on the road by simply being a menace to navigation. Someone can easily cause an accident and fatalities by pulling some stupid stunt that everyone else has to react to.
> This is a thief. He had stolen and resold stolen goods. How much would you ask if someone robbed you?
Been there. Did that.
I asked for monetary damages. I had to. "The law" had no interest in prosecuting the offender.
Now these were real damages, not something just imagined or a matter of wishful thinking. This was a repeat offender that had a trail of victims going in both directions. As I already said: "The law" just wanted to ignore him.
Eventually got the money back. A good lawyer helps. Now that's sorted, I am not sure I want to spend the cost of Harvard tuition to keep him locked away from the world. The public record of the court case will do enough to slow him down in future.
Again. These were REAL damages and not just some made up sh*t.
Re: Standard Windows timings
...and they say that Linux is arcane.
Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?
Of course the email gripe is total nonsense. It doesn't matter what kind of mail server you have. It probably doesn't even matter what smartphone OS you're running either. Just pick the appropriate client from the store. Something that is PROPRIETARY is MORE likely to be a problem because of corporate secrecy.
Re: slippery slope or lawsuit magnet?
Google is not legally required to rifle through your stuff.
People aren't complaining about the snitching but the fact that they were going through people's stuff to begin with. Google should not be poking through our stuff any more than UPS or the postal service should.
You have too much faith.
I would be worried that ANY case of failing to keep a low profile with regards to the police would be a mistake. Once you try to engage them, you've put yourself in their sights even if it is only to snitch on someone elses wrong doing.
Re: Timing, timing
So what would lack of support from the NSA stop exactly? Is anyone stupid enough to suggest that the Israelis would not defend themselves without NSA satellite photos or whatever else they're supposed to be talking about here. If anything, this might allow the entire process to be less haphazard.
Although Hamas rocket sites seem to be pretty much anywhere and they like to surround UN sanctuaries with mortar positions. So I am not sure what help extra intel would be anyways.
Re: Still too expensive
...and you know what the kicker is?
It will be much easier for the Windows user to augment his system video player with plugins then attempting to do the same thing on a Mac.
You can run VLC on both platforms but that's kind of a cheat.
Re: Still too expensive
> aesthetics AND performance
PC users simply have different values. They aren't interested in an overpriced overpowered fashion statement. They buy stuff for what it does for them, not how it makes the next guy jealous.
So the Apple-centric sensibilities are much less likely to come into play.
A PC user is much more likely to find that the pretty little thing under performs. They're more likely to do "real work" either either because they are power users (Linux) or have access to more interesting an potentially rather obscure (Windows) apps.
Then there's games. At which point the Intel GPU is just sad.
Don't antagonize the window repairman Marty.
> would rather have occupied by that rather-more-traditional viewing technology known as "windows" - through which I can watch the outdoor-wildlife in real-time without any cheesy soundtack or narration.
Unfortunately the view out my window doesn't include spectacular helicopter shots of the Australian outback, the Fjords of Norway, or even the more interesting Bronze age archeological sites from rural Britain.
They look dandy at 1080i on the 10 foot projection screen though.
Re: Almost a genuine reason for customers wanting DRM.
> When software licences are this expensive, it's almost a valid expectation that the feature should require some form of enabling licence key to switch it on when necessary.
...or the people managing multimillion dollar systems and software have half a clue and keep on top of this stuff. This isn't amateur hour.
Mandatory license managers just cause trouble. That's another layer of complexity that important high value mission critical systems don't need.
Re: Whenever you hear Oracle whine about Android
Source only has to be produced when requested by the user. If you aren't a user, then Redhat doesn't have any obligations to you and never did.
This is how a company that creates GPL based derivative works for internal use doesn't have to give YOU a copy of what they have done. Rights to the source are only conferred upon the user of the program. If you aren't a user, then you're irrelevant.
The "loophole" here is that there's nothing preventing a user from sharing.
ANY Redhat user gets the same rights to the programs in question that Redhat does.
Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science
There is an implicit problem here of course. You are expecting rube Apple users to behave like seasoned IT professionals. The whole point of them buying an Apple product was specifically to avoid needing to know what they were doing. They're even worse than Windows users in this respect.
Apple needs to manage this stuff while being mindful of their audience. If they cater to idiots then they need to make things even more idiot proof. That's the burden they take on for their approach to system design.
Re: top tip
> I sold an 8 year old dual G5 for $450 last year. Try that with ANY pc.
You just took advantage of someone and now you are publicly bragging about it.
That makes you a total scumbag. That's not anything to brag about.
Apple users have really anti-social values.
Re: @I ain't Spartacus
You wouldn't want the "re-release" for Android anyways. They would find some way to muck it up and ruin it by trying to "update" it.
Emulation is really the best way to go here. You get the unadulterated original. Warts and all you end up with the thing that inspires all of our fond memories rather than a cheap imitation.
...and Han shot first.
Re: "extended stay in shelters.”
It really doesn't take much to improve upon the mess that Hamas has managed to create. The simple fact that the Israelis aren't retaliating against the West Bank is a massive improvement and validation for the Abbas approach.
The Gaza leadership might as well cut out the middle man and execute their own citizens directly. At least that would be more honest.
Re: The US hates illegal aliens
The Roswell Greys probably had valuable job skills that could not be found in the domestic labor pool.
Re: Ah.. a scandel in the finest traditions.
This isn't OJ Simpson. All of this went down in front of a security camera.
If anything, the DA might argue that someone of her profession should be able to dose a client without killing him. Elevate the charge a bit.
> if you are a shareholder.
Who cares about the 1%?
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