2009 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Re: Alistair - glad it's not just me!
You should also have mentioned to that confused youngster that you were basically using 100 year old technology and that your record player could play equally old recordings.
Re: I still buy CDs
Digital is only inferior. At worst, it will come with annoying DRM that will prevent you from fully taking advantage of the product. At best, it will eliminate an easy and obvious way to demonstrate that you actually own rights to use the product.
Re: Oh so true...
> Newsflash: no you don't. You own the media and have a license to listen to the music
Trying to repeat the big lie doesn't make it any more true.
Re: Oh so true...
Still. Port forwarding is little more than "just another GUI option" on most home routers.
Implementing it is pretty trivial.
It just goes to show that shiny happy user interfaces didn't weren't the salvation of the tech-impaired as we often get told they are supposed to be.
Re: Proprietary software vendors - what do they do?
In a large corporation, the likelihood of that is going to be very high actually.
I worked in one Fortune 500 company where they plain had the source for their key enterprise application. They had been maintaining it themselves because it was impossible to replace and would have been desupported by the vendor decades ago.
A megacorp being able to handle the source to bash is not such a strange idea.
What a maroon...
Are you kidding? Anyone that's an Oracle customer has paid hefty coin for the priveledge. That means that Oracle will certainly be able to contact all of them. If this were an issue of sending some sales centric spam, the question of "technologically feasible" would never even come up.
For Oracle in particular, everyone in the trenches that can open a support ticket will have their own registered account with Oracle tied to their corporate email account.
Re: It sucks but..
Nope, just acknowleding that there is no "security" for celebrities. Wealth and fame are directly proportional to the amount of interest and effort people will put into doing you harm. That's just the nature of the world. It's foolish to try and ingore.
You can either whine that the world should change to suit you personally or you can deal with things.
The masses benefit greatly from the ability to be anonymous.
Re: Feminist math
I don't need citations. I have first hand experience. My world simply flatly contradicts your cult of victimhood mentality. Strong women that can take care of business have no problems getting ahead.
Women are actually WORSE when it comes to respecting a professional from their own ranks. Male culture, strangely enough, is more of a meritocracy. There's none of this middle school schadenfreude and tearing the other girl down. Guys will lift a champion on their shoulders rather than be envious of him (or her).
The reality is not quite like the propaganda.
Re: If fat, get tough!
My thought was that there are 80 year old guys that have been doing this stuff all of their lives and they are in better shape than most people their age as well as being able to defend themselves from attackers 1/4 their age.
It's not the Karate.
Re: Flaw in the argument@Dave 126
I can heartily attest to the "dammit I am sick of soup" threshold. Although that's easily fixed by mixing things up a bit.
Re: Flaw in the argument
> By the time you have washed your bakers, peeled them and chipped them
Just wash them, poke some venting holes in them, and throw them in the microwave.
Re: Flaw in the argument
> Even junk food is not that bad if you don't eat too much.
Long ago I realized that the portion sizes at fast food establishments were not sustainable. You either should eat the kids portions (which were the original adult sizes) or cut something out. Do something like just eat the sandwich and forget the fries.
As others have said, getting fat is orthogonal to eating junk.
Re: Flaw in the argument
Nonsense. The price of beef is the price of beef. If you buy it from someone other than a butcher then you have to add in extra overhead associated with that. That kitchen and those tables and chairs and the whole place to house them isn't free. Not even if it's fast food.
Tit for tat you can make anything cheaper yourself. Usually it's dramatically cheaper.
Now GLAMOUR food is more expensive. I can shop at Safeway or Whole Foods. Both will offer equally healthy options. You just have to avoid the obviously trendy nonsense.
Is it the French that make stuff based on what's in season? This can have a dramatic impact on price. You can easily pay 5x for something when it's not quite harvest time or when it's the wrong season and it needs to be flown in from another hemisphere.
Re: The trolls' actions merely prove Watson's point.
This is the Internet. Trolls are a part of the landscape. It doesn't matter who you are or what you are talking about. This particular set of trolls trolling a particular person DEMONSTRATES NOTHING about your pet agenda.
If you troll people, they will respond. Your idea of trolling might not be the same as theirs.
It can be needlepoint. It doesn't have to be anything remotely controversial.
The myth of SSD reliability
I have used a large number of HDDs. The devices are cheap and readily available in a way that SSD doesn't allow for yet. So claims about SSD reliability are mostly wishful thinking at this point.
Plus, such claims also aren't bourne out by actual customer reviews.
Re: An important question : SSD failure modes?
> All the HDDs I had failed completely without warning.
I have only had one HDD fail without warning ever. I've had plenty announce their impending demise through SMART. Based on my own PERSONAL FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE, depending on diagnostics from the drives themselves has not been a dangerous game at all. It's very useful even with notorious models from bad vendors.
Self diagnostics on drives is highly useful. Poo-pooing drives that fail to provide this is unconvincing.
Ignoring this feature is good enough reason to kick a particular SSD brand to the curb.
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.
- SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
- BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports
- eXpat Files 'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'
- Vulture at the Wheel Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER
- NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'