* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2256 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: Its true here,

America and England are two nations separated by a common language.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Don't take it seriously.

Battlefield Earth was ridiculous propaganda for Hubbards litle cult. They toned this down for the movie. Although I think it would have made it even more of a hoot.

It's like accidental satire.

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Re: What?

Oh god. They managed to take a better executed cast of characters (from the TV show) and managed to trash the thing beyond all recognition. It (The Source) was like some horrible fan fiction brought to life.

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Still not worse than Plan 9...

Battlefield is much more tolerable if you've actually read the book. Then the whole thing is a big joke on L Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

It's almost like a Verhoeven film but they're taking themselves seriously...

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Still got my s3

> Runs fine dont see the need to update to a newer model as the big corps seems to have run out of ideas.

Quite. Any of the reasons I would upgrade come down to "bigger and better" rather than "new and innovative". I'm mostly still waiting for an Android device to come along and displace my fat Archos.

It's ever so slowly getting there...

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Re: innovation and demand

There are entire states and countries that reside in the dessert. Some of these are pretty affluent places too. If a smart phone has a problem with dust and sand then that's a serious problem.

Again... it's like these people in Silicon Valley don't actually live in California.

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Re: Why should Apple be worried?

They're not doing too bad of a job so far. According to all of the cult members, Android should have failed by now. Yet it continues to eat more and more of Apple's lunch.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Stop and think a bit, please...

> It's just not legally possible to do that,

Sure it is. This was standard practice for large server operating systems at one time.

I've been witness to the OS license on a server expiring.

It's something that may cause a massive consumer backlash if applied to a Microsoft product, but it's perfectly legal and has been done before.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Nevermind speed, locking is the problem.

> Windows 8.1 outperforms the latest Ubunto in copying large files if that's what you mean.

I guess I will have to grab some of my BD images and find a Win8 box then.

Although the problem with Windows in this regard really isn't speed. Something like this is really more of a batch job. The problem with Windows is it's stupid locking and how it handles that locking during a large copy operation. What should be a partial fail becomes a total fail.

Then you need obscure and arcane tools to work around what should be a simple single drag and drop operation that your great grandma could handle.

This approach also makes it harder to deal with malware/adware that piggybacks on freeware and shareware packages for Windows. I should be able to toast any DLL if I want to.

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Re: Bye Bye MS

An outdated Mac is much less of a threat it itself and others than a Windows box that's not being maintained.

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Re: Meh

> and for a version of Office that actually works.

I have never been impressed with msoffice. Not now. Not ever. Back when companies were originally turning it into Microsoft's 2nd big monopoly I was less than impressed and wanted to use SOMETHING ELSE.

msoffice is just Lemming-ware.

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Re: A definative date

General purpose computers should adapt to the hardware depending on what input devices are connected. Interfaces that are appropriate for one kind of terminal, are entirely inappropriate for others. The user shell should be able to know what is connected and act accordingly.

Different inputs require different approaches because they don't all have the same capabilities.

Terminal sans mouse. Graphics terminal with mouse. Touchscreen. IR Remote. These are all capable of different things and apps need to reflect that. So does the shell.

if there is a mouse attached, or no touchscreen attached then this tablet nonsense should hide itself by default.

Feed the output of lsusb into some if statements. It's really not rocket science.

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Re: 711

The dreaded "fragmentation" of Linux involve a small number of UIs that each are less unlike each other than Metro is to anything else. The kicker with Linux is that if your OS vendor pulls a Metro or a Unity, you aren't just hung out to dry. You can just use what you're used to.

What allows that "fragmentation" is a double edged sword and it's not all bad.

It means I can retain my UI when Canonical runs amok.

If you want to really annoy and confuse "normal" users, give them a Mac.

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Dell muscles into all-flash for small biz with $35k 4TB array

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Re: Without Compression and DeDuplication....

I had trouble just getting past the price tag...

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OS X search tool Spotlight runs roughshod over Mail privacy settings

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Re: Busted

> Which search replacement do you use?

What happened to "It's Unix"?

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: I'll add a third category

> Nature documentaries.

The most striking parts of Prometheus were those helicopter shots of Iceland in the beginning of the film.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: Skin in the game

Duncan presented as a flu patient. NO ONE gets a blood test for the flu over here. People like to talk about US doctors going crazy with the testing but I've never heard of anyone ever getting a blood test for the flu. X-ray perhaps. Strep culture perhaps. But no bloody blood test.

Not that they would have been looking for the Ebola to begin with. (That was kind of the problem)

It's easy to second guess with the perfect knowledge of hindsight. Not quite so easy in real time.

...and fluid replacement is a key part of Ebola treatment.

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Re: Options in the US

The HMO option typically has a significantly smaller network due to lower reimbursement rates.

The better doctors are likely not available on the HMO option.

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Re: A broken system

There are "cash-only" medical clinics popping up in the US too. Their cash prices are more in line with the "insurance discount" prices or sometimes even lower. Taking insurance and "medical billing" out of the equation greatly simplifies things.

THIS is why Americans are skeptical of Big Government run healthcare. We have Medicare and Medicaid which are both kind of disasters already.

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Re: Let me explain ...

I will happily take a treatment that keeps me alive. Perhaps someone else that is more altruistic will develop a permanent treatment while I am waiting.

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Re: I don't get the mentality of the US healthcare consumers.

Without an actual number your kinds of claims are meaningless. You (and everyone else) are taxed at some rate that's not disclosed. That has to compare against what we pay out of pocket. With no data whatsoever, it's pretty hard to actually make that comparison.

Americans probably have more to spend either way. They just choose to ignore the possibility of a future calamity (of any sort).

Someone mentioned the idea of non-free health services needing to compete with fine dining (and other luxuries). People would rather pay for a pedicure than a doctor. If you think this would be a problem in the UK. Magnify it by 10x across the pond.

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Re: If you

I don't like saying nice things about Obamacare but it did eliminate that "pre-existing condition" problem.

Based on what some people have said regarding referrals to specialists, I am not sure we have it so bad on this side of the pond. (even with the warts)

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Re: The US system - my experience

A place called "emergency room" is just as the name implies. It's for emergencies. If you weren't really having an emergency, you really didn't belong there. Hospitals are a big part of the problem in American healthcare .They are robber barons posing as non-profits. ER visits are a cash cow and you and your insurance are going to get milked.

There are drop in clinics in the US that are much more appropriate for non-emergencies.

Still, a lot of people go to the ER when it's really not at all appropriate.

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Re: Competition and choice

Sometimes a patient already has a relationship with a particular hospital. That hospital might also be closer to your GP or one of your specialists. Although EMTs should have good feel for "what's best for the patient" in the absence of any stated preference.

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Re: Billing

What you are complaining about is numeracy fail. Unless you are planning on milking the system, get a plan with a higher deductible. Then take the premium savings and put it into a savings a count. Put it into Health Savings Account if you can. Then not worry about how high your deductible is.

If you don't have some sort of expensive chronic condition, there's no reason for a low deductible.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Call it a basic math problem.

> So how is this any different to PC makers selling you a machine with a drive that is partitioned down from its stated size to accommodate the cab files to reinstall the OS?

One of those does not take up a double digit portion of the available storage. The other one does.

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Re: Who cares?

Californians. That's who. They have some pretty demanding consumer protection laws.

it's odd that those people sitting in northern California never considered this problem. Perhaps the droning of the fanboys drowned out anyone who could have suggested that Apple was making a mistake.

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Lame excuses are for cult members.

Apple products alread aren't exactly speed demons. So your excuses about lack of external storage really don't hold any water at all.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: They will fall in love with the hair in your ears and your snaggle teeth

The whole "we're not so shallow" act is oh so stupid. You have to be into someone if you are in a long term relationship. You can't ignore your inner animal forever. Sooner or later your revulsion of your partner will rear it's ugly head. Then the marriage will implode.

You can't ignore your inner animal. You need something to keep yourself from strangling the other person when things get difficult. Genuinely fancying them helps in this regard quite a bit.

Many ideas sound good or "enlightened" when you first hear them but are ultimately completely impractical or ultimately highly destructive.

Eternity will likely include a few dark days and you need ever advantage you can get.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: Bluray on Linux

> Still waiting for an easy and free way to play legit Bluray disks on Linux.

That's not even a given under Windows really. BluRay is a really a user hostile format.

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Re: And they wonder why we pirate?

> Fascinating insight into the mind of a serial copyright abuser, thanks.

No. You're just a corporate apologist eager to strip real people of all property rights in favor of corporate overlords.

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Re: Region Locks

> Um, no. A company exercising their legitimate option to territorialise its rights. An

There is nothing "legitimate" about that what so ever.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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Re: Blu-Ray?

> It is that thing they fool you into thinking you can buy like a DVD but is in fact a DRMed crap like UV.

I can crack it open just like a DVD and store it in any format I like. Where are the tools to do that with UV?

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: "irrational factors such as the shell’s colour"

> Couldn't agree more. How many beige PCs do you see in the shops these days?

For the most part, PCs come in one color and that's whatever color happens to be the current color choice du jour.

The wood grain classic radio chassis is something you'll have to beat the bushes for and then build yourself.

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Right idea, wrong perp.

Engineers for the most part don't cause the problem. Salesmen do. Artificial churn is needed in consumer products so that their gravy train keeps moving. Career minded managers also need to be seen "doing something". Things can't just stay still. Someone somewhere needs to change things in order to justify their existence.

Although Unity and SystemD demonstrate how this affects everything, even stuff without sales departments.

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tick tock

I tolerated the stock OS install on my Chromebox for all of 5 minutes before I felt compelled to put a area Linux distribution on it. It still adequately manages those 90% of those light duty tasks. It just plays nicer with the rest of my network.

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Re: If she likes the colour ...

Idiots will always force you to be "condemned to tech support". The OS really doesn't matter. The idea that it ever was was just a myth perpetrated by liars trying to sell you something.

As far as being "condemned", you're already there with the Chromebook.

It's already Linux. It's just a very crippled variety of Linux that you have less control over. Running a proper Linux allows you to avoid iPhone style stupidity like "cloud printing".

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

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Re: More storage, faster storage where the hell is Reliable longterm storage?!?!!

20 years? I already have 20 year old data that has survived the test of time by being always online.

Things don't need to be stuffed on a shelf somewhere. Tech has moved beyond that already. It's an irrelevant, unnecessary, and bogus limiting requirement.

Plus offline media still degrades. You can drone on about what are essentially just averages but you will never know if your stuff is safe unless you actually check it. You may be unlucky. At least online copies of your data can be checked for bit rot.

1TB thumb drives will be cheap and widely usable before any tape technology is.

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Of course Bill would deny saying something like that. It makes him look like a real big idiot in hindsight. Although his products do that well enough anyways.

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Some people still like owning things. If you don't want to fiddle with lots of little bits of physical media all of the time, then a big hard drive is the obvious option. Not everyone trusts the cloud or even has a decent connection to it.

What do people store? Anything they still own.

Blurays are 35G a pop.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: WYSIWYG

Turning an Android Tablet into a franken-desktop is really far too much bother. It makes more sense for data to be in the "local cloud" like some 80s Sun network and to not "fiddle" with devices to force them into some other form factor.

Perfectly serviceable light duty PCs are already cheap and small. They are almost as small as some tablet devices (by volume). It's better to just fire one of those up that's always connected to the usual PC desktop inputs rather than trying to force a phone or tablet into that mold.

Interaction between different types of devices should be more seamless rather than forcing everyone to put up with the likes of Android.

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

> Opening a reference to a file from an application build for one environment to another one? No go.You might as well run two VMs next to each other....

I am not even sure what that's supposed to mean. It sounds like gibberish.

Meanwhile, I have always ignored the naysayers to great effect.

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Re: Very pleased with Linux

Silverlight runs on Linux through a layer of WINE. Crossover office did this years ago with the Quicktime plugin when Apple had it's little short lived (Sorenson) codec monopoly.

If your machine is beefy enough and you can't quite get yourself to erase Windows, then turn it into a VM and run it in Virtualbox or VMware.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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Been there. Done that.

Some of the upscale luxury cars are already equipped with HUDs.

I drove a Beemer like that in Germany. It's too bad the map data was laughably out of date.

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It's crap and a menace!

If you have to look at the interface, then it's already a big fat fail. The interface for anything on a car should be like a fighter jet. You shouldn't have to take your eyes off the action for even a split second. This sort of stuff just instituionalizes distracted driving.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Re: Print Drivers

> It's a much better idea than requiring your printer manufacturer to provide a Chrome OS print driver for every one of their printers!

It's just x86 Linux. They could probably just ship their Linux driver assuming they have one or just let the community handle it. That's even assuming that what CUPS needs to support your particular printer even counts as a "driver" in the conventional sense.

The same "driver" source could handle Linux, MacOS, iPhones, Android, Chrome, Solaris and AIX.

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Re: Why do people need colour inkjets still?

My color printer also doubles as a scanner and copier. While it true it's not often used, it's handy to have when a color printing task comes up. I just bought the cheapest available HP from the corner store. It works fine including being supported in Linux.

There's nothing saying that you only have to have one printer. My "default" printer is a cheap mono laser of course.

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Utter nonsense.

This nonsense is why I put Ubuntu on my Chromebook. Throwing things out the the cloud is completely unnecessary as CUPS is perfectly adequate for the task and can run on any Unix variant including the ones from Google and Apple.

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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Re: No worries...

Nonsense. The moment I got my first ISP account ever, I managed to see people trying to get into my Linux box. This was ancient dlalup. I'm not even sure if my modem was up to snuff in terms of speed. Still didn't stop people from the other side of the planet to probe my box.

If the "consumer Internet" was dangerous pretty much day one, then the "academic Internet" must have been similarly dangerous.

My last "pre-Internet" employer certainly took their security seriously. A bug of this kind would not have been exposed to dog+world even then.

From then to now, the number of attacks per day isn't even all that different.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Doesn't add up

The headline is certainly misleading. It seems specifically engineered to give one a more dire impression. For a minute there I thought that the UK had managed to be even crappier in terms of broadband than the US.

An intentionally false impression though. Sensationalist headline...

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