94 posts • joined 3 Feb 2009
Re: Oh dear, I'm 61, too..
..I signed up for Steam..and I've forgotten the username AND password...DOH!
Re: "Just don’t let them spot you buying a Vodafone SIM card."
Not just EE..you cannot port a number within the network on Vodafone either (and possibly all the networks?) computer says 'No!' (to stop people who are current customers becoming NEW customers for NEW Customer Deals without upgrading....so I am informed) .
Re: Surfers paradise
Monetised? Well how about licensing all those nice computers out there in households without a telly.. whether they watch it or not ? Thin end of a very expensive wedge.
Perhaps someday the internet will disappear to become only a medium for broadcast/stored TV...
The download speeds for some are bad enough already without all the contention from telly watchers on the net!
..minces raw or cooked meat, as long as you haven't lost the Dooflab for fitting it to the table..
Re: fund it from general taxation
Great idea! Lots of Upvotes.. However, the powers that be will have the whip hand when the The Beeb come begging for the cash from the Treasury. Less cash, poorer output - and goodness knows what sort of pressure to paint the 'powers that be' in a good light, no matter what, in order to receive the cash to continue..
Great idea, but unintended consequences...
No one in their right mind would opt in! And apathy would prevent the rest from opting in, too .
That field looks suspiciously like the one in the link here:
see also here..
Re: Testing in a representative environment
Hand up here, sir! Me,sir..!! 2007 Fabia Estate... 64mpg mixed driving ... can get (and have had) 80mpg over a 30 mile trip along A and B roads... Hammer it on the motorway on a trip and you only get 63mpg :( shame, that..
Re: Not a shock--- so report it...
I believe that once a pot hole ( or other serious road defect) is reported to the appropriate authority then any damage suffered as a result of it could be claimed from the appropriate authority. Once reported it is their responsibility.
A case in point was a hole at the junction of our street that was reported and subsequently collapsed under the weight of a passing car ( a drain beneath had partially collapsed allowing water to wash away the road from beneath). The car did not 'pass' and cost over a £1000 to fix.. It is no wonder councils are quick to pour a few ha'porth of tar in a pothole, once it is reported.
Re: Nice idea, but... X marks the spot.
Actually, the graphics problem is probably the fancy new detection stuff in the latest version of X . I have an old Shuttle running Mrs Zimm's XP... It used to run Ubuntu fine..when X was set up manually... as the old screen does not talk to the OS to give it the EDID.
Now, although I have dual booted Mint on it I have managed (somehow) to start in a low res and I have to xrandr to get the right res... cannot find the right documentation for customising the new X with the previous screen settings(changing the old xorg.conf just does not seem to want to work succesfully anymore).
Now my laptop* (which has been working Linux for the last 6 years) has developed a screen problem and is not detected on boot... dead (also on all previously working newer versions, tried booting from other partition installs, external USB HDD etc..).. However, plug in a Puppy USB and it comes to life...
So any new potential user with a less than modern screen (or a dodgy one) will find Ubuntu et al a no-no... shame...
*Using another laptop (Mint, SUSE 12.3) until I can find time to trawl the net for answers.. AGAIN!!
SAS and R
Thanks for that. The heads up on R (on Linux) will make me investigate it again. As a ( early) retired SAS programmer I have often missed the tools necessary to muck about with data in the way I used to at work.
Re: Hard to believe
I Use DuckDuckGo, but then , it IS the default on Linux Mint so I expect BILLIONS of users do not bother to change it....
I'd add an 'I'll get me coat ' icon, but everyone knows it's the mac with the paperback from a well known publisher in the pocket....
(so many puns, so little time...)
Needs more work...
How about.. click on the controls and the 'Tardis' takes you to a random spot in the world and you can leave the Tardis there for another 'lucky' punter to find?
(It's the coat with the woolly scarf and the brown fedora, thanks. Have a Jelly Baby!)
Social engineering to encourage users to install malware will always stand a chance of succeeding and the prospect of a Trojan appearing in the Repositories is not too far-fetched (but you still have to manually find it and install it from the 41,440 already there.)
But I expect the 'non-Linux' users/experts/fanbois are salivating over this (somewhere).
However, in the event of a malware moment, the Linux user has a disc/usb stick with the OS on it and can re-install a clean system in about an hour or so, depending on the spec of the computer. The Linux user has probably also separated his/her data from the OS into a separate partition.
In the event of needing a working computer immediately, the Linux user can use that Live Cd or USB to get up and running at once...
Can the Windows users say the same? For the majority of Win users out there I guess that the answer to that is, 'No'...
10 years ago...
and it's an old one, I know..
and the long read..
... all we can do is remain paranoid and vigilant...
Untick the box that says ' Offer to Save Passwords I Enter on the Web'.
Re: Not their job
...although recent figures suggest that crime rates are at their lowest for 30 year, for what that's worth) so it looks like something's happened.......
Re: NOT CO2, THEN WHAT?
amanfrommars had to leave hurriedly for home when news reached him of a ruddy great rover vehicle drilling in his back garden ... :)
Re: Not just Apple----correction
... surely a Typo ? It's a WUNCH of BANKERS...
Re: "shot dead at his house while playing dominoes"
The chip holds the PIN and using the terminal it verifies/authenticates the PIN used. Most terminals are now wireless in Restaurants etc. and are brought to the table so the card does not leave your sight.
Oh, the irony
...... or should that be iorny.. ;)
“An error-correction algrithm was added to help address linguistic and motor errors.
Can only see this as a rival to the Zotac Zbox Nano ....
Don't forget the Secret Bunker... it's signposted from Nantwich and environs....
Secret Bunker, oh the irony...
..just lying around..
Putting 'stuff' on the web is akin to leaving it lying in the street (much as this post is like me being in a Town Square, standing on a box and shouting this to anyone within earshot).
Putting a book out in front of a store, on the street, (or even displaying the book inside on a shelf) affords the passer-by to read a little of it (or even - shock! horror! - make away with it..).
Attempting to use the medium of the web to sell items that can be copied was always going to end in tears and tantrums. Especially when the business model was going to be based on charging the same for digital content as the hard copy and taking all the profit that would have been made by the retailer, distributor etc and keeping the savings from NOT producing hard copy. .... (which appears as 'greed' to the consumers).
Not sure if there is a solution..Search engines effectively advertise your stuff.. no advertising=less sales...
Deja vu all over again
Similar situation in 2002.. 3 legit copies of Office Pro which would not install on new XP machine.... not used MS Office since.. not missed it.. Not missed MS Win much since 2004, either...
Re: Star Wars is Science FICTION for a reason...
Everything you say is true; but that's not the point. The point is to encourage and to practice methods of analysis in general terms. That way, when something does happen that is outside the knowledge or experience of a scientist, they will have the intellectual methods and ability to deal with it...........
Agreed! Whenever reading Sci-Fi the curious mind will always try to reason whether or not something is possible (and often some of the best of the genre can be discerned in this way) and curious scientific minds are necessary if new things are to be discovered..
But when reading for enjoyment never let impossibilities get in the way of a good yarn :)
After all, it's impossible to say we could drive a car remotely on Mars, isn't it? Oh, wait....
...coming soon, courtesy of the new Snooper's charter....
...I remind all computer users that police do not use (will soon be using!) such a method to impose or enforce fines, so if you are confronted by such a page . . .
...then you can pay the fine either by PayPal, VISA credit or debit card direct to your local constabulary.
Please remember Big Brother has to recoup the £Billions it spent setting up the monitoring in the first place...
NO VIDEO :(
Vid feed died just as they opened the rusty gate !
Re: They need to be careful out there
I always seemed to manage to not be able to scoop up the ore once the mining laser had cut it... spent a lot of time maneuvering the Cobra , by which time....along came the bad guys...
Lack of memory or File Size?
They may have planned that the camera had sufficient battery and memory card storage for the trip for HD video footage. However , they may have overlooked the small detail regarding the 4.3gig maximum single file size of FAT32.
(I overlooked this last week when recording an event. 40-odd minutes at 640 res was enough to do the trick.. so if they went HD .......)
Re: NASA - missing a trick here !
2000AD suggested lasered ads on the moon, um, about 30 years ago, probably.
God I'm old.
Not OLD enough, evidently.
You are several decades out for those adverts.
Robert Heinlein, The Man Who sold The Moon (1950) , if I recall the short story correctly; (might not have been'lasers', though :) )
...are now reading El Reg....
Be Afraid, be very afraid....
Not only that..
Just think of the cost (not just in Tippex) of changing every roadsign. Even at a pound a go it must add up to a tidy sum (and you can bet it will cost 100 a go using a friendly Govt. appointed contractor) and therein lies the reason we have not rushed into changing miles for km.
Looking on the bright side, thoae who want a reduction in speed limits could argue for adopting km and leaving all of those signs as they are... (cue J Clarkson brigade downvotes as they fail to see the joke....).
Canon s95... or its replacement , the new s100, is what you are looking for.
Re: self replicating tinkers toys were frist demonstrated in the late 1950s
......and Babbage designed a difference engine in the 19th century....
Re: Is there a smiley for...
Try this one.... BIG petard...
Nobody mentioned APL yet ?
Ok, I will........
(mine's the one with the special keyboard with the Greek characters on it in the pocket.. ).
Shouldn't that be...
Patent No. 666 ?
.....it's the one with cash in the pockets .
Would that coat be..
....a big mac ?
Downloading Oolite now ! How did I miss that ?? It's the Acorn Electron all over again......
Apparently a Miller is essentially an Atkinson with a supercharger , to add boost to replace the loss of power experienced in the true Atkinson cycle. In both their cycles( Atkinson and Miller) the compression stroke is effiectively 'shortened' by leaving the inlet valve open longer so that compression occurs later in that phase of upward piston movement....
nor anyone with partial/no sight in one eye...
3D cinema has been tried several times... and failed.. will this current iteration (and its TV counterpart ) fare any better ?? *
*(two ?'s , for those reading in 3D ) :)
Been there, done that, still got the fluorescent armbands
We experimented with this in the late sixties and a lot of people made money selling reflective gear for schoolkids who had to go to school in the dark. Have they found the abandonned warehouse with the the leftover stock?? Has Del Boy bought it on the cheap?
The public must be told :)
(On a serious note: there was an increase in road casualties in the mornings....)
MS next move ?
Trusted and signed OS on new hardware, anyone?
Already happenning across the Channel..
....That said, it would spark misery for millions of people in flats as everyone starts putting their washes on at 3 in the morning.......
Washers go on at the night time for cheap rate ..(the ex pats switch on Eastenders repeats on the Freesat so the cockney shouting drowns out the noise of the machines... or else it's down to the Cafe for Karaoke... same result...)
WD worst offenders?
Took a WD Passport drive back the same day when I I found out at home it had some bespoke partition/setup that required a hack or three to 'maybe' turn it into a sraightforward HDD ( and therefore useful for both Linux and Windows use).
I resisted the urge to hack and partition and went straight back...
The store found me a Verbatim from their stock that was not on display.... Hmmm..
Retail Down 8%..
...not surprised since Virgin and Zavvi shops have disappeared from many a High Street.....
They already tax the harvesting of rainwater by rating commercial buildings by their area under the guise of 'drainage'....
Yes, they have been penalising you women since the 90's in this respect.
The actuarial tables used to calculate the cost of your pensions/annuities showed you lived longer than men and worked(paid in contributions) less. Therefore your Final Salary pensions were comparitively more expensive than men's. (Commutation factors were always higher to reflect this, too, so you got a good deal when commuting pension to a lump sum).
By then women had become more commonplace in the workplace than ever so a greater burden on the Pensions for less contributions than envisaged 20 or 30 years previously.
Net result is the 'need' to take away that privileged position to save money (as always) : a levelling down to the same situation as men wil happen (eventually).
As for Annuities, I reckon it was always more expensive to purchase one for a woman, so that will have to change. (No prizes for guessing that the price of a man's Annuity will go up to compensate and pay for it...)
Pension: probably the most expensive and valuable thing you will ever purchase . Keep an eye on it.. :)
Win for the kids
Today's 'byline' (hover over the cartoon) says it all....
It's his spelling, bless..
A-ha , not A Ba
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