646 posts • joined 6 Mar 2009
I'm old - as I've never heard of him.
Anyway nice Telegraph style advertising piece. (I only assume it's an advertising piece because you don't normally do this for other books - be it praise worthy or not.)
Re: Is that a...
I assume you are talking about "The lights are on, but nobody's home. Or so it seems" piccy.
Yes!, - probably one of the weird keyboard ones. (Although they have put on those flimsy eighties plastic filter things over the screen to make it B&W rather than B&G. Not sure how they did that, but it's the future!).
I think you are missing a column. Maybe send it back :-)
Re: "UNIX generally uses Ctrl-Insert to copy, and Shift-Insert to paste....."
This is also true for Windows 'Windowed' Applications - generally(*), but obviously not the CMD line. Always preferred Ctrl-Insert/Shift-Insert over Ctrl-C/V - Maybe my hands are too large or hang over the keyboard in a more UNIX'y fashion? :-)
(*) Most applications which don't support that seem to be cross platform jobbies.
Pah!, back in the day...
ref "Nudist On The Late Shift" - Po Bronson.
Read all the above and now feel abit peckish.
Buttered Bath Buns!
Is it actually possible to get a consistent Register standard on Yahoo !'s. (i.e. whether it's italic or upright). It's just confusing. That's to say if '!' in italics is a different slant, (erm), to a story over an upright '!', then it would be helpful to know where the Register is coming from on any particular article. (Obviously a Reg articles will be pointedly witty in this respect anyway, but a joke is only pertinent if the audience as a whole gets it. Terminology is a form of exclusion. In jokes more so)
What are you waiting for?
Erm, I was waiting for Sir Sinclair to pop and say "Hey! You! No! You can't go sticking my royally appointed name on any old horribly designed product. I could do that myself. Besides everyone knows that a PSION series 5 makes a cooler looking Spectrum Emulator even if it's on a black on grey screen." (His words probably not mine).
Re: Alistair Dabbs
">> the Will Self of the IT world
>Except much shorter, poorer and less likely to get published in New Statesman or The Guardian. I >know this because I tried.
Maybe if he dressed up like Molly Ringwald?
(Not saying that's a good tactic, and probably not a good look for him, but.... - nope just write for the Register thank you very much, gentile poverty is the way to go)
Re:- Alistair Dabbs
So on image and presentation, basically the Will Self of the IT world. Not saying it's a bad thing, but unless he takes coke on a plane with a prime minister and does a weekly commute from the Shetlands or Orkney's, (can't remember which) to London, I can't take his opinions on board. (Mind he is still a good read).
Re: "And yet it was Watson who moved out of Baker Street and got married"
Mrs Hudson, reading between the lines, was on tap, and rather sympathetic to the two "bachelors" living together, up to the point of Watson's deviance to marriage. A very modern women, looking back, on all accounts, (although in a long term perspective, just a normal women).
Re: Painfully obvious how to make a successful platform--Unixish, C++, OpenGL
Objective C isn't a super set of C++, it's C with smalltalk'esk addon's.
Linux kernel is written in C, Android is Java stuff stuck on top of it.
Windows Phone, (i.e. CE in the old days, or current mangliing), is written in C.
(Mk 2 - Should be non controversial as they are facts or maybe opinion - not entirely sure why the last post was rejected - ummm).
Re: Italic !'s - Why?
Cheers, was under the impression they were all straight up, but the slantyness does make sense.
Italic !'s - Why?
Did I miss a memo?
I, for one, welcome our big glowy deity.
letters - because the forum software said I needed them.
Re: "Then sue, if their corners are round."
Looking at the watch I think Casio could probably have some sort of come back from their early late seventies/early eighties designs.
RE: "it’s not the case that Google is "the gateway to the internet" as the publishers suggest."
Just Googled this, and apparently he's wrong. (which I suspect is the way the article was going towards anyway).
Re: Dapper Drake
Ah!, now that was a good release. Happy days.
errmm, sorry wrong website :-)
Re : - F < And they'll have yer arm off as well.
So that includes any high street mobile phone shop selling one of their contracts then? (I just feel greasy even typing 'high street mobile phone shop').
Re: "Doing fheir best to bury it, being their pals at apple.."
Actually they had it all night on the world service. So it's probably just actual license payers they hate or assume the locals shouldn't bother themselves with such matter.
I'm now officially old.
Never heard of any of the people apart from Kirsten Dunst, and never really interested in her anyway. She is probably a very nice person, but head proportions are not right - it's subjective.
Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?
Umm because Win 8.1 is to Win 8 as Windows 7 is to Vista. They removed stuff and added/improved stuff. Service patches generally only fix stuff which is there already - although you will probably point out many exceptions, (i.e. XP and a firewall - mind XP patches didn't remove stuff).
Tim, choose one or more from the definition of "denial"
1. A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.
a. A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation; a contradiction.
b. Law The opposing by a defendant of an allegation of the plaintiff.
a. A refusal to accept or believe something, such as a doctrine or belief.
b. Psychology An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.
4. The act of disowning or disavowing; repudiation.
5. Abstinence; self-denial.
Re: Rent Control is the way forward and the only answer.
Sorry, Rent Control isn't the answer. All that does is put an extra level of bureaucracy to a critical supply/demand situation. That extra level of bureaucracy will skew the rents by a) location of the administrators of the policy, (i.e. London), and b) Housing Benefit - which is seen as a base line to the actual rental market regardless of location, and c) The lack of control on people who still have a mortgage/debt but are able to get an an additional mortgage to buy a property in order to rent - The paid rent of which is probably backed up by Housing Benefit.
Re: and maybe DELL, according to this
Mind Forbes thinks that London is the most influential city on the Earth because of the lack of inertia in the "Global Market's", rather than the fact that it's slightly less 'stabby' than New York.
Re: The PS2 bus! Get rid of your old motherboard design!
Assuming this was a damning by faint praise post, I think you'll find people actually like the interrupt based PS/2 for the things it was designed for, over polled USB.
re:- " Brits don't like us because we don't use the letter U in every second word..."
I suspect the "Brit's" don't like the US because you took advantage of somewhat significant European and Eastern events during the first half of the 20th century which effected the "Brits" trade. Admittedly the US did turn up - late both times - but only after agreements which effectively neutered the resolve of the "Brit's", and then only to protect US economic expansion. Nicely done in the short term, but a bit buggered with China coming onto the scene.
Re: "the US has a shortened that to "presumed guilty"
So French then? (Given their history, it explains alot).
F**king crappy terrestrial self drive cars!
Where are the jet packs we were all promised???
Re:"Haven't you seen the film Conspiracy Theory?`", etc...
If I'd had a bottle of plonk on a very warm sticky day, (well in UK terms), that's the sort of thing I'd say. Actually I have had a bottle over the day, and still haven't said anything that silly here - well as far as I know. It's been a hot sticky day, and I've had a bottle of plonk. (cheap South American if you are wondering. Sort of dark red with industrial chemical undertones and probably originally premium tanker shipped to Germany for bottling and general distribution throughout the EU and other foreign climes).
Re: " have never understood this apps criticism."
Analogy :- "You cooked a meal, but it never turned out how you or your dinner guests wanted. However this microwave substitute goo is just fine because both you and your guests actually don't know or care what is actually required as long as you can slurp it down with a spoon - until you come to the porcelain throne of your expectations"
(Fairly sure there are loads of mixed metaphors in there - bit like Windows 8.x).
Re: "The tories want to redefine human rights ..."
Ermm, this was an all party vote. They are doing it for your benefit!, (errm IGMC).
Re: On the subject of HDMI...
"Any experts in Register land that might have a solution or at least a handle on what the issue is?"
Stan O'Neal knows the answer.
Re: Can't see the gray area here
"Is it generally just technical or IT fields where it's considered "acceptable" that an employer tries to decide where an employee may work afterwards"
In UK the contract is generally with the Ltd. company, rather than the person who is actually doing the work, (even if that person is the only employee of the Ltd. company). If said person claims employee rights they will fall foul of IR35 gubbins. Perfectly acceptable to put a restriction against the Ltd. side, (in fact that's good because it an indicator that they arn't an employee for tax purposes)
Re: unsuitable for countries that follow the Muslim faith...
Since when couldn't they eat lettuce?
Re: "You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm."
I very sure that Han shot first having seen it at the cinema at the time and also having the last unmolested pseudo widescreen VHS release in my possession.
Re: "....level of accuracy you had in a phone from about 3 years ago."
Not sure that's the problem. Both GPS & GLONASS need terrestrial base stations to achieve that accuracy. From my reading of the article it seems the GLONASS lot arn't being given the ability to use or piggy back off the terrestrial part by using the already established GPS transmitters. Early 90's GPS was rubbish until the fixed point base stations were set up to negate the errors intentionally set in on the free to air signal.
Re: "What is Peter Norton doing these days?"
I suspect kicking back, doing what us mortals just dream/wish about if we could have gone there & done that and come out with a big wodge of dosh without all the takeover political mismanagement rubbish. Nice to see someone go low profile for once.
In what way, (other than GUI), does Powershell actually suck?
I haven't had anything overly problematic with anything I needed to do in it. Is this just a troll question or is there something fundamentally wrong with it which I need to know about, just in case?
Re: Would have been a lot cheaper
Cheaper to who? They seemed to have done quite well out of dumping staff, fiddling with the dubious markets & general mismanagement. Might have got a bit of bad publicity, but that didn't really have any consequences - obviously apart from a big government bail out(*)
(*) but that really didn't cost them anything.
I like IT!!!!
You can go balls deep into to an area you know nothing about, (initially), and come out with congratulations & money. It also let's you have quite a lot of time off to follow other interests. The cycle tends to be in my experience around about five years, so no point in going for a mortgage, just suck it up in the downtime - which is going to be significant, and use cash for the up times. So:-
a) Don't make plans.
b) Have other interests which can keep you occupied
c) Scan for those 'little' gigs which actually are interesting and worthwhile and make you happy to do them. (This is quite important because it shines through in the interviews).
d) All HR departments are run with f**kwits.
(Fairly sure this isn't is how it should be done, but it can be done).
Re: Apparently not. They're still using AOL...
Loads of small companies still use it because they got suckered in during the 90's and can't be bothered to get proper hosting and new e-mail addresses because of the perceived disruption and cost of changing letter headings and informing clients about the new address. I'm not saying this is ideal, it's just the way things are.
Re: "They should not allowed any control etc."
Ummm, well it's their money, so I suspect they will have a significant say in it's development in the future. It's nice to see some proper backing for something which is quite important. If there is a problem with that someone could always fork it
Re: " what is the sales pitch?"
Printer ink and IP(*). Well that is what I was informed when contracting with them, circa 2K - although it might be different now. However they did have a large legal department in the same area as the R&D bods back then.
(*) Yes, HP - even though they are not that bad in the context of things, really did send their R&D staff to sunny climes, so they could 'think' of tech spins on on the then current tech, and get the legal bods to start the protection process. (Round corners don't have anything on them).
re:= "Performance tweaks and power savings – what's not to like?"
Well the V4 was cheap but wasn't very nice and "reviewers" thought that was "ok". It was just the people who got one who complained - but that's plebs for you.
(Yes I know that this isn't anything like the V4 tech - or in fact the very good M4, but they did go there, so it's worth bringing up for early adopters to note that they might have problems as there has been a history - and storage is quite important).
Re: "Microsoft makes OSes. Let them do what they do."
I think that is a bit simplistic. Microsoft do make 'OSes' and also applications to run on those 'OSes'. They also spend quite a lot of money to "ensure"(*) the former & latter are the go to products for any organisation with the money to pay for their products and services.
(*) Where "ensure" can be read as you want and is purely a subjective term.
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