3516 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
It doesn't matter, dammit.
I've been a Linux-at-home user for 9 months now and it was a stressful time for two weeks (serious swearing) then a bit stressful (mild swearing) for two weeks; then it was fine. I used MS-DOS then Windows for 25 years and I haven't touched Windows since last November; I don't have it anymore except on the old spinning rust disk in a bag in my desk drawer. (SSD all the way now). I've tried MATE and Cinnamon and XFCE and a couple of weird lightweight ones and I've settled on MATE. Whatever you choose will work for you, because that's the reason you choose it - duh.
I don't startup my newish laptop, or desktop, or netbook, or 8 year old laptop (yes, it's great, with PATA SSD) so that I can admire MATE's system panel or the way it presents notifications. I startup my computer so I can run a browser, or an e-mail client or GIMP or splice audio files or play some music. I did spend some time setting up my pop-out panels and loading them with drawers and the drawers with apps and folder locations etc. - but then I started using my computer to do work. (Also, the great thing is that I can migrate/clone my MATE desktop environment over to another computer).
As for the Windows fanbois talking about 'fragmentation'; it's 'choice' and it's free :) I install Thunderbird or the latest GIMP from the same source whatever DE is used. If for some strange reason, I want to try Cinnamon again (I didn't like it), I can load it up and start in Cinnamon (Linix startup gives you that choice at a button click) and it still runs the same installed programs.
My favourite was the new paint for the high speed trains in the UK wich was advertised as bonding to the metal by 'quantum forces'. (At a stretch, it could have been Van Der Waals forces.)
"augment the functionality of usefulness"
How much training do you need (or what do you drink) to come up with phrases like that?
empty Contacts in my phone
I don't use the Contacts functionality on my Android phone, since I know they will be sniffed and copied by Google and many other apps on there. Many apps need permission to access your contacts in order to work - god alone (and the developers) know why. I use ColorNote which has the ability to recognise a phone number in a Note and highlight it and push it into the dialer for you. Interestingly, Evernote used to have that capability, but it was removed with an update about a year ago.
How do I know that Colornote won't sniff the phone numbers in my Notes? I don't, but at least it's only one organisation to trust, instead of many.
I remember the last time
They changed the UK motorways from blue (standard colour code on UK maps) to orange. They also messed up my ability to store offline maps on my device, so I had to have a data connection to even see a map. I very much doubt that they will improve it in any way.
Proof by induction
This is effectively 'proof by induction', where you say (sort of): if it's true for this, it must be true for that, and I've just shown it for this, so it must be true for all that. It works if you dig deeper into it. Proof by induction can get messy because you have to show (sometimes laboriously) that it is true for a certain case or cases.
...is pitched as having “privacy in mind”
Oh yes, we thought about it.
"... and reaping donations to the cause via PayPal"
I wonder if they tried leaning on PayPal to freeze his account I also wonder if they accessed the PayPal database to find out who had been making donations
Re: no, just no
The lifts will all sulk in the basment.
Re: Damn americans, staying over there, working their own jobs
Yes but .... the workers they hire locally and pay locally, don't buy goods and services from Tata Consulting Services. Also, you raise the issue of 'long term sense' .......... TCS would be concerned with short and medium term costs and profits.
The picture ..
When I saw that, I thought it was a picture of Dyson's range of vacuum cleaners. I wonder where Samsung got the idea to make a vacuum cleaner look like that. Or maybe it's obvious and form follows from function :)
How about .... yahoo!.london ?
"... Kickstarter retains the last four digits of non-US credit cards .."
So they are involved? Or do Amazon pass this data back to Kickstarter?
Re: 100 reported cases of contact sensitisation
... and over what period of time and how are they clustered over time? These products have been used for many years but perhaps only lately have become 'mass-market' (or more affordable by most). Could it be a peanut allergy situation?
Is this what's called a 'cyber jerk'?
“his”, “her” or “their” the three options.
I want the 'it' option. I renounce my humanity and detest all fleshy forms of existence.
Just wondering ...
If enough Flappy Bird players get together in this way, will they exhibit emergent intelligence?
" ... maintenance work that required funds to be placed in a vulnerable location."
No. I'm sure the work required the funds to be placed in a 'different' location, not a 'vulnerable' location.
" ...capable of 64GS/s (giga-samples per second), and is capable of generating a whopping 128 billion analog-to-digital conversions per second ..."
(I assume 128 billion is 128G) Does this mean that the input sample and hold circuitry is the limiting factor in overall capability? If so, could they use two input circuits in parallel and interleave the outputs feed to the SAR? I find all this puzzling because a SAR uses a D/A convertor as part of its feedback/comparison loop and that would be most likely to be the limiting factor for speed.
Have I understood this properly? ....
Advertising companies can't be trusted with our personal data?
Or the 'Grauniad' as it's affectionately known.
I'm surprised ...
... that he wasn't reported and then arrested for hacking into a commercial computer system and stealing personal financial information. Got to clamp down on this sort of thing you know.
@Ken Y-N Re: I'll have a go at translation
It's a chocolate 'Yule log' and the filling is leaking out. Some people ......
Re: Excuse me but is this Torygraph?
" They are chosen, .... by the elected heads of government ....."
Yep, facts are boring; but true in this case.
If you tried to set-up a bank account under a pseudonym in the UK, the bank would probably detect that and inform the police and HMRC. Then you would be investigated very thoroughly.
Re: Are there really all that many trolls?
I was with you until you dissed furries, then I realised that you're just a troll.
re. MySQL cf. MariaDB
Can anyone who has used both of them tell us if there are any significant differences between them, in terms of their capability and suitability for various tasks?
... the DoD and the NSA know about Tor servers and how to use them.
Re: "fruity firm"
Thank! goodness! she! didn't! go! to! work! for! Yahoo!
Barclays just released 2013 profit figures of £5.2bn
Maybe selling people's data really pays off?
(Joke icon: for legal reasons)
Isn't kite fighting popular among kids in Asia?
This could be fun. I predict drones with long blades attached.
"For a company that makes virtually nothing ..."
Does that mean that all banks and insurance (etc) companies are overvalued?
Re: LinkedIn (etc) and browser security
You could always run your browser in a sandbox. Or have the security services found a way to get out of one?
If the CNIL demand goes ahead ...
.. Google can comply and follow it with their own announcement (in polite language and larger font) saying what they think of it. I'm sure someone can think up a suitable parody meaning of CNIL for them.
Re: I don't understand any of this
"He wants more money." - So why doesn't he just sell his shares, like ordinary mortals do?
I don't understand any of this
If Apple buys back shares from the shareholders, does the board exercise the voting rights of those shares or do the remaining shareholders get proportional rights over the votes of the Apple-held shares?
If investors want to sell their shares, surely they can do so in the open market, if that is what they want.
What is Icahn's rationale in 'demanding' a $50bn buy back, by Apple?
"...an epidemic of Flappy Bird addiction among the constabulary."
Will they be able to download apps as they wish? If so, that could get very interesting.
Is the overlap of the rings part of the plan?
Will they have a track junction and a marshalling yard for particles?
I thought Edward Snowden was the oracle ...
Am I getting confused?
Google translates the entire thing as, "Do not disturb the sleeping cat, please. I have other fish to fry."
If you remove the first sentence, Google then translates the second sentence correctly. I could understand it 'correcting' the word 'cat' to 'fish' if it was using some kind of recognition of common expression algorithm, but not the behaviour as seen.
Update: If you have anything as a first sentence, it gives 'fish' in the second, instead of 'cats'. Then after more messing around, it always gives 'fish', no matter how you arrange it.
Whenever I have a fault with my VM service, I always connect my laptop directly to their modem before calling and reporting the fault. Why? ... Because my experience is that they always blame my router and tell me that I need to download the latest firmware for it and then restart it before I call them again. Every time I've phoned them, it's turned out to be a problem in their network.
Just wondering ...
For the final assembly, will you be making proper wiring looms with lacing cord and cable trays bolted to the inside of the fuselage? It would look really good if you did.
"They also can lose exemption if they monitor content."
Is that why YouTube comments has lots of mindless filth? If Google read and then decide to remove even one comment, they then have to carefully police the lot?
Make it more real
"... the exercise was criticised by some banks as not challenging enough. Some participants wanted a greater emphasis on ..."
I'd want to see a greater emphasis on bankers being kidnapped on their way to work or from their homes, then being 'pressured' to reveal their passwords, etc. I'm a firm believer in 'worst case' testing.
Re: Value of opinion
@notauser Re: Useful criticism?
The comment about 'sheep ... who can't spell consumer or product' is harsh criticism, moving into insult. However, your second paragraph is spot on, as can be seen from all the company notices that follow a parting of the ways when a high level manager or executive leaves a company.
It may be that the meteorite (if that is what it was, see above) came slightly from the 'south'. There could have been a strong southerly wind blowing?
"... uses automation ... , a trend made flesh .."
I don't think 'flesh' is an appropriate word there.
Re: A dedicated keyboard for a single app?
If you're sitting at a desk, using Photoshop as a professional, or in any serious capacity, why not have two monitors and use one of them for your toolbars or even a custom toolpad graphic?
... and this is Google announcements we're reading. :)
- Breaking news: Google exec veep in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA
- Geek's Guide to Britain Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes
- Analysis Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster
- Google CEO Larry Page gives Sundar Pichai keys to the kingdom
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE