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@janimal Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
You can install and then use any DE you like (selected on a button at the login screen). If you're used to Windows, I'd go for MATE, XFCE or LXDE in that order of decreasing 'power'. (They have pop-out toolbars, just like XP did, but which Win7 got rid of.) Try Cinnamon if you like; they are all free apart from the cost of your time and a bit of disk space. If you want a truly 'futuristic' experience, try KDE.
Blue sky thinking
"Methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, ..."
Flare it off?
I assume ...
... that they use exFAT to make the files compatible with any (thus many) Windows PCs that are used to read SD cards from an Android device or connect to an Android device?
Maybe he could do a job share with an openly gay co-CEO as his 'partner'. Maybe.
Re: It's not dead
Ah, the budgie. I don't want to talk about it.
It's not dead
It's just resting.
@Lost ... Re: @big_D What's the point?
I don't work in IT. I've never worked in IT (thank goodness). I can find TDC on my car engine (and used to) but nowadays I pay a mechanic to do that sort of thing for me. If my car broke down on the road, being able to find TDC would not help me to get it started. However, I do always carry a mobile phone and have a subscription to a recovery service, which is much more useful that knowing how to find TDC.
If I was the owner/director/manager of a company that relied on a computer controlled/related production line then I'd make damn sure that there was training, procedures and processes in place to deal with common/forseeable problems and breakdowns. Perhaps you prefer the 'keen amateur' approach to running a company which clients and employees depend on?
@big_D Re: What's the point?
They run a production line, which I assume is somehow important or even vital and is somehow dependent on computers and the internet. Despite this, they can't be bothered to learn what an IP address is??
re. " ... Singapore’s context ..."
Do they mean the local culture and 'social norms' would feel this was too intrusive? I thought that Singapore was a place where the government forbids you to chew gum and forces 'long' haired males to have a haircut before they can enter the country.
Can anyone who knows Singapore well comment on this?
When a lawyer and a patent troll are hanging at every crossroad.
Snowden should be careful
" ...his revelations about NSA spying tactics are assisting authoritarian government, ..."
The CIA don't like people muscling-in on their patch.
re. use in portrait orientation
With the S-pen and a proper handwriting recognition app, this would be great for note taking. Are there any apps out there that can do that? I realise that for me especially, some 'proper' handwriting would be needed.
Re: Next step
" ... anyone but the nominal operator of the drone being responsible for its movements."
Or the government, secretly taking it over to carry out some covert activity. Oh, you meant legally responsible?
Re: Prior art declaration
Do you have a working model of such an apparatus? Oh, .... I'm being old fashioned again, sorry.
I've had an idea
" ... both Samsung and Nokia have filed patents for using graphene in mobile devices, and that Apple, Saab, and Lockheed Martin have also filed for or received patents on graphene use."
I'll file patents for use of graphene in spaaaace! Then sue anyone who copies my brilliant IP.
"Windows XP is a thirteen year old operating system .."
And they were fixing its flaws every month until it officially 'died'. For how many years will Microsoft be sending out essential security patches to Win7 and then Win 8?
re. " If I were a more skilled operator ..."
You are now Simon :) Well done and thank you for sharing your experiences with us. We look forward to similar articles in the future.
@ andreas koch Re: @ Graham Dawson - Am I the only one ....
"I think you probably twisted it around a bit."
I think that twisting it around a bit could be dangerous too :)
Note: If it's reversible, then the ground will be on the centre connector(s) and the 20VDC will be on the outer connectors (or vice versa). For this type-C connector, that would give less than 2mm gap between ground and power, with some data connector strips between the power connectors.
Am I the only one ....
... who would feel nervous about sending 100W through a connector that is so small and puny and a dust trap?
"... it received the instruction by telephone ..."
It sounds very informal. Can I call them and tell them to start accepting Bitcoins again?
As a matter of interest, how many 'user seats' were there and what were the licensing cost savings compared to continuing with (I assume) Windows? Did the users have any problems or difficulties adapting to the new system? etc....
Re: Re German humour
The tail blocks the view of the rear light so it isn't 'street legal' at the moment. Also, it will need white lights shining from its eyes.
On a separate note, I have a background feeling that much of that video was 'rendered' from CAD models, except for the woman who could have been added in.
re. "As we foreshadowed .."
I followed that link and you definitely 'foretold' it. 'Foreshadowing' is much more subtle and spooky.
" ... or even Linux," he said, ...
Is it my imagination or does he sound surprised?
Re: Why would you make it convenient to turn off an alarm?
"... This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire ..."
It seems that it's not _cancelling_ an existing alarm that is the issue. It actually _disables_ the alarm; it would seem.
Re: Signature Required for Delivery
How do I go about getting a USAID box? I really want to try one.
re. "three quadrillion times the mass of our sun"
It would be more useful and a better comparison to know how much bigger it was than our own _galaxy_. Can anybody offer a figure?
Re: Microsoft told The Register:
From what we've seen of government, that would need much more than a year of planning, feasibility studies, pilot projects, budget reallocations, staff changeovers, consultancy swaps, re-specification, ............
@Christoph Re: Where are the values?
Definitely a 'carrier of Death'; and he does it so well.
Re: $60M for a 20TB data centre?
It does say 'build and _secure_', so maybe it's a reinforced underground bunker with dual redundant power generation and underground storage tanks for a year of fuel?
Re: Auntie Bee has pictures of the drone
I thought you meant Sarah. My heart beat a little faster for a few seconds. (But, you meant 'Beeb'.)
As I understand it * ....
... you can't use entanglement to send information between two places instantaneously (in the sense of sending a bit stream representing the letter 'A', for example), but you can use it to send information between two places (at the speed of photons) in such a way that nobody can intercept or listen in to the data transfer without the end parties being aware that this is happening. Hence its potential for use in very secure data networks.
*From snippets of info I read or heard somewhere.
Re: WHY because Why waste that old Hardware, its bad for Planet Earth.
@ Charlie Clark
If it's only 6 years old, can't you give it more memory?
Re: End of the road
Just as a matter of interest, two months ago I bought a Kingspec 32GB 2.5" IDE/PATA _SSD_ for my old laptop. It cost me £40 on e-bay from a Chinese supplier. It works fine, but I'm not sure for how long, and it's given a speedy and silent new lease of life to my 8 year old laptop.
Good idea with the virtual machine solution. As long as it's just network connections that are needed it should be simple to do.
They learned a lot from Apple
It would seem.
Botnet herders .....
....., rounding up and rustling Teslas.
" ... bear fruit ..."
You could have said 'take wing".
Re: Errr, please describe the experimental setup...
I wonder if they will (or have) tried this with a beam of 'normal' hydrogen atoms for comparison.
Re: Hope they're using a good hash
I'm sure that hash collisions are not "necessary". They may be possible/probable.
"The mammoth funding ..."
It's an elephant.
You can't adjust the focus by changing the screen contents. You'd need the appropriate changes to the buillt-in lenses to take account of your own prescription.
P.S. I just had a look at one of their You Tube videos:
Much of it is out of focus. I'm not sure if that is significant.
Re: Sympathy? Pah!
Maybe they should outource the justice system to a country with a low wage but skilled workforce and put them on zero-hours contracts? That would get the costs down.
It's a marvellous achievement and I'm wondering if the acrylic had any special surface treatment to make it more 'acceptable' to the reattached scalp or if it's just ordinary acrylic material.
Drones or balloons
You could have a drone with three/four small balloons attached along its fuselage. Has anyone tried this technique?
I'm slow to notice things
" ...we started using cloud email in the 1990s ..."
I thought the 'cloud' was a shiny and new thing.
"with Microsoft Office Professional 2010 and Trend antivirus installed and licensed, at $50.00 per month."
That's like hiring a car and then being told that part of the hire cost is the rental fee for extra secure locks and a car alarm. What's wrong with MSE? (rhetorical question).
Re: Given the amount of practice they've had...
You'd be foolish not to accept and applaud these essential security updates.
Re: A slice off the top
You can always press F11 to go full screen in Firefox, then cursor to the top and right click the revealed bar to exit full screen.
I know what you mean though, which is why I love to use my 8 year old Acer laptop with 15" 4:3 matte screen (running Linux Mint).
I'd like to know .....
... the reasons for rejected requests. If a request is agreed, then I assume the matter is a valid law enforcement or security agency query which ought not to be revealed. However, if a request was made then Google shot it down, they should be free to reveal what the request was. e.g. The police wanted to know if (name redacted) had been watching cat videos, etc. This would help use to know the subjects which concern our overlords and hence we can stop doing them.
Re: I see no mention
MATE, XFCE and LXDE all have multiple desktops/workspaces. I thought this was a standard Linux thing? Or is it because they're all Gnome 2.x derivatives?
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