1106 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
I lost a whole bunch of Nerdshack accounts when Lavabit closed. Not only was it a really good mail service but many subscription accounts - even El Reg's own - rely on your old email address to still work before you can update to a new one.
Does Chrome still install on Windows machines without needing admin privs?
Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like
By reflective I presume you mean shiny screens? These are brighter than matt screens
It would have to be a fair bit brighter to compete with the near-equatorial sun that I live under. Trust me here, they just don't work.
Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like
Now if they could develop a screen visible in Oz summer daylight
I don't know why anyone even bothers selling devices with reflective screens in Aus. They ain't going to beat the sun.
"widely respected businessmen"
Steve Jobs was a widely respected businessman? Only on Planet Stupid.
The full monty
The Field marshal? Unlikely. The phrase doesn't appear in Ngram until 1976 and didn't pick up in popularity until the mid 90s. John le Carré used it in The Tailor of Panama. It was published 1996 but the story refers back 20 years and used in the context of Burton's the tailors. Montague Burton was the founder and a if you ordered a three piece suit it was "the full Monty". The usually reliable etymologist Michael Quinion also says that this is the most likely source.
Not definitive then but seems reasonable.
Ex-Telstra man says it should have been given to Telstra.
Re: Kids with more money than brains.
At least their spending habits keep them off the streets at night..
They don't need to be on the streets any more. They have StreetView for that.
Re: The most worrying thing in Aus...
Please feel free to downvote opinions if you disagree but downvoting facts is pretty childish.
Re: @Cipher - In the 1970s...
I remember the next ice age talk in the 70's.
And still talked about today. One of the predicted signs of warming is that the North Atlantic Current, the flow of warm sea water from the Caribbean that keeps north west Europe nice and snug, would move further south due to melting polar ice. This would then make land areas in the previous path much colder.
Re: Maybe we could get a consensus
Extreme weather? There are more extremes in terms of recent record setting perhaps. But no sign of increase of hurricanes, cyclones at the like worldwide since the start of the most recent global warming.
One of the predictions of change would be fewer but larger cyclones. This is coming true. For example, in Aus we're having fewer cyclones than at any time in the last 1000 or so years.
btw, there's no need to say hurricanes and cyclones. Hurricanes are cyclones.
The most worrying thing in Aus...
...is that one of the MPs that voted out the carbon stuff did so because "it's cold in Canberra in mid-winter therefore global warming doesn't exist". Words almost fail me.
As for increased energy costs, the huge increases in power where I live over the last couple of years were because the suppliers spent a fortune on replacing infrastructure just as prices were falling. The carbon tax component was a fraction of this infrastructure cost.
Re: Bloody hell!
If I could add two beer icons I would.
Here you go, have the second one on me.
What a bland, corporate-controlled, mucky place the free-web has become :-(
I remember the good old days when it was just a mucky place.
Re: I was going to buy one of these...
one of the changes expected in the next software release (V6.0) is to change to using chrome as the in-car brower.
Chrome? Fuck it, I'm cancelling the other one too.
I was going to buy one of these...
...but cancelled when I saw the images of the screen. £50k and no AdBlock Plus?
Re: Tax avoiders?
at the time Neal's Yard was a hive (or epicentre - as the BBC would describe it) of health-food/whole-food/vegetarian/alternative therapy businesses.)
One side was all small media companies and the other two sides* were indeed the sort of places you mention.
*It's a triangular space.
Many years ago I used to work in Covent Garden and often passed through Neal's Yard. One of the buildings in said yard was an old banana warehouse containing Terry Gilliam's animation studio and the recording studio used by the Pythons. The outside was plastered in brass plates for Python-related companies with names such as Stash It Away (Jersey) Ltd and a dozen others seemingly based in tax friendly overseas locations. Thinking back, it makes Gary Barlow look like an amateur.
For the first few years that I used CompuServe it was a walled garden but one day - around 94, I think - they added internet access. Non-CompuServe email addresses had to be prefixed with INTERNET: to get stuff routed outside, IIRC.
I stayed with CIS for a couple of months but then switched to Pipex for proper access. The per-hour charge from CIS on top of BT's dialup charges were starting to bite. I did miss the CIS "shops" where you could buy software and the cost was added to your monthly bill. Nice and easy but it wasn't as well organised as it could have been. The software used to arrive by post on floppies.
Around that time I was involved in a big project for a ME-based outfit. My contact there also used CIS but his nearest dialup PoP was New York. The thought of making an international rate call from the UAE to NY to collect email seems laughable these days.
Re: "The Indego Robotic Lawnmower comes in at £1,300, inclusive"
Inclusive of what? Road tax?
Inclusive of looking smug in front of the neighbours as you sit there supping an ale while the mower does your work.
SBS shows far more sex than the more timid commercial broadcasters
If only there was some kind of global digital distribution system where we could find a wider variety of smut.
Re: We're finally there...
Unfortunately, I very much doubt it.
Upon reflection you are probably right.
We're finally there...
...we've reached Peak Stupid.
City vs Rural
Run out of petrol and you can walk to a petrol station, fill up a can and walk back. Run out of amps and you need to be close to a charging point. This massively impacts on the perception of range.
Ironically this would work for Me. It's roughly 25km between fuel stops around here but there are plenty of houses and farms between.
The biggest problem is cost. I looked at the hybrid version of my current motor and it would take nearly 10 years to pay back the extra outlay and that's doing roughly 24km per annum.
Yes there is. The latter contains more-than-trace quantities of horse urine.
It can tell the difference between water and Budweiser!
Quite obviously a false claim. There is no difference between water and Budweiser.
On a topical sporting note...
I'm still a die-hard feature phone user but this may lure me to the dark side.
Where does space start?
The most recent such test, conducted in January, saw it reach a maximum height of 71,000 feet – which, while fairly impressive by ordinary aviation standards, is still almost 200,000 feet shy of what the US Air Force considers "space".
I prefer Fred Hoyle's definition of space: "Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards."
Re: Bruce Schneier *doesn't* reveal what he'll use
Bruce only has to look at a file and he can memorise all the 1s and 0s contained within. And encrypt the data using an algo that only he knows about. In real time.
Re: I used Chromium rather than Chrome
I think you meant SRware Iron. I just now installed from the rpm, copied ~/.config/google-chrome to ~/.config/chromium and everything worked, extensions and all settings. It's brilliant thanks for the heads up.
I tried it when it was first released as the claim that it was de-googled seemed fair enough. The first time that I logged into a site it made an SSL connection to a server owned by Google. It may have changed since but once something has lost my trust I don't give it a second chance.
I feel an evening of nostalgic gaming coming on.
Re: Daniel Brandt was correct
Downvoting facts, eh? I can understand downvoting opinions but...
Daniel Brandt was correct
It's a pity that his site is no longer online. It used to have a map of connections between NSA staff and Google.
They come over here...
...taking our Internets. Send 'em back!
Re: Never click links for banks etc in emails
Yes, couldn't agree more. Set your mail client display content in plain text too. It's much harder to hide iffy links that way.
Re: Their web page is already snooping...
And it also runs JS from Amazon AWS. Surely they aren't storing real data on Amazon S3 or are they just keeping a bit of JS there?
I've never trusted it and I never will.
Re: What about the JS?
Not least of all on the "Warning: You are using Firefox" screen. If you had JS disabled you couldn't go past that message to access the rest of the site.
"showing a Firefox install running on the console."
Blacklist that car immediately.
Er, camouflage error
Isn't the blue paint supposed to go underneath?
Re: Product != CEO
The bigger question is "where is the line drawn?
You had better boycott Boeing then. They make devices for killing innocent children.
1 All your hardware is probably made in China, a repressive regime that regularly imprisons or executes dissenters. Ok!
2. Big US software companies. A nation that invades smaller nation for their oil and kills 100s of 1000s of civilians. Destroys your privacy via spook activity. Ok!
3. Mozilla. One employee is a bigot. Boycott!!!!
Re: A Red. Dwarf?
Shum mistak shurley?
I thought it would have more sense naming it after Biden if it was a leprechaun planet.