1065 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
I upgraded from Win 7 to openSUSE...
...and saved $40 per machine.
Suggestion for Google
Don't send in the crappi.est/applications
Never confuse popularity with quality
Chrome is the Justin Beiber of browsers: pretty, young, heavily advertised, loved by the gullible but best avoided at all costs.
Google doesn't give a fuck about copyright
Google, however, does give a rather large fuck about Google.
Couldn't agree more
An example from Down Under: Top Gear is shown here on a commercial channel. In the UK each episode runs for a full hour and often a few minutes over. The Aussie broadcaster hacks it down to 35 minutes of content and fills the other 25 minutes with commercials (usually the same ones repeated every ten minutes*).
Given the choice of watching that or a dodgy download of the full fat BBC version it'd be a fool that chooses the former.
* This should be added to the torture section of the Geneva Conventions.
Re: Good luck
I've just subscribed to your project user mailing list.
I have real life experience of a major natural disaster and the aftermath, so good luck getting this adopted by organisations suffering from "not invented here" syndrome. That is going to be a bigger obstacle than the tech issues.
Re: Lego has come a long way...
Fail is me.
Lego has come a long way...
...when I was a kid they didn't make rectal thermometers.
Apple mislead consumers everywhere...
...they mislead them into thinking they are cool and special.
Forget the islands, which one has the dodgiest facial topiary?
<-- Private black helicopter. Every billionaire private island needs one.
The great irony of CAPTCHA...
...is that comment spam bots find CAPTCHA easier to use than humans.
,fi? Smart choice
.fi = food's inedible.
"and also access to the computer's webcam"
Of course this isn't a disaster waiting to happen. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
...so if the overall value of the market is much larger than originally thought does this mean the percentage lost to file sharing is even smaller than originally thought?
And if the "entertainment" industry is making so much money why do they keep producing such crappy music and films? Surely there's a bit of cash to spare for an increase in quality.
*cough* Small print *cough*
We have snakes around here that swallow wallabies and small 'roos. I imagine a goat would be much appreciated as a welcome change of diet.
I shall be following this project
I have half an acre of lawn in the tropics (30+ degrees & 90%+ humidity) and a push-along mower. It makes a lawn in Blighty seem like the Sahara. It's almost six hours to mow the bastard.
It really needs a decent ride-on mower but I don't have a spare five grand and the idea of laying in the verandah hammock with a cold beer while the lawn takes care of itself is rather appealing.
The world's most embarrassing name?
Good news for Pirate Bay, good news for everyone
BSkyB punters who hadn't heard of PB may ask geek friends what this is all about. The geeks will explain about censorship and circumvention. Every time another person learns how to circumvent censorship the world becomes a better place.
All well and good until something goes wrong.
Indeed. They should be limited to 4 MPH and have someone walk in front waving a red flag.
Re: El Reg is compliant?
No visible cookie warning on El Reg at all for me.
The only UK sites I've seen with any cookie info banners are the Graun and the BBC.
I just checked on another machine (similar OS/browser to this one) and there was nothing on the Graun or the BBC. Not sure why it's showing on some sites and not others.
Get! Your! Tax! Refund!
Even if a recipient managed to ignore all the stuff like the dodgy return email address wouldn't the exclamation mark in the subject be a bit of a clue?
Re: Not just for the creator
writers tend not to have pensions
At last, I understand how copyright works. It's free money for stupid people that can't see beyond the end of next week.
Copyright extension? It needs a reduction.
If 25 years is enough for a patent then 25 years should be good enough for copyright. 25 years should also mean 25 years from date of creation. As the law stands the copyright period can be extended by advances in medicine. That is both wrong and stupid.
My opinion of Vince Cable just plummeted.
Re: Protecting kids from online filth
Downvoted? It must have been a supporter of war, famine, poverty and disease for kids. Or a disgruntled representative of the child labour and dirty drinking water movement. Or some religious nutter.
Protecting kids from online filth
It seems to me that war, famine, poverty and disease are far worse for kids than smutty pictures. How about we ban those things first and then worry about naked tits and arses.
Outsourcing data to India?
If India's CERT can't even protect themselves why should any other nation even think about outsourcing data storage and analysis to the India?
Copyright is broken...
...so just break it some more.
Glover was doing geek radio almost 20 years ago
Together with her accomplice Gideon Coe, the fragrant Ms Glover presented the best ever show on the best ever radio station. Geeks of a certain age that lived in or around London in the mid 90s will recall the weekly visit of Dave Green to Glover and Coe's breakfast show in the halcyon days of GLR.
Why isn't radio that good still around?
Re: It doesn't matter about the cost...
z.......I never read comments that bang on so long that they fade to white.
Re: It doesn't matter about the cost...
I seem to recall that the McCrone Report said that Scotland would be better off if it had all the north Sea oil revenue. Guess what? North Sea oil is a United Kingdom resource.
If I had a million quid I'd be richer than I am now. Guess what?
I suggest you look out for a BBC Scotland programme from a couple of years ago where the sums were recalculated at the current values. Same thing. Scotland would only be better off if it kept the oil revenue from the rest of the UK.
Tell me something: Alex Salmond's Arc of Prosperity consisting of Iceland, Ireland and Scotland...how's that going?
It doesn't matter about the cost...
...because England will be paying.
"Extremist green campaigning group WWF"
I really couldn't be arsed reading beyond that first line. I just know everything after that is going to be utter bollocks.
Kiwi Kim Dotcom
Kiwi? I was under the impression that's he's still German.
Sounds perfect for a collaborative free software and open hardware project. It could be used by any city that wanted it and costs would be shared. I'm guessing it would save, oh, around a fucktonne or thereabouts of taxpayers' money. Just a thought.
Re: Why Not Here?
I've lived in Aus long enough to realise that the various governments here will promise the voters lots of nice sounding things but very rarely deliver. A bit like the UK in that respect.
They even need to ask?
Enough data for billing. That's all.
Re: Oh dear, apologies forthcoming?
Don't worry, dear, it's just the usual fanbois expressing their sadness in the only way they know how that the Gods of the Chocolate Factory have let them down yet again. Bless.
Re: Imagine if it was your govt doing this?
"My understanding is that it was approx. 600Gb worldwide."
So what about the content of the data collected? It was full of information entirely unconnected to what they were supposed to be collecting.
Assuming they filtered out all the rubbish when they got the collected data back to the chocolate factory and assuming the output file was smaller than the input file then surely they would have noticed. They are either incompetent or it was done deliberately. Or both.
Imagine if it was your govt doing this?
Google are cuddly and do no evil and therefore get away with it. Did they not notice the extra terabytes of data collected? Scumbags.
Re: Cue Monty Python Yorkshiremen sketch...
Monty Python? I guess you're not old enough to know that was originally a At Last the 1948 Show sketch.
Try telling the young people of today that and they don't believe you :)
Their first IBM compatible was also launched in 1982 although they had been producing pre-DOS personal computers for years before that. They were built like brick sh*thouses thanks to their multimedia pedigree. They had to survive being thrown into vans and planes on a daily basis.
Jesus H Christ
I really freaked when I saw Bush's name next to Gore's. Whew.
Re: Because China has nothing worth stealing?
They may specialise in fake eggs, quack medicine and other such fripperies but what they will have pretty soon is the world's largest economy. I'm sure the Yanks would like a bit of that back.
Economies aside, the Yanks and other countries would love to know what Beijing is planning next, their military capabilities and so on. I'm guessing the Yanks aren't just sitting on their hands and waiting to find out from a Wikileaks release.
If the western media are to be believed only the Chinese are involved in digital espionage (or whatever it's called today) but surely pretty much every other country does the same thing to their perceived enemies. Why wouldn't they?
Are the Chinese just inept at covering their tracks or are we only seeing one side of this story?