222 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
Re: anti semitism question
"The Jews are an unfortunate people. They have suffered greatly at the hands of governments, leaders and other peoples since ancient times. Why? Because this is the will of God. "
Muammar Gadafi · The White Book, further thoughts, 2002
my tuppence worth
"32-bit Windows coped with at most 3GB of usable memory,"
On the desktop. From XP SP3 onward. Because they nobbled it.
Server versions can go up to 64GB.
BitCoin is a FIAT currency
Unlikely. FIAT is an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, an Italian car maker.
On the other hand, fiat is a Latin word meaning "let it be done". Perhaps that's what you meant.
Still, might be good for Yessongs.
web site DRM
I had no trouble at all copying the text off that web page. In Opera it was trivial. In Firefox a scroll to the end and a shift-click selected the text, no worries. Didn't bother trying other browsers. And you can always use the source, Luke.
If that's an example of DRM, we really have no problem.
Re: Hold on..
Hmm. Last time I specced a Dell PC (corporate policy, not my choice) opting for FreeDOS as the O/S was more expensive than SLES. Both are free as in free speech, but SLES costs money.
Re: Disappointed with how naïve the dev is
Endlessly repeating the observation that MtGox used to be a game card exchange does not make you look any more clever than would blaming Nokia's current woes on the fact that it was a welly boot manufacturer.
On the specific point about keeping bitcoins in your own wallet, this is utterly immaterial. During the period running up to its disappearance you could not withdraw bitcoins from the exchange, no matter how much you might have wanted to.
And the losses reported in the article have absolutely nothing to do with the volatility of bitcoins. The allegation is that they were STOLEN. And if that is not, in fact, true, then there has been a FRAUD.
I have (or had) about a third of a bitcoin in MtGox, for which I had exchanged real money.
Not best pleased.
for what it's worth
It took the best part of three days for me to transfer bitcoins *in* to MtGox last week, so I would say that the "technical" explanation is probably correct.
Oh, and if anyone is looking for tips on trading BTC, just watch what I do, and then do the opposite.
What you appear to be missing is a firm grip on reality.
Opera has been free as in free beer for years. And before that you could pay for it (I did) or just go full-screen to hide the ads.
It was never slow. It was often the fastest out there.
You might or might not have liked the default UI, but just about every aspect of it could be changed. It was mouse gestures that got me hooked.
And this is one of the reasons I love it.
The poor thing is much misunderstood. It has taken time (and the writing of Doug Crockford), but I now can get my head around it, and get on with it very well.
Which means continued gainful and enjoyable employment. Ta.
Was spammed from the Yahoo! account of a friend on Tuesday, presumably one of those thusly cracked. The spam contained nothing but a hyperlink, which I entirely failed to follow. I'm guessing some exploit attempt was on the other end.
Worryingly, the following day I got three very similar spams from the webmail of a relative, but not using a Yahoo! account. This time it was AOL. Is there some link between the two?
Re: « Votre app américain sale »
Indeed, but for best effect when issuing insults, use the informal "ton" in place of "votre".
That's easy. Wrong = null.
"If you've done nothing, you've nothing to hide."
Re: Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?
I know I'll be downvoted, but I can't help myself.
There is no such word as "ala". If there were, it would be written "a la" (with a grave accent over the first letter), but that's not English. What's wrong with "like"?
Re: CARD SHARP!
Unless that was his disguise...
the problem is subsidised handsets
Mobile operators should stick to providing the best possible infrastructure at the lowest possible price, and let the punters find out for themselves how much it costs to actually buy outright a handset. As a bonus, it wouldn't come laden with the operator's crapware, or be locked in to their network.
Re: Really really basic computers
> stupid grunt-work like adding a semicolon at the end of a line
That is (possibly) a task for the IDE, definitely *not* the compiler.
Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of
> next to impossible to do our job
We had that when moving to a new enterprise-wide umbrella IT setup. Group Policy meant that me and my colleagues couldn't install *any* software, including that which we wrote ourselves. We are employed as software devs.
> the irony being French Fries are Belgian.
Unlikely, since there are documented references to them dating from before the establishment of that country.
And "What if Bill Gates had left school at 16 to get a labouring job on a road-digging crew?"
Isn't that what actually happened? More or less.
A colleague once told me that I had missed a call from someone named "my gonads". Took a while to work out that the caller was actually "Mike Gomez", but we never used his real name again.
> all of the sudden the web page changes because of what you did with the mouse
You mean holding down the right mouse button while swiping from right to left? I can count the number of times I've inadvertently done that on the fingers of one testicle.
> Win95 made the Win32 API the first-class citizen
You are thinking of NT. Windows 95 was Win32s done right. Or at least better. User, GDI and most of the kernel were 16-bit (some in real mode) with a 32-bit wrapper.
Re: Next Technology? Damn..
I remember that in the contemporary computer press it was often referred to as "Not There" on account of the delays.
Guy Kewney penned an article on the then new OS/2 version 2 ("better DOS than DOS, better Windows than Windows", remember?) in which he begged IBM to call it anything other OS/2. Tracy, even. So for me, NT always stood for "Not Tracy",
The Windows 2000 startup screen proudly declared "Build on NT Technology"; so that's "N[ew]|[ext] Technology Technology". Right.
Re: Oh nos!
Indeed. And the next version of IE will be code-named MARQUEE.
> "Our society needs to decided where it draws the line between privacy and politics, and it needs to do so in a calm and measured way."
I don't remember anyone asking, but I was already decided for total privacy, thanks all the same.
Re: Digital Computers????
Look up "operational amplifier".
> "PRISM complies with applicable law, and may be stature or warrant based"
So no warrant required for tall people?
good way to rid Office of its cursed ribbon and put the menu back
Doesn't completely rid Office of its cursed ribbon, but it does put the menu back.
Re: PCTools (DOS)
Yep, I had that. First software I paid my own money for. In return it gifted a boot sector virus.
Re: Real mode could run on anything up to a 286.
Moreover, even the 386 booted up in real mode. And it wasn't necessarily faster than a 286 (some of which were cranking along at 20MHz vs 16 for contemporary 386s), but it had a better protected mode that could multitask DOS sessions.
Re: Infamous Filemangler?
Indeed. And it didn't lie to you, inventing spurious "My Documents" folders and hiding "known file extensions". Gah!
Re: London - same old, same old: Paris the historic past preserved
Hmm. He'd love the view today of the Montparnasse carbuncle.
Re: London - same old, same old: Paris the historic past preserved
I know you wrote "most of", but the second tallest tower is Montparnasse in the 14th, and the first is Eiffel in the 7th arrondissement. The latter also bears a lot of radio gear, including Paris' telly transmitters. I'm not aware of it having any underground war rooms or similar, though.
Re: N9 Meego....
Another happy N9-er here. More of the same, with memory card slot and 4G? Oh yes.
Just sent off my 100 E's.
Hardly a "startup"
It's been going for more than 7 years!
And yes, only the French could think that "daily motion" is a good name for a video site rather than a diurnal bowel discharge. From the same people that brought you "wannado" -- though that was appropriate, since mostly you simply coudn't do what you wanted with it.
Re: The sad thing about ID cards
> The only possible reason for having id cards would be if UK joined the Schengen zone.
No, that wouldn't change anything. National ID documents issued by member states already serve as passports across the entire EU, including the Schengen refuseniks.
The wonderful thing about Schengen is that you don't need /any/ kind of documentation at all to travel across borders within the zone, just as you don't when, say, crossing between England and Scotland.
Re: The sad thing about ID cards
> Labour also missed another very vital point.
> We already have an optional, robust form of ID called the passport.
On the contrary, they designated the passport an ID token, which previously it wasn't.
While a UK passport was functionally effective as a government-issued identity document, it really wasn't one. Its purpose was to assert your nationality and the rights and protections afforded by possession of that nationality -- like, um, passing through a port -- not that you really were who you claimed to be.
Anyone know if the "designated document" thing was scrapped at the same time as the database?
> "The 720 strikes me as the Ford Cortina of the Lumias, a well made mass market compact."
You never had a Ford Cortina, did you?
Re: Car rental
You are not obliged to take out the excess cover from the rental company. Either drive very carefully or buy such insurance from an actual insurance company. You can get annual cover for about thirty quid.
Mind you, I would never knowingly rent from an outfit that has to "pick you up" from (presumably) the airport. It's just asking for trouble. Stick to the majors that have a presence in the terminal building, but feel free to check with brokers for best deals. Often, though, the company's own website is cheapest. I'm taking a car from Avis at Barcelona airport later this week, just over a hundred euros for seven days and no fuel scam.
Re: "It simply wasn't to do with the trading culture or speculation."
And Barings was busted before that. Your point being?
"It simply wasn't to do with the trading culture or speculation."
Yes. It. Was. You are wilfully ignoring the context.
Yes it was, because that culture led to those decisions to pursue risky, speculative business in the traditional lending sector.
Yes it was, because the Lehman Brothers car crash vaporised confidence in banks generally, leading to the bank runs.
Re: Opera the sad panda
Even so, Google still doesn't play nice with it. Tried to get into their Cloud Storage thing earlier today. Computer said no, suggested I use Chrome instead. This is behaviour learned from Microsoft.
Re: I've noticed this too
I've seen this phenomenon too, but with Windows XP guest running in a VM on a Windows XP host. Which was weird.
Re: UK's "free" Wifi offerings should be hit with Trade Description Act violations
You could just lie. I always do.
Bogus email address in the reserved "example.com" and "example.org" domains are useful for that. They can't check that it actually works, because you don't yet have an internet connection...
> How many IE developers does it take to change a lightbulb?
It doesn't matter. With the new user interface, you'll never work out how to switch it on.
Just like the cooling system of your car's engine, for example.