605 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
I am on Mint 17 - My apologies, the "break from convention" for the new release naming confused me and I'm typing this at work not on the laptop in question.
Laptop has a nvidia graphics card - I tried installing Bumble bee which was supposed to help, it didn't
Touchpad works great except for the rather crucial "turn off when typing" setting which prevents accidental clicks with ones palm when typing.
Command prompt is necessary for when the GUI options don't work. Notable instances:
Trying to fix touchpad and bluetooth
Installing Chrome (GUI fails for some reason)
Installing Spotify (If it could get an official release then I agree, it would be in the repos)
Installing anything which fails dependency checks. Typing "sudo apt-get install" is now muscle memory.
Fixing permissions on files (although there may be a GUI method which I don't know about)
Opening anything as SU (Again I might have missed something)
As a full time (at home at least) Mint 16 Cinnamon user I can assure you that they don't work a lot better
Bluetooth is still hit and miss (mainly miss as the lack of Bluetooth connectivity to my external speaker will testify)
You still need to remain intimate with the command prompt.
Touch pad settings are sometimes applied, sometimes not.
Laptop runs twice as hot under Linux than Windows
That was $114.8m profit from $2.9bn in sales.
I see no reason why Microsoft cannot increase that profit by a few hundred million once they integrate Mojang with their own operations
"The scanned finger must be attached to a live human body"
Does it have to be the original human body or will any body capable of pumping blood do the job?
"Much, much better surround sound (with decent headphones!)"
Which surround sound headphones did you get? Are they 5.1 compatible?
This is what happens when you use ad blockers on el reg
won't someone think of the journos?
can we have some decent RPGs of Fallout/skyrim level of quality
This is exactly the sort of thing that Google could be testing as it drives its street cars round the country
"OK, in the Soviet Army they used to put bromide into tea. Makes you concentrate more on the guns and marching and forget about women for a while. Maybe that's what they should do at these IT events?"
I think you'll find that instead of interfering with women they'll start interfering with other sovereign nations.
Chrome on Linux is NOT getting netflix support
Chrome on Linux can be spoofed into running netflix
"Have you ever released anything on a Microsoft platform?"
I'm a Microsoft SQL Server BI Contractor...
I try and leave contracts before releasing anything but usually fail and have to do the release.
"SteamOS and Linux have a "cool factor" where Microsoft only has volume Guess which is more important for a niche developer who's happy to get 10,000 sales."
Hopefully the Volume option if they want to stay in business and continue to make games.
My primary computer is a Linux Mint machine, except when i want to play games, then I boot into My Steam OS AKA Windows 7
I've used that for a while
My 2 year old daughter has inadvertently taken some cracking selfies with it
The problem isn't rising ignorance - infact I would put money on the fact that ignorance is waning
The real problem is that the ignorant have so many outlets (Twitter, Facebook, BBC Chav your say, El Reg Comment boards) these days to make themselves heard. 20 years ago their idiotic ideas would have been limited to Colleagues, family and boozer with only the spectacularly thick making their way to day time TV in order to entertain the slightly less dense and students.
Not properly CAPITALIZING the Union Jack is pissing on the Union Jack
Subtly different meanings
To steal a phrase used by another commentard:
"Just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food, but YOLO!" Makes sense in a semi-serious "yoof" way
"Just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food, but Carpe Diem!" Would have to be read as sarcasm.
"How is FML even a word? It's an initialism for 3 words that are all already well defined and in this combination no specific additional definition seems necessary."
Too right, get rid of LASER whilst you're at it
The great thing about advertising online is that it is one form of advertising where it is easy to measure the benefit. Ad page impressions and clicks are tracked allowing the click rate and increase in revenue to be clearly identified.
"Yet people who eat fruit and rice based dishes every day (pretty high carbs) are generally slim and lean!
Where is your evidence that carbs are killers and go straight into fat? Whats the fat doing that you eat?!"
Unused eaten carbs are turned into sugars which are then stored as fats, just as unused fat is stored as fat. The benefit of fat is that it is usually consumed with meat and eating meat makes you feel full faster than just veg. Fat is also a good energy source and contains abundant compounds essential for your brain.
People usually get fat from an over consumption of processed carbohydrates (bread and pasta) as well as large amounts of sugar.
Most fruits in large quantities are as bad as sweets as they have been specially bred for a higher sugar content than they would naturally have.
Large infrequent meals are also good for weight loss as they force the body to use stored fat as an energy source.
Personally, I lost 2 stone in 3 months by reducing my carb and sugar intake to almost zero and sticking to 2 huge meals a day. Being able to properly pig out once a day certainly helps motivate one through a hungry morning
"biscuits and sausage gravy"
Digestives or Ginger Nuts?
Once HR departments reach a critical mass they become self sufficient in terms of work generation
"have special software in them to accommodate the need to pass other lorries in an overtaking manoeuvre that lasts at least ten minutes?"
If (MySpeed - OtherSpeed > 0.00000000000001)
AllowOvertake = True
AllowOvertake = False
It will be taxis
Lorries quite often carry expensive freight which will need chaperoning and cross legal jurisdictions which adds to the legal complexities.
Torrenting is still more convenient
And taxes to pay for the education
Now there's a name I would never associate with a massively over spent IT project
I wonder how many Indian IT workers made their way to these shores on the back of that project
"do basicallu no drop "
Were you driving whilst you typed that post?
"going to sleep before 5pm in December (here in the UK) which is not really practical for most?"
I'm sure they tried this in an episode of the Good Life
"Well, until the railway timetables start having entries like "around sunrise" or "around about noon"....."
Welcome to the TransPennine Express
Interesting concept.. will the Google Death Drones serve up some relevant ads before they open fire?
P.J. Flowers Funeral Directors
Mike's Discount Flak Jackets
Al's Low Cost Will Writing
Pretty Pollys Perfect Pet Parlour
You can buy one of these from Amazon
What would be an interesting use of some sophisticated computer equipment would be if it could track the animal as it made it's escape and know the difference between cats and people.
"And take a look at its price tag of around £34k for a car the size of an Astra. You've got to be a rich eco-warrior to be able to afford one."
You need to offset the price against the potential fuel savings.
You can get a used one for about £20k
They are a bit bigger than an Astra, more like an Insignia
Its called research
"maybe a fly-through the rings?"
Which would certainly mean the destruction of the space craft.
After its given so much I'm not sure I would have the heart to do that!
Standardisation of measurement units through convention.
if you were measuring the dimensions several objects, e.g. furniture you would not want to keep switching between mm, cm and m. It would just be confusing.
Batteries of this ilk are normally measured in mAh, the question is what compelling reason is there to break from convention?
Personally I don't need the gratitude.
I enjoy developing stuff like that for its own sake and feel that the world is a better place when the drudgery is automated.
Agree about the reasons for the medal!
"The car warranty thing is a bit of a sham though. A 7-year warranty doesn't cover a fair bit (clutch is one significant one that I've seen) and depends on you sticking to a fairly hefty maintenance schedule (at your cost) at authorised dealers only."
As the owner of a car with a 7 year warranty (which is due to expire soon)
Wear and tear is NOT included in the warranty, however servicing can be done at any reputable garage not just authorised dealers.
Having said that the only warranty work I've had to get done is to get the stereo replaced.
The clutch on mine still works fine but then I don't ride the clutch. Clutch plates (like brake pads) by their nature are going to wear out faster if misused and it won't be difficult for the garage to check for excessive wear.
I welcome changes in Government with open arms
"Memex Technology Ltd (Memex), did not make up for this shortfall in terms of managing the risk to delivery."
vampiresconsultancies willfully neglect the risk management. Its how they make their money!
HP DL580 G7
up to 2TB Ram
Root and install alternative (hopefully malware free) firmware
Some info at good ole XDA:
You can "Tone Dial" by simply playing the tones through the mouth piece. There used to be available devices which would do that for you giving the phone "automatic" dialing capability
You're probably thinking of pulse dialing
A Toupée of boffins?
Only 4 years after Windows :D :D
Hardly a reason to celebrate is it! Lack of games (that I want to actually play) on Linux is the only reason I need to run GRUB and Windows