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I don't want a hard wired warning light on my webcam because I have software to capture the image of any tool who steals it.
These guys are amateurs and need to learn from the pros. If you bounce your calls off a VoIP service and over a couple of international borders then only give out the company name of your holding firm outside the EU you can avoid all this bother.
Bored of him now
I shall shortly be posting a Chrome extension that changes the term "Julian Assange" into "Lady bothering Ecuadorian couch surfer" on any web page you visit.
Re: Need a combination lock
Enjoy having your voice recorded at knifepoint before they chop off your hand and cut out your eye.
Re: Only a matter of time.
Are you from South Africa?
Locked or unlocked
Locking allows for phone subsidy, if you want a cheap handset then get a locked one, if you want an unlocked one you can buy them at a greater cost and use a cheaper SIM only contract, whichever suits you best.
If he was happy to pay 9m doing the damage he should pay at least 9m cleaning it up.
You mean the cabin boy from the titanic served up as jailbait to Captain Jack as a thank you present at the end of Russell Tea Lady's reign as Queen of Who?
Give me Helen Mirren as the Doctor please.
More down to earth...
I have a more down to earth use for one of my RPi - It is currently hooked up to a webcam and WiPi adapter to broadcast live Duckling Cam. If you fancy your daily dose of cute check out http://bambuser.com/channel/duckcamuk
It was fairly simple to set up for live streaming and gives me 15fps of 320x240 in a couple of hundred kbits/s
Penguin because it's running on linux and it's a bird.
Games are a luxury product. If you can't afford the product you have no human right to get it by installing from media you obtained without paying the original content creators.
Why should a whole ecosystem exist to allow people to play games without paying the content creators a penny?
Re: "Have your users managed to force iOS devices on you?"
Not a service oriented IT department then?
It's worth a knighthood just for his 'wringing a towel in zero gravity' video. He is a great role model for kids who want to excel at something and achieve a life long dream.
The 95 effect
MS do this every time, they release something very different and everyone hates it, two or three years later they change the GUI a little and fix the bugs and then release it as a new version which people love.
Windows 95 < Windows 98
Windows 2000 < Windows XP
Windows Vista < Windows 7
Windows 8 < watch this space
It is as predictable as the Star Trek odd/even rule.
Re: What do people do on these OS's?
I need a browser, rdp client, ssh/telnet client and text editor to do my job, that is all. I can get all that on just about any lightweight Linux distro without all the crap you get with windows.
Re: I can't form a proper title
"They had to use bigger print.."
I love you.
Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'
Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at making mactards feel like 'power users'
There, I fixed it for you.
Old BASIC games
1) Download RiscOS image for the Raspberry Pi (with BBC BASIC)
2) Type* in a whole lot of game listings harvested from game magazines of yesteryear
3) Post image of legacy game machine online
*By type I mean pay someone else, children for example, to type or perhaps debug the OCR output.
Poverty? In the west?
In the west it is pretty much impossible to live in true poverty unless done as part of a conscious choice. All but the absolute poorest in the UK are still in the global top 5% for wealth if you take into consideration our free education, free healthcare, free internet in libraries and various other benefits of living in the west. This project does not aim to truly represent what it is like to poor in the global sense of the word as it is impossible when you are cosy in your house in the UK with carpets, windows and free immunisations for the diseases that cause massive child mortality in the developing world; it does aim to raise money and make us all think.
So keep up the good work doing this event, it's great to see people taking on a challenge of any sort to help others think a little harder about how lucky we are and from the looks of your total this week will go quite a long way towards saving lives in areas where there isn't the same basic health services that we clearly all take for granted.
IIRC Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (AKA God's own Terminal) has a car park that guides you to a parking spot. When you return from your trip and pay the immense cost of parking at the terminal you can use a vending type machine to find out where you parked your car. The ticket also has your car reg number on it which is checked by cameras on the way out so you can't drive in with a Ford Fiesta and then drive out with a stolen Audi.
That branch is currently on version 1.9 and will be upgraded to 1.10 within a few months.
I hate software numbering schemes for this very reason. 1.10 is the same as 1.1 which precedes 1.9
This is obvious commentbait so not worth inflating El Reg's comment stats over.
You put all your traffic to your 'datacenter' through *one* server? I bet you run SBS as well.
Re: Many tech media experts and Cory Doctorow
I assume he's one of those people like Perez Hilton who now has a very large soapbox to opine from atop.
You think el Reg is a news site?
As the management of El Reg have stated in the past the 'news' elements of this site are only there to suck us in so they can occasionally do some market research on us and sell the results to tech companies. They also sell advertising to those companies. Hardly a good candidate for paywalling.
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Your're fracking kidding right?
"It makes a great storage system for heterogenous environments and a wonderful network storage point for VMware servers."
Have a Windows Server as the back end NAS for your VMWare servers? Haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha *breathe* haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha
Choose your pathway
If you are not interested in development then you are really looking at network or server. Sysadmins need to have a pretty wide versing in the basics of networking plus all the higher level stuff like DNS, DHCP, SMTP and the vendor specific stuff like the contents of MS or Linux courses.
If you plan to do any sort of management you'll want to look at ITIL although not if you want to work for an international company, it's a UK thing and a lot of yanks have never heard of it.
If you want to take the network route then you really need to nut up and get a CCNA to start with as it teaches you enough to know your way around most of the other vendors and know what words to look for in their GUI to achieve what you would with a few commands via SSH on a cisco box. There is a big leap from the 'gamer's toolkit' to working with enterprise systems but if you start out in a reseller they'll never know the difference and you should be able to blag your way to getting some good experience and then it's up to you if you manage to learn from your mistakes.
I started life in a reseller and now work in the enterprise network engineering team at a company you have definitely heard of.
Oh go on, I'll feed em...
Hard to resist the idiocy of the comments here.
1) Viruses for Linux are fewer in number because linux users are fewer in number, where's the incentive.
2) Tightly integrating malware protection into the OS is something MS are trying to do but there is massive resistance from the software devs. A trusted platform methodology would never fly with the FOSS brigade because they want to run what they want when they want with no protection.
Didn't the internet make recruitment agents redundant? Surely these know nothing commission chasing monkeys can be replaced with a good algorithm.
It's how the EU works...
The problem is, this is exactly how the EU is designed to work and with good reason. Corporation Tax is a stupid idea because the taxes either get passed on to the consumer or the shareholder and in either case it's easier to tax them at source using either income related taxes or sales taxes.
What we're upset about here is this idea that money is flowing out of the UK but that is nothing to do with tax and more to do with the fact that we sold all out big businesses to the US or China a decade go. All we have left is the banks and we seem to hate them.
With upvotes for 'helpful' and 'informative' posts it looks like el reg is morphing into slashdot - they already base all their posts on articles written elswhere!
I live in rural Yorkshire with a view over the moors and work from my laptop, or less frequently my desk in the cold basement of the house. In summer it's lovely because I can sit outside and work in the sunshine and in winter it's even better because I can stay under the duvet while the other half gets up and braves the rain/sleet/snow to get to work.
Hmmm... funny you should ask...
"How much of your money do you give to the charity? Or are you exempt... remember "please don't try to dress it up as some noble protest."
"Do you do your "charity" work for free? If not, shut the hell up."
Time for some education...
By law the people collecting cash in buckets *cannot* be paid so they have to be volunteers. You can ask any one of us to see our permit to collect and our ID from the charity which identifies us as volunteers. Occasionally employees of the charities come out and do a bit as well but they are doing it voluntarily and are off the clock when they do it.
Under the same law charities are allowed to reimburse us our travel expenses up to 10% of what we raise so you can be sure that for every pound you are too tight to put in a bucket at least 90p would have gone towards the charity and no more than 10% of it would have gone help the often student volunteers get there in the first place.
(Note that it's at the charity's discretion for actual travel costs with receipts - if you raise £1000 you don't get to pocket £100 if you walked to where you were collecting).
So yeah, mate, I do it for free. As I have a job (a senior position at a major storage vendor) I choose not to reclaim any travel expenses, neither do most of the other volunteers I work with. I founded an online community for fundraisers a few years back that has raised just off £500,000 by us spending our spare time helping charities.
"Just curious (because I am one of those very blokes) would you rather I walked past and said "sorry mate I'd rather keep my change for something more worthy"? I'm not sure why you'd get offended by random strangers telling little white lies."
A simple 'not today, mate' will suffice. Perhaps even a 'not today but good luck, fella'. We're people and we're volunteers so don't be dicks to us.
blah blah charity blah blah
....aaaaaannnnnd here we have the usual selection of people using whatever excuse they can to justify not giving any money to charity. We have the usual selection of 'minimum wage chuggers get paid too much' and 'the CEO gets paid nearly half what a CEO gets paid elsewhere' all the way to 'in my socialist ideal world you wouldn't need charity so I am going to ignore the fact that in the reality of today we do'.
I don't care if you don't want to donate to charity; maybe you can't afford it or maybe you're a c**t but please don't try to dress it up as some noble protest.
(My personal favorite is the fella who walks past me when I am stood there with a bucket and says 'my wife did race for life last year' and carries on walking; and of course the blokes that say they have no change and then pat their pockets to the obvious sound of jingling coins.)
Legalise all drugs for the employed.
Probably not a popular viewpoint and I expect I shall get branded a troll but...
Employed people who pay their taxes and smoke a bit of pot are not the problem, it's the unemployed smack heads who are a drain on society that are the problem. Simple correlation suggests that we could solve the whole problem by relaxing laws for tax paying employed citizens and make the laws harsher for those who are unemployed. I pay higher rate tax so why can't I do a bit of coke at the weekend if I want to? I'm not causing drama for anyone else and my net contribution to society is considerable. I also have the means to pay for my drugs without resorting to crime. As for those who are unemployed the tax payer should not be forced to foot the bill for them to buy drugs* so bang them up and force them to detox then give them a program of activities to help them gain long term productive employment.
* And I include alcohol and tobacco in this, if you're unemployed you don't get stuff like that out of my taxes, scumbag.
Our regular desks have 6 sockets underneath them in the cable tray, the hotdesks have these on top of the desk so the sales chimps can charge their iPhone between bouts of shouting at it.
2001 and long lists of skills...
Just because you didn't have the skills they were asking for doesn't mean there weren't people out there with the skills. I started in IT back in 2001 and the world was full of people with outdated skills who didn't want to update them, I was constantly winning out against people twice my age who didn't want to tear up their howto and learn something new.
If you go to the oatmeal and click on the 'tweet this joke' you get redirected to twitter and if you are logged in it's one click to send the following unsurprisingly similar tweet:
How does Hitler tie his shoes? http://theoatmeal.com/djtaf/j/88 from @oatmeal
Somehow the link got removed and it then started to look all the more odd.
This is what...
This is what wikileaks is for surely? Bunch of information about people that could put them at risk if it gets into the hands of extremists? The US are well in favour of that sort of thing clearly.
We think there should be more choice...
We think there should be choice and innovation but we'd like to squash the competitive maps product before it gets more popular than our own.
Incidentally, if MS had to open up it's browser as part of an EU antitrust thing surely Apple should be made to open up its maps a little more so bing maps and google maps can compete on the platform fairly...
I refer you...
I refer you to the response given in Arkell v. Pressdram (1971).
Who gives a toss what the Unions think, if they weren't insisting people got £34p/h to put on a windscreen wiper we'd still have a car industry and if they kept out of this we might stand a chance of retaining jobs rather than pricing ourselves out of the market. I suspect Crapita just did the maths and realised that the nonexsistant savings were outweighed by the vicious hate they would get from the customers.
IPv6 really isn't that scary and solves a lot of the problems that weren't envisaged when v4 was designed. It doesn't solve everything but there are at least enough transitional technologies out there to make it work. Good provider support is the key to getting it moving though, I know of plenty of corporate grade network providers who still don't support dual stack v4/v6 connections and that's a big ballache for those who are ready because a v6 network is next to useless if you can't get on the internet.
IMHO all the original /8 networks should be forced to give up their address space though. How many addresses does iTunes need?
Meanwhile in SA
I was in SA recently and what they do there is send a fella down the manhole with a chain. He wraps the chain around the thickest looking cable and then puts the other end of the chain on a truck. They then take a good run up with the truck before the chain goes tight and it rips about 100m of cable out of the ground.