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Re: It's a font...
@Ragarath that's a seriously good spot. I had not noticed until you pointed that out.
Your comment is rendered in a font where it's actually impossible to see the difference, there is a slight difference in this new font, but you have to look closely, which kind of breaks it in my opinion.
It also makes a mockery of Magnus_Pym and his comment about specific characters being visibly different.
I award you a Big brother icon for observation.
Re: Source Code
I was thinking the same thing, this development should surely be restricted at least, the code should be protected and developed in a controlled environment within this countries boundaries by cleared personnel.
Big brother should be watching this, but they seem more concerned with intruding on civil liberties.
Re: Er, iPads?
Hey Micky (you're so fine), I understand that not all special needs kids are clumsy careless people. However some kids with violent behaviour disorders will not treat anything with respect, and you're proposing it's a better idea to give them a £400 iPad than to give them a ruggedized tablet.
I think it's a bad idea to give any kids that sort of equipment, whether they're in a wheelchair, on crutches, are in a coma or totally hyperactive.
I was a kid once too.
So no I'm not insinuating that ALL special needs kids are clumsy careless people, just that some of them aren't going to respect anything they're given.
You also seem to be suggesting that IT folks shouldn't have an opinion on what IT equipment should be used in a given situation.
You know that a lot of IT folks have experience of gathering a set of requirements and making a recommendation based on those requirements right? And that those IT folks will have a far broader knowledge of available technology than that of the average "skilled professional" (or case worker)
Re: Er, iPads?
Further to the other comment about "why iPads?", wouldn't kids in schools and in particular Special Needs kids actually be better off with something a bit more rugged? I'm pretty sure that nothing about the iPad is actually unique apart from maybe the price.
Also I'm not a huge fan of the whole locked in OS thing, in my opinion the Apple strategy is worse for the consumer than the whole MS strategy, at least when you bought a PC with a MS OS installed you could still get support for the hardware in the event you replace the OS.
Re: so it does install files?
That's what this version does.
What about the version that they haven't found yet, which just lives in RAM.
If it's pervasive enough then the botnet could just run in RAM.
And then when the JVM's die so too does that part of the botnet, so the body is dumped, no evidence.
Re: My faith in humanity has been destroyed
I think part of the problem is that it's not even a Friday, let alone April 1st.
I did get slightly confused and disorientated in the 4th dimension when I read this, I did find it funny though.
And because I'm still slightly disoriented, have a drink, it's some day in the week, the future is happening as you read this, the weekend approaches.
Re: Yer a bit previous, lads
The date format is also entirely logical, or at least more logical than the US format.
Reading from left to right the magnitude of the figures increases, day, month, year.
What's the logic behind the random sequence in the US format?
A more useful format I find is usually the reverse : year, month, day.
So how different is posting on a blog to posting on a forum?
Will we see a return of the Moderatrix? Or at least a return to the dark ages between the new "free post" system and the Moderatrix.
This means we'll need an edit button.
You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means
Re: Ten quid
You say it as a joke, but I've seen it happen, it was about 6 months after a go-live and the DB server went bang.
There was no archive policy and they simply hadn't designed in any cleanup process.
The solution - bigger disks, worked for a bit.
I'm guessing maybe that the downvotes and the subsequent reply didn't get the reference.
It's Team America : World Police
They already are
But only if the "house" is outside America.
If it's inside America and pays it's taxes then it's fine.
They call it protectionism and they say that people shouldn't do it.
I'm guessing they mean that people outside of America shouldn't do it.
Re: Commentard is OK, Freetard not so much
Why do you think that?
Freetard and Paytard are antonyms and are used by el Reg fairly regularly, if they are snide labels then at least el Reg is slinging mud in all directions, what you might call balanced journalism.
If all are treated equally in such a way then how can it be derogatory?
Biting the hand that feeds IT and all that.
They've kind of buggered themselves up there too
It's not like Apple can actually go for anything similar because of the precendent they themselves have set in their litigiousness, iPood, Driphone & Pad to name but three.
Re: imagine if they had been....
We probably would not have heard about the story unless maybe we lived in Asia and they reported it in the Asian press, never having been there I assume they have newspapers and the like.
I'm not sure why you'd expect to hear about incidents involving Americans and Asians in the European press?
Similarly, I had a friend who mentioned that during the reporting of the Costa Concordia incident that the numbers breakdown mentioned Spanish, British, Italians etc. the rest of them were apparently Asian.
I would expect the Asian press to break it down similarly, so there were Chinese, Korean, Indian etc., the rest were from somewhere else.
I think you may be a British with Asian origins or an Asian living in Britain who's a bit disgruntled about the lack of Asian reporting, don't take it so personally, it's just a different part of the world.
The money is real
The money comes from the purchase of virtual items with real money.
Zynga is a top provider of freemium games. If you're not sure what freemium is then google will help.
I'm not entirely sure that their valuation is based entirely on genuine currency though.
Zynga valued at roughly $7bn, from what I can gather FB take a 30% cut (the Apple model) of transactions made on the site, so 30% of what Zynga makes is 12% of what FB makes.
If you go with the simplest of maths and use some poor logic still favouring facebook two and a half times the valuation of Zynga, roughly a fifth of the $100bn valuation.
I don't trade, but I have been on facebook and got bored of Zynga games so I find it interesting that they come up with these astronomical numbers.
I'm guessing the rest of the revenue comes from other freemium games, advertising and probably some "goodwill" which from what I can gather is a proper "virtual money"
So non-profit organisations, that's like a charity right?
So charities give the stuff they get given to the people it's intended for, like children in africa, that sort of thing, oviously after deducting their overheads (or "skimming" as I like to think of it)
What happens to the cash given to ICANN then? Presumably a hefty amount of "skimming" and maybe a chunk goes to the people it's intended for, presumably those running the DNS servers?
If I was looking after those DNS servers I'd be thinking - "Where's my chunk?"
What are you going on about?
You think a union is made up of only people who do the same jobs?
I'm afraid you're somewhat behind the times, by several decades.
Obvious troll is obvious.
The emplyees may take advantage
But that only works to a certain point, if you are skilled and a good worker you get rewarded, whereas if you're not then you don't.
What is wrong with wanting a salary that reflects your abilities and effort?
Take what these companies have done to the extreme and you end up with slavery.
This is the sort of act (and logic) which keeps the 1% rich.
Like a union?
There should be more action by unions on behalf of IT staff, including contractors.
I'm part ot the way socialist.
And we're one step closer to the matrix
Can we not use semaphore it's got to be cheaper and cleaner too?
Think of the jobs created getting spotters and signallers installed on all the hills, mounds, mountains over the country, that'd be good for the economy too.
Of course binary data would need to be re-encoded into hexavigesimal.
What sort of censorship is that?
That's like playing hide and seek with a three year old where they put their hands over their eyes so that you can't see them.
Are these internet companies just pretending perhaps?
Making it easy to circumvent the censorship in order to maintain their presence and not lose too many page hits?
Is he not slightly more likely to be a Sith?
"don't tell me what to do. I have habits that are older than you are."
This is The Register, where technical people read articles on particle physics and reminisce about the days of computing when there were punch cards, or you had to do your own memory management malloc & calloc etc.
Surely we can be as condescending about tech idiots as we like, it's our domain.
People are just as condescending if not more so about us (techies, geeks or nerds) when they're in their domain, so I'd say they're fair game for cendescension here.
If you don't like it go read the daily mail.
Not all Criminal Justice
I work on a CJ account, we run SLES albeit on VMware, we've been running it for years, we've got some IBM stuff too, which is where I reckon a lot of money goes.
I suggested open source AV instead of paying McAfee, but that was basically laughed at, other open source stuff does tend to get jumped on if you can make it work though.
Still don't really see the point
I keep going round in circles on this one, I start out looking at ebook readers because I haven't enough space to store all the books I want. Hmm, a kobo touch at £99, or a kindle, at £149 would be good, but for a few quid more I can get a tablet, I could then use an ebook reader, but I'd also be able to watch youtube videos and look at colour content on the interwebs, but I have a netbook already, and that has a keyboard, what am I getting with a tablet?
Then I twig I don't need any of it, and I wonder why I wanted it in the first place.
Then I realise I'm being upsold and it's all marketing hype. THANKS el REG and to think I trusted you!
So I've placed an order for the basic kindle wifi at £89 after a lot of uming and ahing about other ebook readers, I'm going to give it to my wife.
Meanwhile I'll keep reading books until something comes along that does everything I want and has some advantages over existing technology.
Colour e-ink, decent refresh rates & decent battery life.
I'll have a large McDodo(TM) burger meal please.
But surely there's some multinational corporation with enough money and vision to Trademark an entire species as a foodstuff?
They could copyright the genome, and sell sterile ones as pets (called Pickwick)
Think of the possibilities for profit!
Tasty, I for one welcome these new and exotic meats that were obviously prized foodstuffs of the time.
They should bring back the dodo too, that was apparently tasty enough to be made extinct from it's edibility.
And a thousand years in the future they could bring back Anchovies.
Problem with search engines in general
I think "fair and balanced" is not something that applies in search engine world. The people with the bigger budgets get the top slots in pretty much all the search engines and if you're not on a search engine then to some people you don't exist.
The problem's wider than abortion clinics as I see it, you're guided by your choice of where to look for services, so if that's google then as pointed out you get the places that google knows about and they'll push you in the direction of the one giving them the most money.
The solution I can think of? Use different methods when assessing which service/product provider you want to use. Not just one search engine, not just search engines.
However, as every fule kno, the business is to make the money, ALL of the money, the option to do data mining is not mutually exclusive.
Don't tell me what to do.
How do you know?
Is descriptive of the colour, not to be associated with the fruit of the same name.
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