504 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
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.
Priced as cheaply, yeah, right.
$199 translates to £219 is my bet.
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.
So how did that go then?
Did you complain saying "There was a grasshopper in my salad, I want my money back."
And they wrote back saying "Aha! You can't have your money back because it wasn't a grasshopper, it was a caterpillar."
I'm not sure whether the species of invertebrate should really matter.
It's still a fucking stupid idea
Still going, in spirit, if not in name.
I saw a show recently on kids TV which had my sons rapturous attention, it had 3 different shaped windows, a big ted and various other toys, it was very similar structure to how I remember Play School, and who was one of the presenters? Only Floella Benjamin.
I wasn't paying enough attention to catch the name of the show though. I think it was on CBBC
Ironic Publicity Stunt?
I think this has probably increased the value of the pile of rubbish^ESC<dw><dw><dw> installation and the artists other "installations" by drawing attention to it.
I'm always getting hassled about version numbers, there seems to be some deep rooted desire to have every bit of code/configuration even database record associated with a version number. It drives me nuts, whenevery I'm forced into giving a version number to something which previously didn't have one I just say it's version 1.
It's completely meaningless, the only real thing of worth are the SVN repository numbers and the build numbers, but try saying it's version 4447 (SVN revision number) people get upset, no idea why.
Lose not loose please.
I think I agree with the decision, but I wonder how this applies to companies that rely solely on advertising.
Is it then the company paying for advertising that is the "customer" of the website so they would have been able to claim goodwill if one of the companies advertsing on it's site was British?
Then how does that apply to Advertising Companies which stream adverts to sites, is the Advertising Company the customer, or are customers of the Advertising company then considered customers?
Consider a US based search engine, in a hypothetical scenario, it's widely used in the UK, but it only streams adverts which are paid for by an advertising company also based in the US. There may or may not be customers of that advertising company who are UK based.
Could the US based search engine assert rights over a UK registered trademark? By this ruling I would assume not.
you beat me to it.
I bet that was the first reaction of the judge.
Is that possibly the logic that the judges are applying? After all in law precedent is important.
Oh, they've done it, we should do it too.
If all your friends jumped off a cliff (or bought an iPhone) would you do it too?
And of course you'd want to make the skiis from a heavy dense material too, to help with the gravity.
Any falls you won't impact as hard so it should be good for fewer bumps and bruises too.
The problem is not unique to the Welsh, but we are talking about govt. services.
They don't tend to stretch into russian, greek, generally they stick to the official language of the country they're governing.
The UK govt. has to deal with multiple languages, however certain agencies are based in England and set things up without consideration for agencies in other countries, other agencies based in Wales don't seem to recognise that they're sending UTF-8 data.
Internally everything is converted to UTF-8, unfortunately I can't dictate to the multitudes of other systems that they have to use UTF-8.
There's all sorts of organisations from around the UK.
All sorts of crap comes in, there are horrible kludges in code to get the stuff into UTF-8. Half the time it's to cater for people sending ISO-8859-1 stuff but indicating it's UTF-8 in headers.
Mayhem ensues where multiple layers of encoding and decoding occurs turning a BOM from 3 bytes into 12. Great fun.
Not sure why I was downvoted, there might be the misconception that I was blaming the Welsh for my woes, but in truth it's not the fault of the Welsh, it's the fault of bad coding and being a govt. project where nobody can agree on anything.
The fact that Welsh doesn't fit neatly into the same box as "default" English on some systems doesn't help create a rewarding experience for the Welsh people who ARE on the internet.
It doesn't help that the language isn't supported by ISO-8859-1
Extended ASCII is the bane of my life.
I didn't see any in the AC's post.
I agree with you the world would be a better place and "for those children to grow the f*ck up and stop boring everyone with their opinions."
The AC was stating basically the same thing using Apple fantards as a specific example of the phenomenon. I don't think there can be any denying that Apple has a significant portion of fantards who fall into the zealot category.
The AC didn't actually state a preferred technology so I'm not sure where you get your idea of hypocrisy from, you protest a bit too much.
Wait, I may have spotted the problem....
I have been looking at new phones as my contract is up, I don't actually need to pay for any more features, the only thing I'd want to change about my current blackberry curve is that I'd prefer a faster processor, and as a nice to have GPS wouldn't go amiss.
Otherwise I'd have no desire to get a different phone at all. I don't play games on the phone, I take calls, look at emails, keep up with sports scores, maybe a little browsing of the interwebs and use BBM to keep in touch with some friends.
Cameras on phones I don't consider to have much purpose, I've had a camera on my phone for years and used it maybe twice, other times when I want to take photographs I use a camera guaranteed to give better results.
It's a shame that this is designed to address, “users’ desire to have a fashion accessory”, I have no desire to have a fashion accessory, hence I can no longer look at getting this phone.
it's like not making fun of invalids and the mentally ill.
You don't do it because you know it's not their fault, they're just not that bright.
Meanwhile, dwarfism is absolutely hilarious.
Reading difficulties or intelligence problem?
I take it you have a problem interpreting subtleties then?
Like the difference between "fiercely capitalist", where there would be no benefits for the jobless and not a chance of healthcare for those with no money, and capitalist, like the UK.
Just because it's your opinion that everybody should only work for as money and they should only work for themselves it does not make it the opinion of everybody else, and fortunately so.
There are other options to becoming a contractor, that is why unions exist.
Good luck with the contracting, let's hope those skills are always in demand and that there aren't too many younger and smarter kids coming through to take away the work. I'm sure you'll do fine.
If you do have trouble though, you can always move country, you won't be missed.
A country which has the NHS & the DWP and has a signifgicant Labour party following is "Fiercely" capitalist?
I think you'll find that the fiercely capitalist are in the minority, the most capitalist people I know are still keen on the NHS, an inherently socialist organisation.
It might be that they don't think before they open their mouths of course.
@AC 14:05 GMT
It's not that sexist.
It's not even particularly cheap or grubby compared to a lot of the internet.
The internet in general is pretty sexist - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/15/wikipedia_not_for_girls/
I doubt that showing a group of pretty boys would actually improve the article or increase readership, and you do know that's what journalism is about yes?
Is it that you are a woman hater? Are you jealous or something?
Possibly the most obvious troll I've seen in recent times.
it's like the bank setting up hidden cameras in your home because you haven't paid up the mortgage yet.
Time saving I expect.
"Apple did not respond to a request for comment. But that's because we didn't send one."
How long did you used to wait before the obligatory "Apple did not respond to a request for comment" statement? (in the olden days before you gave up even talking to them)
Reminds me I haven't slashed my wrists in a while
They're just bloody useless, the lot of them. Even the ones that aren't in control (oh wait, that's all of them)
What we need is a benevolent dictatorship.
My wife has been practicing her skills at running an almost benevolent dictatorship at our home for years. I'd say she's up to the task by now.
No it does not.
Always glad to be home
For a decent cup of tea, everything else might be shite, but after a few days abroad I crave a decent cup of tea, or even just a rubbish cup of tea.
The stuff over there just doesn't seem to resemble tea as I think of it.
Tea, also known as brain juice
It has become routine to the possible extent of OCD that I must have tea at least 3 times in the working day, more usually 4 or 5. This may seem a small amount, but the cups are the larger kind of paper coffee cups, plus I try to keep down the quantity, mainly because I've always thought that no matter how good something is, in large enough quantities it will harm you. The bag MUST be placed in the cup prior to having the water from the hot water dispenser, approximately 2cm gap is left to the rim, the lid must then be placed immediately on the cup, then it is queued and paid for, I get irritable if the queue is too long or too short as I rely on having just a few people there for brewing time. Once paid the lid can be removed and the sugar placed ONTO the floating teabag, the bag is then pushed down and stirred between 3 and 6 times (depending on how long the queue was) with a stick rather than a spoon, the stick allows the bag to be wrapped around it and satisfyingly squeezed to ensure the maximum flavour is extracted. Once complete the bag is removed and milk is added to the brim, it's not to weaken the flavour but to enhance it and also to reduce the temperature. A small amount is drunk immediately to reduce spillage, but then I allow the tea to cool to an almost tepid temperature in order to drink it swiftly.
It's just my taste, I know it's not to everyones, particularly my wife who insists that tea must be drunk whilst it has the capability to scald your mouth and cannot contain more than about 5 drops of milk. We do both agree that it should have 1 teaspoon of sugar though.
I despise coffee.
So an amnesty then
Perhaps that's how it should be viewed.
(You mean losing and not loosing though)
I don't care if it's in the dictionary, chillax is in the dictionary that's equally fucking pointless.
If a company tells you something is right does that automatically make it so?
So an uncertain estimate is a guesstimate then, or a guess perhaps?
At what point and how do you quantify the certainty required for a guess to become a guesstimate and from there how much more certainty is required to make it an estimate?
It's a pointless word that does nothing to improve understanding.
Guesstimate pisses me off, it's pointless and adds nothing.
How does it possibly convey more information than either of the two choices. If anything it confuses the matter.
An estimate is an approximation based on intuition & known facts.
A guess is an approximation based on intuition.
WTF is a guesstimate if it is not one of these two definitions?
It's another pointless word like chillax.
It pisses me off as much as people using "rouge" when they mean "rogue" or "loose" when they mean "lose".
Fuck off, it's estimates or guesses
The banks seem to be winning then
Once upon a time banks were responsible for looking after your money. It was their job to keep it safe, rather than you hiding it under the mattress.
Now it seems you have to pay for the privelige of letting the bank spend your money, award massive bonuses and they don't even have responsibility for keeping it safe any more.
means of communication if he got into trouble
He had a mobile phone, that counts as a means of communication I think, he even proved it worked by calling his friend to say he was fine.
Maybe he didn't realise he was in trouble?
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
"acknowledging this would be boring and so we haven't."
So you hold to the adage then, but are somewhat honest about it.
How ugly was he?
Nakedness causing alarm or distress in kids?
Only if they bust a gut from the laughing.
I read "added vitamins, minerals or other substances" and thought, that's basically anything and everything you can eat then.
That sounds a little bit like a rule designed to stifle free trade.
Just read at - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1389689/Sunday-Herald-publishes-barely-concealed-picture-injunction-footballer.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
"Revealed: In a Mail on Sunday poll 80 out of 35 people asked at random could name the player"
That's all the proof you need that 98% of statistics are made up on the spot and that the Mail on Sunday is rubbish.
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