63 posts • joined Friday 19th June 2009 07:23 GMT
Re: There's still that "Point, click and install thing"
If I click on an RPM download for my version of Linux, surprisingly (to you at least) that's exactly what happens, it downloads, an installer window opens (after entering the root password of course) and it installs.
Same for most popular versions of Linux in fact. YMMV if you are using one of the more uncommon distros but then, I used to have the same problems with windows.
Re: Mission critical apps
Unlike Windows, Linux almost never needs a reboot for updates.
Re: And yet, and yet ...
Every computer in my business runs Linux, and only Linux on every desktop.
So yes, it's possible.
And this is the same argument I've used against the .gov retaining all the phone email and chat data as they want to, noise over signal. The data they want to keep will be to noisy for decent analysis.
Strikes me this "report" has in the main been cut and pasted from some puritanical american document, I can't name a single UK town or city that has a "downtown"
Wonder if they had permission to copy it?
Another Model M user here, recovered mine from a skip 14 years ago, originally manufactured in 1992 so not as old as some of you others.
Lovely keyboard and I do seem to make less typos on it, I guess those early years programming on one hard coded the layout into me.
Considering that Google maps show a considerable elevation of the sea floor around the missing Island, and that the position of the old map matches where this "invisible island" might exist I cant help thing that part two of this story will be "I walked on sandy island"
I'll be back in Leeds soon on a VM broadband account, I'll report in with details then.
I've usually found no problems with speed or video streaming with them though.
Google is starting the same tactics
Quite a few google sites are now not working, or warning they might not work, in Opera.
I doubt it's sloppy coding or lack of resources to test their sites, google have a vested interest in pushing chrome now! I imagine they will gradually start to "break" their sites for other browsers soon enough.
Re: Idiotic date formats
That's fine for current dates, but you fail to consider historical dates.
Date of birth being a perfect example, we're now in 2012 so anyone over 88 will present a serious problem for any date related software storing only a 2 digit year. That problem will get increasingly more obvious for any numpty storing years as 2 digits as this century continues.
Do try to think these things through before you comment.
I don't quite see how Elsiver managed to wangle holding the copyright of the papers written by the academics who published in their journals?
I could see they may well hold the exclusive right to publish in some sort of contract but did the people who published in the older journals really hand over all rights to their work? I can believe this in a way, trusting scientists being naive enough to think it would be OK.
Unless Elsiver is somehow forced to relinquish their rights to older works they have the scientific community over a barrel currently.
With congress showing their ignorance saying "we are not nerds, we don't understand this", in fact taking perverse pleasure in displaying their ignorance when confronted by evidence from technical experts saying "this will break the internet"
Shouting was all the tech community had left, what else could be done when the lawmakers take pride in "not getting it"
Let's just switch this round for the "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" crowd
Ask these companies to go public on what information the collect, how they store it, who they give/sell it to and how long they keep it.
After all, they are going to tell you because "if THEY have nothing to hide, then THEY should have nothing to fear"
Not getting a response? then I guess they do have something to hide, and something to fear!
Perhaps they could write
A decent linux installer, or even a linux installer full stop!
Currently to run V6 I have to unpack the tar and run "as user" for every user on the system, what bollox
for "open source" developers the firefox team are pretty lax when it come to doing things properly.
That's simply a matter
of economics, if the price of rare earths goes high enough, the dirt becomes ore.
But it seems there are easier sources to exploit first, the red mud mentioned for example.
Pages I design open very fast already
All this will do is increase my bandwidth and feed false data into my stats.
Part of how I judge a site is based on the speed a page loads, if a site crawls into existence I know they either have cheap hosting or bad developers.
What's the betting
That all the areas they do this first are ones already covered by virginmedia cable, rather than bringing nice fast broadband to those who need an alternative to BT's wires.
Lewis says we're safe, we're all going to die!
Seriously though, this is putting the situation in the best possible light,maybe a good counter to some of the more panicy news stories, but still, very much a gloss over a situation were the Japanese gov are definitely being somewhat "cautious" about what they tell people.
I think I will just leave this here
To late for some I know, but might help others.
Fold it up, stuff it in an envelope for A6 and write the freepost address on it.
I do not understand
Why any developers would take the chance of trying to make an iPhone app
All that development work, and then a nail biting wait until Apple approves it for the store? too chancy for me.
And then there has to be a different version for other mobile devices, this market is too fragmented at the moment.
Just had one of these calls in the UK
Didn't manage to keep them talking for as long as some of you, excellent work, but got a good 5 minutes before the person at the other end told me to do something very rude and hung up.
They then rang back, apologised and tried to carry on, but I had another call so had to get rid of them.
BBC censored it?
At AC who claims the BBC censored the story
They reported the flaws back in February
They might not have thought the current story worth reporting, but they have covered the issues, lovely last comment by the reporter as well.
The point is
Not to remove it from use, but remove Fedora's liability if it's used illegally.
Of course you can still install it manually, but now Fedora can say they do not condone it.
Lawyers are not always stupid, imagine if Microsoft decided to get legal after a few high profile attacks on SQL Server and sued Fedora for making the tool available.
They might not win, but they could bankrupt the open source competition.
All this talk of eye-fi cards etc.
Is all well and good, but having gone through the eye-fi website, you have to have anticipated which wi-fi hotspots you want to use, then registered them with the card. It seems they can't just hop onto any open hotspot, which is a shame in one way, but nice and secure in another. Imagine when everyone cameras could do that, cop car turns up, suddenly the box in it becomes the local wi-fi open hotspot!
Yes you could tether to your phone, but then each pic you took could potentially cost you depending on your contract with your mobile operator.
It's a nice idea, but not as useful as people think, even ignoring the slow speeds of most wi-fi hotspots.
What needs to be done is someone has to think rationally through the process, and pass intelligent laws, unfortunately, I can't see this happening.
I have been using
Mandriva Linux as my primary OS for several years now, this PC "can" dual boot to windows but it's really so rare as to be months apart.
Quite happy with it, because, as you state, it is "just there" doing what it should and letting me get on with my work. Occasionally I have to respond to an update reminder but it's less obtrusive and easier than the windows equivalent I see friends and family dealing with.
I upgraded a friends laptop from a creaky vista install to mandriva and he's in non-techy heaven as his laptop is now so much faster.
Unless there is no linux equivalent or wine compatible version of software you need to work, I really cannot see why a large proportion of people couldn't switch.
(caveat, I don't play games)
Are firefox and Opera currently hardware accelerated? or is this the only way microsoft can keep up?
Doesn't Flash Memory
Have a limited number of read/writes before it dies? I seem to remember the figure of 10,000 approx.
I'm sure in a big, mission critical operation like a call centre this would be reached pretty fast, so a nice turnover of new flash memory would be required, nice little profit stream for someone.
I suppose the payoff between regular payments to replace that, compared to speed increase would have to be worked out.
Doesn't show up on aircraft's weather radar (or inded the met offices radar) and is not visible at low concentration levels, but those low levels are enough to cause serious problems.
Yes BA flight 9 survived the experience, but FFS having a go at the MET for using models to estimate where the ash (which doesn't show up on radar) will be is a bit childish really.
And for those who have said fly the planes lower, there are a host of problems, not even considering the extra fuel burn
But of course reasonable scientific explanations must be ignored because we must put profit before safety.
Really Andrew, you disappoint me with this somewhat childish swipe at the met office.
This is so difficult
On one hand as an obsessive archiver myself, I applaud google for scanning books which otherwise can only be obtained by hunting down second hand copies, and of course, a purchase of a second hand book delivers no royalties to the copyright owner.
On the other hand, google is making a massive land grab. The exclusivity they got from the American authors and publishers is monopolistic.
If a publisher has decided to never print a particular book again then google are doing our culture a favour, as often the author of the book is tied in to a contract which means they cannot publish elsewhere.
An author who has a book made popular because of google may actually find the increased exposure helpful.
I can't decide, is google being evil?
I've just had to disable it for El Reg, something wasn't finishing loading properly so the whole site was behaving badly. Links would no be clicked on etc.
Now I've disabled it, after trying blocking adverts first, it seems to be behaving.
If this is a genetic thing, or possibly a "skill" that can be taught
Playing guitar and singing at the same time took a long time to learn, and is a form of proper multitasking, I learned that, can I learn to do this "supertasking"
Come gather 'round people wherever you be
Who read all your news on the internet free
And accept it from June the Times paywall will be.
If your news to you is worth savin'
Then you better start usin' the old BBC
For the Times they are a-chargin'.
(with apologies to Bob Dylan)
Yes I know the BBC website comes out of my TV licence, but I don't care, that wouldn't have scanned properly.
I use tesco internet phone for my SME
It proved very useful as I travel a lot.
Apparently this is because freshtel are in financial difficulty
However it leaves me with a dilemma, I have business stationery printed with the tesco number all over it, and a nice shiny handset locked to tesco which will become a nice paperweight soon.
No new yet as to if they will allow you to transfer the number elsewhere. If they wont I will have to try and lodge a complaint with ofcom.
If el-reg can dig up any more information it would be appreciated, it seems tesco are not interested in helping their customers.
The service was excellent as well, I trialled it for quite a while before deciding to commit to using it for business use.
On a basic level
Surely any forum software with a "New Posts" button would be prior art, although in a slightly more basic way.
Thank god this can't impact on my business here in Europe, as I offer something very similar.
If such a fuel cell could be developed
It would be great for powering electric cars, the infrastructure for supplying liquid fuels is already in place.
You can control it on a site by site basis as well.
It's where the Firefox developers get most of their ideas from!
Well they broke it for me
I can no longer login in to ANY google service using my browser of choice Opera. I've not been able to login to my blogger account for nearly 2 weeks.
It works in fine firefox but I don't want to have to have two browsers open just to access google services.
I have used Opera for years and all my bookmarks, special site settings, customised options and "muscle memory" of the various keyboard shortcuts are just too much effort to move over. Plus Opera has just too many features firefox cannot match.
I'd rather not use google services than change browser.
They just lost a user, but as I never had to pay for any of it I guess I can't complain.
And what about
Those people who rarely use buses, will there still be an option to pay cash? or will they be put off by having to faff about getting one of these e-tickets
I walk everywhere, local shops etc. only drive long distance and jump on a bus or train once in a blue moon.
I would be wary of someone so dedicated to their religion they felt it necessary to advertise it on their CV.
Simply because someone with extreme religious views who preaches to fellow workers could very easily stir up tension in the office, something I would rather avoid.
So really, it's a sort of personality test for me. I don't believe you can be held to discriminate against someone because you don't think their personality would clash with the rest of the office.