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Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
> I remember when XP first arrived and people preferred Win 98
When XP arrived a lot of people preferred 2000(me included; in fact I still do), not 98.
Re: why is it okay to be running a 12 year old OS?
> Most importantly : Rule #3 : A Customer Will Not Replace Something That Works Fine
That's so wrong it's not even funny. The person sitting right next to me in the office has had all incarnations of Apple's phones sequentially; they all still work fine. She's far from an exception: the person sitting on the other side of my desk takes 1-year phone subscription so he can get a new phone every year, despite the old one still being fully functionnal. We are putting in a lot of purchase orders for the latest version of MSOffice this month, despite all the old installs that they are meant to replace still working a charm.
So, Rule #3 is really "Given the Chance a Customer Will Replace Anything and Everything With a Newer Version Without Thinking Twice, Even When They Really Shouldn't"
I gladly disobey this law (in fact I'm posting this from an XP machine), but the vast majority of users just want the latest shiny-shiny. Which makes MS' failure to get wide adoption for Eight all the more worrying.
Re: Hoorah for Linux!
Linux types all use "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; InfoPath.1)"as their useragent just to annoy MS.
> Anecdotally, a great many XP machines reside in developing nations:
And labs. Here we still operate a couple Windows2000 machines; and even a Windows95 one, connected to an old spectrophotometer; as for our scintillation counter, it predates even Windows 3.1.
Of course these don't get counted; the Red One will need mittens before we expose them to the wild wild web.
Re: Isn't the iPad (and code) part of the deceased's property?
> Apple are saying they need proof it was [part of the deceased's property].
Which, of course, they cannot find by themselves. After all they _only_ have an Apple ID linked to a a credit card, and access to the physical location of the device, presumably together with the _history_ of the location of the device. They most probably have more proof of the ID of the last owner than the owner's sons themselves. Of course retrieving that info would require them to give a damn about their customers, which will happen in one of 2 cases: sub-zero temperatures in Hey Deze, or... OK, make that just one case.
Re: email me the pint
Time for El Reg to get with the times and deploy the latest technology, as pioneered by the Froggies:
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
> Who said anything about high pressure tanks? You only need to compress it enough to reduce buoyancy, which wouldn't take much pressure at all.
Ahem. The laws of physics say otherwise.
> vessels along Airlander lines are quieter than jets when you're standing next to them. But when you're standing on the ground, ducted props driven by Centurion V8s at a few thousand feet wouldn't be as quiet as a cargo jet at stratospheric cruising altitude.
That's all too true. However, they are trying to sell it *now*. And right now, what is generating a lot of ill-will around airport is the noise at takeoff and landing. For that, blimps are a good solution. In the future, if they generalise (ahem), the constant buzzing overhead may become a problem (it certainly became somewhat annoying a while back, when ultralights were all the rage; especially as some of the less respectfull gnat pilots were flying so low that you could almost count their nosehair).
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
> 80kg of equipment on a little balloon means it may never get off the ground. The same equipment on a massive airship might be fine.
80 kg is for the pump, I suppose. To keep the compressed gas you'll need a very strong tank. High-pressure tanks category 300 weigh 60 kg and hold 300 cubic feet of the good stuff, which is just short of 8.5 cubic meters. Barely even noticeable on an airship scale. High pressure gas tanks won't get much benefits from scaling up: the 300 tank has a cf/kg of 5; a 200 helium cylinder weighs 48 kg which is a cf/kg of 4.1, while a 125 weighs 29 kg which is a cf/kg of 4.3. Do your math or ask Randall xkcd to do a "what if" on it; in any case, I'd bet at least _some_ money on the weight of the tanks more than negating the benefits.
Re: Nostalgia trip
The "legendary" train tours are doing quite well, as do luxury cruise boats. There's at least a hope for luxury airships.
Re: Hybrid helium - hydrogen?
Hydrogen is very troublesome in several ways:
-its production is very "carbon-intensive", as they say; whether it's a big problem depends on your views, but it would negate much of the low-carbon pitch on which the airship program relies
-it's very flammable; although its confinement inside a big baloon or unreactive helium would help in-flight, the proble reappears when you vent it off... or when you refill the tanks, for that matter.
-it's very difficult to store efficiently -not to mention safely- for a long period of time, especially in the kind of volumes needed for an airship.
The (in)famous Calypso did quite well with her turbosail, even though there were problems from time to time (Cousteau was operating on a very tight budget and the design was new-ish). Still, she was quite a bit classier than the SeaLepers' pile of rust (rebaptised Steve Irwin in a desperate attempt to get some sympathy on the back of a dead celebrity I guess).
And the Calypso did not engage in acts of piracy.
> That isn't the real NME.
If so, that isn't the real Jethro Tull either.
> I am forced to remember how that ended, and which one outlasted the other.
Are you from the future, or something?
Re: Were Apple available for comment?
Yeah, my thoughts too. I disctinctly remember the "jagwyre" episode:
(most of the fun being -surprisingly- had by Andrew O., noted Apple enthusiast).
and the start of the You-are-dead-to-me period -attributed to said episode:
but I can't recall the hairdo thing.
That kind of things
may make me buy a smartphone.
Re: Like, gag me with a spoon.
Like, Hashtag grody, right?
Re: When they get rid of that fan...
Well you can replace the fan with a rocket I guess. Good luck with the music...
But it would be even sexier with a flat bottom à la fanboat
I wrote to the Trust last month about the "Disneyland" orientation and the problems with the Museum, and here is the answer I got:
Many thanks for taking the trouble to write to us. I am very sorry that you were upset by the reports carried in the media which I hope to reassure you were largely false.
I am sorry that the highly inaccurate and misleading report carried by the BBC caused you such concern. In particular, the very selective extracts from Iain Standen’s interview created a completely false impression of what is occurring and, more importantly, why.
Volunteer tour guide Tony Carroll has not been sacked. He continues to be a valued volunteer at the Bletchley Park Trust. He was asked to stop giving public tours as he been unwilling to deliver the shorter revised tour. He continues to work voluntarily for the Trust in the Education department, providing tours for school groups.
The Trust is enormously grateful to its army of volunteers, without whom it could not offer a personal, knowledgeable service to visitors. The Trust is currently investing in high quality training to further improve visitors’ experience as the huge, much-needed, Heritage Lottery Funded £8 million restoration project approaches completion. This project will bring many historic buildings on the site back to a state of good repair and create an inspiring experience for its ever-increasing numbers of visitors. This will create a world class museum and heritage site which is a fitting memorial to the heroic Codebreakers of Bletchley Park making the site much more sustainable and accessible to growing numbers of visitors.
It should be made absolutely clear that The National Museum of Computing remains available to any visitor to Bletchley Park who wishes to visit it. The story of breaking the German’ Fish’ Ciphers, which includes the story of the birth of Colossus, is one that is told in the Bletchley Park Museum, and visitors are encouraged to visit The National Museum of Computing to see the replica Colossus and Tunny machines.
In 2012, in response to adverse visitor feedback, regarding the number of different charges levied within Bletchley Park, the Bletchley Park Trust proposed to The National Museum of Computing a single ticketing solution whereby the Bletchley Park Trust would charge an admission fee, which would be uplifted to include the Colossus gallery charge (£2 for adults and £1 for concessions and groups). This uplift would have been paid directly to The National Museum of Computing for every visitor (without any administration or handling charges) so that The National Museum of Computing would have been able to glean a substantial income from visitors to the Bletchley Park Trust Museum.
This offer resulted in lengthy negotiations which ultimately proved inconclusive, and both sides agreed to operate independently. Operating independently means that The National Museum of Computing continues to occupy Block H and develop its own Museum. It has its own opening hours, continues to charge its own entry fees and conduct its own marketing activities.
The new visitor centre on site will help receive all visitors and allow them to consider how they would like to see the site, and which areas to visit. It does not replace the museum or any of its exhibits. I hope you will come and see for yourself that the site is being restored faithfully as a fitting memorial to the heroes of Bletchley Park.
Please see our updated official statement here.
The Bletchley Park Trust
Re: Useful invention, that
iPhone4s being the plural of iPhone4 obviously.
Useful invention, that
if the external magmount antenna ever catches on, a whole lot of old iPhone4s could start a new life as... phones.
And how comes the boss knew of the existence of such things as domain admins, let alone how to set the right for himself? Grossly overcompetent if you ask me. A paraglider-from-the-rooftop accident waiting to happen, I tell you. Possibly sans paraglider...
Re: in a free market there's no such thing as a skills shortage
Unfortunately it takes more than 6 month to train a skilled sysadmin able to make _real_ iron work reliably.
Re: Here in Japan, shutter sounds are mandatory
> a digital camera doesn't have a shutter
A phone camera doesn't have a shutter. All serious digital cameras do have a shutter. Some noisier than others, but... see next remark.
> (though there were film cameras essentially silent in operation without all this fuss)
the main cause of noise in cameras is not the shutter it's the mirror, which exists only in SLR cameras.
Re: cant wait
> i confronted her and told her to stop or her camera was going for a swim (I should have called the cops).
Better not to, as you were the only one doing anything objectionable (threats like that? Psshhh!).
Taking pics in a public place (as I expect the beach was) is perfectly OK. Now you can politely ask them to stop as it is making you uncomfortable, and they will likely stop. Being rude in a case like this makes you the asshole. Being _threatening_ in a case like this most likely make _you_ the outlaw (depending on your local legislation).
Re: Overt To Covert
> The average person using a consumer device to take photographs needs to use their hand(s) to point it at the subject. If they want clear and reasonably sharp images free from extraneous clutter then they have to use both hands and or hold the thing in a position that makes it obvious what you're doing.
Of course not. I take most of my "street" pics with my camera around the neck, belly height. It has a leaf shutter, almost completely silent, which helps.
That's when I'm not using my huge and noisy Mamyia RB67 Pro SD... which, appart from being a superbly reliable setup, attracts a lot of attention; some good, some bad.
Generally speaking I don't do "street" with my 35mm SLRs or my "35mm" dSLR as I find it too "middle ground". In the street I find I take better pics when I'm either completely unnoticeable or extremely obvious.
I often have to review mind-numbingly large image collections*, so I'm always looking for a better image viewer. So far, one of my all-times favourites is called "pornview". I would install and recommand it more if it was differently named... compa4red to that, "jerky" is very SFW.
*microscopy images if you must know
Hehehe so now they can sue Samsung...
... who sells plenty of systems infringing on this extremely innovative patent.
What if US lawyers destroy the universe?
US lawyers have already all but stopped innovation in the US with the patent nonsense, turned the entertainement industry into a shark pool of recycling old (and mostly, bad) stuff, and now seem to be set on stopping what little research escaped the budget cuts.
Once they are done with that, what will they put their mitts on? Food? Surely there is something to do there, all these people processing food items that they only bought a licence to, surely that's illegal. On to of that they use it to produce toxic bacteria-laden waste, so that's the Green AND the terr'ist angle covered. This one should create enough work to get them busy for a while before they can get to the REAL threat: breathing.
Re: how would this go on phablets ?
> how would this go on phablets?
Not too smoothly I expect. There's a few years of developpment ahead before it can take advantage of this kind of hardware. Even on generic machines for which it has been developped the support for "fancy" hardware is embryonic at best.
I suppose you could run it on a phablet in a virtual machine with less fiddling, although the benefits in terms of speed and weight are not obvious...
Re: It's not White Knightery
>It's not White Knightery. I just thought it was all a bit piss poor and ladz magz. And I'm not at work. The comments are however even more cringey than the article. I'm almost embaressed.
When you're at work, you must be in a very machistic environment to blow off steam like that during your free time. Or perhaps you liked the previous hundreds of installments in which the BOFH and PFY explored in excruciating details how to mangle, mutilate and utterly destroy, mentally and physically, all the men who get in their ways. I never thought of these as misandrist; did you?
Re: What is this, the '70s?
Oh no it's not. It's definitely 2014, when web 2.0 sites are filled with white-knights-without-a-cause throwing hissy fits at the slightest mention of genre-related matters (because everyone but themselves is a filthy oppressive patriarcal mysogynist pig).
Re: Did I just read a thinly veiled mysogynistic rant or what?
I really don't know, what did you just read?
Re: Password complexity
Yes, I'm routinely forced to dumb down my passwords to accomodate for the dimwitsenforcing this kind of rules. Worst thing is, there is no chance in hell of me remembering the resulting mess of mixed-case number-and-symbols-containing nightmare, so I have to write it down somewhere, making it all the more, erm "secure". Not that it matters anyway, as any decent rig would crack it in roughly 12 seconds, due to these rules not being fit for secure password generation.
Not that anyone would want access to my Yahoo accounts of course: I give them away to spam-spaffing outfits exclusively. Interestingly, that includes the US' Customs and Border Protection (every once in a while you bump into a zealot deskjockey who insist the "email" field in these forms must be filled; invariably this is followed by a few hundred spam messages being sent to the addy over the next week. Not too bad, as spammers go, but you'd think the US government wouldn't sell their databases to penis enlargement pills outfits. And you'd be dead wrong).
> your operating system smells of poo
more like filthy hobo than poo, apparently
I don't know about that
Apple has 18.5 % of the market in "Rich Europe" and 43.9 % in the US. Your explanation doesn't hold water.
Your housing analogy sucks
And even within your own sucky analogy you manage to be wrong. In civilized countries ("pinko commie tepid ball-less countries" tou you yanks) there are a number of cases in which you just cannot "stop [homeless junkies] using your property".
There are also cases in which unused ("hoarded") dwellings are requisitionned "for the greater good". So there.
As for the validity of your analogy, well, suffice to say it's a bit like if I bought a car, you see, and then the petrol station decided to rent a new house, and then someone stole his movie and the Chinese took it.
Re: Allô ? @ Khaptain
> to provide the necassary rules for our language in order keep it pure, eloquant and capable of handling the arts and sciences. [...] The others will be fulfilled externally to the Acadamy, of which these works, in their own manner, will become authorative.
Not quite. The real translation would be as follows: "to provide clear rules for our language, and to make it pure, expressive and capable [...] The other points of the programme will be fulfilled outside of the academy by works which in themselves will be authoritative".
The spirit being to establish gather language uses and habits across the french-speaking world to provide a "catalogue" of recommended use for people who wish to be understood by everyone (this part is made abundantly clear in the foreword and the first articles of the statutes). It's just a formalization of the worldly uses; it expressely doesn't concern itself with slang and regionalities (again, clearly stated in the statutes), but doesn't condemn them either. The last part you cite is actually pretty clear (although your mistranslation means the opposite!)
Re: Allô ?
To be fair, a great deal of English (or its barbaric derivative from across the pond) speakers seem to think that words like "chef", "entree", "deja-vu" etc are English words; "dealer", "shit" and "parking" (used for parking lot) are bona fide French words now, too. Language does evolve, and borrowing foreign words is part of the process. Lunchtime now, you'll excuse me, my pork chop is waiting for me. Or is it a pig chop? Ha-ha!
> I think I'm righ
AFAICT you still need spaces to separate words don't you? The real test is, can you either strip all white spaces or randomly add some, without modifying the way the program runs? It is far from impossible to define a language in which whitespaces are insignificant; there may be one or several out there, too. I just haven't met one yet. AFAIK even the likes of BrainFuck and SegFaultProg will usually dislike the "random insertion" test.
Technically white spaces are significant in any and all programming language I've met. Their level of significance, on the other hand, does vary. Depending on where they are they can be quite the bummer in Python for example, and not so much in Lisp.This has the interesting side-effects of making almost any python script instantly human-readable on anything able to display plain text, while your average C program requires a specialised piece of software for humans to make sense out of it (a bit like that last sentence, then...).
It's also great for spacebar vendors.
Your sense of smell is way off
> I simply do not believe that the DHS was involved in this
Erm, despite them confirming they were? How are these rose-tinted glasses working for you?
Re: Did he mount his Glass on a tripod?
> Most of the pirate copies of movies were taken with small handheld video cameras. They aren't mounting those on a tripod.
Yes, in most cases they are. When the cam is not on a tripod it is stuck between seats so that it won't move. Footage from a head-mounted cam is guaranteed to be absolutely unwatchable, and I'm not even talking vibrations or small movements here. I encorage you to test for yourself: if you pay attention, you'll notice that at times you actually look away from the screen.
Re: Cawing of the Vultures heard by more IT pros than ever before
Clearly. Some even misuse apostrophes.
ERP DERP READ FAIL
From the post I was answering to: "Just like how 10 years ago the "answer" was Java And 10 years before that the "answer" was C++"
From the article: "Let's get on with it. Fab Technology #5 is C++, again, just because it always is"
> And 10 years before that the "answer" was C++
To be fair the answer is _still_ C++
Re: Give a person a fish...
OpenBSD are giving fish away to BEEELLIONS of people, for free.
As for your snarky remarks about old kit, in the real world there are applications that just can't run on a tablet; support for older kit is not only welcome but necessary (very extensive backward compat is part of the reasons why projects like this exist in the first place).
Both USA-based AFAIK. See up.