Re: Oh no! Not harvest puns!
Indeed - nothing worse than when someone takes some a-maize-ing accomplishment and makes a ceres of corny jokes.
284 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
Indeed - nothing worse than when someone takes some a-maize-ing accomplishment and makes a ceres of corny jokes.
The problem is, that the (movie) world doesn't give a flying monkey nut whether people want to "own" anything, and want people to pay subscriptions for ever, irrespective of their happiness on the matter
Someone saying they were from The Register apparently called me this morning, I was out but my colleague took the call - they were going to call back in an hour but never heard any more.
I was hoping I'd won a 6Tb HDD but now I've read this thread, perhaps they were just wanting to sell me stuff?
Snakes on a paper plane [in spaaaaaaace]
I see that iOS 9 will be available for my iPad 2, which I purchased in March 2011. No need to replace it yet. How many 2011 tablets from other manufacturers will still be current next year?
I'm still bitter that a mere 18 months after buying an iPad 1 in 2010, found they'd dropped it from all future updates, leaving it with overly resource-hungry IOS 5 that could barely manage a browser with more than one tab open without crashing regularly [but how can that be, they told us Flash was what crashed browsers]. And since they'd encouraged developers to upgrade apps to only run with the latest IOS, it was soon fit only for the scrapheap. (or in my case, given to a minion while I wasted more money on a replacement).
It's a new tactic they're trying: bad cop, bad cop. The assumption is that eventually you'll have to give in and go with one, then switch to the other.
I hear if you put your head in a microwave oven on high for 20 minutes, you won't hear the voices anymore.
Ah, except to do that you need to circumvent safeguards to operate the microwave with the door open. Or remove the head. Either of those requires unlicensed 3rd party modifications.
With their heritage, perhaps they should make a hovercraft.
But who breaks the law? You, the non-Russian citizen, non-Russian resident for letting a Russian enter their personal information into your non-Russian site? Or the Russian citizen/resident for sending you their personal information?
(I've noted with one client that all their systems are now running Office 2013, even though we install 2010 on all the laptops...)
Still have 2010 on the PC that upgraded, although it did seem to knock out the product activation from that so that it was reporting it was unlicensed, and install a 'Get Office' app that promptly needed 50Mb of updates,despite already having Office (just not the shiny version it wants me to have, presumably)
Not seeing any sign of it here on domain PCs that aren't using WSUS. Whether that's because we use a volume license product code I'm not sure. I do know that non-domain W7 PCs using the same volume license key did come up with the 'register for upgrades' thing, so it's not that in itself that's preventing it.
It's certainly hard to swallow. Still trying to work an Amazon reference in though.
Equally screwed if it turns out to be LV-426, in which case I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit..
It's the only way to be sure.
I think JulieM's point isn't wondering why people pick on the Robin, but why people often get the name the wrong way round.
It isn't a 'Robin Reliant', but a 'Reliant Robin'. Reliant is the car maker (who also made, amongst others, the Scimitar, Sabre and of course the Kitten - a 4 wheel version of the Robin). For some reason people do seem to frequently call it a 'Robin Reliant' though but I have no idea why - can anyone shed light on it? As JulieM notes, they wouldn't call a Ford Escort an Escort Ford.
Meanwhile, the 'Russian debris' was actually delivered by Yodel (or whatever name they're using this month), they didn't bother going and knocking on the door of the ISS and just lobbed it over the fence.
Also, the fact that politicians won't do anything unless their feet are held to the fire doesn't exactly help matters
...and said fire must produce a fair amount of CO2, thus linking politicians directly to CO2-based-climate-change. So the solution is presumably to get rid of the politicians - or at least the ones that pursue inactivity as an art form.
Can't come close to matching the suffering of the story, but on the subject of illogical UI design, was upgrading RAID driver on an elderly Windows server a little while back. Downloaded the latest driver from the manufacturer and ran the installer. Was presented with a standard Windows dialog box: "Previous driver detected, click 'OK' [the default] to uninstall, 'Cancel' to upgrade."
Err, ok. What about if I now decided that I wanted to do neither and just exit instead? I only have those two options (or kill the process...). And why is the default button the one that uninstalls the driver for the disk array which might be fairly vital.
I thought it was supposed to be a cat-on-a-treadmill powered coffee grinder. I couldn't imagine any real cats falling for that though.
You do know I was having a dig at MS, that people who have a PC are more likely due to sales to have Android, also look at recent games console sales.
Nope, apparently completely missed that. Clearly need more caffeine in the morning.
Erm don't think so. Can't see how it would be possible for one program to work on multiple OSes.
OK, Java wasn't great but at least as a bytecode it should run the same binary code on any platform that has a suitable runtime.
So, how long before scam artists and thieves (no, I'm not talking about Microsoft here) start pushing out popups that look like this, or on 29th July pretend to be a 'Windows 10 is ready to install' thingy. Given the hype about it, how many people will then believe such a popup to be genuine?
Of course, it could also be argued that the actual cause of the *crash* was [reportedly] flying into power lines and/or an electricity pylon whilst attempting an emergency landing in a field.
Maybe '£900bn industry' is referring to 'the car industry' as a whole, not just driverless cars. Maybe what he was trying to say was that by 2025 he expects driverless cars to be contributing to an industry that this year amounts to £900bn? And he's just inept in putting it across, or it's been misquoted or taken out of context.
The SI unit of length is the metre, denoted by the symbol "m".
Yes, but since when has The Register bothered with such convention?
Personally, since it's a sea landing, I'd suggest it stands for 10 manatees.
It is certainly encrypted with passport number (maybe DOB too), however I don't believe these can be read from the passport via NFC - they need to be typed in (or optically read) so would need physical access. There's nothing extra stored in the chip beyond what is printed on the card.
That does remind me though, I need a new passport photo for a different ID card, maybe I'll just read the image off my passport and send that in!
Hmmm... a fleet like that is going to cost some big money. I'm guessing his return will be the advertising dollars?
The finished ones will no doubt be pulling big advertising banners behind them!
And can it run Crysis?
if a cricketer makes a mistake he loses his bails
I misread at first and thought that seemed extreme.
All the 'glowing green stuff' has been stockpiled by assorted mad scientists and for illuminating secret underground bunkers, and so is not available for the general public.
I'm starting to think there's some sort of data encoded in the BOFH schedule - whether it appears on Friday or Saturday is clearly a binary state and then there's a variable number of weeks between episodes..
Or perhaps something is just telling me that it is pub-o-clock.
I guess what could be a good idea with smart washing appliances (and suitable tags in clothing):
"Wash temperature of 60 degrees not compatible with items to be washed"
"I'm detecting a red sock left inside along with an otherwise white wash - are you sure you wish to proceed?"
But then again:
"Open the washing machine door"
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"
Honestly, if I was far enough away that I needed a notification on my phone, the last thing on my mind would be rushing back home to dick about with laundry.
And as the connectivity between balls and phone seems to be bluetooth, presumably you can only be in an adjacent room at most.
That may depend on whether you consider .com to be international?
Maybe things can be removed from Europe and international, but not google.us? (or Pakistan and international, but not Europe)
All well and good but how the hell did you get the Delorean in there in the first place?
By hitting 88mph in just the right location before the server room was built?
"and doing it in the Kalahari desert is nigh on impossible"
Agree, it'll be a challenge to make it work, but really? Getting a wireless data link in a flat open area with no buildings or obstacles to block or reflect the signal, and probably virtually no other transmitters or sources of interference for a large number of miles in any direction is harder than elsewhere?
Sure it doesn't run Microsoft Office,
Although I am slightly bemused by the fact that all the Chromebooks for sale from Dabs/BT Business appear to be offering a bundle deal on buying the Chromebook with MS Office 2013 or Office 365...
The problem seems to be that they are allowed to assume that not logged in = over 18 since they have no way to know the age otherwise, which means that they can show the ads to anyone. The only way they can reliably not show the ads to children is to require login and require that everyone including children disclose personal information, such as age (and probably a dozen other mandatory fields for marketing purposes). Which is also something that is not encouraged nor desirable.
So perhaps the only workable solution is to ban ads altogether? Or at least ads that are not suitable for children, other than on sites that are targetting adults (and require adults to sign up to view).
But surely when Tom Hanks or whoever actually turns up at the reception desk, that's a bit of a giveaway and junior staff member can still say X is in room N, and if they always use the same alias when travelling then it's rather surprising that a list of these names hasn't leaked anyway.
What is the problem with notifications? They seem fine to me. Presumably I'm missing something but it seems to me that: something happens, I get a notification, without needing to fiddle.
I can turn off notifications for certain apps. I have notifications I can pull down and view. I have notifications on the lock screen. I can just see the prioritised (or recent) notifications or double tap to expand the list. I haven't had to change or tweak any of that. What part of notifications does everyone else agree is so complicated, as I'm worried I'm missing out on something...?
By eliminating the default email app, Android/Google is trying to force corporate users to use Gmail. As a consequence, you have to get another email app for the very basic function of using corp email
While I prefer to keep work and home email apart in separate apps and initially saw the elimination of the 'email' app as a problem, actually it seems fine. The 'Gmail' app happily talks to my work Exchange server as well as the old email app did, and still allows individual notifications and sounds for each mailbox, so have not needed to 'get another email app' or be forced to only use Gmail.
So far liking 5.0 on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 - speed and battery fly (probably due mostly to doing a factory reset to wipe out all the cruft).
Last time I bought a CD from Amazon I was also able to download a digital copy for free.
And last time I was looking, the CD with free download of the digital copy was cheaper than buying just the download version of the same album from Amazon...
Silverlight is also needed as a workaround for previous removal of functionality that stopped parts of Exchange 2010's web interface working in Chrome (v37 removed modal popups), specifically the ability to add attachments or view the addressbook.
A pain if you have a big Exchange system and thousands of students who haven't gone and bought Office, so actually use OWA to access it. (Also doesn't work properly in Microsoft's own IE11, hence a lot of students were using Chrome). Having Silverlight installed lets Exchange OWA fall back to a different mode ... until Chrome removes that too!
Apparently the solution is to upgrade to Exchange 2013, but on a big installation with many servers and multisite replication (fortunately I don't look after that, so I'm just spectating, with popcorn) that's not just an afternoon's work...
Mint does look and behave nicely. The concern to me though is that it and future versions of Mint for at least the next couple of years are based on Ubuntu 14.04. Which means that, unless Mint developers are going to backport apps, things will be stuck on the version that Ubuntu 14.04 offers with only minor point release updates. No bad thing necessarily - unless the package has a bug that requires going to a later version to fix.
The kernel for instance (which will presumably be forever 3.13 - it is in Mint 17 and 17.1 certainly). It has a timing bug introduced in 3.10 and not fixed until 3.15 which causes pretty, but unusable, display distortion in [certain?] machines with the Intel Core i-series CPUs and onboard graphics (Dell Optiplex 9010 series for instance) in both GUI and console.
Yes, I can grab the kernel source, or download .deb files from a 3rd party site and install them, but then it's up to me to do that outside the package management system and keep watch for security bugs etc requiring an update. And who knows whether any compatibility issues will arise if the kernel API hooks change between the version of kernel on the machine and the version that the distribution expects me to have.
Funnily enough, reverse was true for me. 4.4 had really bogged down my 2012 N7 to a crawl, trying to open an app or switch between them would take around 10 seconds. Did a wipe and reset, all returned to normal, updated to 5 when the OTA upgrade arrived a few days after that, all still fine.
Like Windows PCs, these things do slow down when they accumulate too much cruft and need the odd reinstall. Plus I gather a number of apps aren't quite suited to 5 yet, so cause problems - probably why mine's fine as I didn't reinstall all the junk that had built up since I bought it!
The iPad on the other hand does seem to get more sluggish with every update..
but what proportion of those users would also fill in the forms on the least convincing phishing pages?
Perhaps that explains the two recent as-yet-unexplained rocket-based mishaps...?
Perhaps it could have been if they really explored it for more than 30 seconds. Hey, you killed a kid. Now oyu have to meet them because they want to see you and have requested to. But then they run off inside 5 seconds not saying a word. Yeah... that's not really very powerful. Kind of a waste of time, really.
I was pretty sure at the end when Danny is wavering on pressing the button, the reflection in the iPad is of the kid, so I'm guessing he'll be instrumental in saving Danny in part 2 and will therefore have a purpose.
That must make for very tricky precise targeting if the source is spinning in excess of 100mph!