2317 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
Re: Low tech badging
Kevin Warwick, and no, it wasn't.
Re: Lies...damn lies...and statistics.
And the inability to power your vehicle from ANY system other than fossilised plants.
Most diesel ICEs can run quite happily off vegetable oil, and most petrol ICEs can run quite happily off ethanol, neither of which come from fossilised plants.
Re: Good budget I thought
Something is only worth what someone will pay for it. People are paying for houses currently - the market still exists - ergo houses are worth that currently.
I understand your argument, that house prices are artificially high due to constraint on supply. However, a constraint on supply is still a constraint on supply. If someone cut down 90% the lemon trees in the world, that would be an artificial constraint on supply, but the value of a lemon would still rise.
Your plan to destroy planning constraints would move people out of your supposed 'pretend negative equity' and into real negative equity, and that would not stimulate the housing market, it would destroy it. 90% of home-owners would never be able to move house.
Re: Good budget I thought
What he could have done (and should have years ago) is rip planning regulation to shreds providing lots of cheap land for large and efficient builds (instead of having to build shitty expensive hovels 2 or 3 at a time in tiny brown field sites). That would have bottomed out the property market quickly
I agree with a lot of what you said about the "too late and too wrong". Every budget has something to try and assist the first time buyer, rarely do they work. I'm hopeful this time, because I want to be a first time buyer some time soon - drives me crazy paying more in rent than I would on a mortgage, just because I can't get the mortgage in the first place.
'Solving' the housing crisis is extremely hard. If you make building new houses much cheaper, by ripping up planning as you suggest, then the value of houses would drop massively. This would push a huge section of homeowners into negative equity, and would probably worsen the recession.
The other aspect is that building houses needs to be profitable for the house builders in order for more houses to be built. If you suddenly slash the value of land, any property developer sitting on land takes a huge haircut, and now can't afford to build houses.
What I would like to see is more house building ordered by councils, in conjunction with house builders. They should be allowed to acquire land and bypass some planning regs in order to build more affordable housing that is available to rent for social tenants. They should use the housing as an incentive for the social tenants to keep in work, being good citizens etc, by offsetting rent paid against purchasing the house, eventually leading to home ownership.
This would hopefully not overly affect house prices, but then I'm neither an economist nor a politician, so wtf do I know :)
Good budget I thought
Lots and lots of job promoting tax cuts, raise in personal tax allowance to £10k is impressive - a rise of almost a third since the coalition came to power - and I very much like the mortgage assistance and new home building changes, which should encourage more buyers, and contribute to growth.
Things like how the Employers NI contributions changed are also very clever - they disproportionally favour smaller firms, so it is less likely that it just gets pocketed by big companies.
Slight cut to corp tax to promote job growth in larger companies too. Just need to spend slightly less and have the economy grow a bit and we're golden.
We have to recognise that our growth will rely a lot on the EU. Whilst they are stagnating, it is a lot trickier to grow.
This is interesting, but scaling NoSQL is not exactly hard. Wake me up when someone has a DBaaS that offers an RDBMS with insta-scaling.
The point is that their DB has specific DTrace hooks to instrument various things. You can of course use DTrace to examine almost anything, but examining something that has been designed for DTrace gives you massively more useful data for much less work.
Re: Of course it doesn't need charging.
It's amazing how people who are vehemently opposed to iphones know everything about them.
I dont speak lawyer
7. The method of claim 1, wherein translating the update message into an appropriate format comprises translating from a Latin based language to a double byte type based language.
£100 says that in the code that implements this claim, the word "iconv" is used somewhere.
Each 'jailbreak' is not just a convenient hook to unlock your phone, it is a security hole allowing unmanaged code to run.
Generally speaking, when software maintainers discover such holes, they tend to want to plug them.
You don't have to jailbreak your phone to use it - even how you want. If you want to install apps from outside of the app store, perhaps you don't want an iPhone.
…an English court decides who is a publisher and what is news
Are you surprised, politicians pass laws and judges interpret them, this is the basis of English law.
Re: Foreign multinationals would be affected?
You need a license for everything - license to have internet, license to have VPN, license to have servers connected to the internet... that last one is so hard to get, we use a local partner (which I suspect is entirely the point).
Foreign multinationals would be affected?
Are you sure? In our office in Shanghai, the internet gets tunnelled through a VPN out of the country, completely bypassing the Great Firewall. I'd assume everyone else operates in the same way.
I hope you said "Yes", and went on to send them a detailed 4 page PDF instructing them how the cucumber sandwiches should be made, how much of the crust should be cut off, how to arrange the sandwiches on the doily, and so forth.
Re: Agree totally on the Take-Aways
Actually, most "chinese" takeaways in the UK tend to offer mainly Cantonese food, with a distinct Hong Kong twist, regardless of where they actually come from in China. This is because this is what most British people expect from a "chinese" takeaway, since initially most Chinese immigrants to the UK were from NT/Guangdong.
You usually have to go to a Chinatown to get decent specialist food, eg real Sichuan or Fujian dishes. Just compare and contrast a "Kung Pow Chicken" from your average takeaway with a real "Gong Bao Chicken".
Re: Tested a drivers skill...
I am surprised no one has mentioned children.
I'm not just talking about the ones who let them roam around the backseat instead of strapped in (seen a few in my time).
Think what happens when an child starts kicking the back of your headrest. A dropped mobile can be ignored if you have to give full attention to the road, but not a small child playing whack-a-mole with your noggin.
[In case it's not clear, I'm saying there are a plethora of daily things that we do in cars that can be distracting. We do not need a separate law covering each and every one of them, there is 'Driving without due care and attention' for issues that do not cause major injuries or fatalities, 'Dangerous driving' for those that do, and 'An accident, no action necessary', for Plod/CPS to use his discretion on]
Re: Google are tightening the screws
Google have always cleaned house. They regularly take stock of their projects and websites and when they find one they can say "Wait, virtually no-one uses this shit, it makes us nothing in adverts and we have 100 developers working on it", they shutter it.
Re: This isn't just an IT problem
You can't make someone redundant and then hire someone to do their job - otherwise the job is evidently not redundant.
So much bitchiness
If you read enough 'feedback' from the internet, you'll know by now that Seagate, Toshiba, Samsung¹, Fujitsu², HGST³ and WD (er, is that all of them?) are all rubbish and produce utter rubbish that falls to pieces and they'll never buy another one again.
It's all bollocks. Sometimes, certain skus have below average reliability - it doesn't mean that all skus from that manufacturer also do. It may be time-related - drives from one batch may fail significantly sooner than from another. Disks with consecutive serial numbers often fail in close time periods to each other.
I've had every hard drive manufacturer under the sun, and yes, sometimes disks fail (OMG!). They fail from all manufacturers, they fail at the start of their service run, they fail halfway through, and sometimes they don't fail at all.
However, I have yet to meet a disk that fails silently, or doesn't record the fact that things are getting a bit ropey. Using smartctl to watch and monitor SMART statistics normally tells you very quickly when a drive should be pre-emptively replaced. I buy my disks based solely upon capacity, price and warranty period - brand doesn't enter into it.
tl;dr - disks from all manufacturers fail, if you store important data on disk, you need recovery and contingency plans to preserve your data and keep you working. No-one gives a fuck about a disk failing if everything has been planned out in advance.
¹ Yes, I know it's now owned by Seagate
² Ditto, but Toshiba
³ Ditto, but WD
Re: Loyal Customer
If you're a loyal customer, clicking the ad links is probably costing them money - they probably get charged per click, and you were going to go to the website anyway.
Re: This sounds like quite good progress.
It's Ubuntu, so it would always be a new SDK. Why improve someone else's work when you can write it from scratch and own it outright?
Saw 'Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel' last night. Really quite funny, Chris O'Dowd on form, lots of time travel fun for all, watch till the end of the credits :)
Re: Good choice..
Event Horizon scared me shitless.
Re: SF is not just about "big ideas", it only looks that way...
Yep, I went skitzo when the ending of BSG (The Remake) revealed everything that I thought would be Sci Fi with Sky Fairy. Fucking numpties, I'm still raging about it - 50k humans spend 4 years hurtling through space, hunted by killer robots, they get somewhere nice - extremely low tech, one guy says "We'll destroy all our technology", and the rest of them just nod and go "mmm, yes". There's not one guy going "Wait, you want to do WHAT with my mining ship?"
Re: Just one problem
Whoever took the photo. I guess you are saying all photos of a bus crossing Westminster Bridge in front of Parliament are equivalent - which they are not.
Re: Bloody tired of freetards
I agree with 90% of what you say, but then you ruin it by saying that
Cropping a picture, removing the metadata is theft, simple as that
No. No it isn't. It's not even remotely theft. It's copyright infringement, which (really really) is not theft.
Theft deprives the owner of the use of their property; cropping an image may deprive you of potential income, but you still have use of your property. Demonstrably, this is not theft.
I think the solution is to have a registrar of works. If you create a work, you can submit it to a registrar, who stores that you are the creator. A search function should be provided to allow a user to determine the owner of a picture, or fragment of a picture. If a newspaper/anyone subsequently re-uses an image that is in the registrar, and they did not submit it, they should be liable for punitive fines, based upon the number of views/impressions.
The search function would be tricky, but not impossible. Google is pretty good at matching similar images..
Sublime's multiple cursor feature is completely top. … This is powerful, simple, clever and I have never seen it done quite like this before.
This is simply vim's replace in block. Select a block of text, hit c (for change, duh), make your changes on one line, the changes are reflected on all lines in the selected block.
Re: Uhm... if you have problems with porting from x86 to ARM...
Shit, I have problems porting from x86 to amd64... mainly due to management not being keen on changes that result in no visible change.
Re: The Gnostic Gospels
I think all stuff like that is kept in the Vatican Secret Archive, which I don't think they will digitize. Everything in the Library is available for anyone to read, but stuff in the Secret Archive is only available to accredited researches, and even then only after 75 years after the death of the Pope under whom the material entered the Archive.
Re: Stooring something digitally
If you want something to last a thousand years, probably best to carve it in huge letters on a chunk of hard rock and stick it somewhere it's unlikely to degrade. Best to make the rock absolutely massive, 500-1500 tonnes or so, and also some sort of religious icon so people don't nick it to build stuff.
Valve have shown that DRM on games doesn't need to be intrusive like that. Valve's DRM is easily defeated, and yet they don't have issues with mass piracy, they sell games for reasonable amounts in an easy to use store.
EA just continually try to fuck with you. There is no need for a game like Sim City to offload game logic to a client/server architecture, it's sole purpose is to control people using the game.
Haters be haters.
Re: Dons cynical hat
This is the 3rd or 4th Sim City story I've read on here in the last month. The Reg is plastered with Sim City adverts. You can see how people could put 2+2 together..
Re: @Tom 38
Microsoft do not prevent you from installing other browsers. This is about them "abusing" their position by only having IE installed. A bit like what Apple and Google currently do.
It's not about "installing", its about "bundling". MS abused their monopoly to bundle additional software, destroying the market place for that additional software. Besides which, you continually miss the crucial point that this applies to monopolies. Where is Apple's monopoly? Where is Google's?
My example, as you say, isn't ideal, since MS did not need to wait until someone bought a new 'car' to get the 'MS Satellite Radio', it was simply delivered as an automatic update to all computers. It would be more like MS retro-fitting all cars with the new radio for free, overnight.
This is the point I was trying to make clear to you, but you are being intentionally obtuse/AC shill/who knows.
Re: The next step..
Apple has yet to be "Fined" for its tactics of mandating that its users MUST HAVE AN ITUNES ACCOUNT
Sorry, I missed the part of your post where you pointed out what Apple's monopoly was, and how mandating itunes accounts abuses that monopoly.
Re: @Tom 38 No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices
Yes, continued fines. The end result of that is either bankruptcy, MS abandoning the EU as a market, settlement, or breakup of the company. All of those options lead to the end of their abuse of monopoly.
Re: If Microsoft.....
If Microsoft made cars would you chastise them for using their own gearbox rather than a Renault?
If Microsoft made ready meals would there be anger that the smaller farms don't get to sell them their produce?
If Microsoft was cow would we complain that it's didn't produce yoghurt instead of milk?
If Microsoft flew business class would we expect it to upgrade all the customers to first class?
If you weren't a moron, would I still be replying?
Your analogy is utter shite. A better analogy would be:
Microsoft make cars.
The only cars you can buy are Microsoft cars.
Someone invents satellite radio.
Microsoft bundle their own satellite radio in all cars, destroying the satellite radio market.
To understand this case, you really need to understand what "monopolistic abuse" is.
If I was a lawyer I would be trying to level the playing field by having internet explorer installed on chromebooks and on Macs
Are you saying Apple have a monopoly on PCs, or Google on laptops? Are you brain damaged?
MS used to make a version of IE for macs, it was horrifically buggy, incompatible even with the (semi) equivalent windows version. Bringing it back would be akin to a war crime to web developers.
Re: No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices
I'm sure this has been explained before, but some people still (wilfully?) misconstrue this.
MS have a monopoly on operating systems for PCs.
MS abused this monopoly to ensure their browser became dominant on PCs.
MS and the EU negotiated a settlement. They were allowed to keep their monopolistic position in PC operating systems, in exchange for providing a browser choice screen.
MS accidentally or deliberately breached their agreement, and reverted to abusing their monopoly for 18 months.
Neither Apple nor Google have a monopoly on operating systems for phones.
Since there is no monopoly, you have a choice of what browser and OS combo you desire.
The original fine was for abusing a monopoly. This fine is for not following to their agreement.
RM - Research Machines... a long term
supplier tofleecer of the educational sector (at least the school part)
Re: Good to know all that aid money is not being wasted, eh?
You forget that the aid also encourages commercial and personal links between India and the UK. Being on good terms with one of this century's superpowers seems wise.
Plus, there is a lot of poverty in India. The aid does do good.
Re: I see some potential in this...
You've missed the more obvious issue, the rozzers will be talking to your car, not the other way round.
No need for flashing lights, just the the ping of "MAIN ENGINE SWITCH OFF", and your now parked on the hard shoulder.
Will make police chases slightly less interesting.
Re: How to judge Win 8 popularity
So many people deliberately won't learn how to use the bloody Ribbon so they can complain it's too difficult
No, like me, they have progressed beyond living their life in Office suites. As a result, if you change the interface for no reason other than to spruce it up in order to sell new licences, then you can no longer expect these people to be au fait with your new interface.
Before, even if you don't use Office, it was easy enough to support newbie office users, since the interface is so straightforward. I've not used Word since Word 97, but can still guide someone around adding a graph or a table in Word 2003, but in Word 2007, not a scooby.
From your POV, this is my fault for not wanting to rush out and buy a copy of Windows and Office 2007. Yeah...
Costs over a grand and has shittier cameras than the original iphone.
Re: Yep. Lennart Poettering put it best...
The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. Eg. "The author of PulseAudio bitching about other people reinventing the wheel"
Re: Slow learner
Seems like he was smart enough to not get caught this time. We're only hearing about it because the guy they blamed for insists he isn't.
Re: @John Smith 19
The problem is that this doesn't happen. If you increase the cost of alcohol so that certain sections of society do not spend 50% of their income on booze, then they will either buy illegal or bootleg alcohol (which already happens), or they will forego other things, like food, clothes for their kids, and so on. They don't start drinking less.
The additional duty should be applied at point of manufacture or import. This simply makes it more expensive for merchants to sell, the only people seeing anything from an increase should be the government. If anything, merchants would actually be taking smaller margins on alcohol.
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