127 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009
New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.
So folks, the time has come for me to get a new laptop. My 2009 13" MBP is, while still reasonably operable, feeling the weight of its years and I have a nice job which enables me to afford shiny new gear. However, I am not a fanboi and so I am considering the possibility that non-fruity machines may suit my needs. I would like to hear your opinions (please keep the fighting below 110 decibels).
- It will be used primarily for leisure, mostly web browsing, netflix, music. Gaming is done on my desktop.
- I also write some code - mainly python and bash, and it would be useful to be able to run a VM or two.
- I value reliability, performance and build quality
- I have experienced the magic that is flash storage, and it is good.
- Reasonably portable. 15" machines would only be acceptable if comparatively light.
- I am exceptionally attached to the quality of the trackpad and useful related features like hot corners. I haven't yet encountered another manufacturer's offering that compares, though the HP elitebook is pretty nice.
- I am not opposed to Linux per se, but I run a home lab with several penguin-flavoured VMs which fulfill my need for the power and versatility; comfort is more important for this system.
- Currently considering things around the £1,000 to £1,200 mark. Higher would be possible but I would have to wait another month or so.
- I am currently working in Belgium so availability there is preferred. If there was a good offer in the UK I could ship it to family and collect when I visited, however.
Re: noun too
Invite has two syllables. The trailing e is silent and does not constitute, or contribute to, a third syllable.
I misread this as "such as froze the Thames for several decades each winter"
Winter is coming.
Re: Hey, original city names are tough...
Practically everything in the UK is named for its location or what it is, it's just that the language changed so it's not as obvious anymore.
Cambridge - bridge over the Cam.
Brentford - see above.
Anything ending "chester" - Roman town. Worcester - concatenation of Weogara, the local tribe, and chester.
Durham - modern form of Dunholm; Dun = hill, Holm = island or prominence in sea or river. Durham is built on a hill surrounded on 3 sides by a loop in the river.
The ending "ton" means town. Boston, Brighton, Luton, Southampton.
TL:DR - we've been using naming linked to local features for two thousand years and more. Let it be.
Re: 10 years
Alternative theory: the big oil companies see which way the wind is blowing and have a bidding war over the fusion startups. I think it's unlikely they will just fall over no matter how much that would be emotionally satisfying for us not-obscenely-rich people.
In future please give warnings on Daily Fail links? Now I have to scrub my browser history with bleach.
Physicists in general, obviously. This is just the electrical version of a physicist predicting the outcome of the Royal Ascot - provided that the horses are all perfectly spherical, perfectly elastic, and moving in a vacuum.
Technically, R2-D2 is an autonomous combat support system whereas Johnny 5 (prior to self modification) is a true combat robot because he comes with offensive weaponry.
Mind you, the Vogons come with offensive weaponry too, but in the other meaning of the word.
I've decided to stop downvoting Jake, no matter what he says, he's just an attention whore. Posting this in the hope that others will follow suit.
As for BOFH, absolutely right. When people realise that you can do something they want, you'll never get any sleep.
Re: Nubile young women lusting...
Just a suggestion... add it. Other publications do. You could feature "Tech babe of the week", who works in IT and has a nice (server) rack. Include photos and a short bio.
I would call you a dinosaur, but dinosaurs are cool. Go back to The Sun and stop alienating our female commentard fellows.
As for the OP, I work weekends, and it can be very dull. Thumbs up for making it slightly less so for me!
Re: So how do current versions get installed?
From a network security analyst's perspective, an infection event only has to get past the equipment and notice of an analyst one time. Updates have to evade detections every time they are run. Hiding update activity makes it harder for people like me to pick up on the few that slip through the AV net.
"We hope to break the mold of unconditional trust in a platform. Users should question the tools they use, they should go even further to understand the underlying mechanisms that interlock to grant them security,"
That's absurd. Users don't have time to learn the kind of in-depth computing knowledge required to understand security properly, that's why we have security professionals. If your builder or estate agent put in the time required to learn that degree of detail, you wouldn't have a car or a house.
Re: "There's no evidence that any of these attacks actually occurred."
Remember that places of this size will have IDS/IPS, reverse proxy and web app firewall logs which would most likely detect such activity. The logs that theoretical attackers may have had access to would not have been the only means of verifying an attack.
These silly earthlings...
I thought that conservatives were supposed to want smaller government, not more intrusion? Oh, less oversight of their increased power counts as smaller government? Well, colour me surprised.
Re: Can't we all just...
Two downvotes? Maybe they'll learn someday. Have an up, my friend. This was one of the most sensible and reasonable posts I've seen in ages.
Re: Use spotify myself
The offence is the act of watching something as it is being broadcast, not the ability to do so.
Re: Been there with my own Dad.
No she wasn't browsing Pron sites, she is 92 for heavens sake.
I used to work for Apple tech support. Please believe me when I say that you should never assume this.
Beer because I need more alcohol as a buffer between me and those memories.
Perhaps they were referring to the in-ear earphones of the type sold with iPods? They all have a fine mesh metal grille over the speaker.
Re: An AK 47
That's taking the rock, paper, scissors concept a little far don't you think?
Kudos on the Queen reference, sub-ed. I know you have to do something to stave off the boredom of YASS.
 Yet Another Storage Story
On the other hand, when you need something from them, it's not such a terrible idea. I fix my neighbour's computer problems (they're relatively simple ones) and she agrees to look after my cats while I'm away. She also invites me round for tea while the footie's on and makes sarcastic comments about the players when they cock up. Winner all round.
If anyone is interested in the topic, I can HIGHLY recommend the book "The Most Human Human". Fascinating book, well written and really enlightening. And Jonathan Richards 1 is absolutely right, language-based jokes are highly effective at identifying humans. Want to convince an expert on the other side of a computer screen that you're flesh and blood? Make up a pun based on something he said.
Also, celebrity judges? Not exactly lifting my opinion of celebrities here if the example output is anything to go by.
Re: What is that? A linux computer for ants?
Why am I the first person to upvote this? Maybe the others are all kids who can't read good.
Did anyone else think the music was just a bit silly and overdone? I thought I'd somehow started up Medieval II: Total War.
Re: Hyon Song-wol is ...
Or maybe pining for the fjords?
Re: Maybe not all.
I see your problem - Bourne to Spalding is the wrong direction. If you were sane you would be travelling AWAY from the smell of rotting cabbages.
(lived in Spalding for 12 years)
The most beneficial educational use of this thread...
...is not for its points on drug use by our blue in the face boors above, but in the comprehensive examples of fallacious arguments that any law or philosophy professor would be proud of. I take my hat off to both of you, a fine presentation.
Secunia only rates the vulnerability as 9 out of 10 because the bug does not give rise to a remote code execution vulnerability.
So because it's a two step process - steal the admin's login credentials first - it's only moderately critical? Good to know.
Re: Which cliche works here....
> Then again, with Google one has to ask where exactly is that home country?
Of course, it's the country where their overall profits are directed to and taxed.
So that would be... uh...
Little help here?
Re: This is one of those occasions
Samsung and Apple have been singing from the same hymn sheet for a long time.
It's just that the hymn in question is titled "My patent is bigger than your patent", and the accompanying music is played on particularly esoteric instruments such as the Six-Barrel Rotary Lawyer Cannon.
Obligatory snobbish comment
If someone is using IE, what's the likelihood they would think of installing an extension like this anyway?
Yeah, I've heard of quantum teleportation before but I'm pretty sure they specifically said it couldn't be used to transmit information. Where's the author getting this from?
I'm more gullible than most posters here apparently - you had me on the hook right up until Steve Jobs' approval of "robotic justice".
$50 for a user's data being profitable? Unlikely.
Given the admin involved, even if the actual work of copying the data only takes 5 minutes, Microsoft won't be making much of a profit on that. At $200 maybe, but I still doubt they're making much and definitely not hand over fist. I know every opportunity to bash on Redmond can't be passed up but at least choose situations where doing so is reasonable. There are plenty of them out there.
What happens in 2019
... that means the commercial spaceflight budget drops by 550m / 75%? Seems a bit odd to me.
"Fritsch doesn't come at the question from an SDN perspective: his piece considers a multi-tier application whose different components have differing security requirements, but his thoughts"
I don't expect articles posted late at night to be fully checked and edited, but could you at least finish sentences?
Otherwise, definitely good food for thought.
If a SYN flood does the job, why bother revealing what your true capabilities are for one lousy IRC server?
Not that I'm saying what they did was right or anything.
Not bad but isn't 1000 a bit of an understatement? It was commonplace in classical Greece 2500-3000 years ago...
Of course he has, but is it really surprising that the new head of the NSA is an expert at doublethink?
It's a little known fact that Archimedes' famous quote was mistranslated, and actually reads "Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I will take a cosmic selfie."
Re: Here's the problem
NSA --> Lawful - Evil
No, NSA -> Lawful Neutral.
Lawyers are lawful evil.
Re: Would it be too much...
"The people on the bank notes are those who have made a significant contribution to the country/society. Check the obituary column in any paper for the last few months and see the proportion of men and women they report, then consider how the gender balance of notable people was 50 years ago when the youngest person to appear on a banknote died. Or you could look at the BBC's "100 greatest Britons" survey where the public chose only 13 women and 87 men."
Do you know WHY there's such a disparity? It's not because there were so many less great women. It's because the people who write the history books have consistently undervalued, misattributed or in the worst cases, constructively obscured the contributions of women. Take for example Rosalind Franklin whose work provided the evidence for the structure of DNA. Watson and Crick's contributions, while not insignificant, could not have been achieved without her, and yet they are credited with "discovering" it. There are plenty more of these out there and if you give a damn about self improvement you'll find out about them and stop peddling this crap.
"The main difference between abuse of men and abuse of women is that people care about it when it happens to women."
Utter, utter bull. Let's just use some figures here shall we? In 2011/12, 1.2m women reported experiencing domestic abuse compared to 0.8m men. (Office of National Statistics)
The intensity and severity of violence is more extreme when the perpetrator is male. (Hester, M., 2010)
ONE THIRD of female homicides are linked to domestic violence. (Department of Health, 2005; Home Office, 1999; Coleman and Osborne, 2010)
People care about it because it's more likely to happen to women (the degree of difference is debatable but all the major studies agree on this), men are more likely to do cause serious physical and mental harm, and women are FAR more likely to die as a result.
I totally would have agreed with you if you'd said "domestic abuse against men isn't taken seriously enough", but the implication that it's a bigger problem than abuse against women is frankly absurd.
You question that NASA put men on the moon but think that China putting a rover there is something that can be relied upon as true? If you're going to have absurd doubts about nation states' lunar achievements, at least be consistent.
Dr Malfait said that overpressure in the magma chamber would cause the ground above to rise "hundreds of metres" in advance of the eruption proper. Now I'm no geologist, but that kind of change in topology would hint to me that something funny was going on. Of course, I'm sure there's some sound journalistic reason for your having said there would be "no warning" in spite of the above.
Source: BBC News
Re: Surely most of these are Trolls?
"If the applicants are all politicians, estate agents and traffic wardens, I'd give a donation to get them to Mars."
The complement actually consists of hairdressers, TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, management consultants and telephone sanitisers.
I've had to return stuff to eBuyer, and they've not given me any trouble - I returned a case because they sent me the wrong model, and some RAM that was faulty. All they did was check that I'd done the troubleshooting on the RAM to ensure it was definitely that which was at fault.
Mind you, that was years ago, so it could have changed in that time.
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