273 posts • joined Friday 4th September 2009 08:32 GMT
HOW DARE YOU!
...so we've not been able to test the app to see if it meets the Speccy's notoriously finicky audio ingestion requirements.
RIGHT! You and me, on the playground, by the history block at lunch-time. You're 'AVING it mate!
Finiky audio ingestion requirements! Pah! The old Speccy was a BREEZE to load tapes on compared to the Vic20 and the C64! Pah! Don't get me started! (It was also easy to copy the tapes with my Dad's Amstrad tape-to-tape deck, not so the C64 tapes with their crappy turbo loaders (cos the built in loader was so shit!))
Ohhhh.... I get it.... You're an ORIC owner, aren't you!
Naaa na na naaaa na!!! Simon owns an Oric! Simon owns an Oric!
See you at playtime, pleb!
The "aim is to produce a completely open sourced hardware switch, as well as being OS agnostic, where we can get full access to the firmware, and fill it full of backdoors, known only to facebook, so that we can snoop the entire planet's data." Frankovsky told us. With the switch, the OCP hopes to "break the current appliance model. Most switches today have a tightly integrated software solutions which are a total bitch to add back-doors to."
There. Fixed it for you. No charge.
Microsoft have a problem
They have reached a point where Windows, in particular V7 (and one could argue XP) are simply "really very good" and as such as are likely to become a victim (in the future) of thier own success.
The fact is, that as a general purpose OS, windows 7 (and even XP - heck even Win2000 was really nice) is really really good, and, because of that, there's little incentive to use anything else.
If Microsoft's "market" for new editions of Windows is through hardware sales (new PCs, laptops etc with Windows pre-installed) then they are also going to be a victim of that too. Modern PCs and laptops are *really* good these days, and again, there's little incentive to upgrade until they physically break down.
Lastly, just how much can you really change Windows and make it 'better'? I think it's naturally reached a point where you can't really innovate it that much anymore. Anything else is just bling. The one thing they *could* do is change the filesystem (like they were going to do with Longhorn, remember that?) to a database. The idea was that things like folders and file paths would become meaningless; you could just "query" the file system whith an SQL like syntax and get the files you need. Physical location would be irrelevant. But they never delivered on that on. I'm still waiting after all these years.
The argument doesn't really apply, IMHO. Yes, you can now do this on a laptop, but you still need an appreciation of what sounds good, and a basic musical ability (for example, knowing what major, minor, 7th, major 7th etc. chords are, knowint the I IV V and VI of a particular key, etc).
I mean think about it: The guys who built their own synths in the early 70's with analogue components and wire-wrapped boards were probably watching Ultravox and The Human League in 1983 with their Emulator MK 1's and DX7's etc and going "Meh... These kids... Where's the talent?"
The guys that put Kraftwerk together were probably watching Vince Clark with his Emulator II and going "Meh... back in my day we did this with a soldering iron..."
Vince Clark would have watch Guy Fletcher or Alan Clark or Peter Gabriel or Michael Jackson with their 1 million dollar (and more) Synclaviers and gone "Meh... Samplers... Where's the talent?"
It's nonsense. It still needs *talent* to make anything sound good. It's just a lot more accessible these days, that's all.
Won't be doing business with them, then.
There's no such thing as a repatriation tax, so why would they have to pay another tax on profits they have already paid taxes on, just to wire it somewhere else?
I can wire the profits from my business in Kazakhstan anywhere in the world for no penalties whatsoever, as long as the due taxes have been paid. Okay, I'll take a hit on the exchange rate, but that's it.
They shouldn't have fricking TIME to post on Twatter or whatever. They shouldn't be able to afford it. They should be out looking for a freaking JOB.
"and 28.4 per cent voiced the opinion that it would make their electricity bill cheaper."
Meaning that 71.6% thought it would result in a higher bill.
If the current PC market is hurting Dell, think what it must be doing to Intel. Those multi-billion dollar fabs don't pay for themselves very quickly. They need to be kept *very* busy to make them pay.
ARM must be pissing themselves laughing.
How about a £20 DIY Forth based computer? It's selling like hot cakes in Uni's and schools. They like the simplicity of the Forth programming language:
"FIGnition Rève is the definitive £20 educational DIY computer! It works like an 8-bit home Micro: outputting to composite video and ready to be interactively programmed from the moment you switch it on. The Rève now has bitmapped graphics; sound and audio saving/loading as well as 8Kb of RAM; 384Kb of storage; an 8-key keypad and runs a variant of FIG-Forth. It uses USB for power; firmware upgrades and program downloads."
Full disclosure: I have no affiliation with the above mentioned device, other than thinking it's ace.
I'm thinking they were planning to move to Hong Kong/China all along and just crashed it on purpose.
I wouldn't worry too much...
...all the owners will end up in hospital by:
1) Walking into lamp-posts
2) Tripping up/down kerbs
3) Walking into fountains
4) Walking under a bus
5) Saying "Hey, check out my Google glasses" and being punched in the face.
"The kernel is now 1.53 million lines bigger than it was a year ago."
You say that like it's a *good* thing. :-(
'IRS Office of Chief Counsel stated that "4th Amendment Does Not Protect Emails Stored on Server"
Really? Well... What's good for the goose is good for the gander...
Re: hang on a second......
Totally agree with NaughtyHorse, have a +1
I got bitten quite badly by a combination of Twitter and YouTube. I (rather nieavely) linked my Twitter account to my YouTube account. I had opened the Twitter account as an announcement portal for some software that I developed and maintain, so it had a few subscribers. I got embroiled in a flame-war on YouTube about what a cock-end the POTUS is, and another (pointless) debate about who is better: Eric Clapton or Gary Moore. I didn't realise until I logged in to my Twitter account some weeks later that every comment I had made on YouTube had been tweeted to my 'audience'. I closed the account there and then.
Totally my fault, but it served as a good lesson for me.
They'd have to pay me a lot more than $80 a month to watch American TV. Or British TV come to think of it.
There are some nice things on TV, but my tastes (I like educational, or documentary type programmes with a political bent) are so far from the mainstream that YouTube is a better medium for me.
Pull TV will always be preferable to push TV. Push TV is dead.
Is it me?
I'm not seeing it? Where's the fakery? I'm not being facitious - I'm genuinely not seeing it. Could someone please spell it out for me. Sorry for being so slwo :-(
No need to upgrade your machine
Just upgrade the hard disk. I recently upgraded my 5 year old Toshiba Tecra (which only has a lowly 4GM of RAM - maxed out) with an 128GM SSD drive. The difference is like night and day. Absolutely incredible.
Why do we need a faster processor for a business machine? The slow part is the part between the chair and the keyboard ;-) Modern processors are plenty fast enough for most spreadsheet/word processor use.
From what I can gather it looks like they called in the administrators far far too late. I guess that's natural, though. Nobody will admit the game is up until the s**t really has hit the rotary convector. That's a shame, because had they placed themselves into voluntary administration 12 or 6 months earlier they could have possibly come out of it on the other side, leaner, smaller, and with a debt re-structuring plan in place. I'm sure there would still have been layoff, that's the nature of administration, unfortunately, but it would have been better than the thermo-nuclear option.
Sounds very similar in principle to Thorium reactors, which are also molten salt reactors, use a frozen salt plug, and are walk-away safe. The main difference here seems to be that this design can take 'spent' nuclear waste and use it as fuel, which is a great idea.
If anyone is so inclined, there is a fantastic lecture on 'the Tube' about Thorium reactors, and why they are so great. Here's the link:
It's worth sticking with all the way through, if you can.
One may be wondering, "if Thorium is so great, why aren't we using Thorium reactors now?". The simple answer is, Governments want nuclear power plants not for the electricity, which is a useful by-product, but for the "waste" products, which are used in nuclear weapons.
To be fair, that's not so much the case any more, but it *definately* was in the 50's. Windscale was built for the express purpose of fueling the UKs nuclear weapons race with America. Surely the 'race' was with Russia, you say? No. It was with America. That Windscale produced electricity was simply a means of selling it to the public, and justification for the expenditure using tax-payers money.
All went swimmingly. Until it melted down! (Which was human error, shaving down the cores to make them thinner, so that they got hotter, and produced a stronger reaction. Un-seen hot-spots in the reactor caused them to melt.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ4vtUzG6sQ (please forgive the scaremongering title, I picked this particular version on YT since the documentary is presented in a single 1:27:00 long video).
Windscale is now known as Sellafield.
A good weekend to all.
Does 'El Reg pay by the paragraph?
I was told that you start a new paragraph when you *change the subject*. You do not start a new paragraph with each *sentence*. Perphaps the author is also a BBC website new journalist. I gave up. Un-readable. Please re-format this annoying juvenline verbiage and re-submit.
And anyway, everyone knows it's Notepad++ or nothing.
@ esteemed 'Reg Hack...
From the page you cite:
No less than 1,773 of you voted for "Metric only, with the exception of pints of beer and aircraft altitude in feet".
So there :-)
Since this is a British website, catering to a (mostly) British audience, do you think we could *please* have imperial units of measurement?
"Keith’s research has shown that the generating capacity of very large wind power installations (larger than 100 square kilometers) may peak at between 0.5 and 1 watts per square meter."
So his estimate varies by +-100%. That's not really telling us very much is it?
...The Home Office currently funds the BBC World Service. It's the UK Government's propaganda arm.
They look alright to me...
I like the look of 4,5 and 12.
Paeans of praise should be limited to 50 words or less, with a limit of five pictures and 15 seconds of video, and should be posted on Google+ or Twitter with the hashtag #ifihadglass.
Pah! I'd rather slit my own throat!
Re: Good job on the title...
Slow day at work, eh? Ah well, I +1'd you anyway :-)
You hear that?
That's the sound of patents being filed :-)
"The latter is such a problem that a company like Awesense is now offering to trace thefts for free, in exchange for a cut of the saved revenue."
That's not free, then. Is it?
Additionally, that particular business model means they are *dependant* on electricity being stolen in order to make money. Hardly a good incentive to fix the theft problem. More of an incentive to 'invent' a few thieves (paid with cash back-handers) of their own.
Is it me?
All empires eventuall fail...
Apple are on the down-slope. Samsung are on the up-slope. Just recently got a Samsung S3 'phone. What a machine. Even the Apple fan in my office was blown away by it. Now that St. Jobs has passed (RIP) it's down down down for Apple. Sure it'll take a while, but I think Jobs was a one-off, and Apple needed him.
Re: Bad news
However, if you happen to be a shareholder then you'd be delighted...
It sounds like they called in the administrators far far far too late... By the time they _were_ called, there was nothing worth saving...
Greenacres County Primary School, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, 1980.
I know 'cause I was there. I bought an Evil Kneivel bike with the little red windy-upy thing.
The tables were laid out EXACTLY the same. Miss Jones, our head-mistress would be rolling in her grave (RIP).
" it also offers a friendly suggestion that devs make sure to tweak their websites to work the Microsoft Way™ – including replacing Flash with HTML5, making sure pages are touch-friendly, and adding Windows 8 Start Screen tiles to sites so they're easier to navigate to from Microsoft's latest OS."
Yeah. Good luck with that.
"You can tell everybody to get out of their trucks (TCP) and get on motorbikes (the new thing) congestion isn't as bad, no need for the traffic lights at every junction, and no expensive lanes being added."
Yes, but now you need 100 motorbikes to deliver the goods that would previously only require one truck.
How do Google know that the data is reliable? How does it know that the data was supplied by citizens, and not a room full of North Korean intelligence operatives?
How does it know that it was even *North* Koreans submitting the information? If you were a North Korean, that was lucky enough to receive dispensation from the NK governement to even *have* an internet connection (you can't phone your ISP and ask them to pop 'round and connect you up) do you think they'd risk their lives, and that of their family by performing "spying" duties for foriegn countries?
I call balls on this one.
...make an entry in your hosts file:
Problem solved. Worked for me for years. I use startpage.com for all my searches, as it doesn't track you, and even includes an online proxy for viewing those slightly dodgy pages via a proxy.
Anyone remember Ability Plus?
That was a *great* bit of software. Spreadsheet, database, word processor, and comms all in a single executable, with a really good file-manager screen thrown in.
The spreadsheet, database, and word processor were all properly integrated. For example, you could write a document in the word processor, and include fields/columns/rows from a spreadsheet, and tables/queries from the database. If you changed the data in your spreadsheet, or your database, the word document changed. It was all live and real-time. All in DOS.
What a great bit of software that was. I really liked it!
From the EU report:
"Recommendation: In order to build up cadres of professional journalists competent to operate in
a rapidly changing media landscape, or to offer them the possibility to do investigative
journalism, journalistic fellowships should be offered to both entry-level and and mid-career
candidates who could take leave from their media organisations. Universities and research
centres should set up positions for journalists in residence under such fellowships ***to be funded
by the EU***. The selection of the journalists would be done by the academic and scientific
institutions themselves. The fellowships would be particularly valuable for investigative
journalism, or for training journalists to mediate between complex subjects such as science,
technology, finance or medicine and the wider public.
So, the EU want to send journalists to an EU funded "journalism school". With the candidates selected by the (left wing communist) universities themselves.
They just come right out and say it now, don't they?
"Ah! Welcome, comrade to your first day of thought-re-alignment and EU indoctrination."
"Eh? I thought this was a journalism course?"
"Yes, it is. Come in. Sit down. Make yourself comfortable. Mwhua ha ha ha ha ha ha ha"
The Atari brand is poisionous now IMHO - it's been struggling along for years and is somewhat synonomous with failure.
A shame. Many many happy hours slugging over a toasty warm 800XL.
Who's writing all this "minutes old" malware?
Could it be the AV companies themselves?
Re: Search for which movies or music your friends liked!
...because you're too much of a retard to, you know, *ask them* which movies or music they liked!
Re: What I want to know is
Exactly what I was thinking.