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There have been dozens of theories of autism and autistic spectrum and I don't believe any of them, including Simon Baron-Cohen's (no, this is his cousin - true) "extreme male brain", and my own, which is that Asperger's is autism plus sufficiently high intelligence to notice problems and try to make up for them. Whoever says that they know what it is - they don't. But both this screening test and a psychie evaluation say that I'm a right old aspie. Close to top score. And experience agrees. So if you want to know... read the disclaimer.
@JDX "Windows Store App" means any Metro program.
Metro is now called Windows Store. If you buy an app, too, it's a Windows Store App every time you run it. And the software that comes with Windows 8 is Windows Store Apps. And nobody likes -any- of it.
Re: Go into regedit and search for "Display1_DownScalingSupported"
If that works, it's extremely useful. On my little Fizzbook Spin, there is no clue that that could happen. Thank you! And, Microsoft, you're morons! Do you just want me to buy a new PC... oh. Oh, I see.
One catch... I've used PCs that implemented display scaling in hardware, I think. Samsung Q1 specifically. Maybe it depends on the PC having that capability.
By the way, my Spin - the first of two models issued, I think - also gets confused about touch if I rotate the Windows 8 display orientation to portrait. Touches on the screen behave as though the screen image is landscape, so -this- corner becomes -that- corner. So, any more ideas...?
Re: another way to fix the contactless card?
Well, you probably want to keep the chip-and-PIN feature of the payment card, so, better not kill that chip. So the microwave is out. You can use a magnetic eraser on the brown strip, though. If that isn't there then it can't be stolen. And there's probably some other way besides mechanically abusing the card (which was described above) to kill the NFC component.
Perhaps you also can choose to have the NFC card always insist on a PIN for each transaction.
I suppose the idea is to be like the Queen of the United Kingdom, you don't carry money and when you want a thing, such as a newspaper, somebody just gives it to you. But really it's debited from your card.
Re: unique business process humiliation experience?
Read the small print. When you buy business software now, including Microsoft's, you're liable to be agreeing to a condition that you won't publish a benchmark, or anything that can be construed as a benchmark, without the software publisher's approval. That means every customer, although maybe not reviewers who get a loaner copy - you'd have to ask The Reg'. So, hypothetically, I could tell you that Xxxxxxx Xxx Xxxxxxxxxxxx is a stinker business software product that you shouldn't touch but I'd be breaching the licence terms. And that hypothetical licence cost us a hypothetical £xxxxxx, so I'm not about to do that. That's just how it hypothetically is. Would be. Whichever.
Re: Love is not a malfunction!
You know what else is shocking? "Animal Crossing". Explanation not required, I'm sure.
Re: The one basic attribute ...
The question apparently isn't whether a contractor over 40 - or whatever number you pick - can do the job and earn their pay, but whether the company that's paying, or the recruitment agent, will give them the opportunity. This seems to be a domain where discrimination on age, sex, race, whatever, isn't prohibited at all - as it would be in the case of employment - and if that means that you're unfairly rejected, it's just too bad. It also means that your decision to turn contractor has to include this issue: the money you can expect to get depends on your age, negatively, as well as your skills.
I don't think we established whether there are thousands of greying and bald burned-out contractors in the market who really should be ignored in the name of efficient selecting, and too bad for the small handful who actually are still worth seeing. It's fun to read about the dynamic, young, pretty, plausible, and useless contractors that you may meet in your career, or may have to clean up after.
Re: I'm confused
I think that in practice, release 7u40 would be, let's say, less guaranteed to be compatible with software written for 7u20. But I'm not fully informed on this. Another factor is that release 7u40 has an issue date planned well in advance - enterprise customers apparently like that - and, putting the two factors together, there's probably a beta release of 7u40 that you can try out ahead of the actual release, to test whether you're going to have problems with it and your software. Alternatively, you could just do that testing after 7u40 is released and before you install it on your live servers and desktops - but it's likely that 7u40 will be released as a security bug fix release, too, and so you won't want to delay installing it.
Does landing unexpectedly in downtown New York count as having your life saved? It's scary there. You could stray into Wall Street and lose every penny you've got.
Stargate SG-1 repeats are running currently. The Goa'uld get first pick from the dressing-up box, yes, but sometimes they pick real good. And the heroes from Earth are usually in camouflage wear, but once in a while they put Amanda Tapping in a nice frock, and God saw that it was good. Currently it"s the episodes where Daniel Jackson is transcended and keeps showing up in a white woolen sweater and without his spectacles, which is probably making somebody happy.
I download the small downloader-installer and then make a copy of it, and run the copy. So far, it isn't smart enough to find and delete both copies of itself.
I g et prompted each time with a dialog to control Flash's auto-update behaviour that always changes my previous choice of "Never" back to "Annoying". Oh, so now you -want- to update Flash after all, Robert? Well, here's how you -should- do it. I -think- it doesn't auto-set to silent download at any time, which would be "Outrageous". Anyway, it didn't really seem to work before, it only popped up a "Download the new Flash" dialog box when I rebooted - by which time I'd probably already done it.
On most of my own PCs, I install Flash for Internet Explorer (ActiveX), then mostly never use Internet Explorer.
We can't all live by scavenging - and we can't all wear second-hand clothes; there won't be second-hand clothes if no one's buying new.
And we can't all supplement our income by doing next door's washing - as probably somebody famous described most serious or partly serious attempts to devise a real economic utopia on paper.
Re: Nicked from an old edition of the Glasgow Herald joke column*, not necessarily true
...having read further, I suppose translations may be required.
"Word reaches us of a squaddie from Kilbirnie in Ayrshire whose
regiment was involved in the push towards Basra in the Iraqi war. En
route they were waved down by an Iraqi lad looking for food and water.
The unit gave him what they could spare, but he still made signs that he
wanted more water for his family. So the Ayrshire corporal scribbled him
a large printed sign to hold up to the next unit that came along.
Which is why the following crew found a lone Arab boy in the middle of
the desert waving a placard which read: "Gie's yer water, ya bawbags."
Nicked from an old edition of the Glasgow Herald joke column*, not necessarily true
Dr Gage, the Kilwinning doctor in the latter half of last century, happened to be called to the local poor house where one old lady complained about the quality of the soup. "It's no' biled right. Try this," she said, producing from her pocket a pea. The doctor duly popped it into his mouth and agreed that it was rock hard. "Weel doactor, that's exactly how it came through me this morning." The lady informed him.
*Found previously nicked at http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/lofiversion/index.php/t68-100.html
Re: 3.3% AFTER this price rise
says (at the moment) that the RPI inflation annual figure was 3.2% for February and 3.3% for March.
The complaint, as I understand it, is that at the time of the price rise announcement, the latest RPI figure was 3.2%, the February figure.
I can see an argument that if the price increased by 3.3% is announced but not actually charged until the RPI is out at 3.3% then T-Mobile haven't breached these contracts.
I wouldn't have done it that way, though.
It was different when technological advances meant that telecommunications services were actually getting cheaper and cheaper. But that isn't the business model any more. Now, the basic business of moving data around from place to place, including across the planet, is too cheap to meter for individual customers - with the obvious exception of wholesale video piracy enthusiasts, and I'd say a slightly less obvious exception of people watching BBC TV online (including HD admittedly) who are not necessarily asked to pay, but the BBC has been. I think they said "no".
Nope, you're paying for a telephone call packaged into a handset, or for a text message likewise, not for the volume of data - just the packaging.
You can use Skype to talk internationally pretty much for free though - and so these contracts either disallow Skype, or charge for it.
So it's not going to get cheaper any more.
I'm earning good money, but I don't have time to play any games.
I wonder if anyone's tried releasing software without DRM lockout but with a moderately well protected notice that says "This software is licensed to Mr Robert Carnegie from Boston" or whoever has bought it. Then people aren't actually stopped from playing copies - and pirates don't make any money from it themselves - but you are pricked into buying the legitimate edition.
I suppose that the enthusiast cracker would still want to take the licensed owner name off it or change it, without thinking about the pointless wrongness of doing so.
It occurs to me also that the Netscape Navigator web browser was released as evaluation software with an unlimited period of use before paying for it, so hardly anybody did. This seems to have been really regarded as a joke, although you'd hope that some people really would feel that once they'd satisfied themselves that the software worked satisfactorily, they would pay. As it turned out: not many.
Why spend the money?
You can be despised by one or more women on the subway for a probably subsidised fare, just for trying to talk to them. Way cheaper.
Re: pretending she’s a nurse?
Uniform and caring profession fetish aside, nurses are said to be unanxious about the human body. Or, to put it another way, they're dirty. They also work hard and don't have a lot of free time so the romance is liable to be speeded up. With all of that in mind, good luck and don't do anything I wouldn't do.
Not even really a nurse
Still worth it if she wears the uniform.
Well, not really. I don't think this quite deserves the "Joke Alert" icon, but I am joking - I think.
I also should clarify that I mean the nurse uniform, not the Star Trek uniform that someone mentioned.
If she wears the 1960s Star Trek female uniform - that IS worth it. Am I right, guys?
Nope, I think we found a way to derail the Japanese economic miracle. I'm not sure what it was but it worked pretty well. Probably we supplied them with carefully doctored economics textbooks.
Except that that would be prostitution and doesn't happen anyway (unless the lady misunderstood when the proposition was explained to her).
As Ms. Dynamite explained in another case "I looked it up and that would make me a ho'."
I'm not sure where you look it up. There's probably a book called something like "Don't be a ho'." Or, ask your mother. (But this won't work if your mother thinks you are already a ho', which she may.)
Re: Automatic tills?
I'm not sure, but I had trouble using them at first, depending on the store - they all do basically the same thing, but differently and not as well. I think the early Sainsbury model in particular defeated me when I tried to use the "Brought my own shopping bag" routine. I also didn't understand - as I believe I now do - that the thing is basically a big weighing scale. I suppose they maybe consider that to be an important secret.
I hadn't thought before, but probably the best re-useable bag would be one that holds itself open while you pack. Are there any such on the market? (My own ideas deleted in case I get to make my fortune by inventing one.)
It would probably be simpler if they just forced you to use the shop carrier bags that are provided on the special mounting thing, even if you have your own bags. Is that a man idea or a woman idea? I'm a man, so I suppose that's the answer.
I also have a man solution to the problem of ironing clothes. It is difficult or impossible for a robot to iron a shirt in the ordinary way, and it's tiresome to do it yourself. My secret solution is that I don't iron the shirt at all. It saves so much time and nobody cares.
Oh - and I seem to have misunderstood about the Linux situation, sorry. Probably the only thing worse than having Windows to support on a relative's PC is not having Windows to support. So how about a family round-robin letter explaining that support for a Linux system is a specialist skill, and is how Linux suppliers make their money since the software's free. In fact, Linux can be okay for non-technical users, particularly if they treat the machine as an appliance. After all, Android works. But if they want Windows or want to use Windows apps, then they'd better have that. Or have system restore backup discs, anyway. Or dual-boot, but then it's getting too complicated for casual computer users.
Thanks for the forum tip. There's at least one huge discussion on the Latitude ST. I've only seen the start (Waiting for delivery) and the end (How to install Windows 8) so far. And some complaint that the pen doesn't work in Win 8. That was the other problem that I had, pen working sometimes or never. (I know to change the battery.) There's also quite a weird bug; when using the VLC video player - whose Qt component apparently causes this along with the presence of NTrig digitiser - an empty file named win32dll.txt is created in the same folder as the video file. So, regardless, I'm unlikely to look back on this tablet with nostalgic fondness, unless I get really sick of Windows 8.
Misco is offering Samsung Ativ Pro (also called Series 7) with docking clamshell keyboard for £1,067.28 Inc VAT but then you claim £100 cashback by mail (offer ends 30/04/13), which I don't see the point of unless (1) they don't pay or (2) your company pays £1,067.28 and you pocket the cashback yourself - neither of which I like. The other gotcha, which I may ask about, is if April 30th is the deadline for claims, not orders. It's not a bad price anyway, compared to others, if the dock-keyboard is indeed included. It appears to be not the same as the Ativ Smart PC (Series 5) keyboard, but is probably not so much superior. I also don't know if Misco is good for personal shopping, but according to price comparison services, not many other retailers in the United Kingdom are offering this product.
It's widely reported online that ancient Egyptians worshipped cabbages. I think their judgment differs from ours. Then again, cabbage also is said to be a powerful aphrodisiac, so maybe they knew what they were doing after all.
I take it you're referring to the Chrome Frame "plug-in" for Internet Explorer, from around 2009, that in 2011 came out in a version that you could install on your PC without being administrator... if non-administrators are allowed to install any software, that is. Then you would see selected web sites presented using Webkit instead of IE's rather unsatisfactory internal mechanism for representing web sites.
I don't know if this is still around. I don't suppose that it can really have been installed on PCs where users weren't allowed to install their own software. If there was such a loophole, wouldn't that be Microsoft's own fault?
I expect that you're joking about your experience with Linux on a netbook. You don't get Windows for 50 euro unless you buy a PC that's got it, and it's not transferable.
I take it that your Dell L10s are the Latitude 10 tablet. I don't know if I've already told you this, but I have a Dell Latitude ST with Windows 7 and a habit of various parts of the software for about 60 seconds every few minutes. Have you seen anything happen like that, and do you know the cause or the remedy? At the moment, I'm planning to buy a Samsung tablet with Window 8 and a more powerful processor, and cashback - but I don't know if cashback deals are a bad idea, too. I'm afraid that my Dell slate may be not fixable.
As for the original story, it claims that "nobody" is using tablets for work but then says that 20% of tablet users are. That's more than "nobody". I'm a bit worried that a further 11% have got a tablet from work and aren't using it for that.
I heard the "burned down the paediatrician's surgery" version very recently in a TV or radio broadcast. Or maybe it was burned down their home, or just that they burned down a paediatrician, I'm not sure. That's good enough anyway, isn't it?
By the way, I must make an appointment with the pederast to see to my ingrowing toenail. Joke.
While atomic technology is stated as the justification for putting on sanctions against Iran, I haven't heard of any circumstance whatsoever that would lead to us, meaning mainly rich Christian countries led by the U.S., taking the sanctions off again. I suppose that mass spontaneous conversion of the population to Christianity might do it, but I'm not sure even then. Overthrowing a vile and corrupt regime that is a tool of America is generally never forgiven. Which is odd, because aren't Christians supposed to forgive? Well, I suppose that's their own business.
Meanwhile, the Christian-backed rebels in Syria are now selling us oil! Hooray! That'll keep our cars running. It makes their sacrifices worthwhile - those so far and those to come when we declare war on them for being Muslims.
Re: Responsible Journalism?
Re unaware, I was rather under the impression that the police were largely bribed, and not only not unaware of press misconduct but actively participating in it. Mind you, they often see us, the public, at our worst. That accounts for them forgetting whose side they're supposed to be on if you cross their palm with silver. Ah, I seem to be still cross about the astrologer. I don't know if they actually have those in France or if it's only a British perversion. Nostradamus was French, but that was quite a long time ago. I'd like to think that they've got over all that. I don't suppose that any astrologers predicted that France would fall to the Germans in the Second World War, at least not French astrologers, and if I was in that position then I'd find it expedient to find a more credible line of business, such as collaborator. That would be a mistake too, with hindsight, but it must have looked pretty good at the time. It wouldn't do my astrology rep any good, though - not unless I then got out to Argentina or wherever while I could.
Press is "the fourth estate", part of the national establishment, and should have definite constitutional limits and a constitutional relationship with other parts of the state to prevent it from exercising excessive power over them and over members of the public.
For instance, I would have liked to see Prince Harry respond to the indecent photographs of his sister-in-law by sttrafing the magazine offices from his helicopter gunship. I would have helped to load the ammunition for him, but I'm not trained. I'd love to watch the video of the terrified magazine staff leaping out of the windows and mostly falling to their deaths. Including the astrologer. Especially the astrologer, even thouh he probably had nothing to do with the photo thing. I'm pretty sure that the Prince has diplomatic immunity, and it would give the mother-murdering bastards something to think about before they do it again.
I'm not saying that this is how every case of press misbehaviour should be dealt with, but the press are filth.
Re: Are Google just storing up their own patents and not using them?
Motorola has the patent, which isn't quite the same as Google having it. By the way, I don't understand exactly what the patented thing does; it's something to do with an infra-red emitter and sensor that specifically detects an obstruction in front of the phone, but I don't exactly get how. Practical and obviously different alternatives are a camera that recognises an ear coming towards the phone (or vice versa) and disables the touch facility, and a switch on the side of the phone that you apply to lock it. I think my old Samsung Q1 tablet computer had a switch to disable the touchscreen.
Re: Re - They should be shot
I assume that the rule still applies that cyclists and other road users on wheels must give way to pedestrians, both on the road and on the sidewalk... perhaps I've misunderstood? :-) I cycle fairly briskly but not furiously, and I don't sneak past stationary traffic, either, unless there's a lane provided. Cyclists in London are most likely to be wiped out by a lorry turning, apparently, and I suspect it's because they're doing that. The other optional cycle accessory that I consider essential (besides a bell, which is compulsory) is a gently convex rear view mirror, which lets me see whether I've got the road to myself, or whether there's traffic behind that I can accommodate, if I feel like being considerate - which I usually do - by steering close to the gutter - or alternatively by blasting through a bottleneck obstruction at my best speed and -then- steering out of their way. It's also pretty good for changing lanes. But I can't get on with a flat mirror; above 10 miles per hour, it shakes too much to see anything.
Anyway, phones... yes, on this evidence, drivers and riders had better sit in grim silence throughout their journey, or have the radio on. It isn't fun, but having an accident isn't fun, either.
KB2813347 is a Microsoft security update released this month that comes in a Windows XP version. These updates stop coming at end-of-life, but newly discovered ways to break into your computer do not stop coming.
Upon past precedent, Windows XP end-of-life will coincide with Microsoft revealing a ghastly software vulnerability in the dead product whilst patching it in more recent versions. Anyone who then continues using XP - at least nonvirtually and with access beyond the company intranet - can be presumed to be hacked within about five minutes of connecting. It's a zombie army. So, why would anyone want continuing jQuery development for that platform after that? I want to make sure they -can't- connect to my databases!
Windows XP itself is due to be cut off soon. Once that happens, there's apparently no need for the present continuing support for jQuery 1.x and IE 6 and up.
http://www.thecheck.co.uk/ ...... maybe??
I don't know if the car history data service described there is valid or not. Presumably it does what it says and it may be something that you want to know and they don't misuse the data, but I don't know if it's a reasonable offer. For one thing, I'm a cyclist... Note that where it says "Try it now!", I assume that it's not free, that it costs you £3 "plus standard network rate" straight away. But to me it isn't obviously and exclusively bad.
Re: From the school of rock journalism ..
I would assume that the people at Universal Music, or the C-people anyway, are the most unhip squares in the universe, including North Korea with its new exciting adventurous young leader. I may be wrong.
Premium numbers have, or had a role,
It's possible to offer a service legitimately that is paid for, and puts food on the table figuratively speaking, via a premium rate charge. Unfortunately there also are cheats, and also services that are just expensive and not particularly necessary.
Isn't there a facility to bar premium rate numbers selectively or wholesale on a phone contract? Or unless a special pre dialled code is used to unlock access? Or is it just for land lines?
Re: Paid for apps
Some apps (on Android and when I last looked) exist in a free demonstration edition that provides a limited service. If it looks good then you buy the fully functioning product. You also may look at users' reviews.
You also may be able to return an app for a refund immediately after purchase. Again when I last looked at Android apps, I think the time allowed was FIFTEEN MINUTES, which to me seems not really enough at all. I thought Apple was more generous, but still not more than a day? Still, as I say, you can try a demo version.
I dunno, ring 'em up and ask. Probably the number displayed isn't the number that provides the service.
Probably not very good photos...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Campbell,_Duchess_of_Argyll is a divorce case in which either one or two faceless men - apparently they don't even know -that- - were photographed in (I'm assuming) consensual sex acts with the Duchess. And this apparently with "the only Polaroid camera in the country". Granted, there may have been important people -that- time wanting the issue clouded, and an unusually large set of men that it -might- have been. But they never really found out.
As for -this- case, I am sorry to hear of it. I thought Canadians were nice people?
Re: Amazon’s walled garden?
I think Amazon has forked Android and is using its own version. And they probably could use their own app store exclusively anyway. Google's authority with partners may be limited to withholding the Android trademark and/or barring access to Google Play for rogue devices. That has been an issue with tablets before there was a proper Android tablet edition; you could use Android itself, but not the Android Marketplace or whatever it was called then. The support forum for one tablet that I looked at was mostly about them "breaking in" to make the Marketplace work and let them get apps, and Google then blcking them again.
I don't know if there's a particular problem with Swindon's weather, but, try http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/
Seems to be the goods (for the United Kingdom).
It's a bloody horoscope machine.
We saw a palm-reading machine in an amusement arcade in the 1970s. I think my Dad and I had a go on it. We each got a small neatly pre-printed card with our fortune told on it, as well as the card numbers 28 and 29 - or something like that - they hadn't shuffled the deck, they apparently just came out in number order.
So, the West does already have this technology.
Fortune-telling is considered naughty in Christianity and in bible Judaism because I suppose you're supposed to get the future told to you by God's authorised prophet. Islam in the present time is a non-prophet religion and iN some Islamic thought God has already decided what the future will be, but I don't know if it is considered to be legitimately available. For that matter, weather forecasting comes to mind. Jesus said something about that and he seemed to think it was O.K. but doesn't tell you when the Second Coming is.
Re: Well that couldn't have gone wrong anyway...
This month U.S. and South Korean armed forces have been marching up and down along the border with the North. This is the context in which North Korea is getting touchy, although apparently the military exercises happen every year at this time. But, I wouldn't assume that the U.S. administration does not want a limited nuclear war against an easily defeated enemy, to show the rest of the world who's boss, and maybe put the fear into Congress and Senate as well. While they still have some nukes and weapony stuff that hasn't been foreclosed on yet.
The death of Margaret Thatcher reminds us that war is good for a government - she'd be a footnote if it wasn't for the Falkland Islands. On the other hand, we're now terrified of letting more women into the government. Well, so was she.
Re: Quality of Teaching
I'm a bit confused by talk of experiment and discovery in mathematics - don't you just prove it?
A bit of a problem when you cover Goldbach's Conjecture, I admit. There we may be stuck with experiments.
Re: So many questions
It is a terrible, terrible insight into Lewis Page's personal life. Or else written by a sub-editor, if The Register has those. Probably that guy whose habit of taking small blood samples from social acquaintances has got him known as "The Willesden Prick".
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