110 posts • joined Thursday 8th October 2009 13:53 GMT
Fry is unquestionably a clever bloke, but I strongly suspect that some of the nonsense that he occasionally spouts on TV is actually written by numpty researchers and script writers. His job is to read them from an autocue and pretend that they're his own.
I agree with the Waily Fail about overexposure. Entertaining though Stephen is, he's appearing far too often and needs to step back a bit.
Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?
People have been asking for CMYK support in GIMP since the 1990's. The reason why the developers haven't added this much-requested feature is that it's very, very, very, very hard to do, with the current GIMP architecture.
So suggeting that he add it himself, isn't really very helpful.
My Mac was Java-free for years. I only installed it because Libre Office moans constantly (with annoying pop-ups) if it's not installed. I'd be very happy if Libre Office could remove it's dependency on Java.
I refuse to allow Firefox to have a java plug-in though, despite Outlook webmail also moaning about it not being installed.
My Sky broadband (FTTC) typically gets around 30Mbps off-peak. At peak times, it can be a bit slower at around 16-24Mbps, but still nothing to complain about.
There are a huge number of factors that can affect the speed of normal ADSL lines, but the quality and distance of the copper wires make a huge difference. Even the type of phone wiring in your home can affect your speeds more than you'd imagine. So whilst ISPs are sometimes to blame, it's often factors outside their control that can cause slow broadband speeds.
Re: I'm not in agreement with the "mark of the beast" argument....
So what's she going to do when (or if) she gets a job and her employer gives her a rfid-enabled ID card on a lanyard? Many companies use them these days (including mine), so why's a school any different.
Re: Price check, aisle 5
Clicking on the Amazon button under the review takes you to Amazon's web site where you can order one for £118.03 plus £11 delivery, totalling £129.03. There, that wasn't hard, was it.
Re: Barbed Wire fences
You can run tcp/ip over pretty much any tranport medium:
Re: Overcompensating, incompetent or fanboi
Judge Lucy Koh is obviously biased. Everybody knows that. The Apple fanbois know that she's biased towards Samsung. Just go read any Mac forum to see how much they hate her. Then the Samsung fanbois claim that's she's biased towards Apple. She just can't win.
Now where's that popcorn icon we asked the Reg for?
You need satnav to find your way to work? I hope that you never breed.
I like iMacs and have owned 2 so far. My current one is a 2008 dual core, maxed out at 4GB of memory. I want to update to a newer model, but if the memory's not upgradable, then I'm not buying. I'll probably get the Mac Mini instead and put up with the Intel integrated GPU (which shouldn't be an issue as I don't game on Macs).
I just wish that one of the second-tier PC manufacturers would catch on and produce a PC that's 100% hardware compatible with a Mac (which, after all, is just a normal PC), and is very easily hackable to run OS X. I'm sure that such a machine would appeal to the hobbyist market who like OS X and don't mind running a Hackintosh. How about it, Acer, Asus etc?
A map-reading wife!?
@ukgnome - where do you find such a thing? In my experience, women who can read maps and navigate are even rarer than women who can understand thermostats.
A friend of mine once remarked that relationship counselling could, and should, be replaced by map-reading lessons for women.
So the frogs aren't producing enough tadpoles?
I wonder if central heating is partly to blame. Production drops in the heat. I'm currently sweltering in a hot office, which is OK by me, as I don't want more kids.
Prior feline usage of the name
My cat is called Siri, but he's over 7 years old, so he's been using the name for far longer than Apple. Maybe he can sue them...? Can cats sue?
It's causing massive confusion at home, with the phone answering when I call the cat, and the cat answering when I use the phone: "Siri find me a decent Thai restaurant in North London", "Mwaiou"
So is Microsoft getting senile if it thinks that people will buy it's tablets?
Or will only senile people by a Windows fondleslab?
So is it one or the other or both? Enquiring minds would like to know.
Bill Gates predicted in 2001, that fondleslabs would caputure a huge amount of the PC market. Of course, Microsoft (in an alternative Ballmer-less universe) managed to capitalise on that prediction and become market leaders, leaving Apple and Android far behind.
"since Harley hasn't managed to slap the name on a bike yet"
Actually, they did slap that name on a bike - the Buell Lightning. Buell was a (now defunct) subsidiary of Harley Davidson which made sportier street bikes, hence their ownership of the trademark.
I'm sure that there've been plenty of other products called Lightning. English Electric Lightning anyone?
Re: Wrong Luton
I just searched for Luton in Apple's Map app, and it went straight to the one with the airport.
Having said that, Apple's app might be pretty, but it's pretty damn annoying if you're trying to use it for navigation. I want The Google Maps app back.
Most people don't fit to your simplistic stereotypes.
One of the biggest AC/DC fans I've known is a very clean-cut ex-public schoolboy.
Re: Free speech?
What right to free speech? This is the UK. We don't have such a constitutional right. We do have the European Convention's article 10 guaranteeing freedom of expression in our Human Rights Act. However, there are a large number of exceptions to this.
As a Linux developer and OS X user, I'd say that, far from being toys, they're actually the best desktop *nix machines you can get. OS X still beats Mint and Fedora for usability.
There's an incredible amount of research and development that goes into making phones as energy efficient as possible. They could easily use bigger batteries, but those would obviously make the phones larger and heavier, and most people don't want to be carrying around a brick.
Conveniently forgetting all of the other rich people who have gone to prison. Jeffrey Archer, to name but one, but there are plenty of others.
Why wasn't Orabile in the poll? It seems perfect to me.
Re: @Arctic fox: The USA patent system is a disgrace
I'm in a dilemma now. I don't know whether to vote you up for a reasoned argument, or vote you down for suggesting that Apple's lawyers are actually people.
So they've ditched making software and have gone back to just being a 'lifestyle and culture brand'. So what exactly does than entail and how is it supposed to make more money than software?
Re: Is this what I have been *using* for 8 months???
I've been using BusGuru for ages, which seems to have access to this data. It's certainly accurate about telling me how long I'll have to wait for a particular bus.
Re: Anyone remember...
... when the Zune first came out?
"Microsoft launch a mp3 player? But that's Apple's territory, there's no room in the market"
... and here we are, six years later, with the Zune now massive in the mp3 player market.
In-app purchases can be disabled by going Settings->General->Restrictions and setting In-App purchases to Off.
A lot of kids apps do seem to have in-app purchases, so I've disabled them to stop my 3 year old from buying anything by mistake.
Excellent article by geek-turned-author Charlie Stross. Well worth a read to gain an understanding of the broader context.
After checking that my Mac was clean, I thought that I'd see which version of Java is installed. So I typed java -version into bash. The result was:
No Java runtime present, requesting install.
Needless to say, I clicked cancel when it asked me if I wanted to install Java. So unless a user has explicitly installed Java on their Mac, then they're safe (this time).
Re: Because of the unique way the BBC is funded.....
Agree entirely. However, I do think that it's quite reasonable for the BBC to charge those in other countries, who haven't paid the licence fee, for iPlayer content.
Re: Mates' rates
You seem to have conveniently posted the US$ prices without sales tax and the UK prices including VAT.
Re: Re: Re: Misleading?
It's already confusing.
Is a Mac a PC?
What if you install Windows on an Intel Mac. Does it then become a PC?
If a Mac is a PC, then are older PPC-based Macs also PCs?
If you install Linux on an Intel PC, then is it still a PC?
How about big 8-cpu Xeon servers running Windows? Are they still PC's, given that PC stands for 'personal computer'?
So Mario "hampers the company's ability to evolve into the digital age"?
I hadn't even realised that there was an analogue Mario. I thought that he'd always been digital even if he was 8-bit to start with.
Likewise. I only use OS X and Mint. If Apple do lock down OS X completely, then I'll switch entirely to Mint. OS X is still a better desktop *nix, though Mint is slowly catching up.
Not really. I've got a Mac Mini g4 as a small home email server, which has been running 24/7 since around 2005. I'm wondering whether to replace it was a Raspberry Pi, which should draw even less power.
I don't know what it is that I've eaten today that is causing the problem, but I seriously doubt that sensors, suckers or even a spiffy new fan is going to tame this gas monster.