> once you've got wood you can mine stone
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> once you've got wood you can mine stone
> there is no such thing as the Bank of Scotland.
Actually, there is. It used to be a commercial bank, then Halifax borged it, then Lloys borged Halifax. But HBoS (Halifax Bank of Scotland)was actually a thing.
However, it's just a nameplate these days.
> The goalposts were changed in the 79 referendum. The change meant that there needed to be a 40% turnout, which btw is a damned site higher than most general elections!
No it isn't. Stop making things up.
In the same way that profitable urban cell towers subsidize less profitable rural cell towers.
Scotland is a whole lot of rural and it is subsidized by England wherever a national (id est, UK-wide) infrastructure exists.
> can I say that a YES vote wouldn't actually mean the person hates the English
Maybe not, but what does it mean? It seems to me that the issue is dissatisfaction with the major political parties, which is fine, that's universal. It ain't just Scotland, everyone hates every one of those shitbags.
The problem with that is that your displacement activity is a one-issue party with no concern outside Scotland. The Scots as a whole (no individuals need be named or shamed) have wasted their dislike of the centre-right corporate-owned political consensus by pissing away their votes on a nationalist party instead of producing something better for everyone. That lack of interest in and support for the rest of the UK has hampered everyone's desire for real representation.
If I were a Scot, I'd be ashamed my country ever let this get so bad.
Not as such but per capita GDP in the UK will rise by around £150 annually if the Scots go.
Life expectancy will also rise.
The whole thing has been an absolute disaster in terms of actual intelligence.
On the one hand, you have "Better Together", a bunch of failed idiot politicians who did nothing but make rich people richer at the expense of everybody, not just Scotland saying "Don't leave, we want to fuck you over some more!"
And then you have the Yes campaign sticking to the message that everyone should vote for independence because independence is a lovely lovely thing that makes things lovely. Obviously, you don't need to worry about practicalities like jobs or money or your phone working or anything at all because all of that will be independent and therefore as lovely as a very, very lovely thing. Also oil, which is currently horrible but will be lovely when independent and even George Monbiot thinks so.
I've seen more in-depth debates on CBeebies and we should round up everyone involved and drown them. In oil.
Short version - it teaches kids how to construct code through plugins and environments.
If MS shift it to .NET and make a free plugin for VS Express, they have just captured pretty much the entire next generation of application developers.
For various reasons, I strongly recommend that El Reg try to avoid calling Tim Cook "fruity".
You could get away with it when it was Steve "I'm drowning in fanny, me" Jobs but Tim Cook might take it as referring to his personal life and nobody needs to go throwing homophobia around.
“The biggest problem is that Windows is not easy to develop independently on this platform. A lot of things are defined by Windows; they [Microsoft] leave [a] very small space for vendors to develop,” he told El Reg.
You are only allowed Microsoft's fuckups. No adding your own fuckups.
Whether this is good or bad depends on how much you like Touchwiz.
> National Rail Enquiries - a rail timetable FFS, wants to watch me go to the toilet for some reason.
I suspect that's because they want to find where railway quality went in the UK. It'd be my first guess too.
> It would be interesting to see some comparative pictures of the top phones available when the first iPhone was released. Strange how we've all got used to carrying these huge slabs around.
I remember I had an HTC Touch at the time (smaller than iPhone) and most of my feature-phone using colleagues thought that was a bit big.
I saw one of the them the other toting a Galaxy Note.
Because they have such a great history of that.
women love Apple. I predict that the largest demographic to buy iWatches will be women in their 30s.
I think all of the Lumia's have an FM radio but you may have OS preferences which count them out.
Sounds like this.
Okay, the price of the handset is tucked away in tiny letters on the "Sign away your life!" page and interestingly, the total price you pay each month doesn't seem to vary (seems to be roughly £33 for everything with a decent data allowance) but you can still see exactly how much the handset costs and it's a lot.
Not quite Expensys prices but pretty close.
If they decide to "integrate" it into the Microsoft infrastructure or only develop the Microsoft platforms, then it will be a bad thing.
By shoving it onto Azure, MS can reduce the infrastructure costs to a rounding error and that means more of that $2.9bn sales revenue becomes profit.
I'm sure I've heard it (unattributed) from Stephen Fry.
Chuck Norris is a mad retirement-age fundie Christian who turns the other bum-cheek. My mrs could beat him in a fight.
On the whole I preferred the Robert Harris version.
“As things stand, MPs don’t appear adequately informed to vote
on future policy changes impacting entrepreneurs.
Fixed that one for you.
> Call me when Microsoft can make Windows Phone stream to a bluetooth speaker with having the audio chop out or the pairing lost, or when the phone doesn't reboot every other day, or the proximity sensor play up so you can't use the in-call numeric keypad or the touchscreen lose accuracy at the edges, or the platform has some apps, or the camera lives up to the hype it got prelaunch.., etc etc etc.
How am I supposed to call you 18 months ago?
> In the UK, market share from memory is much higher than 2.5%.
Latest figures showed 9.9% from Kantar, if I recall correctly. But I have to admit that I don't quite understand those figures. If that 9.9% of all _new_ handsets sold during the last quarter, fair enough. But 9.9% of _all_ mobile phones would be a phenomenal amount in real terms and I would find that figure suspicious.
That's one of Intel's new InternetOfStuff™ Atoms, not a full-blown Atom.
> I doubt many here have tried W8.1 on a 1Gb PC considering a)most people don't use W8.1 b)very few PCs have 1Gb RAM.
I tried it on actual hardware. An ExoPC - old-style Atom, 1GB RAM, 64GB m-SATA SSD, touchscreen, basically a netbook with no keyboard.
It runs fine. No you don't really want to try Crysis - not least because there's no keyboard and no GPU - and you probably wouldn't want to try to multitask more than 4 (desktop) applications at a time (Win8 apps are a different matter, you can go as nuts as you like with those).
This is actually the main reason why I know that most of the WindowsH8 brigade are bullshitters.
> So how many of these have secure boot locked down so they're useless?
Since none of them run Windows RT, the exact number with "secure boot locked down" is "none". It will be enabled but all have the official badges on and thus must have the facility to disable Secure Boot in BIOS.
Don't you think all this secure boot FUD has gone far enough now? Seriously?
> is compatible with smartphones running at least Android 4.3
Yeah, that's the killer. Cross-platform or no sale.
> You are joking, right?
There are two answers to that -
1. Yes, he's joking. It really doesn't try to force you to do anything and the "skip this crap" link is not hidden - it's on the same page as the "enter an MS account" dialog box.
2. He is actually Gavin Clarke and just clicked "next" rather than bother to read the text, thus believing that Win8 won't run without an MS account. It will. It does.
And all of these look pretty but I prefer my debian set up my way, thanks anyway.
I keep trying to parse it as a lambda expression
Disingenuous. They hash AND salt with online services, simply not with local OS level passwords (largely for historic/compatibility reasons).
That's exactly what I said, except for your pro-Apple spin.
Failure to enforce lockout after multiple failed login attempts is pathetic and there's no excuse for it.
Frankly, I hope Jennifer Lawrence sues.
As an interesting aside, Apple are saying the iCloud attacks aren't their fault because the attacks were online.
And apparently they don't lock you out after three (or even three hundred) failed login attempts.
The users are apparently securing it wrong. Not Apple. Apple are infallible.
Having a gnarly password makes it harder to remember and relying on a gnarly password is nearly as dumb as... well... jake.
Russ Abbott? Showing your age...
My lad's 17 months old and a bugger for experimenting with things. He experimented with dribbling down the headphone jack on my phone, now that doesn't work. He experimented with sticking chewed toast into the charging port on 'erself's macbook Air - thank you, home contents insurance.
Now they're going to encourage him to rain happy enthusiastic destruction on daddy's workstation?
That does it. Nina and her chatty Neurons are banned in our house as of right bloody now.
And let's not shit on them for doing what is, after all, the decent thing.
MS are pretty serious about privacy. It's their major differentiator from Google's "you have no privacy, suck it" stance and as such, yes, it is worth money. But it's worth money because (and I know this may horrify you) some people like the idea of privacy and dislike the idea of somebody selling them to advertisers.
Normally I might ask whether somebody posting this kind of comment was being genuinely cynical or was only cynical "because Microsoft" but in this case, your posting history makes it all very, very clear.
Or we could just go with Occam's Razor and remember that over 25% of MPs are landlords.
That would be "ichi", not "haitch".
Salesdroids don't care enough to criticize it? Italians like cheap phones? It's (possibly) regarded as stylish? MS's Italian marketing agency break the usual mould by not being massively useless fucktards?
Could be any number of reasons.
Terrifying. A world saved by Morris Dancers would probably be worse than one colonized by aliens.
DISCLAIMER - I've only used Cortana. But -
>You're somewhere noisy
Type your question.
>You're somewhere you have to be quiet
Type your question
>You don't want to look like an idiot by talking to your phone
Type your question
>Also, whilst getting better, the mobile PAs aren't 100% accurate. Would you accept a keyboard which got what you typed wrong 5% of the time? Or even 1%.
Type your question.
I don't know if you can do that with Siri and Google Now, but given that you can with Cortana I suspect it's coming if not already here.
Managed code has indeed eliminated buffer overflows. However, if you're referencing win32k.sys from a managed assembly, it's important to remember that it is unmanaged code and needs manual disposal.
Of course, the actual Windows operating system is still written in unmanaged C++ and as such is irrelevant to your ignorant newb accusations anyway.
> The biggest mistake is by programmers who choose to use C without understanding its design goals - not the language itself.
I beg to differ on the details here - programmers very, very rarely get to choose the tools they are asked to use in corporate environments. That happy task falls to "design authorities" who are usually ex-programmers promoted to their level of incompetence and too damn dangerous to be allowed near live code anymore. Sometimes those are project managers or technical leads or even the Reg's beloved CTOs (a less competent bunch would hard to imagine) but the odds against it being an actual programmer who writes code are astronomical.
> Copying code has its drawbacks of course, but it is generally considered better to re-use code than rely on individuals recreating the same things time and time again.
We re-use through encapsulation, not copying.
First rule (in classic banking Waterfall styleee) is actually "write what the business analyst tells you to write or they'll just make you rewrite anyway".
You carry on and blame the programmers though.