125 posts • joined 30 Nov 2009
I for one welcome our new swarms of unmanned aerial overlords.
She was asking for it
Bully Bar Patron: Shut those things off.
Irritating Bitch: No!
Bully Bar Patron: Gimme!
Re: Useful criticism?
"Must be a sign of the times, any criticism that isn't couched in touchy feely everyone's a winner language is abuse."
This remark is doubleplusgood.
Re: it all begins to sound
"Have to agree with some other comments; Microsoft are seriously in danger of becoming irrelevant in OS terms."
As Microsoft staggers into the sunset, we can see the word "Apple" etched into the handle of the knife in its back. With Microsoft's cadaverous arm draped across the shoulder of Intel, only slightly less cadaverous, leans on its old friend whose free hand was just recently twisting something into its back. Tattooed on the back of each player's neck the word "Wintel".
I for one...
I for one welcome our Arthropodic overlords.
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Practically: Radio transmission jamming
Impractically: tractor beam
Re: I would have thought
' I guess for yanks it's like that with murders. "Oh damn, really must remember to tell the police I saw that guy get shot. Nah, forget it, I'm sure the guy was standing his ground".'
Nice generalization. We have one of our own; the British are friendly and honorable people. I am glad to see that at least one of you have proven that it is indeed a generalization.
My privacy is worth more
than 8 BEEEEEELLION dollars.
Instead of recreating the square wheel that conditions admins to ignore rather than respond to a high noise to signal ratio, I suggest a different route. We use Splunk to scrape our logs and deliver diagnostic payloads to the people who need them. Our developers have caught bugs before they hit production because the queries are tested along with the code. Want to see a trend before services tip over and be notified? What about researching dependency trees? Making assumptions based on static graphs, rather than interrogating logs? More "classic" monitoring is the answer to nothing.
Competition is good
It looks like Microsoft are chasing the niche, but without a nice solution. Adapt Windows for phone, fail. Adapt tablet for Windows, fail. Try try again. I hope they come up with something truly innovative, because a disruption in the marketplace is always welcomed. iPhone in my pocket and Macbook Pro tethered, gives me access to the computing power I need, and the 6.5 mbit connection I like. That includes my trusty and venerable Windows XP virtual image (the absolute pinnacle of usefulness and stability for a Microsoft product). Linux is everywhere I work. I regret not having had the time to have a Linux phone experience. Anyone can avoid vendor lockout by having private resources for the data most adored by people, but it seems many of us to choose to give up our privacy. This intrusion into privacy by phone, tablet and desktop appear to be the LCD. Surface is just another device for owning you.
Disruption, disruption disruption. Instead of devices, we should disrupt services.
The word "guy" is already gender neutral.
Re: Can't Google remove the apps from phones
"It probably was until Amazon was stung with the "1984" scandal. Suddenly, people wondered: if the app stores can remove apps from my device, what's to say they could abuse it to, say, remove sideloaded apps?"
Like an image scraper that publishes my selfies from my photo albums to their portal?
I was going to make a Piers Anthony reference, but how crass is that?
Since leaving XP and Microsoft products behind, having moved my workloads to a mix of Linux/OSS, Solaris and Apple products, I don't have any issue with 300 MEEEELION Zombies flooding the Internet with its filth. I began the migration from M$ products once a co-worker got the Isle of View virus in May 5th, 2000. What's that? I did get a Piers Anthony reference into a thread about Windows XP? +1 to me!
Stitch in time...
Perhaps we can get this space faring seamstress to knit a new ISS module to replace replace the OPSEK project the Russians are proposing.
Re: Deja vu
> How will humans cope moving rapidly from having to work to get what they want to a world of largely idle
> leisure? Many pensioners cope, and hardened career doleys, but will that suit the rest of us?
You will be assimilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.
Resistance is futile.
The Verge reports that Google says this is temporary... or not.
Quote from Google:
We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It's still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available.
Re: Think Sony has dropped content management.
> Sadly I have to "manage" a technophobe friend's iPod and end up swearing at
> iTunes every time !
That's a worse fate than being sequestered in a forced-out room.
T-Mobile does this kind of thing to it's customers, except they call the forced-out room a "coverage area".
Re: Wow they are lucky
Is it safe to say that a BSC is a pink slip for unmotivated employees?
I seek new employment within minutes after my boss's beheading here in the US. Only bigger hint that I may not fit is when the next project doesn't have a name.
In a possibly related story, archaeologists have identified The Teletubbies enigmatic vacuum, Noo-noo, as a pre/posthistoric progenitor of the Daleks in an alternate time/space dimension. If you listen carefully to the sucking noises the automaton makes, one can hear the discreet whisper of INGURGITATE, INGURGITATE!
Four year old article get!
Re: oh boy
The number is proportional to the number of spooks who participate in civil disobedience/protestes.
Well, there goes my tattoo idea.
Clearly this is Apple's fault
Apple's cock up, Sevier's arse.
Welcome to Infrastructure King
Your extremely specific infrastructure order is our mumble mumble.
Re: What you post can vanish at any time...
"We could probably add CompServe to the list."
And thus begins the long litany of services that delivered customer/freetard data, which eventually disappeared. So, to get the list underway, I offer the very first instance, and leave it to you to fill in the gaps.
We could probably add The Serpent in The Garden that tempted Adam and Eve.
"or my friends and I, pronouncing it correctly, were bigger geeks than we thought?"
One of the qualifications of being a geek is not being aware that you are.
Re: The council text you when they come to empty your bins?
Here in Puget Sound (Seattle), our regional transportation system sends me a text message when a bus or train goes kaput or has been delayed, but only for the lines I'm interested in. A bit ironic though to get a text telling you that the train you've been sitting on for a quarter of an hour, motionless, has been stalled. Thumbs up because it could be worse.
thin red line
NASA's cock up. Mars' arse.
> That's not a flickering candle, that's a towering inferno
The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. And Apple have burned so very very brightly.
"Our company uses both MS and Unix solutions both have their purpose and both have their ups and downs."
Your preamble to this remark was boring and very twatty. Read like the typical prattle of a wannabe management scold. If you are interviewing people who avow one or the other solution as The Solution, then you've got something wrong with your Human Resources department (probably gave them a very twatty job description).
Pro Tip: You want people who say this at some point in the interview, "I want to deploy solutions I can support."
idle playthings - WAS: An idiotic sheep baaaaas ...
I think you are overlooking the obvious. There's a team that just became redundant. With fewer applications, more idle hands, and Devil's work to do, it won't be long before doing no evil becomes impractical.
Re: I find it amusing
"Currently El Reg is plastered (Top of page and both sides) in adverts for this game. Already seen about 10 similar stories yesterday and today in my RSS feeds about this."
You can see adverts? I haven't seen one in years thanks to Adblock and NoScript. Unless you are talking about the articles themselves. That's a different kettle of fish.
I find the photo inspirational, because it seems they chose to use Alligator Baggies - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wafflewhiffer/8356222283/ - twist ties to cinch the rover together. One thing Nasa, you may have wanted to give the ties one last twist before sending it off into outer space. I've used those ties to keep my camper shell on the back of my truck. I should have used duct tape and bailing wire instead.
Re: We should ignore it ---- Why?
I for one welcome our door handle wielding Martian overlords.
Michael Moorcock was heavily lifted from: http://www.multiverse.org/fora/showthread.php?t=2229 There is no mistaking Elric.
Eight months in jail will be enough time for this guy to clean up his act.
Re: @AC 13:24 Bad Firmware!
The Samsung Chromebox 3 exemplifies your notions and the DiY lifestyle. http://themap.multiverse.org/life-with-the-samsung-chromebox/ How a company can produce both products is very confusing.
Re: Meanwhile...on 55 Cancri e
I for one welcome our alien diamond pickaxe wielding overlords.
Wikipedia has become, heaven forfend, less credible?
This is a shocking development. Surely they'll become more objective and accurate with all that money.
I began the migration of my mail from Gmail to ISP hosted email about a year ago. I know the effort threshold is quite high for those with cell phones, but the payoff is great. I rid myself of an out of date contact list, and the "changing my email" announcement mail I sent reaped the benefit of identifying who actually cares to communicate with me. All my pointless mailing lists, gone.
Kudos to Gmail on the spam controls.
I left gmail because of my concern over privacy, especially the Google+ mandatory public profile. All of my devices communicate with my mail server securely, via IMAP.
I had a follow on project with consolidating and controlling securely all my various passwords, increasing complexity of the passwords (per each sites differing requirement). I still suffer from PTSD.
Re: So much for the days of Apple pushing out new tech.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
The Mighty Oz
Wouldn't the title of "The Mighty Oz probes IBM supplicants" been a better choice?
Feh! That's nothing. Back in my day I had to do all my work on an abacus. Even the slightest nudge would shift my entire equation!
In the vein of sharing, here's an oldy but goodie
Windows systems have Easter eggs too, e.g. as the admin user issue:
deltree /y c:*.*
Enjoy the ensuing hilarity!
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000-ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad