865 posts • joined 9 Dec 2009
Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.
If it weren't so sad, it is hysterical when people who haven't the slightest fucking clue what they're talking about try to "talk tech".
Fail on so many levels....
Not just for supercomputers....
If the customer wanted to activate the additional capacity at a later date, the customer would pay the fee and an IBM engineer would turn up and literally remove a screw, or in later hardware, install a software patch and the upgrade was complete. Because it was just a pure profit exercise, those upgrades were referred to as golden screwdriver upgrades. This was common practice amongst supercomputer manufacturers of the day.
That is not just for supercomputers. A certain "midicomputer" manufacturer did the same thing: Pull off a jumper, and you get a set of additional "premium" CISC-style instructions. Pull off another jumper, and a different set of premium instructions were now available.
(The name of this computer manufacturer shall remain unnamed, to protect the guilty. But the name included the name of a midwest pancake house chain, and a brand of white glue.)
ALEC describes itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s red-state legislators,
members of the private sectorthe Koch brothers and their wannabee minions and the generalredneck, Fox Noise-sucking public”, meaning it exists to write legislation on behalf of its corporateCorporatist membership.
There. Fixed it for ya.
Re: The nerds who say Ni
Seven months? That's how long Microsoft takes for beta-testing a new version of Windows
I guess if you have a real Mongolian Horde, it's possible...
@ LDS -- Re: Sir
I understand that almost everybody here probably download music and movies illegally, [...]
Then your "understanding" of "almost everybody here" is even more brain-dead than your understanding of copyright infringement.
LDS, Abe Lincoln once said: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Although that horse as clearly left the barn in your case, here's a nice bowl of STFU to help keep you from degenerating from blithering idiot down to fucking moron.
Re: They love blanket criminalising anything done online...
Re: Ahh, New Mexico!
Don't know about "kokopelli" (It's Hopi, which is an Arizona tribe/nation), but the state flag of New Mexico is a yellow field with a red Zia symbol on it. When I first got there, it didn't take long to realize that the thing was everywhere!. Pet Peeve is right about it being the sacred sun symbol of the Zia Pueblo people, and there certainly is an unwritten law that is must appear everywhere....
Ahh, New Mexico!
Good choice, gents (and ladies)!
For the uninitiated, it may take some..er...practice, but you really must avail yourselves of the local delicacies; to wit: green chile enchiladas, New Mexican style (which means, served flat, with an egg on top), and sopapillas which make for effective fire extinguishers (ask a local, s/he will tell you how to use them). Practice by getting a green chile cheeseburger!
One request: The LOHAN vehicle should have a Zia symbol emblazoned on it somewhere.
Re: this will only screw over OTA viewers
Not just OTA viewers.
If you're a church, or a club, or a stadium, or a theater, or a traveling rock/country/R&B/rap/etc. show, or any of a number of other outfits that use wireless microphone technology, you're right knackered, too. So Lady Gaga will have to incorporate wires into her next meat costume. I wonder how the next presentation of Wicked is gonna work that out?
(Bullhorn, because that's just about the one wireless technology that won't be affected.)
Re: Well there are two words that can get these CEOs in trouble...
[...] the CEO just might find themself in deep doo-doo.
Deep doo-doo == Golden parachute of back pay and stock options, an NDA, and a canned "I'm going to spend more time with my family" departure speech (vetted by the PR dept. to make sure nothing violates that NDA). Oh, and a new job at a similar company (likely with same board members) within a year.
No penalties, no recompense to the investors (well, because they don't really deserve one -- nobody should expect their gambling debts be made whole), and no perp-walks. In other words, Business As Usual.
@ Pen-y-gors -- Re: Manufactured story
You got a downvote?!? Must have been by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command guy assigned to monitor El Reg's forums....
@ AC -- Re: anyone else creeped out...
Criminalising someone for what they look at does seem stupid, but it's been done before [...]
Sure, the Chinese are masters at it.
@ Some AC or another -- Re: Collective Delusion.
Fixed it for you.
Actually, you rather knackered it up some more
"[...] Governments should be afraid of their people!"
They are. Why do you think they are acting this way?
"Hello? Metro Police?"
"Hi. I have this shark that I want you to jump...."
Every once and a while, living on this side of the pond has its advantages....
Congrats to Kelly!
And condolences on your Lost Weekends. (Hmmm...on second thought....)
Cue the tinfoil hat brigade
It seems that the police on the right side of the pond are right miffed that they might need to "solicit" a password from whomever is in their charge before rooting around in said miscreant's phone. So here's the solution: the thing comes with a predefined password to gain access. Yes, it may be 1234 or 0000 or something infinitely predictable. But more likely, it will be some random-looking number that is a hash of the phone's serial number, or MAC address, or some such. (And if it's not, it will certainly be on a register that a quick phone call to Apple or Samsung will get.)
Given that some 80% or so of users will leave the default value in place, our intrepid plod can say with more-or-less a straight face, " 'onestly guv, I wuz able to discern the passwurd by guessin'! It wuzzn't 'ard, guv...." To which Melohrd replies, also with a more-or-less straight face that hides a wink and a nod, "Well then, it seemz that ahll is in ohrder 'ere, Please proceed."
I loves me some tinfoil!
Badges? We need our Steenkin' Badges!
I believe I've qualified for an upgrade to Silver...
@ Winkypop -- Re: Hmmmm
"The safety of our customers' personal information is a top priority for us,"
I believe that the "us" in that statement refers to the PR department exclusively. I don't think the rest of the firm gives fuckall about it.
Testing updates is a time-consuming and potentially expensive task and there is always a trade-off between security, time and stability - a classic 'pick any two'.
Yeah...the trouble here is that Microsoft always seems to pick time...and time.
@ Frankee Llonnygog -- Re: I wore a pair
I'll be taking delivery of my new keyboard now....
Seems they can't fix anything these days. Or keep stuff that does work running (I'm looking at you Skype PMs!)
Feeling real confident here...
And now, these same yutzes want (read: are forcing) me to discard a perfectly good version of Skype because they are unilaterally "retiring" it.
Nothing could possibly go wrong with that....
Re: 20th century
I would say that automated testing (including regression) is not working ok for them...
Automated regression testing works well on a stable platform. When was the last time anyone associated "stable platform" with Microsoft? (ref. TIKFAM)
Just one question:
Why the flying fuck does anyone pay attention to this twit?
@ John G Imrie -- Re: The search engion is Bing
The browser should be Bong.
No, No, a thousand times NO! Due to a misspent youth, I associate the word "bong" with pleasant things. The last damn thing I want is to have Micros~1 fuck that up, too!
You can be even lazier and call it "Bowser"
Re: tee hee.
and don't forget Outaluck for Outlook :)
I like "LookOut" better...
And I thought that OUR election stuff was complete bollocks!
(By "our", I meant on the left side of the Pond...)
But this makes elections in Florida look positively utopian!
What you you Brits thinking?!? Registration for elections is (or, at least is supposed to be) a civic procedure, an exercise of a fundamental right granted by the government to its citizens. Note that nowhere in that last sentence was the word "marketing" used. Why the fuck do the governmental agencies involved (I'm sure that is plural...brain-dead bureaucrats have to ostensibly be given something to do) believe that they can blithely give away what is personal private information to Marketing types? That such a thing is even an option is fucking moronic.
Look, we here in the Colonies have the National Congressional elections coming up in a couple of months. Voter registration is a big deal here (just ask a Republican...). If it were understood that by the simple act of registering to vote, our personal information could be freely given away to all and sundry, I'm quite sure the world would get a first hand view of how our Founding Fathers meant for the Second Amendment to be applied.
Come ON, Britian! Wake the fuck up!
Re: New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first
I think it just make sense to say "x hours ago", then "x days", then "x months", then "date/ no time". That works for everyone, yes?
Not really. Trying to respond to a particular AC, when 3 or 4 of them posted "x hours ago", is rather problematic, doncha think? With an unambiguous timestamp, I can respond "@ AC (15 Aug 14 - 12:34:56 (GMT))" and the whole world (well, at least our whole world) will know exactly to whom I am directing my well thought out
Re: Good luck
But...but...but...Whac-a-Mole is copyrighted....
[Dan Johnson] added: "I know it sounds as if we're killjoys but we have to protect our intellectual property."
Waidaminnit! Soccer ("football", for you Continentals) goals are intellectual property? Shirley, you jest!
@ Destroy All Monsters -- Re: @ the man who feel to earth
Did this guy never see Fargo?
@Rich 11 -- Re: Just goes to show...
Why do the politicians keep falling for it, when it fails time after time?
A: They're paid to.
More than 30 big US tech firms are breaking international agreed-upon US-EU Safe Harbor commitments in order to slurp Europeans’ data, according to a complaint filed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday.
FTC response: (yawn...)
No honor among thieves
(The 'thieves' I was referring to are, of course, the "advertisers", and their proxies -- the developers who enable them.)
Re: The more I read when life sucks ....... @ Anonymous Coward
Methinks any state worth engaging with, will be themselves battling with the enigmatic conundrum which has them pondering the dilemma [...].
In other words, choose Madagascar.
Re: Go VT!
As a Vermonter I am proud of our our representative congress-critters.
As well you should be. If only the rest of us had representatives of their caliber.
Communications watchdog the FCC is in the middle of
deciding the fate oftrying to figure out how to allow Big Mejia to gouge users more, and still have the public think they (the FCC) favor net neutrality [...]
There. Fixed it for ya.
Re: On the matter of the public's right to know. (They don't!)
[...] or any other "public" servant who puts his life on the line every day [...]
Yes, that they do. Those donuts will kill you....
"Because vigilantes are never wrong..."
"...and you know that the hypnotized never lie."
@ Jamie Jones -- Re: Use after free?
Nothing really...except that most people use
Is this not a good time to mention Foxit?
Re: Spectrum management?
I suppose the core software is Kernel White.
..in the Library, with the candlestick?
Please check your BS Bingo cards everyone...
"To accommodate our
subscribers and data traffic growthbottom line, it is critical to optimize our spectrum. By enabling us to dynamically allocate the best radio resources on a per-user, per-terminal basis, Ericsson Mobility-based Policy has the potential to increase our network flexibilityability to gouge while reducing signalling trafficaccess to our lower paying users network wide - this efficiencynew cudgel drives additional opportunities to improve both the user experience and network performanceraise our rates while treating recalcitrant users who won't ante up with the disdain they deserve."
There, Fixed it for ya.
(And, I think I have Bingo even after I fixed it....)
@ AC -- Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?
Don't know about him, but I simply remember them.
Call me again when you reach the age of 60...
(Fscking Millennials think they'll live for-fricking-evah!)
Re: 50 ways to love your lever
But only if they had oil and WMDs
Send the chip-and-PIN card back, and insist on a chip-and-sig, or will close the account. Have done it several times with proximity cards.
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