130 posts • joined Friday 19th February 2010 12:50 GMT
Take the money.
Even though they will mess it up.
Re: More and better support for 64-bit ARM chips
Which patents would those be?
I know MS has gone 'It infringes! It infringes!' but unless they can point to which ones they are talking about, and where the infringing code is, it's just FUD of the lowest kind. Remember, they have - as everyone can have - the source code to look at, and I would be amazed if there had not been a very close look at one point or another.
It's just a pity they hadn't learnt more from it.
What opens InDesign files?
Re: "not be able to open my old files"
Various things open Photoshop PSD files. It's a horrible format to do an import filter for.
I'm not aware of anything that will do InDesign and, yes, that's the best bit of CS. A few years ago, Quark XPress was dominant. They managed to shoot themselves in the foot and now InDesign is. The major publishers will stick with it, but this is about the only thing that could get Quark back in front for the small business market.
Re: The fall out of Win 8
It was a different bit of Windows software, but this was me a few years ago, and the solution was the same, down to the VirtualBoxed XP not allowed near the internet for that one program.
I gave up with Vista, so I have managed to avoid the costs of Win7 and Win8, but my final question is the same.
Following the request in the story about the Wheezy release
Could Chris N's comment be kept as a reminder of the approach to dealing with Windows: Slow? Throw more hardware at it!!
Re: Kiss FM?
Heart FM = Radio Goodies, with a very slightly longer play list.
".. we don't have that one, but we DO have 'A Walk In The Black Forest'..."
Re: The largely unsuccessful - but rather good - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
That's a description of most 'first in a series' films. Far too much exposition and - if from a TV series - lots of 'we've seen the series too'.
Re: Should probably ditch Ubuntu.
Ubuntu has absolutely got where it is today by standing on the shoulders of the giants that have made Debian, but for a desktop, I think a better move is to Linux Mint (possibly their rolling Debian release rather than the Ubuntu-based ones) - if nothing else, it saves having to explain to other family members why Firefox is now called Iceweasel...
But for servers, I've been using Debian for ages. I'm just waiting for others to find out if there are any interesting gotchas for this upgrade. Leaving it a month or two doesn't mean much when you're looking for an uptime of a couple of years before the next one :)
Re: It's just a bunch of kids with a hobby
To be fair, this is why lots of people use Debian Stable for servers - unless you want backports, you just get security updates. You don't get the latest superwhizzo features, but it just keeps working on and on and on and...
Re: Why Wordpress - it gives really easy PHP uploads
Yep to the first two paragraphs. You could change the default when you created the initial account, but lots of people didn't.
If they've got administrator account, you're shagged anyway.
The other perennial WP issue is the 'non admin users can gain admin rights' exploit. There's been about one a year for ages.
Yeah, yeah Matt - get some things right from the start
The number of versions of WP that gave the initial account the default username of 'Admin' is disgracefully high.
It is even worse how the basic WP install does not do 'fail to get the password in n (for low n) attempts and your IP is banned for m hours (for high m)', and you have to rely on a plugin to do it for you. Limit Login Attempts is my recommendation, as it just does this, without the messing around with everything it can find of the one mentioned above.
Re: eBooks still have to make much progress before I prefer them
Hence the classic comment that a Kindle is the ideal present for someone who's taste in books is so bad, you're never going to want to read one...
Re: Oranges and pips
Yep. I have over a thousand files for my Kindle program on the Nexus7, all 'bought' from Amazon. All but five cost nothing, and three others cost 10p (when Life of Pi etc were suicidally low). So I have 'bought' vastly more ebooks than real ones, but spent much more on real ones.
Re: Every so often a market develops around something improbable
Only if I am foolish enough to use a Cypriot (rather than a German) bank AND have more in any one place than is covered by the EU guarantee.
For the rest, yep if you want to have some minor currency... but that's what Bitcoin is, except Bitcoin is more unstable and less accountable. When the Krona goes down, Icelandic politicians lose their jobs.
Why is ElReg being so reluctant to call MtGox by its proper name?
The people who gave us the Chocolate Factory should be delighted to remind us that it was originally a site for Magic the Gathering addicts.
'The Cards Exchange'?
Re: What a lovely end to the perfect night.
Exactly what you'd do if you hadn't bothered to test: use a condom.
Re: Every so often a market develops around something improbable
But when you ask to be paid with one, you have little idea what its going to be worth in a month's / week's / day's / hour's time.
I can be almost certain that the dollar / pound / yen isn't going to double or halve its value in that time - and I'd even trust the Euro not to do so - but there's no way I can trust Bitcoin not to do it, given its problems.
Re: If I get this letter through I will stop paying my TV Licence
You only need a licence for live TV. So what you suggest would mean no licence needed... until you start watching the live streams on bbc.coo.uk or wherever.
Graph shock shock shock
I am amazed that I am the first person to point out that the first graph shows that the final market share of every OS is nil.
I will probably run one PC with XP for years after the end of support. It will be for playing games and it won't be allowed near the internet.
A quick reminder that the recipe for Coca-Cola is published
It's in a book on the history of the company and led to a rash of 'American Cola' drinks from everyone from Sainsbury's to Virgin.
Coca-Cola reckon that it doesn't matter if anyone else makes an identical drink - they have better marketing than anyone else, in the same way that there are people who will pay a premium for an Apple logo on kit.
When I find out who you are, you're fired :)
You've seen this - http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2012/03/the-personal-analytics-of-my-life/ - I presume?
Quite. Anyone in charge of the budget who cannot think of ten things that would be better value for money than the 'on rails' iPad is not fit to be there.
I don't think they first two are blocked: the first one ends up at a BT-branded Yahoo, and the latter seems to be down.
I do have an old copy somewhere. I remember its beep was louder than the original...
I probably bought 1% of those sold
I got a 48k one when they came out. The keyboard was vastly better than the one on the Spectrum I had and about as good as a friend's Beeb. Somewhat to my surprise, and his annoyance, some of the then popular PCW benchmarks for BASIC ran faster on the Lynx too. Provided you were prepared to wait and didn't expect anything to move, you could do some nice displays on the screen.
But Camputers were soon forced to sticker over the 'RS-232' bit on the box, because it wasn't actually completely RS-232 compatible. If you used a TV, getting a stable picture was problematic because of how much resolution they tried to put on the screen. And the graphics speed was painfully slow: as everything was done as three giant (for the time) bit maps, this meant anything involving the screen involved manipulating three different sets of bits. It's a sign of how bad it was that a software scroll was technically possible, but would have been so embarrassingly slow, they didn't bother. You could type a command - 'TEXT', I think, and memory is telling me it was undocumented in the manual - which just used the green bit map, but the lack of a proper text mode meant it was unusable for writing on compared to the Beeb.
I got rid of the 48k when I got an Atari 800 - a superb bit of kit - but, argh, there were things I missed from the Lynx (the Atari had then unparalleled power for animated displays, but the Lynx's static graphics were better). When Camputers went under, the 96ks had a big price drop. Even so, I still remember the look of disbelief on the shop assistant's face when I asked for one, a Lynx junkie returning for a fix.
Some of the ROM issues had been fixed - although I think the serial port was still pointedly not labelled RS-232 - and it was a nice bit of kit, but... there really is no point in being the only kid on your block with one and when the Amstrad CPC6128 came out, I pounced. Adding a 5 1/4" drive was trivial and I had the machine that the Lynx wanted to be. It got bank switching right, it had a proper CP/M, and you could get a 80 column monitor.
I sold the Lynx on eBay a few years ago for about what I paid for it, albeit losing a big chunk because of inflation.
Had Camputers been properly capitalised, they could have used a ULA to cut the manufacturing cost (as someone else said, the insides were standard 74LS series chips) and competed better on price. But what killed it was the single slow bitmap graphics mode, because that doomed it in the critical games market.
Re: Grammar nazi hijack
I saw a tweet yesterday which reckoned that the Finnish equivalent to 'grammar Nazi' is 'comma fucker'.
Still, they were a bit close to the originals.
Re: Click throughs costing more than views
Ditto, but I also delete the cookies that result.
This is TV you're talking about: 98% population coverage is not enough, politically.
Sure, but what killed it was the lack of content. And that was down to Sony a) owning a studio which - shock! - decided that the revenue from releasing on HD-DVD wasn't worth going for and b) bribing as many studios as it could to follow suit.
I wouldn't - haven't - bought either, and I remain amused at how much Sony spent to destroy its DVD income.
Re: Prison Mainframe?
About the only believable bit of IT in Skyfall was that the security service would put a highly dangerous terrorist, known to have compromised their systems, inside a 'prison cell' with just an electronic lock rather than, oooh, a £5 padlock securing the door from the outside.
You missed out winning the HD format war by bribing studios that it didn't own to only release films on Blurgh-ray.
I used to live very close to a hifi repair place. Nothing fancy, just someone who saw a lot of kit from a wide range of manufacturers and did good work.
Sony was on a very short list of manufacturers he would not buy anything from himself, because he saw too many Sony items with critical but deliberately underspec'd components.
In one, the power regulator would be just good enough to last the warranty period, but especially with the curiously small heatsink, it would go before anything else. In another, the laser assembly should survive many years use, but the oddly cheap screw assembly would fail, making it useless after about two years.
Most people would just buy a replacement - even then, there were not many repair places around - and Sony knew that enough would buy it from them, making them more money than if they'd designed the sodding thing to last in the first place.
Is it just me
Or does the view on the left look better than the one on the right?
Yes, if you want to see something that's under a cloud, it's not very useful, but which would you rather have on your screen or wall?
How do I get a job
Talking crap about stuff I know very little about, like some of those speakers?
(Obviously there will be stiff competition from many people here, but still...)
Paris, because being paid to be braindead is what she does.
Re: Am I out of touch? [guffaw]
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever."
Re: You try and tell the young people of today that..
.. and they won't believe it was At Last the 1948 Show it featured on...
Re: @ Tim Jenkins
If you're treating it as a game box (what the Windows PC here is) you can limit its connections to the outside world to Steam and nowhere else. It will keep running happily and you'll be able to Steam ahead until everything runs natively or under WINE.
"meaning it already as the money engines in place"
Was this article sub-edited?
"dropped 40 per cent in five years, from around $40 per share in 2008 to about $15 today"
Erm, that's more than 50%.
And we let them win Austerlitz by not being there ourselves...
You mean like YouTube, before Google bought it?
Re: and another thing.
What's the betting that private schools won't bother with this crap? It is clearly not going to survive the Tories in government.
Ignoring the IT aspect for a second
This is going to be a disaster, if implemented as Gove wants.
Seventy something years ago, my mother did her General Certificate. That consisted of about eight papers, including arithmetic ('The Atlantic Ocean is a miles, b furlongs, c poles, d feet and e links wide. The Queen Mary crosses it in m days, n hours, o minutes and p seconds. What is her average speed?'), English, French and several others, fixed by the exam board. If she had failed a single paper, she would have failed her Certificate. Fortunately, she didn't and ended up as a teacher.
I did O-Levels, where the papers were more or less the same standard but I could fail French (so badly, it doesn't appear on my certificates) and still have an academic life thanks to A grade passes in everything else. I could choose, within the limits of the school's ability to find the teaching time, any subjects I wanted to do. Result: happiness... for everyone not stuck at a Secondary Modern doing CSEs.
With the ending of the 11+ in most counties, a single age 16 exam was clearly necessary. I understand and applaud the basic principle behind GCSE: if you can prove you know something, you get the exam points for it. It is not, as O-Levels were, a 'find the top x% of children in this subject' exam. So given increasing years of experience, it is not surprising that results increasingly improved.
It is also not surprising that Gove doesn't like them. But rather than - as he claims - going back to O-Levels (something he probably did not take himself, being educated in Scotland) he's actually going back to the General Certificate: fail one - because you thought Newton developed the laws of Thermodynamics, say - and you fail your Bacc.
Suggested questions for a new multi-subject exam:
Put the following into an ordered 'List of Death': Cameron, Hague, Osborne, May, Duncan Smith, Grayling, Gove, Pickles, Hunt, Warsi. Give reasons. (Two hours 59 minutes, extra paper is available.)
Eric Pickles ensured that councils which want to raise Council Tax by 2% have to call a referendum, and was surprised that several chose to raise it by 1.99%. Just how stupid can you be and still be a Cabinet Minister? (1 minute.)
Re: I really wish people would stop doing this
After five minutes with a Nexus 7, I put all of the games I bought for a DS up for sale on Amazon. Had I had any shares in Nintendo, I'd have sold them. The only reason there's a DS still in the house is that my daughter likes her games on it, but no more are going to be bought unless they are very cheap s/h.
We're keeping the Wii, but there's no chance of buying a Wii U for exactly the reasons you give.
It's the price of the network cards that's surprising me
I remember when you had to pay that to get 10Mbs...
What was the name of the TV programme that featured lots of them?
Probably Channel4, about a kidnap, possibly in Ireland. The businessman having to come up with the ransom was clearly targeted because he could afford dozens of them...
Oh, and bonus question, when will Bill Atkinson receive the widespread fame he deserves?