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Re: Not interested unless....
The model name should also be named after a classic author.
Not interested unless....
....these dirigibles are semi sentient and can travel between alternate realities.
You haven't really specified what you need in terms of number of disks/storage capacity.
However I suspect a HP ProLiant G7 N54L microserver may be a good choice as long as you don't need a lot of disks or a huge amount of cpu power. The HP iLO should meet all of your needs.
Given that The Register is largely/partly UK based, as is a significant portion of the readership, there is a notable legal risk. Many things that could be said, while possibly not being obviously criminal, could be interpreted as being "incitement of racial hatred" under UK law causing grief for both the commenter and El Reg.
Ah apologies, I thought your use of ... was intended as an open ended ellipsis as part of your question, rather than part of the CD command.
To be honest I've never heard of or seen "CD ..." what was the last version your remember using it in?
It didn't go anywhere, it sounds like you're just doing it wrong?
Screenshot from Windows 8.1 I made just for you....
The error you're getting is what you get if your syntax is wrong or the path doesn't exist.
Was that pun really necessary?
Re: Candy in America
Lager Chug Saga, and Real Ale Quaff Saga?
Bitcoin may be a house of cards, but in my opinion it may be a marginally better basis for a nation's financial plans than a currency union with a country who has said they won't have a currency union with you....
Re: Death threats - WTF?
Indeed. Death threats, unless you have thoroughly hidden yourself online, may even result in you ending up facing criminal charges and imprisoned yourself.
The authorities may be investigating Mt Gox but I suspect there is very little they can do about the theft of an unregulated crypto currency that no government even recognises as a real currency. Perhaps a prosecution for data theft?
Abbreviated Job Title
Chief Executive of My Life.
Fibre or Copper?
Which is it that was cut/stolen?
El Reg state at the beginning of the article that it's Fibre, but the BT posting doesn't mention the type of cable.
If it's Fibre, and they've tried to take it to a local scrap merchant, perhaps he will report the idiots that tried to trade it in as copper?
CPW and Currys/PC World are rather similar really, so in that regard it's a good pairing. Staff who are strongly trained in upselling the product of the week and insurance but have crap training/knowledge on the products.
They can be useful though, if you go in knowing what you want and don't take any crap from them, you can walk out what you wanted fairly quickly. They also occasionally have decent prices on things, although often "web only" prices but that can be reserved for collection in store at that price.
However, I always strongly caution the technically inept and weak of character against shopping with either, as their staff are very good at selling people things they don't want or need or can't even use.
I am a little surprised about this potential merger though, given DSGi's current relationship with Phones4u having staff and kiosk's in their stores.
I have a feeling that they fixed that problem later in production, so it only exists on handsets manufactured before a certain date. I think, unfortunately for me, both my original and all my warranty replacements were from the production batches before this date.
Keyboard was never an issue for me (apart from when Nokia replaced mine under warranty and sent a replacement that hadn't had the keyboard fitted....).
The problem I had with all 4 N900s I had (yes 4, I had 3 warranty replacements) was that the micro usb kept detaching from the board. Not through any abuse or unexpected force, one broke in less than a week this way. The USB socket was just crap, the Meego forums were full of people complaining about the same thing.
Thing I miss most about it was the built in FM transmitter.
I am precisely the same situation from a personal point of view.
For years I have replaced my phone with a new shiney smart thing and I'm currently on a Note 2 with a contract that's almost up. But the handset is so good, and there has been so little advance since that I don't feel the need to part with it.
My phone history is:
Phillips BT Easylife (a large rubberised affair)
O2 XDA IIs
O2 XDA Mini S
HTC Desire Z & Xperia X10 Mini
Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Some small and some large generational leaps there. But now my Note II is coming due for renewal I'm feeling rather disinclined to bother and am seriously thinking about switching to PAYG or SIM only contract for the savings I'd make on either.
The only realistic option that would be an upgrade is the Note 3 (maybe the Xpera Z1 but I'm not a huge fan). But the gap between them and the Note II in terms of performance you can actually feel, and benefit from is so negligible as to not be worthwhile. The Note 2 is in fact so good, that I haven't needed to modify/replace the OS at all, as I did with my other Androids.
I think I shall be saving myself some money monthly on my tariff for a year or more.
Maybe when the Note 4 or 5 come around it'll feel like an upgrade. The only thing that'll make me upgrade sooner is if a decent manufacturer release a phone with Galaxy S4 type specs but with a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out, and it becomes readily available in the UK.
Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"
Also, for the terminally forgetful sysadmin:
Rig up a USB stick on a lanyard round your neck with software setup to automatically lock/unlock the workstation when that particular memory stick is removed/inserted. Very much in the style of a jet ski emergency cut off.
Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"
On a similar note, make the wallpaper a screenshot of the locked workstation password screen just to really make the point that it should of been locked.
Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"
Indeed, any sysadmin who walks away from his workstation without locking it deserves to have all of his access to computer system revoked. Revoked with the application of a meat cleaver to the fingers.
Re: in a free market there's no such thing as a skills shortage
While I understand the sentiment, since the IT sector in general is known for not always offering competitive wages because the posts and skills are undervalued by management, there certainly can be such a thing as a skills shortage.
If there are no people, or only a very limited number of people, with the skills you are looking for then that's a skills shortage.
An extreme example is, for instance, if you wanted to employ someone who could speak a language like Arawá, Aka-Bo or Esselen, you'd be out of luck since there's no-one alive who speaks them any more.
More realistically from an IT and mainframe point of view, the number of people with knowledge and experience of these platforms is dwindling. Certainly there are people alive who know them, but many of them have retired and have no interest in being employed again.
Of the ones that are working, some of that number may not wish to leave the job they have, salary is not the only motivation to take a new job or leave a current job.
MSE + Avast
Personally I'd use mixed software, for different platforms.
Microsoft Security Essentials is perfectly decent for Windows PCs, not to mention being free.
Avast is great on Android, no annoying Ads and provides file and app security along with device tracking/locking/remote wiping.
I don't own any Windows Phone device, but there seem to be very limited options on that platform and Microsoft seem to be of the opinion it is not needed. I have to say the architecture does make most potential attack vectors very difficult.
Re: "This topic is closed for new posts"
I beleive El Reg editors/moderators will some times close an article comment thread, or stop it's creation in the first place, if they believe there is a high probability of comments being made that would have legal consequences.
Re: Who coined the term 'App'?
I did. It was me.
I dare you to prove otherwise! I dare you!
It's clearly a tinfoil hat belonging to a martian, to protect it from that scary alien robot.
Re: Aggregating 4G
I'm going to assume this is an Android phone, because otherwise you're probably out of luck as the OS is probably not modifiable at a low enough level to allow it. Assuming it is Android and that it is rooted then technically there is likely no reason you can't do this on the Linux level by bonding the network interfaces in some way.
However there may be a number pitfalls to doing do that outweigh any advantages. VOIP, video calls, certain streaming video services among various other things may not work as you'd expect. I foresee one of two possibilities with these and other services:
1. They will work but will only connected via one of the connection paths, so not giving you any benefit.
2. They will work initially but will drop connection, streaming video will buffer extensively and VOIP/Video calls will drop frames or break up.
Most apps and services are not designed to handle having their network traffic presented through two different routes, if the traffic switches between routes it will assuming the traffic disappearing off one route and moving to the other will be seen as a disconnection.
This is unfortunately inherent in the nature of TCP/IP traffic. TCP is a single path protocol and was never intended to support multipath traffic in this way. Multipath TCP (MPTCP) does exist, but has only recently been properly standardised and is not widely implemented.
Link aggregation, and multi-pathing for failover, are of course both possible. But in general they have to be obfuscated from the endpoints allowing them to communicate from a single address each, as they are usually designed to work on a single path network platform.
Doing this in your scenario would require a host server, with sufficient bandwidth to match the two combined connections, two aggregate the links for you and be the outward facing point to the Internet. I've known of ADSL broadband ISPs that offer such a service in the past, but I've never heard of a mobile operator that does it.
Re: Another case of filling the initials with words?
Backronyms are always best.
PING, the only acceptable form of groping in most workplaces.
... and in next week's news
the sale of Nokia's device devision to Microsoft is cancelled? Unlikely I guess but one can hope.
When you said you wanted to play games in Windows you essentially sealed the coffin on linux host and Windows guest.
I am a long time lover of linux, but it simply isnt practical to use it as a virtualisation host and get decent gaming performance.
As said above, Windows host and linux guest is a much better option.
Re: Value of opinion
Well this the opposite to what I was taught on the use if neither and nor, so I stand corrected there.
It appears that you agree with me on the word order though, since your example was
"they were neither cheap nor convenient"
"they neither were cheap nor convenient"
Value of opinion
“can neither spell CONSUMER nor DEVICE”
I find it hard to value the opinion of a man who uses double negatives in a sentence by using neither and nor, not to mention getting the words in the wrong order. It should be:
“can spell neither CONSUMER or DEVICE”.
As far as I can see there's nothing stopping anyone providing parts, especially compatible but non-HP parts, and there's nothing stopping third parties providing you with troubleshooting support etc.
All HP are doing is requiring you to pay if you want firmware updates beyond the initial warranty period. Really you can't complain about them not giving you on going benefits of their research and development for nothing.
Which were of questionable quality? The games or the 20 pound notes in your great-grandfather's wallet? If the latter, were they genuine or was Mr H Taylor an amateur forger?
Inquiring minds wish to know!
Indeed, the problem is that "the disposable part" in the case of lots of HP printers includes the print head. Those nozzles are where the engineering and patent worthy stuff really lies, and is also why most HP cartridges cost more than most Epson,Kodak etc cartridges.
Having the print head be easily replaceable is a great idea, as it is the common cause of death for inkjet printers, however having it as a separate insert in the carriage is a much better design, which a small number of HP and many Kodak printers use.
Also I've had to bin a huge number of Epson printers because the nozzles have become completely useless and cannot be replaced due to being integrated into the carriage.
Re: Incoming lawsuit from Canonical?
It certainly sounds a lot more similar than SkyDrive to BskyB's non-existant cloud storage service, and they won that case.
Re: Ubuntu One ..
Well they're not huge certainly, but with $30 million in revenue I would suggest they're big enough to take on the fight if they solid enough legal footing.
Incoming lawsuit from Canonical?
Given Ubuntu One I would imagine Canonical would have solid ground to block this and/or sue MS.
I haven't studied this in detail but as far as I can tell the basic premise of the patent describes the design and construction of a number of existing blade systems, including from my own personal experience the HP c3000 which has it's blade, IO and power modules all inserted horizontally. The only difference in the patent images is that they show all modules being inserted from the front where was the HP enclosures have IO and power at the back. But I would of though it still constituted prior art.
I'm not entirely sure how long we've had this enclosure, but it was definitely well before June 2012 when this patent was applied before.
Re: Mail Migration
You haven't mentioned what platform you are on or migrating to which could be a fairly major factor, depending on the availability of tools for doing the migration.
Also depends on how much mail you have to move, how much disruption and user training etc you're planning/willing to have.
Do you have desktop mail clients that will need replacing and configuring?
All of the above gives you timescales somewhere between 1 and 9 months I'd suggest, entirely variable within that.
Re: Can we have?....
Except since they're asking for physical merchandise, how about Reg unit conversion as a wall chart.
Re: 2nd hand
Actually you're a bit off in your comparison there.
Mileage on the car is not the same as time the engine has run. A car could have 50 miles on the clock but spent 6 months on but idling or on the drive stuck at 6000 revs. SMART power on time is just that, the time it's been powered on not necessarily active or doing anything. Perhaps the drives have been heavily used or perhaps they've been powered on but idle with the heads parked 99% of the time due to being sat in an unused server. There's no way to know for sure just from powered on time.
Regardless Aria (the company) are clearly in the wrong here and should offer refunds, but they may well have bought these drives in good faith having been told they were unused and simply not checked the SMART stats to confirm it.
Innocent until proven guilty and all that.
Aria (the man not the company) needs to learn to think before speaking though.
Re: Mobile wallets
I have to say, regardless of who thought them up, I like the idea and wish it would catch on properly.
I use NFC in a number of places for payments and find it quite handy. I also have a tendency to leave the house and forget my wallet, though I rarely forget my phone, so having a mobile wallet app would be extremely useful to me. This is in fact why I'm planning to switch to EE when my contract is up, unless a network independent solution arrives first.
One of the biggest annoyances of NFC though is that there are some places that take it, but they apparently have to press a button on the till to trigger the PDQ and they're in the habit of doing this after you've inserted your card. Having to tell them you want to use NFC so they press the button first defeats the convenience and time saving of NFC in the first place.
Re: Can you ask VALVe about the State of SFS
I am also not an English literature (or even language) graduate, however I believe you are incorrect about multiple instances of "and" and commas. My understanding of it is as below.
If listing multiple points in one sentence you can certainly separate them with commas, or you can conjoin them with "and" but not both. Also you should ideally avoid the use of multiple instances of the same conjunction in a sentence i.e. you can use "and" and then "also" to separate two points but not two occurrences of "and" or "also".
The format "Because of <point 1>, and <point 2>." is OK when there are only 2 points.
But for more than 2 the format should be "Because of <point 1>, <point 2>, <point 3> and <point 4>." unless using the Oxford comma, which is generally considered a matter of personal preference, where the format would be "Because of <point 1>, <point 2>, <point 3>, and <point 4>.
Clauses within a sentence, where you you encapsulate some clarification with commas as I'm doing here, should only be done once per sentence.
Additionally, if the phrasing of your points contains commas you can use the first format above but replace the listing commas with semi-colons.
N.B. If you disagree with any of the above or it is incorrect, blame my teachers. Any instances of Muphry's Law in this post are entirely intentional.
Re: Oh, really?
Afraid not old bean. HSBC never received any bailout capital from the government, in HSBC's case it was in fact steered through succesfully. One of the few that was.
Apologies for using Wikipedia as a reference but : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_United_Kingdom_bank_rescue_package
Could you give an example of a high street branch of HSBC that does this?
I've been with them for 10+ years with no complaints and never encountered this (I'm not a premier customer) at 10+ branches that I've visited. The only thing close I know of is one branch that doesn't have counter services, everything is done via a wall of ATMs, and you can't always sit down with someone without an appointment but as far as I know they'll make an appointment for anyone.
"Frankly i think the guy is on to things Apple is not wanting others to find out about."
Indeed, that may well be the case, but unless those things are specifically related to antitrust practices it's not his job.
I'm not generally on Apple's side in many arguments, but I have to say it does sound from the article like the guy is deliberately causing trouble and making life difficult for Apple.
I'm not opposed to people causing trouble and making life difficult for Apple per se, but when the person doing it is a court appointed monitor for a specific area, trying to stick his nose into everything I think it is a bit out of line.
You wouldn't expect a traffic warden to insist on performing a full body search of you and everyone in your car after telling you can't park somewhere or giving you a ticket.
Re: One of life's little ironies
It's fairly obvious why that's the case though.
If mobile operators try to put up masts in residential areas the NIMBY lot complain about it being an eye-sore or that it'll give them cancer. I'd suggest you complain to your parish council since it's likely most of them doing the complaining.
I wouldn't be surprised if there are masts mounted on top of the prison buildings, it's not like the prisoners will be allowed to register any kind of complaint about it.
Surely if it's nuclear powered using a fuel with a known and predictable halflife plus a known and controlled reaction rate they will know, if not exactly then reasonably accurately, how long it will remain operational for?
Re: RE:WTF are toddlers doing using the internet unsupervised???
Outstanding response sir. Have a rusk.
It would seem someone has already registered both piratebay.so and thepiratebay.so.
piratebay.so has whois info pointing to a holding company in Sweden....