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I know it's probably not going to be popular, but....
Am I alone in finding a problem with a franchise that goes out of its way to be as offensive to as many people as possible and counts on dick and fart type jokes for its humor?
I'm nowhere near London. In fact I've got this great big pond plus half a continent between me and you. I guess I'm just going to have to miss out on this one.
My one encounter with our local journalists involved a massive misquote. It was nothing to write home about as it was just a quote on my opinion of a local event, but what I said and what showed up in the paper weren't even similar. I always just assumed that it was just the local journalists being incompetent.
This is huge!
A 10 percent reduction in image sizes without having to make any other changes? Yes please. Now if we could just get HTML5 video standardized and do the same to videos....
Re: Or . . .
I was thinking that I'd more than likely pick some of those responses myself despite knowing what all the correct answers are just because they're funny. Though you are wrong about one thing: I don't think the amusement hit would be 10 seconds. More like 3. Maybe. If I'm REALLY bored.
HTML is definately NOT a STD
If HTML were an STD it would almost certainly not get spread very far.
(Also, if anyone finds this web developer's wife's sex drive lying around, please return it to her.)
Re: And yet...
Hasn't it been down at $20 within the last 12 months? Or was that a few months before?
Not since I started paying attention to it again, but that hasn't quite been 12 months yet.
One of the problems with Bitcoin is we don't have any figures as to what the economy is.
What are you talking about? We have exact figures available on demand for any point in time going all the way back to when the first one was minted.
So we don't know how much real trade happens in BItcoin, how much it gets used for drugs, and how much it's just being hoarded.
'Drugs' would fall under real trade (being illegal doesn't make it any less real). Most hoarders aren't moving their BTC around from wallet to wallet, so that one's not terribly difficult to figure out either.
Without that it's only guesswork that it's a bubble. But good guesswork when you consider that there are several people who've publicly said they're investing tens of millions of dollars into it, and yet daily turnover rarely gets even close to the million mark.
I've no idea if it's a bubble or not, but I'll say this: every nay sayer to Bitcoin thus far predicting a pop in the bubble has been wrong. The market has dipped a few times, but there hasn't been anything so drastic as to call it a popping bubble, and it has recovered pretty quickly from the few events that have come close.
If everyone who's investing in it leaves at the same time then the values will tank, but isn't the same true of most investments? In that regard the value of Bitcoin is much like the value of fine diamonds. On their own they're worthless, if pretty, rocks. But because people want them (and because a certain company with a near monopoly has spent the last century manipulating the market) they have a much higher value than they otherwise would.
Bitcoin has value because people want them. Whether they want them because its an investment or because its an unregulated currency is irrelevant. If that changes then Bitcoin loses its value. If it remains true then Bitcoin will continue to have value. If the Bitcoin user base can continue to grow as it has the last year or so I'm inclined to say that it will continue to have value.
Am I going to run out and buy some? No, probably not. A volatile market is a high risk market and I don't have the money to blow in high risk markets. Do I think those who do are 'gullible'? Nope, not at all. They understand the risks and they play the game. Do I think less of they people who point and sneer at the people making these high risk investments? Yes, yes I do. Those 'gullible' people who bought Bitcoins a couple weeks ago are looking at a 3:2 return on their investment if they sell today. And if the trend holds it'll be more like 2:1 by the end of the week. That leaves the people calling them gullible looking like they've got a case of sour grapes.
Bitcoin values have nearly recovered to what they were before the Mt Gox fiasco. The people who bought Bitcoins a couple weeks ago when they were down under $500 are going to be laughing all the way to the bank. Except for the ones who used Flexcoin, of course.
And then there's me, who let my wife talk me out of spending the money.
Re: End of support, not end of life!
Remind me, how long is the support cycle for $linux_of_choice? Are there ANY 13 year old linux distributions receiving security updates and patches from their creators now?
No regular Linux user would let their machine get that out of date. That's the advantage of having a more technically minded user base. You do have a point though.
And no, I don't believe it's possible to do an in-place upgrade from one to a current distribution any more easily than the loops that have to be jumped through getting XP upgraded to 8.1.
I've never done an upgrade on one quite that far out of date, but I've jumped from Sarge (3.1) to Squeeze (6) on Debian (the machine in question had been in storage for several years). All it took was:
Unpaid domestic sysadmin duties??
Forget it. I told all my family years ago that if it takes me more than 5 minutes they can pay me like anyone else would or they can take it somewhere else.
A few of them thought it rude of me at first, till I started asking them to do things related to their professions for me. Funny how quickly someone understands your position when you do that. The only ones left who get gratis computer support are my wife and kids.
Is it just me....
...or does that look more like an IPhone than the Galaxy S that Apple had such a hissy fit over?
That had better be one sparklingly clean bathroom for it to be a factor in my vote for any kind of elected office (or a disgustingly dirty one, but I rather doubt he'd be advertising it were that the case).
Trial by jury?
I can't say I think much of the odds of the government winning a trial by jury over fees they paid for wiretapping. That is unless they get a jury that's been living under a rock or something. By and large the American public is unhappy about the mass data collection. At least the portion of it that pays attention is.
Stopped in heavy traffic is still driving
I don't know about California, but in these parts you're still considered to be driving if you're just stuck in traffic. To be (legally) safe you have to actually pull off before you tie up your hands with something.
All things being equal though checking a map on your phone is probably safer than checking a paper map while driving. Remember when people used to do THAT while going down the highway?
I've long believed that the odds of our solar system being somehow special were pretty slim. This just gives me a bit of confirmation of what I already suspected.
Also, with all those planets out there that could potentially support life as we know it the odds that we're alone in the universe are getting smaller and smaller all the time. If only the nearest neighbors weren't so far away.
Re: What does X mean?
He uses goggles, you use a satellite...I'll use Google. Image search that is. (Who can afford a flipping satellite on my salary?)
Re: Consider themselves lucky
Considering that the crash is largely a result of Mt Gox's woes, I'd have to say no.
Re: Death threats - WTF?
I say LET'S GET HIM...
....a hairless cat.
Re: electricity wasting global ponzi scheme
One might as well criticise paper money, because of having to cut down trees.
Technically I don't think there's any currency in the world that's still printed on paper. They all use some sort of paper-like fabric (the US dollar is printed on something akin to denim for example) or plastic (like the Austrailian dollar).
Re: And yet we're still to believe...
Would you trust a bank with your cash, without a government deposit guarantee?
I don't trust them even WITH the government deposit guarantee, but in the modern world it's pretty hard to get by without at the very least a prepaid debit card, which is, of course, just a checking account that you don't have checks for.
Do I trust the exchanges? Let's put it this way: I have about $4 worth of cryptocurrency, most of it in litecoins. (that was yesterday. It's probably worth less today). That's the most I've ever had. Would I be upset if it all went missing? Probably. Would I really be affected? No.
Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division surely.
Yeah, I'm making comic book references in the El Reg comments section. Surely a sign that it's beer o'clock.
Re: (“Fair” has never been a verb.)
Since you’re speaking as an authority on that subject, which grammar rules did Shakespeare make up, in comparison to the grammatical rules of Elizabethan English?
He basically invented an entire pidgin of Elizabethan English. The differences between what he wrote and the way others spoke and wrote at the time are far too numerous to list.
Re: (“Fair” has never been a verb.)
I suggest that you check Shakespeare’s Sonnet 127 before making that claim.
Consulting Shakespeare on grammar is like consulting Wikipedia on science. He made up his own grammar rules much of the time. As a man with an acting degree that includes two semesters of classes dedicated to Shakespeare and over a dozen Shakespearian shows under my belt* I feel I can speak as an authority on that subject.
*Admittedly the classes and the plays were all about one and a half subjective lifetimes ago. Certainly they were two careers and an entire second run through college ago. On a somewhat related note if anyone ever invents a time machine go slap some sense into my 19 year old self for me so he'll pick a realistic major.
"Lead pollution is the cause of quite a lot of crime, and we have the USA to thank for proving this."
You don't know that and it hasn't been proved.
Playing devils advocate here.
There is more than a casual relationship between lead levels and violent crime. There is the correlation, which of course is weak, but it becomes much stronger when you pair it with the well known fact that one of the most prominent symptoms of lead poisoning is heightened aggression.
So, basically, you take the well known and documented fact that lead poisoning causes aggression, combine it with a chart that shows a strong correlation between violent crime rates and environmental lead, and you have a pretty strong case, even if it's not rock solid proof.
Correlation may be weak, but it's not something to be dismissed entirely, especially in the presence of other supporting evidence.
Re: We'd better start spending the money on adapting...
Radical I know but if the science is settled and you must be mad to deny the catastrophe
If the science is settled then you would never know it from scientific journalism, which is all most of us have to go from. Hate to say it but if there truly is a consensus in the scientific community the public at large has yet to see it. We're still seeing the constant back and forth between the "its natural and nothing to worry about" and the "we've doomed ourselves with fossil fuels" camps in articles like this one. One day, when I'm retired with no kids in the house and have all the time in the world and nothing better to do (about 30-35 years from now probably, and I suspect the debate will still be raging even if the oil reserves have run dry and the effects of climate change have become catastrophically obvious by then) I'll sit down and do the proper research and figure out the truth of the matter.
Re: causes of crime are so opaque?
chanceOfGettingAwayWith(crime) > riskThreshhold(self)
I've known some people for whom riskThreshhold is as low as 0.1 and others where the risk threshold is infinity. Just saying.
Re: Difficult to take this serious
See also Sweden, with sky-high rape statistics because of a uniquely victim-friendly justice system
Not to mention that in Sweeden 'rape' includes situations where the 'victim' consents at the time but later changes their mind. At least that's how I understand it.
This is what I mean when I start talking about insanity in the climate change debate.
Re: Never mind that!
You mean that GUI that runs like crap and is difficult to use even on a desktop machine?
Android succeeded because it isn't KDE or Gnome bodged to work on a phone
Only an utter fool would try to make KDE or Gnome work on a mobile device with a touchscreen. There are MUCH better DEs (or, in some cases, just WMs) out there for that particular application. TWM wouldn't be a terrible option, but I think you could get better yet. Mind you I'm just going off the top of my head. I looked, briefly, at putting Debian on a phone once and decided it would be more effort than it was worth. And I wasn't even planning on still using it as a phone.
Ubuntu's a turd. I rather like Debian, hence why I'd use it. My experience with Ubuntu is that it falls far short of the stability that I get with Debian while at the same time not really making it any easier to use.
If I ever get an Ubuntu phone the first thing I'll do is replace Ubuntu with Debian.
It's possible my dislike of Ubuntu has overrun my sense in this instance, but dang that's a turd of a distro.
This looks suspiciously like the Parajet Skycar (or Skyrunner now I guess). They've been taking preorders for years. So far as I know that one was the first practical 'flying car' yet no one ever seemed to be talking about it, even after they made a successful trip of over 1k miles in it. That and last time I looked they were taking preorders at half the price of this one.
Re: WIN 95?
Why is the phrase "backward compatability" such a taboo subject at MS?
It's rare that I come to the defense of MS, but it is my believe that anyone who asks that particular question has never tried to implement backward compatibility. If you think Windows is bloated now just wait till they start trying to support everything that ever ran on any version of Windows.
Re: Kettle, met pot, pot meet kettle
75% of the server markets
The rest of what you say rings true, but I suspect that 75% of the server market is based on sales. There's a healthy chunk of the server market not reflected in the sales data. I strongly suspect Microsoft's true share of the server market is closer to the 45-50% mark, but that's only a suspicion. I have neither the time nor the resources nor the care to properly research it without a dependence on sales data.
Re: Kettle, met pot, pot meet kettle
I will believe them to be interoperable on the day when libreoffice will successfully read-in a DOCX index and bilbiography and vice versa.
Er....the difficulty in doing just that kind of thing is sort of why OpenXML isn't one of the formats mentioned if I'm not mistaken.
With the practical demise of KDE and Koffice there is no second implementation for ODF anyway so it fails to be an open standard.
Calligra Suite, AbiWord, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and I'm sure a few I'm not familiar with all fully support ODF. There's 4 implementations right off the top of my head (three if you want to count LibreOffice and OpenOffice as the same one since they have a common ancestrial code base -- a case which could be made). If StarOffice is still around (no idea, haven't look at it in ages) that'd be another one.
My grandfather raised cattle. I grew up working on that farm. Nuff said.
I remember that day.
Yes, it happened in our office. It was the morning we came in to find someone had applied a Frontpage theme to the entire website. (Yes, we had FPSE. No, I was not given a say in the matter.) In investigating to narrow down the potential suspects we found that we had somehow ended up with about 50 domain admins. Sadly there was no way of knowing which heads to roll in our case.
It's not often I disagree with EFF, but....
It costs the telcos money in licensing fees to be able to transmit over the airwaves. They recoup this cost through advertising seen by people who pick up those signals and watch them. So far what Aero is doing sounds good for them because it means more people see the ads. And it probably is, so realistically I think it's pretty dumb of them to complain.
Here's the legal sticking point though (since when do law and reality reside in the same realm?). IT COSTS THEM MONEY in licensing fees to be able to transmit. Aero is essentially letting the telcos foot the biggest chunk of the operating costs in order to provide their service by not having to pay any licensing fees (or have satellites to get feeds, or even a fraction of the broadcasting power, or dealing with advertisers, ect.). It's rather like splitting the lunch ticket evenly between someone who had a side salad and someone who had a 12oz ribeye.
Re: Isn't Bitcoin itself ...
Crypto currency is a gamble
Not much of a gamble if you do it the way I have been. I haven't bought anything for mining. I'm just using what I have and, currently, doing a hair better than breakeven. Actually probably a lot better than breakeven when you consider my computers never got shut down before I started mining. If (and I realize that's a big if) the value of them gets back up to what it was in December I'll have made a tidy profit with basically 0 investment. If they tank, then I've paid another $10 on my electric bill. If they skyrocket like they did last year I might just have enough to buy a better system capable of mining faster.
Now those guys buying $5000 ASICs, THAT'S a gamble. I did the math on that once. By the time you actually get your hands on an ASIC you preordered the difficulty of Bitcoin will have gone up so much that it'll take you years before you're making a profit if the pattern for the ones currently available holds.
Re: Once again
Yes, but I know that they know that I know that they know that I know, so if they know that I know that they know if I ask then perhaps they know that I know that they know that I have a suspicion of where they put the money. I know that they know that I know that they have it.
And yes, they know that I know that I need a tinfoil hat.
Re: Isn't Bitcoin itself ...
How is hyper-inflation avoided if a "coin" can be pulled out of thin air
The more of them there are, the harder it is to mint one, and there is a hard limit on how many will ever be made (which we'll hit in 2041, provided the system survives that long). Add to that the fact that a lot of bitcoin vanishes due to lost or confiscated wallets, and you've got your answer.
In fact the value of the things has soared ever since the US legislature decided they are, in fact, legal. When I first looked at them they were worth $0.20 and relatively easy to mine (my math at the time said I could reasonably expect to get one every month solo mining - if the pools were around yet I didn't know about them). I gave them a pass, thinking that they'd never be worth the effort. (Yes, I'm kicking myself now.) Today they're worth $625, and that's AFTER taking a huge nosedive in value thanks to Mt. Gox's antics.
Re: Xenophobes rule..
I don't think it's xenophobia at all. Outsourcing is, at best, short term gain - long term loss. When you outsource labor you (sometimes) pay less in wages, but you're removing money from the economy that supports your company. A few companies outsourcing a few positions isn't a big deal, but when you have hundreds of companies outsourcing thousands of jobs each that's a lot of money leaving your own economy. When you damage your economy you damage your own bottom line.
I guess what I'm saying is that it simply doesn't make economic sense in the long run to outsource more than a few jobs, and then only if you can't find local talent able to do it for a reasonable salary.
Re: 50% Rejection Not Bad
For Mexicans it is -50% (that it, we import 50% more than we're legally permitted).
Not to defend illegal immigration, but there's a bit of a difference. Indian IT workers are typically doing jobs that would be high paying for Americans and that Americans are willing and able to do.
Illegal Mexican immigrants, on the other hand, typically do low paying work that Americans are unwilling to do for any kind of affordable wage. I spent a summer doing the kind of work that illegals normally get during the summer between high school and college. It was back breaking manual labor, 60 hour weeks of it, and I made a measly $400 a week.* Few Americans are willing to work those hours for that pay, especially if said work involves a more intense workout than you can get at the gym.
*They got around minimum wage by making it a flat rate. So much money for each task, the task in this case being to weed a bean field, with the value being determined by how dense the weeds were in the given field, so a field that took longer paid more. I don't recall all the details, this being 15 years ago and me, at the time, being more interested in being handed a check than worrying about how the wage was calculated.
Personally, I think that gender roles are the expression of a number of mostly biological factors and gender is loosely coupled to sex and sexuality,
I would say very loosely. While most peoples' gender does indeed match their sexual equipment there are many who don't. Furthermore not all people who are biologically gay have gender identities that don't match their sex. There are, for example, some very masculine gay men. Where it gets confusing is when you start dealing with asexuals, bigendered people, and true transexuals (as opposed to a transvestite -- there is a lot of crossover, but not all transvestites suffer from gender dysphoria).
I do believe that there are certain things which, for whatever reason, are more interesting to one gender or the other. For instance men like to hunt more than women do in general(which is probably a holdover from way back when hunting was a necessity of survival and usually handle by the physically stronger men). There are things women are attracted to universally across cultural lines similar to hunting for men, but its late and none come to mind. However a lot of it is socially ingrained. Why, for instance, are men interested in cars? Or, even better, why aren't men interested in sewing (almost a necessary survival skill since everyone has damaged clothes at times that could be saved by rudimentary sewing skills).
Re: Sex is Not Gender
Or have the definitions changed around again? I can't keep up.
People who say gender is fluid haven't ever tried to keep up with the politically correct terms that surround gender.
This idea is so colossally stupid I can't believe anyone would seriously suggest it. The fact that American elections can be bought is part of the problem, and he wants to make buying elections a more direct process. Just pay a million dollars and get a million votes. Idiot.
Besides we have people screaming bloody murder over the rather obvious idea of having to show proof of citizenship when you go to vote. Can you imagine the outcry if the powers that be tried to implement this?
When my kids complain that some toy or game they have isn't good enough, I take it away and don't replace it. You're in prison dude. Be glad you have something to do other than stare at blank walls.
So basically you're saying ditch all the things that make Android so versatile and remove the ability for developers to make a profit directly while adding a layer of complexity for them. If smartphones used the model you're proposing they'd never have taken off.
Wouldn't the type of person who would use this app already be paying attention to the permissions that the apps request via the dialog you get when you go to install them? What's the point of duplicating functionality like this? Or have I missed something?
At which point I'm baffled as to why someone would want somebody else to look after their wallet
Personally I think of my wallets on the exchange I use (not Mt Gox) more like a bank account than a wallet. You make deposits and withdrawals against them just like you would for your savings account. Presumably a trade account with a stock broker would be a better analogy, especially given the way I use mine, but I don't have one of those. (Or rather I do, but my financial advisor -- provided by my employer in case you're wondering -- handles everything dealing with it for me and just tells me how much money I have every few months so I really don't understand how it works.)
A single entity storing wallets is surely a much juicier target than some old-mate with 0.02 of a coin on his local machine
Just like a bank with $500,000 in the vault is a juicier target than some guy with $5 in his pocket. Like I said, the exchange wallets are like bank accounts. Only unlike bank accounts they're not insured. They also don't have as stringent security regulations, though I think most of the respectable ones would meet the regulations for online banking.*
*Bare in mind that the respectable exchanges are far outnumbered by the shady ones.
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