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I want an arrow and "Mostly Harmless"
2470 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010
I want an arrow and "Mostly Harmless"
"on the SharePoint servers that NSA Hawaii needed,""
They really deserve their hardship pay !
"trying to do the same on an old Dell laptop"
always try a Live CD if installing on 'new' hardware. That should show up any major problems ( if any)
"Anyone who says the current state of graphical environments on Linux is good, is full of crap and preaching from the open source bible. X-windows sucks at dealing with monitors dynamically - especially multi-monitor,"
Thank you for joining today to post this but I happen to have different experiences. Plug a monitor into my laptop or netbook and it's recognised and I can use it as a second monitor or display on both. No fuss -it just works.
This on OpenSuse 12.3
"Linux Graphics... is rubbish "
I didn't know that - here's me spent years building protein structures and manipulating thousands of atoms in stereo 3D and all the time it was rubbish. Same with editing 1080p/50 video and playing back the same with hardware acceleration - all rubbish -I'm shocked. Next time I convert RAW DSLR photos I must remember that it's all rubbish I'm experiencing
I think those of us who only use Linux for everything don't have the problem.
"There is binary blobs in the kernel "
Care to enumerate.
"Dogbert's Mission Statement Generator"
I ACTUALLY worked in a department in a company that believed ( the company that is) in dept. mission statements. The Dept. ( a VERY cynical bunch) generated their's by Dogbert's excellent site and either nobody noticed or nobody dared notice in the suits dept.
"“We will pull together disparate engineering efforts today into a coherent set of high-value activities,”"
Dogbert's Mission Statement Generator
"The $ is only needed because of the ' '"
Sorry about that , that's nonsense, IF you put $ in you NEED ' '
"Also, I'm not sure what that $ is doing in that line. Typo?"
AFAIK echo $'The Register on Pi-Lite' can be reduced to echo The Register on Pi-Lite
The $ is only needed because of the ' '
"I guess the NSA aren't even pretending to hide any more.."
Open SOURCE !
"And switch to LibreOffice. A Java-based office suite that runs on all platforms."
Just to pint out that OO/LO is NOT Java-based - it just uses Java fro some activities and one of the project aims is the elimination of Java
From : http://www.libreoffice.org/download/system-requirements/
"For certain features of the software - but not most - Java is required. Java is notably required for Base."
"no need for expensive and dangerous explosive projectiles"
Depends what the target is. A conventional shell with proximity fuse could destroy a target that you didn't hit - this is the likely scenario given the range, however with a railgun a soft-bodied target might simply be holed and without any significant mass to deliver the kinetic energy to it would be like a rifle-bullet hitting tissue paper unless it hit something heavy or vital.
Anyone know what the likely velocity is at ~300kms ??
Ah, yes. Pyke, The Unknown Genius - think that was the name of the book
"Erm. you know BB10 was already completely hacked, right? http://www.secunia.com/advisories/53778"
That'd be along with every other system using the below versions Adobe Flash then - and you really should use "potentially"
"Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.
The vulnerability is reported in the following products and versions:
* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.5.502.135 and prior for Windows
* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.5.502.136 and prior for Macintosh
* Adobe Flash Player versions 126.96.36.1998 and prior for Linux
* Adobe Flash Player versions 188.8.131.52 and prior for Android 4.x
* Adobe Flash Player versions 184.108.40.206 and prior for Android 3.x and 2.x
* Adobe AIR versions 220.127.116.110 and prior for Windows
* Adobe AIR versions 18.104.22.1680 and prior for Macintosh
* Adobe AIR version 22.214.171.1240 for Android
* Adobe AIR version 126.96.36.1990 SDK and Adobe AIR version 188.8.131.520 SDK
"So why are Linux desktops doing similar big re-vamps"
a) Not all of them are.
b) If you don't like a particular desktop you can either customize it or change it for one of several others.
with MS now WYSIWYG but not in a good way.
"doesn't have a funny key with four-square flag"
Almost all my keyboards ( except for some wonderful original 286 IBMs) have this but it doesn't do anything useful ( I always use Linux), mind if I was using Windows I guess it would be even more useless
"Time for the Henry Ford quote again: "If I made what my customers wanted, I'd be making faster horses.""
Difference is that HIS customers bought the product
"What benefit? HS2 goes nowhere near Manchester."
HS2 - love it or loath it is intended to run from London - Birmingham and then branch to Manchester and Leeds. The (eye-watering) costs are in the news currently.
"rather unpleasant if we have a few hundred kilograms of antimatter depart containment inside of the Earth's magnetosphere"
It's an antimatter catalyzed process. It's supposed to only require <micrograms of antiprotons
"all we have to do is build an interstellar starship"
Oh, is that all. Driven by ?
"The laser itself would do a pretty good job of that..."
It's only 20J per pulse so the 'owners' say that it would give you a nasty burn which would likely make you jump out of the way of the next pulse.
Oh, good grief!
The size of the bang depends entirely on how much anti-matter you have. Given it takes an inordinate amount of energy to generate a miniscule amount of antimatter then getting even a decent size 'pop' will probably bankrupt us.
I thought that the Manchester 'baby' was the first electronic stored-program computer in June 1948 and led to the Mk1 and the Ferranti Mk1 ( first commercially available computer). There's a plaque on the wall recording the event near Manchester Dental Hospital
My physics teacher had worked on the Manchester computers and had a photo of himself, stripped to the waist, working in a sweltering nightmare of racks holding chassis. The 'baby' was apparently 17 feet (5.2 m) in length, 7 feet 4 inches (2.24 m) tall, and weighed almost 1 long ton (1.0 t).
As a by-note I started in electronics at ~13 years old with valves, first a regenerative radio and then a record player with a valve amplifier
"Hi AC, you obviously have bad vibes with Linux"
He's RICHTO/TheVogon just trolling - does it all the time, often as AC.
"All that's needed is a cheap method of extracting the universe's most abundant element from a source - sea water probably."
Depends what you mean by cheap. You still need a source of energy at least equivalent to the energy that you are going to get back by 'burning' the hydrogen. And that assumes a method of generating hydrogen at high efficiency and that hopefully doesn't involve carbon. Electrolysis doesn't look too good at the moment even with a lot of development.
Storage and distribution of hydrogen is still a big issue.
This is a problem ?
"26 000 litre of oil....."
So even at a conservative estimate of 20p per litre for the oil that would be £5200 per computer just for the energy - better upgrade your memory
"Who says it was an app?"
As the link in the article states :-
"Recently, an Android application came to us for analysis"
"Are you confusing hydrogen sulphide?"
NO, I'm a chemist - hydrogen sulfide IS VERY toxic but sulfur dioxide is also toxic at the 10 ppm kind of level. One of the major hazards of carbon disulfide, a extremely flammable solvent is the rapid production of sulfur dioxide during a fire. Although many materials are more toxic than sulfur dioxide the fact that 32 g of sulfur can produce 22.4L of sulfur dioxide which is still toxic when diluted with ~ 2 million litres of air would concern me.
"downwind proximity to a large pile of burning Sulfur."
Sulfur dioxide is a VERY toxic material by inhalation.
"How are things at Burston Marsteller today, Mr AC?"
He's not MR AC- he's The Vogon/RICHTO and many other AC posts that are all so obviously from the same person it's pathetic.
"Ebola is a retrovirus,"
As indeed is AIDS
" but the mutation that made so also weakened it to give flue like symptoms. In which case the human race dodged a bullet that day."
If that's is true/confirmed (the link doesn't work) then it actually sounds like a candidate for a vaccine
"we all be up shit creek?"
Unfortunately the only answer is perhaps. If it was as infective, that is to say that there were very few people that had a natural resistance then the population would be decimated without any drug or more likely vaccine breakthroughs - luckily most infections tend to adapt to their hosts and become less aggressive. Let's hope it doesn't happen.
Many distros will install a goodly selection of applications by default and have a GUI package manager that lets the user browse and install/uninstall more. This is what OpenSuse does. The default KDE install includes LibreOffice, an editor, GIMP and other photo programs including a panorama creator, Firefox, audio & video players, CD burner, e-mail, file-manager, rdc and a console ( and lots of other stuff )
All, by the way, on a hierarchical start menu
I think it's perfectly reasonable to research an area, any area, before diving in. To just suggest that the command-line is needed to install a package on Linux without actually knowing that it isn't just shows a kind of arrogance.
"yeah, maybe start by trawling through the internet to find the specific command line needed to extract the package and install it?"
NO !. I install all packages from a GUI and have for years ( certainly since SUSE 4.0)
By research I meant a little research would show plenty of Linux distros where all packages could be installed by GUI ( if that''s what you want ).
"Even installing basic apps I needed to go trawling through the internet to find the specific command line needed to extract the package and installl it"
Well I've been using SUSE and then OpenSUSE since you had to pay for it and it's never needed any of this. Perhaps a little research ?
"When average Consumer Joe goes looking for a printer... and doesn't see anything about Linux Support on the printer box... then as far as they are rightfully concerned.... that printer does NOT support Linux."
The average consumer isn't likely to care because they will have purchased a computer with Windows already installed as do the vast majority - partly because they don't know anything else and partly because it's nigh impossible to buy one with Linux already installed.
Anyone, like me, who assemble their own boxes are far more likely to know about Linux and also check the the suitability of peripherals.
As to Photoshop - if what you want to do is a little level or curve adjustment, resize, crop and sharpening of photos and/or RAW conversion then there are plenty of programs available for Linux including several using 16 bits/plane and I don't mean GIMP.
"its stupid when people say "Just use Linux""
Depends entirely on what you are doing ! I don't need or have access to Windows now I'm retired.
I process RAW digital photos, edit 1080p/50 HD video, design and layout PCBs, program PIC microcontrollers, write software in c, tcl and assembler, and do all the other usual stuff. I have a 3G dongle for my laptop and netbook that just works, several printers/scanners, Skype, Google Earth etc.
Linux is there if it fits your needs. We have 6 machines running it.
"*NEED* to make standard printer/scanner drivers that work out of the box"
I've used Epson lasers, Samsung Lasers, Brother lasers, Epson photo and Epson printer/scanners - only the latter gave any problems but that was sorted several releases of OpenSuse ago. I've never needed to go to a manufacture's site - all the necessary was in the distro.
" I'm working out a plan to migrate everything I can to Linux of some breed."
Good luck with this. After years of PDPs & VAX I moved to a mix of Linux and Windows systems professionally where Windows was used for the corporate guff like e-mail and PP, Word and Linux was used for the big complex scientific software that ran over nights & weekends. At home I was using Linux more or less from the start + Windows. Around ~2004 I switched entirely to Linux for home use and have found no real problem in doing everything I want ( RAW photo processing, HD video editing, programming and the usual stuff + all the scientific software I need)
If you can do everything you want then go for it - I've used OpenSuse for years and would recommend finding a distro you like AND STICKING with it. Even after all these years I still use a Live CD or equivalent first to check for any snags. In fact I carry a USB stick around with a 32-bit version on my keyring.
"Depreciation of the battery is factored into the headline rate of the electricity."
That's what I'm saying - but many people will think that they'll be paying cost of electricity + garage profit. However the depreciation charge will be the majority of the bill.
"so you just pull into a garage when your battery is low and they swap it out for a fully charged unit."
Must also remember that the cost of a 'swap will need to include quite a large charge for depreciation of the battery.
1) Get rich fools to buy systems off this guy
2) Allow to run
3) Measure success/failure by number of law suites (even rich fools have lawyers)
I hate the smell of snake-oil esp. in the morning
"Android has nothing to do with Linux"
"somehow you think an astronauts "real work......."
I'm amazed that a Vogon doesn't know about working in space, mind they are a right bunch of bureaucrats.
"great idea if you don't mind spending weeks rewriting drivers and other crap to get it to work at all "
You do a lot of that do you ? I don't seem to need to !
Standard plain glass is silica (silicon dioxide)
NO it isn't - it's a mix of sodium and calcium silicates + various other bibs and bobs