230 posts • joined Tuesday 6th April 2010 14:55 GMT
"Among those battling to avoid nil points are ..."
I think you meant to say "Among those battling to get nil points are ..."".
There aren't many countries left in Europe that can afford to host that particular financial albatross. I keep waiting for Ireland to submit "My Lovely Horse". Last year they got pretty close.
Re: I can change my password ...
Use your toes? Bingo, ten more sites!
"Is the graphics and large file transfer performance in Ubuntu still a lot slower than Windows 8 ..."
Do you have a citation for that? Or perhaps some context?
What big teeth you have grandma
"News International's chief infosec officer, on the other hand, says ... "
Taking security advice from News International? The irony.
Re: Been around the world and I, I, I...
Apparently there are 193 member states, two observer states and 11 other states.
Question is, does this mean that Amazon recognises Palestine as a state? Or Taiwan? Potential diplomatic minefield right there.
Re: Triple Microsoft tax bingo
Where to start.
> ... it had seriously questionable IP
Does it? What IP would you be referring to? Or does your NDA stop you discussing it?
> ... MS are rightly claiming royalties for the technologies they developed
Really? Like to tell us all what this technology is?
> ... That no credible company has tried to take them to court suggests that they have something valid.
No it doesn't. It suggests it's cheaper and less painful to give in.
> ... , but actually they don't have to tell us,
And there is the crux of the problem. I notice they're still not going after the source of the "infringement".
> ... frankly, I can't be arsed.
That much was evident.
"Depicting Kim Jong-un as a pig"
That's not just any pig. Tripitaka would be most displeased with your ignorance.
Re: I'm not sure ...
The Reg needs a floating comments system so your post can be raised to the top of the stack. It seems a shame that it's buried away here on the second page.
You've pretty much hit the nail on the head. There seems to be an incredible rush to get new technology into the classroom long before anyone's worked out if it's actually going to be of any use.
"If the PCs running XP do not have access the the internet then i see no problem having them running past the end of life. A P4 box with 512mb RAM is quite capable of running XP and office software ..."
And how are those office files getting on and off the machine? USB drives? Floppies? A surface of attack (not matter how small or odd) is still a possible problem.
I see your point and generally agree with you. I'm sure there will be a lot of Win XP machines at the back of warehouses and connected to small production lines that will happily carry on as normal. However, over time they tend to get forgotten about and can become the "Typhoid Mary" of your office.
As much as I hate the upgrade treadmill it's worth looking at what's going to happen to them over the next year.
"I've enjoyed reading your informative, erudite and witty comments ... "
You must be reading a different site!
Take care and good luck.
Re: Of the things I'd like to see in the next...
"Would be a Linux version of the Taskmanager.exe to kill off all these seized up and frozen applications, and File Transfers I'm getting off my NAS"
Check your desktop environment. KDE and XFCE both have it (and I assume GNOME does as well but can't speak from experience). There are other DE independent task managers.
But then if you've got that many seized up and frozen applications then you have bigger problems than not being able to find the process manager.
Like a browser's "do not track" option, if it's off by default you clearly didn't mean it.
"One issue, what was the last bit of kit you had a PS/2 port on?"
The two Dell boxes I'm sat in front of at work right now, the desktop and server sat at home and the media PC under the TV. With the exception of the media PC they're all under five years old.
PS/2 has no limit on simultaneous key presses. However, USB is limited to (I think) six regular keys. Additionally some operating systems / BIOS setups / embedded systems don't support USB keyboards.
Personally I stick to USB as it's usable on a wider selection of "regular" machines, but I can see why some people might prefer PS/2 . For those odd situations I keep an old PS/2 as well as an IBM AT keyboard at the back of the cupboard.
Re: And so?
"I don't quite get the visceral hatred of advertising."
Because it's sanctioned lying.
"... bypassing any landing page though the use of crowd-sourced experience to provide connectivity without user intervention."
It means "we took it from the press release". Which in turn means "written by a marketing droid"
Faster, higher, better ...
... but never lasts as long.
The merits of 4G aside, I do wish the phone manufacturers would put more effort into battery life. We've gone from phones and PDAs which would last most of the week to barely scraping though 24 hours.
A net connected personal device is great, and I use it every day, but how did end up in a situation where you feel nervous spending a full day away from a charging point?
Re: ooohh 200million clubcard vouchers stolen !
"Did you you check or did you just assume?"
Satire is dead.
Re: I can't fault Farcebook for following the rules
Yes you can fault someone for following the rules. What is legal and what is right are not necessarily the same thing.
"On a more serious note this might be a good advertisement to increase near earth orbit funding"
It's just the universe's gentle reminder that everyone clinging to the same small rocky planet isn't a safe bet. (civilisation wise)
Now, must go sort out some off planet backups for my data.
Re: Take them to the cleaners, Benny!
I think it was meant to be a joke.
Shock Comment from Microsoft HQ
"What? People are actually buying these things?"
" ... and playing things like Slay on it (just bought the Android version - about the tenth time I've bought that game, one way or another, since Windows 3.1)."
Good lord, I'd forgotten all about that game. I didn't even realise there was an Android version.
Well that's my next long train journey sorted. Thanks.
Re: Negative reviews are more valuable
I tend to find the middling reviews are the the most informative. "Feels flimsy but then it was cheap", "Service slow but otherwise food good", that sort of stuff. It it gives you a much better idea of what you're getting into.
The five star raves and one star rants tend to be biased or generally uninformative.
The fact that it's done through Facebook aside, an automated message to your "friends" is a little lacking in sincerity.
Perhaps there's an app in that idea; a daily check on your friends status' for any mention of deceased and we'll rush out flowers and bill your credit card. That way your prompt response will make it look like you really care.
Re: If i upload something that i don't own
"The case that's specifically interesting is what happens if I take a picture of someone, which Instagram then use to sell advertising?"
I assume the line "Instagram does not claim ownership of ... " is some kind of legalese that leaves you responsible for the image but they get to profit off it.
Re: MS Outlook
"... You'll need to change the registry to turn on Query Builder though"
"... 20gig defaults for 2003/7 but fixable by a registry tweak"
I love the way Windows is so easy for the layman to use.
Re: Sheen off the Apple?
It's nothing new. Sheen's been off his apple for a while now.
Re: It's a launch pad
"No. What it's taught us is that some people will believe anything if it's written down in black and white. But we knew that already."
Should I just believe that or do you have a citation?
It's a launch pad
I agree. It's a very good starting point for getting an overview of a subject and I find it's generally correct. However, it should only really be viewed as a launch pad into other sources of information. Always be very wary of any fact without an external citation.
Why the hate of Wikipedia? Those who make their living out of producing content love to point out any errors/pranks as evidence that unpaid content doesn't work.
The sad thing is it's a great, if imperfect, achievement that gets bashed far more often than praised. However, if there's one lasting legacy of Wikipedia it's that it has hopefully taught people to be more critical about the source of their knowledge.
All that effort
Then don't. No one is forcing you.
Mass trolling outbreak on Tumblr
And did anyone notice any difference?
Yes, Malware. Software with malicious or malevolent intent.
Get something inside a corporate network to map it's topology and what is being used where and send that information home.
Re: The golden rule of passwords is to assume that they can be seen by anybody ...
"Personally, I can't big up LastPass enough (not just because it's free)."
The problem I have with LastPass is the catastrophic single point of failure. I'm sure they work hard to avoid that (it is after all their entire business), but it still feels kind of uncomfortable.
Re: It it's not true...
As long as it's just my head that's sore.
Them probing aliens ....
It's certainly a good way to generate a list of people not to hire.
Ark Of The Covenant unboxing FAIL!
Pros: Convenient carry handles, invincible armies.
Cons: Annoying angel of death feature.
Summary: A must have gadget for anyone planning world domination. Although best avoided if you're a bit of a Nazi.
Re: Tax Bills
Well done to him for actually paying some tax. However, I can't help but think that when one man's tax bill is about three thousand times more than the global average income, something is wrong with the world.
[A quick google came up with a few sources from early this year citing the global average salary at about $18,000. ]
Re: niginx is not that "popular"
Nginx has been gaining a lot of popularity over the last couple of years as a load balancer in front of Apache. The usage statistics for Debian (only one distribution I know) show quit an uptake. But as the article states, that might be there target "market"
(By the way, I know the Register was only quoting directly from the Securelist blog, but it's Debian Squeeze not Squeezy. Typo on their part I assume)
Remastered for iTunes
By remastered, do they mean the current trend of making it louder with less definition?
(I'd recommend Highway to Hell)
"But, how does it /know/ "
Someone looks at it and makes a decision.
This sort of directory approach is far from definitive. It's just a collection of reasonably good sites that fall into certain categories as selected by someone. But as the article notes, for users "new to the internet" (they do turn up from time to time) it's a useful way to find a bunch sites you might be interested in. Otherwise an initial search for something like football can lead to decision fatigue.
If you can't travel back in time to Yahoo circa 1996 to try it out then have a look at the Open Directory
Re: I have a bad feeling about this
Star Wars Juniors: Tweeny versions of the Skywalker kids, R2-D2, C-3PO (and for some unfathomable reason Jar Jar Binks and an Ewok) travel the galaxy in a new hip version of the Millennium Falcon solving crimes and moralising about other people lives.
"What's that C-3PO? If only Mr Vader had stayed with the traditional family unit and not fallen for the false religion of the dark side? Why I know a song about that"
"Give me a beat box R2 ....."
[I think a little piece of my childhood just died while writing this comment]
Repeat after me ...
"You are not the customer, you are the product."
So how much of an uproar will be needed for Facebook to offer an easy way to turn this off?
We heard you like ...
As with BBM are these VoIP calls channelled through RIM's own analytic ... sorry I mean "messaging" servers?
Re: White v Hispanic and Black
"The influx of so many Hispanic people and their higher birth rate will change the balance of the country forever. In some parts of the US only Spanish is spoken as there is no need to speak English."
An influx of foreigners into the Americas you say? Possible extinction of the native language you say?
Surely this is unprecedented! Its ancient culture and traditions must be saved.
Thanks. Those twenty two words were starting to look like quite a colossal task until I saw your tl;dr.
Re: movin on up
"Very true about that move, least for filing."
Filing: The entering of a legal document into the public record.
Was that meant to be a euphemism?
Re: @ Bakunin
Perhaps I've over simplified it, but the line ...
"Fox maintains that Dish’s ad-skipping system, called AutoHop, not only breaches its content supply contract with Dish but that it also amounts to copyright infringement."
... seemed to imply that Dish already has a right to produce DVRs, but the ad-skipping part was what annoyed them.
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