137 posts • joined 24 Jun 2010
Thank you for your measured response to that comment.
i like this overall idea: £16 plus full retail cost of software to install it, therefore they should discount machines by £16 plus retail for software you don't want ...
£299 Inspiron 3000 (base model)
-£16 McAfee Live Safe remove
-£40 McAfee Live Safe 12 month subscription (approx avg of UK retail)
-£16 MS Office trial remove
-£16 MS Windows 8.1 remove
-£110 MS Windows 8.1 (PC World price, saw it yesterday & still laughing)
brand new PC for £101, with free shipping offer?
Oh OK, go on then Mr Dell, you've twisted my arm ....
Re: I dispair
"Is there no end to their lies, deceit, arrogance and ignorance?"
Is there no beginning to their honesty and competence?
Re: call me a cynic
"(As I understand it, this second factor is the official reason that folks like ATI don't just document their hardware and let the experts write the drivers.)"
At a guess, you could probably remove the word "just" from that sentence, so the rest of it couldn't really apply anyway? As I said though, a guess ....
Re: Database file compatibility
"who runs windows on Itanium these days?" Well, certainly no-one who wants to run Windows Server 2012 ;-)
Re: Probably because it is wrong
"PAEs should be branded, right down to the individuals running or supporting or enabling them, and banned from related activities"
More fun - if it's a non-performing PAE (ie one which does no R&D of it's own, just tries to make money off the efforts of others), then the accussed infringer should be allowed to choose random members of the PAEs management, staff and/or subcontractors, and make them explain under oath what a random patent clause means. If they can't, case dismissed and PAE required to pay all costs plus a huge punitive, with all claimed patents owned by that PAE granted a new status of "free of charge for any use whatsover", Oh, and it's lawyers disbarred.
Re: Avoid the commodity
"I'm not saying that all workloads can have their power significantly reduced, ...... running simple data processing workloads, and running web sites are hugely inefficient because of the way they have evolved and the tools used to write them."
Very true: why, for example, in a system specification I recently reviewed (it had come from a reasonably sized consultancy) have things like dual-socket x quad core boxes just to run caching in front of a web server farm? Surely that's the sort of job crying out for lower power boxes with lots of RAM, not big (ok, relatively big-ish) tin with RAID5 for the O/S (!) and SAN access for the cache data (again, "!") Surely a small (maybe 32 bit, maybe 64, does it matter for this task?) ARM server can do something as simple as a static file cache, with the correct software and configuration?
well if Mr Obama does, why shouldn't NASA? At least this is a more appropriate place .....
Oh, it's a Friday afternoon ... have a nice cold one to help get rid of the image of the motorcyle-riding kangaroos, before you start seeing two of each of them :)
"Firstly such a generic term should never have been granted as a trademark in the first place."
Next we'll have patents being granted for obvious ideas for which there are loads of examples of prior art that even the most cursory search would reveal.
Wait, the USPTO already does that. My mistake.
"There's an OBE for Joanna Shields, head of the "Tech City" government push to create a white-hot technology business zone in East London, which has seen hundreds of "digital businesses" spring up in the area (many, sad to say, with a distinctly Nathan Barley air about them - or no particular tech aspects at all other than having a website)."
Don't forget that OBE stands for "other buggers' efforts" .....
"Zhang and his team say that they named stanene by combining stannum, the Latin word for tin, and "ene", borrowed from that other much-touted one atom–thick wonder material, graphene. We also suspect that they added "ene" simply because, well, it's the materials science suffix du jour."
It's pure coincidence he's from Stanford then ....
for the general hoi polloi
or, even, for hoi polloi
my view, for what it's worth (probably not much) is that A Non e-mouse is correct; all I'd add is that "Cisco isn't going to compete with any of its partners, or its channel," any more than it does so at the moment (which can be quite a lot, at times).
the chapter in Freakonomics about names is good, including the story of the two Lane boys called Winner and Loser, respectively.
Loser graduates, becomes NYPD sergeant etc. whereas "The most noteworthy achievement of Winner Lane .. is the the sheer length of his criminal record".
But my favourite in there has to be the poor kid called Amcher. You've got to be especially "gifted" to name your child after the Albany Medical Center Hospital Emergency room.
Re: Green fatigue
@spleen, got to worry about those tortoises. They have important jobs :)
"Also the street price/performance numbers will be lower than list price/performance, depending on how good you are at getting a discount from your supplier"
when was the last time anyone paid Oracle list price for anything ?
"TalkTalk, of course, debuted its Homesafe system in 2011. That system, provided by Huawei, works by harvesting every URL visited by every TalkTalk customer. It then follows them to each web page and scans for threats, creating a master blacklist and a whitelist of dangerous and safe URLs."
Nothing wrong with that in principle (please read rest of this sentence before downvoting) provided the name & contact details of the human beings reviewing every single exact URL are published, along with that exact URL (ie not just www.dodgysite.com but www.dodgysite.com/pages/12/terribleppic.jpg) that's been blocked, and replace e.g. blocked images with something that identifies the individual person who chose to block it.
Then make those individuals personally liable under civil law should they block anything that is not illegal, and their employers liable for a penalty equal to one years' revenue from each affected subscriber per exact URL affected by filtering of legal content. Just for completeness, then make the MPs and campaigners who support this nonsense accept joint & several liability for all fines and penalties.
Tube cleaners to strike
How will we tell?
"What you smell is what you get,
Burger King and piss and sweat.
You roast to death in the boiling heat,
With tourists treading on your feet,
And chewing gum on every seat "
(warning, the language is possibly a little strong for most workplaces)
"every ISP for every big of dodgy / copyright infringing material they transmit"
under a strict interpretation of some of the half-dozen Home Office proposals on this over the last few years, that is EXACTLY what they would like to introduce, at the behest of the lazy organisations (like the FA or most of the music industry) who simply can't be bothered to identify actual infringers and proceed with evidence of infringing acts by named parties, but just want blanket bans.
Re: M$ again
that is possibly unfair.
One thing is definitely true, however: the only monopoly that is completely legal and is actively enforced across the EU is the EU itself
"The real problem is that patents are issued without adequate examination, and once issued there is a presumption of validity with negligible penalties for ...... incompetent examination."
You mean there are penalties for incompetent examination?
Re: Groklaw dead ?
from Ms. Jones's last post:
"So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't."
Re: So far, not so good, but when was it any better ?
"A lot of businesses, large and small are still using Windows XP because of the applications they are using."
A lot of people are running XP because that's what was on their PC when it shipped, and they were given no choice by the machine vendor.
just looked at the "advice sheets" accompanying some of the
important information stuff from the govt on this, reminded me of this classic:
Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject - the bleeding obvious.
Re: Another Twitter triumph
" Also note that a smiley face at the end of a tweet more than compensates for any amount of inconvenience, cluelessness, incompetence and bureaucratic idiocy."
whereas if you only need to compensate for an amazing amount of idiocy, just use an
"People will be wondering how many other skeletons there are in the SFO cupboard that the attorney general is aware of but is declining to make public. The government needs to get a grip, get to the bottom of this mess and come clean about exactly what went wrong and how."
They don't need to wonder, they just need to have been reading Private Eye's coverage of the Serious Farce Office over the last decade - it was just as bad under Labour, Ms. Thornberry. The only way these sorts of things will change is when all of the individuals concerned are publicly named and then fired, and made to pay any ICO fines out of their own pockets.
Re: Duck test = fish test!
alternatively, "If she weighs the same as a duck... she's made of wood!"
have a relative who was actually told by HSBC staffer that if (s)he didn't install Rapport and McAfee their computer would be hacked into and used for distributing illegal content. Presumably the staffer in question was offering to pay for the licences ....
While the banks are allowed to employ morons like that, and we're not allowed to smack them about the head repeatedly, they should not be allowed to insist on particular software that only runs on particular operating systems. It's as stupid as BBC saying iPlayer is only available on platforms that they like but claiming it's a publicly available service, and advertising it on their advertising-free (hahaha) channels.
Re: 'Yes, I would like porn please.'
"They will be banning carrier pigeons next."
specifically, they'll ban RFC1149 and 2549 .. .and whatever the IPv6 version is .. .
Re: This problem was solved in 2003
problem with that is most politicians will never have heard of RFCs - those that can spell it, that is.
Re: I thought it worked like this...
that highlights the stupidity of the tax rules, not whether or not someone should do it ...
Re: making it up
"Bit cheeky really, making something up and conning lots of gullible people into believing it"
Yes, that sort of thing should be left to the professionals, aka political parties
Re: Virgin Media tried this
a genuine AUP that just says "so long as you don't bugger up our network (or do stuff that's illegal), we really don't give a shit." would be good to see :-) Wonder if El Reg readers feel like starting an ISP?
"It was a scaremongering sales pitch."
Most big 4 pitches look like that at some point ..
"And it was poor."
unlike the partners in the big 4
oh look, it's Friday afternoon :-)
so get the answers from the audit committee, then separately get the answers to the same questions from the IT people at the sharp end. If the two sets of answers differ, start sacking people. Sorry, I meant "suggesting they consider new and exciting challenges in their career outside of the current organisation" (we are talking audit-speak, after all)
" I guess some people just have no shame."
They are politicians. Of course they have no shame.
Re: Job title
shame the News of the World isn't around to help out
Re: "family-friendly content filters" != "porn filter"
"I already know that O2 sometimes (always?) consider looking up opening times at a pubs website to be an adult activity, blocked by default" - which has a certain irony, given the wifi in at least one local pub is provided by .. O2 ..
Re: He speaks with a forked tongue
"If you want internet providers to be more responsible then fine, get them to offer family locks at no cost so people can use them without having to get too deep into their computers. "
On the other hand, that means telling voters that they actually are responsible for their own actions and activities & saying they can't blame unnamed others. No politician is going to do that ....
i know someone posted this earlier but it's worth repeating?
"If you choose censored you are advised: Sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP or move to North Korea. Our services are all unfiltered."
only a very very very incompetent bureaucracy would tell their leaders this was a sensible and practical policy. Sorry Sir Humphrey, you fail. Yet again.
Re: You have to wonder how well it's going to work
complete and total ignorance on the part of filter-controlling extremists who despise a sport they can't understand.
or just stupidity.
Re: I like how they state .....
"How about this for a FOI request? Before this is made live they publish the browsing history of every serving MP and Member of the Lords for us all to see they are as squeaky clean and wholesome as they expect us to be."
Don't forget the same for every single person working for the responsible ministries, every single person who will have access to the list of banned stuff, every single person who will have access to any record of who browsed what, and every single law enforcement, security service or other employee / contractor who will have access to any data whatsoever generated by the filtering.
Oh, and make MPs who vote for it pay for the whole stupid thing out of their own pockets.
Re: The term 'innovation' has been eroded beyond meaninglessness.
it's a terrible shame.
It's even more of a shame that USPTO knowingly and actively facilitated that erosion by granting patents on completely nebulous concepts that actually require little invention or research.
Next they'll do a patent on "politician spouts nonsense".
It's not non-obvious and it's not innovative, it happens all over the world.
(apparently posts have to contain letters.)
there won't be any consequences for the individuals concerned, will there though .. there never are. When was the last time that a govt department / local council actually named the individual(s) responsible and made them pay the fines themselves?
You're right, it's about time the people who accept the salaries for the jobs also accept the responsibilities, and face consequences when they do not, and are not allowed to use public funds to pay fines.
In other news, Southeastern have managed an entire week with every single train on time, and a squadron of flying pigs has been spotted.
Re: @billse10 and @Steve FOster
B) seems like Quebec doesn't want you doing business there. Can't go doing things for people who don't speak the right language, can you, wouldn't be right ... (although one of the funniest things I've read for ages is Stephen Clarke's "1000 Years of Annoying the French")
Maybe they should just have a vote on changing the constitutional make-up of the entire nation of Canada and not give a vote to anyone outside Quebec.
Oh, wait, Alec Salmond's already patented that idea in scotland ....
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