Re: Why pay fees at all?
a government standardised version of Linux
Much though I love Linux, the idea of a distro originated by the government sounds like sheer hell.
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a government standardised version of Linux
Much though I love Linux, the idea of a distro originated by the government sounds like sheer hell.
Windows 3.1 came on 7 floppies
Funny, it seems like more in my recollection. Maybe I used to install NT from floppies?
I loved the picture, though.
Why not just ditch VAT?
Because it's a very cheap tax to collect. This is obviously attractive from the government's point of view, but it's also a benefit to us as tax-payers. If the government needs £20k of my income to spend every year, I'd far rather pay an extra £100 for collection costs than an extra £1000.
This factor is generally overlooked by people devising complicated "fair" taxation schemes. They may be more equitable, but we're all worse off because of the money wasted on collection.
1999 called - they want their web pages back.
The reference to the Carbolic Smoke Ball also seems to be some kind of dig, since the case involved a company that refused to deliver on its promises. Though I have to say that Sanbolic is a name that sounds more like bog cleaner than storage virtualisation.
I think you're mistaken in thinking that the z-spelling is distinctively American, although it may be more popular there. It used to be the norm (and maybe still is at OUP) that "-ise" is used for Latin roots and "-ize" for Greek roots, of which "democracy" is unquestionably one.
Voland's right hand wrote "One I know of is 7 layers", but I mis-read it as "One I know of is 7 lawyers". Appropriate, maybe.
The Raspberry Pi angle and the references to Victorian appearance and steampunk strongly suggest that it won't be a working model. Also, look how much time and trouble the Science Museum expended on the construction of the Difference Engine No 2.
A lot of nasty, back stabbing ignorant keyboard warriors hell bent on spewing shite and yet contributing nothing to the world as a whole.
That's no way to talk about El Reg commentards!
The OP wrote "already effected public systems". If he's using effect as a transitive verb then that would mean that Microsoft, or their patch, had created or brought about public systems. Notwithstanding its etymology, effect is rarely used with a concrete object; in fact its use as a verb seems to be confined to objects that have a sense of "change" or "result". This suggests to me that the word intended was affect.
"The white heat of the technological revolution" is actually a slight paraphrasing of the contents of Howard Wilson's 1 October, 1963 speech
And "Howard Wilson" is actually a slight paraphrasing of Harold Wilson's name.
because they're very cheap to run.
Until they become reasonably numerous, at which time governments will start to notice the amount of fuel duty they're losing. Thereafter electric power will be subject to a two-tier taxation regime similar to the one currently applied to diesel.
At present, as I understand it, there are really only two kinds of Windows 10 installation: corporate, for which you need to pay for some kind of multiple license, and personal, which you pay for by letting Microsoft spy on you in all the horrible ways described here.
It's fairly obvious that the large corporates are never going to allow any of the spying and unconditional updating that personal users are subject to. Most of them have spent the past 20 years discovering the support nightmare that comes with free-form Windows desktops and working hard to get a lid on it.
But what about the numerous SMEs? Most of them aren't large enough for site licenses and corporate desktop builds, but that doesn't mean they'll roll over and accept unscheduled updates and phone-home spying. Unless MS is prepared to write off this community of users, there has to be a paid, non-volume, version of W10 with no spying and no forced updating.
http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/ At the bottom is #Windows 10... have fun as it's a long list.
The author of this hosts file evidently thinks you can use it to confound the Windows 10 reporting. The post that started this thread believes Windows is bypassing the hosts file. Does anyone know which it is?
Either way, I suppose a proxy server would be another way to prevent Windows phoning home.
One of the main features of the original Arpanet project was to create a network that would be resilient to damage. At the time they were thinking in terms of nuclear war. Now it seems that Arpanet's successor gets stuffed by a bit of broken fibre. Good to see evidence of progress.
You might solve that with a PAYG SIM that never gets topped-up.
buttons to electrically slide the front seats
When the chauffeur is driving, you're allowed to slide him back and forward.
these babies can be plumbed into your regular water supply to save having to top them up
Unfortunately I'm so far behind the curve that none of my fireplaces has a water supply. I suppose I could have a fake wood fire in the bath, but that would mean taking the coal out.
But being filament bulbs, they don't last long.
The longest-lasting light bulb in the world* is a filament bulb. This one's in California, but I'm sure I've read of another ancient bulb in Scotland.
* apologies for the Daily Fail link - it was just what came up on Google.
You are aware that people are animals, yeah?
If you think that means animals are people, you need to spend some time studying predicate logic.
Vegetarianism is a lifestyle choice/ethical position. Herbivorous is the word you're looking for.
"herbivorous" is only the word you're looking for if they ate leaves or grasses. If they ate fruit, it's "fructivorous". It's odd that there doesn't seem to be a word for anything-except-meat-eaters.
Get over yourselves, rape isn't funny, racism isn't funny, knocking minorities isn't funny.
True. None of the above is intrinsically funny, but they may all be the subject of funny jokes (see clown shoes, above).
If the El Reg forums are going to become infested by lip-pursing, "we are not amused", PC bores, then I'll be looking elsewhere for entertainment.
"I.Q-wise, sub Saharan Africans have the lowest i.q in the world"
Even if a citation is produced (which I think highly unlikely), it's almost certain to be a result of cultural bias in the IQ test.
The Greeks and Romans lived, I suppose, very comfortably, though they had no linen. - Adam Smith
It's a bit late in the day to correct Adam Smith, but is that true? The Egyptians were famed for linen that was fine enough to be translucent. It's visible on some ancient paintings. I'd be surprised if the Romans didn't import either the textile or the technology.
It often looks as if the motor manufacturers, having arrived late on the computer scene, decided that they didn't need to learn from the decades of experience accumulated within that industry. I suspect this may have led them to believe they could get away with anything if it was done in software.
I should have thought that Michigan's requirements are pretty much the same as the other 49 states, and have a lot in common with most big municipalities throughout the world. Hasn't this problem been solved already?
the green screen was just a screen, for a VT100 terminal
AFAIK, the VT100 only ever had a black-and-white screen. If the screen was green it was either a VT100-compatible or possibly a VT220.
The grim truth is that most modern socks are everlasting. They start life as cotton or wool "rich", but after a few dozen sessions in the tumble drier you're left with thin but indestructible polyester socks.
Ever notice that socks disappear, but clothes hangers multiply?
Wire and plastic hangers multiply. Wooden clothes hangers seem to time-travel. One day you take a jacket out and find that the hanger seems to have originated from a tailor in pre-war Budapest (an era and location with which I have no known connection).
Magna Carta ... a pain to read (it’s in Latin)
I used to have a Bodleian reader's ticket, sadly lost during the decades since I was an undergraduate. That was in Latin, too.
The description of the stack in Swindon and the protocol for delivering books to Oxford sounds delightfully like the operation of an old-fashioned disk drive This is especially true of the part where they're considering moving popular books to the nearer shelves. I wonder if they'll start running a near cache in Broad Street.
While agreeing entirely with your sentiment, I have to say that you can probably clean a lot of moats for the cost of an interplanetary mission. Besides, we wouldn't want to be caught with our moats dirty when the aliens pay us a return visit.
Early in my working life I had a job in publishing calculating cost-per-thousand for display ads using readership statistics*. To judge from a quick Google, this is still how advertising space is evaluated. That being the case, it should be simple enough to calculate the ad revenue per reader and offer to remove the ads on payment of this amount.
The payment for content model has always worked for books and learned journals. Both have successfully transferred it from print to digital media.
* I'm a reformed character now. You can tell how long ago it was from the fact that I had to use a slide rule.
I'm reasonably sure Pam Ayres' accent is Oxfordshire. Viewed from Shoreditch, I suppose that's West Country.
However the IPT has rejected the possibility of a class-action-type lawsuit and says that anyone concerned that they may have been spied on must submit their complaint individually.
So the IPT would be happy to receive, process and reply to an individual complaint from everybody? Seems like they're setting themselves up for a paper DDOS.
Then there's the mythical skills. I explain that I've used Java for 15 years, and I've developed software in just about every part of an application, but I still hear "Yes, but do you know Core Java?"
"Limited" or "LTD" seems to have originated with trains, though I've never been able to work out what it was meant to signify. I suppose it's a bit like calling a European car "Express" or "Inter City".
So what alarm does it raise when you turn off the pavement onto the logging road?
As this is an urban SUV, I think you mean "what alarm does it raise when you turn off the road and mount the kerb to drop off schoolchildren or unload shopping?"
Everyone should send HSBC a letter informing them that they are in arrears and that they will be charged £25 for the letter.
I've always regarded the use of "awesome" to mean "really quite good" as indicative of a two-digit IQ. Now along comes the twee neologism "awesomesauce" as a marker for single-digit IQs.
1. Milibore declares that the electorate for the Labour leadership will in future include anyone who signs up as a supporter.
2. People sign up as supporters.
3. Harperson decides she doesn't like some of the people who've signed up so she disenfranchises them.
It seems all supporters are equal, but some supporters are more equal than others. In what way is this not gerrymandering?
I don't want to seem ignorant, but what does KU stand for?
Google suggests: Kansas University; London's award winning gay bar; KU Software; KU Bookstore, the source for Kansas Jayhawks; or Ku band, a band of microwave radio frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum. The last looks the most relevant, but I can't see what the role of the pedants is.
Thinking about it, it all depends whether the €800 a month is supposed to fund treatments that will enable the sufferer to live a normal lifestyle, or whether it's a subsidy for her off-grid lifestyle in the Pyrenees. In the first case, it's a provision of treatment; in the second, it's participating in a neurotic fantasy.
There's a tricky ethical issue here. Supposing that subsidising the off-grid lifestyle is cheaper than treating the neurosis, and given that it's the course of action the patient would prefer, is it acceptable to withhold treatment from somebody who is ill?
Something being intangible or irrational really isn't grounds to deny study or treatment.
But it might be grounds to deny a handout of €800 a month.
Natural Language Processing is a hard problem and translating from one to another gives compound difficulty
I have read that the basis of Google Translate isn't the traditional Natural Language Processing algorithms that get confused by arrows and bananas. They realised that despite decades of work parsing algorithms that translate by extracting meaning are still inadequate. So it basically translates by searching for existing translations of words and phrases. I assume that there must be a lot of algorithmic processing to assign appropriate weight to selected translations, too.
The compound difficulty aspect is interesting. Because of the way it works, Google Translate can translate between language pairs where there is no history of human translation.
There's a non-techical article here.
It's easy enough to spot when Stephen Fry offers a ridiculous explanation of a technical subject on QI (as he did here and here and here - just two examples amog many).
That's what's wrong with arts graduates like Stephen Fry, they don't know that 1 + 1 + 1 = 2.
In the days before everyone and his dog was signed up for ADSL by BT, geeks had the idea of sharing their network connections via meshed wireless.... Whatever happened to them?
In the days when BT was telling us that we would never, ever get ADSL in our village because it was technically impossible, there was a company dedicated to delivering rural broadband via wireless. I signed up and volunteered to have an aerial mast installed on top of my house.
No sooner had the wireless company started installation, than BT suddenly discovered ADSL was possible after all. So the company went bust and I had to pay somebody to remove the aerial.
Interestingly, when BT began to install FTTC around the country, we started to see posters and leaflets from a non-BT company promising super-fast fibre to villages in the area. I registered an interest, but I could never find out any more about the company. Shortly after, BT decided to run fibre to all the villages. I can't help wondering if somebody invented the "fibre company" as a stalking horse to get BT moving.
You might try something of the kind in Docklands/Greenwich.
It used to be said that you can walk from Oxford to Cambridge on land owned by St John's College, Oxford.
Dateline Cambridge Science Park - owned by Trinity College.
Why do they need to summon a human to "verify your bags"? All the till needs to do is check incremental weight. It should be the same with my bags (typical hessian bags-for-life) as it is with the supermarket's polythene bags. It's not as if I'm asking it to accommodate my desire to pack my groceries on top of a hundredweight sack of coal that I happen to have with me.
Does he wear white flannel trousers etc.?
They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”
Thin? More like non-existent.
Koi carp don't sound very alternative. My sympathies are with the otter.