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Re: It can be a grey area ...
support in my mind ... expires with resale, like a car warranty
Whatever the situation in your mind may be, it's not the case in the real world. Whenever I've bought second-hand cars I have had the benefit of any unexpired manufacturer's warranty. I have never been asked whether I was the original purchaser.
This thing seems to be an overpriced file server with limited features and flexibility. Several posts have described how you could achieve better results for a much smaller outlay.
But in what sense is it a cloud? Or is everything a cloud now, in the same way that everything once used to be turbo?
"The Chocolate Factory has been not-so-quietly hovering up companies"
I think you mean either Hoovering, or possibly Dysoning.
Epsom dot-matrix printer
I've heard that they go through the print queue like a dose of salts.
Re: That's progress!
If you can't remember the shortcuts you need, how the hell are you going to remember what icons represent them?
Exactly. I find that I frequently click the wrong button on the Windows taskbar. Toad for Excel, Outlook for Explorer - the evidence suggests that selection by colour tends to override selection by image, which makes sense, given that colour perception is immediate, while image interpretation takes time.
+1 for the Clippy paragraph.
Re: A daft question...
I suppose it looks wet because the impressions are sharper.
I believe the maximum gradient of a heap of sand is a function of the cohesiveness of the sand and the strength of gravity. Wet sand takes sharper impressions because it's cohesive so the micro-structures that constitute the impression have steeper edges. Impressions in Martian sand are sharper because of the lower gravity.
It's also possible that impressions in dry sand are rapidly blurred by air movement. The thin atmosphere on Mars would reduce this effect.
Disclaimer: I know absolutely nothing about soil science and I'm making this up as I go along
What is it about the Human relationship with computers ?
They are by design, meant to enhance our lives and make things quicker and somehow less beurocratic
I hear some computers even include spell-checkers.
Re: Connect me! @Big_Boomer
DIN plugs...falling out
I once fitted some audio equipment with incredibly sexy DIN plugs that had a screw-down (or possibly bayonet) collar that would prevent them falling out.
SCART connectors, on the other hand, were designed specifically for falling-out. I didn't know they were French, but it doesn't surprise me.
often you don’t remember things in quite the same way as they are being recounted by some smart-arse who’s just snorted a line of hindsight
One of the bizarre experiences of advancing age is to see your own youth recycled as period drama, and to sit there spotting the anachronisms.
Re: IE is much better than it was previously...
It still won't run on anything except Windows :)
Actually, there still seem to be compatibility issues. A client called me recently about an old GWT application I wrote for him some five years ago. In the latest IE version it displays blank screens. It continues to work without issue in the latest versions of FF and Chrome. Leopard, spots.
Eight cameras were used to record subjects' movement on an ~8.5m course
I would guess that 8.5m is about a dozen paces for the average person. It doesn't sound like you could get a significant sample of normal walking over that distance, even if you do use eight cameras.
How much texting can even a phone zombie do in the time it takes to cross a moderately large room?
Re: new-car envy?
that whole 'that was the week' sketch with the 2 ronnies and cleese
Point of information: it was The Frost Report.
Re: Gadgets are king
reliability ... is really the only test of build quality
The trouble is, most of today's cars are pretty reliable and durable. Without the year-coded* registration plates, you can usually only differentiate a 10-year-old car from a 2-year-old one if you have some expertise in the subtle styling changes from year to year.
Cars are now such a mature technology that the only way to differentiate models within a price range is by additional features. IT features are attractive because they have very low run-on cost.
*Can anybody explain why the British Government supports a numbering scheme that has no other purpose than to boost new-car envy?
Re: Ted talks
"As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem"
In view of which, "Biting the hand that feeds IT" isn't really an apposite tag line. I suppose "Picking at the rotting carcases left behind by IT" lacks the killer double meaning.
Sorry, El Reg.
Re: Please God no
I seem to recall Leibnitz wrote about window-less monads. In those days I never got up early enough to make it to a lecture, otherwise I might also be able to tell you what they are.
It wasn’t was a straightforward reproduction of the existing National Semiconductor SC/MP evaluation system.
Make your mind up. Was it or wasn't it?
Non Anglii sed Hispanici
a lot of south America is sort of Anglo Saxon too thanks to the Spanish
The Angles and the Saxons seem to have come from North-West Germany or South Denmark. More colloquially, the term refers to people from England. In recent usage it describes people from North America or former British imperial possessions, whose ancestors came from Britain, Scandinavia or the Germanic countries of Europe.
I can't see how the Spanish, or Spanish-speaking countries in South America fit into this. If we're going to categorise people by their Dark Age antecedents, then Visigoth, or perhaps Moorish, would be more appropriate for Spain.
I suppose the Germans who emigrated to South America in a hurry in 1945 might count as Anglo-Saxons.
"Lolita" covered in a "Bible" dust jacket back in the 60s
I know which one I'd be more embarrassed to be seen reading (though the Penguin Classics edition that I read had a slightly disturbing cover).
Lolita was regarded as a significant piece of literature in the 60s - in 1962 there was a feature film directed by Stanley Kubrick. If it's unacceptable today then that's probably a consequence of recent paedophilephobia.
Re: There's a missing option on the list:
There's a missing option on the list:
(o) All of the above.
The question is Which book would you least like to get caught reading?. "Least" requires a single selection. If you dislike them all equally, the logically correct, though misleading answer is "None of the above".
Actually, I agree entirely with the opinion you're expressing, but I can't resist the chance to annoy the AC above who doesn't like to see logical fallacies corrected.
I suppose this is the intransitive use of "enjoy", as found in the infuriating exhortation "Enjoy!".
the sooner the NSA will be able to insert the seeds of future backdoors into it
No doubt. But I don't think the NSA or comparable organisations like GCHQ would see it in their interests to share this information with the copyright protection faction. They might all be evil in their own way, but this doesn't amount to an alignment of interest. Intelligence organisations are invariably reluctant to share.
"the poor appealed to her husband"
I assumed this was a symptom of machine translation. In Italian "la povera" means "the poor woman", but it translates literally as "the poor".
Every decade seems to have its own artificial sweetener. Stevia is the flavour of the moment, preceded by Sucralose, Aspartame, Cyclamate and Saccharine. Animal feed companies have a repertoire of other sweeteners that are presumably not certified for human consumption.
Unfortunately there is evidence that consumption of artificial sweeteners is associated with extra calorie intake and weight gain. Hence, presumably, their use in animal feed.
In this frenzied homophobic atmosphere, all gay men were regarded as security risks
This would be about the time when John Maynard Keynes was sent to America to negotiate the post-war loan on behalf of the British government. It seems unlikely that nobody knew about Keynes' sexual orientation, so clearly the judgement was more nuanced than this implies.
Re: Ahh, the days of real calcluators
The first electronic calculator I used was in a council Treasurer's office. It was about the size of a cash register, and had eleven rows of eleven keys (0-9 and decimal), and the display used Nixie cold-cathode tubes. This was about five years before decimalisation, so we had to convert £sd to decimal before entering and back again to use the result. A conversion table was stored by the calculator, but I'm still surprised it was worth the effort.
In the early 70s I had a job where I spent weeks performing calculations on magazine readership statistics using a slide-rule. I tried to persuade my boss to buy an electronic calculator, but it appeared that my time was cheaper than the calculator, so all I got was the occasional loan of horrible old electro-mechanical things, still with 11x11 keyboards. The basic models would only add and subtract. The more advanced ones could multiply and divide, but the interminable gear-grinding process made you wish you hadn't bothered.
"...annonymisers [sic]," the BT spokesman said
You must have an exceptionally good ear for pronunciation. What exactly was it about the way the BT spokesman said "anonymisers" that alerted you to the fact that if he had written it down he would have spelled it incorrectly?
Or do you, perhaps, mean "wrote", rather than "said"?
“We think it would be great if the BBC made Radio 1 or Radio 2 DAB only!”, Paul Keenan, Bauer CEO told the Go Digital festival
It may come as a surprise to you, Mr Keenan, but BBC radio stations are run as a service to the listeners, most of whom are the people who pay for the service. They aren't there to provide leverage for your failed marketing effort.
Am I the only one...
... who read the title "Excise Xmas prezzie indecision misery" and expected a story about somebody's gift stuck in Customs because they couldn't decide what it was?
games like ... interactive carpeting
Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but I have to say that "interactive carpeting" sounds like the dullest game ever. I assume that it's a computer simulation of the thrill-packed life of a carpet fitter.
Authors who care about comprehension usually qualify abbreviations the first time they use them. So what's a PPA? OK, this is a technical site where explanation may be considered otiose. But I'm enough of a technician to earn a good living at it, I'm also a regular Linux Mint user, and I haven't a clue what a PPA is. Perhaps I haven't been paying attention.
Google is your friend, of course. But would it have cost anything to indicate which of the 2,520,000 PPA results is meant? Is it Professional Publishers Association, Prescription Pricing Division, Performance Preparation Academy, Personal Package Archive, Power purchase agreement, The Play Providers Association, PPA Awards, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, or one of the other 2,519,992?
Most of the functionality seems to duplicate an application that I installed on my phone (about three years ago, so there are probably better versions available). Obviously that doesn't do swimming, but it does use GPS and records altitude change.
Also, the cost was a fraction of the price of this gadget, and I can wear a proper watch instead of a nasty plastic thing.
Re: @ Kubla: Where have you been? USB has always had a square connector!
I was aware that there had always been a square connector. What I didn't appreciate was that the small connectors on portable kit are also Type B. Having never seen any other devices with full-size Type B, I assumed that it was a connector specific to printers.
I know better now. Thanks.
my laptop has a plethora of USB2/3 connections on it
Does anyone know why there has to be a special USB connector for printers? I can understand the motivation for min and micro USB variants, but what's the driving force behind "just like USB, only square"?
Re: wood chip
Why shouldn't trees be felled for power generation? We're not talking immemorial elms and Amazon rainforests, but trees that are grown as a crop. It makes as much sense to deplore the use of potatoes for food.
On my drive to work I pass fields full of trees that are clearly being grown as biomass. I don't know what species they are, but they're spindly and close-packed. As far as I know they're harvested long before they grow into big trees. It's the modern equivalent to coppicing.
Thank goodness Alex Salmond has is going to rid us of the Royal Bank of Scotland after Scottish independence.
What? He doesn't want it?
I bet the RBS shareholders are seriously worried about the security of their investment. Oh, hang on....
I have a PDP-11/05 (circa 1975)
How big is it? I worked on a slightly younger PDP-11/23 and it was the size of a wardrobe, with massive lead weights in the bottom (which we only discovered after carrying it upstairs). I also briefly worked on a PDP-8. That was the size of two sideboards.
50% of what?
There will be no switchover until the majority of listening is digital
with the number of adults with access to a DAB digital radio up 10%
It sounds suspiciously like there's an assumption that when the number of adults with access to a DAB radio exceeds 50% that will mean that the former condition has been met. This is emphatically not the case.
"...shifted between geophysical regions..."
Would I be correct in supposing that "geophysical regions" are the same as geographical regions, except they sound more impressive? Or are Amazon running databases in parts of the lithosphere and mantle?
There's a long list of once-invincible companies that are now history. The technology industry is especially unforgiving. Think of Kodak and Polaroid. To some extent it even happened to IBM; they managed to survive, but they have nothing like the reach that IBM had in the third quarter of the last century.
So the same fate probably awaits Microsoft, Intel, Apple, perhaps even Google.
Re: why this obsession with aeroplanes?
Why do terrorists try to blow up aeroplanes? Like other criminals they seem to be more driven by vague emotional motivations than cold logic. Why do crack-heads steal car radios? In a world where the only people without one are those who've just had one stolen, I don't suppose they fetch a lot of money.
Maybe it's because the airliner is a symbol to them of western technology. Maybe it's because people already fear flying despite the fact that it's one of the safest ways to travel.
WYSIWYG != WYGIWYE
I'm very much not an emacs expert, but in my experience the problem is not the absence of WYSIWYG.
What You Get may well be What You See, but it's not necessarily What You Expected. For someone of my modest skills, emacs is a sort of WYGIWYG (What You Get Is What You're Given) editor.
AFAIK the law prohibits use of a mobile phone. There's no way to tell from the picture whether it was taken with a mobile phone (illegal), or whether it was a full-plate camera complete with a tripod (presumably not explicitly forbidden).
Re: SQL 2014
"I didn't realise SQL was shorthand for SQL Server ;)"
It's actually shorthand for badge-engineered Sybase.
Re: The fourth R
OO-programming turns your brain to mush
I'm an OO programmer myself, so I'm bound to disagree, either because you're wrong, or because my mushy brain is incapable of seeing that you're right. Mushy or not, it can identify the syntax errors in your post.
The fourth R
Almost all the systems I've worked on in the past 20 years have used relational databases as their back-end storage. One curious thing I've noticed is the extent to which otherwise competent, even brilliant, developers fall apart when they start to work on a database.
It's the same thing over and over. A primary key is too much trouble - let's just have a unique index. Normalisation is for anal-retentive obsessives. Why use a surrogate key when we can index several attributes? Let's just pretend that the database is a kind of flat-file storage.
This surprises me. I'm a self-taught developer with nothing more than O Level maths, but it seems obvious that getting the data design right is fairly easy and pays big dividends. My colleagues, on the other hand, who have been educated and trained to a high level in this stuff, mostly fail to get it.
Sanger was a truly great Briton. In view of this, and of the fact that the Sanger Centre is in Cambridgeshire, and spells its name correctly, why does the article say "in 1993 he would open a research center"?
I don't believe there have ever been any research centers [sic] near Cambridge. There used to be Build Center [sic] and Plumb Center [sic], but I'm glad to say they seem to have failed to prosper, and now have different names.
Re: I predict
"Heavy clouds and a lack of visibility in the British Isles"
We call this Winter
Summer is similar, but shorter.
What is it with glyphs, icons, hieroglyphs etc? We've spent 3000 years developing a system for unambiguous written communication, and we're getting to the point where nearly everybody in the world can read it. But instruction leaflets and public signs increasingly consist of a set of glyphs and icons like some pre-school party game. I look forward to the law suit where the plaintiff says he couldn't understand the instructions for his chain saw because they were entirely in picture language, whereas grown-ups communicate in words.
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