170 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
Microsoft loves linux
.. and hugs it, and squeezes it,
And calls it George
Re: Depends on assumptions
> But how many cars these days can only do 30mpg?
Mine - 1.8L Honda FRV (Automatic). It might be my driving style (surely not!) but around town I get 25 MPG. Open motorway gets me to about 33..
I'd love to still be able to run a manual (likewise still be able to ride a motorbike) but arthritis in various joints cuts that idea out.
Re: I suspect
Or even (please, please) an new 17" Macbook Pro.. mine is getting a bit long in the tooth!
> someone has to open a weaponized Powerpoint document
Not always - if you are using Outlook and have auto-preview on it can get opened automatically..
Re: Ah, Netscape Navigator! I knew it well, Horatio
Hmm.. Demon. In the early days anyway - before it got borged and reborged..
One of the reasons I chose Demon was because it had lots of FAQs on getting my Slackware linux install to autodial via my Zoom 14.4K modem on demand. Then had FAQs for doing bonded lines on Home Highway. The had FAQs for securing SMTP servers in the shiny new DSL era.
Stayed with them (and kept my 158.152 address) right up until I had to deal with their new offshored, scripted, "I'm sorry sir but I have to talk you through all the tests you did last time you phoned us just so I can tick the box before calling BT to fix the issue you have had several times before and have a known fix for" spiel. Icon is because of what they became, not what they started as.
IDNet were quite a relief, and have stayed that way.
Re: Cello and Winsock
>Lynx on a 2400 bit/s modem was my introduction to the webernet
Ahh.. youth! I remember my 1200/75 baud non-autodial modem in the early/mid 80's. Dialling Almac. (yes, yes, I know it wasn't the collection of tubes but it was part of a (sort of) world wide network in FidoNet).
Kids today etc etc etc
Re: Brought to you
>Morris Minors were cool.
And still are (or at least my wifes MM is..). and tax free :-)
Re: I'd like a cam collar
>this means she tries her hardest now to get rid of collars, and she's very good at doing so
Our previous generation of cats were too - we gave up after 3 collars per cat disappeared within an hour of being fitted..
Re: Cats have some strange people.
>They're not like dogs, but the social cues are there
Well quite. And (since I was programmed by cats from an early age) reasonably easy to read.
Confuses the hell out of dogs though - the major indicators are completely opposite (dog put ears back == submissive. Cat does likewise == prepare to get shredded. Same applies to tail wagging and lying on their backs..)
Re: so, what's your favorite text editor?
> emacs or vi?
>Microsoft says it's still committed to its Surface tablets despite disappointing sales,
"The [team] released a statement that the [manager] has the full confidence of the Board and will remain in place for the remainer of [his/her] contract.
Any allegations of him/her/it were seen at the local job centre last week were categorically false.
>paradigm created by NeXTSTEP, OpenStep and GNUStep
Followed by DUBStep?
> So if I wish to feast on breakfast bacon butties tomorrow, I'll need to get some in
M&S do some olive and chilli chiabattas that go fairly nicely with good bacon..
.. has a little more explanation:
I suspect some scumb^Wlawer is trying to cash in with the hope that Chocolate F^HMountain will quietly pay them off to stop them making a fuss.
Re: sign of the times
> purchase clothing that changes colour according to the wearer's body temperature
Already done - I had a t-shirt in the mid-80's that did exactly that.
Re: Flaw in the argument
>By the time you have washed your bakers, peeled them and chipped them
You don't have to peel potatoes to chip them - just sayin'..
> Nor will you have other cats when you click on a Hypercat link
I think my dominatrix senior female cat (name is Kelda.. and she lives up to that name every day!) might have something to say about unapproved minions^Wcats coming into the house..
Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!
>President Obama has made it clear that the greatest nation on earth
I didn't know he had the authority to talk on behalf of China..
Ok, OK, mine's the red overcoat with the copy of Long March in the pocket..
Re: Ian M
> EE Smith's Lensman books, which are available as free ebooks.
> Dated, especially the romance
And the casual racism, the overt sexism etc etc.
Not noticeable to an 8-year old child back in the 70s but all too jarring now.
Re: @Steve Crook - DVD double bill
> I'd go for it. Films only have to be entertaining
I present the evidence: Dark Star.
Re: Neat list they've got there...
>...I think the only thing missing from it is a certain book
> written by one Abdul Alhazred...
I get confused - is that the one about Hastur, the one that Hastur is in or the one that doesn't mention Has^&)76* <Carrier lost>
Re: The numbers don't add up
"It processes more than 500 complex messages a second."
Is that all? In the late 80s/early 90s I worked for an airline CRS processing 20K entries/second of a *roughly* equivalent complexity.
Mind you, we had a nice big S/370 (actually two - one for comms and one for agent entries) to play with and as much DASD space as you could fit in a football (UK edition) field-sized room. And a nice dark room to trap newbie tape monkeys in.
Kids today eh? They think they invented it all...
Re: Crude scrawl?
>Milton Keynes *is* an alien spreadsheet.
Aaand we're back in the world of The Laundry..
A species confined to Autralasia is responsible for the Arabian stories about Rocs?
Tell me - did you do geography at school?
"All the downsides of mainframes without the benefits"
Re: Irrelevant observation number 1:
>Surely every car already has built in call handling (i.e. bluetooth)?
I'd love to know how to do that in my wifes 1966 Morris Minor 1000..
In which variety of the English language is that a word? I shall be cancelling my subscription forthwith!
Re: Carbs are the killers
>Rice is very starchy - you simply don't need carbs.
Different rice types have different starch types. Basmati rice (for example) has a slow-release starch (compared to normal long-grain rice anyway) - which is why it's better for t2 diabetcs..
Re: Am I the only one.....
>Who keeps reading it as Cortina?
No - and I suspect it's be as reliable as my old, much hacked-around(*) Cortina Mk 3.
(*) 2 litre-block fitted but still using the 1.6 carbs/manifolds. Nuts replaced at random with metric or Whitworth almost-fits. Split pins replaced by nails hammered through and then bent round. Fuel tank 'fixed' with bathroom sealant. Floor with some additional ventilation holes that made driving in the wet a soggy experience (and contributed to the interesting aroma inside). A coolant pump that regularly fell off, even when using araldite or locktite on the bolt threads. Finally sold for scrap for more money than I paid for it. Icon because that's mostly what it did - except when my Dad was towing me and had to brake sharply when a moron pulled out in front of him. His disk-brakes worked superbly. My (non-vacuum-assisted-because-no-engine-power) brakes didn't. Opps.
Re: Good luck enforcing those rules, Vladimir
> try taking a haggis, even tinned haggis, into those united states of america.
I shudder what their reaction to Andouillette would be..
Re: Perfect use
>There aren't very many other companies that can keep their users
>marching to such an aggressive upgrade pace
Except maybe a small Korean company you may have heard of.. Oh - and a Seattle-based software and devices company.
And HP/Dell/Lenovo - new models every 3 months.
Re: I got told off my the police once.
>Took my lens out, cleaned it, waited 2 minutes for my eye to open
>properly again and put the lens back in
I did something similar (on the M25) but got a copper with a clue(TM). He was happy that I'd stopped rather than trying to carry on with less than 50% vision..
He was a bike cop. I've yet to meet one of those that didn't have a clue.
>These 'DIFFERENT COUNTRIES' may have completely different road rules
Like the US guys I worked with who wondered why they kept being pulled over after turning left at red lights..
The concept of "our traffic laws are different" hadn't occurred to them! I think our local plod used to haunt the lights near our office as an easy way of making their quota.
Re: Paper shortages
>I would suggest checking out Pathfinder.
Seconded, thirded and fourthed. Been playing D&D (and Traveller, Call of Cthulu, GURPS etc etc) since the mid-80's and Pathfinder is one of the better ones I've played).
My other favourite was Rolemaster but it kind of lost its way.
Re: building "productivity" software for all
>Dogs and cats frolicking together in the streets!
I'll have you know that my cats and dogs frolic on regular occasions. For 'look at me wrong and I'm going to punch you on the nose with all my claws out' values of frolic anyway..
Re: why not take it all the way in.
>Most high density urban areas have conduits in place to large buildings
Oh really? In which universe?
Maybe in a nice new-build area but certainly not in most bits of the civilised world* that I'm familiar with..
*Europe. Y'know, that place where towns and cities are usually more than 200 years old..
Re: why not take it all the way in.
>slit the ground and run the cable 6-inches deep and have it to the house in 20 minutes
The phrase 'wayleave' springs to mind.
Re: Exact Change
Re: Islay Malt
"</You Poured it On a Fish?>"
Well - back in the good old days of British Neo-Prog quite a lot of it was poured *into* a Fish..
Especially when using software from a vendor who insists they know about security and controllability better than you do and specialises in insecure point 'n drool setups..
Re: Swirling JDs??
>I'm often of the opinion that if you've tried Scotch and not liked it, you simply
>haven't found the right one for you, the variety is extensive.
I discovered the English Whisky Company recently. They have an array of really quite nice whiskies (slightly elevated prices though!).
Chapter 7 whisky from EWC. True manna in a glass. Main issue is that it seems to evaporate from the glass really, really quickly!
Re: The next big thing
Oi! Don't diss the beard! We unixy/linuxy/techonerds have owned the facial hair for much longer than those media luuvies who think that, because they can install an app on their iThing, they are technical gurus!
<Retires behind fortress made of 1990s-era tech manuals>
>it would place dinosaurs in a small category: among living creatures
>the best-known animal with a similar metabolic profile is the Great White Shark
Aha! Dinosaurs died out because the lasers attached to their heads kept mis-firing! None of that asteroid strike nonsense - it's those Frikken Lasers(TM)!
Re: All wrong ...
>>a boffin is the guy who will go a day (and night) without food because
>>he encountered an interesting problem.
>And get irritated if you interrupt him, in order to give him a sandwich.
If those were the criteria then I would be a boffin. Being degreeless and working in IT I really, really don't qualify!
Mind you, give me a nice knotty problem (preferrably involving the interaction of several poorly-understood systems behaving in a chaotic manner) and the outside world goes away. It's only the pesky requirement of my bodys desire to.. err.. eliminate that tends to drag me away. Just as well I have sufficient adipose tissue to keep me powered for a while!
When supping with the devil..
.. make sure you use a long spoon. Advice formerly given to Microsoft 'partners' that I suspect is also aposite for Samsung partners..
Re: "NEVER to purchase ANYTHING I see advertised before a youtube video."
>If only there was a meatworld version of Adblock so that checkout assistants
>wouldn't ask if I had a Nectar card/Clubcard...you've been asking that for 20
>years plus and the answer is still no.
And in the same wonderful world they also wouldn't look a me (almost 50, male) and say pityingly "do you need help with your packing?"
Strangly enough, they never seem to ask my wife the same question.
The other one that bugs me is them giving me the "please enter your PIN" prompt. The same prompt that I can SEE ON THE SCREEN OF THE CARD READER!
I can read y'know. Despite the handicap of being male and 50-ish (see above)
Re: Why didn't they...
>have left behind some quantum signature in those copper atoms !
Aha - the homeopathy argument of data management :-)
Re: Blast from the past
Arrrgh! My eyes!
Re: well if you're all naming your favourites.....
xedit running on an IBM s/370 with VM/CMS..
Tried the PC version recently and it made me realise how limited it was.
Re: Real men run WordStar
>uploaded it by bicycle
Luxury! I had to hand-assemble the metal atoms into viable form then persuade 500 cats to carry them to El Reg!
How many I'll get back after the Vultures have finished with them is anybodies guess. Or how many less vultures El Reg will have after meeting the cats..
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