140 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
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..
Presumably they used the World Tree to get to Oz?
> The surgery I use has a website where you can login and do these things
Which is all very well if you:
a) Have an internet connection
b) are not terrified by the InterWebNetThingy
c) Have a computer.
There are a *lot* of people that come into one of those 3 categories and any system needs to take them into account too.
>as would your chosen default pharmacy automatically fulfilling your prescription.
Maybe for some people, but not for me. The only item on my prescription that could be described as regular is the diabetes stuff - but even that is subject to variation depending on need.
The other stuff I get on prescription I order when needed. A regular order would either lead to me ending up with a stockpile of unused and out-of-date drugs (bad) or running out (worse!).
A million neurons?
So - about the same as the average politician then!
>Guard pages around individual sensitive allocations, causing this memcpy() to trigger a fault?
Or something akin to what IBM S/370 mainframes do (S/360 maybe too but I've only experience of writing assembler on an S/370 running TPF) - the first byte of each core block (4k - yay!) has a block owner ID and any attempt to read or write to that byte by something that isn't the process owner triggers a fatal error..
Of course, all that means that your corewalker just has to avoid the first byte and it's safe but the principle can be extended.
That word doesn't mean what you think it means..
And I'm referring to 'Ultimate'. Does this mean that the chipset cannot ever be beaten? No mobile processor from now on will be better?
Of course it doesn't.
Marketing - first up against the wall when the revolution comes!
Re: XP Needs to Die
>Win 7 even introduced useful tweeks such as when you press F2 to
>change a file name the extension isn't selected.
You mean the same as the default for MacOS? Nice to see MS 'innovating'..
Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?
>day my grandmother came back home, my hippie cousin gave her a homeopathic drink of dandelion >leaves and some other things. Two hours later,
Don't confuse herbalism with homeopathy... a large proportion of our pharmacopea is derived from compounds found in plants (asprin being a good example - it's a safer form of the compound found in willow bark).
Of course, the problems with herbalism are:
1. You don't have to be licensed to practice
2. The dosage in the mix will vary according to several factors (freshness, time in the lifecycle the plant was picked, how it was processed, the particular strain of the plant used etc etc)
And the combination of the two means it's pretty dangerous. Add in interactions between the drugs in the herbs and the drugs in the medicine and you have a recipe for bad things to happen
Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?
My mother was in a wheelchair caused by psoriatic arthritis. She was told after 20 years of failed treatments that she would never walk again, and she was literally left to waste away in a wheelchair and die. She turned to homeopathy, and now 10 years later, and double the weight she was in the wheelchair, walks several miles per day and is quite energetic and well known on the car-boot scene.
Speaking as someone who has PSA (and it's not much fun) it varies immensely depending on your mental state. Since the placebo effect is a mental effect, it's entirely possible that her belief that the medication works did leave to an improvement - not because the homeopathy worked, but because she believed it would.
Me - I'll stick to my sulphasalazine and leflunomide - they have proper tested double-blind clinical trials that show they work. But then I'm the offspring of an industrial pharmacist and a nurse so (as far as the homeopaths are concerned) I'm already in the camp of evil (or science, as I'd prefer to call it).
Re: Like El Reg readers have never had that experience before.
>Sugar Free Gummi Bears
.. have the opposite effect on me. Like most sugar-free stuff :-(
Which is unfortunate with my newly-aquired sugar intolerance.
Punch and Judy?
Does that mean there is a Fish involved? Inquiring mind etc etc
Re: A translation
"When they kill innocent civilians it's abhorrent terrorism. When we kill innocent civilians it's entirely acceptable and justifiable collateral damage."
In a song I wrote many, many years ago:
Bombs in cars or bombs from the sky,
What's the difference when innocents die?
Re: but side-cutters are STILL pliers
Burn the heretic!
Re: Mission creep ?
>Meaning you get to play with parcel tape guns and staple guns
Hmm.. staple guns..
<Drifts off into memory, winces..>
"MS Reader was a pioneering effort but it was released years ahead of suitable hardware. By the time some good device were appearing Microsoft had lost interest and failed to form the right partnerships to push the LIT format."
Pioneering? Hardly. fbreader was around a good bit before MS Reader and could also be used as an offline web-reader..
I remember it well on my Nokia 770 tablet.
Re: Sysadmins - the new buggy whip manufacturers
"Please, opensourceland, make a mail server that the boss can use with Outlook and not tell the difference, that I can get running without 10 years of linux and development experience, and I will happily put the time in to learn how to drive it."
They do - it's call Zimbra. OK - so not open-source any more but it doesn't involve the use of the Windows Spawn of Satan..
I have only one thing to say:
>> females may smoothen the talk a bit, allowing a consensus to be reached.
>AKA - "The Thatcher effect"
AKA - when I want your opinion I'll give it to you..
(Spitting Image - ah, where are you now!)
Re: I wonder
>Stars may be unlikely to collide but they do risk being slung out
>of the galaxy and losing the protection against cosmic rays which
>the galaxy's magnetic field
But at least it takes them out of the Slow Zone and into the Zone of Thought..
Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!
>Sorry to hear you had such a boring Y2K. Where I worked, programs
>were actually fixed, and vendor patches applied. Not a sticker in sight.
Likewise. And then the next set of vendor patches applied as the previous set had broken another facet of y2k compatibility..
I'm looking at you Microsoft! Strangely enough, all the unix machines we were patching were much less hassle!
>first remote-controlled robot to enter the stricken Fukushima nuclear facility
.. that it's the same robot being used in Brazil!
"unprecedented customization opportunities,"
ie "We'll put so much tat on it that it'll run about as fast as Windows Vista on a 486.."
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
>Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics.
Points at 1966 Morris Minor on drive. No electronics *at* all. Electrics, yes. Electronics.. no.
And a nice bloke wot does when things go wrong. Me - I just herd things that go beep.
Re: "a small doohickey comprising 32KB of battery-backed RAM to hold the firmware ..."
>good old-fashioned EPROMs (the UV-erasable kind)
Which (cough) allegedly worked fine for using in various sideways ROM boards on the BBC. Or so I'm told..
EPROM blower? What EPROM blower?
Re: Maybe I'm just too old...
>...but you say "Sigourney" and I think "cast iron bitch with a pulse rifle".
And a nice line in personal exoskeletons..
Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code
>The danger is that the VPs and managers of the future will think they can "code" because they did
>some parrot-fashion HTML and Scratch lessons at primary school.
When I was at primary school HTML didn't exist. Neither did home computers. Even HTMLs daddy (SGML) wasn't defined until 1986 (by which time I'd almost done^Wfailed my A levels..)
Kids today eh?
Re: I'm waiting for a character update ....
>a bottle and a half of wine (or corresponding amount of concentrate) every day. That is alcoholism level
>consumption by any standard.
Not in the Georgian era.. I seem to recall that a gentleman of the era would routinely get through 2-3 bottles of wine a day.
Strangely enough, I appear to have just bought two Georgian-pattern high-capacity glasses. Hic haec hoc!
So now all we need..
Is someone producing low-cost ARM-based servers that can be easily scaled (so I can afford a baby one at home and work can afford a rack-full).
Then I can ditch the expensive and noisy Dell 2950 I have at home and put in some nice quiet ARM servers to suit all my virtualisation needs,,
Well - one can dream!
"The Nokia 770 Internet tablet is a wireless Internet appliance"
I have one (and the 800 that came after it).
Nice devices (for their time) but I really, really wouldn't call them a tablet! I mostly used mine as an ebook reader (with fbreader) or as a GPS device with NavMan.
Good for the time, but nowhere in the same league as a proper tablet.
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