145 posts • joined 22 Sep 2010
When I bought my first e-book, I had to decide: B&N or Amazon.
Didn't have a smart-phone or a tablet. Didn't want to buy a dedicated e-reader yet. Didn't have a Windows or MacOS computer. With the Amazon e-book, I could read it on my Linux desktop and laptop. With the B&N e-book: nope.
Not much of a choice after all. I've since bought a number of e-books from Amazon and a Kindle paperwhite (which I use mostly with library books and things like PDFs of owners manuals for various things). If B&N had provided a way for Linux users to read their e-books, I probably would have leaned towards B&N just for the sake of keeping some competition alive -- but that ship has sunk.
Because you gave Google permission.
"In the same way that the post office doesn't open letters and parcels unless a warrant has been received concerning the recipient or sender, I can't for the life of me see why online services should be treated any differently."
Because when you signed up for your "free" e-mail account, you paid for it by giving Google permission to sift through all your email and other data looking for whatever they want.
Re: It's nice to see people are chipping away on the DMCA
"In curtailing personal freedoms, the US is turning into the world leader,"
That's all an extension of a Bush policy based on the "they hate our freedom" theory.
If we eliminate all our freedom, then nobody will hate us anymore, and we'll all be safe from terrorists!
Bush and company were very enthusiastic about eliminating freedom in the US and had made a pretty good start on it. Some of us had hoped that Obama would reverse course on that plan, but we've been sadly disappointed. Progress towards freedom-elimination may have slowed a little at best...
But sharks can't fly...
So you do you get the sharks up in the air?
Price isn't based on cost
Price in a particular market isn't determined by cost of manufacture, cost of shipping, or the price in some other market.
Price is determined by what people are willing to pay for something.
Apparently Brits are willing to pay more.
Stop buying MS Office, and the price will go down.
No point at all
I agree the story seems to be both pointless and wrong.
All the primary evidence seems to agree with Wikipedia and Google. I don't put much faith in her comments about being born on Bastille day.
I suppose the author could start claiming the birth certificate is a fake, but then I'm afraid he'd be lumped with with all the Fox-news right-wing wackos still harping on about their conspiracy theory that Obama was not really born in the US.
Re: Plus ca change ...
"Of course they couldn't take money at the desk, nor dispense it. But as long as you wanted a new chequebook, or a chat about a loan, brilliant."
Perhaps I'm the odd one out, but I never go into a bank unless I need to talk to somebody at a desk.
I get my cash from ATMs, and deposit checks with my phone.
I rarely deposit cash, but I can do that at the ATM 24/7 too.
About 5 years ago when I bought my house I needed a cashiers check for the closing. That's the last time I used a cashier behind a counter -- and I'm pretty sure somebody sitting at a desk could have done that as well since all they did was type on a computer terminal and then walk over and pick up the check off the printer.
Nice job making the illustration captions illegible
I don't suppose there's a version of that .jpg where captions are legible?
Re: It's all very wonderful
I've flown from US to London and back maybe a dozen times and US to Australia a few times. All those trips were coach except for one, and flying long-distance in coach is definitely less pleasant than business or first. But, a while back I read a biography of John Adams which included detailed descriptions of _his_ trips between the colonies and England. He had better class accomodations than most, but compared to that even coach class on the cheapest airlines is a delight. Steerage class on the ocean liners of the 20th century wasn't exactly a picnic in the park either.
I thought LL _was_ a parody.
You're not going to tell me all that dim-wittedness is for real are you? She's clearly devoting her whole _life_ as a 24/7 performance that parodies the pointlessly rich and famous.
Well done Lindsay!
Oddly chosen URL for the article
The URL is
yet from the article:
"Micron Technology – ... – has announced what appear to be cheery results today."
"Net income was a pleasing $806m compared to just $43m a year ago."
"Micron's own-branded SSD revenue was 20 per cent of the flash revenue – a 60 per cent plus growth rate from the second quarter."
"Micron said demand for PC DRAM was more better than initially expected."
If that's dissappointment, sign me up for some!
Re: Let's apply this quota to Sports Leagues
I've noticed that overweight, out-of-shape, 50-something men who can't throw a baseball are drastically under-represented in major league professional baseball. I demand this disparity be addressed immediately.
I'll be waiting with bated breath for my contract offer to arrive in my mailbox.
"Well, pray you don't get a dodgy ram stick."
Don't worry, you won't.
Because there is no ram stick (more technically called a DIMM module).
There are just some ram chips soldered to the motherboard instead. That's the whole point of the gripe: there are no ram sticks nor sockets to stick 'em in.
"I dunno. Predatory pricing is kinda an on point description of Apple's MO."
No, it isn't. The phrase "predatory pricing" has a very specific meaning:
That is most definitly _not_ what Apple does.
Re: Priced out
"Now, private punters don't like transaction charges and can get an account without them from one of the big rip-off artists (who make their money back on selling debt and outrageous "whoops" charges) so they can get a deal which, on the surface, looks better by staying right where they are."
I don't ever get charged the "whoops" charges, so not only does it look like a better deal on the surface, it _is_ a better deal. There are no transaction charges, I have a no fee credit card which rebates 1.5 percent of transactions, no ATM fees, free cashiers checks, and they pay a small but non-zero interest on deposits As long as I keep the total balance below $100,000 there is absolutely no risk.
I do have to pay to have check blanks printed, but since I only write a dozen or so checks a year, that cost is pretty negligible.
Can I get it w/o the pre-installed bloatware?
I'd give it a serial look if I could get it with with plain, generic Androind sans all the bloatware and the mucked-up UI that manufacturers always put on their devices to provide "product differentiation" (or whatever their calling the particular flavor of manure they splat onto the devices this month to make them less usable (unique, but less usable).
Re: Oh good
"Just wait till the boss discovers he booked me on the wrong course!"
My motto is:
You never know what might be useful at your next job...
PCIe PHYs use FR4 fiberglass?
From the fine article:
"PCIe 4.0 PHYs will still be fabricated using good ol' FR-4 glass epoxy electrical insulator as their foundation."
I don't get it. A PCIe PHY is an IC. They don't use FR-4 fiberglass -- that's what printed circuit boards are made out of. A PCIe PHY is generally soldered on to a motherboard that's made of FR4, but the PHY itself is not fabricated using FR4.
Can somebody lend me a clue?
I've got an Osborne-1 that still works
I've got an Osborne 1 "portable" computer in the garage that still works.
I booted it up last summer and fired up wordstar to show it to my teenage
nephews who were a bit astonished by it.
"an alorithm with a mathematical processor" -- er, what?
From the article:
>> "The data is eventually decrypted with numbers generated by an algorithm with a mathematical processor," according to BitDefender.
An algorithm with a mathematical processor?
What's that supposed to mean?
Would you install "security" software from somebody who writes gibberish like that?
I bought Android so I could AVOID iTunes
Same here. I had an iPod touch for a while, and I loved the device itself, but getting music to and from it was a nightmare because it required use of the iTunes application. The iTunes app was huge, slow, buggy, crashed a lot, and was based on all sorts of insanely stupid assumptions that caused no end of grief.
With my Android phone, I just plug in the USB cable, mount the fileystem, and copy files back and forth. It's completely brilliant!
Re: The real Gmail desktop app
Is called "mutt".
Or maybe it's called "mutt."
Whichever you prefer.
I was brought up to type the latter, but I think the former makes more sense.
Re: No, it is not a PARASITE
the Reg never lets the facts get in the way of a good headline...
What, no XML?
How can it be any good if it doesn't use XML?
> There are plenty of backstreet "tuners" willing to reflash the ECU with the high-performance version for a few quid.
Though most "tuners" seem to be happy with some shabby after-market stripes and an obnoxious exhaust pipe tip.
Re: BRAWNDO!! IT'S GOT ELECTROLYTES!
> Are stupid people more likely to be religious.
I think it's been shown repeatedly in studies that less educated people are more likely to be religious, and more educated people are less likely to be religious. Which is the cause and which the effect? Or are both effects of something else?
Personally, I think it's a gubmint plot: the flouride in the water is making people both stupid and religious (that way it's easier to control them using the mind-control rays transmitted by mobile phone towers).
I think it might also explain Fox News.
"[...] meaning that by making the blueprints public, flaws should be quickly spotted and fixed."
Afraid that readers of The Reg wouldn't know what "source code" means?
doesn't care if his changes cause other projects pain
I thought the whole _point_ of systemd was to cause as much pain for users and other projects as possible. I don't even use systemd and I've had to several changes to all my Linux installations as a result of dictates from systemd developers.
Prime is now $99
"And given that Amazon Prime costs $79 in USAland"
It cost $79 in the US at the moment. It's going up to $99. Still, that's only $8.25 a month, and the selection of TV shows on Prime seems to have surpassed Netflix (at least in terms of stuff I want to watch).
My first generation Roku is going strong and is still head and shoulders above the various "smart TV" and "smart Blueray player" implementations I've seen.
My LG Blueray player does Netflix and Prime in a horrible, half-assed manner. Every press of the remote takes 1-2 seconds to be recognized (Roku response is always instantaneous). Things that take two button-presses on the Roku take 8-12 on the LG.
The only feature missing from the Roku is subtitles -- but that's been fixed for the past several generations of Roku boxes.
It sounds like the Fire box might be a worthy competitor...
"Is it normal for US judges to talk in an unprofessional manner about their cases?"
Hopefully, talk is all she does unprofessionally.
Did you hear about....
Did you hear about the homeopath's patient who forgot to take his medication?
He died of an overdose.
Pained tone of a person's voice?
"However, the program will be of limited utility to bosses dealing with sickie-pulling staff, because it relies on analysing facial expressions rather than the pained tone of a person's voice."
I don't understand the reference to a person's voice. When people are going to stay home claiming illness in the UK, do they record some sort of voice message and e-mail or message that to their boss?
Here in the US, we just send an e-mail or text message saying we're not going to be in.
You guys ought to get set up with e-mail. It quite handy.
Re: Minor correction
" Target isn't really a supermarket in any dialect, but it's also not really a department store, at least in British English."
The same is true in USian English. Target's ex-parent-company Dayton's started out with department stores. The Dayton's stores werw sold off, and after a series of acquisitions the Dayton's stores now say Macy's on them. At least in the US, Target is usually referred to as a "discount general merchandiser" or something equally awkward.
Re: "Isn't as secret as you think"
"The claim "WhatsApp isn't as secure as we thought" does not presume that WhatsApp security was any good."
No but it does presume that we _thought_ WhatsApp security was someting other than completely and utterly non-existant. Nobody with half a clue thought that _before_ they were acquired by Facebook, and there's certainly no doubt after becoming part of Facebook (even for those totally sans clue).
That's Chippenham in March?
It's just not fair.
That's 6 degrees further north than where I live (Minneapolis). It was well below 0F (-20C) only a couple weeks ago, and there's still several feet of snow on the ground. But Chippenham has green grass and fracking _palm_ trees?
Or did I just get trolled?
Re: Sounds about right
I'll publically admit to knowing very little about MS Windows, so my response when asked about slow-running Windows computers is usually something along the lines of "I can wipe the disk and install Linux if you like."
Stolen or just irretrevable?
"Now someone else has all the bitcoins,"
Personally, I doubt that.
I think it far more likey that through some sort of system (including human) failure, Mt.GOX lost the private keys to their cold storage. That means all those missing bitcoins are still "owned" by the MT.GOX cold-storage public keys, but without the corresponding private keys there is no way to transfer them.
This may have happened a log time ago, and Mt.GOX could have been operating on a very small fractional reserve while they continued to accept both new customers and new deposits (and at the same time dicked around trying to recover their cold-storage keys). It could be that recent malleability attacks drained just enough of their fractional reserve from hot storage to push them over the edge of the cliff on which they'd been teetering for some time.
The true value of a good lawsuit will be in forcing Mt.GOX to explain what happened (admit it, this is all pretty fascinating!).
Nobody but the lawyers will end up with any money.
Re: Legal standing?
Courts don't "have standing".
Plaintiffs are the ones who must have standing.
Courts have jurisdiction (or not).
Re: dum di-di dum dum
"How can anyone loose 750,000 of anything for 'years' and not notice?! Especially when it is effectively £500 notes. Talk about shoddy accounting."
This is a web site set up to allow nerds to trade "Magic The
Gathering" cards with each other.
Then somebody with presumably no background in banking, accounting, or finance decides to change it into an international bank. [Hey, how hard can it be to run a bank based on an untested currency model implemented in untested software?]
Add hundreds of millions in drug money; mix well; wait a few years.
Make some mopey?
"That brief period where it looked like voucher bazaar Groupon might actually make some mopey could be over already."
Is "mopey" a typo, or is it Brit slang/humor that went right over my head?
Re: @ Mad Mike
Florida and Texas for starters.
All you have to convince the jury is that you were afraid. You probably also have to show that your fear was "reasonable" or some such thing, but "reasonable" in places like Texas and Florida doesn't really mean the same thing it does to civilized people. If you get a true jury of your peers (AKA like-minded nut-jobs), then you're clear.
IOW, stay away from Florida and Texas.
I've got nothing against Pooh Sticks, but I don't know what sort of weirdness you're talking about....
Sapphire Glass isn't...
A glass, that is.
At least not from a materials science point of view.
It's crystaline rather than amorphous.
Not everyone was happy...
"In the early 2000's ( 3 4 ) we had walkie talkie / phones it would use the same network but in direct client to client . Worked great and everyone was happy."
Except everybody else within earshot of the users of "push-to-shout" walkie-talkie cellphones -- the awful speakers and codecs always meant the volume of both the phone and the user were cranked up to 11.
Thank god those things vanished.
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
"Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics."
Cars were never simple and reliable. And they're a damned site more reliable than they used to be. Mechanically, they are in some ways simpler than they used to be. Remember having to clean and rebuild a 4-barrel carb with automatic mechanical choke every couple years -- otherwise the damned thing wouldn't start on cold mornings?
Modern comptuer-controlled cars are far, far, more reliable than they were back in the "good old days".
I don't understand the reference to our sun...
"These show that the star has very little iron – at a maximum of 10-7.1 the concentration in our Sun, it's the most iron-poor star ever characterised."
Does that mean that the "old" star has a concentration less than1e-7.1 _times_ the concentration in our sun?
Re: Cowboys & Indians
Grass doesn't always get trampled.
Some of it gets eaten, and some of it gets shat upon.
Crackpot (and one without standing)
I read the petition, and based on the language and writing, I'd have to say the author is a genuine, bona-fide, died-in-the-wool crackpot. [Though rather a low-level one apparently: he was denied a Wikipedia page as either a "real" scientist or as a crackpot because he wasn't genuinely famous.]
General crackpottedness aside, I fail to understand why he thinks he has standing. About 95% of the section of the petition that's supposed to explain the petitioner's standing is a list of his publications and supposed qualifications as an expert in astrobiology (or something like that). However, "standing" doesn't have anything to do with his qualifications as an expert. "Standing" is about showing that you've been more-or-less directly harmed and that the remedy you're seeking will compensate you for that harm and stop you from being harmed further.
When it comes to the actual question of his standing, the petitioner falls back on the old "I'm a taxpayer and <somebody> is spending my tax money in a way that I don't like." That's referred to as "taxpayer standing", and the US Supreme Court says it's not a valid argument unless the plaintiff is claiming that the taxes are being levied and spent in a manner that exceeds the authority granted to <somebody> to do so under the constitution.
Even though it was definitively tossed out by the Supreme Court in 1923, crackpots never tire of the "taxpayer standing" gambit...
Re: what the hell did the author mean
Whether it was funny or not is subjective, but it's pretty clear it was _meant_ to be humor -- and the author's intent is what was asked about, not whether it was actually funny.