755 posts • joined 11 Oct 2010
Re: Well that's what you get....
Hence free for a year. Of Beta-testing
Still better than the paid beta testing of Vista or 8.
Re: Flying monkeys...
Can only upvote once, unfortunately
Re: Release time is 21:00 PST. Or 05:00 BST on 30th July.
What happened to GMT being the global standard?
All businesses seems to run on Bullshit Time (BST) those days...
"Windows 10 with its revived Start menu"
are you sure you didn't meant "reviled"?
... detected signals consistent with being artificially generated...
The signal says "Our neighbors 5 LY away are tastier than us"
The worst case of XML (on XLSX document) mangling I saw was with Open Office : the formulas on a spreadsheet were saved with the greater than and lesser than characters instead of the > and < tags.
Hilarity ensued when trying to open the document.
2025 - year of the Linux
(Had a hard time choosing between the "Tux" and "Joke" icons)
Re: Just wait...
I would kickstart them.
The app and the cat.
Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!
In France, you cannot become a taxi driver if you have any kind of criminal record.
Re: The law is an ass
The banner just gets in the way and provides no information whatsoever that is off any use.
In the case of El Reg, we can only praise them for the "Find out more." link. The provided list is quite comprehensive...
Re: It was every thus
Welcome in France.
The whole french taxi situation is a total mess.
They must have a licence to operate, and until recently the number of those licences were limited. This lead to retiring taxis selling theirs for up to 150K€.
As now the taxi consider their licence as an "investment" that can be sold later, they require the state either keep the system "as it" or buy the licence back - for the ludicrously inflated price, of course.
Nowadays, the number of licences is not limited any longer, but there's a catch : the new licences issued by the administration are valid for 5 years, no more, and cannot be transfered.
Of course, the older licences are still unlimited and sellable... Their prices went down to 60-100K however.
Also, I don't know how it works abroad, but in France, it's MORE expensive to call a cab than to find a random one. There's a rule stating that the taxi can (and will) ask the customer for the trip from its current position to the customer's location.
This clearly imply that the french taxis have NO incentive to roam around - it's even the opposite. So they just hang in their depots or around the airports and railroad stations. Good luck finding any taxi out of those locations, unless they just dropped a customer and goes back to their den...
Yeah, I'm still bitter from the 18€ fare for a 5km trip...
I'ld say nuke them from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.
Re: BBC - "We forget nothing"
I wonder what or Who are you talking about.
Re: Quickoffice uses just 9.22MB
Not everyone have and want an unlimited data plan.
It's even less significant, as the other reported exploPhone was a 5c, not a 6.
Re: Oh for god's sake...
I guess you missed the point : his previous doomscares were unrelated to the extinction event.
Re: google appears to consider
we as a species are outright doomed.
You seems to still have doubts about it.
This is a misunderstanding.
I was not refering of the lack of public support for drones.
I was refering to the loss of public support for fatal mistakes caused by drone operators, mistakes that could be avoided by not having them doing 12-hours shifts.
You are right about the pure financial cost. But you are forgetting something major in our democracies : Public support.
Remember the Vietnam war...
Drones may be cheap. Shooting misidentified civilians or friend ground forces is not.
Reminds me of something...
"I was elected to lead, not to read"
Re: That's going to splatter shit all inside the oven!
In the case of Twitter, you are allowed to use the word "literally"
Re: 69 more lucky?
Inversion of cause and consequence : When you get lucky, then the 69 may follow...
People are people. No more, no less.
Re: "no-one would be mad enough to send out a probe off into that direction. "
Never underestimate boffins. Cheers to all of them!
I've always assumed that the point of brewing was to create an alcoholic beverage that was actually pleasant to imbibe.
Ever tried american beer?
Re: Too good to be true?
Tropico IV was not a crappy game, I really enjoyed the vibe and the overall wackiness of this game. There's nothing like turning a tropical paradise into a nuclear testing ground for a few bucks.
Heck, I feel nostalgic now, I'll play it a bit tonight.
Which is unfortunate given that it is vastly more expensive than both. Another shit-headed, misbegotten euro-project.
Apple and oranges...
Both C130 and C17 are old planes, their developpement costs have been repaid.
Furthermore, try to land a C17 on the kind of very rugged terrain the Hercs and A400M can handle, hilarity will ensue. Sure, it can handle short and unpaved runways, but not the random pasture the other can use.
Comparision between the A400M and the C130 are more accurate, but if you look closely at the characteristics...
The price is 150M for the A400M, 100M$ for the C130J, but the A400M can carry up to 37t (20t for the C130J). As you need a single A400M instead of two C130J, this seems a far better deal. The A400M is also a bit faster with a similar range...
So no, it is not that clear cut as you seems to think.
Re: Lack of imagination when thinking up things that can go wrong.
In the embedded SW I worked on (only 10 years of experience for me, I'm still young :p), the checksums of all SW and configuration tables were checked during startup (Well, only during cold start : if the equipment was turned off for more than 10 seconds, or forced by exiting the dataloading mode). Such problems would have been caught.
Furthermore, most configuration parameters, especially the critical ones, are retrieved at startup, checked and, if detected as faulty (mostly out of range), either replaced by safe (but unoptimised) default values or prevent the use of the system, and report the issue to the flight computers.
Looks like some "SW architects" forgot those little details...
Re: Sexbots, Tim
I'ld say we won't have to worry about overpopulation any longer.
BTW - Other than John Cooper-Clarke can any readers name a commercially successful modern poet?
Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings?
Re: Economy of France
>> TGV, Massively subsidised by the taxpayer.
Yes, however, think about all the economic growth it is bringing!
Where? Does it offset the massive subsidies? not so sure...
Furthermore, look at the sorry state of the other lines that lack subsidies. I won't even start about the RER mess (partly operated by the SNCF, partly operated by the local transit authority, a complete clusterfeek of failures and strikes)
High unemployment is not the state's fault, it is the French mentality ... HR think of a workforce like a puzzle
Nope, it's the work laws that are a puzzle. Hiring someone not perfectly fit for the job will prove catastrophic if he reveals being unable to perform properly due to the massive costs associated. I wonder why the HR depts try to minimize the risks...
I guess we'll only agree on the corruption stance of the nordic countries. The latest funny fact is the french prime minister taking one of the official plane with two of his son in order to go see a soccer game in Germany...
Re: Economy of France
an incredible maze of high quality highways even up to an altitude of 1100m
Built by private companies who get 30-year leases from the government to collect the tolls
Not really. They were state built, and cheaply rented for 30 years to those private companies.
It was done 5 years ago, and those private companies already earned the cost back.
Foul play from some on the executive branch is probable...
French socialism used to work. Until the socialists were elected.
French right wing are a bunch of self serving thieves, french left wing are a bunch of ideologic nutcases. See the icon about what they deserve.
Re: And how is this surprising
Likewise, France were Allies to the US until the Afghanistan "war" when it didn't suit France.
French forces were in Afghanistan for quite some time. You probably mean the second war against Iraq, based on dubious evidences.
Second, you sounds like GW Bush. Even if the french were not on this war, it doesn't means they were not allies any longer.
I was a bit sad when I read the headline...
I thought that V2 was not functional any longer. Forgot I was on El Reg for a minute...
Re: Land of the free
I know looks most mottos as internal jokes. "United in diversity" is one of the funniest.
They're finally making a new season of "The wire"!
he is at least trying to play the short-term subsidy game - get it whilst it's hot and use it to bankroll longer-term prospects.
He's playing this game the way it's intended to be played. How strange!
Relax, it's going to Mars, not to your leaders
Why not both?
What is the difference between a "design by democracy" process with a biaised sample and the age old "design by comitee" process?
"This one is single-user and local. So even if Lego kill off the product, you can still play."
Be wary of those statements, you never know what kind of unholy DRM can be embedded with the stuff. (Quite unlikely at such a low pricing spot, but...)
Re: Well done the recycling centre...
... to have such honests employees & directors!
(Well, this will be very good publicity for them, probably worth more than the share for the old lady)
Re: But its
Coming soon : Hydra shooter! Now with at least 7 times more hats!
No "Capture the fhtagn" mode? Ïa'm disappointed...
Apple sized brains?
Did they checked Capitol Hill for the owners?
Re: Seems to me that a rarity...
Shame on you to complain about the ecological trend of the film industry!
They should be praised for doing more than their fair share of script recycling.
Funny that you start and end with similar concepts (mostly a matter of wavelenght after all...)