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Linux is difficult
...not in my experience or for my users. Most don't even know they are using it. For the average non-techie going from XP to Vista is as different as going from XP to Ubuntu.
I don't know what George has done, but my users found out of the box installation of OpenOffice easy and without fault. The only time I've got stuck with dependencies is when I try and use a more cutting edge repository. Then again if I use cutting edge windows software I can come undone.
Don't want to start a war but....
The PS3 has a gadget to watch TV and record it so this is not quite the first it is made out to be. You can also use the BBC Iplayer.
I don't want to start a row over which is better, just to pont out that its not quite the "revolution" the article seems to make out.
Loads of systems work on it which seems to indicate that the problem in 99.9% of projects is not the technology, rather the management :-)
As for the guy who couldn't debug it, I think you need to find another career mate. It really wasn't very difficult.
I own a Rottweiler, perhpas I'll pursue another art form in case he turns me into a handbag :-)
Seriously though, there are animal welfare laws in Holland so lets not imagine she just tunred round and rung the moggy's neck!
Like the point about leather though.......
I can't believe anyone still look at Wiki
Still, it can be good for a laugh.
Try reading the complaint!
I see a lot of people here haven't read the complaint and don't understand competition laws.
The question is whether MS are abusing their near monopoly position to push IE. You can't complain about Linux or MacOS because they haven't got a near monopoly position.
The point is that browsers used to be separate and MS have dumped IE on the market to force others out of business (that's the accusation). They could do the same with Accounts software, CAD software etc. Then they put the price up once the competition are dead. At the very least they make it more costly for a competitor to get a foothold in the market place.
Of course there's also the question of which tools are reasonable to bundle with an OS.........
So, which features didn't Microsoft like? I'm tempted to believe they're trying to scupper Javascirpt to make way for something proprietary. However, it would be nice to have some facts, even to prove me wrong :-)
I live in a country where there are not gates at train stations. They don't appear to be losing loads of money and even better you mostly get a seat on the train and it runs on time.
Perhaps the UK should change it's assumption of guilt policy.
how much CO2 all this involved. I imagine producing all that Hydrogen used a fair bit, plus the water they spray on the ground to stop the heat reflecting back and blowing up the shuttle, plus the manufacture of parts, moving the space shuttle to it's launch position and so on and so on.
Assuming the BBC to be factual (I know, I know):
"Before the collision with Lord Ahmed, Mr Gombar, who was Slovakian, had crashed into the central reservation, leaving his Audi facing the wrong way in the third lane of the motorway.
Lady Justice Hallett said there was "little or nothing" Lord Ahmed could have done to avoid the collision.
She said he had never been accused of, or admitted, causing death by dangerous driving. "
So it appears it's accepted that the crash and the text messaging were far enough apart not to be related, so he would have hit the poor guy either way.
On the other hand, as other people have said, why does he get away with 'special circumstances' coming into play?
I'd sooner believe
government statistics than this!
You said "After all, it is not as though previous generations of MPs have had to put up with such risks.". I hope that's sarcasm, as my local MP was the victim of a IRA car bomb at his home.
Personally I think that either we all have a right to privacy as we can all be victims of harassment or not. MPs are not a special case, they are our servants and need to remember that.
Does seem to be
one of The Reg's pet hates. Don't really know why as it seems to be a great product that has served me and my company well for many years. Unlike Norotn and McAfee which were a total disaster, one rendering a PC un-usable!
Some good points
However, not everyone working in the arms industry is well paid. I certainly have friends who are paid very little.
The idea of maintaining UK independents, especially from the US is a good one and is certainly feasible. Just because it's currently being done badly, doesn't mean it can't be done. Continuing to buy things from abroad is a bad idea on many levels, not least of which is that we've got to make something here to sell, in order to have money to buy things from abroad!
The points about the arms industry flying the flag and then putting the money abroad are well made.
"ignore the facts of the situation" "caused real damage"
Well, the facts seem to be that the systems were "protected" by default passwords and that he didn't delete anything or use any noticeable amount of resources.
Yes it was a crime, committed in the UK, but assuming there is no proof of other "hacking" activity then a slap on the wrist in the UK seems in order.
As for the other guy: He deserves a public pardon.
Surly a "rubbish collection vehicle" collects rubbish and not garbage, unless the US has now taken over good ol' Blighty?
It would be interesting to compare the energy created from the burning of the refuse picked up by the van with the energy needed to run it.
Your figures only give the total amount of energy produced by the burning of waste, which I assume, doesn't all come from this little white van.
Blugreen is right
Most RDBMSs I work with can scale well to at least 64 CPUs/cores. It's not really true that they always have. Back in the early 90s I remember performance on above 8 CPUs actually got worse.
Of course the problem here is that some tasks don't gain anything from parallelism, getting 9 women pregnant still means a nine month wait for a baby.
It also seems to me that a lot of developers really don't understand parallelism and think it's something you add afterwards.
Finally, as with other commentators, let me take this opportunity to mention what a bunch of idiots Gartner are. I remember them telling me in a meeting that a certain RDBMS couldn't do more than 100 transactions a second. I said that this surprised me as we had it in production doing 700. They replied that I must be lucky, I replied that I'd seen it running faster at other sites I'd worked on. They had no reply.
Moral of the story, don't listen to Gartner and certainly don't pay for this rubbish.
There, that feels better?
I like it
The search results seem to be a lot netter than your first commenter appreciates (it's my default search engine so I have a lot of experience with it over more than a year), although I supplement it with Scroogle.
It is also gradually improving., although I won't stop using Scroogle just yet!
Aren't they proposing that we could harness the power of bird song? Then we don't need to destroy any habitats or ruin the views out of anyone's windows. They've dismissed claims that this solution is unworkable as "unnecessary pessimism".
Not funny and a bit offensive
The references to children with Down Syndrome as objects of fun mean that this article should be removed.
Yes I have got a very good sense of humour, but this is just offensive without being funny.
if you read the small print for eye lash thickener (or whatever the right term is) it says the model in the ad is wearing false lashes. How can that not be misleading?
Or that Spanish sounding girl doing hair adverts where the small print says she's wearing hair extensions?
Couldn't get a mobile signal in Outer Mongolia and wasn't sure how long it'd take the ambulance to get across the desert either :-)
In most European countries they'll be able to find someone who can speak basic English and if you phone on a land line they'll know where you are anyway. Of course the chances of speaking French, German or anything except English to a UK switchboard are pretty much nil.
Other countries do manage to deliver what's on the box. Where I live I pay for 4Mb and get about 4.2, whenever I want it. So it's not true to say that it doesn't make economic sense.
I don't even think I've got a cap, but if I have I've never reached it.
I know it's been said before but they should be made to only advertise what they can guarantee to deliver.
It seems the power supply hasn't been tested by Ninetendo. So there's no evidence to suggest it is dangerous. There's just no record of any testing having been done.
I'm not saying we should buy counter-fits but trying to say they'll cause fires when there's no evidence just makes them look silly and make people less likely to believe anything else they say.
Needs to interest parents
Well, to be fair, my parents saw my HD set-up and went out and bought one themselves.
For me the main problems are:
1. It's easy to spend a lot of money on kit that doesn't look good due to poor set-up or using the wrong cables.
2. The discs are still expensive.
So, I buy some Blu_Rays for films I think will benefit from it and the reset (the majority) I get on DVD.
Has the government considered
not losing 25 million people's personal data?
Might help cut down on fraud, you never know :-)
Bit of an idiot
I've got to agree that the author is a bit of a nutter. He doesn't seem to know what he's doing, it'd be a bit like me installing Windows 95 software on Vista and then complaining when it doesn't work.
If you stick to your distro sources Linux does tend to just work. Whether it's better than Windows is another discussion.
What I will say is that we swapped to OpenOffice because MS Office had such a hard time handling 100+ page reports. MS Office just seems to slowly corrupt the file! MS support could only suggest breaking the file up into smaller pieces!
I'm not really a heavy spreadsheet user so I can't comment on that part but the Word Processor is pretty good.
What's going on here?
"By combining a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, drivers should be able to get around 100mpg and a range of 620 miles."
You talk about gas which I suppose is meant to be petrol or is this a Yank article in which case the 100mpg would be in US gallons, or did you just get it mixed up?
As you say
not more secure, just an excuse for the bank to try and disclaim any liability.
I see you've had a bad experience or three. I don't own an Apple, but a quick survey of 10 or so mates who have, reveals zero faults over the last five years.
Of course they could just be lucky but it looks to me like Apple is no better or worse at hardware faults than what you get with your average PC.
Of course there may be other reasons to hate Apple.
Doesn't sound like good science.
Firstly a public health expert told me that for a man who's just had a wee, you're more likely to pick up bugs from the taps in a public toilet than remove any on balance (if you see what I mean).
Secondly there's no evidence to suggest Geordies are sicker (at least physically) than the rest of us.
Followed the link given by Jerome.
He's right you'd have to be an idiot not to notice. It doesn't even seem able to reply on the subject!
It never seems to answer questions and seems more like a pseudo twat-athon generator.
My wife reckons I can do better than that even when I'm watching TV.
I'd lilke the price to drop
but it doesn't look like it will. The PS3 is a brilliant games console/home entertainment centre. Despite some comments above the graphics are at least as good as the XBox, although it's true that there have been a couple of poor ports.
Some nice exclusives and good reliability along with good sales means Sony can afford to hold on for now.
I feel my money has been well spent. I wouldn't look at an Xbox, although the Wii is tempting for younger kids...
PS. Yes the PS3 does output full HD uncompressed sound, if you want it.
A little research would have revealed the Volvo XC60
has already got this technology (see http://www.channel4.com/4car/rt/volvo/xc60/25260/7).
OK, I think Ford still own Volvo but the point still stands that this has already been done and is in production, as is the "intelligent" cruise control.
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