78 posts • joined 23 Jan 2011
This problem will solve itself
If the current trends contiune, soon it will be unacceptable in the US to label explicitly anyone as black, asian or whatever (white being the only exception). So it will be impossible to produce similar reports. Problem solved.
Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think
> Are you saying you can't complain about something unless you're willing to build it yourself?
You can complain as much as you want. But you have the full right to be ignored if you are *just* complaining.
As an open source developer (not paid by any rich foundation, mind you), I often must say: I do not want to invest my time into this. There are more important/interesting things to work on and this one is weird/uninteresting/marginal/tangential to the program function/... But patches are welcome. This is how open source works.
Have you tried your complaining tactics with proprietary software? How it went?
I wonder what will be next. Women are underrepresented among world dictators?
Is it really necessary to make gender-balanced every bloody definable group of people, no matter how good, bad or odd the group is?
Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone
> I'd estimate I use my phone/tablet about 30cm from my face.
You are holding it wrong.
Re: How I learned to stop worrying and love software licenses.
The other licenses you mention say ‘you got this software for free and we hope you'll find it useful but you may also find it to be crap’ and that's fair IMO. Proprietary software EULAs, on the other hand...
The sad thing is that in the case of gun control or abortion it comes down to what you believe is right or wrong. Science can help us analyse the options or maybe provide new options but cannot ultimately decide the issue. But what is the most controversial? A question where opinions should worth dog's shit because it can be answered by hard scientific data and proper analysis.
Re: Not sure what to think
> The father violated the agreement the second he told his family.
Close relatives can, in general, figure out that the case ended and the person in question received lots of $$$ without being explicitly told. So do you suggest that everyone involved in such agreement has to divorce his wife/her husband, leave his/her family and become a hermit?
I don't say that the agreement was not legally binding, I just say that there is no sane way to actually honour it.
And the world did. It also adopted the SI unit system, ISO paper sizes, ... The United States, of course, are on a different planet than the rest of us.
If you don't like the word duty you are free to replace it with ‚the sole purpose of their existence‘. It won't change anything...
The DNS is broken. It still does some Ds and Ns, but there is no longer any System in it.
What alternatives do we have?
Re: Block by default
> JS is an integral part of a modern website!
Sounds like a statement from spokesman for the idiots creating sites that just render as a blank page without JS. And of course if JS is enabled it just renders a page that could be easily done in plain HTML...
Yes, JS is useful. But IMO many sites would become more pleasant to use with less JS, not more. And for some, such as Google Search, disabling JS is actually the only way how to use them sanely...
So you say iPhone 5 doesn't even have feature parity with iPhone 1? Did they remove the obsolete phone-call function or what happened?
Trying not to invoke the Godwin's law but... NZSIS? No one thought people would misread it like I just did? Just wondering...
Re: Dead man's wishes
> Whether the advert has any merit or is a parody makes no difference
IMO the right to parody and generally make fun of anything whatsoever is far more important than any dead man's wishes. Those who try to impose rules what we may and may not make fun of are usually exactly those who do not understand humour at all.
Ubuntu for oldskoolers? Can these two words be even put into the same sentence? Oldskoolers have their trusty Debian ... been here long before Ubuntu, Mint and whatever derivates and will be long after they are gone.
And the superconductor from the title is where exactly?
But... Will it show time?
Now they are talking about ~100 atoms. That certainly isn't macroscopic but some wiggle room still exist, a single misplaced atom here or there does not break it completely. But Moore's law is still pretty much dead within less than ten years.
Re: Why not just
"Same reason you don't bin your family photo albums"
I do. If you keep them you might look back 20 years later and smile. But if you don't you will not miss them.
The quickest way to get ahead in the art world is to appear insane
And the following version will be 8.11. Then they just need to smear the left half of `8' a bit...
Re: Must say it..
> Hard to do when there aren't enough atoms or energy to keep that much data on the planet Earth.
About the energy, I can agree. The energy needed to sufficiently reduce entropy of whatever to make it meaningful storage for this kind of data mount would be hard to get.
But atoms are plenty. If you figured out the atomic level storage somehow and kept one bit per atom, you'd only need a Silicon cube with side of 18km. That may seem huge but it's tiny compared to Earth. And if you had lots of energy you could easily process entire Earth to common Silicon chips to obtain this kind of data capacity and beyond.
Practical? Perhaps not. But sure we have the atoms.
Re: Must say it..
> Just because WE can't know both momentum and position, has nothing to do with her Noodliness.
That's rubbish. Read about Bell inequalities that were pretty much conclusively disproved. And with them the idea that a logically consistent underlying state is possible which would define simultaneously both momentum and position (or the equivalent for polarisation-bases for photons anyway). So, there's nothing for her Noodliness to actually know.
Re: Lowest common denominator
Re: Lesson learned?
> Well, you think they would keep a name that would put anyone using it at risk of being taken off the web?
Anyone outside Europe and also anyone inside who wants the trademark invalidated.
If #!/usr/bin/python stops working because of trademark I'm going to start sending death threats too.
please check your irony detectors. They seem to be broken seriously.
Re: "readers will be shocked to find that only the Scots rated price as more important"
I'm so shocked that I read the sentence several times and still don't understand...
The price of WHAT is more important than WHAT, if not calls and text?
> There is no such thing as a digital signal,
DVB signal is an MPEG stream. Please describe how to interpret it non-digitally...
My audio and video kit cannot become obsolete. It already is.
One charging elephant would be a nice unit of momentum. But force? I am disappointed.
Re: "so why does it keep pestering you"
> and this one tends to be more obvious in open source software land...
Hardly. Abrasive, arrogant, rude and thick-skinned personalities abound but minimum risk and effort? That does not get you far there.
They charitably donate to Apple, for start...
Re: Let me get this right
> your favourite company's turn will come soon
It won't... Unless Apple patents the use of a phone to make phone calls. While holding it normally. The first thing might have crossed their minds briefly but the second seems quite safe.
Re: Makes zero sense
> by pirating
Please, enlighten me, what did he pirated?
> i guess it is, in the same way you can use a sledgehammer to 'pick' a lock
You pick the lock if you open it without damaging it (and not using the key). Doesn't matter if you use a sledgehammer, ice cone or proton collider...
Re: What's this "ad" stuff people keep talking about?
> The web has no ads.
What is your post then?
Re: Not only is the patent pointless but it's worthless
> but is sufficiently different to not qualify as a violation of the patent itself.
But will that stop Apple from suing you?
Maybe where you live you hang at dawn everyone you don't like. Dunno.
Here, in the civilised world, theft and unauthorised use of other's properties are two different crimes. Both are crimes only if the thing is of non-negligible value, etc. Of course, so called intellectual property has its own laws. And, of course, downloading for personal use is legal here.
Should have been a reply to http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/11/21/schoolgirl_expelled_rfid_chip/#c_1632382
Not sure how I managed to start a new thread....
I like where this leads. Please, please track everyone using mobile phones and make it the ultimate tracking technology. Then I will become invisible to tracking for free.
A brig can carry only so many bits...
Cause and effect?
You must be a complete fanboi to shell out so much for a phone. So, of course, if you own one you love it.
Only of 100% of El Reg readers own a fondleslab. Where you got this assumption from?
Re: Mouse travel
> Actually, that menu is a lot easier to get at than the Windows ones:
> the pointer can't go beyond the edge of the screen at that point...
> so you have to be a lot more precise
Ah, the classic Fitt's law argument. With the classic flaw. Unless you just want to quit the program you also need to move the mouse *back* from the menu to the working area.
So, for maximized windows it indeed makes sense to place menus at screen edge (i.e. they'd better be fullscreen, not just maximized) while for everything else menus in the window win if the movement back is included.
Re: Non-FB user question
We don't talk about copyright but about personal rights (privacy). Most of us don't have their faces copyrighted...
More likely it was 30000 K because astrophysicists use Kelvins almost universally.
Re: I like Ribbon
I had to work with the ribbon thing for the first (and hopefully last) time two weeks ago. Took me 10 minutes to find how to print the document -- essentially by random clicking on everything, hoping that something useful will happen, until I found that the strange decoration in the top left corner is also a kind of menu. Talk about intuitive...
Re: Near-beer. "Small gains in productivity in the office"
So it's progressing to EMACS-style keyboard controls (except with different key combos)? That's encouraging, within the next 20 years they might get to the vi-style and then the thing can perhaps become usable...
Mind you, I'm not going to use it because, well, I don't know what would make me switch to MS Win, anyway, I'm glad they got rid of all that 3D crap. Unlike The Reg which is unfortunately in the gradient stage of design development at present...
Re: AC writes: "It isn't an anti-gay thing."
"A marriage is a (hopefully) permanent union between two adults who love each other and plan to spend the rest of their lives together. Period."
One word: Horseshit.
Lots of adults who love each other and plan to spend the rest of their lives together are *not* married and do not plan to get married. Whatever their sex is. Period.
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