363 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011
Re: Printers were much simplier when...
"..they only printed formed characters that were on the type band/chain/drum spaced by the fixed print hammers."
Allow me to introduce you to the guy who sold us an uppercase-only printer.
P.S. I still occasionally wonder if he ended up in Nigeria.
"Why is Barbie's sister called Skipper? Does she wear a beard and a greasy sou'wester? Does she look like a tinned pilchard? A penguin?"
It was a misprint for Skippy.
Presumably a mix up at the printing presses.
How about a help system that doesn't work most of the time?
""If you expect me to buy something where all I can sense is carelessness, actually I think that is personally offensive," he continued. "It's offensive culturally, because it shows a disregard for our fellow human."
Please give me a help system that doesn't flake out 90% of the time with the advice to "try later".
Once is unfortunate. Nine times out of ten is carelessness.
"They're quite right, it's a laptop without a screen or peripherals."
I can't remember where I read this but "think MacBook Air without the laptop bits".
P.S. for lurking pedants: If you look carefully, Apple refer to it as the "Mac mini" rather than "Mac Mini".
With Microsoft you don't get situations like the BASH mess...
"With Microsoft you don't get situations like the BASH mess that took no less than 4 goes to release a secure fix! "
How many goes have they had at securing IE?
Wait a minute
Am I the only one who does daily backups?
And keeps them hanging around for more than a week or two?
You also need a time machine
to go back a couple of weeks to 15th October.
128GB is nowt really
"128GB won't affect everybody running ESXi, but it will hit those running very large clouds and virtual instances."
As I discovered recently, installing Docker allocates 100GB in one fell swoop for its container file.
This "buggette" could be affecting quite modest installations.
In fact once I realised I needed to expand my VM by so much I installed Docker on a real machine instead of a virtual one, so it's a case of "I could have been bitten by this".
Re: Not a problem...
"much like state lotteries are a tax for people who don't understand math very well..."
What that statement fails to take into account is that many people don't have the option of a better job just over the horizon. State lotteries provide a dream for such folks.
WifeSwap - Social Currency
I first glanced at that without my specs and interpreted it as WifeSwap.
In that context the "Social Currency" bit on the card image seems highly appropriate.
Damage done. I will forever see that name as WifeSwap.
Re: Video tutorials
This week's winner for video tutorials can be seen at the Raspberry Pi Quick Start page
The cartoon character points out where the obvious things like USB, video and ethernet ports are but completely forgets to tell us one vital bit.
WHERE THE FUCK DOES THE SD CARD GO?
It's the same in the written instructions by the way. They tell you how to build the thing using Windows, Mac or Linux and then jump straight onto the thing booting up.
Spoiler: On the model B+ it goes underneath the board, at the opposite end to the USB ports.
And oh yes, the video requires Flash, so I had to fire up the only system permitted to run that bug ridden fest (company policy and one I agree with).
Re: Opens the email and displays the first line...
Back to vendor lock in
"Microsoft wants to safeguard the data they are using, and so is adding containerisation technology for each file, ensuring it is sandboxed and encrypted."
Add cloud and your data isn't altogether yours any more.
Back in the days when our data was locked up on a mainframe at least we could get our management to do a bit of screaming on our behalf.
"My staff are the embodiment of British values, not a threat to them," the spy chief was due to conclude.
Whether one can interpret that as positive or not depends on his meaning of "British values".
Pass the port please Carruthers.
Re: They are competing with Google via..
And I'm losing count of the newly upgraded apps, not just the Apple ones, which want access to Contacts.
Re: Relevant results?
"IE11 for Windows 8.1 is the most relevant result for 'weather' on a Mac? Apple must really hate Google."
No, that's Parallels in action. My brief test trial of Parallels showed that it sets things up to prefer Windows apps over native OS X ones.
Think about that one carefully and you might conclude that they really want you to remain dependent on Windows rather then transitioning to OS X so that you carry on using Parallels (not to mention seemingly without end future upgrades).
Show me your search history and within five minutes I'll find something embarrassing or incriminating. Guaranteed."
Embarrassing or incriminating for who?
Re: Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?
> Anyway the reason is the video drivers are on the kernel too.
But it'll give excellent response times for your favourite games.
I'm sure all those corporate buyers will be pleased about that.
Re: Scale of negligence
"Sorry, someone else's day job interferred with my post."
That's quite some day job isn't it?
I wonder how much that monologue costs HP.
Two and a half minutes long in its latest rendition.
Re: If in doubt, right-click.
"In a certain operating system that grew up with the knowledge of three mouse buttons, you will find the context menus hanging off the middle mouse button"
Shall we tell them that not all systems have a BIOS?
Oops just did.
Re: 6GB download?
" Either that or he just can't be bothered to sit through an interminable 6GB download for the sake of a teeny-tiny change to his phone."
It's a little over a gig if and only if you can free up the required amount of space on the iPhone or iPad for an in situ upgrade.
If freeing up that space is too much of a pain you are faced with the whopping download to go the iTunes route.
When will Apple, Microsoft et al realise that not all of us have super fast uncapped broadband?
It's the pain of the downloads, and for those with low bandwidth caps cost too.
Re: Never quite got...
It's easy to say "I don't want that job back" but if the pay was good enough it might be hard to get that amount elsewhere.
Re: Stop. Just Stop.
"ermmmmmm the biggest culprits for bundled crap is Firefox and Chrome they'll try and install all kinds of shite by defaut"
Are you getting Firefox from the Mozilla website or from some other source which adds crap into the standard installation package?
Re: My Fave Changes...
"a stultefying meaningless EULA."
When OS X Mavericks was released shortly after Windows 8.1 I got the chance to compare their presentation of the EULAs.
Apple won by a mile by allowing me to save them to disk for later perusal, and they weren't peppered with forgettable URLs which you had to write down to stand a chance of remembering.
Re: category of "stop being an idiot"
"Oh, wait a minute, someone I've never heard of has just sent me a link to a new porn site. Must be genuine!"
Various ladies from the Ukraine want to fall in love with me.
They claim they are good looking too.
What could possibly go wrong?
A beer because it's that time of day,
Re: Anyone Running it in Virtualbox?
"I'm trying to run this on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit, so that's VB 4.3.10."
VBox 4.3.16 is current.
4-5 years ago when I started using VBox useful new features were arriving with each release so I stopped using the versions provided by the software distribution streams from Ubuntu / RedHat / openSUSE and went with the downloads straight from the VBox site.
Yes there were difficulties recompiling bits of kernel with some releases at first but I haven't had to do that for ages.
Re: 2015 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.
"This time, for sure."
This time next year Rodders.
Fixed that for you.
A viable alternative for those who really need apps only available on Windows is to stick Windows in a virtual machine.
Re: existing products like Windows InTune (which can already manage PCs)
"No it is InTune as in let me tune your PC so it works better. Muppet."
Never heard of it.
Judging by the downvotes I seem to have hit a nerve.
existing products like Windows InTune (which can already manage PCs)
Surely they had more imagination than to copy the name from iTunes (which can manage iThings).
Puzzled of Tunbridge Wells
Re: curious how it works
"Simply imagine that you suffer from "electro-smog" phobia, rip the stuff from the ceiling/walls and claim it was self-defence, as it assaulted you."
Nah, that's the wimp's approach.
Locating the offending piece of equipment and smashing it to pieces with a sledgehammer sounds like much more fun.
I wonder what Sir Humphrey thinks of him?
As any fan of Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister will know, he will have his work cut out dealing with the Civil Services mandarins, and the politicians on top of that.
Cold War era trenchcoat seems appropriate ----------------------------------------------->
In which case was it simply too many curious people hitting the main page and not a deliberate attack at all?
Or another bit of subtle marketing?
Beer 'cos I fancy one right now.
Re: Plex or Playon or the server of your choice
"I really dislike the subscription model, after a year and $120 (estimate) you have precisely nothing."
More to the point you get close to retirement age, your job disappears at the whim of someone looking to increase their bonuses and you find that you don't even have any music to while the hours away.
"adding zeros to the bill for gain I cannot hear without moving my home to middle of the desert first is unjustifiable."
If you do move to the middle of the desert you will be glad that you made the investment.
It's kinda hard to get a decent internet connection out there.
We are not out of the woods yet
"Update: 2014-09-25 03:10 UTC
Red Hat has become aware that the patch for CVE-2014-6271 is incomplete. An attacker can provide specially-crafted environment variables containing arbitrary commands that will be executed on vulnerable systems under certain conditions. The new issue has been assigned CVE-2014-7169. Red Hat is working on patches in conjunction with the upstream developers as a critical priority. For details on a workaround, please see the FAQ below."
phase --> faze please
verb [ with obj. ] informal
disturb or disconcert (someone): she was not fazed by his show of anger.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent. (originally US): variant of dialect feeze‘drive or frighten off’, from Old English fēsian, of unknown origin.
Re: And here we go again...
"Well you've obviously got something to hide, or you wouldn't be encrypting it!"
I use encryption every time I use rsync to copy between my Mac and my Linux box.
Should I arrest myself?
"Ah, give them a free U2 album, that’ll cheer them up"
"U2 album" and "cheer up" in the same sentence?
Shirley shome mishtake.
P.S. Tim Cook is a cold hearted bastard for foisting that crap on us
"nterestingly if anyone was to make use of this information it would instantly become wrong."
Quantum computing then.
Regrettable but no surprise. Unfortunately.
"Caspar Bowden, said Trustworthy Computing was in any case "one-third engineers, two-thirds PRs".
To disable the download on OS X
1. In Tunes Preferences select Store
2. Uncheck "Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases"
3. Wait until after 13th October when the U2 offer goes away before checking that box again
Re: I will put up with the occasional reboot
If you can equate rebooting with getting ill then you have a problem.
Re: I will put up with the occasional reboot
"Not rebooting for more than 4 months on your home PC isn't lazy, it's obstinate."
A reboot is the occasion you get to test that startup scripts and related gubbins are working correctly. You have more chance of sorting out problems if you are not changing a whole load of stuff at once.
To those who are proud of long uptimes, especially on servers, consider this:
Your uptime represents the amount of time since you last tested your startup.
Re: The numbers don't add up
I know nothing about this system but in my doctor's surgery (not in the UK) the receptionist pulls up the patient record before the appointment to grab details, gets on with other queries and only after the appointment fetches the details again and then applies necessary updates.
I see a minimum of three messages there, and that's before the extra lookups other posters have suggested.
U2? Well that's dissuaded me from tuning into the big event
I'll put some decent music on instead and read about the announcements tomorrow.
That was a pun waiting to happen.
Talk about short term goals
a) get a small windfall apiece now
b) see a drop in share price so the value of your investment drops
Could be a way of dropping the price so they can buy some more of course.
"There is no skills shortage. There's an unwillingness to work for chicken feed. Let the poxy blighters suffer, I say. Pay a man a living wage or get the hell off the job boards!"
Ain't that the truth.
The disturbing development recently is that every time I see an article promising good future earnings if you specialise in security / data science / networking / whatever, there's some sourpuss of an accountant telling us that once everyone's got trained up they'll squeeze the salaries in your chosen specialisation.
And this article with the KPMG laddie's comment is no exception.
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