Re: My thoughts entirely...
The OP said "Private Cloud" in case you missed it.
379 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011
The OP said "Private Cloud" in case you missed it.
"Mine was the green and red version from the 60s."
I started out with the red and green version. One day my parents came and asked me if I sucked the parts. Sensing their apprehension I answered "No", but in fact I did suck them..
The red and green paints had lead in them apparently. Obviously not in lethal quantities or I wouldn't be writing this. My younger brother's Meccano came in yellow and silver, which made it easy to tell which bits belonged to whose set.
... a pulley or driveshaft and some fixing plates to attach it to Meccano bits and it could have provided many more hours of fun.
It gets tricky when so many sites use ajax.googleapis.com...
"it still looks rather glaring - but hey, I'll wear shades."
Is it a coincidence that this week my spam folder has been full of adverts for dodgy Raybans or has some tracking site decided that I now need them to read El Reg?
"With the email addresses of staff with access to root zone records having been compromised and the hack only noticed a week later,"
That's a bit worrying.
Enter your password to allow this.
Computer: "Invalid password"
Spaceman: "Who was using the computer last?"
"Oh the Russians. Anyone know how to change the keyboard layout?
"EVERYTHING is shut on a Sunday,"
That was true until a three or four years ago where I am but a limited number of shops are now open from 11 to 5 on Sundays.
The major difference came over a decade ago with later opening during the week. Extending opening hours to 7pm on weekdays made a huge difference, and Saturday shopping no longer involved huge queues. That's now 8pm for the major supermarkets so it's really quite relaxed. There are also places open until 11pm but they don't stock stuff at budget prices.
"Business language is usually English or American"
In the multinationals yes, but learning the local language makes your life outside work much easier and opens up opportunities for work in smaller places.
"A well-designed survey will attempt to control for this phenomenon. Or exploit it ruthlessly, depending on the objectives of the organisers ....."
These are known in the trade as "lie detectors".
"..that should never appear in this order. Ever."
My personal autopilot kicked in and skipped that video.
I'd rather not risk it straight after my tea,
Out of frustration I went looking for some means of contacting the admins but found no means of doing so.
All I found were some extremely heavy Terms and Conditions, which I preferred not to accept.
Ultimately their loss, not mine, I suppose.
I've seen the moniker "Cable Cowboy" in various places related to this deal so it's apparently not just an El Reg nickname.
I'm curious. Where does "Cable Cowboy Malone" come from?
For owners of more than one Mac, VMware Fusion currently beats Parallels on pricing because one licence covers multiple systems (for personal use anyway).
Parallels not only spams you to death while you are doing an evaluation but pops up a "Buy now" window every time you fire up a VM, which quickly gets tiresome.
"..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.
""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 that took no less than 4 goes to release a secure fix! "
How many goes have they had at securing IE?
Am I the only one who does daily backups?
And keeps them hanging around for more than a week or two?
to go back a couple of weeks to 15th October.
"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".
"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.
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.
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).
"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.
And I'm losing count of the newly upgraded apps, not just the Apple ones, which want access to Contacts.
"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?
> 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.
"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.
"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.
" 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.
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.
"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?
"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.
"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,
"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.
"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.
"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.
Surely they had more imagination than to copy the name from iTunes (which can manage iThings).
Puzzled of Tunbridge Wells
"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.
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.
"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.