88 posts • joined 28 Apr 2011
Re: Perhaps Predictable
You're attempting to get a Tiger to pee in a bottle?! You've got bottle!
Re: Human rights are non-negotiable
Unfortunately Trevor, our (speaking as a Canadian in the UK) government has completely sold out to the USA. Recent legislation is putting the Inter-governmental Agreement (IGA) between the USA and Canada in regard to FATCA as supreme over the constitution and charter of rights. Ultimately Canada is selling it's own sovereignty up the swanee for the sake of filthy lucre.
Re: Elephant in the room
"Why didn't he knick the PC?"
We had our house burgled some years ago and at the time the police constable said that, contrary to popular belief, many thieves don't knick things like computers and tellies because they are too conspicuous. Instead, they prefer things they can just put in their pocket and walk off with (in our case cash and jewellery).
I guess heists involving electronic appliances would require more organisation like a van and some plausible cover for why it's parked in the driveway. It's unlikely that this guy would even be able to grasp the concept let alone organise the deed!
Re: Cloud security
Encrypting may work for today, but isn't the NSA storing encrypted data as well in order to decrypt it when computing power makes it easy enough to be worth while?
"The ageing bully that hasn't yet understood, that his time is over."
Absolutely. In addition to NSA shenanigans draconian laws such as FATCA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Account_Tax_Compliance_Act) and the excessive penalties the US are willing to use to force other countries to comply show that the US doesn't give two hoots about anyone but itself, including it's so called allies.
It seems to me that there are bigger and more important things than "leading the biggest and most important software project in existence". Things like respect, kindness to others, basic tact and diplomacy, in my mind, overrule any perceived greatness. I believe Linus Torvald's would have enhanced any greatness he might have by dealing with this situation in a quieter, more private and lest shouty way.
Cat Crap.... grrr.
It really is the bane of urban existence. This has been recognised in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (and probably other enlightened cities I don't know about) and so, in the city by-laws the following exists:
5. (1) When a Dog or Cat defecates on any public or private property other than the property of its Owner, the Owner shall cause such faeces to be removed immediately.
(4) The running at large of Dogs or Cats is prohibited unless otherwise exempted by law.
This means that, if you have a cat and put it outside, you have to make sure it stays on your property or else it could be impounded. We could do with some laws like that around where I live!
Re: Bye, chaps
"...so keen to rid the world of everyone they don't like (which is normally anyone who has done better than them)..."
Hmmm.... pots and kettles spring to mind!
I bet the NSA is loving this
Nothing like other people doing the same thing or worse to make you feel good about your own failings and flaws!
Poor baby! I guess he should have thought of the prospect of a crap console and game selection before he started KILLING people! Maybe he should get an escorted London Dungeon tour to help him realise the luxurious conditions he lives in.
Why all the rush
As a number of fellow posters have said, Windows 7 is a good OS and Windows 8 (even without the hated Metro interface) doesn't really provide enough extra to require and upgrade. Another regular theme in tech news is that XP is still running strong, despite Microsoft's efforts to kill it off.
To me that begs the question, if there are so many XP machines still needing upgrading to Windows 7 (which is truly a beneficial upgrade), why didn't Microsoft concentrate on marketing Windows 7, getting the revenue from remaining XP users, and instead spend a little more time over Windows 8 to produce a polished product that meets user needs and provides truly beneficial features?
Re: Hats off to the Troll who stabbed snoring Gulliver in the eyeball.
Indeed, I love seeing a bit of fight back from the little-man too. Unfortunately, I read the following about Vringo:
Shares outstanding: 84,125,738
Price per share: $4.790
If I read that right, it would make Vringo worth $402,962,285, not exactly a small company. Now had the patent belonged to Gary who lived in a three bedroom terrace in the center of Sheffield, THAT would have really made me cheer!
As it is, perhaps Vringo is more like Gulliver's little sister who just kicked him in the gonads, rather than a Lilliputian stabbing with a knitting needle sized spear while attempting to balance on Gulliver's left eyebrow! But even so, way to go sis!
Perhaps I am a little slow or something, but have you READ any of that patent? From the abstract:
"The search engine system also employs a collaborative/content-based filter to make continuing searches for information entities which match existing wire queries and are ranked and stored over time in user-accessible, system wires corresponding to the respective queries."
WTF does that mean???! Perhaps I've worked in the wrong area, but in 15 years in the IT industry I have never even heard of wire queries and system wires, at least not in this context! I presume their not talking about that which connects my headphones to my laptop?!
"Are you advocating censorship on the grounds of 'taste'?"
I'm not advocating censorship at all. People ARE free to express what they wish, as they wish. What I am doing is trying to __encourage__ posters to show some sympathy and compassion in their posts by their own free choice. Ultimately should you choose not to, that is __your__ choice just like expressing my concern, dislike and disagreement is __mine__.
"Perhaps it is a little disturbing, but gallows humour is common"
It is worth noting that just as society as moved on from the gallows and now considers such methods barbaric and uncivilized. Perhaps we should also move away from it's humour. Just because something is common does not make it right and just because something can be expressed, doesn't mean it should be.
I find it a little disturbing that people make jokes about such a tragic incident especially as, being an IT guy, some of his family, friends and colleagues may be El Reg readers. Jokes are appropriate for stupid lawsuits, failed products and CEO gaffes not, it seems to me, untimely death. My thoughts go out to those suffering loss.
I'm not sure why Google didn't do them as proper glasses in the first place. Surely they could then integrate the screen right into the lense, hide the processor behind the ear and make people look less like idiots when wearing them!
Power tends to corrupt...
In thinking about this article, governments and in particular the US government and the NSA the quote came to mind "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". In researching the quote I discovered, firstly that I had remembered it slightly wrong and secondly that it came from Lord Action in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887. A longer quote seemed quite apt:
"I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it."
"Snowden is at this point so out of the loop"
Sorry, where is your evidence for this comment. It is all well and good making a statement of fact like this, but without providing some supporting reasons it is merely a statement of opinion and would better be put, "I think Snowden is at this point so out of the loop". As it is, you may as well say "The tooth fairy does pay for the teeth under children's pillows" it has nearly as much weight.
@David14: Wow, although I now live in the UK, I spent the first 19 years of my life on The Rock! Who would have thought our little island with a mere 525k population would have representatives that actually meet on El Reg's forum! Have a Screech (or Black Horse more like ;) ) on me
If your political system no longer reflects the wishes of the people...
Beautiful sentiments Mr. Anon. Unfortunately I'm not sure we are much better off on that front in the UK. You may have the power to change the faces at the front for other faces that look pretty much the same, but the same old bureaucracy still rules underneath :(
Is your data REALLY that sensitive?
Too many times I have come across paranoid businesses who are so concerned that no one gets access to their all important data/IP when in reality non of what they produce is particularly revolutionary or desirable. Far too often I think companies have a much inflated sense of self-importance.
Re: "For many users it doesn't even occur to them..."
and if it does, they simply KNOW they're going to have to go through some long-winded justification process explaining why they want to use the new software, why the existing systems are inadequate and 101 alternatives that don't satisfy their exact requirements as well because the person suggesting them does not entirely understand the requirements. At the end of the day, they just want to get down and get things done and requiring such effort impedes that goal. As a result, it is easier to just use their own under-the-radar software.
Re: Go China!
"At least there's little chance of them being hidden in long grass."
No, but the sand trap's a bitch!
"adverts that big it up as being private vs gmail's web interface which has targeted ads"
Personally I pride myself in having a modicum of intelligence and free will preventing me from getting unwillingly swayed by adverts no matter how targeted. If, by some slim chance, an advert DOES present me with something I'm interested in buying, I'm more likely to THANK Google than curse them!
Re: Message to mobile operators
Perhaps just not stocking the iPhone will not work, but alain is suggesting a two pronged approach, not stocking the iPhone AND posting some dirt on their inordinate demands. I think that MIGHT work as it has the chance of decreasing the public opinion of Apple and making the purchase of Apple products a morally and socially less acceptable thing to do. The problem may come in that it seems likely Apple requires the signing of an NDA before event SEEING its terms.
Re: Message to mobile operators
"In any case, if the other big name manufacturers are cutting similar deals then Apple aren't as evil as the article makes out."
Um, yes they are. Just because other people are doing it does not make a morally reprehensible act any less reprehensible!
It's not for me, but it IS for some people
I've worked with a guy who hated to leave the office. He had to be forced to take holiday because I just enjoyed working too much. Without any family or pets there was no reason for him to be at home tinkering with computers when I could be at work doing the same thing and getting paid for it. Many people might consider his life rather sad and empty but as he got to do what he loved the most every day, I think he had it pretty good. So maybe they will get inundated, just like Shackleton.
I remember playing with that back in the 90s. I was quite excited about it at the time as an alternative to Windows. Sadly MS killed that one off!
"Generally the care in the NHS is a joke and few hold back about their experiences"
Where do you get this information from? The media (a media who will do their utmost to find anything sensational they can)?
My uncle-in-law is a retired NHS consultant and he fumes at the media which picks on a few high profile cases of poor care and ignore (or don't bother finding out about) the reams of appreciative letters and cards from people who have been treated well.
Re: Knowing your place
Your first sentence I completely agree with. I don't think the head hasn't overstepped his authority too, in fact I DO think he HAS overstepped his authority which is another, clearer way of saying what you said. The rest of your post, sorry mate, you're on your own. I don't believe the state does have the right to usurp parental authority except in extreme cases such as severe neglect and abuse.
Re: And they tell use fracking is safe?
Found this site which was interesting and, I thought, well presented. Don't have any idea how accurate it is but gives some food for thought. No mention of mudcanos though!
Re: How to survive in the countryside
Andy. While I don't disagree with your conclusions that it's best not to drink & drive, speed or ride without a seatbelt, I do see this as on of the ways statistics can be manipulated to make a point. Simply adding together the stats you quote could lead to the believe that 94% of fatal accidents (32 + 31 + 31) involve drink, excessive speed and no seatbelt use, a pretty high figure! However, unless there is some sanitising going on that you haven't told us about, many of those accidents could involve drink AND speed AND lack of seatbelts (a seemingly likely combination) which will skew the results. In the extreme, if ALL the accidents involved all three then the results would be more like: 32% of fatal car accidents involve alcohol, excessive speed and lack of seat belts, or, less impressively, 68% of fatal car accidents do NOT involve alcohol, excessive speed and lack of seat belts.
Again, not disagreeing with the principle, just pushing a little against the whole "Lies, damn lies and statistics" thing.
The fact that prey sometimes got away doesn't make the T-Rex any less fearsome or any less of a killer. Find me a predator today who never has a prey get away. I'd hardly consider a tiger tame because sometimes a lucky deer escapes.
Re: Ah, the memories
Eadon... yes, where is he. It strikes me this forum's relationship with Eadon is a bit like Tom & Jerry, they fight like... um... cat and mouse, but miss each other terribly when they are apart. Hate him when he's here, grumble when he's gone!
"Microsoft are so hard up that they can't afford to provide lighting?", no it's called solitary confinement for crimes against humanity :P
Surely the problem is...
the closed market, not an enforced pricing scheme. If you don't like the price of a physical copy you can at least try a different bookstore, or look online, or look for used to try and get the price down. With an iPad, you can't just buy from a competing store (I don't think, correct me if I'm wrong) and, as such if you don't like the price you are out of luck. If eBooks could be purchased via alternative shops then the forces of competition could drive down prices if the demand was high enough. Mind you, I'm not an economic expert so I could be barking up completely the wrong tree!
Re: Caps Lock?
I think I'm with you on the Caps Lock Cull. It is highly irritating sitting next to someone who types every capital letter by turning the Caps Lock on, pressing the letter and then turning it off. At very least, removing the Caps Lock would raise awareness of the much more useful Shift key that usually lives right below it.
Re: What kind of screaming right wing loon are you?
"So declaring war because of tax rates isn't exactly a new concept"
No, but personally I think it's a rather stupid and destructive one. It also seems pretty arrogant. Do we have the right to tell every country in the world how to run their tax affairs? Effectively that is the precedent this idea establishes. Move to another low rate country, we'll bomb that too. All well and good until the country who offers lower rates is bigger and tougher than the bully country you're advocating.
Re: The politics of envy
"It's not envy when things are blatantly unfair."
The problem with this and the whole morality argument is that "blatantly unfair" and "moral" are both such woolly, subjective words. Unless there are some hard and fast rules to define what is moral and fair, every person will judge differently and have their own line in the sand. Creating some hard and fast rules is effectively legislation that closes loopholes currently deemed unfair or immoral.
If it's legal why wouldn't companies do it? If you personally could legally pay less tax, would you do it? Maybe you could choose to pay more personal tax; would you do that? It's possible, but I bet that is unlikely because my guess is you already feel you pay your fair share of taxes. However, my guess is also that there are other people who pay more taxes who might very well say you don't pay your fair share and are therefore immoral. It's such a relative thing.
Re: Smart Phones Myth
@Mrs B J Smegma.... What worried me first was that Eadon's post actually have some reasons in them rather than simply "MICROSOFT SUCKS"!
What worried me second was that I was responding to someone with an unhygienic fellatio handle... eww.
"The humans are dead... we used poisonous gasses... and poisoned their asses."
"We no longer say 'Yes' instead we say: 'Affirmative', unless it's a more colloquial situation with a few robo-friends"
"Must admit, I've found GIMP much less buggy and crashy than Adobe"
This is the great thing about evolution, things improve over time and those that improve in the best ways rise to the top. GIMP might NOT be fit for the top end professional (as is often pointed out by, presumably, top end professionals who know these things) NOW, but this could be just the impetus needed to really give GIMP a good enhancement/improvement push. If just a few of the top end users funnel a fraction of the fees they have been/will be paying to Adobe into GIMP donations they might be able to cut Adobe loose sooner than expected!
In fact, even though I'm not a power user, I'm going to donate to GIMP right now. Here's to an Adobe-less future and the end to all such corporations who think they can get away with inordinate turning of the financial thumb screw!
(PS. While looking into how to donate to the GIMP project, I just discovered Flattr: seems like a great idea: http://flattr.com/)
Re: "Sorry to sound like Eadon, but this is a definite call for open data standards"
Calling for open data standards is not sounding like Eadon. Calling for open data standards while leaving behind logic, reason, civility and the ability to objectively listen and consider other's arguments, THAT would sound like Eadon.
From where I sit, you don't sound like that so, as far as I'm concerned, call away!
(In fact, I'll call with you! OPEN DATA STANDARDS. When I create something it should mine whether I pay some company or not!)
Which - if anything...
Which - if anything - is a queue for Chris Rock's bullet control: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZrFVtmRXrw
Re: Unfortunately for Microsoft...
Ha! You have to love the "user friendly" URLs! Pretty soon they'll dispense with the article all together and just put all the content in the URL! :D
Re: I'm shocked. Shocked!
Yes, that is also a think I hate about Google Chrome. While I love the browser itself, I do not want to connect the public library's computer to my Google account just because I log into Gmail!
It's probable that lots of people will cry out against my using Gmail (with its use of my data to serve up tailored ads), but frankly, I couldn't care less if Google does statistical analysis on my latest Living Social spam and I like to think I am intelligent and independent enough to rationally evaluate any ads presented to me).
Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"
"Just try something like OS X or Linux Mint and you will find out that others are lightyears ahead."
It somewhat irritates me how people evangelise OS X or Linux as the cure all for Windows (as if a cure is needed). Starting with Windows way back in 3.1, I've seen a massive improvement over the years in stability, performance and usability. I have used several varieties of Linux including Red Hat, Suse and Ubuntu (both Gnome and Unity).
During the days before Windows 7, I went for a while using Linux as my sole operating system. I went back to WIndows. In the past couple years and at times Linux has become my sole operating system.
A couple years ago I got a MacBook Pro (I wanted to try iPhone development). For me iOS was okay, but personally I didn't feel it was as usable as Windows 7 (how come, when a confirmation dialog appears I have to reach for the mouse instead of using the keyboard to select the appropriate button and press [enter]?). Now, with Windows 7 and Bootcamp my preference is to boot into Windows.
Ultimately it would be great to see both a little more humility and a little more objectivity when it comes to operating system discussion. Instead of: "OS X is way better than Windows", something like: "Personally, I find OS X much easier to use because ..." would demonstrate an awareness that preference in operating system depends very much on what you are used to, what you are trying to achieve and... well... preference. Showing such awareness would, I believe, indicate a heightened sense of understanding about how people work and would certainly raise my hackles less
Sure, none of you know me personally and probably most of you couldn't care less about my hackles so will continue posting as you do, but it does make me feel better posting about it :)
Sigh, it shows I'm getting old when every time I see "WP" I have to spend a few milliseconds translating from "Word Perfect" to "Windows Phone"!
Cutting off your nose?
True, most of us rich people will (thankfully) never understand what it is like to be poor, but is that a reason to berate those who are at least trying to get *some* understanding of the difficulties while, at the same time trying to elleviate poverty a little, for a few people in a small way? It is hard for your average every day rich joe to know HOW to help those in poverty and any attempt by people who do this sort of fundraising surely should be applauded, not denigrated?
The fact is that, even if it seems rather inadequate to saintcroix, people are trying to do something. Turning around and judging motives that you have no idea of (how do YOU know this is done for self-publicity and not a genuine desire to help people) is more likely to turn people away from raising what they do, regardless of how little it appears to be!
Bloody face, you're going to have no nose for that! Oh damn, now I really DO have a bloody face!
When we are dealing with music/video piracy, don't the government cry blue murder? When we are dealing with photo piracy, they say "go right ahead"! Why this dichotomy? With music/video piracy the corporations lose out, with photo piracy the corporations stand to benefit. Hmm... anyone want to guess who owns the government? Rule of the people my arse!
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