638 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011
Re: Nice straw man
I'm an American, and I've been trying to read this entire article. But the screen went blank as I was reading it.
Since then, I've just sat here in a trance, staring at the blank screen. For hours.
Hoping someone will please bring me some beer.
Can't move to get my own beer. The blank screen is trying to tell me something... something very important I think...
The blankness of the screen is so lovely and fascinating - like Sartre's nothingness of the human soul - like the infinite depths of space. Beer... Need beer...
Re: I remember that Yes song
I knew that - but the Yes song was so much better.
I remember that Yes song
In her white lace, you could clearly see the lady sadly looking
Saying that she'd take the blame
For the crucifixion of her own domain
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
Two million people barely satisfy
Two hundred women watch one woman cry, too late
The eyes of honesty can achieve
How many millions do we deceive each day?
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
In charge of who is there in charge of me
Do I look on blindly and say I see the way?
The truth is written all along the page
How old will I be before I come of age for you?
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
Re: Any way
@elyl - "Any way to get rid of the Chrome OS crap, so I just have a full-screen Chrome browser?"
F11 works. Also, you can put your mouse up at the top of the screen and right-click -- that will also take you into full-screen mode, and the Chrome shelf will disappear.
That's the wrong color and flavor. You Brits drink that dark beer don't you? What do you call it - Guinness Stot? Snot?
Re: Chrome is now unstable and unusable
>"If you're using a non-touchscreen, then if you try to reach that start button in the bottom-left, the Windows >start button appears and covers up the Chrome start button."
Not on my machine - it's working fine. It's an app menu.
>"The Metro mode doesn't work properly with Windows 8.1 Snap view. It doesn't resize the windows to fit >half the screen, so it's sort of useless."
You are doing it wrong - the Chrome resize button is not the snap view. If you want to get into snap view, grab the top of the screen and drag down a couple inches - Chrome will snap into half the screen. You can resize it to about 3/4 of the screen. I'm typing this in snap view right now, with the Win 8 Store in the other half.
>"Furthermore, now I'm seeing Chrome crash while editing Google Drive. Does anybody at Google actually test Chrome on Windows anymore?"
Not crashing for me. I opened a spreadsheet and two documents at the same time in different tabs and have been editing all three. It's working fine.
Maybe you should try uninstalling and then re-installing a clean copy of Chrome? Sounds like you've got some glitches going on.
Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT
Re: And even if it is open source, don't trust it.
@02X7Cm - "Firefox health report (on by default, and telemetery - not on by default) submits so called anonymous data back to their servers but if their servers are compromised by government surveillance schemes, they could still be used in combination with other meta data to determine the status of individuals."
So? You're a big boy. Turn it off if you don't like it. Isn't that why they give you the warning up-front about it? So that you have a choice? I always turn that crap off, on every product.
Re: Yeah, Whatever
Are you referring to W3C's decision to include EME DRM modules in the HTML5.1 standards? Because all I've seen is that Brandan Eich with Mozilla keeps saying that they are opposed to implementing the modules.
Re: or maybe...
or maybe ...
....it's down to the millions of dead links and mis-quoted references and outright wrong "facts" posted by the highly opinionated contributors as they blast the planet with an asteroid-sized chunk of false data.
Maybe people are (finally) simply getting tired of being lied to.
I've got an HP ultrabook with similar specs (although a much lower price). The 1366x768 works pretty well, since it's a wide screen.
I've got Office 2013 on it, and it is very usable on that size. Everything fits on the screen quite perfectly.
For me, it's the widescreen form factor that makes it work. I think if it were not the elongated-13 inch screen, it wouldn't work well at all.
Re: Forum's useless anyway
@Valeyard - I'm not angry - I just have never seen the type of behavior on the openSUSE forums that you are referring to. And I've been a regular participant/reader for many years now.
Sounds like you got yourself "banned" though - I guess by an admin? All I can figure is you must have really seriously pissed someone off. Like I say - I've never seen anything like that. Quite the opposite - people really go quite far out of their way on those forums to help a guy out. I should know - I've had some nasty, nasty problems with AMD 6-core processors, Nvidia cards, and Radeon cards that I couldn't possibly have figured out without help.
Re: Forum's useless anyway
@Valeyard - yeah, I call bullshit on your claims.
No one on that forum has ever been anything but extremely helpful to me. I've had engineers and Novell developers come on the board and spend hours helping me resolve an issue. I've seen an engineer go out and buy a piece of hardware just so he could help a noob figure out how to use it.
And I read a lot of forum posts there - I can't recall ever seeing anyone threatened with being "banned". If someone is a total asshole, they just get ignored after awhile. All in all, I'd say openSUSE is by far the most helpful forum around. Just don't be a complete raving asshole - that doesn't work on any forum.
My openSUSE forums password and my El Reg password are exactly the same.
What if hacker H4x0r HuSsY starts posting pro-iPhone comments on El Reg in my name? My rep as an iPhone critic will be down the drain.
I guess I could just change my El Reg password, but - I'm kind of enjoying the tension.
My family has 2 Nooks
One nice new color one with internet, and one of the old B&W ones.
Both work fantastic, but not near as well as my Kindle HD. But still, very nice. If I didn't have the Kindle, I'd be reading stuff off one of the Nooks all the time.
Any e-reader is vastly superior and vastly cheaper (in my humble opinion) to reading paper books.
Give me my beloved old Blackberry keyboard on a device with fast internet and Android apps?
I'd give two thumbs wayyy up for that phone.
Re: everything is better in Texas
@Nicho - your post is full of FUD. And lies. And more FUD.
We don't just have songs about infidelity and our trucks in Texas. We also have songs about our dogs, and about being drunk.
And we don't just eat BBQ. We also eat fried chicken. And bacon. And pancakes.
Get your facts straight.
Yup. I can assure you that Austin, Texas is one place that would welcome the chocolate factory with open arms. Probably even make a nice offer of tax incentives to move more operations our here. Probably let them use a bit of our high-speed Google fiber as well.
Re: Oh for f**k's sake....
"Leave NOW evil corporate overlords."
"We want affordable property values again."
@JimmyPage - "surely the reflected ones will have picked up some dirt from the wall?"
You have tiny flecks of dirt on your walls?
Disgusting peasants. I'm sure Sony doesn't want your business anyway.
@Pet Reeve - "Go and see one of these in the store and tell me you still don't want one."
I saw one in the store. I didn't want one.
Before, that, I saw 3D TV in the store. I didn't want one.
Want to hear more about the premium-TV market I haven't wanted? It's a pretty long list. To give you a hint, my only video-related expenditures for several years have been a Netflix subscription, and a few tickets to first-run movies at the theaters.
Re: No longer cheap
@AC 14:14 - "Also, Gartner say the cost of running an un-managed PC is $5,000 a year (patching, updating, anti-malware etc)"
Another example of how Gartner is a completely worthless group of tech-ignorant blowhards.
Re: a token offering meant to be ugly?
@Khaptain - "I just received a XPS11 this morning, lovely little machine, the touch screen makes W8 usable BUT the price is nowhere near the £300, more like 5 times that price."
Sounds to me like you (or your employer) overpaid by about 2 times.
I have been time-traveling my entire life
One moment at a time into the great unknown future. What a grand adventure it's been.
My router hack is cheaper and foolproof
Beat the owner of the router within an inch of his life with a lead pipe, and force the password out of him.
Only about $3 dollars for a new piece of pipe (free if used). Or a $5 wrench will do (http://xkcd.com/538/).
100% effective (unless he has a bigger pipe, handgun, guard dog, etc).
Re: Classic Shell
@Andrew - "Starting with version 3.9.0, Classic Shell is no longer open-source"
Well - that's a damm shame! I hadn't seen that. I hope someone forks it off the 3.8.x version then - it should remain a community project.
Re: Classic Shell
@Andrew Fernie - "It does indeed, but when I'm rolling out 200+ boxes via Altiris I'm not going to add Classic Shell to a Corporate build of a version of Windows that should already have a Start Menu - one more thing to test and support."
At least with Classic Shell you've got an open-source community project with constant vulnerability testing and an open bug-fixing process. Windows itself, not so much.
@AC 14:35 - "As a desktop interface, it sucks donkey balls."
Apparently you haven't met our little friend - "Classic Shell".
It makes life on Win 8/8.1 so much sweeter...
Re: I would prefer a chrome OS ...
Chromebooks have touch capability built into the OS. You can buy a new Acer touchscreen Chromebook for $300 US: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2013/12/touchscreen-chromebooks-for-everyone.html
Yes. The one I tried was just a small square block of plastic with some USB, video, and sound ports on the sides of it. The store had it hooked up to a USB mouse and keyboard and to a monitor.
As I said - it was slow as crap. Took over a minute for the El Reg website to load. Mouse and keyboard input was hit or miss - had to click things on the screen two or three times to get a response.
It's a bit of a novelty to play with, but from what I could see the lack of responsiveness makes it a total piece of garbage that no one would really want to use. I did notice that when I'm sitting in front of a computer screen, I expect a much more responsive system than when I'm looking at a phone.
The one thing I like about it is that it's Linux at heart. If the companies give these things a decent set of chips, they'll have enough apps that they'll probably be more useful than Chromebooks.
I tried one of their all-in-one Android systems at a store today
Slow as crap.
Amazing the overall slowness I put up with on a phone that I would never put up with on a laptop.
"have a higher opinion of themselves"
No wonder they try so hard on these brain-teaser tests.
Wouldn't want a poor score to taint their high opinions of themselves.
Re: @Mark - using a phone one handed
Best one-handed phone was Blackberry - without a doubt.
If you want excellent one-handed operation, you've got to put a well-designed keyboard on the bottom. No other way around it.
@AC 17:11 - "I can't imagine phones can get anything new on them"
I'm still looking for a phone with a built-in DVD player, a full-sized keyboard, an ethernet port, and a 15-inch monitor.
And where are the Control, Alt and Delete buttons on this thing?
@Yet - "Why pay $N million for the company and still have to persuade all the staff to continue working for you?"
The Bump guys are able to negotiate just like anyone else. They held out until they got a deal that was good for them. Like I say - Business 101.
They wanted the engineering talent and access to some of the innovation, but they didn't want to foot the bill for the loss-generating service.
What's so hard to understand? It's Business 101.
Re: Shame - Win8 needs a good virtual memory stress testing tool
Agree on all your points. I've got so much of my online work invested in Chrome that I'm sticking with it, but IE 11 on Win 8.1 is remarkable from a low-resource perspective. I think if a Ghostery extension was available for IE 11, I'd probably give it more of a try.
Re: What *other* apps are not available on Windows 8?
@Tom - "OK, what other popular apps aren't available for Windows 8 besides Firefox?"
Actually, Firefox (and Aurora) work great on Win 8 - just like nearly any other desktop program. I've got Firefox version 26.0 running on this Win 8 machine right now - works fantastic.
This article seems to be referring to the lack of a dedicated, full-screen Metro app version of Firefox. I don't think anyone will really miss it - I've tried the IE Metro app, and it's kind of a hassle to deal with. Even in tablet mode, the desktop versions of browsers work much better for me.
I was going to say the same thing - I have AdBlock on my Android, so I don't recall looking at any ads on a phone over Christmas. Or before or after Christmas.
Of course, my Kindle tries to bombard me with ads, but I couldn't honestly tell you what any of them were for.
@Chris - "This is not a national security threat, it's a threat to those who want something for free."
Other variations have been spread through email, by a supposedly "trusted" email partner.
So no, this is not about the evils of downloading pirated software.
@bigtime - "seeing as snapchat claim to have 30 million active accounts"
It must be true - I read it on the intertubes. No website would ever lie about the size of its active user base.
Re: Yes, just look readers...
I think BB phone sales might increase once people start upgrading their current phone.
I know that my next phone will most likely be a Blackberry. Since I prefer the Blackberry physical keyboard, I'll get a more functional all-around phone that way.
Has AC ever heard of a hardware compatibility list?
He's got a few common nuisances he's complained about - some printers don't play nice, some sound cards don't play nice, some wifi and graphics cards don't play nice.
But - getting a great Linux system is a similar project to getting any other OS to work really well - you start with compatible hardware with known working drivers, and work your way out from there. Most of his problems are based on poor hardware choices. If he had built a Windows desktop with incompatible hardware, he would be having the same problems or worse - more likely he would have a completely non-working machine.
Anyone like the AC poster who has such difficulty getting his hardware and driver issues sorted out should do what the Windows and Apple users do and purchase a pre-built machine. Like this sleek Ubuntu Ultrabook from System 76:
@W. Anderson -
It's too bad that nearly all the new Windows tablets/hybrids are so dammed expensive. I think if more people got their hands on one and tried one for awhile, they'd absolutely love it.
My HP hybrid laptop/tablet is the best device I've ever owned. A fast i5 processor, great graphics, SSD drive, huge 13.3 inch widescreen "tablet", which completely detaches from the keyboard. There's really nothing I can't do with it, and in tablet mode it's a full-blown computer, plus it has some excellent tablet functions.
Asus and Lenovo are doing a good job of bringing the price down on some of these. They have a few hybrids you can pick up for under $450.
Re: Oh yeah?
@Tom 7 - "Google dont need to eat their own dog food - crouton on your chromebook and you've got full blown linux and all that goes with it - full office, full development full everything."
I've used Crouton on my Chromebook to install both Ubuntu and Debian. It's a bit more limited than what you might think - unless you have an x86 chip in your Chromebook (mine does not - it's a Samsung ARM device), then under Crouton you can only install packages that have been modified to run under ARM.
Therefore, I'm limited to installing LibreOffice. Which doesn't handle correct formatting on about 50% of my office documents. If I could install OpenOffice, I'd be at around 75%. Throw in SkyDrive, and I can get up near 80%.
That's a huge amount of work-around to get to possibly edit a fraction of the documents I receive by email. Stock Chromebook can't handle even 25% of office documents. As I say, the stock document and spreadsheet editing apps are completely juvenile, and Google ought to do better, but I get the feeling that they don't give a crap.
All that aside, I absolutely love my Chromebook. I just wish it could live up to its obvious potential.
@Trevor - "3) Windows is suffering in the wake of Windows 8 and Microsoft alienating virtually their entire customer base. ("If you're an edge case you don't matter" versus "everyone is an edge case at some point.)"
I am absolutely an edge case - I love the hell out of Win 8. Best version ever. Faster, more stable, more secure - what we always wanted. One simple program - Classic Shell - gives us back our beloved Start menu, and otherwise what's not to love? I put all my Windows users on Win 8 machines with Classic Shell, and as long as they don't accidentally open a Metro App, I almost never hear a peep of complaint.
And, now that I've gotten myself a hybrid laptop/tablet Win 8 machine, I find I love the new Metro Start menu in tablet mode. Much faster to flip between programs. MS actually got that part right - they just shouldn't try to stick desktop users with it.
Re: Oh yeah?
@Yet Another - "But to say this is a fault is like saying a 747 is crap because Boeing employees don't commute in them"
If you heard that Boeing employees refused to commute in 747's, wouldn't you at least question what kind of priority they are for the company (if not outright questioning their safety)???
As a Chromebook owner, I know I've got a lightweight, cheap, awesome little web browsing device that will never be able to effectively edit a single office document or spreadsheet beyond the most basic, juvenile-looking level. Not because it couldn't be made to do it (it certainly could), but because Google will never care enough to bother.
If the Googlers had to eat their own dogfood, it would be a different story.
Re: Oh yeah?
@Destroy - "2) The Googlers in Mountain View are not the target market for Chromebooks. What's funny about that?"
What's funny is that I have a Chromebook (which I love), but it doesn't have a mature OS or any killer apps or programs. And it probably won't have them anytime soon.
Because Chromebook isn't any kind of a priority to the Googlers - they use Macs (http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2011/01/31/google_open_sources_mac_deployment_engine/).
Many very funny things about this data:
1. Chromebooks dominate Macbook sales without hardly even trying.
2. Chromebook is doing it without an OS that's even mature yet. With NO vital productive apps yet.
3. By next year, Chromebooks will be out-selling Macbooks + iPads combined.
4. And yet, Google won't eat it's own dogfood - all the Googlers in Mountain View are addicted to Macs.
Re: If RHEL was half as nice to use as Debian...
@Steve Davies 3 - "Strange that I find RHEL a lot easier to manage than Debian and always have done."
- To each his own. I find the apt tools to be superior to yum, especially in terms of upgrading packages, cleaning up after an uninstall, and keeping the system free from debris.
"Could it be that the rest of the Linux Distros (Ubuntu excepted because they seem hell bent on doing their own thing) are relying upon RH to do the heavy lifting?"
- Yes, that could very well be. It could also be that all of Red Hat's priority kernel work gets an automatic green light from Torvalds, meaning that Red Hat gets enormous free community assistance on all its pet kernel projects. I would be interested to find out if engineers at Canonical and SUSE feel that they are receiving the same "favored state" status for their kernel projects.
Maybe the reason that Canonical is "hell bent on doing their own thing" is that they've found that only Red Hat gets much assistance anyway. If you don't want to be a Red Hat clone, then what's the point of going along with the Red Hat cheerleaders?
If RHEL was half as nice to use as Debian...
...these folks could double their money overnight.
I've never quite understood why the biggest money-maker in Linux is the company with the distro that is so annoying to administer. If Torvalds weren't such a cheerleader and wasn't constantly spurring the community on to do most of Red Hat's heavy lifting for free, I doubt that the company would be half its current size.
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