2059 posts • joined Wednesday 13th June 2007 16:31 GMT
Re: Don't you love when Linux elitists
I think you'll find Linux users who dislike Ubuntu do so for a variety of reasons including not liking Unity, objecting to Canonical dropping "Linux" from its site and seeming to take credit for the work of others, and disliking how some things are automated in such a way that problems occur in slightly out of the ordinary cases.
That said, I've seen very little evidence of people "hating" Ubuntu. Many people still recommend it to new users, though other distros like Mint get a lot of mentions too.
You may not find all that many long-term Linux users, or professional Linux users, running Ubuntu themselves but that is generally because they either want something more stable or they want something lighter or more tweakable with less hand-holding.
Re: £430 for a mono speaker?
Stereo is unfasionable nowadays. You just have to look at all DAB radios and a lot of iPad/iPhone/iPod docks to see that.
Anyone who cares about sound quality will buy an Airport and a pair of decent powered monitors, or similar.
Re: Price of 3D?
I disagree because "Any TV capable of a refresh of 200Hz or greater..." is not a cheap TV by any means. Another way of looking at it is that you have to buy a higher priced TV to get a 3D capable one.
OK, so it's not "adding 3D" that's making the TV more expensive but to somebody on a budget a TV capable of 3D is still too expensive.
I thought the geeks went ages ago?
Perhaps in my not so varied career I've worked somewhere that's fundamentally different to most but in my last place of employment I could count the number of geeks on the fingers of one hand. I've come across far more women in IT than geeks.
I thought nowadays IT was a service industry like any other and "soft skills" were what mattered.
AGW has done its job now anyhow.
The profit making mechanisms have been set up by governments and those who offer them a cut of the action and Carbon Trading is likely here to stay. People like Lovelock have their small share of the plunder so can retire comfortably and enjoy it.
Now that things are in place the terrifying AGW predictions will dry up and perhaps we'll have another scare..
The problem then is that nothing is actally being done to help plan for climate change, to ensure that energy production meets demand or to ensure our negative impact on the environment is kept to a minimum.
Re: Read the Patent
Doesn't that describe the way you switch "desktops" under Android? I know that's how it works under iOS and I seem to recall it's like that under Android also.
What a strange decision.
Shouldn't the hotel be liable for the injuries due to its fittings not being so fitted, rather than having to claim from the employer? Or is this about missed wages being paid whilst unable to work due to sickness? Either way, I would expect the hotel to be the ones claimed against by either the employee, employer or both.
As for "psychological injuries" why? Of course being injured isn't pleasant but if she dropped something on your foot at work would she suffer from "psychological injuries" also?
Re: Probably wouldn't help the governments either
I think I've read stories on here about people begin prosecuted because of this very data. I believe it was admissible because the evidence wasn't gathered by breaking the law on UK soil and because when it comes to money laundering and tax evasion uk.gov get to keep all the money.
The propoganda is irrelevant.
These people aren't been payed to try to persuade the Russians, or any other country or government, to change their policy. These people are being paid because they're mates with someone who has access to our tax money.
This is nothing but blatent theft of tax money.
Who are these strange, prudish people?
Why on earth would anybody think that a picture of Mr Beckham in his smalls would upset a child? Why would a child think anything of it at all?
Granted, the odd teenager may think "fwwouar, he's hench*" but it's hardly traumatic for them and isn't going to make any difference to the way they're thinking.
*I think that's the term currently in use to describe someone who's attractive.
Re: "The Galaxy S 5.0 makes do with Android 2.2". Pardon? Are they serious?
Who cares? Ice Cream Sandwich a steaming pile of old, slow, buggy, insecure crap. Or, rather , in six months it will be.
In the mean time people who don't base thngs on version numbers being higer will buy devices which do what they want, use them and enjoy them. Some may not even notice that Amdroid 2.2 is a slow, old, buggy, insecure pile of shit.
So nobody has a real answer to my question then?
If ASUS, or whomever, push the update out that's not related to what I'm asking about.
What I am asking about is why people with perfectly useable devices suddenly decide they don't work any more because a new OS is out? Also why are Google not providing security and bug fixes to anything but the latest Android version or, if they are, what does it matter if a new device doesn't have the cutting-edge OS installed?
So why are people obsessed with getting the latest Android?
There was a review on is very site slagging a tablet because it wasn't running ICS. Yet if Sony and an above poster are to be believed it's probably bets not to have ICS unless you have some pressing need for something not available without it.
Also, this surely means that Google must continue to provide security updates and bug fixes for previous Android versions since not all devices can run ICS?
Re: Pure stupidity
Of course it won't prevent terrorist attacks the government like them because they're a good excuse to piss more tax money away on the IT systems they've been bribed to implement.
Anybody who still thinks that the govenrnent want to stop terrorism probably also think that Dr Mbenge Ngobo from Nigeria really does want to send them SIX MILLION DOLLARS US.
For the most part I think you will find that the questions on University Challenge were "trivia" so, frankly, I am as unimpressed that Mr Gascoigne researched the questions as I am by Mr Fry's technical ability. They are [were] television programmes made to entertain and, sometimes, impart a little knowledge or get one thinking.
If I want dry science I know where to find it, but reading Scientific American from cover to cover doesn't particularly interest me any more -- I hope that doesn't make me a bad person? I gave up on New Scientist when it turned into "Politics Today" a decade or so ago.
As for venerating Mr Fry's technical knowledge, I would never do such a thing as I know that he is not a technical man and doesn't profess to be -- he's a presenter of an entertainment program. I mentioned the GPS debacle because those were words "put into his mouth" and I feel that people judging him by them are as ignorant of how things work as those who think he's a genius.
I don't understand this negativity.
The GPS thing was stupid, admittedly, but how many people knew what Cruithne before they watched QI? I'd not consider myself overly educated but I'm by no means uneducated and I'd not heard of it. Once I had, of course, I realised it wasn't a moon but I think that's part of the fun of QI.
QI is an entertainment programme which makes one think, why is that irksome?
As to Mr Fry, I don't see that the GPS explanation has anything to do with him. They will likely have script writers fro that kind of thing but if it was an off-the-cuff remark on his part the blame lays with whoever decided to broadcast it. I'm not suggesting that Mr Fry necessarily does know how GPS works but referring to an edited television programme as evidence is stupid.
When do they become "mini moons"?
How many times do they have to go around the Earth to be classed as a moon then? Is a meteorite a moon, or a comet? Do they have to make at least one full revolution?
Not really surprising.
Coming from a country where it's legal for schools to spy on their pupils getting undressed via a webcam.
Why has the US decided that schools own their pupils? Is it a cultural thing, or are good schools so hard to get into that parents will give up their children's rights wholesale to get into them?
Re: Thank goodness for that @JDX
You tell them!!!! Some kid can't read a Harry Potter book because somebody downloaded it!!!!!!!
Next thing you know they'll be killing police officers and defecating in their helmets. It's the same thing, after all.
I was going to comment about this.
But after checking the relative sentences I decided it's safer to go get drunk and drive around to let off steam instead.
Re: But but but...
I'd guess some kind of fraud or passing off. The company would be misrepresenting itself as that user to gain information. I imagine it is similar to if you gave away your work password and someone logged in as you.
Now all I have to do is make some stickers with teh equivalent of this on them:
Wow, not often Facebook do somthing I agree with.
Does this mean if your employer, or potential employer, asks for your password you can say "No way, Dumb Fuck!"?
Re: Train approaching?
The sun is the only black body in the solar system after all.
I was under the impression that paper nowadays is only used for archive or scrawling all over in meetings, and that is apparently being replaced by tablets, do some people really still print everything out then throw it away?
Re: Re: What's the difference (@ Mark63)
The BBC was/(is i.nthe UK) non commercial and, at that point in its history at least, ratings were next to meaningless in any commercial sense. The content itself was, thus, pretty much valueless -- indeed it was joked that Tony did some of it himself and if that were the truth the programme would be no different.
Also, the charity does not need to take ownership of all rights to the work to do what it is doing. It could merely ask that entry to the competition give it a license to use the work.
Re: Oh get over it!
Do you have any idea how copyright works? Do you really think that when, for example, somebody uses an album cover on a T-Shirt the company making and selling the shirts becomes the sole copyright owner of that work? Do you think the BBC owns the full rights to every series is has ever broadcast?
Re: What's the difference (@ Mark63)
Did Tony Hart ever sell the works for a few hundred quid to a member of the child's family though? That's what we're talking about here -- kids drawing pictures which adorn products to be sold back to their family and friends as well as anyone else who will buy it.
I have an idea for a business plan.
Why don't they say something like:
"We plan to experiment with different models as we grow and learn what special value we can provide to the community to make their collective experience more engaging, exciting and useful."
Seems to work for gimmicky photo-manipulation apps so it ought to work for this.
Try Add-on Compatibility Reporter which allows plugins to run even if they claim incompatibility -- you can then disable only the ones which don't work, if any. I can't vouch for it on regular builds any more but all the plugins I use work fine on the nightly build with Add-on Compatibility Reporter installen, which includes NoScript and AddBlock Plus.
Re: But hey
If you do not believe that the pope represents god and he speaks for god then you're not Catholic. It's practically the definition of the faith -- if you disagree on homosexuals, women preists and condom jse then you're a bloody protestant.
Just because your parents took you to church every week, or you were baptised a Catholic or you go to church and confess does not mean you are a Catholic -- it's the belief which makes you Catholic and going to a church which preaches something, but not believing it, is hypocrisy.
Re: But hey
You can't be a Catholic if you don't agree that gay marriage, condom use, or anything else the church says is wrong. You can be a hypocrite who lends weight to those who do though.
Not beleiving in a religion you purport to follow is ludicrous. Try actually working out what you beleive then either do it in private or follow a religion you do actually beleive in.
Remember this is the most important decision in the world as it is your life and, if you veleive in such, your immortal soul we're talking about.
Re: So for all you guys out there...
If there were a video with men acting this out I'd be pleased. I don't think I'd enjoy watching it myself, not that the original particularly does anything for me, but I'd be pleased that I live in a free society.
Re: Any chance of times in GMT?
Actually, yes, UTC makes more sense. My point being more everyone who cares about this stuff ought to know their GMT offset but not everyone deals with Eastern time. I wasn't asking for a UK bias so much as a more globaly aware time format.
Any chance of times in GMT?
A little lazy of me to ask as a UK dweller, I suppose, but between recalling how far behind eastern time is and working out what you mean by "today" (I'm reading this tomorrow) things get a bit confusing in articles like this.
Re: I thought one of the ideas behind patents...
Nope, the idea is to make the US Patent Office money. It helps that it allows companies like Apple to take money from other companies too, of course.
The frightening thing is that the pathetic ideas are spreading fro the US to the rest of the world so we, too, get to pay more for less or miss out on things altogether thanks to someone bribing a senator somewhere.
Perhaps Google ought to do something.
Like, perhaps, sorting out the bullshit "let this application access everything, or don't install it" idea. Decent security may be a pain in arse but when people start loosing money they'll soon wise up to it.
I know that doesn't stop malware, but it mitigates the risk considerably. There pught to be a permission to run as a service also, they could phrase it as something like "do you want this app running all the time?" though I suppose that would interfere with the bullshit miltitasking that modern phone OSs have meaning you can't close a program without jumping through hoops.
Re: Only about a fifth of my life has been spent in Blighty ...
In fact, Vaseline is not recommended for bonking as it can weaken rubber.
What's this bullshit from Citrix and AOL spokespeople about "values" and "integrity"?
Corporations have one job and one purpose only and that is to earn shareholders as much money as possible. As such any "values" or "integrity" are entirely fleeting and for the purposes of advertising only. If enough people decided Rush's comments were funny and clever you'd take him back in an instant and you're lying if you suggest otherwise.
Does anyone actually believe these spokesdroids and their crap?
So, how does this work?
Have the jailbroken the prime minister's iPad, or will this "app" be in the iTunes store?
If it's in the store did the government sign up as an iTunes developer specifically to create an application to aid the useless git because he can't do his job properly?
Will the application need access to location information. the phone book, and the last photograph taken?
Will data from the application be stored on Apple's servers "in the cloud"?
Does Cameron have an iPad and iTunes account for work only or does he use the same one for playing Angry Birds instead of doing his fucking job?
What about Clegg? Will he get a seperate "app" that just tells him what has been decided, or perhaps Cameron's "app" will be integrated with Twitter so it can proclaim "Jus sackd Cleg, LMFAO, ROFLOCOPTER"?
The bad guy ought to be an evil, dangerous, violent terrorist who used his computer in the UK to try to look for UFO information on NASAs computers, then decided to advertise a gambling site to US citizens. Oh, no, that might be too evil...
Have to agree there. I have tried playing a 3rd person game on a touch-screen (iPad) and the controls drove me mad. Then, of course, there are non-gaming uses for phones.
Touch screens are likely cheaper though and many people think they're modern and real keyboards adn controls are old fashioned. The same goes for portable media devices also -- proper easy-to-find controls are being ditched for having to tap a piece of glass in precisely the right place with no feedback as to whether it worked.
They should have based it in the past.
Then Tom Cruise could play a confectionary packaging operative for Cadbury's who went on to become a rear gunner*.
*only used as a bad pun, by one who has a great deal of respect forthe job done by rear gunners and other flight crew.
I think it is you who does not understand.
Running something, like YaST, involves logging in as root even if you sudo.
I was googling for cases just to see whether there were any interesting designs out there and I saw mention of a 3D printed case -- to me that's very cool and could possibly be something schools could look into in future thus allowing budding product designers to benefit from the Pi too. Forget fancy pencil cases -- who'll have the coolest Pi case?
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