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Database Admin != Basement Dweller. More like Posh Wine Bar Dweller.
Why do you think the local night clubs advertise like crazy at Oracle World and never send any leafelets at IETF, NANOG or USENIX?
The wrong thing with KDE4 is that it is is buggy, slow and totally incompatible with 3.
I used to run 3 on a PowerMAC G4 and it was perfectly usable. 4 made it into an unusable brick until I chucked it out and went to XFCE. Add to that stupid bugs, main panel crashing and unrecoverable, etc. Okular is slower than kpdf, gwenview is considerably slower than the good old kuickshow, in fact everything is slower and buggier.
Things go even worse on a proper "enterprise desktop" setup. KDE4 has idiocies like running a local MySQL server per each user which just does not go along with having your $HOME on NFS on a NAS somewhere. Granted it is not the sole offender there - mozilla's move to SQL-lite had the same effect. While you can get around some of that by moving to NFS4 a lot of the bottlenecks will still be there and so on. All in all it is an appaling CPU hog and tickles all kinds of bugs in underlying graphic drivers especially on older Radeons.
I tried to use it for one month when Debian moved to 4 in Squeeze and ended up migrating all of my users to XFCE
I would not be so sure
See recent publications in magazines like Nature for links between Smallpox, smallpox vaccination and AIDS prevalence. That is not surprising as they both interact with the same protein group on white blood cells (in the smallpox case - to hinder immune response and prolong the contagious phase).
So it may in fact be a very good "party shot".
Disclaimer - I had it as a kid so I do not recall just how bad it was (this was in the days when nobody was sure if it is fully eradicated so it was on the mandatory shot list before going to certain parts of Africa).
There are gunners and gunners :)
"so much so that the gunner is at a decided disadvantage in a close-up gunfight where he needs to aim and shoot quickly while standing up."
Not if he can say: "If it bleeds, we can kill it". With heavy austrian accent of course.
That is one good candidate for capture
I say we grab it. Even if it is not a station now , it can become one.
Much more worthy technological goal than the "expedition to Mars" and stuff. If we manage to get it to L1 or L2 between Earth and Moon it will sit nicely there and be 100 time more useful than a moon base.
She is a Bond girl allright
She is not Carole Bouquet which IMO puts the golden standard of a Bond girl of French origin :)
None the less, she is definitely more Bond material than some of the recent ones. Give her a gun and a swimsuit and she will not be out of place on the set :)
Coal is not that bad
SALT is worse. Coal is "collapsed" as it is mined. Compared to that salt is cleared in large areas using "columns" of salt left at regular interval for support. So if you have a spent salt mine collapse it covers a much larger area than coal.
Deja vu all around
Why does this remind me of one particular memory factory incident which ended up with a cartel fine in EU and some jail time for some people ...
I know Adam Smith says that supply ~ demand, but there are limits to this even in these days of "lean" and short inventories...
He was the first "utility" to engage in predatory pricing too
He also priced per time of day and per customer in a manner which was specially designed to eliminate competition from industrial on-site generation. He was very good at it too. In a few years local factory generators which were the norm before he started became history.
Lifting is the easy bit
Now coming back in an airship....
The doctrine of sale in good faith depends highly from country to country and has changed over time.
There used to be countries where you were not at fault even if you have obtained stolen goods if it was in good faith (this particular legal anomaly in some Eastern European legal code has been fixed now). Similarly there are countries where you can always go after the end user as long as one chain in the contractual sequence is broken.
So even if the Apple acted in good faith based on their Quallcom contract, what happens next depends on each and every country legal code.
And your point is?
So how does this differ from the average sociopath in power elsewhere in the world?
As you pointed out - enough about Detroit city council
So now China will hold a gun to the head of the Airbus as much as it does to the heads of electronics manufacturers.
What a jolly good idea - make your design dependent on a material which has a single source which is known to be controlled in a manner that is best described as err... politically motivated.
No thanks, I'd rather go with Carbon Fibre here...
Yeah, like Alpha was not a power hog in its hayday
Alpha was a powerhog beyond anything Intel produced in those days. As it was the only game in town in terms of 64 bit linux I had no choice but to use them despite the circa 100W CPU power consumption. While 100W does not sound a lot today, 12 years ago P3 ate 22W tops and K6 ate even less than that.
People will take 1h+ commute only if the drive is sane. 1h commute on an empty motorway is definitely less nerve wrecking than 10 minutes across London rush hour.
Similarly, if you are commuting for 1h you will chose a comfortable car instead of trying to save pennies at the cost of a headache from the buzzing of a 107 or Micra. These may be good enough for the 30 minutes navigation cross rush hour in let's say Reading or Milton Keynes. If you drive them on a daily basis for 60 odd miles one way you will find yourself looking for a Serie 3, A4 or something in that class very soon. It may be more expensive per mile, but it delivers you in a shape fit to work. As a result, rather unsurprisingly it also delivers less aggravation and you end up in better health.
And so on.
All in all - not surprising. Less adrenalin, less stress, better health. Causation nicely underlying correlation.
El reg are such bloody spoilsports.
It is a question of teaching your kids what level of risk they can take and what level of risk they can afford, not teaching them that only special people can take risks.
Everyone can - it is a matter of taking that level of risk which you can pull off and knowing your level.
This will make some very hairy scheduling algorithms
I do not want to be the guy who is blamed to write the scheduling algorithm for this.
While nice on silicon, the OS support for this will be hugely entertaining.
Price discounts do not help
These are not commoditized devices and they are not sold or bought like a Tesco grocery.
As a result the decision to buy or not to buy is based predominantly on features and capabilities and strength of the product, not price as such. It takes SUPERDEEP discounts to change that picture. A shallow discount like the ones done by RIM is not good enough. In fact, we are still at a stage in the market development when the same money which was discounted would have resulted in better result if put into product development.
Never had that problem
Oops... Forgot... I do not use wndows :)
I have had some minor niggles from one out of 5 bluetooth dongles I have.In the days before WiFi became ubiquitous on high end phones I used to maintain my local port of the bluetooth channel for Asterisk as well as use bluetooth for presence to give info to home automation. It works flawlessly. But not with windows.
Why? The usual story - nearly all BT dongles are Silicon Radio chipsets that do not need any special driver. Similarly, most laptops use Broadcom. Once again it does not need a driver. All in all there are 3-4 types of Bluetooth chippery out there so no need for a gazillion of drivers. Microsoft however, instead of shipping a unified driver (and updating the device database for it) has chosen to allow people without a clue to ship their own.
Someone needs to show these muppets what is an explicit advert
These are by the way _ALCHOHOL_ adverts:
Some rather sh*** vodka: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALTK78N_Mjk
Some local "toxic waste": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md-6IIzznkg
It is not RAZR
This is passing off on a good design and good phone (for its time). Now if it had a flip to cover/hide the screen (even as an accessory) this would have been a different story.
In fact, if noone selss one, I will be tempted to mod it with one :) This is if I ever get it of course.
It was designed to kill Via and it fulfilled its promise
Well, Atom was designed to destroy the threat from "cheap device which does what the punter needs". Which it did.
It was definitely not based on merit. It did it based on rock bottom pricing. Anyone tempted by the pricing had to take the poisonous pill of having their system specified to ensure that it will be crippled and non competitive. It is not surprising that the market is dead - that was by design. It is not surprising that this plot succeeded - if Intel joins forces with Microsoft the only thing that can stop them is WW3.
The job is done, Intel can continue to sell premium chips at premium prices even where they are utterly unnecessary. Microsoft can continue to sell bloated eyecandelicous bugware. Atom can now be confined to the CPU graveyard of history.
Forgot to add
We should be thankful to the EU that in their infinite wisdom they standardized the EU tow bar socket without a permanent 12V (you have to have the 2 socket aux rig to get that).
Otherwise every caravan towing twit out there would have had a 2.4GHz sender for reverse view which would have made bluetooth handsfree practically unusable.
In fact, the 2.4GHz non-license allowance should be revoked for vehicles period and a licensing regime instated which allows only the more well-behaved 2.4GHz tech. Otherwise in a couple of years time we will be without working handsfree tech.
You quite clearly not drive often
I have to re-dock my phone every 20 miles or so in the UK and Holland, a bit less often in the rest of Europe.
There are one to many ... ... .... who have put 2.4GHz wireless always-on reverse view cameras on trucks. Nearly all tankers have one (at least in UK and Holland). Delivery trucks are getting them too.
Every time you end up hanging up for more than a few seconds around one (f.e overtaking) the phone loses the bluetooth connection. If your handsfree does not do periodic reconnect you need to tell pair it manually after that. Even driving past one going in the opposite direction quite often knocks out your handsfree.
So unless you have a really good handsfree like a Parrot which does periodic re-dock you will find yourself regularly resetting your device (or headphones).
That is besides the fact that a lot of people do not fancy being irradiated more than necessary and still prefer wired headsets.
It is not a question of impersonal
It is a question of realtime vs non-realtime.
We live in the age of distractions. It is difficult enough to concentrate as it is.
If it is MMS, SMS, email or IM I do not need to answer it immediately. I can answer it when and where I see fit (if answer it at all). It is a non-realtime communication. It can be as personal as a call or even more so, but it is not required to be immediate and not required to be realtime.
If it is a call (especially a video one) I have to actively bounce it or answer it which means stop doing what I am doing at that particular moment. It is realtime communication.
Actually pop-up and buy an ebook reader
WH Smith has one _MAJOR_ advantage - it is present at all airports. If this gadget is on the shelf when I go with the family on holiday in few weeks time I am getting one.
For two reasons:
1. It will be only 70 quid
2. It will not be registered versus my Amazon.co.uk credit card so I can give it to junior or grandma without having any second thoughts.
English is not the only language out there ya know.
Amazon - Russian eBook titles - 0. Kniga.com - > 40000 titles (in both ePub and Kindle mobi).
Amazon - French eBook titles... Amazon Spanish eBook titles... and so on.
As far as the reader - it is worth getting for the ePub.
Amazon kindle is too well integrated - if you do not de-register it, all purchases are one-click. Anyone who has access to the reading material can buy too.
There is no way in hell I am giving a one-click purchase access via my account to junior for example. If you de-register the Kindle however it becomes inferior to Sony and all the rest because it does not support ePub.
So all in all especially outside the UK/USA the jury is still out and will remain out for a long time (I do not see Amazon catching up to Kniga.com for Russian books for example).
I just choked on my coffee
Quote: It’s a testament to the enduring popularity of the first two incarnations of Toyota’s little Yaris that between them they lasted for 12 years before the third version rolled off the production line
Utter bollocks. Just choked on my coffee on that one.
It is a testament to the strength of Daihatsu Engineering and the Old pre-2005 engineering driven concept to market strategy of Toyota group. Yaris 2.0 is the uplifted Sirion (prior to the 2003 engine tune-ups), seat mechanics from YRV and a shell+dash made to look like it is really a descendant of Yaris 1.0. Dissassemble both of the three of them next to each other and you will see exactly what I mean (I know it first hand as I have used parts from one on the other).
In the days of Toyota group greatness, the cheap/yoof innovation went into the Daihatsu line, the expensive/sporty/exec one into the Lexus and it all filtered down to Toyota proper only when it was tested by life itself for several years on the road (Prius is the sole exemption here, but it is neither yoof nor exec in its first incarnation).
Yaris MK2 is a testament to the benefits of that methodology and philosophy. It is a testament to the triumph of engineering over excel spreadsheet juggling and defrauding the consumer by putting 20 different labels on what is effectively the same product.
It is one of the best examples to confirm this: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2081930,00.html [Times, Driven off the road by MBA]
It will not give Clarkson a boner. It is however reliable, dependable and good enough for daily use for a decade and a half at the very least.
As far as Yaris 3.0 I am not going to even consider looking at it. Toyota has been doing the "we want to be like GM and Ford" management/branding consultants merry dance for 7 years now and it shows with a vengeance. Recall after recall after total recall. No thanks.
Your math is b0rken
Irish tax rate if memory serves me right is 15 (with most big players having long term breaks negotiated to reduce this further), Bermuda tax rate is inexistent.
Google pays 19 because it still has to pay for stuff it cannot avoid in the USA (32), UK (40), etc.
Dunno, there is no obvious way to deal with this. It will take fixing not just the US (or EU) tax code to fix this one.
It is not that imagintive
Some octopus species are known to play with various objects and "align" them into shapes. So that idea is not far fetched. The other parts however are.
1. The beak of an octopus that big will slice through vertebrae like razor through butter. If these were indeed victims of a kraken like creature where are the traces?
2. Large carnivorous invertebrates have to be pelagic as the Colossal and Architetis today. There is no way they can get their food by sitting in one place on the sea bottom. Pelagic animals do not bring their food to one place. They do not play with the carcass after it is done either. They eat it where they get it and get on.
That does not read like drunken
I read a couple and they are too coherent to read like drunken.
They are also funny only for a given set of values of funny. Ditto for insightful.
For example in his Weak/Strong type rant he misses the obvious fact that nearly all big "Weak" typed systems written in Ruby, PHP and especially Perl operate off database backends (usually SQL). This means that they are actually "Hard" typed. In fact they are "harder" than a lot of stuff written in C++ or Java and + persistence.
So much for insight.
Benchmark in a loop
Same as with laptops - benchmark in a loop until the battery is dead.
I bet that most will be under 2h.
Unfortunately you may be right
The law is ass...
While A may not be patentable, B may not be patentable an method to combine A and B quite often can be patentable.
The question here is - did Haliburton demonstrate that they have combined A (software) and B (math) in an inventive manner. Personally I doubt it. Material science simulations are something the industry has been doing on a daily basis ever since computers have become available for general use. Even if it is inventive I would be surprised if there is no prior art.
I just choked on my coffee
If you like a grotesque monster which grows template warts and shi(f)ts to output all over the place - yeah... It is beautiful...
Can the muppets at HP please take notice
This is something half of el-reg readership has been pointing to as the obvious salvation route for WebOS. It speaks volumes about the level of muppetness at HP that some guys in a garage deliver it first and for Android (it is harder to do that there).
based on this review
I might actually consider it.
Finally a game which is as abominably difficult to win as Nethack.
I recently had a funny dialogue with my wife about Nethack: "Q:How long have you played it? A: 20+ years. Q: Have you won: A: No Q: Why do you play?"
Well, the answer is - for the sheer perversity and variety of the ways in which the game kills ya. This one sounds like close enough to warrant some attention :)
Apple usually does not hit the button on first go
It takes apple 2-3 iterations of a product devel cycle to get to a "coveted" form including a form factor. So in fact Apple does not nail anything on the head straight away.
I can give plenty of examples starting with the iPod, Air, iPhone, etc and going as far back as the different MacPro lines.
The difference between Apple and others however is that Apple _IMPROVES_ from release to release even when it is the undisputed market leader in that particular segment.
This is what allows it to remain the leader once it has captured a particular segment.
So in fact Apple has so far been very true to the Jobs' speach at Stanford.
That is something the rest of the industry has repeatedly failed to learn. If something is good enough the development money for a next generation which will cannibalize the current generation market will not be given. This is once again across the industry starting from computers and ending with telecoms.
If you have captured the market the BI "analytics" driving and MBA wielding crowd will tell you to preserve and will shoot you if you even think about deploying an improved product without having an obvious market challenge to respond to.
Just look at what it took to make telcos stop polishing copper and invest in some fiber as an example.
Greece is nothing
The real unraveling has just begun. Greece is nothing compared to the debts which have been run up by local authorities across Europe. Dexia and its multi-GDP of Greece debts are just the tip of the iceberg. The defaults on credit lines to Spanish, Italian and other Eu local authorities by other banks are yet to come.
Do we like it or not - there has been no money to spend since the late 90-es. Do we like it or not our "elected representatives" have been spending like mad. It is yet another bit of history repeating. I saw this in the second half of the 90-es in Eastern Europe. 1000% annual hyperinflation and total collapse of the economy. Enormous debts racked up by local authorities on various folly projects played a significant role in that. Every city center was marble paved and marble clad. Monuments were raised and built no matter the cost. And so on. All of that on credit which at some point ran out. Even before that we saw it in Yugoslavia (it was not even ex- in those days).
Then the darkness descended. By the time the economy hit the bottom it looked and felt like Mad Max. This is just a repeat of it on a larger scale :(
Credit is nice, but if you have to take credit to pay credit this means that your predecessor should be in the dock.
First rule of good manners
Speak only good about the passed away or do not speak at all.
Granted, that rule does not apply where manners are overriden by morals and law. From my perspective that is not the case.
No they will not
As far as a true terrorist is concerned he is acting for the greater good.
This system may pick out an occasional non-professional pick-pocketer (it will not detect the true pros). It may also occasionally pick up a "four lions" band of muppetones.
It will always fail to pick out another Anders Breivik on time because he will not be showing any "deviant" behaviour signs and indicating any "deviant" chemical misbalances (at least at a level more than me or you after a bad day at the office).
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