I am still using "fixed", AKA "6x13" - bitmaps all the way! And, surely, all of you are too?
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I am still using "fixed", AKA "6x13" - bitmaps all the way! And, surely, all of you are too?
"Files run in the kernel in Windows" - with such an incomprehensively vague and bizarre comment, I do wonder if you might bow out of further discussions. You'll only irritate those who understand stuff, and confuse those who don't.
How about "Flies run in the wake of the mature banana." Perhaps you could pick that up as your mantra and run about the woods at night. That'll keep you nicely out of the way of ordinary, decent everyday folk.
The nasty homogenised crap that is sold as donuts is offensive. Try a fresh (and warm) doughnut from your local bakery (they'll be next to the cornerstones of proper sweet bakery, the Chelsea buns and rock cakes). Jam dripping out onto your fingers. Irregular shapes as they are hand made. Tangible texture, taste, and quality. Such a world apart from the vile products that are invading our lives from distant shores.
And you'll probably want the app to support reporting poor parking, avoidance of train fares, putting feet on the seats, chewing gum in an antisocial manner, not smiling at other citizens, wearing double denim, not supporting the government in power, generally being an arse, and not using the Oxford comma.
You seriously suggest that this whole issue could be resolved with an "app"? I don't know you, but I think you don't really understand how things work. Today you can call 999, 112, 911 depending on your location (which generally doesn't change without your consent - but you're stuffed then anyway). "Apps" have nothing to do with this. Do you really want to be in a situation where you are trying to report a fire in your building, that will result in the death of you and your family, with a request to download the new app that enables you to describe the personal impact from a scale of 1 to 7: it's a new version, with a new protocol, sorry, you have to upgrade.
The elephant in the room with all of this is that these alternative communication mechanisms are inherently asynchronous and there is no acknowledgment of receipt, or any other feedback.
Your text about someone having a heart attack may well be queued in the mobile network behind Mavis letting Doris from number 34 know that Ethel's cat has died.
If something bad has happened, I want to know that someone is on the motherfucker, that I can chill, and the Wolf will be here directly.
Ohm y, that must hurt!
The existing resolution/quality is perfectly adequate.
The quality of the content, not its reproduction, is so much more of an issue - it also cannot be solved by technical evolution. It is the creative, artistic aspect of the work. It requires different (i.e. artistic) skills, and ability. It also doesn't sell new hardware based on new technology - equipment from the last couple of decades is perfectly good enough.
If you are really looking at supposedly higher quality reproduction, you'll likely want a completely acoustically isolated and perfect listening room. You'll probably have to treat it as a clean room as any dust particles will play merry hell with the whole affair. And you'll spend your energy trying to discern whether it was a Northern or Central line tube that you think you could hear for 1.34 seconds after the 3 cymbal crash, rather than whether it was a jolly fine piece of music or spoken word or whatever.
Good original content, produced well, is what the consumers want. Not fancy technology.
Apple begrudgingly complying with consumer law.
You sell products with fault components, you have responsibility for the whole. This isn't a generous corporate gesture - this is a basic consumer right.
That this has taken 2 years to be effected shows just how much Apple values its' customers (stupidity/brand following)
Blatantly thieving the idea from YPLAC, I think we need a .lac TLD.
Smilies - pretty straightforward and nicely understood plain ASCII composite glyphs.
Emoticons - message board graphical representations of smilies. Quite neat in their day.
Emojis - a cancer, a virulent cancer. Should be about as popular as an STI in a whore house. Nuke from orbit, yes that's probably about right.
But your IT support is probably not for safety critical systems and probably does and should have the authority to implement changes as necessary after appropriate sign off. A spreadsheet not opening as expected generally isn't too bad. A virus/"generic nasty" being received and being propagated could be more important.
There are many formal processes around that attempt to address the probability of an event occurring and the consequential events, e.g. FMECA.
Don't for one moment believe that your "IT support" has *any* similarity to safety critical/hard real time systems.
You'll be needing the dClapApp in due course.
"goes to show how popular Sir Terry was to us tech fans."
I hate to pick up on a typo, but you seem to have accidentally written "was" where "is" was probably better suited.
While his name is still spoken.
Well, now I know what my 2015 pair of pants will be made of. To be honest, the 2014 pair has lasted rather well, although the monthly scraping and pressure washing is getting a bit tedious.
Are you considering offering more exciting El Reg branded items? As an example, IBM offer a flavour of the LSI SAS controllers - I'm sure you chaps could drive the price right down with your wide industry readership and forge the way forward in local storage. Even providing nice stickers for the case/keyboard/coffee mug.
Yep, I'll take three please!
How about one version, known as, perhaps Windows 10.
Maybe there could be a number of diverse profiles - small laptop, typical desktop, honking big server, and many custom variants between and beyond.
Microsoft, don't do a Cisco/Oracle and charge per individual feature/function. Surely your customer base will get loads more out of the platform if they can play with all of the features they think relevant. Certainly the typically laptop user won't be too bothered about firing up iSCSI initiators, but how about hooking some of those experimental types who might just give it a go in their home lab?
I love rare monkeys, especially those elusive lion tamarins. Much like golden eagles and giant pandas, they go so jolly well with a really nice fresh mustard.
Rupekins, since Skynet became active in August 1997, they are most interested in this action.
1. Skynet is not pronounced Skinet. It is, has always been, and always will be Skynet, with a nice long I vowel sound.
2. There is no similarity between the provision of service between Skynet and Sky. Oh cock. Yes there is. It is a one way stream leading to the death of the human race.
Bugger. Sorry. Move along.
I thought Word 2 was pretty good back in the early 90s. Almost good enough to write my thesis with; I deviated and used troff instead - not much in it for the final comparison as both tools were competent.
A few years later, with more documents to publish, FrameMaker was the absolute mutt's nuts - capable of authoring huge documents, with inserted material, consistent layout, and straightforward to use. Even available as a beta on Linux at the time.
What is there now? Whenever I do something other than write plain text in Word, like inserting a diagram with text to flow around it, I find I have to save the document first, so I can revert back to that version the 15 or 16 times it takes Word and me to agree on what I attempted to do.
Everyday is patch day: http://xkcd.com/1514/
We have things called steering wheels to accommodate the awkwardness of unstraight roads.
John Cleese made the point very finely a good 35 years ago in his brush with a Waldorf salad.
Besides, isn't driving around our fabulous network of squiggly roads one of life's great pleasures?
One day you're growing a moustache, the next you're invading Poland.
Really, why start down this road, knowing that others will only go "a little bit fuhrer", and it won't hurt?
If *you* don't stop this behaviour at the beginning, at the low level, how on earth can you criticise others? You fuel the fires of those who go further.
I presume you reported the cases of women being excluded and inappropriate touching (to the police)? What was the response?
diodesign, grow a pair, and don't support this.
Similarly "near miss", as in "yes, he nearly missed me."
"bring back some of the injured"?
The overwhelming number of injured, homeless people are local. Just where do you propose to "bring them back to"? Last week? And tell them to jump when it happens?
Sure, there are many foreign nationals in the country at the moment - they are risk takers, and have insurance. They don't really matter at the moment. So many locals have lost so much (family, homes, businesses)
To focus on the climbers who implicitly accept the danger of their deliberate actions rather than on the residents of the numerous villages, towns, and cities affected by this awful disaster is utter sensationalism.
I presume a Google exec will have had appropriate life insurance. Move on. No story.
Many Nepalese who have suffered loss or injury are not in such a happy place. *That* is the terrible tragedy. That is why I cry today.
2.0 system installations are frequently sub-optimal, let alone anything with more jiggly bits. Corners, angles of speakers to walls, proximity of speakers to walls/obstacles, height of the speakers (for higher frequencies) all colour the perceived sound. If you have curtains in the room, the experience will be different when they are drawn. If your mother-in-law is sitting in the corner, the experience will be affected, although that's probably not physics.
Just enjoy the story of the film/show/programme. Oh bugger, that's where they've skimped.
I'm still using the same 2 speaker setup I've had for over 25 years.
It provides a wonderful stereo experience - you see, there is one speaker to the left, and the other to the right. Just like my ears!
Never understood the combination of headphones and microphone.
With a good set of headphones, such as Grado 125 (or 80), you will have all the fidelity you can possibly desire (e.g. hearing the 3rd harmonic of a rat farting at 200 Linguine), and truly epic dynamic range.
Why not get a cheapo USB mike? All you'll be doing is calling the kid who whooped your arse a jerk anyway.
They could use rot13?
Ideas? Yes. Just don't depend on the alias rm='rm -i'. If you can't use rm safely, you should probably step away from the keyboard altogether.
What happens when you run rm as a different user or on a different system, that doesn't have the alias crutch?
I'll bet you even do "yes | rm *" to remove lots of files without having to ack each one, don't you?
They got it right.
Nice high density content.
No nasty white borders.
No dynamic mouse-over events (they probably had too many cats to know about mice)
3-5 millennia later we, sorry, you, are behaving like potential members of the B Ark.
Why? Just why?
Yep, right down to the "menu" entries in fecking caps.
Going back a few years, one Margaret Calvert was employed to make our road signs easily readable. Through the clever use of both upper and lower cases letters, with ascenders and descenders, most words were immediately visually recognisable by their shape, quite often without having to read the words themselves.
Now, 50 odd years on, in the next millennium, this CAPS LOCK SHITE returns.
Mankind is doomed.
No, π is a letter in the Greek alphabet. It just happens to be used in maths.
And for drilling, that is merely the deployment of an SDS drill. I'm sure they could have budgeted for a kilo or two of proper drill. OK, the 230/110v supply might be troublesome, but that's a just a practicality for the engineers.
Could have branded the comet with "Makita Inside" logos too. Must be worth a bob or two of advertising revenue :-)
"hot fudge sundae" - that sir, is where you are wrong.
This is an interstellar baked Alaska. Totally different coefficients of mass, density, magic, coolness, and boffinnry.
Perhaps with a walk on part for Peter Capaldi, to ensure utterly and sustained fruity language.
Did you perhaps mistype bunch-o-cunts?
Can't be sure, I didn't imagine it.
But surely, one way or another, they but not their chits must go. The chits must forever be bound to their necks.
Sounds like a time and motion study.
To visualise such a large number of things you need to start smaller. Perhaps with otters. Say 100, on a plane?
It surely cannot be the gypsies - they would've laid a thin layer of tarmac and scarpered.
What, you mean weather forecasting?
Well, yes, I'll have £1 per dB of lightning over Slough during May, and £1.45 per cubic km of cumulonimbus over Bridlington during June.
Why don't you get yourself a proper phone? You know, one that runs this app?
What? An inflexible overpriced media distribution system?
Isn't the magic number 69? Well it was for the 2 digit exponent Casio-toting people. There was a Sharp around at the time that had 3 digit exponents. Oh the numbers that beauty could factorialise :-)
Were there any mattresses there, flolloping around?
"When a recompile takes 20 minutes" - that, right there, is your problem.
If a trivial, localised, code change is taking even a small fraction of that time to be compiled, deployed, and running in your target environment, you need to fix what is causing the time to be lost. Whether it is the architecture (code, deployment, or execution), the tool chain, the build system, or whatever else, do yourself a favour and fix it.
The Silmarillion is perhaps the best evidence that Tolkien wasn't so much a code breaker as a code *maker*. That darned thing is a code book, and I suspect it hasn't been broken yet.
So your nice open source system doesn't have one jot of binary/proprietary software/technology? You have an open source BIOS, your CPU doesn't use microcode, and your HDD/SDDs don't have any firmware whatsoever. You probably also have the full logic of all ASICs and FPGAs on your motherboard and peripherals pinned up on your wank wall, don't you?
Does your nose resent being bitten off to spite your face?
For an organisation looking at usability they sure picked a nasty font. It's one of the very few that I'd rank as worse than Comic Sans. At least Comic Sans is readable.
Exactly right - "active" cables that cost a lot. It is a huge mess.
Now, USB 3 isn't the greatest, but it is already a commodity interface. However, what is needed is a protocol over common structured cabling. Perhaps 10/40 Gbps ethernet would be a nice transport layer.