Re: Reasons for not going to Skegness
It's Skeg-Vegas - if you're a bumpkin from the East Midlands, then you're likely to suffer some form of PTSD related to the place.
711 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
It's Skeg-Vegas - if you're a bumpkin from the East Midlands, then you're likely to suffer some form of PTSD related to the place.
Sorry, but I've yet to be 100% convinced about using cloud as a primary data store.
1 - Getting the data there and back on a home broadband connection is somewhat less than reliable or fast. My LAN is GbE, my broadband sadly is not.
2 - Broadband goes down, so does my data. My LAN might still work, but that don't matter if my data is all cloudy. I'm not sold on Chromebooks for a similar reason.
3 - I'm supposed to trust these folks with my data. It's not extenal hacks or physical theft that worries me, it's the vendor themselves. Cloud providers and there offerings come and go, sometimes at the drop of a hat. One steep pricing change and you need to move your stuff PDQ!
Isis released a press release announcing that they were outsourcing their help desk function to a call centre in Bangalore. Staff were notified this morning, with half of them detonating in protest, the rest beheaded as part of cut backs.
"Yes, WinCE (aka "wince") had a respectable presence, but nothing compared to Nokia and Blackberry."
Actually, when the early Windows Mobile based phones were launched (2003), Nokia was essentially limited to the Communicator - a great device, but vastly more expensive and not all that more capable. Blackberry made nice phones (everyone liked the keyboards) that did some internet and email, but in those days (to mid 2000s) was purely locked into Blackberry services - a vendor lock in that in many ways proved its undoing later on (Note that the iPhone and Android went down the MS path of native connectivity rather than a proxy solution).
In terms of the US market, a bit of Googling shows that in 2007 (according to this article - http://bgr.com/2011/12/13/apple-and-google-dominate-smartphone-space-while-other-vendors-scramble/), MS peaked at 42% of the US smartphone market (Compared to RIM at 35%, Symbian at 3% and the new Apple iPhone at 11%). This surprised me, but, of course, MS didn't adapt - This was the Windows Vista period remember. RIM briefly resurged, but the Apple and later Android juggernauts all but gobbled up the market after that. Quite fascinating - if MS had taken the market seriously, they might still be a serious player. A pity really - the market is somewhat lacking in choice these days, particularly at the low/mid end.
Name me a desktop OS that is finished (ignoring those that get 'finished' through abandonment or those burned into hardware)?
All OS, whether distributions of Linux, OSX and Windows remain largely unfinished. The earlier they are in their release cycle, the more issues crop up. I'm not saying Windows is perfect, but over the last 20 years, I've yet to find a completely flawless OS.
Perpetual fixes for bugs - ah, you mean patches. So these don't exist outside of Windows either? And as for phones, well, do we really need to go into flaws and bugs in Android or iOS, let alone Windows Phone/Mobile/Telex/Fax...?
The more features and twiddly bits people want, the more complexity rises and the greater the risk of faults creep in. Unless you want a really small, functionally hobbled install (which can really only be achieved with Linux), then its an inevitable evil.
Damn! Where's that in the start menu? Or do you have to use a seductive voice and ask Cortana nicely?
TELL ME! NOW!!!!!
I, for one, welcome our slightly damp naval Overlords.
Complete with Blue Squid of Death.
Instant termination on being found guilty of a crime. Any crime.
No prisoners = no prisons = no drone problem.
"If a rare bird gets accidentally downed by one" - let me make that more accurate - "if a rare bird gets accidentally turned into red mist by one"
..but will it ever beat the accuracy and acting talent of the BBC classic 'Bugs'?
I did once buy an Orchid Soundwave 32 SCSI sound card. When Microsoft released Windows 95, Orchid refused to release drivers for it saying that they only supported their new Orchid NuSound board. What a con!
I'm not bitter....
Son, you do know we don't need these to see what bears do in these woods...?
But it needs more than cameras - perhaps something in the multiple megaton range, or perhaps Bruce Willis and a bunch of mining engineers?
Sure, it'll be nice to see the object before it destroys all life on Earth, but perhaps the ability to do something about it would be a nice bonus...?
Because Amazon want to sell you the streamed video AND the player. And the content of their app store."
A little unfair given that Amazon do clients for smart TVs (Samsung and LG for a start), Xbox, iOS and Android devices.
"Sadly, I don't use a handy German to read my articles to me. I have to make do with reading them to myself, in my head."
You don't? I always keep one around. I sometimes get Jeeves to harass him with a fake moustache and a swagger stick. Most inappropriate, but terribly funny after a few G and T's....
Does it have an Infinite Improbability Drive?
My brain hurts. I'll stick to knitting.
Now where did I put those B & Q 3" Masonry Screws.....
"I've got 4,600 executables in $PATH on my laptop (Gentoo)."
Bully for you, old chap. And the point of the exercise was what, exactly, besides wasting disk space? Is this like some form of stamp collecting, or collecting train numbers?
So long as the range figures are 'real world' and not something like VW American emissions testing, then we're getting to range figures that you can live with. Just a shame these cars are a little bit out of my price range (my price range for an electric vehicle is more second hand milk float...).
"Overall the new 8 previous Dr WHO series have been cheesy and lame. About time it grew some balls like the old ones used to have."
Cheesy and lame - like the terrible, kids show scripts that poor Sylvester McCoy had to put up with? Or how about the third Doctor's Whomobile? While the newer run has had ups and downs (Clara...), the good old days weren't always that good.
"And a grovelling apology for foisting such crap on you in the first place."
Calling it crap is harsh. It was a reasonable version 1.0 product that was about as appreciated as the finest steak sandwich would be at a vegan food conference. And bought by about as many too.
Less Windows RT, more RIP.
Yes, This will be the year of 3D TV. And Linux on the desktop. And we'll all be zipping around with Jetpacks, while roasting chestnuts on our home thermo-nuclear pile.
For me, the worst would be Sylvester - but I tend to think it more the fault of the scripts and storylines than the actor. By this point, the series had truely devolved to a children's TV series. If Auntie aren't careful, Peter Capaldi could be heading down a similar path - a good actor hamstrung with poor storylines.
For me, though, the best would be Tom Baker. It's the hat, scarf and maniacal eyes!
"That just sounds to me like balance. The Tories have fucked up the economy four times in my lifetime too. And they've fucked up the railways, the NHS and the schools in between.."
The railways were screwed way before privatisation (about the time it was nationalised). The civil servants ran it at the behest of the unions and left it, slow, late and filthy (now it's less late, a bit faster and much cleaner - just over-priced). The NHS is a wonderful, but flawed ideal that is based upon a myth of being "free" and yet consumes (tax payers) money like a Hoover, while offering services well beyond its remit (boob job anyone?). Schools have been under Union rule for decades - and God help anyone who dares question them or quantify their competency.
As for the economy, only four for the Tories? Every time Labour got in, they left it in worse condition after. Labour inherited an economy on the rise in '97 and took us into a deficit unlike anything in UK history. Oh, and look back at the left wing consensus in the '70's with Heath (barely a Tory) and Labour systematically allowing the unions destroy the UK economy, even as the oil started flowing from the North Sea. Or how about Labour wasting cash nationalising businesses the state had no reason to be involved with (cars, chemical, even sugar!) - money that would have been better spent on a multitude of areas that are the role of government- like infrastructure, defence and perhaps even the lefty favourite- decolonisation. When Labour screw up, they do it big time, every time.
I know the left are associated with red, but let's draw the line at looking at the past with rose tinted lenses.
However, I agree with balance - his election will add a comedy factor to parliament that hasn't been seen since Labour's 1983 election manifesto. Plus, the anti-Europeans have now gained a powerful ally - that might make the euro-referendum a little less rigged.
"Or a midget in a bikini*"
Surely, after the Snow White dwarf discrimination debacle, this should be "friend in gender-neutral swimwear"?
I remember having an Amstrad PC1512 (with dual 5/25" floppies!). We also had the PC version of LocoScript too. Worked like a charm and pretty straight forward too.
I had a few games too, but they looked terrible in CGA (Microprose F19 Stealth Fighter in cyan, magenta, black and white....).
Ah, ye good olde days!
"Start at the bottom and outside and work up and in."
Now that's a wonderful phrase in so many ways!!!!
Agreed - didn't we outgrow this stuff in the 90's? However, if we follow their logic the Soviet Socialist Republic of Leicester has made a major mistake. They still call the lead character Snow White. Surely, this too is discriminatory in a racist way - perhaps "Snow Counter-Racist-Approved-Pigmentation" would be a good alternative. I really think that this works for a new PC title....
Snow Counter-Racist-Approved-Pigmentation and her Seven Friends
Really rolls off the tongue (*rolls eyes*)
In the case of this strike, it could be argued as "tidying up some of our mess".
After all, the pair came from the UK to take part in rape, murder and destruction - the RAF has prevented further participation, without a boot on the ground. Problem solved, no tears to shed.
... You get a street sweeper.
Hmmm. I think I'll watch from afar.
And look at all the wonderful features Apple have added - so long as you buy the next model. Hardly a position unique to Microsoft.
"To be fair, you shouldn't trust recordable optical media for long term storage either."
Is there a USB connected wax cylinder writer?
Well, you're all wrong. I'll keep running on OS/2...
I agree. I was rather hoping for a low power Intel Atom, a chunk of space with Windows 10 in a phone.
Still, I shouldn't expect much, it is an Acer.
I'd say it rather depends on your requirements. If all you plan on doing is a little browsing, email and writing letters, even 1-2GB might suffice (The Linx 8 is a good example of this). 4-8GB is probably more typical for a full fat laptop though, as the use may well be a little more demanding. However, I think it's a little premature to say that 8GB is the new norm, particularly at the bargain end of the market. I think SSD (or at least SSHD) will penetrate faster in this market before 8GB becomes ubiquitous.
They tried a similar comparison with a gun pod equipped version of the F16 years ago and this failed too - for the same reasons you point out. Basically, in both the F16 and F35, these fly-offs were largely an attempt to shoe-horn in a different airframe into a role that they weren't designed for in order to keep the production lines open for a few more airframes.
To be honest, they'd be better off with either a new run of updated A10s or something small and cheap like a converted trainer (like the Tucano) - possibly even a drone, after all, this is rather a dangerous role.
"WEP wasn't broken in 2008"
Yes, you're right. It wasn't broken in 2008 - Vulnerabilities go back to 2001. http://security.blogoverflow.com/2013/08/wifi-security-history-of-insecurities-in-wep-wpa-and-wpa2/
Google, sure, but Wikipedia isn't always your friend.
Might make a nice Thin Client for an RDS/Citrix/Horizon View solution, let alone as a media consumption device with more grunt than Chromecast etc.
Driverless cars? Terrible idea. What will my chauffeur do? Who would serve the Champers and canapes during the journey...?
Was primarily to provide admin capabilities to stand alone hosts using a browser interface rather than being forced to use the old installable client.
Welcome back, ESX 2.x.
"Please define 'European-style health system' because different countries have different systems."
One that offers a similar service and yet doesn't consume money like an obesity patient eats cake.
And yet he was still batter at the job than his predecessors. Perhaps positive discrimination for the under educated works after all.
Maybe he's hiding his meatballs. I mean, I tend to do the same. The public tend to frown on such public exposure and the police tend to take a dim view too - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/naked-man-tasered-after-running-6233271
" and SpaceX are currently trying to work out why their rocket program isn't producing reliable results"
At least they ARE producing results, unlike NASA who've blundered from one failed launcher project to the next since the Shuttle program. SpaceX had two failures in 20 flights of a single relatively new rocket design that was all their own work using substantially less money.
"SLS is at least based on manned flight rated components"
So, for a large sum, they're dusting off old designs, applying some lip gloss and re-arranging. Should be noted that the more they improve the design of the components, the more they move from the state at which they can claim to retain a man rated heritage.
"Being cheap is no good if it takes too long to do it."
Falcon Heavy is aimed to fly next year. SLS is 2018. Might not loft quite as much, but that two year head start will give it some real-world test and development time to start scaling up. Being more expensive and later still is generally worse.
"Yeah, but nobody ever made a scary film about Flu, Malaria, TB or Motor Vehicle Accidents..."
I remember a scary film about motor vehicle accidents. In fact several:
- Keanu had pretty scary acting in Speed.
- Those Fast and Furious films had scary accidents.
- But check out this for full horror... https://youtu.be/qrY7pr2V82o
I note a distinct dislike in the article for having to change motherboard etc. That's called progress - sometimes old kit simply isn't up to the needs/abilities of a new component.
For example - I was disappointed my old 486 motherboard can't take an i7, but not too surprised.
Duh, replace it with MS Access. Obviously!
For the naming committee, it was a long, hard decision meeting. It wasn't unanimous and had a messy climax.
Taking HERE away from Nokia's short attention span and putting it in the hands of an industry with a genuine interest in the product is, on the face of it a good thing. Of course, we'll see what the future holds...
Microsoft being only a licensee rather than an owner was also a good thing. It kept it from being subsumed into Bing Maps and also ensured a cross platform agnosticism in the longer term.
I do wonder how long it will last as a great, free product though.