143 posts • joined Thursday 21st June 2007 01:04 GMT
How about protecting metadata...?
It should be your right to not have third parties strip your metadata out of your works. If I upload a photo onto Facebook, they shouldn't be permitted to strip out my EXIF data (at least by default).
Zap on RISC OS
It's worth using RISC OS just to use Zap. Mind you, it's probably as hard as vi to the uninitiated.
Agreed! When the caption said "tiny" I assumed an error in the diagram. 5cm is huge - the average mouse brain is less than 2cm in its longest axis. There was me expecting to see a 2 x 2mm bit of silicon...
I can only assume
that some of the Samsung execs are non-execs on the board for some legal firms so they'd love nothing more than a good old multi-million dollar Copyright/patent smack-down.
Re: Just one more thing....!
> Please help me understand why Java and .NET really need so many damn versions and different libraries to begin with? Why should I have Dot Net 1.1, 2, 3.5 and 4
Because API designers (especially those for the sprawling, monolithic frameworks that are the current de rigueur) don't seem to give a shite about backwards compatibility.
So is this article talking about processors or memory chips or both? It seems confused.
It also seems to say moving electrons 'vertically' is difficult and costly. Is the implication here that this new process solves those issues, or was that an observation about some remaining known issues here?
I get the feeling Gavin didn't fully understand whatever source material this article was based upon. Either that or I'm having a slow brain day (i.e. a normal day).
What is Liferay?
Liferay is supposed to be the answer to your traditional corporate problems, such as: how can we store our documents in a shared, central repository that's easy to access direct from the desktop? And how can we have a central per-project calendar which everyone can easily sync with and update? All the stuff I'm pretty sure Sharepoint has solved (but don't get me started on that!).
We use Liferay and it was my misfortune to be the one who had to set it up and maintain it. There are a billion configuration options, the documentation is poor, there are so many different permissions and attributes on everything with so many ways they can interact I'd be amazed if there aren't massive security holes everywhere from my misconfiguring it all.
On top of that, the fundamentals we want to use it for never actually a) work well or b) work at all. For example, WebDAV is quite unreliable from various flavours of Windows - I'm sure that's Windows' fault, but most people (non-engineers) use that so it's a bit of a bummer.
As for missing features, the calendar portlet is next to useless with no sensible integration to people's own calendars or central iCal servers. The document library is next to useless with no ability to put commit comments next to a revision of a document and no way to control the version number for a given commit. Oh, and you can't recursively set permissions and the like on a folder and all its contents!
And yes we did raise all of these on the Liferay forums/bug trackers over the years but nothing ever changed.
Oh, and it's veeery slow, too. But that seems to be the norm for server-side stuff nowadays. Hey ho. So we keep using it and it keeps limping along but it's a shadow of what I was hoping it would be when I first read about it. Maybe it's all sunshine and rainbows in the latest Liferay but after going around the painful upgrade cycle a few times, I have no idea what the latest version is like.
I should temper all of this by saying I'm no sys admin and my company is too cheap to a) hire one and b) go for the commercial Liferay package. Still, let the downvotes roll in for one poor sod voicing his real world experience...
Wake me up when it has SATA and GigE.
People with more expensive PCs...
have more disposable income. Shock.
Doesn't work with HMRC
I was swearing for Britain on a recent call to the thieving b*stards at HMRC recently. Didn't work, but I could've sworn the recorded message was laughing at me with the "and I repeat, that number is 0845..."
Not quite sure what all the vitriol is about with this. It's just a search filter. Ooo. Now, if I could only search for any of the other stuff in my timeline...
My biggest complaint about Facebook is that it's so impossible to search _your own data_. How can you find posts you made four years ago? Even the friend search thing is the crappest search imaginable. That's its most cynical aspect, I find; they are using your data six ways 'til Sunday but they don't seem to want _you_ to be able to use it.
What is patentable?
Serious question here: how can something like "over scroll bounce" be patented? Last time I looked, admittedly this was UK patent law, it wasn't even possible to patent software - you had to rephrase it as a 'device' - let alone patenting an animation effect.
Putting all of the "the patent system is broken" arguments to one side, has something changed in the past five to ten years that means little bits of artistic fluff now count as an invention that can be patented?
Something doesn't add up...
Perhaps I'm having a blonde moment, but...
> obtain the login details of 1,300 student accounts
> with amounts ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 slurped from compromised accounts
> convicted of fraud worth £304,000 and attempted fraud of £162,000
Erm. And the rest...? Why do I get the feeling that the second quote cherry-picks the biggest numbers and is missing the word "some"?
Is it just me...
...or is it a bit depressing that the military's sloppy seconds are 100x better than the best science has available? Oh, and there are two of them going spare, by the way.
So he could've compared a horse to a dog or cat or something, but no, he has to pick an animal 95% of the population haven't heard of - hence even El Reg feeling the need for a link. That's a really helpful analogy.
Re: What adverts?
OK, I'm prepared for the down-votes but...
Hang on, people piss and moan about us taking money away from our favourite sites by blocking the ads with adblock or similar. Fair enough. But I've _never_ ever clicked on an ad on a web site. I don't watch ads on TV. Don't ads make money for the host site via a click-through? If so, what difference does it make whether I've blocked the ads or not? I'm not clicking through. I'll answer my own question: the only difference is I don't get a migraine from all the bloody Flash and animated GIFs.
RISC OS had this in the 90's
Missing the point again...
So, when the complaint is that the lack of colour (especially in icons) makes it harder to navigate, MS in its infinite wisdom adds a splash of _the same_ colour for the _same little design_ to a load of icons, this improving navigability not at all.
Re: Dare Bribing in the first world Countries
What's with all the random Capital letters? My boss does this and it Drives me nuts.
Re: Synology all the way
Seconded. The management software is amazing for a bit of HTML/JS. Feature rich and simple to use. The only negative I have is that it's a bugger to find a replacement fan here in the UK. I've a DS209+II and I only found two distributors in Europe - both of whom appear to be the same person who was out of stock indefinitely. :(
I think you mean...
> delivers up to 64,000 x 40Gbit/sec video streams
Jesus - a 40Gbit/sec video stream - it that UltraHD or something?! I think you mean it can deliver up to 64,000 streams over its up to four 10Gbit/sec network interfaces. The streams themselves are likely to be somewhat lower bandwidth.
and just as I was about...
...to publish a paper about how the Columbia shuttle disaster was unlikely to happen again.
I know how to make us all safer...
...we should handcuff all our citizens to radiators in their houses and place them all under 24/7 CCTV supervision. I bet that'd cut the crime rates massively and we're half way there already...
I can't help but be aghast at the utter contempt displayed towards us by anyone who attempts to justify some crackpot legislation by saying it will "help to catch criminals". Yes, it's easy to think of ways to cut crime - the trick is doing so without pissing all over everyone else's freedom.
Re: The moral of this story?
But it might be a good site for a spot of mining... :)
Re: Whatever the reason , another heatwave in europe this summer...
> I am also suspecting a very hot summer this year. no science just a hunch
I tell you what, I'll book a camping holiday. That usually does the trick in guaranteeing me torrential rain, high winds and knee-deep mud.
> that white radio looks good
Are you kidding me? It looks like something I'd've bought on the market twenty years ago for £2. As far as I can tell, the only reason for DAB is to multiply the price of radios by 10.
> "In rare sets of circumstances unique to how this mission uses the processor, cache access errors could occur, resulting in instructions not being executed properly," the agency said in a canned statement.
So it's got a separate instruction and data cache but some muppet included some self-modifying code and didn't think to flush the instruction cache... Doh!
Not content with knowing everything we search the web for...
...Google would also like to know everywhere we go, everything we see and say, as well as everything we hear - for good measure.
On the one hand, I'd say fuck off. But on the other, this sort of technology is inevitable. What we really need are some equally visionary law-makers to bolster our privacy rights so that companies like Google can only use the data they slurp for the things we say they can (without making it a choice between accepting everything or being excluded from what will become fundamental to interacting with society as a whole). You know; in the same way they haven't done with the Internet... muppets.
> Apparently, you can use it as an AC, but that's what the windows are for in a UK summer.
That depends where in the UK you live. If you're anywhere in Cambridgeshire, you open your windows a crack and before you know it all your monitors are written-off by thunder flies. If you have a home office and (say) five monitors, this can be rather irritating...
For fuck's sake...
> the British assumption is innocence until proved guilty.
NO. It's innocent UNLESS proven guilty. Repeat after me: unless, unless, unless.
Saying "until" pre-supposes that you're already guilty. Saying "unless" indicates that you could be innocent or guilty.
and the elephant in the room
Menu items can have associated icons. Many functions have quite similar textual names and users rely on icons to quickly and easily distinguish between them. This HUD, in its current form, is pretty useless because:
1. you have to switch from mouse to keyboard, which is a PITA for more casual use cases
2. there are no icons, just a sea of text
3. it does that shitty Windows UI think of only showing you the first few items in a list of potentially hundreds of options, even though the screen is quite a lot higher than 80 pixels...!
If you just want a decent Freeview HD PVR and you've already got all the other bits, like an Internet-enabled Blu-Ray player, HD TV/projector, surround, etc. then this is actually not a bad product. You don't actually want all the extra IPTV cruft, BR player, etc.
Shame there's no optical SPDIF out.
He's got a typing liphp.
So what are you asking for? If not the morons who build menus on DVDs, then the morons who produce the devices (see Panasonic and its adverts in its EPG)? Or if not the HbbTV consortium, how about the YouView consortium?
Face it, there are precious few people who can build a decent UI (for reasons that are quite frankly beyond me) and the ones who are good at it will probably have a good stab at getting the HbbTV experience as good as they can.
And this is why I have no savings...
Given the usual levels of governmental IT fuckups, by my reckoning the average UK tax payer has had at least £1000 removed from their bank accounts in the last five years to fund failed IT projects. Congratulations.
I've had the 580 for a year and it has had iPlayer and Channel 5 on it the whole time. It's never had 4oD which is what I'd much rather have than C5. And I hear PS3s have 4oD. Why don't the BDP range? Odd to hear you don't have C5 though...
Unbundling my exchange would be a start...
Never mind fibre, it'd be nice if I had some competition on prices at our exchange. Mind you, we're not on the list for fibre (shock). Looks like I'll be stuck with my crappy connection (even though I'm just 1 mile from the exchange) and over-inflated prices for the foreseeable... 15 mins out from Cambridge and you'd think I was in the Scottish Highlands.