356 posts • joined 3 Mar 2012
I made myself do a blind test of a bunch of songs
Ripped some stuff from CD to a bunch of formats, including FLAC.intermediary file.
Played them back randomly and marked them.
The best to my ears? Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate). Better, to my ears than FLAC or WMA Lossless.
Re: An event horizon for economists?
Nah. Just too many 'safe-pair-of-hands' middle managers. Who will only buy ripoff Cisco and HP kit because they like crawling handcuffed into sacks to take a kicking. Buying commodity stuff without outrageously overpriced warranties or useless support contracts is a no-no. Safe is expensive.
All this talk of dirigibles largely appeals to the sci-fi fan's love of steampunk stuff. Not so sure these things are so appealing when we take our polished brass rose-tinted monocles off.
Re: Dear Householder ...
More frustrating still is that when you already have the package, they give it away for half price to new subscribers. Existing subscribers, stuff you.
Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?
Thanks. The single most useful post I've ever read in The Reg :)
Suspect it own't get honoured, but worth a punt. Wonder if the local curry houses can get prosecuted?
Next time Renault break a law, I'm expecting stickers across the steering wheel notifying us.
While I don't agree with google's actions, forcing them to display the ruling on the homepage is feels lscarily like an abuse of power. Bureaucrat willy-waving.
Presumably the French require petty thieves to walk down the street with placards round their neck detailing their crimes? if not, what is the logical difference here?
Enjoyed very much
Surprised the PFY killed off the opportunity for amusement at the expense of others so quickly though.
The people making the decisions on this sort of kit have qualifications starting with CC. No blue cable means no buy-in.
...to Dell with it all.
Does it automatically add...
...the endless list of hidden costs. If it doesn't - a waste of time.
Dell's end of year coming up
Should make for some good discounts.
More tools for blocking junk
As an end user I find an ever increasing need to remove stuff web developers are putting in. Endless tweaking of Adblock, Ghostery et al. to remove ads, social media slide in bars, EU cookie directive acknowledgements, newsletter sign-up popups, endless share/like widgets.
Very few decent games for linux on Steam
So i don't see why I should even remotely consider this platform.
For that you can buy an low end PC (mini-itx Atom thing or whatever) and stick a wifi card in it. Much more flexible,. much less cash.
An excel spreadsheet full of macros comes in by email to the senior auditor.
Someone got bought
security groups and policies
If you just want to try out various operating systems, set up test environments and the like, VMWare Player or VirtualBox running on windows are fine. Both have been rock stable too so the only real pain is the overhead of the background OS. They also give you familiar easy ways to access the filesystems behind the scenes, make backups and so on. i.e. for most home use, fine.
Want to step it up a bit - basix ESXi or HyperV are both free (I think...) but both more difficult to use and (esp. ESXi) create some hardware restrictions, quirks like access to VMFS etc. Only really for businesses or people who want to geek-out a bit.
Professionals are the problem
The problem with company supplied systems is that some kind of auditor or 'security professional' will get involved. Meaning you're going to need some kind of onerous PITA multi-factor authentication, a nasty frontend that is heavily locked down, and timeouts and security dialogues and frequent complex password changes.
That is why users like Dropbox.
Bikes would be a better way to do it. Filter between lanes and catch them at it. Sadly since the laws appeared in the UK, in an attempt not to be seen texting, people are now looking down at the concealed phone - as well as not concentrating.
Anyone else remember Infosec a few years back?
The drab grey Cisco stand with a frikkin' juggler? This is the same.
The only plastic thing I've ever broken worth much.
Nothing new to sell?
Pre-ducted skirting board
For the money spent of the wireless speakers you could get pre-grooved skirting boards that could hide all your cables.
And they can look good too, not just plastic tat.
Chromebooks keep getting better
The only thing making me waver is Google's tendency to take the axe to products or change T+Cs at short notice leaving users in the lurch. If linux is a possible plan-B parachute in case of Google changeomania I might risk it as a replacement for my elderly netbook..
Not all bad
He inherited the helm at Microsoft's natural peak. That it hasn't tanked faster is a testament to some degree of competence. Sure there were problems - any company that big is going to have (stack ranking, Win8, mobile lethargy). X-Box, HyperV, Dynamics suite, Azure are all credible products.
The issues they face are
- old guard mindset ('Windows' at the core of everything) plus bad culture - stack ranking being a particular example.
- new kinds of toy destroying the old order. High margin Apple shiny for idiots, and low margin, paid for by advertising products from Google.
Massively overpriced buggy kit, poor compliance with networking standards, a sneering arrogant attitude, an emphasis on the nasty dated IOS over any sort of modern management tools. Confused why people are leaving.
PCs aren't trendy
Teachers want trendy free stuff like every other IT magpie-user in every other sector.
Overpriced phones and hypicrites
Does this mean third parties will be able to communicate freely by video with their vastly overpriced handsets via Callmanager? Without handing over their firstborn as a license fee. No? Same old Cisco.
I studied Politics
To give me lots of free time to drink coffee and beer - and there were a lot more girls on the course than in the science subjects - and it was easier. I did zoology in my first year and it was much harder than the two social sciences so I abandoned it.
Still got a job. I doubt employers pay much attention other than -degree? yes- to be honest, unless it is a very specific field.
Seriously The Reg / Apple people? WTF?
Google images, find. set...
...what the NSA -should- be doing? You know, spying on foreign powers. Rather than on Us citizens?
Tape is okay
If you don't mind waiting 48 hours to get your data back. With a relatively high percentage likelihood the tape is corrupt. And the endless cleaning tape hassle and manual labour of loading the things. And the repair bills of repeatedly servicing all those mechanical parts.
If printers are computing's redheaded stepchild, tapes are the arthritic senile filing-clerk maiden aunt.
Will it defeat Thaw's law
Which states that a 50-something woman will end up in control of the heating and turn it up to 28 degrees Celsius?
*I just made it up.
Working from home...
..is a jolly for middle managers in just about every place I've ever worked. Sad but true.
Finally may be time to move away from my elderly netbook. To me these things are devices for when on holiday - hopefully fanless so silent, and gives me Chrome. As long as it can play movies from USB to keep me amused on the plane, job jobbed. For proper computing I have a nice big desktop back at home. Just hope they do one with black keys and the screen isn't reflective.
The cool kids are on apps and smartphonez, innit?
Ugh! Nirvana on audiophile format? I'm old enough to remember Nirvana when I was young - guess that makes me the new generation Rolling Stones / Eric Claptout type.
Re: To be honest
Seriously? Not used a Mac in years, but if you have to put up with that kind of crap - no thanks.
Re: Tech skills- not so much
The bit about wikipedia in my post was the clue.
Tech skills- not so much
Just checked wikipedia. She has never actually worked in a real technology role.
Investors want to see Apple-clone i-somethings to get quick x10 i-shareprice. Without any risk of it completely tanking the stable growth dividends of the existing model.
Re: Wait, what?
<takes pince nez glasses off>
The red one or the blue one?
HL was great, HL2 was
HL2 did the usual sequelitis thing. Make it 'dark'with some confused Eastern European oppressive regime thing. Add some driving bits. And not much else. Just like the latest Die Hard really.
3 needs to be something special or they shouldn't bother.
Yellow and singing
He always reminds me of this:
Re: Such a waste of time and paper.
No it won't - we're at 7 billion and counting. The figures vary, but we're way over the long-term sustainable population for the planet as it is. Take several generations more of selfish scum popping out sprogs and we're screwed.
A lot of
colour-blind hipsters out there.
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