397 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012
Re: Optimax and Optical Express DO run websites
Of course they do, but my comment was that satisfied customers don't feel a need to launch personal crusades on the web, unlike dissatisfied customers who feel (for whatever reason) that they have been wronged.
Re: "air on the side of caution"
err on the side of caution
Re: I had always been tempted by laser surgery.
My friend had it about ten years ago, at Optimax Birmingham, and is still very happy with the results. She used to be very short sighted with moderate astigmatism, and doesn't need any correction now. The only problems she's had (after the initial healing period, which can be very uncomfortable) are occasional dryness, and some interference with night vision - she reckons that, compared to the hassle she had previously with glasses and contacts, it's a price well worth paying.
If your sight isn't that bad you may benefit less from the surgery, so would consider the downsides to be more significant. Obviously if the surgery screws up for whatever reason you might end up with major problems and no advantage, but there are plenty of people who are glad they had it done, they just don't run websites about it.
Re: One line, one pixel
I have a feeling that a particle big and fast enough to take out a few hundred pixels would probably take out the rest of the camera too. AIUI most of these things are small enough that they just shoot by, hitting nothing much.
On the one hand there are probably plenty of people running XP who would be just as happy running Linux, but on the other there are some things that XP does that Linux still can't manage (and possibly never will). Of course the obvious solution is to just open source XP. Haha.
A zombie process is one which has finished running but is still in the process table, while XP is an OS that hasn't finished running, yet its parent is calling it dead - that seems quite the opposite to me.
Re: How do you install Windows 3.1 onto a PC these days?
3.1 in DOSEMU if you want, or 3.11 in Virtualbox. Simples.
Re: She does little else on the system
Surely she'd hardly notice if you stuck a Linux on it then?
Re: hurray for eBay
I hope you got a genuine COA, and not just a hooky serial number.
Re: If you've ever tried to connect one in dim lighting
I have spectacles and pocket flash-lights to deal with "can't see small things in the gloom". Although I also have black, grey and white USB cables on my desk, in regular, mini and micro sizes - all have white tabs, so I probably wont need my specialist tools anyway.
Re: If we are still using it .....
All that time and we're still twisting our jack plugs trying to get a good contact ...
Re: It would be nice if those live tile thingies could be placed on the desktop
"I think they should be called Wadgets or maybe Gidgets."
How about "Active Desktop"? Oh, no - that was a different nightmare.
Re: Marvel at the NORK technology
What sort of eejit puts fixed landing gear on a drone that presumably needs to optimise speed and range?
Re: 80% were from gmail accounts
They may have looked like they were from GMail accounts, but I doubt that they actually were.
No mention of power in the specs or FAQ, except "5V". It seems to me that this board isn't really a rival to R-Pi, it's just another pico-ITX PC (and "blessed" with Intel graphics at that).
I wouldn't count on it for mainstream Ubuntu. Ubuntu GNOME OTOH says they'll release a PPA for GNOME 3.12 just as soon as it's ready (they're a bit busy preparing Ubuntu 14.04 ATM).
Re: Stop fiddling with my interface!
The thing about Linux is that you don't need to keep whatever interface the distro uses as default. I'm used to having window buttons on the left when using Ubuntu, and on the right with other distros and Windows, just as I got used to using my thumb with some trackballs and my fingers with others - it's really not a huge effort, although it might take a few days until you do it without thinking about it. If you hate having the buttons on the left you can switch them back to the right anyway. As for the car metaphor, some have the steering wheel on the left, some on the right - the first time I used a LHD car on the RHS of the road, when I'd only ever driven RHD on the LHS, I just got in it and drove, it really didn't seem strange at all.
Re: So is it still "search for everything"?
Install ClassicMenu Indicator to restore the old-style menus.
Re: knobs to allow people to revert to the old way of doing things
That would be the button on the login screen, that lets you select which desktop environment you want to run.
Re: no such thing as user friendliness
You have to be kidding - to install something in any Debian based distro just fire up Synaptic, search for what you want by name or description, click "mark for installation" click "apply" and you're done (with all the dependencies handled for you, and the new software added to the main menu). Includes a centralised update tool that maintains everything in the software repository, without those resource-hogging popup-opening nags that Windows apps stick in the system tray, and without multiple reboots.
Re: Windows is nothing like the Windows of XP
But surely what we're comparing Linux with here is Windows XP? It will run happily on XP-era machines and eliminate the security problems of running an unsupported version of Windows. Linux is not perfect, bulletproof or suitable for everyone, Windows has got more secure over the last decade, but for limited hardware Linux is an easier upgrade path from XP than a newer Windows version, and for some of the people who are still on XP it offers an altogether adequate replacement. The difficulty for Linux advocates is going to be getting the message across, to what may be a largely non-technical audience, before they get hacked or forced to upgrade to something they don't really want.
 I know some very technically competent people who are still using Windows 2000, but they already know about and use Linux too.
An inverted saucer sounds like an aerofoil waiting for an excuse to take off.
Re: the "off-switch"
You could always use the "shutdown" command, maybe even stick it in a shortcut on the desktop ... oh, yeah - no desktop.
Re: probably doesn't mean much now
From what I've heard the underlying OS seems to be everything you'd want from a Windows 7 update, it's just the user interface and some of the system management tools that MSFT really messed up.
Re: People have bought these tablets, they just don't know it
I have a thirty quid WinCE tablet bought several years ago that often gets used - admittedly mostly as a media player and satnav, but it does that job just fine. Some kid might listen to some music on his tablet and decide to become a musician, that's every bit as worthwhile as more academic outcomes.
It's hardly surprising that's the first thing they thought of. If it motivates them to use and take care of the tablets then that's fine. Some of the kids will also use their tabets for more educational purposes (not that games can't be made educational anyway, without the kids noticing) and for them the tablet is a library in their pockets. I do hope that the tablets will be provided with decent protective cases.
Re: "cPanel is a Unix based web hosting control panel"
That's a ==<<WHOOSH>>== then?
Re: Whitehat Greyhat Blackhat
You forgot Arsehat.
Re: Not correct!
I thought it meant "nut rounder".
Re: a LOT of MS sites
The page mentioned is not a MSFT site.
Re: So what's in it?
I use the Windows key - it opens the Unity dash. :-)
Re:"should have gone Android"
That's "should have gone Android" two or three years ago - you can't expect it will have the same impact now.
Re: NT has zero connection to VMS
Apart from Dave Cutler, who designed them both.
Re: either A will happen or Not-A will happen
Or some miscreants will strike as soon as a vulnerability is uncovered, some may save it until updates are finished in the hope that it won't be fixed before then, and some may wait until support has ended before they even think about developing exploits.
Re: the browser need to conform to lousy coding
Opera needn't conform to lousy coding - just switch to your backup browser for any site that causes problems. No browser deals perfectly with all sites, so you need to keep an alternative or two in reserve.
Re: Does any of that seem constructive
That depends on whether it's true or not.
Re: ChromeOS has already got 20 odd percent of the market
You do realise that 20 percent of recent laptop sales is a lot fewer than 20 percent of PCs currently in use? No?
Re: Rounded corners is a patent
A "design patent" - supposedly applied to an original cosmetic feature like e.g. the shape of the classic Coca Cola bottle.
Re: I sold more PC's than Apple
No you didn't - apart from it not saying "Wintel PCs" Apple's current desktop and laptop hardware will happily run Windows anyway.
So in Missouri the law will affect wearers of bifocal prescription spectacles, because the small display optic at the bottom of the lens displays the dashboard?
Re: hard coded systems
So you make a copy of soffice.exe and rename it as winword.exe. Actually not quite that simple, but you get the idea.
Re: accident waiting to happen
I don't imagine it would do your neck much good coming off a bike - chest mount would seem to make more sense, although broken ribs aren't top of my wanted list either.
Re: joining two dissimilar materials ...
...is as easy as keying them together when you're printing different materials at the same time.
Re: on balance, wearing a helmet is a good idea.
On balance, wearing a helmet is likely to make you more amenable to risk taking, and not protect you as much as you expect it to.
Re: Who in hell is Halley Berry
You mean Halle Berry? She is the only African American woman to have won an Academy Award for a leading role.
Re: First openntpproject URL is wrong
There's a "Send Corrections" link at the top of this page.
Re: Shit yourself slim
"hordes" not "hoards"
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