305 posts • joined 29 May 2012
Re: Why won't the mainframe die?
"I may have even written one or two myself." One or two what?. Mainframe viruses? No - you haven't.
Re: S/360 I knew you well
Re: vexabibulus is a word
(vexabibulus ... means the feeling that one experiences when one discovers that the toilet roll has been mounted incorrectly)
....or that the perforations don't line up... (Yes - I know how to fix that).
It should go in the dictionary with reciprivesexclusional (a number defined as having any value other than that of itself e.g. the number of guests at a restaurant - will be any number other than the number on the booking) an luposlipoculinophobia - the fear of being chased around a kitchen table by timber-wolves whilst wearing socks and a newly-waxed floor.
Why do they do this?
"It is a big opportunity and we are all over it. We will have something by the middle of next year."
Personally, I prefer Apple's approach - which, for the most part, would be HP saying "Here's our new 3D printer and it's available now." (Ok - maybe a couple of weeks). Not "Just wait until the middle of next year woo-hoo!"
Everyone moans about hugely early announcements that are inevitably late. Or so vague ("We'll have something") that you could announce anything 'on-time' and be months or years away from a product release.
Who remembers Google's "We'll have an iPad killer by Christmas"? Didn't happen - it was months late.
All of you - announce the damm thing when it's ready to ship! None o this "Just wait a few months and don't buy anything else - we'll be brilliant - honest!"
"Ah Logic Lite. The equivalent of Ejay Dance 6"
Not really - Garageband is Garageband; it's not the 'lite' version of anything in as much as there's no menu options that, when you try to use them, you get a pop-up saying Sorry - that feature is only available in Garageband Pro. would you like to upgrade for the special one-time fee of $29.99?"
And the same for all the other iLife apps - they are their own apps with support forums etc and you know that other Mac users have the same software, unlike all the other bloatware, feature-crippled, unheard of, unsupported, written-by-1st-year-Java-students cr@p that other machines get loaded with.
So when my Dell-owning friends ask for advice about their free photo editing software "Glorius Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Editor Pro Lite V32.5!" and why it's asking for $30 to crop a photo "Please be upgrading to wonderful Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Manipulator Expert V 24.8 for advance features" I have to say "Dunno mate. My last pc was an Acer it it came with "Most Brilliant Picture Changer V5" but needed upgrading to "Hoo-soon Picture Magic 9 " to save changes."
"It's definitely been tried. I attended a talk by a guy who did an experiment like that on himself (essentially inserting tiny wires directly into the nerve - an incredibly painful process apparently).
If I remember correctly he was receiving the stimuli from someone else, having it sent over wifi then into his own hand."
aaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddddd... we're back at comment 1.
Re: look at the web logs
"...do exactly what I need them to do... lack of camera for Skype."
Good job Skype isn't one of the things you need them to do.
Re: Well yes... I guess
Perhaps a 'depth-first' approach wasn't the most suitable, in this case?
Re: Well yes... I guess
"The files are organised in folders by genre, sub-genre (...),"
I salute your dedication sir - this can be a difficult job. I know this, having just finished populating my "Pop Music/Acoustic/Solo/Female/World Music/Eastern Hemisphere/Tropical/Pacific/Easter Island" genre.
By 'fling', I thought you meant...
...actually launching and landing a 1TB HDD. "There's no way that can be cost-effective" I thought...
Re: A fundamental problem with this...
This : HS2 alleged benefits - beat me to it.
"So in true The Register style, they are jumping the gun looking for theoretical negatives against a tech Apple have implemented first, before checking the real world performance. They did the same with their ill informed article on Apple 5s 64 bit processing, which has now been confirmed as ignorant speculative negative hokum:
Don't come around here with your 'facts', young man. This is The Register, not some tawdry fact-reporting website.
Re: Tray-loading optical drive?
You're right - in years and years of owning slot-loading optical drives, I've never had one scratch the crap out of my discs.
No VGA port?
It should have one. Along with serial, parallel and PS2 ports. Oh, and the ability to swap the optical drive for a floppy, whilst we,re reminiscing.
Tray-loading optical drive?
Just looks nasty these days.
Re: You forget to add Tax to the US price
"Except sales tax here is usually around 8.5%, not 20%."
He's talking about how much the US price would cost in the UK, so adding 20% is right.
Re: Less is more?
"- One button. One LED. Just 2 UI elements.
- Use Morse code for all IO."
Just lately Apple have released a new iPhone every year (the 4, 4S, 5 and now the 5S), yet in the UK I think a lot of people are on 2-year contract, which means one tends to skip a generation. If you do, then the changes to one's new iPhone seem a bit more exciting if you go from a 4 to a 5, a 4S to a 5S etc.
So whilst the 5S is a nice phone, I don't see the need to upgrade my 5. Next year however, I might be more interested in upgrading to a 6, especially if my last few experiences of only having to fork out a small amount after selling or trading-in my old iPhone are repeated.
But it would be nice to see something with 'Wow!' factor again...
I always find it funny...
...the people moan that iOS didn't do anything original and yet repeatedly fail to point out a phone that could have multiple smoothly scrolling windows (that's 'smoothly' as in how an Amiga did it, not 'smoothly' as in how an Atari ST did it) etc etc and a finger-orientated UI.
What about ME?!
I tend to code using the 'Brush' font - neither tabs nor spaces work well...
I teleported home one night
with Ron and Sid and Meg.
Ron stole Maggie's heart away,
and I got Sydney's leg.
Are they really...
...proposing matter transmission instead of transdimensional displacement of a remotely induced singularity? I despair...
You don't need that many bits - for a lot of the people I know all you'd need to send is a couple of medium-resolution photos and enough 'for rudimentary brain functions - just enough to say "What?" and "Where's the tea?".
Re: Seems Irrelevant
"But very few people want 4k video. Many people still buy DVD because it's £5 cheaper than Bluray"
But very few people want HD video. Many people still buy VHS because it's £5 cheaper than DVD.
There's a pattern here...
Re: By far
Like the time when someone mis-placed the apostrophe in "Pedant's Corner", sparking a debate that implied it was a corner belonging to a pedant, rather than a corner for pedantry?
Re: By far
Surely you mean 'twas?
Re: Refusal to Print
"The sort of person who wants a 3D printer... Any of those missing would be a dealbreaker."
From this, we can draw 1 of 2 possible conclusions:
1. No 3D printers have ever been sold.
2. Your logic is wrong.
I'm going for.............................................1.
Therefore any 3D printers people claim to own are an illusion.
Re: Remember the article here about how you'd never 3D print a gun?
"Yes, I do remember that article - and until today, he hasn't been proven wrong."
It's been about 3 months, FFS! Give progress(?) a couple of years, at least.
Re: One up the spout!
</YODA Mmmm, observant you are... />
Remember the article here about how you'd never 3D print a gun?
..due to various flaws etc. this was after the '3D printed gun' uproar a few month ago The author seemed to overlook the fact that it was early days yet. Had he been at the Wright brothers inaugural flight, he would no doubt have concluded that powered flight was a fantasy, due to it being limited in range and only capable of carrying 2 people.
"My 2 years old decent but by no means special smart tv does everything this dongle does and much more. People with super old tvs may want to invest these $35 bucks directly in a new tv."
Yes - it said that in the article.
Except over 2 years old does not qualify as 'super-old' and I'm not sure that spending $35 to watch YouTube/NetFlix would not be a sensible choice compared to spending $500-$600 on a new TV.
But, as you said yourself, you find modern technology confusing (The Apple TV is not hard to understand).
Re: There is an answer.
"more or less".
Personally, I use less. I find it does more than more, whilst more does less than less.
Bear in mind...
... that "a Linux slice with an effective 105MHz of processing capacity and just under 1GB of memory" is not the whole story. The VMs aren't limited to these figures, these are the averages if each VM was running flat out at the same time. The machine is very good at directing the CPU and memory towards the VMs that need it at each split-second, so whilst one's CPU might be idle whilst it does some I/O, another might have multiple cores running at serveral GHz, crunching some numbers.
Re: What if you don't have fingerprints?
"Let's say you've been using a lathe or something and all your fingerprints have rubbed off? How do you unlock your phone then?"
Very good point. And suppose you're on a desert island and you've cut your hands off using a machete whilst harvesting coconuts. And your phone's flat and you've no way of charging it? and it's not your phone - you found it? And it's not even an iPhone, but an original old non-GSM Motorola? How does your fancy-shmancy technology work now, Apple? Huh?!?? HUH?!?!
See - that told 'em....
Re: Just another example
Nice to see you've understood the article...
And of course...
...adding keyboard/mouse/printer support to iOS or Android (should these thing prove to be what the *majority* of people need) will be far beyond the capabilities of Apple or Google, and MS will simply clean up.
"The heat of a railgun firing is generated in milliseconds, mostly in the rails themselves. The problem is keeping the rails from vaporizing, melting, or even just deforming"
Couldn't you employ lots of poor people to blow on them?
"Without red & green I am unable to distinguish the up and down-vote buttons."
Don't the up and down vote buttons have other distinguishing features?
Top Gear Space Shuttle...
And next month, if Russia still hasn't handed over Snowden/turned a blind eye to a US SEAL snatch squad, they'll be another 'accident'...
Re: "It's a Sony"
Yeah - down with Sony. Let's not forget the whole 'Pearl Harbour' thing on our trip down Memory Lane...
You're worried that there's a conspiracy to bump off "major contributors to the OS and networking world." and you're worried about Bill Gates?
I think Ol' Bill better start working on his alibi...
Re: RE. Re. Acres of computers
"But the most secure method is a onetime key stored in volatile memory at both ends and deleted bytewise as the messages are sent."
Wouldn't you have to post each other the keys.
Re: Was this news?
Great - another "Why is this news? (*sniff*) I've known this obscure technical fact for years. sure everyone knows it?"
I'm just waiting for the El Reg article on how the convert-to-decimal instruction on the IBM Mainframe oddly has the usual order of source and destination operands reversed. then I can say "Why is this news? *sniff*. Doesn't everyone know IBM Assembler?". If this happens, please feel free to reply "No they don't and f#ck off".
Re: Gold plated TOS (optical) connectors.
"Please tell me you made those up..."
Dear god, you didn't...
Gold plated TOS (optical) connectors.
Please tell me you made those up...
Unless you're Asian, then it's "Disorientaled"...
"reading the article"
Never stopped anyone from commenting before.
Re: ICL VME
"emulation tucked away in the corner of a SLES box".
Probably even a SNES would be enough.
Re: there are alternatives
"Wouldn't it be easier to make a hard/software PDP-11 emulator that was power plug and I/O plug compatible with the PDP-11? It would be a lot smaller for a start."
Brilliant idea. There must be a good use for the space saved, and if it wasn't 100% compatible, why - what's the worst that could happen?
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