702 posts • joined 25 Jun 2007
@Def - Re: So, let me get this right...
Wrote :- Systemd sends excessive data to the kernel .. to the point where it either hangs or crashes, ... So it's a bug in the kernel then ... can't cope with the data it's being sent"
As I understand, it isn't "data", it's garbage. The example I saw in the bug report is just repetitive. Nor is the kernel crashing - dealing with this stream of garbage is taking all the processor power. That is not a kernel bug. Bear in mind that this is stuff at the system level where things should work together without needing kludges.
The issue is whether the kernel should be patched to recognise this stream of garbage and cut it off, or whether systemd (which is the newcomer here) should be patched to stop creating the garbage in the first place.
@Tikimon - Re: Google cars are obviously recognizable!?
Wrote :- "People with dash cams don't post the footage online in a universally-searchable form."
Then the ones I've seen on YouTube must be fakes. I thought so; they are so crazy.
@DaLo - Re: Google cars are obviously recognizable!?
Wrote :- " the 86 year old Italian lady would obviously know what it was if it had the words Google street view emblazoned across it. [and] and ...would .. have seen the website, which she checks every three days, and known it was visiting before it arrived."
... and, having done all that, and keeping a sharp look-out in all directions, on seeing the Google car approaching in the distance among all the other traffic she could, to avoid her blurred face appearing in the pictures, drop her shopping and make a high speed dash for cover down a dark alleyway she luckily happened to be near at the time.
@Steve 114 - Re: Changed Days
Wrote :- "My GGGF wintered twice in 'Saint Francisco' ..."
I started reading this thinking you meant your great-great-girlfriend - WTF? Girlfriend's great-grandmother, or previous-girlfriend-but-two.
@Rustident Spaceniak - Re: Beat me to it! (1.4.)
Wrote :- "If very traits that make men attractive to women and influential correlate with their being less ... intelligent"
I thought it was an obvious fact these days, especially as women no longer need to depend on men for income. Above all, women prefer men I would describe as "entertainers". Ape-like bumbling idiots who are always getting into trouble are more entertaining to be with than quiet thinkers. The "toy-boy" is a stereotype of that. Women often claim they prefer intelligent men, but they tend not to reach that phase until their 40's; I am uni educated but found it a negative point with girls - such that I never even told most of my GFs.
Of course, being dim is also more likely to put men in situations where they meet more women - washing-up in restaurants, cleaning, factory assembly lines.
No real Dipsticks here?
"The study was based on .. biology students at Charles University in Prague"
So these were all intelligent people (unless the admission standards are *really* inclusive). Not just a small sample but a narrow band sample. Get back to me when they include some real dipsticks
FTFA - "Mobile money schemes are often regarded with suspicion by the traditional banks and regulators, which impose strict limits on how much money can be transferred."
That is because it avoids the banks raking in their commission.
@Oninoshiko - Re: Apple=evil, MS=incompetent
Wrote :- "I do wonder why Apple's is intentional while MS's is unintentional. I think the guys at iFixit maybe have a little bit of bias..."
As a professional engineer who also does a lot of repair work to my own stuff (just been repairing the broken throttle lever on my lawnmower) I can easily tell the difference between incompetent design and design which is too fancy for its own good. I expect those iFixit guys can too.
@Vince - Re: mac book air screen
Wrote :- "Aren't the manufacturers in the war for size that they self created?"
Indeed, them and the industry journos. The marketing droids always want something to highlight and currently it is thinness.
I recently bought a large TV - 46" screen. Beforehand I researched the specs of several alternative makes before I chose one, and all the makers' info banged on about how thin they were above all else. WTF does it matter how thin a 46" TV is? OK, say one make is half an inch thinner than another - so instead of being 12' away from me it is 12' 0.5" away from me. WTF?
Like when I first bought a PC (1992?) the buzz-word was "footprint" which apparently was good if it were "small". I read quite a few magazine reviews which banged on about little else but "footprint", which I assumed was something to do with software (!) until it dawned on me that it meant the plan-view size of the system unit. At that time the makers' aim was for it to be "pizza box" size. The fact that the screen and keyboard stuck out far beyond this "pizza box" did not seen to be considered. Then the marketing droids discovered multi-media and nothing more was heard about "footprint".
@Def - Re: Or...
Wrote : "The point I was making is that arbitrary lines on a map really don't matter. They really haven't ever mattered. Except to people in positions of power."
They matter to me, and I am not in a position of power in this issue. Take criminals as an example: I don't like criminals being able to get away to countries that are indifferent or friendly to them, or other countries' criminals coming here when things get too hot where they came from.
Def wrote: "My point about educating people is this: No matter where you are born, you somehow grow up with prejudices against people who live in the country next door. The Scots hate the English...[etc etc] "
You are the one who introduced hate into the discussion. I would not want people barging into my living room or camping uninvited in my garden, and I suspect that even you would not either. Does that make me "hate" people?
You are like the people who claim that it is hypocrisy to like French wine (as I do) but be opposed to being in the EU (as I am). They assume that the only possible reason to be against the EU is "hate". But my car has tyres made with rubber from Malaya, but I don't think that Britain should therefore join the Malaysian federation - does that make me "hate" Malays? Hint - I once had a girlfriend from Penang.
AC - Re: Where's the data to support the fact it's needed
Wrote :- "You've looked at ONE plane and found two passengers on fraudulent passports. There are around 100,000 flights per day ..."
Well aimed at foot. I thought you were going to argue how many fraudulent passengers there must be all together - I make it 200,000 per day in the absence of any other information. Judging by the number of illegal immigrants in Britain alone there are indeed significant numbers of fraudulent passengers - even if not as many as this sample point would suggest.
But you are right, let's get some more accurate statistics, even if the bosses and politicians don't want to hear them in case it might affect the flow of illegal cheap labour to do the crap jobs.
@Pypes - Re: Or...
Wrote :- "that 2 people took the time to mod parent down is the most damming piece of social commentary ..."
Six people by now including me, and you as well. I decided to mod him down as soon I read "you could look at educating people". Anything that relies on "educating people" is a non-starter.
And it is not about whether people consider themselves "better or worse than someone the other side [of a line]" , but about whether people reckon they will gain some greater advantage to themselves on the other side of a line.
@JurassicPark - Re: In a nutshell
Wrote :- "Surely the definition of a charity is a not-for-profit organisation set up to raise money from the public (A) to do something of good .... (B) [etc etc]"
That might be a common-sense definition, but a charity has a legal definition in the UK. I don't know it off the top of my head, but I don't think it involves doing good or needing the money. In fact most people would be suprised and shocked at what entities have "charitable status". You mention Eton College yourself.
@ OffBeatMammal -
Wrote :- "if [in Linux] I have to drop to the command line and type in arcane commands ..... most GUI users are going to scream and hide"
I might be wrong, but I heard that Windows 8 itself had returned to the command line method of launching the lesser-used apps.
Re: Install Linux
Wrote :- "The tin foil hat wearing beards are convinced that it's all an evil conspiracy by Microsoft. Or something."
The "something" is quite simple : the fact that you cannot buy a PC without Windows, or a Mac without OS X, at any but a few specialised outlets.
Sorry to disappoint your pre-conceptions, but I don't have a beard or tinfoil hat. I believe you are thinking of Richard Stallman; but in fact he is not a huge fan of Linux either.
Beard-less, hat-less icon.
Word User Friendly ?
FTFA - "[Word] went on to bury established players like WordPerfect through a combination of user-friendly features and Microsoft's massive clout in the industry"
User friendly? Not as I remember it, compared with WordPerfect. I recall Word replacing WP at work (to the digust of those who used it), and the reason seemed to be that the managers thought it somehow improper that different brands of software were being used on the same machine, like they didn't fit together properly.
Like a Volvo driver insisting on having a Volvo branded picnic basket in case having some other brand on board would break something.
The advantage of factories in China being?
"China is still the top choice for siting a production line, because of its pliant workforce who generally avoid strikes, the Digitimes continued."
If the stuff is made by robots, what has a "pliant workforce" got to do with anything?
Fact is anyway, as China continues to "Westernise" (financed by Westerners buying their stuff), with younger Chinese having geater expectations etc there will cease to be any advantage to siting factories there, even leaving robots out of it.
@Wzrd1 - Re: Rather you forgot
Wrote :- "I actually miss the tactile feedback from those monsters .." [IBM Model M keyboards]
So why did you get rid of it? I'm typing on one now and it will last for ever.
I read a review of the PCjr back then, and the reviewer said that the keyboard (I suppose the original Chiclet) was so flimsy that he picked it up and gave it a twist. Half the keys popped out onto his desk!
Reading that destroyed my previous supposition that IBM kit meant quality. I was disgusted. It goes to show that companies with a previous quality reputation should never fritter that reputation away by using their brand name to sell tat.
@ Tom WelshRe: Too little, too late.
Wrote :- " "If you think wasting 20 minutes a day waiting 'for something to happen' then by all means..."
Could you translate that into English, please?"
I think he meant his XP box had the svhost bug, although he does not seem to have realised it.
@Maty - Re: shaving
Wrote :- "I'm often bewildered by why men shave. .. Being bald with a neat(ish) grey beard,"
I understand that "neat(ish)" beards do require regular trimming, and that you end up looking like RMS otherwise.
@Piro - Re: People making money from these mugs don't hate them, though
Piro wrote :- "As for beards, I thought all you had to do was not shave for a while"
Not if they have dodgy hormones ...
From FTFA :- " they may work in the visual arts or performing arts."
... which is not uncommon among that type of person. Seriously.
@AC - Re: Not actually a new idea
Wrote :- "Scuba divers have had a pole for .. underwater video cameras for some time"
Why scuba divers specially? Above water they are called monopods, quite common in conventional photography :-
Never heard of them being used for a selfie, but no problem, set the camera on a 5 second time delay and get your pole out. I suppose your phone won't have a monopod/tripod boss though, but duck tape is your friend.
@Buzzword - Re: Good idea for low-value items
Wrote :- "Sounds like a decent plan to me, at least for fairly low-value goods.....Obviously you wouldn't order a new MacBook this way ... but for sub-£100 dry goods it's a neat idea."
You don't know how thieves work. They steal first and assess later.
@Voland's right hand - Re: Kettle, met pot, pot meet kettle
"Demise of KDE" ?? First I've heard of it.
Wrote :- "yes, in a town it the consequences of crashing could be worse than if he's flying over an empty field, but ... even if you tried I don't think you could hit more than two people in one crash"
I do not see your point. The reason flying over a town is more serious is the increased likelihood of hitting someone, not the possiblility of hitting more than one person at once.
@ Eddy Ito
Wrote :- "Go here [usps link], select "Ship a Package" -> "Print a Label with Postage". Affix the label, schedule pickup"
That's a service in the USA but this is a UK based forum and I am in the UK. I tried the UK equivalent (Parcel Force) and got as far as a screen that insisted I must use Windows or Mac to continue. I didn't.
@Vociferous : Re: Name and Shame
Wrote :- "It's the Daily Mail. Of course"
Don't blame the Daily Mail or any other media for reporting a panic. It's their job to report what is going on in the world, as indeed El Reg has reported this panic too.
The DM article you linked says "Imitations of Flappy Bird .. might be popping up everywhere, but the original game is ‘gone forever,’ according to its creator."
Read that again. The "gone forever" is in sacastic quotes and the quote itself is "according to its CREATOR" (my caps). If its creator thinks it has gone because he has pulled it from wherever (but what he really meant may have been lost in translation) then it is he who is under an illusion, not the media. The only thing that might have gone is his direct involvement, though he will find he gets into more "involvement" now than if he had just let things run.
I saw a demo of the game and it is crap anyway, like an early DOS game.
@HolyFreakinGhost - Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
Wrote :- "I can assure you that he is still one of the best scientific minds Britain produced in the 20th century"
I will give you and Hawking the benefit ot the doubt over that one, it being completely beyond me to verify Hawkings cosmology.
However, seeing a brilliant mind (I must suppose) having stooped to appearing in "Go Compare" adverts disgusts me, and my opinion of him *as a man* has gone a long, long way in the direction of the above icon.
@Will Godfrey - Re: Yawn
Wrote :- " my mother in London during the Blitz. If she were alive now she would be reduced to tears at the betrayal of all they fought for."
She was fighting for privacy? None of the people I know/knew who lived or fought in the war ever mentioned privacy as their objective. In fact most mentioned quite different things from each other (although mere "survival" comes up quite often) and certainly none of the things that present day politicians claim the war was for. These and others try to hijack the "high ground" for their own present-day issues which in most cases would be quite alien and bizarre to someone who actually lived in 1940.
One thing is certain - most of those who lived in 1940 would be in tears like your mother over the mess that the UK is in today, and I'm not thinking of privacy.
AC @11:19 Re: An industry matured
Wrote :- "DIY plumbing became a lot more feasible when pushfit joints became more reliable than solder joints."
I baulked at that. Push fit joints are not reliable; maybe more reliable than YOUR soldered joints if that is what you mean. Generally, if a soldered joint does not leak when it is first made, it is never going to leak. And I would never buy a house with push-fit plumbing
@Fibbles - Re: iWatch ? I cannot believe
Wrote :- "Most people are willing to accept the slight inconvenience of pulling a smartphone out of their pocket to read the time [as opposed to glancing at a wrist watch] because of all of the other conveniences it provides."
I must be unusual then. I have a wristwatch AND a phone, so I get all the conveniences added together. Should I patent the idea?
@photobod - Re: As with most things, the public gets the high street it deserves
Wrote :- "Crazy travel and parking charges? Local councils have used the high street as a cash cow for decades, gradually squeezing until there's just no more blood left in the stone. Take a look at the number of empty shops."
But there seems to be blood left, because the car parks are still full. A lot of it is by the workers in nearby offices - possibly those above the shops, or in the ground floor of what used to be shops. We have become an "Office Economy".
I used to live near a small parade of shops which had a lay-by right outside - obviously the planners meant it for shoppers to stop in. But every day it was full by 8am and the same cars remained there all day, every day. No doubt some cars were the shop workers themselves.
Saving High Streets
Two things that could be done with high streets :
1) Certain types of shops should become brand showrooms rather than general retailers. At present some shops complain that people come in to view their stuff, then go home and order it on-line from somewhere cheaper. So (eg) Hotpoint could have a showroom for their white goods, which you could buy in the shop, or you could go home and order on-line and Hotpoint benefit anyway. Apple already uses this business model.
2) Smaller towns should pedestrianise their high streets (with rain canopies over at least the shop fronts) making them a mall. The road should be diverted to run parallel to the high street (maybe both sides), 100-200 yds behind the shops and the area between (usually yards and slums) cleared for a free car park with paths through to the high street. Calidicot near me has done this (look at Google satellite view, "Caldicot" puts you spot on :- Jubilee Way and Woodstock Way by-pass thehigh street).
Trouble with (2) is that shopkeepers have always squealed that they will be ruined if cars can't stop in the high street, but there are double yellow lines in most high streets anyway, and people have now become used the the mall concept. I don't know how they work this out; in Chepstow (my nearest town) last visit there were about 500 cars in the car parks and just one parked (illegally) in the high street whose driver came out of a shop with just a newspaper. On the contrary I avoid going to Monmouth (another nearby town) because I dislike the fact that cars are using its very narrow (in places) high street.
@Graeme5 - Re: going for record downvotes... deep breath...
Here you go then :-
@ShelLuser - Re: Risk factor?
Wrote :- "So Mint is based on Ubuntu and Ubuntu is based on Debian. Isn't that a little bit of a riskfull setup?"
I agree with your point. I have never understood why the several distros based on Ubuntu do not base directly on Debian instead. I imagine that Ubuntu these days has all sorts of cruft inside to provide hooks for its weird interface, for phone and tablet hardware, and for God knows what else lying in wait for its commercial future.
Debian itself is of course a PITA to use undiluted (been there) but at least it's clean. I now use Mepis, directly based on Debian but with the quirks ironed out.
@ Anonymous Coward #13
Wrote :- "I bet the guy was sitting in the car with the engine running and eventually the catalytic converter overheated"
There is a guy at my work who sits in his car for an hour every lunchtime - with the engine running if there is an "R" in the month, presumably for the heater. And we are concerned about CO2 emissions ?
"it will still add weight to the argument of some hardline commentators that video games are destroying the nation’s youth"
Where in the news report does it say anything about their ages? Anyway, with China's over-population it sounds like a few less yooof would help things, especially by Darwinian selection.
Is China so crowded that parking in the street is the only place you can find to play a game? China must be a lot more liberal than the UK in this - park in a UK shopping street like the one in the photo and you'd soon either have a penalty sticker or a few earfuls from other drivers.
@John Tserkezis - Re: !Subtle under tones
Wrote :- "they're still right, chromebooks are pretty useless, especially so if you lose your internet connection"
I might be wrong, havn't used Windows for years, but I have the impression that you can't get very far with Windows without an internet connection these days, especially with their newer software rental business model.
@John Savard - Re: The Cure
Wrote :- "The Communist Party of China should give up its grip on power, and turn China into a free country"
This is either an off-topic rant on the pretext of the word "China" being mentioned, or you have misread TFA. This is not about the Chinese Government, it is about the opinion of one individual who got some news coverage. Wouldn't be hard to find such opinions being reported in the West either.
Re: Could be a lot worse
Farting Hippo wrote :- "it has never been hard to get the hand-wringing, grauniad-reading, polenta-munching residents of Islington riled up"
Elmer Phud replied :- "I'm not sure you have any idea about most of Islington (other than what you've been spoon-fed)"
Hippo was not talking about most of Islington, only the hand-wringing, grauniad-reading, polenta-munching subset. Personally I am going by what I have been spoonfed by the "It's Grim Up North London" comic strip in Private Eye.
@Eguro - Re: So, while we can...
Wrote :- "a comment being posted by a random anonymous person will have a hard time convincing anyone"
That's certainly not true. There have been many anonymous rumours (or revelation of facts) that have resulted in history-changing events. For example, the Labour Party back in the 20's lost serious numbers of votes (and maybe elections) because of rumours put about that they were financed by the Bolsheviks. King James II lost his throne in 1688 largely because of a rumour that his claimed newborn son (to his queen who was believed to be infertile), was in fact a maidservant's baby. The son was later nicknamed "Pretender" on this basis (later "The Old Pretender"), a serious handicap to his efforts to stage a counter-revolution.
On the contrary, if these rumours had identifiable sources they could probably have been discredited more easlily.
@ A Non e-mouse - Follow the Trail
Wrote :- "Levying fines against the people/companies making the calls is not enough"
It said making or "instigating". Ought to cover it.
"the UK company contracting their services must be fined. I know this isn't perfect as you could use a chain of off-shore companies to hide the trail"
If someone phones me up trying to get me to change to eg Talk-Talk (or whoever), it seems to me that a "chain of off-shore companies" is irrelevant. You fine Talk-Talk.
PS. I mentionTalk-Talk because they phoned me despite my being on the TPS register. When I pointed this out, and the fact that being a phone company they should damn well what the law is, they had the nerve to "assure" me that they were entitled to phone me because I was a phone user.
Lord Gardiner said : " we have to be careful that, in dealing with this issue, we do not harm the direct marketing industry, which is a legitimate industry that provides employment and opportunities in support of our economy."
Pity they did not say that about the engineering industry, shipbuilding, electronics, car making ... I would like to see the direct marketing industry DESTROYED. A "legitimate" industry ? What it does may be legitimate under present legislation; but I thought this was about changing legislation, and that this is a time to decide what should be legitimate or not in future.
And : "Direct marketing can be beneficial for consumers—for example, calls from telecoms or energy companies advising on better deals or tariffs potentially save consumers money"
Does he seriously believe that accurate and unbiased information can be obtained from telephone salesmen?
ac @ 21:36 - Re: Well, two thoughts...
Wrote :- "I have had it up to HERE with proponents of nuclear power proclaiming its environmental purity while ... avoiding ...the transportation of materials to and from the plant, the processing and storage of the waste nuclear fuels and .. the decommissioning"
As it happens my job is dealing with those, so I at least cannot be accused of "avoiding". Because so much energy is derived from uranium fission, the transport of fuel to and from the plant is trivial, I am not even sure what you are on about - the fuel used by the transport?
Processing of fuel before and after use, at Capenhurst and Sellafield respectively, is a routine matter, not an issue except to those who wish to make it one.
Decommissioning is not rocket science, but I have to say that the plant staff THEMSELVES tend to make heavy weather of it and can drag it into years simply because thier jobs will come to an end when it is done. Being fairly senior, I have done a few things to cut through some of the unnecessary delays.
Storage of the final nuclear waste is also a straightforward matter - technically. Again, even some within the industry itself are making heavy weather of it, while I have always pushed for simplification and expediting things. However the indistry's hands are tied by politicians - it is a political and sociological problem and the cause of that is scaremongering.
No Off Switches?
I don't get it.. Never having had a webcam, don't they have off-switches?
Re: Yes well...
Wrote :- "4: Fix the roads. 80% of deaths on country roads occur on bends because 80% of country roads is made up of bends."
And thus completely ruin the pleasant ambience of English country roads. I live by such a road and the simple fact is that a minority people go much too fast on them and they are the ones who crash. Apart from the matter of spending £billions, flattening properties, and turning rural Britain into a vast construction site for the next 25-50 years, just so that some arseholes don't need to lift off their right foot a bit. The motorways were originally buit to take pressure off rural roads, but what has happened instead is that people like you expect every road to be like a motorway.
My road (and others similar) has signs aimed at motor-cyclists (there is a picture of one) saying how many accidents have occurred on it. A lot of motorcyclist use this road, because, you know what, they (and cars and cyclists for that matter) are attracted it BECAUSE it is a scenic rolling country road. So although I may be thumbed down by some Phillistines here who never come out of a basement and don't give a shit for aesthetics, I am clearly not the only person in the world who does.
The name "Ceylon" puts me off immediately, named after a mosquito-ridden overheated nation [now called Sri Lanka for those born since 1976] that has spent most of its recent years in civil war. Like "Java" puts me off Java. It also reminds me of Indian call centres (sorry, Ceylon != India, but same subcontinent).
It is a mistake to call any product after the name of a country or person (unless the person is actually the proprietor). Eastman knew this in 1888 when he chose Kodak as a brand name - he got researchers to check that it had no political/religious/national/personal implications before adopting it.
One of the reasons that Esperanto failed as an international language is because the name sounds Spanish - important when the issue is about language itself.
Re: There are so many things you can do in a bathroom
Stilted banter wrote :-
"I take it this ......... is an instance of that US American euphemism for 'going to the toilet'"
That brought me up short as well. Sounds disgusting. I hope they wash theiir fondleslabs afterward, and is this why some devices are "paper white"?
Shit on keyboard icon.
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