175 posts • joined 21 Mar 2013
Re: Was it made in France?
Reversing up steep (I mean very steep) hills is standard practice for front wheel drive cars as weight shifts onto the front wheels and you have chance to actually move rather than spin the wheels.
"Hardly. Shitty DRM-encrusted toys are not worth getting worked up over. Like I said, there are far better toys out there."
Why are you getting so worked up about it then?
One spec to rule them all
Qi, I believe, has the lead and it is by no means assured that combined PMA/A4WP would be able to gain sufficient market share let alone beat Qi.
Tssk. Rather inaccurate and misleading subheading.
"Pre-prepare" is as stupid as "ATM machines".
You forgot the PIN number to go with your ATM machine.
"Haha, the mail client was the biggest PoS I've seen in a long time - they REFUSED to support HTML mails FOR MANY YEARS, despite countless forum topics."
Good on them. HTML does not belong in email.
For a minute I thought this was some bizarre plot from GTA VI.
Perhaps Rockstar Games, Inc. should file a suit...
"All to please Wall Street, one of the most toxic forces in the economy."
Perhaps they'd be better of doing a Dell. At least they could concentrate on their business rather than pleasing WS's demands for eternal growth and ever increasing profits.
Re: weird design decision
"you could have one 'pinhole' with the 2 LEDs behind it so aesthetically it looks like 1 LED"
..or you could just use bi-color (or even rgb) LED and wire one colour across the power and remaining under firmware control.
Re: Namco Ridge Racer
I saw one of those in an arcade in London. If my memory serves the car was very much like MX-5. Was indeed ludicruously expensive which nevertheless didn't stop a queue forming.
Maybe they're just worried that their kit might not keep up with the increased traffic throughput requirements :)
Re: DoA failures
Quite. I forgot to mention the inflexible part in my post. That is something I've noticed with new solders.
Considering some of the "fixes" back in the days of RROD, solder would seem to be the big issue (as with YLOD) since simple reflow usually fixes it. With RROD there was bit more to it, hence the aftermarket "x-clamps" that were popular.
Luckily I still have few rolls of good old leaded solder to fix broken kit with.
Re: DoA failures
"Now it's more a case of whether further failures will unveil themselves over time, the 360s RROD was a delayed failure in most cases, whether from bad thermal paste or solder failures (or any other cause that's been attributed over the years)."
Electronics in general have started to show shorter lifespans recently, some which is no doubt due to cost cutting but also makes me wonder how much could be attributed to leadless solder which is trickier with temperatures and fluxes.
Contribution to what?
"World Wide Web Foundation's annual web index report, which analyses the web's "contribution to development and human rights globally".
Sweden comes top, followed by Norway, while the UK is third place and the US in fourth."
Looking at that list looks more like list of contribution to spying and eroding privacy globally.
(Actually not sure if Norway should be there or not, but the rest certainly gobble as much data passing the borders as possible).
"The problem with their latest response is they don't even act like it's an issue, let alone a privacy issue. Because they don't take the issue seriously, I'll no longer seriously think about buying their spyware infested products."
Indeed. The worst part of the whole debacle is the general attitude and the fact that LG seriously doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with what they are doing.
How is viewing information not personal? Isn't it a person doing the viewing? :-)
Re: Like I said before
"Has anyone checked to see whether Panasonic, Samsung, Vizio and so on are doing the same?"
Panasonic (sadly, as their kit has been rather nice and loved their CRT TVs) made my do-not-buy list when they decided its a good idea to have a GUI that serves you adverts. It's not like they give you the TV for free and recoup it with advertising money. No, they sell it at profit and then want advertising money on top.
Might not be the most aesthetic site, but it just works. And it works with any browser and doesn't require any dodgy^Wfancy plugins either.
So Co-op, whatever you do don't break what is not broken. ie. leave smile well alone.
Finally the deed is done. And given his recent windfall from Netflix, I doubt Carl is too bothered.
Now its time for Mike to deliver. Will be interesting to see how his vision (whatever it might be) will pan out.
The N in DNT is NOT
"The DAA in July tried to introduce wording into the DNT spec that would have let their members continue targeting consumers even if they'd enabled DNT in the browser.
This was rejected by the group. Earlier, the DAA had told the W3C that any attempt to place restrictions on its members collecting users' data would be a "non starter.""
Which bit of DO NOT TRACK don't you ad-monkeys understand?
Re: Down not across @AC 23:37
"I'm beginning to wonder if it wasn't someone trying to be a bit too sarcastic. "
The thought did cross my mind. In the end "thou protest too much" won.
"The problem is we're so deeply ingrained with the "don't-be-sexist" mantra we find it hard to even consider sarcasm on the subject."
You have a valid point there.
"You don't get any greater rewards or sufficient recognition for working ridiculous hours constantly, other than a bit more cash in your pay-packet, Perhaps. If you never get the time to spend and enjoy it, what's the point?"
And also if one consistently does those kinds of hours, it soon becomes expected.
Works for the company. The overtime is cheaper than hiring a new full time employee.
And anyone who thinks the company wouldn't shaft such a person without batting an eyelid if it suits them is a fool.
"I am currently working 20 hour days rolling out a new voip system. This is the life I chose, I don't compete wit male peers, because I do not feel the need to. I do what is required - put the infrastructure first."
If you have to work 20 hour days, your company is obviously not employing enough staff. Obviously if that is a short term project then it doesn't necessarily make sense to hire more staff.
.. as for "I work those 18-35 hour days" ...well on this planet day is @24 hours so 35 is rather unlikely.
"This isnt a boost of self esteem, its a career. Most importantly, I do not whine about it in books or articles. "Oh poor me, I cant keep up with my male peers"."
Isn't it? Why post it if it isn't. Sounds a bit like a whine to me to be fair.
Re: RE: Matt Bryant
"Perhaps you should try a quick poll of your work colleagues., For those who have young families ask them if they would rather be at home with the kids or at work leaving their partner to look after them. See how the answers compare between men and women in the office and between those who seem to be getting the better assignments/bigger wages etc."
Ok, I bite. Guess what. The result is 100% for people choosing family/kids over work. Sure, many people may work extra remotely over VPN, but even then not unconditionally. Doesn't appear to affect assignments/wages.
Perhaps you work for the wrong company.
What are you trying to do?
"Often people will ask for something they think is the best solution to their problem, which means more questions need to be asked to find out what they are actually trying to accomplish."
And unfortunately not just users. Standard answer to most question is "What are you trying to do/achieve?"
Number of times that has resulted in completely different solution.
Re: Seriously though..
"TCP/IP wasn't exactly designed with security in mind ..."
Which is why at the very least any mangement interfaces should be on their own network. Preferably separate physical network, but at least a separate VLAN.
Seconday market for patents
""One of the things we want to do is make sure we are educating lawmakers on what [Intellectual Ventures] is and how the secondary market for patents works," Russell Merbeth, its chief policy counsel."
And herein lies the problem. Secondary market for patents. There shouldn't be one. Patents should protect the original inventor only (whether they produce the product or license the invention is not really an issue)..
Patents should be non-transferrable.
Apparently Icahn can play nice too
If you invest in a company. Shares rise 457% and you then sell. Well can't argue with that.
Shame he usually has less honorable business practices.
Re: The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading
"specially when their privacy is very likely not even being threatened, and the point of the exercise is to ensure their safety in the first place"
Re: I want one @Richard 120
"Just give them the box and tell them to use their imagination.!"
ROFL. Have an upvote.
Re: what to do with a giant fish?
You did forget cold beverages.
Re: Hang on..
"The xbox was a consumer device failure..."
As of May 2013
Xbox 360 sales: 77.24 million
PS3 sales: 77.20
far cry of PS2's 150 million of course. Stll not sure if I'd class that as a failure.
Sales of games seem strong as well trading blows with PS3 sales depending on a game.
So apart from the hardware failure on early consoles not exactly a failure.
...yes I know. Don't feed the AC troll...
Will price reflect the reduced lifetime?
So it has ~1/3 lifetime (depending on the metric). Will it cost 1/3 of equivalent decent drive? Somehow I doubt it. Would need to have insane quantities of the drives for the power saving to offset the cost of replacing drives more often.
Re: Lets close the door ourselves!
"The D-Link backdoor password "xmlset_roodkcableoj28840ybtide" (edit by 04882 joel backdoor...) has just nicely let us know about this 'feature'"
It is not a password. It is a user agent header.
Time to ditch that application then. As it happens there are plenty of alternatives.
Re: Give me WordPro
Ah, the old Ami Pro. Was miles ahead of Microsoft Word ...back in the day. It was much more intuitive and pleasant to use than MS Word.
"Many of the routers in my area are older and I would like to help my neighbors. ;)"
...help? As in relieve of some excess unused bandwith?
Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...
Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...
"When will fanboys work it out? You can't look at the consoles specs and compare it to a PC. Didn't The Last Of Us or Killzone teach you ANYTHING? They both blow away anything on the PC visually."
Fanboys? Here, look in this mirror.
Oh, and you're PC is obviously not Ultra enough.
Re: @ Sebastian Brosig - Linux fans should applaud Billy G
"The IBM PC was designed with industry grade components, and used standard interfaces. They could be easily expanded through a standard ISA bus. It could run different operating systems which were not in ROM."
So were many of the S-100 bus (IEEE-696) machines.
Processors from Altair's 8080 to Cromemco's 68020 based XXU.
"They do, however, make your correspondent wonder if it's time to bring back the Pine and Elm mailreaders..."
What do you mean bring back?
That infers that one would've moved away from them. Ok pine could be replaced with alpine if you need something that is actively worked on. And no mention of mutt. Tssk.
Re: The new and improved Icahn 5S! 20% more cunty.
"Who the hell is this 'we'?"
Guess he has roped in another company like SAM. Undoubtedly, like SAM, they will bail out as soon as it becomes obvious Icahn's bullying isn't working.
As has already been said in the thread... the correct response would be not to even dignify his ramblings with a response. And indeed Cook shouldn't have given the time in the first place.
Buying back shares, as an idea, is sound and makes sense. Within reason. Icahn tends to wander off far beyond reason.
Re: Steam on Linux
"I could see mine doing that, sadly I think the Sun GDM-5410 would win."
Undoubtedly. Regardless what it was fighting. Had couple of those and after getting rid, I realised the room needed some extra heating.
Re: Hardware will soon only be support services
"If you look at the financial statement you will see that hardware system products fell from 779 to 669 in 2013 but system support rose from 574 to 592."
No doubt a chunk of that saying "No thanks, Larry" (and it is difficult to disagree with that).
Part of it could, however, also be people buying T4s and T5s and consolidating several EOL systems onto those (which is what Oracle's marketing seems to be pushing).
Re: RIP SPARC
"On the other hand, whenever my more modern, infinitely more powerful NetBSD PC gets bogged down under heavy I/O I find myself glancing at those machines thinking "It never happened on those"."
Ah yes, I do remember back in the days some people proclaiming SPARC is crap, x86 is faster (usually based on them looking at clock speed and doing some simple single thread operations). Shove tons of users and/or database on it and the old SPARC (we're talking back in the sun4m/sun4u days here) would keep going not missing a beat whereas the x86 PC was slobbering heap and just couldn't do the I/O at all.
Re: Not ungrateful
"Ok, so there's a large number of kernel devs past, present and dead out there who'd all have to agree. And I dare say a few of them might be untraceable. However, for something such as ZFS that would apparently be a tremendous asset to Linux, surely it would be worth at least asking them (or their estate) the question? After all, who'd actually say no?"
Re: "Nice gig, that will destroy Nokia"
"Nokia have nothing left. They sold the Nokia and Lumia brand name to Microsoft too. Even if TKFKAN wanted to make a mobile they couldn't use the Nokia our Lumia names."
Nokia has plenty left. NSN hasn't gone anywhere and is generating revenue. Also had you done some research, you would know that they only licensed the Nokia name so if they really wanted to they could make a mobile under Nokia name.
Those are damn fine wellington boots. Highly recommended.
Re: Overclocking a PC?
"Why does a nerd need to be shown how to do this now-a-days when it has been made so easy for them."
It was bit more fun and a challenge back in the days of Z80 and 8086/80x86 days when overclocking was soldering different crystals and keeping fingers crossed if any peripherals worked with the increased bus timings.
Although, I would count the chickens yet. Icahn is a sore loser.
"the carriers will just boycott MS massively."
The carriers have certainly been a force to be reckoned with with regards to phone manufacturers and their chances of getting phones sold.
However, I don't think the carriers hold quite the same power as they used to. Sure subsidies still exist but increasing number of people are starting to buy their own phones and opting for SIM only tariffs. Some carriers are even starting to separate the tariff from the phone making it clearer that the old "free" or few tens of quid for phone tariffs really are very expensive hire purchases rather than subsidy.
Hence the power that carriers used to wield is rapidly diminishing.
Re: why would anyone buy this old technology?
Because the stuff works? Yes, anyone with any experience of the first generation CMT SPARCs would admit they were crap. Well, for properly multithreaded applications they were ok, but for anything single threaded (as lot of stuff is) they were atrocious. However the current T5 (and previous T4) are actually fairly good.
Fujitsu's SPARCs are not bad at all. I quite like what they're doing and staying socket compatible. Offers a nice upgrade path if replacing machines for whatever reason is not an option.
And no, I don't have anything against Power or Xeon either. Both are perfectly fine. Less said about Itanic the better..
Re: re: Wow somebody doesn't understand the market worth a damn.
(or perhaps I should've followed suite and titled "Wow somebody doesn't understand large enterprises"
"Deny all you want but sales of non x86 proprietary Unix boxes are dying on their ass."
Deny it all you want but despite declining sales for low/mid range non-x86 boxen, the market for the large high-end ones is not going anywhere. The demand is likely to remain if not even increase (and not just for the TLA organisations). It would not be unlikely at all that these kind of beasts would be in the shopping list for Fortune 100.