Re: Maybe it's just me...
Beware of the fanatics. You know, no sense of humour at all.
260 posts • joined 10 Aug 2007
Beware of the fanatics. You know, no sense of humour at all.
"Sorry, E-bikes and the like are ......... crap? nonsense? a nun on a penny farthing? (Virgin on the ridiculous)"
Not quite. e-bikes have their place: when You don't want, or can't, pedal. Maybe the hill is too steep, maybe You can't arrive all sweaty at work. Or maybe You are an older person, not strong enough to face that damned last hill.
All of this shouldn't get in the way of someone using a bicycle. Even using the engine on the last hill, the rest of the way could be by human power. Nothing like a liitle exercise, huh?
"Anyone with a discerning ear knows that token-ring is far superior in dealing with n-dimensional frequency flutter..."
I don't know. In my experience, the deterministic nature of token ring takes out much of the analog stage of the music... In order to listen properly one must keep pinging the router - from another device. This way we reintroduce some soul on the signal, with the slight variations in time - due to the ping on the switch.
"Skin effect is present in pretty much any alternating current travelling down a wire, but it's just a description of the fact that AC will travel mostly along the edges of a wire, rather than in the middle.
I'm not sure how it's supposed to effect listening to music, as there's no way to stop it happening, but I suppose that the resistance of the wire would vary slightly with frequency..."
Yes. As the frequency increases, the depth of the wire used to transmit eletricity gets shorter. I don't remember the values, but in a 12 gauge cable I doubt it would be relevant before 100kHz.
"I thought that pwned was an online gamer's misspelling of owned, due to the proximity of O and P on the keyboard. The misspelling is used widely in an ironic manner."
I've read, somwehere I don't remmember, that "p0wned" would stand for "power 0wned". Meaning someone 0wned with great force. Truly f*cked.
Now, I don't know if it was serious about - or if I had four or five too many when I read it...
Take it with two buckloads of salt. :D
"I don't understand this either, why would someone activelly search for specific application, click to install it, in order to watch a specific film..."
Because the majority of users don't know how these things work. We work with this, so it is obvious to us that "Install Netflix to see the movies from its servers" if totally different from "Install this app to see a single (pirated) movie"
From the user perspective, it is the same thing: an app that plays films.
"Also the drought that Sao Paulo and environs is suffering is very odd ."
Not dismissing the climate change, but the São Paulo draught was caused by deforestation. Well, most of it. The government authorized the cut of about 75% of the trees at the... the... head of the river? Sorry, english is not my mother english. The point where the river starts.
It played merry hell with the water cycle. Hence the draught.
But yes. The weather is quite crazy - and getting worse.
"I for one am happy to know that your UK overlords have taken the situation in hand."
No, they didn't. It is against the law to put your hands on the situation.
"Why would they be crashing? Any self respecting driverless car system would include brakes and collision detection."
Because no system is perfect. There are thousands of crazy situations that would make a collision unavoidable.
Two cars, in opposite lanes. Suddenly, a rock falls from a cliff, and get in the way of one car. It can swerve, but this will put it in a front collision with the other.
The other is farther away from the rock - so the front collision will be gentler to both than the collision of the one with the rock. What should happen?
I just made one situation in wich a collision is inevitable - and no driver's fault. With a little imagination we can get a huge number of weird accidents. And given the number of cars on the road, they will happen.
But, I believe, we are reasonably safe taking the "least harm" road.
Take the two before mentioned cars: what should be done?
The decision should be the one that would do the minimum possible amount of harm. I believe we shouldn't base this on gender, age, job... a person is a person.
1) Count the number of persons inside each car.
2) Calculate the action that would pose less risk to the higher number of humans.
It could be one car would sacrifice himself. Or a head on collision could be better - it depends upon speed, road conditions and car model.
The more I think, the more I like Assimov 3 laws. Easy, consistent and quite straightforward. Start factoring gender, age and whatnot... No one would ever reach any conclusion - and all of them would be wrong to someone.
It will not make much difference. Here, in Brazil, we already have this law. I believe about 3 years already.
But they get You by the contract, not by the mobile. Use it, burn it, toss it in the ocean... It's all the same to the carrier. You will pay what was accorded.
Laser is so last year... With a shark this size, we should put a mass driver, with supercavitation projectiles! Can you say "BOOM"?
"It is well established that such sychronisation does take place. Pheromones or something."
They DO synchronize - but not with the moon. It is quite common for the women in a given place to have their periods at the same time. It takes time to happen. It isn't something that we see in just one week, but... Probably pheromones, I don't know. But surely not the Moon.
Think about it: the Moon is the same for all of us. That would keep all the women, on a given region, having their periods at the same time.
"The Walkman app is the best music app on Android! I've trailed most and nothing seems to be as nice to use as the Walkman app"
The Walkman is a good app, but I prefer the "PowerAmp". Walkman plays ok, supports playlists, and so on.
But I like better the "PowerAmp" way. It just works better for me. To each its own? :)
"While InHell may offer some faster CPUs, mainstream consumers do not buy the over-priced top of the line CPUs, only a small group of enthusiasts do. AMD's FX series are very good CPUs and competitively priced. "
One thing that is hurting AMD is the lack of paralelism on software. To ilustrate:
We all know that Intel floating point is better than AMD - no point denying. BUT, the FX series has (about) 50% MORE cores than Intel (Hyperthreading helps a little, but not even close). So, I found out that my FX6300 is about 20% faster than an 40% expensiver (does this word exist?) i5 - doing the official PovRay benchmark. I found out, too, that it encodes mkv very well - giving even an i7 a run for its money.
Problem is: a lot of software is mostly single-threaded - or dual threaded. In this scenario AMD is left behind. This is a problem, since where do we find a benchmark that isn't engineered towards that profile?
"Since rooting the phone and flashing something third-party is outside of the skill set of most users, Android needs to be capable of self-patching."
Not only this, but the whole thing should be like updating a computer. Better still: EXACTLY like we do with our computers.
I can by a (say) Dell, and it would come with a pre installed OS. OR, I could just by an "empty" mobile, and install some OS. THAT would be great.
Even if my choice ended up with "your hardware is 36 months old, it is outside the official support time".
" "- the supported versions like Redhat and SUSE are more expensive to license!"
Are they? Does anyone here actually know the facts (comparing like-for-like) here?"
It is a quite hard question. In the x86 land, Suse charges by socket. Not by memory, cores, threads or whatever. Also, a quick glance didn't show me any limits on use, number of users, load, storage or network usage.
Also, there is a steep discount if you subscribe a 3 or 5 years term.
Example: Standard support (the middle one)
One year: US$ 799 for a two socket machine.
3 years: US$ 2160,00 for a two socket machine.
5 years: US$ 3200,00 for a two socket machine.
This gives you a support 12x5, with unlimited contacts, trough chat, email and phone. It may be pricier than a basic Microsoft server. But it could be used on load levels that would call for an Enterprise Windows Server.
A 4 socket would be double this - as they charge one license for each two sockets.
As you see, not a clear cut answer - and a quite hard one to get.
"Each IPv4 address takes up 32bits whereas an IPv6 address takes up 128bits. That means extra processing power and memory."
The IPv6 header is significantly simpler than the IPv4. One of the goals of IPv6 was to be easier on routers - both by reducing the number of routes and by being lighter to process.
"What I don't get, at all, is why you'd put a complex object/tool for which you've just paid real money into a pocket of your pants,..."
Because it is easy. My left front pocket is dedicated to my phone. Keys and coins go to the front right, the wallet in the rear right and the rear left I use to assorted small papers.
Free hands, no bags and no funny bags. Why wouldn't I do it?
"I take it you disagree with the previous post. Do you have some kind of argument that you're holding back?"
Yes, I do have.
We pay the ISP, for the use of their network to reach the Internet. WE pay for the right to DOWNLOAD and UPLOAD bits. And the price paid was set by the ISP.
Netflix charges US for the right to watch the shows. Netflix buys/rents/whatever the shows, in order to serve them to us.
Netflix, also, buys some form of connection, to UPLOAD/DOWNLOAD bits from the Internet. It is paid for.
And, now, my ISP wants Netflix to pay AGAIN? It is already paid for! In both ends!
"The problem with this horseshit reasoning is people want sacrifices to be made... but won't make them themselves."
Try two children, instead of four, and try walking/cycling whenever possible. Not that hard, and 30 years from now would make a huge difference.
I already walk my last km to work (first four by ferry) - instead of getting a bus. Not much, but better than nothing. No children yet, and planning just one.
Now, your turn.
"Really? So you won't be sending any business or personal sensitive information by email/text either?"
No, I won't. Would You?
"But it's the cloud! Full of fluffy kittens and unicorns and chocolate fountains. Nothing bad can happen there."
The fluffy kittens are dead - all poisoned by drinking from the chocolate fountains (where the unicorns crapped all over).
"From the context I suspect it's something I really don't want to Google!"
It's something You don't want to know. Believe me.
"You mean if you swap the hard disk onto a completely different chipset, Windows not surprisingly won't like it. That's a problem between the chair and the keyboard."
Not quite the chipset: the disk controller. You see, if you change the disk controller, Windows can't boot.
And no, it is not a problem "between the chair and the keyboard". At least, not between HIS chair and keyboard. Indulge me a little:
1) I install a fresh copy of Windows 7. Set my SATA as "AHCI". Once the instalation is done, I will have a "generic SATA controller" installed - this is fine. I can't expect the OS installer to have drivers to hardware newer then itself.
2) I install the corresponding drivers. Let's say that, now, I have "Madureira SATA Controller" installed. Al is fine and dandy.
3) I change the mainboard. The older, with the "Madureira SATA Controller" is gone. Now I have a "New and Improved" one, with a "Niterói SATA Controller".
Windows will blue screen. Why can't it just REVERT to the bloody generic SATA driver? It is included on the installer! I KNOW that it could use it!
At the VERY least, why not (after the first reboot) ask "You upgraded your SATA controller. Would You like to boot into safe mode? (Y/N)"?
It is just sloppy, no excuses.
"That meant every June some lucky sod got to go in and delete 600 email accounts for outgoing students one at a time over a not-especially-fast web based interface."
I believe Gmail accepts text files, to handle some repetitive tasks. I know I could use it to create a large number of users.
Couldn't they be used to update and/or delete accounts? Never looked into it.
"But how does that scale so you can access said email and calendar from multiple machines and/or mobile devices seamlessly? (And effortlessly.)"
"Seamlessly" is easy: IMAP does this for you - and the calendar would be in a server somewhere. When you open Thunderbird it synchronizes everything.
"Effortlessly": I don't know. I mean, you have to install and configure the extension. Not sure how easy (or hard) would be to do it.
Once properly configured, in a UNIX/LINUX world, would be quite easy with NFS and centralized $HOME.
"Thanks for explaining to me why so many people insist on quoting the entire email back but don't edit their answers into the questions."
I worked with a.... person that was unable to read anything BUT top posting.
Reply to him putting your answers just bellow the question: "Why is your reply empty?"
Reply to him in one block, at the bottom: "Why did you respond with a blank?"
"Outlook plays fine with third party mail servers. It would be commercial suicide if a 3rd party mail server did not play fine with Outlook considering it has a 90%+ share of the mail client market."
I believe he was talking about the IMAP/POP3 parts, not the SMTP.
"Linux today is as bloated as Windows."
I can't speak for everyone - nor every configuration. But, for me, OpenSuse 13.1 x86_64 is FAR nimbler than Windows 7 64. It's dual boot - so exactly the same hardware*. It looks faster, too, than two NUCs we have at work (i3, 8GiB RAM and mSATA SSD, with Windows 8 64).
* Athlon FX 6300, 8GiB DDR3 1333, 1TB 7200 RPM Seagate, EVGA GTX 460. Two monitors.
"If you drive around focussed on what's two metres in front of you, you'll miss everything you need to be paying attention to."
To the human eye, I believe that "focus 2 meters from here" and "focus on the infinite" is the same thing. It is like fixed focus cameras: "From 1,2 meters to infinite".
I don't know about the rest. We could argue one way or another, for all the points.
Probably 2 or 3 ear-spliting 16k RPM 4cm fans.
"Just image how much worse it would be if all that cruft was now added to the config files in Linux!"
rm -r /etc/aol/ $HOME/.aol/*
"Perhaps our ancient "Cretaceous Poultry™" will have it's revenge? Revenge is a dish best served cold...like the cold blooded reptiles(or is that over-sized chickens?) of the past."
You better pray, then, that:
1) They are gourmets
2) The world heating is true.
Then, and only then, we would be safe - as the dish would be hot...
The Good Thing™ about the Internet is: we can always route around the problem.
Keeping this pace in a few years the rest of the world will have route that don't cross the USA. And they will be "isolated", by their own actions.
Even the content industry will get out - it will be too hard to keep track of all the "speed payments".
Dibs on the first row. And a poppcorn, please.
"Really, if I want to jerk it to fat swedish lesbians covering themselves in butter and rolling around in a load of mud, why should anyone object to that?"
Exactly because You want it. Religion derives its power from guilty, simple as this. One incredible force drive is hysterics.
Step 1: Convince a person that $DEITY will torture him/her for all eternity, if some rules aren't followed.
Step 2: Make the rules. Be sure to make them weird, contradictory and (of course!) going against some primal instinct.
Step 3: As expected, everyone is guilty. Sell (one way or another) salvation.
Step 4: Profit.
That's the reason why sex gets so much flack. We all do it (one way or another), we all like it, and we are all born from it. It is the perfect thing to trip someone's guilt.
""only 682MB of free RAM after it boots the Android OS"
So the OS to run a pair of glasses has a 300+MB footprint before it does anything useful. How depressing."
Don't forget the memory to the graphics card. It is shared, and subtracted from the 1GiB.
Same thing with mobiles. They tout the memory - but forget to say it is shared with the graphics card.
"Never did work out what that extra 1 meant, the 100MHz should have implied a DX3 suffix."
IIRC, it was as follows:
"DX" -> With math coprocessor. The "SX" series didn't have one.
"4" -> Indicates a 4x multiplier. More on that later.
"100" -> The internal clock of the CPU.
SX 33 -> Did not have coprocessor, had an internal clock of 33 MHz and a bus speed of 33 MHz.
DX 33 -> Had coprocessor, an internal clock of 33 MHz and a bus speed of 33 MHz.
DX 50 -> Had coprocessor, an internal clock of 50 MHz and a bus speed of 50 MHz.
DX2 50 -> Had coprocessor, an internal clock of 50 MHz and a bus speed of 25 MHz.
DX2 80 -> Had coprocessor, an internal clock of 80 MHz and a bus speed of 40 MHz.
And, the weird one: The DX4 100.
It had a coprocessor and an internal clock speed of 100 MHz. But (IIRC) you could set the multiplier at 2x, 3x or 4x. So, it could work as a DX2 100, DX3 100 or DX4 100.
I believe, although not sure, that the DX4 120 went the same way.
"Apparently "Google Play Store" used 31.52GB in the last month. I don't let apps auto-update. I know I have unlimited traffic, Google, but stop taking the fucking piss."
Mine auto-updates - but only if connected trough wifi. :D
"I've educated my child to respect my belongings and those of other people.
In return, I respect her belongings and don't go moseying through her mail.
We don't need passwords in my family."
It is about containing the damage. A machine with, let's say, 3 users: One admin (with password) and two regulars.
The admin is (should be) safe from the compromise of one of the other two users. But, without passwords on the regulars, one could affect the other.
A big problem, to open your user and find everything encrypted, due to the other visit's to a bogus site...
Yes, my machine is password protected. Yes, my wife knows my password. Why not? I'm not keeping something from her - and it comes in handy, at times.
"Yeah... but how much money do you owe them exactly ?
Since the value of Bitcoins can fluctuate wildly there has to be a
way to determine this "value" as a certain amount of "regular money"..."
Wouldn't be easier just to tax the bitcoins? You should pay (let's say) 15% of your bitcoins profits. If you profited 400 BTC, then you should pay 400BTC x 15% = 60BTC.
Since BTC is, now, real money in Canada... buying/selling BTC for Canadian Dollars wouldn't count as "profit", would it? It should be counted as changing money. Shouldn't it?
"They had perfectly good backups - the backups didn't fail, someone with the authority to do so deleted them! "
The backups DID fail. An off site backup is not "backup in another machine". An off site backup is "this backup of my data would survive, even if the whole datacenter got burned down in an attack".
This is an off line backup.
They could, for the sake of argument, have used Amazon to run the business - and another cloud provider (just to stay on the cloud) to keep the off line backups. I don't know. Azure? Google? RackSpace? Don't know, don't care - as the point is: it should be in ANOTHER company, not the same. And another location, of course.
"It does in the sense that an actual old-school IT server room would likely have some actual backup tapes or portable HDDs locked up in a cupboard, or trucked away to a physical (not virtual) off-site backup. When EVERYTHING is in the cloud, then it is susceptible to hackers in the cloud."
But it doesn't. Because EVERY business should have off site backups. It doesn't matter if you use the cloud, a datacenter, a colocation or your basement. Ate least ONE copy of the backups should be kept off site - and not accessible by the systems being backed up (ie: the backup can access the systems, to do a restore or a backup - but the systems can't access the backups).
Yes, the single sign on system that Amazon uses made it easier. No doubt about it. But the absence of off site backups... that was just neglect, not a cloud problem.
"Why do the fools leave the Xbox turned on? Or doesn't it have that marvelous invention made famous by the Assyrians - an On-Off switch?"
I turn of my TV with the remote - but the pretty red LED stays on. It is in "standby", not "off". I could get up, and turn it REALLY off - with the mechanical button on its front.
But I'm lazy, and this way I don't have to remember to turn it on before use. Truth be told, my TV doesn't have mics or cameras - so it is not a concern.
Most people do the same with the Xbox - don't they?
"Anything to keep them out of unmarked cars with speed guns is a plus if you ask me..."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but...
Wouldn't be better, simpler and safer, to just... obey the speed limit? No amount of speed gun will get someone bellow the speed limit.
And, if it is set too low, the traffic problems would send a clear signal that something should be changed.
Ok, ok. I'm going, no need to get the pitchfork.
"So the ICO can give a good kick in the profit margins to a company sending out 350k electronic spam messages, how come OFCOM (or somebody else) can't do the same to BT / Virgin / Sky etc for posting about the same amount of unwanted marketing material through my front door."
The reasoning, I believe, is that electronic SPAM is almost free - as in beer. When a company sends paper, there is a far greater cost - so, they tend to keep it at a minimum.
It is annoying, sure. But You don't get 500 brochures every day, selling pills to grow your... nevermind.
OTOH, I remember one convicted spammer - who got his address leaked. He received, I believe, more than a metric ton* of complains from his "customers". That was fun. :D
* To use an official standard: 238.0952 Jubs
Well, I live in Brazil - Niterói. I don't remember the last time I had problems with the payment system. Be it debit card (do you call it this way?) or credit card.
No system is perfect, and I am sorry to hear about your problems, but I can't say the plastic card system have being failing me.
I'm more worried with the ISS5 seceding, backed by a bad tempered aliens.
OTOH, it will be the year we will make contact! :)
Because some people trade this stuff. It is quite common to mine one coin and trade it for another.
There are programs that do just like the stock market: thousands of small transactions, playing the few satoshis of difference between two exchanges.
And there are the clueless, that use the exchange as a wallet.
The difference is: The S5 are beeing replaced, aren't they? No one told the customers they pressed the camera button in a wrong way...
And it is, probably, a bad batch of cameras. A fuckup, no doubt, but hardly a fundamental flaw of the project.
And I don't even like Samsung...