229 posts • joined 11 Sep 2007
Re: Easy to make
Instant coffee tastes nothing like real coffee, except maybe kopi Luwack, which tastes like Dowe & Egberts instant coffee, just much, much, much more expensive!
Freshly ground, strong roast, Arabica for me every time thanks.
I do love my aeropress. For the price, ease of use and also portability (great for decent coffee when camping) it is pretty awesome. As you say, shame about the crema though :/
Thanks for the link to that article. Dr. Edgard Villanueva's letter is awesome!
I especially like this...
". If the transnational software companies decide not to compete under these new rules of the game, it is likely that they will undergo some decrease in takings in terms of payment for licences; however, considering that these firms continue to allege that much of the software used by the State has been illegally copied, one can see that the impact will not be very serious."
Re: "like any business, it is entitled to lobby in a democracy"
"On the other hand, the politician lost support. Microsoft is being blamed, and it is a lot of fun to point fingers at any big corporation, but we're being told that Microsoft didn't do anything bad, it just lobbied."
I think you are supposed to read between the lines here.
The reality is lobbying isn't democratic at all. It isn't an activity of equal opportunity. I have zero opportunity to lobby my government. All I can do is write to my MP about any issues I feel strongly about. On the two occasions I have tried this, both times I received a response to a letter I didn't write. On both occasions I replied pointing out this error. the explanation was that for any hot topic they get inundated by 'form' letters from grass roots campaigns and in turn create a 'form' response to those form letters.
So for the average Joe, the interaction between constituent and "democratic representative" is pretty much an automated ignore everything system.
Even if they were to listen, for an MP to reflect the wishes of their constituents would often mean defying the *whip and thus be punished by their own party.
Who tells the whips what to say? Ultimately the lobbyists after all those meetings on luxury yachts in the med & promises of future lucrative board positions etc...
We all know it's true, but no-one is willing or able to change it.
* This is a British party politics mechanism which basically removes any true representation from our so called democracy. I don't know if other "democratic" systems have a guy going round saying "you have to vote with the party line regardless of your opinion or that of the people you represent on this or we'll be slamming your bollocks between the door & door frame until the next election"?
It is the same for
every single tool ever invented, as well as food and plants and pretty much any object you can think of.
Humanity might have done some amazing things, but in general humans are pretty rubbish! :)
“Internet users have sought ways to continue to access the sites by getting round the blocking put in place by the ISPs. One of the ways to do this is to use proxy servers. This operation is a major step in tackling those providing such services."
I'm pretty sure copyright infringement is the number 1 crime on Joe public's mind.
We'll all sleep safe in our beds tonight!
PS. I didn't think operating a proxy server or just visiting a blocked site was a crime? When did they sneak that in?
How long until a functional update
...bricks millions of machines?
I betting within 6 months.
Indeed! Especially the outrageous and surely criminal £625 one!
and then all they'll see is some generic porn and lots of cat videos :/
I now do most of my browsing in a VM, running Linux, using FF & no-script and accessing the net via VPN with a frequently changed, usually foreign, exit point.
"you ain't seen me right..."
I gave this exact same advice out to a friend 3 weeks ago.
It works well as long as the user understands what needs to be protected & what is fluff.
Re: I'll bite .....
It doesn't actually matter whether you 'get it' or not.
You live on a planet with 7 billion people with their own tastes and proclivities. Do you need to know the reasoning behind all their actions in order to function?
Who pays currently if a BMW has an accident? Not BMW. Your legally required insurers would fight it out like they do today.
Re: A managable speed
Except on a motorcycle, when avg speed is a lot higher. Also have they trained these cars in the ways of being overtaken by dispatch riders?
Hollywood's output is so bad, I thought it was some kind of deliberate strategy to reduce piracy. I can't even be bothered to download it & watch it for free.
The bbc has been regurgitating government statements and corporate PR releases both on TV and online, without challenge for years.
Unless they actually investigate and challenge these releases there is no point in the news. They should be challenging these organisations on this stuff.
They might also want to follow up on some of the corporate releases. For example BBC news stories (especially online) concerning Microsoft are simply PR statements straight from MS. They never challenge MS' assertions that the latest OS is the bees knees regardless of feedback from users or sales.
Because of this the bcc is a sort of government & corporate billboard. You only really get the news if you can read between the lines or follow up the story at some proper journalistic outlet.
Radio 4 at least attempts to dig behind some of the news stories & challenge some of the statements, however they need a few more presenters. Listening to John Humphries trying to challenge some tech story is painful indeed.
Re: Bet they will never fix the UI borkage caused by the new flat look
well said +100 points for you.
They need to spend their time making the UI as configurable as possible, you should be able to change all these things from defaults to something useable.
Re: 'and if you need sideloading keys, you can purchase an unlimited number for around $100.'
Indeed I didn't read the EULA, because I haven't bought win 8(8.1, 8.1.1) and won't be doing so. Even if they stopped trying to force everyone into their ecosystem and fixed metro, and bring back a start menu etc... etc...
Just the aesthetics of the desktop alone are hideous. I don't want to be staring at that 18 hours a day.
Re: @janimal Windows 8 was built for one reason only
I personally use mint on my laptop, the only thing that annoys me about that though is the upgrade process (at least the last time I updated).
The funny thing about that is that it is an HP Elitebook i5 supposedly designed for W7, but with W7 on it and the correct drivers it doesn't recognise the hardware buttons or even the software fn buttons.
I put Mint on it & everything works like a charm, bloody quick too.
Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
I assume you can install ubuntu & replace unity with something that isn't crap though? Or have they stopped all that sensible nonsense?
Re: 'and if you need sideloading keys, you can purchase an unlimited number for around $100.'
The problem is the concept of
"Please sir, would you possibly allow me to run my own code that I have written on my operating system that I bought, which is running on my hardware that I bought, please? please? pretty please?"
Time to change the metaphor
The good thing about desks is that you can put whatever you want on it.
The metro interface is like having a desk (say from ikea) but you can only place other items (cups, pencils, post-it notes, fluff etc...) approved by ikea on it.
Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
I agree completely.
They are trying to transition the Operating System into a Consumption System.
A consumption system is great for tablets & phones, but a general purpose computing device needs a customisable, configurable, general purpose operating system.
I'd like one, but I'd also like a 458 Italia. The chances of getting either in the near future are equally likely.
Re: The first dose of pesticide in the morning
Well since they are built in warehouses, daylight is a bit of a problem. You could make the entire thing of glass but then temperature control becomes an expensive requirement.
Many plants don't make use of the full light spectrum but particular wavelengths. LED's can be computer controlled to provide the most efficient complete light cycle for the plants in question.
In the early days of these vertical farms, light was a real problem. In a vast warehouse it was found that even with glass walls or ceilings not enough light was provided to the whole crop & artificial light was still required. Before implementing this with LEDs, that lighting was very expensive greatly reducing the economic & environmental advantages provided by the method.
Clear enough for you?
Re: it's not just about cancer.
You need to read the post above yours.
Re: The first dose of pesticide in the morning
There is a new form of high tech farming starting to emerge that looks better on
These are hydroponic vertical farms.
They use low power coloured LED lighting,
High water efficiency - also recycled
Are in a closed environment so pests are far less of a problem & if any pesticide use is required it is targeted and much easier to prevent contamination of the environment.
They have a much, much higher output per sq m
Worth looking up.
Re: I read as far as the $500k a year development job...
Indeed as a Soft Eng myself I couldn't help wondering what I've been doing wrong all this time. Trevor's manpower and cost estimates are way, way out there.
Although I have been out of the industry for a little while, my estimate would be more like 10-20 developers @ 80 - 120k ($). In reality they wouldn't even need to be exclusively developing for XP support either.
MS costs for continued security updates for XP would barely be noticeable in their accounts. Just a couple of weeks salary for one of the top execs. :/
"Equipment lasting 20 years might have been fine last century, but as technology progresses, so does the rate at which we churn out new/better tech. 10 years is plenty of time today..."
You can't just generalise 10 years as an adequate lifetime for a capital expense. That's ridiculous. It is all tied in with margins & volumes and opex.
In addition change for what often amounts to little or no improvement is inefficient.
"and in the next 50 years or so, you're going to need to upgrade every year."
Well I hope you're earning very big money from your business degree, because in your world view life is going to get a lot more expensive in the future
yes but head tracking doesn't give you a stereoscopic view to go with it.
I would have loved minecraft for the rift, but not at the expense of having to join the facebook hegemony.
Games are one of those tech enabling areas (like porn) where the participants are prepared to pay for new technology. Gamers will spend money on one, my missus won't just to play candy crush or farmville 3d.
I've been watching the VR revolution that never occurred from the '80s onwards. I remember playing this VR tank battle game on a VR stand at the Trocadero in Leicester square. You needed the neck muscles of David Coulthard to wear the headset which contained a pair of exceedingly low res screens seemingly driven by valves and internal combustion engines.
I can wait a bit longer for one that doesn't require me to sell my soul to facefeck.
oh also, where's my flying car? :(
yup with you there - very interested in VR, not at all interested in VR from facebook.
Re: Not sure if I'd notice
Oh come on!
That sort of speed has to be down to your geographic location & the method of transmission. They provide me 76mbps / 16mbps is that because they like me better? No it is because we're on FTTC. However ADSL on our street can't get above 4mbps. Is that the providers fault? Nope just the length of copper between us & the exchange.
Hardly plusnet's fault you only get 1.5mbps
I use opendns too, but did suffer an outage for about 20 minutes this morning. Although my torrent client was still connecting to peers OK, couldn't make any http connections. So it felt like DNS, but I triple checked that the router hadn't decided to use plusnet's on it's own cognizance
I did have issues this morning, it seemed more like a DNS issue - except that I don't use their DNS servers. I couldn't connect to any websites or my vpn provider, however my torrent client was still happily transferring data.
Since it happened immediately after I had to repair a win XP VM which could no longer update having had BITS borked by a previous update, I thought the machines had turned against me.
All back to normal now.
Re: Study A, then comment on B?
Fluffy Bunny:The only thing that is definitely wrong is action without evidence.
I have to disagree there. Many of the strategies required to mitigate against possible A.G.W are beneficial in their own right reducing pollution and increasing efficiency, finding alternative energy sources to oil & gas.
We don't just use oil for fuel. We are completely surrounded by its direct and indirect by-products. When you distil the activities of the human race you realise all we are actually doing is digging shit out of the ground, using it to make junk, which for some reason generates paper, and then we bury the junk again usually in a form where it won't be useful again except on geological time scales.
I'm sure you've heard of built-in obsolescence. These days it is built-in to everything. Often if we buy a tool, let's say a first world problem - a garlic crusher. Made in China from materials potentially shipped from further afield. Chucked on a boat half way round the world, trucked across Europe to my local supermarket and bought by the missus.
That garlic crusher then managed to only half crush a single clove, from which it was impossible to scrape the results because the cage is 3mm shy of the outer housing. All that digging, all that fuel to do the job a single time so badly that it immediately gets discarded with a mutter. Probably to be buried rather than recycled because the quality of the materials are so low. Multiply that by millions of garlic crushers and then add all the other 'hardware' sold in supermarkets, everything in all pound-shops, pretty much all Christmas decorations and everything technological bought by an elderly relative on the cheap. etc... etc... ad infinatum.
Even the pieces of paper they make from this activity is no longer backed up by anything of real value.
Most of what we do is utterly wasteful. Multiply that by 7 billion people & the eventual outcome is inevitable; resource scarcity,starvation, civil disorder, war etc... these are the real potential killers of global warming.
Yes it has been warmer in the past, but then we didn't have 7 billion people relying on a society built almost entirely on consumption.
Do you think that there aren't people in power who can see this coming? There are parliaments and board rooms all over the world full of people feathering their nests and preparing their bunkers, whilst doing all they can to muddy the waters so the proles don't see it coming.
Rant End. phew!
Flames because we're all doomed I tell ya!
This rapid cadence thing seems like a good money making scam.
Ultimately customers just need an operating system that allows them to get on & do what they actually want to do on the computer. However now that much of what everyone does on a computer is online based, people simply can't risk running an OS that isn't getting security support (which may or may not be different from these deadline that are being discussed in the article - it's not clear to me).
This makes it pretty much essential to upgrade unless the machine is not connected to the net, regardless of if it is perfectly capable of performing the functions required.
Are there any consumer rights that are violated by being basically forced to upgrade?
Will we see ever shrinking support periods for future MS OS?
As I'm an older gentleman & time flies as your wrinkle, it already feels like the versions are flying past faster than I can keep up. I only moved to Win 7 six months ago and even that turned out to be a mixed bag. While it is faster & deals with multi-screens better, several of my workflows are longer & fiddlier and generally more annoying than they were under XP and I don't need to buy Win 8 to know that that would be even worse - and ugly with it.
It seems to me they haven't come close to finishing developing W8 yet.
Good or Bad makes no difference
There is no good or bad, only different. The only reason for an operating system is as a basis to run other software on their hardware.
With that in mind I think what every single OS consumer wants is a an OS that they can configure to their needs - or possibly to several different needs.
I'm someone who is literally glued to my computer every second of the day. I use it for work, communication, hobbies and media consumption. I use 1, 2, or 3 screens depending on what I am doing.
MS did everything they could to force users to use the OS in the way that they want you to & that one vision simply doesn't go anywhere near to covering every use case. They also violated many HCI best practices, and these weren't just made up. They have arisen through 30 years of user testing on all sorts of different interfaces.
If you are going to let the marketing & finance departments design an OS this is what you get.
Finally although I know that I can configure a win 8 (.1) machine to never show the shit tile interface, I really hate the flat, aesthetic of the desktop. I don't want to have to stare at something that ugly 18 hours a day thanks.
They should forget about trying to brand everything as Windows and make 1 decent OS that is highly configurable - suitable for desktops. Then if they want to force media consumers into a walled garden device paradigm - build some walled garden devices, unrelated to windows.
It wouldn't hurt if they created decent specs for their file formats for their various software and published these so that their own and other 3rd party developers' software can read and exchange data of course.
Who is the dark & baleful entity somewhere deep in their cellars who still after all these years are trying to lock users into an exclusively MS eco-system? CEO's come and go but their policy remains the same. Our way or the highway.
I'll take the highway thanks.
Re: Just a News Operation
well except for the fact that 90% of their news output is fecking terrible. Most of them have been converted to sofa chat shows and most of the rest just regurgitate PR statements rather than analyse, challenge or criticise. Only newsnight & question time, that I have noticed lately seem to challenge their guests.
They still do some good drama, but I wish they would ditch the production crew who came up with Merlin & Atlantis - they should be lined up against a wall and shot.
While you're at it grab the bastard who decided every show needs to give you a preview of what is about to happen, and then every five minutes remind you of what just happened and then at the end show you what will happen next week. Whoever you are please, please stop!
Honestly I'd rather have adverts than that crap, although filling those useless segments with actual content would be better.
Just my worthless, subjective opinion of course.
Re: Loved this machine
OMG, I forgot about that! I remember being so chuffed with myself when I did that.
er..that was me
I have to admit it, I drew graphs!
The CPC464 was my first computer, but I had been lusting after even the zx80 when I first saw it advertised in an electronics mag. Sadly my parents had divorced & my Mum had to bring up 4 kids on her own with little support at the time from my Dad. Eventually one of my rich friends got given a zx81 (pre-built) we spent a few weeks together typing in programs & then he loaned it to me because I was fascinated with writing my own little programs on it ,whereas he just wanted to play games, but they weren't really up to much. The same thing happened with another friend's Spectrum.
Then one Christmas we got the green screen CPC464. Which must have been the reason we had been eating little more than rice for 6 months while Mum saved up for it!
As someone who has always been hopeless at arithmetic, I found on a computer numbers made much more sense & I finally got to grips with algebra. I spent my time writing programs, which drew graphs from my inputs (just like the faux 3d column graphs in the picture!). I wrote programs to help me learn my times tables, I wrote a stock market game, and the thing I was most proud of was writing a program that displayed a 3D globe (just line drawing) that I could rotate & change the perspective of.
So the CPC 464 turned my simple fascination for giving machines instructions into a dedicated hobby. Eventually I did a BSc in Software Engineering, but not until my late 20's. Now many of the worlds largest companies use software I have worked on. I doubt any of that would have happened without those few years coding on the CPC.
I loved that machine. I'm still crap at arithmetic though.
Re: Other options
Indeed. I actually have 22 people in my circles. Only three of them ever post anything, and that is once in a blue moon. I am fine with that.
My Dad started to use it occasionally but they kept changing the interface at random & with no warning, which completely scuppered that. He is 80 years old though. He only just coped with all the recent gmail interface changes, I had to give him some coaching mind while he muttered angrily over skype.
Re: So, do I buy?
It depends on what you like.. GT5 & GT6 in the single player game are now nothing at all to do with racing.
In GT6 in every career mode race you start from the back of a single file rolling start. You can't go full speed until you cross the line (15 - 30s after the pole sitter) You then have 2 or 3 laps to get past the entire field to win. Fortunately not only are the AI terribly bad, they also have extreme rubber banding. The will slow down by extreme amounts to make sure you can catch up by the last lap.
Basically PD's simulation philosophy only goes as far as the driving physics & even then there are some extremely odd behaviours exhibited, like cars doing nose stands under braking.
Single player mode is probably the worst racing game / sim ever actually made in terms of gameplay.
It's probably alright if you prefer to play online exclusively.
Re: My thoughts exactly.
looking at your link the spider in the article looks pretty much a total match for steatoda nobilis (in the bottom right corner of the set of four pics) which is exactly the spider in question. The steatoda grossa (a native British spider, also frequently called a false widow as many in the family are, or cupboard spider) has a much more pronounced abdomen like widow spiders.
We had one (S. Nobilis) living in a gap behind a cable run in our bathroom for 3 months this year. You would only see it at night when it would leave the cubby hole & sit in it's almost completely invisible scaffold web on the ceiling above the sink. We didn't bother it & it didn't bother us. It decided to move and one night ran across my foot, while I was sitting in the lounge, on a journey behind the TV.
I have never seen it again despite looking hard in case the cats decided to pick a fight with it. Maybe they already did & it lost?
You can watch on Youtube
Can we now infer that the GTA:online cloud services are provided by azure too? They have been shit since launch, are guaranteed to fail every weekend and coincidentally many people are reporting time outs, emptying sessions & cloud unavailable issues today and it isn't even the weekend.
I have suspected for a while that MS were providing Rockstar's (abysmal) cloud services. Would someone at El Reg care to investigate (if web journalists do any investigating anymore?)
 Seems they are investigating, but R* don't want to talk, I'll try to reign in my cynicism in future :)
Re: good news everyone
The main problem with doing something about it, is that our society is utterly reliant on plastics, petrochemicals and coal. Our energy 'needs' (I'm positive we don't actually need to use as much as we do) are extreme. With CFC's other coolants / aerosols weren't too difficult to find or replace and the pro-CFC lobby was relatively weak compared to the pro-carbon fuels lobby.
In addition changing from CFCs to alternatives had almost zero impact on the lives of most people. Their deodorants still worked, their fridges still worked.
Sadly energy efficiencies & carbon reduction require a concerted effort that will effect every single human on the planet regardless of whether you live in New York or the slums of Mumbai.
This results in a tendency for people (non climatologists & especially politicians, tax payers and oil companies) to believe in the solution that negatively impacts them the least.
Since these groups also tend to be ones whose opinion carries a lot of weight it is unlikely that anything will change (certainly not quickly) without some catastrophe that can be directly attributed to anthropogenic climate change.
This is exacltly why porn filters are bad
I actually wrote to that total idiot Clare Perry about this exact issue.
Porn may possibly do some psychological harm to children if they encounter it online, but that is nothing compared to all the other possible harms on the internet which can result in blackmail or physical harm.
Parents should be left in no doubt that the internet is not a place suitable for unsupervised access by children, not fooled into thinking that because there are no nude pictures allowed through their connection that it is all fairies & ponies.
Re: Whoever devised quick time events
I remember it well. I always thought of it as a kind of animated Simon Says. I've no idea why me & my friends pumped so much money into that in the pub, oh hang on, we were very drunk!
It's been working so well for GTA:online
Presumably MS have been watching the literal cluster f*ck that GTA: Online has been. they have monitored the ruined forums containing nothing but "My [insert virtual property of choice here] has gone!" and thought, hmmm yes! this is the gaming experience we want everyone to have!
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