Re: Isn't it free already?
"What are they actually giving them? Pressed CD's"
I believe that is what the second sentence of the article says, yes.
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"What are they actually giving them? Pressed CD's"
I believe that is what the second sentence of the article says, yes.
How about people who have heard that support for Windows XP is about to expire and, although they may be concerned about this, have no real attachment to one operating system or another? The options are to upgrade Windows for €€€ or try this new-fangled thing that the library are giving out free.
Admittedly, a lot of people would just take it as an opportunity to buy a new computer, which would probably come with Windows 8.
My guess is that LiMux is heavily modified to hook into the government office infrastructure and most of these modifications will be of little use to other people. I am quite happy to use a similarly customised distribution from $EMPLOYER but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone outside of the company.
Well, to keep in line with Ubuntu they will need to go alphabetically, so maybe Terrifying Tarantula and Undead Unicorn (hey, it is the national animal of Scotland so what does it matter if it is fictional?)
Is this the kernel that is going to appear in the "Saucy Salamander" release of Ubuntu? And can we expect similarly alliterative names every six months?
Now I understand why they keep telling me that my profile is incomplete and asking for my phone number.
First rule of Facebook: Don't post anything unless you are perfectly happy for it to become public knowledge tomorrow, regardless of the privacy settings you choose.
It is notable that one of the most memorable lines (Leia: "I love you", Solo "I know") was an ad-lib because the original was so crass. Possibly others as well. Maybe they should have just let Harrison Ford re-write the whole script.
I have had to suffer Symphony for a few years (hey, guess who I work for) and one of the things I actually liked about it was the sidebar. I am surprised that the author of the article missed it after "hundreds of hours in its word processor". My main gripe with it was that (as far as I could make out) they had forked an old OpenOffice build and so was always going to be lagging behind.
I will reserve judgement on whether MS Office compatibility has improved. This was never particularly good in Symphony, and generally worse than the latest OOo.
"A text editor would be more attractive than Microsoft Office"
Not Notepad. Having your eyes gouged out with a rusty spoon is more attractive than Notepad. Perhaps this is why it is the only text edtor that comes by default on Windows - so it doesn't compete with Office.
However, a *proper* text editor with LaTeX. Yes, that is certainly more attractive than MS Office. :-)
"AFAIK, patents last for 20 years. Music copyrights last for 70 years from death of author. Where's the fairness?"
You are not comparing like with like.
A patent is granted to an inventor to give them exclusive rights in exchange for making the details of the invention public for the benefit of all. This legal protection is granted in recognition of the fact that someone may lose out on the benefits of an invention because the idea could be taken up by other people who are better able to market their product. Famously, the Rubik's Cube was only patented in Hungary and so Professor Rubik recieved very little royalty for his invention. A limit of 20 years is granted to give a reasonably time for the inventor to benefit from it but after this the idea is available to all.
Copyright, on the other hand, is a protection against unauthorised pubishing of someone's work and this varies from one country to another as well as for the type of material. The date of death + 70 years you quote is (as I understand it) for written work in the UK, so it would apply to the actual music of Pink Floyd separate from any recording. Copyright for recorded material is normally from the date of creation, and is 50 years in the UK and 70 years in the US. This is what Cliff Richard was trying to get changed a few years ago because his earlist songs are now becoming public domain.
From what I understand, Pandora are trying to circumvent this copyright protection to avoid paying the royalties to the artists that they are legally entitled to.
OK, I've heard strong opinions for and against MySQL that are well thought out and reasonable, but
"He is Swedish, so we can't expect too much."
"Remember that he isn't talking to you and I, ..."
I think you mean "you and me". OK, I wouldn't normally be this padentic but it seemed appropriate here. :-)
I'm also not a Cameron fan and also think he is actually speaking sense here (and will probably also be voted down as a result). You and I know that programming is not a 'modern method' - in fact, you might argue that 'ancient' is a better adjective with regards the history of computing - but he is addressing people who have been brought up on word documents and spreadsheets. In this context, the notion that you can actually program a computer to do anything different is truely novel.
I cannot help feeling that there is an air of "the Tories said it so it must be stupid" about this.
The umpire may have made one mistake but, as he lost, Stakhovsky made dozens so he has no room for complaint. That's what I was told by my coach years ago, anyway.
"Next you'll get happysized"
Do you want fries with that?
I much prefer this to the opposite. For example, I think that 'Vista' is quite a good name ...
As long as they only create female dinosaurs I do not see what could possibly go wrong.
People who use the 'regular' release do so because they want the latest and greatest as soon as it is available while the "security-conscious and otherwise careful" use the LTS version, which still has the same 5-year support. I do not see any logical reason for sticking with a particular 'regular' release once the next has come out. If anything, this change should improve the quality of each release as people are freed up from supporting four or five versions in parallel.
It hasn't been 2 years since his last gaff. Only a few months ago he declared that 'improbable' means the same as 'impossible':
He states this as a 'mathematical fact', which probably had every mathematician in the country shouting obscenities at him.
"what exactly does this have to do with World IT?"
Now, if it were guidance about suitable beards lengths for sys admins ...
One minute they are trumpeting their new Cloud OS and the next they are talking about locking down applications to a single physical machine. Exactly what is their strategy at the moment?
Well, um, it was, sort of, a joke so, ...
Oh, forget it.
Is it gas powered?
One OS to cover every device is one thing but I hope they don't go down the same route as Windows 8, and produce an environment that only really works on a tablet and is frustrating to use on a desktop.
I had no idea that there was a "Did you know?" section, let alone that it was often filled with facts about Gibraltar.
Is 'Cloud OS' the new term for 'vapourware'?
When I first saw this news I thought that there were going to be plans for a "Twelve Doctors" episode. However, this would probably require replacements for most of the other doctors as well, including several who are still alive. Either that, or a serious amount of make-up.
Given that the first Doctor was an old man and the series started 50 years ago I hardly think that you can read anything sinistre into the fact that both actors have died, Hartnell at the age of 67 and Hurdall at 73.
I wouldn't call that "many other Linux distros". The only major one I can see is openSUSE, and they have both MySQL and MariaDB available. This is hardly the mass exodus seen from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice.
It looks like, rather than being behind, Fedora is in the forefront here. If Fedora makes the jump then that will filter through to RHEL, which would be much more significant.
Isn't this the same story as this? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/21/facebook_paid_message_delivery/
Someone has just noticed that Mr Z is on the list of members in the trial. $100 does seem a bit steep, though. Does it vary for who you want to mail?
You never recieved the email containing UrgentFinances.xls.exe?
I sometimes wonder what Facebook is up to. Are they actively trying to turn away their users or is there an internal competition to see who can come up with the most ridiculous idea that the users will swallow?
"Next, lets require that users enter three valid bank card numbers before they can post anything. Then we can replace their passwords with a concatination of the security codes."
Erm, if that becomes reality remember that you saw it here first.
I just went to so.cl and I have absolutely no idea what I am looking at. It looks like a schizophrenic kleptomaniac's scrapbook.
I think you misunderstand your relationship with Facebook. You are not the customer - you are the product.
"None of this compares to the Great Computer Programmer Incapacitation of '93, when thousands of IT professionals were hospitalized by the sheer dumbness of Jurassic Park's "It's a UNIX system. I know this!" "
You say that, but the flight-simulator style file browser was genuine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsn
This is not a million miles away from what the people creating the original Dr Who theme tune were doing.
Facebook would do well to employ this guy instead of prosecuting him. He clearly knows better than any of their current security team what needs to be tightened up.
"Watson still got many answers wrong."
True, but so do humans. The correct way of using it would be to use it as a source of advice rather than a way to get a definitive answer. Having said that, the way a lot of people blindly follow satellite navigation is probably an indication that your concern is at least partially valid.
I'm more concerned about the bedside manner: "What is ... you have 2 months, 3 weeks, 5 days and 7 hours to live?"
... I'd like to meet an alien menace who wasn't immune to bullets!
I, for one, am glad that the Daleks are being given a rest. Much as I am grateful to RTD for bringing the series back I found his stories to be amazingly lacking in imagination and the recurrence of the Daleks and Cybermen (and sometimes both) ad nauseam was just a symptom of this.
The weeping angles, on the other hand, were scary. Who invented them? Oh yes, it was Moffat.
"Sr Maria's expulsion does appear to be a result of internal strife, rather than any Church position on Facebook."
So she (a) used Facebook and (b) got kicked out of the convent, but there is no clear indication about what the relation between (a) and (b) is? And I thought El Reg was read by people with a scientific mind-set. (Perhaps global warming is caused by a lack of pirates after all)
If Facebook were at all interested in security, they would enable SSL for the whole site, not just the login page.
The lesson from this is that you should never use Facebook (and a number of other sites) while connected to an open WiFi.
You are reporting a 10-month-old opinion piece from Osservatore Romano as church teaching? Slow news day?
It is possible to get the 32 bit kernel to see more than 4G of memory but it requires a patch to be compiled in. For Ubuntu, this is not in the desktop kernel but it is in the server kernel so
$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-server
will allow you to use all your memory.
... saviour of the universe?
"my organisation has just gone through a lot of pain going from RHEL4 to RHEL5, the majority of the difficulties came from changing gcc and the QT libraries."
And that is why you have overlapping releases. You can still run RHEL 4 for another couple of years and, with RHEL 5 released two years ago, that is 4 years to resolve all the migration problems.
"Is it possible to upgrade a RHEL5 machine to RHEL6 without a clean install?"
Possible but not recommended and certainly not supported. It is assumed that you will keep at the same major release number until you plan to replace the hardware, at which time you can roll out replacements with the new major version. This is supported by having long support cycles and overlapping releases - when RHEL 6 is released there will be 3 versions all supported in parallel.
I know people object to this and want to be able always to upgrade to the latest and greatest, but Redhat and Ubuntu have different policies. Not better or worse, just different.
F# is a fourth higher than C#, so perhaps this is Microsoft's version of Forth.
Alternatively, F# is an augmented fourth higher than C, an interval sometimes called the devil in music, so perhaps this is an subtle hint regarding Microsoft's plans for a new version of C.
The image seems appropriate.
How exactly did the 9 year old get the password? It is not entirely clear whether it was just written down on the teachers desk or whether key-logging or similar was required. In the latter case, I may concede that the kid was clever, but in the former, more likely, case I would say that it was stupidity or naïvité on the part of the teacher. I would also point the finger at whoever set up the system giving teachers administrator access. Why on earth would they need that? With his teacher's account he should have been able to mess around with assessments, but not the passwords of other teachers and enrolment lists.
"Presumably it does this on its hands and knees, picking up individual characters with its teeth."
Is that one of the requirements?
"Microsoft explained the delay to implementing the strict version of 29500 by saying it needed time for customers and partners to transition."
Wasn't OOXML put on the fast track for being made a standard on the basis that it was already a de facto standard?
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