Re: It heard about Trump being POTUS
I'm surprised it performed a smooth landing in that case.
3201 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I'm surprised it performed a smooth landing in that case.
" will your television carry the brute force needed to handle newer, tighter codecs? "
Spot on. I remember the first HD DVB-T2 trials in London where participants were sent new receiver boxes, back in 2006/2007. The channel "BBC HD" was broadcast from Crystal Palace.
I wasn't a participant, but it was perfectly possible to capture the raw data signal on a PC capture card, it just couldn't natively decode the exotic new MPEG-4 data stream. I managed to get the signal to decode, but couldn't manage it on my reasonably well-specced PC in real-time, it probably transcoded at around 10fps. My current TV is older than this trial, so definitely wouldn't be able to handle MPEG-4 with a mere firmware upgrade.
Similarly, when DVD first launched, PCs at the time needed an MPEG-2 add-on card as the required decoding wasn't possible in software-only due to the limits on CPUs grunt at the time.
Indeed. For those backing with over 200 notes, if you're that interested and can brave the spider-infested attic, you can have mine for half that. There's also a C64 up there with a print out of the source code for a knock-off version of Space Invaders that I wrote if you can be bothered to type it all in. It might be on a tape, but I wouldn't be sure of that... The things we used to do to avoid paying £2.99 for a cassette at John Menzies...
"SpaceX cut the feed blaming video link problems but the feed came back just in time to show the Falcon 9 sitting on the sea barge"
Cue conspiracy theorists in 3... 2... 1...
And under these rules, they'll now just lie and say they attended the appointment but you weren't in.
"IT outsourcing is so outdated..."
"I don't get it. Why not move most of this infrastructure to a public cloud service or several (AWS, Google, etc)..."
Ummm... this is a joke or sarcasm, right?
"A perfect opportunity for the likes of Samsung to make hay and take all the profits from the mobile space."
Samsung are too busy spending money on adverts that scream "look! we quality control these things! honestly!", presumably in a lab that has a rather paranoid halon system.
"I was really questioning whether Apple's view as to what the market would bear is accurate. The article itself refers to a decline in iPad sales, and a big part of the reason why is price"
I assume they probably have a good idea of price points. They probably also know that the vast majority of the wifi+mobile models are purchased by corporates, or through telcos. And there will be an element of the wifi+mobile models enabling the wifi-only models to be sold cheaper. For the same reason an extra 96GB storage doesn't cost £90.
I imagine the decline in iPad sales is related to a saturated market. The only real sales are on upgrades these days - if you wanted an iPad, you'd have one by now.
" Someone added a zero? "
There'll be a line on the invoice somewhere for 'consultancy'
"what is that makes those 'rings' in afterburner boost? Some sort of frequency/harmonic effect?"
Shock diamonds. They're glorious and I only partially pretend to know how they work
As to its beauty, while I'm glad this one has a hanger, I'll be sad to drive past Filton and not see her anymore.
Let's keep it simple. Let's just have a theory that Mars had still water. Let's not overcomplicate things trying to prove it was sparkling water that had been through some giant cosmic Sodastream.
"the day when W10/Cortana says 'I'm sorry Dave I can't let you do that' are getting closer and closer."
Well you'd need to change your name first :-)
Beside, HAL wasn't evil. He was trapped with paradoxical mission parameters - report open and honestly, but secretly keep the mission objectives from the crew. HAL ultimately deduced that if the crew were dead, he wouldn't need to lie to them anymore. That could work for some of my stakeholders to be honest...
"Five engine 747 configurations do occasionally happen, though."
I'm sure you're aware, that extra-engine isn't plumbed in and is the rare example of Quantus strapping a spare engine to take to another aircraft. It's basically external cargo. :-)
Strictly speaking though, all 747's are 5-engined. If you include the APU in the tail. :-D
"Anyway, being a _scrapped_ vehicle, it doesn't show on the public query system and website lookups like Halfrauds (and others) don't bring back colours."
We Buy Any Car brings back everything, even for scrapped cars (or knows about a car I've had scrapped anyway). Takes less than a second from you giving me your registration number to me knowing everything I need to know about the car. In the time it take you to tell them your engine size, they've already looked it up.
If they wanted to put some effort into it, it wouldn't be hard to build a front-end for the call-agent and screen scrape a bunch of these sites.
"Specifically, I gave them the registration of a car I used to own (scrapped) but with wrong colour and engine. They immediately asked whether I'd gotten the colour wrong and coached about the right colour, then did the same about engine size."
Not hard to find either of those things. If you know the make and registration, the gov lets you know this. https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/ (you don't need V5C)
If all you've got is the registration number, any car parts website (Halfords etc) will tell you make and model which you then stick into the checker above.
Can we Talk to the Business Owner "We don't have one we are a co-operative"
I leave you with a recent tweet from Jack Dee:
I got "Is it possible to speak with the house-owner?" So I gave him the number for Nat West.
"The ESA says the clocks are accurate to within 1.8 nanoseconds over 12 hours."
As I've struggled to establish in the past, you can choose which updates you wish to install on Win10Pro, they just don't make it easy:
"Except for the resulting 43% fall in paracetamol overdoses. It's saved close to 700 lives so far."
Not the conclusion you can draw. Just means 700 people haven't used that method - you don't know they haven't picked another option.
Although I would say (as noted by someone above), it's a particularly long, painful and irreversible way to go, so perhaps they were just trying to spare people that.
Presumably the idea is to start supplying the relevant URLs to the IWF block-list using the same ban-hammer for everything else they want to do.
Although I don't think that someone in such a state of mind will see a "website blocked" and knock the whole idea on the head...
But it's clearly a joke/pun? Taking the well-known Ali quote about pebbles in your shoes, pretending to mistake the pebble he was talking about as a Pebble and wonder why the celebrity endorsement was to someone who couldn't figure out to wear it on his wrist, not keep it in your shoe.
Staggering the amount of downvotes for that.
"Both for cost savings and for privacy, [companies] like doing internal penetration testing"
I was always taught not to dip your nib in the company ink.
Given there seems to be only 2 or 3 libraries left in the UK, opened seemingly just 8 hours per week that wouldn't be a particularly costly exercise the run these days,
"The images show that the craft touched down well within its target landing zone"
This is how the Guardian reported it, showing massive amounts of glass-half-full attiude!
Or, a surface-to-air-to-space-to-thinair-to-surface missile and it was a test of our first strike capability...
"They would be better off providing some official permit to shoot the damn things on sight."
In fairness, you don't need a permit. I reckon a Nerf N-strike or even a water pistol would be enough to take one down.
re: " enforced patch"
I might have finally cracked it and gotten Win 10 Pro to advise me of updates only (instead of auto updating/auto rebooting outside of the stingy 12-hour 'core hours' MS grace me).
Open the Policy Editor (Start+R, gpedit.msc)
Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update.
The settings I've modified are:
"Configure Automatic Updates" -> Enabled, and change to "3 - Automatic download and notify for install"
"No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations" -> Enabled
There could be more to tinker with,but so far, so successful! Today I got a "You've got some updates" message instead of it installing and rebooting off its own back.
MS should take note, this shouldn't be the way!
"For what its worth I think skeuomorphic interfaces are awful (I actively avoided Windows 7 because of Aero)"
Ah, but here's the rub - you could turn Aero off and have a Windows 10-esque version of Windows 7/8. Similarly you could turn off teletubby mode in Win XP and see have a Win 2K/9x interface. With 10, it's harsh square edges all over. You could argue it's "clean", and that it's a matter of taste, but it's yet again another forced change.
In fairness, they also include gems such as these:
"whereas Microsoft has spent decades expertly fostering resentment"
The Register - biting the hand that feeds IT. If they could have crammed in an OS/2 dig, they would have done that too.
Hmm, good point. I guess it depends what role the drive is playing, as we'd be talking about losing an entire chunk of the drive (up to 25% on just a 4-chip device - no idea what the average is) and how over-provisioned they are.
I guess it's the equivalent of a spinner losing an entire platter.
"Costs are basically focused around the number of NAND chips an SSD contains,"
There's an argument to be had for failure rates and costs associated. The more NAND chips you shove in a single device, the greater the chance of an overall failure. If they were treated more like individual elements of a RAID (say 1 NAND per m.2 interface, loads of m.2s), your failure costs are dramatically reduced as you'd only ever be replacing the NAND chip that had failed, not the entire module.
"Oh I thought any tech person would of removed that. Silly me."
Quite. I did. Several times. One of the many windows updates keeps bringing it back.
Off the top of my head:
"You don't have the latest version of Office..." (the Get Office 365 app, that despite removing 3 times has reborn - I'm fine with my still-supported Office 2013 thanks...)
Candy Crush, Twitter, Minecraft and the fucking Daily Mirror appearing in the "life at a glance" section of the start menu
Thanks for this, but that option doesn't appear on my system (Win 10 Pro)
Similarly in this article:
Well the Win10 numbers are about to reduce by one user, unless I can find a way to:
a) stop Windows restarting with updates whenever it damn well feels like. Just tell me you need to restart and let me do it, like every other version of Windows. Don't give me the option of "use this schedule, or don't get updates".
b) stop Windows reinstalling the "you don't have Office 365" app whenever it does an update. I'm perfectly fine with Office 2013 thanks.
I'll worry about my next OS when Windows 7 support runs out.
I don't think anything can top the "Windows for Submarines" thing that surfaced (ahem) a while back:
Genesis has become a galactic controversy. Until the Federation Council makes policy, you are all under orders not to discuss with anyone your knowledge of Genesis. Consider it a quarantined planet... and a forbidden subject.
ALL THESE WORLDS
ARE YOURS EXCEPT
USE THEM TOGETHER
USE THEM IN PEACE
In fairness I doubt satellites suffer from much oxide build-up on the battery terminals :-D
Your story did give me a flashback though - remember when RAM used to get an oxidation build up and introduce random memory failures? Re-seating RAM was one of the first tricks I would perform on a dodgy PC but don't think I've had cause to do it for years.
Was that a real thing that doesn't happen anymore, or just a placebo effect we used to experience?
"the coiled wire thingy"
Woah, slow down with all your technical jargon! :-D
How on earth do you prove whether you installed an OS or not in the past? My PS3 has been through about 4 hard drives since I last saw the "Install Other OS" option included in the firmware...
But regardless, I hope everyone who bought a PS3 applies and absolutely rinses Sony. Was atrocious behaviour at the time and the fact it's taken over a decade to resolve is an embarrassment.
"Why does a smartwatch need to have a local cache of MP3 files? Well, the use case put forward is that the owner goes jogging, but still wants to hear some music, but doesn’t want to take calls. So the Apple Watch can store music locally, but your calls go back to voicemail, on wherever you’ve left your iPhone. "
The article seems to contradict itself throughout... The above was meant to be (I think) an example of how there were too many features, yet then basically yells "HA!" and criticises it because it doesn't have enough features like taking calls? Baffling.
I completely understand why a fitness tracking device, in fitness tracking mode (jogging), only does music and fitness.
"Of course there is the WTF? question over Windows supporting this sort of 'feature' in the first place."
IBM/Lenovo have had "anti-theft" software on their laptops for at least a decade that I know of. It works by checking the primary boot drive for a certain files in the windows directory, and modifies the boot files to launch it.
Technically, yes,it's exploiting a windows feature to make it easier, but it could just as easily inject it onto the HDD in the appropriate places and Windows would be none the wiser. Hardware level access to the boot drive, which a BIOS has, = all bets are off!
"if you fry your motherboard and get a replacement, it is considered a new computer, please purchase Windows again"
Think that's the case regardless with OEM keys.
"It's worth shrinking down your Windows system partition to the smallest it will go and installing alongside on a new partition. That way when there are missing drivers you can get them from your old Windows partition."
If you just install it over the old installation, it should move your current copy into windows.old and you can retrieve the drivers that way - worked for me in the past. I just pointed the "add hardware" wizard at C:\windows.old\drivers and it found most of them by itself.
"You still own the hardware. If Windows chooses to commit suicide, you still have the hardware and are free to install the OS of your choice"
I also own the software, or at the very least, a licence to use the software - including support until 2020. At this point, MS are effectively revoking the Windows 7 licence and replacing it with a Windows 10 licence.
"I bought a PC that I chose to run Windows on ... How do you guys feel about it?"
I feel like I'll "choose" to run something else on it in the future.
I didn't realise when MS said last month that "the nagware will go away from July", that they meant "we'll have nuked all Win 7/8 installations so won't need it anymore"
"NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams spent around seven hours gradually introducing air from the ISS into BEAM in short bursts"
Poor chap must be exhausted! I got a bit light-headed inflating 20 or so party balloons at the weekend.
Amazed it's not a new Jeff Minter game... Clearly influenced by him!
Also, cost of having MMS capability will be relatively static (presumably all down to maintaining an MMS gateway plus a little bit of wooden dollars representing network capacity), call it £x.
Let's say there are y MMS transmissions per year, cost of each one is nominally £x/y. As y goes down, £x/y goes up.
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