Re: Does no-one remember Minix?
Ah yes, I remember that, and I still have the nightmares.
1061 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009
Ah yes, I remember that, and I still have the nightmares.
"I got the impression nematoad was referring someone knowingly not running windows is not going to fall for a 'windows' fake error scam."
Yep, got it in one.
Have a pint on me!
Ah, ye olde world computing.
Sorry guys, wrong target.
I use Linux and Noscript.
"A winphone like a windows desktop is a tool and people generally don't worship tools."
I don't know.
Donald Trump is a right tool and some people apparently worship him!
"...but the preoccupations and desires of loyal users don’t seem to matter."
Why is anyone either surprised or hurt? It's not as if this was the first time MS have gone its own way and damn the users.
Just look at Win 8, everyone told MS that it was taking the UX in the wrong direction but MS went ahead anyway. Or that bloody ribbon, hated by many but forced on people just because MS knew best. I could go on but for anyone to be upset by MS ignoring the wishes of its users is either being willfully blind or inattentive.
Could be, if the Island was italicised.
Luckily the real thing is a bit warmer as well, though it doesn't feel like at times.
" (note to posters above, there is no E in Whisky)"
There is if the whiskey comes from Ireland.
"...such interference constitutes a criminal act."
Yes, and so should the fact that these clueless idiots have allowed this to happen.
"Would you like a connected car?"
Runs away screaming.
"... and potentially even helping us develop a vehicle incapable of getting into a collision."
A worthy goal, but only if they sort out the security of the systems involved. It's no good having the means to prevent shunts if at the same time the system is wide open to any ne'er do well who can use any flaws to take over control of the car and ram it into a wall or whatever takes their fancy.
"Safety first" doesn't just mean making sure that any "smart" system does as it is designed to do, it should also mean that it cannot do things it was not meant to do, and so far the track record of "connected" cars is not reassuring in that respect.
Thanks for the tip.
I have just taken a look at the fdroid web site and it might just be what I am looking for.
" ...predicted sales of the latter will dip by -8.0 per cent in 2015."
Now I am not a mathematician by any meaning of the word but looking at the statement here, if a value "dips" by a negative amount surely that means it will actually increase.
As I say I have no grasp of these things so please correct me if I am wrong.
As to the rest of the article as someone looking to avoid Googleplay, at all costs, on my new Android tablet I might actually have a look at this.
As it is the thing is totally useless. I am a newcomer to things Android and I had no idea how tightly they are tied to the mothership.
"The team will October showcase the first albeit slow file system..."
Oh, is an "October showcase" anything like a Welsh Dresser, or is it just a clumsy phrase?
Honestly, I know El Reg is a tech site but please try and use the English language a little more gracefully.
I have never had any time for MS, but there is one thing that I have to thank them for.
When we rolled out Win 95 with the B.P. Common Operating Environment (COE) it meant that we no longer had to support DECNET and for that alone MS have my most sincere appreciation.
Oh, and the Edie Brickell video of course.
"“the bcache codebase has been evolving/metastasizing..."
Aye, a poor choice of words, if he really wants this project to be taken seriously.
Is it just me or are Google metastasizing into the new Microsoft?
Well if anyone knows about being a monopolist it's Microsoft.
The biter has been bitten. Perhaps now MS knows how all the other companies damaged and destroyed by MS's monopolistic activities feel.
"... discriminating against Redmond because it's a small player in the market.
I reckon the hypocrisy shown by MS is breath taking.
"It seems entirely sensible and reasonable."
Probably that's why.
“We found ourselves in a situation where there wasn’t really anywhere else to go.” Kit Malthouse quote.
Ah, the monopolists' wet dream.
Could the Competition and Markets Authority not take a look?
If, as seems to be the case, Oracle really does have the government and other customers over a barrel and is abusing that position then surely a case can be made for an investigation into their behaviour.
"You were supposed to show them where the loos were..."
Well they did find themselves in the shit so I suppose they did listen to that part of our "handover".
Been there, done that.
When the outsourcing company I worked for lost the contract to manage the IT at a call centre run by a large financial company we were asked by the clients to do the same.
When we queried this with our managers we were told. "Show them where the loos are and leave it at that." So we did.
Result: I heard that the place was in uproar, our replacements had a very shaky grasp of the English language (they were shipped in from India) had little or no idea where anything was or what it did, thanks to our instructions on minimal help on the handover and generally were struggling to understand a system that we had developed over five years and that we had polished to a fine art. We did leave documentation on everything and a disaster recovery plan etc. but as I said they had trouble speaking English fluently so how they got on with the sometimes cryptic documentation, which was in places more of an aide-memoir than full specs, I don't know.
Last I heard they were out and a new lot of perms had been installed. I would have felt sorry for them but as I lost my job over it I could not quite bring myself to do so. Though the £16000 I got as a payoff did help a little.
"The peers writing the code are too often amatuers[sic] who have no concept of testing."
Ah, you mean people like Linus Torvalds?
Yeah, I know, he couldn't code his way out of a paper bag, or get it debugged.
"It's not difficult."
Yes, no thought or permission required.
What could go wrong with that scenario?
"See my experience MUST apply to everyone and they are wrong if they say Linux is great."
It would seem from the downvotes that some people either rushed to judgement or their irony detector is malfunctioning.
"All of our laptops and PCs updated without a glitch. Must be a myth."
"All of our laptops and PCs updated without a glitch. Must be a fluke."
There fixed that for you.
Agreed, it's just giving up watching your servers and instead having to watch the people watching your servers.
"Trust me I'm a cloud provider."
Yes, in your dreams.
"Tomorrow will be the proof of the pudding but so far theres no issues that i know of. I hope it stays that way..."
Good luck and I hope that you get through this mess without too much trouble. Whatever they are paying you is probably not enough.
You know I used to miss working in support when I first retired, after this I'm just glad that I am out of the firing line.
" You actually think throwing a whole different OS at them is going to help anyone other than the administrators?"
Oh you mean like Windows 8 for example?
These companies should not complain. After all this is a "Free" download and they should never look a gift horse in the mouth.
So what if your business is knocked off-line by this benign DDoS, you should just be grateful and take what you are given,
What a crock of shit.
"We designed Windows 10 as a service"
Then if this is true it's a piss poor one.
"Give me my money back!"
Oops, maybe that's why it's "free" at the moment.
"You get what you pay for, etc."
Note: This does not apply to users of Linux.
Yep, got both the Ofcom one and the Accumentia one. I seem to get a lot of this sort of stuff lately but why I got the Ofcom one is a mystery to me, I am not nor have I ever been a radio ham.
It makes me really glad I run Linux.
"You will rue the day that your employer lost business because some "user" was prevented from doing her job by your deliberate action."
You might rue it a damn sight more if some numpty introduces something onto the system which then causes an security breach.
In such as case as has been discussed the person doing unauthorised modifications to the company property has most likely broken terms of either their employment or the acceptable use policy. So any IT person defending the integrity of the company's data and systems is doing their job, the user is not by monkeying around with things that do not concern them, are not in their job specs or have the knowledge to do without great risk.
Personally I got no satisfaction from keeping the users in line but did from knowing that I may have stopped some disaster happening.
OK, maybe I did enjoy cracking the whip a little, but only if the user was really stroppy and determined that their way was best and damn company policy.
If you don't like the UI, there is as always in Linux, an alternative.
Try Linux Mint, all the Ubuntu goodness without the frustrations of Unity.
Check out Distrowatch to see how popular Mint is.
"... my car alwas has the steering wheel and peddles in the same place each time..."
Oh, what's it selling in the same place?
It couldn't be a dictionary.
I think you meant to say "pedals".
verb (used with object), peddled, peddling.
1. to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.
2. to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities:
to peddle radical ideas.
3. to sell (drugs) illicitly.
verb (used without object), peddled, peddling.
4. to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.
5. to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.
"Many engineers work under classic assumption that future is going to be white and shiny and invisible."
OK, white and shiny I can imagine. But white shiny and invisible?
Surely if it was invisible you wouldn't be able to tell if it was either white or shiny, could you?
Maybe it's just marketeer speak but I reckon he should stick to the day job and let "creatives" do the marketing spiel for him.
“Consumers should be able to switch their mobile providers with minimum hassle to take advantage of the best deals on the market," said Sharon White
All fine and dandy, if you have a choice of coverage. Here we don't, it's EE or nothing. Now I have to say that EE have not let us down, so far, but if they were to screw up in some spectacular way and we wanted to move, we couldn't. We're stuck. So no matter how easy the transfer was, without competition it would be a meaningless gesture.
Maybe Ofcom should think about making transfers possible before they think about making them easy?
OK off-topic I know, but surely the animal pictured in the heading is a prairie-dog not a mole.
"Wut? Wikipedia, the fount of all knowledge, says a cricket is an insect and an insect in any book I know is a bug, so WTF?"
All bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs.
Many true bugs, such as stink bugs, have spear-like mouthparts that pierce into a plant so that the insect can suck up the plant juices.
So there you have it.
Isn't it telling that this thread shows more interest in the taxonomy of insects than the fact that Canonical have issued a patch covering a serious fault in their distro?
... you need something like a computer to stabilize the car and improve its fuel efficiency"
Stabilise the car? Hold on, this isn't a fly-by-wire fighter jet you know. Those are deliberately made unstable so as to increase their manouverability and cannot, in most cases, be flown without a computer intermediary.
But a car? That should be stable, have all wheels firmly connected to the ground and be able to go around corners in safety. Unless of course it's a Reliant Robin.
As to fuel efficiency, I don't know, that must surely depend on the driving style of the driver and road conditions. Maybe an engine ECU will help but fuel efficiency must be seen as a moving target.
I adore my 1998 Mini Cooper S and having seen all this about "connected cars" and "infotainment" (ugh) as vectors for hacking has made me love it even more.
The thing I enjoy most about it is the fact that it's all about the driving. Fast responsive steering, excellent performance ( I still don't know how fast it goes as the speedo only goes up to 110 mph) and the sheer joy of the handling. So to see worries that the brakes, accelerator, airbag etc. could be tampered with in more modern cars does mean that I am grateful that I have a simple, uncomplicated little car instead of one of these "travelling computers" that seem to be in vogue at the moment.
OK, a Mini is not for everyone but I do think that the marketeers at the car makers have got too strong a hold on things and are pushing "shiny" at the expense of safety. Too many features, not enough thinking things through.
It may be a bad thing when a PC or laptop gets hacked but at least in most cases it won't be travelling down the motorway at 70mph when it does.
"We are now looking to work with GP surgeries directly to support them in collecting the information needed about appointments."
What possible interest is there to anyone in that other than me and the doctor's surgery? I mean it's an arrangement between me and them.
It could be as others have said to gather data on how many appointments have been missed, but surely they could just ask the surgery "How many patients didn't turn up?" No need to ferret around with my data, identifiable or not .
Oh, and lastly: "De-identfied".
Using that sort of portmanteau word should be made an offence. Use "anonymise" if you must, though even that is a bloody ugly sin against the English language.
"Maybe Nad is just there to cop the flack."
If you are going to use a colloquialism please get it right.
It should be:
"Maybe Nad is just there to cop the flak."
A war-time expression used to describe Axis anti-aircraft fire. From the German word "Fliegerabwehrkanone"
anti-aircraft gun (literally "Aeroplane Defence Cannon"); abbreviated as flak...
Not just Scotland. Anywhere outside of what appears to be the tunnel vision of these researchers.
"Our cities will be much better to live in, our suburbs will be much better to live in."
And it's not just graffiti covering road signs, trees and bushes do as well, I don't suppose that has occurred to them. Then there's the concealed entrances to farms and the like, usually full of a whopping great tractor and trailer just pulling out into the main road.
So, all right for townies, maybe not for the rest of us.
" In contrast the second one seems to be responsible for many projects which try to solve a rather trivial problem in such a complex way, it's hard to maintain the code."
Ah, much like systemd then?
'That there is what we call "slander".'
No, that what we call "libel"
Slander is defamation by spoken word.
Libel is defamation by Written word.
They may have spoken it originally but this is printed.
To borrow a classification from a site I've forgotten the name of.
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