Re: I'm actually curious
Capitalise! They are Proper Nouns.
1041 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009
Capitalise! They are Proper Nouns.
"If control of domains starts being influenced by whatever is politically trendy at any given point in time then the whole organisation will be brought into disrepute."
I really think that ICANN have already brought themselves into disrepute with all the shenanigans that have happened lately.
See Netmundial as a text-book example.
"My current car is 13 years old, still looks in good nick inside and out..."
My point exactly.
It's OK for those people who buy a new car every year but they don't make my Mini Cooper S any more and I'm damned if they force me to stop driving it just because everyone else is using auto-drive vehicles.
"Connected services meant drivers would be able to use all the apps they use outside their car, inside their car, while driving, he claimed."
Maybe not such a good idea as he seems to think. Watching what's going on outside the car is a lot more important than checking your e-mails or Twitter. If it's a risk to use a hands-free mobile when driving think what the distractions with the systems he's advocating could be.
Vorsprung durch techik? More like crunch durch techik.
No, thanks, I'll watch where I'm going and keep an eye out for idiots watching Youtube when behind the wheel.
M$ HEARTS Linux.
"Who'da thunk it?"
More to the point: "Who believes it"?
"Embrace, extend, extinguish"?
"A long spoon please."
It has been said that the USA is not very good at exporting things.
Well, with this case they have managed to export something. The IP scam that has been clogging up the US courts and costing innocent people a lot of money and time. The most outrageous of these schemes being the Prenda Law affair.
With luck the cases in Singapore will not take as long to resolve though as it involves law firms and lawyers who can tell?
"Tickets are priced at £75 and are available here."
And at that price that's where they will stay as far as I'm concerned.
Should of been ""What a tragedy. How sad. Never mind"
Anyway if this is "art" then what has been done to it could be seen as "criticism"
I wonder how much he was paid to produce this heap of tat.
"In the very infrequent event that compensation is paid to foreign victims it will be paltry...the drone is the most expensive part..."
Spoken like a true accountant.
What you do not seem to see is that these foreign victims are actually real human beings, like you and me. I leave it to you to decide whether the victim's families would rather have the "compensation" however small or their loved one back, alive with them. I know which choice I would make. and it isn't the financial one.
I wonder if one of the stresses reported isn't a sense of guilt.
Apple stuff is supposed to be idiot-proof and I suppose it it is when used by idiots.
Unfortunately when used by anyone with even half a brain it appears to be wide open to abuse. And not to even respond to the reported threat is a real abdication of any duty of care to its users.
Not a nice prospect for those naive users who trust Apple implicitly.
"Indies confirmed to us that Apple would pay no royalties for the first three months..."
OK Apple who are the pirates now?
This is just another example of Apple's hubris and we all know what comes after that.
It couldn't happen to a greedier bunch of shysters.
"All we're left with is regurgitated PR, Op Ed, and showbiz fluff, and we deserved better."
If by "we" you mean the British public then "we" have got what we deserve in that "we" keep buying these shit sheets and thus encouraging them to keep printing all this propaganda. There have been a few notable exceptions to the depressing saga of the British press, the Telegraph's series on the MP's claims scandal being one and the Guardian's current series on Edward Snowden's leaks being another.
This current business I put down to where it all comes from. A Murdoch owned rag in cahoots with the Tory government. I would really like to see what the quid pro quo was for this.
The rest of your quote really does represent the majority of what comes from Murdoch's empire.
A couple of sayings come to mind with your comment.
"Give a dog a bad name..." and "As ye sow so shall ye reap."
MS has only itself to blame if people regard their offers with suspicion. They have behaved in a predatory, unethical and criminal manner too many times in the past to be taken at their word. We'll see but don't expect great cries of welcome from those who have been victims of MS's past behaviour
"Oracle sought to make amends of a kind with Apache in 2011 by punting its OpenOffice productivity suite over the open-source project shop’s auspices."
A pretty back-handed way of saying sorry if you ask me. Oracle seeing that OpenOffice was not getting the support it once had and facing the competition from LibreOffice decided that it was not going to be profitable and decided to dump it. Apache was the chosen recipient.
Oracle were right in a way as OpenOffice seems to have become an irrelevance and most Linux distros moved over to LibreOffice pretty smartly.
Not the sort of gift I would be happy with.
No, just TL:DR
Hint, engage brain before posting
"England voted and chose steady hands and smart minds over vacuous left-wing ideas."
The trouble with that argument is twofold.
1) England is not the UK, and it was a UK election not an English one.
2) The total percentage of the votes cast in the recent election (39.6) to the Conservatives means that 60.4% did not vote for all this austerity.
As for the "steady hands and smart minds" a quick look at the recent "Vote yes in the EU referendum or get sacked" fiasco seems to show neither. Unless that is you think that a death grip on the rudder of a ship heading for the rocks is "steady"
"... I don't care how inferior other platforms are, if they are open..."
Well, if you are thinking about Gnu/Linux or any of the BSDs, then stop worrying. They are not inferior. They are different to what you may be used to, but for most tasks they are just as good and sometimes better. They are more secure, especially BSD, usually are better on under 'specced machines and you have a choice. Don't like one distro, then choose another. You are able, if you wish, to change things, inspect the source code and lastly, in most cases it won't cost you a penny to get all this stuff. What you will have to do is think about what you want to do and learn some new things. It's not hard and if you are like most here it won't be a problem, in fact it might be a pleasure.
Go to it! The FLOSS world is your oyster.
"...hopefully they've given the management team... the same shed+shotgun treatment"
Nah, I reckon they will jump ship and move to the Unity and Gnome 3 camps.
They'll feel at home there.
"I can't believe that so many dumb companies fall in line and make ongoing blackmail payments to Microsoft..."
Why not? It's not really a problem, they just pass on the costs to the poor saps that actually foot the bill, i.e. us.
These characters don't want a long protracted fight, they just want to carry on squeezing all they can from their customers.
Remember it's all about the bottom line and having hordes of expensive lawyers eating away at the profits is not appealing to many businesses, though there are exceptions, like Newegg.
"A quick non-disruptive download away will be ..."
Palemoon, the Firefox fork that works and looks like FF used to before that Australis shit got sucked in.
"...will be £199, £149, £119, and £99 when its translated into english cash?"
So the rest of the UK gets it at the US rate?
Oh, and capitalise the English bit, it's a proper name.
"...check out the outrageous Redhat prices"
True enough, the prices seem to be a bit on the strong side, but, you don't have to buy Red Hat stuff if you don't want to.
Unless you have a desperate need for the support offered, or a management that insists on running Red Hat you could always run CentOS or Scientific, even Fedora, if you are brave enough.
See with Linux there are alternatives, you are not locked in to a single supplier.
Just so you know.
My post above was supposed to be a joke, hence the smiley.
"I wooden be happy if that happened."
"I twigged to that problem as well."
"I've got wood"
Dear dear dear have all the sub-editors of the tabloids just started reading El Reg?
You should all be ashamed of yourselves!
"Apple boss Tim Cook claimed that Cupertino's Watch will replace car keys."
Must be sunspots or something as the Apple reality distortion field is at maximum strength judging by this remark.
How in hell will that work? Bill Gate's "MS everywhere" is a poor second to the hopes of Cook for total dominance not just of computing but the whole of life. My car has metal keys that don't run out of power, are not susceptible to hijacking and cost a lot less than an iThing and anyway I can see no way to retrofit it to my Mini, even if I wanted to.
The only way Apple's watch would replace my car keys was if they made it small, brass with a funny serrated tongue sticking out the side.
"I understood the Mandrake rename was as a result of the merger with Connectiva Linux."
Yes it was, although IIRC there was a dispute with another company, I can't recall which, over the name Mandrake. Something to do with Mandrake having already been trademarked for something unconnected with IT.
It's sad to see it go but with all the mistakes made, sacking Gael Duval being one of the worst, Mandrake/Mandriva has been an irrelevance for a long time now. That said its legacy is quite impressive. As mentioned there is Mageia, which I cannot get on with, PCLinuxOS, which started as an alternative repository to Mandrake and which is my distro of choice. There are others, like ROSA and Open Mandriva though I don't know if they are still going. Apart from distros there are things like Diskdrake, Harddrake and Userdrake which make it a lot easier to administer the system. So quite a contribution to Gnu/Linux.
The sad thing is, a look at the Distrowatch rankings of a few years ago show how popular it was. Now its gone.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
" and you tell me how you are a late convert."
No he didn't. He said he was a "late convict."
It's his "Saint IGNUcius" outfit
"The kernel of Apple's OS was BSD"
Strictly speaking the kernel of mac os is Mach. What you should have said is that the basis is BSD.
Slag off RMS all you want but what you cannot do is deny his achievements.
If it wasn't for Stallman the IT world would be a much poorer, more restrictive place than it is. Imagine what the internet would be like if it hadn't been for GNU and the GPL. Maybe the bastard son of Compuserve and AOL?
Yes, RMS is strident and rubs some people up the wrong way, but we need someone with the courage to say unfashionable things about the way IT is heading. Look at his stand against DRM, even Apple has seen the truth in what he had to say and dumped it.
The unwashed masses as you so charmingly describe them are, in most cases, blissfully unaware of the ways that technology is destroying their right to a private life. That's not acceptance, that's ignorance. An old but shining example
Oh, and all the Guardian readers I know are a bit more savvy than you think and run Linux. It's the luvvies using iThings.
"However, the scope and format of the aforesaid information is way too exaggerated."
Good grief, that's like saying "Train crash, not many dead."
Just one person's data leaking is one too many, so this smacks of either attempting to cover up a real mess or indifference to data security.
Anyway a company with a name like MSpy should be aware of the "Red rag to a bulls" nature of its title. I can see a lot of crackers thinking "That's a tempting target, let's get in there!."
Just a thought.
The phrase "Too smart for their own good." came to mind when I read this piece.
My Mini Cooper S has three manual keys. One for the ignition, one for the doors and one for the filler cap. The immobilser is the only electronic key on the car and that HAS been a right PITA at times.
"...and generate a new and unique 2048-bit Diffie-Hellman group.
Steady on. This could be construed as encouraging terrorist activities. Just like the spooks have warned us. After all, they only have our best interests at heart.
Joke alert icon used as there isn't a sarcasm one.
"Seriously though, talk about a solution to a problem that doesn't exist!"
I completely agree. It's about time someone took these characters into a room and made them write out the Unix mantra one thousand times
"Do one thing and do it well."
Oh and I corrected your typo.
"Oh the ironing..."
Yeah, you shouldn't get too starchy over Facebook's practises.
Could it be that you meant irony?
"To be fair, I bet the Labor Party would not be above this either."
What, you mean the Australians have had a hand in this?
Oh, I see, you probably meant the Labour Party.
"I have a feeling that most people in this country are going to hate this government by 2020."
Do not despair. Yes we have a Tory government but one with a very small majority. If you can, remember what happened to John Major in 1992. He had a majority of 21 IIRC and that soon disappeared.
Hold on, keep your nerve and get the popcorn in. This could be interesting. Though it will get nasty for a while.
One last thing, I find myself in agreement with Theresa May to my astonishment. Yes the Tories are "The nasty party."
"Likely because they want to protect the guilty, er, innocent."
Maybe, more likely someone running around doing random down-voting.
You can see down votes given to the most uncontentious, factual explanations on this forum. I've no idea why.
Yes the Conservatives won the election and yes the stockmarket rose on the news. The same with the pound. But what happens now?
I foresee trouble ahead. The pledge Cameron has made to hold an in out referendum will sow FUD across the financial world. What's that likely to do to shares, eh? I'm told that business does not like uncertainty so will they hold back investment? Will foreign companies defer investing here? I don't know, if I did I would have a bet on the pound losing ground against the Euro and the US Dollar.
One thing you can be sure of, not everyone will suffer if things go bad. The rich will shift their money elsewhere and firms will look to see where the grass is greener. Some will make a lot of money out of it all but I think that it probably won't be me or anyone I know.
All very depressing but I still have hope that sense will prevail, if not a few by-elections may change the make-up of the House of Commons
They may a pair of litigious, greedy lowlifes but it would seem that in the US the one with the biggest bank balance must be right. Otherwise why have they got so much money?
It's a strange echo of the Ancient Greek belief that if someone was beautiful then they could not possibly be evil.
"some berries, e.g. tomatoes, aren't even fruit."
Yes they are, it's just that they are not sweet.
By your argument avocados would not qualify as fruit either.
Well, as far as I know Suse, Ubuntu and Debian and a lot of the derivatives never had to reboot except when changing kernels. Now that they have changed over to systemd they will. Just like with pulseaudio, also I believe from Poettering & co.
Of course you haven't noticed a change in behaviour in your distro, you already have that "feature" so what you had is what you have got, it's just every other distro is just making its acquaintance.
"Now when they get good enough to not require any restart except for kernel patches..."
Well, don't look at the majority of Linux distros if you decide to jump ship. With the advent of systemd, they'll all be rebooting at the drop of a hat.
Damn Poettering, Red Hat, et al for trying to turn my Linux box into a poor imitation of Windows.
"Rocket offers some real advantage over Docker...arguably, more in line with the popular Unix philosophy of small parts loosely joined."
Maybe not if it is using systemd. The whole rationale behind systemd is to integrate everything and make it so that everything has one point of contact.
A good discussion of the use of systemd with servers can be found:
Any ideas? Tell us in the comments if you can reverse-engineer the NPL's shonky sums.
Being as it is a quote from the national Physical Laboratory it'll be quantum.
'I like how it doesn't say "That's not going to happen."'
you can now buy hard copies of games at local stores that still require you to connect to Steam to activate...
Yes, Skyrim being a very good example.
I got a retail CD version and *still* had to go through through dreadful process of downloading the whole bloody game from Valve. Skyrim is not my favourite in the Elder Scrolls series but I would have had more time for it if it was not shackled to Valve as tightly as it is.
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