"... means The Doctor is transgender."
Or a protandrous hermaphrodite. Like a clownfish.
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Or a protandrous hermaphrodite. Like a clownfish.
Speaking of trolls...
Per-capita CO2 emissions (2013, the latest available data), starting at the highest: Qatar, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sint Maarten, Brunei, Luxembourg, UAE, Saudi Arabia, United States, Australia, ...
Not that it changes the fact that GEMSA pretty much meet the definition of "patent trolls", but in Australian law there's precedent (based on the principle of international sovereignty) that, in the case of widely-disseminated material, defamation occurs where the target resides. Normally you'd expect that'd please the sort of people who believe their nation is sovereign and that "offence can only be taken, not given" - but it seems they're less pleased when it works against them...
>> As a Rogowski coil results in a time-derivative of the measured
>> current, the measured voltage has to be integrated
>That's completely doomed if there is any significant DC component
>in the load, e.g. if there are devices with half-wave rectifiers, or
>full-wave rectifiers that are asymetric in some way.
Well, yeah, but in that case since the whole point of a Rogowski coil is to respond to the rate of change of the current (dI/dT) they'll tend to _under_estimate the current in the presence of a DC component.
The flip side of that is the integrator (needed to convert the output to something proportional to current) needs a bandwidth-limited response, otherwise it'll tend towards infinite gain at DC & read all sorts of hash as load current at higher frequencies...
An address bar is for an address (the clue is in the name).
I think you'll find it is actually "Awesome" - like the cat (https://catmacros.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/awesome_cat_poster.jpg)
(But you will be able to disable them in about:config)
For the time being. As it has been removed from the UI, that option will disappear in a future release as it references unsupported code and we don't want to clutter about:config with legacy cruft. If you have a specific use-case for it, you will need to write an add-on to support it.
Actually, it's perfectly possible to make an FM crystal set.
Using slope detection - http://solomonsmusic.net/FM_CrystalRadio.html - you can make an average performer. Using a very simple discriminator - http://electronbunker.ca/eb/FMCrystalSet.html - works much better.
So what does it mean when checking my address tells me "The rollout of the nbn™ network is planned in this area. Planned availability: May 2013".
(Half my exchange area was cut over to NBN fttp in 2013; the rest - including where I am - had started remediation & upgrade work & was due to be cut over in early 2014. But then the country went and elected Tony Abbot...)
"Exile Poettering back to MS land or Apple-andia where he belongs."
Screw that. Linux gave birth to him, Linux can keep him.
The OSX boot process may be pretty opaque and cursed by XML - but if you spend some time there you realise it's actually still quite sensible & sane. Unlike systemd...
... still owned by the 'tologists?
"The fate of EarthLink's exec team was not given"
They're probably being packed into a volcano somewhere as I type this...
"Of course, but that's your opinion. In the commercial IT world you are not the customer you are the product. It's always possible to extract more money from you being there if you are the product than if you just pay."
Of course. Nothing new there. Belkin's just a particularly egregious example of it, and I choose to go out of my way to avoid the worst cases.
And maybe I just haven't gotten over some of their particularly shitty hardware & firmware tricks, including such memorable examples as "redirect a random http request to our ad servers every few hours", "let's decide not to pass zeroconf / multicast packets between local LAN ports anymore", and "Self-Healing (by silently rebooting)".
"If you have a Belkin product, for example, you want to make sure it is only communicating with Belkin's cloud service."
If I had a Belkin product, the absolute last thing I'd want it to do is communicate with Belkin's cloud service. It's likely to suddenly decide to forward all my local traffic for "quality and training purposes", or be told to reboot every 15 seconds to prevent problems "building up", or try to insist that I should be using only quality Belkin peripherals, or ...
"Anything else and something unusual may be happening."
Like what - it might start working quietly, unobtrusively, and to both expectations & specs?
"The problem is that Apple is trying to do what it always does – control everything. It's our way or the highway."
Uh ... yeah, OK. But remind me again how the others are different?
""Their approach is just onerous and unnecessary," says Hemphill, referring to the need to include an Apple chip and go through its certification program ... And it's not compatible with Thread or ZigBee or Z-Wave".
Unlike, say ...
Thread? Not compatible with HomeKit, ZigBee, or Z-Wave. Closed spec, requires paid (US$2500) membership to access & have devices certified. A partial open source (BSD licence) unsupported implementation is available.
ZigBee? Not compatible with Homekit, Thread, or Z-Wave. Closed spec, ZigBee branding, and compiance certification is "free" as in "all you can eat (after paying minimum US$4000 entry fee)".
Z-Wave? Not compatible with Homekit, Thread, or ZigBee. Tied to Sigma Designs (& licencees e.g. Mitsumi) chips, with a US$250/yr licence required to access specs & purchase devkits & chips. Previous open-source implementations and the recently-announced "open" protocol are basically a partial set of "how to communicate with Sigma Designs chips" instructions...
"The Apple security advantage will likely be gone in 2017"
Good. Let me know when you've got your act together. I've been burned multiple time over the past 20+ years, so excuse me if I wait until you've actually delivered what you promise before I even think about buying it...
"They literally do nothing well, including sell advertising."
Which I guess makes them worthy competitors to eBay & Gumtree.
(Craigslist may be different in some places, but around here at least it's 99% drugs, used panties, and various euphemisms for same e.g. "FOUR and TWENTY pies", "garden STONEs and ROCKS", "CK with HONEYDEW", etc...)
"I have little guilt for using a host file based adblock however, I understand the plight of these sites. There business models are being turned upside down."
Their business models were being turned upside-down 20 years ago. The time to start working on solutions to that problem was then. The fact advertisers chose to spend the interventing time on what amounts to advertising their claims that advertising is necessary to pay for advertising so you can keep seeing advertising should tell you all you need to know about the way the industry thinks and works.
Personally, my opinon is that advertising is an insidious social cancer that hijacks human emotions (needs, desires), human constructs (organisations and companies), and much of the human environment (most of what you see and hear) in order to do nothing more than grow and reproduce itself. That's why I have no guilt at all about using an adblocker. The irony of the fact that ~7 years ago it was the slow-loading ads on The Register that lead me to first install Adblock (then Adblock Pus, then later uBlock and uBlock origin) is just the icing on the cake...
OK. If they have a concrete problem like that, maybe they should've explained it (or used plausibly similar examples) in their position statement / petition launch?
Because ther current statement reads like they're picking a fight that has nothing to do with them or their business at all...
... what the hell does all that have to do with Mozilla anyway?
I mean, I could understand them speaking out if it was affecting their ability to build and/or release a browser - but all the examples in their carrying on seem to be end-user issues.
Or have they given up trying to copy Chrome and started trying to copy the EFF?
Surely the title should be:
"Error: Print job 'Money' failed for laserjet001.lan.hp.com - licence expired"?
No, you're thinking of Mozilla...
"... monopoly ... monopoly ... monopoly ... monopoly ..."
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
To be fair - and believe me, I have plenty of reasons not to be fair to Telstra - in the mobile realm their network competitors have been just as bad in the recent past, and resellers get a bit of a free pass by being able to blame the carrier they resell. Vodafone wasn't known as Vodafail for nothing, and the same goes for Optarse...
"... according to Amity Dan who first noticed the snafu, they're being offered for sale at US$2.5 million each."
But in his tweet he says they're for sale for 2.5 millidollars?
"Only Musk could come up with a nice way of saying it crashed and exploded."
Catallaxy's argument aside:
- Both MHRs & Senators continue to serve - and be paid - "at Her Majesty's pleasure" after prorogation/dissolution. Although not enshrined in the constitution or law, this is the fundamental principle which allows the government to operate in 'caretaker mode'.
- The Senate is considered to be a 'continuing house', and - apart from considering bills/legislation - continues to operate after prorogation/dissolution of Parliament.
- Under long-standing Senate orders & resolutions, committees may continue to operate & meet. The right to do so has never been challenged.
(All the above can be found in Odger's Australian Senate Practice, 13th ed. No point relying on Odgers' "... Representatives ..." for that...)
On top of that:
- Presumably the documents relate to the recent "Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network". This committee concluded on May 4th, before Parliament was prorogued/dissolved.
- Parliamentary privilege is inherent to "all proceedings of Parliament" and does not need to be claimed.
- Most importantly: privilege is not restricted to parliamentarians. It can be invoked on anything presented by anybody to Parliament - documents, work product, or statements, by a politician, staffer, or Joe Public (or even on leaked documents presented by a former Senator during the course of his committee membership) - and the matter of whether it is actually subject to privilege or not is then decided by committee.
- Amusingly, while I don't think the HoR committee can meet during the interregnum, the Senate committee probably can...
"What part of our education system fails to teach basic social skills?"
The part that operates 24hrs from ages 0-5, and ~4pm to ~8am up to the age of 17?
ROHS doesn't completely disallow lead, it just sets a maximum allowable limit (1000ppm / 0.1%, by weight). And there's a few allowable exemptions e.g. ceramic components, CRTs, high-temp solders, etc.
The closest I can find to a figure for lead in iPhones is a Greenpeace report which examined the original iPhone, stating "lead and chromium were detected in a small proportion of samples and at relatively low concentrations", and "lead was found in four of the components/materials, at concentrations ranging from 10 to 80 ppm".
Without toting up to the total recyclables, thowing in an unknown chunk for non-recyclables, and figuring out the lead %, it's hard to tell - but at first glance Apple's numbers don't look terribly out of place.
"I would rather a good solid 25mb within the next 3 months (when our FTTN node goes live), rather than wait for 2020 to get the Rolls Royce solution."
And I'm in a similar, but opposite boat - inner suburbia, ADSL is 12mbps on a good day, half the local exchange area is already cutover to the NBN, my part is in the queue for rollout to commence in 3 months, and preliminary survey/remediation work has already commenced.
Well, at least that was the case in late 2013 - right before the Government changed and Abbott & Turnbull brought FTTP to a screaming halt. 2 1/2 years later, and we've seemingly been bumped off the end of the list - the NBN's website says "Not currently available. The nbn™ network rollout has not started in your area. Keep checking the website for more information".
Meanwhile, the "new, improved, FTTN / Technology Mix" NBN timetable & costing have blown out to match the original FTTP plans, and the o-side cabling around here is in such bad shape we're averaging a voice/ADSL service affecting fault every 3~4 months.
Such is the power of anecdotes - for each one, you will always find the opposite...
"And FYI it wasn't 'Microshite' who initiated the change, 'AppleShite' implemented EFI on Macs way before it was put on PCs."
Err, wrong. Gateway were the first to use it (on one of their media center PCs) in 2003/2004, several years before Apple even started using Intel processors.
(Yeah, yeah, Open Firmware / OpenBoot is essentially the same thing done differently. So why aren't you blaming Sun?)
"... the plan offers tax breaks for startups, kinder treatment for those who go broke in pursuit of a business idea, visas to encourage entrepreneurs to come and overseas students to stay, plus a pledge to link business and academia to encourage the commercialisation of new ideas."
Which will end up becoming tax breaks for existing multinationals who open a 'sales incubator' in Oz but do their accounting elsewhere, more 457 visas & less restrictions on student visa workers, and requiring universities to fund all academic research programmes from commercial partnerships.
Oh, sorry, I see now that you really meant "If".
(hint: not a fan of
Well, about double that. But yeah, that was my first thought too.
What's really suspicious is that, according to the ABI presser, it actually draws more power in standby than it does when recording in 720p/360p...
There is however a subtle yet definite line between "narrative imperative"/"poetic licence" and "no, that's just forkinitwe'redone stupid".
(I haven't seen it yet, though it doesn't sound like the parachute / plane bit steps over the line - but NuWho repeatedly shits all over then rubs your face in the former by opting for the latter. At a rate of about once per episode...)
Pretty sure Fiscal found fame further afield than seven schools in a pilot programme. I'd swear I got my 'Fiscal the Fraud-Fighting Ferret' bookmark at the Ekka a couple of years ago, in amongst a bunch of other
ferret police-related swag.
"The commission is also sharply critical of what it sees as ineffective responses to “boiler-room” scams that operate out of the Gold Coast."
I'm sure there's a few ex-police in the area who could help them out with the intricate details there...
(For those not in the know: the Qld Fraud Squad was notorious for not so much fighting fraud as collecting it all up for itself. Ones who were 'caught' were sent to the Gold Coast - full of tourists, and home to boiler room scams, dodgy investment schemes & even dodgier betting syndicates, crooked real estate salesmen, etc - as 'punishment' until they retired.)
The same sort of crap was in their Employee Agreements (for staff that'd been lured off the collective Enterprise Bargaining Agreement by promises of regular overtime and salary-sacrified Holden Commodores) 15 years ago.
Given their attitude then - I was told not to worry about it (then OK, you won't mind if my solicitor takes it out!), that it was a standard part of any contract (funny, it wasn't in the truly individual contracts of several managers I knew well enough to ask), that the same also applied to EBA staff (it didn't), and that it didn't really mean anything (but no, it couldn't be taken out) - I wouldn't be surprised if it was in _every_ work-like contract Telstra asks individuals to sign.
They don't so much remove the empathy glands as make the arseholes grow bigger & migrate upwards.
(Just like how embryonic development appears to recapitulate evolutionary development, the rise up the management ranks only appears to mirror the development of MBA types...)
Well, not those exact words, but ... Sol Trujillo at Telstra, 2005.
Of course, what he meant was that they weren't the right kind of arseholes...
"He's been unable to carry out the Prime Directive of most telecommunications ministers, the at-all-costs protection of Telstra ..."
Oh, I dunno about that - Telstra is the big winner out of Turnbull's reversal of the NBN rollout. And it's been evident for years that Telstra doesn't actually want to be in the communications business - they want to be in the 'charging people for communications' business.
Because, in many cases, the copper is already rotting away?
(One of the silly things about Malcolm's version of the NBN is that it replaces the bit that isn't rotting away, and then tries to run high-speed data over the bit that is rotting away...)
Osborne did well at first in the government/corporate world, thanks to "buy Australian" pressures & high IBM prices. However, I suspect the typical government 90/180 day terms didn't help their cash-flow at all...
"... “Australians are not known for their preference to buy products via telephone or mail-order catalogues.”
Dell changed that, selling PCs at prices local manufacturer couldn’t match even though it was shipping them in from Malaysia. Before long, Australian buying habits changed, ..."
From memory, that preference almost smothered Dell's local ops in the cradle too. After a year or 2 of poor sales the local management convinced a very reluctant Michael Dell that they needed showrooms in Australia. They eventually opened a few - just in time to be too late for the latest round of government & big corporate purchasing.
The showrooms struggled on for a couple more years, but by then IBM & others had sewn up government & corporate sales & leasing which mostly killed that market. Local computer shops had sprung up everywhere and computers were becoming common in the big-box retailers, which meant the casual buyer could head out on a Saturday morning & come back with a new computer.
Eventually Dell did get a bit of a foothold in the gov't/corporate market, but they never approached anything like the powerhouse they were in US sales.
>"El Reg can't help but think this idea is somewhat less viable than mass delivery-by-unmanned-aerial-vehicles, as humans will surely realise that the pittance they'll get from the company won't be worth the time or fuel."
Really? I think it's more viable.
Ask yourself which is more likely:
* cargo & battery capacity, as well as self-navigation & object-avoidance technology, will advance fast enough that drones will soon be able to quickly, accurately, & reliably deliver reasonably-sized packages within metropolitan areas, OR
* some people will do anything to earn magic beans & get items on their Amazon wishlists for "free"?
>"We had trouble nitpicking the science - Weir did his homework, with a little glitch about RTGs' dangers and something about breathing mixtures caught by a scuba diver."
Having discussed the book with a few different people from a few different science/engineering domains - who, I will say, all enjoyed it despite its several faults - the biggest complaint seemed to be 'I was happy to let the science be slightly iffy - right up until he got some fundamental of my domain wrong, and it all fell apart!".
For me it was the Arduino-level understanding of electricity / electronics displayed, which lead to some consideration of the thermodynamics issues it raised, which then started the whole thing unravelling...
Looks like that ZenAiO took a little too much "inspiration" from Jony Ive's favourite fruit...
The one site that years ago broke the camel's back & drove me to permanently install an adblocker (and later NoScript & a cookie manager) was none other than theregister.co.uk.
I got sick of waiting quite literally for 2 or 3 minutes (on an ADSL link!) for DoubleClick to wake up and serve their shit just so the page would render. Installed AdBlock, and I haven't looked back since.
Sorry guys - love your content, but that's when & why you lost me as a revenue-generating reader...
Division 144 of the GST act has always stated that taxi drivers are required to be GST registered regardless of turnover, or even whether they supply other goods or services (e.g. you can't run a low-turnover business selling cat pictures with a sideline in taxi services and claim exemption under the $75k limit), and several other determinations have clarified that the same applies specifically to services that are 'similar to and essentially in competition with the taxi industry'.
i.e. Uber drivers are required to be GST registered & remit GST payments because they compete with taxis, but wedding limo drivers aren't because they don't.
I'm guessing that this it's all part of the Government's plan to drive people to VoIP & companies like Skype etc. - then try and hit those overseas companies for the sweet, sweet GST...
As cunning plans go it's not the brightest, but it fits right in with everything else they've mumbled & grumbled about.
Firefox reckons the way forward for their OS on TVs is to let their UI designers decide how it should be structured?!
It's like they haven't listened at all to any of the complaints about their browser. Which is probably the case...
18: Thou shalt not suffer a competitor to live.
19: Whosoever recordeth with non-approved DVRs shall surely be put to death.
20: He that shareth by any means, save the NTWRKS only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
I take it MelbourneIT's profits are down the shitter?
Google-sponsored "digital rights" group the Electronic Frontier Foundation...
I guess IHBT but really, I expected more from the media-sponsored "online magazine" The Register...
(Hell, I don't even agree with or like the EFF very much - and yet you've caused me to stand up just a little bit for them. Well done!)
What, the links at https://support.apple.com/downloads/ aren't good enough for you?
Now you have that, you can do your own search for cheese to go with your whine...
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