Re: Facebook has its uses ...
A sort of Facebook methadone?
46 posts • joined 12 May 2010
A sort of Facebook methadone?
Great article. I'm sure that the same guilt would have enveloped many of us too.
As you're a beer man, have another.
Surely he could just pray and $DEITY would fix it?
That's how it works, right?
I used to love BTCC, then it all went wrong wheel drive. I have a note from my doctor to avoid that sort of thing.
Has it changed?
My VM bill has risen 34% in 4 years.
That was pre-Brexit.
They engaged with me on Twitter about it once, injecting weasel-feel-good words here and there until I produced maths. Then they went quiet.
Now Liberty Global have taken control of F1, I shudder to think how much vapid waffle and speculation they can wrap around it, before demanding more money for the privilege.
I've learned something today.
My son's Medtronic insulin pump had to be explicitly configured to listen to remote instructions for it to be vulnerable.
All of his cohort had remote access turned off by default when setup by the hospital because it was battery thirsty.
Also, the article doesn't mention that pumps are setup with a maximum bolus - another safety feature that prevents little people delivering shit-tons* of insulin.
That's not to say the manufacturers aren't money-first/patient-second yacht-sailing greed-monster tooth-whitened billionaires, but the headline's a bit OTT.
* This is the proper medical terms for large quantities of insulin.
Re: outspoken Torvalds; supplying context reduces headline impact.
Re: GPL violators; I'm with Linus; why not just call out the offenders and let everyone know they're twats? No need for lawyers - the world now knows they're untrustworthy twats.
Publish your emails calling them out.
Karma restored. Cheap too; no need for endless meetings with lawyers and ideological SFC egocentrists.
My EU research project comes to a close next March. We had already been in discussions about further research work with some of our team.
We'd already understood that we are Yesterday's People and involving us would be possibly destabilising, time consuming and, generally, an all round steaming headache.
This email is the first thing I've seen in writing about what's already freely talked about.
Meh. And double Meh.
Moreover our latest EU* project uses PostgreSQL with R and JSON - one simple vagrant file attached to an email flung around the empire has all researchers able to hack and submit.
No licensing problems, no up front costs or eye-watering downstream cavity searches.
* And probably last, I'm told. Perhaps I ought to watch the news and find out why.
It has the National Volleyball Centre too.
Good idea; we could call it the Nordic League : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_League
Cheap shot, sorry.
As a remainer (with much of my work coming from EU funded projects), I'm pragmatic enough to accept that if we're out, things will be different and we'll just get on with it. If we're in, things will be different, but differently.
Having watched the BBC debate last night, I felt somewhat short-changed by the Remain reps who seemed to engage in far more ad-hominem attacks.
Polarisation of these issue doesn't help anyone; entrenchment ensues with it's shortcuts to Godwin's Law made so much more predictable.
Whatever happens, the future isn't what it was going to be, so embrace it and crack on.
Me too. I couldn't care less if they were putting a chocolate hobnob in orbit, the ignition and lift off are thrilling moments.
"Perhaps what does not kill you does make you stronger"
He probably has no idea of the irony of paraphrasing Nietzsche.
My teenagers got the cultural references. "Weird but cool" sums up their verdicts.
I thought it poorer for missing a puppet version of Britt Ekland dancing in her pants.
Been there sooooo many times, that I gave up too.
"Defender of the Faith" - radicalised religionised friends son? Check*
Work colleague and his friend fisting each other and more? Check.
Friends wife in latexy/gimpy stuff? Check.
One is almost thankful when a colleagues son's computer just has a bit of porn on it. Normal teenager? Check.
Doesn't anyone just collect stamps any more?
* Nice response from Dad: "Little bastard. I'm taking him out for a pint."
Having worked extensively on Sybase, SQL Server and PostGreSQL, on Unix/Linux and Windows environments, I hesitantly welcome this news.
Although the tooling for SQL Server is pretty good, I find that encourages users to engage in the 'click dance' of left click, right click, third item down, go. I consult to a multi-million pound company who had kittens when I wrote a script to move a database and it's logs onto another drive, instead of looking at the familiar SSMS interface that "Is the database".
And there are of course the licensing costs; servers get downgraded to poverty editions whenever possible and functionality removed. Every week, a new business problem is answered by "You can do it in PostGres"
Detaching from the tooling encourages clearer abstract thought that actually addresses the objectives. (That of course can apply to any other Visual Studio-eque "I used the wizard" scenario).
As soon as I read "reached out" I was consumed with a powerful desire to put my boot through my monitor and send El Reg the bill.
I saw it a couple of weeks ago. You've missed nothing, apart from some Peter Cushing / Alec Guiness nostalgia. Zap zap noises in space, quasi-religious powers through blood lines. Bollocks like that.
I watched (under some duress) Episode 1 after that. It was awful, just awful.
Reviews are praising the new one. Hopefully it's a better film.
"I believe this is a great time for you users."
By using the word "believe", all credence from a statement can be assumed to be missing. A slippery word used by politicians and marketeers alike as a shortcut to "I have to say this" or "It's insane and I can't back it up with anything even passing close to a sentient rationale, so this word is my Get Out Of Jail word that bypasses the lot."
"Each man has his price Bob, and yours was pretty low."
Schools teach to the exams and coach students in exam techniques. Education is a by-product of the real aim; results. VW have taught their ECU's the exam technique.
I thought it a given that in a free market (ish) economy, your competitive advantage is wrought by pushing the rules as far as you can to stand out. That gives our cars more power or nicer shapes etc.
Look at F1; these people live for loopholes.
About 20 years ago, a development engineer from a large manufacturer explained to me (over beer, naturally), how they were fitting a throttle damper to prevent tripping the emissions equipment, but it had no use when driving. It could be turned off when the car was being "tested" by journos for a more 'lively' feel. Nice.
I bet Ben Hur only let his horses fart when they were running, so the Editor couldn't smell the magic oats.
At home we use the expression "Amstrad Syndrome" to refer to an item that ticks all of the spec boxes, but fails to live up to expectations.
From the old Amstrad tower HiFi days when the devices themselves were loaded with features, but sounded like beans being rattled in a can.
Even so, Amstrad outdid themselves with the CPC and PCW range in terms of usable value.
Have a pint. No reason, just enjoy.
A $20m military budget?
I understood things to be bad in NK, but that budget's getting them nowhere. Perhaps that's why they touch up their propaganda photos? Then again, they ARE getting nowhere.
Bless their little fluffy-bunny socks.
Another anti-BBC polemic from Mr. Orlowski.
Of course this article is not designed to actually come to any realistic conclusions, it's a bit of tabloid mock-anger.
Do stop to think, fellow Registerittes*, that you're making valid comparisons; Netflix and co., whilst undoubtedly good at what they do have a very limited remit. The BBC has to cover all sorts, from children's programming (that aren't glorified toy adverts), to those that follow their parent's deities, from sport to education and public engagement.
Sky has managed to successfully convince people that by taking something away that was already available to everyone and putting it behind a paywall with adverts and, I don't know dolly birds? explosions? people with voices that sound like they do film advert voice overs? endless opinions and speculation, stringing it out with chat panels around the content, that they're actually getting a good deal. Wow. And they're considerably more expensive than the license fee.
It's Friday. Forget of all this click bait nonsense and do booze instead.
* Registreens/Regeneestas/Registras* - Hmmm, that thread is possibly more interesting than the written comment.
Some years ago, I took the kids and the old man to Cosford.
They had a Vulcan on display and has I'd been the Farnborough Air Show years ago and had my gizzards rearranged by the power of the engines, I was keen to explain to the boys about it. As we approached it an old boy asked us "Are you with the Americans Sir?", "No", I replied, "I'm from down the road". "Great", he said, "Let's get the kids in". They climbed the ladder in and spent some time in there having directions and information shouted up from the bottom of the ladder.
Fabulous family day, although I never really understood what the American thing was about.
Although I don't own one, and have no particular driver to do so, I have used a WinPho on a couple of occasions and found it perfectly acceptable. I assume that Win10 will be agreeable to some extent too.
I assume the MS will work harder on the third party manufacturers to push it in the Google model, rather than attempting to be a halfway house between Apple's "We do it all" to Google's "We do the software*"
* I know about Nexuseseseseses. I have one.
Kdenlive is a belter.
My kids have used it for their band videos: I'm very impressed with it.
The ability to create a project (an intro for example) and embed the project in the main project has been really useful.
With an OS plugin, Inkscape fed a vinyl cutter we had for decorating items belonging to some big UK names, after tracing their logos from bitmaps. Cracking application.
Bikini Picture = Click
The self righteous Twitterati and their ilk seek attention.
What better way of getting attention than creating a self-righteous uber-pious storm? Why admiration and column inches through being creative, clever, witty or helpful*, when one can exhibit plain old ostentatious faux-outrage. Subtext "LOOK AT ME! ME! ME!" ;
One has to wonder what went so wrong in their lives that they live the tabloid headlines of fear and anger. It is irksome that the media jump on these stories(?) and fan the flames. Perhaps that, in itself, is a symptom of the tabloid. Attention seekers; tabloid; symbiosis complete.
Whatever ails them - I hope they find solace. Preferably with equanimity to their fellow humans.
Anonymous - obv.
* Because it's difficult and requires effort.
Farnborough airport to Wolverhampton in 5th gear. 1990's 525 petrol.
Feather the throttle and anticipate - 40mpg is possible. And yes, I am aware the the load at lower rpm's is relatively inefficient and I should have dropped a couple of gears occasionally, but where's the anecdote in that?
Farnborough airport to Wolverhampton in 5th gear. 1990's 525 petrol.
Feather the throttle and anticipate - 40mpg is possible.
"Not being rude, but how are you going to get a "sportier" engine in there?"
Do what the Smart-Lunatics do - go for a bike engine.
Hilarious, not sensible.
Were not rear-engined as suggested, but mid-engined. The A610 was, as correctly stated.
Rearward weight distribution was one of the attributes hailed by Gordon Murray (cars, not Camberwick Green) for the original Elan.
Small well balanced RWD cars with thin tyres I find personally easier to drive in the snow, throttle for the back, steering for the front. If you were to suggest that in conversation, you'd be drowned in anecdotes about a large tyred, big-engined BMW or historical anecdotes about Cortina's being shit in the snow. I would suggest removing "In the snow" from the last sentence for appropriate context.
I'm more of a fan of "Posgtres" myself.
Ellison and Putin - Both consider themselves Imperator Imperpetuus.
High quality nerdage.
Force money into the server through any available port.
That's how it works isn't it?
"Opportunity" and "Exposure". Two sure-fire words that mean we won't bother continuing the conversation. As I was explaining to a "customer" the other day: this "opportunity for exposure" that you're generously offering me, will cost me over a £1000 to implement, not including the time taken to arrange the event. No, I cannot offer a f*cking discount on diesel costs. If I don't get paid, I don't eat. They, on the other hand, are salaried nicely.
Why should I pay a grand to be branded in your company's livery, spout bullshit and work 20 hour days for a weekend? It's as much as I can do to keep calm. Luckily we now have someone to field calls who's far politer than I. She can detect a time-waster in seconds and hits them immediately with a ball park figure that's a little inflated to see if they're serious. Still interested? Proper quote time. No freebies.
Mr. Dabbs, I empathise.
My first job post polyversity was working with Roy Trubshaw. I think it was on my first day he spoke to me about MUD. I hadn't got a clue what he was talking about. My spare time in education seemed to involve booze and general hilarity.
We worked on Powerbuilder and Sybase together.
Eeeeh. Them were days.
Startup culture isn't for everyone
I read that as "Strapon culture isn't for everyone"
Friday just got a little better.
T'was as good as I could afford on paper-round money. No Mode 7, but that was no biggy. Solid enough to play tennis with. Really.
It provided a very useful lesson in life. I was writing some code and I'd wrung the neck out the Electron and I'd tried everything I could think of, loads of in-line assembler, turning off the screen updates during processing etc.
I wrote a letter detailing the things I'd tried to "Your Computer" magazine to the agony uncle page; Tim Hartnell I think it was. My letter was subsequently published with my bullet points stripped out of the question and placed as the answer.
If I was to write a letter to my young self it would express the sentiment that "The World is full of bullshitters and people wanting undeserved credit. You'd better get used to dealing with them."*
* I hasten to add that in my experience pretty much everyone is quite nice really.
I had a look and they weren't released. As I stood up and moved away from the kitchen computer, my youngest slipped into the seat and was watching the page and refreshing. He nearly exploded with excitement when it changed within seconds (and nearly went hypo but that's another story). Managed to bag a 16GB as a surprise for wifey - his excitement blew the surprise out of the water though.
After what seemed like an eternity waiting for ICS, I received my Jelly Bean update OTA last night on my Nexus S.
I was already used to it as my Nexus 7 came pre installed with it - at least - it probably did. SWMBO swiped it and I've barely seen it since, and as I haven't been bombarded with "How" and "it's rubbish because" and "stupid thing" and "why doesn't it" etc, I can only assume that Jelly Bean functions well.
My son's pump has got a limiter that prevents large boluses of insulin. We've set the level quite low deliberately.
The comms to upload the data through the USB connector needs to be ruddy close (within a few inches) to make a connection, and the connection needs to be initiated from the pump itself. (Don't get me started on the Java applet that "requires Microsoft Windows (TM) and Internet Explorer"). VirtualBox, you were sent by Jupiter Himself.
When his blood glucose goes very low, the pump shuts down to prevent background insulin from going in.
Having met with the manufacturers and had conference calls with their development department and having harangued them at length about my need for a Bluetooth interface, I have a few degrees of scepticism about this article being aimed at their devices.
I hate to be pedantic, but the whole "Romans sowing salt on the land" after the defeat of the Cartheginians is widely perceived to be untrue, so to make assertions that the Romans actually did so is pushing it a bit.
Still, it made me read a story about cloud computing though - so who's the sucker?
In a secondary school.
I went straight from Industry, mainly databases, C++, C# etc.
What I learned, was the the whole of the syllabus can be summarised as "How to teach Microsoft Office".
Other teachers were well-meaning, but mostly clueless. Virtually all types of system/programs were referred to as their MS name (Excel etc.), there was no knowledge of anything else, and to be fair, it just felt pointless learning. You are constrained by the system and the syllabus, and the system says that MS Office is the world.
There was one part of the GCSE course where the kids had to do programming. MS Office to the rescue! Record a macro and watch it create your code for you. We even had videos on loop showing them how to do tasks. They could watch and imitate the clicks. No thought required.
We were preparing students for the monotony of dreary desk jobs.
Summarise the GCSE - open MS Office, press F1 - it's all there.
"The extent of airbrushing meant that when we subsequently encountered real women we were surprised to find they had nipples and pubic hair"
Wow! They must've had Photoshop Clockwork Edition.
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