Now how about the damage done to various halfwit neighbours when their kids downloaded mal-ware loaded copies of Limewire?
or vmy sanity trying to clean it up?
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There are a variety of dev boards for pic, depending what your interests are. You could start with:
Also have a look at
The legality of EULA in retail sales is sufficiently dubious that no-one would dare bring a case.
I reckon if I've bought summat its mine. I can hold it, I can do what I want with it. same as changing the OS on a games console. Manufacturer subsidises the hardware in the hope of selling games, that's a gamble. If I put it in the loft & never use it, his gamble hasn't paid off. Not my fault. So if I make it run wierdOS his gamble hasn't paid off either. No difference.
If apple wanted to they could put an encrypted key on the m'board. They havn't. So they don't care. So leave me alone.
I'm a very satisfied openSuse user too, although I have Ubuntu as well. There has been something of a see-saw in my affections. But I am now regretting choosing Ubuntu 10.04LTS as my server OS, since there are long-standing unfixed bugs on important (to me) parts of it:
perhaps it is time to investigate centOS ?
I confess to getting frustrated with the scroll bar thingy for a bit, but it is much more of a problem for people with less-than-perfect eyesight and hand-eye co-ordination.
That said, I welcome real innovation in this new post-XP world of varying choices.
And I'm not sure that all of M$'s eye candy has been thought out enough for people with certain types of visual problems.
There are a dozen desktops to choose from in this world, so I agree that fighting flamewars over them is a waste of time.
Does no-one test anything any more? I don't understand how exponential consumption of finite resources can even happen? Did the code not have any form of load limiting?
When I was in mainframe land one of our 6-monthly jobs used to be to test the disaster recovery plan. We took the weekly tapes to the place that would hire us an IBM in a trailer, and timed how long it took to configure the hired gear (following an already prepared checklist), load the tapes, and run 1000 terminal-based transactions. Part of my job was to measure the current drain from the generator while we did that, and the fuel consumption.
Any new system installed, hardware or software, was given a resilience test. We would turn bits of it off and make a timed log of what failures occurred when, and what the consequences were. At weekends during the year we would repeat those failures on the production system and ensure there were no significant deviations in the timing or propagation. We would look for failure to centrally diagnose or report failures, and any such 'hole' had to be demonstrably fixed within a month. (even if this sometimes meant another red lamp over the operator's console and a long cable)
Every single bit of kit deployed had a failure policy, ranging from warranty and maintenance contracts to a minimum of two ways to continue production without it. We used to test the users, too, to make sure they knew how to find the failure policy and use the alternatives.
Managers have to lean that difficult != unnecessary, and that expensive != unnecessary.
in wondering what is the point at all in publishing this 'research'.
I see the company would benefit from his initial advice, but I can share their concern about subsequent publication. How would they know all users had patched?
What value does the wider community get from knowing the entrails, rather than the existence, of this vulnerability? OK, if it is novel then some anonymous details might help other programmers, but otherwise I reckon blurting the works is no more than self agrandisment.
Even though I am very doubtful about the publication idea, If it were me a polite request to defer and a bottle of champers would be infinitely better than raising the landsharks. That does smack of management-by-panic.
"not that bad a film"????
It was even more vile than Avatar. Unsubtle, bombastic, trash. Not sure what the american eqivalent of jingoism is, but thats what it was 99.9% of the time. UShigh school coming-of-age-stock story line in Rio? ugh. Vietnam war style dropship troops in space? urgh. Ugly=bad? bleearch.
Nastyy, lowest common denominator yah-hoo trailer trash fodder without any artistic merit.
I'm quite tempted, even with windows. I still think it is at least a hundred quid too much. But there is a month to go before deliveries, so anything could happen.
According to the people who loaned it to you it can't do 3G, which seems really odd.
Not sure why the keyboard has to be physically attached. Could it not be blootoof?
I'm taking this one more seriously.
I suspect that someone buying a phone from a supermarket is an experienced user and already knows what they want and need.
Leaving the witless to wander unaided into the den of fools run by most telcos, who would pay less if they could for an even spottier youth.
And so a feedback loop forms. The people who need technical support end up buying from the suppliers who are demonstrably the worst at providing it, and so the spiral of death develops.
And it becomes easier to buy from supermarkets.
I'd accuse tesco of cherrypicking the easy customers and leaving the expensive ones to the competition, just like with everything else. But in this case I have no sympathy for Ono or Vodalone or minus3 or the rest of them, so:
* Good on yer Tesco.
* Where is my Aldi phone?
I came here to suggest that this is looking spookier by the minute. Thats 3 for 4 on the newest phone OS. Anyone looked at webOS yet?
And there has been silence from the competition enforcers over NokiaSoft. Is it in big govt's interest to let the plan go through?
"once is misfortune, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action"
I can't do that in my alfa. The turning circle is pretty poor. I can easily do 140%, but 120% would be a serious shuffle, and with the poor corner visibility and the cost of the paint I'd not bother.
What am I saying? Approach at 60, handbrake, full lock, dab-and release and go in sideways. That'd do it.
I'm guessing that the more android phones pick up yer router the better the fix will be. I reckon in my case it is reporting the location of the one house where a visitor had an android phone.
I bet it has reported about 10 routers at that location, too. We are getting channel congestion round by 'ere.
All computers are fast enough, its only a browser, and given how many people they employ, it would be remarkable if M$ did not turn out some good code now and again.
My complaints against M$ have rarely had much to do with the code, particularly their compilers. It's the politics and marketing that gt up my nose.
I don;t see that a benchmark like this is anything but flamebait.
>The only thing that's for sure here is that based on the story so far it would
>be unwise to totally discount what Musk and SpaceX say - no matter how
>far-fetched it may seem
Doesn't seem far fetched to me. For God's sake, from Gagarin to Apollo's landing was barely 9 years, with vacuum tube technologies and no microprocessors.
We have had 50 years of "research" in LEO about the effects on humans of being in space,, 50 years of building launchers. We don't need to wait any longer. Lets bloody get on with it before we run out of anything we can use for fuel!
DER rented out tellies (and in their early days washing machines and fridges) for nigh on 50 years, until they became too cheap to bother.
When home computing started they rented a few comodore pets & apple ][s , but discovered that the public could not tell the difference between "its broken" and "I am a shit-kicking yokel who doesn't know the first thing about computers" and very wisely dropped the scheme.
Good luck to Mr Google with that.
oh look. http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/12/context_uk_pc_sales_q1_2011/
'UK PC sales during the first quarter of the year were down 7.7 per cent, well below the European average of 2.9 per cent."
Looks like IBM is doing even betterer than the article suggests. Or is this another manifestation of Obama's 'spend yer way to affluence' policy?
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