Re: "hungrier than it's ever been"
Can I have two please?!
209 posts • joined 6 Nov 2012
"it doesn't solve any problems"
Yes it does. Computer counting and remote voting. I will cheer the day that I no longer have to do the annoying journey to my polling station in person. And we don't have to wait ages for humans to count the votes. The system can choose the winner and shoot the loser automatically.
It is absolutely disgusting to see the US Tech giants going to kiss Trumps ass and then conspire to control the chinese tech firms by using a combination of Trump and Google et al. I know it has happened before (read "Confessions of an economic hitman") but this is just brazen. Trump is showing he controls these US corporations and they will do his evil work for him. I want to be able to buy a Huwaei phone as it costs half as much as the competition for the same tech, but trump wants to torture them and enjoy his sense of control, like the proper little psychopath that he is.
People now have Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify etc and it has been made easy to "buy" content, so there isn't as much need to pirate. Just the same as Steam et al saw a vast reduction in games piracy. Give people an easy way to buy content at a decent price and they will.
The only thing I now fire up the pirate bay for is stuff I really already own. Things on Sky that I just can't find using their hopeless search and FLAC versions of some old CD's that I own, to save me having to digitise them. Oh and one case (Archer season 10) where I am damned if I can find it on FX in the UK and it is not on Netflix yet. It will be though - I just want it sooner so I torrented it.
So, reduce the reasons for piracy (and release US/UK same time!) and you have MUCH less piracy. No need for these notices any more.
What people don't understand is that this type of stuff is permanently up for sale on the darknet for anyone that wants it. Netflix accounts, database dumps etc etc. The fact this is known about is the unusual bit. This is only the tip of a very big iceburg that most people just don't know about. I don't have any interest in buying this stuff, I just noticed it all up for sale when I was investigating (cough) the darknet.
And to think I was considering buying an electric car - I hadn't thought about the battery depreciation. That's a deal breaker for me.
What we need is one of the hundreds of "new battery technology!!!" stories, the Reg and other rags promote each year, to actually be true. I have been reading about new battery technology for 20 years now and not one of the (many!) stories actually turns out to be true and we are still stuck with old Li-ion batteries. Hard to believe really.
For over 20 years now I have been reading stories on groundbreaking new batteries that are just around the corner yet everything, including the space station, is using crappy Li-on still. It NEVER changes!!! Why are we stuck with stone age batteries? I want an answer damit! ;)
It will have as many wee niggly bits as they can get in to the contract to be sure they get the people they want for it when it goes out for "tender". This is just some bright idea someone has come up with that looks for stuff in your health records that would refuse you benefit and they are hawking it to government as a money saving program. Run it and it saves you £££!
For those wondering how it works, it pulls stuff like "Went for a walk in 1972" from your records and uses that as a line in the reasons for non-award of benefit as evidence of "walking unaided".
No it isn't. You will have to tick the box for allowing them to read your records or you won't get your benefits. At least with a doctor deciding what is transferred you can stop them trawling your records to find a reason to refuse you, because that is what this is all about. "Getting the right level of support" my ass.
If Microsoft of all people (joking aside) cannot get this right then what can it get right? It has all the skills and the people to get this right but it is bowing out too early. They should have stuck at it. I have an Alexa but I also use Google assistant (voice and text). Both these platforms are at a very early stage and with a bit of effort (and focus!) Cortana could easily and should have competed with them. It is early days in this sphere and if MS bows out here then what the hell can it compete at? Ok, it has Windows, but it has got to be more than a one trick pony. They bowed out too early with a Java dev platform and other languages it didn't even try to make Visual Studio available for. They should be pushing VS for all types of development. Come on Microsoft - grow a pair!!
Just to point out that your assumption that coffee is still blended with Robusta is wrong for most coffee, and there are far more breeds than the Arabicas! Robusta cannot be drunk on its own (it is foul!) and I think people apart from the makers of Red Mountain instant coffee would go for a better bean. My main bean is grown in india - Monsoon Malibar. I but it in green and roast it myself.
I doubt coffee makers, given the price it fetches, will not let many breeds go extinct.
I changed from BT to Zen 2 years ago and it was a good decision. I get faster speeds and have only had one issue and this was down the BT rather than Zen. They seem to offer better reliability even though they operate over BT's network. And you get a real person to talk if it does go wrong. No checking of whether you are wearing brown shoes and your fingers are crossed, your network card certified, windows registry operating and all the other hundreds of things BT got you to check to make it your fault instead of theirs when it goes wrong. Instead, for the one hour of outage I have had I got a simple explanation and an immediate fess-up. BT are wankers.
In the most recent versions of Windows 10 they have either hidden (that I can't find) removed a lot of configuration that you need when anything goes wrong. I couldn't do without "powercfg -requests" every week to figure out why the fuck the computer won't go into sleep this week when it did last week. Every week is a new education. Without powershell I would be screwed with this and many other task I need to do to get the damn thing to work.
Windows 10 is alive and well. And, when you compare it to Linux, it is the smoothest, most responsive and fit looking operating system around. I love it. I hate that I love it, I wish Linux is better and I do use Linux in a VM context, both on my host machine and my VPS. Linux is excellent for those tasks but it falls down terribly as a usable operating system for your main machine. God knows I tried (with Ubuntu and a couple of other variants). But you need to be some kind of magician to be able to keep it running. I did once get a RAID running on it. But it took me several weeks and many failed attempts. I even wrote an article at one stage about how to get it working correctly with an intel controller. Too much work. RAID in windows just works and I can rely on it.
It seems obvious to me that HTC are in their death throws. They have thrown just about all their spaghetti at the wall and not one piece has stuck. This really is their last gasp and has the potential to be one of their last phones with no firmware upgrade path for security updates. Not worth the risk when you can get a Samsung and be pretty sure it will be updated. My S7 edge has had two security updates within a week and several within the last year. That's what I need. A big phone with good battery life (2 days), fast and responsive that I can view webpages on easily and play my audiobooks on. I can't ever see myself downgrading to something like this HTC. I feel sorry for them to be honest. I don't see how they can make their way back trying to compete with the Chinese in the value market.
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Well I have easily set up reverese DNS for IPv4 but I can only get RADVD delegated to work on the router, which doesn't allow for static IP's and therefore I cannot assign a reverse DNS for my network. Ipv4 reverse DNS works perfectly. I have been trying for over a year but cannot figure it out. The IPv6 docs available are appalling and really hard to understand. I have two degrees, my first one being Electronic engineering. So I know how to read a spec.
I consider myself reasonably clued in, but when it came time to configure my TPLINK router (archer v900 v2) I found it really confusing. ISP's are not clear enough on how they use IPv6 which then makes it very difficult for me to configure the router. I eventually got an address system working through trial and error, though it is dynamically assigned behind the router when what I really wanted was some permanent IP addresses (IPv6) but I could not work out how to make that happen. So I have a static IPv4 address but I can't get a static IPv6 address, only a range, and I can't configure the range behind the firewall as I just can't get it working. The ISP has been cryptic and, frankly, I find the whole IPv6 scenario cryptic and obfuscated. If people want it adopted faster then they should explain it better.
If you look at a graph of flagship phone prices over the past 10 years you will see a huge and uncharacteristic rise in the graph over the past few years. Previously it was a gradual increase then all of a sudden Apple launch that price into orbit, closely followed by Samsung.
They cannot seem to understand that if they brought flagship phone prices down to a reasonably level they would sell more phones and make more profit. At the moment nearly £1000 for a phone is absolutely ridiculous (for a pimped out S9). My S7 cost me £500 and I won't budge above that for a phone. The Huwei stuff always looks appealing until you dig into the details and find a deal breaker.
Offer me a phone Samsung that is better than my S7, can do more or has some new feature, BUT don't you dare charge more than £500. There is no way the cost of production is more than about £250 and you already have enough profit without copying Apple. Apple has a zombie horde of retarded people who will just pay anything, would let their kids go hungry, just to get their next overly priced phone. Samsung doesn't have that luxury.
I use two or three passwords and I can remember NO more than that. Most people are like me. Use a password manager to generate passwords you say? NO! If it goes down I am totally screwed - it's a common point of failure for all the websites I need to use on a daily basis.
"One other interesting item that may be a hint of things to come is basing money-laundering charges on use of Bitcoin for payment. We might well hope that such will not become the norm."
Apart from buying drugs and money laundering, what other uses are there for bitcoin? Are any of them on the same level as drugs and money laundering? I doubt it.
I agree. Namecheap are the best reg I have found over the last 15 or so years, so I am sticking with them. I am not a huge fan of the new website though.
They keep you updated without pestering you and their systems are simple and relatively easy to use. I don't see how this is their fault - they have been caught out by someone else's stupidity.
Operators not updating phones. LG are really bad for this. Samsung seem to be pretty good - I am still getting regular security updates for my S7.
IMHO we should start ranking the manufacturers on timely security updates and naming and shaming the ones that don't update their tat.
It happened once out of billions of conversations. We've all seen Alexa light up and start to question us or say something non-sensical after hearing a snippet of our conversation and thinking it was for her (she does get lonely!). I simply tell her to STFU bitch and then she won't send your speech snippet anywhere on your contacts list.
Seriously, how often is this happening? Probably more chance of winning the lottery.
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