Gee, that takes me back to 1999, when some joker came up with http://pudge.net/jesux/, suggesting we get rid of abominations such as "chmod 666", demons, and sendmail ("written by a prominent homosexual")
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Oracle DBAs demand a high salary because of the bizarre and unusual installation and maintenance practices necessary to run their products, and they love it because it keeps them on the gravy train. In turn, they do their best to keept their employers locked into Big Red.
Seems like Larry is now biting the hand that feeds it!
They should put a skin on the OS that emulates the S60 look and feel... for us old fogies.
i chop a lot of onions
It's because I like them. Sharp knives - yes. Scuba kit, chopping under water? Hell no. The first is impractical (will get fogged up or greasy in the kitchen) the second will leave you with wet onions, and who wants that?
I think the main thing is just getting used to it. Yes tears will flow but that's it: no harm done. besides, it wears off, as I first experienced after chopping a few kg for an onion tart for a biggish crowd.
you left out the obligatory "Paris because..." section
Mainframe in 20 years
Wow... i'm going to start a crowdfunding project to connect a Ouija board directly to the IBM/360 architecture.
Digital Lomography. Popular with 4chan artists.
I keep bees, and while they don't talk to me about their eyesight specifically, I must assume they possess pretty good at-a-distance vision as well as short-range, they find their own hive with amazing accuracy, and they do that by sight. If you were move the bee hive by a couple of feet then most of them wouldn't find it their way home any more.
Data mining & El Reg's ad customers
Does anyone else find the NetApp ad eerily matching the context?
... in a storage instance that had been misconfigured to leave public access open
<ad> Millions of data points. A singular vision. NetApp. </ad>
Not the first time I've found that.
So it's basically LOHAN with a plane instead of a balloon?
That two-tone paint is horrible - you see it on some cars too, mostly BMW "twatmobile" minis parked in airport departure lounges for the purpose of free viral selfie advertising.
Just as pretty as oil on a wet road.
De gustibus and all that - OK I'll get my coat
in related news...
this one is not requiring a pilots license for anyone because it's an autonomous drone with human cargo.
Those "inspired by sports car gearbox" gear hinges look kinda cool but look to me like it would pick up pocket fluff and crap like that at an alarming rate. I know, they could use something inspired by a sorts car's cam timing chain, that would solve this problem. Oh wait, it would look like the watch strap thing on the yoga900 or MS surface. Damn. Well fuck it we're going with inferior functinality but we're damned if we're not different.
no-data usb cable
maybe it's time to make a usb charge cable with no data lines... I don't charge my phone outside home or work but if i did maybe i'd make myself one:
is there a top-level domain .iot yet?
I should register domain "id" really
It's about contribution to the economy,stupid!
Hey, OK maybe they don't pay taxes but illegal immigrants still work hard and do low-paid jobs so that's good, say the ministry types.
Even better if they are too scared to send their kids to school (lest they may be found by home office enforcers) and instead send them to do... even lower-paid jobs!
Potztausend! Maybe we should not call it an automobile, German "Auto" either, lest someone thinks "auto" means it works without a driver, rather than just without horses pulling it.
> Bunny suit ... An Intel Custom Foundry worker in the fab
Is the intel worker complying with the clean room procedure? he has his nose out. When I worked in a clean room (before our UK fab was shut) that was a no-no, though certain individuals did it anyway of course.
Maybe it was me wot broke it. I logged in late last night and then a minute later tried to access another account, then it all went belly up and neither account worked any more. Lolz.
Re: What's the power source?
Yes it is running on batteries, the question is "How long?", the answer, presumabily, being "Not very long."
It's pricey because they use extremely exotic Helium-6, not only expensive but also it decays into Lithium with a half-life of about 800ms. Ordinary He4 would do for me.
having one's hair sent to the moon should attract a stiff "lunar littering" fine
still holding out
for the Higgs First Mate, at least, if not the Higgs Captain
up the creek without a rowing implement?
nonsense. you can paddle just fine with any of those over-large smartphones, be they waterproof or not.
Lose only a fraction of a penny on each sale but make it up in the bulk! That's the way to do it
What's the O in LOHAN?
Well "orbit" is a blatant exaggeration isn't it - shed efforts like this, while commendable, are a long way from Orbital Space flight for now.
Sorry to burst the bubble
..but "Die Welt" is a rag of little more worth than your much-derided publication the "Daily Mail" in this country. OK maybe a tiiiiny bit more, maybe halfway between the mail and the Telegraph.
Ex-German speaking here, OK I'll get my coat.
shut up ye smug London wankers
and Ramsbottom is named after neither ovine males nor buttocks: it's the valley of the ramson, or wild garlic.
Used to say "Eat more shit, millions of flies can't be wrong" quite a lot. Now I can vary that to "Drink more beer"!
What about a Sinclair C5: would be about as useful chopped up as it was when new!
laptops for kids
I bought a couple of fat old Dell Precision M4300s for my girls on Ebay ("mobile workstations").
OK so they're anything but light but they withstand a fair bit of abuse, and have high-res screens especially useful for young people with enviable near-field eyesight. Oh no no Windows 8? Well Ubuntu will have to do for them.
Cost me £40 for the pair (plus the odd spare disk battery etc)
Re: Not my GMail password
since the password file is out there couldn't Google download it, check the passwords' validity, and email / SMS anyone whose actual password has been leaked?
Am I wrong in thinking there should be no risk with that, other than the Google staffer searching for the relevant torrent being exposed to some "23 hot women near you want to date you tonight"-style links? (*blush* )
future here we come
reminds me of this old story:
humans as cheaper alternatives to robots, i.e. as highly capable collection of actuators
Josef Schmid's personal opinion
I do speak German and have just read up on this: It's not a done deal. The Deputy Mayor doesn't like LiMux but a lot of people on the council do:
Oh and I know there are lots of sucky groupware applications, but Outlook/Exchange is one of them.
Maybe we should all use Notes/Domino (ducks).
obligatory Monty Python reference
"Windows 8.1 with Bing"
and , err, get the machine that goes "Binnnnng"
ok I'd get my coat except it's too hot.
so there's the theme for the next SPB mission after Lohan: bring crate of beer to ISS.
Paris connection? The backronym will surely provide one.
I beg to differ
While in general I would assert that London has absolutely nothing to recommend itself and the world would be a better place without it, I find "London Pride" beer quite tasty.
De gustibis non est dispuitandum
re: menotu It's the content that counts
Peter Jackson's Tolkien films will be boring no matter what. And seeing a good film will be good almost irrespective of the technical qualites of the TV set.
> tell when a person was on holiday. Once in "away mode", the thermostat
> can then turn lights off and on to trick burglars into thinking people are inside a target house.
Unless the burgular subscribes to the underground datafeed of a haxx0r inside Nest's database, in which case a burglary will be scheduled automatically in his/her work diary.
and by the vay: ve shoult hav von in 1966, bcauze zat ball was definitely not over ze line.
Anyone remember Dan Quayle?
invoking xtetris --qualyle made it easier, you only got squares
RE: Nope, it's the job of us cyclists to do that.
When I read the bit about waiting an extra second after the light turn read I thought about how I (cyclist) feel just about the most dangerous time to cross a traffic junction is when the lights just go green: you run the risk of being hit by people crossing the opposite green phase when it's already turning red (aka cherry-green), and you're in the scrum of everybody else and annoying law-abiding car drivers. I often cross in the middle of the red phase, in case it's absolutely obvious that the junction is clear. Yes it pisses off some horn-happy drivers, but more reasonable ones appreciate the fact that I'm not in their way in the junction when they're using it.
The second thing that came to mind is that I found on a recent trip in Taiwan that their red and green phases are often about 90 seconds long. That requires patience but increases throughput. They also have big displays showing a countdown of the remaining "red" seconds.
..and a 2lb bag of salt.
Really, taking a stopwatch to a promotional video?
Remember this one? www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaN1Nz1Dyls
OK it's not Apple but we don't really expect that much more honesty
just been to china... people there appear to love their phablets. Lots of people aren't actually that big and neither are their hands, but a Galaxy Note or some other huge phone is what people (affluent ones who can afford to fly to Taiwan) use.
Re: Lizard People?
What is funny? It's not to do with the seriousness of the subject matter, for me. I'm open to laughing about all sorts of serious or even tragic things if there is an ironic twist.
Where the funniness of the lizard thing is lost is that it's based on a misunderstanding on the technical point: You don't revoke the fingerprint!
Make a comical point about some crap policy like the bedroom tax: bring it on.
If you're driven into rent arrears and debt because you can't afford your council house any more and there is no smaller one to move into, you may be upset about it, but it doesn't take the "funny" away.
Re: Lizard People?
Maybe you're joking and your sense of humour eludes mine. Generally, I only understand it's a joke if it's actually funny.
It's not the fingerprint that is revoked but the cryptographic key held protected by the fingerprint.
The biometric stuidd is strictly between the owner and their S5, the Crypro key is between S5 and paypal. Simples.
Re: Attention Handset Manufacturers!
Same applies to BMW, the manufactures of the Twatmobile(R)
Re: units again...
What with it being Friday and this being The Register.. we should attempt to convert this into the universal system of Vulture Central Standards.
I cannot find a unit of mass in the standard-defining document (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/vulture_central_standards), so I propose the Vulture Standard grapefruit which already defines volume to be the new mass unit as well, according to yahoo answers it weighs 0.128kg in SI.
That makes the natural choice for a unit of force the weight of a grapefruit on Mars, and the energy unit (Mars-grapefruit * double-decker-bus) or Mgddb for short.
In summary, the energy stored in this phone's battery is just shy of 7000Mgddb (assuming this phone battery has 3.7V like mine)
P.S. I know the standard length unit should be linguine but it sounds much more fun to ship a bus to Mars and stand it on end for the necessary experiments!
3.12 on Fedora 20
One of the fine folks from fedora has made a COPR ("Cool Other Package Repository", seriously, a bit like PPA on ubuntu) for this
I'm going to give it a try later. Comes with the usual warnings.
Real-time buying behaviour
The store manager gets real-time buying figures on his tablet from the tills.
The "aisle linger time" metric (presumed to be predictive of some sort of latent shopping intent) is limited to a certain class of customers only, namely the one who buys EE phone contracts and top-spec smartphones. But maybe that's good because that's means it's the segment that's open to having other useless crap flogged to them as well.