Is that you, Bombtastic Bob?
62 posts • joined 31 Oct 2013
Personal goodliness is not correlative with software development ability. Jus' sayin'.
I feel reassured about our recent decision to move to Kaspersky.
Re: Screw 16:10
Never had two documents open side-by-side? I'll admit I wouldn't want to go any lower than 1920x1080 for that sort of thing, but in the spirit of fairness it should probably be mentioned.
(Daily is a x61 1024x768 Thinkpad with a 2048x1152 23" monitor from 2008 before "Full HD" ruined everything)
"...too accessible to ne'er-do-wells"
You mean banks?
Re: We are in IT
"Would he really make himself known with regards to wannacry?"
Let's be honest, he didn't. He got doxed by the Daily Torygraph. (https://esist.tech/2017/05/15/doxing-the-hero-who-stopped-wannacry-was-irresponsible-and-dumb/)
Who incidentally released this gem today with no sense of irony whatosever (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/14/revealed-22-year-old-expert-saved-world-ransomware-virus-lives/)
You're looking at that comment completely the wrong way - it's not written from the perspective of "Lower classes are too stupid to know the law"; it's written from the perspective of "Upper classes are too well off/ and/or connected for the law to apply to them."
That is and always will be the way to some extent. For a kick-off, and Ignoring all the claims about connections and hands in pockets etc.,the wealthy would be utterly stupid not to use their wealth to employ much a better legal defense than somebody on the dole. The wealthy are also less likely to fold under the financial strain of defending a case through the courts.
Which is better?
Surely they're all the same?
(Braced and ready for the tirade of downvotes!)
Re: The problem, is Android
"it's the fact that Apple are the most moral corporate company on the planet"
u wot m8?
I presume that is ignoring their labour practices, tax practices, and their overworked army of lawyers?
Re: Stock photography
On that note...
What the /hell/ is the guy on the left wearing on his face?
Sorry, just remind me who May works for again? Last I checked the job of PM was not that of an absolute ruler.
Well, for starters the TV production industry quite like to be able to record what they're shooting...
That time of year again
Larry Ellison wants to buy a new yacht.
"...el Reg publishes so much liberal anti-people propaganda"
AC: Please cancel your DM subscription.
Have you completely lost your mind?
Please just FOAD already.
An ad-blocker that permits adverts
... is not an ad-blocker.
Installed uBlock a while ago and ditched ABP because, well, it's not really an ad-blocker now, is it?
Re: Please consider changing the title
A rover, built in China (by the Chinese) is being delivered to Mars. Nope, I'd say that's about an appropriate a headline as El Reg does. Quite how it's culturally insensitive is beyond me. If it is genuinely offensive to Chinese readers, then sure, by all means reword it.
Out of curiousity, what title would not cause you to become culturally sensitised?
"The Brexit thing is actually a good idea, nothing to be embarrassed about."
I am forced to completely and totally disagree with you. Ignoring the actual result itself (which is still frankly a wildcard at best) the month or so of squabbling, infighting, outright lies, scapegoating and straight-up bullshit being spaffed about by both sides was a national f'ing disgrace. That's without taking into consideration the violence and publicly-broadcast hate that were fuelled by the issue.
As far as I can tell, even before the first vote was cast, we made ourselves look like squabbling, childish fuckwits on the global stage. If that's not something to be embarrassed about, then we've certainly lost any right to tell another country to be ashamed of itself.
Re: Ban the vape!
And I'll bet you spend more time in the fug than you would otherwise by taking a few moments to berate the user. Lawks.
If you can't provide a credible citation to a wild claim ("surrender the right to govern ourselves" is right up there with that thing about "child's birthright" crap I saw on Faceache the other day), then to you, I say fsck off and die.
Same goes for both sides.
In this particular case, it's not that our politicians are incapable of passing an equivalent law, and more to do with the fact I wouldn't trust them with a bucket of water if my genitals were on fire, let alone to make the right decision about my personal data.
"You don't even need to listen to EU-sceptics to find solid arguments to leave that anti-democratic monstrosity behind."
I've been listening, but haven't yet heard an argument that stands up to scrutiny. Or cites a reliable (and neutral) reference. At all.
Seriously, I'd be more than happy to vote to leave *if* someone can present a good case for it. That stands up to scrutiny, and doesn't rely on facts that fall apart when context is applied.
Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?
... Are why I spent some appreciable time on my replacement phone last night looking for a simple flashlight widget.
No stupid fully-blown app, no ads, no stupid strobe effects, just a simple widget to toggle the camera flash LED. Preferably without claiming to be the "brightest" app too.
Considering the LED toggle seems to be the Android equivalent of Hello World, trying to find one that wasn't full of crap was decidedly trying.
The beautifully ironic of the pseudo-patriotic far-right nutjob's tendency to drop subtle links to the crusades all over the shop (lions bleedin' everywhere for a kickoff) is that when you actually go to research the crusades, the term 'pillage' is generally only just used sparingly enough to not qualify as punctuation, and by all accounts Richard I was a bloody awful husband, son and king. Contrary to whatever prescription-strength rose-tinted glasses Disney were rocking when they churned out Robin Hood to the young masses of the 1970s.
pterry was bang on the money with the line "The pamphlet was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners."
I'd argue otherwise, as most Indians I've dealt with have a much better grasp of English.
Re: ISLAMISTS killing the animals ?
Bellendery against mainland Chinese
Bellendery against wildlife in Africa
Bellendery against Hindus
Bellendery against Christians
Bellendery terror bombing Europeans
Bellendery against Thailand
Bellendery against Jews
Bellendery against the Philippines
Bellends burning thousands of cars in France
Bellendery genociding Kurds
Bellendery against India
Bellendery against Mali
Bellendery against Russia
Bellendery against the U.S.
Bellends raping Swedish women
Bellends stabbing and shooting Canadians
Bellendery against Sudanese
Bellendery against Bellendery
Bellendery against Democracy
Bellendery against ancient archaeology
and on and on .. the list keeps going.
TIFTFY. The world gets a little bit better when people stop accepting religion as a scapegoat to be pretty shitty towards other people, and realise that these acts aren't performed by a religion, but by bellends.
"Look,s its shell FFS. Get the first version right and dont change the bastard."
Linux user who regrettably has to deal with Windows sometimes. Personally, found the later versions of powershell genuinely surprising in terms of the sheer power available. Actually in /some/ ways quite like the idea of return data being either formatted to screen or passed as an object to another function.
No bloody clue to how use most of it without extensive googling though.
Re: memory requirements?
ZFS' memory requirements are nothing particularly out of the ordinary unless you enable deduplication.
I tried this out on a copy of an rsync backup host with 16G of RAM and ~3T of backups to crunch. Carnage ensued.
Re: FFS someone just write an ACTUAL open one already.
Exhibit A) OSI-Approved Open-Source licences: https://opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical
Exhibit B) Why the above list exists: https://xkcd.com/927/
Re: But the program is error free!
"My favorite was standing behind one of my programmers one day and watching him...."
I can only imagine just how calm, comfortable, unpressured and in no way likely to make any stupid mistakes that guy was with you leering over his shoulder, ready to sack him at the slightest sign of not being the bestest best programmer ever.
The beer is for that guy.
"What happens when they use cyber for destruction?" he asked
... What? That sentence reads like it was an excerpt frrom the Daily Mail.
Anyone who bought a Defender for school-run safety reasons is a bit of a fool. It was never designed to absorb impacts - the crumple zone is your face. It was designed in a time where "occupant protection" meant "not driving it like a spoon", and if you ask it to keep you comfy in a crash, it'll respond by doing it's very best to kill you. It doesn't ask that you respect the fact you're driving 2T of metal - it demands it.
And I think for those who own them for the adventure of it, that's part of the appeal. It's back-to-basics motoring where you're so much more involved with what's going on. Nothing is really hidden from you behind a wall of plastic and "sight-of-tools-will-void-warranty" stickers.
Disclaimer: My daily-driver is a 1972 leaf-sprung Series III with a diseasil engine transplant from a 1994 Discovery. I'm warm, dry, surprisingly comfortable and can hold a conversation at 70MPH. (And I do about 15k a year in her!)
"... products with more resources / investment are usually better- Just like Open Office versus MS Office, etc, etc."
IIS/Apache, Internet Explorer/Firefox etc. etc... Er, wait a minute.
This weekend, I shall be building a turntable controller for a model railway. Stepper motors and switches, and a need for a non-tech to pull the SD card and fiddle with the settings to suit his layout. (So Arduino is out for a super-fast development lash-up) - I'd say this is absolutely not useless. In fact I'd say it's just cut costs by £25 over a standard PiB2, and will do the job /perfectly/.
I believe you may have inadvertently confused your opinion for fact. It happens, have a beer.
Re: Linux to the rescue! Again!
"Just install Linux Mint. Simples!"
Your second sentence is utter tripe. Not least an OS shouldn't ever 'support cloud storage' - it's the OS, not the desktop environment. See here: https://www.google.co.uk/?q=define:+operating+system
The moment you start bundling 'cloud storage support' and other rubbish into the OS, you've got crapware.
Re: I've not been paying that much attention but I hear...
In fairness, really nice but bonkers has got to be an improvement on slimy shitstain on their way up the greasy pole and to hell with the consequences...
Even if he turns out to be the next Screaming Lord Sutch, at least politics might be a little bit more interesting than 650 identical and highly suits jeering at each other like schoolchildren in the playground. Honestly, it's pathetic.
Data != Data
Who cares what's using it? It's data. What is using it is entirely the customer's business, as long as it's within contract. And if the term "unlimited" will be bandied about like an excited 7-year old with glitter, what do you expect?
It is rather like someone a few years ago saying: "Unlimited data! (As long as you use the shitty USB Thompson modem. First sign of a router and we're branding you a thief.)"
Re: ...despite its fluffy image, the centre eschews cloud computing....
I'm amazed the aforementioned fibre hasn't been taken out permanently by a tree. Lost count of the number of times the railway mess landline at Maespoeth got taken out by the buggers a few years back!
Sods law says you'll get connected for less than a week before the road's blocked again by splintered remains of tree and fibre...
Re: Shameless plug
You forgot the Corris Railway, a couple of miles up the road. No IT angle, tech, or renewable energy as such, just a lovely small preserved narrow-gauge steam railway. :-)
unzip, strip, top, less, touch, finger, grep, mount, fsck, more, yes, fsck, fsck, fsck, umount, sleep.
Who doesn't love a bit of *nix?
Re: Life-saving, really?
"How much impact can a bra-wire really stop? To my best knowledge*), they are similar in gauge to coat hangers"
I hope you're not impugning one of the best bodging supplies (the coat hangers, not the bra) known to man here.
On the topic of fast merging to slow, or slow merging to fast, there seems to be a lot of support for slow merging to fast, either to encourage slow traffic to speed up, or what have you. Which I can kind of understand, given that more or less every normal car now sold will crack 90MPH or more.
I'd like to bring to the floor lorries, heavily-laden vans and tippers, 1 litre student shoeboxes with more than two people, and my 40+ year-old Land Rover. Which will happily sit at 70MPH all day long, right until the moment I hit a hill, especially since I have to be about 70 miles from home to hit a motorway, and on those occasions, I'm usually fully-laden.
In these cases, the option of going faster just isn't there - we're running at full chat, with the throttle pedal usually making a cracking impression on the footwell, and the engine screaming for mercy.
If I were to be forced to join a faster lane (rather than have the faster lane merge) then I'm relying on either being let out by some kind soul (who in turn will be cursed by all and sundry behind him), forcing my way into lane (and causing a stampede on assorted brake pedals), or losing speed (and potentially being forced to stop) until a gap appears. At which point the next vehicle that comes will likely be even harder on the anchors than it would be otherwise.
Just my tuppence-worth from the slower side of life. We're doing what we can, even if we're doing it slowly!
Re: Does that include Welsh?
Nah, you'll know it supports Welsh when true/false functions return "Da iawn bach".
Then you're tidy.
They're not all bad. Okay, that Acer keyboard looks as though ergonomic design is something that happens to other people, but I for one started using nipple-nav on Thinkpads a few years ago, and haven't looked back.
The downside is I now find touchpads utterly intolerable, but that's just one man's opinion.
"El Reg has contacted Freeparking for further comment."
That's damn good going, I had enough trouble trying to contact them before the recent shambles!
The potential is there....
And has been since day one. Scanning things isn't hard, but whoever designed those automatic checkouts needs a reality check. I'm pretty sure it'd be possible to design it without it being a completely unusable PITA.
Design by committee in action. One that's been doing their shopping online for a good couple of years.
Re: Nice Specs. Are They Rose-Tinted?
"I went through four of them back in the day —from a Series IIA to a couple of Defenders and they all needed constant fettling."
My daily driver (60-mile commute) is a 1972 88" Series III. Just got back in from a 400-mile round trip to see family this weekend, with many of those cracking 70-odd on the motorway. Had to raid the toolbox only once, and that was to disassemble a table.
I'll grant the BL-build quality was awful, because as a general rule they barely built them at all. But the reputation about reliability is - I'd say - mainly down to shonky maintenance (or naff parts, thanks Sh*tpart) and/or abuse. (So most farm-hacks or anything set up for "off-roading") As evidenced by the state of this one when I got it.
Maintain them correctly, use quality parts and fluids, and they'll get to the ends of the earth. (Eventually!)
"If my plumbing or my car starts playing up I might have an idea but I don't have the skills or the tools to fix complicated problems, it's not my job so I hire a plumber or a mechanic to look at it."
While this is mostly true, you'll in all probability try to hire a plumber or mechanic recommended to you or that generally has a good reputation. You probably won't hire Honest Jeff because he was first to rock up outside your house, pushing his rickety wooden cart, and promising to do the job for a really good price and of course he can keep an eye on things while you nip down to the shops to get some cash.