I have heard that Maplin used to refer a lot of business to Solutions, especially when it involved Apple hardware.
I wouldn't be surprised that closure of Solutions isn't partly a knockon effect from Maplins closing down.
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Can we please just get an .iso containing the core IDE and C++ compilers. Don't give a shite about the rest of the bloat.
The online downloaders are a stupid idea because they are non-deterministic (who bloody knows what versions the guy next to me is going to end up with) and seem incredibly wasteful to repeatedly download on build servers.
Better still, just reinstate the Windows SDK containing just the C++ compilers... The rest of the IDE can also go to hell these days XD.
Once we can get away from device specific images (i.e like the IBM PS/2 Compatible solved many many years ago already), then I might look at an ARM device.
Until then, I would just be buying something that will be unusable in ~2 years once no updated images are released.
If I wanted to buy something immediately obsolete, I would just buy Apple products!
Vintage C++ is *much* easier to maintain than vintage Python.
Try running even a simple python 1.x script in the latest 3.x interpreter.
Many isues.. and thats the easy bit.
The big issue with vintage python is the obsolete dependencies it drags in. Everything is a sodding external package and everything sodding no longer exists.
Basically the only way to maintain vintage python is a rewrite. This isnt *always* the case with C++.
You want Iridium instead.
They also have low-level hooks in place that report if data is being leaked to the non-ethical company.
With these hooks (and community), they have managed to remove a lot of the privacy issues still remaining in Chromium.
As an absolutely avid OpenBSD user I admit that I have to give up a lot of luxuries...
... luckily I have never missed Bluetooth. I always found it a big fiddly pile of crap all the way since Windows XP.
If Bluetooth does get its shite together, congratulations, you have just made a connection that RS-232 could have achieved. Then you need to install the driver to actually operate on the data and that is always an absolute mess.
Does anyone else have a better experience with it compared to say, USB?
Sure C is not a "safe" language. It was written to be portable assembler, not for safety.
Yes, I am a C developer... yes, C is a little awkward to use but sometims there is *zero* alternative.
Other languages are "an illluuusiiion!"
Why has everyone suddenly opted for the big old fat bloated Etcher for disk imaging on Windows?
Why not the original classic from the early days of Raspberry Pi?
Is it because Etcher is run by a company with the potential to fsck everyone over and you are all a bunch of corporate hoes? Who knows? ;)
Did you know of the alternative?
Possibly data scientists and software R&D should already be accustomed to programming in the best language for the job and not require Python "because its easy for beginners".
Thats a bit like saying astonauts should use row boats because it is easier to learn to row a boat than piloting a space shuttle.
At work we have Windows licenses but we also use kmspico (A "crack" for Windows in that it just runs a local activation server to activate against).
We do this for three reasons:
1) In the UK, it is perfectly legal to do this if we own the license and "coz we can".
2) Our workstations must stay deterministic. No sloppy crap passed down to us from the chaos that is Microsoft in 2019.
3) Some of our projects are quite sensitive and therefore machines are offline for the entirety of their lifespan and using a phone for licensing is quite obsolete.
I recommend everyone doing the same. I think it is mad that people expose themselves to the fallicy that is online DRM.
Looking at that picture of the guy with massive monitors...
Is it just me or does the chunky Windows 10 task bar still leave barely any screenspace haha.
We are getting higher resolution, physically larger screens but the operating systems are just increasing text and rubrik size!
There is more screen realestate on Carmack's old rig!
Note: Stick to X1 Carbon 3rd gen or older if you want a reliable OpenBSD or FreeBSD (and possibly Linux) experience.
Trust me, if there was major money in Space exploration for England, we would be doing it.
The as*holes that the British people have no choice but to vote in are still in the mindset that money is the *only* important thing in this world.
Britain is a little bit pathetic and we need to grow the hell up before we will ever get to do cool space stuff.
Also, has the rest of the EU done much space travel? Not really so its not like keeping in with them is our best shortcut to spaaace :/
I think a government *should* be allowed access to whatever they want.
Unfortunately, we often don't have governments. What we have is a corrupt bunch of absolute criminals masquerading as a government.
I am sure they understand when I keep all of my communication encrypted and avoid sleezy crap such as whatsapp and other consumer crap. They do the same after all whilst they discuss their next criminal activity.
Anyone relying on a consumer activation server is a consumer / home user. So their Windows edition should reflect that.
For professional users, they need their software to be deterministic and reliable. So they do not use consumer activation servers requiring external company servers, a network connection. Too many unknowns that could go wrong.
Stay safe kids. Don't think software requiring strict DRM is a "professional" solution. Use your due diligence and pick a correct solution.
Its fine. I filled my recycling bin with dog turd the other day. If these fucks can produce landfill shit by locking hardware down to a dying service, then I don't feel that a single pleb recycling should need to pick up their slack.
For the record, I never used Skype (I actually avoided it for this reason. I don't like being dragged along by the bollocks by dumb company whims)
What I find sodding annoying is that before the raspberry Pi came out there was a gap of around 10/15 years where it was almost impossible to get a machine capable of running RISC OS.
When the Raspberry Pi dies off in popularity again (I.e like the BBC Acorn did) will there be another gap for 15 years?
Too few people care about digital preservation
Yeah I don't see the problem here. C / C++ is pretty much platform agnostic these days and then just ifdef the platform specific stuff. Ignore vendor lockin crap like Java/C# and cross platform code is within everyone's grasp.
If you avoid crap like Python, you don't even need to frig about with bindings either.
Life is good if you cut out the bullsh*t and just use C or C++ :)
Edit: And if a locked down platform like Windows RT doesn't support standard C or C++... you jail break that broken crap until it does. :)
You cannot just use Virtualizers like VMware, VirtualBox because they do not provide any actual support for older operating systems like Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 95. They can be hacked to run but that is not ideal for mission critical work.
You then cannot use Qemu and full system emulators because again... their focus is generally on Linux these days.
Emulators for non-x86 systems are also often very hobbiest or immature so that's poor for old SPARC servers
So emulation is actually not an ideal solution to this problem.
Anyone have any suggestions? My PhD is on this topic and I am currently in the process of the literature review ;)
After ~5 years you may need to buy a new rig to make the most of modern hardware again. At the current costs, this would still be cheaper than keeping with the cloud even if hardware upgrades are free / forced.
So basically the cloud is currently too expensive to really exist yet. Perhaps in another decade or so they will realize that their "cloud" dream will only manifest itself if they charge "correct" prices.
So I guess the current question is; why do cloud providers feel that they need to charge so much per hour? They are going to kill the idea of the cloud before it was even properly born.
"If you are genuinely writing code using only the Native API functions without recourse to libraries"
He did mention he was using libraries. wxWidgets being one such example.
I personally found that C++ projects seem to progress faster than .NET / Java projects. I don't know if it is the developers that are better or if .NET has hidden failures.
So Apple basically told him that he should have downloaded the films to his disk when he had the chance. But does the DRM not prevent this? Only streaming is allowed right? It is a lose-lose for the guy in the case study.
For the record, I purchase and then *always* torrent a backup copy so this will never affect me. I also have very little respect for those naive people who do not. However I still find it interesting to see how much content providers will push clients until they reject them completely.
If the DRM was not there to prevent a local download, then I blame the guy for being stupid. If there was DRM preventing this then I blame Apple for being criminals (and the guy for being a mug).
Yes 2010 all the way.
Some additional info that you guys might find useful.
1) 2010 does not require additional runtimes (i.e the 2017 C/C++ re-distributable) to be installed. This simplifies the deployment
2) 2010 with the Intel C/C++ compiler installed gives a slightly newer standard (C++11) which can keep the 2010 IDE going for another decade ;)
3) 2010 Express edition actually requires activation which the server no longer allows! Hidden DRM or what! Don't fall for that in future with express or community editions.
4) Worst case scenario, to keep with the 2010 IDE, just install clang which has great integration (and newer standards support).
Stay safe out there! ;)
This NVIDIA cloud stuff is no good for any kind of competitive gaming in any way. Price wise or technology wise.
Imagine a LAN event where over 300 gamers all use a shedload of bandwidth to use "cloud NVIDIA". Sure, LAN gaming events have a fast internet connection but nowhere near the amount to funnel 2048x2048x3x60x300 bytes of data per second
2048x2048 screen resolution
x 3 bpp (rgb per pixel)
x 60 frames per second
x 300 players
300 gamers is optimistic, sometimes there can be many more! However I stuck with the low 300 to balance the fact there will likely be compression of the video stream. That said, unlike i.e youtube videos, live streams do not actually compress well at all because the chunks are quite small. So I still feel that I am being generous.
Nah, this is a just a form of control and will almost certainly lead on to very stupid DRM schemes or other restrictions once everyone is stupid enough to sell their proper computers and move over to dumb terminals / tablets.
The Internet is crap for so many people. If you cannot afford a machine capable of beating "streamed graphics", then you probably cannot afford an internet connection capable of sustaining it.
Pretty much why OnLive and countless others have failed. Also why this will fail. Also why the cloud fails in general for consumers.
What a load of crap. NVIDIA do something less shite please haha.
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