No surprise there. Linux is an obvious (and stable) alternative.
542 posts • joined 30 Jul 2007
American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'
Re: All depends on how useful you are.
> And I never got a thank you.
Nor will you. Management didn't want to pay for overtime. You had them over a barrel, and they caved in. Once it dawned on management that everyone in their IT department saw one of their coworkers "stand up to The Man" and succeed, they were forced to pay overtime or be faced with future refusals to do after-hours work.
Re: "Low level format"
@ElReg!comments!Pierre: Also know to most techies as simply "format". There is no such thing as "high-level format". There is formatting, and there is deletion of the partition table. Microsoft's "quick format" is therefore not formatting anything. "low-level" format here would not be (more) indicative of deliberate mischief.
You don't know what you're talking about. Perhaps you should try using that new-fangled thing called Google:
Low-level format (LLF) -- https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/L/LLF.html
High-level format (HLF) -- https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/H/HLF.html
The current version, Block 3i, is due to be superseded by Block 3F once development on the latest version is completed
The whole F-35 project looks more 4-F to me....
(For those who are unfamiliar with that designation, see http://directionsindentistry.net/4f-unfit-for-service-because-of-teeth/ ).
Re: Open up!
"Pretty confident RAM DIMMs in laptops went away forever about half a decade ago..."
Uh, no. More laptop models than not have DIMM slots. The ultra-slim machines have soldered-only RAM because there's just no room for the slots. It's a lot faster (and cheaper) to replace a DIMM with a bad chip than it is to get a system board transplant from the manufacturer's service company.
An easier way to analyze Windows memory dump files
BlueScreenView -- http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html
Scans all your minidump files created during "blue screen of death" crashes and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version).
Simply unpack the ZIP and run the EXE. The crash suspects are highlighted with a pink background.
Re: Still not going there
Novex: "Until then it's Linux Mint, and VMs with older MS OSes (if only I could get the updates to install properly on them without 100% svchost.exe usage for days on end)."
If you're running Windows 7 in that VM, give Windows Quick Patch a try:
Re: International Traffic in Arms Regulations? Another US Government joke!
The older readers will no doubt remember how T-shirts were used to distribute PGP, written by Phil Zimmermann, to circumvent the US Arms Export Control Act - an activity that continues to this day. See: http://www.cypherspace.org/adam/shirt/media.html)
I had a t-shirt on which was printed the C header needed to decode a video DVD. I was quite proud that my shirt was classified as a munition by the U.S. government and banned for export.
Re: An imperfect solution for an imperfect world
@DougS -- I think that Putin is displaying two classic Russia traits: greed and paranoia. Greed because a bigger country is a more "manly" country. And paranoia because he has some twisted idea that NATO wants to invade Russia, when the truth is just the opposite. NATO was created to resist Russian expansionism (see the first part about "greed"). Russia has a not-so-friendly China on its southern border, but you don't see Putin trying to annex Mongolia, do you?
And if you're going to talk about "the west" supplying arms to the rebels in Syria, please expound on the Russians supplying arms to the Syrian government/dictatorship. If you want to play the blame game, then there's plenty to go around.
An imperfect solution for an imperfect world
And now for the flip side of that coin. The nutballs running those countries have an intense dislike of more enlightened countries, i.e. France, Germany, the U.K., the U.S.A., etc. They either a) slip some of their nutballs into those countries to cause murder and mayhem; b) encourage local nutballs to join their cause; c) buy/develop potent weapons to attack those countries; or d) all of the above.
What are you going to do then? Keep saying "Stay out of my country!" until the nutballs chose to listen? This "turn the other cheek" mentality gets old fast when a bully keeps hitting you because you refuse to defend yourself (especially when you are very capable of defending yourself). Or do you develop a bunker mentality and watch as your country becomes increasingly paranoid and eliminates personal freedoms in the name of security?
Re: As if they didn't have enough
Sounds a lot like my damned cable TV company/local monopoly.
"Oh, you want channel A? It has been repositioned in our channel line-up and is now available in bundle X and above."
"Why can't I simply choose the few channels that I watch and just pay for them? I don't need any of those others."
"I'm sorry, we only offer select channel bundles."
<Sigh> "Okay, I guess I'll take bundle X for $50 a month."
"I'm looking at your account. In order to get bundle X, you have to add phone service and increase your data speed to 1 gigabit."
"But I don't need phone service, and 100 megabits is fine for my needs."
"Bundle X is tied to those services. We have no way to separate them."
Etc., etc., ad nauseam. My cable TV company uses 2 shovels to fling all their bullshit....
Re: O2 many issues
Ledswinger: Had the idiots of the British government included catapults in the original spec of the QE class carriers, we wouldn't need the costly abomination that is the F35B.
I think would it have been cheaper to equip the carriers with catapults and conventional aircraft than to flush money down the crapper on the shoddy F35's.