1980 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers
On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others
I've noticed more than a few sites that show you a nice pop-up with all the tracking cookies turned off by default, but then present a big button saying something like "Use recommended defaults", which turns every single damn tracking cookie on, after which it's nearly impossible to turn them off again.
They way they've designed it (which closes the pop-up) makes it look like you're accepting the existing settings.
Re: Just a beer?
No, you contended that emoji was a word invented by kids with fragile egos and no knowledge of history. You've had it demonstrated to you that this is false, but rather than accept your mistake, you've insisted that you're actually right anyway and that anyone who disagrees with you is also either a safely dismissed child or somehow mentally deficient and in need of your special brand of education (like Jimmy from all those old information films - don't think I'm so retarded that I don't get your sly little joke). Your entire argument is ultimately "I don't like this word that the kids today are using, so I'm going to make shit up to dismiss it and treat anyone who disagrees like they're an idiot".
You're allowed to not like the word, that's absolutely fine, but maybe, instead of patronising and demeaning everyone who disagrees with you and dismissing the more popular word because of "the kids", you could act like the adult you claim to be and accept that your opinion is a clear minority.
Emoji won. It's as simple as that.
Re: Just a beer?
A word that had only existed for a few years at the point emoji was coined.
And your claim that it was "the kids" wasn't ancillary, but central to your entire argument.
"emoji"? That's a bastard begat by kiddies who not only can't remember history and refuse to acknowledge that it exists, they are re-inventing it to suit themselves to shore up fragile egos.
It's fine to not like the word, but all your claims about "history" are bullshit when both words are very nearly the same age, while your constant wank about fragile egos and kids (apparently defined as anyone younger than you who does something you don't like) is laughable.
Re: Just a beer?
I'm old, therefore an adult is a child and can be dismissed as such.
Fucking arrogant. This isn't a matter of perspective.
The concept of making little faces with text might be more than 100 years old, but the word emoticon is only a few years older than the word emoji. They're both neologisms invented by adults of approximately the same age, but in different cultural contexts. One won the battle for mindshare, one lost.
Cling to your fantasy of the "real" word as much as you like and complain about "the kids" all you want, you can't change this reality. Why not wave your cane at them as well, while you're at it, and complete the stereotype if a bitter old man who refuses to accept anything "the kids" come up with because it's not the way it used to be done, and change is scary and evil.
That's all you seem to do around here anyway.
Re: Just a beer?
Nah, emoji is an nipponism (or a japanese neologism if you want to be picky about it). Emoticons took off over there as a way to quicky communicate ideas over text message, partly because they work well with the prevailing writing systems and partly to fit within the character limits or short messages. The name itself stems from the Japanese love of taking English words and localising them (witness pokémon - pocket monster - and furasuko - flask as two disparate examples). So, just as romanised text became romanji (or romaji) to fit with kanji, emoticons became emoji.
The word was adopted to the west by osmosis, through apps originally written in japan, or targeting japanese audiences, using the term in their English localisations as well.
So less of that high-horse rubbish about the kids today, alright? They know more than we like to pretend.
That's only the definition for frequences used in radio transmission, as defined by the ITU, which ends below infrared light. In comparison to the entire electromagnetic spectrum they're a low frequency wave. Given that astronomy routinely deals with EM from infrared to gamma and beyond, it makes more sense that they'd define frequencies according to their needs, rather than the needs of terrestrial radio transmission standards.
They went a bit crap. I used to have a few domains with them, but after a bunch of unnecessary "upgrades" to their control panel made everything difficult to find, rising prices and an increasing likelihood that t hey'd just straight up ignore technical support problems, I decided to shift somewhere else.
At which point I discovered that they'd made moving domains away from them immensely difficult, as in "nearly tempted to let the things expire and risk re-buying them from the scalpers" difficult.
They were bought out by some company that saw a cash flow with an inbuilt customer base and wanted the money for itself.
Joke's on them I guess.
@AC Re: I hope you bought some Ely Gin while you were there
>apparently that damage was done by the earlier iconoclasts after Henry VIII's reformation.
Which just goes to show, you can pick any era you like and someone will be destroying every beautiful thing they can find.
The difference is that the money changers were charging people to buy special temple money that could only be used to purchase animals for sacrifice in the temple. They were emblematic of the corruption of the temple, acting to prevent people from atoning in a place where they should have been free to enter without hinderance. I'm not sure that the church requires a special scrip for sacrificial gin. Not now, anyway.
I hope you bought some Ely Gin while you were there
It's rather strident, but goes well with a slice of lime.
Is the abomination that causes desolation still residing in the lady chapel? Talk about utterly missing the point.
An interesting place, Ely. The Cathedral is rather famous for being lost for several years after the civil war, because the Roundheads kept walking around it. It only they'd missed it a while longer instead of enacting a prototype for the Taliban on its statuary. I have to admit, the sight of that place, so utterly destroyed by small-minded bigots working for an state-sanctioned Iconoclast, was one of the more sobering moments of my life. The fact that we're living through an era where that urge is again trying to infiltrate public life makes me wonder if our species will ever get past the need to destroy everything that diverges from contemporary dogma.
Probably a computer fault. Get the dynamite.
Strictly speaking, you don't need a license for the actual protocol, which is just words sent down a wire. You could write yuppie own applications that use the activesync protocol with one another. The license is to use the protocol with Microsoft services.
Of course, by writing applications that are compliant with the protocol, you are writing applications that may use Microsoft's services, with the implication that they will eventually be used in that way, and so ms will more than lively requires a license from you.
Anyway, the difference between a protocol and an api is scope. A protocol is language agnostic. An api is the interface for a particular language.
Andrew, in your haste to celebrate thus outcome, you are overlooking the key fact: they copied the api. Not code. Not software. A list of function names.
APIs are now subject to copyright. The means by which software interacts with other siftware is now subject to copyright. The ability to develop an api-compatible implementation of a piece if software, in order to compete in an open market, is now subject to copyright licensing.
If i wanted to make an os to compete with windows, that was compatible with windows api calls so that windows exrcutables could run on it, i would now require a license from microsoft.
If i want to build a phone os that can run android aps, i now have to license the list of function names.
I would require a license from my competitor in order to compete with them.
I really don't think you have grasped what is at stake here.