2774 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007
Re: Why type....
> when I'm alone
I'm usually in a restaurant, meeting, someone's cube, or otherwise somewhere I'd look like a complete git if I started dictating to my phone, so the "voice key" is useless for me.
Re: One simple difference...
> Is it really only me that finds it incredibly useful to have the thing that I typed appear as an option for what to insert?
Nope, because you've already typed it in the text field. So it's a useless duplication.
One simple difference...
The big thing (for me) about Swype vs GBoard or SwiftKey is that it put up more than 3 predictions. I could usually scroll the prediction strip a bit and find what I wanted.
GBoard and SwiftKey put up 3 choices, one of which is usually just a copy of what you're typing.
GBoard has however improved the layout and other things in the past couple years since I started using Swype. SwiftKey has not, however. They've just sat there.
Hm, while reading this, I started humming The Cranberrie's "Zombie" - I don't know why...
American kids today are pretty much treated like prison inmates, so I don't see why people are shocked when they act like it.
They're treated like crap and alienated to the point they think "shoot everybody" is the best idea.
We have asshole school administrators that insult kids and jeopardize their schooling when they happen to wear a t-shirt or make an incredibly minor infraction by expelling them from school for several days for a first offense. These people are the core problem.
Doctors are the same way. God forbid you ask the bastard to have to log in. And remember a password. And all that complicated computer stuff.
Plus most of them aren't really any good at the doctorin' stuff, even if it's something simple like a broken bone.
Re: I hate to be that guy . . .
I remember when G+ told me I could have a "vanity URL" - i.e. my name instead of a random number.
However, they wanted me to text the fact that I wanted it, and accepted no other contact method. Email was right out. Very interesting. And transparent.
So of course I found one of those shady SMS gateways and used that. I've always wondered if it's gotten spammed by Google. I didn't really care about the URL, I just wanted to screw Google.
WHAT? A technically competent American legislator?!?!
Cardiac cart! Stat!
I wonder if I can buy a Verizon phone, then get Google to bankroll a lawsuit to test this, like Thiel bankrolled Hogan...
> New York refused to provide the FCC any data
> Seven states refused to provide the FCC with any data
How the hell does that happen?
Bullshit. Those packages are not proven to contain drugs, so yes, they're forcing him to incriminate himself. In the US, his lawyer would probably file for Habeas Corpus - charge him, or let him go.
> SpaceX starts answering to shareholders
And that is precisely why Musk has said SpaceX isn't going public for a long, long time, if ever. I have a feeling it's a "over my dead body" statement.
Stupid generic names
Yeah, this happens in open source too... there's a visio-alike called dia or diagram or something like that, so when you search for it, or for plugins or source, the actual hits are 3 pages in.
I suggested they use a more non-generic name and they got all pissy.
Saw it from 3 miles away
I plopped for the "feel the heat" package for $230 which meant you got bussed to the Saturn V center, about 3 miles from the pad and 9 miles from the landing zones. We stopped on the way at the Shuttle Landing Facility to see the plaque where Atlantis rolled to a stop in 2011 at the end of the last Shuttle mission. That was unexpected. The 4.5km long 100m wide strip is a huge piece of tarmac.
Anyway, there were no winds locally, they were all high-altitude and you could see wisps of clouds skidding over. It was a beautiful perfect Florida day. Sunny, 78F and barely any clouds.
Bill Nye was there to stump for people to join The Planetary Society. He's actually got a nice sense of humor.
Most of us figured there was about a 30% chance it would launch, and we were wasting our time. People didn't think it would go "boom" but they also realized most "first" launches get scrubbed 2 or 3 times.
If you think the SpaceX people were cheering and yelling, they didn't have nuthin' on this crowd. When they announced fueling start, people went nuts. When they announced "go" for the launch at 3pm, people went nuts.
We got to hear the SpaceX webcast without the usual 10 second delay.
It was REALLY LOUD. AND BRIGHT. It was welding-torch bright. And yes, we were warned to stay away from the Saturn V center glass windows, which was a good idea as you could hear the entire building shaking at launch from 100 feet away. Of course you were shaking too. Megadeth & AC/DC only wish they could get a bass rumble that deep and loud.
You could see the boosters fall away, then they were two bright dots overhead for the re-entry burn, then they fell some more, and finally they did that synchronized science-fiction landing just to the left of the VAB, from where we were sitting. Just amazing. You couldn't script something that looked so much like a '50s sci-fi movie.
Just after they landed, there was the 4 sonic booms BAM-BAM, BAM-BAM, and then the rumble of the landing rockets, as the sound finally got to us.
Afterwards, we got a complementary champagne toast in a nice glass keepsake that says "Falcon Heavy Test Mission 2018", and a SpaceX Falcon Heavy hat, and a red "Falcon Heavy: I was there" t-shirt. So it was literally "been there, got the t-shirt"
Worth every nickle.
Actually, it doesn't really matter
If it extends to the left or to the right, it's all the same. As long as it's not still retracted, it works.
Really kind of sad though, that something so trivial is what you hooked on.
Re: It's true
> Their service is good, unfortunately.
And unfortunately, good service has become really rare, to the point it's worth paying for.
Actually American companies are pretty much forced by law and previous lawsuit case history to put stockholders first. This is why public American companies have a planning horizon of the next quarter's results, and hell with what happens after that. Hell of a way to run a ship.
And seriously, who WOULDN'T lobby for a tax cut? Bueller...? Bueller...? Bueller...?
The first 15 hits for the Waterfox browser (another fork of Firefox) are not the browser. Been that way for months. Sad.
Re: And where will they be?
> requires car-parks
You mean like the ones outside every shopping center? Gee, I wonder if they could be used?
Car parks by themselves to charge would be retarded. You need something nearby to do while your EV is charging where you can shop or have a bite.
Malls in the US are *slowly* cluing into this. I've been to several malls I didn't even know existed, except my phone said they had a charger. So I stopped & shopped, where I otherwise wouldn't have.
Considering the steaming turd pile that is American health "care", he's not got much of an opponent.
We've got doctors & nurses that can't use computers and are proud of it. We've got a system that couldn't tell me which bone was broken, and was wrong when it decided it knew. And we've got doctors that do stuff like feeling my tonsils for the hell of it to turn a consultation into an exam so they can double their bill. I dropped a dime about that last one and now he's being investigated.
I hope Bezos burns it to the ground.
So, quick question
There was a bit going around on how to vote for Hillary via twitter...
Now, you and I know that's an absolute joke, but I ran into a fuckton of people that seriously thought it was legit and thought they had actually voted for Hillary that way. Seriously. I am not kidding. I'm talking waitresses in restaurants, people's parents, non-tech types like sales and repair people... People saying the day/week after the election saying "oh I voted by twitter" and meaning it.
Any idea who started that bit? It was effective, if that was its aim.
Re: Twice screwed
For those that lost their term paper or vacation pictures, Confucius says:
"There are those that make backups, and those that have yet to lose irreplaceable data."
"You don't convince family members to take periodic backups. Repeated, tragic data loss convinces family members to take periodic backups. Same as everyone else."
"If it's in an online NAS, it's not a backup."
> precipitous drop in advertising revenue thanks to the dominance of digital companies
No, it's a precipitous drop in advertising revenue thanks to the precipitous drop in quality.
My local paper is so shite I get angry when they throw it on the lawn for free.
They can't even get a story about maintenance on the local decorative water fountain right.
They can't get a story about the airport building a new terminal right.
They can't get a story about the Falcon Heavy right, even when it should have been just a copy&paste from the AP newsfeed.
US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'
Blue on blue
This is self-inflicted. The US Army actually issued FitBits to quite a few people. No concern about opsec at all.
Re: Here’s to honesty!
Musk is nothing if not honest... except for his deadlines, which I think he honestly believes, right up to the point they go whooshing by.
Of course I can't throw rocks, I've paid $230 to be only a couple miles from Falcon Heavy when it goes
Active SCSI termination
Don't forget the devices where the termination was done by some sort of fancy autodetect in the device... which only worked when it was on, so you had to power it on first if it was at the end of the chain. Yup, the thing SCSI needed... device power-on dependencies.
I sure as hell do not miss SCSI, even though I got started at a mass-storage company where it was our bread-and-butter.
Edit: I have a pile of 20 or 30 different SCSI terminators, just to remind me of the bad 'ol days.
People bitch about how hard it is to put in a USB plug, and I have to refrain from slapping the ever-livin' out of them...
Re: Hmmm ...
Yup... the house I shared with my college roommates was wired with 10Base2, and we had a UUCP connection to the local university to get USENET. We even ponied up beer money for those super advanced new 56K modems.
Plus we had a genuine VT100 in the bathroom, so you could read netnews. Poop coming and going as it where.
Re: Petty Speeding
> mobile stealth tax cameras
You can do what we do... and steal them. Some of them are worth over $5K.
Re: Is this why our town centres are dying?
> Except the time it takes trying to track down WHERE they delivered your parcel to, then arrange collection...
That's Amazon's problem, not mine. I just complain I didn't get my package, and they have to sort out their delivery subcontractor. I notice when UPS got shitty on this side of the pond that Amazon switched to FedEx for a while. This was when UPS started insisting on signatures for the hell of it and leaving "person not there" stickers if you took more than 30 seconds to get to the door.
When FedEx started getting lazy, they switched back to UPS who's been pretty good ever since.
Heck, UPS has even started delivering on Saturdays.
> Well done, you just created a file called 'lpr'. Try using pipe (|) next time...
And try using the actual /dev/lpr device (or /dev/usb/lpr0 in my case)
So where's the heatmap around El Reg? Oh wait, IT hacks don't exercise, except for their bicep in the 1-pint curls!
I work at a Very Large Tech Company (not IBM/HP/Apple but similar size) and found out today that 80% of my colleges think Meltdown and Spectre are "viruses or summthin' like that"
For fuck's sake.
> must attend an in person interview
Nope, I've known several folks that have gotten a green card without any personal contact.
In one case, an interview would have helped, because he could have better explained some of the special achievements/merits for which he was being hired. They apparently approved him without understanding half of what he did.
They're not "yanking the cash firehose" nor are they "pulling the financial backing", they're simply saying "whelp, looks like nobody's getting there in time to win" because that's sort of a foregone conclusion now.
Re: Speaking of Robotic Hand
Dextre (and the arm itself) does a ton of stuff, like loosening bolts and installing stuff, and moving stuff around, but it gets ZERO media coverage. It's very frustrating.
Re: It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using ...
I have to say "nope, I stopped using Firefox at v44..."
TRS-80 Model I
The original TRS-80 Model I had a reset button on the left rear. Right next to the completely unbuffered expansion port's card edge, which applied inputs pretty much directly to the CPU & DRAM.
So of course when you went feeling around the back for that pesky reset button, you usually ended up groping the expansion port, and if you had any static buildup whatsoever, you could kill the TRS-80.
Yup. Did it. Fortunately it was still in the miniscule 90-day warranty.
Wake me up when something flies, and isn't canceled just beforehand.
No, the A380 is too big already. It was built to go from airline hub to airline hub, however routing didn't turn out that way, so smaller planes to carry the loads over many more routes won the day.
The content that comes up when I go to YouTube is apparently completely and totally random, so subscribing lets me know when people I'm interested in post new videos.
> its just crazy that no one can write stuff properly these days
Pretty amusing, considering you can't bother to use proper punctuation and spelling.
Re: “In essence, if you don’t have a couple of million, you’re out of luck.”
This is pretty much the case everywhere. I know in the US you've either got to hire shady ambulance-chasers, or you've got to stump up serious dosh to get any sort of legal action going.
And if you get sued, it's worse since you're usually not budgeting for that sort of thing, so most people just settle, no matter how firm their legal case might be.
And Schrems himself has started an organization to fund this sort of thing
> he'd "lost" four years' worth of files
There are those that make backups, and those that have yet to lose irreplaceable data.
Re: Meltdown is not comprehensively protcted agaist.
> this requires a BIOS flash to achieve
Depends on the OS. If you've installed intel-microcode & iucode-tool on Debian, then the latest* microcode is installed at boot. They have amd64-microcode for the AMD crowd.
* as of when you installed/updated the package. They come out with updates every 5-6 months in my experience.
I don't get it
Part of the problem is they romanticize the hell out of this forest and suicide.
Personally, I think it's a good thing to finally have someone go "you idiot! you killed yourself! what does that prove!"
I can't really throw stones however. I have a gun in the closet specifically in case I either go blind or get Alzheimer's. Those are my "game over!" conditions.
I miss Senator Al Franken. He was pretty strongly against this sort of thing.
Re: No thanks
Actually "looking at the brand, seeing Facebook and assuming the worst" has been right in the past about 99% of the time, so I'd go with that.