867 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009
Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel
Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"
That caught me eye too, but the first question I have is: with KDE* available, why does anyone use Gnome?
I mean it's the default desktop in so many popular distros that there must be a good reason, but I can't for the life of me work out what it is.
* Or Budgie, or Cinnamon, or XFCE etc etc...
Re: The silver lining
Hey now. Goons? That's a bit harsh.
They're either Henchmen or Minions.
Hench 4 Life!!
Re: @Youngone - Not to mention about Germans
My comment above was referring to the very early days of flight,when the Wright Bros. patents were still in force.
Most of the early allied aircraft that were of any use were French design for example the various SPAD designs.
The bit that jumped out at me was:
"Innovation in aviation has been a hallmark of life and industry in the United States since the Wright brothers first designed gliders in Dayton more than a century ago,”
Which, as we know pretty much killed the aero industry in the US until Mr. & Mr. Wright's patents expired.
Luckily, France (and others) ignored those patents and made aeroplanes.
The US got it's start ignoring the UK's patents, and China is doing similar.
Not that I am condoning theft, merely offering an explanation.
Security? We've heard of it.
It looks like almost every network camera available on aliexpress is made by these muppets.
They seem to set up complete with a default IP address and admin user. I'm not sure why.
The password for the default admin is blank if anyone was wondering.
I kind of assumed that business as usual is getting a Senator or Congressman re-elected.
Isn't what the US military budget is for?
Re: De facto 'hack me' list
Thanks PJD. That's about what I was thinking.
If they can't be bothered, they deserve what they get.
Re: What kind of conservatives want to tax everything?
Jam today and jam tomorrow.
They treat me like yesterday's jam.
New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Re: Have fun!
Why don't you just stay away?
I won't have that option, because I live here.
I am intending to take the same attitude, in the unlikely event I am asked to unlock my phone for the customs people.
I will be telling them no, then having my lawyer ask to see their evidence of "prior suspicion" if they decide to fine me.
Five grand is a lot of money, and I'd rather give it to my lawyer.
I'm just some shmoe on the Internet, with hardly any multi-billion dollar companies to my name, and even I knew those sorts of statements would be trouble.
What really happened was aliens. Read the article again, that's what it says.
I'm pretty sure anyway.
Re: I'm shocked
To be fair to the FCC, it is not the only group in the US government system that spends its time finding new ways to improve corporate profits.
The Pentagon is another one which springs to mind.
For what it's worth, I think AT&T have a point about Verizon's 5g tech also. It has been proved repeatedly that standards are a good thing for everyone. Can anyone remember CDMA?
The Solid South
It's a Southern State, so I assume the flaws are all by design.
It is noted that this merger makes sense for the businesses, but is there enough competition in the Australian market for this to make sense to consumers?
Will the regulator say no?
Re: Semi-Captive Chinese Market
China is a semi-captive market for Huawei.
I'm not sure about that, but they seem to be really good value for money.
They recently began flooding my country with ads, TV, online, everywhere and they make a compelling case too.
A young lady I work with bought one, it might be the Huawei 3i. It's a nice phone ( for roughly £150) with a good screen, quite fast, and an all right camera (not amazing, but she won't notice).
Re: Its traditional for sinclair...
Not being overly familiar with Sir Clive's personal life I read the Daily Mail piece linked, and couldn't help thinking that the man must be a fool.
Seriously? An IQ of 159 (as if that means something) and marries a former stripper 39 years younger than himself? Makes me wonder how he manages to put his trousers on the right way around.
Re: Expensive new Apple computers
... the new MacBook Pro 13” for example is excellent value for money...
Re: There's a worse place?
The net in Australia sucks because of politics, not physics.
One of the previous short-lived governments they have in
Italy Australia decided the NBN ought to be a cash cow instead of a public good, so the made a pig's ear out of it.
It's a shame
It look like the Prenda saga is winding down.
I for one have enjoyed the entertainment, although if I had been sued I might have taken less pleasure in it.
Just awaiting Mr. Steele's sentencing I suppose.
Re: A Fool And His Money...
Yes it is.
The problem is they've got it running on a Hooli Box 3, you know, the one with the penis on it.
They should use that middle-out compression I've been hearing so much about.
How much does it all cost?
I wonder how much the big Telcos spend on lobbying the politicians who make the rules?
Turns out it's a lot. Quelle surprise.
What happens when cities decide to provide community internet access?
This is just the US political system working as it is supposed to.
I like to have a clear hero and a clear villain in each piece I read on El Reg, but the NFL is an awful bully, and any company with 5,000 multimedia patents is just a troll.
Can I hate them both?
Re: About time too
In my career supporting various bits of gear loosely termed "IT" I have thrown away several "smart" whiteboards, due to lack of use.
Everyone seems to think they are a great idea and will make meeting so much more productive. Someone else finds $15,000 or so from the capex budget, and the thing is purchased.
Several years later a third person realises it has been used exactly once and I am called in to take it off the wall and send it to the recyclers.
If you want one, I have one in my store room.
Re: Common trick
Mi-Sex? Have an upvote sir.
I might be old.
California lawmakers: We swear on our avocados we'll pass 'strongest net neutrality protections' in America
What a stupid way to run a state.
Re: He was the top salesman in the group
Compared to younger employees, IBM found that Boomers were the least likely to understand IBM’s business strategy,
Just like IBM's customers then.
...and the least likely to understand IBM’s brand.
Or, the least likely to say they understand what that sentence means.
Re: The real question is: did he want to get arrested?
That's a fair question, and I did wonder the same thing briefly, but as noted in the comments, he must be an absolute moron who has never heard of the Internet.
noting that is also wishes to "take a thoughtful approach to enforcement matters."
After 12 years? No you don't.
Re: Tired of Euphemisms
Thanks veti, you're quite right.
I can remember George II having similar moments, with "Mission Accomplished" and "Truthiness".
I am even old enough to remember that odd Mr. Reagan telling us wealth would "Trickle Down" and we all know how well that worked.
It seems the supporters of the American far-right have no problem with being lied to.
Breaking the dominant, former publically owned incumbant into a network company (Infrastructure) and a retail company is exactly what we did in New Zealand.
I don't think the model is perfect, but it seems to be a hell of a lot better than the mess created in Aus.
We have never had the stupid fibre to the premises or fibre to the whatever debate our Aussie cousins have had to put up with. The infrastructure guys were told to run out fibre and given some money to do it.
End of story.
Re: Form over function
My Galaxy S7 updated to Android 8.0.0 the other day, along with "Samsung Experience 9" which seems to be what they are calling Touchwiz these days.
Frankly I really like it, the new lock screen looks great and has some useful options now.
It was the freetards who broke it for everyone.
I don't agree with that at all.
I blame the copyright owners cartel who have extended the length of their ownership again and again until it has no real end point.
Why, for instance, is Robert Johnson's music still under copyright? He died in 1937 and no-one who had anything to do with his recordings is even alive any more.
The only question is whether this was the price of Ivanka's trademarks and the $500 million loan to an Indonesian Trump development."
I don't have any questions about that. The answer is obvious isn't it?
Re: Cute little communists
Although you jest, that's exactly what is happening in the US.
Everything is for sale, although characterizing the US as a democracy might be a bit steep.
Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things
Someone may have spied on smartphones in or near the White House using a fake cellphone tower
Re: Major Overreach
I am not sure I agree with this sentiment.
Surely it's very important for the machines to have some sort of one-liner as they gun the last of the humans down.
Can't just have them all intoning "I'll be back".
Bring it on!
Are we going to have the usual fight about what Pluto is?
As far as I can tell it's not even a dwarf planet, just a crappy Kuiper belt object and not special at all.
There I said it. Come at me.
Can't hurry love, obviously
So the Supreme Court ruled that $400 million was too much, and this stupid jury came back with $539?
I can't figure it out either, but I would imagine ASADA fancies itself an investigatory agency, so they probably feel they need these sorts of tools.
I can imagine athletes telling them to push off when asked to hand over their phone though.
It might be a little off to call this system "Trumpian" (although I am sure he is in favour of it).
It seems to me that the whole telecoms industry in the US has been set up to enable regional monopolies to gouge their customers and retain their monopolies.
I can't really see how network neutrality will reduce prices for end users in the system as it stands (although routing packets equally has made the Internet the great thing it is).
I assumed they rebranded to LG because the Goldstar products were so awful they had to distance themselves from them.
I only ever owned one Goldstar product though, so I might be biased, but that alarm clock radio was responsible for me being late for work a few times.
See kids, your parents were right - smoking is bad for you
I don't know about that, a wise man once said "Don't be such a chicken, Kif. Teenagers smoke, and they seem pretty on-the-ball."
I saw it in a documentary.
They're not only the sick man of Europe, but have gone from being a reasonable company to deal with here in New Zealand, to being one of the least effective organisations I deal with.
I understand they were always a bit crap for residential customers, but as a business that spends about $250k per year, we got pretty good service.
That all changed last year and things have been heading downhill ever since.
The good news is our contract ends this year so i will be able to ditch them.
The bad news is that I live in a "market" owned by two big players, so I'm not expecting much better when we do.
I will look forward to this.
I was getting a bit worried it might never happen.
Re: Its always interesting how a pro-free-markets country
A couple sentences in this piece caught my eye:
...money being pulled away from citizens and given to giant corporations...
Is pretty much what the US is set up to do.
...the FCC Republican leadership is, like many Republicans, opposed to any form of subsidy program...
Is completely untrue. They are opposed to subsidies to corporations who do not kick money back in the form of "campaign contributions". Also it is "programme".
Barack Obama? I thought he was a Communist.
He definitely made my children turn gay.
As far as I can see the value gap is between what the music business wants to charge and what consumers want to pay.
I wouldn't expect the major labels or their industry groups to understand what their customers want, they have spent the last 20 years ignoring them.
Kids of Today
Those boys seem to have a great time.
They now own Warwick Castle, right of conquest from the looks of things.