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Re: A wild guess
buy us a vastly over-complicated, over expensive piece of foreign made crap
Indeed. When we have so much over-complicated, over-expensive home-made crap that they could buy!
(Who was it said that it would have been cheaper to give every Westland employee a million quid and buy working helicopters from somewhere else?)
Re: The most expensive thing in the world
unless Rees-Mogg becomes PM
At which point he'll be demanding that the Froggies play fair and allow us to use longbows again..
Under the control of Lockheed Martin, that is, not the US Government
Well, politicians and senior military types need a nice soft directorship to go to after they retire..
Re: and Pigs might fly a.k.a F-35
Who cares if you are stealthy or not if nobody's radar works to start off with.
Or if you can get ten of your upgraded aircraft for the cost of one F35-B. Doesn't matter if the F35 shoots down five of yours (except, of course, to the pilots and their families) if the other five are still around to shoot down the F35..
Re: Submarine palaces for marine fauna
And yet, without the carriers, we would have lost the Falklands war.
Partly because the the other side had a very limited supply of Exocets and didn't know where the carriers were (or didn't prioritise them).
The HMS Invincible or HMS Hermes could have just as easily gone the same was as RFA Galahad.
Re: Submarine palaces for marine fauna
Against a weak adversary who cannot project power against you (think of every country the US has waged "war" against since 1980) the aircraft carrier is useful and will usually remain unsunk.
Unless said country has access to lots of small fast boats packed to the gummels with explosives and a ready supply of people willing to die for the cause.
Re: It's not RAF nor UK It's Nato ...
most of the European military assets are creaking and ancient
To be fair, most of the Russian military is much the same. As is the Chinese. Now, the Chinese have the resources to amend that (and are doing so) but I somehow doubt whether Russia does.
 Who was it said "quantity has a quality all of its own"? It's all very well being able to shoot down fighters and bombers but, if the other side has more fighters and bombers than you have missiles to shoot them down with, you have a problem..
another case of preparing for the last war instead of the next one
Yes. But it's a very. very profitable case (for some).
Re: I ain't never seen a white elephant fly.
Until I saw the F-35B take off.
Anything will fly if you put enough power into getting it to fly. The problem comes when the power cuts off.. (does the F-35B glide in the same way as the Shuttle did? As in "falling only slightly slower than a brick at normal airspeeds")
Even if the actual software is free, implementing it (and testing the implementation) certainly isn't..
(Much like MS SA - you might get the software for "free" but you'll pay a hell of a lot on the project to implement it..)
 Not really free, especially given how much SA costs. More like "slightly less expensive than buying everything all over again".
Re: But... "hoppy" _is_ an unpleasant flavour
whole IPA fad
IPA wasn't a fad - it was an attempt to make beers that could survive being taken out to the Empire trrops in far-flung foreign parts without going bad.
Most beer at the time had limited hops since it was (generally) made and drunk in the local area and within a couple of days. But the beer for the troops in (say) India had to be able to stand a 6-8 week ocean voyage without going bad and it was found that increasing the hops did that.
Hense IPA was made - not as a fad but so that the troops had something to drink other than local beverages of dubious provenance.
 The Navy approach was to add cheap brandy or rum to the beer and make grog. And, once the beer had run out, the added spirits also helped to make the water potable and (at least) minimally palatable
Re: Happy to be living near Germany
as they are proscriptive rather than prescriptive
It's like the difference between UK Common Law and the majority of European Law systems (mostly those based on the Napoleonic Code). Here, what isn't expressly forbidden is allowed. There, what isn't expressly allowed is forbidden..
Re: Happy to be living near Germany
all wine should taste the same
For about the last ten years I've been sampling red wines in order to prove whether they do or not. Purely in the interests of science of course!
over-hopping their IPAs and turning them into bitter, undrinkable crap
To be fair, most beers are bitter undrinkable crap..
(I might be slightly biased given that anything other than Weissbier gives me appalling headaches. Cider doesn't - or at least, proper cider doesn't. The cheap fizzy alcopops masquerading as commercial cider sometimes does)
Re: Best Before Date?
as though we're all filthy colonials?
Or, we could all drink the one drink still produced like the ancestors did - scrumpy cider.
If it ain't cloudy and doesn't contain unexplainable bits, it ain't scrumpy. Unbearable hangovers the next day are just a bonus feature.
Been waiting for that feature for years...
So - not had a Mac then? Airshare..
Maybe if Arca Noae had a low-cost (and no, $129 isn't low cost - if it was $29 I'd buy it now) version for home use I'd be interested.
(Former OS/2 long-term user)
Even the "overpriced" Apple
In other news, buying quality hardware (with an average OS thrown in for free) is expensive. Who knew?
(Other than Dell, Acer etc etc).
A couple of years being since 2003.
(My first linux box used pre-v1 slackware. Doing dial-on-demand to Demon Internet over the blazing speed of a 14.4k modem)
 Picked because they had lots of FAQs about how to set up sendmail and fetchnews as well as how to slip/ppp and dial-on-demand. Dropped many years later because the techie nature of the place had utterly disappeared after their borging by Thus.
 Quickly superceded by qmail/exmlm-idx. Which required a different mindset but Just Worked. As opposed to sendmail which Only Just Worked..
Re: Where is ChromeOS in the list?
The idea is to try to get away from an OS supplied by a data-slurping monopolist, not simply move to one of a different flavour.
Re: FK U MS
That's fixable: Firstly delete the contents of C:\WINDOWS
Then format the hard drive and boot from a proper OS liveCD and install it instead..
Re: Firefox and Google Chrome should stand their ground...
Windows is becoming irrelevant now
Sadly, not quickly enough. Maybe if Project Vulkan is taken up by more Linux distributions we might see more of a move away from domestic use of Windows (for games at least).
Re: This Timeline thing
majority of El Reg readers are NOT going to be using MS software in the future
I put down MacOS because that's primarily what I use on the end-user machines. All my server VMs are either linux (old Ubuntu or Devuan) or FreeBSD.
I'd happily use linux if:
1 - It worked as well as MacOS
2 - If wasn't infested with systemd.
The software is something a uni graduate could sort in a couple of weeks!
Yeah but even a recent graduate is going to want *something* for their efforts. Which will reduce the amount of money available for moving offshore..
meme or buzzword for "nostalgia vampire"?
I believe it's a subclass of "scammer".
 Now, nostalgia is fine in the right context - I'll happily go and see a (good) Genesis tribute band, for example. Or even Steve Hackett - who isn't a tribute band since he was really there. And his departure hastened the descent into prog-pop.
 He whose music prompted my wife to exclaim "too many notes and all in the wrong place!". Which is exactly why I listen to it..
Re: At That Price, Who's the Targeted Consumer?
These cheap pimps turning out the Atari name have no idea what they're doing
In other words, accurately replicating the authentic Atari experience..
(For purposes of full disclosure I need to reveal that I had an Atari ST. But I got rid of it once the Acorn Archimedes came out..)
 Other fly-by-night late 80's computer manufacturers are available. Hardware may go down as well as up. Your experience may vary, please consult a qualified professional. Or, if you can't find one of those, that bloke in the pub that once used a computer and brags about it endlessly..
 Once got into a conversation with a kid who solemnly told me that "he knew all about viruses because they they were all written in machine code". Since I was (at that time) a mainframe assembler programmer I was somewhat underwhelmed..
Re: Why on earth do they need a high performance AMD CPU/APU?
An ARM SoC should be more than fast
Solution: buy up all the old landfill Android phones and use them.
That'll be £2.5m pounds please for my well-trained designer time. Cash only. Preferrably in brown envelopes.
 I believe that's the traditional colour..
Re: I still don't get it
To be fair the C64x had a wonderful keyboard for typing on.
Until it stopped working.
Or you wanted to type something quickly..
Re: Atari controller?
unaware that engineers or practicality even exist
People who can Do Stuff(TM) cost money! Whereas designers can *generate* money.. until the supply of credulous idiots runs out and, since it's a self-renewing resource, I can't see that happening any time soon.
His business plan is "Can I have some money now?"
Art imitates life..
Re: "It will do 4K video"
It'll have 4KB of video memory
Well, given that the original (according to pikiwedia) only had 128 bytes of RAM even that would be overkill..
(According to the article, later versions allowed up to 32K for the ROMs, using bank-switching but the initial ROMS were 2k-4K in order to reduce costs )
Re: Space oddity?
You grammar Nazis are slipping.
It takes time to ready the invasion force y'know..
Re: Space oddity?
Apparently people in the financial field also spout buzzwords
Friend of mine in that field was due to go out to Russia this week. For entirely understandable reasons the trip has been cancelled..
Re: Aaaahhhh come on....
From the spec it sounds much like a customised Steambox. And we all know how successful those were..
Re: I'll be impressed ....
.... when they cross breed with other software; in the wild!
Imagine the possible consequences?
A version of Microsoft Office that actively tries to kill you rather than passively letting terminal frustration do you in?
"Verizon and Colt"
Otherwise known as "nice interconnect, shame if anything bad happened to it.."
Nice idea but, since it requires trust between ISPs, it isn't going to work (at least, not in the US. Cartel members generally don't trust each other)
That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!
Re: Facebook has still not learned the lesson
guess my surname because the account is used mostly to see photos posted by the family
Both of which are easily sufficient to identify you if a malicious person or persons wished to. In fact, just the latter you be enough - especially when combined with other friends and family data.
Re: You signed up for it.
I'm not sure most people understand how their data
I think that the last three words are redundant. The average person really, really doesn't understand how much data that they give away every day and for how little cost. And how much can be done with not only the data itself but the connections between data points.
 If such a mythical being exists.
you've got to ask about Cambridge University's ethics committee
They have a very active one! Fido, dogbreath and Sir Barksalot are very active and involved!
(With chasing a ball round the park, barking at stuff and enjoying the treats that they get when they put their pawprint&w signature on stuff.)
But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it
"We got caught. We won't make that mistake (getting caught) again"
They have mastered the "augmented" part
..particularly when the phrase contains the words "bank account" or "executive pay packet". Not so much when you talk about hardware or software.
Re: Additional spartafication
But in the US it's always "times of crisis"
Powerful politicians and big business always like a crisis (even if it needs to be manufactured). The former because it lets them get more power, the latter because it's very, very profitable.
Any day there isn't a "War on .." is an opportunity lost!
Re: Draft Resistance v2.0
Draft the Silicon Valley Tech Lords first. Then the Wall Street Quants.
Who will (strangely) suddenly become citizens of $NeutralCountry and thus not be elegible for callup.
USA are getting there. In fact they are nearly there.
And have been since the days of the Vietnam war. Of course, present POTUS managed to buy him an exemption from serive (it's amazing how many people from wealthy backgrounds managed to find compliant doctors to sign them off as medically unfit) but the vast majority of the soldiers were conscripts.
2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations
Re: no mention of bitcoin mining
reinstate the bite-test
Which, with gold coins, was mostly to test wether they were adulterated with lead. Some unscrupulous moneylenders or mints would use it to make the expensive stuff go further thus creating more profit.
Just as well our financial institutions today are not that unethical eh?
People are prepared to do this. Even supposedly religious people
I'm not sure that (in the current discussion) Assad and Putin can really be classified as 'religious'. Unless the religion is self-interest and the willingness to cling onto power by killing everyone who opposes them..
No - kneejerk line that focuses on labels rather than underlying human nature..
Christians and Muslims
And communists, facists, Buddists, Hindus, capitalists, anarchists etc etc..
In short - human beings who are more interested in their own power rather than peoples lives. Who are present in pretty much every grouping of humans.
Re: Why bother?
push the claim the the evil Syrians or Russians are actually targeting hospitals
And the empirical evidence on the ground says that they do. The conventional hospitals were all aggressively bombed (despite the Assad regime knowing exactly what they were) and then the temporary hospitals were also bombed.
Neither of thos actions were by mistake.
this is what really ticks me off (and OS/2...)
You *very* nearly got a downvote for dissing the mighty OS/2..