298 posts • joined 15 May 2016
Re: Bloody southerners.
>North of the Mason-Dixon line, so Northeners.
>Hell, everyone in Europe - and on your island - is on the wrong side of the line.
Oh hush, you lost the war.
Re: "Phone makers had banked they could compensate for slowing volume by pushing up prices"
I think more than each of us complaining that we want a removable battery, dual sims, racing stripes, or whatever, step back a little. What we want is choice, more than anything else. My needs are not your needs are not his needs are not hers..... And yet, every bloody phone is almost exactly the same. There's little to no variety in the market, once you brush aside some of the tinsel that adds no real functionality to the products.
Personally, I want my old S4, but updated with more memory, more cpu, and a better camera--I like having a 3.5 headphone jack, a SD slot, and a removable/upgradeable battery. This isn't the phone for everyone, but the one for me.
Also, what's becoming higher and higher on my list of requirements is root access. It's MY device, not anyone elses, and I'd like the control over the software that runs on the @W#$%@!# thing!
>> For some reason I assumed the UK was 60Hz.
>You probably also think we use inches.
And have speed limits set in MPH. Go figure, eh?
Re: Dyson ain't quite wot it used-er to be
Failure to chooch, and not skookum.
Holy crap. I never knew that Holy Water was homeopathic....
Re: Call centres and the concept of purgatory
That was a rant worthy of a bastard himself. Have a beer, you need it.
Or DX## from DirectX.
Oh joy, the latest idiotic marketing buzzword. Hopefully this one passes over soon, because it's going to be irritating while it's around.
Re: List of side effects
"Naturally I scanned down to side effects beginning with "N" (for Nosebleeds).
Sure enough "Nosebleeds" was listed, fourth one down on the list of side effects beginning with "N"."
You're lucky it wasn't listed as "epistaxis", as most people wouldn't know to find it as that.
Re: best "to buy a really old car that isn't super-connected"
>Basically a VW-branded OBD bluetooth dongle<
If it was OBD, just unplug it. It's next to your knee.
Re: Software solves anything!
The last carb'd car that i'm aware of was sold in 1993 or so. So it's been 25 years.
That said, a well-tuned carb gets fine mileage and the emissions aren't much an issue after it's warm (which is 95% of when emissions happen on any engine... cold motors don't burn fuel very well, and cold cats don't cat [?] very well).
Of course, while you're paying a huge premium for EFI and multiple catalytic converters, notice that giant semi next to you, the commercial delivery truck, that has effectively an open exhaust and blasts soot everytime the light goes green? Yep! Just like the catalytic converters on airplanes and container ships....
But more importantly, if we'd stop shrieking that the car was the end of the environment, we'd realize that things like cows and coal-fired powerplants are a bigger issue by far.
No one wants to hear the right answer (and so I'm about to get massively downvoted) but STOP MAKING MORE PEOPLE. WE HAVE ENOUGH HUMANS TO GO AROUND. And that'll solve basically any eco-disaster-headline-maker you can come up with finding. Seven and a half billion people is too many.
Re: Another solution for a new car:
It is possible to buy a newish car (inside the past ten years) that doesn't have always-on communication to the mothership.
It is not possible to do that with a phone, say. This is why phone buyers will put up with that crap, and suprising number of car consumers will not.
Plus, having someone look at my texts without my consent is likely to cause them giggles/boredom, but having someone look over my speedometer without my consent is likely to cause me jail time.
Re: some people may find this appealing
To be fair, a very easy and comfortable way to figure out what an unsolicited email is like is to look at what's in it as far as flash, html, and such.
if there's any, it's crap.
If it's text, it might be important.
Re: We still haven't solved the very first problem
Sadly Turing was a man before his time, and was treated rather poorly for what we consider today to be pretty dumb reasons. He isn't alone in being beaten down by the "normal" people of the time.
(Eppur si muove.)
Enemantary my dear Watson.
I'll be dead by then.
Re: "to not sell a PC without an OS"
"That practice was quashed long ago. MS did in the 1990s, it can't do it now without facing antitrust issues, especially in EU. It's 2018, update your sources - things change, in 25 years."
I do not quibble with your statement.
But I'm aghast at you pointing out that 1993 was 25 years ago. When did I get so old?
I need a beer. Or ten.
Re: And they were so close...
"Whenever you see the word "virtually", remember that it means "not really"."
When that statement can be written as "none -- verifiably" then we'll start talking about making the UI and update process something usable.
Re: Frontier claims 768Kbps is broadband
Re: Frontier claims 768Kbps is broadband
Also K is higher in the alphabet than G so is clearly better.
Oh, this is easy then. I'd like a Ybps connection (yottabyte). Hop to it, telcos!
Re: Fault analysis undertaken and fix identified
If you're using blue loctite on screws that small, you're doing it wrong. Purple is the stuff you're looking for.
The factory-applied blue stuff is actually a plastic that's melted with some ugly solvents so that it can be machine-applied to fasteners and allowed to dry. That way you don't end up with assembly workers putting the wrong amount on, and they don't get glued to the conveyor.
Sounds like someone at the factory was just screwing around and it got out of control.
"You sure that's barometer and not bar-o-meter, the pub crawl app?"
Can't tell. The screen's all blurry....
I hate all of you.
You prevented me from making a joke along the lines of "that reminds me of my ex..."
Re: report finds agency actions have restored progress
>And black is white, good is evil, etc. What's it going to take to restore honest government to the U.S.?
Higest bidder. Same as always.
Re: Programmer, not developer...
Stop faffing around with the UI, then.
That'll save you 90% of your workload.
Re: How can they stop you? Re WD40
"I've not tried the auto transmission fluid homebrew. None readily available as we tend to have pudding stirrers here in Blighty. My guess is that the acetone penetrates very well and takes some of the auto fluid down with it. That has EP properties, no? Maybe a little auto fluid does dissolve in the acetone. That would suggest that using far less that the normal grease monkey recipe of 50 / 50 might be better??"
The problem that I've had with making the stuff is that they tend to not go into solution very well. Desperately needs some form of emulsifier involved, and that's beyond my ken. Howes makes a lovely penetrant that smells of cinnamon faintly, and that's my go-to instead.
(Also note: I've been surprised, but many modern transmissions with the correct amount of pedals use ATF, despite the obvious indication that the fluid is for an entirely different application.)
I'm fine with paying money for a car that does what I need it to do. Wish the "infotainment" (used to be a radio, eh?) was simply easily replaced. Then I could update it as needed without some ghastly abomination glaring back at me.
It'd be neat if a maker of a fairly modest car decided to make an enthusiast's version, where the fancy electrical crap was turned down, and you could get useful stuff like larger brakes, better suspension, and so forth--without paying twice the car's base value. In the same way that a radio delete was an option on old American muscle cars from the 60's.
I read "Ian Beer" as "I-am Beer" and thought... you lucky bastard, I'm trying to get there the old fashioned way!
That guy would have so many friends....
Whilst I utterly agree with you, Ledswinger, that the "updates" are usually going to be priced in such a way to make simply replacing the entire thing more realistic than keeping the old--I should mention that in any instance where there's software being held behind that sort of paywall, someone else will assuredly enter the market with a means to fix it.
I believe VCDS software with a VAG-COM interface will reprogram a Skoda with whatever you're needing altered. Though that brand isn't sold in the US, I understand it's a VAG car, and shares the protocol with whatever the equivalent models are. You can look to local shops for enthusiasts or even places like craigslist for assistance if you're not interested in spending a fortune to do it yourself. People (like me!) will occasionally put up ads offering assistance with exactly that sort of situation, usually for beer tokens.
Re: Please keep going
>as long as you make sure that Trump, Putin, May and Kim Jong are all on the first flight.
Screw it, aim for the sun.
Re: Good story, well written
Sure. Beats the hell out of hearing about another storage startup.
Re: Badger-Bashing Bitbarn Ban Bodged!!
I just was waiting for the inevitable link.
Re: Mac and iPhone
Imagine the money MS could make if they decided to really focus on their core business (Windows and Office), instead of trying to chase companies like Google and Facebook.
I wonder if, when Satya gets canned, the next guy will refocus the business on returning to their core business. I'm sure that Win11 won't be perfect, but it could so easily be very, very good. Of course, I strongly suspect that it won't be, and that's horribly sad. If they could just make an OS worth paying for, I think they'd be able to sell it!
In other news, water is wet and night is dark.
Please make a fast, lightweight, modular browser, distinct from the others on the market currently. This will improve your market share.
The entire world
Re: Just like the Sun (News of the World) then
If the bad evil russians can spend so little and influence the outcome of an election, you'd think the smart folks would simply hire them, get elected (or get whatever outcome for a given democratic process), and save a fortune in campaigning costs.
^ Given heat cycling internally of the drive, nevermind atmospheric density changes, I'd imagine that it's almost never at the same pressure as the external surroundings.
Plus, helium is weird crap, and can go through stuff that you'd think would be utterly solid.
Re: Targetted Advertising
I think that nails it right there.
You can target your advertising, and there's a big difference in doing it well vs doing it poorly. To use the printer example: I'm shopping for a printer, so I look at lots of printers and accessories (e.g., toner, ink, cables, adapters, whatever). What currently appears to happen is that my search history shows that I've been looking with interest at printers, so it shows me printers. What it should do is log that I've actually bought one, and intelligently use that information to show me ink and such that fits it.
I wonder how much targetted ads would improve if they were curated so that searching for printers shows you ink in the ads. It seems to me that there's an X Y problem here. When you're shopping for a printer, you want to see the X axis, the listing of all the available printers. When you have one, you're shopping on the Y axis, stuff that is only related to that specific printer, but the categorization doesn't work that way.
Re: Host File
pfsense for the win.
The bitch of it is that it shouldn't be necessary. Make telemetry opt-out, fine, but include an OFF setting. And respect it (along with other preferential settings).
How difficult would it be to include a couple different UI options, while we're at it?
I suspect that if MS allowed a 'retro' interface (i.e., 7's UI, even a 2000 setting), allowed telemetry to be turned off, had a couple of options for how the start menu worked, and allowed user control over updates.... 95% of the people that hate Win10 would cheerfully use it.
And yet, it isn't gonna happen.
Makes you miss Lester.
>If curing cancer or solving Fusion was more worthwhile then it would pay better
It's pretty plain to see that curing cancer will turn whoever leads the charge (and collects the patents, etc) will undoubtedly wind up being so unimaginably wealthy as to put the oil sheiks to shame. The problem is, it's a really tough nut to crack. Ideally, something along the lines of the 'folding@home' would be run on those mining rigs, as it's the sort of problem where you need to run a bunch of very similar experiments. This can be done in parallel, so it scales nicely with lots of smaller units--GPU's are good at this sort of load.
The problem is, 'cancer' as a single disease is a misnomer. In reality, there's a zillion kinds of cells and as many ways that their propogation can get wonky, but they still fall under the big C umbrealla.
In a true and just world, we'd be putting this kind of processing power (and more besides!) against figuring out how living cells work at an atomic level. When viewed close enough, life is just chemistry, and chemistry is just physics. So the answers are clearly there, but because the problem is so unendingly vast, it's far cheaper to scrape moss from previously undiscovered tree trunks and test for the chance of a therapeutic effect instead. It sucks a lot, because if we properly could understand how our insides work, we could in theory solve cancer as well as pretty much any non-traumatic problem (autoimmune problems, genetic problems, and microorganism-induced problems would be easy--but if your head falls off, odds are you'd still be dead, though developing optimal cell control could theoretically reattach and regrow things if you survived long enough to get stable and have the treatments).
But it's a comparable problem to any green problem. I've yet to see evidence to the contrary that the planet simply has too many people on it, and no environmentalist's concerns that cannot be fixed by removing people. The planet can very comfortably handle a couple hundred thousand humans, but a few billion is another story. Removing most of the people solves all those issues, but the problem is which ones, and that's where the arguments start. :)
>Your "right" to swing a fist ends at the tip on MY nose, anything further is assault, but being a Libtard that you are, you don't understand "other" peoples rights, do you?
Negative. The act of swinging the fist is assault unto itself. Making contact adds "Battery" to the list.
>What is it with these people who believe that you need a degree to be successful in a job.
They're teachers. It's kinda their whole industry, isn't it?
The issue is (and always has been, from what I understand) that owning a piece of paper may not accurately reflect/predict ability in real-world applications. But it's very much more easy to test if a person has a piece of paper, and very much more difficult to test if a person is capable.
The counterexample is that you can work in a given industry for many years while showing no competence at all. I suspect that everyone can think of at least one coworker or ex-coworker that fits this description.
Re: The simple solution
Bomb NK with politicians. When those run out, start on the lawyers.
Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)
Re: Well said.
Also nice to read a proper Dabbsy rant.
Re: Simple solution
The problem with this simple solution is likely to be the same problem with the current software.
Or were you infering that Adobe could get someone competent to do the implementation of the celebratory power generation?
I'd be terrified of megawatts of power being run through a dozen tatty power cables comprising more patch than cable. :)
Re: Has it been that long..
Don't forget - it's no longer possible to heat a small house just by using an AMD CPU in your PC.
Sure it is. You just haven't pushed the voltage and clocks hard enough yet.
(True of any chip, really. Watercool it and turn it up until the smoke billows out!)
Re: As a rule of thumb
Wait a moment, please.
The military, as seen by most western taxpayers (and possibly others, but I gotta go with what I know here...) is a laughably inefficent pile of made-up terminology to describe overpriced and underperforming hardware. This is not a selling point in my household.
Am I wrong?
Re: Glad to see that...
....The vast majority outweigh the few decent intelligent people....
I suspect that holds true for the overwhelming majority of the population, worldwide. Depending on the company I keep, that's considered racist, sexist, ageist, cynical, or--worryingly--optimistic.
The properly frightening bit is how the ratio grows tighter when looking a government. (Any government.)
Re: Dear Adobe
>Syphilis is worse than scabies, but you still would not want either ... a bit like Flash.
Yes, but you still wanted to get laid (get the content that caused the problem).