Re: We'll follow as usual
Drain the swamp - and fill it full of shit.
177 posts • joined 20 Apr 2008
The last two pairs I've mended I've use this type of Neutrik connector.
The connector is very good but it's metal so it does add extra weight.
My point is the "Joe Stupid" doesn't have to be STUPID to get caught up in this. Not literally that doctors and professors are a special case. I thought you may have realised this, but obviously I have to spell it out to you.
"They should go to the IT professional because they are the experts" - So that includes everyone who wants to plug in a PS4 and just have it work? You are living in cloud cuckoo land.
"Standards would be great if they were universal, applied properly, and adhered to by ALL manufacturers and developers" - Correct, and?
Sorry but "Joe Stupid" could well be a professor of physics or a doctor etc, just not I.T aware, networking experts or sys admins. Blocking these people from using the products they have bought, just because they aren't aware of the implications is just wrong. It's the fault of the standards committees and manufactuers/developers not the users.
"That's why they are blocked on my home WiFi."
It's your WiFi and you're obviously free to block whatever you want. Stopping other people visiting sites that they want to does sound a bit like control freakery though. So you're stopping your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend and or children (if you have any of them) visiting sites that you don't like. When other people are using your WiFi then you are to a certain degree being their 'ISP by proxy'. Wouldn't you moan if your ISP blocked access to sites you wanted to go to?
ben goldacre @bengoldacre
"So: the bloke who makes the GP software that stores your NHS patient records also just flogged NHS data to scammers."
" EMIS (GP computer system) CEO is director of t'dodgy pharmacy that sold thousands of NHS patients data to fraudsters http://flnx.co/Iovnx "
Crosfield used to supply many of the top repro houses and newspapers with drum scanners page make-up systems. We're talking big money here £150000+ for a page make-up system. However they were great in their time. The earlier systems worked using DEC 11/34's, 23's (for scanner terminals) and later 11/73's for the page make-up systems. Later on they designed their own 68000 based systems.
The page make-up system couldn't touch the Photoshop of today but they could do things like USM and colour changing and many other features that for the time seemed almost like magic. A good operator (who were paid mega money by those days standards) could be amazing things given the limitations of the system. The systems needed a proper "system room" for cooling etc, although not all users had them. I can remember looking fondly (until the heads crashed) on a room full of CDC9766 340MB disc drives. I seem to remember 17 heads and a whole 340MB (unformatted) of data.
Kids today etc, etc, etc
"I was wondering why the hell upping the core count and RAM on the Model B. This explains it."
It wasn't so that you can run more intensive applications, of course not. I'm really pleased about this as I'm interested in it's use in RTL/SDR applications. The B+ is ok as a front end but doesn't have enough grunt to be used as a full SDR. This looks like it should be much more capable, it might be able to run some low spec'd GNU Radio apps.
"So the answer to the "why raise the hardware spec" is now clear - it needs to comply with the minimum spec for Windows 10 which surprise, surprise is 1G RAM." - OH FFS!
Just because someone once said something it doesn't mean that it's true.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943
"Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within ten years." - Alex Lewyt, president of Lewyt vacuum company, 1955
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
"Two years from now, spam will be solved." - Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 2004
"The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible, because it will make war ridiculous." - Guglielmo Marconi
I've just listened to the last Security Now podcast in which Steve Gibson acted like Chicken Little. Now Steve is sometimes prone to histrionics but after listening to his reasoning he did make some valid points. This certainly has the potential to be worse than Heartbleed or Poodle. I suggest anyone interested has a listen.
"I'd probably have bought him a mug" - what a factious glib comment
You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. A mug even half full is no use to him as the tremor causes the mug to shake too much and spill over the edge. He is forced to drink coffee/tea from a "sippy" cup. Which for an intelligent man in his early 70's is not much fun. All his soups have to be liquidised thoroughly before he could drink them. Which takes alot away from the pleasure of a hearty home made soup.
"You obviously don't get it: the two propositions are not comparable and I listed some of the reasons why."
Yep, I get your thinking and that's why it's not suitable for you.
BTW Dropbox does not "work" offline. It syncs an existing file tree (encrypted or not) into the Cloud when running and then to other devices. However, when off line Dropbox does sod all. You are only accessing a system already on your drive. Therefore, Dropbox is NOT working off line. What I think you mean is DropBox can sync local files across a number of devices, can OneDrive do this?
I believe that OneDrive does include file syncing for Windows users and OneDrive For Business allows cross platform syncing. So yes it can if you're using the correct OneDrive product and probably paying more for it.
As for picking on Skype, it's hardly a deal breaker if you don't use your free 60 mins. If you don't want to use it then don't. It's really just a side argument against what is a cracking good deal for home users and one very small part of the package.
For many home users the products are comparable and with the the extra "benefits" thrown in it is an option worth considering. Not for you I DO get that and i understand why
I get it, it doesn't suit you, fair enough.
Good point about business use though.
You don't want Skype, fine then don't use it. I'm really pleased that you've found some other way to make your calls.
For every 500 people from ElReg that hate it, there maybe one home user who will finds the storage and use of Office (5 licenses) useful, that person(s) will save money over Dropbox.
Right I'm just pointing this out, so please be gentle.
Office 365 Home, costs £79.99/year works out at £6.65/month.
And you get,
5 Licenses for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher and Outlook running on PC's or Macs
5 Licenses for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher and Outlook running on iPads or Surface (if available) or other mobile
60 minutes/month of Skype World calls (60 countries)
1TB of OneDrive storage for each of the PC of Mac users (5 * 1TB)
So saying that Dropbox have matched Microsoft in their charges is a bit misleading. I'm no Microsoft apologist but it does seem on heck of a bargain, even if you only use the storage. Yes, I do know that Dropbox is easier to sync across, and it maybe shows that MS are desperate but it's still a good deal.
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