No microSD card slot = no sale.
204 posts • joined 4 Sep 2019
Thumbs down? Really? I'm not saying I have no sympathy, but I've lost count of the number of times someone has come to me saying that their computer has "died" and could I get their data back please? Are you giving thumbs down to the use of decent backup solutions, or to my apparent lack of sympathy? If someone is hit by a drunk driver and dies simply because they weren't wearing a seat belt, then it's still a tragedy. But they were still being stupid.
Yes, but they shouldn't be able to go after your backups if you've got them set up properly. I'm a sole trader working from home, and I have multiple, rotated, offline backups. Even if ransomware sat hiding on my system for weeks, I'd still have most of my data at the point when it revealed itself. Best case, I'd lose nothing. Absolute worst case, I'd lose 30 days – and they'd have to have worked very hard to keep hidden from me in that time. I have a spideysense for unusual behaviours or slight, unexpected hesitations on my machines when there should be none, and I go delving to find out what's happening. But I guess that's an advantage of having a small set-up and an enquiring mind.
I remember being very impressed as a kid when I found out that the real secret to smooth animation on the BBC Micro/Master was colour-palette cycling. It's a neat trick that makes the best use of a very limited system. I'm guessing Elite had a number of tricks like that up its sleeve. It was also absolute genius how they used a pseudo-random number generator to create all the star systems at run time, meaning they could get round the problem of the (then) vast storage space that would otherwise have been needed.
But ah, I can still remember the smell of the box that glorious 5¼" floppy came in.
I was imagining living quarters pressurised to ~1 atmosphere. If the working pressure were closer to that inside an aeroplane cabin, then I'd say it would be worth designing a pressurised kettle. However, I think if you were attempting to make tea in the ~3 × 10−15 atm of the moon's surface, you'd have bigger problems than getting a decent cuppa.
already know how to securely wipe things from his computer(s)? I would've thought that was part of his training. (Also, could he not just figure out something like "cp /dev/null /dev/hda" after booting from a live CD? A bit obvious to anyone who looks at the disk afterwards, perhaps, but it would've been a start. He can't've been a bright spark.)
Ah, the days when things were written specifically for IE. I remember having to manually tinker with pages to get them to work properly in it. Isn't it great now that every browser behaves in exactly the same way and conforms exactly to the same standards. Isn't it? Okay, well, maybe we're not quite there yet. But it's getting better.
Also, could they make it actually deliver messages to me, please? It's been decidedly flaky for some time. A couple of days ago, someone sent me a message at 0830, and when I actually spoke to them in person at 1700, it still hadn't appeared. It only arrived after I did a hard log out–log in (but by then its delivery was of course pointless). This has been happening a lot lately, and it's driving me nuts.
one April 1st in the mid-90s, when a wandering sheep mysteriously appeared on the desktop of every machine on my school network as part of the login script. It's amazing how easy it was to mock up a convincing Novell login screen in Visual Basic in those days. One could (hypothetically, of course) set it running on a machine known to be frequented by admins, and it would feign a BSOD and force a (normal) reboot once it had harvested the credentials. It was a simpler time.
Do you mean the confirmation-of-delivery kind of return receipt, or the confirmation-of-reading type? I've never felt the need for the former, as I'll get a standard bounce if something fails, and I find the latter kinda creepy. If I want to open an email and then pretend I haven't read it yet, then that's my prerogative. That's why I like the fact that Tutanota blocks all hotlinked images in emails by default. No hidden pixels for me, thanks.
I can't believe you came out of hiding after best part of a year – having posted only two things in the last nearly four years – just to post that. I guess maybe you're usually AC. Also, you weren't the first. Just that someone else got cold feet and deleted it. But maybe that was you too. In summary: what?
...the stampede of people coming to this comments section to rant about the evils .NET and Micro$oft and "why would anybody want to ... something something ..." and "abomination ... something something ... " and excessively sized binary dependencies and how serious developers roll their own bits to form artisanal hexadecimals. Well, shall we assume we've done all that?
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