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Times Paywall Blocks 90% of Traffic

brackishboy Re:And along those lines (311 comments)

That's terrible advice. I serve those ad banners from my localhost, you insensitive clod!

about 4 years ago

15 Years of Microsoft Bob

brackishboy I remember Bob. (191 comments)

My best friend when I was around ten had a computer with Bob preinstalled on it. I had an Atari ST, and it all seemed rather over-simplistic to me- both systems seemed light years behind the Acorns we used at school.

As I recall, my friend killed that system when out of curiosity he flipped the voltage regulator switch on the power supply to 110v :)

more than 4 years ago

Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

brackishboy On a side note... (247 comments)

I used to be with Virgin broadband, and their customer service was appalling. I needed to disconnect my service as I was moving, and they made it so needlessly difficult that in the end I just severed all contact with them and let them figure out my disconnection for themselves- I certainly wasn't flushing any more cash down their drain.

I suspect they're called Virgin because they don't give a fuck.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture

brackishboy Re:Nooo ! (440 comments)

The cut-offs for G4 Macs are processor speed and RAM- 867mHz and 512mb to be precise. This would write-off anything below the fastest single-processor 2001 Quicksilver Power Mac, including its dual processor 800mHz sibling- the installer doesn't care that the machine is technically more powerful, it only goes on CPU speed. The RAM thing is easy enough to solve, but the CPU is a more expensive and frustrating issue, particularly if you're just scraping the minimum requirements.

There are, however, workarounds. I have the aforementioned dual-cpu G4, and found the 'easiest' way to do it was to tinker with the open firmware so that it reports the cpu speed to the installer as faster than it is. I can confirm that Leopard runs as well as Tiger did on that machine with 768mb of RAM. Alternatively you could install Leopard using a more powerful machine and swap the disks around when you're done, but who can be bothered with that? :)

more than 4 years ago

Apple Voiding Smokers' Warranties?

brackishboy Re:Smokers are repulsive (1078 comments)

You've got to be a troll. There's no way that anyone could be as consistently and aggressively unreasonable without realising it.

more than 4 years ago

Regulator Blocks BBC DRM Plans

brackishboy Re:Consumer? Pah. (177 comments)

Actually, it could be a good thing. Not being able to receive television signals without paying your license fee would mean that people who don't want to pay their license fee won't be hassled by endless threatening letters from the licensing authority. They'd be free to own a television and it'd be easy to prove they weren't using it illegitimately, thus saving them a fine.

</devil's advocate>

more than 4 years ago

Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

brackishboy Re:Article summary (1174 comments)

That'll be 15 amps at 110v: to get the same power out of a British socket would only require 7.5 amps which would be (relatively speaking) safer, surely?

more than 4 years ago

Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

brackishboy Re:Depends on your criteria (1174 comments)

As a kid I had a small-gauge slot car set that ran off a double-insulated adaptor with a plastic dummy ground pin that only served to open the shutters on the live and neutral sockets. Then it snapped off.

I can still remember the noise my mother made when she walked in on eight-year-old me prising a matchstick into a wall-socket trying to plug it in :)

more than 4 years ago

'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

brackishboy Re:the wunnerful 50's, not (496 comments)

It was a Renault Megane. They did another test where the three presenters were driving cars made in the late 80s and early 90s (A Volvo 760, an Audi 80 and a Rover 416) into a wall at 30mph. I believe Clarkson chipped his thumb after misjudging his speed and crashing the Volvo at 40mph, but the others were fine.

more than 4 years ago

'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

brackishboy Re:Classic Cars (496 comments)

In West Philidelphia?

more than 4 years ago

'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

brackishboy Re:Classic Cars (496 comments)

But don't you think those old cars have a certain something that makes them worth taking care of? I drive a 2000 Mitsubishi Colt (Mirage for all you 'Merkins) and I seriously doubt that in forty years time there will be a single one left. Not because it isn't perfectly good as a method of getting to where you want to go; more because it wasn't designed in the same mindset as that '59 Bel Air. It's a white good- 3 1/2 metres of car. The Bel Air was sold on the buyers' aspirations- my Colt was sold because the first owner preferred it to riding the bus to work.

more than 4 years ago

First-Ever USB 3.0 Hard Drive

brackishboy PC card slot (191 comments)

My laptop doesn't have a PC card slot for the adaptor. Do you think they'd do a USB one? (-:

more than 4 years ago

Dymaxion Car Being Restored

brackishboy Re:Pictures (121 comments)

That rear wheel steering is something else as far as turning circle goes, but I can see myself doing a three point turn and wiping out several innocent pedestrians by accident :-)

more than 3 years ago

Old Operating Systems Never Die

brackishboy "old" computing is still prevelant in retail. (875 comments)

I work for a large UK supermarket chain (the largest, actually) and their computer systems and supporting software are pretty old. The tills run NT4 and the SBO/print queue manager is an IBM RS6000 (a PowerPC based machine, I believe) running OpenVMS.

The most up-to-date bits of kit are the checkout servers and the employee terminals- they run XP, but all of the software they run is either 16bit Windows stuff or terminal emulators to talk to that OpenVMS machine or the datacentres; having said that, I know of at least one store in our area that's still using an IBM 3151 orange-screen terminal. The in-house word processor is Ami Pro, a dreadful piece of software. I'd almost forgotten how annoying the 8.3 filename limit was :)

Anyway, with mission-critical stuff, the motto is usually "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". In our case, it seems to be "If it ain't completely broke, ignore it."

more than 4 years ago


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