574 posts • joined 28 Sep 2007
Re: What this world needs is more organizations like The Guardian and The Register
The Guardian? You mean that bunch of trust-funded, nepotistic private school alumni who have form for revealing their sources without a qualm if the alternative is any sort of personal inconvenience?
What precisely is the Google plan for dealing with the wind where their balloons are? Blimps are fun, by I doubt many of them can do the 100kt+ which would be required to maintain station in many places.
Feeling a bit hormonal today, are we?
Re: Be nice to shop workers
Be nice to people, full stop.
It's a long time since I did customer support, but I do remember going out of the way to look after the people who treated me decently.
Did you spot the inconsistency there?
That is the professional advice and best practices of REAL network admins and directors. Not snake oil salesmen.
Nah, it's appropriate advice for a very small number of companies and paranoid, will-nobody-think-of-the-child job-preserving bullshit for most. The average university has upwards of ten thousand privately owned devices connected daily, and nobody dies as a result.
Before getting too sneerily superior about 1960s Russian rocket technology, it might be worth remembering where and when the only spacecraft currently capable of taking people to the ISS was designed.
As little as that?
There is no excuse for not listening on channel 16
Marine VHF is very limited in range, both by power and by curvature of the earth. There is no reason at all to have a VHF set switched on forty miles offshore - it's for inshore and intership use only.
Not terribly effective for temperatures under several thousands degrees. You need to make the bloody thing glow to radiate heat.
Care to guess why the surface of the moon, and indeed the Sahara, get so cold at night?
Re: Avast, there
Various inland lines that could have been put into service had been closed and taken up by people who were unable to assess risk
No, they were closed and taken up by people who realised that there was no sense in keeping a railway line open in order to provide a diversionary route which has been closed once, for a few weeks in fifty years.
According to some of the paper's sources, Apple has tweaked the iOS user interface to include a "one-handed mode" that can be switched on and off, for those with short fingers but who still like the idea of a phone with a larger screen.
Wow. What a stunning, ground breaking idea. Only Apple could ever come up with such a stunning breakthrough. Well, not counting Samsung, who had a one-handed mode on the original Galaxy Note three years ago.
Re: Biting on the Apple
My original Galaxy S does everything I want it to do, as fast as I want it to do it. Much as I would like some new shiny, I haven't been able to find any semi-rational reason for splashing out a few hundred quid on upgrading.
New features are all very well
But I do wish they'd get round to dealing with that whole "being a bloated cycle-sucking RAM vampire" thing as well.
Any sign of the promised education version?
It's only two years late now.
I was beyond fuming
He points out that cheap tablets are often bought for children and by selling on a tablet which has the child’s social network data, the parent might be unwittingly aiding a stalker who could use the identity of the child to stalk other children
He appears to be channelling the collective mind (using the term loosely) of Mumsnet.
Re: Inefficiency is irrelevant
People aren't prepared to spent money on pointless techno bling? Haven't met many Apple fanboiz, have you?
Re: Good work
At which time the Boots instore advert for photo processing was a life size free standing cardboard cut-out of a child, seen from behind. A naked child.
Somerville was shopped by a presumably hypocritical Boots employee, and her arrest details were flogged to the press by a Metropolitan police officer.
Am I the only person assuming that the NSA is behind this?
Re: 16-page document I was working on last night won’t fit onto a floppy
I have a hard-sectored 8" floppy for a Philips WP system, ca 1984. It has some useful stuff on it, and I dream of one day reading it. I'd be mildly surprised if there is a working system of that sort left, and astonished if it could transfer data to anything else.
Obscure note: the disk was used on Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.
Here we would be going again
If Apple really were about to release something, wouldn't we be getting the usual "Apple engineer accidentally leaves prototype in bar, prototype mysteriously finds its way to Apple-friendly blogger/magazine, Apple claims to sue Apple-friendly blogger/magazine and retrieves prototype after just long enough for plenty of details to be leaked" routine?
History of Art at Cambridge, eh? The traditional degree for well-connected but dim girls.
Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.
I've been running Ubuntu since 6.06 and current have it on about ten machines. I have never, ever managed a successful version upgrade.
Re: Say what?
The usual suspects? Is this Big Oil Shill paranoia? Perhaps Mr Musk should have charged his rocket for longer, instead of relying on what the customer support person (suesequently sacked) told him to do.
"All of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight," the British intelligence agency said in a statement.
A statement which they make so often that I expect it's a keyboard macro in the press office there. Does anyone seriously believe that they would tell the truth about this?
Re: I have looked
Code should not cause compilers to issue dozens of warnings.
Meh. If you're not getting compiler warnings you're not trying hard enough.
Microsoft Word? Oh-so topical
What will Mr Stross think of having a zany, up-to-the-minute pop at next? How about those teenagers and their transistor radios? Or perhaps he could turn his gifted pen to military strategy and explain why so called "tanks" will never replace horse on the battlefield.
Re: Maybe they should teach maths
How's progress with the proper education version? You know, the one we were told would be out in September. Last year.
Re: They've done more than you ever will to promote some classroom coding, sunshine
Have you seen many classrooms with enough HDMI-input TVs lying around for every child in a programming class? 'Cos I haven't.
(1) Install Chrome under the OS of your choice
(2) Run Chrome
(3) Login in to your Google account
You now have a PC which is also a chromebook. Congratulations.
"Sorry" is the hardest word.
Is this El Reg trying to make up for the huge number of articles it ran about Gary McKinnon in support of the notion that people with Asperger's are paranoid, unreliable and destructive? Because after that, what sane manager would employ or retain someone with Asperger's?
Re: But slowly – over time
Vendors? For Firefox and LibreOffice?
Re: @Pirate Dave RE: Always a PC
Nervousness about FOSS is entirely justifiable. Where would a company go which had fully committed to Gnome have been when the developers chucked away the Gnome 2 interface because they were bored with it? How would a company feel if it had committed to OpenOffice just before most of the developers threw their toys out of the pram and decided to do LibreOffice instead?
Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.
British subjects do not need a passport to enter the UK; we need only prove our identity. A passport is the easiest way of doing that, but not the only one.
Respect mah authoritah
According to the Camden New Journal
Mr Szemalikowski ... added that if Mr Zaloom had not used bad language he would still have warranted an expulsion “for his mad ideas and ranting”.
I'd love to know what legal basis he would have for expelling a pupil for mad ideas and ranting. There are very tight controls on exclusions and expulsions; it is not down to the whim of the head teacher.
You seem to be a little confused between local councils (who run state schools in Scotland), school councils (which are elected groups of pupils everywhere) and boards of governors (who oversee schools in England).
Re: Knowing your place
Of course in loco parentis stops outside school hours. It means "in the place of the parents", not "as well as the parents".
Re: Truth or consequences
And how often has that actually happened?
Fonts didn't display at all?
I'm pretty sure they did, because I clearly remember being able to read text on web pages.
Re: How would the professor know though?
A as opposed top taking business advice from someone who flogged load of cheap hifi in the eighties, a load of cheap computers in the early nineties and has done nothing since but rent out the property he bought with the profits?
Re: Too cheap
Come to Edinburgh. Local buses (owned by the council) charge a flat rate of £1.50 for journeys of any distance, and £3.50 for unlimited travel for a day. And the system still makes a profit.
Re: No they don't!
Real Glaswegians call it the Subway, which is the name it had from opening until electrification in the 30s. At that point the official name changed to the Underground, but it never really caught on and in changing back to the subway, the cooncil have reflected popular usage.
Re: No they don't!
I don't believe you. I lived in Glasgow when it was rebuilt, and I never, ever heard it referred to as the Clockwork Orange. That terms seems to be wholly a figment of the imagination of lazy journalists. Give me half a dozen contemporary written citations by non-journalists and I'll maybe change my mind.
Reported in the Herald diary recently: A couple of Glaswegians were walking through the city centre one Sunday and saw it prepared for shooting a disaster movie. Rubble all over the place, burned our cars and buses strewn around. One turned to the other and said, calmly, "I see Celtic lost at home yesterday".
Re: Point 5
Didn't the Milliband boys use a trust to deal with the estate of their late, socialist father?
Re: Does anybody know ...?
He certainly claims to be a very high-flying headhunter, but he also writes for El Reg and shows a strangely detailed knowledge of the recruitment process for entry-level programmers. I think we're talking "bloke in HR" here, with all that implies.
Re: Agree on pre-degree IT exams
No A-level courses beyond the traditional ones are any use whatsoever as preparation for any HE. English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Modern Languages and that's yer lot, save maybe Music and Art if and only if you want to go on to the same thing at university.
Psychology A-level? Economics? Computer Science? Design technology? All a waste of time as far as HE goes. And anything with the word "studies" in it is fit only for wiping your bum on, at any level.
The people working on this are not engineers.
They are technicians. Thank you.
Education? Education? Education?
It's a bit odd to say that the Pi's origins lie in education. In fact its origins lie in a bunch of well-meaning techies without a clue about education, which is why it has been a complete flop there, one or two stunts aside. Anyone seen the cased education version we were promised for last autumn, by the way?
All the interesting Pi stuff - and there is a lot - is happening in the maker community, not in schools.
It's be some anorexic bloke with good cheekbones. Just like every other high profile role on the BBC. Who cares about acting ability?
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