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I can see how this works...
The plant is recharged by specially trained and certified personnel wearing a fat suit stuffed with AA batteries
Re: As a PS3 owner
DVDs are far from enough. If you can't see the huge quality difference between a BluRay and a DVD then you are blind or under drugs.
I tried doing a controlled test by watching the same film on DVD and BluRay on a 42" TV and I couldn't see the difference. Maybe my PS3 is too good at upscaling DVDs. Maybe my eyesight isn't sharp enough to resolve the increased resolution. Or maybe the quality difference isn't that huge? It's certainly not as big as the leap from VHS to DVD, both in terms of picture quality and functionality.
I've seen it. Sylvester McCoy deserves an oscar for his portrayal of your final stand against the lesbian space zombies…
What do you mean you haven't got to that bit of your life yet?
Re: The whole point?
Yes, once I've Googled a company, MY COMPUTER remembers the URL, not me.
I have the misfortune of using more than one computer and I can't necessarily transfer my bookmarks between them, but I still don't necessarily re-google my favourite sites. Unless there's a stupid hyphen in the URL that I can never remember where it goes. So there's a time and place for either method.
The whole point?
I thought the whole point of domain names was to be the memorable link to the unmemorable and potentially changeable IP number. DNS is the directory service. Once I've googled a company to discover its URL, I don't keep googling it.
And I used to know off by heart how to dial the phone numbers of the local take-aways and taxi firms, but I couldn't tell someone the number if they asked me, I'd have to dial it for them.
Can I have
I preferred the brevity of your previous post...
Probing, but not necessarily with any success
Reasons for Kennedy's gloomy prognosis are not hard to locate. Incredibly the Healthcare.gov website's search box helpfully suggests SQL injection attack strings in its autocomplete list - indicating someone at least has been probing the site.
If the autocomplete list contains "Bollock Cancer", it doesn't mean American men all have the disease, it just means it's a frequently submitted search term.
Similarly, if the list contains SQL injection strings, it doesn't mean the attempts were successful, it just means they were submitted frequently.
I think the author needs to try harder to locate
Reasons for Kennedy's gloomy prognosis
Re: Ted Treen
What if one of your list gets Simon Cowell first..?
Who do you think you are? Martin Gore?
Re: Can we stop ...
It looks like the person who named it ISON has down-voted you!
WHO was it that TAMED the WOLVES?
Well this article was a disappointment. Or maybe I'm getting obsessed with these Dr Who @ 50 celebrations...
Re: Appraising the creatives.
Developers\Engineers hate this sort of crap. Partly because it's usually conducted by people (HR) incapable of understanding what we do and how we do it.
It's partly because we're just not that good at marketing ourselves. If we were good at marketing, we probably would have ended up in marketing, using hackneyed metaphors and twisted definitions to sell shite to our own grandmothers. What we deal in is solid answers to properly defined questions. Either the code works or it doesn't, you don't write it with half a mind on whatever the corporate values are this week.
Sadly, this leaves us at a disadvantage when competing for a share of the bonus pot with cretins who can portray abject failure as resounding success, often due to the long hours put in by the techie staff to save the company's neck after the creative types have dropped everyone in it.
Re: Once upon a time
Sorry if I didn't make it clear but the point I was trying to make was that my old employer DID assess salary and bonus independently, i.e. if you completely ignored your bonus objectives and concentrated on improving your skills and taking on extra responsibilities in your role, then you could still expect a pay rise, especially if the market rate for your skill set had increased. If you could demonstrate you had met all your bonus objectives (and performed satisfactorily in your role), you would get your full bonus, no normalisations or calibrations to bring things in line with a predetermined bell curve.
I suppose you could have concentrated on meeting all your bonus objectives while doing a shite job, but then you'd be on a disciplinary path and excluded from the bonus scheme anyway.
There was no culture of "If you're not over performing then you're under performing", and the company (and it's customers) benefited. Which was one of the reasons why it was such an attractive target for a hostile take-over from a bigger, less reputable competitor. Then the rot set in.
Re: Well, Microsoft would say that, wouldn't it?
for every XP still in existence, it's a lost sale
And as the RIAA have taught us, a lost sale is exactly the same as theft, so come April 2014, Microsoft will be releasing one final XP patch that gives users a choice of buying and installing Windows 8 or being prosecuted.
A modern OS like Windows...
But not Windows. That would be some variant of Linux then?
Once upon a time
My first employer had a novel system - you got paid to do do your job based on market rates for your skills and experience and your bonus was determined by meeting objectives above and beyond your role. Management made the assumption that all the IT staff would meet all their bonus objectives and budgeted accordingly. Turns out that not all staff did and actual attainment fitted a bell curve, but the system was transparent, the unused bonus money went back into the IT budget and everyone was happy.
Then my employer was bought out by a bigger but less liked rival and one of the first things they did was "harmonise" our bonus scheme so we would fit in with the rest of their demoralised staff. The link between salary and market rates was severed and pay reviews were lumped in with bonus objectives. Instead of being budgeted for at the start of the year, the size of the staff* bonus pot was decided at year end, based on company affordability. Performance reviews would go through a sausage machine of "calibrations" until everyone ended up with the same mediocre result. No bell curve, no over or under achievers, and no explanation of why. For the first time in over 20 years, industrial action was threatened...
*bonuses for the board came from a different budget, obviously.
Why don't government departments just deduct tax when paying these companies and hand it straight to HMRC? Then the corporations can try claiming it back...
"If I ran an FM station I'd campaign against DAB too"
As it states in the article, The largest commercial [FM] operator is pushing for the switch over. It's the smaller, more diverse operators that are campaigning against the move, partly because they can't afford the access fees charged by the multiplex owners, which skews the market in favour of the big boys, with their completely non-unique blend of adverts and turgid X-Factor 'hits'.
6Music is an interesting case - it has a similar audience share to Radio 3, even without being available on FM. Were it to broadcast on FM, there's a good chance it could push Radio 1 into third place and maybe challenge Radio 2 for the top spot.
Re: Two Questions
Bad El Reg. You were supposed to provide an update to the story, not replace it completely. Where has the original ESA quote about "extremely low orbit" gone?
I shall be contacting my solicitor/writing to my MP/cancelling my subscription/etc...
At what point does an "extremely low orbit" become "ballistic trajectory of doom"?
Is this a WEEE compliant method of disposing with redundant space hardware?
Re: King William III
By "Nobody", I assume you mean amongst the nobility who had done rather well during the protestant ascendancy and didn't fancy their chances under a "Papist" monarch. I doubt the average peasant cared either way.
Now why do you feel the need for the sectarian name-calling?
ID for night clubs
"Should also be noted if you go to those shitty night clubs / pubs in London (and I expect other cities) you'll be required to show ID to get in regardless of how old you look."
Last time I went clubbing in the capital, I was well over the legal drinking age, but not only did I have to show my ID, they also wanted me to hand over some ID of the Queen before they could determine if the venue was full or not.
Not just doing porridge
But monitoring it too.
You're all missing the point
All this talk about the size of the Universe or using artist's impressions. WHAT ABOUT THAT 'EFFIN HUGE BORG CUBE IN THE SECOND PICTURE?!!
Judging by the Lorentzian distortion, it could be here in as little as a few million years!!!!
Re: Oh come on...
"What do you think they would have to do then?"
The same as what Microsoft is demanding of them. But with linux there are a variety of stable interfaces and you can choose the one that meets your needs. Stick with Microsoft and in another few years you can expect to go through this process again.
MS have painted themselves into a corner. Their customers are happy with the existing interface but sales and marketing can't sell an upgrade without some radical new shiny shiny.
Re: modern life is rubbish
My Samsung S3 has a highly configurable "blocking" mode which silences alerts and notifications, apart from certain contacts I specify. It means I can leave my phone charging overnight on my bedside table without being woken up by email/linkedin/charging complete beeps, but family can still contact me in an emergency and the alarm still wakes me in the morning.
"I got one recently made by Pure that actually dims or brightens automatically according to the room's light level. Sweet, blessed relief."
I also have a Pure clock radio with the auto-brightness function. Unfortunately, even the dimmest level is still brighter than the sun. The alternative is to switch off the display completely, but that somewhat negates the clock's primary purpose of informing you of the time by looking at it.
Re: Oh come on...
"If it takes you more than 5 minutes to figure out Windows 8, it really shouldn't be installed on your computer."
There. Fixed that for you. Because most people don't work in IT and most people don't want to relearn how to do the tasks they could already do.
"Walled garden, as opposed to the completely open ecosystem that is Android and IOS? Difference is the Windows one is optional, I don't use any TIFKAM apps bars the mail app because it is actually quite good. Don't like it, just use desktop apps and carry on. Try that same approach on an Android or iDevice and see how much you have to root the device before you escape their walled gardens."
I can install apps on my Android device from Google, Amazon, Samsung, or if I navigate my way through a single layer of settings menus, I can tick a box that lets me install apps from anywhere. As walled gardens go, that sounds like a knee high picket fence, with friendly neighbours that don't mind you playing on their lawns, and if you're daft enough, you can wander onto the dodgy estate at the end of the road and pick up something nasty.
Squid to the rescue?
Could you install squid on a machine with two network interfaces and use it to cache the download?
I'm so pleased to hear they've found an alternative to THC, because the last thing anyone wants is for cancer sufferers to have a good time!
Re: Red Brenda Paul Crawford Trust
""....,Firstly, Belgium did not go without a functioning parliament....." Check your definitions - the people voted but did not get the parliament they wanted, and the caretaking was largely by unelected civil servants. The mess in parliament couldn't create or sign off on new policy which meant the Belgian economy was effectively rudderless for four years."
The people of belgium didn't get parliament they wanted? What happened, was the election rigged so no one could seize power? Was there some kind of secret coup to put no one in overall control? The Belgian electorate got exactly what they voted for - no single party was popular enough to gain a majority in parliament or claim a mandate to push through its policies. In the meantime, the previously elected government continued in a caretaker capacity. At no point did an unelected civil service run the country. Your lack of understanding of how democracy works, along with your childish name calling suggests you're not old enough to vote.
""....the Belgian economy grew faster....." And crashed just as fast if not faster than most. I suggest you go read up on the Belgian 2008-9 financial crisis. You also negated to mention it grew from a position of lagging in the first place, and that significant foreign investment was delayed or went elsewhere due to worries that the country was continually about to split in two. Please do try and pretend Belgium is in a better state than the UK or Germany now."
The hung parliament was the result of the election in June 2010. Please explain how this "rudderless" parliament had anything to do with the 2008/9 crash you want me to read about, which occurred when the previous Belgian government was still in power. Apart from a fractional contraction in Q4 2012, the Belgian economy has been growing since the 2010 election, whereas the UK has remained stagnant. Your grasp on the timeline appears on a par with your ability to construct a coherent argument. You were the one gave Belgium as an example of a screwed up economy and you are the one who is negated to mention it was actually growing.
"You were the one that mentioned communism, but that's probably just another flakey attempt to divert the thread, so you can avoid admitting that it was socialist spending policies and the unwillingness to cut back that landed the EU countries so deep in the brown stuff."
I wouldn't call tearing apart your feeble ranting in the first two paragraphs as diverting the thread. As for your constant blaming "socialist spending policies" as the root cause of the economic crisis, didn't this whole thing start in that bastion of socialism, the USA, during the closing months of an eight year Republican Presidency? I suppose irresponsible lending by an unregulated financial sector during an unsustainable property boom had nothing to do with it?
Re: Paul Crawford Trust
"What, and maybe compare them to some European governments? Like, say, Belgium, which went almost four years without a functioning parliament due to inter-party bickering"
Ok, lets do this comparison.
Firstly, Belgium did not go without a functioning parliament. The previous government continued in a caretaker role and parliament voted on an issue by issue basis. The state continued to function as normal, unlike the situation in the USA, where a vocal minority of a minority party is holding the country to ransom in an attempt to force the repeal of a central policy of the democratically re-elected president.
Secondly, during this period of political wrangling, the Belgian economy grew faster than any other in the EU, or the US. This has been attributed to the fact that the Belgian caretaker government didn't implement the strict austerity measures demanded by conservative economists to counter the financial crisis precipitated by the deregulation of financial markets advocated by those same conservative economists.
Thirdly, you keep using the word "socialist". It does not mean what you think it means. You conflate it with communism, then use it to label anything to the left of your own hard-right conservative position. It makes you look ignorant and reactionary.
File under new heading
lightning in a two foot box?
How long before the septics declare war on the sky?
Questions and Calculations
Does it ask you how much you earn, so it can calculate how many precious seconds you will have to spend at work to pay for it?
Does it ask if you are married so it can reflect your drastically reduced longevity after your significant other finds out how much it cost?
Re: you guys are so biased
"I've read El Reg for years."
But this is only the second time you've commented?
Makes no difference if you're in the UK
It will be cloudy when it passes.
Rik's first contribution on the subject was in June 2009. Richard's was in November 2011. Your skeptical voice went unchallenged for two years and you have been rather more prolific.
I'm not saying skepticism is wrong, it's what drives advancement. It's just good to have some balance.
Re: Not so much a light-saber as a shipstone
Blaster? So uncivilised...
Don't complain about your meal while the chef can still piss in your custard.
Balmer on skis?
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Chair Lift"
Should have called it
I'm not a netflix customer but I do have VM telly & broadband. The biggest benefit I can see is that the content would be delivered to the STB in the same way as any other on-demand content, i.e. It doesn't depend on your broadband connection. Although on-demand content often buffers especially on a Sunday evening.
Re: Is it me
Have an upvote for
a) confessing your guilt
b) Leaving the incriminating post in place
c) Being given cruel and unusual punishment before you had even committed the crime
Re: @RobHib - rooting out corruption
I want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it!
Re: I really wish I could edit a post without withdrawing it and re-posting.
Just get 2000 commentards to upvote you and you can edit for 10 minutes after posting. Have one from me. Only 1999 to go...
"the U.S. and it's allies bomb Syria's terrorists over the killing of thousands of woman and children with chemicals."
Could you just remind us who Syria's terrorists are again? Are you referring to the Al Quaeda linked Islamic militants with a record of attacking religious minorities, that are attempting to overthrow the internationally recognised government? Or a despotic regime that is happy to massacre its own citizens to cling on to power?
The situation in Syria is far more nuanced than the warmongers' rhetoric would have us believe. How exactly do you ensure you bomb the "baddies" when they live cheek by jowl with the good guys?
I wonder why you thought it would be the woman who was wrong?
I wonder why you thought we would assume your wife was the only woman in your relationship? This is the nineties after all...
One way trip to Mars
"If it's designed and planned as a one-way trip to develop a Mars colony then the radiation issue can be ignored."
Radiation induced mutations might even give the intrepid colonists some super powers to help them overpower and enslave the
subterranean submartian underground Martian population.