avast, lubbers ahoy!
160 posts • joined 11 Feb 2008
"PS Those funny keys on your keyboard with the up arrows and possibly the word "shift" on them? Give them a go sometime - they're not just for decoration."
a) if you remove the humans who were scaring/neutering/killing it, the wild stuff does better
b) typically short lived (wrt humans) animals die of other causes before the effects of lower level radiation get to them
c) bears shit in woods
it's sad to see people who were trying to build something get hurt
but in this case i feel i have to make an exception
i do hope all the exploitative, money grubbing, race to the bottom, scum sucking, shit for brains, twats who thought creating and funding this invitation to abuse was a good idea, lose every penny
then i'd like them to slip in the street and land in a large steaming turd, not be injured, but as they lay reeking, get pissed on by people passing by who mistake the steam for smoke and are therefore being positive in their output
...when companies brag about how they use aerospace or military specification/standard parts or materials
if an aerospace/military standard specifies appalling crap, because that's all that's required, then it's appalling crap
...bearing a striking resemblance to anne francis* in forbidden planet, on a mission to teach us their advanced techniques of interspecies lurve and general happiness
*leslie nielsens and other alternate moist aliens are also available as required etc.
some of my ancestors escaped the nazis, i reckon my grandad would've found this hilarious, and i couldn't give a shit whether the nazis find it funny or not
i remember people in the repair centre putting any dirty keyboard assembly under the tap and giving it a good scrub, the operators couldn't be bothered to clean them so they would put in a fault call to get a clean one
another sight that remains with me was a processor board that according to the ticket had somehow been inundated in cream, by the time it reached repair it had become a new blue cheese
i was so happy to move to r&d where the biohazard risk was lower
i, for one, welcome our new martian overlords
obligatory body text
"This case is a little more complicated than that of a normal picture of nature."
er, no, otherwise you can make the argument that, for instance, jackson pollock doesn't have copyright in paintings because he didn't have control of what the paint did, it was all down to fluid dynamics
or, no copyright exists in any photographic image because it is based on detection of photons, which any fule kno are non-deterministic, so any photograph is simply the result of random chance
of course the photographer had involvement and is responsible for the existence of the image: the camera was his property, he took it there, hr dropped it, like jp's paint it was then outside his control, and as a result of this uncontrolled action an image was captured, he then made a deliberate decision to retain the image and cause it to be transferred and published, it's his
"And yet it will still end up being filled by someone with a resume full of lies and no ability to prevent all the politics that will derail any project he is tasked with."
that was going to be my strategy: blag it, new laptop, big monitors on desk, comfy chair, enjoy life, a few fact finding missions somewhere warm and sunny, rake in the cash as fast as possible until it's obvious even to uk.gov that things may, just possibly, be a smidge overdue, exit with a golden handshake for personal reasons as the price of not rocking the boat, then with reputation and cv enhanced, automatically be shortlisted for the next one on an even bigger package
on those awful days when you have to endure 6+ hours of webex, a desk phone with a proper headset is an awful lot more comfy than a mobile, and as our global megacorp is run by bean counters who confused byod with "buy your own phone, pay for company calls yourself and you cannot expense them", i'm buggered if i'm paying for the experience myself
mine has mute button, can't ever recall using one that didn't, and i have the speed dials set the way i like, much faster than faffing around with a mobile that's had the corporate security policy inflicted on it so that it locks after 30 seconds inactivity
the only improvement would be ditch the ip telephony and get back to a nice old definity where voice quality starts high and stays that way no matter how many people are on the phone at the same time
kill the golfers
/with apologies to philip k dick
"...lightweight parts of the industry gets into spats about rounded corners and hysteresis on scrolling, the serious radio guys seem to be good at accommodating optimal solutions"
one of the many differences between hipster fashionistas and hardcore engineers
that's because their representatives are busy gorging on aligator burger sprinkled with shaved shark and a side serving of ostrich mini-kievs
seems there's considerable spread...
we used to dream of ice melting in a bucket, would 'a been an lhc to us
we measured string wit' wooden ruler and teacher would thrash us to class with a broken retort, if we were lucky
...gets a bit expensive laying the track though
as a species, we're doomed
er, we're talking about downloading "free av software", not getting on a plane
these are two different things
if your name is not on the list, you are not going to be asked for your passport before you get the software
you are simply going to get the software
step one, download baddie list from convenient us government website
step two, check list for name
step three, use different name
am i missing something, or did they not think this through?
for some reason the instant connection my brain made was to "tiny little men" by electric six, and wondering how the tiny nuns were involved in their plight
soz, couldn't resist
many many moons ago there was a visitation from one of the global overlords of our megacorp
i was resplendent in secondhand nato overtrousers (by laurence corner of camden) and an iggy pop sweatshirt
my manager (who was really ok) blenched as the overlord was introduced to me, probably wondering if he was in for a ticking off, but all was good and subsequently the overlord offered me a job resulting in the most fun i ever had in business
happy times, will we ever see their like again ---reverie--- oops, must prepare for my first webex of the day, sigh
impotent management always resort to dress codes, another favourite is 'tidy' desks
it gives them a feeling of accomplishment every time they see people complying
greenwich is in london
it'd be much funnier if the rest of the interwebs took them at their word and didn't link to their site
happened to one of our hr bigwigs a few years ago, usa expat over in uk for a year of cv buffing and headcount/benefit slashing before heading home again
she turned up after hours in rather casual dress and the security guards decided she was a cleaner
hr, well, you can imagine h̶o̶w̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶l̶a̶u̶g̶h̶e̶d̶ the sympathy
well, one day the glorious leader saw a report on the need for terascale processing farms
orders were given
no one's going to point out the faux pas, they just need to keep a straight face and take plenty of notes
clearly it was taken aboard an alien ship thus causing loss of communications
after examining it to learn about it's creators and whether we are hot for interspecies bunga bunga or merely prospective slaves/food/whatever, they released it to carry on it's mission
watch the skies!
"There might be a need for a wholesale re-evaluation of how to deliver the public service outcomes Parliament has specified,"
as a species we're doomed
designed a cpu with 10k ecl once, i thought that drew a lot of power, but 500w has me beat
hurrah to him!
i see in the blog post they use the c word
not sure who started it, but every time i see it used in the context of some trivial task such as making a playlist i just want to slap the perpetrator, hard
i was stranded there where eyjafjallajökull hiccups
it only takes about a day to get back to london by train, sleeper warsaw-köln (book in the highest class you can get), thalys köln-brussells, eurostar brussels-london, it's advisable to take a hamper and plenty of beer and/or wine
sure the beacon cannot identify or track users, but the moment an app uses a beacon's id code to call home the user is nailed
samsung's problem is not that google crushed it's ui, it's that samsung is unwilling/unable to maintain software on it's devices and issue updates in a timely manner if at all
this is even on sim-free phones where samsung has no carriers to delay things with extra bloatware
fool me once etc., the s6 is lovely, but now there's no way i'm paying top whack for the latest samsung shiny if they're going to treat it as unmaintained landfill within a year or so
i'm no fan of the iphone, but this is one area apple really got it right
what could possibly be wrong with that
zuck off, bitch
trampoline, encouraged by the increasing zaps you bounce ever higher until reaching escape velocity
"as he is brewing up the potassium cyanide with which he killed himself"
was it ever reasonably proven that he did?
i'm sure i'd read that the apple was never tested, the amount in his body didn't suggest a large dose and it may simply have been accidental by inhalation/contamination from chemistry experiments he was doing with perhaps less care than advisable
by sheer coincience there are a lot of people in government who were, are or will be employed in the finance business
as usual, a reasoned piece - though the bit where we somehow become richer is pure fantasy, nice theory but the world has changed, now we get screwed and squeezed, tha's reality even in the usa where these pesky eu rules have no power - but there's more to life than economics
i do like not gettng messed around over travel, import/export, customs, and access to services in my travels, and do really rather enjoy meeting johnny foreigner wherever i encounter him be it bloomsbury or bruge, it'd sadden me to no longer be part of that, maybe enough to upsticks before an exit
the uk does not have the greatest employment/human rights in europe, but judging by the venom heaped on the eu 'interference' in this area by various robber barons i have the distinct impression that exit would be followed by an even greater loss of protection for the average person
i think it's also clear to any reasonable person that a big factor for many, not all, 'kippers is immigration, (and for some, not all by any means, that seems to boil down to simple racism), but what's the impact if we ban/deport immigrants? the average age in the uk is rising, surely we'll need people to keep things running, change our bedpans and wheel us about in our dotage
the eu has major issues, but i'd rather see an *honest* and sustained go a fixing it, which the uk has never tried, than a sulky retreat into what i'm sure would be a poorer and nastier island
"It's 200W added to the power you're supplying yourself, so 400W flat out."
it's not as simple as that...
going uphill it is power to weight ratio that counts, on the flat aerodynamics hits hard from around 30-35kmph
i'd think a heavy upright leccy rider would be hard pressed by even an uncategorised road cyclist, a proper roadie would easily leave it in the dust
but for commute etc. it's a great solution if you haven't the benefit of showers etc. at work
[words, just words]
any fule kno the correct measure of 33,000m2 is 1.5883 microwales
it would only be time before apps with 'fake' timex/swatch/seiko/citizen/etc. watch faces appear and fanbois go wild to upgrade the look of their wrist jobs
apple does not want a repeat
unless/until you connect to free wifi, at which point the device's true mac is used and trackable
afaik apple hasn't published details of how these 'random' mac addresses are generated and shuffled, if it were truely random within mac space they'd risk duplication of legitimate macs, so presumably they instead use a smaller block registered to apple, but if they use a small fixed per-device pool then over time it'll still be possible to infer device id
but it's no big deal, mac anonymity is a red herring, idevices are still trackable by other means
more interesting is that apple introduced the feature around the same time that ibeacons were launched, a cynical person might think there was a connection and that apple's motivation was not this sham privacy but simply to disrupt established companies with push wifi tracking and boost a new imonopoly for app-based pull tracking via the beacon (if you use the app, you're agreeing t&c and you are then 100% trackable), though of course ibeacon has no special appleness, any ble beacon plus app will do the trick irrespective of platform