787 posts • joined 26 Mar 2008
I can't imagine anyone intentionally using it on windows, other than via iTunes. It doesn't look or act like windows software and is incredibly unresponsive, probably due to not using standard windows stuff.
Re: "Undesirable nudity"...
just picture all those 'silver surfers'
or maybe not in this case
Any stray email that is going to an @facebook address will be diverted to folks' primary address associated with their account
I don't actually want anyone discerning whatever my facebook email was and using it to send spam to my real address, that I actually use.
what data are they sharing?
I haven't had a leaflet but I'm not that surprised
Last time I went to the doctors a few months ago they had an address 3 years out of date, and the doctor asked me about my asthma, which i don't and never have had.
I went to A&E around the same time, due to bad luck, and the address they had for me there, 10 mins walk from the doctors, was over 10 years out of date, and they didn't think I had asthma.
I really don't want the TV here to become like America
I don't enjoy paying the licence, but I have seen some American shows and they can be obscene in the amount of blatant advertising. If you want a funny example watch an episode of Top Chef!
All the kitchen equipment is name checked by manufaturer, the cameras linger on the logos all the time. The contestents don't just go and get ingredients, they take the Toyota Rav4 to Wholefoods. They have to include Philadelphia cream cheese in the recipe for this challenge, etc.
I realise it's how the show is funded though, these companies are providing the equipment and prizes because there's no other way of funding it
Don't you just write a normal word document and 'save as webpage'
Re: Schol Reform
1: Daily PE rather than weekly, with no BS excuses to get out of it.
If that were to happen, they would also need to make sure it was real PE, and not just an hour of running around a field kicking a football, which is what mine were. Actually include some education bits, although maybe that was just my school.
Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code
@ Mark 65
This is why you keep all of your emails and you challenge it as soon as you are asked to deliver the impossible. If it falls on you, you can pull an email to your manager out that shows you immediately (ie weeks or months before the problem happened) said that it can't be done in this timeframe, with the usual caveats ie "I need x number of people to meet that deadline". It soon goes back up to your manager.
It's a sad position, but arse covering is a huge part of a developers job, especially as your name could be stamped be all over that 1 line of code that went wrong and cost the company millions.
Any Idiot can write code
And many of them frequently make a living as coders.
You teach can everyone English in school but not everyone who is taught can use it to write something intelligible, programming is exactly the same. You can teach the fundamentals of programming langauges, but it doesn't mean that a lot of the people will actually be able to create anything decent afterwards.
The main thing isn't teaching people, even kids, how to use a language, it's teaching them to think about what they are actually writing.
I had to downgrade windows 8.1 from windows 8's 'painful' to a 'mildly annoying'. Once set to boot to desktop and you have your files associated with decent applications it's pretty good, very similar to 7, but faster. I love the 5-10 second boot.
A proper start menu would make it great, but the search seems to work quite well. I just hate having to use the search for everything when logically laid out menus would make it easier to just go straight to things.
I do have a touchscreen laptop, but i still hate the 'start' screen.
Re: A happy customer?
I'm a very happy Virgin media customer it's an excellent broadband service. The problems only start when something goes wrong and you have to deal with their customer service. If you get really lucky and get through to the UK somewhere they are really good, but the majority of the time you get somone who sends some 'signals' to you, tells you to reboot your router then books in an engineer for a weeks time when that fails. I can only assume that the majority of the time, whatever was wrong with the network has been fixed by then and the appointments get cancelled.
I had a problem for ages in my old flat, it would drop out for hours at a time, but was always working when the engineers came, it affected the whole building. Eventually, after months of this, someone managed to get hold of a number they shouldn't have and speak to an actual techie, they came out that day and rewired the cabinet in the street and everything was fine after that. The serivce is good, the people are good if you can get them, but the actual interface with the customers is painful and obstructive.
"Someone like Samsung makes (IMHO) makes pretty mundane, plastic products"
Strange, I've just bought a fantastic aluminium samsung ultrabook, it's pretty much one of the slickest windows machines I've ever seen. Prior to finding it i was expecting to have to buy a mackbook pro for a decent 13inch machine, which would have been twice the price and not have spec or the touchscreen.
Admittedly is had windows 8 on it, but the upgrade to 8.1 is actually pretty good.
Re: @Code Monkey
never been called candy in any part of the UK I've been to either, always sweets
...or spogs where i'm from.
same experience here, the main issues seem to be the hierarcy though. I have been in meetings where the actual developers wouldn't speak directly to me, everything was relayed from dev to an offshore coordinator to an onshore coordinator to me.
No developers would raise any issues or problems either, or would admit they didn't know something, so things just got pushed to one side and ignored, rather than say I don't know this I need to find it out... So we got into the suituatuion of a weekly progress meeting where everything was fine, and on schedule, no issues whatsoever, every week, right up until the deadline and they couldn't deliver.
Or, at least, it would have been if we hadn't been monitoring it closely. The people doing the planning, monitoring and reviewing the output from the oceans of devs were confident that they could have delivered the work themselves, to a much higher standard, in a shorter timeframe, but it was 'cheaper' somehow to not have them do that.
Re: Maltitol is evil incarnate." EEEEVULL
My local tesco has an import section, it had a stupidly expensive box of Pepsi Classic, proudly displaying 'made with real sugar'... I assume whoever ordered it didn't realise that the entire shelf of 'normal' pepsi was also made with real sugar.
It's likley cheaper to use real sugar than HFCS over here.
Re: Doesn't look good
I know how you feel, none of the launch games have jumped out at me as being interesting, maybe there'll be a must have game at some point, but not yet.
For me, it's not about the specifc console, it's about the games, and i have loads already for both ps4 and 360
Ironically if either the ps4 or Xbox were backwards compatible with anything, games/peripherals, I'd have got one or the other straight away. There is potentially hope for my Fanatec racing wheel working on the ps4, maybe, at some point in the future, but no chance on xbox by the looks of it.
Re: Does it really matter?
I got fed up with every episode of mythbusters consisting of about 5 mins of actual content, the rest is
what we are about to do
what we've just done,
what we'll do after the break
what we did before the break
blow something up!
Re: More programmers?
Most of the professional programmers, developers, software engineers, I've worked with over the years are no longer allowed to do it, they sneak around cobbling little tools and utilities together in their spare time to keep their hand in as the bulk of it has moved to somewhere cheaper. I'm not sure that teaching a new generation programming just so that they can supervise a sea of offshore coders and review some shocking quality stuff is that worth it.
I like the idea of everyone being familiar with programming, especially if theyar e familar with doing it properly, but I'm not sure it will be the saviour of british computing when so few of the already qualified and experienced coders are actually allowed to do it as a job anymore.
He's very lucky
as a 17year old, in the Uk he'd likely be in prison, and on the sex offenders register for life, for the creation and distribution of child pornography, even if it is himself.
Re: Almost unsolvable problem.
if you want a horror story look at what Ken Thompson did inside Bell Labs, and this is probably childs play compard to what is possible now, 30+ years later.
An early unix C compiler contained code that would recognize when the login command was being recompiled and insert some code recognizing a specific password allowing him in.
He also made the compiler recognise when it was compiling a version of itself, and automatically insert the code to do all this again. Having done this once, he was then able to recompile the compiler from the original sources; the hack perpetuated itself invisibly, leaving the back door in place and active but with no trace in any of the source code.
details are published in “Reflections on Trusting Trust”, Communications of the ACM 27, 8 (August 1984), pp. 761--763 (text available at http://www.acm.org/classics/)
a handier use, if you dont make international calls
"Hackers quickly produced a wrapper which would pass through all communications except the request for a network identity, to which it would respond "AT&T" without alerting the underlying SIM."
If I understand this correctly, then this technique could be used to produce a 'sticker' that you put on your sim, that would let it work in exactly the same way as it always did, but when your network locked phone queries it it returns whatever network the phone is locked to.
I used safari
For about 10 mins before going in search of a replacement.
I'd love to know what idiot though it would be a clever idea to completely hide the full URL. Maybe it's because I'm a techie, but I actually want to know exactly where I am on the net, not just get the gist of it.
There maybe an option to disable it, but I can't find it anywhere.
Re: British or not British
this is in reference to the numerical value "British billion", which is IMHO much more logical and sensible than the system adopted in the 70's, as you only add a new description when you need it, not just every three 0's
a billion is 1,000,000,000
a british billion is 1,000,000,000,000 - ie you have 1 hundred thousand million before going to the billion.
Re: How many programmers?
Oh please, it will be nothing like 60% for coders.
I'd be surprised if more than 20% of the budget went on actual design and build. There are all those management layers, possibly some time on the now old fashioned and mostly non-existent 'requirements gathering phase', all the bunfighting, the red tape. Lets face it some project has to pay for all those motivational conference calls, telling you that "we understand that you are stressed by being forced to work 60-70 hour weeks and we are dealing with it... we have stress management courses you can attend", your annual training has to be charged to some project, same with filling in your 'balanced scorecard'.
If it's not called Elerium, I'll be very dissapointed with the scientific community.
I am dissapointed with el reg though, for mentioning call of duty and tomb raider, but not the classic game that revolvd around it.
>“You’d be surprised to see how many unknown genders there are. That’s interesting.” says Cole
The majority of things companies do have no need to know someone's gender for the service they provide, and so they aren't supposed to collect it.
as someone who does support
This is an essential tool.
automatically analyse emails to the support mailbox, assign a stupidity value, and set a threshold. if the stupidity is over the threshold, the idiot gets a shock.
Re: Poor guy @ Sooty
>Nah mate, I am definitley hung, its my one redeeming feature ;)
I did clarify that meat is hung ;)
Re: Poor guy
>He'll be found hung in his cell within 11 weeks
it's hanged. Meat is hung, people are hanged
Why a thumb drive? Although i know they can be small, i have one on my keyring that is barely bigger than the USB prongs, a micro SD card would be better.
Given how tiny they are, you could very easily hide them. Eitehr about your person where even the most invasive body cavity search would be unlikely to reveal them, or even in your luggage. Unless everything you are carrying is going to be cut into 1cm square chunks it'd be hard to find a well hidden one.
I have a large mobile phone, in the best possible case I have to charge it up every few days. In a prison I'm sure there must be some way to stop anyone who smuggles a phone in to stop them getting at anything that would let them charge it.
Although, if they do manage to smuggle in a charger as well, that makes it a bit harder, especially with a uk plug!
They can be a symbol, but it goes both ways, a flashy gold rolex that could be used to club a seal to death, will elicit a response of "what a t**t" but similarly, if you are sporting a plastic, pound shop style, digital watch you also won't be taken very seriously either.
Re: Not eveyone can code
in a lot of cases automation can contribute towards badly written code. It does so much for you, people who barely know what they are doing can be let loose on the systems and you'd be amazed at what sort of damage they can do.
no mariokart yet
is a big mistake
This is the fallback party game for my group of friends, and a lot of people i know. It should have been a launch title.
all the recent crud that has been spouted abont the net, suggests we should move towards segregation of the internet, set up a separate kiddynet, with no porn, no swearing, etc and let them loose.
Then leave the existing net as-is for adults. Provide some simple way of selecting which net you want to access, so your kids only get acess to kiddynet, and you can access the grown up net in all it's perverse glory.
Re: Electricity bill
I used to leave my gaming pc on all the time, my wake up call was when I had a problem with it, and basically slotted a netbook into its role as a server temporarily. My quarterly electricity bill was over £100 less due to this one change.
A gaming PC with a 1200 watt supply, to a netbook with a 40 watt charger, 24/7 it adds up!
Re: Maybe they needed a reason to upgrade to a Nokia
There seem to be two schools of thought around someone producing a tougher form of glass.
The 1st is that it will make the phone tougher and more resilient
The second is that it can be made much thinner without being weaker.
This second one is what apple seem to go for.
good to know
It's not just me having issues with an iPad 2 and X-Com, i was a bit concerned intiially about how it was going to handle it, but it was listed as compatible, and the constant crashing after i got it didn't sell me. It did get past the worst of it though, possibly after a reset.
Re: How does it gauge effort?
> If it had a GPS tracker I might be slightly interested
If you have a smartphone, with GPS, there are free apps out there that will act as a GPS tracker/fitness monitor. I use one if I go out walking as it will take account of hills and give a calorie count.
Missing the point
It's not about them succeeding, that's almost irrelevant. It's about taking the "high powered management types" who you work with everyday, giving them a practical task, and watching them fail spectacularly due to some schoolboy error.
You watch it and think "I was right in what I thought about my managers"
Re: NOT be prosecuted
nope, as laws generally don't apply retrospectively. This is generally a good thing, as it means you can't be arrested for doing something perfectly legal, if in future it becomes illegal.
Alan Turing hasn't been pardoned yet.
Flat screen tv changed things
I used to get what can only be described as blinding headaches growing up playing computer games. The issue was getting eye strain from sitting close and staring at a 50/60htz crt tv/monitor for hours on end. As soon as CRT went up to higher refresh rates it got better, and went away completely with flat screens that don't flicker.
It may not affect everyone as much, but I can actually see a 60htz monitor flickering, and its uncomfortable to even look at one now.
I fell foul of the keywork matching
When I posted my CV to a recruitment service, I mentioned that I'd done a small amount of ASP as part of my university course, among the other things on the course. It wasn't listed in my actual skills or previous jobs.
I then proceeded to be swamped with job offers looking for experienced ASP.net developers... Makes me wonder why companies bother with some recruitment agencies, as any i'd applied to would have thrown it away the moment a human actually looked at the cv. Nevermind they were all way outside of the area I'd said I was prepared to travel to.
I also did this at university
when I inevitably ran out of money a week or two before my next loan payment, it was a bit easier then though, as you clould get a cheap 'value' loaf of bread and 5-6 cans of 'value' beans for under a pound.
Re: XBOX forcing people to subscribe to its "Services"
I don't actually have a big problem with the nominal fee, it can be had for £3-4 a month, and it keeps some of the riff raff honest.
On a free acccount, if you cheat or are obnoxious to someone and you get banned, you can just create another account and do it again. At least you have something to lose with the annual fee if you do that.
Re: Kids today...
I went through all of that process, what are the prospects, money, enjoyment etc, and like a lot of people in the 90's came up with IT as the answer (software engineering in my case)
Unfortunately the IT work prior to the millennium was no reflection of the work afterwards, the panic was over an not a lot happened. Due to the sheer number of people who came to the same conclusion that IT was a good career option, and the drop off in available jobs, it wasn't a good market by the time I finished my degree. I actually did end up with a career in IT, but I don't know anyone else I work with who actually has an IT related degree.
the whole point of exams/degree/qualifications/etc
Is expressly to differentiate between people's abilities.
Everyone getting an better education is a noble goal, however everyone getting an A(A*), or everyone getting a degree defeats the entire purpose of the system. Now a degree is fairly worthless*, everyone has one, you have to have something else to stand out as a candidate. I am currently trying to get as many professional qualifications as possible through my employer, but even those are becoming industry standard, instead of something exceptional.
*that's not to say that not having one won't count against you, but actually having one won't put you ahead of the pack
Re: I would not be so sure
I'm not so sure about that. The case you list of child protection, would probably have been due to involving a child in a criminal activity, ie the kerb crawling. Not something relating directly to trying to get him laid.
sex is legal at 16 in the UK, so I'm pretty sure he could have arranged it in other ways that wouldn't have caused problems. I can't see why hiring some strippers should cause any issues if everyone there was 16+
If they weren't all 16+ though, the person who arranged it would probably be banged up and on the sex offenders register before their feet hit the ground.
"Time to remove the tax-exempt status on all religions. If because they are a deity's respresentative on earth, why does the taxman care? If because they are doing good in the world, then why are they different from other do-good organisations?"
Scientology isn't recognised as a religion in the UK, so doesn't enjoy tax exempt status.
Somehow they managed to get classified as a not-for-profit body though, so they are VAT exempt.
Re: More likely Tad Williams Otherland*
In otherland the serious net users had their brains plugged in directly, even wirelessly for the expensive kit, which is probably a more practical way of getting a holodeck like experience. I think they've even had something similar in Star Trek calling it a poor mans holodeck.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000 ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad