745 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Re: I think
Around here, that type of manager has an alternative definition.
Usually one of the higher-ups from the overseas or corporate head-offices who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits on everything, pecks at a few things at random (often rather viciously) and then flies off again leaving chaos in their wake.
Sadly they're not so rare...
Re: Team Leader
I can empathise (the last two words in my job title are "group leader"). It always brings to mind the cartoon of the "birds on a telegraph pole" management flow-chart (the link below).
The good old TL is in the middle - when they look down all they see is shit, and when they look up all they see are arseholes...
Garbage in Garbage Out
The worse one is Garbage in, Gospel out.
Something that has been "working" for a while, but either had a subtle bug in it or had one introduced on a later update which screwed up the output. Then it's not only the need to fix it, but the need to actually persuade the client that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. The old "it worked before" or "it's part of our established structure so we can't change it" scenario coming into play.
You then of course get the illogical evolution of that, where they recognise things need to be fixed but won't allow you to change anything. Hence the twin needs in your problem solving toolbox of a magic wand and a rather large lump hammer...
No, often it's the incompetent are promoted. Usually to get them away from the customer side and to put someone useful in between who can filter things and pre-emptively repair much of the damage before it's done.
I guess it's to balance the competent ones who do get promoted and then are unable to spend any time doing the stuff that they're competent at as they now have so much administrivia to do first...
Re: And for your next trick ...
I have a variant, my boss is in one of our overseas offices, but his boss (and one of the company directors) is in the office next to my desk (I'm too much of a humble minion to warrant a boss-box).
It can actually work to advantage though, for both playing one off against the other or just cutting out the middle man/pre-arranging how the response downward to your boss will be from his boss.
No, you forgot missiled and sliced up with a large sword ;)
Instead talk to this prat and “discover” a new problem that takes longer each time he asks. Or you can actively tell him how things are going, using the message passing design pattern to mediate his non-maskable interruptions.
Personally I find the response "do you want me to take time to talk about fixing the problem or just get on and actually do it?" or something along those lines (with more or less tact, depending on who you're talking too and how pissed off you are) usually works.
It's a good antithesis to those who like to have meetings about issues rather than fixing them (to make themselves look important and/or to cover the fact that they need to be seen to be giving input on an issue that they have no clue about).
At the same time, he warned, it was entirely feasible that miscreants could hack into your home illumination system to check usage. This could easily tip them off to when you’re likely to be home, or even whether you’re on holiday – and thus choose the optimum time to break in.
Or they could just look in the window and see when there's movement or activity, or just see when the car's on the drive and then test by knocking on the door? Would seem a damn sight easier (and with the advantage to the toerag that they're already then at your property too), or is that just too old-fashioned?
Plus somehow I think even in these modern times the intersection of people with both hacker and burglary skills (and the desire to use them) is probably rather small?
Re: Foxconn is "currently doing the UI debugging"?
Or they ran out of glue to fill the thing up with, given the larger size and recent teardown reports of the new mini and air and how much of it was holding them together.
Would also be interesting to see a (clear) infographic about the turn-over of assistants that they each had.
Interesting to compare the stories where there was basically just the 'Doc plus a single companion to those where he had an entourage of almost diva proportions (although of course the Tennant story -The Stolen Earth I think it was - with the Daleks and the Tardis-full would unbalance things somewhat).
Or perhaps the average screen-time they had per Doctor?
Re: Time to dust off ...
You realise I'm now going to have to dust off an emulator and boot up Manic Miner (for the Skylab Landing Bay level)...
Likewise I have one at home with a somewhat dodgy cable connection at the rear, leading to some quite interesting psychadelic patterns occasionally..
But a swift application of percussive maintenance normally does the trick (where is the requisite Hammer icon by the way?).
You clearly work in a more interesting office than I do. Or perhaps a more interesting reality, given it's Friday afternoon and nearly beer o'clock.
Can I have a job at your place?
So does the Queen own Spanish swans too? Or are you considering all possible long-range flightpaths?
Enquiring minds need to know.
Top job on the scheme though, well done all round.
Re: Surface 2 runs between £359 and 3439.
Not to mention the dodgy key repeat, which has up'd the Hudl price from £119 to £199...
Not to mention the recent "revamp" of their website which has significantly lowered its usability and user-friendliness. Perhaps it's all part of a cunning plan to push us all towards the mobile apps, 'cos the standard web portal took a real nosedive for actually sorting, collating and finding stuff within your contact-base.
You'll be telling us next that PC doesn't actually stand for "Problem Creator"...
I dunno, you add any more processing power to the thing it's going to become self-aware.
All it needs now though is another Pi especially programmed to take evasive action when confronted with trees, hillsides, pylons and other such attractants. Or at least to get itself down from them without intervention of meatsack and ladder.
Looks a nice bit of kit though - obligatory beer to be raised and suitable acronym name competition to follow I presume?
Re: Bricked or somewhat confused.
Wouldn't the more appropriate phrase in this situation be "skateboarded" rather than bricked? Given that seems to be the preferred alternative lower-tech usage for the things...
Re: Interesting concept
Have a thumbs-up - that was my first thought too (with a quick respray to a manky brown colour)
Re: Got the same problem in reverse
I find young kids have the same effect, with the added issue that they're less self-sufficient and somewhat noiser too...
As a thought, if the mobile solution works other than for operator error, why not automate the process with an app like Tasker or AutomateIt? (for Android anyway, I'm sure there must be similar for iOS).
Then you could set things up nice and fancy based on calendar, timer and even perhaps location (GPS or connected wifi) so that it wakes you up using your preferred vibration/noise during weekdays only and only when you're at home.
‘rustling forest’ has the effect of making me think my bedroom is on fire.
Well if that doesn't get you from horizontal slumbers to vertical alertness then nothing will...
Re: .. Apple's latest uber-phone shifts gravity by as much as five degrees ...
Oh I dunno, I know a low-tech solution which seems to do it for me on a Friday night, although often by more than 5 degrees...
I once knew a Wayne Kerr, whose parents either weren't so careful or were plain malicious...
Re: Alas, all is vanity...
Surely the ultimate narcissistic parent names the kid after themselves (as in Fred Bloggs Jr or Fred Bloggs III if it becomes a family trait)?
That too seems to be more common over there than elsewhere (at least if royalty are excluded), although I don't recall much being made of it before.
One of the midwifes in the hospital when my wife was giving birth to our second daughter apparently had to spend over an hour trying to dissuade another mother from naming her newborn "Anus". Presumably she (the mother) either didn't know what the word meant or she had a very low expectation of her new sprog.
Re: There's another reason for unusual......
Reminds me of a story I heard once about a Mr & Mrs Peacock who had a lovely baby boy whom they named Drew. It was only a little while later when they did a Google search for his name and it gave one of its "did you mean..." suggestions that they apparently facepalmed.
Re: This is a piffle
So with all the Kings, Princes and Princesses (not to mention the current events over there), does it indicate that they might be regretting the revolution and want to go back to being a monarchy?
Re: Let's think of the kids
And of course in many cases going through life (or at least until you're old enough to deed-poll the thing away) with a name that suggests your parents were either dyslexic or just crap at spelling.
That's Ryanair - iirc easyJet will quite happily check you in at the airport (or one of their machines will, at various airports around Europe like Geneva). At least I don't recall ever getting charged for that priviledge (I fly with them about 4x a month).
Indeed when things go tits-up, from experience they out-perform BA by a long way. Had 3 times when things seriously went wrong (and 2 of those were beyond easyJet's control, things like air traffic control in Munich going down) and flights cancelled or punted until the following day. In all cases put up overnight in quite decent hotels and got back to the UK on the next available flight (in all cases the next day).
In contrast to BA, who once just left everyone in the airport to fend for themselves, and in another case routed a 3/4 full plane from somewhere else to "pick us up", which would have worked except we were also about 3/4 of a plane-load, and so most people got bumped and dumped anyway...
Re: Driver mode
But flight mode ain't just for use on airplanes...
It could be worse - you could end up having Greensleeves played at you even before you've been connected, told your call is important to them and then put on hold (with Greensleeves continuing on for your "enjoyment", if such aural torture can be called that).
Re: But... but...
Or it could just be to balance the Windows habit of trying to make you rename a file/folder if you try and double-click open it but are a fraction too slow?
And some things never change. I took a Kia out for a test drive a couple of years ago, and at the beginning of it the saledroid said "if you indicate with the wipers more than 3 times, you have to buy the car". I thought he was joking, but turns out the design idiots had swapped the position of the indicator and wiper stalks compared to every other car in creation (with the possible exception of Dabbsy's Citroen).
Shame as the car itself wasn't bad, but it was just niggling enough that I'd not consider buying one.
And does it include any that got modified into skateboards or other useful devices?
Re: Waitrose FTW
Our local Tesco has just introduced this, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. Not used it yet, but have done when away in France and it worked quite well (at least once I'd translated the blurb on the display so i could work it right).
Given how much the shop often comes to (in # of items and in total outlay) it could be a very good thing unless it ends up needing to be done twice. Quite how the coupons etc will work for it may be interesting though (given their normal tills seem to spit back about 20% of the valid ones anyway and need to be "forced" by the cashier or supervisor).
You'll probably find they weren't 26 schoolkids, they were 26 ex-employees who have lost their part-time jobs to the damn things and are now reduced to hanging around them and gloating at their failure.
Re: Register Red of course!
Luminous yellow and green stripes, so you can easily find the thing again when it lands (to cover all attractants like trees, rocks, pylons etc - at least one colour should stand out). Plus you can send the minion for a tin of striped paint and enjoy the attempt).
Or failing that just a nice silver with flaming red decals to make it look like a real re-entry?
Re: I don't usually descend to obscenity...
Having driven quite regularly on the German autobahns on business, I must admit even there it's usually (at least 50% of the time) an Audi (or more usually a remaining fraction of one) that causes the long tailbacks when they lose it and end up in pieces across the carriageway or verge. Less so the BMW's, and only occasionally Mercs these days.
Anyway perhaps we should implement a simple mass general-public solution that the first response to one of these trying to park in your boot with lights-a-flashing is just to slow down by 5-10mph or so and be equally bloody-minded about it?
Re: That last sentence says it all.
My thoughts exactly, although of course they also want the same looks, feel and operation across the whole eco-system from PCs to phones via tablets, consoles and whatever else they can put a Windows logo onto.
But of course whilst RIM/Blackberry are well known for security etc, the same cant be said for Microsoft more generally. Hence they'd either have to throw out their much vaunted cross-platform equality (which in the real world may not be such a bad thing, but that's just what reality seems to be showing) or bite the bullet on Windows security. And neither of those are going to happen without a major shift in policy.
One for Neelie K?
Well as she seemingly has won her war with the carriers on this, maybe time to set her onto the hardware side of things too so the job is fully done?
Re: quick sale, quick review
Amazon's DRM gets in the way there. I use Calibre, and know of a few plug-ins for it that are supposed to "assist" with getting round the DRM to convert protected books, but I've never found one that actually does. I would agree though that aside from that slightly dodgy issue it's a superb bit of software for the job.
It may just be me doing something wrong there or my Google-Fu failing at last, but that's the mileage I got. Anyway rooting the Nook was easy and painless, and with the Amazon app you get all the synching and cross-device updating to any other Kindle hardware or software installs (like I have on my PC too, plus the wife's Kindle) as well (whether this is good or not I leave to your individual judgement).
Re: quick sale, quick review
To fill in the blank - after rooting and adding Kindle app the Nook synch's fine with Amazon (it appears on the "deliver to:" list on the Amazon website as "<account name>'s Android").
The only slight glitch is the hardware fwd/back buttons don't work with the Kindle App (at least the version I side-loaded, which I think is the current one). That said the touchscreen swipe works fine for page turning etc, so it's a fairly minor issue. Maybe a different APK available, but not had time to go hunting around (and not sure it's worth the effort anyway).
Re: I agree...
Re: Presumably, "GDR" here stands for
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