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To err is human...
...but to efficiently backrupt you requires a computer.
The Edinburgh mainframe was so old that parts of its code had been written in Assembler, a language rooted in the immediate post-war years, with dates going back to 1970.
Umm, didn't the war end in the mid 1940's?
And we haven't fought with Scotland itself since the mid 1500's, which is a little early even for Assember.
Since when did mainframes run apps rather than programs? Makes it sound like a big smartphone running the show...
Re: but do they still burn
Should you really have said that, given the audience reading this? :)
To the mental tones of Bart Simpson pronouncing it "cool man" before going to try it somewhere suitably far away and flammable.
Umm, did you notice the title of the article?
And of course with usual commentard timing, see the post currently above yours... :)
Re: Coat's First Law Of Optical Media
Yes, it says something about station wagons.
I think that one relates to data transfer rate rather than capacity?
And sadly in some rural (and even a few urban) areas it still applies, although the station wagon may need replacing by a 4x4.
For the moment I'll stick with my electro-quadrent (micro-USB, mini-USB, phone and Apple - from the pound shop of all places) as that way I can conveniently still use the connected item without worrying about charging myself or ensuring I don't mess up the wireless charge.
But it's interesting tech anyway, especially if it can be evolved to safely charge at a reasonable distance, a la Tesla's dream.
I guess it's a new spin on debugging the process anyway...
Forget the sharks
Now we're gonna get evil tadpoles with frikkin' laser beams on their heads!
The problem perhaps is that all the manual check questions (as listed in the article) can be answered by looking in the passport itself. Hence won't be any barrier to the "borrowed passport" scenario, although they would prevent "walk-by" scanning.
Who do you think you are?
Might have a quick look at this, simply to see who my passport actually thinks I am. Having tried the ePassport gates @ Gatwick now several times (business travel) and getting bounced from them more times than they let me through, I'm becoming convinced I'm either not who my passport thinks I am, or perhaps not who I think I am (not sure which is the more worrying option).
Oh bring back the IRIS gates - quick, simple and they actually worked...
Re: Re :- include the Carphone Warehouse, Lloyds Bank and Ladbrokes, which runs a nationc
At least with Ladbrokes you have an actual chance to walk out richer than when you went in.
The only people at Lloyds who do that are their much beloved bankers, not we bail-out mugs.
And there was me thinking it was wifi especially for anonymous cowards ;)
The best OS...
...should be the one that you don't notice, which just acts as a nice gateway portal into the functionality (program or application) that you actually want to use.
All most people want from an OS is something that gets the machine up and running quickly, allows easy access to the programs/apps that do the various specialised jobs and is a stable and secure enough platform to be a good foundation level and not bring the whole lot crashing down or allowing viruses/malware to sneak in. Aside from that it should be out of the way and not interfering with daily life.
But it seems to me that this nice simple remit has been replaced by marketting and the "all-singing-all-dancing look at me" approach which is diametrically opposite to where it should be. It's all fancy bling, at the expense of true functionality. Sadly whilst Win8 is one of the main offenders for this, it does seem to be something of a wider trend beginning with things like Unity as well.
Android and iOS, by design and by (older) hardware constraints don't seem to suffer anywhere near as much of this, and so people go for them. The hardware form-factor for media consumption also helps of course, but there's certainly a lesson in there for desktop OS makers should they wish to hear it on their current stroll towards the cliffs...
Microsoft also boasts of 20,000 apps?
Microsoft also boasts of 20,000 "educationally relevant" third-party apps in the online Windows Store.
Out of curiosity, how many of those 20,000 will actually run on the RT though, and how many are written for Intel-based rather than ARM-based silicon?
Re: So they'll "transition" them, eh?
'Cos then you'd know exactly what they were talking about and could immediately get upset by it, rather than hiding it for long enough that they can scarper.
I mean it's not as if they want to be clear that they're giving bad news when they can dress it up as something else.
Re: English Taxpayers
It does make you wonder what the outcry would (or wouldn't) be if there were sessions in Westminster where the laws of England were voted on (as distinct from those of the UK), from which MPs from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were excluded.
Fundamentally that seems to be the heart of the law debate - that all MPs seem to get a vote on English law as well as UK law, which isn't the case for Scottish, Welsh and N. Irish law due to their having their own separate parliaments/assemblies/etc.
Such a distinction would I guess help as tax and suchlike would then follow suit along similar lines. Although for those who want closer ties rather than a group of essentially separate nations then it wouldn't be as welcome probably.
@ Lusty - When you have a 2 hour commute on trains with standing room only a laptop bag gets heavier by the second so every gram counts - I stopped taking a paper pad for this very reason and always borrow clients pens.
You do know that you are allowed to put it down? If it's tucked nicely between your feet when standing, wiht your hand on the shoulder-strap then it's secure and safe enough even on a crowded train. And I'm sure the floor won't object to taking the strain for a bit.
Then you may even be able to put a pen in your pocket too without your trousers falling down...
2nd mortgage time?
Even though this Apple-Intel interface love-in can be found on PCs too, albeit a rare sight, the range of peripherals supporting Thunderbolt is shockingly low for this two-year-old high-speed interface,
That's 'cos most of us would still be saving up enough money to buy the required cables...
Re: Perfect for e-readers
Problem again is that given how frugal those things are for power anyway, it's not exactly worthwhile there either.
The missus uses her Kindle day in and day out, and it only ends up on her laptop's USB port for charging every 2-3 weeks or so at most (usually more like monthly).
And again most of the time it'd be used in conditions where solar charging isn't really an option anyway, as the one thing those things suffer from somewhat is viewing in direct sunlight...
Re: Getting on a bit
And I guess we can now also call it the Terminator Saga?
You're on a roll...
Smartphone interfaces that look a bit flat rather than a bit bumpy are hardly a topic of significant depth, and writing about them is hardly investigative journalism at its height.
Two puns in one sentence - you're outdoing yourself there big man :)
Re: Getting on a bit
I'll be back, if I can remember where I was going...
Re: Where do . . .
That's what PFY's are for. Either that or buying aforementioned beer.
Of course the risk is by appearing to be available, people assume you are. And from experience having nose to grindstone (either in actuality or just appearance) rarely comes into the equation when someone needs something trivially stupid to be done "now" or their world will end.
Re: Where do . . .
If you're out and about at the sign of the beer and a VPN is required at all then there's definitely a priorities issue to be resolved...
Some moments are for just the beer :)
...an ambitious user-interface redesign
Hmm, this is obviously a definition of the word "ambitious" that I'd never heard of before?
Maybe whilst they're finally (alledgedly) talking to their customers about what they may actually want, they should also ask them what the word means too...?
Re: It's already decided
Sandi Toksvig. Because her BBC contract apparently requires her to be in absolutely everything.
Be careful with that logic - taken further we'd end up with Fry as the Doctor with Vorderman as his companion (or possibly the other way around, given she's better at explaining things than he is, or at least somewhat more accurate).
Re: It'd be nice
In each round they could eliminate the half of the candidates with the lowest score until somebody has more than 50% or somebody wins the penalty shoot out.
Well that'd eliminate any English actors from the role, especially if there are any German ones also on the list...
Re: Watch the trend...
So what you're saying is the next doctor should be Justin Bieber? And he should be shot repeatedly by each of Doctor Whos enemies while simultaniously being kicked in the groin?
And the problem with this would be? Certainly gets my vote...
Re: Where's Sean Pertwee gone?
Ah yes, but then they'd have to give him a companion named Gordon at some point, just to shoe-horn the trademark line in as well...
And anyway, the TARDIS may be bigger on the inside than the outside, but I'm still not sure it's big enough for his persona and voice :)
Where's Sean Pertwee gone?
I'm sure he was mentioned several times in the original comment list, and is one of the front-runners at some of the bookies.
What I miss from Blighty is serious, arse-burning chilli sauce. You don't seem to be able to get that anywhere else.
I think they banned shipping such chemical weapons outside the borders of the Sceptred Isle under some UN convention or other. Either that or some of our politicians would use them (or the search for them) as an excuse to go to war with someone.
Depends if the grilled cheese is served on toast or not, but quite probably. It's also the basic version of Welsh Rarebit, although those can tend to be a little more fancy in terms of ingredients, such as Worcestershire sauce.
Definitely one for the post-pub culinary deathmatch series though (if it hasn't been already - it's been too long).
Sounds like something out of Jasper Fforde - the perfect companion to the Toast Marketing Board.
But certainly thumbs-up for the clever double-meaning name as well :)
So, sadly, for another year...
...there's still f**k all on Rockall.
Still a pint to be raised for the attempt, and here's to next year's try.
No - see here. It's a fun game to play in presentations and similar events where (usually) marketing people make up either new words, crash words together to form new bastard offspring (webinar and things like that) or just give existing words new and previously unheard-of meanings.
Although it is certainly the lingo of BS Bingo alright :)
Yes but in many cases the lack of macros will mean that the document (especially if it's Excel) won't work properly. Hence whilst it may still work on your PC, you'll also have to open it there for it to be any use, which rather defeats the whole purpose of the tablet?
smaller than the 10 and 11-inchers Windows 8 was architected for
Architected?!?!?! The word you want is either built, designed or possibly conceived.
Architected isn't a word, at least outside bullshit bingo.
Re: What about..........
It's a device for use in the field or such environment where operation single-handed (or at least without having to put it down on something to type on it or use a mouse/trackpad with it) would probably be more typical. But it will certainly have to talk back to the corporate network, either in real time or at least periodically in bulk-dispatch and update/sync mode.
The last thing any corporate IT person wants is a device out there which is never sync'd, backed up and kept under the corporate policy thumb.
Re: Also meh.
What next? A free hat?
Round, pointed and with a D on it?
Intel boasted that Thunderbolt now comes as standard on more than 30 PCs
Given how successful this (hasn't) been, I'd have to clarify if the above statement should have "models of" inserted near the end, or if it's accurate as-is?
In any case it's not USB3 that they have to worry about, it's Dock Port (aka AMD Lightning Bolt). That can do a lot more (including power the PC and transmit data to the monitor) and doesn't need the stupidly expensive cabling that Thunderbolt 1 (and presumably 2 as well) does.
Re: VB Scripts - probably not
Come on, it'll take them a long lie-down in a darkened room and several months of therapy to recover from the trauma of actually having to listen to people that lead to this backtrack.
The psychiatry bill for adding VBA support would bankrupt them...
Cart before the horse?
"We're always listening to our customers,"
Shouldn't someone tell them that they're supposed to do that before they launch the product (market research and all that new-fangled nonsense), or at least actually take on board what you're actually hearing and not ignoring it and rushing headlong regardless?
Re: Easy to see that Win8...
These would be the organisations who have so far been buying Win8 products in their droves, so much so that supply can't meet demand I take it?
From talking to our IT people at work, the only reason for buying Microsoft kit at all currently is the requirements of the existing back-end to talk to it, and for that they're quite happy on Win7. It is getting some business for WinPhone on that side of things, but the rise of BYOD on one side and the slip of Windows towards Linux and other server-side solutions is also eroding it a bit on the both.
Where there's a useful application for touch (in whatever guise) then market forces will come in and it'll get adopted (think your travelling engineer or salesman probably), but where it's a gimmick or an attempts at forced migration then it won't (or at least it'll get resisted and complained about). For most drivers of Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel then rodents and keyboards are fine.
Is there a Doctor in the house?
To be fair, at least from the screenshot I had trouble in reading your writing in the test, so the software didn't do too bad perhaps. Maybe could be ok as long as it's not given to any doctors or people with similarly incomprehensible handwriting to use?
Re: These games were MAGIC
I'd also say it's not just the game - the aliens themselves are design classics. You could take almost any of them in isolation and show them to people and they'd know where they came from.
There aren't that many other characters that would hold true for, certainly of that era. Mario and Pac Man come to mind, but it's certainly a low percentage of the number of games/characters that were actually around.
Re: The really important question though...
Nah, minesweeper replacement. Except every square will blow up in your face...
One would have to ask though for most "Joe Public user" tablets (and probably even more phones) isn't it more that all that's wanted is a simple finger-replacement, rather than all of the messing about with things like "flip to erase" and such which could equally and probably more easily be done with a button on-screen.
Personally I use a cheap (Pound Shop) stylus with my Nexus 7, and do find it much more convenient than using my fingertips. Especially for swipe-typing, it's much quicker and more accurate, particularly when also holding the tablet. Indeed direct fingertip usage is really only for pinch-zooming, and the stylus is small enough to hold between fingers when that's needed.
So it seems like perhaps nVidia is playing the role again of the drowning man grasping at anything it can (even decades old technology - go ask Psion) to try and stop the mess that is the Tegra 4 pulling it completely under whilst all its major customers jump-ship onto the SS Snapdragon.
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