Re: So, apparently a competent person leaves
Sunt lacrimae rerum.
382 posts • joined 23 Aug 2008
Sunt lacrimae rerum.
"Fibre to the home" was a notion from the 1970s :
Over 35 (thirty-five) years later, how many homes have it?
It may be uncomfortable to hear it, but it's worth killing a few hundred, maybe a few thousand people if it brings forward a few years the enormous economic advantage of self-driving vehicles. Of course, you may need to do your testing in countries where life is cheaper.
Just sprayed my monitor with tea.
You don't need a comparison with the BBC Computer to evaluate ARM's designs. It's enough to examine them on their own merits. When you see the **** that other semiconductor manufacturers wrap round the ARM cores, they look even better.
ARM is pure IP, not a bunch of factories, so it's 100% about the skill and enthusiasm of its employees.
So, expect a few spin-offs (outside SoftBank's control) when employees realise they're viewed as the livestock that came with the farm (now run from the other side of the planet) and the atmosphere changes.
"The machine veered to the left to avoid the child, but the child ran backwards directly into...".
So, a stationary machine "veered" when it saw something approaching? We don't usually speak of "veering" when stationary. Or maybe the machine veered while moving? I'm not clear I'd know what to do if a moving automaton decided to change direction when I was moving with an intention to avoid it, so should we expect a child to know how to negotiate that?
As for running backwards, I don't recall that I was ever able to do that, yet it's invoked as an explanation here.
I assume that the company had an opportunity to lay out a clear explanation, but it seems to have failed.
When we don't know from one day to the next whether a country will be in the EU or not, a prediction four years ahead, to three significant figures, is about as fatuous as you can get.
Says it all really.
If it's practicable to infer content from the pattern of data flow, that applies to the "legitimate" communication, too. So secure encryption requires that the flow be rendered less dependent on the content (by padding it with filler data, by adding random short delays between packets or whatever), spoiling this "antimalware" method at the same time.
energystar : Was it you wrote the manual for my TV?
...proudly been a part of the British economy and society for over a century, with a substantial presence. In times of uncertainty, IBM's core values, including the unwavering dedication to the success of all our clients, matter more than ever as a guide for our actions.
Well, if this management-speak means anything, I'd guess it means "If customers stop buying, we'll drop our prices".
A cycle it isn't. This is no trial run.
The Alliant team at GSA has worked diligently to engage with stakeholders on a transparent, collaborative and interactive process, including both federal agency and industry partner involvement during the pre-solicitation phase.
When you swallow a dictionary, I suppose it has to come out at one end or the other.
"We have a once in a generation opportunity that we didn't have a week ago..."
Is this from the Boy Scout's Book of Management? If you have a problem, tell people it's a "challenge" or an "opportunity". Do you seriously think you're fooling anyone?
In the UK, a judgment in a small claims court may not be cited as a precedent. This may or may not be true in other jurisdictions.
"Fine with a benevolent government" ???
Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothèse-là
The same happens if you read a book. Doctors train for years to deal with serious problems, not these trivialities. Avoiding "unnecessary anxiety and costly investigations" doesn't need a caring session, just a smack on the face and instruction to "get real".
Last time I checked, my 4-digit customer number still worked, although that surprised the assistant.
Maplin shops were fun to browse. I'd usually emerge £20 or so poorer than I'd intended. But now the staff are instructed constantly to pester customers (typically with inane enquiries like "Are you alright there?"). So every visit is unpleasant and to be avoided. If tomorrow will do, I order from hassle-free Farnell.
"It has been a long time since the United States did not have at least half the machines on the list..."
Probably "did not have" should be "had". There is no beauty in such complicated constructions. Here, the meaning is not just obscure, but reversed.
The cliché "You know when (s)he's lying because his/her lips are moving" isn't always an exaggeration: the deeper the hole, the greater the urge to keep digging, so why waste time on truly informatiive words?
Perhaps, in this case, "honesty" means "Customer data is secure...I mean not secure...I mean...".
Where are the figures to support " we know that they have appreciated our efforts"? Perhaps it's based on one customer who said "I'm glad you've stopped lying".
When you start throwing the sics around, you'd best be very careful about the rest of your message, because people are liable to throw a few back. In this case, the author is either pushing his own preference or doesn't have the experience to know that some people use "data" as the plural of "datum", while others have adopted it as an ordinary English singular noun.
Some foreign-derived words should be labelled "Don't try this at home", to save us the pain of "this criteria", "in memorium", "ad nauseum" and the rest. Don't get me started on "graffito".
Oh, chuck it in the sea.
"The flaw looks like it is down to a tiny error by Chrome's developers..."
There are no "tiny errors" in today's computers. If you plan to get up on your hind legs and crow that you're taking over the world, you need to be careful with errors of any "size".
If this flaw is so insignificant, why is it worthy of an article about it, particularly one which appears determined to play it down?
I think it was Tony Hoare who wrote that "A programmer who uses assertions while testing and turns them off during production is like a sailor who wears a life vest while drilling on shore and takes it off at sea". Maybe Google could do with such basic notions of software quality.
'...the European Data Protection Supervisor said it was "not robust enough to withstand future legal scrutiny" and refused to endorse it. And in April, Europe's data protection authorities said the new agreement was "not acceptable".'
Questioned on the UK position, the Home and Foreign Offices said "We'll ask the US what we think and get back to you".
"I am sure I speak for all Scottish users when I say..."
Quite an adventurous claim, for someone who didn't even win his referendum, let alone get 100% of the vote.
Computer: May I remind you, Sgt. Pinback, it was your idea to bring the alien on board in the first place... If I may quote you, you said the ship needed a mascot.
sed non Linum?
Last time I checked, all 256 possible values were working on my system.
"Helium would only escape if there some pressure differential between the inside of the drive and the atmosphere...".
Does diffusion depend on a pressure difference? Net diffusion of a given gas would depend on the difference in its *own* partial pressure (across the membrane), but would take place independently of any other gas present. (The whole notion of a gas is that its particles don't interact much with others).
"Helium...smaller and monatomic...therefore..."
Nice theory, but I recall a TV school science programme where children actually did the experiment (diffusion time from a balloon) and found that carbon dioxide escapes much faster than hydrogen (perhaps because it could dissolve in the rubber of the balloon?) Real life is rarely as simple as GCSE physics.
I recall helium-filled fixed-head drives in the mid-1970s. These came with a small bottle of helium, used if you needed to open (then purge) the drive. I don't recall that we ever had to change the helium bottle.
Sorry, I think I reached this page by mistake.
Why should my chauffeur need to converse with the butler?
Security or not, the first rule of dealing with "public servants" is not to raise anything that looks like it may become a lot of work, thereby delaying tea breaks for months to come. Success comes from indicating an easy route, then beckoning gently from that direction.
With hindsight, it was only a matter of time before Unicode became a target for the PC brigade (or Google, which seems to feel that the entire human world is at its disposal).
Unicode characters were intended to represent repeated features of real languages so you could write in those languages and about them, without resorting to graphics. (This includes the facility to write about "dead" languages like those used in Mayan script or in Egyptian hieroglyphics).
The Unicode Consortium rightly rejected the proposal of a code page for the Klingon language. Unicode is not a platform in which to express support for political movements, whether the associated images show women in "professional" jobs or at the kitchen sink.
While such discoveries are valuable and to be treasured in the difficult business of reconstructing our past, it doesn't seem surprising that we used complex tools only 50,000 years ago. Language is much older and we know that tools are often used by apes (and even some birds).
My (virtual) mobile provider uses EE. I've noticed this week that DNS failures (e.g. from typing in the wrong web site name) now lead to a BT page instead. I thought I'd paid for straight internet access, but no...I must live with BT's view of the internet, so anything beyond browsing the web may not work as I expect.
I left BT internet years ago when they decided that improved security meant they must block pings. (This screwed up our remote backup system). Will no-one rid us of this turbulent company?
It's just the usual attempt to impress by avoiding straightforward language, like their reference to "incremental value" (which they hope is more imposing than just "value").
A requirement to give a full trace of "where did you get my name/address/email address/telephone number" might help.
"For decades, we've been trained to solve IT problems by throwing capacity at them".
50-60 years on, I think it's clear that the chief IT problem remains the difficulty of writing reliable software. After that, throwing capacity at it sounds good to me.
It all makes sense now. I wonder if I can upgrade my Zanussi.
Er....what does it mean?
Oh, the humanity!
"You don't make piles of cash by selling stuff that lasts or is easy & cheap to fix".
As in the film The Man in the White Suit, this notion is unconvincing. When products become more durable, they cost less per year of use, so we end up buying more of them.
How close to zero would you like these numbers before you agree that "in" and "out" are "almost exactly in balance"?
Is there an English version of your post, split into sentences and making sense?
The curtain-twitchers have moved on, but now they work in IT. If your biggest thrill is reading colleagues' salacious emails, you need to get out more.