28 posts • joined 12 Sep 2008
Re: Race to the Bottom
> When was the last time they ever did any investigative journalism of merit?
You either have a very short or selective memory: Nick Davies in The Guardian broke the details on the bubbling-under phone hacking scandal that eventually brought down a certain newspaper. I'm in no way in favour of the proposed funding model but I'd call that a coup for investigative journalism if ever there was one.
Software Crisis, restated?
Isn't this simply another restatement of what we understand to be the "Software Crisis"? It's been getting on for fifty years since it was first realised there will never be enough skilled people to work in all aspects of IT. Nothing new under the sun...
Sustainability is ingenuity
Humanity will out because ingenuity will save the day? Maybe sustainability, far from being predicated on a false assumption (PO) is actually the very ingenuity the author is wishing for.
"There is increasing evidence of a link between perpetrators of violent crime and violent video games users."
What evidence would that be then?
Don't broadcast your SSID
Not solving a problem, but moving it
The only way Amazon (or anyone else) can truly solve the deliver-to-home problem is to have their own delivery service. This isn't it. It's just a variation on "your item couldn't be delivered and is at our (delivery partner's) depot" without even the attemped delivery first.
Not condoning it but...
Let's just say it can lead to many people's first tinkering with drivers/etc/hosts
Digital doesn't degrade gracefully
Until digital radio and TV via aerial don't cut out randomly all the time, even in areas of "good reception", we might see a bigger uptake. The cheek of asking the public to pay for a system which is admittedly better in some respects than analogue, but A LOT worse in others, is staggering.
The "Chicken Little" you speak of...
...is better known here by it's name of "Chicken Licken", which rhymes properly and everything.
Who takes the hit for fraudulent use?
It should be the bank/card issuer but I bet it won't be. The customer is liable for any fraudulent use of their account via online banking and I can't see that changing with contactless POS technology. We didn't see that untenable shift of responsibilities coming then, but we sure are tuned into it now.
The potential suckiness won't be a technological issue, it'll be a political one.
Madingley! A place where, until recently, you had to munge Cambridge phone numbers according to a bizarre rule before you could place an call from a phone box.
Democrats are too nice!
The Republicans are simply better liars, whereas the Democrats are more conscientious, so they try to avoid lying. When you're out for votes, the shameless tend to win.
At least that's what watching 3 weeks of late-night US talk shows seems to show.
Seems they have them just about anywhere rural
Here's a fake tree just outside Sheffield: http://tinyurl.com/3xu5r6s
I wish it'd light up at Christmas.
The generation that pulled the ladder up behind them
Hard to feel sorry for them, even if they do include my parents.
That'd be because Chrome is lean and fast
Don't get me wrong, I love Firefox. But, on older, slower machines where I just want to do a quick Google search, it's Chrome every time because I don't want to wait 15 minutes for Firefox to start. Searching by typing the address bar is a big usability win, too.
As long as Google keep Chrome lean, fast and simple, they'll keep gaining market share.
Using a postcode as good-enough shorthand for a geographcial point? It should be considered a fail. Postcodes are used to route mail, not find directions to a point. I can see why this has happened but overloading the meaning of a code with concepts it was never intended for is bound to cause trouble. Unfortunately the concept of a postcode as a geographical entity is so ingrained even the government routinely make this mistake.
I'm on my own with this one, aren't I?
Not defending them, but...
...there's clearly a large number of users out there who are gunning for MS 24/7. If they would turn their attention to any other target, they'd find issues too.
It'll be Google's turn next.
Jacobs concluded: “This is an affluent area."
That'll be the reason for the break-ins then. Duh.
Populist in the best sense of the word, I'd say, despite a mostly specialist audience.
Your provider can and will contact you about offers and services. It's almost always a condition of your having a service with them. It's not spam as you're their direct customer.
And yes, companies in every industry are conspicuously ramping up the volume and aggressiveness of their marketing and sales. So expect to be contacted by any means :(
What is the problem here that only technology can solve? Is paper and pencil not good enough? Seems to be another hi-tech "solution" in search of a problem that doesn't exist, because that's where the money is.
Not news is you read RISKS anyway: http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/php/risks/search.php?query=voting
Where the mechanics of the system (and here it's closed-source software) cannot be independently inspected, monitored, or supervised then it's scarcely a solid foundation for democracy.
I'd be more inclined to laugh if this didn't smell like it was inspired by a couple of features from The Day Today.
Does this mean Chris Morris is on your payroll? Hope so...
Functionality already present
They've had this feature for years: just tick the "avoid highways" checkbox.
Do not reward on lines of code or bugs found
Or you'll deserve everything you get: stretched-out code with lots of linebreaks and hundreds of trivial bugs.
Always read the boilerplate
And remove if it doesn't apply. Are they recruiting for proofreaders as well? They should, etc...
And what's to stop you faking your destination?
And people placing too much trust in where you /claim/ to be? Can of worms here!
Paris because she knows where she's at. And we don't
There are IT Managers who weren't even /born/ in 1986
One may be managing you now. Just cry quietly to yourself.
Gibson to turn into tree?
Must resist the inevitable joke about being wooden, etc.
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