393 posts • joined 7 Oct 2008
Re: Time wasting
That's my favoured approach. "... But there isn't a Start button on this UI ...".
Re: Good effort
I was fished in until they said that Apple had talked to El Reg.
Re: grout technology
"I'm still waiting for my damn hoverboars"
See also: commercially available jetpacks.
@Naughtyhorse - I believe the accepted unit is the Shedload or the Metric ShitTonne.
Must code a recreation of that sometime, although I'm not convinced I ever saw all the events. The pirate ship was a particular favourite.
Lady Programmer Available
Well over 25, ugly as a thunking layer, 28 years experience C/C++/COBOL/S3/BASH/PowerShell/SQL, available immediately.
Like, gag me with a spoon.
"I have even heard that it is spreading across the country among young fems."
That is so grody. Like, grody To The Max.
@seven of five
"I´d exepected you to suggest pirates."
Funnily enough, I've just been having a conversation about how to make COBOL and attractive option for recent graduates as without new blood to fettle the old code there's going to be a very expensive re-write coming down the line. 20 years convinced that COBOL would be retired before I was, now I'm not so sure.
"Crack In The Attic"
In the vernacular of the West Midlands, "Cack In The Attic".
Short shopping list
Find kids who want to learn either how computers work or how to make a computer do something.
Teach them to work out how this might be made to happen.
Teach them the skills they need to make it happen.
Encourage them to make it happen.
Stand behind them ready to help when they ask, but not so close that they bump into you when they turn around.
Guide and praise them as necessary.
Ask them what they're going to to do next.
And that's it.
You've got the put the resources in place - they'll need a big sandbox to play in - but make that available to the right kids and they'll do most of the work for you. Try to drag anyone kicking and screaming or dumbing things down so that the whole class can do it even if they've no interest or aptitude won't help anyone.
Well that's this year's project sorted out. All I need to work out now is where to keep the Tesla coil when I've finished it.
Re: Half a job...
Or is it 100 million screens before the plant is worn out and decommissioned? That would make for some expensive screens.
I'm not currently looking for a relationship
But if I chanced on a chap with a large bank balance and a dodgy heart my head could be turned.
Batter is what you put fish in. The cricketer at the wicket with a bat in their hand is a "batsman", in both male and female versions of the game.
There are batters in rounders, but that's a childs' game and need not detain us.
Re: Just wish
That's an entirely reasonable question. For gear for my personal use, Windows is just a placeholder. I read reviews of kit running Windows solely to find out if there are any bumps in the road to installing another OS.
Joe Lucas - Prince Of Darkness
@Nigel 11 - thank you for dredging up the memory of my Dad (who worked in the automotive component industry) intoning, "Joe Lucas, Prince Of Darkness", whenever conversation turned to automotive electricals.
I was commenting flippantly, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
Re: BS 546
Downvoters are probably insisting on BS1363 rectangular pin AC power plugs, but each to their own.
I protest the absence of the UK three-pin AC power plug.
Blimey, that's a bit swift. I've been on the Bletchley Park tour a few times and found it perfectly paced at 90 minutes. Mind you, if they're not taking in the Tunny/Colossus exhibit in the National Museum of Computing then that will save some time - pointlessy, stupidly and inadvisedly, but it will save some time.
The decisions being taken by the Bletchley Park Trust seem bent on ripping apart two collections that really do have synergy - the one time that word does have a place in describing in how a place should be run and management are running away from it.
umount -f Toys
I go to the National Museum of Computing once a year, largely to see how the ICL2900 is getting along, but because it puts me back in touch with why I love this discipline and trade so much. I usually combine it with a spin around Bletchley Park itself as well, a practice which has given me the privilege of rubbing shoulders with WRENs who worked at BP in the war. Sadly it looks as though my next visit to the NMoC will be just that and no more as I don't want to reward this behaviour; it's childish, spiteful and short-sighted.
When you asked Google to comment
Did they reply, "F*ck you, asshole"?
Back in 1986 I couldn't find anyone hiring recently graduated physicists anywhere near where I wanted to live but someone did want mainframe programmers so hey ho, let's go programming. It's been a good thing by and large, with a greater emphasis on what I can deliver as an individual compared to other technical and engineering industries. I compare my experience with that of an acquaintance who works as an engineer for a railway rolling stock manufacturer. While the overall gender balance is similar, the role specialisation by gender and resistance to women moving forward in technical roles seems much greater than my experience in IT.
Kill them with fire
I've just done a purge of old email addresses and centralised everything on one single account, and yet ... I've still got a nagging thought that there's something somewhere poised to send a vitally important mail to one of the old accounts now gathering dust and spam.
Excellent article, thank you.
I look forward the the piece about the OPD. ICL had some excellent technology - CAFS, a superb SSD storage system back in 1990, VME (still the best OS for its purpose I ever used) - but OPD was one the bravest, wildest bits of What-The-Fuckery I ever saw.
Another side note: whenever I have an anxiety dream I always seem to walk into a data hall with walls painted ICL orange. Some things run deep.
Alternatively, you can restrict the people allowed to exercise this option to those in your Google+ circles. As my Google+ is a howling void, any messages coming from that direction will be more likely to come from Cthulhu than a human being. Or Friendster.
Your girlfriend doesn't?
Re: Ah the skills one forgets
Log tables are a whole different area of nostalgia. I've still got mine tucked away somewhere, hopefully with some slide rules close by.
Happy and sad memories
My TI-59 didn't survive being run over and was replaced by a fx-550 which saw me through to university when I replaced it with a Prime (it wasn't, strictly speaking, my Prime, but I loved it nonetheless).
I couldn't find my old Casio when I came to guide my nephew and niece through their GCSEs and A-levels so I was a little pleased to find myself shopping for a scientific calculator once more.
I'd lambast you for shameless nostalgia, but well, when I were a lass it were all mainframes with discrete components round here ...
Re: Windows for Mother?
@ Not also known as SC - precisely, she just gets on with stuff and I don't have to constantly fettle, cajole or persuade the machine to do her bidding. Couldn't quite get her to make the leap to Linux, but we're all happy now.
Windows for Mother?
After her experience with Vista, my 70 year old mother will bear me another sister before she buys another Windows box. As her in-house tech support I was very pleased when she went for a MacBook.
Her experience thus far with the Motorola Moto G has been very positive - "I didn't like anyone else's smartphone but this one makes sense and it feels really zippy".
Re: A fascinating opportunity
Which works if none of your data crosses the borders of any of those countries at any point in its lifetime. Tracert can give some very interesting results.
Re: About that Star Trek stuff...
And my jet pack.
I'm currently looking for new phone for my non-music-playing non-gaming mother who takes pictures with her SLR rather than her phone and only wants a smartphone for the GPS and the maps. The 8GB version will do her just nicely.
I connected a Commodore C64 to my LG flat panel a week or so ago and it tuned in fine. When I've tracked down the dry capacitor (I assume it's a dry capacitor causing the problem) I'll get the whole keyboard working again and see what memories I can dredge up.
Still wish I'd got my Dragon 32 though, without that machine I'm not sure that I'd have embarked on a life in computing.
Are there any known bumps in the road to Linux-ing any of these laptops? Given the grief that Samsung caused are there any chipset woes that a person might find inside any of these boxes? Might be a question worth asking in future reviews.
Back when I first learned to programme
The lecturer asked us if we'd ever done any knitting, as those used to reading knitting patterns would already be used to reading written programmes and would have a head start. Sadly, I don't think this is where MicroSoft are coming from.
Vulva, surely? If my vagina looked like that I'd be seeking medical attention.
I genuinely wish that I had known of the existence of the R2-D2 Builders Club before now. This sort of thing should be encouraged at every opportunity.
Saddened by the lack of an appearance of Steve's boon companion, the lovely มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai).
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Never got near it
The 380Z we had at school was monopolised by by two dweebs (Hi Andy! Hi Chris!) who defended their fiefdom against any interlopers but especially girls. I left them to it and learned BASIC on my Dragon 32 instead.
You missed the step
Where all the Android fans take the mickey (posting their mickey-taking comments using the Nexus 5 that they got 2 working days after it was released as that was the quickest that Google could deliver it).
Re: Strange desire
Those kits were just a gateway drug. Next thing you know the kids will all be moving onto the hard stuff - solder.
I've now got it into my head to to use a Pi to develop a better radar. This is how arms races begin.
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- FOUR DAYS: That's how long it took to crack Galaxy S5 fingerscanner
- Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
- Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?