529 posts • joined 1 May 2007
What about Machine Mart? Where do you stand on that?
The Machine Mart catalogue? I have to make sure I only read it sitting down so I can hide quite how excited I am.
Re: Great headline!
Now that's what I call ironmongery.
Sounds like our local locksmiths. Called them out to repair our modern back door, and while they were here I asked if they could fix the almost ninety year old locks and latches on our interior doors. They did so by making new springs and fashioning replacement keys despite not having an original. They worked out the required shape by taking one of the locks apart. It's a family business, with the grandson minding the shop, dad doing the manual work and grandad (who's a sprightly 85 by my reckoning) providing the expertise.
I get this sneaky feeling that some New Zealanders take stuff too seriously. If I lived there I'd vote for the Mega party
Yup, you shouldn't take politics too seriously, after all it doesn't really impact your daily life and it's not as though previous generations would shake their head in despair after they struggled for something like universal suffrage. So go ahead and waste your vote for a convicted fraudster's vanity political party.
Re: Very long term
Really? Can you then point me at the .doc format spec as it was in 1990?
Back in 1990 we were having the same discussions as now and at the time SGML was hopefully going to be the saviour, especially since we had standardised formats for things like tables (the US military DTDs). Trouble was that the editing tools never really took off, and convincing management to support a format we could still easily read in ten or twenty years time was bloody hard. This was for military and commercial data relating to products that would be in use for decades, hence the importance of long term formats.
If a company provided no benefit to anyone, it would go out of business rapidly.
You're ignoring the problem of monopolies. MicroSoft have even been convicted of using their effective monopoly to block out potential rivals to the detriment of consumers.
Re: Open Source Means Choice
A lot of flawed attacks here. Microsoft's OOXML is also open to anyone to implement
Which version? MicroSoft themselves don't support the standard they managed to railroad through the ISO process. It's also the worst standards document I've ever had to read, and that's saying something since I've worked on a number of systems using ISO or BSI standard formats that are rather awkward (a tape format that only seems to have been used by the EU for example, and even persisted after they moved from actual tape for the storage medium).
To be fair to the BPT personnel, it may be because your friend visited on a day that TNMOC is closed.
He went at the weekend.
Suggested going to the museum of computing a few weeks ago, but 'er indoors declined saying that a work colleague had recently been and that he'd said not to bother as you don't get to see any computers or encryption gizmos. He'd been told by a member of the Trust staff that the Museum of Computing was closed, and he had to make do with the Trust part of the site. So it seems some of the Trust staff are being *very* deceitful.
Interactive Lard? Is that a reformed line up?
Amazed no one's mentioned the Robot Wars from Judge Dredd:
Re: Sounds like a great conspiracy theory, but...
There may be "a need for better computing, programming and coding skills", but the likes of Silva, Klein and career politicians have used it to create a gravy train for themselves. I very much doubt that many, if any, competent coders will result from this scheme.
Re: Warm up your engines
call all functions a few thousand times (like warming up an engine) before the app starts, to force the browser to apply the optimized compilation to everything.
This is almost as good as the recent Reg article about the IT guy caught pleasuring himself with a sheep. It's all over our local paper as he's in court at the moment and lives only a few streets away from me. His defence seems to be that he took his clothes off as it was a hot day, but I don't know how rogering an ungulate is supposed to help cool you down ...
Which is fine until you actually use it for commercial work (using Mac OS X) and open yourself up for some major legal action.
Doubt Apple will be testing that grey area of European law any time soon.
45RPM: "Um, yeah, because the sort of professional who needs a Mac Pro really will be able to make do with a Dell or an HP."
The only "professional" that "needs" a Mac Pro is someone who needs to impress other vacuous idiots with their willingness to buy shiny crap. Plenty of the graphic and video related agencies that I've been to recently have switched to non-Apple hardware, since Apple are focused on the consumer market. As someone else points out above, with Dell and other business oriented PC sellers you can get same day, on site repairs whereas with Apple it's typically a case of sending it to a service centre and waiting a minimum of a week (even if you work near an Apple store, the "geniuses" are really just there to guide clueless consumer users through using their shiny stuff).
A staple of radio phone-ins is to invite listeners to share their stories about funny things they found when moving into a new property.
When I moved into my current house the previous owners left a mountain of tat behind. This included an enormous piss soaked dog kennel in a summer house at the bottom of the garden (I hadn't even known about the summer house before moving in, as it was hidden behind a row of trees). In the loft I found a folder full of business cards for bars and clubs in France, all with multi-coloured flag logos and many with the phrase "hairy bears" written in French. I Googled the phrase, and then wished I hadn't.
Re: Fuck the moneymen
Just got a big payoff for mis-sold PPI. Now might be a good time to buy ARM stock with the money ...
I actually find it hard nowadays to find a non-disposable razor with less than 6 blades. Mind you, the missus says they do a wonderful job on my meat & two veg, so there is that ...
Do that too regularly and you'll end up with stubble on your plums that's as harsh as Desperate Dan's chin. Not that I speak from experience. Honest.
Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple
Except OSX isn't based on BSD: it's based on Mach with some BSD-alike bits.
The Mach kernel started life as a fork of the BSD kernel, and those "BSD-alike bits" have various copyrights on them that show they are BSD. NeXTStep was Mach and 4.3BSD, later updated with code from 4.4BSD. OS-X was NeXTStep after a major refresh using code from NetBSD, and more recently FreeBSD.
Can't speak for any other HMRC functions, but I do my tax returns using their online service. My desktop machine at home is a very obscure combination of PowerPC based Apple Mac running Debian Linux, but I've never encountered problems with either the downloaded documentation or web based data entry stuff.
Re: Linux should still be pretty secure
Unfortunately, java applications frequently run as root
Really? Only time I've ever encountered one was a numpty who ran Tomcat as root in order to be able to bind to port 80. Changed to run on 8080 with a port forwarding rule on each machine - as it should be. Never seen a Java client or user application running as root.
Re: Surely it can be changed ?
stu 4: I agree. Iain Standen is probably a typical "Rupert", a product of the British Army officer corps where the old school tie are what matters, and the lower ranks are there to be bossed around. As for Signals, they had bugger all to do with wartime Bletchley Park, where much of the key personnel were on secondment from academia and organisations such as the General Post Office.
Re: It's BUGS!
Did they make sequels?
Love the first film (and subsequently read the book it was based on), but the sequels are absolutely dire.
Marx drew a clear distinction between man and other species, so it's arguable that Marx would have considered neither another species or a machine like Jade Rabbit as on the same level as humans. Therefore, it would be consistent with the writings of Marx to consider Jade Rabbit as a tool and therefore not an equal or comrade to its human operators.
I know - I need to get out more. Hence why I'm getting my coat.
Anyway don't bother using the PO for parcels. It's cheaper (and often quicker) to order a courier online. Most of them will even come and pick your parcel up instead of you having to trudge over to them.
Unless you pay mega-bucks for DHL or UPS, you'll be using someone like Yodel or Hermes. They farm out deliveries to people using their own car or van and paid peanuts. They're notorious for leaving stuff in unlikely places or not delivering at all. Last Yodel delivery I had was discovered days later in a hanging basket that's above head height near my front door. I'm 6' 4" tall, and can't comfortably reach into the basket so I guess the delivery person threw it in basketball style. No card through the door either.
Re: GPO snoops
So the idea is that if I'm a terrorist and put a bomb in the parcel, I'll get caught out when the Post Office bloke asks me what I put in the parcel?
It's a bit like the cards they used to dish out shortly before landing on flights headed to the USA. Two questions, asking whether you've ever been convicted of trafficking drugs across international boundaries or committed war crimes between 1939-45.
Re: GPO snoops
Love the way they now want to know the exact details of what's in a parcel.
And I always tell them it's something that it isn't. No point in being honest, since they never pay out the insurance when they either:
- let one of their light fingered staff thieve it
- leave it on the doorstep of the wrong address (usually in the pouring rain)
- use it as a makeshift football in the depot
I sell my old computer books on Amazon, and earlier this week I told the Post Office drone that a parcel contained a latex gimp costume when it really contained the "ARM Achitecture Reference Manual". Yes, I have no shame and a warped sense of humour.
Re: How about...
You have to allow companies to offset legitimate expenses against income ... Materials purchased to make the product
Yes, but what Starbucks do is totally artificial. The UK operation buys ridiculously expensive coffee beans from the Swiss operation, since that means they can offset that against UK tax and pay virtually nothing in Switzerland (not a country noted for its coffee plantations).
As for paying to use the Starbucks name, what the f*ck? Starbucks UK is not a franchise, so any payment for using the name is another artificial tax dodge to offset against profits.
My brother and some acquaintances went for a Chinese meal in Soho, London a few years back. During the meal the waiting staff took it in turns to come and look at one of my brother's acquaintances and then rapidly depart sniggering. Eventually even the kitchen staff had come to look and laugh. The subject of their amusement asked a waiter what the hell was so funny, and was asked if he knew what the Chinese characters tattooed on his arm meant. He replied that it was supposed to say "strength and courage", but the waiter informed him that the nearest English translation was "nunnery".
Turns out that the tattoo had been done in a place run by an ex-school friend of mine who is now a biker (and once worked as a security contractor in Iraq which he openly admits was for the opportunity to shoot at people). When my brother's acquaintance went to complain he was directed to a sign that said they took no responsibility for mistakes in tattoos containing non-English text. Knowing my ex-school friend I'd suspect he knew exactly what he was writing on the schmuck.
Shows why you shouldn't have business logic in the presentation layer.
What's worse - nerd tattoos or significant whitespace in a programming language?
How long before we become like Trig's Broom - every part replaced, but still just the same...
A major part of our tissue is replaced naturally. Our outer skin basically regenerates entirely over a roughly 30 day period for example. Our livers typically regenerate as well, unless subjected to serious illness or abuse.
Re: I need new glasses
I didn't even parse the "of", thereby making it ...
hospital's suspended head transplants
... which gave me flashbacks to a low budget horror film I saw recently.
I'm guessing that should read with "with nano-seconds access". In the same way that a Renault 4 can get from 0 to 60mph in seconds. 24 seconds to be exact (which surprised me when I just Googled it, as it felt longer than that even on a downward slope).
We have allowed ourselves to be overtaken by the receding hairline of male pattern mediocrity.
Sounds like you're describing the unfathomable popularity of Radiohead ...
Re: Drama queens
I didn't know that Amazon allowed for comments like that
A colleague used to work at Amazon, and part of his job was dealing with the user reviews. Initially the policy was to remove joke reviews, but Amazon eventually cottoned on that the good ones drove more traffic to the site so they tend to leave them be (see the reviews of Jordan and Peter Andre's CD for example, or the classic review of The Story of Ping which is quite possibly the grand daddy of funny Amazon reviews).
Re: Oracle sucks
Re: JS is the new ASM?
Loose typing, while making code easy to write, is a pain in the arse for reliable programs.
I'd argue it doesn't even make it easier to write, since the tools can infer very little from the code so there's limited support for auto-completion and bugger all chance of anything but the most trivial automated refactoring. I recently spent a year of my life fighting with a loosely typed language, and it made me very glad to get back to a strongly typed one.
Nah, that's the tank in Oracle's lobby. Microsoft haven't got any fish in their tank - it's so badly made that all the water seeps out of the holes.
Re: Hmm sounds a bit fish flakey
You're a dab hand at these puns, so I wont carp about how bad they are.
What the article omits though, is that a snapper was on hand to take a picture of the thief. It shows him sporting a mullet hairstyle, herring-bone twill trousers with eel-asticated waist and sharks-tooth patterned sweater. He made a clean getaway on a pair of skates.
Re: Taken for a Ride?
Not if they're large enough to bake.
A few months ago one of the large Koi Carp in my pond died. My Sicilian father in law was shocked that we didn't grill and eat it. There again, I shouldn't really be surprised at what he'd consider eating, having seen people in Sicily rush out when it rains to collect snails that have been brought out of hiding by the moisture. They then boil them up to make a horrible looking soup ("ghiotta di babbaluceddi" in Sicilian dialect).
Re: lack of evidence
Nah, this is the US where the test of a potential drunk driver is not an electronic breath test but whether they can walk straight.
"In many cases, these enterprises run both versions side-by-side because certain of their applications require a specific Java version to run"
And that's down to utter incompetence on the part of whoever wrote those applications. I've worked on multi-million LOC Java projects which work without modification when moving from one major version to another. You either have to use a non-public API or deliberately code a version check into your application to prevent it working between say Java 6 and 7. I know many of these applications are certified for a specific version of Java (usually down to a single release) but that's just a revenue generator for the vendor so they can gouge you for a new version if you want to upgrade the Java version you run the app on.
Re: We did question his use of plywood
Yup, it's a great material. One of my bass guitars is made of plywood (it's a Japanese clone of a Rickenbacker 4001) and the only way you'd know without disassembling it is if you look inside the bridge pickup cavity. As you say, it doesn't warp since it's made from layers of thin veneer, whereas solid wood can warp and crack as it dries out with age. This is particularly true nowadays, as well seasoned wood is very expensive - hence the use of MDF or soft woods like pine.
Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems
It sure got Jews out of Vienna quickly, back in the day.
Blimey, Godwin's Law in a discussion about taxis. Although given the views espoused by many London cab drivers it may be appropriate ...
Re: AC @09:52 - you're going too easy on them
It's why I always where humanly possible take the Metro, or walk. Sure the metro is not exactly the most pleasant experience, but it beats the hell out of taking a taxi.
Didn't they finally find a disinfectant that got rid of the stench of urine in the Metro stations? Or did it just inadequately mask the smell in the same way that many Parisians resort to putting on more perfume rather than having a wash?
Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems
Add to that the [London cab] being the shttiest possible ride quality on the planet
To be fair to the cabbies, they hate the London cab as well. Trouble is that the tourists love it, as it's an iconic part of London, where in reality it's an antiquated, expensive and unreliable anachronism.
I would not even mention cabbies in Bangalore, Moscow and a few other places.
Never found Moscow cabs a problem. They do stink of petrol, but that's a combination of the awful Volga cars that most cabbies drive and the poor quality of Russian fuel that conforms to a less stringent standard than fuel in other countries. It's also a bit disconcerting to see the chipped billy club that many cabbies have next to their seat, but I've been told by Russian friends that attempts to rob cabbies are very frequent.
Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT
A back door was allegedly planted in the OpenBSD source code, by a contractor who was working on a US government defence contract from what I remember. If true, then it shows it's possible to get a back door into a large open source project and have it there unnoticed. However, Eich quite rightly suggests ongoing audits, automated where possible, to catch this kind of thing. As Eich and another poster has said above, open source is not a silver bullet, but at least it gives you the possibility of auditing the code - something that's impossible with closed source. The best you can do with closed source stuff is sandbox it, and try to audit things like the network activity it performs, although this is something that should be done with binaries from open source code as well.
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