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Re: Ha Ha Ha
It seems like the technical people that develop and keep the systems running are the real masters of the universe, not the bankers.
Yup, but the technical people move on to another job when they find that there is no career progression or salary increases in their current role. Either that or they get made redundant when their role is outsourced. The turnover in IT staff is a huge problem, as we're seen as a commodity or component that can be simply be replaced with another programmer, sysadmin or DBA.
For instance, I had a role where I had architected and lead the implementation on a quite sophisticated system. This took three years, during which I got no salary increase. I then lead the support and enhancement of this core system, as well as implementing a few others on the underlying framework we'd written, for another two years. This included a painful merger, when we were verbally promised improved salaries if we stayed loyal. Then we were finally told there would be no salary increases.
So with a salary eroded considerably by inflation, I quit. The DBA then quit. The other non-contract programmer then quit. It took them months to replace me, as they actually lowered the salary they were offering for my replacement. The person they finally got didn't understand the core system and completely screwed it up.
Re: On the one hand...
*Any* DDOS can be traced back. It's all a function of logging and traffic analysis.
However, that trace may lead you nowhere useful. The payment service provider that a previous employer used were hit by a short but massive DDOS, then received a demand for money. The PSP refused to be blackmailed, and an even bigger DDOS started. In the forensic analysis they made public afterwards, they were able to trace the attack back to a mobile device presumably being used for tethered access by the perpetrators. The mobile account had been paid for with a stolen credit card, so end of the road for tracing those responsible for the attack.
Re: Scientists the world over are terrible at marketing
They'll just show an attractive person looking happy while using it.
Mmm, EEE girl.
Re: Doesn't anyone in the government...
What's particularly ironic, is that the Tory boys on the committee that grilled the Guardian's editor accused him of treason because he sent some of the Snowden files aborad. Yet here we have the unelected Lords permitting nearly all parliamentary data to be stored wherever MicroSoft want to (currently Ireland and the Netherlands). At least the Guardian used what they termed "military grade" encryption.
Re: Resolved? I think not.
That is under investigation and very much not proven.
Read Private Eye - they've been running articles on a number of cases where banks and the big accountancy firms have been putting companies into receivership then selling their assets when it's clear that the companies were viable. In most cases they were only experiencing temporary cash flow problems, often caused by the banks withdrawing long standing lines of credit (funnily enough, that was the original purpose of a bank before they got into exotic investments).
Re: Chris Wareham Who the hell cares what any Iranian News Agency has to say?
Matt Bryant: I've worked in the States for extended periods of time, so I've experienced the likes of Fox News, CNN and the news programming on various other US TV channels. It explains the insular, condescending and arrogant attitude that many Americans exhibit. More remarkable than the hilarious and limited coverage of foreign events, was the reaction to the Columbine shootings. This occurred just prior to me working in California for a while, and I watched a lot of shows where everything was blamed for the shootings *except* the ease with which the killers had got hold of their guns. Then there was the reaction to September 11th 2001, where so many Americans believed it was an attack on their way of life by jealous foreigners, not a reaction to decades of bullheaded US intervention abroad.
Re: Who the hell cares what any Iranian News Agency has to say?
I rate their trustworthiness roughly similar to that of North Korea.
Do fuck off jake, you tedious Yank.
I know from experience that the bug doesn't affect CyanogenMod. This is because they enabled flash messages in nightly builds earlier this year, and it caused phones in Europe and perhaps elsewhere to be swamped by network messages - but without crashing or losing connectivity. It turns out that these messages are used for things other than emergency notifications outside of the US, and were previously ignored. My phone was getting somewhere in the region of 120 flash messages a day, about three of four each time I moved from one broadcast cell to another, and some numpty developer had removed the option to globally ignore the annoying buggers.
Blimey, you look like Spud out of the Trainspotting film with those glasses on ...
Re: I want to quit my addiction to Microsoft dev products...
Qt is a bit of an odd one. Development with it involves using a pre-processor for the event stuff, and it has its own equivalent for things like the STL, so it's much more than just a GUI toolkit. To be fair, the reasoning behind the alternative to the STL is sound, since the Qt equivalent is much better designed and pleasant to use. The portable libraries for other features are quite nice as well.
The original song is a parody, saying that attitude isn't a cracking idea.
That might be what they claim now, but it's bollocks. I'm old enough to remember not only the Licensed To Ill era that this song dates from, but the gormless frat boy humour of their early punky offerings as well. What really hammered it home that they are a bunch of arrogant tools is their insistence that The Prodigy not play "Smack My Bitch Up" at the same festival as them.
Re: I want to quit my addiction to Microsoft products...
How about on the development side, is there an equivalent of Visual studio for app development?
My preference is for NetBeans. It took me a long time to switch from using juts a text editor and terminal, but I now do all my personal coding in NetBeans (for work I'm forced to use Eclipse, which I find very clunky in comparison). Despite starting life as an IDE for Java, NetBeans now offers excellent support for development in a number of languages, so I use it for a mix of Java, Android and C/C++ stuff.
About fifteen years ago, PEN15 was on a read Porsche 911 in the South London area. There's some plonker who drives a top of the range BMW around Hampstead with the number plate MAF1A. My Siciiian wife spotted it at a petrol station in Belsize Park and actually made a point of telling the driver he was a twat!
Re: Compensating for something?
That's a fish mitten so huge it qualifies as a "bucket", since it would no doubt squeak as the owner walks.
Re: No idea
Hadid's actually a damn fine architect, with an impressive track record.
Bollocks is she a damn fine architect. She's just another "starchitect", utterly incapable of creating something that sits well in its surroundings, pandering to the most vacuous and narcissistic clients.
Re: I take it...
the last time you used SQL Server was in 1997...?
No. A couple of years ago (not that it should have been acceptable in 1997, although it was essentially still a re-branded Sybase at that point so it was probably fine). I wrote a process that would export data to a reporting server running SQL Server. This would lose the connection at 2am every night, which was eventually traced to one of the operators power cycling the Windows server. There was even an MS knowledge base article that recommended this as a suggested workaround for the memory leak!
What would you rather have - the lion's share of the market, or the lion's share of the profit?
We're not all Apple shareholders dear.
And after 2 years. iPad Mini - 50% or more of purchase price
Bollocks will they be if the last model is anything to go by. My local Computer Exchange has had the same iPad Minis in the window for months. despite them reducing the price a few times.
- Microsoft for just about everything that isn't SQL server or C#
C# I'll grant you, but SQL Server? The "enterprise" RDBMS that needed regular rebooting since it leaked memory like a sieve?
Re: In France
And it Italy it would render him almost undefeatable. (There's still a huge section of the Italian male electorate who consider a philandering, insensitive, borderline paedo an admirable leader).
Re: Reduce or increase
These changes seem to be driven by the relentless switch to mobile interfaces for all devices, but as you point out the more rounded the corners are, the more space they take up versus rectangular ones. On my phone I use Firefox simply because it has the Adblock Plus extension. It's interesting to note that the rounding on the interface is far less pronounced in the stock Android Chrome browser though ...
You can fix Thunderbird with the following (I cribbed this from the Internet somewhere):
1. Go to Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Reading & Display.
Change "Open messages in:" to "A new message window"
Click "OK" button.
(On Windows I think it's Tools -> Options rather than Edit -> Preferences).
2. This will stop the Tabs from opening, but you'll still have a single "Tab" taking up space in your main Thunderbird window. To turn this off go to Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General.
Click "Config Editor..." button
You will get a warning, click the corresponding agreement button.
A large dialog box will come up titled "about:config"
At the top of this is a "Filter:" box. Type "autohide" in the box and press the Enter key.
A single search result will be returned below that called "mail.tabs.autoHide"
Double-click the result "mail.tabs.autoHide". It will become bold, indicating it's been edited from the default, and the "value" column will change to "true".
Close the "about:config" dialog box.
Would love to hear of something similar on how the Forbidden Planet soundtrack was made, back in 1956.
I think they made extensive use of the Hammond Novachord (as well as a Theremin). The Novachord is an incredible instrument, made in very small numbers in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It is essentially a sophisticated synthesiser, capable of majestic and haunting sounds. There's a website devoted to the restoration of one, including sound clips, here:
No doubt the precise definition of ‘electronic music’ will be the subject of debate long after the lights go out and the amps are silenced
For me, the workshop were definitely making electronic music. They essentially had all the components of a synthesiser, but in the most modular form imaginable! Tape echoes are making a bit of a comeback as well, both refurbed old ones and new ones. I own a Melos tape echo, which is about as primitive as they get, and I absolutely love it. It alters the input sound in a marvellously musical way, giving it a dense fuzziness - the complete antithesis of digital delays. Solid state echoes based on BBD chips are also great, as are spring reverbs which are a lot more affordable and available than plate reverbs.
There's no exact figures for the number of Polish nationals in London. However, it must be a relatively small number compared to other immigrant communities, as the 2011 census only found 12% of the London populace to be classified as white and non-British. Some Polish immigrants may have taken British nationality, and are therefore included in the white British group (almost 45% of the London populace), but based on the citizenship of the people I know of non-British birth it's unlikely to be a significant number. My wife for example came here almost twenty years ago, but is still not a British citizen.
Re: I feel your pain...
But many, including my wife is often driven to hysteria by such problems.
In the case of my wife it's hysteria that starts with the sound of an Intellimouse being slammed down on to her desk so hard that you have to admire how indestructible they are. This will be closely followed by a scream for help, which I now answer with a reminder of how she doesn't want me near her computer ever since I accidentally changed the wallpaper.
Re: Nautilus less cluttered = less useful
Luckily you can install Nemo to get the old Nautilus back.
I have installed Cinnamon and Nemo on Fedora 19 - they're available in their version 2.0 incarnations from the standard Fedora repositories. It makes for a perfect desktop environment, particularly when you set the GTK theme to Simple, which gives you back scroll buttons and sensible behaviour for scrollbars.
Re: More info
Well, Ceylon is fundamentally different to Python in that it's statically typed, not just strongly typed.
Re: Ahhh, the nostolgia.
I had a similar experience. I was already working as a professional programmer, but had no computing related academic qualifications so I decided to do an evening course at the local Tech college. The tutor for our C programming class kept on giving appalling example code with potential buffer overruns and the like. When I, as politely as possible, pointed out the problems the tutor got all snarky. He said he'd cover these pitfalls in later classes. He never did.
Another cracking article - probably the best series on el Reg (after the BOFH of course).
Never used an RM machine at school, although I'm the right age to have been in comprehensive education at the time. We had a few broken CBM Pets, but that was it until the BBC Model B started to appear in considerable numbers. I think I would have enjoyed mucking about with the RM 380Z more than the Beeb though.
Have an upvote for the Croydon comment.
SD slot? On a Googly blessed device? Blimey.
People are missing the point about the article.
Which is the typical Lewis Page click bait. Wish I'd noticed the byline before I'd wasted my time reading the article.
You've just demonstrated that you have no understanding of what engineering or science is about
I better stop working as an engineer then - I must have just been winging it for the last 17 years.
sci/eng not about committing facts to regurgitating them on demand. sci/eng is about understanding and applying those facts, often in a way that has never been done before.
No it's not. Most engineers can get along by just adhering to the rules without necessarily understanding them - innovation, which should require understanding, is typically a niche requirement for students and most people working in engineering jobs. And notice I said innovation "should require understanding", as I've seen many people doing it by little more than trial and error.
The answers to course work and questions do not exist in text books, just remembering stuff is no good without understanding them unless you want to fail.
For undergraduates of course the answers exist in text books. You don't think every engineering student is required to innovate do you?
Re: Bashing the liberal arts
If you think that science degrees are all about rote learning, then you're clearly ignorant of the courses in question. But of course, that's because you never did them.
No, I don't think that all science degrees are about rote learning. The college I went to was just particularly poor in that area, as it didn't encourage analytical thinking - although that is something of a common complaint about UK academic institutions compared to those on the continent.
As for something like history, it's supposed to encourage information gathering, analysis and critical thinking. Just a pity in my case that I caught the tail end of the 1960's generation of tutors, who favoured starting with a pet belief (Marxist, radical feminist, etc) and then selectively picking information that supported it, all the while ignoring the overwhelming evidence against. For example, I was asked to research the European with craze, with a strong hint from the tutor that it was a male attempt to subjugate increasingly assertive women. Somewhat blown out of the water by the fact that more men were persecuted for supposedly being witches than women. That kind of stuff was why I switched to languages.
Nice dig at "liberal arts" students there. As someone with a degree in history and languages I'm pretty sure I worked a damn sight harder than the science students at my college, most of whom spent their entire time memorising facts without understanding them. And as someone points out above, you're just showing your ignorance if you think a good psychology degree is easy to come by.
Re: The important point is ....
There are already more Windows 8 users than every version of Mac OS X and Linux combined
Bollocks. To put it politely. Every Android device is running Linux for starters.
Re: And with no fanfare a Macbook Pro was removed from the line-up
Why would Apple want you to have a DVD drive? DVD drives mean that you can rip your CDs and play your DVDs, denying Apple more iTunes revenue!
Re: if "according to nokia"
That reminds me, haven't listened to any of Jim Thirlwell's music for a while. Although that involved a foetus on the breath.
Re: Usual raft of anti-ubuntu people chiming in
Glad that it floats your boat, but I wouldn't touch Ubuntu in a commercial setting. It's OK for home desktop use, although Mint seems to offer something more in keeping with what users rather than Canonical want. Ubuntu's biggest contribution is giving Debian a leg up in usability though, as it's now much more coherent and easy to use while remaining stable.
Re: Editorial mistake
Yup, Ubuntu is a bit too bleeding edge. That's why I'd modify this line in the article:
"Canonical spokesman stressed that we shouldn't think of Ubuntu 13.10 as a consumer-ready mobile OS"
"Canonical spokesman stressed that we shouldn't think of Ubuntu 13.10 as a consumer-ready mobile OS or enterprise-ready server OS"
As you say, it takes a long time for each release to become something that's approaching reliable - even the LTS ones.
Re: Forward Compatibility
Deprecated API methods are never removed from Java, so that's not the issue. The only time I've seen this is in the following scenarios:
1. The application checks for specific version strings, and refuses to run if the installed runtime is different.
2. Calls are made to a non-public API that's then removed or modified.
My money's on scenario one, as changes to the non-public API are rare between major releases. The usual explanation for the version check is that the software is certified for a specific runtime version. Great for the contractor, since they can charge again and again for certification as a new release of Java is released. Completely pointless though, as Sun (and now Oracle) go to great lengths to ensure compatibility between releases, to the point that in some cases unintended behaviour in the class library can't be fixed for backwards compatibility reasons.
My thoughts as well. Zuck's a fscking PHP programmer and I doubt Gates has programmed in over thirty years (legend has it that "his" code came out of a dumpster at the back of a competitor's building).
But, but ... think of all the spending those virtually untaxed individuals do, thereby propping up the economy for the rest of us. How else are all those poorly made Ferraris, overpriced terraces in Notting Hill and shit artworks going to be sold?
Re: I have a related question
What are the costs and benefits of putting sand into the engine oil as a way of slowing a car down?
And there we have it, a bad analogy. A bad car analogy even. All sensible debate is now over.
Having scanned the entire street and my route to work I have failed to find a D-Link device. This is most unfortunate as I really wanted to test this theory.
Based on the mean time to failure of D-Link devices, you'll be lucky to find one of the older models with this flaw.
Re: Did you take the GS to a garage?
What I miss the most is the hydro-pneumatic suspension.
My ex had an Austin Allegro with that kind of suspension. Despite the reputation it was actually a great little car, possibly because the first owner had gone to ridiculous lengths in order to rust proof it. The underside and engine bay were covered in some stuff called Ziebart. This was usually misapplied, lifting and cracking over time and then acting as a moisture trap. In the case of my ex, she had one of the few where it had been applied properly. The exception was the fuel tank, which was made from two pressed steel pieces spot welded together. The welded joint rusted, and the bottom half of the tank fell off as she was filling up with petrol one day.
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