631 posts • joined 4 Mar 2009
Golden Computer Centre
God, it would take me *hours* to get out of GCC!
I end up drifting into Maplin's because I first encountered them in 1980, and I subconsciously think they are still an electronics supply store instead of the consumer electronics retailer they've morphed into.
Yorkshire Building Society isn't a banking institution, it's a - duh! - building society.
"BitCoin ... is no more dangerous or unstable than its fiat counterparts."
BitCoin *is* a fiat currency. A fiat currency is a currency backed by nothing other than faith in the currency itself.
Re: Unfortunately, in cities around the world, going 'on the game' ...
But she's got a husband. What's he doing?
"Yet from where I'm sitting all I can see if them refuting the claims"
They have a recording? Or do you mean denying the claims.
You work in IT, why aren't you rich?
I seem to get asked that almost weekly, and ask myself as well. It's only the minimum wage that's stopping my pay from dropping any further, and it's only the fact that Being Alive Costs Money that's stopping me refusing to work.
Insert headline here
Subhead in bold.
Surely that's the Ice Warriors blowing up the Moonbase?
Even in the UK we have three seperate legal juristictions, England'n'Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
I got to the last of my home-growns a couple of weeks ago (Casablanca). I'm now waiting for the mud to turn back into soil so I can plant the first of this year's crop.
Top-level country codes
That's it, then, London's officially a foreign country.
Re: How to teach maths
Yes, I used to fall asleep in English lessons, because I have no imagination and English lessons were all about making things up - in other words, LYING! However, as soon as got to writing documentation or writing up experiments, I was flying away, because I was actually writing REAL stuff, not making things up. If I'd been able to submit my Technology projects as my English homework (or even my Geography projects) I'd have got something better than my 'C'.
This also affected some of my university work as I did a couple of units Education (when I still naively considered entering teaching) and all my work was littered with things like: If a child is told X, then that child may take that on board, and that may cause them to do Y which may cause Z to happen which may result in....
Re: superficial at best
"I saw an article recently regarding this which commented that coding was the new Mandarin."
Gakuen de nihongo wa deutsugo atarashi desu. ;)
Re: We don't have anyone competent to do that
"If writing laws were treated like a proper software project, no law would ever yet have been finalized by Parliament. They'd all still be in perpetual debug mode."
I think not. "Does it power up? Ship it."
Re: How to teach maths
Perzactly! That's exactly the sort of thing my old school did before the local Labour council killed it off in the name of anti-elitism. Identify the kids who aren't academic, but are vocationally skilled, get them doing things like vehicle maintenance with the maths needed to support it and instead of failing Maths 'O' level they get a Mechanics HND *and* a Maths high scoring 'O' level.
Re: [B]asic maths and literacy...
Divide 66570 by 10 then multiply by 3. Give your answer to the nearest 1000.
What is 540207 in words?
Read the number off this scale
Count these numbers
Sort these numbers
What is the area of these two rectangles?
WTF? You shouldn't be allowed out of PRIMARY school without the ability to do this.
I was implementing some floating-point arithmetic over the summer. For that I absolutely utterly needed my 'O' level maths instruction in logarithms and exponents, and how you multiply by adding powers and - shock horror - why the bare bones of long multiplication works. That's not even touched in today's GCSEs. "Push the buttons and get the answers, and stop pestering the teacher."
Yes, it's disgusting that 100% of school children aren't able to play the violin, and millions of pounds must be splurged on compulsory violin lessons, and anybody who complains is a misogynist and a snob.
Re: New Barbarian Manifesto
Alan B'Stard proposed it ten years even earlier!
Do I remember using Plan9 on a 6809 machine 20-odd years ago?
You go to prison *AS* punishment, not *FOR* punishment. The imprisonment *ITSELF* is the punishment.
"Indeed, and IIRC Richard Russell went on to write the BBC Basic for Clive Sinclair's Z88."
And ported it to the Amstrad Notebooks. I still have an NC100, it got lots of use in meetings for taking notes, and doing some simple data analysis in BASIC.
The filing systems' nothing to do with the Basic, the filing systems' the filing system.
"Howard Fisher, now working for Acorn ... wanted a Basic that would run on the Z80"
Odd. At this point Richard Russell had already finished porting Acorn's BBC BASIC to the Z80, and was finishing off the port to Acorn's Z80 second processor system. And was based in Essex just down the road from Ambit.
Coding is like playing the violin. It's something innate, and forcing all kids to do it results in 99% of them being utterly crap and frustrated, and is bordering on the sort of child abuse that that women in Saturday's Guardian revels in inflicting on her children.
Re: Just spent an hour this weekend doing an XP reinstall
Let me guess - she also ran the computer logged on as Admin all the time as well.
I've never had any problems with XP. But then, that's could be because I have seperate Admin and normal users, and only ever log on as Admin once in a blue moon to do Admin stuff.
When I bought the PC it came set as Admin-All-Areas, and I had to spend the first few hours with it fixing it to a proper system. Since then, no problems.
Take out hard drive, change links, plug into new computer. Job's a done'un.
When I moved into my place there was a safe in the cellar. It took about a year to struggle the thing out into the daylight to leave it for passing gippos.
When I bought a record player I paid Mr Jarre for his music by buying his music records. When I bought a tape player, I paid Mr Jarre for his music by buying his music tapes. When I bought a CD player I paid Mr Jarre for his music by buying his music CDs. You charge for the content via the charging for the content, not via the hardware.
Re: re. chat(s)
"...I have other fish to fry" is the correct English idiom that matches the French idiom.
Obligatory HHGTTG reference
What happened to A-ARK to D-ARK?
What moron browses the internet while logged on as Admin?
Locked into enforced throw-away
The problem with Apple products is:
I've got a decent monitor, but now I have to throw it away and use the crappy one in my new computer.
I've got a decent computer, but now I have to throw it away and use the crappy one with my new monitor.
Wossa Crombie coat?
Technology Without An Interesting Name
Didn't Kildall develop the TWAIN protocol that all scanner/camera systems now use for image communication, as well as creating the initial specs for data on CD?
Re: It's all part of the plan. To sell the area off.
This is exactly what's happened to Chatsworth since the old Duke died. The new Duke has sold off half the contents of the House, and doubled all the prices. I took a friend there last summer and we were horrified at the prices, and just spent several hours walking around the park instead.
Re: Not sure I understand this...
Geology graduate sanctioned for doing unpaid geology work?
What? I thought Bletchley === Nation Computing Museum.
I was watching a BBC News 24 report about bitcoins, and they described them as "a string of unique digits that match the bitcoin algorithm".
So, surely the easiest way to generate bitcoins is to just generate numbers
and test each number against the bitcoin "is this a valid bitcoin number" database.
The iMac's not a computer - it's a monitor which you'll chuck away when you get a better monitor. Where's the computer? Where do I plug it in?
Re: Not just this...
Just done it. First search result: https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports
"Government websites have .gov.uk at the end, don't they?"
Of course they do, if it's not got a .gov.uk addresss, IT'S A SCAM!!!! just ask www.cyberstreetwise.com
"Private company muscles Blighty's TAXMAN out of the top spot"
No they don't. Just look at the picture. hmrc.gov.uk is the first search result.
Re: What about the kids who have no aptitude for programming?
Perzactly! I had absolutely no aptitude for English lessons at school and I would do everything possible to get out of them. But, I pride myself in my technical documentation and authoring skills. If instead of trying to force me to write stories - ie, make things up, LIE! - they had let me hand in my computing documentation, science write-ups and engineering&technology work as my *English* assignments, I'd have sailed through.
Head meet wall
When a software engineer with 30 years experience and a "proper" 1980s degree can't get a job, and the employment market is shrinking faster than a fast-shrinking thing, why the hell are we forcing *all* children to learn something that 99.8% of them will have no interest, aptitude or competence in, and the remaining 0.2% will find no jobs in?
Oops, sorry, forgot, that's are the target demographic that recruiters are after - inexperience and incompetence, as demonstrated by most software that's out there, and mandated by government IT projects.
Government says: "Please block all porn..."
To which the response is: "Please define 'porn' in a manner that a computer can use."
These people have learned from the real-world goldrushes - you make more money selling shovels to the miners than being a miner.
"the Amazon staff voted 21 to six against joining a union"
So.... six are now union members and 21 aren't? And this is a news story?
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