547 posts • joined Wednesday 4th March 2009 12:19 GMT
Some years ago I sat down to prepare our local council AGM papers for the AGM the next day. That was the afternoon that IT decided to shut the entire system down for maintenance.
No contract can bind you to break the law. Any such contract that so attempts to bind one is itself void.
Next they'll blocking the sites of anybody working to overthrow the government...
....such as any political party not in the government
Surely the way to do it is send a teleporter base station first.
Re: The whole point?
"I thought the whole point of domain names was to be the memorable link to the unmemorable and potentially changeable IP number. DNS is the directory service. Once I've googled a company to discover its URL, I don't keep googling it."
Yes, once I've Googled a company, MY COMPUTER remembers the URL, not me. I don't type in the URL, the computer does that for me by the magic of something called Bookmarks, the computer version of a phone number notebook.
the benefit is to your internet community who need to type it in
WHO THE HELL TYPES IN URLS??????
The WHOLE POINT of domain names is that they're supposed to be semi-invisible. Who on earth remembers the telephone number of their local pizza shop? You use a phone directory. Similarly, who on earth (expects to) remember the URL of a web site? You use a web directory service - otherwise known nowadays as a Search Engine.
My mobile number is 0000 000-0000.
Or 0000 000 0000, 00000000000, 0700 000 0000 or 07000000000 depending on how much the site checks the number.
Re: Postcode expansion
Some websites that accept UK addresses have become intelligent enough to ask for house number + postcode then expand it to a full address with a 'is this correct?' prompt.
A send-off just like Darth Vader’s?
Ming the Merciless's.
Argh!! About a month ago I found a odd trojan on my system. Searching for removal information linked to video upon video upon video. What's wrong with (in this example) the single sentence: "Remove the HKLM/Software/blah/blah/blah/etc registry key." which is what all those videos boiled down to?
Oh God, this is *so* true.
Just a few days ago I got a collection of C++ source files, so downloaded MS Visual C++ Studio. Absolutely nowhere does it tell you how to just damn compile/build/make an existing project. Absolutely everything assumes that you are going to create something from scratch. Grrr. repeat(Gates' Head -> Wall).
Homo repitilia? That old chestnut? A mammal-primate-manlike-ape with reptile features? Epic Linnaean Taxonomy fail. The first word is the major species grouping, the second word the subset. Silurians are intelligent repitiles, so would be Repitilia Sapiens or something like that.
So... have you seen the Shunga exhibition in the British Museum....?
Pen and paper
Excel spreadsheet? What's wrong with tallying it onna big blackboard like wot we did for student union elections 30 years ago.
They keep running stories about how government IT programs are falling to pieces, but I never see any job vacancies for people to actually get the thing working.
Lincolnshire in "The North"???? Since when?
Who the hell designs a PICTURE format with executable code in it????
High school all over again
Yet more evidence to keep the loathsome American High School system as far away from the UK as possible.
People have repeatedly *demonstrated* the effect, this paper attempts to *explain* the effect.
9.1 PER 1000 XP boxes, not 9.1 OF 1000 boxes. You can't have a fractional number of whole objects.
"Finding IT professionals whose skills encompass all these things is difficult".
This is exactly why employers are destroying the economy. Employ a collection of people who TOGETHER have skills that encompass all the things required. Nobody in their right mind would try to recruit a brain surgeon who was also a skilled dentist, optician and bricklayer. Why the hell is it the expectation in IT?
Re: Standard prog language for Pi
BBC BASIC has the simplicity of BBC BASIC, and ARM BBC BASIC runs on the Raspberry Pi.
ICT != Coding
"Coding is a niche, mechanical skill, a bit like plumbing or car repair."
EXACTLY! It doesn't help that governments, teaching unions and teachers have been deliberating confusing the difference between ICT ("driving") and coding ("automotive mechanics").
With all this talk of "off-the-shelf components" it makes me wonder why nobody used off-the-shelf bog standard plug-in keyboards, instead of everybody inventing their own.
I drive a 16-year-old car. It just ***ing works. There is no reason to spend money replacing something that still just ***ing works. Yes, it's dropped from 35mpg to 32mpg in that time, and at some point I need to replace the fuse on the central locking, but there is absolutely no need for me to spend a magnitude more than my annual costs - money I don't have - replacing something that still just ***ing works.
Re: Oh come on...
"For embedded systems (e.g. industrial control systems) moving to a new OS may well be impossible without scrapping the associated equipment."
Hear hear on that. I once had a blazing row with a rapidly-former supplier: You want me to throw away a fifteen-thousand-pound printer because you can't be f***d to put a f***g fifteen pence Centronics port on your f****g 200 quid computers???
Re: Oh come on...
I spent the time when I was eight learning how to type WITH ALL MY FINGERS. I am *NOT* prepared to go back to single-digit finger painting.
Bottomless money pit?
"don't want to splash the cash necessary for a major upgrade" ?
Don't *have* the cash necessary for an unnecessary upgrade.
Hong Kong have been using multi-model tickets like these since the 1980s, it was part of the conditions for the MTR (Mass Transit Railway - metro system) as otherwise the banks would have refused to provide the financing if they were going to be innundated with millions of 10p coins every day.
I remember using my MTR card on the bus, in cafes, in libraries, in cinemas TWENTY years ago in Hong Kong. Why does it take this country so long to catch up?
"Capital Gains Tax isn't a transactions tax. You pay it on profits"
When you make the transaction of selling the asset.
"VAT isn't either, because you don't pay it on all transactions, only the final one"
That's why I said *retail* transaction, ie to the final customer, not wholesale.
A lot of transactions are already taxed. Retail transactions (VAT), property transactions (stamp duty), asset transactions (capital gains tax), etc.
Re: To summarise
The convention set thousands of years ago is that when you go **IN** to a building/room the door opens **IN** to the building/room. People who install doors contrary to that convention should be strung up from a lamp-post by their genitals.
It's ridiculous using gas to generate electricity in the first place. Convert gas into heat into motion into electricity, send it along hundreds of miles of wires, convert back into heat. Gas should be piped along the gas pipelines and used at the consumer end with only one conversion point.
Argh!!! ****ing MSWord file format.
Last week I spent an hour entering my details into a .docx job application. Saved it, made a cup of tea, loaded it to do a final check before emailing it back. The entire thing was garbage. Argh!!!!! **** YOU MICROSOFT!!!!!!
(and everybody who expects you to have Software Version Half Past Ten This Morning)
I once used an application that revelled in triple-clicks.
22 years ago I bought a Hoover vacuum cleaner. It fell apart after about three months. I replaced it with a Mecedes. I'm still using it. It's the Kalashnikov of vacuum cleaners. Pop the motor off, dunk the case in the sink, wipe it clean.
"James Dyson is challenging the EU's labelling policy for hoovers"
Why? If if's a Hoover labelling policy it's irrelevant to Dysons.
"Born in a world before the Internet"
Yes, I was born before the Internet - just less than a year before - in the late 1960s. Child of the summer of love (and probably dodgy contraception), and all that.
I'm fourty-(cough!) and have been online sporadically since 1985 and continuously since 1987.
Unicode? Hah! I remember fighting with BIG-5.
There's a shed-load of rivers in Oz that don't flow into the sea.
Re: What about fitness-for-purpose?
My 16-year-old car continues to work perfectly and flies through its MOT each year.
So, don't operate day-to-day tasks logged on as Admin, d****ds!
Re: Computer games & drugs? Seriously?
Yeah, but most of use are burdened with the fact that staying alive, keeping a roof over your head and obtaining food costs money.
What's wrong with a 2.5mm jack plug?
Re: Typical waste of money
Roundabouts take more land than traffic lights. Where there is no space for a roundabout, or for right-turning slip roads, traffic lights are the best solution.
I don't work in order to consume. The plain fact is that being alive costs money. I work (when somebody deigns to get off their fat arse and actually pay me to work) in order to stay alive.
My eyes keep reading that as Z80
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?