680 posts • joined Thursday 16th April 2009 12:38 GMT
Re. AD men
Who are these 'AD men' you speak of? Active Directory specialists?? Or do you mean advertising industry people, commonly called 'admen'?
Pay the ransom?
My understanding is that even if you ponied up in at least some cases you didn't get your files back? Thieving bastards in not honouring deals shock!
Not for me
I like the idea, but I can't say I'm keen on any storage that needs specials drivers to use. I like the idea that in general I can pull out drives from my various boxes (SSDs, SATA and even the occasional PATA HD!) and connect them to my USB dock for emergency surgery and file removal when things go awry.
If I was MS
I'd say yeah, no problem, will give free extended support to every LEGAL copy. Please have your licence/proof of purchase details to hand when you call, ok?
Re. Apple knows lawyer rates
Given the amount of work they must get it may be that Apple's own lawyers give a hefty discount?!
I had that one running on a departmental server in the corner of the office many years ago. Very amusing, until the day it crashed for real and I spent most of the weekend fixing it! The screensaver just didn't have the same comedy value after that, and got removed.
Re: tl;dr - ST:TNG's crappy analogue source makes digital compression harder
You know, apart from the leaden actionless 'talky-talky' approach to everything, what really put me of watching TNG when it was shown on Beeb2 in the 90s was that awful mushy soft video quality. Even on an student's secondhand analogue telly it still looked awful!
Re: Know any Michael Bay movie quotes?
Just make the sound of lots and lots of REALLY REALLY big explosions, and you've pretty much nailed any of them.
Good luck to you Penny Arcade
We are quite literally looking for a person that can do four jobs: Web Development, Software Development, Sys Admin, and the (dreaded) GENERAL IT
And what you'll get is someone who may be pretty good at one of them, and average (at best) at the others. Or maybe just average at all of them. They'll be overstretched, pulled in many different directions, and you'll end up with a pile of shit held together with sticking plasters. Hey maybe you have that already?
Hire a developer AND a sysadmin, and sort your infrastructure out PROPERLY.
Re: Doubt she'll win
Or... she's incredibly gullible and has been taken in by a shyster lawyer...
Speaking of distancing themselves, has anyone else noticed the lack of Russell T Davies amongst all the celebrations? Whilst he's not always been a favourite showrunner, if it wasn't for him we wouldn't all be here celebrating now.
Happy birthday 'Doc
For all it's faults, it's still marvellously intelligent and entertaining TV, always has been. And it's given me, and more recently my family, many hours of enjoyment, debate, and discussion over the years.
A pint to all involved from 1963 to the present.
That would've done just nicely for my son for Xmas. I'm gonna chip in, fingers crossed he'll get one for next Xmas?
Agreed: I still smile when I hear the Tardis Cloister Bell in the New Series at moments of dire emergency (or dire plot? Take your pick).
No mention of the prelude to the Master's full return in Logopolis though, The Keeper Of Traken? This features the transition from the old Deadly Assassin living corpse Master in to the new shiny bearded AA one.
John Simm is a fantastic actor, but his Master was woefully misjudged (probably by everyone's favourite hero/villain RTD?). Dereck Jacobi would have been much better.
Just a TV show (and a boy band)!
I've been a 'Who fan since I was a kid. Collected books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and watch the new series avidly with my family as we're all now fans. It's been some of the best TV I've even seen, but also some of the worst ("Love And Monsters"!).
I remember The Three Doctors (10th anniversary) and The Five Doctors (20th), and I'm looking forward to the Day Of The Doctor as it's a big milestone and worth marking. But I'm also a little bit worried that it might be ruined, like some of the other series climaxes, by CGI overload and a look-at-how-clever-a-writer-I-am plot, frenziedly squeezing in way too many rushed ideas and twists into an hour or so!
So we'll definitely be watching, but I'll also be 'behind the sofa' a bit just in case...
"Can you describe in what ways you felt the OS was shite? Something specific?"
The feel of it was somehow unpolished. It didn't run very smoothly (3 different phones, both Android 2.2 and 4). And it couldn't do the basics (for me): it failed miserably syncing my Exchange email mailboxes (something a Blackberry does flawlessly), the calendar was woeful, the battery life was awful (I realise this is also an iPhone problem). And the alarm couldn't even wake me up in the morning unless I left the phone switched ON overnight, which my mobile phones have been doing since heaven knows when!
I'll say this for the iPhone, at least it feels very smooth and well integrated. I've yet to experience Windows Phone.
Re: Missing experiences...
Peri joined the Doctor whilst wearing bikini, so strictly speaking her outfits became less revealing, not more! Still not all that much more though...
"there are no deaths in the A-Team. in fact they're weren't any gunshot wounds (at least no blood), typically the baddies would stand in front of barrels that would explode when shot."
I love the action shows of that generation: the car (or truck, or jeep) would do a fantastic flip through the air to land in a crumpled heap farther up the road. And then the driver would climb out of the window rubbing his head (just to show he was ok)!
Re: That diagram
Excellent work! Myself it was six wheeled supercars.
Re: Original stories
I think you just "re-imagined" Neil Barnes' earlier post there!
Re: I was afraid of this
"Won't be buying a MBP obviously, I would spend my money on a proper Thinkpad like the 430s"
I've just spent four figures on a T430s, and whilst it's too early to report on longevity, the build and feel of it doesn't really advertise the extra expense (more than twice the price) over a friend's IdeaPad. It certainly doesn't feel as solid as the work-issue HP EliteBook. To be fair though, unlike modern Apple kit it's well served with plenty of ports and connectivity, and I had an mSATA SSD DIY-installed in 10 minutes. The old ethernet port is useful now and then when the wifi is playing up.
I'm no fan of Apple the company, but they do know how to build some extremely impressive hardware. And then charge you a fortune for it!
Re: X Factor
Say what you will about the guy, but you can't deny his commercial nouse: his business model, right back from his A&R days, has only ever been about entertaining people for a few minutes, and extracting maximum revenue from that. He's been very good at it.
Whenever I watch X Factor (which is a VERY rare occurrence) I always remember that all the flash, the show, the staged argy-bargy, it's all about ONE thing: maximum eyeballs for the advertising.
Re: Adverts too!
Yeah, and look what happened to Prime Inc! :-)
I can't replace the engine (myself) in my car either..
There's a good reason for that: it's complex, dangerous, labour-intensive, and requires specialist tools.
Replacing a battery that's designed to be removed isn't any of those things. Sadly however I realise that for a modern device the extra cost, weight, and probably most importantly the space taken up by making it removable, count against them more and more.
Re: He's Right
Because, well call me a cynic, but Bill's proposed actions won't benefit him or his ex-company, other than perhaps polishing their images a little. But Google or Facebook giving the poor of the world access to the Internet, well isn't that, or can't it be seen as, about them expanding their potential customer base?
Totally: couldn't they just say 'contacting' rather than sounding like some new age cult or Mafiaso?
Discriminatory to four-eyes?
How does these things work for people who wear specs? Do they come in prescription versions??
Fine with me
Like I've ever let LInkedIn anywhere near my work contacts lists!
Or personal ones come to think of it...
What a strange concept of pleasure you must have
I can honestly say I've never enjoyed anything sufficiently to soil my underwear.
Re: Still not enough
No offence, but if this is a company you're talking about then it's a management failure to not train people in the basics of using their computer. Admittedly now maybe 80% of the population have access to a computer it's less common that it used to be, but this highlights why it can still be important if only to ensure a baseline of IT skills.
What a twat
Re: For those who can.
Post of the week, if not the month!
"more reasons to AVOID Microsoft products"
Hmm, so MS hoarding and slurping your surfing data will give you (another) reason to avoid using MS? Howabout Android, Chrome, Google Search, and GMail then, all from a company who's raison d'etre, and considerable fortune, are built on exactly the same thing?
Re: Never keen on all in ones.
Agreed to a point: the lack of trailing wires, and one on-off button, can make up for the loss of flexibility.
Arrrg (no piracy intended)!!! If there's two things that get my goat with modern UIs, it's translucency and animations! Maybe I'm getting old and my eyesight isn't what it was, but I find ghosts of items underneath visible through windows to be intensely distracting, and likewise objects than boink and swirl and flap about the screen are also a pointless waste of CPU.
Thankfully Start8 has the option disable transparency in Windows 8 (worth the price alone!). I was actually considering a Windows Phone 8 handset recently, until I saw the awful way the tiles peel away whenever you select one of them, and that's it's not disable-able!
Re: Affordability my arse
">All-new 64bit SoC - pretty damn amazing in a PHONE, FFS
- pretty damn demented in a PHONE, FFS"
I recall a conversation with a friend of a friend MANY years ago when I said his dad was crazy for buying a 486 computer for the family. That was only really needed in a server (such as they were back then!), not a desktop... ;-)
Re: Vendor certifications...
" If you need a qualification to further your career then you've got the wrong employer"
You clearly don't get the concept of being 'freelance' then do you. Although I suppose you could argue that you're your own employer, and so (hopefully?!) the RIGHT one!
Re: I expect to be disappointed
"A long, long time ago"
Isn't that the first line of 'American Pie' (the very long song, not the movie!)..?
Re: How's this for analogue...
Sorry mate but your memory is playing tricks: the original 'human' Jabba scene was dropped from the original movie as George wasn't happy with the man-like Jabba character. The scene was only put back in one of the later 'updates' when improving technology enabled a CGI Jabba similar to the one from Ep.6 to replace the original actor (and thus requiring the famous "Han steps on Jabba's tail" tweak).
Re: Originals were great?
Nothing to do with CGI or the use of matte techniques: it's clear the actors have been briefed by their director to get the lines out as quickly as possible in order to explain the point and get the story onto the next bit of exciting blaster/lightsaber/spaceship action scene! And it worked a treat, at least it did for me and all the other 10 year olds who LOVED the original movies long after the VHS tape wore out.
Sadly adult eyes can't help but see some aspects of the originals for what they really are, even if they still love them with a passion!
"for no other reason than to show the future that we weren't idiots and we also had a handle on technology"
Are you sure about that? Don't you find that mobile phone thing in your pocket, not to mention the technology and infrastructure it connects to, just a little bit impressive?? Admittedly it's not BIG, but it is bloody well clever stuff, and that's just to name one. For me this generation's achievements are in the incredibly SMALL, but also even more in the DISPOSABLE: not only making something incredibly clever, but perfecting the manufacturing to make it so cheaply that it becomes an everyday item that you don't even think about.
ROSE TYLER again. FFS!
Re: Was it colder then?
That rather reminds me of black and white photos of football matches from the years ago, where every man in the crowd, and I mean EVERY MAN, wore a hat!
Re: Makes no difference
"are happy with USB 2"
Are you sure about that?? Have you tried moving around a few hundred gigs of data over USB2 any time recently??
The faster interfaces are primarily needed to keep up with the ever expanding size of hard drives.
"In fact there was a girl on the tube this morning who was looking pretty hot and wearing quite a short skirt. She was probably hotter than my wife if I'm honest."
Pics or it didn't happen!
Re: Point 3 is wrong
Rebuilding a server only works if you know EXACTLY how the current one was built - not just the OS config but the application stack and EVERYTHING! And I know too many companies where that simply isn't the case.