* Posts by Alistair Dabbs

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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>> lack of women in programming

I wasn't aware that I made any statement implying bias or suggesting positive discrimination as a solution. You imagined it in your angry head.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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Barista spelling

I'm not talking about writing "Claire" instead of "Clare". I would simply like to state "Alistair" and not have the barista write "Alice".

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Upsetting

I hardly know what to say. He felt like part of the family.

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: "never fails to amaze and appall"

This word can be spelt with one L or two. Choosing the spelling that does not happen to be your favourite doesn't mean it's wrong.

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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

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Re: AND a better picture...

I'm disappointed no-one recognised the photo. It's Chung Ling Soo, the world-famous conjuror, who died on a London stage in 1918 while performing the notorious bullet-catching trick. He was an enigma: it turned out he wasn't Chinese at all but an American who maintained his pseudo Chinese disguise on and off-stage for years. The Christian Bale & Hugh Jackman movie "The Prestige" includes a sequence based on him.

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Re: Footwear

It was a spoof pisstake on Disturbed.

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Re: Footwear

You might like this.

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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Re: "My problem is with predictive text, "

You are a good judge of character because the Renault Scenic is the car I drive. Luckily for me, it is 17 years old, starts with a key and it's only inhibitor is the weediness of the engine itself.

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Re: Bah!

Mine starts with a strip: I peel it off and find it's already sticky. Then it's just a matter of ensuring the head is applied the right way up.

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Re: Ali, eh?

I could always run for London mayor.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Re: Wait, what!?

It was an easy password to remember since there was no minimum character number requirement on that system. It had three letters.

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Re: Blood Sacrifice

I have a cousin who, when he was a designer at The Times, would come home each day with an ink smear across his forehead. He couldn't explain where it came from as he generally didn't visit the presses.

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Re: Reference to Thoth coupled with a previous reference to Aleister Crowley

Not the sort of thing I'd admt to or deny.

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Re: Music

And Penny Dreadful. Come to think of it, I've been watching the 1970s comedy series Porridge and there's no theme tune.

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Re: Bah!

Sorry about the boring video. It was the music I wanted readers to enjoy but people will insist on having something to look at.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Re: I worked with your old man at Leeds

Thanks, David. I'm afraid my father is in a care home with advanced dementia. Not the man he was.

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Re: Help ma' Boab

Do I detect a PWEI reference?

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Re: A 2000 AD (OK, Starlord too) reference

I got to shake hands with the great Pat Mills last week. Top bloke.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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Re: You clean up nice!!

It's an old photo. I'm much flabbier now - more like Roger Moore. With a bit of Roger Rabbit.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Re: An innocent explanation

I hope you realise I make all of this up. I don't even work in computing. I live in the countryside and grow parsnips for a living. My real name is Doris.

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Re: An innocent explanation

I don't have any IoT devices. I was imagining a future in which I might have some, possibly whether I want them or not.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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Re: ¿Puzzled?

The failed Google stunt today also highlights the problem I raised the other week about positioning dangerous buttons too close to everyday buttons in the UI. If you're going to add a "Make me look like a flighty, sackable twerp" button to your email system for a laugh, it's probably best not placed adjacent to the Send button.

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Re: ¿Puzzled?

Here we go again. 15 minutes. Why is it that the "I've wasted X minutes of my life" crowd are such slow readers?

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: On remote controls...

What does the Guide button do? Arrange for a Girl Scout to come round and sell you cookies?

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Re: Small != Small

(Sighs at having to explain everything) Yes, of course it's intended as an insult. Good spot. I wonder if anyone else noticed it. Honest enough for you now?

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Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966 – a retro: Texts, ar*se and ASCII rolls

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But is it art?

I hear similar things about Pizza Hut: "It's not authentic pizza, etc". I don't really care whether it's authentic or proper or otherwise approved by a committee of categorisation. A spinning LED ring that reads "LOADING..." on a continuous loop for hours might not seem like art but it is funny and means something.

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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Re: Private Eye

>> Half Man Half Biscuit

At the funeral, they could play God Gave Us Life.

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Re: Very good, Mr D

>> Marcus Brigstocke

He was good as King Arthur when they brought Spamalot to Bromley.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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Re: XKCD

Not really. The first time I read the word "cockwomble" was when it was used to describe Kanye West.

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Re: Wi-fi kills Google Maps on Android

Remind me to tell you about my experience with the satnav in Audi's car of the year...

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>> Relying on wifi and cloud to do presentation things in a live environment?

Well no, this is my point. Even if all the documents are right there on your hard drive, the software required to open them - say Adobe PDF Reader or MS Office - tries to go online anyway.

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Re: Icon says it all

WiFi's pretty good. It's just implemented inadequately everywhere except in one's own home.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Re: As for the RAZR..

The Motorola software was bad, certainly, but it was poor on all mobiles at the time with the exception of the mighty Nokia. My Razr enjoyed a second life when passed to my daughter but she had to (reluctantly) give it up when she needed a tri-band device for a Japan trip. It would still be in use today if the catch on the battery compartment hadn't snapped off.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: This column has only one purpose:

This is the first time I've heard Jaz's hair being referred to as a "dead animal".

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Re: Airlines can stick paperless tickets up their respective

Ryanair has a smartphone app for check-in, boarding passes, etc. The problem isn't specifically Ryanair, it's whether the risky-dink airports it flies to have enough money to buy a barcode reader.

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Re: so long as you look like you belong

So you are suggesting that, on arrival at security, I remove my jacket and take out my lunchbox? I will try this next week at the House of Commons.

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Digital signatures

Reading these comments, I was reminded of an occasion when Adobe asked me to sign a legal agreement which they emailed to me. I duly added my digital signature using Acrobat and emailed it back.

Without a beat, I received a reply from Adobe to say they were unable to accept digitally signed PDFs and would I please print it out, sign it with a real pen and post the sheets of paper back to them.

Talk about a lack of faith in your own product... except I think it had more to do with the US legal system still lingering in the 18th century (guns! guns! guns!) than Adobe itself not trusting users to work with digital sigs.

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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I can forgive Martin Rushent for "Dare" because of the wonderful pair of albums he produced for Pete Shelley at around the same time.

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Re: You should have a meeting to discuss the number of meetings.

I wondered this about project management software developers. They must have project management software to manage their project management software. And if GitHub doesn't wirk, do you report it on GitHub? Do Jira testers record issues about Jira in Jira?

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: French slang?

"Zizzi" is what children say. "Bite" is the vulgar version once a French child has been upgraded to adult.

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Re: come on now Mr Dabbs

You use Apple Mail? What, are you insane???

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: I actually manage a printer hotline.

Don't stop there! Tell us more.

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Re: adobe reader

Speaking from personal experience, the genuinely nice people who work at Adobe simply won't be told. Any attempt to point out the ridiculousness of its application UIs is regarded as negative feedback and summarily dismissed. Any attempt to draw attention to the many, regular and frankly immense failings of its cloud-based systems is treated by them as the product of irrational hostility and, again, dismissed.

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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

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Re: WTF?!

Even less intelligence is required to design a commentard trolling program!

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: 4G

Readers may be pleased to learn that yesterday I upgraded my SIM to support 4G. I thoroughly enjoyed my 4G experience, all 2 minutes of it, before it fell back to 3G. I have not seen "4G" next to the signal bars ever since.

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Re: From Hamlet

The passage you quote demonstrates how Hamlet is losing his paranoid marbles at this point. "Methinks" is a different way of writing "I think" while under the wholly false impression that it makes one sound clever. Clearly youthinks otherwise. What do theythinks?

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Re: FaceWatch

Upvoted for the Mean Machine reference.

"Gonna go up to 3 on ya. Oh, it's dropped down to 2G... Edge... GPRS... tin cans with string... stories swapped over a campfire... etc"

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Re: Lazy journalism methinks

I am lazy and I am a journalist, so you are right on both counts. However, you used the word "methinks", which immediately devalues anything you might say. Avoid this word in future.

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

I was going to write about 10 technologies but I got bored after writing the first five.

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

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Re: Best article ever.

An increase in readership will improve my chances of survival here on The Reg, so a bit of social media sharing by readers will help...

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