Proved wrong threre...yes, yes you have been.
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Proved wrong threre...yes, yes you have been.
My nephews live on their smartphones. They ski, film with a GoPro or film others, edit the clips into little films on their phones, and share them with friends, plus they post them to various social media sites. They are able to send nifty formatted invitations with embedded maps, etc. from their phones. They do not consider these to be IT tasks, but the way they live their lives.
I don't think any of the tests would have them blinking an eye.
Why would you do to hear 'No' when you don't want to hear 'no'?
And BTW, it is 'free rein'.
I! Still! Like! It!
See wrongdoing, decide to say nothing and do nothing about it, accept you are part of a corrupt and immoral organisation, and let your soul be eaten away.
He could suggest that.
However, he didn't do it.
We know what we're involved in ISN'T a well-run project, we sort if know how it should be being done, but we can't do anything about it. Most project managers can't put A, B and C in the right order, so when a project is handed to them, isn't a fail from the start. But mostly the project fails before that point, because the goal, the purpose, etc is so fuzzy that the project could take a hundred different tracks and still appear to be right.
It was the thing that pushed me away from Dropbox.
Two older women are that scary and need a health warning? Man up, Mr Fortensplibe.
Let's put it through its paces. I see a tilted ramp so it can launch itself in the air, do a roll, and land again or its wheels. Or not.
I also see using one as a random Segway. Have a seat and go on a mystery tour.
Or a place to park my empty coffee cup and sarnie wrapper: go, little ones, and enjoy your adventure to lands I know not where...
I do a lot of things, as it is clear you do, to meet my own standards of quality. These are usually higher than what my dearly beloved company would ask, but they don't know what to ask for, would be content to take the lowest-possible threshold of acceptability, if proffered by a consultant, so I don't tell them what I am doing and am willing to spend the extra time creating security etc that would not shame me if I fell under a bus and a colleague such as you replaced me. If someone like you can look at what I' created and think "well done, good job", then I know I've achieved the standards I aim for.
Thanks to my fellow commentards for supplying link to Tim's blog. Also to Tim for Forbes etc links. I read people, not sites, so I follow the people.
My first thought.
Google scanned huge numbers of books 'for' libraries, who then had to pay to use the digital copy of the books they owned, and the scanning, in my experience, is pretty bad. Chunks are missing, whole sections are alphabet sphagetti, it's sloppy, and obviously books are ways Google can get eyes on their ads, as opposed to offering a service. I can't think of how I (as a published writer) will benefit from Google doing this to my books. If people want to buy them, they will look me up and go buy them.
Except if it plummets to earth over, say, a playground or beer garden or what have you.
I can see for many people this will be a useful device, but I ran through a typical day, then an untypical day, and considered my tinnitus, and thought: this doesn't do anything better than I can do now and with more privacy, and it is yet another source of sound, which I don't want. I am sure I'm in the minority.
BBC World Service was slashed and burned not too long ago. Fantastically interesting programmes and, for many countries, a trusted source of information, went up in smoke, and lose experienced journalists were lost. I can think of a lot of other things I would have given up, funded by public money, than that.
That women are really about sex.
Because a women as hallow, stupid bimbos, amirite?
I still have my pre-GPS Bold. It's a bit thick, but has never caused me a moment of trouble, does what I want from a phone (calles, text, emails) and fits in my pocket and can be used one-handed if i have to. I will be as gutted as your good lady wife when (if) it goes.
I really wanted to like the Passport, but I tried in a range of pockets and nope. I tried using it with one hand. Nope. And so I was done.
Sadly, pressure cooker + nails + rucksack + Russian warning that these two brothers should be kept under observation + two American boys heading off to Chechen land for a summer vacation all did not add up to 'maybe we should send the police aroudn to have a word'. They do that later in the fear that there will be a copycat, but it would be really nice is they used their gazillion petayetaflops of data from us to, ya know, stop atrocities before they happen. You can call me a dreamer...
Let us handle the IT, and let them handle the medical stuff. Just sayin'
My first day at a job many years ago and I managed to upend my carton of orange juice all over my new keyboard. I turned it upside down and let it drain, then quietly mopped as best I could (I did not want to draw a lot of attention to myself), wiped the keys, but every day it stank worse of heated, elderly juice until I found a PC bundled up ready to be taken out of commission and swapped keyboards. Can't drink orange juice at work to this day.
A giant in her field, and I read all of her books while a graduate student. To think she was a Bletchley girl and never said!!
I am guessing that you do not write books or songs or poems. Is a book that took five years to write going to get fifteen years worth of royalties? Is a song that was slowly developing in a composer's head over a decade, but which finally took a couple of days to write down, worth more than a sudden inspiration dashed off on the back of a table napkin? What about copyright in prioprietory code? If it taks a team of 100 working over four years, do they get a century or so of copyright?
If we leave it to the public to pay what they think is fair, creators would get about 5p each. Thats' why copyright laws exist.
"ritualised decapitation, instead of trophy-taking"
What exactly would be the difference? Are trophy-takers universally messy and quick, chopping fast, while decaptators are slow and careful? Or are they making it up out of whole cloth from a few v-shaped cuts?
Yes, I am afraid this was also my first thought. Or someone said 'we know where your children go to school' or similar.
Because people hire 'faces that fit' and 'people like us' and so idiots hire idiots. Look at the top management of so many firms. Or look at project managers.
First we can't allow scientists to use tree-rings except for tightly local information, then we can go back to one or two years over a century ago and use that to extrapolate, and in each case the weather is not changing, and certainly not due to human efforts, or the weather is changing but it's not ever going to threaten humans, or the weather is changing but that's what weather does and we really mustn't be concerned because reasons.
The commentards then wade in at how lucrative it is to be a climate chnage scientist and that anyone not supporting their views are talking 'common sense', and anyone supporting the climate change scientific community are branding as muesli-treading lefties.
So it seems that now is he time to stop reading any article on El Reg that has anything to do with climate. I am neither informed nor edified, nor can I join a rational debate.
I worked in a very small publishing company where, on day one of my employment, I set up a back-up process, as i nearly had heart failure when I found that they had never, never, never backed-up. I did a once-a-day and a once-a-week, then a once-a-month, which I took home with me, as we'd had several small break-ins and things had got smashed.
As my fellow commentards have anticipated: yes, we was robbed once again and the safe with the back-ups was broken open and everything not taken was wrecked. Luckily, it was the second day of the month, so I nipped home and got the tape from the previous month and we were out only two days.
And then got bollocked for taking office equipment out of a 'secure area' and off the premises.
Agree -- the Search should be much, much smarter. But about 20 years ago I bought through Argos a little tank that was then a cutting-edge MP3 place. It didn't work, they replaced it, didn't work, and finally I just returned it and got my money back, but the call centre people I spoke to were so lovely and unfailingly helpful and courteous that I had a soft spot for Argos from that time on. I now regularly check them out for goods and either have them delivered or pick up (just down the road). I find their proces good and their returns easy: just pop into the shop. The counter staff are slow, but on the whole I think they have a good website, a fast delivery service, a good range, and have got the high street/online balance pretty much right. I'm just about to buy a coffee machine from them.And I still remember the older lady and the young Scottish bloke from their call centre. Hope they had a good career there!
In 19th and early 20th century Canada,p eople could kit themselves out with a whole house, a buggy, kitchen and farm equipment, including waggons and sheds, furniture, clothing, books, you name it, all from the Eaton's catalogue. And the old catalogue was nicely recycled as bog roll when the new one came in.
Oh, yes. I had to babysit the 'online classifieds' in one job and people just did not get that they could not sell booze and cigarettes from the boot of their car after a run to France on the 'bring and buy' space on the company intranet. Even more so could they not say 'I'm doing a run to France this weekend; anyone want booze or cigarettes?' And so on. Some were indignant when I said 'um, that's breaking the law'. Never had firearms, though. That would have been entertaining.
How many apartments can you buy in London for half a mil? I figure 1.4, or perhaps 2 in the less-appealing parts of the suburbs.
If you have the knowledge, you usually have the confidence. I would rather have a knowledgeable teacher without confidence, as they will usually learn this as they teach, than someone who doesn't really know the stuff but who is sure he or she can do it.
Are you bothered by the grunting in men's tennis? If not, why? If so, why?
Nice to see the title offering all tree-huggers a harem, whether the reader is male or female. Inclusion is good!
I opened my intray to a load of emails G Data had thoughtfully flagged as spam. One had 'looklikeyouvebeenhacked@gmail,com' as its address. I last used WH Smith's subscription service in early July, so it's not just people who signed up in the last few days who are being hit.
@TonyJ: give your older boy "The Cry of the Icemark". It is the most exciting adventure story I or my nephews (who were 11 and 14 when they both read it) have come across. If it doesn't glue the older lad to his book, give up on him being a reader!
I found a radio playing really annoying at my old barber's, but my new barber hooks his laptop up to his speakers and gives us his playlists, which are great. I wonder what sort of licensing he is ducking here?
Users sneer at muscisians' organisations trying to get money for musicians ('music wants to be free!') but have no trouble accepting companies making their owners into billionaires by using the creations of the musicians. It's not hard to develop these, so the reward for building a platform is extortionate.
I worked for a similar licensing organisation (for writers) and we shovelled money out the door to our members. Some of them were absolutely dependent on our payments to survive. And we maximised the payments going out by paying ourselves tiny wages. I finally had to leave, as I liked eating every day.
I wonder what creature your ex identifies with you.
There's a phrase that could usefully be used: trust, but veify. Verify everything that comes through your door. Testing a sample of struts in your warehouse, or indeed anything in your warehouse, seems to me to be a good idea. Just sayin'
I rather admire his antediluvian lifestyle. No one needs to bow to the World of Digital. On the other hand the waste of time and the ineffeciciency of having one's emails printed out (and presumably writing or dictating replies, which someone has to type in and email) is really not acceptable. He seems a little, well, past it. Or clueless. Or maybe just a rugged individualist who gives a scornful laugh if anyone suggests he is costing the public purse more than the usual judge.
"Rednecks" is a term for people (men, usually) who work out of doors, usually in economically stagnant areas of the sourthern and southwestern USA, and who come from communities, more often rural than not, that have historically always been poor or disadvantaged. Their local culture can be racist, can be violent, but I do get tired of 'redneck' being one of the permitted terms of abuse. I have spent time in "Redneck country" and have received nothing but hospitality and courtesy.
Given ZipCars and so on, why wouldn't they do the same as Uber is doing? We could all choose a company whose rates we liked and dial a car to come pick us up. Rather than it bein a quasi-taxi service (Uber) it would be a short-rent vehicle hire service, and I would hope I could call up a small van or large people-mover or whatever. The rich and old-fashioned would still prefer to have a real driver up-front, I suspect, but eventally the roads would become safer and better regulated through a driverless system. Except for the cyclists.
One of many degrees you can take in the Arts is Philosophy, specifically, ethics, and how to intuit moral and immoral outcomes. Or History, to see how things were done in the past and if that worked or not. Or law, which teaches you to argue from evidence, logic and reason. Or Literature, which opens to you the vast ways humans have communicated ideas, stories and beliefs throughout our existence on earth. Or Fine Art, where the craft of the beautiful, the sublime, and the disturbing is studied to see how humans can create something that stops us in our tracks. Or Political Science, which analyses how people use and abuse power.
Now why the heck would anyone want any of those? Why would that be good for humanity? Why can't it just be engineers, as was so often suggested from about 1880 to the 1960s?
As an Arts graduate now in IT, I do get really tired of guys who studied computers and only computers all their life and have never actually been exposed to much else, and their curled lip of contempt for anything outside their specialty.
Don't. Get. Me. Started.
Every time I see an intranet running on SharePoint I knwo that IT has overreached itself, and has given themselves a Big Boys' Toy that fits right in their comfort zone without a care for the the absolutely crappy user front-end. I have turned down juicy consulting jobs when I saw SharePoint in their headlights, or already on premises, because it is impossible to deliver a quality product with it. Yes, youc an spend £4m and get is to 'work', but by do that when you can get something really superb for a comparative song?
When IT colleagues start telling me how they could really add value to the business if only someone listened to them, I ask if they would implement SharePoint for anything other than project management and, if they say yes, I make Note To Self never to ask their input on any business-related thing.