I have to 'go' before I go out on my bike, because cycling makes the turtle put in an appearance. Add to that the strain of climbing trees to dismantle spotlights, I reckon this guy must leave the house a good few hours before a well-timed deposit.
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Re: Heading south to start a family holiday
"London closed to traffic" - that's a crazy statement right there.
Re: Very eerie in London
"first and only time that strangers talked to strangers on London transport."
That pisses me off about people - it's ok to talk to me when they're shitting themselves, but look down their noses at everyone else as long as they are feeling nice and secure? This happened when the lights went out on a tube train - suddenly they're chatty in the darkness.
I watched two pre-teen siblings do this - bickering for an entire holiday flight, until the descent got a bit rough and suddenly they were hugging each other. At least they were kids.
To the OP, thanks for sharing. A sad day indeed.
I know the Custom Support Agreement provides hotixes and updates (although only critical one, and that's as judged by MS), but does the CSA provide continued access to tech support - given that you need a premier support agreement in order to purchase a CSA? Or has 2003 tech support been killed as part of this?
Music platform for home
Hey folks, not sure if this should be here or in 'Consuming Passions', but here goes:
I'm moving to a house where the previous owner installed some fancy ceiling speakers for multi-room audio. Assuming that these are patched to a central point, can anyone suggest an appropriate music system? I'm thinking of a server that can see my iTunes library and spotify, and maybe rip CDs for example, and some sort of client in each room to choose the locally-played music. It would also be handy if there was an ios app version of the client.
I believe he wired cat5 throughout as well, but I guess wireless clients would be more user-friendly.
I don't know if he patched the lounge speakers into the AV for integration with the TV, but that functionality might prove handy.
Any advice appreciated.
Re: I can top anybodies.
"I say we take off, nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
I am reminded of the on-site tech who called me on the service desk (yeah, my first job) to ask if resetting the users password on the AS400 would resolve the SCSI id boot error on the workstation. Explaining that the client bios config had no concept of the os2 user, let alone the mid-range box on the other end of a 3270 session was like teaching Chinese to a toaster. The client config was a company-wide standard build, so it was either a one-off error or a hardware failure (and he hadn't tried a reboot). The best bit was that he got the password reset, rebooted the client, then because it booted ok, he called me back to call me a clueless fuckwit!
Re: Stuff kids say
Genius. I once blagged a ticket for a Liverpool-Fulham football match, separated from my friend and in a stand with the opposing Fulham supporters. Liverpool won 2-0, met with much hurling of obscenities by those around me, including the man next to me who was with his son (I know, great example!). At the end, this lad, probably about 7 yrs old, turned to his Dad, and pointing to me, says "he's not made a sound for 90 minutes, do you think he's a Liverpool fan?" His Dad said something like "No, don't be silly, be quiet", and I just thought was that he was one of the most observant people there. I wanted to tell his Dad, but chickened out!
Thanks Hollerith and Mayhem - the business units have their own devs related to the integration aspect, so there's no fooling them in that respect, but I see the points you are getting at.
Re: More common than you think
@x7 - good grief, I thought you were being sarcastic for a minute, talking about standing on the seat. Perhaps you're right, we should have embraced him (*ew*) as an innovative thinker!
Re: More common than you think
@Laura Kerr - Indeed! Took a while to get any cash through when the whole ship sunk, didn't it? Still, I enjoyed the after-work social life while it lasted.
More common than you think
A place I worked at launched an HR enquiry to investigate the source of turds in bin bags, left by the side of the toilet. The cleaners were going ballistic, and company emails were expressing concern for mental health of colleagues ("there's the loo, right there, so why else wouldn't you use it?"-type thinking), until what was thought to be a muslim chap owned up in confidence. He was devoutly religious, and perceived the toilet to be 'unclean'. Quite why he couldn't do the squat-stand like other self-respecting OCD geeks I don't know.
I like how the Police removed one of them, and left the rest on the street!
My thoughts exactly - the way to make this one work is produce a 360 degree cardboard template for 16 of those disposable things you get from Boots - what are they, about £7 each? Oh, and a shitload of confusion when you go through the faff of getting the old-school film developed and they get mixed up.
Still, that would kybosh the standardisation of 'critical' stuff about field of view etc.
The reg just devalued a credible technical article by including a large but completely irrelevant image of a hot girl on the front page, topical only because she's holding a phone. You guys keep rocking that last-century approach to attracting women into the industry.
Re: Shit happens. Hope they patch soon.
"most round here won't need to" - speak for yourself! :-)
I don't have a dev background, so all this is really interesting to me.
Re: Private = Privacy
The stated use case for hosting in different regions is the regulatory impacts. So if, with AWS, I choose Ireland as my primary location, and Frankfurt as secondary, then in the event that AWS still cough for 'the man', the benefits of multi-region hosting start to wobble.
'Course, given that there isn't a UK host region (yet), that still mightn't be sufficient for regulated industries.
Re: Five minutes of internets sleuthing..
Clive-sleuth + retina display = jaw-dropping desktop
Re: A little damage was enough
Indeed - 'Vulcan 607' by Roland White, mesmerising feat of engineering and logistics. I seem to recall something like 90 aircrew, 14 aircraft and umpteen in-flight refuellings. Don't ever tell the RAF that something is impossible!
I always used to smile when the Vulcan passed overhead at the airshows, leaving a series of blaring car alarms on the first couple of rows of parking. There would be people scrambling all over the place looking for car keys...
Also, XH558, thanks for keeping me dry while I ate my sandwiches under your starboard wing. Hat well and truly tipped.
In 2011 I set about deploying a strategic BI platform - everything from server tin to fancy front-end tools. I was challenged to use Openstack at the time, but I didn't feel it was ready. Ended up with Intel, VMware, Sharepoint etc, loads of capacity for new projects, sadly no chargeback capability, but looking back, I still think it was the right decision.
I wondered recently whether HDFS would provide commodity iscsi storage for an ETL staging layer using an extract-once, read-many approach, but ISTR the random reads and variable file sizes (and other stuff I can't recall) didn't make it very friendly. The more obvious GPFS appears a better choice.
I think there's an element of selective quoting - Cameron is implying that you can be an obvious baddie(TM) but as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you, which is what he wants to change. Think extremist preacher who causes the media to blast the government as inept because said preacher is 'untouchable under this country's weak laws' etc etc...
Clearly though, if not properly thought through, this will be ripe for abuse.
Storage spending is where it's at! Says, er, storage company. With a dodgy methodology.
Why the criticism?
So then, no-one is allowed to ask for anything because there is always someone less fortunate than you? What a load of cobblers.
That said, at £500 between a group, I don't see why they don't just crack on. Add a bit of generosity from the likes of bpfh (above, re switches) and you're away. When I felt a bit remote in the Falklands, I ended up saving £3k in 4 months, get to it lads!
If you can't beat em, join em
Which is why, despite umpteen years in corporate IT, I now find myself taking time to acquire skills in AWS...
Re: "there is no derailleur....so the prototypes are fixies"
LOL at the idea of a fixie e-bike - you WILL pedal all the way to work... and past it... etc
Eye-opening stuff, including some of the horror stories in the comments. However, how many of these SAP instances are accessible from the corporate network anyway? If the host LPAR is in it's own network zone with only the appropriate ports open to permit access from an authorised front end, most of the risk is potentially from a malicious authorised dev/admin, no? Not that this is a small risk, but I can see why C*Os everywhere accept the risk...
Hey, thanks other commenters for the tips. (Netstat shows a connection to Twitter, when I don't even use Twitter?!)
I know I prefer OSX to Windows or Ubuntu, but I'm the first to concede that I don't know all the ins and outs of the OS.
Little Snitch looks useful. Seems there is also a rudimentary IDS called 4shadow - appears to just be a front end for a bunch of scripts/commands etc, but at only £4 I might give it a whirl.
@Beachrider - I'm not so sure. The Aster and hadoop products push them into the big data space, complete with their own hardware appliances. I wonder whether there is a combination of forces; industry hesitation (at least at the purchasing level) about how all this stuff is tied together, and why it's a good idea to have both a DW and Big Data platforms, the in-memory performance of things like SAP HANA, and perhaps recognition that if you get the data architecture and usage right, then cloud hosting, with it's "upload and process as much as you like, pay for the download" approach lends itself to analytics, and doesn't involve £3m on your own hardware?
Re: Fallen star
Doesn't surprise me, I worked with some genius devs who, once outside of the pure programming world, didn't seem to know one end of a computer from the other.
Re: "sexual health and wellness"
Blimey, that's an odd story. Seems I missed my calling!
Re: Why Hello Hans Blix
"Hans Brix you f***ing w@nker!"
My mate nearly did himself an injury laughing at *that* sex scene.
Re: Propaganda still winning hearts and minds?
Alternatively, perhaps it's merely indicative of the Reg being frequented by the kind of people that would rather see data and evidence than hyperbole.
But of course, rather like climate 'science', you conveniently ignored any possibility which didn't suit you. Funny that.
Re: Message Translated..
I was thinking more along the lines of:
Buy one window or door and get one free, ONLY at SAFESTYLE UK! But hurry, this offer is strictly time limited! Honest!
Any higher indeed. What bothers me most about this is that the capitulation of Starbucks, while great for UK public funds, has established a precedent whereby the government can look at something they don't like, realise there's nothing illegal, therefore set the UK lynch mob of media and screaming masses upon the target and wait for them to cry 'ok, ok, you win!'. How is this different from the insipid whinings about being tried 'in the court of public opinion' by Harman or Wacky Jacky or whoever it was a while ago?
Sorry, but it's a companies duty to act in the interests of it's shareholders. If I was a shareholder, and the company declared a £10m write-off 'because it seems like a fair thing to do', I think I'd be rather miffed.
It might seem like a good idea currently, but this is nothing more than tabloid-inspired lynching, and it won't be long before the same approach is tried on other things where we might not be as keen.
Re: Hang on a minute
David Bailey-n? (Try saying it)
Re: Also obligatory
Damn. I came here just to post that!
@Chemist. I find this interesting:
"The drive works by using a wave to compress the spacetime in front of the spaceship while expanding the spacetime behind it. The ship itself would float in a "bubble" of normal spacetime that would float along the wave of compressed spacetime, like the way a surfer rides a break. The ship, inside the warp bubble, would apppear to be going faster than the speed of light relative to objects outside the bubble."
Now I'm no mathematician or physicist, but this seems to broadly concur with the Adelaide prof mentioned here?
Re: In Royal News Today!
to quote Cartman:
"You've warped my tiny little mind!"
Re: Trivia Fact
Apparently one of the American swimmers is not as tall as his wingspan and that makes him great at butterfly stroke - he's the one with underarm muscles like batwings.
Re: Metalwork class
No, more likely the 3D printer that my wife's school bought for £3k last year - and the prices are tumbling all the time.
Wait for it, and the biggest growth in torrented data will be *.sta (think that's what they're called) files that can be pointed straight to the printer. Once these relate to illegal items or those with copyright, this shit's going to get interesting.
Re: Atos IT workers are threatening to strike
Sorry I've obviously completely missed this one - what's the score here? Are ATOS contracted to complete assessments of claimants of incapacity benefit or something?
Re: Questionable utility
"there isn't much use for this". Seriously?
One the big growth areas right now is mobile, closely related to location-based apps. This tech provides the means of seamlessly overlaying the two.
I've always wondered what a display would look like if they set everything off at once.
"dehydrated bacterial slime that Sony used for diaphragms"
I've got this half-formed mental image of a slimy blob creature breathing (diaphragm) via headphones. Bravia-branded, perhaps...
Checking Google news for this as soon as I logged on, the first link was for The Telegraph. This story is like a magnet for religious nuts!
I know it's the reg and all...
...but all the comments above this one just seem random
Re: Impossible to answer interview questions
knowing zilch about pianos, I was thinking that the question referred to a tool of some kind, in which case I thought your reply was going to be "what about the basic ones owned by all the piano players?"
Regardless, I'm sure there are many many piano players who can do basic tuning. He didn't count them either. Can't blame you for withdrawing your application.
I think the cover doubling up as a keyboard is a cool idea, I can see a third party offering an iPad equivalent.
Sounds like you're _too_ grown up for a site such as this one...