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worst possible combination
On the one hand you have IT support having to deal with each machine as a special case - taking time to work out what software / versions / drivers / patches are installed and then having the luck to not break any of the owners stuff while trying to fix a work problem.
On the other hand you have a conflict between the users domestic practices and arrangements and any mandated software (such as firewalls, anti-virus, encryption) the employer requires.
Personally I would not allow any IT support dept. do work on my personal machine (and not for the reasons Gary Glitter might be regretting) not just because I would fully expect them to either break something or just go for a wipe-and-reinstall approach (since their time is more valuable to them than my equipment is), but also because of the inconvenience: I can't do "my stuff" while it's in their hands - which could be for days.
The only thing I might, just , possibly consider is a company installed VM. That would give a solid line of demarcation between their stuff and my stuff. I still wouldn't give them physical access to the machine itself, they could work on their VM remotely, during working hours.
However, I can't see any company seriously accepting the extra complications, support burdens and security nightmares for the sake of a few hundred quid's worth of hardware. Unless of course, their workforce was in the habit of "losing" the thing every time they didn't get a pay rise or promotion.
psych? science? hmmm.
> experimentation, observation, and theoretical abstraction
but no actual measurement. No S.I. units, no standard definitions, no quantitative relationships, no mathematical analysis, no proofs, no agreed cause-effect laws and most of the "experiments" are one-offs - conducted on small groups of american students with only descriptive and self-reported outcomes.
It's closer to 13th century alchemy, where some crude observations of when an obscure liquid is added to a common solid, it changes colour. With no understanding of the make-up of the compounds in question, nor the effects described, nor the ability to predict what other chemicals will do under the same circumstances.
an Ancient Sumerian says:
"Clay tablets are destroying the spoken word. Now that people can use this new-fangled "writing" they won't need to remember anything, or speak. They'll just write messages to each other."
All the other stuff about too much emphasis on science and not enough on humanities. Sorry, sunshine. It just sounds to me like you're spitting your dummy out of the pram 'cos no-one's buying your books any more.
Cost justification is the hard bit
How much money does a firewall save you?
What value do you place on problems that don't happen?
Which makes the company more profit: email or an ERP system?
The basic problem with IT is that once you get away from the front-line servers: the ones where customers click "Buy Now" and give you money, you can't place a specific pounds and pennies value on any individual machine - or the people who run it. You can't even say if a £50K/yr sys-admin is better value than a £20K/yr one. They might have a brain the size of a planet, but does that confer an extra £30K of benefits? It's impossible to measure.
Putting aside systems that HAVE to be installed, for legal or regulatory reasons the best you can do is guess at how many staff, a new system would either replace or fill vacancies for. So a call-centre computer that knocked 15 seconds off a 3 minute call, could fairly be said to be worth one-twelfth of the staff costs. Sadly most new stuff isn't so clear cut and requires a mixture of guesses and lies to justify. Making unmeasurable claims for intangible benefits, padding it out by the amount you think it'll be cut back and hoping the unbudgeted stuff can be hidden in someone else's cost-code. Then playing a game of bluff with the holders of the funny money, to put your case against all the competing bids for the pot o' gold.
In the end, IT turns out to be like the NHS. Everyone wants it, but no-one wants to pay for it. Like the NHS therefore, it should best be financed centrally - rather than recovering costs from individual users/departments. Those who feel hard done by can complain to the central authority who's job it is to apply pressure for cost reductions, top-down. You still have the problem of measuring bang-per-buck, but that just puts IT in the same boat as all the other cost-centres: facilities, personnel, and the managing director too!
spoilt it right at the end
the only thing that loses you credibility faster than quoting wikipedia as a reference to back up a position is quoting the Daily Wail. Now I realise I just wasted a minute reading your words. (and another minute responding to them)
Generates solar electricity at night
It doesn't take much of an IQ to realise that when you get paid more to squirt electricity back into the grid than you shell out to buy it in the first place, that the best way to make money is to take a wire from your mains outlet and feed it back in through your "solar" credit meter (OK, a little more complex than that). Result: free cash.
However it does rather take the wotsit when you do that at night. Even though it took the spanish authorities a while to realise that their expensively subsidised solar arrays were running on moonlight.
It's a shame that all this entrepreneurial creativity can't be harnessed to actually producing stuff the country can sell, but I suppose when the controls are as lax as this, you can't really blame the solar people for taking advantage.
 though apparently more of an IQ than the people who dreamed up this scheme could muster.
The lazy admin's guide to desktop management
4 simple to follow steps
1.) remove - either by software or physically, the ability for lusers to plug anything into their PCs
2.) disconnect the internet
3.) disable "CC" and "BCC" in email. If people want to send the same stuff to many others, make 'em type it all in again - or at least cut'n'paste it.
4.) Never, ever upgrade the O/S or applications
Once these actions are, err... actioned the overwhelming majority of every sys admins problems will simply vanish. Leaving the team massively overstaffed, to the point where they will fight to pick up the phone on the rare occasions that someone calls. Even the calls you get will be lame and unchallenging, like "I've forgotten my password" or "My computer's making a funny noise"
This will leave plenty of time for the admin team to look for new jobs before the overstaffing is discovered and the inevitable layoffs start. In case you haven't already worked it out, the job of a sysadmin is to make the desktop systems (and the servers, too) just, barely, workable - so they're always teetering on the edge of complete collapse. It's the only way to ensure your prolonged employment.
I read this story 11 years ago (and probably 22 years ago, too)
The last time a solar cycle started. Back in 1999 the fear was that with the new fangled internet thingy, the sun's up-coming 11 year cycle (regular as clockwork, since time immemorial) would cause all sorts of nasties, bring down civilisation, cause even more problems than Y2K, destroy satellites and blow up our power grid and give us all cancer (OK, I made that one up)
Guess what? We're still here.Maybe the odd satellite died - who really noticed? Maybe the odd power line spitzed and sparked - who really cared?
Now I appreciate that the start of this solar cycle has been unusual, as it's later than expected and the solar minimum we're just coming out of has been lower (fewer sunspots) than previous ones but to start running round claiming that the sky is falling seems a little panicky. Especially when there's dam' all we can do about it, and we're not even sure what will happen anyway.
Personally I'm planning to wait another 11 years in the expectation that we'll get another "Woe, woe and thrice woe" from the professional fear mongers. At which point I can dust-off this post and we can start all over again.
But football is a game of mistakes
The winning team being the one that makes the least - and capitalises on the other guy's sxcrewups.
Whether it's fumbles, bumbles, tumbles or own goals; most of the scores in a game come directly from someone somewhere getting it wrong. Intercepted passes, convincing acting after a tackle, tripping over your own feet, carefully aiming your shot at goal directly over the crossbar, or whatever it happens to be. Such is the number of errors made by the players that it's almost impossible to get the ball from the halfway line into the opponents goal without messing up and giving away possession. At which time the whole thing starts again, going in the opposite direction.
Repeat for 90 (or 120) minutes and whoever does the least number of idiotic things usually wins. Simple!
screens are too small for ebooks
Here's a test.
Take a paper book - even a paperback will do. Open it on any page and hold it flat against your computer screen. Now try and do any useful work in the remaining screen space - it's not possible. If you use a technical book in ebook format, that you want to use as instructions, the amount of messing about to read some text, minimise (or switch to another virtual desktop) pull up the application you are learning, apply the instruction and then repeat - is just too frustrating. After half a dozen steps of continual swapping / minimising / resizing you've forgotten all the stuff you set out to learn and proabbly doubled your blood pressure in the process.
Working with a second screen is not as bad, but needs a vast amount of desk space to accommodate.
On the other hand, a paper edition can be placed anywhere that's convenient, read with ease (even without electricity), lets yo moveback and forwards through the pages almost instantaneously and can be used anywhere you please.
Until we start getting computer screens about 3 feet across, with resolutions in the multi-megapixel range the utility of ebooks makes them almost completely worthless.
Every spammers dream
It's like getting SPAM faxes, but whithout all the hassle of having to actually fax the spam.
And try explaining to your kids what all the graphic information for male extensions is doing on the family printer.
Maybe she's a fan of Ian Dury
"I come awake
With a gift for womankind
You're still asleep
But the gift don't seem to mind"
- Wake up and make love
Now you know
... why the dog stopped sleeping at the foot of your bed.
reaches for calculator ...
Hmmm, a petabyte at DVD speeds. That'll take a while.
Lets say 1000 million megabytes at 10MByte/sec just for round numbers. That's a little over 3 years of continuous writing. Although there are some obvious uses for such a device, it would be a reet boogger to copy or back up one of these disks. However, it might, just, make it practical to sell people a standalone copy of the internet.
The theory and the practice
While all this may be very well in a lawyers exam, in the day-to-day workplace it's irrelevant. No matter what the law states, you will still get individuals or groups of friends writing countries' names on small pieces of paper and charging "willing participants" a quid a pop to engage in a bit of a laugh.
Who cares if it breaks the letter of the law? These days there are so many laws that we probably unwittingly break have a dozen every day.
What does matter is that the law enfarcement people have better things to do than try to crush small-time and often spontaneous activities like this. We know that these little sweepstakes happen every year with the Grand National and a few other events. Telling people they're illegal doesn't do anything to endear the participants to the legal system.
Missed one small detail
All this talk about "porn", but they don't ever say what they mean by it. From their little poster, it appears that"sex" is synonymous with porn - at least in their world. So are "adult websites". Should we therefore conclude that when they refer to porn, they simply mean anything of an adult nature - including, presumably "adult" i.e. cert 18 films?
So what it seems to boil down to is that in a world populated overwhelmingly by adults, a significant proportion of web traffic, searches, emails and websites either contain or are there to satisfy people's needs for adult material?
Maybe the real problem is that stunted individuals who felt the need to produce this chart - and the research behind it aren't mature enough to have a "grown-up" discussion about the topic. If they were, they'd realise that there's a tremendous amount of sex going on - everywhere (hint: that's why there are nearly 7 billion people on the planet, and more every day) and that it's a big part of lots of people's lives. To deny it's there or to consider it a bad thing seems rather foolish.
But is it real?
The price of Blue Mountain makes it the most faked coffee in the world. I've read estimates that up to three quarters of the stuff purporting to be BM is not. But since it's so scarce and so few people have drunk the real thing, most people would not be in a position to tell the difference.
Still, at least it hasn't been crapped out by cats
The ultimate tele-sales call
Now if some company phoned me up to sell me a call screener, I'm not sure if I'd laugh or buy it.
I did used to get cold calls from BT (pleeeez come back - we're only twice as expensive as what you're paying now) from a real person telling that one of the benefits of coming back would be call screening. When I asked how they got my number, since I wasn't with BT, they claimed to have a right to call me since I was an ex-customer.
So you carefully encrypt your backups, record the barcode and encryption key in your register and send the tapes off to long term storage. However, the LTS place doesn't feed its vermin properly, so they've taken to chewing anything even remotely edible. That includes the stuck-on paper printed barcodes on your backups.
5 years later, when the lawsuit hits the fan and you pull the backups to prove that the plaintiff is a lying B@.... This is the point where your defence counsel has to stand up in court and say "Terribly sorry, m'lud. A rat ate our backups." Beats the hell out of "a dog ate my homework".
free - eventually, but still smeared
Yes I agree that in practice, after a lot of hassles (including I would suspect, a periiod of being held against your will) you probably would be found not guilty, though I can't see charges being dropped. As this sort of case, like witchcraft trials, is far too emotive to just "go away". The problem is that all you've done is been rather careless with your phone - the consequences of which are hugely disproportionate to your alleged "crime". What's worse is that you are then in a position of having to prove your innocence against a knee-jerk reaction that falsely links you to the incriminating material.
Hence my headline: never, ever lose your phone.
To the AC below, how didn't even have the character to identify him/her/itself. Take a deep breath, go back and read the very first sentence. Then consider that it means this is a hypothetical situation. The whole point of it is to illustrate what _could_ happen and how you _could_ get caught up in a situation, even though you are entirely innocent of doing anything wrong. The amount of effort needed to put enough material on a found phone is very small and could easily be done anonymously - you don't even have to hand in the phone yourself. Just doctor it, then leave it in a public place for someone else to discover and hand in - or just send the stuff to the contact list entries. However the amount of inconvenience, personal and career damage it _could_ cause is huge. One of the reasons so many people are concerned about having their privacy eroded is due, exactly, to the possibility of false positives (such as a speck of dust being solely used to convict an innocent person). While no-one's saying that sex crimes aren't serious, there is also a lot of hysteria surrounding their reporting and, as your reaction exemplifies, the way people regard them. Under those circumstances, I doubt that an innocent person who was stiched up would get anything like a fair trial - especially if you were on the jury.
I suspect if you were "caught" with a photo on your phone of someone's dog taking a dump, that would immediately be classified as extreme porn. While the dog owner might get a small slap, you would end up in jail.
We can't even define it, let alone measure it
Ask 10 people what the word "security" means and you'll get 10 different answers. Ask them again the next day and you'll get 10 more.
To some, the word has come to mean "safety", to others it means being protected against crime. Other people will tell you it's to do with keeping viruses out of their computers and yet more will say it means stopping unaurthorised data being leaked.
While it's intuitively obvious that you can't manage what you can't measure, the first step is coming to a collective agreement about what a certain word means. This is the foundation of science: a common nomenclature . At present all we have is a Humpty Dumpty approach to marketing security, which exploits and maintains a total anarchy of ambiguous definitions, in order to push products which are niether suitable for purpose (if you can work out what that is supposed to be), nor comparable to any others or even proven to be utterly useless.
 From "Through the Looking Glass". When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less. HD.
Seriously. Never, ever lose your phone
It doesn't take a great deal of imagination to envisage a situation where some michief maker (or even a subordinate trying to create a vacancy, or revenge) "borrows" a phone, sticks some nasty stuff on it and then hands it in to the police. Net result - your phone, complete with evidence just begging to become exhibit #1 in your trial. The (in this case true) claim of "I've never seen these images before" simply wouldn't wash - now that paedophilia has become the new witchcraft with evidentiary standards to match.
Even if, my some miracle, you are acquitted I can't see any company being willing to retain such an employee and anyone who needs a CRB check can say goodbye to any prospect of working, ever again. Even worse, I would fully expect that everyone in your contacts list would be given the third degree, too. If by some cruel twist of fate, any one of them happens to have any sort of dodgy material, then at least you'll have someone to talk to in the slammer.
I think I've just scared myself enough to conclude that a mobile which does anything more than call a number you key it each time, which has any sort of built-in storage, camera, graphics screen or connectivity is just too much of a risk. Now, where's that old Motorola F3 that I was given free with a bag of crisps?
It's so .....
small. There was one on TV this morning and I was surprised at just how little it is. When I checked, it's screen is about the size of a paperback book (9.5 inches - or about the size of half a sheet of A4). I was expecting something with a screen at least the size of my smallest laptop, i.e. >12 inches - which is just about the minimum size that's sensible for anything more than a photo frame.
It's a badge, not an appliance
Just like in the 70's the height of cool was to have a couple of Led Zep. albums under your arm. You may never get to play them, but the mere fact that you had them said something about you. So it is with this gizmo. It says "I am at the foreski^H^H^front of technology. I have a lot of spare money. I value pretty design." The hope is (as in the 70's) that people of a like mind will come up and be your friend, maybe even offer you a puff of whatever they were smoking.
So it is today. It's more a thing that says "look at me", rather than just quietly getting on with doing the job. That's all fine, but I bet they have a laptop squirreled away somewhere, too.
 or 'Floyd, or Moodies
So if overweight men are just as healthy as women, because they are just as likely to be on medication, how come thye don't live as long as those women? It's one of the known but unexplained problems with modern medicine that on average, women get ill more than men (more times and for longer). However they live longer.
So the amount of medication a person takes tells us nothing about their life-expectancy. Add on to this, that studies of people under 40 are pretty much a waste of time when considering life expectancy, since most people are much older than that when they die. So to say that men under 40 can be overweight or obese with impunity is nonsense, since it's only when they're older than that, that too much fat (and the unhealthy diet that goes with it) starts to take its toll. That's when the type 2 diabetes tends to kick in, not before.
It's a bit like saying - you can be as unhealthy as you like - it won't affect your life, at least up until the point when you die.
for NEWS, yes. Celeb gossip, no
I do pay for news. Where news is information about events that effect ME and people I know. I place a high (-ish) value on that information, depending on what the effect it'll have on me/them actually is.
However, I won't pay to hear about the latest stupidity by footballers, their WAGs, celebrities, politicians, or other assorted non-entities. I won't pay to hear about sports I care nothing for, nor for engaging little "and finally" stories. I also reckon I can live a full and happy life without having to hear about bad things happening in foreign countries that I never intend to visit, tales of political correctness (or other absurdities), natural disasters, man-made disasters or the second coming.
With all that out of the way, and recognising that I live a fairly dull and boring life (for which I'm very grateful) it seems that the only newsworthy items that might concern me are traffic reports and weather forecasts. What would I pay to hear about them? I reckon 10p a day should cover it!
minor drop in the ocean, no-one notices
After The Times goes paywall, or to be more accurate: disappears, all that will happen is a lot of web readers (well, actually not that many) will just update their links to point to the Guardian or the Independent (has it gone bust yet?) or possibly even the Telegraph.
After a month everyone will have forgotten about the Times online. By christmas it'll either have quietly dropped the website entirely, be giving away vouchers in the newsprint edition to visit the site gratis, or be running "special offers ... this week only .... read the Times online for free".
What will we learn from that exercise in carefully aiming at your own foot and then pulling the trigger? Only what we already know, that web-users are a bunch of cheapskates for whom the difference between £0.00 and £0.01 is infinite. We will also be reminded that being forced to sit in front of a screen to read pixels is no substitute for being able to sit at the breakfast table, or on the train and use the paper as a barrier against the outside world.
Plus, you can't swat flies with an online edition.
non english speakers
Most europeans don't speak english. Most internet content is in english (well, american, at least). The use that most mono-lingual europeans can get from an internet connection is much, much less that what a brit can - simply because the amount of content accessible to them is so limited.
Next thing. A lot of countries (france, spain, italy, portugal etc.) have much lower population densities that the UK. When you get away from cities it very quickly becomes uneconomic to provide phone lines for miles, just to service a couple of houses in a hamlet. Even telephone (excluding mobiles) coverage in rural communities is sporadic. Upgrading the quality of the line to ADSL standards is expensive and lacks demand.
A lot of people in other countries don't have the disposable incomes of northern / western europeans. they also have to pay much more for their technology, so the inclination to have a computer at home is much less, and for people who's kids have grown up and moved away - even less still.
Rather than thinking of the average european as the sort of two-car, semi-detached household we are used to (which I agree with you, almost always have and use the internet) think of a family of olive farmers in southern Italy, who's children would much prefer a moto than a PC, since that's what all their friends have got.
have access to != get it for free
Any country could fulfill this very easily. Simply install a honkin' fat pipe to the local town hall and bung a few PCs in a room there. Voila! Job done. Everyone would be permitted to use it for no charge,. Alternatively, well M'sieur you want 30MBit/s in your 'ouse? Certainment, that will be 10,000 euros to install it and 100euros a month (which isn't far off what telefonica charge for rural 2MBit/s access in Spain) subscription - for 5 years, minimum.
The point to internet access is to make it cheap enough to be ubiqutous, and easy enough that everyone can use it just like a TV. Not to overcome the technology challenges about suppling the connectivity. As it is a lot of people (of whatever age) either don't want, can't see the need for are positively hostile to "all this computer stuff".
While you can lead a horse to water, you have no right to shove a firehose up it's .... sorry: down it's throat.
Price of RAM? Bzzzzt!
OK, I just had to do it.
Up into the loft. Pulled out the May 1987 copy of Wireless World (Ok, ok, _Electronics_ and Wireless World). Advertisement from the now long defunct Microkit lists a 1Mbit TC511000 dynamic RAM chip at £32, so multiply up by 8 for 1MByte, or by 9 if you want to be flashy - error corection? who needs it? fro £250-odd per megabyte. You could even get a full PDP-11/73 (with 1MB of RAM) for £4500 in the back of the same mag.
So far as 15 IOPs disks - I don't buy it. At the time I was working for an OEM and our 300MB SCSI drives were 3600RPM, roughly 10mSec access time, so would easily have given you 40 IOs per second.
Too many verifyable hole sin the orginal article to have any credibility.
Postscript: I've long been aware of the "5 minute rule". However, it's incredibly hard to measure the cache life of a piece of data - even using Oracle's extended database stats. In fact pursuant of this rule I've seen mainframe installations where the memory cache was set so large that the time taken to scan it end-to-end was longer than the average seek time to the disk arrarys.
Always wait for X.1
Waiting for the first update is always a good business strategy. Nearly as good as not upgrading unless you absolutely have to. Apart from meaning you don't commit to a turkey that doesn't even last long enough to get to it's first update, it means there's a fair chance the worst bugs will be fixed, too.
Most software development is a race to the first release. Getting the new stuff into the hands of the reviewers is far more important to suppliers than making sure the people who would actually buy it (or even download it for free) get a decent, reliable and usable solution. After all, it's not as if a reviewer has the time to fully explore every feature or test every piece of hardware it claims to support.
So taking the brand new, hot off the DVD presses, product is often a step onto the path of debugging the product for the supplier, as well as being the schmuck who pays full price, before the discounted marketing kicks in to further punish loyal customers and early adopters.
Making the situation worse
Now the news is out, that a regulator (with all the respectability and authority that term confers) is contacting potential "suckers", isn't that just a cue for all the scammers to start sending out letters or email of their own, purporting to be said regulators and asking the suckers to send them money?
I doubt that there are many lists of 38,000 contacts, so every scammer who has that list (or any other list, come to that) now just has to contact their "clients" and say that they can offer protection from the aforementioned bad people. For a small annual subscription they can be assured of protection and so on ...
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
and by extension, I'd reckon we can assume that if there are (or were, or could be) minors within the group of recipients, the "think of the children" brigade will demand a zero tolerance. Not so much because there's any possibility the little darlinks would hear any phrases they don't already use on a daily basis, but simply as an abuse of power by their parents, to show off to their friends what good and caring and protective they are.
but if it were real?
I understand your position, basically: no-one would be stupid enough to use their real name. However, let's recall just how stupid some criminals (and, it must be said: ordinary members of the public) can be. From the burglar who used his victims PC to check his facebook page, or criminals who've left their mobiles at the scene. It's a fair bet that a lot of twitterers, admittedly the ones from the shallow end of the gene pool, don't realise that their real-world identity can be got from a twitter / facebook account or SMSs they send. While this case was meant as a prank, I am sure that in the past and more so in the future, people will send genuine threats that they mean to follow up via these media.
In that case, what happens when something bad happens and a member of staff at the site says "yes, we did get a warning, but it was only an email, so we assumed it was a joke?"
It's in the urban dictionary
stupidious - 1 definition - a truly lame act; someone that has overacheived in being an idiot.
Like MonkeyBot's example a classic would be posting on a support forum: "When you do <this> and <this> and <that> the system wipes all your data and destroys your hardware.
Which gets a response of: "Oh .... yeah. It does"
bubbles do have surface tension
>Clearly there is no surface tension across the bubble,
Then what is it that makes the bubble? Surface tension acts on a drop of water to make it spherical (as that's the shape with the smallest area::volume ratio) since the surface tension will try to minimise the size of the droplet. Bubbles are the same shape for exactly the same reason - because they ARE formed by, and therefore have, surface tension at the air-bubble interface.
In the down leg of a siphon, you have the weight of the water from the bottom of the tube to the bubble weighing down. then you have the bubble fully enclosing the width of the tube (otherwise it wouldn't be stable and would just float up) then you have the rest of the water column. The weight of the water below the bubble will expand the size (actually the length) of the bubble - which still holds together under surface tension, unless the weight of water below it is too great and "breaks" the surface tension - thus fracturing the bubble into smaller ones which then wouldn't fit the width of the tube and so would rise to the top of the siphon. As the weight of water increases the size of the bubble, the bubble's volume increases and it's internal pressure drops BUT the bubble still holds together due to the surface tension acting on it. The bubble still gets drawn down the siphon by gravity on the water below it and the surface tension keeping it as a single bubble. So I stand by my original point that it's the surface tension of the water which makes the siphon work. it acts like the "glue" which holds the water column together as it is drawn down the tube.
surface tension (as opposed to scientific tension)
The crucial thing about siphons is that the liquid being drawn must be continuous - you can't siphon sand. It;s the continuity that holds the key. Once you have used (the lack of) air pressure to get liquid out of the container and over the hump and down to below the level in the container then yes, the gravity on the liquid _below_ the level in the container does draw it down.
However, if it wasn't for surface tension holding the column of liquid together, all that would happen is that the bit of liquid you've sucked over the top of the siphon would fall down the tube and the rest would fall back into the original container. It the ST which ensures that once gravity has got a grip on the liquid in the tube which is below the level in the container, it will continue to be drawn out of the container and down the siphon.
p.s. if scientists can't agree on what causes an effect Archimedes observed X thousand years ago, what hope have they got discovering fusion or researching climate change?
It'll be interesting to see if this applies to vacancies, too
This is one area where, even with the best will int he world, it's impossible to try before you buy. or even to get a demo of what the job will entail before you start. If the vacancy starts rattling on about opportunities, or "a great company to work for" or makes any other claims - why can't they be held responsible as well? After all a new recruit has pretty much burned their boats by taking the new job, so if they can show that it's not all it was cracked up to be, they should be entitled to compo, too.
Not news: people cross-charge to where the budgets are
Everyone has to account for their time. If one project or cost-code has 70% of the IT budget, it'll attract 70% of the time allocation, whether or not the people in IT actually did any work in that area. So if supporting current systems has 70% of the IT budget then guess what? Yup all the sys-admins, support staff, cleaners and managers (listed here in order of importance) will charge their time to this category. If you reorganise things so that "special projects" or consolidation or innovation or any other dam' thing gets the lions share of the budget then all the BAU activities will magically transform themselves into that kind of work.
Ultimately all HP are saying is "your business is bloated, expensive, slow, inefficient and resistant to change - just like every other IT department". But if you spend money with them, at least it will look as if you're addressing the situation. In the end it;s the appearance of activity, rateh rthan the end result wich is important. After all, that's how we got into this state.
Could open the flood gates
.. for victims of every over-hyped and badly documented piece of carp to pursue software vendors. The judgement does seem to say that the onus is on the supplier to provide adequate documentation and where that isn't done, to "know" how the users expect to use it. I also got the impression that the company is being held liable for the claims made in it's sales literature.
Hopefully we'll see many more software suppliers held to account for bad software, poor support documentation and unrealistic marketing in the future.
Long range weather forecast
Rain, rain rain and cloudy weather.
So not much change there. Although I'm not clear what or who gives this guy the right to turn off the sunshine for the whole planet. Maybe he should try it out near the shores of California and Florida first, see how the people who caused most of this problem like it when their holidays get clouded over.
Well that's half of all internet messages taken care of
It's not a big leap of logic to extend this to any offensive or threatening content in any email, IM, forum port, usenet article or comment.
So if you'll just send your names, addresses and preferred method of paying the fines to the Moderatrix, I'm sure she can take them all down to the local nick.
Email's not the problem
The problem is that we are still evolving a way to approach it.
For example, most people have one email address. Just one. Which they give it out to all and sundry: friends, family, the boss, companies they deal with, web promotions they sign up for, forums they post in and anyone else who asks for it. Under those circumstances, it's no surprise that they get flooded with crap - nor that they then pass it on to everyone else in their (single) address book.
What should happen is that people are taught how to use email (and every other internet service, too). But they should be taught to use these things defensively. Just as we are taught to treat every other driver ont he road as if they were drunk, on drugs and falling asleep, when they should be focusing on the road ahead. Email users should be taught to compartmentalise their email: one account for personal use, a separate one for work, a third for buying stuff, another for all the dodgy activities they sign up for and a slew of secondary, disposable addresses for all the crud they suspect that signing up for "free" offers will bring.After all it costs nothing to set up accounts and there's a great opportunity for an enterprising ISP to make the process simple and painless (and also to tie customers in).
Maybe in a generation or two, email ettiquette and practice will have got over it's learning curve and users will understand that keeping unconnected things apart helps them, as well as helping everyone else.
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