532 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
Re: 200 'mostly in' HR?
Once HR departments reach a critical mass they become self sufficient in terms of work generation
Re: Will these night time trucking lorries
"have special software in them to accommodate the need to pass other lorries in an overtaking manoeuvre that lasts at least ten minutes?"
If (MySpeed - OtherSpeed > 0.00000000000001)
AllowOvertake = True
AllowOvertake = False
It will be taxis
Lorries quite often carry expensive freight which will need chaperoning and cross legal jurisdictions which adds to the legal complexities.
Torrenting is still more convenient
More Education Is Needed
And taxes to pay for the education
Now there's a name I would never associate with a massively over spent IT project
I wonder how many Indian IT workers made their way to these shores on the back of that project
Re: flouting the law
"do basicallu no drop "
Were you driving whilst you typed that post?
Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?
"going to sleep before 5pm in December (here in the UK) which is not really practical for most?"
I'm sure they tried this in an episode of the Good Life
Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?
"Well, until the railway timetables start having entries like "around sunrise" or "around about noon"....."
Welcome to the TransPennine Express
Re: Heres your freedom, mofo!
Interesting concept.. will the Google Death Drones serve up some relevant ads before they open fire?
P.J. Flowers Funeral Directors
Mike's Discount Flak Jackets
Al's Low Cost Will Writing
Pretty Pollys Perfect Pet Parlour
For about £30
You can buy one of these from Amazon
What would be an interesting use of some sophisticated computer equipment would be if it could track the animal as it made it's escape and know the difference between cats and people.
Re: Are electric cars really usefull?
"And take a look at its price tag of around £34k for a car the size of an Astra. You've got to be a rich eco-warrior to be able to afford one."
You need to offset the price against the potential fuel savings.
You can get a used one for about £20k
They are a bit bigger than an Astra, more like an Insignia
Re: Ironic though...
Its called research
Re: A hearty well-done to NASA and Cassini.
"maybe a fly-through the rings?"
Which would certainly mean the destruction of the space craft.
After its given so much I'm not sure I would have the heart to do that!
Re: Why 3000mAh?
Standardisation of measurement units through convention.
if you were measuring the dimensions several objects, e.g. furniture you would not want to keep switching between mm, cm and m. It would just be confusing.
Batteries of this ilk are normally measured in mAh, the question is what compelling reason is there to break from convention?
Personally I don't need the gratitude.
I enjoy developing stuff like that for its own sake and feel that the world is a better place when the drudgery is automated.
Agree about the reasons for the medal!
Re: Planned obsolescence @ Annihilator
"The car warranty thing is a bit of a sham though. A 7-year warranty doesn't cover a fair bit (clutch is one significant one that I've seen) and depends on you sticking to a fairly hefty maintenance schedule (at your cost) at authorised dealers only."
As the owner of a car with a 7 year warranty (which is due to expire soon)
Wear and tear is NOT included in the warranty, however servicing can be done at any reputable garage not just authorised dealers.
Having said that the only warranty work I've had to get done is to get the stereo replaced.
The clutch on mine still works fine but then I don't ride the clutch. Clutch plates (like brake pads) by their nature are going to wear out faster if misused and it won't be difficult for the garage to check for excessive wear.
As an IT contractor
I welcome changes in Government with open arms
"Memex Technology Ltd (Memex), did not make up for this shortfall in terms of managing the risk to delivery."
vampiresconsultancies willfully neglect the risk management. Its how they make their money!
Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???
Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???
HP DL580 G7
up to 2TB Ram
The Only Real Fix
Root and install alternative (hopefully malware free) firmware
Some info at good ole XDA:
Re: You can dial on a tone line...
You can "Tone Dial" by simply playing the tones through the mouth piece. There used to be available devices which would do that for you giving the phone "automatic" dialing capability
You're probably thinking of pulse dialing
Re: A troupe of boffins?
A Toupée of boffins?
Re: In other news
Only 4 years after Windows :D :D
Hardly a reason to celebrate is it! Lack of games (that I want to actually play) on Linux is the only reason I need to run GRUB and Windows
Re: MS Word is not immune to this either
"or stops working with some add-on from a third party reference manager.
MS Word is not perfect."
I think the add-on might be the culprit here
Re: WTF is this "article"?
It's aimed at contractors
Re: I'll do it for free
Guaranteed to be correct 99.9999999% of the time
with a 0.0000000001% error rate
Re: Headline, about a year from now
"US Secret Service seeks double entendre-spotter for Twitter"
Entrants must pass an oral exam
I personally hate it when filthy do gooders stop me sweating on the bible.
I'll sweat where I goddamn want to
If you're googling for solutions then make sure you check out Ubuntu fixes. What works on Ubuntu usually works on Mint too
Re: Sounds mint
Having upgraded recently I can assure you that you have made a sensible decision (for now at least). There aren't any "must have" features in the new release and if everything is working for you then you might as well stick with it.
FWIW: The only reason I upgraded was that I had broken the blue tooth components and could not get it working again. Serves me right for trying to install and then uninstall some shady software without backing up first.
Re: @ Acerimmer Why does
"no danger of seeing 'mine is better than yours' arguments"
Indeed, they actually descend into my not caring is bigger than your not caring!
Re: Why does
Everyone who posted in here that's who!
After all they cared enough to click the article link, then click comments, then make a comment thus giving El Reg and all who advertise in her lots of reasons to carry on publishing this crap.
If you truly don't care (and I'm sure that most of you who commented on here wanted a good view of ol' Kim's arse) then DON'T FUCKING CLICK on it
Re: Highway neutrality
"Want to drive, do a track day."
Scenic routes where manual control is allowed would be preferable to a track.
I don't really fancy power sliding with a vomiting 2 year old in the back
Middle Laners Anyone?
"So you’re driving along at 60mph and come across a slower platoon of some twenty vehicles moving at 55mph. You overtake them, noticing there’s no gap between each car in the platoon that’s large enough to let you in, and then you come up to the exit ramp you need to take but can’t get onto it because the platoon prevents you passing though it."
Already happens in the UK all the time. just change the speeds to 70mph and 55mph and "platoon" to "Middle Lane Morons"
Anyway if you're idiot enough to start over taking when your exit is coming up then you deserve to drive a few extra miles.
Re: Weather conditions
" how do they cope with snow, of for that matter bright sunshine reflecting off a wet road?"
How do you cope with it? Have you got some sort of special x-ray vision which these robot cars won't have?
The driver-less cars will cope the same as everyone else... slow down, increase the safety margins and use a different reference point.
As for the bright sunshine reflecting off the road. The cars will probably have a few advances over the human eye when it comes to disadvantageous sun and rain positions.
Given some the shoddy and downright dangerous driving I see on the roads every day, these cars can only be an improvement on the average driver. (and if you think otherwise you're probably a below average driver in denial)
I can run the game on my serious machine, and play it on the much much bigger TV screen using the TV PC as a guest
Newer sat nav and sat nav apps give you live traffic information allowing you to reroute as appropriate.
Although from my experience the information about the delays tends to come when I'm already stuck in the tailback its warning me about.
At least it saves me some effort
Now instead of ignoring Carphone Warehouse AND Dixons I have only 1 company to avoid.
Now if they can merge with PCWorld, Vodafone and Halfords the consolidation of shit would be complete
The problem he seems to have had is that modern word processors are not built or at least not aimed at people who are trying to write a novel.
There are specialist authoring tools out there which are much more suited towards writing a 600+ page epic.
Re: Dear Prof.
I can accept that - appropriate thumbs up applied
Can I ask why the addition to the length of the river is a function of the length of the river?
Then we extend the river several times, each extension being a random per cent figure of the length of the river in question.
i.e why are we using
Xn+1 = Xn + f(Xn)
Xn+1 = Xn + f(R)
Where R is a random length factor added to the river independent to the length of the river
If I added a rock to the path of my river and it extended the river length by 5 meters it shouldn't matter if my river is 5 or 5000KM long
Re: Reducing CO2 emissions?
"The biggest 15 supercargo ships put out the same crap as all the world's cars *put together*."
For the record - 15 super container ships do not emit the same CO2 as all the worlds cars put together,
However, due to the low grade fuel they use they do emit the same pollutants (mainly sulpher based compounds) as all the worlds cars.
just add a webcam and voila.... You have a telescreen
"Around 6,400 IT and operations staffers are being chopped by Barclays Group - employees who'd worked across the retail and investment banks."
They'll be replaced by an even greater number of contractors before the year is out
"Did Scotty dismantle this prior to stage sep before de-orbiting, and then carry an extra, unplanned object of unknown mass back in the CM to Earth?
It CAN'T be the one from the LEM, even if it is an original NASA controller."
And thus the greatest hoax ever carried out was slowly unraveled
- NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015
- BuzzGasm! Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS
- China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan