Re: @ Michael Habel
"Does Linux come with spelling and grammar checking options?"
Some do but not for his distro
643 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
"Does Linux come with spelling and grammar checking options?"
Some do but not for his distro
MS had a browser monopoly
Emphasis on HAD. Their share is down to 10% now
They've lost out to Chrome
Personally IE is my favourite browser... for downloading chrome
A few years ago, the IT team at the company I was at announced that they were removing admin rights from our laptops. The email chain went something like:
IT: "Can you please schedule a convenient time for us to access your laptop, we need to fix the access to remove admin rights to non IT staff"
Me: "Before you do that, I need a copy of your call out rota"
IT: "We don't do out of hours call out"
Me: "We do, I'll just call your mobile at 3am when my laptop needs support and I have an urgent production issue to fix"
IT: "Forget it"
"Like most people my PC is at a desk"
Define most people!
Most people outside of the techie circles are ditching their PCs in favour of tablets and laptops. Just look at the sales stats. The desktop is dying
The only significant people left buying PCs are enthusiast gamers and techies who market wise are in the minority and should know how to fix an OS to suit their means anyway.
FWIW I can count the people I know with a desktop PC on one thumb and personally,as a travelling contractor I've relied on laptops for the past decade
Too much choice:
It's a shame, linux has the capability to be an amazing OS but the fragmentation comes with 2 major problems:
1. It puts off new users in a big way
2. Duplicated efforts. Instead of everyone trying to make a small number of distros better they decide to break off and do their own thing.
You seriously need better clients if installing firefox (or anything else) for 10 minutes is going to piss them off
8 years of contracting - 6 of which at top rate (based on itjobswatch.co.uk) and 12 clients and I have never ever had a client complain about their time/money being wasted.
"True, but you could make the same argument about traffic lights too. By custom and practice we've come to expect that red means stop and green means go."
Look up the Vienna Convention which sets international conventions for road signs and traffic lights
How do you know if they are working?
They will probably be more reminiscent of Sony Centers which IIRC pre-date the Apple Stores
It Just Works ™
Is the loneliest feeling in the world
Maybe I'm a distant relative of Michael Dell
External drives are cheap and so much quicker to back up to that you'd be wasting your time backing up to DVD or CD.
There is a reason they are being phased out of laptops - slow and low capacity!
I've also had problems with the reliability of data DVD's, although it was 10 years ago when I stopped using them for backups.
Just remember to have an "off site" solution of some type if not for everything then at least for critical/valuable data
Let me explain it for you.
The lower friction was due to the grounding line - the point at which the glaciers weight is carried by the sea rather than rock - moving backwards a few km's
The grounding line is moving backwards because the glacier is thinning and becoming more bouyant.
The decrease in friction is NOT due to the bedrock being "worn down"
The acceleration you describe would take 1000's of years to measurable.
"Just when we will be able to get our hands on the new goodies, however, isn't quite clear"
Just checked my Chrome settings and this option was already there, no update required.
The second best is air that is completely unreactive to those wifi signals
My living room atmosphere is now 99.999% helium-4
Personally I thought that the Gran Turismo series peaked at GT3.
For them to have STILL not fixed the AI of the other drivers is IMO unforgivable.
"I wonder how long it took their marketing department to decide what colour it should be?"
Probably about 2 seconds after the first "Andrex" joke was told about the white prototype
"Can anybody guess why?"
Because nobody likes to admit that they have made a $100 million mistake. Usually there is more than one person involved in the decision and unless you have a complete regime change there will be no admission of fault.
In this case, Avon should be publicly applauded for being so open about the mistake and the fact they have decided to stop throwing good money after bad.
"gradually weaken or destroy"
IBM, Accenture, Thoughtworks, Capita
"This has led to many bizarre situations, such as people "Liking" the fact their chum's parents have passed away, because there's no other way to express an emotion."
How about thinking outside the Thumbs Up box
"customer satisfaction and profitability up considerably year on year"
...Customer satisfaction reaches positive numbers
I popped into PC World last week in need of a set of precision screw drivers so I could swap a laptop hard drive.
"Sorry sir, we don't sell screw drivers of any description" was the response.
Goes without saying that had I bought the hard drive from them then I would have been going straight to the tills for a refund
I think not
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I fucking hate the freemium model of mobile games.
Google won't use that information against you in a court of law
Another party trick is to use the Nickname function on contacts.
Set a friends contact nickname to "Dinosaur Breath" (Or other insult of your choice)
Then show them how clever Google is by asking it to "call Dinosaur Breath"
"does anyone market a laptop shell into which a smartphone can be plugged?"
Alternatively, do not install any OS on the laptop and instead use a thumb drive with Linux... You can configure these to contain a persistent data store
Change your surname to "Accenture" and start sending the Gov. large invoices
The fact that you will have produced exactly Zero will actually be noted somewhere as an improvement in service.
When this happens you can double the amount charged
What this article brings home is not the benefit of Digital over Film (or vice versa) but the importance of knowing how to take good photos and how to properly use the tool (i.e. camera) you're currently using.
keep their crappy design trends out of my products.
My products? Seriously?
Are apple coming round to your house at the dead of night and surreptitiously fitting components you don't want to your tech?
Having been a heavy laptop user for the past 10 years I now find full size keyboards awkward and horrible to type on.
I currently run a Dell XPS 15 which has a similar keyboard to this one. It is very nice to type on and an improvement on my older Dell. The separation between the keys and their shape makes for quite a pleasant typing experience. There isn't much if any flex either which is nice.
Thanks! Will have a look
"WTF not even the better specced dual core offerings?"
Have you had a look on the Dell website? There are dual core options
I hadn't heard of Vincent Washington either
Jeremy Hunt culture secretary
Very quickly, 5 times in a row
"they will revolutionise the gaming market with bling."
You mean INVENT gaming and the gaming market
Is it simpler/cheaper to build the chip fab in SPAAAACE thus avoiding pesky Earth based vibrations
"the mall" in the subhead is not capitalised, so is not the definite article, i.e. The Mall (AKA Pall Mall) and so it would refer to the other usage of the word as a synonym for what us normal people call a shopping centre.
There are some malls in the UK, Bluewater (in Kent) refers to itself as a mall as does BIrchwood Mall near Warrington. I'm sure there are others!
Overclocking is definitely enabled on many custom ROMs - although they always come with a big warning message.
"But don't just expect me to jump because you have "and other reasonable duties" in my contract."
Unfortunately, there is a reason why it's in your employment contract. You belong to them and if they ask you to jump then you either jump or face the possibility of it being used against you in a court of HR
Thats one the benefits of contracting... my "very specific" business insurance does not cover me when undertaking any tasks not specified in the contract
Could be worse, you might have become an unscrupulous landlord happy to bankrupt tennants with extortionate rents
Ironically the only GTA missions I can think of that involve prostitutes are:
GTA III which had a couple of pick up and drop off some hookers in a set time missions
GTA San Andreas which had a the optional "pimping" missions which meant driving the girls around and protecting them from any abusive punters.
In all the missions a dead hooker equals failure
IIRC The killing prostitutes line comes from a daily mail article when GTA III came out. One of their journalists obviously had a very warped mind when they sat down to play it.
"And of course physics guys are too lazy to learn quicksort. "
Do people still need to write their own sort routines?
Give me a "B" graduate with an interesting bunch of projects on github over an "A+" graduate who only focused on their coursework.
Pros and cons with this approach
The problem with any job is that there will be large amounts of time spent doing stuff you rather wouldn't have to do. An "A+" grad has already demonstrated the necessary discipline needed to maintain focus.
The "B" graduate would probably start posting bollocks on el reg as soon as he/she got bored with whatever it is they are supposed to be doing for you
As someone who works as a contractor almost exclusively with SQL Server in companies who predominantly use SQL Server, I have never had the impression that "SQL" was synonymous with "SQL Server".
The one caveat is the occassional non technical user who tries (badly) to use the lingo.
It feels as if 2012 has barely got its foot in the door in terms of market penetration vs 2008/
"Yeah, but it would be tempting to jump on Ark Ship B just because you'd be instantly elevated to most intelligent person on the ship."
Most intelligent person on the ship up untill the meteor hits the planet.
There is a reason why all the thickos are put on Ark Ship B.
@boltar : Glass half empty today?
One possible solution could be to make small, low powered base stations which can chain or repeat the connection to a proper base station. Speeds might not be amazing but it would allow them to fill some of the obvious gaps in coverage