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@Gavin King Re: Hotdesking is just evil
Hotdesking means having to carry all your paperwork around, it can't be left on the desk or locked in the desk drawer.
When that paperwork is a set of annotated building drawings, that's easily more than a kg of paper for just one project.
When you're working on multiple projects at the same time, it rapidly becomes impossible.
A notepad is a like a book but without any words inside it. You use a pen or pencil to put your own words and diagrams inside. Thoroughly recommended, they work almost everywhere even without electrical power or batteries, and some models are even waterproof!
That circular pod is just insane.
Perfect for wasting tens of expensive square footage by making them utterly unusable.
Circular is BAD. It does not nest, it doesn't fit in with anything else - and often makes a large space claustrophobic, because you're always close to a wall.
What is it with these "design" people anyway? Most of those would be dangerous in a fire as hard to evacuate (and check), claustrophobic and unusable by anyone not the exact size and shape of the designer.
Hotdesking is just evil
I hate hotdesking, it makes it impossible to personalise your space and worse, makes your notepads and printed copy a hindrance instead of the help it should be.
And yes, printed copy is necessary if you have fewer than four monitors or if your monitors are only 1080p or smaller.
Notepads are simply fundamental - you can sketch a thing faster on a bit of paper than it could ever be drawn on a computer, and it's compatible with all software and fully multi-tasked.
One does not "fire" an arrow - unless you mean the action shortly before shooting a burning one.
An arrow is shot, loosed or released.
Although I suppose loosing an arrow tends to happen just before losing it!
Creation of "life" is easier than it sounds
Because it's only got to happen once on the entire planet.
Think about it - if one molecule exists that automatically makes copies of itself, it will make copies until it runs out of material.
Allow for the occasional non-fatal error, and we have bootstrapped evolution that only needs time and energy input.
Panspermia simply expands the possible volume to encompass more worlds, as it says it's only got to have happened once within a possible-to-travel spacetime cone.
And doesn't necessarily require any more than one arrival on a pristine planet, either.
Re: they must be doing something wrong....
Most of that is "automatic", like the banks "borrow at 0.5%, lend at 6-20%".
In other words, if you do nothing at all you continue to make large profits, and you have to try really hard to lose money.
Eg by writing off multiple billions on failed projects.
Like Mr B has done several times.
Re: Non Retina
Thanks for that, I'd never have found it otherwise.
Two things rather surprised me though:
Why does making the font bold force a reboot?
And why didn't it change the text on the onscreen keyboard?
What will it do the rest of the time?
The invisibility trick is the same as that thing Richard Hammond's team did with a van.
It needs a fairly high resolution display up the entire side of the building, perhaps around one pixel per metre. The technology is simple, just expensive - we've done higher pixel counts before (along a bridge)
The "Flame towers" in Azerbaijan are basically the same thing in fact, just different media source.
At night one could do rather a lot with that - here's hoping we get the job, could be fun!
Or they don't want to spend money on their PC
Believe it or not, there are plenty of people to whom their computer is just a tool for writing & printing the odd document and visiting a couple of sites on the Internet.
An upgrade to Win7 or 8, or a new PC would cost them quite a bit of cash, which they either can't afford or simply don't want to spend, as they have other priorities.
A free upgrade to Linux may well give them with a faster computer capable of opening the latest document formats and visiting their favourite websites (possibly better with HTML5 and all that jazz), for zero money.
This would be something relevant to their interests, unlike shelling out more cash on "the grey box under the computer"
Re: Who "finessed" who?
You are aware that Elop bought high, sold low?
He presided over (and probably directly caused) the biggest crash in shareholder value Nokia has ever had.
Perhaps it would have fallen anyway, but it probably wouldn't have been as fast or as far, though alternate futures are hard to predict.
Re: Who "finessed" who?
That only works if you care exclusively about the continued existence of the Nokia parent company, and don't care about the public brand, the staff or the shareholders.
Sounds pathological to me.
I wouldn't mind except they are lying
"The decision to turn on filters is then put into the hands of parents and carers who know best what is appropriate for their children."
By pre-ticking "turn on filter" they are in fact pushing you to have the filter, and it's actually "the decision to turn OFF filters".
Not to mention that a website owner can't get their site unblocked or compensation for wrongful blocking, this is an all-or-nothing concept, with no granularity (why can't I see porn on my login to the home WiFi, even though my kids can't?), is trivially bypassed by accident (connect to next-doors WiFi) and rightfully would need to block most of the "Red-top" news sites, Mumsnet, half of YouTube...
Basically, it's a bit of knee-jerk twattery that not only won't work, fundamentally can't possibly "work" in the way that its been claimed, will do a lot of damage and then get quietly (or perhaps loudly) dropped.
Re: *Off Topic Feature Request*
You'll need to specify the hardware for the wireless RS232. If its transparently a serial port to Linux then this is easy.
Plus a link to the spec for ASCOMM, I couldn't find one in a quick search from my phone in a train station.
Either way, the Raspberry PI forums are probably a better place for you to put the request. Somebody might have already done it!
Re: Interview? An Hilarious....
That rather depends upon ones accent.
It's an 'ilarious video, isn't it Private?
Or rather, it's not.
Clearly an internal video that somebody posted onto the general intertubes without thinking about it, then got a telling off and pulled it.
Rather like that infamous Rainbow recording...
That's rubbish and you know it.
Most users already know which mode they want as default.
And if the option wasn't buried away in an near-impossible to find, illogical place, they could easily change their mind as they begin to use the device in their real world.
Even better, the convertibles *know* their hardware configuration so auto-selecting "users tablet/users laptop" mode at boot would be trivial MS they cared about user preferences.
It's this way because Microsoft know damn well that TIFKAM is despised by the majority, and their current strategy requires that it be rammed down all our throats.
Given that quite a few programs (i.e Firefox) stack the "start new instance" and "running instances" icons
That's done by the Windows Taskbar from Vista/7 onwards, it's nothing to do with the application.
It is possible to force Windows not to stack, but it's difficult and Microsoft strongly discourage it, going so far as to bury the API. I don't get why, as many non-trivial programs have items of different "types" which probably should not stack.
Also, some older windowing toolkits (eg Delphi 6) avoid it because of the way they work, introducing different and highly annoying oddities.
Of course, in TIFKAM it's simply impossible to have more than one instance of an App running so you don't actually care about this at all.
Re: You can get the AC adaptor with either UK or European power pins
Ring mains solve quite a few problems compared to radials or spurs in a domestic environment.
Much higher current available at a double (or triple) socket (kettle plus microwave at the same double socket), and no marshalling or junction boxes needed to join any number of sockets to a single fuse/RCBO/MCB at the fuse box/DB, as there will only ever be two cables at each join.
Construction is the same really, just pull the cable along the route and back, with a loop of spare at each socket, and if a run is hard, just cut at a socket and pull that run direct, same as for radials and spurs.
Not sure what you mean by "shrouded", but sleeved L&N pins have been a requirement on both BS1363 and BS546 since 1984, making it safe to slide child fingers behind the plug while it's being inserted and removed.
I've also not seen a BS1363 socket damaged by overload except when a fake (or wrong/no) fuse had been fitted.
That said, the "stackabilty" of the NZ/AUS plugs is rather nice and avoids a problem faced elsewhere.
Many UK multi-way adapters are actually rated at 6A or 10A total, making them annoying and sometimes dangerous as people may refit the wrong fuse after overloading them.
Re: You can get the AC adaptor with either UK or European power pins
But standing on a UK plug won't break it. You have to drop them quite a long way onto a hard surface to damage them.
Standing on any of the myriad of EU plugs may break it, standing on a NZ/AUS plug will probably break it, and looking vaguely in the direction of a US Edison plug will shatter it into a myriad of pieces.
And no, there's no such thing as a standard EU mainland plug anyway. The only thing that's common across most of the EU is the approximate location and rough size of the two Live/Neutral pins.
Spain and France (CEE 7/5) are round and have a female PE off-centre, Germany (CEE 7/4) are round and use clips at the top/bottom, Denmark has a half-round PE, Switzerland (not EU but close) are roughly diamon-shaped with a round PE off-center, while Italian plugs (CEI 23-16) put the PE exactly in the middle and come in two nearly-identical but incompatible sizes, neither of which quite match anything else. Multi-standard sockets that meet CEE 7/4 as well as CEI 23-16 are getting common the Italy.
It's only physically possible to get a CEE 7/7 plug that correctly fits German and French (CEE 7/4 and 7/5) sockets. All the others are incompatible due to the impossibility of getting the Protective Earth.
The closest thing to an "EU mainland plug" is the un-earthed CEE 7/16 - which isn't a safe way of powering anything other than Class II equipment, and doesn't work in Italy.
Fight this. Fight it and kill it stone dead.
For the love of software, you need to do it to prevent the next piece of patent hostage taking.
Don't settle. Paying ransom money just funds the next patent attack or hostage taking and encourages other firms to try it on.
Re: Took a test once, never again
You're making the fundamental error of assuming they actually work, when they don't.
The only way they do work is when the testee thinks they work - much like Napier's soot-stained cock.
Buying in Virtual Windows Desktops is dangerous then
So, right now you can do it with Windows Server, how long before MS notice and change the licensing rules?
Then what happens?
The hosting costs suddenly multiply by however many customers were sharing the Windows hardware. So the customer gets a x3 - x10 monthly bill increase, and/or the host goes bankrupt and the customers are screwed because all their computers stop working.
So quite simply, it's too dangerous to contemplate outsourcing a virtual Windows desktop.
And that's what MS wants, they don't want people being able to buy-in virtual desktop machines, they want thick clients running full-fat desktop Windows.
If a company wants to outsource their virtual desktop and actually save money rather than paying more, they must use Linux desktops - that's the only way to be sure that your contract costs won't suddenly multiply in the future.
Re: Virgin penetrates void
Yes, but out at the moon doing a urine dump or two can put you into a stable orbit from sub-orbital.
The point is that it doesn't have the delta-v for an orbit, which makes it considerably simpler.
For starters, no need to decelerate or aerobrake to get home safe. Just stay oriented and there you go...
Just make sure there's a dog on board
Don't want the pilot touching the controls...
Translation - the ones who want it already know that it doesn't do it and bought something else that does.
Developers developers? Screw the developers!
This is probably the biggest reason Win8's TIFKAM is already dead.
It's hard to develop for, the rules mean no non-trivial applications, it's impossible to test...
Is it any wonder end users don't like it? All it ever manages is to get in the way of their "normal" Windows experience, which is where all their software actually lives.
Or Option 3:
Make the smallest number you can get away with, in case an important hardware design issue is found - or it's a flop.
Then you have far fewer that have to be repaired/replaced, and even more importantly, aren't left with a massive stock you can't sell because they're either flawed and need parts replacing, or nobody wants them.
Both of these scenarios have hit MS in the past - RRoD, Surface RT...
Windows and Linux recording software can use the live audio output of the PC as the recording source, no cables required. Still digital all the way as it's a function of the audio CODEC chipset.
Macs probably do the same but I don't have one.
(Yes, I am saying that all DRM ever applied to music is completely and utterly incapable of doing what it's designed to. When Bob, Eve and Mallory are the same entity, what does one expect?)
Re: Certification devalued
I'd agree if it was the bottom end they were scrapping.
However, that bottom end of "You turned up, have a cert." is staying.
It's the top end that's being killed - the ones who are few in number and peer-reviewed, so they have to be convincing (if not actually good) enough for their competitors to acknowledge that they should be in the club.
Re: Money men
If they get one of those financial-manipulators, MS will have ceased to be within a decade.
They have a pretty big cash pile, but without compelling product they'll burn it very quickly.
That's been Ballmers problem - he's burnt a few billion in the last few years, and you simply can't keep doing that.
Re: One really cool feature...
The ANSI E1.11 - DMX512A standard requires the receiving circuit to be electrically isolated, and has done since 1990. IIRC, only the original 1986 version of the standard didn't require it, but did recommend it.
See sections 4.6, 5.7 and Figure 3. (There may be an RF bypass capacitor to Chassis, but nothing else.)
There is some very old (pre-1990) reputable kit without it, but nothing reputable designed since 1990.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of cheapskate pieces of **** which use an explicitly disallowed receiver circuit which breaks that isolation, either to save ~5p on 5V-ISO and opto or because they have never actually read any of the standard. I'm guessing the latter, as there's been a lot of inaccurate or outright wrong info on the Internet over the years. (Including some app notes with firmware
(PIC) that get it wrong.)
This kind of equipment can usually be identified by the 3-pin XLR connector labelled "DMX", which is also specifically prohibited by the standard.
The standard is currently available for free from PLASA Technical Standards Program.
The reason MIDI uses current loop and DMX512A doesn't is that MIDI is a point-to-point (daisychaining is not recommended, but works for very short runs), while DMX512A is 31-receiver multidrop over very long (500m) runs where the devices could be a long distance from each other.
Current loop doesn't work for a long multidrop run as the resistance of the cable means the current vanishes into the first couple of receivers.
That was and is true.
Making Windows easy to develop for is what made Windows in the first place. Without that it'd be a mere footnote in history.
Failing to do that is part of what killed Windows Mobile (the other being it was awful) and what's killing Windows 8, damaging 8.1 before launch and is the main reason Windows Phone 7 tanked utterly and why Windows Phone 8 is not doing well.
A lack of applications will always damage a consumer computing platform, a lack of support for developers kills it stone dead.
In the last few years MS has been pissing off developers by doing practically everything wrong.
The new guy had better dance!
No, it'll be about 2000 devices at most.
If they were even considering providing them to a significant number of aircrew as a company phone, that would have been the headline, not "in-flight purchases".
The phones will be provided per-aircraft, there will be at least two per aircraft but likely no more than four even on the biggest jets.
One main and one spare on the small aircraft, and two per aisle at most on the big ones.
Plus a few spares on the ground at hub airports.
They'll want the spares because if none of the device on a given flight are working they can't sell anything.
How many tills does a plane need?
The legs don't match with either the torso or the lounger.
That's why it's firmly in Uncanny Valley.
Your grandfather would definitely have been against it, don't you worry.
If nothing else, it's a bloody stupid thing to do.
Radio interception worked because neither end knew whether GCHQ was listening in - they might suspect, but they did not know.
Marching in at all defeats the point.
Vote Monster Raving Loony!
It's the only way to get a sane Government.
It sounds absolutely ridiculous - and that's why I believe it's true.
You wouldn't try making this up, you'd invent something much less preposterous.
Enough empty myths already
Long term disposal was solved decades ago.
The problem is the "green" activists who refuse point blank to allow the disposal sites to be built, even though the local population want them.
- ref. Sellafield/Windscale.
Nuclear has little to no subsidy - though it is hard to calculate, it's pretty much zero for new plant. (Old plant was subsidised by the military for obvious reasons).
Wind has a massive subsidy and solar has an IMMENSE subsidy - yet both of those added together made up only 14.5% of German electricity during the first half of 2012.*
In 2011, nuclear was 23%. Even after the eight plants were shut down it was still more than wind & solar put together.
Re: The answer is obvious...
Nope, this should be a solved problem, but the Greenies refuse point blank to allow anything other than their current mania. Right now they only want Wind and Solar - everything else is the work of the Devil and Cannot Be Permitted.
The problem is the idiot greenies and BANANAs* who simply aren't interested in solutions, and are intent on shouting down every single attempt at actual solutions because they don't precisely match their fatally flawed preconceptions - flawed because none of them have any idea what "national scale" actually means.
They simply aren't interested in a reasoned discussion of "Here is the problem, what solutions can we afford, how can we move towards the final goal without bankruptcy and death?", they are simply Against. Against what? Well, everything.
The problem of Low-Emissions electricity supply in Europe is relatively easy to solve, if we actually wished to do so. It looks very much like our current mix, just replacing the coal with nuclear. Simples.
Or at least it would be if we'd started building them a few years ago. Now, we're simply utterly screwed.
* Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything
Oh yes, Solar-Electric has no place at all in northern Europe. The Sun doth not shine enough here.
Nah, Outlooks down most days
Falls over more often than a drunkard in high heels on a Saturday night.
Isn't this only the second time Google has gone down?
I mean ever.
But I can well believe the 40% of traffic - Youtube alone is probably most of that.
On top of that, a lot of applications poke Google.com to determine if they've got Internet access or not - because they are quite simply the world-wide server farm that's least likely to have gone offline.
Along with every other commentard, I would really, really like to know what happened - and how they fixed it so fast. Most of the other "cloudy" services don't appear to have even realised they're down in the time it took Google to bring it back up.
What's so special about him?
While Gates might deserve a statue for his charity work, should he for his computing work?
Jobs was just a marketing CEO. A good one, but that's it.
This is the product of a crazy fandom, frankly I find it creepy.
Also, $50k doesn't get you a public statue. It gets you a custom mannequin, only suitable for protected indoor display.
A public statue has to survive the weather - and the traffic cone on its head!
Re: mea culpa
We have the Monster Raving Loony Party!
Sanest guys in politics.
The judge can only decide based upon the evidence laid before the Court and the relevant law. They're not allowed to use other information.
An entity placing evidence before the Court that it knows or could be reasonably expected to know to be false or is deliberately misleading is committing an offence.
So they should certainly be tried for it, because they specifically said that there wouldn't be collateral damage. Thus they either lied or are simply idiots.
It would be interesting to see a case where the only defence is "We're complete and total idiots and you should never listen to anything we say ever again."
Re: You certainly don't mean an "uptime of *30* years"
A good design allows bits of the server(s) to be removed for inspection, repair and upgrade while the service is running, without ever taking the service as a whole down.
Eg dual-or-more PSUs, pull one, check it over, replace, pull other etc. Same with critical software components.
Mainframes are designed so you can do that, and you can do it with commodity-hardware as well.
Costs a lot though.
- And why would you even have a clock battery anyway? That's for keeping the clock going when the machine is off, and it never turns off!
Reality distortion fields take a while to collapse
To be more specific, Cook didn't make any real decisions in the first few months after Jobs died because the forward planning was already there, he just needed to carry it out.
That's why so many new CEOs start with a massive restructuring - it's to stamp their predecessor into the mud and get people to think any success is purely down to them and not the predecessor. And any failure must be their predecessor's fault, of course!
Now that most of Jobs' plans have already been done or deemed irrelevant in the current market, Cook is on his own.
Apple have a huge cash pile but not really much else - rather like Microsoft under Ballmer. That much cash goes a long way, down the drain or otherwise.
They're also very behind on technology and are fighting several ridiculous legal battles.
Re: Frankly I'm surprised it had any security at all
In this case it's that gateway that was cracked.
"As secure as the OS"
No more, no less.
If you are an admin or get root over a computer then you can do whatever you like and nothing whatsoever is going to stop you.
That's what the word "Administrator" means.
Re: Outlook filters? Hah!
So where are these "search folders"?
I haven't found any indication of them in the years I've been using Outlook, so they must be very well hidden.
If they really are like Gmail labels (an item can be un/assigned to one or many both manually and automatically) and show up like that on my mobile device, then I'd love to use them.
If they're anything like Outlook's abysmal search function, I don't think I will!
Outlook's real killer feature is the shared and status-only-shared calendars. Unfortunately for Microsoft, those are also the thing most easily copied into cloud services.
These days a lot of my friends organise their private lives using Google's online calendar.
Outlook filters? Hah!
Outlook's mail filters and rules are hideous, though did get slightly better with recent versions because "and stop" is finally turned on by default when making new rules.
- I still can't figure out why my rules behave differently from what the order and content seems to say, and there is no way to test a rule other than to run it, then you can't revert it to try again...
Gmail does it much better - if only because it shows you example emails that will get picked up by the filter.
Editing rules is horrible on them both because their interfaces are really poor once you have more than 10 or so, but at least gmail helps you more when making them.
Plus the whole concept of email "folders" is flawed. Many emails fit in many folders - which one do I put it in? Labels make far more sense because it can go in all appropriate labels.
Alex Limi is a frightening UX designer. His entire approach seems to be "This setting might confuse, therefore it must be removed and set to the value Alex Limi wants. All our users are idiots and cannot ever learn anything."
He's not even considering the approach of "Let's explain it better, and if it does break something, immediately show the user where to go to fix it. Maybe even give them a button right there".
Teach the user. Explain things. The approach "Don't worry your pretty little head about it" is what Apple are good at. Nobody else should try because one of the reasons for not going Apple is to avoid that approach.
He's ignoring where Firefox got its users. Most are semi-technical, the majority chose it because of the customisability. Why should I download and run an add-on simply to turn something on or off when there used to be a perfectly good UX tickybox that did it? Maybe I got the browser entirely because of the tickybox you want to take away?
Every single example he gave has very good reasons for existing, and burying them in about:config simply turns the setting from "easily visible but perhaps not explained well" to "invisible, and completely unexplained"
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