* Posts by PerspexAvenger

20 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

PerspexAvenger

Re: Where's the "Any" key?

That's why, if you get the chance, you change it to "Press 'A' key to continue..."

The terminally confused can at least normally then find it. After a while.

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The Naked Product Launch: 30 seconds to sell a robot

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Re: To crowdfund a product is not quite like shipping or releasing a normal product

Don't forget "gratuitously late", which is the value-add I've had for most of the KS projects I've backed thus far...

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ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

PerspexAvenger

"Product makers pay..."

And that right there is why this will not progress.

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'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

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I'm confused.

Given military training assumes some (small) likelihood of having to take a life without the owners consent (either in survival craft, or shooting at the other guy) and I figure would be incompatible on that basis with a vegan lifestyle, why didn't they just process him as a conscientious objector and send him to the civil service?

I'm figuring civil service neither mandates the wearing of leather nor consumption of specific foodstuffs, right?

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Mysterious algorithms, black-box AI recruiters are binning our résumés

PerspexAvenger

Re: Good scanning system

An old boss used to do something similar - "Apply quoting reference <whatever>".

It was a random sequence of letters and numbers, irrelevant to everything else, but if they missed it? Sorry, poor attention to detail, you -are- the weakest link, goodbye...

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

PerspexAvenger
Meh

I may be a Vive owner and fan...

...but adding in the cost of the PC to the Rift is a little disingenuous when you're pricing out the various options and comparing to a Rift with "The HTC Vive is $799."

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PerspexAvenger

Re: Everything they're doing would be fine

Thankfully the extra "they want -how- much for shipping?!?" factor killed that off for me for a while...

...and then Scan pointed out they were cheaper and faster.

It -is- very shiny, though.

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Flame

Re: The computer Tao

We used to term that the tech bubble.

When a user had problems with stuff, us going over would bring the tech inside the bubble, at which point it would, of course, work. When we leave the tech is no long in the bubble and becomes sad and fails again, etc.

The extra wrinkle we found was that some users, including the PHBs of this world, have -negative- tech bubbles, and you need to keep them away from anything important and otherwise outmass them with positive bubble. This may require more than one individual to escort them through a server room...

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

PerspexAvenger

To be fair they do point out that ATC will be frantically trying to find someone groundside who knows what the 737 controls look like so they can specifically talk you through actual control operations.

This is the worst-worst-case scenario if they somehow can't find someone within comms distance who knows what the inside of a plane is like for some reason so... uh... best not to fly redeye. On New Year's day. On a Sunday. Or something.

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Evil OpenSSH servers can steal your private login keys to other systems – patch now

PerspexAvenger
FAIL

What, no sexy brand-name and associated collection of T-shirts and mugs?

I am disappointed...

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Uber app will soon maybe track you 24/7, cry privacy warriors

PerspexAvenger

Are you -sure- that's right?

"the Uber app will use the smartphone's public IP address to get a rough idea of where they are geographically".

Sooo... behind a big proxy in a datacentre somewhere?

'Dammit! All these guys are in the Docklands! We need more drivers there!'

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

PerspexAvenger

Mmm.

Nothing says "confidence in one's product" like not allowing (or at least showing) demos of the protective features it's designed-for...

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EFF, Lessig battling copyright takedowns

PerspexAvenger

Maybe he's a copyright lawyer? :D

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Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor

PerspexAvenger

Re: A modest proposal...

"Well, our object collison budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky. "

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

PerspexAvenger
IT Angle

Why is she focusing on the tech side?

See "Why the Daily Mail is Evil", here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9dqNTTdYKY

(Stick with it, there is a -reason- for the intro)

Great scott, they can just walk through shops and see this stuff!

Won't someone think of the children?!?

*flail* *kneejerk* etc, etc...

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

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The multi-tablet thing seems like a marvellous solution in search of a problem.

What, IMO, they need to do is fix the form-factor; scrap the cables and just mount a tubular computing/power core at the bottom of the page and tadaa - roll-up Kindle.

I'd buy one.

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'Amazon can't do what we do': Twitter-miner's BYO data centre heresy

PerspexAvenger

Re: How much do they pay Twitter for the feed?

I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking that - it's a reasonable data-rate and I'm surprised they've not been ToSed out of access yet...

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Disappearing filth leads to dropped charges in extreme smut case

PerspexAvenger
FAIL

In other news...

Please feel free to commit as many high-tech crimes in Northumbria as you like, as they don't appear to have a functioning computer forensics team there...

*eyeroll*

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Child porn victims seek multimillion-dollar payouts

PerspexAvenger

You know how I figured this was organised by the lawyers...?

"Any defendant who was forced to pay more than another is free to sue the other for compensation."

Bonanza!

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NHS Direct gets to be number one, one, one

PerspexAvenger

Great.

Now can we look at getting a national "non-emergency" number for Police services as well? Something I regard as A Bit More Useful.

If someone's nicked my car overnight there's no point me dialling 999, but it'd be nice to have a straightforward way of poking the local station.

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