137 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009
That is a disgraceful situation and outcome.
There are plenty of injustices on a daily basis, but being a cyclist, I have a particular beef with drivers who kill and get 6 month suspended sentences and possibly a point or two on their licence. If they'd used a hand-held weapon, such as a knife, then they would probably be looking at a couple of decades in jail.
Re: More probably, Hollywood (etc.) ...
Is that a metric or imperial fuckton?
Re: you mean movie makers still have not realised
Netflix has the third one, but not the second - another example of the difficulties encountered when trying to do the right thing by joining a subscription service.
The fact that one has to engage in that split-fare bollocks to get a reasonable price seriously pisses me off.
I generally prefer free markets, but the kind of crony capitalism bullshit we seem to implement and tolerate over and over again (utilities, banking, transport) makes me wonder about alternative approaches.
I don't recall baulking at the price of train tickets when I was at uni 20 years ago and earning significantly less. I may now be older and more cynical/miserly/unrealistic, but like I said, just talking about it makes my blood boil.
Re: Really bad idea actually...
Ah, the IT angle.
Almost all of the comments here, including yours, point to poor-quality management that lets down permie staff over and over again. It's exactly that kind of crap that led me to contracting's warm bosom, where I happily reside now.
We also have a large number of off-shored staff and they aren't especially good. Probably the worst of the lot is a contractor they have out there. We regularly have to redo their work and the company is paying UK contractors' rates to achieve that - such foolishness on their part, but thanks anyway!
I'm not so sure about SameTime. I don't doubt that a significant part of my dislike may be due to the corporate setup (I think there's an overnight PeopleSoft extract that dumps info into Notes?) and there are doubtless others who think Active Directory is a conical pile of poo, but I liked using Lync. It was slow at times (corporate setup again?) but I found it easy to go from IM chat to teleconf to screen sharing / controlling as required. As a technical user (my specialties lie elsewhere) it worked pretty well.
That said, I didn't like the Lync/Outlook logging / tracking feature and I know I'm not alone in finding Outlook's limited space for mail rules a daily course in pure fury.
Honestly, email's been here a while: has anyone done the feature set really well across the board?
I'm going on the assumption that the downvote to your comment was due to an involuntary muscle spasm.
It hardly seems fair that I can only upvote you once. I hate Notes so much, but it does have one redeeming feature that I don't believe Outlook has: collapsible sections. But that's it. The address book integration is awful, the calendar and scheduling is awful, the ... sorry, I got a bit worked up, I'll leave it there...
Re: That's what they get
Got their what before you?
Re: roger sillick IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...
How long until Robocop / ED209 equivalents?
With Christmas so close I'm seriously tempted...
I ummed & ahhed last year, then finally plumped for a Play 3 because it came with a bridge and 6 months' Napster included in the price. It really is an amazing product and I'm seriously tempted to add another component this Christmas.
It connected to my NAS with ease and since the bridge can connect to your router, you can listen to radio on t'interwebs and also search for podcasts. They really are class products!
Or walks out of the door of No 10 with the papers on view to the waiting press
"... free content ad network"
Eh? Shirley that should be
"content-free" ad network
Dr Fact is knocking at the door
I remember stumbling on an episode of The Day Today nearly 20 years ago (seriously, where does time go?). Their tone of voice, the quality of the graphics - it took me a few minutes to realise that I was watching top-notch satire.
I believe it's as funny and relevant today as it was back then. Ianucci & Morris are man-mental giants.
I don't understand - are you worried they'll use voice recognition software while listening in on your calls? Will they parse your SMSs? Data-mine your internet history?
Or maybe just... dun, dun, DAAAAH! .... throw a couple of loyalty points your way?
Spectacular change of circumstances
In the months before I finally took the plunge with my first smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S - 3y old and now rooted) it really was down to HTC and Samsung.
HTC really was right up there with the Desire and Wildfire. I knew marginally less about smartphones back then, but I was always impressed with HTC's offerings.
As & when I change phones, it'll probably be the S3 mini - primarily due to the size and weight. I may look at one of the WinMo or Blackberry phones, but I'm comfortable with Android.
Re: Too many "exclusives"
> And yet it produces some excellent content
Indeed! GoT, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Walking Dead, Sopranos and The Wire are all series my wife and I watched avidly over the last 5 years. They're also all from AMC & HBO.
Game of Thrones
I've heard people recommending this for a year or two, but ignored them since I wasn't at all sure about the fantasy bit of it - all a bit too Dungeons & Dragons for me (those guys used to scare me at school).
Then I started watching it with my wife and found I thoroughly enjoyed it! If anyone else is sitting on the fence over GoT, please give it a go!
Flames for the dragons, natch.
> who are coincidentally cheaper and more likely to work long hours on an inspiring project
Wow, it's been a while since I've seen one of those! There are aspects that I'll find interesting and I'll turn to my advantage in order to expand a skill, but there's a great deal more of just banging it out, so to speak.
Oh wait, have I just outed myself as a cynical senior programmer?
> Where I work now there are several women who can (and regularly do) out-crude anything the men say.
Given your handle, does that mean you're referring to women in your own family?
I saw your profile on LinkedInSpa-a-a-ace and wish to correspond with you. My family fled from our planet on a comet (I believe you call it C/2013 A1 Siding Spring) barely escaping with our lives and crates full of precious metals and gems.
We need help to get to Earth and will handsomely pay you to help us. Please, just send all your money to our representative who happens to reside in Nigeria/Estonia/Russia/China to facilitate the transfer of our goods past Earth's customs and we will then transfer numerous crates to the address of your choice, etc.
Re: Why do we like it ?
Indeed - it's easy to forget to look around at alternatives once in a while. Someone at work pledged to do all of their Christmas shopping within their postcode (I'm assuming she meant just the first part rather than the whole postcode [unless she lives on a high street]).
Re: i want cheap drives
Just as well you didn't tweet that...
That scraping sound...
... I can't work out if it's the bottom of a barrel or deckchairs being moved around
Re: This is Britain
For the former: duckduckgo.com (for general searches, anyway)
For the latter: more difficult, but you'd do well to hit some of the price comparison sites and see what other (e)retailers are out there.
They should just use ReactOS, right?
... want to *help* Gelfling
> 51 per cent of respondents said they feel their employer's problems are their own.
I read this and, as a contractor, I agreed: my employer's problem belong to them. I'm here to do what I can to alleviate / eliminate those problems. I spent too many years of being emotionally invested as a permie, I can now deal with it better because as a contractor I know it's not going to be my life's work: I'll do my very best and then walk away with a clear conscience.
Inadequate training and a lack of any clear career path pushed me to contracting - too many firms suffer too much chaos and this is a goldmine (literally) waiting to be exploited by contractors. I can see the frustration in the permie staff in the different places I work: if firms took their responsibilities to their perm staff more seriously it would pay dividends (unintended pun).
Re: More still to do
> block that number from sending similar texts for an hour or two at a time
I guess that would have helped that guy who sent sexy-time texts to everyone on his contact list!
Re: And landlines !
That sounds interesting... make & model please?
Re: And landlines !
We don't even have our landline plugged in any more: it's only used for broadband.
We will have to change this to a POT that's set to silent so that the children could dial 999 if required (ideally only in an emergency!).
As for the mobile spam texts check this page for an explanation of what you can do:
I agree, but the fine needs to be far greater than the profit they make. Is that the case here?
Oh dear - you've just triggered a hijacking of this thread for arguments about browser choice and ABP...
Re: If you can't root it you don't own it.
I'm interested to hear what you've gained by rooting your device. I have a Sony PRS-T1 and I'm wondering about doing stuff like downloading a book off my NAS via FTP, while I'm out and about. I just want to wait until I'm out of the warranty period before I root it.
Is this the anti-virus equivalent of typing Google into Google?
Re: It depends on whether you can get it to stay onna stick.
Which shirley leads to the question:
How does Bob Marley like his doughnuts?
Re: Let me fix that.
The idea of a price comparison comparison site featured in a radio episode of "Mitchell & Webb" a month or so ago.
Re: See John Carpenter's They Live
A very enjoyable film - well worth a watch!
Re: my friend's four-year-old
> ... watching mind-numbing adverts for things she's NEVER going to get
That made me laugh because I remember the desperate yearning advertising would cultivate in me as a child for stuff I didn't really want or need!
That said, I do still fight the urge to upgrade various tech devices to this day, but at least it's my money I'd be spending...
It's worse than that. Having paid nearly £30 for our family to watch Ice Age 4 (mostly went for my son) and suffered that "steal a car" ad before the film we then had to tolerate it within the fking dialogue (Lopez's character saying something like, "Piracy doesn't pay," at one point)!
And to add insult to injury, it was a poor film. Fk you, fk your creative void and fk your criminalisation of your paying fking audience. I don't claim to make quality entertainment, but you do and you charge the fking earth for it and fail to deliver the majority of the time. To my mind, having to rely on 3D just highlights the dearth of decent ideas.
That said, we're really looking forward to Madagascar III. King Julian (Baron-Cohen) steals every scene he's in and the penguins & chimps are funny. We're hoping to erase the memories of that previously mentioned PoS.
Re: People's Front Against Bankers
It seems to me that a number of people have considered that, but are asking a more fundamental question: what can we do to make IT more interesting to capable people (irrespective of gender [& other irrelevant criteria]).
My wife & I will be doing our best to overcome our own social programming to ensure that both son & daughter have as broad a knowledge base as possible. That means being interested in what they're doing and ensuring that they get the chance to try out lots of different subjects and activities both in and out of school.
... and breathe!
I imagine you feel a lot better having got that lot off your chest!
<---- Welcome to Friday: I'm prescribing you one of these.
Re: In the 1950s....
> ... there is in effect an infinite supply, because water moves in a cycle and can never be used up
Are you serious? You may be technically correct on the first part, but there were points at which demand outstripped supply and we then started hammering the reservoirs. What would happen when the reservoirs run dry? Would you stick by your assertion that it can never be used up?
I beg to differ - for example there's...
ah... I see.
I would imagine that one aspect would be to support businesses so that they
Leads to retention of staff - greater tax receipts from employees + no benefits paid out
Leads to greater corporate tax receipts + possibility of hiring new staff (tax receipts, people coming off benefits).
Of course, that's the theoretical ideal: in reality, YMMV...
Re: Oh dear.
Upvoted purely for mentioning Carrie, lovely Carrie.
I have a strong dislike of Kies & I couldn't agree more with your comment.
Does anyone else suffering weird window re-sizing problems? Of all of my installed applications, this is the only one that does such strange things when I try to resize it.
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