342 posts • joined Tuesday 4th August 2009 12:24 GMT
Ah but that assumes the government/civil service actually knows what it's doing!
Be interesting if...
Wouldn't it be interesting if we had the choice of deciding where our individual tax goes. So, if we were pro something then more of our tax would go to that and if we were against something then our money wouldn't go there. It would be fascinating to see how that choice would skew the actual breakdown. Probably be an absolute logistical nightmare to administer though!
Re: Windows 8 will save Microsoft
Don't buy anything from anyone driving a Vauxhall...
...erm, no, wait... scrub that, just realised I also drive one...
Re: worst hosting company I ever had the misfortune to deal with
Seconded (or thirded as Nick Gisburne beat me to it). Their support is shit, their reliability is shit, they "upgrade" servers without advanced warning and then apply inappropriate settings to them and refuse to fix them when you tell them they've done it wrong (if you manage to get through to them that is). I always warn people away from the idiots. Avoid StreamLine as well as they just seem to be resellers of FastHost server space.
I read a bit of the first para as:
UK's waste of milk crates
...and wondered what the hell was going on. Time to wake up!
You forgot to add "Bwahahahaha!"
Ah, heady days...
Good article! Back in the 1970s I worked for a PCB manufacturer in Norwich and we built a few of the early prototype System One PCBs for Acorn (we didn't assemble the chips, just drilled, etched and screen printed the boards themselves). We didn't get the job for the full production run, though. I kept one of the memory boards with the intention of using it as expansion for my 8K PET - never did get around to doing that though. I seem to remember the board could take 2114 (1K x 4-bit) chips so it needed 16 to make the full 8K-byte.
Slightly later on I built a few Atoms from kits for a local shop that wanted to sell them ready made at cheaper than normal ready-built price of £150 (so he was obviously paying me less than the £30 difference). There weren't that many chips on it and there were sockets for all of them. But the most difficult bit was aligning the 120 stiff wires from the keyboard (2 per key) into the corresponding holes in the PCB all at once!
Yes, come back proof-reading moderatrix before all is lost!
If only he would shut the Sun down retrospectively as well.
Yep, me too
Except that it was printers running out of toner that was a major problem.
Apple-mad nation hidden inside empty beer bottles
You can hide whole nations inside beer bottles now? Excellent!
Who the hell let proper people talk to MPs? It's just not on! I mean to say, isn't listening to sound-bite merchants the usual way MPs get their information? If this goes on there's the danger the MPs might actually come to a sensible decision for a change!
I worked* for that bunch of idiots about 10 years ago when they were still called Norwich Union. Great people in the team I worked in but as for the management, oh dear... We spent most of our time fighting red tape and stupidity - it was like wading in treacle (and using the inadequate IT systems/networks was a pretty similar experience).
*I'd been made redundant by another company which was going down the swanee and NU offered me a job and I needed the money - honest guv!
"I suffer from the unfortunate affliction of getting solutions for everyone else's problems, but not my own."
You should become a consultant!
Some very true and wise words there! Programming can also be intuitive (for some) - I have often "fixed" problems by going away and doing completely different until the solution pops into my head (I think some sort of agency sends them telepathically).
Yes, a good article. It ticked all the boxes for me as well. I especially liked the sentence "Novelling their way through the decades until – like Commodore or Atari – only the name remains." And, for some of the other companies mentioned (such as Oracle), it can't happen too soon IMHO!
Change the iPad's name?
Maybe it should be changed to "iPad with WiFi + 4G LTE (only) with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) that's slightly fatter and heavier than the last one but is still shiny".
I use it, oh, at least once every couple of months! Go Google+!
Re: Unique visitors
Damn, you beat me to it!
Sony through the ages
1970s - Great quality home music centres, far better than anything than anyone else was coming up with for the price. Trinitron CRT TVs.
1980s - Walkmans and then Discmans!
1990s - Playstation
2000s - Rootkit fiasco
2010s - Freakishly bad web security which pissed off a good number of people. Removing second OS support in PS3 thereby pissing off a good number of people
Doesn't look like a promising trend!
Oooh, a dilemma - I want to vote you up because of the Ford comment but vote you down because of the Opera comment!
I went to google.com to see what Pi-related logo they had put up to celebrate the day, but they hadn't - their logo was for Akira Yoshizawa's 101st Birthday so I have a sneaky feeling you're trying to April Fool us a bit early!
Re: Eminently Predictable...
Sony? Rootkits? Hacked web sites? Whistle whistle...
Metro user interface removes all their distractions.
I'm more of the opinion that the Metro user interface IS the major distraction!
ecxuse any tyops in tihs reply but, for soem reasn, someone truned out the lights...
Re: "...introduced in the House of Commons on behalf of the federal government"
Politicians working on behalf of the people they represent? Now, that would be a first!
Well, your email address is probably no longer safe in the security sense if you keep posting it around the net!
IOW? Ha ha. I thought you meant the Isle of Wight for a little while there!
Go for it! Just don't buy 200 cheap ones...
Is that all? Hmm, my response is rearrange the words "Off" and "Fuck" into a well known phrase!
Hmm, you must have 2 accounts with them as the limit appears to be 8GB - if it IS on a single account please tell the rest of us how you managed it.
Bucksch and Sivonen are right
If people get it into their heads that Mozilla is collecting more information than they think they should then they will jump browser, and that's something Mozilla can ill afford at the moment. The fact that most people are jumping to Chrome which probably collects more info is "interesting".
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