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We did what Alistair did and got all the companies on our site to work together and come up with a shared solution (shared at the network layer so no security concerns). Despite our offices being in a converted barn yard in relatively rural Oxfordshire we all got 10/10 for £250 pcm and about £4k installed. That was actually cheaper than our existing dual-bonded ADSL solution. And more stable and faster.
I realise no-one likes spending money but if a business can't come up with a cost justification for a leased line it should probably re-consider if it has a valid business case. Of course they cost more than residential broadband - but so does any business service. You're asking for less contention and an SLA.
Having written that though it does seem silly of BT in this case to have run fibre past office buildings and not laid in provision for easy connection.
But hey I've been AWOL finding a job recently so not much posting here. I have a job now so I'll be a bit contentious: If your business is network based why do you need to be in London in the first place? The nice (lovely) thing about networks is that they allow you to work at a distance. Go find a lovely converted barn in the country and enjoy the fresh air and low house prices.
It's only the man in the moon from the northern hemisphere. I've no idea what it is to those south of the equator.
Someone mentioned email addresses! It must be time for one of my favourite Dilbert cartoons.
Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing
You walk down a path. You see a snail, slowly crawling across the concrete. Lost. Unaware of where it is going. So you pick it up and place it down on the far side.
I'm a gardener. I am not going to help a snail cross a path. I suppose we just have to hope there aren't any alien gardeners out there.
Cool..but also oddly disturbing
I've been a lifelong fan of science-fiction and long term believer in alien life (though I doubt any has ever visited us). On the one hand that 20% figure is really exciting..but on the other hand somehow it's a little unsettling. Something along the lines of 'be careful what you wish for'?
Still it's a stunning achievement by the Kepler team. The next generation of equipment is going to make some awesome discoveries.
So very, very true about downloading from a manufacturer's web site. Why is it that hardware manufacturers seem to run the slowest servers? And if a download is going to stall or crap out it'll be because it's coming from a hardware manufacturer.
Our President is determined to clarify and is now doing a thorough review in order that nobody will have a sense of abuse.
Which could just mean they are going to put more effort into covering it up.
Re: USB: This side up
I've often wondered - given that it's a serial connection - why couldn't they be uni-directional? I wouldn't want to be so crass as to suggest that it's just to piss me off. Presumably there is some, sound, engineering reason why they have to physically polarised?
Re: "Lucifer's Hammer" in real life...
And it looks like hot fudge sundae will be on a Thursday :)
..although as it's an asteroid that quip barely works :-/
..and it will still be the wrong way round the first time you try to insert it.
My Galaxy S3 seems to know where I am to within a few metres all the time. At least when I fire up my navigator software there's never any delay while it works out the starting point. And no, I don't normally have my GPS active.
Re: Target Practice
Call me suspicious
Re: Not Sure
They can even have a motion activated recording ordering the Human discoverer to "Take me to your leader"
That's not very plausible though. One assumes visiting aliens would monitor our information networks for a while before landing. After that why the hell would they want to be taken to our leaders?
Thanks for that Charles, you learn something new every day :)
there's no marine engineer I've found who thinks that anyone has looked seriously at the problem of maintenance of metallic structures in the salt water of the North Sea.
Really? What do they do about oil rigs and ships then? Are you trying to tell me they just drop them in the ocean then hope for the best?
Wow - Paul is really moving in that second picture. He's a blur of activity :)
nag staff about completing an online training module by the end of the month.
One of the curses of working for a big corporate. I once had to complete a course four times because of various system glitches.
Re: They don't want independance
They just want the English to keep sending money North
I'll happily continue to do that as long as I get whisky in exchange :)
As for kids, well I think some of it is relative to experience
My theory is that we sense time passing according to the extent of changes within our brain. The higher the rate of new links forming the faster we think time is passing. That would explain why time appears to slow if you are sitting with nothing to do and why it appears to accelerate when you are busy.
As regards age relate changes to the perception of time I think that children, being new to the world, experience more rapid and extensive mental changes. As an adult the number of truly new and unique experiences you have per day is a lot lower.
Whatever the cause it is definitely true that time overall seems to pass quicker as you age. As another commentard wrote: Summer holidays used to last ages as did lunch times when I was a child. To me, now, at age 46 I barely notice days passing and even a week doesn't seem to register. A year is no big deal either.
Re: Pity the urban wildlife...
To rats, cockroaches, owls and pigeons, every streetlight and TV must be pulsing at a headache-inducing rate.
Well, I feel sorry for the owls at least.
"We humans, for example, have a CFFF of around 60Hz when young and healthy".
Hmmm. After sharing a house with a budgerigar for nearly ten years I'm pretty sure he was somewhat smaller than me. He breathed faster than me when resting and being a bird suggests to me that his metabolism was bound to be faster. So how does that fit in with the study that found that the CFFF for a Budgerigar is 40 to 75Hz.?
As for seeing the world in slow motion...hmm. I had several near misses when he chose to set off at the same time I did (he was flocking stupid sometimes :) ) so although his flying skills were good I don't think he was seeing me move in slow motion.
Re: Captured PIN
Erm... yes you can.
Playing Devil's advocate here but how about a second keypad on the top of the first that just uses a mechanical linkage to push the real buttons? Obviously your fake keypad records the pin.
Odd. We have a BT backup line and in the past we've often gone a week or more overdue (we are also a large corporate and as our bills are subsidised by the American division that adds an extra delay). We've only once been cut off and that was after a cock-up that meant the bill was nearly two months overdue.
Guess it's just BT being inconsistent. Different billing regions perhaps? We're South Midlands.
So we're moving from a primarily Darwinian evolutionary model to one that's more Lamarckian - with us in control. Well that could be either very good or very bad.
We really could do with a 'Careful now' icon.
Re: 4k benifits?
but laptops are sold with "HD" screens that are 1366x768
Which is a lousy ratio for normal use. There's never quite enough vertical space and too much horizontal space. It's great if/when you want to watch a film or show but the rest of the time it seems a poor choice.
Screw that. How about a reasonably priced sensibly sized OLED unit? Or is that the real reason behind this push - the manufacturers can't get the price down so they want to fool us into buying a bigger size to make up for their failings.
Lol, I hate cheapskate design when it comes to button provision. My bluetooth headset has a single button that does everything except volume and track forward/backward. I swear it has a dozen functions all depending on how often you press it or for how long.
The manual refers to it as the MFB which I can only assume stands for Mother F*!*ing Button.
Certainly isn't because all their money is spent on decent internet roll out to the country (I mean the actual countryside not the UK)
The company offering this lack lustre storage service is 'BT Retail'. They are not responsible for the roll-out of physical infrastructure. It might sound petty but it's an important distinction if you want to try and put pressure on 'BT' to extend their roll-out. There's no point whining to or about your ISP - it's Openreach you want to be complaining to.
Wish they'd drop all this stuff and just concentrate on better connections....
Sorry to nitpick but 'BT the ISP' is not responsible for your connection. That would be a separate part of BT called Openreach.
Chances of that happening?
That's quite common in .NET land where assemblies and executables can include namespaces. Take a look under '<program files folder>\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\.NETFramework\'
Re: Signed lengths
Don't use one parameter to mean two (or more) different kinds of things.
That's one of my golden rules. I'm also a firm believer in Syntactic salt. Combining two things into one is 'syntactic sugar' - it's more convenient for the developer. I actually avoid returning errors when I can. Most languages allow you to ignore returned values I can't force developers to use an error code returned by reference but I can bloody well force them to declare a variable to store it so at least they can't claim they didn't notice it :)
In the online dating world, NSA also means 'no strings attached'. So there.
Now you tell me. "Attractive woman. Loves Formula 1 and golf. Happy to live in separate houses and won't try and change your life. NSA"
I ran a mile when I saw those initials. You mean I missed a golden opportunity like that?
Ah brings back memories of the 80s when I was an audiophile(*). One of the last tape deck reviews I read featured a unit with a cute track following feature. It compared the phase of the left and right channels and somehow used that to adjust the head alignment. I also seem to recall there was one that required you to break off the tabs on the front so that it could pull the tape out and wrap it round a helical head like VCRs do/did.
(*)Happy days. I had no money do anything with it though. These days I've got the money but have lost the inclination - mainly because the lousy production standards on modern recordings make it pointless.
Re: Thanks for your visions.
Sadly Cherryh's gone on a bit of a Foreigner series treadmill though, presumably because the publisher keeps asking for more.
Yeah. I think I'm one behind the latest but don't really feel motivated to buy it. I actually thought the Gene Wars series had potential although I get the impression it wasn't a huge success.
I'd definitely like to hear more about Finisterre. The atmosphere, descriptions of scenery and sometimes downright terror of those books is awesome. I read the second one during a stormy Christmas and that really added to the atmosphere :)
But I have to admit that my primary interest in her work are the Merchanter/Compact series which I like to treat as being the same thing really given the cross references between them.
Re: Very Sad
Yup. Gateway is one of those mind expanding novels. It's written in a jocular style but actually putting yourself on that asteroid as one of the prospectors is both scary and invigorating. I also have one of the earlier sequels to thank for explaining the Big Bang theory to me :)
Sigh. What Acronis needs is a return to the stable, efficient UIs of yesteryear. It'd be too late for me though. I've given up on Acronis and gone to Macrium Reflect. It's cheaper, runs better and has never crashed. You also get the benefit of scripting (albeit with Visual Basic) to control it.
Aw shame! One of my favourite authors. His Gateway novels were an inspiration. I've often wondered if I'd have had the guts to get into one of those spaceships and squeeze the go button. Robinette Broadhand - lucky bugger and unlikely hero of Mankind :)
Excellent news! It's about time we got back into manned space exploration. I don't much care which country does it as long as someone does.
Re: Very clever
I use my Galaxy S3 for music every day. But I have Bluetooth headphones so the headphone socket is still empty all the time.
Re: Write me down a mule
Yeah, it's not like he left it on a bus or anything.
Re: Plus side of global warming!!
It'll have to warm up a helluva lot before we can visit it. Put yer foot down in that SUV :)
Re: Sorry this model is out of print
nanotechnology meant before marketdroids looking for the next big thing
Nanotechnology, the next big thing!
Re: Curious Joyride
LOL! I just had a mental image of a Martian sitting on Curiosity like a go-kart trying to make it go faster.
"Make a U-tuuuuurrrrrrrn. Make a U-tuuuurrrrrn. Make a U-tuuuurrrrrrn"
That probably involves tuning whatever 'bot it uses to compile initial lists so it is more accurate.
A bot? What could possibly go wrong with that?
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