It's no worse than mine...
278 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
It's no worse than mine...
I think folk are missing the point here. It's not the smartphone per se that's the great invention, it's the need to miniaturize all sorts of cameras, microphones sensors etc enough to fit into the form factor and make them at an affordable price that's the breakthrough. Do you really think we'd have seen (for example) the camera drone revolution without the small, high quality bits of kit originally developed for phones?
But no, I wouldn't credit Jobs. My fliptop alcatel had a decent camera that foreshadowed just what you could achieve when you can stuff kit into a pocket-sized device.
"I wouldn't know a pound if it hit me on the bloody head and neither does anyone under 50ish"
It's 240 pennies...
"I wake every day hoping I'll wake up in hospital with a kindly psychiatrist saying "Well, that was one hell of a delusion you had there wasn't it?", but sadly so far the nightmare continues..."
"so I suppose dark matter has its own internal dynamics which keep it from the event horizon."
I can stop worrying about it then. What's dark matter again?
"In general they seem to agree that the way a USB A socket goes is such that the USB symbol on the plug is uppermost. "
Unless you have a Dell PC. The ones we have at work (ie quite old...) have the USB sockets on the front of the case "upsidedown"
Who cares what way up the back ones are, you always have to rotate the plug several times to get them to fit.
I knew an IT lady who didn't like to embarrass people, soft-hearted soul that she was. When phoned with an obvious "it's not powered on" problem, she would explain that they've had a batch of faulty 3-pin plugs, and can the user check the serial number on the one they have. Miraculously, the problem cleared itself!
We had one user who managed to consistently plug in the "printer end" usb plug 90 degrees wrong. It doesn't help of course that device manufacturers can't seem to agree what way up the sockets go...
I'm sure all Elite fans have seen Oolite (http://www.oolite.org/). If not then you should.
It was gratifying to see that my computerless docking skills were still there!
Speaking as a stroppy fecker in a Pathology lab, I can assure you that as a non-patient facing service (ie not important) we have to sometimes stress that patients might die if they don't get their results.
As IT support for 40 other stroppy fecker in a Microbiology lab (being told we're Pathogy is intensely irritating, but a matter for another day), I can feel your pain. I regularly have to sort caps-lock password problems. The LIMS we use needs you to switch on caps-lock once you're logged in, unfortunately our users generally change their passwords after they've put caps on, then next time, they lock themselves out by forgetting they used caps lock the last time.
I'm going to thumbs-up you anyway, because I've been on both sides of that fence...
I had to think before replying to this one because I didn't want to take away from the emotive and important message about cancer treatment that the Reg is putting across here.
Certain groups of UK medical researchers have shown that they are perfectly capable of manipulating the data in their studies to make claims about treatment that are not shown to be valid when the data used to support those claims is examined by other interested parties.
Further, certain reputable UK journals have colluded in this both explicitly by publishing misleading findings (and releasing press releases which publicize those findings) and implicitly by not calling out the perpetrators.
The details are a bit long and convoluted for here but looking here https://jcoynester.wordpress.com/ and here http://www.virology.ws/2015/10/22/trial-by-error-ii/ and searching out "PACE trial" with your engine of choice will give a bit of background.
This sort of scandal is sadly not rare and our press is willing to pull any interpretation out of trial write-ups that will up the reading figures and further their own political agenda (see current NHS reporting for examples).
What I'm trying to convey here is that I've personally lost faith in all science reporting, both in the media (who seem to go out of their way to get it wrong) and the journals.
Oh I think it is, what kind of IT expert are you...
Yeah but the fact that I plane _might_ survive a drone strike doesn't mean that it's not incredibly stupid to precipitate one...
"or some big wig politician on the board of directors ???"
ALL the big-wig politicians have heavy investments in private healthcare, that's why they want to shaft the NHS
The preferred removal method is to snip off the barb (from the hook, missus!) and push the thing back through (still the hook)
Well, our network people are absolutely brilliant! (are you listening, Denise)
I see you got a downvote for no apparent reason - unless it was your best friend who didn't need to be reminded that his youth is now far behind him...
Anyway, have a balancing upvote
Try Pale Moon, it's forked from Firefox, leaving out the dubious decisions Mozilla have made of late. With a little effort, it can give you a close-to-Opera 12 experience in a modern browser.
We have GPs based in the rougher areas who prescribes antibiotics for colds rather than try to tell some ned (that's not listening anyway) that it's not going to do any good.
As an aside, colds can leave you susceptible to secondary infections and, depending on your physical condition, antibiotics can be useful for preventing complications.
The whole area is a bit of a delicate balance and our Medics spend a lot of time giving antibiotic advice on the phone.
Currently in our Lab, we use traditional culture/sensitivities methods to check urines. A negative result will be available in 24hrs. A positive result is trickier. Depending on how hard the organism is to identify and the sensitivity pattern, it can take 36 to 48hrs to give you a result.
What a clinician does with that result is variable as well. A lot depends on how ill/frail the patient is (or how young) and whether they're immunosuppressed. The bottom (front-bottom in this case) line is that most simple UTIs clear up themselves if you drink plenty of water and the urine doesn't look like pus to start with. Persistent and chronic UTIs in the very young, the very old and the debilitated sometimes need more work/antibiotics.
note 1: A&E will only use a dipstick and check for protein in the urine - that's not what I would call a result. That can only come from taking a sample and sending it to the lab.
note 2: "something as basic as a urine test" (snort)
see http://labtestsonline.org.uk/understanding/analytes/urine-culture/tab/faq/ if you can be bothered
I want to upvote you for the "twats on motorbikes" but downvote you for the "too lazy to walk to the bus stop". Now I'm confused.
"Looks to me as if she knew exactly what files she needed"
Do you work in IT? They NEVER know what files they need. But they DO know that the ones you painstakingly retrieved for them are the wrong ones...
I take it you were too young to notice the curvy ladies in full-body string vests then? (or hunky gents, if that's what floats...wait it was a submarine, wasn't it!)
"control over the banks..."
I recognize the individual words, but the actual sentence makes no sense to me...
The clearly expressed democratic will of MY people is clearly different to that of yours...
Hasn't Hallmark already been used as a name! I'm gonna have to be extra careful not to send granny a satellite instead of a card on Granny's Day...
I don't think it was "his" referendum per se.
And according to the Fount of all Internet Knowledge (begins with a W), the turnout of 84.6% was the highest recorded for an election or referendum in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage.
44.7% of those (1.6 million people) voted "Yes".
Ooo, that might have been a mythtake...
Dangerous bastards, unicorns
That's not ephemeral though... (unless he didn't kick...wait I have to think about this)
"...how many politicians and civil servants who had dealings with NHS procument now work for these a$$holes ripping off the taxpayer !"
"The yellow face, it burns us, precious!"
Sorry for the rant (I had a colleague who was diabetic and a diabetic grandson)
That's what I meant to say...
"could have notified the son directly, rather than going through to his dad."
Have you ever dealt with someone having a hypo? At best they need talked through the procedure to fix it (go get some sugar or drink some lucozade), at worst they need third party intervention. It's not clear from the article whether the message to dad was first or second line response (you know, inform the diabetic, if nothing changes, then inform somebody else)
...Lazarus did rise from the ashes...
What a disappointment - I thought a carog was some sort of archaic measure like a fother (40 bushels, if you want to know)
Should that be "using a phone" ?
"If I install a user desktop, after install, all my hardware had better work"
I know I talked about grannies up there a bit, but I have to leap to Linux's defence here. When I installed Mint on a new PC a couple of years ago _all_ my hardware worked out of the box except an ancient samsung scanner/printer, which worked after I installed the correct driver from the Samsung website. Oh and the new install didn't spend all day rebooting itself and downloading updates (all the updates were downloaded in one go and didn't require a reboot.)
I don't think we actually mean the GUI when the phrase "more like Windows" is bandied about. I think we mean something that your granny can use without having to phone you every two minutes.
Because when you fire somebody, you get a new somebody who'll just go and make the same stupid mistake again. The real answer is to remove a non-typing finger (you know the one!!) and turn the debacle into a learning opportunity.
That's the NHS way!
The Pale Moon team also do Fossamail forked from Thunderbird with the same philosophy as it's web browser big brother.
I imagine that Flash is/was fresh in the job. I remember that when I was new, I was eager to please while at the same time heady with the responsibility. And aware of how difficult it is to get a decision out of management.
Rather than ask what to do with misaddressed email and still be waiting for a decision when I retired, as an eager to help people young IT professional, I might have done what Flash did.
Of course, when the inevitable saucy email arrived, I would turn it all off again and let it bounce and pretend I hadn't done nothin...
To transition this to East Coastish
1) replace all instances of "Ah" with "Eh"
2) replace all instances of "pie" with "peh"
3) replace "deep fried pizza" with "Farfir Bridie"
...poke in the atic-atac infinite life poke, the only thing that made it possible to finish as far as my kids were concerned. Ah, we had many happy family hours mapping that spooky old house...
It's a well known fact that the last thing an IT person touched is responsible for all the ills that visit an office for the next fortnight.
"You put toner in that printer and now my phone's not working"
......for three weeks because our printer (which is supposed to phone home for toner) forgot to restock itself. When the toner cartridge arrived and I fitted it, I was deluged by all the jobs sent but waiting for toner...
In hindsight, I should have reset the print queue...
@ Esme "Most recently a couple in their 60' s who installed Linux Mint without assistance"
Here, I'm in my 60's and I've got LXLE on my hacked Acer chromebook (scariest bit was stuffing tinfoil into a tiny socket on the mainboard so I could reflash the BIOS)!! That's just ageist, that is!!! Young people today...(wanders off muttering.....)
"has the UI improved over the last few years" is only a perfectly nice question if the reader agrees that it needs improved (I do for GIMP by the way)
Obviously some people feel strongly that it doesn't need improved...
Betamag? That's a bit old-school seeing as how VHS won that war!!