766 posts • joined 24 May 2007
Sounds like linux on the desktop is just around the corner...
Actually there may be several corners as the Linux office suite that packs with the latest Ubuntu is chaotically unreliable and gaspingly slow even on a new and powerful desktop. It's not a big part of my job, so it's fine for me, but I would hate to be having to work with it.
I suddenly understood the name "iPlayer" yesterday and awarded the BBC several points for coming up with a name that totally went past me for years.
I am super excited to have made the shortlist. Went on my lunchbreak with a false moustache and suglasses which must have worked as I didn't get papped.
Also, all this latin reminds me a of the execution scene in Top Secret, still one of the greatest movies ever made.
I am surprised to discover the romans had no word for ballockets.
Raises serious questions regarding what they have ever done for us.
Which provides another possible motto: Quid pro nobis Romanos?
( Google translated because I know nothing about latin beyond a bit of etymology. )
Actually the classic placeholder text would make a funny motto.
Re: Working 'out of'
They're certainly not uncromulent.
It's enough to make me wonder whether the place I was contracting at a couple of years ago still runs Windows 2000. Discovering that was a bit of a shock to the system.
Veni vici ballocketi
May contain flashing lights and strong colours
I really hope there is some way to exploit Glass using a carefully contrived set of flashing lights pointed at the camera. It would open the door to all kinds of hilarious and disconcerting pranks.
Because people like you are still asking questions like that.
This will be convenient when we can have a useful size of screen rolled up in a pocket. I like to imagine that phones will be around the size of a pen and just roll out as needed.
Excited for the update
I look forward to the next update to Windows 8 - when I got 8.1 it killed my wireless card in a way that has -as yet- to be fixed by either the maker or by Microsoft. It is certified as Windows Compatible, though, so I guess I must be imagining the constant network dropouts as must all the other users of the same card. Probably our own fault for having a computer that uses a part from an obscure manufacturer like Intel, I guess.
I can't wait to see what essential parts of my system stop working with the next "update" - maybe the screen? Or the keyboard? It's like a special lottery.
Fortunately I'm not doing much Windows development at the moment so I just run Mint on the machine most of the time. It seems to work fine...
I guess the ideal situation would be for prospective partners to be able to find out whether someone was the kind of person who posted revenge porn. That would work as a fairly clear deterrent to them and the expectation of never getting laid again would possibly stand to deter the poster too. If it didn't, stop them, it would perhaps serve to remove that particularly tiresome type of boor from the gene pool, which would be no bad thing for the species as a whole.
What about when the subject was asleep half uncovered by the duvet and their creeper partner took their picture?
What if both people believed the pictures were kept private but somebody else stole them off a hard drive, phone etc?
There are some pretty clear cut cases here too. Do people not deserve protection in those kinds of case?
Bless them, the trick cyclists think they're doing science.
Apparently Facebook's experiments reveal that they definitely can provoke an emotional response. And not just in the users they experimented on.
I got an old bass defretted once and through the cunning means of having the fret gaps filled a different colour to the frets, it wasn't too hard to adjust by ear when my eyes missed. Eventually my hands kind of learnt the positions and it wasn't too hard. I was never much of a fretless player though.
These days I have somewhat switched to g**tar and occasional mandolin, which do get noticed a whole lot more by the audience, though my standard in both is probably considerably lower. Good bass playing is, unfortunately, invisible to anyone who isn't also a bass player.
Bumpkin 4rr loyfe
As a borderline bumpkin myself I have noticed that there is a lot of reluctance to talk about rural issues and more specifically to talk about them with people who live in the affected area. At best you're going to get a representative from the NFU ( the one union for whom the government will bow down abjectly at their slightest whim ) rather than someone who knows the actual area that the story is about.
The last foot and mouth story broke just very near to where I live. Various journalists and reporters were consistently found waiting outside the farm where it happened for days. I did not see a single story on the topic that spelled the name of the farm correctly in spite of the fact it was right there. Not to mention reporters stomping around through fields where they risked spreading the pathogen further. That week I realised that I just wasn't cynical enough about the news media.
Re: The BBC is biased
That isn't just the BBC, though, is it? It covers pretty much all the mainstream media. It often seems as though if you could turn the M25 into a 500 foot high wall, it would take weeks for anyone in the media ( or parliament, come to think of it ) to even notice.
Even after they did and the whole thing was the biggest story of the year, it would still be six months before the chumps at Defra realised.
Re: anyone who writes Perl ...
I have used all three in various jobs and I can safely say that Ruby and Python are tidier by default and conceptually simpler. Ruby is the closest thing I have encountered to a beautiful programming language and I always enjoy using it.
They're probably still having their naps.
Re: Single user PC database might be OK
One of the great things about Access is that it is so massively internally broken at the design level that it has a "repair" button so you can fix all the horrible things that your database has done to itself.
Impressive work from the SKA
The problem with the SKA of course, is that the images it produces are all two-tone.
Re: They haven't got a clue
I find it interesting how hard most of us want to search for a deliberate explanation. The idea that there are large areas of the earth's surface that we know almost nothing about and that are not constantly surveyed seems to concern a lot of people. There is a great fear that nobody is in charge, that events can be truly contingent.
The world is a big place in which accidents happen. Sometimes a tragedy is just a tragedy and that is the human context in which you need to look at it.
If there is a terrorism element to this, it is most likely to relate to the cabin being isolated entirely from the crew compartment so if there was a problem in there nobody would be able to do anything about it. Finding what went wrong is the part of this search that would make the biggest difference for everyone not directly linked to the flight.
Re: How long until
Ideally one would wait until an important customer or member of senior management was at said colleague's desk.
Re: If you accept multiverse interpretations of quantum physics
If you accept a strictly deterministic single timeline where the future and past are equally fixed as each other then the grandfather paradox also evaporates - the evidence that you can't kill your grandfather is that your grandfather did not die. Or at least he wasn't murdered by a time traveller before he could beget your parent. If you were able to travel into the past, your actions would be a matter of record.
Re: CO2 lasts decades?
My local garden centre seems to have quite a lot. So maybe if we went to all the garden centres we could just buy enough for that kind of increase.
I'm amazed SCIENCE hadn't come to this conclusion already. Must be some kind of conspiracy at work.
Doubtless they have paid for a lot of outsourced consultants to be driving very fancy sports cars, hopefully the police will have made a note of their numberplates so they can focus on recovering some of the money in speeding tickets.
Re: Agile approach?
Agile is a fairly poor way of designing very large scale projects. See also the big IDS benefits thing. It's great if you are a start-up or if you are a software company, but when the project gets very big you start to run into architectural concerns that you need to know about from the start and situations where refactoring the code to integrate a new requirement is a non-trivial task.
That doesn't stop the practical day-to-day process stuff from being useful- standups, iterations, sprints, kanban boards and the rest- but as regards the big picture, being able to act on architectural requirements from the start can make a big difference to your development time and the reliability of your software but the concept of doing anything ahead of time doesn't seem to fit into the pure Agile approach.
And yet still the sun shone and birds were singing, almost as though nothing important had happened at all.
I love this kind of story, really interesting.
A lot of things that are possible manage to evolve. I would actually be very surprised if there didn't turn out to be a quantum component to our own brains.
Re: Attention getter
To reduce attention, have the bonnet playing a video stream of the image from a camera on the rear of the car.
Re: As seen last year in London
I saw a very eye catching black car the other day. It was not shiny black, it was black black. It was so black that it looked as though Disaster Area might launch it into the sun at any moment. When everyone has fairy lights all over their cars, that look will be even more distinctive.
Sheds a single tear
Will nobody think of the T1000s?
People worry a lot about government, but with all this monitoring set up so everyone can be watched by any computer anywhere we're totally opening to door to hostile AI, should it ever come knocking.
Rugby coaches would probably be cheaper because they typically lose at least part of a lobe at some point...
You might only need to close all the windows.
Re: Not allowed to drive unless
Microsoft branded vehicles will actually be comfortable and look fine, but they will only take you to three places, one of which is Slough, no matter where you ask them to go. Also they will occasionally download an update and just stop wherever they happen to be for ten minutes. When they crash, they will turn blue.
I got a fortune cookie yesterday that said "You love Chinese food."
A good opportunity
This is a great opportunity for a British company to step in and make a huge amount of money by putting in a sarcastic bid for a hojillion dollars which they will be totally unable to detect. Genius.
Re: A "friend" in need
The important thing is that you maintained your sense of hUMA.
Can't even get through a piece of astronomy news without fixating on the hottest, youngest stars.
Talk about knowing your audience...
Secure by design
The poem that was written here
Describing Google in its several spheres
Scans oddly but I'd bet
It owes a great debt
Not to Plath or to Keats but to Lear
I look forward to the day that Vulture Central transcribing all their stories into verse. Especially the ones full of acronyms and about storage. That will call for some serious rhyming dictionary antics.
Interesting alternative for all the platforms
Funny thing about Kerry
Snowden really picked the wrong administration for this.
If the GOP were in power right now, the Democrats would be hailing him as a national hero and the greatest patriot of the last fifty years, but of course when it happens on their watch they can't say anything about it.
Re: Rolls eyes...
The thing I find shocking is that there was no mention at any point of lions. Very much the elephant in the room that this discussion takes place in.
Sucks to be a creator
Remember when the internet was going to get rid of the middle-men and create a utopia where creators could benefit from the results of their hard work by interacting directly with their audiences? I'm pretty sure people were telling me that was the thing that would happen.
Re: If renewables can compete on price ...
In fairness, Australia has at least one very high output power source that the UK is missing for approximately 355 days of the year. That gives them a resource that should be a lot more predictable and easier to utilise than our wind or tides.
In places I've visited, once you get a little out of town, a lot of people aren't connected up to any grids, they just have small solar setups to power their homes. You wouldn't be able to do welding with it, but for lights and laptops it seems to work pretty well.
Re: More Music = Less Revenue
Making music may be easy, but getting your music in front of people interested in listening to it has never been more challenging. Your competition is now a million bands of whom nine hundred and fifty thousand are terrible. Even the most ardent music fan is going to be hard pressed to search through that much awfulness in the hope of finding something outstanding- I have experience of this both as a fan and as a musician and the ability to make one's music easily available is definitely a double-edged sword.