136 posts • joined Saturday 3rd April 2010 07:25 GMT
Re: But this is *not* a network, by your own definition.
Do you remember the first phone networks?
Er, no. I am only in my late fifties so I'm perhaps a litle young to remember such a thing.
Re: And the spin-offs ..
I have a terminal session stuck in a "Twisty maze of passages all alike" here on OSX, hints anyone ?
It took me months to realise that each of the wordings of the twisty passages were slghtly different depending on which node you were in in the maze.
Dungeon/Colossal Cave was sadly responsible for the obligitory maze in eveyr adventure game; even Myst. Grrr!!
"When I was at school we had to enter the bootstrap loader for the PDP-8/e using the toggle switches on the front."
God, I remember doing this and trying to peer at the funny LEDs which were behind some semi-opaque plastic and trying to get it all going in in the right order. Great fun those days.
Re: Another Way to Push Out Possible Customers
"I was thinking about the same thing... anyone not competent enough to need an app. to find their car, really has no business owning a car."
Many years ago I parked my car one of the long stay car parks at Brussels airport to go to Norway for a month or so on business. I carefully made a note of the car park building number, the floor, the zone and what have you.
Four weeks passed and i returned to the airport, found the bit of paper in the Filofax (yes, it was those days), hunted down the car park building number, climbed to the right floor and then looked for the car in the correct zone.
Nothing. Not a car there. I checked and checked again but, no, nothing and it was then that I could have used such as app.
As it happens, I found the car many hours later - they had renumbered all the car parks whilst I was away.
Re: The welsh lobby
"I'm sorry but it's absolute bollocks to say that there are any significant number of Welsh people who have difficulty with English."
So, where do you get your information from? I get mine first hand from direct experience of knowing people here on the Llŷn Peninsula, so I can present this (and them too, I suppose) as fact.
Or does this experience make me out to be some sort of liar?
I recently received a letter from an insurance company for a departed family member
"Dear Mrs Smith (Deceased"
"We note that you haven't renewed your insurance policy with us...."
I should have done the same and showed the bastards up in a similar fashion.
Re: I can answer this!!!!!
Why is it that all their road signs are in Welsh too?
It's a diabolical plot to kill the evil saes!
Reminds me of the kerbside crossing instructions in Caerdydd. In Welsh it said "Look Right" and in English it said "Look Left"...
Re: You can get the bible in klingon for kindle
"They don't even have a set at the UN and even Palestine managed that!"
Could you show me the seat at the United Nations which has the name 'England' on it?
Re: The welsh lobby
"And there are more Welsh speakers in the US, and in Patagonia, than in Wales."
Which can only be a good argument for the inclusion of the Welsh language. After all, there's more English speakers in the US than there are in England.
Re: The welsh lobby
"That old chestnut."
Indeed, as as soon as they suspect that a Saesneg comes into their shop they quickly tear down the posters of Will Carling and quickly affix a picture of Owain Glyndwr to the walls before turning to the in-shop CD player whipping off the "Land of Hope and Glory" that's been playing and then quickly shoving on BrynTerfel's "Calon Lan".
I see it every time, you know, that I go in for a newspaper or a packet of matches.
One will find that the only time that they will speak Welsh is when they wish to converse with someone who's Welsh. It's odd that someone may wish to use their own language to talk to their fellow man.
I know Porthamdog and the shopkeeps here very well, as I do a lot of the establshments hereabouts, and I know that what the poster said a few posts ago about the shopkeepers is certainly not the norm. The only way that this may possibly have happened is if the poster went into the shop and upset the locals in some way. As an immigrant to the area I can assure you that his experience is certainly not normal.
But this is getting off-topic and, oh by the way, to respond to a third poster; Welsh is not only spoken in Wales. Again, not your fault for not knowing this but is symptomatic of the language issue; over in England a lot of falsehoods are presented as facts and when I see the number of downvotes on these threads it's simply because either people have an anti-Welsh agenda or just are plain ignorant of the facts and not realise how an important subject the language issue is.
Re: The welsh lobby
"The Welsh lobby generally make more noise than their actual size suggests."
A lot of people simply don't realise that in some parts of Wales, the Llŷn Peninsula for example, not only is the first language Welsh but a good proportion of people on Pen Llŷn have difficulties speaking English.
We have many friends on the peninsula and it's often easier for us to try to converse in Welsh than it is to have a conversation in English because after the third sentence it's back to Welsh anyway.
Sadly a lot of people who visit Wales only look at Cardiff, the South East and visit the English speaking sections. Get off the main roads and into the countryside and you will find that most of the locals speak Welsh first and foremost and, as I have said, have difficulty in speaking English.
I am not knocking those who don't understand this because, quite simply, it's never been brought to their attention. As for these figures about fewer and fewer speaking Welsh there's a lot of suspicion about these numbers but anecdotal evidence is that more are actually speaking Welsh than before For example, there are schools in the South of Wales which are now being built for Welsh speakers and ten years ago this would have been unheard of.
The Welsh language is not a tourist attraction, is certainly not dying but is a real and significan part of the way of life here in Wales and despite these 'facts and figures' issued from HMG (the same body which tried to forceable stamp it out within living memory) is strong and, more important, a core component of the Welsh culture.
And, at the and of the day, if we can stuff written in make believe languages such as Esperanto and Klingon (for Goodness' sake) and in languages from other parts of the globe then why not languages from these islands?
Re: If I get this letter through I will stop paying my TV Licence
"You only need a licence for live TV. So what you suggest would mean no licence needed... until you start watching the live streams on bbc.coo.uk or wherever."
For the moment. They're already looking to close this little loophole.
Re: Upgraded to XP here
Thanks for the reply. However, it's not only only SQL Servers 2005 and upwards.
For example, I have a little VBA application which runs in Excel. It creates a linked list and in the run that I hae now the list is about a quarter of a million nodes in length.
I've written the code so that the speed of writing to the list is optimised, i.e. pointers where there should be to get new nodes in the shortest amount of time.
Each node is about 1.5k in size and, as I say, there's about a quarter of a million of them.
Run the same code with the same data on a new W7 machine and the other on a crufty XP box and the timings are interesting -- the XP box is almost exactly three times faster to run up and down the linked lists than the W7 machine.
I use linked lists because the Collection class is far, far too slow to contemplate for serious amounts of data bashing.
I make a pile of five dimensional linked lists and run up and down them all the time in my analysis and guess which machines it runs faster on? Yes, the old XP boxes. On any of my W7 machines it's just too slow to use.
But for most folk who like to look at pictures of internet cats, Skype long lost relatives in far off lands and such then W7 is fine. But if I want to really hammer data day in and day out then W7 just doesn't cut it.
I've got friends in the music business and they can't bear to run their recording studio (no, not mp3 dance 'music' but proper recording) on W7; give them XP and they're happier.
I know of many a developer who have upgraded their machines from W7 to XP simply because XP runs better than W7.
Upgraded to XP here
For a lot of my stuff I found that Windows 7 isn't good enough for my needs.
I produce lots of data on horse racing and it needs about ten to fifteen thousand SQL queries to do a run every evening. If I run it on a new Windows 7 machine then it can take over twice as long as on an XP machine that's got signficantly less RAM and is about six years old.
Doing serious database bashing on a Windows 7 machine is a complete nightmare. But, hey, it looks nice so that's alright then, isn't it?
I'm upgrading more run time machines to XP here from W7. Not only does the code run better, smoother and the runs are more reliable but the network is more robust.
The only reason why I have one W7 machine is that accursed Adbobe Lightroom demands it.
Re: No Laws Broken?
Indeed and that law is now very useful.
Want to pass on a house to your beneficiaries without having to sell it to pay Inheritance Tax? Just sit down with a pack of cards and go on a very bad losing run...
From what I hear...
...is that Java is installed on umpty-thousand million computers and appliances worldwide.
I can live with Java not being on my computer but when I hear about Java being used in my car to program the brakes or that it's running my washing machine; do I have to now worry about people hacking into my laundry to put a red sock into my whites and Mossad hacking into my car's braking system.
And all I want are whiter whites and my car to make a significant difference to road traffic safety.
" As it's unlikely music will ever be widely available as FLAC downloads,"
I buy most of my classical dowmloads as flac files from Presto. Since I have fully functioning ears I refuse to go for the hissy compressed format much beloved of sonically challenged yoof.
But, I go get your point. Give me rock CDs that I can download in flac and I then I will buy more that way, though of course the local independent music shop may suffer slightly as a consequence as I buy and then rip to flac before storing the CD in the attic. Whilst I won't be surprised not to find outputs by the local Welsh language label in flac but it is rather surprising in this day and age to not be allowed, for example, to buy the latest Rush opus in flac.
I have to admit I am struggling here
The other day I bought some replacement bed linen from an online store. The process was painless and the stuff arrived in days.
I fail to understand how biying bed linen in a manner which can be likened to a first person shooter experience can be an improvement.
Would I have to enter the on-line store, hit the deck when another shopper movedsilently by, creep to the bottom of the stairs, find some power ups, shoot the floor assistant in the head, nick his BFG-9000, crab up the stairs, fling a fragmentation grenade towards the Customer Services desk (never a bad option, to be honest) before moving to the haberdshey department and fight off zombies with a chainshow whilst I decided between blue gingham or a Laura Ashley flock?
Re: AV is a malicious Peril
Well, in my world, which appears to be a different version of reality to yours, when someone has an infected machine here they don't care too hoots about the semantics as to whether it's a trojan, a virus or whatever.
It's infected and that's all that matters to them.
Re: cure still worse than the disease?
Or the recent release of Kaspersky...
I remember living in Belgium in the 80s and the only transmission from the Word Service that we could get was almost entirely in German.
There was the American Forces Network and there's no need for me to tell how appalling that was.
Re: Not a big enough discount . .
I have spent the last 30 odd years in IT training idiots not to touch my screens.
"Don't touch my screen"
"Why not? What happens if I do?"
"Your nose will suddenly start to bleed"
Capricorn Some Number
Why has the rock at the centre bottom of the picture have video output ports?
There was a game set in the Traveller universe called 'Snapshot' which was basically combat on a spaceship.
If that wasn't space marines then I am not sure what is.
So I have these large databases and spreadsheets
So, I have a number of Access databases, some are over one Gig in size (and betore anyone shouts - Access is robust for single user and the back up of Access files is simple: XCOPY does the trick).
If I want to work with these in the Cloud then how do I get one GIg up there at my slow upload broadband speeds?
And how do I trust anyone not to peek at my data which belongs to me and my company.
If I had customer lists, contact details and so on, in these Cloudy things; how does the Data Protection Act view this? At the moment my stuff is kept safe here and not on anyone else's machines.
And, more, how do I know that my data is being backed up daily and that I won't have the Feds crawl over my work and files because what I do is not legal in the Land of the Puritan?
The Cloud? It's got to be a joke. When will someone finally see through this Emperor's New Clothes?
"Apple-approved wooden flooring costs on average £30,000, and the standard-issue Apple furniture costs in the region of £70,000."
So, not very green then.
There's a skull and crossbones
...flying over my local high street bookmakers for some reason whilst the reat of the shops either have the Welsh dragon flag or the St David's cross flying.
I find this somwhat strangely comforting.
Re: This is not news
So was I.
But, worryingly I was at an agricultural college in mid-Wales.
I'll get me coat...
Re: So cowell is not...
You wouldn't be able to put protection on it. Like his 'musical' artists' work -- he already owns that.
So, that next Facebork or Worls of Warcraft that you write for the show; he'll already have owned it.
He's not looking for the next Zuckenberg; he's looking for someone to make him the next Zuckenberg.
Female G-spot, as opposed to...?
Not if you are applying for a job at Apple as a Map Engineer.
Re: Why queue?
The reason for queing for concert tickets, as used to be the norm if one wanted to see Genesis at the City Hall in the 70s, was that if you didn't queue overnight you didn't get a ticket.
The same with Sales.that nifty three piece is a one-off at a massively discounted price so one had a better queue.
As for queuing for a mass produced device which will be on sale for years to come, no, I can't help you there.
Er, I wonder...
...how Apple will make the Road Map for this update.
Re: Adobe struggling? Oh goodie!
I can only wish for the day when this is so.
People seem to have made the strange connection that PDF is Adobe, so whilst this goes on then Adobe can charge an extorionate amount on PDF wrters yet a good one costs a few sheckles from a bloke in a shed somewhere.
I only tolerate Adobe because nothing comes close, as far as I am concerned, to Lightroom and Elements.
When someone makes a better (not only in features but in less bloat and more efficient use of memory) then I am stuck with this rotten firm.
They want me to do what?
So I take a pile of photos, say 100 in a day. Each picture is about 20MB in size (as I shoot in RAW).
That's a two gig upload for me to send my daily shoot to the Cloud. And then they want me to manipulate it there over an internet connection?
I live in the wilds of North Wales where the internet speeds are shocking at best. And then there's the matter of the data download which would bust my ISP's cap unless I put the alarm on for three in the morning to edit this lot.
Editing photos in the Lightroom and Elements suite is slow enough as it is unless one has more silicon than Jordan.
Re: Sad thing is, I wouldn't bet on it
I read somewhere that one of these Swiss Check-In Peg-Out clincs have the users click on a button in an Access application which then gives them that special injection.
Re: Oh dear
Isn't there? I know of a good number of families, mostly in the farming communities. not too far from here who can only speak Welsh. And I know a lot more who can speak English only with lots of difficulty. and then about the words in their sentences tend to be Welsh.
Where did you get your information from? Do you know everyone in North Wales?
Re: Airstrip two
Er, come to the Llŷn . A good proportion of the people there are first language Welsh. These are the people who, even if they do speak, read and write English are not confident in doing any financial dealings with anyone other than in their first language.
As you ead down the peninsula and you will find more and more people who can't read nor write English. They may understand English (and there's quite a lot of Welsh who simply don't).
I am not knocking you at all but your post, whch I feel is genuine, reflects the complete misassumption that anyone who is umpreen dozen generations British is automatically a first language English speaker.
Re: Airstrip two
I didn''t know that it was a legal obligation to be a British Subject and also having to speak English.
There are a good number of people who are, for example, Welsh and don't speak English or can't read English.
That is why we have the Language Act so that people can speak the more orginal language of these Isles rather than this late arrival Saxon which everyone East of Offa's Dyke assumes that everyone in the United Kingdom speaks, or at least reads.
Re: Beer can shares
Without the enjoyment of drinking the beer.
Not if it's American beer.
But it may be Music On The Go
If he wants his music on the go, as it were, then he could have done something like I have.
1. Rip everything to .flac format
2. Install AudioGalaxy on home server
3. Have same on client device, be it phone or whatever
4. Drive along the beach at Black Rock Sands listening to your stuff
or, if you're at home
1. Find .flac file
2. Play via foobar
What could be so hard? And since I back up my stuff to external drives as well as other thing then Prodigal Son Of Mine can come out of the woodwork and be intreagued by his late father's fascination for things Rush.
Furthermore, unlike Mr Willis, I don't need to dick about with iTunes nor m'Learned Friends.
I can see that going well
"Hello, Mr Ambassador. Just to let you know that of five minutes ago your building has been declared 'non-embassy status' and in about three seconds our men from Mi5 will be entering your building.
Oh, and don't delete any files or shred any papers , there's a good chap. ?"
Broadband BEGINS at 2 Meg (and it always has).
Not so. I was designing and developing ISDN exchanges in the 1980s and they were considered to be 'broadband' by the telecos and suppliers, so your statement is not quite accurate.