293 posts • joined Saturday 3rd April 2010 07:25 GMT
I found it amusing/worrying when I went through half a dozen x-rays/metal detectors both ways on my last trip and they still couldn't find the screwdriver with the five inch shaft in my carry on bag.
If all good things come have to come to an end then you may have a case to get rid of one's doctor and dentist. After all, a happy and pain free existance is a Good Thing, right? Mind you, we may have stumbled on a central tenet of UK Gov's Natonal Health agenda here.
No, Good Things need not come to an end. On the contrary, Good Things need to comtnue and Bad Things need to come to an end.
This could be the Get Out that Miscrosoft are looking for. They can now argue that XP 'support' is going to continue because of the request of the Chinese Government and that they will, after all, offer a small subscription service.
They get to keep face, we get to keep a Good Thing and everyone is happy..
Re: Statistics, Damn Statistics and That Graph
The log chart would show the proportional drop from 2011 for what it really is.
One can change all sorts with a chart by not starting from zero, by using linear or logaritmic and so on. As a rule if I am doing stuff like this and there's no negative values then a logarithmic chart is usually what I reach for.
There are plenty of 'pieces of sporting equipment' that make good weapons
My rugby kit which hadn't been washed since the start of the seaon made for a good biological weapon at the airport security station returning back from the end of season tour.
I , in all fairness, did warn the security guardette not to go into my kitbag but would she listen?
Statistics, Damn Statistics and That Graph
There is a clear downward trend on that graph and there's only one way to interpret that; that the sales are diminishing.
Secondly that chart is drawn on a linear vertical scale; draw it as it should be, on a logarithmic scale, and the decline, in percentage terms, is more pronounced.
What's the encore; spin on the US National Debt. I can't wait for this one?
Out of the question
I should say. I live in Wales.
"Your work has helped establish a digital culture at the heart of government. That culture, in turn, is transforming how government works and stimulating a new digital economy, improving millions of lives every day," The PM said in a personal letter to Comrade Lane Fox.
If I walk down my local high street looking at the closed down shops and generally faltering local economy how does this of what Cameron speaks translates into real life hereabouts?
Build It And It Will Come
First, can we have a DAB signal here? I would like to try this new technology that everyone is talking of.
Re: first they came for the extremists
Oh, give them a Black & Decker and they will be able. You can almost hear the screams from Room 101 from here...
...this doesn't really work with BYOD, does it, as you'll have beetled off home with the evidence.
Re: Tin-foil hat time...
I don't use Adobe Reader. I use PDF X-Change to read and I have bought bio PDF writer to write.
If only sites would not insist on Flash then I can get rid of that monstrosity as well.
Re: A quieter helicopter?
Well,stop growing stuff that you shouldn't in your attic.
A different field
I a not sure if this qualifies for the Worst Job Description ever, but it did make my chuckle (it was in a newspaper in the Lower East Side, New York, decades ago)
"Blind sculptor seeks volumptious model."
Re: Microsoft is clueless about networking
As a user there are clearly problems with the networking within Windows.
Shares contantly get lost across the network, which may be more of a browsing issue, but it's still under the umbrella or networking. Permissions go walkabout and often never come back.
We've had to bolt on an 'update' to XP machines (for update read frig) so that Windows 7 macbines can see XP machines. If that isn't a bodge then I don't know what one is.
W7 sometimes forgets wehter it's at Home, at Work or in an Internet Cafe. That's perhaps more of something going wrong in the higher client layers but to a user using the network that's still a network issue.
How many times in various incarnations of Windows have we had to use tools to flush the TCP/IP stacks?
It can't be that hard to follow the protocols and to to get them work, can it? If other operating systems can do it then surely Microsoft can.
Since I started this message a Win7 lost a share with an XP development box (i.e. the share is still there but the machine has vanished according to W7) but the reverse from the XP development box to the clueless W7 machine is still rock solid.
Networking is certainly not one of Microsoft's strengths. They almost had it nailed down in the days of XP but even then there was that possibility of it just grinding to a halt. With Windows 7 there seems to be extra layers of cotton wool and confusion.
I vote for the motion that Microsft is clueless about networking.
I would have imagined that a good proportion of the Royal Wedding viewers would have been Daily Mail readers.
As per title...
Re: To paraphrase
Well... a condom does Embrace, Extend and Extinguish doesn't it ?
What? it gives the lady a cuddle afterwards?
Re: And what about people with hearing aids?
An excellent post.
Re: And what about people with hearing aids?
To be honest I am utterly intolerant towards those with umbrellas. In rural parts they are plain silly and a hat would do better. In urban areas they are an inconsideration towards others and, again, a hat would be better.
And, yes, I have had 'discussions' in the past with those in cities, particularies knobs with golf umbrellas who take up one fathom of pavement and then stick a pointed part in one's face.
Intolerance towards umbralla users should be tolerated.
Re: Bring in Dogfish Head!
Well, if I were living in America then I would hope that the research into ancient ales would finally create something drinkable.
Re: Datacentre Question
Don't forget the home of the wonderful CCP Games...
Re: Who to truly believe
And 100 years ago + cancer used to be 1 in 1000, now 1 in 2.
If science truly knew the truth, why is science killing more humans more than ever.
Common sense is weak in this one.
Okay, I'll bite. Cancer happens to all of us if we live long enough. A hundred years ago we weren't living as long and neiher was it as detectable as it is now. A hundred years ago, as we were about to be queing up to be slaughted in the trenches, when someone died it was perhaps due to malnutrician, TB, industrial accident or an ealer old age. No-one would bother to cut open Old Man Higgings to find he had cancer.
Using this statistic is like saying "Air bags in cars causes more broken legs than before".
I think that you're either Steve Hillage or Eric von Dankein and I claim my five pounds.
Re: Forgot all about that
...always easy to spot the drummers on here, isn't it? :)
Re: useful features
I use FoorBar via a DAC through an USB port (i.e. avoiding the Windows mangling of the sound) and it's simply wonderful.
+1 from me too.
Re: Who to truly believe
I can guarantee you that the "frequency" of Earth differs from the frequency of Mars (or any other planet).
Enlighten me. In terms of Hertz, what is the frequency of Earth and and how does this compare with the frequency of the other planets?
Re: Who to truly believe
If one "lived" on Mars (or any other planet) the maths would have different outcomes due to the frequency output of that planet.
I think that if this were the case and, say, pi were an integer then the Mars Rover's wheels would have fallen off my now.
Must be rather chilly there....
Re: Nice sales pitch at the end...
I was wondering if I ought to tell my eighty-two year old aunt to start monitoring the IP packets between her and the local WI. After all, that recipe for plum jam may be hijacked and stolen.
Re: Oops. I'm ten years behind
Just trying to create styles in 2007 is painful, in 2010 it's sheer torture.
It's easier to write code in VB which links via COM to the temptate and via home-brewed code and dilog boxes to make the styles there. Only this morning I was trying to edit some tab positions in a style and I was almost driven to tears/drink/typewriters.
In 2007/2010 the ribbon is just chock full of useless styles invented by the cockwombles in the MS Marketing Division which are no use to man nor beast.
As an improvement on earlier versions of Office, 2007/2010 isn't.
Re: Postcode expansion
Alas most of these aren't too intelligent to understand that not everyone is fortunate to live in a propery which doesn't have a number or a street name.
That'll be Bob Shaw's SLOW GLASS then.
I have never been into an Apple store. In fact I have never seen one and I don't even think that the nearest one in this country is less than four hours drive from here. Which is, of course, how it should be.
Anyway, I am curious as to how all this works. If I am walking around the store looking at things and their price tags would I want to have my phone beep and there's a message telling me what I now already know?
After the fitfh or six thing I am looking at and message received wouldn't I get a little tired of this? Or have I missed the point entirely?
Ninety Nine Red Balloons, Floating In The Summer Sky. (Thank you for that timeless classic, Nico!)
I remember the Nina Hagen version of this (the German version was my favourite) but was it really Nico's?
Re: Schmarketing & manipulation of adolescents
You were doing so well until the last paragraph.
Mind you that line with the snot running down his nose was rather good, I have to say.
Re: Schmarketing & manipulation of adolescents
Exactly. I remember the T Rex/Slade thing back in the 70s.
Other moronic assumptions:
- All houses have house numbers or street names.
- That I can find my county in a list of dropdowns which was accurate only up until 1972
- Pigeon holing my job as in Forestry, Accounting, Insurance, etc..
Re: Spot on.
Dcumentation? I remember the old Microsoft C (before the days of Visual Studio) when the documentation came in a box four feet long.
Saddam Hussein was very rich and decided to do just that. He announced that he was no longer going to sell oil in dollars.
Within two months the tanks were moving...
But as an author you would know that under copyright laws extracts of your book can be quoted.
I would imagine it would be more like Amazon's Look Inside but to a lesser extent as, from what I gather, this Look Inside contains more text than an extract would so special permission would have been sought.
So, there you are. A budding author. Your book is up there with a link from Google to your blog along with the tens of thousands of books from other first time novelists. Wouldn't it be good if the public, who found your blog, could find a paragraph or two of your purple prose within the search engine?
This law has been present for as long as I can remember. Somone is finally using it properly. I would imagine there are a lot of authors who wouldn't be happy with this; those would be the ones with a deserved one star rating from me on Amazon who took, under false pretences, money for literature.
Re: I really don’t understand?????
By that I meant that they were no worse than any other country kicking off the first world war. In fact it could be argued that they were dragged into it by The Austria-Hungarian Empire who forced them into it by their multualy protective treaty.
None of the other European countries comes out with any credit.
But this, I fear, is beyond the scope of the topic.
Re: I really don’t understand?????
A good question. But I will try to respond as this is a complex subject of which I understand a little. But I think that the gist is this.
Once upon a time money was used. say gold, as medium of exchange. Now, I remember from my Commerce lessons back in the 70s that money had to be three things to make it useful and therefore 'valuable'. These were scarcity, durability and portability.
It was no use having money made out of leaves (see HHgttG) nor having money too large to cart around and it was no use it falling apart. So gold became the de-facto standard because, essentially, gold is gold is gold. One could have used diamonds, for example, but some diamonds are bigger than others and some are better than others. So we all settled on gold. it could well have been any othe precious metal but it was gold.
Once upon a time the wealth of a nation was how much gold it had. The money in circulation was backed by gold. If you look at a British Five Pound note today it still says "I promise to pay the bearer the sum of five pounds" (or words to that effect) and that is signed by the chief cashier of the Bank of England. This meant that I could wander down to Threadneedle Street and swap my note for some scraps of gold.
And that's how commerce worked. Gold was mined, stord in vaults and notes were used in place of the gold.
Then some bright spark decided that we ought to liberate our money from the gold. Which meant that the countries can print as much money as they like. Now this is where the complete bonkers Magic Money Tree comes into life. If you print more money then you have, er, more money. Of course it becomes that slightly less worth but no-one minds especially if you call it Quantitive Easing and say that it's a Good Thing. But don't look too closely, play the game of musical chairs and hope that no-one points out the Emperor's New Clothes.
Before the second world war, Germany had to pay repairations for the first world war. They were found to be 'to blame' for all. Only in the sense that they lost and, therefore, they were the Bad Guys. As if having a good proportion of its young men killed wasn't enough the Allies punished them with crippling debts that they had to pay.
They had no choice to pay but paying them would mean that the country would go broke. If they paid it all back in installments then the bankrupcy would have been long and painful and would have gone on for decades or more. So what they did was was rather clever; the Weimar Government printed all the Marks it needed and paid off the debt. Of course the Marks were effectively worthless as they were backed by thin air (as in your message) and then hyper-inflation set in as a loaf of bread costs millons of Marks when it cost only thousands yesterday.
Hyper inflation is what happens when one has too much money trying to chase too few goods.
And, as an aside, this is one of the dangers facing the US Treasury. We all know that the US Debt is alarming. However, to pay the bills more money has to be printed which means that the dollar is getting to be less and less valuable. And sooner or later unless the US actually reduces the deficit (I don't mean slowing the increase, I mean making the debt smaller) then some day soon someone is going to say "Oi, these dollars; they're not so valuable now, are they?" and then the US is going to have major problems all because the dollar isn't backed by anything but goodwill (at the end of the day a currency is either backed by an agreed tangiable asset or goodwill). If the dollar is devalued then there's quiestions about the PetroDollar as this is the only thing that's keeping the country afloat -- because of this Magical Money Pump (money comes into the Treasury from the sale of the oil somewhere, it goes around the US and then out again) the dollar is seen to be a strong currency.
But devalue the dollar and the lads from the Middle East may decide to go into another currency and then there's no limit to the potential plunge.
It's not only currencies which are subject to this. We had, not in living memory, the Tulip Bulb Bubble when people decided that tulip bulbs, especially rare ones,. were worth a small fortune. The mayhem and madness of the markets as people wanted to get in on these is much the same... until the music stops and then the market comes to its collective senses and says "I am not buying a tulip bub for the price of a town house" and then the price comes crashing down. All currencies which aren't backed by something, be it gold, good will or the Magic Petroleum Money Pump are liable to this.
BitCoin is not dissimilar in that it's not backed by anything so in that sense it's "worthless" but on the side of the coin (excuse pun) there is only going to be a limited amount of these BitCoins so, in theory, they ought to settle down in value.
What is the value of a BitCoin? Well, if you deal wth stocks at all then you will know that the price of a share is determined by one person thinking he wants to get out, that the share is undervalued, whilst the other party thinks it's undervalued and wants to get in. Value is just one person's peception and when two people have two different opinions on value then we have a market and that is what determines the price.
The same applies to any free markets; what I peceive to be good value I will buy into or go long and what I think is poor value I will sell or go short. If I wished to trade in BitCoin and think that the price will increase, ie the coin is undervalued, then I will buy them. If I think that the whole thing is overvalued, as I do as I believe it to be a bubble, then I will either short or keep away.
And yes, they are writing "IOU 5 Internetz" but I may sell that IOU tomorrow for six to someone else who may think that they can get seven for it.
All I am saying is that scratch down far enough and you'll find thin air which makes economics both interesting and frightening at the same time.
This is my take on it. Cue to downvoters...
Re: XP 2.0?
Any IT department with a clue will be able to workaround them and migrate to XP, the only barrier being cost.
Exactly. (my emphasis)
Re: XP 2.0?
XP 2.0... like W7 then?
Yes, but without the newly introduced features which tend to get in the way. In fact, a good XP2 would be XP with a few of its bugs killed.
Adding new bugs and bits that annoy users is not the way to encourage take-up. If W7 worked as promised then there would be about three XP machines left running in the UK. The fact that there's a strong reluctance to regrade must indicate to someone that there's not a real compelling reason other than scary stories of trolls under the bridge watiting for the unwary who don't have Aero to protect them.
I would be a massive fan of W7 if the following basic conditions were met:
1. It would run as fast as XP
2. XP Compability mode were compatable with, say, XP
3. The networking would be stable and not lose shares, machines or even forget where the machine was
4. That File Explorer would refresh if two, or more, instances were open
The last two, I would have thought, were basic and relatively easy to solve. The second should have been mandatory before W7 left the 'manufacturing plant' and the first point, whilst I can't expect miracles, it ought to come close.
Fix these four things and I will say Goodbye to XP forever.
One will happen. The other will not.
Do you need to guess which?
Re: GM Foods
Is there a need? Won't these plants just die on their arse when challenged by the natural variety in their usual habitat?
Like Japanese Knotweed, American Stink Cabbage, Himalayan Balsam to mention just three?
One of the problems with these invasive plants is that the insects which would normall be expected to devour them haven't yet been imported/designed.
that after the latest PR debacle with Kaspersky borking Windows machines, they've come up with this one to spin some positives.
Re: @Bongo Jo What exactly is the problem here?
Well, I can't "prove" why, but being there and witnessing this many a time I can give evidence.
You there. Moroccon chap. ID now. No, not you dozens of clearly white Europeans, you move on.
The racism of the police in Belgium was horrendous at the time; I don't know what it's like now. We used to have a few of the Rikswacht (the 'red' or state police) drink in our local bar and they made no bones about their attitudes to how they picked on people. Again, can I prove this? No, but I have heard it from them.
It goes further.; run a cafe and soon you'll be asked to pay to enter an offical tourist guide of bars and restaurants that no-one has ever seen. Refuse and you don't get your sticker in the window and then the fun starts. Expect to then be raided frequently by the police and shut down repeatedly for fire hazards until you pay for a sticker in the window and, lo and behold, your care/bar is now safe from fire risk.
Again, I can't prove this but I have first hand evidence of this.
And the police in the UK? My father was a copper in Yorkshire. He left the force after what he had seen within the ranks. I was thinking of coppering as a career until the Miners' Strike. So, kindly don't give me any bollocks as to how good the police anywhere are.
Re: Only one company has any street cred with me..
Thanks for the suggestion. I have got tired of Kaspersky making my machine slow as molasses. It's now gone into the same 'File 13' as did Panda when they brought in their all singing, all dancing, all stopping system.
Off to try Emsosoft on my test machine.
Re: What exactly is the problem here?
As a Belgian you ought to be aware of the problem.
I have lived in Antwerpen and I have seen on a number of occasions the police stop people in the street for no good reason and demand to see their ID card. No ID card? Then off to the police station with you and an immediate fine of (in the 80s) of around 7000 BEF and a night in the cells.
The police were just picking on people in the street for no good reason other than to pick on them.
My ID Card...
...when I lived in Norway* stated that my date of birth was the 32nd of February 2099.
I had no end of fun and games with that. I was often requested to ask for a replacement but I always refused.
*yes, I know they don't have an official ID card, at least not then, but you got an offical bank card with your official Person Number which included the date of birth as above.
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