531 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010
Re: Participating in terrorist activities
Or as my father discovered in the heady days of the early to mid forties, that outside of Communist France they were being blown up to stop the advance of the allied forces.
Re: Who defines terrorist ?
Anyone deliberately and on purpose attacking a civilian non-combatant target by definition is a terrorist.
Goodness, if civilian non-combatants include South American electricians and newspaper vendors then there's plenty of these terrorists afoot.
There's a nought missing
A box of Booje Booje lasts five minutes around the missus. So one box a day can't be seen as unlikely if it were on offer.
That works out at well over two grand a year.
I get a number of book recommendations here, the last being the excellent THE MARTIAN, and equally there's books to be avoided.
This appears to be one of them for which I may be eternally grateful.
Re: Sad state...
Street graffiti goes corporate. So when is the IPO set for? I have a mental image of a street artist surrounded by guys in suits... the lawyer, the PR guy, some staff... he's painting and they're having a meeting.
And in that meeting they're discussing Banky being laid off and the graffiti operations outsourced to India.
Re: Canada calling. Where can I send in my License Fee?
And don't forget all the pointless talent shows that you could ever wish for, cookery programmes galore and lots of cheap programmes encouraging you to sell your heirlooms at knock down prices to some conman in a funny hat and bow tie.
And next to no sport neither.
If you're going that route I would hope a certain T Blair plays some sort of instrument too so I can include him. Air guitar, I think - can't see this man touch anything with real substance..
He has let a few pictures of himself with a Stratocaster be released. No doubt to show that he's cool and one of the people.
No dobut he'll soon claim that he played along with Jimi Hendrix in much the same way he used to watch Milburn play.
Oh, I have thought of another name: Lars Ulrich.
That's the second mistake I have made this morning. I suspect that the wife has put something soft and organic in the coffee machine this morning as my brain synapses aren't firing right.
You're making me waste most of this glofious morning trying to figure who these other nine could be.
Well, after hearing Bryan Adams interviewed on Radio 2 the other week that's perhaps one slot filled and perhaps another with that bloke from the Manics who turned up stoned to the station.
And now it's getting difficult.
So come on, suggestions. I think we have a new game...
I saw the preview and I am afraid that I am going to have to give this a miss. Not because of how it looks but the fact that I am still a gibbering wreck from playing the first Bioshock and there's no way that I am going to cope with this.
Yours hiding behind the sofa watching old Dr Who reruns...
I've jumped the gun and got the Hudl 2 and am right impressed with it.
Yes, Tesco ads on one 'screen' but I can live with that as the screen is far superior to the Nexus 7s here (both MkI and II).
Re: biiig problem...
I'm curious. Why the downvote?
Have I said something erroneous or does the fact that some of my clients aren't using this latest week's Shiny offending someone?
Re: biiig problem...
This then could be the sole reason for me not to upgrade. I do a lot of work with Visual Studio 6 because the Real World still uses it. And ths means that my Firefox downloader can't be later than IE9.
What a mess.
Re: I work for a large company...
HR - those that practice it are barely smart enough to spell it
Shouldn't it be practise ?
Thanks for that; that's gone into the every enlarging HOSTS file.
One for the firewall, methinks.
Re: PAYG wins
One of the reasons why I went PAYG. And if one is really cheesed off then just change the SIM and number and tell your chums your new one and off you go.
Re: So Battleship 2, is it then?
...so, it's not the only way to be sure!
What about the small of the back?
I can imagine going to replace a light bulb... And then find I need Administrator Rights.
It's not uncommon here after a power cut (thank you, Tom Jones -- no not that one) for my wifi to bork and various devices forget what they are connected to and even access points do something silly and it can take a while for me to get the network up and running right. Especially with words of encouragement from the wife who can't get onto Pinterest.
Imagine then all the thermostats, light bulbs, door catches, cat flaps, car engine starters, car engine stoppers and fridges all losing the House Cloud.
Re: Making things simple
I can see this sort of utopian existance where we're all not living in ticky tack houses where we're all living the utopian dream in which technology knows so much about our lives that we don't need to program it and, yet, when we fall out of the routine for any reason then Plans B, C & D spring into action saving our lives.
It won't work like that. What will happen is that we'll be ruled more and more by technology, that we're all living in ticky tack estates and all forced into the same drone like nine to fives in our work hives rather than being liberated by technology.
I'm lucky, I guess. I work for myself at home working the hours that I want for the few customers that I wish to have. If I don't want to work one day then I don't. I find my life so much more liberated and more pleasant than those laden down with devices, wearable hipster beards and all of the other techno-crud purely because I do "get it" and I have chosen not to go with it.
The whole point, we are told time and time again, is that technology is there to make our lves better. Yes, I admit that we can watch better televsion these days and surf the internets without having dial-up but when it comes to being tethered to the technological wheel with phones needed to open the door or turn on the lights and all the other wonderful advances that we're promised I can guarantee one thing and that is we won't find our lives more liberated but things will be more proscribed and restrictive.
This is why I, and I dare say some others, are laughing at all this. And I bring to mind that Philip Dick novel in which Our Man couldn't leave the room because he couldn't pay the door. Or in this case because the House Cloud is down.
The House Cloud? We're going back in time aren't we to when the Romans had their House Gods. Be much the same thing.
Re: Making things simple
When you leave in the morning your car has already warmed up, your heating turns down to frost mode and all the lights adn non essential electrics switch off.
You have a streaming cold. You are shivering, you can't focus and you can't think straight because the brain isn't functioning. Every joint in your body aches and you can barely shuffle around.
You wisely take the day off work and lie in bed listening to the radio with the bedside lamp on. The lamp goes off, the radio goes off the house becomes dark. It's getting colder and colder and you need to get warm.
And then, you hear the car start up...
Re: Making things simple
Do you still get out of your chair to push buttons on your TV and DVD players or do you use a remote control?
When entering a darkened room do you reach for the light switch or a phone?
Re: Making things simple
3) the ability to turn my heating on or off by remote control
Now I would buy into this for sure. You know on those dark, cold wintry days when you realise that the firewood is in the barn and needs chopping and there's none by the side of the fire.
If it could somehow chop the wood, bring it in, sort out the dry kindling and get a good blazing fire going in the stove then I would gladly allow the app on my phone.
It's bad enough having to go to the next town to change the bulb in the kitchen of my ancestor when it pops. Having to deal with the in-house cloud is going to take things to a disfunctional level which only Philip K Dick could dream of.
Which is why the Gap books are so good. One really develops a feeling (mostly of distaste) for everyone.
Moreover it's a sign of a good book when, years later, one can still remember the main characters' names.
Re: The Martian
Thank you for the suggestion you two and Amazon Prime for delivering it tomorrow.
I would love someone to have the guts to make Donaldson's THE GAP SERIES for the small screen.
Assuming, that is, the DVD wouldn't be sold in a plain brown wrapper in the countries where it wouldn't be banned.
Now this explains the state of the seats...
Well, they could go further and shove in stuff like "-ENU" that they use on their server products to really confuse us all.
Whatever they call it, unless it does backward compatability in a backward and compatible manner then I won't touch it.
Re: Not unique
I also thought that the De Koninck brewery in Antwerpen also did this.
So, whilst being thorough in one's investigations and not download the first patch that one comes across could well lead to one being fined.
Sometimes I think that these bodies are all about revenue gathering rather than being there to provide advice and support to those who need it.
Not everyone who hosts a server, this could be anyone on the end of a fixed IP address (and in fact not necessarily that), has the knowledge to understand all this stuff but enough to host their own stuff and threatening them with fines isn't really the way forward.
Re: It's getting worse
No doubt that the editorial team consultated Stephen Fry for technical guidance...
So, it's like Dust 514 but with knobs on?
Re: I didn't believe the SCALE
I can't agree more. I am staggered at how large all this is.
It, however, doesn't seem to have stopped much in the way of global terrorism. Perhaps it really was for national economic gain after all.
Re: Forget the 'WHEEL'...
There was that old quote about the signs of civilsation were along the lines of having a pub, a jail and a racecourse.
I already get offered updates for Microsoft applications, such as Silverlight, that I haven't installed. So, I can only assume it won't be long before I get pestered on Patch Tuesday* with MineCraft updates.
Or perhaps MS can integrate it with SQL Express and then we can have Data Mine Craft additions...
Sorry, it's a slow day and I can't get my head into coding mode at all. Is it Gin and Tonic o'clock yet?
Re: It was fun while it lasted.
I'm just thinking of Eskimo Nell in a coffin...
I can't wait.
Re: BBC content is no longer worth the Licence Fee.
We've got rid of ours years ago. And we don't miss it.
For TV dramas there's always Netflix or even the iPlayer applications of the various channels.
I remember when the digital watch was going to kill the Swiss watch industry back in the 70s. The Swiss moved double-quick and brought out the Swatch and any fears were averted.
I can't see this watch lasting more than a year before it's passed over and we're back to the traditional timepeices, i.e. our mobile phones.
Anyway, if he works for Apple shouldn't he be called Tim iVe?
To be fair I have only heard a few things about it. I haven't got a clue as to what it is, where it is and what it's supposed to do for us.
I am not rubbishing what may be, for all I know, a perfectly good working establishment but it does have a rather trite name.
I have left IT in the City a decade ago and, really, I have no idea what this is all about. So if I haven't a clue then I wouldn't expect many MPs to have a clue neither.
I know that the government is wanting everyone to get into coding because of something on the BBC (again only heresay as I don't have a telly) and if this is some sort of Blue Sky project to get IT moving and people into software development then I think that this is the wrong way to go about it.
If we're having establishments built up on a roundabout or around a roundabout (yes, I must look this up as I have a vision in my head that won't go away of Royston Vasey zoo) then we're going to get a hive of middle managers and HR droids sucking the life out of everything and making everything, as usual, London and Boris-centric.
I would be better if the government arranged with every multinational to ship out to every UK resident who requests it a free full development package from all the major corporations so that we can have a country full of developers living and working all over the country.
Re: uncrackable password
Such as ilovemysheep?
And then the Saes eat them.
Re: I don't see it working
"No, officer. I wasn't playing with myself as I passed by the school entrance. I was merely adjusting the volume on my iPad."
Re: Not WYSIWYG
That is surely the job of the template.
The trouble wth Word is how that it's evolved. Once upon a time it was simple everything worked on normal.dot as the default template. Any global 'templates' (i.e. .dot files loaded in the start-up folder) added code functionality and menu items to the whole Word session.
Then the concept of the document template was added. Here we could put the styles for the document as well as the layout and so on and so forth. Any VBA which was required for the template could go in here and this is where one should have had a Manuscript.dot template for the authors.
The idea by now was for the user to get rid of the normal.dot stuff. In fact, it was never ever a good idea to put any code, styles or formatting in normal.dot as it became something which had to be sacrificed from time to time as it ended up as Microsoft's scratch pad and all sorts of internal bonkersness went on in there.
Problems would then occur with users of MS Word when they didn't use document templates but instead formatted directly on normal.dot and this is then when things started to bork even faster than before. I always trained my clients to have a three layer 'trifle' going on: normal.dot at the bottom, the document template (the .dot file) and then the document at the top.
As someone rightly said above here; putting VBA into documents is the work of the devil. I agree, there should never be any code in any of the .doc files; they should either be in one of the global templates (I used to have dozens running which really made them not templates per se) or in the document template.
Then advance further to today. And we have Themes. This is complete bollocks and baloney; this ought to be in the templates and not in the document and MS have managed to break something that was more or less broken anyway. They've managed to wean a whole generation of uses off something that almost worked onto something that I have been spending (or have spent as I don't touch Word development any more) years on educating users.
But, hey, it's the Microsoft say. It makes things more dumbed down, more shiny and underneath they've really buggered it up.
Back to Scrivener; that works well and it does export to Word. Writing to Word via COM works really well. Well, to an certain degree. Which is why in my code when I write to Word in my nightly document runs (I tend to create at least half a dozen documents a night of over 100 pages of densely formatted text in tables, using tabs and styles) and I have found ways to stop Word exploding.
It isn't for no reason why I have a routine that I call every few paragraphs that I have had to write which I call PreventWordDeath() . The name of it may explain what it does. I've had to as Word is utterly borked in about every department but at least it's got a COM interface, has a good Object Model inside so it does the job. At least if one has struggled with it for decades and knows its many thousands of foibles.
Enough of this. I need a drink. My consultant told me this morning that I need to drink up to six litres of clear fluids a day and one can't get any clearer than gin. So this is me signing off my brain now...
The reason is that it tries to do everything and it doesn't. In the early days, going back to Word 2 (I never saw any earlier incarnations) any changes to the application tended to be bolt ons and updates tended to be lashed on rather than replaced and if one thing didn't work in one release it was mangled in the subsequent releases (remember the disasterous Styles and Numbering which was really borked in Word 7?).
Every update was basically a wrapper around the previous code and the wrapper would try to correct errors of the previous code. And any updates or corrections made to that wrapper would be made in another wrapper.
And so on. The thing became a bloated mess and very few of the fundamental errors or shortfalls were ever properly addressed.
Some were. For example the diseased Styles and Numbering (which used to cause me no end of headaches when working on Word development projects) was only sort-of fixed with the larger law firms in the US all got together and said that they'd move onto another product en-masse if the S&N wasn't sorted.
It was sorted. To some extent but that is what it took for the MS to actually change the faulty code. It was still crap but significantly less crap than before.
Then over the years things just got bigger, more bloated and really didn't offer much more than before. But features had to be added in order to sell new licences. Going back to the stuff from Office 2000 isn't necesassily a bad move. At least I can modify the menu bar with VBA for the application any my templates.
Re: @BongoJoe: Word isn't the best tool for job
Ralph, Skrivener is what I have suggested along with many others here.
edit. I keep spelling it with a 'k' rather than a 'c'. Apologies; it's habit after using Norwegian for many years where 'skrive' means write and I forget to Anglicise the spelling by replacing the second letter.
Word has always been poor for any form of Long Documents. This has been known from the days of Word 2 even though I used to develop for it.
It's good for some stuff, but for manuscripts it's terrible. When I so attempt anything that's going to be an article then I either kick start it in TextPad (still my text editor of choice after all these years) or fire up the excellent Skrivener.
For anything more than a dozen pages, sections, sub-documents and the like then Word isn't the best tool for job. Which is a shame as that is exactly what it should be used for.
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