Hmm, time to set-up up my ebay shop - Virtual Boxing gloves!
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Nope. The BBC has a problem.
I'm watching a lot less telly these days. - more internet = less TV.
My inclination to watch telly is satisfied by Ch5's Gotham + Person Of Interest. Nothing on the BBC appeals to me.
As far as 'no adverts' - Balls! Constant promotion of other channels.
If you are going o have a license, you need to make sure the TV providers are competing for the money and delivering programmes that people are watching. The BBC is nothing more than large statist bureaucracy that does entertainment as a side line.
But why does my Powershell take several 10s of second before I can enter a command?
Is powershell meant to be a programming environment, or an interactive one? Powershell seems to be stuck between the two.
I trying to move all my Windows stuff to powershell and I am finding it a PITA. Its powerful, sure but a shell???
Oh and don;t get me started on all the different versions? Did you not learn anything from WinSocks?
They have a big problem don't they.
OK, you can accept that they might not be able to run a 7/24/365 site - not good but ...
But not monitoring your system's and not being aware they are down FFS!!!!!!
Re: So give them the boot - use open source
The lack of floating point and integer accuracy in Excel ought to be enough to get your account time fire never mind moving to Libre Office.
Hmm, people not thinking thru their choices of OS and data format.
Software and data will be around a long time.
Certain implementations of technology will not.
Certain companies that implement that technology will not.
As software and the data use by it becomes more important and more central to an organisation then they need to be asking questions about how long that technology will last - speaking as someone who has to work with an Access 97 DB . . . .
Standards like ODF are very important.
Choosing technology that is not owned/restricted by a single company is important too - ANSI C - good, Java + C# - bad.
I'm sure all those IT bods, in both the private and public sector, have justified their salaries . . .
Glad to see somewhere else has discovered the other uses of the HP microservers.
I bought a second so I could put some wood across and make a shelf.
Growing up in the 80s, I used to look forward to French films on CH4. You were always guaranteed a front frontal of an attractive young starlet.
Pr0n was Babs Windsor in a Carry On in bikini, this was a rare treat, a peek of the promised land.
Not sure why anyone would bother these days, with the interweb and all that.
Dammit. Another weekend of shouting at get_iplayer
Re: more FOSS adoption by Microsoft
I sortof liked WIndow Server 2008R2.
Powershell drives me nuts.
Its like the java of cmdshells.
Loads of differet versions; ever changing libraries.
Powershell is too much, too late.
I've either moved away from Windows for some server work, or found a work-around.
Re: more FOSS adoption by Microsoft
Don't be so down on Linux(Unix) Desktop.
I'm prefering to use XFCE more and more for my day to day tasks.
If various apps could be persuaded to port over to QT I'd be very happy.
Technically, he right. Solaris are very good, efficient, lightweight VM instances.
Virtualbox, VMware etc are just bit-bashing. Sophisticated bit-bashing but still bit-bashing.
Re: zootle Peter Campbell asdf mousepads...
No. There is no such thing as Hardware RAID.
There are a number of different vendors, implementing hardware RAID on their - BIOS, disk controllers etc etc.
When hardware RAID works its great. When it does't its hell! Over the years I've had enough problems with RAID controllers to avoid RAID like the plague. its a 'too simple solution' for a 'too complex problem'.
RAID started off as cheap + dirty and got more complex and expensive over the years.
ZFS + JBOD is very very very good. Its the right solution for the problem.
Look, hard disks are no longer spinning platters of directly addressable blocks. The controller of the average HDD is very complex; there are no directly addressable physical blocks any more.
Re: Failover not necessarily the answer
Hmm, there are other means of failover. Check out Erlang/OTP.
Re: What Arduino did fantastically correct...
'You're not halfway through anything, you haven't even touched the curve yet. '
Balls to that.
I'm a 'seasoned developer' when I get a blinking LED I know I have the following:
1) Working hardware, or at least hardware that works enough for me t bootstrap the rest of the testing/development.
2) A tool chain that builds an image.
3) A working method of getting an image onto the board and running it.
The rest, as the previous poster said, is just software.
Seriously, do not under estimate what a huge milestone blinking a LED is. Just cos your mass produced PC works out of the box does not mean that 100-of, low-volume manufacturing sample/1st release will work.
Clunkier, less stylish and more power hungry than Sinclair's first digital watch.
It is Jonathon. Especially.as the buses into and out of Whitby are seat blocked by free riding OAPs.
Re: Latin, softwre and misunderstanding
The main requirement for starting to learn programming is the ability to think in abstract.
The main requirement for actually doing a non trivial programming (anything more than 200 lines that has existed for more than 6 months) is being able to debug.
Maths and physics are a good grounding. Physics is useful for working out why things catch fire after leaving a machine operating at 80C+ in a non air-conned room.
Maths tends to apart as software becomes more complex. Have a google for Joe Armstrong's 'The State we're in' talk. I'm still waiting for a Mathematician to 'prove'/solve Chess. It should be simple: 8x8 2d grid, 16 pieces.
I had a French teacher (age 11-14) who could not speak French too. I spent 3 years doing 2 hours of French a week. The class consisted of sitting down, reading a bit of the French book, followed by writing down 20 odd words. We then had to spell the words and get them checked by whoever we were sat next to.
She'd been doing the job for 5 years and getting away with it until a bi-lingual kid in my brother's year joined. Says a lot about the school system that she was not sacked on the spot after the Froggy (we did do original nicknames back then) attempted his first (and probably her's) conversation in French.
I've learnt more French watching the odd French skin flick in foriegn hotels then I ever did at school.
A while ago, after listening to loads of BS on a companies fine-tuned econometric model, put together by top Economics PHDs, I asked to for a demo/look. Out trundled an Excel spreadsheet, full of errors.
You may laugh but I was talking to someone a while ago who claimed - and I have no way of verifying the claim, one way or another - that the UK's Treasury and BoE were pretty much the same.
Still, they do wear a suit and sound cleverer than me.
So after demostrating macro-economists are not good at economic modelling
They've now gone on and proven they are no good at programming either.
And so the struggle for something an economist can gainfully do, with a modicum of success, goes on.
Re: Development Tools for the next quarter century...?
Horses for courses. There is no easy decision for a target platform esp. when you are dealing with a very unusual environment - the city is one of the places that is willing to throw money at short-lived, proprietary software. MS is no longer the 'easy-money bet'
I've taken the safe option: standard (not MS), C++11 + python to get the mix of slow to develop, fast to run (C++) with fast to develop, slow to run (python). And Boost C++.
GUI-wise its less clear cut. I'm targeting a mix of HTML/webserver (for forms and client/server) and QT4 for singing + dancing, point-click graphics stuff.
Then after recruiting the muddlement they'll find that they need western engineers to sort out the muddlement's mess.
Why doesn't everyone in the West swap places with everyone in the East? That way we'd do the work that they were meant to be doing and they can have our bust public sector debts. Win-win.
I've just bought this. It better be good.
Hmm, not a bad idea
Maybe an R18 special starring Rosie Webster.
Virgin cabinet infrastrucure
He's right. Virgin (joined with the jibbering retard that NTL was) do have a lot of cabinet. In the streets adjoining my street there's a lot of it spread around, on the floor, in the buses etc.
NTL/Virgin have specced the lowest grade metal and hinges possible. I helped some kind sole (who foolishly gave his credit card number years ago - he told me) gaffer tape the front panel to the box - he did not want to lose his phone, tv and internet when the pubs kicked out and someone tried to tip their chow mein into the cable distribution.