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12 posts • joined 12 May 2010

Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

Robigus
Happy

Splendid

High quality nerdage.

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Capacity planning: How to plan ahead and keep your Oracle database healthy

Robigus

Oracle.

Force money into the server through any available port.

That's how it works isn't it?

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

Robigus
Facepalm

In the Events industry...

"Opportunity" and "Exposure". Two sure-fire words that mean we won't bother continuing the conversation. As I was explaining to a "customer" the other day: this "opportunity for exposure" that you're generously offering me, will cost me over a £1000 to implement, not including the time taken to arrange the event. No, I cannot offer a f*cking discount on diesel costs. If I don't get paid, I don't eat. They, on the other hand, are salaried nicely.

Why should I pay a grand to be branded in your company's livery, spout bullshit and work 20 hour days for a weekend? It's as much as I can do to keep calm. Luckily we now have someone to field calls who's far politer than I. She can detect a time-waster in seconds and hits them immediately with a ball park figure that's a little inflated to see if they're serious. Still interested? Proper quote time. No freebies.

Mr. Dabbs, I empathise.

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Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered

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Pint

Embarassing meeting.

My first job post polyversity was working with Roy Trubshaw. I think it was on my first day he spoke to me about MUD. I hadn't got a clue what he was talking about. My spare time in education seemed to involve booze and general hilarity.

We worked on Powerbuilder and Sybase together.

Eeeeh. Them were days.

Nice guy.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

Robigus
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Some good points, but missed the mark a little.

Startup culture isn't for everyone

I read that as "Strapon culture isn't for everyone"

Friday just got a little better.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Happy

Valuable life lessons wringing it's neck.

T'was as good as I could afford on paper-round money. No Mode 7, but that was no biggy. Solid enough to play tennis with. Really.

It provided a very useful lesson in life. I was writing some code and I'd wrung the neck out the Electron and I'd tried everything I could think of, loads of in-line assembler, turning off the screen updates during processing etc.

I wrote a letter detailing the things I'd tried to "Your Computer" magazine to the agony uncle page; Tim Hartnell I think it was. My letter was subsequently published with my bullet points stripped out of the question and placed as the answer.

If I was to write a letter to my young self it would express the sentiment that "The World is full of bullshitters and people wanting undeserved credit. You'd better get used to dealing with them."*

* I hasten to add that in my experience pretty much everyone is quite nice really.

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Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

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Thumb Up

Keep a 10 year old handy

I had a look and they weren't released. As I stood up and moved away from the kitchen computer, my youngest slipped into the seat and was watching the page and refreshing. He nearly exploded with excitement when it changed within seconds (and nearly went hypo but that's another story). Managed to bag a 16GB as a surprise for wifey - his excitement blew the surprise out of the water though.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review

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Go

Nexus S

After what seemed like an eternity waiting for ICS, I received my Jelly Bean update OTA last night on my Nexus S.

I was already used to it as my Nexus 7 came pre installed with it - at least - it probably did. SWMBO swiped it and I've barely seen it since, and as I haven't been bombarded with "How" and "it's rubbish because" and "stupid thing" and "why doesn't it" etc, I can only assume that Jelly Bean functions well.

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Insulin pump attack prompts call for federal probe

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Medtronic Veo

My son's pump has got a limiter that prevents large boluses of insulin. We've set the level quite low deliberately.

The comms to upload the data through the USB connector needs to be ruddy close (within a few inches) to make a connection, and the connection needs to be initiated from the pump itself. (Don't get me started on the Java applet that "requires Microsoft Windows (TM) and Internet Explorer"). VirtualBox, you were sent by Jupiter Himself.

When his blood glucose goes very low, the pump shuts down to prevent background insulin from going in.

Having met with the manufacturers and had conference calls with their development department and having harangued them at length about my need for a Bluetooth interface, I have a few degrees of scepticism about this article being aimed at their devices.

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What Carthage tells us about Amazon, Fukushima and the cloud

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Salt sowers

I hate to be pedantic, but the whole "Romans sowing salt on the land" after the defeat of the Cartheginians is widely perceived to be untrue, so to make assertions that the Romans actually did so is pushing it a bit.

Still, it made me read a story about cloud computing though - so who's the sucker?

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UK ICT classes killing kids' interest in tech

Robigus
Headmaster

I taught it

In a secondary school.

I went straight from Industry, mainly databases, C++, C# etc.

What I learned, was the the whole of the syllabus can be summarised as "How to teach Microsoft Office".

Other teachers were well-meaning, but mostly clueless. Virtually all types of system/programs were referred to as their MS name (Excel etc.), there was no knowledge of anything else, and to be fair, it just felt pointless learning. You are constrained by the system and the syllabus, and the system says that MS Office is the world.

There was one part of the GCSE course where the kids had to do programming. MS Office to the rescue! Record a macro and watch it create your code for you. We even had videos on loop showing them how to do tasks. They could watch and imitate the clicks. No thought required.

We were preparing students for the monotony of dreary desk jobs.

Summarise the GCSE - open MS Office, press F1 - it's all there.

*Sigh*

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Playboy flashes 3D centerfold

Robigus

Old school

"The extent of airbrushing meant that when we subsequently encountered real women we were surprised to find they had nipples and pubic hair"

Wow! They must've had Photoshop Clockwork Edition.

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