I can't rid my mind of the image of some hefty Brunhilde riding her bike in horned helmet and armoured bra.
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There's no political motive - Shirley?
I agree. There is a strong whiff of silly-season grandstanding about this report.
Government Digital Service Digital Group
For the government, nothing can be too digital. I keep seeing ads for "Digital Developers"*. If I could get a job like that in the Government Digital Service Digital Group, I could be a Government Digital Service Digital Group Digital Developer.
* As opposed, presumably, to those who code with their toes, or other appendages.
What is?! I'm on a 256 GB SSD and after 2 years only 50GB is actually being used up by data... and yet I'm down to 10GB of free space!
The enduring mystery of disappearing Windows resources! When your workstation's grinding to a halt and you eventually manage to fire up Task Manager to investigate, it tells you that CPU, I/O and memory are all hunky-dory - you're just imagining it.
what seems to be happening in the contract market is that companies are increasingly employing contractors at rates not significantly different from employee rates
I have seen no evidence of this. Contract rates are, of course, more volatile than permanent salaries, and there are always a few comedians hoping to hire a senior contractor with a comprehensive portfolio of skills for school-leaver rates. But in 30 years of contracting I've hardly ever seen a permanent job that pays what a comparable contract job does.
I used to commute between King's Cross and Huntingdon. The route is served by clapped-out trains that must be at least 30 years old. Air is delivered through eyeball vents above the seats, but there are notices telling you to open the windows for more ventilation.
One sweltering evening I had to share a compartment with a moron who insisted that all the windows remain closed "so the air conditioning will work". The air blasting through the vents was obviously about the same temperature as that outside, but he knew better. By the time he alighted the temperature in the compartment must have been well above the 30C.
Moisture resistant chipboard has a green tinge
... and is thus easy to confuse with mouldy non-moisture-resistant chipboard.
The purpose of a "warranty" is usually to attempt to limit the rights of the consumer. The implied warranty when you buy something is at least 12 months*, but I understand there is case law that says it should be three years for things like electronic goods.
For a supplier to refuse to repair something under the terms of the implied warranty, they would have to prove that the purchaser had caused the fault, not just that he'd removed a sticker.
Since the IBM PC architecture is designed to be extensible, anything that limits your ability to extend it, such as a sticker, effectively renders it unfit for purpose.
* In the UK. May be different in less civilised jurisdictions.
Everywhere has a light socket, the light socket supplies power. So building devices into lightbulbs is a good idea.
I don't know about your house, but in mine nearly all the rooms that have light sockets also have power points.
The icon of a triangle surmounted by two circlets is a brilliantly economical representation of pushing something upwards into an orifice. On what kind of page did they see it being used?
As Mage says, the reality is beyond satire.
I don't understand why Time decided to show everyone what the Oculus looks like when you're observing someone using it, instead of an illustration of what the experience of using the Oculus is like.
I guess if you could convey what the experience of using the Oculus is like on a magazine cover it wouldn't be very good VR. And everyone would just buy a copy of Time instead of a headset.
Here in Norway the Army is testing it for use by tank drivers.
So instead of real tanks you have blokes in VR headsets going "Brrrr-mm, brrr-mmm. Pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. Bang!!! You're dead."
If I really didn't want to read stories based on a series of semi-moronic unfunny tweets linked together with the merest hint of snarky journalism I'd know better than to read El Reg.
It's likely that a large part of the licensing and support costs relate to Oracle applications, rather than simply to the database. Databases are pretty much a commodity item these days, corporate systems, less so.
There is no vehicle more practical than a SUV if you need to take along a lot of kit at the same time as being able to transport people out where required.
Except, possibly, an estate car. This Audi looks like it has a lot of load space, but many SUVs have a disappointingly titchy load floor when the seats are up.
this is definitely a more soccer-mom looking affair
I should have thought that the population of mothers who play football would be too small to constitute a worthwhile market.
These spaces ought to be time-limited. After bed-time they should be available for grown-ups to use.
The Net Porn interprets censorship as damage and routes squirms around it.
As time goes by it becomes more and more evident that the people who crave power are the least suited to be granted it. Why would anybody wholly sane want a job that consists mostly of sitting in meetings with fellow blowhards?
2.8" DSDD? 1Mb?
You wur lucky! We 'ad 36" single sided 'alf density disks that wur so 'eavy it took a team of three operators to mount one. T'storage capacity wer nobbut 360kb, and if you forgot to press Ctrl-C you 'ad a BDOS ERR and everybody 'ad to go 'ome for t'rest o' t'day while you rebooted t'system.
@Arnaut: Language barriers are more of a perceived issue for monoglottal Brits.
More of an issue for Brits, maybe, but still an issue. In the USA, an anglophone can consider work in any state without serious linguistic barriers. For a Greek to be similarly mobile in the EZ he'd need a working knowledge of over twenty languages, from at least four different language families. Some businesses may use English as a lingua franca (ha ha), but the vast number of jobs where this isn't possible means that there's a significant language barrier. Why do so many economic migrants end up in camps at Calais? It's more likely because they have enough English to hope to work here than because we have generous welfare provisions (despite what the Daily Mail says - you wouldn't cross a continent just to get slightly higher benefits).
Yes, there are cultural and educational barriers to job mobility in the USA, but these can be discounted because they're constant for all currency unions.
This is an entirely different police force in an entirely different country - or are you going to accuse the English of shooting unarmed black Americans on a weekly basis too?
Calm down. Now re-read my post and you'll see that the only thing I accused anyone of was a certain lack of tact.
The actions of US police forces have no bearing at all on what people living in the UK might expect from a British police force. The actions of a force in Yorkshire, Scotland, or any other part of the UK manifestly do. And despite the efforts of the SNP, Scotland is still part of the UK, not "an entirely different country".
I can't help thinking that it's unfortunate timing for the plod to push a hilarious 999 timewasters story just a week or two after the distinctly less hilarious incident of the Scottish car crash that they couldn't be bothered to attend.
it can stay focused on a dime from a distance of ten or more miles away, we're told. This will enable the drones to pass information ... to ground stations.
So the drone spots coins on the ground, then sends messages back to the ground station telling somebody to go and pick them up. Impressive, but it doesn't sound like much of a revenue stream.
Q: Are you over 18?
There's a hilarious variant on this on BBC iPlayer. If a show contains "strong language" it displays a popup asking if you're old enough to stand it. If you answer "Yes", it displays another popup asking if you want to set up parental controls.
In households with no children this is very annoying. In all other households I can't see it having any effect whatever.
I want to see age restrictions put into place or these websites will face being shut down.
That's going to work well, because of course all porn sites are based in Britain.
The BBC sells Top Gear all over the world, so I imagine the production budget is pretty large (even if it doesn't stretch to hot food). For the same reason, car manufacturers are probably very keen to lend them cars, even for stunts like football that result in several being wrecked, or for driving a Bentley at full speed over a rally course.
Amazon Prime may be the shape of the future, but I should think the audience it delivers is nothing like as large. The resulting show may be rather small potatoes.
Here in the UK, the firearm option is unavailable*, so what are the alternatives, and how legal are they?
An earlier commentard suggested a pressure hose, which sounds like fun, though I expect the range is a bit limited, and you would probably get complaints from anybody who was underneath.
Someone else suggested a defence drone that could drop stuff into the intruder's rotors.
What about electronic counter-measures? I assume traffic to and from the drone is encrypted to prevent hijacking, but would it be possible to disrupt it in some way? The attraction of this is that it would be much harder to trace the drone's "accident" back to you.
* Given the amount of willy-waving associated with firearms, I'm not sorry, though I anticipate a shoal of downvotes for saying so.
No need for copy&paste, at least in Firefox. Highlight any text that's a de facto hyperlink, right click and you can open it in a new tab or window.
I prefer to not have to fight Microsoft to keep my computer from rebooting and annihilating all my open applications
Why does Windows do this? My Linux systems seem to install about two updates per week, and rarely have to reboot. When they do, you have the option to defer the restart. And what's the deal with Windows applications that require you to shut down other running programs before installation, and then demand a reboot afterwards?
It's interesting that this discussion homes in on New York cabs. My impression is that the regime under which London's black cabs are regulated, though imperfect, pretty much achieves what these medallions are supposed to be doing.
Such scarcity as exists is caused by the application of stringent conditions, rather than artificial limitation. The result is a fleet of clean, well-maintained cabs driven by people who know what they're doing (and where they're going).
Regimes under which the price of cab licenses is high, but standards are not, are simply using the law as a source of income. It's similar to the way councils raise money from traffic cameras and parking meters.
Adblock is also available on Firefox for Android.
I can't help thinking that the admen's attempts to outlaw ad-blocking will be every bit as effective as the record industry's attempts to outlaw home copying, and for much the same reasons.
"consumers are more concerning about Facebook and WhatsApp than receiving regular voice calls or SMS messages" [Conradi] said
Sigh. I'm desperately trying to think of a comment that expresses the utter depression induced by this quote, but I can't.
that '640K' quote that's been attributed to Bill has never ever been verified
Whether he said it or not, he evidently believed it, as Microsoft built an operating system that embodied the 640k limit.
There's a similar irony in the new car tax (VED) system. You pay for your car tax online, and you no longer have to display a tax disc. +10 for belated arrival in the 21st century. But if you sell your car you have to apply for a refund of the remaining tax, which is sent as a cheque in the post. -10 for lack of follow-through.
I suspect that the offices of HMRC and DVLA are still like offices used to be half a century ago. For anything to do with paying out money you have to go to a cashier's office where a grumpy old geezer behind a barred window grudgingly writes out cheques using a dip pen.
("CHEQUE PAID IN A BOOTLE PAYMENT OPS" - I bet the cheque would clear quicker if it wasn't in a bottle.)
The first para says Microsoft are "beavering away", but it's not a beaver, either. According to the image filename, it's a gopher (which I think is the same as a prairie dog).
I think it's worth ponting out that the forums of El Reg are much more civilised, intelligent and readable than most other forums I've seen. I don't know whether it's the vigilance of the moderators or the moderation of the commentards, but the result is good.
It's a shame that the comments sections of even quality newspapers seem to be populated by mouth-foaming carpet-biters. I was looking at some book reviews in The Spectator the other day, and it was depressing to see all the personal vituperation in the comments - on book reviews! The trouble is that once a few loonies get established in a forum they attract more loonies and scare off people who have reasonable opinions they'd like to share.
It may be that the upvote/downvote button helps. When I see an opinion I disagree with, I can just click to downvote; so much easier than typing "@X: You are a malignant imbecile and anyone who agrees with you is a drivelling moron."
Isn't a lot of advertising deductible? So the money is going into advertising instead of taxes.
No. Advertising is tax-deductable in exactly the same way as any other cost of sale - materials, manufacturing costs, distribution costs, staff wages and so on. Advertising is a more visible irritant than any of these, but that doesn't alter the fact that it's an essential element.
Like most people, I find it annoying that the roads are full of heavy articulated trucks. But it would be idiotic for me to suggest that companies should distribute everything by canal, or to complain that the money spent on trucking is money diverted from taxes. To suggest that the abolition of advertising would increase tax revenues is equally incorrect.
Read Tim Worstall's recent article debunking the Grauniad's claim that capital allowances are a subsidy for companies for a similar case.
warning - anecdotal evidence and small sample
In my dealings with Far Eastern IT workers I've formed the impression that the proportion of young people who choose IT because it's a good job is higher than it is in the West. Neither group is struggling to put food on the table*, but I suspect that Western schoolchildren get much more "just do whatever makes you happy" career advice. It's not a cultural difference in the kind of work you do, but in the constraints on your original choice. This may also explain differences between European countries.
* I can't help finding this amusing. "I really wanted to be a seamstress, but my family was so poor that I had to stay on at school studying study maths to A level, take a 3-year CS degree, then slave away writing computer programs all day."
Bulbs grow, lamps glow.
So what do lightbulbs do?
Architects who design office buildings invariably seem to delegate design of the toilets to a work-experience intern.
Just about every one I've ever used has four cubicles, four urinals, four handbasins and one or two hand driers. Under light usage this isn't a problem, but you don't have to run a Monte Carlo simulation to see that heavy usage is going to cause the room to fill up with people shaking drips off their fingers and drying their hands on their trousers.
It's even worse when the builders have decided to save money by installing Acme Economy brand hand driers, the sort that burn your hands with a feeble stream of hot air, yet never actually dry them.
I too skimmed through the MS KB article and thought "WTF?". Keeping the O/S, installed programs, and user data separate was a well-established practice back when MS-DOS was launched, but even now it still seems to be tricky and exotic for Microsoft.
On a related topic, can anybody imagine why, when MS eventually decided to implement symlinks, they made it so you need Admin privilege to create them?
When I see a coder wearing shirt and tie, all I think is that he's another modestly skilled type who couldn't cut it in the arena with the talented coders.
When I have to deal with someone in a suit and tie, I find myself instinctively distrusting them on sight.
I see a tie, I assume 'sales rep'.
And you're all wrong. There must be two dozen posts here that claim only casually-dressed techs are any good, you can't trust people in suits, pin-stripes are evil, and so on.
Can't you see that this is exactly the same as the mindset displayed by the HP management, the mindset that is being ridiculed here?
Are there any two more depressing words in the language? Back in the time when everybody had to wear a suit to work, life was simple. You got up in the morning and put on a clean shirt and the suit you didn't wear yesterday. No thought or planning required. Evenings and weekends, you could wear what you damn well wanted.
It's a fallacy to assume that the workplace was smarter as a result. When work clothing is something you only wear for work, and that under duress, you aren't going to take much care over it.
Then some management halfwit decided to "relax the dress code", but lacked the nerve to abolish it. Your evening/weekend gear doesn't fit this description, so you have to acquire an additional wardrobe of the kind of awful clothes that golfers wear. Every morning you have to assess whether your outfit is both casual enough and smart enough.
A company where I recently worked did dress-down Fridays - another stupid idea. But one week in three there would be an email cancelling the dress-down because "we have customers visiting".
Or why not as The Great Engineer himself, Isambard Brunel?
You definitely wouldn't be allowed the cigar.
I believe in Contextual Indexing. I know where something is because I can remember what I last used it for.
Maybe that should be "I would know where something is if I could remember what I last used it for".
Religion is not "bunkus", it is a necessary tool in the construction of a society that is not based on you-got-what-I-want-give-it-or-I-kill-you.
You're reversing cause and effect. Religion, being a human construct, is an expression of innate, or at least culturally ingrained, human motivations.
Furthermore, if religion abolishes you-got-what-I-want-give-it-or-I-kill-you (which is unproven), it does so in order to substitute you-believe-something-different-convert-or-I-kill-you.