70 posts • joined 28 Jun 2010
Re: The classic blunders
Don't you mean, don't trust any free online service provider?
I agree that Nesta was shit and the money pitiful but why didn't Andrew Fentem patent his idea?
BT copper replacement
Actually there's a rolling plan to replace all the copper underground for two reasons : fibre has more bandwidth and will hopefully at some point stop the cable being stolen and they've made several million selling the scrap cable over the last few years.
Talking to some openreach engineers, they said the best stuff was from the early days of the GPO as it was really thick but also wrapped in lead (to protect it)!
Oh and to someone else who said about the cost of training - they know how to strip and connect all types of cables, not much use being too specialised.
Re: Do I need to explain
@HereIamJH - Yes they can. What they can't do is stick around longer than a year or so after they've picked up their C level bonus for 'streamlining' the business.
Re: The first hurdle....
As others have said, probably depends on your locale. I'm in the UK and don't know of anyone verifying my degree after the first 5 years I'd passed it. If I was going to make one up and was of a certain age, I'd go for an ex-poly...
Slightly sideways on this topic, as a application support manager I used to look for MSc conversion students; they knew enough tech to ask the right questions but didn't want (or need to be) code monkeys and would generally have better problem solving skills. However that was in the days I could recruit in country.
Re: The chicken and the egg
or fowl coup?
In addition there are journeys from home to the station to get a quicker train...
As to the robo-taxi app, as long as it lets me specify I don't want to share I'll be happy: I prefer my choice of music.
Thinking about the liability angle - I presume, as long as manual controls remain, the occupant would be held responsible for drink driving etc?
easier to test out on an iphone than a macbook?
What's the maximum SSD you could address directly with this?
Rev it up! Lets not bothering to take too many pics on the way out. Perhaps perpendicular to the eclipse this time? Can you imagine a true top down view of the solar system?
its a small step
from zero pay to zero hour contracts. I can't believe the number of people I've meet recently who are on these. Does no one remember the stevedores?
Is this some bastard offspring of Oraclecard, last seen at the end of the eighties?
is all I am saying
installations vs visits
There seems to have been some confusion between new OS installations and people accessing websites :
"we're told the stats were gathered from the logs of some 160m unique web surfers hitting 40,000 websites in the pollster's analytics network: each visitor's browser is expected to reveal some basic information about their computer"
I know one can be used as an approximation of the other but this will contribute to the monthly variation others have already noted. I expect another seasonal factor will be students going home and switching to their favourite fondleslab.
I also doubt that many kiosks access access the websites used in the survey , so don't think they will be showing up in the stats.
Slightly off topic but does anyone remember the Play for Tomorrow series, I think it was on around the time of Blake's 7?
No upvotes from me
'cos when I got here it had reached 42...
Re: The system could identify tubes of crisps and bog roll
Because the label doesn't always face the camera. Do you always recognize objects from their labels?
Last time I went for a walk the postbox didn't have a label on it...
The poszt is required...
Re: Lots of anonymice here
You are confusing a nom de plume with hiding in a crowd.
There is only one Super Fast Jellyfish on this site and you can track what I've posted. I can not tell you from any other Anonymous Coward - and you ain't no Spartacus.
Lots of anonymice here
Is that because they've trolling or are not convinced of their views?
The IR transmitter is why I bought the original Sony Tablet S
Unfortunately it hasn't quite got the range to switch off the tv in the pub...
Not one for the top 10 or even 20 but worth watching if you get a chance.
And as to big ideas I think Inception should be included but it does fall a little bit into the Matrix camp of too much CGI. Given the premises not sure they could be done otherwise?
Re: Hmmm.... When Sci-fi meets Sci-fact the clone of "Clonus Horror"...."The Island"
Hmm, idea good but as you say, the actual film was poor.
Saturn 3, oh yes Farah Fawcett Majors and Kirk Douglas
Re: SF is not just about "big ideas", it only looks that way...
So say we all... Though I think BSG was backing itself into a corner as during the final season.
Re: Good choice..
So more of a horror film than SF? But agree well scary!
Re: a couple more
Saw Time Crimes (Los Chronocrímenes) last night, excellent on the exploration of time loops. Just added Primer to my to watch list
Re: a couple more
Butterfly Effect? You may as well include The Time Travellers Wife...
What's amanfrommars's thoughts
On the Pak throwing things at his home?
Re: Tappity Tappity Foot
Don't remember seeing it down my local arcade?
Re: Early Vector Graphics Cabinet
Version I played was a standard stand up console and was called tail gunner
Re: Ah - the passage of time
Ah battlezone, with the periscope viewsight. However I think tailgunner was the earliest 3d vector game back in '79...
Re: This is an outrage
Not sure, did missile command do it first?
Put Proff Nutt in charge of implementing this and his other suggestions and I'll go along with it...
Re: Nanny can't fix it
Yes but strangely the author of the article is based in San Francisco - I only realised when I noticed the US spelling being used.
That sounds like it was the United Nations of drinks...
Re: >"when exactly was Bilbo rescued from Wargs by Eagles, after all?"
Jon-Tom might disagree about magic vs technology
Re: Nor Crystal Tears
Seem to remember the Thranx had that as well:
There's also a Beebdroid version:
Re: An IT Manager's view
Opex vs Capex
Strike a light!
Re: But why?
Or we could go with cock up rather than cunning...
Perhaps their analytics software wasn't up to scratch? It might explain why they've gone quiet if they've subsequently found a bug in it?
Or do people think only big companies screw up software development?
And they're keeping the IR port yeah!
I had one of these for a few months; I cancelled my speccy order as the delivery date kept being pushed out and could get one of these from a shop in town. Loved the fact it was like a proper computer with decent keyboard and even an output for a monitor.
However the screen display was pretty rubbish and annoying. There just weren't enough games around when it first came out. Sold it and bought a Beeb after 6 months... but agree 6809 ISA was much better than 6502 which I was learning at school.
Can anyone confirm the 6809 was used in the Saab OBC for Ariane 4? I know the Ariane 5 used a MC68020 but that was programmed in Ada
I'll watch but only if...
they get someone else to do the music. maybe Hans Zimmer. I'll buy the blu-ray version of LOTR when I can watch it without the music.
Re: Munich eats and drinks
I'd go to the Augustiner Brauhaus on Landsberger Strasse whenever I was over; been a while though...
Re: Missing footage
There's a bit more coverage of the actual jump rather than the background on the BBC:
Chips in Spaaaaace
Hmm, if the phase state change is caused by heating then any use of this storage in space will need excellent thermal protection (although there's no mention of the temperatures required) otherwise the entire chip could be flipped to 0 or 1, depending on whether its being frozen or baked.
But good stuff for us earth bound folk.
or could come second...
I think the Barclaycard Paytag has been around for a bit longer and isn't limited to fit one type of phone. They even got the Hoff in on the act when it was launched...
I'm really missing an infra-red output: something like this would be brilliant as an all-in one remote and since it only has micro-usb output I can't even attach a dongle to it. Ho-hum, I'll keep looking.
I'd agree the inclusion of an SD slot would have been useful - even if only to download pictures off my camera.
I'm not missing the rear camera (or likely to use the front facing one) - but I suppose it might have been useful for QR codes?