193 posts • joined Sunday 29th August 2010 11:08 GMT
Database as a service?
Aren't databases already services anyway?
Or do you have to put -aaS on the end of everything these days to make it trendy and marketable
Didn't see the funny side
Of course he didn't, it's an immutable fact that the man has no sense of humour. If you don't believe me, just watch those stupid Seinfeld ads.
Or any clip where he's the butt of somebody's joke.
It's not a 1% success rate, it's a 1% hit rate. How many of the 1% were actually truthful and how many of the 99% who passed were liars?
This is one of the reasons why polygraphs are so insidious, they dress up random noise in the garb of seemingly respectible statistics
This is far from a problem exclusive to the BBC. It's a sad fact that management is happier hearing optimistic lies than unpleasant truths, and will more consistently reward their underlings for the former, whereas the latter can in extreme cases find themselves looking for a new job. It's known as the SNAFU principle.
Nobody wants to be a whistle blower for exactly that reason. The saddest case was the management clusterfuck at NASA/Nordon Thiokol that led to the Challenger disaster.
"flexibly restructure their human resources"
Let me fix that for you. "Get rid of people who haven't done anything wrong"
You didn't even make Java Larry, you picked it off the bones of Sun
In Shangri-La, maybe. Meanwhile in the real world he'll probably get 3 points on his license and a fine.
A man was recently convicted of killing a cyclist due to his negligent driving. He got community service. What's more it wasn't even the first cyclist he'd killed with his shitty driving. And they'll probably hand his license back sooner or later to see if third time's a charm. I'm betting it wont be.
This kind of exploit is sickeningly easy to avoid, yet crops with depressing regularity.
PHP, for example, has several mechanisms to avoid SQL injection (use of the DBMS parameterized/prepared statement mechanisms, input validation and filtering), yet the amount of times I see people asking questions on Stack Overflow where the've obviously followed a tutorial from the PHP 4 days and written stuff like the following just makes me want to quit web development and take up mushroom farming instead.
mysql_query ('INSERT INTO TABLE (column) VALUES (' . $_GET ['field'] . ')');
Doesn't anyone read XKCD?
We can't watch that any more?
Quick! We need to ban everything that has such filth in it!
So I guess we need to burl every copy of Game Of Thrones we can get our hands on. And Clockwork Orange, Last Tango In Paris, Blade Runner...
Fairly obvious what the plan is.
1) Force the ISPs to say their filters are "always on"
2) Wait for complaints from little Timmy's mum when she catches him looking at MILFS Gone Wild
3) Sic the ASA on them
4) Internet censorship by the back door
If you think this is going to knock so much as a penny of your gas bill then you're a bigger idiot than I gave you credit for.
In fact, expect your bills to go up as the gas companies "need to make temporary readjustments to your contribution so we can fund the next generation of sustainable, reliable energy and give you the best possible service in the long run" and fleece us to pay for the infrastructure investment.
None of the money that potentially comes in from this is going to filter down to consumers, and that's assuming that the most optimistic projections are true about there being 50 years of gas that's economically viable to extract down there. According to the earlier comment from our Polish friend that's far from a given.
If you feel sorry for a child rapist and murderer then all I can say is you have a very skewed sense of empathy.
What benefit? HS2 goes nowhere near Manchester.
Sounds like the perfect place to send Brady and Philpot.
The real question is, will it give you super powers? It'd be awesome to have a cool cape and be able to shoot gamma rays from my hands.
Maybe the government just have more important crap to deal with and don't want to enact a law that could only be a vote loser.
Or maybe they've seen that France are pretty much in the process of abandoning similar legislation on the grounds that it never worked anyway.
Re: Is there anything Graphene can't do?
I think they're working on graphene-based processors, so the Crysis one might happen.
According to the (admittedly unreliable tabloid) press, the perpitrator of the atrocity in London was already known to the intelligence agencies. They just didn't take the threat he represented seriously enough.
Aside from being morally bankrupt and the legitimate concerns over powers introduced to fight terrorism being used to hound people who post explicit fanfiction or make racist jokes on Twitter, data mining pretty much everybody's communications would just generate a vast amount of "white noise" which could only make potential threats even harder to detect.
And at the end of the day, there's no amount of snooping that could really protect you from random violent acts perpitrated by a psycho with a meat cleaver under his jacket. But such events are so rare anyway that there's little sense worrying about it.
Were it that easy
I'm sorry, but if fusion was that easy, human beings probably would have discovered it before the nuclear physics had been unearthed. The Victorian age would have been powered by nickel instead of coal.
War on science
I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am getting sick and tired on the war on science being waged by the antiintellectual and religious zealots.
In the UK an advisory panel gave the government fact-based advice on drug policy. Instead of listening, they basically sacked the adviaory panel.
There's ever more pressure on schools to give "equal time to alternative theories on human origin" in science classes (ie force science teachers to fill children's heads with religious propaganda).
In a world where people have walked on another planet and where you can talk to someone in Australia as if they were in the next room this is just utterly increadible to me (in the original meaning of the word, there is no credibility to it).
Scientists have always relied on the idea that the facts are indesputible and will eventually win out against any political or religiously motivited stupidity. I don't think that's really the case. Science needs to start pushing back against this tide of dogma and stupidity.
Re: God is kind of a dick
I'm all for free speech.
I'm also all for calling out people for being hate-filled little shits.
One doesn't preclude the other. Quite the opposite in fact. If you have the right to claim God hates $demographic because of $event then I hate the right to say you're a nobend for saying that.
God is kind of a dick
If everything Westboro say about him is true then he needs to grow the fuck up.
No mention of SpaceShipOne?
Didn't SpaceShipOne use some fuel based on burning rubber with Nitrus Oxide? I'd have thought that would get a mention, as it was a pretty novel power plant.
Everyone keeps forgetting GLONASS, which is active and already supported in a few popular handsets (I know iPhone 5s support it, and I'd imagine Samsung would include support in their top end Galaxy phones).
Perhaps the Virgin tech goons should post a question on Stack Overflow about fixing this... wait.
Do a Barrall roll!
Someone had to say it
Re: Never mind Hentai
Never mind the bukkake?
I don't think that's going to work as an album title.
Don't be anal,
Don't be silly,
Show us David's
Is "Customer" the right word to describe a user of IE6? I'd say "victim" is a better fit.
Re: Mac Pro case
Yes, you are being glib.
Java 'pose risk' to biz - report
There, fixed it for you.
Re: We trust computers to fly jets
The computer's easier to drag out of the airport bar and might not have overdosed on prescription amphetamines.
Re: Out of that entire article
Oh yes, the good old days when patents used to be about protecting inventions instead of stating the bloody obvious in such a vague way as to make it possible to sue as many people as possible.
Sad to see we've lost a proper inventor.
Stick a fork in the patent system
I think I just had an aneurysm out of sheer stupidity. There's blood and brain tissue all over my keyboard now.
Can the rest of the world just start ignoring US patents? They're obviously of no worth other than as toilet paper anyway.
So what makes this better than an RTG? Its not like there's a lack of experience with making those things work for a long time, after all the Voyagers are powered by them and I believe Curiosity is packing an RTG too.
Given that some guy has just been sentenced to a paltry 8 years for driving without a licence or insurance, whilst under the influence of alcohol, the wrong way up a motorway, and causing a crash in which some innocent bystander was killed, I was under the impression that dangerous driving wasn't considered to be such a big deal in this country anyway.
Is it just things that are cool that can't be tolerated?
Russia's backslide into dictatorship is a sad thing to see, I still remember the feeling of hope and optimism that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell. To think it was all unfounded is very sad.
But at least we can take something from Russia's example here, it shows the dangers of imposing draconian censorship laws under the tagline "But think of the children!". Those resisting such moves in the West can point to Russia as an example of such a law instead being used to suppress free speech and political discourse.
Re: Easiest gig in the world..
Apple stores don't exist to "maximize profit". They exist to paint the brand in a good light.
Browett was a "bottom line" guy. All he was concerned about was the maximum income from the minimum resource expenditure. He was doing it by cutting back on staff, cutting back on training and even cutting back on cleaning. He was also pushing for the staff to do more upselling (getting punters to buy a case/dock/extended warranty/whatever).
The only end point for such a strategy is a dingy grubby store, understaffed with clueless pushy sales drones who are obsessed with getting you to part 50 quid for a cable you already have and an AppleCare package on your new mouse, while the genius bar staff would only be there to tell you to turn it off and on again, or reinstall the OS.
This should sound awfully familiar to anyone who has ever been inside a Dixons/Currys Digital/Whatever.
The Apple stores are supposed to promote the brand by offering a high standard of customer engagement and care, not to shift cables and AppleCare. Otherwise there would be no point to them.
Re: No shit Sherlock!
I was wondering what that great big illuminated graphic of an apple with a bite out of it over the door was for.
Browett should have brought that extended warranty on his new job after al.
But seriously, are we talking about the same Browett?
A Dixons store couldn't possibly be more different from an Apple store if you tried.
I'm honestly sick of this.
Can we not please just scrap software patents? They were a bad idea when they were introduced, and the clusterfuck that's engulfing the smartphone market demonstrates that it's a worse idea now. That you can patent an oversized icon is just further proof that the whole concept needs to DIAF.
Copyright should be the only IP protection applicable to software, (plus trademarks for associated assets such as logos, characters in games, etc)
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