104 posts • joined 13 Nov 2010
Re: 9 to 5
@ Phil O'Sophical
Indeed. Sadly this idea of a company phone has it's drawbacks - like the fuckwit who answered his in the middle of a movie in a theatre, without bothering to leave. Having not even bothered to switch it to silent or vibrate, he then proceeded to have a loud conversation, until I asked him to either shut up, or leave, to which he replied "I'm on call!"
My mind has never been so boggled.
No apologies that he might just have annoyed the shit out of the rest of the patrons who had gone along expecting to see a movie without external commentary.
Even more sadly, none of the staff bothered to intervene to ease other customer's annoyance at said dick-head.
As far as being contacted out of hours. My philosophy was always " I am quite willing to contribute my time in hours of need, but, at the same time, don't push your luck. I have signed a contract with the company for 40 (or whatever) hours per week, and that's all you get unless it suits me, which it quite often did, but just don't expect, as of right, that I will be contactable at will."
Companies are all too keen to insist that we abide by the contract provisions, but I found that some managers really did push their luck. I guess it made them look good to the higher ups - at our expense of course.
Having said that, many is the time that I have been called in when the shit hit the fan, and worked for possibly 24 hours straight (along with the rest of our group) to correct, a serious problem, sometimes even recreating data manually.
Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
Really? What research have you uncovered that suggests that. Or is this just a case of you opening your mouth (figuratively speaking) and spewing any old garbage out into the ether to justify your own personal choice.
Personally, I don't even like the Win 7 Start menu. Mainly because I no longer can find the things I want to use, easily and quickly, as they have renamed some functions or buried them as a sub-task under some other name which doesn't bear any resemblance to what I am looking for and I don't like the concept of pinning stuff to the desktop or taskbar.
Call me old fashioned if you like, but I still use MS Office Toollbar on my old XP laptop as that is the way I have organised my stuff. I have several customised toolbars in there so I can go to the stuff I use most of the time in 2 mouse clicks. And that can be programs or folders or even specific web pages, and having got myself organised I don't really feel inclined to change my organisation just to suit you or Microsoft.
For the rest I resort to the normal program list.
How I organise my computer is surely up to me, not to you, not to MS nor anybody else.
The search facility in Win7 sucks as far as I am concerned. I still prefer the 'right click menu' Search as being far more usable.
I have yet to meet anyone in the real world who actually prefers Metro versus a Start menu, so can I use that fact in saying you are talking crap.
Perhaps you should leave it to other people to voice their own opinions, rather than trying to foist yours on them.
You don't have to like my opinions or agree with them, but perhaps you would be good enough to allow us to have them.
Incidentally, for the record I have been in IT since the early 60's, writing software using Assembler as well as higher level languages, through mainframes and pcs, and all the various guises of Windows. I have never had any problem transitioning from one version to the next until we got to Vista, which fortunately I only had a fleeting look at and disliked at first sight. I am now retired and simply can't be bothered trying to learn something I have no interest in other than a system which works for me.
There used to be a saying that 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' now seemingly replaced by 'change for changes sake.'
@ Ole Juul
Only common usage in the U.S. I wager. I've never heard it used anywhere else.
This may be a naive question, or an easily answered one, but why does a vehicle taking photographs/video of locations in streets need to record wi-fi traffic?
Have I missed a past discussion or explanation?
Re: XP Needs to Die
No, it's a legitimate copy but I just don't fucking NEED most of the stuff you mentioned. So fuck off you patronising bastard!!
Don't let your prejudices get in the way of an actual debate!
Actual cash is supposedly outdated now (by some) but it still hangs around as it it still has it's uses.
You and MS may consider it outdated code, but if it does all that one needs, then it's not actually outdated - is it!!
Re: XP Needs to Die
Indeed! When I started reading your post I was about to tell you (rudely) what I thought of your initial sentence. Fortunately, however, I read it all before ranting! LOL.
So have an upvote!
I have been in IT since the early 60s from mainframe through to pcs.
I have now retired.
Why in hell would I want anything more than XP and Office 2000 at home. It does me nicely for what I want to do and I have no intention of paying MS for product(s) I don't want or need.
I have just bought a new Win7 laptop as I thought my XP one had died, (it hadn't, it was just the screen which is now replaced) so now I am stuck with it.
I grant you that Win7 is probably/possibly a more secure OS and it might even be a lot better, but I hate the UI (and I don't use the term 'hate' lightly) as I can't find anything I want as in their wisdom MS designers have renamed functions, or placed them in places where it was not before.
Fortunately I discovered that I could get an XP type view of the Control Panel, but even with that, I still find there are things I can't find. If you are using it every day for work, that may not be a problem but for just doing emails and the odd letter at home, a likttle bit of photo tweaking and some music, and not a great deal more than that I just don't need it
Not to mention that I have some old programs running under XP which again does what I want them to, so I have no intention of upgrading (at a cost) to newer version which will run (possibly no better either) on WIn 7 or whatever.
I realise that I could use Libre Office or similar, and whilst I have loaded it, there is some functionality in Word and Excel which doesn't exist in Libre Office.
If MS offered ongoing support at a modest fee per year as outlined in the article, I would certainly consider that.
In short I just plain can't be bothered learning new UIs when I don't need 'em to do what I do.
I am investigating the possibility of going to a version of Linux, but I will certainly not be upgrading to more MS stuff. Sadly a lot of my programs don't have a Linux version. On the other hand I believe that one can run XP under Linux in a virtual box, so that may be the way to go.
I am still trying to get Virtual XP to work properly under Win 7. Mostly OK, but it won't see either my network or printer at the moment. The whole exercise is just bloody frustrating, and a huge time waster - especially as I am pretty computer literate.
Whatever happened to the idea of 'it just works'! Maybe I'm dreaming and it never was like that, but I do believe that was the dream we were sold
Have a beer. I am, as I need to cool off now.
So I am videoing a nice vista and accidentally film someone while panning. I would more than likely, not even notice, as I am looking at the view.
So now I'm a potential criminal am I?
This is heading for the same stupidities that happened in English playgrounds where the happy parents are filming their kids on swings, slides etc and they get pinged for filming kiddies.
Paedos and/or stalkers abound and we must be protected!! <sarcasm>
It has to be said....
"The iPod's not been seen for a few days with zookeepers telling the Herald they suspect it's been tossed into the moat surrounding the monkey enclosure."
Obviously another tosser with an iPad.
Re: ...and in other news.... Air NZ profit
"... AIr New Zealand's profit is nothing to do with its performance or being a National carrier. It has everything to do with its asset sales and contraction "
They admit to retrenching 441 staff, but all businesses do that from time to time. I can find no evidence of asset sales, and a lot of evidence that a lot of the profit is due to a 3.2% rise in passenger revenue. I wasn't aware that being a 'national carrier' was part of the discussion in the article, other than one of many of QF's excuses.
If you can post a link to anything contrary to that, I would be most interested.
"There is no way a carrier for a far-flung island like ours can possibly turn a profit,"
I beg to differ. Air New Zealand has made legitimate profits in the past after protection was removed by the implementation of a form of 'open skies' policy. They've had their rough passages as have all airlines in a rapidly changing environment, so again, if you have a link to any evidence for your thinking, kindly post it for our own edification - unless this is just your own opinion!
Well BA was being run by an Aussie (Eddington) a short while ago!! Getting their own back for the Ashes loss, perhaps?
Or just good healthy competition. Infiltrate the opposition and disable them.
Or more realistically, maybe this is the real reason for QANTAS's downfall!
...and in other news....
What's the point of all that fidelity if you're going to listen to Neil Young?
There, fixed it for you.
Re: Fear Uncertainty Doubt
Still using XP Pro. I have no reason for moving as it does all I want and some of the ancient software I use on it will simply not run under Win7 or later.
However I thought it was broken, so finally bit the bullet and bought a new laptop, but with Win 7 definitely not Win8.
Bottom line, while I acknowledge that Win 7 is a far superior OS to XP, I hate it because of the GUI. I can't find anything that I want. I had a way of working still using the old Office Toolbar. I created my own toolbars for various category of program that I use. I.E. Common functions such as Word, Outlook, Excel etc, Music, Video & Photography, System Stuff. I know some people denigrate Office Toolbars but it works for me, and as I have used it for years, I know how to invoke anything I commonly use with a maximum of 2 mouse clicks rather than having to use awful cascading menus to find anything. It means I can keep my desktop uncluttered without the hundreds of icons, or short-cuts to programs etc that WIn 7 appears to force the user to have - or search through the Start menus to try and find it.
Even something simple like the old Control Panel they have messed around with so I can't find stuff - or they have decided to rename the function, or changed the navigation to it.
I thought I would make life a little easier by having Virtual XP installed so I could continue running my old programs, but still can't access my network printer from programs running within VPC. I am probably doing something wrong but so far I have not found anything online to help.
Why can't these bloody things just WORK!!! We hear so many claims that it all does and is intuitive. Most so-called intuitive GUIs I find just NOT. Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy (Getting?)
Now seriously looking at Linux as an alternative, but fear that I may not find equivalent programs to those I use, written for Linux. I might be wrong, I need some more investigative work. Linux Mint sounds promising. I was recommended Ubuntu but although the interface is Windows like, having booted to it, I didn't find it easy to find my way around it, but if I have to do that for a new Win OS I might as well do it with Linux.
Incidentally, my XP machine wasn't broken, just needed a replacement screen, so now I've got 2 laptops, 1 XP which I am still using daily, plus a shiny new Win 7 which is raising my blood pressure.
Re: Anonymised data - why the problem
"So why the concern?"
'If' the data is not intercepted by other agencies, 'if' the data is not able to be processed and identified as outlined by a previous poster, and 'if' that's all that happens to the data, then there is no concern.
Rather big 'ifs' though don't you think?
Also the thin end of the wedge. As we know from past experience, there is ALWAYS scope creep.
Bottom line, while the original scope of these systems is intended to be a 'good thing' it only takes one unscrupulous bastard to use it for their own benefit - power!
Best not to give the bastards the chance.
Oh, but I forgot, it's for our 'own' benefit. It always is. Don't argue.
"The NHS Information Centre (NHS IC) signed an agreement to share pseudonymised Hospital Episodes Statistics data with PA Consulting in November 2011."
Did someone mis-spell sodomised?
What you are suggesting is just downright dangerous.
While most people seem to think that the brake is your safety device, there are times (just occasionally) when your accelerator is the most appropriate safety device, as I have experienced myself on a wet motorway in a borrowed car, when a car (a Porche as it happens) 100 metres in front without warning, turned right into the central armco barrier, then started slowly moving backwards towards the near side, by which time I had no wish to test out my brakes and tyres on a wet motorway so I dropped down a gear and accelerated - hard!
I think I missed him by mere inches but if I had attempted to use my brakes I would have probably have t-boned his driver's door.
Now I have no idea what my top speed might have got to during the manoeuvre but I certainly wouldn't want some clown trying to limit my top speed in those circumstances.
Would you have wanted to use that moment to see if the car you were driving was equipped with ABS?
"f only Americans could play proper football, the chihuahua would be the perfect ball. GOAL!"
....or even rugby. Chihuahuas would be perfect for drop-kicking!!!!
And no joke icon!
"My hair is longer than most women's."
Ah, but the beard might be a dead give away!!
Yeah, and I bet that the catastrophic systems failure will NOT be on the mainframe side of things.
It will be caused by 'modern' systems which have been poorly designed, written and integrated in the first place.
But then, as a now happily (hence the smile icon) retired mainframe programmer (Assembler no less) who has written stuff for the banking industry and airlines with a side sprinkling of COBOL and PL/I, I would say that, wouldn't I.
I wish I could have 2 icons, as my second one would be the beer icon, which would cause the first icon, and which I have more time for these days anyway.
Re: Moral superiority of having less tech
My sincere apologies. I'm sorry if I misconstrued your comments.
Your humour did not manifest itself in your first post. I just took you as being fucking obnoxious and replied in kind.
Perhaps your "enormous intelligence and humble nature" might allow you to confer a modicum of intelligence to those, about whom you know absolutely nothing, who happen to voice an opinion which disagrees with your world view. I think that you are assuming a great deal when you state that "some people" think that using an old phone confers some sort of moral superiority. That's just being rather silly on your part.
Debate is good. Opinions are just that - opinions. Doesn't make them correct.
Enjoy the rest of your life
Re: Moral superiority of having less tech
Re: Moral superiority of having 'more' tech There, fixed it for you.
"I've never understood the vocal minority of commentards on El Reg who think that not having a smartphone provides some kind of tech moral superiority, and the ability to look down on other people."
Funny you should write that, as I was just thinking the exact opposite, that prats like yourself get all sarky and look down your nose at people who are happy to use older technology as it suffices for their uses.
I have toyed with the idea of a smart phone, not because I need one, but because I like the idea of some of the apps, none of them social media apps.
I don't need to be able to get emails from work. I wouldn't bother reading them even if someone sent them so I don't need email access. I also don't need access to emails more than once a day, if that. If someone wants me urgently, they can call and they may even strike lucky and I answer my phone
I still retain and use a Nokia 6310. Great little phone. Makes phone calls and the occasional text. I can make notes and reminders for myself on the calendar, and rarely and painfully have used Opera Mini when trying to locate a moved business. I use the camera and radio/MP3 player when I feel like it as well. I don't bother with podcasts, so no problem with loading them either.
I'm rather glad that I have recently retired as this demand by companies, (or probably specific micro controlling managers) demand you be available 24/7 to my mind is verging on a form of slavery. Paid slavery admittedly, but still that.
So sorry, I have a life outside of work. I believe I signed a contract with you for 40 odd hours a week, and that's ALL you get as of right. Any extras are with my agreement and on my terms. When I was on call for a week at a time, I was available as expected. Other times you took your luck on contacting me.
I can't understand how companies have been able to get away with this. No employee is so important that they need to be contactable any hour of the day or night. If they are then they are compensated for it a hell of a lot more than I am/was.
Enjoy your life of drudgery, slaves!
P.S. I still prefer Win XP GUI over Win 7. The latter may well be a better OS, but I hate the "new, improved" interface. So there!
Fuck off HP!!!!
"Ever thought that perhaps the printers are subsidised by the cost of the consumables?"
So? That's their business proposition is it? That's fine by me, but what they are up to now is NOT fine by me.
I had an excellent HP 1210 All-in-one printer. Worked beautifully. I took it to UK with me. Sadly it broke down, so based on my experience with them I bought another on, this time a wireless one.
Although it prints fine and scans OK, it is the biggest heap of shit I have ever come across. Not only does the software not allow you to change the default page size to something that works in 90% (guess) of the world (A4). Correction, it will allow you to change it, but if you go into one of their other icons(?) to say, print a picture, when you return to 'Ordinary, everyday printing' (who thinks up these things), you have to reset the default to A4. When one complains to HP Service desk (an oxymoron if ever I saw one) they tell you that Letter is the same as A4, and all they will tell you is to reinstall the software - over and over and over. The robots don't read anything that is in your emails, just insisting that they are 'pleased to be of assistance' and to kindly reinstall the software - or switch it off and switch it on again. Doesn't do my blood pressure any good I can tell you.
Not only that, but having returned to New Zealand I find that I can't just go out and buy a cartridge to fit, even an HP cartridge, as I did with my old one one in England. The fuckers have actually regionalised the printers!!! They are getting as bad as the big studios. I can't just buy a cartridge (even proper HP ones) off the shelf as they won't work. Oh no! I've got to waste my time calling HP to have the 'region' changed.
I spent over an hour pissing about with a service desk agent while nothing they suggested worked. In the end they said they would replace the printer, which on the face of it, sounds fine, except they insisted that I had to give my existing (working) printer to the courier. I told 'em that they will get the old printer back when, and only when, I have the new one installed and working properly. Bad grace but they accepted it. What else could they do. I told the courier the same thing. They came back the next day to collect the old one.
As of now HP, I will never buy another HP product ever again. To stoop to regionalising printers so that each country can charge their own price for consumables is despicable. Incidentally, one of their agents admitted that's why it was done. Quote "We have to protect our resellers' unquote.
. Sad really, as it was a damn good printer.
Re: Bad faith all around
Ah, it seems that you don't understand.
This decision has been made by a 'manager'. Managers have been especially trained to make decisions. He must be right.
Whoops! Perhaps I should have posted that anonymously, but still, how could they ever track me d.......
U.S. Government departments REALLY do not like having the piss taken out of their lack of security, do they!
As dssf says, ungrateful lot. Ah, but you didn't follow the rules that we set up for testing - or in this case not bothering to test - obviously!
In fact, having lived in Texas for a for a couple of years and come up against this sort of bureaucratic crap, I have concluded that a prerequisite for anyone working for a U.S. government department is to have had a frontal lobotomy to remove both common sense and any sense of humour (or in their case humor).
The U.K. has an excellent term for these sort of people - jobsworths, where their only qualification is to be able to follow rules.
"carbon dioxide and water"
Urrrggh! Fizzy coffee!!!
Re: Not had Hersheys, then?
Or Cadburys Dairy Milk made in Australia?
Re: "currently living in New Zealand"
"North Island isn't really New Zealand."
I think you are confusing that with Australia!!!!
Well bugger me!
I must have been doing it all wrong for the last 50 odd years.
I have managed to find my way about for most of my driving years `with just a map in the glove-box, and my own memory. Very rarely been lost.
Having said that, I do have a GPS these days, but still remember, that it is just a tool, and that like an out of date map, GPS mapping data is NOT infallible and one must apply a little common sense. to instructions.
Re: A choice of words
"Permanent damage to our planet"
Oh you mean like when the northern Sahara turned to desert, for example?
You mean that happened without man being involved?
And what did man do when that happened? I do believe he just relocated to somewhere less deserty.
To my mind, most of the crap spouted about AGW or just plain old climate change is that we humans have lost our ability to adapt and just move somewhere else where we can live. We expect the earth's climate to go behaving more or less the same predictable way so that our tiny little lives aren't affected too much, and if they are, then, ooohhhh, something must be wrong, we're affecting our planet.
First we have too much carbon being released to the atmosphere, conveniently forgetting that volcanoes spew far more CO2 than man is capable of. Oooh (man's) cows release methane into the air. Tell me, what do you think the vast herds of ruminants which used to roam Africa and North America, just to name two off the top of my head spewed into the atmosphere? Or are our domesticated animals a bit different to the wild herds?
When they come up with gold plated proof (not statistics) to show that we are contributing to , er. something or other to be condemned, I might start to take a little bit more interest.
Re: A choice of words
"A consensus of scientists is worth more than a consensus of popular opinion, politicians, religion, commentards or economists."
Not if they're wrong, they're not.
Re: @cracked - Rights and wrong(s)?
I don't see it as any different to an old fashioned phone call, which, although carried on a public network was, to all intents and purposes, a private conversation unless the forces of law and order applied to a judge/magistrate/court official for a warrant to wire tap, and had to produce evidence to show that there was reasonable cause to do so.
I don't see this as any different on the internet with emails, VoIP calls etc. It should all be private unless a warrant is issued.
Having said that, it is obviously a piece of cake for what is laughably still known as the forces of law and order to grab any or all data or communications that they wish at any time at all.
Re: "cruelling punters"?
Aha, but the punchline, I like immensely.
"Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding." - Calvin & Hobbes
Sadly for some people, it is already an impediment - and that's just standard English, be it the U.S. version or the rest of the world's version(s).
Beer, for no other reason than looking at that tall frosty amber liquid with a beautiful head on top makes me crave one. Off to the fridge!
Oh no! I just noticed "dudding customers" as well.
Is this guy Sharwood REALLY a journalist, or just someone they pulled in off the street to write the story. Or maybe he's just being 'ironic' as well - I hope!
Re: "cruelling punters"?
Ironic? No. Just having a senior moment and not thinking hard enough.
Of COURSE it's bloody 'cue'!
And was I under the impression that our Aussie mates actually spoke a form of English, despite their many euphemisms.
Mind you, we have some weird sayings as well, but I think that this is stretching the bounds of English just a little too far.
Queue some down votes because "I'm just not with it, man".
Damn! "country's workforce'' - of course
While the likes of Dell', Apple and other companies are being taken to task for 'not doing something' about the working conditions, I guess it is good business to buy from the cheapest source.
Surely it is the Chinese government (or wherever this is occurring) that should be taking responsibility for the welfare of their countries workforce. After all, they are supposed to be a Communist country.
I know past Communist countries did not have the highest regard for labour laws, they are the ones who are directly responsible for passing and enforcing them.
Perhaps we should be aiming our condemnation to the various countries' governments to take action for their own workers.
In the end, we may not like it but companies have a duty to shareholders to produce profits for them. I just wish that some of them didn't "price gouge so much.
Re: Ooooh Shiny shiny
I cannot, for the life of me, see what Twitter can offer........ period.
Each to their own, I guess.
Re: @kiwimuso @James Hughes 1
You should have stopped while you were ahead. You gave a reasonable answer in your first 2 paragraphs, then rather spoilt it all on an irrelevant rant toward my question.
It's funny, but I didn't need flashing lights to learn programming - or retain an interest in it. I just had plain old-fashioned curiosity and an old-fashioned decent attention span
You've now given me the answer as to why stereos now come complete with flashing lights in their speaker cabinets.
Not quite sure where pacemakers come into it. Do they have swirly lights as well?
Re: @kiwimuso @James Hughes 1
What an odd reply.
My question is not odd at all to my mind, and was seriously asked.
I have a mobile phone so that I can make and receive calls. I read fiction because I enjoy reading and being entertained. I also have hobbies which actually have a point to them unlike a this which seems to be a board that flashes some LEDs.
Again I ask, to what purpose? Just so you can say "Oooh, look at the flashing lights that I haven't even made myself, but bought from someone else."
While mountain climbing is not my thing, I can see the attraction and point of climbing one. One races cars, presumably to get the thrill of a) speed, or b) the thrill of competition, which of course can also be achieved in other ways and with some more cerebral pursuits such as chess - again not my thing.
I am really struggling to understand why this was worthy of being reported. I can't even find a suitable icon to go with this.
Ummmm. And the purpose for this is........
Serious question. So you need a board which will flash lights. Why?
Re: It is sad though....
Hey, if that means idiot drivers are prevented from texting while they are driving then I, for one, am all for it.
@!Psyx Re: seems reasonable
Kim is basically going to be handing people the tools to commit an offence with and then sticking his fingers in his ears and saying "LALALALA I don't know that you're breaking the law".
Quite. So when is Google cloud service (and other cloud services) being charged then?
Re: In other news @SJRulez
Ah yes, but if they keep doing that, they're bound to get it right - eventually!!!
Re: Better Beer?
Took the words out of my mouth!
OTH I can't really see a lot of point to this sort of stuff. After all, as far as I am concerned, it's the taste that counts, not what DNA structure it may or may not have.
Re: Australians get gouged by everyone!
@gisaber Even better, in OZ & NZ Heineken is also positioned as a 'premium' beer.
In the Netherlands it's just the equivalent of your everyday quaffing beer, like VB or Lion Red.
If you want premium, you either buy Grolsch for local, or better yet, a Belgian beer!
There are other local beers in Holland, but I can't remember them off the top of my head.
Icon is not a premium one, just the nearest one to hand - preferably one which has not had the flavour frozen out of existence.
Re: Free Trade - American styrle
Styrle???? -----> Style!!! Damn spell checker - me!
Free Trade - American styrle
Re: Elephants @Mike Richards
A bit too much reverberation and echo for my taste!
Re: This whole government suffers from Alzheimers.
"Most people I talk to consider the way the whole affair has been handled, from the Americans, via the FBI, the NZ police and GCSB."
Whoops, I appear to have not completed this sentence.
I think I was going to say:
Most people I talk to consider the way the whole affair has been handled, from the Americans, via the FBI, the NZ police and GCSB, to have been poorly handled all round at best, and an over reaction with bullying tactics at worst.
Face palm for not proof reading properly before posting.
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