742 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007
Bill Gates' bottle opener
I imagine he is commissioning a batch right now.
It just needs re-branding
"in an entire tonne of it, just one lonely atom of caesium from Fukushima is decaying each second"
It's not nuclear waste, it's a homeopathic remedy.
Re: Can't see the point myself.
I can sort of see the point. The reasoning is that yes, you can write nice code in pretty much any language - if you are a smart, responsible and capable kind of programmer. But it's a big and nasty world where not all programmers are like that. Some of them approach the job like a kid with a bag of crayons and a freshly painted wall.
So I suppose the thinking is that by providing a nicer, safer environment, you can limit the mess that the less skilled devs can do. Whether this is true, I don't know, but it can't hurt to have a better language - and the fact that it's a superset makes it easier to adopt.
Having said all that, my main worry is whether Microsoft can be trusted with Internet standards yet - they don't have a great track record.
Re: Freaked out ...
This technology must have been out for ages. How else do you explain my inbox being full of baldness cures, weight loss pills and impotence remedies?
Re: The Price of everything, The value of nothing
"Lower the tonearm and listen for that slight crackle as the stylus locates in the groove. That "live" sound of the turntable bearing and then bliss."
- Well to be fair, it was the last music format on which you could skin up.
Re: Condemnation By Extrapolation
I completely agree. These people aren't going to get kids into technology because they don't have any credibility.
My point was that you can't label all techies as misogynists and snobs on the basis of a few YouTube comments. Nor can you entirely blame these factors for keeping people out.
If you really want to get people into engineering then maybe raising the status of the engineering profession would be a good place to start. Perhaps some of our major corporations would find it easier to hire and retain good engineers if they didn't lay swathes of them off every time the share price drops a few points.
Condemnation By Extrapolation
Rory Cellan-Jones says:
"A glance at the comments under a YouTube video of Lottie Dexter's Newsnight interview reveals a murky world of misogyny and coding snobbery"
Well there's a surprise. That's just YouTube for you, what did you expect? Obviously we're not all like that.
It's just stereotyping, lazy journalism.
Re: It can be a grey area ...
"Agreed, support in my mind (if it comes with a product purchase) expires with resale, like a car warranty."
But almost all car warranties nowadays are transferable, even the extended ones.
Corporate PR - that's a good job
They never seem to offshore that, do they?
Re: 2300 light years distance.. just 4 years to change anything from here?
"Of course there is no fixed speed of light thing..but the official science claims such a lie."
That's lucky. You'll be able to pop back in time and not enter that stupid comment.
Re: Showing my age ..
"Does anyone still remember Data Circuit Equipment and Data Terminal Equiment ?"
Sure do Jimmy. You had to figure out whether it was using DSR / DTR or RTS / CTS handshaking, or software handshake with XON / XOFF, Then match up the baud rate. Then how many bits and stop bits. And then the parity. Signal ground and protective ground.
It's a wonder we ever got anything working at all. Young people with their USB cables, don't know they're born.
What about the legend that is IEEE-488 (GPIB)?
That was a man's connector alright. Each one must have weighed 50 or 60 pounds and the connecting cable could have been used to hold up suspension bridges.
You couldn't have one of those on a modern namby-pamby instrument, oh no. You had to build a proper big heavy bastard with transformers and a chunky steel chassis, just to survive the strain from the connections.
All this and you had to measure the data transfer rate with a calendar. Those were the days
Re: BS 546
Quite right. And there should be a special award for BS1363 as "The Most Painful Mains Plug To Step On In Your Socks".
No foreign plug comes close.
Money, as always, is the problem
They desperately needed money, then the lottery cash arrived - and with it came a whole new bunch of people with ideas on how to spend it.
Remember the early lottery ads? "It could be you!" the disembodied voice proclaimed, as a big finger came out of the sky and pointed at random people on the street. I don't really think sacking elderly volunteers was what they had in mind.
Re: its about developers
That's a shame. It sounds like working for IBM is at least as depressing as being one of their customers.
"wonderful gadgets filling our lives"
Should be: "wonderful gadgets filling our landfill sites", no?
Re: Re:Footage is stored for on the cloud for five hours
Five hours, or forever. Depending on whether you've paid the inevitable hackers their fee.
That's a drag. I haven't used it for a while, but last time I was there the only ad was that poxy British Gas one, with some avuncular London geezer droning over Blur's "The Universal".
I was wondering if this new-found advertising revenue might come from having more than just one ad, but apparently not.
Re: @Chris W: .... @Danbo
Well, I think it would be best if I perhaps started off with just the one [argument] and then see how it goes.
@Chris W: Re: .... @Danbo
I think he's referring to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug8nHaelWtc
Never Mind The Bollocks
Here's the Sex Pistol
Convenience over security
Yet another example of manufacturers leaving a handy little back door in there, just in case they might want to run some diagnostics or do an update.
Just like the other story about wireless routers. And no doubt shedloads of other systems we don't know about yet because hackers haven't got round to them.
Encouraging women into STEM?
"During her time at BlackBerry, Key [sic] organised a scholarship scheme to encourage women to study STEM subjects."
This is a very laudable idea and I for one would be very pleased to see more women getting into these subjects. But I can't help wondering what the fuck Ms Keys has got to do with it, seeing as how she made bazillions of dollars in a completely different career altogether.
Nothing will ever top
The Windows 7 "host your own launch party" ads:
Re: This company really is..
"the Osama Bin Laden of the tech world"
I was thinking more like the Norman Wisdom.
Re: Bit sexist really
That's interesting, Since when did "nest" become the collective name for men?
Or is it the collective name only for the rapey ones?
If it's freely available, I might start to use it in conversation: "Coming down the pub? There'll be a nest of us down there". Or "just popping out with the nest".
Not just beautiful, quiet too
Quietness is a lovely thing to have in a computer.
"And what language do you propose we write it in? Hieroglyphs?"
A big fuck-off barcode, which will require the construction of a big fuck-off barcode reader, which will emit a big fuck-off beep when future generations scan the moon.
And then a really big fuck-off "unexpected item in bagging area".
Re: Pfff. Slightly chilly at best.
"My wife can made our living room much colder than that with a single stare if (ok, when) I forget an anniversary. Then I get to stay there and sleep on the sofa. Brrrrr. Parky"
- And then you discover there's another kind of "air tight box".
Speaking of criminal
Kipping in a petrol station while your truckload of nuclear waste is parked outside - that's criminally negligent as well. It's all very well saying the thieves deserve what they get, but they could have dumped the stuff anywhere. And the outcome could have been a lot worse.
A tender subject at the moment, having just gone past the half century myself.
One of my co-workers is celebrating his 29th birthday, and while I was pondering this news I realised with some despondency that my guitar is older than he is.
Business opportunity for Ryanair?
Undercut everyone else - as long as you are OK with your deliveries always being left with a neighbour.
BT has other priorities
It's far too busy throwing money at footballers.
Installing cables and stuff is sooo last-century.
Say what you like about Miley
At least she hasn't unleashed a song quite as bad as her dad's big hit, "Achy Breaky Heart".
Actually, nobody has.
Re: @Ledswinger "Friday afternoon journalism" - was Wrong Art - Chuck's 9th Dan too.
Why stop there? I want Friday afternoon all week long.
I did 1,000 hours work at University
And therefore I am also a genius.
Are they going to change the name in Europe?
Will it be "Euroland"? Or "Pays de Euro"?
And presumably the items will be even smaller, or fewer, or crappier?
That's some battery
An 8 year warranty on a battery - that's impressive. They should go into the laptop business.
"are you expecting people to just sit in their seat and not say a word for 6, 9, 18 hours or however long they are sat there for?"
Not expecting. Just hoping.
I have a non-retina 15" MBP
And crap eyesight.
I get the same experience, but cheaper.
We (the UK) lost yet another technology lead because we've been battered into submission by decades of enviro-loon propaganda.
So now that we've finally decided to build some nuclear reactors as a matter of some urgency, it's likely that much of the tech (and a fair bit of the finance) will have to come from overseas.
It's a shame. We could have been building these for everyone else.
He's got a point
Let's teach kids to pursue an interesting and worthwhile career in something more productive instead.
Something noble that benefits humanity.
Like journalism, perhaps.
[With apologies to El Reg]
No wonder they are desperate
That is one really ugly piscine visage. Looking like that, it's not surprising they have to put some effort in to find a mate.
Was the guy who claimed his tweet ended up on Facebook - but by Ryanair's standards that's close enough.
Re: IBM emits salespersons, Apple emits genius carbon.
I agree, this was the part that made me laugh:
" the most environmentally friendly building of its size we think has ever been built and may ever be built"
This ought to be filed away with "no one will ever need more than 640K" and "why would anyone need a computer in their house" in the list of futuregazing clangers.
Got the same problem in reverse
My missus usually gets up before me. Unfortunately I can never sleep properly afterwards, no matter how quiet she is. Added to which I am a miserable bastard in the morning (and to be fair it doesn't get much better through the day).
Anyway I would love to know who decided to start everything in the morning. Why don't we all relax a bit and start kicking arse after lunch?
Well I don't know much about them, but this summer I happened to be in a shopping mall in North America with some time to kill (actually a lot of time to kill, as my wife and daughters like a bit of shopping).
In this mall I noticed that Microsoft had set up a stall where the public could come and try out their various Surface products. There were 5 Microsoft staff in colourful T shirts manning the stall and on my various passes I clocked how many people were taking interest. The results were roughly:
Pass 1: Two teenage girls talking to one MS staffer, one guy talking to another staffer.
Pass 2: One kid absorbed in a game.
Pass 3: Two more women talking to an MS staffer, but as I passed closer it seemed they were just asking directions.
Not really scientific I know, but at no time were there more interested people than MS staff.
I also walked past the Apple store a couple of times and it looked like bedlam. It even had its own security guy on the door.
So based on this admittedly tiny survey I would say yes, these devices are about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit at the moment.
Re: Fooling with conventions
"the beautiful girl, who has just allowed you to hitch a lift on a hot Summer day, absolutely stinks"
Twenty Gauloises and a bottle of Pernod should mask that, no problem.
Fooling with conventions
"I can only imagine the roads of 1970s France were littered with parked GSes as their drivers frantically flicked through the product manual, trying to find out where they’d relocated the rear-view mirror."
Nah. In 1970s France the only thing you really needed to locate in a car was the cigarette lighter and your passenger's perky nipples*
*I admit my knowledge of this era is informed entirely by late night films on BBC2.
"he royally patronises programmers"
He sure does. All the time. And not just about Unicode.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft