Well done El Reg
I think you have finally surpassed your legendary gratuitous technology-on-the-beach shot.
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Okay, Clarkson, you punched this bloke because you were tired and being a twat: That'll be 30,000 quid and the loss of your co-producer credit for a year.
The problem with that is that 30 grand is not really a punishment for someone like Jezza, who is really very wealthy. I guess that 30K to him is like 300 quid to me. I don't know about you, but if I could wander round my workplace battering people with impunity for 300 quid a time, I'd have to set up a direct debit.
So the BBC didn't really have a choice. Every workplace I know, whether you are a contractor or permie, if you twat someone you are out.
At least they'll be free of the meddling old fuddy-duddy BBC, what with their outdated views on racism and hitting people.
@Ian7 - They're having a go at how some of them have used clearly dubious schemes to avoid tax.
Exactly. The lesson is, if you are ever sitting in a meeting with your accountant and he mentions Gibraltar, the Isle of Man or any of those other haven-y places - it's time to get a new accountant.
Yeah, Uber changes the game a bit by "doing it on a computer", but the fact is they are facing an opposition that has become complacent and indifferent to its customers.
I've been in a few New York yellow cabs and it is a generally miserable experience. The driver doesn't have any real knowledge of the city, so you have to know where you are going. The cabs are small, uncomfortable, usually dog-eared, often dirty and always expensive. The driving style can vary from indifferent to reckless.
Obviously a lot of this is because the driver's resources are focussed on paying back his artificially high costs, but as a customer you don't really care about that. So it's hardly surprising that Uber and the like can come in and do well, because entry barriers are so low.
My boss bought an A1000 shortly after they came out. We took it apart to see what was in it (naturally), and were pleasantly surprised to see the development team's signatures moulded into the underside of the upper case lid.
That was a classy touch.
Speight's intention was for people to laugh AT Alf Garnett, not with him.
Very true. I recall an interview with Warren Mitchell where he expressed his frustration at the number of people who identified with Alf and thought he was in the right.
This is a perennial problem with satirical characters - a lot of people identify with them instead of seeing their flaws. I'm sure you could say the same about Harry Enfield's Loadsamoney, Ricky Gervais' David Brent or Al Murray's Pub Landlord.
That doesn't make the satire any less valid or funny. I was only a kid when Alf Garnett hit the screens but some of those shows were works of comic genius.
Just curious to know what part you don't agree with. That there are other planets outside the solar system? That the universe is about 13 billion years old? The age of the earth?
It's getting pretty hard to make coherent arguments against these things nowadays, so I wonder what part of this you think is not scientific.
At the risk of coming over all Tim Worstall, a bigger market with more competing suppliers should lead to wider choice and lower prices ... right?
I could spend time Googling for a real world example of a technology company being rescued from doom by having its techies dress better.
But somehow I doubt it is worth it.
Some other news sites are reporting that it could be an inside job.
I think this story is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.
I can only assume that you left your PC unattended for a while and a "friend" wrote this as a prank.
I can agree with that. I use Windows and Linux all day at work, but when I get home I have a MacBook.
I have an Android phone because work gives me one, but if it was my own money I would probably buy an iPhone. I don't hate my Android phone though, it's fine.
If people are spending their own money on something that does what they want and makes them happy, what's the problem? That's the beauty of a (mostly) free market, you have choices.
"I suspect that the CPS would prefer to recover the proceeds of the crime rather than impose a custodial sentence.."
Here's a suggestion - how about doing both?
I think it looks like a big running shoe.
"So we're going to ignore the code contributions?"
Well the article is entitled "Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD..." so we are talking about money. Code contributions are lovely of course, but they aren't much use if you can't pay the bills to keep the server running.
Apple's contribution to FreeBSD in 2015 is somewhere between $100 and $249 according to:
https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/sponsors (see "Apple Matching Gifts").
I can't find any mention of Apple contributing financially to OpenBSD.
you do not want to be working on a team made mostly of folks who got into the field for the pay
Have an upvote.
I'd go so far as to say you don't want to be working anywhere that people are only in it for the money, STEM subject or not.
Getting a broken Mi4 fixed in Blighty is going to be a challenge.
Getting insurance for your device may not be straightforward either. I've been shopping around recently for device cover (for my clumsy offspring) and many policies won't cover eBay imports. Worth checking the fine print before you buy.
I doubt that the Chinese are restricting their hackery only to stationary objects.
Give him a biscuit, he'll probably let you.
[The old ones are still good]
They might call it "customer support" - but now I've read this article, I've seen through their ruse.
"One (other) thing that I do not miss at all about the UK is the rampant jealousy and disdain for anyone who's actually done better than you, regardless of how much harder they worked for it."
Yeah, but I'd miss the sense of humour if I moved. Obviously that's less of an issue for some people.
That's why your comment is first. It was probably behind our comments, then cut in front of them at the last moment.
"You print code out?"
- Of course not. But I want to be able to.
I've tried it out a few times and it seems like a reasonable editor, but it doesn't have a print function.
Now I know it's the 21st century, and we are all supposed to be hacking our Next Big Idea together in a trendy Shoreditch coffee bar, but I would have thought that a user might occasionally want to put something on paper.
Call me old fashioned (because I am), but this seems like a strange omission for a text editor.
Are those actually Tech Mahindra employees, or a random group of middle aged Indian people sitting on plastic chairs looking vaguely grumpy?
Perhaps they are shareholders.
Put a bag over his head.
"...the "old farts" who cut their teeth on Computer Science in the mid 80s had to learn a heck of a lot more about the actual iron than the web junkies cranked out today"
If "technocodger" is not yet in El Reg's lexicon, I hereby nominate it for inclusion. It is at least as good as "commentard" and could even be the next "twatdangle".
"IIRC, it has been shown that the ratio of number of suicides to number of employees was about the sameas any other similarly sized large group and therefore a non-story"
I agree, and I've posted about this before. I was in China at the time that story was current, and the press there made exactly that point - Foxconn employs hundreds of thousands of people and in a population that large you will get some problems.
I think Tim's point in the article is a good one. It's easy for us with relatively affluent western lifestyles to look at a foreign electronics factory and find the conditions harsh, but it's all relative. If you've moved from the remote countryside where the roof on your shack always leaks and you can't feed your family, then it might be a step up.
"To me, what he did was just as brave and praiseworthy as signing the Declaration of Independence. He stood up against wrongful practices of his government."
I fully agree. In my opinion, he should not only be getting a pardon, but a Nobel Peace Prize.
"I feel slightly reassured that the person in charge of the bin sniffers isn't easily outwitted by a direct question."
Maybe the questioner had drafted the question on his laptop before the meeting...
Are you implying that they can't win it again this year? Because they'd be top of my list pretty much all the time.
It's not the best advertising slogan, I'll give you that.
Even worse is the possibility that his perception of time has been warped by all the illicit substances, so that he just *thinks* he's working harder.
They are busy downloading all our metadata.
You commute 1 mile each way, at 19mpg? And we wonder why the planet is fucked.
Might as well get the surveillance in early, just in case they find life.
Bringing in new powers to undermine our right to privacy whilst simultaneously disentangling us from that pesky European Human Rights legislation.
I sincerely hope these bastards fail.
"Our toaster lies in the cupboard for over 25 days a month, it is taken out every now and then and plugged in for a couple of minutes to make some toast, before it is packed away in the cupboard again."
I read this several times, but I still don't comprehend. You seem to be living an almost toast-free existence.
"...a willingness to challenge even basic assumptions"
I have worked with Chinese software engineers on a number of occasions and they certainly challenged my basic assumptions.
"...just as Steve envisioned, they empower people all over the world"
Well they empower the ones who can spare £600 or so.
"With the benefit of being designed by the
world's finest engineering teams in Redmond"
"I'm all for the occasional Brazilian plumber dig at the Met..."
Actually the police record on shooting unarmed Brazilian plumbers is impeccable. Electricians, well that's a different story.
I love this bit:
"...admitted that it had experienced “issues” with recruiting staff with skills needed to complete contracted work"
I wonder if they have noticed that firing large numbers of people at regular intervals has a negative effect on one's image as a good employer? It's only a hunch, but I reckon I am onto something here.
Indeed they are.
My favourite is the enigmatic "Wynter". He wears a hat indoors while playing his guitar. You can't get much more hipster than that.
Surrounded by rubbish, toilets backing up, tomorrow's dinner burnt to a crisp.
The next guy to get his guitar out for a David Bowie singalong is going to be wearing it.
I doubt that it's a synonym for "old", given that the median age for Google employees is 29.
"How galling it must be to be an Android ODM and cram in interesting new features, only for punters to flood back to Apple, for doing the same thing it’s always done"
There's a lesson there though. How annoying is it when you have been happily using something without any particular problems, then the manufacturer makes rampant changes to the UI just because fashion, or bling, or differentiation or whatever?
As a customer you would much rather they devoted their efforts to fixing actual bugs, or making your thing play nice with other things, but no. They have to reinvent stuff and you have to learn it all again.
I don't have an iPhone and there are many things I could criticise Apple for - but this isn't one of them.
Absolutely. For a good indication of how impressive this is, look at who has finished *second* in past contests. According Wikipedia, James Clerk Maxwell, J. J. Thomson and Lord Kelvin - to name just three.
"Deckard: You're reading a magazine. You come across a full-page nude photo of a girl.
Rachael: Is this testing whether I'm a replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?"
The film got that a bit wrong. The grumble fans of the 21st century would have said "what's a magazine?"