146 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007
Re: Please stop publishing this Frankfurt School Political Correctness nonsense already
Would you like to tell me what Marx had to do with feminism? I'll answer if for you - nothing. Don't let your anti-left bias get in the way at all will you.
The issue is not that companies should represent the racial/gender breakdown of society but more that it should not discriminate against other groups. Frequently there are articles in the IT press where women who work in IT have been harassed by some anonymous cowards threatening rape etc. If this is the case then who is to say that those anonymous cowards don't work in IT and have discriminated against women in the workplace. Perhaps they have influence in the hiring process.
In regards to "the best staff" if these IT minority groups are being discriminated against how do we know that the white and Asian men are indeed the best staff since the others may not have had a chance to prove themselves. If this is the case does this not mean that I as a white man got my position purely by luck of being the right race/gender/class. Again if companies aren't recruiting from across all socio-economic groups then how can they ensure they have the best person for the job.
Obviously this is a theory but unless companies investigate their own hiring process it is no more a wild theory than sticking your head in the sand and saying everything is fine.
The article implies that references can only be added by means of nuget packages but VS 14 allows the same variety of references that existed before (GAC, COM and Browse etc).
As for the licensing, when I originally got a 3 year MSDN license the agreement was that it entitled me to use the software after the license period had expired as long as I finished the 3 year period. Now I'm on the 4th year (new agreement etc) Visual Studio 2013 told me that I needed a new license key. That implies that the software would have stopped working had I not extended the MSDN license.
Coming from a man who bought Myspace
So they expect foreign companies that run the websites to apply for some kind of license. And what kind of penalties do they expect to be levied on foreign businesses that don't comply? All they'll do is block IP address ranges.
I'd prefer them to be fired into the sun instead
With all that power
You'd need a Shunyata Alpha Digital Power Cable to do it justice.
Run by Troy Hunt who is a security researcher
Re: bring back the crusades
Um it didn't work out well for the Christians last time did it?
Re: Ignore them...
Easier said than done if your child was murdered
Then the "child" Thundercats
DotNet legacy - really?
Same argument that was going around six months ago that conveniently forgets that .Net is still going to be around for Workflow/Web technologies which is the core part of the platform. Anyway even if .Net died a death do you think it really would be too difficult to jump to Java? Most of the interesting ideas for Java get a .Net port so we aren't exactly living in a bubble on the MS stack.
Re: Laws, sausages, vinyl records
Yes they do still make vinyl. Obviously vinyl has its limits but I think we all know that CDs aren't indestructible - vinyl from the 80s was notoriously bad (with some exceptions) because they skimped on the thickness which made the record warp easily. Although sales of vinyl did increase during the dance music boom it has dropped off again, although quite a few classic rock albums have been re-issued on quality vinyl.
Unless the record company is being extremely lazy they aren't taken from a CD. Once the album is mastered it has post production for the CDs - volume levelling etc but that is more of a symptom of modern music i.e. a lack of dynamics. The vinyl of Pink Floyd's Pulse album definitely did have different mastering to the CD since it was delayed to long after the CD was released.
Much of the problem is down to record companies being greedy and outputting lowest common denominator music.
No objection to simple languages here
As far as I'm concerned the simpler the language the better. After all we are talking about GCSE not university and it doesn't define what languages that those who choose this profession will move onto.
Limiting the choices to a few languages makes it more likely that the teachers would be able to grade the work. Those that have already interested in programming won't be put off by having to do VB for example. The more time that can be spent learning the basics rather than having to know a language specific syntax.
With linguistics we weren't even given a choice at GCSE - French/German for the top stream, German for the middle stream, and Italian for the bottom stream.
Re: Irrelevant you say?
Surely if the leak threatened the lives of the informers they would already be dead? The information is already out there and releasing the information to a military trial is effectively closed door so wouldn't go any further.
Re: Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines
Would you rather MS didn't fix the flaws then? Damned if you do, damned if you don't
Re: @ A 31
I'm afraid you are both wrong. There are much better roasters here in the UK that wipe the floor with the supermarket bought varieties (Has Bean, Monmouth, Square Mile etc). A Gaggia Classic is a much better machine although it takes a while to learn, and can be tweaked. If you want to just press a button that is fair enough, but it won't give you the best coffee. The Gaggia can use those tubs but its a waste of aluminium. Then there is the Aeropress for £20 ish which you'll have to spend a lot more to beat it.
Only green beans can be kept sealed in the freezer by the way. Roasted beans should just be kept in the sealed container and have a lifespan of 3 months. Grinding your own (or bean to cup) makes a huge difference.
Precisions are not comparable to Macbook Pro (except in price) as the Dell have certified graphics cards for use with CAD etc, dual hard drives and had better CPUs. As far as updates are concerned I haven't updated the graphic drivers since I bought it nearly 2 years ago. The other hardware is stable (like the Pro) so really only Windows updates.
Nothing against the Macbook Pro as it was also in the running, but decided the Dell fitted my needs better despite the bulk and the power hunger.
Except that this isn't an Android bug but a flaw in HTC Sense
Isn't it just Heart FM these days?
Could have made Kevin Smith some more cash
If you think that weighs too much you should try cycling with a Dell Precision M6500 (and power supply) on your back.
RE: Time for a change?
Do you really believe it is a simple matter to write a new OS? When was the last time we saw a genuinely new OS? Both Android and OS X use existing *NIX implementations for the groundwork and the latter has been tweaked constantly for 10 years. Somehow I doubt whether Steve Ballmer would take that approach given his views on FOSS. Supposing it takes 5 years to write a ground-up OS do you really think Apple and Google will be standing still - look at how much catching up they have had to do in the mobile market. Anyway much of the work seems to be moving towards the cloud.
Despite there being reliability and security issues with Windows it remain their principle brand and it takes a brave company to change the name of their cash cow.
That'd be Paul Stanley
I'm hugely confused
If the jihadists wanted to kill us before and they wanted to kill us after the cables were released by wikileaks what exactly has changed?
One small problem
is that we've been cutting down those rain-forests so what we've got left is a wheezing smoker's lung not working on the original capacity
cheap Dell cr*p
You obviously aren't aware of the Dell Precisions then. Sure they look tank-like but they certainly aren't cheap nor crap.
Most proper audiophile magazines push FM because of the crappy bitrates and compression that DAB offers
I've yet to hear a digital setup that sounds like a proper valve amp. And presumably you have to make sure that you put the phone into flight mode in case somebody decides to ring mid gig so you don't get the Nigel Tufnell effect.
oil and gas
Suddenly Scotland has more to offer England than poster originally thought
...that you referred them to Arkle vs Presdram? Might take them a while to figure it out.
RE: 19.5 years...
At which point he will be 80 and living on prison food. Can't see him getting out alive can you?
It sounds perfectly reasonable that these laws will defend people from minority religions - employment etc. However these laws shouldn't be used to defend the religious teaching itself.
If newspapers are forced to print a decent sized retraction if they lose the case, not one that sits in the bottom corner of page 5. If the original article is front page news then the retraction also has to feature on the front page.
The change to the law has to be water-tight so that Carter F*ck et al cannot stop the media from publishing the truth. We have to stop libel tourism as well.
If it means we have to pay top lawyers to find holes in the law then so be it. This has become a national embarrassment.
Because Google earn a lot of money from advertising in Turkey. Now go back to the bridge you've been hiding under.
No real problems for me
Have upgraded one desktop and one server. One issue I've encountered was the version of Tomcat I'd been using was no longer in their repository. No issues at all with the desktop even with Nvidia drivers.
The six month releases are supposed to fit in with the Debian (on which Ubuntu is based) release cycle. There are the options of sticking with the LTS versions of Desktop and Server which are the most stable which are released every 2 years and supported for 3 years (5 for server).
Possibly the only thing that WM has in its favour but now that it is supported by the iPhone it is no longer an advantage with integration with Exchange. As for the WM phones themselves, no matter how much HTC skin the interface there are parts that look like Windows 3.11 with tiny close buttons which means a stylus is a must.
MS are out of the race with Apple and Google tempting application developers. MS will need pull some pretty special tricks out the bag if they wish to claw their way back, but I cannot see that happening.
So its seems that the former coke/scag-heads of Motley Crue were smarter than Morrisey by keeping hold of their back catalogue ha ha
How exactly is this a result for common sense? Surely every XSD is custom XML which means the Patents Office have granted a patent to a troll.
..if that no talent ass clown had spent more time trying to progress then they would have had better sales. Instead they jumped on the nu metal bandwagon.
Electing the police
The more I hear of incidents like this the more I think that police chiefs should be elected despite their protestations.
The reason why web based systems exist is because of deployment costs. Consider how much work it takes to deploy a new version of the application for every single user.
"According to Microsoft, the "facts" show IE 8 beats Firefox 3.0 and Chrome 2.0 in a number of areas and features" - bugs perhaps? I've definitely had IE8 crash on me a few times now which didn't happen in IE7.
You obviously haven't seen the prices that Naim charge for their kit if you think £250 is top end
So a few mac noobs get malware, who cares. Move along nothing to see here
Since my fingerprint reader (MS branded) didn't work on 64bit Vista I'm not inclined to believe them.
But surely you should also provide evidence that it isn't happening?
As for Al Gore, I've no interest in listening to the "do as I say, not as I do" brigade which Prince Charles is a member of.
You also say that the job of a CEO is to make money, but this surely covers cutting costs and since energy is expensive it makes sense to waste less energy.
Hmmm I'm not aware on any kind of Marxist government in this country. Tell us exactly what Marxist policies exist in British politics.
The fact that you quote from Wikipedia means nothing, since you could have easily changed the figures. Hardly surprising from a party who weren't aware of what impact Polish pilots had in WW2 though.
You really should look at the racially pure people in Roger Ballen's photos.
Missing the point
This shouldn't be some pathetic OS debate, but should actually be (as per the article) why haven't the Swiss government asked different organisations to tender bids. They should at least publicised why they chose MS over the alternatives - existing infrastructure etc.
Yes because using Microsoft's patents worked out so well for TomTom didn't it. A company the size of Cisco should know better than to break license agreements.
The Linksys products that used those licenses actually makes it easier for Cisco because the Free Software movement provided firmware upgrades without Cisco having to do it themselves.
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