"Solar electricity facility sets itself on fire"
And they say that Americans don't understand irony...!
478 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011
And they say that Americans don't understand irony...!
I would aver (and often do) that Verity's limpid prose is the nearest thing to a National Treasure that UK programming possesses, paralleled only by Lucy Kellaway's acerbic views of management incompetence.
Having Googled unsuccessfully, I cannot find whether this name (and thus the generic '---Mc---Face') was an original invention of James Hands, or derives from somewhere else.
"Hands confessed that the proposal was not even new. He suggested it last year in a contest to name a new boat for Condor Ferries operating between Poole and the Channel Islands. The eventual winner in that case was the more sober Liberation."
Does anyone have any knowledge about the origin of the construct?
My oldest USB flash drive is a portly silvery-metal thing with a capacity of 28 MB.
Not even a nominal 32 MB. Can anyone explain this?
> he realizes ex post facto that an apology is needed.
"Ex post facto" was certainly never said by any manager of my acquaintance!
> This version will be "a government-approved Windows 10 image, including Chinese capabilities such as government-selected antivirus software" ...
What irony and western amusement would result if the Chinese government selected McAfee antivirus. (They wouldn't, would they?)
I haven't seen quite so many howls of abuse about slow running, inexplicable problems, unmitigated horror, and so on, over the last couple of years.
Is this because UK banks have stopped recommending/requiring it, or (gasp!) perhaps TR has fixed all its problems? (Compare Microsoft...)
Just clean out the grit from the pothole, do a 3D scan of it, then use a trusty 3D printer to produce an exact-shaped filler in tarmac. Insert in pothole. Job done!
Less than infinity, I would imagine.
[or is it "fewer"?]
@ Bronek Kozicki
> ...a seemingly normal person from marketing...
I think I have identified your misidentification...
> The simple answer is that this was a contract created by civil servants that have never been out working in the real world and as such are clew-less but just write what the contractor wants them to.
I think that's the best bit of creative homonym spelling I've seen for a long time!
Even more impressive is that "clew" is meaningful to sailors.
I hate to quibble, but is the BOFH not closer to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle than to Schrödinger's Cat?
But now I'm not so certain...
> I'd like admin rights stripped from any staff the moment they hand their resignation in.
How would this help? If this is a known policy, then surely a nefarious individual would do all the naughty stuff before handing in their resignation?
(As you said in your first paragraph...)
If we're really doing to nit pick, why not object to "Pilots and first officers don't eat the same pre-flight meals"?
They did object, since each one only got half of the meal...
> MS-DOS had a time resolution of 2 seconds.
Well, the FAT file system certainly did, but not MS-DOS itself.
"A time resolution of two seconds should be enough for anyone..."
The beginning of time for the MS-DOS FAT file system was 1st January 1980.
Which clearly shows something or other...
Some time around MVT 18 on IBM mainframes, a trainee IBM programmer in the new version release team had a brainwave, and thought that he could reduce the size of the 4-byte IEFBR14 program used in JCL as a 'don't-do-very-much program' to just 2 bytes, so as to save 50% of the space it required, and have it run faster, too!
IEFBR14 consists of
SR R15,R15 ; set the return code register to zero
BR R14 ; branch to the return address in register 14
He removed the first instruction, so the contents of R15 were undefined, and could have any value. This caused considerable unhappiness to occur with all jobs.
It is not known whether the programmer's employment with IBM was continued...
> I wonder how you dealt with illiterates in high places.
They have PAs to do menial computing for them, surely.
<anecdote>We once had an IT manager who advertised for a 'Principle Secretary'. We thought this was a brilliant idea, for he had no principles of his own...</anecdote>
Some of the cheaper mice make a clicking sound when their buttons are pressed.
One I encountered recently made a sort of wheezy squeak - bin job...
...some slimy toe rag from HR (who's no doubt taken a break from making some single-income people redundant)...
It would seem that RBS was right about a "major market crash this year".
If only Fred Goodwin's pension was market-dependent....
Nobody commented on this.
I liked it!
> Yes, this used to be called Rapid Application Prototyping / Rapid Appication Development and has been re-invented as Aglie.
As in, "The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men gang aft agley...", by Mr R Burns?
> I literally have over a dozen baby huntsman spiders in my bathroom. I have no idea what to do on account of the fact that I don't want to kill them but they are very skittish and their small size makes them difficult to corral.
So there is a new Australian simile, "like herding baby huntsman spiders", rather than 'cats'?
Of even less use than a solution looking for a problem, and failing, is 2000 words about it.
Congratulations to the author...
Perhaps someone more intelligent than me could explain the technical connection between a piece of spy software and a dodgy security certificate, apart from both being ungood.
It seems that here the author is comparing aardvarks* and anchovies*.
* apologies if either of these has been chosen for the name of a forthcoming release of Ubuntu...
The Boss didn't realise that these were the names of the next two Ubuntu releases?
How in heaven's name did he get his job?
Indeed I did - it wasn't a 'phrase' but a couple of sentences.
The text is seen so often that it could be regarded as 'boiler-plate'...
I wasn't aware that FORTRAN was used to 'code' trite sayings.
At least it isn't in my copy of McCracken...
The "Christmas of Linux"...!
Olde literary joke:
"Dear Diary, Today the Hundred Years War started..."
A troll, apparently with unfettered administrator access to our local newspaper's website comment columns, has regularly posted the following boilerplate for at least a year:
"And when it comes to Gloucester Rugby, what the club really should have done, whilst he graced the Kingsholm turf, was to ensure that Ruƿert Hαrden (our first choice, our most talented and our most complete tight head prop) started as many games for Gloucester as was possible."
Inquiring whether "most complete" means "ungelded" would draw a level of vituperation beyond which I would ever wish to experience...
+1 for quoting from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
There aren't enough references to Early Music in El Reg...
You didn't work for RBS, did you?
Those with a taste for Victorian music hall or for reviews of Anthony and Cleopatra films or plays will undoubtedly be familiar with the above quotation.
Working in Liverpool?
I'm sorry to hear that...
You mean you actually believe all that Steve Gibson says?
He's always struck me* as the coder implementation of Steve Ballmer. lashing out in all directions, somewhat randomly.
(They even have the same forename.)
* pun was accidental!
> Just curious: are you the type of person who asks, "Why do you need 150 Mbps broadband?"
The best answer I've ever heard (it may well have been invented by me) is that
"You need 'superfast' broadband so you can download all the Windows Updates rapidly."
> I would also like to know how they got the licence keys because they are generally not visible after installation. I know that Jelly Bean used to be a method but I am unaware if it still works..
There are several products which can extract Office licence keys, among which Belarc Advisor and Produkey. Ask any BOFH or PFY!
Were any El Reg email addresses found on the Lists of Shame?!
"I'm trying to work out how to get rid of things, like the stupid boxes that are on the right of the start menu."
For each tile, right click, choose Uninstall.
Drag the right-hand vertical line as far to the left as it will go.
> It would have been nice if the speed was in km/h and fuel consumption in litres per 100km, as the normal world is used to.
Can anyone explain why the unit "litres per 100 km" was chosen, rather than the far more logical "kilometres per litre"? There's at least the analogy with "kilometres per hour".
So not just a matter of taking it out of the box, then!
... put an end to all the boyfriend's canoodling!
(Those readers under fifty, look it up!)
> When nobody's around, stick a bag of post-mix concrete in the hole. ...
> Phone the council ...
This would appear to work only for a single pothole, since on attempt #2 some suspicion may be engendered in even the most unintelligent member of the local Highways Department.
"Grip Packs — colourful edge protective bands providing a big jump from 2TB to 3TB max capacity."
Are you seriously saying that these bands provide a disk capacity increase?
Or is this merely coincidental?