47 posts • joined 29 Jun 2011
It is a Spider then
Kill it now, before it breeds.
MS don't want you to upgrade to 8.1. They seemed to think 8.0 was perfect.
No, he got started in the record biz by getting a massive handout from his dad.
Re: I was elite then
Generally I settle for Competent
Re: Don't fret
I think an apocalypse is underrated. There are plenty of fun things to do during a doomsday event.
Small ones are more grateful
As an applications manager for an investment manager I deal with vendors and application support daily. I would add
"bulliable". It is important that the customer (me) is able to bully the vendor to do what I want, not what their marketing or sales people want or our competitors using the same product. Particularly around future functionality or fixes. When I say bully I mean persuade or work-with, but in reality it can just revert to bully. This leads to the next point.
"Size". I prefer small-medium size vendors with a maturing product line. Big enough to deliver the services promised with that small business service, but lacking the bureaucracy, slow time to market and impersonal service that large vendors specialise in. And small ones are more grateful.
It reminds me of the good things MS have done.
Re: HR's hidden Agenda
Grrr. For crying out loud. I never claimed for a second I'd passed, I hadn't failed either. All I said stated my PhD was in writing up.
Re: HR's hidden Agenda
The official status of my doctorate at the time was "writing up" as confirmed in writing by my University. To put anything else, including "in progress", would have been deceitful and a misrepresentation of the facts. This was the exact point the HR person struggled to understand.
No one else in the earlier interviews gave a hoot what my PhD was.
Re: HR's hidden Agenda
I once failed to land a role at a "GermanBank" as, after 5 or 6 rounds of interviews, the final HR interviewing robot lady failed to understand that a PhD in "writing up" meant I hadn't failed, it just meant I was still going through the tedium of finishing it (just a half a chapter if I recall) while working. She reported back to the recruitment people that I lied on my CV about having a PhD. My CV claimed nothing of the sort. I thought very seriously about suing.
She called me sick
A short tale. My wife and I used to have a tradition (her idea) of swapping books every now again. I'd end up reading some banal and generic chick-lit or bleeding Potter while I did my best to give her some enjoyable and easy SF. Which she hated. Then I gave her The Wasp Factory to read. She called me sick and we never swap books again. For that alone I thank you Iain.
Poor proof reading is probably why it took me 3 months of rewrites to pass....
Some of my experiments as part of my doctorate where less exiting than this. After weeks of careful research and preparation, literary nothing would happen after I lit the blue touch paper and stood back. Writing the damn thing up was a whole lot of fun.
I'm not in research anymore.
The World Wide What
the hell is the internet is for? Happy Days.
I'll get my baseball bat
Crowdsourcing really isn't going to work with an emotive subject like terrorism or murders. It'll just turn into a vigilante mob. It's fine for ancient cartography projects and the wotnot.
Re: Commodity/currency? Nah, it's a penny stock.
Bitcoins are neither fiat money (like Sterling) or commodity (asset backed) money (like Gold). They are really just a medium of exchange for these other types of money. Some beans if you like.
Nothing Everywhere, surely?
Every afternoon my Virgin Mobile 3G connection will disappear from my phone here in the lofty heights of Canary Wharf until 5pm-ish.
For this reason alone I'm voting with my wallet next time. Pick the least worst.
I've stopped glaring at them already as I've found a hidden feature called "desktop"
As a result of this, I predict the paperless office in about 10 years.
Since when was .exe an Excel extension?
I'm signed into this (for free) on my daily commute from the Dwart to the Loo. For the 30 seconds my tube stops at each station my phone barely has time to find the signal, connect, upload/download email/twitter/fb/ junk/whatever before we're off and down the black hole again. Frankly it is unbelievably pointless for free. For £2/day it will be a joke.
This is excellent news. I can add Sinclair BASIC back onto my CV.
So the real story is
That Apple steal first then pay up when caught.
The halo is down around the ankles by now.
The missus and I
The missus and I perfected the technique of being invisible to each other years ago. We can go days without seeing each other.
This article is too expensive for me to read. I'm reading the Nexus article instead.
The only good thing about Black and White was it gave an entirely new meaning the phrase "spanking my monkey"
Congratulations, SumZero has joined the 99% of social networking sites, dating sites, forums and other timewasting ventures that I also personally veto my own membership of.
Paris - she is exclusive to no one.
Re: Most important instruction?
I never learn
Most important instruction?
Do not tell anyone what you are doing.
I built my first PC a poor student from a very similar book back in the mid-90's and made the rookie error of telling people. To this day I still get calls and emails from family and friends asking for help on their various broken bits of misery.
I'm a VP for a large investment manager in the City managing multiple IT projects and teams.
Yes but who will play me and the other 1 billion consumers of Glorious Apple Products/Tethered Pieces of Crap (delete as appropriate).
So are the morons at the AGCC, who failed to regulate these conmen, going be liable for the money to the ripped off punters?
What do you mean No?
If Amazon hit the price point of £130-£150 for the UK market they will create a whole new mass market for cheap tablets. 3G access is not necessary at that price. Home connection via wireless/USB to Amazon will be enough for the masses to buy through their shop front and load up media for consumption later. I predict a win.
If Amazon go over £200, it'll become an epic fail.
People aren't that dim, btw, they will know it ISN'T an ebook reader.
More to the point
Are Samsung invited?
Ignore, Retry or Abort.
I easily manage my facebook content by never reading it.
Alcohol, the cause and solution to all of life's problems.
I see your point. I've never heard of "Click & Collect" but I do buy tons of stuff via Screwfix and (electronics) via Amazon.
The margins must be there somewhere if the costs are low enough.
Does "Click & Collect" actually work at Comet? I tried it once at Homebase and it was an Epic fail.
Why not have warehouse model?
We all agree the Comets/Curr'ys of this world are being destroyed by the forces of the Internet (by which I mean Amazon) and John Lewis (if you are of That Age and Class *cough*my mother*cough). What I don't understand is why, given their footprint in retail parks and warehouse distribution they don't abandon the broken shop model and go over to a Screwfix/Argos type model in Industrial Parks?
You'll be able to
Order Online and same day collect at a warehouse (including an inspection)
Order Online and next day receive a delivery
Order Online and arrange a return (pick up)
Go to the warehouse and immediate collect stuff (if in stock) or arrange for delivery
Go to the warehouse and return stuff, moan or otherwise waste time
Go to the warehouse and look at a small range of stuff on special offer while you wait
This both blows and sucks.
What's up Doc?
Not a lot.
Quit my EPSRC funded PhD in chemistry in 2000 (end of 2nd year at a red brick uni) for a job in IT in the Investment Management industry for maybe 20-30x career earnings (compared a research career).
This country really doesn't like scientists very much. This cut will not be much help.
A beer for lost my 3rd year and "Dr" title.
My 2.2 runs hotter than hell when the gfx card kicks in. Not nice to keep on my knees.
A beer for coolant.
From another place.
This story is worthless without pictures.
Must Try Harder
coat, I'll get it.
A tune for the Nokia shareholders meeting?
Alternatively get old with your peer group and around aged 65 vote in your millions for a Government that will pay out for you and stiff's your children.
Worked for my parents.
Any man on bus over the age is 20 is a failure in life.
Includes me then as I get the 76 each day to avoid the tube.
Ryanair firefox only...?
Slightly off topic. My father-in-law had trouble last weekend with "a duplicate booking" and called a Ryanair telephone automaton/customer service agent. I listened in the background and prompted him to ask questions, eventually the agent eventually stated that their "website only supported Firefox and may not work properly on IE". Most amusing.
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