150 posts • joined Saturday 6th August 2011 00:41 GMT
"How do you get a job in recruitment instead, because it appears you do not require any intelligence at all.
Can't be that hard can it?"
You know when the economy went tits up and all the sales people from various different retail places lost their jobs? Well they went in to recruitment.
When I had left college I had a CCNA qualification in my pocket, but could not get a job because of lack of experience. Where do you get the experience if no one is willing to give you the chance?
It's yet more "You need X more than you need Y", but no way of telling the people who need the jobs, who are getting turned down at every opportunity. Furthermore, the social welfare system in the UK isn't geared towards giving the IT person help or grounding or even advice about how to get the job they need. No, they give you a month or two, then send you off for training to become another chicken in a call centre.
Re: If he was that big a fan of them...
"why didn't he put a big chunk of his income into buying up their stock?"
His mommy still only gives him $10 a week pocket money. He could buy a fair bit of stock for that I suppose, but that would take away money he could use to buy Barbie dolls.
Surprised NASA didn't put the Cassini photos through Instagram for that "retro-Pioneer" feel to its photographs.
I love this line
"Parliament has decided that moving to the cloud offers the potential for financial savings"
It's ok, the Government can afford it. They just have to stick more tax on pasties to pay for it.
Re: Or perhaps
The hunters become the hunted.
Re: classic computing
these old (Relatively ) personal computers are worth maintaining as they become rare.
Couldn't agree more. I own a IBM PC XT and IBM PS/2 Model 50. Both of these are becoming extremely rare. The Model 50 in particular is extremely rare, as I had been looking for one for the last 8 years and the only ones to come up were all in America. Finally, I saw this one on eBay a year ago for £50 and made the 200 mile round trip to London to pick it up.
I've had many battles with the girlfriend about these two machines (and a 3rd custom built 486 - which includes the invoice for all the parts inside it and their costs circa 1992), her not seeing the point in keeping these machines. I will be victorious and I will keep them for the future, for trips down memory lane.
Re: 'cracked the password'
The files were stored somewhere, a simple warrant would probably have sufficed, but someone on the political side wanted to give GCHQ a chance to share in the glory and help improve their reputation by helping convict not just a real criminal, but a pedophile - the most loathed and hated of all criminals.
I fear it's this scenario, and GCHQ were mentioned to repair the damage done to them by Snowden. With the public (nearly) fully aware of what GCHQ have done without our consent or knowledge, if it's painted that good comes from their actions, the public at large will be happy for it to continue.
Remember back to when Lee Rigby died, Nick Clegg came out and said if the Government had passed the "snooping" laws, his death would have been prevented. We all know it wouldn't have made a difference, and I think the mention of GCHQ in this matter has been done in the same vien.
For me, I don't care who caught him or whatever. The main thing is that this "person" (hard to find the appropriate right word for the c**t) will be behind bars and made to pay for his actions, along with the "mothers".
"Hey kids, do you like Chimpokomon?"
"Well you're going to love, Microsoft Surface"
And it was so
That SkyNet was born.
a little bit of me dies knowing that the world is fucked.
Could it not be the cheap Technika TV's from Tesco that could be the flakey ones?
Re: To quote Ian Dury ...
Lucky bleeders, lucky bleeders
Re: No Great Loss
Actually the girlfriends netbook was an Acer Aspire One. I will try that out next time she leaves me alone long enough with it!
No Great Loss
I had installed JoliOS on two netbooks previously, and wasn't convinced it was any good. The first netbook I installed it on decided to stop booting up in to the desktop after a week of light use (at which point my girlfriend who owned it ordered me to put Windows XP back on it). The second netbook, one I owned, faired better. But I still found it a bit sluggish to use compared to the netbook running Ubuntu and then eventually LinuxMint.
It was a nice idea, but as with everything French, you couldn't rely on it.
3D Printing plagued by hype
There are articles on t'internet that are hailing 3D printing would allow people to print new parts for their cars, new covers for their phones, even new parts for their bodies. And we can all remember the 3D gun being printed.
The thing is, and the gun proves it, the plastic isn't strong enough to have any real use. And many applications whereby you could print parts for require parts to be made of several types of materials, not just one. So the idea of printing off a car is always going to be that: an idea. A dream.
However, in the UK on Channel 4 not so long ago there was a documentary by Embarassing Bodies about a gentleman who lost half his face from cancer. To give you an idea, he lost his left eye, his left cheekbone, the roof of his mouth, the top left part of his jaw and his teeth. Because of his treatment and everything he had been through (he had also contracted MRSA), he was forced to essentially stick a plaster over that part of his face.
He had seen some specialists and one of them was a dentist, who took a 3D model of this man's head and created a 3D print out of it, which was then used to design a prosthetic eye, check bone, and new teeth. It was very successful, and aside from the human story of this, the way 3D printing was used to give this man a new face essentially was just incredible. And I feel that 3D printing has more of a use to the medical profession than anything else.
Re: I can see it now
I like the cut of your jib sir.
I thought the exact same thing. BlackBerry has tried (and ultimately failed) to become a significant contender in the phone market, which is dominated by Apple and Android. Build a phone or (operating system) that would allow someone to access the same apps as their buddies can, but on a phone thats essentially more secure than theirs, and you're on to a winner.
I can't see BlackBerry making any security sacrifices in order to make this sort of compatibility happening either. So I think this is a winner, and I can't wait to play Football Manager on my BlackBerry Z10!!!!
What we really want to know...
Is there a correlation between the size of a man's nose and the size of his private appendage?
I'd buy sandwich.com, but only if its gluten free.
Is the new Indian Mars probe running Windows XP? I'd like to see how they can do an upgrade to Windows 8 on that thing.
Oh no wait, you can't upgrade. You have to do a full clean install....
Re: On Digital
During the Iraq invasion it seemed to show live video of the drive towards Baghdad, like a surreal post apocalyptic roadtrip.
They were showing the directors cut of Mad Max.
Yes to FM switch off, but only if it switches off BBC radio.
Somehow it feels that every time my car radio searches for a station I end up with a BBC station. Whether it's a local radio show or a national one. The problem, for me, is more acute when you're around the Coventry area, so you end up with BBC WM, BBC Coventry, BBC Leicester, on top of your usual BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4. By the time I've found another station (usually have to switch to AM/MW for proper choice) I'm BBC'ed out. I am still, after 4 years of driving and dealing with Radio 3 and Radio 4, trying to find out how the two stations are different.
Also I'm with TRT. I only listen to the radio in the car, and I won't be changed my car's head unit just to get DAB.
Re: Nice timing
BT don't have a monopoly any longer
Deciding to join Tesco Broadband for your Internet because you don't want to give money to BT is like telling someone to buy a Skoda so they don't give their money to VW.
BT still have a monopoly in the way they own the landlines in the country (bar Hull, obviously). If you purchase internet that requires a "BT line" (i.e. landline) then money is still going to BT in the form of line rentals.
Shut up and take my money!
With all the computer equipment GCHQ have spying on the great unwashed, I'm surprised they haven't donated anything to this project.. But they'll happily have their little concession at Bletchley banging the drum of all the good work they're doing.
Good, I'm glad. I don't know what's happened to SourceForge but it really, REALLY, pissed me off when I used their installer to download/install FileZilla the other day. It allows you to install two or three more pieces of software that are, really, useless. If they were that good there'd be no need to advertise them on an installer for an FTP client.
I hope more developers follow suit.
And this is the exact reason why I run my own mailserver. I don't use Google products now bar analytics, but even that is soon to change.
While the "Cloud" might be good, I'm all for the misery of setting up and managing my own systems.
Re: give me a dislike button
Why would Facebook give users the opportunity to dislike something when they are in the business of selling adverts? They wouldn't sell anything then.
While I am 26, and the whole BBC Micro/ZX Spectrum wars were completely missed on me, I am in agreement in regards to the education of IT in this country. To get an A* in GCSE IT (or a Distinction in your GNVQ - as it were back in t'day for me) you had to produce a very well designed PowerPoint presentation, as well as other graphical crap that meant absolutely nothing. I received a pass in my IT GNVQ, not for my lack of skills but for my lack of enthuisasim on the subject being taught.
At this time, maybe a little bit before, I became interested in the Internet and websites. So struggling with a 56k dial up modem which I had to get special permission to use, I learnt how t build websites. Only HTML things, not doing much. But to test it I had to go on to the dialup internet, upload it, test it. It was brilliant. The pressure of trying to fix a broken hard coded link (be aware I was still learning with no idea about Google or online resources!) while still connected to the internet, before my Dad would shout up the stairs "are you still on that bloody internet? get off it!". So even though I'm talking about my secondary school IT education back in 2001-2004, I'm surprised that in 20 years of computers being available in schools, the education hasn't changed. It seems the schools either didn't know what to do with it (1980's) or they feel a computer in use today will only require knowledge of Microsoft Office (2000's+).
In my opinion, the reason kids today won't code isn't down to an educational point. It's down to their lack of craving for the knowledge to program anything. Children today (like society) don't want to work for something good. They want the good thing there and now with little effort. So while in the 1980's you coded to create games you could play on your Spectrum that were better than the shop bought titles, there is no reason for a child to sit at his computer and code a version of FIFA when they have a good version on their Xbox.
Give a child a reason, a need to program, and they will do it.
Re: Excuse me India
This $75 mil is about 10 rupees per person in a country of 1.2 billion people, wtf is that going to do to the average person's life? Sweet FA!
It'll do a damn sight more to the ordinary persons life than an Indian rocket ship going to Mars!
Re: Excuse me India
Can't you come out with something positive or are you jealous that for £45 million quid India has managed to get a probe(not a firework) into Earth orbit and hopefully in a year's time into orbit with Mars.
£45 million you say? On a rocket you say? For £45 million in India, you could erradicate its shanty towns and still have change of around £10/£15 million at least. I would like India to answer what their priorities are; showing up the Chinese or looking after their own people. Actually, I've no need to ask that question at all. I've seen all I need to see regarding that matter.
Re: Excuse me India
Don't talk to India, talk to the UK Government. They're the ones happily handing the money over.
I just had a look at smile (I'll be honest I forgot they existed) and imagine my surprise that their standard account offers better incentives than my Co-Op account I pay £13 a month for!
Don't get me wrong, it is clunky and it does work, however Lloyds offer more control over the account online than the Co-Op do. And don't get me started with that handheld calculator thing that you need to use to set up bank transfers. I tried to do one recently and the message online said it wouldn't work. I call the Co-Op, they say my card isn't compatible so they'll send a new one. They send me a new one, I try it again, BANG. Locked out of the account.
About time, I've been with them for over 3 years now and their Internet banking is awful. I won't even get on to their mobile banking system. To be quite honest, I thought it was all fine, but then the girlfriend started banking with Lloyds TSB and showed me their Internet/Mobile offerings which are far superior.
Re: Chen, don't let me down.
Wonder no longer my good fellow, for I ner breathed a whisper in regards to Nortel.
Chen, don't let me down.
There are a lot of people, either here or elsewhere, waiting or even wanting BlackBerry's demise. God know's why, but they do. It's not as if the company have done anything to them, such as change their Maps application and stick Dublin Airport in some farmers field 100 miles away.
Not quoted in this article, but quoted on Reuters was John Chen who stated the following: "I'm doing this for the long term. I'm going to rebuild this company," said Chen, who said it would take six quarters to turn BlackBerry around. "I know we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business. I've done this before and seen the same movie before."
John is completely correct. They do indeed have the ingredients to build a sustainable long term business, and because of the way the company has been run before him coming on board, they need stability before they can grow. The BB10 OS is a brilliant operating system, and only the feckless and the people who haven't used it will label it useless.
Chen has a track record regarding the turn around of businesses, having done the same with Sybase. If I had some spare cash, I'd be buying shares in BlackBerry. Sometimes, as with everything in life, you sometimes have to reach the bottom before you can start to climb back up the ladder again.
He's basing his comment on the five times he's watched Slumdog Millionaire.
I always thought Dell products were piss, I'm glad other people have started to notice it.
I owe this man a lot, actually I think all of us do. Thank you Mr.Lowe, for everything. RIP.
Re: Here we go again...
"It's aimed at RICH grown-ups. I don't know anyone who would spend that kind of money on a mobile and if I did, I'd have to say they were fucking lunatics."
So is the iPhone 5S but I don't see you moaning about that? *cough*fanboi*cough*
There was a saying regarding Saab years ago. It's only until you crash the car that you realise why you spent so much on it. It's the same with BlackBerry. Until you use one properly as your day to day phone you then realise that it's a quality phone and quite possibly the best handset on the market. The App Store lets it down, but the lack of Netflix and Instagram don't bother me because I'd rather watch a film on a proper TV, and I'm not a camera whore.
The only thing that pisses me off about this is that I bought the Z10 a few months ago. If I knew there was a bigger phone coming out I'd have waited for the Z30. But the Z10, to me, is the best phone I've ever used. No regrets here.
Brace yourself, an influx of Viagra emails is coming...
Thankfully I don't keep my kettle in the bedroom.
I'm quite saddened by this really, only because the first computer I ever used was an RM machine running Windows 3.1 in Reception class. I was 4 at the time, so it'd be about 1991/1992. It had this fantastic painting program where you could fill the screen with streams of shapes. Squares, circles, stars! And once you had finished, you would press a button at the top of the screen which then made all the individually placed shapes in the stream display random colours in an animation.
My fondness of RM was then destroyed in Matthew Boulton College in 2005 when we had to use them. Totally crap computers. The biggest joke was the network which RM also worked on. Their tech support was awful, the network was awful, it was just awful. And MBC were paying them £3,000,000 for a 3 year deal (I'm not even making it up) for the privilege of RM supplying the computers and network etc. If MBC kicked them out then RM would've/could've taken everything with them.
Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc
You'd be lucky to find a Model M keyboard on eBay. I spent 8 years looking for one and the only one I could get was bundled with an IBM PC XT 286. Cost me £80, but it was the best £80 I ever spent. I use it at home for doing coding project, have considered bringing it to work but it's far too valuable for me to bring it out of the house. Not because of the price, but because of the length of time it took for me to get one.
Re: So far I've avoided goatse.
It's quite tame compared to tubgirl.
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