131 posts • joined Wednesday 7th September 2011 10:46 GMT
Thanks for the memory
I remember going to see a colleague who was the first in our office to have Windows 3 installed.
To this day I remember the gasps of amazement as he booted his machine and it counted through 5 (yes! 5!!!) whole megabytes of RAM before loading Windows.
Good luck with the preaparations
it's Gif I tell you
When I select File->Open in my copy of PaintShop Pro, it offers me a variety of file formats, including...
CompuServe Graphics Interchane (.gif)
JPEG - JFIF Compliant (*.jpg, *.jif, *.jpeg)
...so I'd take that as meaning JIF is a different type of file format to a GIF.
Also Graphics (that being what the G stands for" is pronounced as a hard G, and not as a j)
good to be able to look on this so light-heartedly
As a child of the 70s/80s I remember when the idea of nuclear obliteration was more of an "when" than an "if". Good to have come out of the other side and be able to look at things like this and have a few light-hearted comments.
am I reading that right?
"only 22 per cent is converted by the food industry into feed"
So that means that 22% of animals are fed back to their fellow species?
"bit windy today"
A relentless diet of greens and life in a space-suit don't sound like a happy combination.
Re: Killjoy statistician Nazi here
Fair comment, but relatively speaking how much opportunity is there for a UK worker to get killed on the job nowadays? So many of the potentially fatal occupations (factory work, mining, etc.) are a bit thin on the ground and the working population are largely deskbound ....last I heard, nobody's even been RSI-ed to death
Re: How do they manage to make a loss?
hardware and infrastructure costs....connectivity and bandwidth costs...website/software development and maintenance costs...systems administration costs...administration costs...fees to credit card companies...fees to specialist testers to ensure security and integrity...etc....etc...etc...
good luck to them
Having spent the last week trying to get a problem with my parents' Sky broadband fixed, I hope any new recruits are better than the absolute shower of s**t I've had to deal with thus far.
Even if they man the phones while off their faces on Newkie Broon, they can't do a worse job than the muppets who have been taking me round in frustrating circles over the last few days.
"the answer as it turns out was a jet engine type roar and eight foot flames coming from the top of the tree"
I would have bought tickets for that
I fail to understand
In what way is a video of someone being beheaded with a chainsaw not "depicting harm to someone"?
Good luck with this
I heard a rumour that there's a hidden message behind this, but I think it's a phallusy
Re: 4KB RAM ?
"Stingy" - yes, when machines with 16K, 32K or 48K were relatively common, but...
"the machine had been on sale in Japan for less than a month but had already notched up a software library of 60-odd applications and games"....
Back then we could be genuinely creative with such "stingy" amounts of resource. A lot of developers these days would probably struggle to achieve much more than a simple "Hello World" if restricted to comparable resources.
Kids these days...don't know they're born....etc...etc...
RE: unique to iPhones?
Seeing as Apple haven't threatened to sue anyone over it, I think it's safe to assume it's iPhone only.
It shouldn't be patentable....
...at all, because it's a stupid idea to try and patent something like that
...by Apple because I had that feature on my old Symbian-based Nokia
Re: Tower block tetris
"Tower block tetris, from 13 years ago http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/718009.stm, also mentions one from 1995."
That's the first thing that came to my mind...and I think it looks better than the one in the video here
Not without warning
The article says this happened without warning, but it's certainly something I was aware of. My folks are Sky BB customers and when I went round to visit in late February, my Mum showed me a copy of an email from Sky about this, followed by the "you're the IT expert...what are we supposed to do about this then?"
My answer was, of course, follow the instructions in the email, then sit back and expect a complete fiasco like the one you experienced when they ported email services over to Google a few years ago.
Re: Make of it what you will
"Presumably the problem is that most medals of merit tend to be tied into medals of bravery - because meritorious military service traditionally means you did something brave/stupid in the face of adversity."
Not strictly true - there are medals such as the Meritorious Service Medal (and even the LSGC medal) but you could argue that those are awarded for not doing something bad, as opposed to doing something especially good. Stick with it, get your full 20-odd years in, don;t go AWOL, don't start any fights in the NAAFI, don't pass secret information to Wikileaks, etc. etc.
Re: Make of it what you will
"Front line pilots are also annoyed that Reaper pilots have been getting awards for bravery whole being able to go home to dinner each day. Make of that what you will."
Gongs for bravery shouldn't apply IMHO. I've nothing against gongs for RC pilots who do something of special significance, but to give them a "bravery" award cheapens the whole thing for those who are genuinely risking life and limb. If no such suitable award exists already, then create a specific medal for RC pilots, for whom the biggest physical risk is no more than DVT or piles.
I have nothing against what these guys (and gals, presumably) are doing, but I think it's wrong to bracket them too closely to the physical front-line troops
Nothing personal against Tesla Motors themselves, but personally I'd like to see the electric car concept flounder - even fail - to a sufficient degree for people to realise that that electric vehicles aren't the super green bundles of tree-huggery that they're made out to be.
While electric vehicles can claim to be zero emissions at point of use, they still require the electricity which fuels them to come from meaning that there is more-than-likely emission and use of non-renewable fuel at some stage in the chain.
Then people might start to look at other, cleaner platforms, such as fuel cell technology, which doesn't seem to be getting the focus it deserves
@Lester Re: T-shirt
"a short production run"
Would that be a production run of a limited quantity, or production run of apparel aimed exclusively at Geordies?
<--<--<-- icon used in an ironic way, as everyone knows Geordies don't wear coats
The article mentions stones which appear to have been rounded by water flowing over/around them. How can we be sure that they were rounded by water? I would have thought that there are many liquids which contain hydrogen and oxygen (and/or the other elements that Curiosity found evidence of) which would have a similar eroding effect.
Years ago I worked with someone who eschewed the code editor built into our database development platform (a perfectly reasonable, for the time, full file text editor) in favour of EDLIN (on DOS 5 - yes I really am that old).
We all thought they were a bit odd....ended up a a project manager, as it happens.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
@ Lars G - Re: Or... more likely ...
"This is just the beginning, how long before a public lynching?"
I recall reading an article a while ago about someone who had been working on a GG type device for years (pre-dating GG). He went into a McDonalds in Paris, was asked to remove them and was then assaulted by a member of staff.
Re: same old same old
That'll be the National Lottery which Cameltoe are taking money to operate, and which Dickie Branson said he'd operate for nothing but his bid got knocked back.
same old same old
Large scale government IT project descends into train wreck....not exactly news is it? Can anyone recall a large scale government IT project that wasn't a complete shambles for all, or at least some, of it's lifespan?
Re: I'm unsubscribing from your mailing list
Nope - the thing used to show the position of a mouse on screen is a cursor (which is why they're stored in .cur files in the cursors directory under windows
Bovine Mammary Fluid
Brewing in the drinking vessel - add milk after brewing (otherwise the brewing process is compromised)
Brewing in a pot - add milk to drinking vessel before pouring tea in (no stirring required)
"£10,000 per household ensuring they get some sort of free-to-view TV service"
how much!?! per household?!?!?!
"all but dismissed malware as a Windows-only problem."
Pride comes before a fall
...it's the most annoying thing....IN THE WORLD!
code of connection
I'm sure that Vodafone (indeed all mobile networks) have a code of connection - device manufacturers have to test their devices for conformance against the the network to guard against SNAFU's like this.
If that's the case, then potentially some of the blame lies at VF's door for not picking up on the problem in testing at their labs.
Although it may sound like I'm trying to defend Apple there, I'd still like to stress that I detest the very ground they walk on.
@I ain't Spartacus
True Cofftea is not merely coffee-flavoured tea or coffee-flavoured tea...it's a beverage all of it's own, and needs to be brewed/concocted as such to be truly appreciated.
My worst vending machine incident was when I accidentally got a 50:50 mix of hot chocolate and chicken soup. Truly vile....although I was several sips in before I realised my mistake, such was the dire nature of "normal" drinks from that machine
I'm very much a mash-a-bag-in-a-cup-to-get-it-fairly-strong-and-add-a-splash-of-milk kind of guy, and would never contemplate sugar in a normal cuppa, but there cases where I'll allow sugar near my beverage...
Arabic style tea with a fair bit of sugar - it's a different drink altogether to the British cuppa
The faitigue-defying nectar that is cofftea (mug of boiling water + 2 teabags, stew to oblivion and add 2 or 3 spoonfuls of good instant coffee...add milk or, ideally, powdered creamer like CoffeeMate). 2 or 3 spoonfuls of sugar are essential for a brew like this.
Not far at all from a watery grave for Kitty
Naming it after an Egyptian god of death hardly seems like a good move if you want to avoid causing panic among the populace.
Are we going to stop giving hurricanes names like Sandy and start calling them things like "Mighty Wind of Doom"?
Scene from the Hitatchi factory canteen
Employee #1: So what have you been up to this morning?
Employee #2: [comedy, high squeaky voice] Assembling those new hard disks
It's a scanner for photo slides - they're so last century
Here's a sobering thought...
Out of curiosity, I viewed the image info for that graph...it's over 190KB....way bigger than the RAM on any of the machines referenced in the graph itself.
Possibly a commentary on how complicated the graph is, but sadly I suspect it says more about how profligate we've become in our attitude towards memory and resources.
I think the Law Of Conservation Of Energy may be a barrier here
Re: True, all true...
I can't stand the fact that he's getting the oxygen of publicity...although what really hacks me off is that he's still getting the oxygen of oxygen.
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