51 posts • joined 7 Sep 2011
Re: "Graphene is relatively simple – a sheet of graphite atoms"
Yeah....its very similar to Unobtainium.
A hyperthetical question...
Is it workable for Europe to enforce a piece of legislation that basically sets out that if a user specifies that they are located in Europe along with IP address checks etc. then their personal data can only be stored/ backed up on a database located in Europe. I guess it would be hard to implement and enforce..
I guess in an ideal world we could do with some Europe centric services.
Re: For those who can.
Why are people down voting you for pointing out that fact...The internet is a funny place.
Up-voted you just to balance it out.
Re: You should only apologize for behaviour you can control
That is an extremely level headed and rational comment...on in the internet.....my mind is blown.
I liked the article until,
"But in the BYOD era people simply bring in their own iPhones and Galaxys"....
No we don't. Let me correct this for you. "But in the BYOD era people can* simply bring in their own iPhones and Galaxys".
It narks me with the constant tech media pushing the "we're moving to this utopian BYOD society" message.
My two reasons...
1) Why would I want to pay for having work being able to email me 24/7
2) Why would I let the sys admin have access to my property, giving my employer permission/access to my personal data?
It can be annoying carry two handsets around, but the time comes I head to pastures new, here have the company phone back with nothing personal on it.
I don't normally rant by there is something about BYOD that raises my hackles.
Where to begin with that...
That's a little sexist isn't it and an unfair accusation to make.
Okay there is a clear male majority of commentards (affectionately meant - I love you all) on El Reg due to the history of the IT industry. (Time is changing)
However the "outrage" isn't to do with the MP being a women.
Its to do with decisions being made by those who are very ignorant of the area they're making decisions on. Though this isn't a unique or new and has happened since time immemorial; in the context of the internet it effects a very large proportion of the population.
As already stated adult content != child abuse content but this correlation is being made stronger all the time.
The true problem isn't the internet, the web or computers. Its people. Those who make this content and commit the abuse. I listened to an interview on Radio 4 not so long ago. They had an analyst from the IWF discussing their job. The analyst then made this throw away comment of "I've taken down this image and the child is now saved". This sums up the problem; removing content from the internet doesn't undo the abuse a child has just suffered in the production of said content! The child has still been raped and/or indecently assaulted.
Re: "... as simple as DNS nobbling ..."
This reminds me of the time, my father (an electrician) in an attempt to ground my older brother whilst being slightly lazy, actually took a pair of pliers to the flex and cut the plug off to the TV in his room rather than remove the TV. (It was unplugged at the time).
My brother simply found a spare plug around the house when dad was at work (father had plenty in stock acquired from work) and rewired it correctly. He was 10 or 11 I think. Dad then congratulated him on his initiative for both doing it and wiring it correctly and but then took the TV away and added a week for being cocky.
Re: Are you telling me...
Awesome bit of trolling :)
Baseball, that's like the game Rounders isn't it but with a larger bat right?
Like the article...
Don't take this the wrong way but I'm a little bit younger than some of you...I'm 28. I know that makes me a complete a child..but anyway..here is my two pence.
Been out of uni five years having studied Comp Sci. I had this pure (replace with academic or ignorant) idea of how things 'should be' done. Like I knew! Wisdom is realising you know a lot less than you think you do. Employment is good way of telling you this....nothing like being enlightened by someone who actually does know and the the character building embarrassment of looking like complete a tit.
My degree was enjoyable, however it never prepared me for dealing with the real world. Take a company's legacy; having to fix/update code that hasn't been written by you..maybe not in a language you've been taught against the backdrop where it was originally intended to solve a problem that was relevant 5 years ago and the business has moved on since then. Oh the ignorance of youth. I wish my letterers had been a bit more this is a pure way of developing, in the real world code it won't be this neat, it won't be fully commented and you'll be lucky if there is any documentation.
Employment - There are lots of references to mediocre programmers both in the comments and article. Honestly I would probably count myself as one of them. A confession, I haven't learnt C or C++, I don't know the ins and outs of a compiler. I have an idea of what it does in principle. To be honest the last time I actually needed to know was for the exam I took about compilers whilst at uni. It hasn't come up in my career once - yet. (Oh he's is one of those..I know my worth has just dropped through the floor...)
Now I'm going to mount bit of a defence... My role is of a developer not a programmer.
In my current role, I'm not working in team - Its just me for the time being. It has been. So my role is wider than just being able to knock out code like a robot on a production line for a supervisor. It would be nice occasionally if I did have someone telling me now just code me a class to do this but I think I'd get bored very quickly of being spoon fed. I do have to engage with end users quite a bit...Its a smallish company..I actually enjoy this.
The enjoyment I get from working in IT/development isn't coding, its problem solving. Now whether the problem involves code, some system issue or taking a user through something is to me of little consequence. Or whether its the creation of something new or the fixing of something existing. I will have a go at it, I won't stop until I've understood it and beaten it into submission.The weirder the problem the better, especially if it forces me out my comfort zone to learn something new.
In my admittedly limited experience, having a knowledge of C or C++ hasn't helped as much as being flexible and adaptive and willing to listen to and appreciate when someone "senior" like an architect speaks.They normally know what they're talking about.
There he is!
We've been waiting for you to post with baited breath. Thankyou my day is now complete.
Question.. on 4G...and beyond...
I'm ignorant on the subject of phone masts and how mobile technology work,
Do you guys ever think there will be a convergence of Wifi technolgy with phone technology into one wireless technology, where a device connects to the "best" connection available, be that my wireless network in my house, a public wireless network in a shop or the wider area network (in place of a cell tower). Legacy aside aren't newer "generations" treating phone calls like data?
I stand corrected said the man in the Orthopedic Shoes.
But my version of events sounds so much more sensationalist than the actual event....
This reminds of the time when a pediatrician was incorrectly named as peodophile by the press and an angry mob bricked and tried to set fire to his home.
People stop using reason when they form groups, like the IQ drops several points for each additional angry mob member.
Re: Gates vs Politician
Buggering balls I used the wrong "there" sorry all.
Re: Gates vs Politician
I've never met Bill Gates, so I can't say whether I like him or not. I've just grown up with his influence like most others.
True it can be considered that he was a ruthless businessman of that their is very little doubt, but he has also done wonders for philanthropy. Not only spending vast sums of his own money but also encouraging other super rich to do the same. You can be a cynic and say well he has got the money to spend and its a tax dodge but I actually don't think so. He wanted to make a difference to the world, he did and he is using his vast fortune to continue to do so.
He maked a gaff, lots of people do some worse than others. We have a teenage former Youth Crime Commissioner wondering where it all went wrong.
It was founded in the U.S
Its most definetely now a Muttinational....
I expect it will pay taxes where it has to.
The tax debate is interesting, I know personally I only want to pay the tax I'm required to as an individual (I'm PAYE anyway) Wonder if I owned a business or self employed and had more leeway would I do my utmost to reduce it. Honestly most likely.
Re: Downvoted, eh? @ Jason 7
Can I also add consumption and waste into that as well?
I completely agree, these three things people could get behind as they a little more tanigable: polution, unsustainable consumption and high waste.
The recent figures released about half (okay I'm probably mis quoting here) of all globally produced food is being wasted. Half?!
Re: Not a patch on my wife in the morning
Ass hat, a phrase that always makes me chuckle thank you!
Re: probably not a very fashionable thing to say, but...
I don't think it was about not wanting to face charges, I believe its a matter of wanting to face charges/court in this country not the US.
Its a bit of a wierd one because the crime was committed here, not like he visited the US and committed the crime there.
Also the cynic in me thinks it probably has to do with any punishment dished out in US court is going to be more servere than any punishment here.
Re: Well Well @Ben Naylor
Damn it. you're not your...sorry forum...
Re: Well Well @Ben Naylor
Ben, I'm taking it that your signing off as Muppet and not calling someone so because that would be a little childish wouldn't it...
I think the chap is making a reference to advertised speed vesus actual speed. Point being, often on ASDL, these values can be quite different. As pointed out though, Virgin isn't without is own "speed" issues.
Anyone read the comments on the BBC?
People keep comparing copyright infringment with theft...which leads to all sorts of confusion between ownership and licensees, and also copying ideas vs taking possessions.
I'm not condoning it but people should know the difference.
Re: He's lucky he wasn't extradited
Ah I did notice the grammatical error after posting it...I do forget that commentards post at their own risk here.
To all of El Reg, I humbly apologise for the error and will now go and sit in the corner.
On the brightside, if I only got down voted due to poor grammar I can live with that.
Re: Hes lucky he wasn't extradited
My guess is it that FB being a private company doesn't warrant extradition but hacking the military does in the case of Gary McKinnon. White Collar crime vs "terrorism"/Embarrassing the U.S State...
Would of been better for him to turn his skills to fixing bugs in Chrome, they pay you for that...
I read that as rogue planets and stars orbiting the centre of the galaxy. IE the galaxy rotates. But you are right, if both star system and planet are orbiting the galaxy at the same speed how would they join up?
Now I'm comfused...
Re: So the unprofitable users are leaving
The kids, being kids, are all fluttering off to the next fashionable location. Does that really matter? they don't have much in the way of disposable incomes, anyway.
I work full time and don't have much of a disposable income either...
Re: Now, that's strange
"(As *somebody* said, arguing with a creationist is like playing chess with a pigeon - it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board and flies home to its flock to claim victory.)"
I've never heard it described like that...marvelous turn of phrase.
Re: Now, that's strange
But...I thought evolution was/is Natural Selection? A form of it at least...How can they be treated as distinct things?
Re: Wow, really?
Well you can, they're called motorbikes..No built in radio and harder to carry a conversation with a pillion. But then I've known people to listen to MP3 players when riding...which i've never done, i found riding hard enough without the extra challenge.
Re: "Everyone knows that The Flintstones was wrong"
I actually read the first article to the end...*Sigh*
Re: "The five rockets will leave a chemical tracer trail in the atmosphere"
Agent Orange perhaps? Hmm coming soon to an atmosphere over Iran...
On the flip side...
Not that I'm particularly green, but this will go to saving a lot of trees...
Re: Holy major rip-off Batman
All tablets (to me at least) are over priced even the Android ones (from the likes of Samsung I mean).
What happenss if...
Terrorists activate their BBs on foreign BES servers? Wouldn't the communcations then go back to being private right?
I don't know much about BES so please enlighten me. :)
Ah but is the crux, like any addiction, is when any given activity starts interfering with other aspects of a persons life. Such as work/school etc.
Though I wonder, is peeing in a bottle any different when engaged in an activity that requires you to assist others to minimise 'downtime' from me taking a crap outside when I'm out climbing.
Ditto on that front, however, I had the opposite. Using the virgin DNS I couldn't connect to any american servers namely most of Microsoft and the wikias. (Lost xbox live :o( and Netflix sad times).
I applied Google and Opendns, I was back up and running. Hmm maybe it was the opendns that allowed it to work then....
You owe me a new keyboard!
Devices that text/email you/others if your about to have a heart attack...
Whilst in principle I can see the benefiits, it might end up like the death clock scene from the IT Crowd.
*Text tone* "You've got five minutes before you have a heart attack and drop dead. Have a nice day"
Ah but the problem is many corporates (senior management) out there want the sparkle of the Apple/Android/WinPhone smartphone which BB just does't have.
We were happy BES users until the CEO decided she 'must have' an iPad. Fortunetly, there are many 3rd party platforms now that offer similar products (although not a good or well developed) to BES and allow multi platform phone support. So now we have to run BES (for us mere mortals) and MobileIron for the higher ups.
Rim tried to develope too quickly a more consumer focuss on their handsets and got it wrong.
They might wheel you a away for a full body cavity search! No matter how 'confident' you are, there is nothing quite like a prostate examination to make you feel small....
Don't know if your being ironic or not but...
Wills saves people from drowning and other cool helicopter rescue type stuff and Harry is active in the Army.
The Prince's Trust on is helping young people into employment amongst lots of other things.
Plus the whole wedding thing gave us a reprieve from the doom and gloom pumped at us by the media on a minute by minute basis.
Whether you like or loathe them or are in between to say they don't do anything useful is a little bit of a lie.
Just to clarify...
Our corporate BES was knocked out by the outage yesterday too....
I really enjoyed that article,
Just goes to show even CEOs are like onions...or parfait.
I like the license fee idea, whenever I watch tele, which isn't often, most of the shows/documentaries are on the beeb, mostly iPlayered. Plus i listen to radio 4 all the time. I was a little gutted about the F1 thing
Considering i was wasting £35 a month on Sky for very little watchable content, I think £145 a quid a year is fine.
Each to their own I guess.
Whilst Einstein did help usher in a new development in physics, Einstein was never associated to a brand which the masses can identify with.
Besides we seem to morn a lot more publically now than we used to.
All well and good
But you don't start off with experience, it needs to be aquired, you can't aquire experience because no employer will give you a job due to your inexperience.
Tell me how my generation gets its foot in the door, when every job application seems to require one, and not only that but most places demand that you have at least a 2:1. (Which I have).
The only people who say experience is all you need, are those that have already have it.
The Google thing is about patents more than anything else time will tell. But i agree, its been a wierd year. I suppose large organisations like empires, will eventually start to fail due to decadence and complacency.
I like this, though my inner nerd has read that and feels <item> needs to have a closing tag to be well-formed. *Sigh* spending a week working with xml has done strange things to me....
Nope its not. Everything should be equal in the eyes of the law regardless of content.
Yes I know its naive....