111 posts • joined 9 Sep 2011
Re: number of genes != better sense of smell
Likewise, I'm not sure that having more genes controlling something means that that something works better, though there must be potential for finer control. Elephants are larger than dogs: is that because they have more "size" genes?
Given that the US has four time zones across the contiguous states (and a total of nine once you include the "oddments"), you'd think they'd get the idea that not everywhere in the world is at the same time, but it's still not uncommon to run into problems in our working day because it's nighttime over there.
"violate common sense and laws of physics"
Unlike other Star Wars films and sci-fi generally...
and so, ad infinitum
Google for Stan O'Neal. The second hit, after Wikipedia, is Peston's article on how Google won't link to the original article, with a link to the original article. Presumably he'll now get another letter saying that you can't Google this one either, and can publish a new article reporting the fact...
So O'Neal now still looks bad, to some degree, as the result of the first article, and worse because he can be seen to have tried to hide it.
"this writer's Apple Map app has started giving directions in a Welsh accent"
How does it do at pronouncing Welsh place names? My satnav causes much amusement once you get beyond, say, Cardiff or Swansea.
Re: Stop calling it #@*$ing "coding"
Yes. A long time ago I worked somewhere that had a programming pool, who turned the analysts' instructions into code. I don't know if such places still exist, but even then, if you were any good you fairly quickly got plucked out into a project team where you analysed a problem, designed a solution, and then coded and tested it. Those other aspects must be worth stressing,if we want to attract either girls or boys who currently think working with computers is boring.
Re: Tech businesses
Strictly, Boots The Chemist doesn't do R&D and didn't invent Ibuprofen: another division of The Boots Company did that. BTC is the retailer (so I'm not sure why it merits a mention of its own).
Re: Signs on the reserved parking spaces:
Genuinely, at two different companies, I've been in briefings about reorganisations where they've said words to the effect of "This position should be known as Business Unit Manager, but obviously we can't use that".
And the issue of "what can we change our name to without changing the initials" has also cropped up more than once.
"activist groups remain weary of facial recognition [...] tools"
Possibly, though I suspect you mean "wary".
Re: Took ages to convince my parents...
Wife's grandmother got some other grandchild to call me to fix her TV remote over the phone, because "Julian's in computers". Yeah, former mainly mainframe programmer, now a technical writer. To be fair, said grandchild knew I'd be no help and was happy to agree with me that going to a TV shop might be better.
Football or football?
Presumably NASA refers to the American aberration of the game. How many US football stadia to one UK football stadium?
Yes and no. I've done a bit of this in the past. We only asked for the numbers, which could be passed back to the party to check if any of their expected supporters hadn't turned up and might be offered a lift or whatever. We would have no way of knowing how anyone actually intended to vote, or did vote. The representatives of the different parties happily shared info: we wouldn't know whether a given number was one of "ours" or "theirs".
And I haven't yet seen an "infographic" that couldn't be better expressed as a paragraph.
Re: Hard to get the staff?
I see they have 27 applications at the time of writing, so I guess you're right, they'll find someone. Apart from the money, and being in London, what puts me off is that you have to be "fun".
Re: Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)
Phones that make and receive calls better (e.g. with a weak signal). It seems that everything about mobile phones has improved in leaps and bounds apart from their core function.
Re: I need speed - any other options?
I'm facing a similar (but worse) situation. The obvious answer seems to be satellite - Eurosat or similar. Does anyone have any experience of this sort of thing?
Re: Well... So do some christians, hindus and even buddists (on a bad day)
"Except the Jews" - see commandment 6 of 10
Re: Too confusing for some - which London are we talking about
I <heart> New York
Oh, you're from Lincolnshire too?
(5-10 miles NW of Boston, just to make things worse)
Re: Or will they just carry an adapter for all the oil rich countries?
No just a standard US-style 110v plug, and then be surprised that not everyone in the world uses the same standard.
because the future for Fujitsu is far less uncertain and unpredictable than for Lenovo
Re: Forgot Your Own Device
Hmm, sounds a bit like the laptop I take home in the evening, then bring back in the morning and plug into a docking station. Plus ca change, plus c'est la mem-sahib.
Re: Obscene Geography
Interestingly, that place name means exactly what it looks like. I don't have my Dictionary of English Place-names to hand, but the entry is words to the effect of "Town with a stream used as an open sewer".
I've been briefed on more than one company reorganisation where the speaker said something like "This role would logically be called Business Unit Manager, but we obviously can't use that..."
Better than someone I heard of who obfuscated his PINs by writing them down in EBCDIC. So he'd write F1F2F3F4 safe in the knowledge that nobody would guess he meant 1234.
Using a blank keyboard
A colleague of mine used the blank "Das Keyboard", and couldn't tell you offhand what his password was. He just picked a pleasing pattern of keys. I guess that would be applicable even on a conventional keyboard.
.... but what's to stop those who want to join a union from doing so while those who don't, don't? I've worked in places where some of my colleagues were in one union or another and some were in none. That's in the UK - does the US have an "all or nothing" law?
Re: wheres mine
You've got a 5 millibit connection? And I though mine was bad...
Difference between this and roofs or cars
I think the difference is that it just conceivable (perhaps not to you and me, but to a lot of people) that Microsoft would know that your Windows computer has a problem and it is possible to give them access and let them do stuff to it remotely. Hardly anybody would accept the idea of Ford knowing your car has a worn bearing and offering to fix it over the phone (there's always one, I guess).
Do they mean password?
I think my initial reply would be along the lines of "My password? Do you mean my ID?" (or whatever term Facebook uses)
It wouldn't be unreasonable for a prospective employer to want to look at my public persona as revealed on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn etc., to see how it compared to my persona on my CV.
If they insisted they meant my password, then I'd politely refuse and explain why, as detailed in others' posts, above.
>> some agencies are really NOT up to muster on IT tech
When I was being sent to interviews by an agency, I always took my own version of my CV with me, and the interviewer was always grateful to see what I'd actually written before the agency scrambled it.
Re: "a meth lab comprising a small torch, batteries and other items",
I'm now clearing all other items from my house, just to make sure I'm above suspicion
Re: I had a go at this test
What this shows me is that phones are slower than computers (or perhaps that touch screens are slower than mice) for web-based interactions. Their fastest finisher took 47 seconds and I've just done it in 45 on a Win7 laptop, doing it "seriously" rather than trying to beat the system.
Re: Size estimate based on single tooth
Thanks. Exactly the sort of answer I hoped for.
Size estimate based on single tooth
How valid is it to extrapolate the length of an unknown animal based on a single tooth? Could they not have discovered, for example, a standard sized platypus with enormous teeth? Or something entirely different with at least one tooth uncommonly like that of a platypus?
Re: infinite loop
"DO FOREVER" is a completely standard REXX command...
My favourite comment
discovered when investigating a program that wasn't quite working correctly (and the original programmer had left)
* REMEMBER TO PUT SOME PROCESSING IN HERE
Re: Over excitement much?
Taking any of these figures, it seems we need a ship capable of supporting many generations of crew, producing its own energy, food, etc. Once we can do that, we don't need the other planets: just stay on the ship.
It makes grammatical sense:
* Orange was known as France Telecom.
* Orange has customers in Europe and Africa.
* Orange has no customers in the UK.
* Orange remains part owner of EE in the UK.
"Remains" is a strange choice of word, appearing to imply that it was formerly part-owner of EE outside the UK, but is so no longer.
You just know...
I'm not necessarily pro-bullfighting myself, but making comments like "I know that there is nothing remotely entertaining about stabbing bulls to death in bullfighting arenas.", when apparently a lot of people are entertained by it, shows a good deal of self-importance. "I believe there is nothing remotely entertaining..." or "I don't know what is entertaining..." would be more rational.
Re: Youtube broken
An upvote for (almost) pointing out that scooter riders are not bikers.
"enticing prizes or in this case, Apple products"
Trend Micro aren't fanbois, then?
I take on board all the comments about an obnoxious git bluffing about the law, but when the EJ rep asks ‘What are you, some kind of lawyer?’, I wouldn't deny him the satisfaction of saying "Yes, actually", given that it was true-ish.
Re: Thats strange...
Well, reportedly people have driven directly into the water when they should have waited for a ferry, so yes.
(Possibly an urban myth of course)
Re: For all the chilli jokes
There's always someone who'll spoil everything by using facts...
Re: Lefthand mice
Like you, I use a right-handed mouse in my left hand. However I hold it between thumb and third (ring) finger, left-click with the second finger and right-click with the index finger. Hasn't caused me any strain.
Incidentally, I'm right-handed. I use the mouse with my left hand to keep the right hand free. It seems obvious to me, though nobody else seems to think so.
Re: Rule of thumb.....
There was a non-Dilbert cartoon on our office wall for years, featuring a CEO type saying "Our staff are our greatest asset. I vote we sell them."
Re: The "Wooow" juror comment
I can't vouch for this personally but I'm given to understand that a typical reflection from a jury member is "I hope I'm never tried in front of a jury like that".
Re: Only a matter of time
Well, if the radiation interferes with their DNA so much that they grow fins, I guess that's punishment enough in itself...
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