35 posts • joined 3 Nov 2011
Re: Infrastructure ?
Dev in SW Brum and suffering with abominable public transport? Consider me a fellow sufferer. I however have however resolved that with a push bike - not perhaps the stylish way one expects consultants to appear, but it works. Cycle to new street then trains go essentially everywhere. In fact it's only because dev's tend to live in nice bits of south brum that this is an issue: The nicest bits (arguable but I'd go with Harbourne and Mosely) are nowhere near a train. Live in Selly Oak \ North Field and the station tends to be walkable...
Driving in the rush hour is a terrible thing to have to do I would agree and most development work could be done from the comfort of home as well; though there's something to be said for being able to talk to the people you work with.
Re: another wonderful day
..but possibly only just pre beer o clock
Re: Cheap Labour through the back door.
This is how it always seems to go - heard many stories of it and been involved in one, pretty much the same as above.
Oddly though, Indian programmers who've lived in the UK for a bit (even "freshies" who came over themselves and weren't born here) are generally at least as good as their UK born counterparts - I've worked with plenty.
Never understood quite how this makes sense, but it's certainly held true so far. I just assume that those who manage to get here must be very motivated and that this extends to learning to program properly. Discussed it a lot at my last work place, which was heavily British Indian.
The European Train Control System just says you have to have *a* commuications system of some kind, however, yes, most people use GSM-R for this.
I beg to differ: I'm not aware of much progress with regards handsets for staff using it (network rail issue iPhones to staff), but in the UK it's quite preverlent on trains, and at least some line side kit.
Re: Programming is a University level subject?
"“Trying to figure-out an algorithm is a form of maths."
Of course. However I'd argue it was much easier to go from knowing Logic and Set Theory to algorithm design than it would be the other way round. Logic is a useful way to analyse anything, and I’d agree taking it further into the realm of computing is necessary to be any good as a developer. A "knows some html" type developer, such as schools are likely to produce may well not even be able to do that however, thus leaving them knowing a little syntax from a language which, by the time they get their first job will inevitably have moved on.
Furthermore depending on what you’re doing (I’d confess it didn’t come up much in my time creating database front ends, but it regularly crops up in pretty much everything else I’ve ever worked on) some knowledge of maths will make you a better programmer –I find my self using matrixes all the time – so much the better if you know what you’re actually doing when you convolve 2 matrixes.
Re: Ineffectually slipping through the odd boob
Oh it is: Generally we elect 1 or 2% of MPs who ARE NOT complete tits, quite the other way round...
Re: Pay day loaners
It's a matter of who you are: If you're slightly less poor than those around you, aggressively ripping people off to get rich the government will understandably come down hard on you. If on the other hand you have more money the government they seem to develop bit of a blind spot...
Would it be OK to do the same to people who suggest hadoop as the cure to all ills?
Not that it isn't lovely for "big data", just that our database isn't a terrabyte in size...
Re: 41 Megapixels ....
Granted, but the key difference is it's possible to fit a 41 Megapixel sensor in a camera, a Lens needs to be the size it is. I'm sure if they could have fitted a decent lens with optical zoom they would have done, but the idea is that sits in your pocket, not a camera bag.
Correct Horse Battery Staple
Obey the rules set out by xkcd for passwords (to wit: use as long a phrase as possible, but don't use random characters) and you'll also get round this problem. IF the website \ program will allow it of course...
http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/ can help with this
An ISO 3103 expert perhaps?
All standards experts should be well paid....
give me a £1 Million
and I'll write you something that goes though a database and sends a text message to everyone in there. For that money you even get a text box to enter your choice of text message....
Come on. great example of the governments intended use of SMB's for more projects. I could even absorb the cost of sending a couple of million messages for that....
2 Year Elec Eng Project
Anyone doing anything in the electrical engineering block at Birmingham Uni should have an advantage here: the 2nd year project is to build a line following robot, which are then raced. Ours was based on a PIC16F84, which should tell you something about how long ago I was at uni. Clever people did stuff with camera's and visual processing (which didn't work for most of them, and sure as hell wasn't run on a PIC16F84) efficient engineering types used arrays of light sensors.
Re: Wrong application of technology.
That's always been my feeling on the bes use for electric power.
That and local light delivery. Milk floats of old, couriers of new.
Re: HELL YES!!!!
That was my first reaction to it.
Well, writers life + 75 years for music seems insanely long, we could probably stand to relax that a fair bit. We then need to ignore any further suggestions relating to giving away "Current" IP rights, be they TV, Radio, or software.
Re: As with all American presidents...
what d'ya free?
I see a need for a lot of crates labelled "Not Julian at all"
Smuggle them out one at a time, with great care. After the 23rd crate full of rats the police should be bored enough to quit searching them. Plus they can use the first couple to kick up a massive legal fuss and prevent them searching any more....
Re: FBI sends request
Having that the little lot installed just proves you work in IT, not that you're up to no good
(any more than, say, the BOFH is anyway....)
Re: Isn't it time we got weekend deliveries?
This would be an example of a rare thing indeed: capitalism working!
Re: Runaway jury? (@asdf)
That is the key problem with juries as it is democracy: I've met the general public and I don't want them deciding swat!
The counter argument of course is neatly provided by the way Juries stopped being prepared to convict people for sheep rustling in England in the 19th century: it carried the death penalty and thus even if people were clearly guilty juries tended to let them off, which resulted in a change of the law.
Why is everyone competing to make the thinnest phone possible?
Would it not perhaps make more sense to make the one with the best battery life? Or Signal?
Still everyone will know you've got lots of money when you sit and play with it, which I suppose is the key point.
Re: Oh god
Yes, however he is in Spain, which I feel keeps him fairly safe from the English \ American nutters who make up the bulk of the problem.
Also People for the Eating of Tasty Animals need to feature on future posters!
Re: war crimes....
Not war crimes.
His side one. It's a known fact that only the loosing side commits war crimes....
Re: This is my Grandfather's Axe...
To be, the long, verbatim Pratchett quote is worth of a like on it's own.
Can I be the first to congratulate him?
No, Probably not, but he is none the less right on the money.
Re: @shooting at 1am anyway?
That my friend is probably because they shouldn't be hunting what ever it is they're after. Also lamping for rabits is harder in the daylight...
Re: "the country should “request” that US authorities return clones taken offshore."
How admissible would data they can't legally have been in a us court though?
As you say RURAL chattering classes
I see a flaw right there: where in the country side do you get signal? Spent last week hiking, including staying in b&b's with aga's but no signal....
Re: Misconceived idea of Lewis' work
"Can you explain that phrase? What's "Christian metal"?"
Bloody awful. Try "puddle of Mud" for an example.
Would seem more likely than malware here. Particularly with it being April the 1st and there being good odds that the priest wouldn't know what to do with power point if it he spent 6 hours being bored to tears by it.
Still, if that's what it was, I approve.
Re: when will people learn
Tis true, I run a business that offers both as a means of payment and the labyrinthine mucking around to get a merchant account is as nothing compared to getting paypal to work for us. We need to use them because we sell in part via ebay and in any case buyers like it, but getting them to allow us to take more than £2k a year with them is a process that started before Christmas and has yet to finish!
You have to assume that they'd have some sort of fuel level sensor, however being as that it's maintained by Sgt Duffer's mate, who was drunk at the time, it's perfectly possible it was broken...
It's never been anywhere near the books.
I've read a fair number of the books, and what they are mostly is "of there time", i.e. misogynistic, racist and reliant on central characters (inc. bond) being mind bending dumb. Also no gadgets in the books. There'll still fun to read, but we're talking out of date Chris Ryan here, rather than high art.
So. Drifting away from the books is holy an improvement.
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