53 posts • joined Friday 17th February 2012 14:49 GMT
Re: DVLA Site seems fine to me.
That, I think, may have been the point.
The superficial Web 2.0-ified GOV.UK front door generates all the Lane Fox/GDS column inches and dubious industry design awards. But once you need to get actual things done you quickly end up back on the legacy DirectGov sites.
How poetically cyberpunk
"...we're holding it, but we might as well be plugging it into ourselves".
I read that phrase three times to try and work out WTF the guy was blithering about. Then I got it - he's using one of them metaphor things what shows how Amazon workers are all treated like robots.
What a clever little journalism grad. Here, have a bikkie.
Time to get on down
...to your local Ecuadorian embassy.
You pretty much described my laptop. Used to have a Mac, which had some nice features (OS X, everything well integrated) and some annoyances (glossy screen, chiclet keyboard).
Replaced that with a ThinkPad off eBay. Many nice features, including matte screen and the best laptop keyboard I've ever used. Another £100 or so for an SSD and RAM upgrade a year or so later. It doesn't have the wow factor, and Linux isn't as polished as OS X, but I can live with that.
Macs are nice enough but they're not my cuppa. Maybe if I did video editing or lots of Photoshop or something.
Re: At what point
If you want to SOLVE a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them...
One of the problems with Notes...
...was that most people thought of it as an email system, at which task it pretty much sucked.
We also used to use it to run bits of our intranet though - discussion databases, call trackers, that sort of thing. It was actually a pretty good system for that, back in the day.
I last used it about 10 years ago, at which point the UI was firmly entrenched in 1995. So maybe it's made it into the current century by now.
However I have XFCE on Mint 13 LTS and it works well. I don't really want to update my DE and/or distro more often than I have a shave or haircut, despite that being pretty much de rigeur for Linux desktop users ;)
Maybe I'll give it a go when it hits the next LTS.
Choice; it's a wonderful thing.
Re: Evolutionary Dead End?
The Canonical business plan syllogism:
1. We must do something
2. This is something
3. Therefore, we must do this.
Re: Migrate away from MS altogether
Normally I take "Linux on the desktop" comments with a large helping of sodium chloride. However as a replacement for an elderly MS desktop OS you may have a point. If most of what you want is provided by applications a decade old, then chances are they'll work with WINE.
I run Mint on my main laptop, but have a small handful of Windows apps for which I've not found a decent Linux alternative. But because they're all simple and/or old, they run just fine under WINE.
Re: I know what's causing it
Didn't you sell me a Monster Cable last week?
The Chair recognises the Rt. Hon. Tub of Lard MP
Re: Grey importing??
I've got family in New Zealand. They'd happily pay the license fee for a decent alternative to the drivel that passes as local programming down there.
Surely it can't be too hard. So I sometimes wonder why the BBC aren't doing it.
If you're on the other side of the world
The Manapouri Power Station in New Zealand is worth a visit if you like this sort of thing.
It's not pumped storage. But it is underground, and in a fairly impressive wilderness location (no road access - boat only).
the robot probably gets some other signal
I wonder if he could use a mouse with his other hand?
The bit I'll find sickening
Feels like this has reasonable odds of being passed. There doesn't seem to be much political downside. And on the upside it's a great opportunity for our Elected Reps to appear liberal and forward-thinking, yet at the same time grave and dismayed over past injustices.
Picture, if you will, a press conference fronted by a contrite-looking yet oh-so-liberal $senior_politician taking all the credit for righting such a shameful, shocking (shocking, I tell you!) injustice. We may not have got it right in the past, but your Government is so much more caring in these enlightened times. Honestly.
[Pulls out hanky, wipes away crocodile tears. Blows nose.]
Then picture, if you will, the "technology press" (by which I mean the "technology" press such as Rory Cellan-Jones) lapping this all up.
Now please excuse me. I feel a sudden need to go punch a wall or something.
I think (Finnish word) should be a new El Reg editorial standard, to be used whenever cuss-words are required in an article.
Yahoo's! Market! Share! Is! (Finnish word)ed!
UK Gov IT project run by (Finnish word) consultancy is (Finnish word) expensive, (Finnish word) late. Quelle (Finnish word) surprise.
Page/Zuckerberg shock admission: "(Finnish word) your privacy, users"
Re: This has now officially..
Oh no it hasn't.
All the Russian government needs to do is declare his transit hotel capsule at Sheremetyevo airport an extension of the Ecuadorian embassy.
Anything's got to be better than getting on a plane to Caracas. I've been there. I've also been to Hull, Luton and Slough, and Caracas is worse than at least two of them.
Hit them where it hurts
Right in the bottom line.
Does the new version really do anything that important? Don't buy into the "cloud" fubar upgrade treadmill. Instead, donate a fraction of the money you save to GIMP or Paint.NET. At least they sometimes have their users' best interests at heart.
Re: Does this mean
I was a very happy O2 customer - broadband and phone - until a recent house move forced a change of provider.
When I rang to cancel my contracts, I got straight through and told the (very nice and helpful) call centre rep that I'd go with them again in future if circumstances warranted it. I would've too - their offerings were good and the support excellent.
Then within months their broadband gets sold off to Murdoch and the (very nice and helpful) call centre rep either gets booted over to Crapita, or perhaps she took the money and ran. Guess I lucked out with my timing.
I'm going to be looking for broadband and phone again soon, but not so sure I'll be looking at O2 any more.
Here's what I'd really like to know
How can I get a $122K sysadmin job, and a pole dancing girlfriend?
Re: Adobe Reader
> 386sx with 4 gigs of ram
Holy crap. I want the PC you had 9yrs ago.
Re: 140 laptops onboard
Simple way around this. Put them in The Cloud.
The Cloud solves everything, don't cha know.
I think this is a particularly crappy move on the part of Adobe, but I don't use PS much any more so I don't really care. They can take their overpriced software and shove it up their activation API.
Back when I did more graphics, though, my go-to vector app was often Xara X. Now called "Xara Photo & Graphic Designer" or "Xara Designer Pro" depending on edition.
Worth a look if you want to get off the Adobe treadmill and CorelDRAW or Inkscape don't quite do it for you.
Re: I guess fancy UIs matter to some people
Who says I don't use an old school Nokia with a black and white screen? ;-)
Also... *requirements*. If one of my requirements was, say, to have an always up-to-date calendar in my pocket then I'd probably be carrying around a smartphone. Regardless of what I thought about the pointlessness of shiny-UI discussions.
I guess fancy UIs matter to some people
I use what works for me. I tend to keep using it until my requirements change, or something new comes along that fits them better.
I don't give a crap whether it's boring, exciting, looks clunky or whatever. There are bigger things in life to worry about than flashy new shiny.
Re: Lazy coders
Joel Spolsky has an anecdote about that particular bug:
Yacht? Aim higher.
In other 2012 news, Larry Ellison now has his own island. For 2013 I quite like the idea of him building a lair underneath, and holding the Moon to ransom.
Mine's the one with the Walther PPK in the pocket.
I wanted one of these
My Win7 Acer Aspire Revo, which was less than half the price, is a bit underpowered for high-res video. And its HDMI support is patchy.
I thought that if I got a Mac Mini, everything would Just Work. Sounds like maybe I dodged the metaphorical bullet by reading this review first...
*scratches Mac Mini off Santa list *
Re: wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt?
Only met the guy once or twice, but I have a lot of respect for Mark Shuttleworth. Despite a few major missteps, he's done more for F/OSS than I (or most of us) ever will. And the technical people I've spoken to at Canonical have always seemed on top of their game.
My occasional dealings with their marketing people have, however, often left me scratching my head. I get the impression they don't really know what they're doing, or how to engage with their target market.
This feels like another example of that. Might've been an OK idea if they'd been upfront about it and made it opt-in. But they misjudged their audience and went about it all wrong.
I agree with everything you've said, but you shouldn't discount the value of an arts-centric education *too* much.
English was always my favourite subject at school. And, yes, I got very into literary analysis and similar pointlessness. It wasn't until later that I got a technical education. That happened because I was interested in technology, but also because I discovered literary analysis didn't always get you very far in the job market.
When I (finally) got into it though, I discovered something else interesting about the job market. Out there in the workforce, you need people who can communicate ideas clearly. Often, not always, the people with arts backgrounds are the ones who seem to be good at this.
We now return you to your regular RPi programming...
Re: "Try opening a coffee shop without the Starbucks brand and see how much money you can make"
They already get my money. I make a point of not buying coffee from Starbucks.
Coat, because I take mine and go across the road to their competitors.
Re: Incredibly annoying
> use the Start Charm
"Start Charm"? Blech.
Icon, because "charm" is the most ridiculous (and oxymoronic) UI metaphor I've heard of in quite a while.
the company's new CEO Marissa Meyer
Has she changed her name then?
I'm thinking a good measure of FLOPS is the "facebook IPO"
^-- upvoted for this
I once spent an hour on hold to Ansett
Some people might remember them; used to be a Qantas competitor. They went out of business a couple of months later, which in hindsight is maybe why their call centre was so understaffed.
Less charitably, perhaps airlines Down Under are just bad at this sort of thing. Though things are hardly any better here in Blighty - my all-time on-hold record is something over an hour for BT. Then they cut me off.
Re: Love to know the details
> one of the de-facto document management companies
Are they? Everything I've seen about them suggests they're into CRM and telco billing software. Nary a mention of document management. Microsoft also does CRM software of course.
Re: Puma redux
Pedant alert: Linux != Ubuntu (or Fedora, or Mint, or any of the other distros that name their releases).
Incidentally, I thought "Beefy Miracle" was a brilliantly silly name for a release. Much better than Alliterative Animals.
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