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Re: Can somebody clarify...
It's along the same lines as "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
Great Article as usual.
I will print it out and frame it to present to my 8 year old son in about 8 or 9 years, by which time it will probably seem rather quaint (or perhaps sagacious, who knows?)... assuming I can convince him to fiddle around with the Raspberry Pi and Python without completely scaring him away from Comp Sci for life. (I've for a second son who's 5 as a backup option, who is scarily bright so I have more hope for that one to be honest!)
Sorry kids if you are reading this in 2024 after googling (do they still exist in 2024?) for daddy's old posts. Take it with a pinch of salt.
Imagine you have a stinking headache.
Same with caffeine if you normally drink lots of coffee.
Does ibuprofen / paracetamol count as part of your £1? Suppose it's not food, so might be OK. ;-)
I rewrite my CV for EVERY job application.
(Great article BTW as usual. Just the right level of cynicism / reality)
Doesn't everyone do this?
It needs to match the keywords that are in the job spec. Simple as that.
So, if they say they want "Ubuntu 12.10" it's not good enough to simply say "Debian" as the keyword matching will not realize they are similar enough. I TAKE OUT anything that's not relevant, but basically it's the same CV every time highlighting the skills that the company are looking for.
This takes me around 2 minutes extra per application, instead of about 30 seconds, but increases my hit rate enormously.
Of course, I'm not suggesting you add stuff into your CV that you don't have! Simply that the CV would be far too long (like this post) if you added every variant of every skill they might be looking for.
If it says "ESXi" on the spec, then put "ESXi" on your CV, not "VMWare". Human Remains might not know that they are the same thing.
The wisdom of the crowd!
Something about least common denominator methinks.
I think "Plumpy" might at worst be in line for receiving stolen goods, but what you are doing could be viewed as a lot worse. Think about it.
This is not "biting the hand"
A very unbalanced article.
BT Research labs *was* one of the world's most pioneering centres of technology and telecommunications.
Not any more and not for over 10-15 years now. I worked there in the early naughties, and since then even more Mahindra staff have been bought in to develop software. I now work at the Cambridge Science Park, where real pioneering work is happening (not by me, I'm just a humble sysadmin)
Low traffic != Low usage
Surely an RSS aggregator is going to have lower traffic patterns than other sites which are graphics / advertising / video heavy? Doesn't necessarily mean we spend less time using that facility, and therefore you can't surmise that it's "less popular".
Re: Farking idiots!
Yeah, right. That's easier said than done isn't it? This has made me realise how strongly I'm glued to Google and if I don't like something they do there's very little I can actually do about it. To move away from the Googleverse would be a huuuuuge upheaval. Fool.
Just read about this... on Google Reader (on my Android phone)
What are the alternatives please people? Multi devices and keep everything in synch.
Re: Where do I get one?
"Are you serious? you really can't find them for yourself?
Or are you asking for some good reviews"
Yeah, I'm looking for some decent sites where I can find advice & purchase the parts. Yes, I can use Google and I tried that before putting the question in here. The problem is there are TOO MANY links, and rather than spending 1/2 hour trying to sift through them and try to work out what would be good value vs. what would be just cheap rubbish. I know I'm being a bit lazy by trying to call on the community to share their experience, but Larry Wall taught me that Laziness is a good thing, and I took him literally and applied that to everything in life.
Perhaps I phrased the question incorrectly. Perhaps some people need to stop taking things literally, and look for meaning in a question.
Re: Where do I get one?
AC - That's so lame / old.
Where do I get one?
No, I'm being serious. Not the one in the video, that's probably beyond my budget. I just happened to be shopping for one of these and came across this story, and figured that The Reg comment section is one of the better places to ask for advice. Can someone please post some UK links? Thanks.
Rule #1 : Read the man pages
Rule #2 : Read the man pages.
This is SO key, but many newbies miss this. You should have man pages installed by default and this is your best resource.
e.g. man lvm
man -k lvm does a keyword search and gives you a list of pages relating to LVM.
once inside the man page, use slash (/) to search for FILES or SEE ALSO (literally type /SEE ALSO) and it will hop you down to some useful bits.
If a man page is in a certain section, then you need to specify that.
man 1p zcat gives you the zcat command from section 1p.
Re: Best Part
"If people want to stay holed up with their devices and ignore the real world that's fine with me."
... except that in the UK we have to collectively pay via the NHS for the type 2 diabetes and depression, drugs, treatments, etc. etc. to keep these people alive for decades (plus their disability benefit and unemployment benefit as many can no longer work). I guess it's the same in many other countries but just means higher insurance costs.
I'm not offering any immediate solutions to this, and I'm not blaming these people for being lazy. This is just human nature to take the path-of-least-resistance.
If the government "interferes" too much, they get called a Nanny State. Perhaps we should partly fund the NHS from the gaming industry and from TV, but I can't see that being very popular.
Now *I'm* getting depressed. :-(
He's kind of right.
Go out to the local park on a sunny day, and you'll find fewer kids playing. Go out wandering into the woods and it's mostly middle aged / fogies. Record shops are dead or dying. Seriously, get over it. This is not the way media is going to be delivered. Having said that, our local high street seems to be as busy as ever although it's all clothes shops and coffee shops.
I guess the obesity and mental health "epidemic" that might be quietly creeping up on us could be blamed on xbox and watching footy instead of going out and actually playing.
Having said all that, I don't want to go back to the "good old days" when if I wanted to buy a new TV I would have to go out to a shop and get a demo from a sales droid, only to find when I get it home that it sounds rubbish and I paid far too much. I can now get the benefit of 100s of reviews and comparisons.
Not so sure about the weather though, they don't seem to be able to predict what will happen this afternoon with any degree of accuracy so I might as well just look out of the window.
Geeks like us DO need to get out more and meet real people. Get some sunshine. Get on your bike. Go running. Stop staring at screens all day + all evening. Otherwise you'll end up fat, sad, lonely and unwell and being propped up by drugs. I've seen this happen to lots of people and it's a gradual and subtle decline into depression.
618 billion daily users?
I just don't get it.
I mean, what is any of this supposed to be about? Who am I, and what am I doing here? How do I get back the 2 minutes of my life plus the 1 minute it took to type this?
SMS code = good. Google Authenticator app = better.
If you use Google apps then you really should put the Google Authenticator app onto your smart phone, and then you'll still be able to 2-step authenticate when you don't have mobile signal. Does everyone here know about this already? I've been using this for over a year now, and while still not perfect I feel much safer than the rest of the crowd.
BYOP? PYOD more like
Why do you want to get into IT?
If it's for the money, then you might be wasting your time. If it's because you love tinkering with computers, you *might* get lucky and the money will follow later on.
Get yourself a linux box and use it to learn scripting, admin and programming (Python, Ruby).
Go onto the Khan Academy and Code Academy sites and run through some of the tutorials.
If you are serious about networking, sign up with the Open University and learn all the skills you would need for a CCNA. This will cost you, but you'll get a lot of hand holding / tutorials and at the end of it you should be ready to take the CCNA exam.
Get a Raspberry Pi, and get it to do something interesting.
Pick an area that interests you personally. Is it's media players, then install XMBC and Navi-X. If it's programming then learn a bit of Perl and install ImageMagic module and get it to, I dunno, make thumbnails out of hundreds of your photos. Hang around on internet forums and ask loads of questions (after you've searched carefully for the answer already of course!)
You'll get none of this from studying for a qualification, and most companies are looking for experience and a can-do attitude.
About your idea of starting with a help desk, I think that's risky as most help desks these days seem to be just about logging calls with very little chance of career progression.
Good luck! I've been doing IT for 20+ years and I still love it. :-) (actually 30 if you count BASIC programming on the Vic 20)
Totally agree with you here Zaphod. And we fell for it too. Come on Reg., I'm sure any iArticle is going to generate loads of traffic from us iVictims, but it does really piss us off and weakens your brand over time if what you are reporting on isn't actually news. Stop thinking so much about your advertising revenues and BITE THE HAND.
Where's the down side?
People with too much money will have to pay for premium mobile monthly contracts to help top up the flagging economy. Sweet. Thumbs down anyone (yes, you are the "people with too much money") . :-P
... but this has got The Reg and other news outlets talking about the film a few weeks before the release. Could the film producers have deliberately provoked this action, to drum up the publicity?
Still, I can't wait to see it. :-) Can't imagine how they will stretch such a short story to 3 films?
doesn't make sense to download pirate material at home when you can do it with impunity elsewhere
Doesn't make sense?
So, if I want to pirate a film or an album then I'm going to have to take a trip all the way down to the local library?? C'mon? Seriously? It's about convenience.
I DO actually take my kids to the library every week, but I would not want to sit there for several hours while a film downloads.
For that amount of inconvenience, I might actually be prepared to pay to stream the film.
Why don't they make the cable lockable?
It would be so simple to make it so you plug in (deeper inside) then close the flap then lock it (with a small notch to allow the cable to poke through). Would help to stop people nicking the cable.
I hadn't heard of ONE of them.
H33T. But to be perfectly honest I use torrentscan (tscan.eu) which gives me a selection to choose from, so it'll be like the BPI playing whack-a-mole from now on. I use Zen internet anyway, so not one of the big nasties. :)
So, that's it from Psion then?
Looks like it's really the end of an era, in that sense. Sniff.
You can see why Nokia execs would not be interested in Open Sourcing it, because they would see it as giving something to help the competition... but if "the community" did manage to pick it up and run with it, they would still be able to benefit from that down the line. And if (when?) things don't work out so well with that Microsoft partnership, there could be a safety net.
But how would you be able to explain that to Nokia execs? These are the people that have gotten the company into such a mess (and I do mean "gotten" for a reason, as it's mostly the arrogant shouty American side of the company who have made most of the stupid decisions.)
Is this for real?
We are living in the halcyon days of the smartphone era.
Competition is good, and Android handset makers have pushed apple to make these incremental increases to their iPhone, both of which are actually pretty darn good phones. Now MS/Nokia have stepped in with something that everyone says is a pretty good (and even revolutionary?) OS/Phone.
I think though if this new iPhone 5 is the best apple can come up with NOW, and in 1 years time they come out with an iPhone 5S (or whatever) that's another small incremental upgrade, then in 2 years time Samsung and HTC will have stepped up and eaten Apple's breakfast!
The other thing is, if you want expandable storage... go for an Android handset. If you want a swappable battery... go for Android. A really good camera? etc.
The real question is though, which phone makes the most profits for the sales droids in CPW? That's what's going to get pushed to the masses. I wonder if we're heading for a "phone mis-selling" scandal.
stream Spotify over Three's 3G network while I'm driving along the motorways
Yeah, it's pretty good on *most* of the motorways, although there are still quite a few where you can only get GPRS or nothing at all.
But on the TRAINS or out in the COUNTRYSIDE, forget it!! Especially inside a building if you live in the country, like I do (yes a building, and in the country) forget about getting any signal at all, unless you have a bandwidth hogging femtocell.
I guess there's much more money to be made in cities and on the motorways, but I really wish they would sort out filling in the coverage.
Microsoft where going to fix spam.
So, how's that coming along?
won't record them automatically as that would risk infringing on TiVo's patent??
So TiVo "invented" that idea did they? FFS.
I used to like TiVo, but this is beyond ridiculous. Fucking patents.
How to get around this?
I'm not happy that my IP address is being logged in this way, and just in case someone comes knocking at my ISP asking for details. I know they don't generally give out customers' details, (unless there's a court order?) but I guess this might be storing up bad karma for later on?
Any *practical* advice? Has anyone in the UK actually been picked up for this?
On a side note, I did get a letter from my ISP a while back saying that I was sharing a file - I think the file name was "Iron Man 2"... but the irony is, the contents of that file was actually a (very large) advert for some web site - you know, go to www.somecrapware.ru to download the keys for this film. Yeah, I know stupid thing to fall for... but my point is, I did not ever possess the actual content. Crap film anyway. :(
Better Polish food.
Sałatka (seriously, look this up - it's awesome)
Bigos (of course - cooked for the 3rd day is best)
Gołąbki (no actual pigeons harmed in the making - just meat wrapped with cabbage - but delicious)
... or just stick some sliced kołbasa on the BBQ. (careful, it falls through the grill.)
Just saying' :-)
I think it's a bit early to declare FB as foundering!?
Let's wait and see, but I'd just like to go on the record as calling this one the other way. I still think there's a lot of value in that company and I can't see anything coming along to eat their breakfast just yet.
Even though almost everyone hates FB after a while of using it, they all seem to stick with it (or leave and then come back).
I've got a three letter twitter account - @sbu
... but I've had 2-step auth switched on for ages, so I'll be OK - right?
Surely WiFi would make more sense, as you have a chance to use your laptop / tablet for the 40 minutes you're on the train?? (and most people don't have GSM on their laptop + can't figure how to tether their phone or make it a portable hotspot).
This is a joke, right?
Either it's a joke or you've completely missed the point of an infographic.
It doesn't make any sense, or help me to visualise your stats or whatever.
Am I being really stupid here and having the equivalent of watching Spinal Tap and making the point that they didn't seem to be a very good band?
Offshoring massive parts of your IT Department could lead to serious fuckups. Are you sure you want to continue (yes / no) ?
Re: Ambigous paragraph
Yeah, that was the point you Muppet.
Re: Anti tamper?
Charles 9, errrr No. these things are popping up outside of many buildings (like the office I'm sitting in which has a couple, although I've never seen them used). It's a really good point about anti tamper. It just needs a place where you can attach a padlock or something similar, but you just know someone is going to be left sitting on the tarmac because a) someone has decided to maliciously unplug them or b) someone else with an electric car hijacks your juice.
I'm thinking about getting a raspberry pi to control my immersion heater by grabbing the solar energy being generated (over bluetooth) and only switching the thing on when I'm generating over 2 Kw (for instance). For non UK people, this makes sense because I can use whatever I generate FOR FREE... as they pay me for half of what's generated regardless. Anyone out there know how I'd get a raspberry pi to control an immersion heater? Some kind of relay attached to the USB?
Or can anyone think of a better way?
Polarised your audience.
It seems people either love or hate Dominic. With the vast majority hating. I think he's got a healthy amount of cynicism and I find myself agreeing with most of the content of his articles, and it's even prompted my to make a few changes to my CV (mostly removing old irrelevant stuff) and prepare better for interviews.
He's not quite as cynical as myself, but then that's probably an unhealthy level of cynicism.
I think many of the techies I've worked with over the years could really learn a lot... they could, but inevitably they won't. It's really about marketing yourself as a commodity, to get the best profit. And it's about picking up new skills a couple of years before they are in heavy demand (like Puppet, AWS, MapReduce, ...)
G'wan, thumbs down my comment. I dare ya.