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I also learned to program on a VIC-20 in BASIC (at age 11) and it's served me well ever since. (not BASIC, but the skills and interest I picked up).
Problem is with Twitter, Facebook, Minecraft, youtube, Snapchat, and hundreds of TV channels to distract (not to mention xbox) our kids don't really get the benefit of being BORED. For me it was boredom that led to my inquisitiveness, but I'm not sure that if I was born 30 years later I might be the same as kids growing up today.
Too much shiny shiny.
even by your standards.
Yeah, I know it doesn't actually say that, but that's how it's meant to read.
Can't see it catching on. (Snow Crash?)
I think the main problem is an old person has tried to devise something that younguns will find cool. Thing is you look a complete tit, so no one will boy one. And it's bloody expensive.
Now, if they invent a skateboard like the one in Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, that might be another story.
I'm really surprised at all the anti snowboarding feeling here in The Reg. Firstly, it's just as dangerous and if anything it's usually the skiers that I see being carried down the mountain in the bloodwagon or the 'copter. Personally I like both, but I thought there would be more developer types on here and they are anecdotally more into snowboarding. Is this what's called Heuristically driven bias? Actually pretty much ALL the devs I know are into snowboarding.
might as well cancel my subscriptions then.
costs too much for me and family and I mostly listen to it on shuffle anyway.
Yes, make it free or a token amount.
They would still make a huge amount of money from Office.
Isn't this completely blindingly obvious?
RE: Seriously? Just go out for a run at lunchtime
Wrong! If you sit all day, it has a major detriment to your health ... even if you regularly exercise as well.
I admit I have not read the study that's mentioned, just the BBC article.
Only DECAF for me.
... apart from when I don't.
I've been swinging between decaf for a few months and a couple of full caffeine flat whites for a few months... for the last few years. I actually feel much more awake, and can stay awake longer when I DON'T drink caffeine. This is presumably because I don't sleep as well (when i do drink caffeine)
I do love caffeine though, and I love that buzz. Stinking headache when I give it up, and boy do I feel mega tired and grumpy for a couple of days.
Overall, I think I'm better off without it. I sleep when I need to. I think if you don't sleep well, it can really fuck your health up long term. I'm in a very small minority though in the IT industry.
What's happening North of Leeds?
Seems there's loads disappearing up there, to the West of the A1(M).
You can also see how Thetford Forest has loads disappearing and loads being re-planted.
Not quite right.
We will be hopping into a car that will drive us to the cinema where we will tell it ‘park yourself and come back and get me at 10.15pm.’
Surely you'll be telling it to pick you up "when the film finishes" and it will work out what time to arrive. And if the film runs late, it would take that into account. And of course "it" isn't going to sit there parked for 2 hours waiting for your film to finish, but will scoot around the city moving other people around. You could get any of 100 cars that happen to be close at the time.
But saying that, 12 mph? And using dedicated lanes? Well, it's a start I suppose.
I wonder how long it will take for young (chavs / hoodlums / plebs / oiks) to discover the game of "block the car" by standing in its way for a couple of minutes.
About the cost.
I agree with pretty much most of what you've been saying, apart from the cost part. An rPi is bloody cheap. You don't *need* a case or an HDMI display, at least not to start with. The kid can probably hook it up to the 2nd TV if needed. Of course you'll need to grab an SD card. A keyboard and mouse can probably be picked up for cheap, or you can borrow the ones from the main PC and put them back again when finished without too much worry,
Even if a family already have a crappy PC just for Facebook, if that's their only PC they aren't likely to let little Jonny install Linux onto it and start messing around "doing programming" on it. With the Pi, they can break it and re-install as they like.
In reality you are probably right, and I've been struggling with the same things myself. Do I start with Scratch or Python? How do you explain modulus to an 8 year old? (which you hit pretty quick if you follow the Codeacademy tutorials).
It's not like the old days where you could just switch on the Vic-20, and within seconds you'd be at a BASIC prompt. No need for any parents help, just play around with it. Sigh.
leading to an increase in fossil fuel consumption with wood being burned
Does wood count as a fossil fuel?
The French don't NEED indicators.
... except when they are in the fast* lane of the autoroute, they NEVER use them. When they do use them, it's not to indicate their intention, it's just to indicate they are in the fast lane.
So, in their case a button or a switch will suffice perfectly well. They don't use it very often, but when they do it usually stays on for 10 minutes anyway.
So, really it's a UI problem for different locales. N'est pas?
* Yes, yes. I know it's not the fast lane. They are all fucking fast over there. 130 speed limit and all that.
Re: Reg ongoing feature?
"usable home automation"
... give it 10 or 20 years, and we might have robots walking around who can take your washing out of the basket, put into the washing machine, hang out on the line, bring back in, iron it... useful stuff like that. Oh, and it'll cost £40,000 a shot. So, unless you are a footballer then forget it for another 10 years.
Right now, you can turn on a light or if you are really adventurous... open the curtains. Or you could just get up and turn on the light, or open the curtains.
Currently it's a solution looking for a problem that doesn't exist, and until these things are general purpose enough to be useful they will remain in the domain of the enthusiast / hacker.
Stopped? Reversed you mean.
Surely, if you had, for example, really poor eyesight anything over a few hundred years ago, then your chances of surviving long enough to bring up children would have been greatly reduced. In modern times, you stand pretty much the same chance as everyone else which allows you to pass on these new defects.
Over time these would reverse evolution, but by the time it's had a chance for making any significant impact (many generations) we'll almost certainly have technological fixes for these things. Be it genetic manipulation, or nano technology or something completely different.
My point is, it's not stopped, it's reversed. I thought this was obvious to most people (who read the Reg).
A similar study carried out in the 30s in Germany may have concluded that most people weren't Right Wing enough (compared to the average of the political parties at the time).
Re: Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.
The only reason I mention it, is because many people I speak to would LOVE to live/work in Cornwall, but it always comes down to the simple fact... No jobs in IT.
Re: Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.
Only ONE computer in the whole of Cornwall? That's simply ridiculous.
You mean they've fixed it now? Or did you not actually mean "one *working* computer" and you are still talking about the broken one in the basement of Truro library?
Re: job ads <> vacancies
Well you have been dealing with the wrong agencies then. A large proportion of them are really clueless unfortunately, but there are some good ones too. Actually, it's more the Agent not the Agency. Once you find a good one, it's worth investing a little time to convince them to represent you.
It's about building relationships, and these guys speak to dozens of different techies with different skill sets every day of the week.
I don't think having millions of CVs on your database is a good selling point, and most clients just want you to provide a candidate who is right for the job, and who actually cares about the job. This is NOT a "fact" and it's not a "key sales argument". Sorry, you are wrong about that.
I can't see how you can "discard agencies as a viable source of recruits". That's where most of the work can be found, so you are immediately limiting your horizons.
I regularly get emails from agents saying "I came across your CV, and we're looking for a junior Windows ..." takes me about 1/2 second to press K to move up to the next email and make a mental note to downvote that particular company. Having said that, if it's someone massive like Hays then it could have been coming from anyone and next week they might have That Dream Job I've Always Been Looking For.
Re: Lots of IT jobs in London...
Well, CV fishing is real, but that's not the point of the article. I find it unlikely that the increase in job ads is down to agencies doing more fishing. They were probably doing more fishing, when there were fewer real jobs around. There is a solution, which is to be wise to the fact that it exists.
Don't give references until you've had an interview.
Don't tell the agencies the name of your boss when they phone up and ask "Ahhh, you work for Fred don't you?"
But I'm sure agents will find creative and original ways of getting hold of the right people, there's serious money involved and gaining new clients and a hard uphill struggle. I've worked at a desk where someone phoned up all the numbers in the office sequentially, pretending to be students doing a survey from UCL and gradually gaining more information about the structure of the organisation.
Read all of Dominic's articles, there's some real honest gems that you won't find in many other places.
I don't mean to be pedantic (I do actually), but isn't sublimation going the other way? From ice to gas?
I'm sure someone will correct me.
I can't believe you, El Reg, have fallen for this one along with everyone else. Shame on you. It's a smoke screen for the real announcement, which is... Idon'tgiveashit.
Neanderthals have opinions too!
and you can't still hear them in Youtube comments.
Well I want one, but am I a small and unusual?
I have a dumb TV upstairs with no PS3 or xBox nearby, and this will be perfect for watching netflix. For that alone it's worth around £25. I can't see there are so many people in my situation though?
Also, I'm around 4 1/2 foot tall with large furry feet. Does that make me small and unusual? (yes, I'm a Hobbit)
Actually, I meant I represent a small percentage of the people who would want this product and I might have an unusual use case... but that didn't fit well into the Title box.
Is this just a press release?
Doesn't seem to be much in the way of journalism here Chris. Anything to substantiate these claims of better performance?
That must be "Professor YouDontSay"
isn't he the one that works for the University of OReally?
In the department of The Bleedin' Obvious.
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.
A good buying opportunity?
The price is right, and this company has plenty of smarts.
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.
So, No degree = No Visa?
I'm just asking.
I've got nearly 25 years of experience and would quite like the option of working in the US, if only for a couple of years. From the look of things I can't.
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.
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