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Depends on what you mean by lightning strikes though. If you mean the kind that hits a area sub-station and puts a significant spike onto the line, plus all the noise associated with it, then a UPS will definately help. If you want protection against lightning hitting your house wiring directly, then I know of no system that gives total protection.
Get a little UPS for power protection - I personally like the APC ones, and here in the UK they're quite cheap if you only need a small capacity model.
... Not when the guys protecting them have bigger guns than you (quite literally in this case!)
Re: Wiping a load of system files?
The domestic routers that I have seen are upgradable, therefore will have some form of flash. It may therefore be possible for a malicious piece of software to overwrite core parts of the software on the EEPROM to disable access and persist across reboots / factory resets.
Re: Computer Science is to Developers...
Sorry, but that's the wrong way to look at it, we don't need loads of developers, because then they'll be competing with India and the rest of Asia at twice the cost. Using your building analogy, yes the physicists won't get the building built, but the Engineering Architects (Not the arty farty kind) who have the physics and materials science knowledge will make sure it doesn't fall down. In the same way, we train our Computer Scientists to be able to do good software design, good project management and governance and the basics of programming (like the architect knowing how you pour a concrete foundation, even if they don't actually do it) then we have professionals that are both employable, but also able to add real value to the companies they work for.
As a recent Computer Science graduate (2011), I agree with a lot of what's being said, and thought I'd chuck my own two pence in. The problem with Britain's Computer Scientists is that they're being told the wrong things and therefore have the wrong information to make well considered opinions.
First is the issue with salary, from what I have seen, the pay for IT work ranges from poor to a decent amount above average (£40k ish). If you want the big money that Computer Science promises though, you have to look at Financial Services IT which means you'll likely be based in London with the associated costs of living.
Secondly, and it shouldn't need saying, but it does, a computer scientist shouldn't be fixing computers, that's the job of an IT technician on £22k per year. Also, as others have mentioned, if you want to do coding, then you're going to be competing with south-east Asia, so get used to it. The trick here in my opinion is that you need to be doing something specialised enough that having your skills on-site is a benefit to an employer, or you need to take the downsides and go work for the smaller companies that aren't ready to outsource their work.
Thirdly, when I was at university, they made a point not to teach to a technology. Sure, we did some PHP and some MySQL, but we also did some Java, C, C++ and K (Which is a very interesting language as an aside) The result of this is that my university didn't just pump out programmers, but rather well rounded computer scientists who also understood things like project management and people management, which brings me to my conclusion:
If you want to sell Computer Science, don't talk about coding, talk about producing future leaders of the IT industry. People who know how to run IT projects, but who also understand when the people doing the actual techy work are talking BS and can call them out on it.
Given that he only owns 0.4% of apple, perhaps Tim Cook should politely tell him to sod off and bother Dell, because we all know how that one worked out for Icahn!
Re: Dear Dyson
Simple solution: Buy a Henry. You'll change the bags every so often and keep the filter clean, then it'll last you at least 10 years judging by our one!
Re: @Callam McMillan - "the ..goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
It's not that I forgot. In 1994 I was 6 years old and had never heard of the Atari ST. What I remember from then is a computer you could turn on, type win at the DOS prompt to start windows (until I added the command to the autoexec.bat file) and then play the various games we had on the machine. It was also about this time I found QBasic and started writing programs by bastardising a manual I had on how to write in OPL for a Psion CM2 organiser (Good times).
Other people have already said it. This is a time when 4MB of ram was the best part of £200 and while our first machine could support 64MB, this was effectively a £4000 upgrade, so we made do with 16MB, upgraded from the 1 or 4 MB it come with (I can't remember totally.) In that vein, while there may have been better options for the operating system, they weren't exactly what you'd call cheap, or targeted at the domestic market.
Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
No, I think they were right.
In 1994 we got our first computer, a Dell 486. We had no internet connection, but we did have a half dozen floppies for DOS 6.2 and another half dozen for Windows 3.11. Having gone through the disks, the computer then just worked. We could play games on it and do various bits. It also continued to work when we upgraded to Win 95 a couple of years later.
In 1999, we still had no internet, but I got a copy of Linux, with the only drivers being those on the disk, it was an interesting time trying to turn it into somehting resembling a useful machine. Because of that it was another eight years before I properly returned to Linux when I went to university.
Microsoft put a computer in every home, because it just worked (how things have changed). Linux is only recently got there and Apple around the same time was nowhere.
Sod the Macbook Pro
When will they be making some desktop monitors with small (<24") 4K panels?
Build two data centres... Simples!
Come on, it's big tech, who seriously expects them not to piss money away!
Surely it will ask you to confirm your google password before it actually locks or wipes your phone. Even if you did leave your account logged in. I don't particularly want to try it though!
Re: It did
That's a real shame then. I can't justify the kind of money they want for it to myself, but it's sad that they didn't make more of a fuss of it.
Re: So predictions?
My prediction, and it would seem that of those more familiar with the matter is out of the consumer space. So you'll probably still get their workstations and nice monitors, but you're not going to get the £300 commodity laptops and other such tat. The rest of their focus will be on the datacentre and enterprise services.
To be fair, one share one vote does work well. What doesn't work is using money you don't actually have to fund those shares.
I was just thinking the same thing. Yes, talking about the 2nd generation is great, but I haven't seen anything of the 1st gen Surface Pro being on sale in the UK. Which is a shame since it looks like a good device, if somewhat overpriced.
They do match the second, but they start out as such monumental cocks, that even with a short half-life and many years, they're still monumental cocks!
Thumbs up for this. Yes, he should be made to pay damages, but no more than what it cost for the companies to clean up his mess. The prison term is the punitive part of his sentence.
Re: Ah, good old NT
I mean, the line "Insert system disk and press any key" is really tidy though!
I suspect the whole issue is moot. This really comes down to little more than commercial theft. The issue is that they sent a cease-and-desist, which the other company then circumvented using technical means.
Re: Angle of the North cost £800,000 and....
"How much per degree does that work out at...?"
Not enough to do a 180 and go to the pub obviously!
I prefer F*&^&*g C*&t!
Re: Not seeing the problem here
"I'm quite certain I could hide this functionality sufficiently to evade an automated scan of the app."
Hence, this is what justifies a $2700 cost. A review of the source code as necessary and a proper examination by a pen-tester, all done by hand.
Not seeing the problem here
We're not exactly talking about fart apps, this is the kind of software which is used to store information which then makes the front page of this site if it's sprayed all over the internet. $2700 for a proper review of business/enterprise-class software seems quite reasonable, provided it is a proper multi-day deep dive review of the application.
My biggest gripe with this is the use of company assets in something they don't yet own. Both are guilty of this. The simplest answer would be to change the laws so that no cash or shares held by the company being bought can be used as leverage by the buyers. If the buyer can't stump up the cash by themselves, then they can't have the company.
Alternatively, you could not take the company public in the first place and give the middle finger to the likes of Icann!
"That said, that's NOTHING compared to dealing with Japanese multinationals. For a country that supposedly at the leading edge of tech this particular one wanted our entire web product offering rewritten to support IE5. No, not 6. 5. We declined their business."
What you should have done is offered to do exactly what they wanted. At a suitable premium over the full cost of doing the work since it would be a total one-off. If they were that desperate then Ker-ching!
I'm really hoping Ichan doesn't get the company, my monitors need replacing and I want some Dell Ultrasharps!
Because we give smartphones to 8 year olds that have no real concept that it's a delicate and valuable toy!
If Ichan was to get control, at least Mike would be able to buy it back for about £2.50 after Ichan fucks it up!
Re: TN Screen? That's not at all premium..
It's all Ying and Yang. Yes, you might be able to get an IPS screen on a bargain basement tablet, but it's going to be a cheap nasty one. Likewise Sony have probably made the decision to go for a high quality TN screen. Is it ideal, no, but then again, an iPad has inferior hardware in other places.
Likewise, there's a tradeoff between the battery capacity and the weight. It seems though like they have balanced it reasonably well, although I would prefer better life and slightly more weight.
Sony are doing there damndest to make me like them at the moment... And it's working
3KW is weak
I think they need to add a zero onto that. A 3KW system doesn't give you a lot of room given that you can build a quad-gpu desktop that uses 1200W. If you want to see what you can really do with HPC clusters, I reckon you want more like 30KW?
As a TV show once said "You take someone who wants something for nothing, and give them nothing for something." This doesn't look much different.
As for internships, mine paid me £50k, so I'm not going to knock them
This is why I laugh when I see people moaning about laptops and projectors coming with VGA ports. It's quick, simple, ubiquotous, and it just works. You can take any VGA enabled computer and plug it into any VGA enabled display device.
Brings back memories
I was at LB when it crashed on my university industrial placement working in Windows Server and Exchange Admin. The week before it all went tits up I was working on upgrading exchange to 2007. Still, it was one of the most interesting events in my career to date, a big learning experience and a source of experience I still use today.
You'll never buy from a supplier because they humanely ejected some sub-human scum from THEIR property. If they'd beaten them to within a micron of their lives then I would be a little less inclined to like them... But only a little.
Re: Citation needed
I'll echo the comments about Amazons disk packaging. A colleague ordered three drives for his NAS and they arrived in just the way you said. Fortunately his seemed to be ok despite that!
Given that multiple sources have said that the software does not need an always-on connection and only phones home occasionally, how long before somebody makes a fake activation server that tells the software all is fine with the world?
I am well aware of the fact that companies need to make money in order to continue existing, so surely a business model which positively encourages people to pirate will always be less successful than one where you can buy a copy of CS6 Master Collection for personal/educational use for say £100, as opposed to the £2800 a professional user would pay. In that case, most people would say fine and pay the cash and Adobe has £100 instead of nothing. Of course there are those that will never pay for anything, but they will always be there.
No sympathy for the current user of the device. Surely the first thing you'd do is format and reinstall - doubly so on a second hand computer.
Re: Please explain
I would imagine that they mean they are selling older equipment that they don't need but is still extremely valuable in order to offset the cost of buying newer 14nm equipment. As for a finger in every pie, one would have to assume that they're not totally selling up their older lines?
Re: You can't libel the deceased
She gave the country the bitter medicine it needed by readjusting our economy away from dying industries
She gave the common man power by freeing them from reliance on the state. Or doesn't being allowed to own your own home at a subsidised price count. Plus, even after the recent financial crisis, anybody that bought their house as a result of Thatchers actions would be quids in.
She didn't screw industry, they did that themselves by being rigid and inflexible in the face of greater overseas competition. Car Manufacturing was dying, Coal was dying. She cut off the sick bits to allow the whole to recover. As a result, look at how much Jaguar is now contributing back to the economy?
She pandered to the people who would help her deliver what she set out to do. Is that right? Possibly not. Is it sensible? Absolutely.
She took back what some jumped up Argies tried to take from us. Which is better than rolling over and then crying to the UN.
She was more intelligent than most politicians - they don't just give out chemistry degrees... As for the social housing crisis. It wasn't her fault that councils failed to reinvest the money they made from selling properties back into new housing.
Even now she's dead she's said she does not want a state funeral, which she would have been entitled to.
I can see you, and quite a lot of other people don't seem to like her, yet ultimately everyone has benefitted from what she achieved. Thanks to her deregulation of the financial sector, I have a job that pays me a wage every month. If you're rich, she made it easier to get richer. If you're not, she made it easier to own your own home and move up in the world. If however you're a lazy, workshy slacker who thinks that the state should support you above all else, then yeah, you can be angry, but please be so in another country.
Re: @Gavin re Nigella Lawson
Read the article. Her Great Grandfather was a managing director of the company!
I once did an application for a similar type of organisation. There was a very clear warning at the beginning. If you got the password wrong three times, your account would be locked out. And there was no password recovery option. That's how you do proper security, and weed out applicants who can't remember a password.
They forgot to mention that "Highlights in the History of Concrete" was a complete blockbuster also!
I'm one of the first to defend companies when they're protecting their own interests (And I'm certainly no fan of eBay or Paypal), however surely this is something that would rightfully raise a few eyebrows at the competition commission, and perhaps that's why it's not coming to Europe yet?
Does anybody actually buy Adobe software
I thought a huge percentage of the running copies of their stuff was pirated?
Going round in circles?
Surely, even if they revoke and issue new keys, now the technique for obtaining them is known, it's trivial for the new keys to be published (a la the PS3 firmware hacks)
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