42 posts • joined 25 Jan 2013
Re: Er no, not yet
>> I wonder if it responds correctly to Alexa, can you put Cortana on please?
This is how we humans eventually regain control of our world. Get Alexa, Siri, and Cortana talking to each other. Boom.
In a couple of years
- this will be The Master's latest attack vector sending children of all ages scurrying behind their sofas. Very quietly.
"Echo, when will I die?"
"Die. Die. Die. Die. Die ......"
(not quite as scary as Nestene though <shudder>)
Three paragraphs later my mind applies the brakes, and says "You've just been e-mailing your classical musician sister-in-law. Something resonates. Back up, back up ... Yup. Very good."
How many of these throw-away references do I miss?!
Not pegging order. Otherwise very chortlesome thank you. But with a bitter twist - brings back all too many memories of incidents of social inadequacy, such as telling a joke to my parents then finding out the next day what it meant. Oh, and - quelle horreur - doing the same with not just my girlfriend, but my girlfriend with half a dozen of her friends. <shudder>
Early retirement destination list
Far North of Scotland now down to Number 2.
New entry at Number 1.
Microsoft Valued Professional <> Microsoft rep / employee
When Susan Bradley (fka SBS Diva) says "we" she does not mean Microsoft.
She is (IMO) One Of The Best.
Oftentimes, she - and/or others like her - work out what's going on and what to do about it, well before Microsoft does.
Man Utd support the Tabletban
Hearts and Minds
I am a Scot and I have a vote.
My perception is that the majority of Scots feel "Heart says Yes, Mind says No."
And as any of you who have paid attention to any recent neuroscience//psychology/economics will know, even when our mind thinks it made a decision, much of the time it didn't.
> Companies will, from a limited pallet, let employees
Michael K Pilliod
Rearranged into a well-known phrase or saying:
He calm: I kill iPod.
Re: She reads El Reg!
And she means well. Unlike some who take public money.
Her Art Matters series on Sky Arts was (IMO) rather good. Absolutely not just a pretty face. I feel quite upset that Reg + 'tards are sinking collective teeth into her. Not saying you're wrong so to do, just saying I'm upset.
Peak != peek (nor pique nor Peke)
Any fule architect kno this
With free SketchUp any architect-schmarchitect can model a guy-looking figure - a few triangles and a few rectangles.
For a female-looking figure, you'd need Rhino, possibly Grasshopper, and more of a clue than your average architect.
Cheap buildings: boxes. Expensive buildings: curves.
This is not sexist, this is geometry.
Double the visual assets
We Were Promised Jetpacks
I use GFI Cloud with one client. Not for monitoring or asset management (I use Desktop Central for some of that, plus deployment and MDM) - for anti-virus and web protection. Nice clear positive daily status e-mail. Reporting looks good but is oddly restrictive - you can find out users' web usage today, and for the last seven days, but not for yesterday, for example. Agent deployment was pleasantly straightforward. Tech support has been pleasant and effective.
I don't like dealing with GFI (UK) sales or admin though. Unpleasant. And I vividly remember deploying their on-server Excahnge anti-spam solution some years back, to find that it scanned all mailboxes deleting what it thought was spam - by default, automatically and immediately and without warning.
Re: I hope they use thicker plastic...
>> "Carrier" being a somewhat optimistic description of what they are supposed to do.
"You shop, you drop", then.
What have you got against Tesco's website?
I happened to try out a few of their close competitors recently, and went scurrying back - Tesco's Finest, I decided. What have I missed?
An excellent article
Without a trace of irony.
Livingstone = explorer
Livingston = place
(or star of Office Space)
Re: Just a question: "utilize"?
and why "administrate" over "administer" ?
But yes, that's a rhetorical question.
No point trying to hold back the tide. Like Canute. Or Canutility.
the hardware bollocking did require matrix broad
Ahhhh, Carrie-Anne Moss in PVC ...
Spokesperson for a continent-spanning project to future-proof data mining : Dr Delve.
Re: @AC (was: Here in Sonoma, Californa ...)
Whoa there! Cross purposes, I suggest.
To my knowledge, Jake's comment accurately reflects - albeit in humorous vein - the instinctive reaction of the majority of c.60-year-olds these days when marketed at on the basis of likely/possible infirmities/limitations.
ie " I'm not bl**dy well old ! "
That's completely separate (as I see it) from the reaction of those who are coping with their infirmities/limitations (including some of the same people, just in a more reflective/realistic moment) and of those who care for them.
This GranNote could be very useful for some I know who are very much younger than 60.
I hope it will be renamed for the UK though.
BBC headline on the subject
US and British spies 'get personal data from Angry Birds'
Hardly news. Standard operating procedure for yonks - Mata Hari, Christine Keeler ...
Re: So once again the advertising companies s**t over your privacy
But why is it always 24/7 which is "24 divided by 7" so about three-and-a-half? Why not 24x7 ?
I've always been perplexed by that.
Would you put a beta product in your eye?
And you know it'll never get out of beta.
Food stories - Mmmm, Dell issues :)
Ballmer's now trying recipes from Rose Elliot's Has-Bean Book.
Re: Hordes. Not hoards.
Thank You! (El Reg comments: the one place in the world I am sometimes listened to.)
Hordes. Not hoards.
Please. Thank you.
>> which of the above parts fails
All Tesco stores I know are open 24 hrs.
Outlook having trouble too
KB2817630 reportedly problematic, see eg here:
>> only a couple of months into a 24 year deal
Next renewal I'd expect a decent loyalty discount ...
Re: to see if the named fish responded?
Dolphin1: Oi, fish, get over here!
Dolphin2: Fish? Who you calling fish, dung-beetle?
Dolphin1: Dung-beetle?! Come over here and say that!
Researcher, poring over statistical analysis of squeaks and squonks: Oo, oo, two more names - D1's called "fish" and D2's called "dung-beetle" !
Not in 2006, not in 2013:
another attempt to diffuse the ongoing row
Please. Thank you.
Telemetics is correct
Tele+emetics => projectile vomiting, the standard reaction to first sight of Windows 8.
I'm surprised the completion rates are this high. Not sure if I'm pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised, though.
I've taken a handful of reasonably academic classes at my local supposedly top-rank Uni in the past couple of years - paid-for evening classes which yielded some form of academic credit, so not just "mildly interesting to keep the oldies amused". Even though they weren't free, the drop-out rate was about half.
Half the courses were poorly presented; half had poor materials. One was completely mis-sold. The language class was the exception - but then, most students had a specific motivation.
( What utterly stunned me was the sample essay we were given, which had been marked as an A. My rant about it would be longer than the essay itself. )
MOOCs will blow these away.
But then I (and several thousand others apparently) signed up for a MOOC, again at one of our top-rank Unis, in an academic subject, and really, it turned out to be just a populist taster. Seven 20-40 minute chats on "this is my research field - isn't it shiny shiny". Yes, some interesting further reading.
So ... who benefits? Well *obviously* it's a great way for the presenters to get themselves "published". They already have the course material, they just have to turn up and their employer pays to produce and distribute their online calling card.
And the Uni can say "we have ten times as many virtual students as physical students". (So?)
Well, I suppose, these MOOCs will give graduates something to take their minds off their day jobs at KFC. Better than Jeremy Kyle.
Mobile phone contracts <> basic maths!
Take a simple scenario: small business, a dozen users, mostly UK usage, some business trips to EU and some beyond inc a fortnight in China once every few months. Voice and text and data usage varies from user to user, and is likely to vary in the coming year. iPhone and Android considered. O2 and Orange/EE considered. Need access to company e-mail/calendars on Exchange. A couple of users have contracts not ending at the same time as others.
Even getting the basic tariff *facts* is a month-long struggle. Summarising it in a form which decision-makers can assimilate ...
I have a degree in Maths. This is what we like to call a "non-trivial" task :)
Having said that I do detect a welcome move to "unlimited" tariffs at moderately sensible prices. £30pm from Orange/EE with almost-nil-cost iPhone, "unlimited" voice+text+data. If users use the "unlimited" mobile voice instead of using the office phone system, this looks promising.
"the next James Bond" - licensed to ...
... cover the 25% shortfall in comms. Snappy.
Still at least the theme song just needs one syllable changed from the last one.
He said there had been "a few mutterings"
That's default Doric.