219 posts • joined 23 Jul 2007
is a Ponzie scheme something cooked up between Fonzie and Potsie? Why didn't they cut Ralph Malph in on the deal - I can see why they wouldn't have invited Ritchie, he was a bit of a prig.
I'm not letting Motorola scan MY ring!
Alien probes only.
Re: No one under 35 can drive your car?
At one point my Dad's car insurance was for any driver except my brother - after my brother had 3 accidents in his first year of driving.
Don't understand. Not being born yesterday I am aware what an API is and why I might want to call them, I am just interested from a sociological point of view why people have started talking about them as though they were something new and exciting. It is as though fish, after years of swimming in water suddenly started getting excited about it.
Re: The case for a well-defined API for 'calling the kettle black'
Everyone's a critic.
Why have 'APIs' suddenly become cool?
Whenever I see people orgasming over APIs I like to imagine the term 'API' being pronounced as in EMI in the song by the Sex Pistols.
A change is as good as a REST (interface)
We of the Rest Of England Liberation Front salute this
It will enable us to boycott companies more effectively.
All together now, stand for the ROE national anthem.
And did those feet in ancient times, walk outside the M25?
And was the holy lamb of God, outside TFL Zone 6 seen?
Oceania is at war with Eastasia, Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia
I read last week that ITV Player is going on NowTV - Sky and ITV having signed a deal promising peace in our time. At 10 quid for the box it was a bargain and the UIs for the different services are more or less OK.
My Friday afternoon rage espresso.
Meanwhile, I am pleased to see that I am near the Knowledge Spine where there is going to be a Space Catapult Centre
Is it time for El Reg to republish Ms Stob's poem about the ghost of Kildall haunting Bill?
(I was hoping you would write this post - reading Fry on technology, it's like a rage espresso)
Re: Aiming high
Sounds like a joke... a DJ, a TV personality and a pervert walked into a bar
LinkedIn has butt-hut?
I weep bitter bitter tears.
For me it was the FX 502 P with the strange yellow LCD, whatever happened to them? Unlike the 602P you had to look at the program as its mnemonics - the digits and the letters C,E,F and P, IIRC.
Who remembers Dick Pountain's column in PCW? There were strange tricks you could do to exploit a bug in the firmware to display some of the letters and put the digits 1 to 4 in the first character of the exponent i.e. you could display 1 E 499.
Theres goes my blood pressure again...
But, how stupid (or naive is probably a better word) do you have to be to not realise this would happen if you got involved in something like that? Or to not bail out when it is obvious that what it is obvious would happen happens?
... and any company where any of the employees ever have sex (not necessarily at work or on company premises) will be redefined as a brothel.
A more worthy charity than MLF's Go ON UK
Is Mrs Doyle's Go ON Go ON Go ON Ireland.
and no OLEDB. Back to ODBC, chaps.
We of the ROELF (Rest of England Liberation Front) want a suitable domain for ourselves.
To me this fails basic plausiblity
"13.11 per cent of its emigration comprising inventors"
Oh come off it.
In what sense can this plausibly be true?
Anecdote is not data but to me I would say the main human exports of this country are
i) retired people
ii) TEFL teachers
iii) software developers (though this is obviously most prey to selection effect), I suppose they count as inventors if every line of code counts as being lovingly invented.
I have seen it claimed elsewhere ( http://www.jwz.org/blog/2013/01/shes-a-flight-risk-2/ ) that the Wayback Machine excludes things based on the CURRENT robots.txt. Surely it shoul be excluding things based on the THEN robots.txt?
Re: The problem with BT's attempts to buff up their brand...
Old Dilbert joke: 'Uranus Hertz'
Everything's gone blue!
Re: re: Whatever is brewing in Nokia's Espoo headquarters
Wasn't that an Iain Banks novel: 'Espoo dare street'?
That would be 'Sirius' as in Sirius Cybernetics Corporation
"Your plastic pal who's fun to be with!"
I look forward to the pirate DAB radio. The FM pirate that turns up in Oxfordshire from time to time adds to the gaiety of nations. Ah, bless the youth that can say things like 'a big shout out to the Chinnor Massive' without any sign of irony. What it is to be young.
Does anyone remember Thameside Radio (the London Sunday evening land-based pirate) doing a pirate TV thing one Christmas - it was quite a powerful signal, I could get it in Amersham (1984 according to Wikipedia which sounds about right to me)?
I know I am an old fart, but to me lumping in 'real' PCs (server / desktop / laptop) with tablets and mobiles for 'endpoint' volumes makes as much sense to me as lumping in 'real' PCs with cans of baked beans and then saying that by shipped volumes (i.e. number of PCs vs number of cans of PCs) Microsoft should be worried that Heinz has a massively larger market share.
Didn't this start on the first evening back after the great ITV strike of '79?
Re: modern methods of computing like coding
In my first software job (approx 30 years ago), saying 'programming' was looked down on - 'programming' was what amateurs did, whereas 'coding' was one of the stages in the waterfall model that proper developers did. I don't know how widely this view extended.
Re: what are you on about?
No, the point is that whilst I think most people here have teased out of what he said that this means 'go back to teaching proper programming skills' (e.g. the purpose of the Raspberry Pi project and foundation), his speech writers are too hopeless to come up with something accurate and not gibberish conveying this. I'm sure that you would be ashamed of coming up with something so wide of the mark in your daily working life and wouldn't accept colleages doing so.
I cannot help think of the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Thought you said 'globe spamming'
Flagellate the moribund equine one more time
I see one of the Oxford bullet points is:
"effective systems verification and assurance"
I imagine that this is some 'formal methods' stuff being taken for another canter round the block. Not, clearly, that it is completely worthless, but I do have a feeling the Oxford Comp Sci academics are quite good of relieving people of their money by putting a new spin on whatever they wanted to do anyway.
Pause briefly to mock their 'about us' page with its links that aren't https://www2.cybersecurity.ox.ac.uk/contact-us/
We at Pengwyn Towers are working on the next stage beyond gamification of the workspace - pornifiction of the workplace.
Here's the API we will be using https://github.com/qdot/librealtouch/blob/master/python/realtouch.py (NSFW by implication) - the fact that it is in Python is somehow appropriate.
Unless someone funds some proper market research (and why would they) we will never really know what languages people really use. Assuming of course you can agree what counts as programming. Does using IF(logical_test,value_if_true,value_if_false) in Excel count?
Will no-one rid us of these jerks with spreadsheets?
Will no-one rid us of these jerks with spreadsheets?
The West can compete on its management skills and strategic thinking.
Isn't the time honoured way of getting Windows to support a language to add it to KDE and then get lots of publicity, then Microsoft will follow?
If the actual work is being done by Indians in India anyway...
... then that must mean the only reason for hiring a UK (or more likely UK subsidiary of a US company) will be the superiority of the UK / US managers and their strategic vision etc...
HA HA HA HA HA [FX: Falls off perch laughing]
Re: vast number of really useless
And for life. See Eton, media internships etc.
I am surprised that absence of voice is a problem. Most American daily papers are bland in the extreme, particularly ones outside major markets. And, believe it or not, (some) people buy USA Today, it's not just given away for free at chain motels.
Back in the days when American TV shows got shown here ages after they were shown in the U.S. and back when there were things worth watching, I used to pay fo one of these premium news servers. The joy of downloading Buffy / X-Files episodes over NTL dial-up, then assembling the parts then unRARing them.
It is frightening how long ago it was that Buffy and the X-Files finished.
I think the last thing I downloaded was the first episode of Tru Calling. Whilst I commend the TV network for knowing their audience, in having a series that involved Eliza Dushku running between places without adequate support (*), it didn't quite seem worth the few dollars a month.
(*) I hope she got danger money.
The closest I ever got to throwing a computer out the window...
... was trying to get OS/2 onto one.
I actually quite liked OS/2 1.1. It was a shame that
a) it was almost impossible to get it to install on computers, even IBM PS/2s.
b) it had a habit of lovingly resuming things on reboot so accurately that once it had crashed, it would crash in the same way on restart etc.
The deliberate confusion with having the extended edition allegedly only work on PS/2s was a big mistake.
Mark my words
If they turn FM off there will be riots, burning cars etc. etc.
You've heard of patent trolls, this is a troll patent!
As this is in the context of the Telegraph
Shouldn't you be referring to their readers on the Costa etc. as being 'economic migrants'?
Supposedly David Gelernter named his coordination language Linda after her, by analogy with Ada being named after Ada Lovelace.
A fine upstanding guy and an ornament to the computing profession, have a look at his Wikipedia article.
Re: As I say every year
Well, yes, obviously, clearly I needed to spell things out in more detail with less shorthand... OK, then, why do people in the 'geek community' prefer people who failed to actually achieve ever much, over people who actually achieved real things in the messy real world? I think you are naive to think that the Countess vs Rear Admiral thing i.e. some vicarious imagining of what it would have been like to be one of the aristocracy in a stratified society isn't part of it.
As I say every year
Why might the steampunk croud prefer Countess Ada Lovelace over Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper? Hmm. Countess, Rear Admiral, Countess, Rear Admiral.
See also Babbage vs Hollerith - things that actually were made and commercially successful are much more glamorous than things that weren't - otherwise people would be dressing up as 1910s CTR salesmen - DarkSuitWhiteShirtPolishedShoesPunk doesn't have the same ring to it.
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