Re: This jiggled a memory cell...
278 posts • joined 23 Jul 2007
The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea.
They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall
mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by
small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is
clear: To build and maintain those robots. Thank you.
-- Military school Commandant's graduation address,
"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson"
How about Alacatel-NokiA-Lucent - or ANAL for short - for the name?
V rapelcg rirelguvat hfvat qbhoyr ebg13 (sha snpg, gur jbeqf 'vex' naq 'irk' ner gur ebg13 pbzcyrzragf bs rnpu bgure)
Or why not become a badger surveyor http://www.cieem.net/data/files/Resource_Library/Technical_Guidance_Series/CSS/CSS_-_BADGER_April_2013.pdf
or a newt surveyor
And to all you software developers who invested time and money building stuff for Windows 8, errrm sorry about all that, hope you didn't lose too much, please support our new world of confusion and non compatability, thank you.
And I too feel sorry for them - both of them - shall we have a whip round and take them out for a pint to commiserate?
Good God, are SGI still going in some form? It's like discovering the News Chronicle is still being published.
Although, as pointed out by another commenter, it is not as though the RPA has covered itself in glory in the past.
On the subject of 'two systems doing the same thing'... a company I worked for acquired two companies with systems doing more or less the same thing. Reputedly the decision on which to can was based on 'which has the fewest open bugs in its bug tracking system' (that was the sort of British management at its finest we came to know and love). So they canned one. Then it turned that the other had written their own bug tracking system which was buggy and actually it had had more bugs.
I look forward to the passive aggressive tweets from GDS people about ignoring 'trolls'
Interestingly, when I rang 999 from my mobile recently (to report a loose horse with a saddle attached galloping along the road), the system asked me to dial 55 presumably to filter out pocket calls.
De we call a collection of these a bunch of OneCores?
In the words of Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 'I'm a teenage boy, I can be turned on by linoleum'
... forgot to say earlier...
the perfect Register thread - Raspberry Pi, the BBC, education, and now bizarre Micro$oft Konspiracy Korner. All we need now is climate change....
... you can use a Raspberry Pi in place of the 'PC' that you plug it into via a USB port i.e. you have your Pi, it has USB, plug this thing and and program it using the Pi.
I do not quite see the point myself, but I am not a child, parent or educator.
The secret about stove pots is that you want a Bialetti Brikka - the one with the extra valve to give a much better crema. Surprisingly most shops that sell stove pots don't know the difference and only sell the ordinary ones where it just spurts out in a rather disappointing fashion.
I am writing a script about a couple that split up acrimoniously due to disagreements over coffee. I am going to call it 'Creamer vs crema'
To the tune (approximately) of Elstree by Buggles:
Redmond, remember me?
I wrote an app once for Win RT
But now it's history
Redmond, ah look at me
I should have stuck with Windows 3
life is not what it used to be
People self-define (as they say) as 'makers'. People who make things. Presumably promulgated by O'Reilly initially with their (piss-poor) Make magazine. Mainly quadcoptors as far as I can tell. I think 3D printing may be involved as well. I find it slightly strange myself.
5 BILLION valuation, surely?
It's like a zen koan, if Google announces something about a failed product on Google+, does anyone notice?
Nothing old about negative zero, our code still has some special case code to suppress them, left over from when Microsoft changed the behaviour of the C runtime in VC++ 2005. fortunately -0.0 and 0.0 are equal so the code just tests for equality and then uses 0.0. <oldfart/>
Is 'recurssion' a louder version of recursion - a cross between recursion and percussion - something used in executables where the cymbal table hasn't been removed? (Was going to make a joke about Marimba and Castanet but I see a once proud technology that got Wired's front page in its day doesn't even rate its own Wikipedia page - the ultimate insult - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castanet_%28disambiguation%29)
I subscribed for a couple of years at one point. The humour had gone by then. I miss .EXE more tbh.
What about Badgr - the app for 'underground animal sex tourism' http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/denmark-moves-to-ban-bestiality-controversial-right-to-have-sex-with-animals-will-be-outlawed-9790829.html
... written in sheep lust lust?
1. Focusing on the National Academy for Digital Skills thing, IBM are one of the sponsors, why are they bothering? What use do they have for developers in the UK rather than India etc.?
2. I see it's in London. Handy that that's a cheap place to live, rent/buy offices, and cheap for the staff to live.
3. Aaaaargh, Register commenters on the subject of teaching, why did I look?
4. How are they going to get the bursary back if people don't do the job? Will it be added onto their student loan? Will it be like buying yourself out the army? Or will they just take a kidney?
Roses are horrible
Violets are crap
Who on Earth would write a
'Windows Store' app?
Also, I thoroughly recommend the book 'It usually begins with Ayn Rand' by Jerome Tuccille. Although most of it is about the minutiae of libertarian infighting, the bits about Ayn Rand at the beginning are worth the cost of the book.
Or do a search for 'ayn rand rational dancer' on Google Books and the whole chapter seems to come up.
Surely your child should be named Rand Rand Rand Rand after
The Rand corporation
The Remington Rand typewriter (or creator of the Univac computer if you prefer).
The Krugerrand - not as good as bitcoins, I know.
It's well weapon!
(or 'No Laughing Matter' as a friend used to call them).
The thing that did for Netware was the irksome Novell support priesthood who had every incentive to insist that computer networking was a complex business. Then when WIndows for Workgroups (or Widows for Wombats as we called it for some reason) came along, a small office could string wires between a bunch of PCs and have a peer to peer network.
Our Netware preiesthood were wildly pleased with themselves and wildly unhelpful (*) - now, clearly, for a big organisation Netware was probably better at the time, but the strung together WfW machines acted as a bridgehead for Microsoft.
(*) and I don't say this just because one of them was a short bearded berk (not to be shortist, or beardist or, indeed berkist) who, despite being a colleague, called environmental health to complain when our burglar alarm went off and didn't cut out.
... many years ago a friend of mine was living in a single room in a shared house. Someone gave him a rabbit that had been sprung from an animal lab. Unfortunately the rabbit used to keep him awake at night by running round his room, so he gave it to the local wildlife centre.
It turned out that the local wildlife centre was feeding rabbits it was given to the other animals. Or, as my friend put it, 'Wilfred was eaten by the weasels'
So many names they could use for the 2 bits
Many years ago, when the world was young, and DOSosaurs roamed the earth, we wrote a piece of software for vehicle scheduling. It had a UI written in a library using GEM. In order to fit 50 rows of 80 characters on an EGA screen (640 by 350) a colleague had sat down with graph paper one weekend and designed a font which looked OK with characters 7 pixels high and 8 across (you can find some around now IIRC but his looked better than the ones I have found decades later). Then each character could have one of 8 foreground and background colours.
The software would schedule deliveries (main areas - breweries, oil tankers, deliveries to corner shops and the like) displaying each route in rows with 2 characters per drop - with the foreground and background colours of each character meaning something (e.g. order type, constraints, early or late delivery etc.)
The user could then use the keyboard to move orders round e.g. move delivery 3 from vehicle 7 to position 9 on vehicle 8 by something like M<enter>3<enter>7<enter>9<enter>. Some of the users could do this amazingly fast, I remember we had to find a TSR to increase the keyboard buffer from one of them - they were doing this at the speed of a fast typist. You couldn't get anywhere near this speed with a mouse, I don't think.
Surely this sort of thing already exists for medical purposes?
We at Weasel Consultants limited can go one better than putting you in the magic quadrant, we can put you in the centre of the unholy pentagram, the only place where your soul will not be eaten by Cthulhu. You know it makes sense. As much sense as Gartner, anyway.
It is the 'Transport Catapult' that truly boggles the mind - in a country where we need to spend about 10 years doing a 'pilot' of tram-trains, something Germany has had for years. Clearly we are different, maybe g or Planck's constant are different here or something?
Windows 10 = Windows X = X Windows
Was just thinking this article didn't have the hundreds of gloating comments it would have had if this was someone making Windows RT (or whatever it's called) devices.
The parents just hope that by having their children being tech entrepreneurs will mean their children will be able to save them from the brutal yoke of our coming robot overlords. No dice - it will be down the Uranium mines for you just like everyone else.
Give someone a program and they'll be frustrated for a day, teach them to program and they'll be frustrated for life.
I vote for a Bialetti Brikka - these are the ones with a valve to give a better crema - we have the 2 pot one. We have a larger Bialetti non-brikka which I found a bit disappointing (I didn't realise that there were ones without the extra valve). We use Lavazza which I suspect is ground with them in mind.
"HyperCat has a strong security model; it's the same one the web uses"
Kudos to Sir Alan if he managed to buy it off a short-sighted IBM and then rent it back. But wouldn't it be worth buying them out of the lease and flogging it off as flats?
Bet that would fetch a penny or two.
Surely the prescription scheme can't be being abandoned, there are already posters about it in pharmacies?
I want this motherfucking data off this motherfucking train.
...'hell is other people's C++' ?