234 posts • joined 23 Jul 2007
Late April Fool?
"HyperCat has a strong security model; it's the same one the web uses"
Re: I thought you meant the South Bank office
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?
I thought you meant the South Bank office
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?
Data On A Train
I want this motherfucking data off this motherfucking train.
Wasn't it John-Paul Sartre who said..
...'hell is other people's C++' ?
D & E
Although it refers to C++ in an earlier state, I do recommend 'The Design and Evolution of C++' by Stroustrup.
Very few books about programming / software development are any good in my experience (in accord with Sturgeon's Law), and D & E is a timeless classic.
It makes it clear (more so than the main C++ book) where Stroustrup was coming from with C++, and why it is as it is.
We had one of them
Alas poor Symbian, we hardly knew ye.
Four legs good, two legs bad, four legs good, two legs bad. Baaaaaaa.
Microsoft Teledildonics Slogan
Where do you want THIS to go today?
... I've had a brimful of Asha
Story not as ludicrous as at first sight
Like many people here I was dubious about the 'it was difficult to read the files' bit, but this PDF suggests that the software he was using was relatively obscure
As others have said, under the circumstances I would probably want to use something like the CryoFlux to read the data - better safe than bugger up the only copy of some art by one of the 20th century's most famous artists.
Re: I wish
Also known as a mimmoth
In days gone by..
... the general rule was that the number 2 vendor in any field was the one who would be enthusiastic about pushing standards.
Old man waves fist at clouds, film at 11
Am I the only person to feel a stab of sadness that the 'London Android Group' is just something to do with a rather crummy operating system running on mobile phones?
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.
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