Employ them to do the entering?
1868 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Re: Slight variation
A super soaker might be simpler.
What you fill it with depends on how annoying they've been...
Re: Talk like an Egyptian
@getHandle - Most smart phones have proximity sensors that disable the screen when it's held close to your head.
Unfortunately some people seem to have proximity sensors which disable their brain when the phone's held close to their heads...
Re: Slight variation
If they're being particularly obnoxious it's fun just to join in and make your own comments loud enough to be heard by the remote party too. And of course make them as brain-dead and sarcastic as you can.
Even the most thick-headed moron will usually get that kind of hint that they've become a freakshow. And if all else fails you can just say you thought it was an open party line that anyone could join in as you're being forced to listen to it anyway.
Re: Only yesterday...
"The Apprentice" and its vain morons who don't want to risk the phone obscuring their face from the camera has a lot to answer for, this being one of the worst trends...
Re: "If the AI detects that a machine is calling you and you don't want to speak to the machine ..."
Try the following response, in as sinister/weirdo voice as you can manage, and end it with an evil chuckle:
"Ah no, it wasn't an accident, it was quite deliberate. He was the last person to cold-call spam me but I got him back..."
Re: Entering New Zealand
An obstacle of managers? Or perhaps an obstruction?
Or as STP would probably allow under license, an embuggerance...
Re: Nobody Expects
They add Spanish, so the devices now know about siesta's and decided to try one out in all this hot weather?
Ah the old "we're so much better than you as we have the web, simple apps, easy block coding and all this other fancy stuff like IOT and self driving cars" modern day view.
To which we old greybeards of course reply "we never had any of that, so we rolled up our sleeves and created all that stuff you take for granted..."
And yes, I can remember when all this were fields, now get off my land! ;-D
Re: Will the give out the source code for Elite?
There's nothing poor about it, at least if you're playing it right...
Right on Commander!
Between arriving and boarding a plane at most airports you'll see at least a couple of PC's running XP (or occasionally even older Windows). Not to mention the common sight at the gate of them printing off the passenger manifest on a dot-matrix printer.
Luckily all just controlling the cattle movement of bodies onto planes rather than anything too safety critical, but still makes you wonder sometimes...
Re: Not just lira
Ah you mean the kind of scenario leading to the age-old joke of someone pushing a huge wad of notes in a wire shopping trolley to go buy a loaf of bread. They get mugged and someone steals the trolley, leaving the pile of notes behind?
Superman 3 was tidying up all the "rounding error" fractions into one pot and then taking that iirc.
Not quite the same thing.
Re: Unusual to say the least
And his boss should have checked him and so should get a share of the blame, etc etc
Remember it's bosses all the way up...!
Re: full circle....
Modern man bashes rocks on other worlds for curiosity....
Or indeed with Curiosity...
Don't knock percussive maintenance!
Re: Inquiring mind wants to know...
And will they be baked using 1272 (14nm), 1274 (10nm) or 1276 (7nm) designs?
Re: Had a close call
Always live by the engineering mantra to sales and marketing minions -
"Just because you made a promise doesn't mean I have to keep it for you..."
Re: Reminds me of French sales
Well if a tomato is a fruit, who can say that a grape can't be a vegetable?
Re: There are so many extarordinary stories
Button fly combined with braces. Works wonders...
How many people...?
...were surprised it was SingTel not TalkTalk?
Re: This is why I feel....
Just done the same myself (my Fritz!Box 7590 should be arriving sometime between tomorrow and the end of the week, whilst my faithful old D6200 goes to have a rest in the attic after many years faithful service (as it's only ADSL and can't do VDSL).
The fact that my ISP supplied router is a £35 POC that doesn't even have gigabit Ethernet ports being part of it, and also the fact that I can't firmware upgrade it myself (and the supplied firmware is known to be buggy), plus to cap it all off even after a full factory reset they can't connect to the damn thing either to do it for me. And they've even seemingly locked it out of useful stuff like being able to change the DNS or put it into modem-only mode to daisy-chain it to the D6200.
Given they can't do the one thing that would be required, time to go self-administered and get some decent kit in place.
Re: "So the real problem appears to be employing people who don't watch where they're going?"
In my experience on the average street, it's less about employment and more about general existence...
Try rubbing it down with one of the aforementioned items...
Re: Excelelnt song!
Although one would wonder how many know that Tainted Love (I know by Soft Cell, but sung by Almond) is also one (originally recorded by Gloria Jones in the mid-sixties) and might rival it?
Re: Better Option
No, some others of us know our place as well (in the wrong and to blame usually, regardless of what about).
Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience
Not if it's of a suitable design (like a mushroom EMO one) that could be triggered using your leg (knee or thigh bash for examples)...
Re: Ralink router?
Currently (for home fibre anyway) they're offering D-Link 3782's and Huawei HG633's (and also the HG635 for business, but they seemingly can't/don't/won't offer them to home users any more).
They've just also brought out a new super hub (a Sagemcom apparently), but if you want one of those as an existing customer you have to shell out £120.
That said on both the routers whilst WPS is enabled in the configuration that ships, it can seemingly be switched off via the router's web dashboard (as can uPNP). Of course whether that actually does anything physically is another question entirely.
At least that's my experience in the time between the upgrade to fibre and going out and buying my own Netgear that I could configure how I wanted to and lock down (as my old ADSL one wasn't VDSL compatible).
The placebo effect is just as applicable in tech as it is in medicine.
And if it "resolves" an issue, don't knock it...
Re: We need some ...
Although in the office bogs here there's mixer taps, which if the previous user has flowed hot water then proceed to flow residual hot water for a couple of seconds from the pipework even if you open the cold tap.
You very quickly learn to give it a moment between turning on the tap and actually putting your hands into the water stream, as the hot water heating here is all too efficient.
Re: I name this vessel...
Boaty McBurntface surely...?
My thoughts exactly, as an argent follower of it myself :) Very much the Scotty Principle in action.
For those who don't know what we're talking about -
Re: the final crewed mission of the Mercury programme
Maybe he should have honoured the tradition started by Gagarin of pissing on the tyre of the bus taking him to the Launchpad? Apparently it's now so ingrained as a lucky ritual that they all do it.
Re: Atari Space Shuttle
Nah, nothing beats the Skylab Landing Bay level on Manic Miner on the ol' speccy ;)
Re: I hope..
@Unicornpiss - there's some argument that people like Tim Peake, Chris Hadfield, Peggy Whitson, Luca Parmitano, Helen Sharman, Michael Foale and Sunita Williams would all class as such heroes. Or at least deserve to, as probably do anyone with the balls to sit on a large firework built by the lowest bidder and pork-barrel scraper.
Maybe not the pioneers that the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo guys were, but still risk takers (such as Parmitano almost drowning in space) and great ambassadors for space and science in general to the public.
And as the shuttle sadly showed twice, even with "mature" technology, they could still kill if things went wrong.
Re: the whole setup was pretty crude
As part of our work training we do a Kepner Tregoe Analysis course (problem solving, situation appraisal, that sort of thing) and one thing I learned was they used it during Apollo 13.
Went into quite some detail, and to understand quite how ingenious they had to be (and unfortunately how many self-created issues of incompatible hardware they had to overcome - square filters in round holes and suchlike) is fascinating to read. Those men truly earned their "steely-eyed missilemen" status.
Can't find the full one they shared with us, but the link below has an abbreviated version:
So does this mean I might get ads for what I might actually want, rather than ads for stuff I just bought off the internet?
Wonders will never cease, what will they think of next...?
Perhaps adverts that don't play stupid inane tunes at full volume (especially the ones without a mute button) when the app you were using that spawned them was on silent/mute?
@AC a couple of posts up - Did you get it cheap from the estate of the dearly missed Douglas Adams by chance?
Just be glad it hasn't got an AI or personality option...
Re: There's an island somewhere...
I know the audience here :)
For your other question -
Seemingly available via eBay or several other auction sites.
Re: There's an island somewhere...
I think my previous toaster came from there.
It was allegedly a 4-slice one, consisting of two long slots. Of course these slots were about an inch too short for two slices of bread laid landscape, and the depth was such that putting them portrait meant the top couple of inches poked out when it was toasting.
So either way around you always ended up with a band of untoasted bread at one end of one side on each slice.
Said abomination has now been replaced by a nice 4-slot twin toaster, and all is tasty and golden.
Re: Don't wear high vis
Reminds me of an oddly ironic sight I once saw at the Solstice services near Stonehenge - a bunch of army squaddies in their usual full cammo fatigues, plus each with a high-vis vest (they were at the gas station topping up their landies).
Always struck me as a rather bizarre combination, and creased my missus up when I pointed it out to her.
Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....
Had that here at work too, the microwave one.
We had a supply company install a vending machine for frozen microwave meals (which to be fair were actually almost edible) and alongside it a couple of microwaves for the heating-up thereof. These things were catering grade microwaves, somewhere in the region of 3000W or so.
But despite various notices etc of the fact, people also tended to use them for their brought-in stuff and just stick the times in that the packet said, regardless of the fact that those were for an 800W or so home microwave.
Cue regular and repeated fire alarms as various items were nuked and ended up blackened and smoking, or in one memorable case literally molten and on fire.
Needless to say neither the vending machine or the microwaves are here any more.
Re: So that's 90 atoms wide with a 9 atom thick oxide layer.
It's equivalent to a 9 atom thick oxide layer, but it's a high-K material, not SiO2.
Hence physically it's rather thicker (and so less leaky), with the same electrical characteristics.
It might also get a touch warm, although I guess you could do it at night ;-)
Re: Cute conversion: 40,000 Kelvin (~ 39,727 degrees Celcius)
Just be thankful that it's one of those rare publications that doesn't incorrectly call them degrees Kelvin...
Personally I plan to live forever.
So far, so good...
Re: Lightning icon required =========>
I can't repeat some of his other tales - at least not in polite company !
So come on then, repeat them for us unruly and impolite commentards... :)
Maybe he's a former sailor who still goes for any port in a storm?
Re: One of those sounds like a computer error
And be honest, in that scenario how many would try to take out just a tenner to see if they'd actually swapped the fill over accidentally and put twenties into the tenner hopper too?
Then if a purple drinking voucher actually appeared out, spend the next several minutes slowly emptying it a "tenner" at a time...?
Re: Not strictly IT, but ...
And did they like your practical demonstration of the star going supernova?