Consider this though - in the worst case scenario which of the two would you rather have falling on your head?
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Re: Move along
Given all the fuss they've made about now requiring a £145.50 TV license to watch iPlayer even if you don't watch anything via other means, I'd hardly call it free...
Just don't tell anyone, right?
Just don't tell anyone, right?
Umm, we don't need to now...
That said it seems to be spreading - National Express have now started something irritatingly similar (especially as they say in their blurb to download their app before you travel or via 3G/4G and then use it to connect...).
Not that the wifi speed or accessibility is any better than those on the train. Personally I just use either the 128GB SD card in my tablet or the 4TB hard drive in my laptop bag.
Re: Let's think big
And it would fit with people who've had parts in the show before becoming the doctor (Capaldi, Baker mk 2...) Would certainly be interesting to see how they redesigned the TARDIS console room around that one too...
Just to screw with everyone's minds, plus it was great to see him at the end of the 50th anniversary special
Or to quote the great Tom Lehrer (in reference to Gilbert and Sullivan, but who cares) -
"It's full of words and symbols, and signifies.... nothing!"
Why do I foresee spherical calves in a vacuum coming up in the near future, to possibly displace or update the cows?
Re: Lovely shots
Indeed, although it also makes me feel rather old as I got to know over the 'net a bit a couple of the programmers who worked on it when I was a student. And when I think back how long ago that was (the wrong side of 20 years ago) it makes me think quite what a long undertaking all this has been, and indeed how successful it actually was.
Can still remember one of them's signature tagline - "Why yes, in fact I am a rocket scientist..."
Only in Turkey...
Re: We're gonna go back... way back...
There's also the joy of working for a multi national with offices all around the world.
The number of times I've received an invitation to a meeting that apparently occurred yesterday would make me think I should demand a TARDIS as a company car, or maybe a DeLorean given the last cookie...
Re: "Mechanical Sympathy" and magic
Yes, most Microsoft references to BS don't mean backspace ;)
The real black magic
Forget all this stuff of holy water and feathers - real hardware engineers don't lay on hands. They lay on feet - never underestimate the percussive maintenance technique of judicious application of a size 9 steel toe-capped boot...
Of course the real skill is knowing quite where to apply it. But the look you get when you do and things spring into life is usually worth it.
Re: Missed QI much?
Nope, not a dream -
The people at QI call a fish that drives a tank "Alan". Alan is a goldfish in the QI office who has a mini-tank (he has a normal-sized tank too) which detects Alan's movement, and moves on wheels in the direction Alan is swimming. The tank itself was made by QI elf Alex Bell, who appears on the set to describe how it works. It was made out Lego over a few days. This design was based on that of a Dutch company called Studio Dip who made a similar, larger tank. The tank has motion sensors in each corner that detect the movement of the fish. (Forfeit: Sir)
QI seriesL episode 1
Who d'ya trust?
..and these can easily look as if they come from a trusted source.
Is this still Trump we're talking about there?
And even then I think it's only happened once, and that was basically because the quake happened so close to where the train happened to be at the time that there wasn't enough time to slow the train down.
I saw a programme about it not to long ago, which went into quite some detail about the detection and prevention measures that they took for the system, which are both extensive and impressive.
Re: Pareto analysis
I do use WinPhone, and can bear out your comment (at least for the default tiles - the size can be changed easily either larger or smaller on a few different set sizes).
The phone (a Nokia 640) is good for what it does - calls, SMS, WhatsApp, Slack plus the usual tools like the alarm clock, email, calendar etc, and has a battery life of between 2-4 days if I don't hammer it with excessive wifi etc.
In light of the articles comments, it's still a bit surprising that the OS didn't do better than it did, and indeed quite a shame as for at least the basics of being a phone it does work well. And for everything else, there's my Android tablet...
Re: How to ground a F-35
They seem to be doing that quite well so far on their own without any outside assistance...
Re: National security
The cynic in me also wonders if they need a specific version of IE.
It would be par for the course if this only worked on IE5...
Britain's new aircraft carriers have no catapult system at all.
The way things are going, a handful of sailors armed with them will be the ships only armament and defensive capabilities at this rate...
Sod that, I want next week's lottery numbers...
Re: End of the TV Licence
Personally I'd just like to be able to access the content that my license fee helps to support when I'm travelling on business in Europe (and beyond) without having to VPN back to my home network or remember to download it in advance and fill up my devices already scarce and stuffed storage.
The question is which would take longer to get ready for action - either of those two or the space shuttle to take them up there?
I guess it depends on which city you happened to be in at the time...
Re: You can stick it ..
So their next wearable model would be the titbit?
For the drone or the husband?
It won't be a retrofit (a bit tough to do for a satellite in orbit, at least now the shuttle's are museum displays), but I'd imagine it'll be lowering the pressure in the main tank as much as they can, overriding some interlocks and forcing a valve or three open to create a path for the flow between the tanks, presumably via pipework that isn't normally supposed to be open via that route/condition.
But it's also wonderful to see yet another piece of space hardware far outliving its designed lifetime, although the cynic in me does have to wonder if they are applying Mr Scott's principle on their lifetime estimates...
Re: funny thing about these requests
Yup, make sure you have a full trail of supporting evidence, and then go about the task methodically and with total focus. That way when all the stuff that is actually important comes along and has to be put aside as you're too busy with the jobsworth crap, you can lay the blame exactly where it should be and cover yourself as doing exactly what you were told to do.
Either that or use the army method of just prevaricating and waiting for the countermanding order to arrive...
A sad farewell
Saw her from a distance a few weeks back when we visited the Historic Dockyard and took the bay cruise. In the photo's she still looks quite good, but back then in the flesh and more close up she was in a very sorry state. At least they've managed to make her look good for her farewell
Oh and the pedant in me has to say that since she's decommissioned, she's no longer HMS. Although I doubt anyone would begrudge her being so-called for her farewell...
Re: The second photo is not a Linux error screen.
Ah yes, the same one that in the right circumstances could produce the classic "Keyboard not found... press F1 to continue" and just sit there ad-nauseum whilst you went off hunting for a suitable one (especially given in some cases the machine hadn't got around to loading the USB drivers yet either thus requiring a PS1 beast).
In the meantime, I purchased and installed my own copy of a much better and more expensive utility, and added the cost to the bottom of my invoice, which was settled as usual.
As the saying goes, "it's easier to get forgiveness than permission", in the same way it's easier to get expenses signed off than purchasing requisitions...
Re: Can you hold down the power button
All of this does rather make you wonder though how she turns the thing on every morning, given she only knows that button as the one to power it off? Especially given turning it off would more likely involve the Windows start menu/button than anything else and the button would actually only be used to start it...
Re: Right decision
That'd soon be the mythical F35's and whatever they have by way of the Vanguard submarine fleet these days (or its replacement, presuming that survives similar fun and games)?
It's all becoming rather a farce...
A worrying trend?
So first we have aircraft carriers without aircraft, now we have combat warships without offensive weapons. We seem to be following a worrying trend here...
What next - broomsticks instead of guns for the army? Paper planes for the air force? A particularly detailed dictionary of harsh words and empty threats for the UK diplomatic corps?
Re: Sold Veteran's Day
Nah, I think Facebook just don't understand the concept of the real world.
Or at least the bits of it that they don't own or control...
Re: Standing Comments
I think she knows a thing or two about boxes being unboxed too...
Re: Cats 'n boxes.
Yup, have now been the servant of two cats, both of whom like nothing better than a large paper bag (think old-style American grocery bag, like you used to get from Ikea over here) that they could curl up in. But woe betide you if you went anywhere near it when they're in residence, as claws will inevitably be thrust out to gouge hands or whatever you've put near the bag.
I guess it's a security thing, as current one also seems to like snoozing in a cardboard box at night.
So we can summarise that it takes 6 weeks to hire management consultants and for them to recommend cutting out enough staff to cover at least half of what they're being paid for the recommendation?
Has to have been a rush job though, as they've failed to do the usual trick of cutting back on those who are keeping the promises rather than those who are making them and then walking away leaving the mess behind (and then blaming those who curiously failed to produce the promised silk purse from the supplied pigs ear, and that it took twice the promised time as there's a curious lack of people available to work on it).
Re: World Wide Jungle
They probably needed to make a special robot just to fit them all onto the page in the shortest time...
“large number of unanticipated sensors”.
Somehow I think the sensors won't be unanticipated, although their data and signals quite probably will be.
Unless they're getting really advanced and taking game theory a bit too far by picking them up as they drive along as power-ups?
And they already dropped all the eye candy with Office 2016, which is why it now looks like it was programmed by Fisher Price for a 2 year old and all but the drab grey theme gives you eyestrain after 10 minutes.
Re: Breaking physics
If it's the super-cooled stuff, then you've got more pressing things to worry about than your voice pitch, like your lungs and trachea freezing (even aside from any matter/anti-matter reactions between the anti-proton and normal ones).
Back in my PhD days people always used to wonder why I'd never tried inhaling the liquid Helium we used to work with, at least until I pointed out the temperatures involved.
Re: I know that feeling
Concerning the meetings and promises made by sales to be kept by engineers, especially in front of customers
Personally I find the best cure is to silently stand up, walk over to the sales droid and then without a word place a screwdriver on the desk in front of them, and then silently return to your seat.
Normally it passes the message quite succinctly and without causing a major fuss, at least until afterwards when you can let rip in private and tell them to keep the promises they made.
Re: I know that feeling
It never does in these kind of things to differentiate between those who are making the promises and those who will have to deliver them.
From personal experience (almost exclusively being part of the latter group) addressing such questions to members of the former group can be a severely career limiting move. It's less asking stupid questions than asking awkward ones...
They'll ask you to remove them unless you're wearing them in your passport photograph.
If you are, then forget the machines and just go to the manned desk as the machine won't stand a hope in hell of recognizing you most of the time (take it from me as a frequent flyer and glasses wearer who had them on his passport photo for the last 10 years until a recent passport renewal).
Re: Very useful @John Tserkezis
I just had this in reverse. My old passport photo had me wearing glasses, and the damn automated gates almost never let me through (I think my average was about once in 6-8 attempts or so, and usually only after several seconds of pondering on it's part).
Just renewed and deliberately got my photos done sans specs. And so far (about 5-6 attempts) they've let me through every single time, usually after only a second or two deliberation.
Given I wear specs all the time, I guess my career as an evil criminal mastermind and world supervillain isn't going to be hampered by face recognition ;-)
Oh I dunno, depends what's causing the steamy windows (to quote Tina Turner)...