Surely at least 50% of children already know what a winkie looks like.
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Re: Push volume button to mute
Corsa. When I first got mine I ended up pulling into the side of the road and opening the door to turn the cabin light on so I could check maps. When I eventually went online to track down how to turn the light on my response was exactly: WTBF???
Also, the dashboard light adjuster is an anonymous dial under the light switch that is easily nudgable and does nothing when you experiment with it with stationary with the headlights off. Took me ages to work out why my dashboard was dark when I had the headlights on.
There's also the problem that if they turn off analogue radio I'll have to replace a perfectly working radio in the bedroom, one in the kitchen, one in the workshop, one in the living room, one in the car and one in the shed. When they turned analogue TV off there was only one TV affected, and I didn't even need to replace it, just put a dongle on the aerial.
An engineer examines problems and works out (engineers) solutions.
A technician applies pre-designed technical solutions to situations.
A fitter takes stuff out of a box and places it in its intended location.
An electrical engineer will measure an installation, calculate requirements, use those calculations to work out appropriate installation designs. (This is a second floor flat, the supply is 60m away, the voltage drop will be... the cable will need to be....)
An electrical technician will take pre-designed standard design solutions and apply them. (Two storey house, 2.5mm T+E ring main, 1.5mm lighting spurs)
An electrial fitter will take an item out of a box, follow pre-designed instructions, and attach it. (Remove old light switch, wire up new light switch)
Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!
"do you click the doorbell or do you press it?"
Neither, I ring it. You should use the vern that describes the ****ACTION****, not an incidental implementation-specific method of getting to that action.
You select YES, you don't click on YES. You may not have a clicker, your clicker may not make any clicking sounds, you may not want to use the clicker you may want to use the keyboard or a touch screen. It's this american moronism that does things like call a mobile phone a one-specific-implementation-of-a-mobile phone, and "buzz saw" - what the hell is a buzz and why and/or how would I want to be sawing it?
What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs
You can't even pay your tax with your National Insurance number, even though it is a requirement to be paid and appears on your pay slip and P60 (yearly salary statement). To pay your taxes you need your Unique Taxpayer Reference Number. But you still need to put your National Insurance number on your tax forms.
Re: Teaching is neither tutoring nor coaching
My neighbour has been a social worker for 20-odd years, and I'm constantly having to go around to explain to her where she's saved her documents, and that Acobat Reader is not a word processor, and that Microsoft Word is not an email program, and worst of the worst, that what she sees in *that* window is actually her PC in her office in the town hall, not the PC under her feet under her desk at home, and that a document saved from *this* window is inaccessible to *that* window. She keeps mumbling "I must get some training", but my thoughts are: why the **** were they not trained in this *before* expecting them to use it?
And not just how to use the remote access system and their casework management system, but the bare fundamentals of "this is a file system", "this is a directory structure", "this is how to keep things tidily arranged", "this is what the file system looks like from the filer vs this is what it looks like from a file dialog", etc. I sometimes wonder, do they dump paper records in a huge pile in a cabinet drawer? As that's what they do with electronic data.
Re: Ofsted Have Caused It
And none of them is IT. Which realistically is what we *should* be teaching.
"IT" is today's "how to drag a pen over a sheet of paper and get these things called words and sentences to appear, because when you go to work you'll need to be able to drag a pen over a sheet of paper and get these things called words and sentences to appear".
Re: There are no teachers
Perzaktly! I've tried to apply for the bribes - oops, I mean government sponsored ICT teacher training courses for the last three years, and have consistantly been tuened down every single time. If they are so desperate for teachers, why the **** are they turning people away?
Never mind, if I carefully manage a starvation diet for the next ten years, I'll be able to draw early on my pension and piss off out of the job market.
You shouldn't be asking IT staff for programming help, you should be asking programmers for programming help. You should be asking IT staff for IT help, such as changing the printer cartridge.
As expected, commentators have swept themselves into the whirlpool of confusing "IT" and "programming". "IT" == "driving a car". "Programming" == "*CREATING* a car".
This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals
"A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity"
As far as I can tell, Google only discriminates on pay according to how much work you do, and only discriminates on opportunity according to how able you are.
We'll know when Google starts discriminating in favour of people incapable of doing the job when Google starts going belly up.
My ISP was going out of buisness and turned off my service. Argh! I screamed - all my (recent) email is on there! Ok, we'll turn it back on for a couple of hours. Logged in and fetched all my email locally. Phew.
Set up new account on another ISP. Configured my email client. Connected to the new ISP and the email client promptly sync'd my local files with the empty account on the new ISP. ARGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!
On my PC I still have a big directory on the current drive containing files made up from every allocation cluster on the old drive after I imaged it and extracted all the contents, which I go through from time to time. I still have a gap of about a week in my email archive that I haven't found yet.
I knew Maplin was on the way out around 2005 when I went into my local store to buy some 40pin IDC box headers for an drive interface I was building - and not only did the staff respond in puzzled bemuzement, it didn't even exist in the catalog. I then asked a work colleague with a credit card to order me the bits I needed from Farnell.