It has often been said with the mildest hint of sarcasm that 80% of staff only ever needed Calc, Notepad and Paint to perform their jobs.
1017 posts • joined 6 May 2007
It has often been said with the mildest hint of sarcasm that 80% of staff only ever needed Calc, Notepad and Paint to perform their jobs.
So this drone I have just designed...
8 engines in a regular octagon at 2 feet on each side and has 3 camera mounts plus a cargo hook with remote release.
Total weight with cameras mounted in flying trim? 100grams - thanks to the helium filled centre dome
The thing to remember here is that EVERYTHING other than the core OS is an add-on in the eyes of MS and can be dropped at any time, this may be a result of the browser wars thing but more probably just the way the company split it out - 'you guys make the OS work and you other guys write the other bits' kind of thing . That includes backups, security, screen management etc whereas most other OS look beyond 'in a perfect world' to include some features for managing the device and recovery as part of the core. They don't have to be used but if you do they are fully integrated and...just work.
Too simple or too ingenious
So no one had thought of it before, it achieved exactly what he set out to do and will mean an improvement in technology....isn't that the whole point of a Phd thesis?
Sounds more to me like the customer recognised this was someone who actually put in the effort to find the cause rather than just following the script and wanted to keep him onside in case there were future issues.
Sadly, that level of thoroughness is often discouraged because it takes longer than a Helpdesk reset which makes the problem go away...Time is money you know and to hell with giving the curtomer a real solution
I saw a wonderful piece of TV where Sir Bob Geldof apologised for letting his company produce 'Castaways' which triggered Channel 4 to produce Big Brother etc etc etc. He said if he had realised where it would lead he would never have done it.
My old mahoosive 17" Dell laptop which I bought in 2001 still runs fine except for a minor problem with the hinges which suffered a little through user incompetence (OK, it was me..I dropped the bag it was in which landed on a corner where the foam was a little thin).
Currently on Mint but who knows what tomorrow brings...
The last time I passed by Shoreham airport (Brighton Hove and Worthing Joint Municipal Airport for the purists) it still had it's airport beacon light flashing it's ident code in Morse
Ah, the good old ye Olde Days
This is far too complex a decision and allows more loopholes than it closes. The actual decision they should have made was to ban adverts that...
If I remember correctly there has been more than one airport ban the Auto-land function of the autopilot system because it is just too damn good and had everything landing on the same 10 foot stretch of tarmac causing it to break up.
All these systems are well thought out but need assistance in the boundary areas which for aircraft is Air to Ground/Water/Mountains (plus some oddities like other aircraft). For cars it is more complicated as you don't get to maintain speed/direction for very long before some interaction is required.
Surely that would have been on the hide wrapping which had to be shredded to open the box and included the phrase that damaging the wrapping is considered acceptance of the EULA
I would have thought the answer was obvious from the huge cheer bursting forth from said forest as the team bites the loam. People near the scene may spot a glimpse of the BOFH and PFY strolling away pints in hand smiling at a job well done.
Definitely need the moonbase, otherwise there will be nowhere to store the nuclear waste in order to get an unmanaged de-orbiting thrust. Would help if someone could get building the Eagles too :)
According to my parents, I did that to the midwife as I was being born. Quite happy to use it for bragging rights even though I was only mostly there
Colour me a N00b but how would a modem to upload the images to a Police server equal an internet connection?
To paraphrase Garry Trudeau introducing Calvin and Hobbes...
The utterance an Adult may know to be a lie may well reflect a child's deepest conviction at the moment it pops out...Fantasy is so accessible that the people lied to assume they are being manipulated when the truth is more frightening; they don't exist.
You make your own assumptions about how many politicians/lawyers/CEOs could be the child this applies to
Does this count as an Intermission in the Security Theatre?
Just require them to define their services based on the non-fibre bit which will be measured and rounded up in miles so:-
Fibre into the house=Fibre
Fibre to a cabinet just round the corner =1CopperMile/1CableMile
Fibre to the exchange=20CopperMiles/20CableMiles
Of course this is all pointless until OFCOM/ASA grow a set of balls
I am shocked I tell you
"happy to trade defence-in-depth strategies for single vendor reliance when moving to the cloud"
Moving to the cloud fixes everything, this salesman showed me a report on the internet so it MUST be true
I bet the system has 'Smart' somewhere in the blurb sent to the users to say how awesome it is, probably got 'Resilient' too.
Replacing the battery on my Land Rover Discovery needed a crane...
Have you SEEN the size of those batteries?
The failings of the programme mirror those of the CAP system in England and Wales.
So they took the plans for the England/Wales system and proved that if you keep doing things the same way you keep getting the same results. Surely there must be something which just needs values, rules and reports added and doesn't require them to keep re-inventing the wheel each time with continually changing numbers of spokes/sides/axles?
BS Johnson beat them to it when he developed the Sorting Machine
This rather assumes that one of the planned reform measures does not include using International standards for transfer of power. Just like the ones used in Zimbabwe, North Korea etc etc. aka Dead Men's Shoes
Maaaany moons ago there was a company in Crawley (Rose Auto Supplies I think) that did a catalogue (yes it was that long ago) and the cover was always tongue-in-cheek.
One year was an electric claw hammer that came in mains or cordless but the one this story is bringing to mind is the dual mains sockets for retrofitting into buildings post-decoration. They were infra-red so no cables to run. They had an amazing number of enquiries apparently.
Gave you an upvote but really, ethernet over mains? Was there no other choice?
I have managed to install discrete cabling on each house we have been in for some time now and have installed low-power wireless access points in appropriate locations where the kids insist on using their phones/tablets. If it is a laptop then use a bloody cable, you will get much better throughput than sharing a wifi link with half a dozen other bits of kit.
My Father-in-law converted me to drink single malts as he had an amazing collection but sadly he developed a medical condition which precluded him drinking them....Hmmm whatever was a good son-in-law to do? Oh yeah, drink it all for him so he didn't have to look at it any more
I have yet to find one I cannot form at least a temporary friendship with
That 'special tool' to drill into thick ethernet after clamping on a huge block of metal to allow an PC to be connected. And then finding some arse had ignored the 'connect here' markings and because of minimum separation you were not going to be able to connect enough to the carefully planned cable and you have to run a second along exactly the same route
Well that was a shock
Just for giggles I had a search for a Parallel port card and I got tons of hits for PCI cards with parallel/RS232 ports. Makes me wonder if I should go back through my box of 'I may yet need this' kit to see what I could have another play with
In a previous life I was a field service engineer and if I was not at a customer site I was not making money for the company and had little activity I could be involved in.
One glorious sunny summer Friday lunchtime my manager was talking to me and said 'This is the sort of day to be walking a golf course and not sat in an office'. Taking the very broad hint I laid out a sequence of things I needed to do in other buildings and his response was 'See you Monday'. The flip side, when he called me on a Saturday morning to ask me to fly out to a customer in Jordan the next day for two weeks I said 'what flight?'
So many problems all come down to managers either not understanding their role or not being allowed to step outside of the box
a wonderful story about the Nav system installed on a supertanker which could combine various signals from fixed points with GPS to plot the position of the receiver to within 1metre. Seemed slight overkill to me at the time when it could travel the best part of a mile before it could stop.
Really, Really? That is the best they could some up with?
So in short, private companies want to monetise public spaces with no responsibility for the consequences and they wonder that the guardians of those public spaces have said 'Bog off'?
Most people stop scraping the barrel when they wear a hole in the bottom, others it seem decide that the barrel is of infinite depth and so anything in or under the barrel is theirs to mine
That 'private group chat' was on the Harvard web-boards so yes, it was their business as it breached their T&Cs
As has been said so many times by so many people (and most of them better with words than I am) the anonymity of the Internet means you can say things you would not say to someone's face. But this is both a negative and a positive in that some people need to be told their work/opinion is not acceptable and that needs you to be a very confident person to say it to someone's face. As mentioned above, the main problem with text-based conversations is that you cannot determine tone and it is very easy to be hurt by a rejection no matter how well it is worded and then filter the comment through that hurt and see it as offensive.
I was at a Flight Sim company that used SGI for modelling the scenarios and it had the software to fly around the model to check for artifacts, break-up etc and many a quiet hour was spent practising landing the curved approach at the old Hong Kong airport.
There was even a company using SGI systems slapped on a basic cockpit as an starter pack for trainee pilots, the graphics really were that good.
I think from a management perspective it is not a DRP, but an NMP (Not My Problem)
Oh dearie dearie me, these people just don't get it do they.
Have a wild stab in the dark guess about why people use Ad-blockers...yep, you guys are pushing total crap through Ads along with opening holes for other people to throw all manner of malwareSpam at us so we are fighting back. Clearly the Ad-blockers are now having enough impact that revenues are threatened so I would say that is a win.
I think I may have spotted who they are modelling their systems on.
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
If you have a multi-page form and links to all their social media that should make finding the right items even simpler.
You seem to be assuming the farmer doesn't practise crop rotation. Not going to help much if you are a dead ringer for last year's crop
It may not have been a hospital and dead patients but I was working in a Flight Simulator company and overnight the cleaners unplugged an external disc unit providing customised scenarios for a customer. Losing the connectivity froze the 'in use' simulator mid session leaving the instructor to show the students how to egress from a platfom stuck 5m up and at a 30degree angle
These things are not all Urban myths
Ah, but you seem to have missed the punctuation which very subtly separates Mr Lucas from the aforementioned Good Directors
Quite, clearly the current laws and International agreements are too rigid and do not provide the opportunities to have a quick firkle to see what can be dredged up to justify a proper warrant. After all, if you have nothing to hide - put your data in the cloud
"Comcast's lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to the owners of a website that let people search for their own name to see if it had been falsely used to argue against net neutrality"
Not sure about the American legal system but is parody a fair-use defence?
This...so many many times.
As a teenage apprentice I made the mistake of declaring to a real engineer that the connector he wanted to use was not a standard RS232 connector. He politely sent me to the companies Tech Library to read said standard and I was humbled. Who knew you could have a 1 conductor '232 cable? I did after reading the manual.
On my return he explained that a standard was a banner raised in battle to identify the knight holding it and each knight had his own standard. Since those days standards have proliferated
But surely Elected officials are the definition of AI...You are convinced there has to be some intelligence in there but it's all faked
Quite, this is the kind of statement put out by companies to set themselves onto the moral high ground and polish their halos while in reality any rules/regs this is to meet will be very localised and could even encourage Government agencies to scope-creep. This is the last thing which was needed after the FAA got slapped down for trying much the same thing with no more legality behind them.
If you want to have a real discussion about limiting non-commercial drones then do it. Make it very public and involve bodies running similar activities such as RC aircraft or hot air balloons and you will get a sensible result if you bother to listen.
I may be mistaken, it has happened before on 12th January 1973 if I recall correctly, but there are regulations regarding use of radio controlled aircraft in the vicinity of airfields which would cover your 'student pilot' scenario.
That doesn't prevent people being a complete arse about this stuff but, y'know, use existing rules/laws before playing the sledgehammer legislation card
Have to agree, it was looking quite interesting up until that point
While the line about 'assigned by ISP' is partly true, if you have a static IP address that fig-leaf becomes a somewhat transparent.
The question I would have is can the same treatment be applied to people using IPV6? (Cue the gags about do you mean both of them?)
I have a beard and a weird haircut which must make me cool and trendy and I don't have a smartwatch, or a smartband.
Rumour has it that with a little effort such as the odd mugging or string of burglaries I could have a limited edition SmartAnklet. That is guaranteed entry into Fashionabledomness
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