Re: Why is this 'news'...
2 random drunk strangers
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2 random drunk strangers
"Science - the only "religion" that works. Even if you don't believe in it."
The Religion of Science - That perfect, infallible construct. Never wrong, never contradictory, never tainted by mankind's desires
The Internet is fucked
All faster internet connections have done is to prove Jevons paradox
The American Dream has moved on from car ownership from all:
Plenty of studies have shown that among the younger generation in particular, car ownership isn't seen as something to aspire to.
I'm sure you'll be able to book by either route or time
Probably better given that driverless cars will drive at a speed suitable for the road and quite likely be able to sense the presence of another car and negotiate mutually optimal speeds and passing strategies way before a human would be able to.
"They're a government mouth piece. If they were lefties they would have been covering the london protests on Downing street as it happened rather than tucking it into the news in the middle of the night."
The protests weren't really news, it was the usual bunch yet again abusing the right to protest
The door refused to open. It said, "Five cents, please."
He searched his pockets. No more coins; nothing. "I'll pay you tomorrow," he told the door. Again it remained locked tight. "What I pay you," he informed it, "is in the nature of a gratuity; I don't have to pay you."
"I think otherwise," the door said. "Look in the purchase contract you signed when you bought this conapt."
...he found the contract. Sure enough; payment to his door for opening and shutting constituted a mandatory fee. Not a tip.
"You discover I'm right," the door said. It sounded smug.
I didn't realise they had freezers that big
I'm surprised no ones mentioned Frank Herbert's Destination Void.
A classic tale of AI building and experimentation - If you're going to build an AI do it off world with a goal to get as far away from Earth as possible
Tescos is brilliant... at keeping the scum out of Waitrose
"wine in reverse...."
It was the software optimizing itself for maximum fuel savings
"In the UK, one cannot buy a decent X86 laptop, at a fair price, without paying the Microsoft tax (they also tax Android)."
Took about 2 seconds of typing in Amazon
You are obviously of low intelligence then, my brain corrects the spelling mistakes and allows me to read it with ease
Why the fuck would you want to "date" somebody outside your area/zip-code?
Less chance of the wife bumping into them
PM is the radio equivalent of The One Show
In our time episode on Lovelace:
I might download that for tonights commute
"With science and technology subjects? I'm not convinced we are there yet. There are some good presenters, but the material always gets dumbed down."
I find that Radio 4 to be a last bastion of quality science programming, In Our Time in particular stands out as a show which allows experts to just talk about their subjects with only the gentle guidance of Melvyn Bragg.
Having said that, Radio 4 is not immune from the "must appeal to a wide audience and get younger listeners rot" which has infected the rest of the BBC.
Its a shame really, as a teenager I drew a lot of inspiration from the likes of Horizon, I can't even watch it these days without being distracted by the constant repetition as if they need to drill obvious facts into the minds of idiots.
Personally I blame the Discovery Channel.
Currently rewatching "Earth Story" on DVD from the late 90's. It is a superb example of factual programme making
So in order to charge the car when out and about, KIA expect me to empty the boot to access the cubby hole where the cables are stored.
For an item which I would expect to use very frequently they seemed to have picked an awkward place to store it!
Smart Unlock also works with trusted bluetooth devices.
Very handy when in the car
People with lots of money demanding even more money.
There is literally a couple of billon dollars of net worth signed up to this
I get the impression that MacBooks are about the same value for money spec-for-spec as other manufacturers.
Similar spec, similar price Dell will be user upgradeable and serviceable and (at an extra cost) come with 3 year accident cover and on site support.
If you work contract or freelance then NOT having to make a 4 hour return trip to a service center is a very valuable feature.
I like the spec of Alienware but I've never been a fan of them in a corporate environment. Anyone know of any alternatives out there?
Dell XPS 15-lxxx
I have a 2 year old one with 2 SSDs fitted and room for a 3rd if I swap out the Blueray player.
RAM is at 8GB but easily up-gradable to 16GB should I see the need.
Newer versions are slimmer, have better battery life, higher res touch screens and slightly better CPU and GPUs
And even then MMDDYY is the format of idiots
"Well at least friends family and school chums get good employment"
Unfortunately for our Conservative friends that employment will be peanuts compared to the cash cow that was the NHS National Programme for IT.
"I want my Nokia E71 back"
Who took it from you?
its quite straightforward to reflash with an older stock ROM if you want to revert to an older version
Only downside is that you will lose all user data and settings
If you want to see somewhere rough
Take a train to Slough
Here's a quote from a "proper" news source
"The deal also gives it access to community of over 40,000 AlchemyAPI developers"
"The pro version is designed to fold into a Transit van with the wheels removed"
All the wheels or just the back two?
"universal levy could be put on every household in the country"
i.e. NOT a poll tax
"It seems to be the phone of choice in "House of Cards 3" ..."
Thanks for the spoiler warning!
" Me? I score more than 1,900 on this scale -"
You forgot to subtract 2000 points for giving a shit about class which, like money, only concerns those with none
To think that all these years I've been using A roads when driving from Leeds to Harrogate when I could have used the M42
The "Metadata" moniker came about when the NSA tried to downplay how much data they were capturing
My 3yo Daughter goes to sleep by herself at 8pm and has been for a few months but it wasn't easy to get there.
First step was buying blackout shades for her room, especially useful when the evenings are lighter
A set bedtime routine is essential
After that it comes down to trust and training them to not be scared to be left alone. We went through these steps:
1. Letting her fall asleep whilst lying on my chest
2. Letting her fall asleep whilst lying next to me
3. Letting her fall asleep whilst I was sat on the bed
4. Letting her fall asleep whilst I sat in her doorway
5. Letting her fall asleep with her door open whilst I noisily pottered around getting stuff done close by
6. Door open + a night light - I get to go and do what ever and she falls asleep by herself
That all took about 3 months. Occasionally we had to take a step back but its something we understood would happen
She needs the night light now as she loves scary books about ghosts and dragons but also has an active imagination (as most toddlers do)
Any dissent on her part was treated as calmly as possible, an angry toddler isn't a sleepy toddler, repeated infractions result on her being left on her own for 5 minutes to cry it out and think about it.
For the record, she never slept in a cot, it was something we gave up trying to do and for the first 2 years she bed shared with us.
If only it was written in C++
I'm holding out for Windows 10 to be properly released. If it does live up to its promise then I'll be very very tempted to ditch Android and unify my laptop and desktop OSs
"The phenomenal sums of money available to both of these companies has reached scary levels of everything."
Global Hyper Mega Corps are nothing new and there are a lot more than those three. In fact 2 of the 3 companies you list are not even in the global top 20
The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:
"A free upgrade1 for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"
So that looks like free to me so long as you already own Windows 7 or 8.1, upgrade within 1 year of Windows 10 being released and keep the device.
Any new devices will need a new (and presumably paid for) license
As an American why would you ask a Parisian if they speak French?
surely you mean:
PARLAY VOO EEEENGLEEEESH
"As a contractor you should be able (and in some cases expected) to use your own equipment."
And I do spend a lot of money on my Laptops (I buy high end and make them last a few years)
I also spend on software, usually a separate windows licence for the client running in a VM, it makes it easy to hand over should anything happen as everything will be in the VM.
However, about 60% of the companies I've worked for insist on contractors using client issued equipment for security reasons. Given that I work on database systems and frequently have access to sensitive data thinks makes sense and is something which in their position I would make contractors do too.
"If you don't do it, another manufacturer will."
Its been a few years already and no other manufacturer has bothered.
I don't find 15" (or 15.6") too small for development, although I run windows at native resolution on the 1920x1080 panel. Its big enough that I very rarely run applications maximised.
My previous laptop was a Dell M65 with a 15" 1920x1200 screen. Like you I thought I would be missing out with 120 less pixels. But once I had acclimatised to the slightly different shape it didn't bother me in the slightest.
Its the usual snobbery
Very high resolution wide screens are great for laptops as you often don't have a second screen and the width allows you to easily place 2 windows side by side without feeling that either window is being compromised.
Then later on, when work is finished and a gaming session in the hotel room is needed then the wide screen makes its second useful appearance.
... as it does again even later when catching up on a TV show
I have never i my life lamented a monitor being to short, I have though, especially when using the low res crap some companies expect us contractors to use missed having a full 1920 (or more) width screen
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