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"We included the mic on the device so that we can potentially offer additional features to our users in the future, such as the ability to detect broken glass."
"Hey Google, what was that noise?"
"That was your back door being kicked in. Would you like to register with a better class of burglar?"
Those same people, if they were also concerned about fire risk, would likely be horrified to hear that they'd bought americium-241 and installed it in their kitchen. And let's not scare them further by telling them the brutal truth about the bananas they give to their kids...
"The aim, it said, is to cut down the time and cost involved in gathering information the department needs to make
athe wrong decision about "the right support" for someone with a health condition or disability."
If they want to cut costs they should cut their assessors' high levels of error, errors which happen even when the person being assessed hands over full documentation from their GP. Cut that and they cut the costs of all those successful appeals.
"A letter lost in the post could be the difference between life and death," he said – which is perhaps a reference to various incidents where clinical correspondence went missing.
An email lost to a patient's Gmail spam filter could be the difference between life and death too.
Last week my mouse developed the annoying ability to generate two clicks every time I clicked the left button. I couldn't fix it, and it quickly developed into generating first three and then four clicks, before the replacement mouse I'd ordered arrived.
Four clicks on the right-hand column in YouTube sends you to successive pages of not always related content (since there's usually another video link at the same spot on the new page). I can well imagine that anyone with a passing interest in something like atheism (which generates links to religious videos after you've watched a few Creationist videos being debunked by sceptics) and bow-making (which generates links to firearms once you've looked at target archery) or fireworks (Colin Furze definitely leads to bigger explosions!) would soon find more violent material just a few clicks away.
I'd better keep the faulty mouse as evidence, just in case YouTube was trying to show me something unpleasant while I was busy swearing at the mouse and trying to close all those new tabs from the keyboard.
"Hey, Mike! Mike, have you seen that science program from England on the TV, you know, the one set in a box they've made yuger on the inside?"
"No, Mr President. That show promotes diversity. It is from the Devil, and Mother and I will have no truck with it."
"Well listen, Mike, I think I've got the solution to all our problems. We promised better healthcare, didn't we, and to protect people from illegal immigrants, and everyone's in favour of expanding the military, aren't they? They love my Space Force."
"What are you getting at, Mr President?"
"It's simple, Mike. We use the technology the English used, and put people's brains in robots: no more health problems for anyone. An armoured body, so no-one will be stabbed in their beds by the illegals. And those robot guys really know how to march, so they'll fit right in with the military. I bet they know how to fly spaceships too. Yeah, it'll be great. It's my greatest idea yet, even among all my greatest ideas!"
"You never cease to amaze me, Mr President..."
French is a beautiful language. Finnish is a beautiful language. Lisp is the equivalent of Hungarian as spoken by a Valley girl with a railroad spike through her tongue while doing a bad impersonation of Donald Trump.
(I admit I may be presenting a few minor biases here.)
he speaks with parenthesis included (even with nested parenthesis (even nested, nested parenthesis) (a great talent (a huge talent), the best there is (the Donald is great (the best) at it))
Fucking hell, Jason, give us a warning before you do that! That nearly triggered my Lisp PTSD.
The horror, the horror...
I love it that someone gave me a thumbs-down for that observation. I don't know whether that means they've never heard Donald Trump try to explain something or they've never heard a six year old try to explain something.
"It's all happening much faster than anybody can believe. Even one of them recently said that President Trump made promises but he’s kept many more promises, I mean far more than I made. Think of it, it’s true." -- Donald Trump, Nov 1st 2018
Have you ever made a fool of yourself by failing to use the most basic piece of office kit properly?
It's considered basic kit now, but back in the day when the company I worked for upgraded its email system from an ancient Vax/VMS to a shiny new GUI-based client thingy (technical term -- I honestly can't remember the name of the software now 'cos it was before I got involved in any form of email admin), we had a play with the new toys it offered. One of these was an out-of-office function, so I called across the room to a couple of my mates telling them to email me, delighting in their reactions when they got an automatic response saying "Piss off, arsehole!"
You can probably see where this is going.
A couple of weeks later I went on holiday for a week. Yes, I did remember to switch the out-of-office on. No, I didn't remember to change the message to something a tad more professional. Fortunately few people in the company used email at that time, and fortunately it was summer so a good number of them were also away on holiday. Very fortunately the one senior manager who was a tech enthusiast and had seen my message also had a great sense of humour, and laughed himself nearly into a coma after calling me in for a supposed carpeting.
with subsidiaries in a dozen EU member states (plus Turkey) and partner networks in over 20 more
Vodaphone* must know something we don't. Apparently the EU consists of at least 32 states rather then the mere 28 us mortals can count.
* Well, Orlowski thinks they do. ;-)
which means 99.9% of electrcity came from fossil or nuclear sources.
Last year the government published a report suggesting that tidal power could provide 20% of the UK's energy needs, steady and predictable. The government has rightly funded a lot of research which has made the UK the world leader in tidal power innovation, but has shown little interest investing in successful trial projects to turn them into industrially-useful generating plants. Consequently researchers and tidal engineering companies are heading abroad.
You'd like to think the government would be able to figure out a way for this work to become a lasting functional benefit to the country, but they seem too bogged down in That Other Matter.
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