$220m for 12m x 4m storage?
That's getting close to Big Yellow Self Storage rates!
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A few years ago I applied for a job that I didn't really want but was paying a lot so thought I'd sound it out at least. I'm a c# dev, but it turns out they really wanted a DBA. I had a fair bit of SQL Server experience, but not much from the DBA side, but thought what the hell, I'll do their tech test.
So I had a quick Google for DBA test questions, picked the first link, and boned up on my knowledge. I quickly realised I didn't really know enough to be a DBA, but I learned a bit.
Anyway, I get to the test, and discover it was the exact same one I had been looking at online. They had literally just nicked it and presented it as their own. Therefore I knew all the answers and got a perfect score.
They admitted they were actually quite surprised about how I did given I got higher scores than all the actual DBAs who applied, and I ended up on a phone interview with their lead DBA and somehow got through that as well.
Then the manager left and the new one came in a couple of weeks later and gave me a call to say that really they wanted a c# guy.... I gave up at that point as I didn't really want the job anyway.
With SQL Server 6.5 I was diagnosing an issue that ultimately came down to SQL not having enough memory allocated to it. Back then you had to specify how much RAM you wanted it to use (I assume it's more clever now but I don't really know).
Anyway, it was running on NT4 and I set it to use half the available memory. I forget how much it had - 256mb or something - but completely forgot it was in 2Kb increments so setting it to 128Mb really meant 256Mb.
Net result was the machine booted, SQL started and immediately took all the available RAM and the whole thing blue screened. Obviously, this was whilst I was at the client site, whilst remote controlling their server which was in a data center elsewhere.
We had to get a technician out to put more RAM in the server in the end. They weren't impressed...
The computer won't be going "Oh F**" like the human driver would.
The computer would probably not have got into that situation in the first place. If there are bad road conditions it would have slowed down.
It won't be distracted like the human who is changing the station on the radio or reprogramming the satnav - it will always be paying attention.
If there are pedestrians it would already have scanned and judged them whilst they were walking along the side of the road and determined which would top its kill-list should they step out - it wouldn't do it only when they became a problem...
Anyway the reason you can't get a decent cup of tea in Spain is they haven't invented the kettle yet.
The Americans have also yet to invent it. Every time I go to Florida on holiday I rent a place, and it always has a filter coffee machine. But no kettle. On the one or two occasions that there has been one, it has been the "put it on the hob for 4 hours until it boils" variety.
Can I ask how wind direction (which changes) can help with navigation? Genuinely curious!
Simple - it's pretty much guaranteed that the way you want to go will be walking into the sodding wind, rather than it helpfully blowing you from behind.
Sorry, slipped in Dabbsy-esque double-entendre there.
And I never thought that'd be something I'd ever say.
But the mobile order thing works well. I know exactly where to order it when walking back to the office, so that as I enter the shop it's either just being made, or is ready within a minute or two of me arriving. No paying in store, no queueing.
My Mac is a late 2009 - I googled the repair but its way beyond my capabilities, totally frustrating as despite the age its got updated RAM and a 1TB HD and works just fine.
My sister-in-law had a Lenovo laptop with a dodgy keyboard due to some juice spillage. Despite having no experience or expertise in computer repair, she was able to order (for about £25) and replace the keyboard herself. It took her about 10 minutes and her £350 laptop was as good as new.
Good luck with that on a £1500 Macbook...
If that is the case then I would reconsider your "expertise" then as you obviously do not know how to configure a Windows PC to work properly! Out of the 8 machines here that I have in the house, only ONE issue has arisen after an update on ONE machine only - Asus AI Suite stopped working but was easily fixed by installing a later version of it. Every other update has gone smooth as silk with no problems. I have to admit that W10 has lowered my workload dramatically as people don't seem to have so many problems like they had with W8 or previous versions. Lucky? Maybe, but then again maybe I know how to configure a W10 machine so it doesn't have problems or use hardware that has good driver support?
I never claimed to have any expertise in fixing Windows 10 Updates, or Windows in general. Neither have I "configured" any of those affected computers (although I'm not sure what you actually mean by "configure". You probably don't know either.). I'm also pretty sure I said quite clearly "I use Macs".
And why should anyone need ANY expertise in order to continue having a working system when MS push out an update?
Based on my sample size of 2 (that's my inlaw's desktop and laptop), 100% of computers had issues.
Desktop - broke Excel. An elderly version sure, but was working fine previously. The fix was to install OpenOffice. Also broke his music player and his speakers but I was able to get those working again eventually.
Laptop - has the "desktop" issue and is currently a paperweight. I simply don't have time to do anything more to try and fix it, and I'm hoping that MS might actually get their fucking arses in gear and release a fix. No sign so far, and this seems to affect an awful lot of people. They just don't seem to give a shit.
So in my circle, every computer this update has touched has broken in some way. I've personally had to spend hours trying to fix things. That's my evening/weekend time that I would rather spend doing anything else. Personally I moved to Mac years ago and haven't had any issues with any of them on any update. But because I'm the "expert" in the family (I'm a software engineer but that just means "computer fixer" to any family member) I have to waste my time because of MS's fuck up.
I am cross.
Surely you wouldn't make them read/write and modify and go all horribly wrong like that as suggested?
You'd do the delete on the primary instance, then take a new snapshot to replace the existing one with. Most places would do snapshot creation automated on a schedule anyway so it would probably just sort itself out overnight. You'd then just delete the old one.
I'm off to the USA in a few weeks so thought I'd have a little browse on the Golf Galaxy website, lest I am able to persuade the Mrs to let me buy something whilst we're there.
But no. Great big message saying "Because of GDPR, visitors from your location are not allowed to browse the web store".
WTF? I only want to look at some gear online, not even to buy it!
I assume I'll be denied physical entry to the actual store as well if I look like a shifty European.
Many years ago I worked for a defence contractor in a building that was partly converted into a clean-room, for a different part of the business. They had a production line in there making something fairly hush-hush (radar equipment, I think).
Anyway we had a couple of Ducati's delivered to work, so that we could fit some electronics onto them that we were developing for the customer. Naturally, we had them outside, by one of the clean-room air outlets, and were revving the bollocks out of them, as you do (especially when you are 25 years old).
A couple of minutes later a man in a white lab coat covered in clean-room garb came out and asked us very nicely if we would mind doing that elsewhere, as that was actually their air intake and we'd tripped all their alarms with our exhaust gas, shut down production and triggered an evacuation of the room.
He really was very nice about it all. We decided our boss didn't need to know.
a) it's a CURRENCY - so it's a CASH ADVANCE
It's not a currency. If I sell you 400 sheets of paper with £10 written on it, that does not make it a currency. It's no more a currency than the VBucks my son keeps pestering me to buy for Fortnite.
You also self-defeat your argument with the term "Cash Advance". If I buy $400 then I can actually go into a bank, and ask for that $400 in cash. Try walking into a bank and asking for your Bitcoin in cash. There is no cash version, therefore it is not a cash advance.
I had an email from Sodexo in February, a few days after my card got used for a few fraudulent transactions.
Luckily Natwest were on the ball and blocked the card before I even realised.
Edit to say that this was done via the Tastecard Plus site - I had no idea who Sodexo were or that they were the one providing that service.
In all seriousness why bother holding an event where you can shed no light on the problems or give any worthwhile information?
I imagine that Mike wanted a reason to go to the conference and stay in a nice suite at a nice hotel, and this was the only way he could swing it.
Really? With several ANPR systems (the ones we know of) in action?
The problem with ANPR is it doesn't know what you do between cameras. Did you go straight from Camera A to Camera B in 20 minutes? Or did you spend 15 minutes driving around side streets? Maybe you pulled over, made a phone call, had a cup of coffee in a cafe etc. I suppose they can ignore outliers in the data, with Uber they do know the details of what was going on so the data is more useful.
Alas, most amateur guitarists seem to believe 'if it doesn't sound good acoustic, I need to add more distortion pedals'.
When I was younger, and reached the level of "still shit" as a guitarist, I very quickly realised that anything I played on acoustic sounded terrible, but by plugging in, and whacking up the overdrive things would sound a lot better!
Funny how many people will pay around a grand for a mobile phone, but then will fly with the cheapest crappest airline that Google can find them.
When I buy a phone, I expect it to last at least 2 years and be bloody good at everything it does.
When I fly to, say, Florida on holiday, it's an 8 hour flight and then I'm off the plane and it's forgotten. It simply isn't always worth paying loads more money just to get there a bit more comfortably. Usually, I'll just suck it up and complain a bit.
Had a horrid flight with Air Transat back from Montreal (would have been ok if they'd not given the extra legroom seats that I paid for to someone else). But at the end of the day it was bloody cheap so I could put up with the discomfort for a few hours.
Just because it has become easier to record something in good quality, does not mean that the music itself is actually good.
I'd rather listen to Petty/Young recorded on a 1970s portable mono tape recorder in terrible quality than much of today's garbage written and recorded on an iPad by someone who classifies their music as "grime".
[i]"Your car is old & the brakes worn way down, so in order to make it a more pleasant ride we're going to artificially limit the speed to only that of a one legged horse. Enjoy!"[/i]
Actually, reducing the allowed speed of cars with warn out brakes is a pretty good idea.
Well there were the BBC Dirk Gently TV series starring Stephen Mangan . Although loosely based, personally I think they are grossly under-rated and probably the best small/large screen representation of DNA's work
I enjoyed those, too. Stephen Mangan was a perfect Dirk - pretty much exactly how I imagined him when reading the books.
There's also a Netflix "Dirk Gently" that is nothing to do with anything DNA did. Still quite entertaining and a suitably odd plot, but only Dirk Gently by name.
Is all the good people leave. They take their payoff, and walk immediately into another job - probably on a higher salary, too. The other set who go are those who are close to retirement. They would have gone for free soon anyway, but might have actually shared their decades of knowledge before they left.
You are left with the dross who nobody wants to hire, but have saved a few quid.
Unfortunately, then company performance suffers because the remaining staff are shite, profits plummet even more and you repeat the cycle.
It's almost like if you kept the good people and rewarded them, that the company would do better. But that's crazy talk and I'm not a management consultant.
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