If you have to ask, you can't afford it
232 posts • joined 17 May 2007
If you have to ask, you can't afford it
I would add to that list;
The Tea Ladies
The Canteen Staff
(back in the days when they existed)
Derek Lowe has written a whole series of similair articles over the years. Try googling for "Things I Wont Work With" for others.
I'd bet that if they put one of those on permanent station above the home of the Thales CEO, the reliability issues would be resolved fairly quickly.
Aaarrgggh! Thank you very much for the assorted earworms. Thank $DEITY it's almost pub o'clock here.
(+1 for the Lindisfarne reference though ... happier times at the City Hall)
"Reminds me of the time I sat in a meeting with the biggest dickhead in the world from sales"
Sorry, you couldn't have. He works here.
So morale of the storey is that if you are out and about for some nefarious purpose (like armed robbery), don't take your mobile phone with you. Or, better still, take someone elses.
"In most cases the advertisers had no idea that their ads were being served on sites that they, or their customers, found offensive.
On-line advertising looks like house of cards, and I suspect the whole thing will just collapse one day."
As Nectar are in the process of discovering.
Not neccessarily. Here in Cyprus it is not uncommon to find offices, doctors surgeries, dentists etc etc in what look like residential houses or blocks of flats. However, it's the number of different references to that address that make it look dodgy
Googling on the Cyprus address Athinodorou 3; Dasoupoli - it's quite interesting the number of times and different places that address turns up in.
Breakfast off a slate? There's worse. Much worse. (Cite: http://wewantplates.com/)
"Honda, the makers of soulless machinery, are trying to: http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a32162/honda-just-invented-a-self-balancing-motorcycle-that-never-falls-over/"
While, initially, that may seem to reduce by 1 the number of the numerous ways you can die on a motorcycle, I suspect that in fact, it may increase the number of ways to die. If it never falls over, presumably, you can't drop it on purpose when you need to?
"AS400 in there (which fortunately stayed up .... "
You needed something a damn sight more dramatic than a hot server room to bring down one of those babies ....
"one then has to ask how they got the battleship up there in the first place"
A very long run-up?
"Not taking any bets, but regular testing of diesel generators need to be done."
But they did. They sub-contracted the testing to Atos who declared them "fit to work" ......
There is one helleuva difference between "the public interest" and what "the public are interested in". Media organisations consistantly cite the former while providing the latter.
... to use the phrase "Bud Ice Premium" in the same sentence as "beer"/
Maybe we could actually use the ad-networks for something useful here. Instead of trying to break encryption to find the bad guys, instead look for who is being served ads for Semtex alternatives
>some relatively small further fraction comes back in the form of EU spending in the UK. But we have >almost no control over how this will increase in future or what the EU chooses to spend it on.
Apart from disputing the use of the phrase "small fraction", I am not so sure that the fact that the EU decides what it is spent on is such a bad idea. A Tory government is going to favour spending it in the Tory heartlands, that's where the votes are, similairly, a Labour government would favour the Labour heartlands. At least the EU decides on economic and social grounds rather than political ones.
>> I wonder what people who voted leave think of the snooper's charter anyway?
that it's a piece of paper owned by a dancing beagle?
and not to forget the eye watering cost of hard drives in those days as well
I would also start running if I were you ...
Throw them both out?
If I were on that trip, anyone on the poll list would be out of the airlock before we passed Moon orbit!
"that can lead to its own problems, with older blokes putting themselves at risk of heart problems the more sex they have – particularly if they enjoy it in old age"
There are worse ways to go.
"If that doesn't make your blood boil from either a moral or an ethical standpoint, then you've totally lost me."
Sorry, but it is a simple binary choice.
Apple et al are either breaking the law (tax evasion) or they are not (tax avoidance). If they are breaking the law then the relevant authorities should be prosecuting and someone should be going to prison.
If they are not breaking the law, then the relevant authorities should either change the law or if not, should say why they are not changing the law and then shut up about it.
No court is going to convict if the law is not being broken. The current furore over moral or ethical implications is simply a smoke and mirror exercise to distract attention from the fact that governments have no intention of adjusting the current tax laws. The reasons for this are left as an exercise for the reader.
I can't help feeling I chose the wrong career. Beating hardware into submission does pall after a while
You aren't going to defeat this by arguing technical impossibility. If the last month has taught us anything then it's that politicians and facts are mutually incompatible, and that the British Public has "had enough of experts".
We need a Daily Wail style campaign based on nothing more than vague hints and hand waving to suggest that not having encryption will cause really, really bad things to happen. The more outrageous the claim, the better. And then, we all need to spread the message amongst the witless and gullible as often and as loudly as we can.
What could possibly go wrong?
he's just a very naughty ..... oh, never mind.
"Be honest, in how many wars have the US won on their own, NONE !"
Oh come on, be fair. They did manage an away win in Grenada.
+1 for the Viv Stanshall reference, I haven't listened to Sir Henry at Rawlinsons End in absolute yonks.
"The white-headed vulture - Trigonoceps occipitalis - is native to sub-Saharan Africa and under threat of extinction in the wild."
We'll just have to hope that the local swivel-eyed loons are more intelligent than the swivel-eyed loons around here, otherwise the damn thing will be going extinct in the West Country too.
Is it just me, but every time, I read anything from HHGTTG, I hear Peter Jones voice in my head?
T'Opus Dei - ee, tha wor lucky! When I were t'lad ........
"I remember reading about a manufacturing technology that helped recycling. Casings were made out a material with a heat triggered shape-memory; bake it a bit and the case changes shape and the whole thing simply falls to bits."
MFI (for those of you old enough to remember them) perfected this techique decades ago, with the added bonus, that you didn't need to bake them first.
Any takers for a bet on whether they were for QSECOFR or not?
I could certainly believe it to be true. I used to reckon that the only way to stop one of those muthas would be to open one of the side panels and chuck a hand grenade inside, and I'm not entirely convinced that that would even kill it.
I loved those machines.
"We take breaches of professional standards extremely seriously..."
You might do now that someone has been caught, but you obviously didn't give a fuck in 2010 or 2011
According to some reports I have read, the boat in question belonged to the US Navy. The US Navy tend to take a dim view of people launching rockets in their direction, and would be seriously miffed if it actually hit them.
Hmmm, you know, "The Drop Bear Drive" just seems to be a little lacking in the pizazz department. You just have to imagine how it would sound in a conversation between Scottie and Kirk to decide if the name would work or not.
+1 for the aged Morcambe & Wise reference
It would be OK, if the response was a loud "Hooaah" and a couple of Chuck Norriss look-a-likes confidently step forward. I think I would find it a tad demoralising if the request was met with a deafening silence.
There was some talk last year about a re-design of the mobile site being underway. However, I fear that the task has been sub contracted to the same guy who is dealing with LOHANs FAA application.
I think you are confusing the phenomenon with the start/end of a research grant cycle.
You sir, owe me a new keyboard. My current one is now soaked with a sinus load of warm brown that made a rapid exit through my nasal passages on reading the above!
Mind you, LDF Crunch may sound interesting after a night on the town.
Just thinking about that makes me feel ill!
>>People and business in the UK should use encryption to protect themselves."
>>"information needed for national security and serious crime purposes should not be beyond the >>lawful, warranted reach of the state"
> These two statements are mutually contradictory. We could call it the doublespeak paradox.
I don't think that they are. I would have no issue with lawful, warranted access. All we need to agree on now is who is going to issue the warrant, (Hint: It's not politicians)
Not necessarily, they've always got the the choice of a minor tweak via the 2016 IPB Amendment Act, followed by another tweak via the 2017 IPB Amendment Act etc etc
Can you imagine the lather the Daily Mail would work itself into at the prospect of illegal extra terrestial immigrants?
I remember that one as - "a couple of stops short of Dagenham".
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