In 15 years time that will be a USB6 key the size of your little fingernail.
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In 15 years time that will be a USB6 key the size of your little fingernail.
This is not those blokes who look like they molest lampposts in their off hours. Project creep is the inevitable minor changes made to any project once it gets started and any vaguely competent project manager includes a margin for it in the budget/plans. However, nearly every project I have ever been involved in has suffered from Design creep. This is where someone decides it would be a good idea to include XYZ in the project, after it has all been budgeted, planned and started. THIS is the cause of most project failures. What you as a project manager need to do is grow a pair and tell that someone the exact effect of their proposed changes. Most of them then decide that it's not that necessary after all. Of course some businesses have their whole profit margin based on Design creep, mostly those who do large Government projects. If you are involved with one of those, may the Force have mercy on your midichlorians.
Many many thanks for the stories, insight and humour. My sympathies to his family and friends. He will be missed but lives on in his books and our memories.
Some of the worst culprits of this are some of the biggest names on the net. eBay in particular seem to prioritise loading the 400 adverts displayed on the page before loading the actual content you want to see. Yes, I get that they use the ads as part of their income, but they seriously need to look at how much advertising and how fast it loads. I have all but given up searching for stuff on eBay because it is so slow it often crashes the browser (built-in, Chrome or Mozilla) on my droid tablet. I am on 34Mb/s "Unlimited" fibre and that seems pretty stable, unless of course that "Unlimited" is bullpoop! And before someone pops up with poor WiFi as the cause, most other sites seem fine and I'm getting 34Mb/s via WiFi. On the wired PC it is more like 37Mb/s with 9.5Mb/s upload and a ping of 8ms to the nearest server.
So, are the Brexiteers finally starting to understand that all that money that we sent to the EU wasn't just spent on jollies and pissups? Yes, the EU actually employed people to do stuff on your behalf and now that we are pulling out of the EU we are going to have to hire people to do it for us,.... in 2 years,..... with no extra money. It's gonna cost a damned sight more than what we paid to the EU (ever hear of economies of scale) which means we will be even more in debt or more likely will have to pay more tax,.... just so some ****hole politicians can get back some power. As every day goes by I believe more and more that Brexit is a huge mistake and is going to make us all poorer and more isolated. I'm no fan of Federal Europe but we are throwing away the baby with the bath water here.
BT harps on about their "fastest wireless connection" but again that doesn't take into account the local radio conditions. Any advert that requires small print to contain caveats should be disallowed.
My Honda landbarge is the fastest car in the world!! *
* When crushed down, shaped like a bullet, and fired out of a huge cannon!
Puis j'etre le premier à souhaiter le Bienvenu a nos nouveaux maitres IA Francophones?
Methane is a gas often found in trumps (farts to our 'Merkin cousins).
Hahahahahahahahahahahahah,,.... Oh please stop, Hahahahahahahahahahaha,....it hurts,... Hahahahahahahahahahah shouty, can't spell, Trump supporter Hahahahahahahahhah,... stormy MAJORITY, HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH, oh god I think some wee came out,.....
I WFH one or two days a week and on those days I get between 50 and 100% more actual work done than when in the office. To be fair, in the office I am also mentoring newer staff but the constant distractions and interruptions have a HUGE effect on my productivity. I have pointed out my increase in productivity and my managers agree that me WFH is good for me, the company, and our customers.
Now if you have people WFH who are slacking or being less productive, then that is a management failure. What you managers need to do is remove the right to WFH **for that individual** rather than punish everyone for the laziness/screwups of one of a few people.
What part of MORE THAN 150 vehicles do you have difficulty understanding? Doofuses!!
As for spares prices, if you built the car using parts bought at HALF of manufacturers spares prices, then it would cost you well over $100,000. No wonder the Tories are leading in the polls when people don't even seem to understand basic economics and mathematics.
Most of those who are running XP systems are doing so because the bespoke software they had written/bought back in the early noughties will only run on XP. They chose NOT to pay to update that software to run on Win7/8/10 and thus exposed their nether regions for the script kiddies to maim. Don't start bitching about someone not supporting an obsolete OS when you were given PLENTY of warning that it would no longer be supported. The fault is yours, you were too cheap to get your bespoke software upgraded.
Lesson learned? I seriously doubt it. I recently saw an SQL 2000 server that still had no SA password set. Slammer anyone?
The software that I support is partly written with .NET 4 and worked perfectly with 4.0. Yes, it's OLD!
Then the twonks at MS released 4.5.0 and decided to auto-update all installs of .NET 4.0 to 4.5.0 which broke some of our functionality. They then realised that and quickly released 4.5.1 and auto-updated that too. Guess what? They hadn't fixed some of the problems and had introduced others. Finally they released 4.5.2 and DIDN'T auto-update that even though it fixed everything.
Then the feckless eejits released 4.6.0 and the auto-update farce continued with 4.6.1. We were forced to rewrite the software to support 4.6.2 for Win10 compatability and it now works but I have lost count of the times I have had to uninstall a later version of .NET and install an older version.
What I don't understand is why 4.5 and 4.6 weren't just called 5.0 and 6.0 which would have prevented the older versions from being updated. They used to do exactly that before 3.5.
You keep blathering on about AI when there is as yet no such thing. What you keep referring to as AI are in fact expert systems that can learn but are in no way Intelligent,... yet!. Ask your LawBot how to change the spark-plug in a VW Golf TDI and it will be of no use at all apart from probably referring you to the pending lawsuits against VW. Intelligence requires adaptability and whilst any idiot can program a machine to answer that Diesel engines don't have spark-plugs, the LawBot wouldn't be able to learn that itself.
Buy a new Samsung S8 for £700 to £800,.... This is for a phone that will almost certainly need to be replaced in 2 years. Nah! I have no need for a fashion item.
Buy a Galaxy Tab S3 for £600? I paid £320 for my Mk1 Note 10.1 four years ago and now their top spec tablet costs nearly twice that. Have we had 100% inflation over 4 years? When I replace mine it will be maximum £400 and since Samsung seem to think they can gouge their customers like Apple can, I will probably be going elsewhere. I have no desire to be a SamBoi.
I use an ancient Kobo for book reading, a Moto G3 as a phone and the Note as a tablet. If I need to do something more complex I have a 2 year old PC that runs everything I need or want.
Apple as a company operates on a lock in basis. BMW operate in a similar way and so do Samsung. Simply put they make it easy for you to stay with their products, but difficult to move to another manufacturers product. Now this makes good sense as a business strategy, but for the customers who bought into them it means that they will carry on paying over the odds for something that many others are getting much cheaper. It's the same kind of thing as with your Insurance renewal. They almost always hike the price as it is perceived by many as easier to just renew even if it costs £100 more. Those on the inside of a lock-in feel smug as they feel (and are often told) that they have a superior product. Those on the outside see that those inside are paying more for pretty much the same thing as anyone else and therefore see them as sheeple.
If you buy locked in products, renew your insurance without shopping around, and vote for what the press tell you to vote for, YOU ARE Sheeple! Baaaaaaaaaaaaa
Voda signal at my house dropped dramatically about 5 years after I moved in. Contacted Voda and was offered a femtocell at a cost of £60. Told em to stuff it. Acquired a used one from a friend for free but they are locked to a particular contract or some such so never worked. Binned it as useless junk. A few years later after many more problems finally ditched Voda for Tesco. Half the cost and no more problems.So, not only do they ask you to pay for the fact that their network coverage is crap, but the kit they sell you to remedy their poor coverage is Kak too. Sounds just like them and their piss-poor attitude towards customers. My advice is vote with your feet.
Vista was flaky but was only ever aimed at personal users. 2012 on the other hand has all kinds of problems including the Large Send Offload issues and having a pointless GUI. When are MS gonna understand that pretty much NOBODY wants their tiles. May work on phones and tablets, pointless and irritating on PCs, utterly stupid and obstructive on servers.
I've never liked the idea of medical charities. Taxpayers pay a substantial amount of money every year to the NHS and it should be funding the medical research and equipment purchases. These days it seems like they are an additional tax to help prop up a bloated mismanaged inefficient system.
I am a readaholic VinceH and there was nothing else worth reading. I think they were the first 5 but when they are that bad who cares. I turned it into a criticism fest by picking fault with everything I could find from typos to scientific inaccuracies. Had me a field day! :D
Is it just because all the other geeks aren't getting any (other than the odd wafty crank) whilst Garfield is getting his world rocked? As for the Gor books, I figured out they were shite 30 years ago after reading the 5 that my local library stocked. Quite apart from the sexism they are badly written and scientifically worse than the vampire shite that is currently all the rage.
I see people on here claiming the Beeb is lefty, righty and establishmenty. I can't think of a better description of an Impartial media group than one that each person sees as against their personal view of the world. I love the BBC and if/when it is killed off by the haters I will mourn the group that permitted the creation of Monty Python, Blackadder, Dr Who, Red Dwarf, Top Gear and so on. Yes it is a bureaucratic monster and needs better (apolitical) oversight, but is worth every penny of the license fee and then some.
I could care less about adverts as like most people I can tune them out or fast-forward but the advertisers affect what gets broadcast to the point that you just end up with endless quiz shows and other sensationalist shite. Many people are so bored of the advertisements that they run ad-blockers and I am starting to think that way too, so I may have to investigate a TV ad-blocker. We are all sick to the teeth of Gambling/Makeup/Detergent ads.
On the web the worst are sites where the adverts take ages to load (pay ATTENTION The Register!) and slow the whole web-browser down.
Wow!! You must be really amazing to be able to remember over 400 different passwords for a variety of different websites, apps, programs and such. What a hero! :-D
Personally I am older, much less of a superhero and need my crutch to be able to function, so I use a cloud based system that caches locally as well and for less important items I reuse the same passwords. Human I am, fallible I am, learned to work around my weaknesses I have. Yoda I seem to have become. <LOL>
A Boss who understands and respects the BOFH? No doubt he will die horribly in the next instalment after accidentally stealing the PFYs beer, or somesuch :-)
My money was on an accidental strangulation by CAT6 entanglement.
I also host with Smarthost and while I had to wait nearly a week for my support query to be answered, I did get an answer. Previous experiences with other hosts were worse than that under normal circumstances. Yes they are small, but they are UK based and unlike the US based ones previously used they seem to actually give a damn about their customers. They had a problem, they dealt with the problem, and they then apologised. A great many other companies need to learn from this. I'll be staying put and will use the £10 to pay for part of my renewal.
El Reg has got it wrong again. It won't be called the iPhone8 or iPhoneX. It will be called the xPhone and will be SUPER absorbent so as to be able to survive the cum showered upon it by over-excited fanboiz. Added features will be whatever Apple deign to allow you to have, and you'd better be grateful or else. Prices will be high enough to make only the stupidly rich able to afford it, which is just as well since they are the only ones gormless enough to think that the interface is anything other than Fisher Price revisited.
I love watching that video. Yes it will become routine but that doesn't mean it's not cool. It's another step in getting our eggs out of the one basket. Well done to all involved.
Listen to yourselves! Yer all hankering after "the good old days" when they were in fact no better and usually much worse than today. Jeez, next thing you'll be spouting racist crap and voting for the fuddyduddy party. <LOL>
I did love my Sony Walkman but cassettes got tangled and mangled and the damned thing ATE batteries. Apple Mac's were hugely overpriced, the games on the Atari were mostly crap (Frogger, need I say more?), the 3½" floppy whilst good just doesn't have the capacity these days, and I never owned a Psion5 or any other "organiser" until I bought my first "smartphone" (a Nokia N95).
My current MotoG plays music (Walkman), organises me (Psion) has more computing power than the Mac (and a higher res screen), plays better games than the Atari, and can store more than 20000 floppies. Nuff said?
Lies in print, or to give them their new buzzword "Fake News" are nothing new. I heard a quote many years ago about how if you see it in print, it's probably not true. No I can't remember the source and don't care to try and find it. Almost everything you see in print (paper, screen, etc.) is either somebodies opinion or else some somebodies opinion of somebody else's opinion.
I have a somewhat morbid habit of comparing the numbers of deaths/injuries from disasters (natural and deliberate) reported in various media. Some understate the numbers whilst others overstate right up until an official body releases exact numbers at which point they would all use that number. Those that had to sell advertising almost invariably overstated whilst those who didn't usually understated. Try it yourself next time and you will see what I mean.
That's not heavy. It's only 31,818,181,818,181.81818181818181..... pubes, or nearly 32 TeraPubes.
I, like many here, use a password manager and I use layered security. Yes, I reuse a comparatively simple password for sites where I really don't care about the security as the damage that can be caused by someone else knowing that password is minimal. For other sites I use a more complex password and change it moderately frequently where I care more about my data. For sites that need better security I use one off passwords and also change these fairly frequently. I have over 200 different passwords (for over 500 different logins), many of which change at least once per year and there is no way in hell anyone is going to remember them all.
Too many sites insist that you create an account to interact with that site when that interaction is minimal or else very low risk. There has also recently been a proliferation of sites where you can login with your Facebook/Google account which simplifies things somewhat, until someone hacks their databases at which point you are screwed. I am not sure what the solution is, but asking us to remember more complex passwords it NOT the answer, and neither is centralised ID databases.
Perhaps "Le Pet" would be an appropriate nickname for him?
Who was it that outsourced all these jobs to cheaper labour countries in the first place? It was "Le Pet" and other rich people who saw a way to make more money by moving production where the labour was cheapest. I think he is going to be very upset when he realises just how long it's gonna take to get this in-sourcing done. Certainly way longer than his maximum 8 years in office.It's gonna be interesting to be on the inside of the train crash that is now imminent across the world with this rise in Nationalism or so called Populism. Anyone wanna start a sweepstake on when the first shooting war starts over this? Humans really are unbelievably stupid and short-sighted, not to mention short on memory.
Would be interesting to see how it coped with an oncoming vehicle on the freeway? I've seen that a few times in GTA V,....and once in the real world. Chaos and destruction ensued in both instances.
And how are they going to regulate purchases from Ebay. I recently bought an Android TV box from China and I can't see how NDAK or SCAR could prevent those purchases. As others have said, I hope it passes as would be interesting to see the consequences. Not really any different from the "Dry Counties" they have here and there in the USA. Their borders with other counties are rammed with Liquor stores and bars. Land of the free? Yeah, right.
It's a Death Star that has missed it's target, which is unsurprising given that most Stormtroopers can't hit the planet they are standing on.
I live in a 33,000 population town in Essex. We are 12 miles from the M25. Even here Vodafail couldn't provide adequate 2G coverage such that I could make and take calls from my sofa. The 3G coverage for all providers on Britains busiest motorway (largest carpark),...(the M25) is atrocious. So, if the incompetents,... sorry, incumbents cannot provide adequate coverage to their PRIMARY market, what chance is there for rural communities and other low usage areas. What is the answer? Dunno, but the current system has led me to lose interest in the latest/greatest phones as there is no point in having and paying for a super-dooper-whizz-bang phone with 10Gb data per month when you can never get anywhere near that usage due to inadequate coverage.
As usual a computer game takes the blame for incompetent parents. It's a shame Johnny didn't total their car as then they would have felt the financial pain rather than just a bollocking from the RCMP.
My sister asked me years ago if buying it for her 11 year old was appropriate. I asked her if stealing cars, screwing hookers, dealing drugs and killing people was appropriate for an 11 year old. She said "Obviously not!" so I said "Then why are you asking if an 18 Cert game is appropriate for an 11 year old?"
Security is a state of mind, but unfortunately most end users just don't think (State of mind = NULL) and can be conned/phished/bamboozled into doing whatever a good manipulator wants. On the other hand security is a royal PITA as needed access is often blocked.
I understand it better than many as I ride motorcycles. To most people they are a death trap, and while I have had my fair share of accidents I feel that the trade off is worthwhile. Being stuck in a traffic jam for hours every day is boring and soul-destroying.
So, reasonable security is the way to go but be aware that you will never be fully secure, even on an air-gapped PC. As for securing the mindless,..... <rotflmao>
Liberal - "willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own; open to new ideas." Also a word hijacked by the USA to mean Socialist or Communist or anything other than right-wing Capitalist/Conservative/Fascist.
As for the email discussion, the government is welcome to read my emails. All my real communication goes via quantum encrypted farts, which they can sniff all they want. Mmmmmm, Peperami and Brussels Sprouts for lunch!
It's all about Me, Me, Me. Me in every picture, proof that Me was somewhere, proof that Me met someone, proof that Me has a new shirt. <YAWN!> Personally I rarely take pics of Me, could care less if anyone wants proof of anything, and if I need an aide-memoire I take a pic of what I need to remember. Only an egomaniac takes endless pictures of themselves and posts them on "social" media. Get over yerself. Nobody cares!
Windows and other SW has nothing on Droid apps. The Facebook app has gone from 50Mb to well over 200Mb in just over 2 years. At that rate in just 5 years you will need a phone with 32Gb RAM and 500Gb of storage.
Not that anything really matters any more as LeTrump will soon be converting everyone to irradiated roadkill.
Le French have LOTS of their own words for some tech stuff, but not for others. You will hear them talking about reinstalling the "ordinateur" at "le weekend" from a "clé USB". If you get confused just do what most Brits do when abroad - SHOUT and wave your hands about. Me, I cultivated a Belgian accent years ago so nobody knows I'm British unless I tell them, though I do get comments about being "Le plus grand Belge que j'ai jamais vu de ma vie!"
Must have been a Bakery there with a grumpy baker. Means "Road of the Bastard Oven" :D
My biggest gripe about most phones is the vast amount of BLOAT on there. They quote 32Gb of storage but 4Gb is used by the OS and then there is 8Gb of BLOAT which consists of mostly useless apps that nobody wants but which you cannot uninstall, and which grows with every update. So you end up with 20Gb of usable storage, not the 32Gb you bought. iOS and Android phones all suffer from this and unless you are willing to Root the phones with the issues that that causes you are stuck with their crap. I can fully understand why more and more people are going for the Vanilla Android option in the Google/Motorola phones, but even there Google keep adding BLOAT by including stuff that maybe some people want but not everyone, but that cannot be uninstalled. Battery life is less of an issue for me as they all last at least a day unless you are a phone zombie. Cyanogen seemed to be onto a good thing but they also seem to have gone down the BLOAT road so I can see that dying an early death. I get why manufacturers want to add these things to the phones,... but PLEASE let us uninstall what we don't want. Otherwise kiss goodbye to your sales. Mine is the coat with the MotoG in it :D
It is the curse of the highly intelligent to be surrounded by idiots, it's also basic statistics. Intelligent people can still be selfish @r$eholes though.
Sorry, but if you are going to drive, you shouldn't be drinking at all, regardless of the quantity involved. Sitting with a friends bleeding head resting on my lap, having pulled him out of a rolled over car that was t-boned (I was also a passenger in the car), I saw the driver of the car who t-boned us stagger out of what was left of his car and stumble up to a tree and puke his guts up. When the police arrived he was found to be 300% over the limit, was eventually prosecuted and got a 2 year ban and a big fine. The police believe he passed out at the wheel and blew straight through the red light. We also learned in court that this was his 5th drink driving offence but the first in which he caused a crash. My friend got 70+ stitches in his head, had concussion for a week and is scarred for life.
And thus we see the inherent flaw in Capitalism, it requires population growth. More people buying more stuff is an absolute requirement. We need to sell more shoes to grow our company, but people only have 2 feet, therefore we need more people or we need them to buy more shoes. That is how "Marketing" got invented so they could persuade people to buy stuff they don't need or even want, all in the name of growth.
The idea of Basic Income is excellent. Since everyone will get BI regardless of what they do (or don't do) people will be freer to choose what they want to do, and if what they choose generates more income for them, then great, but if not then their kids won't starve. Paid work will become graded according to how difficult it is to get someone capable of doing it to actually do it. Want to buy a house, but making crocheted doilies isn't generating enough income for you? Spend a year cleaning portable toilets and buy that house for cash. :D
I can never understand why some people think that because they like a product some company makes, then that company can do no wrong. Most companies have one goal in mind and that it to make more money. To get that money they will do just about anything that they can get away with, and this holds for Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, and nearly every other company that exists. I personally prefer the Android interface over IOS but that DOESN'T mean that I think Google can do no wrong and Apple are the pits. Why does everyone these days seem to think and speak in Black and White when the world is all shades of grey and an infinite variety of shades of an infinite palate of colours as well. I refuse to let the companies brainwash me into only buying their products. Hence I have an IOS work phone, an Android personal phone, an Android tablet, Win7, Win10 and and Linux on my PCs and I don't have or want a smartwatch. These are just products, not your Tribe ffs. Apple came up with a design that was based on lots of prior art (see Compaq TC1000 amongst many others) and refined it. That is the nature of design. You come up with something similar but different enough to avoid lawsuits which is exactly what Google did with Android. Samsungs mistake was to not understand that the American Patent system would allow Apple to sue them for being too similar. I could care less who wins the case but the US patent system badly needs an overhaul as it is now stifling innovation.
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