Lemmy laughs in a low gravelly way and salutes your daftness between a tug on his fag and a swig of JD & Coke.
543 posts • joined 18 May 2007
Lemmy laughs in a low gravelly way and salutes your daftness between a tug on his fag and a swig of JD & Coke.
I was with Voda for years (1997-2013) and only moved in the end because their coverage got worse and worse. When I complained they tried to sell me a microcell box to improve the coverage at home for £60, and when I asked for my PAC code I got 45 minutes of them desperately trying to offer me worse deals than just about every other network. In then end I said that they had 2 minutes to provide the PAC code or my next call would be to OFCOM and the press. That finally got me the PAC.
Have been with Tesco since, coverage (O2 network) is better than Voda, service is 1000% better (support team are excellent), and I'm paying a small fraction of what I used to. Shop around, it's easier than you think to move networks and there are some great deals out there.
Many years ago, whilst somewhat inebriated, myself and a group of friends came up with a theory about intelligence. We postulated that intelligence is a function of the number of people in a group. We couldn't quite decide whether it was similar to resistors in parallel or a 1/n function (we were a large-ish group). Either way given that the average IQ is 100, the IQ of a full 20,000 seat football stadium is not even up to the IQ of an Amoeba. Personally I now believe that the IQ of groups simply falls to the level of the lowest IQ in the group (Lowest Common Denominator Theory). None of these bode well for the connected world, either now or in the future.
If your company already has IPv4 internet facing addresses and is fully functional, why would you change? If you are a new company and setting up a new system, then IPv6 makes sense. So far as I can tell most of the tech needed to make them both coexist is in place and mostly working. Eventually most systems will become IPv6 but there will always be those that keep their IPv4.
It's much the same as in the WWW where almost all the desirable .com addresses are now gone, but other extensions have been added to increase the available options. Nobody has dropped their .com in favour of .biz and nobody will drop IPv4 in favour of IPv6 unless they have a reason to do so. So far as I can see there is no such reason.
Oh Brexit will happen, and if the Old White Rich Men living overseas who own our government have their way it will be a hard Brexit. We are most definitely going to get to live in "interesting times".
The problem is that for years their business model and profits have been based on regular replacements of handsets, but the changes from one generation to the next are now negligible and only "necessary" if you are one of those people who just has to have the latest thing. Last year I could have afforded a £1000 top spec phone, but chose a £300 phone that does 95% of what the flagship phones do. I can live without cordless charging, waterproofing and stupid gimmicks like the animated turds. I don't want to stream video all day every day (THAT's how your son uses 100Gb data in 2 weeks!) and I certainly don't want to spend £30 per month any more for a service that is quite frankly poor on all of the UKs networks.
I have just one question about the crash where the self drive Uber killed that poor woman. If the car had had a human driver, would she still have been hit? From what I saw of the video, probably. If we have to wait for "perfect" self-drive cars, they will never happen.
As for the "gig" economy,it suits a few people, but the majority are working 12-16 hours per day just to make ends meet. If they were employed that would be illegal and prosecutions would ensue.
What you meant to say is beer goes in one end and comes out the other end as Bud Light. :D
Cold beer? Weirdo :D
That is called a Barman or Barmaid or Waiter,.. or to copy from Richard Rawlings of Fast & Loud fame,... a Beer Assistant!. If you are too cheap to hire a Beer Assistant, make yer own damned robot. It'll never be as versatile as my Beer Assistant.
We started emitting radio waves just over 100 years ago. Initially these were all low frequency that were mostly blocked/bounced by the Ionosphere. Nowadays we mostly use very high frequencies and whilst they go straight through the Ionosphere like it's not there, we use a tiny fraction of the power we used to use for many of these. Yes there are still many high power broadcasts but fewer and fewer as time passes. Eventually we will move on to everything being cabled/fibre except for local very low power (WiFi, Bluetooth) and eventually to Ansible comms or something similarly weird. So, I would imagine a lower limit of 100 years and an upper of maybe 500 years for the bubble thickness. It doesn't means the aliens died, they just stopped using broadcast high power transmissions in favour of something less polluting and more efficient. It could even be that once we discover the next comms revolution, the aliens are all there and willing to chat with the noobies from Sol3.
I have an Honor 9 and it does pretty much everything I need in a phone and cost £300 sim-free. The USB-C is a massive improvement over micro-USB and a decent case/screen protector is enough protection unless you are a clumsy oaf who smashes phones every 6 months. The "new" feature I'd like to see cordless charging on all phones/tablets so I can just throw everything on a mat on my bedside table when I go to bed. I would also like a magnetic car phone holder that charges the phone cordlessly. If there was a desk one too, even the heaviest phone user would never run out of charge.
If your software uses .NET then MS will break that too with their Win10 Creators/Fall Creators updates that install .NET 4.7/4.7.1, and with Win10 you can no longer uninstall it and install 4.6.2, which worked perfectly. I use Win10 at home and it's OK, but in the business environment it is a cluster**** of monumental proportions. Even Vista was never this bad, probably because We have customers telling us that MS will ONLY sell them Win10 but until MS decide to stop ****ing about with .NET we can only recommend Win7 for use with our software. At least with Win7 we could block the .NET upgrades and keep them on 4.5.2. MS are shortly going to start losing customers hand over fist over this as we and I imagine many other software vendors are starting to develop for 'Nix due to the incessant problems with using Windows.
So now the US Govt. is going to recommend that it's staff use good ole 'merkin Apple phones (that are made in China) or perhaps they should use Samsung/HTC,.... except they are South Korean and may have been hacked by the Norks. Wait,.... they can use Nokias and Blackberrys as they are Finnish/Canadian,...... but probably made in China,.... and Finland is very close to Russia. <LOL>
All this proves is that politicians are mostly brain-dead puppets that occasionally twitch when their owners are having a wafty crank. It's that old classic of the cheating husband accusing the wife of having an affair.
I have previously refused to even enter a customers server room after seeing network and power cables running left, right, and centre across the space they expected me to go through to reach the server I needed to work on. Nope, yer not blaming me for downing your servers! Fix your cabling disaster first, then I'll fix your server. Came back 2 weeks later and it was tidy and accessible.
Goodbye tooooooo the Machiiiiiine.
Shame it's a long drawn out painful death rattle of a demise but the larger the machine, the longer it takes for all its component parts to die, although given the lack of maintenance perhaps they ARE trying to accelerate the demise?
The density of the ice will vary according to included/dissolved gases and solids but removing it just requires a heated blade. At 6 milliBar atmospheric pressure it will sublime direct to vapour. Since bacterial contamination is unlikely, you should just need to heat it up. Of course if you do that at 6 milliBar pressure yer gonna go straight to steam, but condensing it into liquid won't be difficult if you pressurise the steam, and separating out the gases and solids is child's play. Getting the energy to do all this when yer on Mars is the challenge. Gonna have to take a Nuke with ya as solar out there is weak and yer not likely to find much oil/coal. Efficient recycling will also reduce the need for vast amounts of water.
Nobody cares any more because it's all s**t! Hardware, software, none of it does exactly what you want, there is always something about it that irks you regardless of brand. We are all getting weary and wary of the gushing marketing people promising the universe and delivering a small pile of mostly useless hamster droppings. Yes, I probably do have a negative mindset (I call it realism) but having been disappointed SOoooooo many times this is inevitable. I have a brain. I am not a gullible sheeple who will continue to believe no matter how many times I have been lied to. So, I have become brand agnostic and pick and choose what I need from what is available, and I fully understand that all of it is s**t but out of the various bits of hardware and software available, I manage to cobble together something that is marginally less s**t and does some of what I need.
I have used Siri, Cortana, Alexa and Google Now and am wholly underwhelmed. A friend who was given an Alexa for Xmas spends more time shouting "ALEXA **** OFF!" than actually asking it for info. I'm pretty certain it will be on Fleabay shortly.
You all seem to think that modern aircraft are tough. Think again, they are light and flimsy although they are tougher than in the olden days thanks to modern materials. If a jet engine swallows a large drone there is a good chance that the engine will be damaged and could affect the safety of the plane. Drones, unlike birds, have some VERY hard parts (motors, magnets) in them. If a drone gets stuck in the flaps or other control surfaces it can compromise the pilots control of the plane and due to their shape and the materials used they are more likely to snag than a bird. I don't get this obsession with the windscreen. There are far more vulnerable parts on a plane than that.
As for the drone defenders, if you have a better way to prevent idiots from flying drones near aircraft, do tell. We already have a similar problem with ****heads pointing lasers at planes.
What on earth is The Donald going to bathe in now to get his healthy orange glow? :-)
Personally I actually prefer the DietBru to the full sugar variety, but then I'm a soft southern jessie and quite fat enough already thank you.
For hangovers I prefer a litre of fruit juice, 2 paracetamols and a can of cold creamed rice. Then back to bed to sleep it off.
As previously stated, someone has photos of someone else B*******g a donkey. Only way to explain how this corrupt situation has remained in place for so long.
My only problem with the Honor 9 front fingerprint sensor is that the software only recognises 1 finger. I would like to be able to add a second finger to it so I can unlock with either hand. When handheld I can use my right thumb to unlock but when in the car bracket I need to be able to add a left hand finger. As for face recognition, useless to me when in the car.
When I am sick I often put Pastis 51 in a medicine bottle mixed with water and swig from it. The taste is strong, it looks medicine like (cloudy green/white), smells and tastes like medicine (to non-Pastis lovers) and cheers me up. Don't mind a nice peaty malt, but prefer my Pastis. As for "man-flu" I always used to work through it but have one day off for the worst day. Then my employer of the time said that I had to get signed off by the Doctor due to too many single days off. After being signed off for four separate 2 week periods over the next 4 months, they accepted that I was actually sick and we went back to the one bad day. Was working in a college so surrounded by every virus known to man all day every day. After I finished working there didn't have a cold or flu for over 5 years :-)
I just recently upgrade my phone. Looked at the phones available through my provider and the choices were limited. Checked the other providers including the re-sellers like Carphone and nothing grabbed me. So, decided to just buy what I wanted and go with a SIM only contract. SIM free Samsung/Apple devices are overpriced at every level of the market and none of the other mainstream phones took my fancy. Ended up buying an Honor 9 for £300 and 2 weeks in it suits me just fine. If I decide I just have to have the "next best thing" in 9 months time I can just buy that rather than having to wait 2+ years for a contract to end. I suspect many others are doing likewise.
It is spelt "Labour" in English, not our fault y'all decided to omit the u,... and it is "misspelling" without the hyphen, Herr Spellink Nazi! <LOL>
As for Battistelli, sounds like abuse of power sits high on his CV. Can't comment on the EPO, but they can hardly be worse than the USPO. I mean, fancy granting a "Patent" for a flat screen with rounded edges,.. <LOL>
Insurers/Manufacturers are responsible for accidents. Up to them to decide if the vehicle was at fault or not. Vehicle "operator" is responsible for driving offences, in this case the vehicle/software manufacturer.
If malicious changes to speed limits are identified then criminal proceedings are warranted against those who are making the changes. Likewise for anyone who hacks their/other cars systems.
An autonomous vehicle should be capable of being a better driver than 99% of the population w.r.t. observing and obeying the laws of the road. GPS information should be enough if ALL roadworks have to be added to the database BEFORE any works commence. Variable speed limits can be set to communicate with the vehicle so it knows what the speed limits ahead are and can respond appropriately.
Everyone keeps on about the what-ifs. I'd be amazed if even the current systems weren't 1,000,000% better drivers than most of the feckwits currently supposed to be in control of their 1+ Ton lethal weapons, and that probably does include me and you! :-)
Agreed, and will be implemented as soon as all government departments including the NSA, MI5, etc. all agree to do the same and to have those unencrypted files available via subpoena to all possible litigants. Oh, don't like that idea? Well, neither do we. Suck on that one!
It was OK that he had the bass up so high that the tarmac was vibrating, but singing,..... in a public place,..... I'm amazed he wasn't shot! #CampaignfortheAbolitionofKaraoke (#CAK)
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).
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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
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