Well anecdotally, I would have to disagree, my brother went for a phone on EE and ended up giving it back, as he never got any useable signal at all round where we live, never mind 4G. Of the others, O2 is the most consistently available network in this area, but even that has dead spots, with Vodafone a close second.
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Re: I'd say
So you're trying to tell me that cooking is not an exact science then?
I need to throw away my Vernier scales and live free?
No longer should I scrutinise each carrots julienne for consistent length and width?
I should stop counting the number of baked beans in each serving?
This is all a revelation to me...
Please note that this, and my original post, may contain a soupçon of sarcasm, and a smidge of humour, possibly too small to be noticeable...
Re: I'd say
No, no, no...
Empirical measurements are just not good enough.
Each weighed item must be exact to 3 decimal places, and each item by size should be specified and checked with a micrometer.
For example, where "one large onion" is specified, we need to know to the nearest micro-linguine what the diameter should be...
Musk and SpaceX had at once time appeared to be in with an outside chance of doing this job, replacing the cripplingly expensive 1970s-era hydrogen technology of the Shuttle and the SLS with new kerosene- or methane-powered kit. Plans have been discussed for new SpaceX "Raptor" engines, more powerful than the Merlins in the 9 and the Heavy, which could power a new class of super-Falcons - like the SLS, as big as oldtime Saturn Vs but more powerful than either.
As it is, the Heavy will probably be doing well to step into the Delta IV Heavy's shoes lifting US spy satellites - and if it can do that, Musk will no doubt be happy enough.
All this presupposes that NASA and Friends can bring the SLS in on time and on budget, not something they have much past history of doing.
Re: What a beautiful place to live
We are capable of doing miracles like sending up this craft and yet we can't stop people from polluting the planet every day of their lives...
And, we are capable of doing miracles like sending up this craft and yet we can't stop killing each other over what it says in some old books, or in pursuit of money...
Go figure, indeed...
Re: Computers are afraid of me...
We have a 2.5 lb Lump Hammer hanging up on the server racks in our comms room: it is very rare we have any problems from those servers who can see it.
A friend of mine got so exasperated with a desktop PC that he opened the 2nd floor office window and chucked the system box out of it. Having trudged downstairs, retrieved it, cleaned off the soil and grass and plugged it back in, it worked perfectly. It still has a dented corner as a reminder.
Sometimes, physical abuse is all these computers understand...
Interesting pedantry, thank you.
Taken in the abstract, it is grammatically correct to say "a colleague and I discussing " and not "a colleague and me discussing" where "a colleague and I " are the subject of the verb "discuss"
In the context of the sentence as written, "a colleague and I" are the object of the verb "overhear", and therefore it should be "a colleague and me" as you say.
However, because there are the two verbs in the same sentence, it is unclear to me which is the correct usage, and to me it felt more natural to use "a colleague and I " as it would if I were to speak it out loud.
What do they expect? Massive year on year growth in perpetuity? Oh yea, it's shareholders we're talking about....
Exactly. "Analysts and Investors" need to get a grip on reality. Not only do they seem to expect year on year growth, but they seem to expect that the percentage growth should increase every year - something which is unsustainable and completely unrealistic for a mature company.
Re: Laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank.
Are we somehow back in the 1970's and all that sweet german plonk that was fashionable to drink at the local Bernie Inn on a Sat night out eating Chicken & Chips in a basket or of we pushed the boat out it was Scampi and Chips.
Soup in a basket...
Always a popular fast food...
Will someone please tell me just what the hell "using the cloud" actually MEANS?
If I use GMail, or Facebook, or LinkedIn, am I "using the cloud"?
If I occasionally use Dropbox to share a document, is that "using the cloud"?
If I've got a load of virtual servers in a hosted environment in a Datacentre, am I "using the cloud"?
If my company uses Office365, or hosts servers in Azure or AWS, then that's pretty obviously "using the cloud" isn't it?
Trouble is, "The Cloud" is just a marketing term for "using someone else's servers", which is something an awful lot of people have been doing for years.
Re: change the photo
heh.. yeah .. Everybody Knows the dutch habitually dance around in clogs, 19th century clothing only ever worn by the ultraconservative religious-nutter inbred fishing communities, around and between our windmills, holding bushels of tulips while we're at it.
...and singing "Puppet on a String"
Re: My head exploded.
"we offer a smaller-than-standard sized doughnut purposefully geared towards the American market."
It reminded me of the probably apocryphal story where, during the Cold War, America sent a shipment of condoms to Russia. The prophylactics in question were XL size, but were marked up "Medium" in an attempt at psychological warfare.
I wonder if the French will be sending super-sized doughnuts to America marked as "Small"?
Why oh why would someone *not* use a chassis ground for simplicity and weight savings of all_that_extra_wire?
Um, because it's a 1977 Lancia... that rusts away before your very eyes in most European countries.
In the UK, it used to be quite common to deliberately bypass a chassis earth (ground) connection, and fit separate earth wiring, as the only way to deal with a myriad of weird faults caused by bad earths.
I agree that UK and French taxis are over-priced (the only ones I have personal knowledge of) but I'm not in favour of Uber. Their system seems to be based on the use of unlicensed drivers, using unlicensed vehicles, and to me this is a retrograde step.
Although the UK and French seem to be overly protectionist of the status-quo, there are sound reasons why close legislation of taxis was introduced in the first place, mostly for the protection of the public, and Uber bypasses all the safeguards that licensed taxis provide.
Certainly in the UK, the normal driving license does not cover you to drive "for hire or reward", you have to get a PSV licence for that, so I would guess that strictly speaking most Uber drivers in the UK are illegal as well, and probably not covered for insurance purposes either.
If it's cheaper though, who cares about the law, eh?
Re: A completely preventable situation.
The advantage of this definition is that if any kind of 'leap second' type of correction is needed, you can do that by interfering with the sheep (as agreed, supervised and witnessed by an international committee of time boffins).
I'm sorry, but interfering with a sheep is a criminal offence in most countries, and besides which it's sick, SICK, you Baaaa stard
Some of their 'experts' have even been pushing for acceptance of 'would of' as a valid alternative to 'would have' or 'would've'.
But it doesn't mean anything! It's not, in any way, a valid sentence to say "I could of been a contender". What's the of bit mean, in that context? Of what? Absolutely nothing.
It's just a stupid way of representing how most people speak, without any understanding of the actual words they are speaking.
If people were actually taught nowadays that could've is a contraction of the words could and have then maybe they would learn to write it correctly.
Re: Don't let it be an excuse to raise prices
@Henry Wertz 1
"I would suspect these days most households have at least 3 mobile phones capable of making emergency calls."
"But can they do that in an area without a signal, or if the cell towers are down?"
The "you can't call in an area without a signal" is an ad hominem, because you're comparing to a phone that only works within like 20 feet of the wall plate in your home. Do you have signal in your home? Yes? Then, the cell phone works in a superset of the area your wired phone does.
You've quoted from my post, but you seem to be misunderstanding my point. I was replying to the OP who was saying that we don't need POTS because everyone has a mobile nowadays.
I was pointing out that there are many areas in the UK where we don't have mobile coverage in our homes, at any time, and should there be a power outage, we can't use VoIP either.
Re: One big problem
I would suspect these days most households have at least 3 mobile phones capable of making emergency calls.
But can they do that in an area without a signal, or if the cell towers are down?
Similarly, power outages were common in the 1970's, but are extraordinarily rare today.
Power outages in the UK are still quite common in more rural areas, (where there is less likely to be a mobile signal) and are likely to get more common and widespread if the government policies on power generation continue.
Re: welcome to the old way of thinking
The answer is PaaS. Let someone else worry about the boring stuff, like the hardware, the backup, the power, the patch management, the security - all you want to worry about is your data - and it doesn't matter where it is, as long as nobody else has access to it in an unencrypted form. You do encrypt everything you do, don't you?
You would seriously be happy with a bank that, when their IT goes TITSUP, can only respond to you by saying, "Oh, it's not our problem, there's a third party provider dealing with it"?
Bearing in mind that the 3rd party company probably don't give a shit about the data, or the bank's users, but just the "boring stuff".
Accountability is the problem, SLA's have no real meaning, as any large cloud provider is not going to care if the Bank of England (or any other company) can't get at their data for 3 days, the penalties (if any) will never cover the real cost of an outage.