I've never heard of Isis Academy, but Oxford has had a magazine called Isis since 1892, and an eponymous river (aka Thames) for rather longer.
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@LDS All good points. It sounds like what we need is a lighter-than-air flying car, but I suppose there are problems, such as size and slowness, with that.
The expensive supplier is often chosen because it delivers on account and invoices.
It might be cheaper and quicker to pop out to Maplin, but it creates issues like "Why isn't X at his desk?" and then there's the faff of drawing petty cash or paying with your own money and claiming on expenses. The solution is a company charge card, but the PHB doesn't like allowing minions to spend company money.
That would be the Scotland one, then.
The First Referendum was on 5 June 1975. Reverse the result of that and we've been out of the
Common Market European Economic Community European Union for 41 years.
And that means dupl downvotes.
Whichever way you voted, it's fun to see the Eurocrats spitting the dummy. First of all, we get "Leave means leave! We want you out tomorrow." Then we had "We won't let you screen immigrants in Calais any more." Now it's "See how you like it when we all start speaking French."
Definitely not. The 60%/75% rule only applies to referenda that return the wrong result.
Laugh? I almost did.
Moa, Ostrich, Rhea, Elephant Bird, Penguins, ...
I don't see many of those 'hopping around in the treetops'.
I suspect the flightless birds evolved from flying birds, rather than being dinosaurs that couldn't climb trees. Even though they're grounded, they retain most of their bird-like adaptations, such as wings and beaks. That's why they're "flightless birds", rather than "feathered dinosaurs".
Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO
As soon as I read his name, I found myself thinking of Willie Eckerslike*. In light of the toothless enforcement reported in the article it seems appropriate.
* I thought this was just the name of a character invented by the much-missed Victoria Wood, but It seems to have wider currency.
I'd never heard of a cat café, so when I read "Twenty-two cats from Japanese cat cafes" [sic], I thought I'd post a short WTF. I didn't want to appear ignorant, so I copied "cat cafes" from the article and did a quick search of the 45 comments already in place. Nothing found, so I went ahead.
When I came to read through the posts, I found there was quite a bit about "cat cafés", with the accent, so I had to withdraw my post. Serves me right for under-estimating the literacy of Reg commentards.
I recall a girl saying around 1990 that all her friends suntanned topless at the swimming pool, and she was feeling peer pressure.
The peer in question is now being investigated by Operation Yewtree.
a separate incident with a rogue JCB
Backhoe screws backhaul?
Publicly owned open spaces in Wales now feature a Red Button...
Sounds like the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia National Park.
(OK, maybe these aren't actually publicly-owned, but I don't know the names of any other Welsh open spaces.)
"bulking out bread flour with white Lead" That doesn't make any sense. Lead carbonate is, and has always been, more expensive than flour.
The main adulterants for white flour were alum (hydrated potassium aluminium sulfate) and chalk. Ground bone was sometimes added, too.
If you didn't want to eat it, you could always pave the patio with slices.
the real health issue in Wales, alcohol
So Sunday closing really worked as expected?
This stuff shouldn't go out to AWS or any other commercial cloud provider. G-Cloud should be able to offer the same. And if it doesn't, why not?
Because the scalability of cloud services is largely a result of serving a lot of different clients with varying load requirements. A government facility isn't a cloud in this sense, it's just a web server scaled to what is thought to be the maximum likely demand.
The odd thing is that the sites always crash when they're overloaded. If overload is likely it would make sense to throttle access through a proxy that is sufficiently lightweight to have little risk of overload. It wouldn't solve the deadline problem, but it would reduce the problem where slow response makes people queue up numerous retries and open several clients, thereby increasing the overload.
I accept that the use of a commercial provider might be inappropriate, but I should have thought that the information being processed isn't super-sensitive, and it ought to be possible to devise an arrangement that respects security requirements in a commercial environment.
onepintleft? I'd guess you've drunk a few dozen.
Wouldn't it be 'format space c colon backslash enter'?
No backslash. "C:\" is a directory. The thing you want to format is a drive, so "format space C colon".
Rivers are another massive (and reliable!) source of energy and again untapped ( in this country)
@Prst. V.Jeltz: citation? I'd be amazed to learn that the comparatively small, slow-moving rivers of England could deliver much energy.
No doubt you still telephone for a taximeter cabriolet to take you home?
Language, by it's nature (at least the English language in all it's various flavors) changes. As a tech writer in the defense industry seemingly eons ago, I used to use machine-gun... then that was changed to machinegun.
I hope that in your role as a tech writer you observed the difference between "it's" and "its". One is a contraction of "it is"; the other is the possessive form of the inanimate pronoun. It's the latter you want.
I think the Isle of Man issues novel notes and coins with an eye on the collector market. I recall that they issued a £1 coin some time before the Royal Mint did, and advertised it as the "Round Pound".
I always thought it was about settling debts to the state, ie taxes, otherwise I'm fully at liberty to accept or reject your cash/goats) as you please
I suspect that if payment is offered in legal tender then you cannot seek legal remedy for non-payment.
As to whether the shops will continue to accept them, it surely depends on what the shopkeeper does with the contents of the till. If he deposits the cash at the bank, then demonetized fivers shouldn't be a problem. Many big shops accept USD and EUR even though they have never been legal tender. If he simply stuffs it in his wallet, then he's likely to be more choosy.
... but not for long, I suspect. I've bought two items of leather goods from Ted Baker, and both fell apart within weeks. One was a belt - how incompetent do you have to be to fail when making a belt?
most people have wider feet than the average shoe is made for
Clothing and footwear manufacturers seem blind to the actual dimensions of real people. Try buying a casual shirt. Most are so tight they constrict my breathing. I may not be as svelte as I used to be, but I don't think the size of my rib-cage has changed. And I find it hard to believe that skinny twenty-somethings have the financial resources to be the target market for Thomas Pink, Gant, Ted Baker et al.
If you're sent a document that contains scripts, I suggest you treat it as malware.
And when you phone them up they presumably take a card payment. It should be simple enough for card companies to identify the beneficiary.
people who only view the BBC online, but who live in the UK, will now be obliged to pay for a TV licence
I'm wondering how they expect this to work. The implication is that every licence-holder will be issued with a username and password that they're expected to enter using the TV remote control. Such a preposterous plan would require an expensive support network and could cut authorised iPlayer use by 90%.
I bet I can apt-get install faster than you can "Alexa install bla bla bla"
No doubt, but you have to remember the tedious rigmarole required to install on Windows: search the web, download ye olde install.msi, run it, install missing .NET framework (even though you already have three installed), run the .msi again, shut down all other programs, run the .msi again, reboot (maybe twice).
Whenever I install something new on Linux I find myself asking "Why isn't it this easy on Windows?"
Reproducing true human behavior in a machine is therefore likely impossible. How do you simulate all that... and why would you want to?
It's not as if there isn't a well-established procedure for producing real humans. (Or so I've been led to believe.)
Stop bitching: you have a choice. Use one of the several hundred Linux distros available. Then you can bitch about Unity and systemd ...... and choose another fork that is free from them..
The only truly safe option is RSTS/E.
"phone" number order, rather than keyboard keypad number order
Does anyone know why push-button phones were designed with these ridiculous keypads in the first place? I'm reasonably sure that calculators (desktop, not pocket) had keypads long before the first push-button phones were made.
Good products don't need to advertise. Somehow everyone seems to just know they're the best in their industry
Schnorfle! You owe me a new keyboard. How do I find out which is the best?
Actually, it's an electric bike. It presumably requires assistance from an electric motor because the batteries, motor, electronic suspension and brakes make it too heavy for human propulsion.
Where are all the Microsoft Online Reputation Managers this morning?
I assumed that they were responsible for the many (and prolix) posts saying "wrong edition of Windows... should be using WSUS... should know better... should have an IT Department staffed by Windows experts...".
It's striking how this band of smartarses knows the TV station's business better than the TV station, when none of them appear to work there.
Social Media, number of active twitter accounts - around 230 million.
So if you can find 100 people in that 230 million who want to abuse you via twitter then that is 0.0000435% of the user base.
True, but in this case the abuse seems to have been a response to Jessie Frazelle's activities on behalf of Docker. No disparagement to Docker, but that's not exactly mass exposure. Most of the 230m Twats have never heard of Docker and wouldn't be interested in a presentation that explained it.
One of the many depressing things about this story is that the abuse presumably emanated from IT specialists, people who might be presumed to be better-educated and more intelligent than average.
Are Shyster and Shyster going to be fined? If the DPA doesn't place a responsibility of care on recipients of data, it ought to.
People looking for excitement will need to look to the server, including the new IBM mainframe support.
I'm always on the lookout for excitement, but I don't think my house is big enough or my electricity supply powerful enough to run an IBM mainframe.
The last few years have seen an explosion in beardedness*. It's hard to believe that we're all becoming commensurately more sexist.
* I get the impression that it isn't very age-specific. Younger guys grow a beard to look cool. Old geezers like me grow them because they're tired of shaving, and in a probably futile attempt to conceal facial shortcomings.
What are they going to do? Patrol the isles and ask people to leave?
I've never seen any isles in a cinema, though most seem to have one or more aisles.
Also, why does the article use the Merkin spelling "theater"? The AMC document depicted spells it "theatre".
I'm not qualified to comment on pair programming, but here's a theory about how agile methods increase productivity for rather mundane reasons.
Despite all the waffle about ownership and empowerment, one of the ways in which methods like Scrum improve productivity is simply be exposing every developer's efforts to the team. In a waterfall environment you get a piece of work and a relatively long slice of time to do it. Depending on your outlook, you may get it all done quickly then spend the rest of the time surfing, or spend most of the time surfing then get it all done even more quickly. In agile development, the smaller tasks and reporting to the daily stand-up tend to cut down on the time spent goofing off*.
I wonder if pairing enhances this effect? The two developers are unlikely to conspire to spend part of their time doing nothing much, so their noses stay in contact with the grindstone and the treadmill keeps on turning.
* I wish to make it clear that I personally think the goofing off time is when your brain does its best problem-resolving work. YMMV.
Pairing one of the few remaining programmers with one of the few remaining sysadmins is probably not a recipe for success.
Isn't that how you breed DevOps people?
... after mythical characters ...
I always assumed the RR Merlin engine was named after the hawk, rather than the wizard.
@MonkeyCee b) IT not reporting the user, but advising them to knock it off
I agree with everything you say, but I think "knock it off" is an unfortunate expression in this context.
Another reconstructed machine on display at TNMOC, the Tunny, was used to decrypt the Lorenz traffic after it was configured with the wheel settings found by Colossus.
I'm pretty certain that Tunny was the codename for the cipher system, or, by extension, messages encrypted by it. Have you actually seen this machine?
The messages which (as was later found out) were enciphered using the Lorenz machine, were known as "Tunny". (The Lorenz Cipher)
Bletchley Park decrypts of messages enciphered with the Enigma machines revealed that the Germans called one of their wireless teleprinter transmission systems "Sägefisch" (sawfish), which led British cryptographers to refer to encrypted German teleprinter traffic as "Fish". "Tunny" was the name given to the first non-Morse link, and it was subsequently used for the Lorenz SZ machines and the traffic enciphered by them. (Wikipedia)
Odd to choose "the wingspan of a 747" for the height. If a 747 has its wings vertical, then there's probably something seriously wrong. Couldn't they find anything 68.96m high that's naturally vertical?
And can you imagine the sound 10 grand pianos would make when dropped from a height of 33.5km?
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