or possibly a reference to "Enterprise" ?
545 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
Obviously a stock photo, but I wonder where from? The sockets are British standard style, but the switches are certainly not common here, and the plug is completely the wrong shape, wouldn't accomodate the fuse etc.
The switch shape is similar to Australia, though the sockets are wrong. Perhaps Singapore?
Facebook Like, social sharing buttons on your website may land you in GDPR hot water if data goes a-wanderin'
Re: The Register SM icons
Interesting that (at least on my screen) the reddit, twitter and linkedin icons are all anchor links to a sharing url but the facebook one is 'just' an image, not a link, although the cursor reacts to it so presumably (cba to look) some scripting to do 'stuff' with it when clicked.
Reg at least gets a thumb up for them not being evil tracking things, assuming the above mentioned script isn't doing that...
Got to love undocumented fixes
A simple sticker pointing out how the jam detection had been disabled could have saved the poor lad from the massive tear-down/rebuild, but obviously everyone 'knew' about it so it wasn't necessary, until someone didn't.
But also, how did it get to the point of having the printer stripped to components (i.e. who authorised it?) before having someone point out the work around?
Now all we have to do is be able to identify the calling organisation. On the odd occasion that I answer a spam call and ask for which organisation they are calling from, that's usually the point they hang up.
I do look forward to the first rounds of directors getting caught with it though!
Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?
We only have one wheelie bin (for garden / compostable waste) so I have to just carefully line it up with the kerb edge. The other rubbish goes in bags next to it, where the cats / foxes / corvids can have their way, assuming the waste collection operatives don't achieve the same thing in their attempts to gather all the street's waste into one big heap for when the lorry arrives.
And then they always leave the wheelie bin at some obscure angle in the middle of the drive... or someone else's drive... or the road...
Re: Implanted chips
And of course you have to allow for staff members who may not have the requisite appendage into which the chip is specified to be implanted, so do you make all implants be located somewhere like the back of the neck, which makes swiping near the scanner tricky! Never mind the fact that it also gets difficult to double check someone's allowed to be in an area when their id card is embedded under their skin and the picture would be really small!
You were doing so well...
" those with which I believe a one Alistair Dabbs dabbles (SWIDT?) with"
If only you had left off the last "with", you would have crafted a sentence of excellent structure. (Well, that and the errant "a" between "believe" and "one Alistair Dabbs" )
I have to agree though, FoTW can provide some wonderful entertainment.
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In Blighty, not filling your own car is really the exception to the standard. What we don't have though, is the clip on the pump handle that allows you to walk away whilst the fuel flows. You have to stand there for the 2 minutes holding that lever up, all nicely grounded through the pump. So we're free to wear as many nylon stockings and polyester underpants as we could wish too...
Yes, the one with the 20 denier lace-tops in the pocket, thanks!
Re: Salary or Package value?
Would you not consider many of those things to be 'other package benefits' then?
Obviously not including the shrewish secretary part!
Sadly never been in a place to have a private bath provided - occasional use of a shared shower perhaps.
Both orgs had several 100+ staff, one a scale of magnitude larger than the other, and both in open plan office spaces of 30-80 people, a bit too much overbearing admin / HR but neither enough to make them hellish experiences.
Salary or Package value?
It isn't clear whether they've included simple pre-tax money earnings or other package benefits like holidays, health-care, vehicles, travel passes...
I've worked in 2 (UK) jobs several years apart for the same salary number, but one of them had effectively 22 days annual leave (including any compulsory shut-down days, bank holidays extra) whilst the other had effectively 36 days in like for like comparison.
Which of those is better remunerated?
I've lost count of the number of occasions where I've gone to log in to one of those '6 month' sites, failed to get the password right after several attempts, clicked the reset password notification, followed the email to reset the password and then get the message that the password I'm attempting to use doesn't comply with rules X, Y, z, 3, %, and then not had to change the password because I can use that information to figure out the particular arcane combination I used in the first place. Just tell me the arcane rules the first time I got my password wrong, dammit!
Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)
Re: New internet standard...
Yay! - new standards!! Who doesn't love a new standard?!
It does seem like the kind of information that could easily be embedded in any EXIF-like data. There'd be no need to remove it unless you were doing something nefarious, but there's no way I know to put an image on the internet and not have it readily 'stealable' by those with more than no knowledge.
The browser could readily display the relevant copyright and licence data on an attempted save / copy of the image.
There is also a lesson for the students (and frankly the school staff) regarding copyright and what is actually permitted use. Ignorance of the law is no excuse and all that - nor whether or not you agree with the law, sadly so in some cases!
Fewer repeating headlines
Would be appreciated - If they're sticky, they don't need to be chronological and /or most read.
Having an easier way to access some of the article types (like On-Call, Something For The Weekend) that don't have specific sections (e.g. BOFH) would also be helpful. It's currently a pain to find them if you've been on holiday and are playing catch-up over a couple of weeks.
Re: Lost In Space
I was on a train for about 4 hours last week, deliberately sitting in the 'quiet' carriage. The two old dears in the row behind me conversed solidly for the whole 4 hours about inane rubbish and whether cousin Timothy would be spending the next few days at the golf club - it didn't even sound like they paused for breath the whole time!
Everyone else in the carriage made not one jot of noise, except briefly when England scored, and once again when Colombia equalised.
An organisation I used to work for had a time recording clock system, which recorded time in decimal hours - 8.0 - clock was reading between 08:00 and 08:05, 8.1 - clock was reading between 08:06 and 08:11, etc. The system automatically removed a specific amount of time during the day to reflect a lunch break so you only clocked in on arrival and out on departure, at the building you worked in whilst the car park could be up to 1/2 mile away and car share people had difficulties from the divergent attendance where they worked in different buildings closer or further away from the car park.
In the morning you'd have a bunch of people hustling to get to the clock machine so it clocked you in before ticking across to the next 6 minute block, whilst at the end of the day there would be a queue forming as nobody would clock out when the clock read 29 minutes past the hour.
After a few years it eventually changed to recording the nearest minute, which at least reduced the queuing to leave issue. Joys of a big organisation and not trusting their highly paid staff members.
Senior managers didn't have to use the clock system as 'they obviously work longer hours anyway'.
Re: Going equipped
I believe it also has something to do with how you answer any questions the police might ask - e.g
Polis : "I see you have a perfume spray there madam that isn't the perfume you are wearing..."
Woman: "Oh yes, that's so if someone attacks me I can spray it in their face and get away"
Polis: "...and that'll be considered an offensive weapon, if you'd like to accompany me to the station"
Now obviously you are allowed to carry perfume sprays, just not with the intention of using them as a weapon - same with many other things like wrecking bars, pipe wrenches. You just have to have a good, legal, and preferably verifiable, reason for carrying them, and for the most sensible law enforcement officer to be having a good day.
In a previous existence I used to regularly get someone complain that their "mouse isn't working!!!!"
For a while I would attempt to clean the things there and then, but that nearly always got the chorus of "Ew" and "humph", so instead I used to fetch a 'spare' from the stores, swap them out and then clean the previous one whilst waiting for something to load/install/compile, before returning it to the stores for the next time. We only actually had a couple of 'spares' and about 5 new mice in the stores. After 3 years we still had 5 brand new mice in their boxes.
Now don't get me started on the phone headset ear-sponges! (bleurgh!)
Re: Trackball can be worse....
Oh jeez - there are some folks with trackballs here - I don't think they've EVER cleaned them...
My optical mouse generally gets its glidepads cleaned on at least a weekly interval. The keyboard gets a good shake when I know the cleaners are coming to wipe and vacuum round.
Re: This underlines one more thing
And yet the UK government seem to be headed towards yet more London-centric investment by adding a third runway to the already somewhat congested Heathrow Airport.
Someone may have their forecasts wrong or maybe it will all come out smelling of roses for everyone. Time will tell.
From my experience (Emirates), I'd rather fly A380 than B777 for anything 7+ hours. I can sleep in cattle class on the Airbus, no chance on the Boeing. YMMV
Re: In Defence if online ads???
Aeh, I don't mind those sorts of bits on things like Blue Planet - frankly I'd quite like that to be a separate 30 minute programme with more details about the efforts of making the original. In fact, I'd be quite glad if the horrendous recapper ones just replaced some of the repeated dross with more details of the things they allege to be covering in the first place. I'm not (yet) a completely brainless idiot with a 3 second attention and retention span.
Re: In Defence if online ads???
So much that - 'Factual' programme, scheduled for an hour with, in my instance, 3 mid-programme breaks totalling approximately 15 minutes. So, 45 minute programme.
But the first 5 minutes is titles and previous programme recap plus basic synopsis of this episode, and the last 5 minutes is the teaser for the next episode. and another 5 minutes or so is spread across the show in reminders of what they told you about 5 minutes ago, before they cut to a different section, so there are places for other networks with different ad regulations to insert even more adverts. Total 'content' time for the scheduled hour long programme, approximately 20 minutes. It's certainly a lot of the reason why I almost never watch programmes at broadcast any more. Hmm, I might have to try and re-cut one of the episodes into a single sequence of content with no self-referencing repeats, just to see how little content there actually is.
Re: Money transfer
Last you recall was possibly the jackpot odds of 14ish million to 1? It's gone up since then! Now it's around 45 million to 1, for a jackpot of 2 to 4 million quid per £2 spend (obviously smaller prizes also pay out on
better less bad odds but, you know). It's such rubbish odds that it usually rolls over a couple of times to get to 8 or 9 million (best I can see for the last 6 months was 24 million).
Okay, okay - mine's the one without the lottery ticket in the pocket, thanks.