Private Eye cartoon this month
Bloke (talking to cylinder shaped thing next to bed): "Alexa when will the machines take over?"
Alexa: "Piss off human scum"
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Bloke (talking to cylinder shaped thing next to bed): "Alexa when will the machines take over?"
Alexa: "Piss off human scum"
To watch TV you need a TV license and the money goes to the BBC. But I believe lots of people would say no if asked to pay directly to watch BBC. I for example wouldn't pay and would be fine with being denied access to Eastenders and Strictly Dancing and so on. Maybe they know that and would rather just harvest the easy money via the license fee.
Not my field but I don't think trying out the coverage with a free PAYG SIM is representative. When I had an O2 PAYG they told me that using 4G was not allowed unless I paid extra so it's clear they can discriminate on a per-SIM basis.
Following that I moved house to a place with unusably slow wired broadband and very little mobile coverage. Careful experimentation with a cellular router, directional antenna, and a selection of both contract and PAYG makes me think that there's definitely a difference.
Of course sod's law, while I was still trying to figure it out Openreach upgraded my wired access to a decent speed, which is good but I am stuck with all this now-useless cellular hardware.
Definitely agree. It was great at first as simple tool for keeping track of friends and local events but creeping-featurism kept adding on daft bits until it finally developed an incurable 100% fatal problem - it is now Too Much Trouble and nothing can survive that
I didn't know. But is this the same as www.google.com/flights ?
I have always been sceptical of the ridiculous claim that these drones are fully automated and remotely controlled. Now we see the real pilots who ejected and were washed up onshore.
Also there's a bug where it stops recognising your voice, about halfway down the second glass.
I have a Gigabyte Brix running Kodi, everything has been fine for the last couple years. Except now there is so much H.265 content which requires a decent CPU and the one in mine can't handle it.
Never heard of Beeline media PC but when buying anything like this make sure its processor is beefy enough for modern video standards. I would avoid anything with the word "Celeron" in it just in case.
Maybe that's the plan
1. Build what looks like submarine but is actually giant bomb
2. Switch on loud magnetic dooda
3. Enemy detects magnet and sails directly towards you smirking about your stupidity. Fires at you, gets blown up
Cars are computer networks with wheels these days
Snap, I had a Fiat xri (extremely rusty indeed)
I can manage Russian well enough for the sites I like to visit but I am floored completely if I encounter any captchas. I can mostly recognise A no matter how much it is distorted but try telling the difference between л and п or ш and щ
I have a special diet, not for health issues or adherence to any -isms, I just don't eat chopped up dead animals because it's gross. Dealing with that on business trips really is specific to where you are going but in some meat-with-everything places I literally don't eat anything at all on a short trip. For longer ones I get clean stuff from a supermarket. Nobody in accounts ever complains that I am not claiming enough...
I accidentally met a guy who is a rocket-scientist level car designer in Germany. He said the future is two-stroke engines. Thanks to Honda they have got a bad name and people think they are greasy smelly things but he was completely sure about it. Didn't talk to him long enough to find out whether electric hybrid would be in the mix as well.
As for technical complexity... a believe a drunken monkey can set this up with little effort.
I always assumed that the reason for IPv6 having so little adoption was that the perceived benefits did not justify the necessarily huge learning curve. If what you say is true then there must be some other reason that nobody bothers with it. Perhaps it's a bag of spanners destined to fail hard once it moves from geek's garage to live production work...
The gadget comes with free 500TB of online storage.
At the NSA.
why would you spend your entire IT career working at a company like this? [...] most IT careers are far too mobile in terms of switching jobs in order to make significant career progress that I don't think this is a massive issue for the industry in general.
That is probably true now but it wasn't then. A bloke in our company has been here 50 years and there is a lot of it about.
Nonsense, Ryanair land in very convenient places. I flew into Polperro London Airport with them only last week
I think everyone has acquaintances who we strongly suspect must surely be dodgy af taxwise, but living it large and not in jail. Buy-to-let landlords are the most obvious example. Taxman ignores them for years, and anecdotally I've heard people say they are tired of grassing people up to the HMRC hotline because nothing ever happens anyway. Then suddenly a random dodgy kebab guy gets hit. Wondering how it really works.
Surely though these days nearly all tech is made in China. Buy your stuff directly from China in dollars and Bob's your uncle. You might (very unlikely) have to pay a bit of import tax, and if need to send back for repairs then it's more work than taking it back to Currys, but you're only paying 2/3 of the piss-taking price.
The pound was worth 1.50 dollars as polls closed, then dropped to 1.33 the next day - the lowest since 1985. Now we are all saddled with expensive computer parts. How can you blame the BBC
... I thought that was Donalds job.
Well, so it is said in campaigns by his political enemies, based on no evidence whatsoever...
Seems like Vasili Arkhipov did a very similar brave deed on a different occasion
I believe "unpology" is more correct ☺
In my experience dogs are obsessed with the smells of other dogs above all else.
"Ah but mining isn't economical any more because electricity costs."
I never understood this at all. The electricity doesn't disappear it just turns into heat - so put your miner in your house and turn off the central heating in that room.
Depends what you call proof. When I was a pension rep at work it was clear that management were looking at more than salary when deciding how much an employee was "worth".
For a while my own company had an intranet thing where you could see your total reward package as a pie chart with slices for company car, private health, and so on. It was not at all unusual to see people with 50 percent of that pie saying pension contributions. It's hard to believe that it did not factor in to "how much pay rise shall we give this guy".
The new boy/girl traditionally gets sent to the stores to get a long weight, tin of striped paint, or a left-handed spanner. Not sure what the digital equivalent would be but I am sure El Reg will think of something when the time comes.
I am a road-safety freak but even I can't agree with that. The primary reason for using a mobile phone in a car is surely for satnav, which definitely counts as part of "driving your car" given that the driving test is soon to include it.
Vkontakte (Russian copy of Facebook) had free unlimited music from day 1 more or less.
English language is like that. "Alice made an Ikea bookcase with a screwdriver". "Bob made a coffee table with Charlie". How confusing is that to a someone learning English?
Is it just me but genetically modified flies with glowing green brains? What if they escaped and mated with the genetically modified frikkin-laser flies from someone else's research project? Remember you heard it here first - if you want the film rights we'll talk.
Briefly tried Android Pay but honestly cannot see the point. Especially as it specifically won't work with a Revolut card, which by the way I can seriously recommend.
Bossy lady in McDonalds in America got quite cross when she saw me moving my card towards the top of the weird-looking reader where I saw the contactless logo. "SIR YOU CAN'T -" . Her face was priceless when it beeped and said authorised. Apparently she had never seen it happen before.
What is it with "Lappy"? It's hardly much of an abbreviation as it only saves one letter. "Addy" saves three letters but somehow even more annoying. Although even so not quite as annoying as people who insist on"firing up" notepad...
Funny cartoon in Private Eye print edition which I can't find online. Cat half asleep on floor looking at budgie in cage, Amazon Echo on coffee table. Budgie speech caption "Alexa cancel the cat food and double the birdseed order"
I posted earlier in the thread about counting on fingers and thumbs, now someone has given me 1 thumb up for it
You can do better than 1023 if you count up to 2 on each finger, I mean finger down = 0, finger halfway up = 1, finger completely up = 2. You could probably have even more finger positions but then it gets confusing.
Didn't expect how many think going out to shop and buying lunch is normal routine. Not sure how much you would spend but let's say 4 quid is conservative. That's at least 80 a month out of taxed wages. How do you afford that on a regular basis.
A lot of companies have a subsidised canteen. If you're out travelling somewhere you are missing out on the subsidy; that was what our accounts department once told me was the reason for being able to claim lunches.
I have donkeys years of "cyber-" (dislike that word) security experience. This is basically because up until recently it was always seen as a hateful drudge job that nobody wanted to do and (as the least unwilling peon) I always got lumbered with. Now there are so many organisations who claim to be desperately short of cyber-securititians, but what they actually are looking for are pen-test script runners and box-tickers. No way am I getting suckered into that.
What is the attraction of a two-year interest-free period? I don't see it.
I managed to find my way (not easy) onto Escondido Beach in Malibu and was rather disappointed. I suppose nice if you have one of the houses but purely as a beach it is nothing much in comparison to your average Spanish one.
I remember the early days of the www when it was a communal resource for information sharing. After a while people came along and said "you know what, we can use this thing to make money". Now they are complaining that my ad blocker is getting in the way of their business. Am I supposed to be bothered?
I suppose the difference between then and now is that hosting used to be "free" i.e. you leached off your university or employer. So I have some sympathy and recognise I need somehow to contribute to legit hosting costs, but even so I still don't want ads.
Obviously the shoes v. boots thing is ridiculous.
We would still need to keep the important and sensible parts of tax law though, for example above what temperature does a pasty become a hot pasty and therefore need VAT.
I had a mate used to work on the ferris wheel ride but he got the sack. Took them to court though - clear case of funfair dismissal.
Completely right. What is the point of cabling up a road except for three houses. You had to put up with the same roadworks inconvenience as did those who are getting the service.
Ultimately it's up to them to make their business decision but the most annoying part (and I speak from experience) is that they will still put an invitation through your letterbox to order their new service. When you do they are happy to take your order despite you asking them five times "are you sure because the street digging didn't come this far" and let you waste a morning off work. They will then mess you around forever neither fulfilling your order nor admitting they cannot deliver.
Think this was meant to be a joke but logically it's the right thing to do surely. I am not trivialising the massive amount of work to somehow bodge together an AI that is just adequately smart enough to design another AI, but once that was complete just leave it running while you go to the pub.
Wosign was the only place I could find for a free email (S/MIME) certificate. Don't want to get involved in whether or not they should be black-holed but it does leave me without a paddle when my cert expires.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport had a target "to provide access to basic broadband (2Mbps) for all from December 2015" which they failed to reach and had to revise. Until last month I was only getting 1.0Mbps which is totally not acceptable in 2017 UK.
"A subsidised broadband installation is now available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mb per second." They really don't want to give you a subsidy; I found that after lots of loud complaining the magical Openreach unicorn fairy did a surprise upgrade of my local cabinet instead.
If you are looking for evidence of your slow speed I can recommend going through an EE broadband online application then screenshotting, as EE seem to be the most conservative in promising what your speed would be.
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