* Posts by Bill 21

13 posts • joined 13 Aug 2010

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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The customer changed the requirements, then got upset when the price went up (a bit)

FFS - adding a USB charger (to a lunatic concept) is going to up the regulatory effort, which is the sort of thing you'd expect an engineer to notice.

"According to the court filing [PDF], Mills was hired to develop a battery-powered pump for an umbrella that incorporates a mist spraying system. After the client informed Mills that the device should support USB charging, Mills raised his initial estimate from $4,000 to $4,800. The client in response complained to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration that Mills was not a registered engineer and demanded a refund of payments made."

The democratisation of IT: Amazon and Microsoft own half the cloud infrastructure market

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So, on a pie-chart thing, the second place - at about 20% - would be 'other'?

*Spits out coffee* £4m for a database of drone fliers, UK.gov? Defra did game shooters for £300k

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If you think a little sideways on this, its a club. Try googling club membership software. Its a thing.

UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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When I started, the company I worked for still delivered software on paper (or mylar) tape.

So there was the material, and the holes. Does this mean about half the bits were missing?

Confessions of an ebook eater

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And if you wandered out of the computing area to the back of the room you found yourself alone, but surrounded by decades-old engineering(?) books.

Docker revs up Engine, hits 1.10

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Um. It was 1.9, and is now 1.10 - which means its been a while since the zero after the decimal point disappeared.

Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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As an alternative to VLOS, how about they require a pigeon with a red flag to fly in front of the drone?

Behind every great tech boss there’s ... who exactly?

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Why is this still showing on the front page? - it's three weeks old and no-one cares.

UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: Just "193 Atomic Functions"?

I'd assume it failed somehow when they tried it with 194, but just kept running when they used 193. Magic numbers are like that.

Busty Ohio mannequin survives assassination attempt

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0 votes?

He didn't manage to vote for himself? S'difficult over there is't?

$1,000 reward offered for stolen cancer research laptop

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Oi, two types of peeps

... them as have lost a disk, and them's as ain't.

Personally got scars from a 170Mb hard disk that died before I learnt. Still hurts.

Supermarket techie in mega loyalty-point blag

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do what?

Lost me here - is that £8K or £80K - in 8 years?

Ellison wrestles Google to strangle 'unofficial' Java

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Oh dear

... but frightens other people from following Google's example ...

or from using java if you don't have to?


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