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I wonder how long before the Borg starts getting uppity?
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I wonder how long before the Borg starts getting uppity?
Er.. If their salaries are a $31.7m, what are the $65.9m in expenses for?
Or sack them. In the (Good Old [hah!]) days of the RA there were 100 field engineers in 6 centres. There are now 30 engineers for the whole country. There was a research department which was dismantled (more or less) completely. Then there was the Technical Advisory Group (which was, admittedly, staffed by industry) - I don't know whether that still exists...
Only the grey variety (apparently). Also the Reds are significantly smaller than the Greys so there isn't (anything like) as much meat on a Red.
Do you have some Aikidokas at El Reg? Nice picture illustrating effective arm (more accurately wrist) twisting with Sankyo. The lower arm will twist too, unless one isn't too bothered about waiting for it and the attached body to catch up). Happy memories.
PS why is El Reg not using the official units of measure? All this Fahrenheit and Celsius is a bit off - isn't it?
It's just another computer simulation to keep the curious amongst us busy speculating and thus happy. There’ll be another one along soon, just as we get bored with this one.
And how long will it take the ungodly to crack this monoculture of devices? And what will they do with them once cracked?
"Oh no, not again!"
Does the same problem occur when talking to something modern and clean such a Dovecot IMAP server? And anyway, surely the password strength police should be applauding the use of any UNICODE characters that increase the overall entropy of the password?
Obviously "because it's free" or at least likely to cost some negligible amount (compared to the $86 billion the FCC thinks it's going to get for its next round of spectrum auctions). And they "need" the spectrum. Bugger the current users. They have no ownership "rights". They have no "economic power", or more accurately "regulatory mindshare".
There is a distressing tendency for hard pressed civil servants, who are generally intelligent and well meaning but have insufficient domain knowledge, to need to rely on "industry partners" to help them "think". Anyone who has been on one of the DoT wireless related study groups or the TAG will have seen this in action.
There has to be a real shift in Civil Service recruitment and training to address this. But how it is to be achieved is moot, especially for acquiring comprehensive knowledge without compromising independence. Can't say I am hugely optimistic. Sadly, the way the US equivalent works with its built in political cycles, stands no chance.
It truly is a pity that the US still seems to succeed in styling itself "leaders of the free world", because "free" in this context means allowing big US money to determine what the rest of the world has to put up with.
Hands off our WiFi spectrum.
Nominative determinism is alive and well. But the Fail's editor is a different chap to the ex-editor of the Sun/Mirror you are thinking of (well, thinking of his name anyway). Spookily, he appears now to be working at the Fail as well.
It's not Unix, it's DEC VMS. Not the same. Not even a little bit.
Do we actually need all of these projects? Especially as many of them will fail. If the Government wants to throw money away, it would be better just to convert that into helicopter money where it might do some good. Using it for something actually useful (and therefore potentially vote winning) might be better.
There's waste, but then there is Government waste!
That makes someone behave as though they are beyond moral and ethical standards of behaviour? First the King of the EPO and now someone who seems to be able to successfully get away with DNA testing his workers over a workplace spat. On current performance it seems likely he will get away with sanction busting as well.
Do these people really need this level of
Teflon coating lack of accountability to do their jobs?
The only problem, of course, the (lack of) timescale and whether the people doing the "agile" etc buzzwordy thingies actually have a clue as well.
This really hasn't changed in the 40 odd years that I have been in the business - particularly in anything to do with software production. Nearly every company I have ever worked with have war stories about a CompSci graduate that they have employed. The complaint nearly always boils down to: intelligent, but not actually much use for "our" business without spending two years (re-)training them.
Why is this? Why has this still not improved?
It's actually worse than that: we look at everyone with a computer - and we all know where that leads when humans get involved with the output.
The computer - she say yes - so, sorry mate, you're nicked.
is how the water manages to be liquid in the vacuum chamber in which both the camera and the xray laser are said to "operate". Or am I missing something?
There is a chance that he might actually be good at Maths. Which would be a novelty anywhere in government.
And they did.
I have been doing this indeterminate sentence call "IT" for a long time (with no imminent prospect of release), so it tickles me rather that "graph databases" are being touted as "new". In the early days of "databases", "graph" or "network" databases were the only game in town. Then some upstart, name of Codd, came along and said that they were all wrong and we should embrace some new fangled concept called "relational" databases instead.
I know that one has to hype one's product up to stand a chance of getting it noticed - but I do wish that, at least some, acknowledgement of computing history is given instead of hyping some "new" concept that has been around before - sometimes three or four times.
I know, I know - I am an old codger and am on my way to get my knackered coat already... I just wish they would let me outside.
Not to mention NoScript
The European Court of Justice has nothing to do with the European Union, other than it lives in a town in the EU. I don't doubt that if the UK leaves the EU, it will likely also attempt to extricate itself from the the ECJ. But it will have to do that separately.
... comes around. In this case for at least the fourth or fifth time. Or one could argue that they haven't really ever gone away, just dropped out of fashion and then occasionally in (a bit) for a while.
If you need them, then use them - it really isn't some big deal or new technology that requires all this hype. Remember Wyse "thin clients" from the 1980's?
According this site, in my village (which shall remain nameless) the rate is 17.8%. Which makes one think a bit as about 2/3 of the population of 500 is over 50 and getting for 1/2 of those are over 65.
Or could there be another explanation?
I don't know from whom their PRs have been taking lessons, but I must say that the PRs have excelled themselves. The original Dutch puff makes many similar British "announcements" seem staid, subtle and succinct. Amazing.
in 35+ deg and no rain for weeks. In the height of the fire season.
Poof... one ex town.
While the UK gives itself powers to slurp everything, everywhere, all the time anyway. And we all know where that's going to end up (on demand) - because of the "special relationship" tha' knows.
I wasn't aware that the possible new national flag of NZ had been a) chosen and b) adopted.
Git is a distributed SCC system? Isn't the whole point? One can hack away at one's code, committing revisions and then catchup when (or if) ever a central server comes back. If it doesn't, or just if needs be, then your repository can be pulled directly by co-workers. Try git send-email.
Go look how git is used for the thing that it was written for: the Linux Kernel. Or alternatively RTFM.
Git is not CVS nor is it Subversion.
Github going away for a few hours or even days is not the end of the world.
You mean like the "arrangements" in Venezuela? They are ostensibly "democratic" but now that the president's aura is waning, he continues to cling on with grim death. No, I stick with a nice constitutional monarchy, thank you.
For me, this is very timely advice. So what would one use?
Surely you mean "have their tail strike protectors tested"?
Is that all? On a 1Gb link? In a year?
GCSE Statistics Paper Question
A "quality" newspaper recently asserted that: in 2013 another "newspaper" had 30 million audited users per month. But today, that "newspaper" now has 1 million readers per day.
Please tick one only one answer:
* The "newspaper" has 96% fewer readers today than in 2013.
* The "newspaper" has roughly the same number of readers per day.
* The "Grauniad" has a maths problem as well as all the others it's famous for.
Barramundi is an excellent fish to batter, fry and serve with chips. But then I prefer haddock and chips and regard cod as tasteless, therefore my judgement may be suspect.
On the very same day, the 'Fail runs an article about a consultant gastro-enterologist saying that he recommends the eating of red meat. Which article are we to believe?
Or is the 'Fail just trying to make sure it can maximise its (cough) "targeted" Ad revenue by playing both ends to the middle?
Not just students, but clueful techy SMEs as well. A customer of mine has identified that his shiney new internet line, that is at least three times as fast as his old one, is going to overwhelm his existing Cisco border router. The only choice is either to go up to the next range (entry price £5000+) or buy a chunky white box with eight NICs and do the routing & firewalling himself. He has the knowledge to do it either way. His white box would cost about quarter of the price...
Fixing the hardware so that it is blindingly obvious that the computer is on would go a long way to solving this wetware problem. If hardware designers spent some time on usability instead of solely on aesthetics, life for support people would be soooo... much easier.
What is it with designers hiding tinier LEDs with every new generation in less visible places? With (if one is lucky) some unfathomable symbol which is one is supposed to "intuitively" understand means POWER ON?
But just knocking diesel because it has some characteristics that can cause problems (which have largely been solved) and then blithely saying petrol engines "will catch up" simply doesn't cut it. Each engine type has its particular emissions issues that need to be cleaned up and an advance with one fuel sort is quickly transplanted onto the other.
Frankly petrol engines have different characteristics to diesel which are fundamental to the cycles that they use. Those characteristics are why trucks use diesel and cars (that don't tow or carry heavy loads) use petrol. It isn't simply a matter of fuel consumption. It is all about torque curves and a petrol engine performs comparatively poorly in the [torque, engine size, fuel consumption, (blown) air pressure] matrix compared to diesel at various loads.
I declare an interest: I have had several diesel vehicles over the years - for the way they drive and not just for their fuel consumption. Given equal fuel consumption and similar fuel costs: I prefer the diesel.
Not certain about the "annular member" either. Apart from the obvious I can't quite see how one can call a ring (apparently with stuff attached to it) a member, annular or otherwise.
A central database accessed by 6200 people in 133 locations. It's just a boring database with a load of miscellaneous administrative data that is of no interest to anyone but us chickens. Anybody see anything that could go wrong with that?
No? Thought not. It'll be fine.
Perhaps we should vote on it?
I didn't see any mention of breaking encrypted data in your "useful" list. This may have been an oversight.
That should be: "rich dick"