* Posts by Airborne Cigar

8 posts • joined 31 Jan 2011

Listen up you bunch of bankers. Here are some pointers for less crap IT

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You might hope that a Spanish bank taking over a British retail bank would avoid the Spanish-specific mistakes made by the last Spanish bank to take over a British retail bank, especially having been warned about them, but you'd be wrong about that, too

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Note also the sundial and calendar on the wall of the London Stock Exchange building in Paternoster Square

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Where does DRM / DRM+ fit in to this brave new world?

The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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For thirty years (that I know of) this has been known as HMV - as soon as the device detects His Masters Voice (or presence) it sorts itself. Very frustrating for users, wives, children, parents, neighbours, etc

75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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What about Nissenthal's own book?

"Winning the Radar War"; Nissen, Jack with A.W. Cockerill; Robert Hale 1989

Russia launches non-terrifying satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

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Project Echo reprise

Only 57 years since the first giant Mylar reflector in orbit...

Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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So tell me, what's life like in your alternative dimension?

I understand that a lot of techies have problems communicating with homo sapiens in person, but in the world I inhabit, London minimum-wage staff are no worse than most.

Conversely, self -service checkouts don't keep you waiting while they natter with other people, nor do they short change you, and the simple failures they indulge in are easily resolved by human intervention, unlike their human counterparts.

But through the Looking Glass, you seem to have a different world...

In defence of Comic Sans

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... but not for functional specs. Please!

Having worked for a bank that confused "clear and cool" with "clear and naff" and used Comic Sans as the house standard for all internal documents, I can confirm that a) it matters if you value your brain and b) you can go too far...


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