I've been coding for 40 years. When I started, everything was built from scratch. Now I glue open source libraries together. You still have to write reams of complex code but the relative increase in productivity is amazing. There are loads of user self-service products of varying qualities but there'll always be a role for specialised computer wranglers. Maybe not as many as now and definitely fewer doing low level coding.
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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers
Just like Google ...
They're just doing what all large cloud based companies do. If a product is not earning, they cut it. Try searching for Google graveyard. I miss Reader most.
All the years I've been annoyed by "pre-booked" and never noticed "free gift". Thanks for giving (gifting?) me another thing to bother me.
Vaping might be the ex-smokers' methadone but allowing it in public places would be a backward step. I'm old enough to remember when not smoking was consider odd. The end goal must surely be zero nicotine addiction and de-normalisation of inhaled nicotine is important.
I must say that having a spray of warm water up your posterior is not unpleasant but there's a lot of drying to do after. I guess that's why they now have ones with fans. I did once press the front bottom button by mistake and ended up with water everywhere.
The British Army can have lead-free bullets but apparently it's a step too far for the huntin' & shootin' brigade. They want to carry on their tradition of poisoning the country side.
20 years ago if you went to a conference in Europe, you'd need translators for the French delegates but rarely for any others. Now conferences are conducted entirely in English and nobody seems uncomfortable with that. Virtually every well educated person in the world speaks some English. How many Asians or South Americans can speak any French?
Nest bought Revolv and bricked their existing customer base and sod the lifetime guarantee. No way am I going to depend on external software to run my home.
Tie in products
Google lost out because they wanted you to use their private APIs with instant lock in. They're starting to do Docker now so maybe if they push that and undercut the opposition they might do ok.
Re: Ek wonder...
Oor soveel as Afrikaans kan praat.
In my day young men grew beards to appear more mature. Later they shaved them off to look less old.I suspect a lot of today's 20-somethings will be shaving them off as soon as the first grey hair appears.
I have no idea if any of that correlates with sexism.
Well done AlphaGo team but what bugs me about these human vs machine things is that computers don't get tired. The poor old human has to sustain concentration for the whole duration and that mental strength is part of being a grand master / top dan / whatever.
Cup of tea
Some bod on the Infinite Monkey Cage gave a great metaphor for robotic AI as the ability to make a cup of tea in somebody else's kitchen. I think we're a long way from that.
Style over content
WP is effectively run by a bunch of people enforcing the manual of style. Experts are frozen out because every time there is a dispute, the old hands come down heavy spouting chapter and verse from thousands of pages in the talk: namespace. I used to do a lot of editing in a subject area that now has tumbleweed blowing through its talk pages. Most of the knowledgeable editors have been bullied out or just got plain fed up with the bad vibe.
What was his offence?
We would need to know if he was sacked for excessive personal comms or the simple act of private use of work comms. If the latter, I think it's unfair unless they had a strict policy made clear to employees. Even then, one assumes there'd be a warning the first time.
14 units/week = 1% risk of alcohol related death.
From the Beeb article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35255384
"Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, an expert in understanding risk from the University of Cambridge, said it was important to put the 1% risk in context. He said an hour of TV watching or a bacon sandwich a couple of time a week was more dangerous."
More nebulous hype
Really, cloud this and that is just network and server hosting companies drumming up trade. Hype, hype, hype. There is no paradigm shift, just more marketing.
For better or worse WP has evolved its own culture and is highly resistant to change. Anyone who doesn't like the way they do things is eventually frozen out. But if you can stay below the admins' radar you can get away with a lot.
The main thing about using an old-fashioned typewriter is that it taught you accuracy. Mistakes were costly and even over-typing with Tipp-ex paper was still messy. And it didn't correct the CC.
And if you want a real challenge, try typing a long piece onto a duplicator stencil. Correcting those was a right pain.
The illustration is of a Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) of which there are large populations in southern England. The article is about Monk Parakeets which has only a small UK population and there are plans afoot to extirpate them.
A quick look at the promo shots on http://www.google.co.uk/inbox/ would seem to indicate this is less than revolutionary. Looks like Gmail with a to do list. Outlook's reminder flags has done this for years.
EE bye gone
I found the EE branding oddly annoying. "Everything Everywhere" - what idiot committee came up with that and the rubbish logo to boot?
It all boils down to unemployment. Captialists will invest in IA to replace workers. The researchers can say all they want about that being an unwanted side-effect but for others, it's the main point.
When I watch re-runs of the Jason Bourne films, I assume I am suspending disbelief at the CIA's ability to tap into a phone with the quick tap of a keyboard. Now, I wonder if that stuff is not so unrealistic after all.
I don't know how hard TIFKAM is to learn because I haven't even tried. I just installed Class Shell and ignored it.
I buy organic for the environment and wildlife. Mind you, HMG once warned about excessive pesticide levels in root veg so I won't buy them if there's no organic available.
Joys of Capitalism
It amuses me that people consistently vote for "business friendly" governments and then are shocked when businesses turn around and screw them.
Re: @ TrishaD
I always call it the "Gay BLT".
Re: A time machine helps, too.
ls *.x | sed 's/\(.*\).x/mv & \1.y/' | sh -s
(Assuming El Reg doesn't mash my backslashes and ampersands).
I sort of hoped OpenStack was a way to prevent lock-in and to open the market to competition. Instead we get three proprietary solutions.
I once left my phone on (accidently) on a flight from Heathrow to Belfast. When I landed I found a text welcoming me to Guernsey. How does that work?
I fly between Heathrow and Belfast City often. At City they always call flights with "have your boarding pass and photo id ready". BMI (now, BA) never actually ask for id at the gate but Aer Lingus insist. When I asked why, I was told it was a "legal requirement".
I've been paying for a Flickr Pro a/c for 8 years and have built up a shed-load of contacts. They're fscking the UI up so much I'm using the API to download all my photos with a view to starting over on another site.
"Two words: Grover's algorithm"
Wikipedia: "When applications of Grover's algorithm are considered, it should be emphasized that the database is not represented explicitly. Instead, an oracle is invoked to evaluate an item by its index. Reading a full data-base item by item and converting it into such a representation may take a lot longer than Grover's search. "
So it's still all to do with i/o unless someones working on a quantum database. Hey, your data's probably in here somewhere.
Are these hypothetical devices only useful for number crunching? Most computing is actually data storage, retrieval, filtering and transforming. The clever stuff is still in the design of algorithms to acheive new things with the data. Obviously you can run an algorithm more times but the time-consuming part is usually all in the i/o. I don't see how quanta help with that.
I only see a dystopian future of a workless underclass controlled by robocops and drones. There will be a continuing erosion of human work while politicos bang on about "hard working families". Too many people and not enough jobs will push wages down so the plebs can't afford the bounty the robots produce.
The masses used to be useful as workers and consumers. They will be failing on both counts soon.
Shouldn't that be "Echarnos una mano"?
"Useful" for languages depends on context. I've found French very useful in north and west Africa. My Japanese isn't much use outside Japan (and wasn't much use in it). And I think the "Chinese" people in UK speak Cantonese anyway so I can't even order a take-away in Mandarin.
Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.
You mean there's even worse milk chocolate than the British 'vegelate' rubbish? You live and learn.
Would you care to name these safer Euro services that you've chosen? (Just curious, not being sarky).
Believe it when I see it
We once had to miss a domestic flight. BMI (as was) were obliged to refund the £40 air passenger duty and they deducted £25 "admin fee". Money grubbing bastards. Will this really be the end that sort of abuse?
Re: Tested a drivers skill...
"are they going to make talking to passengers illegal too?"
With a passenger you can break off briefly in mid sentence to do some driving stuff and they can see why you've stopped talking. A phone call has different etiquette.
I'd prefer a noise blocker equivalent to a popup blocker. This site wants to use audio ... [x]
Or is a that just feature creep?
If email is declining as it's only because IM partially replaces it between colleagues and close business partners. But FB and Twitter? You cannot be serious.
Re: Hardly catastrophic
A new mechanism so you can see that a stupid post is not from some drive-by idiot but from an idiot with an el reg comment addiction.
It's not clear to me why MS should even bother to spend money developing free software to run on alien OS's - Android, Linux or Mac. And why upset their WLM user base? But I guess if you pay £5.3bn for something you sort of feel obliged to promote it.
Re: Seriously, though,
Been done before: this list http://listverse.com/2011/11/20/10-successful-island-eradication-projects/ includes several rat clearances (including ones where they had to temporarily capture endangered mammals).
Can I just thank you for telling us that Mexico is in North America. I feel much better informed now.