The Nest Secure home alarm is not available in the UK and therefore does not cost £99 because you can't bloody buy it.
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>The estimated time remaining was always a bad idea.
You don't know what you are talking about. Batteries are very well understood, you can know with near certainty how many watt-hours you have left in the cell and you can calculate fairly precisely know how long you have left _BASED ON CURRENT USAGE_. It's quite simple. If you have 50 watt hours in the battery and you are drawing 5 watts, you have about 10 hours of battery life. If usage is fluctuating then you simply take an average say over the past x number of minutes.
So the problem is not having an estimated time - the problem is dimwits who don't understand what it means. If you are writing e-mails and it says 15 hours and then you jump into final cut pro and render a bunch of videos - do you really expect to get 15 hours? Apparently from your comment you think this is an actual problem. No this is stupidity.
I used to find the comments on The Register to be highly entertaining and or insightful.
Seems to have regressed to a state of mostly unintelligible criticisms of technological progress.
But but what If I don't have bluetooth? What if I'm in a foreign country? What if I lose my thumb and can't use my thumbprint scanner? What if I have a face transplant and it doesn't recognise me? What if I want to set a password?
I wouldn't even mind but it's almost always said by people who massively overestimate their own knowledge and experience. Presumably earned from years supporting users.
As an IT contractor I have great hope for the future of this profession.
The majority of companies I have worked for are totally crippled with permie dead weight that they have no choice but to hire contractors. Layer upon layer of managers all fighting their way up the totem pole leaving the people on the ground apathetic to near comatose levels.
As far as I'm concerned LinkedIn is nothing but a waste of good time. Time and time again I'm told by my colleagues that I should be on LinkedIn, because ALL the recruiters use it.
The problem is that fundamentally it's a load of horse shit. People use it to craft this image of themselves which in most cases tends to be a complete lie. One particular example is an ex-colleague of mine who I had the misfortune of training some years back, his LinkedIn reads like some epic novel of achievement when in reality he was completely incapable of very basic tasks.
I'm not gonna bother for now, I've never had a problem getting a job through the usual channels and I don't intend to whore myself out to another social media wank fest unless it's absolutely necessary. (that is, every single agent on the planet starts using LinkedIn exclusively)
>The WD Black 4TB GB hard drives, with capacities ranging from 500G to 4TB, are available through WD's channel now, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $339.00 and at £239.50 in the UK, a cost averaging out to around $10/GB - or a cent for a megabyte. ®
The maths is wrong here. AT 10$ per /GB, the a 4TB drive would cost $40k. Using the figures in the article, a $339 drive with 4TB would mean a cost per GB to be $0.08/GB.
And how long has it been since $10/gb? Surely about 15 years or more?
That is a seriously pathetic self imposed blocker to hiring the best person and frankly you are the type of person this article is poking fun at.
It's one of the reasons I contract now because the permanent marketplace is full of people like you who think long term loyalty is the most important thing. It's not. I'd rather have someone who came in for 2 years and worked at a high pace before getting bored, than someone who just plods along playing the long game.
I keep getting offered long term permanent positions in my contract roles because they see the pace and passion I have for the job, what they don't realize is that I am that way precisely because I'm not gonna be sticking around for 5 years.
>You are in effect trusting him or her with your earnings for the next five years...
Forget that. If you want to make money you got to jump ship. I've had 6 IT jobs in 10 years and I'm making 400% more than I did when I first started. Might not work for everyone but I've found it's the quickest way to build up a vast amount of experience and understanding.
Don't be put off by people who tell you that it will look bad on your C.V. There is no point sticking around a dead end job simply to satisfy some imaginary arsehole who might take exception to your work history.
Spamhaus are a bunch of self righteous tw*ts.
I have had numerous run-ins with them over the years and they have never failed to treat me with contempt and always leave me feeling like I want to smash someones pathetic face in.
I don't spam... in fact I hate spammers, but they don't seem to want to help the situation at all and they are downright obnoxious.
And at the very end of it they sit back and say "we aren't block your mail, play by our rules or go away".
Unfortunately LOTS AND LOTS of people around the world use Spamhaus whether they like it or not because some administrator has decided to subscribe to the Spamhaus feed and treat it as gospel.
Which means when they block your IP.... expect to see at least 40-50% reduction in message delivery, if not more.
I know for a fact that they are all evil b*stards because they once blocked a large international house hold name Charities e-mail server during a large campaign relating to a recent humanitarian disaster. I won't go into specifics but it wasn't the charities fault and it took something like 4 weeks before they finally removed the block.
Is how I feel living on the Isle of Dogs, surrounded by Datacentres and buckets of connectivity.... yet I can only manage a meager 5mbit.
If I had the money I could pay for some roof space at any of these DC's and get myself a nice 100mbit+ wireless LOS link. Unfortunately that would probably cost me over £5k a month.
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