Is this a case of "Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves."
206 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012
Re: Error messages
Many years ago I was part of a team testing software that used some very complex mathematics to produce the results. A number of PHd mathematicians were involved in the development. Everything was going well until an undocumented error message was displayed which was something like:
"The data is not monotonically increasing"
100% accurate but also 100% useless in the real world (unless you are PHd mathematician).
P.S. All I need now is to find that "monotonically increasing" has been included in the latest GCSE Maths syllabus.
Just a thought
Do the people who fly more traditional RC aircraft (plane and helicopter models) now call them drones or is it a term only used by media types when referring to quadcopters and similar flying devices.
Of course military "drones" are in a different league and can do serious physical damage.
Re: Who needs analysts?
Apple pencil was £89 now £119
Apple Pencil (2nd generation) for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 11‑inch - £119
Apple Pencil for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (1st and 2nd generations), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7‑inch and iPad (6th generation) - still £89
Logitech Crayon for iPad (6th Gen.) - £59.95 (from Apple)
Re: Smart meters do not save energy
...remotely disconnect your supply...
What a load of FUD.
The regulations, in the UK, regarding disconnection that apply to dumb meters applies to "smart" meters as well. There are a number of hoops to jump through before disconnection. Finally, somebody has to physically disconnect at the property to ensure, for example, there is no life saving medical equipment is installed.
Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...
Our cat flap only uses the RFID tag to allow entry. On the rare occasions when kitty has to stay in (e.g. trip to the vet) there is a physical latch to disable free exit.
I believe you can get a cat flap that is app enabled, so you can control it by your phone, WTF. Are we getting a generation who can only do things via their phone?
Icon because it's nearest to kitty.
I've not pushing up daisies yet but I did amass a large collection (1000+) of kit car magazines over the years. Without going into detail they had to go. After investigating various methods of disposal I emailed the editor of a kit car magazine that was relatively new to the market. he took the lot and gave me a 5 year subscription to his mag.
P.S. Around my way there is a charity TWAM (Tools With A Mission) which collects old tools, refurbishes them and then ships them to third world African countries. They even take old computer hardware now.
This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals
Re: Which is worse?
In the late '70s a department in the office I worked had a "prick of the week" award. The trophy was usually displayed on the recipent's desk for the week. Anybody could win the award regardless of gender and seniority.
The trophy was cylindrical and stood vertically. Could we have an award like that today?
Lost in translation?
I remember hearing on the radio an interview with an English/Russian interpreter. During a meeting between an American president and his Russian counterpart, he used the expression “not buying pig in a poke”. This was translated into the Russian equivalent “not buying cat in a bag”. The Russian president replied by talking about cats.
I can’t remember how the interpreter solved the problem but it would be interesting to get AI to solve it, assuming it had an understanding of idiomatic phrases.
I used to Use the built in Skype app on a Panasonic TV with attached Panasonic USB camera to chat with our yougest in New Zealand, who had a similar Panasonic setup. Once, for some reason (which I can't remember) he used Facetime to talk to SWMBO on her iPad.
I was looking for a new PC at the time, so I blew my budget and bought an iMac and I haven't used Skype since.
Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers
Re: 30 quid per victim?
Isn't that a term from pre-decimal currency, when thruppence was a quarter of a bob.
I can remember just before "D" (decimal) day a pint in the local cost 1/9. That should have become 9p after "D" day but it became 9.5p.
(Where's the Boring Old Fart icon)
Re: Heart age
There used to be large whisky bottles attached to optics in pubs. I don't know what size they were but Jeroboam seems like a good starting point.
Wine can come in much larger bottles but if you can't pour it easily it's probably too big (Methuselah - 6 litres, and that's not the largest).
Re: Are all government health IT projects doomed to fail ?
It's not confined to government health IT projects. My second Rule of Computing states:
Any large scale public sector development will exceed the initial budget by a factor of x* times and will be late.
* - choose any number but you may underestimate the value.
To save you asking, there are currently only 2 rules, the first is
If the project is High Profile, has "challenging" timescales and uses something new (hardware or software) it will fail.
Re: The problem
how about teaching children how to do this properly at school, rather than filling their heads with trendy nonsense like phonetics to teach spelling.
In the '50s I learned to read using phonics. Since then trendy methods have come and gone and we are back to using phonics that was used to teach my grandchildren how to read. You do learn the differences in spelling words like "F"arming and "PH"onetics (how do you spell "ff").
I had a colleague a few years ago who was (mis)taught to read using the Initial Teaching Alphabet. He admitted that even in his forties he had difficulty reading.
OK, how many here have had training on any part of the MS Office suite.
How many mouse clicks does it take to add BCC to an email?
In my experience most companies seem to expect staff to know how to use the main MS Office tools so don't provide training. It doesn't surprise me when someone (at any level) makes a blunder which can have serious repercussions.
Re: Every Telephone Pole Resembled The Mess Associated With Wire Frames
@ Doctor Syntax
...dig up every drive and garden...
In a previous property we had extensive building work carried out, including a laying new drive. British Gas (as it was then) could only connect us after all the work was completed. They used some form of burrowing tool to get the new gas pipe from the main one in the road to the side of the house where the meter was to be installed. There was no damage to my nice new drive.
UK.gov IT projects that are failing: Verify. Border control. 4G for blue-light services. We can go on
Another old kid here and GG suits me as I rarely make calls on my phone. Occasional text message and receive calls. Wifi used for all things data. My balance is automatically topped up by £10 when balance drops below £3 (top up restricted to 3 times a month so not a major problem if phone nicked). No need for Goody Bags from GG but I remember buying real ones when I was a nipper.
Why oh why...
this is called a solution, or for a more social framing, an experience
...does everything have to be a solution or an experience?
I suppose it could be due to marketing types not being able to define the problem and therefore come up with a solution to have a good (or bad) experience.
In the old days I can remember a thing called usability but now it seems to be UX (User Experience).
Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...
Re: CEO jobs are on the line...
Perhaps the board should begin to accept that the board should not be full of people who don't understand the company
I'm getting old now. When I started in the business, called "Data Processing" then, there was an effort to get someone with DP knowledge on the Board. I believe this was reasonably successful. Unfortunately they have all now retired and have been replaced with accountants, bankers or other non-technical bods.
Re: What's the problem?
Negotiations for the Canada - EU trade deal began in 2009 but they started talking about it in 2004. Negotiations were concluded in 2014.
If you expect Brexit negotiations to be concluded in one year (or even three) you must be living in Farage land.
They're coming to take me away ho ho he he ha ha to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time*
These days I try to use Google and their other products as little as possible.
For untracked searching I used to use DuckDuckGo but that seems to use Bing these days so I now use StartPage which piggy backs off Google (without tracking, apparently).
Unfortunately the only platform that various Electric Vehicle videos I watch is YouTube as they use the income from Google to pay for production.
Re: Follows old adage...
The BT46, designed by Gordon Murray, was not banned. He proved that the majority of the fan use was to provide cooling. It was dropped after one race, which it won, because it wasn't suitable for all the circuits of the time which meant a completely different car would have to be designed and built.
The other race car with a fan was the Chapparal 2J which was banned after 1 unsuccessful season. It was faster than other cars but very unreliable.