Got there first
Surely Christmas Day didn't need to be launched - oh, sorry, you meant "... is launched on Christmas Day" - why didn't you say so ?
503 posts • joined 29 Jun 2007
Well there can be, but it's still not good.
I once left a supplier's project to build a govt department computer system when I asked the question, "what benefits is it supposed to deliver" and got the answer, "I think all the other dept.s have one, and they wanted one too".
A new laptop with Vista is unable to connect to a bog-standard home network with existing XP and W2k PCs.
Networking with Windows until Vista worked pretty much out of the box, now it is implied that in order for Vista to work, our "outdated" (="obsolete"!!) ADSL gateway is at fault.
So what part of the Internet Protocol does Vista not now understand ?? And why does it arrogantly assume it has no responsibility to work with users' kit ?
And 'digital' always means better.
Heck, if you sit a Sony Bravia LCD telly next to a Sony WEGA CRT telly on the same RGB feed, the LCD picture is _miles_ better.
And don't even _try_ to watch Olympic water sports on digital TV, the coding can't cope with all that shimmery stuff.
Engineers strove for years to optimise picture quality, and now it's all being thrown away for the sake of more macroblocky channels for the masses.
Same applies to DAB.
Back in the 80's, Clive Ponting and Sarah Tisdall were sent for trial for leaking government information.
As someone has already observed, the idea that someone with sufficient authority to have access to that entire dataset is also incompetent enough to think that it was OK to transfer the data in that fashion beggars belief - they need keel-hauling, as does the chain of command that permitted it.
Perhaps Andy Hopper at Cambridge should now start making more noise about the fact that even a brand new Computer Science graduate would not have made that elementary mistake !!
... that's why people spoke Latin.
But seriously, there should surely be a more sophisticated version of Babel which lets you specify the required meaning more accurately e.g. - if [condition] during [time of] visit we [plural 1st person] ... etc. and notifies you if there are any potential clashes of meaning. It could even render it back into your native language for cross-checking ...
"I think James Gosling is generally regarded as the creator/inventor of Java. Last time i checked software isn't made from the DNA leaked from the programmer's finger tips."
I think you realise that we are all talking metaphorically here.
My point was that his role was much more direct than "godfather" would imply - indeed, "creator" as you say, or metaphorically, "parent".
You might use SVG on a multi-GB desktop, but we are talking about systems with a few MIPS and a few MB of memory !
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