I'm all for people to learning to write – I wrote a piece arguing we should teach it in prisons earlier this year – but I think we need to be aware of its limitations. Writing is a niche, mechanical skill, a bit like plumbing or car repair.
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UK and European users can use a VPN to access US content (and Europeans to access UK content). It costs money, but not much ($5/month).
For the record, the box can play anything you throw at it. Which is more than can be said of the other options (notably the Xbox/PS3). It also handles subs properly, which is an issue with cheaper devices.
For the price, it should really include either significant flash storage (16-32gb) or a small hard drive (500gb-1tb).
There's a reason why the EU has limits on mp3 player output. It's because using *bad* headphones and putting the volume up really high to compensate for background noise is really bad for your hearing.
So why are you recommending players on basis of 'high volume'? When you should be recommending people invest 25 EUR on a decent pair of earbuds? Or a little more on a set of noise-cancelling cans?
Really, this is what I expect from a Murdoch publication. From somewhere so geeky as theregister I expect at the very least informed advise...
Because that would seem pretty pivotal to the case.
Let me guess - she left it on the sofa, blocking the fans. Then left it over there, unattended. Because nothing could ever go wrong, right?
Have they set the bar for oftstead inspectors that low?
Now I've owned a number of Volkswagens in the past, and the very first (and usually only) thing to fail in them is - you guessed it - the electronics.
So this "blind bend" example. You'd be speeding towards a blind bend. Someone has broken down in their VW on the bend. Because it's a VW, it means that the wireless system's probably not working. Electronics and all that.
So you plough into the back of him.
It was a really dumb idea afterall. Why put the effort into learning Ruby if you've got no Rails?
They've been adding dynamic-style features to C# for the last few years, and it's obvious that they're going to focus on improving this side of the language. Add features to the language that their development community know and love in order to allow it to compete with Python (and to a lesser extent Ruby).
Though to be honest I personally believe that the biggest benefit of most of these 'dynamic' languages is that they're interpreted. That, combined with a TDD-style of development allow you to work very efficiently. Which, I should add, should be possible to implement in C# (or a subset thereof).
As for scripting languages - MS have Powershell, which is very very powerful, though the target group is different (system admins not developers).
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The fact that iTunes is a prereq for the iPhone is the reason I've not bought one. Unless you use a single PC and have the patience of a saint and don't see the need for backups then iTunes is a horribly broken mess.
Hate to think how much it fails when you try and use two devices (iPod/iPhone) on the same PC.
So yeah, not being forced to use iTunes is a big selling point for Android :)
Worked for Volvo for six years so I know that they take a dim of racism (and contributing to wikipedia in general, I think). Someone's getting the sack.
What is odd though is that just before I left they instituted a new network filtering system, which blocked pretty much any useful website. IIRC that included wikipedia. Which would have made it hard to fiddle with the wiki.
Any current Volvo-ers know if that's still the case?
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..which is probably why it's more expensive.
Oracle's still miles ahead of SQL server, but it is in my experience far more complex. Still, for a lot of users SQL Server does everything they'd ever need to do, and does it with less effort.
For the record I work at the moment almost excusively with SQL server, but I'm man enough to see (and admit) its weaknesses.
...is why netbooks are *better* than notebooks. They're giving consumers what they want: something which is easy to take with them, and doesn't require an wall socket to work for any amount of time.
That's why we're seeing 12inch models costing more than far faster notebooks from the likes of Dell and HP.
Seriously, guys. On an modern machine Vista is simply better than XP. At least once it's correctly configured. Windows 7 is even better.
Yet on most of the big IT sites we're still seeing loads of 'IT professionals' moaning because they want to keep using XP.
Heck, move to KDE4/gnome if you really don't like Microsoft. They're both better than XP.
But it's nothing to do with Vista/Windows 7, is it? It's just the crusy-mafia out to stop them young 'uns 'changing things again'. Ain't it?
With an integrated graphics and io controller I assume that the power draw of the entire system will drop a fair bit?
IIRC the current generation of netbooks draw around 25-30w, mainly thanks to the chipset. If this eliminates the need for the big drinkers in the chipset, could this lead to an entire-system figure closer to 15-20w?
"Even if the service is unmanaged do they not run backups as standard incase of hardware failure ?? I would be a bit miffed if I was a customer there."
If they offer an specific package which does not include backup but comes at a lower price point, then you'd have 0 right to be 'miffed' if there weren't backups.
Such a package is just offering customers what they want: cost savings based on the customer sorting their own backup solution out.
Public service suing an employee for something which is an internal problem.
Then the courts sentencing him to prision time? For visiting websites which are lawful?
If I was an Ohio tax payer I'd be wanting to know why my taxes are being wasted on something which quite obviously has nothing to do with the "crime" committed.
[quote]The ICO accepted BT's argument that it would have been hard to explain Phorm's interception and profiling system to internet users whose communications it was being tested on.[/quote]
So, lets say I someone ran over the BT CEO's kid, killing them.
Following BT's logic, it would be better hide the body and not tell him about it. As, after all, telling him you've murdered his kid is "hard to explain".
I'm of the view that if the EU win this, we should be pursuing criminal prosecutions against these at the ICO who went along with BT's argument.
It stinks of back handers and corruption in general.
>I was flabbergasted when I received my new Dell in the
>Netherlands complete with the only OS option of Vista
>(I took Basic) in Dutch, and tried to change the language
>to English unsuccessfully. I mean, they use a translation
>library, right? They don't recompile afresh for each language?
Considering the Dell website clearly states the language of Windows you're buying, and usually offers the option of English or Dutch, I can understand why you're posting as AC.
From what I understand it's an hard translation, they have different binaries for each language..
Of course we run the English version, as it's kinda annoying googling windows error messages in anything other than English......
If they could work out a way to charge the unwashed lots of money for something which costs nothing, then they'd be on to something.
Bit like the mobile companies do for SMS.
Remember that their users are the same people who buy Britney's latest ear buster and call those dodgy premium numbers which seem to be bankrolling the horror which is TV at the moment..... there'll be a way of extracting money from them, Facebook just need to work out which one to start with..
Ruby, particularly Rails, is great for developing small/medium scale bespoke solutions.
For example administrative systems, or invoicing systems for firms with 5-500 employees. Lots of code reuse, short development cycles, and it'll all run on a pair of servers.
All for a whole lot less cash and far less hassle than letting SAP and co at it.
Java's far more geared towards projects which need to scale and must be multiplatform. Big, but not infrastructure.
Which leaves C/C++ (and a pattering of assembly) to cover the infrastructural stuff - where the Big Boys play.
Dissing Ruby because Twitter sucks is like dissing an hacksaw because it does such a poor job at chopping trees down. You should be dissing the frikkin' idiots who're trying to use a hacksaw for a job which requires a chainsaw....
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