Re: Facebook a critical service?
Exactly. If this site went down it would be unfortunate but the world would keep turning.
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Sure, except they weren't important. Social media is an online toy, nothing more. They're websites to piss away time, not do anything usefule and unlike physical infrastructure such as cabling or roads etc , a new version can be created and brought online at any time. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to get away from their phone screen and re-engage with the real world a bit more.
Get a fucking grip. Its about as critical to public life and the economy as MySpace and AOL were - ie not at all. If it ever goes down permanently all the nacissists, no lifers and general iself important idiots who use it will soon go find another online toy to play with and within a few years it'll be relegated to the "Oh, do you remember...?" pub chat category.
When the assclowns in authority cant tell the difference between malicious hacking and kids playing with trivial code that is nothing more than slightly irritating, does no harm and can easily be stopped anyone with half a clue about how to use a browser or taskmgr.exe/kill, then its really time to start worrying.
"The move from decimal to whole numbering of releases was idiotic,"
Agreed, there is a reason for version numbers and it isn't just to simply denote a newer version. Major.minor.bugfix was a damn useful system and to throw it out was uttely moronic. Firefox went down the same stupid route but have since gone back to decimal numbering though we now have the ridiculous situation of the currentlyl release being 65.0.1.
"Python's move from 2 to 3 has lots of examples of what to avoid but at least it happened."
And the advantage was what? Clearly not much given that 10 years later people are still wrtiting new code in Python 2. 3 should have been an evolutionary change, not a revolutionary one. Backwards compatibility *matters*.
I think only certain personality types are suited for army life. You have to be prepared to kill if you're front line (obv) and for your entire life to be run by someone else 24/7, not just 9-5, plus endure god awful enviroments and situations so kudos to them for doing it, but I think it would drive most normal people nuts after a while. Navy and air force probably less so as less extreme on a day to day basis though how anyone could serve in a submarine beats me, I'd literally go insane being trapped inside a crowded metal tube with no daylight for potentially months - I can't even stand long lift rides.
Its nothing compared to the audiophool world where gormless idiots with too much money will literally pay hundreds of quid per metre for speaker cable that probably cost a few quid per metre to make. Ditto turntables that are just a motor and a platter but can be priced into 6 figures because of some woo woo BS made up down the pub by the "designer" who probably had hysterics all the way to the bank.
Thats fare enough, but I've yet to meet any portable electronics that can't be destroyed by a sledgehammer. They weren't proving anything, they were just being dickheads and didn't even check what was inside when they were done. Why this article was even posted beats me unless "joe" is a friend of the author.
...but some flash car salesman or hipster type I wonder how long all the feminist cheerleading liberals would have allowed themselves to have been fooled for. She took them for.the hook, line and whole bloody fishing boat
"There are wonderful protocols like RSS and NNTP that solve certain types of problems quickly, efficiently, and elegantly. And for the technically inclined (most Register readers would reach the bar), they are obvious"
Unfortunately its not obvious to a lot of the current generation of developers who seem to think any network related progamming requirement should be solved using HTTP because the only thing they understand is some high level web library and if you ask them what a socket is they'll say its something you put a plug in and as for the OpenSSL library, forget it, you might as well be talking ancient greek.
Also the concept of lean and mean to keep down network latency and improve throughput is alien to them and they just don't get the fact that HTTP(S) is hideously inefficient for transmitting small data packets. My previous job was a constant uphill battle with these clowns and their MBA cheerleaders. In the end I was overruled and now they're running half a dozen AWS EC2 instances just to match the throughput of a single rackspace server. Aside from the ignorance, fuckwittedness and general refusal to learn anything seen as "old school" (even though old school still powers the basis of the internet) inherent in dev these days you have to wonder at the enviromental cost of all that extra power required for their ineffecient designs too.
Looks like your design friends have modded you up. However we're not talking about designing a new car or a bridge or even a company web page - its an application. It has standard pre coded GUI widgets and the OP was right - it really isn't rocket science to lay these things out in a neat and usable fashion. I'm also a developer and I've done front end coding in my time and tbh it was considered part of the job, not something that need to be hived off to some "designer". As developers we use this stuff every day and so we tend to know what works and what doesn't. And the current flavour of the month flat UI bullshit where it can be impossible to tell widgets from data and some widgets "hide" until you mouse over them (why??) was almost certainly designed by a self styled designer and most certainly DOES NOT work.
"The thing that anybody with an agenda can edit, and anybody can quote without understanding what they are quoting,"
I doubt some random guy off the street wrote that wiki article. But you want something more official?
"An accidental discharge of a Halon 1301 system is reported... .... workers present during the halon discharge reported significantly more lightheadedness, headache, voice change, cough, and a fast heartbeat than did those who worked the later shift."
"I wouldn't spec it if it were dangerous."
Sure you would, you probably only care about cost.
It is? I'd suggest you find a better fact sheet pal, perhaps one thats not written by the manufacturers.
"Human exposure to Halon 1301 can be toxic, affecting the central nervous system and other bodily functions."
"It is considered good practice to avoid all unnecessary exposure to Halon 1301"
I doubt it. Management are masters in pointing the finger downwards. Most likely some poor grunts who were simply following moronic orders will be told to clear their desks while the actual MBA gimps responsible for the mess will get a bonus for "solving" the problem they created.
"And I'm sure it also knows how to properly use the apostrophe and capitalization. Perhaps you could take notes?"
It probably also knows not to start sentences with conjunctions so perhaps sort out your own grammar before commenting on others writing abilities. Oh, and it's "capitaliSation" in proper English. Now run along, mummy probably has dinner ready for you.
Perhaps you're unaware that in the UK cyclists are expected to obey the highway code when on the public roads. Part of that includes not riding through red lights A) For their own safety and B) for the safety of pedestrians who may be crossing. If you think riding through a red light is perfectly OK then you're part of the problem.
... Why is the functionality to run python scripts from within a text document required in the first place? Yes, VBA etc, but I thought
most people agreed that was a fairly idiotic thing to include into a word processor so why have libre office followed suite with an
even more powerful scripting language?
In one way thats a good thing because the App Store and Google Play have stopped Berners-Lees vision of the web taking over just about every bloody facet of the online (and sometimes offline) experience from succeeding. I don't want to use a browser for everything, its often inefficient, slow, a security risk and doesn't have the power of a native program.
Seems to me that the idiots have taken over the asylum over at Redmond and anyone who knew anything about GUI and OS design have left and its the hipster "Like dude, these almost invisible buttons look so totally minimalist and cool, lets include them!" types left who have crapped over the entire user experience.
Hardly surprising really. MS are a corporation and their first loyalty is to their shareholders and we all know exactly what their long term game is. I blame the people and/or not for profit orgs who sell out and cash in in the first place essentially giving the finger to all their users who in exchange for loyalty get shafted. For all the noble talk of freedom and power to the people and wistful imaginings of future potential unshackled from The Man, at the end of the day money talks in open source and freeware too
Plus at gatwick you dont get a view of the runway from the departure lounges and the rooftop viewing area was closed years ago for specious security reasons (aka cost cutting). For anyone to have been a risk from it theyd have needed a shoulder launched missle or snipers rifle to threaten the aircraft. Both of which might have been a bit obvious IMHO.
Good to see the conspiracy theory mouth breathers are still out there waiting to provide us with free laughs.
Or maybe Gatwick shut itself down and the police and military were called out because trained pros in the ATC tower and the military really cant tell the difference between a drone and a pigeon.
I wonder why youre posting as AC - too embarrased to use your login to post this drivel perhaps?
Not just IBM. If Sun had sold its desktop Solaris workstations at a sane price instead of 10x the price of an x86 system with the same specs they wouldnt now be just another trophy mounted above Larrys mantlepiece. But unfortunately corporate arrogance and hubris tends to be immune from reality until its too late. See nokia and blackberry for further evidence of this.
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