554 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
> It's exactly this sort of nonsense that drove many in the UK to vote for Brexit in the first place
Not exactly, but close. It's the sort of attitude that underlies it. The idea that *everything* can be improved with detailed legislation to ensure we all do it the way that the legislators think we should. Ideally such legislation should include trapdoors that'll permit more draconian versions without too much debate.
IMO many continental countries have a whitelist view, while in the UK it has been blacklist. One of the changes the EU has wrought is that, gradually, we've become accustomed to the whitelist view of things.
I'd try, decide I didn't want, then also find I can't uninstall it or even disable it.
By all means include it, but please let me delete/disable/hide what I don't want to use.
Actually, there's more...
The Vasa didn't start out top heavy. Marketing decided they needed new features to keep up with the cutting edge of flagship design.
They were added by reluctant developers while trying to stick within original project schedules and work with a design that wouldn't easily accommodate RFEs. Then marketing added some more. Bigger canons? Yes! More canons? Yes! Another gun deck? Damn right we will!
Which is what Stroustrup is warning against.
Re: The most amazing engineering
Yes, exactly. To have 20 or 30 concorde flights taking off and landing every day must have been hell. Oh, wait, it was what? 2 or 3?
As a kid I lived under an occasional Heathrow flight path. We got a diet of low level VC10 and Boeing 707 they weren't quiet either. But somehow, we struggled on.
Re: Forbidden Planet
Actually, I always thought it was the father of 'Star Trek' more than a descendant of Shakespeare. But I guess YMMV
Print button? Customer asked. This was my life.
Mgmt: We need a print button.
Mgmt: Customer asked.
Me: Do they print anything from there?
Mgmt: Don't know, they asked for a button
Me: Does it have to be a button?
Mgmt: Don't know, they asked for a button.
Me: Is there any chance of me speaking to someone to find out what they want?
Mgmt: They asked for a button, what else do you need to know?
Me: Errr, nothing I guess. When do you need the button?
Mgmt: End of the week.
Me: Hmmm, I've got to finish this, test that, and release that thing over there.
Mgmt: How difficult can it be to add a print button?
Re: controversial bro-grammer ?
> Yeah, stop reading us.
In other news. 'The Register' advertising revenues declined as people took their journalists advice and stopped reading them...
Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?
It's possible that we'll be able to squeeze more out of current battery technology, but I can't help feeling it's a bit like the days of cassette tape, with never ending incremental improvements to a fundamentally limited technology. We had to wait for the true breakthrough: CD and digital.
Similarly with batteries methinks.
What we have at the moment simply son't scale sufficiently for solving the most pressing problem, storing intermittent renewable energy. Phones and other small devices are irrelevant. As are batteries for cars if the electricity that's being used to charge them comes from fossil fuels...
Don't complain about the politicians
What did anyone expect the result of the hostile questioning and striving to make headlines through an interview comment would be, the truth? ROFL. The problem is that anyone at the sharp end is being sent on media courses (run by ex BBC staffers) to learn how to deal with this shit. Most current BBC (or other) interviewers haven't got around to changing their questioning tactics. Except Brillo.
Part of the problem is that a politician being honest about anything is immediately pilloried. Ask an MP is they'd like to be leader of the party and they say YES, watch the media fireworks, regardless of the context of what they said.
We have the press and politicians we deserve...
I'd suggest that the *only* proper response to a repeated failure to answer a direct question might be to terminate the interview...
Nice to know.
It'll be useful for a game in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
Is this a ploy?
To knock Microsoft out of the cloudy business by buying up their customers?
Re: Hang on...
> make a jumbo jet from the VC10 - by having three fuselages flying
Had to look because it was so hard to believe. In the event, utterly awesome and very definitely Thunderbirds material if the outer fuselages detached shortly after launch. I can hear the music now...
Thanks for the link.
Isn't there a Thunderbirds episode about this very plane? I got the weirdest feeling of deja vue looking at the pictures. Any bald headed men with glowing eyes seen in the vicinity???
I was left sufficiently scarred that I've never wanted to go back and check. It was a long time ago 30 years I'd imagine, the detail fades, the scars remain. PI Mania (or whatever it was called) on the BBC Micro produced similar feelings of disgust (for being a waste of my time) and inadequacy (for not being able to get it right) and I put that down fairly rapidly too.
I admire your desire for accuracy (even if it verges on pedantic) and am envious that you had both the time *and* inclination to go and check your facts.
You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.
You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.
You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.
At which point I decided to spend more time with my life and have no intention of going back, north, east or west...
Dead to me
Had my doubts about the fingerprint sensor, but this, Bixby and the price kill it for me.
Is it good enough?
On my Samsung S6 I've had to multiple prints because I found that I couldn't always rely on a single digit not being damaged enough to bork the sensor.
In fact, I found that after a longish hike my fingers could swell up enough to confuse the sensor so I had to record prints for before and after hike. So you might not get your money if the weather's hot, or you cut or scraped your finger tip.
This sort of thing is amusing, interesting, inspiring. But I just feel inadequate, uneducated, ill informed. A bit like a taster version of the Total Perspective Vortex.
Re: There have been planes like this before.
Yup, that'd be my choice as well. Best plane from WWII by a country mile and very possibly the best combat aircraft ever built.
Great airframe design & build coupled with engines from the gods. Went to the Mosquito museum and was quite astonished at how small it was. I've built a few models of the plane, but until you see it in the flesh it's incredibly difficult to appreciate just how tiny it is.
Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")
We get internet connected dishwashers because Miele think there are idiots out there who would choose their model over one without an internet connection, and that fewer people will refuse to buy it for the same reason.
In that sense I think Miele are entirely correct in their assumptions. If we (in the widest sense) are living in hell, it's one we made...
Rumour is that...
He'll be joining the EU Brexit negotiating team...
Can we have a false news icon please...
How much of a premium are you prepared to pay to not have one? You can bet that as soon as they can, they'll start to really sting those who chose not to switch to encourage them to change their minds.
What's needed is regulation of the vaping liquid content to control nicotine levels and other chemicals. ATM most liquid contains chemicals who's behavior is well known.
The idea that vaping is going to be a bad or even worse as smoking is just stupid and flies in the face of any sense.
People who use the precautionary principle should first use it on their idea to use the precautionary principle.
Have to be removed from any space Mr Z occupies in case he hurts himself. Or a chicken.
Doesn't exist. He's an actor playing a part written for him by a 75 year old woman living in Letchworth. She doesn't like Dr Who.
Anyone reminded of the...
The water tentacle from "The Abyss"?
Re: Not. Holding. My Breath.
In other breaking news Valve announce HL3 for Q1 2018
Not. Holding. My Breath.
Got paperback copy of Dune in the early 70s. It said "soon to be a major film"
HA. HA. HA.
> We look forward to hearing how the BBC responds.
Don't hold your breath. If they respond at all, it will be to explain patiently (and slowly) that they were right and he was wrong.
On another note, surely it's neither the state nor inventors that are responsible for these inventions, but the ancestors of those who gave birth to them. They own the genes. But then of course the flying spaghetti monster created everything, so perhaps it's the true innovator.
Re: But Why?
Lubrication. Steric acid. Cheapest source. Others sources are available, but can change characteristics of plastic, making it softer for example.
Tallow is for Steric Acids, as a lubricant.
So I'd assume that it's not just the fivers that are the issue, it'll be pretty widespread. It may well be that the vegetarians plastic shoes have those same traces...
There are non animal alternatives, but they're more expensive and can (I believe) make the plastic a little softer (less durable?).
No doubt this worm has been in the wild for some time. Coded messages flashed into the brains of voters compelling them to go and vote 'the wrong way'. All very Manchurian Candidate, anyone fancy a game of cards?
I'd just want to see them take off. That'd be enough...
Who cares? If it wasn't going to be Jobs, it would've been someone else...
Osborne, Psion, even Sinclair. The all had a crack at producing a 'handheld' computer. The value of computer combined with a phone was pretty obvious to all, what was missing was technology and a perception of a market at the likely price of such a device.
Apple happened to be in the right place at the right time technology wise and produced a quality product. I think what surprised many was the willingness of people to part with £450 'just' for a phone. That was where Apple's genius lay, they *really* understood the size of the market *and* how to sell to it.
I know that for some, the eighties are ancient history, something only known from the mad ravings of the parents or history books. But really, a bit of technology PERSPECTIVE please.
At least Scunthorpe's email is safe
As it's not smut they're scanning for....
She's redefined success...
And made Orlowski part of her success story. The more criticism she receives the more successful she is. It fits in so well with Trolling and all the other internet hate memes, almost like mining bitcoin. Before long, she's going to be so successful that Facebook will probably buy her.
She's a fool and I hate her. I'm also proud to be part of her success. Also, my head hurts.
All right then.
I'll do it. Anything to stop Craig ruining another couple of films with that constipated monkey face he does when he's trying to look concerned. Or cool. Or worried. Not a penny under £100k per film and I want a big caravan on set. One of those shiny aerostream jobbies.
I don't have any experience of acting, but then that's never exactly been important has it.
When do I start?
License per concurrent device connected.
With discounts for buying multiple licenses. They've already conceded that the license isn't for the TV or for the house, just to be able to stream the content, the next logical step is to tie it to the software.
Then, if I want to buy a license for 6 concurrent users I can.
But that's beginning to look a little like a subscription. Which is a bad thing (apparently). While a poll tax is a good thing (apparently).
My partner doesn't have a TV license. I do. **Hypothetically**, I regularly stream live broadcasts at her place (on my laptop) which we both watch. Is that a contravention of the law? Would I be complying with the law if I stopped her from watching the programs I stream while using her BB connection?
Re: Don't care!
> so perhaps there's some merit in it?
True, but would make more sense if it was part of a 'what's the best Linux GUI for my wife' thread. It's about as tiresome (from repetition) as the M$ that was (is?) so dear to some commentards.
At least Eadon had class....
Space to spare
> It is important to note that the Queen Elizabeth is capable of carrying up to 36 F-35s in her hangars
I have several boxes of paperbacks I'd like to store somewhere secure. If the MOD/Navy want, I could store them in a corner of all that unused hangar space. I could probably probably afford to pay around £10 a month...
Otherwise, without a steady income it might look like the whole exercise with these carriers and their aircraft has been a complete fucking waste of money.
Immediately, and then a couple more. Just to be sure.
Wee 'P' values
There's an idea that a small 'P' value always means something, and also, an idea that statistics isn't something that needs a specialist, that your graduate course in stats and Excel functions are enough to see you through...
I can't help feeling that every science team needs a statistician or three to analyse their data and produce results. Sort of like system/acceptance testing, members of the team, but kept apart so they can at least make a show of independence.
As for publishing code and data to allow reproducibility, why would anyone want to do that unless they're forced to? IMO for peer review to be worth anything, every published paper should have had its code and data analysed by at least one independent reviewer and should be published to allow anyone to reproduce the results.
Remember a paper published last year that claimed to show that people who held right wing views correlated with people with psychotic tendencies? Someone got hold of the data and showed that a bug in the researchers Excel spreadsheets meant they'd got the 'results' the wrong way round.
If forcing reproducibility during review means that guff like this never gets published, job done.
Amazed you got anyone to take on a transfer. Transferwise had put up the shutters from first thing yesterday.
The markets going to the shitters was always going to happen with a Leave. If things behave as normal, the £ will rise over the next couple of weeks to close to where it was prior to the vote as people (traders) come to realise the Four Horsemen are not abroad.
I'm sure there's a Mick Jagger joke in there somewhere
> Scientists have reportedly managed to reduce the viscosity of a Mars bar by 43.5 per cent
Re: Murphy's Rule of Personal Data
Regardless of what's said now, at some point they'll ask (MI5, MI6, Police whoever) to be allowed to slurp and it'll be granted either because terrorism or because climate change. Or whatever we're supposed to be afraid of in 10 years time. Then it'll be the data from your smart thermostat and the monitoring device they've insisted you fit to the toilet bowl.
Still, as someone's bound to point out, if you've got nothing to hide, what's the harm????
Are almost as bad as sales. Sales always change their minds, management never make theirs up.
Management wait until the last minute before making a decision and then want whatever it is delivered in less time than it took them to decide what they wanted. So, generally, if you say a project starts from the "I think we should..." moment and finished at the first release, 70% of the time passes before any development is even planned.
Slander: "the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation".
He's indisputably fat. Therefore any statements implying it or stating it are true and not slander. What he wants is a law to prevent people from speaking a truth he doesn't want to hear...
Re: in Axl's defense
You mean apart from not eating as much and moving a bit more? Always worked for me, though it's always nice to know that black tar heroin is out there if I get really really desperate....
Streisand rides again.
Not heard anything about this until I read the article, and there wouldn't have been the article if Rose hadn't tried to get the stuff taken down. Doing this sort of thing is akin to poking a sleeping bear with a stick. There's only one outcome. Still, I'm sure England will provide a court and judge happy to ban it from viewing in England to protect his children from harm. He doesn't have children? His pets then...
Will they never learn?
Oh, of course he has another option. Lose weight.