1888 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
Re: Amber Rudd
Maybe better to use the new super sewer, given it's supposed to help lower the turd count in the Thames?
I'm just waiting for all this to be taken to its logical conclusion and we outsource the government to the private sector.
Although I guess some would say we already have, given the power of some companies in lobbying etc. and how much contempt they seem to treat national authorities...
Re: Works on my switch
Sam Vimes Theory of Economic Injustice
As ever, Pratchett sums up the fallacy of penny pinching and small budgets to a tee (and applies to servers, PCs and indeed most project items just as much as boots)...
A really good pair of leather boots, the sort that would last years and years, cost fifty dollars. This was beyond his pocket and the most he could hope for was an affordable pair of boots costing ten dollars, which might with luck last a year or so before he would need to resort to makeshift cardboard insoles so as to prolong the moment of shelling out another ten dollars.
Therefore over a period of ten years, he might have paid out a hundred dollars on boots, twice as much as the man who could afford fifty dollars up front ten years before. And he would still have wet feet.
Re: Sympathy for any employee, anywhere, since time began ...
Reminds me of what happened here a couple of years ago.
I'm a 20-year veteran, so have been there and done that on most things. But we have a new tool-type which is different to our existing run of the mill stuff (I work for a semiconductor manufacturing tool vendor), and I was asked to support it. Also as background I'm a certified trainer on the older tool types.
So get trotted of around the globe for a week's training on aforesaid tool. All very nice and jolly, except I got back home to an email proudly congratulating me on now being a certified trainer for that new tool type too.
Yup, after a grand total of a week's hand-on with the new tool, I was expected to (and indeed actually had to) train both colleagues and customers on them. Shall we say the first couple of courses were "interesting", but at least they sharpened up my skills at winging it and educated guesswork...
Re: It's almost unbelievable...
Although the warning from history about when the original manned launches went the same way (hint - Apollo 13) may be a timely reminder here to be careful what you wish for.
Re: I do all my own stunts?
It was a choice between the Paris and joke alert icons.
But y'know, Paris always wins...
I do all my own stunts?
Perhaps even the most apparently simple tasks really are best left to the pros.
Yes but how much is the standard rate to employ a professional stuntman/woman/person/being to fall through the ceiling on your behalf?
Paris, for many reasons...
“A further 23% would even sacrifice one of their senses,” the report continues, failing to notice the irony that this particular sampling of millennials have evidently done so already.
Common failed to make the option list, as it's already long gone...
Anyway haven't any of them seen Spider-Man 2? Did Doc Oc die for nothing?
Re: Do you want fries with that?
CPU - Central Potato Unit?
I think Crispy Potato Unit.
Chipped potato unit?
Re: A blood sacrifice on hardware...
It also depends somewhat on exactly whose blood it actually is...
Re: Giovanni sounds complicit
I thought that kind of viewpoint was swiftly corrected by the midwife slapping you to get you crying (and breathing) shortly after you've left your mother...?
Rather sets the trend for life for the average helldesk or trainer minion...
Re: Copier warning
I think I might need to have a friendly quiet word with my laptop and remind it that it's not a copier, so to stop acting like one based on that...
The laying on of hands
Percussive maintenance is not just knowing where to hit, but when and how hard.
And there are times when a gentle touch works much better of course. But as with everything, it's knowing where to touch...
Re: Not in IT...
But usually nowhere does it say that they need to be trained competently, correctly or completely.
Or to be taught all the little tricks and secrets like the precise locations that the machines need to be struck for percussive maintenance to make things better rather than worse...
Nah, he would have just snapped his fingers to resolve it...
Re: The song the headline refers to...
Ah well, now that song's in my head I'm just going to have to put on "An Evening Wasted" and go the whole hog...
"Spring is here, spring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer..."
Does whatever a spider can?
Equipped with a 20-point touch display, the screen would be ideal for an expensive, if brief, game of Twister
Or for Spider-Man to give team briefings to the Avengers?
As long as the volume also goes up to 11, then everyone will be happy... ;)
Employ them to do the entering?
Re: Slight variation
A super soaker might be simpler.
What you fill it with depends on how annoying they've been...
Re: Talk like an Egyptian
@getHandle - Most smart phones have proximity sensors that disable the screen when it's held close to your head.
Unfortunately some people seem to have proximity sensors which disable their brain when the phone's held close to their heads...
Re: Slight variation
If they're being particularly obnoxious it's fun just to join in and make your own comments loud enough to be heard by the remote party too. And of course make them as brain-dead and sarcastic as you can.
Even the most thick-headed moron will usually get that kind of hint that they've become a freakshow. And if all else fails you can just say you thought it was an open party line that anyone could join in as you're being forced to listen to it anyway.
Re: Only yesterday...
"The Apprentice" and its vain morons who don't want to risk the phone obscuring their face from the camera has a lot to answer for, this being one of the worst trends...
Re: "If the AI detects that a machine is calling you and you don't want to speak to the machine ..."
Try the following response, in as sinister/weirdo voice as you can manage, and end it with an evil chuckle:
"Ah no, it wasn't an accident, it was quite deliberate. He was the last person to cold-call spam me but I got him back..."
Re: Entering New Zealand
An obstacle of managers? Or perhaps an obstruction?
Or as STP would probably allow under license, an embuggerance...
Re: Nobody Expects
They add Spanish, so the devices now know about siesta's and decided to try one out in all this hot weather?
Ah the old "we're so much better than you as we have the web, simple apps, easy block coding and all this other fancy stuff like IOT and self driving cars" modern day view.
To which we old greybeards of course reply "we never had any of that, so we rolled up our sleeves and created all that stuff you take for granted..."
And yes, I can remember when all this were fields, now get off my land! ;-D
Re: Will the give out the source code for Elite?
There's nothing poor about it, at least if you're playing it right...
Right on Commander!
Between arriving and boarding a plane at most airports you'll see at least a couple of PC's running XP (or occasionally even older Windows). Not to mention the common sight at the gate of them printing off the passenger manifest on a dot-matrix printer.
Luckily all just controlling the cattle movement of bodies onto planes rather than anything too safety critical, but still makes you wonder sometimes...
Re: Not just lira
Ah you mean the kind of scenario leading to the age-old joke of someone pushing a huge wad of notes in a wire shopping trolley to go buy a loaf of bread. They get mugged and someone steals the trolley, leaving the pile of notes behind?
Superman 3 was tidying up all the "rounding error" fractions into one pot and then taking that iirc.
Not quite the same thing.
Re: Unusual to say the least
And his boss should have checked him and so should get a share of the blame, etc etc
Remember it's bosses all the way up...!
Re: full circle....
Modern man bashes rocks on other worlds for curiosity....
Or indeed with Curiosity...
Don't knock percussive maintenance!
Re: Inquiring mind wants to know...
And will they be baked using 1272 (14nm), 1274 (10nm) or 1276 (7nm) designs?
Re: Had a close call
Always live by the engineering mantra to sales and marketing minions -
"Just because you made a promise doesn't mean I have to keep it for you..."
Re: Reminds me of French sales
Well if a tomato is a fruit, who can say that a grape can't be a vegetable?
Re: There are so many extarordinary stories
Button fly combined with braces. Works wonders...
How many people...?
...were surprised it was SingTel not TalkTalk?
Re: This is why I feel....
Just done the same myself (my Fritz!Box 7590 should be arriving sometime between tomorrow and the end of the week, whilst my faithful old D6200 goes to have a rest in the attic after many years faithful service (as it's only ADSL and can't do VDSL).
The fact that my ISP supplied router is a £35 POC that doesn't even have gigabit Ethernet ports being part of it, and also the fact that I can't firmware upgrade it myself (and the supplied firmware is known to be buggy), plus to cap it all off even after a full factory reset they can't connect to the damn thing either to do it for me. And they've even seemingly locked it out of useful stuff like being able to change the DNS or put it into modem-only mode to daisy-chain it to the D6200.
Given they can't do the one thing that would be required, time to go self-administered and get some decent kit in place.
Re: "So the real problem appears to be employing people who don't watch where they're going?"
In my experience on the average street, it's less about employment and more about general existence...
Try rubbing it down with one of the aforementioned items...
Re: Excelelnt song!
Although one would wonder how many know that Tainted Love (I know by Soft Cell, but sung by Almond) is also one (originally recorded by Gloria Jones in the mid-sixties) and might rival it?
Re: Better Option
No, some others of us know our place as well (in the wrong and to blame usually, regardless of what about).
Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience
Not if it's of a suitable design (like a mushroom EMO one) that could be triggered using your leg (knee or thigh bash for examples)...
Re: Ralink router?
Currently (for home fibre anyway) they're offering D-Link 3782's and Huawei HG633's (and also the HG635 for business, but they seemingly can't/don't/won't offer them to home users any more).
They've just also brought out a new super hub (a Sagemcom apparently), but if you want one of those as an existing customer you have to shell out £120.
That said on both the routers whilst WPS is enabled in the configuration that ships, it can seemingly be switched off via the router's web dashboard (as can uPNP). Of course whether that actually does anything physically is another question entirely.
At least that's my experience in the time between the upgrade to fibre and going out and buying my own Netgear that I could configure how I wanted to and lock down (as my old ADSL one wasn't VDSL compatible).
The placebo effect is just as applicable in tech as it is in medicine.
And if it "resolves" an issue, don't knock it...
Re: We need some ...
Although in the office bogs here there's mixer taps, which if the previous user has flowed hot water then proceed to flow residual hot water for a couple of seconds from the pipework even if you open the cold tap.
You very quickly learn to give it a moment between turning on the tap and actually putting your hands into the water stream, as the hot water heating here is all too efficient.