1817 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
What they don't say is their system would be someone on a zero hours minimum wage contract with a 10-year old OS map, the road atlas from their car and a pair of army surplus binoculars...
Re: They're not suing Kodi
Maybe we should start referring to this place as "Chrome service The Register" or "Internet Explorer service The Register" (or whichever browser is your preference)? It's about as factually accurate.
Still (as a member of Team Kodi) it's heartening to see people here who know our stance concerning piracy (and lack of condoning or support for it), although it's equally saddening that it's comments and not the articles of this site who get it right rather than joining the gutter trash press in stooping to clickbait.
We don't make boxes (or indeed any kind of hardware kit, although a couple of items are licenced to use the logo) nor do we provide services or media. There's no such thing as an "official Kodi box", or indeed any kind of Kodi box. There are just boxes which other people have installed Kodi on and sold, again without any kind of endorsement from us.
The Hawthorne, California team will wing its way to Cape Canaveral, Florida on 4 May for the Bangabandhu 1 launch on the very first of the block fives.
OK admit it, how many other Pratchett fans first read that as Bangbangduc?
Re: Other Spas are available
I'm sure many of the husbands also prefer it, so they can go down the pub for as long as they want with their mates...
"SpaceX Shoots Star Semen Skyward Showing Surprisingly Satistfactory Space Sperm Sexual Suitability" surely...?
Excellent effort anyway though :)
I would say that's the best news I've seen in ages, except it's tinged with the sadness of remembering how much missed he and his great articles here are.
We definitely need a LOHAN launch in his memory and tribute. I can't believe it's 2 years either...
Or for some of them around here, "into"...
Re: No shame in cocking up!
The true wisdom is not just to learn from your own mistakes, but to also learn from those of others to save you making your own in the first place.
At least that's my excuse for reading this section on a Monday morning (and On-Call on a Friday)... :)
Re: Incremental backups?
And of course you just wait for some minion to make an incremental back-up over the top of the full one, or to use the same tape for the full one each month and end up overwriting the historical archive once it gets too full.
Re: That would be twatsplaining then
Although from personal experience this and bossplaining may be synonyms...
Indeed, that and decruitment I think both are worthy additions to the lexicon...
The problem is that while standards enhance reliability and long-term development, they represent a standing target for serial disruptors.
It's the wonderful thing about standards, there are usually so many to chose from for any given topic...
Re: Feeling Old...
And admit it, how many late night network crashes were triggered by DOOM and those two immortal codes - IDDQD and IDKFA.
It says something that it's a quarter of a century ago and I can still remember them instantly. And yes, I'm another dinosaur who knew both the DOS and D&D meanings of TSR without any need for explanation...
Re: Space oddity?
Just don't start writing odes to them... ;)
Re: I think
And then unfortunately got onto the wrong plane and ended up in some tax haven island without an extradition treaty...?
Re: Space oddity?
Given the branding and product history so far, it's unfortunately exactly what I was expecting...
Mike doesn't know lots of things about the AtariVCS – standing for Atari video computer system – which is odd because he's the exec in charge of it.
I wouldn't say that it's odd or uncommon - I know a lot of middle and occasionally senior managers in charge of projects that they know absolutely nothing about beyond the fancy PowerPoint buzzwords and maybe the title.
Of course this doesn't stop them claiming all the glory and taking the credit when they are completed...
Another one for the glory list
One other example (this time in brick and stone) is the Ouse Valley Viaduct (aka the Balcombe Viaduct) in Sussex, between Balcombe and Haywards Heath.
It's another stunner of a hidden gem. In terms of magnificent architecture it's great, at least now they've fixed it up after a sad number of decades of neglect (which was kinda worrying given it carries the main line between London and Brighton).
But if you're driving down towards HH from the East Grinstead/Crawley/Gatwick area via the backroads (rather than the M23) it's a wonderful surprise to go round a bend or two in the tree-lined road and then suddenly this beauty appears in front of you (and indeed over you, as the road goes through one of its arches).
Re: autonomous bee in the bonnet
And after their recent FCK-up, I'm sure DHL would be rather afraid of KFC looking into self-delivering chicken...
The pod or the safety first lady?
Re: So those kids with back to front hats...
A couple of well aimed super soakers?
Re: One issue....
Having seen the state of some of the roads around here of late, I think they've mixed up the spec and laid us a long wide pavement to drive on...
It was in the filing cabinet just behind the planning applications...
Or check if the pins on the power plug are clean...
Re: Field conferences in nice places.
I guess having an activity of "networking over the Antikythera Mechanism" is probably being a little too obvious?
Or maybe some people would be wondering what network speed it could achieve?
Re: Lost count...
Whilst my zen for creative accountancy on expenses and travel requests may be fairly advanced, I think even I might struggle to get approval on that one.
Although it would be fun trying, and even more so if it succeeded.
Re: out of paper!
Also brings back memories of university days (a quarter of a century ago, eeek!) and the shared old HP laserjet which people were forced to use. Normally not much of an issue, except when some puppet tried to send a postscript image file directly to it, where for certain files rather than printing out an image on a nice single sheet, it tried to print out a few random characters per page on every page in the tray until it ran out.
Of course by sods law this always happened out of hours, and when you had something you needed to print urgently. Especially annoying when they just bunged the paper back in again after sorting things out, so your print-out ended up with various random characters superimposed on it.
Still it did end up with me being given admin rights to the print queue to help kill off such jobs, which I never ever used to queue-jump my printing rather than wait half an hour, honest guv'nor.
Re: Lost count...
@Richard Gray - I take your highlands and raise you a Japanese HQ, where some of the minions think that "Europe" is one country where any location can be reached from any other in a matter of a couple of hours.
Best one they tried was a morning appointment in Sicily and an afternoon one in Newcastle...
Re: Secret is out
Ducks just bob along peacefully and then suddenly disappear completely by diving underwater for no apparent reason before popping up randomly a few feet away.
Although I've known projects where the latter would actually be more of an accurate description...
Re: Have you solved a problem with a lie?
Just be careful not to overdo it and end up as a politician instead...
Well they are allowing notches, so why not holes?
The hardware version...
I take your server shutdowns and offer you a colleague doing it on a semiconductor manufacturing machine (of course in the middle of running 150 production wafers). Needed to power down machine A in a bank of them to work on it, so goes around the back and accidentally hits the power button on machine b beside it. Bye-bye 150 product wafers towards the end of their production flow, in all worth a many thousands of dollars.
We are now strictly verboten from even touching any machine which doesn't have clear ID labelling (customer responsibility to add those, the ones above didn't) and even then we have to point and say plus buddy-check. This is not to say that it hasn't happened since these measures were introduced of course, given some of my colleagues and the old adage about idiot-proofing...
Re: "... meetings that they weren't invited to"
The key distinction being that the person making the promises (and attending the meeting) is rarely also the person who actually has to keep that promise and actually get things done...
Re: "all a meeting achieves is a mass downing of tools"
Ah yes, the trusty old engineer* standard response to management -
"Do you want to spend the time having a meeting about how to solve the problem, or should I just waste the time actually doing so?"
If I had a dollar for every time I've had to say that to sales and management types, especially those who like to get involved with both success (and take the credit) and failure (to distribute the blame without a hint of taking any themselves), then I wouldn't have to avoid so many of the damn meetings in the first place...
*engineer being of course the poor mug who actually has to keep the dreams and promised that came from a previous series of management meetings that they weren't invited to nor had any say in the outcome of.
Telephone sanitisers anonymous
Anyone else read today's masterwork and have an overriding need to go watch/read/listen to Hitchhikers again? I'm sure there's some decedents from the B-ark crew around the table.
Oh how we miss thee dear Douglas. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go clean my telephone...
Re: What job will last forever
Manager - computer says no...
Back in the day
I recall a conversation I had with my kids a few weeks back, as one of them was doing "modern history" at school.
They seemed amazed that when I was their age (early teens or just coming up to them) the Internet/WWW and mobile phones basically didn't exist for the common man (I'm mid-40's), we only had 3 or 4 channels on the TV, and if we wanted to change between them we had to get up and push a button.
Also when I was at university (25 years or so ago) I can remember the first 1GB hard drive appearing in the building, and when I wrote my PhD thesis (in LaTeX and CorelDraw) the whole thing fitted on two floppy disks. Kinda sobering to consider that I have more storage and processing capacity about my person as I type this than we had in the whole department back in the day.
Christ I feel old now, so get off my damn lawn, young whippersnappers!
Nope - I also thought it sounded like something you'd end up noshing after a heavy night on the sake in downtown Tokyo...
Buy one, get one (or two) free?
So far nobody has yet demonstrated anything superior to the Mk.1 eyeball and pilot
One would have hoped the two came as a package, or else it gets rather icky...
Re: To be served with chips & curry sauce obv.
Half-half of chips and rice to make it sheer perfection - the joy of chips plus the absorbency of the rice to stop the curry sauce going everywhere.
Hmm, dinner plans a-brewing...
Cosmopolitan or Klingon?
I would eat it in loving memory of the dearly departed and much missed Lester of course.
In a salute to some of the post-pub nosh he introduced us to over the years...
I was wondering if you meant doner meat, but I'm not altogether sure yours isn't more accurate :)
Re: it’s the first Sunday of February, which would make it the fifth this year.
So does that make it a blue super blood pizza pudding?
As for me, I'd serve it with beer, following on from a beer starter and with beer for dessert. Possibly a crate each of Peroni and Black Sheep to be in(n) keeping.
Quick, let's invade Thespia!
Re: One down, hopefully many to go!
I sometimes seriously wonder if there actually has been one IndieGoGo project which actually worked and fulfilled its promises.
The PiTop Ceed and the Fing Fingbox both spring to mind as ones I've backed and been very pleased with. But I also admit that probably says more about the quality of the companies themselves rather than anything to do with IndieGoGo.
Re: Not that uncommon, simply you don't hear about it often.
I think I'd be too afraid of whatever else I might find to go poking about under an old mortuary floor with just a torch...