842 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009
Re: Oh so familiar
Mythic Beasts. UK based and give excellent service.
Seconded. Local people (for me), bloody good techies, very helpful.
"Since it’s made from metal"
I'm not sure a single atom of silver is a metal in the electronic sense of the word because metals are pretty much defined to have their conduction electrons smeared out across the bulk material, and one atom doesn't have any bulk for smearing across.
the day when picture editors across the British news media drop everything to find fresh photos of teenagers suspended in mid-air
You forgot "good looking female" before the word "teenagers".
Only Visual Basic really seems to have arrays sorted out.
Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Algol 68 arrays had arbitrary bounds:
and array slices could have their lower bound arbitrarily set:
Why we hardly have to sniff the packet to know you play tennis with an IoT racket
Come on, anyone dumb enough to buy such a thing is going to insist everybody at the tennis club takes a look at it, no packet sniffing needed.
Re: Before Snowden / Schrems / Cambridge Analytica
Economics, the dismal science.
It's worth remembering that Carlyle called it that because economic theory undermined his support for slavery. Because of this it gets at least one cheer from me in spite of the idiocies perpetrated by politicians in the name of economic principles.
Various factions of MPs use WhatsApp groups for
plotting organising. I'm sure much fun could be had using this attack.
Re: What we need
Interested in your thoughts regarding Betamax v VHS . . . .
The gangster in a restaurant eats, shoots, and leaves.
Oxford commas are a religious war by themselves.
the higher risk of dementia for people who abstained from alcohol was only apparent if they didn’t drink wine
If you're drinking wine you're not abstaining from alcohol.
ex oriente lux crap
As the late and much missed Terry Pratchett remarked, wisdom is one of the few things that get bigger as they get further away.
Re: Patent lifetime?
They include two patents developed in the 1980s
I thought patents only lasted 20 years?
Re: Go To Besźel
You could go to Besźel or Ul Qoma and learn to unsee the street ads.
Only half of them surely?
Re: Advertising from mobile 'phones
My .sig used to be "Sent from my Vertu". I've never even seen one.
Now it's "Sent from my iPhone 9". My phone wifi SSID is "iPhone 9+".
I have to update the settings every year just to keep annoying people
Try "Sent from my Commodore 64" next time. :-)
Re: Not Ads, but chuggers
being hassled by desperately cheerful chuggers
I just say "already support them" as I walk past.
Re: "When outsourcing goes bad!"
What do you mean, when?
As in when, not if.
if you lose 5k for an hour or so outage then you make sure you've got supplier redundancy
Except their sales people usually don't know where the fibre runs, and then when the JCB hits you find at best both your suppliers had separate fibre, but in the same duct. There are only so many ducts in any area and they run in obvious directions. A wireless backup could help, but where does the backhaul run? In the same geographically obvious duct. Ultimately a satellite link avoids most JCB related problems, but good luck getting VoIP to work on that.
Re: Are those rumors about water leaks true?
no self-respecting water supplier would ever keep a leak more than a couple of hours.
Coincidentally my wife was looking at water leak data this morning(*). The average water company leakage works out at ~120l per household per day. In comparison each person uses on average ~130l/day, which works out at ~310l/household/day. (This is ignoring industrial use.) Thames Water is the worst but a lot of their piping is buried under London, which makes digging it up to fix it a tad difficult. Elsewhere the charges for digging up the road make fixing all but the worst leaks uneconomic. The optimal solution would involve taking a time machine back to Victorian times and changing both legislation and infrastructure engineering.
(*) Part of one of her many jobs. She's an energy and environmental consultant and also sits on two utility company oversight panels, one a water company.
Re: I Love My ISP
my ISP (VividWireless)
Just in case anyone thinks this ISP might be good for them, it's in Australia, and most of us would probably consider changing hemispheres to be an excessive solution to dodgy UK ISPs.
Re: PDF is the work of the devil...
So a natural fit for the civil service.
To get theological, the Civil Service are so "on the one hand, on the other hand …" the Devil would reject them and they'd end up in the Vestibule of Hell, chasing deviceless banners and being stung by hornets.
I want a Dante icon.
Re: Been there, done that
If only HTML were XML structured data.
If only XML data was Lisp S-expressions.
Re: Phone reviews
the PRIMARY function - to make phone calls
But, but, you mean my portable networked computer can make phone calls? I'm flabbergasted!
Re: "The latter claims to alert you when you've been in a serious collision"
So long as they don't sell the data to compensation spammers - "hello, we believe you've just had an accident …"
Re: The Sermon on the Mount
Never mind the Sermon on the Mount. The Bible contains more hatred and hate speech than you've probably encountered anywhere else in life.
True, but it was very accepting of the non-neurotypical. These days if you hear voices in your head telling you to kill your first born child and start to act on them you're more than likely to be sectioned and your children taken into care. Back in biblical times you became patriarch of three world religions instead.
Paul Linebarger who wrote under the name Cordwainer Smith to avoid hurting his diplomatic career
Linebarger was a spook, specialising in psyops.
How about the singing?
Everybody should listen to Shatner's cover version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds once(*) in their life.
(*) And no more.
Re: Too late...
Obviously he's left it too late because he's had too much cake.
A free bassoon offered to every customer who signs up?
is now so embedded there is no alternative but to plough on
Can someone explain the sunk costs fallacy to these bozos?
Re: Back to the old ways?
Porn. It's mainly going to be used for porn.
Ɐ X:Technology used_for_porn(X)
Re: Do animated fakes pick their nose?
Really ugly, uncouth politicians.
Politics is show business for ugly people.
Rewind and recover data sets of 100 or more terabytes in minutes
Even the age of the universe can be expressed in minutes if one wishes.
Re: And the moral of this story is...
… Gradwell altered their billing system to one which was seemingly completely incomprehensible to their own staff as well as their customers. As a result, it was possible to pay for their services and get one's service cut off by Gradwell for non-payment, as happened to someone I know.
Same here. My friend had given them a direct debit, but when they changed the billing system they failed to connect the domain and the DD, so he found his domain inactive one morning when it should have been auto-renewed and on phoning to complain was told it was his fault for not setting up the payment mechanism.
Re: If it was only security patches
Someone ask him to open the pod bay doors and see what happens ...
I'm sorry Milton, I CAN'T DO THAT!!!
losing copious amounts of cash
losing copious amounts of other people's cash
Re: I'll do it!
Are you talking about warfare or sexual fetishes?
when it identifies aggressive actions, such as punching, stabbing, shooting, kicking, and strangling, with an accuracy of about 85 per cent.
If it's as accurate as various police forces' attempts at facial recognition, the majority of arrests will be pensioners doing Tai Chi.
Re: Wavelength? Not bandwidth?
Unless the numerologists have managed to sell a certain population of the planet on "auspicious" frequencies for their data ... Wouldn't surprise me.
Certainly sir, for a small 100% premium you may have 1488 nm and 1588 nm for your signals.
Re: "...0.00000022 plus or minus 0.00000025...."
The whole concept of absolute proof ought to give any self respecting scientist hives.
Especially if they've got a bee in their bonnet.
Re: This is why science rocks
and homoeopathy sucks donkey balls.
I think you'll find that's massively diluted donkey balls.
Re: Other pacemaker solution...
Self winding pacemaker. 6uW
Photovoltaics, that's the answer.
Re: At BrotherElf...
Fuck emoji. Fuck 'em with a spinning angry porcupine.
That's probably going to be in the next release.
Re: Only four left
Mandatory xkcd: https://xkcd.com/893/
The hover text is worth reading.
Edit: Uncle Slacky beat me to it.
Re: Deuterium-free Parafresh or Orthofresh
Which expensive bottled water of the future will you prefer?
And how long until Goop and similar emporia of woo start selling para-water as "25% more hydrating to regenerate your cells faster"?
I had the idea once of adding offensive error messages to utilities that I developed for internal use of our development team. They were the kind of errors that "should never happen".
Whereas it wasn't offensive, I knew someone who got a reprimand when an error message reading "One of Klas' hairy cases" appeared during a demo to a customer. In fairness, it was a C reimplementation of original Fortran code that issued PAUSE 666 at that point, and the translator wasn't sure what was going on when that happened because the original code was undocumented.
Re: Makes sense....
BBC Radio 4 has too much religion in its schedules: …
Not so much religion, more aimless "spiritual" wittering that makes Thought for the Day seem like incisive theological philosophy.
"Bells on Sunday"
They may do it in church, but in my experience your average bell ringer is rarely described as "godly".