2027 posts • joined 28 Jun 2010
Re: Linux Mint is free
complicated, confusing, and difficult. And that's just email
As far as I know, the email system built into recent releases of Windows isn't complicated, confusing, and difficult. It's non-existent.
Some Windows users may pay for a local copy of Outlook, but I suspect most simply use some kind of webmail site. And that's the same whether your browser is running on Windows, Linux, MacOS or other fine operating system.
It's odd that people who allege Linux is difficult to use seem to have managed primitive versions of Windows without issue. And many are quite happy to use MacOS, which has far more in common with Linux than Windows.
Re: To be honest...
...difference between 'professional' and other workers for overtime...
I think the rationale is that "professional" workers put in extra effort in the expectation (realistic or otherwise) of promotion. Your career prospects are also supposed to make you a stakeholder in the business, so you put in more effort than you're paid for. The free overtime is an investment in your future.
A worker in a menial retail job has no prospect of promotion, and won't be paid more if the business thrives, so can't be expected to contribute free overtime.
This, at any rate, is the line that management expect people to swallow.
The theory is borne out by people like software engineers. They're professional and often highly-paid, but they can only be promoted by turning good engineers into crap managers. They usually get overtime and out-of-hours pay. Me, I'm a contractor, so I have no prospects of any kind.
I don't see how you can say both "I need dual monitors to do my job" and then "I need a laptop".
Here I am, working on a laptop that has dual monitors, keyboard and mouse connected to it. The monitors are more-or-less essential for my job.
When I have to do out-of-hours support, or when I work from home, I can carry the laptop home in my backpack and use the monitors etc that I have at home anyway. I can also use it on the train, where I connect to the company's secure VPN via a mobile hotspot. Neither would be possible without the laptop.
This has been the usual arrangement in most of the companies where I've worked over the past five years. Fortunately, they haven't had an idiot like Lee D making the decisions.
I am utterly unsurprised that the Beeb are paying some gobshite who fronts up a dull regional news programme as much as the prime minister
To judge from the £2.2m paid to Chris Evans, BBC pay is in direct proportion to the gobshiteness of the recipient.
Re: Any news on whether the BBC pays their side of the bargain?
I, and a good chunk of the people reading this have to pay NI; don't have a lot of sympathy for those that don't.
This seems a bit unfair on those of us who have slogged through 45 years to reach State Retirement Age, after which NI is no longer payable.
I run my whole house from a 4G Wifi router
Great idea! Oh, wait, I have to stand in the garden to get any kind of phone reception*, and it sure as hell isn't 4G. How's that going to work?
* According to the coverage maps, it will be the same with any mobile network.
servings[sic] tens-of-hundreds of people
Or, as we call them in English, "thousands".
There used to be a Swedish chef on TV who was very hard to understand. If Norwegian chefs are similar, I'm not surprised the translation went awry.
Re: Bridge on the River Kwai
They changed the original film ending of Alec Guinness screaming at the allied forces
Who did? When? I'm sure that was the ending when I saw it.
Re: "trying on shoes in a shoe shop"
I had no idea that might be old-school. What do modern people do instead? Guess?
Re: Pics, or it didn't happen!
Student me in the late 1960s:
- black crushed velvet flares
- flowered shirt
- bright-coloured nylon scarf worn as a neckerchief
- black hat with a wide brim
- short green military-style coat that I was told originated with the Women's Fire Brigade*
- best of all, a pair of zip-up chukka boots that I had personally re-coloured purple
EE claims it delivered 100Mbps
Just like the EE network I use on my mobile phone? Funny, it never seems that fast.
In other news, EE kindly supplied me with a picocell-type device that connects to my broadband, so I can use my phone at home without having to go and stand in the garden. If I had their new gadget too, the ugly box outside the house would use the mobile signal from the picocell, which will route it down the broadband connection, and so on ad infinitum.
We ask that you send a strong signal that you are supportive of creativity in advertising.
Nothing against smutty, but I think they're flattering themselves when they call it "creative".
Re: Not a UK plug, but a useless Continental one.
Not that it excuses the error, but didn't you have a travel adaptor of the right kind lurking somewhere?
Think about it. You buy travel adaptors so that you can use your native plugs in foreign outlets. Why would somebody who lives in the UK have an adaptor that connects a continental plug to a UK outlet?
Our intuition was that cars, bicycles, or similar vehicles, already have this great ability. Therefore, we developed an algorithm to make drones that can imitate them.
Your intuition was rubbish. Cars, bicycles, and similar vehicles have no ability. Their drivers or riders may, in some cases, have great ability.
Re: And the job opportunities?
There are plenty of opportunities, but they're all for nanojobs, paying up to $50,000 * 10-9 per annum.
Re: @kain preacher
If driving the speed limit cause traffic jams then there is some thing else wrong such as the limit is way to slow.
Not true. In heavy traffic conditions it's common for the speed limit to be reduced to prevent traffic jams. Urban motorways have variable speed limits for just this reason.
Re: a beauty pageant for camels? how does that even work?
Shouldn't that be "Eye. Needle"?
Re: The end
Perhaps Microsoft need to run an educational campagne. Maybe this is that campagne...
What's a "campagne"? Is it a fizzy wine? A stretch of countryside? A bedspread?
Perhaps Microsoft could enlighten us as part of an educational campaign.
I would imagine any tools that primitive humans had, were invaluable and consequently always kept close.
I'm sure I've read that, on the contrary, early hominids seem to have made and discarded tools in surprising quantities. It could be that once you have mastered the technique it's easier to knock up a new tool than find where you left the one you used last. Perhaps stone tools aren't convenient to carry around when you don't have any pockets.
Re: Left -- right?
IIRC, there were two mazes of twisty little passages.
One had subtly different descriptions for each location ("...twisty little passages, no two the same", "...passages, all different", etc) so you could map it using the descriptions. The other had the same description everywhere ("twisty little passages, all the same"). The way to map this maze was to drop things, so you could identify passages by their contents.
Re: Quick solution
While playing elaborate pranks on the scammers may be fun, you are wasting your own time as well as theirs -- and your time is probably much more valuable, to you at least.
The answer to this is some kind of phone bot. I came across a site run by a man who'd written a bot to handle cold-callers. Mostly it just says "Uh-huh", "OK", and "Yeah", but occasionally it comes out with something like "You'll have to repeat that... I've been taking sleeping pills and I've just woken up." or it shouts a request for coffee to somebody else in the house. There's an amusing recording of an insurance salesman interacting with it.
Elsewhere, there's a great recording of a guy who freaks out a telephone canvasser by pretending to be a cop investigating the murder of the person being called.
Re: Quality of vinyl
Vinyl, pah! For a truly warm, old-fashioned sound you need wax cylinders.
if as much engineering design effort had been invested in the plastic jewel* cases as the optical technology on the disc
Never mind the jewel cases. The real problem is the Cellophane wrappers, which seem to have been designed so that you need a scalpel to open them. Occasionally, rarely, they have a tear-off strip, which normally breaks off when you pull it.
There's nothing like buying a new CD and deciding to play it in the car. Numerous fatalities must have been caused by people bombing down the motorway while scrabbling at the packaging with fingernails and teeth.
* Why are they called jewel cases? They're totally unsuitable for keeping jewellery in, and I can't imagine that even the original designer thought a cheap plastic box looked jewel-like.
... they didn't try a second cd. Perhaps they only had one to demo with.
Perhaps the disk was fine, but the CD player was stuck up with jam, and was therefore, er, toast.
Re: Listening to Vinyl is a bit like eating at a posh restaurant
To be precise, listening to vinyl is like eating in one of those posh restaurants where they offer a sort of Edwardian menu consisting entirely of roasts, steak pudding, jam roll and custard and Stilton.
I have a BMW, but the music system won't play FLAC. It only does MP3, CDA and WMF.
Re: "But was this a story about a driving licence or visa application type copy cat site?
Aibu in thinking that google should do more to protect young consumers from fraudulent sites?
I love the fact that she* uses the expression "Am I being unreasonable" so much that she has an acronym for it.
* Sorry if this seems sexist. I assume it's she because the site is called Mumsnet.
Re: Everything has to be wireless
Too true. A friend bought a wireless printer. Well, I say "printer", but it didn't do much printing. Most of the time it sulked in the corner and the operating system reported it as off-line, or in use elsewhere.
In the end we just connected it with a USB cable and it now works faultlessly.
By the way, you win against the scammers if they call you a mother [bleep] before they hang up
I've won. I went through the rigmarole with the scammer who phoned me, but I acted really stupid, which made it so difficult and complicated that he passed me to his "supervisor". After another 15 minutes of acting stupid, I agreed to give him a credit card number. When I read out the number from a Tesco loyalty card he got really angry and said "Why are you wasting my time?"
Re: So how does this work then?
Several hours of accordion or bagpipes, and the passengers will insist that the pilot crashes the plane anyway.
They can demand to "scan" that SD card at the border crossing
True, but they have to find it first. Most people's phones have a storage-extension card, and a micro-SD isn't a hard thing to hide in your clothing or luggage.
Does this work, anyway?
I didn't see much evidence in the article that the Scans can prove their system is actually working.
Re: if that's the answer, then someone asked the wrong question
"Passengers are reminded that ...
You haven't been listening carefully. In rail-speak, the people who travel on trains are now "customers". They travel between "station-stops".
And they're congenitally incapable of remembering to take all their baggage and possessions with them when they leave a train.
Attorneys, Doctors, Realtors, Electricians, and Engineers are all protected professions in many states
I can see the need for regulation of Attorneys, Doctors, Electricians, and Engineers. But Realtors? Are they not just what we call estate agents? The qualifications for that profession being a slimy disposition and an untrustworthy moral compass.
Re: Not regulated?
The E in MCSE stands for "Experanced". The other letters stand for "Must", "Call", and "Someone"
This sounds like it might be funny if I knew what "Experanced" means.
In what way does the possession of a copy of Linux Mint on a USB device qualify somebody as a "Linux Mint terrorist"? I have copies of Mint on several devices, including laptop and desktop computers. Does that make me a Linux Mint battlegroup?
I dare say he also had a smartphone - could he also be an Android terrorist?
Re: Oh you optimist
I'd be very happy for manufacturers to produce 'dumb' TVs
It's one of the curious paradoxes of a market economy that smart TVs are probably cheaper than comparable dumb monitors, because more people want to buy them. Fortunately, there's nothing to stop you treating your smart TV as dumb and connecting a PC, PVR or STB to it.
Re: IT Error?
It's probably an instance of the classic code smell known as "magic values".
First class tickets aren't available, so the price should be null. You can't use null because it's not supported or it breaks something elsewhere. How about zero? No, we don't want to risk people travelling for free. A negative number? No, we might have to pay them to travel. OK, we'll use a big number.
Long.MAX_VALUE might have been a better choice. If it ever got printed it would be pretty noticeable.
Easier to pick up? Not really.
JS is only "easier to pick up" and use for "building websites" in a very limited sense. It's all a matter of what you're picking up.
Once upon a time, when web pages were mostly HTML, JS was mainly used for enhancements and tweaks, and scripts didn't contain much beyond procedural code and simple inheritance. The language specification scarcely changed for ten years. It sounds like the course is teaching this kind of antique JS.
These days, JS is a hotbed of crazes, functional programming enthusiasms and novel frameworks. There are at least three language versions in common use. Knowledge gained on version N of a framework will be useless when version N+1 is released. Web sites now consist of large single-page applications, and their syntax and code organisation will be utterly baffling to someone who's been taught "window.alert('Hello world')" scripting.
Regardless of opinions about the relative merits or potential longevity of the two languages, Java has more overall consistency between APIs and stability between versions. Students who have completed an introductory course in Java stand a better chance of finding their way around real-world applications than they do in JS.
Re: Easy juice? Sounds good to me.
are you really trying to argue that there isn't evidence of useful nutrients being contained in vegetables?
The weasel-word here is "nutrients". In spite of what self-styled nutritionists tell you, here's nothing intrinsically good about nutrients.
Most food consists of a mixture of nutrients, things absorbed by the body, and non-nutrients such as fibre, that pass right through. A bag of white sugar contains nothing but useful nutrients. It also delivers plenty of energy - another weasel-word. But it's not really a wise food choice.
Re: Juicing is bad
If you eat the fruit, do those sugars not get digested in the same way?
The same amount of sugars, but not digested in the same way. The problem is with the time it takes for your blood sugar to rise. Whole fruit has a lower glycaemic index than fruit juice. Many fruit juices deliver the same glycaemic load as a glass of Coke.
Also, a recent study reported that prepared, bagged salads could carry a dangerous risk of salmonella because the juices on the cut ends of the leaves are an ideal growth medium for bacteria. I would guess that the juices in a bag of cut fruit are salmonella heaven.
Re: Calories (or whatever measure of energy expenditure you prefer)
one will ruin one's new suite when going to the club after the gym
Myself, I prefer a club that supplies its own furniture.
Re: My thoughts on this ...
I recently worked a contract where all the developer machines ran Ubuntu. I really, really tried to get on with Unity, but after a couple of months I called it a day and installed the latest Cinnamon. You had to select the desktop at startup time, but apart from that it ran pretty well. There were occasional glitches, but that may well have been a result of running the bleeding-edge Cinnamon on a slightly old version of Ubuntu.
For home use I occasionally run through the latest and greatest distros and desktops, but I usually come back to Mint/Cinnamon.
Allegedly, the guns on HMS Belfast would score a direct hit on the M1 "London Gateway" motorway services if fired.
I remember reading that when I worked in an office opposite HMS Belfast, but it can't be true. I mean, if they could shell a Welcome Break, why wouldn't they?
Re: Pack your bags?
a publicly used telephone
Telephone sanitisers mostly cleaned phones in offices. I think they're unfairly vilified. The real culprits were the people who employed them - a bunch of snake-oil merchants selling a solution to a non-existent health risk.
I dare say somebody used to clean public phone boxes, but you'd never have guessed.
Re: Senior Moment
That seems to be the opinion of many people over the age of 70. These are people who didn't make their money using a keyboard.
As a person over 70 currently making a decent living as a developer of internet applications, I object. You are confusing over-70s with idiots, who can be any age.
This man's an ill-informed fool because he's a politician. Ignorance and bluster are the main qualifications for his job.
Re: Clearly this tax change has taken all the devs by surprise
They had plenty of notice. But as a result of the new IR35 regime, the devs no longer work at HMRC.
Re: AGA do
But I was going to say "AGA Khan't"
Hey! That's my pun!