698 posts • joined 16 Jun 2011
"Google leveraged its platform dominance"
Please. What is wrong with "used"? Has someone escaped from HR again?
Re: Also from the Register...
Speaking (in appropriately reverential tones) of he who is the BOFH, aren't we overdue for a few episodes?
He didn't actually enlarge it. He became the swamp.
"Ego sum palude" - ought to be his motto, I suppose.
Re: America, oh, America
/Inventor of the Marmite Laser - wiggles ears
America, oh, America
Home of the vested* interest.
*If not actually vested, at least in possession of a nice cardigan.
Cars are fun too
Many years ago I had need to ask our graphics/marketing literature deaigner to move the nice Vauxhall Carlton hed bought newish sexondhand off the comaony.
As usual, it took ages for him to appear, by which time Id got bored, found a chunk of parcel strappimg, opened the car and was waiting for him.
His reaction: You camt have done that its an executive range car.
Another time, our admin lassie rang in from town, having locked herself out of her Datsun (it WAS a long time ago). Went to her rescue and managed to spring the catch on the back window then rwach in and unscrew the catch from the glass, open the window enough to reach the hinges, unscrew them, lift out the window and finally get at the door latxh.
Despite the two of us doing thus in the middle of a carpark and making no secret of it, no-one took the blindest notice of us.
Slightly off-topic, but a memory stirred by tales of being shown around places.
We'd been talking to a London hospital some years back about a data collection system to streamline updating bed availability and allocation. We'd been given the Big Tour and seen all the wards with serious amounts of boxen and blinken lighten.
We were doing the handshake bit at the end, standing near the door of a perfectly ordinary ward; no boxen, no blinken lighten, just rows of oldish guys in beds. While I was looking, one of the guys at the far end leaped out of bed and started loudly declaiming the Ode to the Haggis. One by one the other old guys joined in until almost the whole ward was doing it.
I asked our guide what that had all been about and was it some kind of psychiatric ward.
"No" he said. "Its the Serious Burns Unit."
Re: Ignore them.
@Gordon Pryra: Add almost any HR department to that list
Re: Be thankful for the lack of symbolic explanation
Shutting down into protective catatonia.............
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...
Re: I miss the old days...
Still didn't tell you where the "any" key was
Re: Back to School
Children live on one side of despair; the enlightened on the other.
Happy to be childish.
Now just feed me a goodly line that ends with a fnarrr, fnarrr
What I find difficult to get my bonce around
OK, so VW, with the might of its huge design & development teams couldn't come up with an engine that met emissions regs and resorted to fraud.
Then the brown stuff hit the rotating object.
All of a sudden, a "solution" was found, tested and rolled out. Not only that but the "fix" was, for most engines, a firmware tweak and, in the case of the 1.6tdi, adding an airflow control device (a plastic mesh) in the intake.
Magically, that was all developed and rolled out in next to no time.
One is given to wonder why, if it really was so simple, VW couldn't have got it right first time around
Unless, that is, it wasn't possible to produce compliant engines that would not run a big, big risk of early EGR valve etc., failures - which seems to be exactly what is happening.
Re: Trackball can be worse....
I refer to mine as a dead rat.
Doffs cap to Mt Pratchett
See what's trending
I have never understood why I should give a rats arse about what is "trending"
It seems to be associated with organisations serving me ads for more of what I have just bought/looked at/etc.
I love this mag
Re: Die bitch
Linked in is terrible. Period
Re: "rapid removal of abusive and objectionable material"
Why? No matter how you vote, its always the government that gets in.
Re: What an odd way of putting it!
@ hplasm: Gender-unspecific tea refill and asexual mopping of keyboard required
Re: Diode or Storage
Why is my bullshit detector chiŕping?
Use the word "Leverage" as a verb
Re: Even worst ..
Many years ago: It wasn't unknown for a 22uf, 63V electrolytic capacitor to find its way, wrong way round, across the 12V power supply rails in some of the printers and terminals we often had on test. They were too small to have a vent but big enough to make a very satisfying bang.
"new ways to leverage Spectre"
Please. Stop the twaddle
Pai a backhander
Works every time, so long as the backhander is big enough
Double double, soil and trouble, fire burn and heat shield bubble: NASA cracks rover, has dirty talk with ESA
Come back Lester Haines
Re: Why aren't we digging deep for signs of life?
Controlled explosion? No such thing. Have you ever TRIED to stop one halfway through?
Methinks they doth protest too much
TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!
I, too, would Effect a transfer if I was one of the Affected
Nuke it from orbit
Then nuke it twice more
Pai the backhander
Does the data provide ENOUGH resolution?
For instance, would it identify someone who, when presented with targeted advertising - or, iindeed any of the mindless trash that gets hawked around - would be quite happy to rip the authors head off and defecate down their neck?
We might be on to something
You just described an iPhone
See the SIZE of those pineapples in the foreground of the video start frame, on the homepage?
Re: Stamp it out.
This IS The Register. Stories like this are what make El Reg special. It's all about balance
That and an occasional goodly helping of fnaaarrr, fnaaarrr.
'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear
Will no one think of the printers?
Shirley, the attitude of "you'll use ONLY our ink and we've chipped the cartriďges to make damn sure" comes under just this heading
Great! Now I might get some real work done
Re: Creative Purchase Orders
Made a note of that. I'm sure it'll strike a cord somewhere and stave off future problems, so long as I can be sharp about it.
@TRT: Puts new meaning to bungee jumping
Re: In dreams...
And re-reading 2065
Re: Aaaahhhh... the Cloud...
Wherein Cuckoo Land lies
Adobe dons dirty mackintosh
Gets its face punched in
Re: Adblocking is stealing
Would you pay to receive unfranked mail that turned out to be marketing crud? Ditto accepting collect phone calls from marketers? For those with metered Internet, ads ARE stealing.
Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms
Why didn't the woman see an approaching car, which was traveling <40 mph with headlights on
Ànd wait till the road was clear before crossing
All together now:
640k ought to be enough for everybody
Re: Dear Microsoft
An acrostic, if I am not mistaken