465 posts • joined 11 Feb 2016
Re: Interface Hall of Shame
"I pushed this button."
"A sign lit up saying 'Please don't push this button again.'.".
Who is this aimed at? True afficiandos buy the original consoles of eBay and such like. Those of us who want to simply play the games and relive a few childhood memories will simply get the emulators, which work on nay platform. Unless as you say they reproduce it faithfully it will never truly fit in.
The biggest problem is securing the rights to use the games, trying to find all those developers from 30 years ago is a huge task, some are no longer with us and no one knows who owns the rights. You need a team of a dozen people just working securing legal rights to use games. While completely illegal, that's something that emulators have a huge advantage with over these "reboots".
All very noble but it'll simply be another retro collector novelty that'll only last a year or two and then you'll find it in the bargain bin at the local electronics gadget store for a fiver.
I thought when I was 8 years old back in the micro saturated 1980s, that I would spend my whole life playing with computers. So far I haven't done too badly, I'm still working in IT as I always wanted but I can see the end in sight off in the distance and have done for the last 5 years, especially the more I work on systems that vendors are baking into self-operating databases and systems. I can see that I might just about squeeze IT until I retire in 25 years time but it's getting harder and harder each year to see where my future lies with regards this career. I have my backup career building on the side and it's starting to turn some money in. Everyone should have a backup career option just in case. My mate, a developer for 25 years, he's learned a niche craft that he's hoping will see him past his retirement, he just needs a couple more years of dev contracts to stash the cash.
I told my daughter to keep away from IT as I said you're going to need 40-50 years of working life and trust me IT will become less and less reliant on fleshy meatbags to run it.
So it's the standard IT shafting exercise...
1. Move it to the cloud. ( "Hey, it's the cloud gotta to be cheaper and more trendy, we mean better value!"
2. Make anyone with any sense redundant.
3. Tell the business all about the wonderful new cloud world they will have access to...in about 5 years time
4. A load of failed re-writes by cheap outside of Europe devs that cost 1/10th the cost of European devs.
5. Re-hire all the old IT staff as constractors at twice the rate after you realise that managers you put in charge of the new world order in your infrastructure, realised the cloud is simply the same old IT shit problems but just running on someone else's computers in another company.
MPs, you really want to know what kids are up to?
My wife and I check our daughter's phone, once or twice a week. We don't pry but a quick glimpse through the messages to make sure she's safe.
Well here's my top 5 of what a typical teenage girl puts on social media...
1. The boys she fancies.
2. The boys she hates.
3. The mates she likes.
4. The mates she now hates but like 2 days ago.
5. What the Kardashians are up to!
No, nothing earth shattering and certainly no cause for Mrs May to panic about kids causing a revolution, well not unless the girls/boys and/or the Kardashians tell them to anyway!
Jesus wept there's fecking eejits walking this earth!
They'll get away with it...you wouldn't!
They can install what they like, capture they like, apologise and it's all good. If you did this, your feet wouldn't touch the ground before you'd be in front of the beak!
Re: ...I've seen people manage to force CD/DVD drives shut with two discs in the tray...
I once had a the joy of hearing a CD spin up and I kid you not, explode inside the drive! A load bang and when I pulled the drive from the case it sounded like Royal Mail delivering a parcel containing an expensive china vase. Needless to say the CD and drive were toast as there were bit of CD disc and thin silver coating material scattered to the four corners of the drive's internals.
Re: PC world
Encarta! A whole encyclopedia, genericised of course by a uritanical American company for the international English market to remove all the boring, rude and communist bits!
Hmmmm, gigtons of juicy data to look over all uploaded by the idio...we mean user...sorry, customers.....hmmm nom, nom, nom!
Re: To be honest
Absolutely. I like to spruce things up once in a while but you just know they're going to bugger up the interface. When they moved the config options around about 2 years ago it freaked people out for a while. I'm not looking forward to the new look TB.
"We took a shitload of superfast NVMe solid state drives, racked 'em up onto a super fast backplane and as expected they run like shit of the proverbial ( and no doubt cost a king's ransom too! ). If other vendors think their old hat idea of hanging SSDs off traditional slow SATA interfaces is still worth it, they're in for a surprise."
“Mischief to Data” is a crime?
Heck, we're all in trouble in the that case!!
I suppose I never got any of this "mines better than yours", you know why?
When all the kids had Spectrums and Commodores....my Dad bought a Dragon32 and then an Amstrad CPC!
When all the kids got dot matrix printers....my Dad brought home an OKI daisy wheel!
Then just as everyone else got Atari STs and Amigas...my Dad bought home an Amstrad PC 1640!
So my childhood was never allowed to be childish as I simply never had a tech leg to stand on. However I did buy Canon kit and have stuck by it since 1997 so Nikon owners, flame on!!!
An example of why an MP needs to access porn for their job?
MPs represent constituents needs, so unless there's some genuine social need for constituents to seek the Gov's help in finding "bongo-flicks", it should be blocked. I work for a financial services company and only odd request we needed to put a "hole" in the proxy filter for was for an investment manager to study some gaming sites to draw up a proposal to invest in them. Pornography, unless you're making it, staring in it or investing in it you don't need it at your place of work.
The problem with pornography is that you rely on the site owners to filter the content and judge it. Some 14 year old runaway found on Sunset Strip and offered $500 to be filmed being "probed" in all her "offices" is illegal in most countries, you watch it you're a party to child abuse. Someone finds out that you watched it on your company machines, it hits the media and next thing your company's name is mud and your investors are pulling out faster than Johnny Sins having done the deed!
It depends what it is I suppose. I know for a fact there a few sites out there handing out video training courses ripped off from Lynda and Pluralsight, they're backed by S3 buckets for the storage. A silly example but it's still copyright infringement and still an offence. Imagine the storage is used for kiddie porn or dodgy vids of some nutjob fundamentalist preaching his bullshit. AWS has a lot of useful services and not everyone has the brains to realise that "CLOUD = SOMEONE ELSE'S COMPUTER" and as such they can search your data if they wish.
Re: BBC news headline "Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple"
It means maybe Apple possibly having a tinge of regret at moving to Intel 15 years ago?
Re: maybe it's time to re-consider server-side inefficiency
I'm sure there are some very good efficiencies to be made using C/C++ when the code is well optimized. There's the rub though. You may well be a shit-hot coder but for every person like you there are a 1,000 who can barely spell memory-leak, let alone understand how to code to ensure they never happen!
The difference is that advertising is a single focus event, you're being told the benefits of product XYZ with no other distractions. The advertisers can use any acceptable ( sometimes unacceptable!) trick in the book to keep you focused on the product and what it can do for you. Simply walking into TESCO and seeing booze on sale TESCO are not telling you anything about the booze, which one is better or worse than any other, they simply sell it if you want it.
Kids are very gullible and will buy anything, or pester parents to buy anything for them. Kids often do not have the logical capacity to make an informed choice, so advertising to kids is very tightly regulated due to the stupidi..., sorry susceptible minds of children.
( Although I do appreciate that as we all know TESCO and their ilk will happily put up cardboard advertising stands, show ads on screens all over the stores, etc, just to shift anything to anyone! )
My teenage kids are under 16 and they're bored with it!
Re: Planned obsolescence
Well that's want Apple want you to do, however have you personally felt the phone is more sluggish with each revision? Most people probably haven't notice, I know that's not the point and I'm not apologising for Apple as it was shitty thing to do to customers. However people are losing their marbles without thinking first, let's actually see the evidence and the figures first.
I suspect a patch will be released that allows you to decided if you want this CPU "feature" enabled or not.
Probably on a sliding scale
I would have thought the degradation is scaled according to various factors, CPU model, phone model, battery age, battery discharge rate. They can't just put in a 50% cpu slow down on all models, the really old ones would be dead in the water. So a 6S might lose say 10%-15% CPU, the 5 might lose 15-20% and so on.
Re: Accidental Aardvark
The funniest thing of all is this.
IBM "open sourced" the PC specs ( not the BIOS granted, that was Compaq ) and anyone can spec out a PC motherboard layout if they have the skills. Windows people banging about FOSS and open-source is shite are running their favourite, beloved O/S on open-source hardware!
"...could not find the manual it was NOT available online and you spent all night trying different permutations of the jumpers."
Yep, especially when you needed to drop in a new SCSI drive on a chain that might 5 devices already! ha ha! I was so glad when they started printing the jumper pin-outs on the drive lable stickers, that must have saved hours for people like us!
Define obscene. One person's f**k is another's sh*t! One person's c**t is another's...You get the idea.
My Mum used to hate me using the word "shite" but she happily called people "twats" despite being very well spoken and never swearing. I suspect she never knew what it actually meant and we never corrected her as we found it funny when she said it!
We need to get cracking on building those Ark ships and just dispose of a large chunk of our society who are nothing more than oxygen thieves!
Not mention the random fake friend requests from young women offering something called "wet vagne"?!! I don't like foreign food thanks very much!
Where to now?
IE? Oh come on!
Chrome? Jesus, Google get enough about me from 3rd party analytic web page scrapes.
Firefox? I was going back but now FF and Mozilla can bugger right off after this!
Opera? They have the biggest store of user browser activity data outside Google, they can get stuffed!
Shall I just go back to LYNX and do without any graphics?!!
Whoa there son, Race Relations Board on line #1!
Nah. S&M play always works better with the threat of punishment, not the actual punishment!
...I said nothing because my mistress told me, "Touch that keyboard bitch and I'll have you over my knee!"
Re: Suitable alternatives
Either than or wait for your older brother to go out for the evening and raid his stash!
"Are you 18? Enter your credit card details here for verification purposes."
...30 secs later....
*buzz buzz* "Barclays Bank Fraud Alert SMS! Your card has been trying to run 3000 transactions a minute to www.buy-drugs.com and has been blocked. Have a nice day!"
Re: "Can you imagine a scenario where those cables are cut or disrupted?"
"Oh noes, I can't has cheeseburger !"
You know what's most pathetic? The fact that I, a 45 year old bloke, gets the reference. It's Friday evening, time for a few swift ones in the pub on the way home.
Re: This man is obviously a psychotic
Who the heck downvoted you?!
I quite agree, it's obvious this Thomas bloke was bonkers. I've got pee'd off at work when things didn't go my way but not for a single split second have I ever considered doing anything to damage a company's systems. It's simply unforgivable. Even as I've been redundant from various jobs I've always worked my hardest up the last day to ensure I left the job knowing I gave my best, my conscience was clear when I walked out.
There's no excuse for any person to damage company property, physical or virtual. As an IT admin you have been given high level permissions and a high level of trust, at the very least behave like an adult and act responsibly to show you deserved that trust the company put in you.
Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage
Re: Poor relations
You moan about do-gooders by using a derogatory term "SJWs" to describe people, who for the most part have their hearts in the right place, by stating:
"I'm afraid people love to be SJWs on social media and protest..."
Then you bang about how great you are and ultra socially responsible you are by only shopping locally, as though anyone who doesn't do the same is some sort of complete bastard!
"I visit my local shops as it supports local business and keeps cohesion in the community having shops around and the staff are on more than in Bezos sweatshops."
All very commendable to start going on about the poor local shop keepers. I wonder if these upstanding local shop keepers would stop using IT services from PC World and call you instead to fix their machines, even though you might charge them 10-15% more for a fixit job? Given that their business profit margins are razor thin I very much doubt they'd do the same for you in return for your business!
Sorry but my money goes to the best value I can stretch out of it, I'm not poor by any means but why should I waste it? I worked hard for it and I spend it where I like.
Reminds me of.
"Want to learn how to get rich on the internet and take money from idiots? Simply send £100 to me at the following Paypal account."
"Jealous, middle aged reporter fails to understand popular culture."
And you know what? I'm bloody glad I'm a sad old git with no idea about what "da yoof" are into if this is how they pass their time. I'm glad these people are making videos and making money, it passes the time and you might even give them a smidgen of credence for finding a way to part fools and money with something that requires very little effort. Sadly though the real losers are the ones who sit there hour after hour watching this endless shit parade.
What it says to me is that nothing matters more than money. They will look back at their careers in 30 years time and know they achieved nothing of worth but they made a ton of cash and that's all that matters to a lot of today's youth.
AC, just 'cos a photo is on the Internet does not make it automatically in the public domain! I post my photos on the Internet but they are still protected and you still need to ask my permission to use them, unless by using a particular website I relinquish that right. There are lot of images on WikiCommons and they're free to use but they're still copyrighted to the original photographer, they simply let you use them ideally with credit back.
Re: Keep on rollin'...
That's what you get with dedicated, passionate and well trained engineers, something that can survive harsh off-world climates year after year.
Meanwhile back on earth some software "engineers" still can't write simple software that doens't have a shed load of security holes and puts lives at risk!
Re: The only thing more volatile than Bitcoin
Plus you tend to find a PC will hold it's a ability to play games for longer. When the manufacturers get fed up ( roughly every 2-3 years ) they simply release a new console. Unless you keep the old hardware, you won't be playing your old games. I can still play Fallout 1,2,3.NV on my PC I can't on my XboxOne I have an Xbox One I bought simply to play Skyrim and Fallout 4 but I won't be buying a new console, I'll be saving to beef up my PC rig and buy games for that in future. A lot of PC games can be played with just an MS controller on PC ( aforementioned games do ), so feed the HDMI to your TV and you have the same experience as the console without all the disc swapping.
From cradle to grave!
Zuck's nasty little insidious advertising tat bazaar. People's entire lives mapped out, tagged, recorded and analyzed the to Nth degree, from the second you learn to type to the second you kick your bucket, Zuck will have it all and it'll be sold on to the highest bidder.
Sad, pathetic little species we are.
Re: It's a tradition...
"Yes, in France it's a tradition to not work."
No, in France it's a tradition to get miffed and actually try to do something about it. Here, it's simply a case of getting miffed.
Not working? Oh you mean like we did in the 1970's here in the UK with the "3 day week" that ultimately lead to the collapse of our manufacturing industry, leaving us with just service sector jobs in the finance industry? A service sector that keeps a heck of a lot of we IT workers employed and which, if the French and/or Germans have their way, will also be shipped off to mainland Europe once we cut our ties leaving us with spiriling unemloyment and heading towards 3rd world nation status.
OK, let's hire people simply to make the numbers look good. Let's hire more female/disabled/black/muslim/jewish/jedi/<minority here> people just to balance the figures. Let's "force" people to work a job they're not really suited for and then when they get fed up, feel unfullfilled and quit, we can then complain about "Why are so many women/disabled/black/white/muslim/jewish people leaving IT?! Is white oppession at the root?"
Working in IT there's one thing you must always remember if you want to be good at it, "If you no one knows you exist then you've done your job properly.". Don't take up IT simply for the money 'cos Uncle Joe said "computers is a well paid job". I've been passionate about computers since I was 7, almost 42 years now. I've met way too many people who only work in IT for the money and pound to a penny those people are mostly bloody useless! They do their 9-5, they never read up on anything, they never "play" at home in their own time, they never practice "emergency skills and drills", you can't hold a conversation with them about the latest patches in software X that might help the company, they're not interested in the subject, they're just here for the money. If you have to work at 2am on a Sunday morning after a 14 hour shift the previous day, then you need to have a monumentally stupid amount of passion driving you else you'll get a half arsed job done. My daughter has no interest in techie subjects despite both my wife and I encouraging her, my daughter likes the sciences but she wants to be a writer or an English teacher. So we will do all we can to encourage her to be a writer if that's what she feels passionate about. Even if she spends her whole life broke at least we know she'll enjoy her life doing something she feels truly passionate about. I'd hate to think we ruined her life by making her take up a career she utterly hates and spends all her time resenting us for it.
Re: Mistakes happen
"This is just a silly code blunder"
The command "ls" displaying the wrong time is a coding error, allowing root access without authentication on an operating system used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world is career killing cock up of the highest order.
"So why did you leave your last job?"
"Oh, erm....I was the coder that maintained the system authentication code for OSX High Sierra. Yeah, not a great time in my life I must admit!"
“Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.”
Read: Some uuterly stupid dev and his manager are getting shitcanned for the utter cock up!
Re: Simpler solution
Couldn't agree more but the words that define Facebook and how it makes money are "captive audience". Ask anyone running a business, no matter how small, if they'd like access to a potential captive audience of 1.5 billion and most will jump at it.
Facebook has nothing to do with people being social, it's all about having a captive audience for anyone with an axe to grind or a product to sell.
My Dad bought Excel around 1988, it ran on a runtime version of Windows 2 and came on 5 or 6 1.2MB floppies. Very basic but it was incredible to see full GUI version. It might not have been technically as good as 1-2-3 but it was so much easier to use.
Re: I have been to a Sisters of Mercy gig...
Is that dopey sod Andrew still sulking about his mate Wayne buggering him and his band name about?
Might account for why 2006's gig was so awful, a contractual thing so Andy can stay out of court!