1681 posts • joined 21 May 2010
"And the sort that answer with "Internet Explorer", when you ask them which operating system they are using..."
Really? IME they all use Google or Bing :-)
Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...
"By that argument, marking up a document in MSWord is coding."
To be fair, he did specify "in a text editor", so doing markup, auto-insertion of boiler-plate text based in selection of conditions and interfacing to a mailing list in MSWord for DOS on a text-only screen (or WordStar, or WordPerfect, is also pretty close to "coding".
pointy clicky GUI document formatting in MSWord for Windows is not coding, but VBScripting a complex template/form might be.
"I sent someone a message on an American website, and had to then explain that by ****ens, I meant the author of Oliver Twist."
So now some poor yank is still trying to figure who Disneyens is or if you just have a funny accent?
Re: Optimisation missing
"(a) VM aren't doing ADSL as far as I know"
They do. IIRC, it's call Virgin National or something like that.
What? Are you saying VM are installing software full of abusive terms on customers PCs in the clear?
So any VM customer who has their computer "examined" by the police "on suspicion of xxx" will always get charged with something, eg hate speech
It does look cool though
...and while doing a job in a school the other day I say a projector on the wall only about 30cm from the wall projecting a nice computer display. I'd not realised before then that lens technology could do that. All the ones I've seen before were mounted at least a few metres back from the wall.
Ah, it's pronounced wicked, is it? Until I got to that point I was assuming it rhymed with rice. Yet another stupid product name where the plebs have to be told how to pronounce it because they are too stupid to be part of the same clever club the marketers are in.
"A British woman judge has had criticism for pointing out that if women get very drunk, the laws of evidence then make successful prosecutions for rape (where there is no physical harm) almost impossible, because "I can't remember what happened but I think I was raped" isn't terribly convincing in court. "
Although a bit OT here, the latest "scandal" is that many "no crime" rape reports are being re-opened because if the girl was that drunk then consent was impossible so it "must" be rape. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Re: Must agree
"Also at least 20 of the 72 games I have in my list can be played without steam"
Just out of curiosity, is it easy to tell up front, before money changes hands, that you can play a game offline?
Re: OOPS! Why it could or couldn't
"That Street View data's from 2010. I wonder why that is?"
They're probably trying to hide the fact they employ three legged aliens.
You raise a good point. So, I take a well known best selling book and take a "photograph" of each page, I can then sell that series of photographs since I own the copyright :-)
A scanner is just a slightly different form factor camera after all.
Re: But LA to Redmond?
Oh, I see. So it really is just a business and not actually any form of sporting meritocracy.
Re: But LA to Redmond?
If Ballmer really wanted a team in Seattle, for way less than $2b he could start a new one. I don't know how the NBA works, but could he not build a team and work up to NBA level in a season or two? He could hire away the best players from other NBA teams.
Re: The author of this book is an internet cartoonist,
Ta for the link but I think you missed the icon ---->
The author of this book is an internet cartoonist,
...and the book is only available in hardback? No e-book version?
Maybe he could come up with a funny cartoon for that :-)
I'll still be getting my copy though.
Re: Interspecies same-sex marrage?
"National Organization for Marriage"
If you put three of them together in a room would that be NomNomNom?
Most phone companies already offer an answerphone serice, often as part of a standard call package. I wonder how hard it would be to adapt that so one could choose to have all calls go to that system immediately with a random(ish) message stating something along the lines of "press one to ring our customers phone, press 2 to leave a message, you have 3 seconds to choose....3.....2....1....click" with the "menu" choices also chosen randomly to make it hard for robocallers to "listen" for keywords.
Assuming a human pressed the correct button to make the phone ring, it would then transfer to a local answerphone or the provider answerphone as normal after the specified number of rings.
Another step towards world domination?
Wings over the world?
Re: Is a robot Dyson
"still a robot hoover?"
...Only if it's not spherical.
Re: But...but...aww s'not fair!!!
But, but, but isn't the point of Kickstarter speculation?
Currently awaiting delivery of my tankard (nee ner!) with almost as much anticipation as launch day.
"a 3G dongle."
Probably a silly question, but considering you'll be launching from the back arse of nowhere, does anyone know if there is a 3G signal available there?
Re: This is real "free" software
"You know, I'm currently in talks with your rival as well. HE'S willing to PAY
Maybe it's above my paygrade, but I can't see why a salesman would use that tactic when he can sell to both customers. So what if one customer gets a better deal, he still gets in the region of double the commission.
Re: And this differs from, say, what Microsoft have done for years .. how?
"you've either been misled"
Yes, the salesman bamboozled the PHB and the techs are left with the POS that only does half of what was expected.
Re: Human Nature
"Are some animals destined to be more equal than other animals?"
Yes. Pigs. With funny hats.
Only pigs can give us bacon.
"no emails coming down to my commuter yet"
Well, there's yer problem, right there :-)
Re: If this were the US
Ask your average VM customer for their email address and the odds are it will be @gmail, @hotmail, @yahoo or something similar. Most probably don't even remember reading the info which explained how to access their VM email. Come to think of it, those VM customers I know who do use ISP mail have an @blueyonder or @ntlworld address. "Early adopters" so to speak, who've been around since before the common webmail services arrived :-)
Re: This means mail has been lost
"Just in case you didn't know, all your email is shipped abroad. It may be worth checking your contract to see if they actually asked your permission for that..."
Is it? IIRC, when the VM techs used run the usenet support groups, they said the google mail servers would be in house in answer to those very concerns. Whether that was (or still is) true is another matter.
Edit: Having said that, a geolocate on 188.8.131.52 puts it in Palo Alto or thereabouts.
Re: dig ntlworld.com mx
"whilst rebuilding whatever needed doing for the pop/imap cluster"
It's worth bearing in mind that VM outsourced email to Google Gmail some time ago.
Re: 23 Years @ P.Lee
"Sadly, the zealots seem to be in tha majority amongst Linux users."
No. That's just squeaky wheel syndrome. The majority of Linux users just get on with life.
Re: Bouncy Bouncy
Although you're right about the clothes and brains :-)
Yes, well, "cloud". 'nuff said.
Re: I'm puzzled by this article
"The US Copyright Office makes it clear that he does not, at least in the US. "
Unless, of course, as is the opion expressed in the article, that the photo may well be copyright under UK law, in which according the Berne Convention, all countries who are signatories, including the US, must respect that copyright.
Since it's currently in dispute and a competent authority, ie a court of law, has not pronounced yet, using the opinion of the US Copyright Office, who are not competent to make that decision, as a ruling is risking a lot in terms of potential damages down the line.
Re: Rack of the week
"There is a subset amongst IT types that love to share their "set-ups" and hovels. Some being cool, others for the horridness of them."
Been done, though it may be time for another update...
Maybe it's time for a re-imagining directed by Tim Burton, Ventblockers III: Revenge of the Mice, starring Helena Bonham Carter as the deranged mouse which craps all over the inside of your PC. There may even be room for a bit part by Gary Lineker?
Re: Not such a big deal
"I doubt that $5m of insurance will cost more than a few hundred dollars a month"
He was talking about $16million of cover for $160 per YEAR. (very rough £-->$ conversion, ICBA to look it up and it's nothing which normally concerns me. I have a feeling it's more like £1-->$1.70ish)
But that sounds suspiciously cheap even by UK standards, even for 3rd party only insurance (the bare minimum) I think most people pay in the order of £1000 per year for fully comp. I wouldn't know. I've driven company cars only for the last 20+ years so don't pay for things like car tax or insurance :-)
Re: which should be the default more-reliable case in the event of conflicting input?
"I find this headlong rushing ahead rather questionable."
Me too. It seems to be a disease in the electronics/tech/computer world that bigger/faster/more powerful must always be better and every tech company must keep advancing as quickly as possible, usually at the expense of reliability or completeness of product.
Unlike with computers, laptops, tablets and most especially mobile phones, people are simply not going to "upgrade" to the latest model of car every year or two. Maybe in 10 or 20 years time, if society changes or is nudged in the direction of not privately owning cars, then maybe people will just accept whichever car turns up at the doorstep when requested.
Congratulation to the SPB team...
...you just got me to put money up for the first time for a kickstarter project.
Wifey thinks it's a lot for "just a pint glass" but I know it's a special piece of memorabilia hewn from the living crystal that can only ever be a valuable investment in the advancement of human science and drinking.
Re: Cancelled after 1 series
"Agree with credas here, many good/books ideas suffer this fate."
Case in point. Stephen Kings Under The Dome. Now on series 2 and the story is not only way off course from the story but the main protagonist has found a way out of the dome by jumping off a cliff which teleports him to a childrens playground where it turns out there a military/industrial-complex conspiracy headed by the protagonists estranged father. FFS!
Re: Minotary Report?
Hah! Nothing can beat Cello News. Or Naked News.
Actually, no, I don't know whose coat that is.
Re: Preferences downside
"Something to bear in mind the next time you (purely by accident of course) watch Hot Babes at 1 in the morning, thinking your wife won't find out"
Just downvote it three times (the max) and make sure everything more, erm, innocent, is upvoted at least once. Or so I've been told.
Re: Windows 9?
That's pretty much my thoughts on it too.
Maybe by Windows 10 it will just be a couple of MB of network drivers, enough to netboot the remote OS running on Redmond servers, along with all the apps, everything rented by the minute. Saas being joined by OSaaS.
Vitally important question
Which network won on "Free Parking".
And where exactly did you find that in London?
Re: Rotating price rises but cable broadband is excellent
"alternative DNS such as 184.108.40.206 because the standard one produces non standard responses to invalid URLs"
You can switch that off. Don't ask me where or how. I did it as soon as it was made available in my area after hearing about when it was first being trialled some years back. It's somewhere in your account settings on their website. The setting is serverside, linked to your account so applies to all devices at your end.
Back in Sept. 2000 when I was one of the first in my area to get cable, it cost nearly twice that for 512Kb/64Kb and NO ONE could offer anything better yet. At least not at a consumer price.
"for gawds sake VM CHECK to see if the houses you are mass mailing are already customers!!!!!!!!!!"
Back Ye Olden Days of Blueyonder and the early days of the VM branding when some senior staff posted in the support newsgroups, they made it clear that it's much, much cheaper to carpet bomb "To The Householder" than to maintain sanitised mailing lists. They do use mailing list when sending "offers" to existing customers but using that to exclude said customers from a carpet bomb is significantly expensive since the "junk" then has to be properly addressed which means the PO has to sort it through the full process instead of just giving each posty an allocated batch.
Re: Junk Mail gets me everytime.
"trying to offer me their full tv services + phone line + highest speed broadband for less than what I pay for broadband (£35 a month is the offer, apparently*)."
It's likely that if you read the small print, that it's an offer price for 6 months of a 18 or 24 month contract. Probably.
Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices
"I entered my postcode and house number!"
Tip: Use a different house number for those sort of enquiries. Ideally that of a neighbour you don't like.
Re: A bad feeling....
"lugging a spaceplane in their baggage."
I'm sure a wig and fake beard will make Lester look just like Richard Branson :-)
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