2816 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
re-vitalised VMS on modern hardware would be rather like hving a steam-hauled train go through the channel tunnel.
It's something I would love to see.
Since $MEGACORP outsorced everything to $NASTY_FACILITIES_COMPANY it is now my responsibility to back up my work, not theirs. I do so every friday to the USB3 disk drive that they did not supply using software that they did not supply.
What could possibly go wrong?
"not just speed" - we can't make it go quickly
"the petrol engine 90hp – down 15bhp on the Alfa implementation"
Since I would be very surprised if they cut different metal, is it possible that some spotty yoof in a railway arch would be able to get that 15bhp back with a laptop and some PCB headers?
You say that like it is a bad thing.
To be fair, I don't venture into cities so I don't know how useful this will be.
Re: A Flat-Bladed screwdriver works with ANY raised head...
...with two blades in it.
I did a study once (to teach a mathematical technique to apprentices) on the half-life of teaspoons. A remarkably consistent 3.5 months in most offices.
I suspect a similar study could be done on screwdrivers.
Re: How do they do that?
It's because they don't exist.
From a production engineer's point of view a screwdriver, especially a flat blade one, must be a boring old thing to make. So they don't bother. They hire squadrons of mystical oriental gurus and swami types to 'put the fluence on' a lot of scrap material. They hypnotise old rags, torn trousers etc. into thinking they are screwdrivers.
(1) all modern screwdrivers bend rather than getting the lid off the paint pot.
(2) when the magic wears off they revert. So you leave a screwdriver on the bench and when you come back you can't find it, but there is a stained scrap of polka-dot fabric that bears no resemblence to any clothing you have ever written off.
No mention of Mr Nettlefold and his wonderful patent?
I've found when travelling around the world that a decent bear hug better conveys the respect and affection for one's host and is well recieved.
Not always mind. Not everywhere. But the looks on their faces....
Post Post PC
The tablet world is the same as the PC world. We've all got one. We don't need two.
It didn't take long to saturate the market, but they have. Bye Bye explosive growth.
Oldest problem in the book
Look mate, we've all got one.
Everyone interested already has one, and is paying through the nose for connectivity. It's a mature market, like electric cookers or vacuum cleaners. Or, for example, desktop PCs. I'll buy another one when I have to, not because of 'shiney'.
Pie, Sky, etc
"Not to mention buying the post office back into national ownership, and (perhaps) adding broadband to BT's Universal Service Agreement, so everyone in the newly formed country will be able to get broadband."
Is this before or after legislation banning midges, ordering all rain to occur in the hours of darkness, and giving free chips for life to everyone with a funny accent and ginger hair?
The next Saturday
The 'on denand' content for the news quiz was some dodgy music. I tweeted, they deleted the episode.
On the web interface the category "Drama - crime" was empty, despite having 20-odd entries on the IOS app. It all seems a bit ricketty still
Two pub remarks
Two overheard pub remarks about the USA:
"It's full of the dropouts, runaways, and rejects of every nation in Europe. You can't make thoroughbreds by mating donkeys"
"Everywhere below the mason-dixon line is a third-world country with gadgets"
"The police can't even handle real physical crimes with broken shed doors and fingerprints and stuff. There is no point passing laws like this, the woodentops won't understand them. It worked quite well (for us) when we offloaded card crime onto the banks to deal with, so let's sweep this stinking turd under someone else's carpet and not waste public money on prosecuting crimes no-one thinks are crimes"
Re: Nadella Won't Last 18 Months
I can'tbelieve that after all the soul-searcing, and a CEO hunt that was nightly headlines theyhave ended up with another clueless wall-street whore. Why the F buy nokia then throw half of it away? Ow does anyone know if they kept the right half?
It. Is all toodepressingly like HP - need a short-term cash boost? Sack 25%. Of the people who make a difference.
Never mind all that.
Is the chief of TalkTalk really called "Dildo Hardthing" or have i lost my specs?
"ut in ore infinitum" - to the edge of infinity
Re: Just look for the bottom line.
... and he will be feeding below it.
They had a massive re-organisation before appointing him. Can they /afford/ to do it again? what are the shareholders going to say?
I am considering molishing a new computer for home and am now definite I will wait for version 9.
Beer or wine?
I'm worried there will be no agreement over the pseudo-intoxicant to be invented for it.
How is it powered? A 20year battery? Or perhaps from ions in the blood?
Re: easy to spot if you have a small battery
Up to a point, Lord Copper.
If the split is done in the thickness then maybe not. They don't x-Ray from the side.
Re: the way to cause most disruption is a suicide bomber in the body scanner.
The Boys used to cause endless chaos in the 1970s with just a telephone call.
It's all a plot
Given that we can back our phones up to the cloud, maybe they want us to leave our phone at home and buy another one when we get there. Security as a sales tool!
3G? 3G? 3G?
what is this, 2002?
Re: only other idea you mentioned that makes the least bit of sense
I don't mind that. I'm asking for innovative ideas, not telling people what to do.
head/desk - why are we still stuck with the typewriter thing? Newton and palm got close to handwriting recognition, and we have had various types of voice input. Where are the brave ideas like the microwriter? I can still send morse code at 25wpm. perhaps we could have a phone with a morse key? What about direct neural input, or using the smartwatch to somehow pick up the sort of nerve impulses that are used for moving prosthetic limbs? What about a giant projected keyboard that is half whole words and cameras to detect eye movement, something like thegdget that Hawkin has, only - err - better?
There are thousands of engineers making me-too replicants of what the other bloke is selling, and not enough trying to make something genuinely new.
How they threw it all away?
Management, I reckon. The engineers were still making stuff, like the linux tablets and other wierdos.
I think that companies mimic people. They have a foolish childhood, a vigorous adelescence, a capable and stong midle age, and descend into senility and refusal to change.
Re: Tough to fit in a pocket.
Oh. I was sort of thinking it would be the same size as a passport.
Ring ring, ring ring, ring ring, ring ring
After 240 abortive attempts to get through on the phone:
MS: "I want to make an appointment to talk to someone about your software licencing"
NHS: "I'm sorry, there aren't any appointments free until September, unless it's an emergency"
MS: "it's very important to us."
NHS: "I'm sorry, there's no-one free. Have you got access to the internet? you could try NHS direct"
Re: What's the focal length?
You'd not want it in a sunny room - come home and find a scorched line across the carpet. And the cat not speaking to you.
Just F**k off, set makers.
Some years ago I paid good money for a TV with 1080p resolution. I have yet to watch anthing other than a 625 programme on it. I've looked at the list of things available in "full HD" and it is pathetic. Do I really want to see Bill Oddie in shagwatch again? There are movies - which mainly seem to be about improbable ways of killing people - and, err, ...
Do NOT keep inventing standards for which there are no worthwhile programmes.
Presumably the glass will now be half full?
Re: Perhaps it's time to change the security model
Why can't we have a touchable token as well as a pin? Have an RFID pen that we would have to have in pocket when we use the machine? Finger prints? Iris prints?
I envisage terminals accepting up to 8 forms of ID, and we could choose 4 of them, and if we wanted ask it to pay out on at least 2.
Re: All Macs have obsolescence built-in
Which seems to be the 21st century way. I can't get a sump for a 7 year old italian car, and there are no spare window motors for the 5 year old nissan next door to it.
At least with the iMac the OS it already has will remain working.
Re: Everyday performance
This is the cybercafe machine for airport lounges and posh hotels. I reckon Apple need to market these quite hard at that sort of slot.
Re: Bing maps or Here maps?
According to the Windows Weekly podcast, it's Here maps
Why are all multi-sim phones low spec?
Circle of time
Are they trying to re-invent Netscape?
Pinched, stolen? or just copied?
Permenantly deprived the owner, or just intruded into privacy?
Re: Watch the lawsuites fly...
>mapping your own personal cloud storage to a drive letter would be feckin' ace
Drive letters? how quaint. How 1970s.
Really? Is our PM incapable of using landlines? Don't the secret service all around him have TETRA handsets?
I have taboola blocked by ghostery, it seems to specialise in "how to get an ipad for $3.99" type scams
I want a robot mower that can deal with the clippings.
Anyone who tells you that a mulching mower produces no mess obviously does not have dogs, and anyone who tells you a toy cutter like that has can mulch is having you on.
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