Re: Most obnoxious article title in history
the word zocalo? Popularised by babylon 5. if you haven't - watch it; ignore the primitive effects and bask in the paranoia.
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Fluff. Going from JDK 6.18 to JDK 6.WellAnythingBiggerThan18 was trouble enough for us due to a Bug introduced into the JRE, a nice well-documented bug that Oracle don't want to fix (still) that buggers up JWS installs (null pointers due to jars being put in a weak-cache). Luckily a couple of bright sparks in the world built a feasible workaround, but we fought random application failurs (yep, random) for too fluffing long.
And yes, there are a few things that give you run-time errors in Java 7 that worked perfectly fine in Java 6... We've not found many.
Don't get me started on IDE compatibility - who would have thought that Oracle's OWN IDE would fail to offer Java 7 support for this long...
re: Solar-powered Logitech keyboard:
Got one. Love it. Pleasant on the fingers; I know that it's not a huge mechanical beast of yore (lordie we all loved those late 80's early 90's IBM keyboards) but does me nice. It's currently "attached" to the lappy we have plugged into the telly, so its not getting much of a hammering (I wouldn't really call it a gaming keyboard) but I've done a full shed's worth of typing on it when it was doing service on my main PC.
However, think about it - I paid £70 for a keyboard so that I could save £5 of batteries a year... If the keyboard lasts ten years then I'd have made a profit.
seeing as how i seem to use about 1% of the functionality available for word or excel then it'd probably do me, as long as its the 1% I use.
I mean, is there anyone in this world who's clicked every icon in word (except 'to see what is does')?
as long as you can get the 1% of functionality I need working I'll go give it a try.
you mean like Einstein? yep, limited qualifications there....
Although some of the older ones may have had the odd-degree or two, there was this Newton guy a few years back who quite liked university, but he's a lot further than 100 years ago so probably doesn't fit into your categorisation..
Forgive me if I get niggly details wrong, its been a few years since I looked into this
if you perform telemarketing in the UK you are required to subscribe to the TPS list of "numbers not to call"
this subscription is as it says on the tin - it costs money. You are supposed to get an update every month (and so pay them every month)
if you don't buy the updates then you are just leaving yourself open to calling a number and getting reported and fined.
so: That's how "the direct marketing industry pays for it" - by subscription to The List.
and That's why it "will become effective in 28 days" because by then 'everyone' should have updated their no-call lists.
The lad over in the corner with the itchy-head showed me a keyboard on his Desire where you don't tap the screen, you simply slide your fingers all over it. Cool.
Added benefit is obviously "more smudges" which will go some way to disguising my unlock-pattern.
The unlock pattern is a really good, simple way of unlocking your phone, but I have to agree with the other users - the pattern is obvious from the smudges that form. I suppose that means they'd need two tries to unlock my phone. But I'm pretty sure if someone got their mitts on my phone they'd be able to break into it somehow no matter what method of locking I used.
it was driving around milton keynes shopping centre a few days ago.
we thought about jumping up and down and making a general arse of ourselves just to be immortalised in the interwebs for ever.
then we realised we were grown men and contemplated taking its cameras out instead.
it lets me take two small numbers, do this "thing" to them and end up with a third number (most of the time)
its quite a simple process but i feel i should patent it now, in case someone else gets there first.
Maybe Newton should have patented his "calculus" so Liebniz would have been unable to publish; then maybe we wouldn't have had to learn calculus at school, 'cos like, well it's a patented process so we can't afford to teach that to you, the licence is too restrictive..
"switching" suppliers is a painful process behind the scenes, there are at least five different parties involved (meter operator, data collector, data aggregrator, old supplier, new supplier) and you have to get your details right with all of them to make it happen - the electricity industry has a clear process you need to follow and you're not going to make it happen quicker just by having a fancy meter in your house.
Look, currently you're lucky to get a domestic meter read every two years; you're talking estimated bills in between which can go wildly out of kilter. Smart metering removes that - your readings are automatic and continuous. Large industry already uses "half hourly" meters that sign home daily and those are a godsend not an infringement.
Think about the cost of having a person come round your house and read your meter on a regular basis? That's every house in the country, ideally every quarter.... There's a definite cost there that can be removed by smart meters.
Oh, and 'leccy and Gas can't be turned off at a domestic property (that's your house dodo) without court orders and a clear indication of inability to try to pay; whether its a "smart meter" or not they have a right to access the meter, so if you're due a de-energisation its going to happen no matter what your meter is.
I'd be interested in reading a comparison of the features of Flash compared to the features of HTML5.
I hear a lot of noise about the video in HTML5 but not much noise about any other feature. I agree that video is a major use of flash, but it is only a recent feature. I recall from my youth that Flash used to be used for all sorts of things, such as the Games someone mentioned above. Hey, I remember getting a Tweenies DVD for my niece and finding out that it was a bunch of Flash (or was it shockwave i dont recall) 'programs'.
so: can we replace all the functionality in flash with HTML5? or do we need to just do Video though HTML5 and all the rest of the flash-y stuff through a small, dinky 'flash lite' like we used to have in te olden dayes?
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