Re: Trivial Biscuits
The only biscuit story ending is
"If you give him a biscuit, he'll let you!"
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I suspect that the icons are in a database somewhere. If you delete one, it will break the database - or at least anything that uses it.
This reminds me that most IT call logging systems do the same. They have lists of users, customers, engineers etc. We manage.
I am sure a proper database person will have looked into this. If they want, they could add/hide certain icons. I can hear the screams already!
Who should we replace Paris with anyway?
"You don't want those Chinese getting hold of your information. Do you, citizen?"
I have difficulty in explaining just how little I care. I do, however, not like the idea of the NSA, CIA, FBI or any other TLA getting my personal information.
"What's the difference?" some may ask. It's what happens to it afterwards that makes me vary between extreme apathy and extreme unhappiness.
When the NSA or whatever criminal organisation you want has finished with my stuff, there is a good chance it will make its way to the private sector and could be used for anything from advert targeting, predicting my financial activities to simple corporate fraud.
When the Chinese spooks have finished looking at me the information will be filed - and that's it. The only direct contact with a Chinese seller I have ever had is Wish. Are they what DT considers a dangerous tool of the CCP?
...they are apparently the good guys...
We are talking about the NSA here. They are not, by any reasonable use of the phrase "good guys".
They are a criminal organisation. They may be from a nominally friendly government but they are in no way the good guys. They may, on occasion, do us a favour sometimes but so does the Mafia and even whatever the KGB is now called. They still want all our stuff and have no qualms about throwing anyone else under the bus if that is needed to complete their current mission.
iTunes had a nice feature that ripped any music CD to MP3. When google said I could synch my "collection", I just synched that folder. It tended to have iTunes cruft in there so when I synched that back to my new PC(s) this increasingly insignificant junk came too.
For some time Google has been telling me to link it with its latest offering I have been prepared for it to dump music.google.com in the same way as other useful things have been dumped in the past. I have no interest in an additional streaming app. Spotify is fine. I just like the option of saving what I have bought and paid for in such a way that I can play it on my phone, tablet or whatever. Yes, I could
easily rig something up round my house but, sometimes, I go out the door!
After it forced me to connect to a WiFi. I have unlimited data and the Wifis here are not great. No, 4G is not perfect either but it doesn't disconnect me if it feels I haven't been paying attention for too long.
I have a couple of other apps with this annoying habit. Please give me an option to do everything on my SIM. Warn me, if you like, that phone companies can charge me for that (they don't).
After this has downloaded its 106MB and rebooted, I will have to remember to turn off the WiFi so that things still work when I actually want them to! I averaged over a GB a day last month. I don't think that I need them to save me 0.1 of one in this way.
Agreed. Apple is only seen to be a dominant force if you are one of their users. For the rest of us, they are an interesting minority.
Their desktop PCs are good for people in very restricted "vertical markets" and users who have little/no experience of Windoze. Their laptops are famously shonky and their phones are account for perhaps 11% of sales globally although higher in the USA and UK.
They are certainly financially impressive and their lawyers have been so successful in the past that I will not do business with them! I don't know about dominant though...
Amazon has little idea of my age or gender.
In the past, I got DVDs to entertain the kids, when daughter went to Uni, I got textbooks for a student nurse and items of equipment she needed - torches to shine in your eyes, weird shaped scissors etc. Our son recently got trainers off it. I also got stuff for my in laws that denote some needs that are probably not in my age range yet.
The only thing they have a good handle on me for it my tasted in reading as I imagine they combine their records with Audible.com and realise that I like science fiction. Can they gauge my age by the fact that many of the authors I prefer are dead?
I know very few people that are aware of Bcc:, even in the IT world.
I know a manager who considers its use to be shady/underhanded. I tried to explain its use in mass mailings but he didn't like the idea of people sending him email but not letting him see who else is getting it. I pointed out that he was already receiving such email but left it at that.
Why the rush to remove Huawei kit? Certainly make plans but don't actually get down to it until next spring. There is a possibility that the USA might end up with an adult in the White House and this fake security "problem" might go away when the new bod notices just what a bad idea a trade war is!
I dislike some (most) of his political agenda
Like over 95% of humanity, I am not in/from the USA so I have no idea what you are talking about. He seems educated and does not give the impression of a "right-winger". As the USA doesn't actually have a left wing, are you unhappy that he is not conservative enough?
When have they *ever* delivered value for money...?
That is not generally the function of a US corporation. It is supposed to generate "returns". This is why when small US firms grow big, they change from being useful to not - Microsoft and Google are good examples of that.
Who can't differentiate between the bar and the urinal?
Reminds me of an army exercise when I was in the OTC some decades ago.
One of our number nipped out and accidentally watered an electric cattle fence he hadn't noticed.
The problem for the rest of us was that we were not allowed to use plain English over the radio. We could tell the "other end" that someone was hurt. They were happy at describing it as a "burn" but were struggling to figure out how to say what had been burnt.
Perhaps it was a prediction of my future employment (in the NHS) but I suggested the 1st Aid shorthand of calling it their 1% and this was deemed OK.
He was back with us the next day, if a little red faced!
I remember the psychological effort of getting secretaries weaned off floppies.
"If I save them on this W drive thing, how will I meet them lined up in my floppy disc box?" or
"But other people will be able to read them!" - that's because W stands for workgroups. and
a complete inability to understand that when they got a new PC or moved to a new office, they did not need to back up their stuff and restore it on the new computer.
I think that the thing that eventually won the over was the search functions ability to search for words inside really large numbers of documents across their entire. It was much easier to use back then.
When floppy drives stopped appearing on new PCs, none of them noticed.
No but they may aggregate it and I won't care too much.
"There are X million people over the age of 25 with fillings in the UK." and "There were N fatalities from Covid-19 this year."
Examples of that sort of use of aggregated data like that are fine, just not "Mr C. was living in the West midlands in a town with a population of 30,000+ when he developed an STI on 21/03/2013". That could be de-anonymised (If Mr C existed anyway...).
... helmets are pretty fucking useless for all the knee and hand injuries...
Helmet requirements discourage use. Take a look at the Netherlands where helmets are not the norm.
One of the reasons helmets are not mandatory for bicycles here is the number of additional car journeys that would cause. Another reason is that they encourage dangerous behaviour as people feel safer when wearing them.
Yes motorcycle helmets and car seat belts do this as well but it was felt that it still worked out safer with them.
If I have spent MY money on getting myself a scooter, I am less likely to abandon it in the middle of the pavement. For comparison, I have a bike. Although I have not ridden it for a while, it is chained up in my garage, not randomly thrown away.
If I rent something, I have no further interest in it once the rental is over. If they are "dockless", I may park it at the side of the road but I may be a neat freak. Many others will just abandon it wherever...
I do not have the whole set of IOT but my Ring Doorbell does talk to Alexa.
This has the interesting benefit of when someone from Just Eat comes round and very quietly taps on my door but does not bother to ring the bell, Alexa tells me that there's someone at the door.
I was curious why some of them could not understand about the doorbell but apparently some of them are scared of technology...
Criticising supposed AI as "just pattern recognition" ignores a major fact.
Most human intelligence is pattern recognition. For example, my younger colleagues consider me very good at mental arithmetic. I just know my times tables up to 16 (older Scottish) and so many other patterns that I don't even know they're there.
All the people asking about the "post Covid world" are asking for new patterns. When early humans went to a new place, they were in more danger until they identified the patterns of the area - what certain birds flying in circles meant (vultures?), what particular shadows and noises indicated (predators that might eat them) and so on.
Pattern recognition is intelligence.
Chris G, just stopping certain types of users from getting in might actually cure a lot of their security problems for a start. It might also cure certain types of misuse as well.
Lets see how current events change US policing. I have my doubts but lets be hopeful. If they get rid of the "bad apples", wins all round. I just won't hold my breath for it!
Perhaps the stunningly stupid people that believe in these conspiracy theories will get anti-drone technology. You know the sort of thing, a microwave blaster that will cause the drone to shutdown (after frying the users spuds first)?
Sounds like a great idea. I want one of these drones.
Horses have been used for many years for crowd control
Winston Churchill used them on peaceful protesters when he was home secretary - long before he was prime minister.
I picked that one because it cam up first in Google but he sis it in various parts of the UK. My granny in Fife loathed him as did most of her generation there.
We have people who work at home some days and come to work on others.
A few years ago, we set up network printing only and removed all the
status symbols little printers from "important" peoples desks. You send your print job, walk up to any printer and swipe your ID card over it and it prints your item. It holds it for 24 hours and if you don't print it, it deletes it from the queue.
People do all the printing they want on the last day working from home and print it 1st thing on their day here. I hope some of them just look at the volume of stuff they print and reconsider.
I stopped doing any business with apple years ago.
Why? Because their business model involved being the ONLY player on the block. If anyone looked like a competitor, they were either sued out of existence or copied and rendered bankrupt.
"But lots of others do the same!" This was almost the only example of where Apple led the way. The same is done by everyone from Microsoft to Oracle but Apple showed them how. Microsoft developed the trend of buying up and closing down (I think there's a Simpsons episode) but it took the lead from Jobs.
Good to see a company returning to its roots...
As a child, I spent time in a country whose name translates to "Socialist Peoples XXXXXX Arab Republic". In the best tradition, the only true(ish) word was the one that I have crossed out.
The rest of us are not too great at this either. How united is the USA or the UK for example?
I finished school in 1978. When I started college, one of the first lectures was to teach us the "imperial system" as knowing little about it was the norm.
I seem to remember laughter and incredulity that this supposed system expected us to take it seriously. The only bits I remember are barleycorn(0), inch, hand(1), foot yard, chain(2) and mile.
(0) Because it is funny
(1) My grandfather kept ponies and this is one 9th of a yard
(2) Length of a cricket pitch
The only one of those I remember being of any use was the fact that there were 63,360 inches in a mile. Why? Ordinance survey maps before they went to a less insane scale of 1 to 50,000!
No. If your school had any intention of turning out useful members of society, it made perfect sense not to fill your head with a load of mediaeval junk. If, on the other hand, you wanted to avoid the 20th century and later, then imperial measures are for you! Please hand in your phone, TV, computer, any clothing with man made fabrics to the time guardian as you leave on your horse and buggy.
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