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Re: Do some Commentards not get the joke?
I saw this the other day, and had to really concentrate to figure out whether it was a piss-take or not. It's gotten pretty sad that it's so hard to tell these days...
Oh, and "...so advanced it is high fiving itself coming back..." - nice. Borrowing that, if you don't mind... ;)
Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode
<Alt Gr> - Arrow Key will rotate your screen for you. Handy if your screen doesn't know which way is up (and why would it?) and also a fun way to confuse the hell out of a colleague who's left his machine unlocked while he grabs a cuppa... ;)
Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life
Spot on Voland! I had exactly the same song ringing in my head as I read that.
I strive to teach people how to write well, how to analyse accurately and usefully, and how to design effective presentations, not how to use specific packages. I realise I'm in the minority, but that just makes me the more determined.
Re: The researcher looks..
I don't know, I thought he looked a trifle pissed off that the proper research he'd like to be doing has been hi-jacked and turned into a publicity stunt by a dying mobile phone brand, probably in return for some much-needed funding. But that's just my interpretation...
Not a/c because, although I also live near Southampton (hey neighbour!) I don't think Dexter has my address. Oh hang on, there's the door...
Re: I'll say it, since nobody else has the guts to
I have to admit, I did have similar thoughts to Steven's when I read this story, but my inner editor redacted them after consultation with my internal legal team and feasibility consultant.
Side note: if you're going to have voices, might as well get them organised and co-operative... ;)
Re: Hard to get excited
They may have to shut down some of their stores? Say it ain't so! That'll have absolutely no negative effect on anyone's life*, and might expose some folks to decent coffee sourced from smaller, tax-paying local companies...
What's the downside, exactly?
* Okay, maybe a few folks will need to swap their Starbucks name badge for a Costa / Greggs / Whatever name badge...
Re: *IT as in
Actually, Anon, I agree with you as well. It shames me that I forgot so many important topics (Art, of course. Music, PE, Philosophy, finances, all good...) but just 'cos there's a lot to get through doesn't mean we shouldn't bother. It means we should bloody well get on with it and stop pussy-footing around.
My old school had time for most of these, PLUS eurythmy, handwork, woodwork and occasional school trips. Slightly science-light, if I'm honest, but that's tree-hugging hippies for you. Sadly, I'm more grateful to them now than they ever knew.
Re: *IT as in
You see, this is where we differ. I'd say every secondary-level pupil SHOULD have a good grounding in all three sciences, plus AS maths and at least one modern language. Also a decent grasp of history, and Computer Science, as in programming. Even if it's the equivalent of logo or Scratch; the principles and what they teach us are what's important.
I'm old-fashioned, though. I know this...
Re: Google vs Microsoft
"It's literally impossible for any company to be nice..."
I'm not sure I agree with you there. The company I work for is profitable, successful, growing and has a genuinely earned reputation for being super-nice*. And this isn't a marketing gimmick, it's just how the company is run. It's a priority for the founders, the executive team and everyone down to the new hires.
Here's a clue: part of the reason we do well is because people love doing business with us, and word spreads. Helps that we're also shit-hot. ;)
So, not impossible, but not common either, more's the pity...
* 'Scuse Americanism, but it is an American company...
Re: Douglas Adams thought the idea ludicrous 30 years ago, and this version is no better
Wasn't there an Iain M Banks novel that had a message being sent as a transcript of the sender's mind-state so that the recipient could question them for all the details that were necessary? I remember the feeling of distaste when the temporary mind was destroyed after the message had been delivered...