* Posts by steviesteveo

20 posts • joined 26 Jun 2010

British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row


Re: @Ben

Yeah, apparently he was so worried at the mere prospect of legal trouble if a sponsor was to pull out that he thought it was better to let all the sponsors down.

It doesn't ring true to me, basically.

Get your kit off for Putin, win an iPad 2, Russian ladies told



"But what other word should I have used that the English-speaking world would have immediately recognized as quintessentially Russian and female?"

Problem: you don't think your audience understands enough Russian for you to make jokes in a foreign language

Solution: use any word whatsoever, even if it's about grandmothers.

CERN 'gags' physicists in cosmic ray climate experiment


Im meeeeeeeeeelting

re: Posted Monday 18th July 2011 14:23 GMT

I think that's a misunderstanding of terminology. "Acidification" isn't crazy melting, Wizard of Oz stuff. It's a change in ph.

Terminator because of the bit at the end of Terminator 2.

'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'


Bit of perspective needed

There's a middle ground between "Cyberstalking is the worst thing ever" and "Cyberstalking: not that big of a deal".

Segway death blamed on good manners


You don't need to beat it in a race

It's hard to outrun someone on a Segway if they have a head start.

This also all assumes that you're starting at exactly the same position as the mall cop with a Segway. It's not the 100m final - the Segway might have to turn around, accelerate and catch up to you at 12.5mph.


"Sprinting isn't a long-term escape tecnique"

Nor is driving a Segway at full speed through a crowded mall.


Being unable to walk,

I think, given that the Segway takes all its balance cues from the position of the rider, it might actually take an engineering genius to work out how to support you from the Segway.

You can't walk, so does someone follow you around and puts you back on it when you let go? It seems like a retroactive explanation of why you invented a thing to play Segway polo with, to be honest.


Fundamental attribution error

No, reversing a Segway off a cliff costs you your life.


Words matter when you're a cop writing a report

A cop reversing a car forward is also known as driving the car. It's a double negative.

He's policeman, not a grammar teacher FFS. So when he writes about what happens he needs to be clear and sticking extra words in where they're not needed is a good way to create ambiguities.


They always seem a bit awkwardly in-between to me

I read they can do about 12 mph so they get you up to about three times as fast as a brisk walk - 2 miles in 10 minutes rather than 30. You can't be that sick or elderly to use one because you still need to be able to stand up and hold on throughout the journey. It's not an electric wheelchair and it's not exercise, it's faster than walking yet not as fast a bike and it's not anything like as fast as a car. It seems to fall into a middle zone that's a bit meh.

On a side note, there's a long standing debate surrounding whether people who do go from 'here' to 'there' as fast as possible on holiday actually do see more than people who walk about instead. Your friends certainly travelled past a whole lot more things than you did but that's not quite the same thing.

Your mom, girlf, boyf: Spying on your phone and email


What is visible with my own eyes and audible with my own ears.

Oh yeah? You've seen all these horrible things with your own eyes, have you? Were you watching TV at the time?

If it's in the news it's exceptional enough to make it onto the news. Normal, everyday stuff doesn't get into the press. You don't need to worry about it.


Maybe parents want to believe it's worse for them

I wonder if people like to think that they have it harder than their parents because the world has suddenly become a horrible and evil place like it never was when you were growing up.


Wonder where this came from - does anyone actually use it?

Not to impugn your pub quiz but I've never really believed there's a secret underground code that children use in their ongoing conflict with the grown ups. It's all a bit Famous Five for me.

There's supposed to be a thing called the Rainbow Party where a number of teenage girls all perform oral sex on a teenage boy while wearing different coloured lipsticks. It was on Oprah or something a while back. It terrified parents that their children were doing this but I suspect such a thing has never happened outside of a teenage boy's mind.


What is the difference between monitoring and spying?

I suggest they're all part of the same irregular verb:

I monitor

You spy

They put it on Wikileaks

Apple unveils 'World's First Thunderbolt Display'


VGA to monitor cable.

I would argue that you could say one of the ends of your cable was a monitor.

iPhone plunges 13,500 ft from skydiver's pocket - and lives

Thumb Up

Quite understandable fanboy

If I was dropped out of a plane and survived because of my iPhone I'd be a fan for life.

Virtualisation soaks up corporate IT love


Virtualisation, like everything, has pros and cons

First off, let's be honest here. ISYS's comment "Secondly, you don't virtualise services that require high end performance so sharing resources with all the other clients on a host is not an issue." doesn't tally with what the virtualisation providers advertise. For example, from VMWare's site:

"Run Business Critical Applications with Confidence

Deliver better application performance and availability with less complexity at a lower cost.

Scalability and Performance

With 4x more powerful VM’s, vSphere supports the most resource-intensive applications."

Of course VMWare wants everything you have to run virtualised hardware, that's VMWare's job. Additionally, sharing resources with all the other clients on a host is always an issue. For a start that's why you're supposed to stuff your new servers full of RAM.

I do see that there are pros to virtualisation and certainly in the "longer term" it makes increasing amounts of sense but right now the con does seem to look a lot like "throw out your stuff and buy new stuff". If your current stuff works, great. All the benefits of reduced power use and server space rental *need* to pay for themselves between licence renewals because there's no "it's better now" advantage in virtualisation. It's not supposed to make your server quicker. Your users aren't getting more done because you bought a few new servers and an often surprising number of software licences and that's a massive failing in a technology upgrade.

Spending money solely for the purpose of saving money needs to be done very, very carefully.

You should never forget that all of these trends (why hasn't your business virtualised / switched to Mac / upgraded from XP / let us install and support Linux / gone paperless etc etc) are advertised precisely because someone intends to make money out of you. The companies selling virtualisation software, as companies, don't really care if virtualisation is right for your situation.

It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK


Little disappointed

I thought that when they said they had found the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK they meant they had found the oldest Seagate drive in the UK that was still doing work, for example it's been quietly working away in a factory control unit for decades or something.

I'm not sure "it's been sitting unplugged in an attic since the 80s ended" is quite as good.

Giving poor kids computers, internet makes them stupider


That's a really, really good idea

You only need any sort of power in a machine like that if you're seriously complicated work, which really isn't likely (and if you need a quad core computer to run your geological simulation, that's cool, you're probably not in school any more) so you could simply have whatever processor is just fast enough to run a network connection, a couple of virtual terminals and a keyboard at the same time. You don't even need a it to connect to a printer in this day and age, because the teacher can print it out if they want.

I agree with the Linux suggestion. I think it shouldn't just be DOS machines that someone found in a cupboard, it should be genuinely modern command line based machines.

Now, -that- would be teaching computer skills.


Computer skills?

The computer skills you learn while messing about on Facebook involve how to work Facebook. The only sort of people for who that is a career advantage are people who are working in social media right now and it would be a marked negative for pretty much anyone else to write "good at Facebook" on their CV. You're not exactly seeing kids submitting patches to kernel.org here.

Socially it's not as if the poor children were sitting alone in their rooms before they had a computer. "At least they're networking with other children" is a real Hail Mary pass when defending reduced grades after getting computers. It's kinda like saying that someone who failed his exams because he was playing football all the time at least got some exercise. It's fine if he eventually goes pro but otherwise it's not so helpful. Ideally we'd have poorer kids socialising with other children and also scoring roughly the same as richer kids at school.

I can see why you'd complain if they'd used English OR Maths but they've got both and that seems fair enough. That's a broad test. At this level performance in sciences or technology classes is down to rote learning and your grade from gym class really doesn't matter


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