+1 for saying guess rather than estimate
Posts by Bill 21
42 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Aug 2010
'What's the point of me being in my office, just because they want to see me in the office?'
Time Lords decree an end to leap seconds before risky attempt to reverse time
Tesla recalls 40k cars over patch that broke power steering
Australian wasps threaten another passenger plane, with help from COVID-19
Re: Incredibly delicate technology
Yes but how long from the pilot inspection till completing cockpit checks/paperwork and actually taking off, and is that long enough for a wasp to sneak in. I don't know, but I'd suspect the pilot checks the covers are on during the walkround. Maybe the groundcrew should wave the covers at the pilot before he sets off?
Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked
Re: Hot stuff
Dell used to ship Windows XP with an interesting behaviour. You would, as normal, set your password when doing the initial setup of the new box and would be admin. However it also had an admin account which was hidden from the pretty XP logon screen and this had a blank password - you got to the login prompt for this by bashing Ctrl-Alt-Del about three times, then hit return to login and you were in.
I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did
That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity
Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux
Nah. Pick the desktop first - Plasma/KDE for the transparent wall-panel users or Gnome for fruity peeps, and then pick a 'currently popular' no-brainer distro in that area. Please, not the niche L-thing you actually use and definitely not something that 'looks the same' (because it won;t work the same in various important ways).
Only Microsoft can give open source the gift of NTFS. Only Microsoft needs to
Legacy IT to blame for UK's inflexible benefits system
Money for old rope
Consider the rules change twice a year with the budgets - three or four months to roll out the changes for these (on the legacy and shiny systems), then you're playing catchup with the grand unification for a little, then the next change hits. And the incentive for the companies doing the work would be to keep it going just like that.
Vital UK customs system outage contributes to travel chaos at its borders
'Please download in Microsoft Excel': Meet the tech set to monitor IT performance across central UK government
Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day
UK government has 'no clear plan' for replacing ageing legacy IT estate, MPs report
Irish Health Service ransomware attack happened after one staffer opened malware-ridden email
Log4j RCE: Emergency patch issued to plug critical auth-free code execution hole in widely used logging utility
Swooping in to claim the glory while the On Call engineer stands baffled
Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing
SCO v. IBM settlement deal is done, but zombie case shuffles on elsewhere
Transcribe-my-thoughts app would prevent everyone knowing what I actually said during meetings
It is actually quite easy to write the minutes up front, based on the last set. Make sure there are a few typos to give them some incentive to play. It turns the meeting into a collective go at a multiple-choice questionnaire. If anyone acts up, they get to dictate the changes they want - failure to agree a set of words means the first jerk collects the action to resolve it.
Microsoft's OS joins macOS and Linux at the Flutter party, but guess which one performs best? Hint: It's not Windows
The Honor MagicBook Pro looks nice, runs like a dream, and isn't too expensive either. What more could you want?
What a time for a TITSUP*: Santander down and out on pre-Bank Holiday payday
'There is no way we can keep coding local': GitPod's cloud development platform released into sunlight of open source
Chromium devs want the browser to talk to devices, computers directly via TCP, UDP. Obviously, nothing can go wrong
Amazon settles for $11m with workers in unpaid bag-search wait lawsuit
UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house
When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games
The customer changed the requirements, then got upset when the price went up (a bit)
FFS - adding a USB charger (to a lunatic concept) is going to up the regulatory effort, which is the sort of thing you'd expect an engineer to notice.
"According to the court filing [PDF], Mills was hired to develop a battery-powered pump for an umbrella that incorporates a mist spraying system. After the client informed Mills that the device should support USB charging, Mills raised his initial estimate from $4,000 to $4,800. The client in response complained to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration that Mills was not a registered engineer and demanded a refund of payments made."