Re: "Things" fall apart; the server can't be polled
Nice use of WB Yeats!
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When I worked in a Bank the Mainframe Logins were of the form Firstname + First Letter of Surname.
We had an English Contractor named Chris Tompkins who was very very knowledgeable.
If there was ever a question about the system we would happily reply "Christ knows"
Back in approx 1990 I was introduced to the University's VAX.
It had a BASIC (interpreter?) so using my Commodore 64 skills (& a colleagues terminal of course) I duly fired up the classic
10 Print "F*ck Off"
20 GOTO 10
I then started laughing as it filled the screen with expletives.
My poor unfortunate colleague had to ask the supervisor how to kill it.
The Supervisor tried CTRL-C, CTRL-Z etc but to no avail.
It turn out that the VAX would print to screen very slowly but would happily run lots of instructions so despite the program being killed it had a massive spool full of swear words ready to send to the screen.
Credit Card numbers transformed to scientific notation -BTW these were test card #s - We weren't storing real customer numbers in excel.
When loading to excel - excel looks at first 20 rows and "guesses" the datatype so you end up having to load a Dummy row with chars at the top to prevent excel deciding its an Integer column.
Schizophrenic Compatibility Checker Dialog box - did i save it or not?
Dates transformed into numbers based off 1900 -01-01 as 1 - Why?
Non-standard copy-paste rules - you get one shot and then excel helpfully clears your clipboard.
VBA is still the best way to program with Excel - In 2020 really?
C# Interop is "not recommended" for Server code - what's plan B?
Named Ranges - A clue as to the Range names would be nice.
Formulas - can't append more than 255 chars - however CONCAT() works - why
Still no easy way to cycle thru sheets via keyboard (hint CTRL-TAB would be nice)
A few points
Hunters usually shoot Trophy Stags which has very little impact on the population carrying capacity as the population is governed by number of Hinds.
Not only do we want to reduce deer numbers but we also want to change deer behaviour. When man is the main predator - deer tend to hide in thick undergrowth. This increases tick numbers (and Lyme disease) and also has a far worse impact on Tree growth. When deer are naturally predated they avoid heavy cover and stay away from trees as they need to be able to see approaching predators.
Natural predation creates a much healthier prey population - the sickest and weakest are first to go - wolves in particular are superb at judging the health of an animal and always prey on the weakest. When the population pressures are lowered there is less malnutrition and disease.
Predators leave carcasses for other carrion eating animals - eg Golden Eagles and there are very few people would argue that there are enough eagles.
Large predators control the numbers of smaller predators (eg foxes)- this has a massive benefit for a host of other species - eg ground nesting birds and small mammals which in turn creates more ecological niches for other species.
What about being able to prove you don't know the pwd?
Ie - Bruce Schneier's Trick* in The Cryptonomicon where the Key is the sequence of cards in a shuffled deck.
When the front Door gets busted down - Drop the cards & the pwd disappears.
You can then prove to the court that the pwd is non-recoverable.
Or is it possible to be Charged with Contempt retrospectively?
Any Terrorists out there willing to try this out?
*Bruce did say not to use cards as spooks/secret police are often known to read books on Crypto...
Personally I think its a bit ironic as I blame Microsoft!
Cast your mind back 10 years when Mum/Wife/Girlfriend/Uncle Albert were all buying PCs
(Desktops - not even Laptops). When asked why the common answer was:
Email/Internet/Word Processing/Games/Print Christmas Cards etc
None of them were going to write code/ perform complex statistical analysis/ do CAD or any of the myriad of complex computing tasks that we take for granted.
To a large extent these people were suckered (Mainly by Microsoft/Intel) into buying massively over-specced PCs that never got above 5%cpu utilization.
I think there are a lot of valid use cases presented by the commentators here where tablets are clearly unsuited but the key point is that the majority of all PC users can manage quite happily on a tablet/phone and there's absolutely zero incentive for them to ever need to buy a new PC.
As someone above pointed out - this is a shame as these were the people who, to some extent, subsidized our PC innovation.
From now on - the notion that the PC is a "consumer" device is dead and we will revert back to the pre-internet days when only the techies/scientists etc need one.
As an analogy -In the old days you could use a C64 to write games for the C64 but now you need a PC to write games for the PS4. Same thing is happening in the world of PCs/Phones/Tablets.
If Apple were serious - then they'd allow a system where free stuff could be added without needing the AppleID Pasword. As it is - parents & grandparents give the phone to the kids - kids learn pwd when they ask Grandpa to download temple run or something. Setting up & managing separate AppleIDs is a no go for most users.Instead there should be a 2-tier security system with a separate password for free stuff for kids. But it always comes back to the 30%...
Hi Folks, One problem I had recently with online - I ordered 2 books from Amazon - did the add to basket thing but then shut down the browser tab (Boss Key)
Anyway I went back in when the coast was clear and re-ordered the books. Wasn't really paying attention & when the lot arrived I found I had 2 copies of each book.
Of course as a Supposed Tech-Literate I should have been aware that the cookies persisted and checked my basket & all that but lets face it - you'd want to be a proper numpty to accidentally buy 2 copies of the same book in a bricks & mortar establishment. (I also believe that Amazon could and should have had a little more validation - "are you sure you want to order 2 copies of etc")
Had to send them back to Amazon & got charged for postage which p*ssed me off mightily.
A win for Waterstones etc as I won't be using Amazon again in a hurry.
OK - I'll Bite,
My overall experience of Agile has been extremely underwhelming.
The crazy bit is that it started as a pretty good idea (Kent Beck etc) but the 2 best features (IMO) Test Driven Development & Pair Programming are the one's that are never implemented.
"We haven't got the resources for PP"
"We haven't time to invest up front in a TDD Framework"
Instead you get the bits that Mgmt like because it gives a massive rod to beat the Devs with.
Typically you're given 5 mins at the sprint meeting to work out how long something will take - then when you finally figure out that you've underestimated - you get shafted. So the Devs cop on & start to game the Sprint - massively over-inflating the easy tasks so that they fill their capacity.
Agile is great for little noddy tasks that you'd give the college work experience guy.
"Add a widget to this screen", "Write a report to show X"
For any significant Software Delivery it falls over.
Also I hate the way "Agile" always puts up this 20yo strawman parody of Waterfall methodologies - like we're all still writing COBOL on green screens.
Ask yourself - would you use Agile to: Move data centres? Implement SOX? Port your Software to iOS or Faceback apps? Good luck with that.