At least it was the 'off' switch
And not the 'shutdown all the cooling and disable the interlocks to see what happens' switch...
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This is true absolutely right. However, where it falls over is that the previously 'reassuringly expensive' brands are also on this downward spiral. They are capitalising on their reputations and now make stuff that is slightly less nasty than the bargain-basement kit, but costs 'reassuringly expensive' money. And can't be repaired any better than the cheap stuff.
So where you previously had the option of 'buy cheap, replace often' or 'buy expensive, last for ever' you now only have the choice of which logo you want on your kit. Nobody makes the reliable things any more - even if it was profitable it's not *as* profitable...
I don't see this as an option for ALL air routes, but there are plenty that fit the range and capacity limitations where burning oil could be avoided.
The key fact is that every little helps - if only 0.01% of air traffic is replaced with electric power that's still a win.
Same with electric road vehicles: every electric car on the road is one less user of fossil fuel.
Even if the electricity is sometimes generated by burning oil or gas, *some* of that electricity is sustainably sourced, and that proportion is likely to improve as scientists and engineers target the technologies, and bean-counters see the small wins.
An aircraft/car/truck/earth-moving machine powered by oil is always going to be a polluter, one powered by electricity has the potential to be powered by *any* source of electricity.
I have a monitor (an inexpensive one) that has one button and one light. I believe there's some way of using that one button to access menus and configurations, but it's also the on-off button.
I connected it up and it just works - when the Mac it's connected to sleeps the screen goes dark, and when the Mac wakes up the screen comes on again. I haven't dared even try turning it off - I might end up in a maze of twisty menus, all alike.
The problem here is not enough cones - the US (and most of the world outside of the UK) is not very good at marking temporary road layout changes.
In the UK any significant road working is surrounded by an army of cones, signs, flashing lights, and usually vehicles parked at the ends of the work areas. A self-driving car would not even consider trying to get into that lane if it was properly marked off.
Further to that, where I am in Kent there are many smaller lanes that work as short cuts and alternative routes, but around March/April there is a rash of road resurfacing (presumably something to do with budget needing to be used or newly available).
So they put up a sign saying 'ROAD CLOSED AHEAD'. But that could mean:
'The road you are on is closed just around the corner',
'The road that turns off this road that you were not planning on using is closed',
'This road is closed about five miles past the last alternative route you could have taken'
'The road was closed yesterday but we forgot to remove this sign'
In my first flirt with system admin, while doing my PhD, I was in charge of a bunch of HP workstations. My supervisor had shown me the office and said 'See those cartons? That's your computers: unpack them, set them up and manage them for the group while your doing your research on them'.
Some time later I was upgrading the OS: HP-UX something - it was a fairly major upgrade step and needed a complete fresh install from CD. So I set it going and entered some basic settings (network, time, stuff like that), sat for an hour or so while it all copied into place and then rebooted. Nothing. Didn't want to start.
So back to square one. Clean start, load from CD again, enter settings, wait, reboot. Nope.
So it's getting late, I'm getting tired. I'm sure there's something I've got wrong, but I can't work it out so I run through again. Nope.stage
Right, tired, hungry. Give up and go home for sleep.
Next day, after a decent sleep and some breakfast, I go back in and sit down in front of the machine and start again. I'm entering those details again, and realise that every time I'd been asked for the system time in the set-up process the night before, I'd been entering the wrong year, and when the boot process checked the license the computer thought it was last year...
That's true, but you also need have a fairly recent Apple computer to run XCode and compile iOS apps, and ideally at least one fairly recent iPhone to test it on: some things don't work in the Simulator they provide, notably (in this context) in-app payments.
So you can add that to your developer tax: for Android any old PC and landfill phone will get you started
As far as I can tell from Apple's Ts&Cs, there is no block on selling features for an iOS app outside of the Apple Store, but you cannot sell for less than you do in the Apple Store. You also can't tell people that there is an alternative payment option within the app or any connected marketing (you can't have a link in the app, or the Apple Store description text, to your website where you could purchase the same thing at the same price.) That appears to include selling the Android version of the same thing.
So Apple say Epic are breaking the rules by discounting the purchases (and advertising it). If that's not the definition of 'anti-competitive practices' then I don't know what is...
One approach (which is probably what most smaller developers do) is use Apple's pricing tiers to ensure that there is still profit after Apple take their cut, and then enjoy the greater profit when the features are bought outside of the Apple walled garden if they can somehow surreptitiously persuade users to do that...
The SMB I still work for had Gateway2000 machines in the 90s when I joined - I got a new one in it's cow box when I started. I seem to remember them being made in Ireland, or was that just the european HQ?
At least one of them was later repurposed as a server laid on it's side in a rack, although it needed some packing to accomodate the curved sides of the case...
'Or maybe offer in-app purchases with a 100% mark-up. People who know better will go to the website and buy the service at a discount. People who have no sense will pay both you and Apple for their cluelessness.'
Nope - Apple have that covered: they won't let you charge more for the in-app purchase than it is available for elsewhere, and they're very good at tracking that down.
I've been here myself - trying to get a subscription-based service into the App store that also has a WWW client and an Android version. The whole pricing structure for our subscriptions is constrained by the requirements Apple set. That 30% is just something you have to include as a cost centre if you're a small business, apparently.
My response to them selling me insurance is something along the lines of
"So you want me to bet £X/month that this (TV|PC|Toaster) will break in the next two years? If the product is really that bad why do you sell it?"
If they can work out what I've just said then they stop trying to sell it to me. Otherwise I find that repeating the word 'NO' eventually soaks in.
And in any case, the (TV|PC|Toaster) will break just after the warranty has (would have) expired.
Hey - my daughter Amy is an A Ford - what's wrong with that?
Apparently I was destined to be Peter Craig Ford until my parents realised that P.C. was a poor choice of initials (at least in the UK)
I know of a family who named their daughter N.O. Chance
Worse is that she has an aunt who is Miss A. Chance
I collaborated on a project at one time with a client who's rep was called Jenny Taylor - I had to explain my childish snigger to my PM after the first meeting...
And as for Mr. & Mrs. King calling their son Wayne...
I had a RAID6 fail with three drives dying in quick succession - I suspect the first chucked up some nasty vibrations in its death throes that took out the two next to it...
And it was on Christmas Eve...
Still, the on-site backups worked well enough to get me through to the New Year on a reduced array (and a couple of hot spare machines) until I could get hands on to sort it out...
It's 2019 - where's my flying car?
Seriously, autonomous flying vehicles would be a lot easier than trying to avoid all the clutter at street level.
So, vertical take-off from your driveway, fly to the nearest highway/motorway and then autonomous driving from there.
Might need some improvements in battery energy density though...
Been using Qt to build cross-platform (Android,iOS) apps for a while - I also thought this looked a bit like QML.
It would be neat if the Qt guys could leverage this by a translation from QML to SwiftUI: one run through with a perl script instead of adding all the abstraction and implementation libraries that Qt needs to build for iOS?
In answer to my own question, with my phone (developer mode enabled) connected to my Linux PC by USB, I can grab the list into a text file (bad-andoid-packages.txt) and then
for PKG in `adb -d shell pm list packages`; do grep $PKG bad-android-packages.txt; done
which should spot any matches.
So now all I need to do is get the tablet unlocked and developer-mode-enabled, and it should be easy...
Certainly easier than watching over his shoulder every minute to spot him installing stuff he shouldn't, although I do try ...
My Android phone is pretty clean - there are very few apps on it and they're from fairly reliable publishers.
My son's tablet PC, though, is a different matter.
So, given the length of that list and the arcane naming of the apps, is there any obvious way to list the installed apps on the device and check it with that list? My eyeballs don't fancy an old-school eyeball grep today...
I had two email dopplegangers using my peterford@ISP email address. One had cleary used it in the various spare-time activities he participated in (nothing dodgy) so many other people were trying to contact him using the address. I eventually noticed his middle initial and tentatively sent a message to peterxford@ISP, which turned out to be correct. he has since sorted things out with his friends, and since I ignored the flurry of GDPR messages in 2018 most of the businesses he used that address with have given up.
The other had a different spelling, rather than a middle name, which had been used on an order form. I again had enough info to guess the real address: unfortunately I left it too late to help him recover his order...
Both were polite an aplogetic (of course they were, they're British)
One UK university I worked at had servers named after colours red, blue .. white, black. Then sable followed black. Then ermine followed sable. Then weasel, and possibly even wolverine. God knows where it went after that...
My own research cluster of five HP-UX workstations had gordon (the big one), and then henry, james, edward and thomas
Big Corps' C-suite should be fined a % of their salaries and bonuses, with no pay increments or other rewards paid until the fine has been cleared (and perhaps a few years afterwards)
Otherwise $BIG_CORP just puts their prices up or squeezes their customers some other way to pay for the fine. You have to make the people at the top of the corporation feel the pain otherwise nothing will change...
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