Re: Too Often...
I hear GB also used to have strict controls on currency, like this:
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Well, I did a rewrite of an app at work, and the web interface was quite nice, if I may say so.
After deployment and running for months, I had an occasion to visit a remote office where they used it.
They all had 4:3 flat screen monitors years after anyone had stopped making them.
Turns out the users thought I wanted them to have to keep scrolling left and right all the time to see the whole page....
The managers had OKed everything, but never thought to mention the non-widescreen monitors in that office (with 50% of the users!)
Windows 8 and onwards (whatever that hideous GUI is called) was designed to function on phones and tablets, because remember, Microsoft was going to completely take over those segments?
What they forgot was that 90% of their users had desktops.
These were not changes to benefit the majority of users...
I remember 1998? 1999? (well, somewhere around then) - working Gateway tech support from a skyscraper in downtown Houston, trying to convince callers that we were in rural farmland in the great wesern plains....
I'm trying to remember if we got points for getting users to reboot, or if that was just a drinking game we did on the night shift.
"blame fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field."
I once worked hell desk and had a corporate client who often called complaining about network connectivity, Our team soon deduced it was caused by thunderstorms at the client office, but it's hard to tell people that on the phone, even when true.
Finally, turn the heat back up, return the lardons to the pan and stir gently a few times, making sure any remaining water has evaporated. For a really festive touch, mix in a few sliced marrons glacés before serving.
You missed the step where you remove the sprouts before serving.
Yeah, and this is why if you're concerned about security, or even functionality, you don't link to dynamic third-party libraries. Third party libraries that you don't have locally are subject to change.
Did people not pay attention two years ago, when removing 'left-pad' crashed Node?
"there'll be a lot of web developers suddenly out of work"
That seems rather doubtful. There's a lot more to web development than just arranging the visuals.
Yes, but those "web developers" whose sole qualification is three weeks at a Web Boot Camp will be soon having to be selling off their kidneys.
Once I got to the point where the name of the app was given (Voatz), my mind just shut off.
Why do I have pictures of stoats in my mind?
And on the radio, they're trying to convince me to mispronounce 'Disqus" as if it had an extra S on the end.
Mind you, they also promoted an elder assist program that helped with "lighthouse keeping" instead of "light housekeeping"
Don't create a new TLD unless it is 100% crystal clear from the get-go, beyond any question of debate, who it should belong to.....
Similarly I have no objection to creating ".disney' or '.pepsi' if you really must, though I think it's a shocking waste of everyone's time.
You're actually contradicting yourself.
Have you ever visited Nissan.com ? There's an interesting tale....
I actually think that moving to raw samples is a rather bad thing to do
Exactly. They're already making it harder. I don't go around humming a pop song because I remember the Ronkhorn synth had extra reverb in it, I remember the song because of the melody.
Perhaps if they'd started with the glaringly obvious idea of just using more source material they could do better.
I'd heard of them, but I didn't realize how obnoxious these are till I saw them in person yesterday in Nashville. A required safety feature should be for them to beep loudly every five seconds, at least I'll have time to switch my brolly to "dismount the idiot" mode when walking down the sidewalk.
ASUS was selling BOTH Radeon and Geforce under the Republic of Gamers or ROG brand. nVidia forced ASUS to DEBRAND RADEON from ROG
They should have tried selling the Radeon offerings under the "Republic of Gamerz" brand. There, eliminated the confusion for you!
It's well known that adverts appearing because of your browsing history only recommend items that you'd only buy again after considerable time had passed (cars, refridgerators, sofas). God forbid that anyone would actually see an advert that was useful.
Is that why, six years later, Amazon is still suggesting baby products to me?
I would refine that to having partaken in a "grab a box of books for free" offer and not even knowing what he has taken.
No, it's like a pile of books available for free - "please take one [or more]!", and the kid shows up with a robot that picks up the books one by one and shoves them in a box.
The fact that one of the books is "Top Secret Methods for mounting rockets on LaserSharks" is not his fault.
Notwithstanding that most places seem to be able to work this out automatically from the card number, there was nothing at all to indicate you were supposed to do this.
Yes, the first two digits... If you say "37..." I say "American Express". "60" = Discover Card, "4" = Visa, etc.
Oh, and don't you love "discoverable" interfaces? I always delight in discovering an optimum experience
A simple sanity check for dates would save so much grief!
Yes it would. For a job years ago I wrote a VB.Net tool to archive data and images to optical disk for sale to the public. I soon learned that when it blew up, it was probably because some government user managed to write something like "Feb 29 2005" . My solution was to assume they meant the last day of February.
..Who remembers those "demonstrations" at the Networks show in Birmingham in the 90s, where Novell dropped anvils on one of a pair of running servers to show, er, gravity or something. ...
I remember seeing the Compaq Destructive Testing Lab when I was a contractor back in Houston in the 90s. It seemed they would attempt to crush servers, then act surprised when the poor machine actually crushed. I really don't know how that was supposed to help the average buyer ... "Yes, but our servers can stand up to FOURTEEN thousand pounds of force!" sorry, mate, if there's 14,000 pounds force extra in your server room, there's a problem that most likely needs immediate attention.
So, a friend got me the 'Complete ZX Spectrum ROM Disassembly' by Dr.Ian Logan and Dr.Frank O.Hara. The bible of programming Assembly Z80 on the Spectrum!
I had one, too.
The really cool thing to think about now, is that you could just about understand the whole system.
You understood to some degree the hardware, what each chip did, the assembler instruction set, the programs, and maybe even how the BASIC worked. Of course I had to look up Chebyshev polynomials, but you can see how it uses them, even if you don't fully grasp the math.
Now, I really don't understand what cross-site XML phalumph scripting has to do with my ISO viewstate enterprise modelfactory anymore, and these days I have to research stored procedures I wrote last month, because they're so complex.
It would seem that the new payroll system would never have worked manually either. Spotting that before anyone puts mouse to desk is the trick (and the greater part of Ollie's talk that day).
And it does make me wonder why not write a payroll system mainly from scratch?
Use an existing database platform, and write an application that mimics your manual payroll system.
The complexity of the system is usually much lower when rolling your own rather than customizing or munging an "Enterprise!" solution to try to fit your need.
It's up to a company to decide the value it places on a position, markets-rates are only a guidance for them
Ah... but they are market-rates, as in "free market". As soon as you open the possibility of importing labor that will work below the market rate, then you're buggering around with the market.
Even in the absence of imported labour below the going market rate, you may well find someone to take that job for £40k, but they might not be as qualified or as competent as you'd like - the qualified, competent ones are interviewing for that £75k job.
The theory is borne out by people like software engineers. They're professional and often highly-paid, but they can only be promoted by turning good engineers into crap managers. They usually get overtime and out-of-hours pay. Me, I'm a contractor, so I have no prospects of any kind.
Can you get me a job there? No software engineers in the USA making more than $23,600/yr are exempt, and nobody's going to pay them any overtime. How you you think silicon valley startups operate?
On the other hand, when I was a contractor, I would be paid overtime, but usually used it as an excuse to work no more than 40 hours per week.