The Kins of Zune
58 posts • joined 2 Jun 2014
Re: It will not last ...
"Java may be on top of the heap today but it will be gone in five years."
Problem is, once Java is gone, all we will have left is Script.
Once Sript is gone, all we will have left is c.
c will only have 1 / 6 of the power of Script.
Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel
Re: I found this:
That article says that an irritating phone you don't want to use is a new concept - but what about that Nokia that had Snake instead of Whatsapp?
Maybe one day we will have mobiles with rotary dials which need coins to make calls, do not have your Contacts stored on them, and only work if you tie them to a wall.
What a time to be alive!
Re: Fewer lines of code == fewer bugs?
@ a_yank_lurker - Ah, that makes sense, thanks for the reply...
It makes sense to me now. I was mainly thinking about former colleagues whose work could only have been helped by a miracle, couldn't see how less typing would have helped :-) Proper Thedailywtf grade material
Fewer lines of code == fewer bugs?
Sounds to me like saying that if I use 40% fewer words the quality of an essay will improve
Dunno, maybe if people develop using a plain text editor rather than Eclipse? And that would just be typos and syntax errors, rather than fewer bugs.
But it's just my opinion, maybe I am missing something obvious.
Found the solution. Tim Cook give me a shout if you are reading this
I have just been granted the patent for the solution to the problem.
It consists of a wire between the headphones and the device they are wirelessly connected to. It allows the headphones to use the other device's battery, which is bigger, instead of their own. That should also limit power consumption - I am not an expert, could be wrong, but they look nice so sod it - because there is no need to keep the blue tooth switched on in both devices. If you rest the wire along the perimeter of the device, it acquires visually pleasant round corners.
"an attempt to enable people who had not a clue about databases or SQL to store relational data" - fully agree, and worth mentioning is that apart from the zillions of unnecessary database hits it also is ( was? ) terribly complicated - much more than the SQL it wanted to save a developer from. I also had to use Spring on top of that, to make everything unnecessarily even more difficult. While it was clear to me what Hibernate was trying ( and failing ) to do, I never understood what the whole point of Spring was, apart from making everybody waste time and the will to live. I hope it's gone out of fashion. Other than that, I really like plain normal Java...
@ onefang Re: Lame name options IMHO
"I was under the impression that what people wanted in an enterprise platform was expensive bloat and job preserving complexity"
That's why Spring and Hibernate were invented. To teach those who though a select query couldn't be a time consuming processor hammering nightmare a lesson. The software equivalent of chopsticks - in my case at least :-)
I only searched on Google for "Munich Vertu", to confirm that there really were two, and it returned only one. But I am quite convinced there was a second one at some stage... I remember reading about Vertu being liquidated, but I am not an expert and assumed liquidation didn't have to be immediate and they were allowed to go on for a while to sell as much stock as possible. Their own website seems to confirm that all their shops have now gone. Thank you for the correction :-)
I have friends there, and from what I saw, the place does have money to burn. I can only see one Vertu shop now, but I am pretty sure there used to be two :-)
If my impression is correct, the reason why they do have money to burn is because they don't do burn it. That seems to be changing now though?
Couldn't they buy the technolody from whoever build Nexus 4
I think it was LG, but I might be wrong. You had the option of still eyes or blinking to avoid people unlocking it using pictures. It used to work fine, I asked other people to test it and not a single false positive. It would have been cheaper and more reliable than reinventing a buckled wheel
@ Joe Werner - Re: Reading a manual
"A manual is a set of instructions to follow in a logical order, just follow the steps one by one. Nobody's asking to perform a quadruple bypass off a manual, so just get on with the basic stuff. If you can't do *that*, then there's something wrong with you" - that's what I used to tell myself until I became friend with a guy who has a degree in biosomething who could not put together a cabinet despite the clearly explained instructions. What would have taken me 10 minutes ended up taking 45 instead because he wanted to help. Then he cooked can't remember what, the food was delicious and it suddenly dawned on me: he assembled ingredients. No matter how easy the recipe is, I follow the steps one by one, but it just doesn't taste nice, or the way it's intended to taste, and the mess is the same as if I had cooked for everybody in India and China. Same with fixing punctures in my bike - some kids could do it in a few minutes, I'm 41 and ended up having to buy solid tyres ( which are a great invention ). I cycle everywhere, but GPS on phones changed my life because I'm useless at reading maps - I was in Barcelona with a non particularly bright ex and we went for a long walk. At some point he stopped before I could realise he brought us back to the hotel, through the maze of many tiny streets, without a map. All very basic things which I realised are my Achille's heels, while it comes natural to other people.
So, in my experience at least, the Y chromosome can be very selective in what it decides to allow you to be able to do. I will never criticise anybody ever again for their hopelessness with something I find piss easy. Turns out I'm often equally useless with some stuff that others can do effortlessly
PS - I am not saying you were criticising anybody in your comment! :-)
Does using metal instead of plastic actually make sense?
I admit I don't know much about physics, but is there any reason behind the use of metal instead of plastic?
Or is it just so that mobile manufacturers can shaft their customers a little more?
If I remember correctly, the "holding it wrong" malarkey only happened because the case was made of metal. I could be completely wrong here, but that's how I remember it.
So - long story short: they make you pay more to shave a millimetre from your phone. I guess it's really important for people to be able to keep an extra bookmark in their pockets / bags. Fair enough.
Then they use metal, for no reason I can understand. But I am happy to be corrected if there is one. So they also a buy a plastic cover, making, effectively, the back of the phone made of plastic. An extra millimetre thick.
Am I missing something?
If my "FREE" website contained nothing which is illegal or considered immoral by the vast majority of human population, I would personally ask for phone number of every person who complains about what I decide to publish in it. So I could personally reverse charge ( does that still exist? ) call them to inform them that they have my approval to incessantly fuck themselves until the 31st of December 2117.
You donated me money so that Wikipedia can continue to provide content and I spend that to fund a religious group / leader instead? I deceived you, I deserve it.
I reached my donation target but then I decide to keep a banner asking visitors if they would consider donating a bit more - but no worries if you don't, you can still use all the content of the website without limitations? Don't forget to include your international dialling code.
Have ( some ) people really got to the point of expecting to dictate what free stuff must look like? Or am I missing something?
Re: They are a media company ( import costs )
I believe their main investment is importing the tons of paper that they use to spam every single household as often as humanly possible. Including those that are already with Virgin Media. That must come from abroad.
Also, the guy on their ad on the telly who can move his feet really fast must be paid in dollars, so that must have gone up too...
Re: Are we talking about a parallel universe I'd like to live in?
I am a gay man too, and I do get the impression that our lot are a bit more prone to complaining about things. But it could just be my experience :-)
Also, again maybe it's just a personal experience, but it's interesting that tongue in cheek comments about women, Windows users, straight or LGBT fanpeople, fandroids, straight men or any kind of stereotype about a category is immediately recognised as such. If it's about gay people it's likely to outrage.
Honestly, did you find my original comment offensive? Really? Or maybe were you just trying to confirm that I was bringing up a good point there?
Re: Gotta love the excuse
Don't really know how it exactly works - but if they have a way to filter ads from a certain source, they will just serve more from another one? Again, I might be wrong.
If it is the case, they don't even have the excuse of loss of revenue...
Also, and that's another genuine question, shouldn't it be the operating system's job that makes sure no dialing happens without making it really obvious to the user?
=> Sainsburys' terminals even says "Greet Customer"
To make the experience even more pleasant, they could have a display for the customers that says "Start looking for your preferred method of payment now" where queues begin.
FFS, people crawl along the checkout for a good 5 minutes, and only when all their items have been scanned they realise they need to pay for them?
Sometimes I wonder if they usually go to shops where all their stuff is scanned purely for stock control and once they're done they just walk away with it.
My pet hate is "discreet"
I still can't understand what they mean when they use that. So I copy and paste a list of questions hoping to get an answer. Nobody ever gives me one...
"Discreet meaning? You are going to wear a hood? Peppa Pig mask? Marigold gloves so you don't leave fingerprints? A wig, and those plastic glasses with no lenses, plastic noses and moustaches underneath? Or do you think I want to pin you against Nelson's column at 1.30pm?"
Maybe somebody on here can explain what "discreet" means in that context?
Re: Pictures of one's privates
I - and I guess most guys on "dating" apps - use them for a quick fix rather than looking for the love of the month. For the latter, knowing that a person is *less than 1 km from you and online now* is not as relevant :-)
A bit like going to the corner shop for a bag of crisps, when you are too hungry for the full but not immediate Pizza Hut treat
That's what I meant, adding that even if it wasn't requested, few guys would object to receiving revealing pics.
If a nice fella pulled his pants down in a different environment, say while queuing at a Lidl checkout, I'd find it a bit inappropriate and would make me decline an invitation to know each other over a pint.
PS: I'd still look though ;-)
Pictures of one's privates
"That doesn't, of course, mean that that it's perfectly acceptable to send just anyone pictures of your privates. Trust me, guys – even on a gay site, it makes you look a dick. We all know you have one; if that's what you're proudest of, move on."
I guess the author of the article doesn't have many gay friends :-)
Updated my Nexus 4
Battery seems to last longer. Having said that, straight after the update it wasn't possible to use the Contacts, Text and Phone app. Whattsap, which apparently is linked to the Phone one would crash too. No mobile connectivity possible, but WiFi was still working.
A few *basic* things that they didn't bother testing on a nexus 4... Odd!
Factory restore to wipe out all the data, and it's been ok since then.
Hadn't I been a techie I would have just given up, but I'm stubborn and persisted...
@ Lee D
The word Ferrari itself doesn't mean anything, however you were right in recognising that it comes from the Italian word "ferro" ( iron ).
It was the nickname given to many smiths ( ref, in Italian : www.paginebianche.it/cognome/ferrari.htm ), more or less the equivalent of iron-er, just like build-er is to the verb to build.
I've just learned something new myself, I would never have even realised that the word "Ferrari" was so similar to "ferro" without your comment :-)
I have a nexus 4 which I believe could be charged this way, but never felt the need to.
Out of curiosity, does it take longer - the same - less time?
And does it just work or do I need to switch on extra stuff, like NFC? That would have even more impact on charging time, if necessary...