A few smart developers
As always, a team of half a dozen decent developers could have done better, for a fraction of the cost. We're only talking about a dozen applicant web pages, a database and a back-end candidate approval process?
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I laughed so hard, I cried *weep*.
It always seems like half a dozen smart and motivated people could do a better job than any of the massive companies that get these types of contracts. NHS data sharing, BBC archiving system, failed, failed, etc. Obviously, more people for rollout and support - but the solutions would be solid if created by a team of half a dozen good brains - compared to whatever corporate blah actually goes on and ruins these things.
The laptop is five years old and used daily - including heavy duty stuff like HD video editing.
It was £1500 with dual SSDs in a RAID, a 1600x900 screen and internal 3G. It was definitely worth the £1 per day of use I've had from it so far and I would have bought another without hesitation.
The screen just broke in the past month (it now has lines down the middle) , but am still using it with a separate monitor. The only real thing that bugged me was that I could not upgrade the Nvidia graphics drivers as Sony stopped releasing updates for the switchable Intel/Nvidia graphics.
The cheap VAIO my wife purchased though (circa. £500) - well that is rubbish!
IRATEMONK ? COTTONMOUTH ? RAGEMASTER ? MONKEYCALANDER ? DROPOUTJEEP ? HOWLERMONKEY ? GODSURGE ? DEITYBOUNCE ?
If this were April 1st, I'd laugh!
I wonder if they really use these code-names internally? Their meetings must largely consist of, "Maybe we could use... errr.... ummm..... you know, THINGUMYWOTSIT.... errr, MONKEYBALLS... no, that's not it. Ummmm..... OWLHERITAGE??? You know, the one that intercepts the mobile phone signals!!?"
@AC "The existing laser defense systems I've been around are already smart enough to give a fault report to the control panel when the lenses are dirty. (much to the aggravation of the poor fool on the maintenance team that has to go and clean 'em!)"
Hopefully remembering to take the keys out!
It's disconcerting to read all those Ives, like the writer has the worst grammar in the world:-
Ive will be keen to avoid the drama
Ive has pulled the team so far behind deadline
Ive was given responsibility for the look and feel of software
Ive has finished talking rubbish now. Bye! :)
Wikipedia is still the quickest way to find out about X if you are just casually interested in a topic. Sometimes I'm just curious about something random, but would never spend time finding specialist page(s) or forum(s) and assessing whether the info is any more legitimate than what I can read on Wikipedia within moments.
Also, it's the quickest start point for serious research on Y. Sometimes you just have no idea what to search for or where to search. Sometimes you don't understand all the aspects and angles. Wikipedia gives a good start.
Still, the fundraising issue is disturbing (I did donate, years ago). And, as people mention above, the dominating page 'owners' and deletion of minor topics that are not 'notable' is weird too.
From more thorough coverage:-
"If users do want to attach files as large as 10GB, however, they will have to upgrade their existing free Google Drive accounts, which provide 5GB of storage for free. That’s because the new upload limit is larger than the free storage space given to each Google Drive user. Additional drive storage starts at $2.49 (£1.55) a month for up to 25GB of storage."
Please, please, could The Register stop using this word? I am no Apple fan - and it used to make for funny reading BUT. But years later, while it seems to me that many readers have even grown a bit bored and intollerant of the endless cycle of Apple/Windows/Linux wars in the comments, The Register still seem to do a 'Search and Replace' on every article to get this word in somewhere? It's getting very old and dull!