Re: Oxymoron alert
I've noticed how SQL Server DBAs tend to be paranoid and quick-tempered, while Oracle DBAs are more laid-back. As opposed to the developers, which is totally the other way round.
Why? No idea...
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Joker: "Do you have your criminal chat app?"
Riddle: "It's on my criminal mobile phone."
Batman: "Not so fast!"
Both: "BATMAN!" (cue shocked Pikachu gif faces)
Batman "Yes, and the Bat-Computer has been decoding everything you've been saying"
Joker: "But how did you break our top-level criminal encryption?"
Batman: "Well, to be honest... it was a bit rubbish."
Given that DAB is basically an outdated spec, and limited to the UK, I can easily imagine manfuacturers abandoning the platform for lack of sales, and DAB essentially ceasing to exist before these renewed licenses expire.
I can also imagine the UK govt "priming the pump" by doing something silly to promote digital radio that probably has unintended consequences, too,
Maybe I'm just being cynical, though.
They're really not good here for much either.
I don't see quite so many as I did a year ago, too, which suggests that the business model isn't really doing very well. Especially given that one of the firms doing it here just got taken over by a taxi company...
The key words there are "sales rep". In other words, someone whose very function is to sell you things that may or may not exist.
I remember, years ago, several of us being given an urgent project to do - drop everything, including all maintenance, customer service, etc. Why? Because the boss - a former salesman - had sold that we'd already developed this software in house and it was ready to roll out. It was a big enough order to bet the entire company on.
Six months later, of course, this pipe dream of a monster piece of software still wasn't even close to ready, and the company went bust.
I'm a big fan of LibreOffice so it's nice to see a release that seems to be strengthening it. I already use LO a lot at work, as it tends to crash much less than the Micros~1 version (although that might be a consequence of our support guys insisting we stick to the 32 bit version, presumably forever)
WPF is one of my pet hates. I have to turn off "font smoothing" because it plays havoc with my eyes and gives me a headache (my optician gave me lots of technical detail on why this is, all of which I forgot even while he was still saying it).
As soon as I do, anything Windows Forms cheerfully follows suit and blends in. Anything WPF stubbornly refuses and continues with its uncanny valley not-quite-Cleartype-yet-also-somehow-not-quite-not-Cleartype font smoothing, thereby standing out like the petulant teenager who refuses to take off their Slipknot hoodie for the school photograph.
I've often wondered why Apple don't just buy AMD and a semiconductor manufacturer. No more need for Intel.
No idea whether they could actually extract a tax from Intel for using the x64 technology AMD came up with actually, I'm totally clueless on that point, but I bet you Apple's M&A department know the answer to that question already.
As a developer I'm very keen not to be labelled as a "creative", thank you. Management hear the c word and will think I can design newsletters and logos and corporate templates and rebrand stuff and if you've seen my level of design skills, you'll know that nobody wants this to happen. The results are, literally, not pretty.
I don't think there was, no. Before Word there was no WordStar, WordPro or Word Perfect. People say that VisiCalc, Lotus 1-2-3 and CalcStar existed before Excel, but this too is a tissue of lies. Symantec Q&A, FoxPro and dBase did not exist before Access was written, Harvard Graphics is a totally made up thing that never existed before PowerPoint and writing things on a piece of paper, sellotaping that piece of paper to a wild pig and then slapping the pig hard so it runs away, never to be seen again, also never existed before OneNote.
PaintShop Pro got bought by Corel. The last time I looked at it it had become unrecognisable bloatware garbage.
Inkscape, GIMP and paint.net satisfy literally all of the requirements I have on this score and more. I mean I just need to resize the odd photo and maybe convert an svg into another format every now and again and that's about it. I don't need Adobe for that. And I would be willing to bet that about 50% of their subscribed users don't do anything more complicated than I do, they just don't know any different.
I'm not sure that will really change things much, I have a nasty feeling it would end up being just a "boil the frog" type of thing, where people just get used to paying a bit more every year, have a minor grumble every time it goes up and then forget about it again until next time.
Having been involved in projects like B&D's at the time they procured it, this doesn't surprise me. "Data sharing" was the mantra. Continuing with the current system would probably make them data controller for a lot of data they don't want, that belongs to people from other councils, placing them on dodgy legal ground. So I'm guessing this is going to be as much about data protection / GDPR / not getting sued by the general public as it is about anything else.
That way, any missing data is "ah sorry, migration issue, we can fix that". And data they shouldn't have is also a migration issue. Anything else would require someone to take a decision that might have to be relied upon in court, which is the one thing councils hate having round their necks. Much better to blame an impersonal, but flawed, algorithm than a specific member of staff...
I remember playing with a Caterpillar phone that had a thermal camera in it in a shop well over a year ago. It was a seriously cool feature, although the rest of the phone didn't seem much cop (although it was one of those that's build you make you think that if you dropped it on a concrete floor you worried more about the damage to the floor than the phone - you know, a bit like an old Nokia).
I sometimes wonder whether Microsoft's current management aren't secretly undercover IBM/Oracle/Google stooges, sent to destroy the company from within. Because otherwise, I really don't understand how they can continue messing things up so often and nobody seems to be accountable for any of this.
And this is what that message invoked in my head:
"Thank you for failing to complete your transaction with us.
"As a gesture of goodwill, you will only be charged 50% of the normal transaction fee for this failed transaction.
"Have a good day, and we hope to rob you mercilessly again some time soon."
Yay, just what we didn't want - yet another way to develop desktop apps with that fugly flat look that Microsoft will decide to delete and rewrite in a couple of years anyway.
This is why people are getting wary of Google - that feeling of the rug being pulled underneath them every five minutes. It's getting to be the same from Micros~1.
One of the main reasons for using a limited company is literally to limit your exposure to legal issues. For example, if your agency messes up, doesn't get paid by the client and decides to sue you for the money, you simply declare your company bankrupt and open a new one. If you're self employed, you just sell your house and car, declare bankruptcy and go live under a bridge.
No, this didn't happen to me, but someone I know.
They really do seem to be wanting to alienate all their customers. I kind of imagine Micros~1 product development discussions going like this:
"Are people buying this?"
"Do they... like it?"
"They... seem to."
"Then burn it down! Build something new and incomprehensible in its place! Burn it all down!"
I believe the response expected when someone sings it badly at a football match is to chant back at them "You'll never walk... again"
However working in IT and never having actually been to a football match I cannot personally verify this and therefore it remains an urban legend.
Still, did you see that ludicrous display? I mean, the thing about Arsenal is they always try and walk it in...
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