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Comment: Re:What for? (Score 1) 160

by Richard_at_work (#48193935) Attached to: Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

IT workers are low-wage blue-collar workers with no vacations, no off hours, no overtime compensation and their jobs are being or have already been outsourced.

In the UK we get a minimum of 4 weeks paid vacation, a set time for working hours, and even salaried workers are due compensation for working over their contractual hours.

Been in IT in the UK for 20 years now, never experienced what you are talking about.

Yup, we actually have decent employment law here in the UK. Sucks to be you, wherever you come from...

Comment: Re:Ouch (Score 1) 74

by Richard_at_work (#48188683) Attached to: NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

You need to retake religious studies :) Seriously, your entire understanding of Christianity is wrong.

Catholicism is Christianity in entirety - it has essentially two main branches, Roman Catholic, and Protestant (or Church of England based Christianity, and also includes most other non-Roman Catholic Christian branches such as Baptists, Methodist etc, which are all offshoots of the CoE branch). But both sit under the label of Catholicism.

Protestants most certainly believe in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and while they believe Jesus was mortal, that forms the basis of being able to rise from the dead - his divinity after crucifixion comes from him conquering death and rising again. Oh, and they most definitely believe he is the Son of God.

Your idea of how salvation occurs is also completely broken for both branches of Catholicism - simply leading a good life won't get you any brownie points, you have to believe in Jesus Christ and the fundamental tenet that he died for humanities sins on the cross.

Comment: Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (Score 3, Informative) 171

by Richard_at_work (#48186411) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

The only limitations I've ever had with Windows on Apple computers are limitations *Apple* put in place.

Try this - replace the internal DVD drive on a 17" MBP with a hard disk:

1. Bootcamp won't allow you to install Windows on anything other the primary hard disk
2. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot Windows on the second hard disk
3. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot OSX on the second hard disk
4. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot the Windows installation media from anything other than the internal DVD drive
5. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to book the OSX installation media from anything other than the internal DVD drive
6. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to allow the Windows installation to write to it, so Windows cannot set the boot partition

So these days I have a 10GB OSX partition on the primary hard disk which I never boot into, and the final act of doing all the installations was a fun case of swapping the DVD drive in and out.

I've never had anything like as many issues installing Windows on non-Apple hardware.

Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 1) 171

by Richard_at_work (#48186229) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Nope, no fire sale, just a very busy store - seems it got busier after the Phones4U store next door to the EE store closed down. I was in the store perhaps 45 minutes, and the staff were never idle, there was a decent, steady stream of customers and probably a good 20 phones sold during that time.

And who said they were buying the "exact same product"? There was perhaps 7 or 8 different Windows Phone models on show, of which the Lumia 930 was but one - the rest of the Lumia range was represented, as were several HTCs.

Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 1) 171

by Richard_at_work (#48186043) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

You also know what they say: "Lies, damn lies and statistics". Pick any period before a new product launch and I bet you can show sales declining - the new flagship WP Lumia series was announced during Q2 2014, but not released until Q3 2014, and other Lumia updates didn't happen until later in Q3 or the start of Q4, so lets see what the sales results for Q3 show before declaring WP dead on the basis of the Q2 results.

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