1108 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007
They should know better
When you consider MS has about 93000 employees you would think they would have a good idea of how much work is involved in changing everybody over to a new ' washes whiter than white' incarnation of something that like a new 'planned marketing' detergent introduction is often more about packaging than genuine improvements.
You would also think that MS would learn from past mistakes, needing only the one screwup to get the gist of things, instead of turning out alternate good and bad systems.
XP good did most thing well; Vista, took too long to finish was rushed to market without being fully operative so in spite of it having some benefits was overall a pain in the arse, then 7 which to me was what Vista should have been followed too soon by Win 8. Once again brought to market too soon, this time without fully understanding the market/s it was aimed at, almost immediately updated to 8:1 to make it a bit more user friendly and now threats of 9 to come soon and why because selling new OSs is the raison d'etre for MS.
How about an OS that is designed to be infinitely upgradeable over time with the equivalent of Service Packs for significant moves forward at reasonable prices.
As for office, I went over to OpenOffice and now Apache a decade ago and it just gets better and does all that I need.
They reminded me of golf tees on top of the balls. If I saw a creepy posse of these coming towards I think a 5 iron would give them some useful loft.
But impressive smooth programming.
The Mirruh is a total rag and it has been for years, along with the majority of British dailies. They love to write about and establish moral high ground that few if any of their reporting or editorial staff could live up to without a complete character transplant.
I have read a few comments here that deride El Reg writers but I would ( based on what I read here for the most part) put them in another league compared to the lowlife dailies writers.
The Mirruh doesn't even rate as toilet paper, no wet strength and the ink comes off on your arse.
Re: No bucks, no Buck Rogers
However the US has no functioning economy without printing debt and their empire didn't collapse. Plenty to mock the US for but there is a reason they can afford to pay the russians to be personal chauffeurs
See here: http://www.usdebtclock.org/
The US ran the former USSR into the ground by printing money and constantly escalating the Arms Race until the Russian economy couldn't maintain it's elf any more.
Something that could happen to the US any day now.
One of the reasons Obarmy is still trying to expand the American Empire, war helps him maintain ever increasing spending approval to float the economy on and acts a bit like The Games in old Rome to keep the population thinking about anything other than what is really happening.
Hey! Humanitarian bombing of the moon that could work! Just need a few people up there with an oppressive government, we'll let the Ruskies get on with it and then take democracy to spaaaace.
Re: Not an accurate description of the incident
" Helping the downtrodden was a noble motive. But it didn't involve interfering in an ongoing fight. That's what the West is now doing, getting embroiled in not just one, but two civil wars at once, and as a side order inflaming extremism from Nigeria, through Algeria, Libya into the heart of the Middle East. The tragedy is that our simpleton politicians can't even see this."
Bamaboy, his predecessor Bush and the bevy of brown nosed supporters from other countries have waged war in the most cynical of ways; Not to help the downtrodden that they claim but to benefit from a growing number of destabilised and fragmenting former nations that have or are en route to resources the US and it's allies covet oil, gas, metals and other resources.
The Ukraine for example (once the breadbasket of the world) is on it's way to becoming the biggest GM lab on the planet if the new Ukrainian government doesn't manage to irradiate it and all controlled by US companies.
What really pisses me off now is that they don't really even make much of an effort to formulate a supposedly valid reason foe interfering in other peoples countries just the shallowest of statements and no effort to cover up or validate in some way the outrageous statements made by the likes of Victoria Nuland or Jen 'it's time for the next question' Psaki and many others.
Luckily for Bamaboy his own back yard is working with him in the Shape of Enrique Pena Nieto the current president who has a lot of support from the White house in dismantling all the previous beneficial reforms that have improved Mexico since the 1910 revolution.
The rest of South America not so much so look out for the NED donating funds down there.
Re: Not an accurate description of the incident
Just goes to show Special Forces are able to fuck up in special ways.
Also the ' never leave a man behind' practice even if he is dead has cost the Americans extra deaths, casualties and loss of materiel on several occasions.
But it does give them the excuse to bomb the crap out of bits of foreign lands in retribution.
If the flies really bother them they could always open the door!
When I read the earlier article about the printer I assumed it was an experiment to see how well it could perform in 0G, still, it is the first step towards a replicator.
A properly working replicator a la Star Trek would be great but for dramatic purposes it will never be able to replicate the really important things like dilithium crystals after the old ones have blown because 'she cannae take it'.
Next is the Holodeck complete with alien babes and a starkissed beach.
" is designed to allow financial crime professionals to spot emerging problems and criminal trends based on data from 12 government and law enforcement agencies - including the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA)."
If I am reading this correctly the professional financial criminals of the UK have a National Agency?
Talk about organised crime!
Or is it the banks who employ financial crime professionals who want to stay ahead of the other financial criminals?
You are correct the Magna Carta was not a constitution but it contained what are recognised as 'constitutional rights'.
The point of a constitution is to provide a legal point of reference that is seperate from and immune to the sovereignty of Parliament to protect the populace from the random political ideals of the day.
An example is Tony Blair who announced before he ,was elected his intention to dismantle the two house system that embodies the British Parliamentary system. Elected or not one man and his cronies should not be able to do that without going to the people in greater depth than a general election.
I won't even go into how many freedoms he removed or how many criminalising new laws he speed.
What the UK needs more and more as time goes by is a written binding constitution with rules written into it that make changes that affect citizens rights via Parliamentary Sovereingty or any other means difficult to make without going to the people via referendum.
The British Government has steadily erode most of the old legislations such as the Magna Carta until they are all but repealed.
Fortunately most of the time the UK is not run by entirely despotic governments but the potential is there for any who care to exercise it to seriously abuse the population of it's rights of privacy at the minimum.
With the ability to access all that one may have said or done at various times and with a little careful editing, almost anyone could be made to look bad in some way or other, especially frequent commenters on public forums who are certainly potentially dangerous radicals.
Nobody would have guessed that in the last years of the 1960s that Americans were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than theirs yet as mortal.
Tha5 as America bustled busily with its concerns for dominating space we scrutinised and studied them as they might study their bugs under a microscope, swarming and multiplying in a drop of water.
We watched and laughed at their pitiful attempt to visit another planet and were surprised when they succeeded in landing on their moon.
But we won't let them get to Mars as WE are the true masters of the Solar System fans Mars is ours!
Marvel's Fantastic Four are about to be pushed out by Musk's Mutant Mice, after being exposed to cosmic rays there should be a new race of mutant hybridised mice that can print stretchy, invisible, supertough, flaming objects.
The ISS will become their orbiting base. Twenty mice allows for failures and other properties.
Re: "Stray positrons"
Where is the sanctuary? I want to come and cuddle on!
Can I have one as a pet and are there any negatives to owning one?
This should encourage more serious research into the therapeutic properties of bacon which I am sure are far reaching.
For example did you know that taking Bacon on a date can lead to sex.
Particularly if you treat her really well!
I can 'Like' dead people
That would be better than Joan Rivers having access to her account. If Farcebook goes beyond the grave I refuse to go.
Short sighted comment
India is developing it's launch capabilities and reliability very well,just on the basis of being able to place other people's satellites, they have the potential for a billion dollar industry which will help them to bring more to all the population.
So the next time I travel to London as an ex-pat, I will be unable to travel because my cash won't buy me a ticket? (Or for the thousands of tourists?)
For a journey in and one out to the airport what do I have to do open an account with the devil itself Barclays?
One of the worst banks I have ever had an account with and as far as I am aware still going down the drain.
Not that much that is new in the world
I used to make ashtrays out of Lycoming aero engine pistons in the '70s as did many other engineers in the trade.
I have been in at least three bars and restaurants in California that had half a Cadillac, Yellow cab or other car chopped in half and glued to the wall.
The Mistral Club In Beckenham South London had a car as the DJ booth for years.
I gave a Martin Baker M1 Ejector seat to my mate for a wedding present when I was his best man 30 odd years ago (his new wife was REEEAAALLY impressed).
I find the art and fashion worlds don't really do New they just rehash something old or if it's less than Old it's called retro.
ULA putting money into an outside party shows just how threatened by Space X they must feel. They obviously have little on the cards as a follow up to the rebuilt and modernised '60s Atlas. They are desperate to keep the upstart out of their trough; still they can afford it with the lion's share of each divvy up from NASA going to them so I guess they are trying to buy the success they seem unable to deliver.
Re: ... the greatest nation on earth ....
I think you may be overstating a little, all things Scots have given the world but not necessarily in Scotland.So not so much the nation as some of it's people.
Something the Nation has given us are some of the best a bravest fighting men to help the world fight tyranny. Oh and the bagpipes.
Although I have a feeling they are an Indian invention.
Not one of those
@AC Why not just give an honest opinion and leave it at that, and while you are adjusting consider this , you have no idea what kind of person I am. The things I buy are usually chosen as a combination of price and function to give value for money as long as they can fulfill my requirements, I don't actually give a rat's arse what anyone else thinks of my purchases but tend to notice when someone thinks something is good as it reinforces my opinion, if they think it's shit I will do more research before buying again if usage bares out what they say..
So thank you for your patronising comment, perhaps I could pat you on the head if ever I meet you!
Huawei make some pretty good phones; at €175 my Ascend G700 still gets my work mates impressed after a year and that has been left behind by most of the latest offerings from China this year.
With 8core Arm processors or the latest from Snapdragon or Intel and constant improvements in graphics processing from QualcomAdreno they are winning in the Asian markets.
When you think China has over 1.2 billion phone users out of 1.3 billion population and India their next biggest customer has a .9 billion market. Even if their research and development is seeing how much of other peoples goodies they can cram into a slim case they are still being driven by the demand from an increasingly sophisticated market.
Also consider their share of the router and dongle market mostly sold as their own but also badged, there is one not that far from you now.
If a large Chinese company says publicly it is going to do something it will by god do it's best to achieve what it says otherwise they will lose 'face', something very important in Chinese and Japanese culture.
Look to your laurels Western Companies!
A bit of history
John Bagot Glubb 'A soldier With The Arabs; well written in a scholarly style in as balanced a way as you could hope from some one who was in charge of one of the sides, you get the feeling he did everything he could in writing the book to not sound like a case of sour grapes.
An article with links to all the quotes given.
Neither side is guilt free here but over the years since the 6 Day War Israel has made a habit of hitting back harder than they have been hit; Something that is basically understandable but over the years as the Palestinians have been reduced in power as a military force and a political force Israel has become the bully.
I'm not saying there is necessarily nothing to retaliate against but it always seems to be with excessive force and often done in a way to provoke more aggression from the other side.
About ten years ago I worked with a young guy who had an Israeli passport, he described himself as an Arabic Jew. His family had always lived in Northern Palestine in an area with a mix of about 50/50 Jews and Palestinian Arabs.
According to Danni they had always got along like neighbours in any village until the non Palestinian settler were moved into the area, and even then the problem was not the settlers.
Danni always blamed everything on the (as he called them) Black Jews!
When I asked him what he meant he explained that the Hasidic Jews were the force behind most of the divisive politics and the over use of force in achieving whatever the Right Wing Hasidics and their political supporters wanted.
He was obviously too young to have been there at the time, it was what he had learned from his parents but I can honestly say that he despised the Hasidics and the ultra right wing governments of Israel for destroying what had been his parents home,
The last time I was in contact with him he was in the Far East and had no intention of ever returning to Israel, his words he considered it 'A broken Country'.
As for the bible in Numbers 13; if this god created the world and according to the Christians is so full of love what was he doing playing favourites with the children of Israel and kicking peole out of their homeland for them. Is that the act of a moral, ethical, loving god?
Come judgement day if there ever is one and I turn out to be wrong and there is a god, I may have a few questions for him to answer before he has any chance of my respect.
There! damned in writing !
Re: Cheetah my arse! That's a cyberdog if ever I saw one
I'll bet the final product will be IP69 rated at least,(I think that's NEMA 6P in overpondian)
However, I think I may have a go at knocking up an Argentinian Gaucho bolas with some large lead fishing weights and a few yards of aircraft cable, see how it runs with its legs tied up!
I had always thought the key to Cheetah speed and movement was the flexibility and energy storage properties of its spine and sinews in the back, The MIT beast looks extremely rigid and although I know they are talking about 'stamping' harder to achieve lift and time off the ground, it sounds intuitively inefficient energy wise.
The flexible spine is also a key to agility in the natural world, for the kind of super fast rough and tumble moves a cheetah uses in hunting without flexibility in the spine means finding alternatives ways to stabilise at the legs making them more complex and potentially weaker.
Look out there's a bird
Birds seem to have been managing to avoid other birds for quite some years now, given that drones are likely to be relatively slow and not have a bloody great jet intake, I think birds will manage to avoid most UAVs.
The current time scale mentioned for development of the system is around 5 years if batteries have not improved enough by then, I guess there will just be delay but it is beginning to look as though the idea is here to stay.
Great for delivering batches of spidery things to assist the cops/court servers/debt collectors and Amazon. Not to mention pizza and other take aways, although that will spoil a classic porno story line with a drone joining in with three gals and a guy.
Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.
Actually the Spanish WILL block Scottish application for EU membership as it would create a precedent for Catalunya who wishes to separate from Spain.
I live in Spain and count one or two Politicos amongst my acquaintances.
I agree with how annoying, irritating and possibly dim some of these earphone wearing, texting and gaming people are in the street but for all you small minded whingers and moaners suggesting horrible ends, rules and treatment for them: They are exercising exactly the same rights that you are using to whinge. Or should there be separate rules for obviously sensible people like your good selves?
People who want to take other peoples rights away should be pushed into fast moving traffic! Don' t you all agree?
Re: It's Rumoured ...
It has also been rumoured that BBC News tried to poach her!
Re: Bill, the galactic hero
Ah, classic book, classic writer, loved the character Deathwish Drang with his vat grown fangs.
Good entertaining space opera, I have always thought the Stainless Steel Rat books would make a good series of films.
If Indian Love call was able to save us from the Martians, what music would be the Earth's best all around defence?
The Birdy song
I guess by definition any marine biologist or oceanographer who shows concern over threatened species and is trying to do something to help is an activist.
You can't tar them all with the same brush and ultimately any regulation that can limit the numbers taken is helpful.
Also as mentioned in the video, licensing and regulating the sellers is useful in determining exactly how much of what is hitting the markets world wide, having a more accurate idea of scale will help in formulating ever better regulations.
I wonder if they have any data on other species of rays as they have in the last couple of years come back into fashion in the leather trade, known as shagreen it is popular for bags and cases amongst other things as it is so tough.
The Thais sell a huge amount of exotic skins including ray and shark presumably after they have eaten the contents.
This has rounded corners and does a few things similar to the iWatch for less than $70 (by a cent) plus the battery lasts 21 days allegedly.
Still don't want one though.
Ahh! Aren't they one of those amusing electric jazz combos?
This iWatch thingy is of no use to me at all as I don't have an iPhone, my phone is one of those Andrewed things. As for talking to my watch, I barely talk to people, why would I want to talk to a timepiece?
Sounds like a publisher designed to produce books for the same teens ( if they can read) that collect 'Tactical Knives' https://www.google.es/search?q=Tactical+knife&client=firefox-a&hs=3CV&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xVAUVIywJoXgaPbjgvAC&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ, and later in life will probably drive pick-up trucks, shoot at road signs, have a friend called Bubba and a girlfriend who sees a vet when she's ill.
Re: You'll never escape the puritans
Agree with you 100% smartypants.
Even if their 'friends were real I still don't see why I should have to worship them or listen to over zealous dogmatic followers telling me what and how I should do things and live my life. Deities need to earn their respect and based on performances to date they have a ways to go before any of them get my penny on the collection plate.
Still, Celine Dion for a whole week?
Is that the Hell they talk about?
That's Vegas for you, big production, second rate act, no class.
I was always under the impression she was some kind of gay icon, do we have to look out for exploding handbags now?
"*Important note: "Spa facilities" may actually mean "bucket", and "all-you-can-eat buffet" an "enormous tub of beans and rice". Similarly, the definition of "luxury" is flexible for the purposes of this offer. Your statutory rights are probably affected."
I love it, reminds of a couple of package holidays I have been on in the past, but without the honesty.
When I check my Euro Millions ticket tomorrow at work (Stupidly left it there!) if I have won more than my money back , I will think of you.
Can only be jealous of any who are actually there, but I wish all concerned the best of luck.
One would think anyone who is about to lat out significant dosh for a business would look into it thoroughly, including a pre sale audit. So either the books were massaged very well or the auditors weren't up to much.
I would like to be the first to welcome Mr Lynch and his yacht to the sunny shores of Ibiza where I can do a guided tour, recommend restaurants and 'honest' estate agents.
Re: Except it's not the iWatch is it?
"Good artists copy, great artists steal" Was first said or at least said before by Pablo Picasso who unashamedly stole other artists ideas gave them his slant and made them his own but you can't knock his work (if you like that kind of thing).
Appoo have aimed the iWatch at the fashion market, if you look at the hipsters(?) ( I'm still not that sure what a hipster is) the guys turning up on holiday here have beards a ferret could live in, early '90s sort of samurai haircuts or '50s comic Biggles style hair, the girls seem to have gone for a Amy Winehouse/'60s backcombed look and wear bikini knickers that cover their belly buttons: all in all to an old ex hippy biker engineer it looks strange to me.
So iThing wise if it's a matter of style or fashion anything could happen.
The other aim for the iWatch is health with two built in sensors reading your wrist, as people seem to be far more health centric now, that should be a good selling point if enough useful apps are developed for it , iLifeStyle is coming!
Just not to me!
E---, --c--, ---ns, --ie- -l--- and b----e.
If that duck is rotating as rapidly as it appears in the shot in the article (about once every 3 seconds)
getting a decent landing and staying there will be quite a trick.
Whatever happens the trip so far is pretty amazing , not to say a great demonstration of astronomical patience.
I take my hat off to the crew at ESA!
Or something else?
It sounds as though these researchers have gotten a little carried away with their speculation based on their observation.
As far as I am aware cognitive behaviour require a fair bit of processing ability; this sounds more like evolved behaviour patterns.
When the trout has found prey and is unable to reach it, perhaps it has a particular behavioural trait which over time the eels have come to equate with the presence of prey that they can reach. Clearly the trout are not a threat to the eels so they are just using a form of opportunism as a hunting/food sourcing ploy. Obviously if the eel chases the prey out of the crevice before it can eat it, the waiting trout will grab it.
Where was it they had a jaunt to, to indulge in this shaky science?
I like this woman
She knows what she wants and make no bones about it.
She wants the job and she is willing to tell her potential bosses whatever they want to hear for her to get the job! (even if it is bollocks)
From the sound of her she may be in favour of fitting a camera into all TV receivers so that the Beeb can watch the watchers, after all they are all potential criminals if they want to avoid paying to watch the high quality that consists of mostly soaps and repeats.
I have never been able to 'get' a public (non profit) trust criminalising people for not paying for it's massive budget that is pissed away on high pay for it's bosses and ridiculous severance fees for those it employed mistakenly or no longer wants.Oh and IT schemes that never come to fruition!
Re: "A really big bloke
If the bloke in the pub had gone to university he would know that a bloke with a cricket bat big enough to destroy the universe would collapse into a super massive black hole before he could hit anything with his bat.
The super massive black hole might suck up everything later though!
The IT angle is Fashion
Here is an excited article at the BOF (Business Of Fashion) online mag.
It seems that the new iWatch is more a lifestyle/fashion item now than simply a communications device and it will be more so once the new head of retail Angela Ahrendts of Burberry fame.
Overall it doesn't have any startlingly new tech but the multi level pricing, lifestyle and health sensors and the fact they are going to push for developers to make the iWatch synonymous with a bevy of apps for the IoT is useful useful for sales in bringing every thing together more. I am sure the notion has already been patented: 'A wrist worn device for linking electronically to other things'.
Oh and it's got rounded corners.
Arse about face
The thinking on the part of the government here is totally wrong, these morons expect the public to make their buying decisions based on what is most desirable to thieves and therefore the least worth buying for an intimidated customer.
What the customer should have in a country where the ratio of CCTV cameras to people (according to a quick Google) is somewhere around 1 camera for every 15 people and ever increasing police powers, is confidence in the knowledge that the government and the police are proactively trying to prevent crime and protect the public.
Why are Brits paying taxes plus a percentage of their council tax specifically for the police when they are expected to limit their lifestyle because the fuzz and the government can't be arsed to do their jobs.
Who put the numbers together anyway, and what are the ratios of say female 14-24s that would have iPhones in preference to Androids or housebricks. The numbers without anything to quantify them to give them relevance are meaningless.
Additionally young females are a safer bet for a mugger than a fit young male no matter what phone he may be carrying.
The whole thing like Teresa May is just flawed.
I think we may have made a slight miscalculation lads, I think it's going to hit...................................
I have no doubt that as far as it can, Google operates in a monopolistic way, however, if I owned Google and had spent significant time and money making my product perform better than those of anyone else, I too would point to the services which offer the best results and hopefully they would be mine.
The down side for competitors is that Google is so big it can continue to develop new ways of doing things better so it is difficult for them the catch up or surpass Google, although that doesn't mean it can't happen. if and when it does the new 'Gateway to the Internet' would most certainly operate in the same manner.
I don't like all that Google serves up in it's search results because some of what comes up is more about the advertising they do with Google than the direct relevance to my search but Google does seem to operate better in general than others I have tried.
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