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IBM System /34 Anyone?
1981 on a System /34.. Used to print out a certificate when you finished.. Something like .. "Congratulations Captain Kirk you have killed <Random Number> of Klingons with an efficiency rating of NN."
Unless you were killed - when the certificate was quite abusive as I remember.
The competition to get your efficiency rating high was immense..
Wow - Holding folks responsible?
This news is like a breath of fresh air.
So many IT projects fail without anyone being held responsible. This news should mean that the folks are more focussed on getting it right, not just getting it out.
Competent people are not afraid to make and admit to mistakes.
Incompetent people deliver crap products which are an accumulation of many mistakes because they are too dishonest to acknowledge those mistakes. They should be held accountable to prevent repeats.
Wouldn't it be great if this happened in a lot of other places?
No Choice but Windows 8?
I just went on to the Dell site to price up a desktop to use as an additional development machine.
Because I use database servers on my machines I don't like other processes stealing cycles from the programs I want to run. Therefore the idea of compulsory "live" tiles fills me with dread. MS used to bleat that its file indexing did not use any resources. I do not know one professional software developer who did not find out how to, and turn it off.
Remember when they said Exchange and MSSQL would free up memory when it was needed by other processes rather than stealing every spare KB?
I get grumpy with WinZip,Adobe and all the others installing little virus' that "check for updates". I dont want "live tiles. I do not want them taking even 1 cycle.
But I cannot buy a new Dell box without windows 8!!
Its ok, I can buy second hand, or from hobbyist shops.
But bloody hell! Dell kept XP as an option for some time after Vista - I believe until Win 7. Well, I guess they know their market better than me. I am a small niche.
Can we now get
Can we now get the UK site when we enter .co.uk at the end of the address?
I like Australia.. Was living there till June.. But when I key a .uk site I do not want some "clever" web server giving me localised stories in the antipodes. I want UK stories when I key UK! (I guess I can use an anonymiser but.. WTF!!!)
The West Islands now has their own site hooray!
Unix vs Windows
So simple I may have been misled by the 5 servers I've tried this on.. If I have I apologise to Microsoft.
1... Write 8000 1 MB files on a DVD (like a backup)
2... Put it into a Unix Box and read every file name
3... Put it into a Windows box and wait 15 minutes (at least) to regain control of the box.
As far as I am concerned a fatal Windows flaw which still exists on Windows 8...
But If I have done something wrong please correct me.
I'm more worried about...
This simply should not be allowed to happen. What it means is that if a business tool which competes with MS is installed on your machine, MS can selectively load down "security patches" to cause it to fail.
They have done this before where only one product competed (NETSCAPE) but now they can treat competition like virus.
The people at MS demonstrably do not have the moral or intellectual integrity to be allowed this data and should be stopped from obtaining it.
In the mean time, another good argument for avoiding .Net development.
Re: Lady Boss
A sort-of IT Crowd?
Re: Congrats to NASA
I love the fact that I live in the world where there is a NASA..
Remember light flickin' out at a constant? Well, I'm sorry... matter just does a similar thing ok? Its pretty obvious if you think it through..
Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?
While I appreciate your point.. MS Office is the standard and nobody wants to send a document and find the recipient has to do something weird to view it.. At least in main street business.
But you are right - Like Win 8 .. Nothing makes me think - I need this!
Happy to be convinced though..
Re: Ummmm Yeah. Right.
I want a 7" tablet with a dual beam projector and Kinnect - like detector so I can manipulate a projected image.
One feature worrying me on 2012...
It appears from the technical session I went to that MS will be including de-duplication functionality... As windows does not handle background I/O processes very well - I always switch off indexing and network management on windows is still a joke - I hope it can be easily avoided.
As an economic immigrant myself, I like to think that I have some idea of the issues associated with the subject.
There is no doubt that two factors do tend to cause some confusion in this debate.
1.. The type of person who migrates is probably a little different than the person who does not. (This is before we consider race or other factors).
2.. When you come into a new situation, you often see things that the folk that have lived there don't. The New Zealand farmers have an expression that I will dilute to "There's nothing like a stranger to make you think". In other words a tourist quite often asks dumb questions that give you a new perspective on what you are doing..
So you have people coming in who are different and asking dumb questions or worse.. seizing opportunities missed by the locals and this is unsettling.
At this stage a lot of people would criticize the locals for not being accommodating. I believe there is a need for folk that just stay and be. They are the folk that underpin society.
Newbies to any society should make the majority of concessions and should respect the contributions made to provide the fertile soils they can till.
I'm Sorry But..
Not querying the company about their initial reaction, and the inferences we are allowed to draw from that, means that this is a puff piece.
@ Jack Prichard -The Kiwis are the current Rugby League Champions as well..
You have forgotten
The whole purpose, and only purpose of the law is to shift the cost of policing from the rich (who benefit) to the poor (who don't).
Remember the Law has nothing to do with Justice.
It's the same the whole world over
It's the poor what gets the blame
It's the rich what gets the pleasure
Ain't it all a bloomin' shame?
Lipstick on a Pig...
Telstra is a fairly ugly pig as well.
At least as a consultant I can sometimes influence the choice of telecommunications provider. I try to make them suffer for the misery they put me through...
A light observation...
As such a late-comer to democracy (when did blacks get full rights in all electorates?) the United States Citizen still has a belief in the law that beggars Saints in their God.
I have travelled with truck drivers and such in the southern states who thought that not paying taxes was the equivalent of being a traitor..
I'm afraid there are 1.5 billion commonwealth citizens who will never understand them .. But still think they are pretty! :-)
Lewis IS the Green Lantern!
We know that REALLY BAD nuclear accidents will hardly ever happen. But same morons who place reactors on the sea shore and earthquake faults are the same folk calculating the risks...
My problem is this: If the worst happens, I feel sorry for the folk that die within a short time of the event. But I feel obligated to ensure that nothing my generation does should lead to folk dying for thousands of years... High Level Waste - Even a relatively small number of tonnes will do this.
Yes! Another review of an expensive toy that does less than the opposition
When clone computers came out against IBM, the big thing was they were better, faster and cheaper. The Register seems to want to laud products that are slower, have less resolution and function and are more expensive than the dominant product. How much are you guys getting paid?
Bit of a problem with this..
Google are being fined for showing advertisements for products which are illegal in the States or cannot be purchased directly in the States...
So... No Right Hand drive cars, Kinder Surprises, Amsterdam coffee houses, European brothels then?
Censorship comes in many forms.
..Probably not important but..
A couple of things:
1) The Navy came up with this? I would have thought the Airforce or Army had a greater need. Maybe the Navy has a higher IQ?
2) The computational power to achieve what these things do is now easily accomodated by an iphone. Make the future just that little bit more scary
Mines the one with real core in the pocket..
I hope we can now rely on Lewis Page to address this issue ..
He can tell us how we are all being ridiculous and ignorant even caring about it!
So what if a 70 year old grandmother gets bankrupted because she has to fight a spurious court case over her grandsons internet use? Its not as bad as someone being murdered is it?
Comparisons like the above help us put our worries in perspective and Lewis is the expert at these.
Lewis knows that the authorities always act with our best interests at heart, are absolutely far thinking and competent so his defence of Sony and their ilk should make for authoritative and soothing reading.
We know in the future that any article by Lewis will be the reference work on the subject and will reflect the only right thinking on the subject. This will be regardless of anyone having other opinions, knowledge or experience. So I look forward to him taking this issue with his usual even handed approach.
I guess my concerns are:
1.. Park your Nuclear Power Station on the beach and then don't allow for tsunami... Hmmm pretty dumb for a country that invented the name of the phenomenon...
2.. Lie to the public about whats going on in such a way that you are found out almost immediately and so lose any credibility.
3.. With nuclear power the problem is not the likelihood of radiation release killing people immediately. Its an accident poisoning a wide area of ground for generations. Comparisons against Dam disasters or equivalents neglect this aspect. Shit happens - but with a nuclear accident it just keeps on keeping on...
Oh... and by the way.. as an occasional Christchurch resident I can assure everyone that the magnitude of the quake has less to do with any damage than you would imagine.
The Japan had a slightly smaller MMI on average than the Christchurch shake because it was deeper and further away. The tsunami though caused the enormous tragedy.
Its a shame the designers didn't look back through Japanese history.
Just my thoughts
I don't have a tablet but the tablet I will buy will have:
1.. The best resolution
2.. Oh, hang on, 1 just disqualified everyone else!
Why isn't Xoom half Apples price? It should sit way under Apples pricing umbrella as it is less sophisticated in terms of design and usability and it is the pretender to the throne.
To compare Apple with anything else, for a start it has to have an equivalent display. Thats pretty much what a tablet is.
Something Lost in Trans...
We can guess where you are .. It sounds like Alexander City, Alabama!
Actually its fun to imagine 35 million Chinese moving into one of those underpopulated southern states!
I wonder if the South would stay the poor cousin for very long?
Its sadly amusing...
That the poms are all saying "tutt" "tutt" to the Americans for being - well, lets face it, bullies.. And yet its the British legal system that has a man imprisoned for what would be laughable charges if they were ever brought to court.
The most cowardly reaction was Julia Gillard (PM Aussie) but has been a close run thing....
A number of the world's leaders have failed to cover themselves in glory with this issue.
Google needs IBM's Chips
In the end.. IBM is the only firm that can supply the chips with the power and integration that Google needs.. Well IMHO anyway..
They could also help their OS development too...
If it does not run faster than Chrome, Microsoft has had a year to copy it of course... Then it should be ignored . I just get fed up with so called "reviewers" talking about software like this. If it runs faster - then great! I'm interested.. If not and you have been paid to advertise it please include that information in the heading so we dont waste time.
The Cubans have proven that the V8 can actually last forever - properly maintained.
Also the straight six flathead...
I have not seen the figures.. How many tonnes of CO2 did that last Icelandic volcano spew?...
While I appreciate that viewing content is important, I was sorta hoping that the IPad would be the perfect vehicle for things like inspection systems.
An inspection of a shipment, for example, requires access to regulations, commercial invoices and other documents. It also needs to be able to record comments and metrics along with photos.
The Ipad seems to me to be an ideal platform for this. 64GB is plenty of room for any required reference documents and a database to record observations and photos.
I don't believe that the above is a rare application of IPad technology. Apple could well have produced a valuable business tool.
I dont have any problems using a Microsoft Browser
Its just that its soooo sloooowwwww compared to Chrome or Firefox.
If Microsoft want their product used, maybe they should be trying to deliver a better product?
As anyone who has ever used a Windows OS knows, Windows has never had true pre-emptive multitasking.
This is evident when you are connecting to a network for example, when everything freezes on your desktop until the connection is made. It is also evident - particularly on Vista - when you load a DVD with thousands of files on it.
Multi-threading or multitasking makes the most sense when multiple CPU's are available with one to handle IO (for example) and others to handle application steps. Maybe the IPhone is getting another processor?
The Callan episodes where his death gets faked.. and then he came back. The pathos of Lonely being at the side of the grave..
Brilliant. He was one of those very few number of actors where you will watch anything with him in it - simply because you know he is in it.
I never knew how much of a fan I was till he died..
Ah..Ha! He worked for ICL!!
I had some experience of 1401 computers but from afar. I agree about the print out. Like the tractr1 printers on the System /3 they were responsible for many multipart documents, clean and easy to read.
I had a brief stint on ICL in the 80's - How does a firm who came up with the DDE and bought Singer computers not be able to produce a data entry system which submitted jobs?? Or a decent printer?
I remember all the bootlace like wires for the 1401 and the stories of folks who wrote sort routines...
Those were the days when every cycle of your processor was yours and didn't flash up advertisements or reminders to get Genuine Annoyances.
In fact every instruction had a cycle count - Woe betide the programmer who did not program efficienctly as well as effectively.
There is no way....
That the old codger in front of me at the bank is going to miss out on the opportunity for a bit of human contact with a teller.
At my local branch there are a couple of ladies that make the trip worthwhile...
While its true that hardware technology is getting more powerful, we know that by the time we retire, Windows will have slowed even quantum computers to the speed of a 386 SX running windows 3.1....
Maybe we have been the ones to drive the really fast computers! Like the V8's of the late sixties we will never see their like again!
If Windows really had a proper implementation of preemptive multitasking it would be fantastic. As someone who has used mainframes and mid range machines which have real operating systems - You have to gasp at the resources microsoft steal to do very little as far as an OS is concerned.
Just imagine if Windows really had a supervisor - If it could manage I/O controllers.. It will never happen but still one can dream...
Imagine if your mouse never stuttered, attaching additional USB devices did not slow or stop running processes, loading a DVD happened without disrupting a business program. Wouldn't it be great if networking was assigned to a separate I/O processor managed by a supervising windows process. Evidence show Windows is decades away from this...
You Can't Fool Me!!
We took a look
We saw a Nook
On his head
he had a hook
On his hook
He had a Book
On his Book
was "How to Cook"
We saw him sit
and try to cook
He took a look
at the book on the hook
But a Nook can't read
so a Nook can't cook
What good to a Nook
is a hook cook book?
...With apologies to Dr Suess...Yes, we got the joke of the name whoever picked it!
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