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WS 2012 proves if you swing the club enough times on the range you are bound to catch one square eventually. The last 4+ months have been a disaster for Microsoft product wise but it does sound like they hit it out of the park with this product.
NASA started out great but since they decide to piss away 100 billion dollars on ISS with little chance of manned space flight for perhaps generations I think incompetent is an appropriate word for NASA management these days (not to mention their short bus overlords Congress).
Re: Not just the foam strike
>criticised it's "broken safety culture."
Like BP and countless other organizations. Whenever you get enough people together supposedly working on one goal you are going to ultimately get a clusterf__k (yes even in WW2, read Catch 22). Even the Manhattan project and Apollo program had a lot of luck involved in their success (have to admit though project management seems to have been a hell of lot better then too). The fact is people act like a herd animal in groups (change behavior and even outlook to not stand out) and not to mention self interest often comes before group success so for example manager x does what benefits his own career and bank account the most.
Re: I'm actually quite looking forward to the fight!
Actually as shown by our last election a majority of Americans are not right wing buffoons. The ones out there are just extremely loud.
Re: I'm actually quite looking forward to the fight!
Oh yeah I forgot we are talking about the UK where employees actually do have a few rights. Being a right to work state (fancy term for can be fired at will without cause without recourse) Yank myself I have no idea what that is like. Good luck and sorry for the misfortune. Its always the little guys that get screwed and never the Porsche driving douche bag sociopath mgmt.
Re: All Back In
>I'm actually quite looking forward to the fight!
Hope you enjoy the fight itself then because as a little guy employee you will be far back in line as a creditor and what $ is left will be long gone by the time its your turn.
time to troll
Before the posts come. Yes yes Opera folks we know your browser is 1337 and best of all with its rounding error of market share it may well be the safest browser. Why target an audience smaller than the number of people who actively use Google Plus?
Re: And nothing of value was lost
Everyone of the places you named are national chains so its hard to truly call them local businesses. Unfortunately often times they killed the true local businesses and many brick but at least many mortar chains are in the process now of being killed by the internet. Payback.
Re: Do you want me to post
Here ya go. Lazy way out but still. This is an incomplete list obviously as it only covers two products but its still pretty impressive.
Re: @peter storm
Agree pretty much about French cars but I did rent Peugeots off and on while working in Europe and thought not impressive weren't as junky as I was expecting.
@AC 31st January 2013 03:44 GMT
>"Witch hunt"? There were no witches.
Really argument on semantics huh? Weak.
>Are you saying that there were no communists?
I am saying an awful lot of people got life crushing punishments (black balled) etc for far less than would hold up in even a kangaroo court. When even Eisenhower gets accused you know things were FUBARed.
>And thanks to affirmative action
Yep because a slight reduction in a white guys chance to get into Harvard is the same as facing the death penalty for sleeping with a white woman like happened in Mississippi in 1951.
Its 1960's but I am almost sure the stat will be even higher for the 1950s as hiding things from the neighbors was the norm. Also By 1960, half of all women were married by the age of 20. Wow just wow. That doesn't reek of a patriarchal society at all. That's the kind of stat you see in Afghanistan today.
Also so much for women not having premartial sex at a high rate in the 1950s.
Asked about 40,000 people ages 15-44 about their sexual behavior and traced the trends in premarital sex back to the 1950s. Of those interviewed in 2002, 95% reported they had had premarital sex; 93% said they did so by age 30. Among women born in the 1940s, nearly nine in 10 did.
>but there were far less single mothers
yeah because there were far more unwanted marriages
> far less pregnant teens.
Wrong again (a trend with you). They just pretended it was so and hid things better. The 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s included the twentieth century's highest teen birth rates (respectively 79.5, 91.0, and 69.7 per thousand) - http://www.faqs.org/childhood/So-Th/Teen-Pregnancy.html
As for you last paragraph pretty much agree except I don't do it as some preacher. I do it because my current society is under threat from people with strong ideology and poor education who would have us return to some of the evils of the past we should have learned from (in Kansas today the Scopes monkey trial might go much differently for example) . Luckily they keep losing elections because my country is composed of a lot more than just southern and mid west white people.
Re: Could be worse
Wow learn something every day. (Joseph) McCarthy died in Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 2, 1957, at the age of 48. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis; it is widely accepted that this was caused, or at least exacerbated, by alcoholism.
Karma is a b_tch.
And the joke falls flat because saying companies x security practice sucks is much different than saying all developers of a product are idiots. Do you really want me to post all the drive by critical CVEs found in Adobe's products even in the last year? Pretty significant list and these days is even longer than Microsoft's which is bad when they make the OS and the good portion of the software on most desktops.
Re: Could be worse
>Ahhh, the 50's. Mmmm...
Yep can't beat the morality of a decade of communist witch hunts, institutional racism and sexism and when half of all marriages were because the woman was pregnant. A golden age indeed.
I must be getting old I remember when Cisco gear was peerless and when they said something it mattered. Wow that had to be during the Clinton era at least. Now when I see Cisco my mind translates it to Linksys and I laugh.
"I've been virus clean for 5 years - I recommend AdBlock to everyone"
can also be translated as I run some crap 3rd world free antivirus program that doesn't find crap and I think I'm safe.
Adobe has to be breathing a slight sigh of relief. There for awhile it was looking like they were the undisputed pariah of basic security best practices but now they have some serious competition.
Don't get me wrong I am no fan of managed code (and neither is Microsoft based on their strategy going forward) but slagging off on all Java devs is bad form even for a troll.
Re: The future of home computing
There is a reason why weather forecasting is one of the first practical studies that led to much of the discovery of chaos theory. You change one variable slightly in weather models and you find totally different results 5 days later. Basically the same concept behind cryptographic hash functions where changing a single input bit causes the output to totally change.
Re: How to Compete with Free
Show me any product Microsoft has been able to compete with anyone successfully besides PC software? Don't say the Xbox because the division last I saw still hasn't broken even cash wise if you count the original Xbox as well.
Re: Plus, Android phone manufacturers
Love how you immediately assume I am a freetard defending Google. Anybody with eyes and half a brain could tell the only reason the software patent system hadn't broken down long ago was due to the big boys having a cross license truce for the most part. That all changed once Apple decided it could go nuclear on everyone else and the result is that the system has started breaking down in a hurry. The last thing most judges want to do is pick winners and losers in the marketplace. Its going to become obvious that the current system is impeding innovation to even the politicians. Yes they won't do the right thing and eliminate being able to patent math (what software is) but they will change the game some. Who it is most likely to effect is companies like Intellectual Vultures who make nothing and just leech off others. Microsoft is obviously not in this camp as they still derive the majority of their income from real software. That patent cash you are talking about is still largely chump change compared to say Office revenue. I am just saying if you are counting on that patent revenue to be able to replace Microsoft's software sales long term you are making a fool's bet. Microsoft won't survive as major player long term unless people start buying their software on mobile platforms as well.
Re: High Speed
Would say might be because the guberment has more buddies in the rail industry but considering BT is basically an arm of the UK government that can't be the case.
waving the US flag
For the US supposedly being a backwater country when it comes to the internet pretty happy with my 15 to 20 mbps dl and 10 to 15mbps upload on cable. Am in the middle of a major metro area but still in the middle of a western desert though. For the most part the cable companies are pure monopoly evil in the US but being the only viable option for internet you deal with the devil (luckily have directv for tv itself).
Re: Plus, Android phone manufacturers
What you seem to not realize is the whole house of cards software patent scam in the US is starting to collapse. The system is not stable, the courts realize it (clogged up having to decide life and death of companies and markets), the tech companies realize it (market share won in court not in marketplace), even the patent office realizes it (desperately hoping outsiders helps them with prior art due to terrible funding). You might be fine for several years but their is some major systemic risk to companies that rely on software patents to turn profits.
Re: world without MS - open, innovation, creative
Yeah because Trend Micro has no vested economic interest in the facts. I mean why would they want to scare people to buy their software on a mobile platform that is growing rapidly (android) from a mature market (PC) that is starting to wither? Plus what is key is looking at infection rates vs adoption rate. I am sure WP8 at this point has a lower infection rate than android but again to use M$ fanboi argument against them it is due to WP8s market share being a rounding error.
Re: ios 6 hmm
Oh yeah I forgot about Apple's forced obsolesce business model. You have to keep paying those fat margins every few years to be in the cool kids bling club. Oh well the kids only use it anyway as I prefer my Android pad a hell of a lot more so ios 5 for eternity it may well be.
Re: I like it. HP? Security?
>If you mean Autonomy, then that's still under investigation. Having reported a criminal act there's not much they can do but wait on the wheels of justice, which grind slow and inconsistently.
No HP never did report the crime to any authorities, the DOJ started looking at it on its own. HP only reported it to the press to cover their worthless no due diligence C Suite retards but they don't really want it investigated throughly. It will only show the world more how incompetent HP's management truly is.
ios 6 hmm
Thinking I will skip ios 6 entirely and wait for ios7 with a jailbreak for my iPAD 2 before upgrading. Its a big ass hassle that it deletes cydia when you upgrade so could be some time before I go through that pain again.
Re: I like it.
Science and Engineering are largely obsolete in our new post information age economy as patent attorneys have already assured someone else will make money on anything discovered. What we really need is more mathematicians. Wall St badly needs better and better quants to come up with even more exotic ways to help companies hide money. That is what our new world order economy rewards. Creating physical stuff not so much but bring on the exotic financial instruments.
Re: Apple Advantage
>have every reason to believe Samsung use the infinite monkey approach to writing code.
Seems to be the case in most companies but especially in companies outside of western Europe and North American. First thing comp sci majors need to learn when going out in the real world is never reuse code off the internet from someone whose last name contains more than 15 consonants.
>Give it 3-4 years and Samsung will be back making pretty average fridges and microwaves.
Better than making subpar ones and charging premium prices for them ala Sony's electronics these days.
Re: Automatic unlocking
>I'd object to locking a phone to a network much less
Largely with CDMA phones in the US (Verizon, Sprint, etc) the phone is locked to the network due to incompatibilities between networks as opposed to artificial operator restrictions. Not being legally allowed to root a device you own and run whatever software you have rights to run on it is beyond absurd. Obviously now its buyer beware for the geeks but its stupid you even have to worry about it.
The root cause of this will be the same as most of the other giant cock ups that make the news world wide. Baby boomer management.
Yep really nice of them to finally start showing any concept of social justice after they have become the biggest company the world. They did it basically by manipulating people with more money than brains in the 1st world to buy things made by child/slave labor in the 3rd world. Apple is the super high end Walmart.
Re: Rumour has it
Yep nobody creates Superfund sites like the US military. Its the reason they don't close even more of their bases. Many of them are too polluted for civilian use and their pesky EPA.
Anybody else notice that PIIGS club causing most of the economic problems in Europe seems to contain mostly Catholics (and Greek Orthodox, ie Catholic East) ? Guess there is something to that Protestant work ethic thing.
long live El Reg
Few other human climate change denial blogs have enough other non climate articles worth reading.
Re: why not let the victims decide compensation
> the fine should be on a per person impacted basis, with each case being worth a couple of thousand
Huge fines per incident are only for individuals and small fry companies. In the US people might believe corporations are people too my friend but they are so much more with a lot more rights and lot less responsibilities.
Good to dream the impossible dream as every now and then, somebody makes it happen but I don't think I will be investing any of my retirement money thank you. Let the rich guys' vanity fund the dream.
Ortiz is another life long bureaucrat who played the affirmative action card to get where she is much like Holder himself who is simply the African America Alberto Gonzalez. I sure there are plenty of other very qualified minority candidates out there but they weren't Obama's Chicago buddy going back years or one of his early political supporters. Patronage at it worse. Another heckva job Brownie. Both parties suck.
Re: Doesn't surprise me
Especially if the kid unfortunately has a name that sounds not so Canadian eh?
After a month of receiving no info the kid shouldn't have tested it he should have just posted the vulnerability on BugTraq. He would not have then signed a NDA and it would be legal. Best of all he would be helping to protect other's sensitive data who the software company didn't seem to think was important.
Allowing semi public access to other peoples private information for over a month is the real outrage of this story. Thinking security by obscurity by muzzling this kid is the way to go is just horrible security practice. I hope Anonymous tears em a new one. And here I thought Canadians were a little less corporate and more tolerant and enlightened when it came to this stuff. Guess the fleas from the scalp have infested America's Hat as well.
I thought any contract that violates the law is considered non binding. Sure would be a grey area depending on how EULA is written but pretty sure would be hard to collect on breaking the EULA was what was thinking.
>Eh? Who said the perps lived in/within reach of the USA?
Its very possible but would be very stupid for script kiddie fraudsters in the US to want to get their hands on some pre made malware. Then again the baddies wouldn't need to sue on the EULA but just black mail on anonymously reporting the more serious crimes.
Of course they don't. They live in a fairly lawless country I am sure that will forever stay in the developing category for it. Just saying not a lot of countries that would go to the effort to enforce a EULA but look other way on massive computer intrusion and fraud.
>If these "innocent users" kept their PCs up to date
Half the problem is Chinese running pirated windows copies (little sympathy there except for the government they live under). The other is not everyone is technically gifted or leaves their computer on the internet constantly for updates (think grandma still on dialup). Much of the problem though is Eastern Europe not giving a crap about Western laws or laws in general except the ones that make the leadership rich.
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