140 posts • joined 14 Apr 2008
Re: What's a billion?
In 'British English' (English-speaking countries), a billion has been a thousand million (short scale) for a long time. The long scale (million million) is still in use on the continent.
On a semi-related note, I see that GSK is a supporter of the AllTrials campaign (http://www.alltrials.net/) which calls for all clinical trials (past and present) to be registered and their results reported. Whether they are just playing lip service or not, we'll just have to see.
Steve would say...
"Cider is pretty cool these days, let's lever our fruity heritage to produce an insanely great vintage."
"When I was toking on El Reg's Bong, it all went white."
Re: That nearly gave me a heart attack
Amazing what you can do if you think before you act.
From a singular vision to groupthink FAIL
and the launch of the iClunker.
Re: Too many TLAs
Asia Pacific Japan
Re: well very few products are competely new designs?
Actually, we had slightly different results after being immersed in a VR session. Back in the real world, people would then walk into doors because they expected them to slide open automatically and having to remember to move your legs if you wanted to go anywhere instead of pointing. This usually resulted in a lot of wobbling around and tripping over your own feet after 20 minutes standing still. Not to mention neck ache. Lots of fun though.
A BBC Micro I can afford.
Car left at scene
full of Android landfill?
You might as well have just said...
"What can Box, Square, or any other such company, do to differentiate themselves in a commodity market?"
... without the need for the rest of the article, which adds nothing.
That's why we need your data - so we can sell you some DIFFERENTLY USELESS DICKWIPES.
Virgin as well as BT
Virgin Media keep saying that I will get a doubling of my broadband speed but the date keeps changing to the extend that it is now a year since they first announced it was 'coming soon'.
Not that I want to stay with them after their take-over by Liberty Global (and previous fattening up) has seen a big rise in the price they charge me.
Probe 'n' Tap
Sounds like a rather painful salesdroid 'experience'.
It's not that it's been done before
It's that it can be done again by even more people, at home (or wherever) on their own and not part of some team in a huge chaebol.
It's the proliferation, availabiltiy and low cost of off the shelf components that's cool. Add to that the (relative) ease of producing apps (back to bedroom programmers) and this should be seen as creative, exciting and fun. Yes, there will be plenty of fart app but some people can shit diamonds.
£14.99 for PAC-MAN MUSEUM
Outrageously overpriced - but asking 10p per play would see me happily coughing up even more!
Same here, nothing for radio or video from about 7pm (at least that's when I noticed it). Then it came back a few hours later but stopped again sometime during the night. This is Win7 btw, I was so hoping I could blame it on Virgin Media but everything else was fine.
Seems we've reached the end of 'facial innovation' too:
'Peak Beard' is this the end for the facial hair?
"Laugh all you like at that last sentence."?
I was laughing at the first one.
What you need is drones with tazers!
So, who wants to learn COBOL now?
Is this demand for .NET and Java going to make it even more difficult to retrain people with these skills to look after all the big tin out there (as suggested by the article below)? Or will that retraining (eventually) lead to even better remuneration? Just curious.
'Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins'
The Dreamcast was an awesome machine launched by a company so crippled by the failure of the Saturn (an overpriced 2D machine released at a time the world was going 3D) that it no longer had the financial or marketing clout to fully support the console. There wasn't much optimism even while the SDK was still being developed and the 'Dreamcast is Coming' teasers just baffled everyone.
"Hoover" was genericised to mean any type (or brand) of vacuum cleaner a long time ago. The (correct) expression the author was looking for was... "hoovers".
It's the Year of Code
Why isn't everyone writing their own Farty Bird app?
Sad about Opera too but vivaldi.net could be just the thing I'm looking for to escape the other usual suspects.
Re: glad to see those minds put to good use
No Captain Cyborg? Still malfunctioning all over Reading...
Now that Microsoft has acquired Nokia
Perhaps they should abandon software and hardware altogether and invest in pulp mills and wellies. Might have to have square toes though.
Still, plenty of takers down here in Somerset.
Chasing 'abandoned' sales
They must think the only reason a sale is abandoned it because they didn't pester you enough so this lets them (physically) beat you into submission until you will buy anything to leave you alone.
I abandon sales for many reasons (never to return) one of which is only by getting to the till am I able to see the full range of additional charges they wish to gouge me with.
Re: 2m for 100m funding is not a good return on investment.
The Quartz article suggests a valuation of "more than $1 billion" in 2012. Other sources value the company at $2 billion as of December 2013.
"Each knows the other two has got it in them to beat it,..."
Competition actually spotted in the wild? It's been so long...
Re: The Lawyer from Lima
I particularly like this paragraph:
In the same way, our proposal strengthens the security of the citizens, both in their role as legitimate owners of information managed by the state [my emphasis], and in their role as consumers. In this second case, by allowing the growth of a widespread availability of free software not containing *spy code* able to put at risk privacy and individual freedoms.
So here we are, over a decade later, reaping the rewards of not thinking along similar lines.
Re: As far as I am concerned the lady is well named.
Still sounds a bit fishy to me.
Re: My money is still on Elop
It will be raining pink slips whoever gets the job.
'With Surfaces potentially going on the Christmas fire this season'
Especially any self-immolating ones - won't be roasting my chestnuts near one though.
And turned into an Ice Cream Sandwich maker:
"It worked until I tested it!"
A great phrase from an old work colleague (about his own code).
Obviously, the solution is to not test/use it - works perfectly!
Re: My favorite version of the Gettysburg Address ...
I love the Organizational Overview (slide 5 of 6) -utterly, utterly, useless!
Re: Bad precedent.
They (or anyone) could install electricity-generating flooring such as that provided by Pavegen (www.pavegen.com) which converts footsteps into electricity.
Bob Cratchit isn't so far off the mark
as Dickens wrote standing up at a desk as did many others such as Churchill, Hemmingway and Lewis Carroll.
Re: Oi Google..
Some people are even still lusting after the old Logitech Trackman Marble FX (to go with their Model-M) although not, I suspect, at these prices:
Re: Anonymous vs Anyonymous?
Alan Moore and David Lloyd find this all very amusing and Time Warner supposedly feel very uncomfortable about the association (but not enough to stop taking the money).
Time for a homemade Spy vs Spy mask because it will be panto season soon enough...
Stormy waters ahead
Sergey's Underwater Nexus KitKats! - BARGE Adrift Ruins Google Experience
Which means there's now no more money left for (re)training...
I used to do this floppynet thing between two machines for exactly the same supposed security reasons back in... 1988? Fortunately it was only a high security MoD site (ordnance factory) with highly restricted movements of chemicals and suchlike in, out and around the site. Not a care about me taking my work home every night though.
Mircosoft makes 'Productivity Software' sound like an xymoron
And Charles Stross is not alone or the first, here's an 'oldie but goldie' from Edward Tufte on PowerPoint:
I still wish my phone was a Nokia
And judging by these comments I don't think I'm alone.
Works for me, and it's free.
"Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent"
Says it all really - if it was a proper 'internetty' company then it would be 900%.
You won't get a shopping list on your fridge door
You'll get an advert for a special offer on an item you bought previously but have no intention of ever buying again.
Turner Contemporary gallery?
Contemptible Turd gallery more like.
Time for the I'mGlass (tm) Burka of Invisibility
Where are the wearable computing countermeasures?
Or perhaps just update the etiquette about not punching people wearing glasses.
- Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
- Feature Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way
- Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
- In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
- Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer