120 posts • joined 14 Apr 2008
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.
The blog doesn't say Google will make the disclosure
It says, as you quote, that Google will support researchers in making that disclosure, not Google itself. You may think that being one step removed from the process is as good as makes no difference at all but Google will say it is just encouraging others to adopt its own position.
It would help if some sites didn't limit the length of password to, for example, 10 characters. Why take security seriously when some companies so obviously don't?
Why would I want to wear glasses...
Just to watch adverts?
Latest UK outbreak (Zombies v. Ninjas, £1700 bill run up by 5 year old)
This was just on the local news, featuring many of the issues already mentioned.
Apologies for the source, I can't find it anywhere else (at the time of posting):
Should be cats, not people
Have these people never been on teh interwebs?
4G means losing all that voice revenue
So it's not surprising that EE is charging so much or that the other networks are dragging their feet. If 4G voice works at all that is:
Beer, because that's all I will be downloading today and 4G won't make that any faster (or pay-by-bonk make me pay for it any more quickly either).
Re: politicos aren't clever at writing legislation
And here's the tax guide they use:
Re: "Ballmer is the best person to lead Microsoft"
Actually, it was Analysis on Radio 4: "Just Deserts" and very good it was too.
Re: Trialing as we speak.
Managed to sign up without reading the T&Cs.
Clicking on the acceptance email opened a second tab (in Firefox 18.0.1) which promptly threw an error and displayed the hour glass (Windows XP). Closing that tab brought me back to the original tab so I started upload a text file (26.6MB). Estimated upload time soon climbed to 1:38:55 and has now been stuck at "Infinity:NaN:NaN" for the last six minutes or so. Looks like I'll be reading El Reg a little while longer...
What time capsule did you dig up this article from?
Or have the telegraph poles fallen over in the flooding?
Re: No Ink Tummy?
The one where I didn't realise I was turning into a marketroid scum... In my alternate universe 'marcomms' <spit> came under the remit of Technical Communications so it didn't feel so dirty, especially as we were all engineers first and foremost not fluffy bunny... marketroid scum. Quite amused by the fact that the seo/sem/neu meeja company that took over our old offices likes to promote how many of its' employees have a mathematical or science background, as if that gives their activity any more credence.
No Ink Tummy?
Inktomi results (or part of) seemed to be incorporated into many of the search engines of the time, not least HotBot.
I do seem to remember a fleeting moment in time when SEO was a noble art before it became infested with marketroid scum.
White Goods Annoy Red Army.
Not enforcable anyway?
At lest that's my understanding but also that this has never been tested in court.
Re: The Machine Stops
Not a film but there's this BBC adaptation:
Yes, especially as the article keeps referring to scroogle and not scroogled (even in the sub-head).
Recent divorcees, Sinofsky and Otellini are now free to 'further cement their long-term relationship'.
Homework: Discuss the terms 'bitter divorce struggle' and 'amicable separation' with regards to Microsoft and Intel.
Re: What I'd be looking for in such a thing
I agree. A good postscript to this article would be similarly brief round-up of build-your-own options using freeNAS (and the rest). I'm happy with my HP ProLiant Microserver which I know many people have on here and cost a less than £150( (with cashback). No doubt the good burghers of this parish will be along soon enough with suggestions for the latest and greatest.
Re: Guess you used the wrong similitude....
And it's a myth he made the trains run on time:
It took me an extra 14 minutes to watch an hour long show on iPlayer last night. Still, at least it gave me time to put their relentless junkmail in the recycling.
- Does Apple's iOS make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1
- Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge
- Pics Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY
- Video Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA
- 166 days later: Space Station astronauts return to Earth