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No one ever got fired for choosing to stick with Oracle...
...but they have been fired for screwing up a move between vendors.
If it were me, it'd have to be *a lot* cheaper to risk my career over!
Well on Windows it'd be difficult to be much worse. I've used iTunes for a while in windows and its a hateful piece of crap - buggy, inconsistent and continually freezing and crashing. Apple have never seemed to properly fix the freezes on the windows version; here's hoping version 11 is the one.
Assume end of, although I seem to remember 2015 being mentioned originally as it was the end of the parliament...
Well done chaps..
... fascinating article.
More of this type of thing please
Typing this in front of my laptop...
... I can see how that might be useful in meetings, presentations etc. A quick swipe to the screen may be more convenient than a mouse pad (or my favourite, the Lenovo style nipple - track pads are evil) or mouse button click when it is perched on your lap
The only problem with Bong now...
... is that is has strayed a little too far into the obviously satirical.
I miss the commentards who didn't understand this is a piss-take column...
Bizarre article written in a bubble
I'm usually a fan of Matt's articles, but this one seems to have been written in a weird bubble where facebook and twitter matter to people's work.
In the real world, the only people who need this info are in the press office / media team. The other 95% of the work force have NO need for facebook/twitter/other social media stuff for their work.
Honestly, what weird bubble was this written in?
There are Knowledge Management issues within even medium sized organisations on how employees generate, share and find information, but I'm pretty sure that it has nothing to do with social media (though I accept that technical solutions and approaches for one may be applicable to the other).
The first rule of the black list...
.... YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE BLACK LIST
I obsessively read Battle..
... and had every comic except the one with the last episode of Charley's war in. Never did find out how that finished...
Average is meaningless...
... as they have been on a variety of full time, part time and fixed term contracts. And at different levels of seniority.
As for using consultants, you don't expect the ministry of fun to have a ready pool of commercial & technical experts to work on a project like this do you?
Remember Mike Kiley (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/oct/03/whistleblower-sacked-bt-broadband) was one of the consultants... El Reg commentards had nice things to say about him.
Not interested in the climate change topic...
... but very interested in the abuse of the FOI legislation. Does the tribunal and Information Commissioner have some kind of BBC blind spot? There's usually pretty good at holding other areas of the public sector to task over a strict interpretation of the Act.
Very disappointed that the BBC Trust also hasn't weighed in on this - of course the managers at the beeb will be tempted to try not to disclose things that may be awkward for them (had to deal with the odd awkward FOI request when working in central government myself), but that is the point of the IC and Tribunal - to stop them taking the piss.
Yes, yes, yes,
.... but what FPS will I get on Battlefield 3?
You've not met anyone from CESG have you...
... they've been genetically altered to be incapable of saying 'Yes' to anything.
The best you'll ever get is "well, I won't set the dogs on you just yet if you choose to store or transmit your sensitive electronic information in that way."
To get this grudging statement on iOS6 means that they've repeatedly put it through the penetration test wringer and were mightily disappointed that it didn't fail for the level of impact (i.e. degree of difficulty of penetration) they've specified.
Just how bad must iTunes 11 be...
... given they've been perfectly happy with the truly hateful Windows implementation for so many previous versions?
Is it just me...
... or did others have to check I hadn't fallen asleep and woke up at the beginning of April when I read this article.
£50 for a networked lightbulb - really??
Maybe I'm a sad geek...
... but I'm looking forward to fondling the iPad mini in PC World (or something similar) to compare it to my Nexus 7. I've been impressed with the Nexus, so the iPad mini will have to be pretty good to make me want one
(I really like the iPad 3 BTW, but it's too bloody expensive to perform the 'toy' function I'd use it for)
Do you expect me to talk?
No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!
Re: Hang on.
". And I'm more worried that the people buying Facebook stock might have been pension and investment funds, so that poor retail investors are actually the ones taking a huge bath on this Facebook Fuck-Up."
Exactly. We've all paid for this in one way or another, as the suckers will have included pension funds and insurance companies.
Blackberry fanboi here too...
... as I've always had them for work (alongside my personal phone, currently a 4s).
However, I must say I'm not sure whether I'll bother getting another BB for work if I have the choice (which I should do in Jan). I like the keyboard, but iOS & Android (haven't used WinPhone) are at the point that I'd happily use them as a work phone, despite not having a proper keyboard.
... there is some value in preserving professional journalists.
But not via a hypothicated tax. The Guardian is a business - make money or die, it's that simple. You (i.e. the Guardian) deserve nothing you haven't earned.
Oh, and I'm a Guardian subscriber via the iOS app and have read (and paid for it) most days for the last 10 years. CHARGE ME MORE MONEY YOU IDIOTS
If MS did this with Windows...
.... there would be outrage.
I'm not a regular Linux user, but I wouldn't expect this kind of crap from the platform. Giving me Amazon search results when I'm searching for files on my local system - really? Really????
Bah humbug to all the killjoys...
... one of the benefits for being a professor has to be making things go bang occasionally, just for the hell of it.
Re: Security Added Now?
I wouldn't take the few soundbites that a minister has in their brief for the committee to be an accurate description of when they started thinking about security:
Minister: "Crap, I'm in front of the WaPC tomorrow. What will they ask?"
Official: "They'll mention security for sure"
Minister: "I don't know anything about that - what do I say?"
Official: "Don't worry, nor do they. Just mention some vague things about bank security systems and Amazon. And throw in a Google reference if necessary. On second thoughts, forget the Google reference"
That's not to say I know the security is fine on the system (though some guys I used to work with I know are working on its development) - just that ministerial pronouncements on this stuff are for the general public, not knowledgeable commentards on El Reg.
Re: But scientists haven't proved its safe....
Exactly. Anything that gives off radiation has to be dangerous, I don't care what so called 'scientists' have to say.
I also never eat anything with chemicals in. Chemicals are dangerous.
Re: But scientists haven't proved its safe....
Yes - one can't be too careful. But I haven't stopped smoking as I'm sure those cancer scare stories were all made up by NuLabour.
Thank god I've still got my healing crystals to keep me safe
But scientists haven't proved its safe....
...and without cast iron proof that it IS safe, I'm not going to believe it is. After all, the UN health agency said that its a possible cause of cancer.
Oh, and won't someone think of the children. Or something.
The first rule of the blacklist is that you don't talk about the blacklist as it breaks EU procurement rules.
What you do is ask for examples of relevant previous projects and the contact details of the clients so you can find out how useless they are. You also ask pointed questions about previous contracts where performance clauses were invoked, penalties paid etc.
Do this right and you don't need a blacklist...
To be fair to Lewis...
... regarding the half vs 48% thing mentioned earlier, I read his main point as being they had assumed it was good for half right now, rather than half in the future with the inevitable growth in energy consumption.
Every time I read articles such as this, I wish I had a lot more time to read through the papers themselves so I could form a better informed view rather than relying on other people's interpretation of the papers. Maybe after a nice lottery win...
They may have lost me as a customer in the future...
... apart from liking iOS, one of the reasons I've stayed with Apple is the ubiquity of connectors in my house (chargers, docks etc) that fit both the iPhones and iPods we have. I'll have to see how the adapter works but it may be a more open competition for my next phone - I've come to like Jellybean on my Nexus 7 tablet as much as iOS...
Re: It served its purpose...
Too true @Steve Crook
I'd laugh at the idiots who bought at the IPO price, except it was pension funds, insurance companies etc and so I'm paying a small share of the loss one way or another.
Well I thought it was funny...
... but then as @hplasm says, I'm the one usually marinading others in this :)
Re: Engage PR containment mode
Too right - I'd shill for North Korea if they paid me enough. I'd get rid of the grubby feeling by showering in warm Dom Perignon.
Ethics - I've heard of them.
Wikipedia isn't that bad...
...yes there are mistakes, but for comprehensive and almost entirely correct descriptions of basic science its pretty good. It's easy for those in the know to notice and correct mistakes regarding the standard model etc. I've also found it good for some of the basic facts and dates in UK history, and as other commentards have said, the reference section at the bottom of articles tends to be very good.
All this doesn't change the fact that Jimmy Wales comes across as a giant douche though (hah - another south park reference sneaked in there...)
Re: Fantastic OS
I had assumed that one of the reasons that it was successful is that they had better integrated Pinyin and better adapted the screens for Chinese script going top to bottom. Interesting to see your comment that it has merits beyond this - are you using it for primarily latin script or chinese? Do you think it would have a market outside China (and maybe Japan, given they use the sama character set)?
Re: Make the objectives easier.
There are some great community organisations coming together to make this happen, but its surprisingly difficult to make standardised packages work for the whole country, and tick all of the boxes that we'd want (FTTH where possible, future proof upgrade path if not, choice of ISPs available, sensible cost to the punter, decent amount of backhaul, not extending the BT monopoly etc).
Re: Make the objectives easier.
I think one of the successful small scale trials in North Yorkshire uses a village hall as the base for one of the fixed wireless transmitters. Thats the easy part - the difficultly is paying to install the backhaul, getting a viable business model so ongoing subsidy isn't needed and being able to provide a choice of providers at a sensible price - all possible but very difficult to sort out for all rural areas.
Really what the Lords are arguing for, without saying it, is a nationalised fibre to the home (or at least fibre to the cabinet/ community hub/whatever you want to call it) - something like what they're up to in Oz.
Fine, but you have to be prepared to pay for it.
As for some of the comments above asking for a reliable 10Mbit that doesn't slow down in the evenings- yes, you can have that but be prepared to pay for better contention ratios on your connection. You can't expect to pay for a cheap connection and not get slow down at busy periods. And be prepared for higher taxes for your 10Mbit - in a surprising number of rural areas, given the distance to the exchange and network topology (lines connected directly to the exchange etc) either FTTH or a clever fixed wireless solution is your only hope, both of which would require significant public money to subsidise the capital cost.
BDUK have done a pretty good job within the parameters they have been set by politicians - i.e. budget available, state aid rules, targets to hit etc. Any significant change in the implementation will need to start with a change agreed by Jeremy Hunt (policy) and George Osborne (cash available).
My view? Scrap High Speed Rail and use the cash to build a proper FTTH network..
Can I be the first to say that this kind of reasoned article has no place on El Reg. Please read Andrew Orlowski and others to better understand the frothing, sarcasm laden, biased invictive that has made this website what it is today
The whole estimates and quarterly reports process is broken...
... and this is a great example of why. Apple beat the year on year Q results and Previous Year to Date totals and their share price drops approx 5% ! The pointless cycle of hyping share prices up or down based on expectations of quarterly results makes it difficult for businesses to invest for the future and actually harms shareholder return in the long term. That's not to say the financial sector is the only one to blame - companies such as Apple (until very recently) refuse to pay dividends to their shareholders (who CEOs seem to forget are the owners, not them), expecting share price growth to provide adequate returns.
This is getting horribly off topic, so consider this - what became the mobile phone division of Nokia lost money for 17 years in a row. Despite recent management screw-ups, it has been immensely profitable for shareholders in the long term - who thinks that might have happened under the treadmill of Q on Q analysis?
PS I'm neither a hater or a fanboi - I like my iPhone 4s, but I'm also deeply impressed by my newly arrived Nexus 7 Andriod tablet.
And this thread is why...
... I love The Register...
Mixture of obscure Si-fi references, degree level comments and random burbling, all mixed together.
All we need now is amanfrommars to comment and the thread will be complete
..I salute your far-sighted imagineering, no doubt conceptised during one of your regular viral concept strategy pod sessions.
Can you send some of the Mobile Brand Protectors to Watford? There's no Olympic brand infractions I can see, but it's full of badly dressed Web 1.0 peasants with narily an iPad between them. Being inside the M25, their mere presence is leeching the electrons out of the social brand media powered Jubilympic celebrations this summer.
Bring on the 1000lbs of soot!
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