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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

Zane

Missing the point...

Hm - seems you miss the point of the argument. What you are saying is exactly that: there is no machine that could produce these thoughts. Your post in fact proves Penrose to be correct.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Zane
FAIL

So how do you measure this?

"Microsoft's serious performance improvements in Windows 7"

I wonder where you get this from. Yes, Win7 is faster than XP. However, running Linux Manjaro on the same machine lets Win7 look like a snail. And whenever I switch from Mac to Windows, I have this feeling "oops, did the machine just freeze?". Response time of mouse and keyboard is lousy, and when doing things fast in Outlook, you will see the machine gets locked for periods of up to 60 seconds. I love the spinning mouse pointer 8^(

/Zane

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

Zane

Re: Average?

Are you really surprised?

Salary is low, quality is low. Seems to be a perfect match.

/Zane

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

Zane

Re: RE: And that is why mobile Windows is so shite - they want you to use Android

Ok - and so why is it that your colleagues laugh about people using phones that actually do what you want and where you can install apps you really need?

Yes I also know some people you have a WP - most hate it. The ones who like surprisingly have never had an Android or an iPhone.

/Zane

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Zane

Sorry for my gay colleagues - while most of them are nice, some of them will go on your nerves, especially when drunk. There was this one guy who just didn't stop - and I fact he did this stupid thing like hinting at his penis size (I told him too small for my taste...) like the guys in this article.

And in fact I have even been harassed by (drunk, elder) women - yep, I was a cutie long time ago...

but it happened more with males, and I also found it more unpleasant. But in the end all pretty harmless.

I am sorry to say - I don't like the feminist anti-man attitude, but it seems true: males will harass more often, and in fact they are more often those using force.

/Zane

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Zane

Re: This article's about the minority

Yep, you are right. It's a minority - and a damn stupid one... does any of this ever work on any girl?

While, besides, you might like to read this:

http://iangent.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-petrie-multiplier-why-attack-on.html

/Zane

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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

Zane

Read between the lines

I cannot speak for the whole of London, but I can say that I wrote a prototype for a time-criticial application for TfL, and my company took away the business from MS as we could show we were able to handle critical stuff MS couldn't. My impression is that MS cloud is for low bandwidth customers only. So I must admit that MS is at least clever enough to know this.

/Zane

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

Zane

Ignorance on all sides

One of the things that really annoys me about this - of course these stupid rules "upper+lower case, digit, special symbol" do not yield a good password. Not at all. And there are lots of good passwords that are lower case only, eg. wcbhfeae (easy to remember, isn't it?) is not that bad.

Ranking passwords by these categories is completely senseless.

/Zane

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

Zane

Too bad...

"Didn’t that seem like a lot of money for what amounts to a few lines of HTML and a couple of server-side scripts?"

Too bad I wasn't there. Would have luved that.

/Zane

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

Zane

Re: Fire a few people?

Balmers' 'yes men' will stay for sure.

If you're clever, now is the time to leave MS.

/Zane

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

Zane

Re: Really

One thing where Microsoft is really successful,

is that they were able to make people think that their data is more safe with Microsoft than with Google or Apple.

A Microsoft "private" cloud? Just look how often your Windows likes to phone home.

/Zane

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

Zane

What's your point?

I like to take notes and put links to the emails related to the notes. I don't think you can do this in your ecosystem. I really use computers as tools to make me more efficient. You still use them as playstations.

/Zane

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

Zane

Not programmable

So do I get this right: it's not programmable, i.e. it's not a computer at all, it's just a machine that is optimized for some special problem? Than what is the problem that it solves so fast?

/Zane

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Zane

Re: Nope, Sorry!

C'mon.

My Google know her well 8^)

I think she was good in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus".

There are some really nice pictures of her on the net.

She proves that Brit girls are attractive.

You should be proud.

/Zane

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

Zane

So what's the name in other languages?

In German, people like to call it "Schweinegatter" (pig fence), for obvious reasons.

When I was small, I was taught it is the number sign - as apparently Brits wrote #1, #2, ... meaning number one, number two,...

I always though it was called "pound sign", as it was used for British pound on typewriters that didn't have a pound sign, due to the fact it was at the same position. Well, I learned typewriting on a machine with the pound sign, which I think was however rather unusual in Germany.

Then I know people who call it "railroad crossing", I guess for obvious reasons as well.

Why it's called a hash, I have no idea. Then people call associative arrays hashes, which is confusing the specification with the implementation. So I guess people like to use the word hash when they don't know what they are talking about.

Yep, it then it seems a lot of people call it sharp, that's why C# is pronounced C-sharp, isn't it?

/Zane

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

Zane

Re: Deep integration of Twaddle @ Terry 6

Yep, invaildates warranty. However, a rooted phone can normally be brought back to its original state, so hard to prove you've rooted it.

Main problem with the stuff is that they are very different levels of complexity. Some phones can be unrooted with one-click solution, others need much more work. Find your phone+provider on the net, for most flavors you get tons of how-to's. Take your time to read them - it pays out!

/Zane

who has rooted a Galaxy 2S with T-Mobile Branding and 2.3 Kernel (I'd claim it doesn't get harder).

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Zane
Angel

Re: Deep integration of Twaddle

That has nothing today with your Android - it's your bloody provider who is the reason (or the manufacturer, or both).

Get your phone rooted. Don't cry about living in a cage when the door's wide open.

/Zane

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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So women deserve higher pay

I did not think about it before, but now it has become clear that women are just more expensive than men due to geometrical reasons. I'm so sorry for having had silly ideas about the reasons before - now I understand the poor creatures just can't do anything about it.

So consequently, women need higher pay than men.

/Zane

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

Zane

Good point

Very good point here.

I am not so worried about Google having my data, but then there are some plans that online access to government services is only available through a special government account, that needs to be verified blah blah. Whatever they say, what they want is control. I don't need that.

With the industry, there normally is an opt-out, and mostly its anyway an opt-in. Not scary. You should just be aware what you are giving away. Do you get money for value?

Biggest problem is: politicians have already started diversionary tactics to make the people believe Google (or whoever) is the enemy. I know too many people who believe that politcians are really here to make this a better place, so they don't get what's going on.

/Zane

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Ericsson: There'll be over 9 BILLION mobe subscribers by 2019

Zane

Re: 9 Billion

The talk about "subscribers". So it's the number of subscriptions, not the number of users. Does not say anything about the terminal.

So basically it's the number of SIM cards. And for the backbone, it doesn't matter if you use a mobile or a tablet. They make profit on your usage in both cases.

/Zane

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Zane

> Red goes to red + amber

Not everywhere.

> You certainly don't wait for green to begin gear selection, or if you do, then please refer yourself to your nearest driving school for some further tuition.

Never heard that you must not wait for green.

But it looks like you have never been in second row before the traffic light.

There are quite some drivers who will need more than one second.

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Zane

Re: Sorry to say...

Oliver,

you have no idea how precise these platoon maneuvers can be. They can be done literally without any safety gap.

You will never see a human doing this. Not even on a German autobahn. Not even if the driver is completely.

But you might be right - maybe we'll get used to it.

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Zane

Re: These cars need a human level AI....on the contrary

You'd be surprised how bad the "human level AI" compares to some rather simple algorithms

for coping with the situations you mention.

Humans are not very good at driving cars.

Two simple examples:

- parking: normally, in about 30% of the cases where the car would have fit into the parking lot, the driver is too afraid it won't or thinks it will be too complicated, or just doesn't have a good 3dimensional view of the situation to get it done. The algorithms to get a car into every parking lot if it fits is pretty simple - I worked with guys who have written this kind of software, it works amazingly well.

- breaking: a lot of accidents happen because drivers are too shy to break hard enough. In fact, if you have moderately modern car, there is already a lot of software involved when you break, which will make sure that the car really stops and does not break out. Software is very good at breaking your car hard enough so it does not touch anything.

/Zane

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Zane
FAIL

Sorry to say...

...but you have no idea what you are talking about.

Is this a serious article, or did I miss the irony tags?

This article is so full of silly assumptions, it's the worst thing I've ever read on El Reg.

The authors have not the least idea how automatic driving works. And for theircounter arguments

they use scenarios which are stupid.

Do you really believe that the first (human) at a traffic light

always starts within less then a second after the light becomes green?

Do you even understand that everyone in the row adds to the delay when crossing the traffic light?

Just one example that is plain silly.

Automatic driving works pretty well - and it has done so for quite a time. Most things a machine can do better than a human, but it seems you want to tell me that you can cut anything better than a laser beam will.

The real problem with automatic driving will be with laws (who's in charge when an automatic car causes an accident?) and with human psychology (ever seen a car being added to a platoon at 120 mph? Looks pretty dangerous).

/Zane

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

Zane

Yeah where are they?

It's funny with all this stuff - even with Xboxes, I know far more people with whatever non-XBox play stations than people with XBoxes (but, yes they do exist).

I know one person who owned a Zune (when still working at Microsoft 8^)

A know three people with a Windows Mobile: 2 got it from the employer, and as they are using it for email and calls only, they have not even noticed it sucks - one really bought it for himself. Well, the first time he called me we had to switch to the fixed phones (true. really really true. I laughed my ass of for the rest of the day... "Was that your Windows mobile? What was going on?"- " Err I don't know, but now, after a reboot, it works normal again")

I haven't seen anyone with a Surface yet. I know someone who knows someone who has a Surface, and he says it looks cool.

So where are all these people buying MS devices like mad? Just afraid to show the devices in public because they are so uncool?

/Zane

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

Zane

Re: how does this compare to phones from a few years ago?

At least for me that's easy:

- no automatic brightness

- takes 20 secs to look up a contact

- music player WIP

That sucks, compared to my SGII.

I'll have another Android, not sure if it will be a Samsung or a Motorola.

/Zane

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Zane
Happy

Re: A couple of problems with this

The guy was talking about CEO's - and you are apparently not one of them.

/Zane

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Forget phones, BlackBerry's new Project Ion is all about THINGS

Zane
FAIL

Re: The trick, Saunders said, is that these days,

While QNX is quite impressive, iOS is not lightyears away from it.

In fact, QNX in a device would have been a reason for me to buy the device.

That is - was a good reason until now.

/Zane

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

Zane

And so?

"the division works on long-term ideas that take a while to feed into products"

good to see that El Reg knows quite something about MS Research 8^)

Wonder if anyone has a number how much of the MS Research ideas ever made it into a product.

Should be a small number.

Research labs are not about driving product innovation - they're here to file patents.

/Zane

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

Zane

Re: Lots of great info... But...

I'd really like to know which 25 markets you are speaking of.

Maybe you should read The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/29/microsoft_nokia/

Windows Phone is starting losing on the US market - that's quite an indicator they will lose in most other Western markets as well, the US is just a little ahead.

And even if Windows Phone increases market share, there's quite a way to go in some markets.

/Zane

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Job for IT generalist ...

Zane

Re: RE: 75 month CIO

No, this guy is just a good engineer.

He used months as unit when talking about the other CIOs. Months is a good choice here, as it was less than a year, but much more than several weeks.

He then re-used the unit when talking about himself. Makes it easier to compare when you use the same unit.

He could've used weeks or days instead. That would look like nitpicking, wouldn't it?

/Zane

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

Zane

Sad but true

Tried to work with Powershell for about 6 months.

And I was really upset with it, and thought exactly the same: there must be a better way to use this.

If there is, then nobody shares it on the internet.

Compared to Unix shell, powershell doesn't come near. The object-orientedness is a nice concept, but in practice it's not that helpful.

What I used instead:

pyshell - much nicer, but I'm not a python fan.

gitbash (needs mingw) - just feels home when you are used to Unix shell scripting. Using that now for about 18 months, and I'm happy with it.

Sorry that I do not have a better answer. But I think that fellow posters show that this is as it is.

/Zane

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

Zane
WTF?

It's better to improve on natural intelligence

OMG - true AI. Yes. But maybe it would be good to read a little about physics and mathematics beforehand...

The universe is not a clockwork, it's not a machine, and it's not a big computer.

Even worse, mathematics cannot ever completely model (or even explain) reality (which came as a shock when Gödel found that out in the last century)

Our mind is not a clockwork orange - there's even a good book on this.

There is quite some evidence - not only Penrose' book - that living and thinking is something that can't be built by engineers. See e.g. http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.1791.

And anyway - Buddha knew all of this before.

/Zane

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

Zane

Re: Paw Shakes Head

Have you read the article?

It's about people against using religious traditions of heterosexual marriage at a gay marriage:

"I'm not going to walk down the aisle to Mendelssohn wearing white in a church and throw a bouquet and do the first dance,"

I don't think they are gainst your right to get a Green Card for your partner in case you are a citizen yourself.

/Zane

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What does people-centric IT mean, anyway?

Zane

It has been said many times...

Ah, I wanted to write something funny about MS and people-centric IT, but this forum is already full of it.

So it's easy, MS: nobody will ever buy that from you. Seems you will need to think of another hype, this one is already a nonstarter.

/Zane

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Zane
Happy

I like it

One of the reasons I never was fond of the Euro (yep, I'm from the continent) is diversity of coins. I always liked all these funny different ways you can shape coins, and it's more fun the more different currencies you have. So be glad you still have your pound and can fool around with it.

/Zane

BTW a 12-based system for money is better than a decimal system - but you are not going to change that in the foreseeable future, are you?

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

Zane
FAIL

Good news

for criminals.

Met will be busy with getting the system running for probably the next 6 montsh.

/Zane

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

Zane

Where's the android?

If I get it correctly, I couldn't with a Nokia Android what I can do with my Samsung.

So what's the point?

/Zane

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Zane

WinCE

How I wish you were right.

But then there are still some people in this world who are forced to develop for WinCE.

/Zane

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

Zane

Sorry for the geekery.

I propose to start here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/20079/install-linux-mint-on-your-windows-computer-or-netbook/

Should be easy to google for similar solutions.

/Zane

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Zane

Do people return?

I see that many here posted the obvious: migrate your friends to Linux. Ubuntu, Mint, whatever,...

Do I get it correctly that the normal experience is that those who migrated to Linux never went back to Windows?

/Zane gladly living in a Windows-free home office since 2001.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

Zane
WTF?

Re: Consumer Company?

"good stuff like ... Visual Studio."

Wow. Are you a developer? Haven't met many that like VS. Have you tried other IDEs? I know a few which are much better.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

Zane

Really?

So what d'you mean, this happens when you use Linux?

That you gain a lot while others think you lost?

Absolutely right indeed!

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Ford says Microsoft CEO target Mulally not going anywhere

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Re: cars are not computers

I think you hit an important point here: Will they last?

I claim again: my grandchildren will not know who Microsoft is or was.

Do you remember Wang, Olivetti, etc? Or even your President Nixon?

/Zane

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

Zane

How typical of you

Really nice article.

And it mentions certain things not specific to the Win 8 or Surface Pro, but that have been around with Microsoft software since always: complicated to install, and inconsistent in design. Seems most people only notice now that they see that others can do better.

Zane

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'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO

Zane

Why not...

..end the war with the customer and make a word processor that is able to structure text?

Zane.

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The REAL winner of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE

Zane
Alien

Re: Billion Android Phones.

Microsoft Ecosystem???

A good ecosystem comes with balance and diversity. A monopoly is not an ecosystem.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

Zane
WTF?

Re: RIP Nokia

What you mean "...just the phone division"?

As in: he still exists, they only cut out his stomach?

/Zane

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

Zane

Microsoft just can't write decent software

Seems to me that the whole thing burns down to a very simple truth - Microsoft cannot write at HTML5 compliant version of the app, while others can.

Seems we have seen this thing before. Microsoft cannot implement standards. As most programmers can, it follows that there no programmers at Microsoft.

/Zane

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

Zane
WTF?

There's no alternative...

This might be true for Windows Phones.

It's not true for Android. Just google for it.

/Zane

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