57 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009
Re: Dear author
Wow! Must be an amazing view from that high-horse!
No shiller, but all filler.
Play this game with the article - after every sentence, add the words "No shit!"
"One way is to look for independent reviews of the product by a trusted reviewer. No shit!"
"For example, product reviewers paid by a media outlet should be more independent than ones paid by the product's vendor. No shit!"
"It is, to be frank, inconceivable that a vendor would pay for a product review and publish the thing if it was negative[.] No shit!"
"A review of a product's claimed specifications using supplier-provided information is not enough on its own to justify a purchase. No shit!"
"All such reviews or product comparisons should be discounted unless there are independent reviews of the product. No shit!"
I hope I have, like the article, or a small asian child whittling at twenty-foot high bamboo, made my simple point at quite unjustifiable length.
There once was a judge named O'Kelly,
Who couldn't placate his big belly;
He ate all the things,
Pencils, police pens and pins,
and washed it all down with mint jelly.
"And it wasn’t even the server that failed, Delran said, just a £30 switch on the server that burnt out as a result of the fire."
That doesn't sound dodgy to anyone else? A server with a built-in switch? A massively important server that they couldn't simply move the drives, and/or functions to another server? A cheap switch ("on the server"?!?!) that they couldn't replace?
I'd love el Reg to get in touch with Michel Delran & press him for more details of this, pardon my french, bullhonkey.
Just my two pence
First of all, kudos to anyone who made it through the article. My eyes kept skittering off the page from things like the HR Manager asking "Can you explain why I’m paying so much for my IT?” (because that ever happens in real life) to tortuous quotes such as:
"The key requirement for a service-centric approach to delivering IT is to define the services required by the various business groups and functions and their value to these groups and functions,” [...] “These services should then be delivered to the associated users – business application owners and groups, end-users and consumers, or other IT staff.”
I see there are words written there, but I struggle to find meaning in them. 'Service-centric' IT, by all accounts, means delivering IT to users. This supposedly contrasts with 'Kitten-centric' IT which revolves around throwing mewling cats at users until they go away? Or is all IT about delivering IT to users?
"IT has to become a service-centric culture." IT has always been this. In The Beginning, God didn't create an email server - first of all there were users wondering how they could send amusing powerpoints to each other, then came the email server. IT by definition is a service. There's little point hosting a website if nobody's intended to view the bloody thing.
Beyond stating that our mythical HR head should, should she ever suffer a severe head trauma rendering her unable to ever feel joy, be able to pull up an ever-dynamic list of why she is "paying so much for IT", I've no idea what the point of this article is. Rambling and at every turn using a Mayfair word where an Old Kent Road one would do, it feels like something autogenerated by a robot, or a someone wishing to merely fulfill a quota.
"A truly sophisticated cloud architecture extends to the team, helping them to understand how they benefit each other in the delivery of IT services."
By the end of the article "the team" has long since departed for the pub, leaving the manager to continue his badly-covered-up affair with the head of HR.
Re: Should simply say
So - you haven't played it in three years, yet you agree the game is still bad?
You've missed too many changes to espouse on it's merits.
Re: @Dave 126
Also, weasel words like "can help hide the appearance of wrinkles."
ie. In a study of 10000 women, one of them thought her wrinkles looked better. So it *can* do it!
My comments are proven to reduce weightloss
when combined with an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.
As an expat living in the states I'm not ashamed to say that when I read the site notice on Sunday I cried.
At that point a border controller should be saying "erm... 10 failed registrations in a minute? Ok, you're getting blocked for an hour."
Re: For [Insert Diety here] sake
>Just changing the port SSH runs on doesn't make it anymore secure.
Yes it does.
It doesn't make it *secure*. It's certainly 'security through obscurity', but it is a mite more secure than leaving it on the default 22.
>If you must expose SSH services at least lock them down to known source locations.
Great! Now can you tell me the IP source address of the wifi access point in Terminal 7 of Amsterdam airport, because my boss has just called to say that mail is down, and I need to ssh in quickly to reboot the server.
Windirstat is a great alternative to Treesize - free, and you can scan network drives.
From the meta tags on their home page:
"Full service digital marketing agency, Online marketing agency, Modern communications agency, Interactive marketing agency network, Digital creative agency, Global digital agency network, Isobar, Isobar Communications, Isobar Worldwide, Isobar Global, Digital advertising, Digital agency, Digital agencies, Digital marketing, Online marketing, Online advertising, Email marketing, Wireless marketing, Interactive Television, SMS Marketing, Mobile marketing, Direct Marketing"
not sure how they can complain about being labelled as a PR company. Methinks the lady doth (digitally) protest too much...
Re: Not so zen
Ah! That Tribe Called Quest song must've been about a printer tray.
I remember reading "If it makes a noise when you drop it on the floor, it's hardware. Otherwise it's software."
Re: Still buying CDs?
That's something of a false dichotomy - it's becoming increasingly common to use .flacs for ripping, which are lossless. It's a great format if you want to move all your physical media into something digital.
Re: So many words...
The article doesn't say that it's a paradigm shift, and I didn't say it's a paradigm shift. We both asserted that Microsoft believes it to be so.
I just wanted to make a stand against the idea that using a flourish of vocabulary was distasteful, superfluous or redundant.
If it is not the case, perhaps "Mickysoft" and "windoze" could be added to the Commentards Bingo?
Re: So many words...
Just because you don't understand the words, doesn't mean it's "wankword bingo".
[Microsoft is] demonstrating their belief that we are on the cusp of a paradigm shift in computing.
[Microsoft is] showing everyone that they think that the our whole way of doing things with computers is about to change.
The first sentence is a shorter, intelligible and perfectly cromulent way of expressing the same idea as the second.
While we spend our lives surrounded by marketing buzzwords & creaking acronyms, but not everyone believes that a paucity of vocabulary is doubleplusgood.
"sharing feature is available to its overseas subscribers but ironically not in America, its biggest market"
Ow ow ow. This made my head hurt. Is there a Recommended Booze Level to attain whereupon it all makes sense?
Thank you very much for giving something new a whirl, but this is a little too densely packed. Adding in large graphical links to, what, seven more articles and two videos is a little OTT.
I'd be interested in seeing what the infographic looks like when only portraying the relevant statistics, and not all the other hoo-ha.
Could you mebbe label that last link NSFW, for people who aren't already mistrustful enough of the interwebs to check the link before they click?
re:Re: beautiful creatures
wait... we're talking about cats now..?
I think that for the purposes of this discussion, a laptop PC that plugs into the coporate network *is* a desktop computer, albeit a small one.
I am SHOCKED and DISGUSTED
that Lester didn't write this..
Countdown has a Filth-O-Tron now? Gosh, it really did go downhill after Richard Whitely passed..
re: An unmanned firm?
Maybe they're ladies.. :) (or eunuchs - as in, a bloke who has recently been 'unmanned'.)
I agree! At first I wasn't sure, but then I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can.
From where do you most often rent or download your movies?
Now - there has to be a reason "torrents" was left out of that list.. Am curious.
a) Noone accused them of having a monopoly
ii) Of course they have the vision and resources to do what they do. Every has the vision and resources to do what they themselves do. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to do it.
Thank you for your honesty - one of the best articles I've read on the Reg for a while.
I have one question... what was the A/V software running on the user PC that allowed conficker to have a LANparty?
I want one!
..but only because in the bottom pic it looks like a happy, winking rabbit..*
* I said 'winking'
Yeah, right.. If that were true then the porn industry would be a massive, multibillion dollar economy that drives technological advances like camcorders, vcrs, broadband and the Internet..! Dream on...
San Fernando Valley, CA
No, you dunce, that's the wrong version of profiling!
What the article clearly talks about is lining people up and viewing them from the side in order to work out how to place their desktop.
aptget =/= appstore
Lawks yes - they're exactly the same..
Do you remember that time that Redhat remotely pulled postfix from everyone's PC because they realised it could be used to send emails containing boobs? Or all those times Suse denied publishing apps because the clouds were a certain shape & the leaves in bottom of their tea settled into the shape of a skull..?
If they banned all the porn on the internet
Then your landlord is a secret Scrubs watcher.. :) He stole it from Perry Cox.
worked for me twice.. :)
My grandad used to stick ferrous down his trousers..
The evil angle..? That's easy. A site as large as wikipedia - would be a lovely purchase for Google, surely.. Think of all the data they can mine from edits, impressions, etc..
Oh! They can't buy Wikipedia..? Well, how about they do the next best thing then, and graciously give them a bundle of cash. Then 10 years later, Google will be the *only* ones giving them substantial cash, which will put them in quite a nice position to start dictating terms..
do no evil =/= increase shareholder revenue
"Wacko Jacko fans, Samsung has the external hard drive for you."
What a fantastic line. Thankyou.
*ahem* A Joke
Q. I say, how do you get more Apple fluff to write about?
So.. we're not allowed to criticize Bono unless we too are lead singers for multi-million dollar irish rock bands?
I just read a story by Bill Ray about the imminent lacklustre success of the googlephone. I'm just sure he's in a great place to cast aspersions on that, given that he's done more for the greater good and suchlike that google has. I mean, it's self-evident.
You've got to stop buying those 'specialist' magazines then.. : )
I get the alliteration in the title, but.. a wee bit sexist eh?
Thank goodness we got that whole cancer thing licked..
..or subtle humour..?
(Wikileaks has not yet confirmed rumours that it is about to release the tragic sound of a near miss as a loud whooshing sound passes several feet over Jimmy's head.)
"users can start managing their own groups without burdening administrators for support."
@@Is there a demo
No worry, I'll just start banging out a lipogram. :)
God! I hate sleazebags like this that prey on the weak & gullible.
That's why I instead choose to make $$$ working from home as an El Reg Journo! My specially prepared kit contains 1 cup of bile, 40 Pot Noodles, a home brewing kit, discount spellcheck software from The Guardian and a bucket of Playmobile (for the indepth stuff). This can be yours now for only $9.95!! ($500 shipping and mishandling fee applies).
Y'know, I think that Tesco probably won't sell a lot of iPhones - what with Tesco customers not falling into the traditional demographic - but it will add to the ubiquity of the product and there's time yet for Apple to sign a deal with Waitrose. :D
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