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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: Rufus Sewel

Sorry, I misread that as Brian Sewell, and thought you'd gone bonkers.

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Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding

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I'm sure for getting on for $12m you could easily arrange a small war, if you need the ruins in a specific place...

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Re: Bah!

He should be birched.

That's not nearly painful enough! He should be redwooded...

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Re: Magic. Or something like it.

They brought in potted trees for fuck's sake. Into a forest full of giant redwoods!!! Just for lack of taste that requires a fine measured in the billions. That's before the risk of species contamination.

And I though David and Victoria Beckham's golden thrones and goblets was vulgar. I'd never realised they were just amateurs...

Yuck! The whole thing becomes even ickier when you read the obviously agreed by lawyers as part of the settlement language of the press statements. Bring back public flogging and the stocks!

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Re: $9m for a wedding and a $2.5m clean-up bill ?

These panda-burgers are delicious! I must get them for my next dinner party...

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Ecuador: Let's talk about not having Julian Assange on our sofa

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Re: A lotta donuts

Wallyb132,

I think you need to take the tin-foil hat off there.

Firstly he wasn't accused of a totally non-violent crime. One of the allegations is that he tried to force himself on one of the women, who was saying no dice until you put on a condom. It wasn't full-on violence in that she says she was holding her legs together and he was using his bulk to stop her getting away and trying to get them apart. So there's no accusation that he was trying to hurt her physically, but that would still be rape. Just less aggravated than if he was using a knife, or smacking her round the head or something. Not some sort of 'weird sexual offence that only counts in Sweden' but proper rape. As was confirmed by the UK Supreme Court judgement, where they upheld that the European Arrest Warrant was legal, but also said that the case would have met the criteria for extradition anyway, even without the EAW system.

So that's the first bit of your post that doesn't add up. As for the rest of it, justice isn't convenient, but we have a system that's supposed to pretty much ignore the costs and just get on with criminal cases. We have a valid warrant for his arrest, and the police are duty bound to carry that out. As approved by our courts, in exhaustive process, where Assange got to put his case at 4 different levels of courts. He had his day in court, he lost, now he has to go to Sweden and have his day in court there. If it even gets to court. But I'm inclined to suspect his motives for avoiding facing justice in Sweden might be down to a guilty conscience, given the amount of time, effort and money he's gone to in order to avoid facing them. Admittedly most of that money has been other people's, but still...

As for the US charging him, we'll know more when the Manning trial is over. I don't think they'd be able to accuse him of much for publishing the leaked stuff. Only if they can prove he was controlling Manning and helping with the hacking, then they can go for espionage or conspiracy. But if he did do all that, then he is guilty of either conspiracy to hack or espionage. Even if you think what he did was in a good cause. Although with the way Manning was treated, I'd be amazed if half the evidence from the military tribunal would be admissible, which leads me to suspect that even if the US could get enough evidence to try him, they wouldn't be able to get enough untainted evidence to get a foreign court to extradite him.

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Re: A lotta donuts

There's a Krispy Kreme in Harrods.

That must be the mathematical Holy Grail that is: Expensive squared. They probably do a special one that's diamond encrusted, and filled with the tears of orphans. For £20,000. Probably with a free orphan thrown in for refills.

I was very disappointed when Fayed sold Harrods. He said he was going to have himself mummified and be interred in a pyramid on the ceiling. I wonder why no-one ever checked his blood for drugs...

However, if he'd not sold, the combined weight of the 2 egomaniac paranoid nutjobs in such a small area would probably have distorted the space-time continuum and led to a tin-foil hole forming in the area...

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Re: Charge?Charge?We don need no streaking charge!

Stevelane,

Yes the Swedes could interviewed Assange in England. They could have changed their laws for his convenience. But they decided not to. Shame that...

On the other hand, he could have complied with the law of the country he said he wanted to become a citizen of. He could have avoided fleeing the country, but didn't. He could have complied with the European arrest warrant, but didn't. He could have complied with the court order, after he'd lost his appeal over the EAW. But didn't. He can come out of the embassy any time he likes and comply with the law, or he can sit in there and rot for the next umpteen years. Or as long as the Ecuadorian Ambassador wishes to put up with him anyway. It's his choice.

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Re: A lotta donuts

Well, it's like the street value of drugs seized by police. The street value of a police officer is much higher than their cost if you get them wholesale...

Or, as you suggest, they could just be eating a lot of Doughnuts. Say there's a nearby Krispy Kreme outlet, then that £14k could buy them as many as 5 or 6 doughnuts per day...

I wonder if old Julian showers regularly while he's in there? Or is he whiffing up their embassy something awful? I know the Guardian guys who worked with him on the US diplomatic cables complained that they were stuck in small windowless rooms with him, and he he hadn't bothered to wash or change clothes in several days.

Maybe that's the answer. The police have all been equipped with gas masks, just in case...

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

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Re: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

Users love Outlook!

I've no idea why, as I've always disliked it, and obviously not all of them do, but most users seem to absolutely love it. It has got a bit less slow, cumbersome and crashy since the 90s, so I no longer loathe it with the same passion.

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Germans purge selves of indigestible 63-letter word

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Reading glasses

Due to extremely poor eyesight I have high magnification reading glasses, which means the longest word I can see all in one go in this type size is about 10 letters. Makes long words quite inconvenient...

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Pen+tablet bandwagon finally rolling, Nvidia leaps aboard

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Re: Restive touch screens

I'm disappointed. I was hoping for better styluses being cheaper, hence them being a no-brainer to add to tablets. Even if you have to go out and buy your own. But I don't have any faith that capacative styluses are going to be any better than just using a carrot. Nasty, imprecise things.

Obviously the screens are better for fingers though, so going with Wacom seems to be the best of both worlds, even if it does add to the cost. I don't think it's the pressure sensitivity that's the important bit. Obviously it is if you're sketching all artistically, but if all you want is something to do a quick site drawing, annotate a photo/document or handwriting recognition, then it's precision you want. And that means a small accurate nib. Which still seems to mean Wacom. Or resistive screens, which just don't seem to be as nice.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Where the hell can you buy toilet cleaner potatoes? I use bleach and a brush to clean my loo, and didn't realise you could do it with potatoes. Now that really is cool!

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Re: " ..super clear sexting ..... squeak and grunt ..."

Dictaphone? Nah. I'll just my finger, like everyone else.

OK, OK, I'm going...

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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Re: Hmmm... (set-up)

If the dogs have no noses, how do they smell?

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Re: Hmmm...

Phwoooarrr look at the binaries on that system...

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faraway clouds of water and alcohol. Such localities are where hot young stars are to be found, an unfailing indicator of trendiness in galactic neighbourhood terms.

Well it's no wonder the Guide was wrong then!* After the writers had spent some time at a particularly excellent party with the naturally occurring alcohol and hot young starlets - they were so hung-over that they probably just copied any old rubbish down - from, say, the back of a cereal packet...

*The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy makes the reassuring claim that where it is inaccurate, it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it is always reality that’s got it wrong.

So, for instance, when the Guide was sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Traal literally - it said “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists” instead of “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists” - the editors claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing; summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth beauty, and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true.

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Obama: Just call me Billygoat Gruff the Third, patent trolls

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Re: In other news...

I think you'll find that the patent entitled "Methods for Convenient Arboreal Ursine Defecation Utilising Purloined Pic-a-nic Baskets in a Sylvan Setting" is already held by a Mr Y. Bear of Jellystone.

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Re: It occurs to me...

wowfood,

Surely we must be up to Web 4.0 by now?

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Review: HP Slate 7 Android tablet

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Re: Speakers

I took my Mum tablet shopping in John Lewis a few month's ago. She wants a 7 incher - ooh err missus...

The Nexus 7 has truly horrible speakers, but I was quite impressed by the Samsung Galaxy 7. You could hear those clearly over the noise of the shop, and I thought they were as loud as (probably a bit louder) than my iPad. Which admittedly can't be heard over a kettle, unless you hold it to your ear.

Can't swear to quality though, as it was a noisy shop. Only volume. But if you want quality, you use headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

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qunow,

Thanks. I'd missed that one.

Also thank you Asus. I've got a friend who wants to take quick site pictures, and then sketch dimensions on them, so he can do his drawings and designs better. So I was rather sad to see that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 had come down in price to £250-odd last year, but has now popped back to £400, and seems to be staying there. A 6" screen seems pretty large for a phone though, while being a bit small for drawing on. But I'll have to have a play with one in a shop.

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Dear Android Manufacturers,

Please can I have a stylus. Not on all models, I'm not greedy. But you keep bringing out all these lovely tablety goodies, and they're much cheaper than iPads. But only Samsung have bothered to give us pens. So their Galaxy Notes are all top price, with no competition.

No-one wants to be forced to use a stylus for the UI. We all know that's horrible, and we're all happier for having capacative screens (except when we've got our gloves on). But everyone should also know that drawing and handwriting without a stylus are also horrible. And it's such a natural thing to have on a 7" tablet. Please, please, pretty please.

Otherwise I'll have to write to Jim'll Fix It - and you wouldn't want me to do that now would you...

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Smut-for-Glass app suffers premature ejection

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Re: a weekend with a porn star and a weekend with David Cameron

Eric Pickles, John Prescott and Ann Widdecombe in a love triangle. It's all your fault!

Edwina Currie, John Major and his big blue underpants. Well that mental image is her fault, and one I shan't forgive her for in a hurry.

Where's the mind bleach!

Just imagine what Louise Mensch would get up to with Google Glasses?!?!

The horror... The horror...

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Badges for Commentards

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Haven't you changed your handle? Or is there another, slightly different, Vimes? Anyway, no badge for you. You need 100 posts and a year's use of the handle to get bronze:

The qualifying thresholds for badges are:

Bronze More than one year members and more than 100 posts in the last 12 months.

Silver Silver badge holders meet bronze requirements and have more than 2000 upvotes.

Gold This discretionary badge is awarded by Reg staff to commentards who have been very helpful - to us, through news tips and beta testing, for example - and to their fellow readers, through their posts.

Forum privileges are awarded according to commentard handle - not by user account. This means that if you change your handle, you will lose your forum privileges. Also, votes on your anonymous posts do not count towards you gaining badges.

So you've got 6 months in the salt mines before elevation to bronzeyness. And if you've got 2,000 upvotes I guess you go straight to silver, do not pass go, do not collect £200.

Sadly they've not extended editing to the other badgers yet, only the 10 gold ones. I don't know quite why, as they said they were going to, but maybe it's just a case of not getting round to it.

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Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

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That doesn't necessarily mean you're a baaaad person, but I'm going to keep an eye on ewe, just in case...

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Apple's two-factor security isn't as good as Microsoft or Google's, say experts

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Re: "Fanbois...

Stallman hasn't even discovered the sock...

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Re: "Fanbois...

nuked,

This is The Register. Where every commentard with an Apple is a Fanboi, every Linux user has a beard/socks/sandals, and every Oracle user sacrifices goats to Larry Ellison each week. All Yahoo! stories have exclamation marks! All Facebook stories contain the word "bitch", and all Google stories have some combination of chocolate factory, oompah-loompah and privacy-hating. That's the way things go round here, are you not used to it yet?

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New EXPLICIT pics support notion of moist, welcoming past for Mars

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Re: Wibbly wobbly pebbles!

Vulch,

It might not be raining. But it's freezing cold, so you can't get out of the car anyway. So we're talking Skegness.

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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Re: How about, to save all the worry, don't go to mars

What do you reckon NASA will find a cure for cancer, then the astronauts will steal it, and take it with them to Mars?

Come to think of it, where do you think NASA spends its money? I'll let you into a secret. They spend it on Earth. They don't sneak off to Galaxy Motors on Alpha Centauri, with pockets stuffed with gold, on the look-out for cheap second-hand spaceships.

They get some money from Congress and agree to spend it in the right bits of America that they can get enough votes to get their budget passed...

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And most of the PR staff will commit suicide as well.

Well every cloud has a silver lining...

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Re: 3 other ways

When I was 5 or 6 I'd just watched a film/TV show, where someone falls out of a window and dies. I'd just learned about people with terminal diseases. But obviously not yet learned about stuntmen... So my theory was that they must pay loads of money to people who are dying anyway (for the relatives of course) and then push them out of windows and film it. Or shoot them, or whatever.

Obviously I didn't know much about life at that age, but I guess I was already an expert on Hollywood morality...

Given how expensive stunts and CGI are, I'm sure there's got to be a future for this idea. But I think I prefer option 1. NASA could get to Mars much more easily with a big spaceship. Did I say big? I meant huge. Project Orion would have triple benefits:

1. We get to use up all those old nuclear bombs that no-one really wants around the place.

2. Huge spaceships. And cheap, because the nukes already exist, and the engineering doesn't need to be all fiddly and small/light.

3. Increases global radiation levels, thus making space safer. Relatively, anyway...

What's not to like?

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Google gives vendors seven-day bug disclosure deadline

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True. Google now have a lot of software out there, if some other vendors decide to get childish, and go tit-for-tat.

Also, how does this sit with Google's policy on Android? Are they going to out all the phone manufacturers and networks who haven't put out Android updates? There's an awful lot of people not running all the bug-fixes on their versions because their phones are abandonware.

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Google on advertising-funded cesspools: We don't like them either

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Re: Lexus marketing money bestiality video evidence?

What kind of poor excuse for a moderator are you? Feeling generous? Pah! In my day our moderators whipped us, beat us, then cut us into tiny little pieces and danced on our graves. And we were grateful for it too!

...mumble, mumble, young people... mumble, mumble... A proper war, that'd do 'em some good... bring back the birch... national service... mumble, mumble, long-haired can't tell if it's a boy or a girl... mumble, mumble...

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Re: Alternate option:

Suricou Raven,

Ads are all about perception, and creating a good one of your brand/product/image. Companies take this stuff incredibly seriously. Admittedly much of it is utter tosh, but when I worked for a US multi-national, the document explaining how, and under what circumstances, to use our company logo went to 19 pages! And heavy forfend if you put the logo at any angle other than 19 degrees, except in the few situations where it had to be straight-and-level...

There's just been a successful campaign on Facebook by women's groups. FB wouldn't remove images they didn't like of violence against women. Apparently Facebook's image can't get any worse, so they hit the advertisers. They'd got Nissan and one other global company to pull their ads from Facebook in only a couple of weeks of campaigning. Because people were complaining to any company who's ads appeared on those pages. And who can blame the advertisers for hating that association? I'm sure they don't approve of rape, nor do they control Facebook's ad-slinging engine.

Much of marketing is about sticking your logo next to something that people like, and hoping some of the magic will rub off. And to some extent that works. So the last thing companies want is the opposite effect, which may be ineffective, less effective, or in their nightmares - more effective. People are more likely to complain than to praise, after all.

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What part of finance isn't complex?

Large parts of finance are extremely simple, so long as you understand a few basic concepts - and the terminology. If you do it every day, and still don't understand some transaction then it's entirely possible that there's something wrong with the offer. But it's embarrassing to say "I don't understand" when everyone else is busily pretending that they do. This is the root of quite a lot of the recent financial crisis.

If risk-management can't understand it, then they can't manage it, or price it. Like selling interest rate swaps to small businesses, the offer was too complex for them to understand because the banks were hiding the fact that there was virtually no upside in the deal for the small businesses concerned. Whichever way interest rates went, the banks did OK. But they were sold as a way of avoiding volatility.

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An interesting article. Thanks.

There's also a problem the other way. With dodgy adverts appearing on legitimate sites. Which leads me to wonder how much of the blame to put at the door of the ad networks.

I've noticed that quite a few web cartoons take the scummiest, dodgiest adverts for diet-pills and work-from-home-scams. This includes something as big as Dilbert, which surely could manage to get financed by better adverts than that?

I've always been amazed by the piss-poor quality of Facebook ads as well. Maybe it's because I log in every 6 weeks or so, and post even less frequently - plus my personal information is only partly true. But surely it's not in Facebook's interest to be running ads that are obvious scams - it's truly amazing just how many Eastern European and Asian women want to marry me, and how many competitions I've won with prizes of free iPads. I've even won a few Lexuseseseseseses! Or is it Lexii?

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Motorola to kick off comeback with US-made Moto X

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In the same sentence you ask why should Samsung be pissed-off and that they just need to lower their profit margins. I think you'll find those two statements are in conflict.

Google are walking a tightrope. No one knows why they bought Motorola. If it was just for the patents, to help defend Android, then the OEMs will be very pleased that they 'took one for the team'. An $11 billion one at that! However that gratitude doesn't extend to wanting to lose any of their profits, so Google can make that cash back. So as soon as Google look to try and turn a profit from Motorola, and make it more competitive, the other Android OEMs are going to get grumpy. But if Google don't, their own shareholders will also get grumpy. Moto lose about $1bn a year, so this is quite an annoying problem.

Samsung are in a position to fork Android, they've certainly got the cash to do it. It would be a hassle, and surely part of the Android appeal is the integration with Google's services. But there are plenty of people out there like Amazon or Microsoft, with cloudy offerings, who'd be willing to buddy up with someone with as many customers as Samsung. Especially with all that lovely data that smartphones generate. The other OEMs aren't in as good a position, but if the Chinese market can be dominated by forked Android phones, with the Google stuff stripped out, there's no reason why others can't be. Samsung are responsible for something like 40% of Android sales, and over 90% of the profits. Google better not piss them off too much. Probably Samsung can't steal all that lot, but I strongly suspect they could trash the Android brand pretty effectively, and there's still Blackberry, WinPho or just forked Android as options (plus Tizen, Sailfish, Mozilla, even Symbian).

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Re: no advantage

Tom 35,

The more cynical part of me suspects that LG see people like you as the problem. With your disgusting tendency to try and delete the 'wonderful' software they've so bounteously pre-installed onto your handset, your refusal to use the app store they've given you as an alternative to Google's nasty one (which is so overcrowded with software, and not an exclusive boutique like theirs). And finally your constant whining about how they only take a few extra quarters to get your Android updates to you, and just what is the fuss about all that anyway, when they're generously willing to sell you a new handset at any time, with all the latest shinies on it...

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Replying to myself. LG just came out and said that they wouldn't be doing another Nexus phone, because there was no advantage to them doing Android without their own skin/apps/crapware. And I just read that Motorola may be killing off Motoblur and going pure 'Droid, which makes sense given who owns them.

Maybe their way to get an advantage out of Google is to write special apps that only they get, but in reality they'll be Google apps. That might give their phones an advantage. But the downside of that is Google would want all their apps to be on as many devices as possible. Especially the clever ones that supposedly predict what settings you want on the phone, depending on where you are, time of day and whether you're working or not. Lots of lovely data to mine there.

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There was a piece on this I saw somewhere else, that suggested Motorola had been talking about the margins on smartphones being too high. And that they could be cheaper, while still being premium, and accept less than 50% margins.

If true, that might well really piss off Samsung. I'm sure they're delighted with the huge margins they undoubtedly make on the S4, and would be sad to see it stop. It's a problem for Google. If they go cheap with Motorola to try and build back market share, then the other hardware players will be annoyed. If they allow them special features, then the others will cry favouritism. And yet if they continue to do nothing, then the shareholders will become increasingly grumpy about the $11bn they just spent on Motorola.

Hey Google! You did have a plan when you bought them didn't you?

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CRUNCH: 'Drunk' chap cuffed in high-speed car nookie prang rumpus

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Re: Who had the wheels?

I don't remember that particular episode of Chorlton and the Wheelies. But I'm sure with enough Googling I should be able to turn up something...

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Living with a 41-megapixel 808 PureView: Symbian's heroic last stand

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Re: Love the thing

I still keep thinking I'd like to dump my smartphone. Give me a 7" tablet and a dumb phone that can give it a WiFi hotspot. Which could work equally well with something like this, so I can dump my cheapy camera, and if it's got enough memory (or SD card slot) also my mp3 player.

I'm still not happy with the compromises in any smartphone I've used. I'm sure one day they'll all do phone, email, sat-nav, internet, camera and music player well with enough battery to cope with multiple uses. But that still looks to be some time away, so I'm still carrying several bits of kit.

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Re: Theory why it's Symbian only

I saw a comment on here from someone claiming to have worked on the Pureview project. He said that Windows Phone simply couldn't handle the huge data throughput to the processor. So they had to go for a cut-down version on WP8. It sounds believable, as MS wouldn't have had it in mind when doing their design, but I've obviously go no way of knowing.

However, surely you could easily bolt the system on to any phone. You simply put enough processing power into the camera that it doesn't need the external OS for anything, and just hands over the finished pictures. Then it's just a case of writing a camera driver for the phone OS. Obviously that would be less efficient. I don't know whether you'd then end up having to re-write all the code, or whether you'd run/emulate Symbian on the camera. It might end-up cheaper to have an expensive chip running cut-down Symbian than to re-do the Pureview software. Hardware's forever getting cheaper, good coders aren't.

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Re: And why are Samsung setting up a Finnish R&D centre?

Jess,

All the N8 was lacking was polish on the OS.

But the problem with your argument is that Nokia had already had years of putting out Symbian phones. Even now, Belle is apparently a massive improvement, but still lacks polish. Now admittedly you could put a lot of that down to the fact they were dumping Symbian as it was being finished.

But at some point Nokia needed to get an OS that wasn't nearly-but-not-quite. So your comment:

The whole NoWin fiasco is a demonstration of how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Is wishful thinking at best. Nokia have some amazing engineers, and have made some brilliant stuff. And they've had stuff half-finished on their drawing board for a decade that other companies would kill for. But in most cases they've failed to settle on one thing and damned well get it completed and out to market. From what I've read that's down to management. But there was no victory. You can claim there would have been, with just one more Symbian or Meego or Hanrattan or whatever updated. But frankly, I don't believe you. The evidence is very much against you. Clearly Elop and the board took the same attitude. They decided it was easier to buy in an OS from MS (even despite their mixed record in mobile) because they didn't trust themselves to sort out their own management processes. Something shown by the fact they hired an outsider to sort them out, and not an internal candidate. I wonder if that's because it was easier to abandon all projects and go outside, than for all the other competing factions at board level to surrender, and let one of their many OS projects win?

It's a crying shame - and a huge waste of engineering talent.

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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Re: Its war Jim, but not as we know it...

The 'hack' of the BNP members was no such thing. It was leaked by some internal people being annoyed, for some reason. Now we could go all 'conspiracy nut' here, and say they were sleeper agents. But I think I'll go with the most likely hypothesis. Which is the BNP has had internal troubles for a while. Some of it over party funds - who knows about the rest. Extremist parties tend to be prone to this kind of internal fun-and-games, so in the absence of evidence to the contrary, I'll go with that.

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Re: Ignorance is bliss...

That can't be true. Or the EDL would be happy all the time...

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Going under the knife? Avoid Fridays. Trust us, we asked a doctor

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Re: No surprise

Andre Carneiro,

Senior doctors can end-up working pretty much any hours they choose, depending on what speciality they go for, and how much private work they take on. And the pay is very good. The same for GPs, once they get to be partners in a practise. The hours before you get their can be horrible. Although again, this depends somewhat on speciality and department.

Even in departments that do much less non-emergency work, such as neurology, it's very much the 'B Team' on at evenings and weekends. Admittedly they're still above average, as those kinds of departments are harder to get into. But while the best doctors are working normal 9-to-5s, the nurses are working shifts, because they've still got the same number of patients at 3am as 3pm.

Personally I'm in favour of something more like the systems in France, Germany and Belgium - which are more of a mix of public and private. They also tend to be set up a bit more for the convenience and well-being of the patients and a little less for those of the staff. The trick is to try and get the best of public sector commitment, and combine it with the best of private sector flexibility. Not to end up with a system with the worst of public sector bloody-mindedness with the worst of private sector price-gouging...

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OKPay suspends payment processing to all Bitcoin exchanges

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Interesting point. Seeing as how the people who push Bitcoin in forums sound incredibly similar to the "gold-bugs" that also regularly occur on them, it seems kind of appropriate.

I don't know which is worse. The complete, pig-headed inability to confront evidence or the simultaneous belief that there is no volatility in their blessed gold/Bitcoin and when there is massive volatility this is all down to a conspiracy of Goldman Sachs / Governments / The World Banking Cartel / The Bildeberg Group / The Illuminati / whoever...

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I wonder if Bitcoin will find it's the opposite to normal internet businesses, where you can pick your legal jurisdiction? This is just a thought, I claim no legal knowledge.

But could the US courts not decide that some portion of all Bitcoin transactions take place in the USA because of the block-chain mechanism where all transactions are processed by the whole pool of computers that are busily mining away? In which case all countries could take the same attitude. Thus Bitcoin would be subject to regulation by everyone, rather than just picking somewhere with friendlier regulation and being sited there.

Although that may not matter, given there is no single person in charge - but you could have the bizarre situation where anyone in the world making Bitcoin transactions would be subject to the financial oversight of whichever governments chose to take an interest, and suddenly international travel could become quite complicated, without getting arrested every five minutes.

Otherwise the US government would have to resort to chasing the payment processors used by the Bitcoin exchanges, if they choose to try to have a go at it. Which is a bit like playing whack-a-mole.

My personal suspicion is that none of this will happen. Bitcoin will likely go back to being a tiny niche activity pursued only by enthusiasts, and most people will forget about it. Even if it was the best idea in the world, there's a lot of competition out there from other currencies, which are backed by inertia, governments, economies of scale, tradition, and expectation. As I think it's a pretty bad idea, subject to many problems, I suspect that a few more public oopses will destroy any credibility - now that the media are likely to notice them.

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Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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"Nothing that will convince a kid that's never worn glasses or a band to wear one*

He's also never heard of sunglasses...

You're obviously less cynical than I am. Because what I thought was: He's obviously never heard of product placement.

If you give celebs enough money, they'll wear anything. Often you just need to give them the product for free. They do seem to love a freebie...

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