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Re: The perfect combination
So I guess that the U.K.'s current rash of Amazon distribution center exposes is not so much investigative journalism as it is workforce documentation?
Yes, I am sure Larry Ellison is going to "shower gold" on OpenStack...
Someone remind him to zip up his fly afterward.....
So Mandela created Ubuntu and Al Gore invented the internet
Boy we have some (read: not many) talented pols around here. You learn something new on el Reg every day!
(Yes, I saw the part about how its not THAT Ubuntu)
It has come to our attention that your snooping uses methods and technology that we developed to snoop on the same people. Please cease and desist.
Re: a cunning plan
Its not all fun and games, what with polite requests to twink your boss' spoiled 12 year old son, and having to explain to the hot redhead in counterintelligence that yes, you spend all your time playing WoW, but you're doing it for the red, white and blue....
Then again, maybe you can play the sympathy angle with the redhead-"We wiped so many times on Lich King. (Sniffle)...so many good men gone! (sob)...it really changes your perspective on what's important in life...."
I'm betting that the giant octopus comes through some dimensional rift once the NRO completes it's pentacle-shaped satellite constellation.
Brings new meaning to P.T. Barnum's famous line...
There's a sucker born every minute (And most of them are taxpayers!)
I don't know, with Windows Vista and the Zune, MS might give the Ford Edsel a run for it's money!!
Why am I not surprised??
And soon the news will break that the NSA does this in the USA, but it's for Americans own good!!
Let the Dell headcount management spin begin!!
The fact is that the vast majority of Dell employees will not have their jobs directly impacted by the privatization of the company. If you were in sales, marketing, customer service, engineering, etc., you are pretty much going to be filling the same role you had before. The only roles that really will be substantially impacted in a direct manner in the finance and investor relations. There might also be a few old-timers with share options who felt that their equity shares were undervalued at privatization, and are miffed because of that. But there won't be many of those people in a mature company with a stagnant stock price like Dell.
Of course, with the privatization there will be a re-org, so there will be employees who get put under new managers or departments that they are unhappy enough to be looking at the door. But that happens in publicly-held company management shakeups too, so its not a direct result of the privatization
So my guess is that this "get with the program" program is really a harbinger of future headcount reductions, and "get out or get pushed out" cost-cutting is really the agenda. Being a private company, Dell can be much less public in performing layoffs than a publicly-held company has to be.
Re: Or the Eurowhingers could just write better software.
Anyone who thinks SAP CRM is an example of market leadership, well, I just feel sorry for them. Not as sorry as I feel for SAP CRM users though. In ERP, there SAP does well, but as a former SAP "power-user" (read: sufferer), I just say stay away!!
I'm taking bets on how long until the first "reply all" email disaster....
"I've got another lunch with the Queen today. Seems the old bat wants someone to talk to about her corgis. Still, its better than sparring in Commons with Mr. Bean, er, Milliband, again."
OK, adding my suggestions.
A) Your own mini-drone with an EMP grenade or a taser.
B) Order something for your neighbor, and set up your backyard fire hose.
C) Falconry--train your bird to attack the Amazon smile icon :)
And B) has the benefit of being pretty non-lethal...
RIP Ison (5 billion BC-2013 AD)
I guess we in the Northern hemisphere remain comet-deprived.
Sorry, but I doubt this will work.
A) power lines, trees, chimneys, roof tops, street lights, parked cars. I'd be pretty pissed off if I walked outside and found that one of these things had pranged into my SUV while dropping off a package nearby, or crashed in my roses or fence because it lost power. I'd be incredibly pissed off if I or my family/friends was walking up the sidewalk/front walk and got whacked in the head by one of these.
B) Privacy rights. You're out back sharing a moment with your better half and one of these things comes flying by. Did it record you? Is some creep back at Amazon now leering at your sunbathing teen daughter? If the angle is right, can it see in your windows?
C) Documentation. "Our drone dropped off the package at your house". I never received it. "Your house is the tan stucco one with the asphalt shingle roof, right?". I live in a housing tract in California--half the houses here are tan with stucco siding and asphalt shingles.
D). Noise pollution. Do these things sound like a lawn mower as they fly by? A weedeater?
When lawyers battle lawyers...
Only the lawyers win! (Hard to feel sorry for Apple, given their attempt to screw the rest of us)
It's ALIVE!!! ALLLIIIVVVEEEE!!!
Maybe.... I want my Christmas light show! Which could be especially nice since I will be visiting family who live in a fairly rural area and have their own amateur observatory. Now all we need are a viable comet and no cloud cover.
Re: AC John Carter
Maybe nobody went to see John Carter because they thought it was a political biopic about Jimmy Carer? :)
Actually, John Carter has been on premium cable lately. It's not bad. Based on the reception last year I expected it to be much worse.
Re: Did anyone see
Sorry, but I was too busy shooting all the asteroids to get that guy.
I'm pretty sure that what you see in the videos is taken from a sattelite in heliostationary polar orbit above the sun. That disc in the center of the video is actually a physical shield that blocks direct sunlight (which would otherwise obscure the whole image), leaving only reflected light and glowing high energy particles visible.
You'd have to put a satellite in polar orbit above an alien star to do the same thing in another solar system.
Good luck, Ison!
Mean ol' Sun! Someone should turn you off for a couple days. :)
Maybe it's African women hunting down the apes?
Setting unrealistic examples of relationships and whatnot....
Re: Intelligent design at Nasa?
Maybe they were up in the trees watching all the comets?
Progressive Insurance here in the U.S. is doing this.
They have a tool called "Snapshot" which I think plugs into your cigarette lighter in your car. Using GPS technology it monitors how fast and far you drive, etc. and reports that back to Progressive. The idea being that if you have good driving habits then Progressive cuts you some deal on your auto insurance.
Thanks, but I'd rather keep some modicum of privacy.
@ Ian Ringrose
Don't hold your breath on that. Going private doesn't mean that Dell's resellers have gone away, and they would be really steamed if Dell was undercutting them through Dell.com.
So if Ison does end up getting roasted...
It will be a turkey of a comet?
(There was a pretty decent PBS/National Geographic Channel special on the comet last week. It might be available online at PBS.org if anyone is interested.)
Fools from Marketing?
I'm so upset by that characterization that I am going to buy a new videoconferencing and training service, and then run it using our existing network bandwidth!!
Its Keith Alexander's fault....
Found in gas station bathroom down the street from NSA HQ:
"For a good time call Angela 011 etc. , etc...."
Is Peter Jackson going to direct the biopic?
If so, be prepared for a it to be shown in 5 parts :)
(Troll icon does double duty in this case)
"We don't have to worry about market share"
They lost me right here. Any company that doesn't worry about market share is either A) 1960s IBM B) Joe Bob's Computer Emporium or C) working towards being Joe Bob's Computer Emporium.
It would be nice to get a really bright comet flyby
But I expect that Ison will evaporate flying that close to the Sun.
Oh well, adding a couple more minutes to the Suns hydrogen supply aint nothing.
Nice theory, except that the Senate (which has a equal say in setting these budgets) and the White House are controlled by non-Rapture enabling Democrats.
What else do you have?
Re: Budget cuts have to come from somewhere....
@AC 18:01 GMT Sunday
I don't disagree, but EVERYONE says that their program has follow on benefits:
More money/less cuts for education-more skilled workers and less need for social services in out years
More money/fewer cuts in defense-commercialization of military tech advances over time (its how silicon valley was originally underwritten)
More money for unemployment insurance-more spending/jobs in retail/logistics/manufacturing
More money for healthcare-underwrites employment and technology development in healthcare
And so on. In the meantime the national debt keeps piling up. The u.s. 10 year bond already has a 1% interest premium over German bonds, even though the u.s. has its own currency and active quantitative easing in place, which Germany doesn't.
Corporate exec says we need to bring in more tech-literate workers
This is one of my biggest problems with the current immigration bill. Instead of more H1Bs, why don't we retrain some of the tens of millions of un and underemployed Americans and put them to work? It's not like there has been the kind of rapid growth in it/tech worker salaries that would indicate a big shortage of workers anyway.
What comes after the owl-winged stealthicopter?
Is the CIA working on an army of winged monkeys??
Re: Fairly ironic given recent complaints.........
But given that the U.S. government was unaware (blissfully or intentionally) that the NSA was pulling this crap, they are were "officially" hypocrites hypocrites at the time...
Hey, if they want to increase property values...
They can put a new Qatari-style football stadium in that seemingly empty lot at the top of the picture.
Budget cuts have to come from somewhere....
The sad fact is that the U.S. government needs to cut costs somewhere. Unfortunately, the el Reg commentariat sounds a lot like interest groups everywhere else. There's lots of complaining here that advanced computing, space exploration and medical science are all being cut, but very few answers on where these cuts should be offset if not in areas of research.
Realistically, you can't expect budget increases at a time when the federal deficit is still something like $600B-$700B per year, and taxes were just increased across the board 11 months ago. Plus the Affordable Care Act taxes are now just kicking in as well.
It's going to make World Cup 2022 pretty intense....
Can you imagine the performance anxiety that stadium is going to induce? :)
(Either that, or I was going to make a crack about how you are going to have 22 guys working up a sweat in there, but none of them will be able to find the goal.)
Personally, i agree that the ISS moneyy should have been spent on robotic exploration...
And technologies to get into orbit at a lower price per unit of weight. Oh well....
I want to see the bad guys nail the NSA
And I bet I am not alone.
(I bet Sherlock never wouldn't have paid)
Taking bets that icon is apt visualization of company's future.
Since im actually at dreamforce
I thought it was a pretty effective keynote. I'm not sure that I like the idea of a future where I get location-marketed by my alma mater every time I step on campus, but the ideas around a better integrated customer management suite and smarter marketing is certainly welcome. Just as long as their is customer buyin, I am ok.
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