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Personally, I prefer the Majestic 12 logo from 'Deus Ex'.
Discussion point: Art imitating life or vice versa?
Do any of the astronomers / planetary specialists know if the pole has anything to do with the location of the storm? If so, would that indicate magnetic particles in the atmosphere?
I somehow can't imagine that Saturn's poles are much colder that it's equator.
Re: RBS et al didn't need to invest that much in tech ....
Nor will they.
The problem was that they dffshore enough of their legacy systems. That would have produced instant results.
Now, what they need to do is to migrate everything to the Cloud. The bankers get their bonuses for being positive and active in times of a crisis (well, actually, just for being bankers), the IT-staff get fired (thus generating more savings and showing how active the bankers have been) and everyone (i.e. the bankers) wins.
One final point, just to keep it topical, they had better do it quick, because the NSA don't like not knowing what people are doing with their money, although, in the case of RBS, the answer is nothing.
or lying back on the beach earning 20%...
Tinfoil is Al rather than Sn, alas.
Re: Have we learned nothing....
It's all right. Friends don't spy on friends. The UK parlamentarians will have nothing to worry about in regards to security.
I bet that they are already looking forward to the five nines of access that they were surely promised.
I thought that there was only one Mall in England that goes by the name of 'The Mall'. Indeed, shopping centres in the States were named after the aforementioned thoroughfare.
I am open to correction on their being other thoroughfares by the name of The Mall in places like Bath and Bristol.
Why not get him an old 800MHz Ti Powerbook and put a PPC Linux distro on it?
The husband of one of my cousins runs this and finds it most satisfactory for everyday tasks.
Or, if the boy is a mac fan and you are not ready for Apple prices, would a hackintosh do?
Re: "Ninety per cent of people surf porn, ten per cent are liars"
Surely this is should be 45% porn-surfers and 5% liars. Do women surf for porn? Surely not.
@AC» femail? oh dear, oh dear..
Expert on womens' genitalia
Don't be so hard on Ms. Breswell. I would hardly expect a woman to be an expert on womens' genitalia  in general. Most have rarely seen more than their own, which, even then, they probably don't know all that well. 
Can the heterosexual male readers of El Reg talk at length and with expertise about other men's penes? I didn't think so.
Men (or lesbians) are real experts on women's genitalia and what they look like.
 Unless, of course, she is a gynaecologist or in a similar line of work.
 Quick test if you think I'm joking: if shown a picture of your vulva along with pictures of other vulvae, would you know which one was yours?
To be fair to Microsoft, they have been implementing their visions. It's just that no-one has liked them.
Just think about:
• The ribbon in Office products — that's fairly visionary for Microsoft.
• The UI once-titled called 'Metro' — that's very visionary for Microsoft.
They took the risk and now they are losing. Maybe dithering and staying with XP v3 would've been better?
Personally, I'd like to see Microsoft introduce a 5-year schedule and release products so good and desirable that upgrading would be the obvious choice. Get users into the habit of replacing their PCs and software all at the same time.
Introduce nothing really radically different, because people, as a rule, don't like change, they want it to same more or less the same.
This is Ireland.
There will be no jail-terms.
Jail terms are for little people.
The firm may even be bailed out.
The Irish authorities are fond of helping their own.
Re: Beep beep
Nixon was the first, wasn't he? It was followed with gusto in the early eighties by Thatcher and Reagan.
Re: Are we allowed to bite arms that come across our faces?
Tom 7»but people using phones dont seem to be aware of other humans.
Which is why they are such perfect targets for thieves on bicycles.
Re: Oh no -- they stole the Internet!! (capitalised please)*
That's nothing. A young woman in our office got herself a new internet there last week. She's very happy with it. It's much faster than the old one. I was very happy for her when she told us the story over lunch.
47 per cent have worked while on vacation
— I have worked with people whose job consumed them. They lived their job. The thought of a holiday without a phone or internet connection would be hell. Being kept in the loop is a basic human necessity.
20 per cent of parents have worked while at a child's event or activity
— Never done this nor would I.
27 per cent of people work while eating out
— Does this include managers meeting clients for a business lunch or work colleagues going out for pizza together? If there is a current problem that concerns some or all of them, then does this qualify as work. I've had spirited discussions about database architecture over pizza in a restaurant.
19 per cent of people have worked while going to the bathroom
— Does this include those who chat about a current work problem while going for a piss, I wonder? I've done that. I wouldn't regard that as abnormal or worrying. I've certainly never seen a laptop in use in the toilet.
Support your Indian Neighbours
I think it's time that we in the West should cold call random Indians and tell them that they have a problem with their Windows computer...
Was September 11 the reason for the PATRIOT act
was the PATRIOT act the reason for September 11?
Religious Tolerance in the USA
Well, I, for one, would not have wanted to be a muslim in the States in the aftermath of the September 11 detonations.
Re: This is Disney
Rapunzel (in the Disney film 'Tangled')
Twilight Under Two Suns
It could be worse. Just think about teenage vampires on Tatooine.
It takes guts to say Jesus
This Jesus fellow was a troublemaker from the West Bank, wasn't he? Probably Palestinian. They are like that, you know.
Work to Live
I used to work with a very charming, funny and competent  sysadmin. He and his wife (she is a lawyer) had no children and they worked for 2 or so years at a stretch and when they had saved up enough money, they blew it all on 18-month-trips around Oz or other exotic places on a big 3-wheeler motorbikes. Needless to say, he worked contract.
This seems to me to be the way to live.
 Well, he came across as very competent.
They are very popular with marketing depts. I see them often being used as questionaires. I'm sure that their IT people managed somehow to live with them.
We have a fellow that connects via VMWare to the domain with his.
Re: Cloud analogy
Cloud computing, we are told, offers benefits over locally hosted servers on the grounds of scale, availablity and initial costs. There are big boys and girls there who know what they are doing and we can trust our enterprise level applications and databases with them because of the massive redundancy and expertise there.
I disagree with you that my analogy is totally invalid. Flying within clouds, like using Cloud computing, is not as problem-free as we were lead to believe. It seems that the clever boys and girls can't foresee everything that comes their way and they might as well be flying in fog. We here frequently about the bouts of «turbulence» whenever something awry happens.
Furthermore, the analogy does deal with data (or passenger) loss, merely discomfort and poor planning on behalf of those in charge as well as the power of marketing over reality.
On the topics of backups, I wonder what people will do when they 30TB databases and cubes up in the Cloud. Making backups of these is an expensive business and God help us if there is an outage while trying to download a 30TB backup to a local server. My guess is that those companies with large DBs will keep them and their backups up in the Cloud, hoping that they will never have to download them.
It might be that the solution is a sort of cluster or mirroring arrangement between the Cloud and local servers, so that when the Cloud servers become unavailable, that an automatic failover kicks in. But then, what is the point of having your servers in the Cloud?
Cloud computing is the server level equivalant of outsourcing and we all know what a success story that turned out to be.
As any pilot will tell you, when you travel within clouds you get turbulence and you can't see what's coming.
Re: This is England?
Mage» not just to G.B. but entire UK
And the difference between the G.B. and the entire UK is what? Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands?
In the early to mid-nineties, Apple had about 10% of the computer market. I think it had its peak year in 1993 with 12%. Certainly in my university there was one-to-one parity between macs (mostly LCs) and PCs (386s and some 486s).
Re: MAC users aren't that dumb.... ...?
Oh yes please! If they work and if I won't have to re-mortgage the house.
Can private messages be sent on this forum?
Re: MAC users aren't that dumb.... ...?
Not really. I just want 8x 16MB 64-pin SIMMs for my IIfx for the sake of it. Alas they are rarer than hens' teeth and priced comparibly.
Could there be a connection between all of those almost-naked selfies that are posted online, tell-all-entries on facebook, sexted files between youths and this?
For a generation that is supposed to understand the internet, it does seem to be particularly blind to the consequences of their actions. Or does Youth today have no respect for one another?
I'm getting old.
I wonder if this is the latter day equivalent of writing 'xxx is a slut' inside a toilet-cubicle?
Re: MAC users aren't that dumb.... ...?
Please don't capitalise Mac. It is not an acronym.
It is an abbreviation of Jeff Raskin's favourite type of apple.
What should Apple have done 20-25 years' ago?
The macs that came out in the late 80's and early 90's were all overpriced. Apple could have surely increased her market share with cheaper macs. However, in relation to PCs the low end macs (LCs and Performas) in the mid-90's weren't especially expensive and were quite popular.
Apple divided people then as they do now. I remember university students have clear preferences as to the macs and PCs. Both were available. Both had the same software installed. There were some faculty differences — the PCs in architecture went almost unused as did the macs in the business school.
Apple went mad with product diversication from the mid-90s onwards and also seemed to lose its focus with the plethora of new products (Newtons, QuickTakes and so on) . It lost out with Windows 95 or rather the competition was beginning to catch up then.
Another factor was the role of the Killer App. Apple had its cute OS, PhotoShop and PageMaker (and Quark and friends) up to the mid-90's and these made Macs very popular then. In the mid-90s the first First-Person-Shooters started appearing and they were released initially for DOS. Doom, Quake, Unreal would follow and with the introduction of Windows 95, the PCs had their own Killer Apps and mac sales suffered as a consequence. I switched from macs to PCs on account of games — Half Life, in particular.
So, back to the question — What should Apple do? licence iOS to third parties as they were encouraged to do back in the early 90s? That almost killed them when they did it with System 7.
Develop a plethora of barely indistinguishable products? That didn't help them either.
Apple occupies the upper end of the market. They can't stay as they are and be all things to all people. Competition and diversity eventually kick in. Besides the upper end of the market is a nice place to be, as they long as they don't annoy their current users and drive them away.
Re: Even Win 7 is iffy
A pity. I rather like boxen.
< French: box; Old French boiste < Vulgar Latin *buxita, for Late Latin buxida, formation based on Latin pyxis box (see pyx), stem pyxid-, conflated with buxus box3
The Oxford Dictionaries site gives:
late Old English, probably from late Latin buxis, from Latin pyxis 'boxwood box', from Greek puxos;
Next you'll be telling us that it's not 'irony' but 'ferrous'.
Re: America's most important creditor
Thanks for the clarification.
Re: @deadlockvictim (was: I can't figure this guy out ...)
Trust on whose side? We have a guy who claims to be a whistleblower and who reveals claims about the American Government's dirty little secrets. Given their response to him, I trust what he says to be true. The American Government just doesn't annul people's passports for no good reason. They are angry with him. He has made his life miserable for he believes to be right.
He is calling the American Government's bluff by playing his China card. Since there is a good chance that he had access to this material, can the American Government afford not to trust what he says to be true?
Thanks for the downvote, btw.
Re: I can't figure this guy out ...
Because he's telling the (unpalatable) truth?
America's most important creditor
I wonder if the timing of the release had anything to do with the US spat over its household budget. China is the USA's biggest creditor and it is generally very foolish to upset one's creditors. they may decide that they want their money back.
Or is this simply a warning to US death squads? Assassinate me and the World will know what you've been up to in regards to China.
Re: Rearranging Deck Chairs
As anyone who has watched 'Yes Minister'  will know, the purpose of any government agency is to grow and increase its budget and staff count. Companies measure their success by profits, govenrment departments by the number of employees and the size of their allocated budget.
and youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aom7Cwvt56U
Re: The USA should do with companies what it does with people
Alas, I didn't mean it so.
The point was more grammatical than political and I was being a classical snob — we say bacteria and not bacteriums and so forth. I blame the current linguistic immigration process.
I actually quite like referenda. They add a lot of colour to political and social life and obliges one to show one's hand politically. Now, if only the Irish would copy the Swiss and have 3 or 4 referenda every season, then that would be fun. Democratic, too.
Re: The USA should do with companies what it does with people
On the topic of buying Ireland, I've long thought that Bill Gates or Warren Buffet should make the Irish an offer — re-establish the monarchy by means of a few referenda , crown Bill as King of Ireland and Bill then takes care of the irish financial woes.
If nothing else, it would make a great movie.
 Down with referendums!
Bad joke warning
Esteemed Author» Shall we talk about porn? While there’s no hard evidence per se,...
I would've thought that there was lots of hard evidence, but maybe that's just me.
Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO)
Dear Business Types (who aren't reading this anyway)
Every time a Microsoft type tells you that Microsoft products lower your TCO, just remember what happened when you tied all of your business-relevant code into a system that will not be supported after 7 years, like ActiveX and IE6. Oh well, it's somebody else's problem now, isn't it?
The first hit is always free.
Microsoft can't hold us
Did anyone notice the 'Microsoft can't hold us' slogan in the auditorium?
Are employees leaving in such numbers that Microsoft has to admit it?
Or maybe Microsoft is proud that of their shrinkage?
midcapwarrior» but how do you check for terrorism?
I think that this is a tacit admission that they are legally compelled to let GCHQ and friends look through their throughput.
By diet, I understand it to mean what we eat, not what is available.
The previous posters are correct. The availability of food has increased massively. The choice of food has increased greatly. These are good things (although they have bad as well consequences). The mechanisation of agriculture and food-processing as well as a clever use of new fertilisers and pesticides lead to much greater harvests than ever before.
However, the national diet in the First World has collectively deteriorated. Look at the increased numbers of obese people. Look at the increased incidents of circulatory conditions, diabetes and depression . To be sure, we in the First World do less exercise and we have not adjusted the quality or quantity our food intake to offset this.
We need to be reminded on a constant basis to eat "5-a-day". Up until the 1970's, one didn't need to be told this because it was a part of life. Children got fruit in their lunchboxes, vegetables were cooked for meals. Office workers went to restaurants for lunch. We didn't eat pre-processed meals as a matter of course. Chocolate and such like were treats and not hourly snacks. We consumed less alcohol per head.
This is all based on personal observation. If anyone can provide a link with objective evidence that contradicts what I've written, I shall admit that I'm wrong and go over and grumble in the corner.
 I'm not sure about this one. Flame me please if I'm way off here.
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
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- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?