668 posts • joined 20 Jun 2009
at last an excuse to go to the other end of planet that might be sufficient. Some of your writers have real flair and impressive knowledge. Pity I have courses that require my attendance. Anything planned for Antipodes in future ? Preferably not in that crowded traffic clogged hellhole Sydney.
a CEO not smoking badly dried ego ? A CEO admitting things are bad and might get worse ? I would work for him as he has that rare thing in modern management, a grip on reality.
Ludlum is probably a bit right. There are a lot of SIFs who will vote on basis of Hot Topic De Jour or their favourite whine appeasers rather than on what is good for country.
No point having a NBN when the greens want us to be subsistence agricultural peasants living in high density battery cages with the residual skools (sic, OK?) promulgating "Doom, doom, all humans fault" litanies of fear, fud and foulness. As for the major bought parties, bad clones of something incompetent copying the failing USS of A.
Minor parties are jokes/Single Issue Fanatics. Greens are the current instantiation of smart young things that will come to same fate as the last lot in the 1930s. Just a lot of dead bodies before we get there. Idealists, especially academic or worse, legal trained, are more deadly to a civilised society than mere corrupting cash. Not much option is there ? So I try to find the few candidates who have some tech understanding along with a grasp of what makes a society work. Do exist, but one has to avoid a lot of drones on the way. What bothers me is that once I was just a grumpy old $PERJORATIVE. Now I am finding company and a lot of political disquiet.
has an upside
handwritten documents are beginning to look more concise, private and timesaving, not to mention private. I think I will hunt up working typewriters for the office. Or become a hermit. This M$ change sounds like a nightmare for security in large multi-site Big Corp. Lets hope OpenOffice/LibreOffice do not copy this "feature"
eventually even load a rich content web site
without timeouts or growing old. May it be soon, title says it all
this is not a stupid request for bits to be returned in the IT sense. That poor clerk is a victim of decades of efficiency dividends. # AKA salami slicing to the yank managerial/HR droids. What is being asked for is a few USB sticks as DIMIA/DIAC/whatever its called this government is so broke they can't buy office supplies. Look for suits stealing biros in cafes, hotels and conferences. Oh, they do that anyway ?
sounds too familiar/Oblig reference
Government project for "safety" that goes rogue and attacks all and sundry ? An IT version of Terminator ? I suggest yesterdays article is as scary. All that professionally written intrusion code in the wild, training the next batch of crims.
Re: Balancing Imbalance
Indeed, a country that is not friendly to life with many other ways to die for the unprepared or unlucky. One can freeze or die of heat stress plus thirst in central deserts, get buried in snow and not be found for years, get run flat by NT road trains or ram assorted wildlife on not so remote roads. Some truly nasty spiders and vegetation that has given the world 1080 and other lethal poisons. The giant nettle tree, nice soft leaf, just right for a quick dump cleanup along a Cape York track followed by anal pain unimaginable. Daintree Rainforest has trees with fruit/seeds that even cassowary wont touch. Hmm, another bird you don' t want to meet. Many areas have ferns with nuts containing neurotoxins. Tasmanias horizontal scrub that lets you blindly step off cliffs. Deadly insects and spiders or just cause lots of pain. If we are not in drought, its only because the floods washed the dust down river and bogged the beer truck. Earthquakes are not strong compared to the Shaky Isles, but all the more unexpected. Only disaster we might have to import aside from pom and yank political advisors and CEOs is avalanches. And what is the Aussie response ? Invent even more lethal wild life. Hoop snakes and drop bears. And make movies about mass murderers of backpackers.
Aussies, we know how to suffer (a bit) As for being wiped out, most likely to be done by some imported expert releasing yet another damn pest, such as a heat tolerant carnivorous giant flying cane toad/tiger hybrid to destroy the chronic problem of gnat infestations. I will take it any day over some hell hole where the cops and self defense leagues shoot first, the local crackpots get elected then start shooting, you can't breathe the air or everyone is obsessing over magic dirt locations and killing each other over it. Apathy has an upside !
Re: is Touch UI only good for specialist small devices ?
@AC good point. The hybrid control devices like Altair have both interfaces and seem easier to use. I know that the touch only interface of a WinCE device or Android running flight management software is irritating. Touch only interface is difficult and distracting. I wont go into UI design. The dedicated glass cockpit devices seem to have both type of interface, but I can't check that. This is an issue that is generating much discussion among instructors about the safety implications of additional pilot distractions, and rightly so. Additionally, touch can't work well in turbulence or the rough tracks that are becoming the norm for country roads. We glider pilots spend a lot of time in both circumstances, especially in Oz where we have had a fantastic season this year.
is Touch UI only good for specialist small devices ?
even PCs have dedicated function keys. I have begun to hate tablets/phablets because of the touch interface. eg entering none trivial passwords is hard. In cars, dedicated knobs/buttons or switches have a lot to recommend them. As for entertainment systems, perhaps more people could learn to enjoy silence. Allows better concentration in high workload conditions. On long trips simple audio is sufficient in front, and multimedia players exist for back seats.
As for QNX, good move. It just works.
say it again
bring back the VT100 and paper based notebook And yes, I know the VT100 can be sort of trojanned, but it wont spread. Where is the old geezer icon ?
a bit of good news for once
last one out
turn off the lights and say goodbye Australia. Agribusiness managers and mine supervisors don't count as citizens. The only question left is where do the expat kiwis go when the West Island ceases to exist except as a mine tailings dump. The Ozzies will have been sold as dog food long before.
full software list back to Redmond, every day. No, thats not data collection. Earlier commentard correct, trust is now so eroded no-one except fanbois believe anything from anyone. This could be interesting if advertising effectiveness falls.
Re: A problem in the making...
@K haven't worked for a big multinational in colonies, or anywhere else have you ? Seen exactly that scenario multiple times involving very competent staff. As for Big Co (tm) comoditisation is a threat to all of them. Also a challenge for the customers as others have stated. Just don't expect intelligent responses to be the norm.
Object COBOL ?
Rings a bell. Making anything clunky, slow, and resource hungry with objects was a fad not long ago. Fujitsu put out Visual COBOL. Believe it is abandonware now. Pity, it looked like mainframe code so much, otherwise not bad. Might have had a use for retraining Delphi/Visual anything programmers to keep bank systems going. For those of a FOSS bent, OpenCobol is still going. Could the bankers in search of cheaper hardware wind up porting to OpenCobol on linux clusters in a decade or so? The irony
Re: It shouldn't take more than a couple of days...
@Anon4: Spot on. I vaguely remember "knowledge engineering" in expert systems classes I had to do in the 1980s. Problem seemed to be the issue of meta-knowledge. Most experts don't know what and how they know. Only BS merhcants claim that. How do you capture and record knowledge that no-one knows exists ? All those little quirks for historical reasons. Personal programmer idiosyncrasies. Unauthorized changes made at 02:40 to get critical system going again in emergency fix, forgotten about after falling asleep from 30 hour day.. Not to mention staff who know they will be dumped the moment the PHBs smell a bonus, so things get forgotten. Finally, is documentation up to date and read ? . Fully documented and available in correct location and staff bother to read it.
ITIL is not part of the solution, it is part of the problem as currently implemented in most organisations. Make change process tedious, process ridden, slow, managed by rude process droids obsessed with their process, unable to seethe organisational needs will result in undocumented quick fixes because it is just too hard.to do change control.
Finally, years of bitter experience give job longevity a great advantage. Corporate and technical knowledge give the owner an unappreciated understanding that no document can, no matter how clever the reader.
Should be a lot more white space on that jpeg. Especially in rural NSW. I suspect more rural Ozzies will find their areas very optimistically rated. As for 3/4G, don't get me started....
can't have this
a government acting in the interest of its citizens. Quick, British and Yank government financial advisers at once !
is Paris nearby ?
Has the Paris pack taken up dog breeding ?
when do they learn to read and write, basic maths, a bit of exercise ? And what businesses said they want these skills ? How many actually need them ? One wonders if educational systems around the world have been infested with clones of Steve B.
Given the track record of the last 30 years of government policy, in 5 years time most of us wont have jobs to pay for computers, tablets of broadband. What ever will be built will go where there is already a choice. The rest of us will carry on with wet string until we cant afford that.
At AC re Meh. Excellent. Bring back the VT100 and stuff these bandwidth hungry GUIs.. Please. I used to like using CURSES. Come to think of it, still do.
so far, what is the use of the IOTs?
all I gather is that (a) more cruft replacing good enough kit, (b) massive increase of opportunity to be spied on by industry flogging stuff, perverts, burglars and feral cops with not enough to do. Oh, and self appointed messiah mobs wanting to brown out your house to allow some windmill to suck power pointing into non-existent wind.
As for APIs, first problem is what data is to transfered, to whom and for what ? Then and only should API specifications begin. However, thanks to IP chaos, any orderly process cant happen.
Re: no, just no
toasters posting; oh crumbs... My coats the black one with jam stains
Re: Who cares?
Probably troll. Either that or you are a unit of the state perhaps ? A bit part of the machinery? With infinite time to waste on every petty bureaucrat who wants to feel power ? Definitely not a citizen to whom the state should have probable cause to interfere with. Unless you were elected in the last 15 years, so no rules apply it seems when snout are in trough. Not to mention the risk of wrongfully being targeted by the human capacity for ignoring the obvious and making sure the subject of current obsession is convicted.
Isn't this all
just an extended Bongonomics article ? Seriously ? However Steve could be humorous, something this series is not.
heard stories years ago that Apple versions of MS products were often developed months ahead of Windows version due to better APIs, despite primitive OS underneath. At least it is a sign that MS management are on track doing business, not ideology.
No representation without taxation! urges venerable tech VC
@DavidW et al: He would be welcome here, at least to the corporate drones that are the glove puppets that run the place (into the ground). Current gov busy cutting taxes to rich, increasing costs to everyone else. While they are at it, the last 30 years of gov policy has taken the country from having some industry and first world status to at best, second world status as a foreign owned farm and mining pit. A bit more of free trade and economic rationalism and 3rd world status wont be far. Or severe social dislocation which is the same thing. Perhaps he would like to befriend an inherited wealthy person who can't understand why Australians don't want to work for $2 a day. BTW, I thought much of western government crisis was due to the wealthy NOT paying any taxes. Or in some countries, no-one pays taxes. Greece for instance.
The root issue is that no-one is having a discussion on, note, discussion, is how much governments should poke into private lives. The second issue is the belief that companies are more than a legal fiction, but persons with rights, not concessions allowed by the parliament. An Oz High Court decision recently which is very disquieting stated that company funding of politicians is a free speech issue. That way is entrenched oligarchy IMNSHO.
Re: 100 reported cases of contact sensitisation
@Dazed and Confused: Would not a chocolate band just melt off ? Probably worth banning.
how would this go on phablets ?
fast, light. Used a different output approach. Might look this up
have to agree
With a relative addicted to being a romantic victim, who nearly lives inside her fondle slab this film is not really fiction, hence of no interest. Note to reviewer. One of the marks of the temporary insanity known as infatuation is deliberate anachronism. Horse drawn vehicles, medieval lighting, white dresses. In an age of rising illiteracy, formal letter writing is due for a comeback. ITIRC an article in major newspaper 5 years ago about the return of the "village scribe" doing exactly as male protagonist in She does.
@Arnaut. Not necessarily. Some of the best story telling is being very realistic. Saving Private Ryan is an excellent example
not a bad idea except
we who like older OS and hardware cant' use it. Sounds great for those using MS stuff, or only X86/64. My SPARC Solaris, HPUX and AIX boxes will remain. At least until I can get my paws on a reasonable Itanic running 11.3 so I can virtualise 10.20/11.0. Power 7 hardware which has great virtualisation capabilities is still beyond my hobbyself-training cash flow. Wish the concept behind Taligent of virtualising all main unices so only one chip was needed was done. So there is a market for VMWARE to investigate. Using Intel chippery, make a virtualisation for IBM Power. As IBM are thinking of selling off their chip baking, they might play with licensing. As for Larry and Co, not sure reverse engineering is worth it.
OK, I can dream. Snowflake, meet Hell.
As a text loving reactionary I like the idea.
Even spin doctors
are being automated. crap, the BS level will probably rise further than the Thames.
@AC Powershell; Seriously, more powerful ? If using a 1974 Bourne Shell might be. If using ksh93 using builtins no way in a MVS system. (unix hell) And as soon as the word object appears, quadruple memory and CPU requirements, drop to 20% of the speed and gain absolutely SFA in any language. Ironically MS licenced MKS tools which were a tolerable subset of unix shell tools, then did little with them. Pity, as they made coding in mixed environments much easier than fudging around with Cygwin. UWIN tools were better, but never seemed to get mind share.
Usable Powershell scripts, IMHO, is a testament to the persistence and skill of sysadmins who do the best with what they have.
you forget British development process
If it seems to work and is worlds best or better, then development must stop, now. Just ask Duncan Sandys how its done. If its a fail, keep trying with massed attacks of money in standard process.
@AC. Now IBM are thinking of selling their chippery labs, Intel has a better market postion. It also now has a possible solution for speeding up the big multi-core CPUs probably in pipe line. More importantly, this concept chip allows different types of core on one die. See where this is heading along with industry trends ? FGAs, FPAs and "simple" CPUs able to be built on one silicon die where jobs can shuffle around to optimum type of processor core. As a proof of concept this is good work. What happens next is a business decision.
Architecture decisions are so last century. the RISC/CISC wars are over, let alone instruction sets arguments. Regardless, the Chinese have licensed MIPS technology so there may still alternatives after Larry and SPARC crash and burn. Not that I dislike SPARC, it is just losing market and mind share. Also ARM seems to be doing well
Well put Charles, have an upvote.
Re: Patently Insane Insanity
well dssf, do you assume laws are made to allow societies to run in a controllable (to a point) manner. Perhaps orderly is a better term. However, laws are written up by lawyers. A monopoly in short. And what do monopolies/oligopolies do ? Charge maximum price and try to increase work for more of their kind. After all, like petty bureaucrats, most lawyers assume everyone else has infinite time and resources to play silly court theater. How many parliaments are not mostly led or infested by lawyers in the west or advised by packs of them ? BTW, what is the collective for a pack of lawyers ? Another chance of creating a another tedious conspiracy theory.
nice lump in middle too
A small crater, but it seems to have a small rebound lump in middle. Or is that the end of a Star Seed ?
probably all true
right up until "Big Disaster" happens and the peons are not there to fix the hardware the multitude of hypervisors and VMs lurk on. Out of interest and a morbid sense of impending doom, just how many techies can survive the transition from a useful member of society into a parasite ? Me, cynical ?
except for the money it's
managerial class members discovering what the peons have known for a long time around HP. New opportunities such as unemployment. One wonders how they will cope with being unpaid and unloved.
Re: Avoid the commodity
@Getriebe: And what has IBM got to do with the attributes you claim will be needed since the Greeks ?
Oh great, re-inforcement
so if one is feeling down, or worse, cheerful, the adds reinforce that ? Much worse when adds for things/services get served that reinforce a bad mood because some sales weasel feels one is susceptible to buying ? I have observed that the worst response to feeling blue is have some one or thing try to cheer one up. The consequent rage might backfire. Always hope, admittedly feeble, that even the USSA IP mob might knock this idea back.
@Lars More like an interest in vintage performance cars
Have you guys been pestered by some semi-literate commentards lately ? Hang on, let me rephrase that. Have you been contacted by the products of the modern education system lately ? Bring on more teleportation workaround stories with some quantum mechanics. At least the comments can be fun. Also, the beginning of the year shutdown is ending. Should be some real news real soon now. Super X class flares, spooks admit they cant catch a cold, Windows 8 admitted to be a design mistake...oh, too late
has anyone else noted
that our PM and lackeys have really been putting boot into Snowden lately ? Does this mean more "security vetting" in future for those afflicted by management ? How about we just outsource our government to a small consultancy firm from overseas. Think of the savings !
Also, is job market still as bad as it looks to other local commentards ? I feel unloved now the pimps don't call.
this could be fun...
just live more than 20 KM out of any large town/city/mega-hellhole and see what ridiculous offers one gets. I love it when the big G and other "services" think I live somewhere near the NAT+proxy exit to a network backbone. Usually over 3 digits distance away. No details, the spooks can work it out for them selves :-) Oh, and all my devices have no GPS or it is off except when I need it.
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