899 posts • joined 20 Jun 2009
upgraded tunnel diodes are back ?
Re: Doing More With Less
you and yours first to slaughter house 5 ?
Re: Doing More With Less
@bep, not really. As technology improved, cars got much cleaner. So did coal power stations. Pesticides are getting used less and are less damaging. In the developing world it is messier, but even that is changing for the better. As London cleaned up Thames because it ran under the noses of Parliament, Beijing will clean up its air, because even senior cadres breathe.
Re: Enery is the secret
overpopulation is already over. By 2050 on current trends the worlds population will be decreasing.
indeed. Political activity of any sort should only be funded by human party members with a top limit fairly small to ensure political parties must be believable and seen as relevant enough to attract members. In short, the legal fictions known as companies need to be kept away from all political activity on pain of confiscation of their assets and serious painful punishment of their management and boards. Reducing legal protections enjoyed by board members for major obvious stuffups might also sharpen manglements focus on the job at hand. Finally, deal with the legal situation that demands companies must be functionally psychopathic.
Jon was not the first suggesting doing something different. Robert X Cringely put up a modest proposal that he thought would protect the relatively innocent (and poor) while not rewarding the financial goblins. Instead of bailing out bankers, pay off the dodgy mortgages. Banks get money and stay solvent,, the debt clears (the sensible goal) and people remained housed. He argued it would be cheaper than bailing out banks. Probably was a better idea simply because the Fed has given the banks a steady income for doing nothing but storing large quantities of printed paper and failing to do what banks are meant to do.
Re: Has anyone noticed
well spotted veti. Compared to the mass killings of Tamberlaine and a few others around that dark time, Adolph Schicklegruber and his commie mate Yosef were schoolboys. The assorted plagues of the last 2 millennia are way bigger than 1918. The we get into the real eco-catastrophies. End of Maya with 30 plus year drought. Earlier South American civilisations wiped out by multiple eruptions that cleared 200km areas of all life. The Bronze Dark age and Thera around 1400BC. In SE Asia Indonesian volcanoes wiped out indigenous civilisations under 2 meters of ash.. We have never had it so good, even in the 20th century. All of this culling of homo sapiens without a single anthropogenic green house to blame.
I note the number of "Oh crap, we're doomed" stories are on the up from various sources, a few even credible. Might even be right, but for what it is worth, I agree with Tim W. It wont because we ran out of stuff. I suspect it the symptoms ElRegs noble commentards refer, such as risk and reward being disconnected are relevant, but mere symptoms of the underlying causes. I suggest the rise of materialism as a dogma rather than a useful approach might be a deeper cause for reasons materialists wont understand.
Re: Not wishing to be pedantic
@yaac. Old view from vested interests. Designer has it right way round, otherwise humans would have a lot of internal reflection issues. Secondly, given we only have enough video CPU capacity to process about 5% in HD ITIRC, with the rest in (ahem) VGA quality, the design is quite efficient, stable and economical.
so its genes are simpler, not being simplexed
that explains the hipster addiction to the brew. Coats the one with brown stains on front
Re: The NBN is dead to me
you have copper ? lucky b.
Re: Steven Rairh Hmm
Matt, thank you for small mercies. Sometimes a little info is too much info. Bit like the esteemed Alistair this week I can do without some items of esoteric knowledge. He was unusually waffly this week. Perhaps his wifes' research was more unsettling than usual ? A full beer and upvote for Evil Graham. Spluttered coffee over lunch.
On a serious note (really) I wonder how many reader tech surveys are disguised hunts for targeted advertising.
had to think for a sec there
Book Starship troopers or Predators ? Both armed, skilled and violent. Unlike the others also self constrained by a system of ethics. Hmm, is there a movie planned ? I call it a close contest in this highly imaginary context.
X500, X400 and problems
All I see is another bureaucratic attempt at making something that breaks easily while being impossible to configure. Meanwhile the spooks and Hollywood must be drooling at the thought of something so snooper friendly in concept. UDP 4eva!!
given this governments proclivities
what is the betting that any solution will require
(a) lots of record keeping and virtual red tape, needing to be "archived"
(b) at users expense
(c) charged to internet users and of course will require a special new quango filled with technically illiterate lawyers
(d) also funded out of a user pays levy of some kind
(e) which is also the standard excuse for slower network speeds to ensure everyone is on "Team Orstralia"
(f) unless one is subscribing to that waste of bytes, Foxtroll.
they are there
Seen the adds for months triggering additional browser hangs due to Big Swamps locally overloaded 3G towers causing site timeouts due to slow links to ad sites. BOM itself worked adequately. One more d*d thing to make it harder to find information. IMHO, a symptom of the pending collapse of decent public services due to the importing of Tea Party poison among the servile political parties that make up the excuse for a brown nosing government.Oz has been betrayed by for the last 40 years.
not sure about the load
if this is to be used for country deliveries, then it should be simple to find 20 meters of "runway" Vertical take off or hovering use immense energy compared to winged powered flight, even with STOL operations. Probably not enough onboard smarts for that to be autonomous though. Apart from that, still looks like a solution looking for a problem. Maybe delivering urgent prescription medications might fit bill, but that is not a business case. Be fun to see drones as it looks like a neat toy for RC.
@Adam1 More likely whats left of Vic government will beg them to build there because with Ford, Toyota and GM leaving the collapse of manufacturing will leave lots of excess electricity needing something to use it. For some reason the greens will call this victory.
Another great useless
so a whole 270 km after a leisurely lunch every 2 hours. Sounds just the sort of thing for around Civic and not much else. Be cheap parking anyway, so will be banned within 3 km of city. As for going anywhere, still useless. Probably sell well for at least 6 months then
Re: What a load of self-indulgent twaddle
ah, Grifter, in what lab was that statement demonstrated ?
Re: > Isis please.
StarGate ? not necessarily. I have to stop reading ancient history instead. Perhaps an Astarte response is needed. Coats the one with the dogeared Penguin classic in pocket.
I am puzzled
Le Bong turning down money ? I thought in the new economy money was god, just like the old economy. Where did ethics or liking come into the Bong world.? Standards are slipping.
Kidding aside, one of the best satires on a difficult subject I have read. Well done.
Re: What a load of self-indulgent twaddle
sorry sir, let me add the missing tags
<irony> story </irony>
was not there an attempt to brew an opensource version of Win NT ? Redo to run all the copies of Office 97 knocking around.
think of the heat
might not bother some countries but 45C at night happens in Oz away from the coast in summer. Around the Alice heat sensitive lights could be a problem when avoiding roos, drunks, camels, 4WDs, grey nomads and avoiding road trains. Would fans make a difference in 50C air if one is already doing 120kmh ?
Anyway, another crap front wheel drive for those who enjoy wheel spins in dampness and crap handling. As for glare problems, there are already enough twats with xenons in 4WDs at eye level because the overstuffed shockers lift the thing up to enhance rollover potential. Apparently looking like a try hard Camel ad model is supposed to impress something.
baryon bothering boffins busy
did one thing right then
RS6000 spawned a line of profitable unix boxen. Good machine management in AIX to work with too. Common enough now but revolutionary then
is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like
hard to make a slab look different. Now if they could develop a screen visible in Oz summer daylight without requiring a massive battery they might have something. Not all of us live in caves or come out at night only
Re: Wouldn't it make more sense...
Vinyl-j. I doubt it. The natural stresses of flight would be reversed. Control hinge stresses especially. Look up hammer head stall disasters for what happens if an aircraft not built for it goes backward. I would suggest the carry rack have a windscreen venturi like some speed boats so the airflow rolls cleanly over the top of the van, leaving LOHAN in relatively calm air.
very nice looking LOHAN
real looker, very like the craft from Space Kingsley et al. Ah, the long ago days when the planets did not seem so far away. Carry on chaps and keep calm.
Re: Prior Art
And this would stop lawyer unleashing because ? Do not consider Patent Law as having anything to do with justice, let alone logic. Aside from this minor quibble, given M$ history, will Cortana be the next iteration of Bob and Clippy ?
I think a usable voice interface is the next Big Thing in UI, but throat mikes and decent noise cancelling ear buds are needed first. Voice control could be a decent argument for work at home offices though.
Oh I dunno
we might be able to observe the time between election and breaking first promise
which IP addresses ? Which logs, where ?
dhcp servers, proxies, gateways and web servers keep IPs and often, logs. How accurately those IPs reflect one user or device should be considered if dragnets are going to be implemented. Can the plods and BrandX explain in concept how DHCP works ? Thought not. An IP can change for end user devices. Multiple users can use any of the devices. So what IP collection is being proposed ? The DHCP local non-routables for the display device, the DHCP assigned IP of the local modem/router, the IP of the various proxies along the way or the final gateway ? Will those who object to mass surveillance as well as those up to dubious activities using VPNs or the horror, Tor, get frequent missives or early AM visits ? Can we expect Free WiFi sites be ordered to do a Putin? Have the PHBs in charge of the alphabet soups thought of this or should I shut up in case one of them gets a hot flush. I note the local Ayn Rand society broadsheet aka The Oz has just published an article stating Tor is evil. So now you know where to go.
>> Liking Microsoft just isn't professional anymore.
You're kidding. Until around 2006 it was seen as a sign of being a mere pc fanboi, not proper computing. Real computers ran VMS, MVS/Zos or one of a multitude of unices. Fire suit on.
Re: What else would we use as bad sign when interviewing someone?
it is not a bad sign, it is tradition. Where is the old fogey icon ?
this is terrible
More sense from Microsoft. Where is my pet hate object going to come from? Current government data snatching wont do as it has not the class of M$ in the old days.
have they been hiring more managers lately ?
as PHB count rises, coalface declines. Don't know, but this resembles similar cuts in Big Co (tm) elsewhere.
space time continuum stressed again
Two articles about Microsoft responding properly in the one week. Why is the sky cracking ?
cue the oblig
more proof of the decline of the West
Alistair, soy ? in food or beverage ? Sad, sad. Food based medication for women at menopause perhaps. However, for the first time, drum roll please! The one good feature of Canberra as an IT bunker to earn a crust in is that most of the baristas are clued, some highly and all vendors of the important brew succeed in a decent drink with an adequate to good size representative of the volume requested. In short a large usually is not medium or small. The little hole in wall places generally do best as they are run by coffee enthusiasts who make a living doing what they like.
In Belconnen is the best place of all, lurking invisibly in a large departments set of buildings. They have good competition around them so quality should not drop. Hint, name is same as one of the alphabet soup TLAs. Maccas in Oz were surprisingly good for two years. I suspect about 9 months ago a beancounter (literally) decided to cut costs and it is now, IMHO, undrinkable. Pity, as for a while I could travel without dragging the thermos with me. Since truth is not a defence in Oz I can't use your delightful comparison. Though how one would know what that smells like I do not want to know. Well done sir, on an excellent tirade.
Simon, has to be a ghetto then. With Sydneys roads, it would be death by 4WD or asphyxiation to attempt to leave :-) Me, I lived all over Oz except SA for some reason. Always amused at the interstate distrusts, let alone the dialects. What is striking is how the SE corner intelligentsia do not understand the fears of everyone above the 26 parallel or west of Ceduna.
Far North Queensland is the odd place IMHO. Only there have I been called a communist and a capitalist right wing nut in the same day, just trying to vote.
Re: and our beloathed PM
digital age ? regrettably AC, politicians seem to be largely clueless in any time. Currently reading Niall Fergusons excellent book "The War of the World". The willful blindness of the intelligentsia and by association, most politicians unable to grasp what was happening post WW1 is as remarkable as the predictable miscalculations of later empires invading Iraq.
None of this is a new observation. Robert Heinlein wrote that the ability to get elected was proof of inability to govern. Can't recall reference. Tongue in cheek or not, his suggestion was to conscript for a fixed term, people of demonstrated leadership and competence to hold power to resolve the significant issues of the day. Sounds similar to the idea of the Roman Republic dictator. His hope seemed to be that real achievers were likely to go back to what they liked, rather than hang onto power. I suspect that power is more addictive than crack so it would not work.
Re: Metadata IS data
@Tim99 You are right, I stand corrected. Can only plead a bad cold and gum abscess affecting the remains of my mind. The end of the quote is very appropriate for the way modern CEOs and holder of high office seem to think they are above the rules of civilised society. NSW ICAC shone much light on that attitude.
Re: and our beloathed PM
I like to, but link was so slow and I detected Java
why Fred ?
All comments welcome that are on topic IMHO. Our colonial minded ruling elitez like blindly following their masters, especially if the latest fads don't work. The citizenry are in it together, in a bad way.
Re: Do you think they care?
Intel dont make silicon lithographic machines, they buy them from Germany ? One supplier to world ? Would Germany kowtow to US policy ?
As for economicly integrated world, one should remember the worlds economy were much more international 100 years ago. How did that wind up ? The lights of western civilisation have not been relit yet.
nah, that assumes that these guys can think ahead more than 30 seconds. A decades long plot is beyond any western organisation. Drat this cold. I am spending too much time online because its too cold outside
Re: The envelope analogy
Terry, good point. It might be a simple enough analogy for that rare beast, an intelligent TV news analyst to question Brandis and Abbot. Love to their faces if asked using your analogy.
what are you on about ? or on ?
Gray Ham. True. There was also no reporting back to head office on morning conference calls, no OH&S droids, HR discrimination drones and the Govenors job was to govern. He took his job seriously. Oz was lucky there. Despite the unpromising material, Oz was also an enlightened attempt at reformation which worked. In 40 years the first university was started.
CBA has a role, especially as the costs rise. What is missing in the entire discussions are why the pollies are allowed to mislead and outright lie. Howard explicitly excluded political, charitable and religious statements from advertising rules. Perhaps the problem is the allowing of nostrums as solutions. The truth in advertising laws should be extended to politics and charities so that all products and promises must be as described or purveyors go to jail. Reducing incorporation protections so that the executives and board become more vulnerable to action due to stupid behaviour might assist also. That way the perverse incentives for business and politicians to push their own wheelbarrows, lie and underquote might be reduced if not eliminated.
Finally as citizens, while we can, we should be far less forgiving of weasel words from the elected leadership.
Re: Guillotine ...
@PIsartis: really ? In private sector most seem to become CEOs somewhere and repeat stuffup. I am aware of a public serpent contractor who supposedly squandered several departments infrastructure budgets for a while while still being employable. Light dawned among the PS CIO equivalents who allegedly blackballed that individual. No doubt HR would be appalled if they knew. However given Qld Health IT project failure with incorrect tendering process, you have a point.
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