27 posts • joined Monday 22nd June 2009 10:57 GMT
Re: Is there a benefit?
I can't tell whether this is a sarcastic comment or not... The point is to _be_ the fastest so you can _be_ the winning participant. If a company announces lay-off's, it can't be doing very well, so the trick is to catch the news and put in an offer to sell all your shares at a (not so reasonable) price before everyone interested in buying realize that you're now trying to offload something that's not worth what you're asking. I.e. the trick is to offload something worth 2p for £2 before everyone else realizes it's not worth £2. At the end of the day rapid selling only helps you increase the gap between what "everyone else" thinks a stock is worth and what you think it's worth.
Now scale that up - not only do you need to watch the news, but you also watch what other traders are doing, trying to infer meaning from their activity. The big players can really screw up the market simply by deciding to cash in and sell all their shares for _no_ reason, resulting in other algo's figuring that "they must know something we don't" and also selling up - no human intervention, yet the value of the stock falls significantly.
The principle of a free market is that I can buy whatever I want provided I'm willing to pay the price being asked by the _seller_. If you as the exchange enforce a fixed price, you're effectively saying "yes, you own it, but I'm telling you that you can't sell it for more/less than this price". It doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I'm sure you wouldn't like it if ebay told you that your car is only worth £6000 today and therefore that's all you can sell it for.
If this was the case I'd also be out of a job since I work for one of the low-latency market data vendors!
Relying on bits of paper when recruiting
Not for me. From personal experience I tend to view these as certificates for managing to stay awake and off the booze for long enough to use your brain on exam day. My interviewees are subjected to "give me an example of a time when..." and "tell me about any work you've done which...", with a bit of on-the-spot testing of their technical knowledge (occasionally I even allow Google, because we live in the real world and being able to filter some of the rubbish you find on the internet is an important skill).
Beer because it's also part of the interview process.
"Each will contain as much steel as eight Eiffel Towers"
So "none" then...
Popcorn in the microwave??
I can make it faster on my gas hob (powered by bottled gas because I live *miles* outside a major city - all 7 of them).
However, I do sympathise with you Lester. I'll restrict the usage of my air source heat pump tonight in your honour. The kids can put on jumpers and have cold baths instead.
Re: Where do all the shills fit in?
Just what I was going to ask. A few customers of mine in particular get a lot of posts which start out very complimentary about the site (generic "what a good site" comments) with the sole intention of promoting then their own. I just delete the offending advert part of the text and publish anyway. Muahahaha! (BOFH logo)
Jobs for the UK! In the Netherlands!
Ok, I only clicked on 4 posts on the top 10, but they were all based in the Netherlands. Maybe it would be useful to include a "filter by location" for this - or at least state that the *UK* Space Agency are pushing jobs not in the UK...
Gave up looking. If you space bods want me, come find me. At the pub. [Tips hat to the PARIS crew.]
Did Apple not read the Reg's tag line?
Of course, I only read articles about companies I already don't like and would happily apply the shoe, plus all the bootnotes which I think the reg should set itself the task of writing more of, and kick Simon into weekly bofh's while you're at it. Fridays are very dull without a new episode. Very dull indeed.
No, logic pass
See reply to Mr. Cheese above, and stop duplicating threads which is how this whole FAIL happened in the first place.
Missed the point - again
You're arguing yourself into knots you guys. What I'm saying is that sending duplicate Emails (with the possibility of you not having understood the issue in the first place) is dumb, the unspoken part of the argument is "because that's what petitions are for".
You've basically said that I'm wrong because of petitions. Er... hello? These people are *NOT* adding votes to a petition which is a perfectly valid thing to do and *NOT* what I'm saying is broken. They're sending an Email that says exactly the same thing as everyone else's. Get a grip.
See my reply to Ragarath below
"Wot 'e said" isn't a good argument. I perfectly understand your reply, but MP's have a hard enough time figuring out their arse from their elbow, let alone sorting people with a legitimate argument vs. "Me too"-ists.
Nothing to lose?
"I think that he just knows that if these sites did not exist then the complaints would be less."
Only because people who normally don't care enough to make a legitimate case for their argument suddenly don't have a one-click way of joining the mob. I'm not saying these sites are bad, but I want to know what proportion of people who use them actually think about what they're joining.
You do make a valid point about not being confident in your writing skills and not wishing to sound like an idiot. I'd argue that the only way to not sound like an idiot is to make a good case for your argument irrespective of the language you use or your punctuation and grammer. Saying "Wot 'e said" is not a good argument.
Well if all they do is forward the template Email to him...
Zombie: a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
If you have an issue with something our government is doing, use *your* voice, don't just repeat word for word what someone else already said. As rightly pointed out, if he gets many Emails that are simply a reproduced template, he will filter them out and your voice won't be heard. And then you'll complain about it.
I have issues with his policies. But I also have issues with the half-hearted way people engage with our government and then complain about it.
"but only after being told how"
Or after the programmer has figured out how and programmed the phone to run the same logic.
Yes, it's a machine that simply does what it's told. Yes, it's not hard for a piece of software to solve a cube. Most innovations (e.g. auto-parking on BMW's) are the same sort of innovation. For goodness sake, see it for what it is... *lego* connected to a mobile *phone* to do something pointless *really* fast.
I want one!
Beer, because these guys deserve one. More than one. But they only have 5.3 seconds to drink them.
Freeky de ja vu
I'm sure I read this article yesterday along with some comments...
News flash! The Register invents time machine!
Anyway, this is hardly news - more like AMD trying to protect market share with scaremongering.
News flash! You have to target your code to the processor you want it to run on!
I don't use phone numbers anyway, dialling friends by name rather than number, and I doubt it'll be long before a "phone number" becomes a hidden thing that users themselves aren't expected to remember.
Oh, and let's not forget...
That in order to correctly identify all the meta data for the *content* of a file that you're going to need in order to file things in a way that's easily locatable by *position* on the hard driver, you'll need to not only see the future, require about 10 times the hard drive space for the meta-data and soft-links to the file in question but you'd lose probably about a year of your life per file doing the categorizing and organizing.
Hey, maybe I could employ a librarian to keep my computer organized? Nah, I'll just download Google Desktop. Oh, Sh...
It amuses me that you think the solution is to teach *people* to file things properly
I store all my documents in a well organized way. It doesn't mean that I can find the document where I cited a particular passage from a book, or am looking for a particular error message in my log files. Hello?? Libraries don't work in the way that we need to search out computers.
But I agree with you that if you write a document called "My C.V." and put it somewhere idiotic, and then can't find it... well, perhaps you weren't meant for the job.
Who does this guy think will protect him in a lawsuit?
The DVLA is responsible for the database of number plates and has always reserved the right to withdraw number plates on certain grounds, whether they were bought at a premium or not. Just because I buy a domain name now doesn't mean I won't have it pulled off me by the registry for some legitimate reason (that I agreed to when I bought it - just as this guy would have implicitly signed up to terms and conditions upon purchase of the plate).
Basically all the DVLA will do is withdraw the number plate and then every single cop that see's this guy will pull him over for having an unregistered car. I can't see how he can win, but I bet a lot of tax money is going to be wasted sorting it out.
"More than 50 per cent of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day."
I suspect that their definition of "active users" are all those users who regularly log on, so in effect it's just a brilliant way of saying "Look! Our users who are logging on are in fact logging on!" without saying whether the number of active users is declining. I log on to face book about once a month... am I an active user?
Message to the Reg though - I wouldn't hold your breath for stats from Facebook. Chances are they don't have them and wouldn't know how to get them without another crap-ware update.
@ClareCares - really?
So your need to neglect your duties as a parent supersedes anyone else's right to an opinion? Name calling isn't an argument, and you've just stereotyped anyone with an opinion different from yours (i.e. "make porn illegal").
I think children do need to be protected from porn. I think trying to make it illegal or ban it from the internet or get the ISP to do the job just ain't going to work, mainly because kids will still see it everywhere else (and still on the internet, given that it's impossible to clean stuff like this up).
Pick your battles Clare.
Now everyone stop beating Clare up and get back to the point... beating up Justine Roberts for her original comments
... The Reg's use of the Bible in this article. I hope to see more of it (to describe or condemn the foolish things Microsoft do, natch).
(Thank goodness you chose a fairly recent language translation and skipped all that "thou art" rubbish).
If you weren't speeding, you wouldn't care
I *don't* care about people collecting data about me; I *do* care about the use to which it's put; but what annoys me more is when people blame a company like tomtom for something which is not really their problem (especially since they acted with better intentions than the data buyers). The problem you guys are (mostly) complaining about is unnecessary low speed limits and police using the data to collect speed tax.
Sort it out with the proper authorities by requesting a revision of the speed limit, or don't speed, but don't seek to blame tomtom: Traps are set up in known speeding hot spots - if the police can't obtain the data through tomtom or another gps based tracker (there are many) then they'll just continue to use public informants and complaints to set them up - speeders will not be any safer from the law - accept it and act responsibly, but stop bitchin' about it.
Big-Mac-affy is just as bad
I got stung by them a few years ago after a subscription which came with my old Dell expired - rather than allowing me to renew it my only option was to take out a "new" license (for the same product), which of course didn't carry the previous deadline over.
I got that sorted by a very angry phone call to them. Last year they tried to sting me for something else. I deliberately contacted them at renewal time only to be force fed a 3 seat license at £30 extra instead of my existing 1seat.
"I'm sorry", said I, "I only have one PC at home, so I only need 1 seat."
"Don't worry, you can install it on 2 other machines!", said they.
"You'll be buying the machines for me then, will you?", asked I.
"Err... but with a 3 seat license you can install it on 3 machines", said they
(Cue recursion exercise).
My conclusion: AV vendors are like petrol stations - they *know* you need them. AV vendors think that gives them the right to deliberately mislead or add stuff you don't need and charge you extra.
I'm still waiting for AV vendors to classify other AV vendors software as crapware.
What I want to know...
is how many of the people who think Abine is ok and hasn't done anything wrong publically on this board actually works for them or is affiliated with them. I *hope* none, but I doubt it.
At the end of the day they did one thing wrong, and it's a whooper - they took a tool which had a specific (and simple) purpose, and hijacked it for a load of crap that was in no way related to original spec and knew that many people wouldn't download otherwise, kinda-like when you try to install a useful app and it asks you if you want the Yahoo toolbar - of course I don't! I didn't ask for it! But at least it asked, unlike Albine.
It took me 10 minutes to realize that my computer hadn't been infected with malware and Albine had been installed because it was mislabled as TACO. Uninstalled, and I'll live with the ad tracking until someone writes another pure TACO addon.
So rather than carry on with "more energy to run than it gives" pure fusion, why don't they harness the massive increase in explosive power of a fission/fusion hybrid to generate more energy than just fission alone? More bang for your buck, you could say.
Lack of imagination
I reinstalled my home machine recently and went for "PC". Sorry. But before that it was "ABBOT" (I had a lot of ale-powered technology) and the description was "the heat generating monster", as that was appropriate. It gave me a sense of pleasure when I went to, as Windows put it, "shut down the heat generating monster"!
We don't have lack of imagination at work though, e.g. using the characters from Rainbow. However, naming the hundreds of nodes in the cluster proved too much. Any suggestions?
PS. Verity - I like what you write, but you can go on a bit...
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