Re: I prefer the business of...
@ I ain't Sparticus
I read your comment in the voice of Sgt. Detritus, although I'm sure he's one of the good guys.
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@ I ain't Sparticus
I read your comment in the voice of Sgt. Detritus, although I'm sure he's one of the good guys.
I know it's a small sample size, but my former boss is a woman, and her University IT class had 4 women, all of whom are now either not in any IT field, are in management or sales.
For what it's worth, she reckoned "chicks just don't really dig computers".
Not my words.
Sounds like a badge of honour to me.
I'm sure there's a place in the market for a company like LeEco, but they will need to be careful not to over promise.
A high-spec, low price phone is one thing, but they will have to make sure the cars work properly.
The only Chinese car brand I have any experience of is a Great Wall brand ute (pick up truck for our septic mates) that my brother-in-law bought because it was cheap.
My word was it cheap, it barely made it to the end of the warranty period in one piece, and the resale value was almost nothing.
I wonder if the problem is because everyone has seen the success Apple has had with their control of the whole ecosystem, and want to have some of that action.
I would rather buy a device that uses open protocols so when the manufacturer loses interest, someone else can develop updates, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
I get those calls from Cisco resellers. I don't know why, that kit is all purchased out of HO in the US and they know that, (or at least I tell them that every time they ring).
Some poor phone jockey who is measured on the number of calls they make I suspect.
TFA states that user's number one concern is security, but I don't think that's true.
I think people who are likely to buy smart light bulbs (or fridges, or toasters, or hat stands) are not thinking about anything other than "Look, I can do stuff with it over the Internet" as if that's a good thing.
Of course when the shonky companies' "Cloud" fails, they're out of luck, but their money is gone by then, so tough.
I just assumed there was an election happening in the US and they needed to be seen to do something.
Well, get their names in the news anyway.
I wonder if the culture at Samsung is because of the historic links to the corrupt Korean governments of the past.
The Chaebols paid a lot in kickbacks to the former military government, so this might be a hangover from those times.
Also, from a quick bit of research, Samsung seems to still be a family owned business, which seems remarkable for a company with something like 17% of Korea's GDP.
'we're deploying everything on this product, but we like what you have here, so could you give it to us at a reduced cost?'"
Oracle's answer will either be "NO" or if you're a big enough customer, "Yes".
They will then charge you the most they can get away with.
I'm guessing the guy from MasterCard has never heard of vendor lock-in. I just mention it because Oracle know all about it.
My site engineer has requested a three monitor setup for his CAD work. That's definitely what it is...
Hang on, I'm not in Oz, maybe it's not me after all.
Sounds like you have a bunch of great stories to send in to On Call.
Humidity seems like an odd thing to measure on a planet with not much atmos.
I know there must be some, but it's not something I would have thought to measure.
Not that I'm a rocket surgeon.
The clue is in the last sentence: "The acquisition also means Salesforce will no longer need the help of Oracle or Adobe for its data management platform."
Like everyone in the world they have been looking for a way of getting rid of Oracle. It's cheap at twice the price.
You do make a good point, but I'm a bit torn on the SCO one, just because of the endless hours of entertainment it gave.
The more recent Prenda Law thing was super funny as well. (For me anyway because they didn't try to ruin my life).
I'm pretty sure what that bloke did is not even illegal over here.
My son had a jailbroken iPhone for a while, he bought it in one of those little iPhone repair places in a major shopping mall. They advertised on a big sign out the front "JAILBROKEN IPHONES FOR SALE".
Maybe the Police are busy doing proper Police work where I live.
Wow, it's not often you see a full on flamewar on the Reg.
Colonists was what I was thinking.
In 1840 my ancestors left Plymouth for the other side of the world, with no expectation of ever returning, and they never did. They did found New Plymouth though.
Having an atmosphere to breathe did make the job somewhat easier I suppose.
“We are under cyber attack”
Quick, frighten the electorate!
“Who is behind it and how do we stop it?”
Name a boogey man that can be an enemy, also pretend there is a simple answer!
I'd love to do what the IT Manager did at my last job.
He sent out an email to all of our customers and suppliers saying that we were sick of paying for fax lines, and so were going to turn them all off.
Exactly one supplier complained.
I know because I was the one sent out to set him up with an email address.
I'm going to assume this is just a US government department that is not really sure where it will fit in the future and needs to create and protect a patch for funding.
After all they are competing against the FBI, ATF, DEA, CIA, NSA, and no doubt several others I have forgotten.
As an aside "Department of Homeland Security" always sounds vaguely Gestapo-ish to me.
That's kind of what I was thinking, except I live my life by the rule that if Creepy Ted Cruz is against it, then it's probably a good thing.
Also, does anyone else think the US would be worse off if Creepy Ted had won the Republican nomination?
I had a quick look on Wikipedia to see what Mark Hurd had done, and it looked to me like he made some shareholders a bit richer by sacking some of the workers then sexually harassed someone.
I wouldn't listen to any advise he might give about tech, I'm not sure he even understands any of it.
My wife's friends are the iPhone target market, and up until this year they all owned one.
I noticed a few weeks ago when a group of us went out that my wife is the only one still using one.
The rest of them had a Samsung of one kind or another.
I don't know the reason, but it won't be because of the price.
Yup, businesses relying on Google to host their email are mad.
My old boss tried to explain this to the PHB who had just taken over. "No, he said, Google will save us X dollars per year".
Fortunately Google suffered a 4 hour failure in our part of the world before he could sign up.
Half the company seemed to use it for their personal email, and were most unhappy when we explained that not only could we not make their gmail accounts work, but when the companies email was hosted by Google we would be telling them the same thing about their company accounts.
It is Yelp's platform, so they can run it anyway they like, but if they are hiding negative reviews in return for cash, they will become less and less reliable and the problem will fix itself.
Someone has to pay for the service, so if the customers won't it looks like wash.io decided the employees should.
@ Big John
Oh well, great problem solved then. The railways are bad because of the Unions.
It's the current right-wing economic orthodoxy at work.
The assumption is that the private sector will always be more efficient than any public agency, so they take over formerly public services, and run them into the ground, because as a life time working in the private sector has taught me, big business is just as stupid and wasteful as the government, they just have more money.
Hey, look everyone, Shifty Ted downvoted me. ;-)
I don't know that I understand all the details of this, but I do know that if Shifty Ted Cruz and the awful Heritage Foundation are against it, then I'm probably for it.
"Poor old Apple, no what which way it turns, some government is starting to take away its hard-earned cash."
Yes, and the terrible government will no doubt throw it away on schools and hospitals and roads.
It's weird isn't it? You almost get the feeling that the Murdochs and the Packers can't make up their minds who they want in the job.
The last time I needed to recover a forgotten Windows password I used Ophcrack, which cost me nothing.
Boot from the disc, tell it to find the password, and I don't remember it taking hours either.
Ophcrack doesn't do password audits however, so there's that.
I only come here for the headlines.
Also, if it was some leftover bit of scrap from the formation of the solar system, can a more religious person have a quiet word with one of your gods and get him to clean the place up a bit?
That's what it sounds like to me, just matching people in the same area who travel the same way at the same time.
I'm not sure why Google would need to vet anyone in that case.
The other reason its risky building a competing cable to New Zealand is that those who rule over us are very keen on incumbents, and have gutted industry regulators.
It's not a coincidence that the Minister for Telecommunications has usually been known as the Minister for Telecom's Shareholders.
Not sure what the problem is. Sounds like an accurate translation to me.
Also: it's a very sore point for the Saudis, who are fighting a proxy war against the Daesh-bags in Yemen.
But funding them in Syria?
@ frank 3
That's exactly what I thought. It's well known that the monopolistic ISP's in the US spend a fortune writing laws to prevent cities putting their own cables in, and yet somehow "regulation" is happening now.
The answer's obvious then. Slow the Earth down a bit.
Do I have to do all the thinking around here?
"Latest Company Resorts to Drone Story to Advertise Products"
Which is exactly what this is. Most of Auckland is a no-fly zone for drones anyway, and Simon Bridges is the worst kind of clueless party hack who will attend the opening of an envelope if he thinks it will get him on the TV news. (Which this story did).
I was wondering if the Chinese might have a quiet word with other interested parties and divide Mars up. Not in a land-grabby way, but just so that they're not all looking in the same places.
I'd like to think so anyway.
> “It's bizarre for a member of parliament to determine what is and what is not in the jurisdiction of the AFP.”
It's f*%#King well not you know, that's exactly what their job is.
The tool they use to do it is called legislation.
>Using your logic why not just scrap anything from the past thats past its sell by date - trains, planes, cars, buses, houses, castles...
That's we do where I live, we tear down all the old buildings to make way for new ones because it better or something.
Oh, I just made myself sad.
Thanks cray74, that's a nice measured response. I might have been conflating the flag in the pic with the weird ra-ra militarism I saw last season watching an NFL football game during the "military round" or whatever they called it, when the field was covered in soldiers before the game.
That really did look soviet.
Does anyone else find it creepy and weird how every often a huge US flag appears whenever there's a pic of some happening in the US?
It's almost like the sort of clumsy and weird propaganda we used to see from the old Soviet Bloc countries, except no-one seems to find it odd. (Except me, maybe).
It's a joke.
Religious people might be offended, but the obvious solution is for them to pray to whichever god they choose to follow to smite the unbelievers.
If their god does not smite, then they can happily assume that the god thought it was funny, just like the rest of us.
Of course it won't get any better under Hilary or anyone else for that matter.
That's because the US political system is working exactly as designed. Big money pays to get the laws they want, (and in some cases even write).
The actual elections are just window dressing to give the various incumbents a sheen of legitimacy.
I am a Kiwi, and we do things on a smaller scale than you Aussies, so not quite as bad as the Queensland or NSW Police corruption, but we do have the added problem of a supine news media, who rely so much on the Police for access for their crime reporting that they refuse to report anything negative until they're absolutely forced into it.
Her CV lists a couple of stints on Parliamentary committees and an appointment as an assistant spokesperson.
That doesn't sound to me like she has any real knowledge or experience, I would expect it's a job she gets on the way to a more senior job (that she also has no particular skills or experience for).
Not that she's unique there, that's the way politics works.