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I hope this is OK, but I'm reposting "thesykes" fantastic comment on the original story. I think this is one of the best comments ever made on this forum and probably as equally appropriate here:
To me, there are two trains of thought that exist in management.
Train A goes something like: We employ 1,000 IT staff and, because of this, all our systems run smoothly.
Train B, however, goes: All our systems run smoothly, why do we need 1,000 IT staff?
Unfortunately, it's standing room only on Train B, whereas Train A has been cancelled due to lack of demand and a bus replacement service is now in operation.
So much of the debate on this, including the article upon which we are commenting on takes the form:
Journo: "Hmm, some new science has appeared which contradicts my inviolable belief that something is/isn't happening to our climate" [delete as appropriate]. "I must immediately discover some other science that I can put all my faith in, so that I can be reassured that my position is safe".
This abuse of the scientific method in order to back up or deny a fervently held, almost religious, belief saddens me.
Re: Seems like a straightforward appliance
Yes. A web browser. For browsing the web. Not for running applications. I know "browsers" have become considerably more advanced these days but I can't help thinking this is a double-edged sword - a sizeanle fraction of browser exploits are most probably due to this massive increase. Give me a lightweight client application any day of the week.
Re: BBC "Rise of the Continents"
Damn straight! The modern Horizon format makes me weep - a better example of style over substance it isn't possible to find.
Informative article, but gads! Did anyone actually proof-read it beforehand?
I had thought that we were in the middle of a protracted solar minimum, with all the associated dire warnings about mini-Ice Ages etc... how come we're now heading for a maximum? I'm confuzzled.
That twitter post
The thing is, for the longest time when people have purchased a "boxed product", they haven't actually purchased the product, but rather a license to use said product, so to claim that subscription plans are wrong because you never own the product is missing the point, because you never owned the product in the first place.
HOWEVER, the concept of paying the same amount of money over a period of time as purchasing the license outright, and then losing access to the software if one stops paying is certainly a step backwards.
Free from human error eh?
That is just one of many stories about people losing access to their wallet.dat files through lack of backups, incompetence, or any other human failing...
C'mon then, Mr Smartypants - why don't you enlighten us as to quite why he is so wrong?
If not, all you're doing is proving that criticising is far easier than educating...
Re: AV is a malicious Peril
Indeed, it is very entertaining reading his posts.
Mind you, I'm glad that I don't employ him (or contract his services for that matter), 18 Register comments today and counting...
I hope it's been sysprepped.
Otherwise we're going to have all sorts of SSID issues if we ever meet up.
Please can we stop with this whole "spinning rust" thing? It's infecting Trevor Pott's articles too, and is a little bit too smug for my liking ("ooh, look at me - I know how things work"), not to mention completely incorrect - these days most magnetic medium on the platters of HDDs is a cobalt alloy, most definately not iron oxide...
Re: But did it fire?
Agreed - it would be good to know if the mission goal was reached or not.
I'd always thought that there was a little bit of give-and-take in all of these things. The software vendors just assume that your average Joe (and I include myself in this definition) will just tick the box, and your average Joe just assumes that he won't get taken to court should he fail to remove all copies of Flash from his mountain of backups once he's sold his old PC.
These agreements are mainly in place to stop massive abuses of software theft and copyright abuse, rather than impinge on what the other 99.9% of users are doing with their computers.
The most incredible thing about this, is that during the segments when he is cracking the eggs and drinking a beer, he just looks like a bloke cracking an egg and drinking a beer - the prosthesis is so well designed and (more importantly) operated that it disappears into the background and we can just concentrate on what the guy is doing, not how he is doing it.
Re: The Beagle 2 Mars probe
Excellent mate! I love it :-)
No Graphics Driver
I've installed the preview and have used it for a couple of hours and the overwhelming feeling is one of being transported back to the times of Windows 95 and the terrible 16 colour icons and desktop that we used to be presented with when Windows didn't have a driver for the graphics card. I cannot understand for the life of me why they have chosen such a stripped back, bare look for the suite - and the bright white has started to give me eye strain.
They call this progress?
Does this part of Samsung make the "Retina" displays for Apple's gear? If so, I would be surprised if they remain loss-making for long - would spinning them off not make them an attractive target for an acquisition by the big A? Could this be Samsung shooting themselves in the foot? Or have i got the wrong end of the stick?
Sounds like the same thing that happened with the Galaxy Nexus
The "spinning out" issue sounds suspiciously like the issue that occured on the Galaxy Nexus (ICS) when it was first released - it hadn't been fully tested on the 2G 900MHz GSM networks and when switching from a 3G band to the 2G one, it went crazy, vibrating and becoming totally unresponsive so that the only thing that fixed it was a battery-pull. The problem was patched pretty quickly though...
"Trick-cyclist" count = 4
"soft scientist" count = 2
"soft-studies" count = 3
Lewis is like a small child who has discovered a new word, or someone who once got a laugh out of something he said and is trying to regain the acceptance that that laugh once gave him. Sad really.
Gads, that computer is rather precariously balanced on the desk!
Erm, you know, when typing you don't have to type the word "PERIOD"; the little punctuation guy directly after does that for you....
Uh-oh - Someone didn't get the Powerline job they applied for, did they?
An excellent Playmobil reconstruction chaps! What, with this and the excellent BOFH, the decent weather outside (in London anway) and the clocks going forward this weekend, it almost feels like the heady days of Summer are just around the corner :-)
Damn Larry, so close...
The Exalytics appliance has what Oracle CEO Larry Ellison called a "heuristic adaptive in-memory cache."
He could at least have snuck a "logical" after the second word...
Is this just a fancy new name for FXP?
As an ex-NEC Semiconductors (scotland) employee I am saddened to hear this. Mind you, they did shaft an awful lot of people when they *ahem* mothballed the Livingston operation...
I've never understood why someone would pay $239 for Windows 7 Ultimate when for $199 they could buy _all_ of Microsoft's software from Technet? Yes, I know that strictly speaking the license is for "testing and development", but still, it's pretty good value...
I thought it was good documentary and journalistic practice to use the expanded version of an acronym in the first instance, and then use the acronym thereafter. I can't see anywhere in this article an explanation of "OTT", and then to add insult to injury, the author goes for it at the end and uses the damn thing three times in two sentences! I realise that this piece was originally published elsewhere, but some editorial oversight would be nice.
Or we could all just be proud to be Earthians...
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