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Analyst Jason Ader of William Blair pointed out that "management appeared to leave the door open for a higher take-out offer, noting it will 'carefully review any credible offer'."
What board would not carefully review any credible offer? The purpose of the board is to maximise shareholder value; if they ignored a credible offer they would not be doing their job.
@Nick Ryan: That shows that if the business was to keep a static market share in a statically sized market then the value is good. The company are saying two things: 1. we can increase our share of the market, 2. the size of the market will grow. Depending on which side you believe determines whether you think the offer is reasonable or not.
Re: Wanna really contaminate the med ad dbs...
Google show you ads based upon who wants to pay the most out of all the people interested in advertising to people like you, so searching for "knitting" a lot is unlikely to result in lots and lots of knit based ads.
There will be some "knitting" ads, but the ad spend of Big Knitting is not particularly large, you'll mainly be shown other ads.
Now, instead search for something that is extremely high value (so only requiring a small number of leads converted to make money) - "laser eye surgery" for instance. Search a few times for that on google, and the ads will follow you for months and months - the advertiser is so desperate for leads and conversions that they outbid most other ads in google, and so you see mainly eye surgery ads.
Other common "high value search terms" that can skew your ads: flights, computers, phones.
Guinness is Irish not British
Technically, Irish is British, Ireland being one of the 6,000+ islands that make up the British Isles.
Although I'm sure anyone who considers themselves Irish would vehemently disagree.
Re: Chrome is now unstable and unusable
Furthermore, now I'm seeing Chrome crash while editing Google Drive. Does anybody at Google actually test Chrome on Windows anymore?
Probably not that much. They have a "developer" track of chrome that lots of IT types voluntarily use in order to be alpha testers, and Google have always treated regular users as beta users - and by and large, the users are happy to go along with this.
In general, you get the polish you pay for. Google software is free*, so don't expect much polish.
* allegedly free - their may be stains on the soul that do not appear until later
Re: How much?
So each contractor costs the project ~£20,000 per month, or ~£120,000 per year.
Always double check the maths if you get a contractor to do it.
Capita may preside over a succession of shit-storm projects, but the truth is that Capita frequently deliver in the private sector projects they undertake.
So, why does it go wrong with public projects? No ownership is my bet. Every elected person involved in the project will think that they are the boss, and continually add minor tweaks and changes to the specs. Civil servants ignore the politicos mainly, and will supply their own requirements.
Add enough of these people to any project, and you'll very quickly have scope creep and fail to make any deadline.
It's all cool to rag on Capita and their ilk (lol, "Crapita"), but the contractor actually working on this project is likely underpaid*, couldn't give a fuck whether the requirements are sane or germane, and so just does as he is told. After all, if it goes wrong, they can show the broken requirements, say "not us guv", and do another £50m in fixup work.
Successful projects usually have strong product ownership - someone who knows exactly where to take this thing, and has final say over everything. Unsuccessful projects rarely have strong ownership.
* Yes - even though the company makes a mint out of government work, the contractors they are supplying are probably not - well, not compared to typical consultants.
Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems
They are only circumventing the heavily regulated system of taxis, they are not escaping the heavily regulated system of private hire vehicles. These are not unlicensed cabbies, they are fully licensed to pick up passengers at point a and transport them to point b for a charge.
The taxi drivers are upset because modern technology has meant that a person walking down a street can reliably and simply arrange for a private hire vehicle to come collect him, where he is. If the average joe can do that, then he no longer requires the expensive taxi service.
PS: Licensed cabbies are no guarantee of a safe ride - see Worboys.
So, for instance, Google Image Search?
I like the thumbs down without the explanation - I'm not saying "Search engines are evil and wrong", I'm saying "Doesn't this ruling mean that what all search engines do is infringing, and if not, why not".
Operators of websites […] that allow users to search for content on other sites and then display the information on their own site may be in breach of intellectual property laws
Explain to me how this is not precisely how all web search works. You type in something to search for, google searches other people's websites for matching content, and then displays the results on their own website, alongside some ads.
XP was hated when it came out too but it went on to be a great success. I think most of the public are starting to come around to Windows 8 too.
No it wasn't. XP was massively desired, it added some glitz and features that windows 2000 didn't have, it didn't crash like 98/ME and had a newer version of DirectX. It was so popular that they literally had to invent Bittorrent in order for enough people to download it from the scene (this is not true).
User satisfaction (yes, I hate that too) with IT has risen more than 8% in a year since the rollout.
You gave everyone new machines with bags of RAM and user satisfaction rose? Must be down to Windows 8!
13% is not a huge market share, but it continues to grow, even in these times where many companies don't need to run the latest and greatest, and that is no disgrace.
It continues to grow due to obsolescence of existing PCs and not being able to purchase a windows PC that does not come with windows 8.
I want to say I'll never buy Windows 9, but I probably will, once MS have obsoleted Windows 7 with embrace and extend.
If just for the round of CVs coming in with "Level 60 MCSE/MCP (Ravenscrest)"
Quite. We used to have one number, easy to remember, which was free.
Directory Services was never free, and whilst we had one number (two actually, 153 for international inquiries), each operator had their own system with different levels of quality and cost.
Yes please, can we go back to one information source, who would charge you whatever they fancied, allow you one inquiry per phone call, and often not have the right information anyway.
The 118 prices (all of them) seem overpriced to me, but then everything phone related has gone up massively since then, eg 5 minute local payphone call was 10p, now minimum charge is 50p. Directory service used to be about 50p, its now around £2.
The biggest rip is if the 118 service asks if you want to be connected to the number, you could be looking at almost £2/minute.
Re: 4K is possible.
A lot of your points are completely batshit-insane and/or wrong.
You can reasonably steam 4k over broadband. I can stream it over my current broadband..
Multi layer bluray is stop gap measure that doesn't make any sense? Must be why it has been here since bluray launched, bluray being a dual layer disc in the original spec.
Lets go back to the 80s, and pretend we all want to pop along to Gumby Videos to pick one of your videos to watch. The problem with video stores was clearly that no-one liked the small, plastic, inexpensive to produce disc you could rent, what the people REALLY REALLY WANT is a ROM cartridge to rent.
We can build the cartridge out of a tech that doesn't exist yet (hint: when companies "come out of stealth" and still do nothing, it's because they have nothing). Plus, the cost for this new tech will be comparable with that of a pressed BD per unit, and have 40 times the capacity.
Sounds AWESOME and REALLY QUITE LIKELY
Re: hold 25% of a film.
Generally, you have a choice of options with scene releases, from raw unedited BD rips, 1080p "HQ" releases, 1080p regular releases, 720p releases, MacGuffin HD releases and 480p releases.
Re: hold 25% of a film.
Pirates generally go for at least 4GB for a 1080p movie, more on a long or particually demanding one, as any smaller makes the artifacts far too visible.
Well, I suppose you said "generally" - different groups do different releases. MacGuffin rips are generally 3 CD or less in size (<2GB) and 1080p. When you get down to that level of compression, the things that you generally trim are the soundtrack - no 1.5Mb/s DTS track when a 160k AAC will suffice.
Re: Devaluation of the K
Wrong! The K is short for Kilo - which is 1000 (of anything)!
Wrong! The "bit" or "byte" after "kilo-" is relevant to the meaning of "kilo-" in this circumstance, specifically that the prefixes are binary prefixes, and are powers of 2.
This is how it has always been. In 1998, le Bureau international des poids et mesures decided that they "owned" giga-, mega- and so on forth, and decided to tell us that we didn't know what we were doing, and here are some new names, and aren't you stupid for not using it.
Re: Riding the internet, bareback
Sasser's vector seems to be through vulnerable MS network services. If you don't expose those services externally, or to other windows machines, I don't see how you could catch that.
Riding the internet, bareback
Apart from where I have had to use a work provided Windows machine, I haven't used AV since I stopped using my Atari ST.
I have a home windows machine which has internet access, I don't run programs I find on the internet, I disable all browser plugins, and I'm particular about what software gets installed - nothing from Adobe. If you send me an excel or a word document, I'll either ask you to re-send in text, csv or pdf, or just ignore it.
I do all my banking etc on a non windows machine, the windows one is for games really.
This seems to keep me plenty safe - I suppose the only vector still open is drive by malware targeting chrome - but I was wondering are there many other thrill seekers out there?
Re: Commence conspiracy theories.
The Secret Service is also in charge of currency crimes, most notably, counterfeiting.
Surely the Secret Service should let the crooks be in charge of the crimes, then they come in and find the crooks?
Re: Haven't you seen Fringe ?
The sniffer dogs are to make you feel uncomfortable if you are doing something wrong, the guy holding the leash is then supposed to spot people looking uncomfortable and ask leading questions.
The problem is that you can't play the video well without NVidia. There needs to be a way to get decent video hardware on this thing, even a 9400m would be a big improvement.
100% agree - nvidia make the best HTPC video cards, £20, passively cooled and can decode 4k H264 without even thinking about it. You then don't need a 2.5GHz quad core CPU, literally any CPI will do.
Perhaps on windows there are other options, for *nix the only choice is nvidia.
Why not go the whole hog Nigel, and whack a mini-SAS connector on the back so you can hook it up to any SAS expander of your choice.
Re: Fair's fair
These bus stops are normally reserved for public transportation, as in buses that anybody can ride on. If the tech companies want to use these bus stops, it is normal that they pay for their use. I understand that generally, an event happening on a public square requires renting that square from the town, e.g for putting a circus tent. This is no different.
It's completely different. They could stop their private buses anywhere that it is legal to stop a private vehicle, and do pick ups there, it is just more logical and less inconvenience for everyone else to use a regular 'stop'.
We're not talking about them renting or using bus stations, these 'stops' are poles by the side of the road.
Ours is "on by default" for new connections, which will gradually ensure that the majority will not disable it.
Re: Ineffectually slipping through the odd boob
Generally we elect 1 or 2% of MPs who ARE NOT complete tits
I think this is 1% is of each MP - probably their pinky toe.
fighting against engineers using the terms "master" and "slave" in their documentaion
But we don't call the HA service checking them "overseer", we call it "heartbeat". Because we love shitty Sunday night ITV dramas.
… both surveys were looking for different things
This is fascinating, does it mean that two of the arms have only "cooler, lower mass stars like our Sun", and the other two have only "massive" stars?
Re: Cue lots of pictures appearing on the internet
If you're mugged in London, the police don't even look at CCTV to see if they can ID them, why would they look at user produced footage?
This would divert them from important work, like entering the details of the next mugging in to the system.
My Atari ST came with this, Carrier Command and Bomb Jack - legendary games, and conversions that were a lot better (imo) than the 8bit versions.
Re: Who cares!!!
There is no list
How the system (probably) works is:
* Every user account at an ISP is given a flag
That is a list. "Each user account" is a list that can be enumerated and iterated, "a flag" is something that can be extracted from each entry in the list. It is unequivocally and unquestionably a list.
Re: Who cares!!!
sky and BT said there is no list (dont know about other isps)
If there is no list, where does my preference get stored?
In case that was too subtle for you, if there is no list, then there is nowhere to check whether a user has opted out of filtering or not. Since there is a check to see whether a user has opted out, then there must be a list.
What BT, Sky, et al have said is that they are not sharing the list.
tl;dr, you're a moron.
Re: Who cares!!!
The point is, to opt out of the filter is to put yourself on a list of carnal campaigners, feminists, pornographers, perverts and men in dirty macs (as described by the register, and thought by mumsnet/mail/etc).
If the filter was the other way around, an opt-in filter, then you would be putting yourself on a list of "parents who like to shelter and mollycoddle their kids".
It does not fill me with pleasure to have to self identify as the 'pervert' demographic. It makes me especially angry that the reason I have to identify as a 'pervert' is because parents are too lazy to opt-in to a web filter.
Finally, it's not even porn that is being censored - its porn, drug education, sex education, mental health issues, even information about proxy servers (how is censoring information about proxy servers protecting children?).
I read it as Nom-i-nom-nom-nom - think it must be lunch time.
The problem is making lists of people that are considered "deviant".
Currently, our government and police force are thick as two bricks. They mean well, but they haven't got to grips with data yet. Once they are doing the things with data that we are already doing in the private sector, your presence on lists like this will invade every aspect of your life.
Maybe there is a little paranoia in there, but instead of us giving it a rest, how about you have a think about where this can go before blithely dismissing it?
Re: Censorship is alive and well in Britian
Too right, the only discussion about these filters has been about porn, and "Do it yourself or we will legislate" from the government.
This gives us this situation, where BT has decided (almost certainly with assistance from the various moral crusaders) that these things are also verboten:
Discussion of illegal drugs
Discussion of suicide
Because, obviously, if little Johnny can google "heroin", how much longer before he is injecting it in his eyeballs.
It depends, are you worth a billion dollars or more? In which case, most registrars will just bend over and take it (hp.com, ms.com, ad.com). Alternatively, can you rig the contest (uk.com).
Everyone else, three characters or more please.
Re: Oxymoron's on Twitter
1. a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction
Re: iPad vs plastic trinkets
The ipad is interactive and prompts cognitive development and motor skills?
Re: Dyes and Markers, Bats and Nails
A baseball bat with nails and a cloaked room guard (able to evade heat detection from out in the hallway) batting and beating the ass of the intruder like the crowbar attack in the tunnels in CounterStrike might knock these invasions down a tick or two.
… and …
The hell have you been smoking?
Firstly, Counterstrike is a game. You left-click to whack someone with a crowbar.
You two should both be ashamed of yourselves - there is no crowbar in counter strike, you have a KNIFE, left click is slash, right click is stab.
The game with the crowbar you are both thinking of is Half-Life. Shocked and appalled…
Re: Doubt she'll win
Thing is, HairyNigerianTruckers.com is still down, so you have to go on to match.com
Re: He needs medical care
That said, in this case, there is no confusion writing BMWs, so the apostrophe usage here is grammar Nazi manna.
Mythical jewish grammar nazis from heaven?
Re: "some 2 person Luxembourgian office"
To be honest, I've no problem being in a Maastricht treaty style agreement with countries with similar taxation policies. Being in one with countries whose economic existence is based upon them being tax havens is batshit insane though. These principalities need to exit the EU, and countries like Ireland need to stop offering stupid tax incentives to multi-nationals.
Re: Agree with most comments here...
I do realise that Corporation Tax is levied on profit, not turnover, but Amazon would have us believe that all their economic activity in the UK actually happens in some 2 person Luxembourgian office.
Re: Even the dumbest porn-addicted teen...
A particular IP address flags a request to be checked against the blacklist, but the blacklist can then block individual pages etc at an IP address, so it's not nearly as crude as simple DNS manipulation. However proxy servers etc can obviously still be used.
Are you implying it does DPI to inspect my HTTP request, determine whether the URI specified is on a black list or not before deciding whether to forward the packet on or reset the connection?
It will be a bad thing if your 480gb revodrive goes titsup the day after they go titsup (or the month before tbh).
I bought a couple of refurb OCZ SSDs to use as cache devices - no-one else will touch them, so they are dead cheap, and it doesn't affect my server if they do crash.
Both are currently working OK, but I don't trust them at all!
Re: Webs? 5 of them?
I'll bet you dollars to donuts that these guinea pigs died of hunger, thirst or cold. Better not to blame poor Jordan though…
- NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED
- Pic Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments
- Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
- Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs
- Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low