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Re: Unfortunate title
Yes and no, that is part of the fun reading El Reg. Never trust the title, it is not meant to be trusted. As for Gods, we have created a large number of them during our history, they all have common features. The most "selfish" one is the Christian guy who was created to look like us, surprise, surprise. To find a reason for all those Gods, and there must be one, we have to study society and our brains.
"forecast to drop from 349.4 million last year to 314.2 million this year, and to 305.1 million by 2017". If that is true, I would suppose there is a lesser demand for new ones, so where is the problem. Any similar headaches regarding horses, cheese or shoes. I will probably get a new "PC" next year, but that one will most likely be a second hand one much because, money, and the fact I have not seen any advance at all in the new hardware sold to day, in fact I have a feeling it's getting less and less reliable. Poor bastards, what a problem.
Re: idiots... what better time to develop a self hosted open source solution...
Yes, exactly, have your own cloud, if you like the name or your own servers, if you understand anything. Move to LibreOffice, skip MS, skip being lambs, skip supporting something you have absolutely no reason to support. Using the web, I have sometimes been ordered to upgrade to this or that MS product/version. Consider how much easier and more honest it would be to refer to a product that is free to download and works on almost any OS. Consider the independence and the savings you would achieve. Use your power, your brains, why a lamb for no reasons. Ask for help if you need it, support and take part in LibreOffice.
What a silly thing to do
NASA has no reason to waste money on that.
Re: "shy and retiring Ballmer"
Pleas, take your shoes with you when leaving, leave the chair.
The most unnecessary comment in the history of The Register. Still I will do it. Among the top 50 super computers all are Linux, among the top500 482 (96%) are Linux. Now why do I mention this while Linux is not yet 100% of the top500. Around 2000 I asked the "top500 guys" to mention the OS too, I still have the emails, but the response then was that it is of no importance. Linux must have reached the dominent OS before the top500 list decided it might be of interest to the "public" Meanwhile there was this one based on Apple that got all the attention in the world with headlines like "what ever" but even today we have stuff like this. " 10.6.2013 - 10 years ago this month, if it existed, Apple's new Mac Pro would have been the eighth most powerful supercomputer on the entire planet,"
Wow wow wow, ten years ago as number eight, wow wow wow.
So things are as they should be, people dealing and producing super compurters know what they are doing but expect soon the "iPhone faster than a super computer" (and in small text "twenty years ago").
Re: Eh, at least they are trying (somewhat)
Logging into Youtube I am presented with "leftovers" proving Google is at least trying hard to "help" me. How to compare them to the NSA I do not know. Having once, by accident, clicked a Spanish western I am still offered more of that. Having bought shoes once, on the internet, it also seems to make me a target for more shoes faster than I am able to wear them out or loose them, or is Google, perhaps, confused with Shoe, the cartoon, I take daily. Perhaps the NSA has the answer, cooperating, on the hard stuff. If I was more strong hearted I might try you out with all the worst and dirties words I can come up with and "enjoy" the cocktail Google will serve me in their quest to do no evil and serve us to their best ability, for free. Still I have begun to have this feeling that when I shut up the internet and the computer. I want, when logging in, start as a new born child, not as a never forgotten old best friend. My friend, Google, you move on very thin ice, and there is no way for you to understand how easily and suddenly that ice will brake.
The Palin moment
The "straw that broke my camel’s back" was when the biggest political party decided to choose Sarah Palin as the next possible president of the united states (small letters intentionally) and expecting more than half the us voters to go for it. Oh hell. And now reading this article with names like Harry Shum, Shim, Qi Lu, I feel everything is not lost yet. An optimist finding it hard to remain so.
Blame the cell phone
I have done all of that and I am not all that worried about it. Once in the bathroom one customer mentioned a disturbing echo on the line and once on thee beach surrounded by seagulls, my customer wondered if I was actually at the office or something. I had to tell her I was on vacation and that did not seem to make her any happier.
Now that we have proof of that we have to find proof of a masturbating fossil.
Re: Golden Rule
PS. Kaptain, my advice for password, long ones, is to have a "story" easy to remember, like "mypussycatwentupthethree", "ilikestormyweatheratsea" and such.
Re: Golden Rule
Very familiar, but what one has to try to do is to make those co-workers and bosses, who stand behind the person who has to enter a password, to voluntarily turn their head. I have seen people in a higher position getting pissed of when asked to look the other way for a second. Some funny memories regarding passwords was a girl at a customer who's password I had to ask for, several other persons present. She got very upset, disturbed and blushing. I finally asked her to write it down and give it to me. What a happy face and a password I can still remember.
The boss of GCHQ
As British, did not have to add communists and socialists to his smoke screen.
I would assume
They are preparing for Water World.
Re: Interesting thought
"If God exists then why would he bother with something as universally insignificant as mankind."
We all make mistakes, he created himself in the image of us, too late now, nothing doing. Sometimes I think, seriously, that M.Ali had more sense wanting to stay more anonymous as to his appearance, now in trouble, though, as he refuses to show his passport picture. Father Christmas is a dear friend since childhood, (not as well dressed as the pope but with better transportation and gifts not bills), but the Tooth Fairy is a damned disappointment as he has taketh more than he has giveth lately.
Re: Life formed in clay?
"shouldn't we be able to observe that nowadays as well?". No we are not good at observing nowadays or anyodays for the simple reason we as individuals are too short living. Consider the age of our planet, say 5bn years, then considers a ruler 5km long from now to then. On that scale 2000 years is 2mm. 1M years is one meter. And that one meter is perhaps when we started to speak, one meter out of 5000 meter. And now we have mostly Americans who find it difficult to understand that the chimpanzee they saw 50 years ago has not produced a Batman or Bill during all those years. The damned thing is that it seems to work too well in the opposite direction. Then again if we study viruses and stuff like that we can actually observe things changing within our lifespan, and looking back in time we have archaeology which sounds more important than what it is, digging in the junk left behind, and there is a hell of a lot of that. What do they teach you at school.
"some observers are surprised that a country with such visible problems with poverty would spend its dosh on sending a probe to Mars", Sadly that applies to the USA, Russia and China too. But then again.
And I have considered Windows a consumer product of dubious quality that sneaked into business creating the first and largest catastrophe in the history of IT. And even if I had a chance of living my life again I cannot see how that would change facts. Bill Gates went for the consumer personal computer from the very beginning. For a while he played around with Xenix, a *nix system that would have saved us and business billions and billions, but he took the fast and dirty road. A personal success, no doubt, as he become the richest guy among those who cannot hide. A catastrophe, all the same, especially for business.
Re: @AC 00:38 @jake
"It may be that one shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth", Yes, and I sometimes agree regarding the result but it is still a rather cynic sentence and there is no way that the guy who coined that was not aware of the fact that sometimes there are very good reasons to look at the gift. "Candy for children" and so forth.
I have no claims, what so ever, regarding anybodies use of his wealth, and that applies to Gates too. But when, for instance, libraries around the world are given money, the one teeth in the mouth of the horse is that that money has to be used on Windows. And while Gates is doing good work on malaria vaccine in Africa, and that is fine, then one should also remember that when he pulls out money from his right pocket some, perhaps more, will turn up in his left pocket, because he invests in the companies selling the stuff in Africa.
Now Gates has never claimed to be some Jesus (that title was given to Jobs) but if he was really involved he would build that pharmacy industry in Africa, skip, and give a shit, about patents and hand it out for free. I know he is not Santa Claus either and nobody has any right to demand it of him, still the intelligent and obvious response to "shouldn't look" is "should look" too. Just ask any kid.
Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?
" the regulated market" ??????????
Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?
"Not being able to repair it yourself != it is not repairable. Just means you have to take it to Apple or pay someone to do the same who has the proper tools and know-how."
Well my daughter broke the screen of her Sony laptop and those with the "proper tools and know-how" told me there is no problem at all except it will be cheaper to by a new one.
Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?
There was a time when it was possible to repair TVs, washing machines and phones on the spot. Today we have cars where you cannot change a light bulb on the road, instead you have to take the whole front of the car apart and pay a hell of a lot for that one damned bulb. That is an intentional scum and as far as I know the EU is trying to do something about it. Newer by a car where you cannot change a bulb by yourself. My opinion of a cell phone where you cannot change the battery is similar, it's a scum too.
Re: He's Right
What the hell, those discussions are always silly. If I can provide shoos for African children then why would I not do it although I know there is more severe demand for food and fresh water. Let Bill provide what he wants and let Mark provide what he wants to provide. Perhaps I am unfair but I believe Bill is out for a profit in a higher degree than Mark.
Re: Waste of time
"Any article about the USA or any USA based company is an opportunity to bash on the USA and its citizens even though the USA has been protecting Europe since WWII"
Let me try to explain a bit about that, If a foreigner is bashing my country then I might feel a bit pissed off, if somebody in my country does the same then it might not piss me off in the same way. If some foreigner is bashing your country then you might get pissed off too in the same way, understandably. But there is a difference, the USA is just too important to ignore, too important to fail. My country will not cause the next financial crisis or the next world war. You have to understand that difference and accept it. Next, non of the often very good reasons to bash the USA are invented in Europa or elsewhere. They are problems intelligent people in the USA detect and are worried about, and that is one of the fine and valuable features in the US population. And then there is this stereotype bashing of people, the Germans are like this, the French like that and so on, That is stupidity. When Europeans bash the USA it's more about the Government and how it behaves and in that respect you Americans are very similar even if I must admit you seem to think that you have no personal responsibility for your government. As for defending the world I would agree on that up till the Vietnam war. Afganistan I can understand. But the Irak war has nothing to do with defending anybody. That was seen before the start by most Europeans and to look at a "good" guy presenting his Hollywood Donald Duck slides in the UN was unpleasant, spooky. I think quite a few Americans feel the same today.
As for bashing companies I would bash Monsanto as the top one. Everybody to his taste. I would suppose you might bash some company too even if it was American.
Grammar and spelling mistakes, well I hate the fact that I make them and sometimes I think it's a bit unnecessary that people find the time point it out. Then again this is an English site and there is this feeling among the English that you Americans are abusing the language. Color and coluor and so forth. Just accept it. Then there is the question how to pronounce the language and that makes it even more difficult. If you want to listen to something really odd and hard to understand English then spend some time in England, I have. Then again the most pleasant "English" I have ever heard was a colored IT guy from down south Mississippi, go figure, but I am a outsider.
"Have you forgotten? Germany's real pissed with the US atm." I suppose you refer to the US kind suggestion Germany should produce and export less and learn from the US how to spend more time at McDonalds by more Apples, increase the deficit and live a happy and obese life, American style. Sorry.
Reading through those comments was sort of "fun", nobody seems to remember any more that the coffer was emptied by Bush the lesser.
Anyway I hope either Germany or France have the balls to give Snowden asylum.
Re: Does it really matter?
Yes I saw that program, and as I have a big old waterheater in my house I decided to keep that door locked as I remember my self too well as a teenager. I used to like the Mythbusters but today I get fed up half way through the introduction which seems to become longer and longer. I have had enough of all the shooting, crashing and explosions. Fine that they have not started yet to show us how to make efficient and cheep explosives at home,
"Things work so well in the US precisely because there is minimal state interference, after all." Please tell us which things.
Re: Dishwasher - what's that ?
It's not iron but a cocktail of stuff your body does not need at all. I was told that in old days you could stick an iron nail into an apple for some time and then eat the apple without the nail, I think. And that would give you good iron for your body. But today there are no pure iron nails.
Re: From little Acorns
I would assume the opposite. Hats and coats.
"This is a fanboi thing plain and simple" Yes it is, so what.
"what about the rest of the world who don't care". so what.
I don't give a shit about his garage, is there something I have missed, does this need taxpayer money. If so then skip it and let Apple conserve it at the center of the doughnut.
Re: There's science and then there's wild guesswork
I would rather assume our lack of knowledge about how planets form is the obvious answer. As for guesswork, science starts with guesswork, beautifully wild of course. Einstein was exceptionally good at guesswork, most of that is called science to day, How and why he was so good at it is a wild question for more guesswork. There was also this guy with the wild and dangerous guesswork about planets moving around the sun, it took some time to prove.
Sorry, but are you not a bit unfair, loony, how long do you think one garage will remain for "future generations" to decide about. As for Jobs, and to be fair, would we not need some of "them" in Europe too.
What other errors are there then. Gods errors, too offending for some and not proved by some others. Natural errors sound unnatural. Instrument errors, a company not accepting any responsibility as that human was not working for that company. Odd errors, acts of god, sorry, very popular among insurance companies. Help me out. Anyway, a human error run stock exchange is more dangerous than nuclear weapons and it will always be like that no matter how convenient it sounds with "computer error". Snafu and glitch sound good too. I had a snafu caused by a glitch, born error.
Is Jobs still dead.
Re: Out of pure curiosity...
Perhaps one should also point out that Microsoft did not by Nokia, they bought the cell phone division.
And from TheInquirer:
"Beyond sales figures, Nokia reported a profit of €118m on €5.66bn revenue, compared to the €564m loss the firm posted in the third quarter last year. Nokia's Devices and Services division, which Microsoft picked up earlier this year, posted a $118m loss, as expected."
Re: The IBM PC was a weird sort of sea change
IBM produced a standard and oh, well, I have seen articles claiming that Jobs created the micro computer (PC) and sometimes that Gates created it. IBM was a late comer but the fact that PS's where produced by so many companies made the difference together with Windows, very soon.
Re: Where Big Blue blew it?
You should read the book "Inside Intel", a very interesting and well written book, And 5150 is a Intel processor and AMD is a competitor to Intel with a Intel instruction set.
Re: Where Big Blue blew it?
Choosing Intel was another big mistake.
If it would be possible to reuse all that helium, to put it back into the bottle sort of. And it tends to be more fun when things go up than down, still it's only the sudden stop that might be the problem.
Re: What if...
Light will slow down through air too and, of course, much more through water. I could claim the universe is 15.7bn old. prove me wrong, but that is science fiction. Science will agree with me only if they (have the instruments) and can prove it. Science is a journey that started long ago, always happy and capable of change with new evidence. Some people find this difficult to understand as it feels unreliable as it moves forward. Only religion gives you the pleasure of having an answer that does not change although I think those who know the Earth is 5000 years old should now speak about 5049 years or something more exact.
Re: Just curious
"Space is complicated. Can't be helped." Just turn to the bible or similar or creationists, mormons or similar and, voilà, it's not complicated any more.
I wonder who elected them.
Sarah Palin is a hot-looking babe, not white trash at all!" Perhaps but it's what you cannot see, like education and intelligence and what comes out of her mouth that is disturbing. Apparently some Republicans have started to see it too.
Re: When the sage points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger
Yes, nuclear power seems to be the Achilles' heel of Environmentalists. You seem to have started to build a new one in Blighty. I find that good although I realise more should be done to how the mining is done.
Force of law
"It is to be welcomed that China is making strides to give Chinese citizens protection to their personal data, backed with the force of law,". I hope that would be true in the US too only the force of the law sounds a bit funny regarding the USA of to day.
Re: Good on Cryptoseal for doing the right thing
Yes, we all know that they have complained but we don't know if they obey or not. We don't know if they are speaking the truth or not as speaking the truth might be against the law. Incidentally how can you break a law if that law is secret until somebody pushes it up your nose. How can a secret law be anything but unlawful. And you also know that Google or Facebook will never shut down regardless of what agreements they have made and that "harder than ever" proves absolutely nothing.
Re: Agree with Germans on this one...
I agree, but I am not sure if the word "Folterinstrument" was such a good choice, but then if you look at what that word gave as an example from German to English and swap the cross to Amazon it gets rather amusing after all.
It seems incredible that a universal symbol such as the cross should be transformed into a hideous instrument of torture for political ends.
Es erscheint unglaublich, dass ein allgemeines Symbol wie das Kreuz aus politischen Gründen in ein ungeheuerliches Folterinstrument verwandelt wird.
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