4484 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: Remind me
>You got downvotes - apparently it's all fine and dandy to drop rootkits.
Maybe Sony have a (very small) botnet?
How many years did Sony execs get for hacking millions of consumer's PCs?
Anything you didn't know?
So you are a european white male whose parents haven't died of anything nasty.
Yes, sorry it's 10% Earth's mass, 38% Earth's 'g' - read the wrong column
Re: What's in it for me? @AC
>no straight man would refuse 3 women taking advantage of him
You mean 3 women demanding that the kitchen be cleaned, that clothes be picked up off the floor, that the garden be done, the car cleaned out, the door painted....
I only have one women taking advantage of me and I'm knackered
Re: So let me get this straight ...
Considerably less than the 100,billions of $$$ the US spends on "amateur" college football so that a bunch of testosterone cases can run around a filed chasing a bit of leather watched by fatter drunk testosterone cases
Re: after the die-off
They just shoot it in a studio like last time
Mars is only about 10% of Earth surface gravity, so kate, posh-spice and the rest of them would float off.
Re: What gives ANY company the right...
>If you buy a car and sell it on, usually the services it came with like warranty are not passed on.
I assume car makers will try that next.
You buy a BMW but have a non-transferable licence to the software in the engine management system which is disabled if you don't have it serviced at a dealer.
Re: This is what I think.....
$8Bn profit on $60Bn of cash isn't a good rate of return for a software company. It's not even good ROI for a rental property. Companies that in theory only have to push out free to make online downloads of products that they built years ago are expected to make a little more
The analysts real question is where do they see MSFTs stock price in another 10 or 20 years time. Will we still be queuing up to buy DVDs of Windows19 and upgrade to Office2033?
yep - I think I'll exercise my western freedom and vote communist in the next US election
Re: It'll never happen
The salary cost of an iPhone is tiny - far more of the iPhone $$ goes to Germany to buy Siemens pick and place machines than goes to the chinese.
The difficulty with building an iPhone plant in the US is that the cheap areas with lots of workers and a "business-friendly" attitude to worker and environmental laws are too far from the sea to make shipping them economic. Then all your suppliers are in China or SE Asia so you need to have an extra month in all your production plans for the korean memory, malay CPU and chinese made gorrilla glass to arrive in Albuquerque
Re: …And we still have no idea what these patents are
Odd that Android devices would violate the patents but iOS doesn't.
I wonder if MSFT is demanding a royalty for every ipod/pad/phone Foxconn make
You mean it only made it to suffolk?
Re: Certs, the future of security...?
The SSL CA model never worked - it was based on the idea that companies which made money from selling the most SSL CA would be in charge of policing that only legitimate customers bought them
It's as crazy as subcontracting out the maintenance of a railway to a company that made a bigger profit by doing less maintenance - nobody would be that stupid.
Re: This seems like the opposite of open source...
No Mozilla is saying that this telco has signed root CAs for dodgy countries that allow them to fake being any site they want - Mozilla is going to stop trusting all CA signed by this ISP.
But how do you know you are going to the real www.grc.com if your ISP has sold root CAs to everybody+dog?
Soft Nigella voice over:
This isn't just any commodity computing, it's microsoft premium commodity computing.
Re: Dynamic Balancing already exists
The energy stored in a flywheel all depends on storing a lot of mass at the outer edge of the rim, water probably isn't heavy enough. Mercury or molten lead would be good - but might have their own problems
Why not try capitalism?
Have companies bid real $$$$ for H1B visas
That way Apple/Google/Msft can hire the best in the world, startups can hire that world class expert (without having to have a $M legal dept) and Indian offshoring firms bringing in 1000s of 'consultants' for a year couldn't
I realise that for a massive state controlled bureaucracy like the USA, free market capitalism might be a difficult concept - but give it a try
Damn yankees coming here taking our jobs
America is the size of a continent and yet people from other states are allowed to come here to Silicon valley and steal our jobs.
If restricting skilled immigration from overseas will help America then it's obvious that restricting skilled immigration from other states will help California. How are people supposed to earn $200K in San Fransisco if people are allowed to just come in from Texas or North Carolina and compete for jobs.
Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory
Thatcher was a lefty.
Just compare her policies with the subsequent labour government - completely indistiguishable
There's no such thing as social-media
Re: Ah, another patent encumbered format
"I also see no particular reason why something that represents man-decades of work shouldn't require payment"
But it's an international standard and requires payments even if you do all the work yourself.
The meter required decades of work by French astronomers - but you don't have to pay the French government if you use the international standard today
Re: Languages? Its not just that
> I guess 20 years ago, SW was less diversified, and the skill base was small.
Nope once upon a time software was more diversified
In college I couldn't get a job coding because I knew VMS and DOS - but business would have one of a dozen different mainframe/minis, or if they used PCs could have one of a dozen different databases, there was even a few Apple II based businesses.
Now I can hire a high school student, they are going to be comfortable in Windows or Linux, they will be able to program in either C#/.net or c/c+/gcc.
I have hired 18year olds with 5years of Linux sysadmin experience. Yes they don't have the professionalism of somebody with 30years of mainframe experience - but it does break the no experience=no job/no job = no experience bottleneck.
Apple products can't be sold in Iran because of American law, I doubt there is an Iranian law against it.
Contrary to what some Merkins beleive, Merkin law doesn't apply outside Merkia
IIRC, back in the day before Murdoch owned the UK government, some people got off on a charge of selling hacked sat keycards because the channel wasn't legally available in the UK - therefore they hadn't defrauded anyone of anything
Re: They bought a stolen laptop.
If he gave it to them - is he know in trouble for supplying technology to an axis-of-naughty country?
My XenServer update just asked me to confirm that not only am I not in Cuba but I won't let any Cuban national use it - a bit odd for a package developed in Cambridge
If you know any really gullable governments
I have a machine that detects secret messages to terrorists hidden in Al Jazeera broadcasts. It could be modified to detect secret messages to US agents hidden in Fox news
Re: Have they tried...
TPB do have standards - they don't want to be associated with criminals
Re: why is it illegal?
>Because they entice/encourage illegal behaviour.
So do BMWs
Re: Every so often a market develops around something improbable
"I can be almost certain that the dollar / pound / yen isn't going to double or halve its value in that time"
Your euros might if they were in a Cypriot bank.
Your icelandic Krona pretty much did when they decided they weren't going to pay up
Your Iranian whatevers might become worthless if the USA decides you to impose some freedom.
Is there any currency that supports chargebacks?
Remember this is a currency not a payment processor.
"people investing into the currency that are not technically skilled enough to understand the complex principles on which the system works,"
It's a thing - people want to buy it the price goes up, people think that the price isn't going to go up anymore they will sell to people who do.
You don't need to understand distribute hash schemes or elliptic curve cryptography to figure that out
Re: road congestion
Alternatively you could spend a squillion pounds on a high speed rail link to allow them to live in Birmingham and travel to London to sit at a computer
Re: Where does the carbon go?
It will all be turned into laser printer toner to keep up with the demand if you keep writing Flüssigmetallblasensäulenreaktors everywhere
Re: pointless stupidity
Alternatively if we burnt all the C to produce lots of CO2 and destroyed the nasty toxic oxygen we could return the planet to it's natural pristine state.
I for one welcome out blue-green algae overlords
Re: Well at least it's almost science
No it's more like claiming that Apollo was a major scientific experiment when they dropped a hammer and a feather and they fell at the same time - so testing that Newtonian gravity also worked on the moon.
Otherwise it's like repeating the Michelson-Morley experiment in Houston to check if the aether exists in the confederacy
Well at least it's almost science
So far more use than the typical school science fair projects that the ISS normally does.
But it's also 'proving' something that nobody seriously doubts, doing it to the ISS rather than across an optical fibre is slightly trickier technically but still pointless.
Re: Probably an Idiot
Possibly even more worrying that the secret inteligence services of a european nuclear power is staffed by such weapons-grade morons.
On the other hand it is nice to discover we have something in common with the French
Re: What’s the point?
> The royalty revenue will continue as long as the copy is available, and, if that is for ever, why should that be a problem?
Because the library load royalty ( a few pennies) goes to the author.
When a library buys a hardback, the 20quid goes to the publisher - and a few pennies gets passed on to the author.
Re: RIP Mrs T
There is a typo:
I have to agree, it is only a shame that the later governments left a whole generation still with the attitude that the state owed them a living this time on bailouts........
Re: At least two sides to this story
That's true - when Darfield main closed I begged our dad to move to Canary Wharf and become a foreign exchange dealer but he were just to workshy and feckless to leave Barnsley and spent the next 20years looking for odd bits of part time work
" And I have to pay taxes to support free meals for those Google employees,"
Martin McMahon, Jr., a tax-law professor at the University of Florida,
And who is paying the salary of a professor at University of Florida? = all those high earning programmers at Google
Crystal ball mode=on
Theory = buying in bulk gets discounts, by pooling all our buying we will get massive discounts.
Practice = only IBM will be big enough to bid on this contract. They know they have a captive market so will charge 2x retail price for everything. The costs will then double again as every council has to throw out all their existing Dell/HP/local-shop stuff and be integrate din the new IBM only system
Re: I await RyanAir's response with interest
Don't forget the http recycling fee charged on all those bytes you dump on their servers
My cell phone company over here in the off-world colonies adds a $7.95 "system access fee" to my monthly bill
North Yorkshire to the Rescue
One of the justifications for upgrading the Fylingdales Early Warning base after the fall of the USSR was that it would protect us from rogue states like North Korea. So any attempt to launch a missile on London from say Bridlington could be easily detected.
Of course the conspiracy theory is that it was built in anticipation of an independant Scotland and to provide warning of a Haggis attack on the home counties.
Re: Privatised Education
No just privatize the loans. Then the banks can take the decision if it's worth the risk of giving you the loan to do media studies in Barnsley or whether they should only fund engineering at Imperial.
Funnily enough that would see an immediate return to the socialist 80s system of rich Annabel's doing art history at Cambridge and clever kids from comprehensives doing engineering at Imperial - but decided by the market.
Re: The drop out rate
So did the uni close the unproductive physics dept for failing to achieve it's "student output curve goal scenario" or did they just tell them to pass everyone?
Re: It ain't what you do, its where you do it.
There is at least a reason behind it.
If you just want N warm bodies for your management training scheme then requiring a degree means you have fewer CVs to read through and at least a reasonable chance that they can read and write.
If you want a smaller N, then requiring a degree from a top tier uni means that somebody else (their admissions tutors) has already done the sorting for you. Assuming you want a mixture of clever students, people with the right daddy and good rowers/rugby players - which is what most of British management runs on anyway
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