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HR box ticking
Assume those smart programmers you are hiring can learn.
We have decided to use Hardoop for our next product cos it's Kewl. So we need to only hire Hardoop programmers. We need good ones so we want senior programmers with 10years of Hardoop, intermediate programmers with 5years and junior programmers with 1 year - well those are the numbers we used to use with SQL so it should be OK.
Of course we wouldn't consider hiring a 10year SQL/Java veteran in the hope they can learn - cos they wont be adding value while they are learning.
Oh dear we couldn't hire any 10-year Hardoop programmers we better stick to doing the next app in Foxpro as usual - we have lots of 20years experience Foxpro programmers.
@My company invents things
We don't troll, nobody outside an East Texas law firm can afford to threaten a $Bn company.
We invent a new magnet designs for an MRI machine, we need to be able to show and explain these to the makers of the machines and offer a licence with some legal protection. A patent on "using the colour green in an MRI machine" doesn't help anyone.
Software patents are a bit trickier - in theory I'm against them. In practice we sometimes develop processing algorithms aswell.
Ideally we would write the code and give them a copyright app - but in practice these machines are so locked down to meet FDA that all we can do is describe the algorithm for their own people to implement - often in an FPGA or some custom machine.
The same problem - once we describe the algorithm it's "out there" unless we have a patent.
Picture the scene at Philips in the 70s.
Hey boss I've got a brilliant idea - a form of music that offers pretty much all the sound quality that anyone would ever want in a digital form that can be converted into any new format, and what's even better - it never wears out.
Then every record company and shop went - wow we can sell everybody the same albums again at 4x the price on this shiny new format. That should keep us going for 10 years
Yes in theory they are - but no publisher want's to be attacked on Radio4, in the sunday comics and the Times Lit Sup as trying to crush free speech - and since these books sell about 3 copies each, nobody gives a *****
If however you try and write your own sequel to the Harry Potter series featuring all the characters you will be dumped on from a great height - whether you call it parody or not. Even people creating encyclopedias of the HP or Tolkien universe have found this.
ps. Weid Al songs are NOT allowed as parody - they are not parodies of the original work in that they do not parody it. They reuse the tune and lyrics to create a new (generally much better) artistic work which does parody some aspect of real life. That's why he has to obtain permission and pay royalties on the tune just like any covers band.
The only song which arguably COULD be protected by parody is the "Smells like Nirvana" - which does rip the piss out of Nirvana - although Nirvana loved it so much they played on it !
The real problem
Is that it's making patents useless for those of us that actually rely on them.
My company invents things, we invent things that get used in very big expensive machines that we couldn't possibly manufacture - so we have to licence them to big companies.
Without patents the company could just look at our ideas and copy them for free - instead of now where they licence our ideas and manufacture them in China who then copy them for free.
But getting patents is becoming increasingly expensive since we have to have expensive lawyers go through all these patents to make sure we don't violate any of them. Because when we do agree a deal with Random Giant Corp - they expect us to show that we haven't violated any of Other Giant Corp's patents.
Even then we get letters from Different Giant Corp saying basically "we have a million patents in this area - you must have violated something, admit it". And of course the cost of the lawyers saying no is a lot higher than hiring engineers to actually invent things.
Sometimes I think it would be better if we just gave and built a factory ourselves making knock off iPads.
Parody isn't protectedin the UK
It never has been.
Parody is different from satire, I can say that the prime minister is an upper class toff who might be slightly out of touch with being unemployed in Barnsley - that's satire (crap satire but it should get me on channel 4)
Parody is a Weird Al Yankovic song or a lego reproduction of star wars. This is more protected in the US, but even then re-using an entire song with new lyrics or remaking a fan version of entire movie isn't protected.
Otherwise there would be no point in being a song writer - since everybody else's version of a Beatles song would be "a parody" and I wouldn't have to pay Lennon+McCartney anything when I got to number one.
What I can do in the US is print a picture of Rumsfeld as the Emperor from Star wars - that's both parody and satire and is protected.
@Site's full of it
Are you by any chance connected to the internet by an ISP rather than your own personal backbone link? in that case all the users in your town/area/cave have the same IP, otherwise the world would have run out of IP addresses by now.
If however you are a giant organisation of pure evil, or Sony, or the DHS you have your own private connection and your own static IP address.
Download the data to a USB key
Copy to a PC and do the totals in Excel
Leave USB key on train
Netbooks didn't fail
From a customer's point of view - they just didn't make enough profit margin.
Here $200 Acer Aspire's were flying off the shelfs all year, I have one and my company bought HP's netbook for everyone that travels.
I'm sure makers would rather sell you their version of a Mac air - but it's nothing to do with customers rejecting net books.
Somebody has just gone through Ford and GM's reasons why customers demand pickups and SUVs rather than sub compacts and changed the words.
On the new youtube video the bad guy shot first
For every crazy college drop out in designer glasses and a polo neck you need an awful lot of stay-in electronics engineers, production engineers, at ARM, Samsung, Hyundai etc to actually make the product happen
Great quote heard on the BBC yesterday - "we need to encourage more people to get jobs working with their hands rather than going to university; we need more plumbers, carpenters, ENGINEERS "
@Am I the only one
To create a level playing field - or perhaps you wouldn't have a problem with Germany deciding that there should be 0% tax on luxury cars but a 200% tax on say, Rolls Royce aircraft engines.
If sovereign nations can set their own tax levels then Scotland should be allowed to zero rate deep fried mars bars while putting a 200% duty on Dutchy original shortbread
I know it goes against the principles of liberty and the frontier spirit but I really do think that there needs to be some sort of mandatory training for operators of vehicles on the road, and perhaps some sort of licencing to prove that they have been trained.
@lee - By that argument any raw food that needed cooking should either by charged vat or come with a free oven.
Hard to see how an ebook of a medical textbook is a taxed luxury item while a hardback Daniel Steele or Jeffery Archer is a tax-free luxury.
Silly old BBC
That sort of thing couldn't happen now.
Instead all the TV episodes locked with DRM will be lost when the distribution company with the key server goes bust.
Or you wont be able to broadcast them anyway because of some background music that a competing corporation owns the rights for.
And they fired them ?
sounds exactly like the sort of fight RIM needs in it's execs right now
Ahead of Apple
Yes, everybody did everything Apple did first.
Apple secret was making it into a product that people actually wanted.
They also have a single focus on what they want and the different parts support that ie. iPhone needs iTunes.
In MSFT different divisions protect their turf - which is why their tablet died, because it couldn't do exchange server, their cloud offering died because it cost MS-Office sales, flight simulator died because it threatened X-box
University = YTS 2
@yoinkster - I suspect the politico that came up with the idea of getting the unemployed to fork out 50 grand to keep themselves off the unemployment figures is one of the 10% who deserved to go !
The copilots are NOT learning the ropes.
They are exactly as trained as the pilot in command, typically the captain and first officer will swap piloting - one doing the take off and one the landing for example.
At almost all airlines the captain gets to be in the left hand seat simply because he has worked for that airline for longer. Quite often in the US the first officer is older or has more hours on the type than the captain - but happened to be laid off by another airline and has to start at the bottom again with the new one.
ps They hate being called co-pilots.
@This is why...
That would be the pilot of the airbus whose computers automatically kept the aircraft on course at a proper descent rate and speed - even when the pilot let the speed fall below the limit which would have caused a stall.
The NTSB report details the role of the avionics system and credits the captain with starting the APU which allowed more of the system to continue functioning that minimum manual controls available from the RAT.
Missed the boat
I thought the enterprisey solution to databases these days was just to put it all in RAM?
WIth RAM prices dropping like a brick at some point it's cheaper than fancy enterprise grade PCIe bussed SSD
Up front costs
The US termination clause is the reason you hear about $300 hammers and $30,000 toilet seats. They also don't allow contracts to claim NRE (upfront engineering costs).
So if you need to design a new product to meet their needs, invest in tooling, do all sorts of testing and certification but with no guarantee that they will buy any more of them in future - even if you have a contract - then you load all the costs onto the first few items you sell.
Of course if then nobody else wants to try and compete, and they need the product, you can continue charging $300/hammer for life!
Not their keys or data
So it has to wipe USB keys that it never owned before selling them.
Does it also have to shred any lost paperwork ?
Or should the person handing the lost key in be responsible for wiping it first?
What if it decided that this was all too much trouble and just throws any lost property int he rubbish - would it be fined then?
I must say I'm impressed. I thought the security services were immoral opportunists who would do and say anything to protect the country and supply suitably sexy dossiers to their masters
But that they would have the moral courage to risk the lives of British troops in foreign wars and allow Britain to come under attack from totalitarian regimes - rather than employ somebody who sneaked a look at their exam marks in school - shows really moral fibre
Not a journalist
I think that's the problem - if she had been a journalist the nobody would have believed anything she wrote and so the comments would have done no harm.
But by not being associated with any of Murdoch's mighty organs - she automatically achieved a higher level of trust and so the comments had so much more potential to inflict damage,
Not managements fault
This at least is one company where you can't claim that it was corporate culture at fault.
RIM's senior management have gone out of their way to prevent any sort of crowds at the announcement of a new RIM product.
Groupon take the money direct from the customer remember.
You generally buy the discount coupon on groupon's site - and they pass on a cut to the retailer.
So unless the York grotto felt like turning away all the groupon tickets and refunding the money to groupon - and causing a riot - they are a bit stuck.
Pointless publicity stunt
Either modern encryption schemes like AES are broken (or even breakable) - in which case why don't we own the world? Or they aren't - in which case you can have all the crossword fiends in the world but there's no point.
So if all GCHQ does is listen in on SMS messages and arrest people for texting clash lyrics - I can see why they might have issues luring the best and brightest mathematicians away from the city.
You can hold a commercial camera steady enough that over 6 shots it doesn't move by a 1/10 of a pixel - and you are shooting a scene where nothing in the set moves by the same amount between the shots.
Still for magazine shots of lumps of granite it will be very very nice indeed.
Costly != useful
In fact the more "technical skill, societal organisation, deferred usefulness and opportunity cost required" the more likely it is that it was built by some big shot purely to prove what a big shot he was.
Again totally unlike the millenium dome.
Revenge of the return of son of PPI
I have a great scheme, I buy people's houses form them for half their value and then rent them back to them for 99 years at twice their mortgage payment - in a stroke reducing UK indebtedness by billions
@Cameron wants a British Apple.
They already do - it has a few side effects.
In theory it was illegal for me to work on open source software - since my contributions belong to the university and can't be distributed.
The university doesn't have the money to develop the research so sells the IP to an east-texas patent troll. So I can't start a startup working in the area I did research in because they will come after me - after all I don't own the ideas in my head.
And soon employers will stop hiring UK researchers with the same worry.
So you will have UK apples - because only companies formed by people who never went to university will be possible
and it's called debt
Pension funds invest their money for a positive return.
They do this by buying government bonds and the government then owes them the money + interest back - this is called government debt.
Hiding government debt by calling it something else, so that your country looks better off and other people are willing to lend to you at lower rates, is what Greece was doing - remember?
BAe and WVICT (Whatever Vickers Is Called Today) make their money from selling copies of the kit to foreign governments after the UK has paid all the R+D and tooling costs (and usually subsidised the sales to the foreigners).
If you make the carriers nuke then everybody else that can reasonably (or legally) operate nukes already have bigger fleets than us - with their own carriers.
And even BAe think it might be a little tricky to persuade the govt to give an export license for nukes to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Saudi and all the other peaceful 3rd world countries that normally buy our kit.
"had an agreement with two pension funds to unlock £20bn of investment for the National Infrastructure Plan"
So that's unlocking not borrowing
Along with everybody on the reg of course I'm going to get one - and I have a few arduinos lying around.
Topgun meets Revenge of the Nerds
The movies are going to be a bit different though.
Especially the scene where the navy's top fighter pilot arrives in the bar to impress Kelly McGillis, steps off his segway to reveal the beer gut and T-shirt declaring his love for all things trek.
My handle is "l33t-nerd" I downed 32 chinese migs and I'm a 7th level mage in WoW
You can't really apply modern standards to the behavior and beliefs of primitive superstitious people so long ago.
Just because we can't imagine spending millions of man-hours on erecting a pointless circular construction that had no real use except for a single ceremony doesn't mean that these people thought the same.
On the other hand - it could just have been the -3 millennium dome
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