4883 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: Conspiracy Theory
God frustrated at Tetris
It also has a large east-west extent and since most things flying around the solar system are in the plane they are going to be going sideways on the map
Re: Helen Boaden
When they stopped making programs and started commissioning them from outside companies the only job left was producer (in the movie sense) but since nobody in the "creative" parts was made redundant they ended up making everybody a manager/producer
Re: No i?
And for everyone else who was distracted by the whooshing sound of a joke going over their head
The BBC used to produce serious documentaries, funny sitcoms, expensive drama, decent science programs etc. While the commercial iTV produced cheap bargain-house-price-cooking-with-celebs type crap.
Now that the BBC's 97 channels produces nothing but ....
I assumed the new i-connected, i-cloud, i-internet enabled BBC would call the parts
iRadio and iTV
Re: Why not....
No - a real movie plot would have the french guy from MI/Leon/Ronin hack into the car's computer with a laptop (that oddly has only a 16x4 character display) while dangling from a helicopter
Re: 2 Year Elec Eng Project
Mine was based on flint, we didn't have any of this new-fangled bronze technology back then
Re: Mix Tapes
And where are those bands now ? Gone
No showaddywaddy, no Roxy music, no Genesis (well ok that one was self inflicted, and anybody who made a girl a Genesis mix tape in the 70s was probably going to be dissapointed)
Proof that home taping killed music !
Re: Chickens coming home to roost
And you have a civil service recruitment process that considers "diversity" to mean you invite old chums from both Oxford AND Cambridge to suggest any suitable chaps
Re: Out of work oap
Sorry you fail the vetting because you have a police caution for hacking the school's admin system when you were 11
If only australia was a country
It could invalidate the patents, assign them to itself or insist on FRAND licensing
Or just tell US patent trolls to go fuck a kangaroo
Re: Smashing Pope
Your opinion of the loving mercy of the mother church might be slightly different if you are gay or a woman
Re: Take them to the cleaners, Benny!
>that's lasted through the centuries
The egyptian pharaos lasted longer, so that's Ra 1 : JC 0
Even the original line-up, Yawheh 1.0, are doing pretty well despite 2000 years of the church trying to wipe them out.
>asking nothing in return
Other than would you mind transferring all your gold to Spain, converting to our new religion and giving us your continent.
Re: Smashing Pope
I assume you are male, heterosexual and live in a rich country then?
Re: The Church is definitely not a business.
>I think he is a Jew
There is a certain precedent for a Jew doing quite well in the christian church
Of course you have to be crucified first .....
But Itanium was designed from the ground up..... - BY A COMPETITOR
It's like Fedex deciding not to continue buying trucks, but accept UPS's kind offer to ship your stuff with them.
Re: History repeating itself?
In about 2005 HP flew us all out to their Bristol HQ to try and sell us this new inhouse cloud flexible dynamic computing clustering concept they had invented.
It consisted of being able to copy a drive image (slowly) from a SAN and reboot to gain an extra webserver or database server machine when you needed it. And this from the company that had incorporated the clustering technology of Tandem, Compaq and Dec !
Re: Good riddance?
> a halfwit without the ability to empathise with people of slightly differeing viewpoints.
Indeed there is no right and wrong answer and always two sides to every arguement.
My point of view was that Li-ion batteries were too unreliable to fit to a 787 but my colleagues assured me that they had prayed and truly had faith that they would be safe - so in a spirit of ecumenical tolerance I went along with their plans.
Now I hope to battle those people in health and safety who believe in this dis-proven "theory" of gravity and insist on safety railing.
Re: Born Again'ers
The puritans left England because they wanted to persecute - they wanted to live somewhere where they could have absolute control over the way people lived and worshipped.
And the first place they went to try this was Amsterdam ????
If that was the IQ they started with - I think America has done rather well!
Re: ice giants
You know who I pray to? Joe Pesci. ...
he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that God was having trouble with.
>Or have I missed some very subtle trolling here? ;-)
It's not in the original - only the "cash-in" sequel (The one with the upbeat happy ending and all the violence removed)
Re: Good riddance?
> A person showing up at a job interview and stating that he believes that a book written quite some time ago is the words of God, simply does not qualify as intelligent.
Surely the Holy book of K&R should still be revered? - even if you do use C++
Re: How to improve the world.
1, Build very small health spa
2, ask: Do you really believe any of the rabid, ficticious waffle in the Book of Revelations?
3, anyone who answers no is allowed in.
(With apologies to wonko the sane)
Re: Look at our new v9...I mean v10 model!
You make a thoughtful and interesting point sir.
Now what have you done with the real Eadon?
There is a new technology that allows you to burn carbon in oxygen while generating less carbon-dioxide?
Re: twisted Pair...
But at least you could re-use and recycle the tokens. With aethernet everything is just dumped into the aether - polluting it
Impressive code reuse
This security flaw affects all versions of IE from 1 to 99, running on Windows 3 to 8, on X86 and ARM
That points to some very good software architecture and framework design!
Re: Linux updates just work?
Of course on VMS we didn't even need to reboot to update the OS
On a VaxCluster you could replace the entire machine without the users noticing
But that's a cute little unix toy you have there ....
now you kids get off my lawn.
Re: Alternative title:
>When the value of the shares are down you have to pay some dividends, no matter how disgusting it is
Or you use your cash to buy those shares cheap
Paying dividends says to the market "we can't think of anything productive to do with this money - so we are giving it back to the shareholders so they can invest it somewhere else"
If you are a utility or a life insurance company that makes sense - it normally marks the beginning of the end for a tech company.
Re: Watchdogs with teeth please
But how would you tell if the operators weren't following the rules?
You would have to fit CCTV to watch them .....
Re: " If you hate the place so much, why don't you leave?)"
Can we start a Whitehouse petition to have Eadon repatriated?
Re: Now, they can do that in a variety of ways
>The root cause of crime is perceived helplessness in the midst of predicated poverty
Politicians steal expenses, bankers rob investors and companies fiddle health and safety rules because they feel helpless about poverty?
Re: Cameras everywhere
"They grow up to obfuscate and not take any responsibility for their actions."
To be fair, not all hoodies grow up to be politicians or civil servants - many become honest decent crooks.
It's wasteful to use up all those megahertz sending pointless "celebrity diy house price on the attic" programmes to millions of TVs that are turned off.
Somebody is going to sell the frequencies for $$$$ so they can be used efficently for sending "OMG some celeb just said LOL" tweets to millions of phones.
Re: Must be about time all TV became on-demand via the Internet
Eventually the tv-licence fee is going to go away - along with broadcast TV
Everything will be on iPlayer or iTunes as pay-per-view
Then we will miss the days of $200 all you can eat viewing when we have to pay 99c for each episode of ISIHAC
Re: "Shatners talks space, acting"
Don't forget TJ Hooker
Re: Let's not take any risk
Same as you get for the 5000euro version
"have you tried turning it off and on again?
Re: Precidence not necessary
Do GW by any chance have dwarfs, elves, wizards, dragons, ..... in their toy collection?
Do not meddle in the affairs of Tolkein heirs - they are quick to anger and not subtle
Re: 4 million pixels?
Sir I give you the Lenovo Ultrabook
Today a solar superstorm disrupted rail transport, caused several mobile phone networks to fail, disconnected whatever-NTL-is-called-today and led to increased rainfall.
Re: Chocolate Teapot
As long as we don't insist Facebook delete our preferences.
It's going to be tricky to have a trade war with America if they own all our weapons.
Or possbly much simpler if they are selling us billion $$ aircraft which we can then refuse to buy?
re: Mechanism please.
Q1, Do you consider yourself an open minded liberal type
Q1a do you view porn
Q1b do you support gay marriage
Q2, Do you consider yourself a conservative christian
Q2a do you oppose porn
Q2b do you oppose gay marriage
Then only publish the correlation between 1a/b and 2a/b
Re: Oh dear
They should be responsible for filtering out the porn - its their CPU that is in charge
And since they have the deepest pockets - they are the ones to sue
Re: Genuine question
>Intel might go in for predatory pricing just to drive ARM
If Intel could compete on power - otherwise, you can offer a phone maker an Atom for free - it still can't use it.
Intels big problem is that if they did make cheap desktop/server chips to keep ARM out of the market - they would be undercutting their own chip business.
>I long predicted that MS would go from being dominant to insignificant over a short duration.
I don't think this is a sign they are being insignificant - it's a sign that they are becoming a significant company in the hedge fund business.
If you have $50Bn in the bank, why waste money trying to write software when you can make a lot more $$$ investing in other companies ?
Re: Microsoft picks its preferred OEMs. Biz model EPIC FAIL.
Loan or not - if somebody lends you $2Bn you can bet they are going to offer some helpful suggestions about how to run your business
Re: Duping the public
So the tanking PC industry is due to Obama
Who is behind the booming tablet sales? Reagan ?
Re: Why not launch from altitude ?
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
Launching from the equator you get the full 900mph behind you, launch from further north and you don't get as much,
Only matters for equatorial orbitting sats, like this GSO communications one - but a free 900mph is worth it.
If you are going 22,000miles up to GSO - starting 2miles up a mountain doesn't gain much
so what is he exactly buying?
If the plan is to get rid of the baggage of an unprofitable PC business and start afresh as IT services/consultancy - like IBM did - what's the value of paying umpteen billion for the DELL name?
Why not just create "DELL services" from scratch, poach all the people who are nay good from Dell, call all Dell's customers and say "I'm the original DELL, I have all the people who were any good, I'm cheaper - switch to me".
(At least in the UK you have a right to use your own name for a business, whatever anyone else is using it for)
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