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Re: It shows many things
The banks and money transfer companies who took their fee and didn't ask too many questions
Re: It is of course all a little more complicated :-)
I wonder if there are any other countries with a police force who might have already built some computer system - that the Met could buy?
It would explain why so many of the cases in the system get damaged
Re: "Real woman"
Unless he did implicit none "Amanda" would be REAL by default
Re: via secret court orders
it's just a question of where the commas go
Monitoring he voters and potential opposition is a narrowly tailored and compelling Government interest.
Well if they say they haven't been told not to say anything - then they must have been. QED
>Makes you wonder what the company's core competences are.
Presumably - getting it's fingers in a large number of government pies despite not doing too well in any of them?
You don't think the private sector can do just as good a job of handing over govt money to BAe for systems that aren't delivered and don't work - as a civil servant ?
The NSA is removing the 'A' key from keyboards to prevent people logging in as administrator.
Why does there need to be a groundswell of development for mips?
I don't care what CPU is in my phone so long as the apps work, and they are written in Java
I have a Pi but I really don't ae if it has an ARM or Atom CPU - I couldn't even tell you if it was 32 or 64bit without checking /proc/cpu - I just care that is is a little Linux machine and has python.
What will make this a success is a customer using it rather than an ARM in sufficiently large numbers.
Still it will be nice if ARM had some competition - look at what a monopoly did to Intel
Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing
Yes but presumably she was Mrs Lot
Re: An obvious choice
The battling business units are MSFTs big problem - and the reason Win8 failed.
When your main app, MS-Office doesn't use any of the features of your new OS because they had their own release schedule and your main dev tool doesn't make it easy (or even possible) to write apps using your new interface because their manager doesn't like the other manager - you are screwed.
You can't picture this happening under Jobs - imagine iPhone not working with iTunes because of a sulking minion !
Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing
"God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,"
Last lot who argued with him got turned into a pillar of salt........
Presumably he/she/it is also damn sexy if you were married?
Re: Rule 1
Rule 1 of contracting - you need the suppliers children held at a secret location by a man with facial tattoos and a knife.
Re: Supply Chain is the Key
it's not the shipping cost so much as time and predictability.
If a typhoon delays a ship or a longshoreman strike in one of a dozen cities ties up the inventory of a vital component you end up missing a christmas release ...
Corning, makers of Gorilla glass, moved their plant to next door to Foxconn because it takes 6 weeks to ship from New York state, which means they have to over produce to handle any unforseen increase in orders and pay for the 6weeks of inventory sitting in a container. They also have to tell their customer's design guru to lock out any design changes 6 weeks earlier than a local competitor.
Re: Why not use slave labor?
There is also a little problem with QC and worker motivation - would you trust a parachute made by workers who wanted you dead?
So the complex chips are fabbed in state of the art facilities in Korea by Samsung, the low cost memory chips are made in china and the PCB is assembled by German pick and place robots in a factory in Wales that is presumably only profitable because it's getting a bunch of regeneration grants - but it's a victory for British manufacturing?
Well at the least the CPU's instruction set is made in Britain!
Re: You don't fine the council...
Then 100% of the councils budget goes on compliance.
Imagine your job if you were personally liable for any legal screw ups but could spend an infinite amount of shareholders money avoiding them - what would you do?
So if Microsoft managed to make a new OS that was such a resource hog that it completely bogged down last years machine - it would revitalise the PC industry?
Why didn't anyone tell them?
Re: Human Brain 1000000x more powerful than a computer
Really? Whats 123.456 / 32.334?
My desktop computer can allegedly do a 1,000,000,000,000 of these in a second - why does it take you half an hour and a paper and pencil?
Re: Been hearing this...
There are such things as atoms you know - making a Silicon transistor smaller than an atom is tricky.
There are also a few other limits, like the speed of light, the uncertainty principle and the 2nd law of thermo-dynamics. It might be very cool and thinking outside the box to ignore them - but the universe isn't that easily fooled.
Arguably Moore's law has already ended. The original phrasing was that the most economic number of gates to put on a single chip increases exponentially. That is no longer true, the fab needed to make 14nm parts is so mind bogglingly expensive it is cheaper to make 22nm wafers with fewer gates.
Re: Wrong market?
True - ir was part of a Soviet (or French) plot to destroy the US aviation industry.
30 years later they are so busy producing stunning Powerpoint presentations that their planes burst into flames and fall out of the sky
Re: 'the crud'
Rather like Ubuntu then !
Re: Ahh, the "warmth" of analogue.
Especially since the whole film is going to be scanned, digitised, colour graded and then printed digitally or sent out digitally to most theatres.
Re: Ranking Alien/Aliens/Alien 3/ Alien Comicbook Edition
The problem with Alien shot now wouldn't be the CGI.
It would be the need to have a PG13 rating, a McD lunch menu tie-in, a car chase for the video game and a spin-off range of cuddly toys.
Re: Hold on a second
Crappy 1970s lenses have flare - modern multi-coated Arriflex digital lenses don't
Re: Surface fans
If you are a total MSFT shop and you are just a manager who lives in Outlook then the surface is quite nice as basically an Outlook dashboard.
If you need to do any work - a surface pro with a second monitor running word/excel/VS is great.
But the chances of your big corporate customers rolling out 100,000 seats of a $2000 touch screen laptop just to use your pretty new OS = 0%
Re: Bad bosses adn failures
They had to do something, waiting for every business seat in the world to slavishly upgrade to the latest version of Windows NT like good little corporates wasn't going to work any more.
Re: Pretty much says it all
Except they have Lync for that and Skype still doesn't play nicely with Outlook or Exchange
Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....
>MS should release a windows 7.1 upgrade with all the OS improvements
People don't pay for updates.
MSFT's business model relies on people updating their machine every 3years and getting the new shiny OEMed OS with it and then having to upgrade Office to keep up.
When people discovered that their 2010 3GHz CPUs are quite as capable or writing a memo or adding up an expenses spreadsheet as they were in 2010 they didn't upgrade and so didn't get the new OS
Re: Move out?
So that's ideal then.
Anywhere with total law enforcement would presumably have no retired Nazis, drug lords and Phil Collins remaining at large
Re: Why shouldn't they charge?
Surely it's the patriotic duty of true Americans like Zuckerberg, Bezos and Larry&Mo to protect America and their customers from terrorists ?
Re: The Guardian is so "anti-government"
Still perhaps the nearest thing there is to an official opposition !
Those Rolls Royce chaps making aeroplane engines seem to be doing quite well
Ok but please don't use Boolean logic, electronic computers, stored programs, or indeed the very idea of a computing machine.
And can you please invent you own language instead of misspelling ours?
Re: What a kick in the teeth!
Makes for one hell of an exit interview though !!!
Re: Why the diificulty?
> rent a cable ship and have it check out all the cables
The only way to check a cable is to cut it and drag the two halves to the surface and then splice in an extension to get it back down.
Anyway the taps on the cables are probably at the endpoints in whichever country is currently a beacon of freedom and order in the region (ie a freindly dictatorship) rather than on the seabed
Re: Give them pencils you Idiots.
We had BBC micros in school and look at what we achieved.
Now with 64bit CPUs in schools the kids should be 8times smarter than we were
Ottawa could rule that only Canadian smartphones were allowed in Canada.
In the same way that they only allow Canadian owned cell phone companies - thus protecting the true north strong and free from having Verizon.
Figure 2 carts selling junk on a 2 aisle aircraft, 2 hosties/in-flight-retail-consultants per cart and you have 4phones per big aircraft.
Delta's fleet also includes an awful lot of Delta-connect services on small business jets/turbo-props that aren't going to be selling you scratch cards (these get counted as Delta when you are buying a ticket but are Acme Air when they crash or are late)
Re: 200 Employees?
No direct experience of ALMA but from other projects.
Take a reasonable number of admin for a government project and multiply by the number of different governments involved.
Then add the same number again of local staff to keep the host country/province/town/tribe sweet
I'm guessing ALMA is mostly remote operation and this type of astronomy is all scheduled/survey rather than visiting scientist so you don't need as many baby-sitting and hotel staff as something like the VLT
Re: Just trash it all
Interesting - try and sell it on ebay and get refused an export licence because it contains classified bugging gear?
There is a precedent: Back in the 60/70s the secret services bugged the Communist Party Great Britain. They found the bug and destroyed it. They were then charged with destroying government property even though the police didn't admit the bug was SIS or that SIS existed. The case was that the CPGB believed the bug was government property and so intended to destroy government property even though of course it wasn't because the government obviously wouldn't bug a legal political party.
Re: So what's changed?
They can't leak bits of the info to the Daily Fail/Faux News in order to scoop the Guardian and reduce the impact of any story.
Same technique as publishing the results of an FOI request. It scoops the original journalist who was researching the story, allows all your friendly news outlets to print edited highlights and means it's less likely that real investigative journalists will bother.
Re: How about 20 million quaries a month
Remember these are high security government systems.
So each query is "select * from ..." and the resulting data is put on a thumb drive, copied to a laptop to be analysed in Excel and then left in a cab
Re: EFF or CYA?
Remember the good old days when the president told the CIA/FBI/NSA what to do
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