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Re: If it did declare it has no plans to haul him into its territory...
"Just saying, It would be like Gordon Brown declaring that none of the bailout money would be used to pay bankers' bonuses."
or indeed any politician of any persuasion promising anything.
Why insist on embarrassing yourself with your naive and outdated party political evangelism. Nowadays all parties stand for the same thing: power without responsibility. All party leaders are fronts for the same loosely based money/influence cabal and if they covered their faces you wouldn't be able to tell which one was lying to you.
you think you've seen advertising ....
... You know those funny pauses or when the series ident' appears for no apparent reason. You know the ones that pop up every five minutes. They are the original US advert breaks. TThose in the UK and have Tivo type facilities at least can approximate the experience of US or Australian TV by pause the program for 5 minutes every 5 minutes of viewing time and play the same Cillet Bang advert over and over again in the space. That will give you some idea of what TV would be like in world where there is no national subscription based quality TV service to compare and compete with.
The problem is they always thought they were Steve Jobs'. They all thought they were high tech visionaries and technical vanguards when in fact all the real profit comes from old fashioned hard-ball business practices. Very early on Microsoft found a way to market software that sold the product but retain all the rights and they set up a legal framework to enforce it. It's this licensing model that makes all the profit not technical leadership. In fact it works against it. They absolutely had to stifle any innovation that threatened the Windows+PC+network+peripheral model because the model only works if you have enough leverage.
There used to be a wall of money large enough to prevent the real world entering castle Redmond. That is no longer the case. Whoever gets the job they will need to live in the real world or die in the imaginary one.
Re: entire article
Me to. I only read the article because I didn't understand the headline. I've read it through twice now and I'm still none the wiser.
"Mapeley, is based in Guernsey."
The nations tax agency saves money by using tax-haven based spin off companies while criticising big business for saving money by using tax-haven based spin off companies.
Wouldn't it be a nice package some non-US citizens had illegally gained knowledge of the NSA illegally gaining knowledge on non-US citizens.
I still think ...
... that there is so much ancient legacy code at the back of Flash that no one really knows how it all works any more. Hence the difficulty in fixing it.
Re: No war
In a real war people know who the enemy is and what victory looks like. Bletchley Park staff knew that why secrecy was paramount and looked forward to they day they could all stop doing it.
If any government want to stop whistle-blowers they should convince the people of the expediency of the bad stuff they do. That's not going to be easy because it's all bullshit.
"The global list of stolen devices is maintained by the GSMA"
Except most UK providers (IME) can't be bothered to ask your name let alone the details required to lock the phone.
Hold on ...
... aren't there about a million third party keyboard/cover type thingies of various style and types already for the iPad? Some that act as cover/stand combos. Some actually sold in the Apple shops.
So in conclusion
Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to devices or process that are incapable of change. These will continue to be XP whatever Microsoft do until the device of process becomes obsolete.
Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to organisational units that require a lot of planning and effort to change. These will continue to use XP until the cost/gain balance swings massively to the other side.
Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to devices or process that are difficult to change. These will continue to use XP until the cost/gain balance swings a little further to the other side.
Some XP machines could easily be changed but the administrator has yet to be convinced of the gain vs cost equation.
Give the type and size of the first two sets of users and the kind of commercial credibility required for their working practices it's only a matter of time until some major user group or industry sector forces Microsoft to offer XP some kind of XP lifeline.
Re: It ain't that damn hard
Got any figures?
Re: Can anybody explain to me...
Oracle = Bad because of all the bad stuff they have been accused of in the past. Search El Reg forums for details.
FOSS = Good not in every case but in the case of the specific FOSS projects have been selected from the vast range available.
It's may look random but there are several comments here by people who have experience of those projects which are generally supportive. There are are a lot more by people who don't profess experience of anything and prefer to remain anonymous who are generally dismissive.
That was quick
They completed the investigation and got him through court in three days. Obviously this new system of renaming existing departments while cutting funds brings great advantages. </sarcasm>
Maybe it's the spy-tech the NSA have forced manufacturers to build into the chips and stuff. All their kit is constantly trying to report back to itself creating an runaway feedback loop.
It has often been stated the Steve Jobs created a reality distortion field wherever he went. People would believe black was white if he said so if only for the period of time he was in the room. I think there is an equal and opposite effect that restores the natural balance. it is demonstrated in any Apple related forum. A large group of people will not believe the a story about Apple even when it is true. They seek to twist reality to match their view. Apple products are liked by a lot of users and make a profit. Get over it.
Apple Inc ethics maybe a different kettle of fish.
I wonder what the request-bang convertion rates is?
Very low I should imagine.
It is possible that the upper management were tasked with making savings and chose to get rid of the costly and troublesome AKWTAD (actually know what they were doing) staff.
Re: The worying thing is ...
The point I make is proven by the thread above. I don't think I've characterised him badly, he is by his own admission bitter and he is seeking publicity if only for a book deal. Agency's have been proven to have lied because they want to catch 'terrorists' and people here are thinking about the viability of this guy's claims. Claims like this should be preposterous but these days they're not. It's a sorry state of affairs.
What's to down vote?
"Ulbricht made a number of operational security mistakes".
Probably linked to financial data available to certain agencies. It's alright being a bitcoin billionaire but convert it to a 'real' currency and you pop up on certain agency's OPDM (other peoples data mining) radar and become a 'person of interest'.
The worying thing is ...
... the paranoid ravings of an obviously bitter ex-con, ex-exec, ex-millionaire and publicity seeker which would in the past be dismissed as a barrel-scraping defence of wrong doing on a major scale now sounds quite plausible.
The first casualty of war (on terror) is the truth.
Of course, the other browsers are perfectly secure
The old 'It's OK to put to see in sieve because even ocean liners sink sometimes" argument
1. ENFORCE PROPER PASSWORD POLICY
That's half the problem solved. Can I have £25 million?
Re: Money for old rope.
Can't be twenty years no UK government plans past the next election. However I suspect that it will be shared out: £20 million for the usual large IT contractor, Hackers bugger all.
Money for old rope.
500 million pounds spread amongst 'hundreds of hackers. By my reckoning that at least half a mill each. Where do I sign?
Re: Its the corruption, stupid!
I don't think the OP suggest there was no corruption just that corruption was not the main problem. The private sector works by trial and error, risk and return: Bad businesses fail. The public should not be expected to underwrite a shareholding business. Let a hospital trust or a railway company try to get insurance against business failure and see how profitable they are then.
"You'll just have to wait till the "Proper Job" add-on comes out. Apparently, you can play as a stockbroker or an IT tech support guy."
There also the Merchant Banker option but it takes longer to play through as you have to start off by going to the right school.
Re: I've not even looked at the single player yet.
You waited four months before it came out? That's a lot of longing.
The main aim of the British ruling classes ...
... is to gain power and drop responsibility. Hence central government spending policy, Local government spending. Central NHS policy making , regional NHS 'trust' failure. Whitehall signs huge IT contracts but only private sector IT contractors fail.
I suggest the next 'independent review' starts from the top and works down not from the bottom up. 'Did the Prime Minister discharge his duty to put someone competent in charge and did that person have the power necessary to do the job. If so then ask the same of the Cabinet Minister and so on. It won't get very far down the chain before the problem becomes apparent.
"I wonder if Assange's escape plans were on it?"
It appears that his escape plan is to gain some kind of immunity from prosecution by becoming an elected representative or diplomat, clutching at straws at best. If he was actively planning for something as lame as that in 2011 he's in even worst trouble than he thinks.
Re: How many?
"i thought he was the server admin wasn't he?"
Does that make the relationship of a Server Admin to the IT dept equivalent to that of a Drummer with the rest of the band.
Re: Love the idea.
1 plus vote for the piPhone.
Pi case with screen + three module spaces; 1.battery, 2.phone module, 3.spare. Where do I sign?
Re: Silicon Roundabout Bollocks
Worst phrase in the help desk lexicon? Can you call so-and-so at our London office.
I think it's like the 'theory of Blondes'; All Blonde idiots stay blonde, some no-blonde idiots join them. Relatively few home grown self-deluding over-achievers (and god knows there are enough of them) can get a job outside London but many are attracted in from other areas.
Over the top but it works
If Torvalds simply said . I think it would be better if SOC designers made buses discoverable. It wouldn't get half the coverage this rant did.
Let me just fix that for you.
What a load of feminist bull! Ladies, men LOOK at tits! Get used to it! It's built into us men and is 100%
normal and natural.
STARING at any part of anybody however is a bit intimidating. I guess it's a problem of degrees; what constitutes staring? I quick glance is unpreventable. 10 unblinking minutes at less than a metre is not really acceptable.
"...the majority of big corporates all over the world use it, must be really brittle, complex and unreliable...IF you don't know how to use it properly."
Because brittle and complex software never makes it in the corporate world not matter how useful it is *
*Blackberry Enterprise Server. [\sarcasm]
Re: Ted Treen
"As a 63-yr old, I lived through the Wilson & Callaghan governments, when Dennis Healey"
Blah, Blah Conservatives this, Blah Blah Labour that. Blah Blah blah Management, Blah blah blah Unions.
Both the union wars of the seventies and the decline of the British motor industry can be traced to the us-and-them attitude gleefully entered into by all parties as a method of gaining the attributes of power while passing all responsibility to others. If you think that was all in the old days then you haven't paid much attention to the was modern politics works. Bad things have happened but when was the last time a politician or leader of industry was found to have been responsible for any of them? There is always someone else to take the blame.
A quick fix of your post.
But isn't it better to see this project being evaluated early enough and then not actually DO something about the cock-up and blindly carrying on while the losses mount?
Heard him on the radio this morning and he said the report actually says everything is fine and anyway it was everybody else's fault. So that's OK then.
What a dick.
"Does anyone really believe that Microsoft thought Windows Phone was so shit, that they poured millions in to developing it, put Elop into Nokia in order to peddle an OS that they knew would bring down the value of the company"
No. It was a win-win strategy. If Nokia - WinPhones succeeded MS wins. If they don't Microsoft get Nokia at a knock down price and wins.
Passwords or Jail
Given that if you must hand over passwords when requested under threat of immediate imprisonment, (and possibly Gitmo if they think what you are hiding is dangerous enough) and that covers ANY password on any device you have or own. I think I might take precautions against forgetting the odd password.
Not the same thing
Management sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting la la la at the top of their voices is not the same as nobody telling them what's going on.
Re: Selection process...
Or a lottery. Whoever won they could do much worse than Ballmer did.
Re: Say what you like about Ballmer...
... I'm sure a lot of people will be doing just that.
So either ...
Dave: 'Yes mister US spook master sir we destroyed everything'. chuckles behind hand, chinny recon.
UK Spook: 'Smart move sir, we'll soon know all their secrets'.
UK Spook: 'But sir, it doesn't make sense and it won't work'.
Dave: How dare you talk back me? Do you know who I am? I went to Eton, for gods sake. What provincial state funded muggle shithole did you get dragged through. You don't get paid to think, You Oik. You get paid to do what your elders and betters tell you to do.
Which sounds more likley given the governments track record in IT?
The three rules of politics
Rule 1. Anyone who says they have power doesn't have power.
This is because to gain an office that has the appearance of power they must have been allowed to do so by those with actual power.
Rule 2. Anyone who says they have power is either a willing puppet or a gullible fool.
This is dependent on whether they are aware of rule 1 or not.
Rule 3. Anyone who says they have power should not be allowed to have power.
This is explained by rule 2.
Dave's-mate's-don't-like-you == terrorist
Re: Anpther Steve Jobs Movie?
"Apart from the bit where Microsoft put out WIndows 95 and managed to get everyone + dog to buy a PC of course, something Apple had singularly failed to do with years and years head start."
Gary Arlen Kildall (May 19, 1942 – July 11, 1994)
Note the significance of the year that Microsoft's biggest competitor, critic and threat died. That's Luck, That is.
"These are examples of Ashton still being in character"
Best line in the article. It says so much in so few words.