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"It is too early to speculate on the cause. Our priority and focus has been to fix the problem."
I tend to find that understanding the cause of a problem helps identify the extent of the data corruption and the course of action required to fix it; it further helps to identify who should be fired because at the moment whoever it is will be busy trying to cover their tracks and muddy the waters.
Now, now don't you ever forget how you used to queue all night to be first to purchase your new very much improved 16-bit Windows O/S system for your 32-bit computer, and it was so cheap too, worth every penny. You were so lucky.
The UK has the highest proportion of invention taking place in Universities as opposed to in Corporates. Cambridge University has a wacking 30% foreign inventors. Conclusions a) UK is poorly endowed with scientifically based corporates because of the destruction of the mechanical engineering industry by Trade Union bosses by striking it into oblivion and the destruction of the electrical engineering industry by Lord Weistock of GEC by taking over most of it and never investing in R & D unless paid for by Ministry of Defence and then merging most of it with mainly German businesses and b) scientific education at the secondary level is crap as a result of dumbing down of exams and the educational focus on cretins rather than academically gifted students and c) the City attracts the scientifically able to make money for the banksters instead of creating real added value through patentable invention. Upshot: main inventive corporates are big pharma which were left alone by Trade Union bosses and Lord Weinstock and the City is responsible for significant brain drain toward socially useless activity. Educational outlook poor unless selective education is available at taxpayer funded schools so universities will continue to attract a disproportionately large proportion of properly educated foreigners.
Re: Good News
Whereas I might agree with your sentiments, I believe that the idea that RM is now out of the education market is premature, as a cursory glance at their website would endorse.
In my estimation any company that specialises in supplying the public sector is just as likely to be about ripping off the taxpayer with very poor value deals, as he is a far softer target than hard-headed businessmen. A sensible school would seek out a supplier which operates competitively in the world of grownups.
Re: Comment from the Cockwomble in question
"This year, only 4,000 people out of 300,000 took computing at A-level - less than 2%."
So only 2% of the school population wasted their time on that particular non-academic subject. I would recommend that the best A levels for Computer science or any other branch of engineering or physics, is 2 maths and one physics. Michael Gove should ensure that schools are able to teach those properly and leave it at that.
I don't think this is a suitable topic for the Register. However, my dad told me that when he was a village kid in Yorkshire, a farmworker was brought before the magistrate for having carnal knowledge of a sow; he was fined £5. After that the village kids used to follow him around making grunting noises.
I believe the next evolutionary step for humanity will be to become RoundUp Ready as all those whose metabolisms are compromised by harmless-to-humans weedkiller are eliminated from the gene pool; thus Roundup will become mostly harmless to humans and Monsanto will take over from Goldman Sachs as Masters of the Universe.
high impact (on wallet) x86 gets faster (slightly)
This device is aimed squarely at the market for those who like to be able to check that their processor is top dog on a performance comparitor chart assuming there are still such people, presumably the same people who used to queue all night to get their mits on the latest offering from Msoft. It's all so last year.
Is professor Sapna Cheryan of Washington uni's psychology department the victim of minority or female preference herself, or is psychology the sort of discipline that attracts those who are not very bright?
A better approach would be to tell putative female candidates that they can all become managers and spend their time in meetings and bedeck their desks with stuffed animals.
I tend to find, being only a rather primitive primate, that when I try to throw something, I lose my balance and fall over; hence, I conclude my inability to throw is related to the fact that I have not yet fully evolved the technique of balancing securely on my two hind limbs.
Re: As these are just guidelines
I do not see how we can have a proper police state complete with gulags full of English people unless we have draconian and fully enforced thoughcrime laws. This has to be a retrograde step, surely?
If Intel want to sell their Atom to OEMs, they have to create promotional literature for their salesmen to use against the overwhelming competition that ARM represents in their chosen market. Expect more of this as Intel attempts to gatecrash ARM's strongholds whilst mounting a rearguard action to protect its server base against the ARM v8 chips. This is PR.
"The Register revealed in January that Microsoft was blaming PC makers for not building PCs with the right specs to actually run Windows 8 touch."
From the introduction of the 386 by Intel in 1985 to the introduction of XP in 2001, Mincrosoft was offering non-professional users a 16-bit OS for their higher spec 32-bit devices. Now MS has decided that they, not the hardware manufacturers should specify the hardware that users can buy.. The OS exists to support the functionality of the hardware, not the other way round. Why anybody with a keyboard and mouse would wish to poke at a screen defeats me. However poking a screen would obviously be preferable, without having a keyboard or mouse, to e.g. shouting at it or possibly dropping it ob the floor and stamping on it until it selected the requisit function.
The imposition of a Desktop designed primarily for the benefit of those who lack keyboards and mice is clearly a retrograde step.
It is a part of good housekeeping to hoover the inside of your pc.
There is no equivalence between wind and nuclear or any other proper energy source. Proper energy sources divide between those suitable for base load and those suitable for peak demand as well. Every wind turbine has to be backed up by gas because other power sources cannot be brought in fast enough to respond to the vagaries of the weather. Wind turbines are a monument to the greed of some and the congenital idiocy of politicians.
Re: Very thin line
Wasn't there some Scottish football fan who threatened to 'kill' the opposing team or their supporters and consequently got locked up? Many of those who work in the DPP's office are not of native extraction and may not understand the more complex uses of the English language by natives. In the circumstances, it would be a lot better to remove thoughtcrime entirely from the statute book in order to allow free speech again; there was actually nothing wrong with the original law which prohibited behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace.
Emma West who has been incarcerated for over a year and whose children have been taken away, was abusive to a carriage full of foreigners on a South London tram. Was her behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace? The idea that she was going to attack someone whilst holding a child or to frighten a large number of aliens was always preposterous. She was the archetypal 'batty' person on public transport that people ignore.
What is extraordinary is the way the British state failed to acknowledge or recognise the war work of Turing and others, prefering to trash their equipment and turn the whole thing into a state secret in case foreign spies were alerted, as though scientific advance can become frozen by ordinance. Meanwhile, over in the USA, Werner von Braun was assisting the American rocketry programme.
The sins of those considered valuable to the state are normally hidden. The Turing episode demonstrated that techies were not valued, even if their gifts were extraordinary, above those mediocrities that continually infest the corridors of power and whose sins are hidden from public view. For example, Edward Heath was a known shirt lifter with a penchant for cottaging, yet he was able to become a totally useless PM.
It should however be remembered that what caused Turing to kill himself was that the psychiatric profession, which at that time studied the vapourings of Sigmund Freud as part of their 'medical' degrees, were responsible for drugging him with female sex hormones, causing his breats to enlarge and his intellect to shrink (apologises to any female reading that statement). If any case could justify the outlawing of the psychiatric 'profession', the Turing case was it.
In short, Turing was the victim of the total incomprehension of the ruling elite to the importance of scientific brilliance to the future of this country; that was Turing's and our loss.
More Einstein was the greatest genius ever ever bullshit.
How Einstein Ruined Physics: Motion, Symmetry, and Revolution in Science by Roger Schlafly
My FM radio cost £15 complete with headphones; it's rechargeable and has subsidiary functions including phone, messaging etc and fits in trouser pocket. I can't wait to ditch it in order to spend £60 on a non-rechargeable brick with worse sound and none of those other facilities. Progress is progress, especially if some cretinous politician deems it such.
Before emptying your brains here, please watch the set of slides presented at ARM TechCon 2012 on October 30th:
forthurst the Debianite
It would be helpful wouldn't it if the survey questioners knew the correct answers.
SaaS? That is what I have on my quarter pounder, Reggae Reggae SaaS.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee if you recall boldly went on the Enterprise meeting all sorts of new life forms with American accents..
A VHD is one that yo pay for but never in fact receive.
Bill Gates - wrong again; he became the richest man in the world by becoming irreplaceable as the voice of Kermit the Frog.
Anyhow what's this got to do with playing computer games or am I missing something here?
- On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns
- OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle
- Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support