393 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010
They don't trust anyone who doesn't speak English as a native language.
Re: 23 Years
"And still waiting for it to hit the mainstream."
Over 85% of smartphones sold in the last quarter are running Linux. You can't get much more mainstream than that.
I could go on about super-computers, set top-boxes etc etc, but I can't be bothered.
Re: Politicians are to blame, not the BBC.
"but for things like production and studio areas you do not need to be London based."
"Manchester... Its a few hours on a train "
Not everyone who works in production and studio areas is a full time BBC employee. Most producers, engineers and actors are freelance professionals who work for a range of clients and are based in London, where the vast majority of facilites and work are also based.
How would you like the cost and aggravation of a 4-hour plus round journey commute, possibly carrying bulky and/or expensive equipment?
(Former freelance recording engineer.)
Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning
"I like the idea of free to view telly with no advertising..."
The BBC carries a vast amount of advertising, mostly for BBC channels and products, but none of it is paid for, and its commercial activities are so badly run and overstaffed that the make very litle money.
Incidentally the last time I listened to BBC Radio London, the most commonly heard phrase was "sponsored by HMV".
Maybe he could atone by creating an ad blocker that works.
Re: “unpredictable system behavior”
It's those pesky users at it again.
Re: Gartner is, as usual, smoking crack.
Maybe you need to get a proper operating system.
No surprise that the first thing Apple staff learn is bull.
Re: Storage costs aren't always commutable @ Kubla Cant
My Mint 17 box mounts my Android 4.4.4 phone as a media device, which has 2 sub-directories, "Internal storage" and "SD card". These can be accessed identically to the USB HD that was detected by earlier versions of Android.
"and leave by using your mobile phone."
So they're doing away with the trains too?
The reason our High Streets are filled the same names pretty much everywhere, is that a small number of companies master the art of performing their function reasonably well, and prosper, while a large number cannot manage to put together the basics consistently, and perish.
"So if you pass one of these courses and don't go to work for them or for someone they approve of, they will keep a permanent eye on you..."
...just like everyone else.
Re: No Surprise
"I'm still waiting for the people with the supposed knowledge to come to some consensus as to what is really happening."
One of the major problems with "climate science" is that there's no such thing. The drivers of climate that we know about cover a great many different disciplines. There could be many other that we don't even know about, other “butterfly in Beijing” effects.
1. Anyone who is smart enough and concerned enough to make use of consumption and costing data is smart enough to use the data that is already available.
2. Anyone who thinks smart meters will lead to reduced energy costs or use is naïve to the point of stupidity.
3. The meters will be hacked within days of going live, putting them within the control of any bad-hat who wants to use them for their own ends.
Re: Ipad only a content consumption device
The number of people who consume content is many orders of magnitude greater than the number who create it. A modern PC is massively over-specced for the vast majority of users.
“How the Hell, can you not manage to computerise a paper based system with that level of funding.”
Actually it's trivial. Paper based systems are never complete systems, particularly in bureaucratic “organisations”. These “systems” rely on the existence of a small proportion of operatives who are smart enough and willing enough to add functionality to the system. When you remove the smart element and make the system run at GHz clock speeds, you get a solid lock-up.
The only way to get a working computer system, is to create a perfect system, then computerise it, as any fule kno.
Re: why does this remind me of IBM
Microsoft(ies) should note that IBM had to lose $7.5 billion, two years in a row, before it came to its senses and started to change into a sustainable business, and it came out on a much smaller scale.
Re: Buzzword bingo
Nadella probably writes in plain English, then runs it through Bing translate.
Re: Unique Passwords
Be grateful you weren't born in Scunthorpe!
Re: What, no whiny "Pity it runs Windows" comments?
Perhaps because for that money, you have a huge range of Android phones from which to choose.
Re: I am amazed
If this data is supposed to be so secret, what is it doing on internet connected servers in the first place?
Re: The draft bill says they can require the ISPs keep EVERYTHING FOREVER
"A retention notice may—
(e) make different provision for different purposes"
Surely that makes ALL other laws redundant!
Re: Overseas firms
It should be obvious by now, that the "problem" with Huawei gear is that it DOESN'T have backdoors.
"Communications data is now used in more than 90 per cent of serious and organised crime investigations..."
because playing with a computer is much easier than getting off your arse and doing proper police work.
Re: I wonder how they got this information?
I'd rather have my freedom back, and run the risk of getting blown to smithereens. We're all going to die sometime, but I want to enjoy the time I have here.
Re: Bane of my life
If MS produced a version of Excel that fixed all the bugs that have previously been reclassified as features, that would be the end.
Re: Elephant in the room
Maybe it was running XP.
Re: Target Market ?
I'm sure the good folks at Cyanogenmod will have a version of kit kat running on this soon.
The Surface 3 is not sold in the EU.
This is a mistake the phone companies made when they offered unlimited data contracts, at a time when "no-one" was using data on their phones.
It won't be long before someone invents a use for all this "free" storage, and MS will have to start charging customers for this, after they've become committed to the data use.
"I'd love to run KitKat on my Galaxy S3"
Why not try Cyanogenmod 11? I'm running an unofficial build of it on my rather more modest Huawei Y300 and after 2 weeks it's proved to be stable and reliable.
I'll have some of what he's on, please.
(Whatever it is I'm sure it'll fit in a pint glass.)
Re: "Who knew the NSA might have some real benefit to the masses?"
Scott Adams has of course been here: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-09-06/
I once had a boss who spent hours creating spreadsheets of prices, discounts etc.
He did all the calculations on a calculator.
Re: Combo Upate
"Can't all their engineering brains sort this mess out?"
Maybe they should ask Stephen Fry to make some for them.
"The car is hard to quantify..."
Rover, any vintage.
Re: definition: applied scientist?
The idea that boffinry goes with certain job titles is well wide of the mark, and it is noticable that this has been ignored by most commentards.
I also reject the suggestion that incomprehensibility is a requirement for boffinry, although it is often an accompaniment. Richard Feynman was a boffin of the highest order, and noted for his ability to explain the most abstruse concepts to mere mortals. He even induced arts students to voluntarily attend theoretical physics lectures, an awesone achievment.
Surely the essential characteristic of a boffin is the ability to put vast amounts of learning to a practical use that benefits the rest of us.
Meanwhile we have c200 tons of plutonium which will be a hugely expensive storage nightmare until we "burn" it to produce nuclear energy.
Re: Intelligence on the internet?
It's a long time since I was 13, but I seem to recall that mumbling a lot and refusing to complete sentances and answer questions were par for the course.
It should be easy for a computer to replicate that.
Re: Driverless car
"If it goes ahead, justifying train drivers will get hard."
You are making an assumption that passengers are rational beings.
Do you have any evidence to support this?
There are three kinds of lies: my benchmarks, your benchmarks and his benchmarks.
Re: How severe is this bug?
"If I buy a car..."
And if someone gives you a free car, and explicitly states that it is not guaranteed, and that you are responsible for determining its fitness for purpose...?
Re: Good luck
The problem with maintaining the Windows business is that it is based on selling an OS that is so bad that people will willingly pay for a new version that claims to improve on the old. I have personally purchased numerous DOS/Win upgrades for this reason, before moving to Linux.
Compared to its predecessors, XP SP3 was good enough that people had less interest in upgrading. W8 with its not-Windows interface really killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.
Microsoft now has to get out of the OS businerss to survive.
Re: My hovercraft is full of eels (Bing on Facebook)
I have a Hungarian friend on Facebook who sometimes posts in her native language, which Bing then offers to translate for me. The "translations" vary from completely incomprehensible English to almost pure Hungarian (only the word "fuck" was in English). I've never seen one which was in any way worthwhile, except as a joke.
Re: Bar Transport
"Or for old people"
Or for young people who are too stupid and irresponsible to drive safely
Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha.
Can't wait for the follow up stories.
- Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
- China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE
- Review Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
- Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it
- That 8TB Seagate MONSTER? It's HERE... (You'll have to squint, 'cos there are no specs)