377 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010
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.
Re: TRUST? HUH?
"And so you shouldn't - someones probably swapped the tin for cheaper aluminium."
Re: "Surface ***3***. i.e. this is our 3rd attempt after 2 dismal failures"
"Microsoft are very good at iterating. They don't give up after just one go; if they think the concept has legs, they'll keep trying and trying until they get it right."
That's why I'm looking forward to Windows Phone 42.
Elbow? Meet Arse.
The irony here is that advertisers use of the data is counter productive to them in my experience. I have turned off targeted advertising from Google, not because its use of my data is intrusive, but because it keeps showing me endless ads for stuff I've aready decided not to buy.
After a couple of pints of proper cider, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Android and IOS anyway, they'd both be fumbleslabs.
Mine's a pint of Old Rosie, as that's the closest I can get in North London.
"Wondering how much of the generously donated money is swallowed up in 'admin'"
ALL of it. The only thing you can do with money is pay people. It has no other use. (Buying "things" is an illusion.)
Re: Not worried about viruses?
"Technically you can even boot from a write protected floppy disk"
If I remember correctly, you cannot boot DOS (or Windows) from a write-protected disk, as the OS needs to write to the boot medium as part of the boot process.
Re: You wouldn't give him a hard time if he was using a typewriter
"I suspect vim would also work as well."
When I was using VI, I prayed every day for Wordstar. Joe didn't exist at the time, and I didn't know about Fenix, until I started selling it, the following year.
Re: Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike DOS and Wordstar
If you asked me how to do something is Wordstar, I probably couldn't tell you, but if you sat me in front of a computer, I could probably do it without thinking.
I recall that in the days before standard GUIs, a good bet was "when all else fails, try Wordstar commands".
Memo to self: Must install joe.
I like your new method of counting (1, ii, C). Where can I learn more about this?
Re: Wrong place.
No, it's behind you.
Relax - Linux Mint 17 is due at the end of the month.
Rationalisation and restructuring - excellent. What could possibly go wrong?
Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud
@ Don Jefe
Frightfully sorry, old chap, but I must point out that “English” is, by definition, the language of the people of England. It follows that the way the language is spoken in England is the “correct” version.
We are quite happy to have you foreigner johnnies speak our language, with your strange accents, as it saves us the fag of learning your language, but it is still our language.
The single point of failure remains where it always was, the board of directors.
IT is as fundamental to modern banking as is risk management. There should be a person with in-depth understanding of IT at the same level as the Finance Director. Only then will sensible decisions be made on IT.
Re: Wotta bargain!
- DINO-SLAYER asteroid strike was a stroke of bad luck, say boffins
- BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
- Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
- Review You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
- Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it