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Re: What about all the large UK tech companies?
I'm pretty sure large US Corporations are not poor.
Re: *nothing* is ever "blindingly obvious" to a Cabinet minister
I fear you identify the wrong vermin. The senior civil service are at least non-partisan and have a degree of expertise or at least experience in their field. They are mixed, but there are some good people in the civil service. Now SPADs are another matter- typically clueless, ideologically driven political village idiots appointed by the minister so they can be surrounded by yes-men who uncritically agree with the minister's every dunderheaded utterance.
Re: Responsible Journalism?
Was the Guardian story Lewis cites actually untrue or just not provable? I seem to recall that what was clear was that *someone* had hacked into the mailbox and deleted messages but that it wasn't definitely someone connected to the NOTW. Does that mean that if it was, for example, Piers Morgan doing it rather than Andy Coulson it is in some way alright and there is no need for any degree of press regulation.
Honestly the press sound like infants in a toy-throwing fit of pique. If television is more heavily regulated and yet there is much more quality investigative journalism on television, any claim that a tiny weeny bit of regulation will inhibit journalistic freedom is clear nonsense.
I guess on the upside we'll only have to deal with the print media making these kinds of claims for a couple more years before they go extinct altogether. In general I think that is something of a shame, but when I hear editors and press barons throwing their toys out of their prams in purple-faced screaming tantrums because they cannot tolerate the idea that their actions have consequences, it really doesn't seem so bad.
Are Google just storing up their own patents and not using them?
If Google has a patent on this, why does my 'droid phone routinely allow its buttons to be pressed by my ear when I am taking a call? And conversely, once my ear has unexpectedly and embarrassingly switched that personal phone call onto speaker, why does it not allow me to switch it back using my finger?
It is a bit annoying to be pestering other companies over a patent you own but can't be bothered to implement in your own competing product.
I think you're being tremendously unfair on Fisher Price. Their products are very well suited to their role and their target demographic consider them both fun and easy to use.
So basically the opposite of Metro.
Re: Only quoting the bits where Steig agrees with you?
The way I see it, the blanket term for someone who fights science with rhetoric should be "creationist."
It doesn't matter who is paying you or what your cause is, if you are fighting evidence by making a lot of noise and throwing around a lot of anti science nonsense, then you're a creationist. Simple as that.
If someone who is fighting against science and finds evidence to prove the science wrong then they can change the science. That is what science is. So if instead of doing that they have to spread insidious half-truths? Probably a creationist.
Its unusual that a Register comment makes me laugh out loud and then stop and reread it and laugh again. Good job, sir.
Re: North-West not North Midlands
Its a well known fact that Cheshire is in the Midlands and this will continue to be the case until people from Cheshire stop getting angry about everyone saying they're in the Midlands, at which point it will no longer be funny and it will have to move to East Anglia or somewhere.
Re: completely useless beyond a few niche users
For us bumpkins the nearest bus/tram/tube stop is probably further away than our destination.
Actually, in fairness to rural bus services, there probably is a bus stop nearby, so as long as you only want to travel to your destination or back again on any given day, you'll probably be sorted.
Re: OK, now, I for one welcome
Although not really well recorded enough ( or good enough ) to make the album, the B-Side overlords are still considered better than the A-Side overlords by many serious fans.
Re: Pile of c**p being disseminated by the media
We hear a lot about how the only way to preserve good investigative journalism is through the free action of an unregulated press.
I guess an example of that would be how little investigative journalism ever gets done through highly regulated media outlets such as television.
Of course, if television is managing to have solid investigative journalism then the racket that News International and the Daily Hatemail group are making can be considered the mindless moaning and wailing of wild beasts, devoid of thought or meaning.
The dream of a mass exodus.
Facebook are working pretty hard on that exact feature set actually. Every time I log in, they seem to have made it a tiny bit more annoying.
Of course a mass exodus is pretty unlikely, which is why we all use MySpace so much these days.
Grabs objects like eagle
I couldn't see the video- work firewall- was any of the objects it was pictured grabbing actually like an eagle? If not I feel the product is not living up to claims.
Re: I kept thinking "where's the evidence"
How do we know the period over which the bluestones were put in place?
Re: Mesons play for both sides in polarity switch shocker!
The people demand that it be illustrated through the medium of Playmobil.
I concur. The most pleasant language to write code in, performance not quite up to that of other alternatives like Python or Perl. If 2.x resolves that, the case for using other languages will be significantly weakened.
The future of computing
With quantum computing humanity will finally be able to create a new internet filled with pictures of Schroedinger's lolcats.
Re: "Bing, people have seen is a better search product ."
Maybe you're just using the wrong frame of reference - I think you'll find Bing is considerably better than both Altavista and Excite.
Re: Some things
If software is to be protectable it needs its own class of protection- I don't think it would necessarily be bad to have something between a patent and souped-up copyright that allows you to protect a novel software concept for a limited time - say 18 months to market, 3 years from reaching the market - so it reflects the much faster turnover of digital invention. All existing software patents could be switched over to that type as soon as it was brought in, which would immediately invalidate most of the older ones and open the door to an explosion of new innovation without the risk of lawyers ruining everything forever.
Re: Dig deeper !
There's no such thing as delving too greedily or too deep.
Re: I came from space. It landed in a lake
On the upside after everyone else has been staring at the fantastic meteor display you will probably find yourself ideally positioned to escape the man-eating plants.
I'm sorry that I missed the asteroid, but I don't mind that it missed me.
A friend of mine noticed a correlation between people who like sugar in their tea and smokers - it's not always true, but it does seem to happen a lot of the time. That would make for an interesting survey for someone.
Re: Obi Wan...
Obligatory XKCD reference: http://xkcd.com/297/
Strongly implies the Jedi would use Emacs.
Re: Can it work the other way round?
My expectation was that it doesn't "know" so much as apply statistical analysis to large amounts of data- the Big Data version of knowledge. In that case it may not be as much use for projecting into the future, especially as many changes to the way language is used come from the description or use of new social, technological or environmental conditions. When we can predict those, things will have reached a very curious place.
Re: Tongues untied
One way that is used sometimes is through poetry - if you look at pieces of Shakespeare where there is a strict rhyming scheme you'll notice that some words just don't rhyme. Given that Shakespeare knew what he was doing when he was writing poetry, there's a good chance those words did rhyme as they were pronounced at the time, though which way the pronunciation has changed may be ambiguous.
Similarly a pune ( or play on words ) will tend to work with homonyms, so when writers of the past are playful about language they can hand useful titbits to linguists of the future.
Re: It's a tap...
Actually Admiral Ackbar spotted it first.
Re: "Ambitious" as synonym for "Awful"?
I'm not saying things should be left as they were. I am saying that things should not *deliberately be made worse*. That is a massive difference.
I love usability changes that make things more usable. I'm all in favour of those.
Re: "Ambitious" as synonym for "Awful"?
You're having to explain to someone who works full time as a Windows developer and has done for a long time now, how to do basic Windows tasks through the Reg forums. This hasn't happened with any previous version of Windows. I should be able to look at the screen, try a few things and figure out what I need to do- I shouldn't need to Bing it on my Zune to find how to do the basics.
The thing is, after 20 years or so of refinement, Windows usability *wasn't wrong* - most people could figure out how to do most things. There was no reason to change it for most users. See also Visual Studio 2012 - it's like they took the usability guidelines and threw them out the window for that.
The whole thing reeks of Microsoft trying to be cool. Obviously, I'm a programmer, I don't know much about being cool, but I do know that one thing that nobody ever got cool by trying.
Re: "Ambitious" as synonym for "Awful"?
Where to begin...
The first problem I have is that the whole damn interface, aside from the crippled desktop, is designed for touch. Now I have never liked Apple, who make pricey gear for graphic designers, hipsters and Nathan Barley tosspots, but at least they understand that there is a difference between a desktop and touch-screen interface. Microsoft seem to have gone for a one-size-fits-all-but-the-desktop approach which as a user of non-touch-screen machines is very frustrating to me. The whole thing about Windows was that it was supposed to be a graphical user interface, but I find myself having to use keystrokes more and more to do things that I could previously do easily with a couple of mouse clicks.
Also what is the deal with the start page and the charms menu? Why are some things "charms" and others start page entries? I'm sure I could customise that, but why should I have to? The whole paradigm is simply confusing. And sometimes, I want to move my mouse to the edge of the screen and not have a menu suddenly drift in between me and what I was doing.
The division between TIFKAM and desktop is just weird - the way that applications can only exist in one space or the other. Also what happens when you minimise an application in TIFKAM? Is it different from closing it? Does that mean I can't close them too or that they can be both close and minimised, but without opening the application it is impossible to know which? I'm no usability consultant, but I don't think when Schroedinger's Box was proposed as a thought experiment, the idea was that it would make for an outstanding interface design.
One thing I think about when I deal with a new operating system is what my life would be like if my parents were to install it and I was to have to explain it to them. In that respect the curious dualism of Windows 8 would make for endless confusion and hours of attempting to explain concepts that make no sense at all to a person who has a mouse and keyboard in front of them.
There is no single factor in Windows 8s awfulness- it's not like Vista where the "Are you sure you want to" and "Are you definitely sure you want to" and "Please think again, you might not want to do this" pop up boxes on EVERY SINGLE ACTION were the clear thing that was wrong with the operating system. Windows 8 has a passably quick desktop ( but without the start menu, quite annoyingly crippled ) and it starts up quite fast.
In terms of general day-to-day use, however, the main thing it has done is drive me to Linux. If I could play Skyrim on Linux, I doubt I would need my Windows boot partition at all.
"Ambitious" as synonym for "Awful"?
It's interesting that they describe the Windows 8 interface as "Ambitious". In my experience, a lot of people who describe themselves as ambitious, or are described that way, are actually just awful people. Not all of them, of course, but a lot. Windows 8 is an awful interface. Perhaps the words are effective synonyms.
I am wondering whether Microsoft are doing an Inverse Star Trek Movie approach to operating systems, where the odd numbered ones are alright and the even numbers are awful. Sorry, "ambitious."
Re: There you go again..
Me and my bumpkins don't care. We shall take back the term from the oppressors and make it part of our cheerfully rustic rural identity. It's going to be totally street... erm.... bridleway.
At some point during that article my mind caught onto the idea that a Troll Suit is actually just an item of clothing, perhaps such as might be worn by an actor in a Peter Jackson film. The rest of the article was a lot funnier.
"Carruthers, fetch me my troll suit!"
Re: 17 billion what??
I would bet the odds of an earth-size(ish) planet within the habitable zone having other prerequisites for live are probably better than 1 in 17 billion, so it is still interesting news.
I thought nuclear explosion based propulsion was a passable solution, until we figure out how to bend spacetime to our will.
As I recall ( from a while back, admittedly ) the Mythbusters episode showed that the combination of paint and hydrogen made for a more intense burn than either of them alone would have.
Re: And this is the problem,
This is a very suspicious comment. Why would RISC OS be using anything other than RISC OS, hmmm?
I call shenanigans.
Re: The Fools
As anyone who has read A Colder War ( http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm ) would be more than conscious...
Re: The way to do it...
If you're not a musician and you haven't tried this, then your opinion regarding it is probably worthless, but suffice to say the money involved is nothing close to commensurate. Even playing for a signed band touring medium sized venues, you are going to be hard pressed to make much of a living without record receipts. Or with them for that matter.
It's not about mansions, it's about a living wage. If nobody is willing to pay for professional musicians then all the musicians will have to be amateurs. Music and audiences who enjoy it will suffer as a consequence.
If they won't pay tax, maybe they should pay for infrastructure
As they aren't paying any tax, but they are still putting vehicles on our roads, employing people educated in our education system and creating rubbish for our landfill sites, maybe there should be some kind of infrastructure charge that could be levied on companies larger than a certain size who pay tax below a certain threshold, just to cover the burden they create by receiving these subsidies from the taxpayer.
Obviously they would also have to have detailed accounting of this information so the charges could be levied accurately, which would probably prove quite costly and irksome, but that would be a choice they would make if they didn't want to pay regular taxes.
Worth another look
From time to time I sign in to Google+ just to listen to the wind blowing around the empty and shuttered up buildings and watch the tumbleweed roll past.
Re: Double Standards
This is where a Tobin Tax would be a really useful solution- a miniscule tax on transactions would make the high frequency trading approach less viable while also making a whole lot of money for the tax authorities who signed up to it. The markets are primarily machines for making money, if they are to serve any kind of good to the companies invested in they need a little bit of steering from people willing to look at the bigger picture.
Unfortunately the people who could possibly apply steering currently are all good friends of the ones with their snouts in the money trough, so they aren't going to upset their buddies by making the markets serve their original purpose any time soon.
Re: Yes to this
I tried all the keyboards around a year or so back and found Swype worked out a lot slower than Swiftkey for me- the super-predictive approach finds words after far less work and if you have to send the same message twice it's faster than copying/pasteing. Pretty neat technology.
Does that mean that the closest we can get to the native language of computer science is Unlambda? ( http://www.madore.org/~david/programs/unlambda/ )
When it fails will anyone give Atos?
Poor old Buckles
I like to imagine that Buckles is basically a simpleton who refers to himself in the third person at all times. I picture him receiving the news thus:
Buckles is skipping through a field, a freshly picked dandylion in each hand.
"Buckles is happy!" he announces to no-one in particular.
A serious looking man in a suit approaches.
"Chief Executive, we have a serious problem with staffing levels for the Olympics. This could be a very high profile failure for the company- we need to find another 6000 staff and we only have a week to do it; what do you suggest?"
Buckles' face falls and his plump bottom lip begins to wobble slightly. A dandylion falls from a pudgy hand.
"Now Buckles is sad."
A butterfly flutters past and Buckles face returns to it's previous seraphic grin as he runs after it, arms outstretched.
"Chief Executive?" The suit implores, but he is gone.
Re: X28 missed us mostly
They say the chances are a million to one.