2827 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
They don't need to be PhDs.
They just need to be smarter than Plod
as a 62-year-old my immediate reaction is: Why did I come here? what?
I wonder if Lenovo have the money to buy them back?
If not, it would be in China's interests to repatriate them somehow.
Re: "Stylophone" Love it! Now there is a blast from the past.
That remark alone made me upvote the article
Hello, this is 1980
We had this idea back then. "Expert systems" would be created to encapsulate the best practice of the finest [Doctors|Surgeons|Engineers|Financiers] to assist the less able. Died a death then, I suggest it will again.
of trying to work in gloves
not waving, but drowning
I think Meg knows HP did something foolish with WebOS, but is not sure what, and has no idea at all what to do about it.
It would be interesting to see a revival, but I'm not holding my breath.
I think it is genius.
It can fall over sideways, or nose plant, in twice as many ways!
I'm kind of flaky on this 'legitimate spyware' idea
any onscreen controls for touchscreen games will be automatically ported to the device's buttons
That's some meaty automation!
Re: Everyone must have seen this by now, surely -
Not sure you could accurately order the groceries from Ocado by waving yer limbs about.
@HMB Re: I especially liked....
Very short half-life. Decays rapidly. the marital bed, I mean.
Re: RE: Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?
Indeed. Exactly so.
Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?
Foxconn & China
Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?
LVM - it works
I'm beginning to wonder if all printer manufacturers aren't facing the profit crapper.
I can see a future where no-one wants to make them. We could end up with the paperless office after all.
Not to mention
Lack of Unix support, pathetic drivers, and dreadful after-sales support
@ThomH Re: Betrayed by your management
Bit difficult to find a vendor who isn't chasing the bottom of the market
Re: "Single use" pieces?
The Palm Tree fronds from the PotC sets will pretty much only do palm tree fronds, though the can sprout from odd places
"a potentially significant security lapse."
"pinpointing the location of royal relatives in near real-time, a potentially significant security lapse."
only for an assassin with a time machine
Re: If only the US had access to US technology.
Aye. I came to say "arpanet" and "survive nuclear attack" but you beat me to it.
Dumb as a box of chocolate hairpins
Re: Outdated phones
What? oh, probably. Something in the review distracted me.
I only came here 'cos you said FREE BEER
On that basis
Why not 'Bodestone'?
#Old McDonald had a farm, e, i.
Some suggestions, and one silly one.
Masters (they erect masts)
Us (join us! be happy with us!)
Better (you can't beat us, we are better!)
The Spheres (music of...)
Gridsquares (implying coverage)
"no data caps, speed limits or bill shock"
... For a month or two.
Once users start to use it, the game is up.
Re: value alignment
I would say that it is perfectly possible to design machines to automate the traditional cheese making methods, or pasturise cream, without producing cheese triangles from dairy waste.
The production of flour has been mechanised for millenia, it doesn't have to be assosciated with pop tarts.
Not always fortunate - there were dead periods where I was reduced to doing red&blue tape PCB artworks on the kitchen table. Or plugging new cash register printers in at Tesco after midnight.
I'm just saying that people should make their own choices. Maybe if I had been different I'd still be in charge of an R&D department instead of using a screwdriver and a torque wrench on a daily basis. Maybe I'd have earned more. But I earned enough, and can live with having designed control systems in the food and printing industry.
I'm not sure that people do work on weapons systems without a certain amount of introspection: I know a few who did exactly that. I rather think this chap's advice is null. I think that most designers and developers know very well what they are doing. it would all get smelly very quickly if they didn't.
I've walked out of 3 jobs because I didn't want to work on military hardware, and skipped a thousand or so job adverts.
I still managed to pay off the mortgage, bring up 2 wonderful girls and design 3 things that are in the science museum.
And now $MEGACORP pays me to travel the world and commission things the size of a house that do good stuff.
I've paid at the pump with chip-and-pin in the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Pakistan, UAE, Philippines, and even France. Same card, same PIN.
Oh, and Peterborough.
Re: Not another one!
Even before the EMV connector was widely used on cards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMV) the banks issued and maintained a PIN system used all over at least europe and south america. Terminals had to be complient and approved, and were often issued by the banks: but there was a standard that they all more or less agreed to.
I have been using swipe-and-pin terminals since the late 1980s, and chip-and-pin since the early years of this century. I don';t think I have had a card mag-swiped outside the USA since around 2003. Even in Malawi, China, and The Andaman islands shops, cash machines, and banks all work with the chip-and-pin method. Damnm, I designed a swipe-and-pin terminal back in 1976, when the banks wanted to maintain separate PIN algorithms.
The world has had a generic PIN system since some time in the 1980s.
Not another one!
Sick and tired of US retailers home-made alternatives to a proper system. Like the petrol pumps that demand the billing zip code for credit cards instead of a pin code, and the sudden appearance of mag swipe on iphones, years after the civilised world has chip-and-pin. Starbucks qr-code-on-yer-phone-scanned-by-the-till instead of a proper system. On and on and on, contrapting ramshackle systems instead of co-operating on standards
I like Patterdales, very much a one-man dog. Can be grumpy when cold and wet.
What's not to like?
Re: "Yawn" You are clearly horribly dissapointed that Acer is not on the list.
The usual suspects then...
Re: 438 per cent better, but that is for drawing rectangles
"up to 438 " - does that mean anything at all?
'at least...' might have some value, but 'up to...' ?
or are they lacking
I'm beginning to think so
Rumours are true
"The Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan tweeted a photograph of the bucket, which featured a sign reading "Kangaroos condoms, for the gland downunder", and a picture of a boxing kangaroo.
She joked that bucket seemed to back up rumours that the village becomes a hot bed of activity as thousands of competitors complete their events and celebrate after years of working to get to the Olympics – tweeting: "Haha, the rumours are true. Olympic village."
Barcelona started the trend of supplying free condoms to athletes when the Spanish city held the Olympics in 1992, with the International Olympic Committee endorsing the move.
The London Olympic organisers provided 150,000 free condoms in dispensers for the 10,800 athletes at the Games, supplied by Durex which paid for the supply rights.
A Locog spokeswoman said they were trying to find out who distributed the Kangaroo condoms, with the container shown to hold condoms from Durex's rivals Ansell Ltd, an Australian company, and Pasante, a private British firm.
She said athletes and officials were allowed to bring products into the village for their personal use.
"We will look into this and ask that they are not handed out to other athletes because Durex are our supplier," said the spokeswoman."
My personal view? Young, fit, active people with something to celebrate? Why not?
OK Go and do a search for
"Vollmer 2250" - how did they get in?
I thought there was supposed to be a legacy?
There are several charities in that part of the world who could do a lot of good with those - and have ways to stop them ending up on Ebay!
"The Manhattan project"
Good choice. It's going to blow up in their face.
Problem with calling something 'modern' is progress. It more or less means that W9 will be 'post-modern', and no-one would want a post-modernist computer.
How about the councillors have a fine deducted from their pay?
Councillors are an elected fig leaf with no control over the officers, who are mandated by central government to do things regardless of what the chamber says. I know of councils where councillors may not even talk to the staff unless the chief exec is present. They certainly can't instruct them.
"We take the security of our data very seriously" - but not that of anyone else.
how you'd design a state-of-the-art smartphone
Use the camera.
Have a massively complex multicoloured QR code on a bit of paper that you take a picture of. The phone then connects to the service and says "let me be that number.
Point two phones at it, they both become that number like an old-fashioned plan 1A domestic extension. Both ring together - even in separate countries - and the first one that picks up is online.
Point the same phone at several certificates, and it will accept calls for all those numbers, and ring out on any one.
Buy a prepay at the garage, get a top-up you point the camera at. Pay for top-up at a cash machine, and photograph the rapiidly changing screen,
It's a good job they are doing so well with all the other parts of the business.
oh, hang on...
Bait, switch, dump
What else does one expect. They are a telecom company.
Any company with such a large customer base will never see them as people, or have any interest in their individual complaints. They only respond to statistically observable movements, like large chunks of people dumping them.
Re: Wall Street in slash and Burn shocker.
>some bellend-brained analyst
That's probably all of them
hey, I'll plead guilty to the "cool and interesting", but I'll take the 'blindingly obvious' defence over the Antichrist thing.
- 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)