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Innovation if I've ever seen one
Team Val wanted a more human feel so clothed the robot in soft fabrics.
I for one appreciate the thought. If I'm going to get pounded by a rebelling robot, I'd rater it be soft, lean and got a nice cleavage to boot – rather than, say, look like an expressionless Austrian dude?
Re: An idea for google
My thoughts exactly. Pay for software with your spare CPU cycles – a viable business model for the Internet era at last!
For want of a proofreader
Should he get the chance to replace Steve Ballmer's butt groove with his own, it could be taken as a sign that he'll focus on cementing Microsoft as an enterprise powerhouse and perhaps make the enterprise and online businesses someone else's problem.
Surely you mean "make the consumer and online businesses someone else's problem", right?
Then again, perhaps the way to make Microsoft's tech more loved in the enterprise is to give it away to someone else, who might then develop it in ways more to the liking of customers...
"Christmas" in Japan
Most of the world stops watching porn at Christmas, apart from Japan.
I'd bet that's because in Japan New Year's is the traditional family holiday, and Christmas has been adopted as a kind of second Valentine's Day. It's usual that on Christmas' Eve couples have a romantic dinner and spend the night together – whereas single people probably eat Christmas cake alone and search for porn flicks, while they cry and wonder why nobody likes them.
My dear late grandmother used to tell a story about this man who lived in her neighbourhood, whose friend had been killed. He helped the family organize the burial, and even wept by the coffin's side at the wake.
Some days later it was discovered that he was the killer.
So forgive my cynicism, but just because Bill shed a couple tears over Ballmer's (career's) corpse, doesn't mean he had nothing to do with the butchering.
I wanted a player that could handle reading all kinds of formats and ended up with XMPlay
Indeed, for Windows XMPlay is the bee's knees. It's effective and keeps out of the way, both in terms or computer resources and UI real estate. On Linux I seldom have a problem using whatever is standard for my current distribution (Mint at this moment), but try as I might I never got to grips with WMP.
Re: Let us know how that works out
Running one for a few years and not getting caught is impossible with the current surveillance systems.
Then again, drug dealing in real time works pretty much the same way – you could probably get away with it once, but make it your day job and sooner or later the g-men will get a hold of you – and yet there seems to be no shortage of young men willing to go into it to the bitter end.
Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...
Very true, however the rest of the world does not enshrine the right of its trash to bear arms (...)
Which got me thinking: could the rednecks be convinced that firearms are for sissies, and "real men" only own electric taser guns?
That would have been ok, he had a licence for those.
From which we should conclude it's OK to use a taser, so long as you don't have one?
Re: "Giant" is not a valid metric unit @xeperroni
I know geography is not an American strong point, but when referring to ‘British’ we are talking about more than just England
Oh, I'm sorry. So likewise, when Maharg wrote:
After the British defeated the French
He actually meant:
After the English rounded up their vassals to face up the French, because sure as Hell they wouldn't have the guts to do it on their own
Re: "Giant" is not a valid metric unit @xeperroni
Check your history. The Normans (and William) were not French.
You could just as well have argued that the peoples they conquered weren't British, as the Normans themselves are part of the modern British people's ancestry.
Doesn't matter. Spin it whatever way you like, it's mainlanders 1 x 0 islanders all the same.
Also, consider that England was not subsumed into France but that the Norman invaders slowly went native and then fought many times against "the old country".
So the badass Normans went native and were promptly kicked off their old lands. Somehow I don't think this makes things any better.
Re: "Giant" is not a valid metric unit @xeperroni
After the British defeated the French, for the 14th or 15th time
I'm sorry, I can't remember: was that time before or after the Normans conquered England?
Or was it closer to when the French took away Normandy – making it so that not only had Normandy been forcibly inserted into the England kingdom, but also pulled off in the same manner?
"Giant" is not a valid metric unit
Great, a giant scorpion-spider hybrid with huge venomous fangs and claws that could crush a bus.
Giant? The article says the critter had a length of three centimeters! Hardly a stompful, actually.
I know you islanders and your colonies just can't let go of that retarded rollercoaster of a measurement system, but do try to keep in touch with the conventions of the 20th century* will you? Here, let me help.
* Yes, the 20th century. I'm trying to be reasonable with you guys, one step at a time and all that.
Re: Even a broken clock...
Even if he is right and the new gig is Snowden related - its still a case of the pot (Assange) calling the kettle (Greenwald) a c*nt.
Though still, it's a complicated world where even the words of a six-fingered hyperactive attention whore are sometimes worth taking heed.
Even a broken clock...
I hate to admit, but seems that Wikileaks (Assange) was right: the Snowden cash-in is gearing up.
Funny business, this executiveing thing.
If you perform to expectations (or even above them), pundits get to say you "have no experience".
But if you screw up, you get paid to leave, and can get employed somewhere else by the end of the week using that very snafu as job reference.
Dilbert principle, anyone?
"We don't intervene against anyone...
...except when we do, which is whenever we feel like it."
Gotta love them egineers
The chip giant, which backs the rival display engine Wayland, gave little reason for the snub. The engineer who kicked Canonical's XMir code out of the xf86-video-intel driver simply said: “We do not condone or support Canonical in the course of action they have chosen, and will not carry XMir patches upstream.”
What's that about "[giving] little reason"? I see quite enough reason in that engineer's quote:
"It was your idea, mate, not mine. You deal with it, I have my own stuff to take care of."
No talk of being "committed to customers", "feedback", "community" or any of that horse dung. Just a simple and concrete reason, for once.
Ah, if only they'd pay engineers extra to also do the work of PR drones!
Re: ...Not really, there were 5 for the ITV one, 130 for the BBC one....
Point being that as a population we're not homogeneous - Turks complained, Brits complained, (...)
But no Brit politician strong-armed the TV station into firing the show hostess for her clothes.
Which, by the way, is actually the point.
Re: Always was rubbish, nothing new in that.
But before the advent of The Great Coloured Balls Yahoo! was the free web(fied) services portal. Website hosting, e-mail, mailing lists (as we called "discussion groups" back then), online bookmarks, news stories... I would spend my whole day logged to one Yahoo! service or another, much like I do with Google nowadays.
It took Yahoo!'s disastrous attempt at revamping their webmail service's interface* for me to switch to a Gmail account – which I had from the days the service was invite-only, thanks to a friend, but languished for years until that faithful day. The rest is history – Google kept piling up functionality while Yahoo! couldn't even keep doing right what they once had nailed.
It's sad to see it ending like this. Yahoo! was created before many of us figured what good could come out of the Internet, and for a time it embodied much of that good – a resource for doing productive work. But now it seems determined to devolve into some kind of pointless time-sink, a less-successful Facebook.
* So yeah, they do have form in losing users over unwarranted UI revamps.
Re: PR Bingo
You missed the entire phrase "Additionally, we're actively measuring user feedback so we can continuously make improvements."
Well, they did use "feedback" and "improvement" before... I thought of including "actively" and "measure", but felt that would set the PR-speak detection bar too low – lots of legitimate professions deal with measuring stuff, and "actively" could just as well be dismissed as random noise.
This means (...)
Wait, you're saying that was supposed to mean something? I thought it was just a PR blurb! Since when have those had anything to do with meaning?
We deeply value how much our users care about Yahoo! and are constantly engaging with our products. A few weeks back, we made some design changes to many of our core sites.
These changes are an important step to building a more modern and personalised Yahoo!. We recognise that this is a lot of change and are listening to all of the community feedback. Additionally, we're actively measuring user feedback so we can continuously make improvements.
Let's see, "value", "care", "constant(ly)", "engage", "core", "modern", "community", "feedback", "improvement".
Did I get them all? Hope so, I ran off quotation marks.
Re: yawn is right
Bye el reg, judging by the incredibly fast deterioration of your quality of writing, you're clearly becoming victims of your own 'success'. Used to be fun, informative, quirky.
It's Friday. Have a pint, mate, and chill the feck off.
Re: No need for revolution
It is not Apple who make a song and dance of it, it is the media the over do that for them.
Why not both?
Apple crafts colorful but hollow events to try and pass incremental improvements and pointless gimmicks as "revolutionary", and wide-eyed "journalists" (to misuse a term) happily fall for it.
"the clout of Intel when it comes to evangelising new product categories"
Wasn't Intel trying to push something called a "Mobile Internet Device" a while back? Before they switched to the idea of "ultrabooks" as if that was their form-factor of choice all along? Which by the way isn't doing terribly well either, or so I hear.
So yeah, you might want to reassess this vision of Intel as a great (or even effective) trend-setter.
Re: the other day
Once in high school, I wanted to show a friend how easy it was to cajole people into damning themselves, simply by making a blanket accusation and letting their guilt consciences work on it for a while. So I approached a random colleague and told him in my most serious tone:
John, you're done for, we know it.
To which he retorted: Know what?
And I answered: You know what.
After a few seconds being stared at, he started waving his head: Uh, I'm not gay.
I haven't tried this trick since.
"easier than ever to use one-handed"
I seriously need to take my mind off the gutter.
Re: Cosmetics logo anyone!?
Hardly surprising from a WOMAN! </controversial>
Your attempt at starting a flame war is bad, and you should feel bad.
No such thing as bad publicity
Today, curious about the new logo, I voluntarily entered Yahoo's site for the first time in years.
Mission accomplished I guess?
You were holding it wrong
I once was the proud owner of a Casio G-Shock. From when my father gave it to me to the day it was robbed (in the middle of the street, under threat of a gun and all) almost ten years later, I never had one complaint to rise against it. Besides the alarm function (without which I doubt I would ever in my life wake up before lunch), both progressive and regressive chronometers were jolly useful. And I don't remember ever getting in any trouble due to the hourly chime, which I very well knew how to turn off, but kept on of my own accord.
Sorry Alistair, but surely whatever problem you had with the wristwatches of your time was doubtless your own fault. Perhaps you were holding them wrong?
Re: A train-wreck in the making
It's just a watch.
And Surface RT is "just a tablet", but when it flopped to the tune of a nearly $1b write-off heads started to roll.
Now imagine that some of the companies presently entering the smartwatch fray also end up building "a few more devices than they can sell", to borrow a Ballmerism.
Interesting times ahead, that's what I say...
A train-wreck in the making
Everytime I hear about yet another company promising to launch a "smartwatch" I get this mental picture of a dozen or so trains, all running on their tracks at full speed, converging to a single intersection.
Meanwhile, I wonder what will happen out there in the real world, when all these devices, sporting virtually the same features, hit the market at the same time?
"We deeply value how much you, our users, care about Yahoo! Groups"
Translation: "tough luck Daisy, but feel free to moo all you want, it's not like we bother with what our cattle thinks anyway".
Are Gnome 3 developers taking positions in web companies? Or is it the other around, and Gnome 3 is actually a part-time hobby project to snob web designers at Google et al who think they understand their users better than themselves, even when they don't?
Re: hands up
Before the event? Plenty of people wont have seen it coming. After the event everyone will have and always did. Human nature.
Though you have to admit, many around here have been expecting something like this ever since Nokia (Elop) mothballed their in-house software development efforts, and some even before that.
Now paid analysts, I'm sure all of them will have always known this would come, starting today.
Re: THAT IS THE SINGLE-WORST EDITED ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ
On the bright side, Mr. Sharwood did go back and cleaned up his article. My compliments to him for that.
For the love of God? Is that really swearing?
Well, it's forum-compliant, at any rate.
THAT IS THE SINGLE-WORST EDITED ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ
Agreed. Most of us have learned to tolerate El Reg's sub-optimal proofreading standards by now, but pour l'amour de Dieu*, have we got rough edges this time around.
* I personally feel nothing says "pissed off" quite as much as swearing in French. I wonder if our British friends agree?
Just this morning, for no particular reason whatsoever, I was reading an article on the history of East Germany, and how its "repressive, undemocratic, illiberal, nonpluralistic character" progressively pissed people off until they started defecting in droves. Shortly thereafter the whole thing crumbled down.
Funny coincidence, this.
Re: At the risk of...
Now the technology may have improved, but there's lots of OLD nuclear reactors around.
And yet, it is on the shoulders of those OLD reactors that the industry's stellar safety record was built (in two out of the three worst accidents in nuclear history, one didn't claim a single life, and in the other there were no deaths due to what was inside the plant).
So either nuclear technology is already safe enough to offset bad management, or the managers are already good enough to make even unstable technology work properly. You can't claim that both technology and management are poor, otherwise we'd have lots of meltdowns going around, which clearly isn't the case.
On top of that the efficiency of current reactor types (which mostly use enriched uranium, which can also be used for nuclear weapons) isn't particularly high.
Their efficiency "isn't particularly high" compared to what, exactly? Renewables? Wait for a cloudy or windless day, then tell me how much more efficient than zero a nuclear plant is.
Re: Radiation Superstition
Ahh yes, the usual "but that's natural radioactivity" claim that leaves me speechless, as if somehow it's magically different.
It gets worse. Telling my friend radiation doesn't work like that, and that he was ill-informed about the subject, only got him angrier, but after he calmed down I convinced him to let me send some articles on the subject to his e-mail, so he'd see how the matter isn't at all like what is broadcast in the mainstream media.
And so I sent him various articles (ranging from scientific papers to Wikipedia entries) about nuclear engineering, natural radioactive areas in the world, facts about high-profile nuclear accidents and the like. His answer?
I'm sorry, but I don't agree to none of your justifications.
So a dimly remembered news piece on someone who died of cancer right after Fukushima's plant was hit by the tsunami is definitive proof that nuclear energy is Evil (C), but a scientific paper giving quantitative evidence that more people died in the evacuation than would be lost if they stayed put is a "justification".
Re: At the risk of...
Why is everyone so neurotic about nuclear fission power? Because when things go wrong, they can go wrong in a BIG way.
I wonder, though: when you say that "when things go wrong, they can go wrong in a BIG way", what do you have in mind? Because two of the three worst nuclear accidents in all time, Fukushima and Three Mile Island, have not claimed a single soul as far as nuclear power is concerned – and in the case of Three Mile Island, not a single soul, period.
Now how many people did die in the third worst oil industry accident of all time? I bet it was more than zero.
I guess the possible evacuation requirement of the most populous metropolitan area on the planet is not worthy of concern - or did everyone forget that little part of this topic?
It would have been if that was the case; alas, it wasn't, Tokyo was never at danger. In fact, recent studies of the Fukushima evacuation concluded that forcing people out of the area claimed more lives than would be lost if they were told to stay put:
(...) [T]he “Reconstruction Headquarters” has reported approximately 1100 disaster-related (premature) deaths among the evacuees, due to psychosomatic effects (67%) and disruption of medical and social welfare facilities (18%) (Saji 2013, Table A5). *
Also, the waste lasts hundred of thousands of years and can contaminate a huge area if containment fails, as well.
Yes, it can leave a huge area about as contaminated as... The beaches where my family would spend summer vacation when I was a kid. Not much of a disaster, then – specially if compared to recent incidents such as the BT oil spill.
So, in other words, it is the SCALE of a single incident that is of concern, not simply the odds of the incident occurring in the first place.
This is a bit like that argument against flying – "oh, sure airplanes kill less people relative to number of passengers than cars, but on the other hand each car accident kills only a few people, while a single plane crash can kill HUNDREDS!" – which ignores the fact that, if a plane crashes with me inside, it makes no difference to me whether other people also kick the bucket, as I won't be around to miss them anyway.
Likewise, whether a given energy source kills a little people every day, or hundreds in a single snafu, is irrelevant to the deceased – the only thing that makes a difference is how much people get stuffed over time.
Re: At the risk of...
a severe downvoting, it's worth remembering that the 'safety' of nuclear power is largely a product of neurotic attention to what could happen if it all goes seriously pear shaped. The 'safety' isn't intrinsic to the process, it comes at a phenomenal cost, as does the power produced.
That's debatable to say the least. Rod Adams among others thinks much of the "safety" built into nuclear engineering could be dismissed without significant hazard increase, and at huge cost savings. And let's not forget there is a vast difference in energy density between nuclear power and other energy sources, so even if it does cost more to make it this safer, it's also far more worth the trouble.
Re: Radiation Superstition
In one case the radioactive material is a dusting or soil contaminant that you do not necessarily want to get into your lungs or generally into your body
Guess not, though people just love to bury themselves in it. They seem to enjoy the warmth it gives off, and some also believe it has "medicinal" powers.
I am obviously talking about Guarapari's beaches' sand, whose radioactivity comes from the thorium in the monazite ore mixed to it. Surprisingly, people don't think so highly of material from Fukushima, even though it's often less radioactive than Guarapari's.
Indeed, there goes journalism again in its mission to inform and enlighten.
These days I never miss a chance to point out to people that Guarapari, the coastal town where my family spent summer vacation when I was a kid, is actually more radioactive than what Fukushima was in late 2011. A friend of mine actually got angry at me for this, insisting that some difference in the "kind of radioactivity" had to somehow make Fukushima more dangerous than Guarapari.
Alas, guess we can't so easily make up for forty-odd years of misinformation...
Re: @AC 09:35 - This isn't very new really.
Single people are smarter than married ones?
Not necessarily of course, but you miss the point. "How much personal hardship will firing this or that person cause" is the wrong question for a struggling business to ask; "how much loss of required skills will firing this or that person cause" is a much more pressing one.
If it seems heartless to fire people based solely on how much value they have to the company, see it this way: if a faltering company is forced to choose between sacking assorted gifted employees along with the expendable or keeping them all, and then goes bust as a result of either loosing valuable skill or collapsing under the weight of its payroll, how much good will it do to any of its employees – not to mention the economy at large?
Re: Look, just give us Snowden
No comparison, Bout is an arms dealer responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands, possibly millions.
You missed the point. The US government invokes international law when it suits their needs, when it doesn't they don't break a sweat over it.
That they seem so hurt over Russia not giving away Snowden, when they themselves have protected far worse people, only makes their hypocrisy more glaring.
I'm curious as to why would someone prefer to use a PowerPC chip on a device, as opposed to a x86 or ARM chip?
ARM's generally sell themselves on being customizable, providing "good enough" performance on a restricted energy envelope, and remaining affordable at relatively small batch sizes.
Intel seems to believe x86 is preferable for its larger user base and software library, that it offers the best performance while (for current models at least) still being energy-efficient enough, and tries to be price-competitive by producing large batches of identical units.
Where in this picture does PowerPC (or MIPS, for that matter) fit? Does it offer its own advantages that make it appealing to customers? Or is this just a "me too" effort from IBM, akin to HP's open-sourcing of webOS?
Re: lol smartwatches
[I] predit (sic) they'll be popular for 6 months, then end up in a drawer never worn again and the market will collapse.
I'm not saying this isn't what's going to happen, but didn't we all think the same about tablets?
I dimly remember El Reg calling the iPad a "broken oversized iPhone".
And here we are today, desktops and notebooks are down, smartphones and tablets are up, up, up.
Paris, because I have about as much of a clue on what the Next Big Thing (C) will be.
Have temperatures gone down in Britain at least?
I notice a marked decrease in
crackpot alternative astrophysical theories being advanced in this post, compared to similar news in previous weeks.
In fact I'm pleasantly surprised nobody suggested the new exoplanet was the result of Mars colliding with its parent star, or something.
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