150 posts • joined Monday 2nd August 2010 00:22 GMT
I've noticed a trend among the young bucks as they climb the corporate greasy pole: at about thirty and hitting a management level they suddenly decide a watch is something they should be wearing. I think it's seen as the grown up thing rather than fishing for a mobile phone whenever you want to know the time. It's become like getting a good rather than just decent suit.
The problem for smart watches is that they don't fit this market.
Re: I hope there are penalty clauses
You've not had anything to do with running big long term projects, have you?
In Real Life(tm), costs can change over the life of the project. If costs go up such that the contractor makes a loss they, being in business after all, will make the call based on whether its cheaper to finish the job or cut their losses and bail out. This happens frequently. If you play hardball with the contractor, they walk away and you have to contract someone else to finish the job, baring in mind that you are now over a metaphorical barrel with your pants around your metaphorical ankles and a metaphorical sign inviting buggery. You can threaten to sue all you like but that takes time and costs more money.
In this case, Turnbull is playing to the peanut gallery.
There's no pleasig some people
And if he'd accepted the Telstra quote unopposed you'd be crying foul at that.
That word you keep using...
I don't think you understand what security through obscurity means. Having a lock on a door relies on a shared secret (the key). Security through obscurity would be relying on only authorised people knowing to push the buttons.
Secondly, the Death Star was a fictional and it's flaw was a required plot device.
That gives me an idea
Can't we bury these muppets under reports of not-for-commercial-use freeware?
I grew up in New Guinea, back when it was spelt that way and the only thing standing between you and a (short) lifetime of sweating and farting was a little yellow quinine pill. I can still taste the bastards thirty five years later. For a decade or so after we moved to less malarial climes I didn't get bitten by mosquitoes - my theory is that quinine has sod all effect on a the actual malaria beasties but it makes your blood taste so foul that the mozzies won't touch you.
Another G&T? Don't mind if I do - Fever Tree and Cadenhead Old Raj for preference.
Re: Flame Suit: Engaged
Why the flame suit? Of course its a marketing ploy. I'm guessing Optus have looked at the state of the market and their customer satisfaction surveys and decided its best to be the first to jump. Kind of like Essendon and performance enhancing dru... sorry, supplements. The ploy worked so well for them...
Re: Competing with themselves
Neither. Pro version licenses come with "downgrade" rights. Have done since XP(?). You have to sort out media and drivers and (possibly, I've never had to myself) call MS for a working license key. Fortunately, vendors who want to sell their kit into a business environment generally ship it with a suitable disc image to load.
So, MS make the same regardless of what OS you install and you can relax.
I'd be interested to see what proportion of those licenses "sold" have downgrade rights. My experience is that a large propportion of those are exercised.
For the benefit of the under 15s out there
The OP's quote is from Ghandi.
The English should remember him - skinny bloke, caused some trouble in that empire thing you used to have.
Americans should probably look him up 'cause he fits well with your political rhetoric if not the reality. Both might want to reflect on his words,
Re: F*&^ knows what they'd have done with my chemistry teacher
" The timid small piece of sodium didn't turn affect the litmus paper - so a larger lump was used. Much fizzing and sparks followed by a loud bang - and the classroom echoed with boyish cheers."
My chem teacher demonstrated the sodium-water reaction in front of us on an overhead projector so we could all see. He'd have had us doing it in pairs (the usual arrangement, I presume so that there was some to help the vicitim) but the school couldn't afford it. The small piece of rather elderly sodium failed to impress so he fished it out, scraped the oxidisation and wax off with his thumb nail and tossed it back in. MUCH more impressive.
Supposedly they watch videos now. We seem to be turning into a society that watches things rather than doing them. Like porn and cooking...
Re: Bloody ridiculous
My high school chem teacher* taught us how to make black powder, gun cotton and touch powder after we ran out of curriculum two months short of running out out of term. The last on the basis that some of us would probably try anyway and it was safer if it was him who showed us rather than we tried to figure it out from a dodgey recipe. I still remember his advice on the subject: never make more than a teaspoon at a time because that way you'll still have one good hand to dial the hospital (say it deadpan in a Dutch accent for best effect). The experimental application was the destruction of flies on the window sill...
We put his gunpowder recipe to good use making skyrockets but quickly discovered that Goex was both more powerful and more reliable.
The other uses we put his lessons to I won't go into to in order to protect the extremely guilty (but laughing like maniacs) but here's a hint: sulfuric acid and a cafe sugar dispenser...
In those days we used to buy our ingredients over the counter at a local chemical wholesaler. The only request that even raised an eyebrow was for half a litre of fuming nitric acid. Those were the days...
* A charming but crazy Dutchman
Re: Godwin's law invoked
Is there a corresponding law that predicts some muppet screaming "Godwin's Law"? If not I propose there should be.
Re: Dangerous thinking ..
"They could take their ire out on companies that operate in the US, but they cannot compel a US company to make a foreign company break the laws of another country where they are operating."
Don't be naive - they can and they have. Just ask a Canadian bank or the government of a Caribbean island..
Re: 'helluva' lotta rubbish!
Genius colorpage!? In normal operation, they were lucky to make it out of warranty before failing. If any of those are still working then they aren't being used so the owner won't notice that it isn't plugged in.
Re: Oh God
I'm stating to fear the same thing. My only hope is that the current scheme is sufficiently advanced and the enough contracts signed that this whole alternative scheme is, like the "stop the boats" rhetoric,a pose to differentiate them from the incumbent muppets.
Sometimes I despair at the quality of government we get.
Re: Tony Abbott's NBN
I'll fetch a mop, your sarcasm is dripping...
This needs to be viewed in the context of the debate (actually, that's glorifying it) here over skilled worker visas. The speech Mr Dalton was so taken with is another piece in the current myth-building effort.
Re: NZ shows the way ...
That's just a freight forwarding service, mate. Try MyUS or Shipito. You'll find the airfreight is cheaper direct.
Re: From personal experience...
I call Bullshit.
A DVD, depending on how you pack it might slip in under $3 or you might be up for $6.50.
Camera lens from Brisbane to Adelaide was about $20 including insurance. I actually did this recently.
One and a half kilo fragile and very valuable item from Adelaide to the boonies west of Brisbane under $30 including insurance and tracking. I also did this recently. Worst case on this was Aussie Post's "Express
Platinum" service which would indeed have cost $50 but would have gone overnight (except it wouldn't in this case 'cause it was going to the boonies...)
Those prices a third of what you claim but still much higher than the article assumes. But if you are shipping volume you don't use Aussie Post, you have a deal with a courier company.
On the other hand we had fun and gams yesterday: we were quoted $34 freight for moving something two suburbs - a distance of about 4km being really optimistic. When challenged as to why it wasn't the usual $10 we were told it was over 70kg total weight. Our response: send it in two lots and save $14. The driver was very unimpressed, especially as their crappy dispatching system made him actually do it in two loads...
Re: The ads don't work
Awesome. Feelgood Hit of the Summer popped into my head last week during a particularly boring meeting. I couldn't remember the order and didn't fancy searching for it (note the lack of a verbed brandname) as I was inside a corporate network controlled by lunatics. I'd probably have to submit a urine sample before they'd let into the building next time after that hit the filter.
I think I'll turn off adblock, log into Google and try it now to see what effect it has their targeted ads. On second thoughts, I'll probably just get a series of full and fatuous anti-smoking ads rather than anything in any way entertaining.
Re: The in app purchases are insanely priced
This is the franchise's modus operandi translated into digital sales.There is always something else to you "need" to buy and as you get in deeper the prices go up until you find the customer's limit. I remember working this out at the age of 11 or 12, as did most of my mates.
I shouldn't pick on My Little Pony alone - Barbie, Star Wars, etc are all the same.
Because it's more entertaining that way. You don't want it over too soon. Well, in most cases you don't.
It could start off mild and ramp up with each offense. Or buzzwords could be graded according overuse, weaseliness, bastardisation of the english language, etc.
You've obviously never used their software. I find it quite credible that they might be a front for an anti-computer group. No need for John Mcafee's involvement.
From personal experience of social science practitioners, they have no control group for one of two reasons. Either they don't understand the importance (or possibly the concept, it can be very hard to tell the difference) or because it prevents them getting the result they are after in order to draw their pet conclusion.
Re: Who pays the tax?
This is cant.
By that logic companies don't pay wages or rent either - their customers pay those too. Thus we'll all benefit if those are avoided to. It can be applied equally to individuals - I work around three months of the year to pay my taxes.
Re: How did it take the crooks this long?
It didn't - it took Symantec this long. Or at least this long for a sufficiently dull month in security land for them to sink to this nonsnse.
Re: Recruitment agents - simply ignorant greedy farmers
"I got an interview for a good job through a bad agency, but this did mean we had to devote a section of the interview to correcting what the recruiter had said about each of us ("errrrm, that's not true", "I don't know why she said that", "I haven't done that, but I have...")"
Isn't that fun? Many years ago I went for an interview where the agent got what the company did wrong, but they turned out to be really nice and the job was great from just about every perspective (even if it wasn't the one I'd been "briefed" about). It was a crying shame when they got taken over by a much bigger rival and everything went to shit. I was long gone by then, mind, 'cause I followed the people who'd made it such a great place to work out the door...
"I'm also now stuck with a zip drive with zip disks i'm never going to use."
Nonsense - bung them on eBay and some other muppet will buy them. I know this because we moved office recently and have been off-loading all manner of
crap old kit to benefit the End of Year Pissup Fund. It's in the black to the tune of over $1,000 already...
Zip drives are still in demand it seems based on how our stash have gone. I'm still looking for the power supply for a USB Zip250 and the whereabouts of the old SCSI Zip100 (I reckon an ex has it - it provided termination for the external SCSI chain on her PowerMac...)
Re: Already in VIC, AUS
Nonsense! I've read a bit about Victorian era policing and if you're not phased by what they dealt with daily, you aren't going to be worried by the former and the latter can be dealt with by the application of a stout truncheon or hobnailed size nine (both approved methods of dealing with miscreants of the era).
Re: Understatement by the radio station
Something Jones has made a career on radio out of doing. I have three words for Mr Jones: pot, kettle and black.
Re: compare like with like
Except that's not what the article says. Quite the opposite.
This is Queensland where the major demand is to run air-conditioning, with demand peaking mid-afternoon in step with solar production. The generators (private) and distributors (gov) are complaining that it takes the edge of their most profitable time of the day.
And frankly, if one and a half percent can do that, I reckon they're gaming the market themselves by restricting supply. Unlike Enron, they're smart enough to only do it for a few hours a day and so far no one seems to have noticed.
El Reg in press release reprint shock
Yawn. Another article that is basically a press release masquerading as news. Maybe Andrew Orlowski should write a piece on the decline of online journalism at his own publisher rather than kicking Wired. Not that I'm against kicking Wired and their ilk, mind.
So care to 'fess up who published this press release? Who commissioned the survey?
Good for the Customs Service
I've always found them helpful and very reasonable to deal with both for professional and personal imports.
The AIIA on the other hand, are a bunch of self serving cretins who are otherwise unemployable in the industry they claim to represent. The Computer Industry Association is just as hopeless. To dim to make it an industry? Don't worry, you can always work for an "industry body" instead. There's saying about piss ups and breweries that applies to both...
It's also long since time that the retail chain in this country got called on pricing. It is pure price gouging. if you look around you find plenty of examples where competition has forced the prices down to a world level so there is clearly nothing fundamental justifying it.
@Anonymous Coward 6:25: re: But will it ship? You're using the wrong vendor / shipper, mate. Last box from the UK was just under 6kg and cost ~£60 while 2kg from the same vendor would be ~£40. Freight costs go down per unit as the volume goes up as a rule, with a practical cap for airfreight at around 20kg.
@Timm66 re: No duty on IT? Really?: the letter you received told you what the justification was. I know, I've received enough of them (and NONE for any electronics). You did read the letter didn't you? My guess is you got charged duty because when they opened to package it turned out not to be "computer equipment"...
They're already heavily moderated
Does anyone seriously think these "sites" aren't already moderated by the ad agencies that run them? Partly to maintain control over their client's "message" but mostly, I suspect, so they have something ongoing to bill for. The ACCC is just putting them on notice that they know how the game is played and will knock heads if they think it gets out of hand.
Re: Been in a Pub lately ?
That's precisely what I was thinking. With the added bonus that your punters are self selecting for interest.
"Perhaps they could use them as coasters for the ash trays."
When was the last time you saw an ashtray in a pub?
I feel your pain, brother. We have one customer with multihead embroidery machines that have dedicated control software running only in Windows 3.x. Believe me, we've tried to make it run on modern hardware and OSs (closest we got was using WINE, but it still fell over to often).
To all those who've never played in this space, the realities are that it costs tens to hundreds of thousands to replace a machine and they are built to run for decades. People running these systems for business have the attitude that it's worked fine up until now, we'll move on when the machine dies. You deal with it or they find someone else who will.
Re: Why HDD sales _really_ fell.
Never actually been in business, have you?
Re: the Gartner man has since retracted the statement,
You don't buy the likes of Gartner, you rent them.
Taxes? What taxes?
I see people above talking about tariffs and duties - please give details. As far as I'm aware there are no duties on software or hardware. Nor on electronics or books or DVDs. The only things I can think of off the of my head that attract duty are alcohol and tobacco. You can't blame the government for this one, no matter how much you'd like to.
This is down to the importers, exclusive agency agreements and the fucked up nature of distribution and retail in the country. Do us all a favour - buy everything you can OS until these clowns either wise up or collapse under their own weight.
Re: Will be interesting
I was at uni with a bloke who changed his name to Wolf, dropping his family name (there was a big family conflict at the bottom of this that we never heard all of but it was nasty and he wanted nothing to do with them). The enrollment system could not cope with this so it gave him an initial. Thus he was A Wolf. He spent ages trying to get them to change it to "The"...
Is that current? It seems totally at odds with reality. It implies that that the whole FB image management industry is against FB's Ts & Cs. It also implies we can get any FB account closed if we demonstrate that the person who created it already had an account (personal or otherwise). Oh what fun that could be...
HTF do you get lost in a supermarket? It's a grid layout without half the grid. With signage at every junction visible from both ends. And one end is distinctly different (what with having checkouts and all. And they have people who work there who you can ask - and don't give me that "there's never any staff" line go to the frontend counter if you have to you lazy buggers.
If you can get lost in that no amount of technology is going to save you from yourself.
Re: remind you of y2k bug lol
I don't buy that. Sure it was overhyped, but it was not a self inflicted wound.
Not one Y2K job I was involved with was on a system less than 8 years. Several were obsolete when they were installed in the early '90s. I seriously doubt anyone writing, building or installing those systems thought they'd still be in use at the end of the 20th century.
Re: That's a 6 inch nail isn't it?
When I was a callow youth I worked as junior shit-shoveler at a medium sized engineering firm. One afternoon there was an almighty bang and the whole site went dark except for the emergency lighting. It seems both the main HT connector fuses had blown when one of the company sparkies grounded something he shouldn't have (and was very lucky to be alive). Anyway, need new HT link. Head sparky starts making calls but none to be found this side of the country. Nearest replacement is 1000km and two days away. No mobiles back then, so all this had to be done in full public view in the front office, with a growing and restless audience. Management by now is soiling it's collective self about downtime and missed deadlines.
Cue junior sparky and a "hang on lads, I've got an idea" moment: one piece of one inch copper pipe, two blows with a hammer to flatten the ends, punch two holes to fit over the terminals and voila! We are back in business...
Re: Not that I know a lot about the Far East
Another missed detail: Terry Gou is Taiwanese - the losers in that little stoush in 1949. So he's unlikely to share any Chinese antipathy toward South Korea. Or just maybe, such considerations are irrelevant to in the world of big business and this is purely about his product vs Samsung's. Nothing to see here, and even less to analyse.
- Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland
- Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt
- Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED
- Review Bigger on the inside: WD’s Tardis-like Black² Dual Drive laptop disk
- Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action