* Posts by Steve Rivers

8 posts • joined 7 Oct 2010

Apple loses 'Most Valuable Company' honor to ExxonMobil

Steve Rivers

Apple == classic asset bubble

It is quite clear that Apple is a classic asset bubble. Just as the housing bubble in the uk, the only way (until last year) to get a return on holding Apple stock was to sell it to the next sucker for a higher price. See the following for explanation of bubbles.

http://people.hofstra.edu/jean-paul_rodrigue/images/Manias%20Bubbles.pdf

http://people.hofstra.edu/jean-paul_rodrigue/jpr_blogs.html

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Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

Steve Rivers
Boffin

Before making rash comments - learn something about the subject

http://worthwhile.typepad.com/worthwhile_canadian_initi/2010/05/corporate-income-taxes-a-primer.html

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Bash Street bytes: Do UK schools really need the Raspberry Pi?

Steve Rivers
Pint

Some missing of the point going on here...

Too many here are obsessing over the equivalent of blackboard or whiteboard in the classroom.

We need to make sure we are education kids not training them. Just stuffing an RPi in schools, without learning the fundamentals of logic and control will just be training them not educating them.

It is a tool just like a plane or a lathe or a pencil. If we don't teach the fundamentals then we will never have the success that is wanted. Pick the right tool to teach at the level the kids are at. Lego Mindstorms is a better way of teaching fundamentals of logic, control etc. During those lessons it will become clear that there are some kids that will want to take things much further than others, this is where the RPi and its like come in.

There is no one size fits all solution for a problem that cannot easily be defined. What is the basic level of technical skills we want 16-18 year olds to leave school with? The ability to think through a problem, to recognise when they should try and automate a solution and when not to bother and the ability to pick the right (to an order of magnitude) tool for the job be it BASH, Python, C++ or ....

Change technical to medical and I think the answer becomes easier to explain somehow - first aid skills, CPR and confidence that if they were witness to an accident they could help keep someone alive.

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20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

Steve Rivers
Trollface

Far more importantly...

GSM was the beginning of the end of US technical dominance. The US became a mobile phone technological backwater, an evolutionary dead-end.

This gave everyone else the necessary kick in the arse to create new stuff without bowing and scraping to "Uncle Sam".

Why did the iPhone succeed against the common wisdom of the time - because people forgot how utterly shite the phones USians had in comparison to the rest of the world

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Open-source hardware group puts out vid system-on-a-chip

Steve Rivers
Stop

Open Source hardware can never be open source in sense that software is. So please find another term for it, as all it does is confuse the people who have no clue about hardware design.

Open source software works because the marginal cost of copying is negligible to nil. Yes copying the design is cheap, but copying hardware has always had, and always will have a non trivial cost.

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Google+ is an identity service, Schmidt says

Steve Rivers
Facepalm

I should have known better...

...than to read comments while drinking coffee.

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FreeNAS 8.0 hits the street

Steve Rivers
Grenade

What a bunch of numpties...

... and that is the author and comentards here.

Anyone with a passing interest in FreeNAS over the last while will be completely cogniscant of the fact there was a split in intent. FreeNAS being focused on business with http://blog.openmediavault.org/ being the home users solution.

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POD giveth: Is factory-built HPC the future?

Steve Rivers
Coat

Research Fail?

Did the author actually bother to do any research? They are using 19" standard racks in these. For the HP Q&A ..

Q1. I have heard people refer to buying an “empty” POD. What, exactly, is an empty POD?

A1. The POD, by default, includes everything which is necessary to support IT gear. This would be the container itself, power and chilled-water connections & distribution, heat exchangers and blower fans, system management panels (EPO, EPMS, Smoke Detection, etc), and the racks.

For sure they won't put Dell kit in for you though.

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