119 posts • joined Tuesday 12th October 2010 11:35 GMT
Enough with the squaddie slang
If they are out in the field getting their hands dirty (literally, in this case) they are not "boffins".
Good article. Keep 'em coming.
Apart from the tendency of a CEO to mould the senior executive stratum in his own image - a good enough reason on its own - I would have thought the accumulation of hare-brained decisions since XPSP3 justifies the Board in orchestrating a wholesale clear out.
Are we supposed to think there is star quality in depth waiting to be unleashed?
In fact taking account of a proportionate loss according to the size of the company, many many companies writing off 900 million would have seen heads rolling by the basket load.
You do know that Tortola is famous offshore tax haven, B.V.I?
Did they really have single cell morons saying "wow", "kind of" and "like" back then? Maybe he should get out of the trees and read a book. Paper or digital.
Tangential point - Wasn't there an early internet portal called WoW - Worlds of Wonder? Anybody?
Why do I have sympathy with the dog but not the cop?
In fact I am totally outraged that he tried to harm the dog.
Do I need to see a psychiatrist?
One Smart Thing
MS did just one thing right - making a contract with early desktop manufacturers to receive a royalty on every box sold whether or not MS-DOS was installed. So simple. Not just an incentive to install MS-DOS but a disincentive to install anything else.
The rest, as they say, being sufficiently ensconced to install one "shockingly inferior" product after another on to an ignorant and gullible world, is history. All they had to do after that was stamp on anything which could conceivably represent a threat, an attitude ably represented by the Neanderthal-like qualities of .... of ... What was that guy's name?
Peter Principle Proof Positive
Does that explain why all American business managers feel they have to behave like crass idiots and treat their staff as dogsbodies?
Conversely every junior to medium level manager thinks his boss is a fool.
Poisoned chalice, anyone?
Just great. He starts a massive reorganization then buggers off to leave someone else, who probably would have done it in an entirely different way, to soldier on and explain why it failed.
Way to go, Stevie.
Yes, but ...
For balance, I suggest you read Townshend's autobiography in which he covers this incident fully.
Sheer bleeding class
It is not about the movie business.
It USED to be about the toy business.
Now it is about the VIDEO GAME business.
Meaning : Time to create platforms for Avatar: The Video Game II, Iii, IV etc etc. ..... Etc
No ... Seriously.
Everybody is inbred. Some are more inbred than others.
You're all wrong
It's for the video game.
Screamingly obvious from each scene in Term4
No ... Worse than ..... If for example the non-native plants were predatory and voracious. With a knock- on effect on diversity of local fauna. And so on. You can guess the rest (I hope).
the Trio should be available in Q3
With Jelly Bean?
Seem to remember the first release of Netscape had something like "Yes, this is the Mozilla" emblazoned across the top. Always thought this was a scrunched version of "Mosaic Killer".
Anyone know if Mozilla (the name) came from something else? Who do we blame for attaching "-zilla" to everything?
Somebody did this with a motor car-size "motor" a few years ago and got to the stage of having a working prototype but further development collapsed through lack of funds.
The prime mover behind the technology whinged, naturally, that the vested interests did not want to get involved.
Not being an engineer though I bounced this idea of an engineer whose immediate question was "What happens when you want to go up a hill?"
Re: Say what?
Even if it were true somewhere else, it is wholly irrelevant in Hong Kong where every square inch in private hands is leasehold, except for the Cathedral, which cannot lawfully do anything but save souls.
Free range chickens?
Re: SSL Certs - the new single point of failure
Re: A billion here, a billion there
MS 3B is 10% so total 15B gives MS + Silver Lake 50%, or 49% if it is a minority stake. Presumably Michael Dell + associates get the other 51.
MS and Silver Lake can get $ from wherever: internal resources, investment partners, banks etc. as long as they plonk down 15B to help to buy out existing shareholders nobody really cares how they finance the deal.
What's wrong with that?
Like to know what Dylan thinks
A Dylan fan, yes, but I am interested rather than excited. I would be much more interested in what the man himself says about this opportunistic release of material that either he or the record company did not see fit to release previously.
And "careful curation"?.... Cough! Splutter!
Re: IBM bought Lotus - and never had it work hard to deliver a real OS/2 office suite
There was eventually a Lotus Smartsuite for OS/2 which I still use today. Frankly it is a nice package. The contacts/address book was derived from an even smaller package from Arcadia which I bet those who used it will have fond memories of. Also had a nifty word processor. And, if memory serves, FREE!
Tales of Woe
I remember the marketing campaign for OS/2 Warp - on TV! A bunch of giggling kids watching one of their mates doing "something" supposedly on a keyboard (but they may have been watching alligators copulating for all we knew) and spouting "I didn't know you could do that on a PC".
Then installation support. 60 days. Which sounds a lot unless you have to try umpteen times to get a new, unfamiliar OS up and running while trying to do your regular job. When I decided to give it another final try and called support the first thing the frigging IBMer said after checking my record was basically "Your 60 days are up. Eff off" whereas it had been less than 60 minutes in total. I know that is how support works but didn't IBM realize they had a fight on their hands?
Ultimately though I seem to recall the main problem was the sales guys in the Personal Compuing division (which was hardware). They wanted to sell boxes, as many as possible, and didn't give a toss about which OS. It happened that they could sell more boxes with Windows on them. Talk about the enemy within.
I run it all day in the office but now mainly to access Word Perfect - for DOS. I kid not.
I have still not found a setup with which you can scroll through hundreds of document previews to find something so damn fast.
Course that's the 8.3 file name system but who wants to type long file names? Ok no need to answer that.
This is on a Thinkpad T30 but OS/2 will run well on anything up to a T61.
OS/2 also has its own brew of Firefox, T'bird etc
I switched from Warp Server only recently. Thing ran so long without a hitch I don't even remember the last time I had powered down.
Networking to XP was a doddle with an add-on from IBM.
I could go on but you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find when you it around.
Oh - I installed eComstation 2 in a Virtual Box on a Mac (Xserve) and the bloody sound even works!
Good article. I'll even forgive you the hoard pun.
Keep it up, Lewey
No, it didn't ...
..hit iTunes. At least not here in Hong Kong, where I originally became an Apple subscriber, where many apps including the Sony Reader are not available. Keerist we have been able to buy music etc only very recently.
And no need to say change my location. A UK VPN site I use doesn't fool iTunes. Change my details at Apple? Doesn't work without a UK credit card and address.
FWIW you can fool Sony USA from a desktop using a US VPN service. Otherwise there would be no way even to D/L Sony's Reader software.
Greetings from the rest of the planet East of Dover and West of Hawaii.
Needs a bucket load of power to move. Plus another to get the power to the socket where you plug it in.
Not forgetting those required to dig the fossil fuel out of the ground, transport it to the power station.. Oh and the bucket loads needed to build the car...and the factory where it is built, and the power station and so on and so on.
Happy to engage with someone more knowledgeable than I to decide whether this in any way qualifies as an environmentally-friendly vehicle.
Back-of-fag packet reckoning says a Detroit gas-guzzler is more environmentally-friendly.
Re: you could drive the Torrey Canyon through the wriggle room
The main damage from the Torrey Canyon was the leaked oil, which must have left an unfortunate legacy lasting years, AND the massive quantities of emulsion dropped on to it intended to break up the oil slick - which did mean of course that every marine creature on top of and below the waves suffered.
Then the RAF bombed the slick with something inflammable to try to get the slick to burn.
Sounds all a bit comical today except it is very unfunny.
Crikey is he still going?
I still have somewhere his chorded keyboard which plugged into the old (pre-PS/2) keyboard port. Hope he's improved the layout. Typing on it was a pain.
What if ...
.. the driver could not hear the screams, the guy was crushed and his torso dumped at the tip (or is that tipped at the dump) under the mountain of rubbish already inside the truck.
I know I know. This is Bootnotes, but nobody would ever have thought of searching for him there.
Re: The other first
Remember the almighty IBM would number installation diskettes 0 (or rather no number at all), then 1, then 2, etc.
Bloody hell! Who is going to explain this reference to the children here?
Next ballot is going to have to be a play-off between Bill and Ben (1) and Pinky and Perky (2).
Re: Coolness check-list
Yup - good list.
Maybe also a white scarf. You need to wrap it round your face to keep the castor oil out of your gob.
Nope - Psyx was right
The owners of the restaurant have every right to withdraw custom and deny entry - but not half way through a meal because at that point a bargain has already been made. The bargain does NOT continue every day without qualification from now until kingdom come, only on that day, when the customer sits down and starts noshing.
The restaurant is private property (1) and the proprietors are offering a limited service with conditions (2) which they are entitled to change for any casual, walk-in customer BEFORE he becomes an actual customer.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China is not a country.
This must be what your sub-conscious relied upon to achieve the correct result.
Re: Bit disappointing, really...
Replace "ant" with "Brit" wherever it appears, and you've got it.
Dangerously close to reality.
OK everything is comparative, and this is an IT site, but if Putin looks tough in that photo I ought to be auditioning for Chippendales.
To wit - gobs of fat round the rib cage, poor muscle tone in the shoulders and especially in the forearms.
He AIN'T no Popeye.
On the other hand, he would look badass if that was a Les Paul, he had front teeth missing and was wearing a headband.
Re: Incomplete article
Is someone at MS taking the piss?
..figure out how babies learn to get around...
What? Do we need more scientists whose Holy Grail is the Bleeding Obvious?
Have they never seen father and son walk down the street side-by-side and be indistinguishable apart from the grey hair and midriff on one of them?
OK - let me make this short and simple - We copy Mum and Dad.
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