429 posts • joined Thursday 7th June 2007 19:00 GMT
Actually.. It's for an engineering toy.. Not yet another plastic ink fluffy fashion programming monstrosity.
Re: The overwhelming message I get from these ads
"Just showed that either MS or their advertising agency really did not know what they were doing. I suspect that the animators probably felt a bit dirty to have done the ads, but only until the money hit the bank!"
Didn't Microsoft almost get vista advertised on Family guy?
PR department thinking fail is not exactly a rare occurrence.
In fairness though.. Is it any worse than Cybermen talking to each other.
Well.. Loose leaf tea in a pot.. 4 minutes is reasonable.
A tea bag in a mug.. Hell no. 4 minutes is way way too long.
As long as it takes to get the sugar stirred in, and fetch the milk from the fridge. A minute tops. Any longer becomes wood stain.
Well someone has to milk the unicorns too..
iJust come to wind up fanboys.
Seems everyone agrees..
I know a big Who anniversary is coming up, and it's gong to be in the "news" a bit. But isn't this stretching a point to fill a few column inches?
Doctor who plots not all 100% original.
What's next.. The surprising commonality between Eastenders and Coronation street? Oh.. I know.. The Oriental characters in 70s American cop shows that were inexplicably almost all ninjas...
Original plots stopped existing before Plato was a lad. Every book, every movie, even every kids TV series watched by a large number of adults is derivative. What changes is the storytelling, the scripting, the atmosphere.
Re: Why am I not supprised.....
"Ah so it's not about the science, just a pissing contest......"
But be fair. So was Americans going to the moon.
Re: I'm Bill Gates...
"But money isn't infinite, you have to pick one."
No we don't.
Umm.. Actually I think the concept he was trying to get across is that he has this thing called a life.
Re: Only 11 actors?
Or Richard E Grant. Who was quite good in some of the radio series.
Re: Many professions can complain...
"Back when I was a teenager, I referred to myself as a "Petroleum Transfer Engineer" when I worked as a pump jockey at a full serve station..."
I used to be a bovine effluent relocation engineer.
Re: What a bargin
Oh .. It's much worse than that.
The first group of beta testers (not sure if it is still happening) actually had to fly to a designated place and pay to be allowed to use them after "winning" some kind of competition.
Seriously though.. I can see many uses for these things. And I seem to be one of the few who realise that it is indeed possible to take them off your face at will.
Re: just out of curiosity...
"what do you call a female fanboi?"
Re: Apple PC buyers are more savvy
If you look properly.. These are not Geek goggles.
They are uni body aircraft grade precision milled anodised aluminium with gorilla glass lenses.
They are in fact Apple tinted DESIGNER iGlasses.
Or in other words.. Amazon is being Amazon.
Is here any place where they don't demand longer hours in poorer working conditions for less money than the local norm.
Amazon are not a "nice" company.
Escalating and unachievable quotas.
Borderline, if not actually illegal dismissal policy.
And too many more to bother mentioning.
Good on German workers hitting them when it hurts.
Sitting back with popcorn to wait for some twit to come on and explain how this is actually because Amazon are American, and as such, are being victimised. Not because they are a crap company to work for.
Re: "perhaps even with a money-off voucher to seal the deal"
Oh dear.. You really really underestimate just how sneaky they can be.
Re: Highway to heaven...
And did you update the information?
My home was marked as being a few hundred meters down the road, where a building with a similar name exists.
Got my first device with GPS last year, and saw the error.. Reported it, and the change went live a few days later.
Now I get noticeably fewer takeaway delivery people unable to find me.
Any GPS system is only as good as the maps it uses, so make them better. Be the change you want to be.
Re: Who is ready to pay
"Steam is not FOSS, have market studies shown that Linux users will actually be willing to pay for the games."
Have market studies shown Windows users will? Seem to remember quite a high level of piracy among Windows users.
"Steam is not a charity and unnecassary for many games, so why bother with it in the first place.. I don't remember many conversations where the OS was the major hurdle."
Then you have not been having the right conversations.
"Personally I don't see this as changing very much at all other than the fact that Steam are trying to capitalise in a niche market."
And the grapes are probably sour anyway..
Re: If you live in a lake, it takes longer to walk to the well
"The flaw in the birthrate dropping appears when you throw religion into the mix..."
Nope Also accounted for. The flaw in your argument is that you apply religion to a place with a high birth rate, and see what you want to. The theory of low birth rates linking with better standards of living is as close to water tight as can reasonably expected for a societal generalisation.
Affluence and education also counteract the worst excesses of religion. So double win. When you know where your next meal is coming from, you get the time to ask why?
Religion is not compatible with why.
Ireland is a very catholic country. Why is it not standing room only? Before I left, over 20 years ago, contraception was only available with a note from the priest. Yet the norm was not to have dozens of kids. Hasn't been for generations.
Only the few fools who took family planning advice from an officially celibate bloke in a frock have excessive amounts of kids.But even they figure out what causes it eventually.
Re: If you live in a lake, it takes longer to walk to the well
So in the most well off countries in the world where plenty is the norm.. How come the birth rate is in all cases, declining?
When did the average UK family number two adults and a dozen kids last?
I grew up in rural Ireland, and knew a few families with 7 or 8 kids, and one with an even dozen. But now.. It's so rare to have such a big family, it's positively freakish. But couples with no kids, and no intention of breeding.. Increasingly common.
Sorry mate.. You got it exactly wrong. Better access to facilities and education actually lowers birth rates, and affluence leads to smaller families when people do not need half a dozen kids to just survive.
So to reduce the global population, we don't need killer robots, we need better wealth distribution.
Re: "Anything to throw a spaniard in the worms"
I just did.
"A malapropism (also called a Dogberryism) is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, often humorous utterance. An example is Yogi Berra's statement: "Texas has a lot of electrical votes," rather than "electoral votes"."
"A spoonerism is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase, for example saying "The Lord is a shoving leopard." instead of "The Lord is a loving shepherd." While spoonerisms are commonly heard as slips of the tongue resulting from unintentionally getting one's words in a tangle, they can also be used intentionally as a play on words."
Both are essentially the same thing.
Now report the icon administrator's office for a lesson on incorrect use of the fail icon.
To take a picture of his sandwich?
Re: I would be more impressed..........
Well.. Good job he isn't looking to you to be impressed then. And please.. put the chip down.. It's getting grease on your overalls.
Personally, I've worked in companies where the boss is a familiar face, and companies where the boss never leaves his office.
When the company does better, the former takes the staff out for a drink, or if "better" is significant, a raise/bonus. The latter awards himself a windfall, and grunts to the shop floor scum to do better. This is not table scraps from the master, it's a "thank you for your contribution" gesture.
Which one do you think understands best that the people outside head office are important too?
That the head of Lenovo decided to take a personal bonus cut, and give it to the bottom level of workers is not a great philanthropic gesture, true enough. It is however, acknowledgement that it is more than management that makes a company profitable. The fact he understands that is to be commended. But if you are jealous some soggy bint chose him over you, that is pretty much your problem.
Re: oh boy, turning a $300 phone into a wireless computer joystick
Yep.. Choices are good.
"So how, exactly, do they do this ANONYMOUSLY. I bet the fuckers are tracking either our SIMs, MACs or IMEIs - if not all three - any of which would be as "anonymous" as our bank account numbers."
One or more of the above I'd imagine. And yes. They are as anonymous as our bank account numbers..... if not actually looked up.
Because they are just non descriptive randomly assigned numbers. Totally anonymous until looked up. If they don't look them up, you are just this number that came into the shop at this time, and took this route around the aisles. You are a time stamped squiggle on a screen. Not a person. And for their purpose, that is plenty of information.
If instead, they approached you , and asked you to carry a radio beacon around while you shop, and hand it to a member of staff before going through the checkout, would that make you happy?
How about if they offered you a quid off your shop voucher. Given to you when you hand in the transmitter?
Being able to identify someone with a specific number the next time they come in is not breaking anonymity either. Because they do not have your name and address tied to it. Or even what you bought. Only a nondescript number. . And as the shop has more than one customer, watching a specific one is not much use to them. They actually want anonymous yet individually tracked while in store mass data.
Your data is useless to them.
Everybody's data in aggregate, while in store is incredibly useful.
This is good data capture. And it is for your benefit too.
AC 12:29 hung out a questionably long time alone by the feminine hygiene department, is not the same as (your name) hung out a long time by the feminine hygiene department, and as you are a single man, perhaps someone might be well advised to call security.
You were talking on your phone.. Right? Perfectly innocent.That is not what they are after.
For sales analysis, your data alone is not much use. Nobody cares what you buy, what order you buy things, or how many times you lap the store.
47% of customers on a Tuesday spent 10 seconds longer at the fruit and veg section in front of that day's promotion means that this kind of promotion might be better targeted at Tuesday customers than Saturday customers.
32% of all customers spent 20 seconds more time at the meat pie promotion than at the low fat yoghurt promotion..
This is useful data.
This helps to indicate what promotions move most product. They care about that.
They do not care about tracking you personally, and handing your information over to the police or NSA to profile you. That is what loyalty cards are for.
This shows which products need to be ordered in larger amounts on certain days, and which ones can be cut down.
This shows which products need more prominent display space, and which ones can be carried, but can be on the bottom shelf at the corner
This means you are less likely to go to Tesco on Friday evening and find them out of that hand lotion you like. They really don't care that a single guy buys so much of it.
Re: How about...
No. And you're not the boss of me.
Re: In the UK
"Imagine walking into a bar or coffee house in, say, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiif with your google glasses perched on your nose. "
And taking them off.
Oh sorry.. Were you about to rant something..
It's ok.. Just make it thinner too. Cos when you want to make mobile stuff better, you just make it thinner.
Re: Fond memories
Well.. Can't fault his testing methodology. Hands on digital probing.
Re: Cold enough yet? No? Just wait...
Climate change denier uses cherry picked out of context data to mislead.
Surprised? Not really.
Re: So don't shop while at work?
So.. If I bought a cooking magazine, and had it open on my desk on a page about pressure cookers when the boss walked by, would that be incriminating too? Or is it only suspicious when done on the internet, because the girl behind the counter at Argos is really a highly trained MI5 profiler, and can spot suspicious explosive kitchenware purchasers... Right?
Do only suspicious people read up on things to find out what the best brand/specifications are?
And for reference, yes. I used to do my grocery shopping during my lunch hour. I worked about 2 minutes from a Safeway in Lewisham at the time, so it was a handy time to do it, and they would be shut by the time I left work. Pre open til midnight days. And we had a nice roomy fridge in the staff room.
Just out of curiosity.. If I bought a bunch of 7 segment displays, a mixed bag of coloured hookup wire, a bunch of 555 timers and some battery connectors, would I qualify for a watch list too? Because I did that a few months ago, and amazingly, the retailer I bought all this potential bomb making equipment from doesn't seem to have turned me in to the secret police. Perhaps I should report him for not reporting me, so we can all be watched in case we are tourists.
If you alter your behaviour to avoid suspicion, then is that not also being suspicious? And if this even crosses your mind, as anything but a joke, it is already too late.. The intimidation has worked.
Mine's the orange jump suit.
Re: Too early for conclusions...
Or given the fact that DMCA notices do not often get checked by a human, business as usual.
Remember kids.. When it comes to the three strikes and you are kicked off the internet, this is the data they will be using.
Well. It was one of the options, but the sponsorship form was on the internet, and someone dropped it.
But doing something that would actually help costs money, and takes time, and may not work..
With this option, they can have a few nice photo ops, and be seen to be doing something. The photo ops are the important part. Not the molested kids.. Unless they are suitably photogenic of course.
Re: What's with big screens...
Then get one. Plenty around in all sizes.
Well,, for most brands that is.
The joy of choice. You can get what suits you, not what you are told you want.
"God, how do we elect such dopes to Parliament,"
Simple.. One career politician is pretty much like another.
Only career politicians join the major political parties.
Governments are made of major political parties.
So who ever you vote for, a politician gets in.
We vote the useless crooked oxygen thieves in, because the only other option is to not vote.
Ahh.. theh cry of the self entitled..
Poor little sausage. All those nasty non advertising people not wanting crap shoved at them from ever corner.. The monsters..
And no.. The internet would not does tomorrow if ad revenue went away. There was an internet pre OCD tacking of everything. And there will be one after.
Re: What's the catch ?
Yep.. I also remember stories of them selling like hot cakes, even with Linux on them, and people returning the ones with Windows installed, because they found them too slow to use. And I remember Microsoft extending the sales cut-off of XP for net books.
2007 called, and asked if it could have it's argument back.
People are using Android and iOS in huge numbers, they have conclusively disproved the myth that people go into a catatonic state if they don't see a little blue e on a computing device. And Windows 8 definitively demonstrates the lack of need for continuity and familiarity does it not?
And how come I keep reading about the "average person" only wanting to watch streamed video and surf the net? Until a device tailor made for the job comes along, and now it's suddenly too limited, because the "average user" wants to do so much more..
Personally, I do far more than surf the web on my computers, but I would seriously consider one of these for couch surfing.
Re: Apple's brand requires keeping out the plebs
Oh come on.. The only way an iPhone can get more chavvy is if it is in a Burberry case.
Re: Revenge of the Mac Cube
I think the fanboys have just been Tangoed..
<quote>It's possible that this problem has already been solved elsewhere, but I'm not aware of that being the case. And that's important - given the way that the Beeb's iPlayer project was what led the way to the UK's TV channels providing streaming access, we shouldn't just assume that any big BBC project is a guaranteed waste of time and money.</quote>
Possible, but unlikely.
Lets be honest here.. The Beeb decision makers wanted a real time broadcast quality HD video editing and archive solution for all it's offices, no matter how far away. And all it's computers. That is a huge project...
Not just a digital archive, which is in it's self a pretty ambitious project.
Not just networking all the edit suites.. But desktops too. And no doubt, some tit wanted to be able to edit nature documentaries on his iPad from home too.
Classic case of letting management look at shiny brochures.
Things like this are too big to work.
Step 1, Archives.. Get em working. And extensible. Then at least the data and storage is there. No special file formats. No special single source hardware. Assume each supplier is going to be out of business 20 minutes after the project finishes, and the system needs to be doubled in capacity the day after.
Q1. Can we get this hardware from anywhere? No? Cancel project.
Q2. Do we haver full ownership of all source code, so we can maintain this system for the next 50 years, and shop around for maintenance contracts? No.. Cancel project.
This is not some new cutting edge experimental system, this is infrastructure. If it can't scale, it can't be used.
Step 2. Edit suites only, to at least manage the load until it can be built out.
Step 3. Careful review with users of the system given a significant amount of time to use and evaluate. BEFORE expansion globally.
And yes.. the BBC iPlayer is great..
But it is not what it started out as.
As I remember, it was a downloaded media player/DRM manager that specifically needed Windows XP and a particular version of MS media player, which torrented all the time unless you exited the program and went into the process manager and killed the still running torrent program.
Update media player.. Bye bye iPlayer.
Use Windows Vista.. No iPlayer.
And other platforms would eventually be supported.. <snicker>
Great eh? Keep your PC tied to an old version of Windows and an old version of Media player, max out your upload traffic, and don't allow automatic updates..
And then..The most efficient approach.. Write a totally new totally different application for each platform. Ideally, requiring a different file at the server end.
Common unified platform independent solutions.. Pah.. Not nearly WEB 2.0 enough..
The iPlayer we have today, is one that was born from pressure exerted from outside. Not a BBC management decision, but a BBC management concession to some open source activists, who demanded the BBC implement a solution that was platform indifferent as possible. And the oversight committee said they had to.
Result.. A nearly useless application on one OS version that hardly anybody bothered with. Followed by a runaway success that is the website streaming solution using systems that pretty much any rationally specified kit can use.
Followed by iPlayer clients being available for just about any hand held device with the oomph to use the same streamed media.
So it was done platform independent, and DONE RIGHT..
I can watch Doctor Who in HD on my Linux box if I want. I can also watch it on my tablet, or my TV, even on my PDA... And Windows users get the same options. Even Apple users can use it..
Not as good as only being possible with one Windows OS version and one Media player version I know.. But this is what happens when you slap management.
The resulting system we have today, is fantastic. But it is so because the BBC were forced to dispense with the impractical mess that they bought in.
Not because they had a great idea, and hired people who designed a fantastic system to implement the idea. But because they had a genuinely good base idea, and after a few slaps in the back of the head, they produced something worthwhile.
In internal projects like this, who administers the slaps in the back of the head?
I'm sure there is plenty of money left for the real important stuff..
Rounded corners, innovative uses for social networking in blindingly obvious ways, toast etc.
Strangely enough, one is consensual the other is not. Funny how she objects to the non consensual one isn't it.
It is also possible for a stripper to object to being spied upon at home, and a prostitute to be raped.
"And this why you can't find The Anarchists' Cookbook on the Internet!"
Yes I can,and in fact, just did. Amazon sell this fount of disruptive knowledge, or 1001 ways to do yourself a serious michief.
Want a link?
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