74 posts • joined Saturday 5th March 2011 02:14 GMT
Re: Rubin's Robots
Plus the singing / dancing routine every couple of minutes as they deliver an advert - that could be fun for scaring pets and small children. Of course we all know where this is heading and I for one will be lining up to buy shares in the Sailor Moon robot company though I would not necessarily want to work in tech support for same.
Re: icon appropriate
Divide and conquer – a mainstay of the British establishment since your kingdom was lost to foreign invaders. Sorry, that government merely exercises the will of the people is popular fiction – how is that EU referendum going or windmill farms or mass immigration? There are agenda's at play and the man in the street has little control over the apparatus of government and almost zero influence on the decision making processes. There is an enemy, it is within but it is not us.
> it has become an undesirable social activity by being forced outside
But by standing around outside you have gone back to the bike sheds / cool approach. It is almost impossible to walk down a street in any commercial district here without incurring second hand cigarette smoke. This of course also applies to school kids trying to walk to and from school. The stupidity of the standing around outside laws rather than internal air quality rules ensures that the next generation of smokers is still reachable by the cigarette companies - and we see this in smoking statistics for young people. The cigarette companies now need to focus on the attractiveness of the cancer stick rather than the packet it came in knowing that their undead customers are their greatest asset in reaching their future customers.
>several Google-developed open-source tools, such as crankd, Cauliflower Vest, and CanHazImage.
Do American universities not teach their computer programmers to use sensible names for objects? "Cauliflower Vest is an end-to-end Mac OS X FileVault 2 recovery key escrow solution." Yup, first thing that comes to mind. It would be nice if we could assemble a tool set without having to remember the pop culture and in-jokes of a bunch of 30 something nerds.
Re: The cart came first; then came a hunt for a ...
Ah yes, Microsoft Logistics Edition. I remember it well! The home version only allowed for one pig and a cart that could carry one item but the professional version was more useful. The reason few remember it was probably because per pig licensing costs inhibited adoption amongst smaller players and the cart access licences for cart loaders and carry items became confusing and expensive if not managed properly. Being an open carry cart the security model wasn't too good but there were a lot of third party addons to try and rectify the situation. There was one major problem, once a pig was hitched then corrosion in the fittings made it almost impossible to remove. Rather than fixing this Microsoft touted it as a feature and gave preferential licensing to original equipment manufacturers that shipped carts and pigs as a single product.
Of course there were open source carts whose design didn't have to be licensed but it was difficult to get SLA's. There were also Apple carts but there were always people attempting to upset them and Apple typically responded with the courts. No, Microsoft had a good operating environment back then. The capacity of the cart was only constrained by what you could pay – businesses were comfortable with that concept.
Piracy eventually killed the Logistics Edition, pigs were just too damn tasty.
Re: Someone IS watching the watchers
The politicians have long since abdicated their role as watchers. Someone is watching the bottom feeders might be more correct. It is quite obvious that in the free West no one is watching the watchers, they are unfettered and unaccountable. Sort of makes you wonder who they are actually working for.
Re: Tears for fears
The family were lucky, they had an emotional out. Consider poor Mr Smith...On the flight back to the US he told Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith that it "might be the time for me to go." Nowhere to go, nothing to do but just sit there and nod.
It would be interesting to know what drove this change. It is hard to believe the leadership team that has done so much for the company over the last decade has had an epipheny. Similarily for labour, there must be many unemployed in the US/India who have lost all shame and who would be prepared to put Microsoft on their resume. Dig deaper please el Reg, what couldn't they do or who couldn't they get under the stack rank system? Who in senior management happened across a Google tech talk or is recovering from head trauma?
Re: Meh ...
I am not sure that emigration will save them. The West lost manufacturing to the global labour cloud and (some) moved up a layer of abstraction to services. We are now loosing services to global labour and technology clouds and some will have to move up another layer of abstraction to process, content and intelligence. We require new skill sets that allow us to mine value from these clouds, to create and charge for scarcity in a world of abundance. We already see the beginnings of this brave new world in the various collaborative platforms available on the internet and their ability to coordinate talent on a global scale. Open source was an early harbinger of this process. The biggest challenge such innovators will face will be collaborative approaches to IP and capital, free from the sticky fingers of the parasitic public sector and their corporate dinosaur lobbyists.
Because that is not the way government departments work. There has to be a chain of accountability that each drone can point to in order to avoid the possibility of being held responsible - especially if something goes wrong. Open source is a cancer of initiative, enthusiasm and achievement in a torrid soup of shared ideals. Such a system has no place in public life where compulsion, theft and self aggrandisement is more the norm.
Yet another industry group
Another misguided industry effort. From an employee standpoint the kids need to work for Chinese wages, be as vulnerable as Indian's on 457 visas, have all the knowledge of the state trained East Europeans and preferably be female. From a government standpoint the kids need to be entrepreneurs, pay for their own training preferably with debt and be prepared to front load their tax obligations. From and educationalist standpoint; just shut up and take your ADHD medication while I work out what colour skirt matches my shoes.
Re: rockstar? pfff!
Is CARTEL the acronym you are looking for?
Re: How bizarre!
Breaking the speed limit is a very easy thing to do in Oz. If the guy walking in front of your vehicle waving a red flag and ringing a bell decides to start jogging then you are done for. As advances in solar technology have already exceeded the petty tolerances of the various state and territory governments in Oz then how long can the solar challenge continue to be held there. They may as well perform the challenge on a race track in Malaysia.
Our public servants are crap at their own jobs let alone dreaming up futures and capabilities for the next generations. By 2030 Australia's corporate 'giants' will themselves be little more than outsourced shells, a brand and a 1800 number. Unless there is patent reform the well educated pool of young people will be cannon fodder for the lawyers or slave labour for the globalists. The Internet will very quickly destroy any value that gets past those two groups of vultures (no offense to this august publication). This leaves open source or crappy little app markets for those who have a passion for software and a day job as a mercenary, a clean source of live organs for a Northern Hemisphere market (assuming regrowth) or an aged care surrogate for those who survive the various depopulation efforts that the UN will dream up.
Re: "We will introduce nationally agreed default..."
Have you not been following the democratic process all these years. First there is a solution which places greater power in the hands of grubyment low lifes, usually at the behest of other low lifes who seek to profit. Then a demonstrable problem that impacts very few in any significant way is discovered followed by a national debate in which selected opposing views are publicised and ridiculed. Then there is a vote that almost no one can attend and finally a law brought in by people scared to be seen as soft on whatever the problem was or who would otherwise only be able to point to a record of complete non-achievement in their careers and would therefore have nothing to say in post retirement books or speaking circuits. The Westminster system at its finest, everyone has a voice but no one is listening.
Re: Go Kiwis...
Don't expect anything to happen in NZ either. The don't smack your child rule was opposed by about 80% of the population yet these people were ignored. No point confusing democracy with any sort of accountability to the overall population.
No comments on the blue screen of death?
Re: "governments must continue to rely on legal process"
>As for "legal process", PRISM is legal.
Not if its unconstitutional.
Legality in the US does not automatically flow from the whims of the public service as it does in commonwealth countries.
How to make a smart watch cool.
That's easy, it is worn on the wrist against the skin. It only needs to look half decent and send pleasing little signals into the body in response to state changes and it will sell like hot cakes. Add location based advertising or NFC - again with pleasing feedback in response to mindless consumption - and you have the value proposition. Also a much better place to put the Ministry of Information's mics and cameras than a bulky rectangle with rounded corners that is all to often stuck in a pocket or a bag.
Albanese was the man who gave us mandatory full body scanning at Australian Int'l airports with no opt out clause and no limits on any future technology. The Greens opposed such sweeping powers being granted to the public service but Lab and Lib joined together to pass the bill and then applauded themselves afterwards. Albanese in charge of Australian telecommunications does not bode well for civil liberties in an internet world.
Re: A smart company
Their unique selling point - secure business comms? Didn't they give that away when they started handing out decryption keys out to every public servant that shuffled towards them wearing an angry face? Their actions following the last major lot of UK riots further highlighted their willingness to sacrifice customers security if they thought there might be a pat on the head in it. Sorry RIM, say hello to Odin for us when you get to the great hall. Lets hope Odin doesn't look like Steve (either of them).
Re: A germ of a good idea
The government does seem to have the crowd funding part of the process down pat.
Re: Any rope is the problem
Not quite ready to throw away the rope - especially at todays energy prices. If your concern is that there can only be one car per shaft then there is no reason that the upper car(s) can't have a vertical tube through which pass the ropes of the cars below. It means the ropes would attach to cars a little off centre wasting energy on the rails but that would surely be less energy than hauling the entire weight of the elevator around without a counterweight. As for the lift 1, lift 2 ... lift n scenarios; destination call key pads would help but it would have to be accepted that there would be traffic patterns where all cars could not be used. Alternately an aggressive system of acceleration and deceleration coupled with trapdoors in the tops and bottoms of the cars could allow them to exchange their contents - or less aggressively a Russian doll type system.
Modeling could to be used to determine whether the extra complexity of multiple cars per shaft was worthwhile - perhaps a VB program. However, given that such systems are rare (non existent?) it may be that the extra complexity of multiple cars per shaft is not worth the benefit and it is easier to train people to stagger their usage.
Re: Don't make me say it!
Military activities may be exempt from emissions trading schemes therefore no planet saving profit to be made there. Those who suffer murder death kill at the hands of the globalists do not go on to consume, pollute or breed so war may be carbon negative if looked at over the longer term. However, Al's focus is the rest of us; those who are not yet scheduled to die in some pointless activity for banker profit and who still have a few coins left after all the other shake downs. A net worth of ~$300M is just not enough for some people and we need to rally around Al and others like him to show our support to these unfortunate individuals who suffer poverty amidst so much wealth. So Mister D.A. Monsters, ask not what Al could do for himself but what you can do for Al. Just $10M may help Al to buy a more efficient corporate jet or another property a little bit closer to his next speaking engagement or shares in a water company to bring privatised water to people who might otherwise get it for free. It all adds up and we help to save the planet at the same time.
re: Democracy is about electing leaders, not followers
That is certainly what the public servants and the politicians would have us believe and it is true of the old ways where they sat around having a frank exchange of views (thank you Roger Waters). I fear the people are now starting to think that the public servants have gone rogue and that democracy is about electing representatives. I note the English government now appears to be struggling with these seditionist thoughts in the masses.
Re: A shame really
Plus you have to throw it away in three or four years when the battery expires - no more passing gadgets down to the in-laws. A terrible waste given the obvious effort they have put into manufacturing the phones.
Re: I have no issue with this
It's horses for all courses...
@MyBackDoor: I am not sure that Google's behaviour in this scenario is necessarily motivated by avarice. The scenario you describe would be the typical approach of someone coming in from the outside; I have a dream but first X, Y and Z must happen. A few months down the track and the realisation hits that X and Y are already present and Z just needs a few changes. Hat's off to Google for backing up and working with the community on Z rather than going off and inventing the wheel as other large corporate patent trolling companies might.
Re: ..corporate chief tried to force the Unity interface
>Unlike WindblowZE, there is a cure for Unity: sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
Not any more, not after the gnome teams recent efforts simplifing nautilus. Now it is sudo apt-get install xfce4 with the added advantage that it works across multiple x screens. Thank goodness there is choice in the linux world and we don't all have to follow Microsoft over the cliff.
Human rights? How are those searches for WMD's going in Iraq after the free west inadvertently killed a million of their people in a bid to halt oppression (or was that the decline of the petrodollar). Afghanistan? Mali? Somalia? Palestine? to name a few. I think you will find that here in the West our approach to human rights tends to end or ruin a lot more lives than all of the 'totalitarian' regimes put together.
Let's hope this is another step towards Sony exploring the concept of the customer and perhaps discovering that the only vested interests that count are the ones bearing coin.
Re: Microsoft partners are hurting
Acer are also fighting their corporate reputation. Old Chinese shopkeeper saying - you can only cut a person once. I will shed no tears for them when they are gone.
>How is this going to work?
The same way the anti-bullying campaign works in Australian schools. There will be policy documents. Public servants will be required to agree with the policy documents. There will be lots of public servants. The policies will apply to everyone except unruly bullies whose parents have few material assets, those who come from a disadvantaged minority or those who have a history of antisocial problems. The policy will be held up as evidence of a solution. Like mandatory bicycle helmets and obesity or child porn laws and teen sexting there will be many unintended consequences. The consequences will not be allowed to overshadow the fact that there is a policy and therefore a solution.
Re: Prior art...
Slightly bigger but offering much the same end user experience as the last time and the time before that and the time before that. Not good with directions. The little antenna thing might not work right and if you hold it wrong it might not work at all. Dissatisfaction with the docking accessories and compatibility. The back is easily scratched. Wireless communication is always tricky. Then there is the iPhone with its improved efficiency, longer battery life and better survivability when dropped - see the two things are completely different.
Re: Job creation
Thank you for your concern Shagbag but I can assure you that Australia has well and truly left its convict days behind it. Casually depriving someone of their property without just equity or consent is no longer a crime punishable by deportation to the other side of the world. Taking more than you are rightfully entitled to or have consent for is now a job requirement in the public, finance and trade sectors of the economy. Far from denigrating those poor souls who seek to profit by feeding vending machines with washers and other worthless bits of tin we applaud those who create money out of thin air and hold in high esteem those who then gamble it away. Australia is no longer a land of hard working gaolers managing untrustworthy convicts - in fact it is quite the reverse.
Re: If Only..
The only thing that stood between Nokia and another decade or two of success was a business school and an undeserved executive qualification. They held the future in their hands and then went to lunch.
The UN identified a decade or so ago the move to portable personal computing devices, either because of a lack of demand or infrastructure for PC's (Africa) or a lack of space or privacy in the house (Asia). HP claim to be a computing company, there is a market niche not being met by the consumer smart phone solutions currently on offer - a niche last served by WinMob6. Give us a computer that is also a phone. No need to root, sensible fully featured operating system (I vote for Debian/Qt) none of that MS rubbish, no hidden hardware api's, no spyware, no closed crap markets, decent high res screen, decent HID support, maybe a keyboard, something that when I buy it it is mine. Get it right and I may suspend judgement on the shoddy build quality of value engineered American products and buy one.
Re: New Headline...
Locate a man in his 20s with this tattoo driving a red car...ensure man accounts for all his time, currency exchanges and carbon footprint in next tax return else its off to the slave labour camps (prison) where at $2 per day he can repay his debt to government while enriching the private prison operators. Remember the bad people hate us for our freedoms, ha ha ha ha....sigh.
>in particular, “that regulation will be free from any government and political interference”.
Public servant calls for independence from oversight by publics representatives - the irresponsible government model. Look how well that worked for the central banks of US and Europe.
Yes I know the elected representatives are mostly morons but they are our morons and they are all we have against the arrogant, belligerent, self serving fiefdom which is the public sector.
>the Australian Tax Office is reportedly looking for more interception powers as well
No time like the present to ask for it then. We have two major political parties that are committed to throwing any remaining Australian civil liberties under a bus just as quickly as they can - either to bring us into line with someone or the ever ready child porn defense. One of the supporters of these new powers, the opposition party, is even going to go to the election on a free speech platform - monitored free speech of course, but that has got to be better than nothing. Strangely enough, with all these demands for subjects to surrender information to the state including mandatory strip searches at international airports, the state itself is quite opaque and becoming more so.
Re: has a complete misapprehension of...
Thank you David 12. Calling for stricter regulation of net content - a position broadly in line with the ambitions of much of Australia's public sector, the established content industry and many religious groups - is a call that does not fall on deaf ears. While the NBN is a layer 2 device, there is nothing stopping the government imposing special conditions of access - such conditions are probably planned as part of the end game anyway. With no other competing high speed fixed networks allowed, play the game or loose access to your customers. Stranger things have happened - http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/07/einstein/
>what approach to security will they take
Ours or theirs?
Re: Flawed sample set
>nothing but security theater at worst.
At worst it is much worse than just security theatre. The effects of the xray and millimetre wave scanners on human health should be factored in as well as the spread of disease from TSA workers not changing gloves between intimate pat downs. Consider also the economic cost of having your tourism industry destroyed by these procedures or the strong disincentives to frequent business travel (ignoring malware that just goes in and steals products anyway). It may also be that the surrender of freedom that the NSA / CIA / FBI / FEMA / Homeland Security / TSA police state embodies will mean a less confident, less creative America - that is for products people actually want to buy rather than products dropped upon them from 40,000 feet - and that does not augur well for their future - exhibit A: the UK. On the bright side, most of the Western world seems to be heading down this path of oppression and we may all soon find common purpose in the dream of moving to China, Russia or North Korea for the principles of freedom and democracy that they represent.
Re: And so it begins..
Probably not. If Dell really has been talking to customers then they will be well aware that the leading edge of the tech community is moving away from windows and there is resistance in the user community to microsofts latest offerings. It must be a bit frightening for Dell, not wanting to be the next Nokia but not yet ready to clench the hand that supports it. Dell need to be seen to be playing with the cool kids and somehow relevant.
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