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Where I work...
..the telesales team has to make a minimum of 200 calls per day with a target of 5 appointments for the reps.
Perhaps HM Prison Grampian, Peterhead is a better option for these poor souls who dredge through online directory services all day in their quest to call and sell someone something they probably don't want anyway..
On a less serious note, the HM Prison telesales program could be a good foundation for ex inmates to find work in Mumbai once released..
Crouching kitty, hidden iguana....
Here is Africa the Huawei brand is well known and advertised quite heavily, with massive billboards showing off Huawei's [previous generation] handsets.
When I was still "stationed" in Blighty, circa 2011, I bought me a cheap and cheerful Huawei Android handset at the O2 store for UKL65 on a PAYG package. It worked quite well indeed with the exception of it's WiFi reception, which was dismal. Three bars when positioned next to the WAP.
I believe that Huawei is a force to be reckoned with in regards to consumer electronics, it's taken them some time to reveal their true potential, but the some of the kit I use, like the B683 3G router come WAP and the great little e586 portable WiFi hotspot. They both work very well indeed, especially at the price.
The one thing we always read about Huawei is how Western governments don't trust any networking kit manufactured by them. These could be valid concerns, but the slightest negative press can always taint a good product's reputation.
I await the new Huawei handsets to arrive in Africa. If they arrive before I leave and if the product offers the same or better features for a lower premium than Samsung, LG or Apple, it has a damned good chance of being added to my "shopping cart"
The clear winners here will be the consumers, Huawei may be the product that forces other handset manufacturers to lower their prices. After all, LG, Samsung, Apple and others are mostly made/assembled in China, so it's fitting that a Chinese product with a Chinese brand name could give them a run for their money,
Does the candle that burns twice as bright...
..burn half as long?
When selling Host Independent Disk Subsystems into a certain part of the UK public sector, we always filled the slots up with "Enterprise" class SATA disks.
That gave the end users and our good selves peace of mind, but those disks remained powered on and rotating at 7200RPM 24/7/365.
The failure rate was very low, I cannot remember the stats, but I do recall for every 24 bay system we flogged, the end user purchased two spare disks "just in case" and the reported failure rates were less than single digit.
Our biggest installation comprised of over half a Petabyte of storage comprising of 500Gb, 1Tb and 2Tb disks, depending on the age of the disk array and the biggest disk capacity available at the time.
We wouldn't have dreamt of putting "consumer disks" into that environment for a few reasons.
The biggest stigma was the fact they were "desktop drives" and not recommended for heavy duty use by the manufacturers (Seagate or Hitachi)
Secondly was the warranty, the Enterprise disks had a better warranty and a "disk retention policy" where the end user would only have to return the lid of the failed disk to get a warranty replacement unit, thus never risking sensitive data leaving the site, even if the odds of any data recovery were very low.
Thirdly, the Disk Subsystem manufacturers had a "compatibility list" of 'certified hard disks" and this always comprised of the Enterprise class disks, desktop platters never, ever featured and to get support (when needed) we, as integrators adhered to that list religiously
Lastly, the enterprise disks cost more, so from an integrator perspective, by following the vendors' recommended configuration, there was a little extra money to be made.
The notable differences between Desktop and Enterprise disks was the cache size with the Enterprise offering double the cache size of the desktop equivalents, other than that, they were all 7.2K RPM disks.
This article comes as no surprise to me but the statistics make for interesting reading. However, most integrators will continue stuffing Enterprise disks into those RAID arrays that allow us to use disks bought from distribution and we will adhere to the tested disk list because we just have to do things right.
So, now I can man up. or woman up, or trans up, or whatever up to being whoever or whatever I want to be?
Surely they could have gotten this down to seven choices
To be confirmed
I on the other hand....
..would welcome this technology with open arms...
As a kid in the 70's I watched "Silent Running" and seeing Bruce Dern playing poker with the little droids, named Huey, Louis and Dewey I wanted to own a droid!
Stars Wars was the game changer, droids with personality and functionality! My yearning for a droid continued.
Battlestar Galactica gave us the warning that droids can run amok posing a threat to humans when blatantly ignoring Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"
Runaway with Tom Selleck was a classic with criminals purposely programming robots to be bad-assed and commit murders.
I Robot with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a good insight to "when good robots go bad" but those robots were exceptionally functional until the "ghost in the machine" became aware of the "human threat" a-la Skynet from the Terminator franchise
Taking all this positivity and negativity into account I would still welcome a functional and obedient robot into my household. If it can help with chores like putting the garbage out, walking the dog and mowing the lawn, then it's a bonus.
If it can play Chess and / or cards, then even better.
The one thing I wouldn't want is a robot that mimics a human form (Ash in Alien and Bishop in Aliens), as a robot I'd expect it to have robotic features that make it distinctive
The only downside I see is the maintenance and charge times, oh and the possible smell of hydraulic oil, unless it's pneumatic.
Bottom line, I am in my 50's and I certainly don't want the "robot generation" to come too late.
Bring it on James Dyson!
Wait a minute...
..we came up with that "small but perfectly small bill" years ago
We'll see them in court for the infringement of something that looks like something we already came up with, even though it's not quite the same.,,,
That confirms it...
Larry Ellison is the king!
I believe the X Server range would be a major coup for Lenovo, but will they pay too much for it?
Let's look back at when Lenovo acquired IBM's desktop and laptop business, sales declined greatly due to the U.S. government's "mistrust" of all things Mainland China and looking to Dell and HP for desktop and laptops
The legendary ThinkPad was once a major seller within branches of the U.S. government and once the marque was sold, it was no longer considered an option
Should Lenovo get its paws on the X Server range, would they experience the same declining sales within their newly acquired server range?
It's a calculated risk, pay too much and not get the sales figures, or pay an acceptable price and hope you can morph the Lenovo branded X Server range into something sellable, although the product would sell volumes in China, how would it fair in the rest of the [Western] market?
Interesting times are upon us and should Lenovo end up owning the X Server range, the "big three" (IBM/HP/Dell) could end up becoming the "Surviving two", as in Dell & HP
Mediocre but refreshing
Lenovo tend to do things their own way, very rarely copying the norms. I've noticed this in a few of their "fondelslab" designs
The pop out stand is a nice little touch, even if the Yoga's specifications aren't exactly ground breaking.
Ideal for those who just want a tablet that is a tablet, but also enjoy the convenience of a device that can stand on its own opposed to needing a 3rd party cover come stand.
As an owner who has accumulated three Android slabs and one IOS device over the years, the Lenovo Yoga design sort of makes sense.
What caught my attention is the power button and headphone jacks being situated on the bottom, out of harm's way. I quite often accidentally power my Galaxy 10.1 off when scrambling for the volume buttons in a hurry. Also the headphone jack placement looks solid, thus minimising the risk of damage to the socket
A decent review for a mid range product that has some caveats that other manufacturers don't offer [yet]
Bootnote: When laid down with the stand up showing the power button on the side, it does remind me of the Mac Pro keyboard
...it's a technology to prevent people from taking "selfies" and sending dumb assed iMessenger / Text messages, Tweets or Facebook updates when they are under the influence of narcotics and/or alcohol
That technology in itself could well be a life saver..
Re: Under the GPL
Yes, it's Linux known as COS, but I have to ask whether it would it would qualify under the "general public license" within the eyes of the Chinese?
After all, they could justifiably believe they've put enough work into it to exempt it from the GPL
I had coffee at 08h00 and I have just reminded myself it's time to make some more coffee...
..is that hideous thing tattooed on her chest?
On face value, they look more than a bit dodgy and certainly deserve a mention on "World's Dumbest Criminals"
Imation’s 2-in-1 Micro USB flash drive is a good idea and long overdue
As a Galaxy SIII owner I like the fact that the Galaxy [and other Android] devices can support USB flash drives natively. It's convenient for moving data, but a cable is usually required.
So, the Imation product fills a niche gap and supports the best of both with micro and standard USB, a good idea.
The LaCie Culbuto? Yea, well weird and this statement: “Moulded from a cast, the LaCie Culbuto’s 'soft touch' rubber gives a pleasant feeling to the fingers...” leaves one wondering if this is a USB device, come photo holder, USB device come stress ball, or USB device come sex toy?
It must be a French thing....
So, it can be done....
...but you have to be a frickin genius to do this
I know it's a "concept video" but no-one signed for the package.
The homeowner doesn't own any crazy canines or felines that wouldn't think twice about taking that AmazDrone on
The package was delivered to "Perfectville" so no rednecks with shotguns who would see that AmazDrone as fair game for a spontaneous skeet session
Also in Perfectville there are no mischievous kids who would try and interfere with or capture the AmazDrone
In Perfectville the weather is great and predictable, so no chance of the AmazDrone being rained upon or blown off course either.
Vice in principle though, but I'd rather await the era of the Fedex android a-la the "I Robot movie": On-time, a lot more personal and polite.
If government resources like GCHQ have the resources needed to help crack passwords and secure the imprisonment a demented paedophile, then it's resources well used
Kudos to the collaboration between the police, CPS and GCHQ for helping get this guy behind bars and keeping children from [future] harm.
I once read an article that Tomb Raider was the game that weaned boys off Sonic as Lara had boobies and furry blue hedgehogs just weren't that cool any more
I do recall there was a "naked patch" for the game too that had Lara running around exposing her badly rendered boobs and her dark "triangle of hope"
We used the game with the 3DFX glide patch to show the difference that the [original] Voodoo card made to gaming.
Lara's come a long way from our beloved 15" CRTs to the big screen, but just how many Lara (Angelina) fans know her deep roots stem from gaming?
Thanks for the trip down memory lane ElReg,
..it's a great bit of "advertising" and there's more than an element of truth in the matter too...
How was it leaked from Microsoft? Must have been an IE Zero Day vulnerability
Optimism at its best..
Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory, talked of jam tomorrow: “Our Enterprise Memory Software and Systems are enabling customers to achieve enormous gains in enterprise application performance, and significant cost savings resulting in new levels of productivity. During the quarter, we added 32 new customers and delivered record revenue and gross margins, even in a challenging Federal spending environment.”
It seems as if Mr Basile is playing his fiddle whilst Violin burns down....
Did I just see?
Seriously now, who would by a table, clock, photo frame or jewellery made of obliterated iPhones?
Obviously someone would, but I agree with Goat Jam, that is "seriously ugly tat"
Sadly someone, somewhere want's to capitalise on those with careless hands and zero taste...
Re: Where's the matt screen?
This question regularly seems to come up when ElReg reviews Macs of any shape or form. (Mac Mini excluded)
Matt screens suit some, but not most. I've seen some 3rd party screen covers that take the glare of the MacBook's monitor, they're not cheap, or in my case, that easy to install without the screen looking like bubble wrap.
TBH I don't believe Apple would offer a "Matt Retina Display" option, so this question will be raised by many and unanswered by Apple.
All in a good review and kudos for doing the Bootcamp thing too, as most (naïve/new) Mac users still scramble off to Parallels Desktop for Mac as a solution to get the "all in one OS X/Windows experience"
Sure Bootcamp allows you to run one or the other, but it works for me.
I too run a late 2010 MBP and like the "upgradability" that it offers, however I've still not broken the seal or replaced any internals, three years on.
When I worked within the UK I always liked the Overland Storage tape (Neo) and Disk (Reo) appliances
We were quite successful with these products within FE and HE as well as councils
Overland also tried to punt themselves as a storage vendor too, with their Colossus range which was nothing more than an Infortrend array with an HP server based NAS head on it and a nice Overland rebadge
Buying the native Infortrend product was a much cheaper option and combining it with a (then available) OnStor (say LSi) NAS gateway gave much better bang for buck than Colossus ever could.
It seems as if Overland learned from their experiences and managed to morph themselves within the ever changing storage and backup arena. Sadly almost everything Overland produced was available from other vendors like Quantum, Dell, HP and IBM to name a few.
Although Overland weren't overly profitable they did remain committed to the channel within the UK and advocated their products with an excellent sales and pre-sales team combined with decent (third party provided) technical support. The fact we could stretch warranties to five years was a good selling point too.
The Tandberg backup range, especially the RDX competed on the lower end of the backup, but one thing that was missing was a multi-bay RDX backup unit. The RDX was always a "single drive affair" but it was and still remains a damned good one at that.
Perhaps Overland's 'acquisition come merger' with Tandberg will open the sluice gates to products offering the best of both worlds?
I certainly hope so, this could be the golden egg that Overland needs to become profitable and hammer out a new generation of products that doesn't mirror what other vendors already have.
..my little Bronze vulture award gone?
Living in a country flooded with cheap Chinese appliances, I am so very tempted to disassemble the [wife's] Mao Tse Tung iron and see if I can find a "tiny computer" that's responsible for the spam we receive.
On a more serious note, wouldn't these "tiny computers" be better suited for "industrial espionage"?
After all, almost every SMB has a kettle that could be in range of a live wireless access point?
iWorks is something I've never used
As a Mac user I am a little hypocritical and rest my laurels on MS Office for Mac.
As for the Maverick upgrade, again I've played the waiting game and read articles like this with a smirk on my face knowing that I've not become a victim of the "first out of the starting blocks" upgraders
I recall the 10.7 Lion issues that were reported when it was first released.. although the iMac on my desk runs Mountain Lion.
Sometimes it pays to sit back and wait...
Lastly, I still run OS X 10.6.8 on my MacBook because it just fucking works..
Sounds like bloatware to me...
..are these guys on drugs or something?
Old fart's plaything or educational masterstroke?
In my case an "old fart" undergoing an educational process via the PI
Does age matter? Either way someone's getting an education....
So, how the....
hell did the Google Streetview car manage to get through those tunnels without knocking any boffins over?
After all they managed to kill a donkey in a desert in the middle of nowhere as well as collide with two buses in Indonesia...
I remember forgetting this stuff....
Although it's not quite a "burning bush" of an article, it brought back a lot of basics that had been archived in the basement area of my brain..
Sometimes articles like this can be refreshing to read..
While we're on the subject..
There has been a reported surge in iPhone chargers causing problems, with the Chinese government are considering charging Apple for selling faulty equipment. Apple are shocked by these claims...
Dum, dum, dum dum....
I recall Space Invaders hitting the UK in late 1978 and early 1979
I then moved to South Africa and I recall seeing a Space Invaders coinop being wheeled into the local cafe/supermarket.
The owner was surprised when I said I'd played it, as in 1979 coinops were a relatively new concept in South Africa.
Soon there was a queue to play it, as well as a crowd huddled around the perspex protected CRT to watch the action.
The "dum, dum, dum dum" noise always reminded me of the theme to Jaws!
This was certainly the game that made coinops popular in South Africa and by time we hit the mid 1980's, game arcades everywhere had Space Invaders, Asteroids and other legendary joystick coinops outselling the traditional pinball tables.
Re: dumb question
Another dumb question in reply to your dumb question...
An ereader on a 3.5" screen?
Re: Here's an idea..
I could just imagine a Nork Communism Theme Park...
There would be oversized effigies of all the "Kims" running around..
There could also be a "House of Horrors" that contains wax dummies of former South Korean leaders, former and present western & U.S. leaders and western television personalities, while modern rock music plays in the background
In the "City of the Future" section there would be integrated circuits, pocket calculators, oversized old school mobile phones, 17" CRT monitors, Karaoke machines and fuel injected cars.. The highlight would be a wind up flashlight!
Then there would be the refreshments stands, comprising of rice, fish and soda water, meanwhile the stands' decor would mimic KFC & McD's!
And strangely enough....
This article appeared in ElReg but never made the columns in a majority of the printed and electronic news media here in the Banana Republic..
Ignorance is bliss.......
When I was kid I depended on a kaleidoscope to see stuff like this
To see anything remotely interactive I'd head off to the planetarium, which has now been almost killed off by Google Sky and other similar applications, like Starwalk for tablets.
It's awesome to watch rendering sequences like this, it shows that technology brings science to the masses via mediums like YouTube.. and let's not overlook the programming that went into the production
And to think my kids believe I spend all my "Internet time" on YouTube time watching cheesy 80's musics videos...
S.A: Put your clocks back...
I've recently returned to S.A. after 12 years of working in the U.S. and the U.K.
IT in education isn't exactly embraced at government level here; they can't even deliver textbooks* to students in government schools, never mind roll out any form of IT infrastructure for education
Bear in mind that most South Africans do embrace technology at a personal level, but the bottom line is that the government cannot deliver the most basic services to the majority of South Africans.
Rest assured, Internet connectivity to rural and poor areas is not a priority either, most would rather see houses, water, electricity, drainage and asphalt appear in their areas, opposed to a technology that only benefits the "privileged" irrespective of their race.
Kudos to Google for implementing an infrastructure that will benefit the next generation of South African scholars.
Sadly in 3rd world nations with 1st world ambitions, we depend on NGOs to make a difference in areas that are bottom of the pecking order when it comes to development
*The Limpopo province textbook scandal in 2012 when organisations contracted to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools found it easier to dump them in rivers and on rural open ground opposed to delivering them to the schools that need(ed) them
Re: "Windows" Adware?
Spot on with that. It seems as if most malware is activated by unwary users who believe that they are "not prone to any risk because we run a Mac"
Irrespective of the OS, if you authorise an installation, you will be stung...
Great little mission and a good video of the entire adventure..
It's amazing how ingenious some people can be, using an over the counter RC plane, Helium weather balloon, and other available gadgets, including the GoPro camera to achieve the kind of feats that were limited to science labs and universities a decade or so ago.
The reasonably priced and rugged GoPro camera has really revolutionised video footage for amateurs undertaking high altitude adventures like this,
Thanks ElReg, for not letting the Scandanavian's little experiment go unnoticed..
..but the ElReg readers and Forumites have also added some classics that need mentioning:
Silent Running, without a doubt a grear classic, although it was a 70's eco awareness type message. I loved the three little tape driven drones, Hewie, Louie and Dewie... I was young when I saw it and it sowed the seeds that made me an eternal SciFi fan..
Sunshine: Visually stunning and also real scifi in the fact that mankind would dontate his nuclear arsenal to rekindle the sun... but it was the little things like how a slight alteration in course almost led to disaster and even with all the technology in place, man is the weakness that made the maiden mission fail..
Black Hole, sure I am going to hell for digging this Disney "classic" out, but it was entertaining and also visually brilliant for its era too.
Event Horizon: Love it or hate it, it was believable SciFi with some scares in the plot. Quite enjoyable and one of LFJr's better roles as a stern faced, no nonsense salvage crew commander
..before Games Workshop sues someone's ass off for 3D printing WarHammer figurines?
I cut my teeth in the mainframe game, we ran DG's iCobol on Eclipse series AOS/VS boxes in the mid 80's
In our IT department we had a framed photo of Grace Hopper as our geeky tribute to this pioneering woman.
The chairman of the group of companies we worked for one day asked us about this photo portrait of an elderly woman in a Navy uniform.
Our lead programmer gave him a brief synopsis of Grace M H's contribution to the digital dawn and also highlighted that our entire financial system was based on Cobol.
The chairman was quite impressed, but I reckon it was because of our program team leader's passion for what she had achieved.
A few years later we relocated the IT department to the group's corporate HQ. The chairman and directors were giving some high profile customers a tour of the HQ including our IT department.
One of the VIPs asked about Grace Murray Hopper's framed photo which was relocated too. Our chairman rattled off, almost word for word how she was a pioneer in computing. He also made mention that the companies within the group used Cobol too.
I guess Grace Hopper touched us all in a small way, she was the unsung hero known only to us back room geeks.
Every now and then she gets a mention and I can only smile when she does. A brilliant mathematician who was a pioneer in so many ways..
Grace, once again, I salute you
Tea can be greatly improved with....
an accompaniment comprising of a bacon sandwich...
This brings back some fond memories of being a teenage immigrant lad in South Africa in the late 70's as the arcade games era hit us..
I recall Ridge Racer, then Space Invaders being the first two I saw at the local cafe (as the cafe's were the pre-games arcade hangout for "gamers")
Then came Donkey Kong, my next addicition and introduction to the Brothers "Mario"
"Track and Field" was known as "Hyper Olympics" here, exact same game, different name but a great game!
By the early 80's games arcades sprung up all over the place, usually alongside roadhouses or cafes, as the (usually Portuguese or Greek) cafe owners saw the opportunity and opened arcades.
I do recall most of the titles, we didn't get them all here, sadly, but one thing I believe needed a mention is this nostalgic article was "Asteroids"
Thanks for the trip down memory lane to when I was a teenage school/college boy who used to starve all day just to spend his "lunch money" on those great CRT and oversized button equipped coinops..
I know a guy who is squint, he wears glasses but it's a problem he was born with and has had for many years. Sadly his conditon cannot be corrected with surgery.
So, I have to ask what will happen if he looks at the screen? Will the camer misinterpret the occular feedback and scroll up/down and sideways at the same time?
Yes, I know, he would just disable the feature...
Just for fun....
...I'd buy a few pairs of those and stick them in the washing machine, just to freak my other half out...
But as for ever putting something like that on a phone? Noways, the entire concept is pants in my opinion
I loved this game like no other.
It was such a huge improvement over the 2D original and the fact one can terraform your map prior to building your virtual empire was awesome
Adjusting tax rates, building parks and museums to appease the binary citizens, building right angled highways and prisons made it an experience I shall never get tired of.
I have to ask just how many SimMayors left the game running overnight to accumulate beeelions in taxes so we go the mega route and build those Arco type buildings,.
The biggest bous of all for me was integrating your SC2K maps into SimCopter so you could get a real bird's eye view of your creation!
Yes, I still have a copy but sadly it's been years since I played. Rest assured that this weekend I will dig through my old jewel cased software collection and install it on the Windows box...
Cool for CATs
I'm diging it... but will make the earth move for me?
Hopefully they'll be available where I live and perhaps I can scrape enough together to buy one
It's a lot better than the JCB branded phone we saw on ElReg about 18 months back..
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