794 posts • joined 16 May 2011
You've totally missed the point. Everything you mentioned is important; indeed, you have shown that the cost of the original hardware is an even smaller part of the total cost of ownership. Therefore, staff should be given decent machines instead of being 'penny wise, pound foolish' the whole time.
Re: "setting fire to the future of the internet."
"A leaf from Saul Goodman's book?"
That's exactly what I thought. Frankly, 'wrapping oneself in the constitution' so blatantly is a tactical error, and detracts from the content of one's arguments. When Saul Goodman sits in front of a blow up of the US Constitution, are viewers invited to find him reliable and upstanding, or a cheesy shyster?
I speculate that there are ridiculous bureaucratic hurdles to getting new stationary. For example, if an officer loses a pen, he has to type a report detailing what he thinks happened to it before he can get a new one. Or, there was a blanket cut back on stationary 'to save money'. Something stupid like that.
Coming Soon From Newsweek...
..."We find the man guilty of inventing John Smith's Bitter..."
Re: Newsweak - Newspeak
The journalist was sniffing around the island of Jersey because of alleged financial malfeasance and, more bizarrely, supposedly murdered children at the now infamous Haut la Garenne childrens home. I know from my reading on this matter that this is abject bollocks, and made me question her wisdom.
"Intrigued - in what way is VG a 'fake' space company?"
When Virgin Galactic gets a paying customer into space, they will become a space travel company.
Using fake currency to buy a space flight from a fake space flight company. Are both parties saying "SUCKER!" here?
Re: Whereas if it was a bank doing these transactions
Heresy. Bitcoin is the future, man. Screw all that boring bankster, fiat currency shit.
Re: Need more eyes
Given the number of people identifying as 'Bitcoin Developers', why has this not occurred before now?
The website buttcoin.org is a fine pisstake of the bitcoin phenomenon.
Read the Bitcoin subforum of Reddit to see how far people go with their Bitcoin obsession. These people make goldbugs looked lucid and rational.
This website has had problems for years. It is far more likely to me that they just screwed up. Some sort of idiot must have written that. In what language does one capitalise every other word, for example? It reads like something an ill educated single mother trying to be posh and formal on the Money Saving Expert forums would write.
When all is said and done, I would like to know how much of this fiasco is due to properties unique Bitcoin itself. One could imagine a similar disaster with ordinary currency; the difference is, a bank that badly run would be shut down by regulators. Is lack of regulation the problem?
By the way, I note that Bitcoin isn't the only crypto currency that has suffered such a disaster:
It's a situation of one party's word against another's. One says one thing, the other says the opposite. In these kind of private meetings, a recording should be taken for fact verification purposes.
Another assburgers sufferer, I suggest. Mr Love probably doesn't know it, but this dread diagnosis will be his very shortly, at least if his lawyer is doing their job correctly.
Over the last couple of years, any story about Bitcoin features the price of one. So, what does a Bitcoin go for these days after all this news? I'm being serious.
As one of the comments on the AFP article puts it:
"Come on guys...you have hair transplanted for your beard? Oh yeah doesn't get any manlier than that! Tell me what do you see when you look in the mirror??"
"it seems very hard to see how anyone will trust them with their money ever again."
The amazing thing is that anyone was willing to trust the Magic: the Gathering Online Exchange with their money in the first place.
Re: Death threats - WTF?
"The authorities may be investigating Mt Gox but I suspect there is very little they can do about the theft of an unregulated crypto currency that no government even recognises as a real currency. Perhaps a prosecution for data theft?"
Why would any self respecting techno-anarchist need or want help from the so-called 'authorities'? They are probably writing nano-viruses to hack the mainframe of the thieves as we speak.
Re: How about
Yes. I was about to moan about the use of the word 'exploded' to mean 'collapsed' but discovered you got there first. Is the metaphorical use of the word 'explode' going to be grossly misused by fools? We shall not let it!
Given that the causes of crime are so opaque, these are very bold predictions indeed. For example, there is only a very limited understanding for why the crime rate in the western world has fallen since the early to mid nineties.
The COO of Juniper was once Stephen Elop. Grand conspiracy?
As the complexity of proposed mathematical proofs increases, the likelihood of humans being able to fully understand it falls. The chances of mistakes in the proof that are not picked up by the reviewers increases.
Thus, mathematical proof isn't absolute proof, but merely probable truth.
"Not just that, they've been using CCTV and spying to catch people who don't pick up their dog's shite."
And once the dog owner has been apprehended, the council should rightly torture the dirty bastards to death.
Re: Caveat emptor
The only people who thought Autonomy was a good buy were on the HP board. Lest we forget, Autonomy was shopped to Oracle before it was sold to HP. Oracle laughed at them and at HP, and did so publicly. In fact, Larry Ellison is probably still laughing two and a half years on:
Re: All downhill from Wolfenstein
"Our fantasy worlds have become grittier - look at our movies, books, comics, (Batman Begins vs Batman, The Faraway Tree vs Harry Potter, Superman vs Watchmen)."
There were many, many violent films from the 80s and 90s. Predator, Terminator 1 and 2. Even The Princess Bride has a speech amounting to a threat to cut a man to bits ("Your ears you keep and I'll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish."). Terminator 3 was very tame by comparison to the first two.
I honestly thought the website was aimed at teenagers, due to the cartoon images of young folk and the use of 'down wiv da kids' expressions like 'streetwise'. Was it really the case that the website was aimed at SMEs and woman of a certain age?
From what I saw of the website, the content isn't terrible, but it should have been better.
Tizen is just a backup plan for these manufacturers. In the unlikely event Android went to hell, Tizen is better than some crud the manufacturers would come up with. It also gives them a small degree of power over Google, in that they have a fallback solution if required.
But don't expect a Tizen phone soon.
The graphs on the screens that appeared on computer adverts of the day (sometimes with a grinning family staring at it) make me laugh. How many graphs were ever drawn by these computers by actual people?
Re: Nokia wasn't a "phone" company in the first place,
"They got in to the phone business when the going was good, and they've left it when the market is saturated and they don't want to be there any more."
You make it sound as though Nokia gradually lost profitability making mobile phones; in fact they imploded in the space of a few years. Apple are apparently making fairly decent money in this 'saturated' market.
Re: Nickname the 'Snide Phone' ?
If Android was controlled by a relatively small company, I would worry Microsoft was trying to destroy it. However, Android is controlled by a leviathan. Microsoft cannot destroy it at will. In any event, if Microsoft usurp Google from Android by making better maps apps and so forth, what is wrong with that?
It was three years ago. Time marches on...
To be honest, Nokia have been doomed since the release of the N97. The rest has just been details getting filled in.
"Just what kind of innovation will be undertaken at the centre is not clear."
Printer ink that costs more than rubies and diamonds doesn't innovate itself. More likely, HP are going to take the subsidy they are given, get the staff to shuffle paper that needs shuffled, then fuck off out as soon as they can.
Re: Oi, Andrios devs, Facebook wants Google to get less personal information.
"I am in sync with you. And as for google's sieve-holed android, I'm having a sinking feeling."
But Google said they wouldn't be evil. Are you seriously suggesting this was a lie?
"He mismanaged a once-mighty tech behemoth into a shadow of its former self"
Profits grew big time under Balmer. Maybe they shouldn't have and maybe MS didn't deserve to earn them, but there you are.
Blimey. The Turkish economy has issues at the moment, and they cannot be solved by raking out $4.5bn on iPads (or Android equivalent!) for school children.
Re: Autonomy reported profits of £105.7m for fiscal year 2010, The real profit was just £19.6m
"So those dolts at HP thought that a yearly profit of £105.7m was worth purchasing Autonomy for $10.24bn?"
The story goes like this: HP must become a software company, because that's where all the money is. Autonomy is a software company that seems to make money, and we don't understand what their products do, so they must be really clever. Let's buy Autonomy and PROFIT!
"Now that they know what that is, I think there is a really good chance they'll invite Janet Jackson to do another "number" again."
Re: the lucky ones are getting redundancy
That's why they should have picked voluntary redundancy. If you don't want to work in a moribund industry with no real career prospects, GTF out of there.
It's a shame for the people that invested in this thing, but even as described it's crap. It is a Bluetooth keyboard resembling a ZX Spectrum that may, or may not, only work with certain emulated games. Whoopee-doo! I have read information suggesting that they do not have a license to make such a device:
The Clive Sinclair marketing strategy strikes again:
Promise the world, under deliver, and do it late.
Re: You're doing it wrong
Agreed. It's like somebody trying to prove they don't need a car by swapping a BMW 5 series for an old Fiesta.
All the author has done is he >does< need a smartphone after all: he 'needs' email, data, calendars and a no doubt large list of contacts. All of the above are regarded as 'lifelines'. He should have realised he needed a smartphone the moment he decided a Nokia 101 or Samsung E1205 were unsuitable because 'they couldn't even sync [his] calendar, a loss I felt would be crippling'.
So what's the point of this exercise?
"When you were at university were the people studying meteorology or oceanography the brightest?" he asked. Maths and physics seemed to attract the most intellectually able, Lindzen observed."
So how did the BBC pull off the iPlayer?
It was late and over-budget, but was clearly a massive technical and popular success. Why did the BBC have the technical and organisational acumen to succeed with the iPlayer, but fail so massively with DMI? Something doesn't add up. I suggest there has been more than mere incompetence.
All the tech companies are accused of is not >poaching< staff from each other. It doesn't say anything about them refusing to employ staff from other firms who apply for a job with them, which is different. Firms not poaching staff from one another, either because they don't know how or because of 'gentleman's agreement' is likely the norm in most industries.
Re: Promise the world
"An interesting philosophical question though"
It's a legal question, not a philosophical one.
Headline is false
In reality, profits are down on last year. In other words, Yahoo are not making a loss.
Does anybody currently trust their data in the hands of those antisocial, incompetent bastards known as 'medical receptionists'?
Re: Dove from above
I don't even know what value such information has to the intelligence services.
Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen
"It still is the best. However the Walmart generation buy any old shit and are more than happy to be told that what they bought is better,"
In the good old days, man carefully considered each purchase and bought the best. But man, being a fickle creature, sneered at the old ways. The principles that held him in good stead over the millennia fell by the wayside. Now, the generation with us today have fallen into degeneracy and buy 'old shit' if they are told to by plutocrats.
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