1062 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012
A very good article that highlights issues I have seen with innovations my father tried to commercialise with government help from the 80s to the present day. He never managed to make a penny from things he invented in the 80s that I now see being re-invented today.
"no one at Nesta has a science or engineering background" - this, no idea how business functions in the real world and a complete lack of accountability among the civil service are the biggest problems this country faces. If we are to avoid sliding furhter into mediocracy and irrelevance we need to replace the old boys educated in the classics at Eton with some real people who know more than a couple of dead languages and have actually worked in their life. Unfortunately I doubt it will ever happen.
Dead man's wishes
The important point that is being missed here is the cynical trampling over the wished of a dead man. The will of the dead Beastie specifically states he did not want his work to be used in an advert.
Whether the advert has any merit or is a parody makes no difference, you don't do things like that unless you want to be considered immoral scum.
No website I visit uses Google Analytics. At least they don't when I visit them, thanks Ghostery! :)
Re: Out that whole lot..
I still have my Atari 2600 and it still works. :) I bring it out of the cupboard once a year or so for a few games of Space Invaders, Asteroids, etc.
I also had an FX-570 calculators which was well used until I got one of the ones that could draw graphs while I was doing my A-Levels.
I had exactly the same scary thought.
The Bongster must have been busy at FTSE lately.
Re: Oi, Larry
Not that Harry Potter is original in the first place. It is a shameless copy of a number of other works, most notable the Books of Magic whose protagonist looks almost identical to Harry.
the mythical rootkit can supposedly leap tall buildings in a single bound, screw your wife, and even survive nukeing from orbit.
Back here in the real world I say show me the proof. A virus with seemingly super hero powers that only one so called security researcher has ever seen? Pull the other one, it has bells on.
Re: Crack this...
Ah the old FB is not a bank and I don't care if someone hacks my Yahoo account line.
Do you realise your FB account contains lots of personal details that would be useful in impersonating you to your bank?
Would you care if I hack your Yahoo email and send a message to your boss telling him you think he's a dick? Maybe send everyone at work an email containing goatse? Or how about sending your wife/husband an email that appears to be one you meant to send to the lover you are having an affair with?
Suddenly that unimportant Yahoo account might need a better password.
Re: Friday feeling
USB sticks, now there's a thought... I wonder if teenagers of the future will find USB sticks of porn in the woods like we found copies of Men Only in my day.
I thought I had never heard of the man or his work till I saw the advert for the Scrumpi 1 and Scrumpi 2 and I remember seeing it in electronics mags as a child. I may even still have a late 70s magazine with that advert in it. Not something I would have remembered without the distinctive style.
Thanks for the great article.
Re: Worst film of the year?!
I've seen most of Pacific Rim, it was good enough that I'd watch it again on a Friday night to see the ending. Admitedly my Friday night film sessions tend to be rather drunken and often include films that are so bad they're almost good. Almost.
Of course its no Mona Lisa.
"It is, of course, a high-end PC in a console-style box - which is, after all, what today’s next-generation games consoles are."
No. No they are not. My four year old gaming PC that I'm thinking about replacing is higher end than any of these consoles. Hell the work PC under my desk that I've just bought a replacement for has more RAM, HDD and a better GPU.
Re: Supermodel ?
"In the UK, where Cole has a very high profile"
She does? I was going to entitle my post "Who?" because I have absolutely no idea who she is.
Good luck SpaceX!
"How about actually doing something to help people rather than endless meaningless headline grabbing nonsense that does nothing about the problem?"
You aren't familiar with politicians are you? The only thing politicians do is spout meaningless, headline grabbing nonsense that does nothing about any problem. And, every four / five years we get the chance to change them for another bunch that will do exactly the same thing.
Re: The guy is loaded, load-ed!!
Because a value in Bitcoins means nothing to most of us. At least quoting the value in US Dollars allows me to roughly translate to Pounds Sterling.
You would say "the FBI found a wallet with $122 million (worth around £75 million)" so what is your problem?
So does this mean you'll stop the god awful constant crap about Dr Who and get back to writing some proper articles next week?
I wonder if you were in my part of Glasgow, certainly sounds like it. I've got two orders (business & home) in with OpenReach via my ISP for fibre and all I ever get is within the next 3 months which then gets extended when the deadline nears. I know the fibre has been run down the street and I walk past the new cabinet every day but they must have already claimed the EU pork for the area and moved on :(
Re: Two things....
Retail staff have always been incapable of helping me. As someone who can read I don't need them to read the spec off the card next to the item or the price tag for me. Maybe some people find that useful though.
be creators and innovators just like their favorite musicians
Except the musicians targeted at children are anything but creative or innovative. They usually sing bland, derivative songs that are written by someone else and sound just like the tripe aimed at the same age group some 10 years before.
RE Electric Panda
Flash does work in TIFKAM-IE but only for MS whitelisted sites, which does not include a lot of legitimate sites as well as freetard ones. At launch there was a way to add sites to the whitelist but MS soon closed that loophole. Last time I looked (Xmas 2012) it was possible to put TIFKAM-IE into dev mode and then you could use Flash on one "dev" site you add to the registry but they may have closed that loophole now too.
SpiceWorks is like a guild
Not sure if you meant a guild like the guild of shoemakers or in the MMO sense. I would say SpiceWorks is definitely like an MMO guild though, full of noisy noobs who don't know shit but won't shut the hell up. I suspect that also makes it very like Facebook but I wouldn't know.
I tried SpiceWorks for a while but now I only use it if I'm really, really bored.
“If it was discovered that a teacher was having students use magnifying glasses to burn ants and then look at their tissue, how would people react?"
I for one would laugh.
Though given my poor human rights record I'm probably not a good example.
"replaces the traditional mini-joysticks of most console controllers with force-feedback trackpads and an LCD screen, for greater flexibility"
And from the looks of it has no real buttons that you can find by touch without looking so useability will be total crap.
Oh who am I kidding it's a gamepad of course useability will be total crap.
Yup Inkjet printers are disposable, that is why they are so cheap.
If you want a decent printer that will last buy a laser.
Nice Android phone business you got there. Would be a shame if someone decided to pull your licence to the Google apps.
Re: And the number of people affected is..?
Companies that build oil rigs encrypt everything at all times.
They even provide engineers with two computers, one to work on and one to do email, etc.
Stop being a dick!
People get mobile phone spam?
I don't. In the 15 or so years I've had a mobile I've had about 3 spam texts and they were all years ago. I'm sure it helps that I don't give out my number to anyone I don't know and that I'm on Vodafone's no spam list.
Re: Payday loan and betting, eh ?
Accrington Stanley? Who are they?
freedom’s last, best hope
I could be freedon's last, best hope if it wasn't for my terrible human rights record.
Great article. I vaguely remember some of the print ads but never saw one in the flesh.
core components of the service, such as networking, remain critically unstable
I have no problems with networking or any other core components of Open Stack that I use.
Re: I know you're in Spain for Lohan
It's Lester, he lives in Spain.
And the IT angle... didn't you notice the online poll mentioned in the last paragraph?
Blame apportioned wrong
The sysadmin was not to blame, reusing the PowerPeg flag was wrong. So it is the programmers' fault.
And I say that as a programmer myself.
Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy (xyz)
> We've all done it.
Actually no, we haven't. If you don't want naked pictures or videos of yourself to become public then don't take them. You can have a perfectly happy relationship and sex life without them.
I have never taken a selfie (naked or otherwise) or shot an amateur porn film and have no desire to do so. You might think that makes me a prude or sexually unadventurous but I disagree.
Maybe that's why FireEye are not naming the library or the developer, it is the NSA.
Re: I'm confused.
Haha I have that problem every time I hear this person or her family mentioned. The missus will be watching some vacuous TV that I'm ignoring till I turn round wondering why they are talking about Star Trek.
Happens every time. lol
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
Last time I installed Fedora it needed 405 updates post install. I don't know exactly how long it took but it was basically all night for the install and updates, say maybe 4 hours.
Re: "No nurse, he said he had huge spectacles"
This database is not designed for clinical necessity or serving you.
It is for selling the genetic and health records of the population to drug companies. (and probably insurers, employers, etc)
I've got news for you JIm, that driving mode killer feature has been part of Android for years. My S3 has it.
The latest update to WinPho just adds features that have been part of Android and iOS for years. When I looked over the list of additions recently I was astounded WinPho didn't have most of them already.
one in four attempts at completing a CAPTCHA fail
Yeah right. I'm lucky if 1 in 4 succeed.
TfL want to scrap Oyster for credit cards? Please no.
Oyster is one of the few good things about my business trips to London. I'm quite happy topping up every so often and providing reciepts with my expenses. I do not want to be required to provide my employer with copies of my credit card or bank statements in order to claim back tube fares.
The Washington Post - sounds like mainstream media to me
I recently saw articles in the Guardian and Herald on this side of the pond and that's just the two newspapers they have in the shop where I go for lunch.
Re: few in their right mind want a high end Windows Phone
What piece of shit landfill Android did she replace? You can't compare an expensive Nokia with a cheap HTC. Try buying a Galaxy or other decent Android and you won't have these problems.
She'll go from selling overpriced tat to neds to selling overpriced tat to neds. Should be perfect for the job.
Re: Is it just me
Definitely not just you. The whole peice makes little sense but especially this sentence:
"By Social Enterprise, I mean the sweet spot between "social computing" – where we have infinite touch points, dissolving and increasingly irrelevant boundaries, decentralised and at best loose controls, all in an unregulated state where the activity is the outcome. "
The sweet spot between social computing and what? The other thing is not in the sentence. And, what are we dissolving? It is also missing from the sentence.
If I'd written an essay like this when I was at school my english teachers would have failed it.
I find it amusing that a G+ account is needed to test a Facebook app. Not that I have either.
A pox on both their houses!
- One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers