702 posts • joined 15 Feb 2012
>Do you do a lot of typing on your tumble dryer?
At least a tumble dryer is useful.
Maplin catalogs from the 70s (ruh roh...) had Concorde, and improbable but shiny starships boldly delivering packs of 5% resistors to planets beyond the final frontier.
Maplin catalogs from the 2010s have CCTV kits, SAD lightboxes for sad people, 5mW Special Mini Disco Laser Multipacks and Volcanic Heated Insoles.
I can't help feeling this is not the future we were promised. [sniffs and wipes tear]
Re: Whereas if it was a bank doing these transactions
>Whereas if it was a bank doing these transactions they would... be required to have an Audit process in place which would pick this discrepancy up at the end of every day. ^H^H^H
...get a bailout from public funds and pay their manudjment huge bonuses for being 'top talent.'
Was no one awake during 2008? Or the more recent Rape of Cyprus? Or the news that RBS has lost more than £46bn of public bailout money, but is still paying half a bill in bonuses?
What do you think would happen if banks had to offer the same 100% reserves that Bitcoin exchanges are supposed to, or if the public suddenly decided it would like its cash back?
Not that I think Bitcoins are anything other than fool's gold. But let's be realistic - banks are in exactly the same game. The only difference is they've been doing it for longer, and if they want to steal your cash they'll do it by manipulating and fixing market rates, applying punitive interest rates and account charges, and by taking your tax and pension money with government support. (Sure, it will be 'protected' - you just won't be able to withdraw it 'until the crisis is over and confidence returns.')
Mt Gox seems to have been run by criminal idiots, but in terms of absolute economic damage it's piss drops compared to the scams the banks get up to.
>I keep all my bitcoins in a toaster.
In Cylon - I mean Bitcoin - Finance, toaster keeps you.
Re: IS MICROSOFT AN INNOVATOR?
>There are all sorts of reasons to not like Microsoft or their products, but to pretend that they weren't the driving force behind a massive and beneficial societal change is a little blinkered.
But the change would have happened more quickly without Microsoft.
16-bit consumer computing with pre-emptive multitasking, graphics and sound was already available by the mid-80s in the Amiga. Other windowed GUIs were already available from DR (Gem) and Apple.
And what did MS give the market? DOS.
Without MS competition in both software and hardware would have accelerated, and it's likely the Internet would have happened 2-3 years earlier, the mobile/social thing would have happened 5 years earlier, and home computing would be doing interesting things with AI we haven't even got around to thinking about yet.
MS didn't create the PC market. What MS did was kill all competition and create a monopoly selling stupid, crippled, boring, computers designed for managers and secretaries to home users, who were then forced to think like office drones just to get the damn things to half work.
Re: My first PDA
>I think MS basically failed to capitalise in any meaningful way on it's involvement in handheld devices
I think MS basically failed to capitalise in any meaningful way on its involvement in Ballmer's missing brain.
Re: You folks are living in the past.
Microsoft are exactly the kind of company to 'hit on all cylinders.'
Or GCHQ could just be lying.
I'd like to see the legislation that says it's fine to collect pictures of naked adults, and probably naked kids too.
is the word you're looking for, and not likely to find.
Because - you know - cherry picking stuff just makes you look stupid.
Just in case anyone wants to read what the abstract actually says, it's this:
There is, however, considerable interannual variability in the number of storms making landfall over the countries investigated; most probably driven by cyclical atmospheric forcing, including El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO). Recent trends indicate an increasing number of tropical cyclones tracking to the south of Madagascar, potentially associated with the southward shift of the 26 °C isotherm, combined with a decrease in the steering flow during La Niña years.
Now, it's true that you can't generalise global trends based on a sample based on one small geographic area.
But then that's the difference between real climate science and 'journalism'.
Oh, and you might want to look up what 'southward shift of the 26 °C isotherm' means.
Re: More popcorn, please
>It will be interesting to see what happens to XBox under Elop.
He'll probably sell it to Google.
Re: Enough with the illegal money thing
It's not that our official institutions have the moral high ground on this - it's more they don't want the competition.
Actual death, never mind threats, seems to have become a popular hobby for a worrying number of mainstream bank employees recently.
Re: Insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting different results
>C++ seems to have done pretty well for itself last time I looked.
C++ is 21st century FORTRAN, committee-enhanced with added cruft and brittleness.
Java is 21st century COBOL.
No one cares about TypeScript.
Re: Were people really stupid enough to use MtGox as a bitcoin wallet
>A banking account with a positive amount is just a very risky loan given to the bank...
Banks have liquidity reserves of <10% of deposits. Usually a lot less.
In the UK, reserves are voluntary. Banks can define their own liquidity ratio. Reserves can and do become negative.
What about capital requirements? 7% core, 3% leverage.
So even if Mt Gox has lost 6% of all its Bitcoins, it's still massively more solvent than any bank.
Except for that 'Not talking to anyone' thing that's happening now, anyway.
Shouldn't this be 'Giant science foundation logos crash into Moon, causing permanent damage'?
Meanwhile, in the Arctic:
And in the Antarctic, only a weasel would try to claim that just because there was a natural warming around 6000BC - which is well known and much researched in climate science - any warming happening today is also 100% natural.
Ain't no honest climate scientist going to agree with that bit of lunchtime pub logic.
Re: in a free market there's no such thing as a skills shortage
>in a free market there's no such thing as a skills shortage
There's no such thing as a free market.
And if it takes 5-10 years to train up the next generation of specialists, you can offer as much as you want and still not find the people you need. Especially if your current systems have so many undocumented features you have no way of knowing what they actually do - certainly not to the point where you can consider replacing them.
At some point the industry is going to have to stop building clockwork breaks-when-you-look-at-it IT and start building smart adaptive IT. But that's at least a couple of generations away, and we probably won't have banks or other institutions in their current form when it happens.
Re: 'Healthy and Educational'
"Made with Real Potatoes!"
As opposed to imaginary, or integer potatoes?
Re: Prepare for a huge class action
>Would that include Leo Apotheker, the disastrous CEO
Or HP could ask for its $10m back.
Ha ha ha.
Such a shame that what used to be a great engineering company is now a great example of how not to run any company.
Re: My heart bleeds for him.
That's the thing about nutters - they think and act like nutters.
Mind you, if he'd gone for a career in politics he could have killed a lot more people and had a nice well-paid run on the lecture circuit afterwards.
Re: If NASA
> There's a lot of them pebbles out there ...
There's a lot of people down here.
Probably enough to give everyone a few Martian pebbles of their own.
Re: Keep polishing, Microsoft......
Toxic Potato sounds like a Linux variant - probably an update to Aggressive Begonia or ASBO Eggplant.
None of which would suck as much as Win 8, even if they were real.
>There's nothing liberal, or neoliberal, however, about diverting the state's cash to prop up your business empire
Er - actually that's exactly what neoliberalism is.
The fuckwits in banking, the riders of the revolving door between Westminster and the various consultancies and 'private sector buyouts' cannibalising the NHS and the pension system, and the various faux workfare corps living off state handouts while bullying the sick and dying - they'd all be be bankrupt if they weren't being showered with state cash for private profit.
Re: Mistakes are necessary for learning
> How about the Chinese learn from their great history that human beings value autonomy over anything else?
...And we all know what happened when HP tried that.
Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code
>Few coders know anything about running a company
Considering their delivery record, so do few CEOs and VPs.
Wouldn't a giant drone that can carry an SUV and a family of four on the school run be a better match for the target audience?
Not for the bigger banks, no.
Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!
Pocket money. Try a Chopard 201 for the girls, or a Louis Moinet Meteoris for the boys.
If I had the cash I'd consider a Van Cleef/Arpels/Ven Der Klaauw Midnight Planetarium - although I'm not entirely convinced by a very expensive watch decorated in a font that looks worryingly like Monotype Corsiva.
Re: Much as I normally like physical keys and detest touchscreens...
>...this seems not very future-proof.
It's from Transylvania. It's probably immortal.
Re: If he's a server man...
There's an obvious win to be had by competing with Amazon: producing an MS Compute Cloud product, and selling it to enterprise on the basis that MS rather than in-house IT manage all the roll-outs, deployments, fixes, upgrades, and other time-wasting crap that server systems usually suffer from.
Azure almost does this. But not quite. Certainly not reliably enough. And certainly not cheaply enough.
Problem is, Nadella will probably decide consumers want this too, and try to turn Win 9 into the MS Chromebook for Dummies OS - while not getting the enterprise angle right either.
Re: What to do?
> Thing is as a company that primarily makes and OS and an office app, there's limited room for innovation anymore.
Oh, I don't know. Maybe MS could try making a phone or a tablet, and see how that goes?
$100 of electronics spraying white noise all over the RF range.
Re: Strange Article
>Just because you're a journalist doesn't suddenly make you insightful.
You, sir, have taken my fragile childish illusions and dropped a mountain of despair onto them.
>The “reflex on the left is we must legislate” she said, while tapping the right elicits a cry of “hands off my internet you ignorant luddite.”
>The answer was somewhere in between, Perry argued.
This sounds like classic Perry - a typical MBA banker fool who can do self-important, but doesn't know a doctor's-hammer-to-the-balls dodgy metaphor when she sees one.
Re: Market Target?
>I can't for the life of me figure out who this equipment is actually targeted at.
People who want to print brightly coloured, really expensive bike helmets, and headphones that don't work very well, obviously.
3D printing seems to attract two kinds of people. There are FOSSy not very reality-based evangelists who believe that having a box that can turn out starchy three inch tall WoW figurines means they're only a couple of years away from having their own personal cornucopia machine and weapons armoury.
And then there's everyone else, who's still waiting for something useful to happen.
It may, eventually. But we're still a long way from being able to print useful metal parts, or useful plastic parts, and even further away from desktop chip fabs, or consumer product replicators, or any other game changer.
Re: Blame @ Charles Manning
>"Some of us are more productive than others"
Being rich != being productive.
When earned wealth has some relationship with actual social value, then we can talk about being productive.
As it is now the easiest way to get wealthy is to be born rich and contribute nothing of use to anyone.
And that's the opposite of your 'hard work' argument, isn't it?
Oh - and in case you haven't noticed, John and Fred are being paid the same now, and it's somewhere between not much and nothing.
That's what happens when you put MBAs in charge. They try to make everything 'competitive', which is a useful euphemism for 'fuck you if you do useful work for a living and expect to be paid for it.'
Re: Just a thought!
I'm thinking iPhone Pro.
Re: You can fix that bug...
>No more puzzling than the habit of Japanese businesses to choose a random English word and print it all over their products in big letters.
You mean like 'Apple', 'Amazon' or 'Natty Narwhal'?
Re: My experience
Same here. Wouldn't touch Seagate or WD. Hitachi aren't perfect, but they're very much better.
Worst drives of all were Maxtor - reliable 100% failure rate on those.
Re: Under the GPL
Tom 7 - there is no 'GPL matters' clause in international politics.
>Any argument that relies on the idea of trance-like stupidity has to be rejected, though, as an insult to our intelligence.
Can't even be bothered to post a detailed take-down of this, it's so wrong in so many ways.
Except to say that clearly key infrastructure 'competition' is working so well in the UK, and has been so good at keeping prices down for consumers and increasing choice, and totally not at creating colluding oligopolies or sad little fiefdoms of consumer hostility and incompetence, that it's a wonder it's not mandated by the state.
That was sarcasm, by the way.
In other news, the global recovery continues to accelerate.
Re: Scary indeed
It's eugenics in action. Humans who can breathe and thrive in the smog will be preselected for the Titan colony program.
Re: That sweet goodbye
Set up a VC fund
Buy a(nother) 737
Buy a mega-yacht (that's $300m right there)
Buy an island
Buy another really, really big house in a prime area
Keep paying the flunkies and servants who work in all the other houses
Have a holiday on the ISS (...my personal favourite)
$100m sounds like a lot, but all those essential expenses soon add up.
Re: Suing, a career enhancing move?
Class action worth a few tens of billions - consequential damages, all of that?
That's certainly career enhancing for the lawyers. This one is going to run and run.
Re: 1.3 billion?????
> Are there any polite words to describe those involved in defence procurement?
Not unless you think 'corrupt' and 'thieving' are polite words.
Another outstanding example of privatisation making everything cheaper for the people whose privates are getting the benefits.
Re: Alternative title
Or... The Joy of Socks.
Re: Save billions on marketing
They may be the planet's biggest time wasters. But Win 8 has been one of IT's best ever soap operas.
MS should stop doing software altogether - they're not very good at it anyway - and go full-time into performance art.
TV, theatre, musicals, Steve Ballmer doing stand-up - the whole comedy enchilada.
It would be like The Office crossed with - er - The Office. Only for real. Streamed live, from Redmond - quicker than you can say 'New revenue stream.'
Re: Stunning photo
True - ish. Up close it's as bright as the full moon.
So not quite as spectacular to the naked (alien) eye. But still pretty damn spectacular.
And from that location in the Magellanic Clouds, you'd also see a spiral view of the Milky Way.
How cool would that be?
>"....Developers can earn XP points and redeem them against a whole host of rewards, including app design consultations, flying lessons, help with app promotion and Nokia Lumia 1020 handsets...."
Can I start with a 'Try to invent an ecosystem by patronising all the developers' sim?
If I work really hard I can make it almost as good as real life.
How much is the dog?
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