863 posts • joined 15 Feb 2012
Re: 34 years later and ...
>It still looks like it belongs on one of those over-night cable channels that sell something different every 15 minutes.
So did all of Ballmer's Microsoft.
Re: I don't understand
> Microsoft marketing would give you Bill G's grandmother if it involved you buying services from M$
That actually sounds like something we can expect from Microsoft marketing.
"Win 8 - now with free Mrs Gates the First Venture Capital Action Figure. But sign up for Azure, and get your own strictly limited edition Steve Ballmer Signature Office Chair. Also available - genuine Sinofsky Skateboards with Real Dented Credibility Finish, and Official Nadella Strategy Synthesizing Stuffed Shirts, with Dynamic CEO Fistpump Action and Genuine Deep Visionary Shoegaze[tm]"
Re: New browser names:
11. Internet Exploiter
Re: "At least someone is making money off the stupid this way"
Even the Bank of England has noticed that wages are - oh look, they're falling. While prices are increasing.
So if you have a steady job on the borderline - oh look, you're fucked. Working full time and you can't afford to pay your bills any more.
Apparently this is called 'being irresponsible.' Right.
>Also amongst this 90%, about half of them actually create more problems than they solve
And in most companies, you'll find them clustered at vp level and above.
Re: Research sponsored by IKEA...
>Research sponsored by IKEA...
The Dr Who writing team called. They want their episode back.
If you could mail to them in the future seven months from now, that would be great.
Re: Lies, damn lies, and BDUK ...
Getting asked some hard questions on a video no one watches is really going to terrify BT.
>That's how it works in the commercial world. You lie, you lose.
What's needed is a campaign with a catchy-title to take down everyone who makes easy money out of Westminster slime and stupidity. That includes the telcos and cellcos, the energy companies, the transport companies, the high street banks, the defence procurement circus, the shady outfits who would benefit from NHS privatisation at the expense of care provision, and too many of the big names working in major infrastructure in the UK.
We have some of the most corrupt, greedy, self-serving and customer-hostile companies in the world.
"Rip-off Britain" was a start, but it didn't go far enough or hit hard enough.
A bit of hard questioning is fake-democracy panto. It won't change anything, and things won't improve until there are real consequences.
Re: No, Trevor...
>I think a person would be more useful.
They're called domestics. Maids, butlers, housekeepers, etc. Rich people have them.
And this is the killer app. Combine it with robotics, and everyone gets a personal servant for those boring chores - cleaning, cooking, shopping, walking the dog, terrorising the neighbours, that kind of thing.
The first few generations will bump into things and fall over a lot. But as long as none of the current big names in technology try to make this happen (Microsoft - I'm looking at *you*) the potential is, as they say, there.
Also sitcoms/dramas in an upstairs/downstairs way. (Dyson Abbey?)
Re: What I don't get
>Somehow it seems Microsoft left a door ajar somewhere waiting for it to be exploited.
Funny how that seems to happen. A lot.
Re: Obvious answer to obvious stupidity is obvious
>1) Business had just completed/still undergoing the XP->W7 upgrade. They would not be going W8.x no matter what.
The upgrade cycle takes a while, and business totally would be thinking seriously about W8 if it was any good. So it's the future MS has to worry about now.
Right now there's no guarantee, and not much prospect, of Win 9 being any better. It's more likely to be a Different Kind of Annoying Crap [tm].
>they will end up letting Linux into the desktop arena
The slack has been taken up by OS X at the high end and iOS/Android at the low end. There's been some Linux switching, but Linux is still mostly a geek toy. (I know Reg readers all have grandmothers who are using it happily. But the stats show most of the population doesn't want it.)
Linux is making more inroads into corporate, where the bits that don't work aren't so critical.
MS is happy because cloud. But cloud is a lossy, competitive business, Windows is sick as a Norwegian Blue parrot, there's serious corporate interest in switching to open alternatives to Office... and there goes the MS biz model.
Nadella badly needs less business bingo, and more Exciting New Thing.
Breath? Not holding it here.
>Windows 8 is a bucked of warm ebola.
One thing you can't accuse MS of is being afraid to make history.
Win 8 is so unpopular it has become a legend - up there with the Edsel, New Coke, and the last two Matrix movies.
Re: Google Ark
The Laffer Curve has been debunked repeatedly by people who live in the real world.
Go on. Google 'Laffer debunked.'
Can we have someone who knows something about real scientific economics? I suppose some people - not least Worstall himself - are terribly impressed by this kind of hand-wavey story telling, but it would be nice to see some content with more of a connection to data-driven science.
Re: If Amazon is convinced that it's right…
Amazon has been doing this for a while.
Not a few authors have jumped ship and started selling direct - often with a significant increase in income.
Re: We pay Hachette for their good judgement
The mainstream publishing drivel storm is alive and well and full of Oxbridge luvvies, ghostwritten sleb biogs, and middlebrow nonentities specialising in novels about wine, shoes, husbands, and bitchy middle class nastiness.
No one in the business believes someone like Thomas Pynchon or Jane Austen would be signed today.
Re: re. Sharks Cove apostrophe
>Or it could be a cove with lots and lots of sharks.
And no frickin' laser beams.
Are you saying my iPhone is really a dinosaur?
Amazon makes TV series about dystopian future?
AWS is a footnote in the Amazon business model - it's less than 10% of revenue - so this article is silly. AZ could walk away from AWS tomorrow and hardly notice.
It's the Any Old Iron companies - IBM, HP, Microsoft, etc - who need to worry about commodity cloud pricing, because it's critical to their business models.
If prices crash - and they will - they're going to be in a world of pain.
Re: power grid
Carrington happened in 1859, which was not a few decades ago.
12% seems unlikely, but not quite impossible. Before this story, the more common estimate was that Carringtons happened once every century, which seems more believable.
[doomporn] Of course the next event might be even worse than the 1859 one.[/doomporn]
Re: One OS
>MInd you, a horse with a steering wheel would be pretty awesome
Until it stops suddenly, as horses sometimes do.
"What do you mean there's a problem with me copying your money? It's just bits in a file. You've still got it. I haven't stolen anything. Oh - you think money stored as digital files is different to content stored as digital files? Are you going to explain why, exactly?"
>It just works.
Close. Should be
"It just borks."
Re: Call Scooby and the gang!
>Are they sure he's not Ballmer in a mask?
Nadella and Microsoft are being scripted by the ghost of Douglas Adams.
Re: You can't legislate against human behavior.
It's not human behaviour that's the problem.
If you could legislate against the more disgusting kinds of politician behaviour, the world would be a much more enjoyable place.
MS has a believable if not very imaginative plan for enterprise, with Azure, O365, SQL, and the rest.
It's not very interesting, and it's what everyone else is doing. But there's enough momentum in selling boring overpriced infrastructure to boring corporations to make it work for the forseeable.
MS has no plan at all for devices and consumer software. There's an unholy mess of incompatible hardware, incompatible operating systems, incompatible goals, incandescent user hostility, inexplicable rhetorical farting, and incoherent non-planning.
Unless Nadella can pull all of that together and/or reinvent MS as a company that has something unique to offer - don't hold your breath - MS is going to disappear from consumer-land entirely within ten years. Except maybe as a mouse and keyboard brand.
Re: Please let this not be true...
I demand the following:
Lots of shouting, pointing, panning, and yelling
At least one scene of people running madly through a corn field
Swivelling helicopter shots of vehicles picking up speed
Explosions! In SPAAAAAACE!
A script that makes sense (Ah. Well then.)
Re: on slogans...
I think MS is repurposing its core synergised alignments to expand dynamically into new vertical, horizontal and diagonal opportunities as a world-class agile purveyor of flattened business bollocks.
It'll turn into an ad agency, with Nadella as Creative Director of Mobile Cloudy Vision.
Or possibly it will take an early international lead in walrus farming. Who knows?
Nadella doesn't seem interested in talking about products, so either is a reasonable guess.
Re: What about the authors?
Authors get paid at the usual Amazon rate if the book gets read past the 10% trial point.
So not actually a bad deal, so far as I can tell.
But of limited interest to most Kindle users. Only heavy readers are likely to spend more than $10/month on books. There are a few of those - romance readers are famously obsessive - but not as many as you might think.
Re: Corporate governance—crowned
>Your Board of Directors most important function is to facilitate the high level components of strategies developed by Executive Management.
If you mean 'They do the planning' - that pretty much never happens in the US either.
Look at M$. They swapped out a clown and installed the corporate blatherbot equivalent of ELIZA.
Look at HP. Strategy? Meg Hitman wouldn't know a strategy if it jumped out of a printer and yelled "Jobs!"
Last time I looked her 'high level components of strategies' meant a mix of enterprise, cloud, and tablets no one wants - just like everyone else.
Oh, and printers have been 'refocused around customer needs.' Which is nice. (What were they before? Focused on the needs of the trees in the parking lot?)
Re: Good God, Synergies AND Alignment
He also said agile.
It's 100% Dilbert: "We have aligned agile synergies - we are INVINCIBLE!"
Re: "'We are building an operating system for human activity'"
I think he means 'Not just Office, but, like, life 'n shit.'
Photos! Documents! Memories! Shiny people!
Basically he's pitching MS as the next Yahoo, with some secret-sauce AI.
Who - or what - do you think write Nadella's last strategy email?
I for one welcome the arrival of our new Googlord.
>weirdly disembodied and robotic
Nadella in a nutshell.
But... I wouldn't write off MS yet. There's actual AI happening in the MS labs, and some of it is the most interesting technology I've ever seen from MS.
But MS needs to get over Windows and Office to do something with it.
As a mobiles-with-AI corp, MS might have a future. But while it's Spawn-of-Gates Mk III, the long decline will continue.
Re: A quote from Hawking
In theory you could make a collecting surface the size of a solar system, which would give you astonishing resolution.
In practice - something like this is more likely:
Park a telescope out around >550AU, use the sun as a gravitational lens.
Not very steerable - you have to move your spacecraft to 'point' the telescope.
But you'd get one hell of a close-up. And it's sort-of almost achievable with current technology.
Interestingly, if a culture learned how to engineer gravity and warp space directly without using a nearby star, it could build an even strong version with a shorter focal length. But it would have to be even further out, because it have enough of a gravitational influence to begin perturbing the orbits of anything close to it.
>Actually R'y'leh is UNDER the South Pacific!
No, R'y'leh lives at No 10 Downing Street, and has done for at least the last couple of decades.
Re: HOW Rugged?
Someone has to say it:
"Will it blend?"
Re: It's all very wonderful
>Well if you can't fit into your seat, I'm sorry but then you should be required to buy two.
Big people who can't fit into one seat can't fit comfortably into two either.
Seats are designed for smaller than average people. I can fit into a cattle class seat. I'm hardly huge, but it's not what you'd call comfortable.
>Or airlines need to revisit their seat designs to ensure people fit them.
Less money that way.
Although I suspect long-haul is only fully packed a few times a year, and they could easily lose a few rows of seats to give everyone more legroom on most flights without losing much income.
I'm waiting for the first carrier to put a capsule hotel in the sky. If more people could sleep on long-haul it would be much more comfortable. (Although you'd have to give everyone their own crying baby on check-in to keep that old-fashioned long-haul feeling.)
Re: This might just be the most ironic bit of PR ever
>Given China's undoubtedly dubious history of tracking its own people....
Lucky us to be living somewhere that doesn't happen.
Re: Reminds me of putting Lipstick on a pig
More of a GM FrankenPig with four heads, too many trotters, and a worryingly deep voice.
But at least it's been painted in a pleasing selection of very bright colours.
>Apple truly has ravished the Windows brand!
That was so an image I didn't want.
Re: hi-res audio bullshit
>Agreed - these 24-bit/192khz systems are targeted at the same people who buy 500 megapixel cameras and 30 speed bicycles.
And professional producers and engineers, *none* of whom use 16/44.1 at work.
But what do they know, eh?
Re: Ah.. a scandel in the finest traditions.
The little people can't afford $1000/night 'fun' on their personal yachts.
LD50 for heroin is only around 350mg. If you're down at the unlucky end of the bell curve half of that can kill you, especially when it's cut with random crap.
Even so, you'd think a professional junkie would know not to kill the john. Maybe she does this a lot?
Re: "The offending footage of Buzz bopping Bart in the chops is on YouTube."
>CAUSE THAT VIDEO OF THE PUNCH IS FAKE!!! IT NEVER HAPPENED. IT'S ALL A CONSPIRACY BY BART SIBREL!!
But that's just what the lizard people want you to think.
This kind of thing would be a total shift from Jobs-era iDevice marketing, where the product was the star, and the people selling it - the shiny, colourful, smiling, immaculately scrubbed people with perfect teeth and lives, who are the only kinds of people allowed to appear in Apple ads - were its supplicants.
Or possibly Cook just wants someone to hustle all the consumer jewellery outlets.
That would make sense.
Hiring some random dude to design ads makes no sense at all.
Re: What's to look forward to?
OMG! Look everyone - it's the AntiEadon[tm].
But if he'd said 'Have you tried turning it off and on again?' none of this would have happened.
Re: Exact Change
>Why not busses?
Cue the JamBusters March.
Re: They did exist-
More likely the Sunspot Creatures monitored the blast telepathically and decided to stop dimming their sun rhythmically in an effort to get noticed.
Happens a lot, I've heard.
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