625 posts • joined Wednesday 15th February 2012 18:00 GMT
Re: Good job Iain-Duckegg-Smith doesn't work at Tescos.
"The pedantic grammar Nazi in me wishes to point out that "CV of life" is a tautology."
Not when you're talking about IDS, who has neither.
Re: Time for a new standard unit of measurement?
Amazon's secret drone development facility and elf breeding program.
Re: The Wild-West days are here again
A mining operation can't cede if it wants to keep selling stuff on the home planet. Especially not a space mining operation which relies on critical supplies for life support. (Every attempt to create a closed self-sustaining ecology to date has ended in disaster. Sitting on a big pile of platinum is unlikely to fix that.)
And if said mining operation threatens Earth with a few big rocks, a lot of nukes could be sent in their general direction. (Not to mention the fact that killing your own customers is kind of stupid.)
You're repeating the 'governments don't matter' fantasy beloved by USian glibertarian fundamentalists.
In realpolitik, governments continue to matter a lot.
Remember John Perry Barlow's declaration of cyberspace independence? Remember 'The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it?'
How's that working out for everyone in - say - China? Or (coming soon...) East Molesey?
Re: Turkeys and Christmas
Isn't IBS an acronym for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
(Not to be confused with IDS, which is something completely different.)
Nah. Not practical for any number of reasons - flying time, payload weight, flight security, delivery security. (Is the Zon planning to leave weatherproof packages in people's gardens?)
It would have to be cheaper than FedEx etc to be worth doing, and I can't see that happening.
Good PR stunt though.
Re: So big.
MS != ms.
They should check the spectrum for modulation artefacts.
80's computer ad!
Boring beige box: check.
Leafy pot plant: check.
Bar chart of exponentially increasing sales: check.
Re: kill it! kill it with fire!!!
Seems a bit extreme for guinea pigs when a few spiders will do the job. (Allegedly.)
Re: Theater, indeed
"This is exactly my point about AQ attacks and 9/11. If a group is so well organised they can pull off simultaneous multiple hijackings, but are unable to attempt "simple" terror attacks in the following years, then what changed?"
[deadpan] That just proves all the NSA spying has been a complete success. [/deadpan]
Re: They should have called their new OS iWindows
You got that upside down: !Windows.
Re: Why do we want the internet of things?
How about the Internet of Pings?
Or the Internet of Blings? (It checks your total net worth, and projects it onto your forehead.)
I'll stop now.
Re: More government mental
We're 'governed' by self-serving spivs, tossers, trust fund chavs, and other crazies.
These people aren't just a bit off, many of them seem to be morally defective. There's such a thing as moral stupidity, and it's far more of a handicap to basic human adult functioning than the (formerly) officially recognised kinds.
Unfortunately, the atrocity machines we call business and politics reward this defectiveness, instead of quarantining it as they should.
Good on you for still having a conscience and a desire to help. That immediately puts you ahead of the morally crippled losers in Westminster who are responsible for the suffering you're trying to do something about.
Re: No idea
Not wanting to get too PC, but when men design giant pointy buildings everyone is like 'Oooh - look at the size of that.'
A girl puts a vag around the pitch, and suddenly she has archi-cooties and half of the Reg Office 11 become sniggering Viz-reading spotty teenagers (as usual).
Hadid's actually a damn fine architect, with an impressive track record.
She may or may not have done this as a joke. But even if she did - so what?
Not a problem. Armux is more likely.
Re: Aww, US budget cuts could be simple ;-)
This is called sortition. It's not a new idea - it's been proposed since Ancient Greek times.
Would it work? Up to a point. The problem is you would need a helper and teacher class to get your 'jurists' up to speed on procedure and context.
And that class would have a lot of unelected power.
It also relies on an honest, spin-free, non-lying media. And we know how likely that is.
But... the one thing that would make a huge difference is creating a new criminal offence of wilfully and knowingly misleading the public. That would put pols, media barons, spin-meisters, corporate communications whores and plain old advertisers on notice, and do a lot to clean up and improve practical democracy.
Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance
Intel did buy the designers and the IP from DEC in 2001. The DEC engineers - who were brilliant - contributed to the last few iterations of the Pentium.
One of my favourite computing stories is the moment when the DEC board realise that their chip guys have taken their top-line seven-figure ECL Monster-VAX and chipped it into something that costs a couple of hundred dollars and runs faster.
Alpha would have been excellent with Intel's fab skills. But that's not what we got.
Still - Intel doing ARM is Not Going To Happen. Not successfully, anyway.
Intel has nothing interesting to offer the ARM community. I suspect too much corporate sclerosis to allow Intel to allow ARM space to use its latest monster multicores - although multicore+optimised OS is probably the only thing that might save a niche for the desktop PC.
Re: Hold on a minute!
*** Entrepreneur Version 1.0 ***
: MOVE TO SHOREDITCH
You are now in Shoreditch.
: USE INCREDIBLY RICH RELATIVE
You do not have a INCREDIBLY RICH RELATIVE.
You are now on JOBSEEKERS ALLOWANCE being bullied by ATOS.
"Everybody who works has a real need to be productive."
Hilarious unintentional irony is always the best kind.
That's the thing about right-wing economists - it's all ideology and story-telling. If you want accurate predictions of consequences, never ask someone like Worstall, because he's incapable of understanding how the world really works.
And that includes understanding the business consequences of policy. A case in point being the US, where the absence of public health-care, and the ensuing profiteering by the insurance companies, is a huge drain on the US economy.
It not only means less discretionary spending by most of the population, it also penalises businesses, and adds a huge risk for anyone thinking of contracting or going freelance - factors which we don't need to think about in the UK.
But in Worstall- world this gets translated to 'granny doesn't deserve a new hip, because economics.'
(Never mind that in the UK granny will already have paid for her new hip through tax and NI collected during her working life.)
It's the not-cheap cheap iPhone
Who could have predicted it would fail?
Re: I presume...
In Soviet Cupertino, feature turns off you.
Re: Some context @Christian
This is a problem, because the world - well, the geek world - badly needs a proper open hardware platform.
The Pi is possibly the closest thing so far. Multiply the power by a factor of ten, increase the cost by a factor of two or three, keep the culture, and you have something that really can compete with PCs/Macs and maybe even iThings/Droids.
This would be a very good thing. Something with the power of a modern PC but moving in the opposite direction to the closed efforts of Apple, MS and Google would be immensely appealing.
So I hope the Pi F is thinking long-term. There's a real opportunity here.
Re: The Third Nut
"There is no creativity to understand because its is not a thing. It is success in search."
I'm consistently impressed by how many of your posts on here are utterly incorrect. :-)
There's a lot research in computer creativity, and only the least interesting work has anything to do with 'success in search.' E.g. check out the work of Geraint Wiggins for some examples of why search is neither the problem nor the answer.
"After all, it's hardly surprising that we should have circuits built in at the very lowest level to warn us of the approach of anything that might eat us."
Sadly, those circuits don't seem to work on evolving silicon lifeforms.
Or politicians. (But that's a whole other problem.)
'where the students sang a Coldplay song with the lyrics "It's such a shame for us to part; nobody said it was easy; no one ever said it would be this hard." The news moved the entire family to tears, Ballmer reports.'
Internet says LOL.
Dude - you killed the PC.
Apple and Google didn't help. But you turned a viable legacy business with some prospects for continuing innovation into a historical joke on the level of the Edsel, New Coke, and Sarah Palin.
Who cares if Big Man Cries? I don't, and nor do most of your former customers.
Not in Delaware it isn't.
The big issue with tax in the USA is the bureaucracy - especially if you're employing people. Corporate rates are not that high, and certainly less than the UK's nominal 20-something percent.
Re: Surely, there is a compromise that can be reached!!
"One Direction's version of the Dr. Who theme music starts all episodes from here out?"
Or 1D are brutally exterminated by Daleks, and all memories of them are erased by the Silence.
Or is that too lenient?
Re: Not quite
Someone should tell all those climate protesters who were being shagged by Special Operatives[tm] that they were only doing it because they agreed with them - and not because of covert surveillance and intelligence gathering.
When we hear how the NSA are collecting information about bankers and currency traders with a view to prosecution, I'll agree you have a point.
Re: Oh dear...
Page might want to adjust his definition of 'safe' after talking to all those Fukushima kids who now have thyroid cancer - and the increasing numbers who will be diagnosed over the next few years.
Re: The problem is the analysis
"So, please, tell me why these are the root causes for the failure of Surface?"
Because Apple created an app ecosystem around iOS which made comparisons with OS X irrelevant. No iOS user expected to get a cut-down Mac. What they got was a pocket thing/slab which looked lovely and did a lot of obviously cool stuff you could impress your friends with.
This worked brilliantly when apps were still a novelty.
MS started WinRT with Windows branding - hence the Win in the name, which I'm sure some marketing droid in Redmond thought was clever - and then said 'But you can't actually do any of the things you expect from Windows.'
WinRT is like a car with three wheels removed. It goes in circles and makes a horrible scraping sound, and the only answer to 'Where do you want to go today?' is 'Nowhere.'
Re: unhelpful review
"Surface 2 = failed iPad competitor
Surface Pro 2 = failed MacBook Air competitor"
Fixed that for you.
Not that Apple are unassailable - far from it, with the likes of Samsung, Lenovo, Google, Amazon, and others all putting up real alternatives, depending on your budget and spec needs.
But this is silly money for what is basically an Office machine. And anyone who wants Office - still - is going to want real a bigger screen and likely a better keyboard.
MS haven't realised the most likely response to 'But it does Office!' isn't rapturous orgasmic spurting joy, but 'And...?'
Hide it under WinClown 8.x and you have a sure loser. (See also > $1 billion lost already, etc.)
"Having a slow day in the old creative writing department, have we?"
Who - The Reg, or Apple?
(Not that that's an ex-or.)
Re: The problem with BT's attempts to buff up their brand...
"What kind of name could BT go for?"
How about FurQ?
(Pronounced 'furk', obviously.)
Office on RT is probably the most complex 'Goodbye, World' macro in software history.
I though it was Amazon that made the Fire tablets?
Re: Tired of hearng the same old bull muck!
"I've used IE for years and years!"
Re: Not more appliances that need boot up time!
Fridges will crash with the blue screen of yoghurt.
Actually, getting a text that you've left the door (either...) open would be useful.
(Unless you're on the way to the airport.)
"Domestic battery with a domestic battery?"
It's on the charge sheet.
Re: I don't think that Elop will get it.............
I'd love to see a smart, competitive MS doing clever and interesting things and shaking things up.
But at this point, the company is so dysfunctional - even while it's so good at making cash, for now - that real innovation is almost vanishingly unlikely.
In fact MS have an impressive recent track record of gravity-warping stupidity. So on that basis, Elop should be a shoo-on - if only because it's hard to imagine anyone less competent.
He even looks the part - blobbed out from the same Dr Who monster silicone mould as Ballmer.
Re: So fix it!
"I'm not saying that all are put off - but it's certainly a lot more difficult these days."
Which is as it should be, because you're trying to encourage the ones who can do it. Not everyone else.
But... it isn't actually more difficult to get started. When I was learning Z80 programming you had one book - maybe two, if your parents were rich - and a few hit and miss magazine articles.
Now there's a staggering amount of free documentation and example code for all the popular coding environments. And books. And blogs. And boards. And free libraries. And GitHub. And...
What's missing isn't easy access, it's exclusivity and unique business niches. You could run a successful small business in the 80s selling ZX81 and Spectrum games from your bedroom. With that background, you had a non-zero chance of getting into the foothills of contracting, even if the business idea didn't work long term.
Now it's much harder to find a niche if you don't also know how to do graphic design and social marketing.
And code-monkey work is being offshored anyway. I wouldn't recommend it as a long-term career to kids today, because by the time they're old enough to be looking for work they're going to be competing with Indian contractors who have been learning C++ since they were embryos, and work for £10/hr.
The next big waves - robotics, embedded systems, hacker biotech - haven't quite broken yet. I'd consider pointing kids at those and giving them start-up experience.
Coding is not the hard part of the problem any more. The difficult part is the limited politics of opportunity in the UK, and a culture that still thinks it should be turning out drones, managers, and financial/political con artists, instead of people who have cool ideas and do useful stuff.
Re: Yup. That's me.
"My code's compiling."
Then go find other code to write, peasant.
Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing
"So if there were ancient aliens, they would have colonized the galaxy, Earth included, and there would have not been space for us to evolve."
Maybe they did and are leaving us alone because to them, we're stupid and boring knuckle-draggers.
Or maybe they're quietly influencing us in invisible ways.
Or maybe the conspiracy theorists are right and Earth is already being run by and for the benefit of trans-dimensional lizard creatures from Planet Lovecraft.
Some of those are more likely than others. But point is, when you're dealing with much older civs, the idea they're going to land a saucer in DC and say 'Take me to your leader' is nonsensical.
Aliens will be alien, with unknown morals, ethics, and technological abilities.
Expecting them to be like us, but with ethics from 1813 and technology from 2113 is very, very naive.
Re: "fake tunes"
If you think about it, he set up ghost AI accounts to listen to ghost AI music.
How long before we have a ghost Internet populated entirely by fake ghost-bots tweeting and faceborging each other with no human intervention, and fake chanbots being monitored by aggressive NSA-bots?
Or has this happened already?
Re: To be fair...
"It was the Labour government being a poodle that rolled over and let the US set the agenda."
Don't be a fool. The surveillance goes back a lot longer than Blair. ECHELON was first outed in 1988.
And you'll find the other lot are just as culpable - and very possibly even more enthusiastic.
Re: Xbox sucessful?
That track being Windows 8 (the 'H' is silent), Office Fluffy Cloud, and Azure, the 'service' famous for failing globally?
Re: I've got one here...
Plan 9 also runs on the Pi.
Which is kind of weird, if you think about it. For all kinds of reasons.
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