850 posts • joined 15 Feb 2012
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.
Re: I don't see the mystery.
>she still couldn't grasp the concepts of applications and files and folders!
And this is who Win 8 was designed for - not the millions of PC users who can.
But the rush hour means that driverless cars will still be lying around idle all day. They'll just be lying around at the GoogleDepot[tm] or on grass verges and in random parking spaces.
They won't be outside people's homes, unless that particular piece of tarmac is a convenient parking space.
This may not sit well with punters who want a car now.
Even with Google's world-class stat skills and prediction models, there will still be people who want a car and have to wait for one. Those wait times will either make the service or kill it.
Re: Too much law
>I don't believe Nokia's senior managers are more or less stupid than those of the average globo corp
Nokia were already failing with insane internal competition, project sprawl, and bureaucracy. Core engineering was always world class. Manudjment was increasingly Harvard-led and dysfunctional.
But they could have recovered with good management - which Elop clearly wasn't.
As the original article points out, a lot of supposedly disrupted and failing corps go on to have long and happy lives.
I think we'll see Nokia back in personal comms once the MS agreement has run its course - and they'll still be better at it than MS is.
Not only is the response not flat, the response is different for everyone. Fletcher-Munson is a best guess approximation.
In reality, everyone has different ears.
That aside - yes, perfect transient response would be a good thing. But isn't this the same John Watkinson who believes that 44.1kHz is perfectly adequate for audio?
Good luck getting perfect square waves out of any system with obvious band-limiting.
There's some debate about how much bandwidth you need for position estimation. It may only be a few kHz, so 44.1kHz is fine, and perfect square waves aren't necessary.
But also, it may be more complicated than that. One of the intriguing things about audio is how subtle it is, and how tiny changes can make such a huge difference to the sound.
Re: I live in the country!
>I live in the country!
>...we also have this thing called a 60mb broadband connection?
Now I know you're lying. No one who lives in the real countryside has trains, or broadband. We're lucky to get 1.5MB/s down a piece of wire bought wholesale from RadioSpares back in the 80s.
Still, nice to see the Reg not being patronising at all to us country folk.
As for the badger cull - it had nothing to do with cute badgers (they're not all that cute, in fact) and everything to do with the fact that it was a stupid idea that couldn't possibly do anything useful to control bovine TB.
Which, to no one's surprise, except that of townie hoorays who like killing wildlife because they think it's fun, it didn't.
And the only reason Cuadrilla backed down (nominally - we'll see what they say a few years from now) at Balcombe was because they knew if they went ahead with fracking they'd get their arses kicked in court, and it wasn't worth the effort.
Once they'd been forced to stop because drilling was causing earthquakes, as happened in Weeton, I'm sure even the Cuadrilla board could estimate what a damages claim would cost.
Re: I don't get the BBC
I would totally watch a live action version of "The Archers" with werewolves.
Re: How the sale went down
Not entirely fair. I've always found Maplin staff to be more informed than elsewhere. Some of them are even enthusiastic and genuinely helpful.
E.g. when I had to take a charger back, they had no trouble finding a record of the sale even though it was nine months earlier at another store.
But they're not cheap. And they're competing with the '50p for a mile of CAT6' Ebay people.
Shame, but big box retail probably isn't a good thing to be investing in now.
Re: We need a bigger shovel
A real physicist would have proposed a time machine and a system for changing the Earth's tectonic plates.
Go back a hundred million years or so, move things around a bit, and you have all the mountains you want.
Re: Null pointer
If only this environment had working garbage collection.
Re: That problem has been solved
Will there be a penguin version?
Re: Hacking Team?
>Not sure whether psychotic attack or trying to make sense?
Also applies globally.
Re: RE bullets cost too much, we'd be better of bludgeoning them all to death.
Why not make them pay for the bludgeons out of their benefits?
"Unfortuntley some people just cannot be trusted to make the correct decision, and they will spend public money on crony projects for their old school mates."
Fixed that for you.
See also - allegedly - HS2 and HS3, NHS privatisation, mail privatisation, and many, many more.
But you're worried about a few people spending money on beer and fags?
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- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great