43 posts • joined 6 May 2012
Sure. I personally find Android's mix of Apps and Widgets, combined with customisations from manufacturers, means I need to spend a good 15 minutes customising Android handsets so the interface is to my liking. And my liking is for a very consistent and clean experience.
That's NOT me saying everything should behave like iOS. Rather it's a statement that I feel Android is a little untidy and inconsistent.
That is all.
I chose to discount overseas students in order to test Dalton's assertions under the most favorable possible circumstances (for Dalton).
But I agree - anecdotally plenty of overseas students stay on, or return.
On the matter of "there are X students, that proves our teaching is awesome", I wasn't saying our teaching is awesome. But it is good enough to attract 18,000 people to spend at least a year here and pay tuition of a few tens thousands a year. If we assume 18,000 students each pay $20k a year, IT education is a $360m a year industry. Which is a rather nice sum.
Re: Why are you so sure that they are scheming?
Andy, I wasn't trying to suggest that Microsoft is being evil or devious or even merely naughty.
It just seemed odd to me that with free desktop virtualisation software out there for the taking, it's chosen a paid package for this promotion. Sure it makes a better incentive. But it also means Microsoft doesn't nourish any serious competitor, given Parallels is such a small outfit in the virtualisation world and hardly a threat to anything Microsoft does.
Here in the non-English speaking world - ie the american and strayan speaking world - Shift-3 makes a hash of things. i shall internationalise the second deck nonetheless
Re: "concentrate on building great products that really help in their lives"
You're commenting what I'm thinking - I use reader every day. I always wondered why reader had no ads. Would they kill it if it did?
Re: obviously the negative associations
I wish a Google search had been possible: Hansard's search is very comprehensive and goes back a very, very, long way, but is one of those finicky EDM-driven searches that frustrates and delivers in equal measure.
Re: It's not that crazy you know...
One of the entrepreneurs behind those shocks popped up a few years later as a "oooh look, social media can help you sell stuff" motivational speaker. In a past journalistic life in small business I found this quite amusing.
More Star Wars ASCII
I'm sure we all remember asciimation.co.nz ?
If not, go now
Re: Episode IV - A NEW HOP.
Very good. Buy this man a cigar.
Don't forget US sales tax adds around seven per cent when calculating that comparison price!
Actually it's pretty good by the standards of most press releases. It is short, contains little fluff, no major errors (one I received today said 'mother's are worried about' something or other) and at least raised a smile.That puts it well ahead of most we receive at Vulture South.
Re: This is news?
Hi Willie, no PR involvement in this one mate. I met a VCDX at a function, investigated and here are the results. VMware PR helped with some data, but this story was NOT pitched to me by VMware.
PointCast rocked. In about 1997 I worked for a small business where we each had dialup internet. It was frowned upon to stay online all day, as doing so was expensive. PointCast made it possible to suck down a decent lot of content and access it without needing to be online.
I think it's also worth mentioning in the context of FlipBoard, a product that surely owes some inspiration to PointCast.
We called it Scrotus Pokes, to invoke the pain of using it.
Re: Maybe I missed it
Veronika didn't work on Sherlock, but the same game engine was used.
Re: Routers and routers....(was Silly Con Valley reporting in ...)
here in Australia, "root" means the same but is a little ruder than ,"shag" is in the UK. So "rooters" is out and "rowters" are in.
Re: The Interface Formerly Known As Metro
Studley, you do indeed seem to have coined TIFKAM 9 days before I used it in this yarn http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/23/classic_shell_gives_windows_8_a_start_button/
You'll have to take my word on this, but this was a Newton/Leibniz simultaneous co-invention-without-prior-Knowledge thing, but I am happy to cede the honours.
Re: and your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries
I'm glad somebody got the Python reference.
Re: there's a serious danger here though
I recently bought an e-book here in Australia. It's sequel is not sold as an e-book in Australia. The third in the series is.
I bought the second in the USA, ON A PLANE using free Wifi access to Amazon.
So yes, it seems some perfectly normal files aren't suitable for Australian use, thanks to the moronic nature of territorial copyright.
It's even worse in NZ, I understand, as it is such a small market publishers can't be arsed prepping stuff to e-publish there.
we got the post-launch launch video up as soon as we could find and process it. FWIW the NASA embed code didn't play nicely with our CMS, so the few minutes it took to get it into YouTube (NASA offered a download link) added to the amount of time required to get you the best possible content after the launch.
Re: "The antipodean nation has also recently tabled data retention proposals..."
I'm in Australia (and from here) and down here "tabled" means "to put on the table" aka to propose.
Re: This is pocket change
But you don't get to put out press releases saying you've won that kind of work
Thanks for the early feedback, all. I'll see what we can do for those of you who get other newsletters and would like the Australian one as well. We may also sneak one or two of the better suggestions for names into the list, if we can do so without violating the spirit of the competition.
Thanks all for the comments. I knew as I tried this that the results would be a tad ropey, but an 82-incher is not the kind of thing that works well with words and I had no video kit other than my Californian phone to hand. I'll do better next time!
How much energy is needed to get escape velocity for all those megatons of coronal mass? Am feeling even less significant just thinking about it
Speaking as that random guy, you're right: Cambridge folk know more about this than I. Not sure why that is relevant, or how I am random.
You're right. It was 2400b/s, not kb/s. I shall amend, hang my head in shame and promise never again to write when horridly jetlagged.
As if that's an excuse anyway.
Fine writer, will be missed
My brother used to put me down as a geek by mentioning the Stainless Steel Rat. Little did he know Slippery Jim would lead me to this forum, today, among this fine company, we band of brothers ...
I'll be tucking into a porcuswine burger today in memory of Harry.
John Scalzi may be his spiritual descendant as a writer, IMHO, for those in need of a similar read.
Bad Taste is indeed magnificent. I liked the brains best. The sheep was pretty funny.
His next project, IIRC, was a Muppets parody called "Meet the Feebles." The student 'paper I worked on at the time interviewed him and asked if he would like to work with puppets again. His answer was yes he would, but puppets have said they won't work HIM again.
Here all week ....
Not an as
No it's not an ad. Would I have included the installation delay and sales tactics if it were?
REAMDE is a good READ. But it is hardly SciFi - all the tech in it is modern, almost nothing is imagined.
I've read it twice, but then I am a bit of a Stephenson fanboi.
As for Dickens, Hugo, etc, Stephenson did have a waft at that model of writing in The Mongoliad, which was cracking fun. I do hope foreworldsaga.com eventually gets fleshed out ...
Changes made in response to eminently sensible feedback from commenters, for which I thank them.
Ooops - that should have been PROTECT details and it is now. :-)
Well played, Sir.
Re: Five or six?
sloppy writing by me - I hoped the illustration would explain it.
There are five horizontally-mounted cameras in the pentagonal thing on top of the stalk, plus one more at the top.
I should have explained it better.
Note to self: do better.
Thanks for pointing out my error, MadMalc. It was an editing mistake. I've made the changes to the text.
And FWIW IBM says density was 100 bits per linear inch http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/701/701_1415bx26.html. A 1200 foot tape therefore had 1,440,000 bits, or about 175k by my reckoning.
Thanks for the comments
Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm working hard on my proofing - we work without a net here in the APAC eerie. For those of you who wanted more detail , I'm sorry if the story is a little light-on. The story had to be vetted and the deep technical details weren't available for predictable reasons, but I felt the story worth a go anyway.
Lots of good points here about methodology and sampling. That's why I made sure to point out these are *preliminary* results.
I'm not sure I can bring myself to do an *ahem* deeper interview.
I find it easier to file stephenson under sci fi. Feel free to offer an alternative characterisation
I'm reading The children of the sky ATM. It is very fine.
Re: a fart by any other name ..
Just this once I tried to be classy.
I shan't make that mistake again ;-)
Re: How quaint
Well played, Sir. Well played.
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