16 posts • joined 8 May 2012
What The Copulation is "IT" ??
"IT" is equivalent of calling mathematics "number-fiddling". If they can't even find a proper name I assume they have zero thoughts about anything which could be called "curriculum". Instead, they probably assume that "the best ITers are self-taught hackers, so why should we bother with properly educated teachers ?"
Here is some free advice:
A) Call the thing "Computer Science" or "Informatics"
B) The Curriculum should include
B1) Basic Algorithms & Data Structures including sorting and hashing
B2) Learning a proper procedural programming language such as Pascal or Ada. (No, we don't need to dirty the brains of young people with the "industry standard" abominations)
B3) Learning how to analyze a real-world problem and how to transform it into a working program using the language from B2. For example, numerically integrating Gauss curves, projectile trajectories, planetary systems, simulating chemical processes. Or, doing statistical analysis on CSV files.
And please, don't tell me this is too complicated. We already teach differential analysis and nobody would want to drop it for being "too difficult". Of course, we cannot expect all kids to actually grasp it, but neither do we do that with differential analysis.
Security Problem #2 Joins Security Problem #1
So, a Great Day For China's Intelligence Agencies !
Are you also trolling for your Preso's theory that "Showering After Sex Defends Against HIX/AIDS ?". Just asking.
IBM Systems And Technology Group - What Happened To Them
If you think it is a great idea to "protect" some kind of legacy business, see here:
The pictures you see are from a once top-notch IBM semiconductor fab, which once cost 1 billion dollars. Chancellor Helmut Kohl opened the facility personally, more than 20 years ago.
I didn't work for them but it hurts to see excavators tear it down.
As they say "if you can't beat them, join them". HP and Dell know exactly that the IT industry is moving quite fast (as compared to most other industries).
IBM tried to "protect" their mainframe and midrange business, only to see competitors such as HP, Compaq, Dell, Microsoft and Intel eat their business alive. IBM certainly had all the skills required to build a 100% PC and to eat their own mainframe business, but the beancounters in Armonk chose their short-term benefits instead of their long-term viability. Now IBM is a kind of "American Tata" with a dying hardware appendix.
All the "PC" companies (from Intel, Microsoft, Seagate to Google and Facebook) are now pushing Computing Forward. IBM had all of these technologies in-house from the RAM chip and the harddisk up to the SQL database server. But they were incapable to make that stuff available to the little guy with few pennies. Oracle, Microsoft, Seagate, Intel and Google were happy to do so and now they own hugely profitable empires while the IBM hardware/systems business is in a process of steady decline. They are even too stupid to properly sell DB/2.
It all depends on the ratio of HP's capex and the revenue generated. So if they spend 200 dollars on that service capex and 50$ on power, management, interconnect; make 365$ per year, that would already be an excellent investment.
You can indeed built an x86 system with 1Gbyte of RAM and 1.6 GHz for 200$. The other costs are pulled out of thin air by myself and much depends on what kind of deals they can get from the telecoms which were mentioned (those who will host+connect). But I am sure some high-level deals between the CEOs of HP and Vodafone (for example) can produce much better prices than you and I could ever dream of.
Also keep in mind they can ship the hardware in quantities of Full Containers; that immediately cuts out most of the distribution costs which are associated with the traditional business.
..former HP Labs director Joel Birnbaum was theorizing about buying compute capacity on demand about ten years ago. It was just Amazon which made it reality.
This is exactly the right strategy, even if they lose some Amazon business, as they would otherwise slowly disappear as a brand in the server domain.
@HP: Provide Quality, Be Loyal To Own Stuff
As the article has stated, it will be difficult to compete with Amazon ON PRICE. But haven't we read lots of stories about AWS being unreliable ?
So HP, try to compete ON QUALITY: Assure competent people run these infrastructure operations, aim for high availability, resilience, proper technological architectures.
Most of your customers will not be web 2.0 startups - they are already comfortable with Amazon. So it will be more "normal" companies who do not want to buy expensive servers just to see it rot at 5% CPU load in some forgotten corner of their datacenter.
Finally, be Loyal To Your Own Creations. If success is initially not phenomenal, don't do the regular HP fuckup of closing down the own product/service and then support some competitor. You killed lots of High Value product lines this way (Allbase SQL, VMS, PA RISC, HPUX (almost)). Take the Larry E approach and drum up your stuff even if it currently does not fly. Loudly announce minor improvements to anybody who listens. A bit of hyperbole never damaged Oracle and Microsoft - but their mute competitors.
Oh Yeah, Powered by One-Horns
..and I forgot the Pixie Dust. AI has been and is a PORK-SCAM by some MIT bloodsuckers like Marvin Minsky. Or should I call him a Funding Whore ? This man predicted that by 2010 machines would be more intelligent than humans.
Just try out Google translate and you will see how much machine "intelligence" there is. Very little to nothing. Translating requires A) transforming sentences from the source language into a mental model and B) "rendering" that model into the target language. All these souped-up little statistical, shitty approaches never resemble anything which could be called a "model".
AI has been specifically invented by MIT to suck in money so that these pinky liberals could play with computers and pursue their social engineering desires. Achieved they have nothing except GNU and Lisa. The former is useful while the latter displays the SCAM. But GNU is not about AI, it is about run-of-the-mill software released in the open and free as speech etc.
So AI == Pinko-Liberal codeword for Sucking Money Out Of Others Using Computers.
From their website:
"We've come a long way since our launch in 2004. We now have over 400 staff in more than 30 countries, and offices in London, Boston, Taipei, Montreal, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and the Isle of Man."
It appears to me that Mr Shuttleworth is a highly skilled businessman and that he would not expand to 400 staffers if he were losing money. I guess he is already raking it in big-time just on the support contracts they have. Or maybe it is the OEM business. But surely he is not subsidizing 400 well-paid people just for the sake of Linux.
Just look at the list of their job openings and it becomes clear that they don't need any advice on how to make money:
Rather, it appears that this is the European Redhat In The Making. Just that they also aim for the hearts of MS and Apple. Mr Shuttleworth is a shrewd guy....
Cloud & Big Old Corporations
..don't mix. At least the super-corpo I am currently working with has an explicit policy of "all data must be inside our perimeter". Which often means on Laptops, as the corporate data center is outrageously expensive.
They would not even allow for storing data strongly encrypted in the cloud. So AWS ? Probably only when they are getting badly squeezed in some kind of nasty downturn. But even then, I doubt it.
Now Some COLD STEEL RATIONALITY
1.) China and India will compete for the same oil production, with much more money than in the past. Where will all the oil for VTOL come from ??
2.) Teleworking is clearly a huge untapped reservoir for both saving energy, time and nerves. It can be creatively mixed with one to four days at a central office to meet your coworkers in person.
3.) Small buses (such as the Mercedes "Sprinter") which would be scheduled by a Central Service (yeah, like Central Planning) and running on Reserved Lanes, transporting four to eight passengers could easily reduce oil consumption by 80% and time consumption by 50%. Also, ensure Green Lights for these small buses whenever possible. Get a lift by smartphone.
So, using brains is often better than using aerodynamics.
Another Tactic: PDF Spearphishing
As a certain gobbermint has problems with the Tibetan nationalists, they spearphished activists using virus-laden PDFs.
They were specially interested in the Dalai Lama's GPG key, apparently.
Better get rid of Java, Flash, Acrobat, Photoshop and the other Commercialware CHICOM-Intel-enablers.
But then, didn't Lenin say "capitalists are going to sell you weak software to be exploited by communists" ? Or was it ropes ?
This Is Just a Ploy
..to get leverage over Microsoft for the next $$ negotiations. "See, we could sell client machines with Ubuntu pre-installed - you did read our press release. Now please give us some fucking discount or we will actually do it".
DELL has done the same with AMD and Intel. And when they got CA$H from Intel, they duly stopped using AMD processors. With capacitors this approach does not work, so they use the crappiest ones they can get if they get a 0.01cent rebate. You, the customer(I mean Dumb Fuck), will be left with the problem anyway.
Re: xps gone poopy
And you cannot do
apt-get install g++ gmake emacs
That's a FAIL.
In The Long Line Of Revolutionary Human Achievements
This <b>shurely will be one of the brightest</b>. I rank it in this list:
1st: Perpetuum Mobile
2nd: Cold Fusion in a test tube
3rd: Funny lasers appearing faster than light
4th: Faster-than-light Neutrions which develop on rusty USB contacts.
This is a <b>real</b> picture of Burning Snake Oil. Chemically the same as Burning Pork Barrel Fat.
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