54 posts • joined 4 Sep 2012
Not how i remember the book
...which was about an american antiques/gift shop owner who had seen his culture deprecated by the Japanese who had taken over - not the Germans. In fact i dont remember the germans featuring hugely at all.
shit in...shit out
Its all subjective but as someone whos been playing the guitar for over 20 years and has been through a large collection of amps & cabs, i can say the biggest impact on sound 'character' generated for a given set of inputs are...:
- the amplifier
- the speaker
This is the same if its MP3 files, CDs or lossless digital formats.
However like any other process if you put shit in, youll get shit out, lossless or not.
If you cant get a good amp do your ears a favour and buy a pair of Grado headphones - sr60s will do.
Forget your overpriced chavvy gizmo laden B&W, Bose, B&O and Beats etc phones get something that really makes a difference & that says you actually know what youre talking about.
People often use brands as a means of acquiring an identity for themselves. Personally i think its bollocks and I choose what I buy on the basis of quality
Bose is gash
buy Grado instead - a pair of 'cheap' Grado SR60s is good enough to give every pair of boutique headphones ive tried - including B&W P5s, expensive AKGs, the £150 pair of Shures i bought recently and certainly anything Bose have churned out - a bloody good run for their money.
I wouldnt buy anything else instead these days
This might just be the most ironic bit of PR ever
Given China's undoubtedly dubious history of tracking its own people....
...keep fighting the good fight Al. Despite our transtory status my experience is that us contractors are more committed to genuinely improving the businesses we work for than their own permanent staff are.
its only a matter of time....
before these things are banned on grounds of health, safety & the impending likelihood of a multi-meeelion dollar lawsuit the first time some 'innocent' person suffers prolonged mild terror - or worse - as a result of one of these things...
I wonder if you can so confidently argue that the increase in Taliban/Al Qaeda etc activity in the middle east - most notably the ISIS events this week - are not linked to the publication of details of exactly what was being monitored and how??
Couldnt agree more with the original poster of the TRAITORS comment.
Lets all give China, Russia, North Korea, Iran etc all the propaganda they need eh - FFS you idiots, to sustain democracy you unfortunately have to fight fire with fire - merely taking the high ground im afraid just opens a vacuum into which those who want to disrupt your way of life will very quickly step in and begine to overwhelm you.
This ultimately is the law of nature - eat or be eaten. If you dont want our government to spend the money on it, start surrendering your rights to freedom as we know it now.
Not only is Dr Dre set to be a billionaire doctor of musicology, but if i remember correctly his back catalogue also marks him out as a keen supporter of the Law Enforcement community and a champion of womens rights??
Trebles all round...(crotchets and quavers optional)
Diversity is bollocks
Whatever happened to employing the best candidate for a given job - is that not genuinely the fairest thing to do.
Can discrimintation ever be positive....?
How about rather than spending massive amounts of money on additional software (& infrastructure to run it on), businesses actually take a bit of time to understand exactly what data theyve got, what purpose it serves and what value it has....before throwing more good money after bad
A well thought out & properly implemented archiving strategy can substantially reduce the amount of 'live' data in your production databases, whilst simultaneously providing performance improvements, consolidation onto fewer CPUs and allowing you to actually use tiered storage for what its for. It can help avoid the need for partitioning (@ approx £5k per core) and other more complex solution for managing vastly bloated relational DBs.
Sometimes we forget to look at the obvious and continue wasting money on perpetuating the same problem...
Re: I always thought he was a bit crazy
The guy is a dictator intent on turning Russia into a communist state with a state controlled pseudo-capitolist economy.
Unfortunately I have to admire what he has achieved for his country - he is a consumate strategest and has been playing the long game with the west for over ten years now, during which time he has manouvred Russian utilities, minerals and raw materials businesses into key positions underpinning western european economies, while the heads of those countries have bent over backwards to accommodate the oligarchs and wealthy Russian businessmen who have hungrilly started to acquire their national assets.
It was only a matter of time before Putin started delivering the killer blows by pretty much nationalising those same businesses from under the feet of their owners, while we in the west were so preoccupied by the thought of foreign cash that our so called leaders failed to see what they were getting themselves into - and we now have zero leverage to do anything about the current situation in Crimea.
Goes to show you should always protect your national interests first and foremost. This is NOT the time to be cutting defence budgets, and the fact that almost all investment in UKs major infrastructure projects is coming from overseas (ie China!!!) is a truly frightening thought indeed.
Lessons need to be learnt.
And Joe Belfiore is powered by Dung
"You could say he/she understands everything about the world"
This sentence is also true of most of the uni graduates Iwhen they first enter the workplace - before their spirits have been crushed by the faceless corporate machine!
Thats life unfortunately
No point losing any sleep over it - im quite pissed off that the OR upstart has sold his soul to the devil. I hoped he might have more strategic foresight and commitment to his product and the community it has fostered over the last 18 months or so....but no...money talks, and when youre 20 years old instant cash always wins over what might be the right thing in the long term
This surely ranks as one of the biggest potential losses to the gaming world.
I only hope Sony's Morpehus can match the latest Rift in terms of performance before its finished - id rather they had my cash than Zuckerberg.
Re: Dont be so naive
Youve missed the point pal - the economic benefits associated with the infrastructure regeneration of destroyed countries, the potential mineral assets of the country in question are usually - along with achieving a stable socio-economic platform for those nations who influence your own balance of trade - the determining factors, or excuses that influence whether the US declares a war or not. And no that isnt a quote.
I for one am not naive nor asleep - why would you weaken your own country's position in the very real cyber war that has been going on for several years now (see Stuxnet et al) - thereby risking the economic and social stability of your home nation - by leaking confidential information, for any reason other than ego fluffing. Morality, to quote Jim Royle, my arse.
Read twice, comment once.
Dont be so naive
If youve genuinely got nothing to hide, youve probably got nothing to worry about. The issue is not the NSAs use of these tools but the undoubtedly equally nefarious use of them by the more unscrupulous governments of the world - i.e china, iran, israel, syria, russia et al.
This stuff should never have been made public - the supreme naivete of the liberal press astounds me hear - talk about shooting yourself in the foot, for what in the second world war would most certainly have been considered treason and punished by hanging. He isnt a whistle blower - this was some screwed up ego trip disguised under the pretext of doing us all a favour.
If we dont stay ahead of the rest of the world in this dept we will only end up regretting it - and the same press who lauded Mr Snowdens self interested ego boosting antics will be wondering why we cut our own nose off to spite our face in the first place.
It isnt just sysadmins
...its infrastructure architects, project managers and other roles involved in the IT project lfiecycle as well.
Im all for using the right tools for the job - and cloud has its place - however its not the answer to every CTOs problems - and its those idiots that are turning cloud into the new outsourcing - i.e clouds the answer, whats the question, whereas it used to be (and still is) outsourcing.
Interesting to hear that as startups reach critical mass, they are looking for autonomy over their key IP - which does reinforce my earlier point - everything has its place
Unfortunately this is one buzzword/phrase that just will not go away - it is not a panacea - especially not for big businesses and those handling anything but unregulated data.
If youre a big business and want genuine capacity on demand, flexibility and agilitydesign it into your infrastructure up front and make sure youve got a funding model that can deliver it.
Death threats - WTF?
Without belittling the lossess people have suffered, like other corporate investors who lose their money because of somebody elses cock up, you just have to take this on the chin.
Death threats etc is not how this works - it is business unfortunately.
Re: Kettle, met pot, pot meet kettle
Until large scale customers such as the public sector start heavily using (& therefore driving the improvement of) Open Source software such as the various Office Suite rivals, then it will lag a little behind the expensive proprietary stuff.
What the customers also need to realise is that to make a success of a move like this also requires investment in you internal IT capabilities & skills. A combination of those two can only be a good thing, leading to better quality Open Source software and er...'skillier' resources
You have removed the accountability from employees of 2e2 over their own career choices.
I worked for Compel at the time they got taken over by 2e2 - and it was evident at the time - that those in charge of 2e2 were just trying to make a quick buck and move on - which is typical of many businesses choosing the growth by acquisition route.
It was pretty obvious after seeing their presentation that it wasnt a viable long term career option and I found another job.
Re: your comments on funding, funding is all about investor confidence in the board's ability to deliver a return. It just took the city longer than some of us realise what they were dealing with and to pull the plug on it,
Heres a radical idea
Why dont government put some serious investment into building their own IT capabilities - that way they would avoid wasting vast anounts of cash purely for the purposes of lining the pockets of incompetent organisations like Capita who couldnt deliver a paper let alone a major IT infrastructure programme like this?
Outsourcing just does not work on this scale - and for one simple reason - the objectives of the 'client' doing the outsource are usually to save cost (but internally this gets marketed as 'leveraging the expertise' of the supplier, getting access to best of breed tech & process from a proven supplier, improve quality of service, shorten time to market blah blah blah), but the commercial objectives of the supplier are simply this:
To meet their contractual obligations at minimum cost.
Quite how any IT director in their right mind can equate the two and seriously believe that signing an outsource deal with one of the numerous IT services companies - pretty much all of who share an abysmal record of success - will lead to anything other than them getting their bonus cheque is beyond me....oh wait - i think ive just answered my own question....
Lets turn what could be a genuinely cheap (free mobile & dev toolkits etc) exercise into a massively bloated PR laden wankfest, in which (as usual) a handful of individuals then milk the public purse for vast sums of cash, deliver approximately 7 tenths of bugger all and then f**k off into the sunset leaving a trail of unfinished crap behind them.
.....which unfortunately is exactly what has also happened with every major Government IT initiative (Labour and ConDem) over the last 10 years or so.
When will the get somebody who can make the piss up and brewery finally collide in an orgy of drunkness.
Stop bloody funding these wankers - these are the very machines people really go there to see (aside from the human side of the story).
Either the organising board does this properly or they shouldnt do it at all.
I worked for them for 4 years on a number of high profile software & infrastructure projects that were all so obviously doomed to failure it was painful - i feel qualified to say that they just dont have any genuine experience or expertise in managing complex (or even simple) software projects so this isnt a suprise.
The bigger questino is for the MOD to answer - can they genuinely say that recruitment was going to cost them £1.3 billion over 10 years...if so that is outrageous.
If you outsource a problem - its still a problem. Businesses need to learn to fix their issues before they hand them over to somebody else...
Prepare for consumer inflation...probably
While I agree this sort of thing is pretty disgraceful, if Oracle lose and the results for them and every other corporation currently taking advantage of this sort of situation are obvious....increased labour costs.
The natural order of things in this unreasonably short term capitalist world we live in, is that this will squeeze bottom lines and if the fat cats are to get their bonuses, the hedge funds need to be kept on side. This for you & me can only ever mean one thing....higher prices.
Those wankers in the city who spend their lives gambling away other peoples' money have a lot to answer for...but perhaps slighlty less than the spineless governments who consistently refuse to do anything about them.
Free speech vs cyber extortion?
...providing that the claims espoused on said website are factual this seems genuine enough - but i cant help thinking it smacks of just hunting a payout.
Am surprised - the libel laws being what they are in the UK - that this hasnt gone further...the High Court has a pretty appalling record of siding with the little guy in these cases, as any Provate Eye reader will know, so it may be just a matter of time.
This is madness
Perhaps there needs to be a time limit on patents in the IT industry?
Trevor Bayliss aside, companies should succeed or fail on the strength of their products - if Apple & co spent as much time & money innovating as they did in the courtroom then they wouldnt need to resort to these farcical playground tactics.
This guy is an attention seeking shitbag.
No surprise there then
...But having worked on a number of large scale projects deploying Larrys fully featured off the shelf software, I can personally vouch for the fact that (in my experience) their software can often require as much manpower to configure and make perform as it would have done to build the same business functionality from available open source resources.
That is multiplied when the implementation (and 'architecture') is outsourced to the usual incompetent major SI suspects, who wheel the A team in for the sales pitch and then dish the real work out to (usually) incomptent off shore resources who often ust dont have the nous or experience to know how to get the best out of the software theyre working with, as theyve just come off their Java certification course or whatever.
Providing you have adequately defined, business driven requirements, a PM & architects who are interested in delivering success rather than their own egos - major projects are most definitely deliverable using the wealth of (advanced) open source products that are out there.
Re: A can of worms..
He can stick his vaccum cleaner up his arse.
I cant understand why we fete his overpriced, underwhelming, foreign tat anymore. If he's had the courage of his convictions he would have retained their manufacturing operation in Blighty.
Shame on you, Dyson.
Re: The HP way..
Career progression has nothing to do with this - and in fact could be argued in some situations (i.e. public sector) is responsible for encouraging complacency (& resentment as well) among employees.
The most important thing is to get the right person in the right position - years of service may or may not influence their ability to do the job, but i'd argue in todays highly diverse marketplace, a range of experience in a number of organisations (& their respective cultures) - in addition to proven success - is a highly desirable attribute.
So when are they suing the Louvre...?
Whose entrance also comprises a suitably blingfested glass structure (albeit a pyramid) leading downstairs to a world famous landmark....? Surely this outrageous French luddites, with their so called 'works of art' should be treated with the contempt they deserve and forced to conform to the New World Order??
'The cult of celebrity' springs to mind....Mao, Deng Xao Ping, Stalin, Hitler, Caesar - any good old fashioned dictator, fascist or cult leader knows youve got to work on this and Jobs was certainly no different.
How come Bill Gates & Warren Buffet, donator of multiple billions of their own money to genuinely worthwhile projects, dont get a statue, whereas the guy that binned the apple charity fund 15 years ago but is somehow held up as an example of benevolence to us all, does.
Get a grip.
Re: @Chrisopher Rogers
The truly scandalous thing is how he was portayed in the media as some sort of saint by most of the dimwitted sheep who were seduced into believing the image of himself he cultivated.
Bill G might not have the charisma of Jobs but is 10 times the man.
if you dont like dirty secrets...
...dont be so naive as to take the type of job where youre probably going to encounter them.
Ive got absolutely no sympathy for these people - they are not whistleblowers - they are risking national security and delicate international relationships by divulging this sort of info. It is treason - pure and simple.
The unfortunate reality is that all major nations do this sort of thing and the best sort of defence is attack as far as this stuff goes...
The great irony of the show is that if the contestants were anywhere near as talented, driven and capable as they seem to think they are, they would be too busy building and running their own enterprises to take part in some pointless x-factor type sales contest, that quite honestly gives the workplace a bad name.
And theyd probably recognise that the much purported promised 'top job' probably doesnt really exist, neither does the mentoring and that working for one of the worlds jammiest, overrated and smugly self important 'businessmen' - might just be a complete waste of time....
Another excellent article dispelling the fanciful illusions that most people seem to have about their 'careers' and importance to their employers. Make no mistake, unless you as an individual have a direct influence on the share price of the organisation you work for, you really are just another number on the payroll.
Theres only one person in charge of your career development - you. If youre fool enough to leave it to somebody else to better you courtesy of a mythical training/development plan or a skills matrix and an annual review then prepare to be disappointed when you arent where you want to be in 5 years time.
Finally when quitting or thinking about changing jobs stay professional and dont jump because you think you have 'principles' - wrong - you almost certainly have a mortgage which a job can pay for. Principles dont pay the bills - jobs do - so learn to play the game.
Easiest business case in the world
The business case for this is a piece of piss - you spend £16 beellion building a railway that takes 30 minutes off the journey time between london and birmingham, or 1 hour off the lon - manc time but forget about the pisspoor reliability of the tube when you get there, that negates all the percieved benefits of having a quicker link in the first place....
Add to that rampant congestion on most road links servicing major train stations and its fairly obvious that its a waste of bloody money because the real end to end journey time has at least as much to do as getting onto and off the HS2 train as it does with HS2 itself. And as you cant effectively use a laptop while stuck in a traffic jam or searching for a fucking parking space so its pretty bloody obvious the stated economic benefits are seriously flawed....
Let the products do the talking...
Not the lawyers.
If Apple were truly an elightened, friendly organisation with a genuine desire to build innovative products which improved the quality of their users' lives, they would have the good grace to accept when theyve been bettered by their competitors, and would be spending their vast reserves of cash on R&D, not on lawyers.
As it is, the tidal wave of bad feeling generated by this un ending series of petty, tit-for-tat legal cases is already having a detrimental impact on their share price and popularity and goes to show that even they realise that they are no longer the benchmark...
Its pretty obvious the said acquisitions were all about board members securing massive & fairly immediate payouts and not actually about the long term strategy of the business.
Reminds me of the BAE/EADS shambles recently when the new CEO finally admitted it wasnt necessary but said something like it "seemed like a good opportunity....". For who you have to ask...
Re: Pure data for transactions
Whilst it looks cheaper empirically to do it yourself, as an experienced infra/DW architect who has been through this several times before I can tell you its rarely that straight forward.
Firstly, the H/W costs are the tip of the iceberg - the software costs are thos which really bump up the price. Ive only even seen one client pay list price, but generally you can wipe 30% off that for starters.
Secondly, having access to free open source software is one thing, having the skills & experience to build that into a tuned, fully integrated and manageable solution is another. Dont underestimate how difficult that is.
if we do it your way ive got one and a half tons of iron, silicon and cabling splashed all over the datacentre floor, with probably a 12 month wait to get something that actualy works - while my business splashes cash on resources, hosting etc & gets no benefit from it - potentially costing them millions of pounds in the process or.....
Re: What did I say...
Probably find a large proportion of this is for the fees of the administrators...
Ransom bu outsourcing
So 2e2 dont even own the assets they are hosting their clients services on!
IT Directors of the world - you have been warned. Mind you thats assuming that you genuinely have the strategic interests of your business at heart...and not just the desire to make your bonus at any cost and sod off elsewhere while watching the flames grow.
You could see this coming...
....about 5 years ago.
I used to work for one of the companies 2e2 bought out and left as soon as that deal completed - this was obvious from the start. No business that is as aggressively acquisitive as this over such a short time frame is genuinely in it for the long term - its about lining your pockets as quick as poss for the people at the top, and then buggering off when it all goes wrong.
How long until Capita follow suit i wonder, though the sheer volume of government contracts in their bag may stave off a total collapse ....
This from the guy that was once touted as the saviour of British Engineering and then quietly offshored his manufacturing to Malaysia or the far east somewhere if i remember correctly...
Now thats what I call sticking up for Britain.
Only half the story
The other half of course is that the top brass at HMRC are simply shafting the taxpayer by letting companies off the hook with criminally easy deals. I would like to see these people investigated and the full rationale behind these deals published - with legal proceedings for corruption following where there is sufficient evidence to support one.
Id be interested to understand the thining behind Shell & Vodafone deals for starters.
These people forget that they are there to serve the best interests of the public - not to develop opportunities for feathering their own nests once they leave these influential positions....
Poor mans GCHQ if you ask me. Self important knobs!
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