20 posts • joined 12 Oct 2012
worlds most effective philanthropist
It's sad that there are so many pathetic pondlife individuals, who have done nothing with their own lives, so they moan and complain about those that have been successful and have made a huge contribution to humanity - such as mr Gates.
Yes he had luck being in the right place at right time - having access to computers 15 years before uk's rubbish education system for example - but he saw the opportunity and most importantly actualy did something about it - unlike 99% who talk hot air but do nothing - he executed spectacularly successfully - he didn't screw people - ibm where muppets at the time the owner of dr dos was too stupid and arrogant to even meet ibm, so left to his wife to do the meeting!
Nobody has ever forced anyone to buy Microsoft - they offered great products such as windows 95 and excel which provided massive value.
Mr Gates does not have to spend so much money and time charity - but he does - amazes me that so many cynical idiots, somehow construe this as bad ! like the idiots who blame record cold in us on global warming.
He's doing wonderful work and getting much better bang for buck than most non profits who are - lets face it not well run in general - thats why Warren Buffett has committed his $50 billion to gates to distribute - which is astonishing and proves what a genius and good guy Bill really is.
Billion Cash every 2 weeks
So many silly comments about Microsoft from mainstream and web media - who have not the remotest clue as to how difficult it is to build a successful business.
Business success is easy to measure, easy to talk bollocks about, but not so easy to actually do.
The only metric that counts is cashflow - Microsoft generates a phenomenal amount $1 BILLION EVERY 2 WEEKs - therefore by definition Ballmer / Gates have been (still are) hugely successful indisputable implication - they are very good at running a massive incredible profitable organisation.
Contrast the British equivalent - Branson - media darling - but useless in comparison - not much innovation mainly hot air and puny profits (for one of uks top supposed business geniuses).
Back to Windows - I would like to see better automatic handling of pixel scaling and multiple monitors- win8.1 supposedly better but Im sceptical considering how bad win 7 is at rendering to high res monitors. Also about time - Office team offered a decent word processor - word is an abomination of a program in contrast to excel - which is their only truly outstanding product - outlook good, onenote ok, sharepoint another abomination, not much else is good apart from sql server - but free postgres is better !
Obviously doomed from beginning - Mark Logic XML db
Such a shame Obamacare - great strategy spoiled by poor implementation - insurance is a major failing of capitalism as currently structured - dominated by large corps run by managers with no skin in the game - because the main metric used for bonuses etc is very short term, such as quarterly profit.
Result is most of them cheat and use any excuse to avoid paying out, i believe therefore - even though I'm a capitalist business owner myself - that insurance and similarly long term savings pensions institutions - who also lie and cheat - need to be run by governments or very heavily regulated.
I wish mr Obama had been given some sensible advise - trying the run this system on an xml database was a monumentally idiotic decision - hierarchical databases are no better than file systems or key-value stores such as mongo.
A properly designed highly normalise relational database is the only sensible or practical method currently available which can ensure data integrity - also rdbms performance now also fast - since io handicap now resolved by ssd.
Doug or Kevin their only hope.
Having been a keen observer of Microsoft for many years - running a gold erp / crm partner - I would humbly advise them to beg for Doug Burgum to return - as CEO- maybe then there would be some hope for them - but don't hold your breath. He was a truly inspirational wonderful leader of Great Plains Software - which they unfortunately (for gp partners) acquired in 2001, then promptly ruined.
My second choice would be Kevin Turner. I remember watching a keynote from him 7 years ago- i initially thought who is this geek ? but as the speech went on i became completely mesmerised and was hanging of every word he uttered - he was incredible. He came from Walmart where he want from IT to successfully ran a huge division Sams club at a ridiculously young age.
I have several plasmas and lcds at home including a 14 year old 42 panasonic still works perfectly
plus a 5 year old pioneer 60 kuru still better than any other home screen I've seen
was expensive but was the best purchase I've ever made so much better than newer samsung lcd i have.
Also glad i passed on 3d hype now a complete flop.
I think plasm vs lcd is like coke vs pepsi.
initial showroom impression - over brightness like over sweetness may be good -
but grates over time - one then gets to appreciate the more subtle qualities screens like the kuru has.
also don't understand comments about weight ??
a bit weird - do you like to carry your tv around as a party trick !
Heavy in fact good in some regard less attractive to burglars.
Also no point in wafer thin for v big tvs esp. if you have decent audio hooked up which you must really anyway since all tvs have shit sound - was so glad kuru had no speakers.
our leaders and mandarins are simpletons
I don't care if we overspend a little bit or if bt makes a good profit or if a few favors are made - I'm just desperate to get fibre - where i live near Caerphilly.
The total subsidies budgeted are peanuts in the grand scheme of things - less than 1 billion - yet we are spending £50 Bn thats right over fifty billion - inc rolling stock - on 1 short railway line !!
This is ludicrous we could probably give everyone in the uk gigabyte ethernet - for a quarter of this cost - also similar to our annual spend on foreign aid.
The benefits of such would be massive - to all parts of the economy - would reduce congestion reduce pollution - drive creativity innovation and investment.
Yet our simpleton leaders and miserable failed accountants (who work in public sector) just don't get it - a real depressing shame in my opinion.
Britain is pathetic
This makes me embarressed to be British - Still Massive poverty / Wars / Economic Crisis on a global scale.
At home we have rubbish education / crap health service / 3rd world roads / poor telecoms / terrible airports / we live in crappy little houses designed by morons - i could go on.
Yet we focus our energies on silly little tweets or mobile phone messages - they are only words - Will anyone care next year or even next week ? We have become a hyper sensitive pathetic society.
We need to pay our politicians 10 times more - to attract some leaders with at least half a brain stop - to stop bleeting on about irrelevant nonense such as Mps expenses - its rather expensive to live in London by the way.
Bbc just failed IT project 100 million - costs more than all mp exps in history i would guess - but daily mail has no sense of any perspective. No wonder we end up with left wing loonies or inbreed toffs - whats more important running a mid sized company or even a council! than getting us out of this mess?
Re: eu imf should not have allowed Ireland to keep predatory rates
yes your country could have gone bankrupt !
euro would have still fine
media does not understand money therefore perpetrates nonsense such as a tiny economy such as greece or ireland would be end of euro or uk having pound is better than euro both not true
money is just an accounting unit and a liquid iou
german backed ecb has more credibility than bank of england
euro good for business because reduces risk and friction
california nearly went bust there was no talk of us dollar dissapearing
tax rates not fair competition you had no corporations to tax before no you get 12.5 of profits earned mainly in uk
not earned in ireland all they do there is noody back office low value crappy jobs no r&d
uk would be better off cutting ties and stopping this scam
Re: eu imf should not have allowed Ireland to keep predatory rates
I know the Irish refused - but they were not exactly in a strong negotiating position - eu were stupid at that time to not call their bluff - they had no other options - Cyprus proved this - parliament refused terms initially - they ended up desperate and grovelling - result worse terms.
You cant expect corporations to pay tax based on ethics when all their competitors have a tax advantage - the real culprits are countries like Ireland - thats why its idiotic that we help them maintain this scheme which sucks revenue away from us.
eu imf should not have allowed Ireland to keep predatory rates
I was surprised when eu and uk us (indirectly via imf) bailed out the Irish without demanding an increase in their ct rate. This was so silly - why help the Irish when they use such a blatent (immoral in my opinion) scheme to suck profits and tax away from their neighbours where the profits were earned. This particularly affects uk - most of the mega corps which make large profits do this including google and microsoft.
Good news is eu seem to have learned their lesson - so refused to help cyprus without them taking a hit aswell - made me laugh rioting and expecting germany to pay for their leaders utter incompetance - lending to crazy greek projects, paying high interest rates etc.
I wonder if the apple cfo has factored in risk of Ireland confiscating their cash in another emergancy ??
Would be quite amusing!
yet another example of the huge amount of effort and recources wasted by humans - resulting from our amazing ability to blindly follow so called experts who are in fact almost alll idiots.
warm good for humans cold bad.
co2 not poison is fertilizer
anyway greenhouse effect of co2 now mostly done - think saturation law of diminishing returns
water vapour by far biggest greenhouse gas - not co2 - maybe a scheme like this on a grand scale would cause more warming than co2
weather diificult to predict - too many variables - therefore models are silly
some cycles are predictable
eg cold at night warm in day - fairly convincing that sun is most important variable
sun cycles such as caused by jupiter and saturn orbits are predicatable or elipse and tilt of earth orbit
these are more of a factor than co2 in our climate
big bang is nonsense
I laughed my head off when I saw tHe bbc reporting this as if fact.
So called professors wasting our hard earned tax on pointless ridiculous fairytale fantasy stories.
One of them said the universe started with a big bang expanding faster than speed of light then next professor with a straight face started talking about pre big bang - bunch of idiots.
Fact is we have no idea how universe started - these ideas no different to greek mythology.
Re: inside information ??
I agree sounds odd to welcome dealing with BT (they have improved recently in my experience) - illustrates the amount of resentment i have towards vodafone having suffered so much from their extortion over the years - with no cheaper alternative available - competition failure - had to take the EU to force some concessions - just in Europe unfortunately.
Anyway my point is, I (and many others) would not be astonished if BT got back into mobile, though I agree not highly probable.
inside information ??
I thought there was supposed to be very tight security surrounding this auction process ?
If so how can you makes such an (astonishingly silly statement) - but that's astonishingly unlikely - do you have inside info (crystal ball) ?
BT getting back into mobile would be a very smart move (in my opinion) - after all they are a telecoms and data networking company - 4g is likely to play a major role in the near future in this space.
Mr Livingstone is not your average accountant he appears to be avery canny operator and actually has some imagination, unlike the plonkers now running Vodafone who have zero imagination and completely wasted the advantage they had from global scale left by Chris Gent (who did have imagination) For example they could have offered global calling and data plans instead of screwing their customers with outrageous roaming charges - i have huge resentment towards the incumbents because of such and would love to deal with an alternative such as bt.
Re: complete nonsense
ok i exaggerated a bit i believe one can predict to some extent based on empirical evidence and if qualified with probabilities - however predicting outcomes influenced by many variables and over a long period of time such as weather in 80 years or company results when you retire is a pointless foolish exercise .
weather depends more on other factors such as the sun than co2 - greenhouse effect of co2 is measurable using physics like experiments - my understanding is that most of the greenhouse effect possible at any realistic concentration is included in current concentration - think saturation law of diminishing returns - so further concentration is mainly plant fertiliser not poison as bbc keeps lying about.
of course co2 could double in 80 years but i believe probability is very low and even if it did would not be a disaster - millions of years of evolution have hard-wired us to panic at the slightest prompt - this used to be a good strategy not so in fields like this even the so called scientists don't seem to understand randomness probability and logic going for emotional hype instead
Its worrying that most of the media - who have minimal science skills - seem to just accept such nonsense because the source has a title - chief scientist - also amazing how someone, who is obviously an idiot, managed to get such a grand title.
Extrapolation is an infantile mistake that the media fall for time and time again.
Most of co2 warming effect is already done - even a further doubling co2 ( which is impossible) would not cause a 3 degrees increase which is huge.
No one can predict the future - not even professors with lots of certificates or fortune tellers (investment bankers) certainly not weather forecasters - they struggle badly for 8 days ahead let alone 80 years ahead - its comical they even try - with there ridiculously simplistic computer models - anyone who's done a cash flow model for a few years ahead (much less variables than weather) will know that - long time plus lots of variables = complete nonsense because just the slightest change in any assumption used = dramatic change in result.
Sun obviously ( to me anyway) has a more important role than what .039% of our atmosphere is - which by the way is only responsible for 15 % of any greenhouse affect- water vapour 80% approx.
Sun and earth orbit and tilt do seems to have some regular patterns which seem much more regular than variables used by these so called climate charlatans ( scientists) - these patterns suggest cooling more likely for rest of this century - so a little extra greenhouse blanket seems to me to be a good thing not evil.
Any way if it warms so what ! we have shit weather in UK i would prefer a bit warmer - i don't care about the Maldives - Male is a disgusting hell hole they would be better off moving anyway and I'm sure the brave adventurous touristic can find somewhere else for their thrills.
Fact is global warming stopped in 1998 - climate academia are getting more and more desperate thus issuing more and more ridiculous statements of doom to try and preserve their gravy - whilst us poor tax payers have to pay for these pointless idiots and even worse pay huge hidden taxes (in energy bills and damage to economy) for all of the silly hugely expensive alternative energy generators (well some of the time).
Im hoping media such as this will help us turn against the tide of lies from mainstream such as bbc so that we can wake up from this mass delusion as quickly as possible.
great innovation - awaiting some sql standard capability
well done nuodb ! power of relational model with true scalability - will be fantastic if works as promised and adds some key sql standards capability which i think is missing at the moment - a few minutes googling so i may be wrong - particularly - recursive common table expressions - windows aggregate functions - range types - exclusion constraint - oracle or postgres procedural language - user defined sql functions - ill be watching progress with a keen interest - a big opportunity for nuodb i think - especially when no sql nonsense comes home to roost.
hopefully a wake-up call from our mass delusion
maybe this will be a wakeup call to politicians and the idiots at the bbc, but don’t hold your breath
co2 is not poison - co2 is good for life - in any case amount is tiny 0.039 %
most warming affect has already been done - does not increase linearly because of saturation of spectrum affected by co2
water vapour is main greenhouse gas 80%+ not co2
warm periods good for humans - ice age bad !
90% of ocean volume is below 2 degrees centigrade – ice age risk/damage much worse than a degree or 2 warmer - such as experienced roman times when populations grew fast before crashing in following colder periods
climate models are a joke - too many variables therefore impossible with current tech - we can’t predict the weather in 5 days let alone 50 years
the cycles that appear most regular all point towards cooling - not warming - logically therefore we should encourage warming not the opposite!
one thing I can predict for sure is - in 50 years our children will wonder what on earth we were all on – they will wonder why did we behave so idiotically - building pointless stupid windmills, putting pathetically inefficient yet expensive solar cells on our roofs in the grey cold cloudy uk - whilst half of the planets still suffers dreadful poverty – whilst most of us struggle to pay huge tax burdens imposed by our politicians - who have no idea how to make anything of value - but who are masters at dreaming up more and more idiotic ways of spending our hard earned money
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