109 posts • joined Tuesday 27th November 2012 13:50 GMT
Re: If at first you don't succeed...
Microsoft seem to operate a very interesting business practice.
They believe that they are so big that consumers will still buy their products even if they create one that conflicts with the very things the consumers actually want and contain features so bad that it actually irritates people who haven't even bought it.
Microsoft executives - I'm available for consultancy if you need someone to point out the things that are blindingly obvious.
... It is alleged that he used the filthy lucre to hire a hip hop production firm and pay for tennis lessons for his son.
He obviously knows how to acquire the money, but not how to spent it properly...
Margaret Hodge needs a *new* hobby </corrected>
Margaret Hodge needs a hobby.
Re: Lawsuit ahoy!
I didn't say iRadio would sue Apple (its usually the other way around).
The real radio station registered the .ie name in 2006 so they can easily demonstrate prior usage of it long before the fruity firm came up with this earth shattering idea.
As a radio station already exists called iRadio, I can see a lawsuit coming.
Nothing to see here
His comments only serve to highlight the general level of ignorance when it comes down to how these "computer" thingys work.
Its all relative
The attractiveness of a co-worker is usually relative to the attractiveness of the other co-workers.
Eye-candy can brighten your day, but when that day is warm and sunny and they're wearing tight and revealing clothes, I get bugger all work done.
Does anyone actually take these endorsements seriously
I'm connected to a job pimp that appears to be the most qualified person in IT in the world judging by her endorsements...
What a load of bollocks.
Re: Fewer towers (masts) also means poorer capacity
There are better things to be doing in pubs other than using a 2/3G signal.
If the students are so concerned, why don't they phone the admissions department of the University/College and actually tell them that they want to accept an offer?
Or is that too low tech and actually involve human interaction.
Re: 24 hour dial home
I wasn't suggesting it wouldn't be done on purpose, just that MS would probably do it themselves anyway.
In fact after the Xbox One is released, I give it about a week before someone has bypassed this and all dial home requests are being responded to by the router, which will probably open up a number of other exploits.
24 hour dial home
If the repeated dial home (that you can't turn off if you want to play games) is for updates (that presumably you can't turn off either) then what are the odds of a poorly written update that could disable the world's xbox one machines within 24 hours?
I mean its not like MS to release updates that make things worse, is it?
The ICO hasn't a fucking clue
How the hell does fining a public body AGAIN prevent a re-occurrence of data loss?
Change the law. State that if an employee loses a device with unencrypted & sensitive data on it then they and their manager go to prison for a minimum of 3 months and are liable for any losses incurred by those whose details were part of the data.
This will force change as employees will refuse to have any data that isn't secure and will make damn sure they keep it safe.
Same old story
The only way to have a successful Government IT contract would be to remove the civil servants from it.
Not sure I understand the issue
How is a "killer robot" aircraft fundamentally different from an aircraft with a human pilot? Both find targets, have deadly weapons and blow stuff up.
A pilot doesn't find their own targets, they're told what to target by more senior military personnel, which will be the same for the "killer robots".
The main problem with "The Cloud" is that its just a sales tag and has no well-defined, common structure within the technical world of IT.
I've seen piss-poor, VM set ups that were labelled as "Clouds" that didn't even come close.
. In one reported case, a York mosque successfully quelled an EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football
You have to love the irony in which the EDL protestors were pacified.
Security, what security?
So the Chinese gained access to secret information and then the Media gained access to a report about the Chinese gaining access.
Shouldn't the judge say nothing at all until all evidence is put forward and a judgement is made?
Wouldn't this give Apple grounds for it to be thrown out on the basis that the judge was forming opinions based on what she thought was going to be produced as evidence?
I'm not a fan of Apple, but a trial should be fair.
Give the CTO some credit
It takes ineptitude beyond the levels of a normal IT manager to spunk that much money away and deliver nothing at all.
Re: Exists already?
Please explain to me how allowing the security services to have unrestricted access the phone/online records of these nutters would prevent the stabbing of the bloke in the street?
The opportunist politicians are only marginally better than the arseholes who murdered that poor guy.
Re: Note that difference *loan* (with interest) versus old car maker (2nd or 3rd) bailout.
The US government has invested and made a profit (win). Now Tesla can churn out electric cars that will get cheaper with each generation and increase in uptake (another win).
When TVs were first invented, they were very expensive and only owned by a few. Now the vast majority of people on Earth have at least 1 of them. New technology is never cheap when it is cutting edge.
I just don't get what you're complaining about.
I think the Reg should ask Stephen Fry for his opinion...
Free tracking software
"The BMWs will have an embedded SIM in the head unit."
So presumably, you will be able to track the SIM using one of the many mobile tracking services available on the web?
Very handy if your motor gets nicked or you don't trust your other half...
This sums up Labour
Late to the party and without any ideas to call their own.
Farage must be laughing his back off.
Agreed. I look at this idea and the only thought it provokes is "What is the fucking point of this?"
Re: Lawsuit in the offing here.
Have an upvote from me.
Given how badly the Government manage the security of their own systems, how long would it be before this access was misused by someone else.?
Crime != Punishment
Proving that the government isn't all-knowing and infallible is the most serious of all crimes.
Re: An open letter
"If sales are being concluded in the UK, you're misleading [UK's taxmen at] HMRC."
""You're a company that says 'we don't do evil' and I think you do do evil in using smoke and mirrors to avoid paying tax," she said."
She's not accusing them directly of doing anything illegal as she knows that here evidence isn't strong enough and Google's legal team will destroy her. She only mentions avoidance (which is legal) and suggests that if they were selling in the UK then they would be misleading HMRC.
An open letter
Dear Ms Hodge (and other MPs involved in this),
Please stop wasting our money with these Parliamentary panels and meetings with large corporations where you accusing them of acting immorally and legally avoiding paying tax and all they say is we're following the letter of the law.
Either change the law to make these profits taxable or save us some money and shut the fuck up.
Google are not going to suddenly start paying extra taxes they don't have to just because you get upset about it.
How long before Google et al decide to build their own ISS and make it their "off planet" corporate entity?
Not quite right
"Broadcaster BSkyB has ten per cent of its 110 offshoots in tax havens, according to ActionAid's data, including a branch in Ireland and two in Delaware..."
Sky has a large customer base in Ireland as it sells its TV, Phone and Broadband products there. It also has customer support infrastructure there that supports both the UK and Ireland.
So its not just an "offshoot in (a) tax haven" as suggested in the article, but a legitimate company.
All well and good.
“My experience with on-premise software was that, every time an upgrade was required, it was an orchestrated, resource-intensive activity. It’s an area I just didn’t want to have to worry about any more,” he added. “As a CFO, I considered total cost - the acquisition cost of a new on-premise system, the ongoing maintenance required, the need to employ IT staff to manage in-house servers - and decided that on-premise just wasn’t viable for us.”
And like all beancounters, he's only looked at the figures from the sales guff. He isn't asking "Does this 3rd party company value my data being available to me as highly as I do?".
It all looks good on paper until the 3rd Party or their systems go titsup and you lose a critical part of your business and have no control on the restoration of service.
Not the best sales technique
Step 1 - Spend several months stating how Autonomy isn't worth having and that it was cooking its books.
Step 2 - Ask SAP if they want to buy it.
It would take a sales genius to be able to shift Autonomy on to anyone now.
Let me get this straight.
She's a regular reader of El Reg, yet she willingly handed over personal documents when asked for them via EMAIL as part of buying a fondleslab of the fruity variety but only thought it suspicious AFTER they were sent?
Me thinks she reads but does not understand.
The reason it hasn't been updated is that the government doesn't want to spend the money to update the legacy applications that require IE6 functionality that isn't seamlessly supported in newer browsers.
All users will be eventually ported over to Universal Credit, so they don't see the value in spending money to update the old systems to cope.
It isn't a surprise to them. They've known about this for a VERY long time, but chose to do nothing about it, so expect this to continue until there are no claimants left for this service.
Rush, rush, rush
Why are software releases rushed out?
Surely its better to say "The release will be delayed 3 months to accommodate all the planned enhancements we promised you" instead of "Here is the release as promised for this date. Oh, by the way, All those features you wanted had to be dropped as we couldn't fit them in to the timeframe."
Software lives and dies by its user base. If you piss the users off by "delivering incomplete releases", you'll kill the product and they'll go elsewhere.
Those who progressed with the lawsuit were only after money and I feel that $15 was even too much.
If you wanted to make a point to Apple, they should have returned the phones stating they didn't work and leave Apple with a large amount of refunds/replacements and a shedload of iphones they can't sell.
Sadly, I feel a lot of people were blinded by the "Its a shiny new apple product" viewpoint and had to have one, even if they weren't designed/built properly.
Re: could have been worse
People need to lighten up. He left his hand in his pocket when greeting someone. I doubt it was maliciously done, even if the media is reporting it as if he's pulled down his trousers and shat on the floor.
Maybe he was just playing pocket billiards and was struggling with a tricky pink?
Fixing a problem that doesn't exist
Realistically, what do they hope to achieve with this?
The current set-up of fixed-place instruments are designed so you only need to glance at them to get the relevant information quickly and can concentrate on the road ahead. Watching a customised speedometer that changes colour the faster you go will only result in fatal deceleration when your car ploughs in to the braking car in front because you were checking out the mods you've just made.
The only shocking thing here is that El Reg's editorial staff didn't bitch-slap the author for pointing out the blindingly obvious.
Re: False Prophet
"In what way is the number of wind farms vs other plants relevant? Wind farms are typically smaller, even the largest is currently 0.5GW."
In the way that you have to have far more wind farms than nuclear power plants to produce anywhere near the same amount of energy...
Re: This is not rocket science...!
Its free for personal use, but commercial users have to pay for it, so yes I'd expect them to at least have tested that it doesn't go berserk once installed.
Re: False Prophet
How much does it produce when there isn't much wind and how much is stored when production exceeds consumption?
Plus there are about 40 times as many UK wind farms as UK Nuclear plants (which produced 22% of last week's energy).
Renewable energy (wind, solar etc) is heralded as the solution to all our future energy needs as its both "cheap" and "available".
Sadly, its neither of these. Renewable energy based power-stations are too bloody expensive to build and don't produce anywhere near as much energy as an coal/oil/nuclear power station of a similar size. Your typical householder is having to foot additional costs to their existing high energy bills to supplement renewable development, which means they're being properly shafted.
China, India & the US will not agree to reducing their use of fossil fuels, so anything we do is just like pissing in the wind.
If we had a government with any balls, they'd admit that we need more power stations that actually produce the energy required not more windmills producing 0.000001% of it. We need more nuclear power stations and given we now have a design that is safer, relatively cheap to build and runs on the waste we have already produced and buried, what the hell are we waiting for?
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