19 posts • joined Tuesday 11th December 2012 18:46 GMT
Re: Lots and lots and lots...
It was most, er, entertaining driving on the freeway, windscreen wipers a whipping just to remove the bugs from the glass. Almost biblical. Certainly worthy of an Irwin Allen disaster movie in the 1970's
Cicadas are meant to find their one true love on a tree, but are so amazingly stupid (or desperate) they'll settle for any vertical port in the storm, walls, sides of cars, humans. Just as long as it's vertical.
It was, how shall we say, an experience. Fortunately being in the Brood X zone, we're free of the buggers now until 2021 (although a few may pop up in 2020 having a terrible head for time).
Noisy little buggers...
...and made a fine continuous meal (indeed, it was a veritable Smörgåsbord) for our resident Chipmunk when we were hit by Brood X in 2004.
Wackiest thing was at night though when, at a certain point in time, the entire local population would go silent. It wouldn't be a decreasing volume, just sudden silence.
Bit like they'd all been hit with a BSOD. (Yay, got an IT angle in there!)
Re: One would assume
@Mayday: Not the lot I worked at. Security was always an afterthought and a massive inconvenience. It took two attacks by the Russian's before they decided otherwise, then, in the spirit of corporate lunacy that prevails, threw money and resources are what they perceived to be the problem, without actually asking us (the one's who'd identified the attack) what was needed.
Year 1. Spend $10,000 on infrastructure
Year 2: Spend $5,000. Get hacked
Year 3: Spend $5,000 (it was, of course, a fluke)
Year 4: Spend $1,000 on some auditing software (and only because I'd been bitching and moaning about needing it for several years). Get hacked again (discovered through aforesaid Auditing software)
Year 5: Spend $500,000 and replace every last single solitary server we owned in a year long project. Yeah - knee-jerk time.
At what point...
...do the legal costs outweigh the financial rewards?
I've not been keeping track, but I can't quite shake the feeling that Apple going are going to end up paying it's legal team more than it makes in court, even if they do eventually win. By which time, of course, we'll be on the iPhone 10, GS XIV and Windows Codename Chartreuse.
/Paris, 'cause she's just as scrupulous as them lawyers are...
Well, this is just damn sad news to hear
Although I'm more of his Culture books than owt else, I was first introduced to Mr Banks by way of The Wasp Factory.
Not read any of his books recently but do keep my current collection on the bookshelf ready for another journey. Think I may have to do just that.
Thanks Iain, you have provided this comtentard with many many hours of enjoyment and wonder. Your vision will live on.
"Apple's lawyers have asked a Californian judge to dismiss a case against the company on the basis that no harm was caused by Apple storing detailed maps of users' movements."
So, it's OK to drink and drive as long as you don't actually hit someone?
Re: Easy now,
So, the lawyers run Apple now?
Tim Cook loose a spine recently?
Still life in the old dog yet
We've a large dart mart running on Sql Server 2012 and I have to say those new xVelocity ColumnStore indexes are blisteringly fast.
Took 3 minute reports and turned them into sub-second responses.
Still got a few people who ask why we've not gone NoSQL yet. These, of course, the same people who don't have a clue...
Just managed to convince my lot to get me 8TB of FusionIO
And I'm outdated already... Dammit.
What's a DBA to do these days?
Sony are still going?
Wow, thought they'd be eaten by the competition by now. Aren't they a tish bit late to this dance?
So Cupertino can make 'honest genuine mistake's, but everyone else is culpable of constantly breaking the law and should be punished by multi $B fines etc.?
Oh, Man up Apple!
Paris, because Apple seem to have just as much clue as she does...
I know I'm old fashioned, but...
...even with my 4G LTE enabled Galaxy S3 with Google Maps, MapQuest, Waze and other's all providing me cartography and GPS goodness, I still can't quite imagine a driving trip in Wales without my collection of Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50 000 maps.
It's just not quite the same...
Guess I'm not important enough
All the spam emails I get are written in such awful English that it stands out like a sore thumb. "Please respectfully download ours new security softwares to protect yours account" is hardly something I'd expect from the FDIC.
Or am I giving the FDIC too much credence here? :D
And the winners are...?
The lawyers, of course. Neither Apple nor Samsung will come out of this unscathed, however the legal industry is creaming it in.
This of course will be the same industry that will fight tooth and nail to ensure the US Patent system stays just as exploitable as it is now, to do otherwise, whilst fair and reasonable, would only deflate an extremely lucrative cash flow.
BlackBerry - another company with a great future behind it
Like so many market leaders they're now finding themselves at the bottom of the pile with their new #DeadPhone. With so many alternatives either out there (or coming to market soon) and with corporations no longer being the solid backbone it was, I wonder just how much longer they can hold out.
Time was they *were* the device to have - no one of managerial level would be seen dead without one. Companies pushed hard to control them with their annoying problematical BES installations (well, ours was)
This is a brave new world. BYOD has changed the landscape and yet BB are desperately trying to cling on for dear life. At this juncture it seems to me that anything that IT can blow away remotely via Exchange is a big direction. Personally I'll keep my rooted Galaxy S3 off the corporate network and they won't have to worry about me :)
The sharks are circling...
... This was a managerial fuck up or a technical one.
One place I worked at refused to let us shut down a Windows 2K box because they didn't want to fork out the $300 for an upgrade on software that it ran (we had a spare fully patched W2K8 box but the software needed an upgrade to run on it)
Yeah - they were right pleased themselves until the Russians got in. Hate to imagine how much they spent afterwards in mitigation & cleanup costs, but it had to have been an easy quarter mill.
Hackers liked credit card data... Who knew?
(For the record, nope they didn't get to lift the data but did come damn close)
And this is why the DeadPhone will fail
DumbPhones just work because there's bugger all behind them. FeaturePhones work because they're barely more functional than DumbPhones.
SmartPhones (Android, Apple, Windows etc) all work because there's no one single point of failure.
DeadPhones (which used to be known as BlackBerry's) have failed and will continue to fail because RIM wants to run the world.
The new BB10 may be flashy n shiny and smooth n all that good stuff, but it'll just be another hunk of glass and electronics the next time RIM's supply line craps out.
As the phrase goes, 'You can't polish a turd'
Paris - well, because she's like a BB10, quite pretty but functionally obsolete.
Too little, way way WAY too late
I've only 2 friends left using BB's - and they both use them only because their business supplies them.
Everyone else has gone either Android or iOS (with a couple who took the Windows plunge, the poor mad fools...)
Is this meant to be a selling point for new device sales, or a feature for existing users? I can hardly see hoards of alternative fanbois n girlz dropping their current devices and scream out "Ooooh, I must have that feature so I can speak to my one other friend who was stupid enough to buy into the hype and buy a deadphone like mine."