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Company killed by management, dog bites man bites dog
Kodak failed because they spun off or sold off all of their profitable or innovative ideas or divisions. Fujifilm transitioned well because their management kept the company diversified and making money across a wide spectrum of products. The divisions that Kodak spun off are doing very well, independent of Kodak stupidity.
The UK pension fund took the bait, er, deal, because they intend to use the profits to pay out the pensioners. The division includes color paper production, which is still going just fine.
Kodak's commercial printing isn't guaranteed to be successful. While the printer technology, PDF file to bound book, is great, they don't have inks as good as their competition. Perez came aboard with the agenda of making Kodak a digital printing company, even if that kills Kodak. No problem, Perez still gets his paycheck and bonuses.
Too much in too small a space
The only reason that bullets fly so far is because they are *dense* *as* *lead*. If they aren't that dense, they don't fly as far. Even with something as large as a .50-cal bullet (and I mean the /bullet/, not the entire cartridge), there isn't enough space for both electronics, navigation control, and *mass*.
Another critical point is that the bullet will be rotating in flight, and doing so very quickly. Is the navigational control going to be able to overcome wind drift? If it can't even do that, then it's useless.
Basically, this is a money-wasting project. Nothing new. A bullet has to be dense and travel extremely fast. Anything else defeats the purpose of it being a bullet.
Kodak keeps commercial end, sells consumer end
Kodak is keeping the commercial end of things, like motion picture film, films for industrial uses like producing PC boards, and big industrial printers that you can feed a PDF at one end and get a bound book at the other. If the purchaser is another company or corporation, they'll be producing the product. This is an area where Kodak can be strong.
Kodak is selling its still film business, axing the consumer printers, and whatever other individual-sale types of things they have. Once upon a time, still film was 95% of Kodak's business, and movie film was 5%. Now it's the reverse, and Kodak is shedding everything it can.
What remains to be seen is who will buy the still film business. Lucky Film in China? I have no idea.
Whether or not Kodak survives this, you can bet that you won't see Kodak Tri-X again.
Movies in Hong Kong, manga & TV series in Japan
They changed the setting when they decided to do the movies. I forget the reasoning why they moved Section 9 from Japan to HK. I doubt that a Chinese version of Section 9 would look anything like a Japanese version. Ah, well.
You want nit picky? The first cyber implant "was" in 2016, GITS is set in 2030, and Kusanagi underwent a full body prosthetic at 6yrs old. So just how old is Kusanagi?? How long would medical technology have taken to move from a simple cyber implant to an experimental full body prosthetic for a small child? And then to top it off, she was full cyborg, and an experienced adult, during pre-Section 9 in Central and South America combat.
Time line? What time line? We don't need no stinkin' time line!
Rock, paper, scissors ...
Hitchhiker is a LIAR
The guy shot himself. Nice publicity stunt.
Re: I see an opportunity
Why not use the Lego figures to illustrate the Syrian atrocities, if one must have a photo? A sketch would suffice instead of this garbage from the Beeb.
$28.57 per user
Facebook paid $28.57 per user. Sure, that's cheap per user. But if a user is paying zero, then what is the worth of the user? Is Facebook hoping to own the copyrights on all of those bad photos? And if the users will happily abandon the app for something else now that Facebook snagged it, then what's the value?
Isn't the value going to the wireless carrier who is charging users for the excess data bandwidth used due to crap apps like this?
Costa Concordia sinking DIDN'T happen??
What does this "scientist" mean that it's unlikely to happen again with the Costa Concordia still sitting in the Italian waters? Hello? If icebergs aren't available, trust an idiot to find shoreline to hole the ship!
Crappy Polaroids on demand
Edward Land would have been ashamed if his Polaroid product turned out fresh photos looking like that.
Re: Oh, beehive
Honeybee Deaths: Colony Collapse Disorder Linked To Corn Insecticides, http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/315680/20120317/honeybee-death-insecticide-colony-collapse-disorder.htm
Apparently honey bee colony collapse may stem from the introduction of neonicotinoid insecticides. While pest insects haven't developed a resistance to it (yet), its persistence has become a serious problem for beneficial insects. So who knows what would happen with a spider venom-based insecticide?
Throwing losers overboard
Kodak never made a profitable dime in the digital consumer electronics area. Nothing. Its only digital profit came from the professional products, like packaging. Kodak sold its profitable professional image sensor fabrication plant last year for cash.
As for licensing, brands don't mean anything. The "Carl Zeiss" optics in a Nokia are designed by Carl Zeiss Optics. Kodak never developed a consumer brand for lenses, just bottom-grade consumer cameras and fabulous film. How many Kodak brand sensors are in cameras? Plenty, but would you ever know it? The Pentax 645D 40Mp camera has a Kodak sensor, but you'd never know it from looking at the box.
I want O'Really t-shirts!
Never mind a collected BOFH, I want the t-shirts again! That's right, I don't have to look over your shoulder, because I can read all of your packets! Bwahahahaha!
Oh so very prior art
Specialty keys have been around since ... ah ... the typewriter?? And a patent was granted on this? What is up with the patent examiners?
And all between ...
the ages of three and twelve! Not that they'll behave better on reaching thirteen ...
Cloud = Multics?
Doesn't all of this compute utility stuff date back to Multics? And IBM has been doing virtualization for decades. And how much of these peer-to-peer patents are actually unique, without covering any prior art?
That beggar didn't get squat
Everybody does realize that the beggar in the photo didn't get a penny from any of that, right? Really, what beggar would have a smart phone and a web page? Believe me, the homeless whom I've seen outside a company in Redmond don't have an expensive phone *or* donations from passing people.
This is the Web 2.0 adaptation of, "Adopt this kitten or we'll blow its brains out."
Satellite lens made by Holga
Of course the lines are huge! Holga made the lens, so of course it's "low resolution." Probably also has vignetting and light leaks, too.
"Death, where is thy sting?"
Why are the bishops worried? The citizens of Wisconsin all carry three high power rifles in their vehicles (just look at the back of any pickup truck, there aren't any cars in the state), so what's the bishop's worry about pistols in the Sunday mass? Just because the communion glasses are a bit smaller than a whiskey shot glass doesn't mean the parishoners will miss.
Globalization != multiple sources
Just because it's cheap to manufacture something in a foriegn country does not mean that it is manufactured in multiple countries, cities, or even buildings. There are numerous products in relatively high demand which are manufactured in one city or even one building. Cameras, cars, glue, and hard drives. One building gets hit, and the whole product line is down until it's set up someplace else.
(Whyever reply as anonymous to something like this??) According to what I've read, the speed of light still hasn't changed. A photon hasn't been sped up, and nothing has gone backwards in time. We have a good reading of the speed of a neutrino. It would be great to get more readings.
Fermilab had similar results four years ago, but they had a much larger margin of error. Perhaps the CERN team could send a beam at the Minnesota facility, and get some more data.
As our scientific searches progress, there is nothing that prevents the real existence of something moving faster than a photon. The mathematics based on photons remains the same, it's just that we need a whole new set of mathematics for other particles. Like Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, there will be theories describing the real measurements we make with neurtrinos, and maybe in the future, dark matter.
But none of this means that we'll make a time machine, warp drive or hyperspace engine, or flying car.
Particle A faster than Particle B -- So?
Einstein published his theory of relativity in 1905, and neutrinos were *postulated* in 1930. Now it looks like this is the first time that the speed of neutrinos have been actually measured. Is this truly flouting the "laws" of the universe, or did we simply make a good measurement? I really don't think that this is going backwards in time at all, it's just that a particle that was unknown in 1905 really happens to move faster than another particle.
re: Wither IE
IE has TLS 1.2, but it isn't enabled by default. (Why, I don't know.)
Beware rainbow tables
Password length = strength is based on time to crack, but beware the rainbow tables. Get a hash, then look up the hash. If your password is over 16 characters, you're probably good to go due to the size of the required table. (http://www.freerainbowtables.com/)
No real comparison to their own batteries, either
The battery doesn't even have a comparison to their own Oxy-Alkaline battery, and it seems that in some cases the Oxy-Alkaline product may last longer.
The real question is, are these going to be used for submersibles? There's the Seahorse, with 9,216 D-cell batteries. Are they going to switch to the new tech, eh?
10Gb too expensive, need better backup
The first problem is with the setup. Instead of having just one or two ports to the great outside, put the tape on the "inside" of the storage server. Remember, that's what we used to do?? There are plenty of non-networked options for that. A SCSI Ultrium 5 drive does 140MBps native, so a full tape takes 2 hours. Stripe them, and that multi-terrabyte array will be backed up awfully quick.
The other part is good backup software. When a company doesn't care about its backups, the you're lucky if you even use the provided backup software. The other part is using software which works with how you work, for a minimum system load.
Sure, we have more protocols, but the problem is the software, not the stack on the OS. How many times have you seen something supporting SCTP? At all? That's where things go awry. (I've met more than one programmer who had never heard of TCP "out of band." Ouch.)
Nikola Tesla would be in tears
Far from the magnificent Wardenclyffe tower in New York, we can't even get wireless power in the simplest office setting, or even to a game machine. Do any devices use induction coupling?
Moon bases? No. Wireless electric power? No. Flying car? F*** no. (Unless it's flying down a cliff side with two drunk teenagers in it)
Absolute overclocking PITA
IIRC from the Toms Hardware project, the motherboard power components have to be upgraded, and other components also need to be refrigerated. Plus there's the condensation to deal with, etc. The old Crays were bathed in nonconductive coolant. It would be easier to have a sealed system with the motherboard in a Freon bath.
Write once, run anywhere -- really?
Whatever happened to the "write once, run anywhere" goal? First NaCl makes a goofy x86 pseudo-sandbox, then turns to LLVM. Is LLVM better than .NET MSIL or Java JVM bytecode? Or is it just that its open source? Are there benchmarks for native code derived from each?
This really doesn't look anything at all like the original goal of web applications. For enterprise software requiring performance, the solution might as well be ActiveX plugins. Otherwise, just load up a game and be done with it.
DNS protocol not subverted, controlling servers subverted
Since the attack was SQL injection, it wasn't the DNS protocol that was subverted. When the servers are hacked via SQL injection, then the web-based management has died, so you can fill the databases with whatever you like. Once the attacker has global access, a script can be employed to make a complete mess of everything. How many people check the full chain of the SSL cert before entering CC details and the like?
Of course SQL injection still works with poorly implemented WEB sites. That shouldn't be a surprise. DNS is still working fine, so secure the site management.
And no car purchase for a few years
Have to make sure they don't take the money and drop it on another car. Therefore the person must be denied buying/registering a car for a few years. Bus and bike isn't bad, and it does work quite well. My bike folds up and stores under the bus seat, no problem for me.
Where are the moon stations??
We put people on the moon, and then we've sat on our butts. No moon stations, no space factories, nothing but a scientifically irrelevant station and shuttles. Now all we have are some tourist snaps.
Romulans used spray paint ...
on the Enterprise's cameras. The best way to look black against a black background is to blind the other fellow so he doesn't know it. (when that failed, they used cardboard painted black with white dots on it. The fingers on the edges gave it away, though...)
Since everything is running to missiles and Mogadishu "technicals," I don't see the point in disguising machinery that's on its way out. The current threat isn't direct, it's from IEDs and plain old terrorizing the populace.
Anonymity prevents dueling
There was a very good reason for anonymity, and it was a matter of life and death: being challenged to a duel. Hamilton was shot and mortally wounded by Burr in a duel, and I have no doubt that many of the critical pundits would also have been in duels if not for their anonymity. It is not merely the "freedom" of disassociation from the comments, but it preserves the critic's life as well.
Demise of PC or rise of personal smart entertainment?
I think that what's happening is that the industry is failing to realize that the tablet is not replacing the PC, it's going into a niche which wasn't already served. The notebook computers with the swivel display were used like fondleslabs. The problem was that these cost $2,000 and up, while the fondleslab is a couple hundred.
But "fondleslabs" aren't a replacement when actual productivity is desired. Fondleslabs are for fun, and notebooks are for productivity.
C++ doesn't deliver
I have had the experience of working with a fellow who, after working with C++ since its inception, couldn't write an iterator without bugs. That makes me very paranoid about C++, the claims made about it, and the people using it. This is a language that overloads left bit shift! And for no rational reason that I can fathom. C++ started out as an abuse of the C preprocessor, and of course I'd like to see it cleaned up. Maybe this will be a step in the right direction, and maybe it won't.
BART owns cell system?
Perhaps BART owns the cell system that's on its platform. Therefore, it's easy for them to shut down their own equipment. What would be disturbing is if specific messages could be filtered, but I suppose that already exists within the system.
Remember, in the US it's not the right to use someone else's media to disseminate your opinion, it's the right to be barred from using your own media. So until the protesters use their own cell system (which theoretically could be done) I suppose what was done is constitutional.
PC is dead because their revenue stream died long ago
Of course the PC is dead! How much of a revenue stream was it for IBM in the first place? It was copied not long after its release, and finally after losing money on it they sold it to Lenovo. The fact of the matter is that most people who interact with a PC only use a bare fraction of its functionality. Who needs a keyboard when you only want to watch a movie and browse the web?
If Mark Dean was still *designing* hardware, then of course a tablet *wouldn't* be his primary device. Why, he'd need something with a keyboard, decent display, and a mouse! He's now an executive, so now he just needs to read a few things and have a secretary type something for him.
Not only may the email be inadmisable, but the defense can say that it is tampered evidence. Plus the police don't know if the email hasn't been tampered.
The only way now for the police to get good evidence is to obtain an order for the backups.
"peeps with real skillz"
A "peep with real skillz" wouldn't use something which leads directly back to them. A "peep with real skillz" would read about what successful anonymous DDOS attacks have happened, and *write* *code* which does the same thing. This means a little bit of knowing how a TCP stream works and writing raw sockets code, but not much.
The only way to pull off a truly anonymous attack means that some innocent third party will be abused along with your intended target. But really, like a recent XKCD comic noted, this is defacement of a wall poster. Big deal.
Paranoia not enough?
According to WHOIS data, Aptiquant is registered to Tarandeep Singh Gill in Canada. Good one, Tarandeep!
According to http://www.aptiquant.com/news/tell-tale-signs-that-should-have-uncovered-the-hoax-in-less-than-5-minutes/, there were a number of dead giveaways that should have alerted "the fourth estate" to something fishy.
But all of this is predicated on the end user actually caring one way or another about it. Mainly the ones who care are the journalists, who are supposed to make a modest effort to fact check before publishing. Which Chinese newspaper printed an article from the Onion?
Need more samples
Take a look at that graph over time.
As of 2006, the smarties used IE, and the Opera users were merely normal. Now there seems to be a migration. Is it because Opera has become so difficult to use that the average person has abandoned it? Also, look at the differences between IE8, Chrome, and then IE8 with the Chrome frame. Bit of a rise along the way, there.
Now, graph out the IQ of those who are using a browser they built from source, as opposed to mere users.
"Tired of the Silicon Roundabout? You're tired of life"
... and the suicide rate quadrupled overnight.
It drives me nuts when somebody calls me about web development. They're just matching key words and have no clue what I've done.