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Re: 2 cents?
Mailer, Steinbeck, Foster-Wallace, Joseph McElroy (OK, cheap shot), Hemmingway, ShellLooser – all the great American novelists needed a good editor.
Win RT, maybe
There are a rumours which I have heard from a couple of west coast sources that RT might become free.
Sorry for delay in response - been in meat world
20%, mainly because just arbitrarily saying 100% is probably inaccurate
But I guess when I wrote that it was "Azure is also historically more reliable than it's main competitor Amazon." - because we did some stuff on AWS, but abandoned it and do not have enough statistics to confirm or deny what was stated.
If you want a name - for some unfathomable reason - have my moniker.
We use Azure for hundreds of hosted customers running line of business apps - ERP type - and I will agree with 80% of the above.
Re: So many posts so much silliness
"It depends on how you define your accounting system as to whether it is a cost. I don't mean the software you use either, I mean the nuts and bolts of accounting"
Agreed. And more important is how you are writing that cost off and which side of the Balance Sheet it appears.
"Furthermore an article truly in The Register style is the product not only of its writer but also of sub-editors, editors and usually some time spent writing for us beforehand."
As the article conatined the above lines - and the very idea El Buitre is edited, I need a nurse.
Re: End Game
Strangely similar - My degrees are in materials and engineering, then business and went into computers through 7 axis machining. And programing was about deep maths analysis or much later business processes.
I have come from the small world and now work at a big company - mainly because the small company couldn't do heavy lifting - in a big company I get to rule the world. As well as take my wages home in a wheelbarrow.
Broadly I agree with your analysis -- but reckon there is a great opportunity for people entering the job market if they realise you cannot make a career in one area anymore. Cleaving to Linux or Windows is not the way to do it.
And as you say "Do I think that things will get better for the majority of people who work in white-collar jobs? " no - that’s all gone to shit - but for a few stars the world is exciting and well paid. I add myself to that group but I got there not because I know whatever my reports are talking about, but because I combine that, with good business and engineering knowledge. (also handsome too boot, naturally)
Re: End Game
I bet the ostlers said much the same as you as their jobs were hacked by the steam train. “Panic no more jobs looking after the ride whilst the owner gets beef and ale. These bloody iron things running in one direction, it’ll all end in disaster” repeat ad nauseam.
Every revolution or slow evolution changes jobs and just because you are looking at the same perspective as you had at say 21 you see devastation. I see opportunity, despite being a similar or a tad lower age than you.
But we have more people employed now than around you in the 80’s and whilst you might look and say they are boring – did you check the car factories in the ‘80s – banging a headlining into a Sierra by hand for an 8 hr shift. The workers at Jaguar now all need a Maths O level (or equiv) at a minimum because of the level of production knowledge they need.
The computing world will provide tons of interesting jobs for ages – the character of them will change – maybe one needs to work with other humans and deal with the sticky ness more – but the jobs are there.
"BizTalk is VERY scalable - we have well over 200 real time high volume connectors in a mission critical environment. If you have problems with a correctly scaled hardware, storage and database, then you didn't have a competent BizTalk Admin...."
Again - This
Re: End Game
"The ticket here is to get people addicted to renting. Microsoft views that ability for individuals and businesses to "sweat their assets" in times of financial downturn as a serious problem. During a financial downturn is when Microsoft needs those steady, ticking revenues the most!"
"..with your data as the held hostage"
Also as MS Dynamics begins to crank up and get competitive, they will take on whole enterprise business process.
"The reason for what Microsoft did is simple. They already took the loss on the hardware in a previous quarter. Now they are selling what they took a loss on and they will make it appear on the books how much they made on Surface RT for Q4 2013."
Not simple but what you describe is happening.
Its very common for any company that has stock to change its valuation for a myriad of reasons, and one of which is to do what you say. Drop the value of stock so they can write the loss off against profits in a different division. The sell the stock at cost (I reckon you can't sell it a loss under GAAP rules - or you become an Enron) and take the funds in a underperforming quarter.
Quite often its possible to increase your total retained earnings over a year by doing this.
Also a common question for the CFO and his cohort, What is the value of your stock?
What, you mean if we sell in a week? Or sell over a year? Market value? Cost value? Cost with inflation? Replacement value?
One project in the past I was working at a company that handled brass. I questioned why they had so much on the shop floor between the machine groups - they made more on stocking brass than on the finished part. How do you reconcile that?
The whole question of the value of stock is an ethereal subject
Re: ..I don't need to apply..
">Shackleton also managed to get his men back alive
Only because he happened to bring along the greatest dead reckoning navigator in the history of human kind (of course the dude was a Kiwi).
Also because he was a tremendous leader.
Compare to Scott ......
"I would seriously hope that the computer overseeing a picking job would organise the things to be picked in an optimal manner for each meatbot, presumably taking a circuitous route from the empty truck zone to the full truck ready for unloading by other meatbots, before the driver returns to the empty truck zone to start again."
Its called wave picking and any half decent warehouse will have it. And in such a big and varied warehouse (ie different sizes of item to be picked) the software will know the weight and size and will vary the pick route and time accordingly
Well - that's what our various WMS software does
Re: HTML5 ?
You mean, there is equivalent animation processing technology in HTML5 standard?
OK, I am a manager
"They've been using this to create short video loops on the Bing home page."
Re: computing the value of computing
"No. Just no. We do not "need" to do anything just like David Icke."
Irony bypass, much?
Re: computing the value of computing
Agree with pretty much all of that
After the 2nd WW all the men like my dad came back with a changed view of society and were less likely to put up with the old ways cf. kicking Churchill out , and so the new frontier beckoned and the tech advances seen on and supporting the battlefield were understood and believed in by a critical mass of the populous and so science was 'a good thing'. Now, science is too difficult and so most of the populous are confused and sceptical, and there is no universal buy in
Part of the blame is to be laid at the feet of scientists themselves. How good are you/we/they are explaining *selves? I see things changing even to the extent of being a nerd is acceptable, but we do not do enough to explain the purpose of blue sky research or engineering advancement.
The analogies of travel to Narita we all know are flawed, but that is exactly the sort of stuff you need to explain whatever you are working on. You need a simple analogy to get your idea across in say 7 seconds, catch the imagination and then explain.
I have a bunch of these quick analogies - partly because my job involves explaining stuff at the highest levels of organisations I have simple explanations of what the company I work for does in many aspects. These are known as Elevator Pitches - ie can you explain the idea in the time it takes a lift to go 6 floors as you have your target trapped for that time. But also because from school onwards I was fed up of having the mickey extracted at parties when I said I was a mathematician - so I need a prepared comeback.
We need to be able to explain ourselves in the terms of the person we are talking to and not on ours
The reason my colleagues told me to log on here for shits and giggles was because of the Linux people, so totally incapable of explaining why they reckon Linus came after sliced bread.
As long as I have been on here I have not seen an explanation for Linux in the terms of a CxO world. It’s all in the terms 'I've not had to reboot in 4 years', 'distribution x with front end y is better than a with b'. OK, try getting that over in 30 seconds and why someone would spend significant bunce and effort changing?
This is just one example, but we need to be able make our pitch anytime, anywhere, just like David Icke
Re: Why buy when you can rent?
"Face up to it, web searches and cat videos will drive advances in computing, not the weather."
And do not forget the fagility that is man - porn - which pretty well what got the Internet going 12 years ago.
Re: old enough …
Woops! As I said, somewhat old ....
The past is a foreign country ....
Based on zero historical written evidence whatsoever, but a measured amount of empirical experimentation I reckon most wine was like this until the damn Frencies came along.
If you go and drink a regional wine in odd places in Spain, or over in the 'stans the wine is highly tweaked with local produce I guess it tastes the same as this piteously wasted hoard might have.
Along with some of you, I am old enough to have taken the overland route to India (well Pakistan as I didn't get there in my case) which went through Argentina because it was beautiful, westernised and safe. I do remember drinking wine which was fortified in a similar way.
So I blame the French for trying to make wine like all of the terroir based drinks.
Yes, a whole world of PR
Re: Other uses
"3D printing is certainly for those situations where hard tooling is too expensive or when several iterations with slight changes need to be done before the design is finalized.
You might want to check out a process called powder forging that has become very common for automotive components.
As per my comment above - not so much
Modern methods of making what you are calling hard tooling are so slick that the number off is relativley low. Time is money and doing a lot of one offs is time consuming.
As an interesting example (well it was to me) I had a job of doing some pre prod deisgns for watch cases (clockwork) but in the end we could go to Singapore where a manufacturer would make the die, and the sample watche cases for free. He made his money from the scrap 'brass' we supplied for the cases. And then he had the die for mods and then he almost always got the contract in the end to make a few hundred.
And powder forging as you call it, I called it sintering is useful only in certain situations.
Crash test requirements mean that certain physical charcteristics are needed which sintered doesn't necessarily have.
Re: Other uses
"In a foundry 3d printing with wax could be really handy for casting metal objects where 3D printing directly with metal would not be practical."
My first company after University was about rapid prototyping using a new mould making I had devised and had a patent on.
Things I learnt
We could do short runs at a decent cost - but any form of mass manufacture (say 200 plus) we were beaten by standard methods where the accumulated skill in knocking up a die or a mould beat us
The performance of the part. Parts are so critically designed and designed around the characteristics of the metal/plastic chose that any change in the manufacture adjusted the performance and we were back to the drawing board.
Now this was a while ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and we had a manufacturing industry (violins stage left )but I guess some still remains the same and China can knock up the die and products mucho rapido instead of Portugal or Singapore in my day. Also, unless the sintering process of 3D metal can get close to a forged or cast part we still have performance characteristics.
The idea of making pattern for lost wax is interesting but I found that we could give a diagram to a pattern maker who could make the item real fast and ten we would put pattern makers wax over it differentially to compensate for contractions.
So I reckon it’s a great tool to have but traditional methods will still beat it frequently.
Re: Let me get this straight...
I work for a company that was quoted in New York, and has now gone private because of similar expectations. However much communication you did with analysists there were other influences in their reading of your position and so they would call the stock at the end of a qtr in almost random fashion.
The only slight reason I could give for SF is that there is a feeling in their sector that they hav epeaked and other offerings or no offering will eat their share, so unless they grow a lot they will fall. The MySpace of the CRM business
So will Shakespeare, after reading that English ;-)
Shakespeare! I was chanelling Beicon
I'll do this bit
Hoy queremos rendir homenaje a los miembros españoles del equipo de la misión Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) - un avión de alta tecnología que pretendemos lanzar a la estratosfera con un motor de cohete. Sumario grafico de la mision LOHAN Hace tres años, con Hoy , con el apoyo de estas personas desinteresadas, lanzamos el
Today we want to say thanks to the Spanish members of the LOHAN team, its a high tech plane that wants to go to the stratosphere using a rocket. A quick summary (??) of the 3 yr LOHAN mission, with the help of these disinterested people, we launched the ....
Cervantes will sleep easy tonight .....
Re: I read this and I think
I think you are making assumptions about my sexuality, the driver's chromosome count, and how good looking the Intourist guide (minder) was.
(for future ref, should you want, I have a mismatched pair of chromosomes, she definitely had a matched pair and the driver (ex Tank Corps) def. would have not looked at me however young and rosy I was)
Re: I read this and I think
You comments are undoubtedly correct, but ..
In 68 I travelled extensively through Berlin, Eastern Germany and places east and then to Kiev and then to Odessa. My impression was that on a micro level people were happy, and impressivley read a lot more than I was aware of in the West. They certainly were not caught up in buying the latest shiney (of that time) and were happy. I was not being followed by my Intourist guide - I had left her to be shagged by the driver. All true...
Re: Single Point of Failure
"If this is the case then the real single point of failure lies somewhere in the management who let this architecture loose. I've worked in several large hosting environments, and the idea that you'd rely on a software based solution to manage access to all server instances without massively comprehensive and time consuming testing of new versions of the software smacks of poor risk management and trying to do things on the cheap - a complete no no for this type of service."
mmmm .... I do not think the reason for the failures is as simple as this
We have many servers in Azure and they continued to work. No one has reported to me any downtime for our customers I have to report to them.
I am surprised if the Pink Poodle is the same installation for all of their groups of servers, and so perhaps one or two were fucked but others weren't. But I am speculating.
Re: Ford Orion
"I recently had the opportunity to drive a model T."
So true. One needs to relearn driving to get one even crawling
But all Model Ts should be like this IMHO
Re: 2 things to know about Delcam.
"It used to (and for all I know still does) have it's own tool room for mfg press tools and dies (somewhat more unusual than a pinball machine in a software house)."
It certainly did. I used to work for them creating very complex surfaces and then making the item and/or the cavity.
I started with 7 axis machining and thought everyone had it! Wrong.
Re: 2 ceo's needed
"CEOs need vision. COOs need to kick ass.
Jobs + Cook."
Total agreement on this. On another post I said MSFT needs a Jack Welch like character - but of course the great helmsman had a bunch of great leaders in the shadows. He cast a long shaow.
If you are saying Nadella as CEO I am not certain he has the presence and the desire to make sacrifices to do the big job.
Right now they need a Georgy Zhukov character even.
"They need someone passionate about technology, not some stuffy middle-aged management type"
What are the reasons for this?
As a stuffy old middling manager I want to know your dislikes.
At the moment I reckon they need a Jack Welch character to come in and sort out the internecine warfare and layers of management. Then IMHO they would be able to see what their assets are
Re: Ahem, as a boss ...
"Sorry, I switched off after seeing 'empowering', 'enable', 'goals' and 'overall plan' in the same sentence."
Good post A+, would read again!
OK, dullard, if you were running an operation that was producting say 50 million of revenues a year and you had to sum up your style in a paragraph - what would you put?
Obviously I will watch and learn.
Ahem, as a boss ...
I can see most of the examples in my colleagues. I am of course above reproach!
Without going into long explanations I see my role as empowering the people who work for me, (and for the person who down voted me when I said that before I mean enable them to do their job and a bit more), setting goals and communicating what the overall plan and objective is. Take of that what you will
But in return I want people to communicate with me. Tell me if you have a problem and help me work out a solution. Do it in good time and not when its impossible to mitigate
And then next - work with me with new ideas - not mumble about them with your colleagues and force me to decode them.
Two way communication is what its about.
And in return for the barrow loads of wonga - I take the fall.
Re: Faggots? Yuck!
"Balls to you!
When I was a lad my Mum used to cook her own faggots, she'd often use the dripping from the previous day's roast to cook them, drop in a little bit of Bovril or Marmite and they were out of this world!
Marmite! Call child services now! She was abusing you.
I rate this article - bang on
This is pretty much what I do - that manager pulling it all togther. And all what is written rings true with me
But I start form the application and work down. Understanding the app (synch, asynch - scale up or out - is it disk, cpu or mem hungry) is vital to undertsanding where to put it and how to deploy it.
Also understanding customer expectations against what they have paid for. Running a few hundred customers in the same datacentre(s) means you can play one off another if you are good at monitoring what they are doing for real
Writing monitoring reminds me of the need to monitor the application, which IMHO is most often missed. Knowing if the app is working to standard is more important than knowing if a disk queue length has gone long
Re: F******G AMERICANS!
"I any case, I agree with your general sentiment... if they're going to borrow and butcher the English lanugage, they can't really complain if they don't grasp the subtle humor often hidden within its phrases. Sometimes I wonder if the English lanugage was intentionally filled with multiple meanings and ambiguity, just to provide the British public with a massive joke at the expense of our foreign friends!"
No, no no.
If you check out the way our colonial cousins use most words you will see they have stuck with the meanings the word had when they were banished to the new world. Its us inhabitants of this sceptered isle that have transmogrified the language. Theirs is stuck in the 1700s as I said in another post and got down voted for it/. Foul voting coward, that thund'rest with thy tongue, and with thy weapon nothing dares perform. To misquote someone from their time
Re: Think a little
Chris G - I make you right on all you have said there.
On power - the as the ironically moniker's Carniege says - there are local was of generating it but AFAIK there is a direct relationship to poverty and malarial breeding grounds in India. And if you come from some Pradesh the chance of you having a solar panel is small. The Indian states governments are trying to get these means of generating power out to the villages (with help from western benefactors) but as usual corruption is screwing it. And again AFAIK the power is being used for TV as it has been found the best way of getting information to rural poulations
On malaria, a few years ago my climbing friends did something in the Himalaya, came back via India and one went travelling. He caught malaria, ended up in hospital and was airlifted out. A guy who had summited an 8,000 meter peak was reduced to being unable to get out of bed. He still has not recovered completely 20 years later. Its not man flu.
"Both of them are sitting on huge piles of cash which would make a huge difference.
Bill claims to give away his fortune yet he's still the worlds richest man."
That took a lot of thought and analysis didn't it. I guess as much as you put into your daily work.
Firstly, as point out on this thread he is not richest - Slim is supposed to be - and if you check out the other in the top ten - tell me how many of them are spending time and effort to get money to areas that can make a difference?
Sultan of Brunei, Saudi Royal family - compare and contrast? - they are of course surrounded with philanthropic actions.
Closer to home, what is your annual donation to actions that help others and do not return any value other than a feeling of moral well-being?
As a lot of the discussion on this thread has been about Africa I shall give my experience/view
I went to South Africa in the very early 70s to work at a mine (white coated engineer, not 2 miles down in the heat and dust, then working for an NGO before they were called that in the 80s and then a few years ago back to SA to as a very highly paid contractor something to do with cell phones. At each time I went 'bush' and had a great time in the red dust and meeting wonderful people who whatever their status were warm and welcoming. In a village deep in the savannah or in a township. And my overall PoV they are educated (not in a mid-western university way - in an appropriate local way) and they know how to conduct their lives (surprising innit, they been doing for 000's of years) and don't need some dumb fuck like me telling them what to do they just need in some cases the freedom to do what they need and in some cases help because the western world has come in and changed their circumstances - ie the malaria nets as they have moved to an unsuitable area.
As for cell phones and computers they do not need a white geek helping them, the take up is massive and organised locally by small firms using local distribution methods.
As you are all computer nerds, one of the best things you could do is find a local (in Africa) company and ship your used but newish computers out there where they are stripped down and rebuilt
Yes they do use Windows but let us say the licensing is floral - I guess Bill will know as he has travelled over there.
I send my company's 'excess stock' to a one man band in Alexandra township outside of Johannesburg (they are all just outside Johannesburg) where he is connecting all the tin huts.
The above is a massive generalization and so is wrong mostly – a bit like trying to sum up South America, Cancun to Terra del Fuego
At least a reach around is enjoyable for one of those involved....
In a crowded lift* - not so much
* elevator for those with a language stuck in the 1700's
As a boss of a largeish number of people scattered acros steh globe I relish a mix of people, genders, ages, marital states, gender preferences, langauges and cultures. It makes for a high performing, self supporting team and one with different views on how to work with the customer,internal and external.
Married wommen with kids are just one thing in the mix, certain concessions have to be made for their life but as far as I can see they ae not so different. As for the superwooman bit, I find that is a Western Anglo-Saxon thing. My central europeans, Latin Americans and Far Easten married seem to take children, their feckless husbands and me in their stride. No excuse making and no whining. Mind you I did have Isabela excuse her self once to go and get her children early - mainly because there was a drung cartel gun fight across the normal road route. No kidding - makes your excuse to go early seem vacuous.
Put trust in people, let them sort out the edges of their life and as far as I can see it just works.
Re: Genuine Question:
Glue makes the machine harder to recycle by standar meas. But if you were doing it in industrail quantites there are a few tricks - eg use utrasonics to make the glue melt. But apart from the moral PoV I'm not clear what the economic value of breaking a Surface or Ithing down to its component parts is at EOL.
Re: BMW could go to Lake Baikal
In winter it would be a Ural 4320, or a Tatra T815 if I wanted to any the Ruskies
Cost and reliability
If you want this or the Surface level of tech and reliability for the low cost they come to you, someone wil have to deisgn them so they can go down an assembly line at a speed and have station wait times that are the same. So you now have hot glue, one time snap fits and machine QA processes built in. The result is what you see. Furthermore warranty claimes, fear of being sued becuase some hipster leaves his/her coolisma device with their tiny offsping and it damages said offspring. (that does call into question if hipsters breed by normal means - discuss) also drive design this way
Same with lts of stuff. My pre-war car can be repaired with a hammer and two spanners, my 1970s car needs more spanners, a multimetter and go careful on teh hammer. A modern BMW, ha ha ha, just open teh bonnet at the golf club to show off and after that tere is nothing toi do.
Bu theh pre-war does about 16 to the gallon, needs constant tweaking, and is dangerous, teh 190s less so and the BMW - just drive put petrol and you could go to Lake Baikal. Its the way stuff changes
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