Whoever had "plasmonic topological insulator material" on their card has just matched six numbers and the thunderball.
76 posts • joined 12 May 2007
Just a guess, but I don't think you're paying the going rate for good technicians.
Over twenty years ago I used to be a Unix & NetWare admin earning a decent wage (I've since switched to software development), but have noticed how "commoditised" desktop support has become.
Big firms pay peanuts for monkeys who's only technical abilities are turn it off and on again and if that fails re-image the boot drive (which is great when it takes a day and a half to install all the tools needed to do your job)
If you want non-simian staff you have to pay for them.
I’ve bought 2 Surface products; a Surface Pro 2 and the first gen SurfaceBook, and I’ve been more than happy with both.
The Surface Pro 2 was bought for mainly tablet usage, but with the ability to run Visual Studio if a client had an urgent problem while I was on a train, or otherwise away from the office.
The SurfaceBook I couldn’t love more. The best laptop I’ve ever had. It’s mostly used for development, so what I want is fast compile time and it does that in spades. This machine seems more than the sum of it’s parts as I have an almost identically specced Lenovo laptop that comparably runs like a dog.
I realise this sounds a bit “gushing”, so I should point out that as it cost two and half grand, I’d be almighty f***** off if it wasn’t good.
UK retail banks don’t make trades, and never have.
They take deposits and lend them out.
The head office risk management unit do make fixed for floating interest swap trades, but they are simply to hedge their fixed interest rate mortgage and loan books.
Only investment banks engage in prop trading and that has more or less ended since the financial crisis.
The Baroque Cycle is a work of genius.
I admit that two thirds of the way in to the first book I started skipping ahead as it just seemed to be a bunch of disconnected events, however I persevered, and I’m very glad I did.
Starting with the second book and continuing to the end of the third, Stephenson brings all those seemingly endless threads together in a way that almost had me giddy with his attention to detail. So much so, that I reread the first book completely to ensure I didn’t miss any of it.
I’ve met several people who share your opinion, and I’ve persuaded a few of them to give it another go, all of whom have thanked me after doing so. I hope you will give it another go too.
I once had to spend 9 hours on a flight to Jamaica sitting behind a family that were all dumping the most foul smelling toxic waste into the atmosphere, it was like being trapped in beelzebub’s buttocks.
They could’ve all had the same meal and all shared the same intolerance to one of the ingredients ...
I understand what you’re saying i.e. that people should be capable of critical thought and be able to decide for themselves what constitutes “fake news”.
Unfortunately, (and I realise this will sound elitist) there is a large demographic that can’t do this. This is why we have controls on how much of a slice of news organisations should be allowed to be controlled by a single entity - witness the recent Fox News/Rupert Murdoch tie up falling foul of the UK Competion and Markets Authority decision.
Thank you for that. Would just like to say that I miss your regular contributions to The Reg too.
I can only hope that the lack is caused by your time and energy being taken up by managing the massive profits from your rare earth metals bet.
Yes, but no.
I don't want to read political discourse on The Reg. I've been coming here for my tech news for at least 15 years (probably longer). It seems a relatively new thing, in the last couple of years, with Kieran a big contributed, which is a shame as he's actually a talented tech writer.
Please let's keep the politics to the Torygraph & Grauniad.
Last time I checked we had approximately 70K civil servants (or about one per enlisted person) to manage a budget of roughly £30 billion.
The Israelis make do with about 400 civil servants to manage a budget of about £10 billion.
It seems we have some 68K civil servants we could cut instead of kit.
For the best part of my 25+ year software development career I have worked for investment banks and commodity trading firms, and by and large, they're OK at getting a decent systems delivery/write-off ratio (although the write-off level is directly correlated to the size of the organisation).
Once, however, I had a year from hell subcontracting through Schlumberger Sema for defra.
Not only did I have to learn how to stretch a day's effort into a week's worth, but also had to live the daily nightmare that is working on a project you know will never fly.
It was just after the Foot and Mouth disease problem circa 2003-ish. The system was to be a cloven-hoofed livestock tracking website. In this instance the problem was caused by a massive up front waterfall style analysis by SS's top £2K p.d. consultants producing a spec that didn't match the requirements (and was seemingly priced per KG of paper too).
Given my experience there I have no reason to believe that any other ministry's development are run better.
The astonishing thing is that I was paid similarly to the cutthroat world of capital markets where reward is meant to correlated to merit.
I read this article, when the dogman part of my brain (convinced it had read "we watched open mouthed as the news kept coming in ... ") thought it could do better than that, with a comment along the lines of "you guys are bad, but I reckon your innuendo department has a gaping hole that needs stuffing with my cheesy prose". Please tell me that the article was once a filthy, innuendo ridden smut fest and that I don't need to start reading non-register related trade news.
It doesn't have to be one or the other i.e. all local or all cloud processing, so you're both right.
The car obviously needs to be able to perform all navigation, collision avoidance, etc. autonomously, but when available it makes sense to share it's information with the cloud, so for e.g. it could receive information about conditions such as congestion on it's intended route, and perhaps send local driving conditions in return.
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