* Posts by TJGeezer

6 posts • joined 18 Jun 2013

SAP loses head in the clouds Calderoni as online sales grow


Re: @ Anon

If Oracle isn't neck-in-neck for biggest, it's a close call. What interests me is that SAP seems still to have bet its future on the cloud and brags about growth there despite the relatively (!) small numbers. If I read that correctly, even then the HANA growth underperformed relative to expectations. And I have to wonder, first, if waving goodbye to their main cloud guy is a clue all is not well in that division, and second, what impact the NSA's diddling everyone's data streams and encryption has had. I imagine that companies of a size to license and use SAP infrastructure are not eager to risk opening their unspun records to any government, least of all a rogue agency that routinely violates their own enabling legislation.

Battery-boosting breakthrough grows on trees – literally

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Re: Incremental improvements

Incremental improvements? I guess, if doubling cycle numbers since the first generation counts as incremental. It's an interesting tech - Wikipedia has a table of details on this line of batteries that shows quite dramatic improvements in some measures, such as number of charging cycles and charge reduction percentage after two years. I'd say it shows pretty significant progress.


Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight


Re: It's just a matter of time

Very strange? Not really, if you consider that the bureaucrats who pushed it ahead in a spirit of being beyond moral or legal judgment wound up handing a hot potato to all those equally unprincipled politicians. The result is a predictable outcome when no politician or bureaucrat wants to be the last one holding the potato. It's now an avoidance game and has no more to do with being right, effective, moral or legal than building that data-amassing digital spider web did in the first place.

Have you noticed that in the U.S., at least, criticism of the NSA's actions already centers on their getting caught at it or on their failure to prevent some dangerously principled contractor's employee from telling the truth about them? Even the reg calls Snowden a leaker, not a whistle-blower.

If you believe the desperately patriotic posturing of those in power, or their twisted legalistic justifications ("Congress passed the law, go talk to them"), you probably believe the Pentagon's little fables about wanting to win wars, too. Unfortunately, the closer I look at any of this the more it seems like it's really about piping money to various favored contractors, building influence and avoiding responsibility. That's all.

So Snowden's a leaker and a runner, not a whistle-blower. And yet everything he has said in the course of taking the huge risks he took indicates he acted, rightly or wrongly, out of principle. Funny this key question of motive has escaped the notice of everyone in authority and even many who are sympathetic to him.

I keep coming up against jaw-dropping hypocrisy. I mean really -- 'US secretary of state John Kerry wagged his finger at Russia, saying it would be "deeply troubling" if Russia had advance notice of Snowden's arrival and chose "not to live by the standards of the law."' Good gawd. It beggars credulity.

So Snowden was principled? Never fear, by the time they're done spinning his character in every direction but the inconvenient truth, we'll all believe he eats babies and sells their skins for soft ladies' gloves, to borrow a riff from Swift. Then all the bureaucrats and politicians will go back to the money pipeline business as usual.


Re: It's not illegal, but it is uncool

True, but they only get out of jail free if they're rich, a corporation or another politician.

Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition


Aw, they want more money

When the RIAA's hired politicians made the DMCA into law, independent radio stations were thriving on the internet. Not treating internet radio like any other kind of radio all but killed off these independents. Now Pink Floyd likes the idea of applying one of the most discriminatory, small-player-destructive parts of the entire misshapen DMCA to everybody, because the lads want to make, you know, more money. Because they haven't raked in enough yet to satisfy their appetites, maybe.

My heart breaks for them and I weep.

Australian unis to test quantum-comms-over-fibre


Idle Question

Will a quantum computer be able to decrypt a message encrypted using a quantum-entangled key by simultaneously trying all possible entangled key values?

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