* Posts by B83

19 posts • joined 19 Feb 2017

No do-overs! Appeals court won’t hear $8.8bn Oracle v Google rehash


Is it IBM compatible

Haha that comment made me laugh, maybe too early in the morning for me since I've not had my coffee yet!

What popped to mind was, I can remember the days when people actually said "Is it IBM compatible" and then they totally lost the plot and Windows made its move.

IBM still exist but could have been a very different beast if their strategy had been different in the 80's.

I'll go have my coffee now, cheers

Astroboffins peep at the largest orgy of galaxies banging into each other


Re: "as it is unlikely that there are more than about 16 such objects across the entire sky"

Yeah just like the GoldiLocks planets.

You used to get told there would be hardly any but when there are more stars than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. There might be more GoldiLocks scenarios that people realise.

Dr. Jason Marshall, aka, the Math Dude. According to Jason, there about 700 trillion cubic meters of beach of Earth, and that works out to around 5 sextillion grains of sand.


I don't want to sound like I am knocking the research but I am sure its quite a big place out there.

'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark


Re: I think I speak for everybody when I say...

Speaking for everyone, your not F*ckingJ*king there!

UK peers: Is this what you call governance of facial recog tech? A 'few scattered papers'!


Fight back

When will the general public start fighting back. Its scary what can be done with tech. Who\what will be the spark that makes joe public go "no more".

If the government gets its way its1984 for ever more.

Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones


Re: Pocketalypse

Is 2019 the year for the manbag as well so they can hold the Phablets?

You could even add a new icon "I''ll get me manbag".

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age


Re: Data Dark Ages


I had to go and have a look and for the 2001 census there was a 98% return rate but did not find anything for the last census. I would be surprised if there was a massive drop in return rates though.



Data Dark Ages

This will be the census of the Data Dark Ages. There are too many people who wont trust an online survey. Im just thinking of my parents, their mates, my mates parents and their mates. "Oh online survey, wont be trusting that", and I cannot blame them.

Most of my mates have real fancy smart phones but are generally inept at using them. They have traded their laptops/desktops for smart phones and wont be spending any time filling in an online form like the census.

Yes it costs money but after the Car Tax** someone needs to the give the Mandarins a good shake and tell them its too early for this type of survey.

Im no luddite but there are quite a few folk out there that are when it comes to this type of thing.

** http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42009111

I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years


Doom and gloom

I have to agree with you there is too much doom and gloom about IT.

I wonder what the doom merchants are talking about when they say IT. When I first started in the office, 2005, for a big company some folk classed themselves as IT experts but only worked on one system. Some of them had been on that system for 20 years+. They knew very little about anything else. The system was then switched off and they were fishes out of water. It did not stop me from going into IT all it did was to make me damn sure I was not a one trick pony. I'm still updating my skills and will continue to do so(actually I enjoy being the geek).

As you say and it is a golden rule 'if your not happy F**k Off and get another job'.

SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware



In certain parts of the British Civil Service its Lenovo laptops all the way.

What have they been snooping on?

Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out



Yeah the work culture across in Japan is totally different from us in blighty, but that does not make us slackers.

Employees in some Japanese firms are given inceptives/bonuses for taking holidays. I'm sure that is one of the car manufacturers.

However I bet the office culture is exactly the same but with different hours! "Look at that lazy b*star*d, walks in here at 7 am and I bet he leaves at 7 pm", "how does he get away with it". "What he has taken all his holidays", "where is the dedication to the job".

Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments


Re: Great Depression

The next seismic shock does look like it will be online and it would be very interesting to find out who has their fingers in the pie of Bitcoin.

Once\when the backside falls out of the online currency do you think Trump\Euro union will step in like what happened in 2007 and delivery bail outs.

It will all depend on how deep their fingers were and who they were!

Yep,it is the same old shite but where there is muck there is money.

'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'



The rumour is another big player is encroaching on Facebook, Google and will make them look like pussy cats,


US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears


Sonic Attacks

Bloody Hedgehog!

Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain


market-leading coverage of all Princess Diana-related issues

Will Phil Collins be breaking his silence over this?

A reference no-one outside the UK will get and I doubt anyone in the UK will get it either.

Marc and Lard had a laugh over it

(On reflection the story could have come from the Daily Mail)

Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge


Re: Best advice

Spot on.

One company I worked for, and will remain nameless, had a massive push towards management. Management was the ultimate goal where managers would be able to solve anything. When very technical, competent people realised they were do as much as the managers and asked for rewards they got nothing.

I actually got bored of filling out leaving cards but it was the cost towards the Projects i.e. time and contractors to fill the gap, that made peoples eyes water. Had the rewards been handed out they would have been a drop in the ocean to what the eventual costs were.

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts


Hartley Pool

I've heard some Hartley Pool supporters are on the lookout for Naruto.


Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics


Over thinking

Are we over thinking AI?

I really think that once we get conscious AI, thats able to think ethically and independently for itself, it will take one look at us and switch itself off.

Or do a runner off this planet.

What AI would want to enter the drama we have here on Earth when it will know it is capable of doing so much more? "Thats my patch of dirt", "No its my patch of dirt", "My Gods the most powerful", "No my Gods the most powerful" etc, etc.

Marvin from Hitch Hikers Guide always springs to mind when AI is talked about.

Stuck with us lot but capable of roaming the Galaxies, hmm/

Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF


Re: This is all very well, but........

@Mad Mike

Cant agree more you.

Too many people are too far up their rear orifices and think its demeaning to do some cleaning or flip a burger.

The best eye opener people can get is working behind a bar and serving the drunks, cleaning up after the drunks (the puke), on one occasion a female co-worker had to go into the female toilets and help pull up the panties of an inebriated(p1ssed/drunk/steaming) elderly lady while she was sat on the toilet.

You soon appreciate people working on minimum wage.

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator


Re: Come along commentards, pay your way!

I dont like apple, to expensive, and just wanted to see if it was really true about the defibulator for the rodent, although I did suspect that it might be slightly erroneous.

My mate is apple obsessed and I was looking forward to taking the piss out of him and calling him Hammy the Hamster or something equally childish.

Damn, damn, damn your click "like lemmings, you will click on it and we make money when you do." scam.

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