Has nobody suggested that the whole thing, including the flight, is an Amazon PR setup, or is that too obvious?
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$28m scores mystery bidder right to breathe same air as Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos in Blue Origin flight
A definite up arrow for The Reg
The best part, because it doesn't contain any jokes, are the comments. To a retired tech such as meself they are mostly comprehensible.
My takeaway, this is a technically interesting development device. It does some of what it should say on the tin. However, however brave the developers are, they will never satisfy certain Reg nerds.
Message found in the capsule
"On an undecipherable date, due to an unknown calendar, this object bashed a bit of rock off Ryugu.
The fine for this is 1x10 to the power of a million, in the finder's numerical system.
Payment only accepted in Solar Pal to the following SRL sppl://ryugu.universe.1/bashedrock.dontdoitagain.?"
DuckDuckGo cries fowl after being expunged from Google's Android search preferences menu for most of Europe
I hope they are not British or ever were.
The last Brit islands in that corner of the world, in the Indian Ocean, are now the largest US base outside the continental bit. Diego Garcia, 'provided' by the Brits after they had unloaded the natives to Mauritius. Even though the UN said that was, and still is, illegal, the Brits have told the UN to f off, presumably 'cos the US told them to.
Maybe after brexit they'll unload a few other places, NI, for example.
The Empire strikes back?
MI6 tried to intervene in independent court by stopping judge seeing legal papers – but they said sorry, so it's OK
This is getting stupider and stupider
Is it not time we called this for what it is, a throwback to another world, which even then wasn't that important.
There is a sort of omerta about anything which is labelled 'security' In effect it enables certain agencies, with impunity, to do what they like.
There may be certain illegal activities and associations which require investigation, in private, at the time. However, the definition of them is nowhere to be found.
A good deal of what is covered is 'revealed' when the agencies and the police etc., say it is covered by security requirements. One can then conclude that whatever it is is 'security' related. In many cases it is later revealed to be untrue.
A heck of a lot of it is related to previous and current government activities and/or policies.
Exactly, unfortunately, even JPL has to answer to the bean counters.
For me the image near the end of the documentary film Voyager which shows the earth as a miniscule dot in an equally miniscule environment of millions of stars tells the tale of how arrogant we are about ourselves.
We are just that, a tiny dot.
Aha, "drive them away" to where?
If we didn't have handy corners and atolls with no rules we could, and should, have a global tax system.
That way, we could avoid the nonsense of of foundations, false tax 'residency' etc., etc.
I imagine that, if there was a balanced global system then the likes of Dell (and he is not the worst, by a LONG way) would not have the opportunity, and maybe not the interest, in hiding money.
We might need a better way of controlling how 'national' money is spent, to ensure a fair system, now there is an objective to look for.
I always wonder what the super rich do with all the money, after all they can only eat three meals a day, like many of us.....
Autonomy was a piece of software that was supposed to sort out information. Or, more precisely, analyse and organise data to become information.
It required, depending on the raw material and it's format, significant pre-work and sampling, before being "installed" i.e. run with a full or partial data set.
So, a sales invoice for the product was made of several parts. There was a down payment, not necessarily the "price" of the whole package, and a significant x time basis to do the analysis.
Afaik, the charge is that the money element of newly signed contracts was inflated to a significant extent, to take account of the potential effort required to get the product to run properly. The other aspect is that there was a significant % of future income included in the sale announcement, without a dependable basis of the calculation
European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes
Didn't I read somewhere that the Irish Gov are shuffling about to get a derogation from the strictures of the upcoming EU data protection stuff?
Ireland needs to offer sub rosa guarantees to big (us) corps that their data in the country is protected from prying. Viz. this issue of the Reg report on MS v the US Supreme Court.
I always wonder what is the story with insurance if you and your car are an Uber "product"?
OTOH, this decision, like so many of the ECJ's decisions, reinforces the EU'role as the arbiter of nearly everything. That might be ok, in the sense of creating a common market, but the proposals/decisions on directives are mostly created on the input of vested interests, not the man in the street.
Apropos of insurance, why is it a requirement to have, effectively, a local insurer? You cannot insure a car in Ireland with a French insurer, even if it is an international insurance company.
I tried to get him to come to Europe in the mid 80s, for a conference, but he said he could not "because I know nothing about data in Europe"
I don't know if he ever did come, or if he ever did learn anything about data here. Of course it was in the days of the monopoly, so not many people knew about data here, some still don't.
Re: The Golden Age of flying is over
I object in principle to paying for a seat except long haul. I buy aisle seats, one in the centre section, one on the side. So, in single aisle, that can be done also.
The result is you have the possibility to get in and out easily, or at least more easily. Biggest bugbear with single aisle is food service, cannot even get to the loo.
When will some smart ass offer food service row by row, at the front and/or back?
Re: I concur
All winced out.
Quote from the NYT today -
"Elsewhere shares in Capita, a firm strikingly similar to Carillion, have lost two-thirds of their value since 2015."
In a very interesting commentary on the UK's obsession with outsourcing.
Re: “In essence, if you don’t have a couple of million, you’re out of luck.”
Just a point of clarification, eir is now French owned, not sure if that means the HQ will stay in Jersey. However, latest info is that it might be "owned" by a new (legal?) setup, who's directors are lawyers in Dublin.....in a structure designed by the mix of holding companies who seem to have bought eir.
Probably means it cannot be sued at all.....
Re: That wasn't it......
Due diligence is an oxymoron, both words. Due should mean you do it when it needs to be done; diligence means you do it properly. Accountats don't do either, they are always in after the facts and they are not paid to be diligent, they are paid to be a facesaver.
In addition, the board of HP and their sherpas are supposed to be experienced. If they were when they looked at the deal they should have known that ALL software sellers puff up sales as soon as the contract is signed. That is when the work starts, not when the operation actually works. In the case of Autonomy there was a requirement to spend x months with consultants massaging the software against the data to be managed.so that it MIGHT work.
Interesting that someone mentioned another puffed up outfit that went down the toilet, Enron, they were an autonomy user.
I worked with buyers of Autonomy. There was a very significant amount of consultancy built in to the purchase, but this depended on what Autonomy assessed you needed to make the software work.
The actual amount of work was not determinable in advance but Autonomy publicised sales at revenues based on consultancy estimates, not on actual purchase price. It is this fiction that HP bought.
Hussein is accused of puffing up revenues.....
I still have, somewhere, a collection of Byte + Jeerry on CD. A blast from my past, but his descriptions of adding and installing new hard and software at Chaos Manor were inspirational to me and many others, I suspect. A legend, not a word I use lightly, bye and thanks for the fun Jerry.
Have we been here before?
Am I missing something?
Didn't the ECJ throw out the previous e-whatever stuff, or part of it, because it contravened privacy rights? Is this any different?
Also, doesn't that nag about cookies cover some of the territory? Of course these proposals are bigger, but the principle remains.
Couple of things -
1. Don't bother quoting gross revenue of telcos, it means very little.
2. Like the airlines, telcos use a statistical algorithm to analyse quid pro quo revenues. The clearing methodology is designed to balance out ins and outs. Overall, apart from some anomalies identified from time to time, no money is exchanged between companies.
It has been obvious for some time that telco revenues are tending towards a cost+ model. where the + has been reducing. The free loaders offering service based on renting space on someone elses network will be first to go. Already there is consolidation.
The important thing is that the EU or someone keeps n eye on monopoly creation. Under present arrangements Vodafone et al can create separate organisation to offer service in different countries, but there are moves to create "supra country" entities, which allows for fudged monopolies.
Re: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."
Don't quite see what dirigisted net neutrality would do to stop Hulu, etc.
Congrats on the gongs you got, makes for a preconceived notion of what should be done with technologies, in my experience.
Prior to TCP/ip we had CCITT standard setting, a closed shop of PTT techies, moving at snail's pace. If we hadn't broken the monopolies we would still be using ISDN.
Post Trump FCC will be in line with big business interests, not neutrality, but more opportunities to make money will be the norm.
Re: I've seen it before, overvalue prior to buyout
In "the business" where Autonomy sold their products, the information retrieval sector, they were recognised as curates egg, good in parts, that is where the data was already structured, such as personnel records, etc. Where implementation work was required Autonomy billed significant consultancy fees, in addition to the leasing/per seat fee. Under UK accounting conventions, note, not rules, the consultancy fees, not yet collected, could be put on the books.
The cockup by UK auditors was not requiring sight of contracts for sales. If they had they would have seen the contracts were surrounded by ifs and buts.
Let's face it, the advances in technology have usurped the original concept, protection and recognition of the original author/artist/performer.
It is so easy to copy today that the idea is toast.
In order to protect and reward originators there needs to be a quick and easy way to pay, even a nominal sum, for the use. The original ITunes concept was that but was hobbled by the big music interests which led to widescale piracy, added to by torrent, etc.
The really unfortunate part of this story is that it is another example of how big business gets its way. I would have hoped that the Obama administration was above it, but obviously not
Re: Irish hospitality: A thousand welcomes (at the same mark-up)
Why anonymous? However, quite correct. Typical behaviour, not just the "elite" dishonesty is par for the course. Hickey is a typical example, I've got the foreman's job, I am untouchable, I'll abuse my position, I'll look after you, 'cos I can and you will be beholden to me.
Well taught, his buddy in the Olympic Council of Ireland, and heir apparent, is the CEO of the Football Assoc of Ireland.
Re: Irish citizens have special status??
Reversion may be possible, but, IMO, to avoid issues with the ROi/NI border, some sort of fudge will be created, but in no hurry.
The original free travel concept was the result of a decision in London, before Ireland obtained independence, because issuing passports to all the Irish in the UK at the time was too expensive and open to avoidance.
My question about all shapes and colours of "sharing" is does normal car insurance cover it, my feeling is no. If you are a signed up sharing service driver what or who do you pay? Assuming it is your personal car, do you need to tell your insurer?
My experience, in France and elsewhere, on weekend nights, is that you get ordinary cars stopping to pick you up. Opportunism.