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What do you mean someone tried it 25 years ago?
Come on - "How many have been sold??!!" (to quote W. H. Gates III Esq),
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A (what was when I got it and still is, once I get it working) high end photo scanner from Epson would not bloody work under any iteration of Windows until I re-commissioned an ancient (but still perfectly good) desktop running XP.
So spoilt for choice even without Linux. And the good thing is MS does not care about me so no forced updates,
Even better - Chrome barely works and does not self-update either. Hang out the banners!
Now tell me again why I need to move on?
.. that they even kept the miscreant’s (facial) data in a database.*
Is that allowed?
Either way it is pretty scary.
Even leaving aside that the enforcement authorities et al would lose no time in accessing the database - of kids - roller skating! - whenever they wanted to.
* and the innocent girl’s too.
In his book on cosmology Martin Rees was scathing about the Hubble Telescope, its costs, delays, politics and as compared with (better) satellite technology which became available during the delays ultimately hopeless by comparison.
NASA has contributed hugely to humanity but sometimes they need to find a reverse gear.
Moved to go back to the source article and run it through G***** Translate.
It could more felicitously be translated as "interplanetary".
You will not get that from a straight copy and paste (which I presume is what El Reg did). You need to play with GT a bit : for example try translating "interstellar" into Chinese and it gives "interplanetary" as alternative usage and vice versa.
11,500 lines of code which, to put it in perspective for a non-techie, at 30 lines a page* means 380-odd pages.
Not War and Peace but not what I would call selective, incidental use either.
But out of how many lines total?**
*Yes I know some lines are very short but each has a purpose. yes?
** Oh. 2.8 million. OK. Scrub the above remark.
Many a long year since I first heard this expression for end-of-year financial jiggery-pokery in the squeaky-clean appallingly hypocritical City of London.
Since when the power of accounting and particularly audit firms - who were once derisively but accurately called "add and tick men" - has gone way beyond being a simple pillar of the capitalist system. Mixing metaphors I know but it is the tail wagging the dog.
But then what do you expect from a profession which swears by double-entry (snort... snigger)?
Respectfully, you are ten years out of date.
And, El Reg - flagship?? You have got to be joking!!
This was a local private enterprise instigated by the Chinese equivalent of golf buddies/ lodge members etc who persuaded the city government to allot them a piece of land with promises of big bucks and national kudos. The promoters may conceivably have wanted to succeed - I mean, 7 is half of 14, how hard can it be? - but will have been more interested in getting Government subvention because as long as the money flows we can pay ourselves a juicy salary and bonuses.
The fact that a project descends so soon into recriminations amongst builders and others means it was woefully underfunded in the first place.
Furthermore and most important China is now run by an army of very smart, astute and educated bureaucrats - mainly in Beijing but also other tier 1 cities (Wuhan excluded) and they would have taken one look at the business plan and progress and pulled the plug on allocation of Central Government funding before there was a even a plug.
At least go through the motions. The end result does not matter a toss to HSBC but the way they get there does. They simply cannot be seen to cooperate with Huawei even though - in most jurisdictions - it would be quite lawful for them to do so. This is either Huawei data to kick off with, or it is the bank’s data - nobody else’s - which they are free to do with as they please.
But NOT to poke Uncle Sam in the eye.
The bank has paid billions in fines to the US. And they do not want to lose their US banking licence. Which the US regulatory authorities would do out of chagrin and spite : after all, this entire extradition thing is as much spite as justice.
The HP board. They have to do this to pretend they were not stupid and culpable and therefore liable themselves to a shareholder law suit.
HP's lawyers. Deal like this the buyer sends in not just a platoon but a whole army of lawyers to check everything,
HP's accountants. Ditto.
HP's lawyers insurers. They will ultimately pick up the tab, as will
The Board's executive liability insurers and
The accountants' insurers.
Then the insurers bump up their premiums. Probably already did. So all their insureds pay.
Did I forget anyone? Oh yes - the bankers who advised on the deal. But they are the ones who always have an explanation why a magic deal turns out to be a disaster.
Ho-hum. Keeps the wheels of capitalism turning.
What news organs (i.e. what news) are they trying to protect? Quick gander at the Sydney Morning Herald and it is either (1) overseas news available at a plethora of other places online and (2) domestic news which non-Australians are not particularly interested in. Sorry, Aussies, but even the Melbourne Cup gets limited exposure outside the country.
Coupled with the fact that news media gaily plagiarises each others reports all the time so I am gagging at the hypocrisy.
Software! (Wicked chuckle.)
Mate of mine is importing a brand spanking new Land Rover Defender into Australia. Took months to arrive but that is another story.
The local dealer when prepping the vehicle for delivery and attempting to download the latest software "rendered the vehicle inoperable". Seems this means it is unsalvageable. As my mate reported : "What the actual ...k???" and the car was designed in the UK, the software in India, and it is assembled in Slovakia so - "What was I thinking???"
I have not dared to ask him the latest.
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