Annoyed. I used the backspace key all the time. Soooo convenient.
Alt - Left Arrow? Hardly a like for like replacement.
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Insider info is suggesting the landing laser altimeter is at fault - and some are saying the device was either blinded by landing smoke or was heat damaged during the three engine suicide landing burn.
Musk will likely tweet when ready to go public - all are saying the fix will not be difficult.
Of course they are in mid-life. And the market's P/E valuation of 11.6 says all you need to know. The 'insiders' know there are no more iPhones in them - so they plod along polishing their best hits and collecting bags of cash for doing so.
That's not so bad actually - but this collection of 50+ year old white guys are done - put a fork in them they are well and truly done. (Apple Watch was a flop btw)
So here we re, 15 years into a likely 30 year program. We've designed, built, lifted, assembled and operated the most complex machine ever built and we've done it on an international basis.
So sure, I would be awesome if we had manned crews on multiple planets, zooming in and out of Earth orbit on their way to Federation meetings and all. But the reality is there ain't the money, technology or will to do that, so we do what we can do which is the ISS.
Quick carping. The ISS is a beautiful machine.
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It's only a matter of time before AAPL's share is around it's natural 5% level.... and then forced to bring down prices to even hang in there at 5%.
Some people are willing to pay a premium, but few like to feel they are being ripped off.
AAPL's days as mobile supremos are clearly numbered.
Clearly with 150b in the bank and 9 million phones sold on opening weekend Cook's team is doing very well indeed. We all should be doing so poorly.
iOS isn't my cup of tea and the iPhone's screen size isn't either so I shall not be adding to Tim's pile of cash anytime soon, but you have to admire a company executing so, so well and building products that so many appear to deeply desire.
I agree the times savings are trivial, and as you say we all work on the train regardless how long is the journey.
So the only case for HS2 that makes sense is increasing capacity along the west coast line route. Most trains I'm on are packed to the gills with folks so it sure seems like the route is saturated. I know senior engineers who manager the WCML upgrade and they say the Victorian route is maxed out and, "there isn't much more we can do."
So it's about adding capacity and nothing else really.
Well now they've made a right mess of their flagship product. Nice job lads!
The solution is simple. Fork the product. Make a Win 7+ for traditional markets and a separate Win Metro for the world of touch. Let each evolve separately as Apple has done with iOS and OS X.
The current Frankensystem is and epic fail.
I remember my first browser as the IBM WebExplorer running on OS/2 3 Warp (1994?) and connecting to the net via the IBM Network.
Lord it was an awful experience, but the package came with (I kid you not) a huge, paper map of the globe annotated with web sites around the world. An early sight was an english language newspaper hosted in Moscow. I was awed that sitting in a house in upstate New York I could access a server in Russia with a few taps on my keyboard.
Crude, but I was hooked.
So this doubling will conclude about the year 2100, the next doubling will take 200+ years.
Human population growth is already slowing, will peak in 30-40 years, and will begin a long, slow decline. By the year 2200 there could as few as one billion humans meaning of course few cars, power plants and all the rest.
AGW is a non problem. So relax already.
The planet is now well instrumented and so the theories can finally be tested with actual observations. What a concept! Hansen and his acolytes have had a free run since the late-1980s. Not any more they don't!
So we can all relax and get back to normal life, shut down the global warming religion and focus on humanity's real issues. e.g., disease, water, wars, jobs
Now all you warmists clam down just a bit. No one is saying the climate hasn't changed. Of course it has. The questions are of course what are the causes (natural v man made) and where does it go from here (i.e., are the feedbacks positive or negative or what?)?
While you all fulminate, this is a fascinating take from a completely different angle:
I loved me some OS/2. While MS was faffing about with Win/DOS in the 2x / 3x days, I was rolling out tens of thousands of OS/2 workstations and servers across a global network running a home grown app written in C on top of some slick portable libraries we stole from Dr Dobbs. It was bullet proof let me tell you.
Ran OS/2 at home as well, the WPS was brilliant and anyone reading this that was there at the time knows of which I speak.
But then came Win 95, and MS finally built a half way decent OS, and the blue suits at IBM decided then and there they couldn't compete with the Rolling Stones so the writing was on the wall, and death slowly arrived to my beloved OS/2.
Change control can be effective and speedy iff it uses a risk based model. Low risk changes should whiz through, while high risk ones need to go through change control in the usual torturous manner. Every minor tweak to a stand alone system need not go through the torture chamber of central IT.
Aside from that, spreadsheets and other desktop tools are what I call 'end user computing'. The local manager and her boss sign off on the risks and, hey, more power to them if they want to take down the company running a 100million deal through untested code.
My approach was every two years do an audit of the active end user tools, sit down with the management, and decide which ones were stable enough to 'productionize' using a more traditional spec, code, test cycle. It was like mowing the grass. let it grow, then once in a while knock it back. The quants, etc actually like this, because they ended up with less to support.
Taking a holistic view to the problem generally yields good results.
One data point. The new Ford Focus EV (price $30,000, range 76 miles) sports a 650lb / 200kilo battery pack.
One would need a fancy piece of industrial kit to extract such a thing and replace it with another. Not to mention that the design of every EV would need to be near identical to each other for this scheme to work.
I agree electric cars do not have to match petrol cars in range, but over time they do have to match them in cost / TCO to become mass market products.
At the moment the EV cars on the market are way too short of range and too long on cost to be useful to anyone but those well off enough to drive around in a fashion statement.
The facts are RBS's computer systems are ancient in computing terms. Many dating back to the 1960's and using obsolete technologies.
RBS has also been directed to cut costs sharply, and in banking that means staff cuts and particularly expensive, older IT staff. So many / most of RBS's experienced staff have left recently leaving inexperienced on-shore youngsters and off-shore outsourcing companies to fill the breach.
So combining the two causes, ancient software and very few experienced staff left to look after it was a ticking time bomb that finally went off this past week.
A pity so many customers were impacted by the result of decades of poor management by the RBS Group.
Aye matie.... me thinks 1982 MS DOS V1.0 shipping on the IBM PC was a pretty bloody important step. It as the IBM platform was 'open' spec, it was quickly cloned and MS's clever marketing / arm twisting ensured all the clones shipped with DOS. DOS was the clear standard until Win 3 showed up in 1990.
Me thinks they should rename Win 8 to Metro V1.0, then rev it annually until Metro V3 is shipped no one will touch it with a barge pole.
If MS waits three years to ship Win 9 / Metro V2, MS will be toast. The tablet / mobile market is leading the way now (just look at Apple's earnings!) and annual cycles are de rigeuer. so the Steve's had best pick up their pace.
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