* Posts by Aybee

26 posts • joined 3 Feb 2014

Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec


Re: Value of opinion

>I find it hard to value the opinion of a man who uses double

>negatives in a sentence by using neither and nor


used before the second or further of two or more alternatives (the first being introduced by a negative such as ‘neither’ or ‘not’) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen:

they were neither cheap nor convenient

the sheets were never washed, nor the towels, nor his shirts"


I find it hard to value... etc.

Apple's nonexistent iWatch to bag $17.5 BEEELION in first year alone – analyst


Re: Tell me who

"For a second there i read penile tracking device and had a scary moment wondering where we supposed to wear it."

Didn't know where to wear?

That's probably a senile rather than a penile moment, then. Don't be too scared, it comes to most of us if we live long enough.


Re: Tell me who

'Re: Tell me who

Look around - probably about 80-90% of people. Probably about the same number as have a mobile phone.'

Work in a watch factory, do you?


It's OK, David Cameron is blocking search terms like 'analyst' from Google to protect the children.


Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!

'My point being, those people who do wear watches, especially the "Flash and Expensive" ones, want a watch that is precision crafted, engineered by the best watchmakers the world has to offer, they are willing to spend 6 figures on a quality timepiece.'

"... those people... want a watch that is precision crafted, engineered by the best watchmakers the world has to offer"

What a load of b*ll*x!

Those "precision crafted" watches are less accurate than £2 quartz crystal petrol-station-bought watches. They're sold to mugs who imagine that flaunting one says something about them. The truth is, it does, but not what they imagine.


Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!

"... can't see many women wanting a big assed watch."

Dunno. Know a few horse-fanciers who find asses cute. Some of them even have big arses.


Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!

"You on the other hand sound like you've never had a quality timepiece."

"Timepiece". Lovely word. Slides off the tongue of those marketing to those who imagine they're discerning; better than the average bear.

Meanwhile, bears shit in the woods, just like ego-masturbators. And tell the time just as accurately and conveniently in a hundred ways available to all bears at little or no cost.


Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!

'As for "flash and expensive", I doubt you would even recognise an expensive watch, and that would put you firmly in the majority group!'

I expect you're right. Reckon I could recognise the sort of pratt who'd wear one, though. Fortunately, one of a minority. Though with good amusement value for the majority.

First Dell, now IBM: 15,000 jobs face the axe at Big Blue, says union


"I'd like to point out the company I work for... is growing revenues annually at around 20% with the hiring and payrises you expect in a company doing well."

Confucius say: Your time will come, my son.


Re: weird

Downslope of a recession? Or downslope of the foothills of the crash yet to come?

Since the 2008 problems sweet Fanny Adams has been done to dismantle the virtual fiat currencies, the myth of never-ending growth (cf. perpetual motion) and accompanying constant inflation (*) and the corruption that is pandemic within corporate and political power centres.

(*) This "growth" / inflation state is superfluous to all but bankers and does nothing whatsoever of value to anyone else, other than create the illusion of growing wealth, provided you ignore the similarly growing costs. All it does is create a state of flux which bankers can manipulate to cream off money for doing b*gg*r all that is actually of any use and for which there are perfectly good alternatives that don't require slimy middle-men profiteers.

Apple's STILL trying to shake off court-imposed antitrust monitor


"All in all, I would think it more clever to handle the whole monitorship as discreetly as possible."


A few years ago Apple was associated primarily with magical amazingness, at least in the minds of its fan base. (*) Nowadays its corporate image brings to mind litigation and sweatshops.

(*) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tekXxB6dosQ

Schmidt gets $100m in Google stock on top of his $6m bonus


Re: Bistromathics

As with presidents and prime ministers, they imagine the top job has a lot of power, until they land it. Then they start to discover who really calls the tunes and realise their role is to be a puppet and say things when told to.

Verizon: Us throttling AWS and Netflix? Not likely


Re: I thought Netflix had its own fat pipes

"This is where I think the world is really going"

This may be where the US is going after the usual behind-the-scenes political puppet mastery by big business interests. Hopefully the rest of the world isn't going there.

Plaintiffs: 'Hey judge! Soak Apple for $840m in ebook price-fixing suit'


Re: I think you need a refreser on your latin

'Latin would be "per centum" not "per cent"'

You're right, of course. Upvoted.

(Though using a standard abbreviation for the full word doesn't really imply a remedial refresher, perhaps?)

Still two words, though, innit? ;-)


You have a point. I failed to foresee the day on which Apple will, doubtless, patent Latin.



"you mean 0.529 percent."

No. Per cent, i,e, "per 100".

It's Latin. You know, that language that has been around for a few thousand years.

If a Johnny-come-lately, the US of A, wants to name its coins after a number, they deserve any confusion that arises. Even the US patent system would stop short of such nonsense.

Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem


"There is very little evidence that Microsoft ever held the baton of innovation in the first place. They started out with a shonky clone of CP/M and have only moved forward when they have been unable to FUD & litigate their competition into oblivion."


Apple for Microsoft

BSD for CP/M

Spot the difference?

No, thought not.

Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again


"Anyone using Linux who has to do system admin work"

Suggest trying

man sudo

and Googling basic good tactics guides.


XP, not having had new features actively developed for some years but only having patches created for bugs / exploits as they are identified is possibly more secure / stable than many continual state-of-flux current OSes, including more recent Windows, OSX, iOS, Android and some flavours of Linux.

That's the way software works... changes introduce bugs.

Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers


Re: Where's the incentive

>"Reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where a bank manager is trying to get

>his head around the idea of giving money to charity."


Reminds me of Jobs' approach to Apple's charitable giving upon his return.

Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial


Re: Humbug

"I don't like the car analogies but it's a bit like Apple is the Porsche 911 and the Samsung is a Ford Focus ST."

Apple stuff always reminds me of something more along these lines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhoIpAgmSUA


They were using AirPlay. Or trying to. Three MacBook Airs (because they look cool, apparently), presentation made on one of them. Couldn't make it play. Emailed to another. Ditto. And to another. Ditto. (Act of ignorant desperation: What can we do with it? I don't know. Why not try emailing it. That might mend it).

It was funny (yes, actually funny) watching the floundering attempts of their coolnesses as they gradually realised that Apple stuff, like all other computer stuff, isn't full of pixie dust and doesn't always 'just work'.

Of course technology fails sometimes. That's normal. What's abnormal is the marketing mythology that's conned so many into believing that one particular company is run by unicorns and fairies and makes magic, rather than bog-standard, overpriced hardware assemblages wrapped in pieces of shininess. And, irony of irony, a lot of it works less well and is less able to interface with the rest of the world than most other computers. And a lot of the software struggles more than the alternatives.

Of course people choose different products for different reasons. Form over function has never been a reason I could understand, except for those with a desperate need to cuddle their tender egos.

Of course, YMMD.

Hey, who remembers the coolness of 'shell suits'?


Re: Company of the people?

By people, they mean people like Cook, and the all-in-a-row, glow-maggot-Apple-wielding, Starbucks-quaffing people. Well, "people", anyway.


A few days ago I attended a meeting at an organisation in which senior managers strutted around with their glowing Apple laptops. The funny thing was that they were trying to show a simple presentation on the projection system. They spent about 40 minutes ad-libbing while they plugged in, unplugged and swapped around hardware things in their various glow-slabs to try to get the presentation on the screen. (One of the glow-slabs had happily used the screen earlier). They even resorted to /emailing/ the presentation between themselves to try to show it on different glow-slabs. In the end they gave up.

The same projection facilities, and their predecessors, have happily shown Windows-based presentations from multiple software packages, streamed wirelessly or from hard disks or USB memory sticks for years.

The audience didn't mind. They talked amongst themselves at increasing volume whilst the glow-apple bunch looked less and less like the epitome of cool that they imagined themselves to be.

It was a wonderful demonstration of how Apple hardware thinks "different"(ly).

Looking forward eagerly to the next ground-breaking advert in which the marketeers of cool demonstrate how to think different, speak ungrammatical, and waffle ignorant.

(I seem to be left with three spare "ly"s - feel free to use them, if you wish).

Thundering gas destroys disks during data centre incident


B*ll*cks? B*ll*cks!

'Vibrations from "whistling", yeah some other time, b*ll*cks... The "storage engineers" that were asked need to get a clue what is a modern disk, how it is designed and operates.'

What won me over was your carefully researched analysis and the trouble you took to substantiate your hypothesis.

Have you watched the YouTube video linked above, BTW?

That guy is a lot more slapdash in his scientific approach than you are. He just uses graphs and stuff and doesn't even bother putting his shouty words into this comment stream.

Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report


"I cannot think of one single quote from Bill Gates since... Blah, blah, blah"

Remind me not to ask you next time U need one, then.

Regarding, "The Steve Jobs biography is littered with..."

Multiple biographies / articles are littered with accounts of how SJ was an egocentric, selfish, pompous bar steward.

But, hey, what are biographies worth?


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