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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Bearhouse "Research" does not replace leadership vision (161 comments)

Plenty of other organisations, (IBM, Xerox...) have equally-sad stories.
Genuine transformational innovation ignored by the senior management...who in the case of IBM, then Microsoft, were focused exclusively on two things:

1. Screwing their customers
2. Screwing their competition

IBM got their comeuppance, and had to reinvent themselves as the "services" company we know and love (ahem) today.
A far cry from the company that had Nobel prize-winning people on their R&D teams.

Now its Microsoft's turn.

about a week ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Bearhouse Re:A Century Ago (195 comments)

You're right.

OK France is much smaller than the USA, but it's still pretty big, and the TGV trains have been a huge success, attracting travellers away from air and road. With zero fatalities since its inception.
And of course, runs on cheap, low-carbon electricty generated by France's nuclear power stations...
So fast, safe and green. What more do you want?

http://www.thetransportpolitic...

about a week ago
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New Technology Uses Cellular Towers For Super-Accurate Weather Measurements

Bearhouse Could this be used for detecting rockets/mortars? (42 comments)

I wonder if they could extend and improve their "iron dome" with this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

Would be great if they could knock all the Palestinian missiles out of the air instead of bombing the sh*t out of the lauch sites (which the launchers tend to put in urban areas).

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Bearhouse Re:Fiat can crash (753 comments)

Fix It Again, Tony

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Bearhouse Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

Indeed - and having stayed there, I can confirm the weather around Kinloss is usually awful.

Sounds like a "make work" effort at this very remote location. At least if something blows up on the pad or shortly after launch there's not much around to damage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

about two weeks ago
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Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

Bearhouse "Will product" (121 comments)

What's that? Some kind of device to improve willpower? To help you with your last testament?
Or just lousy editing?

I'm voting for the last one...

about 3 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Bearhouse Re:Seriously? (195 comments)

I'd mod you up, but duuuude, 'webscale' is sooo yesterday.

Leveraging your core value proposition thru social networking in the cloud is the new hotness!!!

I really dig the new beta site too - liked it on all my facebook pages and tweeted it too!

Now 'scuse me, have to update my whitelists and hosts files.

about 5 months ago
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AOL Reverses Course On 401K Match; CEO Apologizes

Bearhouse New CEO for Dice? (123 comments)

Sounds like the ideal candidate.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

Bearhouse Re:Enough with this "fuck beta" nonsense. (249 comments)

Nice sock puppet. Wonder who modded this up?
Sure as shit not a real user.

The people who made this site - the real grown ups who don't post AC - object not just to the technically poor execution of the latest sites; (both the mobile and the beta desktop sites suck). No, what they loath is that they took time to give feedback, as I did - in detail - which was ignored...and then the beta was just rolled out.

Hence the rather "childish" fuck beta campaign. Treat people like kids, don't be surprised at what you get back.

On a final note, fuck beta, and fuck you AC.

about 6 months ago
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Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

Bearhouse Re:Purpose? (135 comments)

Hey boys and girls, mod funny. Just burned my day's mod points modding up all the f.beta posts in Timothy's lameshit article.

about 6 months ago
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Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

Bearhouse Re:First Post! (135 comments)

Great post - and I'm sure it's not your first one, despite your claim.

So, in an eloquent way...you are saying....FUCK BETA...right?

about 6 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

Bearhouse Re:FUCK BETA (193 comments)

And when they take that away, as they surely will, what will those who detest "beta" do?
Fuck beta, and fuck stupid, cowardly cunts like you.

about 6 months ago
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Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

Bearhouse Re:Bomba kryptologiczna (110 comments)

"The British are very keen to take sole credit for cracking Enigma"

Well, we're not, actually. Any more than we're keen to take the sole credit for winning the Second World War.
It was a team effort.

about 6 months ago
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Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

Bearhouse "poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (87 comments)

Well, I'm normally against childish flaming, but this beta thing has me upset.
Especially since I have been giving regular feedback ever since they started rolling out this crap.

Why are they continuing? Death march...

about 6 months ago
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Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

Bearhouse An amazing piece of engineering...also FUCK BETA (110 comments)

This may look a little contrived, but the new management team at Bletchley Park also seem to wish to "improve" things by making them worse.
For example, they recently sacked a long-time volunteer guide because he insisted on showing guests the nearby National Museum of Computing, (which is where the Colossus is replica is actually housed).

http://www.independent.co.uk/n...

Oh, and double fuck beta....been here for decades, and whilst I'm all for progress the classic site never struck me as broken, (apart from special character support - is that fixed in "beta"? )
The last I heard progress meant IMPROVEMENT. Listening DICE?

about 6 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Bearhouse Iron Mountain places seem to burn easily (463 comments)

Out of interest, I was looking for more detail.
Found a story on the BBC about one of their facilities that went up in flames in London in 2006 (I think)
Was a link to another fire too..

Maybe not the safest archivist out there, then..

about 6 months ago

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Study shows most controversial pages on Wikipedia, by country.

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  about a year ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "Researchers have identified the most-edited pages in Wikipedia — the subject of so-called 'Wikiwars'.
It's interesting to see how these differ by country; in the USA, GWB tops the list.
For the Czech republic, it's homosexuality.
Regarding Germany, 9/11 conspiracy theories are in third place, after Croatia and Scientology.
Just as weird and interesting as Wikipedia itself."

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What do you buy a 90 year old, tech-savy Dad who has everything?

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "My Dad amazes me with (a) his longevity & energy, and (b) his continued ability to mess around with electronics stuff. Since he already has things ranging from valve amps made from war-surplus, via an original IBM PC kit to an Android tablet, I was going to buy him a Raspberry Pi for Christmas. Turns out he's already got one. I saw nothing that really got me excited in the attached link, so your ideas would be appreciated, thanks."
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Instagram has updated its privacy policy giving it the right to sell users' phot

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "From the BBC: Unless users delete their Instagram accounts by a deadline of 16 January, they cannot opt out. The changes also mean Instagram can share information about its users with Facebook, its parent company, as well as other affiliates and advertisers.
The move riled social media users, with some likening it to a "suicide note". The new policies follow Facebook's record $1bn (£616m; 758 euro) acquisition of Instagram in April. Facebook's vice-president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson earlier this month had said: "Eventually we'll figure out a way to monetise Instagram."

I'm not sure the many young users of Instagram will be too happy when their pictures start showing up in ads."

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Credit card has display, acts as security token

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "From the BBC:

A credit card with an LCD display and built-in keyboard has been launched in Singapore by Mastercard.

The card has touch-sensitive buttons and the ability to create a "one-time password" — doing away with the need for a separate device sometimes needed to log in to online banking.

"We brainstormed on ways to make it convenient and yet secure for customers," said V Subba from Standard Chartered Bank, which is collaborating with Mastercard.

"The question was: instead of sending customers another bulky token, could we replace something which already exists in the customer's wallet?"

Sounds convenient but perhaps less secure than having a separate device...I also wonder how robust it will be?"

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Good summary on IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP str

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "Won't be a surprise for regular readers, but there's a good summary from Gartner here of how IT VPs should be wary of, amongst other things, SAP's rather opaque pricing and Oracle's poor interoperability. Also, how IBM is more interested in taking over your company's IT strategy than it is in delivering solutions.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/280268,the-truth-about-ibm-microsoft-oracle-and-sap.aspx"

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First accidental collision between two satellites

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "The Guardian reports: '..a 12-year-old satellite belonging to the US company Iridium and a defunct Russian Cosmos satellite that was put into orbit in 1993...which weighed 560kg and 950kg respectively, apparently smashed into each other at a speed of 420 miles per minute (25,000mph).' 'Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Les Kodlick of the US strategic command, said: "We believe it's the first time that two satellites have collided in orbit." The command's joint space operations centre was tracking 500 to 600 new bits of debris, some as small as 10cm (3.9 inches) across, in addition to the 18,000 or so other man-made objects it has catalogued, he said.' Read more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/12/nasa-alert-as-satellites-collide"
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ISP confirmed throttling bandwidth in Canada

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "Amongst others, Ars Technica reports the results of a survey of the country's ISPs by Canada's Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The results "make clear just how widespread deep packet inspection (DPI) has become at Canadian ISPs". Read me here: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090121-how-canadian-isps-throttle-the-internet.html With a user-generated summary of the responses here, (leads to a 50-page PDF) http://www.christopher-parsons.com/blog/archives/370"
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Update on mystery Peruvian meteroite

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "The BBC has an update on the story that provoked a lot of comment here a while back. It's rather more thorough than the usual BBC article, so interesting. "Now experts say the event challenges conventional theories about meteorites. The object which came down in the Puno region of Peru was a relatively fragile stony meteorite. During the fiery descent through Earth's atmosphere, these are thought to fragment into smaller pieces which then scatter over a wide area. Yet pieces of the estimated 1m-wide meteorite are thought to have stayed together during entry, hitting the ground as one. There was a lot of discussion here about reporting toxic side-effects of the strike. FTA: "Reports about arsenic, bubbling [of water in the crater] and sickness were probably overblown. People were frightened, but some were also afraid they were under attack from a nearby country." A bull's horn was, however, confirmed as ripped off... For more, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7292863.stm"
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Chemical 'brain' invented for nanobot control

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "The BBC reports that "A tiny chemical "brain" which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented." See http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7288426.stm. "The machine is made from 17 molecules of the chemical duroquinone. Each one is known as a "logic device". They each resemble a ring with four protruding spokes that can be independently rotated to represent four different states. The molecular device — just two billionths of a metre across — was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously. Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists say it could also be used to boost the processing power of future computers.""
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EU rules that Microsoft breaks antitrust rules

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "The BBC reports that "The European Commission has fined US computer giant Microsoft for defying sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour. Microsoft must now pay 899 million euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it took part in monopolistic practices. The ruling said that Microsoft was guilty of not providing vital information to rival software makers. EU regulators said the firm was the first to break an EU antitrust ruling." See http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7266629.stm What — if anything — do you think this will further ruling will change? What 'vital information' would you want?"
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Internet-censorship avoidance nominated for prize

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "Picidae, http://picidae.net/, is the latest in the cat-and-mouse game of censors and hole finders / makers. The inventors have tested it for three weeks in China, and so far claim to have gotten round the 'great firewall'. If you invoke a pici-server a form field appears to fill in a web address. The pici-server then creates an image of that website and sends this back. Works as advertised, (until it gets /.ed, I guess). You can added your own pici-server to help out. It's been nominated for a Transmediale prize: http://www.transmediale.de/site/award/nominated-works/ From the nomination: Christoph Wachter / Mathias Jud (de/ch): picidae (Community Network, Installation, 2007) "picidae" creates a server community which breaks national firewalls by redelivering complete, readable and hyperlinked images of blocked web sites. How long before it gets blocked, and how?"
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As predicted, update bad for unlocked iPhones

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "As widely predicted, it's now being reported by the BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7017660.stm, and the NYT, http://tinyurl.com/25sgxe, that upgrading your unlocked iPhone is not good news. Anybody surprised?

Following on from earlier posts here about the legality of unlocking your iPhone, what's your opinion on the legality of Apple bricking it for you with an upgrade? Do you think this is a bad way for Apple to build customer loyalty with an increasingly tech-savy user base, who like to add applications to their personal devices? Or do you think it's good, bearing in mind that mobile phones are being hyped as the next payment method, and so need to be secure?"

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Getting the most out of Lotus Notes

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "One of my clients, a major international, wants to get control over its email. IT support is outsourced, and poor. At the moment, they've launched a small project to deal with 'excessive' volumes of mails — some people receive over 300 per day! Although many of the users are engineers, they typically are not well-trained in Notes, and do not tend to use its advanced features. The in-house team they've put together has come up with suggestions like, "let's force people to click on confirmation dialogs when they hit 'reply to all', or have big attachments". I'm not sure this is the way to go. Anybody here have any ideas to help, please? Also, what tools would readers suggest to structure and 'mine' the vast quantity of mails that are generated each year? At the moment, this information goes totally unused..."
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Future of Netradio may depend on DRM adoption

Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  about 7 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "ars technica reports that the planned tripling of royalties for US-based net radios may be postponed, but at a price. From the article, "SoundExchange has offered to cap the $500 per channel minimum fee at $50,000 per year for webcasters who agree to provide more detailed reporting of the music that they play and work to stop users from engaging in 'streamripping' — turning Internet radio performances into a digital music library,". Could this mean a return to 'pirate radio', with sites moving offshore?"
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Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "The folks over at Wired publish the results of surveying some popular US-based ISPs. The results are patchy. Some ISPs only responded to a few questions, and others not at all. Of those that did respond, some keep record of IPs allocated, and URLs visited, for up to six months. Seems a tempting target for both black hats and law enforcers. Who'll get your browsing history first? Read more at http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/20 07/05/isp_privacy"
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Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "The original report, regarding the loss of the ashes of the late Star Trek actor James Doohan, (Scotty), got a lot of press here. Well, the BBC is reporting that they've been found, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6671887.s tm From the article, 'before his death — at the age of 85 — two years ago, he had asked for his remains to be sent into space....Wende Doohan, James Doohan's widow, told the Associated Press news agency her late husband "probably wished he could have stayed".' How long before we have the option of being 'buried in space'? Would you advocate / go for it?"
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Bearhouse Bearhouse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bearhouse (1034238) writes "The BBC reports, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6574175.stm, that Google has seen quarterly profits soar by 69%, boosted by strong advertising revenue. From the article, "[Google] net income climbed to $1bn (£499m) in the first three months of 2007, up from $592m on a year earlier. Google's results contrast sharply with Yahoo, whose sales fell 11% in the first three months of this year. Yahoo's net profit fell to $142m (£71m) for the three months to March 31, compared with $160m a year earlier." Looks like the ultimate 'geeks' are also winning out on the commercial front. Are the 'don't be evil boys' going to challenge the 'evil empire' with, among other things, Google apps? Having crushed the other search apps, and bought out DoubleClick, what's next?"

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