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Google Shares Insights On Accelerating Web Sites

nicklott Re:google-analytics.com ? (230 comments)

The irony is that with noscript enabled you simply don't exist for 95% of sites (log crunching is SO 1999). You might think that you like it that way but it's extremely shortsighted: you can hardly expect people to develop content that appeals to you if they don't know you exist.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Shares Insights On Accelerating Web Sites

nicklott Re:google-analytics.com ? (230 comments)

Yeah, but that async code has only existed for a couple of months. Until recently analytics code was the bottleneck on most sites, making it a bit rich for google to be claiming to have sped up the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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MySQL Founder Starts Open Database Alliance, Plans Refactoring

nicklott Re:PostgreSQL (153 comments)

Ah yes, but you're forgetting that postgre is advocated by smug holier-than-thou geeks, the kind that everyone wants to punch in the face. This means that it will continue to be an obscure footnote in database history, while mysql continues to be the world's most widely used database.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Possibly Exploring "Google Tax"

nicklott uh yeah... (312 comments)

For the unenlightened the Daily Mail is about as reliable and non-partisan as the National Enquirer. Stories from them should be filtered at source.

more than 4 years ago
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Drug Company Merck Drew Up Doctor "Hit List"

nicklott Re:Be Skeptical of Drug Company "Scientific" Claim (281 comments)

We've also all seen the classical antidepressant commercial

Actually, only Americans and New Zealanders have seen that (in the first world). They are the only two OECD countries that allow direct marketing of prescription drugs to consumers.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Threatens Artists For Fair Use

nicklott Re:Wikipedia Is Rotten (235 comments)

i agree with you completely

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Threatens Artists For Fair Use

nicklott Re:Wikipedia Is Rotten (235 comments)

Why? Who cares if webcomic X gets its own 2 line wikipedia page? It doesn't cost anything (except a trivial amount of disk space) and no one has to look at it if they don't want to. The idea of wikipedia being a rival to Britannica et al should be left behind: while editing is open to all no one can treat it as definitive and frankly I doubt anyone does. Wikipedia is "good enough". It's 95% there, but that extra 5% will take a hell of a lot of effort and come at a cost that many would find unnacceptable. Just accept that it is what it is and enjoy it, stop striving for something unobtainable and frankly undesirable.

more than 4 years ago
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Kindle 2 Tear-Down Reveals Price of Components

nicklott Re:Half seems like a lot (169 comments)

As someone with some experience in retail I can tell you that 50% margin would be considered extremely good for an electronic item at final retail. Normally the high street retailer will make 10-20% on these things and the internet discounters will be pushing 5%. There is just so much competition out there and people are very sensitive to price for electronics, however amazon has no competitors for the kindle, so they can pretty much charge what they want. (For comparison, clothing will normally make 50-80%, books 35%, though it depends greatly on the industry and niche)

more than 4 years ago
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Why Is Connectivity So Cheap In Stockholm?

nicklott Re:Because... (443 comments)

Except of course they will never get round to paying off their debt. They will inflate their way out, like every other time they got into trouble.

So don't keep cash; only land and gold hold their value.

about 5 years ago
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Why Is Connectivity So Cheap In Stockholm?

nicklott Re:Because... (443 comments)

Damn straight; socialists did it..

about 5 years ago
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Energy Secretary Chu Endorses "Clean Coal"

nicklott Re:Global warming (464 comments)

I think you maybe on the wrong site. As you point out, people here like to base their discussions on the "facts" they just inserted into to wikipedia. Actual facts from actual people who work in the actual industry are right out.

But thank you anyway.

about 5 years ago
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Can Mobile Broadband Solve the UK Digital Divide?

nicklott Re:USO sounds like a really great plan (113 comments)

So, to continue this shocking analogy, you would prefer to have to ring round 5 gritting companies beforehand to get the best price, keeping an eye on the weather all the time just to make sure you don't forget? And there's a fair chance your neighbours will have used a different company, meaning several journeys by several trucks (which is clearly not more efficient) not forgetting that the companies will necessarily being buying in smaller quantities therefore getting a worse price. Not to mention the people who choose not to pay and get the benefit of other people paying for them, leading to a tragedy of the commons. No, sometimes competition is good, in some cases it is clearly ludicrous.

If you've learnt one thing from the events of the last 12 months in the economy it should be that there is no guiding hand; free markets are not by default the most efficient solution. Like natural selection the market goes to local maxima in the landscape rather than the best solution. Sometimes the local maxima IS the best solution, but oftimes it's not.

about 5 years ago
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Can Mobile Broadband Solve the UK Digital Divide?

nicklott Re:USO sounds like a really great plan (113 comments)

In the UK "Socialists" would have come round and put rock salt on the road while you were asleep, thus saving you from making this Bad Analogy.

about 5 years ago
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Hints of a Link Between Autism and Vinyl Flooring

nicklott Economic (356 comments)

The other three factors mentioned are economic, are poor people more likely to have vinyl flooring than, say, wood flooring? Anecdotally it would seem so to me...

about 5 years ago
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Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

nicklott Re:Cue the following: (1306 comments)

Anyone who manages to get funding to attempt to falsify this theory will be onto a good thing...

about 5 years ago
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Skype Courts Businesses With "Skype for SIP"

nicklott Re:I don't know about Skype's quality of service (79 comments)

Skype for business is truly awful. There is no support , their software locks users out of their accounts randomly along with their credit, it also blocks them from the business account randomly, oh and did I mention there is no way to contact skype?

I can deal with the lack of support and dropped calls in their free version, but as soon as I start paying them money I expect to at least have some level of contact with the company and people who are paying a considerable amount (and there are people spending thousands complaining in their forum) will expect personal contact. If they ever want to turn a profit I suggest they get this part of their business sorted or they are boned.

about 5 years ago
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UK Government Wants To Kill Net Neutrality In EU

nicklott Re:Left wing credentials (287 comments)

That only proves that they're *not* rapid free marketeers, not that they *are* left wing. Every government around the world has effectively nationalised its banks, N Rock was the very first and they obviously decided that the political ramifications of using the N word were too much to bear. Of all the banks only Lehman was allowed to collapse and, once again, that was soon considered A Bad Thing. Now they are all just nationalised, no sorry, "bailed out".

Proof that they are not lefties? The privatisation of Royal Mail. Not even Maggie, in her wildest fantasies, dreamt of doing that. It doesn't make sense even to them, but they desperately want to do it no matter what.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Government Wants To Kill Net Neutrality In EU

nicklott Re:Left wing credentials (287 comments)

Please point me to some (real) evidence that New Labour is left wing in any way whatsoever...

more than 5 years ago

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Determining Oil Reserves from Google Earth

nicklott nicklott writes  |  about 6 years ago

nick (533496) writes "You might have noticed that oil prices are a touch high at the moment (they hit $110 per barrel this week). You may also have noticed that OPEC refused to increase oil production earlier this month, leading to the current high prices. Well, word on the street is that they won't increase production because they can't. As peak oil aficionados will know OPEC members have been overstating their reserves for years and it looks like the chickens may finally have come home to roost: with all pumps set to full they can only maintain current output, not increase it.

That isn't really news I guess, but while looking for more info I stumbled across this article from last month. Actual production figures are state secrets and guarded zealously but using Google Earth images from different years this guy is counting (by hand) the number of wells in the world's largest oil field, the Ghawar, and comparing them year on year, using both third party maps and physical clues from the images (eg soil colour). This is some labour of love and relies on DigitalGlobe just happening to have hi-res imagery of otherwise empty swathes of Saudi Arabia . It does seem to suggest a serious decline in wells in the Ghawar and though I'm not qualifed to extrapolate the wider ramifications and judge his method I thought it was pretty cool. (For non-geologists, as a field is exploited water is pumped in at the periphery in order to concentrate the remaining oil in the centre, a process which seems to be illustrated in the plots in the article)."
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Skype Implodes

nicklott nicklott writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nick (533496) writes "I can't believe I'm the only person to have submitted this, but, as I'm sure many of you have noticed, the Skype P2P network spontaneously combusted earlier today, leaving the vast majority of their users unable to login. Their forums also seem to have imploded, but before they did so it was determined that it was just coincidence that Microsoft had released a whole bunch of patches yesterday, as Mac and Linux users were also affected (unless of course their servers are running Windows)."
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