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  1. Sarkozy is married to that musician and then there's of course Schwarzenegger, Blair's efforts on the guitar qualify him as a musician about as much as his efforts as Prime Minister qualify as a leader.
  2. Honda themselves have stated that profits fell by 90% in the last quarter... http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/a...33AcucseILuRNUw ...if I were a manager I'd be cacking my pants. I'm pretty sure the alternatives weren't "Lets offer Bob and Harold from catering early retirement". Probably more like lets fire 30% of the work force or drop semi-permanently to a 3 day week. It might be a cynical ploy but if it is then come June no one will be interested in repeating the process again but as a first step it gives everyone, Honda and the workers a chance to work out what's going on and where it's all going without rushing into anything silly. Just FYI their shutting for 4 months, first 2 months on full pay then two months on 60% pay and then the workers will effectively owe 200 hours of labour which is where the no-overtime and no-bonuses thing must come in. I suspect a large number of people will suddenly discover that no, they can't survive on 60% pay for two months but by that point they'll be de-stressed from the extended holiday, won't be in the right physical or mental place to start striking and we'll all be in a different world anyway.
  3. Right click on the desktop and look for a option called "Terminal", check the start bar equivalents, icon is usually just a black monitor. you'll end up looking at something like a DOS prompt (single coloured window with a big text box), bash "/sbin/ifconfig" in there and it'll spit all the details. "ifconfig" on it's own might work fine to be honest. If you've got a wired connection on the laptop as well that's detailed under the label "eth0", there's an "internal" network connection labeled "lo" but the wireless will be labeled "ath0", "wifi0" or "wlan0"? "ifconfig" is the same as Window's "ipconfig" in the DOS box and in fact produces nigh on identical output so once you find the terminal program (DOS box) you should be sorted. Try copying the terminal program onto the desktop when you find it as it's always useful to have handy. Cool?
  4. It looks like there's been a slight sea change in those polls of late, I wonder why? Perhaps, and go with me on this one for a minute, an entirely new group of people have found the site and er... the results have er... yeah you can see where I'm going . I think we should start a little HPC Team to go around skewing polls results, although one might suspect that someone might take a somewhat unfriendly opinion about that sort of malarkey. Heh.
  5. One would imagine it's a grey area that's rapidly turning a nasty shade of sticky brown. Very interesting, keep it up.
  6. I'll own up, I work for Gala Coral Group (Gala Bingo + Coral + Eurobet basically) and prior to that have done assorted Internet-ish work for all sorts of bunnies (BSkyB, BFI, RNIB, Red Cross, Save the Children, etc...). Apparently gambling/betting allways enjoys an initial perk as people blow their last pay check on a lottery ticket/the 5:30 at Doncaster, if you know what I mean. How long that lasts if you find yourself in a proper FUBAR collapse is another discussion mind. As to replicating even a baby Google would take way more than £50M, last new data center plan I saw came with a tag of at least £30M (shared building and initial kit) and that was a tiddler. Said plan has since been, er... "changed" but to give you an idea... http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/google-...ter-faq-part-2/ ... " Each of the four new Google data center projects unveiled in 2007 cost an estimated $600 million. That figure includes capital investment for construction, infrastructure and computers for two data center buildings ...[snip]... In its earnings reports, Google reported $1.9 billion in spending on data centers in 2006 and $2.4 billion in 2007. " ...£50M is what you'd bring to the table to start building a sensible data centre. A site like this is probably approaching or into the £10's of thousands in kit but it's probably hosted anyway so it's hard to say. Google maybe simple in some terms but it's the scaling that kills you. I'd actually advise against investing in search engines or other established pure IT ventures, what your forgetting is the major resource required to run vast IT is electrical power and a lot more than most people realise. Google are already investing in their own hydro-electric facilities, the main DC I work in was converted from a normal office building that we used to use for staff before having to move out because there simply wasn't any more power available for the town. That cost of power is almost certainly only going to go up and even if new equipment comes a long that offers significant power savings (which it has and will do) those companies are going to new capital to purchase it with. Not the easiest thing to get hold of in current conditions. The second factor is that for all their (and others) new "Apps" none of them are quite as disruptive as the search and it's not where their making the money anyway, it's the advertising that makes them money which will all disappear if other firms can't spend the money on it. They've also got little "real", absolutely direct competition, Microsoft aren't an absolutely direct competitor, Yahoo! et all aren't even close really, not when you consider their diversity of offering. So they've not got anyone to really compel or push them in tooth and claw commercial competition, whilst as companies their fairly well established. I have a suspicion that they'll be over or at best accurately priced within the wider markets, they aren't an unknown quantity any longer. You'd be better off in investing in new up and coming "internet offerings" (as markets rather than specific companies) where there's at least a couple of players in direct competition, I'd use on-line gambling/gaming (poker, casinos, bingo etc...) as an example. It started with a few small players and then maybe one or two established and related firms diversifying into the market followed by bigger established players diversifying in by buying up the small and medium players. On-line gaming/gambling is all over by now with private equity in on the show as well but if you can catch it at the small players stage then it *might* be worth investing but, and this is an epic BUT, you need an understanding or insight into these "new offerings" to be able to qualify whether their feasibly and profitable. Otherwise you end up with people throwing money at anything and we'll have another IT boom. I'd even go as far to say that you'd need to know who is working for the company before investing to ensure that they know what their about. I think we all learnt that you need to know your eggs before thinking about investing in small IT firms ever again ;^) PS. Don't take any of this as serious investment advice, I've regularly been found to be spouting complete crap and I may contain traces of nuts. Edit for speellling. Regards,
  7. I have to admit I have zilch experience with DB2 but have always been of the wisdom that it was filed with other things that are "gigantic" and "solid" such as mount Rushmore, I've had the pleasure of sys adminiing and developing with MS-SQL server but never in anything that couldn't frankly have been handled by MySQL or even Access to be quite frank. It was very nice in a kind of minimal maintenance, "does what it says on the tin" kind of way but my core experience is with Redhat, Slack and AIX so the whole graphical only administration is a foreign country as well and I've always been advised that although it could scale it just didn't have a whole class of features that Oracle/DB2 have. I'll take you word on the administration side but I'm unlikely to have to worry about it these days.
  8. I do think you'll find I was extracting the Michael in a satirical manner, see wikipedia... " The phrase "as any fule kno"[2] (sic), appended to many of Nigel's pronouncements, has achieved fame beyond its author, and can sometimes be seen in the mainstream British press (usually in a satirical context; the phrase often appears in Private Eye). " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Molesworth ...and of course... http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fule ...but it's nice that you took the time to reply with a carefully thought out rebuttal of my points. Thanks for playing.
  9. >They withdrew their Linux powered netbooks and replaced them with XP powered netbooks. Why? Because their customers found Linux too hard to Mate, you are right that Linux is still a bit uphill for most people but you've got some funky views in other cases. > MySQL is a toy compared to Oracle, SQL and DB2. Oracle and DB2 are very different from MS-SQL and MySQL, if you're going to compare then try Postgresql against MS-SQL and let's face there's not much middle ground in the database world it's either access/mysql (in standard config), MS-SQL/Postgres or Oracle/DB2. Really tho', come back when you've found a clue yeah? Cheers!
  10. ? Crikey, you must work with some real small applications to find SQL server adequate? Seriously I've used Mysql, postgresql, SQL server, Oracle and a few others and frankly there's not much point in using SQL server. Either use Postgres or skip to Oracle shirely? Regards, Phil
  11. > Linux as a desktop OS will never catch on Not for a long time I grant you... > as the focus is moving away from the standard ‘fat’ PC model. Er... fail. > it is too hard to configure, Wrong. My mum can do it fule, it's (Fedora/Ubuntu) got pretty much the same install process as Windows, what country, what time, what do you want to do with it, blah blah... > there are very few applications that run on it **!&%^£$%!"&*&^, wrong. IBM reckon they have 2,500 for Power platforms and their not even targeting normal consumers that much... " According to Adam Jollans, worldwide open source strategy manager at IBM, these 2,500 applications are real ISV applications, too--not the thousands of widgets, gadgets, and otherwise interesting applications that are incorporated into Linux distributions from Red Hat, Novell, and Terra Soft Solutions. It is hard to get a good estimate on the total number of Linux applications out there, but the consensus seems to be that there are perhaps around 10,000 Linux applications in the world, and the vast majority of them run on X86 and X64 platforms, and then are ported to Power and Itanium processors and maybe to MIPS and Sparc architectures in special niche cases. " The other thing I'd argue is quality not quantity, no one's going to deny there's a thousand naff freeware apps available for Windows, just as there's probably a good few for Linux as well. The real question is what do you want to do, there is nothing Windows can do that Linux can not. Let's play a game, I'll use my desktop and you use yours, find me matching software that does roughly the same, lets start easily... cloudy.i386 : Spectral synthesis code to simulate conditions in interstellar matter QuantLib.i386 : A software framework for quantitative finance ...with costs. Your turn. > the whole industry is moving towards the cloud model. No, fail. Most can't for security reasons. Buzzword BS. > The day is very close where you will lay your phone next to a screen and keyboard and have access to all the processing power you need Tis already here to be honest, I can support several hundred servers with nothing but a crackberry/iPhone/Nokia E whatever, unfortunately. ;^) > investing the most in is Hydro Electric power – to power the data centres to power the clouds........ Wrong, you need gobs of power to run any data centre, cloud my ass. > So MS does not provide the ‘best in class’ product in every product area Apparent from Exchange and AD they provide naff all. Don't start on hardware either my HP Photosmart C5180 printer has specific *nix drivers but they don't actually offer anything that isn't supported stragiht from Fedora (scanner, printer and card reader thingy) and my Hauppauge WinTV thingy just works straight out the box. Ditto my surround sound and the wireless photo frame that I bought my parents for Christmas. Yada, yada. Come back when you know what you're on about.
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