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Comment: "Research" does not replace leadership vision (Score 1) 161

by Bearhouse (#47481119) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

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.

Comment: Re:A Century Ago (Score 1) 194

by Bearhouse (#47473563) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

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?


Comment: Could this be used for detecting rockets/mortars? (Score 1) 42

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

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).

Comment: Re:Rather far north. (Score 3, Insightful) 151

by Bearhouse (#47447323) Attached to: Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

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.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 195

by Bearhouse (#46201799) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

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.

Comment: Re:Enough with this "fuck beta" nonsense. (Score 5, Insightful) 249

by Bearhouse (#46193967) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

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.

+ - Dice Holdings, Inc, deleting unflattering stories from Slashdot firehose 4

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An anonymous reader writes "Stories submitted to the Slashdot firehose that take a negative view on the site's redesign are being deleted. 4 hours ago, it was full of anti-beta posts. Now they are gone. That's right. A forum that usually leaves V14GRA spam in place for posterity is deleting user content."

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]