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Comment: Re:Extraneous middle man taking cut. (Score 1) 61

by PhillC (#44518683) Attached to: Paypal Rolls Out Photo Verification Trial In UK
Why is paying cash silly? Maybe in Korea only old people use cash, but I generally find it far more convenient than making card payments. I usually withdraw a couple of hundred Pounds from an ATM, then use that money to buy most things under £100 until the cash runs out, then withdraw some more. This, to me, seems like quite a sensible way to operate, not silly at all.

Comment: Re:No specs? (Score 1) 200

by PhillC (#42739571) Attached to: Excessive Modularity Hindered Development of the 787

If you mention Embraer, then Bombardier (Dash 8), Saab (200 and 340) and Fokker (F50/60) are probably worth noting as well. They're all next-tier players, but potentially could eat into the lower A320-esque end of EADS and Boeing's market. Throw Antonov in there too, with the AN-124 and AN-225 already in production, and you're at the big end.

I read a really interesting article yesterday about the Indian company, Mahindra, wishing to grow in the aerospace market. They already own GippsAero, which is just a GA manufacturer but it's a start. In the article Boeing notes that another 1000 commercial aircraft will be required in the Indian market by 2020. That's a big space for someone to fill.

Comment: Awful Summary (Score 1, Insightful) 235

by PhillC (#42393393) Attached to: Google Challenging Microsoft For Business Software

"....Swiss drug maker Hoffmann-La Roche, where over 80,000 employees use the package." - Which package?

"Google added the ability to work on a computer not connected to the Internet...." - Really? This is a Google invention?

Context is everything. Simply snipping an article excerpt, without correct context, is poor editorial work.

Comment: Re:I wanted to post this (Score 2) 359

by PhillC (#40683701) Attached to: Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

The problem with the article is that just because Musk made a statement "he'd be willing to bet on," people automatically assumed that he thought it was guaranteed to come true. This is incorrect.

Just because someone is willing to place a bet on something, doesn't mean they believe the outcome is 100% likely to occur. As an example, using one of the most common betting mediums of horse racing, if I thought a horse was a 3/1 (3-to-1 or 33%) chance of winning a race, but someone offered me odds of 5/1 about this horse, then I would also be willing to place a bet on it. This is because I would be receiving good value. Over time, if I continue to place good value bets, I will make a profit.

Therefore, if Musk believes his prediction has a 33% chance of coming true, and the research analyst thinks it only has a 20% chance of coming true, offering these odds of 5-to-1 to Musk, then he should probably place that bet.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 5, Informative) 625

by PhillC (#40621279) Attached to: Why Ultra-Efficient 4,000 mph Vacuum-Tube Trains Aren't Being Built

If you planned ahead, and had the relevant travel card, that price goes down to EUR79 (USD100).

That journey is a little over 6.5 hours on the train. You'd be lucky to do it under 6 hours driving, factoring in relevant breaks and depending on where in each city your arrival and departure point was. If I had anything to do at the other end, I know I'd much rather travel by train than bust my butt driving.

I regularly catch a tran from Vienna to Graz in Austria. The cost is around EUR18 one way, with discount card. The journey takes 2.5 hours by train, and maybe 2 hours by car, depending on the traffic. On the train I can read, work on my laptop, sleep, walk around, go to the dining car etc. It's a much more pleasant way to travel.

Comment: Aspera and Friends (Score 3, Interesting) 134

by PhillC (#40070375) Attached to: Mega-Uploads: The Cloud's Unspoken Hurdle

You you always use a UDP solution such as Aspera. Fast transfer speeds, bandwidth management and they have a specific AWS implimentation.

Other options to look at include Smartjog, whose new Bolt product looks quite interesting, Riverbed's Steelhead product, Filecatalyst and Signiant.

There are many solutions around now to deal with large file transfers for both small and large business. Most of them use UDP instead of TCP/IP, with Checksums to ensure all data is reliable delivered. Even with just 1Mbps upload speeds, something like one of the above named products will be advantageous. I've worked in the media industry for a number of years, and this type of thing is being used in Film and Television all the time. Of course, there are still tapes being shipped around, but in emerging markets, such as Russia for instance, the file transfer really beats a tape being stuck in customs for weeks or months.

Comment: Re:No, its still an expensive toy. (Score 3, Informative) 185

by PhillC (#39367007) Attached to: VisiCalc's Dan Bricklin On the Tablet Revolution

I need to preface my comments with the face that I only have an Asus Transformer Android tablet. I don't have an iPad and haven't used one, therefore the following comment may be incorrect.

The problem with using my tablet for any serious content creation, like writing a thesis, is that the applications provided are, in my opinion, shit. My Asus Transformer has the keyboard and I use a bluetooth mouse. However, trying to use something like Documents to Go is a total pain in the ring. The spreadsheet side of things isn't any better than the word processer. Tried using the Google Docs App on an Android tablet? Also shit.

And browsers, which are meant for consuming content, also largely shit. I have Dolphin, Opera and Firefox Beta all installed. I have to use all three at different times to effectively load various sites. Then they will frequently crash, which is shit. They're also slow when compared to my desktop browser.

I use a product called Hootsuite to manage multiple social network presences, for work. In a browser this is a brilliant service. The App on Android is shit.

The best thing about my Android browser is the default mail client and its ability to connect to an Exchange server, which I am yet to master with Thunderbird. Skype also works better than Skype for Linux.

Overall, my tablet experience has been pretty poor, and I'm not convinced by the whole App mindset. My Transformer gathers dust most of the time, and may end up on eBay soon.

Comment: Re:Bovada (Score 2) 354

by PhillC (#39207473) Attached to: US Shuts Down Canadian Gambling Site With Verisign's Help
Wonder why they chose a Latvian domain name. Seems a bit random.

Anyway, I think this has to be about more than just a bookmaker using a .com domain name. They were probably actively targetting US customers, which may have been the issue.

There are loads of bookmakers with .com domain names, that are still quite happily trading (none of these are linked as I'm just making the point)

williamhill.com
ladbrokes.com
bet365.com
betvictor.com
boylesports.com
paddpower.com
betfair.com
etc

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