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Comment: It's shameful (Score 1) 125

by aliquis (#49498561) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

I hate watching Grand Designs and then there's someone who has ordered three glass insulation windows from Sweden (most likely the case, it may just have happened like two times or whatever but still!) and then it either takes forever or there's wrong measurements / doesn't work.

And then it has to be redone and then they are super-happy with the finished product because it turned out so good.

BUT they didn't got their directly!
(Sure windows may be one of those things which become more of a trouble in general in that show.. I still have a feel that maybe the people from UK built things quicker.)

I've also seen it where a team from the US came to build a house and they had brought a nail gun with them. It was just that the others didn't had any nail guns so now the build took a lot longer because people in Europe / in the UK nailed by hand.

And then you wonder why the US is the richer country with the higher salaries and is more competitive ..

(I'm from Sweden but I totally enjoy the English TV programs which is available here (which also is Sweden.))

Comment: Re:The Cloud (Score 1) 443

There exist no simple system where you split the data in two parts which you need to combine to get the original copy?

If so what about splitting it, encrypt each part with different encryption and store them on different storage sites.

Should lower risk quite a bit more?

But the weakest link may be oneself anyway.

Comment: Re:What a wonderful unit! (Score 1) 332

by aliquis (#49457451) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

At first I thought that the 'Acre-Foot' sounded like a joke unit, but obviously it is the amount of water that one hundred and twelve horses need to drink if they are each to plough eight hundred furlongs of furrow in a fortnight!! Honestly, you Americans just crack me up with your wacky units. So much more fun than being stuck with boring old litres!

It's about 35.773 nano distance light travel in vacuum over a period of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom cubed for you Europeans out there!

I'm too European.

(Or little over 1,200 cubic meters.)

Comment: Re:Account number? (Score 1) 289

I have no idea if this is real:
It was linked from here:

There's also this domain, which mention the word courage:

The same bitcoin address is used in all of them:

But don't take my word for it and I have no idea whatever that's the real deal.

Comment: Re:They might as well have. (Score 1) 85

by aliquis (#49385813) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

So, wait - who exactly in the First World does not know what Microsoft is and does by now?

It's know but they remain relevant by staying relevant.

Of course.

This one I can sort of agree with, though most of their efforts in this space have flopped spectacularly: MSNTV, Kin, PocketPC, Zune... I think the XBox was the only Microsoft product to date that hadn't crashed and burned insofar as consumer electronics are concerned.

Ok, so the rest of their attempts failed.

The Xbox didn't.

And that's bad because .. ? Not that you say it's bad. But it was on which worked. Good for Microsoft.

Comment: Re:They might as well have. (Score 1) 85

by aliquis (#49380803) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

More than that... in 2012, I had once estimated that they blew $7bn on the enterprise, and though they're raking in something like $200m/yr (IIRC) in profits now
(mostly from dev house licensing), they have yet to fill that titanic money hole they dug with the thing.

Value of brand recognition?

Being relevant in consumer products?

Comment: Re: Approx. every other version of Windows is shit (Score 1) 122

by aliquis (#49379079) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build

I didn't forgot NT.

I wrote consumer versions first.

I didn't wrote Windows 2k or 2k3 there either. So no NT product until there was no further win9x product after ME.

I later wrote them separately as one consumer version and one server version where I put in NT 4. I never bothered checking what the versions was further back.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354