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Comment Re:Developers will not come (Score 1) 118 118

Apples and Oranges.

When Symbian ruled the roost, most mobile phones sold were dumb phones which are more appliances than they are handheld computers.

Nowadays, your smartphone is in reality a computer that happens to make calls, and needs a lot of additional software for it to work more to the users liking. It will be harder to dislodge Android iOS for the same reason it is hard to dislodge Windows - inertia and a very high barrier to entry. Before smartphone, the only barrier to entry was to make a phone that was better than a Nokia phone. Now you not only need to get the OS right - you also need all the third party apps before customers are willing to buy your product en masse.

Comment Re:Speed v.s. reliability (Score 0) 113 113

But then wouldn't it be better to let the end user choose whether something is optimized in a certain direction?

No, asking end-user to optimize their own software is the silliest thing I have ever heard. And people wonder why Apple is such a success and ${insert_random_OSS_company/software} isn't.

Comment Re: Hideous? (Score 2) 337 337

The solution to this is to allow privacy for certain court proceedings and to not allow reporting of the names of the people involved. Basically, grant anonymity to all people involved in criminal proceedings.

That is the easy, non-technological solution to the problem. Every person charged with a crime is a John Doe until he/she is convicted. All court records etc refer to John Doe unless the person has been found guilty and sentenced to prison.

In the Duke Lacrosse case, anyone searching on the internet would just see that x John Does were accused of a crime and, unless you name is actually John Doe, being accused and then acquitted need not leave you with a lifelong association with the crime you did not commit.

Comment Re:Tech Solution for Non-Tech Problem (Score 1) 71 71

One of the "innovations" if you will, to come out of the Zimbabwe elections some years back was that votes are now counted at polling stations. This, together with clear ballot boxes makes it harder to cheat at the count stage. (Still plenty of problems regarding the free-ness and fairness of elections).

Results are posted outside each polling stations too.

In technological terms, we have distributed counting which is more efficient and quicker than transporting results to some central location and then counting there.

Comment Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 743 743

The whole point of debt, and in particular of investor imposing high interest rates, is that there is a chance that you will default. If Greece is not allowed to default, then they shouldn't be saddled with high interest payment.

If Greece has a primary surplus, and more importantly, a balance of payments surplus, then they should default, or force a restructuring of their debt. However, they will then know that no one, not even Greek investors, will want to buy any new bonds they issue.

Comment Re:But if it is a addictive... (Score 1) 630 630

You are going remarkably offtopic!

I did not discuss the food pyramid, proteins vs carbs, the amount of fat people should be eating etc. And I don't know of anyone forcing anyone to eat off a food pyramid. You are getting rather hysterical about that. And the bit about where I got my argument from, it's from my brain. It's called logic - try it some time.

Anyway, back on topic, the only point I made was that the prime cause of people being obese is them eating too much. Too much is _obviously_ relative.

You countered by saying this was because they do not do enough exercise. I disagreed, and showed you a chart showing, as an _EXAMPLE_, that Americans eat much more than the Japanese, and that - surprise surprise - they are more obese. In fact, so are the Brits and the Germans.

The point I made is pretty simple, one should not eat more than they need to, otherwise they become obese. If you become obese, it is because you are eating more than your body needs, and your body just stores the excess as fat. I think this is beyond obvious.

If you are a professional athlete your calories needs are obviously greater than those of an office worker. The solution isn't for the office worker to eat as much as a football player and then exercise as much. it is to eat less. The amount you eat should be informed by your energy needs.

This is the point that I was making, perhaps too subtly for you. I made the point that exercise is not a substitute for not over-eating. You shouldn't exercise to get rid of calories you shouldn't have eaten in the first place. You should exercise to remain healthy, and eat enough to allow a healthy amount of exercise. If you can't understand that last point, then there is no point discussing this further.

Comment Re:But if it is a addictive... (Score 1) 630 630

And most people are not bodybuilders.And I wouldn't call bodybuilders healthy either.

Individuals might be able to do enough exercise to burn off the excess food that you eat, but why do that (except to have a healthy level of physical activity)? If you are exercising just to get rid of the excess food, then maybe the most efficient way to go about it is to eat less. You should be eating enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not using exercise as a way to get rid of food you shouldn't have eaten in the first place.

For the amounts that most obese people eat, they are not going to be able to do enough exercise to get rid of the excess food. So they gain weight instead.

I have actually been to Japan, and one thing they don't do is to eat large quantities of food. Oh, and they don't eat over-cook either - the body doesn't expend as much energy digesting cooked food than it does raw food. You certainly don't get 2 litre sodas with your food in Japan. They eat much more healthily than in the west, and in shows in their waistlines.

And if you don't believe me, check this out.

It's quite obvious than, for example, Americans eat a lot more than the Japanese - about 34% more. is it any wonder the US is one of the most obese countries on the planet?

The average Japanese person also walks a lot more than the average American person, in part because they use public transport a lot more, and are much more likely to cycle to work etc.

Comment Re:So was it illegal? (Score 1) 310 310

Why not just hide any information on bids and offers that are not accepted? Basically, if all quote and volume information was made secret, then that information couldn't be gamed. The only information that should be made public is order fulfilment.

The problem is that these bids and offers are public knowledge, when they shouldn't be. People with stocks to sell should say how much stock they want to sell, and the minimum price they are prepared to accept. Folks who want to buy stocks should say what stocks they are willing to buy and what is the maximum they are prepared to pay.The system should then match buyers and seller at the market clearing price, i.e. sell at the highest price that would match buyers and sellers.

This would reduce liquidity, but would get rid of the market manipulation. Yes, it wouldn't get rid of speculators, but might just make HFT not very worthwhile, which would be a good thing in my book.

Comment Re:Judicial rules? (Score 1) 191 191

Because when people spring such things up on you without consulting you, they are not worthy of the courtesy of you bothering to turn up.

If, when invited, the judges had been made aware of the fact that there was a plan to get Assange to address the conference, they would have made an informed decision whether to attend or not, and/or asked for Assange's exact participation so they could avoid any of his talks or lectures.

When people spring this up at a legal conference, they are either rank amateurs who don't understand the legal system (which I find unlikely), or they are trying to turn this conference political.

Or if I being charitable, they wanted to spice up what would ordinarily be a staid conference, and were very naive about asking a fugitive to address judges some of whom may have been party to the cases against said fugitive.

Comment Re:Really (Score 1) 191 191

Does the chief justice of Scotland have any outstanding warrants for his arrest in Iran? And is the chief justice planning to address Iranians in Iran?

If both of these are true, then Iranian judges would be well within their right, and perhaps following their obligations, to boycott any conference that the chief justice of Scotland is to present to.

But that is not the case here. Assange is a fugitive from the UK, where he absconded a lawful order for his detention and extradition. He firmly placed himself on the wrong side of the law in the UK, and it is entirely appropriate that judges in the UK do not appear to give legitimacy as someone who can opine on UK laws while simultaneously refusing to be subject to UK laws.

Comment Re:AMD has played losing strategy for too long (Score 1) 133 133

I don't disagree that Intel had illegal business practices. But as you also point out, it was better for Intel to strong arm its "partners" to not deal with AMD in the long run, and they bet on AMD continuing to take them on in a game they could not win.

If AMD, by making its own computers, had been able to get an additional (completely made up) $25 per PC sold, they might have been making a billion or so dollars extra a year, which would have been a big deal for them, and might have given them the revenue to compete with Intel.

It might even have helped them rationalise their product line. At some point ,they were manufacturing half a dozen or more processor varieties (Duron (or later Sempron) Athlon XP, Athlon 64, Opteron etc). They were also trying to manufacture for every price point that Intel was manufacturing for, which really allowed Intel to take advantage of their size. Intel had products for every price point that its partners wanted to sell product (Dell, HP, Acer, Gateway, IBM/Lenovo) and AMD had to try and compete with that. it was never going to work out.

Look at what Steve Jobs did at Apple. He got rid of the mentality of making products for every conceivable market segment and concentrated on the segments where he could make most money and that is what saved Apple.

AMD lacked a CEO with such a vision, and kept trying to catch up with Intel. Every decision they have made has meant they fell further behind. Some of the decisions were reasonable e.g. selling their foundry business (they were never going to compete with Intel on foundries) so they could control their losses, but they lacked the big decision that would affect how much money they actually could make.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"