Meanwhile, I believe IPv5 was abandoned due to a design fault in the hull.
Hmmm. Good critique. So really this is about use cases. Instagram is (was?) popular because there was a) an iOS app for it b) filters.
Flickr, on the other hand, is popular because it seems to suit the way dedicated amateurs and upwards treat photos. Maybe this is why the phone apps are not compelling, it's just not FOR that use case.
Blipphoto is aimed at photo-a-day projects and is an easy way to blog about individual photos, so it's more like... tumblr?
Unless the UK government say "yeah but money," as has already happened with DVLA.
A pub in Dublin does not strike me as a good way to SAVE money...
Seeing several comments here that seem to be treating this as an either/or discussion. Thought I'd post for the benefit of US & global readers: the UK already outsources plenty to service providers, and many of those service providers either run their own data centres or in turn consume managed capacity in one form or another from their own suppliers in turn.
DVLA (vehicle / driver licensing) - Capita
Many civil service departments, including Highways Agency and significant chunks of what is in effect the civil service WAN - ATOS
TfL (Transport for London - authority and infrastructure for London and surrounding areas) - IBM
And yes - some of this data, and the analysts, are offshore already.
One does wonder quite why the DVLA needed 39 locations onshore in the first place however...
The stupid thing is, if they shut many of the expensive London offices and moved these services to the Northeast of England, they'd achieve a good half of the saving anyway and WIN political points. I can't understand why this isn't happening.
Apparently some governments have better sense than some businesses.
Indeed. I know it doesn't look like it sometimes, but the purpose of Government is to prevent Tragedy of the Commons, and to my mind "buy the lowest cost irrespective of value delivered" is very much Tragedy of the Commons when discussing tax dollars.
In a similar way, current stock market behaviour actively encourages "reduce cost at all cost" and there's yer problem. Many companies in the UK have begun moving services back onshore once the revenue impact of the customer backlash started to bite. It's a pity they couldn't see that coming.
Unless they paid some money to someone, it's not clear why they would think they are entitled to support.
Indeed. What you said here is a universal issue with companies offering services or other intangibles - the more the customer pays the more they value the product, and they somehow project this onto the supplier. The logic seems to be that if it was actually any good you'd be charging for it.
(I do not agree with this logic)
In the UK, the Director of Public Prosecutions has stated that a retweet of an arrestable tweet is itself arrestable.
... if only he'd been able to find a smaller pen.
I've heard Android users complain that they can't tell which of thirty apps with intentionally deceptive names is the actual app they're trying to get
It's not even that good. You can search for seriously popular apps and get 20 hits with no words in common with your search term, and no sign of the app you were looking for.
Highly informative post on motives - but I think the real problem here is that Apple decided to take features and indeed basic functionality AWAY, for whatever reasons, without bothering to tell their users first.
Essentially this says "our costs are going up, so fuck you, Mr Customer," which is acceptable for cheap and cheerful brands but is against everything the Noughties Apple brand stood for.
I've been running multiple monitors since Windows 98's beyond half-assed support for the concept
Anyone else noticed that Windows has got better at it in every release since, whereas KDE has got worse? I love progress.
*: Yes, I know a PHB wouldn't know what HTML5 or CSS3 are at all, but I needed to set the scene.
That's OK. PHBs don't have to know what acryonyms mean or represent in order to use them.
you can in fact have "negative" gravity depending on your reference point its just like in electricity if you have electrons going away from a point you can have positive voltage (i may have this backwards).
You could reverse the time dimension.
Yeah. I want my antigrav jetpack complete with Bergenholm! (You'd still need surprisingly large jets to beat aero drag I suspect.)
You've assumed there that inertial mass and gravitational mass are the same thing... and now I've run out of talent. Does the Higgs theory say anything about the equivalence principle? If you could suppress the Higgs field do you get antigrav or inertia-free or both? (Or neither - if you get vacuum collapse)
Or is inertia just a another consequence of the same curvature that generates the perception of gravity, when you factor in the timelike dimension?