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Wii Hardware Upgrade Won't Happen Soon 325

As high-definition graphics become more and more entrenched in this generation of game consoles, Nintendo has had to deal with constant speculation about a new version of the Wii that would increase its capabilities. Today, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime bluntly denied that a hardware revision was imminent, saying, "We are confident the Wii home entertainment console has a very long life in front of it." He added, "In terms of what the future holds, we've gone on record to say that the next step for Nintendo in home consoles will not be to simply make it HD, but to add more and more capability, and we'll do that when we've totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii. And we're nowhere near doing that yet."

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

Comment The best days of the IT industry are behind us (Score 0) 783

I have worked in IT for around 30 years. To start with the techies ran everything and we survived by the seat of our pants because we were good at the technical side. DR and testing were not top of the agenda but the industry was great fun.

Later computers became more mainstream and most medium sized companies had a handful of mini computers. The managers knew nothing but just kept out of it.

Today the management consultants have got their claws into IT and so someone who has no experience of IT but has attended a couple of ITIL courses gets put in charge. They have no understanding of the fundamental concepts of IT systems and so they spend all their time on paper shuffling, meetings and politics.

My job today is endless meetings and reporting and going over the same issues time after time without very much progress being made.

The jobs have also become more and more specialised. I remember when I ran the OS, the DBMS and the network. Now there is a team of specialists for each of these. Consequently the specialists have no understanding outside their discipline and fault finding has been replaced by a standard set of question and answers with replace or rebuild as the fallback.

I think that the best days of the IT industry are behind us.

I have heard that this is the trajectory of most new technologies.

When the telegraph was invented there were a few people who could operate the morse code machines and they were paid well. These operators became so good that they could recognise each other by the way they tapped the code out. But eventually telephone replaced telegraph and today a telephone engineer's job is probably no more than board swapping.

We’re stuck in it because we’re good at it and it pays OK. Too late to start on something else and what else has the chaotic energy of a new industry?

Comment Taxing connectivity is not green (Score 1) 66

It’s amazing that government can consider taxing network connectivity. We’re constantly being told to be green and limit CO2 emissions while we roar up and down motorways on the way to work and then when a technology emerges which could limit the need for physical transport to work by enabling tele-working the government tax it. New Labour do not have a clue.

Comment Copyright laws need a look too (Score 0, Offtopic) 159

We should also ask are the copyright laws legitimate? The original copyright laws originated in Britain in 1710 as an act “for the encouragement of learning” and “for the encouragement of learned men to compose and write useful books”. It's right that they protect musicians too but when a music company can contrive for some teenage nit wit to be hyped in all the music media and then sell millions of copies of some ditty at a replication cost so close to nothing that it may as well be free can this be fair? Hasn't the music industry neglected it's initial reason for being and now become interested only in supporting itself and neglecting the msuci? Isn't it ripping everyone off? Let the audience decide

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