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wottowwottow 720 posts  |  Last Activity: Aug 19, 2016 2:53 PM Member since: Jul 2, 2006
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  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Aug 27, 2015 9:30 AM Flag

    The wallybot proves it is no smarter than the average bot.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Aug 27, 2015 9:56 AM Flag

    Communist? Oh, please, you're living in the past. Chairman Mao died a long time ago, and Maoism died with him. China still has a government as authoritarian as those it has had for the past 2000 years or so, but to its credit it is doing its best to come to terms with the ways capitalist institutions work.

    I haven't kept up with everything going on in China recently, but I gather it may be going through its own mobile revolution, like the rest of the world. XiaoMi, in partcular, is developing a line of Android-based phones.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Aug 28, 2015 2:39 PM Flag

    Android already features a voice-operated assistant, invoked by speaking the words, "Okay, Google...". Offhand I don't know of an open-source alternative. I did a little work myself many years ago toward an open-source voice synthesis program; by now there sare several. Voice analysis is a harder problem, but arguably can be simplified by treating it as the inverse of the same problem, much as grammar-driven parsing of high-level languages in compilers is the inverse of software synthesis. A program is grammatically correct if there is is a sequence of production rules in a generative grammar that will generate the given code.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Aug 28, 2015 3:41 PM Flag

    Many thanks for that.

    Now that you mention Sirius, I remember having seen something about it, but had forgotten. It sounds well worth digging into, and perhaps contributing to.

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    Sirius on Ubuntu is a joke

    by papampunyam Aug 28, 2015 5:14 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Aug 29, 2015 12:19 PM Flag

    Evidently Sirius is still under active development, no surprise. That being the case, only developers should be interested in installing it. For such people, being in a position to compile it is a privilege and an honor, not a hardship. It means they are in a position to contribute to the product, to enhance it or customize it, or create some derivative product. But you wouldn't know about that, not being a developer yourself.

  • Google it.

    An object lesson. One might think this would have been the obvious outcome, but apparently it wasn't obvious to him. This will stand as a cautionary tale for others tempted to sell out to Microsoft.

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    Problems with built-in Windows apps

    by predisposable_nym_02 Sep 1, 2015 8:59 AM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 1, 2015 2:09 PM Flag

    "No body here searches for Linux problems..."

    Oh, really?? When did they all stop? They did that for many years.

    Why did they do that? I suppose they thought it was consistent with the general Microsoft attitude that it doesn't matter how sorry Microsoft products are if you can somebody else look as bad by selective presentation.

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    by predisposable_nym_02 Sep 1, 2015 3:43 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 1, 2015 4:01 PM Flag

    Nice to hear a good word about Windows 7. I don't use any version of Windows, so I can't comment on details, but W7 is the only version about which I've heard anything good said, since XP. The good comment I read about W7 was that Microsoft had learned some valuable lessons from Windows Vista and was implementing them in the next version. By now those lessons seem to have been forgotten.

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    Multimedia on Linux?

    by dwiget001 Aug 30, 2015 5:48 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 1, 2015 4:32 PM Flag

    Right, these guys have no facts, they rely on innuendo. As I type this, I'm listening to a Tchaikovsky symphony on YouTube in another Firefox tab, through my Bluetooth-enabled earphones. (Can't bear to do nothing except read this message board, must have something moderately interesting going on at the same time.) If I were to switch to that tab, I'd also be watching the orchestra. At other times, I listen to the local Public Radio outlet over the web through VLC, or record it to local disk, also through VLC. Etc. These guys are living in La La land.

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    Multimedia on Linux?

    by dwiget001 Aug 30, 2015 5:48 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 1, 2015 4:35 PM Flag

    Oh, and need I mention, I'm doing this on my laptop, bought through Dell's website, with Linux factory- pre-installed.

  • Google it.


    "SAP SE has become the latest big technology company to throw its weight behind open-source data-sifting software called Spark as it tackles information streaming from industries such as retail, telecommunications and transport.

    "The German company is releasing software this month called Hana Vora, which lets customers combine business data stored in SAP’s Hana database with information from industrial sensors, phone networks and other sources stored in Spark. SAP joins companies including International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. in supporting Spark, which can quickly process data using groups of low-cost servers."


    Clearly Open Source is an idea whose time has come. Even Microsoft has thrown its weight behind it. Sad to say, the softie shills didn't get the memo.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 4, 2015 8:03 AM Flag

    Carbon dioxide is a MINOR greenhouse gas. The major greenhouse gas, all scientists agree, is water vapor. Man is not the major source of that.

  • Google it.


    "Should investors remain on the sidelines and avoid long positions, for the time being? Bidness Etc looks at the financial code to see where the once mighty Microsoft is headed

    "Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has been running into problems lately. The most noticeable is the secular decline in PC shipments. To escape that, the software giant has increasingly turned its focus towards lower margin cloud and server products.

    "This year, its shares have slid 6.70%, 14% alone after China devalued its currency, confirming suspicions of that country’s slowdown in growth. Since then, the stock has generally followed a volatile path, closing at $43.36 in the last trading session.

    "In the most recent quarterly earnings, management reported a $3.20 billion loss on revenues of $22.18 billion. This included absorbing the blow from a $7.50 billion non-cash impairment charge from the loss-making mobile-phone business acquired from Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK); and $780 million in restructuring costs.

    "Revenues from the company’s main Devices and Consumer division dropped by 13% (10% on a constant currency basis) largely due to weakness in the PC market. Growth came from, amongst others, cloud, Xbox, and the Surface Tablet. These do not constitute a large proportion of revenues and the margins are relatively low.

    "Despite initiatives that point to a positive future outlook, Microsoft guided 1Q revenues in the $20.70 - $21.30 billion range, below the consensus. This is something the software giant has been doing for a couple of quarters implying that it expects lower revenues. The quarterly results prompted a 3.70% slip in the share price.

    It doesn’t get better. In July, a Gartner report predicted a 4.50% slowing in this year’s PC shipments. IDC is claiming an 8.70% PC fall this year - compared to an earlier forecast of 6.20% - due to currency headwinds and a larger stock of notebooks. The IDC also sees PC sales growing slightly from 281.60 million ....

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 4, 2015 3:17 PM Flag

    So it appears the trend is about as expected for Microsoft. I.e. it's not going belly-up, just sliding slowly into a mediocre future. A few years hence, I will not be surprised to hear people begin to speak of Microsoft as an acquisition target.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 7, 2015 6:33 PM Flag

    What, no response? Either the usual softie shills have lost it, or they have finally realized that silence is their best strategy.

  • Google it.


    "Today the rules are different in Redmond. The new boss who took over last year, Satya Nadella (pictured, centre, with Mr Gates to the left and Mr Ballmer on the right), recoils when he hears the term “strategy tax” and says he now tells his staff simply to “build stuff that people like”. Some of the things he has done would surely have been seen by his two predecessors as “f* Windows” strategies. Office, the company’s popular suite of word-processing, spreadsheet and other applications, now runs on mobile devices that use competing operating systems. The company is embracing free, “open-source” software, which it used to regard as anathema. At an event in San Francisco last October Mr Nadella showed a slide that read: “Microsoft loves Linux”. In contrast, Mr Ballmer once called the open-source operating system a “cancer”."


    So I'm not the only one to recognize that Microsoft is edging away from Windows.

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    No love for physical media

    by predisposable_nym_02 Sep 8, 2015 1:37 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 8, 2015 3:07 PM Flag

    Evidently you STILL didn't get the memo. The operating system going the way of the dodo is Windows, not Linux.

    How can I say that? None other than Satya Nadella has adopted policies widely described as "f* Windows" moves, and in one recent presentation showed a slide stating "Microsoft loves Linux". The shift in Microsoft policies since the departure of Steve Ballmer is readily apparent to everyone. Everyone, that is, except certain softie shills.

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    No love for physical media

    by predisposable_nym_02 Sep 8, 2015 1:37 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 8, 2015 3:24 PM Flag

    I can see some merit to either position. Rotating media do seem to be on the way out, though they are not gone by any means. I still see organizations publishing courses and entertainments of various kinds on DVD (or Blu-Ray).

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 8, 2015 5:59 PM Flag

    LOL no pun intended. Thanks for pointing that out :)

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Sep 9, 2015 12:25 PM Flag

    I have to agree, word games aren't going to win. But you guys are the ones indulging in word games. To wit:

    "Toy shet like Android doesn't count."

    Toy? Shet? "Doesn't count?" What is that if not "word play"?

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