Daily Archives: April 11, 2008

Winsome Carly Fiorina “sheds tear” for Iraq

SOB, SOB. According to this Time bog, Carly Fiorina, the winsome one of Hewlett Packard who is more important than the King of Spain, is shedding a little crocodillo tear for les americaine soldat.

 

She says in an interview with Thyme, that “it takes a soldier to bring us home with victory and honor (sic)”. In her heart, she continues, it needs a soldier, also known as John McCain of the oven chips, to help us primitives understand “the cost of war” and the “price of war”.

 

Will America be in IRAQ for the next 100 years? Who knows. This is what I think. I find it hard to believe that America and the UK watched Russian kids being killed in Afghanistan and then thought they’d have a try too. What a ludicrous idea. But they did it.

 

And what has “Tiny Britain” got to do with Iraq? Unless, perhaps,  some mandarins in the Foreign Office remembered Bigglesworth  and Winston Churchill and thought we’ve gassed them once, we can gas them again.

 

While the USA has to think about global things, “Little Britain” ought just to concentrate on our own problems. Which are legion. Including the Olympic Games, in “2012”. Σ

Nvidia’s Jen-Hsen gives Intel Corporation horrific kicking

INTEL IS NO favourite of Jen-Hsen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, who lives cheek by jowl with Paul Otellini, Intel’s CEO in Satan Clara.

 

The feeling is reciprocated, we are sure.

 

Jen-Hsen took time out of his busy schedule (pronounced shedule in Blighty) to diss Intel. According to analyst Doug Freedman, who has been around since our Rogister daze, Jen-Hsen is “fricking mad” at Intel, and claims the stuff it’s doing is not good enough.

 

Doug worries that Jen-Hsen doesn’t get too obsessed by stuff. He says: “We hope that competitive drive doesn’t become an obsession distracting from technical advances and increasing target markets.”

What is Doug saying?  He is saying: “Although landscape changes are underway in graphics and heterogeneous computing, NVDA’s driving position will become more apparent in 12-18 months”.

 

If only Doug was talking in straightforward English. This is what we think he means. Nvidia is far from dead and is still kicking big butt. ξ

BA tells me “no Terminal Five for you”

YEAH, I AM HEADED out to Bangalore soon enough, and have booked my fright with the “World’s Finest Airline” – Virgin, BA.

 

They tell me I can’t go through Terminal Five – hooray! I will have to go through Terminal Four – booh!

 

“Although we have seen a steady improvement at Terminal 5, we want to be sure that our customers can be confident of high service standards when the terminal is handling larger numbers of passengers. Therefore, the majority of our long haul intercontinental flights will continue to operate from Terminal 4 for the time being.”

 

Hooray!

 

They’ve put the change back until June. Booh! I was hoping to sample Gordon Ramsey’s “Plain Effing Food” which has had far from rave reviews.

 

Instead, it will be TGI Fridays and Pizza Hat in Bangalore, as usual.  Hooray!

AMD’s chief technology officer quits

THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY officer of AMD has thrown in the towel.

 

Phil Hester quit the job but it’s nothing to do with the round of job cuts at AMD, said representatives of the firm. Yeah, right.

 

Individual AMD “business” units will have their own CTOs now, a representative said. And Hester helped set that up.

 

The man worked at Big Blue for 23 years. He is a witty and highly intelligent man. Perhaps the current rather oppressive climate at AMD persuaded him to go, rather than to stay.  He likes a beer. Hester can also do what he likes. Being associated with what’s perceived as a failing company by tabloid rags probably doesn’t help.

 

Let us also never forget he worked for Newisys, a suspiciously “New Age” kind of company. Hester displaced Fred Weber.   

What are the Olympics actually for?

IN ALL THE FUSS about people running around the world with torches, we have to ask ourself why we bother with the Olympics.

The weekend that Princess Diana was buried, I was in Geneva with Samsung, one of the Olympic sponsors, being shown around a museum which had all the torches that had ever been used since the whole damn thing started off again in 1896 by a bunch of nutty Victorians. The staff at the hotel I was staying at had many a tale of the debauches the old buggers of the various committees got up to.

Of course the whole original thing on Mount Olympus in Greece had  precious little to do with the so-called “ideals” that generate a gazillion dollar industry. On the “official Olympic website”, here,  there’s a shot of three chicks dressed in Ancient Greek garb, lighting the Olympic “flame”. There’s also lists of previous winners of the gongs, league tables and the like.

Were women allowed to attend the ancient Olympics? The answer is clearly no, under penalty of death, although “maidens”, that is to say little girls could come along.

As the same site says, the modern Olympics may be the world’s biggest display of athleticism and competition, but “they are also displays of nationalism, commerce and politics”. It can be fun kicking a ball around or running against other people, but introduce the lethal cocktail of nationalism, commerce and politics into what are supposed to be pleasurable activities, and it all gets rather out of hand.

Add religion, and it all adds up to a very toxic brew indeed.