That old trick...
...of tying two rocks together and seeing if they float.
88 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007
...of tying two rocks together and seeing if they float.
A key problem with the logic of "We hire on the basis of skill, not ethnicity/gender/minority status" is the implicit assumption that your recruitment practices are perfect, and that the best candidates for your workplace are usually straight, white males. (Unless, of course, you have a richly diverse workforce, in which case well done you.)
In a work environment that is primarily of one ethnic group, it makes sense to wonder if there might be a bias towards that group in your recruitment practices. On a wider level, if genuinely there are no suitably qualified candidates outside that group, there may be issues around opportunities and education that need to be addressed.
Ultimately, Affirmative Action and quotas aren't about hiring unqualified people to tick some boxes, it's about ensuring you are hiring the best people, and giving people who might ordinarily miss out opportunities they have been excluded from in the past.
"Innocent young college kid goes for a "meeting" with a stranger and then wakes up the next morning, in an unfamiliar box, with a massive, alcohol-induced headache and suddenly realises that someone has ...
... installed Windows 10 on their laptop."
I think you mean "wakes up in a bathtub full of ice with a note on the mirror saying 'Welcome to Windows 10' scrawled on it."
I did, and they said A$12. I must have been looking in the wrong place. Apologies.
No, twelve. Google Music in Australia is A$11.99. And A$11.99 is less than US$9.99, anyway. (At least it is at the moment. And that's including GST.)
Presumably they're working for the research labs at Miskatonic University.
"With all dead, there's usually only one thing you can do."
"Go through his clothes and look for loose change."
We spent 18 months ensuring all our systems were Y2K compliant, which a number weren't, particularly recently purchased PCs had dodgy BIOS that needed to be patched, so from a software point of view we were pretty safe.
Nevertheless, it was decided we should power down as much as possible on New Year's Eve, and power it all back up on New Year's Day (which was a Saturday, as I recall), just to make sure. This included every PC, which wasn't as silly as it sounded since the PCs we had at the time had a failure rate of about 10% on power cycling, due to dodgy power supplies (part of the problem with a competitive tender process for PC supply driven by line item accounting).
So on Friday afternoon, a group of us go around telling everyone to shut their computers off and go home, until we get to our Comms guys who refused, on the grounds that all this Y2K work was unnecessary and nothing was going to happen. So we moved on.
Saturday morning, a group of us comes in to power everything up, and make sure it's all working, including all the PCs, so we can replace any that die before people return to work on Tuesday. Thanks to our preparedness everything was working fine, except the phone system. Because the Comms guys who had decided there was no way anything could go wrong, did nothing to update the ancient system the PABX was running on.
To be fair, when our parents paid for it (or some of us who are a bit older, for that matter) it was state of the art. Now, not so much.
But, yes, it would be so much easier to deal with all of this if we'd never sold off the infrastructure in the first place.
They tried this as part of a penetration test on our network. They left thumb drives and CDs with "Payroll" written on them in marker in meeting rooms, and the carpark.
Seemed kind of obvious they were a plant, plus the fact we knew it was going on, made us suspicious, although I believe some people were stupid enough to just plug them in.
Yeah, ADSL coverage in North Canberra sucks. My brother's in Watson and can't even get ADSL2, so he has to pay more for an ADSL1 connection. (Not just ADSL1 speed, actual ADSL1.)
'Well, at least that was the case in late 2013 - right before the Government changed and Abbott & Turnbull brought FTTP to a screaming halt. 2 1/2 years later, and we've seemingly been bumped off the end of the list - the NBN's website says "Not currently available. The nbn™ network rollout has not started in your area. Keep checking the website for more information".'
You're not in Braddon, by any chance? Exactly what happened here, although my ADSL2+ is a bit faster than that, usually. One street over is all FTTP, and despite being promised we would have it rolled out by the end of 2013, and all the initial work being done, nothing. What we get for being a safe
Labor seat, I guess.
I don't really understand why The Reg gets so upset about what are basically minor errors on the part of entertainers. One might dismiss Aly's claims about buffering as a mere rhetorical device (hyperbole, for example), but instead we have to be told he doesn't know what he's talking about, and how he's doing more damage than good to the argument.
Is this going to turn into another public feud like the Stephen Fry thing? I hope not.
Everyone thought the 5C was supposed to be a budget phone, and complained that Apple would fail when it turned out it wasn't. while ignoring the fact that it did exactly what it was meant to do: replace the 5 in the line up because of manufacturing issues.
The 5SE isn't meant to be a budget phone, it's meant to, again, replace an earlier model (this time the 5S - the clue is in the name) with a model capable of Apple Pay, and to keep a 4" phone in the line up. I predict they will sell at least as many of them as they would normally expect to of the phone in that slot. (They may sell more due to the people who have held off due to the size of the 6 series.)
...and in the meantime, try to convince people that there's no point in doing it.
That's what always bothers me when people list the Newton as one of Apple's failures. The platform itself was more succesful than most people acknowledge, but the key thing is that it is singly responsible for ARM becoming the mobile processor of choice for everybody since then.
And your point is? People with depression should have carte blanche to talk nonsense when they have a position of trust (as a National Treasure) but not the faintest clue what they're talking about?
Well, no, but you might what to consider reasoned criticism instead of badgering a known depressive who has shown suicidal tendencies in the past.
There's nothing wrong with criticising him for making mistakes, although one wonders about the newsworthiness of him getting an explanation of GPS wrong on an entertainment programme, but this reads like a small child poking someone repeatedly just to provoke a reaction.
It's important to remember that these numbers exclude tennants using over 10000 square feet, such as any major department stores. That's because, like Apple, they're able to get a better deal on their rents due to high turnover and desirability. It would be interesting to see how Apple Stores compare with the larger tennants. I suspect, but I'm not certain, that adding Apple to those numbers would have the opposite effect. (Apple stores are insanely profitable, and their baseline turnover skews the metric somewhat, so it's possible they're doing better than a Macy's or a Nordstrom.)
It's a pretty meaningless measure anyway, unless you're the CEO of a building management company whining about how you can't just demand more money from some of your most successful clients.
As for civillian craft, the Millennium Falcon is like a DC-3, which is currently in its 80th year of commercial operations, and is expected to make it to 100 years, despite not being manufactured since 1945.
'"Same as the word gay - it had a completely different primary meaning when I learned English a few decades back"
I'm not so sure about that.........years ago I found a reference to Shakespeare using "gay" as homosexual description, but I can't remember when/where. It was cited as the first known use'
It did have a completely different use in Victorian times. It meant "on the game". Which is possibly where the modern usage comes from, as male prostitutes seemed to cater mainly to other men, it could be assumed that a "gay boy" was, well, "gay". (Or even "well gay".)
Moore's eyebrows are binary: Up or Down. Capaldi's can convey every emotion known to man, and a couple I don't think we've discovered yet.
I've said elsewhere, it was an opportunity for Capaldi and Moffat to show off, while Rachel Talalay didn't need to, she just continued to do excellent work.
I felt at times it was a bit like being trapped inside an Infocom game (Trinity particularly came to mind), but that didn't really detract from it in any meaningful way.
I worked out he was on a loop when he came across the clothes drying by the fire. I didn't quite get all the details, but it became apparent he was in some way retracing his steps. Presumably the first version to arrive continued on naked, or in his Question Mark underpants.
He seems to straddle Pertwee and Baker (oo-er). He goes for his Tom Baker voice when he wants gravitas, but the velvet coat, and even the shirt in this one (not ruffled, but the detail on the front was suggestive), is very much a Pertwee thing.
At times he even seems a bit Peter Cushing.
"Labor created NBNCo as a monopoly with the intention of privatising the network close to the end of the build when the risky parts of the project are complete and profitability of the network reasonably well understood."
This was always my biggest problem with the whole endeavour. They should keep it as government owned infrastructure. Basically a backdoor way of re-nationalising the non-retail bits of Telstra, that should never have been sold off in the first place.
Maybe we have been assuming that life is only associated with planets, but there maybe other types that wake from deep freeze on comets.
Great, now I'm thinking of some Elder God sleeping in there, and we're only going to wake it up if we keep flying probes past it...
Or at the very least, if they'd done it right, and only privatised the retail business, and kept the wholesale business and infrastructure in government hands.
Personally, I'd have preferred it if they'd kept the whole thing, but if they had to privatise it, they could have at least done it right.
And this is my problem with the NBN as well, it's always had privatisation built into the plan. The government builds the infrastructure, and then sells it off, when it was a perfect opportunity to return the country's communications infrastructure to public ownership, while still allowing competition at the consumer end.
And I agree that the whole speed thing is a farce. The base level is ADSL1 speed. Not enough to use the network to stream video, and downright painful if more than one person is trying to use it at once. There ought to be one speed tier - maximum available. (And don't get me started on data limits...)
This probably means they'll put my place back on the roadmap to be done just after the election, then hold off while the dust settles, and cancel it again. Just like last time. What I get for living in a safe Labor seat, I guess.
Actually, it's been offensive all that time, it's just now there seems to be the political will to do something about it.
Iain M. Banks would be proud. Or possibly not.
'As individuals, we don't pay tax on some portion of our income deemed to be "profit": we pay income tax on the whole lot, give or take some special cases like child tax credits.'
Actually, we do. It's just that, by default, all our income is determined to be profit, unless we prove otherwise. This is what deductions are. If your deductions outweigh your income, you make a loss, then put an "L" in the appropriate box on your tax form, and get most (or all) of your PAYE refunded.
If you do not have any business presence in Australia (IE all done through mail order or a web site), then no.
You don't even have to pay GST on products under A$1000 in value. (About GBP500) (For products over the limit, the GST is usually paid by the importer, so you don't even pay it then.)
If, however, you manufacture your goods in the UK, then ship it to an Australian company who then retails it, the Australian company is liable for corporate tax. This applies whether the Australian company is a subsidiary of your UK company, or a totally separate entity.
To put it simply, corporate tax applies to companies doing business in the country. Apple Australia is a subsidiary of Apple Inc, which does business in Australia, therefore it is liable to Australian corporate tax laws.
...Microsoft introduced "Patch Tuesday" to put an end to the constant stream of updates and releases, and allow you to plan properly for configuration management purposes?
Everything old is new again...
...for finally saying it. It's not a law.
Unfortunately, I keep hearing stuff from people who should know better about how Moore's Law drives technology forward. (In particular, I'm thinking of an aging "rocket scientist" and hack SF author who can't help but mention it when discussing technology.)
It's bad enough we have to explain what "theory" means whjen dealing with the evolutionarily challenged.
'The company's chief customer officer John Simon says the announcement will bring “fast and reliable” broadband to 200,000 premises sooner than expected, since the locations were “not earmarked to receive the NBN in the coming 12 months"'
So, what about those of us who were scheduled to get FTTH by this time last year, only to be taken completely off the schedule after the election? And we're still not back on it.
I suppose, that's what we get for voting Labor. This government is nothing if not vindictive.
This is true, but there's no reason it has to be. With all the IP treaties and international negotiations going on (all intended to protect the big content providers from any kind of competition, of course) we should have been pushing for standardised licensing. But, of course, we didn't. We just extended the copyright on "Steamboat Willy" and let it go at that.
"The letter, co-signed by finance minister Matthias Cormann, warns the ACCC that varying the price of Telstra wholesale services puts the government's NBN model at risk"
This would suggest that there is a problem with the government's NBN model, since it seems to depend on pacifying Telstra at the expense of the consumer.
I'm not saying Conroy's wholesale model was better, but didn't it depend on taking Telstra out of the wholesale business, and shifting it to NBNCo, so that such double-dipping wouldn't happen?
Your comment proposes another motto:
Meum est hovercraft anguillarum
Appropriately enough, taken from said online translation service. So probably wrong.
...even the white bits are black.
It's going to be a right bugger to keep clean, though.
My brother had just bought a cheap run-out model Mac II, and borrowed a 300baud modem from a friend, while a friend of mine who was a sysop at one of the university computing units gave me an account on one of his boxes. Spent hours running through a terminal, using mostly Usenet.
Of course, as the international connection was sponsored by NASA for the Deep Space Network, some groups were periodically blocked due to their policies on appropriate material. This meant that some groups would only get content that was crossposted to groups that weren't blocked.
Then my brother, who had his own account through his friend in the same computing unit at the university, heard about this whole "World Wide Web" thing, using the Lynx browser.
Eventually, they upgraded the dial-in to SLIP and eventually PPP, enabling a full internet connection, moved all their off-book accounts to a spare pyramid server, and finally had to shut it down after the club they set up to manage it imploded. By then we could finally get commercial dial-up accounts.
I use contactless payment with my credit cards all the time. I find it handy to be able to just wave it and go. Of course, it is open to a number of security issues, but most of them are protected against, or overhyped.
On my phone, though? I'd rather have it in the driver's side wing mirror of my car so I can get in and out of carparks on cold mornings without having to open the window.
As for an "analyst" predicting it will take off because of Apple. It's true that Apple can drive technology adoption. We had PCs with USB ports for years before the first iMac came out, but no-one had any USB accessories available. But they have shown absolutely no interest in NFC. They've been using a combination of QR codes (in Passbook) and Bluetooth LE (in iBeacons) to do all those amazing things people said NFC could do, so what's the point?
Basically, I don't expect it to happen, and the people who say it is "definitely going to happen with the iPhone N+1[S] are just extracting the information rectally. This guy is just trying to shift the blame onto Apple for his own incompetence.
Apple Deathwatch - now in its 38th year...
"He's not a traitor; he's a bleedin' hero, you silly nong!"
Do you mean Snowden or Brandis? Just want to be clear.
..for the first attempt to dismiss someone for being overly critical of the government on Twitter. I expect it will lead to a lengthy, and expensive, court case which will, with any luck, show the government up. (Let's be honest, in the current political climate, it could go either way, but we live in hope.)
Of course, I should be safe here, since this isn't social media, I can say what I want...
"But don't say that Brendan had no RIGHT to speak or act as he did. He too has passions. He too is a citizen. His ideas, too, will be sifted by the (imperfect, sure) democratic machine - he will not be exempted from that, nor will you suffer to be exempted either, if you value any democratic freedoms at all."
Is anyone actually saying this? Have I missed something? He is perfectly within his rights, as was stated in parliament recently, to be a bigot. What I think most people are saying, though, is that he then has to face the consequences of his bigotry, which I think you also admit.
If he finds a company that is willing to either overlook his stance on gay marriage, or even support it, good luck to him. I'm sure people will then want to boycott this hypothetical company too, which is currently within their rights to do.
And that's the point of the story. Under proposed Australian regulations, organising a boycott of a company because of its or its employee's practices will be made difficult, if not illegal. So the one weapon people have in a free market capitalist economy is taken away from them because it might hurt the Coalition's corporate masters.
As I find myself so often saying, "Everyone loves capitalism until it happens to them."
I can see why it doesn't quite look right. They've got the tail rigid, while if you look at the video of the actual kangaroo, you can see it moves, and flexes, during the hop to stabilise the centre of gravity. Also, the arms should tuck up when it's not using them, as with a real 'roo.
Oh, hang on, I'm supposed to say something "funny" and not particularly relevant...ahem..."Are they sure it wasn't *Austrian* scientists that built it?"
Was that OK?
Dont believe so. In fact, many DVD players are sold as multi-region players. I've never had to actually change anything to play Region 1 and 2 disks on any of my DVD players. Or my parents', and they buy name brands, and not the cheap ones from the electronics shops in Chinatown.
I've flown overseas a few times over the years, and I have found the experience much worse when not flying Qantas. BA seems less well maintained (in the sense of cleaning the cabin, rather than keeping the plane flying), and Virgin made me check in separately for each leg of an international flight.
The latter is my fear if they re-separate the domestic and international arms of Qantas. And if they do separate, will they both be called Qantas? Or will they come up with a new name for the domestic carrier? How about "Trans Australia Airlines"? That has a nice ring to it...
Uh, what? Ansett did it all to themselves. Or, if you prefer, Air New Zealand, who owned Ansett at the time, did it all to them.
Where did they find an advertising agency that was willing to use a song in the ad without first getting clearance from the original artists?
Just saw this morning, that plans to lower the threshold have been shelved until at least 2015. (Computer Daily News 28/11/2013).
It seems the plan was to get the carrier to collect the GST, be it Australia Post or a courier company. How they would go about that is unclear.
It seems that in the scenarios presented at the Treasurers' meeting, there wouldn't be an increase in GST revenue for at least a couple of years, during which time it would actually cost the Federal Government (and consumers) money.
"Beleaguered Australian mobile users might be about to get some price relief, if research from Goldman Sachs proves accurate."
i was feeling optimistic until I read the second clause of that sentence. Accuracy is not a common trait of market analysis.