1183 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007
Re: Fact or fiction?
I think it is an accurate satirical dissectionof Uber, Twitter, Farcebook and others.
Re: Been there
And done that, selling copiers that is. In a distant past in the North Postals selling copiers that were OK but usually on a 5 year contract with finance, that gave us the best commission in those days and gave the customer a nightmare.
With a copier that would be obsolete and being 'fixed' by an engineer at increasingly shorter periods a DA contract (Duck's Arse, water tight unbreakable modeled on the original Xerox contracts which were generally held to be breakable only by parting with more money)
If you could get them on a combined Finance and maintenance/consumables contract for the full 5 years you would get commission payments each year even after leaving the company as well as an envelope full of Debenhams vouchers from the finance company.
Never deal with a copier salesman or an ex copier salesman, he will stitch you up automatically without thinking about it because of indoctrination in the original sales course, think A Clockwork Orange Aversion therapy.
I know Vodafone well
Well at least in Spain!
The usual cause of lack of service is because their computer has decided that you haven't paid the bill/ paid it fast enough/ paid enough of it etc , it will then cut you off.
To have the service re-instated you will have to pay another, inflated bill, and then they will mull over reconnection over the next few days while telling you the service HAS been re-instated.
I dread to think of the results if they ran the 999 service, if that happens buy some carrier pigeons, much more reliable and faster than paying a kid with a forked stick to run to the police/fire/hospital to tell them where you are having your emergency.
An average Traditionalist Ibicencan driver in the video, after their usual morning Carajillo or 7 (strong espresso coffee with cognac, usually the coffee is served in a small glass with a bottle of cognac next to it, the customer drinks a little coffee and tops up the glass, continues to do this until the iquid no longer has any coffee flavour, this is the signal to pay and then drive the rest of the route to work at 25-40KPH using the entire width of the road).
Actually, it may have driven a little better!
The notion of a self driving car is even worse than the current self driving driver to found on the world's roads, at least you can scream abuse at a driver. What do you do to irritate a rubbish computer that won it's licence in a church raffle?
"We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits."
And some of them are smart and can achieve whatever they want by hard work and using their brains; others can achieve what ever they want by using their brains and realising they also have good looks and can include those as part of their success strategy.
A good friend of mine had a very blonde 'enhanced' girlfriend for a few years she was no Einstein and knew it, she wasn't stupid either and knew that looks and the willingness to be arm and eye candy was a skill that could help her to achieve things, a nice girl and still a friend of mine. Everything she could get in pink she would buy including her wardrobe to keep her pink clothes in. Also liked Hello Kitty ( preferably in pink).
Often appearance is almost as important as skills in getting a job, there is nothing wrong in teaching that being a software/hardware engineer or as my very pretty feminine step daughter was for a while a motorcycle mechanic but giving girls the impression that they must achieve is as bad as telling them they mustn't. All kids should be encouraged to try things and give them support in those things they show interest in.
Better to teach all kids (Girls and boys equally) to 'Be the best you can', believing you live in a world where anything is possible and without limits is going to make a lot of people disappointed when they don't achieve much because they have limits.
Regarding IT as has been mentioned many times here before, to get girls or many boys interested, make the teaching interesting not teaching by rote from teachers who are not interested in the subject.
Is that whatever legislation is passed in the US, UK or anywhere else, now that the technology exists and the will to use it is there spooks will continue to spy on us.
Anybody who thinks an act of Parliament or Congress etc is going to allow everyone the complete freedom to say what they like via any means of electronic communications without any interception is to say the least a little naive.
Encryption, VPN, use whatever you can, always.
Rol, I am fairly sure you were indulging in irony with your comment, something I would appreciate, however, if you were completely serious; you are an arse!
Just a thought
What happens when you bend it?
Regarding the vid; Jamie looked a little more reticent than Adam, as if he had been roped into the job. Also seeing those two in corporate suits reading an autocue badly in Jamie's case just looks like a naff Shopping Channel ad without the plastic smiles.
Can't help wondering; if the airbag doesn't fire hitting that new screen material is going to be worse than going through one of the old ones, I tried going through one in the '70s not recommended but better than stopping 'dead' from 40 MPH to 0 MPH it probably wouldn't hurt but you would only do it once!
No riff raff
I wonder if the owners name is Basil?
I never knowingly met a Black Panther back in the day but have met one or two KKK members in the USAF at bases in the UK. I was at one base as a guest in the '70s having a beer in the on base 'Rod and Gun Club' two black servicemen walked in and went up to the bar, the whole place fell silent and everyone stared at them until they left, it made me ashamed to be white and ashamed to be there.
These were people who were members of the same service willing to put their lives on the line for their country just the same as the other people in the bar.
" Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny."
Huey Newton co founder of the original Black Panthers
It was true then and looks as though it may still be true today.
Leftpondians have this:
Advertised depleted uranium shotgun rounds for anti drone use.
It was actually an April 1 joke but they had a lot of people trying to order them.
Personally short of using No 10 bird shot with a 12 bore, I think a handful of fishing line ,a couple of weights and a catapult, could do the trick.
Mind you then the fuzz would probably want to do you for criminal damage while defending your privacy.
Re: Of course it's a weapon.
So the US abides by every treaty it ever signed? Ask a couple of Native Americans for their opinion.
The US has declined to sign more UN restrictions on arms and conflict than anyone. There are NO benign nations out there, they are all out for themselves. Except for the UK, they just do what uncle Sam tells them.
Sealguins or Pengseals
So are we going to see feathery seals or furry penguins who are not accepted socially by either seals or penguins?
A ruffled penguin when interviewed said " I wouldn't have let him get away with it but I needed the fish!"
Fruit of the loon
I think Googloons may be marginally better than similar from Farce book but the end result is people without a pot to piss in receiving targeted advertising.
Must be a long term investment: educate them through the Internet, create an economy and then target them with ads. Still better than nothing , maybe.
Re: Shops are jsut for selling, not support.
Shops are just for selling, not support.
EE, and now I've discovered 3 as well, shops do not appear to have the authority to do anything at all, other than sell you a phone
Agreed! Vodaphone here in Spain does not appear to have any of their own shops; they all seem to be franchises. So when you make a contract or buy a phone any after sales service has to be done on their worse than useless customer service lines or online. Either way they will continue to bill you while they are doing nothing to provide you with any kind of service.
The worst is if you try to finish a contract even if it is at an end, they will bill you and the stupid banks will keep paying even after you have told them in writing not to.
It may be best to actually die on the premises of the shop if you have any idea it is coming but make sure you leave your wallet at home.
Re: What about Public Libraries?
It's 13% not 6%, why should those who are already possibly disadvantaged be forced to go looking to use the public library?
My father is not interested, has emphysaemia and lives some distance from his local library, not that he is about to go and claim a tax allowance for child support. Presumably HMRC are about to go totally online so anyone needing to claim anything will need access.
I always like the way HMRC or whatever it's current incarnation has been has always decided what is best for it rather than the population it is supposed to serve.
Civil Service? Not civil and not serving too much!
Never apologise for who you are dude! Especially when you and the the team you work with have achieved a milestone in human history, I'm willing to bet none of the pondscum that tweeted and bleated about your shirt have or will achieve a fraction of what you have just done.
Have a beer and tell 'em all to fuck off!
Perhaps Google would have better luck if they built everything into a prosthetic eyebrow or a baseball cap that would work whether it's on forwards or backwards.
Most people have eyebrows and millions of people wear baseball caps, anything that attracts attention will always get some bad attention from someone.
However, if people think you are spying on them with almost anything other than a moby camera prepare for some dissent.
Oh wait a minute! they could make millions of units and sell them if they disguised Google glass to look like a mobile phone, nobody would pay it any attention and everyone would buy one.
Think of the apps you could download into it and the amazing things you could achieve like asking it questions or being able to see where you are going.
Just remember, I thought of it first!
Passing a law that prevents politicians from talking out of their arses?
Nobody in power would have anything to say? GOOD!
"Cameron said [PDF] poverty and foreign policy are not the source of terror. “The root cause of the challenge we face is the extremist narrative,” he said,"
Where does he think the driving force that becomes the 'Extremist Narrative'
originates, perhaps all of the terrorists out there are wealthy well educated idealists like Bin Laden and they just happen to suddenly come up with extremist narrative because they are bored?
Or maybe Dave doesn't have a fucking clue and is just spouting whatever he is given as a script from Obarmy and gang.
I bet in certain circles he is known as Washington D. C.
Re: Their Description is Right too..
She clearly says "you can DRIVE hands free" not operate your phone hands free.
And she has the nerve to run a magazine called Smart-Fem?
I know a lot of women smarter than her and they don't need to read her magazine that endorses products that could give their kids a serious case of moby mug.
It's not only texting that is a problem with drivers, just using a phone and driving is challenging enough for most of the drivers I encounter on their phones each day.
I dislike elfin safety rules in general but I am beginning to think that all cars should have a hands free phone kit installed to pass the MOT test or it's equivalent anywhere else and a fine if you are in your car with a phone and it is not fitted in place.
Hmm, thinks: Must buy a hands free kit.
Re: shock absorbers for landing
" I always find it breaks on the last bounce"
That'll be WHY it was the last bounce!
After getting eighty per cent of the information they were after in spite of all the bad luck it is well worth going for one last bounce if they can do it.
Here's wishing them luck.
Is there a Nobel prize category for this? The whole team deserves it!
Another career politician
This guy is yet another EU Commissioner who has spent his life as a career politician; so he is an expert on absolutely zero, not qualified in any meaningful way to give advice or enforce his opinions on how to click Lego parts together never mind anything remotely digital.
Other than the digit he has up his jacksy that is.
He is a firm supporter of the European 'Right to be forgotten' so perhaps this is his way of achieving that, if you have never had a presence on the interweb; there is nothing to remember.
Where have I seen those proportions before?
A well designed consumer item with rounded corners: http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?40417-Rolls-Razor
Funding for a gloves off, in depth, prolonged program to examine the gaseous and turbulent atmosphere around Uranus.
"Headline -- ESA Spends Billion, Finds Rock." Twat!
Doing this has taken longer and is arguably more difficult than putting a rover on Mars; the patience required alone would have driven me crazy.
THIS IS GREAT SPACE SCIENCE, anyone not impressed has little idea of what is involved in this achievement. People who can, do. People who can't, criticise.
Hitting a comet and landing on it ten years and half a billion K away makes shooting the nuts off a gnat at a mile distance relatively easy.
Re: Not a lard arse
Nope! I'm too old and have the wrong skill set but Musk does have more interesting ideas than the others, even Bill gates has some really weird half baked ideas that he pursues with his foundation, such as the key to overpopulation being to provide the world with super thin condoms.
Kind of gives you a clue why he is no longer fully at the helm of Micro shaft.
Not a lard arse
Out of all of the IT billionaires, Elon Musk is surely the most creative and proactive.
He doesn't sit on his arse for long before he is on to the next thing. I can see a multi-industry empire on its way, Pay pal must have the financial clout of a large bank in some respects, Tesla I am sure will become a Ford of the future, SpaceX in spite of the latest setback is looking pretty good and now a new venture that may net him a few bob connecting the world in a much less irritating way than Farcebook. Also the idea has somewhat more credibility than balloons and drones, plus as mentioned above fitted with a small real time camera may be quite an income generator if it was for all to use.
He's not afraid of diversifying a little either which is not a bad thing.
Re: Solitary bees are not honey bees
I agree wit you, if more males are fertilising more females that should equal more bees in the relatively short term future, which, I would suspect will result in more opportunity for the orchid to be satisfied.
A lot of mechanisms in nature have over time developed fail safes that operate over quite wide variations in conditions. A much wider study would be necessary to make any worthwhile conclusions.
I am no Bio-prof but I do have a couple of NVQs in Environmental Conservation as a result of little work in the '80s, not an expert but have a clue.
We know where you live!
The UK government has always kept tabs on the population as much as it can:
It's just that 'as much as it can is so much bigger now'!
From Widdlypaedia; "People born and resident in the UK are assigned an NI number shortly before their 16th birthday. However, allocation of this number might occur a long time before this occasion (the date can usually be established from the prefix letters used".
I was told some years ago that if you came to the attention of the authorities in any way as a juvenile that this would happen and then be linked to a CRO file in the case of truants or juvenile court cases. Clearly because you may become an extremist one day, or even a paedophile.
Re: Do they think we're that dumb
The public was dumb enough to let them turn the Mujahadeen into the Taliban and Al Qaeda, dumb enough to let them invade Iraq once and not finish the job and then to make good/bad on that, let them invent WMDs to invade again and fuck up a country.
Invade Libya and fuck up a country with the highest literacy, one of the best life expectancys,and a working health service, etc etc . So yes they think the world is dumb enough.
Not just the USians all of us!
Re: Assholes with a sense of entitlement?
It's Grim Up North!
I just read the comments for the Video:
4 months ago
confused as to why liverpool was never mentioned "
2 months ago
It was stolen and sold at a car boot"
As far as Genius Shops are concerned; I went into one with a friend to get his iPhone 4 looked at, while he was waiting I looked around for the genius......couldn't find any and I could have done with buying a bagful.
Re: Good and bad
@ Pen-y-gors Wot you said!
I would like to know if he did any of the development in a garden shed though. An extra pint for that.
Ledswinger, your employer had some say in what he was willing to pay out for your efforts.
MP's employers have no fucking say at all, MPs just vote themselves a payrise and fringe benefits when they like. Maybe it should be put to a public vote, particularly the benefits side of things.
Oh and an agreement that MPs can't receive gifts, money or jobs from companies they have dealt with while in office, ever.
The more they know about us; the less we are allowed to know about them
As per title, Dave and his buddies as well as the other side of the House are increasingly taking more and more information about the population both legally and illegally but want us the people to have less insight as to what they are doing and why.
I don't see this as a threat to democracy in the UK however, as the last remnants of that particular myth were blown away by the last government and Dave's lot are quite happy with that.
I think it is harder to get a job as a school caretaker in terms of background checks and continuing transparency than it is to be an MP. Thinking of the children is important but being an MP used to be too.
The article in general and the the Judo photograph in particular are cheap digs at Russians and Putin as well as at the thousands of Judo practitioners worldwide.
I think in a world where everyone should be allowed to express their sexual preferences; that not allowing Russians and Russian culture to express theirs makes you as bad as you think they are. Or is it live and let live as long as you live like me?
I have practiced martial arts since the early '70s (apparently often in pyjamas) I have also ridden my horses (when I had them) with no shirt on, I don't think that made me some kind of gay icon any more than it does Putin, which is what I assume you were trying to do.
How about trying to make an adult comment about what is wrong with the Russian attitude towards gays rather than just being bitchy?
I enjoyed the article immensely because of the large amount of information it imparts in a relatively short article but like a few other commentatrds here, I think photography is very much a personal thing.
I like taking pics of almost anything and started doing just that with a 35mm Halina in the early '60s while playing hookey.
I would walk around the local common or the country lanes shooting pics of anything that struck me as interesting.
Since then I have gone through the old Zenit E complete with the telephoto lens kit that used to come with a shoulder stock,pistol grip and a trigger to shoot the shot. After that I went on to a Praktika with TTL metering and on up to several quite nice Canon SLRs.
American Airlines changed my photography habits in 2001 after a stewardess repacked my bag in the overhead stowage on a flight from California to Minnesota, 10 minutes later we hit turbulence, the bag hit the deck and nothing ever worked the same after that. One body went completely west and the other had shutter problems my GP lens was broken and the 300mm would hunt instead of focusing.
After that and no compensation I went on to cheap cameras for a while and still go budget now.
I have a Lumix Bridge camera, the FZ48 what it does for the money is amazing, if I use 'intelligent auto', it produces better results than I feel I deserve for such laziness and it weighs almost nothing.
I have the hots now for one of the Lumix four thirds range of cameras as the quality from them is fantastic, the 4/3 system is a Panasonic invention and in my opinion they still do it best for the money.
The other great thing about most of the 4/3 cameras is that you can use almost any other lens with a suitable adapter so all of that old kit knocking around in the attic or at boot fairs for old film SLRs is usable.
Oh and when I am feeling lazy the Lumix range still have the IA ( intelligent auto) which is getting better and better.
A lot less than a grand will buy a lot of camera.
Re: A different perspective
A quite well written article right up to "We go when there’s something there." That was the point where the writer shows his lack of perspective and real thought about pioneers.
Often they (pioneers) go because they don't know what is there but it could be useful, interesting,amazing or whatever. Pioneering is looking for something new, not always something profitable or necessarily safe.
What Branson is doing may be for the rich initially but it will help to make space travel more common place and thus eventually cheaper; cheaper means more often and more often means the technology becomes more reliable and refined.
I remember far enough back to when anyone 'rich ' enough to travel in a jet was not so common place. Where do you think the phrase 'Jet set' comes from ?
Now Joe Bloggs can travel on a jet to his annual puke fest for less than a day's wages but in the early days it was almost comparable to renting you own jet now ( 12 seater about €2500/hr).
I think Branson can be a bit of a pratt sometimes but VG is a vision that will contribute to the race moving forward.
Re: Well, unfortunately, testing new craft does involve risk.
Fortunately, Branson has in the past been willing to risk his own life pushing envelopes. Now he is risking his own and investors money to develop something that hopefully will have a recognisable ROI within his lifetime by selling joyrides into near space to the wealthy , if not then he will have the satisfaction of knowing that he has contributed to humanities efforts to to go further in the universe.
If enough wealthy people go it will help to make space even more commonplace while on each and every trip adding a little to the knowledge and experience necessary to go out into the solar system and beyond.
I am sure he will feel the loss of one pilot and the injury of the other very strongly.
I wish the survivor and the families of the pilots all the best.
Pioneers often pay the ultimate price for what they do but they leave behind them a legacy for all of us.
In this case it could be Internet Twats!
There are a lot of them out there, I have always wondered at the incredibly inept use of English given that I know a fair number of Africans; including a few of the Senegalese 'Looky Looky men' who sell sunglasses and ganja on the beaches of Spain. They often have an amazingly good command of English.
Perhaps they should all get better paid jobs in Nigeria teaching.
Anyway! I happen to have a transit van full of Used British notes, that a trusted friend left with me, he has died in an unfortunate disagreement, it is worth about seventy million Euros. If anyone is interested in having it passed through their bank account, I will pay 50 cents on the pound, please send me your bank details, national insurance number and your wife's knicker size I will make a deposit by return.
Yours Nigel DeSoto Shagnasty (Doctor) (Rtd)
Re: A new market for SpaceX?
So SpaceXXX then?
I have never liked Scotch so I'm unimpressed with this particular space jaunt but I would be very interested if someone would like to pay for me to go up to the ISS with a few kilos of Syrah grapes from Sicily or some Californian Merlot grapes and a couple of demijohns with micro gee air traps. It would be interesting to see how yeast deals with space and micro gee.
Plus getting the must to settle might need a slow centrifuge.
" get taken seriously by the Transportation Security Administration, airlines, and airport officials. ®"
The TSA are not capable of taking ANYthing lightly, they are chosen for their lack of humour, empathy, sensibility and possibly humanity, OH and the ability to don a pair of rubber gloves faster than you can say the word 'bomb'!
Having a rail makes me think that on a battlefield covered in bits of ferrous scrap, one should not run out of ammo. All the time you have fuel and a couple of squaddies out there with a hacksaw sizing up bits of wreckage, you can keep on irritating the enemy with bits of Mach 7 metal whizzing about.
Of course a really busy rail gun tank (RGT?) is going to need a heat sink the size of a house and will have a noticeable IR signature unless they find a way of rapidly recycling the heat energy efficiently to keep all that waste heat from inviting a missile strike or cooking the lads in the tank.
A beer to cool down.
Re: Not chocolate.
I lived in N.Cal for two years around the Millenium and found that there is so much other interesting stuff to snack on that I never really bothered about the crap proprietry chocolate. In all gas stations there is the wonderful although a little expensive jerky in a range of flavours. If you like crispy or well cooked bacon you will like jerky, not the same as bacon but has that delicious savoury 'want more' quality.
Aside from that the state produces so much good wine at stupidly cheap prices that choosing can be a real problem.
I don't know much about LA but in the North food shopping was good and there were always a few good offers on in the supermarkets mostly I think because of their buying power. Safeways in California alone was a bigger concern than the whole of the UK.
Nowadays I dislike US international politics but the American people as individuals are still the same, warm, generous and usually willing to accept most people on their terms.
Given a choice I would still live there although where I live in Spain is hard to beat.
Would ye noo look at the plates on herrr? Muh claspers ha' gone rrigid!
I call BS
"There is no question in my mind that drone warfare is much better and safer, and results in less collateral damage than putting a human at the tip of a spear."
To date the ratio between actual targets assassinated by the US and it's President is apalling, if you care to read some of what is reported at http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/ the figures are an indictment of the US its allies and their agenda in many places.
I used the word assassinated above because there is no legal due process or trial carried out before the targets are chosen for extermination it's just a decision made by military intelligence bod under an Executive order, so Obarmy is apparently above the law.
How high a figure does she think there would be if pilots in warplanes were attacking instead?
It could be worse but unlikely, or are pilots that trigger happy?
One of the wrist
watch/phone/tablet/wearable computy things must be in with a chance.
Considering the length of time there have been rumours of an Appoo wrist job, perhaps MS have thought about it and produced something functional and then held on to it until Appoo's announcement had been made, there is usually a fairly long lead time between an Appoo announcement and market reality so MS would know they can step in early before actual release and attempt to trump the limpwristed roundy cornered item.
If I was a marketing person for MS I would be tempted in that direction.
Or something like one.
Trying to tell us what he thinks is good for him is good for us.
Brought to you
By people who will knowingly sell you a product that is proven to cause:
Cancer, lungs, mouth , throat etc
other lung diseases,
and can contribute to problems with conception and pregnancy , affects diabetes and so on.
Buying anything from them is like buying a used car with bald tyres, intermittent brakes and an accelerator jammed on when you live on a steep hill.
Re: Mozzy traps
In this case I believe it is the CO2 released by the yeast that attracts the mozzies, rather than more complex aromatics.
I just re-read my earlier post, maybe typing should come before wine.
Shades of the King
So the train was a Blaine after all.
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