Yes, but dogs *can* look up.
1205 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007
Yes, but dogs *can* look up.
For me I had two computers in my room when I was a teenager, and played two-player co-op Diablo. Over a serial cable mind, none of this fancy stuff.
"Online companies will have to comply with every detail of every tax in every country. And keep up to date with all changes. And this is not a burden? Maybe not for the likes of Amazon, but for anyone smaller it's a huge problem."
I'm confused. People want to sell to customers in a country, but don't want to obey that country's laws? And they consider this a reasonable stance?
One possibility is that artists are making money, just not as much as they want to. What would the losses be in a music subscription service in which artists and record companies got what they consider fair recompense?
"Absolutely. For a good indication of how impressive this is, look at who has finished *second* in past contests. According Wikipedia, James Clerk Maxwell, J. J. Thomson and Lord Kelvin - to name just three."
As any Senior Wrangler would tell you, that isn't much evidence that he is clever, since each year you are competing against different people.
However, Senior Wranglers are generally pretty good.
"And what would be the advantage of Singapore becoming a less restrictive society?"
If you are one of the people currently being "restricted" then I guess there is an advantage.
"Humans not descended from animals? Well, we *are* animals - we have not left the kingdom of animalia to become plants or whatever - so the apparent implication in that "descended from animals" claim that we're not animals ourselves is false."
But if you are being pedantic, there is no implication in "are you descended from animals?" All animals are descended from animals, except for the first one, including humans, birds and the three-toed sloth.
"...what are we saving this energy for?"
"You mean the things that give us jobs being shunted to whatever part of the world gives the cheapest employees at the time (and screw the poor buggers who had that work previously)? The things that give us the Minimum Wage instead of a Living Wage? The things that give use Zero Hours contracts? Etc etc etc"
Minimum wage in the UK? Luxury! You talk about being poor, but when I were a lad we'd have to work down t' mine for 18 hours and then etc etc etc.
There are essentially no poor people in the UK. There are people who are relatively poor, compared with even richer people you know, but on the global scale they are in the top 10-20%. I thought you supported taking money from the richer to give to the real poor, i.e., the poorest 3.5 billion in the world? Globalisation and international trade has done just that, vastly improving the lives of the billions of genuinely poor, at the expense of a few dozen million in the West who have a bit less good of a life. Surely that's a win?
"2) The HFTs did cause the flash crash. The fact that his unusual input may have triggered it (if it even did) doesn't change the fact that their software malfunctioned and caused the crash."
Isn't that like saying "The lorry driver did cause the crash. The fact that the boy running out into the road in front of him may have triggered it (if it even did) doesn't change the fact that the driver swerved and caused the crash."
I'm not saying that I think he's in the wrong, but you cannot use arguments like that to exonerate him.
I still don't understand how the money could have disappeared, when every bitcoin fan claims that it's impossible to steal bitcoin because all transactions are recorded forever."
That's how we can tell they've been stolen, at least.
"Tesco being forced to offer Sainsbury's own products on the eye-line shelves and show the price they paid the supplier for the products, together with how much the big brands have paid for the best shelf space for their products."
If Tesco had more than 90% of the grocery market, you might start to find such laws appearing.
"Try and get a clue, this isn't the freaking point. I DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM. If I go to a search engine and do a search the last thing I want, 99.99999999% of the time, is to get directed to another search engine."
You are looking at it wrongly. Try an experiment: you want manuals, type <widget> manual. You want specifications, you type <widget> specification. You get what you want. You want to actually buy the thing, you type <widget> buy, and Google doesn't want you to see price comparison websites, and instead shows you its own, abysmal, shopping website. If this were judged on quality alone, Google Shopping would be deader than flares.
It sounds wrong, but they did the right thing, from a rational perspective.
Not paying $300 isn't going to really stop these people doing it. If everyone stopped it, then maybe, but one organization not giving in won't make any difference.
Malware like this will (probably) hit online backups as well, so only an offline backup will work. These, by their very nature, cannot take place continuously, so suppose it is done daily. (The more often it is done the more likely you get hit with the malware while the connection is open.)
The cost in terms of time of recovering the offline backup, plus the cost of having everyone redo their on-average half day's work must far exceed $300.
"Building brains. [...] But I would guess is that 'merica is blocking the sale for fear of the last one, because not enough though has gone into the far reaching consequences of this decision."
In order for politicians to think abut brain building, they would first need to find an example of one.
" Islam also has an alternative banking model, one that does not levy compounding interest on loans."
No it doesn't. So-called Islamic Banking is verbose bullshit wrapped around the same old model. "We don't charge interest on our mortgages, we just part-own your house and you pay rent on it. What's that, you say you end up paying exactly the same as if we lent you then money? Pure coincidence!"
"How would the EU like it if the US and every other country in the the world were to implement similar laws? There would be no reason to trrade with your neighbors and world economies would crash."
You mean like when the US government fines French banks for breaking US sanctions against Iran? Go read some news sometime, idiot. Governments around the world apply the law to companies, even if they are headquartered in other countries, like, for example, BP, which you even mention in your rambling rant.
"I was on a nice, round 1337 thumbs down until you did that. I am no longer leet at being disliked. Booooo!"
I downvoted you just to keep your counter ticking over.
"Do you believe all the stories in the DM? Even the apparent ones?"
I assumed DM here meant Duty Manager.
"The BBC are sniggering. They are perceived as having been forced to close a popular show on a point of honourable principle whereas the reality is that they wanted to axe the show. The show will be mothballed for a year or so and then will come back in a new format and make even more money."
I doubt it. The BBC might well try to bring it back, but it won't be syndicated for a few years. Other countries' networks won't pay nearly as much for an untested product, and the BBC won't have the balls to have someone controversial front it, and it will be Fifth Gear Mark 2. Without the production values (the BBC won't shovel the money in without the commercial deals behind it) and the hosts, it will wither and be canned two seasons later.
"Targets are discrete, countable units. You have more of them or you have fewer of them or the number of them is unchanged."
Oh, you want to be a pedant, do you? I claim that targets are neither discrete nor countable. As a proof, I must demonstrate an uncountable continuous region of targets. I take 'the pass rate must be n%' as my region. Firstly, since percentages are real numbers this yields uncountably many targets, so your first point is wrong. Secondly, I can place a natural topology on this space homeomorphic to the interval [0, 1] under the usual topology, so the space of targets is naturally non-discrete.
"Fewer. Fewer targets. Not less targets."
Not necessarily. If by 'targets' the OP meant the culture of targets, rather than the discrete list of them, 'less' would be right.
"In the UK anyone with a PhD is not a real doctor, and only wishes to be called a doctor out of envy. Or (traditionally) so that they can feel justified squeezing into parking spaces that say "Doctors only"."
Let's see: I spent four years getting an undergraduate degree, and four years doing advanced research. Technically I have a DPhil rather than a PhD but it's the same thing.
I'm guessing from this bollocks that you aren't a worthwhile person and only wish to pretend to be a worthwhile person out of envy.
"-If you have had property seized at sea then your first port of call should be the police and your insurance company"
I'd have thought if you were at sea your first port of call would be a port.
Probably not, but people in France and maybe the UK would be speaking Russian.
"You'd think in this age, they'd be trying to make paper books more expensive to promote environmentalism!"
Is it clear that paper books are worse for the environment than e-books?
"And nobody cares about your opinion."
At current count six people cared enough to downvote him.
"Free market, baby. Suck it up. If the poor house is where you belong, the invisible hand will see you end up there."
One entity engaging in wholesale theft and market manipulation (hello China!) is not the free hand. It's the bound hand, as in bound to slap you in the face. The sooner the Western governments wake up and disengage from China the better for everyone.
"I guess that Samsung (and the others) have realised that removable batteries (and people like me) were a problem to their sales expectations. But as long as I continue to have a functional phone with a removable battery I'm happy for it to remain their problem, and not mine."
Second battery and second screen for my S3, and this new screen is cracked as well. And less than two years old. I won't be sweating this asset, I'll be ditching it for a different provider at the end of my contract.
"Who removes there phone battery because they are 'that' worried about being spied on?"
"Ooooh. I like free stuff!
".. six-month subscription to McAfee Livesafe security scanner"
It's like offering someone kicked in the face a free punch in the face.
"Tax dollars shouldn't be confiscated to provide services that private businesses can provide better!"
Fine. But which services are those? Health? Education? Power? And what's the definition of better? Cheaper? With more profit?
It's when you start trying to define what the soundbite means that you run into trouble.
I know this is all a bit of a laugh, but is any actual science going to really be on .science? I seriously doubt any actual scientists will bother with it because they have real stuff to do. Leaving only the...interesting...people like this dude:
in a made-for-TV 1980s spy thriller. He maybe was living in a hollowed-out volcano?
"All they have to do is push out heirs and look good on a stamp - something Posh and Becks could do just as well as Betty and Chuck"
And entertain foreign dignitaries. And not rape people, shout racist abuse or attack people in night clubs. Not looking so easy now, is it?
"Assuming you still have a local. A lot of these seem to be falling victim to bad capitalism."
I wasn't aware that falling alcohol consumption amid health campaigns were bad capitalism. I stand corrected.
"Not as bonkers as the amount the taxpayer forks out to keep Betty and her inbred parasitic, racist, xenophobic, paedophilic, fascist (and that's just Phil and Chaz!) family. Betty gets more than £1m A WEEK, fuck knows about the rest of the cunts.
It's double bollocks when you remember this is an economics article, and you need to include opportunity cost, that is, the cost of an elected president in, say Germany for example for a similarly sized country with a titular head of state. Oh look, he costs about the same as Brenda.
"No Racism In Recent Football? Someone isn't paying attention."
Tim is saying that black players are paid the same as white ones, or at least the difference isn't statistically significant. He's not saying that some fans don't do stupid things.
I know that the knee-jerk reflex is faster than engaging the brain, but it isn't better.
"You're an idiot."
I think it's actually "your an idiot".
"Give Acer/ASUS a try, BURN LENOPEVO"
Sitting here trying to fix the girlfriend's ASUS laptop that can with so much crap that I couldn't physically get rid of, and now watching CHKDSK take a few hours to find all the bad sectors on the hard drive too.
No. But OK, so no Lenovo, no ASUS, I tried Acer once, who is left? This Samsung laptop I'm able to use because it doesn't have bad blocks isn't bad, but was fearsomely expensive.
"How is it possible that they have developed so much capacity, while the rise of IS stayed unnoticed?”"
If this Dutch MEP wants to know about the rise of IS/SIS/ISIL he can just look at Wikipedia.
I mean, it's one thing to criticize the US and UK governments for hacking into stuff, but to then say they didn't know about IS seems a bit weird. Of course they knew. But what, exactly, could they have done? Military intervention in Syria? Tried that, didn't get through Parliament or public opinion. Increasing troops in Iraq? Not going to be popular when people wanted them out in the first place. Etc.
"What's a beeellion?"
There's a thousand beeellion in a waspillion.
"If they want to charge Google, apple et al enough euros to clear their national debt then pretty well nothing that th EU or the ECJ can do to stop them."
1) There is.
2) Google might just, you know, have the same attitude and say "no, what are you going to do about it?"
"A niche industry producing far better films than anything to come out of Hollywood."
You might think it's better. But it's not popular. Therefore it's niche. Pretty much the definition.
"If the ECJ would be the one who sends the delist orders to Google and other search engines the links that is to be forgotten then Google COULD not become the privacy court."
There are thousands upon thousands of such requests. It's entirely reasonable, when one company is breaking the law so frequently, that they introduce a first-stage filter at their expense. This happens in many other companies: it's called their complaints procedure.
" I guess Google Translate needs a US English -> UK English they can run it through to obfuscate the origin!"
As well as inserting the 'u's into a bunch of words, will it also insert the UK's stronger privacy protections?
"Bottom right-hand corner of the google.co.uk page is a link "Use Google.com"."
Hence hard, not impossible. Although I didn't know that was there, so thanks for the info!
"It seems like all this is based on the assumption that he's still there and hasn't been sneaked out in a diplomatic package (which the plod wouldn't be able to open - and they can be any size http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomatic_bag)"
If they tried that could cause a bit of a ruckus. For example, from that Wikipedia article:
"It may only contain articles intended for official use"
If there's a suspiciously human-sized diplomatic bag come out of the embassy, the UK government would have reasonable suspicion that Ecuador were violating the Vienna Convention by using diplomatic cover to break UK law, not a good thing to do. The government just says "no problem, we'll just seal this bag shut, nice and airtight, and wait a few days, then you can have it back. Unless you'd like to tell us that there's someone inside?"
"As I said and which you have now agreed with - it's not about right or wrong, but about government embarrassment."
No... It's that normally, when skipping bail, criminals (Assange is now a criminal for breaching bail conditions) tend not to advertise their location on the nightly news. If they did, I suspect plod would pop along to have a chat as well.
"Well I guess if one of the people on the site was someone you cared about, your sister, your mum or your daughter, then I'm quite sure you'd feel that it was equal to murder."
This is precisely why we have the justice system, and not the revenge system. Posting a nude picture is not equivalent to murder. It just isn't. If it happened to someone I cared about I'd be livid, and that's precisely why we don't let victims decide on punishment.
I mean Jesus, get a clue.