521 posts • joined Thursday 13th March 2008 10:52 GMT
Pay for what you get
You want slaves with the skills go to India
You want people to come to the arse end of nowhere every day its going to cost you.
He is not Spartacus
Whatever the arguement is about, Hodge has fucked it by being a hypocritical shit
No one can take the debate (or kangaroo court) seriously when someone who is only just behind them in the amount of billions is doing exactly what they are doing.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Mrs Hodge defended Stemcor’s behavior and said that the company had “assured” her it paid “every penny of tax that is owed”.
So exactly the same as Google then
How the hell did someone who is such a landowner in the real sense get to be in the Labour party?
Surly she is the kind of person/from the kind of family they despise?
"privacy is only a problem for the last generation"
Maybe asking a bunch of kids a question like this is probably a waste of time?
Maybe the question being asked was so biased that the results are probably a waste of time?
A combination of the 2 above?
I don't think I was actually capable of thinking about a serious concept like this till I was at least 30, how many kids of 20 do you know that have any clue about privacy and what companies/private organisations actually hold on them?
Get yourself issued with two notices for two different car parks at the same time
Makes no difference,
I've been to court and received 6 penalty points for going through a speeding camera in Watford and Hull within 15 minutes of each other.
Lent my car to someone who did the deed in Watford then buggered off home (Bloody Aussies), at the same time I was driving the company car through what I thought was a 50 zone that turned out to be a 40 in Hull.
If the courts upheld me being guilty on this then what chance them giving a flying **** about parking tickets?
Re: Fail assumptions here
I am guessing a fair few people have never had to design websites twice over in order to get them working.
Once for IE and Once for the rest of the worlds browsers.
One thing that Google and Apple have in common is a working browser. If even these two can coexist then why cant Microsoft?
The point to my post being that I feel its ironic that someone who is forced to look at that screen where the job advert is hidden is probably not there for fun and working for Microsoft is probably not on their agenda
Re: An open letter
@wowfood "Why stick around in the UK and pay our incredibly high taxes, when they can close down shop and move everything to ireland where it's cheaper for them."
Because you do not then allow them to do business in your country or to take advantage of the infrastructure of your county. And other players step up to fill in the gaps left by this company.
Our high taxes would not be so high if people paid them, laugh at the Greeks as much as you like, we are the same.
Re: An open letter
What have politicians got to do with it anyway? They are just supposed to legislate.
The courts and HMRC are the bodies who deal with it, anything said in Parliament is just grandstanding trying to make a name for themselves.
While we believe that Google may be in the wrong (teithing fuckers is the current term) we also know this is the same for 90% of the corporations.
What pisses us off is not really the corporations, but the hypocritical lying fuckers called politicians (again the current term in the office) Who use the same schemes to line their own pockets as the big companies.
The politicians just don't get it.....
Fail assumptions here
A person having this window open is no more likely to want to work for Microsoft than the next person smacking their face against the desk wondering why Microsoft have their own implementation of an html standard and wondering wtf is going on.
Open letter to Microsoft!!!!
The clue is the word standard, rather than playing silly buggers, read the dictionary
Screw you and your Bing experience Microsoft, you make our live so much more difficult than it needs to be
Can it run Crysys with max settings?
Says it all really
Good idea for once
Affordable price for a product their intended market actually want.
its good to see stories like this appear about the web, for once it doesn't appear to have one side scamming the other.
That said, having lived in Vicarage Road in Watford from an early age, and having seen them play live around 15 times and NEVER seen them win or loose. I kin hate football. Don't much like the Sun either
UK Govt needs a kick in the balls
Rather than protect our data they would rather attack the mechanisms that would lead to some actual protection.
The entire attack is just an exercise in misleading the British Public rather than any real issues with the proposals.
When you work as a contractor on any Govt organisation you immediately see how lax any (if they even bother to have any) data protection actually is.
From securing data to using documents with the names and addresses of kids in the title of the document.
The UK govt is just scared of the massive fines they would need to pay and ignoring the reasons WHY they would need to pay those fines
Even sites like Money Supermarket will only list those products it does NOT receive an affiliate fee if you do an advanced search. Others wont list them at all.
Price comparison sites are generally NOT YOUR FRIEND, they make money by pushing you to company's that pay for the introduction.
They dress themselves up as being champions of the consumer, but take a second to think about their business model and you can plainly see they are just adding an extra layer of costs to a purchase, as well as selling your personal details on to anyone who will pay. Compare the Meerkat for example, I used a unique email address, click the "do not hand out my details" button and then got that address spammed by PPI lies and other useless shit.
Good Old Microsoft
I've successfully used Google translate to migrate legacy domains to new active directory domains on Hotels in China remotely. Multiple times.
Neither side could speak the other sides language.
It worked well.
I don't understand the need for companies to try to do the same as their competitors when they can't do the job better. Maybe if there was a financial reason for people to use a Microsoft product like this then they may have a case.
But Google is free and Microsoft will never make a product as good as Google are giving away. If they did then Microsoft would probably price themselves out of the market.
I understand that the whole Klingon thing is probably a pet project of some engineers, which is fun, but in general it just more wasted time.
" the proposals ignore the natural search results"
The whole point being that they are natural search results.....
This is the free stuff that Google gives users when they come to them.
Asking them to change them utterly breaks the whole point and the whole value of their search engine, and therefore their entire business.
And anyway, who the fuck are foundem? and whats their link with Government that allows them to make any demands. On the face of it they are just one more affiliate site adding an extra level of cost to any consumer.
Even worse they bill themselves as "The UK's "Top" Price Comparison Site" and even worse, they have hardcoded IP addresses in the links to the various sections. That no matter the redirect, this is a massive issue of trust on this site for any user.
Finally I see a whole lot of this kind of shit over their site "Temporary reduction in the breadth of Foundem's service"
"In common with many of the World's leading vertical search services, Foundem's traffic has been severely impacted by Google's recent "Panda" update"
Panda, for those that care, is a change rolled out to Google, reducing the placement of low quality sites and those that contain much duplication that can be found elsewhere.
So yet one more person trys to make an easy buck as an affiliate, puts +1 shitty comparison site up, then crys when they realise there is competition for the top 3 spots.
Good job here Google
The article is worth a vote up just for the use of that word!!
But HP don't take the piss?
We all know big companies take the piss out of us, the front desk of one big hotel chain has a screen listing all their companies, we are talking hundreds of little companies all with names like X000001 X00002 X00003, all operating at below level required to register for VAT . No doubt they send all their sales through the Caymens and rent the use of the company name from an office in Delaware.
The moment you can afford to have 2 or 3 accountants working full time for you, you can recoup their wages in tax avoidance.
The trouble is that these companies can only make money out of the UK by taking advantage of the infrastructure and protective framework of the UK. (roads, police and general safe environment in which to do business)
As someone mentioned before, remove politicians personal links to big business and refuse entry to company's who wont pay their upkeep towards this safe business environment and all the corruption goes away (or at least finds less lucrative loop holes)
In the mean time, as someone who gets to make a decision on purchasing kit, it looks like HP are the winners here
Re: 51st state
You are forgetting that the colonies copy us, and by inference we are just reinforcing our own culture by strengthening ties with the plucky chaps in the plantations, kind of a circular exchange of cultural ideals
The Frenches on the other hand all drive badly and drive very small cars to boot!! (you can link Boot to Wellington here as I feel it appropriate in a Xenophobic British sense)
help fund music, film, and the arts
Really? Or the distributors or the Frenchy exchequer.
I say 2 fingers to them!!
Anyway, wheres the IT angle on this? France is hardly an IT powerhouse, mainly a smelly cheese maker who had Kings that dressed like girls!!!
Exactly Mr Spaniel, the aim of the game is to get there first and work out what patients you will need. Not actually make the thing, just get an idea of what would be required for the patient applications.
Its been a long time since anything in the coms world was about innovation or actually making something new
You need a physical home button with a touch screen
If only to force your way out of a loop when the touch screen goes tits up, as it did for my S2 today after I installed Splay on the back of an article in this very rag this morning.
Same old rubbish
They are equating a pirated item with a sale. Their "bread basket" of concert tickets and t-shirts means nothing. After all for them to "pirate" these the infringee (sic) would need to either grab the t-shirt and run or jump over a fence.
The majority of downloaded stuff is only downloaded because its free, the moment someone has to make a choice and actually pay for something, they decide whether its got some value to them. (a component lacking in 90% of films and music (and to a lesser extent e-books))
on top of that the numbers they give show just how few people actually are pirating and that those who are pirating are the ones who would not be paying for the stuff anyway. And on the back of these numbers, these organisations seem to be able to dictate legislation to the UK Government?
By the way, i'm not a freetard, I have just paid for my own licensed copy of office. But it seems that all the numbers for the whole pirating thing are lies and half truths
Flying car, whatever
Yeah yeah we want our flying cars aka the Jetsons.
But more importantly I feel is where the hell are the silver clad space babes come to Earth to breed with us?
Its 2013 ffs!!! I'm not getting any younger after all!!
Have to laugh at some of the armchair security people here
"The People’s Republic of China has been singled out in increasingly unequivocal language by the US"
Because we can trust a word they say?
We can't trust ANY of them US China or our own Govt. On one hand they are crying that China are a bunch of spies, on the other hand they are disabling foreign nuclear power stations with viruses.
The US was unequivocal in its use of language when we all went to war to stop the various counties with large deposits of oil, fissionable and opium, yet that turned out to be a steaming pile of crap, why should them covering their own tracks by pointing the figure at someone else be any different?
China is an easy target, but not doing anything that the rest of the words self serving administrations are not also doing.
Get a real customer services department.
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
This story reminds me of Darwin and Queen Victoria from this film
(one of the benefits of a 5 year old child is the ability to watch kids films without any need to make excuses) (apart from this one of course....)
Re: No, No, No, No, No...
ignoring the quality of the searches, there used to be many many search engines that could be described as being the same as Google.
A couple of good examples are Excite and Alta Vista.
While Excite was much like you describe, Alta-Vista was a pure search page with very little in the way of advertising (probably closest to the clean Google interface of today)
Yeah the results were crap and you really had to make use of applications that would perform a search over multiple indexes and collate the results for you offline
Google were not the first search engine out there, not even close. "When Google appeared they didn't even have a business model so there was no adverts. " you would call that a loss leader and its why their front page is so empty. They had a fantastic business model from the start, it just needed massive take off to get off the blocks.
A basic understanding on how the web works (or rather how webmasters work) and the ability to think like a user can be considered a "hack"
This sounds like shit to me
This figure is just massive, even with the normal corruption you can throw into anything any Gov buys.
The line "The bill, which also included data restoration costs" givers it away.
basically someone gave a plum order for new kit to their mates on the back of this virus. They added some techno-babble to make it sound like their quote was plausible (the techno-babble in question is about as technical as the people who can sign off 150 k worth of kit get)
In the real world we know full well that its a weeks work for 2 people to clear down the virus from 150 computers. Even top whack for this kind of thing you would be hard pushed to find someone offering over 1k Sterling for someone for a week.
So that's 2k (Sterling)
Restoring what from backup? If we are talking about home drives/department shares then surely that's either going to have to be done anyway or its just not required.
Restoring some files that were local? Then they will need to be restored anyway onto the new machines.
In the past M$ was able to just make darkness the industry standard when the light bulb blew, but they are not in the monopoly position any more.
I know competition is required in all markets, but unless you can do better than the alternatives, why bother?
In the UK, rather than doing a better job, industry just tries to get our Govt to legislate against the competition (check the crap web applications/search engines vs Google for example)
The only reason Google get any sales on their books is probably because people try their app out a few times. Amazon are the big runners and if Google cant stuff em, what chance Microsoft?
or do they just have a billion they will loose in tax otherwise (not to the UK obviously) they need to shift? Their thinking, anything is better than giving this money to the various country's who provide the framework in which we can safely make our money?
Re: Am I just cynical?
Nope, I think you put it pretty succinctly there.
Another clue is funny stuff he put in to show us he was joking.
“growing customer base" and "growing portfolio of Apple products”
Sounds like crap to me
" Microsoft did not receive any additional technical support to create the Windows Phone YouTube app"
In nutshell, the first guy we talked to said it could not be done and it must be Google's fault.
We sat down and thought about it for a bit and worked out how much cash they would be loosing from advertising and thought "really?"
So we got some guy out of the local work experience program to spend more than 5 minutes and found out it was a piece of piss
Is this really a problem?
Somehow the call needs to get to my phone to the local Plod so they can get the chance to sit on their arse and do nothing.
Vodaphone do it, but it could be any company. Whoever it is, the service works, it costs me more to phone my banks "free" telephone banking service.....
The numbers here don't seem to be any more inflated than anything else the Government gives out to its cronies on normal contracts (having seen how much one authority was paying 2E2 for a small SAN with little real support and you get the feeling that this country has the same levels of corruption as somewhere like Nigeria)
The Mail on Sunday would do better sending out freedom of information requests asking how many children under 12 in each council are suspected of being farmed off for arranged marriages outside the UK. Now that would be a story that would be worth the paper for them to print.
If he is actually a "true believer" then why are the games such boring piles of crap?
I know the post is old but
"The blatant conflict of interest in being a member of the legislature or judiciary and owning shares in companies is so obvious, the fact that it's legal at all should be considered evidence of egregious corruption."
This line really strikes home
Tape or Group Policy?
No offense, but tape?
withdraw from doing business in Australia
Because If England follow suit, they seem to be cutting themselves out of a very large market.
I know its their job to pay as little tax as possible, but outright lies (Google's sales being routed through Dublin, or Starbucks buying the rights to use their name from themselves in order to make a loss each year) should be stamped on.
Crap like, "we wont invest in your country" or "we will take our businesses elsewhere" is just that, crap. And threats should be slapped hard.
If these guys left the market, then there would be plenty of people to fill their places, coffee is coffee (not all search is that good, but if the competition had some of the revenue, then they may become as good over time)
Lot of talk to stop them doing anything.
If they really wanted to do anything then they would just let loose the HMRC dogs (like they do with smaller companies)
Cheap PR stunts like this leave me with the feeling that they have a vested interest in not changing the way things work yet need to be seen to be doing something (until the newspapers get board or they find a smaller company to make an example off)
Would these figures not be worse?
I mean I can understand a 5% market share when people are forced to use the handset, but over the counter suggests real people having a choice. And who the hell chooses a small screen over one of the many alternatives (many cheaper)
I know no-one who has a personal blackberry
Knowing little about these things
Is it possible to read books purchased via Amazon on these things? if it is then maybe buying up a few would be worthwhile.
If the reader isn't that expensive then it really becomes a good tool, even taking the experience closer to the old books (reading in the bath, by the pool etc)
isn't this the company whose advert had two 12 year old girls (one covered in white paint) gyrating suggestively at the back of a cheap stage?
And a bloke with a motorbike helmet
And a fat bloke pretending to be "average guy"
Don't trust anyone pretending to be your mate like that, especially those who need to put prepubescent girls in their adverts
Coming from a man that sells a device which gives you a headache whilst doing its stated design purpose of reading emails?
The only reason Blackberry ever got any sales was because of the ease of using your own companies emails on the device, when no other system could do it (so simply). For them to be still releasing handsets with that tiny screen now is laughable.
I'm not sure who made the point in the article about the HP and Viewsonic tabs being left in the mud, is this not just that they were shit compared to the Samsung and Apple versions? Who in their right mind would buy a bit of kit from these boys given the alternatives?
Much the same as a blackberry. Who in their right mind would choose to use a blackberry (if choice they have)
Paris, because RIM or something
Having been forced to actually think about what my money gets me (stupid arsed long mobile contact) I am many like me are not even sure we will be "upgrading" our "smart" phones.
For example, the old workhorse the Galaxy s2 should keep going and giving me my email for the next 20 years. So instead of giving some phone company a load of cash, I will just be getting a simple Nokia handset (probably got one in a draw somewhere) that actually lets me make calls where I can understand what the person at the other end is saying.......
Paying 5-700 quid for a small upgrade on the current phone is just not worth it
ICT and engineering in the same sentence?
This makes me laugh, Engineering makes me think of something that that technology forward. In the 20 odd years I've been sleeping at the keyboard, nothing very much has changed in ICT. Yeah brand names have come and gone, also "new technologies" have evolved, but in the main, this new tech is just old stuff done either slightly better or just renamed.
How can you extol the virtues of an industry that is so stagnant?
ICT is, in reality, just an exercise in customer services, logistics and hand holding.
People laugh at ITOL for being a simple tick-box exercise and just being logical steps, but that's all ICT needs to be successful.
Why on earth would ANYONE, be it male or femail want to get into this industry now?
Not at all sure about piracy claims
Im probably paying more now for games than I did when I was a kid on my old specky.
From the gold ammo in free to play games to the new raft of "beta founders packs". I doubt I am anything special (much as I would like it to be otherwise)
From that screen shot all I see is something that would look crap in 1990. You would need to pay me to play that tbh
Re: Treble damages and prison time is due
because thats the value of his crime....
Start giving that to people who actually hurt people first. Maybe give that 10 year sentence for assault/rape/fraud etc
At which point you can start to get your legal vengeance on someone who abuses holes in crap computer systems to hurt people who play with crap computer systems.
Really, who gives a monkeys about this? What affect did people really see? And if the affect was a slowdown or even loss of some services for a few hours, is financial loss to a company really worth more to our society than the pain of victims who get beaten up, raped or they lifes savings stolen
money > all else?
An attacker therefore just has to wait for a valid user to authenticate
And just how often does someone connect to a device of this kind locally?
When they are setting them up maybe, then its sitting in a cabinet for the next 12 months gathering dust while its LED is blinking green.
Yeah that is a sweeping statement, and there will be exceptions, but in the main, someone hoping to make use of this vulnerability will be waiting a long time.