...the right to call upon the resources...
And by logical extension, since every resource is in the end the manipulation and control of energy, we should be paid in megawatt-hours.
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And by logical extension, since every resource is in the end the manipulation and control of energy, we should be paid in megawatt-hours.
AKA the John Lewis model?
I can't help wondering what the country might look like if companies had equal responsibilities to their employees as they do to their shareholders; that is, there was an implicit assumption that the company existed to benefit its employers as much as for the bottom line, that continuing employment was both something to be expected and appreciated.
You featured it earlier this week.
Could you perhaps have a word with the pilot and ask him to drop ours over the side while he's up there?
But where will we find a Motie who speaks Recent Trailing Trojan?
Of idiots - I bought, two days ago, a new PVR. A once-in-five-years purchase, you might think.
Yesterday, I received two emails from the company concerned. The first was a 'thanks for purchasing, delivery will be at...', and the second was an advert for the *exact* product I had just bought. Prior to this I had had no email contact with this company.
What on earth were they thinking?
It's always sad to see someone sitting on a fence like that...
Shadow Systems, I used to think I was the only one here who rabidly hated adverts. Good to see I'm not alone.
that this was the same Jeff Jacques that writes Questionable Content?
Should we expect to see some very well-shaved sharks?
The issue seems to be that the cars have been designed to meet the specifications. If the specification does not measure what it is intended to measure, that's a problem with the spec - which appears to be being addressed.
However, one point which occurs to me is what might occur in a few years' time. Requirements which are so tight they can only just be met with a car straight from the factory are going to be problematic three years down the line, when the car has done perhaps thirty or forty thousand miles (I've done three times that in the same time) and even with perfect servicing there is bound to be wear. It strikes me as unlikely that cars with a few years on them are going to be able to meet the MOT (and equivalent) tests. How on earth are the makers going to be able to sell a car which can't be sold in five years' time?
Daft as it sounds, if you don't have the 'must have a new car' gene, your best bet is to hang on to a car which has to meet only the older requirements.
as I'm sure I've said before, that any system that stores this sort of information should be airgapped. Whether or not the storage of this sort of personal data is required is another question, but given that it is, there is absolutely no reason why it should be on a networked machine, with physical access restricted to a very few.
Obviously, their feathers kept them warm.
Hmm. My Fiat diesel - same engine in GM and Saab, a 1.9 turbo - had an EGR fail, unrepairable by cleaning, at 40k miles, just after I bought it. That was 120k miles ago, and it's been fine since, so I wonder how much is down to how it's driven. The previous owner managed a lifetime consumption average of 40mpg; I have averaged around 55mpg since.
While recovering from a back broken in three places, three broken ribs, punctured lungs and sundry other bruises and contusions, my spleen burst. After much running around (by other people), the next morning the doc arrived, took one look at my charts and said 'why the f*** aren't you in surgery?'
Three hours later I was the proud possessor of a scar from navel to halfway through the breastbone, and the breastbone still has a chunk out of it where he didn't stop soon enough.
(and on the original subject: since I saw the original research, I've taken to counting every time I pee. No, I'm not telling you; do your own counting.)
Ah, this man is a masterchef.
There is *no* food which is not improved by frying it up with an egg.
(please can we have a bacon icon?)
Yeah, I used to drink it when it was two bob a bottle, and sixpence back on the empty. So if you could find four neighbours with empties, you took it back to the shop and got a free one.
Barrs and Crystal Springs were the local pop in Wakefield; Fentiman's is some modern concoction.
but kudos for the matching nixie clock!
Now as a true Yorkshireman, I need one like that but which is cooled with Barr's Dandelion and Burdock.
What? You can't hear the scritch scritch scritch of them reading themselves?
@Jay - you are me and I claim my five pounds. Missed half a dozen IRA bombs in the late seventies by being on the other side of the street or around a corner; had my wallet stolen and my ID used by the Hammersmith bombers (which led to an interesting interview in the Paddington Green police station).
It gets tedious after a while. But you just shrug and carry on.
At his age (forty years ago) I was into chemistry, optics, photography, electronics, airguns, model aircraft, engines... I was the nerd that multiplied all the quantities by ten in the chemistry lessons, to make sure I got a reaction; the one that painted the inside of the fume cupboard blue with, um, unexpected quantities of artificial dyes; the one that played with lasers in physics class; the one that had a shelf full of nasty smells and negatives; the one who flew planes into cliffs and model subs into canals. The one who had cats whisker radios and timers and intercoms and clocks and a pile of Everyday Electronics and Practical Wireless a yard high.
I was obviously a danger to society and to myself; to be honest I doubt I survived my teens.
I suspect I was not alone.
Hell, I'm probably stealing if I don't read the thirty-one pages of advertising wrapped around five columns of editorial in the free local paper.
So watching something you throw out into the wild in the hope that I will also watch the adverts is theft, if I choose not to watch the adverts? My hairy arse it is...
Get something worth paying for and I'll pay for it. I won't be forced to suffer adverts.
where *anyone* has built a timer into a bomb with a digital countdown display? Other than in Hollywood, of course, where it happens all the time.
But, hey, behaviour like this is great training ground: Hey kids, if you want to be a terrorist when you grow up, learn to make your timing devices look innocuous. Meanwhile, this poor kid has proudly brought his harmless - indeed, beneficial - hobby to school to show it off and has suffered something of a traumatic experience as a result.
One cannot expect an average policeman to be an expert in technology - but did whoever called them in the first place not *ask*?
they'd send me a free sample to bolt onto my telescope, so I can see even more stars?
After this sudden outburst of sense, can all those London folk who were stopped form using the word 'Olympic' in their businesses a few years ago perhaps start to claim against the IOC? All those taxi firms and pizza shops and other small businesses whom the IOC banned from using names they had been using for years?
Demonstrating a loss of business because someone has a domain name that might, if you squint at it, be mistaken for yours is always going to be tricky, but GoDaddy's efforts have shown that even for something as high profile as the Academy Awards any loss is insignificant.
Obviously deliberately passing off a website, for whatever reason, is a different kettle of fish, but perhaps this ruling opens a possibility to see some conversations along the lines of:
Bigcompany.com: "Hey, littlecompany, are you using our trademarks?"
Littlecompany.com: "No, I'm using my name, the same as my family has for the last seven generations."
Bigcompany.com: "Rightho, that's fair enough, perhaps you be so kind as to stick a little 'not associated with' label up on your site to avoid any confusion?"
Littlecompany.com: "Yeah, no problem, you'll do the same of course? A pleasure to do business with you."
BC.com: "Oi, cease and desist, here's my legal bill."
BC.com: "It just doubled..."
HB pencil: £0.49
A4 lined pad: £3.99
Not having to check your bank account: Priceless...
"I wonder how many people buy the dead tree version so that it can sit on the shelf, and then find a dodgy russian site for an epub copy of the book, with their morals satisfied that they'd "already paid for it"."
I do, as written above. But I have taken to trouble to solicit the views of authors on the subject; on the whole, they didn't have a problem with it - though they'd rather the illicit scans weren't available in the first place, they are also book purchasers and understand fully that people see no sense in paying twice for the same content.
"If you're selling a book priced at $5, I'm much, much more likely to buy it than the same book priced at $10."
Alfred Harmsworth made a fortune on the premise "Where one man will risk a shilling, a thousand will risk a halfpenny".
Me, I'm a tight Yorkshireman; I'd far rather amuse myself seeking out scanned versions of books *I already own* on the web; in extreme cases (e.g. some old and very fragile books) I'll scan, OCR, and proof them myself.
███████ ████ █████████████ ████████ █████████████████████████ █████████ ████████████ ██████. ████ ██████████████████████████████ ████████ ████ ██████.████ █████████ █████ ███████ ██████ or not?
Tsk. Without one, how can you gloat at we other Luddites who consider a watch too large if it's more than 38mm across and 6mm thick?
but I very rarely use a phone - maybe a couple of calls a day.
And I very rarely feel bored.
There are so many *other* things to do that don't involve a phone...
Before I go any further do you love me?
Am I doing something wrong? It's rare I have more than half a dozen tabs open...
Sound, of course, is off by default. In this case, the tab should not even download it, waiting for focus before it's played: what's the sense in using up bandwidth for what is already accepted is unlikely to be the default case?
By the absence of adverts. This is a problem for the visitor how?
Aye, but there's a slight, subtle difference between 'take full advantage of' and 'fix'...
There are half a dozen sites I'd cheerfully pay some small token value to use, and a hundred million I'd not miss if they never showed again. Twenty two billion in lost advertising revenue? My heart bleeds... I suppose they could always get a proper job?
As before: shouting at me doesn't make me want to buy your product. If I want something, I'll search for it.
Indeed. To know where the vehicle is with pinpoint accuracy, and to be able to call emergency services, is something at which a mobile phone is rather good, without any need of connection to anything. Hell, it'll even work on my pedal-powered bicycle.
Remind me: what's the USP on this thing?
wander around with the GPS on their mobile phone permanently on? Unless you are actively navigating, it has *zero* utility to the user (ok, plenty of utility to the advertisers) except as a battery tester.
In this case, the GPS location is pointless unless it's updated regularly, all the time. And that's even creepier than the whole thing already is.
(I'm assuming this is a mobile-only 'service' - it's rare to see GPS on a desktop)
quite a bit of cash in the bank given how high their fees are.
Yes, but will they have to pay to withdraw it?
But until the porn sites transcode their media to HTML5, flash is going to stay.
It's *always* the sex industry that decides the route of technological change - ask yourself why, for example, we had VHS video players for so long, in the face of at least two superior technologies at much the same price?
But when oh when is Katerina going to be allowed at the beer? And what happened to the official pipe?
GPS altitude is a joke. There's a reason why barometric altitude is the standard for aircraft.
Vertical precision is *much* less than horizontal; there is much discussion about this on fliers fora.
Error #5: an obscure error of the fifth kind has occurred.
but somehow, I can't see it stopping there.
"Call the witness!"
"Ah, my lord, the witness is unable to be in court today."
"And why is that?"
"Well, my lord, it seems that in photographing the crime, the facial recognition software on his phone recognised one Basher Sluggs and automatically sent a copy of the image to him. Mr Sluggs has since been in contact with the witness, who is currently undergoing facial repair surgery..."
Here's a hint, companies: if we haven't bought your product, it's most likely because we're not interested.
When we want something, whether it's a new phone or a slitting saw or a paraglider or an insurance policy, the vast majority of us will actively search and compare for it: we neither need nor want it shoving in our face. Whether it is online adverts - fortunately, easily blocked - or haranguing us in the streets, or the appallingly rude assumption that a private communications device is intended as an advertising channel for you, it is unwanted and unwelcome.
The reporting in the UK is that cold calling sells only to the vulnerable: the old, the easily confused, and people unable to make a decision for themselves. I don't see any reason to believe it would be any different in other countries. The mark of a civilised society is how it protects such people, and the ability of these bottom feeders still to exist pushing unwanted, unnecessary, and often sub-standard products suggests that we are not, as yet, civilised.
A curse on all their houses.
Well, even here in sunny Hemel we've managed the last couple of nights with ten or so an hour between eleven and one in the morning. Looks the usual cloud-fest for tonight, though :)
Couldn't agree more - though I was thinking more of gout in the toe than tiredness :)
Yesterday's SMBC seems apposite: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3823
But is this a 'barebones' system? It's got the storage, video output etc and all in a nice inconspicuous box; given a usable OS and no desire for a system that blows smoke out of its ears, this is a nice package. Sure, I'd like it with the full 16GB RAM - given how much software these days is memory bound - but that's a niggle.
This is not a box for Windows; it's a box that should come with Mint.
I paid a few quid more than that for this Chromebook, on which I'm using Ubuntu as a chrooted OS (I haven't worked a clean Mint install yet) and the only practical difference is that this has only 4GB RAM and 16GB flash - for *two* OSes, and of course, it comes with a screen. And yet, for most of my minor needs, it suffices. Mind you, I'd hate to hit it with an OCR job of three or four hundred pages at the same time...