26 posts • joined Friday 4th July 2008 09:15 GMT
500,000 anythings is almost always a convenient figure plucked out of the air to make people go "ooh, that's rather a lot". Be it the cost of a strike, a hack into a database, building a bat bridge, or any other story you can read by Googling "500000 cost".
It's all baloney and should be challenged whenever it comes up.
JCB - "Made with Macromedia"
I think if JCB are going to be taken seriously, they might want to update their "international homepage": Copyright© 2001-2009 JCB International Co., Ltd.
Y'ouch that smarts...
IIRC you are asked when setting up your phone if you want to opt-in to sending diagnostics.
I suspect if you did tell the "stewardess" (and presumably you're only standing up to female cabin crew here) to STFU, then you'd find yourself in the arms of law enforcement when you touched down.
Notwithstanding your fellow passengers comfort in *not* hearing you yabber on throughout the flight, you are obliged to act upon all requests from the cabin crew whether you like them or not.
I fully expect the party wonks to cherry-pick easy-answer questions, but when the level of debate starts with such "amusing" questions, said wonks hardly need to exercise themselves in creaming off the nicey-nicey queries.
Such is the breakdown of political discourse between the proles and the men in charge.
who are the Taxpayers' Alliance?
To quote the *other* TaxPayers' Alliance (at www.taxpayersalliance.ORG - yes rather confusing):
"it isn't an alliance of ordinary taxpayers at all. It is an alliance of right-wing ideologues. Its academic advisory council is a who's who of the proponents of discredited Thatcherite policies, including Eamonn Butler and Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute, academics Patrick Minford and Kenneth Minogue, and former Institute of Directors policy head Ruth Lea."
So no, they don't speak for you, they speak for people who are already richer than we'll ever be and want to stay that way.
Fuller comparison by David Forster
A chap called David Forster has compiled a pretty useful Google Docs sheet with pricing from O2, Orange, Voda and Tesco (sure he'll update it with 3 pricing in due course). It confirms that Tesco is cheapest and given they're the only people doing a 12 month contract, a rather nicer prospect. Shame they peer on O2's crummy 3G network...
Stepping cautiously around the double entendre that "43 per cent of men say they need new batteries on a monthly basis", haven't they heard about rechargeable batteries? We've got TV remotes, wireless mouse, keyboard, digital camera etc all running off rechargeable batteries - can't remember the last time we bought new one-hit-wonder Duracells.
The alternative is...
Rackspace. We moved over to them six months ago and cannot fault them. Yes, they look expensive in comparison to the "£3.99 per month" bunch, but then you're paying for a service where someone who knows what they're talking about answers the phone the moment you call them up, pro-actively monitor your servers, and help you when you've fscked things up.
All those people worried about loss of revenue from FH downtime should ask themselves if the amount lost is more than the cost of a Rackspace server. Then switch.
Your argument is slanted in the wrong direction. You should be calling to task the MS-haters who suggest that it's MS's fault that a driver doesn't work when the 3rd party developer has had months to update it. It's hardly Apple's fault that a Vodafone driver doesn't work, and equally wouldn't be MS's fault in the same situation.
Data Centre? Gloucester?
That'll teach em for using FastHosts.
Create a Phorm ISP
If Phorm are so convinced that the great unwashed would love their products and deep packet inspection snooping, why do they not create their own ISP brand with all that lovely Phorm goodness built in?
They get to snoop on all their punters, capture all their browsing history, punt "relevant, targeted ads" at them, AND keep all the clickthrough revenue themselves rather than having to share it out with BT.
Those that can't see a problem with Phorm then have a choice (let's call it, say, "opt-in") to move to Phorm ISP, and the rest of us can stay clear.
Spreading rabid consumerism, that's the answer. Why wasn't that thought of earlier?
Ways of saving money, part 71
"The use of commercial-off-the-shelf technology is expected to save the taxpayer as much as £22m in support costs over the next ten years - a bit more than £2m a year, or about a thousandth off Trident's running costs."
Or... scrap Trident and its renewal programme and save £15-20bn.
Workaround not suitable for SQL 2005
As stated by Microsoft at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189506(SQL.90).aspx
In SQL Server 2005, sp_dropextendedproc does not drop system extended stored procedures. Instead, the system administrator should deny EXECUTE permission on the extended stored procedure to the public role. In SQL Server 2000, sp_dropextendedproc could be used to drop any extended stored procedure.
So the stated workaround is OK for SQL 2000, but you can't drop the procedure on 2005, only deny Execute permissions.
Now Christian Voice get in on the act...
From the BBC report http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7681914.stm
[ Stephen Green of pressure group Christian Voice said: (...) "People don't like being preached at. Sometimes it does them good, but they still don't like it." ]
Where's the "pot, meet kettle" icon?
Excepting at the start of a sentence, surely the good folks of Lesbos can distinguish themselves from the good girl-on-girl lovers through the use of a capital or lowercase "L". Hence: Lesbian - resident of Lesbos; lesbian - woman who lurve woman.
Problems may arise at the start of a sentence, whereupon you do what anyone else does and go by the context. Even better if you're a Lesbian lesbian.
While we're at it, we could call welsh ones Llesbians.
SmartScreen Filter != Phorm?
"Internet Explorer 7 introduced a phishing filter, and IE8 Beta 2 goes beyond this with features designed to warn surfers about sites that harbour malware, as well as those designed to trick users into handing over ebanking login credentials and such to crooks. Users who stray onto sites infected with Trojans will be confronted by a full-screen warning. The combined anti-phishing and malware defence will be branded as Microsoft SmartScreen filter."
So... we need Phorm for what, exactly? Oh yes, "more relevant advertising". Goody.