102 posts • joined 9 Jul 2008
Stealth Books - "Our target audience is at least as clever as we are." (http://stealthbooks.wordpress.com/)
Yep down here too
Rest of t'internet is fine but PSN continually reports Maintenance error.
Re: We pay Hachette for their good judgement
"full of Oxbridge luvvies, ghostwritten sleb biogs, and middlebrow nonentities specialising in novels about wine, shoes, husbands, and bitchy middle class nastiness."
Whereas the burgeoning ebook market is full of metrosexual novelettes on werewolves, vampires, pixies, same-sex historical romances and pulp scifi*. Take a look at Amazon's Kindle range.
In the old days you had to impress a commissioning editor. Now you just grease the big A-cloud's wheels. If you want to go back to having a better range of printed books then you'd need to reintroduce the NBA - publisher's cannot support the same breadth of publications when people like supermarkets et al can undercut the usual cash-cow best sellers.
(* not denigrating the quality of the writing, just the genres)
Re: The company has partnered with an organisation which knows what it is doing.
Funny,. That actually happened to me a couple of years ago. Every week I'd get an Age UK letter addresses to some senior citizen.
I kept emailling them to update their mailing list correctly and after a few months of this (where they constantly insisted my address HAD been suppressed) I got this bizzare apology letter, with the envelope addressed to me, but the letter headed "Dear Mrs". I couldn't quite understand what it was trying to say as the sentence structure was very odd.
So I finally scanned the letter and emailed it back to them pointing out if the old dear who'd written it was the same person in charge of the mailing department then perhaps their carer could step in for a few minutes and finally get my address off their bleedin' lists.
PS Before anyone says I'm being unfair to pensioners I'd like to point out I'm equally as unfair to every other group out there. :)
Bought the T shirt...
Spent last weekend with aged parents and new mobile.
Me: Are you sure you know how to use that?
Mum: Of course we do. We've had two before.
Dad: Where does the battery go?
Mum: And how do we answer calls?
Me: You said you'd had two earlier phones.
Mum: We couldn't get those to work.
[next day my own phone rings]
Mum: What are you doing answering?
Me: You phoned me!
Mum: Don't be stupid. We're dialling our own number to test. Why would we call you?
Me: You did call me!
Dad: How come you can answer our number?
It's amateur hour at VM again.
Does your horse require water?*
"Virgin Media's status pages claim everything is fine"
The last time I looked at their status page it said for my area (Central Scotland!) people were reporting problems logging on to London Underground wifi. Ya don't say?
*Cowboys, the lot of them.
Re: Wait a minute
I'm assuming Version 1.0 is some kind of common troll.
I rather think the photographer who's livelihood depends on selling his images is less of a DRMtard than you think. Or clearly, don't think. Or perhaps you feel he ought to make up for lost revenue by flogging torrented BluRays and CDs from the back of his van?
They only became giants by standing on the shoulders of others.. Usually without asking.
Personally I think the Reply-to-All button ought to be connected to the mains and the current regulated by the number of individuals on the list. Small shock for a small list. A Darwin Award for the greater faux pas.
Re: The Master
Hmm. Roger Delgado exuded all the menace and charm of an East End gang lord.
John Simm (who in other roles has been fantastic) played the character as if he was in a Carry On Up The Loony Bin movie.. Sometimes less is more.
Re: Daleks and stairs
Quite right. The stairs issue was cleared well before this reboot.
And as for "the show’s design team got the look right" I'm with Ray Cusick - WTF are there bolts and rivets showing? This is supposed to be a high-tech mechanised society capable of building almost anything. It's not supposed to be a steam punk revival.
I have to say I'm not taken with the new cybermen either - they're just chunky lumps of metal. All the older versions had something interesting about them whether it was the semi-humanoid faces of the Tenth Planet, or the later chest-units. Okay maybe the lace-up boots weren't the best design feature but a spray-painted wetsuit better suggests futuristic metallurgy than something that looks like it fell out of a Victorian foundry.
Re: "Hardly possible"?
"In a statement (in Deutsch) expressing regret over the incident and promising to inform customer[s], Vodafone.de said that police have identified a[n] unnamed suspect and carried out a search."
It's not that much better in English...
"Ah yes, the nukes. Strapped onto missiles that can barely reach Japan."
I really don't see that "they can't hit us back" is a good enough justification for taking arms against NK.
Do you really not care if they turn those weapons on countries they can hit in mindless retaliation?
I've had the gallery crash on me repeatedly with only two jpegs in the directory, one of normal resolution and the other a small thumbnail.
Deleting the thumbnail stopped the crash so I'm wondering if it's the scaling routine that's the issue.
"The recent spate of high-profile data breaches, such as this alleged attack on Foxtons, are evidence that organisations are either not taking cyber security seriously or are bewildered by the problem"
Anycompany: "How much will this extra security cost?"
IT Dept: "£xxxx"
Anycompany: "And if the worst happens what can we be sued for?"
Lawyer: "Only £xxx"
Anycompany: "Right. Operation 'Heads in the Sand postion'. All for? All against?"
"this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.”
Another tired old cliche. Why does he have to be handsome and why does she need to be beautiful?
Has no one quite realised why most American SF shows just fade away after a season or two? All lip gloss and no substance. Perfect teeth isn't a substitute for a decent plot and good actors.
Remember "Murder One" with the mesmerising Daniel Benzali? Not pin up material, so after the success of S1 they replaced him with a "more" camera-friendly version. Show cancelled...
American remake of Red Dwarf: remember what they did to the character of Lister? Show cancelled...
Much as I religiously sit down every Saturday to watch it I do find myself enjoying the old Pertwee/TBaker ones much more than the current reboot.
Maybe it's part nostalgia but in the absence of budget for special effects plot and characterisation played a big part in each episode. Now I feel the "plot" mainly involves the current incumbent girning to camera whilst flapping his magic wand in all directions at once. Characterisation should not be replaced by caricature.
Gatis scripts aside, Moffat's seem to be all spectical and little substance. Good for the occasional extravaganza but it's like overdosing on chocolate meringue. One bite and it substantively collapses.
On the plus side, the eye-candy has certainly improved :)
We have a PM who refuses to follow what the majority of the public want and implement the Leveson report as it sets a bad precident over "Press Freedom".
Now he feels he can impose a web filter on everyone (opt out be damned: if it's filtering content not specifically designated as illegal it's censorship by the back door) wanting to access the internet at home whilst still condoning the right of newspapers and other sundry rags to sexualise children and stuff photos of semi-naked women between the newssheets where any kid can see.
I know it will never work: the attempts to block PirateBay just illustrates how the web routes around such blockages, but knowing it'll never work doesn't lessen the anger I feel.
Fix the economy. Fix the gutter press. Fix our army's kit shortages. Fix youth unemployment. Fix your own lobbyists.
Don't just pander to the Daily Mail readership as if it makes up the entire electorate.
Porn does not equate with Abuse/Rape any more than Muslim equates with Terrorism (though his beloved Daily Mail may argue the latter).
When I joined Deviant Art it was what it said on the tin :)
My most recent run in with cold callers:
Me: "Of course I can talk. Just give me a moment for Sgt Macdonald to come back with the charge sheets and I'll happily talk to you about contravensions of the Telecoms Acts whilst he traces this call."
Re: Who gets the cash?!
As an ex-bookseller I have soft spot for the Penguin brand and as much as I dislike being ripped off buying ebooks I'd dislike it even more if such well-known publishers went under.
They may have a retail turnover of £440m (2012 figures) but at least for last year the Grauniad was reporting their operating profit as just £22m.
I really can't blame any of the remaining UK publishers for jumping on any chance to increase their profitibility given their steady decline since the abolition of the Net Book Agreement. Better value for the consumer? Possibly. More choice for the consumer? Certainly not.
I'm not sure I'd want to be in a world where the only reading material was either self-published ebooks or mass market tra... novels like Dan Brown's latest. Sure, they have their niche in the marketplace but give me a Penguin Classic any day.
Yes - please have a level playing field when it comes to [e]book buying, but also, please don't take the golden feathers off the golden goose. Money like that just goes straight into whichever Treasury has jurisdiction and does nothing to help either the reader or the publisher.
Sod the Shard, I'd happily pay £24.95 for a proper tour around a real iconic building.
"they're doing no more negotiate subject to approval of the board in Ireland," he said ungrammatically, whilst balancing a copy of Fowler's Modern English Usage on his nose and whistling "My Way" backwards.
Philosophy aside, her writing style is stilted and turgid.
Writing style aside, the only time I've seen her philosophy put to good effect was in Bioshock.
Not only is he an accomplished writer but - speaking as an ex-bookseller - he also has that rare ability to woo a crowd. Too many modern authors are talented on the page but lack the charisma to carry off a reading with aplomb. Mr Banks was always a joy to listen to.
Long may he be read.
Typo time again
" Surface of Marts"
squaring the (vicious) circle
Virgin & Amazon [et al] couldn't compete with the online retailers.
Play.com etc had the Channel Islands VAT loophole closed on it so it couldn't discount by 17.5%.
So we're left with the only "highstreet" presence being a supermarket bulk discounting the latest stock and with little or no back catalogue.
And Amazon/Google, doing their utmost within the legal framework to avoid UK taxes.
Re: A success by any other name
I'd go as far as to suggest it's been cribbed from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20701514
The BBC only give the url as a link under the heading "the website".
Easy for a harried journo to miss on the way to a deadline.
Given the media coverage of data loss (from NHS to Schools to Local Govt) over the last few years you'd have to be pretty dense for that not to have filtered through now.
These things happen, not down to lack of training (though it's easy to blame that) but because after hours of lecturing on best practises tired and busy people take the easy way out.
(I need to take this data home but if i speak to IT I'll just get bogged down in paperwork and questions)
Experience? Working with a small finance company - where everyone was lectured regularly on the importance of FSA and Data Protection regs. Didn't stop people on Friday evening from dumping stuff onto their laptops before heading out the door.
"Linux itself hasn't split is the forceful, charismatic leadership of Linus Torvalds"
Surely the bigger the headline the more easy it is to spot a cut-n-paste howler?
Um. There's no mention of the trust asking around to see if any other establisments still have this equipment. Surely that would be the most sensible option - or are our hospitals now little island kingdoms with communications?
That just encourages me to go in and ask for a skinny ristretto*.
*yes I know that's an oxy, moron.
Is there any point to the ASA? Time and again VM (and world+dog) run ads that are found to be misleading to what result? They're told not to run the same advert again. So they run a new misleading one in its place.
If you genuinely wanted to discourage the practise you'd bite them until it hurt.
Paris 'cos she knows when to use teeth and when not to.
It's hardly a "fixed contract" if one side can arbitrarily change the cost. Perhaps a change in nomenclature is called for. Shafting contract??
<looking at you, Orange>
Aren't they all meaningless anyway? Given the providers seem to have free rein to increase fixed-term contract prices when *they feel like it.
* inflation, retail price increase, an R in the month...
Re: Doctor Who?
Pertwee? Yes he did albeit briefly: there was a couple of seconds clip of (I think) The Moonbase cybermen used as a Miniscope realm in Carnival of Monsters.
(unashamed Who-phile) :D
Re: And typically...
We could have had them at the closing Olympics ceremony signing "Always look on the bright side of life.." whilst dressed as Russian Orthodox nuns on skates....
And elsewhere in the UK...
"However, the Crime Map app helps you to make sense of all the statistics by providing a quick overview of crime in your manor and elsewhere in the UK."
This would be the app entitled Crime Map ENGLAND & WALES?
Would be nice if your review had brought that to attention rather than blindly ignoring half the regions that make up the British Isles.
Just my 2 cents
Of course if the 150 billion needs downgrading it rather devalues the stated $10 million charity gift.
Did anyone see the article in The Times about the senior citizen who's been copying and distributing movies to the US Army overseas for years. Said he'd done thousands of rips.
RIAss of American = <silence>
One law it isn't.
re: Odder Habits
Worked well enough for Moorcock!
Just hang on a sekond...
"The average HR [...] can, however, spell and identify sloppiness."
Are you quite sure of your statistics on these points? We've all seen job adverts with salary ranging from "£40000/day" to "£250 pa" and with location down as every major city between the Kent coast and Duncansby Head.
From yesterday's deletion pile - "Coffee Demonstrator - Up to 10.00 GBP Hourly + £10 per hour" and the lovely "Business Development - £1 to £100k pa + Excellent salary" (both Jobsite).
You can't blame these on overworked typesetters!
Personally I'd welcome the opportunity to deal with an HR person with an eye for detail and the ability to think rationally but I rather fear they're just as fallable as any other profession.
I'ts a shame when the lives of vacuous airheads are paraded out endlessly in the broadsheets and public media that the passing of such an influential figure has gone largely unreported.
Having spent a number of years in a bookshop flogging "Kernighan & Ritchie" yearly to the new intake at the local Uni I can attest to the longevity of his works.
Surely that ought to be Csumbag?
"As such the tool might be employed by perverts hunting for child abuse images on the net."
Oh well done for casually ramping up the hysteria. You don't double as a hack for the Daily Mail do you?
It could just as easily be used to hut for signs of where Elvis is hanging out.
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