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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: 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.
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.
"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.
Does seem to be case of research proving the bleedin' obvious.
Test Messaging.. Test Messaging...
Actually I'd like to see Brooks go down for offences on her watch if only to remind the rest of the newspaper industry of the adage that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Not 60p and pair of tits on page 3.
(edited for bungling quote...)
Lensman was an anime series from the mid 80's but diverged wildly from the original books.
Dorsai I believe is currently being made as a *children's* series... (http://sciencefictionworld.com/tv/science-fiction-tv/493-gordon-r-dicksons-dorsai-to-be-filmed.html).
Not only but also
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Posted Wednesday 16th March 2011 14:42 GMT
And can I point out that the Martin Luther King you're no doubt referencing is not Martin Luther King, but Dr Martin Luther King Jnr ;p
So is "Julian Assange is not Mr Martin Luther King" less accurate than "Julian Assange is not Dr Martin Luther King" ?
Dentistry is just legalised mugging. If you don't come away bloody and bruised you still get the contents of your wallet lifted...
O2 fails again
I have in my mail file a lovely email dated last June from the Information Commissioner assuring me that O2 have promised never ever to send me any further SMS messages after their spamfest fiasco last year where they even pissed-off the writer of Father Ted.
At 12:05 this afternoon I got an O2 SMS message...
I'm no longer with O2. I left last summer having suffered their crap service for a year or so. I expect this censoring issue will leave them with fewer customers still.
Do the maths
I'd be gutted if Flickr deleted my photos, though given they must have billions of snaps floating around their servers I've never assumed they had any kind of backup solution. Everything I upload is ultimately backed up to DVD if it's important enough.
Whadya mean DVD isn't a viable long-term solution? I'm not building a time capsule for posterity...
Yup, saw the advisory from Trapster in my inbox, sandwiched between offers of penis extenders and miscellaneous pills.
Given that account rarely gets spam it's not too difficult to guess where they leeched the address from.
Wouldn't it be nice if they could be fined 0.1p for each email/password harvested.
"Powdered rhino horn is much in demand in the Far East, where it is considered an aid to a gentleman's boudoir prowess"
Come on, I think you'll find even Wikipedia has sussed that's a just a common fallacy. Or don't your hacks watch QI?
The average user has just about learned not to step out in front of moving traffic but put a keyboard and screen in front of them with offers of cute fluffy animal pictures, or warnings that they're about to fall off the edge of the world and Darwin gets to turn in his grave.
I'd happily review my local (Edinburgh) branch for them. Tried to depost two cheques - £1000 and£100 - a year or so ago. Gel behind the counter needed a calculator to add them together and still got the sum wrong.
Guess they really are an equal opportunity employer and take people on irrespective of numerical aptitude.
O2 or O2
I was in Krakow earlier last month so contacted O2 about the data cap and inquire about their Data Abroad 10 bolt-on for £20 which would have given me a pool of 10Mb to use in Poland before eating into the international charges.
Non, said O2 simply.
Customers can ask to have roaming charges capped to £40pcm or they can get the bolt-on. Not both.
In order to get the "cheap" Data Abroad discount customers must waive their rights to have their bills capped.
Please can we have a Money-Grabbing Swine icon?
The truth is out there
"A BT spokesman assured El Reg the measure has not been planned because everyone just wants to watch the game."
Quite correct: it's been planned because the majority of people want to watch the game.
Mind you given the experience of the BT cowboys around here there's less chance of them touching the FUBAR switch if they're off down the pub for the match.
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Rather than forcing capital punishment on this poor misunderstood killer why don't we commute his term to a life sentence of sub-editing the Reg?
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