1575 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
Research has nothing to do with it:- it's the funding of nebulous meaningless degrees I resent.
Easier said than done:- I'm a Mac technician/Graphic Designer whose job moved some three years ago. I do not wish to uproot myself away from a lifetime's friends & family at my age, and looking for a more local job with the same pay, continuation of pension rights etc. is next to impossible. I assume that you're young & relatively mobile - young because you see black & white knee-jerk solutions without thinking them through. It might suit you, but it ain't gonna suit everyone. I'm prepared to continue my commute, with 4yrs left to go to retirement, but I'm not happy funding someone else's self-indulgent adolescence into their mid 20's.
We got to this by allowing a ruling class of professional politicos - mostly "qualified" as lawyers and/or spin doctors; few of whom have ever had a real job in the real world - to micro-manage our society.
They're red-hot on social engineering theory, totally lacking in experience and understanding, and the only outstanding feature of the great majority of them is a (misplaced) arrogance and incredible ego.
T paraphrase King Henry, "Will no-one rid us of these turbulent wofflers?"
JDX old lad,
What a refreshing breath of fresh air: a comment brimming with common sense and pragmatism. And you can't get away from the fact that huge numbers of students of non-subjects, meeja studies, golf course management, creative dance &c ad nauseam, ARE an intolerable burden on those of us working.
<rant>I am turned 60, and five days per week I am up well before 0500, leave home at 0605, travel for 2 1/2 hours, do a full days work, travel for 2 1/2 hours home, get home around 1900 and I sometimes have to take work home & do some overnight & at weekends. I haven't had a pay rise for two years, my costs & taxes are continually increasing and I bloody well resent having to fund some idler who is doing little more than prolonging his/her adolesence at my expense. </rant>
I'm with you. And I've upvoted your comment.
I think it would be better to slash the council...
with a broadsword...
or a machete...
or a samurai sword...
or all three (for efficiency, you understand).
I use a Slik tripod, and I've got two F4's. I'm almost willing to risk sacrificing one in order to inflict drastic cranial modification upon this defective defector from commonsense, No. 8.
I really do think a rebellion (every free man's right - sometimes his duty) is in order, followed by an exhaustive cull of jobsworths, councillors and other inadequates whose sole raison d'etre is to thoroughly piss off the rest of us.
I'm pissed off.
Homicidally* pissed off.
*I suppose that should be more accurately stated as "Pesticidally"'
...shouldn't that be "fewer than 18 hours"?
Vote UKIP for a joke on every Europe/Unelected Committee loving politician, and if sufficient do so, we just might have a country worth staying in...
Well said, old lad.
Brief, apt, and captures Johnson perfectly. To a tee.
EVERYTHING these cretins propose and enact is funded by making the public (aka taxpayers) pay for it.
So what's different?
For an example...
See how our Civil Servants - sorry, Overlords act.
Before anyone moans at me, I know that yellow text on a light green background isn't the most legible, but you can always selct text, copy & poste it into TextEdit or Notepad and view it as B&W.
As an indication of the arrogant mindset of these jobsworths, it's positively terrifying.
That really should be "Sysadmina Femina". The "-us" ending in Latin denotes male gender. The "-a" denotes female.
Unless "Feminus" means "..comes from Bangkok & is a ladyboy"...
Cast your minds* back ten years
*Those of you that have them, that is...
This is almost a verbatim re-run of the Windows fanboys' and anti-Apple brigade's hysterical rants on the introduction of the iPod.
Apple didn't give a damn.
Apple has sold over 250,000,000 iPods since then.
"...if this isn't simply a case of politicians and those who work for them knowing almost nothing of technology..."
Lewis should have said
"...if this isn't simply a case of politicians and those who work for them knowing almost nothing."
I'm using Opera (10.10) on my Dual 2.0 G5 as default browser, and have been for some time....
Pulled from arse figures?
93.79% of statistics are made up on the spot...
It's a fact...
that the ONLY winners in patent scraps are lawyers.
Dick the Butcher was right....
...should be tattooed with a Government Health Warning.
They're bad for you.
Terrorists AND Paedos...
...are known to wear:-
b) Underpants (exploding or not, as the case may be).
Shouldn't there also be a register of ALL owners/users of these items which are obviously indicative of suspect leanings, and likely to be of use to the aforementioned ungodly?
So by your reckoning...
any US GI who either commits adultery or drinks alcohol in Iraq/Afghanistan* should be passed over to the local "authorities" to be stoned to death?
I don't suppose I should bother reminding you how those nice gentlemen (nice words for Sarah's benefit) from PIRA slaughtered men, women AND children in Ulster, mainland UK and Europe yet the legals AND politicos in the US suddenly became misty-eyed Sons of Erin and not only refused to send back self-admitted murderers, but they continued to fund their "cause".
Pah! A pox & a plague upon US administration...
What's happened to Microsoft?
MS paying lip service to various anti-trust suits throughout the world?
Pushing for total hegemony through FUD?
Total apparent refusal to play nicely with standards - if they're not MS "standards"?
Well, that's answered my question.
Nothing's happened to Microsoft. Still business as usual.
The parallels between Gates & Ballmer on one hand, and Blair & Brown on the other are interesting...
I don't use Windows myself - I'm a Mac user - that's my choice and if someone else goes the other way, then that's their choice.
I do feel that Duncan's phrase "However, there will never be the perfect piece of software." should be tattooed on the genitals of most of the "one or t'other exclusively" zealots, just to concentrate their minds on pragmatic reality.
Proper testing etc. will as Duncan says, mitigate most problems with software.
That's MOST problems. It's not ALL problems.
No one person, or team will ever have the experience, imagination and time to test modern software for absolutely every contingency - unless we want software's gestation period to go out to several decades. Way back in the '80's, when I installed mini's & micro's for Burroughs Machines, I was often asked to "make this system idiot-proof". I rapidly gained a healthy respect for just how ingenious and inventive idiots could be - and I don't suppose I ever quite achieved the Holy Grail.
Just think how much mor involved & complex things are 25 years later!
A pox & a plague on all the blackhat villains and associated ungodly who give us these problems. May all their capacitors bulge, their r/w heads crash and their RAM sockets fail!
Mere beginners & amateurs compared to the British government.
The "Big Brother"est Big Brother ever...
the "TV license" would be something our colonial cousins might want/have/need.
I have a TV licence, which I assume would cover me should I acquire an iPhone.
Usual Gov't drivel...
"Access is confined to a team of seven staff at the department's Darlington office, and they disclose information only to prescribed people for purposes defined by the relevant regulations."
How many "prescribed people"?
Who are they?
What are the "purposes defined by the relevant regulations"?
What are the "relevant regulations"?
Without the answer to THESE questions, it's just a meaningless, patronising, pointless piece of government-speak. In other words, complete bollocks.
Politics - the art of replying to a question without answering it - and more latterly, whilst keeping one's snout firmly in the trough and indulging one's megalomanic ego.
A pox on the lot of 'em!
Do the guys who work there go home every day sounding like Tweetie Pie?
"...and banging people up doesn't really change anything...."
Yes it bloody well does - they cant rob/burgle/rape/murder any member of the general public for the period of their incarceration!
Of course it's OK...
Since this blundering bunch of freeloading mutant retarded incompetents (aka The Gubmint) introduced The Human Rights Act at the behest of Cruella DeVille (the Chief Mutant's Mate) - so she could enrich herself & her cronies, convicts have loads of rights, and the little dears must be cosseted & pampered beyond belief. Naturally victims and their nearest & dearest have none.
Furthermore, certain doddery old fossils in the judiciary (any similarity to Mr Justice Eady or any other bewigged pensioner is purely coincidental and unintentional)) appear to be using this pernicious act to write laws themselves - without reference to Parliament.
One day they will realise that The Law belongs to the people - not to freeloaders in Parliament, not to a bunch of wrinkly geriatric old fools, but to us - the population at large.
We just might have to help them realise these things - with a pointy stick, or today's equivalent thereof. </rant>
Likewise @ Lionel
I turned 60 some 3 weeks ago. Best beloved reckons I'm still about twelve.
Growing old is mandatory.
Growing up is optional.
Any "British cousins"..
..who are unaware of Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner may be deemed to be culturally terminally deficient.
Such ignorance is not acceptable.
(And I'm English).
Adam Curtis covered this in 2004 in his excellent series (broadcast surprisingly on BBC2) 'The Power of Nightmares' (appropriately sublitled 'The Rise of the Politics of Fear').
It's detailed in Wikipedia,
and available to download from at least one Public Domain site in the 'States - unfortunately the ISO9600 image is NTSC - but it's obviously viewable on most computers - Mac or PC.
Watch it and wake up! Rebellion is the right of any free man - and at times, his duty!
do you wish to acquire?
A "sinpad" or a sailor?
you are Steve Ballmer, and I claim my prize....
Mine's the one on the hat-stand that's just been thrown out of the window
...will not kill newspapers.
Many years ago, it was said that the wireless would kill newspapers.
Not-quite-so-many years ago it was said that television would kill newspapers.
However, as to whether newspapers are mostly heading over the cliff lemming-style, that's a different question.
I upvoted you - I'm peeved as that's what I was going to say....
As far as I can tell...
...they can be from any 10 primates you can get near enough to. It doesn't say they have to be your prints - neither does it specify they have to be human - or any other particular species.
Big Brother's getting dimmer!
@Paul 4 And....
...Gillette don't flog their razors inexpensively to tie people in to the expensive blade cartridges?
Supermarkets don't have loss leaders to attract customers?
Pubs don't offer good value meals to increase wet sales?
Printer mfrs don't offer cheap inkjet printers but expensive ink cartridges?
Sheer sophistry to explain an anti-Apple rant.
That's giving you the benefit of the doubt - it COULD just be sheer stupidity resulting in a complete lack of understanding of a) How commerce, industry & this planet work and b) a failure to realise what is in fact wicked and what ain't.
I use iTunes fairly frequently - and I don't have an iPod nor do I have an iPhone. No-one forces me to do either.
Paris 'cos you gotta be blonde....
@John Dougald McCallum
"...any way the death penalty is an absolute abomination..."
That, Old Son, depends upon on whom it is being inflicted...
We're just vote-fodder every five years, financial milch cows permanently, and are being threatened with the bogeyman of Alky Ada to frighten us into submission, and a host of petty rules and jobsworths to condition us into unthinking obedience.
I think the Hoons have forgotten that they are OUR servants - 't'aint t'other way round...
Rebellion is the right, sometimes the duty. of every free man
I take it then
that you're a highly successful long-term investor who's consistently outguessed & outperformed the markets, and on whom the recent financial upheavals have had no effect whatsoever.
Failing that, your post is at worst stupid, and at best, sophistry.
Your points 2 & 3 are just plain incorrect, or maybe taken from Ballmer's fantasy diary.
Your point 5 isn't worth a jot - sure there has been an increase in the numbers of netbooks; probably based on the fact that they're a comparitively new item. However, your point is akin to saying BMW's market share is dropping, and they're on the way to oblivion because they're losing sales to the new sub-£1000 cars in India.
You appear to have a great future as a statistician and scriptwriter for the revered Lord Mandelson...
It would help if you realised that Snow Leopard is effectively an Intel-only service pack for Leopard - it's NOT a full release in its own right.
Hence the low price.
10.4 to 10.5 (Tiger to Leopard) IS a FULL version leap - rather like going from XP to Vista, except unlike Vista, Leopard works, and only comes in one "Ultimate" edition.
Ever seen MS offer ANY of their OSes as a full upgrade from earlier version to new Ultimate variation for as little as £85?
An understanding of what's what would appear to be required.
...from Windows fanbois, the BallmerJugend and other acolytes of the dark side.
Apple will continue to ignore them and continue to flourish.
Cue hissy fits & stamping of little feet (with a bit of chair-throwing, too!)
NCO in the BullmerJugend are we?
So to be a real computer it's OS has to have critical faults/holes/errors, it's user must have a degree of knowledge* to install desperate patches which open OTHER holes, break drivers etc.
So to be a REAL car, must a car have acetylene headlamps, starting handle, manual advance-retard, tubed tyres, manual oil-pumps?
So to be a REAL fighter, must an aircraft be at least a biplane - preferably a triplane, be manually started by swinging the prop, and be armed with the pilot/observer carrying their own Mannlicher hunting rifle?
My Mac just gets on with its job and just works - never had a problem. My PC (running XP Pro) would have been defenestrated on many an occasion, had it not belonged to my employer.
I love my "unreal" computer - but I suppose to the BullmerJugend, a computer which "just works" IS unreal.
"One industry magazine web site speculated that, ".....
Then you go on to slate Apple, and indulge in an orgy of schadenfreude:- except NONE OF IT AIN'T HAPPENED YET!!
What part of "speculated" don't you understand?
I "speculate" that you are the unacknowledged love-child of Michael Dell & Steve Ballmer.
It's surely an "intermediate possibility"
Jeez. No wonder you aren't an Apple fan....
The only time...
Microsoft will produce something that DOESN'T suck will be when they make a vacuum cleaner...
Whatever you do...
read, learn & inwardly digest the small print - 'cos it'll shaft you.
Better still, get a friendly neighbourhood legal beagle to check it out. Especially if Ballmer has had any input.
You know it makes sense!
...don't have a monopoly on their home turf? And misuse/totally abuse it?
Now which one from NuLab or Google pries into my personal life more, and which one do I consider a greater threat to me and all that I hold dear?
@ Third point
I think you\ll find His Serene and Diabolic Excellency Lord Mandelson is "Lord of the Rings"...
"..Hilton reportedly earns £276,000 a year..."
Hilton reportedly IS PAID £276,000 a year.
There is no damn way he EARNS that sum.
And I'll add "ever so pretty please please please" to the last aspiration...
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