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M$FT Corrections and Clarifications
An earlier quote
He added, "Within a decade, we think everyone will choose to subscribe...
should have read
"Within a decade, we think everyone will be using Libre/Open Office if we keep this gouging up."
Disclaimer: I'm perfectly happy with my non-subscription, pre-ribbon copy of Office 2003, thank you.
In similar vein:
"...and we need to ensure that we protect markets and consumers..."
should have read
"and we need to ensure that we get a piece of the action..."
If his bags contained "...nothing more than pirated films...", how come he's not under lock and key as a threat to the Western world's economy as the RIAA and pals would have us think?
Is it just me or...
... does that look like a huge laptop on the body between the tracks?
Penguins want to know more about cold icy places.
"...would look rather lass pleasing to the military eye."
Aye, it's nice to look at a nice young lassy. Now where's my deep fried Mars bar?
Anyone taking bets...
... that Apple's definition of "in a city near you" comes down to any city with a population greater than about 5 million in the contiguous 48 states of a certain North American country?
At least Tech-Ed happens across the world.
Corrections and Clarifications Column...
In a recent quote we unfortunately omitted a few words:-
The phrase :-
"This information is used to help improve the survey, analyze trends, and administer the survey."
should have read
"This information is used to help improve the survey, analyze trends, administer the survey and improve our bottom line by flogging your data."
Re: So Obviously
Rules 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the University of Woolloomooloo: NO POOFTERS!
@AC 11:35 Re: intermit????????
"Intermit is a perfectly valid word having it's origins from the latin intermittere, of course it has only been in use for a few centuries so not every english speaking person should be expected to know it exists."
"it's" is a perfectly valid word having its origins from the English "it is", of course it has only been in use for a few centuries so not every Latin speaking person should be expected to know it exists.
Not just sharks
It is very difficult for a low-level technology community to cause species extinction if that species wasn't already under threat. To cause a species to disappear you need technology.
At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, until certain North Eastern Asian nations stop not only harvesting sharks for their fins, but also hoovering up massive quantities of fishy products from nominally international waters in the Pacific, we will have more more extinctions across the food chain.
The indiscriminate by-catch (= a quaint name for sheer waste) in these operations is appalling and seems to currently be an 'out of sight, out of mind' problem. Fish stocks in the Pacific (and elsewhere?) are seriously in danger of overfishing.
No, I'm not a rampant greeny. I'd just like a bit of sustainability. I will now get off my soap box. Thank you...
Re: So an 'ad tool' eh ?
"And there's no law forbidding them to fake the whole thing either."
There is, however, a thing called ethics. If your hypothesis is correct, one day a less-than-gruntled employee may grass on them and then their whole business model will turn to brown smelly stuff.
If such is the case, cue large legal battles with people yelling about wanting their money back.
Why would a sane person buy one?
"...brand-new fork of Android that places special emphasis on Facebook's social services..."
As it's Farcebook, does that mean its users will be well and truly forked.
A.FB based phone is wrong on so many levels.
Here was I waiting for an article about an FBI agent war-driving in a Corvette.
Re: Protectionism or xenophobia?
Autopedicution - The ability to cut one's own toenails?
Also missing in action...
Outcomes, stakeholders, result-orientated, taking ownership, our human capital, leverage (especially when pronounced 'levverige') , etc, etc, ad nauseum.
While there are doubtless sales guys out there who care, most in my experience are just trying to flog the tatt de jour to get their commission. If it happens to coincide with a customer's requirements, well that's a plus.
Re: @Magani - Audience or client?
@ Nuke said:- as I turn the sound off and continue reading a book during the adverts
Nuke, I am impressed by your dedication to watching TV with ads. I have given up and source my viewing pleasure from among the following:
* ABC (Oz version of BBC - station ID & endless promos only)
* SBS (Another public broadcaster but seemingly with fewer and LESS-SHOUTY ads than the commercial.stations)
* PVR if there's something I (or more importantly, Mrs Magani) absolutely, positively have to see on a commercial channel so I can skip the ads
* BT channel for other stuff that was probably on a commercial channel and had previously escaped my attention, or more likely never got to the Greater Antipodes at all.
To all ad agencies reading this - I am not your target audience and never will be. I cannot remember when an ad on TV, at the movies, on a billboard or in a magazine caused me to make a purchasing deciding.
Nuke, have a tipple of your choice to aid your reading!
Audience or client?
"...advertising more compelling and deliver more value to the audience,"...
I suspect the last word is supposed to be 'client'.
While there have been genuinely entertaining ads in the past, they are few and far between. The industry has a long way to go before I'll subject myself to having to watch imbedded ads as well as the ones every 10 minutes on commercial TV.
Oz readers only: Bring back Gruen Planet! The most entertaining part of advertising on TV.
Re: Beep! -And your challenge is?
Re: "..the public health advocate behind the global push for ugly cigarette packets..."
"...use only a drab olive colour said to be maximally unattractive to shoppers."
Unless of course you're in the army.
Re: Sounds like they asked for it...
Egg, meet face.
Re: "who created the internet and the World Wide Web"
Did you hear the Whooosh as that piece of humour went passed? I suspect not.
There's a word in English (not US) called subtlety. I suggest you check it out.
I hope you and your HAND have a nice day.
Crime & Punishment
My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time —
To let the punishment fit the crime —
The punishment fit the crime;
The Mikado, G & S
Obviously the RIAA's lawyers have never wandered through their client's back catalog.
As there's no Mikado icon, we'll have to make do with the Pirates of Penzance.
"who created the internet and the World Wide Web"
No mention of Al Gore then?
Three pages so far and not one mention of the 'S' word.
'And is there honey still for tea?'
Nah dear. Honey's off.
Peter Sellars, RIP
"culling little-used or unprofitable products"
If Feedly can get half a meeelion Reader Refugees in a weekend, what's the cut-off point at which a free Google app becomes 'little-used'? I would suggest most if not all of those folks were active Reader users, not people who loaded it and then ignored it.
I suspect that it's not the 'little-used', but more the 'unprofitable' part of that statement that's the reason. While we can't get our money back on a free product, one wonders what other Google freebies that have become part of our lives may have their life support switched off at the whim of a Google-crat. Google Earth? Google Talk?
All this does is cause a small loss of confidence, but remember that it all adds up.
Talk about a load of PR spin.
The statement was just a 'Don't you worry about it - we know what we're doing' pat on the head to the authorities. I hope the FAA have the cojones to stand up to this blithering and see it for what it is - a bandaid solution to a problem that Boeing has admitted not knowing the cause of.
Fire (sorry, shouldn't use the F word) is the ultimate no-no on board an aircraft. Building a big strong box around something that Boeing said could never catch fire in the first place is not an elegant solution.
If these things get recertified, I will not be wanting to experience their 330 minutes ETOPS certification capability in the next few years. I'd rather stick with either a 380 or 777 or ever a 747 for my long haul jaunts.
Note that the icon does not represent fire.
<insert Googly NSFW expression here>
Reader has been the one constant piece of s/ware that keeps me up to date and feeds me my El Reg daily fix for ages. It was unobtrusive and just worked. While I haven't looked recently, nothing else did what I wanted with so little effort across Desktop, laptop, tablet & phone.
A pox upon the House of Google.
Better or different?
"...because the Windows Store programming model is inherently better than what has come before.".
Attention Microsoft: To prevent terminal hubris, how about replacing the word 'better' with 'different'.
In some 30+ years of associating with IT, I've yet to find a 'programming model' that was immune from bugs. As any coding fuul kno, programming is the act of inserting bugs into code.
"... and the auxiliary power unit (which keeps electrical systems going when the engines are switched off) began smoking."
"The cameras showed "a white glow about the size of a softball" coming from the APU..."
Wrong and wrong.
It was not the APU that was smoking, but the Li-Ion battery in the aft electrical equipment bay. The APU is situated as far back in the tail as possible.
I suggest a visit to :-
to confirm locations of the errant pieces of kit.
Don't be tempted by the Dark Side. Try Mint.
"To help control carbon emissions the government has set targets to increase wood-fuel production,..."
Ummm, I may have got this backwards but how does increasing burning wood for fuel help control carbon emissions?
Re: Why would you want to chill beer?
"..., if you can't drink it at room temperature,..."
Presumably spoken by someone who's never lived in a place where room temperature can be 35°C or more.
I'll have my beer (and wine) chilled, thank you.
A note to plunderers of all ages:
Always remember to pillage BEFORE you burn.
Re: How much...
"Hold people accountable for that they did, not for what they might going to do."
That makes far too much sense. It refers to personal responsibility and in today's nanny state this just will not get a look in. AFAICT, alchoholism is a disease and those with this disease should be treated for it. Painting all of society as alcoholics isn't a solution.
SWMBO and I enjoy a (small) tipple before dinner, and a glass of grape-related liquid with dinner. I'd say that on average, we get through a bottle of spirits a month, and maybe a couple of bottles of red or white a week. There's no way the local bottle shop/off-licence is going to get rich with our drinking habits, yet this bunch of do-gooders seem hell bent on proving that I'm going to hell in a handcart because of my lascivious ways. What's stage 2? Plain bottles behind blank panels at the pub?
Yes there are people in the community that need help, but the proposed solution in the article doesn't seem to answer their problems. Yet another 'one-size-fits-all' solution that fails to find its target.
Re: XXXX for beer
At least it's better than VB. :-)
Can you please let me know what you're smoking?
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