Is she holding two pints of creme de menthe?
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Well no, because sometimes an outside observer can see things which the insiders can't. For a good example, have a read of the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. It's about how surgeons trying to reduce deaths in surgery learnt from pilots about the importance of checklists.
Not to mention splashing the cash on vast quantities of arms from the west. Any time the UK gov says it's going to raise the issue of human rights / bombing the shit out of civilians in Yemen / sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan with the Saudis, you know that what they really mean is that it will urge them to buy more hardware to keep the arms factories running.
How do the Chinese workers facilitates, conditions and hours compare to the Victorian paternalism of Port Sunlight or Bournville?
Not well, but those two places were the exception, not the rule. Most Victorian employers sweated their people to the max.
From the OED:
Awe - A feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder
If the well-being of your business relies on another business treating employees badly, perhaps it's time to get out of that business.
Happy to get with the programme.
A hacker could at least make the indicators work.
Because Murdoch doesn't own the internet. Yet.
Eh? On my abacus £350m divided by £65m is about £5.50 each per week.Don't spend it all at once.
From now on I'm using Private Eye's name for her: Andrea Loathsome.
But really it's no laughing matter, as she sounds to me like a dangerous nutjob. May, with her surveillance plans, is also dangerous, and I don't get to choose the next PM (surprise surprise, democracy in action) but if I did I'd pick May over Loathsome any day.
The Conservatives won a majority in 2015 with a much lower percentage of the electorate - 24.3%. The 37.4% figure for the referendum is a lot higher than that, and in fact no government has polled a similar percentage since 1966.
If a quarter of the electorate is deemed a sufficient mandate to raise VAT, cut the top income tax rate, introduce the bedroom tax, etc etc, then a third voting to Leave has to mean we leave. Sadly.
Wear 2.0 Guv.
Hey, does the UK have a constitution now? Thanks for letting me know!
In the UK, Uber is helping us to eat more, whereas in the Netherlands some of their cars will carry your bike on the back. They obviously know their customers' tastes.
Icon because food, plus footie only 40 mins away :-)
I read somewhere that Yale Uni has more addresses than China.
The UK Govt Department of Work & Pensions has an class A range - why??
And who decided to waste 16 million addresses on an internal loopback?
Private Eye have been reporting on this for a while now.
Have just filled in the shitty response form (and wrote a shitty response).
Feeling v. angry.
They probably removed the signs because people could see the outrageous fuel prices and kept on driving past the services.
Most people may not give a shit, but don't you think it's a good thing that some of us do? It's just like the 'snooper's charter', where 99% of the public don't know or care what will happen with their data, but a bunch of barristers are making a fuss.
"......do we really live in a democracy and is there a rule of law?"
Given the atrocious FPTP voting system and the ability of the rich, powerful, and well-connected to work the legal and political system to their advantage, my answers are No we don't, and No there isn't.
And from this side of the pond, I couldn't care less about any of this.
(I really couldn't.)
"There are many programs that never make it onto iPlayer due to licensing issues."
Conversely, there are some programmes that are only on iPlayer, such as the brilliant Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis:
Every time I contact my bank's call centre about something, they remind me that they don't have my mobile number in their records. Here's why.
Idiots who self inflict either through ski-ing, hang gliding or <insert recreational activity of choice here> do NOT deserve first line care. Fuck em and let em wait.
FTFY. Can you see the problem with your idea? Luckily doctors and nurses treat everyone as equally deserving of care.
Must be running Linux then.
My mileage differs. I worked on seismic crews in Africa in the 80's, and we drove Toyota Land Cruisers (the old upright type with running boards) without problems. Then one client insisted we use Land Rovers, so they were shipped in but the corrugated desert roads shook them so much that the aluminium panels cracked and fell away. They couldn't be welded back on so they were riveted and screwed on to keep them together. Then the rainy season came and the Lucas electrics failed. Within a year they were all scrapped and we went back to our faithful (and reliable) steel-bodied Toyotas.
On a trip to west Africa last year, I only saw two Land Rovers, and they were both ancient. All the other 4x4s were Japanese.
"Yeah, because the GPO was such a proactive bastion of forward thinking and cutting edge tech. Oh, wait..."
It was a while ago, but Colossus was built by the GPO. Without that, this discussion might be moot.
Une haut-vote pour vous!
Have une bonne evening.
“I think full separation would be an enormous undertaking...."
No more than when BT was separated from the GPO and privatised, surely?
"...incredibly time consuming..."
So what? Is OFCOM really so busy with other stuff?
"... [and have] lots of potential to backfire,....”
That's never deterred the government in the past.
I cut my teeth with a BBC micro and Amiga 1200, then bought a PC when Win95 came out. Liked it. Liked Win98 even better. Looked at NT4, pretty awful for a home user (drivers etc), Win2000 better, but happy with XP - the best in terms of GUI, IMHO.
Win7: OK but not really a great improvement on XP. Stuck with it until this W10 lunacy.
Win8: awful, didn't bother.
I'd played with various Linux distros in the past, and despite learning lots I always went back to Windows because of issues with some hardware or other (I once spent a week trying to get sound working). Applications weren't great then, either, and there was always some CLI hacking to do to get things running. But after trying the horrible interface that is Win10, and then the slurping, and then the upgrade nagging, I'd had enough, and after some experimentation plumped for Mint Cinnamon with the Numix theme. It works well, looks great, and the available applications are now as good as I need for general office, internet and photo editing. I also like that updates are all in one place (night night, Ninite), and I don't need anti-spyware (yet) or AV (yet - although I scan attachments with ClamAV so as not to pass viruses to MS users).
I think that just as MS have decided to stop providing a standalone OS, Mint has come good. This time I'm not going back to Windows, and now I've also switched my family's computers to Mint I don't get any more calls for help from them.
PS Not a Linux fanboi, just a happy user.
"Remember, the value of retail investments can go down, or down a lot, it's only the big boys that get the gains."
Great username BTW.
Offset feed dish.
That is all.
What an awesomely bad article written by an idiot, in a newspaper run by nasty idiots. I'm glad I don't pay to read such rubbish, as I'd hate to think I was contributing to her fee. The comments below the article in the DT are surprising in their reasoned condemnation, because usually they consist of rants blaming muslims / immigrants / paedophiles / Jeremy Corbyn for everything that's wrong with the world.
Best of all is that I have now discovered Techdirt. Thanks El Reg!
Yes indeed, because we all know what it really means:
We do not take the protection of personal data at all seriously. A superficial review of our procedures has been launched and no measures will be put in place to make sure this does not happen again.
The Task: Convert some PPTX presentations to PDFs, as slides + notes.
1. On work XP machine with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. File opened OK, but when printing to AdobePDF 'printer' some of the notes came out as square blocks instead of text. Fiddled with installed fonts to no avail.
2. Saved file as PPT. Same result.
3. On my own PC with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. Same result.
4. On my own PC with Open Office (can't recall which version). PPTX opened and printed to AdobePDF just fine.
I've used Open Office ever since. Now jumping to Linux as well, due to W10 & W7 'telemetry' issue.
Valves or transistors?
Door card in same pocket as phone usually equals unreadable card. Also, hotel door cards are actually quantum devices, as they have three states:
1. Doesn't open the door
2. Turned over and doesn't open the door
3. Turned over again and does open the door.
USB plugs are another example.
Maybe, but you would be driving a Ferrari one minute, then it's all change with the drivers and you're in a Skoda the next. The elderly gent who drives super-slowly would get the same drives, so it would average out in the end.
Do testing four times a year, and tell every manufacturer to provide every model at every test, otherwise they can't have them on the road. Test every vehicle on the same roads at the same time, making them take pole position in turn, like cyclists in a team time trial. Select drivers randomly, like with jury service, and swap drivers around during the test. Result: every vehicle gets tested in identical conditions.
I'm being flippant but actually I am pretty pissed off about this.
Yes indeedy, to my aging eyes HDR is far more of an improvement than more pixels. I'd much rather go HDR with the same screen size than add pixels and have to buy a bigger screen to see them on. Mrs Dibnah indoors would have summat to say on t'matter as well.
When a judge is pronouncing on something happening to EU citizens living in the EU, then yes, I'd rather he/she is European, no matter what the decision.
So if a phone gets nicked, it's worthy of a harsher sentence because the owner hasn't backed up their stuff? Huh? Anyway, copies of messages are held by the telco and/or mail servers and/or websites, so they can be recovered, but how can an accused person disprove that the only copy of a photo was on the phone? IANAL but even I can see gaping holes in this.
Yes he was, but he also put in an occasional appearance as Ralph E. Wolf:
ran some sort of pubelicity campaign
Are we talking about face beards here, or something else?
No Hot Fuzz? Well, they can piss off then.