403 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 14:22 GMT
Should've come in the back of a lorry.
Re: Online toilet paper lovers?
When I first came to the UK in the 1970s was confronted with Izal in B&Bs and on trains and I instantly understood so much about English culture right then and there. The country that would devise and promulgate this stuff (often with little messages on each non-absorbent square to not please what your hands -- you betcha) is the natural home for stoic discomfort-lovers who could take on an empire, because they didn't mind dying like flies to do so, but also home for a 'any sub-standard dreck is good enough for you lot' mentality, which we see all around us today (BT, Southern Trains, TalkTalk, I'm talking about you).
Re: Let me correct that for you...
Our man at the Top was a CFO before he became CEO and he was and is a business-driven guy who needs a light, easy device to use when travelling, which is always. He likes his Apple because it weighs nothing, doesn't make him have to think geek to use, and has the power to support anything he and we need to do. Our IT chaps wrung their hands and wanted to give him a standard laptop (2.5 pounds without bag, cables etc) and he told them to think again.
I understand, appreciate and support Systems' need to make systems secure, from threats and from idiot owners within, but the business should be led by the business, and IT should to everything in their power to make business easy to do.
'Free rein' not 'free reign'. It came from horse-riding, when you dropped your hands and left the rein free, and the horse could do what it pleased.
I hope I am not working in the company you work for. I have worked alongside guys with your attitude and, believe me, them looking at their mobes is a relief from having their attention on the room of men and women, because women are not stupid: they know that you have contempt for them and are a liar, and it causes considerable tension in the room, but as if, say, a racist were sitting alongside us.
We'd rather you just nipped off to the toilets at the start and start your usual brag, because of course we would believe a bro like you about a ho like them.
Why the downvotes?
I agree -- there is no 'hunting' and no 'sport' involved. The rhino will be isolated, surrounded by bush-beaters and park wardens, armed and with radios, and the hunter simply needs to get within range and hit the right spot, while looking good for the camera. He will have a vehicle standing by in case he botches in, whereupon the warden will administer the mercy shot. This manly 'hunt' will be about as dangerous as the well-known barrel-shooting of fish.
As a way to raise money, on the other hand, it's pretty ingenious: appeal to the lowest form of braggadocio machismo and you will get plenty of takers.
Re: Stolen IP eh?
Yep, I've had whole columns off my website cloned on quite respectable rival websites without any police at all coming to help me out. Bu then, I am not making oodles of money off my site (well, none, actually -- it's free), so my IP doesn't matter.
Re: He does have a point
"Patents and Copyrights do not create wealth. They destroy it. The only ones saying otherwise are the parasites who leach off the productivity of others."
Copyright came in (18th century) so that writers could actually earn more than a pitiful amount off their work. Until the USA signed up to international copyright in the 19th century, they merrily reprinted works and collected 100% of the money. Charles Dickens, amonst others, watched publishers get very rich while he got zero. So copyright does create weath -- for the person who originated the thing of value. With copyright, both the publisher and the writer make money. Patents help the inventor get the reward for his innovation. If you invented some incredibly neat device, got it manufactured, and were not protected by a patent, your rivals would have copies out in two minutes and leach off your inventiveness without you seeing a penny.
These laws came in to foster creativity and inventiveness by appealling to the profit motive: people coudl be sure they themselves profited. Copyright and patents have a limited lifespan so that the originator does not have an infinite stranglehold. Talk to the inventors of Viagra, who make billions for a while, and now have rivals. It might not be perfect, but it is not the evil system it is made out to be: both copyright an patents arose to make marketing and sales more fair.
The leaflet looks like it was designed by someone in-house: it looks amateur and strikes me as a paper version of something I would consider a scam.
I think they should also be urging all of us to move to trauckers' wallets, as it is much safer to have your stuff chained to your belt. And, while they're at it, they could suggest strongly that we sew hidden pockets into our clothing for our car-keys etc. One can't be too safe.
Re: It's always
I expect to be greeting them soon
My organisation thinks the solution to everything is more management, and the higher the level the better. Still the same number of worker bees, now crowded into less space as yet another office has to be carved out of the floor area. So Virgin management bods need not desapir.
Re: Small ones are more grateful
I agree that you have to get your own agenda in place of their agenda, but i actually don't trust a vendor who allows scope-creep and beens over a little too far. At some point, I stop respecting them. And I stop trusting them, because they will screw themselves allowing me to screw them, and their failure will hurt me. I once had C-level people require me more-or-less to 'break' a vendor to get our price and delivery time met. I felt I had to act without integrity. The firm went bust, thanks to us. And who paid the price? Them -- and my (former) employers. If we want our vendors to be honest, trustworthy and have integrity, we have to be the same for them.
'you are not my friend'
Yes, when a salesman calls me because he or she loves vocal and thinks they are 'people persons' and wants to bind me into some personal 'relationship' with them and thus secure that social-moneky connection, when all I wanted was info, I become less social-monkey and more ape-sh*t.
Will time be on Adobe's side?
I think a few corporate accounts that get messed up because of billing issues, etc. will put a chill in their business-user base. My (vey big global) company is not keen on relying on 'out-of-office' aka cloud services, so I am going to have to love my boxed CS5 for a long time. For my own personal use, I wil be scrounging around for some recent version of CS I can pick up with reasonably clean hands. And I'll wait for the competition to deliver something, and hope that, in this case, time is on MY side.
lowest of the low
I've been a cleaner and believe me, you know where you stand in the hierarchy. Anything I could grab to give me a bit of dignity, I would. If cleaners for London Underground need to do biometrics, make everyone who works there use it, including managers. After all, if it's 'just a swipe', nobody could object.
And spoken like a true gentleman. There's nothing an elderly woman likes so much is a joke at the expense of her body size.
Have not found anything that matches my big ole box for composing and editing large books, editing long videos, crunching through big computations etc. Slabs are lifestyle, and desktop blocks are for work. So I have one of each, and can't see changing for a long while.
Why would I?
I work in a very, very large global company. I watch as similar projects get proposed, get funding, tank spectacularly, and then one middle-manager is moved or demoted (and leaves) and the rest of the project managers, IT staff and business teams involved shake themselves off, gather in another room, give themselves new titles, and do it all over again. I once wrote a report protesting one project in my work area (and where I have expertise) trying to make clear why they shouldn't be doing what they were doing and how it was going to hit the wall, and about when the crash would happen. Since I am generally liked, I was told kindly to get back in my box. The project duly hit the wall, only one month later than I had predicted.
I decided to save my breath to cool my porridge. But then, we don't get paid from taxpayers' money.
Re: It isn't like alternatives aren't available
Have been using StartPage for a while and liking it.
Re: No Suprise.
It's how they punish you. Because you should be punished. You clearly did something wrong or they wouldn't have needed to pay attention to you. And also to remind you that they have the power to hurt you without you being able to do anything about it.
What do you mean...?
I thought _you'd_ put in the back-up tape!
No, that was _your_ job.
No way, it's your job on Wednesdays!
Aw, man.... we're screwed...
Re: I don't think I'm wrong
And after the War of 1812, the Brits realised they didn't need to own the American colonies to profit from them -- in fact, it was cheaper not to pay to defend them and to pay for an administration system for them just to get them as a more-or-less captive trading partner. And, compared to India, the American colonies were small economic beer.
Re: Works for me
Agree, it was a dismal failure as a troll, but it gave me my best laugh of the day.
Why do you think they were white?
Maybe they were Hispanic or of Italian origin, or maybe Jewish or from t e Middle East, and just didn't like a company using a racial slur as part of their business name. And white people ought to be offended by words they used to employ when white supremacy was the order of the day. Shock (and, I hope, shame) should be part of that 'offended'.
Land of the...?
Land of the Free, Home of the ... weenies. 9/11 was horrific, and the response was 'save us! save us! take all our liberties and rights but just make us s-a-f-e!!!' Because nothing makes you safer than cringing. It could have been the USA's finest hour. Instead, we sold ourselves out.
'Discreetly': seeking to avoid attention as much as possible
'Discretely': separately, in divided units
That is crazy and beautiful. It looks like a slow undersea creature hovering in the currents. Not practical at all, but with only your muscles you can actually lift off the ground, not float, not glide, but move. I Love This Stuff.
Re: Three Amigos
The USA's treatment of Manning has been despicable. Bolivia et al. might not have great human rights records, but they don't have the breathtaking hypocrisy of the USA presenting itself as the great beacon of justice and integrity and then merrily stomping on due process, human rights, and international commitments not to torture. Any whistleblower would have to be nuts to volunteer to put himself into the hands of the Americans.
Re: Always be suspicious...
As long as you have a balcony, a shed can be built. I was traveling through Russia and saw some amazing sheds and shed-like appendages built into and emerging from ordinary 1960s-era balconies. Some were wee palaces.
Al Gore is important because he pushed legislation that helped establish the internet as we know it today. He has never claimed to be its creator. Without his interest and perseverance, we would have a different (and IMHO less good) online world. Don't mock through ignorance.
It seems it is a taught skill, or non-skill. I wasn't told that I shouldn't hold my breath when I sprint until I was embarrassingly old, but my dad did teach me to throw a ball -- and every PE teacher thought I was a natural athlete (despite the holding-breath). Girls are also discouraged from the hours of practice it takes to be good at throwing (boys can throw balls back and forth, or against a wall, for hours, and it's a boy-thing, but girls are told to stop wasting their time -- yes, a massive generalisation, but check out how often a boy is left to frolic or mess about compared to his sister on any family outing.)
Ditto, and it was sad
Had a similar experience. Manager drove down the price and, as we had scope-drift, insisted these all be included. Vendor wanted our company's name on their client roster and sucked it up until their eyeballs were buldging out of their heads. I tried to suggest that killing the goose was not a self-sustaining idea: we would pay more inthe future. And indeed they did when the vendor went belly-up. But I had moved on. Keen pricing has to be done with an understandig that they, like you, want to make a profit, and that moral behaviour and reasonablenss have their own long-term pay-offs.
As a Canadian, I salute Cdr Hadfield. Best of the Best!
I loved his much earlier tweet in response to his fellow Canadian, the original James T Kirk. Hadfield is just cool.
Canadians in spaaaace! Go team go!
I think Appeal Court judges should be overjoyed to be able to add to the great store of universal justice and to be able preserve law and justice for the future simply by having the honour of sitting on the Bench. Why should they expect salaries when the fame and respect of the centuries to come, not to mention the added value for today's society, is payment enogh?
Re: Pear shaped matter?
What's irritating about banging quantum panels is that every time you knock a dent out of one, the entangled panel gets one knocked in.
By lucky chance...
I started investigating Inkscape, Pixelmater, etc. last month, as my old copy of Illustrator now isn't recognised by anything fromn this century (yes, that old), and knew I could not afford CS. I wasn't especially motivated, but Adobe has kick-started my avid interest. I use PS constantly at work as a web designer, and PS and Illustrator at home for charity things (websites, publications). I can't afford a subscription for my personal use. Once I become reasonably proficient in the alternatives, I'll have no reason to ask my company for upgrades. I think my manager will love me when I ask for cheaper stuff. Or let's see how long I can coast on the CS version I have. Probably into the sunset...
What every woman will welcome
How delighted women will be, knowing that blokes are winking their pics for personal use, for posting, for hilariously-captioning and posting. And not only women -- imagine how much those with disfigurements, those who just 'look funny', those caught with an odd expression on their faces, captured and posted for eternity. In the UK, we have the added joy of a removal of ownership from 'orphan' images (i.e. all of them), so all of the above can now look forward to being used somehow by companies to flog merchandise and services. Google: you are truly helping the world not to do evil.
Do you know anyone on benefits? No, didn't think so
I am sure there are a few bad'uns who have a lovely lifestyle by gaming the system, but most do not. Look at what an average claimant gets and see how far you'd get. Benefit is NOT generous. It is bloody tough. If you have a disability, it's doubly tough. That myth of the dole hog with a merc is just that -- a myth.
Conformity in other things, too
There was a study a year or two ago (can't find a link, sorry, but was in Scientific American) that showed that chimps could and did devise tools, but if a chimp devised a very good tool, solo, and then joined a group who were all using a less good tool (in the case of the study, a reaching stick), Mr Clever abandoned his better tool to use the group one.
I found this very depressing. Although chimps are, of course, not humans.
Re: terrified benefit-claimants
I have a friend with cancer and she has had to go on the dole because the treatment is long and debilitating. She was subject to some harassment for being a work-dodger, until she dragged herself into the local job centre, looking like a corpse, and they stopped. She was indeed terrified to be cut off, as then she would have been ill, homeless and starving. I wonder what the quiz would have made of her abilities?
Re: Nice, but..
If you have stolen property, even if you bought it thinking it was fine, it can still be taken from you and restored to its rightful owner. So Plumpy can't call the laptop 'his own property'. And, if it seems, he was the thief, or knew it was stolen goods, then he can't even bleat about how he never knew and it's so unfair etc.
They gave him how much?
Without checking into his previous financial, erm, shenanigans?
Re: Easy bypass
You don't even need valium: you just have to be rock-solid certain of the rightness of your cause, that the Big Guy Upstairs values you more than anyone else in the airport, and is ready to welcome your soul into paradise, and that your plan cannot fail, due to the first two points.
I think a truly committed terrorist will be calmer than the middle-aged lady smuggling some home-made pate or fresh fruit for the family overseas.
Re: Tested a drivers skill...
Who knows if my post posted? Always getting error messages on El Reg... :(
When thanks matters
HR are always good at stripping out the heart of anything. What matters in a thank you is that it is personal, truly meant, and that someone took a bit of effort to do something. Colleagues and managers I've worked with who have gone to the trouble of thanking me --and my own line manager -- for what I've done is golden. 'Official' systems of recignition have been introduced and pulled, introduced and pulled, until we wave them by pretty cynically.